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2nd Annual Walker Stalker Cruise on Norwegian Pearl February 3-6, 2017

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NORMAN REEDUS, CHANDLER RIGGS, MICHAEL CUDLITZ AND GREG NICOTERO TO SET SAIL

June 14, 2016 – Skybound’s The Walking Dead will come alive aboard Norwegian Pearl February 3-6, 2017 with Norman Reedus (Daryl), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham), Tom Payne (Jesus), Michael Traynor (Nicholas) and more. Special effects guru, director, producer, and writer, Greg Nicotero, will also join 2,600 undead devotees for the second annual Walker Stalker Cruise.

Sailing round-trip from Miami, Florida to the Norwegian Cruise Line private island of Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, Walker Stalker Cruise guests will vacation for three days with Reedus, Riggs, Cudlitz, Payne, Nicotero and more cast members from The Walking Dead, while taking part in panels, photo ops, autograph sessions, cosplay contests, theme nights, and more to be announced.

Double occupancy staterooms on Walker Stalker Cruise begin at $790 per person, plus taxes and fees. For the best selection of cabins, join the pre-sale here: walkerstalkercruise.com/presale

Posted: June 14th, 2016 under Uncategorized.
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Holland America Line Collaborates with Top Sushi Chef, Andy Matsuda of the Sushi Chef Institute in Los Angeles

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Matsuda to train shipboard chefs

June 13, 2016 — Holland America Line’s shipboard chefs are learning from the best in a collaboration with renowned Sushi Chef Andy Matsuda. Not only will Matsuda share his knowledge and train the shipboard chefs to ensure that the cruise line’s staff is at the forefront of sushi trends and techniques, but four of his signature rolls will be featured on the dinner menu at Tamarind, the award winning Asian-fusion restaurant on board several Holland America Line ships.

Sushi Chef Andy Matsuda


The Japanese-born chef brings more than 35 years of sushi-making experience and 15 years of teaching to the premium cruise line, and he began his collaboration and training aboard the line’s newest ship, ms Koningsdam. At Matsuda’s Sushi Chef Institute in Los Angeles, California, he teaches aspiring chefs and professionals from all over the world about sushi and Japanese cuisine. More than 1,300 graduates of the institute have gone on to careers in sushi restaurants or have become restaurateurs themselves.

Guests can enjoy Matsuda’s four signature rolls on Tamarind’s dinner menu. They are a Tempura Lobster Roll with lobster tail, unagi sauce, avocado and asparagus; Nigiri Seared Salmon with green olives and capers; Dragon Roll with tempura shrimp, unagi sauce, avocado and asparagus; and Nigiri Tuna Zuke with yuzu-flavored tuna and guacamole sauce. Tamarind is on board ms Koningsdam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam and ms Eurodam.

The Asian-fusion Tamarind restaurant also serves sushi selections on the full dinner menu. Selections feature Spider Roll with soft shell crab tempura, California Roll, Tsutsumi Roll with snapper and avocado, Spicy Tuna Roll, Veggie Rainbow Roll, Volcano Roll with sesame-marinated salmon and Thai chilis, and Nigiri sushi with tuna, salmon and ebi shrimp. Tamarind on ms Koningsdam also features a sushi counter with eight seats where guests can enjoy watching the chefs prepare the fresh sushi.

Matsuda learned the joy of cooking at his family’s Japanese restaurant when he was a child, and he went on to have an apprenticeship at Genpachi, one of the most famous restaurants in Osaka, Japan, before bringing his sushi skills to Los Angeles. Following a battle with cancer he sought a deeper understanding of the relationship between food, health, people and the environment, which he then parlayed into becoming one of the world’s foremost sushi experts.

Posted: June 13th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Princess Cruises Adds Trinidad & Tobago To 2017-2018 Cruise Destinations

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June 13, 2016 – Trinidad & Tobago’s popularity as a port of call continues to grow as Princess Cruises announces its 2017-2018 Americas cruise calendar that includes sailings to the dual-island nation.

Princess Cruises will offer several Caribbean vacation packages in 2017-2018 and will launch a new 14-day Circle Caribbean itinerary out of Fort Lauderdale that includes stops in Trinidad and other Caribbean islands in addition to a stop at the cruise line’s private beach resort, Princess Cays. Princess Cruises will also be returning its seven-day Caribbean routes with visits to both the Eastern and Western Caribbean regions on Regal Princess, while Crown Princess will alternate eight-day Eastern and Southern Caribbean itineraries and five-day getaways to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Pacific Princess will also launch a 14-day “Caribbean Connoisseur” voyage with stopovers in Tobago, St Croix, Nevis, Guadeloupe and Virgin Gorda.

“As the amount of visiting ships grow in number, so too are the variety of on-shore activities and tours available for cruise passengers on both islands.” explains Keith Chin, Chief Executive Officer at the Tourism Development Company of Trinidad & Tobago. “Cruise ship passengers disembarking on our unique islands can enjoy live local entertainment, a variety of island and community tour options and free Wi-Fi, all in a safe and secure environment.”

Posted: June 13th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean Announces $61Million Renovation of Adventure Of The Seas

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June 10, 2016 – Royal Caribbean International will debut an array of enhancements onboard Adventure of the Seas this November, including new dual racer waterslides – Cyclone and Typhoon, the signature FlowRider surf simulator, and a children’s aquapark, Splashaway Bay. In addition, guests will enjoy a new lineup of culinary and entertainment venues with Izumi Japanese Cuisine, Chops Grille steakhouse, and Boleros Latin Lounge. The ship also will receive more than 100 new staterooms, a refreshing of all existing staterooms and a brand new Suites Lounge.

Adventure is Royal Caribbean’s fifth ship to undergo revitalization, and at $61 million this will be the brand’s largest investment yet. The project will introduce some of the trademark innovations the cruise line is known for, bringing the best of Royal Caribbean onboard.

Adventure of the Seas sails from San Juan, Puerto Rico to the Southern Caribbean, with port calls at Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; St. Johns, Antigua; Basseterre, St. Kitts; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

Other features offered on the Voyager-class ship include the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, three pools including the adults-only Solarium, a rock climbing wall, basketball court, Windjammer Café, Johnny Rockets and the three-story Main Dining Room. Adventure also delivers exhilarating entertainment options, with complimentary Broadway-style entertainment in the main theater, ice-skating shows in Studio B, and the lively Royal Promenade with its parties, parades, dance and shopping outlets.

A video of the Royal Caribbean fleet revitalization project can be seen here

Posted: June 10th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Holland America’s Veendam Gets Perfect Health Scores From U.S. & Canada

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Veendam earns second consecutive perfect U.S.P.H score

June 9, 2016 — Holland America Line’s ms Veendam earned its second consecutive perfect score of 100 on a recent United States Public Health inspection conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ship also earned a perfect score of 100 on an inspection conducted by Health Canada.

Veendam’s unannounced U.S.P.H. inspection was held May 21, 2016, during a turnaround call at Boston, Massachusetts, at the start of a seven-day Bermuda cruise. The ship also received a score of 100 on a Health Canada inspection held May 12 at Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the middle of a Canada/New England voyage. Prior to those inspections, Veendam received a perfect U.S.P.H. score in August 2015 during a call at Boston.

“The continuing streak of perfect health inspection scores across the fleet shows Holland America Line’s focus and commitment to the highest standards,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Congratulations to the officers and staff aboard Veendam who worked hard and diligently to earn two perfect scores within two weeks.”

In March 2016, ms Eurodam earned its 10th consecutive score of 100, making it the first ship in company history to receive as many consecutive perfect scores. In 2015, seven Holland America Line ships received a total of 10 perfect scores: Eurodam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Noordam, ms Ryndam, ms Statendam and Veendam.

CDC inspections are part of the Vessel Sanitation Program, which was introduced in the early 1970s and is required for all passenger ships that call at a U.S. port. The inspections are unannounced and are carried out by officials from the United States Public Health Service twice a year for every cruise ship. Health Canada’s Cruise Ship Inspection Program harmonizes with the United States’ CDC Vessel Sanitation Program, and inspections are conducted once a year when cruise ships visit Canadian ports.

The score, on a scale from one to 100, is assigned on the basis of a checklist involving dozens of areas of assessment, encompassing hygiene and sanitation of food (from storage to preparation), overall galley cleanliness, water, shipboard personnel and the ship as a whole.

Posted: June 9th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Harmony Of The Seas Sets Sail On Inaugural Voyage From Barcelona

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June 8, 2016 – Royal Caribbean International’s brand new Harmony Of The Seas left Barcelona today on it’s official inaugural cruise. Here at cruisereviews.com we are big fans of this class of ship, and Harmony combines some great features of both the Oasis and Quantum class ships to make it a truly amazing vessel.

The new holder of the title “world’s largest cruise ship” is sailing an exclusive five-night Western Mediterranean itinerary with visits to Rome (Civitavecchia) and Naples, Italy at full capacity, with guests representing more than 34 countries.

The ship combines the distinct seven-neighborhood concept that Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class of ships are known for with some of the most modern and groundbreaking vacation amenities, including the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea with a 10-story plunge; robot bartenders at The Bionic Bar, powered by Makr Shakr; interior staterooms with virtual balconies that provide real-time views of the destinations, and VOOM high speed internet so that guests can stay connected, stream their favorite entertainment and share their vacation with family and friends back at home.

Splashaway Bay and Pool Deck


Harmony of the Seas’ inaugural summer season will offer seven-night Western Mediterranean itineraries, showcasing Europe’s most popular destinations – Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence (Marseilles), France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy. The adventure-packed ship will reposition to the U.S. in November, where she will make Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL her permanent homeport.

Ultimate Abyss

Posted: June 8th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Norwegian Jewel to Call Australia Home in Fall 2017

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Norwegian announces select Fall/Winter 2017/18 itineraries

June 7, 2016 – Norwegian Cruise Line today announced several itineraries for the company’s Fall/Winter 2017/2018 deployment, featuring a wide array of itineraries from convenient U.S. ports of departure, as well as new Australia & New Zealand itineraries from Sydney and Auckland.

New for 2017/18, Norwegian Jewel will be based in the Asia Pacific region with departures to and from Australia beginning November 2017; San Juan, Puerto Rico returns as a seasonal homeport, with Norwegian Dawn sailing from the Caribbean port, as well as Tampa, Florida; along with a new 14-day Western Caribbean sailing from New York on Norwegian Breakaway. The new itineraries go on sale on June 28, 2016 for Latitudes Rewards guests and travel partners and on June 29, 2016 for all reservations.

Norwegian Jewel’s inaugural “Australasian” itineraries will begin on October 3, 2017 with a variety of Hawaii, French Polynesia and South Pacific cruises, as the ship sails from Vancouver to Sydney.

Highlights of Norwegian Jewel’s inaugural season in Australia include seven Sydney round-trip cruises featuring a five-day Sydney-Tasmania-Sydney cruise departing on November 12, 2017, as well as a nine-day voyage visiting many burgeoning regional destinations including Eden, Kangaroo Island and Tasmania’s Burnie, departing December 14, 2017. Norwegian Jewel’s ten to 16-day Australia and New Zealand itineraries depart between November 2017 and February 2018, with highlights including cruising through New Zealand’s striking Milford Sound and the spectacular Bay of Islands. Norwegian Jewel will make her way from Sydney to Singapore on an 18-day adventure departing February 20, 2018 where guests can enjoy the best of Far North Queensland, Darwin, and enjoy a visit to the enchanting Komodo Island. In a nod to Norwegian Jewel’s new homeport, guests will be treated to the finest local Australian cuisine including regional beef, lamb, seafood, fine wines and ales, along with entertainment featuring the ballroom spectacular Burn the Floor as part of Norwegian Jewel’s onboard entertainment while she’s in Australia.

Following her Australian season, Norwegian Jewel will undertake a range of exotic Asian itineraries visiting Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Korea and more, offering travelers the opportunity to explore some of the best Asia has to offer.

Those guests sailing from Tampa and New Orleans in the southern U.S. will have a different ship in each market to choose from next fall. Norwegian Dawn, currently undergoing a multi-million dollar refurbishment as a part of The Norwegian Edge™ investment program, will sail seasonally from Tampa and San Juan, and Norwegian Pearl from New Orleans. Norwegian Dawn will move south next fall and homeport in San Juan, Puerto Rico from November 12, 2017 – January 7, 2018, sailing seven-, ten- and 11-day Southern Caribbean itineraries during the holiday season. Ports of call will include Bridgetown, Barbados; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, with varying calls on longer itineraries. From January 17- February 7, 2018, Norwegian Dawn will sail from Tampa for a series of two 11-day Eastern Caribbean and one ten-day Western Caribbean cruises, and then sail a series of seven-day Western Caribbean cruises departing on Sundays from Tampa, from February 18 – April 1, 2018 that will include a port of call at the Caribbean’s premier resort-style destination, Harvest Caye, Belize, being developed by Norwegian.

New for 2017/2018, Norwegian Pearl will sail seven-, eight- and nine-day Western Caribbean cruises from New Orleans, from October 22, 2017 to April 1, 2018. Her ports of call from the Crescent City will include Cozumel, Mexico; Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; and Costa Maya, Mexico, with varying ports for longer itineraries that can include George Town, Grand Cayman and Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala.

Guests who wish to cruise to the Caribbean from NYC can set sail on board Norwegian Breakaway to either the Bahamas and Florida or the Southern, Eastern and – new for 2018 – Western Caribbean in Fall and Winter 2017/2018. Norwegian Breakaway will sail seven-day Bahamas & Florida cruises from New York from October 1, 2017 to April 29, 2018 with calls in Port Canaveral, Norwegian’s private Bahamian island destination Great Stirrup Cay that’s currently undergoing a multi-million dollar enhancement, and Nassau.

For those guests looking for a more relaxing, longer getaway from New York’s chilly winters, they can cruise to the Southern Caribbean on one of Norwegian Breakaway’s two 14-day Southern Caribbean itineraries on January 5 and February 2, 2018 that explore the heart of the Caribbean in the US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Dominica and more, or sail away on a sun-drenched 12-day Eastern Caribbean cruise on December 3, 2017, with calls in St. Kitts, Antigua, Tortola and more.

New for 2018, is a 14-day Western Caribbean cruise from NYC, that will provide guests the opportunity to explore the wonders of the Caribbean’s deep blue waters, lush tropical mountains and spectacular beaches, featuring calls at two of Norwegian’s destination experiences – the company’s private island Great Stirrup Cay, and the Caribbean’s newest resort-style port of call, Harvest Caye, Belize, along with Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Roatan, Honduras; and Cozumel, Mexico.

Posted: June 7th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Norwegian Cruise Line Goes Big on Luxury and Family Amenities for Great Stirrup Cay

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Extensive upgrades include 1,000 foot-long zip line; expanded dining options; and an exclusive access retreat with air-conditioned villas to open by Summer 2017


June 2, 2016 –
Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed details of the new experience that awaits guests at the company’s 250-acre private island, Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. And let me say, they are going all out on these improvements.

As a part of Norwegian’s $400 million investment program called The Norwegian Edge™, the cruise line is revolutionizing the destination now through summer 2017 to provide new luxurious amenities, new adventure activities, enhanced and expanded dining options that, together, will present an upgraded atmosphere for guests visiting the island.

Island Experiences

Great Stirrup Cay’s 10 acre beach will soon feature a half mile long oceanside boardwalk that will span the length of the shore with more than 100,000 square feet of pathway, offering easy access to the beaches, as well as a new shaded areas with benches. Just adjacent to the beach, guests can visit a new half-acre entertainment and activity complex, featuring a stage for live music, games and entertainers; basketball and volleyball courts, complete with bleachers; ping-pong tables; and a shaded picnic area.

An air-conditioned reception area will serve as the central hub for family-fun where guests can plan their day, reserve activities, rent board games and have access to expansive changing rooms.

A new 1,000 foot zip line course will provide a bird’s eye view of the island and the sea, and will have two parallel lines.

Dining

All dining and bar venues will be updated island-wide, adding new resort-style decking, shaded areas, high-top seating at all bars and family-style seating. This will add 50 percent more seating capacity at all dining outlets.

A new complimentary taco bar, Abaco Taco, will be added near the island’s entertainment hub, where guests can create their own favorite tacos.

The island’s 8,500-square foot buffet will be redesigned to provide faster and more efficient service for guests, and the deck surrounding the buffet will be expanded so guests can enjoy their lunch at new seating areas.

The center of the island will feature a shaded lounge area with new furniture and bar service.

Building on the brand’s partnership with Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Great Stirrup Cay will also feature a LandShark Bar & Grill, offering casual dining and drinks. Menu items will be available à la carte.

Exclusive Lagoon Retreat

Beginning in Summer 2017, a private area of Great Stirrup Cay will feature a secluded beach; oceanview restaurant; Mandara Spa; and 22 air-conditioned private villas available for reservations, ranging in size from studios to two-bedrooms.

The lagoon will be available on a complimentary basis to The Haven and Suite guests, along with guests who purchase an on-island Mandara Spa service. In addition, a limited amount of passes to the Lagoon will available for purchase on each sailing.

The lagoon will feature a floating swim up bar, a partitioned family beach area along with grassy areas for play, swing sets, and picnic tables. Guests can also reserve a private room for functions with up to 75 guests, with food and beverage service available.

The lagoon’s Mandara Spa will have four treatment rooms offering spa services.

Guests who purchase a reservation for one of Great Stirrup Cay’s beach villas will get a full lux experience from ship to shore, as they will be whisked away in an air-conditioned shuttle from the tender marina to the lagoon reception area.

Studio villas feature an outdoor terrace, private bathroom and living/dining area, and can accommodate two to four guests.

One bedroom villas accommodate four to six guests and feature a bedroom, private bathroom, living and dining areas and outdoor terrace with a hot tub.

The ultimate island escape, Great Stirrup Cay’s two bedroom villas can accommodate up to 10 guests and feature two bedrooms, two private bathrooms, living and dining areas, and an expansive outdoor terrace with a dining area and hot tub.

Exclusively for guests of the lagoon retreat, the two-story Silver Palm restaurant will offer complimentary dining with both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a rooftop terrace.

All luxury villas will also include food and beverage service for guests.

Posted: June 2nd, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Legend Of The Seas To Leave Royal Caribbean Fleet

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Sale to Thomson Cruises Introduces New 2017 Deployments for Global Cruise Line

June 2, 2016 – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, RCL) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to sell Royal Caribbean International’s Legend of the Seas to Thomson Cruises. Legend will depart the 25-ship fleet in March of 2017, and immediately transition to its new owner.

In order to continue offering our guests the best possible vacation experience, the current deployment of Rhapsody of the Seas and Vision of the Seas will be adjusted. This will require the cancellation of some sailings and the re-accommodation of others.

Legend of the Seas exits the fleet on March 26, 2017
The current round trip Brisbane, Australia sailings departing on January 6, 15, 29 and February 8 will operate as scheduled.

All scheduled sailings from February 20, 2017 onward will be canceled. This includes the summer season cruises from Venice, Italy as well as the balance of the Brisbane itineraries.

A series of three repositioning cruises will be offered beginning on February 20 from Brisbane. This will include an 11-night sailing from Brisbane to Singapore, as well as a 10-night cruise from Singapore to Dubai and a 13-night sailing from Dubai to Barcelona.

Rhapsody of the Seas will transition to Venice, Italy for the summer season. Sailings from Cape Liberty, New Jersey will be cancelled.

Rhapsody will offer the full schedule of round trip sailings in fall of 2016 and winter of 2017 from Tampa, Florida as planned.

On April 29, Rhapsody will offer a 14-night Transatlantic sailing from Tampa, Florida ending in Barcelona, Spain.

On May 13, Rhapsody will offer a 7-night open jaw sailing from Barcelona, Spain to Venice, Italy.

From May 20 through the end of October, Rhapsody will offer a variety of exciting 7-night round trip sailings from Venice, Italy.

With these newly introduced itineraries, all previously planned sailings from Cape Liberty, New Jersey will be canceled.

At the conclusion of the Mediterranean season, Rhapsody will return to Tampa, Florida as planned and begin sailings on November 19, 2017.

Vision of the Seas will offer four fall foliage sailings from Cape Liberty, New Jersey after completing northerly crossing from Copenhagen, Denmark

On August 22, Vision will offer a 16-night Transatlantic sailing from Copenhagen, Denmark to Cape Liberty, New Jersey with several calls in Denmark, Norway, Scotland and Iceland.

On September 7, Vision will offer a 13-night open jaw sailing from Cape Liberty, New Jersey to Quebec City, Canada. The sailings departing from Cape Liberty on September 20, October 1, and October 11 will replace the previously planned sailings offered on Rhapsody and include calls in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as multiple ports in Maine and Nova Scotia.

Vision’s current fall Europe itineraries, including those departing from Venice, Italy from August 22, 2017 through November 17, 2017 will be canceled.

To accommodate guests booked on the affected sailings, Royal Caribbean will provide vacationers with a full refund of their cruise fare, the opportunity to re-book on another Royal Caribbean ship as well as an onboard credit to use during the newly booked sailing. In addition, vacationers who purchased airfare through Royal Caribbean will receive a full refund. Guests purchasing their own airfare will be given a refund for their airline change fee. All refund transactions will be automatically processed back to the original form of payment within four to six weeks. Commissions for travel agents will be protected for all cruises that are fully paid.

Guests requesting more information are asked to contact Royal Caribbean International’s customer service team at 1-800-256-6649 or their travel agent.

Posted: June 2nd, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Princess Cruises Announces 2017-2018 Americas Season

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Featuring Transits Through New Panama Canal Locks

May 31, 2016 – Princess Cruises has announced its 2017-2018 Americas cruise itineraries from Fall 2017 to Spring 2018 including sailings to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaii, and the California Coast. They range from three to 28 days and went on sale May 19.

In total, 11 ships with 230 departures on more than 30 itineraries visiting 70 destinations will sail between September 2017 and April 2018.

Princess Cruises 2017-2018 Americas Sailings


Highlights include the maiden season of Caribbean Princess on 10-day cruises sailing through the new Panama Canal locks. Roundtrip California Coast voyages from Los Angeles will now include the port of Monterey. Emerald Princess offers a 12-day roundtrip Alaska voyage from Los Angeles in Spring 2018. Princess guests can choose from more short-cruise getaways on both coasts with Crown Princess introducing new five-day departures to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale while Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess sail four- or five-day options from Los Angeles – with overnight stay in Cabo San Lucas on our five-day!.

Full details of Princess Cruises’ 2017-2018 Americas cruise season include:

Caribbean
Offering the youngest fleet in the region, taking guests to some of the Caribbean’s top-rated beaches and most romantic ports, five Princess Cruises ships will sail 5-day Getaways, 7- and 8-day vacations and voyages from 10-to 21-days long in 2017 and 2018.

Caribbean Princess debuts a new 14-day Circle Caribbean itinerary, sailing roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, including visits to Martinique, Barbados, Trinidad, Aruba, Curacao, Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Kitts and a stop at the line’s private beach resort, Princess Cays. The ship offers a special holiday sailing including both Christmas and New Year’s Day.

7-day Caribbean cruises return in 2017 and 2018 with visits to the Eastern and Western Caribbean regions on Regal Princess, while Crown Princess alternates 8-day Eastern and Southern Caribbean and 5-day Getaways to the Eastern and Western Caribbean throughout the season.

Pacific Princess sails a holiday 14-day Caribbean Connoisseur voyage, visiting islands not typically included on other Caribbean itineraries for an off-the-beaten path exploration, including St. Croix, Nevis, Guadeloupe, Tobago and Virgin Gorda.

Royal Princess returns to the Caribbean including 10-day Southern Medley and 10-day Eastern Voyager itineraries which can be combined for a 20-day vacation. These sailings offer the best of the Caribbean including St. Kitts, Barbados and St. Lucia as well as ports that are off-the-beaten path such as Dominica, Grenada and Bonaire.

Panama Canal
2017-2018 will be the maiden season for transiting the new Panama Canal locks, with Caribbean Princess offering partial transits on 10-day voyages roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale.

Coral Princess, Island Princess and Pacific Princess all sail ocean to ocean with full transit offerings through all three sets of the original Canal locks – Gatun, Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks, with Coral Princess offering an extra day in Fuerte Amador for guests to fully experience historic Panama City.

Guests may take advantage of the line’s Connoisseur voyages on board Pacific Princess, sailing a 17-day voyage with a call to the unique port of Santa Marta, Colombia.

Finally, Island Princess sails a roundtrip Los Angeles departure for transits through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks, offering guests a nostalgic cruise experience to the Panama Canal.

Hawaii, Mexico, California Coast and Alaska
On the West Coast, five ships will be deployed from three homeports – Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver – to Hawaii and Mexico, as well as the California Coast, and a Princess-first voyage to Alaska roundtrip from Los Angeles. Voyages range from 4 to 28 days.

Star Princess homeports in Los Angeles sailing 10 voyages to the Hawaiian Islands with port calls in Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. Grand Princess homeports in San Francisco sailing seven voyages visiting the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island.

Roundtrip departures from Vancouver, British Columbia to the Hawaiian Islands are also available on Star Princess in the fall and spring. Emerald Princess also features two 28-day cruises to Hawaii, Tahiti and Samoa in the fall and spring.

The line’s popular Mexico cruises are available as 7-day voyages from Los Angeles, visiting Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas, or as 10-day cruises from San Francisco with the added port of Manzanillo. In addition, 10-day Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez voyages return, sailing from Los Angeles to the ports of San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto, Puerto Vallarta and the California Coast.

Offering the ultimate California food and wine experience, the line’s 7-day sailings from Los Angeles and 10-day cruises from Vancouver include the new port of Monterey on the California coast, offering opportunities to visit the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Course, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the breathtaking coastal views of the region’s iconic 17-Mile-Drive. Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess also sail on select 4-day West Coast Getaway voyages from Los Angeles including Santa Barbara or Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico, while 5-day Cabo San Lucas Getaways include an overnight in the popular destination.

A Princess first, Emerald Princess departs on a 12-day roundtrip voyage from Los Angeles with port calls in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Vancouver, featuring scenic cruising of Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

More Ashore
Offering guests more time to explore local cultures and culinary offerings, select itineraries in the Caribbean, California and Hawaii offer extended stays in Aruba, Curacao, St. Thomas, Cozumel, San Francisco, San Diego, Long Beach and Honolulu, as well an overnight stay in Cabo San Lucas on the line’s five-day voyages from Los Angeles.

Posted: May 31st, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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