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Disney Cruise Line Introduces ‘Marvel Day at Sea’ on Select Disney Magic Sailings from New York in Fall 2017

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October 21, 2016 – In 2017, Disney Cruise Line guests will unite and celebrate the epic adventures of the legendary Super Heroes and Super Villains from the Marvel Universe during a brand-new, day-long celebration: Marvel Day at Sea. The seven special voyages on the Disney Magic will depart from New York City in the fall of 2017.

Marvel Day at Sea combines the thrills of renowned Marvel comics, films and animated series, the excitement of a Disney Cruise to summon everyone’s inner Super Hero for the adventures that lie ahead during this unforgettable day at sea.

Marvel Day At Sea

Occurring on one action-packed day during each of the seven Disney Magic sailings, guests are transported to a new realm of possibilities when the Marvel Universe assembles on the ship. The event features all-day entertainment including exclusive interactions with some of the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes and the menacing foes that oppose them, an extraordinary deck party, Marvel-themed youth activities, special merchandise and unique food and beverage offerings.

Also featured are exclusive at-sea screenings of fan-favorite films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe including the newest theatrical releases, as well as viewings of the Disney XD shows: Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Marvel Day at Sea hosts an awesome mix of immersive entertainment that is sure to empower guests to unlock their hidden superhuman abilities as they assemble their own Super Hero community onboard the Disney Magic on this very special day. Highlights include:

Unleash Your Inner Super Hero during the Ultimate Day at Sea

– Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor and other Marvel Universe Super Heroes are onboard for scheduled meet-and-greets and photos.

– A brand-new spectacular party fills the upper deck with music, dancing and games.

– The deck party culminates in a stunning display of themed pyrotechnics, lighting, sound effects and the largest collection of Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains ever on a cruise ship.

– Kids and families summon their Marvel knowledge and enjoy friendly competition during trivia games, covering courageous heroes and fun facts from the Marvel Universe.

– For young heroes-in-training, Marvel-themed games, activities and arts and crafts will be offered throughout the day in the Marvel’s Avengers Academy in the Oceaneer Club.

Marvel Day at Sea will be on seven- and eight-night Disney Magic Bahamian cruises departing from New York on Oct. 6, 14, 28; Nov. 4, 11 and 18, 2017. All will include a stop at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral, Fla., with a day at the Walt Disney World Resort. Marvel Day at Sea will be on one seven-night Canadian Coast cruise departing from New York on Oct. 21, 2017, with stops at Charlottetown, Sydney and Halifax.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact their travel agent.

Posted: October 21st, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Holland America Line Receives Association for Rescue at Sea AMVER Award for 2015 Rescue of Airplane Pilot

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October 21, 2016 – The captain and crew of Holland America Line’s ms Veendam were honored by the Association for Rescue at Sea with a prestigious AFRAS AMVER Award for the 2015 rescue of a pilot who ditched his aircraft in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii. The Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System was implemented by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1958, and the AMVER Awards were created in 1971 to recognize vessels that participate in the program.

Holland America Line received the award at the annual Coast Guard Award Ceremony Sept. 21, 2016, at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Veendam’s Captain Eric van der Wal accepted the honor on behalf of the cruise line.

AMVER Award Presentation

“The pilot rescue in the Pacific Ocean is a proud moment in our company history, and we are honored to receive the AFRAS AMVER Award from the Association for Rescue at Sea,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “We are proud to support the AMVER motto, ‘No Call for Help Goes Unanswered,’ and on behalf of Veendam’s captain and crew we thank you for the recognition.”

The AMVER awards honor the heroism of those who take extraordinary measures to effect a successful rescue at sea. 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 a malfunction with the fuel system. The plane had a parachute system, and the pilot was able to safely escape into a life raft from which he was retrieved by Veendam.

The ceremony was hosted by California Rep. Duncan Hunter, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Marine Transportation, with additional members of Congress and the Vice Commandant, Adm. Charles D. Michel, of the United States Coast Guard and his senior staff also in attendance.

The AFRAS AMVER Award was inaugurated in 1996 by the nonprofit, charitable-status Association for Rescue at Sea, which is devoted to supporting services concerned with saving lives at sea and promoting the importance of safety in concert with other maritime and aviation organizations. Selection criteria for the award include seamanship, ship handling, degree of effort involved in the rescue and the ship’s initiative in responding.

Rescued Pilot Louis Morton with HAL President Orlando Ashford

The Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System, or AMVER, which is sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, is a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea.

This was the third rescue at sea by a Holland America Line ship in 2015. On Jan. 3, ms Zuiderdam rescued eight crew members from a sinking vessel in the Caribbean, and on Jan. 4 ms Zaandam came to the aid of seven stranded crew members at the Arctowski Polish research station at King George Island in Antarctica.

Posted: October 21st, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Cruise Line To Expand Terminal Operations at Port Of Long Beach

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Deal enables full use of Geodesic Dome facility at Long Beach Cruise Terminal

October 17, 2016 — Carnival Cruise Line has signed an agreement with landlord Urban Commons and the City of Long Beach to expand the Long Beach Cruise Terminal facility to accommodate larger ships in the future and enhance its terminal operations. The deal will nearly triple the size of Carnival’s current terminal facility from approximately 66,000 square feet to 142,000 square feet.

Carnival has operated the Long Beach Cruise Terminal since 2003 using a partial area of the Geodesic Dome that was the former museum housing Howard Hughes’ “Spruce Goose” attraction. The agreement gives Carnival 100 percent use of the Dome, allowing for larger ships and providing additional space needed to accommodate two-way operations, enabling embarking guests to access the terminal prior to completion of disembarkation. Construction is slated to be completed in late 2017. During the construction period, measures will be taken to ensure a continued smooth operational flow and high standard of customer service for cruise guests.

Plans also include expansion of portside cold-ironing capacity to accommodate larger vessels. (Editor’s Note: Cold-Iron is the nautical term for shutting down the ship’s engines and running the hotel services with shore power). The technology enables cruise ships to plug into the local electric grid and reduce exhaust emissions while docked. In addition, Carnival is working with Urban Commons on enhancements to the area surrounding the dome and the adjacent Queen Mary attraction, as well as ways to expand parking capacity to accommodate future growth.

Currently, the recently enhanced Carnival Inspiration and Carnival Imagination operate year-round three- and four-day Baja cruises from Long Beach while Carnival Miracle sails seven-day voyages to the Mexican Riviera and 14- and 15-day cruises to Hawaii and Alaska round-trip from Long Beach.

Posted: October 17th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Norwegian Cruise Line To Debut New Ship Designed for Alaska Cruises in 2018

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October 13, 2016 – Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that its next new vessel, named Norwegian Bliss, will be the first cruise ship custom-built with features and amenities for the Alaska cruising.

Norwegian Bliss will cruise to Alaska from Seattle and will be the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to make its debut in the Emerald City. Norwegian was the first major cruise line to sail to Alaska from Seattle, which the company inaugurated in 2000.

The third ship in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class, Norwegian Bliss is designed with features and amenities to offer guests the ultimate Alaska cruising experience. At approximately 167,800 gross tons and accommodating 4,000 guests, the ship will be constructed at MEYER WERFT in Papenburg, Germany and scheduled for delivery in Spring 2018.

Norwegian Bliss

After a transatlantic cruise and a Panama Canal transit through the new locks, the ship will sail north along the West Coast, reaching Seattle for the start of the summer cruising season. Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from Pier 66 in Seattle, offering guests the premier way to see America’s last frontier, while also providing all of the innovative features, entertainment, signature dining and onboard experiences that Norwegian Cruise Line is known for around the globe. The ship’s itinerary will feature calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising.

Continuing Norwegian’s tradition of decorating each ship’s hull with signature art, Norwegian has also announced that the world’s premier marine life artist, Wyland, has been commissioned to design the hull artwork for Norwegian Bliss. His design for Norwegian Bliss’ hull art will be revealed later this month.


To further enhance the overall guest experience for cruisers from Seattle, Norwegian’s parent company, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, has entered into a 15-year agreement with the Port of Seattle to collectively invest $30 million to upgrade the Pier 66 facilities. From expanding the guest check-in space by 300% to more than 150,000 square feet to a new VIP lounge with expansive views of Elliott Bay and the addition of two new elevated passenger boarding bridges to provide easy and comfortable passenger boarding, the new amenities will provide guests with the perfect send-off to start their Alaskan adventure.

Norwegian Bliss will feature amenities and interactive experiences that will excite and inspire, and more details on the ship’s accommodations, dining and onboard offerings will be shared in the coming months. The ship will be available for reservations in January 2017.

For more information on Norwegian Bliss, please visit

Posted: October 13th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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MSC Cruises Offering Enhanced Itineraries

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October 12, 2016 – MSC Cruises has released details of further enhancements to its itineraries in the Mediterranean for the 2017 summer season, and for its itineraries in the Antilles for the 2017-2018 winter season. The Company also announced updated itineraries for its ships serving the Caribbean between December 2017 and May 2018.

Mediterranean itineraries

Starting in April 2017, MSC Cruises will add an inspiring new destination to its Eastern Mediterranean itineraries and will be the first global cruise line to call the Sarande port in Albania weekly with MSC Poesia. Guests departing from Venice will have the opportunity to discover Sarande – a key new addition to the itinerary now featuring 7 destinations in 7 days – as well as visit Bari, Italy; Katakolon/Olympia, Mykonos – the jewel of the Cyclades, – and Athens/Piraeus in Greece; and Dubrovnik in Croatia.

Steeped in history, Sarande was founded in the 6th Century B.C. and guests can either learn about the region’s past or visit the Blue Eye Spring and enjoy the beauties of this natural park. This charming historic town is a hidden gem on the Albanian Riviera, hosting a wealth of UNESCO protected archaeological treasures amongst other attractions. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the region, with a slightly cosmopolitan and lively vibe to it with plenty of ocean-side bars and restaurants which offer great local produce and freshly-caught seafood.

Antilles itineraries

Starting in November 2017, MSC Fantasia will replace MSC Orchestra in the Antilles and the South Caribbean. MSC Fantasia will depart from Fort de France, Martinique and Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, with two different itineraries that can be combined to make one longer journey. One itinerary explores the Antilles with calls in St. Maarten, Philipsburg; Road Town, Tortola; the new port of Kingstown, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines – instead of La Romana, Dominican Republic; Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis; and St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda. The other itinerary visits the pearls of the South Caribbean, including Castries, Saint Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; St. George’s, Grenada; and Roseau, Dominica.

MSC Fantasia is one of the Company’s largest and most modern ships, with 1,637 staterooms, of which 72 percent have balconies offering a panoramic sea view, and featuring some of the most modern cruise ship facilities available to guests. These include: the MSC Yacht Club, an exclusive area of privacy and personalized amenities; five restaurants serving refined international cuisine; an authentic Balinese spa; and the award-winning MSC Cruises on-board entertainment offering, featuring an impressive theatre with a seating plan for 1,603 guests; and plenty of other features.

For guests looking for an extra touch of luxury on board MSC Fantasia, the ship’s award-winning MSC Yacht Club experience features 71 butler-serviced suites with a focus on privacy and exclusivity. MSC Fantasia is the only cruise ship in the region that is offering such an on-board service.

MSC Orchestra guests, instead, will be able to experience the wonders of the Mediterranean in true MSC Cruises style. In addition to Genoa, Marseille, Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Rome) – and with different cruise durations up to 12 nights – MSC Orchestra will sail to the most popular destinations including Valencia and Malaga in Spain; the Canary Islands and Madeira; Valleta in Malta; Corfu and Crete in the Greek Islands; and Messina and Livorno in Italy, with a wide range of shore activities carefully designed to help guests discover each destination and its unique culture.

Caribbean itineraries

In conjunction with the additional enhancements that have been planned ahead of the opening of the exclusive Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve destination – now scheduled for October 2018 – the MSC Cruises ships in the region that previously were scheduled to call this new destination between December 2017 and May 2018, will now call ports in other attractive destinations in the Caribbean.

Because of the extra time needed to finish Ocean Cay, the following itineraries will be offered:

* For the Eastern Caribbean 7-night itinerary, MSC Seaside will be calling at Philipsburg (St. Maarten), San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Nassau (Bahamas), instead of Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas), Nassau (Bahamas) and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

* For the Western Caribbean 7-night itinerary, visiting the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Mexico, MSC Seaside will now be calling at Nassau (Bahamas) instead of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

* MSC Cruises other ship in the region, MSC Divina, on her 10- and 11-night cruises to Panama or Antilles, will call now at Nassau or Freeport (Bahamas), Fort de France (Martinique) or San Juan (Puerto Rico), instead of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

Here at we are very excited by the MSC Seaside and look forward to doing an indepth review of this innovative ship when she debuts. The design is nothing less than stunning.

For any further detail on the updated itineraries from MSC Cruises, please check:

Posted: October 12th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean Names Three Finalists in Harmony Of The Seas Godmother Search

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Consumers Encouraged to Vote for Hometown Hero Most Deserving of Honor

October 6, 2016 – After receiving nearly one thousand nominations from across South Florida, three standout candidates have been selected as finalists in Royal Caribbean International’s search for an educator who is inspiring the next generation to dream big, think differently and challenge the status quo. On October 24, one finalist will be named the winner, and honored as Godmother of Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship, during an official naming ceremony on Nov. 10, 2016. The South Florida-based cruise line also will award a $25,000 grant to the winner’s school or non-profit organization, funding education initiatives that further her mission to inspire the local community’s youth.

Consumers are encouraged to visit through October 14 to cast their vote for the finalist they feel is the most inspiring and making the biggest impact on South Florida’s youth.

The three educators chosen as finalists are:

Brittany Affolter, Manager, Teacher Leadership Development, Teach for America Miami-Dade
Brittany Affolter was inspired by her teachers to leave an unhealthy home, attend college, and become an educator. To help pay it forward to others like her, Brittany now trains teachers at 14 low-income schools in Miami-Dade County, serving more than 500 students. In her spare time, she tutors her former students, is working to become a mentor for children in foster care, and completing her masters in educational leadership. At just 23 years old, Brittany’s accomplishments are many and include starting the first-ever robotics and coding after-school program while teaching at Miami-Dade County public schools as a Teach for America corps member, and engaging her students to author a book about making the world a better place, which received attention from the White House and major sports organizations, such as the Miami Dolphins football team.

Katherine O’Fallon, Magnet Coordinator, New River Middle School
​Katherine (Katie) O’Fallon has been sharing her passion and knowledge for marine science with middle school students since 2006, and quickly learned that her greatest joy came from the wonder in a child’s discovery of their passion for marine science. She strives to inspire students to immerse themselves in the underwater world, and apply what they learn by getting involved in their local community. Exposing her sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students to environmental issues, Katie fosters stewardship and encourages them to be proactive in preserving and protecting their local habitat. She hosts multiple coastal clean-ups, engaging everyone from students and parents, to faculty and community partners; and organizes a variety of daily field experiences for students, including snorkeling trips in Fort Lauderdale and the Keys, shark-tagging with Nova Southeastern University and trips to local state parks. One of Katie’s newest and most innovative projects is the school’s remotely operated vehicles (ROV) program, where students learn and hone their skills in both the marine and engineering disciplines.

Anike Sakariyawo, Physical Science Teacher at Miami Norland Senior High School
​Anike Sakariyawo has taught various grade levels for more than 13 years, and is currently the physical science teacher lead for the ninth-grade students at Miami Norland Senior High School. Anike’s passion for education extends beyond the classroom and standard school schedule; she is the founder of Seeking Education Empowers Knowledge (S.E.E.K.) ̶ a local non-profit that aims to empower teenagers, parents, teachers and the community. S.E.E.K. serves over 1,000 at risk youth in urban and rural areas with unique programming such as digital literacy, robotics, coding, electricity basics and how to create a product and a business plan. Each year, she holds the “Get Hip & Fit Fair” in July on Miami Beach for more than 500 kids from Miami-Dade and Broward County non-profit organizations, and also works with student volunteers to feed and clothe the homeless each month.

For more information on each of the finalists as well as the role of Royal Caribbean godmothers, past and present, visit

Posted: October 11th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Azamara Club Cruises Appoints Bert Hernandez as Chief Operating Officer

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October 11, 2106 – Azamara Club Cruises has announced the appointment of Bert Hernandez to Chief Operating Officer effective October 31, 2016.

This is a newly created position for the brand and Hernandez will play an important role as the line continues to grow and evolve. Hernandez is no stranger to the cruise industry as he spent the last three years serving as Vice President of Planning, Strategy and Deployment for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and prior to that, enjoyed four years as Vice President of Revenue Management for Celebrity Cruises. An experienced senior executive, he has played a pivotal role in positions across Royal Caribbean’s family of brands.

“Azamara Club Cruises is thrilled to have Bert Hernandez join our dedicated team,” said Larry Pimentel, President and CEO, Azamara Club Cruises. “It’s an exciting time for the brand and Bert brings expertise and knowledge that will be extremely beneficial to our team as we look ahead to Azamara’s bright future. Our Destination Immersion programming is unmatched and we continue to bring unique experiences to our guests because of our talented teams.”

In his new role, Hernandez’s experience as a senior executive with highly developed commercial, planning and management skills will be applied as Azamara continues to implement new and exciting programs, voyages, ports of call and more.

“I am excited to join the Azamara team and look forward to playing an important role in the continued success that lies ahead,” states Bert Hernandez, Chief Operating Officer at Azamara Club Cruises. “I’m ready to dive into this new role and work with the team on this truly unique and special brand.”

Posted: October 11th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean Announces “Project Icon” LNG-powered Class Of Ships

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October 10, 2016 – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) has announced a new class of ships that will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and introduce the use of fuel cell technology, ushering in a new era of shipbuilding that will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The ships will join the fleet of Royal Caribbean International.

RCL said that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with shipbuilder Meyer Turku for the new class of vessel under the project name “Icon.” The vessels will be delivered in the second quarters of 2022 and 2024. In the meantime, the company said, it will begin testing fuel cell technology on an existing Oasis-class ship in 2017, and will also run progressively larger fuel cell projects on new Quantum class vessels being built in the next several years.

The switch to LNG provides further momentum for the technology, which has begun making significant inroads in the maritime industry. “Increasing the commitment to LNG makes it easier for suppliers to make their own infrastructure commitments,” said Fain. “As more ships are built for LNG, the number of ports that support it will grow.” The Icon ships are expected to run primarily on LNG but will also be able to run on distillate fuel, to accommodate occasional itineraries that call on ports without LNG infrastructure.

The introduction of fuel cells represents another dramatic step forward for the maritime industry, which has only made limited experiments using the technology. “We believe fuel cells offer very interesting design possibilities,” said Harri Kulovaara, RCL’s chief of ship design. “As the technology becomes smaller and more efficient, fuel cells become more viable in a significant way to power the ship’s hotel functions. We will begin testing those possibilities as soon as we can, and look to maximize their use when Icon class debuts.”

Kulovaara said RCL had been eyeing fuel cells for nearly a decade, and believes the technology is now at a stage of development that justifies investment. “There is a long lead time for Icon class, and we will use that time to work with Meyer Turku to adapt fuel cell technology for maritime use.” Kulovaara said that additional regulatory standards would also need to be developed for the technology.

Because of the long lead time, Kulovaara said that many Icon design elements are in early stages. The Icon ships would likely accommodate approximately 5,000 passengers, he said, but details are still being worked out.

Icon is the first new ship class announced by RCL since Celebrity Cruises’ new Edge class, which debuts in 2018. The company is also expanding its fleet with new Oasis- and Quantum-class ships for Royal Caribbean International. Fain said the new ships are in line with RCL’s strategy of moderate capacity growth.

This order is contingent upon the completion of contractual conditions, including documentation and financing. Final contracts are expected to be completed by year end. Based upon current ship orders, projected capital expenditures for full year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 are $2.4 billion, $0.5 billion, $2.6 billion, $1.5 billion and $2.0 billion, respectively. Capacity increases for 2016 through 2020 remain unchanged and do not include potential ship sales or additions that the company may elect to make in the future.

Posted: October 10th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Miss USA Deshauna Barber Named Godmother of Carnival Vista

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October 5, 2016 –
Miss USA Deshauna Barber has been named godmother of Carnival Cruise Line’s newest and largest ship, Carnival Vista. Barber made history earlier this year when she became the first woman serving in the U.S. military to win the title of Miss USA.

Barber will officially name the ship during a ceremony that is part of an overnight gala event honoring Operation Homefront and featuring an exclusive invitation-only concert by seven-time GRAMMY-award winning country music super star Carrie Underwood. In addition to the concert, the festivities will include overnight accommodations, meals, activities and entertainment for hundreds of military families.

Miss USA Deshauna Barber

The concert and overnight gala event are the culmination of Honor. Family. Fun., Carnival’s year-long celebration designed to raise funds for Operation Homefront to help the organization fulfill its mission of building strong, stable, and secure military families.

The daughter of a retired Army master sergeant who was a member of the Special Forces, Barber joined the Army Reserve as a quartermaster officer in 2011. After earning her bachelors in business management from Virginia State University, Barber went on to complete her masters in computer information systems from the University of Maryland University College. She currently serves as logistics commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit in Rockville, Md.

A passionate advocate for the U.S. military and a champion of gender equality, Barber will focus her efforts on PTSD treatment for soldiers returning from deployments and suicide prevention throughout the Armed Forces.

“It is truly an honor to be named the godmother of Carnival Vista and I’m very excited to represent the U.S. military and be a part of the ship’s official naming ceremony next month,” said Barber. “I love that Carnival carries more families, including military families, than any other cruise line and I’m looking forward to checking out all of the ship’s many innovative features when I’m on board next month.”

As the line’s newest ship, Carnival Vista has introduced a number of groundbreaking innovations including the first brewery on a North American-based cruise ship, the first IMAX Theatre at sea, the most elaborate water park in the fleet highlighted by the 455-foot-long Kaleid-o-slide, a groundbreaking bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction called SkyRide, and the new Family Harbor with specially designed staterooms for families, a family concierge and more.

Currently sailing its inaugural season in Europe, Carnival Vista will reposition to the U.S. in November operating a pair of 11-day sailings from New York before launching year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean service from Miami later that month.

Posted: October 5th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Norwegian’s Endless Summer Promo Offering Up To $2800 in Added Values

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Plus, holiday bonus of $100 onboard credit is being offered on new Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s sailings.

October 3, 2016 – Norwegian Cruise Line is inviting guests to make the most of Norwegian’s Endless Summer promotion with an extended Free at Sea offer. From now through October 31, 2016, guests can choose from up to five free offers when they book a new cruise vacation.

With Norwegian’s Free at Sea, guests who book a new three-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or minisuite category stateroom† can select their preference of two free choices from five onboard amenity offers, including free unlimited open bar*, free Specialty Dining package*, free prepaid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, a free 250 minute WiFi package**, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer which allows third and fourth 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 a suite or The Haven by Norwegian® will enjoy all five free amenities, providing up to $2,800 in added value to their cruise.

Guests looking to explore the beauty and majesty of Hawaii on the only ship to sail roundtrip from Honolulu year-round 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 inter-island Hawaii cruise now through October 31, 2016 aboard 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*** with an option to select reduced airfare starting at $399 from select gateways, 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, where the third and fourth in each stateroom sail for free on select dates. Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America will receive all five offers.

Guests seeking the ultimate holiday getaway can sweeten the deal with a special holiday bonus of $100 in onboard credit, offered on new Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s cruise reservations^*. This credit, combinable with the extended Free At Sea offer, is perfect for purchasing last-minute holiday gifts in one of the onboard boutiques or to toast to the New Year with a relaxing and indulgent spa treatment, and more.

Norwegian’s newest ship, Norwegian Escape, is currently sailing six, seven and eight-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries from Miami. The ship features 27 dining options, Tony Award-winning Broadway entertainment, the largest Aqua Park at sea, the brand’s first nursery with supervised care for young cruisers ages six months to two years, and much more.

To book a cruise aboard a Norwegian ship, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit

Provisions as noted above:

†All sailings 3 nights or longer. Offer is not applicable to categories IX, OX, BX, MX. Norwegian Sky and Pride of America sailings are not eligible for this offer.

*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 31, 2017. Offer is not applicable to categories IX, OX, BX

*** Cruises must be booked more than 30 days prior sailing, when selecting hotel option; if choosing hotel option with air option cruises must be made more than 60 days prior to sailing. 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.

^*Offer is not applicable to categories IX, OX, BX, MX.

Posted: October 3rd, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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