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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Carnival Corporation & PLC reports a 40-percent increase in full-year earnings




MIAMI (December 18, 2015) – Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) announced adjusted net income for the full year 2015 of $2.1 billion, or $2.70 diluted EPS, compared to $1.5 billion, or $1.93 diluted EPS, for the prior year.
Full year 2015 U.S. GAAP net income was $1.8 billion, or $2.26 diluted EPS, which included unrealized losses (non-cash) on fuel derivatives of $332 million and other net charges of $17 million. Full year 2014 U.S. GAAP net income was $1.2 billion, or $1.56 diluted EPS, which included unrealized losses (non-cash) on fuel derivatives of $268 million and other net charges of $20 million.  Revenues for the full year 2015 were $15.7 billion compared to $15.9 billion for the prior year due to the unfavorable impact from currency exchange rates of over $800 million.
Carnival Corporation & plc President and Chief Executive Officer Arnold Donald noted, “We nearly doubled our fourth quarter results and ended the year with 40 percent higher earnings. Strong operational execution delivered $0.25 per share higher earnings than the mid-point of our full year 2015 December guidance, despite a $0.10 drag from the net impact of currency and fuel prices. 

New modern luxury perks show why suites are best: Celebrity Cruises says


 
Suite Class gets even better with new Bulgari bath products, Perrier-Jouët champagne,
Sky Suite access to exclusive Michael's Club lounge, and more
 
MIAMI, FL  Modern luxury cruise brand Celebrity Cruises’ Suite Class is the height of “the suite life” at sea, and now, it just got even better. Starting this month, all Suite Class guests will begin to enjoy even more indulgent services and amenities.
 
At the center of these is a “trifecta of suiteness” found on no other premium cruise line: personal butler service that ensures guests never have to lift a finger; an exclusive restaurant, Luminae, which serves up delicious meals only for suite guests; and a private lounge featuring a dedicated concierge.
 
Other new Suite Class perks include luxurious new Bulgari bath amenities to pamper guests from head to toe and a new, mouthwatering selection of Delectable Delights – created by Celebrity’s Michelin-starred chef Cornelius Gallagher – delivered daily. Plus, select suites now will receive a bottle of Perrier-Jouët champagne on embarkation day. These benefits will begin in January 2016.

Windstar Cruises sails from Puerto Rico for the first time

Star Legend made its inaugural call at Montserrat on December 8th.

Select Windstar Caribbean Itineraries Now Include Stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Little Bay, Montserrat

Seattle, December 14, 2015 – Windstar Cruises has completed its inaugural voyage from Puerto Rico for the first time ever. On December 5, Star Legend set sail from San Juan, Puerto Rico, marking the first time Windstar has launched from a US port of call in recent history.

Windstar’s San Juan & the Virgin Islands and Caribbean Hideaway itineraries, both new for 2016, offer guests the chance to experience Little Bay, Montserrat, where Windstar is the first cruise line to make regular calls to the port since the 1995 eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano that buried the island’s capital city.

Often called the “Pompeii in the Caribbean”, Montserrat returns to the tourism business with the recent completion of the new Little Bay port, a starting point for guests to drive through the Buried City, experience the deep water harbor, and behold the majesty of what is now the tallest mountain on Montserrat, still growing out of the old city.

Norwegian Cruise Line honored again as "World's Leading Large Ship Cruise Line"


 Norwegian is named “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” for the fourth consecutive year and recognized for “World’s Leading Cruise Line Website”
 MIAMI – Norwegian Cruise Line has once again been named the “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” by the World Travel Awards, marking the fourth consecutive year that the company has been honored with this accolade. In addition, Norwegian won in a new category this year for the “World’s Leading Cruise Line Website.”


The awards were presented to Norwegian Cruise Line at the 22st annual World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala, held on December 12, 2015 in El Jadida, Morocco.  The annual awards are voted on by thousands of travel and tourism professionals from across the globe and honor travel companies that provide outstanding products and customer service.  

Food, glorious food at sea!



   Out to Sea for Dec. 19/15

   (c) By Jim and Barb Fox

   Ah, yes the all-inclusive cruise vacation buffet – morning, noon, night and “midnight.”
   Those lavish all-you-can eat buffets at sea are included in the price of admission, with some of them open 24 hours a day, along with room service, pizza joints and late-night “snacks.”
   “Most people think of a deluxe buffet when they think of cruise dining and, while that is one option, there are plenty of additional dining delights available on a cruise ship,” said Cindy D’Aoust of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
The Pinnacle restaurant is a fine-dining option at an additional charge on Holland America ships where the legendary Le Cirque restaurant is recreated on one night each voyage. (Barbara Fox photo)
    “Today’s cruises offer specialty dining options that invite guests for once-in-a-lifetime palate experiences,” she added.
   The terms epicurean experiences, haute cuisine and culinary delights can now be applied to cruise ship experiences.
   Cruise travellers know to expect the unexpected when it comes to cuisine, so pick your ship options carefully to fit your palate.
   The trend is for cruise lines to offer numerous options to satisfy any appetite and please any palate.
   This ranges from specialty menus to made-to-order dishes, with a wide range of dining options that might surprise even the most seasoned traveller.
Carnival ships have added the popular casual Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint. (Jim Fox photo)
  

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Un-Cruise Adventures adds land tours in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska



Rocky Mountaineer and Denali/Knik River tours extend the Un-Cruise experience to shore
 
Adventurers embarking on a small ship adventure cruise in Alaska or a river cruise on the Columbia & Snake Rivers may now extend their Un-Cruise experience on shore with two new land tours. Beginning in 2016, Un-Cruise Adventures offers a Denali Park & Knik River Adventure tour and a train journey through Canada and the Pacific Northwest aboard the Rocky Mountaineer.

“Our guests say they’re interested in extending their trips with us, so we’re developing land tours to connect with our cruises,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO. “We are offering land tours that match our unrushed, uncrowded, unbelievable concept delivered by our ships to ensure our spirit of adventure extends through all we do.”

A scenic train journey explores the Sea to Sky corridor and the Canadian Rockies. The Rocky Mountaineer extension has two itineraries combinable with either Alaska or Columbia & Snake River cruises.

Norwegian says 'aloha' to paradise with new freestyle choice in Hawaii

(News Release)
Dec. 1, 2015

Norwegian Cruise Line has introduced a special promotional offer exclusively for those who wish to explore the majestic state of Hawai`i. Norwegian’s Freestyle Choice Hawai`i will allow guests who book a new cruise vacation now through April 29, 2016 to enjoy up to $980 in added value offers.

            Guests who book a new seven-day inter-island Hawai`i cruise for sailings through April 29, 2017 aboard Pride of America in any stateroom category will have the freedom to select one of four great offers to enhance their cruising experience including a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay*, a free Specialty Dining Package**, free pre-paid gratuities for the first and second guest in the stateroom, or a free $50 per port shore excursion credits in up to four ports. Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America will receive all four offers, turning their cruise into a nearly all-inclusive experience.

            This port-packed itinerary gives guests the opportunity to explore the islands of Hawai`i on seven-day inter-island cruises, year-round from Honolulu. Offering nearly 100 hours of port time, Pride of America visits Hawai`i’s four main islands, including an overnight in Kahului, Maui; an overnight in Nãwiliwili, Kauai; stops in Hilo, Hawai`i and Kona, Hawai`i; as well as an afternoon cruise by the spectacular Nãpali Coast.

Celebrating America's national parks with a small ship cruise

(News Release)
 
How to Honor America’s National Parks Centennial?
AdventureSmith Explorations Suggests - Cruise a Park

TAHOE CITY, CA – Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) in the spirit of 2016’s National Park Centennial Celebration offers the most unique way to experience our National Parks: cruise a park.

While Alaska has the whale’s share of cruises in National Parks, and thus choices of ship size and amenities, the San Juan Islands and Oregon’s Columbia River are key players as well.

ALASKA
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve covers over three million acres with open ocean and fjord coastlines spanning most of its perimeter. This means that the small vessels that AdventureSmith Explorations employs access many of the coves and landings around hundreds of miles. Examples of itineraries here are three eight-day programs: Exploring Muir’s Wilderness on the 84-guest Safari Endeavor; Northern Passages & Glacier Bay on the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer, 74-guest Wilderness Explorer or 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer; and Discoverers Glacier Country on the 22-guest Safari Quest, the 36-guest Safari Explorer, the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer or the 84-guest Safari Endeavour.

New destination-rich experiences feature chef-led shore excursions, regional experts, authentic cuisine and local entertainment


 
Introducing the New Bucket List:
Celebrity Cruises Reveals New Sailings, Destinations and Overnights in 2017-2018
MIAMI – Dec. 1, 2015  Modern luxury cruise brand Celebrity Cruises is introducing its 2017-2018 cruises and has packed in so many of the world’s best experiences that vacationers will want to rewrite their bucket lists.
The premium line’s richest season yet offers many firsts for guests to choose from among 282 destinations in 76 countries that include new ports of call, 236 exciting overnights in 55 cities and 31 double overnight stays in 10 different ports.
Today, Celebrity has revealed its new Alaska, Bermuda and Canada/New England cruises, the first series of the “Go Celebrity!” campaign to open for sale.
Two ships in this lineup are part of a $16 million refresh initiative, Celebrity Infinity in Alaska and Celebrity Summit in Bermuda and Canada/New England. More destinations will be unveiled this month. Valued Captain’s Club members have early priority access to begin planning their ultimate vacation, three days before the 2017-2018 sailings open to the general public on Friday, Dec. 4.

Carnival Live expands to include performances by comedian Kathy Griffin

MIAMI (December 3, 2015) – Carnival Cruise Line has expanded its popular Carnival LIVE entertainment concept to include two hilarious performances by two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin in February 2016. 

Bringing the best in live entertainment to the seas, Carnival LIVE is a one-of-a-kind on-board experience that provides guests an opportunity to enjoy performances by major artists at a great value.  Performances are held in the ships’ main theaters – ranging in guest capacity from 900 to 1,300 – meaning there’s never a bad seat in the house.  

Griffin will showcase her distinctive brand of pull-no-punches comedy with two shows while ships are docked in Cozumel – one aboard Carnival Fantasy February 24 and another aboard Carnival Breeze February 25.  

Known for pulling the veil back on current events in an ever-changing show that is inspired by this year’s political landscape, pop culture news and her personal run-ins with celebrities and other “questionable figures,” Griffin has achieved legendary status for her take-no-prisoners approach to comedy.

Cruise line commits to cage-free eggs and gestation-crate free pork

ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD. HATCHES PLAN FOR CAGE-FREE EGGS

MIAMI, December 3, 2015 – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. will provide guests with cage-free eggs over the coming years. The cruise company is committing to 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2022, building on an initiative that first introduced cage-free eggs into its supply chain in 2010.

“By moving to 100 percent cage-free eggs we are not only delivering quality food, but acting responsibly when it comes to the welfare of animals in the food system,” said Mike Jones, Vice President, Supply Chain, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. 

In recent years the cruise company has undertaken significant efforts to provide sustainably sourced food for guests including sourcing pork from gestation crate free suppliers. As a result the company also is committing to sourcing all of its pork from gestation-free crates by 2022.  

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Princess Cruises' 2016 Europe cruise offerings feature new destinations and diverse vacation options

Princess Cruises' 2016 Europe season offers five ships sailing to over 130 destinations
from the corners of the Mediterranean to the northernmost tip of Europe.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. –  Princess Cruises 2016 cruise vacations to Europe feature five ships sailing to over 130 destinations from the corners of the Mediterranean to the northernmost tip of Europe.


Guests can choose from itineraries ranging from three to 48 days and on ships ranging from the cruise line’s newest and largest Royal Princess and Regal Princess; to its deluxe Caribbean Princess and Emerald Princess; and its small ship, Pacific Princess, which will visit off-the-beaten path destinations never before visited by the line.

The 2016 season includes the cruise line’s return to the Canary Islands and many maiden ports of call for Princess in Croatia, Ireland, Norway and Scotland.  All 2016 Europe cruises are open for bookings.

“Princess has long been hailed as offering the best cruise itineraries and we’re not resting on our laurels,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president.

Cunard Line history: Launch of the Lazy Lizzy


This article, written by Michael Gallagher, public relations executive and historian
for Cunard Line, is part of an ongoing series of key moments in Cunard Line's history



 
Cunard Line’s “Q4” at the John Brown & Co Shipyard on the Clyde River
before her launch on 20 September 1967.
 
Preparations for the launch of the new Cunarder at the John Brown & Co shipyard on the Clyde – known as “Q4” by Cunard Line and “736” by the shipyard – had been going on for some weeks before the big day of 20 September 1967.


It was planned that the new liner would glide toward the river at 22 miles an hour with the last shore fetters, the massive drag links, running out in a thunderous roar. There were ten bundles of them on each side of the ship. Each weighed 70 tons – 1,400 tons in all to steady the liner’s slide into the river and on to the sea.

The ship was expected to be gliding at 19 miles per hour as she hit the water, pushing away 20,000 tons of water – her own launching weight. About 150 men would be aboard the empty shell ready for any emergency, and 161 men would work ashore to ensure a smooth launch.

AdventureSmith Explorations expands program in Pacific, now offers New Zealand’s most diverse Small Ship Cruising Collection

(News Release)

TAHOE CITY, CA – Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com is showcasing three new vessels and four new cruise itineraries in New Zealand that will yield the most diverse, well-rounded complement of cruise options in the region.

“These new cruises round out our current New Zealand program to offer AdventureSmith Explorations’ travelers the widest variety of ship sizes, itineraries and price ranges available,” explained Todd Smith, founder. With four vessels carrying 16, 24, 32 or 72 guests, there’s a New Zealand cruise option for every travel style and budget.

Each of the three recently added vessels is family owned and operated providing guests with an authentic introduction to Kiwi culture and customs. Passengers will enjoy access to sights only a small ship can provide while being immersed in legendary New Zealand hospitality.

Those cruising the coastline of this two-island country that the indigenous Maori call Aotearoa, or “Land of the Long White Cloud,” can select environments ranging from sub Antarctic to temperate. In the colder south where temperatures may hover at 50 degrees, small ships access the remote wilderness of the Fiordlands; on a northern circuit, guests can bask through the Bay of Islands surrounded by an abundance of tropical foliage.

Three ships that have been purpose-built for cruising New Zealand waters are the Affinity, Island Passage and Milford Wanderer, together offering varied budget and cruise style options.

Two Celebrity Cruises ships to undergo bold, new refreshing


Stunning ships to become even more modern and luxurious with
new outdoor venue, lavish suites, and a popular specialty restaurant

MIAMI, FL – Building on the multi-million dollar investment in previously “Solsticizing” its Millennium Class ships, now Celebrity Cruises is making even more upgrades to two of these ships, with a series of exciting refreshes that will elevate the modern luxury experience onboard.
 
As the first cruise line to offer a spacious lawn of real, growing grass on the top decks of its ships, Celebrity will expand its lineup of modern, luxurious outdoor spaces this month, when Celebrity Infinity receives a new “Rooftop Terrace” venue – the first in Celebrity’s fleet – during a scheduled drydock.

Featuring chic, comfortable furniture and unique artistic elements, a large, outdoor film screen and stereo surround sound will highlight this space, which fuses movies with unique food experiences.
 
 
The drydock work also will broaden Celebrity’s commitment to its Suite Class, with significant renovations to the ships’ Penthouse and Royal Suites, and will include conversion of the ship’s specialty restaurant to one of Celebrity’s signature venues, Tuscan Grille.  Celebrity Summit will follow with a similar scheduled drydock in March of 2016.

Carnival Cruise Line to dedicate two ships to Chinese market


MIAMI AND SHANGHAI  -- Carnival Cruise Line, the largest brand under Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), has announced an initial commitment of two ships to the China market beginning with Carnival Miracle in spring 2017 followed by Carnival Splendor in spring 2018. Both ships will be based in China year round. 

Carnival Miracle and Carnival Splendor will offer the memorable, high quality vacation experience Carnival is known for featuring exceptional service and hospitality in a fun and friendly atmosphere. "Carnival is the world's most popular cruise line and our style of cruising appeals to guests of all ages and particularly families," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

"We attract more than 4.5 million guests a year and, as the family cruise leader, we also carry more than 700,000 children each year.  Multi-generational families also choose to vacation with Carnival more than any other cruise brand.  We look forward to bringing our one-of-a-kind, exceptionally popular cruise experience to the Chinese market."

The suite life will be even sweeter with upgrades on Holland America Line’s Signature- and Vista-class ships


   Seattle, Wash. – As part of a $300-million brand enhancement initiative, Holland America Line is planning exciting enhancements to its top staterooms with new furnishings, décor, amenities and upgrades for all suites on the line’s Signature-, Vista- and R-Class ships.
The first ships to undergo the suite transformation will be ms Eurodam and ms Oosterdam, followed by ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Westerdam, ms Zuiderdam and ms Noordam. Additionally, ms Amsterdam, ms Rotterdam, ms Volendam and ms Zaandam will receive the suite enhancements as they head into their scheduled dry docks over the next few years.


Eurodam is scheduled to go into refit Dec. 7-20, 2015, at Freeport, Bahamas, and Oosterdam will head into dry dock April 3-18, 2016, at Fincantieri’s yard at Palermo, Sicily.


“Our suites are the epitome of luxury and pampering, and the new amenities and upgrades will ensure that our suite guests will continue to enjoy the finest in cruise accommodations,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

AdventureSmith Explorations thinks outside the boat with Costa Rica – By land, air and sea

(News Release)
   TAHOE CITY, CA – Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations adventuresmithexplorations.com has Costa Rica on its mind.
 

Booking incentives with significant savings are available immediately for travelers wanting to experience this exotic destination and in October 2016 a new cruise adventure joins AdventureSmith’s Costa Rica portfolio, the largest selection of small ship cruises in the region, with an option for every style and budget. Plus, company founder Todd Smith has custom-created a new coast-to-coast exploration that flies guests from eco-lodges on the Caribbean to accommodations on the Pacific.

Guests booking the eight-day Costa Rica & the Panama Canal by Nov. 30, 2015, receive a $500 per person or $1,000 per cabin air credit on Nov. 28 or Dec. 12, 2015 departures. Also, on select 2015 and 2016 departures guests also receive a complimentary one-night pre or post Panama City extension and a complimentary hotel night in Panama City at the end of the voyage. Before booking incentives the rate is from $5,990 per person, double. The small ship is the 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Lion.
 

Disney Cruise Line "dreams a little bigger" with enhancements to the Disney Dream


  Disney Cruise Line has unveiled a first look at new enhancements to the Disney Dream.

Additions include two new interactive youth areas, one themed to Star Wars and another to Disney Infinity.

Also new is a whimsical sweet shop serving handmade gelato, ice cream and candy treats. The ever-popular Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique also made its debut on the ship. For adults, a new splash pool and sun deck provide an oasis for relaxing.
 
To view the blog post, please see: Top Five New Spaces on the Disney Dream


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Star Wars play area and Disney Infinity interactive adventures come to life for kids while other treats are in store for families and adults

CELEBRATION, Fla. – New experiences and fun await guests sailing the Disney Dream, which has returned from a three-week dry dock.  Headlining the ship’s enhancements are two new interactive youth areas, one themed to Star Wars and another to Disney Infinity. Also new is a whimsical sweet shop serving handmade gelato and the ever-popular Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. For adults, a new splash pool and sun deck provide an oasis for relaxing.
Here is a glimpse at what is in store for guests of all ages:
Star Wars Area Brings Force-filled Fun for Children
A newly themed area in Disney’s Oceaneer Club, open to ages three to 12, delights children with an out-of-this-galaxy experience inspired by the Star Wars saga.
Kids are transported to a far away galaxy at Star Wars: Millennium Falcon, a Force-filled play area inspired by the spacecraft from the legendary saga. Upon entering the spaceship, younglings join the Rebel Alliance in the epic battle of good versus evil by assisting with navigation of this powerful space vehicle. Sitting in the cockpit, children can pilot the super-cool spaceship through hyperspace and trigger lightspeed jumps to different locations around the galaxy.
In Millennium Falcon, children can express their creativity through Star Wars-themed crafts, games and activities. They can also watch episodes from the new Disney XD animated series, “Star Wars Rebels,” on a large screen or virtually join the rebellion at gaming stations featuring the series’ action-packed adventures.
The excitement continues during a shipboard version of the popular Jedi Training experience that invites young Jedi hopefuls to learn lightsaber moves from a Jedi Master.
High-Tech Disney Infinity Space Adds Adventure for Kids
Also in the Oceaneer Club, a high-tech interactive space based on the Disney Infinity video game offers more fun for kids.
In the Disney Infinity area, children can experience a whole new way of playing together with exciting virtual experiences and immersive activities. Customized, on-screen adventures bring to life characters and stories from across The Walt Disney Company.
The complete set of Disney Infinity character figures is on display for creative inspiration and available for gameplay. Kids visiting this special room – found only on the Disney Dream – can also unlock exclusive Disney Cruise Line content that they can continue to enjoy when playing Disney Infinity at home.
Special activities bring the virtual gameplay experience to life in the real world. For example, a life-sized Disney Infinity Base sets the stage where children take the place of character figures for a group gaming experience unlike any other. Lighting up in response to gameplay on a large screen, this interactive floor allows kids to be immersed in the Toy Box.
Specialty Sweet Shop for Families
Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats satisfies the sweet tooth of cruisers of all ages, with handmade gelato and ice cream, an assortment of candy, and delectable novelty treats for purchase. New to Deck 11, the smell of freshly baked waffle cones and candy lingers from the specialty store’s two entrances, inside Cabanas restaurant and outside by the pool deck.
Resembling the whimsical candy land of the Sugar Rush race car game in “Wreck-It Ralph,” the sweet shop’s décor features nods to the film, including a race track, gas pump-style gumball dispensers, Vanellope’s race car and King Candy’s throne.
New flavors of gelato and ice cream are offered daily, along with a wide selection of toppings. Signature sundaes include Vanellope Von Schweetz’s Race Kart Sundae, served in Vanellope’s very own race car, and Ralph’s Family Challenge Sundae, presented in a trophy cup and made with eight heaping scoops of ice cream, meant for the entire family to share.
Magical Makeover Salon for Princesses and Pirates
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on Deck 5 midship brings to life the storybook fantasies of young guests with pixie-dusted and piratical makeovers. This very special salon offers aspiring princesses and knights ages three to 12 the chance to transform into royalty with the help of a fairy godmother-in-training. On pirate party night this boutique becomes The Pirates League where swashbuckling pirates of all ages will have the opportunity to unleash their inner buccaneer.
Cool and Comfortable Retreat for Adults
Exclusively for adults, Deck 13 forward includes a new water feature, Satellite Falls, a circular splash pool with benches and a gently falling rain curtain that provides cool comfort. Around this upper deck, adult guests can soak up the sun in loungers or relax in the shade under a canopy.
To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.
- See more at: http://dclnews.com/2015/04/21/disney-cruise-line-dreams-a-little-bigger-with-enhancements-to-the-disney-dream-this-fall/#sthash.zTgI60N0.dpuf

Star Wars play area and Disney Infinity interactive adventures come to life for kids while other treats are in store for families and adults

CELEBRATION, Fla. – New experiences and fun await guests sailing the Disney Dream, which has returned from a three-week dry dock.  Headlining the ship’s enhancements are two new interactive youth areas, one themed to Star Wars and another to Disney Infinity. Also new is a whimsical sweet shop serving handmade gelato and the ever-popular Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. For adults, a new splash pool and sun deck provide an oasis for relaxing.
Here is a glimpse at what is in store for guests of all ages:
Star Wars Area Brings Force-filled Fun for Children
A newly themed area in Disney’s Oceaneer Club, open to ages three to 12, delights children with an out-of-this-galaxy experience inspired by the Star Wars saga.
Kids are transported to a far away galaxy at Star Wars: Millennium Falcon, a Force-filled play area inspired by the spacecraft from the legendary saga. Upon entering the spaceship, younglings join the Rebel Alliance in the epic battle of good versus evil by assisting with navigation of this powerful space vehicle. Sitting in the cockpit, children can pilot the super-cool spaceship through hyperspace and trigger lightspeed jumps to different locations around the galaxy.
In Millennium Falcon, children can express their creativity through Star Wars-themed crafts, games and activities. They can also watch episodes from the new Disney XD animated series, “Star Wars Rebels,” on a large screen or virtually join the rebellion at gaming stations featuring the series’ action-packed adventures.
The excitement continues during a shipboard version of the popular Jedi Training experience that invites young Jedi hopefuls to learn lightsaber moves from a Jedi Master.
High-Tech Disney Infinity Space Adds Adventure for Kids
Also in the Oceaneer Club, a high-tech interactive space based on the Disney Infinity video game offers more fun for kids.
In the Disney Infinity area, children can experience a whole new way of playing together with exciting virtual experiences and immersive activities. Customized, on-screen adventures bring to life characters and stories from across The Walt Disney Company.
The complete set of Disney Infinity character figures is on display for creative inspiration and available for gameplay. Kids visiting this special room – found only on the Disney Dream – can also unlock exclusive Disney Cruise Line content that they can continue to enjoy when playing Disney Infinity at home.
Special activities bring the virtual gameplay experience to life in the real world. For example, a life-sized Disney Infinity Base sets the stage where children take the place of character figures for a group gaming experience unlike any other. Lighting up in response to gameplay on a large screen, this interactive floor allows kids to be immersed in the Toy Box.
Specialty Sweet Shop for Families
Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats satisfies the sweet tooth of cruisers of all ages, with handmade gelato and ice cream, an assortment of candy, and delectable novelty treats for purchase. New to Deck 11, the smell of freshly baked waffle cones and candy lingers from the specialty store’s two entrances, inside Cabanas restaurant and outside by the pool deck.
Resembling the whimsical candy land of the Sugar Rush race car game in “Wreck-It Ralph,” the sweet shop’s décor features nods to the film, including a race track, gas pump-style gumball dispensers, Vanellope’s race car and King Candy’s throne.
New flavors of gelato and ice cream are offered daily, along with a wide selection of toppings. Signature sundaes include Vanellope Von Schweetz’s Race Kart Sundae, served in Vanellope’s very own race car, and Ralph’s Family Challenge Sundae, presented in a trophy cup and made with eight heaping scoops of ice cream, meant for the entire family to share.
Magical Makeover Salon for Princesses and Pirates
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on Deck 5 midship brings to life the storybook fantasies of young guests with pixie-dusted and piratical makeovers. This very special salon offers aspiring princesses and knights ages three to 12 the chance to transform into royalty with the help of a fairy godmother-in-training. On pirate party night this boutique becomes The Pirates League where swashbuckling pirates of all ages will have the opportunity to unleash their inner buccaneer.
Cool and Comfortable Retreat for Adults
Exclusively for adults, Deck 13 forward includes a new water feature, Satellite Falls, a circular splash pool with benches and a gently falling rain curtain that provides cool comfort. Around this upper deck, adult guests can soak up the sun in loungers or relax in the shade under a canopy.
To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.
- See more at: http://dclnews.com/2015/04/21/disney-cruise-line-dreams-a-little-bigger-with-enhancements-to-the-disney-dream-this-fall/#sthash.zTgI60N0.dpuf

Star Wars play area and Disney Infinity interactive adventures come to life for kids while other treats are in store for families and adults

CELEBRATION, Fla. – New experiences and fun await guests sailing the Disney Dream, which has returned from a three-week dry dock.  Headlining the ship’s enhancements are two new interactive youth areas, one themed to Star Wars and another to Disney Infinity. Also new is a whimsical sweet shop serving handmade gelato and the ever-popular Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. For adults, a new splash pool and sun deck provide an oasis for relaxing.
Here is a glimpse at what is in store for guests of all ages:
Star Wars Area Brings Force-filled Fun for Children
A newly themed area in Disney’s Oceaneer Club, open to ages three to 12, delights children with an out-of-this-galaxy experience inspired by the Star Wars saga.
Kids are transported to a far away galaxy at Star Wars: Millennium Falcon, a Force-filled play area inspired by the spacecraft from the legendary saga. Upon entering the spaceship, younglings join the Rebel Alliance in the epic battle of good versus evil by assisting with navigation of this powerful space vehicle. Sitting in the cockpit, children can pilot the super-cool spaceship through hyperspace and trigger lightspeed jumps to different locations around the galaxy.
In Millennium Falcon, children can express their creativity through Star Wars-themed crafts, games and activities. They can also watch episodes from the new Disney XD animated series, “Star Wars Rebels,” on a large screen or virtually join the rebellion at gaming stations featuring the series’ action-packed adventures.
The excitement continues during a shipboard version of the popular Jedi Training experience that invites young Jedi hopefuls to learn lightsaber moves from a Jedi Master.
High-Tech Disney Infinity Space Adds Adventure for Kids
Also in the Oceaneer Club, a high-tech interactive space based on the Disney Infinity video game offers more fun for kids.
In the Disney Infinity area, children can experience a whole new way of playing together with exciting virtual experiences and immersive activities. Customized, on-screen adventures bring to life characters and stories from across The Walt Disney Company.
The complete set of Disney Infinity character figures is on display for creative inspiration and available for gameplay. Kids visiting this special room – found only on the Disney Dream – can also unlock exclusive Disney Cruise Line content that they can continue to enjoy when playing Disney Infinity at home.
Special activities bring the virtual gameplay experience to life in the real world. For example, a life-sized Disney Infinity Base sets the stage where children take the place of character figures for a group gaming experience unlike any other. Lighting up in response to gameplay on a large screen, this interactive floor allows kids to be immersed in the Toy Box.
Specialty Sweet Shop for Families
Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats satisfies the sweet tooth of cruisers of all ages, with handmade gelato and ice cream, an assortment of candy, and delectable novelty treats for purchase. New to Deck 11, the smell of freshly baked waffle cones and candy lingers from the specialty store’s two entrances, inside Cabanas restaurant and outside by the pool deck.
Resembling the whimsical candy land of the Sugar Rush race car game in “Wreck-It Ralph,” the sweet shop’s décor features nods to the film, including a race track, gas pump-style gumball dispensers, Vanellope’s race car and King Candy’s throne.
New flavors of gelato and ice cream are offered daily, along with a wide selection of toppings. Signature sundaes include Vanellope Von Schweetz’s Race Kart Sundae, served in Vanellope’s very own race car, and Ralph’s Family Challenge Sundae, presented in a trophy cup and made with eight heaping scoops of ice cream, meant for the entire family to share.
Magical Makeover Salon for Princesses and Pirates
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on Deck 5 midship brings to life the storybook fantasies of young guests with pixie-dusted and piratical makeovers. This very special salon offers aspiring princesses and knights ages three to 12 the chance to transform into royalty with the help of a fairy godmother-in-training. On pirate party night this boutique becomes The Pirates League where swashbuckling pirates of all ages will have the opportunity to unleash their inner buccaneer.
Cool and Comfortable Retreat for Adults
Exclusively for adults, Deck 13 forward includes a new water feature, Satellite Falls, a circular splash pool with benches and a gently falling rain curtain that provides cool comfort. Around this upper deck, adult guests can soak up the sun in loungers or relax in the shade under a canopy.
To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.
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Disney Cruise Line Dreams a Little Bigger with New Enhancements to the Disney Dream
 
Today on the Disney Parks Blog, Disney Cruise Line unveiled a first look at new enhancements to the Disney Dream. Additions include two new interactive youth areas, one themed to Star Wars and another to Disney Infinity.  Also new is a whimsical sweet shop serving handmade gelato, ice cream and candy treats. The ever-popular Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique also made its debut on the ship. For adults, a new splash pool and sun deck provide an oasis for relaxing.
 
To view the blog post, please see: Top Five New Spaces on the Disney Dream
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tar Wars play area and Disney Infinity interactive adventures come to life for kids while other treats are in store for families and adults

CELEBRATION, Fla. – New experiences and fun await guests sailing the Disney Dream, which has returned from a three-week dry dock.  Headlining the ship’s enhancements are two new interactive youth areas, one themed to Star Wars and another to Disney Infinity. Also new is a whimsical sweet shop serving handmade gelato and the ever-popular Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. For adults, a new splash pool and sun deck provide an oasis for relaxing.
Here is a glimpse at what is in store for guests of all ages:
Star Wars Area Brings Force-filled Fun for Children
A newly themed area in Disney’s Oceaneer Club, open to ages three to 12, delights children with an out-of-this-galaxy experience inspired by the Star Wars saga.
Kids are transported to a far away galaxy at Star Wars: Millennium Falcon, a Force-filled play area inspired by the spacecraft from the legendary saga. Upon entering the spaceship, younglings join the Rebel Alliance in the epic battle of good versus evil by assisting with navigation of this powerful space vehicle. Sitting in the cockpit, children can pilot the super-cool spaceship through hyperspace and trigger lightspeed jumps to different locations around the galaxy.
In Millennium Falcon, children can express their creativity through Star Wars-themed crafts, games and activities. They can also watch episodes from the new Disney XD animated series, “Star Wars Rebels,” on a large screen or virtually join the rebellion at gaming stations featuring the series’ action-packed adventures.
The excitement continues during a shipboard version of the popular Jedi Training experience that invites young Jedi hopefuls to learn lightsaber moves from a Jedi Master.
High-Tech Disney Infinity Space Adds Adventure for Kids
Also in the Oceaneer Club, a high-tech interactive space based on the Disney Infinity video game offers more fun for kids.
In the Disney Infinity area, children can experience a whole new way of playing together with exciting virtual experiences and immersive activities. Customized, on-screen adventures bring to life characters and stories from across The Walt Disney Company.
The complete set of Disney Infinity character figures is on display for creative inspiration and available for gameplay. Kids visiting this special room – found only on the Disney Dream – can also unlock exclusive Disney Cruise Line content that they can continue to enjoy when playing Disney Infinity at home.
Special activities bring the virtual gameplay experience to life in the real world. For example, a life-sized Disney Infinity Base sets the stage where children take the place of character figures for a group gaming experience unlike any other. Lighting up in response to gameplay on a large screen, this interactive floor allows kids to be immersed in the Toy Box.
Specialty Sweet Shop for Families
Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats satisfies the sweet tooth of cruisers of all ages, with handmade gelato and ice cream, an assortment of candy, and delectable novelty treats for purchase. New to Deck 11, the smell of freshly baked waffle cones and candy lingers from the specialty store’s two entrances, inside Cabanas restaurant and outside by the pool deck.
Resembling the whimsical candy land of the Sugar Rush race car game in “Wreck-It Ralph,” the sweet shop’s décor features nods to the film, including a race track, gas pump-style gumball dispensers, Vanellope’s race car and King Candy’s throne.
New flavors of gelato and ice cream are offered daily, along with a wide selection of toppings. Signature sundaes include Vanellope Von Schweetz’s Race Kart Sundae, served in Vanellope’s very own race car, and Ralph’s Family Challenge Sundae, presented in a trophy cup and made with eight heaping scoops of ice cream, meant for the entire family to share.
Magical Makeover Salon for Princesses and Pirates
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on Deck 5 midship brings to life the storybook fantasies of young guests with pixie-dusted and piratical makeovers. This very special salon offers aspiring princesses and knights ages three to 12 the chance to transform into royalty with the help of a fairy godmother-in-training. On pirate party night this boutique becomes The Pirates League where swashbuckling pirates of all ages will have the opportunity to unleash their inner buccaneer.
Cool and Comfortable Retreat for Adults
Exclusively for adults, Deck 13 forward includes a new water feature, Satellite Falls, a circular splash pool with benches and a gently falling rain curtain that provides cool comfort. Around this upper deck, adult guests can soak up the sun in loungers or relax in the shade under a canopy.
To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.
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tar Wars play area and Disney Infinity interactive adventures come to life for kids while other treats are in store for families and adults

CELEBRATION, Fla. – New experiences and fun await guests sailing the Disney Dream, which has returned from a three-week dry dock.  Headlining the ship’s enhancements are two new interactive youth areas, one themed to Star Wars and another to Disney Infinity. Also new is a whimsical sweet shop serving handmade gelato and the ever-popular Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. For adults, a new splash pool and sun deck provide an oasis for relaxing.
Here is a glimpse at what is in store for guests of all ages:
Star Wars Area Brings Force-filled Fun for Children
A newly themed area in Disney’s Oceaneer Club, open to ages three to 12, delights children with an out-of-this-galaxy experience inspired by the Star Wars saga.
Kids are transported to a far away galaxy at Star Wars: Millennium Falcon, a Force-filled play area inspired by the spacecraft from the legendary saga. Upon entering the spaceship, younglings join the Rebel Alliance in the epic battle of good versus evil by assisting with navigation of this powerful space vehicle. Sitting in the cockpit, children can pilot the super-cool spaceship through hyperspace and trigger lightspeed jumps to different locations around the galaxy.
In Millennium Falcon, children can express their creativity through Star Wars-themed crafts, games and activities. They can also watch episodes from the new Disney XD animated series, “Star Wars Rebels,” on a large screen or virtually join the rebellion at gaming stations featuring the series’ action-packed adventures.
The excitement continues during a shipboard version of the popular Jedi Training experience that invites young Jedi hopefuls to learn lightsaber moves from a Jedi Master.
High-Tech Disney Infinity Space Adds Adventure for Kids
Also in the Oceaneer Club, a high-tech interactive space based on the Disney Infinity video game offers more fun for kids.
In the Disney Infinity area, children can experience a whole new way of playing together with exciting virtual experiences and immersive activities. Customized, on-screen adventures bring to life characters and stories from across The Walt Disney Company.
The complete set of Disney Infinity character figures is on display for creative inspiration and available for gameplay. Kids visiting this special room – found only on the Disney Dream – can also unlock exclusive Disney Cruise Line content that they can continue to enjoy when playing Disney Infinity at home.
Special activities bring the virtual gameplay experience to life in the real world. For example, a life-sized Disney Infinity Base sets the stage where children take the place of character figures for a group gaming experience unlike any other. Lighting up in response to gameplay on a large screen, this interactive floor allows kids to be immersed in the Toy Box.
Specialty Sweet Shop for Families
Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats satisfies the sweet tooth of cruisers of all ages, with handmade gelato and ice cream, an assortment of candy, and delectable novelty treats for purchase. New to Deck 11, the smell of freshly baked waffle cones and candy lingers from the specialty store’s two entrances, inside Cabanas restaurant and outside by the pool deck.
Resembling the whimsical candy land of the Sugar Rush race car game in “Wreck-It Ralph,” the sweet shop’s décor features nods to the film, including a race track, gas pump-style gumball dispensers, Vanellope’s race car and King Candy’s throne.
New flavors of gelato and ice cream are offered daily, along with a wide selection of toppings. Signature sundaes include Vanellope Von Schweetz’s Race Kart Sundae, served in Vanellope’s very own race car, and Ralph’s Family Challenge Sundae, presented in a trophy cup and made with eight heaping scoops of ice cream, meant for the entire family to share.
Magical Makeover Salon for Princesses and Pirates
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on Deck 5 midship brings to life the storybook fantasies of young guests with pixie-dusted and piratical makeovers. This very special salon offers aspiring princesses and knights ages three to 12 the chance to transform into royalty with the help of a fairy godmother-in-training. On pirate party night this boutique becomes The Pirates League where swashbuckling pirates of all ages will have the opportunity to unleash their inner buccaneer.
Cool and Comfortable Retreat for Adults
Exclusively for adults, Deck 13 forward includes a new water feature, Satellite Falls, a circular splash pool with benches and a gently falling rain curtain that provides cool comfort. Around this upper deck, adult guests can soak up the sun in loungers or relax in the shade under a canopy.
To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.
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Windstar Cruises announces Jeff Corwin as first private event host of 2016




Television Personality/Conservationist Jeff Corwin to Host Island Experience in Panama 

Seattle -- Windstar Cruises has announced that TV personality and conservationist Jeff Corwin as Windstar’s first Private Event host of 2016. Corwin will host the Isla de Coiba: Island Experience Private Event on Windstar’s Costa Rica & Panama Canal itinerary on the March 5, 2016 voyage. Corwin shares his thoughts on the upcoming cruise in this video.

Corwin is best known as host of the multi Emmy award-winning TV series Ocean Mysteries on ABC and Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin Experience, as well as for his years of wildlife and conservation work.

He will be on hand to host Windstar’s Isla de Coiba: Island Experience, a unique event on Panama’s Isla de Coiba, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and national park that is accessible only by special permit. Coiba is a marine reserve located off Panama’s Pacific coast, and offers guests a chance to view wildlife such as howler monkeys, Scarlett Macaws, turtles, and more in their natural environment, as the island maintains 80 percent of its natural habitat.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Carnival Cruise Line adds Baltimore's Heavy Seas beer brand to microbrews offered fleetwide

More Than a Dozen Locally Brewed Beers Now Featured On Board
From Areas Where Carnival Ships are Homeported


MIAMI (November 12, 2015) — Heavy Seas Beer is the latest locally brewed beer to be featured on a Carnival Cruise Line ship.  Based in Baltimore, Heavy Seas is now served on Carnival Pride, which sails seven-day cruises year-round from the Port of Baltimore.  
With the addition of Heavy Seas’ pirate-themed Loose Cannon and Crossbones beers, Carnival ships now offer an expansive selection of craft beers and microbrews with more than a dozen locally brewed beers from cities and states where its ships are homeported.  
“Craft beer continues to grow in popularity and we’re very pleased to expand our beverage menus to include an array of refreshing and satisfying beers from some of the top breweries in the country,” said Eddie Allen, Carnival’s vice president of beverage operations.  Allen noted that Carnival also offers its own private label draught beer, ThirstyFrog Red, which is available throughout the fleet. 
Carnival Pride in Baltimore
 "Heavy Seas Beer is proud and excited to partner with Carnival Cruise Line to introduce our unique, boldly flavored craft beers to a new audience,” said Fred Crudder, director of marketing and hospitality for Heavy Seas Beer. “It's time for Heavy Seas on the high seas!"