Wednesday, 12 December 2018
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Miami Expecting 52,000 Cruise Passengers in One Day
Thursday, 6 December 2018
Carnival brings back classic name for the new ship: Mardi Gras
Carnival said its largest ship due in 2020 will be named the Mardi Gras, bringing back the name of the first Carnival Cruise Line ship that entered service in 1972.
The first Mardi Gras, originally the Empress of Canada, burned bunker fuel and had a water displacement of 27,000 tons. The new ship will burn liquefied natural gas (LNG) and displace 180,000 tons.
Carnival revealed the name to a nationwide television audience on the game show Wheel of Fortune on its signature Puzzleboard at the conclusion of the broadcast.
Currently, under construction in Finland, the ship will accommodate 5,200-plus passengers at double occupancy and offer a variety of new amenities and attractions.
Itineraries for Mardi Gras will be announced in January. Carnival fans who want to be the first to book Mardi Gras can register to get a "first to know" alert and promotional offer before itineraries are opened for sale later in the month.
"Our first ship Mardi Gras was a historic vessel, introducing a brand-new style of cruising to the vacationing public. What better way to pay tribute to our company's nearly 50-year history of creating wonderful vacation memories than by naming this groundbreaking vessel after our original and beloved Fun Ship," said Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy.
Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Norwegian Encore to feature 'Kinky Boots' production
"Kinky Boots," exclusive to the Encore, will be joined by two other shows that have debuted on other Norwegian ships.
The Norwegian Encore, coming in 2019, will feature a version of the Broadway musical "Kinky Boots" as its showpiece in the main theatre.
The show features music from Cyndi Lauper and is based on a 2005 film about a struggling shoe factory in England whose strait-laced owner turns to making boots for drag queens to save his business.
"Kinky Boots," exclusive to the Encore, will be joined by two other shows that have debuted on other Norwegian ships.
"The Choir of Man," which recently debuted on Norwegian Escape, combines high-energy music, dance, live percussion and foot stomping choreography by nine "ordinary guys" who perform everything from sing-along anthems to classic rock.
"Happy Hour Prohibition: The Musical," the interactive cocktails and theatre show, and the Beatles-themed Cavern Club first appeared on Norwegian Bliss and will also be on the Encore.
Norwegian also said the two-deck go-cart track from Bliss will be expanded on the Encore to 1,150 feet. It will have ten turns and four points that extend up to 13 feet over the side of the ship, along with a covered viewing area in the centre of the track where guests can provide passing go-karts with an additional turbo boost by tagging them with a laser beam.
Also on the Encore will be the Galaxy Pavilion, a 10,000-square-foot indoor virtual-reality complex, with multisensory virtual experiences, simulators and an escape room.
The open-air laser tag arena on the Encore will be themed to the lost city of Atlantis. An Aqua Park and two multistory water slides complete the entertainment package.
Malala Yousafzai Christens Celebrity Edge at Port Everglades
Tuesday, 4 December 2018
Carnival Corporation to Operate Santa Cruz de Tenerife Cruise Terminal in Canary Islands
Friday, 30 November 2018
Holland America Line takes delivery of Nieuw Statendam ship
The vessel is the 16th Holland America Line ship built by Fincantieri and is the line’s second Pinnacle-class ship after Koningsdam, delivered in 2016.
Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri will also build the third vessel in the series, due to be delivered in 2021.
Micky Arison, Carnival Corporation’s chairman; Arnold Donald, the corporation’s president and chief executive; Stein Kruse, the chief executive of Holland America Group; and Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, all attended yesterday’s ceremony.
According to the shipbuilding team, the 99,500-tonne vessel’s technology is aimed at ensuring energy efficiency and reducing the environmental impact.
Fincantieri is currently designing or building 53 other ships across all of its yards.
Thursday, 29 November 2018
Royal Caribbean Announces New Bid-Based Stateroom Upgrade Program
Thursday, 22 November 2018
MSC Cruises to homeport ‘enlarged’ ship in Southampton
The ship, which has not been named, will go into drydock and re-emerge as “a super-enhanced version” of itself.
It will be the first time MSC has based one of its ships in the UK for a full season.
Speaking exclusively to Travel Weekly, Antonio Paradiso, managing director for UK & Ireland, said: “This is not just a refitting. It will be a perfect blend of an old prototype ship and a new one.
“The larger ship will sail northern Europe itineraries to the Baltic capitals, Norwegian Fjords, North Cape and some southbound destinations.”
He also said: “It was the first time we have made a 100% commitment to the UK market.”
Paradiso revealed the ship would partner with “exciting British brands” and be “adapted” to meet the needs of the UK market.
“We learnt a lot from MSC Magnifica, bringing on British food, kettles and tea bags,” he added. “It has satisfaction scores of 7.5 out of 10 which is great for a first operation out of the UK.
“2021 gives us an opportunity to further improve those scores.”
Paradiso said plans were still being finalised and he would confirm the ship, deployment and details in “two to three months’ time”.
Edge of Space Flight incentive from Norwegian Cruise Line
Love2shop vouchers… a bunch of flowers… a food hamper… travel agents get the chance to win some great prizes by making bookings. But has Norwegian Cruise Line just announced the mother of all incentives?
Norwegian Cruise Line will reward any agent who makes 499 bookings of its current £99 roundtrip airfare offer with a flight to the edge of space.
Last month, the line revealed passengers could upgrade to a cruise-fly fare to more than 25 European destinations for just £99 up until January 4.
Today, to further incentivise agents, NCL is offering a string of rewards for those making bookings – with the top prize a chance to reach the very tip of the Earth’s atmosphere.
Five bookings will earn agents a Time Together giftbox, which includes a champagne helicopter tour, worth up to £79.
Ten bookings will give agents an iFly Indoor Skydive and a three-course meal for two, worth up to £99.
But, if agents can upgrade 499 bookings from a cruise-only fare to a cruise-fly one, they will earn the chance to fly to Russia, strap into a G-suit and soar 80,000ft on board a MiG-29 aircraft.
Nick Wilkinson, NCL’s vice president and UK & Ireland managing director, said he was “lucky” to have a team around him to develop such “sexy” plans to reward agents.
“We are very excited about introducing this new incentive,” he said. “This idea had an incredible wow factor.
“I go back to our partners-first approach. We value our travel partners. We are always thinking of ways that we can incentivise them.
“We try to make sure that NCL is at the front of their mind. This offer gives agents the chance to do something that has never been done – it is sexy.”
The Edge of Space flight is scheduled to take off at the end of March or early April, Wilkinson said.
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
Carnival starts construction on its largest ship
Carnival Cruise Line on Thursday unveiled what the exterior of its first XL ship will look like.
At a steel-cutting ceremony at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, Carnival revealed a navy-blue hull with vibrant red and white accents running the length of the ship.
The 5,200-passenger ship, due to be delivered in 2020, will be Carnival's largest at 180,000 gross tons. Carnival said it would reveal the ship's name in December.
When it enters service in 2020, the ship will sail from Port Canaveral, Fla.
Carnival says the ship "will offer a variety of never-before-seen innovations." It will be the first cruise ship based in North America to run on liquefied natural gas, Carnival said.
A second XL ship will start construction in 2020 and be delivered in 2022.
Norwegian Jade cruise interrupted by a mechanical problem
Norwegian Jade by Dave Jones
Norwegian Cruise Line has cancelled a 10-day Norwegian Jade cruise that departed Miami on Nov. 16 because of a mechanical issue.
The ship is in San Juan, where it will disembark passengers on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
It had been scheduled to depart San Juan on Sunday night for St. Thomas on a cruise that was to include St. Kitts, Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Maarten.
After disembarking passengers, the Jade will sail back to Miami for repairs.
A Norwegian spokeswoman said the line is working to fly guests back to Miami and to points beyond, helping to modify travel arrangements to their final destinations.
Norwegian said guests will get a full refund of the fare for the abbreviated cruise and a 100% credit toward a future cruise.
"We are very sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment this unexpected situation has caused," a statement said.
Celebrity Edge arrives in Fort Lauderdale
The $875 million Celebrity Edge arrived at Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades after a 15-day transatlantic crossing.
To accommodate Celebrity Cruises' first new ship in six years, Port Everglades spent $120 million to reconfigure and upgrade two older terminals into a modern terminal called T25.
Both the terminal and the ship sport high design and state-of-the-art technology. The terminal will operate an expedited arrivals process and a dedicated lounge for premium guests booked in The Retreat.
Chock full of new features, the Edge's signature amenity is the Magic Carpet, a nine-ton movable platform cantilevered on one side of the ship, which can serve as a dining venue and a shore excursions departure platform.
"This has been more than four years in the making," said Celebrity CEO Lisa-Lutoff-Perlo, who shepherded construction of the ship at the Chantiers de L'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France, along with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. chairman Richard Fain and RCCL executive vice president maritime and newbuilding Harri Kulovaara.
The Edge, which will sail from Port Everglades during the winter on Caribbean itineraries, is designed to carry 2,900 passengers, the same general capacity of Holland America Line's Nieuw Statendam, which debuts next month, and Virgin Voyages' inaugural ship the Scarlet Lady, which is scheduled to arrive in January 2020.
Thursday, 15 November 2018
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Carnival Cruise Line to sail in Med in 2020
Carnival Cruise Line is returning to Europe in 2020 with revamped ship Carnival Radiance.
The vessel will sail in the Mediterranean from Barcelona from April 29, 2020, following a $200 million refit in dry dock in Cadiz.
Carnival Radiance will run a ten-day itinerary followed by nine-and 12-day departures visiting destinations throughout the region, including Italy, France, Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain.
The ship will then embark on a 13-day transatlantic crossing from Barcelona on June 11 to 24, to be in place for an inaugural season in New York, including the first Cuba cruises from the city.
The ship will also offer four five- to seven-day voyages from Norfolk, Virginia, in October and November 2020, also including calls into Cuba.
Carnival Radiance will reposition to Port Canaveral in Florida to sail a winter schedule of six- to eight-day cruises to the Caribbean and Cuba from November 8, 2020.
Carnival Radiance and Carnival Sunrise will each undergo extensive refits in 2019 and 2020 respectively to add new food, drink and entertainment options, including aqua parks and an open-air recreation complex.
The new-look Carnival Sunrise will operate a series of long weekend cruises from New York to Bermuda as well as longer Caribbean voyages and calls into Cuba from May 21, 2020.
The line also has three new ships due for delivery – the 133,500-ton Carnival Panorama set to enter service in 2019 and two as-yet-unnamed 180,000-ton ships in 2020 and 2022.