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Friday, June 29, 2018

Carnival Cruise Line to offer voyages from San Diego aboard Carnival Miracle in 2019-20

 MIAMI (News Release - June 28, 2018) – Carnival Cruise Line today announced that it will return to the Port of San Diego for the first time in seven years when Carnival Miracle arrives in late 2019.
Carnival Miracle will operate a winter schedule of three- to 15-day voyages from San Diego from December 2019 to February 2020.
 The schedule kicks off with a seven-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera departing Dec. 1, 2019, and also includes two longer-length Carnival Journeys voyages – 14- and 15-day Hawaii adventures visiting popular destinations throughout the Aloha State departing Dec. 8, 2019 and Jan. 17, 2020, respectively. 

Princess Cruises serves up Sip and Sail cruise promotion; Free premier beverage package for two

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (June 28, 2018) – Princess Cruises today announced a thirst-quenching deal with the Sip and Sail promotion offering free beverages on board. Six to 56 day cruises to destinations around the globe and cruisetours sailing summer 2019 to spring 2020 are on sale now.

In addition to destinations on sale, Sip and Sail includes offers to sweeten the deal. Guests booking balcony, mini-suite or suite staterooms will receive a free Premier Beverage Package for two people. Plus, free Unlimited Soda & More Packages for third and fourth guests in the stateroom.

The Premier Beverage Package includes beer, wine by the glass and cocktails $12 USD and under, all non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water (500ml only), fountain sodas, fresh juices (if available), specialty coffees and teas, Gong Cha items, Frappes at Coffee & Cones, milk shakes (if available) and energy drinks. Additionally, all bottles of wine, one liter bottles of water, canned soda and bottled juices can be purchased at 25% discount from the menu price.

Cunard announces 4th of July sale (2018)

Free Balcony upgrades, complimentary gratuities and $100 non-refundable deposit
Princess Grill and Queens Grill Suite guests receive complimentary drinks
 VALENCIA, Calif., June 28, 2018  Luxury cruise line company Cunard today announced its 4th of July Sale, which features free Balcony upgrades and complimentary gratuities for only a $100 non-refundable deposit. Guests who reserve Princess Grill and Queens Grill Suites will receive complimentary drinks. Voyages included on Cunard’s 4th of July Sale are 2018 and 2019 itineraries on flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth.

Guests can reserve a voyage under the 4th of July Sale until July 6, 2018.

The 4th of July Sale applies to new bookings only. The offer features:
  • 7-night Canada and New England voyages with fares from $999
  • 10-night Alaska voyages with fares from $1,599
  • 13- and 12-night Eastern Caribbean voyages with fares from $1,699

Friday, June 22, 2018

Disney Cruise Line debuts diverse itineraries and home ports for fall 2019

Family fun awaits during departures from New York, California, Texas and Florida
CELEBRATION, Fla. – In the fall of 2019, Disney Cruise Line will return to favorite destinations and home ports on a variety of itineraries, including adventures to Bermuda, Bahamas, Baja, Canada and the Caribbean.

With cruises ranging from two-night getaways to week-long vacations and beyond, this season of sailings offers countless opportunities for families to delight in Disney magic, explore exotic locales and make lifelong memories together.

Princess Cruises announces 2019-2020 Caribbean season

New Sky Princess Offers Maiden Season of Seven-Day Eastern and Western Caribbean Sailings
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. Princess Cruises guests sailing to the Caribbean will enjoy the white-sand beaches, warm sunshine and inviting island life on a variety of cruise itineraries to all three sought-after regions – Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean and Southern Caribbean.

T he newly announced fall 2019 to spring 2020 program features the maiden season of Sky Princess, debuting in December 2019 on a three-day inaugural cruise, followed by a series of seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages.
The cruise line’s fourth Royal-Class ship, Sky Princess, sets sail out of Ft. Lauderdale on a three-day, roundtrip cruise departing Dec. 4, 2019, visiting Princess Cays, recognized as one of the top cruise line private islands in the Bahamas.
 The ship then sails on alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale Dec. 7, 2019 - April 4, 2020. Voyages offer late-night stays, during every visit to St. Thomas and Cozumel so guests can enjoy more time in these popular destinations.

Carnival Cruise Line announces the Spirit will sail year-round from Brisbane

Arriving in 2020, Carnival Spirit will be the newest and largest ship ever based out of Queensland
(News Release)

Tuesday 6 June, Brisbane.

Carnival Cruise Line, the world’s largest cruise line, announced Carnival Spirit will become the brand’s first ever ship to home port in Brisbane.

The announcement follows the ACCC’s approval of a new cruise ship terminal in Brisbane.

Rated as Australia’s favourite year-round cruise ship by members of Cruise Critic, Carnival Spirit will arrive into her new home in 2020. She will sail year-round from Brisbane to the stunning tropical archipelagos of Vanuatu and New Caledonia, as well as offer shorter cruises to well-loved destinations in North Queensland.

Jennifer Vandekreeke, Carnival Cruise Line Vice-President, Australia, says, “Queenslanders have embraced Carnival’s free-spirited, family-friendly fun since our arrival in 2012.  Since then, we have welcomed nearly 75,000 Queenslanders on Carnival cruises from Sydney and Melbourne. We’re delighted to announce that with the new cruise terminal we’ll be able to offer Queenslanders the opportunity to sail on Carnival right from their doorstep.”

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

NEWS: Renowned entertainer Alan Cumming headlines Cunard’s Insights program

January 3, 2019 Transatlantic Crossing

Queen Mary 2 Welcomes Acclaimed Renaissance Man

VALENCIA, Calif., June 19, 2018 Stage, film and TV superstar Alan Cumming will join Cunard as part of the luxury cruise line’s famed Insights program on the January 3, 2019 Transatlantic Crossing (M902) on flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2.

While sailing on the seven-night voyage from New York to Southampton, England, Cumming will be offering a Q&A session with guests and hosting a screening of Instinct, his new hit TV series on CBS in which he plays Dr. Dylan Reinhart. Instinct, which premiered in March and was just renewed for a second season, is an American police drama based on James Patterson's Murder Games.

“Cunard is delighted to welcome the amazingly talented Alan Cumming on Queen Mary 2’s January 3, 2019 Transatlantic Crossing,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America. “During the voyage, our guests will be able to hear and learn from one of the best in the industry—from his life and career to new ventures in the arts. This will be a Transatlantic highlight not to be missed.”

Friday, June 15, 2018

Windstar adds more overnights and late-night port calls in some of the world’s greatest places

Now Visiting 299 Ports of Call and 79 Countries on More Than 450 Cruises, Windstar Travelers Go Global to Enjoy Deeper Cultural Immersion and a True Local Perspective 

SEATTLE, WA, June 4, 2018 — Windstar Cruises guests are world travelers who want to actively experience destinations first-hand, not steal glimpses through windows. More than 45 percent of Windstar’s cruises now offer a late night (10 p.m. or later) or overnight in port that allows cruisers much more time to explore.

This is just one way the small ship cruise line enhances the guest experience catering to people who take travel immersion seriously, now offering a total of 299 ports in 79 countries, Signature Expeditions, and a variety of newly curated cultural activities, entertainment and culinary indulgences that make Windstar 180 degrees from ordinary.
Quebec City is one of many ports where Windstar stays overnight (or late at night) to maximize exploration.

Because Windstar ships welcome only 148-310 guests, they can navigate waterways that are too cramped or shallow for the average cruise ship to access. That lands guests at more historic ports near the heart of the cities they visit, and it means that getting off, getting back on and getting around independently are far easier tasks.
 Guests particularly value this freedom during overnight and late-night port calls. No place is exactly the same in both daylight and dark, and some of the best jazz, clubs, dancing and dining that often expose the soul of a city only come to life after the sun sinks. Some ports are actually two-night stops.

UnCruise Adventures announces 2019 Alaska cruise schedule

Spring cruising begins in early April

Seattle, WA, June 4, 2018—UnCruise Adventures released its schedule of Alaska cruises for 2019 and opens the Alaska cruise season earlier with its first adventure cruise departing on April 6. Seven small ships sail 142 departures on 11 itineraries with a new Alaska’s Glacier Country itinerary sailing roundtrip from Juneau.  

From April through September, boutique yachts and expedition ships sail adventure cruises lasting one to two weeks from homeports of Seattle, WA; Ketchikan, Juneau, Petersburg and Sitka, Alaska. Ships carry 22 to 90 guests.

In spring 2019, UnCruise will feature 24 Alaska Awakening departures in April and May and will begin spring sailings the earliest in company history. Alaska Awakening highlights the benefits of spring and encourages visiting Southeast Alaska during the driest months of the year. On every Alaska Awakening departure, an Alaska Awakening Insider theme host will share their intimate knowledge of the land with guests.

Princess Cruises launches “Summer of Shark” onboard Caribbean Princess

Fort Lauderdale, FL (June 11, 2018) – In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, television's longest running must-see summer event, Princess Cruises has transformed Shark Week into a full season, with its first-ever Summer of Shark onboard Caribbean Princess for its summer sailings in the Caribbean.

This past weekend Princess Cruises in partnership with Discovery, Inc., unveiled a Phillip Colbert-designed shark decal on the starboard surface of the Caribbean Princess ship during the official launch of its Summer of Shark activities, honoring these magnificent underwater creatures.

As part of the Discovery at SEA program, Caribbean Princess will be the one ship in the fleet that will be celebrating sharks all summer. She will have special themed designed public spaces including elevators, restaurants and casino tables. Additionally, select sailings in Alaska and the United Kingdom will have Shark Week rolled out starting July 7.

Guests onboard all ships will also get to view programming from Shark Week 2018 including ”Great White Abyss,” available exclusively on Princess Cruises in June, in advance of it airing on the Discovery Channel during Shark Week, which begins July 22.