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Carnival To Reposition Three Ships in Key Homeports in 2018

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Carnival Vista to reposition to Galveston, Carnival Breeze to Port Canaveral and Carnival Magic to Miami in September 2018

January 12, 2017 — Carnival Cruise Line will reposition three of its newest and largest ships to new homeports in 2018, expanding upon the exciting variety of cruise options available from Galveston, Port Canaveral, and Miami.

In September 2018 Carnival Vista will move to Galveston; Carnival Breeze will reposition to Port Canaveral; and Carnival Magic will shift to Miami.

Carnival Vista to Offer Two Week-Long Caribbean Itineraries from Galveston

Beginning Sept. 23, 2018, the newest ship in Carnival’s fleet, the 133,500-ton Carnival Vista, will begin sailing from Galveston and offer two different seven-day western Caribbean itineraries departing every Sunday. The first itinerary includes calls at Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, while the other features visits to Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan), Belize, and Cozumel.

Carnival Breeze to Offer Seven-Day Cruises Year-Round from Port Canaveral

Carnival Breeze will kick off its new Port Canaveral-based program with a one-time six-day cruise to Nassau; Amber Cove (Dominican Republic); and Grand Turk on Sept. 30, 2018, followed by the start of year-round alternating eastern and western Caribbean cruises beginning Oct. 6, 2018. Those voyages will depart every Saturday with eastern Caribbean itineraries calling at Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk. Western Caribbean voyages will feature Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay and Costa Maya, part of Carnival’s exclusive Cozumel Plus itineraries offering extended stays in Cozumel and a variety of unique and interesting shore excursions on the island and on the Mexican mainland.

Longer Length Carnival Journeys Cruises on Carnival Breeze

For guests who desire a longer length experience, Carnival Breeze will operate two Carnival Journeys cruises. On Sept. 16, 2018, as the ship repositions from Galveston to Port Canaveral, it will operate a 14-day Carnival Journeys cruise calling at Grand Cayman, Aruba, Curaçao, Grenada, Barbados, Dominica and St. Maarten.

Another 14-day Carnival Journeys cruise operating round-trip from Port Canaveral Saturday, Nov. 3-17, 2018, includes stops at eight Caribbean destinations including St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, St. Maarten, Tortola, and San Juan.

Carnival Magic to Offer Seven-Day Caribbean Cruises from Miami

Carnival Magic will launch a year-round schedule of seven-day alternating eastern and western Caribbean cruises departing Sundays from PortMiami beginning Sept. 30, 2018. Eastern Caribbean cruises will call at Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk. Western Caribbean sailings will feature Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay, Belize and Cozumel.

Carnival Magic will also offer a special seven-day Cozumel Plus holiday cruise departing Miami Dec. 23, 2018, and calling at Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay and Grand Cayman.

Reservations are currently being accepted for all of these new Carnival cruise offerings.

Posted: January 12th, 2017 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Ships To Visit Princess Cays Beginning May 2017

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January 10, 2017 – The private Bahamian destination of Princess Cays has been added to the itineraries of six different Carnival Cruise Line ships beginning in May 2017. Carnival Cruise Line ships are expected to make 40 calls to Princess Cays in 2017 and 98 the following year.

Located on the southern tip of the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas and operated by Carnival’s sister company Princess Cruises. The facility includes a 40-acre complex highlighted by an observation tower offering panoramic views of the island, along with bars, restaurants and retail shops with local crafts, souvenirs and artwork. A complimentary barbeque lunch service featuring an array of choices is also offered. Princess Cays is connected by a series of paved paths that lead to palm tree-dotted beaches where clamshells and private bungalows are available for rent. A variety of shore excursions – from dune buggy adventures and glass bottom boat tours to paddle boarding, windsurfing and kayaking – are also available.

Various operational enhancements, including the addition of larger, more efficient tenders to facilitate getting guests ashore quickly and comfortably, are currently underway.

Princess Cays will be featured on the following Carnival itineraries in 2017:

select seven-day cruises aboard Carnival Pride from Baltimore

five-day voyages aboard Carnival Ecstasy from Charleston

eight-day sailings on Carnival Conquest from Fort Lauderdale

five-day voyages on Carnival Elation from Jacksonville

four- day voyages aboard Carnival Liberty from Port Canaveral

four-day cruises aboard Carnival Sensation from Miami

Princess Cays is one of several private destinations and cruise facilities operated by Carnival Corporation. Others include Half Moon Cay (Bahamas), Grand Turk (Turks & Caicos), Puerta Maya (Cozumel), Mahogany Bay (Roatan) and Amber Cove (Dominican Republic).

Posted: January 10th, 2017 under Cruise Ship News.
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Princess Cruises Unveils Newly Reimagined Youth & Teen Centers

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January 10, 2016 – Princess Cruises, in partnership with Discovery Consumer Products, the licensing arm of Discovery Communications™, announced plans to expand its Discovery at Sea partnership with reimagined youth centers, including new experiences and center designs. This multi-million investment is currently rolling out fleet-wide through 2018, with program implementation taking place in early 2017 and new center designs planned for installation during scheduled ship renovations. Grand Princess is the first ship that will offer the revamped facilities and programs.

Camp Discovery


Camp Discovery for cruisers ages 3-12, includes:

The Treehouse, ages 3-7 (formerly Pelicans): A bright, whimsical forest and animal-themed center including captivating creatures and hands-on activities for kids to focus on play time, creativity and the world around them.

The Lodge, ages 8-12 (formerly Shockwaves): Inspired by the great outdoors, this cozy center is filled with sports activities and fun places for kids to explore, hang out and lounge.

The Beach House, for ages 13-17: (formerly Remix) offers a contemporary surf-themed lounge, featuring a cool place for teens to hang out and socialize.

New youth and teen center programming includes MythBusters science activities with three hands-on challenges, featuring show star, Tory Belleci. In addition, new Camp Discovery destination-themed programs focusing on the Caribbean, Alaska and Europe will immerse young cruisers into the culture, nature and customs of these regions.

A framework of current and brand new children’s programming (ages 3-12) are bundled under Camp Discovery categories. Core experiences include:

Play – indoor and outdoor gaming, sports and physical activities:

Shark Hunters: Investigate mysterious Caribbean sharks on an interactive scavenger hung
Alaskan Explorers:> Hunt for clues to the connections between Alaska’s animals and people
Try your skills on PlayStation®, Nintendo Wii™, XBOX Kinect consoles, board games, air hockey and ping-pong
Join dance classes and engage in friendly competitions
Enjoy sports including basketball, mini golf, yoga and miniature Olympics

Discover – places, animals and hands-on experiments:
MythBusters Science Activities: Try three hands-on challenges, featuring Tori Belleci from the show
Survive Alaska: Invent tools to survive the harsh environment of The Great Land
Animal Planet uncovers ferocious secrets in Shark Attack, and learn squid anatomy in Just Squiddin’ Around
Learn the science of magic or become an engineer for a day with programs from the California Science Center, home of the Endeavour space shuttle
Inspire a love of nature from the regions we sail with Animal Planet Endangered Species activities and our Glacier Bay Jr. Ranger program

Huddle – fun interactions with peers:
Extreme Sea Carnival: Caribbean music, dance, trivia and crafts light up the night for the whole family
Wild Alaska Festival: Celebrate Alaskan nature at this family theme night
Discovery at Sea™ theme days with activities inspired by Shark Week and Animal Planet
Talent shows showcase singing, dancing, musical skills and jokes
Theme nights: Include Pirate Night, with eye patch making, tattoos and a treasure hunt; Mexican Fiesta with music, Spanish lessons, traditional dances and costume making; Challenge Night with puzzle, riddle and physical challenges

Create – arts, crafts, science exploration:
Make Animal Planet puppets, masks and paintings inspired by regional wildlife
Create a solar system or build a “stomp rocket,” inspired by Science Channel
The Greatest Catch: Design your own invention to help you explore the ocean
Compete: Join the Klutz® paper airplane challenge or Lego® boat-building contest
JrChef@Sea: Learn cake decorating and enjoy the results with your family
Klutz art projects: Craft bracelets, velvet art, jewelry and more

For The Beach House teen activities include:
Rock the Boat Party: It’s the occasion to dress up, stroll down the red carpet and flash your VIP badge, then enjoy an evening of mocktails, awards and celebrating your friends
Movies: Get your scream on at Scary Movie Night or catch some recent hits at Late Night Movies.

Teen makeovers and glitter tattoos
Dance Classes: Perfect your moves with guidance from one of our crew dancers, then show what you’ve got at dance competitions and parties
Competitions: Give your skills a workout in our video game tournaments. Or play to win in air hockey, foosball and ping pong tables
In addition, fun for the whole family can be enjoyed through a family fair in the Piazza featuring carnival-like booths and activities, family trivia, Stargazing with Discovery at Sea, family game night and new soon-to-be announced family-themed programs.

Following Grand Princess, the next ships to receive newly renovated youth centers include Caribbean Princess (March) and Regal Princess (April), Sea Princess (October) and Island Princess (November). Find the full rollout schedule at princess.com/family.

Posted: January 10th, 2017 under Cruise Ship News.
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American Cruise Lines Announces 2017 Pre-Cruise Inclusions

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January 10, 2017 – American Cruise Lines is offering attractive cruise inclusions aboard their new small cruise ships and paddlewheelers.

The line is offering all guests traveling on the Mississippi River and Columbia River a complimentary pre-cruise package which includes a premium hotel stay and transportation to the ship.

Mississippi cruises that depart from New Orleans have several complimentary hotels to choose from including the Omni Riverfront and the Intercontinental St. Charles which are ideally located downtown, near the ship and French Quarter. Guests can arrive a day before the cruise and enjoy all the area has to offer then meet our transportation the next morning for a seamless boarding process. Similar packages are offered in Memphis, St. Louis, St. Paul, Nashville and Pittsburgh.

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Guests on the Columbia and Snake Rivers cruises receive a complimentary pre-cruise stay in Clarkston, WA, but also have the option to purchase an enhanced package which includes 2 hotel nights in Clarkston (including one complimentary night) and a jetboat tour of Hells Canyon. At the complimentary hotel, guests can wake up on the morning of the cruise and view the ship from their window.

“The complimentary pre-cruise packages which started as a short term promotion in 2016 have been so well received that they have been extended all the way through the 2017 schedule,” says Kallie Biggs, Travel Agent Market Manager. “Additional packages are being planned, including one in the Boston area.”

American Cruise Line is offering the pre-cruise packages, as well as additional complimentary excursions, in an effort to create a more inclusive experience for guests in 2017.

To learn more about American Cruise Lines, visit http://americancruiselines.com/home or call 800-814- 6880.

Posted: January 10th, 2017 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean Offering Many New Itineraries in 2017

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January 6, 2017 – In 2017 Royal Caribbean will be offering several new itinerary options.

Empress of the Seas will homeport in Tampa for the 2017 summer season – the cruise line’s first-ever summer program from the destination – offering a series of 4- and 5-night sailings, including port calls in Cuba.

For Alaska cruises and cruisetours, Explorer of the Seas will sail roundtrip from Seattle, and Radiance of the Seas will sail from Vancouver, BC to Seward, AK and then from Seward, AK to Vancouver, BC.

Freedom of the Seas will host guests on seven-night sailings through the Western Mediterranean, while Brilliance of the Seas will navigate eight European destinations with a 12-night itinerary, both departing from Barcelona, Spain.

Independence of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas will sail the Mediterranean and the Spanish Canary Islands from Southampton, England with itineraries that extend from 7 to 14 nights.

Serenade of the Seas and Vision of the Seas will head to northern Europe with a checklist of ports that includes Copenhagen, Denmark, home to the 100 year old Tivoli Gardens amusement park.

Adventure of the Seas will sail from Puerto Rico to the most sought-after Southern Caribbean islands on 7-night itineraries, and Liberty of the Seas ̶ Galveston, Texas’ biggest, most adventure-packed ship ever ̶ will remain in the Lone Star state in 2017, offering a variety of 7-night escapes to the Western Caribbean.

Posted: January 6th, 2017 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean 2017 Wave Season Promotion

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January 6, 2015 – Royal Caribbean has announced great savings during the Wave Season promotion, which is for new bookings made between now and January 31, 2017. So you need to act fast to get one of these hot deals.

The promotion includes:

·30% off a standard cruise fare for all guests in a stateroom

·50% reduced deposits

Also get up to $150 instant savings per stateroom based on category and cruise length as follows:

5 Nights or Less:
-Interior/Oceanview: $25 off per stateroom
-Balcony/Suite: $50 off per stateroom

6 Nights or More:
-Interior/Oceanview: $50 off per stateroom
-Balcony: $100 off per stateroom
-Deluxe: $150 off per stateroom

Offer is only valid for travel on or after February 4, 2017 and excludes all China departures.

Posted: January 6th, 2017 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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American Cruise Lines’ Give-Back Program Raises $14,000 For Connecticut Food Bank

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January 4, 2017 – American Cruise Lines has raised $14,000 for the Connecticut Food Bank with its Holiday Give-Back Program.

American Cruise Lines continues to support the Connecticut Food Bank through its Give-Back program by donating $50 for each ticket sold on select holiday cruises, which include:

Mississippi River 7-night cruise – Offered aboard the Queen of the Mississippi
Historic South & Golden Isles 7-night cruise – Offered aboard the Independence
Great Rivers of Florida 7-night cruise – Offered aboard the American Glory

Since the Give-Back Program began in 2013, American Cruise Lines and its ability to contribute to the community have grown. This year, American Cruise Lines has surpassed the previous year’s donation of $10,500.

Susan Shultz, Director of Sales, presented the Connecticut Food Bank with the donation on behalf of American Cruise Lines at the Food Bank’s distribution center in Wallingford, CT. “There is nothing as rewarding as giving back to the local community and helping those in need,” says Shultz. “It’s our goal to continue to share our successes with the Connecticut Food Bank in the coming years.”

Connecticut Food Bank CEO Bernie Beaudreau said the donation from American Cruise Lines would support critically needed food for hungry families in Connecticut. “This generous donation will provide enough food for 28,000 meals. We are grateful for the generosity of American Cruise Lines, given in recognition of their travelers, who shared the bounty of their holiday with Connecticut families in need.”

Posted: January 6th, 2017 under Cruise Ship News.
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Princess Cruises to Debut Ocean Medallion Class

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January 5, 2017 – Princess Cruises will be the first Carnival Corporation brand to feature the Ocean Medallion™, a wearable device powered by a first-of-its-kind interactive technology platform within the O·C·E·A·N, One Cruise Experience Access Network. The Ocean Medallion enables a new level of personalization that delivers an enhanced guest experience previously not available in the global vacation industry.

Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald unveiled the Ocean Medallion today during his opening keynote at CES 2017, the world’s largest consumer technology trade show. The Ocean Medallion is the only accessory needed to elevate the guest experience on cruises. Ocean Medallion Class™ will be available November 13, 2017, onboard Regal Princess, followed by Royal Princess and Caribbean Princess in early 2018.

Ocean Medallion Class


Medallion Class makes Ocean Vacations more personal, immersive, simple and seamless than previously considered possible. At the heart of this personalized experience is the Ocean Medallion, which enables endless vacation possibilities. The Ocean Medallion has no discernible technology – no on-off switch, no charging, no menu to navigate – and can be worn as a pendant on a wristband in a clip or simply placed in a pocket to reveal enhanced services and personalized experiences without guests having to push a button or take any action. The pre-cruise engage will allow guests to provide preferences that detail their wants, needs and desires so that their onboard experience can be personalized.

Pairing with the Ocean Medallion is the Ocean Compass™ (for both guests and crew). The Ocean Compass is a personal digital experience concierge accessible by all guests using interactive displays throughout the ship, on stateroom TVs or via guests’ own mobile devices. For example, guests can find their way to venues around the ship; make reservations at the Lotus Spa, specialty dining restaurant and shore excursions; arrange celebrations; view photographs; learn about the destinations they will visit and activities at each port of call and more. The Ocean Compass via Ocean Concierge will invite guests to experiences based on their individual needs, wants and desires.

Some of the initial service innovations include:

Ocean Ready: The Ocean Medallion expedites embarkation as required information is added to the guest profile at home.

Stateroom Access: The Ocean Medallion will also unlock a guest’s stateroom door – replacing the key card and its sign and sail functions.

HERE and NOW™: Guests can place dining orders and have them delivered to their current location. For example, by using the Ocean Compass guests can order select food and beverages from a lounge chair and not miss a moment of Movies Under The Stars.

THERE and THEN™: Guests can place a beverage order and have it delivered to where they plan to be at a designated time. For example, guests wanting to enjoy a glass of wine at the theater can place an order prior to the show and it will be delivered to them at their seat.

Crew at Your Service: With the OCEAN Medallion, from the moment you embark, your experiences will be curated in alignment with your preferences allowing the crew to assist at all times. For example, a room attendant or bartender will have the ability to assist a guest with booking Lotus Spa services or specialty dining reservations.

Ocean Navigate: Accessed through the Ocean Compass, guests can learn the whereabouts of their family as they enjoy activities throughout the ship and be guided seamlessly in finding their way around the ship. Friends and family will also be able to easily communicate with each other through seamless messaging service.

Enter For Chance Of Free Cruise
More announcements surrounding innovations and enhancements from Medallion Class Ocean Vacations will be announced in the months leading up to the first sailing on Regal Princess. In the meantime, Princess is offering a contest for a free Medallion Class cruise aboard Regal Princess. You can sign up for it here.

Posted: January 5th, 2017 under Cruise Ship News.
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Norwegian Cruise Line Promo For Up To 5 Free Offers PLUS Up To $500 Onboard Credit

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Promo Ends January 6, 2017!

January 3, 2017 – Norwegian Cruise Line is kicking off 2017 with an offer of a bonus onboard credit of up to $500** in addition to the Free at Sea promotion that now includes an option to select free shore excursion credits in unlimited ports of call. From now through January 6, 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 mini-suite category stateroom† will receive up to $140 in onboard credit and can select their preference of two free choices from five onboard amenity offers*, including free unlimited open bar, free Specialty Dining package, $50 towards shore excursions in each port per stateroom, a free 250 minute WiFi package, or Norwegian’s Kids Sail Free offer that allows third and fourth guests, whether they are kids or kids at heart, to sail for free on more than 350 cruise departure dates. Inside staterooms, as well as Norwegian’s Studio staterooms for solo travelers, can choose one free offer plus up to $50 in onboard spending money. Guests who book a sailing in a suite or The Haven by Norwegian® will enjoy all five free amenities, plus up to $500 to spend onboard, providing up to $3,300 in added value to their cruise.

Those looking at a cruise among the Hawaiian Islands can do so on a on a one-of-a-kind cruise vacation aboard the recently renovated Pride of America, the only ship to sail roundtrip from Honolulu year-round and who also has her own exclusive Free at Sea offer^ plus free onboard spending money. Guests who book a new seven-day inter-island Hawaii cruise now through January 16 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, free $50 per port shore excursion credit per stateroom, or Norwegian’s Kids Sail Free, where the third and fourth guests in each stateroom sail for free on select dates. Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America will receive all five offers†.

You’ll need to act fast as this deal ends this Friday. Contact your travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

The Fine Print:

†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. Friends & Family sail free applicable only on select sail dates.

*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. $50 USD per port shore excursion credit is per stateroom and is applicable for each port; it is not transferable to other ports. Overnight stays count as one port, except Bermuda sailings which can receive up to 3 individual days of shore excursion credit. Wifi package offers one login per stateroom. On Norwegian Breakaway, stateroom receives an internet package of 250 minutes or 1000 MB of data.

**Onboard credit depends on stateroom category booked: Studio: $25; Inside: $50; Oceaniview: $60; Balcony: $100; Minisuite: $140; Haven & Suites: $300 or $500, depending on category

^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: January 3rd, 2017 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Norwegian Cruise Line Opens Sales for Cuba Cruises

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4-night cruises from Miami to Cuba in May 2017 on Norwegian Sky, w/overnight in Havana

December 21, 2016 – Norwegian Cruise Line today opened for sale the line’s 2017 cruises to Cuba aboard Norwegian Sky, which will be the largest vessel sailing to Cuba. The itinerary includes an overnight stay in Havana.

Norwegian Sky will sail a series of five 4-night cruises from Miami to Cuba in May 2017 that will include an overnight in the capital of Havana. On Monday, May 1, Norwegian Sky will set sail for her first voyage to Havana, arriving on Tuesday morning and staying until Wednesday evening. Norwegian will offer OFAC-compliant shore excursions, where guests aboard Norwegian Sky will have the opportunity to visit historical sites such as Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; view incredible art and listen to the vibrant local music scene; and visit with Cuba’s warm and friendly residents through people-to-people exchanges.

The ship will continue on to call on Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island destination in the Bahamas that was recently enhanced with many upgrades to the resort, with additional features to be added through summer 2017.

Norwegian Sky also features unlimited complimentary beverages as a part of the ship’s all-inclusive program. Additional Cuba cruise departure dates are May 8, 15, 22 and 29. The four-day cruises begin at $699 per person.

For additional information or to book a cruise to Cuba on Norwegian, as well as documentation requirements, Frequently Asked Questions and more, please visit www.ncl.com/cruises-to/cuba-cruises

Posted: December 20th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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