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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Royal Caribbean menus by Michael Schwartz on Oasis of the Seas

Fine Dining Restaurant 150 Central Park Goes Genuine with Multi-course Tasting Menu
Celebrating Locally Sourced Ingredients

MIAMI – Royal Caribbean International has James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz creating menus for its upscale dining venue, 150 Central Park, on Port Everglades, Fla., based cruise ship Oasis of the Seas.

Known for his commitment to sustainable and seasonal food sourcing at Miami’s Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Schwartz offers his expertise as the cruise line selects and integrates local produce farmers into 150 Central Park’s supply chain.         

Celebrity Cruises uncorks full-bodied wine program

News Release
MIAMI – The exploration of wine, guided by knowledgeable sommeliers, is a hallmark of Celebrity Cruises’ modern luxury vacation experience.

Now, Celebrity has expanded its wine program to illuminate an even more full-bodied slate of offerings representing the world’s most robust wine-producing regions, offering vacationers the opportunity to taste and learn about more wine than ever before.

The updated program presents a comprehensive selection of wines from diverse regions and grape varietals, and a variety of price points. With an aim of delivering an intuitive tasting experience for guests who purchase wines by the bottle or by the glass, wine lists are now categorized by flavor rather than grape varietal or geographic region.

Nine Royal Caribbean ships to ply European waters

Legend of the Seas and Vision of the Seas Complete Cruise Line’s Europe 2013 Deployment

MIAMI -- Royal Caribbean International announced that Legend of the Seas and Vision of the Seas will complete the cruise line’s Europe 2013 deployments, totaling nine Royal Caribbean ships in the region.

Legend of the Seas and Vision of the Seas augment already announced U.K.-based Independence of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas, Barcelona-based Liberty of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas, and Italy-based Navigator of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas to offer vacationers a sum of 276 sailings to 88 culture-rich ports on 58 exciting Europe itineraries.

Business picking up again for Carnival Corporation: Second Quarter financial results



MIAMI (June 22, 2012) – Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) announced non-GAAP net income of $159 million, or $0.20 diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2012.
Reported U.S. GAAP net income, which includes unrealized losses on fuel derivatives of $145 million, was $14 million, or $0.02 diluted earnings per share.
Net income for the second quarter of 2011 was $206 million, or $0.26 diluted EPS.  Revenues for the second quarter of 2012 were $3.5 billion compared to $3.6 billion for the prior year. 

Friday, June 29, 2012

Broadway's Rock of Ages to headline Norwegian Breakaway's entertainment

 Entertainment Rocks on New York’s Newest and Biggest Cruise Ship with
Three Broadway Shows and More

NEW YORK – June 28, 2012 Norwegian Cruise Line continued its legacy of innovating cruise ship entertainment as it announced that the five-time Tony Award nominated musical ROCK OF AGES will be featured on Norwegian Breakaway, along with two additional Broadway shows: the dance sensation BURN THE FLOOR and CIRQUE DREAMS & DINNER JUNGLE FANTASY

The line also introduced all of the varied and exciting entertainment acts and venues that will debut on the ship, including the famed comedy troupe The Second City and Howl at the Moon at Headliners Comedy Club and New York’s own Slam Allen in Fat Cats Jazz & Blues Club.

            “As a lifelong New Yorker, it’s critically important to me that Norwegian Breakaway becomes New York’s ship – the only way to cruise from New York when she arrives next May. Our goal is to bring elements of New York on board so that guests will feel a real connection to the ship as New York’s true flagship,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Seeing double: Cunard sister ships Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria together in Norway

Queen Victoria (foreground) and Queen Elizabeth meet for a Cunard Royal Rendezvous for the first time in Flaam, Norway

28 June 2012 – Norway saw two of Cunard's liners together in the country for the first time this week as both Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria took their respective guests on luxury cruise vacations through the breathtaking Fjords.  The ships are pictured here at Flaam, near Sognefjord, where they called for a day on 25 June.

In true Cunard style, the sister Queens saluted each other several times, with the echoes of their whistles reverberating through the lush mountains for long periods after the initial blasts.

Princess Cruises' Red, White and Blue Sale offers cruise deals

Travelers Can Save Up to $1,000 on Cruises to the Caribbean, Panama Canal,
Canada & New England, Hawaii, Mexico and West Coast

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (June 28, 2012) – Princess Cruises is starting July with a bang with the “Red, White and Blue Sale” from July 2-9, featuring cruise deals on North American departure cruises. Travelers can save up to $1,000 per stateroom plus receive up to $100 stateroom credit on cruises to the Caribbean Panama Canal, Canada & New England, Hawaii, Mexico and West Coast.

The Red, White and Blue Sale includes more than 80 cruise options in 2012, departing between September and December.
In addition to fare savings, passengers booking interior or oceanview staterooms can receive an onboard credit of $25 (cruises up to 9 days) to $50 (cruises 10 days or longer), and in balcony staterooms or above can get credits of $50 (cruises up to 9 days) or $100 (for sailings 10 days or longer). All onboard credits are offered per stateroom.

Royal Caribbean's 2012 Asia sailings feature Voyager of the Seas

The 3,114-guest ship will offer unrivaled capacity, itineraries and onboard amenities

 SHANGHAI – Royal Caribbean International’s 2012 Asia cruises deployment schedule for Voyager of the Seas – the largest and most amenity-filled cruise ship to sail in the region -- started last month.

At 137,276 gross registered tons, Voyager of the Seas ranks among the world’s 10 largest and most innovative cruise ships and will offer vacationers unparalleled experiences in the region.  The ship’s inaugural Asia season will start on May 26, 2012 in Singapore, followed by sailings from Shanghai (Baoshan) and Tianjin in China.

With Voyager of the Seas and Legend of the Seas, which has been deployed in China since 2010, Royal Caribbean International will offer 49 sailings out of the country in 2012, and will add Xiamen as its fourth homeport after Shanghai, Tianjin and Hong Kong.

Arctic cruise exploring Greenland, Spitsbergen and Iceland from Adventure Center

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Tweet: @AdventureCenter Promotes Award-Winning Arctic Cruise – 14 Days Exploring Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland; www.adventurecenter.com
New York, NY – Combining three of the Arctic’s remote islands into a single expedition has garnered “Three Arctic Islands: Triple the Adventure” worthy attention from National Geographic Traveler – naming it one of 2011’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime.”
The 14-day exploration cruise, promoted by Adventure Center, offers a rare view of one of the world’s remaining unspoiled regions as it journeys between Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland.  Center stage is an expansive array of stunning scenery, from glaciers to icebergs to flower-covered tundra, as well as wildlife that begs to be photographed -- polar bears, walrus, arctic fox, ringed and harp seals, beluga and bowhead whales and thousands of sea birds.  Fares for the Aug. 9 and 21, 2012, departures range from $6,390 to $11,990 per person, double.

Kids cruise free with Norwegian Cruise Line's sales' event

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Norwegian Cruise Line is launching its popular Kids Sail Free limited time offer giving children (17 and younger), sailing in third and fourth berths, the opportunity to cruise for free when their parents make a new reservation on select fall sailings to Alaska, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada & New England, the Caribbean, Europe or Hawaii by July 7, 2012.
In addition, select sailings are also eligible for up to $500 in air credits, Military and AARP discounts.
Families can enjoy the ultimate family vacation this fall to one of Norwegian’s exciting cruise destinations. Whether it’s inter-island hopping in Hawaii, with over 100 hours in port, sharing the rich history of Europe on one of Norwegian’s many European cruise itineraries, or soaking up the sun in the Caribbean, families can travel with ease knowing they will visit multiple destinations and only have to unpack once. In addition, only Norwegian offers Freestyle Cruising which gives families the flexibility to experience the vacation they’ve always dreamed of. 

Silversea partners with Choozi Entertainment for new program

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has launched a totally revamped entertainment program created exclusively for the company's ships by Choozi Entertainment.

In a move away from traditional production shows, the new concert-style concept features an outstanding cast of classically trained vocalists and musicians performing a lively celebration of music from Motown to opera to pop and rock. The star-studded cast and production team are headed by visionary director and choreographer Christopher Childers and his sister, Suzanne Childers.

The new shows feature a unique blend of music that follows the decades and offers Silversea guests distinct choices in their entertainment options. Here's a snapshot of the shows and their venues:

Silversea plans 115-day World Cruise in 2013 on the Silver Whisper

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has revealed tantalizing details of World Cruise 2013, an epic 115-day journey from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale aboard Silver Whisper, January 5 to May 1, 2013.

Crossing the equator four times, the World Cruise itinerary will follow the tropical belt to 52 destinations in 28 countries with overnight stays in several key ports.

The warm-weather journey will explore an array of far-flung cultures and scenic wonders including New Zealand and Australia's remote west coast; the idyllic isles of French Polynesia; fascinating Asian cities of Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore; and Africa's rarely seen western coast.

Scenic Crystal has larger staterooms/suites, 3 dining choices, butler service and full-size ‘Sun Lounge’ enclosed balconies

Bellevue, WA – Luxury European river cruise company Scenic Cruises has a new generation of river cruise ships with the building of its sixth luxury river cruise vessel in just four years -- offering innovative features not found on current vessels.
The Scenic 'Space-Ship' -- Scenic Crystal – launched in April offers 85 staterooms for a guest capacity of 169.  Setting a new high standard for river ships, the 135-meter Scenic Crystal has staterooms and suites up to 25% larger than the norm, with 85% of them having the exclusive Scenic ‘Sun Lounge’ balconies – balconies that become fully-enclosed with the push of a button; three dining choices, one with a window into the galley and a private chef’s table; butler service throughout the ship; and a vastly quieter propulsion system.

New York Times best-selling book series “Eat This, Not That!” inspires engaging, informative activities on Celebrity Cruises


        MIAMI – As part of its mission to offer modern luxury vacation experiences, Celebrity Cruises has adding yet another enhancement to its robust onboard activities program, Celebrity Life. Through a collaboration with Rodale Inc., the world's leading authority on health and wellness, Celebrity is offering a new series of interactive activities themed around healthy eating choices.

The new activities will draw on Rodale’s expertise in health and wellness; the first of these activities are themed around Rodale’s New York Times best-selling “Eat This, Not That!” series.

Three Royal Caribbean Freedom-class ships to offer vacationers variety of choices for Caribbean cruises


MIAMIIndependence of the Seas is returning to America! Royal Caribbean International is bringing the Freedom-class ship back to Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. for the winter 2012-13 season.

Vacationers will have a choice of three Freedom-class ships offering a variety of exciting Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, conveniently sailing from Port Canaveral (on Florida’s Space Coast) aboard Freedom of the Seas and Port Everglades aboard Independence of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas. Independence of the Seas’ winter 2012-13 Caribbean season is now open for booking.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Celebrity Cruises uncorks full-bodied onboard wine program

MIAMIThe exploration of wine, guided by knowledgeable sommeliers, is a hallmark of Celebrity Cruises’ modern luxury vacation experience.

Now, Celebrity has expanded its wine program to illuminate an even more full-bodied slate of offerings representing the world’s most robust wine-producing regions, offering vacationers the opportunity to taste and learn about more wine than ever before.

The updated program presents a comprehensive selection of wines from diverse regions and grape varietals, and a variety of price points. With an aim of delivering an intuitive tasting experience for guests who purchase wines by the bottle or by the glass, wine lists are now categorized by flavor rather than grape varietal or geographic region.

Celebrity Cruises’ ambitious $140-million Solsticizing initiative features rollout of new eXhale bedding program

MIAMIThere’s nothing sleepy about Celebrity Cruises’ “Solsticizing” program.

One of the most ambitious revitalization initiatives in the history of the cruise industry, the $140-million program will add to the line’s Millennium Class ships a host of the venues and experiences guests love most on the Solstice Class ships, all within less than two years, with each ship completing the massive transformation over the course of an only three-week drydock period.

And now, the line plans to complement the program further by rolling out an entirely new and ultimately fleetwide bedding program, “eXhaleSM,” beginning with Celebrity Infinity when the ship emerged from Solsticizing last December.

Royal Caribbean's Splendour of the Seas gets new centrum

Vision-Class’ Signature Centrum Will Transform into an Exciting New Experience for Guests
MIAMI -- Royal Caribbean International continues to deliver the Royal Advantage with the transformation of the elegant and popular Centrum found aboard its Vision-Class ships.

Beginning with Splendour of the Seas, the Centrum with its sweeping views and central location on the ship reemerged from an extensive revitalization late last year as a new chic and sophisticated venue featuring enriching daytime activities, dazzling nightly entertainment and jaw-dropping aerial spectacles.

The Centrum’s Champagne Bar also wasreinvented, unveiled as a new venue – the R Bar – featuring a sophisticated 1960s vibe, complete with iconic furnishing and signature cocktails mixed by a savvy and personable mixologist.

Keel laid for Norwegian Breakaway

First block set in place as Norwegian’s first Breakaway class ship begins to take shape

MIAMI – Norwegian Cruise Line executives and officials from MEYER WERFT took part in the Keel Laying Ceremony of Norwegian Breakaway at the ship yard in Papenburg, Germany last month.

During the official ceremony, the first of 73 blocks that will comprise the 144,000 gross ton vessel was lifted into the covered building dock, marking the start of the block assembly.

In the dock, Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer, laid the traditional "lucky coin," before the 350-ton first block was placed by the 800-ton crane. A special commemorative coin was created to celebrate the day’s activities. 

Princess Cruises to inaugurate largest deployment by a global cruise line for growing Japanese market

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Officially Opens New Carnival Japan Office 

Carnival Japan officially opens in Tokyo. Pictured from left to right: Trey Hickey, vice president of international sales and marketing, Princess Cruises;
Eiko Kijima, president of Carnival Japan; Alan Buckelew, president and CEO, Princess Cruises,

and Jan Swartz, executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer service, Princess Cruises.

TOKYO (June 27, 2012) – A celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the new Carnival Japan office in Tokyo today, marking the expansion of one of the largest vacation companies in the world into this growing cruise market. Operated by Carnival Corporation & plc, Carnival Japan was created to oversee the largest deployment ever by a global cruise line in the Japanese market with the launch of Princess Cruises homeport sailings, specially developed for Japanese travelers. The inaugural season launches aboard the line’s Sun Princess in April 2013.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Norwegian Star's crew rescues six people on a disabled yacht in the Atlanic Ocean

ATLANTIC OCEAN – June 26, 2012 -- At approximately 8 a.m. today, Norwegian Star responded to a call from the U.S. Coast Guard who had received a distress notification from Avenir, a sailing yacht, stating that they had lost their rudder and their ability to steer.
Avenir was located approximately 54 nautical miles from Norwegian Star in the Atlantic Ocean.  Norwegian Star’s Captain Kenneth Harstrom immediately diverted course to rescue the three men and three women aboard.

Norwegian Cruise Line offers Bermuda Bonus Days

Receive $100 to spend on board with new Bermuda bookings

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Norwegian Cruise Line is launching a Bermuda Bonus Days limited time sales event beginning today, June 25, 2012, offering incredible savings on exciting Norwegian cruise vacations to Bermuda.

Guests who book a Bermuda cruise through June 26, 2012, will receive $100 per stateroom to spend on board and put towards an array of Bermuda shore excursions; treatments in Norwegian’s award-winning spas; dinners in any of Norwegian’s delicious specialty restaurants and more. 

Princess Cruises "Inspired to Cruise" blog is extremely popular

Princess Cruises Blog Reaches Halfway Milestone By Revealing Reason to Cruise #26:
To Sail the Open Seas Again

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (June 26, 2012) – Princess Cruises has reached the halfway point of its year-long blog, “Inspired to Cruise,” by revealing the 26th reason to cruise submitted by the line’s passengers.

This week’s contributor shares how cruising let her return to the open ocean that she missed after the death of her husband and the sale of their beloved boat.

Since its debut in January, more than one million people have visited the blog, and thousands have commented on how the stories have inspired their own reasons to take a cruise. Found at www.InspiredtoCruise.com, the blog will gradually share a total of 52 stories during 2012, each offering another compelling reason why someone chose a cruise vacation.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Blake Shelton and Friends cruise on the Norwegian Pearl features 25 performers


25 total artists will perform on Norwegian Pearl’s October 14 voyage

MIAMI – The first ever Blake Shelton and Friends cruise will set sail on board Norwegian Pearl from Miami, October 14, 2012, for a seven-day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. This cruise offers fans of Blake Shelton, one of the hottest names in country music, the exclusive opportunity to spend a week at sea with their favorite artist.
Hosted by Flying Dutchmen Travel and Fan Fair Country Cruises, this incredible country music festival at sea will feature non-stop entertainment by a host of popular country artists. And, just announced, additional fan-favorite artists will be joining Shelton on board.

InnerSea Discoveries adds an expedition vessel to Hawaii in 2013

For Immediate Release

Wilderness Explorer to sail active adventure cruises between Oahu
and Hawaii, the Big Island November 2013-April 2014
Seattle, WA, June 19, 2012InnerSea Discoveries’ 76-guest expedition vessel Wilderness Explorer begins active adventure cruising among the Hawaiian Islands in fall 2013. The boat joins the line’s 36-guest upscale yacht Safari Explorer offering island explorations from the sea.

From November 2013 through April 2014, the Wilderness Explorer will sail seven-night AdventureBound Hawaii cruises between Oahu and the Big Island and reverse. The itinerary visits Ka’ena Point State Park, Wai’anae Harbor, Maui, Lana’i, Honomalino Bay, Opihihali and Kailua-Kona. Guests will also enjoy scenic cruising and searching for whales and dolphins in the wildlife-rich Humpback National Marine Sanctuary.

Norwegian Cruise Line gives away a cruise a day


HSN customers can win a Norwegian cruise every day in July

MIAMI – June 25, 2012 – Norwegian Cruise Line is helping leading multichannel retailer HSN celebrate 35 years of innovation by launching a “Cruise a Day Giveaway,” on June 30, 2012.  Throughout the month of July, HSN customers will have the opportunity to win a free cruise every day. Winners will receive a cruise for two, plus airfare, to one of Norwegian’s exciting cruise destinations, including Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Europe and the Bahamas. Cruise enthusiasts are invited to enter to win several times a day by visiting the HSN Arcade, a place to shop, watch and play casual online games. Each day’s winner will be announced live on HSN at 8 p.m. (EDT). 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Disney Cruise Line unveils new itineraries and ports for 2013

First-Ever Miami Departures and New European Destinations Provide More Options for Disney Cruise Line Guests

CELEBRATION, Fla. – In 2013, Disney Cruise Line will offer new itineraries, including an expanded portfolio of European cruises with new destinations such as Venice, Italy, and the Greek Isles. In addition, Disney Cruise Line will utilize a second homeport in Florida, with Caribbean sailings departing from the Port of Miami for the first time.

With the addition of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy to the fleet of cruise ships, Disney Cruise Line is able to take more families to more destinations around the world. Disney Cruise Line has always catered to the unique vacation needs of families, and next year will be enhancing the cruise options for guests — whether it’s sun and sand in the Caribbean, outdoor adventures in Alaska or experiencing the wonders of Europe.
Mickey in Greece

Highlights of the Disney Cruise Line 2013 schedule include…

Mediterranean from Barcelona
Beginning June 1, 2013, the Disney Magic returns to Europe with plenty of new twists to the Mediterranean itineraries, including a four-night option and special 12-night sailings in addition to seven-night itineraries that treat guests to the best of Europe during the three-month season.

Royal Caribbean adds new dining packages

New Exclusive Events aboard Oasis-class Ships Invite Guests to Celebrate in New Ways
MIAMI – Offering so many delicious onboard dining options, Royal Caribbean International announced seven dining packages for guests to enjoy the variety of specialty restaurants available aboard select ships.

Guests can take advantage of the new specialty dining packages, which range from $50 to $120 per guest, and save at least 25 percent compared to the sum of the individual restaurants’ cover charges. Additionally, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas are offering exclusive reservation-only, themed parties for guests to join in a special onboard celebration.

Celebrity Cruises enhances sailings with behind-the-scenes tours

Celebrity Inside Access presents an inside look into modern luxury at sea  

MIAMI – Consistently striving to provide its guests with unmatchable vacation experiences, Celebrity Cruises is now offering guests an inside look into the fascinating world of cruise ship operations.

A new addition to the unique and robust Celebrity Life onboard activities program, “Celebrity Inside Access” takes guests on a once-in-a-lifetime journey behind the scenes of Celebrity’s renowned fleet, inviting them to discover the intricate details and functions behind modern luxury at sea.

Celebrity’s Inside Access program invites guests to join two intimate and exclusive activities, the “See How It’s Done Tour” and the “Bridge Sail Away Experience.”

Silversea's 2013 voyage collection announced

Highlights include 115-day World Cruise, over 30 new ports of call, 
generous Onboard Spending Credits and more Free Air gateways

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) -- Silversea Cruises, known for its luxurious ships and exotic destinations, has unveiled an extensive line-up of worldwide voyages for 2013.

And, complementing what is arguably the most expansive schedule of any cruise line, are attractive savings incentives in 2013 that include almost double the number of Free Air gateways available (on select sailings) to travelers departing from the U.S and Canada, and Onboard Spending Credits of up to $1,500 per suite on all voyages (with the exception of Silversea Expeditions).

In 2013, the company's six elite ships will offer over 200 voyages, visiting more than 450 destinations on seven continents. Highlighting the program is Silver Whisper's 115-day World Cruise, Silver Spirit's inaugural calls in Hawaii (last visited by Silversea in 2010), and Silver Explorer's new expedition cruises to Canada's beautiful Hudson Bay.

Saxophonist Kenny G to host Celebrity Cruises Alaska sailing in 2013

Cool jazz, cool brand, cool environment combine to create rare vacation opportunity
MIAMI – Grammy Award-winning artist Kenny G has chartered modern luxury line Celebrity CruisesCelebrity Millennium to create a special vacation experience in Alaska,  May 17-24, 2013.

The world-renowned saxophonist will not only offer multiple performances during the sailing, but also will mix and mingle with guests onboard throughout the cruise. Other recognized artists yet to be announced will perform during the sailing, as well.

Distinguished wine experts to host Silversea's enrichment program

News Release
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) -- Silversea Cruises has tapped renowned wine experts Lyn Farmer and Richard Nurick to host a Wine Series enrichment program on several voyages this year.

Farmer is a widely published wine and food writer and senior editor of The Wine News magazine, and has been honored with the James Beard Foundation Award for best writing on wine and spirits. He has judged international wine competitions and led tastings and tours to food and wine regions throughout the world.

Richard Nurick, a retired London wine merchant, is a distinguished wine judge and lecturer who has taught wine appreciation courses at Newbury and Henley colleges in the U.K. He is currently a full judge with the International Wine Challenge, a prestigious global competition open to all wines sold in Britain.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Princess Cruises bartender to compete for Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year award

Matias Gross, Star Princess bartender, wins the semi-finals competition and moves on to the finals in the
Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year competition in Rio de Janeiro next month.

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (June 19, 2012) – Matias Grosso, Star Princess bartender, will be competing for the prestigious title of Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year at the competition finals in Rio de Janeiro next month. Grosso is one of four Princess Cruises bartenders who contended in the event’s semifinals last week in Miami, and one of more than 10,000 bartenders worldwide who have been battling throughout the competition.

Caribbean and Panama Canal cruises on Vision of the Seas

News Release

MIAMI – Royal Caribbean International`s Vision of the Seas’ winter 2012-13 Caribbean season includes 19 Caribbean and Panama Canal cruise vacations, ranging from 10 to 15 nights and sailing roundtrip from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Vision of the Seas’ new seasonal itineraries are destination rich and visit smaller Caribbean islands less traveled by the cruise line’s larger ships.

Disney Fantasy takes entertainment to new heights‏

New Main Stage Musical “Disney Wishes” Debuts

CELEBRATION, Fla. – With the Disney Fantasy, Disney Cruise Line takes cruise ship entertainment to new heights: Performers soar and surf over the stage in aerial maneuvers … Pirates rappel from atop the ship’s funnel during a swashbuckling adventure … The evening sky lights up with a dazzling display of sound and color.
Disney Cruise Line develops entertainment designed to charm and bedazzle the entire family. Guests delight to some of the most elaborate original musicals presented at sea, over-the-top deck parties and, bursting above it all, the only fireworks spectacular aboard a cruise ship.

Celebrity Reflection to expand modern luxury suite selections

 ‘Reflection Suites’ and ‘Signature Suites’ blend
innovative design, novel technology and stunning sea views

MIAMIWhile celebrating the highly anticipated stateside debut of its stylish Celebrity Silhouette last year – the fourth and newest member of Celebrity Cruises’ widely heralded Solstice Class fleet – Celebrity Cruises also is intensely focused on the fifth member of the class, Celebrity Reflection, which sets sail in the Fall of 2012.

And when she does, she’ll boast all the attributes that have netted Celebrity’s Solstice Class the broadest array of honors in the brand’s 20-year history – including Celebrity’s #1 ranking in the large-ship category of the prestigious annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards – and a host of entirely new features, including a significantly expanded array of luxury suites.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Race to savings with Norwegian's Freestyle Dash limited time offer

 Receive up to $250 to spend on board and reduced deposits on new cruise bookings
Norwegian Cruise Line is launching its “Freestyle Dash” limited time offer today providing guests the opportunity to save on any of Norwegian’s cruise vacations to popular destinations around the world including Alaska, Bahamas & Florida, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Canada & New England, Europe and Hawaii.
Guests who book a Norwegian cruise vacation by Friday, June 22, 2012, will receive up to $250 per stateroom to spend on board (based on cruise length and stateroom category), towards a pampering treatment in one of Norwegian’s award-winning spas; dinner in one of the line’s many delicious specialty restaurants or towards exciting shore excursions in amazing ports of call.  

Celebrity Cruises' transatlantic sailings to amplify the live activity program‏

From Riedel comparative wine glass workshops to cooking competitions, from Rosetta Stone language lessons to iPhoto classes, from wellness workshops to pool volleyball with the ship’s officers, the popular Celebrity Life activity program offers a multitude of ways to enjoy a modern luxury experience on every Celebrity Cruises vacation.

This year, the premium cruise brand is making its already rich Celebrity Life lineup even more robust on its transatlantic sailings and calling it “Celebrity Life Plus,” amplifying the “Taste,” “Learn,” “Revive” and “Play” themes known for exciting and entertaining vacationers year-round.

Cruise vacation "heats up" romance: Royal Caribbean survey

Royal Caribbean International Shares “Romance at Sea” Survey Results and Discovers Couples Have Better, More Frequent Intimate Moments Onboard

MIAMIFor couples looking to rekindle the spark in their romance, the sea is calling with a million ways to fall in love again.

According to a recent survey commissioned by Royal Caribbean International*, most Americans (90%) astoundingly ranked sex as the top activity on their cruise itinerary.

Respondents also consider cruises to be the most romantic type of vacation while offering a better value for their dollar (84%). More than four out of five respondents also say that a cruise with their partner is more romantic than a land-based vacation, with a whopping 98% opting for an exotic cruise – to Bermuda or Europe, perhaps – as a special way to celebrate a special moment or occasion, such as Valentine’s Day or an anniversary.

Celebrity Millennium rounds out ambitious ‘solsticizing’ initiative

MIAMI One of the most ambitious revitalization initiatives in the history of the cruise industry has just been completed.

Celebrity CruisesCelebrity Millennium set sail last month from the Port of Miami, fresh from becoming the fourth and final Millennium Class ship to complete the line’s $140-million “Solsticizing” process, incorporating a host of the venues and experiences guests love most on the Solstice Class ships. The initiative was completed within less than two years, with each ship completing the massive transformation over the course of an only three-week drydock period.                                                     

Silversea acquires Galapagos tourism company and expedition ship

News Release 

(Monaco -- June 18, 2012) The Silversea Group announced today that it has purchased Canodros S.A., the premier Ecuadorian tourism company that operates in the Galapagos Islands, and their upmarket expedition ship, Galapagos Explorer II

Silversea plans to add Galapagos Explorer II to its ultra-luxury fleet of six ships next year, after the all-suite, 100-guest vessel undergoes a major refurbishment in September 2013 and is given a new name, steps that will ensure consistency with the standards of the Silversea fleet.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Gavin MacLeod Meets … Gavin MacLeod on the Island Princess

“Love Boat” Captain Meets Real Life Princess Cruises Officer Who Shares His Name

Gavin MacLeod and Gavin MacLeod meet on the bridge of Island Princess.

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – What’s in a name? Well, at Princess Cruises the name Gavin MacLeod naturally is associated with the famous TV captain of “The Love Boat.”

But it turns out that the line coincidentally also has a real-life bridge officer with the same name. And the long-time Princess ambassador couldn’t wait to meet him.
When Island Princess Third Officer Gavin MacLeod, who hails from Inverness, Scotland, joined Princess in 2010, he never gave much thought to the fact that he shared a name with the actor who made the role of “Captain Stubing” an iconic part of television history.
When the Island Princess called at the port of Los Angeles last month, the two men met on the ship’s bridge and enjoyed lunch together at Sabatini’s restaurant. The pair also signed several navigational charts to be auctioned for charity.

Royal Caribbean Cruises exercises option to build second "Project Sunshine" ship

MIAMI – Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL) has exercised its option to build a second Sunshine-class cruise ship to be delivered in the Spring 2015.

The ship will be built by German shipbuilder Meyer Werft on substantially the same terms as the first Sunshine ship.

“This confirms our continued confidence in the success of this new generation of ships and our strong conviction about the Royal Caribbean International brand,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.. (NYSE, OSE: RCL) is a global cruise vacation company that also operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Pullmantur, CDF Croisieres de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture with TUI AG.  The company owns a combined total of 40 ships and has three ships on order.

It also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Dubai, Europe and South America. 

Singer Mariah Carey helps christen new Disney Cruise Line ship


Singer Mariah Carey joins Walt Disney Company President and CEO Robert A. Iger (right), Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Thomas O. Staggs and Mickey Mouse for the christening of the newest ship of Disney Cruise Line, the Disney Fantasy, in New York City, on March 1, 2012.

In a maritime tradition, the award-winning recording artist served as godmother for the 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy, which sails to her home port of Port Canaveral, Fla. later this month to begin seven-night cruises to the Caribbean and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. (Matt Stroshane/Disney, photographer)

Comedian Carlos Oscar chosen Princess Cruises’ Entertainer of the Year

Carlos Oscar is presented with the Entertainer of the Year award at a party aboard Ruby Princess.

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Passengers aboard Ruby Princess have voted, and have picked comedian Carlos Oscar as the first-ever Princess Cruises Entertainer of the Year. Five finalists performed aboard last week’s sailing and passengers cast their ballots onboard.

InnerSea Discoveries and American Safari Cruises offers more extensive explorations inside Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park

Four yachts and one expedition vessel regularly spend two or three days inside the Park during each Alaska cruise in 2012

Seattle -- Holding more Glacier Bay National Park entry days than any other cruise line, un-cruise adventure operator InnerSea Discoveries and American Safari Cruises offer guests two or three days of in-depth exploration inside the Park throughout summer 2012.

Designated as a Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Glacier Bay is a wilderness sanctuary with tidewater glaciers, deep fjords, towering mountains and a variety of wildlife including whales, seals, sea lions, bears, mountain goats, sea birds, sea otters and moose. 

First steel cut for Norwegian Getaway

Marks start of construction on second Breakaway class ship
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Kevin Sheehan, chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line,
and Bernard Meyer, managing director of MEYER WERFT,
shake hands at the steel cutting for Norwegian Getaway.
MIAMI – The first piece of steel was cut at MEYER WERFT in Papenburg, Germany on May 4 for the construction of Norwegian Getaway, the second of two new Freestyle Cruising® ships for Norwegian Cruise Line, set for delivery in spring 2014. 

Two "un-cruise" vessels, Safari Endeavour and Wilderness Explorer emerge from renovations

InnerSea Discoveries’ and American Safari Cruises’ dual-boat christening ceremony in Seattle
Seattle – Sporting new hull colors, interior spaces, furnishings and amenities, the 86-guest Safari Endeavour and 76-guest Wilderness Explorer emerged from major renovation projects on May 18, 2012 for a dual-boat christening event in Seattle and a summer season of un-cruise adventures in Alaska. InnerSea Discoveries/American Safari Cruises operates three expedition vessels and three yachts in scenic destinations including Alaska, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Pacific Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Disney Wonder offering special Pixar Cruises

To the Horizon and Beyond!

CELEBRATION, Fla. — A new cast of characters will stroll the decks and visit with guests aboard the Disney Wonder as Mr. Incredible, Remy, Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear and other memorable characters from Pixar Animation Studios’ award-winning films make their shipboard debut during four special Pixar-inspired seven-night California Coastal cruises Sept. 16 through Oct. 14, 2012.

During these voyages, Disney Cruise Line guests will be able to interact with and explore the world of Pixar and their beloved films while the Disney Wonder sails to popular port cities along the coast of California. Special entertainment and offerings designed for both children and adults include:

Princess Cruises' 2013 Europe and Alaska cruise seasons

New Royal Princess Debuts in Europe;
Grand Princess Makes West Coast Debut with First Alaska Season

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Princess Cruises announced its 2013 Europe and Alaska cruise seasons. Featuring the debut of the new Royal Princess in the Mediterranean and Grand Princess’ first-ever Alaska season, passengers will find a rich array of itinerary options in these popular summertime destinations.

In Europe, Princess will be sailing its youngest fleet ever in the region, with seven ships plying the waters of the Mediterranean, Baltic, and Northern Europe. The line’s newest ship, Royal Princess, will sail on Princess’ popular Grand Mediterranean route, while passengers can take advantage of a variety of other intriguing Europe cruise options across the fleet, including the British Isles, Holy Land, Black Sea and Scandinavia & Russia.

Royal Caribbean sailing three ships in European waters in 2013

MIAMI – Royal Caribbean International announced that Liberty of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas will be among the cruise line’s ships in 2013 to deliver the culture, history, delectable cuisine and hard-to-resist retail opportunities that Europe has to offer.

This latest deployment opening offers 121 sailings on 25 itineraries that call at 30 beautiful ports. When added to already announced Independence of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas’ deployment from Southampton, U.K., Royal Caribbean’s 2013 Europe vacation offerings already feature five of the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ships, sailing to the must-see destinations that make a most exciting and enriching Europe vacation.

Celebrity Reflection to debut multi-functional conference center and ballroom

Inviting space for large and small functions complete with delectable catering
MIAMI – Whether planning a wedding reception, private cocktail party, or business meeting for a corporate incentive trip or conference, Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Reflection will offer an inviting new series of options for hosting and entertaining large and small groups alike in modern luxury style.

When Celebrity Reflection – the fifth in Celebrity’s award-winning Solstice Class fleet – sets sail in October of this year, the ship will feature an entirely new, multi-functional space that can serve as a spacious ballroom or conference area, or be divided into smaller banquet or classroom settings, depending on each individual group’s needs.

Inaugural sailing of Mountain Song at Sea on Norwegian Sky

The Only Bluegrass Festival Experience on the Ocean  

MIAMI – The first ever Bluegrass Festival at sea will set sail on board Norwegian Sky from Miami to the Bahamas on February 1, 2013. Mountain Song Productions and Steep Canyon Rangers have partnered with Sixthman to present the inaugural voyage of Mountain Song at Sea, the only bluegrass festival experience on the ocean.
Guests will experience Freestyle Cruising with more than a dozen bluegrass, folk and acoustic artists, including The David Grisman Sextet, Del McCoury Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Tim O'Brien & Bryan Sutton, The Kruger Brothers, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, The Travelin' McCourys, Shannon Whitworth, Della Mae, Town Mountain and more.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

President George H.W. Bush & Former First Lady Barbara Bush sail first transatlantic crossing aboard Cunard’s Flagship Queen Mary 2

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President George H.W. Bush and Former First Lady Barbara Bush enjoy a moment out on
the deck of Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 during the flagship’s 27 April 2012 Transatlantic Crossing. 

Royal Caribbean to transfer Monarch of the Seas to Pullmantur

News Release

MIAMI – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. will transfer Monarch of the Seas from its Royal Caribbean International cruise brand to its Pullmantur brand, a cruise and tour operator based in Madrid. Monarch of the Seas will transfer to Pullmantur on April 1, 2013, following its last sailing for Royal Caribbean International, which departs on March 29, 2013.

Eat, drink and be merry on Silversea tours this summer

From Bordeaux to Dubrovnik to Gothenburg, new food and wine
excursions offer unique and enriching cultural experiences

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) -- Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises is rolling out several new shore excursions in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe this summer designed for those travelers whose wanderlust is guided by a passion for fine food and wine.

New options, such as a sunset stroll and wine tasting in one of Croatia's largest vineyards, a hands-on lesson in Ukrainian cookery, and an exquisite lunch at a two-Michelin-star restaurant in Bordeaux, are joining an already expansive collection of shore tours tailored to the traveler who is a gourmet at heart.

Celebrity Cruises' 2013-2014 Winter destinations

MIAMI – There’s no better time than winter to seek out sun-soaked, exotic destinations, and there’s no better way to experience them than immersed in modern luxury. That’s exactly what Celebrity Cruises is offering with its 2013-14 winter itinerary line-up, which will feature a multitude of ways to make the most of precious vacation time on its stunning, award-winning ships, six in the Caribbean and five around the globe in Australia and New Zealand, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, South America and the South Pacific. During the winter season, Celebrity Cruises’ guests will visit 170 ports in 42 countries from 20 different departure ports, while enjoying open and airy onboard spaces with careful attention to detail, luxurious accommodations, fresh and innovative cuisine, and genuine and personalized service. Celebrity also will offer a variety of cruisetour vacation options, pairing a land-based experience with a cruise to create the ultimate winter getaway.

Royal Caribbean's 2013 Bermuda and Caribbean itineraries on Explorer of the Seas

  MIAMI – Royal Caribbean International has announced Explorer of the Seas’ summer and autumn 2013 line-up, featuring 30 sailings to 17 spectacular ports of call on seven distinctive itineraries.

New York metropolitan vacationers, and vacationers from around the world who have always wanted to combine a visit to the Big Apple with a cruise, can choose a sailing aboard Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda, Caribbean and Canada and New England from April through October 2013.

Disney Fantasy arrives in Port Canaveral home port

In a photo taken March 6, 2012, fireworks light the morning sky as the Disney Fantasy, the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, arrives in her home port of Port Canaveral, Fla. after traveling nearly 4,700 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremerhaven, Germany.

The 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy will welcome guests on her maiden voyage on Mar. 31, 2012, sailing seven-night cruises to the Caribbean and Disney’s private island Castaway Cay, from Port Canaveral.

Chef's Table experience on Norwegian Cruise Line

MIAMI – Norwegian Cruise Line has unveiled an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime gourmet dining experience by introducing the Chef’s Table fleet-wide. Guests who attend the Chef’s Table dining experience will marvel in an incredible culinary adventure as they feast on a nine-course, upscale menu consisting of unique and contemporary creations using the highest quality ingredients, sophisticated cooking techniques, flavor compositions and captivating presentations. All courses are accompanied by wines that are specially paired by the line’s Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson. 

Princess Cruises’ 2012-2013 Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific program

Offers More Cruises to Hawaii, Plus Favorite Routes to French Polynesia and Samoa

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Mention “paradise” and most people will conjure up images of pristine beaches and lush, tropical islands. Princess Cruises passengers can make paradise a reality with 10 itinerary choices to the breathtaking islands of Hawaii, Tahiti and the South Pacific between fall 2012 and spring 2013.

New next season, Princess will offer more Hawaii cruises than ever before, with four ships sailing roundtrip to the islands from both Los Angeles and San Francisco. In addition, the renovated Grand Princess will make her debut voyages to Hawaii as part of her first West Coast season.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas deployed to China in 2013

Based in Singapore and China, the ship will offer itineraries to Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea

BEIJINGAt a press conference in Beijing, China, executives from Royal Caribbean International announced that the recently revitalized Mariner of the Seas will head to Asia in June 2013 and offer numerous itineraries from China and Singapore to Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea throughout the rest of the year.

The addition of a second 3,114-guest ship to China, to join Voyager of the Seas, illustrates the company’s commitment to the growing cruise industry in Asia. Together, they represent the two largest capacity and most innovative cruise ships operating in the region. 

Princess Cruises to enter Japanese market

Largest Deployment Everby a Global Cruise Line 
More than 18,000 Passengers Expected to Cruise Aboard Sun Princess April to July 2013 
Formation of Carnival Japan Underscores Commitment to Growing Local Cruise Market

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Responding to the growing interest for cruising in Japan, Carnival Corporation & plc is introducing the largest deployment ever by a global cruise line in the Japanese market when it brings Sun Princess to Japan for a spring to summer season of cruising in April 2013.

One of the world’s leading cruise line brands, Princess Cruises, is launching an 87-day program featuring a total of nine cruises on seven different itineraries operating April through July of next year from both Yokohama and Kobe. The cruises will be from nine to 12 days in length.

The unique itineraries have been customized for the Japanese vacation market, and will launch with the most significant national holiday of Golden Week, a nine-day cruise on April 27, 2013 which includes two days in Hakata during the renowned Dontaku Festival.

Cunard Line announces 2013 voyage programme

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Highlights include new itineraries, maiden calls in Italy, Iceland and the Mediterranean,
plus overnight stays in Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and Canada

Cunard Line has announced its 2013 Voyage Programme, offering an extensive range of sailings across its three ships featuring 106 voyages visiting 99 ports in 35 countries.  Highlights include several maiden calls and overnight stays, and multiple departures for its most popular itineraries, including the St. Petersburg & Baltic Explorer, Fjords & Waterfalls and Greek Isles & Mediterranean Treasures voyages.

Carnival Breeze offers some 180 shore excursions in first European season

Mediterranean Schedule Kicked Off June 3, Includes 12-Day Cruises Featuring Visits to Stunning Ports Throughout Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, France, Spain, and Monte Carlo
            MIAMI (June 7, 2012) – For the Carnival Breeze’s inaugural season in Europe, Carnival Cruise Lines has assembled a diverse array of shore excursions with more than 180 different choices, including several “select experiences” that allow guests to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime opportunities in a more personalized setting.  

Royal Caribbean International offers "Madagascar at Sea" Sweepstakes

Consumers Can Visit the Cruise Line’s Facebook Page for a Chance to Cruise with the Cast of “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” Onboard Select Ships
MIAMI, June 8, 2012 – In conjunction with the arrival of DreamWorks Animation’s 3-D feature film “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” in theatres this week, Royal Caribbean International is offering consumers a chance to sail with Alex, Gloria, King Julien and the Penguins on select ships featuring the DreamWorks Experience offered exclusively on Royal Caribbean! 

Silversea introduces "Shore Amore" all-inclusive Mediterranean sojourns

 Special perks include business class air

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- June 14, 2012) Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises today announced a new collection of five "Shore Amore" all-inclusive Mediterranean sojourns aboard Silver Spirit this summer that include roundtrip business class air and transfers, pre-cruise deluxe hotel stay with breakfast, exclusive, authentic local experience (such as a gondola ride along the Grand Canal in Venice), and choice of select small-group shore excursions in every port.