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Azamara Offering Great Deals with ‘Buy One Get One Half Off Plus’ Sale

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December 20, 2016 – Azamara Club Cruises is our favorite upscale cruise line and they are offering exclusive savings on some of the most popular 2017 and 2018 voyages. Now through March 31, 2017, guests can receive half off the second guest, plus enhance their onboard experience with complimentary internet for Club Oceanview and higher staterooms through the line’s Buy One Get One Half Off Plus Sale. Guests who are booking the back-to-back “31 Nights in the Med” voyage in July, will also receive an incredible $3,100 onboard credit per stateroom.

Some of the featured sailings:

·Route of the Frankincense: Relive history dating back to 7th Century BC as you travel a route frequented by ancient spice traders with 17 nights of unique cultural opportunities. An evening sailing the Red Sea leads to an overnight in Aqaba, Jordan giving travelers the chance to experience Petra, an ancient city carved into the side of the Nabateans Mountain – For sure a bucket list item. Destination Immersion at its finest!

·Island Voyage through Bali: Guests can steep themselves in the rich spiritual traditions of Asia by visiting the world’s largest Buddhist monument, laid out in the shape of a lotus, followed by a venture to Prambanan, considered the world’s most beautiful Hindu temple. Watch as women hand roll clove cigarettes in Surabaya followed by a tour of villages in Bali dotted with temples and lush rice terraces.

·Adventure in the Algarve: The trip throughout Spain blends feasting, history and nightlife – dine in Valencia, Spain where paella was invented, then rent a bike at the Torres de Serranos to tour the spectacular City of Arts and Sciences museum complex and cap off the night with a trip to the clubs. Late night stays in port allow for plenty of time visiting the largest Gothic building in the world in Seville and to tour Portimao, Portugal.

·From Australia to Asia: As the voyage begins in Sydney, guests are encouraged to take advantage of snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, touring the aboriginal galleries and hiking the Kakadu National Park. Next up, in Bali guests can ride an elephant and take in views of legendary rice fields. This voyage is part of Azamara’s first ever World Journey – the adventure of a lifetime – with 102 days of extraordinary travel around the world.

31 Nights In The Med
Azamara has also announced a new offer featuring a $3,100 onboard credit per stateroom for a 31-day voyage opportunity from Greece to Rome (promotion code MED31). Savings start on bookings made December 12, 2016 through March 31, 2017, and is combinable with the line’s Buy One Get One Half Off Plus offer, which includes unlimited internet access. (Please read the booking rules at the bottom of this article in order to get this deal)

From the Greek Isles to Venice and the Balearic Islands, Azamara spends more time in ports with overnights and night touring to bring new adventures to even the most seasoned travelers. From tasting regional olive oils and fresh bread at a local restaurant recommended by the line’s Cruise Global, Eat Local program to spending an evening at a chateau with an orchestra during an AzAmazing Evenings event, travelers are able to experience destinations through enriching and custom curated experiences. The 31 Nights in the Med offer is valid when four Azamara Quest sailings are booked concurrently for a full Mediterranean voyage.

Highlights include:

Exploring the Greek Isles & Adriatic Sea: Wander through the cobblestoned streets of Koper’s Old Town and find no shortage of historic encounters in the Old City of Dubrovnik, two of Europe’s hidden gems. After a day at sea, relax and take in the stunning Greek isles with whitewashed seaside homes.

Venice and Chic Coastal Life: Explore the maze-like streets of Kotor and discover impeccable Montenegrin hospitality at the many shops, bars and restaurants. Get a taste of island life on Corfu. Sip on sweet kumquat liqueur in Old Town or people watch over a cup of strong coffee in Liston neighborhood.

Rich History of Italy, France and Spain: Discover the Eternal City of Rome where the works of the Old Masters and ancient Roman ruins can be found around every corner. With nights in each port, revel in the dazzling nightlife of the French Riviera alongside Europe’s elite. Indulge in a glass of pastis in Marseilles after a day of exploring the city’s unique markets and lively neighborhoods.

Mediterranean Island Escapes: Island hop around the most iconic and storied Mediterranean islands with white sand beaches and unmatched nightlife. Balanced on the edge of the seawall in Palma, the imposing gothic Cathedral boasts some of the world’s largest and most intricate stained glass windows. History buffs shouldn’t miss the opportunity to take a Land Discoveries® tour to Villa San Martino, the residence of Napoleon during his time in exile.

For more information as well as full list of applicable voyages visit www.Azamaraclubcruises.com/BOGO, travelers can call their travel professional, dial 1-877-999-9553, or visit AzamaraClubCruises.com.

BOGOHO+ Terms & Conditions:

BOGOHO: Second Guest 50% Off (BOGOHO) Offer provides 50% off cruise fare of the second guest booked in the same stateroom as the first full fare paying guest. Offer applies to all stateroom categories and is based on availability.

BOGOHO Plus: Offer provides one Unlimited Internet package for guests booked in a Club Oceanview or higher stateroom under BOGOHO Offer. Unlimited Internet package provides guests with unlimited internet minutes for use onboard; one device per booking/stateroom. Internet connectivity and speed is subject to location of ship, availability of satellite signal, and is not guaranteed 100% of the time. Limit one Offer per stateroom. Promo Code (BOGOHO+) must be listed in reservation at time of booking.

31-NIGHTS IN THE MED – ONBOARD SPENDING CREDIT (OBC): Offer provides a $3,100 Onboard Credit when guest books all four Quest sailings together. Guest must book the following 4 consecutive 2017 Azamara Quest sailings: 5-July, 14-July, 22-July, and 29-July (“Full Voyage”) to be eligible for this part of the offer. Offer applies to all stateroom categories. Promo Code (MED31) must be listed in reservation at time of booking. Limit one Offer per stateroom. OBC is in USD, based on double occupancy, has no cash value, is not redeemable for cash, is not transferable and will expire if not used by 10:00 PM on the last evening of the voyage. Onboard credit cannot be used in the Casino or for future cruise bookings. OBC is not available for 3rd guest in a stateroom.

Posted: December 20th, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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The Target is Zero Landfill: RCCL’s Latest Sustainability Report Highlights 10-Year ‘Save The Wave’ Goals

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Improvements in emissions and waste handling underscore company’s commitment to sustainability

December 19, 2016 – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s (NYSE: RCL) latest Sustainability Report documents the Company’s commitment to environmental stewardship and showcases improved efficiencies across its fleet.

2015 marked the completion of the corporations 10-year Save the Waves goals, which focused on emissions and waste reduction, as well as increasing the number of shore excursions that met an internationally recognized sustainability standard.

In line with these goals, over the past decade RCL built its most efficient cruise ships and reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 25 percent. In 2015, 17 ships reported 100 percent re-purposed waste on certain itineraries.

“At Royal Caribbean, we are working to put sustainability into the heart of our business,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “We bring 5,000,000 guests to nearly 500 ports around the world every year, and we understand our responsibility to do so in a way that protects the oceans that we sail every day. Our mantra is continuous improvement, and that especially applies to our environmental performance.”

In the report, the company noted the expansion of its Advanced Emissions Purification program, as well as a new set of goals for the year 2020 that were established with input from the company’s global conservation partner, World Wildlife Fund.

For the third year, the RCL developed its sustainability report in accordance with the internationally recognized GRI G4 guidelines.

Additional highlights from the report include:

The company achieved a daily water consumption average of 55 gallons/day – nearly half of the U.S. average of 100 gallons/day

An industry-first software, seven years in the making, is optimizing ship speeds and routes to achieve the best possible fuel efficiency

The company was named to the 2016 World’s Most Ethical Companies list – a distinction granted to only 130 companies in 21 countries

The company has committed to only sourcing cage-free eggs and gestation-crate-free pork by 2022

The full Sustainability Report may be viewed at http://www.rclcorporate.com/Environment/.

Posted: December 19th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Windstar’s Nautical and Nice Holiday Event Runs To December 23

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December 16, 2016 — Windstar Cruises is offering their best savings of the season during the “Nautical and Nice” Holiday Event through Dec. 23. Featuring more than 100 cruises sailing January through September 2017, each guest also receives a bonus gift of $100 shipboard credit to spend on a variety of indulgences, from spa treatments to a bottle of fine wine.

A number of voyages on the promotion feature a spectacular Destination Discovery Event, immersing guests in authentic cultural and culinary delights of the region. Created exclusively for Windstar guests, these complimentary events are crafted to give guests a taste of local life on each cruise. Popular events include Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus, a once-in-a-lifetime experience of dining under the stars at the Celsus Library on the Treasures of the Greek Isles cruise; and Bora Bora Celebration Festival, a traditional Tahitian feast complete with fire dancers when sailing the Dreams of Tahiti or the Tahiti & the Tuamotu Islands itinerary.

A sampling of “Nautical & Nice” voyages include:

Costa Rica & Panama Canal – Journey from Colón, Panama to Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica (or vice versa) and enjoy a daylight transit of the Panama Canal with expert narration and a deck side celebration serving tropical treats and local libations. 7 days from $1,779 per guest.

Classic Caribbean – Broad pink beaches that match the sunsets, glittering aquamarine lagoons by day, and star-studded skies by night make this Caribbean fantasy real. Sail 7 days round trip St. Maarten from $1,279 per guest

Best of the ABC Islands – Explore the Colonial Caribbean with an exotic flair from “Little England” Barbados to the very-Dutch ABCs – Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. Days ashore include underground river caves in Barbados, a chocolate farm on Grenada, an artist colony on Curaçao, and an unmatched signature Island Experience on the pristine beach of tiny Mayreau, a true tropical getaway. Sail between Aruba and Barbados for 7 days from $1,579 per guest.

Dreams of Tahiti – Experience paradise on the ultimate romantic adventure aboard a sleek yacht with sails billowing. Say “Ia Orana” to deserted motus, shallow lagoons, tiare flowers, and the silky sands of Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine and other exotic Islands of Tahiti on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage. Sail 7 days round trip from Papeete, Tahiti from $1,479 per guest.

Glitter & Glam of the Rivieras – The ultimate Mediterranean voyage sails between Barcelona and Rome featuring casinos and castles, shopping and celebrity sightings, every moment glitters with glamorous excitement. Cruise 7 days from $1,379 per guest.

Gaelic Explorers – From the pubs of Dublin to the castles of Edinburgh, this journey takes cruise guests through hills and highlands, idyllic islands, and lyrical landscapes on an 8-day journey from $2,279 per guest.

Treasures of the Greek Isles – Embark on a quintessential sailing odyssey through the Greek Isles. Featured ports of call include serene Santorini, marvelous Mykonos, and historic Patmos, a UNESCO site known worldwide as the sacred island where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation. Cruise 7 days round trip Athens, Greece from $2,179 per guest.

Scandinavian Tapestry – Discover the stunning beauty of Norway beyond the fjords to charming villages and quiet country lanes, sparkling Scandinavian capitals, and the canals and copper spires of Copenhagen. Enjoy an 11-day sailing from Edinburgh to Stockholm (or reverse) with stops in Oslo, Copenhagen, and a shore excursion option to Berlin, from $3,079 per guest.

Marvels of the Croatian Coast & Greece – An array of UNESCO World Heritage Sites awaits: the layer-cake terraces of Plitvice Lakes, Kotor’s wondrous bay, and the Acropolis and Plaka in Athens. Dine on Italian pasta and Croatian seafood in the same dish with a splash of Greek ouzo to finish. Sail Athens to Venice (or reverse) for 12 days from $3,279 per guest.

A complete list is available here: http://www.windstarcruises.com/specials/holidaysale2016/

Posted: December 16th, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Princess Cruises Anniversary Sale Offers Up to $600 Onboard Spending Money

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Guests Booking a Balcony, Mini-Suite or Suite Also Receive Free Specialty Dining

December 15, 2016 – The Princess Cruises Anniversary Sale running now through February 28, 2017, offers up to $600 onboard spending money per stateroom on select cruises and cruisetours sailing to all destinations departing Summer 2017 through Spring 2018. Plus, those guests booking a balcony category stateroom or higher receive free specialty dining.

The Anniversary Sale gives guests booking an interior or oceanview stateroom up to $300 onboard spending money per stateroom. Guests booking a balcony, mini-suite or suite receive up to $600 onboard spending money per stateroom, plus free specialty dining including third and fourth guests per stateroom.

When booking various 2017/2018 voyages, guests can reserve a new stateroom category featuring VIP amenities and exclusive dining with the new Club Class Mini-Suite. This elevated mini-suite category features select perks including new Club Class Dining, a reserved dining area with expedited seating and expanded menu options; the new Princess Luxury Bed; priority embarkation and disembarkation; complimentary wine setup and luxurious bathrobes. Suite guests also enjoy all the Club Class amenities plus even more spacious accommodations and elevated services.

Princess Hull Art


Princess Cruises also offers several new product innovations, including the cruise line’s exclusive partnerships with award-winning Chef Curtis Stone; new shows, Magic to Do and Born to Dance created in partnership with Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz; Chocolate Journeys with Master Chocolatier Norman Love; Discovery at Sea including exclusive Discovery and Animal Planet shore excursions and onboard programming featuring Discovery hit shows; and TV’s wildly popular international singing competition brought to the high seas, live and on-stage, with The Voice of the Ocean.

Examples of Anniversary Sale cruise deals include:

Alaska cruise — 7 days: $799 interior; $1,599 balcony plus receive up to $300 onboard spending money per stateroom.
Alaska cruisetours — 12 nights: $1,549 interior; $2,449 balcony plus receive up to $300 onboard spending money per stateroom.
British Isles cruise — 11 & 12 days: $1,299 interior; $2,499 balcony plus receive up to $400 onboard spending money per stateroom.
Mediterranean cruise — 7-28-days: $799 interior; $999 balcony plus receive up to $600 onboard spending money per stateroom.
Caribbean cruise — 7 days: $799 interior per person; $1,299 balcony per person plus up to $300 onboard spending money per stateroom.
Mexico cruise — 7 days: $649 interior; $949 balcony plus receive up to $300 onboard spending money per stateroom.

More information about the Princess Cruises “Anniversary Sale” can be found at princess.com/cruisedeals.

Posted: December 15th, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Carrie Underwood Coming to Carnival Imagination in April 2017

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Part Of Carnival LIVE Concert Series

December 15, 2016 – Carnival Cruise Line is continuing its popular Carnival LIVE concert series with a shipboard concert by seven-time Grammy Award-winning country music superstar Carrie Underwood aboard the Carnival Imagination in April 2017. Tickets are on sale now at https://www.carnival.com/carnivallive.

Carnival LIVE brings the best in live entertainment to the seas, providing guests an opportunity to enjoy performances by top artists in a unique and memorable setting where there’s never a bad seat in the house. Performances are held in the ships’ main show lounges which range in capacity from 750 to 1,400 – giving shows a more intimate and personal feel. I’ve personally done four Carnival LIVE cruises and they are really special. I highly recommend them.

Carrie Underwood to perform on Carnival Imagination


One of the most popular and best-selling artists in country music, Underwood will perform in Carnival Imagination’s intimate Dynasty Lounge while the ship is docked in Catalina Island on April 4, 2017, during a four-day cruise that departs from Long Beach on April 2, 2017.

The concert follows Underwood’s invitation-only concert for military families aboard Carnival Vista last month to celebrate the ship’s U.S. arrival and commemorate the line’s year-long Honor.Family.Fun program supporting Operation Homefront, an organization dedicated to building strong, stable and secure military families.

“Carrie Underwood’s concert for military families aboard Carnival Vista in support of our Honor.Family.Fun. program was truly incredible and we’re absolutely thrilled that guests aboard the Carnival Imagination will have an opportunity to experience her one-of-a-kind talent as part of our Carnival LIVE concert series,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“Performing in such an intimate setting aboard the Carnival Vista, was a really special experience,” said Underwood. “I look forward to doing that again and connecting with fans aboard the Carnival Imagination next spring,” she added.

Underwood joins Carnival LIVE’s 2017 lineup which includes performances by best-selling country artists Tim McGraw and Little Big Town and comedians Jay Leno and Jeff Foxworthy who will perform on seven different ships departing from five convenient U.S. homeports.

Tickets for Carrie Underwood range are $80 for general admission, significantly less than land-based venues, and Premier tickets are available for $150 and include seating in the first few rows, Carrie Underwood merchandise, an Honor.Family.Fun dog tag, and a commemorative concert pass.

A full listing of all Carnival LIVE performances is available at https://www.carnival.com/CarnivalLIVE.

Posted: December 15th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Getting Third Vista Class Ship in 2019

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Carnival Splendor Will Move To P&O Cruises Australia

December 15, 2016- A new 133,500-ton cruise ship, which will be the third vessel in the company’s Vista class series, will join the Carnival Cruise Line fleet in late 2019. The ship, under contract with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, was originally designated for the P&O Cruises Australia brand. In conjunction with this change, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Splendor will be transferred to P&O Cruises Australia in late 2019.

The change is a result of the Australian cruise market not expanding as had been projected when the ship was ordered.

The ship will offer many of Carnival’s most popular guest features, a wide range of accommodation types and a number of new innovations unique to this vessel. The ship’s name, homeport and itinerary details will be announced at a later date.

“We are truly thrilled to have another Vista class ship joining our fleet,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Carnival Vista, which was named the best new ship of 2016 in the Cruise Critic Editors Picks awards, has proven to be the most innovative and popular ship we’ve ever introduced. Consumer, travel agent and media reaction to the Vista class design has been extraordinary and we are elated to have two additional ships in this spectacular series now joining our fleet – Carnival Horizon, which is scheduled to be delivered in March 2018, and now a third in 2019.”

Duffy added that the introduction of these ships to the Carnival fleet provides the opportunity to offer the Vista class experience from a variety of homeports in addition to creating exciting new itinerary options across the balance of the Carnival Cruise Line fleet as this additional capacity is integrated into the deployment mix.

Posted: December 15th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Holland America Line Redefines Destination Immersion with Launch of ‘Explorations Central’

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Interactive programming will change the way guests experience a destination

December 14, 2016 — Holland America Line is amplifying its destination immersion experiences with the launch of Explorations Central, or EXC, as it will be called. The multifaceted EXC experience combines a wide array of indispensable travel resources with enrichment opportunities for guests that make their travel experience more engaging, vivid and meaningful.

EXC will also feature the transformation of the Crow’s Nest on some ships to create a newly named venue, Explorations Central, as a comprehensive resource and engagement center. Programming for EXC begins in early 2017 and will roll out across the entire fleet by the end of the year. The EXC shipboard center will debut aboard ms Westerdam in April 2017 following a scheduled dry dock and is scheduled to expand across the rest of the fleet through 2018.

explorations central coming to Holland America ships


“Explorations Central is revolutionizing the way we deliver destinations to our guests, and it’s going to profoundly change how our guests are immersed in the history, culture and cuisine of the places we visit,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Those who see the world better understand the world; and when we better understand the world we can gain insights into ourselves and personally experience the transformative effects of travel. EXC is going to show our guests the world in a whole new way and enable them to engage in truly meaningful experiences.”

As the centerpiece for interactive discovery, Explorations Central, in the space currently occupied by the Crow’s Nest, will be a hub of information redefining the way Holland America Line guests experience each destination. Through EXC, guests will be able to relax and immerse themselves, whether collecting information about a port or indulging in a cup of espresso or Sudoku at the coffee bar.

In-depth content will showcase digital storytelling and interactive video experiences on subjects ranging from travel and food to the arts. In an industry first, EXC will feature a virtual ship’s bridge where real-time data from the ship’s actual bridge reveals the cruise experience to guests from a unique vantage point.

Also being introduced is a dedicated EXC Team that will bring local culture and history onboard with customized guidance for each destination. Guests can ask advice from the EXC Guides about the best tours, most popular sites and where to go to feel like a local so each destination can be explored to its fullest. These specially trained experts shape the story of each journey by providing informative talks, fielding questions and hosting local visitors in engaging encounters with guests.

EXC Talks by the EXC Guides bring each locale to life by digging deeper, beyond facts and figures. Guests will learn some of the local customs, hear interesting tales and gain extensive insight into each port of call.

ms Westerdam


Through EXC Encounters, local cultural representatives come on board before the ship reaches the next destination to build anticipation for the adventures that await. Guests might learn how to play the steel drums from a Trinidadian, make a flower lei with a native Hawaiian or create a sense of balance and serenity every morning in a class led by a master tai chi instructor. EXC Encounters also include informal small-group gatherings hosted by the EXC Guides. These feature language and cultural etiquette lessons, hands-on discovery of local items and products, participatory programs covering music and dance and storytelling sessions.

To ensure guests are prepared to go ashore, online EXC Port Guides using tips and information from AFAR Media provide exclusive handbooks for each destination. Guests can create a personalized journey based on their interests in a variety of subjects. For guests who enjoy exploring on their own, printed EXC Port Maps present a simple view of the best each port has to offer by highlighting the key points in each port that are easily reachable during the stay in port. Tips and suggestions will be included from shipboard crew who have visited the port several times before.

Completing the new on-board offerings, stateroom televisions also become a portal to the world through the EXC Channel featuring a selection of curated films, documentaries and TV shows exploring destinations on the ship’s itinerary.

Posted: December 14th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Deployments for 2018 and 2019

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December 14, 2016 – Norwegian Cruise Line today announced its summer 2018 and fall/winter 2018/19 itineraries. The new itineraries are on sale now for all guests.

Alaska
he brand-new Norwegian Bliss, arriving in June 2018, will lead Norwegian’s 2018 Alaska fleet with her inaugural season to the region, offering seven-day voyages departing each Saturday from Seattle. Norwegian Bliss will be the first cruise ship custom-built with features and amenities for Alaska cruises and will be the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to make its debut in Seattle*. Following an extensive renovation in 2017 as a part of the Norwegian Edge program, Norwegian Pearl will sail seven-day Glacier Bay Alaska cruises from Seattle departing on Sundays. Rounding out the Alaska fleet, Norwegian Sun will return to Vancouver and Seward to offer the popular northbound and southbound seven-day Alaska highlights voyages, offering guests the opportunity to combine back-to-back sailings for an immersive 14-day roundtrip cruise.

Norwegian Bliss


Europe
Five ships will be based in the region in summer 2018. Norwegian Breakaway will depart her New York homeport on April 15 for the first time since her inaugural season in 2013 for a 12-day transatlantic voyage to London (Southampton). Following her arrival in Europe, Norwegian Breakaway will undergo enhancements in dry dock and then journey to her new seasonal homeport of Copenhagen, where she will sail nine-day Scandinavia & Russia cruises through the summer season. Norwegian Jade will return to Europe in summer 2018 and sail a series of Norway, Iceland, and North Cape cruises from London (Southampton) and Hamburg, showcasing the spectacular Norwegian fjords, along with British Isles cruises on select dates. Norwegian Spirit will return as well, sailing longer 10-day Western Mediterranean and 11-day Eastern Mediterranean & Adriatic cruises from Civitavecchia. Norwegian Star will reposition from the West Coast to Venice, sailing a series of seven-day Greek Isles and Adriatic & Greece cruises from The Floating City. Norwegian Epic, which received ship wide enhancements earlier this year during an extensive dry dock, will once again sail seven-day Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona and Civitavecchia, showcasing the best of Italy, France and Spain.

In winter 2018/2019, Norwegian Spirit will set sail from Barcelona to the Canary Islands & Morocco, on a series of 10- and 11-day cruises that will bring guests looking to escape winter weather to the exotic bazaars of Northern Africa and Tenerife, which boasts the world’s third largest volcano and the highest elevation in all of Spain.

Bermuda
Norwegian will continue its tradition of sailing from both New York City and Boston to the pink sand beaches of Bermuda between April and September 2018. Norwegian’s newest ship, Norwegian Escape, will reposition for the first time since she was christened in 2015, and will sail from New York City to Bermuda on seven-day cruises to every Sunday, offering NY-area guests a new ship to enjoy, featuring Norwegian’s first brew pub at sea, the Tony-award winning After Midnight and critically-acclaimed For the Record: The Brat Pack, along with two restaurants from Iron Chef Jose Garces and The Cellars, a Michael Mondavi Family Wine bar. Norwegian Dawn, essentially a new ship after bow to stern enhancements this year, will sail seven-day cruises from Boston to Bermuda, departing every Friday.

Bahamas & Florida
In summer 2018, Norwegian Gem will set sail for the Bahamas and Florida each Saturday from New York City, bringing guests the best of beaches, theme parks and sunshine. Norwegian Sky will continue to sail three- and four-day Bahamas cruises from Miami year-round, providing guests a private island escape to Great Stirrup Cay, which is currently undergoing enhancements that include a luxury lagoon area for Haven guests, along with enhanced facilities, premium cabana furnishings and more family-friendly amenities.

In winter 2018/2019, Norwegian Escape will remain in New York, and bring guests to the tropical beaches of the Bahamas & Florida on seven-day cruises. Norwegian Breakaway will return to New York from Europe and will also sail seven-day Bahamas & Florida cruises from Manhattan during winter 2018/2019.

Caribbean
Guests can set sail to the Caribbean on seven Norwegian ships in 2018 & 2019, sailing from convenient departure ports including New York, Boston, Port Canaveral, San Juan, Miami, New Orleans and Tampa.

From December 2018 – February 2019, Norwegian Escape will set sail from New York on extended 12- and 14-day Southern Caribbean cruises, as well as 14-day Western Caribbean cruises, which will include a call at Harvest Caye, Belize’s newest resort-style port of call featuring a cruise ship pier for easy access, seven acre white sand beach and 15,000 square foot pool, among other eco-friendly adventures.

Harvest Caye


Norwegian Breakaway will also sail 10- and 11-day Eastern Caribbean cruises from New York, for a sunshine-filled extended getaway including calls in the Virgin Islands during the heart of winter. New for 2018, guests cruising from New England can set sail to the Caribbean from Boston on Norwegian Dawn for a 14-day Eastern Caribbean cruise in October 2018.

Norwegian Gem will reposition to New Orleans, sailing to the Western Caribbean on seven-, 10- and 11-day cruises from the Crescent City. Guests sailing from Miami in winter 2018 can cruise to the Western Caribbean on Norwegian Getaway, which will sail seven-day cruises that will also include a call to Harvest Caye. Norwegian Pearl will homeport in Tampa during winter 2018, sailing seven-day cruises to the Western Caribbean.

Norwegian Dawn will seasonally homeport in San Juan, Puerto Rico during the winter 2018/2019 season, sailing to the heart of the Southern Caribbean on seven-, 10- and 11-day cruises, with calls in Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua and more. Guests can also sail to the Southern Caribbean from Miami on Norwegian Jade, on a 10-day cruise on select dates from November 2018 – April 2019.

Norwegian Epic will again return to Port Canaveral in fall 2018, sailing alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises, along with select longer 10- and 11-day Western Caribbean cruises from November 2018 – January 2019 that will include a call at Harvest Caye. Guests who wish to visit Norwegian’s private island Great Stirrup Cay can do so from Port Canaveral in March 2019, as Norwegian Epic will also offer a four-day Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral and a five-day Western Caribbean cruise that calls in Cozumel and Great Stirrup Cay.

Canada & New England
Norwegian will offer guests the opportunity for prime “leaf peeping” in Canada &New England on three vessels in fall 2018. Norwegian Escape will be the company’s largest vessel to bring guests on spectacular fall foliage cruises, sailing seven-day Canada & New England cruises from New York on select dates in September 2018. For those looking for a summer cruise to the Pinetree State and Great White North, Norwegian Gem will also sail north from the Big Apple in June 2018 on two seven-day cruises, calling in Maine, St. John and Halifax. For those guests looking to explore Canada & New England further, Norwegian Gem will sail extended 10-day cruises from New York that include an overnight in Québec City, while Norwegian Dawn will sail a series of northbound and southbound seven-day cruises between Boston and Quebec, offering the opportunity to combine for the ultimate fall getaway with a 14-day roundtrip cruises.

Hawaii
The recently-refurbished Pride of America will continue to sail her very popular seven-day Hawaii itinerary departing from Honolulu every Saturday through May 2019. Offering more than 100 hours of in-port sight-seeing time, the only ship to sail the islands features an itinerary with calls that include an overnight in Kahului, Maui; Hilo, Hawai`i; Kona, Hawai`i; an overnight in Nãwiliwili, Kaua`i; and an afternoon cruise past the breathtaking Nãpali Coast.

Panama Canal and Mexican Riviera
A true bucket-list experience, Norwegian will offer one-way and roundtrip Panama Canal cruises on three ships in 2018/2019. Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Pearl will sail 11-day and 14-day roundtrip canal cruises from Tampa and Miami in 2018/2019, providing guests with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see one of the seven wonders of the modern world. For guests looking for an extended Panama Canal cruise, they can embark Norwegian Star from either Miami or Los Angeles during select dates in January – March 2019 for a 14-day one way cruise that includes a day-time transit of the canal. Norwegian Pearl will also sail a one-way 15-day Panama Canal cruise from LA to Tampa in October 2018.

West coast guests looking for a sun and fun cruise can embark on a seven-day Mexican Riviera sailing from Los Angeles on select dates in December 2018 and March 2019 that features calls in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas.

South America
Norwegian Sun will once again return to South America, sailing a series of alternating westbound and eastbound 14-day itineraries between Valparaiso, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina in Winter 2018/2019, featuring a sail around Cape Horn and Tierra del Fuego’s splendid fjords.

Posted: December 14th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Azamara Quest Adds Overnight Stay in Havana To March 21, 2017 Cruise

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Azamara Club Cruises To Be 1st American Luxury Cruise Line To Visit Havana, Cuba

December 9, 2016 – American travelers have long imagined what it would be like to salsa, mambo and rumba the night away in Havana’s many clubs or sit down for an authentic Ropa Vieja (shredded beef) and Moros y Cristianos (rice and beans). The tide has turned and Azamara Club Cruises has announced its first voyage to Havana, Cuba. It is also significant since it will be an overnight stay, which Azamara is noted for doing on their cruises.

The Azamara Quest will do a Miami, Florida roundtrip departing on March 21, 2017 for a 13-night Azaleas, Bourbon Street and Havana voyage in the Caribbean making Azamara one of the first American luxury cruise lines to visit Havana. The voyage will include visits to Key West, Florida, Tampa, Florida, New Orleans, Louisiana (2 overnights), Cozumel, Mexico and an overnight stay in Havana, Cuba.

Culture Rich and Cafecito-fueled Experiences in Havana
Azamara has developed a variety of unique land programs to bring our guests true Destination Immersion. By spending a longer amount of time in port, including staying overnight, guests will enjoy a deeper travel experience.

As part of the line’s Land Discovery offerings, guests will have a selection of experiences to choose from while in Havana that will bring to life meaningful and engaging interactions with local Cuban residents. Land Discovery tour highlights in Havana will include:

·Hemingway’s Havana: Explore the literary connections between Cuba and the late American novelist Ernest Hemingway on a dynamic four-hour tour that offers the chance to see where he lived, fished, dined and sipped his favorite cocktails.

·Old Havana City Sightseeing: Havana’s city-center is jam-packed with timeworn fortresses, government buildings, historic squares, notable cemeteries and an artisan market. Sights include visits to Morro Castle, La Cabaña, El Capitolio and more.

·Best of Havana 8-hour Tour: Come along for a full-day, all-encompassing trip through bustling Havana, as you spend eight hours exploring the city’s sprawling cemetery, notable square, artsy neighborhood, artisan market, literary connections and enjoy an authentic Cuban meal.

The line’s Cuba voyage will be available for booking on Friday, December 9 in our Call Center, or on www.AzamaraClubCruises.com as of Saturday, December 10.

Posted: December 9th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean Opens Bookings for Cuba Cruises

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December 9, 2016 – Royal Caribbean International has released the dates of the first Cuba sailings for Empress of the Seas. The first visit to Cuba will be during a 5-night sailing departing Miami on April 19, 2017. The ship will then reposition to Tampa offering two itineraries with calls to Havana on April 30 (7-night sailing) and May 20 (5-night sailing). These Empress of the Seas sailings are now open for sale.

Empress of the Seas will homeport in Tampa for the 2017 summer season – the cruise line’s first-ever summer program from the destination – offering a series of 4- and 5-night sailings, including port calls to destinations in Cuba. The largest ship to sail to Cuba from the United States, Empress will provide vacationers with the opportunity to discover the timeless sights, sounds and culture of this island nation. Details of the summer itineraries will be released at a later date.

Royal Caribbean Going To Havana


Guests sailing onboard Empress of the Seas and visiting Cuba can enjoy curated people-to-people experiences created to immerse vacationers in the natural beauty of Cuba, its architecture, cuisine, music and art. All cruises will be designed in accordance with current U.S. to Cuba travel regulations.

While in Cuba, guests will explore Old Havana – a UNESCO World Heritage site – some of the city’s most notable squares, historic neighborhoods, a local artisan market, Havana’s rum museum as well as Hemingway’s former residence and favorite haunts. Local experts will immerse guests in the history, culture and people of Cuba. These authentic encounters will give guests an unforgettable taste of what has made Cuba the gem of the Caribbean.

The authentic experiences aren’t limited to land. Cuban culture will extend to Empress of the Seas, from cortaditos and café con leche in Café Royal to salsa music during the entire journey.

The summer program on Empress of the Seas provides travelers with more opportunities to sample the unique Royal Caribbean experience from Tampa.

Guests interested in being one of the first to experience Cuba with Royal Caribbean can contact their travel professional, call Royal Caribbean at 1-866-562-7625 or visit RoyalCaribbean.com/Cuba.

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