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ROYAL CARIBBEAN ANNOUNCES 2015-16 SHORT AND SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN VACATIONS

Written by: Cruise News

April 2, 2014 – Royal Caribbean International today unveiled its Bahamas, and Southern and short Caribbean program for the 2015-16 seasons.

Independence of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas will sail a variety of itineraries from the homeports of Port Canaveral on Florida’s Space Coast, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Whether for a short getaway or a weekend escape, guests will delight in exciting ports of call aboard some of the industry’s most innovative ships. Royal Caribbean’s 2015-16 Bahamas, and Southern and short Caribbean vacations are now open for booking, except for Majesty of the Seas, which will open next week.

From May through Oct. 2015, Adventure of the Seas will sail seven-night Southern Caribbean itineraries from San Juan. This will be the ship’s first summer program from San Juan since 2009, and shifts from Sunday to regular Saturday departures. Vacationers have a choice among three itineraries, one calling at St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Barbados, while the second replaces St. Kitts with St. Croix. A third itinerary calls at St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba and Curacao. A one-time, six-night itinerary sailing on May 3 will call at Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua and St. Maarten. Adventure of the Seas will then alternate two Southern Caribbean itineraries from Nov. 2015 through Apr. 2016. One seven-night, roundtrip sailing will call at St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Dominica, and Barbados, while the second include calls at St. Thomas, St. Croix, Antigua, St. Lucia and Grenada.

A superior Southern Caribbean option for family vacations, Adventure of the Seas is among the Voyager class of ships, which first introduced the active cruise vacation. Guests can enjoy a wide variety of signature Royal Caribbean onboard amenities, such an ice-skating rink, rock-climbing wall, full-size basketball and sports court, and mini-golf course and the Royal Promenade, an interior boulevard that runs nearly the length of the ship and is flanked by restaurants, lounges and boutiques. Guests also can take in a world-class ice show in the Studio B ice rink or join in a street party and cheer on a Promenade parade in the Royal Promenade.

For its part, Jewel of the Seas will join Adventure of the Seas at San Juan in winter 2015-16 and alternate two Southern Caribbean itineraries. Each seven-night, roundtrip sailing every Sunday will call at St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba and Curacao, or at Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten and St. Croix. Jewel of the Seas features a dining and entertainment nightspot on deck 6, where guests can take in a delicious dinner in Royal Caribbean’s signature Chops Grille steakhouse or Portofino Italian Ristorante, followed by a round of billiards in the Safari Club’s self-leveling pool tables, live music and entertainment in the Serengeti Card Club or the Zanzibar Lounge, and a nightcap in the Congo Bar.

Also in winter 2015-16, Independence of the Seas will sail roundtrip from Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale on four- and five-night short Western Caribbean itineraries. Vacationers can choose among a four-night itinerary, which calls at Cozumel, Mexico, or two five-night itineraries, one that calls at Cozumel and Belize City, Belize, or the other at Falmouth, Jamaica, and Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private beach paradise on the north coast of Haiti. Independence of the Seas features a FlowRider surf simulator, a Royal Caribbean exclusive, and cantilevered whirlpools, as well as all the innovative onboard amenities found on the Voyager class.

Year-round, guests also have a choice of the convenient Floridian ports Miami and Port Canaveral for short Bahamas cruises. Enchantment of the Seas will alternate a three- and four-night Bahamas itinerary, sailing roundtrip from Port Canaveral along Florida’s Space Coast. Guests will call at Nassau, The Bahamas, and spend a day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private tropical Bahamian island.

Majesty of the Seas also will sail three- and four-night Bahamas cruises, year-round and roundtrip from Miami. The three-night itinerary will call at Nassau and CocoCay, while the four-night itinerary also includes a call at Key West, Fla. Guests can enjoy exciting ports of call by day and enjoy spectacular Broadway-style revues, a variety of lounges and world-class gaming in the Casino Royale.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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Zach Winningham Chosen as Princess Cruises’ Entertainer of the Year

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April 1, 2014 – Passengers aboard Caribbean Princess have voted and selected vocalist Zach Winningham as Princess Cruises 2013 Entertainer of the Year. Four finalists were chosen from the hundreds of talented performers – comedians, magicians, tribute bands and other specialty acts – who grace the Princess stages each year. During the cruise these top artists performed to enthusiastic audiences who then cast their ballot to crown the winner.

Winningham hails from the Midwest farm town of Belleville, Indiana, where long country drives with his father introduced him to 50s and 60s rock n’ roll, country, and bluegrass music. His passion to keep this music alive has driven his musical career and blossomed into a love of performing, which has taken him to stages across America and all over the world.

Passengers aboard the March 22-29 Caribbean Princess sailing enjoyed live performances from each finalist. The finalists were determined by the Princess Cruises entertainment department based on passenger surveys and onboard audience response. Along with Winningham the finalists included comedian Troy Thirdgill, illusionist Jonathan Hawley and tribute band Walk Like a Man. Winningham was announced as the winner on the final night of the cruise at a celebratory event in Princess’ signature venue, The Piazza.
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“Congratulations to Zach for being chosen as our 2013 Entertainer of the Year,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “We were so proud to showcase the great talents of all our finalists to our passengers, who were thoroughly entertained by their dynamic performances.”

This marks the line’s third annual Entertainer of the Year program, which was created to recognize the high caliber and diversity of guest entertainers that perform on Princess ships each cruise.

As the new holder of the line’s “2013 Entertainer of the Year” title, Winningham also received a cash prize of $5,000.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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Azamara Club Cruises Offering Cabin Double Upgrades On Select Voyages In Special Promotion – Book An Inside, Get A Veranda!

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April 1, 2014 – Azamara Club Cruises is welcoming this much-anticipated spring by offering up-market travelers a double upgrade when booking their next big adventure between, April 1 and May 31, 2014. Guests who book an interior stateroom, on nearly all voyages sailing from October 2014 to December 2015, will be upgraded by two categories to a veranda stateroom. This upgrade not only provides them the luxury of a balcony to enjoy the ocean vistas, but also a private space to take in the spectacular scenic views while sailing in and out of ports.

These saving will allow guests looking to add ports to their collection to delve further into new ports by booking a Land Discoveries shore excursions. Guests will be able to choose from Azamara’s new, more in depth, personalized destination experiences – Insider Access and Nights and Cool Places. Insider Access features exclusive invitations, which allows guests to actively engage with knowledgeable individuals eager to share colorful stories and historic tales of their home destination. The second, Nights and Cool Places, makes the most of Azamara’s longer stays in port and overnights with an intimate night touring program. These custom, evening experiences, give guests exclusive opportunities to visit world-famous museums after hours, such as Malaga’s Picasso Museum; sip cocktails at a local hot spot, such as Rio de Janeiro’s Scenarium; or take a stroll on an intimate guided architectural walk – all with a local guide.

Additionally up-market travelers also may wish to combine a variety of voyages such as Azamara Journey’s seven-night Mediterranean voyage from Rome to Monte-Carlo with the following seven night voyage from Monte-Carlo to Barcelona, for a personalized cruise vacation.

For more information on Azamara’s Spring Double Upgrade offer and a full list of applicable voyages please visit: http://www.azamaraclubcruises.com/special-offers/double-upgrade

Posted: April 1st, 2014 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Explorer Of The Seas To Sail From Southampton In 2015; Adventure Of The Seas To Stay In San Juan

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March 31, 2014 – Royal Caribbean International’s Explorer of the Seas will sail its very first Europe season in summer 2015. The cruise line’s Adventure of the Seas, which was originally announced to homeport at Southampton, U.K., is being exchanged for Explorer of the Seas, which will take over three- to 16-night, roundtrip itineraries from late-April through Sept. 2015. Vacationers can choose among three- and eight-night Northern Europe itineraries, 11- to 16-night Mediterranean itineraries, or 10- to 14-night Madeira, Azores and Canary Islands itineraries. Adventure of the Seas will remain at San Juan, Puerto Rico, to sail seven-night Southern Caribbean cruises throughout the summer season.

Explorer of the Seas will complete an extensive, month-long drydock revitalization before starting seasonal service and boast a wide range of new features, including a newly installed FlowRider surf simulator, 3-D Movie theater, and a new range of onboard restaurants. There will also be all-new staterooms and luxurious suites, plus new virtual balconies that bring live ocean and destination views into interior staterooms. Additional revitalization details will be unveiled at a later date.

Explorer of the Seas will be joined in the U.K. by the industry’s ground-breaking Quantum-class ship Anthem of the Seas at Southampton and Radiance-class Brilliance of the Seas at Harwich, England. Only just revealed last week, the Quantum Class will introduce the new Dynamic Dining experience, offering more choice and flexibility than ever before. With Dynamic Dining, guests are empowered to decide when, where, and with whom to dine – as well as how to dress every evening – among a landscape of 18 restaurants as varied as dining in the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. For more information about the new Dynamic Dining experience, please visit www.RoyalCaribbean.com/DynamicDining.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean Debuts New Era of Dining at Sea on Quantum-Class

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“Dynamic Dining” to Feature Five New Distinct Main Restaurant Concepts, Next-Level Specialty Dining, Partnerships with World-Renowned Chefs, and Smart Reservations Tool

NEW YORK, March 26, 2014 – Royal Caribbean International today revealed its next vision of dining at sea which will debut onboard the much anticipated Quantum-class ships. “Dynamic Dining” is a completely new culinary experience that gives guests on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas a landscape of 18 restaurant concepts as vast and varied as dining in the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. With a new take on the main dining room, guests can choose from five complimentary, full service restaurants, offering more choice and flexibility than ever before. Guests will also be in full control of their own epicurean journey via a smart, new reservations system that empowers them to decide when, where, with whom to dine, and how to dress each evening.

“Royal Caribbean has long offered flexible dining options, but Dynamic Dining provides a whole new level of flexibility, variety and quality. We believe our guests will especially appreciate the array of experiences, the selections of foods and extent of choices in our complimentary, full service restaurants. Our specialty dining options are a WOW, now with Dynamic Dining, we are raising the bar by also offering more choices of high quality, distinctive, complimentary restaurants than ever before – this truly changes everything for us,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “On the Quantum-class ships, guests will have the opportunity to set out on a spectacular culinary journey – with each night strikingly different from the last. This quantum leap builds upon our existing tradition of culinary excellence.”

A New Main Event Each Night

Dynamic Dining reinvents the traditional, common main dining room as five complimentary, full- service restaurants, each with its own distinctive cuisine and immersive ambience that will give guests a more intimate and varied dining experience every night of their cruise. New restaurants exclusive to Royal Caribbean, each helmed by its own Chef de Cuisine, include:

American Icon Grill, a take on the classic American road trip, pulling together best-loved regional favorites into one comfort-style menu

Chic, where the height of contemporary cuisine is realized and the freshest ingredients, such as proteins that pack a punch and sauces made from scratch, are evolved for a modern palate

Silk, a vibrant and exotic destination where the spices of the Far East bring new flavor to adventurous palates through a Pan-Asian menu

The Grande, a luxuriant nod to a bygone era of classic European ocean liners when dining was a time honored ritual, featuring timeless dishes, and where every night is formal night.

Coastal Kitchen, a concept created exclusively for suite guests, fusing Mediterranean influences with the unmatched riches of California’s bountiful farmlands.

Next-Level Specialty Dining

Royal Caribbean’s specialty restaurants have always been known for their quality, presentation and service. Now, the Quantum-class ships will surprise savvy foodists with a new, multi-sensory venue, as well as concepts from award-winning chefs, including the first-at-sea outposts of Jamie’s Italian, the hugely popular restaurant from Britain’s most famous chef and campaigner, Jamie Oliver.

“I’m thrilled to partner with Royal Caribbean, a brand that continually pushes the limits of what’s possible, to debut my very first restaurants at sea onboard the new Quantum-class ships,” said Oliver. “Royal Caribbean shares my approach to food and dining, which is to serve simple, fresh ingredients in a warm, inviting ambience. I couldn’t be more excited to bring my love of Italian cooking to their guests with Jamie’s Italian. It’s going to be brilliant!”

Next-level signature dining options on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas include:

Wonderland, an elaborate feast for the senses in a setting where Royal Caribbean chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes to invent a dreamscape of never-before-seen fare

Jamie’s Italian, featuring rustic Italian favorites, handmade – using seasonal ingredients and Jamie’s tried-and-tested crowd pleasers

Michael’s Genuine Pub, the first American gastropub at sea and the next evolution of Royal Caribbean’s relationship with James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz, offering simply-prepared food and drinks made with quality ingredients from the best artisanal producers

Devinly Decadence at Solarium Bistro, Royal Caribbean’s fittest dining destination, serving the foods you love all under five-hundred calories, designed by Devin Alexander, media personality, New York Times bestselling author and chef of highly-rated television show, “The Biggest Loser”

Additionally, versions of Royal Caribbean favorites, such as Chops Grille steakhouse, Izumi Japanese Cuisine and Chef’s Table, will all return on the Quantum class with a revamped look and even more WOWs than before.

Laid Back Options Round the Clock

As a testament to Royal Caribbean’s commitment to both quality and value, Quantum class promises an even broader choice of complimentary, come-as-you-are eateries, which include:

Windjammer Marketplace, a Royal Caribbean dining mainstay gets a new twist on Quantum class as a global culinary pavilion that invites guests to explore the world, dish by dish through enticing food islands, interactive stations, made-to-order specialties, an on-site bakery and a 24-hour station called The Grill

The Café @ Two70 ̊, a new gourmet marketplace serving savory hot-pressed sandwiches, salads made to order, handmade soups and more

SeaPlex Dog House, the first food truck at sea offering gourmet hot dogs for all to enjoy in SeaPlex, the largest indoor active space at sea

These venues join returning casual-feel favorites including Sorrento’s, Café Promenade and Johnny Rockets (cover charge applies).

Smart Reservation System

Building on a legacy of more than 40 years of innovation and creative design, Royal Caribbean has implemented a number of cutting-edge technological advancements to complement this quantum leap in its culinary offerings. This includes a new reservation system that makes it even easier for guests to make their own choices on when and where they wish to dine. Recognizing guests’ desire to have everything at their fingertips, Royal Caribbean has also developed an all-new planning tool that provides guests full control and flexibility to shape their entire culinary journey prior to departure. The new planning and reservations tool will be available beginning May 15, 2014. For a complete guide to the culinary offerings, visit RoyalCaribbean.com/DynamicDining.

The new Quantum-class will debut in November 2014 with Quantum of the Seas, followed by her sister ship Anthem of the Seas in April 2015. The Quantum-class ships span 16 decks, encompass 167,800 gross registered tons, carry 4,180 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,090 staterooms. Quantum of the Seas will sail out of the New York area from her homeport of Cape Liberty, while Anthem of the Seas will sail from Southampton, England. More information on Quantum-class is available at RoyalCaribbean.com/QuantumoftheSeas.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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Disney Cruise Line Charts a New Course for Norway in 2015

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March 25, 2014 – In summer 2015, Disney Cruise Line is charting a magical new course for northern Europe – exploring for the first time the Norwegian fjords, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Plus, Disney Cruise Line is returning to the Baltic for all-new itineraries, including sailings from Copenhagen, Denmark to St. Petersburg, Russia.

Bookings open to the public on March 27, 2014. More details on 2015 itineraries can be found on the Itineraries and Ports for 2015 section of disneycruise.com.

Norwegian Fjords

On seven and nine-night sailings departing from Copenhagen, Disney Cruise Line guests are immersed in the splendor and charm of Norway with exciting new ports, steeped in Viking history. An 11-night sailing on the Disney Magic takes guests to Iceland and the Faroe Islands for the very first time.

The Norwegian fjords served as the inspiration and backdrop for Disney’s blockbuster animated film, “Frozen.” Here, guests will discover breathtaking natural wonders such as magnificent mountain ranges, massive glaciers, steaming geysers and majestic fjords. The enchanting Scandinavian culture of the region comes to life through local attractions, stunning architecture, storybook villages and historic city centers.

NEW Seven-night Norwegian Fjords
Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark; Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger and Bergen, Norway
Departure date: June 6

NEW Nine-night Norwegian Fjords

Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark; Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger, Molde, Olden and Bergen, Norway
Departure date: June 20

NEW 11-night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland
Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Kristiansand and Stavanger Norway; Akureyri and Reykjavik (overnight), Iceland; Torshavn, Faroe Islands; Dover, England
Departure date: June 29

Rates start at $1,561 per person for seven-night cruises, $2,133 per person for nine-night cruises and $2,453 per person for 11-night Norwegian fjords cruises for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Posted: March 25th, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Splendor Will Offer Several Different Cruise Itineraries From Norfolk In 2015

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March 20, 2014 – Carnival’s return to Norfolk will feature a lot of variety in cruise itineraries in 2015. Carnival Splendor will operate a series of two- to seven-day voyages, including a week-long cruise to Bermuda with three days in port. The 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor is the newest and largest “Fun Ship” ever to operate from the historic Virginia port.

Carnival Splendor’s Norfolk program will kick off in May 2015 and will encompass a wide range of itinerary choices, including:

· A value-packed two-day cruise departing May 16, 2015
· Three, five-day Bahamas cruises calling at Nassau and Freeport, departing May 11, May 18, and October 12, 2015
· A six-day Bahamas cruise calling at the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay, as well as Nassau and Freeport, departing October 17, 2015
· A seven-day Bermuda cruise departing October 23, 2015 that features a three-day call in Bermuda

These voyages from Norfolk provide a wide variety of convenient and affordable cruise options featuring tropical destinations throughout The Bahamas and Bermuda where guests can relax on beautiful beaches, enjoy excellent dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, and visit centuries-old landmarks and attractions.

Carnival Splendor will also sail seasonally in 2015 from New York and Miami. From April to November, the ship will operate a variety four to eight- day itineraries from New York to popular ports in The Bahamas, Caribbean, Canada and Florida.

Cruises from New York to the Canadian Maritimes include four-day voyages visiting Saint John and five-day sailings calling at Saint John and Halifax. Seven-day fall foliage voyages call at Boston, Portland, Maine; Saint John and Halifax, while three different eight-day options are available: a Bahamas/Florida itinerary calling at Port Canaveral, Fla., and Freeport and Nassau; and two eastern Caribbean routes, one featuring San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk, and another visiting Grand Turk, Nassau and the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay.

From November 2015 through April 2016 Carnival Splendor will sail from Miami on seven-day eastern and western Caribbean cruises. Eastern Caribbean cruises will call at St Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk, and Nassau, while the western Caribbean route will call at Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, and Mahogany Bay in Isla Roatan.

Carnival Splendor will also offer special one-way eight-day exotic eastern Caribbean cruises between New York and San Juan on May 24, 2015 and June 1, 2015.

“At many Carnival Conversations travel agent events, we received feedback that consumers want choice. We are pleased to offer a variety of itineraries based on this feedback,” said Joni Rein, Carnival’s vice president of worldwide sales.
Reservations are currently being accepted for all of Carnival Splendor’s sailings from Norfolk, New York, Miami and San Juan.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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First Steel Cut For Norwegian Escape

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March 20, 2014 – The first piece of steel was cut at MEYER WERFT in Papenburg, Germany today for the construction of Norwegian Escape, the first of two new Breakaway Plus Class ships for Norwegian Cruise Line, set for delivery in fall of 2015. Norwegian Cruise Line and MEYER WERFT executives watched as the first plate of steel was cut by a plasma torch in the yard’s state of the art facility. This plate will become part of Block 46 that will comprise the new vessel.

“Norwegian Escape will be the largest ship in our fleet and will continue our legacy of innovation,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian’s chief executive officer. “Cutting the first piece of steel for Norwegian Escape marks the official start of construction for this remarkable ship. We are eagerly anticipating her delivery in October of 2015.”

“Norwegian Escape will be 10th ship that MEYER WERFT has built for Norwegian Cruise Line within the last 15 years and this one is very special, because of the dimensions of approximately 163,000 gross tons and the many new innovations onboard,” said Bernard Meyer, managing partner of MEYER WERFT.

At Cruise Shipping Miami earlier this month, Norwegian announced that Norwegian Escape will homeport year-round in Miami following her delivery in late 2015 and sail a seven-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary starting November 14, 2015; visiting Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. Norwegian also announced that famed marine wildlife artist and champion of ocean conservation Guy Harvey has designed the ship’s signature hull artwork which features an underwater scene of marine wildlife.

Norwegian’s two Breakaway Plus class ships, Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Bliss, will be approximately 163,000 gross tons and offer 4,200 passenger berths. The ships were named by Norwegian’s Facebook fans around the globe. Norwegian Escape will boast all of exciting and innovative features found on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, plus a number of new spaces and interactive experiences that are yet to be announced.

Additional information about Norwegian Escape can be found at www.escape.ncl.com or on our Facebook page at www.ncl.com/facebook. Norwegian Escape’s itineraries are open for Travel Partners to book groups, and will go on sale for Latitudes Rewards Members on March 25 and to the general public on March 26.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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MSC Cruises Announces Two New Ships Will Be Built; Largest In Fleet

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March 20, 2014 – MSC Cruises has signed a letter of intent with STX France to build two new ships, with an option for two additional vessels.

“Growth and development have always been the characteristics that have defined MSC since the very beginning of our journey into the world of cruising. The launch of this prototype and the building of these two new ships confirm our commitment to further growth and to further development. MSC Cruises will expand its capacity by 31%; we will incredibly enrich our offer on board and we will broaden our horizons to ensure we meet the growing global demand in every region,” said MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago.
 MSC Cruises Announces Two New Ships Will Be Built; Largest In Fleet
The first vessel is planned for delivery in 2017, with the second ship debuting in 2019. The ships will be 1033 feet long, 141 feet wide, and have a gross tonnage of 167,600 tons. This puts them in the size range of the soon-to-debut Quantum Of The Seas from Royal Caribbean, and the Norwegian Escape of Norwegian Cruise Line, which will be the primary competitors as MSC moves forward with their plan to be a major player in the contemporary cruise market. MSC recently announced plans to aggressively expand their U.S. presence, doubling their sales force among other initiatives.

The MSC new builds will have 2,250 cabins, and accommodate 5,700 passengers and 1,536 crewmembers.

“The new prototype will be the biggest cruise ship ever built by a European ship owner and the most versatile and flexible of the world: not only will it be able to call in most of the ports and destinations on earth, without compromise, but it will have extraordinary features that will make it the perfect choice at sea, in summer and in winter. The two new ships will reaffirm MSC Cruises’ dedication to outstanding and genuine dining options and out-of-this-world entertainment with new panoramic spaces, a bigger theatre and a spectacular amusement park connected to an outdoor aqua park as well as a two-deck ’inside promenade’,” said Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises.

Features mentioned include specially designed cabins for families, and a larger MSC Yacht Club for guests in those exclusive suites. The new Yacht Club will have a solarium, a private lounge and restaurant, and duplex (two-story) suites.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean Opens Bookings For Winter 2015-16 Caribbean Season, Offering Variety Of Sailings On Four Ships

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March 19, 2014 – Royal Caribbean International today announced that Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas will sail the Caribbean from convenient Florida homeports for the winter 2015-16 season, which are now open for sale.

The world’s largest and most innovative sister-ships Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas will offer vacationers still-matched Caribbean cruises in the 2015-16 winter season. Both ships will homeport at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and alternate a seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. Eastern Caribbean ports of call include Nassau, The Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Maarten, while Western Caribbean ports include Falmouth, Jamaica; Cozumel, Mexico; and Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private beach paradise on the north coast of Haiti.

Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas individually offer the widest array of onboard amenities of any ship in the industry. The ships seven themed neighborhoods that exclusively offer a zip line, a park open to the skies with more than 12,000 plants and trees, a handcrafted carousel, and an Aquatheater for high-diving, aerial-acrobatic productions. Guests also can enjoy Royal Caribbean’s exclusive DreamWorks Experience as well as Broadway musicals. Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas also offer 24 onboard dining options, including the only official Starbucks coffee stores at sea. Guests also have Royal Caribbean signature onboard amenities such as twin FlowRider surf simulators, ice-skating rink, oversized cantilevered whirlpools, and an expansive Royal Promenade, flanked by restaurants, lounges and boutiques and where parades and dance parties are held.

Freedom of the Seas will continue its seventh consecutive year sailing from Port Canaveral along Florida’s Space Coast, alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. The Eastern Caribbean itinerary calls at St. Thomas, St. Maarten and CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private Bahamian-island paradise. The Western Caribbean itinerary calls at Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Cozumel and Labadee.

For its part, Serenade of the Seas will sail 10 and 11 night Southern Caribbean itineraries, roundtrip from Port Everglades. The 10-night itinerary calls at Tortola, St. Kitts, Dominica, Antigua and St. Maarten, with the Dec. 4, 2015, and Feb. 26, 2016, sailings replacing Dominica with Martinique. On the 11-night itinerary, guests will call at Aruba, Antigua, Barbados, Bonaire, Grenada and St. Lucia. A special 12-night holiday sailing includes all the ports from the 11-night itinerary, plus calls at St. Thomas and Labadee. And a once-only, nine-night itinerary will call at the Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and Key West, Fla.

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