Sunday, January 15, 2017

Disney’s Star Wars Theme Cruises

Attention Star Wars fans! Disney Cruise Line's popular Star Wars themed cruises will return from January through April of 2018, and now is the best time to book! 

Remember, the newest Star Wars movie is due to come out in December of this year so you know it will be showing onboard during these themed sailings. In addition, all the classic and modern films and television shows, including the newly released “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Star Wars Rebels,” will be screened.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What is Princess Medallion Class?

What was the CEO of Carnival Corporation, Arnold Donald, doing at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week?  Talking about new technology to debut on Princess Cruises in the near future! A quarter-size smart “medallion” that can be worn as a bracelet (makes me think of a Fit Bit) and paired with the corresponding app called Ocean Compass will have the capability change the way we cruise!

Now you’re probably thinking that this is nothing new.  After all, Royal Caribbean has its RFID WOW Bands and Disney has Magic Bands.  However, per Mr. Donald, the Medallion has much more capability and features. The Ocean Medallion enables a new level of personalization that delivers an enhanced guest experience previously not available in the global vacation industry.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

New Cruise Ships Debuting in 2017

Lets take a look at the new ships entering service in 2017.
            Winter 2017: The 48,000 ton Viking Sky will 
      be the third of six ships in the Viking 
      Ocean Cruises fleet.

·         Spring 2017: After its debut, the 143,000 ton Majestic Princess will be based in China year-round.

·         Spring 2017:  The 163,000 ton Norwegian Joy is the second in NCL's Breakaway-Plus Class 
      (the first was the Norwegian Escape). Norwegian Joy will be custom-built for the Chinese 
      market, and it will be deployed full time to Asia, catering to Chinese passengers. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Celebrity Cruises Modifies Specialty Dining Packages

I love the dining experience aboard Celebrity Cruise Line ships.  The main dining room food is delicious and the service, exceptional!  I will go a step further by saying that the specialty dining experience is second to none! 

Celebrity recently announced new Specialty Restaurant Packages that make the additional cost more palatable, giving everyone a reason to give it a try!

The new specialty restaurant packages represent a significant discount when compared with the cost of booking reservations individually onboard, and allow guests to bundle their specialty restaurant visits into one convenient price. Packages vary by ship and the price includes cover charges and dining gratuities. A three-meal package begins at $109 per person ($36.33 per day) and goes up to 14 dinners for $336 ($24 per day). The new pricing for Celebrity specialty dining packages goes into effect in 2017. 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Cruising to Cuba

Ah…Caribbean cruising! White, palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, the rhythms of salsa, cha-cha and rumba. But hold on, I’m not talking about cruising to just any Caribbean island! I’m talking about cruising to Cuba!

These days, Cuba is the most enticing island in the Caribbean! Many years of political isolation (Cuba is one of the world's last defenders of communism) has prevented the island from becoming developed and commercialized like it’s many neighboring islands. In fact, when you read literary exposés or look at photographs, it seems that Cuba is lost in time, somewhere in the 1950’s.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Cruising From Dublin With Celebrity Cruises

I love exploring Europe by cruise ship.  It allows me an overview of many cities in seven to ten days; cities I may want to revisit to explore more thoroughly. Every year I wait patiently as new itineraries are announced and this year I was particularly excited with Celebrity Cruises’ future plans. They just announced that they will home port the Celebrity Eclipse in Dublin from late April through June of 2018.

New itineraries out of Dublin will include a 10-night Ireland and Iceland sailing that features calls at Belfast in Northern Ireland; Reykjavik and Akureyri in Iceland; Lerwick, Scotland; and Cork, Ireland. What an incredible list of ports!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

How to Burn Excess Calories on Your Next Cruise

I’ll admit it; when I cruise I overeat.  I love trying new foods and new dining venues.  I enjoy eating a big breakfast…something I never do at home!  I order dessert every evening and sometimes I even order two! So when it comes to burning off those extra calories, I have lots of strategies.  Today I will share them with you!

There’s no better way to start the day than by taking a stroll in the fresh air. Or even better, immediately following dinner! Most cruise ships have a track on one of the higher decks and there’s usually signage posted that indicates how many laps equal a mile.  Even if you don’t routinely walk, when you do so surrounded by blue ocean with a gentle warm breeze blowing its quite enjoyable!