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Azamara Club Cruises Unveils Double Upgrade Deal on Select 2017 and 2018 Sailings

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September 1, 2016 – Azamara Club Cruises is offering cruisers exclusive savings on some of its most popular 2017 and 2018 voyages. Starting today through November 30, 2016, guests can enhance their onboard experience by receiving a complimentary double upgrade from a Club Interior to Club Veranda stateroom on select sailings.

Highlights include:

Exploring the Spice Route: Imagine being a trader on the old Spice Route. Guests follow this historical passage to the colorful shop-houses of George Town, Phuket’s tropical jungles and white beaches as well as Sri Lanka’s World Heritage monasteries, cave temples and rainforests.

Caribbean Treasures: Miami to Miami is what the itinerary reads, but everything in-between makes this voyage quite memorable. Guests voyage to destinations that span the gamut of ancient Mayan Temples, river boating through spectacular canyons and rainforests, snorkeling through tropical reefs in an aquamarine sea, swimming with stingrays, lounging on stunning beaches, and shopping in George Town’s duty-free shops.

Calling all Golf Enthusiasts:
Azamara’s partnership with the renowned golf travel experts at PerryGolf continues on this voyage around the sun-kissed coasts of the Iberian Peninsula. Guests can experience the impressive Valderrama, which is consistently rated #1 in continental Europe, plus PGA Catalunya ranked narrowly behind. The well-regarded Spanish layouts of Montecastillo, El Saler, and Son Muntaner on the Spanish island of Mallorca complete the five-round program.

The History of Normandy, Holland and Germany: A perennial guest favorite, this voyage combines a moving experience of World War II towns and battlegrounds with small villages and charming countryside landscapes. History buffs explore bunkers and batteries, Normandy landing beaches, and the American Cemetery overlooking the coast. Other guests will enjoy the summer outings to Guernsey’s villages and beaches, Monet’s gardens at Giverny, an optional Paris visit and the elegant seaside resort of Deauville.

For more information as well as full list of applicable voyages visit

Posted: September 4th, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Carnival Imagination Renovation Will Add New Dining and Bar Venues

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Guy’s Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, BlueIguana Cantina Being Added

September 1, 2016 – Carnival Imagination will undergo an extensive multi-million-dollar renovation that will add a variety of exciting new food and beverage concepts.

The new spaces will be added during a three-week dry dock taking place Sept. 4-25, 2016. Following the makeover, Carnival Imagination will resume its year-round schedule of three- and four-day Baja cruises from Long Beach, Calif.

The new additions will include:

·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. (Our choice for best burgers at sea)

·BlueIguana Cantina, a complimentary poolside Mexican eatery where guests can enjoy 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 Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival’s own private label draught brew, ThirstyFrog Red

·Alchemy Bar, a “cocktail pharmacy”-themed lounge where mixologists “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 poolside bar offering a laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere and tequila-based frozen drinks and beers

·Cherry On Top, with bins of bulk candy, fun gifts and novelties, custom apparel and more

These new venues complement the ship’s popular array of on-board features, including a WaterWorks aqua park with a 300-foot-long Twister slide, the Serenity adults-only retreat with oversized umbrellas and comfortable chaise lounges and the exclusive Seuss at Sea program in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

Carnival Imagination operates year-round three- and four-day Baja cruises from Long Beach. On this route, three-day cruises depart Thursdays and visit Ensenada while four-day voyages depart Sundays and call at Ensenada and Catalina Island.

Carnival is the only cruise line to operate three ships year-round from the West Coast. In addition to Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration operates three- and four-day Baja cruises and Carnival Miracle offers week-long Mexican Riviera voyages.

Posted: September 1st, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival’s ‘Fun Voyage’ Website Redesign Garners Award

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Award-Winning Redesign Makes Researching a Carnival Cruise Almost as Much Fun as Taking One

Aug. 31, 2016 — Carnival Cruise Line’s recently revamped cruise search on has received a Digiday Signal Award in the Best Sales Automation Tools & Platform Category. The redesign, named “Fun Voyage,” was completed by the Miami–based office of SapientNitro, a division of Publicis.Sapient.

The Digiday Signal Awards, now in their second year, recognize technology platforms that bring efficiency, effectiveness and creativity to the media and marketing processes of brands, agencies and publishers. The winners will be recognized at the Digiday Awards gala Nov. 17, in New York City.

Following implementation of “Fun Voyage,” itinerary views on the site increased by 50 percent.

The new “Fun Voyage” booking experience starts by enabling visitors to make broad filter selections at the beginning of their search — for example, choosing to search for Caribbean + The Bahamas cruises available between June and August. The platform immediately presents the visitor with results in the form of large destination photos that draw them into the cruise experience. The next step communicates the value of a Carnival cruise by painting a complete picture of each itinerary with relevant information about destinations, shore excursions by port, onboard experiences specific to the chosen ship, stateroom options and available dates.

For guests who are farther along in their research, Carnival focused on three additional enhancements:
·A search bar that remembers previous searches.
·A new filter option that enables searching based on price range for easier budgeting.
·Integrating the popular “red star cruise deals feature” that highlights rates with added value in the pricing grids.

The enhancements enable visitors to more quickly find previous searches and select a stateroom type within the pricing grid.

“To stay true to the brand, the Carnival booking experience has to be fun and functional for the end user,” said Matthew Kujawa, Sapient’s travel and hospitality global lead. “We’re excited to continue working with Carnival to create immersive experiences that truly show guests the thrills and excitement of the cruising voyage, but still explore at their own pace and book when they’re ready.”

Posted: August 31st, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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The Vencedor Award To Be Presented To SeaDream I

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The luxurious yacht is named the World’s Best Small Cruise Ship

AUGUST 29, 2016 – Dream Luxury Cruises, a retail cruise organization located in Verona, New Jersey, will be presenting the second of their Vencedor awards to SeaDream I, the celebrated small cruise ship owned and operated by Sea Dream Yacht Club headquartered in Oslo, Norway.

The award for being the World’s Best Small Cruise Ship, will be presented to the Master, Captain Remi Eriksen, and crew by Charles A. Poekel, Jr., President of Dream Luxury Cruises, during the ship’s cruise departing Nice on September 17th. It is given each year to vessels that have constantly shown exceptional service and consideration for its passengers.

In making the announcement, Charles Poekel said his company had nominated SeaDream I for many reasons. “The passenger to crew ratio on board the ship is simply phenomenal so that one has a real sense of luxury, in every part of the ship. While in the Caribbean, they actually serve caviar to passengers on a surfboard and the concept of Balinese beds is unique and unheard of on any other cruise ship. The ability to sleep and dream on deck epitomizes the uniqueness of this ship and they live up to their slogan, “Prepare to be Spoiled,” with every voyage.

The President of SeaDream Yacht Club, Bob Lepisto, said he was delighted with the award. “We are thrilled to be named World’s Best Small Cruise Ship by Dream Luxury Cruises. We pride ourselves on offering a yachting experience unlike any other and look forward to welcoming those interested in exploring beautiful boutique harbors and ports around the world.”

The Vencedor award is the first of its kind to be given to cruise ships for excellence by a U.S. retail travel agency. Mr. Poekel said it was, particularly fitting that a retail travel organization should make an award of this kind since 85% of all cruises are booked through retail agencies. “It’s our way of showing, on behalf of cruise travel businesses in the U.S., that we very much appreciate the excellent care and high level of service given to our customers through the years by ships like SeaDream I.”

The award which is named after the sloop ship Vencedor was designed by Mr. Poekel’s great-grandfather T.S. Poekel, the famous Danish yacht designer. The yacht was the first American entry in the U.S. – Canada international sailing competition held on Lake Erie in 1897. Mr. T.S. Poekel had also been the Chief Draftsman for the Herschoffs who were responsible for designing several America’s Cup winners.

Dream Luxury Cruises is a longtime member of the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) – also a proud member of the Ensemble Travel Group – and has, for over 65 years, been a member of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA).

Posted: August 31st, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Micky And Madeleine Arison Family Foundation Gives $250,000 To Louisiana Flood Relief

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Total Gift From Carnival Related Organizations Reaches $500,000

August 25, 2016 — Carnival Corporation Chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine have matched the $250,000 donation made recently by Carnival Cruise Line and parent company Carnival Corporation to aid organizations assisting victims of the Louisiana floods. The additional $250,000 donation was made through the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation and raises the total contribution from Carnival Cruise-related organizations to half-a-million dollars.

Recipients of the $500,000 total gift include the American Red Cross, Louisiana Association of United Ways and Save the Children.

“Recognizing the tremendous magnitude of this disaster and the Carnival organization’s long-standing partnership with the state of Louisiana, Madeleine and I felt strongly in our desire to provide additional support to organizations aiding in the flood relief efforts,” said Micky Arison.

The American Red Cross is sheltering thousands of residents displaced by the flooding in southern Louisiana and delivering food, relief supplies and emotional support to flood victims. Donations to the Louisiana Association of United Ways will be dispersed among regional United Way organizations in communities affected by the floods to support long-term needs. Save the Children has deployed an emergency response team to Louisiana and is focused on meeting the critical needs of flood-affected children and families and moving forward will be working to restore services essential to children’s well-being.

In addition to the total $500,000 donation, Carnival Cruise Line is encouraging guests sailing on its two New Orleans-based cruise ships, Carnival Triumph and Carnival Dream, to donate when they check in for their cruise. Carnival employees are also being encouraged to donate.

Posted: August 25th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Princess Cruises Presents Majestic Princess

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Designs and Key Features Unveiled For Newest Ship in the Growing Fleet

August 24, 2016 –
Princess Cruises today unveiled designs and announced key features of Majestic Princess, the newest and most luxurious ship in the global fleet. Departing April 4, 2017, Majestic Princess will sail on her inaugural voyage, a five-day Adriatic Sea cruise roundtrip from Rome with stops in Kotor and Corfu.

Following her maiden cruise, Majestic Princess will tour Europe, offering guests a chance to experience the ship on 7, 14, 21 and 28 day cruises departing from Rome, Barcelona or Athens. A repositioning voyage will depart Barcelona on May 14, 2017, visiting Dubai and Singapore before arriving in Shanghai, her new home. Majestic Princess will begin her first cruise from its home-port in Shanghai on July 11, 2017, carrying 3,560 guests to a variety of destinations in Japan and Korea.

Majestic Princess Debuts in April 2017

Majestic Princess Features Include:

Global Cuisine –

The exclusive Chef’s Table Lumiere, a unique and engaging dining experience personally hosted by the Executive Chef which includes a private galley tour and a multicourse dinner served at a grand custom-designed table where guests are surrounded by a glimmering curtain of light.

The Crown Grill & Bar, an American steakhouse, preparing top-quality cuts of beef, chops and seafood in an open-kitchen served in a classically elegant restaurant setting.

Alfredo’s, named after Princess Cruises’ award-winning Master Chef Alfredo Marzi, offers a selection of classic Italian and signature Neapolitan-style pizzas (voted “Best Pizza at Sea”), along with baked pasta dishes and specialty appetizers and desserts.

Two new specialty restaurants will be introduced onboard Majestic Princess. They include:

Harmony, created in partnership with Chef Richard Chen formerly of Wynn Las Vegas “Wing Lei” (the first Chinese restaurant in North America awarded a Michelin star). Harmony will feature haute Chinese cuisine paired with pristine ocean views and modern décor, serving Chef Chen’s interpretation of classic Cantonese dishes.

Le Bistrot, located in the lively atrium, offers casual French home-style dining with a modern twist. Harkening back to an authentic Parisian bistrot, guests will enjoy traditional Escargots Casseroles, Braised Ox Tongue and Mushroom Ragout, along with baquettes, tartines, tourtes and French Patisseries.

To top it off, there will also be a wide selection of all-day gastronomy in the World Fresh Marketplace (Horizon Court buffet on other ships), where guests can taste flavors from diverse food stations around the world ranging from Mediterranean dishes, a pasta specialty counter, colorful farmer’s market salads and fresh fruits and a new “East Meets West” street food specialty counter. The Bakery inside the World Fresh Marketplace will serve Western, European and Asian pastries and Danishes.

Modern & Stylish Cruise Ship Design – Influenced by fashion, art and history, the interior designs of Majestic Princess present a sophisticated and stylish visual experience representative of traveling the world. Exquisite designs use metal, glass and inlaid wood through-out to welcome guests who appreciate the elegance and glamour of premium cruising. European marble, mosaic tile floors, polished woods and sumptuous fabrics are featured onboard the ship. Plush custom-designed carpets in the guest corridors feature floral motifs that represent an Asian-inspired beauty and grace. Hand tufted area rugs also mirror floral motifs located at the entrances to the main dining rooms.

Modern & Stylish Stateroom Design – More than 80 percent of Majestic Princess’ staterooms include a private balcony. All staterooms feature the new Princess Luxury bed, featuring a custom-made mattress developed by Dr. Michael Breus, the board-certified sleep expert recognized as “The Sleep Doctor.” The bed also includes luxury linens designed by Candice Olson, the Canadian design-star of the hit HGTV shows “Candice Tells All” and “Divine Design.” The superb bedding system is exclusively designed for the Princess SLEEP program.

World-Class Entertainment – The first two shows to be seen on Majestic Princess will be “Fiera” and “Fantastic Journey” both have been met with enthusiastic acclaim by international audiences across the Princess fleet. These musical shows feature a world-class cast of singers and dancers along with some of the most elaborate production numbers, costumes and advanced multimedia stage technology ever produced at sea. It also features Movies Under the Stars on the largest outdoor screen at sea, as well as Water Color Fantasy, a cruise industry first presenting a dazzling water and light show at sea.

Onboard Experience – Onboard Majestic Princess, guests will also experience the signature SeaWalk, the industry’s first glass floor walkway at sea, and SeaView Bar featuring “flair” bartending with the best views at sea. The Piazza Atrium, the central focal point of the ship features live entertainment throughout the day and evening. It is a grand spectacle surrounded by The Shops of Princess, nearly 1,100 square meters of luxury boutiques which include designer brand shops from Cartier, Bvlgari and Chopard, leather goods from Burberry and Gucci, along with watches by these luxury brands as well as Montblanc, Longines, Rado and Tissot to name a few.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel consultant, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at

Posted: August 24th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Miracle Doing Round Trip 14-Day Alaska Cruise from Long Beach in September 2017

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August 24, 2016 – For the first time, Carnival Cruise Line will offer a 14-day Alaskan cruise round-trip from Long Beach, California, in September 2017, featuring seven destinations, including Glacier Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the line’s first visit to Icy Strait Point, an unspoiled wilderness area offering some of the best whale and bear watching in the state and the world’s longest zip-line.

The one-of-a-kind voyage — part of the line’s Carnival Journeys cruise enrichment series — will take place aboard Carnival Miracle departing Long Beach September 2 and returning September 16, 2017.

Carnival Miracle 14-day cruise to Alaska

The Itinerary
Day 1: Embarkation at Long Beach
Days 2, 3, and 4: At sea headed to Alaska
Day 5: Ketchikan, 8am to 4pm
Day 6: Icy Strait Point, 10pm to 7pm
Day 7: Skagway, 7am to 5pm
Day 8: Cruise Glacier Bay
Day 9: Juneau, 8am to 5pm
Day 10: Sitka, 8am to 5pm
Day 11: At sea
Day 12: Vancouver, 8am to 5pm
Days 13 and 14: At sea headed back to Long Beach
Day 15: Arrive back at Long Beach

Guests sailing on the special 14-day Carnival Journeys cruise will also enjoy unique on-board experiences where they can sample Alaskan cuisine and enjoy local entertainment and cultural opportunities within the various ports of call. Activities focusing on a broad range of topics – everything from photography and cooking to arts and crafts and celestial navigation — along with a 1980s-themed “Throwback Sea Day” will be offered, as well.

Posted: August 24th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Gives $250,000 to Aid Organizations for Louisiana Flood Relief

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Gift to be supplemented by opportunities for employees and guests to donate

August 23, 2016 — Carnival Cruise Line and its parent company, Carnival Corporation, are giving a total of $250,000 to charitable organizations to support their efforts on behalf of victims of the Louisiana floods. The cruise line is donating $125,000 and its parent company is matching that amount through its Carnival Foundation charitable arm.

Recipients include the American Red Cross, Louisiana Association of United Ways and Save the Children.

In addition, guests sailing on Carnival cruises from New Orleans have the option to donate when they check in for their cruise and Carnival employees are being encouraged to donate, as well.

“Having homeported Carnival ships in Louisiana for more than two decades, we very much consider ourselves a part of the community and, therefore, it is extremely important to us to provide aid to support the tens of thousands of Louisiana residents who have been affected by these devastating floods,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

The American Red Cross is sheltering thousands of residents displaced by the flooding in southern Louisiana and delivering food, relief supplies and emotional support to flood victims. Donations to the Louisiana Association of United Ways will be dispersed among regional United Way organizations in communities affected by the floods to support long-term needs. Save the Children has deployed an emergency response team to Louisiana and is focused on meeting the critical needs of flood affected children and families and moving forward will be working to restore services essential to children’s well-being.

Carnival is Louisiana’s most popular cruise line and has operated from the Port of New Orleans since 1994. Carnival is the only line operating two year-round ships, Carnival Triumph and Carnival Dream, carrying 450,000 guests from the port annually. Since 2004 Carnival has embarked over 3 million guests from New Orleans.

Posted: August 23rd, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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The Cat In The Hat Presidential Campaign Holds a Rally on Carnival Ecstasy

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August 22, 2016 –
To celebrate The Cat in The Hat’s recently announced presidential campaign, Carnival Cruise Line kicked off the festivities with a shipboard rally for kids aboard the Carnival Ecstasy at the Port of Charleston.

The #CatinHat4Prez campaign coincides with the release of the new Dr. Seuss book, “One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote,” that teaches kids about the election process and the importance of voting.

Joined by his running mates, Thing 1 and Thing 2, The Cat in the Hat, decked out in his special presidential attire, hit the campaign trail on Carnival Ecstasy to showcase his platform of “it’s fun to have fun but you have to know how” and led kids in a special Seuss-a-palooza Presidential Parade.

The Cat In The Hat on Carnival Ecstasy

Following the rally, kids and parents alike dined on Carnival’s popular Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends. The young voters also participated in patriotic-themed arts and crafts and had their voices heard as they chose their favorite Dr. Seuss book, receiving a custom-made certificate for voting.

The #CatinHat4Prez-inspired activities are part of Carnival’s exclusive Seuss at Sea program, which is operated in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises and features exciting youth, family, dining and entertainment experiences inspired by the amazing world and words of Dr. Seuss.

The Cat In The Hat For President!

For additional information on The Cat in the Hat’s presidential campaign, please visit

Posted: August 22nd, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Sixthman Celebrates 15 Years Of Music Festivals at Sea

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Guests invited to LIVE LOUD with cabin giveaways, live streaming performances
and more during Sixthman Day – August 30

August 17, 2016 – SIXTHMAN is celebrating fifteen years of music cruises and guests are invited to get in on the action with a contest starting today, and a celebration on August 30.

Beginning today, guests can enter to win one of seven 2017 spring sailings at Prizes include cabin giveaways for The Outlaw Country Cruise, Turner Classic Movie Cruise, Walker Stalker Cruise, Pitbull After Dark Party, Sail Across The Sun, 2017’s sold-out 10th Edition Cayamo and the sailing that started the music festival at sea movement, The Rock Boat!

On August 30th, the same day The Rock Boat made its inaugural sailing in 2001, Sixthman is throwing open its digital doors and welcoming guests to join them in the celebration. Tune in to Sixthman’s Facebook Page between 10am and 4pm eastern where there will be live streaming meet & greets with the Sixthman crew members, sharing vintage videos and photos and announcing cabin giveaway winners every hour. In addition, hit songwriter and Cayamo alumni artist Chuck Cannon will offer up a special Sixthman Sessions performance live streaming around 2:30pm eastern in celebration of the company’s 15th anniversary.

Posted: August 17th, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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