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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Royal Caribbean to Operate 2 Ships from New York (Cape Liberty, Bayonne, NJ) in 2018.

Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas to Sail from New York (Cape Liberty, Bayonne, NJ) in 2018 along side the Anthem of the Seas
Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas to Sail from New York (Cape Liberty, Bayonne, NJ) in 2018.

Royal Caribbean announced that 2 ships will be sailing from Cape Liberty, Bayonne, New Jersey during the summer of 2018. In 2018, both the Anthem of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas will sail from the Port of New York on a number of unique itineraries. Read more on Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas Click Here.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Thompson Announces 2018 Ship Deployments.

Thomson TUI Cruises' TUI Discovery - Part of Thomson 2018 Cruise Program.
Thomson TUI Cruises' TUI Discovery - Part of Thomson 2018 Cruise Program.

Thomson Cruises has today unveiled its summer 2018 program which sees TUI Discovery based out of the UK for the first time, as well as the addition of 15 new ports of call, including Monaco, Ancona and Skiathos Town, and 12 brand new itineraries.

Award-winning ship* TUI Discovery, which joined the Thomson Cruises fleet in summer 2016, will be moving to new homeport Newcastle from May 2018 where it will visit the Norwegian fjords and a range of exciting cities including Stockholm, Sweden; Tallinn, Estonia and Reykjavik, Iceland. Passengers sailing on these Baltic cruises can also make use of their time in the region with an overnight onboard stay in St Petersburg, Russia.

In September 2018 and in a first for Thomson Cruises, TUI Discovery moves to Southampton where it will finish its summer sailing four itineraries; Fantastic Fjords, Baltic Treasures, European Experience and Seeking the Northern Lights. The new European Experience itinerary visits Germany, Belgium and France, with an overnight onboard stay in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Seeking the Northern Lights will take customers to the northernmost city in Norway to spot the spectacular natural phenomenon for the first time.

Firm favorite, Thomson Celebration, will move to Dubrovnik for summer 2018 where it will operate an adults-only program, which includes no-sea day itinerary. Venetian Vistas now offers customers the chance to wake up in a new destination every day, spending full days in Bar, Montenegro; Korcula, Croatia; Zadar, Croatia; Venice, Italy; Trieste, Italy and Split, Croatia. Thomson Celebration will also sail two new itineraries, Sail Three Seas and Greek Mystique. Sail Three Seas will visit Valetta, Malta; Messina, Sicily; Kefalonia; Igoumenitsa, Greece and Kotor, Montenegro, while customers choosing Greek Mystique can explore Chania, Crete; Piraeus (for Athens), Greece; Kalamata, Greece; Corfu Town, Corfu and Kotor, Montenegro.

Making its debut in Corfu Town in summer 2018, TUI Discovery 2 will sail four itineraries in the Eastern Mediterranean, and Thomson Dream will be based in Palma, Majorca. Thomson Cruises’ newest ship, which is currently sailing as Mein Schiff 1 for TUI Cruises will also homeport in Palma, Majorca. Customers choosing these ships, along with Thomson Celebration, will be able to team their holiday with a beach break as part of the extensive Cruise and Stay program, offering further chance to explore the destinations.

Managing Director of Thomson Cruises Richard Sofer said: “We’re really excited about our summer 2018 program. We have a fantastic range of destinations on offer, with a real focus on hidden gems in the Mediterranean and a little closer to home in northern Europe.

“The move to bring TUI Discovery to both the north and the south of the UK also shows our commitment to offering choice and flexibility to our customers, giving them the opportunity to sail from a region close to home, as well as offering flights to other destinations from local airports.”

The summer 2018 program will be on sale from 20th April. TUI Discovery, TUI Discovery 2 and our newest ship, currently Mein Schiff 1, will offer all-inclusive packages as standard.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line's New Norwegian Joy is Floated Out.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Joy Emerges From Meyer Weft Shipyard Papenburg Germany.
Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Joy Emerges From Meyer Weft Shipyard Papenburg Germany.

Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, the Norwegian Joy, was floated out from Germany's Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg on March 4, 2017. The 1,069 foot, 168,800 ton cruise ship emerged from the enclosed building dock and was moored at an adjacent pier.

The ship will be maneuvered, backwards down the Ems River (a 10-15 hour procedure) before final outfitting in Bremenhaven. The ship is already emblazoned with her distinctive hull art and is expected to begin her scheduled cruises from China in June 2017.

(Interesting Tidbit: The original name intended for this ship was the Norwegian Bliss. The Name was changed once the decision was made that the ship would be outfitted for the Chinese Market).

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Friday, April 14, 2017

NYK Line's Asuka Plan Cruises Closer To Home.

NYK's Asuka Cruises' Asuka II - Offers Shorter Cruises in 2017 Staying Closer to Japanese Home Port.
NYK's Asuka Cruises' Asuka II - Offers Shorter Cruises in 2017 Staying Closer to Japanese Home Port.

Once a member of the Crystal Cruises' fleet, NYK's Asuka II sails regularly from Japanese ports usually offering a world cruise and making a yearly call in New York. In 2017, the ship is expected to stay closer to her Japanese home ports. The ship will be operating cruises ranging from 1-50 nights.

Modest in size, the 50,000 ton ship, measures 790 feet long and 71 feet wide. She has a capacity of  872 passengers and was built as Crystal Cruises' Crystal Harmony from 1990-2006.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hapag-lloyd Announces Names of Two New Exploration Vessels.

Artists Rendering of Hapag-Lloyd's New Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Inspiration.
Artists Rendering of Hapag-Lloyd's New Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Inspiration.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises: The new expedition ships have been named HANSEATIC nature and HANSEATIC inspiration
  • Two small, identical, state-of-the-art expedition ships with the highest ice class for passenger vessels
  • ‘HANSEATIC nature’ to serve German-speaking markets; ‘HANSEATIC inspiration’ to serve German and international markets
  • “Inspired by nature” design concept
  • Two extendible glass balconies and a marina for water sports
  • Environmental features: SCR catalytic converter, optimized hull, E-Zodiacs and cold ironing
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is putting its trust in the strong HANSEATIC brand name and has named the two new ships in its 5-star expedition segment ‘HANSEATIC nature’ and ‘HANSEATIC inspiration’. The company unveiled the names of the two, new members of the fleet and released various other details at a press conference held today at ITB Berlin. The expedition ships, which are planned to launch in April and October 2019, respectively, are an investment by the TUI Group on behalf of its Hamburg-based subsidiary. In terms of its growth strategy, the world’s largest tourism group is increasingly focusing on its own hotels and cruise ships. The new expedition ships – both of which feature an identical construction – will each accommodate up to 230 passengers (or up to 199 passengers on Antarctic expeditions). Alongside the highest ice class for passenger ships, they each boast three restaurants and an extensive wellness and fitness area. There is also a marina for water sports.

Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, said: “The potential in the expedition ship segment is more than three times higher than supply. By virtue of the comfort and luxuriousness of our state-of-the-art new vessels, we will appeal to even more customers in the luxury segment in future. At the same time, authentic, natural spectacles that convey the feeling of a personal expedition have always been the basis for our decision-making. With our choice of names, we are continuing the success story of today’s HANSEATIC – the only 5-star expedition ship* – retaining the popular and well-known brand name and establishing a new and separate class within our fleet.”

The design concept, “inspired by nature”, reflects the expeditionary spirit and is the creative idea underpinning both ships. Nature is not only experienced outside, but also is reflected in the interior design. This comes to the fore in the choice of materials, colors and forms, as well as in the contours and lines of walls and surfaces, the lines of sight and therefore the interplay between the interiors and the world outside.

The on-board design highlights include the two extendible glass balconies. Passengers standing on these balconies can experience the unique feeling of floating over the ocean. The all-round deck in the upper deck forward (bow) ensures a genuine expeditionary feeling. Here, passengers can experience the action at close quarters – closer even than the captain. This contributes to the expeditionary character, especially when the ships embark on journeys to the Arctic, Antarctic, or Amazon.

HANSEATIC nature and HANSEATIC inspiration have been fitted with cutting-edge equipment and environmental technology. In a highly complex process, the hulls of the two ships have been optimised to achieve the maximum reduction in fuel consumption for the propulsion system and cut overall bunker consumption. The new vessels are fitted with an SCR catalytic converter, which reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by almost 95 per cent. Additionally, each of the two ships features a PROMAS rudder with a special propeller. This also helps reduce fuel consumption and therefore lower emissions. The IR ice detectors are a further highlight, with the infrared camera making it possible to spot ice at night and in misty conditions. Cold ironing is also envisioned.

The new expedition ships are being built by Norwegian company Vard Holdings Limited, which is a subsidiary of the Italian Fincantieri Marine Group. The current and successful route concept, which focuses on untouched and unspoilt regions, will be continued and expanded. PC6, the highest ice class for passenger ships, makes it possible to conduct expeditions far into Polar waters, with tropical destinations such as the South Seas and the Amazon remaining on the itinerary. 16 on-board Zodiacs and E-Zodiacs with eco-friendly electric drive systems allow for landings in remote expedition areas, regardless of the vicinity to a port.
Further information on the new-builds
  • 5-star expedition segment
  • One new-build to serve German-speaking markets (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
  • Other new-build to serve German-speaking markets and in addition Belgium, the UK, Netherlands and the US.
Identical ships, data for each ship:
  • GT 16,100
  • Length: 138 metres
  • Width: 22 metres
  • Draught: 5.4 metres
  • Passenger decks: 7
  • Cabins and suites: 120
  • Maximum passenger capacity: 230 persons
  • Crew: Up to 170 crew members
  • High ratio of balcony cabins
  • Restaurants: 3
  • Modern spa and fitness area
  • Interior design: Architecture firm Oceanarchitects
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

NTSB Announces Root Cause of Carnival Pride Contact With Pier.

 Carnival Cruises Carnival Pride Comes in Contact with Baltimore Pier Damaging Facilities.

On May 8, 2016, Carnival Cruises' Carnival Pride collided with its Baltimore Maryland pier, causing damage to the elevated passenger boarding walkway and destroying 3 cars.

The National Transportation Safety Board said the root cause of the accident was excessive speed and the ship approaching the pier at too steep an angle causing the bow to come in contact with the land-side structure. The damage was estimated to be approximately $2 Million dollars to South Locust Point Cruise Terminal.

The ship was under the command of the captain and sustained damage to the hull observation mooring platform which extends out from the ship's bow.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Oasis Classs Ships to Use New Miami Cruise Terminal.

Allure of the Seas (pictured) and the Symphony of the Seas will utilize Royal Caribbean's New Cruise Terminal in Miami - Terminal A.
Allure of the Seas (pictured) and the Symphony of the Seas will utilize Royal Caribbean's New Cruise Terminal in Miami - Terminal A.

Royal Caribbean broke ground on the dramatic new PortMiami Terminal A, which will herald the arrival of what will be the world’s largest cruise ship and the global cruise line’s newest addition, Symphony of the Seas on March 8, 2017.  She and Oasis-class sister ship Allure of the Seas, each with a bold and unexpected lineup of thrilling experiences that have revolutionized the cruise industry, will unite in November 2018 to offer island-hopping adventures through the Caribbean from the Magic City and add Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis to other marquee Oasis-class ports of call. 

The 26th ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Symphony of the Seas, will be delivered in April 2018 and spend her inaugural summer season exploring the awe-inspiring destinations of the Mediterranean calling on ports in Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy.  She will then arrive to Miami in early November to begin seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries on Saturday, November 17 from the state-of-the-art Terminal A, dubbed the ‘Crown of Miami.’    Symphony of the Seas will claim the title of the world’s largest – and most adventure filled – cruise ship, offering 28 more staterooms than her newest sister ship Harmony of the Seas and encompassing 230,000 gross registered tons.   Touting new features and amenities for guests, she also will boast all the groundbreaking innovations and thrilling experiences that have garnered world-wide recognition for Harmony of the Seas.  Among the award-winning and acclaimed favorites are the distinct seven-neighborhood concept, imaginative and sophisticated dining, Bionic Bar robot bartenders powered by Makr Shakr, Broadway-caliber entertainment, the iconic waterfront AquaTheater, the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, and Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea.

The ‘Crown of Miami,’ a 170,000-square-foot terminal, scheduled for completion for the arrival of Symphony and Allure, will be the most innovative cruise facility in the U.S. with an expected $500 million in revenue and the addition of 4,000 jobs to Miami-Dade County.  It is anticipated that Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. will generate at least 1.8 million passenger moves at PortMiami, representing 30 percent of the port’s projected passenger traffic.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

MSC Cruises Expand United States Presence.

MSC Cruise Expand United States Presence With 3 Ships in 2019.
MSC Cruise Expand United States Presence With 3 Ships in 2019. - Pictured MSC Meravigilia.

Vowing to expand it's United States presence, MSC Cruises has announce that 3 ships will be sailing from the US in 2019.

The 3 ships will comprise of the:
  • New MSC Seaside which sails from Florida year round starting in December 2017 - fresh from her builders.
  • The MSC Divina which will sail seasonally from Florida to the Caribbean and spend the summer months in Europe.
  • New to the scene is the MSC Meravigilia  whose itinerary has not been announced but sailings from New York to Florida, Bahamas, Bermuda and New England Canada are possible itineraries. West Coast / Alaska cruises are also possible embarkation ports / destinations.
MSC Cruises is a privately held company and the largest cruise line in Europe.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Royal Caribbean To Deploy More Ships In China?

Royal Caribbean's Quantum Class Ships - One of 3 designs that Royal Caribbean is currently Constructing.
Royal Caribbean's Quantum Class Ships - One of 3 designs that Royal Caribbean is currently Constructing.

There is speculation that Royal Caribbean may base an Oasis Class ship in China in the next few years. Although sources are tight lipped Royal Caribbean has a number of options for new ships in the years to come.

Royal Caribbean has:
  • Additional Oasis Class ships on Order.
  • Additional Quantum Class ship are also on order.
  • A new Class of ships, expected to be around 200,000 tons which is between the Quantum and Oasis class ships in size. These ships are code named the Sunshine Class / Icon Class ships and are sure to offer a new set of attractions and amenities.
Royal Caribbean was the first cruise line, in a surprise move, to base new ships in China. This is very different than most cruise line's entry into new markets where they traditionally use older ships. This move on Royal Caribbean's part, has caused other cruise lines to commit new tonnage to these markets as well. This has made finding employment of older ships more difficult.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

AIDAvita Completes Drydocking and Facelfit at LLoyd Werft Shipyard.

AIDA Cruises - AIDAvita Fresh from a Refit at Germany's Lloyd Werft.
AIDA Cruises - AIDAvita Fresh from a Refit at Germany's Lloyd Werft.

AIDA Cruises' AIDAvita emerged from Germany's Lloyd Werft Shipyard fresh from a refit on April 4th. The AIDAvita entered drydock on March 25 in Bremerhaven. The refit included general maintenance and upgrade of the ship's safety and mechanical systems in addition to rejuvenation of the ship's public spaces.

Public space improvements included a modernization of the ship's pool area; redesign of the ship's teen lounge; upgrading of the ships' bars; replacement of carpeting in the common areas and  replacement of the ship's specialty restaurant with the new Selections Restaurant featuring worldwide cuisine.

The hull and portions of the superstructure will be sandblasted and repainted using some 2,375 gallons of special paint. 

The AIDAvista will be sailing Northern European itineraries catering to primarily German clientele.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Royal Caribbean's Private Island to Undergo Renovations Including a New Pier.

Royal Caribbean's Private Island - Coco Cay to Undergo Major Renovations.
Royal Caribbean's Private Island - Coco Cay to Undergo Major Renovations.

Royal Caribbean announced a multi-year plan to add attractions and facilities to it's private island in the Bahamas. The new attractions are said to offer Oasis Class vessel experiences on shore. The attractions will allow passenger not traveling on Oasis class ships the opportunity to part-take in simaliar activities shore side.

In addition, plans call for the creation of a pier capable of handing the largest ships in the world - Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class ships. Currently Oasis class ship do not call at the island because tendering in 6,000+ passengers (on each visit) is very time consuming and also introduces passenger safety concerns.The pier will enable passengers to step directly from the ship to the pier.

The work is expect to start very shortly and be completed in 2019. The construction is expected to be isolated and will not interfere with planned calls at the private island by other ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Royal Caribbean Breaks Ground On Miami Cruise Terminal.

Artists Rendering of Royal Caribbean's Renovated PortMiami Terminal A - Future Home of the Symphony of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.
Artists Rendering of Royal Caribbean's Renovated PortMiami Terminal A - Future Home of the Symphony of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) together with Miami-Dade County, today broke ground for the new cutting edge cruise Terminal A at PortMiami. Terminal A will be a striking addition to PortMiami, serving as homeport to several Royal Caribbean International ships, including two of the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ships – Allure of the Seas and the newly announced Symphony of the Seas.

“This is an exciting collaboration with Miami-Dade County and PortMiami to create not just another cruise terminal but an iconic state-of-the-art facility,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “Terminal A reinforces our unwavering commitment to our hometown, the city where our company first started nearly 50 years ago.”

“Miami-Dade County is happy to welcome Royal Caribbean’s Terminal A, and the economic factors that will benefit Miami-Dade," said Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Mayor. “Our public-private partnership will have an estimated economic impact of $500 million and generate more than 4,000 jobs. This will make PortMiami Royal Caribbean’s largest cruise port in the U.S., solidifying PortMiami’s status as the 'Cruise Capital of the World.’”

Once completed in October 2018, Terminal A will be LEED certified and accommodate a 1,300-foot long ship. Royal Caribbean will implement the best technologies to deliver a state-of-the-art guest experience. Terminal A will not be the only addition for Royal Caribbean this year, RCL has added a 20,000-square-foot Innovation Lab to its corporate headquarters. The Innovation Lab will continue to generate the design of Royal Caribbean’s industry-leading ships.

Currently, PortMiami welcomes approximately 750,000 Royal Caribbean passengers annually, representing about 15 percent of its overall passenger traffic. Once the new cruise terminal is completed, it is anticipated that Royal Caribbean will generate at least 1.8 million travelers at PortMiami – representing no less than 30 percent of the port’s projected passenger traffic.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Additional Reneding of Norwegian Cruise Line's New Class of Vessel.

Here is an additional view of Norwegian Cruise Lines' New Leonardo Class ships. Four ships, firm order is in place with the option of 2 addition ship  from Italy's Fincantieri Shipyard. The first ship is expected in 2020.

Artists Rendering  of Norwegian Cruise Line's New Class of  Ship - The Leonardo Class Expected in 2020.
Artists Rendering  of Norwegian Cruise Line's New Class of  Ship - The Leonardo Class Expected in 2020.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Cunard's Queen Victoria to Receive a $40 Million Dollar Refit,

Cunard Queen Victoria Refitted Chart Room - Rendering
Cunard Queen Victoria Refitted Chart Room - Rendering

Cunard's Queen Victoria - Britannia Club Grill - Rendering
Cunard's Queen Victoria - Britannia Club Grill - Rendering

Cunard continues its unwavering commitment to offering guests unparalleled travel experiences with the announcement of Queen Victoria’s refit this May. The highly revered ship will be taken out of service on May 5, 2017 to undergo thoughtfully designed enhancements costing more than $40 million at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo, Italy and scheduled for completion on June 4, 2017.

The elegance, history and nostalgia of Queen Victoria’s art deco past will remain, while refurbishments will usher this regal ship into a new, updated chapter. Areas of focus will include the introduction of Britannia Club balcony staterooms and dining for the first time, with a dedicated new restaurant, as well as the refreshing of all Britannia staterooms. In addition, the ship’s majestic Grand Suites and Deck 8 aft Penthouse Suites will be completely redesigned, and a new Chart Room bar will be introduced.

New to Queen Victoria is Britannia Club Dining with the addition of an intimate restaurant and 43 spacious Britannia Club staterooms (A1/A2) in a prime mid-ship location on Decks 7 and 8. The new and refreshed staterooms will feature newly-designed carpets, soft furnishings, new flat screen TVs, as well as tea and coffee facilities. The new Britannia Club restaurant will offer guests the flexibility to dine whenever they choose. Located in the space of the former chart room, the new restaurant will be built alongside the main Britannia restaurant on Deck 2.

“Cunard guests are very passionate about their ships, so we have given great consideration to Cunard’s aesthetic integrity and rich 176-year history,” commented Alan McVitty, Director at M Design, who consulted on the redesign. “We drew upon inspiration from archival imagery of not only Cunard’s ships, but of the architectural elements of its buildings in Liverpool and New York.”

The Cunard Grand Suites (Q1) will be redesigned and reconfigured to maximize space, offering enhanced comfort and entertainment options. The Aquitania, Berengaria, Mauretania and Laconia Suites will have similar square footage to those on Queen Elizabeth at approximately 1,436 sq. ft. Refreshed designs will include a new color scheme that harkens back to the line’s history with its signature Cunard purple.

Created to mirror a luxurious residential apartment, the suites offer fabrics with a variety of rich textures and layers. The Cunard Grand Suites also include: floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, a separate service entrance and hospitality preparation area, a separate snug room with TV, a beautifully-appointed lounge, a master bathroom with sea view, a second bathroom with guest access, a bedroom TV that folds down from the ceiling, a walk-in wardrobe with additional storage units, and a generous dual aspect balcony.

 Cunard guests will enjoy five new Penthouse Suites (Q4) on Deck 8 aft which will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, defined living and sleeping space and bathrooms with natural light. New color schemes reflect Cunard’s signature jewel tones of deep red and captivating geometric patterns.

Additionally, Cunard is pleased to announce a new Chart Room concept will debut on Queen Victoria as part of the refit. The new Chart Room will be located on Deck 2 off the Grand Lobby, where Café Carinthia is currently located. The Chart Room will feature illy coffee, Godiva chocolate treats and light bites by day and stellar cocktails by night. Cunard will also introduce a gin and fizz themed menu to the Midships Lounge, including a variety of wines, Proseccos, Cavas and Champagne alongside premium gins and spirits, all blended to create fresh and inspiring cocktails with a modern twist.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Celebrity Xpeditions Unveils New Website for Exploration Vacations.

Celebrity Cruises' Small Ship Cruises On Board the Celebrity Xperience
Celebrity Cruises' Small Ship Cruises On Board the Celebrity Xperience

Celebrity Cruises' child company, Celebrity Xpeditions recently acquired two additional exploration vessels bringing their exploration fleet size to 3 ships. The exploration vessels carry about 100 passengers each and operate on itineraries in the Galapagos Islands, Peru and Ecuador.

The high end, small ships offer and upscale, exploration cruises for active people seeking unusual, nature filled vacation.

Check out Celebrity Expeditions at the Celebrity Xpeditions website.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Princess Cruises' Caribbean Princess to Undergo Major Refit.

Princess Cruises' Caribbean Princess to Undergo Major Refit.

Caribbean Princess will undergo an extensive two-week drydock in Freeport, Bahamas, March 26-April 6.  She will emerge from a multi-million-dollar renovation with new offerings appealing to families, including Camp Discovery Youth & Teen Center, upgraded Movies Under the Stars, Princess Luxury Bed and interconnecting staterooms, just in time for the upcoming Europe summer and fall Caribbean seasons. The cruise ship will also be wired for the Ocean Medallion launch that will be available for the 2018 summer Caribbean season.

With new amenities catering to families, Caribbean Princess not only provides comfort and technology to stay connected but enriching experiences that can be shared together as a family or in our new Camp Discovery Youth & Teen Center – all renovated with the goal of helping our guests create lifelong memories,said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises.

New Caribbean Princess family-friendly features include:

Camp Discovery
For cruisers ages 3-17, Caribbean Princess will now offer a reimagined youth center – Camp Discovery – created in partnership with Discovery Consumer Products, the licensing arm of Discovery Communications, as part of the cruise line’s Discovery at Sea program. Catering to specific age groups, there are three center themes where kids and teens can make new friends and participate in activities specially designed to help them Discover, Play, Create and Huddle, including:

  • The Treehouse, ages 3-7 (formerly Pelicans): A bright, whimsical forest and animal-themed center including captivating creatures and hands-on activities for kids to focus on play time, creativity and the world around them.
  • The Lodge, ages 8-12 (formerly Shockwaves): Inspired by the great outdoors, this cozy center is filled with sports activities and fun places for kids to explore, hang out and lounge.
  • The Beach House, for ages 13-17 (formerly Remix) offers a contemporary surf-themed lounge, featuring a cool place for teens to hang out and socialize.
New youth and teen center programming includes MythBusters science activities with new hands-on challenges, featuring show star, Tory Belleci. In addition, new Camp Discovery destination-themed programs focusing on Europe and the Caribbean to immerse young cruisers into the culture, nature and customs of this region.
Interconnection Staterooms & Upgraded Accommodations
With family travelers in mind, Caribbean Princess debuts 87 interconnecting staterooms, offering more room and comfort for all family members to enjoy.

A new HD Movies Under the Stars outdoor movie screen will offer a higher resolution picture with double the image quality of previous systems. Guests will enjoy lively concerts and hit blockbuster movies with more sound power, truer color, extreme wide angle viewing and smart contrast/brightness for optimal viewing any time of day.

Everyone can delight in the ultimate sleep at sea in the Princess Luxury Bed, as Caribbean Princess will receive 3,200 new beds and luxurious linens. Developed in collaboration with board-certified sleep expert, Dr. Michael Breus and renowned HGTV designer Candice Olson, the bed combines the science of sleep with the pinnacle of design.

In addition, Caribbean Princess offers Club Class Mini-Suites, the new premium stateroom category featuring VIP amenities and exclusive dining. This elevated mini-suite category features select perks including new Club Class Dining, a reserved dining area with expedited seating and expanded menu options as well as priority embarkation and disembarkation.

More information on enhancements will be announced shortly.

Europe 2017 and 2017 – 2018 Caribbean

The newly renovated Caribbean Princess will start her Europe season with a Transatlantic sailing on April 6th, continuing throughout the summer in the British Isles. Guests can visit iconic Edinburgh to delightful Dublin to the wonders of Paris, and marvel at the natural splendors of Iceland and the remote lands of the North Cape at the top of the world.
She will then to the Panama Canal in October, transiting the new Agua Clara locks, spending the holiday season in the Caribbean.
Additionally, for the first time in four years, Princess Cruises offers Summer Caribbean cruises, including Panama Canal transits in 2018. The Caribbean Princess returns to sail on a full summer season of voyages ranging from seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean to a 20-day Caribbean and Panama Canal Explorer.

The 2018 April to October summer program features 47 departures, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, including eight unique itineraries visiting 23 destinations in 22 countries. In addition, four ports offer late night stays so guests have more time to explore the evening offerings these destinations have to offer.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line Unveils New Class of Ships

Artist Rendering of Norwegian Cruise Line's New Leonardo Class Vessel Debuting in 2020
Artist Rendering of Norwegian Cruise Line's New Leonardo Class Vessel Debuting in 2020

Norwegian Cruise Line's New Leonardo Class Vessel From Italy's Fincantieri Shipyard.
Norwegian Cruise Line's New Leonardo Class Vessel From Italy's Fincantieri Shipyard.

Norwegian Cruise Line unveiled their latest class of cruise ships - the Leonardo Class. Resembling MSC Cruises' latest newbuild the MSC Seaside, the ship features an inverted bow and a funnel placed mid-ship. The rear of the ship resembles hotel towers soaring vertically. There is a 2 deck  wrap around lounge / Restaurant  near the stern of the ship.

The order consists of a firm order for 4 ships and an option for 2 additional ships. The first ship is expected in 2020. The ships are expected to be in the 140,000 ton range and carry 3,000 passengers double occupancy.

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