Cunard Line is Returning to Alaska in 2019

Queen Elizabeth Ocean Liner
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Cunard Line is returning to Alaska in 2019 with the Queen Elizabeth vessel.

The British cruise line is making a return to Alaska in 2019 with Queen Elizabeth. Voyages will begin in May 2019 and will sail a series of cruises through June. After that, the ship will sail the U.S. west coast through the Panama Canal up to New York and then head across the Atlantic through Iceland and complete in the UK.

Josh Leibowitz, Senior VP, Cunard North America, said:

“Cunard is thrilled to make our return to Alaska with our youngest ship Queen Elizabeth. Our guests can now explore the region on the best itinerary in Alaska—four 10-night round-trip Vancouver sailings with more time in port and opportunities to visit the natural wonders of Tracy Arm Fjord and Hubbard Glacier.”

Queen Elizabeth will offer 10-night cruises out of Vancouver, Canada starting on May 21 and the final voyage will depart on June 20. The scenic views of the Inside Passage along with calls in Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka. Cruise prices start from $1,699 per person.

Early booking is available to World Club members beginning October 30, 2017 with reservations being opened to the general public starting on October 31. For those looking to enjoy the coveted Grills experience, an early booking benefit of complimentary drinks and gratuities is available from October 30, 2017 to February 28, 2018.

Carnival Cruise Line Confirms Return Dates to Hurricane Hit Ports

Carnival Cruise Ships Tendering
Photo By: Russell Otway (For Cruise Hive Only)

Carnival Cruise Line confirms the actual return dates to Hurricane hit ports in the Caribbean.

We posted yesterday about Carnival Cruise Line making a return to 4 Caribbean destinations hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September. The good news today is that Carnival has confirmed the actual dates of when ships will resume calls to the ports.

Carnival Sailing Dates to Hurricane Hit Ports:

  • Grand Turk – Visits to Grand Turk will resume November 1 beginning with Carnival Ecstasy
  • San Juan – Visits to San Juan will resume November 30 beginning with Carnival Conquest
  • St. Thomas – Visits to St. Thomas will resume January 9 beginning with Carnival Glory
  • St. Maarten – Visits to St. Maarten will resume January 15 beginning with Carnival Sunshine

This is good news for Carnival and the cruise industry as ship itineraries will begin to get back to normal and no more port changes. Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten are all popular cruise destinations and it is important for Carnival to return to help local businesses and the economies recover.

Carnival Fascination will also resume regular service in February 2018 as it is currently being used by FEMA to house Hurricane relief workers in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

How About a 3-Month Cruise Around the World?

MSC Magnifica
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MSC Cruises has detailed another world cruise which will be a three-month itinerary to bucket-list destinations.

The cruise line has announced details on a second around the world cruise which will last for three months with the MSC Magnifica cruise ship. The 116-night voyage will some stunning destinations including Peru, Papua New Guinea, Bali and India. The cruise will set off on its epic bucket-list journey in 2020.

Gianni Onorato, chief executive officer of MSC Cruises, said:

“Following the highly successful launch of our first MSC World Cruise last year, due to set to sail in January 2019, we are now delighted to open sales for a new world cruise for 2020 developed to offer guests experiences and destinations that they will never forget.”

“In addition, the experience onboard MSC Magnifica – one of the jewels of our fleet – has been designed to reflect the cultures and cuisines of the countries that the ship visits, giving guests the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in a true around the world voyage of discovery both on board and on shore.”

Bookings for the second world voyage are now open exclusively for MSC Voyagers Club members and it includes more than 40 ports of call in 23 countries. There no doubt be destinations for any type of cruiser and the experience gained from so many different cultures will be something to remember for life.

MSC Magnifica World Cruise 2020
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The first opportunity to embark on the MSC Magnifica will be on January 4th, 2020. Cruisers will be able to enjoy the ship one day early before the first official departure day of January 5th from Genoa begins. Guests can begin their world cruise from Civitavecchia/Rome on Jan 4th, Genoa on Jan 5th, Marseille on Jan 6th and Barcelona on Jan 7th.

The world cruise will include some major benefits:

  • A complimentary Mealtime Restaurant Drinks Package, which includes unlimited wine, mineral water, draft beer, sodas and fruit juices during lunch and dinner in the main dining room and buffet
  • A 30% reduction on all laundry services
  • More than 90 shows performed in the ship’s Royal Theatre, including 30 Broadway-style shows and a wide range of live music, including acts inspired by the itinerary
  • A comprehensive activity schedule with theme evenings, language classes, cultural guest speakers and much more

Bookings for non-MSC Voyagers Club members will be open a month later. MSC Magnifica is also sailing the first world cruise which is departing in January 2019.

Cruise Passenger Dangerously Sits on Ship Railings

Cruise Passenger on Aurora Railings
Photo By: Nick Corben

A cruise passenger has been spotted dangerously sitting on cruise ship railings on a recent sailing from the UK.

A woman has been spotted sitting on cruise ship railings on the P&O Aurora cruise ship. During a recent 2-night cruise out of Southampton, UK a photo was taken onboard the British vessel showing one woman sit and lay on top of the railings with another taking a photo of her and another just standing and watching.

The woman is holding on with her hands behind her back with her legs and feet also on the railings. Just one gust of wind or a loss of balance would cause her to fall over to the deck below or even overboard.

Nick Corben posted the photo online and many people have already commented on how stupid and dangerous this is.

Have you seen these Idiots from Aurora 2 night cruise at the weekend. Should be banned from cruising.

Posted by Nick Corben on Sunday, October 22, 2017

Doing something like this is so stupid and should never be done. The woman is very lucky not to have fallen off the railings which are there for a reason.

P&O Aurora
Photo By: P&O Cruises

It does seem this happened towards the ship aft onboard P&O Aurora which is a British based cruise ship. The most recent 2-night voyage departed Southampton, UK on October 20th and called at Zeebrugge, Belgium before arriving back at its homeport on October 22nd.

P&O Aurora is a 76,000 gross ton vessel which can carry 1,870 guests at double occupancy.

We’ve come across some really stupid passengers over the years and recently a boy was filmed jumping from one deck above into the swimming pool below onboard a Princess cruise ship. In another very risky act, a passenger was caught on film jumping from a cruise ship bow into the water while in port. And another time a boy was filmed climbing on the outside of the ship railings on a Carnival cruise ship while at sea.

Carnival Cruise Line Confirms Return to 4 Hurricane Hit Caribbean Ports

Carnival Cruise Ships in Port
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Carnival Cruise Line has confirmed cruise ships will be returning to 4 Caribbean cruise ports hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Carnival Cruise Line has confirmed cruise ships will soon be returning to Hurricane hit Caribbean destinations including Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. The cruise line has been impacted heavily by ship itinerary cancellations and adjustments due to the devastating damage caused by Hurricanes Irmas and Maria in September.

Carnival President Christine Duffy posted a note which detailed the cruise line will return to Grand Turk in less than two weeks, calls to resume to Puerto Rico from November 30 and ships will start calling in St. Thomas and St. Maarten at the beginning of January 2018.

Carnival President Christine Duffy posted:

We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that our Caribbean destinations are open for business… and they’re looking forward to welcoming folks back to their beautiful islands! We have finalized our schedule of future calls to the few remaining ports that had not yet been added back to our itineraries following the recent hurricanes.

We will be resuming visits to Grand Turk in less than two weeks, calls in San Juan on November 30 and visits to St. Thomas and St. Maarten at the beginning of January. I hope you are as excited as we are at this great news!

The Caribbean continues to be the cruise industry’s most popular cruising region and we here at Carnival, along with our destination partners, greatly value your business and look forward to providing you with a truly memorable and exceptional vacation experience.

I would also like to take this opportunity to assure you that, while the Caribbean region recovers from the hurricanes, Carnival is continuing to provide support to our friends and partners impacted by the storms. Over the past many weeks, we have provided deliveries of supplies to different Caribbean islands. We have also been fundraising and, in total, the Carnival Corporation family has committed $12.5 million to hurricane relief. And just recently we chartered the Carnival Fascination to FEMA to house relief workers in St. Croix.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard soon!

Christine Duffy

The two category 5 Hurricanes devasted not just Eastern Caribbean destinations but also parts of Florida. These regions are extremely important to the cruise industry with not just Carnival but other major cruise lines affected too.

As services start to open back up and port damage is repaired Carnival Cruise Line can now start to confirm regular itineraries featuring original ports of calls. The cruise destinations are working hard to make sure the passenger experience ashore is the best it can be and services are up and running.

Also Read: Carnival Cruise Line Returns to San Juan, Puerto Rico

Carnival Cruise Line is also actively helping in recovery efforts with ships delivering urgent aid to Hurricane hit destinations and Carnival Fascination being used by FEMA to house Hurricane relief workers in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Miami-based cruise line is also donating Millions to those in need affected by the Hurricanes.

Carnival Horizon Departs for Sea Trials

Carnival Horizon Departs for Sea Trials
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Carnival Horizon which is the second Vista-class cruise ship for Carnival Cruise Line has departed for sea trials.

The next Carnival cruise ship has departed the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy this morning, October 20th for sea trials. The ship will spend some time at sea testing the propulsion and maneuverability systems to make sure she is ready for regular service in Spring 2018.

The Sea trials are major construction milestone and pretty much marks the very final stages of construction which include the interior fitting out phase and final touches. Our friends at I Like Cruise Ships and Carnival Cruise Line Ambassador have posted online Carnival Horizon departing the dock.

The photos are coming think and fast today. I hope you like seeing them as much as we do. The Carnival Horizon sailing off on her sea trials is a big moment in a ships history. #carnivalfamily #CarnivalHorizon

Posted by I Like Cruise Ships on Friday, October 20, 2017

The popular Carnival Italia page even posted a video of Carnival Horizon departing under a depressing sky, don’t worry the ship will soon be in sunny blue skies once in service next year.

Posted by Carnival Cruise Line Italia on Friday, October 20, 2017

It has been a busy day for the upcoming Carnival cruise ship, just earlier we posted a new Virtual Tour from the cruise line which shows the entire ship in a 3D rendering. And recently Carnival has been unveiling new features which will be onboard including the new Guy Fieri Smokehouse Brewhouse and the first Teppanyaki venue in the fleet.

Carnival Horizon will be identical to sister ship Carnival Vista but with some new additions. The ship’s maiden voyage will depart Barcelona, Spain on April 2, 2018. After a season based in New York, Carnival Horizon will sail Caribbean cruises year-round from Miami, Florida.

Everything You Need to Know About Marella Cruises

Marella Cruises Ship
Image By: Marella Cruises

Mutterings of Marella Cruises have been in the pipeline for a while now, and the TUI Group is finally ready to share exactly what’s in store for the brand. Currently sailing to 120 destinations, Thomson Cruises is changing to Marella Cruises and will be undergoing major expansions in the process. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest shift in the cruising world.

The name ‘Marella’ has a deeper meaning

The new name is no accident – ‘Marella’ actually means ‘shining sea’ in Celtic. It’s a nod to Marella’s spirit of exploration and discovery, and is particularly apt for a fleet of ships spending the majority of their time out at sea.

It’s part of a wider Thomson rebrand

The Marella change isn’t the only one happening over at Thomson headquarters – it’s actually part of a larger rebrand which will see travel giant Thomson re-brand to TUI towards the end of October.

The choice to not follow suit and change Thomson Cruises to TUI Cruises comes as TUI Cruises is already an established cruise brand within the European market, currently operating with its Mein Schiff fleet.

Cruisers can experience the same great service

Cruisers will still have access to the same exceptional service and modern ships, alongside the opportunity to purchase cruises across a number of online carriers offering exclusive deals, including the likes of Cruise enthusiasts will also still have the option to expand their holiday on either end with TUI’s Cruise & Stay programme.

Thomson/TUI Cruise Ships
Photo By: Thomson Cruises

The line will be broadening their routes

In addition to the new name, Marella Cruises is also widening its routes. New itineraries look set to include a number of destinations within Asia and the Middle East, with winter 2018 routes officially being launched October 26th. In total, there will be 22 new itineraries available and 20 new ports of call. For the first time in TUI’s history, two ships will also be based in the Caribbean for the winter 2018 season.

New itineraries offered by Marella Cruises include Colours of the Far East, which departs from Bangkok, and the Enchanting Far East, which leaves from Langkawi in Malaysia. Along the way, ships will port at destinations such as Vietnam, India, Cambodia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

They’re set to offer new adult-only itineraries

Another new feature coming with the Marella rebrand is the line’s addition of new adult-only itineraries. Marella Discovery will feature 14 of these new itineraries, stopping at 18 new ports and adding yet another facet to its already well-rounded cruise line.

Ship names are changing, too

Last but not least, the Marella Cruises fleet will see their own name change. There are currently five ships in operation – Marella Discovery, Marella Discovery 2, Marella Dream, Marella Celebration and Spirit, which won’t change names because she’s leaving the fleet next summer.

Marella Explorer, which is presently operating as Mein Schiff 1, will start sailing in summer 2018, while Mein Schiff will join the Marella ranks in 2019. Thomson Majesty will keep her name until 26th November.

Marella Cruises looks set to make serious waves in the industry over the coming months – and for very good reason. With a push to move further into the luxury market, the once-named Thomson Cruises fleet promises a more memorable cruising experience than ever before.

New Virtual Tour of Carnival Horizon Cruise Ship Released

Carnival Horizon Virtual Tour
Rendering By: Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line has released a new virtual tour video of Carnival Horizon which is arriving in Spring 2018.

The build-up for the next new Carnival cruise ship has increased thanks a to a virtual tour video just released. The cruise line showcases just about everything important and exciting to look forward to onboard the Carnival Horizon. Everything is in a shiny 3D rendering just like the video made for sister ship Carnival Vista in 2016.

Watch Carnival Horizon Virtual Tour

The fun host takes us around the vessel inside and out highlighting many features onboard. The ship is introducing a new Guy Fieri Smokehouse Brewhouse and the fleet’s first ever Teppanyaki dining venue. For the kids, the ship will have the first Dr. Seuss Water Park at sea. Carnival Horizon also features popular favorite already seen on Carnival Vista including an IMAX Theater, SkyRide, and a Havana inspired bar area and staterooms.

The upcoming Carnival ship is currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. The ship has already been floated out onto water and now in the final stages with all the interior spaces taking shape. A collection of construction photos have already been released by Carnival.

Carnival Horizon Cruise Deals
Rendering By: Carnival Cruise Line

Also Check: Carnival Horizon Top 10 Cruise Deals and Price Drops

The ships maiden voyage will depart Barcelona, Spain on April 2, 2018, on an inaugural 13-day voyage. the ship will spend the Summer season out of New York and will then begin its year-round service from Port Miami. 6-day and 8-day Caribbean cruises will be offered all from Florida starting in September 2018.

Carnival Horizon will be 133,500 gross tons and will carry 3,974 guests at double occupancy.

Princess Cruises Offers Free Gratuities and Deposits for Only $1

Majestic Princess at Sea
Photo By: Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has launched a new promotion which offers free gratuities and deposits for only $1.

Princess Cruises has just started an epic sail which offers free gratuities and deposits for only $1. The sale started on October 20th and will end on October 31st at 11:59 PM. Cruisers should really take advantage of these savings on select sailings to the Caribbean and Panama Canal.

This month is “Plan a Cruise Month” for the cruise industry so cruise lines are launching some really good deals at the moment. The free gratuities and $1 deposits are a treat and probably won’t be offered again anytime soon.

An Example of the Cruise Fares Being Offered

  • Eastern Caribbean Getaway cruise – 5 days: $349 interior, $399 balcony
  • Western Caribbean cruise – 7 days: $629 interior, $649 balcony
  • Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean cruise – 10 days: $599 interior, $799 balcony
  • Southern Caribbean Medley cruise – 10 days: $599 interior, $799 balcony
  • Eastern Caribbean cruise – 7 days: $399 interior, $549 balcony
  • Panama Canal Ocean to Ocean cruise – 15 days: $1,399 interior, $2,499 balcony

Princess Cruises is also offering Animal Planet™ Exclusive and Recommended shore excursion options in partnership with Discovery. The exclusive excursion will give guests the chance to experiences things like the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica or a swim with sea turtles in Barbados.

Also Check: Top 10 Princess Cruise Deals and Price Drops

The sale from Princess Cruises is only available for residents in the United StatesCanadaPuerto Rico and Mexico. We do suggest to always check the terms and conditions before booking a cruise.



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