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Friday, September 27, 2013

Norwegian Getaway to feature sweet treats of Carlo's Bake Shop

Buddy Valastro, Star of TLC’s “Cake Boss,” to Open
Carlo’s Bake Shop on Miami’s Ship

MIAMI - September 24, 2013 Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that Master Baker Buddy Valastro, star of the popular TLC television series “Cake Boss” and “Next Great Baker,” will open his second Carlo’s Bake Shop at sea on the new Norwegian Getaway, coming to Miami in February. 

Valastro first partnered with Norwegian Cruise Line when he opened Carlo’s Bake Shop on Norwegian Breakaway, which began sailing from New York City in May 2013. Norwegian Getaway will be the second ship in the fleet to feature Carlo’s Bake Shop.

“Because of our guests’ exceptional reviews of Carlo’s Bake Shop on Norwegian Breakaway, we wanted to offer more Norwegian guests a chance to enjoy Buddy’s delicious baked goods,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dance competition winners from all 15 Holland America ships to compete in "Champions Cruise" Jan. 12

Holland America Line Adds Pro Dancers Kym Johnson, Tristan MacManus and celebrity Sabrina Bryan To 'Dancing With The Stars: At Sea' theme cruises in the Caribbean Jan. 5 and 12, 2014

SEATTLE - Dancing aficionados and fans of the hit ABC television show "Dancing with the Stars" can join professional dancers Kym Johnson and Tristan MacManus, along with actress and former celebrity participant Sabrina Bryan, on the Jan. 5, 2014, "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" theme cruise and the Jan. 12 Champions Cruise. 

Both seven-day Caribbean cruises are onboard ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

While onboard, the dancers will perform for guests, dazzling the audience with dance numbers from the television series. Additional events on the theme cruises include dance lessons with the shipboard professional dancers, a special fashion show featuring the glamorous show costumes, and a chance to meet the dance pros and celebrities, ask questions and take photos with them. 

Norwegian debuts ice cream bar concept on the Breakaway

Guests on board can indulge in a variety of specialty sundaes and ice cream treats; new concept will also be available on Norwegian Getaway


MIAMI – September 17, 2013 – Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that a brand new Ice Cream Bar* concept debuted on board the line’s newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway and will also be available on Norwegian Getaway upon her arrival to Miami in February 2014.

Carnival Corp. hires McKinsey's Leibowitz

MIAMI (September 19, 2013) -- Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) today announced Josh Leibowitz as the company's executive vice president of group strategy and corporate operations, effective October 1.
Leibowitz, 42, comes to Carnival from the consulting firm McKinsey, where he served as its managing partner of the Miami office and the leader of the company's work in big data and channel management -- experience that will be important as Carnival strengthens its marketing and customer relationship capabilities.

New collection of Royal Caribbean "unique sailings" feature themed enrichment and exclusive packages and promotions

MIAMI, Sept. 20, 2013 - There is no better way to span two continents in one vacation than aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise.

The cruise line known for the industry’s most innovative cruise ships today announced Ocean Voyages, a collection of special sailings that offer unique onboard programming, new shore excursion packages and unbeatable value on 2014 sailings between Europe and the Americas.
Vacationers can choose among 11 Royal Caribbean ships that call at more than 35 exciting destinations on Ocean Voyages, which also include late-2014 sailings aboard the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship Oasis of the Seas, and the next-generation Quantum of the Seas, introducing its panoply of new at-sea firsts to the industry.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Norwegian's Pride of America debuts new suites and studio staterooms

After $30 million enhancement, US-Flagged cruise ship welcome guests in brand-new staterooms 
MIAMI – September 13, 2013 – Norwegian Cruise Line unveiled 32 brand-new staterooms this week on the ship’s Hawaii-based vessel, Pride of America.

The final elements in a $30 million enhancement project that began in March, the addition of the new luxurious suites, studios for solo travelers and inside staterooms offers guests a new way to experience a spectacular inter-island cruise in Hawai`i.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

New and noteworthy Norwegian cruise vacations and hot cruise deals:

Ø  Caribbean Bonus Week: Out of Miami from September 13 through September 16, 2013.
Ø  Airfare Credits: Receive up to $1,000 in airfare credits on select sailings.
Ø  The Haven and Suites: Receive up to $300 onboard credit per stateroom for the Haven and Suites fleet-wide for reservations booked nine months or greater prior to sailing, through December 31, 2013.

Ø  Norwegian Pearl: $299 Best Available Inside/person: November 5, 2013: Five-night Western Caribbean roundtrip from Miami.
Ø  Norwegian Epic: $579 Best Available Inside/person: November 9, 2013 & November 16, 2013: Seven-night Eastern Caribbean roundtrip from Miami.
Ø  Norwegian Sun: $619 Best Available Inside/person: October 20, 2013: 10-Night Southern Caribbean roundtrip from Miami.

Carnival Cruise lines launches "groundbreaking" Great Vacation Guarantee

One-of-a-Kind Program Offers 110 Percent Refund, Complimentary Return Flights
And More Should Guests Not Be Completely Satisfied

             MIAMI (September 12, 2013) – Carnival Cruise Lines today unveiled an unprecedented new program that offers consumers a one-of-a-kind, hassle-free money-back guarantee when booking a Carnival cruise vacation.
                Designed to provide consumers with complete peace of mind, the “Great Vacation Guarantee”  allows guests to end their voyage early and receive a 110 percent refund plus complimentary transportation home, along with a $100 shipboard credit for a future cruise, should they be dissatisfied with their cruise for any reason.
            “We are proud to carry nearly 4.5 million satisfied guests each year and are very confident in the quality of the vacation experience we provide on board the 24 ships of Carnival Cruise Lines,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Travel agents sail free with new promotion from Carnival Cruise Lines

(News Release)
Created from Carnival Conversations Feedback, Promotion Offers Early Access to Carnival Passport and Travel Agent Rewards Program Members

MIAMI (September 9, 2013) - Carnival Cruise Lines is offering travel agents an opportunity to enjoy the “Fun Ship” vacation experience first-hand on a complimentary basis through its new Travel Agent Complimentary Cruise Promotion. 

From September 12-26, 2013, travel agents may visit GoCCL.com, the line’s travel agent Internet portal, and select from a variety of sailings departing between September 2013 and January 2014.   

Silversea's eighth ship, Silver Discoverer, to sail in Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, Russian Far East, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand from March 2014

(News Release)
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- September 10, 2013) Leading ultra-luxury cruise operator Silversea, renowned for its prestigious ships and exotic locations, is to sail to even more remote and stunning destinations from 2014 with the arrival of its newest expedition ship, the 128-guest Silver Discoverer.

Aboard Silver Discoverer, guests will be able to explore remote areas of Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia in addition to the Russian Far East, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia, including one of its hidden treasures, the Kimberley. This vast area in North West Australia is three times the size of England and three-fifth the size of Texas.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New and noteworthy Norwegian Cruises' vacations and hot cruise deals: Sept. 2013

Ø  Airfare Credits: Receive up to $1,000 in airfare credits on select sailings.
Ø  The Haven and Suites: Receive up to $300 onboard credit per stateroom for the Haven and Suites fleet-wide for reservations booked nine months or greater prior to sailing, through December 31, 2013.
Ø  Coming Soon:  Hawaii Bonus Days- Receive $100 OBC per stateroom, regardless of category, September 4 through September 6, 2013.

Ø  Pride of America: $999 Best Available Inside/person: September 7, 2013: Seven-night Hawaii cruise roundtrip from Honolulu.
Ø  Norwegian Breakaway: $549 Best Available Inside/person: September 15, 2013; Seven-night Bermuda cruise from New York, with port of call in Kings Wharf, Bermuda

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sir David Frost dies while on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth where he was a guest lecturer

   Sir David Frost, perhaps the best-known television interviewer in the world and famed for his “Nixon Interviews,” has died of a heart attack aboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth cruise ship. He was 74.

   He was to be a featured speaker on the sailing and had taken part in the Cunard Insights’ on-board enrichment program that features lectures by prominent speakers in the fields of history, science, politics and the arts.

   The ship left Southampton on Saturday for a 10-day cruise in the Mediterranean.

Royal Caribbean commits second ship to Tampa

(News Release)

Vision of the Seas joins Brilliance of the Seas to offer Vacationers More Caribbean Options from Florida’s Gulf Coast

TAMPA, Fla.—The Tampa Port Authority and Royal Caribbean International are pleased to announce that the cruise line will be deploying a second ship at the Port of Tampa beginning in the fall of 2014.

Royal Caribbean International has been operating one ship at the Port of Tampa, during winter cruise seasons, since January 2002.

Brilliance of the Seas, which will sail seasonally four- and five-night Western Caribbean cruises, will now be joined by a second Royal Caribbean ship, Vision of the Seas, which will offer seven-night Western Caribbean cruises, sailing from Tampa throughout winter 2014-15.

Vision of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas’ winter 2014-15 cruises from Tampa are now open for sale.