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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Royal Caribbean announces promotions

News Release
MIAMI – July 31, 2012 – Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. today announced that Michael Bayley has been promoted to President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, replacing Dan Hanrahan, whose departure was recently announced.

Bayley will report directly to Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.   Bayley has been with Royal Caribbean for over 30 years, most recently as Executive Vice President of Operations.  Prior to this role, Bayley served as Executive Vice President — International, where he oversaw the international expansion for the company.

New brochure details Princess Cruises' Europe schedule for 2013 featured new Royal Princess

Royal Princess Inaugural Season and Passenger Photos Highlight Publication

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (July 31, 2012) – Fresh off the presses, Princess Cruises has just published its Europe cruise brochure for 2013 to help passengers find their best adventure during the season, whether they’re headed to the scenic Baltic Sea, British Isles or the iconic ports of the Mediterranean.

Highlighting the program is the launch of the new Royal Princess, which will debut with a schedule of Mediterranean cruises. The brochure includes a full summary of the ship’s unique features as well as all of the cruise choices available during the maiden season.

Princess will have its youngest fleet ever in the region next year, with seven ships plying European waters, offering 60 itineraries on 124 departures between April and December, 2013.

Choose to "un-cruise" through the holidays with American Safari Cruises

2012 Holiday Cruises in Hawaiian Islands and Mexico’s Sea of Cortés

Seattle, WA, July 30, 2012 – Leave the holiday planning behind this year and enjoy a weeklong Un-Cruise Adventure aboard an American Safari Cruises luxury yacht in a sunny destination.

The 86-guest Safari Endeavour offers weeklong cruises departing Dec. 22 or Dec. 29 in the Sea of Cortés and the 36-guest Safari Explorer sails a weeklong holiday cruise in the Hawaiian Islands departing Dec. 22.

Families, couples or singles enjoy the relaxation and freedom of vacationing during the holidays—often a stressful and busy time at home. The festivities of the holidays are tastefully incorporated into the yachts’ décor, activities and meals. Santa has even been known to make an appearance if young kids are on board.

Dash to the Caribbean with Norwegian's limited-time offer

News Release

Receive up to $250 to spend on any Caribbean cruise plus free upgrades
on all 2013 and 2014 sailings
Norwegian Cruise Line is launching a limited time offer today, July 31, 2012, giving guests the opportunity to receive up to $250 (based on cruise length and stateroom category) to spend on board any Caribbean cruise vacation, plus free upgrades fleet-wide on all 2013 and 2014 sailings, when they make a new cruise reservation before Friday, August 3, 2012.

The offer, available for just four days, also provides reduced deposits on select Norwegian sailings of three days or longer and an e-coupon booklet worth over $300 in on board savings. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Silversea details "exclusive events" and new overland tours for World Cruise 2013

News Release
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- July 30, 2012) Silversea is rolling out an array of exclusive complimentary events and exciting new mid-voyage land adventures for Silver Whisper's World Cruise in 2013, an epic 115-day journey from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale, departing January 5.

"A world cruise is the trip of a lifetime for most travelers," said Ellen Bettridge, Silversea's president of the Americas. "For this far-reaching voyage, our onshore events and overland tours offer great opportunities for authentic experiences that spotlight local cultures and enable guests to gain a better understanding of the fascinating regions they will visit."

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Celebrity Cruises' fifth stylish Solstice Class ship features all-glass shower

MIAMI – July 27, 2012 – After revealing in April that the “Reflection Suite” on Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Reflection will feature an all-glass shower extending out over the edge of the ship, the modern luxury brand has received so much interest that it has released renderings of the intriguing space.

The 1,636-square-foot Reflection Suite with 194-square-foot veranda will be Celebrity’s first two-bedroom suite, complete with its distinctive sea-view bathroom with soothing rain shower, and the host of amenities associated with Celebrity’s luxury suites, including the brand’s round-the-clock European butler service.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Consumers can vote for their favorite competitor on Facebook for a chance to win a Royal Caribbean cruise


MIAMI, July 27, 2012 – It’s “game on” this summer when world-class figure skating champion Michelle Kwan and world-champion diver Greg Louganis go head-to-head in the first-ever Royal Deck-athlon at sea onboard Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas.

The skating and diving legends are facing-off in two commercial spots that will air on NBC-owned stations throughout the country. Viewers will be directed to visit the cruise line’s Facebook page to see the legends compete in a series of 10 events onboard the world’s most revolutionary cruise ship including: surfing the FlowRider; climbing the rock wall; skating in the ice rink; diving at the AquaTheatre; zip lining across the Boardwalk; table tennis, mini-golf and basketball in the Sports Zone; playing blackjack in Casino Royale; and cupcake decorating in the Cupcake Cupboard.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Princess Cruises “Inspired to Cruise” blog showcases more reasons to cruise

New Reasons to Vacation at Sea include to Chase Eclipses, to Please a Girl and
to Strengthen Family Bonds

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (July 24, 2012) – Princess Cruises’ blog, “Inspired to Cruise: A Year of Reasons to Get Away From the Everyday” has chronicled an additional five reasons to cruise, offering readers a new collection of heartwarming passenger stories about the many things that can inspire travelers to choose a vacation at sea.
The most recent stories are from cruisers who have chased eclipses, become cruise fanatics (after being cruise curmudgeons), celebrated happy times and recovered from sad events.

The blog, found at http://inspiredtocruise.com, illustrates some of the myriad reasons people take cruise vacations.
Each week during 2012 the blog explores the celebrations, accomplishments, milestones and other inspired reasons to cruise, each told by a different passenger. This diverse group of contributors – from long-time cruisers to those who set sail for the first time – will share a total of 52 stories.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Norwegian offers up to $250 to spend on board plus free upgrades, reduced deposits and more


Norwegian Cruise Line is launching its “Freestyle Dash” limited time offer today, July 24, 2012. Guests have the opportunity to receive up to $250 in on-board credit (based on cruise length and stateroom category) plus up to four category upgrades, when they book a cruise vacation in 2013 or 2014 to one of Norwegian’s exciting destinations before Friday, July 27, 2012. 

The offer, available for just four days, also provides reduced deposits on all of Norwegian’s sailings of three days or longer and an e-coupon booklet worth up to $300 in on board savings. 

Senior officers announced for Royal Princess

Experienced Team Tapped to Launch Princess Cruises’ Newest Ship 

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (July 25, 2012) – When the new Royal Princess launches in June 2013, Captain Tony Draper will be at the helm of Princess Cruises’ newest vessel, leading a senior officer team with more than 100 years of seagoing experience among them.

The senior four-stripe team will also include Relief Captain Dino Sagani, Chief Engineer Fabio Braccelli, Hotel General Manager Dirk Brand, and Staff Captain Tim Stringer.

The 3,600-passenger Royal Princess is a new-generation ship currently under construction in Italy that will debut a number of new features for Princess, including a dramatic over-water SeaWalk, a 50 percent larger atrium, a new Princess Live! television studio, and balconies on all outside staterooms.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Norwegian Cruise Line to host second annual #SeaTweetup cruise


Norwegian Cruise Line will host the second annual #SeaTweetup cruise on board Norwegian Sky from October 12-15, 2012.

The social media infused sailing departs from Miami and will set sail on a weekend getaway to the Bahamas, visiting Nassau, Bahamas and Norwegian’s Private Island, Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.

The interactive cruise, coordinated by influential members of the South Florida social media community, allows enthusiasts to participate in special networking events throughout the cruise including group activities, social media marketing panels and discussions, giveaways and cocktail parties. Guests will also be amongst the first to experience the exciting new enhancements to Norwegian’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

European summer cruising season has 206 ships serving 528 destinations: CLIA

News Release

Four new European destinations open, three new cruise lines start operations, 20 ships enter into service, 79 cruise ships return to European waters from their winter routes

Brussels - As the summer cruise season got under way in Europe, 79 ships sailed back to European waters from their winter routes in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and Asia, bringing the total fleet in the region this summer to 206 cruise ships, operated by 64 lines, serving 528 destinations stretching from the Mediterranean to the Arctic.

Cruise vacation numbers showing big upswing


Agents’ Perspective on Consumer Attitudes, Opinions, Cruise Trends and Popular Destinations Shed Light on Reasons for Industry’s Continued Growth

Fort Lauderdale, FL — July 18, 2012 Halfway through the year, travel agents cite  optimism about selling cruises in 2012, according to a new survey of members of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).  Over 50 percent of respondents report they are already selling more vacations at sea than in 2011 and 64 percent expect cruise booking volume over the course of 2012 to increase over last year.

The online survey of over 300 CLIA-member agents, conducted in early July, measured several major aspects of the cruise industry from the agent perspective, including consumer confidence and attitudes toward cruising, popular cruise destinations, passenger demographics, and booking patterns.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Holland American Line's fall Europe cruises feature "exciting" itineraries, "exceptional" value

SEATTLE , July 16, 2012- This fall, Holland America Line is offering an extensive selection of cruises that explore ports of call that span from Turkey to the Canary Islands and across the Atlantic. Setting sail after the bustling summer months, these idyllic itineraries showcase the best of the region at a beautiful time of year.

Ranging from a 7-night Mediterranean cruise to a grand 42-night trans-Atlantic journey, the fall favorites feature port-intensive itineraries, overnight calls and plenty of time to explore on one of Holland America Line's exciting shore excursions.

Princess Cruises unveils Royal Princess fitness facilities

Passengers Can Keep Active with Jogging Track, Sports Central and Fitness Center
Royal Princess’ fitness facilities will include Princess Sports Central, featuring venues for a
variety of sporting activities, including a game of basketball in the Center Court

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (July 18, 2012) – Princess Cruises today revealed the sports and fitness features that will be aboard the new Royal Princess when the ship debuts next June.

Passengers of all athletic abilities can test their mettle and keep in shape with a new outdoor jogging track and additional circuit exercises, the multi-activity Princess Sports Central and a fitness center full of the latest equipment with a private aerobics studio for special classes.
The new sports and fitness features are detailed in the company’s latest video previewing Royal Princess, available at http://www.princess.com/learn/ships/rp/video_tours.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Celebrity Cruises adds even more class to "ConciergeClass"

More modern luxury services complement original lineup
MIAMI – July 19, 2012 – Vacationers who love the personalized services of a professional concierge are likely to relish the new, modern luxury amenities Celebrity Cruises has added to its plush “ConciergeClass” accommodations.

Guests booked in Celebrity’s ConciergeClass staterooms still will be treated to the full slate of services and amenities associated with the category since it was introduced, including a bottle of chilled Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine with a commemorative label featuring exclusive artwork from the ArtCenter/South Florida artists upon arrival; fresh fruits and flowers; daily delivery of afternoon savories; pillow menu and the Celebrity eXhaleTM bedding program, with premium mattresses, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, and plush duvets and pillows.

There is also personalized stationery; oversized tote bag; special room service breakfast menu; Frette bathrobes; plush bath rugs; two hair dryers; Hansgrohe massaging showerhead; use of in-stateroom golf umbrellas and binoculars; custom-blended bath amenities including fine shampoos, body lotions and soaps; a veranda table large enough for dining al fresco, with cushioned chairs; and special services including priority luggage delivery, dining time, shoe shine service, and priority embarkation and debarkation privileges.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, James Murphy, Sleigh Bells and many more to perform on Celebrity Silhouette


MIAMI – July 17, 2012 - Celebrity Cruises is known for offering memorable vacation moments like no other, and for music lovers, the latest news is no exception.

Goldenvoice, producers of the legendary Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, is taking to the high seas for the first time with S.S. COACHELLA debuting on the modern, luxurious Celebrity Silhouette.

Offering music and vacation lovers the opportunity to experience a once-in-a-lifetime getaway filled with performances by Coachella artists in intimate settings, S.S. COACHELLA on Celebrity Silhouette will take place on two separate cruises with the same line-up of performers.

Princess Cruises unveils exclusive onboard photo exhibit on Alaska cruising

Passengers Can Relive Alaska Cruising Through the Past Century with
Special Display from
Alaska State Museum

The steamer City of Topeka sails in Glacier Bay around 1895. This photo is one of 30 historic images
currently displayed aboard Princess ships in Alaska. (Image courtesy of the Alaska State Museum)

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (July 17, 2012) – Princess Cruises has unveiled a special exhibit aboard its seven Alaska ships that takes passengers back in time to the early days of cruising in Alaska.

Developed in partnership with Princess and the Alaska State Museum, the show, entitled “Then & Now: 100 Years of Cruising Alaska’s Waters,” gives cruisers a glimpse of Alaska and the Inside Passage as it was a century ago, as experienced by early steamship “excursionists.”

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Holland America Line releases details on Early Advantage savings for 2013

SEATTLE -- Holland America Line is offering exceptional Early Advantage savings on a wide selection of 2013 cruises and CruiseTours to guests who book well in advance of departure

The promotion features free upgrades on select sailings, as well as savings of up to 50 percent by combining two cruise itineraries on select Collectors' Voyages in Europe. Also on some sailings, free and reduced cruise fares are available for third or fourth guests who share the same stateroom.

"By planning ahead, our guests can take advantage of significant savings and ensure they are able to take their dream vacation," said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs.

"Whether it's upgrading to a verandah stateroom or deciding to enjoy a longer cruise vacation, these savings show the value of booking in advance."

The Rock Boat XIII on Norwegian Pearl

Host Sister Hazel launches Lucky 13th sailing of The World’s Greatest Floating Music Festival

ATLANTA, GA – July 13, 2012: Appropriately on Friday the 13th, Host Sister Hazel in partnership with Sixthman announce the 13th adventure of The Rock Boat, the longest running music festival at sea. The Rock Boat XIII will set sail with over 2,000 lucky guests aboard Norwegian Pearl on February 24 – March 1, 2013 from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. 

Featuring non-stop music and two days on Norwegian’s private island destination, this musical marathon will showcase both fan favorites and emerging talent across multiple stages around the ship as well as intimate activities with artists and collaborations between musicians that won’t be seen anywhere else but onboard this ocean based traveling circus.

The Rock Boat host, Sister Hazel, will be joined by Alternate Routes, Bronze Radio Return, Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers, Good Old War, Will Hoge, NEEDTOBREATHE, Ponderosa, Ben Rector, Red Wanting Blue, Rusted Root, Saints of Victory, DJ Soulman, Yacht Rock Revue, and many more artists to be announced.

Sabatini’s menu and dining experience available across Princess Cruises fleet

 Line’s Signature Restaurant Offers Updated Collection of Authentic Italian Specialties

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Princess Cruises’ signature Italian restaurant, Sabatini’s, debuted an updated menu and new style of service, which is now available across the fleet aboard all ships featuring the popular eatery.

Known for its celebrated pastas, seafood and Italian specialties, Sabatini’s is now featuring since last fall an updated collection of Italian favorites and an a la carte experience giving diners more freedom of choice and the ability to streamline their selections, if they wish.

Sabatini’s first debuted in 1998 on Grand Princess and quickly became a passenger favorite, now having been expanded to 13 of the line’s ships. With a refined yet casual Italian ambiance, Sabatini’s offers attentive personal service and the feeling of having just stepped into a ristorante in the heart of Tuscany. Previously, the restaurant featured a family-style experience with an abundance of courses brought to diners throughout the evening – the only item passengers would choose was their entrée.

Azamara Club Cruises celebrates Christmas in July with 12 days of savings

News Release

Travelers Booking a Christmas Voyage Early Can Enjoy Up to $1,200 Onboard Credit

MIAMI, July, 13, 2012 – Azamara Club Cruises is celebrating Christmas in July and gifting holiday travelers with 12 Days of Savings.

Beginning July 16 and for 12 days, the cruise line will feature a new onboard spending credit for vacationers booking a Club Oceanview or higher stateroom on either Azamara Journey’s 14-night Vietnam and Thailand voyage or Azamara Quest’s nine-night Christmas in South America voyage.

The onboard credit offer ranges from a maximum of $1,200 to $100 decreasing by $100 each day. Holiday travelers may use this opportunity to leave the stress of the holiday season behind and experience an unforgettable Christmas onboard one of Azamara’s two intimate 694-passenger ships while enjoying its signature authentic hospitality.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Norwegian's cruise event offer has added perks

News Release
Receive on-board amenities based on stateroom category booked

Norwegian Cruise Line is launching its “Cruise Event” limited time offer on Sunday, July 15, 2012 giving guests the opportunity to earn additional on-board amenities when they book a new cruise vacation in 2012 to one of Norwegian’s popular destinations, including Europe, Alaska, Bermuda, Hawaii, Bahamas & Florida, the Caribbean, Canada & New England and more.
 Guests will receive a variety of exciting on-board amenities based on stateroom category booked, plus reduced deposits, when they book any 2012 five-day or longer Norwegian Cruise vacation by Sunday, July 21, 2012. 

National Symphony Orchestra reprises popular performances aboard Queen Mary 2 for fourth consecutive year

N E W S 

Renowned London Ensemble to Take Center Stage
on 14 October Transatlantic Crossing
10 July 2012Cunard Line guests aboard the 14 October 2012 Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing on flagship Queen Mary 2 will have the opportunity to enjoy performances by select members of London’s prestigious National Symphony Orchestra (NSO).

Under the direction of GRAMMY®-nominated conductor Anthony Inglis, the NSO will give two concerts throughout the seven-day Crossing, one a tribute to American music, and the other in traditional “Last Night of the Proms” style.  In an exclusive partnership between Cunard Line and the NSO, guests will have the opportunity to join an all-passenger chorus.  They will rehearse and perform with Inglis and the NSO on stage and lead the audience in song during the latter concert, on the final evening of the voyage.

Safari Endeavour sails new weeklong adventure cruises from La Paz, Mexico

For Immediate Release
Luxury Adventure Cruises in Mexico’s Sea of Cortés—American Safari Cruises Debuts Bigger Yacht, New Itinerary

Seattle, WA, July 11, 2012 – New to the American Safari Cruises fleet of upscale yachts, the refurbished 86-guest Safari Endeavour spends its first winter sailing Luxury Adventure cruises in Mexico’s Sea of Cortés. Travelers interested in an Un-Cruise Adventure—up close access to nature and wildlife and exclusive excursions—may choose a warm water adventure exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site & Biosphere Reserve.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Norwegian Cruise Line unveils major new innovation on Norwegian Breakaway: The Waterfront and 678 Ocean Place

News Release

A wide range of indoor and outdoor venues on three dynamic decks create a whole new complex at sea that enhances guests' connection with the ocean

Norwegian Cruise Line today unveiled a major innovation in ship design: The Waterfront and 678 Ocean Place on its newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway, launching in April 2013.
The Waterfront on Norwegian Breakaway
 This new concept includes an oceanfront boardwalk lined with shops, restaurants and bars, combined with three expansive, flowing decks of dining, bars, entertainment, gaming and more. The Waterfront and 678 Ocean Place will take cruising to new heights and offer an unparalleled experience with a unique connection to the ocean.

Azamara Club Cruises ups ranking in Travel+Leisure's Worlds' Best Awards

News Release
MIAMI, July 12, 2012 – Azamara Club Cruises, the destination immersive cruise line, continues to generate accolades for its premier guest experience scoring third place ranking in its category – up from sixth place last year – in Travel+Leisure’s annual World’s Best Awards.

Recognized for the past four consecutive years in the award’s large ship cruise line category by the magazine’s readers, Azamara’s signature warm and attentive service delivered by the staff and crew together with its exciting destinations around the world, have secured the cruise line continued and elevated presence in the travel industry.    

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Norwegian Cruise Line introduces Moderno Churrascaria fleet-wide

News Release
Line introduces ability to pre-book reservations for specialty restaurants

MIAMI Norwegian Cruise Line has enhanced dining options for guests by introducing its signature Brazilian-style steakhouse on board additional ships in its fleet.

Moderno Churrascaria first debuted on board the line’s newest ship, Norwegian Epic, and was the first dining concept of its kind at sea. Because of positive guest feedback and popular demand, Norwegian is now offering this unique dining experience on eight Freestyle Cruising ships. The company is also introducing the ability for guests to pre-book dining reservations for specialty restaurants fleet-wide.

Carnival Corporation and PLC declares dividend

News Release

            MIAMI (July 11, 2012) -- Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) has announced that it has declared a dividend of $0.25 per share.  
            The boards approved a record date for the quarterly dividend of August 24, 2012, and a payment date of September 14, 2012.

Celebrity Cruises' Chef John Suley to cook up good times at Miami Beach hotspot

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Midnight Chef’s Table dinner to highlight Suley’s friendship with Yardbird Executive Chef Jeffrey McInnis 

MIAMI – July 11, 2012 – Around the country and around the globe, sharing good food with friends is one of life’s simplest and most satisfying pleasures, which is why fresh, made-from-scratch, award-winning cuisine is central to Celebrity Cruises’ modern luxury vacation experience.

When friends not only share a meal but share in the preparation, the results are even more exceptional. Such will be the case at midnight this Friday, July 13, 2012, at Miami Beach hotspot Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, when Celebrity Cruises’ director of culinary operations, James Beard Award-nominated Chef John Suley, joins longtime close friend and fellow James Beard nominee Chef Jeffrey McInnis as part of the highly acclaimed restaurant’s Midnight Chef’s Table Series.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Cunard Line announces Grand Summer Event Sale, 12-16 July

N E W S 
Five-Day Sale Offers Savings to the Mediterranean, and Balcony Upgrades on
Panama Canal, Caribbean and New England/Canada Voyages 

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Sevilla, Spain
9 July 2012 For those looking to experience a Cunard luxury cruise vacation, Cunard is holding an exclusive five-day Grand Summer Event Sale on select voyages aboard Queen Elizabeth and flagship Queen Mary 2, featuring savings of up to 60% off Mediterranean voyages and a special offer of complimentary balcony upgrades on ships departing U.S. ports.

Included in the sale are the spectacular nine-day Mediterranean Memories to Sevilla, Barcelona and Florence, and the 12-day Greek Isles & Aegean Treasures to Rome, Turkey, Israel and the Greek Isles.  The sale starts on 12 July.

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. (June 26, 2012) – 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.
Mickey in Athens, Greece
 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.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Norwegian launches the Great Upgrade Event

News Release
Receive free upgrades and reduced deposits on all 2013 and 2014 sailings

Norwegian Cruise Line is offering guests the opportunity to receive free stateroom upgrades during “The Great Upgrade Event” starting today, Monday, July 9.

Vacationers planning to set sail on any three-day or longer cruise vacation in 2013 or 2014 will receive an up to four category stateroom upgrade and reduced deposits on sailings to Alaska, the Bahamas & Florida, Bermuda, Caribbean, Canada & New England, Europe, Hawaii and the Mexican Riviera, when they book before August 12, 2012. In addition, those who take advantage of the offer will receive e-coupons worth up to $300 in on board savings.

Holland America Line's Culinary Arts Center program features celebrated experts during the summer season

Kevin Sbraga, Denise Vivaldo, Sonia Hunt, Angelo Sosa, and Jonathon Sawyer share their culinary expertise with cruise guests 

SEATTLE - During Holland America Line's summer cruise season, the Culinary Arts Center program presented by Food & Wine magazine is hosting five of the world's most celebrated chefs who will showcase their expertise and share tips with guests.

Chef Kevin Sbraga, Food Stylist Denise Vivaldo, Entrepreneur Sonia Hunt, Chef Angelo Sosa, and Chef Jonathon Sawyer will be aboard five of the line's premium ships in July and August as part of the line's robust Culinary Arts program that offers culinary enrichment opportunities for guests on more than 500 cruises annually.

Celebrity Cruises plans largest European season


Celebrity Solstice to bring Solstice Class style and design to Alaska for first time;
‘Solsticized’ Celebrity Infinity to join Celebrity Eclipse in offering vacations from the UK
MIAMI Celebrity Cruises plans for the summer of 2013 includes for the first time, joining Celebrity Eclipse in offering modern luxury vacation experiences from the UK will be the newly ‘Solsticized’ Celebrity Infinity.

Celebrity’s President & CEO Dan Hanrahan said "the response to Celebrity Eclipse from our guests and travel partners has been extremely rewarding, ever since it debuted in Southampton in 2010.

“Our decision to expand our European vacation options from the UK on our newly Solsticized Celebrity Infinity is in direct response to increased demand for more of the modern luxury holidays that only Celebrity can provide, as validated by the expanding host of honors our brand continues to receive," he said.

Royal Caribbean introduces Art on Royal fleetside

Cruise line to Offer Unique Artist, Artwork and Art-Inspired Events 

MIAMI -- Royal Caribbean International has relaunched the cruise line’s art program with the one-of-a-kind Art on Royal.

The exclusive program expands the breadth of onboard art-inspired events, with tours, seminars and auctions. Art on Royal integrates the entire onboard collection aboard Royal Caribbean’s fleet of the world’s 22 largest and most innovative cruise ships, and features Royal Art Icons, select artists among the entire Royal Caribbean Art Collection, and works by Royal Caribbean Signature Artists Romero Britto and Thomas Kinkade.

This exclusive program, developed in partnership with Art Actually, was first piloted aboard Oasis of the Seas; is also currently aboard Adventure of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas; and will be available on most ships by the end of the year.

James Beard-nominated “Rising Star” enhances Celebrity Cruise Line’s culinary leadership

MIAMIKnown for its culinary leadership and commitment to offering guests a modern, luxurious experience during their precious vacation time, Celebrity Cruises last fall expanded its already robust culinary talent by naming 2010 James Beard Foundation “Rising Star Chef” nominee and 2007 “Rising Star Chef of American Cuisine” John Suley as its director of Culinary Operations.

Tapped by Celebrity’s charismatic Vice President of Culinary Operations Jacques Van Staden – himself a James Beard-nominated Master Chef – Suley is widely regarded as one of the country’s top “up and coming” chefs.

Prior to joining Celebrity, he worked in the star-studded, international dining scene as executive chef at the South Florida incarnation of three-time James Beard honoree Alfred Portale’s famed “Gotham Bar & Grill” (New York), “Gotham Steak” at the chic Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Norwegian Breakaway reaches new heights with three-level sports complex

Top Decks to Feature First Five-Slide Aqua Park, Kids’ Aqua Park,
Largest Ropes Course at Sea and New Mini-Golf 

MIAMI – Norwegian Breakaway will take recreation and outdoor fun to new heights when it launches in April 2013.

The ship’s top decks will feature the first Aqua Park at sea with five full-size water slides, including twin Free Fall slides, the first ever at sea, and a three-story sports complex that includes the largest ropes course at sea, a nine-hole miniature golf course, basketball court, rock climbing wall and more.  The line also announced that the ship will feature Nickelodeon experiences for the whole family and will include a Nickelodeon themed Kids’ Aqua Park.

Celebrity Cruises collaborates with "Nerdel" to make wellness eduction fun for young cruisers

From puppets to technology, playful new onboard program will use interactive tools to teach three- to eight-year-olds how to make healthy choices
MIAMIWith their cool, contemporary design with warm spaces, inviting staterooms and personalized service, Celebrity Cruises’ ships offer modern luxury, an ideal backdrop for wellness-themed experiences that help guests rejuvenate, relax and recharge.

With a playful twist, Celebrity is now bringing children into its wellness lineup by collaborating with The Nerdel Company to offer a new, interactive program featuring activities themed around healthy choices and starring a puppet named NERDEL, known for his endearing, lovable “personality.”

Royal Caribbean offers behind-the-scenes look at All Access Tour

News Release

MIAMIBelow deck, backstage and behind certain doors, the sophisticated operations of a Royal Caribbean International ship has always piqued guests’ curiosity.

To help demystify the hard work put forth by the cruise line’s dedicated staff and crew and the spaces they work in, Royal Caribbean International now offers the All Access Tour.

Guests have the option to visit behind-the-scenes operations spaces and meet key shipboard staff members on an escorted tour during their Royal Caribbean vacation.

The All Access Tour offers guests insight into the inner workings of some of the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ships and is available fleetwide.

Princess Cruises opens the books on 2013-2014 exotics and Americas sailings

Highlights Include New Short Cruises in Caribbean and West Coast, Grand Princess Based
Year Round in San Francisco, and Caribbean Debut of Royal Princess

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Princess Cruises is booking its 2013-2014 Americas and Exotics cruises, offering a variety of vacation options from close-to-home cruises to far-flung worldwide adventures.

The season includes a new series of shorter cruises in the Caribbean and along the West Coast, the line’s first year-round ship based in San Francisco, and the Caribbean debut of the new Royal Princess.
Passengers can now book cruises to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, West Coast, Hawaii, Mexico, South America, the South Pacific, Asia & Africa, Australia & New Zealand, as well as a 100-day World Cruise.

In total, the line’s 17 ships will sail on more than 400 cruises on 90 itineraries to 182 destinations around the globe. Together the ships will debut seven new ports – Loreto, La Paz and Progreso in Mexico; Komodo Island, Indonesia; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Rouen, France; and Kangaroo Island, Australia.

Sail to savings in Bermuda with Norwegian's Bonus Sales Days, July 8 and 9

News Release

Receive $100 to spend on board with new Bermuda bookings 

Norwegian Cruise Line is launching Bermuda Bonus Days, a two-day sales event beginning Sunday, July 8, 2012, offering savings on Norwegian cruise vacations to beautiful Bermuda.

Guests who book a 2012 Bermuda cruise, in any stateroom category, on July 8 or July 9, 2012, will receive $100 per stateroom to spend on board towards an array of shore excursions; pampering treatments in Norwegian’s award-winning spas; a delicious dinner in one of Norwegian’s delicious specialty restaurants and more. 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

New segments added to Holland America's Grand Asia and Australia voyage

SEATTLE -- Holland America Line has added three new segments to ms Amsterdam's 75-day Grand Asia & Australia Voyage in fall 2012. Ranging from 20 to 30 days, the new segments set sail in October and November and span from China to California.

The full voyage departs Seattle, Wash., Sept. 21 and explores the wonders of Asia, Western Australia and the South Pacific on a 75-day cruise. The new segments still offer comprehensive and intriguing voyages, just shorter.  Guests on any of these new segments will enjoy overnight calls, late departures and plenty of time to discover this magical part of the world.

Azamara Club Cruises announces 2013 year-round voyages

New Ports of Call and More Overnights and Late-night stays offer Destination-immersive Adventures in the Far East, Europe, South America and the West Indies
MIAMIAzamara Club Cruises has announced the cruise line’s 2013 line-up of voyages. Throughout the year, up-market travelers can choose among a total of 69 voyages aboard the cruise line’s two European boutique-hotel style ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest.

Select Azamara voyages also coincide with cultural celebrations, such as Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, the Monaco Grand Prix, the Andalusian Festival and the British Open, to offer guests a truly destination-immersive travel experience.

Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest will visit nearly 40 new ports in 2013, including Beijing (Xingang), Shanghai (Haitong) and Jinhae, South Korea in the Far East; as well as charming Amasra (Safranbolu), Turkey, and 2014-Winter Olympic host-city Sochi, Russia in the Black Sea. Cassis, France; Propriano, Corsica; and Palamos, Spain also will be maiden ports in the Mediterranean, as well as idyllic Honningsvaag, Gudvangen, Tromso, and Svolvaer (Lofoten) on the Norwegian Coast.

Silversea offering expanded collection of "bridge" sailings

News Release
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) -- This year,ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises is offering its most expansive collection of Bridge Sailings ever. Spanning the world from Auckland and Shanghai to Rio and Monte Carlo, 56 voyages feature a bridge enrichment program.

Though guests are welcome to play bridge on any Silversea cruise, a Bridge Sailing features a formal program of contract and duplicate bridge, which is supervised by instructors who are certified ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) Life Masters.

All Bridge Sailing activities are completely complimentary and guests can enjoy daily bridge sessions (twice daily on sea days), bridge lectures for both beginning and intermediate-level players, and even opportunities to earn ACBL Master Points. Silversea supplies all bridge materials and hosts the program in a dedicated Card Room on board.

Celebrity Cruises reveals "enticing" European season and plans to bring Solstice Class style to Alaska in 2013

News Release

MIAMI – When considering a vacation, the first question typically is, “Where do you want to go?” In the summer of 2013, Celebrity Cruises – named “Best Large-Ship Line” in the elite Condé Nast Traveler’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards – will present more answers to that question than ever before, offering its broadest lineup of modern luxury vacation options in Europe, and bringing Solstice Class style to Alaska for the first time.
Broad and varied experiences in Europe on new and newly Solsticized ships
In the summer of 2013, Celebrity will offer its most widely varied array of modern luxury cruises and cruisetours on one of the newest fleets of ships in Europe. Those six ships will visit 25 countries from seven departure ports and visit a total of 88 destinations in Europe alone, six representing Celebrity ‘firsts.’

Royal Caribbean unveils 2013 Alaska adventures on sea, land and in the air

Two Newly Revitalized Ships to Offer Guests More Delectable Dining Choices and Innovative Entertainment
MIAMI – For its 24th consecutive season, Royal Caribbean International will ply Alaskan waters in summer 2013 with the cruise line’s recently revitalized ships to offer vacationers a virtually new fleet in the region.

Soon to be revitalized Rhapsody of the Seas will offer guests refreshed staterooms, expanded technological conveniences, and nearly quadrupled dining options on seven-night round-trip cruises from Seattle, Wash. Radiance of the Seas, revitalized in 2011, will alternate seven-night north- and southbound itineraries from Vancouver and Seward, Alaska, respectively.

Guests will be awed by nature’s grandness; encounter thriving wildlife; and enjoy Royal Caribbean’s Gold Anchor Service for an incredible adventure in the Last Frontier. Royal Caribbean International’s summer 2013 Alaska cruises and Cruisetours are now open for sale.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

New Celebrity program offers Europe cruisers relaxation and convenience before heading home


MIAMI – Celebrity Cruises’ modern luxury – cool, contemporary design and warm spaces, award-winning cuisine and personalized service – is now available for vacationers to enjoy even longer through the new “Extend Your Stay” program.

This new offering provides guests with convenience and relaxation, which is particularly appealing to those facing waits at the airport and long flights home.

In addition to the benefit of a leisurely last day onboard, the program allows guests to stay in their stateroom until 9 am on the day their cruise ends - one hour later than the standard time by which the guest is typically asked to depart. Guests who participate in Extend Your Stay also can enjoy some of the ship’s services until as late as 90 minutes before the next cruise sets sail.

Silversea voyages feature Relais & Chateaux L'Ecole des Chefs interactive cooking school

News Release
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises is offering voyages this year that feature the exclusive "Relais & Châteaux L'École des Chefs" interactive cooking school.

Silversea enjoys the privilege of featuring the only Relais & Châteaux L'École des Chefs cooking school at sea.

The innovative program -- which is offered completely free of charge -- provides guests with a special culinary curriculum, including hands-on instruction, and entertaining events hosted by Silversea culinary trainer David Bilsland, a former instructor at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in London.

He presents a program developed in collaboration with Jacques Thorel, the owner of L'Auberge Bretonne and a consulting Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Beginning spring 2014, Norwegian Getaway will be the largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami

MIAMI PortMiami and Norwegian Cruise Line have announced that Norwegian Cruise Line’s new state-of-the-art 4,000 passenger ship, Norwegian Getaway, will make Miami her year-round home port.
Norwegian Getaway - which will be the largest ship ever to home port year-round in Miami - will embark on weekly cruises beginning in the spring of 2014. Miami-Dade County officials joined Norwegian Cruise Line Chief Executive Officer Kevin Sheehan today at PortMiami on board Norwegian Spirit for this announcement. 

Holland America Line Introduces Master Chef's International Dinner

SEATTLE -- Holland America Line has unveiled a new Master Chef's International Dinner in the main dining room, a unique experience showcasing signature dishes from around the world. The exotic menu is offered once a cruise and features cuisine from six continents crafted by Holland America Line's award-winning Master Chef Rudi Sodamin in collaboration with several of the line's expert chefs.

Guests can design their international three- or four-course meal by choosing each course from selections that represent a variety of cultures. The exclusive 20-dish menu includes appetizers, entrees and desserts from Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, North and South America, as well as wine pairings from each region. Guests also can choose Chef Rudi's Tour Around the World, a pre-selected three-course meal by the master chef.

Princess Cruises to base ship year round in San Francisco

Grand Princess Will Offer Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and California Coast Sailings

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Princess Cruises announced that for the first time it will base a ship in San Francisco year round, beginning in May 2013.

The extensively renovated Grand Princess will first offer a series of Alaska cruises during the summer months from the “City by the Bay,” followed by a schedule of Hawaiian Islands, Mexico and the California Coast sailings during the fall 2013 to spring 2014 season.
Last year the 2,600-passenger Grand Princess underwent the largest drydock in Princess Cruises history, adding a host of new features so that passengers will enjoy the same onboard experience as offered by the line’s other newer ships.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Norwegian Cruise Line introduces Deal Or No Deal interactive game show

MIAMI Norwegian Cruise Line has introduced the hit game show “Deal or No Deal” to its fleet of Freestyle Cruising ships.
The line has partnered with TimePlay, a world leader in multi-player interactive technology and content, to bring this highly interactive and fun game show to the high seas. The popular show challenges contestants to play and deal for prizes in a high-energy contest of nerves, instincts and raw intuition. “Deal or No Deal” is currently offered twice per cruise on all Norwegian ships (except Pride of America).

Princess Cruises unveils main dining and specialty restaurant features aboard new Royal Princess

Ship Will Serve Up Special Spaces and Fresh Twists on Dining Favorites
 The new Chef’s Table Lumiere will take this exclusive dining experience to the next level.

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Princess Cruises has several main dining room and specialty restaurant options  available aboard Royal Princess that launches in June 2013, including new special venues and experiences, plus fresh twists on some Princess favorites.

Among the new options are several distinct dining spaces, including a special Chef’s Table Lumiere surrounded by a curtain of light to take the Chef’s Table experience to a new level, as well as wine cellar-inspired private dining spaces in the main dining rooms.

Norwegian Jewels debuts in Alaska for its inaugural season

MIAMINorwegian Jewel has made her inaugural debut in Alaska this season.

This is the first time that Norwegian Cruise Line will have two Jewel-class ships sailing in Alaska.
Norwegian Pearl, sister ship to Norwegian Jewel, will also be cruising in Alaska, giving guests the options to sail on one of two Jewel-class Freestyle Cruising ships enjoying all the amenities of these large, modern vessels while enjoying the beauty and wilderness of Alaska.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Wide range of indoor and outdoor venues on three dynamic decks on Norwegian Breakaway

  New complex at sea enhances guests’ connection with the ocean
The Waterfront on Norwegian Breakaway
Norwegian Cruise Line has unveiled a major innovation in ship design: The Waterfront and 678 Ocean Place on its newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway, launching in April 2013. This new concept includes an oceanfront boardwalk lined with shops, restaurants and bars, combined with three expansive, flowing decks of dining, bars, entertainment, gaming and more. The Waterfront and 678 Ocean Place will take cruising to new heights and offer an unparalleled experience with a unique connection to the ocean.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

“Princess Live!” space gives passengers a chance to experience the excitement of a TV studio

Princess Cruises Raises the Curtain on New Royal Princess Entertainment Venue

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Princess Cruises has raised the curtain on Princess Live!, a new type of cruise ship entertainment venue that passengers will enjoy aboard the new Royal Princess. Taking the audience behind the scenes to share the excitement of a working television studio, the high-tech Princess Live! will showcase live television broadcasts, intimate performances from musicians, and special events such as cooking shows, plus will feature an adjacent café.

Located on Royal Princess’ deck 7 just aft of the Piazza, Princess Live! will be a flexible, 280-seat venue based on a television broadcast studio. When the ship debuts in June 2013, Princess Live! will serve as a venue for daily broadcasts of “The Wake Show” with a new twist -- a daily live audience.

This popular daily show staring the cruise director and special guests from around the ship is a staple across the Princess fleet, but is rarely staged live.