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Explorer Of The Seas To Sail From Southampton In 2015; Adventure Of The Seas To Stay In San Juan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A New Main Event Each Night

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next-Level Specialty Dining

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laid Back Options Round the Clock

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

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

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

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

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

Smart Reservation System

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

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

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

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

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

Norwegian Fjords

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

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

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

NEW Nine-night Norwegian Fjords

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: March 19th, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean “GIVE Day” Volunteers Refresh Miami-Dade Park

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March 18, 2013 – Standing under a canopy of trees, gazing out at the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay, it’s hard to believe that Oleta River State Park is set in the hustle and bustle of Miami-Dade County. As Florida’s largest urban park, Oleta receives more than 500,000 visitors each year, and, until now, has seen a need for extra attention in order to keep it in top condition. On Saturday, March 15, that attention came in the form of more than 1,000 volunteers associated with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL), who spent the day restoring the beloved kayaking, mountain biking, beach, and picnicking site. The project, RCL’s 17th annual “Get Involved, Volunteer Everywhere,” or “GIVE,” event, emphasized reusing and recycling materials, illuminating RCL’s commitment to environmental stewardship.

“As one of the largest employers in South Florida, we are committed to supporting and helping our local communities,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “And with more than 1,000 employees, friends and families turning out to help, it’s clear that giving back is important to all of us at Royal Caribbean.”

The volunteers enthusiastically mulched trails; planted native Florida shrubs, plants, and flowers, including some to provide shade and prevent shoreline erosion; prepared a meadow to become a butterfly garden; painted and preserved wood structures and bridges; held a bayfront cleanup; and installed a playground. Mulch was removed from one area and spread in another, as part of the project’s emphasis on reusing materials. Environmentally non-damaging paint was sourced locally, recycled and recyclable food service materials were used, and volunteers were vigilant about recycling during the event. A coastal cleanup effort both eliminated waste from the shoreline and educated participants in the importance of keeping natural areas pristine.

In a hard day’s work, volunteers transformed the park’s grounds with more than 3,200 gallons of environmentally-friendly paint products for 22 buildings and surrounding areas; and with 13,061 plants, trees, and shrubs. They restored two trails damaged by erosion and refinished a fishing pier and bridges with marine-grade, non-invasive coating, in addition to building a playground and removing and recycling litter from 1,555 linear feet of the park’s shoreline.

“Volunteers are important to Florida’s state parks,” said Donald Forgione, Director of the Florida Park Service. “This project comes when many parks are ‘spring cleaning.’ We appreciate the employees of Royal Caribbean Cruises and their dedication to the environment.“

Oleta River State Park is located on Biscayne Bay in the busy Miami metropolitan area. While it offers a variety of recreational opportunities, the park is best known for miles of off-road bicycling trails, ranging from novice trails to challenging trails for experienced bicyclists. Along the Oleta River, at the north end of the park, a large stand of beautiful mangrove forest preserves native South Florida plants and wildlife. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle the river to explore this amazing natural area. Swimming from a 1,200-foot sandy beach and saltwater fishing are also popular activities. Picnic tables and grills are available. Nine pavilions can be rented for a fee; the largest one has electricity. Visitors can rent kayaks, canoes, and bicycles. For overnight visits, the park has rustic, air-conditioned cabins and a youth campground for organized groups. Oleta River State Park is located in North Miami.

GIVE Day unites Royal Caribbean employees, their families, friends, vendors and business partners to assist non-profit organizations and improve the quality of life in their local communities.

The March 15 event was enhanced by support from Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, the nonprofit Friends of Oleta River State Park, and Stericycle.

Now in its 17th year, GIVE Day is an example of how more than 40,000 RCL employees give back to their communities around the world, by donating thousands of volunteer hours toward environmental improvement, neighborhood development, civic drives, and disaster recovery. GIVE Day events are also being planned to take place in Wichita, Kansas; Springfield, Oregon; and several international offices throughout the year.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 under Uncategorized.
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Carnival Waives Deposits For Group Bookings In Special Promotion

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March 17, 2014 – As part of a new travel agent promotion, Carnival Cruise Lines is waiving its initial deposit requirement for group bookings, as well as offering an enhanced free cruise berth program, through April 30, 2014.

Through the new promotion, no initial deposit will be required for group bookings on sailings departing between November 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015.

In addition, Carnival is offering travel agents one free cruise berth for every 10 full fare guests berthed, compared to the current policy of one free cruise berth for every 15 full fare guests berthed. As a special bonus, Carnival is offering one free cruise berth for every eight full fare guests berthed on West Coast sailings of three or four days in length.

“We’re always looking for ways to give travel agents a boost in building their lucrative group business and agents have told us that waiving the initial deposit would be an excellent way to incentivize their clients,” said Mike Julius, Carnival’s senior managing director of U.S. sales. “Our special free cruise berth program also provides agents with even greater selling opportunities, particularly on our value-packed short cruise departures from the West Coast.”

Group fares applicable to this promotion, which are available between now and April 30, 2014, begin at $229 for three- to five-day cruises and $449 for voyages of six-days or longer. Certain restrictions apply.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Princess Cruises Announces Europe Schedules for 2015

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March 13, 2014 – The timeless cities of the Mediterranean, the splendor of Scandinavia and Russia plus the intriguing ports of the British Isles and the continent’s northern reaches, will take center stage during Princess Cruises’ 2015 Europe season.

Highlights of the just-announced season include growth in Northern Europe with the line’s newest sister ships, Regal Princess and Royal Princess, both deployed in the region for cruises to Scandinavia & Russia and the British Isles. Island Princess sails in Europe for the first time on the line’s Grand Mediterranean itinerary. Emerald Princess offers a fresh series of Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Sea voyages that can be combined, so passengers can customize their own 7-, 14-, 21-day or longer voyage. Caribbean Princess returns to Southampton for a wide range of itineraries in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, and Ocean Princess offers an intimate small-ship experience on a variety of Northern Europe routes including Iceland, Norway and the Baltic Sea.

“We’re especially pleased to base Royal Princess in Southampton, where she first debuted with her spectacular christening,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “This will be a great year to visit Northern Europe with our newest and largest ships sailing in the region, and in the Mediterranean we’re presenting passengers with a rich variety of itinerary options.”

The 2015 Europe program features six ships sailing on 150 departures of 45 itineraries to more than 120 destinations:

Regal Princess will take over the line’s popular 11-day Scandinavia & Russia cruises departing from Copenhagen, featuring two days in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Royal Princess returns to the place of her dramatic christening for a series of 12-day British Isles cruises from London (Southampton) and one departure to the Baltic Sea.

Island Princess will sail in Europe for the first time on the line’s hallmark 12-day Grand Mediterranean itinerary between Venice and Barcelona.

Emerald Princess will also sail throughout the Mediterranean on a series of unique voyages from Barcelona, Rome, Athens and Istanbul.

Caribbean Princess will be based from Southampton offering cruises to the Mediterranean, Norway and the Baltic.

Small ship Ocean Princess will sail on unique voyages in Northern Europe to a variety of off-the-beaten-path destinations.

Mediterranean & the Black Sea Cruises
For the first time, Island Princess will sail in Europe, offering cruises on Princess’ popular 12-day Grand Mediterranean itinerary featuring an overnight call in Venice plus visits to Barcelona, Rome, Florence/Pisa, Provence, Naples (for Capri & Pompeii), Athens, Mykonos and Istanbul. Two departures in the fall will sail between Venice and Rome (Civatavecchia).

Emerald Princess will offer a wide variety of adventures, with a series of 14-day Medley cruises covering the length and breadth of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, traveling to more than 33 destinations in 12 countries. These voyages are also available in a variety of combinations to create 21- or 28-day Collection voyages. For a shorter getaway, the sailings are also offered as seven-day departures from Athens, Barcelona, Istanbul and Rome.

For passengers sailing from Britain, Caribbean Princess will be based in Southampton to offer two-week Mediterranean Adventurer sailings featuring the best of the Western Mediterranean.

Scandinavia & Russia Cruises
Regal Princess will sail her first season in Northern Europe, replacing Royal Princess, on Princess’ popular 11-day Scandinavia & Russia itinerary featuring two full days in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In addition, three unique itineraries, ranging from 11 to 14 days, on Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Caribbean Princess, and Ocean Princess will cruise to the Baltic Sea, all of which include the 2-Day Experience in St. Petersburg, Russia.

British Isles Cruises
Princess will offer more British Isles capacity in 2015, with Royal Princess returning to Southampton to sail on 12-day British Isles itineraries. Ocean Princess sails from Dover on three unique eight-day departures. Four of Princess’ British Isles cruises will include the unique opportunity to see Scotland’s famed Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Iceland & Norway Cruises
Caribbean Princess offers one North Cape & Summer Solstice departure in June which sails north to the Arctic Circle during the peak midnight sun period around the summer solstice. Caribbean Princess will also cross to the land of fire and ice on a Transatlantic crossing featuring Iceland. Ocean Princess explores the northern waters on a 16-day Land of the Midnight Sun departure featuring the remote island of Spitsbergen, Norway. The ship will also sail on a 14-day Iceland & Norway itinerary that visits off-the-beaten-path ports in Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

European Cruisetours
Passengers can enhance their European travel with four land and sea vacation options, which combine certain sailings with a fully-escorted land tour. Choices include Paris and the French Countryside; Ireland’s Ring of Kerry; Swiss Splendors and Lake Como; and the Imperial Treasures of Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Berlin.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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