Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic to Return to New York in 2017

Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic to Return to New York in the Fall of 2017
Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic to Return to New York in the Fall of 2017

Disney Cruise Line returns to New York City in the fall of 2017, for a mix of voyages that include Canada coast and Bahamas itineraries. On Oct. 21, the Disney Magic will sail from New York on a seven-night Canada sailing – the line’s longest-ever voyage to the Atlantic Canada coast. This sailing includes a new port of call for Disney Cruise Line – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Bar Harbor, Maine, is another new port of call for Disney Cruise Line and part of a five-night sailing that departs New York on Sept. 27. This cruise also will stop at Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. A total of six seven- and eight-night sailings to the Bahamas, all including a visit to Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, will be a part of the 2017 New York season. Adding to the magic on each of the Bahamian cruises will be the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World Resort when the ship stops at Port Canaveral, Fla. Each guest on these sailings will receive a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket and round-trip transportation for the short drive between the ship and the resort.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Liberty Ship John Brown to Make a Visit to New York

This is off topic, but the classic World War II Liberty Ship  - SS John W. Brown is scheduled to visit New York in September.  Plan to visit this part of history. 

Here are the details:

 SS John W. Brown Visits

New York, New York

Pier 36, 299 South Street, New York, NY 10002

SEPTEMBER 9 - 19, 2016

Classic Liberty Ship - John W. Brown Scheduled to Visit New York In September 2016
Classic Liberty Ship - John W. Brown Scheduled to Visit New York In September 2016

The SS JOHN W. BROWN is steaming up to New York to celebrate her close connection with this fantastic city. In 1946 when many Liberty Ships were being scrapped or sold the SS JOHN W. BROWN was loaned by the Maritime Commission to the New York City Board of Education for use as a floating vocational high school teaching the maritime trades. It would fill the role as the only floating nautical high school in the US for 35 years, moored first at an East River pier and later a Hudson River pier. The ship did not get underway but students operated ship's equipment and machinery.  Thousands of students went to school on the SS JOHN W. BROWN and many remain active volunteer crew members to this day. 

Visit the official Website for additional details. John W. Brown - Liberty Ship

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Friday, May 27, 2016

New York Fleet Week in Full Swing This Holiday Weekend.

Fleet Week New York May 2016
Fleet Week New York, now in its 28th year, is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. The week-long celebration has been held nearly every year since 1984.

This weekend - fleet week is in full swing in New York Harbor.

Check out the Fleet Week Website to see the events scheduled for the holiday weekend.

Fleet Week Events May 25th - May31st 2016

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Crystal Cruises Crystal Serenity to Offer Northwest Passage Cruise.

Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity to Sail Northwest Passage Cruise
Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity to Sail Northwest Passage Cruise
The "World's Best" Crystal Cruises is introducing a new expedition-style voyage traversing the Arctic Ocean via the legendary Northwest Passage – one so mysterious and remote (500 miles north of the Arctic Circle), that explorers spent centuries seeking the passage, until it was first completed successfully by Roald Amundsen just over 100 years ago.

Crystal will be the first luxury cruise line to ever navigate the route, maneuvering through 900 miles of majestic waterways lined with spectacular glaciers, towering fjords, and vast unspoiled landscapes away from mainstream civilization and tourism, north of mainland Canada.  Beginning August 16, 2016 in Anchorage/Seward, Alaska, the award-winning Crystal Serenity will sail for 32 days from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean/New York City.

"Crystal's inaugural Northwest Passage offers guests the opportunity to begin a new story of thrilling adventure, all the while indulging in the world's very best luxury vacation experience," said Crystal President Edie Rodriguez.  "The voyage combines intrepid adventure, the great outdoors, and immersive cultural experiences with Six-Star service as only Crystal can deliver."

Crystal's Executive Vice President Thomas Mazloum spearheaded the strategic planning of the itinerary, with the help of Expedition Voyage Consulting by EYOS Expeditions, providers of bespoke expeditions to the most remote regions on Earth in safety and luxury.

"From reviewing operations with Canadian officials to meeting with Inuit elders of the Arctic who have provided their backing, our team has spent almost two years diligently gathering the field experts, information,  resources, and support to ensure an epic experience that is exceptionally rewarding and safe for guests and crew, and respectful of local lands and cultures," says Mazloum.  "During this voyage, speakers will enlighten guests on information regarding climate change, and how it has impacted this passage.  With the recent retreat of polar ice, the time is right for us to lead the way within the travel industry, as Crystal has done throughout our 25-year history."

Following in the footsteps of intrepid explorers, the once-in-a-lifetime journey through once-unpassable waterways marks Crystal's maiden expedition-style itinerary and a break from many cruising traditions.  Approaches to itinerary scheduling, destination visits, onboard offerings, and safety standards are all new or enhanced, with major changes including:

A flexible itinerary: Extra "surprise" days are built into the schedule to allow unplanned "calls of the wild" for polar bear-viewing, whale-watching, glacier-cruising, scenic helicopter flights, and/or seeking out the best wildlife and weather on the advice of local specialist guides.

New adventures ashore: Crystal will introduce "Wilderness Adventures" that take guests across polar tundra, up ice-strewn fjords, and into scenic coves to explore areas in and near maiden ports-of-call.  Travelers will also be able to respectfully visit the small, remote communities and uninhabited, unscheduled spaces/lands/waterways en route – often with champagne waiting at the other end.  Although some excursions will only be determined "in the moment" based on circumstances and environment, Crystal will spend the next two years planning a plethora of excursions and "Arctic safaris" involving kayaks, Zodiacs, a helicopter, ATVs, fishing, hiking, climbing, golfing at the world's northernmost nine-hole course, and even possible camping and/or overnighting away from the ship.  Voluntourism opportunities to help local lands and communities will also be offered complimentarily to guests and crew via the line's "You Care.  We Care." program.

New enrichment: A 14-person expedition team of experts in a variety of subjects -- including a native Arctic guide, scientists, and accomplished wildlife and landscape photographers -- will not only provide lectures on subjects such as the science and history of the area, but also offer hands-on seminars and workshops, host dinners with guests, guide wildlife watching from the ship, and accompany excursions, where appropriate.

Respect & understanding of the local culture:  Guests will be given a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in the lifestyles of these small and remote communities during port visits, with activities created in partnership with the communities.  Designed to show modern life today in the Arctic, as well as the rich cultural heritage of the region, visits will include demonstrations of local arts and crafts, Arctic sports, traditional drum dancing and throat singing, and tastings of local foods, such as Arctic char and bannock bread.

Onboard experience, expedition-style: Embracing the spirit of expedition, Crystal's usual onboard atmosphere of rest and relaxation will be relaxed even further with wardrobe (complimentary parkas, boot rentals, outfitter recommendations, and no "black tie optional" nights) and cuisine that, although still gourmet, is modified to reflect the locale and limited ability to re-supply goods and store waste during the month-long voyage.

Ports-of-Call: Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, and Nome*, Alaska; Ulukhaktok*, NW Territories; Cambridge Bay* and Pond Inlet, Nunavut; Ilulissat*, Sisimiut*, and Nuuk, Greenland; Bar Harbor, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; Newport, Rhode Island, and New York, New York. (*=maiden call)

Waterways: North Pacific Ocean; Bering Sea & Bering Strait; Chukchi & Beaufort Seas; Amundsen Gulf; Dolphin & Union Strait; Coronation Gulf; Dease Strait; Queen Maud Gulf; Victoria Strait; Larsen Sound; Franklin & Bellot Straits; Peel Sound; Parry Channel; Barrow Strait; Prince Regent Inlet; Lancaster Sound; Croker Bay; Navy Board Inlet; Eclipse Sound; Baffin Bay; Davis Strait; Labrador Sea; North Atlantic Ocean.

Enhanced safety and environmental standards:  Crystal Serenity and its escort vessel will be using low-sulphur Marine Gas oil fuel, exceeding environmental regulations.  The escort vessel will carry additional safety and environmental protection equipment, as well as personnel specifically trained in its use.  In addition, it will serve as a platform for a helicopter and zodiacs, and be manned by a crew highly experienced in all aspects of operating safely in this unique area.

The first call in the Canadian Arctic is planned for the Hamlet of Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, a settlement of just a few hundred people on the shores of the Amundsen Gulf, just 1,400 miles from the North Pole.  "The community is very pleased to see the thought that has been given to ensure that the experience for the passengers, as well as the residents, is positive and beneficial," said William Bennett, Senior Administrative Officer of the Hamlet of Ulukhaktok. 

For More Information on the almost sold out cruise - Visit Crystal-Cruises

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 To Undergo a Major Refit at Blohm & Voss

Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 to Undergo 4 Week Refit / Transformation.
Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 to Undergo 4 Week Refit / Transformation.

5/21/2016 - Cunard Lines' Flagship, Queen Mary 2, will be remastered to deliver new levels of luxury early in just a few weeks. Between May  27 and June 21, 2016, the Queen Mary 2 will embark on a new chapter of innovation as she undergoes an extensive 25-day dry-dock at the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany.

This major refurbishment will launch a brand new look with exciting innovations across many areas of the ship including the renowned Cunard Grills experience. This exciting project will reaffirm the position of Cunard accommodation and dining as the best of the best.

Over the next few months we look forward to unveiling all the detail of this major refurbishment.

For more details on the refit, Check out Cunard's Line's Website - Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 Refit Details.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

According to a Recent Lloyd Werft Press Release Crystal Cruises Newbuilds to be Bigger than Expected.

Artists Rendering of Crystal Cruises' New Ship Under Construction at Lloyd Werft
Artists Rendering of Crystal Cruises' New Ship Under Construction at Lloyd Werft

5/10/2016 - Today Crystal Cruises solidified it order with Lloyd Werft Group for its first ocean-going newbuild. This ordered signifies the first new ship for Crystal in more than a decade. The Lloyd Werft Press release identifies an order for 3 ships with the first being delivered in 2019. No delivery dates have been mentioned for the additional ships.

As per the release, it appears that the ships will be larger than first expected. Original details stated that the ships would be about 100,000 tons, but it appears the ships will be 17% larger (expected to be 117,000 tons).

Crystal Cruises which offers high-end luxury cruises, is expected to exceed passengers expectations with these new vessels which will have exceptional passenger / space ratios. The new ships are expected to carry approximately 1,000 passengers double occupancy for Crystal, while other contemporary brand ships of this size carry at least 2,500 vacationers.

Crystal Cruises has been recently acquired by Genting Group who is heavily investing in the Crystal brands.

Crystal Cruises sails seasonally from New York offering Transatlantic re-postioning cruises in the spring as well as New England / Canada cruises in the fall. I expect that the new ship will probably visit New York at least once in its first year to provide the media and travel agents exposure to Crystal's latest jewel.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Indoor Parking Garage Opens At Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal.

Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal, Bayonne, New Jersey, Parking Garage
Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal, Bayonne, New Jersey, Parking Garage

Although this happened in October of last year, I really did not mention it on the main website (www.NYCruiseInfo.com) nor this blog. The multi-tiered parking garage at Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal in Bayonne is now officially opened. No longer will passengers be directed to the large, open lots directly across the street from the cruise terminal. The parking garage eliminates concerns for winter travel when snow and the elements can make digging out your car a quick return to reality.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Cunard's Queen Mary 2 Returns From World Cruise

Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 to Return to New York After Completing Her 2016 World Cruise
Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 to Return to New York After Completing Her 2016 World Cruise
5/17/2016 - Cunard's legendary Queen Mary 2 will return from her world cruise. Having left  New York on January 17, 2016 - the 120+ day voyage circumnavigated South America, across the Pacific to New Zealand and Australia, to Asia,  the Med, Northern Europe and back to New York.

The Queen Mary 2 will arrive in New York (Brooklyn) early on Tuesday (5/17) morning and depart later that afternoon on a transatlantic voyage to Southampton, England and then on to Hamburg, Germany (where the cruise ends).

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Oceania Cruises' Marina Calls at New York.

Oceania Cruises Marina Spends Overnight in New York City.
Oceania Cruises Marina Spends Overnight in New York City.

5/13/2016 - Oceania Cruises' Marina spent 2 days in New York as part of her world cruise. The overnight stay allow cruise passengers to take in all the nightlife that New York has to offer as well a 2 glourious days to allow passengers to explore.

 This premium vessel provides an elegant cruise experience for 1,252 passengers (double occupancy). The ship is modest in size when compared to the Mega-ships of today weighing 66,000 tons, 782 feet long, 105 feet wide and 24ft draft. The Marina is registered in Majuro (Marshall Islands). After her call in New York, the ship will proceed to New England and Canada before heading to Europe for the summer season.

MS Marina  was constructed at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente yards in Italy for Oceania Cruises. The Marina entered service in January, 2011.

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

America's Cup Delays Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Gem Departure.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Gem Sailing From New York to Florida and the Bahamas
Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Gem Sailing From New York to Florida and the Bahamas
5/7/2016 - Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Gem pulled away from Pier 88 at 4 PM right on schedule to only sit idle in the middle of  the Hudson River waiting the completion of an America Cup Race.

It was quite unusual that the Norwegian Gem had two tug boats to help  her from the pier and then hold her in position while the race completed. The race was occurring about 2 miles down river from the Norwegian Gem, where 100+ boats had the lower harbor impassable.

The Norwegian Gem sat in position for about 20 minutes awaiting clearance and then proceeded on her 7-dayFlorida and Bahamas cruise

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Fred Olsen Balmoral Visits New York - Push to Increase US Cruise Passengers.

Fred Olsen caters primarily to UK cruise passengers and would like to source more passengers from the United States. In order to increase media attention, Fred's Olsen's US public relations team  turned to social media - Announcing an open press event on attendnyc.com.

Here is the announcement.

May 4 Wed 1 pm High tea on the liner Balmoral at Manhattan Cruise Terminal 711 12th Ave, at 48th street

One of those familiar but very occasional outbreaks of shipboard illness among a handful of passengers aboard this British cruise ship prevented the assembled travel hacks from actually boarding the HMS Balmoral docked beside them at Pier 90 at 50th Street on Manhattan’s West Side, though they could appreciate its timber guard rail toppings and other signs of being a real ship rather than a floating castle which Americans now compete to build ever more gigantic, with new ones planned which will approach 5000 passenger capacity next year. But if you want to cruise to faraway exotic places the virtues of smaller scale in a ship were clear from Bruce Philpotts’ talk as he explained the competitive advantage that Fred Olsen Cruises has crossed the Atlantic to exploit – you can cruise up the river of Seville to its Fair or freely explore the Western Isles off Scotland’s West coast, not to mention enjoy acquaintances among the 1,393 passengers who may become friends who sign up again for another cruise, since the average Fred Olsen cruise is so enjoyable that up to 60% board again for another trip, which is not so surprising since research shows that as many as 74% of cruise passengers worldwide would rather pay more to be on a smaller ship than the American “ours is bigger than yours” behemoths, which have so many on board that they can’t stop at ports too small to accommodate numbers of three or four thousand, leaving some of the most unusual and satisfying tours as rich pickings for Fred Olsen, such as the Wildlife of Scotland, and other gems nobody else has thought of.
Fred Olsen's Balmoral in Original Color Scheme - Preview to US Cruise Passengers.
Fred Olsen's Balmoral in Original Color Scheme - Preview to US Cruise Passengers.
The Balmoral, a Fred Olsen cruise liner, sets out to be the British idea of comfort and entertainment sailing
the high seas, while allowing brief visits to real destinations down the gangplank if you have time and really want to leave this floating town.
I am writing to personally invite you to join us on May 4, 2016 for the inaugural arrival of Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s Balmoral in New York. While the company was founded nearly 170 years ago, the upcoming Balmoral visit marks a renewed dedication by Fred. Olsen to introduce the US audience to this distinctly British style of cruising by welcoming you on board for an exclusive media preview.
We understand your time is valuable, so we’re including some information about Fred. Olsen that we hope will pique your interest and help in your decision-making process.
This smaller British cruise line (Balmoral holds just 1,350 guests) is about to begin promoting and selling its award winning itineraries in New York and throughout the US, and we would like to invite you to discover more. · Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s ship Balmoral offers a very British cruise experience. Unlike many cruise lines, the majority of guests are British, the only language used is English, the currency on board is the pound, there is a ‘High Tea’ on offer akin to those found at the finest London hotels and among many fine dishes, you’ll always find a very a British “dish-of-the day” such as fish and chips.
· Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has undertaken extensive research into the cruise market over the past few years and will be sharing interesting information that you may find enlightening and worthwhile – including the idea that the focus of the industry may not be exactly in tune with the demand of those it serves.
· At this event, you will learn about the Olsen family, who own and run the cruise line, a shipping dynasty established in 1848 and passed from father to son into the fifth generation. Come hear about the current Fred. Olsen Senior, who escaped the Nazis in Norway and arrived in Scotland straddling a torpedo before moving to Ossining, a New York City suburb on the Hudson river. This fascinating man also ran Timex, is suspected of being a Simpsons’ character, and is now building the United States’ first wind farm off Rhode Island.
Fred. Olsen senior management in attendance at this one-time event will include Nathan Philpot, sales and marketing director, and Kate Wooldridge, sales manager for international markets. Also on board will be Dana Huntley, editor of British Heritage Travel who also holds a Ph.D. in British Literature. A leading expert on all things British, Dana will speak about the American/Britain connection (as his own American roots includes seven lineal ancestors from the Mayflower), as well as his own experiences sailing with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

Fred Olsen's Balmoral at Night with Gray Hull
Balmoral at Night with Gray Hull - Source Fred Olsen Lines
 Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' 1,350-passenger flagship Balmoral arrived in New York sporting a new color scheme. Her previously white hull is now a dark grey with a red line above. Balmoral visited Manhattan as part of a 34-night cruise to the east coast of the U.S. and Canada. The cruise originated from Southampton, UK.

The Balmoral was originally built in 1988 as the Crown Odyssey for Royal Cruise Line for upscale cruising, She later sailed for Orient Lines and NCL before being acquired by Fred. Olsen.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Carnival Cruise Line Partners With Concrete Beach Brewery to Create A Craft Brewery on the New Carnival Vista

When guests on Carnival Cruise Line’s newest, largest and most innovative ship, Carnival Vista, raise a pint in the RedFrog Pub & Brewery, they will have a choice of three distinctly flavored hand-crafted beers brewed right on board in the first brewery at sea in North America. 
Carnival Vista’s RedFrog Pub & Brewery is the result of a unique collaboration between Carnival and Miami-based Concrete Beach Brewery.
            Concrete Beach is an Alchemy & Science brand, an independently operating subsidiary of The Boston Beer Company. Alchemy & Science is home to other such popular breweries around the country, including Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles and Coney Island Brewing Co. in Brooklyn, N.Y.  Each of these breweries produces beers specifically inspired by and brewed to be representative of their respective locales. The resulting examples include such beers as Tropic of Passion, a passion fruit wheat beer from Miami, Angel City IPA from L.A., and Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner from New York. 
Similarly, Concrete Beach is working closely with Carnival to create original recipes and source and select the finest ingredients to produce three distinctive craft beers that will be brewed and served on board Carnival Vista.  Those beers will include ThirstyFrog Port Hoppin’ IPA, ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat and FriskyFrog Java Stout.
“We’ve been working for months with these talented partners who have helped us create three exciting and unique craft beers for Carnival Vista and we anticipate our guests are going to absolutely love them,” said Eddie Allen, Carnival’s vice president of beverage operations. 
Allen noted that the brews were specifically designed with Carnival Vista guests in mind.  ThirstyFrog Port Hoppin’ IPA offers aromatic, floral and hoppy notes with passion fruit and citrus overtones while ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat is an unfiltered lager with aromas of bananas and spices.  The third beer, FriskyFrog Java Stout, is a take on a traditional stout, rich and creamy with hints of coffee.
“It was an honor to be a part of this one-of-a-kind project, and we feel like we created a great variety that is sure to please guests,” said Jon Carpenter, Concrete Beach Brewery Brewmaster. “It’s common for vacationers to want to test out the local beer and Carnival Vista has taken the concept of local, and applied it to the decks of their ship."
The beers to be featured on Carnival Vista further build upon a greatly expanded selection of craft beers across the entire Carnival fleet. U.S.-based Carnival ships already serve Concrete Beach Brewery’s Rica Wheat IPA, Angel City Brewery’s Pilsner, Coney Island’s Hard Root Beer and 1609 Amber. On a regional basis, Carnival ships sailing from Miami feature Concrete Beach Stiltsville Miami-style Pilsner, while Long Beach, California–based ships offer Angel City Brewery IPA and cruises departing from New York City are stocked with Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Cunard Announces New York Departures Sale on Queen Mary 2

Cunard's Queen Mary 2 Cruise Sale
Cunard's Queen Mary 2 Cruise Sale. - Deals End 5/31/2016

April 18, 2016 - Cunard is pleased to announce the New York Departures Sale, which features up to 35% savings on select Transatlantic Crossings, New England & Canada, Caribbean, Grand Voyages and Exotic Voyages on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth.

The New York Departures Sale applies to new bookings on select voyages made until May 31, 2016. The offer features: †

    Transatlantic Crossing fares from $799*
    New England & Canada fares from $999*
    Caribbean fares from $1,549*
    Grand Voyage fares from $3,429*
    Exotic Voyage fares from $2,599*

To view this offer and any restrictions, please click Cunard Cruise Deals.

The New York Departures Sale features voyages on Queen Mary 2 following her dramatic 25-day refit in May and June of this year. Queen Mary 2 remastered will see the redesign of all Princess and Queens Grill Suites and their accompanying restaurants, the addition of 15 single staterooms and 30 Britannia Club Balcony staterooms, and the redesign of all Britannia Club Balcony staterooms.

In addition, many of the public spaces on-board Queen Mary 2 will be refreshed and remastered including the transition of the Winter Garden to the Carinthia Lounge, the addition of The Verandah restaurant and the completely redesigned Kings Court buffet.

Select voyages on board Queen Elizabeth are also available, and can be viewed by visiting www.cunard.com.

NOTE: New York Departures Sale applies to new bookings only and is capacity-controlled, subject to change, and may not be combined with any other public, group or past passenger discount. Reference promo code RDN. Fares are per person, based on double occupancy.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

New Culinary Experiences to Debut on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 Remastered

Cunard's Queen Mary 2: Speciality Dining: Asparagus Specialties with Oeuf Mollet and Pink Grapefruit, a new menu offering in The Verandah.
Asparagus Specialties with Oeuf Mollet and Pink Grapefruit, a new menu offering in The Verandah.

April 26, 2016 — Already renowned and acclaimed for creating some of the finest cuisine served in the most glamourous surroundings at sea, Cunard is proud to introduce new dining options as well as a host of enhancements to each of the liner’s existing restaurants during Queen Mary 2’s major refit taking place in June.

Queen Mary 2 Remastered will see the creation of the entirely new Carinthia Lounge that will serve alternative breakfast and lunchtime offerings together with bespoke premium coffees; the addition of The Verandah restaurant evoking memories of the famous Grill on the original Queen Mary; a completely transformed Kings Court Buffet; new Queens and Princess Grill menus and completely refurbished restaurants for guests staying in the suites and a new Smokehouse alternative dining concept.

In addition, menus in the existing Britannia Restaurant and Golden Lion pub, together with Cunard’s famous Afternoon Tea selection served in the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar, will all be refreshed.

Many of the new menus are being created and tested at a specially-commissioned new Development Kitchen which has opened in Cunard’s homeport of Southampton. Here, teams of chefs have been working with other culinary experts and suppliers to create a wide range of new dishes to be served on board.

“At Cunard, we pride ourselves in delivering a culinary experience that continuously exceeds guest expectations and illustrates Cunard’s utmost attention to detail,” said Richard Meadows, president, Cunard North America. “We are pleased to debut refreshed culinary offerings on Queen Mary 2 Remastered, which we have created to appeal to the most discerning guests while revitalizing classic dishes and creating new ones.”

Examples of Queen Mary 2’s new menus, together with images of some of the new dishes to be served on board, can be downloaded here.

A video featuring Head Development Chef Craig Dunn and Cunard’s identical twin Executive Chefs Mark and Nicholas Oldroyd can be viewed here. Images of the new Carinthia Lounge, The Verandah, Kings Court and redesigned Queens and Princess Grill restaurants can be seen here.

New menu items in The Verandah on board Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth will be introduced through 2016.

For more information about Queen Mary 2 Remastered, visit www.cunard.com.

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Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas To Sail From Cape Liberty, Bayonne in the Spring 2017

Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas to Sail From Bayonne in 2017
Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas to Sail From Bayonne in 2017

Royal Caribbean International invites adventure seekers to discover the vibrant cultural wonders and untamed beauty of the most sought-after Caribbean islands and picturesque landscapes of New England and Canada. Departing from the Northeast, Florida and Puerto Rico, year-round and seasonal escapes to the Caribbean and Canada will go on sale on April 13, 2016.

Royal Caribbean will offer expanded Caribbean itineraries from the Northeast in 2017, with Rhapsody of the Seas joining Anthem of the Seas in Cape Liberty, New Jersey. This will be the first time that two Royal Caribbean ships will be sailing from Cape Liberty, offering guests in the New York area even more ways to explore the award-winning cruise line.
 Anthem boasts the groundbreaking technology and first-at-sea features of the technologically advanced Quantum-class, while Rhapsody offers an intimately-sized and entertainment-filled, Vision-class experience. Whether recovering from the winter chill, or simply enjoying a summer vacation adventure, escapes to the Caribbean offer a variety of heart-pumping excursions, picturesque natural wonders, and plenty of opportunities to relax and recharge on more than 400 acres of pristine beaches.

Bermuda and More from the Northeast:

Rhapsody of the Seas will sail 7-night itineraries to the Bahamas throughout the summer, and Anthem of the Seas will sail to Bermuda in the summer and the Caribbean year-round on 5-, 7- and 9-night itineraries. Touting itineraries with overnights in King’s Wharf, Bermuda, guests on-board Anthem will have ample time to explore the world’s best SCUBA and snorkeling experiences and award-winning pink sand beaches. In the autumn months, Anthem of the Seas will sail 9-night voyages to New England and Canada.

Carnival Cruises Takes Delivery Of New Carnival Vista

Carnival Cruises' New Carnival Vista Sailing From New York - Fall of 2016
Carnival Cruises Takes Delivery of  New Carnival Vista

(April 28, 2016) – At a traditional maritime handover ceremony held earlier today at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, Carnival Cruise Line took delivery of its newest, largest and most innovative ship, the 133,500-ton Carnival Vista.

The 3,954-passenger ship will re-position to Trieste, Italy, where it will depart on its maiden voyage May 1, kicking off a summer schedule in Europe that runs through October 2016. Following a 13-day trans-Atlantic crossing, Carnival Vista will operate a pair of 11-day cruises from New York in November 2016 then launch year-round Caribbean service from Miami later that month.

Carnival Vista offers a number of unique features, including a groundbreaking suspended cycling experience called SkyRide, the first IMAX Theatre at sea and the RedFrog Pub & Brewery offering three different kinds of beer brewed on board.

Also new is Family Harbor with special family accommodations and a family concierge, along with the tropics-inspired Havana staterooms and suites featuring a dedicated pool area. The ship’s outdoor spaces include a massive WaterWorks aqua park, highlighted by the 455-foot-long Kaleid-o-slide, the longest slide in the fleet.

Carnival Cruises Carnival Vista Rope Course and Sky Ride
Carnival Cruises Carnival Vista Rope Course and Sky Ride

“Carnival Vista is a spectacular addition to our fleet and we can’t wait for our guests to experience all of the ship’s exciting new features,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Carnival Vista will provide our guests an opportunity to create a lifetime of wonderful vacation memories while offering our valued travel agent partners another exciting vacation option to market to their clients,” she added.

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Nick's Cruise Corner - Free Information on Cruises Worldwide. Carnival.com - Carnival Cruise Lines