Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Piano Man At Sea: Crystal To Debut Billy Joel Tribute Show

The Crystal Serenity will host a Bill Joel tribute concert featuring James Fox, the star of Broadway’s “Movin’ On.” The show, which debuts Nov. 19, is sure to please Crystal’s luxury cruise passengers as will an Elton John tribute to debut Feb. 24 on the Crystal Symphony.

In its latest spectacular stage feature, luxury cruise leader Crystal Cruises will showcase the multi-platinum hits of Grammy Legend Award recipient and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Billy Joel, as “My Life: The Music of Billy Joel” debuts aboard Crystal Serenity on the No. 19 voyage from Miami to Caldera.
Guests aboard the preceding cruise will be treated to a special viewing at the end of their voyage.  Paying tribute to the world-famous Piano Man will be the show’s star, James Fox, who himself was handpicked by Billy Joel to star as “The Piano Man” in the Broadway, West End and U.S. National Tour productions of Movin’ Out, based on Joel’s music.
Poised at the concert grand piano on the Galaxy Lounge’s stage, Fox will perform more than a dozen timeless hits including “New York State of Mind”, “Uptown Girl”, “She’s Always a Woman to Me” and, of course, “Piano Man.”  The Galaxy Orchestra and more of Crystal’s own acclaimed musicians, vocalists and dancers will be featured alongside Fox.
“My Life: The Music of Billy Joel” debuts on the heels of the wildly popular “Rocket Man” Elton John tribute show, which will premiere aboard the line’s other award-winning ship, Crystal Symphony, during the February 24, round-trip Singapore cruise.  The shows are the beginnings of Crystal’s successful Concert Production series, which spotlights the works of world-renowned artists whose music and popularity spans multiple decades and generations.
“This show sets a new bar in entertainment aboard luxury cruise ships, with not only a vast collection of music from one of the world’s most beloved stars, but also a performance from a true theater great, James Fox,” says Crystal’s president and COO, Edie Rodriguez.  “Our guests will certainly enjoy tapping their toes along to songs they’ve loved for decades.”
Crystal’s onboard international troupe consists of ten singers and dancers, including performers from national touring companies as well as Broadway and London’s West End productions.  The posh Galaxy Lounge sets a luxurious, contemporary atmosphere for award-winning Broadway-style productions and headline entertainers. For more information on this and other Crystal Cruise programs and cruises contact for exclusive rates and information at 800-775-1884 or

Thursday, November 6, 2014

U.S. Embassy Warns Travelers on Growing Crime in Nassau

With the historic town of Nassau, Bahamas wracked by a year-long upswing in reports of violent crime, the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas this week issued an alert advising U.S. citizens traveling to and living in and the Bahamas to “remain on heightened alert to avoid being victims of crime.” While U.S. citizens have not been specifically targeted, “over the past several weeks there has been an increase in the level of crime in areas where U.S. citizens live and frequent,” according to the Embassy statement. Most recently three armed robberies of U.S. citizens “occurred in daylight hours in heavily frequented tourist areas, including an armed assailant assaulting and robbing a woman walking near Ardastra Gardens,” according to the Embassy. In addition, two armed men robbed customers waiting in the drive-through restaurant during daylight hours last month.  The statement also warns U.S. citizens to be wary of rouge personal water craft (PWC) excursion vendors, who frequently operate independently of the resort companies whose beaches they frequent.  “The water sports rental industry is only loosely regulated; since July, there have been three reported sexual assaults on U.S. citizens, including minors, by jet ski operators on Paradise Island,” the alert reads. Travelers are advised to review their personal security plans and monitor local news stations and the U.S. State Department website.  The Bahamas has wrestled over the past year with increasing reports of violent crime targeting residents and tourists alike. This week’s alert is the third crime-related warning issued this year by the Nassau Embassy. In December Perry Christie, the Bahamas prime minister, said growing crime threatens to halt the country’s tourism growth.
Information received from travelpulse, nov 5, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Holland America’s Veendam Headed for Dry Dock. Cancels the third Canada/New England voyage so the ship can repair a propeller

Holland America Line has cancelled the Veendam’s Oct. 11 Canada/New England cruise so the ship can enter a dry dock in Philadelphia to fully fix a propeller. The Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 cruises were already cancelled so repairs could be made. As work has progressed alongside in Quebec, it has been determined that a complete repair can only be made in a dry dock,” the company said. “We are profoundly sorry for the disappointment of our guests who have been impacted by these required repairs.” The ship will sail under its own power without guests to a dry dock facility in Philadelphia. All services and safety systems on the ship are fully operational.
Guests booked on the seven-day cruise from Quebec to Boston will receive a full refund of their cruise fare plus a future cruise credit of 100 percent of their cruise fare paid. The company also will reimburse non-refundable expenses such as missed tours and excursions that were purchased through Holland America Line.
For more information on this and to make reservations for Holland America or another Cruise Line, contact for exclusive rates and amenities.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Regent cancels call at Dakar, Senegal

Regent Seven Seas Cruises cancelled a call at Dakar, Senegal, next month in “an abundance of caution” due to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  The call, originally scheduled for the Seven Seas Mariner’s Oct. 13 cruise from Lisbon to Miami, will be replaced with an overnight in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, on Oct. 17-18. A visit to Lanzarote will be shifted to Oct. 19.  “While Senegal had only one confirmed case of Ebola and the World Health Organization recently announced the virus is contained in that country, we always place the safety and comfort of our guests as our top priority and adjusted the itinerary to alleviate any concerns,” Regent said in a note to passengers booked on that cruise.   For more information about this change or to make a reservation for a Regent Cruise contact for exclusive rates and amenities at 800-775-1884 or

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Crystal Cruises simplifies evening dress code

Crystal Cruises simplifies evening dress code
Crystal Cruises said it will simplify its evening dress code, cutting the number of options from three to two.  Beginning Dec. 20, Crystal will have black tie optional and what is being called Crystal Casual as its two styles of dress after 6 p.m. There will typically be one formal night on cruises of seven to 10 days and two on an cruises of 11 to 15 days. The rest of the cruise will be governed by Crystal Casual in the evening. Crystal Casual includes dresses, skirts, dressy slacks and blouses or sweaters for women and dress shirts and sport coats (no tie required) for men. Guys can also wear an open-collar or collared polo shirt with dress pants/smart trousers, Previously, the line had a resort casual/casual elegant/black tie optional scheme. Crystal made black tie optional on formal nights last year. The two-category dress code is easier to pack for and remember said Crystal President Edie Rodriguez.  For more information on this Crystal change and exclusive rates, contact at or 800-775-1884

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Celebrity Cruises Exclusive offer for

Celebrity Cruises Exclusive offer for Customers with reservations made by Sept 14, 2014 in an ocean view or higher cabin for Alaska or Europe cruise departing May – October 2015. 

 Receive up to $300 onboard credit when you book an ocean view or higher on an Alaska or Europe cruise departing May – October 2015. Plus, combine with Pick Your Perk for an even greater value. 
• 6-9 nights receive $100* onboard credit per stateroom for Alaska and $200* onboard credit for Europe per stateroom. 
• 10 nights or longer receive $150* onboard credit per stateroom for Alaska and $300* onboard credit for Europe per stateroom. 
Choose from 4 amazing offers with Pick Your Perk offer. 
1 Up to $600 off* cruise fare when using Celebrity’s ChoiceAir® 
2 Free Beverage Packages* for two
3 Free Gratuities* for two
4 Onboard Credit up to $300* per cabin
This is a limited time offer, so book by September 14, 2014. 
 *To Qualify for Offer, the following requirements must be satisfied. Cruise must be booked between Sep. 10 – 14, 2014 (the “Offer Period”) and must be a Europe or Alaska cruise that departs between May – Oct. 2015. Offer requires ocean view or higher stateroom booking at the non-discounted standard cruise fare. OBC offer is combinable with one other offer, including Pick your perk. Offer is based on number of sail nights and value is per stateroom: 6-9 nights $100; 10 nights or more $150. Book Europe 2015 cruises and receive 7-9 nights $200; 10 nights or more $300 per stateroom. Offer is applicable to new individual bookings.The first two guests in a Qualifying Booking may choose one of the following Pick your Perk options: Classic Beverage Package for Two, Free Gratuities for Two, or Onboard Credit (“OBC”). Guests booking air travel using ChoiceAir have the fourth option of a cruise fare savings. ChoiceAir must be purchased by Sep. 14, 2014. ChoiceAir option not available for sailings that depart Aug. 2015 or beyond. One offer per stateroom. The first two guests in the stateroom must select the same option. Each guest must provide date of birth at the time of booking. All Offers are non-transferable and applicable only to the Offer Cruise. Offers exclude interior staterooms. No refunds or credits for unused options. Offers are subject to availability and change without notice, and are capacity controlled.. Single occupancy bookings eligible for Offers.
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Oceania provides FREE Internet Access

Oceania Cruises announced plans to provide complimentary Internet access to guests booked in either a suite or Concierge Level stateroom on any of their  ships. This is the first time the upper-premium cruise line has offered a free Internet program, with the new benefit commencing during the 2015 winter season.  As part of the program, guests booked in Owner’s, Vista and Oceania suites will receive unlimited complimentary Internet access to enjoy throughout their voyage. Guests booked in Penthouse suites or Concierge Level staterooms will receive blocks of complimentary Internet time based on cruise length, starting with 200 minutes for a seven-night cruise and extending to 500 minutes for voyages over 16 nights. Being an upper-premium brand, Oceania Cruises ships feature a larger number of Concierge Level and above accommodations, which means this free Internet program will cover more than 55 percent of all guests sailing on Marina and Riviera, and nearly half of all guests sailing on Regatta, Insignia and Nautica. Guests will be able to take advantage of the free Internet either through the ship’s Wi-Fi system or at the Oceania@Sea Internet café. Oceania Cruises recently upgraded the Wi-Fi system across the fleet to increase bandwidth and provide connectivity throughout the entire ship, including all public spaces, outdoor decks and all suites and staterooms.  “Oceania Cruises is committed to providing our guests with an extraordinary cruise vacation for an incomparable value, so we’re excited to add free Internet to an already long list of included amenities such as free roundtrip airfare and complimentary dining experiences at our exquisite specialty restaurants,” said Kunal S. Kamlani, president of Oceania Cruises. “We know our guests want to stay connected with friends and family while exploring the world with Oceania Cruises. Now, as guests are enjoying the Olife onboard, they will be able to freely share cherished vacation memories with loved ones back home from the comfort of the ship.”  The complimentary Internet rollout will be staggered across the fleet, tied to the official start of each ship’s winter schedule. Oceania Cruises’ signature 2-for-1 cruise fares include an abundance of complimentary amenities such as unlimited soft drinks, coffee beverages, juices and bottled water. Guests can savor the finest cuisine at sea at any of the ships’ specialty restaurants without any supplemental dining charges. Oceania Cruises also eliminates the hassle of searching for flights by including free roundtrip air service from major U.S. and Canadian gateways.
For more information guests can visit or call 800-775-1884 for exclusive promtions and rates as a preferred  professional travel agent.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Azamara drops free Internet & other Great Amenities from loyalty program

Azamara Club Cruises has changed Le Club Voyage, its loyalty program, by adding new features but dropping others, including free Internet and laundry service.  “We expect mixed reaction to the discontinued benefits,” the two-ship cruise line. It said the change is “the right long-term decision for our guests and brand.” Among the new benefits are more complimentary voyage nights for achieving a higher tier in the program. Passengers earn points in a five-tier program according to number of nights sailed and cabin category. In the new program, guests staying in Club Oceanview cabins will earn three points a night instead of two, and those staying in Club Veranda cabins will earn five points a night instead of three, Azamara said. Other new benefits include a dedicated shoreside program manager, various discounts and upgrades and a Club Voyage desk for guest inquiries.  Benefits being discontinued, in addition to free laundry service and Internet access, include a bottle of sparkling wine on embarkation, free wine tastings on voyages of 10 nights or longer and a welcome-home gift for advancing to the next tier.  

Friday, September 5, 2014

MSC Cruises Starts to Bundle & Package

The MSC Divina in Miami, is offering packages with different levels of inclusiveness. In an interesting pricing development, MSC Cruises is offering a variety of packages that give passengers different levels of inclusiveness. The new program lets customers decide what they want bundled into their fare  drinks, massages, priority boarding, half-price fitness classes or access to exclusive, adults-only areas. 
Already introduced in most European markets, MSC Cruises said it is expanding the experience pricing to North America due to positive feedback received from guests and travel agents abroad.
The innovative price structure sets MSC Cruises apart from other cruise ships, which is working to develop a following among North Americans. The new pricing packages are called Bella, Fantastica, Aurea and MSC Yacht Club. The Bella level is what many cruisers do now  book the lowest price for interior, ocean-view or balcony staterooms and then pay separately for drinks, spa services and other extras.  The extras go up from there and are valued at up to $700.
The Fantastica Experience lets guests choose a premium location stateroom and gives them priority choice of early or late dining, 50 percent off all fitness classes and personal training, free room service delivery, and enhanced recreational activities for children including cooking and foreign language classes. As a special promotion, guests booking the Fantastica experience for seven-night or longer sailings on the MSC Divina between Oct. 18 and April 11 also receive a beverage package. This experience is available for guests booking interior, ocean-view or balcony staterooms.
The Aurea Experience includes the choice of premium locations of balcony staterooms and suites, and flexible main restaurant dining times. Additional benefits include priority boarding, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, a massage and private spa consultation, access to the adults-only Top 18 sun deck, and the perks in the Fantastica experience.
The most inclusive choice is the MSC Yacht Club, the lines luxury ship-within-a-ship experience. This includes a private club with keycard access, priority check-in and check-out, butler service, a dedicated 24-hour concierge, access to the exclusive Top Sail lounge and pool, complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in the Yacht Club area, and access to a private MSC Yacht Club restaurant.
The new pricing plan is available for reservations made starting Sept. 23 for sailings departing Oct. 18 onward. 
TheCruiseOutlet.,com has arranged with MSC Cruises for exclusive amednities to add to this wonderful cruise experience.   For more information and to make reservations contact at 800-775-1884 or email:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The New Pearl Seas Cruise Line a Success

Pearl Seas Cruises' Pearl Mist has completed the first six weeks of its inaugural season, which the line describes as "a successful start," based on guest feedback. The new 210-passenger Pearl Mist, launched earlier this summer, is currently operating in the Canadian Maritimes and Great Lakes.
Our guests are enjoying the unique ports of call and have left a range of positive feedback, said Timothy Beebe, vice president of Pearl Seas Cruises. They are particularly pleased with the personalized service, elegant and relaxing atmosphere and warm camaraderie aboard the Pearl Mist
Beebe said that the Pearl Mist allows the line to offer a new style of luxury adventure cruising, as well as a new range of itineraries. Pearl Seas Cruises is a sister line to American Cruise Lines, which operates in U.S. coastal and interior waterways.  Beebe said: We look forward to perfecting this style of cruising and to growing Pearl Seas Cruises operation with more ships and more itineraries in the seasons to come.”  Pearl Mist's staterooms all have private balconies; most have sliding glass doors. Onboard spaces include a dining room and several lounges. Guests enjoy such amenities as enrichment programs, entertainment and shore excursions. 
For more information on The Pearl Mist or to make a reservation, contact at 203-288-1884 for exclusive rates and amenities.

Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas

North Star - 
This first-of-a-kind attraction will feature a 15-passenger enclosed glass pod, which resembles those on the London Eye. The pod will gently lift passengers 300 feet over the sea. Depending on the ship's position, they'll enjoy ocean or port views. North Star is a complimentary experience in many cases. For a price, though, it can be reserved for private events or celebrations. For example, the romantic at heart might consider reserving the gondola as a setting to pop the question or even exchange vows. 
Bionic Bar - 
The first smart ship at sea, Quantum boasts the first robotic wait staff as well. the Bionic Bar will feature bartending robots that take orders and special requests via smart tablets. 
RipCord by iFly. 
The Sports Deck skydiving simulator offers an exhilarating wind tunnel free fall. Passengers receive flight training instructions before suiting up. The daring can sign up for advanced lessons and maneuvers.
Dynamic Dining - 
No main dining room, no set dining times and no formal nights means complete dining flexibility for Quantum of the Seas guests. Five separate main restaurants offer their own unique experience. Old World classics will be on the menu in The Grande. Pan-Asian fusion will be offered in Silk, while Coastal Kitchen will offer a fusion of Mediterranean meets California. Guests seeking classic American comfort food will find it at American Icon Grill. And for those who enjoy upscale contemporary cuisine, they'll find it in the aptly named Chic.
Virtual Balconies
The interior stateroom becomes a room with a view on Quantum of the Seas. Virtual Balconies display a high-definition live video feed of the outside view The virtual balcony's "sea view" is displayed on a floor-to-ceiling wall screen that can be open or closed.
Bumper Cars
Not everything onboard Quantum of the Seas is high-tech and futuristic. There is good old fashioned fun at Seaplex, the largest indoor activity space at sea. Bumper cars are expected to be a popular option for passengers of all ages.
The wall of windows more than two stories high is the center point of Two70. The immense lounge, caf, performance space is part living room, part high-tech theater. Vistaramas panoramic ocean views are impressive for sure. But when projection screens in front of it unfold, the windows become a stunning digital backdrop.
Quantum of the Seas' take on molecular cuisine is inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Inventive fantasy selections are based on five elements: wind, ice, fire, earth and dreams.  Passengers should prepare for flash-frozen ice cream, spicy tuna cones, sriracha eggs and elixirs that appear in plumes of smoke.
Circus School
Another Seaplex feature is the cruise industry's first "circus school at sea." Professional acrobats will teach passengers the art of trapeze. With just a bit of instruction, guests will learn to soar through the air with the greatest of ease. 
Key cards are a thing of the past for passengers who rather not be bothered. They can simply snap on their WowBand instead.  The royal blue rubber wrist band features a digital chip that opens doors and records guest purchases. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Crystal Invites Travelers To Sleep In Without Missing The Adventure

The need to choose between catching up on much needed sleep and embarking on a great adventure while on vacation is no more. This fall, in an industry first, Crystal Cruises will debut new Crystal Adventures planned especially for late-risers, offering the same enriching experiences in the worlds most stunning and significant destinations, beginning later in the day. With the lines acclaimed excursions typically departing the ship within 30-60 minutes of docking or tendering  as early as 8 a.m.  the new Late-Risers Adventures will begin closer to 11 a.m. or noon, depending on the itinerary. The start times are designed to complement the lines Late-Risers Breakfasts, served from 10-11:30 a.m. on both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony. There are so many distinctly different types of travelers, each with their own idea of the perfect vacation. The Late-Risers Adventures allow guests who prefer more sleep in the morning, are perhaps still adjusting to a time change, or simply like to enjoy a long, leisurely breakfast, to keep their preferred schedule without missing out on any of the insightful, expertly crafted Crystal Adventures in a select destination.  The new, later excursions will be offered beginning with Crystal Serenitys September 19 Boston-Qubec sailing, and on Crystal Symphonys September 27 Hamburg-Lisbon sailing. Examples of adventures with later start times include:   A glimpse into the eclectic culture of Oporto, Portugal, including the elaborate Cathedral of Oporto  once a Gothic church, now an important Baroque structure, and the 19th-century Stock Exchange Palace, blending Arab and European influences, plus a visit to a port wine cellar for tasting among the oak casts and barrels.  Taking in Amsterdams most notable sites from some of the 100 canals within the city, including the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum and countless gabled houses, merchants mansions and centuries-old carillon-crowned churches.  Such famed Boston highlights as the Navy Yard, home to Old Ironsides, the worlds oldest commissioned naval ship afloat; Boston Common, Americas oldest public park; the Freedom Trail and the pre-Revolutionary Old State House.
The Late-Risers tours will be available on select Crystal itineraries throughout the world, which range from 5-108 days and sail through the Mediterranean, Western Europe, British Isles, Scandinavia/Baltic & Russia, North Cape & Arctic Circle, Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, South America, Antarctica, New England/Canada, Panama Canal, Caribbean, and an indulgent annual World Cruise.  Crystals passion for taking care of guests in an inviting environment of extraordinary space, quality and choices has earned the company more Worlds Best awards than any other cruise line, resort, or hotel in history. 
For more information and exclusive rates on Crystal as well as making a reservation, contact at 800-775-1884 or email at

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Quantum to use wrist bands instead of key cards

Guests on Royal Caribbean International's Quantum of the Seas will be issued wristbands with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips in place of the standard issue key cards, which will be used for cabin access, payment and other traditional key card functions. The wristbands can also be used to navigate the ship.  Another eye-catching technology will be a robotic bartender which will tend a new venue, the Bionic Bar. Guests will place orders via tablets and then watch the robotic bartenders mix their cocktails. Quantum will also use RFID to enable guests to track their baggage in real time after they drop it off before the cruise, and after they deliver it to housekeeping on departing the ship. In addition, guests will be able to generate their boarding documents online and upload a photo ID to get digital boarding credentials that will shorten the check-in process. The process will go from sidewalk to ship in 10 minutes and eliminate the traditional check-in counter and the associated lines. 

Quantum is also scheduled to be the second ship to fully utilize the O3B satellite system for telecommunications access, which is expected to dramatically increase Internet speeds. The extra connectivity will enable the Quantum to offer a live global video gaming suite in its new SeaPlex activities area.  The O3B system has been in testing on the Oasis of the Seas and is expected to be fully deployed first on the Allure of the Seas by October. 
For more information and to make reservations for the Quantum of the Seas or any Royal Caribbean ship, contact for exclusive rates and offers at

Friday, August 22, 2014

How You Can Learn To Cook On A Cruise

Yes, its true, there is a lot of food on cruises, from the endless buffets, numerous restaurants and round-the-clock room service. But these days, cruise ship food is increasingly about quality, not just quantity. And now, cruise ships are taking America’s new love affair with food to a new level — they’re teaching us how to source, prep and cook  through onboard cooking classes or tours that teach how to prepare cuisine found in the destination.
Here are some cruise lines that will help you learn how to cook.

Chef Kathryn Kelly takes Oceania guests on a food-focused tour to a produce market. You know that Oceania Cruises is dedicated to teaching its guests all about food  the company has a director of culinary enrichment and a fully equipped, dedicated cooking studio with 12 stations on its two newest ships, the Riviera and Marina. The companys self-proclaimed title as the cruise line for foodies is well-deserved. The upper-premium line also offers Culinary Discovery Tours, which take small groups of passengers to a food market, farm or vineyard and then to a shoreside cooking school to learn how to prepare the local ingredients. Sometimes the class continues in the onboard Bon Appétit Culinary Center. The food-focused tours are a hit with guests, and now Oceania is expanding the program with new culinary outings in St. Lucia and Antigua. The new tours will be offered during the Holidays in the Tropics sailing that departs Miami on Dec. 23 and on two Island Paradise voyages in early 2015.  In St. Lucia, the new tour will visit a private estate situated on the grounds of a former sugar cane plantation to explore its expansive herb garden and learn how to cook with them in a class inside the grand house. On the return drive to the pier, guests will stop at the open-air Castries Market to check out locally grown fruits, vegetables and spices.
In Antigua, guests will walk through the local market in downtown St. Johns with the culinary center chef, who will show them local fruits such as breadfruit, mangoes, soursop and dasheen. Afterwards, theyll head for the Villas at Sunset Lane boutique hotel and cooking school to help Chef Jacquie prepare lunch.  With our new tours in St. Lucia and Antigua, guests spend time in the kitchen with local culinary experts learning about the spices, fruits, vegetables and cooking customs that have influenced Caribbean cuisine for centuries, said Kathryn Kelly, Oceanias director of culinary enrichment. Our goal is for guests to leave the tour with new culinary skills, satisfied taste buds and a deeper appreciation for the vibrant culinary traditions found in the Caribbean.

Crystal Cruises
This luxury line offers an array of classes and shore excursions that focus on food and drink, visiting traditional homes, farms, chateaus, Michelin-starred restaurants and markets. For example, in Honningsvg, Norway, guests ate King crab just pulled from the North Cape waters! In Dublin, Ireland, the line offered a “Seafood Master Class at the Cliff Townhouse restaurant, which includes a lesson followed by a three-course lunch.  All of Crystals culinary Experiences of Discovery voyages include hands-on cooking classes, demonstrations, wine tastings, mixology lessons, and a guest chef dinner in the Crystal Dining Room. This year, each culinary-themed cruise features an optional guest chef-created dinner for 12 to 14 guests in Crystals Vintage Room. The seven courses feature the flavors of the region and are paired with wines. During holidays and summers, there are galley tours and classes in cookie baking or pizza marking just for kids.

Silversea Cruises

On select voyages, luxury line Silversea offers a cooking school at sea called LEcole des Chefs by Relais & Chteaux. Hosted by Chef and culinary trainer David Bilsland, the program includes classes on board or at Relais & Châteaux properties, wine tastings, market tours and cooking competitions.

For more information on These Cruise Lines and the Culinary programs, contact which has exclusive rates and programs to clients interested.  Email 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cruise Sales Abound!

The cruise deals keep on coming, especially if you act fast and can get away this fall, although some deals are good beyond that. has received numerous Exclusive Offers, so many that they are unable to post everyone in the weekly newsletter.  All of them are available on their website. is recommending to contact them with the specific cruise line and general date a person is interested in.  They can then get the right promotion.

Here are a few of the hottest offers currently available.

Royal Caribbean launched a Wow Sale offering $50 to $200-per-stateroom shipboard credit and a $50 deposit on cruises through spring 2016 booked through Aug. 20. What’s more, the Wow Sale can be combined with several other current promotions  for example, the Bahamas Upgrade offers an ocean-view stateroom for the price of an inside on three- and four-night voyages departing from Miami and Port Canaveral Sept. 1 through Dec. 31 if booked by Aug. 31.  Another current promotion is the Choose Your Wow valid on departures on or after Oct. 15 when booked by Sept. 15. The choices are second guest at 50 percent off, third and fourth guests in a stateroom sail free, or save up to $1,000 per stateroom when booking flights with the ChoiceAir program. All offers are only applicable for new bookings during their promotion window. With these promotions, has available a coupon booklet for discounts on board the ship valued at over $300.00, plus additional onboard spending credits up to $500.00 per booking.

Princess Cruises just extended its Great Getaways sale that offers up to 40 percent savings on short cruises to the Caribbean and West Coast, as well as some newly added cruises to the Caribbean, Panama Canal and Mexico. Many options also include a shipboard credit. Booking deadline is now Aug. 28.  For example, fares start at $169 on three-day Golden Princess cruises from Los Angeles to Ensenada on Nov. 17 and Nov. 30 these departures also come with $25 onboard spending credit. Balcony cabins start at $279.  In the Caribbean, the seven-day cruise on the Ruby Princess departing Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 29 is priced from $549 for an interior cabin and $899 for balconies. It visits Princess Cays, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Grand Turk.  With these promotions, has available additional onboard spending credits up to $500.00 per booking.

The American Queen Steamboat Company offers half-price fares on two October departures booked by Aug. 31. Full payment is required at time of booking. The nine-day sailing from St. Louis to Jeffersonville, Ind., departing Oct. 10 is priced from $2,549, as is the Oct. 17 departure from Jeffersonville to Nashville.

Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal, Norwegian Cruise, Oceania, and Regency also are providing through exclusive rates and many amenities not available elsewhere.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

How Will Bermuda Solve Its Dockyard Queue Problem?

Bermuda tourism officials are hoping to avoid a repeat of the winding lines of tourists and long delays that developed at the Dockyard cruise ship pier earlier this week following the less-than-smooth launch of a new shuttle service. Officials blamed confusion over the new mini-buses, which are designed to shuttle visitors from the Dockyard area to a popular local beach, for the snaking lines of angry tourists that emerged soon after two large cruise ships docked at the port Wednesday. The new service was launched in late July by Bermuda in partnership with the West End Development Corp. The shuttles are intended as an alternative to public buses whose routes which currently include Horseshoe Bay beach. Instead, it appears the price discrepancy between the services (reportedly $15 for a 24-hour public bus pass that includes ferry access versus $16 for a shuttle from the Dockyard to Horseshoe Bay), or a lack of information about the option, or perhaps both, led many cruise ship visitors to opt for public buses. In turn, long lines and delays formed as public buses were hopelessly crowded, according to local media reports. On Friday, Bermuda tourism minister Shawn Crockwell acknowledged the delays, which impacted guests arriving aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines Norwegian Breakaway and Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Summitt. He said the situation was the exception rather than the norm.The Ministry wishes to acknowledge the transport concerns in Dockyard which have caused undue frustration for our visitors, he said in a statement. During the week, our cruise ship visitors were getting confused about the various transportation options and the majority of visitors chose to take the public buses, not realizing that there were shuttle buses available.We have now ensured that our visitors are very clear about their options regarding the various modes of transportation out of Dockyard, said Crockwell. Communication has been sent directly to each ship that visits. In addition, signage has been placed at each terminal and throughout the ground transportation area.He continued, "I must stress that this situation was an exception rather than the norm and our Ministry is confident that the new service will prove to be successful as WEDCo. and the Ministry collectively address and resolve any identified gaps and potential issues with the new service."Bermuda has struggled with local transportation issues in recent years. Public buses and ferries are often heavily utilized by tourists leading to delays and complaints from local residents. Crockwell earlier this year sought to introduce what would be the territorys first new public bus schedule since 1998.This Ministry has moved forward with on-the-ground measures to correct our recent transportation issues in Dockyard. We have been focusing on solutions and do believe that we have the matter in hand, said Crockwell."Steps are in place now to ensure that the shuttle bus service is better utilized and that there are as little transportation disruptions as possible. The Ministry will closely monitor the situation for further corrective actions if necessary."Efforts to better inform commuters of the various transportation options available are underway which should alleviate the current situation, added Bill Hanbury, CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line is offering an all-inclusive package, available for all 2015 sailings

Norwegian Cruise Line is offering an all-inclusive package, available for all 2015 sailings from three to 14 days fleetwide (excluding back-to-back sailings and Pride of America). This and other Exclusive cruise program are available through
The offer is only available on new reservations made from August 4 through August 29. The all-inclusive package, which Norwegian says represents a $2400 value per stateroom, includes signature dining, alcoholic beverages, unlimited soda, shore excursions, internet access, service charges and more. 
It is priced by the number of days, and is available for all stateroom categories, including the Haven by Norwegian. When adding the All-Inclusive to the cruise, guests receive 10 percent off the cruise fare. For a seven-day cruise, the package costs $899 extra and  includes the Ultimate Dining package; the Ultimate Beverage package; shore excursion credit of $200 per person, pre-paid daily service charges; a 250-minute Internet package per person; 20 photos of any size; chocolate-covered strawberries; a bottle of wine; one bingo session and six bottles of water. For cruises from three to five days, the shore excursion credit is $100 per person; and for sailings from 9-14 days, the package includes 12 bottles of water.As part of the All-Inclusive offer, Norwegians Ultimate Dining package provides complimentary access to one of the lines specialty restaurants every night of the cruise, including Cagneys, the popular steakhouse; French bistro, Italian restaurant, Moderno Churrascaria, Asian-Fusion restaurant and more. The Ultimate Beverage package includes a variety of spirits, cocktails, draft beer, bottled beer and glasses of wine up to $10 and unlimited fountain soda and juices at all bars, lounges, restaurants and on Norwegians private island, Great Stirrup Cay.

For more information and to make a reservation and have this Exclusive offer included in the cruise, contact at 203-288-1884 or email

Celebrity Cruises continues through August 31 with their popular FREE Beverage, Gratuities or on board spending Promotion.

Clients of can receive FREE on many sailings of the Celebrity Fleet through April 2016 a choice of: 
Classic Beverage Package,
or prepaid Gratuities 
or as much as a $300. On board spending credit **
or up to $600. Credit on Celebrity’s Choice Air program. 
**As well as on many sailings clients that choose the on board spending will find that will match and add to the on board spending credit.
Plus 3rd and 4th in the same cabin can receive up to 50% off cruise fare.
Call 1-800-775-1884 or email: to make reservations

Some Restrictions apply, Ocean view or higher cabins, new bookings only

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Enriched Dining Options

Norwegian Cruise Line is introducing more choices and flexibility in the line’s complimentary dining venues. The culinary enhancements include: the debut of multiple new menus in the ships’ main dining rooms that offer an increased variety of selections and contemporary dishes; a dedicated “Chocoholic Night” one evening per cruise, featuring specialty chocolate-based desserts in each restaurant; and the ability for guests to make main dining reservations up to 90 days in advance.  “Dining is an essential part of cruising and an experience that our guests look forward to,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s CEO. “We want to make sure that we are exceeding our guests’ expectations with culinary delights in our complimentary dining venues. These enhancements with such a wide variety of choice along with guest favorites and of course, chocolate, are bringing our complimentary dining venues to new heights.” The new regionally-focused complimentary dining room dinner menus vary by ship itinerary and change each evening of the sailing, ensuring that guests have a wider selection of dishes to choose from during their cruise. Featuring a sleeker design along with wine pairing recommendations and anecdotal culinary history, the new menus display several sections – starters, classic dishes, main courses, chef’s signature dish and dessert – and offer an increased variety, with up to 12 starters and up to 15 entrees per evening.  The menus  focus on balancing popular traditional dishes like prime rib, chateaubriand, rack of lamb and escargot with current dining trends. The new offerings include increased seafood options such as grouper, barramundi, sushi and crab dishes. Contemporary dishes include mojito shrimp ceviche, seared Atlantic scallops with fennel puree, and braised beef short ribs with Cajun shrimp. Additionally, guests can enjoy new lunch menus in the main dining room.  In the  complimentary dining venue, O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill on board Norwegian Getaway, Breakaway, Epic and Jewel, the company is introducing exclusive specialty dish nights, such as prime rib, all-you-can-eat baby back ribs, and chicken and waffles. These specialty dish nights give guests an alternative dinner venue in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. One of the most popular additions is the “Chocoholic Night,” which offers a choice of up to seven signature chocolate desserts in every restaurant one evening each cruise.  The Chocoholic Midnight Buffet was a signature item for years with Norwegian.  When the Midnight buffet was eliminated, the “Chocoholic Midnight Buffet was switched to an afternoon and later one elimentated.
In keeping with the line’s Freestyle Cruising, they are  making it easier for guests to  customize their vacation by offering the ability to make reservations for the complimentary dining rooms up to 90 days prior to the cruise. With reservation times at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m., the new system provides guests the option of selecting a dining time during any evening of their cruise, for a party size of up to 12 guests.  The new menus and concepts will be available on most of Norwegian’s fleet by July 31, and onboard Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Sky and Pride of America by early 2015. For more information on these programs, contact exclusively at 1-800-775-1884 or email at

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Oceania Around the World in 180 Days voyage sailing round trip from Miami on January 4th, 2016.

The Oceania’s Insignia route will take guests from the southern Caribbean and South America to the western shores of Africa and around the Cape of Good Hope. Continuing to Asia, the itinerary features several overnight stays, including two-night stays in Rangoon (Yangon) and Shanghai. After stops in the Philippines, Borneo and Bali, guests will visit Australia and New Zealand before exploring the islands of French Polynesia. Insignia calls on four of the Hawaiian Islands en route to Los Angeles and then returns to Miami via the Panama Canal, completing her circumnavigation of the globe.

This fascinating voyage includes:
92 ports in 45 countries
Five maiden ports of call
14 overnight stays
Crossing the Equator six times
74 days at sea
Sailing more than 47,000 nautical miles
Guests reserving this journey will receive 2 for 1 Cruise Fares with Free FIRST CLASS Roundtrip Airfare* and Early Booking Savings up to 71%. They will also enjoy the Exclusive Prestige Package, which includes:

Free Pre-Paid Gratuities - a value up to $8,300
Free Onboard Medical Services
Free Unlimited Internet
Free Laundry Services
Free Exclusive Shoreside Events
Free Visa Package
Free Luggage Delivery
Free 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Stay
Free Roundtrip Transfers

individual segments will be available for purchase
For more information and to make reservations contact exclusively at 800-775-1884 or email at

Crystal Cruises announces Anchorage to New York sailing

Crystal Cruise Lines’ Vice President Mimi Weisband announced an  Anchorage to New York itinerary, departing August 16, 2016 on the Crystal Serenity.  It has been almost two years in the planning. "It's not only a historic first for Crystal, but a revolutionary new cruise," she says. "We are going to do a whole completely new route traversing the Arctic Ocean via the Northwest Passage. We will be the only luxury cruise ship to do that, the largest cruise ship to have gone there." The Crystal Serenity won't go alone, there is going to be an expedition ship accompanying the Serenity that will serve a host of  purposes. "We've never had an itinerary where we've had a second vessel behind us," she says. "There will be a 14-person expedition team, including a native Arctic-guide." The expedition ship will be put into use on so-called "Surprise days" that are built into the schedule to allow for unplanned calls of the wild for polar bear viewing, whale watching, glacier cruising and so forth. Scheduled ports include a host of maiden calls for Crystal, ranging from Cambridge Bay to Sisimiut. Overall, there are 12 ports of call, 19 scheduled days at sea. The first port of call will be in a settlement of just a few hundred people on the shores of the Amundsen Gulf.  There will also be three calls in Greenland, including regions that virtually no cruiser ever gets to.  The sailing will have countless other special touches, including Crystal's usage of low-sulfur fuel for the entire sailing, in itself unusual. Also in this vein, Crystal Exec VP Thomas Mazloum says, "During this voyage, speakers will enlighten guests on information regarding climate change, and how it has impacted this passage."  A plethora of excursions are planned involving kayaks, Zodiacs, and even golfing at the world's northernmost nine-hole course.
"Crystal Society members are always clamoring for something new, and the ports are not only brand new to almost all, but sensational in their own right," It is predicted that almost 90% will be past guests."  Tellingly, the sale is only being made available to Crystal Society past guests first for almost six weeks. Non-members may add their name to a wait list. Remaining space, if any, will open to the public on September 2.  Weather can be tricky, but the timing seems good. The departure date of August 16, 2016 is still good for daylight, even though it's almost two months after the summer solstice in June. Crystal's Arctic journey is the latest example of how the upscale cruise market is undergoing a revolution, not with hardware, but in the essence of what constitutes a modern-day luxury vacation.  For more information and to book this exclusive cruise, contact at 800-775-1884 or email at

Norwegian Cruise Line updates NO smoking on ships

As the health and well-being of our guests and crew is of the utmost importance, Norwegian Cruise Line will institute changes to its smoking policy for all sailings on or after November 1, 2014. The specific changes prohibit smoking on stateroom balconies and limit smoking in the casino to players. On Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway, smoking on The Waterfront will be permitted on the starboard side, except by the outdoor dining areas. Public areas throughout all our ships are smoke-free. If you smoke regular or electronic cigarettes, you can do so in designated areas only. If you prefer pipes or cigars, you can smoke in the Cigar Bar or designated smoking lounge. Smoking cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars and pipes is permitted in outdoor public guest spaces and open decks where designated by the ship's management based on the ship's specific characteristics and arrangement. Smoking, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited in or near venues serving food, the jogging track, outdoor sporting venues, The Haven outdoor areas and children's pool areas. On ships with The Waterfront, smoking is permitted on the starboard side excluding any food service areas. Active Casino players may smoke cigarettes in the Casino during gaming hours. Cigarette smoking is not permitted in any other indoor venue or location. Guests are not permitted to smoke cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars or pipes in their staterooms or on their balconies. Cigar and pipe smoking in staterooms and on balconies is prohibited. Smoking inside your stateroom or on your balcony will result in a $250 cleaning charge added to your onboard account. If cigarette burns on furniture, linens, towels or carpeting are detected; guests will be advised and charged for the damages. Electronic cigarettes cannot be used in public areas where there is a No Smoking policy in force; simply because these cigarettes look so realistic and therefore other guests' perception is that we are not enforcing the No Smoking rule.  For additional information and to book Norwegian Cruise contact for exclusive programs and savings at 800-775-1884

Monday, July 14, 2014

Celebrity Silhouette is Slowed by Propulsion Problem

Celebrity Silhouette has a propulsion problem, slowing its top speed and forcing the premium line to adjust some of the ship's itineraries. While the issue does not impact the ship's manueverability they indicate there is no risk to the safety of crew and passengers, the propulsion issue means the ship can't get from Point A to Point B on the normal time schedule. Thus, Celebrity has been forced to modify itineraries and cut short many port visits. Through November, at least, the following itineraries are slightly modified:

July 27 and August 24, seven-night Greek Isles voyages: Shortened port calls.
August 3, 17-night Greek Isles and Turkey: Shortened port calls
September 12, 11-night Eastern Mediterranean & Greek Isles: Shortened port calls
October 4, 14-night Holy Land: Shortened port calls
November 1, 15-night Italian Passage: Shortened port calls

It's not yet known when the issue will be corrected. is keeping clients advised and those desiring to sail on the Silhouette in the future are being advised of the problem. For more information, contact at


Amazing Exclusive Cruise Ship Enclaves

Those who love cruising on mega-ships but have a taste for luxury are in luck. Many contemporary and premium lines have been splurging in recent years on lavish suites in private ship-within-a-ship enclaves. Far beyond cramped cabins, these suites are aimed at loyal customers looking to splurge for a 50th birthday or a 25th wedding anniversary, the grandparents taking the extended family on a multi-generational trip, or perhaps the Pied Piper of a major group. These behind-locked-doors enclaves offer a respite from the busy, noisy or crowded areas of the ship.
In addition to the spacious accommodations, guests also get extra perks such as butler or concierge service, free drinks, and private restaurants and pools.
The MSC Yacht Club includes a private pool, lounge and sun deck.  MSC Cruises offers the private and lavish MSC Yacht Club on the Miami-based MSC Divina as well as MSC Preziosa, MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia. Guests get a key card to enter the Yacht Club and its Top Sail Lounge (serving complimentary drinks and snacks) and swimming pool surrounded by a café and bar. The curved main staircase sparkles with Swarovski crystals. Theres also a private restaurant called Le Muse on the other side of the ship.

The Celebrity Reflections top suite includes an airy bathroom with an all-glass shower. 
Celebrity Cruises’ most lavish accommodation is the two-bedroom Reflection Suite on the Celebrity Reflection. Located in a private area accessible by key card, the suite measures a whopping 1,636 square feet and has a private, 194-square-foot veranda  and has a bathroom with an all-glass shower cantilevered over the side of the ship. Theres more to come: Starting in April, those who book high-end Royal, Penthouse and Reflection suites will be able to dine in a private restaurant as well as all the ships specialty restaurants at no additional cost. The new Suite Class experience also will include a VIP lounge, complimentary premium beverages, unlimited Internet access, priority check-in and embarkation.
The Haven by Norwegian includes a private pool.
Norwegian Cruise Line offers a private enclave of luxury suites called The Haven by Norwegian on all Jewel- and Breakaway-class ships, as well as Norwegian Epic. The Haven, which can only be entered by key card, has a private restaurant, 24-hour butler service, a private pool, hot tub, fitness area, a concierge, dining areas and service from the Courtyard Valet. Other perks for Haven guests: preferred seating at the live shows, priority embarkation and disembarkation, and priority boarding on tenders to shore.

The Queens Grill Master Suite on the Queen Elizabeth offers plenty of space for entertaining.
Cunard Line has long offered its upscale Queens and Princess Grill-class accommodations and restaurants. Those who book the suites also can dine in the single-seating Princess Grill and Queens Grill restaurants. Other perks include butler or concierge service, priority embarkation, pre-dinner canapés and in-suite dining from Queens Grill menu.
For more information on these luxury suites as well as other upscale cruise line products contact, exclusive Cruise Agents at 800-775-1884 or email at

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

American Queen repositions due to Mississippi River flooding

The American Queen Steamboat Co. is moving the 436-passenger paddlewheeler American Queen to the Ohio River for the remainder of July due to high water levels on the Upper Mississippi River.  Torrential downpours in recent weeks in the Midwest have resulted in flooding along stretches of the Mississippi River. Consequently, the American Queen is moving to the Ohio River for its next three sailings, which will impact the originally scheduled July 9 sailing between Cincinnati and St. Louis and the July 15 and 23 sailings between St. Louis and St. Paul, Minn. "Sometimes river conditions are outside our control, Ted Sykes said in a statement. "We recognize the need to cruise on the Ohio River for our July 2014 itineraries and will then return to our regularly scheduled itineraries." The new itineraries will sail between Cincinnati and Paducah, Ky., calling on Cave-In-Rock, Ill.; Henderson, Ky.; Louisville, Ky.; Madison, Ind.; and Augusta, Ky. Guests on the July 9 voyage will travel by motorcoach from Paducah to St. Louis at the conclusion of the sailing and resume their return home as scheduled. The July 15 pre-cruise hotel stay in St. Louis remains, and guests will be transferred to Paducah to join the American Queen. The July 23 voyage will now depart Cincinnati, replacing St. Paul, and details on that itinerary will be available shortly.  Guests booked on the July 9 or 15 itineraries have the option to stay on their deviated voyage and receive a $100 onboard credit, per person, and a $500 future cruise credit per stateroom. Guests preferring to book an Upper Mississippi River voyage in late 2014 may roll forward their booking with a one stateroom category upgrade (subject to availability).  The Mississippi River continued to gradually rise on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported, but overnight rainfall wasn't as severe as predicted.  For more information and to book on these sailings or other sailings contact at or call directly (203) 288-1884

Carnival bans Smoking and Raises Gratuities on ships

Carnival Cruise Lines is banning smoking in all staterooms & on stateroom balconies, effective Oct. 9, and they are also increasing its tips to $12 per person, per day. The updated tobacco policy, announced prohibits smoking inside the staterooms. Guests who smoke in staterooms or on balconies will be charged a $250 cleaning fee. Smoking will still be allowed in designated open deck areas, as well as night clubs and certain areas within the casino and casino bar. Those comments were echoed by many others. Still, some threatened to cancel. “If I can’t smoke on my balcony on my cruise I just booked I will be cancelling my cruise thank you,” wrote one person. Heald said the Oct. 9 effective date gives guests time to cancel outside the penalty period. Guests booked for sailings Oct. 9 and onward can cancel before the final payment due date and receive their deposit back, Gratuities are automatically added to Sail & Sign onboard accounts, although guests can always increase or decrease the amount once on board.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Oceania Cruises to host World Premier!

Oceania Cruises to host World Premier!
Guests sailing on
Riviera's October 29, 2014 voyage from Athens to Monte Carlo will be in for a special treat: the world premier of the highly-anticipated PBS documentary series, "The Italian Americans." This special 10-day Enchanting Riviera voyage will provide an opportunity to interact with producers, writers and directors involved in the development of this exceptional new series, all while traversing the Mediterranean and Italian coastline aboard, the Riviera. Narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Stanley Tucci, The Italian Americans consists of four, one-hour documentary films that chronicle the history of Italian Americans from the mid-19th century to present day. During the cruise, filmmakers will host screenings for each individual one-hour episode. Prior to the showing, filmmakers will provide compelling insight into the making of the film, and they will engage with guests during question-and-answer sessions at the end of each screening. These are complimentary experiences available to all guests sailing. Special experiences with limited capacity, such as private dinners and intimate cocktail functions tlinewith guest speakers, will only be available for guests booked specifically on The Italian Americans package. In addition, exclusive shore excursions tying into The Italian Americans theme will be available for guests booked to purchase. The Italian Americans package is available at no additional cost for guests booking with the Enchanting Riviera voyage. Just call at 800-775-1884 to make a reservation for this exciting cruise. Space is limited to the first 300 guests who sign up for this special program on the cruise. Email the at for additional assistance.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Norwegian Cruise Lines to invest over $250 million on upgrades and additions to existing fleet

The Norwegian NEXT  program will focuse on upgrading the existing fleet, with the goal of building on the success of the two new ships: Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway.
Norwegian NEXT encompasses ship revitalizations, dining enhancements, new experiences in entertainment and guest activities, as well as innovations in technology, new tropical destinations and the lines commitment to the environment. Through 2015, the company plans to revitalize a number of vessels, including Norwegian Jewel, along with Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Spirit.  Norwegian’s dining experience at sea with its Freestyle Dining concept, which will have new menus in the  complimentary dining rooms and Garden Cafes to offer more variety and choice. New food and beverage venues are also being introduced across the fleet. Norwegian Jewel is to be retrofitted with the complimentary dining venue OSheehans Neighborhood Bar & Grill. The line is also adding the Sugarcane Mojito Bar to Norwegian Jewel, adjacent to the new location of the Moderno Churrascaria restaurant. In addition, treats from Carlos Bake Shop by Buddy Valastro, star of TLCs Cake Boss and Next Great Baker, will be included on all ships.
Norwegian is also making enhancements to its beverage program. A partnership with the Michael Mondavi Family introduced a new wine menu across the fleet and the family is curating wine concepts for the upcoming new ships. A new destination-based handcrafted beverage program, developed in partnership with James Beard Award-nominated mixologist Gabriel Orta of Miami-based Bar Lab Cocktails, is bringing guests seasonal specialty cocktails with a local twist.
The lines new H2GLOW Party, first introduced on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, will also be rolled out fleet wide. The line is producing a series of new shows. From acrobats in Elements, to the 15-foot revolving showgirl staircase in Paradise to a full rock band in Rock of Ages, Norwegians entertainment will be customized for every ship and itinerary with line-ups that will change regularly. With a focus on family, Norwegians five ships that include exclusive Nickelodeon entertainment will offer new activities, dining experiences, and more ways to interact with Nickelodeon favorites like SpongeBob SquarePants.
On board, there is wireless internet access from bow to stern along with interactive digital displays that are being added. These touch screen signs will allow guests to order specialty items, get directions and reserve dining and shore excursions simply with a scan of their stateroom key. Guests can also take advantage of Norwegians iConcierge mobile application to manage their cruise experience and stay in touch with fellow cruisers and family at home.
The line is also making an effort to reduce its impact on the environment through its Eco-Smart Cruising programs and will install exhaust gas scrubbers on six ships, in addition to those that are already being fitted on Pride of America and the companys two new builds, Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Bliss.
Enhancements continue on the lines private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay, with the opening of the Bacardi Bar. In addition, the line is developing a new eco-friendly cruise destination, Harvest Caye, in southern Belize. The 75-acre experience is planned to open in fall 2015 and will offer guests the option to take shore excursions on the mainland or enjoy the shopping village, water sports or beach area on the island.
For more information, contact at