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Holland America Offering ‘Explore4’ Promo For 2017/2018 Cruises

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Early booking benefits valued at up to $2,000; Suite bookings receive six offers

July 27, 2016 – Holland America Line’s popular Explore4 promotion is back with four top offers on select January 2017 through April 2018 cruises. Travelers looking to book a cruise or Land+Sea Journey can take advantage of the benefits, which include complimentary beverages and specialty dining aboard ship, as well as reduced deposits and fares for friends and family. Suite bookings feature an Internet credit and prepaid gratuities.

The Explore4 promotion for guests booking any category stateroom includes a Signature Beverage Package valued at up to $1,400, dinner in the Pinnacle Grill, reduced cruise fares for friends and kids in the same stateroom and 50 percent reduced deposits. Bookings must be made by November 18, 2016.

Holland America Line’s newest ship ms Koningsdam


Suite Travelers Receive Added Perks
Guests who book a cruise in a suite category stateroom will receive the above four offers plus an additional $200 Internet credit per stateroom ($100 per person) and prepaid gratuities (valued at $13.50 per guest, per day).

Beverage, Dining and other Onboard Amenities Add to Cruise Value
Guests who book any category stateroom receive a Signature Beverage Package valued at up to $1,400 per stateroom ($700 per person) that includes wine, beer, spirits, cocktails, sodas and coffee. The beverage offer is only applicable on the cruise portion of Alaska Land+Sea Journeys. (Beverage package value is based on a 14-day cruise and will increase based on days if a longer cruise is booked.)

Explore4 offers also include a complimentary dinner at the award-winning Pinnacle Grill. Featuring a tantalizing menu highlighting steak and seafood dishes like filet mignon and broiled Alaska king salmon, the Pinnacle Grill also includes favorites like roasted pumpkin risotto and grilled lamb chops.

With reduced cruise fares on select sailings for friends and kids sharing a stateroom with two other guests, a group of four can take an affordable vacation to the Caribbean or a longer journey to an exotic destination. For example, in the Caribbean, fares for seven-day cruises start from US$799 for the first and second guests in an ocean-view stateroom and reduced fares apply for the third and fourth guests. A seven-day European cruise starts at US$999 for an ocean-view stateroom for the first and second guests, with reduced fares for third and fourth guests.

By taking advantage of the 50 percent reduced deposit offer, guests will have more flexibility and time before paying the final deposit on their cruise.

Global Itineraries Available with Explore4
Guests looking to take advantage of the Explore4 program can choose select itineraries to nearly all of Holland America Line’s global destinations, including Alaska and Alaska/Yukon Land+Sea Journeys, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Baltic, Bermuda, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Mediterranean, Mexico, Panama Canal and South America.

Posted: July 27th, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Norwegian Joy To Feature Hull Artwork By Renowned Chinese Artist Tan Ping

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July 27, 2016 – Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that it has commissioned renowned Chinese artist Tan Ping to design the artwork to be featured on the hull of its soon to-be-unveiled Breakaway-Plus class vessel Norwegian Joy. Scheduled for release in Summer 2017, with home porting in Shanghai and Beijing, Norwegian Joy will be Norwegian Cruise Line’s first ship that is purpose-built for the Chinese market.

A painter, printmaker, and educator, Tan Ping straddles the worlds of both art and design. His abstract paintings and copper plate etchings are in the collections of such renowned museums as The National Art Museum of China; Portland Art Museum, USA; Ludwig Museum, Germany; and The Shanghai Art Museum. Tan Ping also enjoys the distinction of having led and directed a team of designers from Central Academy of Fine Arts to complete the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Image and Landscape Design Project.

His subject for Norwegian Joy is the phoenix, an iconic mythical bird believed to reign supreme over all birds of the world. It is a ubiquitous motif in Chinese art and can be found throughout the centuries in paintings, silk brocades, architectural flourishes, and more.

“The Phoenix symbolizes beauty and good luck in Chinese culture, and Norwegian Joy will bridge across the West and the East and bring Chinese people’s best wish to the world and everyone in her path,” said Tan Ping.

Norwegian Joy


Tan’s modernistic design is simple, yet graceful, as flowing lines simultaneously convey forward movement and majestic poise. The artwork’s color palette is dominated by red and yellow, traditionally the two most regal colors in China. Red signifies joy, a perfect match for a ship of the very same name. Yellow represents grandeur, the feeling that a ship of this size evokes in those who see it. The design also includes hints of blue, signifying the sea. These three colors are also primary colors, the starting point for all other colors in the spectrum of visible light. Through this subtle reference, Tan conveys the sense of an auspicious beginning to an unforgettable voyage.

Norwegian Joy Hull Art


Norwegian Joy will see the vision of the Phoenix artwork transferred to a medium of enormous scale on the hull of this unique ship. “This design is by far my largest artwork,” says Tan. “Traveling worldwide on Norwegian Joy, I also expect that it will reach a far greater number of viewers than any of my previous works.”

Tan Ping’s hull artwork promises to be the finishing touch on one of the most ambitious vessels in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet. Norwegian Joy will accommodate 3,850 guests with luxurious suites in the exclusive ship-within-a-ship complex, The Haven by Norwegian®, along with a brand new Concierge category of staterooms, plus a wide array of mini-suite, balcony, ocean view and interior staterooms, many with virtual balconies, to meet every guests’ needs. Dining options will feature the finest of both Chinese and Continental cuisine. When it comes to at-sea entertainment, guests aboard Norwegian Joy will be spoiled for choice with state-of-the-art Virtual Reality gaming at The Galaxy Pavilion, the world’s first two-level competitive racetrack at sea, an open-space park, two multi-story waterslides and plentiful options for duty-free shopping.

Posted: July 27th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival To Feature Build-A-Bear Workshop At Sea

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All-Ages Activity Being Rolled out Fleetwide

July 22, 2016 – Carnival Cruise Line and Build-A-Bear Workshop have entered into an exclusive partnership that will bring the unique retail-entertainment experience to the line’s fleet.

The first Build-A-Bear Workshop At Sea is being rolled out aboard Carnival Dream and is expected to be fleetwide aboard all 25 Carnival ships by summer 2017.

Build-A-Bear Workshop


Building upon Carnival’s position as the family cruise leader hosting 700,000 kids a year, Build-A-Bear Workshop At Sea provides children of all ages an opportunity to make their own cuddly bear that can be customized with a variety of outfits and accessories, from tutus and high-top sneakers to, appropriately enough, vacation wear like bathing suits and sunglasses.

Each bear comes complete with its own “birth certificate” with the bear’s name and date he or she was created, as well as a drawstring bag. Additionally, the bears have their own “voice” via a recordable sound chip with kids recording their own special message.

And the fun doesn’t stop at just making bears — kids can create monkeys, leopards, turtles and other furry friends, as well as a St. Jude Bear with proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of Carnival’s primary charitable partners.

“Build-A-Bear Workshop is a popular part of American culture and we’re delighted to provide our guests with an opportunity to make their own custom-designed bear and create a lifetime of memories,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We are equally grateful to partner with Build-A-Bear Workshop to help raise money for the special kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” she added.

Build-A-Bear Workshop is a family activity


“Build-A-Bear Workshop stores have always been a destination for families, and our partnership with Carnival Cruise Line will offer passengers the chance to take part in the fun of making new furry friends while onboard,” said Sharon John, president and CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop. “The arrival of the new Build-A-Bear Workshop experience on Carnival Cruise Line ships is an exciting example of how we’re bringing our nearly 20-year-old brand into more places than ever before.”

Participants can make their custom-designed bears at pop-up Build-A-Bear Workshop At Sea workstations located within the Camp Ocean facilities or join the ships’ cruise directors with festive Build-A-Bear At Sea parties held each cruise and featuring music, bear-themed snacks and photo opportunities. The pop-up workstations are set up at designated times throughout the cruise and include everything to make a cute, huggable bear with racks filled with various outfits and accessories as well as an iconic stuffer that allows participants to add soft stuffing to make their bear as plush and cuddly as they want.

Build-A-Bear Workshop At Sea complements the wide variety of family-friendly activities available aboard Carnival Cruise Line ships which also include complimentary children’s programs for kids 2-17, spectacular water parks with corkscrew water slides and splash zones, miniature golf courses, video arcades, poolside DiveIn Movies on giant LED screens, outdoor play spaces, volleyball and basketball courts and more.

Prices for the bears start at $20 with outfits and accessories starting at $5.

Posted: July 22nd, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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First Steel Cut for Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Statendam

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Construction begins on second Pinnacle Class ship due for delivery in November 2018

July 12, 2016 — Holland America Line celebrated a significant construction milestone today as the first steel was cut for ms Nieuw Statendam, due for delivery in November 2018. The ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, Italy, and the block being built there will later be moved to the Marghera yard where the ship will be constructed. Holland America Group’s Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations Keith Taylor was at the yard for the event.

Switch Is Flipped To Start Nieuw Statendam Construction


The 99,500-ton ship — the 15th in the fleet — is the second Pinnacle Class vessel for Holland America Line, joining sister-ship ms Koningsdam that sailed its first cruise in April 2016. The steel cutting follows a period of design and development for the 2,650-guest ship that will feature enhanced Pinnacle Class amenities and innovations.

“This is an exciting time for Holland America Line, and Nieuw Statendam’s steel cutting is a milestone that signifies our continued growth and evolution as a company and a brand,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “With Pinnacle Class we have been able to try new things, expand our horizons and push boundaries, and while Nieuw Statendam is a sister to Koningsdam, we do have some new ideas that will be revealed in time.”

This is the 16th ship built for Holland America Line by Italian shipyard Fincantieri, which most recently constructed Koningsdam.

Posted: July 12th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Disney Cruise Line “Halloween On The High Seas”

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July 12, 2016 – Disney Cruise Line will treat guests sailing this fall to a wickedly good time as the ships transform into a ghoulish wonderland filled with frightfully fun events and activities, special decorations, unique menu items in the restaurants and themed parties.

In 2016, Halloween on the High Seas takes place on most voyages aboard the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic from September through October. This extra-spooky celebration features Halloween-themed parties, lively entertainment and elaborate décor, including The Pumpkin Tree, which magically transforms throughout the cruise.

Halloween On The High Seas with Disney


Other special experiences include:

Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party: a celebration with games, dancing and lots of candy! Beloved Disney characters, wearing special Halloween costumes just for the occasion, will join guests for this fun-filled costume party.

A Nightmare Before Christmas—Sing and Scream: an interactive movie experience where guests are part of the action, followed by a meet-and-greet with Jack Skellington and Sally.

Haunted Stories of the Sea: where the bravest cruisers gather under the stars to hear some true—or not so true—tales of the sea told by a mysterious sea captain storyteller.
Creepy Cabaret, Halloween-themed music performed live in the atrium by a band of ghostly musicians.

Halloween Isn’t Just For Kids: For adults, the nighttime entertainment district becomes the ghoulish setting for a costume contest and a Villainous Takeover on the dance floor.

Spooky Movies: To get guests into the spirit of the season, Halloween-themed movies will be shown on Funnel Vision by the family pool and in staterooms.

Ghoulish Delights: Disney Cruise Line chefs have conjured some very special treats for Halloween, including chocolate cake with pumpkin filling, spider cakes and “Spooky Juice.”

To celebrate Halloween, the Disney Dream sails three- and four-night Bahamian cruises departing Sept. 2 to Oct. 31; the Disney Fantasy sails seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing Sept. 3 to Oct. 29; and the Disney Magic sails five-night Canadian Coast cruises, and seven- and eight-night Bahamian cruises departing Oct. 2 to Oct. 29.

Posted: July 12th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean Offers Cruise to Boston Cab Driver Who Returned $187,000 Left In Taxi

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His selfless act earned him a “Ticket to Adventure

July 6, 2016 – What a great story, and how wonderful for Royal Caribbean to step up and offer a free cruise!

The story of a cab driver who found and returned an $187,000 inheritance that was left in his cab quickly went viral this week—especially when news hit that he received a $100 tip in return. In hearing the story, Royal Caribbean felt the selfless act deserved more and surprised the driver with a “Ticket to Adventure” for a free seven-night Caribbean vacation onboard one of the world’s largest cruise ships, Oasis of the Seas or Allure of the Seas.

Allure Of The Seas


According to the Boston Globe, Raymond “Buzzy” MacCausland picked up a passenger who was moving from a homeless shelter to a local hotel. The passenger exited the cab but accidentally left a backpack behind. When MacCausland opened the bag to look for identification, he only saw large bundles of cash instead — and he headed straight to the local police station.

MacCausland helped police return the money to its rightful owner, who was using it to get back on his feet. While stray commenters and acquaintances marveled that he’d give back such an impressive sum, it’s not out of character for MacCausland: he’s returned keys, wallets, cellphones — and even a briefcase carrying $10,000.

The unexpected honesty and integrity MacCausland demonstrated is what made Royal Caribbean want to reward his good deed. If he accepts the offer, the cab driver and his guest will have the adventure of a lifetime onboard their choice of Oasis of the Seas or Allure of the Seas, ships that each feature seven neighborhoods and 16 decks packed with activity, from a zip line and surf simulators to more than 20 dynamic options for dining. MacCausland and his guest will have the chance to visit destinations in Mexico, Jamaica, The Bahamas, St. Thomas and more.

In addition to the cruise, Royal Caribbean will provide round-trip airfare for two, plus VIP onboard amenities including complimentary VOOM, the fastest internet at sea. It’s a Royal reward for a noble act of kindness.

Posted: July 6th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Holland America Line Wins ‘Seafarer of the Year’ Award from Lloyd’s List for ms Veendam’s Rescue of Pilot from Pacific Ocean

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Ship’s captain and crew recognized at 2016 Maritime Awards for humanitarianism

July 5, 2016 — At the 2016 Lloyd’s List North American Maritime Awards, the captain and crew of Holland America Line’s ms Veendam were named “Seafarer of the Year” for the rescue of a pilot who ejected from his aircraft in the Pacific Ocean. Holland America Line received the award at a ceremony in New York in May.

The “Seafarer of the Year” award recognizes the skills, bravery and professionalism that seafarers demonstrate daily. On Jan. 25, 2015, Veendam rescued a pilot 225 miles off the coast of Maui, Hawaii, who had to ditch his single-engine aircraft after running out of fuel. The plane had a parachute system and the pilot was able to safely escape into a life-raft where he was retrieved by Veendam.

“Holland America Line employees consistently strive for professional and personal excellence, and to be honored for saving a life is both humbling and rewarding,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “On behalf of Veendam’s captain and crew, thank you to Lloyd’s List for bestowing the honor of ‘Seafarer of the Year,’ a recognition we greatly appreciate.”

“The officers and crew performed exceptionally well and made a dramatic rescue – I am very proud of the Veendam team,” added Keith Taylor, executive vice president, fleet operations, Holland America Group, and retired Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard. “This rescue is a great reminder of the commitment all of us at Holland America Line, our sister brands and the cruise industry have in supporting rescue efforts at sea when we are near.”

Lloyd’s List called Veendam’s award one of the “stand-out moments of the gala dinner.”

You can see a Coast Guard video of the entire event here.

Posted: July 5th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Norwegian Extends ‘Free At Sea’ Offer Through July 31

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July 5, 2016 – Norwegian Cruise Line is extending the Free at Sea offer. From now through July 31, 2016, guests can choose from up to five free offers to enhance their onboard experience when they book a new cruise vacation.

With Norwegian’s Free at Sea, guests who book a new five-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or minisuite category stateroom† can select their preference of two choices from four incredible onboard amenity offers, including free Unlimited Beverages*, free Specialty Dining package*, free shore excursion credits, a free 250 minute WiFi package**, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer which allows 3rd and 4th guests to sail for free on select dates. Inside staterooms as well as Norwegian’s Studio staterooms for solo travelers can choose one free offer. Guests who book a sailing in suite or The Haven by Norwegian® will enjoy all five free amenities, providing up to $2,600 in added value to their cruise.

Guests looking to explore the beauty and majesty of Hawaii on the only ship to sail within the islands can do so aboard the recently renovated Pride of America, which has her own exclusive Free at Sea offer^. Those who book a new seven-day intra-Hawaii cruise now through July 31, 2016 aboard the recently refurbished Pride of America in any stateroom category will have the freedom to select one of five offers to enhance their cruising experience including a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay***, a free Specialty Dining Package**, free pre-paid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, a free $50 per port shore excursion credits in up to four ports, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free on select sail dates. Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America will receive all five offers.

Norwegian has extended its special Europe package offer, for those looking for a virtually all-inclusive European vacation late this summer into the fall. Available now through July 31, 2016, guests who book an inside, oceanview, balcony or mini-suite on select European sailings can book round-trip air, transfers and a one night pre-cruise hotel stay as a package with rates starting at just $1,999^*– plus, guests sailing on a Europe sailing that purchase this package can choose two^** of four free offers including free Unlimited Beverages*, free Specialty Dining package*, free shore excursion credits, or a free 250 minute WiFi package**. Norwegian’s Europe package can be booked for many of late summer and early fall European sailings including Norwegian Spirit’s 12 and 14-day Grand Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona and Venice, Norwegian Jade’s seven and eight-day Greek Isles sailings from Venice and the recently renovated Norwegian Epic’s seven-day Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona.

Norwegian’s newest ship, Norwegian Escape, is currently sailing six, seven and eight-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries from Miami, features 28 dining options, Tony Award-winning Broadway entertainment, the brand’s first nursery with supervised care for young cruisers ages six months to two years, and much more.

To learn more, contact your travel ageny, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.
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†All sailings 5 nights or longer. Offer is not applicable to categories IX, OX, BX, MX.

*Guests are responsible for an 18% gratuity for retail value for Specialty Dining Package, Unlimited Beverage Package, and/ or the Soda Package, with pricing based on number of cruise nights. Suites or Haven guests will not be responsible for the 18% gratuities related to the Specialty Dining Package, Unlimited Beverage Package, and/or the Soda Package. Number of meals for specialty dining package based on length of itinerary.

** One login per stateroom. On Norwegian Breakaway, stateroom receives an internet package of 250 minutes or 1000 MB of data.

^Pride of America offer available for bookings for cruises through December 16, 2017; cruises must be booked more than 30 days prior sailing, when selecting hotel option

***Offer valid for Waikiki Marriott Resort-city view room. In the event that the hotel scheduled to be used in package is unavailable, for any reason, Norwegian Cruise Line reserves the right to substitute the hotel included in package. One night pre-hotel offer is available on reservations with 4 guests or less. If choosing 1 night pre hotel option, reservation must be made more than 30 days prior to sailing.

^*Fares vary based on ship, sail date and gateway airport. Suite and Havens are not eligible for this offer.

^**Guest booking Air, Transfers, 1 Night Pre Hotel, Cruise Rate, and Pick 2, must book at least 65 days before sailing departure. Guest booking Air, Transfers, Cruise Rate, and Pick 2, must book at least 45 days before sailing departure.

Posted: July 5th, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Royal Caribbean Signs Agreement with Miami-Dade County For New Cruise Terminal

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Cruise Line Plans to Sail an Oasis-Class Ship Out of the State-Of-The-Art Terminal

June 28, 2016 – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) today announced an agreement with Miami-Dade County to construct and operate a new cruise terminal at PortMiami, on land leased from the County. The new terminal will be a major addition to PortMiami, and will serve as homeport to Royal Caribbean International ships, including a 5,400-passenger Oasis-class ship.
The agreement will come before the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners on July 6, 2016.

New Terminal Conceptual Image


Broadway Malyan has been selected as the firm to design the new terminal, after a global competition was held between five of the world’s leading architectural firms. The firm was selected because of their creative thinking and cutting-edge design.

The 170,000-square-foot terminal is nicknamed the ‘Crown of Miami’ because of its distinct shape. The design evokes the points of the symbolic headgear when viewed from the water; the ‘M’ of Miami when viewed from the east or western approaches; and a sense of waves rising or ships passing when viewed from the terminal side. At night, the terminal’s facade will be lit ensuring that the building makes a striking impression and providing a dynamic addition to the PortMiami landscape.

The new terminal will not be the only addition for Royal Caribbean in the coming year. The company has committed to add a 20,000-square-foot Innovation Lab to its corporate headquarters located at PortMiami. The Innovation Lab will continue to generate Royal Caribbean’s industry-leading, innovative vessels.

Currently, PortMiami welcomes approximately 750,000 Royal Caribbean passengers annually, representing about 15 percent of its overall passenger traffic. Once the new cruise terminal is completed, it is anticipated that Royal Caribbean will generate at least 1.8 million passengers at PortMiami – representing no less than 30 percent of the port’s projected passenger traffic.

Posted: June 28th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean’s “Ticket To Adventure” Promo for Harmony Of The Seas With Free Cruises and More!

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June 23, 2016 – There are approximately 214 million registered drivers in the United States, all of whom inevitably find themselves circling the block or lot looking for a parking spot. Seems easy enough to park a car, but who hasn’t returned to their vehicle to find a ticket affixed to their front windshield, or even worse, discovered that it’s been towed? Frustrating? Yes, but there is always a silver lining. As part of its recently launched “Ticket to Adventure” promotion, Royal Caribbean International is on a mission to turn some of the worst tickets in America into the best ones.

Harmony Of The Seas


Royal Caribbean is inviting plagued drivers to “park it” aboard the cruise line’s newest ship Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship that will make her U.S. debut in November. Consumers from across the country can enter to win one of 55 trips for two onboard Harmony during an exclusive preview sailing out of Fort Lauderdale in November. To enter, simply visit the Ticket to Adventure site between now and October 1 and enter the code “PARKINGTICKET.” While at the promotion site consumers can also virtually discover and explore Harmony’s thrilling features and seven neighborhoods, and enter for their chance to win other exciting prizes that range from a seven-night Caribbean cruise for four, to more than 150 GoPro HERO4 cameras, over $40,000 in cash gift cards, and more.

Harmony of the Seas is the world’s largest cruise ship with exciting features and venues that have all of us in the travel media buzzing about it. From The Ultimate Abyss, a thrilling 10-story tall slide, to the impressive entertainment that is a hallmark of Royal Caribbean, including Broadway’s hit musical Grease, high diving and acrobatic performances in the ship’s trademark Aqua Theater, exquisite dining in venue’s ranging from Jamie’s Italian Cuisine by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to Royal Caribbean’s whimsical restaurant Wonderland (I personally love this venue) which is a unique culinary adventure for the senses, and of course the robotic bartenders.

Harmony of the Seas spans 16 guest decks, encompasses 227,000 gross registered tons, carries 5,497 guests at double occupancy, and features 2,747 staterooms. For more information about Harmony of the Seas, please visit RoyalCaribbean.com/HarmonyoftheSeas.

Posted: June 24th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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