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NCL Adds Private Cabanas On Great Stirrup Cay (Additional Fee Applies).

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Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that “Cabanas on the Cay,” exclusive private cabanas with VIP service and amenities, are now available on Great Stirrup Cay, the line’s 250-acre private island in the Bahamas. The launch of “Cabanas on the Cay” marks another significant addition to the island as part of the $25 million dollar enhancement project.

Located to the west of the island’s main beach, these perfectly-appointed private Cabanas boast exclusive service and amenities to provide guests with the ultimate island escape and total relaxation. Available for $249 per day, each Cabana accommodates up to six guests and is fully furnished with lounge chairs, tables, cooler, beach towels and a shower. Cabana rental also includes a $50 food and beverage credit; up to six all-day passes to the Hippo Waterslide, a $120 value; and one large float, a $25 value; for guests to enjoy during their time on the island. 
Guests who reserve one of the 10 “Cabanas on the Cay” will enjoy…

Norwegian Cruise Line Reveals Entertainment Venues on the New Norwegian Breakaway

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June 28, 2012Norwegian Cruise Line continued its legacy of innovating cruise ship entertainment as it announced that the five-time Tony Award nominated musical ROCK OF AGES will be featured on Norwegian Breakaway, along with two additional Broadway shows: the dance sensation BURN THE FLOOR and CIRQUE DREAMS & DINNER JUNGLE FANTASY.  The line also introduced all of the varied and exciting entertainment acts and venues that will debut on the ship, including the famed comedy troupe The Second City and Howl at the Moon at Headliners Comedy Club and New York’s own Slam Allen in Fat Cats Jazz & Blues Club.
            “As a lifelong New Yorker, it’s critically important to me that Norwegian Breakaway becomes New York’s ship – the only way to cruise from New York when she arrives next May. Our goal is to bring elements of New York on board so that guests will feel a real connection to the ship as New York’s true flagship,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief …

Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian to Debut First At-Sea Dining Concept on Norwegian Breakaway

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Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that it has engaged celebrity chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian to create and oversee a seafood concept to open May 2013 on the line’s newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway. 


The restaurant, Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian, is envisioned as a luxury seafood dining experience, utilizing all of the ingredients and techniques that Zakarian would employ in a land-based establishment.  In addition to the dining room that will focus on elegant modern presentations, Zakarian will have The Raw Bar, an adjacent bar highlighting crustaceans and wines by the glass; and Ocean Blue on The Waterfront, a more casual dining option serving fun and easy fare.  With an eye for detail, Zakarian will orchestrate not only the menus, but every aspect of his dining areas, from the uniforms to the glassware. On select sailings, Zakarian will also host meet-and-greets with Norwegian Breakaway guests, along with in-person cooking demonstrations and int…

Disney Magic's New York Maiden Arrival

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On May 25th, Disney Cruise Line’s flagship vessel, the Disney Magic, arrived in New York Harbor donning the world’s largest bumper sticker. Usually found on the back of family minivans, the 50-foot-long by 11-foot-wide super-sized sticker is larger than a city bus. The ship  departed later that afternoon, marking the beginning of Disney’s first-ever consumer sailings out of Manhattan – allowing local residents to experience a Disney vacation in their own backyard. (Heidi Gutman, photographer)


The Disney Magicwill sail a total of 20 cruises from New York – including eight-night cruises to the Bahamas and five-night cruises up the New England coast to Canada plus two-night cruises that will give a sampling of the Disney Cruise Line experience over a weekend:
The eight Bahamas cruises will include a day at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay; Nassau, Bahamas; and a stop at Port Canaveral, Fla., giving guests an opportunity to visit the nearby Walt Disney World Resort.  As…

Disney Magic Is Less Than 9 Hours From New York

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Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic is making  her way up the New Jersey coast in route to New York.

The Disney Magic is expected to arrive in New York Harbor early tomorrow morning. The Disney Magic will spend the Summer and Fall sailing from New York on 8-Day Cruises to Florida and Bahamas; 2-Day Cruises to Nowhere and 4 Day Cruises to Canada.

The Disney Magic is expected to sail later tomorrow (5/25) on her inaugural sailing from New York to Florida, the Bahamas and their private island- Castaway Key. 

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Travel Dynamics Yorktown Sailed From New York

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At about 10:00 PM on 5/23/2012 - the Yorktown sailed from Chelsea Piers in Manhattan enroute to Gloucester, Massachusetts for the start of her Maiden Voyage. The Yorktown sailed down the Hudson River, around the tip of Manhattan; Though Long Island Sound; through the Cape Cod Canal and up the Massachusetts Coast. The Yorktown is expected to arrive in Gloucester around 11 PM this evening (5/24/2012).

The Yorktown will sail the coastal Northeast US; the St Lawrence Seaway and spend the summer sailing in the Great Lakes.

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Video: February Maiden Arrival of Disney Fantasy in New York

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Although this happened at the end of February - I still enjoy this video.

See the maiden arrival of Disney Cruise Line's Disney Fantasy on a cold, crisp, February morning. Another fine product of Germany's Meyer Werft.




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Travel Dynamic's Yorktown Makes a Surprise Visit to New York

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Travel Dynamics new ship Yorktown made a surprise visit to New York this past weekend. Arriving Saturday (5/19/2012) and docking at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, the ship was revealed to travel agents and the media. The Yorktown's first published sailing is from Gloucester Mass (on 5/24/20120 to Montreal Canada in 13 days. The Yorktown will sail through the Great Lakes for the majority of the summer, then fall-foliage cruises, Hudson River Cruises, Southeast US Coast, Mississippi River and Mayan Cruises.

Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of 8 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to forei…

Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas Turnaround.

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In an odd turn of events - Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas pulled into Cape Liberty, Bayonne, New Jersey bow first on May 19, 2012. The Explorer of the Seas normally turns around mid-river upon arrival and backs down the channel.

Under this circumstances, the Explorer of the Seas sailed early at 3:50 PM and backed out of the cruise terminal to mid-river and turned around in the blazing NY/NJ sun - providing a great photo opportunity.

Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas sails on 5 and 7 day cruises to Bermuda as well as 9-Day Caribbean /Bahamas Cruises.

The Explorer or the Seas sails year-round from Cape Liberty sailing longer cruises during the Winter months to the deep Caribbean.

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Luxury Yacht Luna Spends a Week in Brooklyn

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The luxury Yacht Luna spent the last week at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. The Luna belongs to billionaire Roman Abramovich who has a significant list of large luxury yachts.

Launched in October 2009, the Luna was delivered to her owners on April 10, 2011 by Lloyd Werft and Stahlbau Nord Shipyards.  The 377 foot long ship incorporates an extremely luxurious and innovative design. Newcruise Design were responsible for M/Y Luna’s exterior styling, featuring two helicopter pads facing forward and to the rear around the large communications tower. She also holds transom doors at the sides, which lead directly to that yacht's tenders.

The large, open aft deck holds a covered swimming pool and sunbathing areas, with a dedicated open luxury leisure area featuring a beach club leading down to the swim platform.

M/Y Luna is an expedition yacht. Her large fuel capacity allows for the exploration of the far corners of the globe in luxury.

Luna is one of the largest explorer yachts in the w…

Keel Laid for Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Breakaway

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In Papenburg Germany, on May 4th, at Meyer Werft Shipyard, the keel was laid for Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship - the Norwegian Breakaway. In just under a year, the shipyard will assemble the great ship just in time for her maiden overnight voyage from Rotterdam, Netherlands to England on April 28, 2013.

On April 30th 2013, the Norwegian Breakaway will set sail on a 7-day transatlantic voyage from London to New York, before settling in on her 7-day cruises to Bermuda.

Below is more details on the keel laying of the Norwegian Breakaway and Ceremony.

Norwegian Cruise Line executives and officials from Meyer Werft took part in the Keel Laying Ceremony of Norwegian Breakaway at the ship yard in Papenburg, Germany on Friday, May 4.  During the official ceremony, the first of 73 blocks that will comprise the 144,000 gross ton vessel was lifted into the covered building dock, marking the start of the block assembly.

In the dock, Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief e…

Princess Cruises Offer Discounts on New England - Canada Cruises and Others.

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Princess Cruises is celebrating Mother’s Day with a sale on great family cruise destinations from convenient home ports. The May 10-14 sale offers special cruise deals on voyages to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Canada & New England, and Hawaii.

The Mother’s Day Sale offers passengers savings up to $700 per stateroom, plus up to $100 onboard credit on a total of more than 80 itineraries.

In addition to fare savings, passengers booking interior or oceanview staterooms can receive an onboard credit of $25 (cruises up to 9 days) to $50 (cruises 10 days or longer), and in balcony staterooms or above can get credits of $50 (cruises up to 9 days) or $100 (for sailings 10 days or longer). All onboard credits are offered per stateroom.
Examples of cruise deals include:

Caribbean cruise – 7 days: $799 balcony (was $949); $549 interior (was $599)
Canada & New England cruise – 7 days: $999 balcony (was $1,299); $599 interior (was $799)
Panama Canal cruise – 10 days: $1,599 balcony (was…

Crystal Cruises' Crystal Symphony Sailed From New York

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After spending overnight in New York City, Crystal Cruise's Crystal Serenity sailed out of the harbor this evening (5/9). The luxury ship, Crystal Serenity was embarking on a 16 - Day Cruise to Rhode Island, Boston, Canada, Iceland, Denmark and ending in Dover, England on May 24th.

The Crystal Serenity will be spending the summer and Fall in the Mediterranean.


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Norwegian Cruise Line Discounts May 8th Thru May 11th

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Summer is heating up with Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Super Summer Dash” limited time offer that launches today, Tuesday, May 8, 2012, providing guests the opportunity to save on summer cruise vacations to popular destinations around the world, including Europe, Alaska, Bermuda, Bahamas & Florida, Canada & New England and Hawaii. Guests who book a cruise on board any summer sailing by May 11, 2012, receive up to $250 on-board credit per stateroom (based on cruise length and stateroom category) to spend towards treatments in Norwegian’s award-winning spas; dinners in the line’s delicious specialty restaurants or towards exciting shore excursions.  
The offer, available for just four days, provides reduced deposits on all of Norwegian’s summer sailings of three days or longer and is also combinable with the “Little Norwegians Explore for Free,” promotion offering free shore excursions in every port of call to kids 12 and under and half-off shore excursions for teena…

Princess Cruise Unveils Their 2013 Cruises From New York to New England and Canada.

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Princess Cruise Unveils Their 2013 Cruises from New York to New England and Canada.

Canada & New England – Two ships, Caribbean Princess and Emerald Princess, return to offer sailings along the Eastern seaboard to see the spectacular fall scenery. Itinerary options include seven-day roundtrip sailings from New York and 10-day itineraries between New York and Quebec. In addition, a 14-day voyage from Quebec to Ft. Lauderdale will take passengers along the full eastern coast. All itineraries with Quebec City include an overnight in this historic city. For passengers wanting to extend their vacation, Princess offers cruisetour options with land tours to fabled sites of Colonial America or fascinating Canadian cities including Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa.

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Busy Cruise Ship Sunday in New York

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Today was  a beautiful, sunny, clear, bright Spring Day in New York. There were 4 cruise ships in today.

Three were docked at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal - Holland America's Veendam, Carnival Cruises, Carnival Miracle and Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Star. In Bayonne's Cape Liberty, Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Summit returned to New York to start her 2012 season.

The ships departed the Port on Various Itineraries.

Sailing on 7-Day Cruises to Bermuda today was:
Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian StarHolland America's VeendamCelebrity Cruises Celebrity Summit. Sailing 8-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean was:
   Carnival Cruises' Carnival Miracle 

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Former President Gerorge and Barbara Bush on Cunard's Queen Mary 2

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The 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush, and former First Lady Barbara Bush, joined by their daughter, Dorothy, and granddaughter, Georgia, sailed their first Transatlantic Crossing aboard Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2 this week.  The seven-day voyage originated in Southampton, England, on 27 April and arrived into New York this morning.

Upon embarking in Southampton, they received a White Star welcome in the ship’s Commodore Club by Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line; David Dingle, CEO, Carnival UK; Captain Kevin Oprey, master of Queen Mary 2; and John Duffy, the ship’s hotel manager.  During the greeting, President Bush was heard to say of their Queen Mary 2 voyage, “I've been looking forward to this for weeks!”  Barbara Bush agreed, “You've been talking about nothing else for months!”

“We are honored to have welcomed President Bush and his family as guests aboard Queen Mary 2,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line.  “Throughout our history,…

Holland America Offer Vegetarian Alterntive Dining.

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Holland America Line has introduced a new alternative, vegetarian-only menu, as well as 30 new vegetarian dishes to their main dining room menu, furthering the line's commitment to providing exceptional dining experiences for all guests. 

Holland America Line’s award-winning Master Chef Rudi Sodamin has designed an exclusive 22-dish vegetarian and vegan menu that highlights vegetables and other naturally healthy ingredients in vibrant, flavorful culinary selections. The alternative menu includes a full range of appetizers, salads, soups and main entrĂ©es, and is available upon request at no extra cost for lunch and dinner in the main dining room aboard all 15 ships in the fleet.
"Many more people are choosing a vegetarian culinary experience, yet the options can be limited," said Richard Meadows, Holland America Line’s executive vice president of marketing, sales and guest programs. "By offering a complete vegetarian-only menu and the largest vegetarian …