MSC Cruises Announces Port Info Service and New Mediterranean Shore Excursions

July 5, 2017.

MSC Cruises today unveiled a comprehensive range of shoreside activities and services for guests. The company has debuted a new Port Info service on board MSC Meraviglia, allowing guests to discover and explore more of each destination through complementary expert advice and information, and has also introduced a variety of new Mediterranean shore excursions.

Barcelona, Spain

NEW Port Info Service

The introduction of the complimentary Port Info service offers guests a one-stop destination support service. Assisting guests in making the most of every itinerary destination, the Port Info desk will offer personal, tailored and expert information on what to see, where to eat, where to visit and how to get there. The desk will also help guests book local transportation such as train tickets, taxis or a car service, as well as assist in creating private tours and experiences. This is an especially invaluable service in countries where guests don’t speak the local language.

MSC Cruises has developed the service through collaboration with local authorities and tourism boards, ensuring guests receive the most accurate and up-to-date information, key local insights and ‘must-see’ attractions. Additionally, Port Info onboard crew members have been personally trained by local experts to be able to offer tailored information and advice from personal experience.

Port Info will also highlight local events, festivals and parades, allowing guests to discover local culture and traditions. Where possible, ship port times will be adjusted to allow enough time for guests to fully experience events and get the very most out of their stay.

The Port Info service debuted on board MSC Meraviglia when the ship launched in June, with plans to extend the service to the entire MSC Cruises fleet.

NEW Mediterranean Shore Excursions

MSC Cruises has added 19 new shore excursions to its already extensive range of tours in the Mediterranean, including five of which are exclusive to MSC Cruises’ guests on board MSC Meraviglia. These excursions have been specially developed for families and food lovers, with something to suit all ages and allow guests to experience destinations on their cruise in new and exciting ways.

Naples, Italy

MSC Meraviglia Exclusive Shore Excursions:

  • Tour Italy’s largest aquarium in Genoa for the perfect family day out. The tour gives guests a behind-the-scenes look at marine laboratories, plankton farming and jellyfish not usually accessible to the public.
  • Relish Messina’s best sights including the magnificent Cristo Re Church, which towers over Messina’s harbor, “Piazza del Duomo,” and its golden Bell Tower, and the nearby Cathedral. Along the way, guests will have a chance to stop off at a number of small bars and restaurants to taste arancine (rice balls) and cannoli, a local pastry roll filled with sweet cream. The day will end with a little tipple of passito, a local sweet liquor wine made from raisins.
  • Experience Italy like a local in Naples, with highlights of the city complemented by coffee, pastry and pizza. Guests will taste the freshest Neapolitan pizza in the San Gregorio Armeno region (known as the “street of the Nativity Scenes”), then stop to taste Scaturchio, the “sweet” of Naples, and the famous sfogliatella, a typical Neapolitan cake, before finishing the day off with an authentic Neapolitan coffee at the Gran Cafè Gambrinus.
  • Savor a gastronomic delight In Barcelona, at the world’s first and only museum dedicated exclusively to Iberian ham where the tour, of course, ends in a tasting session.
  • Enjoy the essence of Malta with local tastes and sights including a coach drive to Vittoriosa, one of the Three Historic Cities. Guests will stroll the narrow streets of the city and step back in history to the Church of St. Lawrence and Fort St. Angelo. Then, they will see Marsaxlokk, Malta’s largest fishing village, with a chance to peruse the local market and taste local snacks.

New Family Tours:

  • Discover ancient Pompeii in Naples through an interesting and educational tour of the once thriving city frozen in time thousands of years ago after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Close the adventure with a fun question-and-answer game for the children.
  • Walk barefoot at farm Villarè in Messina, famed for its barefoot path that lets visitors feel nature through five senses: Touch, Hearing, Smell, Sight and Taste. Guests end the tour with a tasting of organic and local products.
  • Take to the hills at the highest point in Barcelona with enchanting, panoramic views, and then experience a thrill at the city’s only amusement park, Tibidabo Park, offering exciting Sky Walk rides and rollercoasters.

New Foodie Tours:

  • Bake handmade pizza In Naples. (Editor’s Note:  I Love this one!) Guests can enjoy one of the city’s best-kept secrets in the historical quarter — baking pizza on the city’s subterranean geothermal rock, hot enough to bake to perfection. The personal creation becomes lunch with the ability to taste some of the areas flavorsome ingredients.
  • Sail along the scenic Maltese coastline in Malta passing much of Valletta’s iconic waterfront sights including its Cottonera area made up of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa — collectively known as The Three Cities. Finish with a treat for the taste buds with a unique wine-tasting session with a view.

To find out more information on the Port Info service and shore excursions, visit here.

Princess Cruises Sip & Sail Cruise Promotion

June 20, 2017.

Sale Features Free All-Inclusive Beverage Package and Specialty Dining for Two

Princess Cruises is offering the Sip & Sail cruise promotion with free all-inclusive beverages, plus an early booking bonus offer of free specialty dining for mini-suite and suite bookings made before July 5, 2017. All six to 49 day cruises and cruisetours to destinations around the globe sailing Summer 2018 to Spring 2019 are included in the sale.

Guests booking balcony, mini-suite or suite categories will receive a free All-Inclusive Beverage Package for two people, plus reduced fares as well as free Unlimited Soda & More Packages for third and fourth guests.

The All-Inclusive Beverage Package includes any individual beverage item such as soda, juices, shakes and floats, bottled water, cocktails, spirits, wines, beers, specialty coffees and tea, up to $10 retail value, purchased at all bars, public lounges and dining venues. Additionally guests can enjoy discounts on bottles of wine purchased in the bars, dining room or in stateroom.

Guests can also book and receive these offers with a special reduced deposit of only $100 per person for first through fourth guests in a stateroom.

Note that guests not wanting the beverage package can opt for onboard credit instead.  Sailings of 6-9 days can receive $150 per guest. Guests booking sailings 10-12 days can receive $200 per guest. Guests booking sailings 13 or more days can receive $250 per guest. Mixing and matching the All-Inclusive Beverage Package and OBC is not allowed on the same booking. Both guest 1 & 2 must choose the same amenity.

Examples of Sip & Sail cruise deals include:

  • Alaska cruise — 7 days: $1,649 balcony stateroom; $1,899 mini-suite stateroom
  • Alaska cruisetour — 11 nights: $2,649 balcony stateroom; $2,949 mini-suite stateroom
  • Caribbean cruise — 7 days: $1,399 balcony stateroom; $1,699 mini-suite stateroom
  • Mexico & California Coast cruise — 7 days: $999 balcony stateroom; $1,249 mini-suite stateroom
  • British Isles cruise — 12 days: $2,949 balcony stateroom; $3,449 mini-suite stateroom
  • Majestic Grand Asia cruise —14 days: $2,599 balcony stateroom; $2,999 mini-suite stateroom

More information about the Sip & Sail cruise sale is available at princess.com/cruisedeals.

All prices are per person based on double occupancy. The “Sip & Sail” cruise deal runs from 12:00 a.m. PDT on June 20, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. PDT on August 31, 2017 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Bermuda.

 

Senior Officers Named for Carnival Horizon

June 13, 2017.

133,500-ton Ship Set to Debut in Europe April 2018

Carnival Cruise Line has announced the appointment of the senior officers for its newest ship, the 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, which is currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy and set to debut in spring 2018.

Carnival Horizon’s senior officers will include:

  • Captain Luigi De Angelis – A 22-year veteran of Carnival Cruise Line, De Angelis joined the company as a deck cadet aboard the Carnival Imagination in 1995 and was named captain in 2010. During his Carnival career, De Angelis has been part of the start-up teams of five ships and most recently served as master of the line’s newest ship, Carnival Vista, during its inaugural season in Miami.

  • Chief Engineer Rosario Capilli – Capilli joined Carnival in 1990 following a career in the tanker and cargo industries in his native Italy. He was named chief engineer in 2002 and has served in this capacity on a number of Carnival ships, including Carnival Vista during its inaugural season. During his 27-year Carnival career, Capilli has served on the start-up teams for three Carnival ships.

 

  • Hotel Director Pierre B. Camilleri – Now in his 13th year with Carnival, Camilleri joined the company as hotel director after managing hotel and resort properties in his native Malta, as well as North Africa, Italy and China. He has served as hotel director on several Carnival ships and traveled to Italy to be a part of the inaugural teams for the line’s two most recent newbuilds – Carnival Breeze and Carnival Vista.

 

These talented professionals will lead a team of nearly 1,400 dedicated employees who will travel to Marghera, Italy, to prepare the ship for its April 2, 2018 maiden voyage – a 13-day Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona.

Carnival Horizon will also operate two seven-day Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona departing April 15 and 22, 2018, and a 10-day Mediterranean cruise departing April 29, 2018, before repositioning to the U.S. with a 14-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to New York May 9-23, 2018.

Carnival Horizon will then operate a summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean departures from the Big Apple before shifting to Miami to launch year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning Sept. 22, 2018. Carnival Horizon will also offer a special two-day cruise to Nassau from Miami Sept. 20-22, 2018.

Carnival Horizon will offer a wide range of onboard activities, including the popular bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction called SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre, and a vast array of dining choices, including the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Bonsai Sushi, the Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant and Ji Ji Asian Kitchen.  Carnival Horizon will also be the first ship to feature a colorful Dr. Seuss-themed WaterWorks park – part of an exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

A wide range of accommodations will also be offered, including spa cabins with exclusive privileges at the luxurious Cloud 9 Spa, extra-roomy staterooms in Family Harbor, and tropical-inspired Havana staterooms and suites with exclusive daytime access to a Cuban-themed bar and pool.

Pacific Princess Emerges from Drydock with Modern Touches

June 9, 2017.

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After a two-week, multi-million-dollar renovation, Pacific Princess returned to service today in Ft. Lauderdale with new modern colors, patterns and textures, while still keeping the small ship essence and traditional architecture revered by Princess Cruises guests.

Guests will now experience several new enhancements with the addition of the new livery hull design featuring the cruise line’s iconic brand mark; 700 Princess Luxury Beds and 336 refreshed staterooms including the new Club Class Mini-Suites; four refurbished dining venues; an updated Atrium and pool deck; and 178,000 square feet of new carpet. The Princess Luxury Beds and Club Class Mini-Suites add to the cruise line’s previously announced “Come Back New Promise,” a multi-year, multi-million-dollar program introducing new product innovations that offer guests enriching vacation experiences.

Elegant Welcome

Upon boarding Pacific Princess, guests walk into a modernized, yet familiar, welcoming Atrium. This area, as well the overall ship style, maintains the existing classical Beaux-Arts dark, rich, architectural millwork, ornamentation, vaulted stained glass ceiling and spectacular grand staircase. In contrast, guests will experience modern styling with warm, light tonal elements and that take their cue from the sophisticated uptown luxury hotels lining Central Park in New York City.

Renovated Dining Venues

The four dining areas now offer a range of intimate to expanded gathering spaces, including:

  • Sterling Steakhouse – this traditional steakhouse offers décor reminiscent of the infamous Rush Street Steakhouses of Chicago and the golden era of the Hollywood Brown Derby. Diners are surrounded by silky drapery, comfortable upholstered arm chairs and black and white photographs of movie stars, both classic and contemporary, for guests of all ages to enjoy.
  • Sabatini’s Restaurant – drawing inspiration from Sabatini’s authentic heritage, the beloved specialty restaurant is updated with modern Italian-designed furnishings, freshly painted walls and ceiling, new carpet, reupholstered chairs, refreshed draperies and a new lounge area in front of the restaurant.
  • The Club Restaurant – the main dining room enhancements were inspired by the fashionable district and hotels of Central London with classic architectural millwork surrounding the rhythmic pattern of Palladium arched windows, softened by contemporary draperies, overlooking the ocean. The room’s rich, dark woods are contrasted with a warm and inviting light palette highlighted with fresh, vibrant, jewel-tones within the modern furnishings, updated carpets, draperies and upholstered arm chairs.
  • The Panorama Buffet – also receiving a complete makeover, the room invites guests in with new carpeting, fresh paint, new tilework, updated furniture, draperies and awnings. The dining room opens up to the outdoor deck, alfresco dining area with spectacular views overlooking exotic ports of call.

Modernized Pool Deck

The heart of the ship is transformed into a cool garden-like atmosphere, inspired by the swanky Art Deco boutique hotels of South Beach. With new tiles, refinished teak woods, lounge furniture including double bed loungers and casual seating groups of outdoor living sofas, lounge chairs and pool chaises for guests to relax, unwind and soak up the sun.

Enhanced Luxurious Staterooms

All guests can delight in the ultimate sleep at sea in the Princess Luxury Bed, as Pacific Princess has 700 new beds and plush linens. Developed in collaboration with board-certified sleep expert, Dr. Michael Breus and renowned HGTV designer Candice Olson, the bed combines the science of sleep with the pinnacle of design. In addition, the 10 luxury guest suites and all staterooms have been updated with new plush light-colored carpet, fully upholstered headboards, modern style draperies and decorative lamps and wall sconces with USB ports incorporated into the fixtures for guest convenience. The suites also will have new contemporary furniture including a sleeper sofa, dining room table and chairs, lounge chairs and desks.

New Club Class Mini-Suites

Pacific Princess now offers Club Class Mini-Suites, the new premium stateroom category featuring VIP amenities and exclusive dining. This elevated mini-suite category features select perks including new Club Class Dining, a reserved dining area with first priority in choosing their preferred seating and expanded menu options and priority embarkation and disembarkation.

Pacific Princess departed from Ft. Lauderdale on an 18-day Fire & Ice Explorer cruise to London. The ship will sail various European itineraries through December, before departing on a 111-day World Cruise from Los Angeles on January 20, 2018.

Norwegian Bliss Keel Laying Ceremony Held

 

May 24, 2017.

Norwegian Cruise Line and MEYER WERFT today celebrated the keel laying of Norwegian Bliss at the yard’s facility in Papenburg, Germany. During the ceremony, one of the keel blocks of the 167,800 gross ton vessel was lifted into the covered building hall, signifying a major milestone in the ship’s construction. Norwegian Bliss is due for delivery in April 2018 and will be the first cruise ship custom built with features and amenities for the ultimate Alaska cruise experience.

Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line’s president and chief executive officer, was present in the hall and laid the traditional “lucky coin”, etched with the outline of the ship’s signature hull designed by wildlife artist Wyland, before the block was lowered into place.

The third ship in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class, Norwegian Bliss will accommodate 4,000 guests and will be the 12th ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet to be built by MEYER WERFT.

During her inaugural summer 2018 season, Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from the recently expanded Pier 66 Cruise Terminal in Seattle.

The ship will sail her inaugural Winter season beginning in November 2018, sailing seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruises each Saturday from PortMiami, featuring calls in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas.

Norwegian Bliss will feature 2006 Tony Award® winner for “Best Musical,” Jersey Boys, and a completely new and original show created by Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Warren Carlyle, headlining on the ship’s main stage, the Bliss Theater. Norwegian Bliss will also feature a new theatrical cocktail hour experience, Happy Hour Prohibition-The Musical. Alibi, the ship’s reimagined comedy club and nightlife venue will feature two comedy performances six nights a week. Rock and roll will take center stage at The Cavern Club, an outpost of the legendary Liverpool club where the Beatles’ performed frequently in the 1960s, with nightly live performances and a Beatles cover band singing hits like “Penny Lane,” “Yellow Submarine,” and more.

Continuing its tradition of featuring original artwork on its ships’ hulls, Norwegian Cruise Line has commissioned Wyland, one of the world’s premier marine life artists, to design the hull art for Norwegian Bliss; the artwork will feature images of humpback whales, found in every ocean around the world. The ship’s hull will serve as a large canvas to showcase the importance of ocean conservation and preservation.

For more information on Norwegian Bliss, including an animated video of the ship’s accommodations and features, please visit bliss.ncl.com. Additional details on the ship’s dining and recreational activities will be shared in the coming months.

Princess Cruises Announces 2018-2019 Americas Season

 May 23, 2017.

 

Princess Cruises has announced its 2018-2019 Americas cruise itineraries including sailings to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaii, the California Coast, and Alaska.

Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Caribbean Princess and Island Princess will be OCEAN Medallion enabled for this fall 2018-spring 2019 season. Guests will experience the highly anticipated, wearable device powered by a first-of-its-kind interactive technology platform within the One Cruise Experience Access Network™ (O·C·E·A·N™), making possible a new level of personalization that delivers an enhanced guest experience.

Americas program highlights of the upcoming 2018-2019 season include:

  • The debut of Royal Princess on the West Coast as the cruise line’s largest ship ever to sail to Mexico.
  • Two new seven-day Pacific Coast itineraries featuring 7-day roundtrip departures from Seattle along the California Coast and 7-day roundtrip San Francisco to British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.
  • Largest offering of 5-day Cabo San Lucas Getaways with nine all including overnight stays in the most popular port of Mexico.
  • An expanded program of our Caribbean 7-day itineraries, now with departures on both Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Returning season of three ways to see the Panama Canal – from the East Coast, from the West Coast or Ocean to Ocean.
  • More sailings to Alaska roundtrip from Los Angeles with Ruby Princess and Star Princess both sailing on a 12-day itinerary in April 2019.
  • MORE ASHORE evening stays will be offered on select itineraries in the Caribbean, California and Hawaii, including Aruba, Curacao, St. Thomas, Cozumel, San Francisco, San Diego, Long Beach and Honolulu – and overnight stays in Cabo San Lucas on the 5- and 10-day voyages from Los Angeles.
  • UNESCO World Cruise Heritage Site opportunities offered, including the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park in St. Kitts, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park from Hilo, Casco Viejo in Panama City and Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska.

 

Mexico

Royal Princess debuts sailing from Los Angeles as the largest Princess ship to sail the Mexican Riviera on a series of seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises. The ever-popular Mexican Riviera voyages return, and are available as seven-day cruises from Los Angeles visiting the ports of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas, or as 10-day voyages from San Francisco with the added port of Manzanillo.

The 10-day Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez cruise returns on Star Princess, sailing from Los Angeles to the ports of La Paz, Loreto, Puerto Vallarta with an overnight stay in Cabo San Lucas.

Princess Cruises is offering more 5-day Cabo San Lucas Getaways than ever which include MORE ASHORE evening stays in Cabo San Lucas on Emerald Princess and Star Princess.

California Coast

Royal Princess will sail for the first time along the California Coast from Los Angeles to Vancouver, B.C. on a seven-day Pacific California Coast visiting San Diego, Seattle and San Francisco for a MORE ASHORE evening and overnight.

Ruby Princess sails a brand new seven-day Northern California Coast voyage sailing roundtrip from Seattle with stops in Monterey, Astoria, and MORE ASHORE late evening stays in San Francisco and Victoria, B.C.

Also new for 2018 is a seven-day Pacific Northwest Coast cruise on Grand Princess sailing roundtrip from San Francisco visiting Astoria, Vancouver, B.C. , Victoria, B.C. and a More Ashore late evening stay in Seattle.

The Classic California Coast sailings return with seven-day voyages roundtrip from Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as a 10-day voyage from Vancouver.  Star Princess and Emerald Princess will also sail on select four-day West Coast Getaway voyages from Los Angeles including Santa Barbara or Catalina Island as well as Ensenada, Mexico.

MORE ASHORE longer evening stays are featured on every call to San Francisco on these Coastal itineraries.

Caribbean

The newly renovated Caribbean Princess sails 14-day Circle Caribbean voyages cruising roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, including visits to Martinique, Barbados, Trinidad, Aruba, Curacao, Antigua, St. Thomas, Amber Cove and St. Kitts. Guests can choose a special sailing spanning both Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Small ship 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. Barthelemy, Iles Des Saintes (maiden call), Grenadines, Tobago, and Virgin Gorda.

Crown Princess returns to the popular 10-day Southern Caribbean Medley and 10-day Eastern Caribbean Voyager which can be combined for a 20-day vacation. Seven-day Eastern Caribbean voyages will be offered on Regal Princess, Royal Princess and Caribbean Princess with the choice of Saturday and Sunday departures. Royal Princess and Caribbean Princess will also offer a new 7-day Caribbean Explorer itinerary on select dates visiting San Juan, Amber Cove, Grand Turk and a stop at our private beach resort Princess Cays.

Regal Princess, Royal Princess and Caribbean Princess will all offer seven-day Western Caribbean voyages departing on Saturday or Sunday all visiting Grand Cayman and Cozumel, with two itinerary options including Roatan and Belize City or Jamaica (Falmouth) and Princess Cays.

Ports of calls with MORE ASHORE evening calls include Barbados, St Thomas, Aruba, St. Maarten and Curacao.

Panama Canal

Caribbean Princess and Island Princess both offer a transit through the locks and a day of scenic cruising through Gatun Lake from the Atlantic Ocean roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale on 10-day Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean voyages.  Caribbean Princess will sail via the expanded Agua Clara locks while Island Princess transits the historic Gatun locks.

Coral Princess, Island Princess and Pacific Princess all sail 15-day Panama Canal – Ocean to Ocean cruises with a full transit through all three sets of the historic locks – Gatun, Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks.

Coral Princess sails roundtrip from Los Angeles for transits through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks for a 19-day Panama Canal Pacific Adventure.

Hawaiian Islands and Tahiti

Every 15-day Hawaiian Islands departure includes the four most popular islands – Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the big island of Hawaii, with roundtrip departures from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver.  Every voyage features a MORE ASHORE evening stay in Honolulu.  (Editor’s Note: Ruby Princess sails from Los Angeles on a 15-night cruise and I am already booked for the March 11, 2019, sailing!)

Emerald Princess and Star Princess will sail on two 28-day departures to Hawaii, Tahiti & Samoa in fall and spring roundtrip from Los Angeles.  Both departures feature MORE ASHORE in Honolulu and Tahiti (Papeete).

Alaska – 12-day Alaska Inside Passage – Roundtrip Los Angeles

Returning due to popular demand, Ruby Princess and Star Princess will sail on 12-day Inside Passage Alaska sailings roundtrip from Los Angeles in April 2019. Port calls include Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria, B.C. with scenic cruising of Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Carnival Hosting 25,000 Punchliner Comedy Shows In 2017

May 23, 2017.

British comedian Phil Walker entertains guests in Carnival Vista’s Comedy Club. Photo by Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line will provide its guests with more laughs than ever in 2017, hosting a record 25,000 shows at its Punchliner Comedy Clubs .

Boasting more comedians and performances than any land-based comedy club in the U.S., Carnival’s Punchliner Comedy Clubs feature a lineup of top-notch comedians who perform 30-minute shows multiple times each voyage with at least two comedians performing each night.   All shows are offered on a complimentary basis.

Two early-evening PG-rated shows offer all-ages fun for the whole family while later performances feature more R-rated, adult-oriented comedy. Approximately 10 shows are presented during short cruise itineraries and with roughly 20 shows per cruise on longer length voyages.

Carnival’s position as the leader in comedy has also extended to its popular Carnival LIVE concert series which has added top-name comedians to its diverse entertainment lineup.  Recent comedy performances include Jay Leno, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Tucker and Kathy Griffin. Jeff Foxworthy will also be performing two shows next month aboard Carnival Freedom and Carnival Ecstasy while those ships are docked in Nassau.

Carnival Celebrates American Craft Beer Week

May 22, 2017.

Carnival Vista brewmaster Colin Presby, shows off his new Miami Guava Wheat beer Saturday, May 20, 2017, on deck 12 of the Carnival Vista while docked in Miami. (Photo provided by Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Line)

To celebrate American Craft Beer Week, Carnival Cruise Line has created a special one-of-a-kind tropical-flavored beer served exclusively at Carnival Vista’s RedFrog Pub & Brewery, the first brewery aboard a North American-based cruise ship.

The Miami Guava Wheat beer was unveiled this weekend at a shipboard ceremony during which Carnival Vista’s brewmaster Colin Presby tapped the first cask.  Guests on board were the first to sample the highly drinkable beer, hand-crafted by Presby using the finest ingredients and inspired by Carnival Vista’s Miami homeport.  Miami Guava Wheat reflects the tropics with a light body and palate-pleasing notes of tangy pink guava, the primary ingredient in Miami’s ever-popular guava pastries.

Carnival Vista brewmaster Colin Presby, left, and hotel director Pierre Camilleri tap a traditional 10-gallon firkin cast of the new Miami Guava Wheat beer Saturday, May 20, 2017, on the Carnival Vista in Miami. (Photo courtesy of Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Line)

Available on a limited basis, Miami Guava Wheat joins the three other original draft beers brewed only onboard Carnival Vista — ThirstyFrog Port Hoppin’ IPA with aromatic, floral, and hoppy notes with tropical and citrus overtones; ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat, an unfiltered wheat beer with flavors of orange and spices; and FriskyFrog Java Stout, a take on a traditional stout, rich and creamy with hints of coffee.

Carnival Vista operates six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises from PortMiami to the Caribbean and will shift to Galveston, Texas, in fall 2018 when its sister ship, Carnival Horizon, launches year-round service from Miami.

Carnival Named ‘Most Trusted Cruise Line in America’ By Reader’s Digest

May 16, 2017.

For the third consecutive year, Carnival Cruise Line has been named Most Trusted Cruise Line in America by Reader’s Digest.

The Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Survey®* is an independent, online survey conducted in partnership with Ipsos Connect. This year’s survey polled 5,500 Americans nationwide who were asked to rate products they trust across 40 different categories in areas such as quality, value and reliability. Carnival received more votes than any other cruise line.

The full list of Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands can be found in the publication’s June issue, which goes on sale today, May 16, and online at rd.com/trustedbrands.

Carnival continues to introduce exciting onboard features and programming to build upon its brand promise of providing fun, memorable vacations at a great value, while keeping up with changing consumer trends and preferences.

Last year marked the launch of the new Carnival Vista, a groundbreaking 133,500-ton ship that introduced such one-of-a-kind features as SkyRide, a bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction, as well as the first IMAX Theatre at sea, the first brewery on a North American-based cruise ship and Family Harbor, with special family-friendly accommodations and a private lounge.

To commemorate Carnival Vista’s U.S. arrival, the company hosted an overnight event aboard the ship in New York for military families in support of Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit that builds strong, stable and secure military families.  The event included a concert by country music superstar Carrie Underwood and the ship’s official naming with Deshauna Barber – the first woman serving in the U.S. military to be named Miss USA – presiding over the ceremonies as godmother.

Throughout its fleet, Carnival continues to build upon its commitment to providing exceptional, friendly and attentive service through initiatives such as the Carnival Service Values, a comprehensive program that has redefined the company’s culture of service and reinforces the importance of  offering a fun, welcoming environment, both on board and ashore.

Additionally, Carnival and its employees support a wide range of charitable and social service agencies and organizations in its homeports throughout the U.S.  The company also serves as the Official Celebration Partner of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, its primary charitable partner. Since launching Care to Play: Carnival for St. Jude Kids program in 2010, Carnival has donated more than $13 million in the fight against childhood cancer.

“We work very hard to maintain our distinction as ‘America’s Cruise Line’ and being named ‘Most Trusted Cruise Line in America’ three years running is a wonderful validation of our efforts at providing fun, quality and memorable vacations our guests,” said  Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

Disney Cruise Line Sails to Bermuda for the First Time and Visits Quebec City, Canada, in Fall 2018

May 11, 2017.

Disney Cruise Line returns to New York in fall 2018 with new five-night sailings to Bermuda. Two seven-night Disney Magic cruises between New York and Quebec City, Canada, a new port for Disney Cruise Line, include stops at new Canadian ports Saguenay and Baie-Comeau. Three seven-night sailings from New York take guests to Walt Disney World and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. (Chloe Rice, photographer)

In fall 2018, Disney Cruise Line will sail on new itineraries and to new ports, including first-time visits to Bermuda and Quebec City, Canada – both with multiple days to experience these captivating destinations. In addition to the new itineraries from New York to Bermuda and Canada, three special sailings from New York will take guests to Walt Disney World and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. Sailings from California, Texas and Florida round out the 2018 fall season.

Starting fall 2018, the Disney Magic will sail between New York and Quebec City, Canada, a new port for Disney Cruise Line. These two seven-night Disney Magic cruises will include stops at breathtaking Canadian ports Saguenay and Baie-Comeau. (Todd Anderson, photographer)

Bookings open to the public on May 18, 2017. More details on 2018 itineraries can be found on the Ports and Itineraries for 2018 page of disneycruise.com.