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Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Gem Denied Entry Into New York.

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2/25/2019 - Today Norwegian Cruise Lines' Norwegian Gem was denied entry into the port of New York and New Jersey today due to extremely high winds. Although the day was bright and sunny the wind gusts were up to 60 miles per hour.

The Norwegian Gem sailed under the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge (Verrazano-Narrows Bridge) but was denied further entry into the port by the harbor master. The excessive winds, combined with the challenging currents made maneuvering the 93,530 ton ship up the Hudson River and making the right hand turn into the pier practically impossible.

The Norwegian Gem then turned around off the shore of Staten Island and sailed out of the harbor extending passengers vacation another day. Unfortunately the Norwegian Gem encountered rough seas since the excessive winds were also occurring at sea.

Weather permitting the Norwegian Gem is now expected to arrive in Manhattan around 3:00 AM on Tuesday 2/26/2019. Her next cruise, an 11 day Southern Caribbean cruise, has bee…

Princess Cruises Introduces The Reef Family Splash Zone Onboard Caribbean Princess

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When Caribbean Princessemerges from drydock in June 2019, for a season of summer cruises to the sun-drenched Caribbean, The Reef Family Splash Zone will debut offering a refined, playful and relaxing area for adults and kids alike to gather and enjoy the sun and water together.

“In our latest effort to enhance our family offerings, this newly reimagined space invites families and kids to experience a multi-functional area to engage, play, reconnect,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “TheReef is the ultimate spot forfamilies of all ages to enjoy spending time together with new water features, recreational activities and lounge areas.” 
Located aft on deck 17, The Reef will offer many enticing features, including:
Splashpad with Whale Feature–this interactive and inviting water playground features a splash pool, assorted water sprays and showers where families can enjoy a day of splashing, laughing and playing. The focal point is an interactive whale feature, with ‘rain” from…

Carnival Reveals Details of the Carnival Mardi Gras.

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Carnival Cruise Line today revealed the first look at design details for the highly anticipated Mardi Gras, the line’s most innovative ship set to debut in 2020 and the first cruise ship in North America powered by LNG.  Mardi Gras will offer an extensive array of popular Carnival guest favorites along with new exciting experiences highlighted by six themed zones. Throughout the ship’s 20 decks and in each of these distinctive areas, guests will find fun, memorable ways to create their own personalized vacation with dining, libation, entertainment, recreation, and relaxation options.

The accommodations on Mardi Gras will include more than 20 different stateroom categories and multiple levels of spacious and luxurious suites.  Mardi Gras will also include the most expansive open decks on any Carnival ship, and a spectacular atrium that will serve as the hub of the ship as well as a stunning focal point where guests will be welcomed on board.

“When our guests Choose Fun and book a vaca…

Carnival Cruises Announces Carnival Mardi Gras to Sail From New York On Select Cruises.

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Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras – already creating buzz among cruise fans – is now open for sale of its inaugural schedule for 2020. 

Mardi Gras will offer a diverse schedule with six- to 15-day sailings visiting top destinations throughout Europe and the Caribbean beginning in summer 2020. 
          Guests can choose from more than 20 different stateroom categories and multiple levels of spacious and luxurious suites, more than on any other Carnival ship.  A range of stateroom options provides guests the opportunity to further personalize their vacation experiences and includes special staterooms and suites such as Family Harbor, Havana Cabana and Cloud 9 Spa accommodations, as well as a wide selection of suites, balcony, ocean view and interior staterooms.  
“For Mardi Gras, we’ve developed some truly exciting and diverse itineraries that will provide our guests with opportunities to experience and explore top destinations in Europe and the Caribbean,” said Christine D…