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.

Carnival LIVE Bringing Chris Tucker Back For Two Shows

June 9, 2017.

Shipboard Performances to Take Place Aboard Carnival Breeze and Carnival Liberty While Ships are Docked in Nassau

Back by popular demand, comedian Chris Tucker has signed on for two shows aboard Carnival Breeze and Carnival Liberty this fall as part of the Carnival LIVE Concert Series.

Carnival LIVE brings the best in live music and comedy to the seas and provides guests an opportunity to enjoy performances in an intimate venue by major artists at a tremendous value.  Performances are held in the ships’ main theaters – ranging in guest capacity from 900 to 1,300 – meaning there’s never a bad seat in the house.  I’ve been on several Carnival LIVE cruises and the shows were all fabulous.  They truly are special cruises that you’ll never forget.

Famous for his starring role in the blockbuster Rush Hour movie series, Tucker will do two shows – one aboard Carnival Breeze Sept. 21 and another Carnival Liberty Sept. 22 while the ships are docked in Nassau.

After moving to Los Angeles to pursue his dream, Tucker was a staple on the Def Comedy Jam series before breaking into movies and continuing his legendary stand-up comedy career.  Most recently, he starred in a self-titled comedy show, Chris Tucker – Live, on Netflix.

Carnival LIVE tickets for Chris Tucker range are $30 for general admission, significantly less than land-based venues.  VIP tickets are available for $100 and include seating in the first few rows, a photo opportunity with the artist and a commemorative concert pass.

Additional Carnival LIVE acts are expected to be announced in the coming months.

A full listing of all Carnival LIVE performances is available at www.carnival.com/CarnivalLIVE.

Cunard Completes $40 Million Refurb of Queen Victoria

June 9, 2017.

Cunard’s Queen Victoria made her return to Southampton yesterday, showing off an array of new features following an extensive $40 million refurbishment. First-look photography was released today.

Exquisite interior design takes center stage in the new Britannia Club Restaurant and continues within the 43 new Britannia Club staterooms. Further enhancements on board include refined and redesigned Grand and Penthouse Suites, as well as a new sun deck and an enhanced Winter Garden.  Every stateroom has been refreshed, including the installation of large flat screen TVs and much requested tea and coffee brewing set ups.

AFT LIDO SUN DECK: This lounge space has been extended to provide guests with additional deck space and access to the rays from sunrise to sunset. Windbreakers and additional sun loungers and luxury cabanas have also been introduced to accommodate sunseekers on board, while the shaded area has been extended for those looking to dine al fresco. Full beverage service is also available throughout the day and into the evening to enjoy alongside live entertainment.

WINTER GARDEN: A beautiful room for relaxation located in the heart of deck 9. Guests can sip their favorite beverage on the elegant lounge furniture while looking out through the floor to ceiling windows at the view. In addition, the comfort and décor has been further refined, with a statement floor and glass canopy.

BRITANNIA CLUB STATEROOMS: In a prime mid-ship location on decks 7 and 8, all staterooms have been upgraded and refreshed with newly-designed carpets featuring a contemporary geometric design as well as the addition of new soft furnishings. New flat screen TVs and, by popular request, tea and coffee making facilities, have also been added to upgrade the stateroom experience even further. The additional 43 balcony staterooms will be further enhanced with premium balconies and a nine-pillow concierge menu to ensure maximum comfort for guests on board.

BRITANNIA CLUB DINING: The new Britannia Club restaurant has gone through a full interior re-design and will offer guests the flexibility to dine whenever they choose. Located in the space of the former Chart Room, the new restaurant resides alongside the main Britannia restaurant on Deck 2.

PENTHOUSE SUITES: Five of Queen Victoria’s elegant Penthouse Suites have been completely redesigned to maximize space and luxury, and raise the quality of guests’ experience even further. The new suites feature floor to ceiling windows and doors, private balcony with stunning sea views, additional storage space and beautiful bathrooms with luxurious whirlpool baths. With butlers and concierge on hand to take care of every need, the luxurious suites are among the finest accommodation available at sea.

GRAND SUITES: The Aquitania, Berengaria, Mauretania and Laconia Suites have been redesigned to maximize space, with similar square footage to those on Queen Elizabeth at approximately 1,436 sq.ft. Mirroring a luxurious residential apartment, refreshed designs include floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, a separate snug room with TV, beautiful lounge, master bathroom with sea views and dual aspect balcony, as well as a second bathroom and walk-in wardrobe, providing guests with supreme luxury and comfort whilst on board.

CHART ROOM: A new concept introduced as part of the Queen Victoria refit, the Chart Room is located just off the Grand Lobby and will provide guests with illy coffee, Godiva chocolate treats and light bites by day, before transforming into a cocktail lounge by night.

Symphony Of The Seas Floated Out of Drydock

June 9, 2017.

The newest member of Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis class of ships, Symphony of the Seas, is now one step closer to full completion as her April 2018 debut approaches.  With the exterior now complete, Symphony of the Seas was floated out of dry dock to begin the next phase of interior construction.

Symphony of the Seas will spend her inaugural summer season in the Mediterranean calling on ports in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy.  The ship will then arrive to Miami in early November 2018 to begin 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.

Just as each of her sisters did in small increments, Symphony of the Seas will claim the title of the world’s largest cruise ship, offering 28 more staterooms than Harmony of the Seas and encompassing 230,000 gross registered tons.

Along with new features and amenities for guests, Symphony also will boast all the innovations and experiences of Harmony of the Seas.  Among these are the seven-neighborhood concept, a vast array of dining options, Bionic Bar robot bartenders powered by Makr Shakr, Broadway-caliber entertainment, the iconic waterfront AquaTheater, the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, and Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea.

Carnival Announces ‘EasyPay’ Plan for Cruise Payments

June 8, 2017.

Carnival Cruise Line has launched a new program called Carnival EasyPay that allows guests to pay for their cruise in three monthly installments.

Guests make their initial cruise deposit and then the balance of their cruise is charged in three equal payments which are taken out automatically on the same designated day for three consecutive months. Guests can either register for the program at carnival.com or via the line’s call centers.  Travel agents can also sign up for Carnival EasyPay to process payments on behalf of their clients.  Essentially, it automates what you would otherwise have to do on your own.

Guests must make a required deposit on their cruise fare to be eligible for Carnival EasyPay.   Additionally, the deposit due date must be at least 90 days before the final payment date.  The first installment is charged to guests’ credit card 30 days from the date of the deposit with two additional monthly installments thereafter.   While Carnival EasyPay is available at no cost, guests are responsible for any interest charges by their credit card provider.

Guests are prompted to select Carnival EasyPay in the “How Would You Like to Pay” section of carnival.com when ready to make payment on their booking.  Guests can also sign up for or cancel Carnival EasyPay after the initial deposit is made by visiting the “Manage My Booking” tab on carnival.com.

Additional information on Carnival EasyPay is available at https://www.carnival.com/carnival-easy-pay. A video outlining the program can be viewed here.

Norwegian Offering ‘Balcony Bonus Week’ and Extends ‘Free at Sea’ Promotion

June 6, 2017.

Norwegian Cruise Line is extending its popular Free at Sea promotion, which provides cruisers with up to five free onboard amenity offers, now through June 30. Plus, for this week only, Norwegian is celebrating Balcony Bonus Week, where guests who book a new five-day or longer cruise vacation in a balcony stateroom or higher now through June 12 can receive up to $500 in free onboard spending money†*. Also exclusive for this week, Norwegian is bringing guests halfway closer to their next vacation with 50 percent reduced deposits for all who book a new cruise vacation in select categories* now through June 12. (Editor’s Note:  the fine print explaining all the deal annotations is at the bottom of this article)

Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion provides guests who book a new three-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or mini suite category stateroom with the opportunity to select their preference of two free choices from five onboard amenity offers**, including free unlimited open bar, free Specialty Dining, $50 towards shore excursions in each port per stateroom, 250 minutes of free WiFi, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer that allows the third and fourth guests to sail for free on many 2017 and 2018 sail dates. Inside staterooms, as well as Norwegian’s Studio staterooms for solo travelers, can choose one free offer. Guests that book a cruise in a suite or The Haven by Norwegian® and enjoy all five free amenities**, providing up to $2,500 in added value to their cruise.

Guests looking to experience Hawaii on Pride of America can enjoy an exclusive Free at Sea Hawaii offer. Guests who book a new cruise aboard Pride of America now through June 30 have the freedom to select one of five*** offers, 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, free $50 per port shore excursion credit per stateroom, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free, allowing the third and fourth guests in each stateroom to sail for free on many 2017 and 2018 sail dates. Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America can enjoy all five offers.

Those looking to experience the charm and magic of the holiday season at sea can enjoy even more onboard splendor with Norwegian’s Holiday Bonus Bundle^*, available now through June 30, which offers $100 of onboard credit on select holiday sailings over the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays. This credit is combinable with Free At Sea and Free At Sea Hawaii and is perfect for purchasing last-minute holiday gifts in one of Norwegian’s onboard boutiques or to toast to the New Year with a relaxing and indulgent spa treatment.

The Rules For the Various Offers:

†All sailings 3 nights or longer. Offer is not applicable to categories IX, OX, BX, MX. Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Joy and Pride of America sailings are not eligible for this offer. Friends & Family sail free applicable only on select sail dates.

†*Offer valid on 5+ night sailings. Amount of onboard credit is per stateroom and varies by stateroom category. Offer not applicable to categories BX or MX. Offer is not applicable to Norwegian Joy sailings.

*Haven & Suite categories are not applicable for this offer. Offer is only applicable for mini-suites and below. Offer available for new bookings made more than 90 days from sail date.

**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. Number of meals for specialty dining package based on length of itinerary. $50 USD per port shore excursion credit is per stateroom and is applicable for each port; it is not transferable to other ports. Overnight stays count as one port, except Bermuda sailings which can receive up to 3 individual days of shore excursion credit. Wifi package offers 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, 2018. 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 not applicable to categories IX, OX, BX, or, MX.

Azamara Club Cruises ‘Nights On Us’ Promotion

June 1, 2017.

Azamara Club Cruises latest offer– the Nights On Us promotion – started today and provides travelers complimentary nights for voyages in 2018.

If travelers book 12+ months out, they’ll receive even more savings by being able to combine this promo with Azamara’s Early Booking Bonus.

Details For The Nights On Us Offer:

o   The longer you stay, the more complimentary nights you earn

o   Early booking bonus: up to $1,000 per suite and $500 per stateroom in onboard credit

o   9 nights or less = 2 nights on Azamara

o   10 nights to 14 nights = 3 nights on Azamara

o   15 nights or longer = 4 nights on Azamara

  • Booking window: 6/1/17 – 8/31/17

The Fine Print:

Offer applies to new bookings made 1-June through 31-August, 2017 (“Offer Period”) on select sailings departing 4-January 2018 through 14-December 2018.  Offer not valid for the following sailings:   For Azamara Journey: 21-Jan-18, 22-Feb 18, 24-Nov 18, 4-Dec 18, 21-Dec 18.  For Azamara Quest: 20-Feb 18, 9-Mar 18, 19-Mar 18, 28-Mar 18, 24-May 18, 22-Dec 18.

“NIGHTS ON US” issued only in the form of a savings applied to the total stateroom cruise fare. Savings based on number of cruise nights: 9 nights or shorter cruises- 2 nights on us, 10 to 14 night cruises- 3 nights on us, 15 to 19 night cruises- 4 nights on us. The savings amount for each night on us is calculated by dividing the total stateroom cruise fare by the number of cruise nights. Savings is deducted from cruise fare at time of booking. All other charges, including, but not limited to, cruise taxes, fees, and port expenses, are additional and apply to all guests.

Offer applies to new, individual bookings and non-contracted group bookings named and fully deposited during the Offer Period; excludes charters. Offer is combinable with reduced single supplement rates, back to back savings, onboard booking savings, Le Club Voyage quarterly savings. Offer is not combinable with Interline, Travel Agent, and Net Rates, savings, Employee or other Deep Discount rates. Offer is subject to availability and change without notice and may be withdrawn at any time, and is open to residents of U.S. and Canada. Azamara reserves the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change or update fares, fees and surcharges at any time without prior notice. Refer to AzamaraClubCruises.com/NightsOnUs for additional terms and conditions.

Oasis Of The Seas “Great American Eclipse” Cruise Sails August 20, 2017

June 1, 2017.

The “Great American Eclipse,” is already booking up hotels across the country, and Royal Caribbean International is featuring the event on a 7-night Caribbean sailing on Oasis of the Seas.  The ship will cruise to the optimal spot at sea for guests to witness the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.

The Total Eclipse Cruise will feature a bucket-list-worthy viewing party with a live concert performed by a major headliner – to be revealed at a later date – to celebrate the celestial phenomenon.

Guests will be treated to a full slate of eclipse-themed activities, including dance parties, trivia, enrichment lectures, interactive science fun for kids, and cocktails and dishes with names like the Cosmic Cosmo, Planetary Punch and Moon Pie.

The 7-night Total Eclipse Cruise will set sail on Aug. 20, 2017 from Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida and visit Eastern Caribbean destinations: Phillipsburg, St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas;  and Nassau, Bahamas. You can learn more and book now to witness this historic event at sea by visiting RoyalCaribbean.com/TotalEclipse, calling (800) ROYAL- CARIBBEAN or by contacting your travel agent.

Seven other Royal Caribbean ships will be in the Caribbean during the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, on itineraries ranging from 3 to 9 nights, offering guests partial views of the event. The seven ships are Allure of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Empress of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas.

 

MSC Meraviglia Delivered And MSC Cruises Confirms Order For LNG-powered ‘World Class’ Ships

 

May 31, 2017.

Lots of MSC Cruises news today.

First, the company took possession of MSC Meraviglia during a Flag Ceremony at STX France.  During the ship’s flag ceremony, which pays tribute to centuries-old maritime tradition, the Company’s newest flagship received her official flag and blessings for good fortune. MSC Meraviglia is due to set sail towards the Port of Le Havre for her christening ceremony on June 3.

Following the ceremony, the two companies signed a new memorandum of understanding firming up the order of two 200,000 GRT, LNG-powered mega cruise ships, with options for two additional vessels. The four ships will become MSC Cruises’ World Class. The signing took place in the presence of Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, and Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy.

In connection with the signing, MSC Cruises and STX France today also unveiled several key features of  the World Class. Among other innovations, they will be equipped with a completely new generation of LNG-powered engines as well as a new generation waste water treatment system.

MSC World Class.

MSC Cruises’ World Class cruise ships will feature 2,760 staterooms and a maximum occupancy of 6,850 guests, the highest passenger capacity in the global cruise fleet. The vessels, which will be delivered in 2022 and 2024 – the options are for 2025 and 2026 – will have a length of 1,083 ft. and 154 ft. of beam.

 

The World Class’ futuristic “Y” shape structure will enable panoramic sea views and increase the proportion of balcony cabins. The ships’ G bow (vertically positioned at a 90 degree angle) has been designed to improve stability, hydrodynamics as well as to enhance guest comfort. Other guest-centric innovations include family-friendly villages, a panoramic aft, and a glass pool lounge.

During the ship’s flag ceremony, which pays tribute to centuries-old maritime tradition, the Company’s newest flagship received her official flag and blessings for good fortune. MSC Meraviglia is due to set sail towards the Port of Le Havre for her christening ceremony on June 3.

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.