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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 …

Norwegian Cruise Line Names Kelly Clarkson Godmother to Its Newest Ship, Norwegian Encore

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Clarkson to Headline Norwegian Encore’s Christening Ceremony in Miami on Nov. 21, 2019Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel, announced today on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” that GRAMMY Award-winning artist and superstar Kelly Clarkson will serve as the godmother to its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, debuting in Miami in November.
The cruise line’s President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Stuart appeared on Clarkson’s new nationally syndicated daytime show produced and distributed by NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution, to invite her to join the Norwegian Cruise Line family as godmother to Norwegian Encore. 
As godmother, she will perform at the christening ceremony in Miami on Thursday, Nov. 21, as well as fulfill the longstanding maritime tradition of blessing and officially naming the beautiful Norwegian Encore.  “We knew we wanted someone who represents our core values,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer.  “Kelly is …

Royal Caribbean Makes A Play For Freeport's Grand Lucaya Resort.

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Here is a news story that I had missed. It appears that Royal Caribbean is expanding its presence in the Bahamas and has made an offer to purchase the Grand  Lucaya Resort in Freeport. It appear that the negotiations began before Hurricane Dorian hit Freeport hard and the resort remains closed today due to storm damage. As of this time, It is uncertain where negotiation sit today.

Royal Caribbean hinted that they intended to covert the resort into an experience very close to the "Perfect Day at Coco Cay". It is unclear if the amenities of the renovated resort will be available to hotel guests only - or be offered to cruise passengers and sold as part of a shore excursion.

Here are some additional details on the negotiations from March 27, 2019.

Lucayan Renewal Holdings Ltd. today signed a Letter of Intent with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) and the ITM Group to begin exclusive negotiations for the purchase of the Grand Lucayan Resort at a price of $65 million, and th…

German Cruise Operator Hapag-Lloyd's Luxury Cruise Ships - Europa & Europa 2 Receive 5 Star Plus Berlitz Rating.

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German luxury cruise ship operator, Hapag-Lloyd receives 5 Plus Star ratings by Berlitz Cruising Guide. The Europa and Europa 2 both received the prestigious rating. The two ships are occasional callers at United States ports including the port of New York.

Although German is the primary language spoken on board, there are cruises which cater to English speaking passengers. In addition the crew is fluent in multiple languages. I have visited the Europa 2 and encountered no issues interacting with the crew.

Here are additional details on the exceptional 5-Plus Star Rating.

The EUROPA and EUROPA 2, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ two luxury ships are the only cruise ships to receive the coveted distinction of 5-stars-plus in the latest edition of the renowned Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2020. As such, they have defended their top rankings as the best ships in the world in the “Top 20 Small Ships” category. The HANSEATIC nature was named best boutique ship for the first time and awarded a …

Nowegian Cruise Line's New Norwegian Encore Completes the Conveyance From Meyer Werft Shipyard Papenburg Germany.

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Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel, today announced that its newest innovative ship, Norwegian Encore, successfully completed another major construction milestone, when she departed the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and sailed down the Ems River towards the North Sea.

On Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, Norwegian Encore began her conveyance to Eemshaven, Netherlands, with initial crew members on board already preparing to welcome her first guests this November.  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 by Grammy Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson in Miami on Nov. 21, 2019 and will commence seven-day voyages to the Caribbean on Nov. 24, 2019.

“Today we celebrate a huge milestone for our history-making ship,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Now is when the anticipa…

MSC Cruises MSC Meraviglia's Maiden Arrival in New York And New England / Canada Cruises

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MSC Cruises is marking their return to New York with the maiden arrival of the MSC Meraviglia on Monday 10/7/2019. The 167,600 ton ship, which was delivered in 2017,  is 1,034 feet long and carries 4,500 passengers.

After an overnight in port, the ship is expected to sail the afternoon of 10/8/2019 on a 10 day cruise to New England & Canada visiting Sydney Canada, Corner Brook Canada; Charlottetown, Canada; Quebec Canada,  returning back to New York.


The MSC Meraviglia  is expected to sail on a second New England / Canada cruise on 10/18/2019  to Bar Harbor, Me; St. John Nova Scotia Canada; Halifax Nova Scotia Canada, Sydney Canada, Portland, Me; Boston Ma; and back to New York.

After completing her New England & Canada Program, the MSC Meravilgia will sail 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 M…

Carnival Corporation, Government of The Bahamas Sign Agreements to Develop Two New Destination Projects

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Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL;NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest leisure travel company, and two of its cruise line brands today signed an agreement with the government of The Bahamas to build two major port developments. Under the agreement, Carnival Corporation will develop a new cruise port destination primarily for Carnival Cruise Line on Grand Bahama, and construction of a new addition, including a pier, on the Bahamian island of Little San Salvador, home to Holland America Line’s award-winning Half Moon Cay port. The Grand Bahama project will represent an investment of over $100 million, and the development on Little San Salvador will be an estimated $80 million investment over time.

The agreement was signed today at the Prime Minister’s Office in Grand Bahama at a ceremony that included Dr. The Most Honorable Hubert A. Minnis, prime minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance The Honorable K. Peter Turnqu…

Oasis of the Seas Begins $165 Million Amplification

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September 27, 2019 - Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas arrived earlier this week in Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain to begin her $165 million amplification.

The cruise line shared photos of Oasis undergoing the beginning of the work that will add a variety of new features, including the Ultimate Abyss; The Perfect Storm trio of water slides, a re-imagined, Caribbean pool deck; new kids and teens spaces transformed from top to bottom, and more. You can view the deck-by-deck changes to Oasis of the Seas.

 The modernization will take 63 days. The amplified Oasis will set sail on Nov. 24, 2019, beginning 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Royal Caribbean’s new, state-of-the-art Terminal A in Miami. Oasis then moves to the New York City area in May 2020 as the largest ship to sail from the New York area. Oasis will reposition to her new summer home at Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey, offering 7-night sailings to The Bahamas with visits to Royal C…