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No Royal Caribbean Oasis Class for New York In the Near Future

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It appears that the port of New York will not see a Royal Caribbean Oasis Class ship anytime soon. It appears that the ships are too tall to pass under the Verrazaro - Narrows bridge. The height of the 220,000+ ton ship is 236 feet tall and the clearance under the bridge is only 228 feet. The ship might be able to enter the port if the funnels are equipped with a hinge that will allow the funnels and mast to clear the bridge. This "hinge" is not unusual and can be found on other ships as seen in the photo below on the Norwegian Wind.



This also explains why Royal Caribbean was lobbying to build a cruise port in Staten Island on the Atlantic Ocean side of the bridge. That plan was under consideration, before they entered into an agreement with Bayonne for the Cape Liberty Cruise Port - located in Bayonne, New Jersey.

Only time will tell. 

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Oceania Cruises Insignia To Sail World Cruise From New York.

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Premium cruise operator Oceania Cruise Line's Insignia will offer a 174 day World Cruise departing New York on January 5, 2019 and returning to New York on July 5, 2019.  The Insignia weighs 30,277 tons, carries 684 passengers and carries a crew of 400.

The cruise will visit the Caribbean, Transit the Panama Canal, cruise the west coast of the USA, visit Hawaii, the South Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Australia. Southeast Asia, India, the Middleast, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Canada before returning to New York in early July.

 Cruise fares start at $110,000 for an inside stateroom up to $310,000 for the owner's suite. Fares are per person.

For additional details visit Oceania Cruises Website for itinerary details and fares.

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Sluggish Chinese Market May See Cruise Ships Relocated to New York, US and European Ports.

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Just this week, Norwegian Cruise Line announced that the Norwegian Joy - a ship built specifically for the Chinese Market, will be relocated to the United States West Coast, Mexico and Alaska in 2019.

A sluggish Chinese cruise market has many operators considering moving ships from the region.  Earlier this year, another Chinese operator - SkySea Cruises will cease operations and their ship will be moved to TUI Cruises' German Mein Schiff Brand.

It is expected that other operators will rationalize their Chinese operations and ships will be moved to markets where the demand is higher.

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Upcoming Cruise From New York in the Week Ahead.

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Upcoming Cruises this week from the Port of New York and New Jersey

7/27/2018Anthem of the SeasRoyal CaribbeanNew England & Canada7Cape Liberty 7/27/2018Anthem of the SeasRoyal CaribbeanNew England & Canada7Cape Liberty 7/28/2018Norwegian GemNorwegian Cruise LinesFlorida & Bahamas7Manhattan 7/29/2018Celebrity SummitCelebrity CruisesBermuda7Cape Liberty 7/29/2018Norwegian EscapeNorwegian Cruise LinesBermuda7Manhattan 7/31/2018Carnival HorizonCarnival CruisesEastern Caribbean8Manhattan 8/3/2018Adventure of the SeasRoyal CaribbeanFlorida & Bahamas7Cape Liberty 8/3/2018Queen Mary 2Cunard Transatlantic (Ends in Southampton, England)7Brooklyn 8/4/2018Anthem of the SeasRoyal CaribbeanBermuda5Cape Libert…

Cunard New York Promotional Video Part II (Video)

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I found this second video created and published by Cunard Line sharing the greatness of a cruise to New York.

Enjoy!


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Cunard Line Publishes a Great Video of New York Attractions For Visitors.

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Cunard Line has published this short video on attractions and sites to see for cruise passengers visiting the New York City. Cunard's transatlatic cruises ends or begin in New York. A New York pre or post cruise stay for their pasengers in very common.

To learn more about Cunard cruises from New York visit Cunard's website.


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Now is a Great Time to Book That Fall Cruise From New York and Cash In On the Savings.

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Although we are in the midst of the summer and summer time activities, it is a great time to start thinking about the fall cruising. September, October and November offer a vast number of possible cruises including:

New England Canada CruisesFlorida and BahamasBermudaTransatlantic Eastern Caribbean CruisesRepositioning Cruises to Warner Ports. To view the fall cruise schedule from New York and New Jersey check out our website. NYCruiseInfo,com Cruise Schedule


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Cruise Port: Cape Canaveral, Florida - Popular Cruise Destination

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Cape Canaveral is a very popular cruise port on sailings from the port of New York and New Jersey. The port does have allot to offer day passengers (depending on the length of the stay). There are cruise line shore excursions / day trips (at an extra cost) to the theme parks including Universal Studios, Disney and more. The NASA Space center tour is not far from the port and a great way to spend the day.  There is a visit to Coco Beach to shop and pick up souvenirs. Also there is a state park (Jetty Park), not far from the cruise port (short walk or cab ride depending on  where the ship docks),  for swimming in the warm Florida waters.

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Fun and Festivals in New York Ideal Activities For a Pre / Post Cruise Stay.

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New York is s a destination to itself. If you are traveling to New York from a distance, I encourage you to stay at least one extra day to take in all there is to do in New York.. In addition to the normal sites and attractions, there are always a number of festivals, street fairs and parades to offer visitors something unique to see or do.

One prime example is the San Gennaro Festival. The Feast of San Gennaro is one of New York City's most popular and longest-running street fairs.  Now in it's 92nd year, the festival attracts more than a million people annually to the streets of Little Italy.  The 11-day festival includes live music, carnival games and most of all food. This religious festival also celebrates, Italian heritage and is held mid-late September.

Additional parades and feasts to name a few include: The Greek Parade, Puerto Rican Day Parade, Gay Pride Parade, Thanksgiving Day Parade, Halloween Parade, St. Patrick's Day Parade and much, much more.

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St. Thomas - A Popular Cruise Port on Winter Sailings From New York

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When winter rolls around and cruise ships need to go deeper into the Caribbean to offer passengers warm water ports - St. Thomas becomes a popular destination. The Eastern Caribbean port offers cruise passengers, shopping, crystal clear wat
er, beautiful beaches, photo opportunities and much, much more.

Some must see things when visitng St. Thomas include Megan's Bay, St Thomas Skyride, Snorkeling and with many popular shops and retail stores shopping.

St. Thomas definitely has something to offer any cruise passenger.

The only drawback to St. Thomas is that it is so popular with the cruise lines that it is possible for 5 or 6 large ships to be in port simultaneously - dropping off some 30,000 passengers at once.  Traffic can potentially be an issue especially To/From the cruise terminal.





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Oceania Cruises Insignia Sails Series of Cruises From New York in 2018.

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On Sunday7/15/2018  Oceania Cruises Insignia pulled into New York to embark passengers on a 10 Day Cottages, Coves and Coast Cruise. The Premium class ship will make calls at Newport, RI, Boston, Ma; Bar Harbor; Me, Halifax, Canada; and St. Georges, Bermuda.

The medium size ship, which carries 684 passengers, was originally constructed for Renaissance Cruises as one of a series of 8 ships.

The Insignia will sail additional cruises from New York through the end of October exploring the East Coast of the US, Bermuda and longer cruises to New England and Canada during peak  foliage viewing. Her final cruise of the season will be a repositioning cruise from New York to the Caribbean.

For additional details check out the Oceania Cruises Website.







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Focus Port: Nassau In The Bahamas

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Nassau is a popular cruise port on 7 and 8 day cruises from the Port of New York. The island has a lot to offer cruise passengers including shopping, casinos, the Atlantis Resort, BahaMar Resort, beaches, snorkeling, history and more.

To read a full review of Nassau in the Bahamas at NYCruiseInfo.com Click here.


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Summer is a Great Time to Explore New York City

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Summertime is a great time to go exploring in New York City. Here at NYCruiseInfo.com we have come up with our favorite list of free things to do in the city. Check out the list.

Fun, Free Things To Do In New York City.

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Following Up on Yesterday's Post - Peacboat.org's New Sail Assist Powered Ship

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Now in the last stages of planning, the "Ecoship" will be built by Finland's Arctech. It will cost about $500 million, financed in part by impact investors -- funds, rich families and individuals who want to use their cash to improve the world as well as make a profit. 
"Ecoship was a dream for me," said Peace Boat founder Yoshioka Tatsuya. "Using a conventional ship was frustrating for us, even though we tried our best to reduce the emissions."

A conventional cruise ship can burn hundreds of tons of heavy fuel oil a day and emit as much particulate matter as a million cars, according to German environmental group NABU.
The "Ecoship" will be fueled by a much cleaner combination of solar panels, wind power and liquid natural gas, and should produce 40% less carbon dioxide than a traditional cruise ship.

"We will have 10 sails, so it will use the wind like traditional sailing ships," Tatsuya explained.

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Peaceboat Ocean Dream To Spend 2 Days in New York This Week.

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This week we will have an unusual visitor to New York. The Peaceboat Ocean Dream. The Peaceboat Organization has chartered the Ocean Dream from Spain's Pullmantur and the ship continually sails around the world spreading the Peace and Understanding. The Peaceboat organization is managed by a Japanese citizens and the majority of passengers are Japanese missionaries.

The ships will be in New York on Thursday and Friday before heading to Havana, Cuba.

It should be noted that Peaceboat has contracted for a new ship to used for their missions. The new ship will be partially propelled by sail power and very energy efficient.

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Norwegian Dawn to Return to New York in 2019

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Once home ported in New York, the Norwegian Dawn will be returning to New York again in 2019. The Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Gem will be switching home-ports with the Norwegian Gem being based in Boston in 2019. The Norwegian Gem was relocated to Boston to offer more capacity on the 7-Day Boston to Bermuda cruise route.

The Norwegian Dawn will offer cruises to Florida and the Bahamas as well as New England / Canada cruises from New York during the summer months. The Norwegian Dawn will also offer a cruise to Bermuda as well as 14-Day Caribbean and 15 Day repositioning cruise partially transiting the Panama Canal and ending in Tampa Florida in time for her winter season. 


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Cruise Ships Increase Speed in Order to Get Ahead of Hurricane.

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Today (Sunday) the Norwegian Escape and Celebrity Summit departed New York / Cape Liberty, NJ destined for Bermuda. Although both ships left their pier on time, the ships appeared to be traveling at an unusually faster speed than normal.

While watching the evening news, the weather person mentioned that tropical storm Chris has the potential to become a hurricane within the next day and is located off the coast of North Carolina.

It appears the both ships were speeding up to get ahead of the storm and have the storm pass behind them.

It was an absolutely beautiful day in New York today with a temperature of 90 degrees and low humidity and the weather conditions were ideal for a departure.

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