Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Royal Caribbean returning to St. Thomas in November

Royal Caribbean  will resume calls at St. Thomas on Nov. 10. Calls were suspended after Hurricane Irma ravaged the island on Sept. 6.  The Adventure of the Seas will make the call. At the same time, island officials, with an assist from Royal Caribbean, hope to reopen a restored Magens Bay, one of St. Thomas' most popular tourist attractions.  Royal Caribbean said that most downtown shops, restaurants and bars and tour operators will be fully operational, with boat and catamaran excursions among the activities that will be offered. Royal Caribben said it has committed to returning to San Juan and St. Maarten by the end of November, and is working closely with local governments to announce the exact dates.  Port St. Maarten, said that Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas plans to make its return to that storm-battered destination on Nov. 5.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Four Disney hotels welcoming canine guests

October 14, 2017 

In a trial program, four Walt Disney World hotels have started welcoming guests with dogs.  The four hotels are Disney's Yacht Club, Disney's Port Orleans, Disney's Art of Animation and the cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. 
Disney's Yacht Club charges $75 per night, and the others $50 per night.
Also, each hotel offers outdoor pet exercise areas and relief areas. At check-in, guests traveling with dogs get a Pluto's Welcome Kit with mat, bowls, pet ID tag, plastic disposable bags, puppy pads, dog-walking maps and a door hanger indicating to hotel staff that a pet is in the room. Disney plans to sell pet merchandise at the four resorts.
Doggy day care and other pet services are available nearby at Best Friends, a facility on-property at the Disney World Resort.  Dogs must be leashed while in resort public areas and must be properly vaccinated

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Carnival to Sail From San Juan Oct. 15; Updates Through December

Oct 10, 2017

Carnival reports the Old San Juan area is ready to receive cruise tourists.
Carnival Fascination will resume sailing from San Juan October 15, as Puerto Rico continues the long process of recovery following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.
Our teams visit this past week confirmed the Old San Juan area is ready to receive tourists,”. Many shops and businesses have returned to their normal business operations with more opening up every day. We were saddened to see the impact the recent storm had on Puerto Rico,. Tourism is very important to their economy, and we are pleased to know that the  cruise ships will   play an important role in aiding their recovery efforts in a meaningful way.
As Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean continue to recover from Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma, Carnival is continuing to make itinerary adjustments. Cruises departing San Juan October 15 through November 5 will sail a seven-day itinerary to Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua and St. Kitts. Sailings departing November 12 will offer a seven-day itinerary to Martinique, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua and St. Kitts, while seven-day itineraries departing November 19 through November 26 will call at Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua and St. Kitts.
Carnival is adjusting a number of seven-day itineraries departing Barbados as well. From October 18 through November 1, sailings will call at St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Kitts, San Juan and Grenada. The November 8 sailing will call at St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Kitts, San Juan and Martinique, and sailings from November 15 through November 22 will call at St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Kitts, San Juan and Grenada.
Carnival said it will continue to evaluate its ability to return to St. Thomas and St. Maarten, and will provide further updates on December sailings and beyond as they become available.

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U by Uniworld's first ship sets sail

October 09, 2017 

The first of U by Uniworld's millennial-focused river cruise ships, The B, debuted in Paris
U by Uniworld was developed as the first river cruise brand aimed at millennials and younger passengers ages 21 to 45. The B will be joined by a second vessel, The A, in 2018.  Formerly Uniworld's River Baroness ship, the 120-passenger The B was had  extensive redesign down. The resulting staterooms include four suites, 26 balcony staterooms, 29 studio staterooms and two studios that have triple occupancy. All of the cabins come outfitted with Bluetooth speakers and organic BeeKind toiletries.  The B's dining venues include communal tables such as this one. 
The B has an all-black exterior, and also features two rooftop venues, a spa and communal dining. There is farm-to-table cuisine served on board with dishes that include quinoa burgers, miso-marinated wild salmon and peanut butter bacon chocolate bars. U by Uniworld also has mixologists serving up craft cocktails in the bars and hosts international DJs onboard.

Technology plays a key role in onboard communications. WhatsApp and email are used for communicating with guests in lieu of the traditional daily paper itineraries. Additionally, menus are displayed on screens in the bar and restaurant, and guests can receive news through a Press Reader app. A new U by Uniworld app, which is still in development, will connect travelers before, during and after their trips and is scheduled to debut in March 2018 ahead of the first revenue sailings.    During the  the preview cruise, guests are engaging in U by Uniworld offerings that include yoga, camping on the top deck, a silent disco party, painting classes and wine tastings. Excursions include a panoramic breakfast tasting tour, a treasure hunt at the Louvre and a Paris city roofs tour,

Bookable sailings on The A and The B begin in April 2018 with prices starting at $200 per person, per day. There will be four 8-day itineraries available along the Rhine, Main, Danube and Seine rivers, with overnight stops and longer stays in Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam and Budapest. U by Uniworld will also sail two five-day holiday itineraries. 

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line Raises Price of Beverage Package

Norwegian Cruise Line has bumped up the price of its Ultimate Beverage Package (UBP).
The $10 daily increase is the first in 18 months and went into effect September 29 according to trade sources, although NCL has not issued a formal announcement to the Travel Community.
The new cost for the UBP  $105 per person, per day when factoring in the 18 percent service charge added.. The UBP includes unlimited soft drinks, bottled and draft beers, spirits, cocktails and wines by the glass up to and including $15. Guests who purchase the UBP also receive a 20 percent discount on bottles of wine.  Prices for Norwegian's Corks and Caps Wine and Beer Package and Soda Packages haven't changed. In a statement, Norwegian noted that "pricing may change from time to time due to costs increases and other factors."
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Cruise lines say visiting Cuba by ship is safe

October 02, 2017 

Three big cruise companies with itineraries that include calls in Havana said their ships are a safe way to visit the island, even though the U.S. State Department is warning Americans against going.
The warning is in response to illnesses reported by diplomatic workers in Havana attributed to some sort of sonic weapon. The attacks, which began last November, are thought to have occurred in residences or in a hotel that houses diplomatic personnel on temporary assignment. In response, the U.S. government has withdrawn most of its diplomats from the U.S. Embassy in Havana. Because some of the attacks occurred at a hotel, the government also warned tourists. The government of Cuba has denied any involvement in the attacks, an assertion that hasn't been challenged by the U.S.

Carnival Cruise Line sails to Havana from Tampa with its Carnival Paradise ship.& that it would continue its cruises to Cuba for the moment. "While members and relatives of the U.S. diplomatic corps have suffered illnesses apparently triggered by occurrences at the diplomatic offices or possibly their homes, none of the more than 475,000 other Americans visiting Cuba this year have reported similar health issues related to their visits," the Carnival statement said.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL), which also takes passengers to Havana from Tampa on the Empress of the Seas, said it was aware of the State Department warnings."Since the warning is due to the events that occurred in U.S. diplomatic residences and hotels frequented by U.S. citizens, we do not feel they pose a risk to our cruise passengers," an RCCL statement said. "Our guests explore Havana on escorted tours and do not visit hotels."

Norwegian Cruise Line, visits Havana on its Norwegian Sky ship from Miami, said its cruises there continue to operate as scheduled.  "There have been no reported incidents involving tourists or other cruise ship passengers," said a Norwegian statement that also noted incidents have been isolated to diplomats and government officials residing on the island. "Our shore excursions and tour locations have been thoroughly evaluated," the statement continued. "We continue to believe that the best way to travel to Cuba is via cruise ship and look forward to continuing to offer our guests the opportunity to explore Cuba's beauty, culture and friendly people."

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Royal Caribbean ship contributing to hurricane relief effort

September 26, 2017 
Royal Caribbean has canceled the Sept. 30 voyage of the Adventure of the Seas from San Juan, and will use the ship to evacuate people from Puerto Rico and deliver supplies to hurricane-ravaged islands. 
The ship will arrive in San Juan on Sept. 27 and then will stop in St. Thomas and St. Croix. The ship will bring evacuees to Fort Lauderdale before returning to San Juan on Oct. 6 to prepare for the Oct. 7 cruise. 
Royal Caribbean also announced alternate itineraries in October for six ships: Adventure, Harmony, Allure, Oasis, Enchantment and Serenade of the Seas.
The three Oasis-class ships (Oasis, Harmony and Allure) will go to ports in the western Caribbean rather than St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Labadee (Royal Caribbean's private destination in Haiti). The Adventure will not visit St. Croix, and the Serenade will not visit St. Thomas and St. Maarten.
Enchantment of the Seas had been substituting Freeport, Bahamas, for a call in Key West but will now move back to its original itinerary on the Oct. 2 and 9 cruises from Miami to Nassau, Coco Cay (Royal Caribbean's private Bahamian island), Key West and back to Miami.
Customers who were to be on the canceled cruise will get their cruise fare and fees 100% refunded to the original form of payment, plus a 25% future cruise credit (based on the cruise fare) if a new cruise is booked in the next 30 days.

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