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RCCL & World Wildlife Fund Announce Global Partnership For Ocean Conservation

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5-year partnership sets ambitious and measurable goals to reduce company’s environmental footprint

January 25, 2016 – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced today a five-year global partnership to help ensure the long-term health of the oceans.

The partners will set measurable and achievable sustainability targets that will reduce Royal Caribbean’s environmental footprint, raise awareness about ocean conservation among the company’s more than five million guests, and support WWF’s global oceans conservation work.

The targets announced today focus on supply chain sustainability and emissions reductions through 2020. Royal Caribbean and WWF also are working together to develop targets aimed at strengthening the company’s sustainable sourcing strategy and its destination stewardship and sustainable tour operations platforms.

“Our mantra at Royal Caribbean is ‘Continuous Improvement,’ and this partnership with WWF represents a great opportunity to make a big step forward in meeting our special responsibility to protect the oceans,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “It is also gratifying to see that our determination to make a meaningful difference is shared by our employees and our guests. This new partnership aligns all of us at RCL with WWF’s mission to conserve the world’s oceans. Together we are setting aggressive goals and together we will start implementing them right away.”

“The threats that are facing the ocean are greater than ever – in the last 30 years, some ocean wildlife populations have declined by nearly 50 percent. If we are going to reverse the downward trends, we must take serious steps to repair, restore and protect the oceans,” said Carter Roberts, WWF-US President and CEO. “This initiative centers on two core concepts: first, committing to specific and measurable targets to reduce carbon emissions, increase sustainable sourcing and build destination stewardship; and second, comprehensively engaging their millions of travelers to learn about the ocean and then act to help save it.”

Royal Caribbean Cruises and WWF jointly developed new 2020 environmental sustainability targets for the company that includes:

Carbon Emissions 2020 Target:
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent by 2020.

Sustainable Seafood 2020 Target:
Responsibly source 90% of its wild-caught seafood by volume from MSC certified sustainable fisheries, fisheries in full assessment for MSC certification, comprehensive Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs), and/or sourced from International Seafood Sustainability Association (ISSA) member companies.

In North America and Europe operations, responsibly source 75% of its farmed seafood by volume from ASC certified responsible farms, farms in full assessment for ASC certification, and/or comprehensive aquaculture improvement projects.

In addition, by June 30, 2016, RCL will set specific traceability goals with targets for obtaining MSC and ASC chain of custody.

In addition, Royal Caribbean and WWF have agreed to develop and announce new targets by June 30 that will address destination stewardship. As part of this, WWF and RCL will collaborate to strengthen RCL’s destination sustainability assessment and selection process.

Royal Caribbean also will financially support WWF’s global ocean conservation work through a $5 million philanthropic contribution during the partnership, and will collaborate with WWF to build global awareness about ocean conservation issues among its millions of passengers.

The organizations made their announcement at an event in Donsol, Sorsogon, Philippines that is home to a model community-based ecotourism program. At the event, RCL also made a separate, $200,000 donation to WWF Philippines in support of conservation programs in the Donsol area.

For more information about the Royal Caribbean’s efforts and the WWF partnership, visit:

Posted: January 25th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean’s Ovation Of The Seas Will Showcase Chinese Culture

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Countdown to “2016 – Let’s Ovation” Campaign for Ovation of the Seas’ Maiden Voyage in China Begins

January 19, 2016 – Royal Caribbean International and the Imperial Palace Museum (the Palace Museum) held a joint press conference today at a signing ceremony for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement in the Forbidden City’s Jianfu Palace. Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s newest ship that debuts in April, will be the first to homeport in China immediately after its delivery. Her name is interpreted in Chinese as “praising the world and welcoming guests from everywhere” and she will offer a world-class international cruise vacation experience to guests from Tianjin beginning June 2016. The signing ceremony officially launches the “2016 – Let’s Ovation” campaign in China and marks the countdown to Ovation of the Seas’ maiden voyage in China.

As part of the agreement, experts from different research fields selected by the Palace Museum will be invited to give lectures of Chinese history and culture to guests on Ovation of the Seas. The Palace Museum also will provide professional consultation of the ship’s interior décor and art program. In addition, signature pieces from the collections of the Imperial Palace Museum will be on display to promote the traditional culture and arts of China. Paintings and art pieces created by artists from the Palace Museum will be available for guests to purchase at auctions held onboard.

“We are proud of the extensive collection of art and relics that represent the imperial treasures of the Ming and Qing Dynasties and it is our goal at The Palace Museum to showcase the traditional Chinese culture to people all over the world,” said Shan Jixian, Director of the Imperial Palace Museum. “This partnership with Royal Caribbean International and our programs on Ovation of the Seas will help to further these objectives. We are excited to promote the rich heritage of the Forbidden City and China to the guests of the world’s largest global cruise line and we hope to continue to expand on these efforts.”

Dr. Zinan Liu, President of North APAC and China, Royal Caribbean International said: “Cruising is becoming increasingly popular with Chinese travelers and Royal Caribbean’s award-winning and state-of-the-art ships with features found only on Royal Caribbean are very appealing to those consumers looking for a high quality vacation experience. Quantum of the Seas has been very well received by our Chinese guests and we are excited to now bring Ovation of the Seas to Tianjin. Sailing two of the world’s newest and most technologically advanced ships in China demonstrate our leadership and commitment to the market and this partnership with the Palace Museum showcasing China’s rich heritage will bring yet another unique element to our vacation offering.”

Ovation of the Seas will be officially launched in April 2016, when she departs Southampton for Tianjin, China on a 53-day Global Odyssey. She will begin her first homeport sailing season in China from Tianjin in June 2016. Ovation of the Seas, together with Quantum of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Legend of the Seas, will make up the largest fleet of any cruise line sailing in China.

Posted: January 19th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean’s Harmony Of The Seas To Feature Impressive Entertainment Choices

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All-New Shows, Original Productions and More

Royal Caribbean International’s Harmony of the Seas – sailing the Western Mediterranean, beginning in May 2016, and coming to Florida in November 2016 – is setting the stage for an entertainment ensemble unlike anything I’ve ever seen before in one place.

Considered by many of us in the travel media as the most innovative cruise line, Royal Caribbean is opening the curtain on surprising entertainment options onboard Harmony of the Seas – from Broadway’s hit musical Grease, to high-tech, high-definition ice shows in Studio B and the always jaw-dropping, high-flying, immersive performances at the oceanfront AquaTheater. The cruise line also presents Puzzle Break, an interactive, problem solving group activity, is in a dedicated, fully-produced space, fit for a Hollywood studio where guests are challenged to Escape the Rubicon. And those are just a few of the myriad choices Harmony Of The Seas will feature.

“We are taking entertainment to the next level on Harmony of the Seas with more captivating, immersive entertainment experiences than ever before,” said Nick Weir, Vice President, Entertainment, Royal Caribbean International. “The level of innovation that has gone into our latest lineup is truly mind blowing, and Harmony guests can expect the unexpected with our biggest, most awe-inspiring stage yet.”

The Royal Theater is home to two headline shows presented by Royal Caribbean Productions:

Columbus, The Musical!– an original Royal Caribbean production created in the spirit of “Spamalot” and “Something Rotten,” the story recounts the imagined history of Marvin Columbus, Christopher’s fictional, down on his luck, distant cousin. Banished from his family’s kingdom, Marvin sets sail on a madcap voyage of discovery in the hopes of claiming his own place in history. Unforeseen romance and a “happily ever after” story are on the map as Marvin Columbus crashes into his Caribbean destiny. A breathtaking and revolutionary set design, transporting the audience across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, will awe the entire family and adults will thoroughly enjoy the smart, nuanced humor.

Grease – the all-new, never-before-seen stage production, specially adapted by Royal Caribbean Productions, will boast original choreography, costumes and aerial elements set to amaze the most seasoned theater goers. Featuring a soundtrack of crowd favorites such as “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Born to Hand-Jive,” “Beauty School Dropout” and more, guests will follow the romantic twists and turns of Sandy and Danny as they navigate the tricky social waters of Rydell High School while keeping their reputations – and relationship – together.

New AquaTheater shows include:

The Fine Line – a journey from extreme to extraordinary, The Fine Line is the AquaTheater redefined with high-flying feats, mind blowing stunts and physically demanding acrobatics brought to life by the world’s best extreme-sport athletes. Designed as a 360° immersive entertainment show, guests will be wishing for eyes in the back of their head to take in all the action happening around them.

Hideaway Heist –
a dive into hilarious escapades, guests will steal some laughs and experience amazing wows with Royal Caribbean’s new comedy dive show. This action packed comedy show jumps into the world of a swanky 1950’s holiday resort where guys ‘n’ dolls take the audience on a frolicking escapade in, on and around the pool as an undercover detective, playing the part of a high-rolling vacationer, pursues a crafty burglar. Guests can expect plenty of family-friendly fun and awe-inspiring performance tricks as the staff of the Hideaway Resort solve the crime of a century.

New Studio B ice show performances include:

1887 –
an original Royal Caribbean production about love and adventure that begins in Paris on February 14, 1887 at the height of the career of Jules Verne, renowned author of timeless adventure novels such as “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (1864), “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” (1870), and “Around the World in Eighty Days” (1873). Beginning their journey on the frozen River Seine, Juliet and her mysterious time traveling companion, the Tempus, travel in multiple dimensions to discover the wonders of the world, and of the heart. World-class skaters and striking technology combine in a unique way that is guaranteed to leave audiences both breathless and emotionally touched.

iSkate Showcase – a Studio B ice show unlike any other where Royal Caribbean’s talented skaters put their best blade forward in a dazzling showcase of their very best moves set to their own favorite tunes. The cast goes rogue and anything can happen, so I am really looking forward to seeing this!

Fan Favorites Hit a High Note

Puzzle Break: Escape the Rubicon – a puzzle that transports players to another world and another time where they must ESCAPE! Players will collaborate with friends, old and new, as they attempt to find the hidden clues needed to solve a collection of puzzles that will eventually unravel the mystery of the Rubicon. With only 60 minutes of life-support, the suspense builds with every tick of the clock. For the first time, this remarkably popular activity will take place in a dedicated space designed in partnership with ShowFX Inc., a staple for Hollywood studios’ engineering, design and fabrication of custom entertainment equipment.

Red Party – the hottest high-energy party at sea. With DJs, surprise performances, special effects and technology, this all out nightlife extravaganza is an experience not to be missed.

Stowaway Piano – the pop-up piano player, which originally debuted on Anthem of the Seas, heads to Harmony. Behind the door. Around the corner. In the elevator. By the pool. Guests never know where the Stowaway Piano will turn up next.

On the Royal Promenade, Harmony of the Seas continues the tradition of Royal Caribbean’s signature theme nights and parades with:

Totally Awesome 90s – Harmony of the Seas debuts the evolution of Royal Caribbean’s much-loved Promenade 70s Party as the clock is pushed forward to the 90s. Guests can party it up in a new era when soundtracks are dominated by teen pop, dance-pop and the growing popularity of hip hop. A live DJ spinning favorite 90s hits, live pop-up performances and crazy neon track suits set the stage to transport partygoers back to this totally awesome decade.

Let’s Celebrate! – when on a cruise, vacationers really don’t need an excuse to celebrate, but Royal Caribbean is giving guests one anyway with Let’s Celebrate! – the ultimate celebration of celebrations. Halloween, Birthdays, St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve will all be celebrated at once, in a wild and crazy parade that’s truly unforgettable.

Guests on Harmony of the Seas also can belt out tunes at the On Air Club, revel in a symphony of brass brilliance with the High Cs Horns, Harmony’s very own horn-led, nine piece orchestra, and take in live comedy and music at Harmony’s brand new nighttime hotspot, The Attic.

Posted: January 14th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Inspiration Will Receive Extensive Renovation

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Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar,
Cherry on Top and Alchemy Bar

January 14, 2016 – Great news for west coast cruisers! The Carnival Inspiration will undergo a multi-million-dollar makeover that will add a wide range of new dining and bar innovations next month.

The new features will be incorporated during a three-week dry dock taking place from Jan. 18 to Feb. 5, 2016. Following the renovation, the ship will resume its year-round schedule of three- and four-day Baja cruises from Long Beach, California.

Alchemy Bar

Here’s a look at the new options that will be added to Carnival Inspiration:

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

RedFrog Rum Bar, a poolside watering hole offering the quintessential Caribbean vacation vibe with refreshing Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival’s own private label draught brew, ThirstyFrog Red

Alchemy Bar, a vintage-themed “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

BlueIguana Tequila Bar, a fun and festive outdoor bar offering a laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere and tequila-based frozen drinks and beers, perfect for chillin’ by the pool

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

On its year-round short cruise program from Long Beach, Carnival Inspiration departs every Friday on three-day cruises to Ensenada and every Monday on four-day cruises to Ensenada and Catalina Island.

Posted: January 14th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean Announces 2015 Travel Partner Award Recipients

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January 14, 2016 – Royal Caribbean International today announced the award recipients of their annual Travel Partners of the Year for the United States of America and Canada. Cruise Planner – an American Express representative – received their first Chairman’s Award for Overall Achievement, making this their ninth consecutive award and was awarded the President’s Award for Overall Achievement. Royal Caribbean’s Travel Partners of the Year list recognizes top performing travel agent partners who display extraordinary loyalty and commitment to the cruise line.

“Royal Caribbean is delighted to name our 2015 Travel Partners of the Year to recognize these incredibly successful and meaningful partnerships,” said Vicki Freed, senior vice president, Sales, Trade Support and Services, Royal Caribbean International. “We are driven by our ongoing commitment to travel agents and are very proud to acknowledge these travel partners who have displayed an exemplary commitment to our brand and achieved significant growth in their business with us. We thank all of our valued travel agent partners for recommending Royal Caribbean to their clients and their important role in creating incredible adventures for our guests.”

Royal Caribbean’s 2015 Travel Partners of the Year award recipients are as follows:

Chairman’s Award for Overall Achievement: Cruise Planners- An American Express Representative

President’s Award for Overall Achievement:

National Partner of the Year:  AAA/CAA

Home-based Partner of the Year:  Nexion, LLC

Online Partner of the Year: Expedia, Inc.

Consortia Partner of the Year: Ensemble Travel Group

Corporate Incentive Partner of the Year: Maritz Travel Company

Luxury Partner of the Year: Virtuoso

Loyalty Partner of the Year: CruCon Cruise Outlet Plus, Inc.

Marketing Partner of the Year: Avoya Travel

Southeast Partner of the Year: Educational Travel Service, Inc.

Northeast Partner of the Year: Autism on the Seas

Central Partner of the Year: AAA Allied Group

West Partner of the Year: Auto Club Enterprises/AAA Travel

Canada Partner of the Year: Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Posted: January 14th, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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MSC Cruises Unveils “Not Just Any Cruise” Advertising Campaign

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New Campaign airing in Europe now and will hit the US market in mid-2016

January 12, 2016 – MSC Cruises has unveiled its new global brand positioning at a series of international media events across Europe. Building on MSC Cruises’ core brand heritage, the new positioning was developed to support the company’s upcoming global growth plan. MSC Cruises is in the midst of a $6 billion investment plan which will double capacity for the company’s fleet and bring seven next-generation ships into service between 2017 and 2022.

This new positioning follows a year-long global consumer research study into vacationers’ needs, perceptions of MSC Cruises’ current products and the brand’s core qualities. The powerful consumer insight gathered from nearly 3,000 hours of interviews by leading research agencies TNS and IPSOS shaped the evolution of MSC Cruises’ new brand positioning to build upon the brand’s existing core assets and heritage. It also projects a fresh identity of the brand experience that is confident and distinct.

The new positioning offers a fresh vision of the MSC Cruises experience, showcasing where the elegant side of the Mediterranean meets the professionalism, dedication and meticulous attention to detail already typical of MSC Cruises. The fusion of these elements is captured by the new communications campaign, “Not Just Any Cruise” – a promise that underscores the key distinguishing elements of the MSC Cruises experience: modern ships, comfortable accommodations, always fresh and authentic food, award-winning entertainment, plenty of relaxation, impeccable service, expertise and elegant design.

“We are a highly ambitious company that will double in size over the next six years. It’s important that we evolve our positioning along with this growth to ensure the experience delivered meets and exceeds the needs and desires of cruisers from across the world,” commented MSC Cruises Chief Executive Officer Gianni Onorato. “The new positioning, which is a further evolution of our core values, clearly and firmly communicates our passion for offering each of our guests unique on-board experiences by giving close personal attention to every detail. It speaks of our values and our commitment to giving them unforgettable cruises. Additionally, it exemplifies our stronger than ever global profile at a time when we are in the midst of the next phase of our growth with an unprecedented $6 billion, seven next-generation ship investment plan.”

Posted: January 12th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Holland America Partners with James Beard Winner Dale DeGroff to Create Menu of Unique Libations

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DeGroff’s innovative cocktail recipes debut in bars on ms Eurodam

January 11, 2016 —
Whether you like your drinks on the rocks, straight up, shaken or stirred, Holland America Line’s new partnership with 2015 James Beard Who’s Who Inductee and Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff brings an innovative menu of creative cocktails to the premium cruise line. DeGroff’s creations will debut aboard ms Eurodam this month and will expand fleetwide by springtime.

DeGroff — known as “King Cocktail,” author of two best-selling cocktail books and founding president of The Museum of the American Cocktail — has developed a drink menu to showcase artfully prepared signature classics as well as some unique originals.

DeGroff’s signature cocktails will be served in the Gallery Bar, introduced on ms Eurodam following a December 2015 drydock, and in other shipboard bars and lounges, including Ocean Bar, Explorer’s Lounge, Crow’s Nest and Tamarind Bar, as well as more casual outlets such as the Lido pool bar. His creations will be served fleetwide by spring 2016.

DeGroff’s cocktail menu includes the Gallery Gimlet, Hemingway Daiquiri, Yuzu Margarita, The Ritz Cocktail, Whiskey and Joe, Another Shade of Greyhound, and a “Slightly Less Than Perfect” Perfect Manhattan. Many of these drinks have a storied past. The Hemingway Daiquiri is a unique spin off of Hemingway’s favorite drink, the Papa Doble. The Ritz Cocktail is a dazzling champagne cocktail presented with a burst of flamed orange peel and was one of the most popular drinks at the legendary Rainbow Room where DeGroff created it as a tribute to the Ritz cocktails of Paris and Madrid.

In addition to creating exclusive cocktails for all Holland America Line bars, DeGroff also will oversee staff training to ensure his signature cocktails will be crafted to perfection.

About Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff
DeGroff developed skills, techniques and expertise while tending bar for three decades at various notable establishments including New York’s famous Rainbow Room. He has received the James Beard Award for Wine & Spirits, was inducted into the prestigious James Beard Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America in 2015 and is author of The Essential Cocktail and The Craft of the Cocktail. He is a partner in the award-winning Beverage Alcohol Resource bar-training program and founding president of the Museum of the American Cocktail. DeGroff also produces his own Dale DeGroff’s Aromatic Bitters brand, which he developed with renowned absinthe distiller Ted Breaux.

Posted: January 12th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Wins First Place for ‘Best Cruise Line’ and ‘Best Cruise Ship For Dining’ in USA Today’s “10Best” Readers’ Choice Awards

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January 11, 2016 – Carnival Cruise Line took top honors in two categories in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, earning accolades for “Best Cruise Line” and “Best Cruise Ship For Dining” (Carnival Breeze).

The awards were based on nominations from a team of cruise industry experts and the winners were determined by an online vote by USA Today readers.

Carnival earned “Best Cruise Line” honors for its affordable, high quality vacation experience that offers a variety of onboard features and facilities, from the exclusive Seuss at Sea program in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to luxurious spas and hilarious comedy shows at the Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez.

Carnival Breeze was named “Best Cruise Ship For Dining” for its wide range of tantalizing culinary options, including Bonsai Sushi, the elegant Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, the Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant, and hand-crafted burgers and fries at Guy’s Burger Joint developed in tandem with Food Network star Guy Fieri. (Trust me – a Guy’s Burger is the best you’ll get anywhere at sea, and it’s included in your cruise price)

“Receiving this recognition is a wonderful validation of all the hard work our shipboard and shoreside teams put into providing our guests with fun, memorable vacations, which, of course, includes offering an array of delicious dining choices that are considered a highlight of a Carnival cruise,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival’s president. “We would also like to thank our valued travel agent partners for their support in sharing the myriad benefits and exceptional value of cruise vacations with their clients,” she added.

Posted: January 11th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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MSC Divina Garners “Gold Travvy Award” For Best Large Cruise Ship

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January 8, 2016 – MSC Cruises has been recognized for its Mediterranean cruise experience, winning a Gold Travvy Award for Best Cruise Ship in the Large Ship category for MSC Divina. On the evening of January 6, the company was presented the award at the annual Travvy Awards gala at Gotham Hall in New York City.

The 2016 Travvy Awards, presented by travAlliance media, recognizes the highest standards of excellence in the travel industry today, and honors travel companies, travel products, travel agencies, travel executives, travel agents and destinations for their outstanding achievements.

MSC Divina

“We’re honored to accept this award that represents our commitment to excellence for our guests,” noted Ken Muskat, Executive Vice President of MSC Cruises. “This marks a strong start to 2016 and we are looking forward to what the rest of the year has in store for our brand.”

MSC Divina is one of the company’s most ultramodern ships in the MSC fleet, sailing year round from Miami to various Caribbean destinations. Christened by Sophia Loren, MSC Divina is often recognized for its artfully chosen décor and design, meticulously cultivated culinary offerings, culture-rich entertainment options and warm hospitality, embodying a true Mediterranean spirit for all who board.

More than 39,000 agents and travel professionals voted for this year’s winners, making the selection highly competitive. MSC Cruises also received multiple Silver Travvy Awards for the following categories: Best Cruise Line, South America, Most Innovative Executive in the Large Cruise Ships category received by Executive Vice President, Ken Muskat, and Jeffrey Herzfeld, Director of Consumer Sales, receiving Rising Star in the Cruise category.

Posted: January 8th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Holland America Line Reveals 15 Guest Competitors for ‘Dancing with the Stars: At Sea’

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Champions Cruise Departing Jan. 10, 2016

January 6, 2016 – Holland America Line has announced the 15 winning guest finalists who will compete on the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champions Cruise Jan. 10, 2016, aboard ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Each winner represents one of the ships in Holland America Line’s fleet (including the former ms Ryndam and ms Statendam) and was selected via the onboard “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” dance competitions held throughout the past year on every sailing.

The 15 guests and their professional shipboard dance partners will perform and compete in the main show lounge for guests. The winning couple will walk away with the coveted Holland America Line “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Mirrorball Trophy and title of Holland America Line’s “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champion.

Dancing With Stars At Sea

“The onboard dance competitions have been fierce this year and we’ve seen incredible talent among our guests throughout this program,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “These 15 guests rose above the rest to earn their spot on the Champions Cruise, and we look forward to awarding the Mirrorball Trophy to the best of the best at the end of the cruise. Good luck to all of the competitors.”

The finalists who will compete on the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champions Cruise are:

Stephanie Wilson of Maitland, Florida, representing ms Amsterdam.
John Justin Lannin of Portola Valley, California, representing ms Eurodam.
Katrina Pedersen of Provo, Utah, representing ms Maasdam.
Remco Van De Weerdt of Amsterdam, Netherlands, representing ms Nieuw Amsterdam.
Stephen Reynolds of Atlanta, Georgia, representing ms Noordam.
Cara Henry of Hannon, Ontario, Canada, representing ms Oosterdam.
Rick Kerby of Sarasota, Florida, representing ms Prinsendam.
Eduardo Antonio Aguilar Castro of Mexico City, Mexico, representing ms Rotterdam.
Vivianne Bakker of Amsterdam, Netherlands, representing ms Ryndam.
Susan De Villez of Fullerton, California, representing ms Statendam.
Sunao Magara of Orlando, Florida, representing ms Veendam.
Elise Jensen of Mangerton, New South Wales, Australia, representing ms Volendam.
Dwight Cenat of Jacksonville, Florida, representing ms Westerdam.
Gisele Meloche of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, representing ms Zaandam.
Harold Aarons of Brooklyn, New York, representing ms Zuiderdam.

Joining the Champions Cruise to perform in a special production show are professional dancers and “Dancing with the Stars” champions Kym Johnson and Tony Dovolani. Celebrities set to perform are America’s favorite TV mom Florence Henderson and television personality Carson Kressley.

The “Dancing with the Stars” talent will dazzle the audience in the main show lounge as they perform new dances and numbers from the hit television series, which is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Additional events on the cruise include a special fashion show featuring the glamorous show costumes and a chance to meet the dance pros and celebrities, ask questions and take photos with them.

The Jan. 10 Champions Cruise visits the eastern Caribbean, sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with calls at Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Half Moon Cay, the line’s award-winning private island in the Bahamas.

Holland America Line’s partnership with “Dancing with the Stars” culminates with this Champions Cruise following a successful, three-year collaboration.

Posted: January 7th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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