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Norwegian Cruise Line Enhances Latitudes Rewards Program

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More rewards, enhanced onboard benefits and two new status tiers

January 27, 2017 – Norwegian Cruise Line today unveiled the line’s enhanced loyalty program, Latitudes Rewards. The new program will be available for all cruises beginning on February 3, 2017.

Highlights of the new program include enhanced benefits across all tiers and the addition of two new elite tier levels for the most frequent cruisers: Platinum Plus, for guests who have earned 175 points and above, and Ambassador, for guests earning a minimum of 700 points. These new elite tiers reward Norwegian’s most loyal cruisers with never-before-offered benefits, including dinner with the ship’s officers for Platinum Plus and Ambassador, and a complimentary seven-day cruise for Ambassador. New complimentary benefits include a bottle of sparkling wine for all Latitudes Rewards guests, shore excursion discounts for Silver members and above, bottled water for Gold members and above, free internet minutes and more. All Latitudes Rewards guests receive priority check-in, key card recognition and enhanced onboard discounts.

To make it easy for guests to receive special loyalty offers and onboard benefits, all guests 18 years of age or older are automatically enrolled in the Latitudes Rewards program after their first cruise. With the enhanced rewards program, guests will continue to earn one point per cruise night and an additional point per night if they book in a Suite or in The Haven™ or with a Latitudes Insider offer.

Latitudes Rewards members can check their rewards points balance and tier status by logging onto their My NCL account. For a full list of all benefits for each tier level, as well as more information, visit http://www.ncl.com/latitudes-rewards-program-enhancements

Posted: January 27th, 2017 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Ecstasy Gets New Dining & Beverage Venues

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New Spaces Include Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, Alchemy Bar and Cherry on Top

January 26, 2017 – The Charleston, S.C.-based Carnival Ecstasy has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation that has added a variety of new dining and beverage innovations.
The features were incorporated during a two-week dry dock that took place from Jan. 10-24, 2017, in Freeport, The Bahamas.

Following the renovation, the ship returned to Charleston yesterday to resume its year-round schedule of four- to 10-day departures from that port.

Here’s a look at the exciting options that have been added to Carnival Ecstasy:

·Guy’s Burger Joint, a free-of-charge poolside venue developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri serving hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries enjoyed amidst a décor that celebrates the chef’s California roots and love of car culture

·BlueIguana Cantina, a complimentary poolside Mexican eatery where guests can enjoy authentic, freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas, as well as an elaborate toppings and salsa bar

·Alchemy Bar, a “cocktail pharmacy”-themed lounge with mixologists who “prescribe” concoctions from different elixirs and ingredients with creative monikers like Forty is the New Twenty and The Restorative Basil Drop

·Cherry On Top, the “sweetest spot on board” which celebrates the joys of simple indulgences with bins of bulk candy, fun fanciful gifts and novelties, custom apparel and more

The new spaces complement Carnival Ecstasy’s wide range of on-board features, including the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar, a massive WaterWorks aqua park, a Serenity adults-only retreat, and a luxurious Spa Carnival health and wellness facility.

Carnival Ecstasy’s schedule from Charleston encompasses year-round four- to seven-day cruises visiting popular destinations throughout The Bahamas and Caribbean. The ship will also operate a 10-day Carnival Journeys Caribbean voyage round-trip from Charleston Nov. 5-15, 2017.

Posted: January 26th, 2017 under Cruise Ship News.
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Princess Cruises Brings “The Ultimate Sleep at Sea” Home with New Retail Offerings

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January 25, 2017 – Princess Cruises today launched the retail availability of its Princess Luxury Bed – offering consumers the opportunity to bring the ultimate night of sleep at sea to their homes. Developed in collaboration with board-certified sleep expert, Dr. Michael Breus and renowned HGTV designer Candice Olson, the bed combines the science of sleep with the pinnacle of design.

Princess is currently rolling out more than 44,000 of the Princess Luxury Beds to every stateroom across the fleet through 2018, and now brings the Princess Luxury Bed Collection to consumers including the plush mattress, pillows, comforter, linens, pads and toppers. Mattress prices start at $999 with a complete bed with linens starting at $1,799. Visit princess.com/sleep to learn more or visit princessluxurybed.com to shop directly. The mattress is currently available to be shipped to the contiguous United States.

The bed features a plush, two-inch thick pillow top, a nine-inch, single-sided medium firm mattress for enhanced support, individually wrapped coils for less partner disturbance, a European-inspired duvet and luxurious 100% cotton jacquard-woven linens.

The Princess Luxury Bed features:

Luxurious Pillow-Top Mattress – two-inch pillow top offers maximum comfort atop a medium firm, nine-inch single-sided mattress providing superior support.
Individually Wrapped Coils – reduces sleep-surface sway and motion transfer, resulting in less bed-partner disturbance.
Circular-Knitted Mattress Ticking – provides increased support for all sleeping positions, conforming to bodies for greater comfort and deeper sleep.
Electronically Tempered Springs – enhanced support under compression for all body types.
Full Foam Casing – provides greater edge support, increasing usable sleep surface.

Bedding elements include:

Fine Bed Linens – featuring undulating waves and the natural shape of a pearl on a satin finish to echo the jewels of the sea, and constructed from 100% luxurious, long staple cotton and woven on Jacquard looms for the highest quality of production.
European-Inspired Duvet – with a continuous-filament fiberfill of hypoallergenic, 100% virgin polyester to maximize loft without compromising climate comfort.
King-sized Pillow – deluxe pillow options (feather or non-allergenic microfiber)

Posted: January 25th, 2017 under Cruise Ship News.
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Azamara Club Cruises Evolves With ‘Stay Longer. Experience More.’

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Immersive Itineraries Allow Guests to Cruise Global and Connect Local from their Boutique Hotel at Sea

January 25, 2017 – Azamara Club Cruises today announced it will enhance its brand deliverable and better align guest experiences with the demand of today’s affluent traveler by evolving the brand to an even stronger position: Stay Longer. Experience More.

“Within this evolved positioning, there are two powerful guest deliverables.” says Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. “The first is we’re shifting from enabling our guests to immerse themselves in the destination, to delivering over one thousand new and existing destination experiences for guests to select from in over 70 countries. These experiences provide the second powerful deliverable: One-to-one human connection. Our land product will be curated to ensure guests get to connect in a personalized and unique way with the people in the destinations they visit. This may occur through people to people interaction, cultural experiences, enjoying local food and beverages, music, events and so on.”

Azamara’s enhanced brand position continues to be grounded in Destination Immersion and still includes the brand’s signature longer stays and more overnights, but will now go well beyond that. It is comprised of three pillars that collectively will provide an extraordinary experience on land and at sea:

1) Immersive Itineraries
2) Cruise Global, Connect Local destination experiences
3) Boutique Hotels at Sea

Immersive Itineraries
Azamara Club Cruises pioneered Longer Stays and More Overnights. With its two ships Azamara Journey® and Azamara Quest®, the focus on these extended stays and authentic local experiences are evolving. This evolution includes the scheduling of increasingly immersive itineraries that offer guests the opportunity to visit the destinations at night when many destinations come alive. Over 250 overnight and late night stays (8 pm or later) in port are featured every year, which makes roughly 50% of all Azamara port calls offer a nighttime experience in the destination. Through the brand’s Destination Immersion programming, curated itineraries bring the ships to exotic and marquee ports, and because of the ships’ intimate sizes are able to dock close to town centers. Over 50% of the line’s ports are ports larger ships can’t visit. Furthermore, the brand will deliver experiences in 200+ ports worldwide in 2017 and 2018, 35 of which Azamara will be visiting for the first time.

Azamara Quest in Sydney


An expanded palette of World Events and Themed Voyages are offered, including Monaco Grand Prix, the World Cup, British Open, the Venice Redentore Festival, as well as Wine and Yoga themed voyages with more to come. Another new product is Azamara’s Country Intensive Voyages, which will allow guests to travel deeper and experience more of a given country, as the majority of the destinations are concentrated in one country such as Japan, Italy, Spain, Norway, New Zealand, Australia, Greece, Croatia and more.

Cruise Global, Connect Local
As part of the unveiling, the brand is also announcing Cruise Global, Connect Local – a series of land programs that are designed to deliver personalized and authentic experiences. By day… and by night!
This umbrella program includes land programs ranging from a variety of shore excursion groupings such as Nights Local for nightlife experiences be it the theater, a local pub, or a cultural performance, or Meet Local, which are immersive cultural experiences that offer people to people connections at the homes, farms and villas of local families. Cruise Global, Connect Local also includes Stay Local, which offers overland tours during the voyage and pre- and post-voyage experiences. For guests who want to create their own experiences, the brand offers Customize Local where personalized excursions are designed around guests’ individual preferences and desires.

The brands popular and locally immersive, complimentary AzAmazing Evenings® Events will continue to bring the destinations’ local culture to life.

Sydney Harbor


Azamara itineraries seldom repeat ports, so guests can make the most of their time spent traveling the world while getting an immersive look into a variety of destinations, all on one trip. Combining these varied voyages with unparalleled Destination Immersion offerings allows Azamara to deliver on its Cruise Global, Connect Local promise. A few experiences include:

·Cruise Global, Bike Local – Join a bike tour and cycle past iconic landmarks and local must-visit establishments on one of Azamara’s branded bicycles. When in The Netherlands, cruise on land past several villages and dykes dotted with traditional Dutch windmills.

·Cruise Global, Taste Local – Azamara’s guests can satisfy their hunger for local cuisine and culture with food and beverage experiences featuring markets, restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries. Join an Azamara chef to shop for ingredients to a delicious meal, and the sommelier for the best local wine or brew to accompany the meal for an unforgettable dinner when back onboard.

·Cruise Global, Celebrate Local – Attend iconic world events for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Watch as Formula One cars zip through the streets of Monte-Carlo during the Monaco Grand Prix. Stop in Venice for Festa del Redentore. Arrive in Cannes just in time for the Cannes Film Festival, where guests can be a part of the action and brush shoulders with worldwide celebrities. The British Open, the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and New Year’s in Sydney, Australia are just a few of the other world events guests can plan to attend on an Azamara voyage.

·Cruise Global, Eco Local – An immersion into local rainforests, jungles and woodlands ripe with vegetation and fauna, while leaving no footprints behind on these wildlife and wilderness tours.

·Cruise Global, Golf Local – Golfers can bring their clubs and tee off with Azamara Club Cruises and PerryGolfTM, the leader in luxury golf vacations, at some of the world’s most legendary courses in Northern Europe, the Arabian Gulf, the Mediterranean, and Australia. Featured courses include the Doha Golf Club, The International, Royal County Down, Cork Golf Club, and several others you’ll recognize from past and future PGA events.

Boutique Hotels at Sea
Azamara’s smaller, up-market and intimate ships, which were completely reimagined and remodeled in 2016, now feature contemporary and elegant design. Known for their authentic, friendly and personalized service the line is also announcing a new hallmark – the brand’s destination focused programming onboard, ranging from local culinary and beverage selections, to travel movies, lecturers and panel discussions on destinations and other relevant topics, as well as entertainment. Of great value to the brand’s guests are the many inclusive amenities from gratuities and select standard spirits, international beers and wines, to bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees & teas, English butler service for suite guests and more.

Azamara is more than a cruise line; it’s the brand that delivers a rich destination experience worldwide by staying longer and allowing guests to experience more.

For more information, travelers can call their travel professional, dial 1-877-999-9553, or visit our website.

Posted: January 25th, 2017 under Cruise Ship News.
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Announces New 2018-19 Voyages

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Most inclusive luxury line unveils 113 new voyages to fascinating worldwide destinations

January 25, 2017 – Regent Seven Seas Cruises today announced its summer 2018 through spring 2019 voyage collection, comprising 113 itineraries aboard Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Navigator, and the newly launched Seven Seas Explorer.

These four ships will call at some of the most fascinating destinations in the world, among which are 28 maiden ports and 23 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Guests can immerse themselves in cultures, cuisines and traditions with the line’s free unlimited shore excursions on all voyages and through included three-night, pre- or post-cruise land programs on Asia and Africa sailings.

The fares include all-suite accommodations, round-trip air, highly personalized service, exquisite cuisine, fine wines and spirits, unlimited internet access, sightseeing excursions in every port, gratuities, ground transfers and a pre-cruise hotel package for guests staying in concierge-level suites and higher. Beginning in summer 2017, Regent Seven Seas Cruises also will include Business Class air for all intercontinental flights.

Seven Seas Explorer Returns to Europe and Inaugurates Africa Voyages
Seven Seas Explorer returns to Europe for a second consecutive summer season in May 2018. The ship will sail throughout the Mediterranean, North and Baltic seas on seven- to 12-night voyages and make maiden calls at Portimao, Portugal; Lysekil, Sweden; and Bodo and Haugesund, Norway.

Seven Seas Explorer


Seven Seas Explorer then commences its maiden Africa season on two voyages that showcase the continent’s west coast, a 24-night, Lisbon (Portugal)-to-Cape Town (South Africa) itinerary, followed by a 15-night, round-trip New Year’s voyage. The ship then heads west to South America as it rounds the horn to Los Angeles via the western coast.

Chic Mediterranean and Authentic Caribbean
Seven Seas Voyager also will sail the Mediterranean in summer 2018, with many seven-night itineraries that include calls at some of the region’s most chic destinations, as well as maiden calls at Korcula and Hvar, Croatia; Saint-Raphael, France; Lipari, Sicily, Italy. The ship will winter in the Caribbean, alternating seven- to 12-night, Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, which travelers can combine to immerse themselves in the region. New Caribbean ports-of-call for the line are picturesque Port Antonio, Jamaica, as well as Charlestown, Nevis, the birthplace of U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

Remote Wonders of the Pacific and Australia
Seven Seas Mariner will offer a variety of adventures throughout the Pacific, starting with Alaska in summer 2018. The ship then charts the South Pacific in the autumn to Asia and Australia, presenting the grand cities and historic, cultural landmarks of the Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia, and calling at Broome, Australia, and Oarai, Japan, for the first time. From Sydney, travelers can join Seven Seas Mariner on the Grand Aussie Adventure, a new 36-night circumnavigation of the continent, sailing Dec. 15, 2018.

Seven Seas Mariner


Grand Arctic, Canada and New England, and the World
Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ most intimate ship, Seven Seas Navigator, will offer three very distinct programs, starting with an 89-night, Grand Arctic Splendor voyage that begins and ends in New York. The Grand Artic Splendor voyage is comprised of six sailings that call at 63 non-repeating destinations in Canada and New England, Greenland and Iceland, North and Baltic Seas, as well as into the Arctic Circle to reach the White Sea. On this adventure, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., and Archangel, Russia, will be maiden ports.

The ship will then sail a range of Canada and New England cruises between New York and Montréal to showcase the autumn foliage and exciting cities of Quebec and the Northeast U.S.

To kick off 2019, Seven Seas Navigator will embark on Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 13th World Cruise, an epic 131-night adventure that calls at 62 unique ports across the Hawaii Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, Asia and the Mediterranean. Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 2019 World Cruise is comprised of seven distinct itineraries, calling at 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and making maiden calls at Kingfisher Bay (Fraser Island), Australia; Makassar (Sulawesi), Indonesia; and Puerto Princesa, Philippines.

These voyages are now open for reservations. For more information about Regent Seven Seas Cruises or specific itineraries, please contact a professional travel agent; visit www.rssc.com; or call 1-844-4REGENT (1-844-473-4368).

Posted: January 25th, 2017 under Cruise Ship News.
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Get Your PADI Scuba Diving Certification on Royal Caribbean

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Only Cruise Line with a Full Range of PADI Scuba Diving Education Programs and Onboard PADI Five-Star Dive Centers

January 23, 2017 – Royal Caribbean International is now the only cruise line in the world with onboard PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) Five Star Dive Centers, which allows guests to become certified scuba divers as part of their vacation.

“For the past 16 years Royal Caribbean has worked closely with PADI to develop our onboard dive program,” said Roberta Jacoby, managing director, Global Tour Operations at Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. “No other cruise line offers the opportunity for guests to become PADI certified scuba divers as part of the cruise, making it an ultimate dive trip as well. When guests sign up for the PADI Open Water Diver Course, they receive first-rate training and diver certification, performing their own scuba dives amidst the beautiful and serene waters of multiple Caribbean destinations and the South Pacific.”

Royal Caribbean’s partnership with PADI opens up a vast underwater world for guests. Whether a newbie or experienced diver, Royal Caribbean offers a range of programs from a 30-minute Try Dive program, for those just wanting to get their feet wet, to PADI’s Reactivate™ Program for certified divers wanting a refresher; prices starting at $29 and $59 per person, respectively. Those seeking the ultimate scuba dive vacation can enroll in PADI’s Open Water Diver course to earn their complete scuba diving certification, starting at $599 per person. The premiere scuba course begins at home with the online course using either the PADI Touch™ app for mobile devices or PADI eLearning® online for desktop and laptop computers, leaving more time for the fun of scuba diving while on vacation. Once on the high seas, divers will test the waters in the ship’s pool before heading out to complete the four mandatory, open-water training dives in some of the world’s most spectacular underwater surroundings. The training dives will be split among two different ports of call, allowing for maximum sightseeing in the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean or South Pacific. Upon returning home, guests will be certified scuba divers able to plan and execute dives on their own and have the stories to share about the aquatic world they’ve recently discovered.

Guests can book their PADI course before boarding through the Cruise Planner, or while on board at one of the Royal Caribbean-exclusive PADI Five Star Dive Centers found on 10 ships across the fleet, including Oasis-, Freedom- and Voyager-class ships, as well as Quantum-class’ Anthem of the Seas. PADI is the world’s most respected and recognized organization in recreational scuba diver training and certification.

Posted: January 24th, 2017 under Cruise Ship News.
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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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