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Carnival Vista Features Two-Deck ‘Cloud 9 Spa’

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Infrared Sauna and Hammam Chamber Among Array of Options for Personal Pampering and Rejuvenation

May 26, 2016 – The brand new Carnival Vista’s Cloud 9 Spa features an array of amenities, including Carnival’s first infrared sauna and Hammam Chamber, as well as special “experience showers” that provide a soothing fragrance element, a large heated whirlpool, four steam chambers and a high-tech indoor cycling studio.

Let’s Take A Closer Look At The Carnival Vista Cloud 9 Spa

Exclusive to Carnival Vista is the Infrared Heat Chamber. The chamber’s heating system is built into the walls with 80 percent of the heat gently warming the body and the remaining 20 percent of infrared heat released into the air, providing cooler, more consistent temperatures than traditional saunas.

The beneficial effects of a sauna remain the same: body detoxification to increase energy, burn calories, decrease inflammation, relieve pain and improve blood circulation in the skin to enhance delivery of oxygen and nutrients.

Another Carnival Vista exclusive is the Hammam Chamber, developed during the Ottoman Empire as a place of regeneration, contemplation and inner peace. The aim is both physical and spiritual cleansing, along with loosening of joints and muscles by ladling warm water over the body to slowly increase temperature to approximately 113 degrees F.

Carnival Vista’s Cloud 9 Spa also features an elaborate Thermal Suite, which offers intensive relaxation and a new sensory experience provided through individually designed heat therapy rooms that cleanse, tone and purify the body using alternating dry and wet heat chambers. The thermal suite is an exclusive facility within the spa offering different areas for specific therapeutic needs.

The Steam Chamber with Aroma Steam and Aromatic Grotto is a small, intimate chamber where high humidity and radiant heat create a moist, warm climate that gently but thoroughly cleanses the skin and respiratory tract with herbal steam featuring sweet aromas such as cinnamon, orange or apple.

The Laconium, is a large dry heat bath/sauna-like chamber where circulation is stimulated, accelerating and mobilizing the body’s own defenses, while reducing stress.

Cloud 9 Spa Relaxation Beds


Carnival Vista’s Cloud 9 Spa also has a fitness center with the latest cardio and weight-training equipment catering to all conditioning levels. The fitness center serves as the location for a wide range of instructor-led exercise classes, including a new indoor cycling studio.

Powered by Myzone, RYDE is a 45-minute indoor cycling class that takes riders through a series of climbs and sprints to target all energy systems, while integrating technology to track riders’ intensity and enhance their future workout results. The combination of modern and old school music fuels the atmosphere for an upbeat high energy work out that leaves riders with a feeling of achievement.

RYDE Cycling Center


Additional Cloud 9 Spa amenities include treatment rooms for European-style massages and facials, two saunas (men/women), two locker rooms (men/women), a post-treatment relaxation room where guests can lounge, enjoy herbal tea and relish the sensation of pure relaxation and a VIP treatment room with whirlpool.

As part of the Cloud 9 Spa located forward on decks 12 and 14, Carnival Vista features 98 spa staterooms and six spa suites. Guests in these accommodations have convenient access to the spa and are eligible for exclusive spa packages, discounts and priority spa appointments. These staterooms and suites have additional in-room, spa-related amenities and décor different than other accommodations, in harmony with the soothing and relaxing theme of the Cloud 9 Spa.

Spa Stateroom on Carnival Vista


A salon with full hair and nail services, men’s barber/grooming area and special stations for manicures and pedicures round out Carnival Vista’s Cloud 9 Spa services and facilities.

Carnival Vista debuted May 1 and will operate a summer schedule of Mediterranean cruises through October. The ship will then reposition to New York for a pair of 11-day voyages in November 2016 before launching year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises service from Miami later that month.

Posted: May 26th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean’s Empress Of The Seas Arrives at New Homeport of Miami

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May 25, 2016 – After an almost two-month delay which saw 13 cruises cancelled in order to complete extensive remodeling – including demolishing and installing all new food storage areas and galleys throughout the ship as well as a general refurbishing – Empress of the Seas arrived at her new homeport of Miami today.

Empress of the Seas offers the Royal Caribbean classic rock-climbing wall; new pools and whirlpools; a spa with an extensive treatment menu; and the Adventure Ocean youth program.

The brand’s signature steakhouse Chops Grille has also been installed. In addition, the ship has the new Voom internet which boasts of the fastest internet speeds at sea.

Empress Of The Seas Arrives at PortMiami


The ship will set sail on Friday, May 27, visiting Royal Caribbean’s private island CocoCay, Bahamas and Nassau, Bahamas. The ship will then offer short 4- and 5-night getaways from Miami to Nassau, The Bahamas; Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; Grand Cayman and Key West, Florida. With longer stays in every port, guests will be able to experience sunsets in the Caribbean. Plus, on select 5-night itineraries, guest can experience the authentic Mexican culture and cuisine during overnight stays in Cozumel, Mexico, which I particularly like.

Public comments made recently by Royal Caribbean executives indicate that once the company receives the necessary approvals, Empress Of The Seas will be making cruises to Cuba. No official word or timeline has been released, although many media reports state that Cuba cruises aboard Empress could begin as soon as July. Stay tuned.

Posted: May 25th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Princess Cruises ‘Red, White & Blue Sale’

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Offer Also Includes Free Gratuities and a Reduced Deposit

May 24, 2016 – Princess Cruises’ Red, White & Blue Sale features cruise savings on cruise vacations departing from North America to the Caribbean, California Coast, Mexico, Canada & New England, Panama Canal and the Hawaiian Islands. Cruise fares are available as low as $79 per guest, per day for Mexico itineraries and $89 per guest, per day for California coast and Caribbean sailings.

In addition to these great cruise prices, first and second guests will receive free stateroom gratuities. Guests can also reserve their booking with a reduced deposit of only $100 per person.

Examples of Red, White & Blue Sale cruise deals include:

Caribbean cruise — 6 days: from only $89 per person, per day ($529 cruise fare)

Mexico cruise — 7 days: $79 per person, per day ($549 cruise fare)

California Coast cruise — 7-days: $89 per person, per day ($599 cruise fare)

Canada & New England cruise — 7 days: $169 per person, per day ($1,149 cruise fare)

Hawaii cruise — 15 days: $109 per person, per day ($1,599 cruise fare)

Panama Canal cruise — 10 days: $129 per person, per day ($1,289 cruise fare)

Guests can also bring the whole family along with third and fourth guest cruise fare starting at only $29 per person, per day.

To thank the men and women of the American and Canadian militaries for their service, Princess Cruises offers up to $250 free onboard spending money for veterans as well as active, retired or disabled military personnel. This special military benefit is eligible on any cruise, any time of the year and can be used to purchase a variety of amenities and experiences including Lotus Spa treatments, specialty restaurant dining, gifts, jewelry and clothing in our onboard boutiques, and Princess Cruises shore excursions.

Additional details about the “Red, White & Blue Sale” as well as other cruise deals and promotions from Princess Cruises can be found at princess.com/cruisedeals.

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The “Red, White & Blue Sale” runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on July 6, 2016 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Bermuda.

Posted: May 24th, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Disney Cruise Line Returning to New York, California, and Texas in Fall 2017

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Sailings from popular home ports return for limited-time engagements

May 24, 2016 – In the fall of 2017, Disney Cruise Line will return to New York with sailings to the Bahamas and the Canadian coast – including a new seven-night Canada cruise. San Diego will serve as a home port with cruises to Mexico, and Galveston will again be a homeport with sailings to the Caribbean and Bahamas.

New Canada coast itinerary and new ports from New York

Disney Cruise Line returns to New York City in the fall of 2017, for a mix of voyages that include Canada coast and Bahamas itineraries.

On October 21, the Disney Magic will sail from New York on a seven-night Canada sailing – the line’s longest-ever voyage to the Atlantic Canada coast. This sailing includes a new port of call for Disney Cruise Line – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Bar Harbor, Maine, is another new port of call for Disney Cruise Line and part of a five-night sailing that departs New York on Sept. 27. This cruise also will stop at Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

A total of six seven- and eight-night sailings to the Bahamas, all including a visit to Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, will be a part of the 2017 New York season.

Each guest on these sailings will receive a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket and round-trip transportation for the short drive between the ship and the resort.

Return to San Diego, California

In September and October of 2017, Disney Cruise Line will return to San Diego with a variety of Disney Wonder cruises to Baja and the Mexican Riviera.

On most Baja sailings, guests can visit Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico, to enjoy world-famous beaches and snorkeling. Two-night cruises depart San Diego on Sept. 15, Sept. 22 and Oct. 13, and a three-night cruise departs Oct. 5 and includes a day at sea.

Mexican Riviera itineraries feature snorkeling and scuba diving hot spots, while Puerto Vallerta and Mazatlan are where cliff divers, culture and ziplining through the jungle canopy take center stage. Seven-night itineraries departing on Sept. 24 and Oct. 15, call on Puerto Vallerta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. Four additional four- and five-night Mexican Riviera cruises set sail during the season in San Diego.

Return to Galveston, Texas

Disney Cruise Line returns to Galveston in 2017, with a line up of eight seven-night cruises to the Caribbean and the Bahamas. All Bahamian itineraries include a stop at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas.

On Nov. 10 and Dec. 1, the Disney Wonder will sail a western Caribbean itinerary from Galveston to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Falmouth, Jamaica.

On Nov. 17, Nov. 24, Dec, 8, Dec. 15, Dec. 22 and Dec. 29, the Disney Wonder will sail from Galveston to Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay.

Bookings open on May 26, 2016. More details on the itineraries can be found on the Ports and Itineraries for 2017 page of disneycruise.com.

Posted: May 24th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Norwegian’s ‘Free At Sea’ Promo Lets Guests Choose up to 5 Free Offers

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Oceanview, Balcony or Mini-Suites can choose two free offers and Haven & Suites receive five offerings valued up to $2600


May 18, 2016 – Norwegian Cruise Line is offering a new Free at Sea offer. From now through June 30, 2016, guests can choose from up to five free offers to enhance their onboard experience when they book a new cruise. (all of the *, **, ***, and ^ shown below signify rules, caveats, and exclusions for these offers, listed at the bottom of this article)

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 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 a full suite or the exclusive ‘The Haven’ will get all five free amenities, providing up to $2,600 in added value to their cruise.

Guests looking at a Hawaii cruise vacation have their own offer^ on the only ship to sail within the islands, the Pride of America. . Those who book a new seven-day intra-Hawaii cruise now through June 30, 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 gratuities 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 also extended its special Europe package offer, for those looking for a virtually all-inclusive European vacation. Available now through June 30, 2016, guests who book an inside, oceanview, balcony or mini-suite 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**. During summer 2016, Norwegian will have four ships based in Europe. Norwegian Spirit will sail the Baltic Capitals from Copenhagen, Norwegian Spirit will sail 12-night Grand Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona and Venice, Norwegian Jade will sail the Greek Isles from Venice and the recently renovated Norwegian Epic will sail seven-day Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona.

Norwegian’s newest ship, Norwegian Escape, is currently sailing a seven-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary 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. Norwegian Getaway, also sailing from Miami, brings the energy of the Magic City to life with seven-day Western Caribbean cruises.

Now for the fine print:

†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: May 18th, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Royal Caribbean International’s Harmony of the Seas Makes Her World Debut

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Featuring the Tallest Slide at Sea, The Ultimate Abyss!

May 17, 2016 – The port of Southampton, U.K. was bustling today as onlookers gathered to be among the first to see the world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, upon her first arrival into port. After 32 months of construction, the ship’s arrival marks a major milestone for Royal Caribbean International as Harmony becomes the 25th ship in the fleet.

Harmony Arrives In Southampton


Intricately built with more than 500,000 individual parts, Harmony measures 362 meters (1,188 feet) and weighs 226,963 gross registered tons.

The newest addition to the family combines the distinct seven-neighborhood concept that Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class of ships are known for with a lineup of the most modern and groundbreaking vacation amenities. Innovative features include The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea with a 10-story plunge; robot bartenders at The Bionic Bar, powered by Makr Shakr; virtual balconies with real-time views of the destination and VOOM – the fastest internet at sea – so that guests can stay connected, stream their favorite entertainment and share their adventures with family and friends back at home.

Harmony Of The Seas


Harmony of the Seas will sail from Southampton, U.K. on a series of short getaways to Northern Europe before embarking on her maiden cruise on May 29, arriving in Barcelona, Spain on June 5. The unparalleled cruise ship and her 2,100 dedicated crew members then will officially launch her inaugural summer season with the first of 34 seven-night western Mediterranean sailings on June 7.

In November 2016, Harmony will arrive at her homeport of Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from where she will offer seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings. The newest member of the fleet will join sister ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, homeported in Port Canaveral and Port Everglades respectively, on the east coast of Florida.

Posted: May 17th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Vista Offers Amazing Array of Dining and Bar Choices

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Everything from Ji Ji Asian Kitchen and Cucina del Capitano Italian Restaurant to Seafood Shack and Havana Bar … and an Onboard Brewery!

May 12, 2016 – A hallmark of Carnival Cruise Line is that their ships offer many dining choices that are included in the cruise price, and the new Carnival Vista is no exception. From authentic Asian cuisine and a New England–inspired seafood eatery to light bites with a Cuban flair, the ship offers what I consider to be an exciting and flavorful array of international dining choices.

Complementing the dining is a wide variety of bars, lounges and watering holes including the line’s first on-board brewery. I can’t wait to sample the beers brewed aboard!

Seafood Shack. Check Out That Lobster!


Dining venues and bars featured on Carnival Vista include:

BlueIguana Cantina – Open for breakfast and lunch, BlueIguana Cantina serves authentic tacos on fresh-made tortillas and made-to-order burritos that can be personalized by diners at an extensive salsa and toppings bar.

Bonsai Sushi — Bonsai Sushi has been expanded on Carnival Vista to offer cooked-to-order items like Shrimp Tempura, Chicken Katsu, Omakase (Chef’s Choice) and various noodle bowls, complementing a variety of sushi, sashimi and bento boxes.

Cherry on Top — For those with a sweet tooth, Cherry on Top serves up ingredients mixed by hand and made to order. Cool concoctions include a base of ice cream and at least four toppings, from whipped cream and hot fudge to Oreo cookie pieces and pineapple chunks. Additionally, when guests order Brownie Buoy – hand-selected by kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – a donation is made to the hospital.

Cucina del Capitano — A celebration of Carnival Cruise Line’s deep roots in Italy — all of the fleet’s captains are Italian — Cucina del Capitano serves up a variety of Italian favorites family-style.

Fahrenheit 555 — This classic American steakhouse offers mouth-watering steaks and other gourmet fare with impeccable service.

Guy’s Burger Joint — A guest favorite, Guy’s features fresh-made burgers, hand-cut fries and innovative toppings created in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri.

Havana Bar — This popular bar specializing in mojitos and Cuba Libres has added a bar menu. From Sabor de Habana, a sampler plate, to ceviche de mariscos, ropa vieja and pan con bistec, guests can taste authentic dishes of Cuba.

JavaBlue Café — Featuring coffee straight-up, or perhaps with an upgrade, JavaBlue Café serves hot and cold drinks with a fun twist. Guests also can enjoy sweet treats and comfort snacks.

Ji Ji Asian Kitchen — Serving up enticing dishes in an eclectic space, Ji Ji brings not only great food, but good fortune to the table. Offering a full-service menu featuring a mix of exotic and familiar dishes designed to challenge and delight the senses, the venue offers a truly unique culinary experience.

Pizzeria del Capitano — Pizzeria del Capitano offers five varieties of hand-tossed artisanal-style pizza, all available free of charge 24 hours a day.

Lido Marketplace — A casual poolside eatery offering an array of international favorites, from paninis to comfort food to a New York-style deli and just about everything in between.

Ocean Plaza — An indoor/outdoor café serving cappuccinos, lattes, and espressos as well as pastries and other confections.

RedFrog Pub & Brewery — Delicious Caribbean bites are served here, but the star is the hand-crafted beer brewed on board in the line’s first onboard brewery developed in collaboration with Miami-based Concrete Beach Brewery. The Caribbean-inspired brews include the aromatic and citrusy Port Hoppin’ IPA, spicy ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat unfiltered lager and rich and creamy FriskyFrog Java Stout.

Seafood Shack – A Carnival Vista exclusive, Seafood Shack features traditional fare like New England clam chowder, lobster rolls, crab cake sliders and fried clam strips served by the bucket, with steamed lobster, snow crab, peel-and-eat shrimp and raw oysters sold by the pound.

Serenity — Salads, sandwiches, wraps and other light fare is available at the ship’s exclusive adults-only retreat.

Shake Spot — Shake Spot offers more than just your average shakes and floats. Guests can sip on hand-crafted classics, fruity-flavored treats and even spiked indulgences.

The Chef’s Table — This VIP experience starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for an exclusive group of 14 guests, followed by a tour to see the galley in operation. The evening concludes with an impressive full-service dinner of appetizers, entrees and desserts not found on the regular menus, all hosted by one of the ship’s master chefs.

The Taste Bar — Offering complimentary bite-size preview offerings inspired by popular Carnival dining venues, along with a signature cocktail tied to the day’s particular theme available for purchase.

American Table/American Feast – Featuring extensive menus and wine lists in the Horizons and Reflections main dining rooms with a wide range of appetizers, side dishes, entrees and desserts, as well as shareable items for the table.

After spending it’s initial few months sailing the Mediterranean, Carnival Vista embarks on a special 13-day transatlantic crossing on October 21 and arrives in New York November 3, then operates a pair of 11-day voyages from the Big Apple before repositioning to Miami for year-round Caribbean departures later that month.

Posted: May 12th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean Takes Delivery of Harmony Of The Seas

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It Is All Hands (4,200) on Deck Onboard the World’s Largest and Newest Cruise Ship

May 12, 2016 – Royal Caribbean International today honored the crew and project team of the new Harmony of the Seas at a traditional delivery and flag changing ceremony in Saint Nazaire, France. Following 32 months of construction at the STX France shipyard involving thousands of shipyard employees, sub-contractors and suppliers, the world’s largest cruise ship is now home to 2,100 crew members from 77 different nationalities. Joining the festivities in the ship’s signature AquaTheater were Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International together with Laurent Castaing, General Manager, STX France.

All Hands On Deck For Delivery Ceremony


Costing more than a billion dollars, Harmony of the Seas will be the 25th ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet and boasts highly anticipated first-at-sea experiences, including:

– A 100-foot drop with The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, plunging courageous adrenaline seekers 10 stories down from deck 16 to the Boardwalk on deck 6

– 4,700,000 lbs. (2,150 tons) of water in 23 swimming pools, whirlpools, two FlowRider surf simulators and waterslides, including the Perfect Storm, a thrilling trio of waterslides, and the Splashaway Bay waterpark for young guests

– The first double-story Wonderland, the specialty restaurant concept first introduced onboard the global cruise line’s Quantum class of ships delivering an imaginative and whimsical feast for all the senses

– The debut of Broadway’s hit musical Grease in the Royal Theater and spectacular diving shows in the AquaTheater

– 11,252 works of art showcased throughout the ship and Central Park, a living park in the center of the ship which features a total of 10,587 plants, 48 vine plants and 52 trees, some over 20 feet (6.1 meters) high

VOOM, the fastest internet at sea, available exclusively to Royal Caribbean guests, which allows travelers to seamlessly stay connected, stream their favorite entertainment, video chat and share their adventures with friends and family at home

Harmony of the Seas will homeport in Barcelona, Spain and embark on the first of 34 seven-night sailings in the western Mediterranean on June 7, exploring some of Europe’s most beautiful locations. In November 2016, Harmony will arrive at her homeport of Port Everglades, and will offer seven-night eastern and western Caribbean sailings. The newest member of the fleet will join sister-ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, sailing from Port Canaveral and Port Everglades respectively, on the east coast of Florida.

Harmony of the Seas has 16 guest decks, encompasses 227,000 gross registered tons, carries 5,479 guests at double occupancy, and features 2,747 staterooms. Yes, that’s BIG!

Posted: May 12th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Princess Cruises 2017 Europe Season Offers Longer Stays and Overnight Visits

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Plus The New “Global Partners + Local Experts” Authentic Experiences Onboard & Ashore

May 11, 2016 – The 2017 Europe cruise season offered by Princess Cruises showcases top-rated itineraries to iconic destinations and includes the cruise line’s new “Global Partners + Local Experts” program, featuring enriching vacation experiences enhanced by combining deep destination knowledge with local experts.

The 2017 cruise vacations to Europe include 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 unique 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.

The new industry-first “Global Partners + Local Experts” program aims to inspire the line’s guests by sharing the passion and pride the company’s port partners have for their destination, while taking full advantage of the suggestions and creativity of those partners who know the destination best. Elements include a video series of local port partners sharing their thoughts, experiences and recommendations of the places they call home. Also featured are local expert onboard speakers, new tours, partner port guides and walking maps, new port welcome and departure experiences and an insider’s guide including “cool things” made in each port.

All 2017 Europe itineraries are open for sale.

The Gorgeous Mediterranean


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 late 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 Lucerne, as well as a scenic boat trip on Lake Como.

Posted: May 11th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News, Hot Cruise Deals.
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Carnival Valor Returns to Service After Extensive Makover

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Guy’s Burger Joint, RedFrog Pub, Alchemy Bar, BlueIguana Cantina, among venues added

May 9, 2016 – In preparation for its new year-round program of three- and four-day voyages from Port Canaveral kicking off later this year, Carnival Valor has undergone an extensive renovation that added a variety of popular dining and bar concepts, including Guy’s Burger Joint, RedFrog Pub, SkyBox Sports Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar and Alchemy Bar.

The new spaces were added during a dry dock that began April 23 and ran through May 8, 2016.

Carnival Valor is one of four ships that sail from Port Canaveral which is also home to Carnival Magic and Carnival Victory offering year-round departures, as well as Carnival Sunshine operating seasonal sailings. Together, these four ships will carry more than 650,000 guests a year.

New features added to Carnival Valor include:

·Guy’s Burger Joint: a free-of-charge poolside venue developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri serving awesome hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries in an atmosphere that celebrates the chef’s California roots and love of car culture. We at CruiseReviews think they are the best burgers afloat.

·RedFrog Rum Bar: a poolside bar offering the quintessential Caribbean vacation vibe with refreshing Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival’s own ThirstyFrog Red.

·BlueIguana Tequila Bar: a fun and festive outdoor watering hole offering a laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere and tequila-based frozen drinks and beers, perfect for chillin’ by the pool.

·BlueIguana Cantina: a complimentary poolside Mexican eatery where guests can enjoy authentic, freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas, as well as an elaborate toppings and salsa bar.

·RedFrog Pub:
at this tropics-inspired watering hole, guests can enjoy the Caribbean’s best rums and beers – including, of course, Carnival’s own ThirstyFrog Red – while soaking up the distinct British-West-Indies-meets-Key-West ambiance.

·Alchemy Bar: a vintage-themed cocktail “pharmacy” that’s the go-to spot for guests seeking a unique experience with mixologists who “prescribe” concoctions from different elixirs and ingredients or guests’ own custom-created cocktails.

·SkyBox Sports Bar: a sports lovers’ paradise where guests can catch live sporting events and check out scores on the real-time 24/7 sports ticker.

·Cherry On Top: the “sweetest spot on board” which celebrates the joys of simple indulgences with bins of bulk candy, fun fanciful gifts and novelties, custom apparel and more

Carnival Valor kicks off its year-round three- and four-day Bahamas cruise schedule from Port Canaveral Oct. 30, 2016. On this route, three-day cruises depart Thursdays and call at Nassau while four-day voyages depart Sundays and feature Nassau and Freeport.

Carnival Valor will also offer a series of three- to five-day cruises in May 2016, as well as a program of five- and eight-day departures through October 2016. The three- to five-day sailings will take place throughout May, visiting popular ports like Grand Turk, Amber Cove, Half Moon Cay, Nassau and Freeport. The ship will also offer a one-time six-day cruise departing May 15 featuring Nassau, Amber Cove and Grand Turk.

The five- to eight-day voyages will run June 4 to Sept. 30, 2016. Five-day cruises visit Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. Eight-day eastern Caribbean cruises call at Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Kitts and St. Maarten and eight-day southern Caribbean sailings include Aruba, Grand Turk and Curaçao or Bonaire.

Posted: May 9th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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