Showing posts from August, 2019

Small Ship Cruising Changes Up New York Ports.

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

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.


  Sister Sites

=> Website - Cruise Schedule, Ship Reviews, Ports of Call & More.

=> Nick's Cruise Corner Blog - News On Cruise Ships Sailing World Wide.

=> NewShipNews - Information and News on Cruise Ships being…

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Sister Sites => Website - Cruise Schedule, Ship Reviews, Ports of Call & More. =>…

Royal Caribbean's Private Island CocoCay in the Bahamas - Experince the Day at Coco Cay.

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…

Scenic Luxury Cruises Takes Delivery of the Luxury Yacht Scenic Eclipse - Christening To Be Held in New York

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has today confirmed it took delivery of Scenic Eclipse on July 26 from the Uljanik Shipyard. Scenic Eclipse departed the shipyard at 8:00PM on Saturday, July 27, on its journey to Valetta, Malta for registration. From there, she will make a number of short stops before arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland, where she will commence operations of her first scheduled cruise. The inaugural voyage is a 13-day discovery sailing via Greenland and Eastern Canada before arriving in Quebec on August 27. And then heading to NYC for its Christening by Godmother Dame Helen Mirren.
In addition, Scenic today released footage of the final tests and trials of the state-of-the-art Airbus H130 helicopters. The video shows the helicopters landing on the deck of Scenic Eclipse and being stored in the specially-designed onboard hangars (US link:; CAN link: As one of the quietest helicopters in the skies, the …

Cunard's Queen Elizabeth Call in New York On Repositioing Cruise

Last week also presented another unique visitor to New York City. Cunard's Queen Elizabeth made a call at the New York Cruise Terminal for a day to allow her passengers to enjoy a day in the Big Apple.

Arriving in New York at around 5:00 AM, the Queen Elizabeth spent a full 12 hours in port - allowing her passengers to explore.

The Queen Elizabeth called in New York City on 49 Day Cruise From Vancouver British Columbia Canada to Southampton England.

The Cruise went north from Vancouver on June 20th, 2019 to various ports in Alaska, California, Mexico Guatemala, Panama Canal Transit, Aruba, Florida, Halifax, Newfoundland, Iceland, Scotland. Ireland and Southampton England where the cruise ends on August 8th. The cruise is also sold in segments and an 18 day New York to Southampton segment was available.

The Queen Elizabeth was built in Italy in 2010 and measures 961 feet long and 105 wide weighing 90,901 tons. She carries a crew of 900 and 2,500 passengers. She will spend the rest…