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Archive for 'Cruise Ship News'

Carnival Revises Smoking Policy & Increases Automatic Gratuity Amounts

July 8, 2014. Carnival Cruise Lines rolled out some policy changes this morning in a letter to their travel partners. Starting on October 9, 2014, the cruise line will join most other mainstream lines in prohibiting smoking on stateroom balconies. Those caught violating the policy will be charged a $250 cleaning fee. The ticket contract [...]


June 30, 2014 – MSC Cruises has donated more than $4.1 million to UNICEF, the United Nations agency that fights for the rights of children around the world, during a handover ceremony at MSC Cruises’ Geneva headquarters. MSC Cruises and UNICEF joined forces in 2009 under the “Get on Board for Children” initiative, which encourages [...]

Carnival Freedom Receives Extensive Makeover & Debuts Four New Production Shows

June 27, 2014 – Carnival Freedom has emerged from an extensive multi-million dollar makeover with four brand new production shows that blend live performances with towering LED screens showcasing spectacular staging and special effects. The ship also received the Funship 2.0 upgrades which added several bars and dining venues. The latest in the line’s high-tech [...]

Holland America Line Returns to Bermuda in Summer 2015 with Seven-Day Roundtrip Boston Voyages

June 19, 2014 – Holland America Line is returning to the pink sands and pastel-colored skyline of Bermuda on seven-day cruises aboard ms Veendam. Sailing roundtrip from Boston, Mass., six departures will sail in May, June and July, and feature three days and nights at Hamilton, the country’s capital known for its gorgeous beaches and [...]

Holland America Line is featuring a new “Experience the Game of Thrones” shore excursion at Belfast, Northern Ireland

June 11, 2014. Holland America Line is featuring a new “Experience the Game of Thrones” shore excursion at Belfast, Northern Ireland, offering guests a behind-the-scenes look at many of the locations where the hit show is filmed. The tour begins at Castle Ward, which fans know as Winterfell, and travels to Audley’s Castle – a [...]


June 11, 2014 – Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, is poised to make a show-stopping debut in November 2014, with a lineup of entertainment offerings that push the envelope far beyond imagination. From stage shows that take guests on a highly visual and experiential journey of music, sound and performance, to [...]

Royal Caribbean Names Kristin Chenoweth “Quantum Experience Advisor for Entertainment”

June 6, 2014 – Royal Caribbean International is pulling out all the stops when it comes to the entertainment offerings for its newest ships, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, with a keen eye on pushing boundaries and introducing brand new innovations that have never before been seen on land or sea. [...]

Single Staterooms Now Available On Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth

June 4, 2014 – Recognizing the increasing popularity of solo travel, Cunard Line will feature single staterooms on board Queen Elizabeth. The eight outside and one inside staterooms are on sale now and will be available starting with the December 16, 2014 sailing (voyage number Q422). These staterooms will be around 160 square feet which [...]

Norwegian Cruise Line Offering Hawaii Celebration Package Deal: Air, Hotel, Cruise, Onboard Perks For One Low Price

June 3, 2014 – Norwegian Cruise Line is launching its Hawaii Celebration, offering cruisers a once-in-a-lifetime Hawaii vacation. For the first time, Norwegian is featuring an extensive package complete with roundtrip air from major cities across the U.S. with transfers, two-night pre-cruise accommodations in a beach-front Waikiki hotel, seven-day cruise aboard the recently refurbished Pride [...]

Azamara Club Cruises Offering Complimentary Companion Airfare On Select Voyages

June 2, 2014 – Azamara Club Cruises is inviting cruisers to share a destination-immersive cruise vacation by offering complimentary companion airfare when they make a booking in June and July 2014. Azamara offers exciting cruises to places and events such as Sambadrome at Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival; European ports and towns which larger ships cannot [...]