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Norwegian Gem now outfitted with O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill and Sugarcane Mojito Bar

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November 25, 2014 – As part of its Norwegian NEXT program, Norwegian Cruise Line today announced that Norwegian Gem now features popular guest eatery O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill. First introduced on Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Gem is the second ship in her class to be outfitted with the 24-hour complimentary casual dining venue, which captures the friendly atmosphere of a neighborhood Irish pub and serves comfort food such as fish and chips and chicken pot pie.

In addition, specialty dining restaurant Moderno Churrascaria – Norwegian’s popular Brazilian-style steakhouse — was relocated to a more intimate setting on Deck 13. Sugarcane Mojito Bar, first introduced on Norwegian Getaway, was added adjacent to the new restaurant and features handcrafted mojitos in a tropical setting.
 Norwegian Gem now outfitted with O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill and Sugarcane Mojito Bar
Norwegian Gem sails numerous sought-after itineraries year-round from her homeport of New York. Her nine, 10, and 11-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries are a winter escape for New Yorkers from now through April 15, 2015, exploring some of the Caribbean’s favorites including San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Beginning April 24, 2015 through September 5, 2015, Norwegian Gem sails seven-day Bahamas and Florida cruises.

Posted: November 25th, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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Princess Offers Up To 50% Off and $1 Deposits On Short Cruises

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November 25, 2014 – Princess Cruises is taking part in the Thanksgiving weekend Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale traditions by offering unprecedented Getaway cruise savings with the Thanksgiving Cyber Week Sale.

Guests can save up to 50% off short cruise Getaways and weekend cruise vacations and bring along their friends and family with third and fourth guests as low as $50 per person. In addition to low fares, guests can book their stateroom with deposits of only $1 per person for getaway cruises shorter than five days.

Examples of Getaway cruise deals during the Thanksgiving Cyber Week sale include:

Eastern Caribbean Getaway cruise — 4 and 5 days: $229 interior (was $449); $349 balcony (was $699)

Western Caribbean Getaway cruise — 4 and 5 days: $229 interior (was $449); $349 balcony (was $699)

West Coast Getaway cruise — 3 days: $179 interior (was $299); $299 balcony (was $499)

West Coast Getaway cruise — 4 days: $229 interior (was $399); $349 balcony (was $649)

More information about the Thanksgiving Cyber Week Sale can be found at princess.com/sale.

Additional cruise deals can be found at princess.com/topcruisedeals.

All cruise prices are per person based on double occupancy and deposits made under this promotion are nonrefundable and nontransferable. The “Thanksgiving Cyber Week Sale” begins at 12:01 a.m. PST on November 25 and runs through 11:59 p.m. PST on December 4, 2014 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Posted: November 25th, 2014 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Norwegian Buys Ocean Princess For It’s Newly Acquired Oceania Cruises Brand

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November 25, 2014 – Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd today announced a definitive agreement with Princess Cruises to purchase Ocean Princess for its newly acquired Oceania Cruises brand. The 684-passenger ship joins Oceania Cruises’ trio of award-winning sister ships Insignia, Regatta and Nautica. The new addition will be named Sirena.

Upon delivery in March 2016, Sirena will immediately undergo a 35-day, $40 million refurbishment in Marseille, France to elevate the ship to the Oceania Cruises’ standard of elegance. Drawing on the recent transformation of Insignia as inspiration, the ship will feature Oceania Cruises’ renowned specialty dining restaurants, Toscana and Polo Grill, along with more recent additions to the fleet such as Baristas and the cook-to-order grill at Terrace Café. The ship will welcome her first guests in late April 2016.

The addition of Sirena, along with the recently completed refurbishment of Insignia, Nautica and Regatta, demonstrates Oceania Cruises’ unwavering commitment to mid-size ships and destination orientated cruising. With Sirena, Oceania Cruises will expand the number and diversity of destination-rich itineraries offered, appealing to both seasoned world travelers and passionate cruisers.

“The acquisition of Sirena provides measured capacity growth based on the proven platform of Oceania Cruises’ highly regarded mid-size ships,” said Kevin Sheehan, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, parent company of Oceania Cruises. “Our belief in the Oceania Cruises brand and our commitment to its growing base of loyal guests were the rationale behind our decision to bring Sirena into the fleet.”

“The addition of Sirena opens up an entire array of new itinerary options for Oceania Cruises as we think about our deployment strategy,” added Kunal S. Kamlani, president and chief operating officer of Oceania Cruises. “The award-winning guest experience delivered on our ships, coupled with a collection of innovative itineraries that cater to new markets, will combine for an alluring siren song for both our current and future guests.”

The inaugural season for Sirena will be released in late February 2015 with reservations opening on March 4, 2015.

Posted: November 25th, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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Holland America Line’s New ms Koningsdam to Feature New Single and Family Staterooms

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November 25, 2014 — When ms Koningsdam debuts in 2016, the ship will feature Holland America Line’s first-ever purpose-built staterooms for families as well as single staterooms among its 1,331 guest accommodations (total capacity is 2,650). In addition, many familiar stateroom categories such as Neptune, Signature and Vista suites will be available in a wider range of sizes and different configurations to choose from.

The 32 new specially designed family ocean-view staterooms will range from 222 to 231 square feet and feature special amenities such as two bathrooms and accommodations for five people. The 12 single ocean-view cabins will range from 127 to 172 square feet in size and will be available on multiple decks at a variety of forward, mid-ship and aft locations.
 Holland America Line’s New ms Koningsdam to Feature New Single and Family Staterooms

With a sophisticated color palette and the freedom to design from the ground up based on guest feedback, ms Koningsdam’s staterooms and suites feature a host of modern functional details such as bedside USB ports, custom casework and frameless glass shower doors that feel elegant and luxurious.

Additional amenities found in all suites and staterooms include Holland America Line’s signature Mariner’s Dream bed with finely woven cotton linens, plush bathrobes for use during the voyage, a premium massage showerhead, flat-panel TV with video-on-demand, mini fridge, complimentary fresh fruit on request and fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure.

On ms Koningsdam, the “suite life” gets sweeter with larger, more luxurious quarters. A grand Pinnacle Suite is an expansive 1,290 square feet with a bedroom, living room, dining area, dressing room and private verandah with whirlpool. The two Neptune Spa Suites and 43 Neptune Suites range from a generous 465 to a huge 855 square feet. Neptune and Pinnacle Suite guests have access to the exclusive Neptune Lounge, a private place to relax, socialize with other suite guests and enjoy the personalized service of a concierge. The fleetwide lounges provide worktables, a large screen television, library, sofas and chairs, and complimentary refreshments throughout the day.

Pinnacle and Neptune Suite amenities also include corsages and boutonnieres for the first formal night, a cocktail party with the ship’s officers, priority dining and seating requests, binoculars and umbrellas for use during the cruise, a wall-unit bar, cold hors d’oeuvres served before dinner each evening on request and complimentary laundry, pressing and dry cleaning throughout the cruise and more.

The 14 Signature Suites are up to 400 square feet in size and the 104 Vista Suites range from 260 to 356 square feet. Signature and Vista suite guests receive many special amenities, including personalized cruise stationery, oversized bath towels, fresh flowers, a pillow menu, mini bar and one-touch phone concierge service.

“Holland America Line is known in the cruise industry for providing well-appointed staterooms,” said My Nguyen, Holland America Line’s deputy director of interior design. “With ms Koningsdam we enhanced these qualities by including many thoughtful details that improve the functionality of the staterooms. We also adopted a color pallet that takes advantage of texture and quiet color combinations to achieve a feeling of serenity and luxuriousness in each category.”

The ship will have the most staterooms with verandahs in the Holland America Line fleet with 912 total from Verandah to Pinnacle Suite categories. Guests looking to focus on health and wellness during the cruise can book verandah spa accommodations, conveniently located near the Greenhouse Spa & Salon that come with yoga mats for use during the voyage and an iPod docking station.

For guests looking for a more affordable option, the line is offering 266 standard or large interior accommodations up to 225 square feet.

Posted: November 25th, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Corporation Promotional Initiative For Its Nine Brands Offers Prize Of “Yearly Cruise For Life”

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November 24, 2014 — Carnival Corporation & plc has opened its first-ever multi-brand marketing initiative, incorporating all nine of its leading global brands.

As part of the marketing effort, Carnival Corporation will introduce the “World’s Leading Cruise Lines Marketing Challenge” – an interactive crowdsourcing program in which CEO Arnold Donald and celebrity emcee Cedric the Entertainer ask consumers to “join the company’s marketing team” and pick their favorite TV ads from a selection of creative concepts, with the chance for one lucky participant to win a yearly cruise for life.

Carnival Corporation’s newly redesigned World’s Leading Cruise Lines website – WorldsLeadingCruiseLines.com – will serve as the campaign hub. The new site will feature content from each of the company’s nine brands and also house new tools and functionality in support of the campaign.

The goal of the marketing program is to help inspire consumers to consider cruising as one of their top options when planning vacations — and, ultimately, to grow demand for cruising. While cruising continues to grow in worldwide popularity, with nearly 22 million people expected to have taken cruises in 2014, only about 3.3 percent of people in North America in any given year go on a cruise – providing a significant marketing opportunity.

“Across our portfolio of nine brands and more than 100 cruise ships visiting over 700 destinations around the world, Carnival Corporation carries more than 10.5 million guests a year, accounting for one out of every two people who cruise anywhere in the world,” said Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald. “With so many distinctive experiences offered by our industry-leading brands, we truly believe the Carnival family has a cruise for everyone. Our job is to help people understand why cruising is such a great vacation, and to help them find which of our nine cruise brands is the right one for them.”

Donald added: “I’m asking consumers to join our marketing team and weigh in with a vote as well as give us their advice on our upcoming marketing efforts. In return we have an extraordinary giveaway – one lucky person will win a cruise a year for life! So we encourage people to go to WorldsLeadingCruiseLines.com, and check out the advertising concepts. We like all of them but want help in choosing the best one. While on our site, we encourage people to also check out our CRUISE-A-NALITY tool. It’s a fun and easy way to find out which of our cruise brands is the best fit for their personality. Finding the right cruise brand to sail helps make sure people have a good experience, and we are excited that CRUISE-A-NALITY can help do just that.”

Carnival Corporation’s marketing initiative will include the following elements aimed at growing awareness, consideration and demand for cruising among consumers:

The “World’s Leading Cruise Lines Marketing Challenge”: Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald and celebrity emcee Cedric the Entertainer will invite consumers to “join” the Carnival Corporation marketing team and help select creative elements for the marketing initiative. On WorldsLeadingCruiseLines.com Mr. Donald will introduce six distinct advertising concepts and ask consumers to help further shape the stories, as well as vote for which ad concept does the best job of both dispelling misconceptions about cruising and bringing the cruise experience to life.

CRUISE-A-NALITY: One aspect of WorldsLeadingCruiseLines.com allows vacationers to find their “CRUISE-A-NALITY,” which is an interactive tool to help consumers find their individual cruise persona — type of cruiser based on likes and dislikes — from a total of 30 personas. After answering six simple questions, the CRUISE-A-NALITY tool provides consumers with their persona, cruise brand recommendations and links to find more information to begin planning their vacation – with a reminder to contact their travel agent for additional guidance on which cruise is right for them. Once visitors know their CRUISE-A-NALITY, they are encouraged to call their travel agent as well as share their results through their Facebook and Twitter social media channels.

Twitter Contest: Carnival Corporation will kick off the launch of its new Twitter handle, @CarnivalPLC, on November 24 with a contest encouraging consumers to share what they love about cruising. In addition to instant prizes for tweets at 50,000, 150,000, 250,000, 400,000, 500,000 and 750,000, one individual will be selected at random to receive, for themselves and a guest, 100 days of cruising on their choice of Carnival Corporation’s U.S.-based brands to be used at their discretion.

WorldsLeadingCruiseLines.com:
This site – which promotes the company’s nine brands – serves as the hub for both the campaign and an information source on cruising options and experiences on Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn in the U.S.; AIDA Cruises in Germany; Costa Cruises in Italy; and P&O Cruises ( Australia) and P&O Cruises ( United Kingdom). The site will help serve as a continuous communication platform for consumers and travel agents.

All sweepstakes rules and eligibility information will be available at WorldsLeadingCruiseLines.com.

Posted: November 24th, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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Windstar Cruises Gives Thanks with Best of the Tropics Sale

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November 24, 2014 – Starting today, Windstar Cruises is giving thanks with a Best of the Tropics Sale that features up to 73% savings on voyages to Caribbean, Tahiti, and Asia. Guests who book a cruise by December 12, 2014, will enjoy this year’s lowest fares on Windstar’s exotic itineraries departing December 2014 through September 2015. Voyages start at $1,449 per person.

All voyages in the Best of the Tropics Sale will feature Windstar’s new Private Events, a spectacular onshore experience created exclusively for Windstar guests. These complimentary events are crafted to give guests an in depth local experience on each cruise. Some examples include Hoi An: Dreams of Floating Lanterns, an interactive experience that showcases lion dances, lantern-making, and traditional Vietnamese music; and Bora Bora, Dinner on Your Private Motu, a traditional Tahitian feast complete with fire dancers.

For those looking to enjoy the pristine beaches, secluded coves, and trade winds of the Caribbean, Jewels of the Windward Islands is the perfect fit. Guests who dream of sailing Asia’s coastlines and exploring the exotic beauty, history, and cultures of these regions will love Southeast Asia Unveiled. No matter which voyage they choose, guests sailing with Windstar Cruises will always enjoy pampering without pretense, extraordinary destinations, and casual elegance on board what feels like their own private yacht.

To learn more about the featured voyages and take advantage of Windstar’s Best of the Tropics Sale, contact a travel professional, visit the website or call Windstar Cruises at 800-216-3453.

Posted: November 24th, 2014 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Royal Caribbean “Vow To WOW” Sale with Reduced Deposits, Half-Off 2nd Guest Fares, and Up To $300 Onboard Credit

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November 21, 2014 – Royal Caribbean International is offering special pricing, reduced deposits, 50% off second guest fares, and onboard credits of up to $300 in the ‘Vow to WOW’ promotion.

For a limited time from November 17 through December 31, 2014, Vow to WOW offers vacationers half off of the cruise fare for a second guest, booked in the same stateroom with a full-fare guest. With a 50 percent-reduced deposit, travelers can reserve their room for as low as $50 per guest. Guests also will receive $100 onboard credit per interior and oceanview stateroom; $200 onboard credit per stateroom with balcony; and $300 onboard credit per suite-category stateroom. The Vow to WOW offer applies to all new U.S. and Canadian individual and named group bookings in all stateroom categories and open sailings, but excludes Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas and China sailings. For more details, please visit www.RoyalCaribbean.com/DealsandMore.

Posted: November 21st, 2014 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Royal Caribbean’s Majesty Of The Seas Will Leave Fleet in 2016

Written by: Cruise News

November 21, 2014.

By David Beers, Editor of CruiseReviews.com

Royal Caribbean fans have been anticipating it for a while, but finally we have a date for the Majesty Of The Seas last cruise under the Royal Caribbean International banner. That date is April 29, 2016, when the ship that was once the largest cruise ship in the world sets sail from Miami on a 3-night cruise. Upon completion of that cruise, the ship will haul down the Royal Caribbean International flag and be transferred to Pullmantur Cruises which is a sister brand under Royal Caribbean Cruises, Limited.
 Royal Caribbeans Majesty Of The Seas Will Leave Fleet in 2016
Majesty Of The Seas is the last Sovereign-class vessel in the Royal Caribbean fleet. Sovereign and Monarch Of The Seas were transferred over the past few years, leaving Majesty to do the popular 3 and 4-night getaway cruises from Miami. Back in the late 1980s and early 90s, these three ships were the envy of the cruise world, offering large theaters and lounges, famous entertainers, and setting records for the number of guests aboard. Usually sailing with over 2800 paying passengers, and being the largest purpose-built cruise ships in the world, the Majesty Of The Seas and her sisters enticed many to try their first cruise.

Posted: November 21st, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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Quantum Of The Seas: Royal Caribbean Sets A New Standard In Contemporary Cruising (Part 2)

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By David Beers, Editor of CruiseReviews.com

November 20, 2014.

This is part 2 of my review of Quantum Of The Seas. You can read part 1 here.

Quantum Of The Seas is called the world’s first ‘SmartShip’ because of the abundance of new technology and innovations the ship features. One thing I noticed immediately is the use of flat screens – some are really big flat screens – almost everywhere. The cabins have large flatscreen TVs facing the bed. Interior cabins use an 80″ flatscreen for the inside wall, providing a virtual balcony in live-time using outside video feed. In public areas you see flatscreens used for background imagery, especially the soothing displays lining both walls of The Via.
 Quantum Of The Seas:  Royal Caribbean Sets A New Standard In Contemporary Cruising (Part 2)
Hi-Speed Internet At Sea
The highly anticipated O3b satellite internet was something I was looking forward to trying. This new service provides true hi-speed internet at sea, with the bandwidth aboard Quantum being higher than all other cruise ships – all of them from all cruise lines – combined. I uploaded two videos from my iPhone to Facebook from my cabin. The uploads were reasonably fast but once loaded I was able to watch them on my MacBook as quickly as I could at home on my DSL internet. I did a test of surfing various websites and there was around 2 seconds or so of lag time for a new website to fully load. Experienced cruisers know that the standard ship internet often can take a minute or more to load a webpage. Do I hear a WOW? Yes, I was highly impressed. The ship will offer three tiers of internet pricing with different levels of speed. The middle “premium level” plan with unlimited service for $22 a day will suit most users. Yes, I said unlimited use. It will be the first purchase I make when I board Quantum again in January for an 8 night cruise.

The Fun Stuff
Since it was a very short cruise I only had time to do a couple things. The North Star was great fun and even though we had cold weather and winds, people braved the elements to line up on deck 15 for their ~15 minute ride in the bubble. They operate it in port but can only go up and down for port safety reasons. Wait until the ship is at sea so you can get the full up/down/sideways experience.  Quantum Of The Seas:  Royal Caribbean Sets A New Standard In Contemporary Cruising (Part 2)

The SeaPlex is a multipurpose venue that is already famous for the bumper cars. I can’t really describe how much fun this is, all I can say is that when you hear a bunch of middle-aged adults laughing, giggling, screaming with glee, like they were kids again, you know it is a hit.
 Quantum Of The Seas:  Royal Caribbean Sets A New Standard In Contemporary Cruising (Part 2)
SeaPlex also has a second level with ping-pong tables and other amusements, and the venue is quickly converted to other uses such as circus acrobat classes and rollerskating. It’s an ingenious use of available space on a ship. Oh, and don’t forget to get a great hot dog with all the fixings at the SeaPlex Doghouse!

I didn’t try the iFly skydiving venue. I think I’ll save that experience for my next cruise aboard Quantum. After all, anticipation is a good thing!

Okay, Let’s Talk Food

Dynamic Dining. The two words that changed everything. When Royal Caribbean announced the new dining concept it wasn’t long before the naysayers became quite vocal on cruise websites and in social media. They lamented the loss of the traditional assigned seating dining, disparaging the new program, even though nobody had even experienced Dynamic Dining yet. Then there were those of us who embraced the idea as something different, something that gave us complete control over the where, when, with whom, and which cuisine of our dinners on a cruise. Assigned seating is a vestige of the past, a necessity for feeding lots of people on ships that only had one or two dining rooms with limited space. If you like ‘the old way’, well, okay, but I’m ready to move on and have my cruise evenings highlighted by exciting dining in various venues.

I toured all the restaurants on Quantum Of The Seas, talked to the new culinary management team Royal Caribbean has brought in-house to implement Dynamic Dining (as well as revamp all other food and beverage programs), and of course sampled some of the new cuisine. Trust me, it’s going to work and once you try Dynamic Dining you’ll like it.
 Quantum Of The Seas:  Royal Caribbean Sets A New Standard In Contemporary Cruising (Part 2)
What are some things that make Dynamic Dining special? Instead of one big galley preparing thousands of meals banquet style, which is the norm for assigned seating dining, the main galley is broken down into several smaller kitchens. Each kitchen and it’s culinary team is dedicated to a specific restaurant. So the kitchen for The Grande restaurant makes the same menu every night. No rotating menus every day. What happens when a chef makes the same things night-after-night? The wait staff serves the same menu night-after-night? Quality and guest satisfaction increases. And what’s more, Dynamic Dining strives for each dish to be prepared “ala’ minute”, meaning to order.

I ate dinner the first night in Devinly Decadence, which is the bistro restaurant located in the solarium on deck 14. This venue was established by Chef Devin Alexander, who is famous for being chef on NBC-TV’s Biggest Loser, as well as authoring several books on healthy eating. I was originally scheduled to dine in The Grande that evening, but instead of that classic French-style food I asked to be seated in Devinly Decadence so I could try a more health conscious meal. I’m glad I did this. The service was very gracious and quiet. Devin was in-house and talking to guests at the tables. And then came the food, and I was blown away.
 Quantum Of The Seas:  Royal Caribbean Sets A New Standard In Contemporary Cruising (Part 2)
I ordered three courses, starting with a Thai beef papaya chopped salad, then the entree of cowboy rubbed beef tenderloin, and ending with a dessert of pumpkin cake in shot glasses. It was so much food that I left totally stuffed, yet no dish had more than 500 calories. Grass-fed beef is used, which is a healthier choice than corn-fed. I loved this dinner from start to finish. Everything tasted so fresh and full of flavor. Try it. You’ll be glad you did.

You can read more about Dynamic Dining and see the menus for all the restaurants here, at the Royal Caribbean website.

I ate a couple times in the Windjammer Marketplace which is a standard on all Royal Caribbean ships. However on the Quantum the Windjammer has a new look with food service islands spread out over the venue which improve access and guest flow. There is also a specialty coffee bar. Also carried over from earlier ships are Sorrento’s pizza, Johnny Rockets hamburgers, and the Cafe Promenade. I noted that Johnny Rockets on Quantum has a fast-food style now, with meals bagged up to go so you can eat anywhere. I like that.

Entertainment

Earlier I said Royal Caribbean views their competition as all hospitality providers, not just the other cruise lines. To that end, the company has taken onboard entertainment to a level that indeed rivals the best shows anywhere, whether it be New York City, Las Vegas, or in this case, aboard Quantum Of The Seas. Mamma Mia! is the featured production show in The Royal Theater. It is Broadway at sea. It could just as easily be Broadway on Broadway because it is such an excellent staging, with gifted performers. The show even has an intermission since it spans 2.5 hours. Royal Caribbean pioneered full Broadway productions at sea on the Oasis Of the Seas and it just keeps getting better and better.

Want something more surreal? Beautiful and yet ethereal? You must see Starwater, which is presented in Two70. It’s hard to describe the show. You just have to see it. It can evoke an emotional connection.

Music Hall was one of my favorite venues. It has two levels, two bars, a stage and dance floor, and a vibe to it that really can captivate the crowd. Tribute bands for Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen played and were outrageous. The whole joint was rocking and rolling. Great fun! The space can also be used for a variety of uses, once again continuing a theme of Quantum Of The Seas in having multiple uses for several public areas as with SeaPlex and Two70.

Family Friendly?

A question I had before boarding Quantum was how family-friendly would it be. The ship is upscale, of that there is no doubt, but it will be a wonderful fit for a family. While there are age limits for some things such as iFly and NorthStar, kids will have a blast in the SeaPlex, the H2O Zone, interacting with the Dreamworks characters roaming the ship, and of course in the Adventure Ocean youth programs. The Dynamic Dining is prepared for young appetites, and really, the concept can work well for younger kids since earlier dining can be reserved. The ship has the Royal Babies and Royal Tots program too. And then there is Sorrento’s pizza.

And don’t forget to take a selfie with the elevator art! The works are off-center on purpose to allow for selfies.  Quantum Of The Seas:  Royal Caribbean Sets A New Standard In Contemporary Cruising (Part 2)

Final Thoughts – At Least For now

Quantum Of The Seas is going to be a hit. I’m excited to know that two sister ships are being constructed. I’m excited to be sailing on Quantum for 8 nights this coming January when I can make a better attempt to ‘do it all’. During my brief time aboard I heard people everywhere commenting, saying things like “isn’t this a lovely ship”, or “I really like this”. Were there some shortcomings? Yes, a few. It’s still a new ship and the crew is still getting a good workflow established. It happens on every new ship as it develops a personality, and yes I do believe ships have personalities. It’s the old Navy man in me. I predict Quantum’s personality will be one that is serene yet trendy, elegant yet comfortable. Quantum Of The Seas is a ship for everyone and it definitely is a new standard for contemporary cruising.

Posted: November 20th, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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Norwegian Epic Will Get New Entertainment For Its 2015 European Deployment, With A Nod to Liverpool’s Iconic Cavern Club

Written by: Cruise News

November 19, 2014 – Norwegian Cruise Line has announced a new entertainment line-up for Norwegian Epic, the award-winning ship that will be based year-round in Barcelona, Spain, starting April 30, 2015. Two new Broadway shows will take the stage as headliners: Burn the Floor in April, 2015 and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical in October, 2015. The ship will also feature an all-new British pop music entertainment experience, The Cavern Club, bringing the legendary Liverpool venue where the Beatles performed to life at sea. Norwegian Epic Will Get New Entertainment For Its 2015 European Deployment, With A Nod to Liverpools Iconic Cavern Club

“We are excited to bring Norwegian Epic to Europe year-round and want to provide our guests with even more exciting entertainment options on the ship that first elevated the onboard entertainment experience,” said Drew Madsen, Norwegian Cruise Line president and chief operating officer. “These new world-class entertainment offerings, along with Norwegian Epic’s innovative accommodations and plethora of dining options, are the perfect combination for the European cruise market and give guests the freedom and flexibility to customize their vacation.”

Broadway sensation Burn The Floor, which has received rave reviews on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, will bring the sizzle and passion of ballroom dancing to Norwegian Epic with an all new and exciting show specifically designed for European guests beginning on her transatlantic voyage, April 19, 2015. “Ballroom Blitz,” featuring 14 dancers, a live band and two singers, is an ultimate high-voltage theatrical dance experience that explodes with jaw-dropping choreography, heart-pounding music and breath-taking moves.

Based on the Oscar-winning movie, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert – The Musical is the heart-warming, uplifting comedy adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of discovering. The Tony Award winning musical features a dazzling array of over 500 award-winning costumes, 200 extraordinary head-dresses and a hit parade of dance floor favorites, including “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” The show will open on the ship’s October 18, 2015 voyage.

Norwegian Epic will also receive a whole new entertainment venue created through an exciting partnership with the owners of Liverpool’s The Cavern Club, the birthplace of British pop music. Impressively, 57 years after its opening, the original Cavern Club survives and thrives as a contemporary music venue. Norwegian will re-create The Cavern Club experience at sea, rocking guests each evening to the sounds of The Beatles, along with other international musicians. The Cavern Club will debut on the October 11, 2015 sailing.

Posted: November 19th, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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