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Azamara Club Cruises Appoints Bert Hernandez as Chief Operating Officer

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October 11, 2106 – Azamara Club Cruises has announced the appointment of Bert Hernandez to Chief Operating Officer effective October 31, 2016.

This is a newly created position for the brand and Hernandez will play an important role as the line continues to grow and evolve. Hernandez is no stranger to the cruise industry as he spent the last three years serving as Vice President of Planning, Strategy and Deployment for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and prior to that, enjoyed four years as Vice President of Revenue Management for Celebrity Cruises. An experienced senior executive, he has played a pivotal role in positions across Royal Caribbean’s family of brands.

“Azamara Club Cruises is thrilled to have Bert Hernandez join our dedicated team,” said Larry Pimentel, President and CEO, Azamara Club Cruises. “It’s an exciting time for the brand and Bert brings expertise and knowledge that will be extremely beneficial to our team as we look ahead to Azamara’s bright future. Our Destination Immersion programming is unmatched and we continue to bring unique experiences to our guests because of our talented teams.”

In his new role, Hernandez’s experience as a senior executive with highly developed commercial, planning and management skills will be applied as Azamara continues to implement new and exciting programs, voyages, ports of call and more.

“I am excited to join the Azamara team and look forward to playing an important role in the continued success that lies ahead,” states Bert Hernandez, Chief Operating Officer at Azamara Club Cruises. “I’m ready to dive into this new role and work with the team on this truly unique and special brand.”

Posted: October 11th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean Announces “Project Icon” LNG-powered Class Of Ships

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October 10, 2016 – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) has announced a new class of ships that will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and introduce the use of fuel cell technology, ushering in a new era of shipbuilding that will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The ships will join the fleet of Royal Caribbean International.

RCL said that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with shipbuilder Meyer Turku for the new class of vessel under the project name “Icon.” The vessels will be delivered in the second quarters of 2022 and 2024. In the meantime, the company said, it will begin testing fuel cell technology on an existing Oasis-class ship in 2017, and will also run progressively larger fuel cell projects on new Quantum class vessels being built in the next several years.

The switch to LNG provides further momentum for the technology, which has begun making significant inroads in the maritime industry. “Increasing the commitment to LNG makes it easier for suppliers to make their own infrastructure commitments,” said Fain. “As more ships are built for LNG, the number of ports that support it will grow.” The Icon ships are expected to run primarily on LNG but will also be able to run on distillate fuel, to accommodate occasional itineraries that call on ports without LNG infrastructure.

The introduction of fuel cells represents another dramatic step forward for the maritime industry, which has only made limited experiments using the technology. “We believe fuel cells offer very interesting design possibilities,” said Harri Kulovaara, RCL’s chief of ship design. “As the technology becomes smaller and more efficient, fuel cells become more viable in a significant way to power the ship’s hotel functions. We will begin testing those possibilities as soon as we can, and look to maximize their use when Icon class debuts.”

Kulovaara said RCL had been eyeing fuel cells for nearly a decade, and believes the technology is now at a stage of development that justifies investment. “There is a long lead time for Icon class, and we will use that time to work with Meyer Turku to adapt fuel cell technology for maritime use.” Kulovaara said that additional regulatory standards would also need to be developed for the technology.

Because of the long lead time, Kulovaara said that many Icon design elements are in early stages. The Icon ships would likely accommodate approximately 5,000 passengers, he said, but details are still being worked out.

Icon is the first new ship class announced by RCL since Celebrity Cruises’ new Edge class, which debuts in 2018. The company is also expanding its fleet with new Oasis- and Quantum-class ships for Royal Caribbean International. Fain said the new ships are in line with RCL’s strategy of moderate capacity growth.

This order is contingent upon the completion of contractual conditions, including documentation and financing. Final contracts are expected to be completed by year end. Based upon current ship orders, projected capital expenditures for full year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 are $2.4 billion, $0.5 billion, $2.6 billion, $1.5 billion and $2.0 billion, respectively. Capacity increases for 2016 through 2020 remain unchanged and do not include potential ship sales or additions that the company may elect to make in the future.

Posted: October 10th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Miss USA Deshauna Barber Named Godmother of Carnival Vista

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October 5, 2016 –
Miss USA Deshauna Barber has been named godmother of Carnival Cruise Line’s newest and largest ship, Carnival Vista. Barber made history earlier this year when she became the first woman serving in the U.S. military to win the title of Miss USA.

Barber will officially name the ship during a ceremony that is part of an overnight gala event honoring Operation Homefront and featuring an exclusive invitation-only concert by seven-time GRAMMY-award winning country music super star Carrie Underwood. In addition to the concert, the festivities will include overnight accommodations, meals, activities and entertainment for hundreds of military families.

Miss USA Deshauna Barber

The concert and overnight gala event are the culmination of Honor. Family. Fun., Carnival’s year-long celebration designed to raise funds for Operation Homefront to help the organization fulfill its mission of building strong, stable, and secure military families.

The daughter of a retired Army master sergeant who was a member of the Special Forces, Barber joined the Army Reserve as a quartermaster officer in 2011. After earning her bachelors in business management from Virginia State University, Barber went on to complete her masters in computer information systems from the University of Maryland University College. She currently serves as logistics commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit in Rockville, Md.

A passionate advocate for the U.S. military and a champion of gender equality, Barber will focus her efforts on PTSD treatment for soldiers returning from deployments and suicide prevention throughout the Armed Forces.

“It is truly an honor to be named the godmother of Carnival Vista and I’m very excited to represent the U.S. military and be a part of the ship’s official naming ceremony next month,” said Barber. “I love that Carnival carries more families, including military families, than any other cruise line and I’m looking forward to checking out all of the ship’s many innovative features when I’m on board next month.”

As the line’s newest ship, Carnival Vista has introduced a number of groundbreaking innovations including the first brewery on a North American-based cruise ship, the first IMAX Theatre at sea, the most elaborate water park in the fleet highlighted by the 455-foot-long Kaleid-o-slide, a groundbreaking bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction called SkyRide, and the new Family Harbor with specially designed staterooms for families, a family concierge and more.

Currently sailing its inaugural season in Europe, Carnival Vista will reposition to the U.S. in November operating a pair of 11-day sailings from New York before launching year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean service from Miami later that month.

Posted: October 5th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Norwegian’s Endless Summer Promo Offering Up To $2800 in Added Values

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Plus, holiday bonus of $100 onboard credit is being offered on new Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s sailings.

October 3, 2016 – Norwegian Cruise Line is inviting guests to make the most of Norwegian’s Endless Summer promotion with an extended Free at Sea offer. From now through October 31, 2016, guests can choose from up to five free offers when they book a new cruise vacation.

With Norwegian’s Free at Sea, guests who book a new three-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or minisuite category stateroom† can select their preference of two free choices from five onboard amenity offers, including free unlimited open bar*, free Specialty Dining package*, free prepaid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, a free 250 minute WiFi package**, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer which allows third and fourth guests to sail for free on select dates.

Inside staterooms as well as Norwegian’s Studio staterooms for solo travelers can choose one free offer. Guests who book a sailing in a suite or The Haven by Norwegian® will enjoy all five free amenities, providing up to $2,800 in added value to their cruise.

Guests looking to explore the beauty and majesty of Hawaii on the only ship to sail roundtrip from Honolulu year-round can do so aboard the recently renovated Pride of America, which has her own exclusive Free at Sea offer^. Those who book a new seven-day inter-island Hawaii cruise now through October 31, 2016 aboard Pride of America in any stateroom^ category will have the freedom to select one of five offers to enhance their cruising experience including a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay*** with an option to select reduced airfare starting at $399 from select gateways, a free Specialty Dining Package**, free pre-paid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, a free $50 per port shore excursion credits in up to four ports, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free, where the third and fourth in each stateroom sail for free on select dates. Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America will receive all five offers.

Guests seeking the ultimate holiday getaway can sweeten the deal with a special holiday bonus of $100 in onboard credit, offered on new Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s cruise reservations^*. This credit, combinable with the extended Free At Sea offer, is perfect for purchasing last-minute holiday gifts in one of the onboard boutiques or to toast to the New Year with a relaxing and indulgent spa treatment, and more.

Norwegian’s newest ship, Norwegian Escape, is currently sailing six, seven and eight-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries from Miami. The ship features 27 dining options, Tony Award-winning Broadway entertainment, the largest Aqua Park at sea, the brand’s first nursery with supervised care for young cruisers ages six months to two years, and much more.

To book a cruise aboard a Norwegian ship, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit

Provisions as noted above:

†All sailings 3 nights or longer. Offer is not applicable to categories IX, OX, BX, MX. Norwegian Sky and Pride of America sailings are not eligible for this offer.

*Guests are responsible for an 18% gratuity for retail value for Specialty Dining Package, Unlimited Beverage Package, and/ or the Soda Package, with pricing based on number of cruise nights. Suites or Haven guests will not be responsible for the 18% gratuities related to the Specialty Dining Package, Unlimited Beverage Package, and/or the Soda Package. Number of meals for specialty dining package based on length of itinerary.

** One login per stateroom. On Norwegian Breakaway, stateroom receives an internet package of 250 minutes or 1000 MB of data.

^Pride of America offer available for bookings for cruises through December 31, 2017. Offer is not applicable to categories IX, OX, BX

*** Cruises must be booked more than 30 days prior sailing, when selecting hotel option; if choosing hotel option with air option cruises must be made more than 60 days prior to sailing. Offer valid for Waikiki Marriott Resort-city view room. In the event that the hotel scheduled to be used in package is unavailable, for any reason, Norwegian Cruise Line reserves the right to substitute the hotel included in package. One night pre-hotel offer is available on reservations with 4 guests or less. If choosing 1 night pre hotel option, reservation must be made more than 30 days prior to sailing.

^*Offer is not applicable to categories IX, OX, BX, MX.

Posted: October 3rd, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Norwegian Cruise Line Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Guests, Partners and Team Members are invited to join in anniversary celebration by sharing personal memories with #NorwegiansFirst50

September 29, 2016 – 2016 marks fifty years since the M/S Sunward made her first voyage from Miami to the Caribbean on December 19, 1966, signifying the birth of Norwegian Caribbean Lines. Today, the company now known as Norwegian Cruise Line has 14 ships sailing to more than 300 destinations worldwide. To celebrate this golden milestone, Norwegian is inviting their guests, travel professionals, partners and team members to share fifty years of memories made through the company’s #NorwegiansFirst50 Anniversary Campaign.

“We are celebrating fifty years of incredible moments aboard our ships and it’s the people — our guests, travel partners, team and crew members — who make our history so special. We wouldn’t be here today without their loyalty and dedication,” said Andy Stuart, President and Chief Executive Officer for Norwegian Cruise Line. “We invite everyone who has sailed with us, commemorated a special occasion with us or made memories onboard to share their favorite moments and celebrate our first fifty years along with us.”


Through the global initiative, Norwegian Cruise Line guests, travel partners, and current and former employees are invited to upload their photos and stories to, which showcases a dynamic timeline of photos and stories spanning the brand’s first 50 years. Fans who upload memorable moments to the site, which will serve as a living, growing tribute to 50 years of feeling free out on the water, are encouraged to share their memories with friends on their social networks, with the chance of winning a free cruise as a reward for joining in the celebration (in participating markets).

Those who wish to sail during Norwegian’s official 50th anniversary this December can reserve their stateroom now to join in the fun, with eight-day cruises departing on December 18 from New York to Florida & The Bahamas on Norwegian Breakaway; from Miami to the Western Caribbean on Norwegian Getaway; and from Tampa to the Western Caribbean on Norwegian Jade. On December 19, cruisers can set sail from the Big Apple on Norwegian Gem to the Eastern Caribbean on a 10-day holiday cruise and from Miami on Norwegian Pearl, for a 10-day bucket list Panama Canal adventure. These anniversary cruises also offer a special holiday bonus of $100 in onboard credit, perfect for purchasing last-minute holiday gifts in one of the onboard boutiques or to toast to the New Year with a relaxing and indulgent spa treatment, and more. It’s combinable with Norwegian’s Free At Sea offer, to make for a merry holiday vacation experience for all.

Posted: September 29th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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MSC Cruises Celebrates Plan a Cruise Month

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Offering 2 for 1 Cruise Deals and Cruise Giveaways

#CruiseSmile Sweepstakes offers Consumers Chance to Win a Cruise Vacation on MSC Divina

September 27, 2016 – October is Plan a Cruise Month and MSC Cruises is celebrating by offering consumers the chance to save 50 percent off brochure rates and get two for the price of one on Caribbean, Mediterranean and Northern Europe cruises.

MSC Cruises 2 for 1 Caribbean Cruise Deals

Now sailing year-round from Miami to the Caribbean, consumers can book the 2 for 1 deal on the beautiful and ultra-modern MSC Divina, with prices starting at an amazing $299.50 per person for a 7-night cruise. Plus kids 11 and under sail free on select sailings.

Sample itineraries for sailings on MSC Divina this fall include:

MSC Divina: October 22, 2016 – 7-night cruise departing from Miami, Fla with ports of call in Nassau, Bahamas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Prices start at $299.50 per person.

MSC Divina: December 6, 2016 – 10-night cruise departing from Miami, Fla with ports of call in Cartagena, Colombia; Orangestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; Grand Turk Island, Turks and Caicos; and Nassau, Bahamas. Prices start at $499.50 per person.

MSC Cruises 2 for 1 Mediterranean and Northern Europe Cruise Deals

For travelers looking to explore the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, MSC Cruises 2 for 1 deals in the region start at $409.50 per person for a 7-night cruise, and even include sailings on the next-generation, mega-ship MSC Meraviglia – debuting in June 2017. Plus kids 12 and under sail free.

Sample itineraries for sailings in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe include:

MSC Meraviglia: November 5, 2017 – 7 night cruise departing from Genoa, Italy with ports of call in Naples and Messina Italy; Valletta, Malta; Barcelona, Spain; and Marseille, France. Prices start at $514.50 per person.

MSC Preziosa: September 17, 2017 – 7 night cruise departing from Hamburg, Germany with ports of call in Le Havre, France; Southampton, United Kingdom; Zeebrugge, Belgium; and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Prices start at $599.50 per person.

For complete deal details, including expiration dates, please visit:

#CruiseSmile Consumer Giveaways
During Plan a Cruise Month, the cruise industry is once again launching #CruiseSmile, a simple and exciting digital and social promotion offering consumers the chance to win a cruise vacation each week during the month of October. A variety of cruises will be showcased at under the themes; family-friendly, cultural exploration, fun in the sun and exploring nature. At the end of each week, a sweepstakes winner will be chosen and winners may select one of the featured cruises to best fit their vacation travel preferences.

As part of the sweepstakes, 7-night cruises on MSC Divina will be featured on October 4th, during the family-friendly theme week, and October 20th, during the fun in the sun theme week. Winners of the #CruiseSmile campaign who select MSC Divina as their cruise of choice, will love the dazzling Swarovski staircases, going for a swim in the stylish infinity pool, watching world-class entertainment, eating authentic Mediterranean-style cuisine, and meeting people from all over the world.

Posted: September 29th, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Princess Cruises Offers Exceptional Cruise Savings During Great Escapes Sale

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Save Up to $1,000 Per Stateroom to Destinations Around the World

September 20, 2016 – A hot cruise deal can be found with Princess Cruises Great Escapes Sale but you need to act fast. Special savings of up to $1,000 for cruise destinations including Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaii, California Coast, Australia & New Zealand, Southeast Asia, South America and South Pacific sailings.

In addition to special cruise savings, third and fourth guests in the same stateroom will also save with fares starting at $199 per person in select destinations.

Great Escapes Sale cruise deals include:

Mexican Rivera cruise vacations — 7 days: $499 interior; $749 balcony

Caribbean cruise vacations — 7 days: $699 interior; $899 balcony

Panama Canal cruise vacations — 10 days: $1,199 interior; $1,699 balcony

Australia & New Zealand cruise vacations — 11 days: $1,199 interior; $1,999 balcony

South America cruise vacations — 19 days: $1,249 interior, $2,049 balcony

Southeast Asia cruise vacations — 15 days: $1,399 interior; $2,049 balcony

Hawaiian Islands cruise vacations — 15 days: $1,599 interior; $2,399 balcony

Additional details about the Great Escapes Sale, and other cruise deals and promotions can be found at

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The Great Escapes Sale is available now through 11:59 p.m. PDT on November 16, 2016 and is open to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Bermuda.

Posted: September 20th, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Holland America Line Launches Partnership with America’s Test Kitchen to Bring New Dynamic Cooking Shows on Board

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Shows to debut aboard ms Westerdam and ms Nieuw Amsterdam this fall

September 20, 2016 — Holland America Line turns its culinary programming up a notch with the introduction of dynamic shipboard cooking shows produced in partnership with the long-running public television show America’s Test Kitchen, the most popular how-to-cook show on TV. Holland America Line is a sponsor of America’s Test Kitchen on public television, and is proud to make this experience possible at sea. The initiative was announced today in New York City at a press conference at the prestigious Institute of Culinary Education.

America’s Test Kitchen Coming to Holland America Line

Holland America Line’s shipboard Culinary Arts Center will be transformed to replicate the television set where the prominent America’s Test Kitchen TV shows are recorded for broadcast by more than 350 public television stations nationwide. Designed specifically for Holland America Line, the shipboard shows will be hosted by Holland America Line chefs trained by America’s Test Kitchen culinary experts. Shipboard cooking demonstrations and hands-on workshops — with topics ranging from shaping Asian dumplings to making the perfect pie crust — will combine foolproof, accessible recipes and cooking techniques that are rooted in the rigorous testing and science-based approach of America’s Test Kitchen.

In addition, Holland America Line guests will experience 24-hour access to episodes of America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country television programs in their staterooms.

“America’s Test Kitchen will bring a new take on cooking classes at sea that spans not only recipes but also the science of the cooking process. Its mission is to determine the best methods, ingredients and cooking tools — and now these discoveries will be shared with our guests,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “We provide our guests with tremendously immersive and authentic experiences to enrich their travel, and America’s Test Kitchen’s commitment to delivering a quality culinary experience with a focus on learning is a perfect match.”

Test Kitchen Set

The planned 45-minute demo courses will feature a mix of video content, live instruction, taste tests and recipe samples. Some of the courses in development include Asian Dumplings, Salad for Two, We Love Chocolate, Everything Salmon, Getting to Know Chiles, Flavors of the Mediterranean, Meatless Monday Meals and New Italian Favorites.

Also planned are 90-minute workshops that focus on teaching a specific skill set. Proposed workshops include Perfect Pies and Handmade Pasta.

America’s Test Kitchen demo courses and workshops will begin aboard ms Westerdam October 18 for the ship’s Mexico season and on ms Nieuw Amsterdam November 13 for the Caribbean season. The program is expected to roll out fleetwide by June 2017.

“This is an incredible opportunity for fans of America’s Test Kitchen, and food lovers in general, to immerse themselves in the Test Kitchen experience,” said David Nussbaum, CEO of America’s Test Kitchen. “The classes on board Holland America Line ships will feature our famous foolproof recipes designed to be repeated and enjoyed long after the voyage has ended. We are excited that Holland America Line is helping America’s Test Kitchen reach more enthusiastic home cooks through this onboard experience.”

America’s Test Kitchen is a real place: a no-nonsense, fully equipped, 2,500-square-foot test kitchen located in Brookline, Massachusetts. A team of more than 50 highly qualified test cooks perform thousands of tests every year. The goal? To develop the best recipes and cooking techniques, to review and rate the best cookware and equipment, and to taste-test and recommend brand-name supermarket ingredients for
the home cook. Recipes are tested 30, 40 and sometimes as many as 70 times to arrive at the combination of ingredients, technique, temperature, cooking time and equipment that yields the best, most foolproof recipe.

Recipes and reviews are published in two magazines, Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country, in a growing line of cookbooks and special interest magazines, and on the America’s Test Kitchen websites and through an instructional online Cooking School. They also are featured on two public television series: America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country.

America’s Test Kitchen has earned the respect of the publishing world, the culinary world and millions of home cooks who trust its experts for tried and true advice on recipes, supermarket ingredients and cookware. Similarly, the new Holland America Line shipboard shows will present a combination of well-tested recipes using consumer-available ingredients with kitchen tips and advice on the brands of cookware, utensils and appliances America’s Test Kitchen’s experts have tried and recommend.

Culinary Excellence Shines in Partnerships
America’s Test Kitchen joins Holland America Line’s elite list of food and beverage collaborators who are the leading authorities in their fields. The esteemed Culinary Council is led by Holland America Line’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, who is joined by renowned international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Elizabeth Falkner and Jacques Torres. The line also has exclusive partnerships with Sushi Chef Andy Matsuda and Master Mixologist Dale “King Cocktail” DeGroff.

Posted: September 20th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Cruise Line Named “Most Trusted Cruise Line in America” by Reader’s Digest

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September 20, 2016 – For the second consecutive year, Carnival Cruise Line has been named Most Trusted Cruise Line in America by Reader’s Digest.

The award is based on a poll of more than 5,000 Americans nationwide who were asked to rate products they trust across 40 different categories in areas such as quality, value, and reliability. Carnival received more votes than any other cruise line. The awards are featured in the October issue of Reader’s Digest.

Carnival continues to enhance its onboard offerings, building upon its brand promise of providing fun, memorable vacations at a great value while keeping up with consumer trends and exceeding the expectations of its guests.

Carnival Triumph in New Orleans

Earlier this year marked the debut of the line’s newest, largest and most innovative ship, Carnival Vista, which offers such groundbreaking features as the SkyRide aerial attraction, the first IMAX Theatre at sea, the RedFrog Pub & Brewery that includes the line’s first on-board brewery and the fleet’s largest water park highlighted by the 455-foot-long Kaleid-o-Slide.

Carnival has also expanded upon its exclusive partnerships with Food Network star Guy Fieri with plans to roll out the new Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse on several ships and Dr. Seuss Enterprises, serving as the Official Seagoing Headquarters for The Cat in the Hat’s presidential campaign, part of the fleetwide Seuss at Sea program.

Carnival is also a major supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, raising more than $10 million for the hospital since launching its Care to Play: Carnival for St. Jude Kids program in 2010. As part of its Honor. Family. Fun. program honoring Operation Homefront, an organization that assists military families, Carnival will be hosting an exclusive shipboard concert for military families by seven-time Grammy Award-winning country music superstar Carrie Underwood aboard the new Carnival Vista when it makes its U.S. arrival in November.

The Carnival Journeys enrichment series is also expanding with more than 20 voyages visiting spectacular ports throughout Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and other destinations.

A full list of Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands is available at

Posted: September 20th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Azamara Club Cruises World Wildlife Fund Speaker Series Announced

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Cruise Line Helps Global Conservation Organization Protect and Conserve the Ocean

September 16, 2016 – Azamara Club Cruises is teaming up with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as part of its parent company’s commitment to help protect and conserve one of the world’s most precious resources – the ocean. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL) is unified in the mission to reduce its environmental footprint, further ocean conservation, help marine life thrive and engage the global community to raise awareness about the importance of marine and environmental conservation. Azamara will be hosting an onboard World Wildlife Fund Guest Speaker Series and will also be selling plush on board based on the organization’s iconic panda with 100% of the net proceeds going to support WWF’s global oceans conservation work.

The Series kicked off in June, with WWF’s Dr. Nikhil Advani, a Senior Climate Change Adaption Expert, joining Azamara Journey and speaking with guests about the impact of climate change. The Series will include leading experts covering a range of topics and providing guests with insight into nature’s value to people, business, governments, and biodiversity, wildlife and marine conservation, and food waste and sustainable agriculture. Each WWF expert will share stories of the places and species WWF serves to protect, and the people whose lives the organization serves to improve.

World Wildlife Fund Speaker Series guests will include:

Nilanga Jayasinghe, Program Officer, Wildlife Conservation – Jayasinghe’s focus on Asian species conversation, particularly elephants, rhinos, tigers and snow leopards. She is part of the WWF’s core team working on wildlife conservation.

Cassie O’Connor, Manager, Foundation Relations – O’Connor works with the foundation to staff to provide support to conservation projects throughout the world.

Pete Pearson, Director of Food Waste – Pearson works on food waste prevention and food recovery, helping businesses understand the intersection of agriculture and wildlife conservation. For almost a decade, he has worked as a change agent within various businesses and non-profits on regenerative agriculture, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Dr. Sybille Klenzendorf, Senior Biologist, Wildlife Conservation – Dr. Klenzendorf leads wildlife conflict mitigation and Arctic species conservation issues for the WWF network.

Michael Osmond, Senior Program Officer – Osmond works on fisheries improvement projects, fisheries technology innovations and bycatch reduction efforts across World Wildlife Fund and manages a collaborative program that brings together the fishing industry, research institutes, universities and governments to inspire and reward practical, innovative fishing gear designs that reduce bycatch.

Nicky Sundt, Consultant on Energy and Climate Change Issues- Sundt has more than 35 years of experience in government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. He most recently served as WWF’s director of Climate Science and Policy Integration, having previously worked as WWF’s director of Climate Communications.

“We created a World Wildlife Fund Speaker Series as part of Royal Caribbean LTD’s broad partnership because our team and our guests seek out opportunities to learn through experience. Hosting these experts onboard to conduct educational sessions on our ships about ocean conservation while at sea allows our team and guests to be deeper connected to and engaged in the cause,” says Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. “As we sail from port to port, it’s imperative to appreciate the bodies of water that make our travel possible and protect the ocean life that inhabit them. This partnership will be a meaningful one for our guests and all employees here at Azamara.”
“To conserve and sustain our oceans requires first that we understand them and the threats they face,” says Brad Ack, Senior Vice President, Oceans at WWF. “As we work with RCL’s family of brands on committing to and achieving measurable sustainability targets, we hope to engage and inspire passengers to participate actively in ensuring the long term health of our planet’s oceans.”

For more information about the partnership and to learn about Azamara and RCL’s 2020 sustainability targets, visit

Posted: September 16th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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