Thursday, June 30, 2016

Did You Read The Latest Review on Carnival Cruises' Carnival Sunshine?

Carnival Cruises Carnival Sunshine - Sailing from New York to New England, Canada, Eastern Caribbean, Florida and the Bahamas.
Carnival Cruises Carnival Sunshine - Sailing from New York to New England, Canada, Eastern Caribbean, Florida and the Bahamas.
On June 21st, 2016, I had the pleasure of visiting Carnival Cruises' Carnival Sunshine on her inaugural arrival in New York City. The Carnival Sunshine will spend the Summer and Fall sailing from New York to New England, Canada, the Bahamas, the Eastern Caribbean and more. To see interior and exterior photos of the fully renovated Carnival Sunshine as well as read our review click here -> Carnival Sunshine Review. 

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Did You Ever Wonder What Happened to Home Lines Atlantic?

Home Lines Atlantic Entering Hamilton Bermuda
Home Lines Atlantic Entering Hamilton Bermuda
Ever wonder what happened to the popular Atlantic (1982) of Home Lines fame? The Atlantic was build for the ever popular Home Lines to sail from New York to Bermuda in the spring, summer and fall and the Caribbean in the winter. The ship is modest in size, at 33,000 tons - about 25% the size of the mega-ships today. Home Lines was a very popular cruise line which operated great ships like the Homeric, Oceanic, Italia and Doric.

Check out this article on our sister site - NicksCruiseCorner
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Friday, June 17, 2016

S/S United States Has the Interest of Crystal Cruises.

As you know, Crystal Cruises has announced that they are interested in potentially acquiring the S/S United States for further cruise service. At this time, Crystal Cruises is funding the layup fees (berthing and security costs) associated with retaining the liner at her Philadelphia berth.

The one time great transatlantic liner was the fastest liner afloat and still holds the record today. Competition from airlines and high wages for her crew made her operation uneconomical and in 1969 she was withdrawn from service. The S/S United States was laid up in originally  in Norfolk, Va and later Philadelphia (after all of her interiors had been gutted in Turkey including the removal of vast amounts of asbestos). The intent was to return the ship to the US and have her restored to the Grand Liner she once was.

More details are expected to be released, as the Crystal Cruises team of Naval Architects and designer look at the current state of the ship and determine the feasibility of restoring/enhancing the Super-liner.

Below is a conceptual  artists rendering of the renovated liner after the ship has been restored
Crystal Cruises Proposed Restoration of the S/S United States
Crystal Cruises Proposed Restoration of the S/S United States

Stay tuned here for more updates and cruise news.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Norwegian Cruise Line Offers Unique Norwegian Breakaway Sailing in Winter 2018 and Florida and Bahamas in Fall / Winter 2017.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Breakaway to Sail to Florida & Bahamas - New 14 Day Western Caribbean Cruise
Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Breakaway to Sail to Florida & Bahamas - New 14 Day Western Caribbean Cruise.

Guests who wish to cruise to the Caribbean from the Big Apple can set sail on board Norwegian Breakaway, the ship that brings the best of NYC to sea, to either the Bahamas and Florida or the Southern, Eastern and – new for 2018 – Western Caribbean in Fall and Winter 2017/2018. Norwegian Breakaway will sail seven-day Bahamas & Florida cruises from New York from October 1, 2017 to April 29, 2018 with calls in Port Canaveral, Norwegian’s private Bahamian island destination Great Stirrup Cay that’s currently undergoing a multi-million dollar enhancement, and Nassau. For those guests looking for a more relaxing, longer getaway from New York’s chilly winters, they can cruise to the Southern Caribbean on one of Norwegian Breakaway’s two 14-day Southern Caribbean itineraries on January 5 and February 2, 2018 that explore the heart of the Caribbean in the US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Dominica and more, or sail away on a sun-drenched 12-day Eastern Caribbean cruise on December 3, 2017, with calls in St. Kitts, Antigua, Tortola and more.   New for 2018, is a 14-day Western Caribbean cruise from NYC, that will provide guests the opportunity to explore the wonders of the Caribbean’s deep blue waters, lush tropical mountains and spectacular beaches, featuring calls at two of Norwegian’s destination experiences – the company’s private island Great Stirrup Cay, and the Caribbean’s newest resort-style port of call, Harvest Caye, Belize, along with Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Roatan, Honduras; and Cozumel, Mexico.  

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Royal Caribbean Reportedly in Discussions with Bahamas Authorities to Build Pier at Coco Cay.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is reportedly in discussions with the Bahamas Authority to build a pier at their private island - Coco Cay.

Royal Caribbean in Discussions to Add Pier to Coco Cay Bahamas Private Island
Royal Caribbean in Discussions to Add Pier to Coco Cay Bahamas Private Island
 The new pier would allow ships to dock directly at the island and passengers would no longer be required to tender into the port. Calls to the island are occasionally cancelled due to rough seas and a pier would greatly reduce the number of cancellations, since passengers.

The new pier is expected to be large enough to handle Royal Caribbean's largest ship including the Oasis class ships which carry over 7,500+ passengers and crew.

 Coco Cay is a port visited on Florida Bahamas cruises departing from New York/Cape Liberty as well as many Royal Caribbean itineraries from Florida and Baltimore.

Once approvals are obtained, the pier ie expecteed to take 12 months to complete and cost over $47 Million dollars.


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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Queen Mary 2 to Receive New Staterooms as Part of Refit.

Currently undergoing a refits at the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, Cunard's Queen Mary 2 is having 35 staterooms added to her top deck. The initial frames to mount the structures to the deck have been hoisted aboard the Queen. In addition to these staterooms 15 single cabins will be added.

Cunard Queen Mary 2 - Frames added to secure new staterooms to the existing deck.
Cunard Queen Mary 2 - Frames added to secure new staterooms to the existing deck.
For the 13 year old ship, this major upgrade will add new dining establishments, existing lounges and staterooms will be totally upgraded. Our canine friends are not to be left out of this major refit - 12 additional kennels are being added.
Queen Mary 2 is expected to return to service on June 23, 2016, arriving at Southampton on that day and later that evening departing on an transatlantic crossing to New York.


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Monday, June 6, 2016

Royal Caribbean Cancels 2017 Rhapsody of the Seas Program From Cape Liberty - Adds Fall Sailing on Vision of the Seas

The recently announced sale of the Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas to Thomson Cruises has resulted in the shuffle of Royal Caribbean's cruises ships Including the cancellation of the Rhapsody of the Seas Summer 2017 program from New York / Cape Liberty, New Jersey. In the Fall of 2017, the Vision of the Seas will operate a New England, Canada program from Cape Liberty following her European program. Details are listed below in the Royal Caribbean's Press Release.

Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas to Sail From Cape Liberty, Bayonne in the Fall of 2017 to New England and Canada
Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas to Sail From Cape Liberty, Bayonne in the Fall of 2017.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, RCL) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to sell Royal Caribbean International’s Legend of the Seas to Thomson Cruises.  Legend will depart the 25-ship fleet in March of 2017, and immediately transition to its new owner.
In order to continue offering our guests the best possible vacation experience, the current deployment of Rhapsody of the Seas and Vision of the Seas will be adjusted. This will require the cancellation of some sailings and the re-accommodation of others.

Legend of the Seas exits the fleet on March 26, 2017
  • The current round trip Brisbane, Australia sailings departing on January 6, 15, 29 and February 8 will operate as scheduled.
  • All scheduled sailings from February 20, 2017 onward will be canceled.  This includes the summer season cruises from Venice, Italy as well as the balance of the Brisbane itineraries.
  • A series of three repositioning cruises will be offered beginning on February 20 from Brisbane.  This will include an 11-night sailing from Brisbane to Singapore, as well as a 10-night cruise from Singapore to Dubai and a 13-night sailing from Dubai to Barcelona.
 Rhapsody of the Seas will transition to Venice, Italy for the summer season.  Sailings from Cape Liberty, New Jersey will be cancelled.
  • Rhapsody will offer the full schedule of round trip sailings in fall of 2016 and winter of 2017 from Tampa, Florida as planned.
  • On April 29, Rhapsody will offer a 14-night Transatlantic sailing from Tampa, Florida ending in Barcelona, Spain.
  • On May 13, Rhapsody will offer a 7-night open jaw sailing from Barcelona, Spain to Venice, Italy.
  • From May 20 through the end of October, Rhapsody will offer a variety of exciting 7-night round trip sailings from Venice, Italy.
  • With these newly introduced itineraries, all previously planned sailings from Cape Liberty, New Jersey will be canceled.
  • At the conclusion of the Mediterranean season, Rhapsody will return to Tampa, Florida as planned and begin sailings on November 19, 2017.

Vision of the Seas will offer four fall foliage sailings from Cape Liberty, New Jersey after completing northerly crossing from Copenhagen, Denmark
  • On August 22, Vision will offer a 16-night Transatlantic sailing from Copenhagen, Denmark to Cape Liberty, New Jersey with several calls in Denmark, Norway, Scotland and Iceland.
  • On September 7, Vision will offer a 13-night open jaw sailing from Cape Liberty, New Jersey to Quebec City, Canada.  The sailings departing from Cape Liberty on September 20, October 1, and October 11 will replace the previously planned sailings offered on Rhapsody and include calls in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as multiple ports in Maine and Nova Scotia.
  • Vision’s current fall Europe itineraries, including those departing from Venice, Italy from August 22, 2017 through November 17, 2017 will be canceled.
To accommodate guests booked on the affected sailings, Royal Caribbean will provide vacationers with a full refund of their cruise fare, the opportunity to re-book on another Royal Caribbean ship as well as an onboard credit to use during the newly booked sailing. In addition, vacationers who purchased airfare through Royal Caribbean will receive a full refund. Guests purchasing their own airfare will be given a refund for their airline change fee. All refund transactions will be automatically processed back to the original form of payment within four to six weeks. Commissions for travel agents will be protected for all cruises that are fully paid.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Learn More About Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Breakaway.

 5/23/2016 - Follow the link below to to read a review of the Norwegian Breakaway. The Norwegian Breakaway is currently sailing from New York on Sundays to Kings Wharf, Bermuda.
Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Breakaway sails from New York to Florida, Bahamas and the Caribbean
Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Breakaway Sails from New York to Florida, Bahamas and the Caribbean.

In the fall and winter, the Norwegian Breakaway will sail to Florida and the Bahamas including a stop at Norwegian Cruise Line's private island (Great Stirrup Cay). In addition, the Norwegian Breakaway will offer cruises to the Eastern Caribbean during the colder months.

The Norwegian Breakaway has a rock climbing wall, high beam walk and walking the plank, as well as an extensive on board water-park with slides and fountains. There are numerous restaurants and entertainment venues as well.

To learn more about the Norwegian Breakaway, read the review - Norwegian Breakaway Review - Sneak Peek on

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