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Norwegian Cruise Line Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Guests, Partners and Team Members are invited to join in anniversary celebration by sharing personal memories with #NorwegiansFirst50

September 29, 2016 – 2016 marks fifty years since the M/S Sunward made her first voyage from Miami to the Caribbean on December 19, 1966, signifying the birth of Norwegian Caribbean Lines. Today, the company now known as Norwegian Cruise Line has 14 ships sailing to more than 300 destinations worldwide. To celebrate this golden milestone, Norwegian is inviting their guests, travel professionals, partners and team members to share fifty years of memories made through the company’s #NorwegiansFirst50 Anniversary Campaign.

“We are celebrating fifty years of incredible moments aboard our ships and it’s the people — our guests, travel partners, team and crew members — who make our history so special. We wouldn’t be here today without their loyalty and dedication,” said Andy Stuart, President and Chief Executive Officer for Norwegian Cruise Line. “We invite everyone who has sailed with us, commemorated a special occasion with us or made memories onboard to share their favorite moments and celebrate our first fifty years along with us.”

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Through the global initiative, Norwegian Cruise Line guests, travel partners, and current and former employees are invited to upload their photos and stories to NorwegiansFirst50.com, which showcases a dynamic timeline of photos and stories spanning the brand’s first 50 years. Fans who upload memorable moments to the site, which will serve as a living, growing tribute to 50 years of feeling free out on the water, are encouraged to share their memories with friends on their social networks, with the chance of winning a free cruise as a reward for joining in the celebration (in participating markets).

Those who wish to sail during Norwegian’s official 50th anniversary this December can reserve their stateroom now to join in the fun, with eight-day cruises departing on December 18 from New York to Florida & The Bahamas on Norwegian Breakaway; from Miami to the Western Caribbean on Norwegian Getaway; and from Tampa to the Western Caribbean on Norwegian Jade. On December 19, cruisers can set sail from the Big Apple on Norwegian Gem to the Eastern Caribbean on a 10-day holiday cruise and from Miami on Norwegian Pearl, for a 10-day bucket list Panama Canal adventure. These anniversary cruises also offer a special holiday bonus of $100 in onboard credit, 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. It’s combinable with Norwegian’s Free At Sea offer, to make for a merry holiday vacation experience for all.

Posted: September 29th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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MSC Cruises Celebrates Plan a Cruise Month

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Offering 2 for 1 Cruise Deals and Cruise Giveaways

#CruiseSmile Sweepstakes offers Consumers Chance to Win a Cruise Vacation on MSC Divina

September 27, 2016 – October is Plan a Cruise Month and MSC Cruises is celebrating by offering consumers the chance to save 50 percent off brochure rates and get two for the price of one on Caribbean, Mediterranean and Northern Europe cruises.

MSC Cruises 2 for 1 Caribbean Cruise Deals

Now sailing year-round from Miami to the Caribbean, consumers can book the 2 for 1 deal on the beautiful and ultra-modern MSC Divina, with prices starting at an amazing $299.50 per person for a 7-night cruise. Plus kids 11 and under sail free on select sailings.

Sample itineraries for sailings on MSC Divina this fall include:

MSC Divina: October 22, 2016 – 7-night cruise departing from Miami, Fla with ports of call in Nassau, Bahamas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Prices start at $299.50 per person.

MSC Divina: December 6, 2016 – 10-night cruise departing from Miami, Fla with ports of call in Cartagena, Colombia; Orangestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; Grand Turk Island, Turks and Caicos; and Nassau, Bahamas. Prices start at $499.50 per person.

MSC Cruises 2 for 1 Mediterranean and Northern Europe Cruise Deals

For travelers looking to explore the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, MSC Cruises 2 for 1 deals in the region start at $409.50 per person for a 7-night cruise, and even include sailings on the next-generation, mega-ship MSC Meraviglia – debuting in June 2017. Plus kids 12 and under sail free.

Sample itineraries for sailings in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe include:

MSC Meraviglia: November 5, 2017 – 7 night cruise departing from Genoa, Italy with ports of call in Naples and Messina Italy; Valletta, Malta; Barcelona, Spain; and Marseille, France. Prices start at $514.50 per person.

MSC Preziosa: September 17, 2017 – 7 night cruise departing from Hamburg, Germany with ports of call in Le Havre, France; Southampton, United Kingdom; Zeebrugge, Belgium; and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Prices start at $599.50 per person.

For complete deal details, including expiration dates, please visit: https://www.msccruisesusa.com/en-us/cruise-deals/top-deals/2-for-1-cruise-deals.aspx

#CruiseSmile Consumer Giveaways
During Plan a Cruise Month, the cruise industry is once again launching #CruiseSmile, a simple and exciting digital and social promotion offering consumers the chance to win a cruise vacation each week during the month of October. A variety of cruises will be showcased at www.CruiseSmile.org under the themes; family-friendly, cultural exploration, fun in the sun and exploring nature. At the end of each week, a sweepstakes winner will be chosen and winners may select one of the featured cruises to best fit their vacation travel preferences.

As part of the sweepstakes, 7-night cruises on MSC Divina will be featured on October 4th, during the family-friendly theme week, and October 20th, during the fun in the sun theme week. Winners of the #CruiseSmile campaign who select MSC Divina as their cruise of choice, will love the dazzling Swarovski staircases, going for a swim in the stylish infinity pool, watching world-class entertainment, eating authentic Mediterranean-style cuisine, and meeting people from all over the world.

Posted: September 29th, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Princess Cruises Offers Exceptional Cruise Savings During Great Escapes Sale

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Save Up to $1,000 Per Stateroom to Destinations Around the World

September 20, 2016 – A hot cruise deal can be found with Princess Cruises Great Escapes Sale but you need to act fast. Special savings of up to $1,000 for cruise destinations including Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaii, California Coast, Australia & New Zealand, Southeast Asia, South America and South Pacific sailings.

In addition to special cruise savings, third and fourth guests in the same stateroom will also save with fares starting at $199 per person in select destinations.

Great Escapes Sale cruise deals include:

Mexican Rivera cruise vacations — 7 days: $499 interior; $749 balcony

Caribbean cruise vacations — 7 days: $699 interior; $899 balcony

Panama Canal cruise vacations — 10 days: $1,199 interior; $1,699 balcony

Australia & New Zealand cruise vacations — 11 days: $1,199 interior; $1,999 balcony

South America cruise vacations — 19 days: $1,249 interior, $2,049 balcony

Southeast Asia cruise vacations — 15 days: $1,399 interior; $2,049 balcony

Hawaiian Islands cruise vacations — 15 days: $1,599 interior; $2,399 balcony

Additional details about the Great Escapes Sale, and other cruise deals and promotions can be found at princess.com/sale.

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The Great Escapes Sale is available now through 11:59 p.m. PDT on November 16, 2016 and is open to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Bermuda.

Posted: September 20th, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Holland America Line Launches Partnership with America’s Test Kitchen to Bring New Dynamic Cooking Shows on Board

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Shows to debut aboard ms Westerdam and ms Nieuw Amsterdam this fall

September 20, 2016 — Holland America Line turns its culinary programming up a notch with the introduction of dynamic shipboard cooking shows produced in partnership with the long-running public television show America’s Test Kitchen, the most popular how-to-cook show on TV. Holland America Line is a sponsor of America’s Test Kitchen on public television, and is proud to make this experience possible at sea. The initiative was announced today in New York City at a press conference at the prestigious Institute of Culinary Education.

America’s Test Kitchen Coming to Holland America Line


Holland America Line’s shipboard Culinary Arts Center will be transformed to replicate the television set where the prominent America’s Test Kitchen TV shows are recorded for broadcast by more than 350 public television stations nationwide. Designed specifically for Holland America Line, the shipboard shows will be hosted by Holland America Line chefs trained by America’s Test Kitchen culinary experts. Shipboard cooking demonstrations and hands-on workshops — with topics ranging from shaping Asian dumplings to making the perfect pie crust — will combine foolproof, accessible recipes and cooking techniques that are rooted in the rigorous testing and science-based approach of America’s Test Kitchen.

In addition, Holland America Line guests will experience 24-hour access to episodes of America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country television programs in their staterooms.

“America’s Test Kitchen will bring a new take on cooking classes at sea that spans not only recipes but also the science of the cooking process. Its mission is to determine the best methods, ingredients and cooking tools — and now these discoveries will be shared with our guests,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “We provide our guests with tremendously immersive and authentic experiences to enrich their travel, and America’s Test Kitchen’s commitment to delivering a quality culinary experience with a focus on learning is a perfect match.”

Test Kitchen Set


The planned 45-minute demo courses will feature a mix of video content, live instruction, taste tests and recipe samples. Some of the courses in development include Asian Dumplings, Salad for Two, We Love Chocolate, Everything Salmon, Getting to Know Chiles, Flavors of the Mediterranean, Meatless Monday Meals and New Italian Favorites.

Also planned are 90-minute workshops that focus on teaching a specific skill set. Proposed workshops include Perfect Pies and Handmade Pasta.

America’s Test Kitchen demo courses and workshops will begin aboard ms Westerdam October 18 for the ship’s Mexico season and on ms Nieuw Amsterdam November 13 for the Caribbean season. The program is expected to roll out fleetwide by June 2017.

“This is an incredible opportunity for fans of America’s Test Kitchen, and food lovers in general, to immerse themselves in the Test Kitchen experience,” said David Nussbaum, CEO of America’s Test Kitchen. “The classes on board Holland America Line ships will feature our famous foolproof recipes designed to be repeated and enjoyed long after the voyage has ended. We are excited that Holland America Line is helping America’s Test Kitchen reach more enthusiastic home cooks through this onboard experience.”

America’s Test Kitchen is a real place: a no-nonsense, fully equipped, 2,500-square-foot test kitchen located in Brookline, Massachusetts. A team of more than 50 highly qualified test cooks perform thousands of tests every year. The goal? To develop the best recipes and cooking techniques, to review and rate the best cookware and equipment, and to taste-test and recommend brand-name supermarket ingredients for
the home cook. Recipes are tested 30, 40 and sometimes as many as 70 times to arrive at the combination of ingredients, technique, temperature, cooking time and equipment that yields the best, most foolproof recipe.

Recipes and reviews are published in two magazines, Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country, in a growing line of cookbooks and special interest magazines, and on the America’s Test Kitchen websites and through an instructional online Cooking School. They also are featured on two public television series: America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country.

America’s Test Kitchen has earned the respect of the publishing world, the culinary world and millions of home cooks who trust its experts for tried and true advice on recipes, supermarket ingredients and cookware. Similarly, the new Holland America Line shipboard shows will present a combination of well-tested recipes using consumer-available ingredients with kitchen tips and advice on the brands of cookware, utensils and appliances America’s Test Kitchen’s experts have tried and recommend.

Culinary Excellence Shines in Partnerships
America’s Test Kitchen joins Holland America Line’s elite list of food and beverage collaborators who are the leading authorities in their fields. The esteemed Culinary Council is led by Holland America Line’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, who is joined by renowned international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Elizabeth Falkner and Jacques Torres. The line also has exclusive partnerships with Sushi Chef Andy Matsuda and Master Mixologist Dale “King Cocktail” DeGroff.

Posted: September 20th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Cruise Line Named “Most Trusted Cruise Line in America” by Reader’s Digest

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September 20, 2016 – For the second consecutive year, Carnival Cruise Line has been named Most Trusted Cruise Line in America by Reader’s Digest.

The award is based on a poll of more than 5,000 Americans nationwide who were asked to rate products they trust across 40 different categories in areas such as quality, value, and reliability. Carnival received more votes than any other cruise line. The awards are featured in the October issue of Reader’s Digest.

Carnival continues to enhance its onboard offerings, building upon its brand promise of providing fun, memorable vacations at a great value while keeping up with consumer trends and exceeding the expectations of its guests.

Carnival Triumph in New Orleans


Earlier this year marked the debut of the line’s newest, largest and most innovative ship, Carnival Vista, which offers such groundbreaking features as the SkyRide aerial attraction, the first IMAX Theatre at sea, the RedFrog Pub & Brewery that includes the line’s first on-board brewery and the fleet’s largest water park highlighted by the 455-foot-long Kaleid-o-Slide.

Carnival has also expanded upon its exclusive partnerships with Food Network star Guy Fieri with plans to roll out the new Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse on several ships and Dr. Seuss Enterprises, serving as the Official Seagoing Headquarters for The Cat in the Hat’s presidential campaign, part of the fleetwide Seuss at Sea program.

Carnival is also a major supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, raising more than $10 million for the hospital since launching its Care to Play: Carnival for St. Jude Kids program in 2010. As part of its Honor. Family. Fun. program honoring Operation Homefront, an organization that assists military families, Carnival will be hosting an exclusive shipboard concert for military families by seven-time Grammy Award-winning country music superstar Carrie Underwood aboard the new Carnival Vista when it makes its U.S. arrival in November.

The Carnival Journeys enrichment series is also expanding with more than 20 voyages visiting spectacular ports throughout Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and other destinations.

A full list of Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands is available at www.rd.com/trust

Posted: September 20th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Azamara Club Cruises World Wildlife Fund Speaker Series Announced

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Cruise Line Helps Global Conservation Organization Protect and Conserve the Ocean

September 16, 2016 – Azamara Club Cruises is teaming up with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as part of its parent company’s commitment to help protect and conserve one of the world’s most precious resources – the ocean. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL) is unified in the mission to reduce its environmental footprint, further ocean conservation, help marine life thrive and engage the global community to raise awareness about the importance of marine and environmental conservation. Azamara will be hosting an onboard World Wildlife Fund Guest Speaker Series and will also be selling plush on board based on the organization’s iconic panda with 100% of the net proceeds going to support WWF’s global oceans conservation work.

The Series kicked off in June, with WWF’s Dr. Nikhil Advani, a Senior Climate Change Adaption Expert, joining Azamara Journey and speaking with guests about the impact of climate change. The Series will include leading experts covering a range of topics and providing guests with insight into nature’s value to people, business, governments, and biodiversity, wildlife and marine conservation, and food waste and sustainable agriculture. Each WWF expert will share stories of the places and species WWF serves to protect, and the people whose lives the organization serves to improve.

World Wildlife Fund Speaker Series guests will include:

Nilanga Jayasinghe, Program Officer, Wildlife Conservation – Jayasinghe’s focus on Asian species conversation, particularly elephants, rhinos, tigers and snow leopards. She is part of the WWF’s core team working on wildlife conservation.

Cassie O’Connor, Manager, Foundation Relations – O’Connor works with the foundation to staff to provide support to conservation projects throughout the world.

Pete Pearson, Director of Food Waste – Pearson works on food waste prevention and food recovery, helping businesses understand the intersection of agriculture and wildlife conservation. For almost a decade, he has worked as a change agent within various businesses and non-profits on regenerative agriculture, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Dr. Sybille Klenzendorf, Senior Biologist, Wildlife Conservation – Dr. Klenzendorf leads wildlife conflict mitigation and Arctic species conservation issues for the WWF network.

Michael Osmond, Senior Program Officer – Osmond works on fisheries improvement projects, fisheries technology innovations and bycatch reduction efforts across World Wildlife Fund and manages a collaborative program that brings together the fishing industry, research institutes, universities and governments to inspire and reward practical, innovative fishing gear designs that reduce bycatch.

Nicky Sundt, Consultant on Energy and Climate Change Issues- Sundt has more than 35 years of experience in government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. He most recently served as WWF’s director of Climate Science and Policy Integration, having previously worked as WWF’s director of Climate Communications.

“We created a World Wildlife Fund Speaker Series as part of Royal Caribbean LTD’s broad partnership because our team and our guests seek out opportunities to learn through experience. Hosting these experts onboard to conduct educational sessions on our ships about ocean conservation while at sea allows our team and guests to be deeper connected to and engaged in the cause,” says Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. “As we sail from port to port, it’s imperative to appreciate the bodies of water that make our travel possible and protect the ocean life that inhabit them. This partnership will be a meaningful one for our guests and all employees here at Azamara.”
“To conserve and sustain our oceans requires first that we understand them and the threats they face,” says Brad Ack, Senior Vice President, Oceans at WWF. “As we work with RCL’s family of brands on committing to and achieving measurable sustainability targets, we hope to engage and inspire passengers to participate actively in ensuring the long term health of our planet’s oceans.”

For more information about the partnership and to learn about Azamara and RCL’s 2020 sustainability targets, visit https://www.azamaraclubcruises.com/why-azamara/world-wildlife-fund.

Posted: September 16th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Norwegian Jewel Retrofitted with Gas Scrubber Technology

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New technology will reduce emissions and further company’s commitment to green systems and technology

September 13, 2016 – In conjunction with its Eco-Smart Cruising program, Norwegian announced today the successful completion of the retrofitting of a new Exhaust Gas Scrubber system on Norwegian Jewel, aimed at significantly reducing air emissions and the ship’s environmental footprint.

Norwegian Cruise Line is the first cruise line to retrofit a vessel while it is in service with an Exhaust Gas Scrubber Hybrid system. Norwegian Jewel’s new lightweight in-line scrubbers are a hybrid technology developed by Yara Marine Technologies that are able to operate in Dry mode, Open loop and Closed loop. Five scrubbers were installed, one per engine, covering the whole propulsion system. Collectively, they are capable of reducing the emission of sulfur to air up to 99 percent and also reduce 85 percent particulate emission to the air.

Norwegian Jewel’s new technology will reduce the equivalent of approximately 1,500 tons of Sulfur Oxide, SOx, gas in the years to come as a result of this new technology. A two year project, Norwegian Jewel’s retrofitting began in spring 2014 and featured more than 100,000 man hours between numerous partner organizations to be completed.

Norwegian is the first cruise line to install scrubbers with a state-of-the-art water membranes filtration unit. This sophisticated water cleaning system uses Ultrafiltration technology to clean the recirculated water during the closed loop operation down to clear water. The by-product is collected and removed in drums.

Norwegian currently has three of ships outfitted with Gas Scrubbers technology, with Norwegian Jewel joining Norwegian Escape and Pride of America. Norwegian Cruise Line is on track to meet its MARPOL Annex VI compliance goal of reducing its global sulfur cap from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent by 2020. Furthering Norwegian’s commitment to Eco-Smart Cruising, Norwegian Jewel’s sister ships, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Gem, will complete their scrubber commissioning within the coming weeks with Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Sun scheduled for retrofitting in the first and second quarter of 2017, respectively.

Posted: September 13th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Harmony Of The Seas Godmother Will Be A Mentor/Teacher From South Florida

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Search is on for an Inspirational Woman Making a Positive Impact on Area Youth

September 7, 2016 –
The world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, may boast seven distinct neighborhoods, unparalleled dining and entertainment, and thrilling features like the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, but there is one thing she is missing… her godmother. Harmony of the Seas will make her U.S. debut this November when she arrives into her new homeport of Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., introducing a new era of vacationing that will thrill guests of all ages. To celebrate, the South Florida-based cruise line is partnering with South Florida ABC affiliate Local 10 to look in their own backyard for a woman who is inspiring the next generation to dream big, think differently and challenge the status quo, and has launched a contest to honor this hometown hero by naming her godmother of Harmony of the Seas.

South Florida residents are encouraged to visit www.local10.com/godmother and nominate a mentor, educator or teacher whose passion for education and a better tomorrow inspires students to make a positive impact on the world. The winner will not only be honored as godmother of Harmony of the Seas during the ship’s official naming ceremony on November 10, 2016, but a $25,000 grant will also be awarded to her school or non-profit organization to fund education initiatives that will further her mission to inspire South Florida’s youth. In addition, the godmother will have the opportunity to host a “field trip” for those whose lives she has influenced to be her guests at the Harmony of the Seas naming ceremony, and will set sail later that evening with three guests on a two-night pre-inaugural cruise. She will also receive a future seven-night cruise for two onboard the ship. The contest is open to volunteers, full- and part-time employees at of a school or educational organization in Miami-Dade County, Broward County or Palm Beach County. Self-nominations are also accepted. Nominees must be legal residents of Florida and 21 years of age or older at time of nomination and nominators must be 13 years of age or older as of date of entry. Official Rules can be read by visiting www.local10.com/godmother. The Entry Period for nominations ends on September 23, 2016.

A maritime tradition and honor historically reserved for heads of state, politicians and celebrities, godmothers not only break a bottle to christen a ship, but also serve as guiding spirits to its guests and crew. Royal Caribbean looks to capture the essence of the role by choosing women whose life lessons and achievements illustrate the kind of courage, dedication and determination that are an inspiration to all. For more information on the maritime tradition of ship godmothers, visit www.royalhometownhero.com.

Harmony of the Seas will arrive at her homeport of Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in November 2016, 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, homeported in Port Canaveral and Port Everglades respectively, on the east coast of Florida.

Posted: September 7th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Holland America Line to Add Seventh Ship to 2017 Alaska Season

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ms Oosterdam to sail from Seattle in a season that features 135 Alaska Cruises

September 7, 2016 –
To support the increasing demand for Alaska summer cruises, Holland America Line is redeploying ms Oosterdam for the 2017 summer season. The addition brings the number of Holland America Line ships to seven in the region, with Oosterdam joining ms Amsterdam, ms Eurodam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Noordam, ms Volendam, and ms Zaandam for a total of 135 Alaska departures, more than any other cruise line.

Seven is the lucky number in 2017, as the company will celebrate its 70th year exploring Alaska. New in 2017, Eurodam will replace ms Westerdam sailing from Seattle. The addition of another Signature Class ship means more new restaurants and venues will be available for guests to enjoy on Alaska sailings.

Holland America Line will now offer 126 seven-day cruises and nine 14-day “Great Alaskan Explorer” sailings that begin in late April and run through late September. Highlights include 46 seven-day cruises roundtrip from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Nieuw Amsterdam, Volendam, Noordam and Zaandam. In addition, Noordam and Zaandam each will sail 18 one-way alternating north-south seven-day cruises between Vancouver and Seward, Alaska.

Oosterdam is slated to sail 21 seven-day cruises roundtrip from Seattle, Washington, from April through September. Eurodam will depart Seattle on 22 roundtrip seven-day cruises, while Amsterdam is scheduled to sail one seven-day itinerary from Seattle followed by nine 14-day Great Alaskan Explorer voyages.

ms Oosterdam At Hubbard Glacier


Oosterdam’s seven-day roundtrip Seattle itineraries will call at Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan, Alaska; and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Guests on board will enjoy scenic cruising in Puget Sound upon departing Seattle, as well as in Stephens Passage and Hubbard Glacier in Alaska.

Every itinerary is highlighted by scenic cruising of Alaska’s Inside Passage and one or more of Alaska’s famous glaciers and fjords. Whether it’s from a private verandah or out on deck, guests are in for a memorable view of Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier, Tracy Arm and/or the twin Sawyer Glaciers.

Great Alaskan Explorer Cruises Offer Unique Alaska Ports of Call
Departing on nine Great Alaskan Explorer-branded sailings, Amsterdam replaces ms Maasdam in 2017 on this exciting route that includes unique highlights such as calls at Anchorage, Icy Strait Point, Homer, Kodiak and Hubbard Glacier.

Guests Departing from Seattle Have a Choice of Glaciers
All Seattle departures include calls at Sitka; Ketchikan; Juneau; and Victoria, B.C., and guests choose between either Glacier Bay or Hubbard Glacier for their epic glacier experience. All Glacier Bay itineraries include park ranger and Huna native speaker presentations. This classic cruise maximizes the best of what Alaska has to offer and enables guests to enjoy some of the finest scenic cruising in the world.

Holland America Line Celebrates 70 Years as First in Alaska in 2017
In 2017 Holland America Line will celebrate 70 years of exploring Alaska. It all began in 1947 with a simple, spontaneous tour in Fairbanks and has grown into Holland America Line’s Alaska Land+Sea Journeys that the company features today. The anniversary will be marked with special celebrations throughout the year that will be announced at a later date.

Land+Sea Journeys Combine an Alaska Cruise with Overland Exploration
Holland America Line’s award-winning Land+Sea Journeys combine a three-, four- or seven-day Inside Passage or Glacier Discovery cruise with in-depth overland tours to the Yukon and Alaska’s interior. Holland America Line is the only cruise company to weave must-see sites such as Denali National Park — the centerpiece of every Land+Sea Journey — with seldom-seen ones such as Dawson City, in the heart of Klondike Gold Rush Country. Offering up to three days at Denali National Park for wildlife viewing and spectacular scenery, Land+Sea Journeys are designed to highlight the best of Alaska’s wilderness, wildlife, native culture and history.

Eurodam and Oosterdam Enhancements
Both Eurodam and Oosterdam recently have added Gallery Bar, a chic new venue that replaces Northern Lights; Lincoln Center Stage, in partnership with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Billboard Onboard, in partnership with Billboard; and extensive new suite enhancements featuring new furniture, soft goods and entertainment systems as well as a full makeover in the bathrooms.

Posted: September 7th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Orders Two 180,000 Ton LNG-powered Ships

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September 6, 2016 –
As part of a new multi-ship order announced today by Carnival Corporation & plc, Carnival Cruise Line is scheduled to take delivery of two new 180,000 gross-registered-ton cruise ships in 2020 and 2022 which will be the largest in the fleet. Both ships will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) under Carnival Corporations’s exclusive “green cruising” design and will mark the first time an LNG-powered cruise ship is based in North America.

The two ships, with an approximate passenger capacity of 5,200 based on double occupancy, are being constructed by Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku at the company’s Turku, Finland shipyard. The agreement represents a return to shipbuilding in Finland for Carnival Cruise Line for the first time in 12 years. The company has 12 ships in its current fleet that were constructed in Finland, including its eight Fantasy-class ships and four Spirit-class ships.

Specific design details and itinerary information for the new ships will be announced at a later time.

In addition to the two new ships announced today, the 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon is under construction in Italy and set to debut in 2018.

The Memorandum of Agreement announced today with Meyer Turku is subject to several conditions, including satisfactory financing.

Posted: September 6th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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