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Norwegian Weeklong Black Friday Sale Begins Today

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November 24, 2015 – Norwegian Cruise Line is offering a jump start to the holiday season and double the value for guests with a special week-long Black Friday Sale that begins today. Guests can choose from not just one, but two spectacular added-value offers from Norwegian’s Freestyle Choice Promotion to enhance their cruise experience when they book a new cruise vacation now through Monday, November 30.

The weeklong event will offer twice the fun, as guests who book a new three through 16-day cruise† in any category stateroom on any sailing more than 30 days prior to departure will receive an added holiday gift from Norwegian, as they can select two of four offers, including a free Ultimate Beverage Package*, a free Specialty Dining Package*, free $50 per port shore excursion credits in up to four ports, or a free 250 minute WiFi package**. Guests who book a suite or The Haven by Norwegian™ will receive all four added amenities, making their cruise an all-inclusive experience.

In addition to Norwegian’s Black Friday Sale, guests who book a new cruise vacation on one of Norwegian Sun’s magnificent South America sailings will receive $100 in onboard credit on select sail dates. To top it all off, those who book a new cruise vacation during Norwegian’s Black Friday Sale will enjoy reduced deposits for all sailings through the end of June 2016.

To book a cruise during Norwegian’s Black Friday Sale through 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, November 30, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit


† Offer valid for US residents only and terms based on itinerary and stateroom category booked. All Pride of America sailings are not eligible for offer. All Norwegian Sky cruises beginning January 1, 2016 are not eligible for offer. All sailings booked less than 30 days prior to sail date are not eligible for offer– sailings aboard Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Getaway are an exception to this rule and not restricted to 30 day ineligibility.

*Guests are responsible for an 18% gratuity for retail value for Specialty Dining Package, Ultimate 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 Ultimate Dining Package, Ultimate Beverage Package, and/or the Soda Package.

** One login per stateroom. On Norwegian Breakaway, stateroom receives an internet package of 100/250 minutes or 300/1000 MB of data respectively.

Posted: November 24th, 2015 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Princess Cruises Announces 2017 Europe Schedule, Including Inaugural European Sailings of Majestic Princess

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Debuting in April 2017, Majestic Princess sets sail on maiden European sailings in the Mediterranean

November 23, 2015 – Princess Cruises announced today its 2017 cruise schedule for Europe, including the inaugural sailings of the line’s newest ship Majestic Princess. The season features six ships sailing to 119 destinations from the corners of the Mediterranean to the northernmost tip of Europe.

Guests can choose from 64 itineraries on 153 cruise departures, visiting 27 countries. Debuting in April 2017, Majestic Princess first sets sail on maiden European sailings with five- to 28-day Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona, Athens and Rome.

Princess now offers the More Ashore program, crafting the line’s newest itineraries to give guests more opportunities to experience the color, culture and flavors of the region in 2017. With port calls offering more time ashore with either late night departures (9pm or later), an overnight, or a two-day experience, travelers can see the sights during the day and then experience the nightlife of select destinations in the evening. Highlights of the More Ashore program in Europe include overnights in Dublin and St. Petersburg on select sailings, as well as late evening stays in more than 15 countries.

Majestic Princess

All 2017 Europe sailings open for bookings on Thursday, December 3, 2015.

Highlights of the Princess Cruises 2017 Europe program include:

Majestic Princess
The newest cruise ship to join the Princess fleet debuts in Rome (Civitavecchia) on April 4, 2017 for a five-day Maiden Adriatic Sea roundtrip voyage visiting Kotor and Corfu. The 3,560-guest Majestic Princess then sails on a series of seven-, 14-, 21- and 28-day Mediterranean voyages departing Barcelona, Athens and Rome from April 9-May 14, 2017.

Cruises to the Mediterranean
In addition to Majestic Princess, Royal Princess features new 11-day Grand Mediterranean and 10-day Western Mediterranean combinable for a 21-day Grand Mediterranean Collection, as well as seven, 14-, 21- and 28-day sailings throughout the Mediterranean

Scandinavia & Russia Cruises
Regal Princess returns to Northern Europe, along with Crown Princess and Pacific Princess for popular cruise vacations to Scandinavia & Russia, offering an overnight in St. Petersburg with departures from London (Southampton or Dover) or Copenhagen. A new Pacific Princess Baltic Heritage itinerary includes overnights in Stockholm and St. Petersburg, sailing from London (Dover).

British Isles Cruises
The 2017 Europe season marks the line’s largest British Isles season ever with 12 departures on Caribbean Princess and two on Pacific Princess, including last night stays in Edinburgh offering the opportunity to visit the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo on select sailings. All 12-day British Isles cruises include a new late evening stay in Belfast and an option of an overnight in Dublin on select departures from London (Southampton).

New Ports of Call
Summer 2017 features maiden port calls to Haugesund (Norway), Oban (Scotland), Siracusa (Sicily, Italy), Ulvik (Norway), and St. Tropez (France).

Iceland & Norway Cruises
Both Crown Princess and Pacific Princess will offer North Cape voyages to the Arctic Circle during the peak midnight sun period around the summer solstice. Crown Princess will also visit the spectacular Norwegian fjords, while Pacific Princess will feature a maiden call in Haugesund, Norway.

Pacific Princess will also offer 14-day Iceland & Norway itineraries visiting off-the-beaten path ports in Iceland and the Shetland Islands. She will also cross to the land of fire and ice on a Transatlantic passage featuring Iceland.

European Land & Sea Vacations
Guests can enhance their European travel with five unique Land & Sea Vacation options, which combine certain sailings with a fully-escorted land tour. Choices include Paris and the French Countryside; Ireland’s Ring of Kerry; Classic Italy, visiting popular sites in Venice, Florence and Rome; Imperial Treasures of Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Berlin; and Swiss Splendors featuring the mountain beauty of Interlaken and Lucrene, as well as a scenic boat trip on Lake Como.

Posted: November 23rd, 2015 under Cruise Ship News.
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Tiffany Store Brings Luxury Retail Experience to Oasis of the Seas

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November 19, 2015 – Tiffany & Co. today announced its first ever free-standing boutique at sea onboard Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas. The store is located in the ship’s lush Central Park neighborhood and will offer a full selection of Tiffany jewelry, including engagement rings and the recently introduced Tiffany T and Atlas collections, as well as Swiss made CT60 watches.

“We are delighted that Royal Caribbean guests will now have the opportunity to explore Tiffany’s legendary collections in an environment of luxury and service that is unique among the world’s premier jewelers,” said Luciano Rodembusch, vice president of Tiffany & Co. Latin America. “For 178 years we have been creating the most beautiful love stories and Oasis of the Seas offers a unique and memorable setting.”

The Tiffany & Co. boutique [to be operated by Royal Caribbean International] will extend 875 square feet and feature meticulous attention to detail and noble materials, including marble, glossy lacquers, polished metals, cerused walnut paneling, velvet drapery and upholstered walls. Tiffany’s rich heritage is a constant source of inspiration, as is Tiffany’s strong connection to the glamour of New York City.

“Nothing can compare to the Oasis-class vacation experience, a testament to Royal Caribbean’s 40 year legacy of innovation,” said Mark Tamis, senior vice president, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “Tiffany & Co. is a distinguished global luxury brand and having a boutique on board will truly enrich the premium onboard experience for our guests. From surprising your loved one with a timeless keepsake to popping the question with the perfect engagement ring, what better way to remember a cruise adventure of a lifetime.”

Posted: November 20th, 2015 under Cruise Ship News.
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MSC Cruises Offering Great Deals For “Black Friday & Cyber Monday” Sale

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November 18, 2015 – MSC Cruises kicks off the holiday season with hot Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals starting Thursday, November 26 and lasting through Wednesday, December 2. The special sale includes up to 30 percent off select 7-night or longer Caribbean Spring and Winter 2016-2017 sailings on the beautiful MSC Divina, PLUS up to $400 in shipboard credit per stateroom*.

MSC Divina – one of MSC Cruises newest and most modern ships – recently returned to the U.S and is now sailing year-round from Miami to the Caribbean. With the Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotion, guests can experience MSC Divina and MSC Cruises’ unique Mediterranean Style Cruising for unbelievable rates, with prices starting as low as $399 per person for a 7-night sailing.

7-night cruises qualifying for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday Promotion, leaving from Miami, include, but are not limited to:

May 7, 2016 (Mother’s Day cruise): stops in Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Nassau, Bahamas – prices start at $399 per person

May 28, 2016 (Memorial Day cruise): stops in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; and Nassau, Bahamas – prices start at $529 per person

September 3, 2016 (Labor Day cruise): stops in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; and Nassau, Bahamas – prices start at $489 per person

Highlights of the 3,500 passenger MSC Divina include authentic Mediterranean style dining; elegant and stylish décor; world-class custom designed evening production shows; family-friendly activities like the 4D theatre and LEGO experience; and the MSC Yacht Club, an all-inclusive private VIP club level with personal butler, 24-hour concierge services, exclusive Top Sail lounge and pool, and private restaurant.

With MSC Divina’s return to the U.S. this November, the company also introduced new evening shows, new themed parties, new wine experiences, and new children and family activities for guests. Read more about MSC Divina’s return to Miami at:

Guests can get full details on the applicable itineraries, rates and departure dates and book the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale until Wednesday, December 2, 2015 by contacting their local travel agency, calling 844-280-3965, or visiting and Please note that these hot deals will not be posted on these two websites until November 26.

Posted: November 19th, 2015 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Shipboard ‘Grinchmas’ Celebration Includes Surprise Character Appearances

Also Photo/Autograph Opportunities, Fun Activities, Special Movie Screenings and More

November 18, 2015 – You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch! For the upcoming holidays, Carnival Cruise Line will be giving guests a chance to grow their hearts three sizes and will make the season extra special with shipboard appearances by none other than The Grinch! These experiences and more are part of the line’s exclusive Seuss at Sea program in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

Decked out in his signature “Santy Claus” costume, the legendary green character – who’s as “cuddly as a cactus” and “charming as an eel” – will surprise and delight guests of all ages as he makes appearances on all Carnival holiday cruises taking place throughout the month of December. The young and the young at heart can catch a glimpse of the cantankerous curmudgeon as he slinks and slithers throughout the ships with both scheduled appearances and spontaneous pop-up visits.

The Grinch

Never a fan of the holidays, The Grinch will be up to his usual tricks in an attempt to “stop Christmas from coming!” He will playfully disrupt the on-board festivities and steal various items from crew members throughout the ship. He will also participate in the end-of-cruise holiday show which promises lots of surprises.

“The Grinch is an iconic and beloved Dr. Seuss character and we’re looking forward to incorporating his mischievous personality into our fleetwide holiday activities next month,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival’s president.

Arts and crafts sessions where kids can create their own Grinch Christmas ornaments and masks, as well as Grinch-themed face-painting sessions, will also be available, while special screenings of both the live action and animated classic “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” will be shown on Christmas Day.

Kids can even complete their own Grinch Good Deed Tracker and, once the card is filled, receive a certificate affirming that they, just like The Grinch famously says, grew their heart “three times its size.” The Grinch will also be incorporated into the Seuss at Sea’s Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends.

(You can download a printable Grinch Good Deed Tracker Card Here: Grinch_Good DeedsCard)

The fleetwide Grinch appearances are part of Carnival’s exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises which debuted in 2014 and features exciting youth, family, dining and entertainment experiences inspired by the amazing world and words of Dr. Seuss. The Seuss at Sea program includes such fun activities as the Seuss-a-palooza Parade and Story Time, as well as character interactions, Dr. Seuss books, toys, games and popular movies.

“Grinchmas” complements Carnival’s annual holiday celebrations during which ships are ornately decorated with Christmas trees, wreaths and mistletoe with caroling and other activities held on board. Santa Claus also makes an appearance toting a bag of gifts that are distributed to youngsters and a special menu is offered on Christmas Day with traditional foods.

Posted: November 18th, 2015 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival LIVE 2016 Lineup Will Feature Journey, Trace Adkins, Gladys Knight, and KC & The Sunshine Band

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November 17, 2015 – Carnival Cruise Line has announced its initial 2016 Carnival LIVE lineup with popular acts Journey, Trace Adkins, Gladys Knight, and KC & The Sunshine Band entertaining guests on 11 different ships next year. I attended two Carnival LIVE concert cruises this year where I saw Boston and Heart and they were amazing. The initial lineup for 2016 looks every bit as exciting!

Bringing the best in live music to the seas, Carnival LIVE is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that provides guests an opportunity to enjoy captivating performances by major artists at a tremendous value. Performances are held in the ships’ main theaters – ranging in guest capacity from 900 to 1,300 – meaning there’s never a bad seat in the house.

Carnival LIVE performances will be offered on cruises departing from eight U.S. homeports with concerts taking place while vessels are docked in Cozumel, Nassau and St. Thomas.

KC & The Sunshine Band

The 2016 Carnival Live Concert Series kicks off with three performances by legendary singer Gladys Knight who will perform while Carnival Liberty, Carnival Valor and Carnival Splendor are docked in St. Thomas Feb. 1-3, respectively. Knight will showcase songs from her incredible musical career that began in Motown and then crossed over to pop music with her Grammy Award-winning number one hit “Midnight Train to Georgia.”

Fans are sure to “get down tonight” as they enjoy three high-energy shows in Cozumel by KC & The Sunshine Band, who rose to fame in the 1970s with four consecutive number one singles. Led by charismatic front man Harry Casey – better known as KC – the concerts will take place in Cozumel March 22-24 aboard Carnival Paradise, Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Breeze.

Gladys Knight

Diamond-certified album holder JOURNEY returns to Carnival LIVE for a second consecutive year with back-to-back shows in Nassau aboard Carnival Pride May 5 and Carnival Victory May 6. The band has sold 80 million albums worldwide and has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco. The prestigious “Legend of Live Award” was presented to JOURNEY at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards to honor the band’s contributions to live music.

Fresh from his appearance at Carnival’s Ultimate Cowboys Fan Fest last month, Trace Adkins returns to Carnival LIVE again this year with three concerts in Nassau aboard Carnival Freedom July 6, Carnival Dream July 7 and Carnival Conquest July 8. Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered many hit songs to the top of the charts, with the Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry selling more than 10 million records and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts.

Trace Adkins

Carnival LIVE tickets for 2016 range from $40 to $75 for general admission, significantly less than land-based venues. VIP tickets are available for $150 to $250 and offer seating in the first four rows, a photo opportunity with the artist and a commemorative concert pass.

A full listing of the 2016 Carnival LIVE concert series is available by visiting

Posted: November 17th, 2015 under Cruise Ship News.
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Holland America Line Ramps Up Excitement for Newbuild Launch with ‘Countdown to Koningsdam’ Video Series

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Videos feature ship’s progress as April 2016 delivery approaches

November 17, 2015 – In anticipation of the launch of ms Koningsdam in April 2016, Holland America Line is debuting a series of short videos called “Countdown to Koningsdam” that will provide construction updates as the ship nears completion. Hosted by Jonathan Rogers, Koningsdam’s inaugural cruise director, each video features one of the ship’s officers or a Holland America Line executive who will share ongoing developments on board the line’s newest vessel, currently being built at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.

“The process of building a ship is fascinating and fast-paced, and we’re excited to share the latest updates through the ‘Countdown to Koningsdam’ video series,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Anticipation for the ship’s launch is gaining momentum, and through the series we will bring our fans along for the journey as this beautiful ship comes together for launch in April, 2016.”

ms Koningsdam

Among those who will share their insights in the “Countdown to Koningsdam” series are Hotel Director Stan Kuppens, who will show off the progress of ship’s atrium, talk about his move to the yard and what’s coming next for his team; Vice President, Deployment and Tour Marketing Linda Springmann, who will talk about the ship’s inaugural year itineraries; Senior Vice President of Guest Experience Product Development Michael Smith, who will reveal more details about The Dining Room; Director, Mariner Society Gerald Bernhoft, speaking about the perks of Holland America Line’s loyalty program; and Director of Entertainment Bill Prince, who will take guests on an entertainment extravaganza at World Stage, the ship’s theater that surrounds the audience with a 270-degree LED projection.

At the helm of the videos is the ship’s Cruise Director, Johnathan Rogers. Cruise Director Johnathan Rogers is thrilled to be able to put his proficiency in six languages (soon to be eight) to good use with the line’s international guests and crew. Since embarking on his first voyage as Cruise Director, he has worked on several Holland America Line ships. Rogers holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the Université de Montréal and a master’s degree in modern languages from the Universiteit van Pretoria.

About ms Koningsdam
Koningsdam represents a new Pinnacle Class of ship for Holland America Line. The vessel will debut several innovative concepts and new public spaces and venues, while still featuring popular amenities guests associate with Holland America Line.

Guests will enjoy fine dining in several alternative restaurants including Sel de Mer, a new French seafood brasserie; a new immersive farm-to-table concept dinner experience in the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine; a redesigned Lido Market with themed serving stations; a stunning main dining room; and favorites such as Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto Italian restaurant and pan-Asian Tamarind. The ship also will feature Holland America Line’s first purpose-built staterooms for families and single staterooms among its 1,331 guest accommodations.

Onboard entertainment will be taken to a new level with the energetic Music Walk area featuring all genres of music showcased in venues including Lincoln Center Stage, offering chamber music nightly; Billboard Onboard, where live musicians rock the crowd with chart-topping hits; and the popular B.B. King’s Blues Club in the Queen’s Lounge, bringing the best of Memphis music to sea. With the 270-degree LED projection at World Stage, new concepts for show-time performances will immerse the audience in panoramic visual and sound effects.

Posted: November 17th, 2015 under Cruise Ship News.
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Michelin Two-Star Chef Carlo Cracco to Create Exclusive Christmas and New Years Menus for MSC Cruises

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November 13, 2015 – MSC Cruises has announced that this year’s Christmas and New Year on-board menus will again be created by world-acclaimed star chef, Carlo Cracco.

The agreement was formally celebrated last night at a special Cuban-themed gala dinner, in Milan, where the Italy-based chef created an exquisite Cuba inspired banquet for special guests, dignitaries, and members of the media, with the Cuban Ambassador to Italy, Alba Beatriz Soto Pimentel, as the guest of honor.

For the past two years, Chef Cracco has crafted on-board Christmas and New Year menus as part of MSC Cruises’ constant focus on high-end dining. This season, he will again delight the palates of thousands of guests who spend all or part of their holidays at sea with MSC Cruises.

Last night’s dinner was an opportunity for Chef Cracco to demonstrate the mastery that has earned him many awards, including two Michelin stars as well as some of the creations from his festive menus (see examples below).

MSC Cruises portfolio includes a wide-range of Caribbean itineraries, including year-round sailings on MSC Divina from Miami, to choice destinations such as the Bahamas, Jamaica, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico.

In addition, starting December 2017, MSC Cruises’ next-generation cruise ship MSC Seaside will sail from a newly renovated and expanded dedicated berth and terminal at PortMiami. Sales for Caribbean cruises aboard this state-of-the-art ship will open on December 15, two years ahead of her debut.

MSC Cruises 2015 festive menus, by Carlo Cracco

Roasted scampi, date purée, raspberry vinegar and Swiss chard

Caramelized beef top blade with citrus fruit, celeriac and pomegranate

Saffron risotto, salmon roe and parsley

Rum babà, panettone cream and almonds.

New Year’s Eve
Steamed sea bass fillet, cream of lettuce, caviar and lemon

Rigatoni au gratin with pecorino cheese and black cabbage

Lobster tail au gratin, spinach, pine nuts and raisins

Vanilla flavored Mascarpone cream with red berries and crunchy biscuit.


Christmas – Dec. 19th departure to Charlotte Amalie, San Juan and Nassau:
During Christmas, MSC Divina will be decked out in the best traditional trimmings, with sparkling lights, shimmering decorations, festive Christmas trees, and a new spectacular gingerbread village created by MSC Cruises’ pastry chefs. Adding to the festivities, guests will enjoy traditional Christmas carols; a brand new Christmas evening show; Christmas-themed cooking classes, arts & crafts, and parades; a visit by Santa Claus who will present a gift to every child on board; seasonal Christmas movies played on an outdoor jumbo screen throughout the week; and special Christmas menus honoring the culinary traditions of the holiday. A Christmas mass will also be available onboard.

New Year’s – Dec. 26th departure to Falmouth, Georgetown, Cozumel, Belize City, and Freeport:
During this 8-night cruise, MSC Divina will help guests ring in the New Year right. The festivities will start with a special New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, before guests head up to the pool deck for the ship’s annual New Year’s Eve dance party, complete with themed decorations, a countdown to midnight, and champagne. For those traveling with kids, MSC Cruises is extending the kids club hours and offering babysitting in the kids club for free so that parents can enjoy New Year’s celebrations.

Posted: November 13th, 2015 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Royal Caribbean Brings “Come Seek” Campaign To Periscope App

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First Ever Crowd-Sourced Adventure Enabled by Voom, The Fastest Internet at Sea

November 13, 2015 – Live from 25-stories above a remote St. Kitts rainforest or a natural waterslide in Puerto Rico, Royal Caribbean International will be bringing a first-of-its-kind live, interactive experience to adventure seekers through the launch of COME SEEK LIVE. Running through the social media app Periscope and showcased on billboards on the streets of New York City this latest activation of the brand’s new “Come Seek” campaign enables seekers and explorers to interact in real time with adventurers aboard the high tech ship, Anthem of the Seas as she sails to five distinct Caribbean destinations.

The COME SEEK LIVE experience brings adventures only found on Royal Caribbean International and some of the destinations the cruise line visits to life using Periscope. It will allow followers from around the world the opportunity to experience the adventures of influential seekers via live-streaming of 13 live broadcasts from five islands over seven days, beginning today. Streaming events will begin at the Las Playas natural water slide in Puerto Rico and adventure-hop from playing with green monkeys at the Wildlife Reserve in Barbados to riding ATVs in St. Maarten or enjoying a post-expedition refreshment made by a robot at Anthem’s Bionic Bar. Periscope followers will be able to direct the adventurers next steps with the unfolding story showing followers what they could be doing right at that moment onboard a Royal Caribbean adventure.

“COME SEEK LIVE is an exciting way for Royal Caribbean to challenge the misperceptions travelers have about the cruise industry. We are continually evolving the experience across our fleet, designing adventures that inspire and excite our travelers,” said Jim Berra, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. “It is natural that we would bring this innovation to the transformation of our marketing as well, especially as we recognize that millennials require us to communicate with them using new channels.”

Royal Caribbean developed the first-of-its-kind distribution platform using their industry-leading VOOM wireless connectivity – the fastest internet at sea – to beam the Come Seek adventures to the streets of New York. COME SEEK LIVE will be streamed to subway displays and newsstand screens at hyper-targeted locations around the city including Grand Central, Penn Station, Union Square, West 14th and 7th Ave., 86th and Lexington Ave., Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall, and Fulton Center.

To join in the COME SEEK LIVE expedition, follow Royal Caribbean on Periscope at www.Periscope.TV/RoyalCaribbean, watch for #COMESEEKLIVE or follow participating influencers including entrepreneurial action heroes High On Life and Periscope wizard Dan Moore.

Posted: November 13th, 2015 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Pride Adds Baltimore’s “Heavy Seas” Beer To The Bar Menu

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More Than a Dozen Locally Brewed Beers Now Featured On Board From Areas Where Carnival Ships are Homeported

November 12, 2015 — Heavy Seas Beer is the latest locally brewed beer to be featured on a Carnival Cruise Line ship.  Based in Baltimore, Heavy Seas is now served on Carnival Pride, which sails seven-day cruises year-round from the Port of Baltimore.

With the addition of Heavy Seas’ pirate-themed Loose Cannon and Crossbones beers, Carnival ships now offer an expansive selection of craft beers and microbrews with more than a dozen locally brewed beers from cities and states where its ships are home ported.

“Craft beer continues to grow in popularity and we’re very pleased to expand our beverage menus to include an array of refreshing and satisfying beers from some of the top breweries in the country,” said Eddie Allen, Carnival’s vice president of beverage operations.  Allen noted that Carnival also offers its own private label draught beer, ThirstyFrog Red, which is available throughout the fleet.

“Heavy Seas Beer is proud and excited to partner with Carnival Cruise Line to introduce our unique, boldly flavored craft beers to a new audience,” said Fred Crudder, director of marketing and hospitality for Heavy Seas Beer. “It’s time for Heavy Seas on the high seas!”

Heavy Seas Beer was founded in 1995, and its award-winning portfolio features beers for all tastes and occasions. From crisp, light-bodied session beers, traditional European styles and dynamic American craft specialties to strong barrel-aged beers, the company brews a full spectrum of beers.

Craft beers and microbrews are also available on ships operating from the following homeports and cruising regions:

Galveston: Shiner Bock and Shiner Premium

New Orleans: Abita Amber and Abita Purple Haze

Florida: Tampa-brewed Cigar City Florida Cracker and Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale

Alaska: Alaskan Amber and Alaskan White

Hawaii: Bikini Blonde Lager and Mana Wheat beers from Maui Brewing Co.

Additional specialty beers from breweries in New York, California and Florida are scheduled to be added in the near future.

Posted: November 12th, 2015 under Cruise Ship News.
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