Friday, October 20, 2017

Norwegian Jade & Norwegian Sun Retrofitted with Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the successful completion of the retrofitting of a new Exhaust Gas Cleaning system on two of its ships, Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Jade. In conjunction with the line's Sail & Sustain environmental program, the new systems are aimed at significantly reducing air emissions and, subsequently, the ships' environmental footprints. Early in 2014, Norwegian Cruise Line was the first cruise line to commit to retrofitting six vessels and has exceeded that commitment with now eight total ships.

With the installation of the new technology into two more ships, Norwegian Cruise Line is continuing to exemplify its commitment of applying safe and conservative environmental practices across the fleet. The ships’ new lightweight in-line scrubbers are a hybrid technology developed by Yara Marine Technologies that are able to operate in open loop, closed loop and closed loop with bleed off mode. In each ship, five scrubbers were installed, one per engine, covering the whole propulsion system. Collectively, they are capable of reducing the emission of sulfur to air up to 99 percent and also reduce 85 percent particulate emission to the air. Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Sun’s new technology will reduce the equivalent of approximately 3,000 tons of Sulfur Oxide, SOx, gas in the years to come.

The new system works by “scrubbing away” the sulfur oxide and particulate matter before the emissions leave the stack to decrease the amount that is released into the air, resulting in a clean white plume of steam.

Norwegian led the industry by being the first cruise line to install scrubbers with a state-of-the-art water membranes filtration unit in 2016. This sophisticated water cleaning system uses Ultrafiltration technology to clean the recirculated water during the closed loop operation down to clear water. The by-product is collected and removed in drums.

As part of Sail & Sustain, Norwegian’s Safety and Environmental Protection Policy establishes several objectives relating to the environment, which include reducing the impact of its operations on the environment, disposing garbage and waste materials in accordance with national and international rules and regulations, recycling and re-using materials and establishing specific objectives and targets for continual improvement of environmental management programs.

Norwegian now has eight ships outfitted with Gas Scrubbers technology, with Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Sun joining Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Joy, and Pride of America and the line’s newest ship sailing in June 2018, Norwegian Bliss. Norwegian Cruise Line is on track to meet its MARPOL Annex VI compliance goal of reducing its global sulfur cap from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent by 2020.

For more information about Norwegian Cruise Line, visit NCL.com.

Images Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

Miami Beach Welcomes Beach Lovers with Special Travel Offers this Winter Season

Ideal for a pre- or post-cruise getaway this fall and winter, Miami Beach is helping sun seekers find their seasonal beach escape with exclusive travel deals and offers. Now through the end of the year, beach-lovers can get ready to pack their bags thanks to discounts of up to 25 percent off* at several area hotels, including Dream South Beach, Loews Miami Beach, Mondrian South Beach, Gale South Beach, W South Beach and more.

"This beach-wide initiative to offer specialty discounts and deals this upcoming season is a testament to how our local Miami Beach hotel community is rolling out the welcome mat and working to help tourists de-stress with that coveted warm weather vacation to escape the cold," said Peggy Benua, Chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) and General Manager of Dream South Beach. "We are preparing for a very strong season and look forward to welcoming vacationers and making it easier for them to escape to our beautiful city, Miami Beach, that is truly like no other place in the world."

Beach lovers can select from a variety of Miami Beach hotel discounts that will be sure to warm them up this season, including:
• Dream South Beach: Travelers can book the Beach Lovers promotion and receive a 25 percent discount on room rates with a complimentary resort fee that includes luxury lounge chairs, beach towels and in-room Wi-Fi.
• Loews Miami Beach: Experience an enhanced oceanfront escape and book three nights to receive a $75 resort credit per stay and daily buffet breakfast for two.
• AC Hotel Miami Beach: Get away to warm weather and enjoy up to 20 percent off on advance bookings for stays now through December 22.
• Courtyard Miami Beach/South Beach: Go art deco this winter season at a historical landmark, just minutes from the beautiful beaches and premier shopping on South Beach, with up to 20 percent off advance bookings for stays now through December 22.
• Mondrian South Beach: Soak up the sun in the heart of Miami Beach and experience the iconic Ocean Drive, Espanola Way and Lincoln Road with up to 15% off the best available rate.
• Gale South Beach: Luxury service, hospitality perks and complimentary food and beverage offerings await travelers with up to 15 percent off the best available rate.
For more information and updates on additional Miami Beach hotel offers and discounts this winter season, download the Miami Beach Information App at .miamibeachapi.com/app.

*All offers are subject to availability and blackout dates, as noted by each individual property.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Celebrity Cruises Invites Guests to Experience the Best of Europe – With an Edge


From Athens to Barcelona to Reykjavik, Celebrity Cruises has all of Europe covered with the brand’s award-winning fleet that delivers unrivaled modern luxury vacations. In 2019, Celebrity will have five stunning ships, including the newest, Celebrity Edge, sailing in the region.

With stops in 27 different countries, overnight stays in 16 cities, and visits to more than 90 ports of call–including three brand new Celebrity-first ports of call: Nauplion, Greece; Rijeka, Croatia; and Santa Margherita, Italy–there’s no better way to experience Europe than with Celebrity.

“From our expansive new itineraries, including three exciting new ports of call and overnights in 16 cities across the region, to our specially curated shore excursions, there’s a reason we’re continually recognized as the ‘Best Cruise Line In Europe’,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises.

The newest iconic European landmark isn’t on land
As revealed by Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity Edge will be transporting guests to the stunning vistas of the Mediterranean with a range of 7- to 11-night sailings from iconic cities like Barcelona and Rome in 2019. The itineraries will also feature two of the new ports of call: Nauplion, Greece–a charming coastal town with a Greek island-feel–and Santa Margherita, Italy–a picturesque seaside town near Portofino.

With its revolutionary, outward-facing design–highlighted by signature features such as the Magic Carpet and the Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda–Europe has never seen a ship like Celebrity Edge before, and guests will have never seen Europe like they will on Celebrity Edge.

Beyond the Edge of Europe
In addition to Celebrity Edge, the premium cruise brand will also occupy the region with four more award-winning vessels, including Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Reflection, and Celebrity Silhouette. There really is no better way to experience Europe than with Celebrity.

Celebrity Infinity
In 2019, Celebrity Infinity will return to Europe for the first time since 2014, offering 7- to 12-night itineraries with visits to some of the most popular countries in the region, including Italy, Malta, Greece, and Croatia.

With alternating seven-night sailings from Venice to Rome and Rome to Venice, Celebrity Infinity offers travelers the flexibility to create even more immersive vacations by booking back-to-back itineraries for a 14-night tour of the Mediterranean. These combined sailings have no repeat stops along the way and include an exciting overnight stay in the gorgeous city of Venice.

Celebrity Constellation
Celebrity Constellation will also be returning to Europe in 2019 with exciting new itineraries, including visits to a brand-new port of call, Rijeka, Croatia. Modern luxury explorers will be able to choose from a variety of 9- and 10-night itineraries sailing from Venice, Barcelona, and Rome; Celebrity Constellation will immerse guests along the Dalmatian Coast, the French Riviera, Italy, Spain, and the sun-soaked Greek Isles. The alternating sailings offers guests the opportunity to book 9- and 10-night itineraries back-to-back, creating unbelievable journeys across Europe.

Celebrity Reflection
For the 2019 season, Celebrity Reflection will call Dublin and Amsterdam home and offer a wide range of itineraries for unparalleled European vacations, with 8- to 12-night sailings across northern Europe, from the British Isles to Scandinavia, Russia, and Iceland.

Travelers will visit iconic ports of call across the region, including Reykjavik, Iceland; Lerwick, Scotland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; the Norwegian Fjords; St. Petersburg, Russia; and many more, including overnight stays in Dublin.

Celebrity Silhouette
Celebrity Silhouette returns to Southampton in 2019 to offer a variety of 3- to 14-night sailings to some of the most iconic destinations in Europe, including Scandinavia to Russia, the Norwegian Fjords, Ireland, and Iceland. Guests will enjoy overnight stays in St. Petersburg, Russia, where they can enjoy everything from the Russian Ballet to visits to the Hermitage and the famous palaces of the Russian nobility.

Other exciting cities along Celebrity Silhouette’s Scandinavian season include Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Tallinn. The ship will also venture to Ireland and Iceland for adventurous 12- and 14-night sailings.

Over the coming weeks, Celebrity will continue to reveal more of its robust 2019-2020 cruise vacation lineup. To learn more, visit CelebrityCruises.com.

Image Courtesy Celebrity Cruises

Plan a Cruise Month, Week Three Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Shines Spotlight on Australasia Cruise Travel

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, is highlighting the most exclusive and unmatched cruise travel experiences in Australasia as part of Plan a Cruise Month. The region, comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the island of New Guinea and neighboring islands in the Pacific Ocean, offers diverse destinations, off-the-beaten-path adventures and one-of-a-kind experiences leaving travelers with memories to last a lifetime.

“Plan a Cruise Month is a great time to celebrate cruise travel as well as introduce new and diverse destinations to cruise travelers around the world, including Australasia,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “A cruise vacation is the best, most comfortable and convenient way to explore the unique cultures and variety of landscapes throughout Australasia.”

Highlights of Cruising through Australasia
Diverse Destinations: Cruisers of all travel styles can find must-see places in Australasia.
• Akaroa, New Zealand: Reminiscent of the Norwegian Fjords, this tiny town offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to sail up the strait and take in scenery made even more lush and beautiful by a long extinct volcano. Travelers sightseeing on foot can soak in the sights like painted timber cottages, art galleries and coffee shops.
• Viti Levu, Fiji: This island, the largest of those comprising Fiji, is home to Mount Tomanivi, an extinct volcano that creates a scenic backdrop for both adventure and photos. Visitors can tour sugar cane plantations and learn more about the storied history on guided tours of the island, which is rumored to have been submerged in the Pacific multiple times.
• Sydney, Australia: This well-known “big city” is a must-see for every global traveler voyaging down under. The sprawling metropolis offers travelers views of glass and concrete downtown structures in the Central Business District, while the famous harbor in Circular Quay is a picturesque icon and home to the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
• Huahine, French Polynesia: This island in the archipelago of the Society Islands is truly a natural marvel filled with history. Travelers to the area can hike through the lush tropical jungles or worship at sacred temples.
• Picton, New Zealand: This relaxed town, located within a stone’s throw of the Marlborough wine region, offers incredible views across Queen Charlotte Sound and mountains. Visitors can enjoy hiking, imbibe in a glass of local wine, relax on the beach or simply pick up a handmade souvenir in one of the many gift shops.
Off the Beaten Path Adventures: Travelers looking to both relax and kick adventure into high-gear certainly won’t be bored in this region with a wide variety of unique experiences to be had.
• On Auckland Water: Water-lovers can indulge sailing urges and learn more about the City of Sails with a variety of tours including by bus, boat or on-foot.
• Superb Snorkeling: The snorkeling in Australasia allows travelers to dive alongside some of the most unique and beautiful reefs and ocean life in the world.
• Fresh French Polynesia: In French Polynesia, cruisers can tour coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees and watermelon fields. Tastings may or may not be included.
• Live Lord of the Rings: Literature fans can follow in the footsteps of the Lord of the Rings with expert guided tours to visit locations featured in the films and learn more about how Middle Earth was created.
• Tahitian Safari: Safaris are not restricted to African cruises. Jeep safaris in Tahiti allow for viewing lush tropical jungles, feeling the mist of beautiful waterfalls and seeing some of the world’s most exotic animals in their natural habitat.
CLIA Travel Tips when Cruising Australasia
To ensure that cruising, or any vacation, goes as smoothly as possible, CLIA offers tips for how to prepare for an adventure in Australasia.
• Remember Respect: Travelers should keep in mind that locals in every destination do not exist for a photo opportunity. Cruise travelers hoping to take a photo of or with native inhabitants of the Australasia region should politely ask before taking a photograph or recording video and respect an answer of “no.”
• Find an Agent: A cruise-certified travel agent can create an experience built around each traveler’s preferences and travel goals. Travelers can leave the cruise travel details to a professional and focus on truly enjoying the trip.
• Pack to Chat: To keep in contact with travel companions, travelers can include a dry erase board and marker in their suitcase to leave notes or write the day’s schedule or set cell phone reminders of excursions and events. Those hoping to connect with locals should research local dialect and download a translation app or pack a language book.
More about Plan a Cruise Month:
October is Plan a Cruise Month—a worldwide movement to learn more about cruising and how to plan and take a cruise vacation. The campaign, created by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, offers insight on the best cruise destinations, special cruise line deals and promotions as well as experts to help navigate the many cruise vacation options available for every travel style and budget. For more information, see Cruising.org.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Princess Cruises Announces Third Annual Culinary Cruise Series

Princess Cruises has officially announced its third annual Culinary Cruise Series, featuring famed Miami-based chefs Brad Kilgore and Scott Linquist. Sailing on Regal Princess out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. from February 11–18, 2018 to the Western Caribbean, these two chefs will team up to offer guests a variety of curated culinary experiences and demonstrations for travelers looking for an exclusive foodie experience.

This seven-day, four-port Western Caribbean cruise will include a selection of daily activities and adventures for cruisers to participate in with the acclaimed chefs. Guests will be able to participate in chef-led cooking demonstrations, cookbook signings, Q+A sessions, experience special menus featured throughout the ship's restaurant and bars, and learn valuable cuisine skills to bring home with them.

Guests will also be able to explore parts of the Caribbean and Mexico alongside these chefs as each lead a customized excursion. Noted for his Mexican cuisine, Chef Linquist will lead the Cozumel excursion in Mexico, while Chef Kilgore will lead the Jamaican excursion. Other port stops include Princess Cays Bahamas and Grand Cayman.

"Dining onboard a Princess cruise ship is a culinary journey from the food made from scratch to the award-winning chef partnerships we have on board," said Gordon Ho, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Princess Cruises. "For this unique cruise experience, Chef Kilgore and Chef Linquist will bring their food experience—both in and out of the kitchen—to excite and educate our guests."

Chef Brad Kilgore launched onto Miami's culinary scene in 2015 with the opening of Alter in Miami's hottest new neighborhood—Wynwood. After winning countless awards with Alter, he set his sights on Downtown Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center and opened BRAVA by Brad Kilgore inside the famed cultural institution. Showing no signs of slowing down, Kilgore plans to debut two new restaurants in Miami in the next coming year. Bringing his progressive American cuisine to Regal Princess, Kilgore will showcase some of his favorites including Short Rib Wellington with Truffled Mushrooms and Free-Range Chicken, with Popcorn Hollandaise.

Joining Chef Brad Kilgore will be fellow Miami-based Chef Scott Linquist. Linquist, founder of the wildly successful Coyo Taco located in Miami's buzzing Brickell Financial District, as well as famed Wynwood arts district, will bring his upscale Mexican flair to the seven-day excursion featuring some of his most unique taco creations such as Coyo's charred octopus tacos with salsa veracruzana and pickled jalapeños. Chef Linquist plans to expand the success of Coyo Taco with new locations coming in Miami Beach, West Palm Beach, and Panama.

Adding a touch of sweetness to this cruise will be one of Princess Cruises culinary partners, Norman Love, owner of Norman Love Confections, based in Fort Myers, FL. Trained in France, and named the Inaugural Inductee into the Chocolatier Hall of Fame by Dessert Professional Magazine, Love's creations blend premium quality chocolate, unique flavors and artful designs that are perfect for chocolate lovers. Love will be leading several cooking demonstrations and curate chocolate tastings.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available at Princess.com.

Photo Courtesy of Princess Cruises

Oceania Cruises Introduces 2019 Europe & The Americas Cruise Itineraries

Oceania Cruises introduces the Europe & The Americas 2019 Collection of itineraries, which open for sale on October 18th.

This expansive and diverse set of voyages features more than 85 overnight stays and late departures, affording travelers expansive and in-depth explorations that combine rich, insider travel experiences with the finest cuisine at sea. With six ships spanning the globe from the Adriatic to Alaska, Oceania Cruises offers the widest and most diverse array of destination-focused itineraries and the most extended port stays of any cruise line in its class. Voyages range from 7 to 44 days feature a refreshing mix of popular destinations, boutique ports, and quaint seaside villages.

“These new voyages are ideal for the discerning traveler who seeks unique and enriching experiences,” stated Bob Binder, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises. “From the jewel-box charm of countless off-the-beaten path boutique ports to the cosmopolitan flair of Europe and America’s iconic cities, the diversity and depth of the experiences is truly remarkable.”

Europe & The Americas 2019 Collection Highlights:
• 104 itineraries, 80 of them brand new including an amazing 40 new Mediterranean voyages, 18 new Baltic, Scandinavia & Northern Europe journeys, 5 new Alaska sailings, 6 new Canada & New England voyages and 10 new Tropics cruises.
• Travel connoisseurs can savor the Mediterranean in an entirely new way with our extensive collection of boutique ports of call such as Ajaccio, Corsica; Crotone, Italy and brand new this season, Castellón, a 13th-century secret hideaway on Spain’s orange grove-dotted Costa Azahar.
• Explore more of Italy, Spain, France, and Portugal with new country-intensive voyages. Eight new itineraries focus singularly on Italy or Spain or the Iberian Peninsula and French wine country and include overnight stays in Venice, Lisbon, and Bordeaux.
• Explorations that sail farther north than ever before in Europe, venturing to Greenland, Iceland and off-the-beaten path ports in Norway such as mountainous Bodo, which is just north of the Arctic Circle and Haugesund, known as the Homeland of the Viking Kings.
Regatta explores the rugged coasts of the frontier state with even more diverse itineraries where guests will encounter the jaw-dropping scenery and abundant wildlife of Seward and Kodiak, Alaska. A total of eight distinct 7 and 10 day itineraries are offered.
• The bliss of Bermudian island culture takes center stage on our all-new 7-day Bermuda voyages aboard Insignia as do the charm and history of Canada & New England aboard Riviera, making her debut in the greatest culinary city in the world, New York City.
Insignia reprises her tremendously popular Journeys to Cuba which include overnight stays in Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. Sailing roundtrip from Miami, a total of 9 summer and autumn departures are offered, ranging from 7 to 11 days.
For more information about Oceania Cruises, visit OceaniaCruises.com.

Image Courtesy of Oceania Cruises

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Royal Caribbean Sets Return to St. Thomas

A sweet reunion is in sight; Royal Caribbean International has set the date for its much-awaited return to St. Thomas since the Caribbean destination was impacted by the hurricanes last month. On Nov. 10, the cruise line will make its way to St. Thomas for the first time since early September with Adventure of the Seas.

In partnership with the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Royal Caribbean also has committed to undertaking the complete restoration of Magens Bay, one of St. Thomas’ most popular tourist attractions—with plans for a grand re-opening of the pristine destination during Adventure of the Seas’ visit on Nov. 10. With power and water to the island fully restored and most downtown shops, restaurants, and bars and tour operators fully operational, guests will be able to experience a diverse and extensive array of dining, shopping and activities. Guests can enjoy boat and catamaran excursions to explore the turquoise blue waters and abundant sea life of the Caribbean and soak in the sun at some of the region’s best beach destinations: Secret Sands Beach, Secret Harbor Beach Club, Lindquist Beach, Abi Beach, and Honeymoon Beach on Water Island.

“We are very excited to get back home to our friends in St. Thomas. The Caribbean is our family, having cruised there for nearly 50 years, and the long-standing relationships created in all this time are unwavering,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “We are committed to doing everything we can to help and proud to support the restoration of the iconic Magens Bay.”

In addition to returning to St. Thomas on Nov. 10, Royal Caribbean has committed to returning to San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Maarten by the end of November and is working closely with local governments to announce the exact dates.

By December 1, all scheduled calls to the three islands will operate as planned—including calls from the world’s largest cruise ships each sailing with nearly 6,000 new visitors each week—Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Harmony of the Seas. For more information on Royal Caribbean’s newly updated Caribbean itineraries, visit RoyalCaribbean.com

Have a Holly, Jolly Holiday With Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises, a leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, invites travelers to enjoy a sun-kissed holiday escape to a range of exotic and exciting destinations, complete with delightful seasonal-themed menu’s, treats, joyous activities and all-round merriment.

“There’s no better escape at the holidays, than to run off to the palm-fringed beaches of the Caribbean, or the fascinating and festive shores of South America,” stated Bob Binder, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises.

Oceania Cruises’ Christmas & New Year Sailings Highlights
Marina’s Caribbean Gems holiday sailing highlights the Western Caribbean, visiting many of Central America’s sought-after destinations. After spending Christmas Eve in Colon, Panama, Christmas Day will be enjoyed cruising the Caribbean Sea, followed by a day at Harvest Caye—a 75-acre bespoke paradise of biodiverse surroundings, exotic wildlife, and the world’s second largest coral reef. Sailing roundtrip Miami on December 17, 2017, the 12-day voyage also finds time to discover destinations in Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Florida.

Sun-Splashed Holiday onboard the 1,250-guest Riviera allows guests an intimate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day like no other. With back to back sea days, Riviera offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy Oceania Cruises’ laid-back ambiance and immerse themselves in the festive fun onboard. The cruise sails round-trip Miami, on December 22, 2017, first visiting private Island Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas and then a tour of the Southern Caribbean’s most beautiful destinations including Martinique, Grenada, Barbados and St Lucia. Guests will also be able to ring in 2018 following their explorations of St John’s, Antigua on New Year’s Eve, before relaxing into their New Year with another day at sea.

The Festive Americas cruise onboard Sirena is a holiday voyage extraordinaire that sails 35-days from San Diego to Rio de Janeiro on December 16, 2017. Guests can enjoy the fabled Mexican Riviera and fascinating west coast of Central America before a post-Christmas transit of the Panama Canal. Sirena then navigates the Southern Caribbean calling on Curacao, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago before sailing on to South America in the New Year. Here, guests will have the chance to visit French Guiana, multiple ports of the Amazon and highlights of Brazil’s west coast, including Recife and Salvador.

Along with the cruises on board Marina, Riviera, and Sirena, the Regatta, Insignia, and Nautica will also celebrate the Christmas and New Year celebrations discovering Cuba, the Indian Subcontinent, South East Asia, the South Pacific, and a circumnavigation of Australia.

An Oceania Cruises Christmas
Along with traditional Christmas and Chanukah services, Oceania Cruises will festively decorate the entire fleet with trees, garlands and lights. A beautiful gingerbread-house village stars as the focal point, which will delight guests with a selection of sweet treats—such as fruit cake, candy canes, Italian panettone, and Russian tea snowballs—located next to the display.

An elaborate feast will be on offer with rousing Christmas Eve carols and delicious Christmas Eve and Day dinners courtesy of the cruise line which boasts The Finest Cuisine at Sea. Eggnog will be served during breakfast in The Grand Dining Room and Terrace Café on Christmas Day. In the Grand Dining Room, Christmas dinner comprises of a seven-course banquet, including an amuse-bouche of lobster medallions with daikon and caviar in acacia honey vinaigrette; Napoleon of sautéed duck foie gras and rhubarb, violet and hibiscus flower sauce; creamy pumpkin soup cappuccino with fried parsley; a whole roasted Christmas goose with apple stuffing; and, if there’s still room, a sumptuous Christmas pudding.

Continuing the celebrations, the ship’s talented entertainment team will perform a fabulous Christmas show, as well as a heart-warming reading of The Night Before Christmas. To top off a very merry onboard ambiance, Santa Claus himself will be coming down the ship’s funnel to surprise both those young and young-at-heart.

Image Courtesy Oceania Cruises 

CLIA Releases Second Travel Agent Cruise Industry Outlook Report of 2017

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released its most recent Travel Agent Cruise Industry Outlook Report, uncovering cruise travel trends and key insights from within the travel agent industry. The report is part of an ongoing research study from CLIA intended to forecast cruise industry trends among travel agents. This installment of the Travel Agent Cruise Industry Outlook found that more than 80 percent of travel agents say their cruise volume has increased in 2017, and three-quarters say their clients are spending more this year on cruise tourism.

Key findings from the Travel Agent Cruise Industry Outlook Report include:

Popular Destinations
North American travelers tend to gravitate toward Western Hemisphere destinations. Alaska is currently seeing the most growth (51%), followed by Caribbean/Bermuda/Mexico (42%) and Canada/New England (31%). Staying closer to home could offer some degree of comfort, according to several agents. “People are concerned about safety, but still want to explore new places,” says one travel professional, “so Alaska has become bigger overall. I am featuring Alaska more as a potential destination and making sure it is on my clients’ radar.”

Value & Service
Value and service are the most important factors in driving cruise guest satisfaction, according to travel agents. Almost all customers (98%) say service is “very” or “extremely” important to their guest satisfaction, and (96%) report the same about value. These factors are followed by comfort (94%) and amenities/activities and destination (90%). Less important, but still essential, price transparency (83%), return on experience (81%), culinary options (80%) and security (79%). Entertainment (67%) and enrichment opportunities (47%) scored lowest, but still provide value for some travelers.

Adventure & Expedition Travel
Sixty-two percent of travel agents say their clients are becoming more interested in expedition or adventure travel than in years past. Travelers are looking for exploration, “something new and out of the box,”, and the cruise industry offers many choices—from luxury to adventure boat experiences. That interest isn’t coming from just one type of traveler. It comes from friend groups (62%), couples (61%), solo travelers (50%) and multi-gen groups (46%)—and it finds advantage in a multitude of destinations. Agents in adventure report 76% “more” or “some” interest in Alaska, 49% in the Galapagos Islands and 33% in the South Pacific.

For more information, the full report is available at: Cruising.org/TA-Outlook.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Star Clippers Waive Single Supplements on Select Mediterranean and Transatlantic Sailings

More and more travelers are choosing to go solo, including solo cruises—an experience that’s traditionally priced and designed for couples. Star Clippers embraces this growing trend with its social on-board atmosphere and diverse range of sailing itineraries that appeal to the solo traveler. And now, Star Clippers is waiving single supplements on select 2018 Mediterranean and Transatlantic sailings, making solo cruising an affordable option and great value.

Star Clippers is waiving single supplements on a variety of 2018 Mediterranean sailings, ranging from five to 14 nights on board the Royal Clipper (pictured here)and Star Flyer. Examples of included sailings on board the Royal Clipper include a five-night Spain and Morocco itinerary from Lisbon to Malaga on April 23, and a 12-night version of the same sailing that goes on to the Balearic Islands, Corisca and Cannes. On the Star Flyer, a seven-night French Riviera sailing round trip from Cannes departs June 2.

For solo travelers looking for longer journeys, Star Clippers has waived the single supplement on two epic Transatlantic sailings. Ship enthusiasts will be drawn to the 20-night Eastbound Crossing, from St. Maarten to Lisbon aboard the Star Flyer, which features 19 nights at sea. Sailing departs March 31. Travelers who want a mix of land and sea will love the 28-night Eastbound Crossing from Barbados to Cannes with stops in the Azores, Portugal, Morocco, Spain, the Balearic Islands and France. This sailing aboard the Royal Clipper departs Barbados on April 7.

For more than 25 years, Star Clippers has been introducing travelers to the thrill of modern tall ship sailing to remote ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indonesia and Far East. The company operates three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels: Star Clipper and Star Flyer are traditional clipper ships with modern amenities carrying 170 guests, while the 227-guest Royal Clipper holds the Guinness World Record for being the largest and only five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship in service today. All three ships have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, convivial tropical bars on deck and piano lounges. The brand’s newest vessel, Flying Clipper, will debut in Fall 2018. For more information, visit Starclippers.com.

Image © Linda Coffman, CruiseDiva.com

Oceania Cruises' Sirena Makes Inaugural Call To St. Kitts

Pictured: Oceania Cruises' MS Sirena alongside
the Caribbean Princessat Port Zante, St. Kitts
Oceania Cruises' newest cruise ship, Sirena, made its inaugural visit to St. Kitts on Wednesday, October 11, bringing more than 600 visitors to the island, who enjoyed the island's beaches, tours and many attractions.

Launched in 1999, Sirena was one of the now defunct Renaissance Cruises R-class ships, which joined Oceania Cruises together with other R shipsRegatta, Insignia, and Nautica. Until 2016, Sirena was part of Princess Cruises' fleet sailing as "Ocean Princess."

Oceania Cruises is a Miami-based company operating a fleet of premium cruise ships world-wide. The cruise line bills itself as upper-premium line, positioned squarely between the luxury and the premium segment.

Also in port the same day was the Caribbean Princess with a maximum capacity of 3,140 passengers. Last Sunday, October 8, the Adventure of the Seas visited St. Kitts with a maximum capacity of 3,840 passengers. An estimated 120 vessels are scheduled to visit St. Kitts from October 7 to December 31, 2017.

About St. Kitts
Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and sandy beaches combine to make St. Kitts one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean. Located in the northern Leeward Islands, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination's natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history. The island's stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking or ziplining through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island's former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, and touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the more traditional vacation pastimes available are water sports, golf, shopping, tennis, dining, gaming at St. Kitts' exclusive casino or simply relaxing on the beach. For more information about St. Kitts, visit StKittsTourism.kn.

Image Courtesy St. Kitts Tourism

Cruise Lines International Association Celebrates Cruise Travel in the Americas & the Caribbean as Part of Plan a Cruise Month

It’s the second week of Plan a Cruise Month and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, is highlighting cruise destinations in the Americas and the Caribbean. While areas in the Caribbean were recently impacted by hurricanes, the industry is reporting that close to 50 destinations are still welcoming cruise travelers. Additionally, there are several other cruise embarkation ports and destinations throughout the Americas.

“First and foremost, our hearts go out to those impacted by the hurricanes; they have been a cherished part of our cruise family for over 40 years,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “Fortunately, the vast majority of ports in the Caribbean are welcoming guests, having sustained minimal or no direct damage from the storms. The Caribbean islands and destinations throughout the Americas rely on tourism and the cruise industry is dedicated to continuing to bring vacationers to these beautiful areas. I’m proud of the collective efforts of CLIA Cruise Line Members along with the industry associations, providing more than $30 million in financial resources, temporary housing, transporting families and pets as well as a variety of supplies to people in need.”

Highlights of Cruising through the Americas & the Caribbean

Diverse Destinations: From treks down the Mississippi to paddling the Panama Canal, there’s something for every type of traveler in the Americas and Caribbean.
• Sitka, Alaska: Alaska’s “most exotic” cruise port is full of storied history that includes being home to Tlingit Native Americans and formerly acting as a major pulp mill town. Travelers can visit the totem pole park or walk along Katlian Street on the Sitka Channel waterfront, full of sights of colorful fishing boats and harbor town houses.
• Montevideo, Uruguay: This South American port city is a hidden gem full of old and new sights to see and architecture to take in, and offers a great spot to relax during a full itinerary with monuments, restaurants, and beaches. Travelers can walk the ultra-modern Plaza Independencia main square or take in afternoon tea in historical Ciudad Vieja.
• Quebec City, Quebec: This mostly French-speaking Canadian province offers travelers an unexpected taste of Europe with bistro and boutique-lined cobblestone streets. Adventure seekers and nature lovers can indulge in biking tours along famous waterfalls like the Montmorecny Falls, while history lovers can enjoy famed sites like the Basilique Cathedrale.
• Bonaire, Caribbean: The B in ABC islands, Bonaire is the original leader in ecology and eco-tourism, with bustling sanctuary colonies of flamingos, wild donkeys, and sea horses. Travelers to this island off the coast of Venezuela can participate in windsurfing, kayaking, bird watching, kite boarding, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding or “diver’s paradise” activities like diving and snorkeling.
• St. Kitts, Caribbean: This West Indies isle, originally discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, offers travelers a peek into preserved history with its 17th and 18th century military architecture. The island also offers lush rainforests, with more than a quarter of its land protected as a National Park.
Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures: Travelers looking to kayak through glacier water or snorkel along exotic reefs can find a variety of special activities and excursions on a cruise through the Americas or Caribbean.
• Ride the River: Vacationers yearning to experience U.S. history have a chance of following in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark while viewing classic Americana with a trip down the Columbia/Snake River, complete with trips through Hells Canyon and views of Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood.
• Photos in Peggy’s Cove: Peggy’s Cove in Halifax is home to smooth boulders that have buoyed waves for 450 million years, in addition to perhaps the most photographed lighthouse in the world—a must-see and must-photograph spot for photo enthusiasts.
• Roatan Rum: Rum and sweets-loving cruise travelers can take part in authentic culture with Mayan chocolate and rum cake tastings in Roatan.
• High on the Haleakala: Nature lovers and photo buffs alike should experience the Haleakala Volcano in Maui, which rises 10,023 feet above sea level and offers some of the most beautiful volcanic sights in the world. Thrill seekers can even bike down the sides. To make the trip a once-in-a-lifetime event, travelers can also see the ahinahina plant, which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
CLIA Travel Tips when Cruising the Americas or the Caribbean
Any vacation takes planning, and cruising is no different. CLIA has outlined tips for how to take the stress out of cruising in any waters, including the Americas or the Caribbean.
• Strike a Balance: Cruisers can benefit from striking a fine balance between scheduled excursions or entertainment and leaving time to relax. Travelers should be careful not to overbook their schedules on the ship or in port in order to leave room to enjoy the ship’s many amenities or sight see. Whether it b whale watching or a helicopter ride over active volcanoes, book two to three activities or excursions at most per day, with some downtime in between, when possible, to avoid travel fatigue.
• Ask the Question: Travelers should never hesitate to stop and ask questions when in doubt. Whether questions are directed at a cruise-certified travel agent while booking a cruise, or to the ship’s staff while aboard – there are knowledgeable resources to help provide answers to any question that arises.
• Rest Assured while Aboard: Travelers that take advantage of booking with cruise-certified travel agents can rest assured while resting up on any cruise, as a professional travel agent can help if things go wrong while cruising.
More about Plan a Cruise Month
October is Plan a Cruise Month—a worldwide movement to learn more about cruising and how to plan and take a cruise vacation. The campaign, created by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, offers insight on the best cruise destinations, special cruise line deals and promotions as well as experts to help navigate the many cruise vacation options available for every travel style and budget. More information is available at Cruising.org.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Princess Cruises Celebrates The New York Premiere Of “Born To Dance” Aboard Regal Princess

Princess Cruises celebrated the New York premiere of “Born to Dance”, the latest offering from its first-of-its-kind partnership with Stephen Schwartz, Oscar®, Grammy® and Tony Award®-winning composer of “Wicked,” “Godspell,” and “Pippin.” Joining Schwartz aboard Regal Princess for the premiere was director/creator Daniel C. Levine (“Les Miserables,” “Mamma Mia!”).

Born to Dance celebrates the aspirations, hurdles and triumphs of professional dancers, as told through tributes to Broadway’s greatest choreography in a feel-good story. Princess audiences get a glimpse of what it takes to be a dancer, the highs and lows and that driving need to dance brought to life by some of Broadway’s most famous hits including “West Side Story,” “A Chorus Line,” “Chicago” and more. A who’s-who of acclaimed choreographers and dancers virtually join the multi-media production, tracing the journey of the great artists and shows that made musical theater history.

Overseeing the creative development of four entertainment shows for Princess Cruises, Schwartz brings together an illustrious team of Broadway talent to support the productions through direction and design. “Born to Dance” is created and directed by Levine and is now showing aboard Golden Princess, Grand Princess, Star Princess, and Regal Princess. Additional creative team talent includes costume design by six time Tony Award® winner William Ivey Long, musical arrangement by Bryan Perri (“Wicked”), choreography by Al Blackstone (“So You Think You Can Dance”), and scenic design by Tony Award® winner Beowulf Boritt.



Find more information at Princess.com/borntodance.

Image & Video Courtesy Princess Cruises

Celebrity Cruises is Proud to Offer Legal Same-Sex Marriages On Board

Celebrity Cruises is proud to announce that same-sex marriages performed onboard are now legally recognized, marking a historic first for the premium brand.

The motion follows a transformative vote in Malta, where a majority of the Celebrity fleet is registered, which passed the country's parliament 66-1. The long-awaited referendum opens the door for Celebrity to legally recognize same-sex marriages performed onboard, and have the fleet's captains officiate the ceremonies.

"Celebrity Cruises has a long history of supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and I cannot think of a more important time in our history than right now to do all we can to support inclusion. I am absolutely thrilled to announce that starting today, we welcome same-sex couples to marry on our ships while in international waters," said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. "This is one for the history books!"

"Celebrity Weddings has already hosted many same-sex weddings in the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean, where legal," said Barbara Whitehall, Managing Director, The Wedding Experience. "We are ecstatic that this new Malta ruling opens up marriage equality for anyone and everyone sailing with Celebrity Cruises while in international waters."

The Celebrity Weddings program offers onboard ceremonies and destination weddings for lovebirds. The Nautical Nuptials at Sea package includes a Captain-led ceremony, an event coordinator's services, live music, one hour of photography, cake for two, bottle of Champagne, a bouquet and boutonniere, plus additional romantic turndown amenities post-ceremony.

To learn more about the Celebrity Weddings program and The Wedding Experience, visit Celebrity Weddings.

Photo © Linda Coffman, CruiseDiva.com

American Cruise Lines Announces Complimentry Pre-Cruise Packages

American Cruise Lines announces special 2018 Complimentary and Extended Pre-Cruise Packages on many of its most popular itineraries. All Complimentary Pre-Cruise Packages include a premium hotel stay, welcome reception, and complimentary transport to the ship. Complimentary Pre-Cruise Packages are available on the following 2018 itineraries:

• All cruises in the Mississippi River region departing from New Orleans, St. Louis, St. Paul, Pittsburg, Nashville and Memphis.
• All Columbia Snake River cruises departing from Portland or Clarkson.
• All cruises in Alaska departing from Juneau. The complimentary package also includes a guided Juneau city tour and visit to Mendenhall Glacier.

In 2018, American Cruise Lines will also offer many exciting Extended Pre-Cruise Land Packages. Guests departing from Memphis can enjoy a Graceland package with a 2-night stay at the Guesthouse Hotel, 2 VIP tickets to Graceland and a Memphis city tour with transfer to the ship. Guests traveling on Columbia Snake River itineraries, departing from Clarkston, can take an exhilarating Jet Boat tour of Hells Canyon before transferring to the ship. There are also Extended Pre-Cruise packages available on itineraries departing from Seattle, Boston and Providence.

With over 35 itineraries visiting 30 states, American Cruise Lines offers the most comprehensive and extensive travel options on U.S. waterways. In addition to the fabulous Pre-Cruise & Extended-Cruise Packages, most cruises regularly include complimentary guided tours at each port, onboard experts, historians, and nightly entertainment. American Cruise Lines provides both award-winning enrichment and the broadest selection of fascinating all-American travel itineraries.

About American Cruise Lines:
American Cruise Lines is the recognized leader in small ship cruising and the largest cruise Line in the United States. Its fleet of 10 modern authentic paddlewheelers and sleek coastal cruise ships travel the rivers and coastal waterways of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River and the East Coast. Regularly the recipient of the most prestigious travel awards in the industry, American Cruise Lines is renowned for providing superb service aboard the finest ships—exceeding the expectations of even the most seasoned traveler.

To learn more about American Cruise Lines, visit AmericanCruiseLines.com.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Silversea Introduces Inaugural 2018 ʻCouture Collection'

Luxury Silversea Cruises is introducing a new 2018 Couture Collection, an exclusive series of ocean and land adventures custom-designed for the world’s most discerning travelers. The inaugural 2018 Couture Collection is an inspired portfolio of nine pre- and post-cruise luxury land programs of five to 11 days, offering authentic and immersive travel experiences in the most remote and untouched regions of the Earth.

"Our guests are seasoned luxury travelers looking to discover the least accessible corners of our planet, where nature can still astound with its untouched beauty," said Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, Silversea’s Executive Chairman. "The Couture Collection reveals the most exotic places, cultures and people on carefully curated journeys that feature all the extraordinary touches of comfort and luxury for which Silversea is renowned."

Silversea’s own experienced architects, drawing on the best itinerary expertise and global knowledge, have custom-crafted each element of the 2018 Couture Collection down to the smallest details. Silversea’s experts designed the inaugural collection with inspiration from Silversea guests; a survey of North American travelers, 87 percent of whom are from the United States, explored guests’ “dream destinations” and most sought-after cultural experiences.

The pre- and post-cruise Couture Collection includes exclusive amenities ranging from private helicopter service in Mongolia to vintage rail in India and Gulfstream jets in and out of Antarctica. Prices average $34,000 per guest for each five- to eleven-day adventure, with the 11-day South Pole itinerary leading the collection starting at $78,000 per guest.

The Couture Collection programs are limited to small groups and include most meals, beverages and exclusive culinary events. Guests enjoy inclusive luxury accommodations at renowned boutique hotels, lodges and private tents specifically built for these experiences. Each bespoke adventure is fully escorted. Each program provides a perfect extension to select Silversea cruises, creating an unrivaled luxury travel experience, deeper on land.

Conrad Combrink, VP Product Development Expeditions and Experiences, hand crafted each of these expeditions under the watchful eye of Silversea’s Executive Chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio.

The following is a snapshot of the all-new Couture Collection programs:
• Rwanda & Serengeti: Walking in the Footsteps of Giants -- Come face-to-face with the power and beauty that is Africa. Explore the lush rain forests of Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park while looking for the majestic mountain gorilla in an exclusive two-day trekking experience. Go on a game drive seeking the Big Five from a custom 4x4 in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site best known for its amazing annual migration of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras. Eight days from $19,959; departures on Nov. 20 or 27; combinable with Silver Discoverer expeditions departing on Nov. 16 or 27.
• White Desert & South Pole: Standing on the Bottom of the Earth -- No place on Earth can compare to the vast white desert of Antarctica. Explore spectacular ice caves and tunnels. Climb a glacial island. Photograph a remarkable colony of emperor penguins at Atka Bay. Follow in the footsteps of Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott and be among the privileged few who have reached the South Pole. Enjoy the comforts and luxury of a stay at Whichaway Camp. Fly in and out of Antarctica on a Gulfstream business jet. Eleven Days from $78,000; departure on Jan. 2; combinable with Silver Spirit's Dec. 18, 2017 voyage.
• Namibia & Rovos Rail -- Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Namibia Desert at the award-winning Little Kulala Camp in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Go flight seeing over the Skeleton Coast. Marvel at Sesriem Canyon. Float above enchanting desert landscapes in a hot-air balloon. From Pretoria to Cape Town, journey in luxury aboard the iconic Rovos Rail, known as The Most Luxurious Train in the World. Savor the South African scenery from a carefully restored carriage that evokes the charms of a bygone era. Six days from $11,299; departures on Jan. 8 or Mar. 14; combinable with cruises on Silver Spirit (Jan. 15) or Silver Cloud (Mar. 21)
• India: In the Path of Powerful Titans -- Enjoy the luxury of private flights throughout India. Track tigers in Ranthambore wildlife reserve. Journey by vintage rail to the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, where an elegant dinner includes stunning views of Mehrangarh, an impressive centuries-old fort. Witness the charms of the ancient city of Jaisalmer from the comfort of The Serai luxury camp. Explore majestic desert dunes on a jeep or camel safari, then sample delicacies at an elegant bush dinner. Six days from $32,799; departure on Oct. 23; combinable with Silver Muse's Oct. 8 cruise.
• Australia: Exploring the Unforgiving and Unforgettable Outback -- Enjoy private air travel to and from Darwin to experience an authentic outback adventure at the Bullo River Station, a cattle ranch tucked in the northwest corner of Australia's Northern Territory. Explore Aboriginal rock art galleries. Cruise up the spectacular Bullo River Gorge. Discover the amazing landscape of the Bungle Bungle Range. Swim in the jade-green natural rock pools of the Cascades. Five days from $19,919; departures on Jul. 23 or 29; combinable with Silver Discoverer expeditions departing on Jul. 19 or 29.
• Iceland: Revealing the Legends of Fire and Ice -- From thermal springs to glaciers, Iceland is a land of remarkable contrasts. Enjoy private helicopter travel to explore its most amazing wonders. Sip a champagne toast at the famous Godafoss Waterfall. During at stay at Deplar, a sheep farm turned luxury lodge, go kayaking, mountain biking, whale watching and more. Visit the bird-watching wonderland of Drangey Island. Lunch atop a glacier-capped volcano. Enter a man-made ice tunnel at Langjokull Glacier. Five days from $45,199; departures on Aug. 2 or 8; combinable with Silver Cloud expeditions departing on Jul. 27 or Aug. 8.
• Tibet: Standing on the Rooftop of the World -- Discover some of the most amazing and isolated places on Earth. Observe morning prayers at a Buddhist nunnery. Visit Jokhang Temple, considered the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Witness a lively debate among monks at Sera Monastery. Unwind with a meditation class led by a monk. Picnic amid the stunning beauty of Yamdrok Yumtso Lake. Stroll through Norbulingka, the splendid former summer palace of the Dalai Lama. See the gigantic gilded statue of Maitreya Buddha at Tashilhunpo Monastery. Five days from $12,499; departures on Oct. 7 or 14; combinable with a Silver Shadow cruise departing Sept. 28 or Oct. 14.
• Mongolia: Echoes of Genghis Khan -- Visit with one of the last remaining groups of reindeer herders, the Tsaatan community of Northern Mongolia. Marvel at the beauty of Lake Khuvsgul. Learn about the culture of the Kazakh people and witness their ancient tradition of hunting with golden eagles. At the Naadam Festival (Three Games of Men), observe an ancient spectacle of horse racing, archery and wrestling, valued as sports of strength, wisdom and courage. Six or seven days from $29,199; departures on May 2 or 10; combinable with a Silver Shadow cruise departing Apr. 25 or May 10.
• Bolivia: A Short Walk onto Another Universe -- Stay at the bottom of ice-capped Sajama, Bolivia's highest peak. Explore volcanoes, hot springs and 3,000-year-old plants. Visit Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat, and stay in a unique luxury camp of geodesic dome tents. Discover the small village of Tahua, at the foot of the Tunupa Volcano, then hike to the cave of the Coquesa mummies and learn about their history. Relish stunning vistas on a drive through Los Flamencos nature reserve before indulging in the luxuries of the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge and Spa. Eight or ten days from $24,499; departures on Oct. 17 or 26; combinable with Silver Cloud expeditions departing on Oct. 15 or 26.
Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio di Balsorano di Clunières, Executive Chairman Silversea Cruises, was born in Rome, the son of the renowned entrepreneur and lawmaker Antonio Lefebvre de Clunières di Balsorano. Lefebvre started his career working in family companies but moved swiftly to build his own companies. In 2001, he took control of Silversea Cruises, a family company and global leader in luxury cruising and became Executive Chairman.

He transformed Silversea from a cruise line with three vessels to the market leader with nine ships cruising to over 900 destinations worldwide. Further, he expanded the product range of the company by adding the Expedition fleet, quickly becoming a leader in luxury expedition cruising as well. The addition of the Couture Collection expands Silversea's destination reach even further.

Mr. Lefebvre is a recognized leader of the global cruise Industry and has held key roles in CLIA (Cruise Line International Organization), WTTC (World Tourism and Travel Council) and is a Member of WEF (World Economic Forum) and Aspen Institute. He is Chairman of the Monegasque Chamber of Shipping and was nominated Chevalier de L’Ordre de Saint Charles and Grimaldi by SAS Prince Albert II.

Conrad Combrink, Vice President Strategic Development Expedition and Experiences, is a native from Cape Town, South Africa. Within months of Silversea’s 2007 purchase of their first expedition ship, Conrad Combrink was given the responsibility for creating and coordinating many of the important aspects of the newly created Silversea Expeditions cruise program.

Today he is in charge of developing and coordinating all Silversea Expedition itineraries, shore programs, oversees expedition staff recruitment and regulatory compliance. Conrad also oversees all aspects of the development and delivery of the very unique Silversea Couture collection, and more recently all World Cruise and Grand voyage events and experiences. Conrad spends a good amount of time each year traveling the globe in search for new and exciting destinations to bring to life for Silversea Expeditions and now the Silversea Couture Collection.

A rich and very exciting career in the in the expedition cruise industry brought Conrad to Silversea. Conrad has an infectious passion for expedition travel and exploration that has taken him to all seven continents and some of the world’s most remote destinations including Antarctica, the South Pacific, Russia’s Far East, Alaska, North Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal, Micronesia and Melanesia and most recently Bhutan, Nepal and Mongolia. Conrad holds a degree in tourism management.

Image Courtesy Silversea Cruises

Guy Fieri’s ‘Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse|Brewhouse’ To Debut Aboard New Carnival Horizon

Guy Fieri, a member of the American Royal National Barbecue Hall of Fame whose namesake burger joints are featured on 19 Carnival Cruise Line ships, will introduce a brand new full-service barbecue venue aboard Carnival Horizon when it debuts in spring 2018. An expansion of Fieri’s casual barbecue eateries on several Carnival ships, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse|Brewhouse combines the best of both worlds: authentic, down-home smoked-on-board barbecue and traditional sides created by the renowned chef, along with a selection of distinctive craft beers brewed on board at a brewery located within the restaurant.

The announcement will be made by Fieri at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas during the “Carnival’s BBQ Challenge with Guy Fieri” event during which kids from the local 4H Club were tasked to come up with unique barbecue recipes inspired by Pig & Anchor. The three finalists will each receive a free cruise and Carnival is making a $20,000 donation to the 4H Club of Texas in support of its mission of engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.

Diners are encouraged to have lots of napkins ready as they enjoy Guy’s Smokehouse favorites such as brisket custom-smoked for 12 hours, Memphis-style baby back ribs, dry-rubbed and grill-finished chicken, pulled pork, and cedar-smoked salmon with an apricot glaze, all cooked “low and slow” using Fieri’s signature rubs and spices. All Smoke House items are served with coleslaw, sweet pickles, and golden honey cornbread or Texas toast.

The restaurant will also offer Fieri’s signature dishes like Dragon Chili Cheese Fries featuring smoked beef brisket, cheddar cheese, onions and jalapenos; Trash Can Nachos topped with pulled pork, Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ sauce and melted cheese; and The Smokehouse Melt, with pulled pork, sliced brisket, double smoked pork belly bacon, two slices of cheddar cheese, homemade pickles and donkey sauce. Side dishes are just as tantalizing with Fieri-created favorites like the Longhorn Cheddar Mac & Cheese, Beer-Braised Cowboy Pinto Beans, Sweet Potato Bourbon Mash, Mashed Potatoes with Red Eye Gravy and Burnt Ends, and Buttermilk Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Almonds.

BBQ fans can spice up their dishes with the chef’s own sauces, including Kansas City (smoky and sweet), Sriracha BBQ (spicy and tangy), Carolina #6 (tangy and sweet heat), and award-winning Bourbon Brown Sugar (sweet and sticky), along with exclusive-to-Carnival sauces like Smokey Chipotle, Gold Coast Yellow Mustard, Black Pepper, and Burning Tomato. Decadent desserts like freshly baked cobbler, piled-high banana cream pie, and gooey pecan pie offer a sweet conclusion to a satisfying and memorable meal.

Paired perfectly with barbecue is a delicious and refreshing craft beer created by Carnival’s award-winning beverage team which includes Colin Presby, the only brew master in the North American cruise industry. Presby and team are developing four distinctive micro-brews specifically designed to pair with the venue’s wide-ranging menu. Specific details will be announced at a later date.

“I’m excited about launching my newest shipboard eatery at Carnival,” said Fieri. “I know what it takes to make real-deal barbecue—quality meats smoked ‘low and slow’ and top-notch sides using the freshest ingredients. And when you combine down-home barbecue with a cold beer brewed right on board, you have a truly outta bounds experience!”

Added Carnival’s Director of Specialty Dining Greg Poplewko, “Guy has been a great partner for the past six years and his new Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse|Brewhouse aboard the new Carnival Horizon is the perfect expansion of our partnership, offering lip-smacking barbecue and refreshing craft beers enjoyed in a fun and festive atmosphere.”

The new 138-seat BBQ venue will be located along the ship’s Promenade with indoor and outdoor seating and authentic touches like ceiling tiles made of weathered galvanized siding, red brick walls, hardwood floors, and booth and high-top seating with Fieri’s signature FLAVORTOWN catch phrase illuminating the full-service bar.

The restaurant will be open from 5 pm ‘til late every night of the cruise with menu items offered on an a la carte basis and live music nightly. Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse|Brewhouse will offer a free-of-charge self-service BBQ lunch buffet from noon to 2:30 p.m. on embarkation day and sea days.

Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse|Brewhouse will be among the dozens of different dining and beverage venues available aboard Carnival Horizon. These include the line’s first teppanyaki restaurant, the Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant, the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, the Mexican-themed BlueIguana Cantina serving authentic tacos and burritos, the 24-hour Pizzeria del Capitano, and the New England-inspired Seafood Shack.

Other features include the groundbreaking bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction called SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre, and the first Dr. Seuss-themed water park at sea

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 tropics-inspired Havana staterooms and suites with exclusive daytime access to a Cuban-themed bar and pool.

Carnival Horizon is scheduled to make its maiden voyage April 2, 2018, with a 13-day Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona—the first of four round-trip departures from that port. Carnival Horizon will reposition to the U.S. with a 14-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to New York May 9-23, 2018.

Following its summer schedule of 4-day Bermuda and 8-day Caribbean departures from the Big Apple, Carnival Horizon will shift to Miami and kick off a year-round schedule of 6- and 8-day Caribbean cruises beginning Sept. 22, 2018. Carnival Horizon will also offer a special 2-day cruise to Nassau from Miami Sept. 20-22, 2018. To learn more, visit Carnival.com.

Image Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

Royal Caribbean Reveals New WOWs on the World’s Largest Cruise Ship, Symphony of the Seas

Symphony of the Seas under construction
Royal Caribbean has orchestrated a new vacation experience that is set to redefine family and adventure travel in 2018. Symphony of the Seas, the cruise line’s newest ship, brings together the award-winning and acclaimed features only found on Royal Caribbean, with distinct new experiences that will continue to inspire adventure among guests of all ages. New dining concepts and family activities, awe-inspiring theater, aerial, ice and aqua entertainment, and the most dynamic suite in family travel will join the lineup of Royal Caribbean exclusives—such as the robot bartenders at the Bionic Bar, powered by Makr Shakr; the iconic AquaTheater showcasing unrivaled high-flying, high-diving performances; and the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea—for a thrilling crescendo of diverse experiences, all set in the unique seven-neighborhood concept of the award-winning Oasis-class ships.

Symphony of the Seas will claim the title of the largest cruise ship in the world when she debuts in April 2018 for her inaugural season in Europe. The architectural marvel will accommodate more balcony staterooms overlooking the open ocean and legendary Boardwalk and Central Park neighborhoods than her popular sister ship Harmony of the Seas. But there is much more to this ship than her impressive size.

“We’re excited to introduce Symphony of the Seas, our boldest composition yet, offering the best of Royal Caribbean with some new surprises for our guests to create a vacation that adventurers of all ages can enjoy together,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “We set out to create a new level of vacation adventure and deliver the ultimate escape for families of all shapes and sizes. Symphony will introduce the most cutting-edge, customizable, and digitally-enhanced experiences in the Royal Caribbean fleet.”

Boardwalk Reimagined
Symphony of the Seas will introduce the new generation of Royal Caribbean’s famed Boardwalk neighborhood, infused with new energy, interactive experiences and lively venues conceptualized for endless entertainment for all ages. Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade will be the place to watch the “big game” from around the world across 30 big-screen TVs, ensuring everyone has the best seat in the house to cheer on their favorite team.

Spanning the length of the Boardwalk, the vibrant sports bar and arcade will be a hot spot for families to enjoy wings, burgers and craft beer on draft, as well as friendly competitions of Ms. Pacman, Star Wars Battle Pod, Ice Skee-ball, and other popular games. Across the way, aptly adjacent to the Boardwalk’s iconic hand-carved carousel, Sugar Beach candy and ice-cream shop will bring a sugar high of sweet treats to adults and kids alike, enticing them with colorful candy-packed walls and tempting ice cream and toppings galore. The sweetest spot on the high seas also will feature family-friendly activities for aspirational bakers.

The highly anticipated additions to the Boardwalk will round out the signature offerings that propelled the neighborhood’s popularity. The Ultimate Abyss will catapult only the brave from the tallest slide at sea into the heart of the Boardwalk to revel in their adrenaline rush. Johnny Rockets is where indulgences of burgers, fries and milkshakes will be celebrated with 1950s diner music and entertainment. The awe-inspiring AquaTheater will activate the ocean backdrop and starry nights with a breathtaking show of aquatic acrobatics and stunning high-diving aerial performances found only on Symphony of the Seas.

The Ultimate Family Suite
Symphony will introduce the world’s most adventurous and interactive family suite. The next generation of family accommodations, the two-level Ultimate Family Suite is a dream come true for kids of all ages and will debut eye-popping features, including: an exclusive slide from the kid’s only bedroom to the living room below; a floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall, an air-hockey table and hidden nooks for chilling.

A separate 3D movie theater-style TV room, complete with a popcorn machine and a library of video games across multiple gaming systems will bring a new level of euphoria and competition to gamers in every family. And that’s just the inside; the 212-square-foot wraparound balcony touts a bumper pool table, a climbing experience and a full-size whirlpool that will provide unmatched ocean views. The Ultimate Family Suite spans 1,346 square feet, accommodating a family of up to eight in two bedrooms, and uses every inch of space to activate the imagination and provide the most brag-worthy accommodations imaginable. And if that wasn’t enough, guests in the Ultimate Family Suite will have their own personal Royal Genie to take care of their every need while they enjoy all the services and premium amenities of the Royal Suite Class. This ultimate expression of family vacation indulgence joins the wide variety of contemporary suite accommodations available throughout the ship, from the Loft Suites with their breathtaking views to the spacious multi-room Owner’s Suites.

All New Culinary Creations
Symphony will debut new food and beverage concepts adding to an already diverse lineup of more than 20 specialty and complimentary restaurants across the ship’s seven neighborhoods. Hooked Seafood, Royal Caribbean’s first New England-style seafood restaurant, will feature fresh seafood and a robust raw bar complete with oysters shucked to order. Located at the front of the ship in the Solarium, the casually sophisticated restaurant will offer expansive views of the open water, serving lunch and dinner. El Loco Fresh will offer made-to-order tacos, burritos, and other popular Mexican fare. The open-air restaurant in the Sports Zone will seat more than 100 guests.

The cruise line’s signature culinary favorites, including Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine, Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver, 150 Central Park with its American seasonal menu, Park Café, and Izumi Hibachi and Sushi, also will introduce refreshed designs and new menu specialties on Symphony, offering guests the widest choice and variety of dining options.

Entertainment Elevated
Royal Caribbean’s unparalleled entertainment will once again raise the bar, touting immersive shows where theater magic extends beyond the stage and into the audience. Back by popular demand, the hugely successful “Hairspray”—the brand’s first Broadway musical at sea—will return on Symphony with a total refresh to headline the Royal Theater along with a new original Royal Caribbean show, “Flight,” a historical satire on the evolution of air travel that ends with homage to the famed Wright Brothers. In the iconic AquaTheater open-air amphitheater, a new aqua show, “HiRo,” offers serious wow factor with high-diving and acrobatics. Studio B will showcase a new time-travel adventure. A high-tech ice-skating show,“1977” will bring guests to London on the eve of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee when her Crown Jewels are stolen in the heist of the century.

For thrilling live-action adventure at sea, guests can gear up for an epic glow-in-the-dark laser tag experience like no other. State-of-the-art technology and special effects will transform Studio B into the world's largest and ultimate laser tag arena as family, friends and foes battle over the fate of the last planet in the galaxy. Vacationers looking for a challenge can experience a new Puzzle Break experience on Symphony, where teams will race against the clock and learn to work together toward a common goal – to escape the submarine-themed room before time runs out.

All New Mobile Check-in Debuts on Symphony
The latest technological innovations will be integrated throughout Symphony, including a redesigned check-in experience that eliminates lines and bypasses the counter. The new process will leverage a combination of facial recognition, bar codes, and beacons to make boarding fast and frictionless.

Guests will check-in via the brand’s new mobile app and seamlessly upload their security “selfie” to create their onboard account from the comfort of their home. Upon arrival, guests will go through a security screening and then head straight to their stateroom, where their key will be ready and waiting. In addition to mobile check-in, Symphony will feature all of the pioneering and award-winning guest technology the cruise line is known for, including VOOM—the fastest internet at sea, state-of-the-art wayfinding and virtual balconies.

Seven Neighborhoods in Perfect Sync
One ship, seven distinctive neighborhoods for families to explore together or individually, Symphony is the ultimate playground for guests of all ages, with new surprises at every turn.
• Boardwalk—Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade and the Sugar Beach candy and ice-cream shop bring a new spin to this outdoor space inspired by the nostalgic seaside piers of yesteryear. The Boardwalk, with its original hand-carved carousel, will offer classic family fun combined with a high-energy vibe felt throughout its casual eateries, retail shops and activities for a day of family fun. The signature AquaTheater, located at the stern of the ship with a distinct ocean backdrop, is a dazzling amphitheater-style venue where guests can experience stunning aquatic acrobatics and high-diving aerial performances.
• Central Park—With more than 12,000 lush tropical plants, this open-air neighborhood is a serene retreat that features meandering walkways with quiet nooks for reading and relaxing, retail boutiques and specialty restaurants including Chops Grille, Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver, 150 Central Park and Vintages wine bar. The expanded Park Café, with its communal table and additional outdoor bistro seating overlooking a central piazza, is the perfect spot for meeting friends and people watching.
• Entertainment Place—A contemporary night club district, where more intimate venues cater to different moods and preferences, is anchored by Casino Royale, which will take the title of the largest casino at sea, and Studio B, home to a full-scale ice rink and newly introduced glow-in-the-dark laser tag game. The Attic exudes the vibe of a downtown comedy club and transforms into a lounge for late-night drinks and dancing, while Jazz on 4 features live jazz and blues performances with the convenience of table service for couples and groups.
• Pool and Sports Zone—Home to the ship’s most active adventures, including the Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea, The Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, two FlowRider surf simulators, a mini-golf course, a nine-deck-high zip line, and the beach pool, plus the all new El Loco Fresh
• Royal Promenade—Dining, bar-hopping and shopping abound on this bustling main street at sea. The Promenade features a café, the industry-changing robot bartenders at the Bionic Bar, powered by Makr Shakr, and the Rising Tide Bar that transports guests up to Central Park.
• Youth Zone—From adventurous tots to teens, young travelers can dive into the widest array of youth facilities and innovative programming at sea, including a yet-to-be-revealed new Puzzle Break challenge where teams will race against the clock to escape the submarine-themed room before time runs out.
• Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center—Chill out or work out at the largest spa and fitness center on the high seas.
The 25th ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, Symphony of the Seas will set sail in April 2018 to kick off a summer season in the Mediterranean, calling on ports in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; and Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy. Beginning Nov. 24, 2018, the adventure-packed ship will make Miami, FL her year-round home, sailing 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages from the state-of-the-art new Terminal A at PortMiami. Symphony of the Seas will span 16 guest decks, encompass more than 230,000 gross registered tons, carry 5,500 guests at double occupancy, and feature 2,774 staterooms. For more information about Symphony, visit RoyalCaribbean.com/SymphonyoftheSeas.

Image Courtesy Royal Caribbean

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

MSC Cruises Becomes The Official Cruise Line Of The Miami Dolphins

MSC Cruises USA announced a new partnership with the Miami Dolphins to offer a variety of distinctive and inspired experiences to Dolphins fans both on board and on the field.

The three-year, one-of-a-kind partnership—representing the teaming up of two champions in their respective industries—kicked off at the Miami Dolphins first home game for the season against the Tennessee Titans. Throughout the partnership, football fans will have the opportunity to tailgate with fun activities at all Miami Dolphins home games at Hard Rock Stadium, rally the stadium with MSC Cruises before the fourth quarter and sail on an official Dolphins Fan Cruise.

MSC Cruises' partnership with the Miami Dolphins—one of South Florida's most impactful and legendary organizations—is testament to the cruise line's dedication to the South Florida community as it expands its presence in North America overall and Miami in particular. In fact, the kickoff of the partnership comes just before the arrival of MSC Cruises' newest ship, MSC Seaside, to Miami in December 2017 as well as the opening of a newly renovated and expanded terminal at PortMiami, which will be home to MSC Cruises' ships serving the region.

The relationship with the Dolphins also demonstrates MSC Cruises ongoing commitment to partner with world-class and innovative brands in order to bring unique and enriching offerings to its guests.

"As part of a sharpened focus on the US market, MSC Cruises is gearing up to introduce the innovative new MSC Seaside to Miami, so it is only natural that we have decided to collaborate with an American institution like the Miami Dolphins, representing one of the most loved teams not only by Miami residents but also football fans throughout the U.S. and worldwide," said Roberto Fusaro, president of MSC Cruises USA. "MSC Cruises is redefining the future of cruising with next-generation ships such as MSC Seaside and appealing to a new audience in the US. Similarly, the Dolphins have made a significant investment in the design of Hard Rock Stadium, taking their game experience to the next level and setting a new standard as a global destination for world-class entertainment."

"We are excited to partner with an innovative brand which has an authentic approach to hospitality like MSC Cruises to offer memorable experiences to our Miami Dolphins fans and family," Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer Todd Kline said. "We are committed to enhancing the fan experience, and this new partnership will bring several fun options for fans to enjoy at Hard Rock Stadium as well as at sea."

The joint endeavor includes several tailor-made activations and engagement opportunities, providing Miami Dolphins football fans the opportunity to:
• See a life-like version of MSC Seaside. Guests can come "on board" MSC Seaside with a 12 ft. high, 14 ft. wide model of the aft of the ship and take a photo with Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders and the beloved mascot T.D. before kickoff.
• Cheer during MSC Cruises' Fourth Quarter rally! Guests will hear the iconic cruise horn and watch Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders take the field with MSC Cruises flags.
• Stay charged all day with MSC Cruises interactive cell phone charging stations around the stadium.
• See their photos featured on the stadium video boards by submitting game time snapshots via social media and using #MSCSeaside.
• Sail with Dolphins legends onboard MSC Seaside: Fans have the chance to experience the Miami Dolphins at sea and meet team alumni on a themed cruise on MSC Seaside in 2018.
• Relish a rivalry game with MSC Cruises. MSC Cruises will be the presenting sponsor of the Miami Dolphin's 2018 regular season home game at Hard Rock Stadium against New York Jets.
As part of MSC Cruises nearly $10 billion investment plan—which includes a total of 11 next-generation ships coming into service between 2017 and 2026—the company is committed to strategically growing its presence in North America, with a strong focus on South Florida. Of note, the revolutionary MSC Seaside will arrive in Miami in December 2017 and be the first MSC Cruises' ship christened in the U.S. Built for warmer weather and featuring an innovative beach condo design, MSC Seaside will bring guests closer to the sea than ever before.

In addition to MSC Seaside sailing from Miami, MSC Cruises also will deploy MSC Meraviglia, its next-generation ship that launched in June 2017, to North America from 2019. As a result, in the company's latest phase of expansion in the North American market, three of MSC Cruises' newest, most innovative ships will serve the region: MSC Divina, MSC Seaside, and MSC Meraviglia from 2019.

For more information about MSC Cruises and the Miami Dolphins, visit MSCCruises.com and MiamiDolphins.com.

Carnival Cruise Line Partners With Dr. Seuss Enterprises To Introduce New 'Be Kind/Dare To Care' Shipboard Activities

Carnival Cruise Line and Dr. Seuss Enterprises have teamed up to offer a series of fun, educational shipboard activities designed to promote kindness, compassion and generosity among its younger cruisers and inspired by Dr. Seuss' beloved children's book Horton Hears a Who! Part of an annual national campaign by Dr. Seuss, the new "Be Kind/Dare to Care" activities are rolling out this month across the Carnival fleet and complement existing programming within Seuss at Sea, the line's exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

Published in 1940, Horton Hears a Who! is one of Dr. Seuss' most famous and cherished books. It tells the story of Horton the Elephant, a loyal and faithful creature who discovers a tiny planet that is home to a community called Whoville. Despite objections from his disbelieving friends, Horton vows to protect Whoville, proclaiming throughout the book that "a person's a person, no matter how small."

Patterned after the book's universal message of love and acceptance, the new shipboard programming will include a "pledge to be kind" activity where kids and their families are encouraged to write down their kindness pledges that will be posted on a special banner on board with prizes awarded for the most creative and heartfelt submissions. Kids can also create friendship bracelets and other keepsakes as part of the Horton Hears a Who!-themed arts and crafts with screenings of the iconic movie shown on board throughout the month of October.

Horton Hears a Who! also takes center stage as part of the line's ongoing Seuss-a-Palooza Parade and Story Time during which kids and their families participate in a swirly parade down the ships' promenade followed by an interactive reading of the book in the main show lounge where the young and the young at heart portray different characters in the book.

"Horton Hears a Who! is one of Dr. Seuss' most heartfelt and thought-provoking books and we're delighted to partner with Dr. Seuss Enterprises on this exciting new venture that teaches children the value of kindness and compassion in a fun, positive way," said Caroline Lombardi, director of youth experience for Carnival Cruise Line.

In addition to the new "Be Kind/Dare to Care" shipboard activities, other offerings within Seuss at Sea include The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends, Dr. Seuss Bookville, a family reading venue on select ships, including the new Carnival Horizon set to debut next year, as well as character interactions, Dr. Seuss toys and games, and popular movies shown on board.

For additional information, visit Carnival.com.

Image Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

Holland America Line Celebrates 2017 Plan a Cruise Month with Two Premium Promotions

Holland America Line is supporting October's National Plan a Cruise Month organized by Cruise Lines International Association with two premium offers: onboard spending money for 2017-18 Caribbean cruise bookings and additional onboard spending money for all Explore 4 promotion bookings covering several cruise destinations in 2018 and 2019.

The month-long event offers promotions that aim to give consumers the opportunity to become more knowledgeable about cruising, as well as plan and book a Holland America Line cruise vacation while taking advantage of one of the richest promotions of the year.

"Plan a Cruise Month continues to be a very successful initiative that puts a spotlight on what is certainly the best vacation value and most enticing way to see the world," said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. "By creating extra booking incentives, we're making October the best month to plan your first or your next Holland America Line cruise."

Caribbean is Open for Travel & Bookings Receive Up to $300 Onboard Spending Money
For Plan a Cruise Month, new bookings in an ocean-view stateroom or higher for all of Holland America Line's upcoming Caribbean cruises from October 2017 through March 2018 are eligible to receive up to $300 in onboard spending money.

"While a few islands in the Caribbean were impacted by recent storms, more than 40 ports are currently open and welcoming cruise guests right now, so we extended this offer to include our upcoming Caribbean season to focus positive attention on the region," added Ashford. "Making our Caribbean cruises eligible to receive the onboard spending money shows our confidence that cruises to these beautiful islands will deliver an exceptional vacation."

2018-19 Cruises Include Onboard Spending Money & Explore 4 Perks
For the second Plan a Cruise Month offer, travelers making a booking on select 2018 and 2019 cruises receive onboard spending money up to $400, depending on the length of the cruise and type of stateroom booked. This offer can be combined with the cruise line's Explore 4 promotion that provides four added-value extras on select March 2018 through April 2019 cruises. The four offers include a Signature Beverage Package valued at up to $1,400 per stateroom, dinner for two at the Pinnacle Grill, reduced cruise fares for third and fourth bookings in the same stateroom, and 50 percent reduced deposits.

Suite bookings also receive $200 onboard spending money per stateroom ($100 per person) in addition to the four offers and exclusive Plan a Cruise Month onboard spending money, making it possible to receive a total of up to $600 in onboard spending money.

Guests looking to take advantage of the special savings can choose itineraries to nearly all of Holland America Line's global destinations, including Alaska and Alaska and the Yukon Land+Sea Journeys, Australia/New Zealand, the Baltic, Bermuda, Canada and New England, the Caribbean, Cuba, Hawaii, the Mediterranean, Mexico, Northern Europe, the Panama Canal, South America and the South Pacific.

For additional information, visit HollandAmerica.com.