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Archive for February, 2013

Carnival Dream Itineraries Expanded – Now Include 5 and 8 Night Cruises Plus A Unique 4-Port, 7-Night Option

February 28, 2013. Carnival Cruise Lines has expanded Carnival Dream’s year-round schedule from Port Canaveral, to include never-before-offered eight-day Caribbean departures along with two new five-day options, and a one-of-a-kind four-port, seven-day eastern Caribbean itinerary. With these new options, Carnival Dream will offer six distinctly different five- to eight-day cruise programs from Port Canaveral – […]


February 28, 2013. From the Venetian canals to the Norwegian fjords, Royal Caribbean International is inviting vacationers to re-discover Europe this summer, and offering up to $400 onboard spending credit in March with its Europe Extravaganza. From March 1 through 31, 2013, vacationers who make a new booking, six nights or longer, on one of […]

Norwegian Breakaway Floated Out At Meyer Werft Shipyard in Germany

February 26, 2013. Norwegian Breakaway, the largest ship ever constructed in Germany, was floated out of MEYER WERFT’s covered building dock II this morning in Papenburg, Germany where the 146,600-ton ship has been under construction since September 2011. Beginning at approximately 7 am (Germany time), the massive 4,000 passenger ship with her signature hull artwork […]

Norwegian Getaway To Feature ‘Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian’ Restaurant

February 25, 2013. Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that celebrity chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian will create and oversee the opening of his seafood restaurant, Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian, on the line’s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway, which will sail year-round to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami beginning February, 2014. To celebrate this […]

Royal Caribbean Names Kristin Chenoweth As Godmother Of Quantum Of The Seas

February 24, 2013. Triple-threat, Emmy and Tony award-winning Kristin Chenoweth, is adding yet another accolade to her impressive resume: godmother to Royal Caribbean International’s much anticipated new cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas. The cruise line announced the appointment, which is steeped in maritime tradition, in an unconventional way during a red carpet-inspired commercial that […]

Windstar Cruises Expands Fleet with Addition of Three Seabourn Ships

February 19, 2013. Windstar Cruises announced today that its owner, Xanterra Parks & Resorts, has reached an agreement with Seabourn, a cruise company that operates six luxury cruise ships, to purchase three of their ships: Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Legend, and Seabourn Spirit. Under the project name Global Windstar, the expansion will double the size of […]

Royal Caribbean Finally Moving To ‘Automatic’ Gratuities

February 17, 2013. While competing cruise lines, and even sister brands such as Celebrity, had crew gratuities automatically charged to guest accounts for some time, Royal Caribbean International resisted the trend and was steadfast in using the traditional system of real cash in envelopes. Alternately, guests could charge tips to their account and get vouchers […]

Carnival Increases Compensation For Triumph Passengers

Latest Update on Carnival Triumph February 13, 2013 – 5:45pm EST Carnival Cruise Lines has announced further compensation for the passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph, currently being towed via tug boats to Mobile, Alabama after an engine room fire early Sunday caused a loss of propulsion. All guests on the current voyage will receive further […]

Carnival Triumph Update as of 2:30pm, February 13

Update on Carnival Triumph February 13, 2013 – 2:30pm EST Carnival has dispatched a third tugboat to assist in towing Carnival Triumph to port. The tugboat is currently en route from Port Fourchon, Louisiana and is expected to arrive at the ship this evening to further support the vessel’s return to Mobile, Alabama on Thursday. […]

Carnival Cancels 14 Cruises For Carnival Triumph

February 13, 2013 STATEMENT REGARDING ADDITIONAL CARNIVAL TRIUMPH CANCELLATIONS Carnival Cruise Lines has announced the cancellations of 12 additional voyages of the Carnival Triumph following an engine room fire that has left vessel without propulsion. The 12 cancelled cruises, which encompass sailings from Feb. 21 through April 13, 2013, are in addition to two previously […]