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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Disney Cruise Line expands Marvel Day at Sea to select Disney Magic sailings from Miami in 2018

New experiences unveiled in lineup of immersive entertainment
CELEBRATION, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2017) – In 2018, Disney Cruise Line guests will celebrate Marvel Day at Sea on the Disney Magic during eight special voyages from Miami departing January through April.

 The new Marvel Day at Sea voyages from Miami follow the premiere of the epic event on seven special sailings from New York City in the fall of 2017. New character interactions and an immersive show with Doctor Strange take center stage in the lineup of entertainment throughout the day-long celebration on all Marvel Day at Sea cruises.

Celebrity Cruises taps designer Nate Berkus to Introduce Celebrity Edge to the world


MIAMI  January 24, 2017 – To kick off the New Year in style, Celebrity Cruises is announcing an exclusive partnership with design icon Nate Berkus, naming him Design Ambassador for the brand’s newest class of ships – Edge Class.

 

As Design Ambassador, Berkus will bring his distinctive personality to the launch of Celebrity Edge, hosting a series of Edge Class reveal events alongside Celebrity’s President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo and Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Richard D. Fain. 

 

Designed, and soon to be revealed to the world in 3D, Edge Class will transform the future of cruising. Together, Berkus and Celebrity will share this groundbreaking story in March 2017. 

 
The modern luxury cruise line joins forces with Nate Berkus to tell the story of Edge Class, the most stunningly designed ships at sea
A pioneer in the industry, Berkus established his award-winning interior design firm at the age of 24, showcasing an approachable and elevated design philosophy that has transformed countless interiors around the world for more than 20 years.

Carnival Ecstasy undergoes multi-million-dollar makeover, emerges with exciting new dining and beverage concepts

New Spaces Include Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, Alchemy Bar and Cherry on Top
 
MIAMI (January 26, 2017) – The Charleston, S.C.-based Carnival Ecstasy has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation that has added a variety of new dining and beverage innovations. 
 The features were incorporated during a two-week dry dock that took place from Jan. 10-24, 2017, in Freeport, The Bahamas. 
Following the renovation, the ship returned to Charleston yesterday to resume its year-round schedule of four- to 10-day departures from that port.   

Here’s a look at the exciting options that have been added to Carnival Ecstasy:

Friday, January 27, 2017

Cunard’s Queen Victoria becomes largest passenger ship to sail the Amazon

VALENCIA, Calif., January 25, 2017 -- This morning, Cunard’s luxury cruise ship, Queen Victoria, made her maiden voyage through the 'Meeting of Waters,' and became the largest passenger ship to sail the Amazon, sailing between the dark Rio Negro and the pale Amazon River in Manaus, Brazil. Manaus marks the sixth out of 32 ports on Queen Victoria’s 41,000 nautical mile, 120-night World Voyage.
 
“Queen Victoria’s maiden call in Manaus represents the type of innovation and uniqueness that guests have come to expect from Cunard,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America.

“Since it pioneered World Cruising in 1922, Cunard has continued to offer guests itineraries that visit exciting destinations and that offer unique ‘firsts’ that can only be experienced on Cunard.”

Norwegian Cruise Line invites guests to set sail from the Northeast with credits, upgrades, amenities

 
For a very limited time, now through February 3 (2017), guests booking new cruise vacations on select cruises departing from NYC  and Boston will receive up to $500 in onboard spending money in addition to up to five free offers for an overall value of up to $3,300.

Plus, now through February 6, guests booking a new cruise vacation can enjoy $50 deposits and additional free amenities, including free upgrades on select sail dates.
 
Norwegian Cruise Line is offering guests a bonus onboard credit of up to $500 on select sailings departing from the Northeast, in addition to the line's Free at Sea promotion that offers incredible value for all guests.
 
From now through February 3, those that book a new cruise aboard Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Dawn or Norwegian Gem can choose from up to five free offers through the Free at Sea promotion plus up to $500* in onboard spending money.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Family-friendly cruises: Norwegian Cruise Line’s children’s programs




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

Princeton, N.J.Crown Cruise Vacations President Ross Spalding highly recommends Norwegian Cruise Line and its children’s programs for a family-friendly cruise. There are many sailings to choose from in 2017 and beyond when you are planning a cruise for family.

Here is some information about Norwegian Cruise Line and its Children’s Programs.

Norwegian Cruise Line revolutionized the industry in 2000 when it introduced "Freestyle Cruising," which allowed passengers greater freedom to dine when they like (with extended restaurant hours), where they like (with a number of alternative venues), with whom they like (with open seating), with freedom to dress as they please (with a "resort casual" dress code at night), and other relaxations of the usual cruise ship procedures. One of the most appealing freestyle elements is Norwegian's disembarkation procedure, which is far more relaxed and pleasant than is usual on other large vessels.

Princess Cruises brings “The Ultimate Sleep at Sea” home with new retail offerings

Princess Luxury Bed Combines Science of Sleep with Pinnacle of Design
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (January 25, 2017) Princess Cruises today launched the retail availability of its Princess Luxury Bed offering consumers the opportunity to bring the ultimate night of sleep at sea to their homes. 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.

Princess is currently rolling out more than 44,000 of the Princess Luxury Beds to every stateroom across the fleet through 2018, and now brings the Princess Luxury Bed Collection to consumers including the plush mattress, pillows, comforter, linens, pads and toppers.

Mattress prices start at $999 with a complete bed with linens starting at $1,799.  Visit princess.com/sleep to learn more or visit princessluxurybed.com to shop directly. The mattress is currently available to be shipped to the contiguous United States.

Cunard announces Chinese New Year sale with inside fares from $888


VALENCIA, Calif., January 26, 2017 -- Today luxury ocean liner company, Cunard announced that it will feature enticing promotions on a range of cruise itineraries on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria in celebration of Chinese New Year.

From January 26 to January 31, 2017, new voyage bookings will receive:
  • Free Upgrades
  • Free Drinks in Grill Suites
  • $100 Non-Refundable Deposit
  • Plus Past Guests Receive Free Gratuities

Itineraries include Transatlantic Crossings, New England & Canada, Caribbean and Mediterranean voyages with fares from $888. This promotion requires a $100 non-refundable deposit, which is non-transferable.

Monday, January 2, 2017

CruiseCompetes latest CruiseTrends Reports on winter destinations

(News Release)

Warm-Weather Destinations of Caribbean, Mexico, USVI See Surge in Popularity Heading Into Winter Months

“What is Trending” With Consumers for Ocean and River Cruises


DETROIT – CruiseCompete has released its CruiseTrends™  report for the month of December 2016. This report is sponsored by © EyeforTravel Ltd.

We have mined our wealth of data to provide information on the most popular cruise trends among consumers, including the top ships, lines and travel dates for premium, luxury and river cruising.

The CruiseTrends™ report for December 2016 is detailed below. To see more topics and data, please visit CruiseCompete’s pressroom or click here to see the entire December 2016 report.


Most Popular Cruise Lines
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each cruise line in the given month)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Royal Caribbean International
2. Luxury: Oceania Cruises
3. River: Viking River Cruises (changed from America Cruise Lines last month)

In second place is Carnival Cruise Lines for premium/contemporary, Cunard for luxury and American Cruise Lines for river. More…


Most Popular Cruise Ships
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each ship)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Norwegian Escape (changed from Allure of the Seas last month)
2. Luxury: Queen Mary 2
3. River: Emerald Waterways Ships (changed from America last month)

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings brands all receive approval to sail to Cuba


 
Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises Will Sail a Collection of
Voyages in Spring 2017 that include calls on Cuba’s Capital of Havana


Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Becomes First U.S. Cruise Operator
to Have Full Portfolio of Brands Approved to Sail to Cuba
 
MIAMI – Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq: NCLH) has announced that it has received approval from the government of the Republic of Cuba to operate cruises to Cuba, beginning March 2017.

All three of the company’s brands: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, will offer U.S. travelers the opportunity to visit the culturally and historically rich country on select sailings starting next year.

The voyages will provide guests with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover not only the rich culture, history and natural beauty of Cuba, but more importantly experience the warmth and hospitality of its people.
 
The company’s first cruise to Cuba will set sail from PortMiami on Oceania Cruises’ Marina on March 7, 2017 with select Caribbean itineraries featuring calls on Havana, including many multiple-day calls to allow guests to explore Havana and its environs.  Seven Seas Mariner, of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet, will call on Havana during two cruises in April 2017. Norwegian Sky will also offer a selection of four-day voyages that will overnight in Havana in May 2017. 

Cunard celebrates World Space Week with a Celestial Voyage in 2017





VALENCIA, Calif. -- Cunard has announced its flagship liner, Queen Mary 2, will offer an extraordinary Transatlantic Crossing to coincide with International World Space Week in October 2017.

To celebrate this international event, Cunard has curated a bespoke voyage which will take guests on an exceptional journey across the Atlantic, featuring a range of space themed experiences including talks from renowned space exploration experts including:
  • Dr Jeffrey Hoffman, NASA Astronaut, Scientist and former Shuttle Pilot
  • Charles Barclay from the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Stephen Attenborough, Commercial Director of Virgin Galactic
  • Ken MacTaggart, NASA Historian
 “Throughout history, the Cunard brand has been synonymous with exporation and adventure,” said Richard Meadows, President, Cunard North America. “We are pleased to offer guests the opportunity to understand, explore and delight in the universe as Queen Mary 2 sails across the Atlantic, giving guests a unique vantage point to discover land, sea and space.”

Princess Cruises announces largest ever fall deployment in Canada and New England



Regal and Royal Princess sail for the first time together departing from New York and Quebec

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. The 2018 Canada & New England cruise season offered by Princess Cruises showcases the fall foliage to iconic destinations along the east coast and offers the largest deployment ever with two of the cruise line’s newest ships – Regal Princess and Royal Princess.

The 3,560-guest Regal Princess and Royal Princess, sailing for the first time together departing from New York and Quebec, offer 10 cruise departures on four unique itineraries, visiting 12 destinations in New England and Canada.

We’re excited to bring two of our newest ships to Canada & New England in 2018, so that more guests can enjoy the gorgeous fall foliage and famed destinations and landmarks in this region,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president.

All 2018 Canada/New England are open for sale and highlights include: