Welcome

Greetings to the many thousands of readers the past month from across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom as well as Russia, France, Germany, Japan, China, India, Hong Kong, South Korea, Vietnam and Australia.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Carnival Pride to undergo extensive to add Fun Ship 2.0 innovations prior to Baltimore deployment next spring

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES, PORT OF BALTIMORE ANNOUNCE RESUMPTION OF
YEAR-ROUND SERVICE FROM BALTIMORE IN MARCH 2015
   
MIAMI (January 30, 2014) – Carnival Cruise Lines and the Port of Baltimore today announced that the cruise line will resume year-round departures from Baltimore when the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride begins seven-day cruises in spring 2015.
 
Carnival Pride is currently based in Baltimore where it will remain through October 2014 then reposition to Tampa for a winter cruise schedule before returning to Baltimore for year-round service in March 2015, hosting nearly 120,000 guests annually.
 
In anticipation of Carnival Pride’s return to Baltimore, the ship will undergo an extensive multi-million-dollar makeover in fall 2014 that will add a host of dining, bar and entertainment innovations that are part of the line’s $500 million Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement program. 

            In addition to the new on-board features, Carnival Pride is one of several Carnival Cruise Lines ships that will be outfitted with exhaust gas cleaning technology – known as scrubbers –designed to reduce air emissions from cruise ships and large marine vessels.

Meyer Werft delivers Norwegian Getaway

Bernard Meyer, managing partner with Meyer Werft; Wolfgang Thos, Yard Captain; Rune Myre, Norwegian Getaway’s Captain; Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer.
  Miami’s ultimate ship sets sail for European Inaugurals
Bremerhaven, Germany -- January 10, 2014 – Today during a ceremony in Bremerhaven, Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the 145,655 gross ton cruise ship Norwegian Getaway from MEYER WERFT after a building period of only 15 months.

The ship, the second of two Breakaway Class ships, is being delivered just nine months after the launch of sister-ship Norwegian Breakaway.

lowing delivery today, the ship is sailing to Rotterdam for the start of inaugural festivities which will continue in Southampton before the ship departs for her transatlantic cruise to New York. The ship will be christened in Miami on February 7.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Holland America Line crowns Allyse Ishino inaugural ‘Dancing With The Stars: At Sea’ Guest Champion

SEATTLE - During the Jan. 12 Champions Cruise aboard ms Nieuw Amsterdam, Holland America Line crowned guest Allyse Ishino of Santa Ana, Calif. the line's first "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" Champion.

Ishino, who represented ms Westerdam, triumphed over 14 other guest competitors to claim the title and take home the coveted Holland America Line's "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" Mirror Ball Trophy.


Ishino danced in the ship's main show lounge in three elimination performances before making it to the finals where she executed a passionate Tango in front of a judging panel that included "Dancing with the Stars" professional dancers Tristan MacManus, Kym Johnson and Sharna Burgess, dance troupe member Jaymz Tuaileva and Nieuw Amsterdam cruise director Eric Dowis. 

"Congratulations to Allyse! We've been building up to the 'Dancing with the Stars: At Sea' Champions Cruise all year and the 15 champions gave stunning performances that excited everyone onboard and impressed our judging panels of professional dancers," said Richard Meadows, Holland America Line's executive vice president, sales, marketing and guest programs.

Explorer of the Seas returns to New Jersey after outbreak of gastrointestinal illness onboard

Royal Caribbean International Statement Regarding Explorer of the Seas

January 27, 2014          
9:00 p.m.


Explorer of the Seas is on track to return home from its 10-day cruise on Wednesday. The number of reported new cases of gastrointestinal illness has dropped sharply after a spike in the first days of the cruise, and most guests who fell ill are up and about.

The drop in new cases is encouraging. However, it is not unusual in an outbreak to still have smaller, secondary spikes. That is why, after discussions with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our medical team, we decided the most prudent course for the health of our guests and crew was to bring the cruise home on Wednesday, two days earlier than planned.

Silversea introduces enhanced personal log-in area on its website

Reservations for specialty restaurants can now be pre-booked online at 'My Silversea'

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- January 28, 2014) Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises today revealed its latest innovation to make travel planning easier.

The new "My Silversea" personal log-in area is now available at Silversea.com, enabling both guests and travel agent partners to conveniently update their profile and preferences, arrange activities prior to a reserved voyage, and access a host of additional features.

Plus, luxury travel enthusiasts who are interested in Silversea, but have never sailed with the line, can now easily register at My Silversea to receive brochures and other communications.

Say 'I Do" with Carnival's revamped wedding program

NEW CHOICES, UPGRADED AMENITIES AND MORE
 
            MIAMI (January 24, 2014) – Carnival Cruise Lines has totally revamped its popular wedding program – upgrading everything from floral arrangements, decorations and photography to delicious new culinary selections and an even greater variety of romantic on-island ceremonies – allowing couples to make their “big day” even more special and memorable.

            Available both aboard ship on embarkation day or in tropical ports of call, Carnival’s wedding packages are already immensely popular – with more than 2,600 ceremonies performed each year.

            Couples can say “I do” during unforgettable shipboard celebrations which now include a diverse array of lavishly presented culinary options and upgraded beverage service, along with new multi-tiered wedding cake choices like chocolate ganache, coconut cream, and red velvet, all baked on board.  Enhanced amenities such as a decorated wedding aisle and other traditional touches, along with upgraded champagne flutes and other keepsake items, are also included.

Spectacular ships, spectacular savings on Norwegian

Receive up to $250 to spend on board Norwegian’s three biggest ships,free balcony upgrades, and more

Norwegian Cruise Line is launching its “Spectacular Bonus Days” sale, offering exceptional savings on all three of Norwegian’s biggest and newest ships: Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway. 
Guests who book a cruise vacation on board one of these spectacular vessels from Monday, January 27 through Wednesday, February 12, 2014, can receive up to $200 per stateroom to spend on board, free balcony upgrades, reduced deposits and an e-coupon worth more than $300 in on board savings. Military, AARP, Latitudes Rewards discounts and air deals from $99 may also apply to select sailings.

Scentsational: Quercus from Penhaligon’s comes aboard Cunard Line

29 January 2014 -- Something new in the air will be aboard Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria this year: Cunard Line has joined forces with British perfumers Penhaligon’s to enhance the luxury cruise line’s in-cabin amenities.

The distinctive look and fragrance of the Royal Warrant-holder’s Quercus body lotion, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner will be introduced across the fleet in 2014.

A Royal Warrant is given to a company that supplies services or goods to a member of the United Kingdom’s Royal Family.  Only senior members of the Royal Family bestow Warrants, which the companies that receive them may proudly display.

Princess Cruises “Come Back New” Sweepstakes will receive choice of worldwide itinerary

Weekly Winners Can Record Memories with a Nikon Camera Package

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (January 29, 2014) – Princess Cruises is inviting passengers to join in the excitement of its just-launched “Come Back New” marketing campaign with a special sweepstakes, where one lucky winner will set sail on a free cruise to the destination of their choice. Weekly winners can record their cruise memories with Nikon’s new, revolutionary 1 AW1 camera.

Running through April 6, the sweepstakes is available at https://princess.promo.eprize.com/holiday. Contestants can enter simply by registering on the site, plus can get additional entries by taking a destination personality quiz or by submitting their transformative vacation photos.

“We’re celebrating the launch of our ‘Come Back New’ campaign with a great opportunity for passengers to win an unforgettable cruise vacation,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “The fortunate winner will be able to tailor the grand prize by choosing from among a world of destinations filled with opportunities to explore new cultures and capture memorable moments.”

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Disney Cruise Line debuts Europe and Alaska social video series


Disney Cruise Line just released the opening videos of two brand-new series highlighting this summer’s European and Alaskan itineraries.

The videos, titled “A Mom’s Take” and developed specifically for social channels, feature real moms sharing their experiences and expertise to help potential cruisers better plan the perfect family vacation.

The series will address topics such as different ports and what they offer, how to pack for certain itineraries, and what activities are available for children, adults and families.

A new video in each series will be released weekly through March.

Below are links to the series playlists with the first two videos, which we welcome you to share in your social spaces as a means to start new conversations, engage followers and broaden coverage of what’s new in cruising.

Europe video series: A Mom's Take: Soaking up the Sun and Sights of the Greek Isles


###

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for updates about exciting new experiences with Disney Cruise Line!

Carnival Cruise Lines launches new shore excursion best-price guarantee

Guests who book a Carnival shore excursion and find a comparable tour at a lower price will receive an onboard credit of 110 percent of the difference

            MIAMI (January 15, 2014) — Guests sailing on a Carnival cruise who book a shore excursion through the cruise line can be completely confident they are getting the best price and best value with the introduction of a new shore excursion best price guarantee.

              The only guarantee of its kind in the cruise industry, the program is now available fleetwide for all Carnival Cruise Lines shore tours on ships sailing from North America.

            Under the best price guarantee, guests who find the same tour offered by another operator at a lower price than their booked excursion either before or during their cruise can complete a claim form to receive 110 percent of the difference in the form of a shipboard credit. 

Princess Cruises presents $600,000 in donations to veterans' charities

Operation Homefront and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Receive Money Raised during Line's
"Cruising for a Cause" Sailing

Alan Buckelew presents a check for $300,000 to Jim Knotts, CEO of Operation Homefront, as a donation from Princess’ “Cruising for a Cause” sailing.

 SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (January 13, 2014) – Princess Cruises raised $600,000 during the line’s “Cruising for a Cause” fundraising cruise for veterans this past November.

The funds have been divided equally between Operation Homefront and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, with Alan Buckelew, former president and CEO of Princess Cruises and a Vietnam veteran, today presenting a $300,000 check to Jim Knotts, CEO of Operation Homefront. Buckelew previously presented a similar check to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

This special cruise offered passengers the opportunity to honor those who have served in the military as well as active duty military personnel.

A number of special guests joined the voyage, including a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired senior officers from each military branch, an award-winning war correspondent; and other respected speakers. Veterans representing all conflicts participated in the cruise, which also featured special performers, celebrities, panel discussions and military-themed events.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Norwegian launches Ultimate Dining Package


Offers guests the opportunity to experience Norwegian’s
specialty restaurants throughout their cruise 




MIAMI – January 13, 2014 -- Norwegian Cruise Line today introduced an all-new way for guests to have access to one of Norwegian’s specialty restaurants every night of their cruise.

              Called  “Norwegian’s Ultimate Dining Package,” this new program provides the opportunity for guests to  experience each of the line’s most popular specialty restaurants including Cagney’s, the line’s signature steakhouse; French bistro, Italian restaurant, Moderno Churrascaria, Asian-Fusion Restaurant and more*, at a special  rate based on the length of the cruise. The package is currently available on all Norwegian ships fleet wide.

            “We are excited to offer guests the Ultimate Dining Package, giving them the opportunity to experience each of our incredible specialty restaurants,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line's chief executive officer.

Un-Cruise Adventures releases 2015 deployment for small ship adventure cruises in Alaska

 
More Alaska cruises explore Glacier Bay National Park in 2015

Seattle, WA, January 13, 2014—Trip planning starts earlier this year with Un-Cruise Adventures’ release of its small ship adventure cruise schedule for Southeast Alaska in 2015.  Seven vessels carrying 22-88 guests offer 115 total departures from April through September. Adventure activities, culture, history, wildlife and remote wilderness star on ten itineraries ranging from one to three weeks duration.

Alaska-bound travelers with popular Glacier Bay National Park on their wish list have more opportunities to experience the park on a small ship adventure in 2015. The line’s newly released 2015 deployment shows 87 out of 115 departures visit Glacier Bay for one or more days of in-depth exploration, most including off-boat adventures of hiking and kayaking.

“We’ve developed our itineraries based on years of experience sailing in remote areas of Alaska,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO. “You will see the beauty and awe inspiring, raw nature that makes Alaska a must-see, must-explore destination.”

Savings of 40% on spring vacations with Princess Cruises' "Spring Savings Spectacular"

Sale Includes Cruises to the Caribbean, California Coast, Panama Canal, Hawaii and Tahiti

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (January 13, 2014) – Despite the winter cold, Princess Cruises is helping passengers plan that springtime vacation with a special “Spring Savings Spectacular” sale offering cruise deals of up to 40 percent off March to May 2014 sailings.

The sale, which runs through January 31, also features a bonus of up to $100 onboard credit per stateroom.

More than 100 cruises are featured in the sale, including beautiful vacation destinations throughout the Caribbean, the Aloha spirit of Hawaii, the best of the Golden State on a California Coastal, the engineering marvel of the Panama Canal, and the tropical paradise of Tahiti and the South Pacific.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Norwegian Epic to homeport in Europe year-round in 2015

MIAMI, FL – January 13, 2014 – Norwegian Cruise Line today announced that Norwegian Epic, the line’s award-winning ship, will home port year-round in Barcelona, Spain starting April 30, 2015.

Named “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly two years in a row, the 4,100 passenger, Norwegian Epic will be the largest Norwegian Cruise Line ship to ever home port in Europe year-round.

“We are excited to announce that our largest ship, Norwegian Epic, will homeport in Europe year-round in 2015,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “Norwegian Epic’s innovative accommodations, world-class entertainment and plethora of dining options are the perfect complement to the European cruise market, one of the most sought-after cruise destinations in the world.”

Friday, January 10, 2014

Carnival Corporation named clean tech award winner

BEST MARINE SOLUTIONS BY THE NEW ECONOMY

MIAMI – Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest cruise company, has been named the Best Marine Solutions Company in this year’s Clean Tech Awards by The New Economy. 
The Clean Tech Awards are given out by The New Economy, a quarterly publication whose goal is to engender financial investment and encourage discussion and debate of appropriate strategies for the promotion of global economic growth. The award winners demonstrated a commitment to producing clean technology to improve the environment in 2013.

Azamara Club Cruises raises a toast to the Golden State

Up-market Travelers can Immerse Themselves in California’s Rich Winemaking Region

MIAMI, Jan. 9, 2014 – Azamara Club Cruises is doing what it does best and immersing guests on its Coastal California Voyage in the world-famous wine region of California.

Sailing roundtrip from Los Angeles, February 10, 2014, Azamara Quest will hug the California coast calling on picturesque favorites such as Monterey and Santa Barbara, before making a grand entrance into San Francisco by sailing under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco will serve as the region’s gateway to renowned winemakers and delectable cuisine when Azamara Quest remains for three full days to offer guests ample time to visit favorite vineyards or discover new ones through exclusive opportunities.

Silversea launches new documentation package


(Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- January 9, 2014) Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises today announced the launch of its new Travel Journal.

As part of the company's 20th anniversary celebration in 2014, Silversea has given its documentation package a complete makeover, with the goal of making travel easier. The result is a versatile new Travel Journal that consolidates the traditional assortment of loose documents of booklets, wallets, and luggage tag holders.

For most voyages in 2014, guests will receive this convenient new all-in-one Travel Journal that contains the cruise ticket, air, hotel and/or land program information (if arranged through Silversea), personalized voyage itinerary, shore excursion details and other useful information.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Legends in Concert celebrates its 1000th performance at sea on Norwegian Epic



Norwegian Cruise Line marks the occasion by awarding the famed production
spectacular with a year-round, multi-year contract extension  
MIAMI – January 7, 2014 – Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that the team on board Norwegian Epic had another reason to celebrate on Friday, January 3, 2014 when the ship’s famed performance group, Legends in Concert, performed their 1000th show on board.

The momentous occasion was marked with an exciting performance by Legends’ entire cast, ensemble and crew featuring tribute artists: Steven Tyler, Katy Perry and Elvis Presley.

Following the performance, the cast was presented with a special congratulatory cake made by the ship’s Executive Chef Denton Laing. In addition, Norwegian and Legends in Concert announced that the renowned celebrity tribute production stage show will continue to perform their show onboard and delight guests through 2015.

A Decade of Excellence: Queen Mary 2 celebrates her first 10 Years

Cunard Flagship has Travelled Nearly 1.5 Million Nautical Miles and Carried 1.3 Million Passengers
Major 10th Anniversary Celebrations to Occur on 9 May and 16 May 2014 Transatlantic Crossings





7 January 2014 – Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2 will celebrate her first ten years of service in 2014.

Since her spectacular naming by Her Majesty The Queen on 8 January 2004, Queen Mary 2 has undertaken a total of 419 voyages, including over 200 Transatlantic Crossings, and has called at 182 ports in 60 countries. Please click on this link to view a special three-minute tribute video to Queen Mary 2: http://bit.ly/1koe4jr

"Since entering service in 2004, Queen Mary 2 has reigned supreme on the Atlantic and around the world, proudly carrying more than a million guests,” said David Dingle, CEO of Cunard Line.

“She has attracted awards, accolades and admiration as the greatest ocean liner ever built for a decade now and we intend to mark her first ten years of service in style.”

Penn National Gaming and Carnival Cruise Lines form strategic alliance

-- Casino Players Eligible for Complimentary and Discounted Cruises Based on Level of Play --

MIAMI, FL and WYOMISSING, PA (January 7, 2014) – Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN), one of North America’s largest casino operators, and Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s most popular cruise line, and a brand of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), announced today that they have formed an alliance to offer an array of cruise benefits to players’ club members at 18 Penn National-operated casinos in the United States.
 
Beginning in mid-April, guests of Penn National’s casinos will be eligible to receive complimentary Caribbean and Mexican cruises or other cruise offers and discounts throughout the year aboard Carnival’s 24 ships based on their level of play.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Holland America Line’s ‘Above and Beyond’ program features special savings on 2014 cruises and Land+Sea journeys to Alaska and Yukon

Holland America's Rotterdam in Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal (Jim Fox photo)
SEATTLE -- Holland America Line is launching a new Above and Beyond promotional program that allows guests to take advantage of four special offers, including an onboard spending credit that can be put toward a variety of uses.

The Above and Beyond offers are available on select 2014 sailings from June through December and feature savings for multiple destinations so guests are encouraged to book early for best stateroom selection.  

Guests who book select 2014 cruises will receive Above and Beyond promotional fares; a free Signature Beverage Package when booking ocean-view staterooms or above on select Europe cruises or an
onboard spending credit of up to $400 per stateroom if booking other destinations; free or reduced third and fourth fares; up to 10 percent savings on select summer shore excursions when booked before Feb. 28, 2014; and reduced deposits of 50 percent off the normal deposit rate

Carnival Corporation & PLC reports fourth-quarter and full-year earnings

(News Release)




MIAMI – Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) announced non-GAAP net income of $35 million, or $0.04 diluted EPS, for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 of $111 million, or $0.14 per share.

For the fourth quarter of 2013, U.S. GAAP net income, which included net unrealized gains on fuel derivatives of $31 million, was $66 million, or $0.08 diluted EPS. For the fourth quarter of 2012, U.S. GAAP net income was $93 million, or $0.12 diluted EPS. Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2013 were $3.7 billion compared to $3.6 billion for the prior year. 

Non-GAAP net income for the full year 2013 was $1.2 billion, or $1.58 diluted EPS, compared to non-GAAP net income of $1.5 billion, or $1.94 diluted EPS, for the prior year. Full year 2013 U.S. GAAP net income was $1.1 billion, or $1.39 diluted EPS compared to $1.3 billion, or $1.67 per share for the prior year. Revenues for the full year 2013 were $15.5 billion compared to $15.4 billion for the prior year.

Looking to cruise solo? A number of cruise lines offer single supplement pricing or better

For Immediate Release

Sophisticated Cruise Specialists at Crown Cruise Vacations Provide Exclusive Offers, Exceptional Value & Unparalleled Service

DETROIT Traveling solo can be a great way to relax and enjoy a cruise, but you want to be sure to plan well and that your ship and itinerary make sense, say the cruise experts at Crown Cruise Vacations.

Finding good pricing as a solo traveler can be a challenge, because the cruise lines look at the market value of their cabins on a per-person basis, and they are usually priced at double occupancy rate.

When sailing alone, you’ll pay what’s known as a “single supplement,” which means you pay for the entire cabin, and your individual rate will be higher than if you were sharing the cabin with another passenger.  However, in the interest of relaxation and solitude, many travelers find that this added expense is well worth the cost.

Emmy Award-winning choreographer and pro dancer Derek Hough to sail on Holland America Line’s ‘Dancing With the Stars: At Sea’ Champions cruise

Singer Joey Fatone, Television Personality Carson Kressley and Dance Pros Sharna Burgess and Emma Slater also Added to the Lineup

 Seattle, Wash. — Derek Hough, the Emmy Award–winning dancing professional best known for his role on the hit ABC television show “Dancing with the Stars”, is scheduled to perform on the Jan. 12, 2014, “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champions Cruise on ms Nieuw Amsterdam
 
Hough will join fellow professional dancers Tristan MacManus and Kym Johnson and actress Sabrina Bryan, who were previously announced to sail on the Champions Cruise as well as the Jan. 5, 2014, theme cruise departure aboard Nieuw Amsterdam.

Both seven-day Caribbean sailings will also now feature singer Joey Fatone, television personality Carson Kressley and professional dancers Sharna Burgess and Emma Slater.

Carnival Cruise Lines partners with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to bring ‘Seuss at Sea’ to kids and families on 'Fun Ships'

(News Release)

MIAMI – One ship, two ships, it’s Dr. Seuss on cruise ships! Carnival Cruise Lines has unveiled an exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to bring the beloved children’s brand and favorite characters to the line’s fleet of 24 “Fun Ships.”
In an industry first, the Carnival Seuss at Sea program will offer a variety of exciting and immersive onboard youth, family, dining and entertainment experiences featuring the amazing world and words of Dr. Seuss.
“It is fun to have fun but you have to know how,” said the Cat in the Hat in the iconic Dr. Seuss book. The fun on Carnival starts in the main dining room during The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat and Friends.

Norwegians catch the free upgrade wave in Europe

Receive up to $200 per stateroom to spend on board select Europe cruises,
free balcony upgrades and more

Norwegian Cruise Line continues its Wave Season celebration, offering incredible savings on the line’s award-winning cruises throughout Europe.

Guests who book a new Europe cruise reservation between January 6 and January 8, 2014, can receive up to $200 to spend on board their dream European vacation.

Guests can use their on-board credit towards a variety of incredible shore excursions in Europe, pampering treatments in the ships’ award-winning Mandara Spa, dinner in any of the ships’ specialty restaurants, and much more. Air credits of up to $1,000, Military, AARP and Latitudes Rewards discounts may also apply on select sailings.

Princess Cruises kicks off Wave Season with new “3 For Free” sales event


Passengers Booking Alaska, Europe or Caribbean Cruises Will Enjoy Complimentary
Shore Excursion Credit, Keepsake Photo and Bottle of Wine

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (January 6, 2014) – Princess Cruises is bringing back one if its most successful sales events just in time for Wave season.

The “3 for Free Sales Event, The Next Wave” offers passengers up to $280 in benefits, including shore excursion spending money, a framed keepsake photo and a bottle of wine. The sale also offers passengers a reduced deposit of only $100 to secure their cruise.

Passengers can take advantage of this offer by booking an Alaska, Europe or 7-day Caribbean cruise for summer 2014. The sale runs through February 28.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Carnival Cruise Lines announces new American Table and American Feast dinner concepts

(News Release)

MIAMI – Carnival Cruise Lines has launched new dinner concepts for the ships’ main dining rooms that have now begun aboard the Carnival Glory.

The two new concepts, American TABLE and American FEAST, reflect an increased investment by Carnival in its main dining room experience and incorporate the results of extensive testing and research conducted among Carnival’s past guests.

During the development of the new dinner concepts, the cruise line’s management team spent time interacting with the leadership at Union Square Hospitality Group, a leading New York-based entertainment, food and hospitality organization, to observe best practices and the organization’s approach to culinary excellence.

Taking inspiration from that interaction, Carnival’s culinary team developed the new dinner concepts, which will be offered during a pilot period with some variation in the dishes, presentation style and other elements to gauge additional guest feedback before rolling out the program fleetwide in the latter half of 2014 and 2015.  Other ships included in the pilot are Carnival Liberty beginning this month and Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration starting in February.