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Cruise Ships in the Northeast Aviod Strong Storms

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Today (Wednesday) 11/20/2019 Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas is headed back to New York after spending the day in Coco Cay in the Bahamas. The Anthem is sailing on an 8 Day cruise which only visited the private island.
This was reported on Monday here at NYCruiseInfo.com
A strong storm has wreaked havoc on the northeast US causing cruise passengers and cruise lines scrambling for a path forward.
A strong nor’easter has come up the coast of the United States  stranding ships departing from New York and Baltimore in port. The storm was situated between their departure port and their desired destination of Florida and the Bahamas.  Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas was supposed to depart Cape Liberty on Saturday 11/16/2019 but remained in port until Monday morning at about 10:30 AM.

Originally passengers were told the ship would depart Cape Liberty Saturday and remain anchored in lower New York Bay until the storm passed.  Passengers were later told  that the ship w…

Norwegian Cruise Line's New Norwegian Encore Departs New York for Miami

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On Wednesday 11/13/2019, Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, the Norwegian Encore left New York Pier 88 at 11:05 AM. The ship  has been in New York since its arrival late Sunday afternoon after a rendezvous with her sister ship Norwegian Escape.

The Norwegian Encore played host to select Media and travel personnel in order for visitor to experience the onboard experience. The Norwegian Encore features a GO Cart Roadway and also a laser tag course. From a dining perspective, the ship offers many included and some additional fee restaurants.

The Norwegian Encore in on her way - empty - crew only - and is heading to Miami, where she will be further showcased and christened by her godmother Kelly Clarkson. After inaugural events, the Norwegian Encore will sail 7 Day cruises from Miami. She is expected to arrive the morning of  Friday, November 15.

The Norwegian Encore was built by Germany's Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg and is the last of the Breakaway Plus class of ships or…

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas Review

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NYCruiseInfo.com had just released their overview of Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas. Here we cover all of the stats associated with the ship, the public rooms and staterooms as well as photos, photos, photos. Be sure to check out the review.

The Anthem of the Seas will be sailing from New York (Cape Liberty Bayonne, NJ) to Florida & the Bahamas (including a stop at Royal Caribbean's Private Island - "The Perfect Day at Coco Cay"); The Southern Caribbean; or Eastern Caribbean.

In the spring, the Anthem of the Seas will sail transatlantic
from Cape Liberty to spend the Spring, Summer and Fall in Europe.

Check out the Anthem of the Seas Review as well as the reviews of select other ships!


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Norwegian Cruise Line Starts The Count Down to the Norwegian Encore's Miami Arrival.

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Norwegian Cruise Line has started the count down to the arrival of the Norwegian Encore's arrival in Miami in November. The New Ship is packed with many exciting and new features which makes the ship extremely family friendly.

Guests can take a spin around the largest race track at sea, step into a virtual wonderland at the Galaxy Pavilion, or grab a seat to the Tony Award® winning Broadway musical Kinky Boots.

In our 180-degree Observation Lounge, they'll sip handcrafted cocktails while soaking in breathtaking views. Indulge in savory dishes such as Yellowtail Crudo, Branzino, and pastas made in-house daily at the all-new Onda by Scarpetta. And, when they’re ready to chill, they'll enjoy spacious suites, lavish spa treatments, and plush amenities. Most importantly, create moments worth repeating, because memories last a lifetime.

After completing her winter season sailing from Miami, the Norwegian Encore will reposition to New York to sail Bermuda, New En…

Beam Me Up Scotty! - On The Queen Mary 2 Christmas Cruise

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Celebrated actor, author and activist George Takei will headline the holiday voyage on Cunard’s flagship liner Queen Mary 2 as part of the luxury cruise line’s renowned Insights program, December 22, 2019 - Jan 3, 2020 (M001).

While sailing on the 12-night Caribbean Celebration voyage, round-trip out of New York, George will be offering two presentations, a Q&A, and a book signing for guests. His first talk will focus on American history and his childhood spent in a Japanese American internment camp during WWII. In his second lecture, George will discuss his favorite Hollywood moments and behind-the-scenes anecdotes with some of his famous friends such as Tom Hanks, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, Brad Pitt, Howard Stern, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart and Jane Fonda.

“I am looking forward to spending the holidays onboard the magnificent ocean liner Queen Mary 2 this December,” Takei said. “I have sailed on this ship before – the staff go above and beyond to …

Cunard's 2021 World Cruise on The Queen Mary 2 Features Many Firsts.

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Luxury cruise brand Cunard unveiled their Oceans of Discovery voyage program for November 2020 through May 2021, featuring Full World Voyages and in-depth itineraries in Japan and Australia. The Cunard fleet, including Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, and flagship liner Queen Mary 2, will call at 94 destinations in 38 different countries, including four exciting maiden calls in Japan, Taiwan and New Zealand.

Queen Mary 2 will undertake her classic East-West World Voyage in 2021 to Australia and Asia, which includes the Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Southern Africa. The World Cruise can be taken as a roundtrip from either New York (113 nights) or London (99 nights). Shorter voyage options range in length from two to 64 nights and can be combined in many ways allowing guests to create the ideal travel experience to the cities of their choice.


The beginning of the voyage is routed via South Africa and the Indian Ocean to Australia. From there, Queen Mary 2 wi…

Norwegian Cruse Line Takes Delivery of Norwegian Encore - Ship to Preview to Press and Agents in New York.

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Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel, today took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, in Bremerhaven, Germany.
This highly anticipated milestone begins a nearly month-long tour with preview events scheduled in Europe, New York and Miami, including the ship’s naming ceremony on Nov. 21, 2019. In attendance were Norwegian Cruise Line and Meyer Werft executives.
“Today we celebrate the delivery of our 17th ship and the close of our history-making Breakaway Plus class – a feat that was made possible through a special collaboration with our partners at Meyer Werft,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Our dedication to creating next-level offerings on board, will allow us to continue to deliver meaningful experiences for our guests, when Norwegian Encore arrives home to Miami.”
The nearly 1,100-foot-long Norwegian Encore, with a gross tonnage of almost 170,000 and a guest capacity of nearly 4,000, …

Retirement Home - Not For Everyone - How about Sailing Around the World.

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This is a great video I found on an 88 year old woman who has decided to retire on a cruise ship. Sailing around the world continuously, she has the best of all worlds. I hope you enjoy this entertaining video and have an opportunity to retire on a cruise ship.


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Exciting Fun Ship Choices Found on the Carnival Radiance and Carnival Sunrise.

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The Carnival Sunrise has already completed her extensive refit and the Carnival Victory is next. The Carival Vitory will emerge from the shipyard as the Carnival Radiance in the Spring of 2020 - after a  $200 Million dollar refit.

Here is a brief listing of the enhancements made/will be made to both ships by 2020.

Exciting New Shipboard Choices
Carnival Sunrise and Carnival Radiance will each undergo extensive dry docks in 2019 and 2020, respectively, that will add an array of exciting food, beverage and entertainment choices.   New culinary and beverage offerings will include Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse developed by Food Network star and longtime partner Guy Fieri, a classic American steakhouse called Fahrenheit 555, and the Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant, the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub.   Carnival Radiance will also feature Big Chicken, a seagoing version of a land-side restaurant operated by the line’s Chief Fun Officer, NBA Hall of …

Bar Harbor Maine - A Quaint Port on Many New England, Canada Cruises.

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Bar Harbor is one of the best ports on a New England, Canada cruise. The small city is quaint and has has many shops, restaurants and attractions but still retains it nautical feel.

The port's close proximity to Acadia National Park allows cruise passengers the ability to take in the beauty and roughness of the landscape as well learn how the local live.

Check out the latest review of Bar Harbor and learn more details about this cruise destination.

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Carnival Cruises' Carnival Sunrise Arrives in Fort Lauderdale for Winter Cruises to the Bahamas

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After completing her 2019 cruise season from New York and a short stent in Norfolk, Virginia, the Carnival Sunrise has arrived in Fort Lauderdale - her new home-port for the winter.

The totally transformed Carnival Sunrise arrived in her new home-port of Fort Lauderdale on 10/28/2019 to launch a schedule of four- and five-day Caribbean and Bahamas cruises from Port Everglades.
Today’s voyage – a sold-out five-day cruise to Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman – marks the first of nearly 40 departures from Fort Lauderdale through May 2, 2020. The ship’s inaugural call at Port Everglades was marked with a traditional maritime plaque exchange with port and government officials, as well as a reception and lunch for local dignitaries and travel agents. Carnival Sunrise debuted earlier this year following an extensive $200 million renovation that is part of a fleetwide $2 billion ship enhancement program. “We are pleased to bring Carnival Sunrise to Port Everglades, providing our guests wi…

MSC Cruises' MSC Meravilgia - Closes out MSC 2019 Cruise Season from New York - Departing on a Southern Caribbean Cruise

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MSC Cruise MSC Meravilgia closed out MSC Cruises 2019 season from New York to New England- Canada. At 7:04 PM, the largest cruise ship to call at Manhattan to date, the MSC Meravilgia silently pulled away from the pier 88 at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on her way to the Southern Caribbean and her new Winter Homeport - Miami.

After completing her New England & Canada Program, the MSC Meravilgia departed on a  14 Day  repositioning cruise from New York (on October 28th) to the Southern Caribbean which includes a stop at MSC Private Reserve - Ocean Cay in the Bahamas. The cruise will end in Miami on November 10, 2019. The MSC Meraviglia  will spend the winter sailing to the Western Caribbean on 7 Day cruises from Miami.
Just as a side note the MSC Meraviglia will return to New York in 2020 for her second season to New England and Canada. 
Check out MSC Cruise's website for additional details. 
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Carnival Cruises Carnival Victory to be Transformed Into the Carnival Radiance

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Next year Carnival Victory will undergo a $200m bow-to-stern transformation to emerge as Carnival Radiance. The 38-day renovation will add all of the line’s food, beverage and entertainment innovations. These include Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse created by Food Network star Guy Fieri, Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant, Bonsai Sushi, Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub and the first Big Chicken restaurant created by Carnival’s Chief Fun Officer, Shaquille O’Neal.
All of the ship’s spaces will be transformed including the water park, youth facilities, retail shops, Cloud 9 Spa and a new Liquid Lounge, home to Carnival’s high-tech Playlist Productions shows. Carnival Radiance will reposition New York in the Summer of 2020 sailing from New York to New England, Canada, the Caribbean, Florida, Bahamas, Bermuda and private islands..
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Norwegian Escape Leave and Norwegian Bliss Files In.

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In late November, Norwegian Cruise Line is swapping ships out of New York - Replacing the Norrwegian Escape with the newer Norwegian Bliss. There Norwegian Escape will depart New York on November 20, 2019, heading out of the Big Apple empty enroute to Miami.



The Norwegian Escape will spend the winter sailing to the Western Caribbean from Miami until April, 2020.  In April the Norwegian Escape will sail back to New York for a 4 Day Bermuda Cruise on April 7, 2020 followed by a 7-Day cruise to Bermuda.

The Norwegian Escape will them depart on 4/14/2020 on a 15-Day Cruise to the Azores, make multiple stops in Portugal and Spain then on to France and Italy where the cruise ends.



The Norwegian Bliss sailing from Los Angeles to New York - Arriving in New York on November 24,2019.

The Norwegian Bliss will spend the winter sailing from New York to Florida & the Bahamas; The Western Caribbean; Eastern Caribbean; or Southern Caribbean.

On April 20, 2020 The Norwegian Bliss will depart…

Princess Cruises Sea Princess Sails 2020 World Cruise Features Overnight Stays in New York City

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Princess Cruises' Sea Princess will offer a 106-Day World Cruise from Sydney Australia departing on May 12.2020,   visiting 38 Ports:  Sydney, Australia | Brisbane, Australia | Komodo Island, Indonesia | Singapore | Colombo, Sri Lanka | Muscat (Mina Qaboos), Oman | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Aqaba (Petra), Jordan | Transit the Suez Canal, Egypt | Transit the Suez Canal, Egypt | Santorini, Greece | Sibenik, Croatia | Venice, Italy | Venice, Italy | Valletta, Malta | Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy | Cannes (for Monte Carlo), France | Barcelona, Spain | Ceuta, Spanish Morocco, Spain | Lisbon, Portugal | Cork, Ireland (Cobh - For Blarney Castle) | London (Dover), England | Bergen, Norway | Hellesylt, Norway | Geiranger, Norway | Tromso, Norway | Honningsvag (for North Cape), Norway | Lofoten Islands (Gravdal), Norway | Akureyri, Iceland | Isafjordur, Iceland | Reykjavik, Iceland | Halifax, Canada | New York City (Manhattan or Brooklyn), New York | New Yo…

Totally Renovated Carnival Victory to Sail From New York in 2020 as the Carnival Radiance.

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Carnival Cruise Line today announced the diverse inaugural schedule for the totally transformed Carnival Radiance, including 9- to 13-day European voyages, the line’s first to Cuba from New York and Norfolk, four- to nine-day sailings to the Caribbean, Canada/New England from New York, and a winter season of voyages to the Caribbean and Cuba from Port Canaveral, Fla.


Carnival Radiance’s Diverse 2020 Inaugural Season
Following a $200 million dry dock that will take place in Cadiz, Spain, Carnival Radiance will debut April 29, 2020, with a 10-day Mediterranean sailing from Barcelona followed by nine-and 12-day departures visiting top destinations throughout the region, including Italy, France, Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain. The ship will then embark on a 13-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to New York June 11-24, 2020, positioning the vessel for its inaugural season in the Big Apple.

Once in New York, Carnival Radiance will offer a series of four- and six-day Berm…

Carnival Sunrise to Return to New York in 2020.

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Building upon the popularity of short Bermuda cruises introduced on Carnival Horizon, Carnival Sunrise will offer a series of “long weekend” getaways to Bermuda as well as longer length Caribbean voyages from the Big Apple beginning May 21, 2020.

The program includes eight, nine-day voyages with stops at the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay and Nassau.  Eight, four-day “long weekend” voyages to Bermuda will also be offered, departing Thursdays and returning Mondays and spending a full day on the island.  Seven, eight-day voyages visiting beautiful ports in the Caribbean and Bahamas will be offered as well. The program concludes with a 12-day Carnival Journeys partial Panama Canal transit from New York to Fort Lauderdale Oct. 19-31, 2020.

Carnival Sunrise will also sail from Norfolk, Va., in May 2020, offering a pair of five-day cruises to Nassau and Freeport, along with a three-port, six-day voyage featuring Half Moon Cay, Nassau, and Freeport.



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Cunard's Queen Mary 2 Set for 2020 Refit.

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Cunard has confirmed that the Queen Mary 2 will undergo a refit in 2020. The 3 week refit will take place between November 6 and 23, 2020. The exact details of the modifications and upgrades are still being finalized as well as the location where the work will be completed.

Queen Mary 2's  prior upgrade was a  £90 million makeover that included a redesign and refurbishment of the Queens Grill and Princess Grill suites and restaurants. Fifty brand-new cabins were also added and the Winter Garden was replaced with the Carinthia Lounge.

The first sailing after the ship’s next dry dock is a three-night Christmas Markets in Belgium itinerary, departing from Southampton on November 28, 2020.

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Celebrity Cruises Closes Out 2019 Cruise Season From New York

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Yesterday (10/20/2019) Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Summit departed New York (Cape Liberty Bayonne NJ) on a 6-day cruise to Eastern Caribbean. The Celebrity Summit is expected to make calls at St. Maarten, St. Thomas and San Juan where the cruise will end on November 26.

The Celebrity Summit will sail the winter from San Juan to the Southern Caribbean on 7 day itineraries.

The Celebrity Summit will return to New York in May 2020. Departing San Juan on May 2, 2020, she will call at St. Maarteen, St Thomas and St Kitts before ending in Cape Liberty Bayonne N.J. 7 days later.


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Sky Princess Officially Joins The Princess Fleet.

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(October 15, 2019) – Princess Cruises, the world’s fastest growing international premium cruise line, today took delivery of Sky Princess from shipbuilder Fincantieri at an official handover ceremony at the shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. The first ship designed from the ground up as a Princess MedallionClass ship, the 143,700-ton, 3,660-guest Sky Princess features an evolution of the design platform used for the cruise line’s previous Royal-Class ships.

The milestone handover ceremony was attended by executives from Carnival Corporation & plc including Micky Arison, Chairman of Carnival Corporation; Arnold Donald, President and CEO of Carnival Corporation; Stein Kruse, Group CEO of Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, Carnival Australia and Carnival UK, and Jan Swartz, Group President of Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia, Fincantieri was represented by Giuseppe Bono, CEO.

“We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to our long-time shipbuilding partne…

The Empire State Building Observation Area Rennovated and New Areas Open For Business.

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The Empire State Building (ESB)announced the third phase of its top-to-bottom re-imagined Observatory Experience, the newly renovated 102nd floor Observatory. Opening to the public on October 12, 2019,the102ndfloor will feature floor-to-ceiling glass windows where Guests can step right to the edge of the World’s Most Famous Building

Guests experience their first “wow” moment when they enter an all -glass elevator on the 86th floor. As they travel 16 stories through a newly-renovated glass shaft to 102, they will be provided a never-before-seen look  at the inside of the tower’s mast and a  glimpse of its world-famous  tower  lights.Once  the  elevator nears  its  destination, Guests get  a  sneak  peek at the breath taking views before stepping  out  onto  the Observatory. Made up of 24 crystal-clear, eight-foot-tall windows, the 102ndfloor is an enclosed, climate-controlled,all-weather Observation Deck allowing 360-degree views of the city and beyond from the heart of New York Ci…

11,500 German Cruise Passengers Converge at New York.

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New York and New Jersey was host to over 11,500 German Tourists and crews as 4 ships focused on the German market called at the port on 10/14/2019.

Monday saw 4 German cruise ships (plus the Caribbean Princess) docked in NYC. AIDA had 2 ships in port - The AIDAdiva & AIDAluna bringing some 6,250 passengers and crew to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. Also at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal was Phoenix Reisen's Amadea which is a mid-sized ship carrying only 624 passengers and 300 crew. Finally in Bayonne, at Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal played host to over 3,900 passengers and crew from TUI's Mien Schiff 1.  The 4 ships menitoned above cater primarily to German speaking passengers and German is the primary language spoken on board.

These ships spent multiple days in port to allow passengers the opportunity to explore all the city has to offer and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.


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Carnival Closes OutTheir 2019 New York Cruise Season

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Today the Carnival Sunrise left New York for the last time for 2019. The ship left New York's Brooklyn Cruise Terminal at 11:50 AM without passengers heading to Norfolk Va. From Norfolk the Carnival Sunrise will sail 2 cruises to the Bahamas. In late October the Carnival Sunrise will begin sailing  a series of 4 & 5 Day cruises from Fort Lauderdale to the Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean or Bahamas.

In 2020, Carnival returns to New York with multiple ships including the Carnival Sunrise, a short series of cruises on the Carnival Legend; the brand new Mardi Gras and the extensively renovated Carnival Radiance (formerly the Carnival Victory).



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First There Was Long Island and Then There was Staten Island.

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Although Hurricane Melissa was well off shore, strong winds and rough high seas were encountered just outside of the New York Harbor this past Thursday. 10/10/2019. These adverse weather conditions caused ships to alter their itineraries. This past Thursday saw the Peaceboat - Ocean Dream, 2 Viking Ocean Cruises ships - the Viking Sea and Viking Sun and in Bayonne was Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas stayed quay side THursday evening until about 9:45 PM. At this time, the ship sailed toward the Statue of Liberty and went up the Hudson River to the Freedom Tower where she turned around and headed back down river. The Anthem of the Seas then stopped just short of the Veranzaro-Narrows Bridge just off Staten Island where the ship remained idle until 5:30 AM on Friday morning. After sailing under the bridge, the Anthem of the Seas proceeded to Boston Mass. The winds were reported to be in excess of 45 miles per hour Thursday evening.

It …