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Hurricane Dorian Has Limited Impact on New York Sailings

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Hurricane Dorian has had limited impact on cruises departing from New York, mainly because we are in the late summer/fall season.  At this time of the year, cruises ships from New York tend to head north to New England and Canada for cruise passengers to enjoy the splendor of the fall colors.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Dawn, Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas and Carnival Cruise's Carnival Sunrise would normally venture to the Bahamas, Florida and their Private Islands all in danger of suffering the wrath of Dorian. The Norwegian Dawn and Adventure of the Seas headed north to New England / Canada.

The Anthem of the Seas is sailing in New England / Canada and will be cruising to Bermuda later in the week.

The Carnival Sunrise is well below the storm in the Dominican Republic and will be heading up the coast either behind or around the storm.



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Carnival Cruises To Develop New Cruise Destination on Grand Bahama Island/Freeport.

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Expected to be a cruise port visited as part of Carnival Cruises itinerary from New York and Baltimore, Carnival Cruises has entered into an agreement with the Government of the Bahama to develop a cruise port on Grand Bahama Island. The port will be similar to a private island experience and offer a wide array of attractions. Here is a statement issued by the Finance Minister of the Bahamas concerning the announcement (Source Bahamas.com).

Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon.

We have gathered here today for the signing of an historic Agreement with Carnival Cruise Lines for the establishment of a cruise port and destination in Eastern Grand Bahama. In order to achieve this, it took painstaking and lengthy negotiations between my Government and the principals of the Freeport Harbour Company to negotiate a Waiver of Exclusivity Agreement of their Exclusivity Rights on all ports in Grand Bahamas, which had been granted by the previous administration.

Carnival has agreed to engage …

United States Conservancy and RXR Reality Have Plans for the SS United Stated in Manhattan

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Although not much has happened, in December of 2018, the United States Conservancy - a non-profit organization, which has been trying to save the SS United States has found a new partner to help revitalize the decaying liner.

The once proud ship of the United States Lines sailed between New York and Northern Europe at amazing speed. When she became too costly to operate in 1969, the famous ship was laid up in Norfolk Virginia. After years sitting idle, and various buyers / interested parties, the ship sits in Philadelphia totally stripped to her bulkheads.

In December, 2018, the United States Conservancy announced a partnership with RXR Reality and a plan to dock the ship in New York City as an entertainment center, hotel, residences, shops and more.


The Conservancy has issued the following statement
Today, we are pleased to announce an important development: The Conservancy has entered into an agreement with a prominent commercial real estate development firm, RXR Realty, which will …

Princess Cruises Announces 2021 New England / Canada Cruise on Sky Princess and Caribbean Princess

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Princess Cruises, one of the world’s largest international premium cruise lines, announced its 2021 Canada & New England cruise and cruisetour season.Caribbean Princess and Sky Princess, one of the cruise line’s newest ships – will bring passengers to destinations rich in history and savory seafood, including unique seaside towns along the east coast. Also offered this season is the opportunity to see the breathtaking landscapes of Greenland, the world’s largest island.

Both ships offer the PrincessMedallionClass experience including expedited embarkation, on-demand food and beverage delivery, the ability to locate your friends and family and more. Voted #1 Cruise Line for U.S. & Canada by Cruise Critic, the 2021 Canada & New England program goes on sale September 18, 2019, and features 16 departures, visiting 18 destinations on six itineraries ranging in length from seven to 16 days.
Top reasons to experience Canada & New England with Princess Cruises during the J…

Small Ship Cruising Changes Up New York Piers.

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Although many of the larger cruise companies operating from New York get the press, there are a number of small cruise lines that offer unique itineraries from New York to coastal / inland waterway ports.

Examples of such cruise lines include: American Cruise Line and Blount Adventure Cruises.  Years ago these cruise lines utilized the Chelsea Piers as an embarkation point in the Big Apple. Due to over crowding at the Chelsea Piers, these small operators have been forced to find other piers within the port to load stores and embark / disembark passengers.

American Cruise Line has relocated to Pier 35 on the East River which used to be utilized by cargo ship lines - Netumar and North American West Africa Line (NAWAL).

Surprisingly Blount Adventure Cruises has relocated their embarkation point to Pier 81 on the North RIver. The pier is the home to what used to be World Yacht and now the North River Lobster Dinner Cruise Ship Destiny.

If you sail from New York one of these small ships, …

Caribbean Princess Heads North

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Earlier this week, Princess Cruise's Caribbean Princess left New York on a unique itinerary sailing from Brooklyn on 8/19/2019 to Halifax, Nova Scotia; Sydney Nova Scotia; Nuuk, Greenland; Qaqortoq Greenland; Nanortalik Greenland; and St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. The 15 day itinerary offers unique ports of call not normally featured on cruises from the Big Apple.

During the summer various cruise lines have been trying to offer unique itineraries including northern ports like Iceland and Greenland.

The 113,000 ton, 951 foot long and 118 foot wide Caribbean Princess is offering a number of  New England Canada cruises during the fall.

For More information check out our 2019 Fall cruise schedule.


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Scenic Luxury Cruises Scenic Eclipse Sails on Her Maiden Voyage. - Christening to Occur in NYC.

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Scenic Eclipse sets sail with its first guests on its inaugural voyage, a 13-day discovery itinerary from Reykjavik to Quebec, before heading to NYC for its Sept 10 christening by Godmother Dame Helen Mirren. And presenting to the world for the very first time are images of its luxurious interiors, showcasing some of the reasons this vessel sets a new standard in exploration and luxury cruising.

 “Today is the fruition of many years of planning and work from a large and dedicated team to create a vessel and an experience which has set a brand new benchmark in ultra-luxury discovery cruising,” offered Glen Moroney, Chairman and Founder, Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours.

“We are extremely proud of this ship and what it brings to the world of cruising. In terms of innovation, technology and design, it is second to none. The onboard helicopters and submarine and our handcrafted itineraries that take our guests to 38 countries in some of the world’s most stunning and remote loc…

Norwegian Cruise Line's Nowegian Encore is Floated Out of Meyer Werft's Covered Building Dock

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August 17, 2019 - Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel, today announced that its latest ship, Norwegian Encore, successfully completed a major construction milestone, when it emerged for the first time from the Meyer Werft ship building dock in Papenburg, Germany.  
Norwegian Encore will remain in the shipyard port for the final phase of construction, before her conveyance up the Ems River and towards the North Sea at the end of September. At nearly 1,100 feet long, with a gross tonnage of almost 170,000 and a guest capacity of 3,998, the ship will be delivered to the cruise line on Oct. 30, 2019. She will be christened in Miami on Nov. 21, 2019 and will commence seven-day voyages to the Caribbean on Nov. 24, 2019.
“To see the ship emerge from the shipyard is always one of the most exciting construction milestones,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.  “Our partners at Meyer Werft have been committed to…

We've Updated Our Site With Neat Stuff and Another Busy Day in NYC.

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As you can see, we have made some extensive changes to NYCruiseInfo.com.


Back by popular demand - We now are returning to our roots and am now  providing weekly ship schedules right on our main page  so people can view the cruises departing in the next 1-2 weeks and familiarize themselves with the ships and schedules. In addition we continue to provide cruise schedules online for at-least the next six months.

I also felt like the site was too stagnant so now you can come back daily to check our latest cruise news. In addition we have added fun items to our line-up - such as cruise crossword puzzles, trivia and more.

We also have 3 blog ups an running (see the footer on this page for links and information).

In addition to these changes - Today was a busy day in the Port of New York and New Jersey with 90% degree temperatures and just about the same humidity - it was hot!!! I wish I was in the pool on any or the 4 ships that were in port today including the Norwegian Escape (destined fo…

Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas to Sail from New York after $250 Million Modernization / Amplification.

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The ship that revolutionized the cruise industry, Oasis of the Seas, marks its 10-year anniversary with a larger-than-ever, $165 million amplification. The first to introduce the unique seven-neighborhood concept and one-of-a-kind AquaTheater entertainment venue, Royal Caribbean International’s original game-changer will set a new standard for family vacations with first-to-brand experiences and the latest Royal Caribbean hits. Guest favorites making their way to Oasis as part of the 63-day modernization include a reimagined,Caribbean-inspired pool deck that will feature a Splashaway Bay kids aquapark and The Lime & Coconut signature bar; famed Quantum Class staple, Music Hall; the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, and the Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea. Debuting alongside this lineup is the cruise line’s first barbecue concept, Portside BBQ, and dedicated karaoke venue Spotlight Karaoke. The amplified Oasis will set sail on Nov. 24, 2019, beginning 7-night Eas…

Carnival Cruise Line to Operate Largest Bermuda Season Ever, Adds Week-Long Voyages from Charleston and Baltimore in Addition to New York

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Carnival Cruise Line will operate its largest Bermuda season ever in 2019-2020, with more than 40 voyages visiting the nation, including eight week-long cruises departing from Baltimore and Charleston next year.

In total, six different Carnival ships – Carnival Breeze, Magic, Pride, Radiance, Sunshine and Sunrise – will offer four- to nine-day Bermuda cruises from five homeports along the eastern seaboard between now and next year.

Carnival is the only cruise operator to offer round-trip Bermuda cruises from Charleston, Port Canaveral and Fort Lauderdale. Nine-day Bermuda departures have also been added to the New York-based schedules of the totally transformed Carnival Sunrise and Carnival Radiance that include four-day cruises to the island as well.

Carnival’s diverse Bermuda schedule not only encompasses a wide range of cruise durations and homeports but also a variety of ship sizes and amenities, providing consumers with unprecedented opportunities to visit the popul…

Peaceboat Organization to Operate ex. Pullmantur Zenith as Peaceboat II Starting in 2020

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The Peaceboat organization, a Japanese nongovernmental organization promoting world peace, has announced that they have reached an agreement to operate Pullmantur's Zenith.

The 1,828-guest Zenith is expected to leave the Pullmantur fleet in early 2020 and begin sailing for Peaceboat as the Peaceboat II starting in April 2020. The Zenith (Peaceboat II) is expected to sail alongside the Ocean Dream (ex Carinival Tropicale) which has been operating for Peaceboat for a number of years.

Peaceboat stated that 2020 itineraries for the Peaceboat II (Zenith) will be announced shortly most likely sailing 3 month  voyages around the world.

It should be noted that the Zenith spent a good portion of her career sailing from New York under the ownership of Celebrity Cruises. Sailing weekly from the Big Apple to Bermuda during the Spring, Summer and Fall.
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Royal Caribbean's Private Island CocoCay in the Bahamas - Experince the Day at Coco Cay.

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Royal Caribbean International’s Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas is the line's refreshed private island experience following a $250 million transformation.

The island is offering exciting one-of-a-kind experiences that will top any bucket list including the tallest waterslide in North America, Daredevil’s Peak and Oasis Lagoon, the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean.

Coco Cay is a cruise destination visited on a number of Royal Caribbean cruises departing from the Port of New York / New Jersey - Cape Liberty Bayonne, NJ.

 Unlike any private island the world has ever seen, Royal Caribbean International’s highly anticipated Perfect Day at CocoCay – the first in the cruise line’s new Perfect Day Island Collection of next-level private destinations around the world – is now open. The $250 million transformation of the line’s private island in The Bahamas debuts a combination of first-of-their-kind thrills and one-of-a-kind ways to chill that forever changes wha…