Friday, November 30, 2012

Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Glory Emerges from Refit

Carnival Cruises - Carnival Glory Emerges from Major Refit.
Carnival Cruises - Carnival Glory Emerges from Major Refit.
 
The Carnival Glory returned to service on 11/15/2012 following an extensive, multi-million dollar renovation that added an array of exciting on-board spaces, from a new burger venue developed by Food Network personality Guy Fieri and a pair of tropics-inspired poolside watering holes to a “cocktail pharmacy”-themed lounge called the Alchemy Bar. 
 
Carnival Glory’s new dining, bar and entertainment options are part of Fun Ship 2.0, a $500 million product enhancement initiative that is being rolled out across the Carnival fleet. 

Following a special three-day cruise from Miami to Nassau that departed later on 11/15, Carnival Glory will launch a winter schedule of seven-day Caribbean voyages beginning Nov. 18.  In June 2013, the ship will reposition to Boston for a series of four- and five-day Canada voyages before heading to New York for four- to seven-day Canada/New England departures through October.

Here’s a rundown of the many new features added to the Carnival Glory during its two-week dry dock:

  • Guy’s Burger Joint, a complimentary poolside venue offering fresh-made burgers, hand-cut fries and innovative toppings and condiments created by Food Network personality and chef Guy Fieri
  • BlueIguana Cantina, a free-of-charge Mexican cantina with authentic tacos and burritos that can be personalized by diners at an extensive salsa and toppings bar
  • Alchemy Bar, a cocktail “pharmacy” where highly trained mixologists create custom cocktails using interesting flavors and ingredients
  • EA SPORTS Bar, an interactive sports bar where patrons can view live action, play popular EA SPORTS video games and keep up with the latest scores on the 24/7 sports ticker
  • RedFrog Rum Bar, a poolside Caribbean-themed watering hole offering a variety of the region’s top rums and beers, which are enjoyed in a laid back island-infused atmosphere
  • BlueIguana Tequila Bar, a friendly rival to the RedFrog Rum Bar, this lively and engaging poolside bar specializes in frozen cocktails and Mexican beers, in a fun and festive environment
  • The Punchliner Comedy Club & Punchliner Comedy Brunch Presented by George Lopez, who is taking Carnival’s popular comedy offerings to the next level with hilarious, side-splitting comedians and a humorous twist on the traditional mid-morning culinary feast
  • Cherry On Top, which celebrates the joys of simple indulgences with bins of bulk candy, fun fanciful gifts and novelties, custom apparel and more
 
·         Hasbro, The Game Show and Playlist Productions will also be added to Carnival Glory over the next several weeks. Hasbro, The Game Show makes guests the stars of the show through larger-than-life adaptations of the company’s iconic board games, while Playlist Productions is a dramatic retooling of Carnival’s legendary revues that combines captivating live performances with high-tech LED staging and special effects that set a new standard in seagoing productions.

 
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Norwegian Cruise Line and Rockettes Kick Off Holiday Season

Norwegian Cruise Line and the Rockettes Kick Off the Holiday Season


Norwegian Cruise Line kicked off the holiday season this week by unveiling a Norwegian Breakaway interactive exhibit in the Grand Lounge of New York’s historic Radio City Music Hall, featuring a 1:100 scale model of the 4,000 passenger ship.  Guests attending the show have the opportunity to tour the exhibit to view the model and learn all about the ship’s unique attributes, entertainment, dining, destinations and more.

Norwegian also launched their “Spectacular Sweeps,” giving Radio City Christmas Spectacular attendees a chance to win a cruise, for a family of four, onboard Norwegian Breakaway, the largest ship to homeport year-round from New York City beginning May 2013.

Designated the “Official Cruise Line” of the Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall and the “Official Partner” of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Norwegian Cruise Line takes center stage during every Radio City Christmas Spectacular performance.  In one very special scene, The Rockettes dance in front of the backdrop of a glittering Times Square, featuring an eye-catching “Cruise like a Norwegian” billboard. This year’s production commemorates 85 years of the past, present and future of the Rockettes featuring dazzling dance numbers, beloved favorites, breathtaking special effects and a brand new showcase featuring the Rockettes' most extraordinary costumes through the years, alongside beloved favorites that have been in the show since its inception.

The Rockettes, one of New York’s most illustrious and beloved icons, will christen Norwegian Breakaway as the official Godmothers on May 8, 2013, further strengthening the ship’s strong ties to New York.  As the stars of the annual Christmas Spectacular production, the Rockettes entertain more than one million people at Radio City Music Hall each year and have played to 75 different cities across the country with the national touring production.

As part of their role as Godmothers, two Rockettes will sail aboard the first six sailings of Norwegian Breakaway, beginning May 12, 2013, and the first sailing of each month thereafter, taking part in special events for guests to enjoy. Onboard Norwegian Breakaway, the Rockettes, with their unparalleled grace, athleticism and precision technique that has made them part of the fabric of New York City for 85 years, will be showcased with a variety of offerings, including a historical retrospective in the ship’s library, exclusive fitness class designed by the Rockettes, featured beverages and more. On select sailings, guests will have the exclusive opportunity to meet two of the Rockettes.

To celebrate the holiday season and introduce Norwegian Breakaway’ legendary godmothers, Norwegian invites guests to experience the Rockettes’ dazzling performance first-hand and is offering a 25% savings on tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, now through December 30, 2012. For more information, visit www.radiocitychristmas.com/cruise and use promotional code “Cruise.”

 Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway will arrive in her year-round homeport of New York City in early May 2013. The ship will begin weekly summer seven-day cruises to Bermuda on Sunday, May 12, 2013.  From October 2013 through April 2014, New York’s ship will offer voyages from the heart of Manhattan to the Bahamas & Florida and the Southern Caribbean.

To date, the company has revealed the ship’s groundbreaking design, including The Waterfront and 678 Ocean Place; a wide range of indoor and outdoor venues on three dynamic decks that will create a whole new complex at sea that enhances guests’ connection with the ocean.  Norwegian Breakaway’s entertainment will include three Broadway shows: five-time Tony nominated ROCK OF AGES; the dance sensation BURN THE FLOOR; and CIRQUE DREAMS & DINNER JUNGLE FANTASY.  The famed comedy troupe The Second City, Howl at the Moon dueling pianos, and New York’s own Slam Allen will also perform on the vessel. Celebrity Chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian will also debut his first restaurant at sea on Norwegian Breakaway: Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian.

The top decks of Norwegian Breakaway will feature the first Aqua Park at sea with five full-size water slides, including twin Free Fall slides, the first ever at sea, and a three-story sports complex that includes the largest ropes course at sea, a nine-hole miniature golf course, basketball court, rock climbing wall and more.

The ship will also feature a rich mix of stateroom options including The Haven by Norwegian, comprised of 42 Suites at the top of the ship and 18 additional Suites located throughout the ship; the innovative Studios, designed and priced for solo travelers; the re-introduction of Oceanview staterooms, Balcony and Mini-Suites; along with Spa Balcony, Mini-Suites and Suites in close proximity to the spa.

For more information on the incredible features and accommodations on Norwegian Breakaway, visit www.breakaway.ncl.com.  To book a cruise on Norwegian Breakaway, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 800-327-7030 or visit www.ncl.com. Comment on today’s announcement on our Facebook page.

About Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 46-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which revolutionized the industry by giving guests more freedom and flexibility. Today, Norwegian invites guests to “Cruise Like a Norwegian” on one of 11 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea.

Norwegian’s largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic, debuted in June 2010 and has been named “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly and “Best Ship for Sea Days” by Cruise Critic. Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of Blue Man Group, appearing for the first time at sea on Norwegian Epic, as well as the official cruise line of Legends in Concert, The Second City®, Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos, and Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids. Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner is also featured on board Norwegian Epic as the first show of its kind at sea under a big top.

The Company has two 4,000-passenger vessels, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, under construction for delivery in April 2013 and January 2014, along with one larger “Breakaway Plus” vessel for delivery in fall 2015.  Known as New York’s ship, Norwegian Breakaway will be the largest vessel to homeport year-round in the city, sailing to Bermuda for the summer beginning May 12, 2013.  Norwegian Breakaway’s features include hull art by legendary artist Peter Max, seafood restaurant Ocean Blue by famed New York chef Geoffrey Zakarian, and fitness classes and a retrospective display from the ship’s iconic godmothers, the Rockettes®.  The entertainment lineup includes three Broadway shows: Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor and Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner: Jungle Fantasy.  Norwegian Getaway, the largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami, will sail Eastern Caribbean voyages beginning in February 2014.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Queen Mary 2 to Utilize Manhattan Cruise Terminal for November 27th Sailing

Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 - One time sailing from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal
Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 - One time sailing from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal


Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 will embark on a transatlantic sailing from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal today (November 27th). The Queen Mary 2 was displaced from her normal Brooklyn Cruise Terminal embarkation port because of extensive flooding damage to the Brooklyn facility.

Pending completion of the necessary repairs, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal should be open for the Queen Mary's next sailing from New York on 12/22.


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Monday, November 26, 2012

Port of New York Continues to Recover From Hurricane Sandy


Brooklyn Cruise Terminal - Happier Times - Before Hurricane Sandy Flooding
Brooklyn Cruise Terminal - Happier Times - Before Hurricane Sandy Flooding
The Manhattan and Brooklyn Cruise Terminals suffered significant damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The Storm Surge caused the river to rise some 10 feet and flooded the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal AND the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.

Damage was extensive to the one level Brooklyn Cruise terminal, flooding the terminal building and damaging cruise passenger's cars in the facility's parking lot. The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will  remain closed until the December 22nd arrival of the Queen Mary 2 - if not further delayed.

The Mahattan Cruise Terminal did not fend too well either. The flooding that occurred caused damage to the lower level and nearby power facilities,  knocking out the associated power to the piers. Reportedly the lower level of the Terminal had 5 feet of Hudson River water inside. 

In order to handle the ships as soon as possible, after the water subsided, emergency generators were brought in to provide lighting and the power. No power was available for the elevators or escalators making the handling of arriving and departing passengers with luggage more difficult. Cruise passenger embarked and disembarked from the lower level of the terminal.

Pier 88 faired better than Pier 90 since the renovations/remodeling of Pier 88 provided some added safe guards against flooding (ie elevating some of the key facilities up from the lower level floor). Pier 90 is expected to take some time to come back on-line.

Cunard's Queen Mary 2 is expected to arrive at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on 11/27 (Tuesday) since the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is temporarily out of commission.

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Norwegian Cruise Line Offers Cyber Monday Discounts.


Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Sun - One of the many ships participating in the Cyber Monday Sale.
Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Sun - One of the many ships participating in the Cyber Monday Sale.

NCL Offers Cyber Monday Cruise Deals -> For more information click here ->

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Carnival Cruises Carnival Legend's 2013 European Season Cut Short.

Carnival Cruises Carnival Legend Adds Additional Sailings Including a Repositioning Cruise From New York
Carnival Cruises Carnival Legend Adds Additional Sailings Including a Repositioning Cruise From New York
After announcing an increase in presence in Europe during 2013, Carnival Cruise Line has  opted to cut five sailings from the Carnival Legend's Autumn 2013 schedule.

Impacted sailing include the September 25, October 7 and 31 and November 12 and 27, 2013 departures, which have been replaced with several repositioning cruises.

Replacement cruises include :

  • A 15-night transatlantic crossing departing Dover September 25 and arriving in New York on October 10. Ports of call include: Dublin, Ireland; Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland; Belfast (Northern Ireland); Reykjavik, Iceland; Qaqortoq, Greenland; and St. John's, Newfoundland (Canada).

  •   A 10-night Caribbean cruise from New York to Tampa departing October 10, calling at Grand Turk, Aruba, Curacao, Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman.

  •  A five-night Caribbean cruise sailing roundtrip from Tampa October 21, visiting Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

  • The ship will also sail an eight-night Caribbean cruise rountrip from Tampa departing October 26 with calls in Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay (Roatan), Belize and Costa Maya. Legend will then resume its originally scheduled seven-night Caribbean rotation from Tampa beginning on November 3.
Although no reason was provided for the schedule change, industry sources cite high transatlantic airfares and weak cruise demand for 2013 European cruises as potential reasons.


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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Norwegian Dawn Approaches Baltimore

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Dawn Stop in Baltimore as part of Repositioning Cruise
Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Dawn Stop in Baltimore as part of Repositioning Cruise
As part of her repositioning cruise from Boston to Tampa the Norwegian Gem will be calling in Baltimore tomorrow (11/5).

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The World - The Resident Ship 0f Residensea Approaches New York

The World of Residensea Cruise Line Arrives in New York
The World of Residensea Cruise Line Arrives in New York
The World is scheduled to arrive in New York tomorrow (11/5) morning. The only resident cruise ship, travels the world on an itinerary that brings its residents to major events worldwide - The Cannes film festival, yacht competitions off Australia and much more.

The World was supposed to arrive in New York on 10/31 and overnight in New York and depart on 11/1. Due to hurricane Sandy the itinerary was modified and she will be arriving tomorrow.

The ship is owned and managed by Residensea.

Residensea's website describes the ship and experience as follows.....

 Since our launch in 2002, The World has continuously circumnavigated the globe, spending extensive time in the most exotic and well-traveled ports, allowing us - the Residents - to wake up in a new destination every few days, exploring with depth we had never before thought possible.  It's a lifestyle we are truly grateful to live each day.

At 644 feet, The World is the largest privately owned yacht on the planet. Each of us owns one or more of the 165 private onboard Residences, and collectively, we own the ship, ensuring that our experiences - both onboard and off - are far beyond current luxury travel standards.

But what we share with one another goes far beyond ownership. Each of us has an endless thirst for knowledge, adventure and of course, travel.

This thirst is not only satisfied by our itineraries, which each of us has a voice in creating each year, but by our special, in-depth expeditions and unique Enrichment Program. The Program brings onboard experts in all different fields - diving, wine tasting, world cultures - to prepare us for each port we visit, and beyond.

As time passes, neighbors become travel companions and travel companions become good friends. We offer one another new ways to experience the many destinations we sail to. But above all, we offer each other comfort, good company, and lots of laughter.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Port of New York May Open On Friday to Cruise Passengers

Port officials are hopeful that the Caribbean Princess and Norwegian Gem will be allowed to dock at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on Friday.

The Norwegian Gem's last cruise ended in Boston instead of New York on Tuesday and the Caribbean Princess has also been in Boston since earlier in the week.

The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal has suffered flooding and passenger's cars located in the lot have been damaged due to the rising river therefore the Brooklyn Terminal Remains closed.

Caribbean Princess, still tide up in Boston, but has made plans to re-fuel before departing Wednesday night. All passengers are requested to be on board before 9:30 p.m. The ship will  arrive in New York at 7 on Friday morning (Tentatively).

Princess said it will compensate all passengers on board with a future cruise credit, details to be announced once the Caribbean Princess is underway and the final port of call is determined.

Norwegian Gem also plans to depart Boston tonight, after midnight, for arrival in New York on Friday morning.

The company apologized to passengers who were scheduled to sail on Norwegian Gem’s Oct. 29 cruise. Now the ship is expected to depart Friday afternoon on a five-day cruise, spending two days in Bermuda and returning on Nov. 7.

Passengers will receive a pro-rated refund in the form of an on-board credit for the missed days based on cruise fare paid.

Emerald Princess, currently sailing a revised itinerary on a voyage that originated at Qu├ębec City on Oct. 29, is scheduled to stop in New York on Saturday. That depends on the port’s reopening. The next call would be Charleston on Monday before the cruise ends Nov. 7 in Fort Lauderdale.

In a related story, Carnival Cruises has added two, 2-day cruises to nowhere on the Crnival Pride on October 31st and November 2nd. After these cruises the Carinival Pride will resume her normal schedule from Baltimore.

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