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NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE OFFERS BLACK FRIDAY BONUS

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November 23, 2016 –
Norwegian Cruise Line is celebrating the biggest shopping event of the season with a Black Friday Bonus and Cyber Monday Special. During this limited time event, Norwegian is only requiring a $50 per person deposit on all sailings fleetwide in Studio, inside, oceanview, balcony, and mini-suite staterooms. From now through November 30, 2016, guests have the opportunity to snag the best combined offer of the year with significantly reduced deposits, along with Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion where guests choose from five free offers when they book a new cruise vacation.

With Norwegian’s Free at Sea, guests who book a new three-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or mini-suite category stateroom† can select their preference of two free choices from five incredible onboard amenity offers only available through the end of the month, including free unlimited open bar*, free Specialty Dining package*, free prepaid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, a free 250 minute WiFi package**, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer which allows third and fourth guests to sail for free on select dates. Inside staterooms, as well as Norwegian’s Studio staterooms for solo travelers, can choose one free offer. Guests who book a sailing in a suite or The Haven by Norwegian® will enjoy all five free amenities, providing up to $2,800 in added value to their cruise.

Guests looking to explore the Hawaiian islands on a one-of-a-kind cruise vacation aboard the recently renovated Pride of America, the only ship to sail roundtrip from Honolulu year-round and also has her own exclusive Free at Sea offer^. Those who book a new seven-day inter-island Hawaii cruise now through November 30, 2016 aboard Pride of America in any stateroom^ category will have the freedom to select one of five offers to enhance their cruising experience including a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay*** with an option to select reduced airfare starting at $399 from select gateways, a free Specialty Dining Package**, free pre-paid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, a free $50 per port shore excursion credits in up to four ports, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free, where the third and fourth in each stateroom sail for free on select dates. Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America will receive all five offers.

Guests seeking holiday cheer at sea can toast to a special holiday bonus of $100 in onboard credit, offered on select Christmas and New Year’s cruise reservations^*. When combined with Norwegian’s Free At Sea offer, this holiday bonus credit is perfect for purchasing last-minute holiday gifts in one of the onboard boutiques or start of the New Year with some self-pampering with a relaxing and indulgent spa treatment, and more.

Only Norwegian allows guests to visit the destinations of their dreams and invites guests to Feel Free to enjoy premium entertainment, action-packed adventure, a wide variety of dining options and the freedom to do it all or absolutely nothing, all on their own timetable. To book a cruise aboard a Norwegian ship, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: November 23rd, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Princess Cruises Resumes Summer Caribbean Cruises in 2018

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Departures from Ft. Lauderdale Open for Sale Dec. 1


November 23, 2016 –
For the first time in four years, Princess Cruises will offer Summer Caribbean cruises including Panama Canal transits in 2018. The 3,192-guest Caribbean Princess returns to sail on a full summer season of voyages ranging from seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean to a 20-day Caribbean and Panama Canal Explorer. All Summer Caribbean cruises are open for sale Dec. 1.

The 2018 April to October summer program features 47 departures, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, including eight unique itineraries visiting 23 destinations in 22 countries. In addition, four ports offer late night stays so guests have more time to explore the evening offerings these destinations have to offer.

New for 2018, 20-day Caribbean and Panama Explorer voyages combine a 10-day Panama cruise and a 10-day Southern Caribbean Medley or Eastern Caribbean Voyager cruise. Princess Cruises takes more guests through this engineering marvel than other cruise line.

Caribbean cruise highlights for Summer Caribbean 2018, roundtrip out of Ft. Lauderdale, include:

Eastern Caribbean (7 days) – Guests can enjoy an adventurous week in the Caribbean, including calls at the ports of Princess Cays, St. Thomas, Grand Turk or Amber Cove with a multitude of water activities to choose from. Sailings depart May 26; June 9, 23; July 7, 21; August 4,18; and September 1.

Western Caribbean (7 days) – Alternating with the Eastern Caribbean voyages, this itinerary features calls at Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Roatan and Belize highlighting the Mayan culture and history of the region. Caribbean Princess sets sail on this route on May 19; June 2, 16, 30; July 14, 28; and August 11, 25.

Guests can combine these popular seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages, for a 14-day Caribbean East/West Adventure.

Southern Caribbean (8 days) – For a more in-depth experience, one Southern Caribbean cruise will be offered with stops in Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire; departs May 11.

Eastern Caribbean Voyager (10 days) – For more relaxation time, guests will enjoy an extended Eastern Caribbean cruise, visiting Princess Cays, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, St.Kitts. Cruises depart May1 and September 28.

Southern Caribbean Medley (10 days) – For those looking for deeper exploration, guests can travel to the beautiful beaches in the Southern Caribbean, including Princess Cays, St. Thomas, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire and Curacao. Departures on April 11; September 8 and October 18.

Panama Canal with Costa Rica (10 days) –
Transiting the new Agua Clara Locks with a Panama Canal partial transit, including a day of scenic cruising through Gatun Lake, guests will also visit Grand Cayman, Cartagena, Colon, Costa Rica (Límon) and Falmouth (Jamaica). Sailings depart April 1, 21; Sept. 18; and Oct. 8.

Guests can combine the cruise line’s signature 10-day Panama Canal voyage with the 10-day Southern Caribbean Medley or Eastern Caribbean Voyager for the ultimate 20-day cruise vacation.

Captain’s Circle Savings

Princess Cruises past guests are eligible for a special promotion when they book before August 31, 2017. Captain’s Circle members booking a seven- to 10-day cruise, will receive a savings of $50 per person and those booking a 14- or 20-day cruise will save $100 per guest (does apply to third and fourth berth guests).

Posted: November 23rd, 2016 under Cruise Ship News, Hot Cruise Deals.
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Princess Cruises Announces Largest Alaska Deployment Ever in 2018

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November 22, 2016 – Princess Cruises is bringing its largest Alaska deployment ever in 2018, going on sale December 1.

In summer 2018, seven Princess Cruises ships will sail Alaska’s waters on 130 cruise departures, with more than 75 percent of all voyages sailing to Glacier Bay National Park, departing from Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, B.C. and Anchorage (Whittier). In addition, the cruise line has over 22 cruisetour options providing guests the opportunity to journey into the interior of Alaska, visiting five custom-built Princess Wilderness Lodges.

New for 2018, Island Princess will feature a full season of calls to Icy Strait Point, a unique and remote wilderness experience, on every seven-day northbound Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary. Also new for 2018, guests looking to cruise roundtrip from Los Angeles can choose from two 12-day cruises.

While on board, guests will encounter a variety of ways to engage in unique Alaska experiences through the award-winning North to Alaska program, featuring Cook My Catch, an exclusive culinary program allowing guests to return from select Princess fishing excursions to have the chef prepare their very own catch of the day. Also offered, the crowd-favorite Puppies in the Piazza, where real Alaska sled dog puppies are brought on board for guests to interact with. On land, guests will hear first-hand tales from mountain climbers who have conquered Denali as they tell the exhilarating stories of their journey at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge.

The 2018 May – September Alaska program includes:

Voyage of the Glaciers – Princess’ most popular Gulf of Alaska sailings between Vancouver, B.C. and Whittier features two glacier-viewing experiences on every voyage, with visits to the UNESCO-listed Glacier Bay National Park plus either Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord. These cruises are offered aboard Island Princess, Coral Princess, Star Princess and Golden Princess.

Inside Passage – This awe-inspiring part of Alaska, known for its lush scenery and pristine fjords, will be featured on seven-, 10- and 12-day roundtrip voyages from Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Ruby and Emerald Princess sail on seven-day cruises roundtrip from Seattle with all Ruby Princess cruises featuring a visit to Glacier Bay National Park. Grand Princess sails out of San Francisco, featuring five departures visiting Glacier Bay. Two 12-day cruises roundtrip from Los Angeles aboard Emerald Princess and Golden Princess will also include Glacier Bay.

Alaska Cruisetours
In addition, cruisetours offer flexible ways to delve deeper into the fascinating Alaska frontier. Land tours are combined with a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise and include the company’s premier wilderness lodges, exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service, plus visits to the top two attractions in Alaska – Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park.

Princess offers guests more than 22 cruisetour options in 2018, most featuring multiple nights at Princess-owned Wilderness Lodges to experience the grandeur of Denali. Guests will once again be able to purchase a pre-paid meal package for the land portion of their vacation in 2018. Options include:

Denali Explorer – The line’s most popular cruisetour option, these itineraries feature multiple nights at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and/or Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. Most offer Princess exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service between the ship in Whittier and the Denali area all in one day, plus the opportunity to explore Fairbanks and/or Anchorage.

On Your Own – An affordable option for independent-minded travelers, these itineraries offer a flexible way to see the heart of Alaska. Tours follow similar routes as Denali Explorer options, but do not include any pre-planned excursions, giving travelers the opportunity to customize their own experience.

Off the Beaten Path – These itineraries are designed to take travelers beyond Denali to sought-after, remote regions of the state such as the Kenai Peninsula and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

Connoisseur – The line’s highest level of service, these cruisetours provide a truly immersive experience. With a professional tour director, most meals included on land and enhanced sightseeing, guests experience the best of the Great Land.

Heart of the Rockies Plus Rail – This 14-night cruisetour originates in Calgary and includes daylight Silverleaf rail service on the Rocky Mountaineer. The fully escorted land tour combines with a seven-day northbound Voyage of the Glaciers cruise on Star Princess and Golden Princess and includes most breakfasts and dinners. Spectacular overnight accommodations are offered at Fairmont Calgary Palliser Hotel, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Four Season Vancouver.

Captain’s Circle Savings
Princess Cruises past guests are eligible for a special promotion when they book before August 31, 2017. Captain’s Circle members booking a seven-day cruise will receive a savings of $50 per person. For those booking 10- to 12-day cruises, a discount of $75 per guest will be applied and those booking an Alaska cruisetour will receive a $100 discount (does not apply to third and fourth berth guests).

Club Class Mini-Suites
Summer 2018 Alaska guests can choose a new premium stateroom category featuring VIP amenities and exclusive dining with the new Club Class Mini-Suite. This elevated mini-suite category features select perks including new Club Class Dining, a reserved dining area with expedited seating and expanded menu options; priority embarkation and disembarkation; complimentary wine and luxurious bathrobes.

Posted: November 23rd, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Royal Caribbean Three Day “Cyber Monday Super Sale” November 26-28

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November 23, 2016 – Royal Caribbean International is featuring a three day sale starting this Friday and going through the weekend.

The Cyber Monday Super Sale offers 50% reduced deposits plus onboard credit as follows:

5 Nights or Less Onboard Credit:

$50 for an Interior/Oceanview Stateroom

$75 for a Balcony Stateroom

$100 for a Deluxe Stateroom

6 Nights or More:

$75 for an Interior/Oceanview Stateroom

$150 for a Balcony Stateroom

$300 for a Deluxe Stateroom

This offer can also be paired with Royal Caribbean’s current BOGO 50% off with 25% savings for 3rd and 4th guests plus up to $100 Onboard Credit per stateroom.

Travelers can book online by logging into RoyalCaribbean.com, calling 1-800-Royal-Caribbean or contacting your travel agent. Please note that offer in only valid for travel on or after Dec. 25, 2016 and excludes all China departures.

For more information on our latest deals and offerings:

https://secure.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-deals/

Posted: November 23rd, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Carnival Cruise Line ‘Pre-Black Friday Amazon Promo’ Offers Free Amazon Echo Dot

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Carnival Also Offering Special Black Friday–Only Fares and Onboard Credits on Select Cruises

November 21, 2016 —
Carnival Cruise Line is joining Amazon to offer an exclusive pre–Black Friday deal on cruise bookings through Amazon.com. The first 1,150 customers who click through Carnival’s ad on Amazon and book a Carnival cruise between Nov. 21 and 23 will receive an Amazon Echo Dot.

Interested customers can visit Amazon.com and click on a Carnival display ad, which will take them to a dedicated page on the Carnival Cruise Line website. Amazon cruise bookings will be coded so the cruisers receive the perks, and travel professionals will still receive commission if their clients book the offer through them. Cruises must be taken between March 2017 and April 2019 and must be paid in full at the time of booking to qualify for the incentives. Cruise payments are non-refundable. Customers can also learn more about the offer and purchase a cruise by visiting www.carnival.com.

“Amazon has a huge audience with the potential to introduce thousands of new consumers to the world of cruising, so being one of the first cruise lines to work with them for a Black Friday promotion opens a world of possibilities,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Both Carnival and Amazon offer an exceptional range of options and experiences in music, food, family and entertainment, which makes this an exciting collaboration.”

“Amazon is focused on delighting customers with the best offers and experiences – including from brands that don’t sell their products directly on our site,” said Jeremi Gorman, Head of North American advertising sales for Amazon Media Group. “We are thrilled to be working with a leading cruise line such as Carnival on this unique program, and to help our customers discover the joy of cruising!”

This offer is part of Carnival’s great values as part of Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotional line up.

The Amazon Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms and more. The compact device connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn, or can be used on its own without extra speakers. The Echo Dot can control lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers and more with compatible connected devices. Seven far-field microphones enable hands-free control from across the room, even in noisy environments or while playing music. It includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen or anywhere a voice-controlled service could be useful. The retail value of the Amazon Echo Dot is $49.99.

Posted: November 21st, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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MSC Cruises Offering Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals

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Shipboard Credit, Drink Packages, and WiFi on MSC Divina Caribbean Sailings

November 17, 2016 –
New for our Hot Cruise Deals today: MSC Cruises is celebrating Black Friday and Cyber Monday by sweetening it’s already hot 2 for 1 Caribbean cruise deals by offering consumers shipboard credit, drink packages and WiFi, for an added value of up to $350 per stateroom.

Starting November 23 and lasting through November 30, consumers can choose from select 2017 sailings on the MSC Divina – now sailing year round from Miami to the Caribbean – with prices starting as low as $399 per person for a 7-night sailing (that’s 50% off brochure rates). In addition, to these great rates, during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotion, consumers will receive extra perks, based on category of stateroom booked.

Inside Stateroom – Extra $25 shipboard credit per stateroom

Oceanview Stateroom – Extra $25 shipboard credit per stateroom + free Surfer WiFi package, allowing access to social networks, email and Web browsing for up to 2 devices – added value of $70 per stateroom

Balcony Stateroom – Extra $25 shipboard credit per stateroom + free Surfer WiFi package, allowing access to social networks, email and Web browsing for up to 2 devices + free mealtime drinks package, including unlimited consumption of wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks during lunch and dinner – added value of $350 per stateroom

7-night cruises qualifying for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday Promotion, leaving from Miami, include, but are not limited to:

April 1, 2017: Stops in Nassau, Bahamas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten – prices start at $399 per person based on 2 for 1 deal

May 6, 2017: Stops in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; and Nassau, Bahamas – prices start at $449 per person based on 2 for 1 deal

May 27, 2017 (Memorial Day Cruise): Stops in Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Nassau, Bahamas – prices start at $529 per person based on 2 for 1 deal

Highlights of the 3,500 passenger MSC Divina include authentic international cuisine; world class and award winning entertainment; family-friendly activities like the 4D theater and LEGO experience as well as immersive language and culinary classes; and the MSC Yacht Club, an entirely self-contained private VIP club area with personal butler, 24-hour concierge services, exclusive Top Sail lounge and pool, and private restaurant.

Guests can get full details on the applicable itineraries, rates and departure dates and book the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale by contacting their local travel agency, calling MSC Cruises direct at (877) 665-4655 or visiting http://bit.ly/MSCCruisesBlackFriday and http://bit.ly/MSCCruisesCyberMonday.

Posted: November 17th, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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DNCE Headlines ‘Ultimate Friendsgiving’ Aboard Harmony Of The Seas

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Multi-Platinum Selling Band Performs Songs From Debut Album on the World’s Largest Cruise Ship

November 11, 2016 – Cake by the ocean – literally! Multi-platinum selling band DNCE set sail for the Ultimate Friendsgiving on board the world’s largest and most adventure-packed cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s new Harmony of the Seas, now sailing year-round to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from her permanent home of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.

DNCE on Boardwalk of Harmony Of The Seas


As part of the Friendsgiving festivities, DNCE frontman Joe Jonas and all-star bandmates including bassist and keyboardist Cole Whittle, guitarist JinJoo and drummer Jack Lawless, treated a ship filled with their newest friends to an exclusive sunset concert with songs such as “Pay My Rent,” “Toothbrush” and Body Moves,” from their self-titled debut album DNCE, available November 18, in the ship’s iconic AquaTheater, an open-air amphitheater overlooking the ocean. While on board, the band tested their mettle on the Ultimate Abyss, a dramatic 10-story tall slide, and a zip line suspended nine decks high, and sipped cocktails at Bionic Bar prepared by two futuristic robot bartenders named Mix and Mingle. They also surprised lucky fans at a Friendsgiving fête, complete with its own massive cake by the ocean, and took a ride on a hand-carved carousel in the ship’s charming Boardwalk inspired by nostalgic seaside piers of yesteryear.

DNCE Performing at Aqua Theater on Harmony Of The Seas


Winners of the “Best New Artist” award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards and “Best PUSH Artist” at the 2016 MTV European Music Awards, DNCE first introduced themselves to audiences worldwide with the release of their debut single “Cake By The Ocean,” their now certified triple-platinum breakout smash which has made them one of 2016’s most buzzworthy acts.

Posted: November 12th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Fantasy Arrives at New Homeport of Mobile Alabama

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November 9, 2016 — Carnival Fantasy arrived at its new homeport of Mobile, Alabama, today to launch a schedule of year-round four- and five-day cruises to Mexico.

The ship’s arrival was marked with a special invitation-only event that included a competition for charity featuring Carnival President Christine Duffy, Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson, President of the Mobile City Council Gina Gregory, and Carnival Fantasy Captain Bruno Palomba, as well as a traditional maritime plaque exchange between cruise line and port officials. The competition, part of Carnival’s popular Hasbro, The Game Show activities, included a $20,000 donation each to the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Alabama and Feeding the Gulf Coast.

Carnival Fantasy At Alabama Cruise Terminal


Following the event, the 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy departs Mobile this afternoon on a sold-out five-day cruise to Cozumel and Progreso, kicking off a year-long schedule of four- and five-day cruises to these stunning Mexican ports. (Editor’s note: we’ll be boarding Carnival Fantasy on November 14 for the second 5-night cruise and will be reporting live from Mobile and the ship)

“With its Southern charm, excellent terminal facilities and easy-to-reach location, Mobile is a terrific new addition to Carnival’s homeport lineup and we’re delighted to offer these convenient and affordable cruises to Mexico’s most popular ports of call,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “From Mayor Sandy Stimpson and everyone at the City of Mobile to the Alabama Cruise Terminal team and the entire Mobile community, we are greatly appreciative for their partnership and the very warm welcome,” she added.

“We are pleased and excited to welcome Carnival Cruise Lines back to the City of Mobile,” said Mayor Sandy Stimpson. “This is a moment we’ve been working toward since the day we took office. It represents a win for our city, a win for Carnival and most of all a win for the thousands of people who can once again enjoy a great cruise out of one of America’s greatest cities.”

Carnival Donated $40,000 to Two Local Charities


Four- and Five-Day Cruises Feature Popular Mexican Destinations
Carnival Fantasy’s four-day “long weekend” itinerary departs Thursdays, calling at Cozumel. Five-day itineraries depart Monday and Saturdays, visiting Cozumel and Costa Maya or Progreso.

Each of these destinations feature excellent beaches, interesting historical sites and attractions, and excellent snorkeling, scuba diving and watersports. During the day-long call at Progreso, guests have the opportunity to visit Chichen Itza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, while guests visiting Cozumel can check out ancient Mayan ruins or enjoy the destination’s wide range of shopping and dining experiences. At Costa Maya, guests can explore the centuries-old Chacchoben ruins or visit the Lost Mayan Kingdom, a multi-million-dollar water-themed attraction featuring spectacular slides, an elaborate lazy river, a suspended ropes course that spans the property and more.

Carnival Fantasy Offers New Choices Following Recent Refurbishment
The ship recently underwent an extensive dry dock during which it received many of the fleet’s latest food and beverage innovations. These include Guy’s Burger Joint, a complimentary poolside dining venue serving hand-crafted burgers and fries created by the popular chef and restaurateur, all enjoyed amid interiors celebrating Guy Fieri’s California roots and love of car culture.

Located adjacent to Guy’s Burger Joint is BlueIguana Cantina offering authentic handmade burritos and tacos along with an elaborate toppings and salsa bar. Also poolside is the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Rum Bar, offering the region’s top rums and beers, as well as the BlueIguana Tequila Bar serving Mexican beers, margaritas and other frosty libations.

Carnival Fantasy features a 12,000-square-foot spa, a WaterWorks aqua park featuring a 300-foot-long Twister slide and a kiddie splash zone, and a Serenity adults-only retreat, as well as fun, supervised programs for kids ages 2-17, full casino gambling and a wide array of additional dining options.

Posted: November 9th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Holland America Line Wins Alyeska Award for the Company’s New Denali Square Complex

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Innovative Denali Square opened this summer and showcases Alaskan culture

November 7, 2016 — Holland America Line was presented with an Alyeska Award by the Alaska Tourism Industry Association for the cruise line’s new Denali Square complex in the heart of McKinley Chalet Resort. Bill Fletcher, Holland America Line’s director of Alaska sales, marketing and planning, accepted the award at ATIA’s annual banquet in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Alyeska Award is presented to a business or organization for its outstanding leadership, professional excellence and group contribution to the Alaska travel industry.

McKinley Chalet Resort


Over the past three years Holland America Line has been refining the guest experience at the 60-acre McKinley Chalet Resort, and last year an enhanced property layout and freshly remodeled guest rooms were unveiled.

Alaska-based companies heading up the McKinley Chalet Resort’s enhancement project included general contractor Dawson Construction and Stantec, which provided engineering services. Additional firms involved are lead and landscape architect The Portico Group, restaurant architect Heliotrope Architects, structural engineering company Michael Leonard Associates and project manager Costigan Integrated, all of Seattle, Washington.

About Denali Square
Denali Square is at the heart of McKinley Chalet Resort, which provides accommodations for guests on Holland America Line’s Land+Sea Journeys that combine an Alaska cruise with an overland tour to Denali National Park and beyond. Denali Square is centrally located between the main part of the property, containing the reception hall, dining facilities and guest rooms, and the riverfront guest rooms that provide stunning views of the Nenana River.

Denali Square serves as a new gathering area to relax, shop, dine and enjoy music and entertainment. The largest building in the complex is Karstens, the grand 7,000-square-foot, two-story restaurant showcasing views of the neighboring mountains for dining guests. An inviting deck with fire pits and outdoor seating also allows guests to immerse themselves in this special venue as they drink and dine.

At the center of Denali Square is an amphitheater with a covered performance stage and bench seating for guests to enjoy a variety of local shows, ranger talks and demonstrations. Those wanting to quench their thirst or listen to live music can visit Gold Nugget Saloon, home to the Music of Denali Dinner Theater that becomes a bar and music venue after the show.

Denali Square


Denali Square also features cozy fire pits to gather around on cool Alaska evenings and make s’mores, outdoor seating for guests who wish to enjoy the scenery, retail shops offering local goods, and an artist-in-residence cabin where Alaska native and local artists display and discuss their works. Walking paths in and around Denali Square show off the property’s mountainous landscapes and beautiful setting nestled just across the Nenana River from Denali National Park.

Posted: November 7th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean’s Newest Ship Harmony of the Seas Welcomed by Sister Ships, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas

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November 4, 2016 – Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis-class ships – Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and the new Harmony of the Seas – greeted each other at sea for the first and possibly only time today off the Fort Lauderdale coast. The three largest cruise ships ever built came together to celebrate the U.S. arrival of Harmony of the Seas on the eve of the ship’s debut in her new permanent homeport of Port Everglades.

The Oasis-class ships are architectural and engineering marvels, boasting industry-changing and unexpected onboard experiences. Each ship features seven themed neighborhoods – a distinctive feature of the Oasis-class ships – and a number of spectacular features, adventures and thrills, including the lush and tranquil Central Park with nearly 12,000 plants and trees, FlowRider surf simulators; a thrilling zip line 82 foot long that races guests nine-decks in the air, luxurious multi-level loft suites with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, the outdoor AquaTheater that hosts dazzling high-diving, aquatic and acrobatic performances, a Boardwalk with a hand-carved carousel, and The Rising Tide Bar, the first moving bar at sea.

Oasis, Allure, and Harmony Of The Seas meet up at sea


Harmony of the Seas, officially claimed the title of world’s largest cruise ship, beating her sisters by a mere foot in length and nearly 1,700 gross registered tons. The ship features a bold lineup of new thrilling experiences, imaginative dining, unparalleled entertainment and the latest technology, including VOOM, the fastest internet at sea. Harmony combines the iconic seven neighborhood concept with some of the most modern and groundbreaking amenities and offerings that will appeal to guests of all ages.

From The Ultimate Abyss, a dramatic 10-story tall slide, to unparalleled entertainment including Broadway’s hit musical Grease, sophisticated dining in venues ranging from Jamie’s Italian Cuisine by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to Royal Caribbean’s whimsical restaurant Wonderland, which is a unique culinary adventure for the senses, and robot bartenders, there is an adventure for everyone onboard Harmony of th

Posted: November 4th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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