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Archive for June 2011

Guide Dogs for the Blind Tour Aboard Sea Princess

Such a truly inspiring story.




Royal Caribbean Announces Serenade of the Seas’ Winter 2012-2013 Dubai Season

Royal Caribbean International announced that Serenade of the Seas will replace Brilliance of the Seas in cruises that leave from Dubai in the winter 2012-2013 season. The new sailings aboard Serenade of the Seas will offer 17 sailings that depart every Monday on seven-night itineraries that include stops in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from December 2012 through April 2013.



Serenade of the Seas

NCL Breakaway Stateroom Designs Revealed

Norwegian Cruise Line unveiled the first look at its new balcony and mini-suite stateroom designs for Project Breakaway, the project name for the two new ships scheduled for delivery in April 2013 and April 2014.  Each ship will have 1,024 balcony staterooms and 238 mini-suites.

Balcony staterooms will have a king-size bed (that can be separated) with a pillow top mattress set against a cushioned and tufted chestnut leather headboard.  Mini-suites are a roomier version of the balcony stateroom with a larger, more luxurious bathroom that incorporates a large, modern double sink with two faucets and an over-sized spa-like shower with a rain shower head and multiple body spray jets.

Aerial rendering of Project Breakaway


Full press release:;jsessionid=TBqcKtSF7tlvGT20hynZqY2csTwCdhy8!592345232?storyCode=PR_062111

Cruise Lines Update Smoking Policies

Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises are rolling out significant changes to their smoking policies.  Princess is also banning smoking on cabin balconies, while Carnival and HAL will continue to allow smoking on their balconies.  Carnival’s changes go into effect as of Dec. 1 sailings, while the HAL and Princess changes not until sailings after Jan. 15.

Carnival also implemented new public room smoking policies: cigarette smoking in public areas will be permitted only in dance clubs, designated areas within the casino and casino bar, certain sections on the open decks on all ships, as well as in the jazz clubs on 13 of their ships.  Carnival cited the changes due to passenger preferences.

Law Suit Filed Against Carnival Cruise Lines



Environmental groups started legal action against Carnival Cruise Lines today.  According to a press release, the suit claims, “large cruise ship operations in the heart of the city’s historic district run afoul of local zoning ordinances, snarl traffic by closing downtown streets, and violate state environmental permitting laws.”  The suit also claims that Carnival is discharging waste into South Carolina waters without permits.

Radiance of the Seas gets tranformed

Watch as the Scoreboard Sports Bar gets transformed on Radiance of the Seas to the Quill and Compass Pub

Watch the installation of Samba Grill on Radiance of the Seas

Royal Caribbean to move Voyager of the Seas to China


Earlier today Royal Caribbean announced that it would be moving Voyager of the Seas to China for the Summer of 2012.  This 138,000-ton, 3,114-passenger ship currently spends its summers in Europe.  Voyager of the Seas will offer our- to 10-night sailings out of Shanghai, with stops in Fukuoka and Kobe, as well as Busan and Jeju in Korea.  Voyager will sail a series of shorter cruises out of Singapore in May 2012, before she arrives in Shanghai.

Costa Fascinosa Gets Funnel Installed

Costa Cruises reached a construction milestone for Costa Fascinosa when its funnel was installed at the Fincantieri Marghera, Italy, shipyard. Fascinosa is scheduled to be the 16th ship in the Costa fleet.  She is set for delivery in spring 2012.  She is the sister ship to Costa Favolosa, set to be delivered June 30 and named on July 2nd.

Norwegian Epic To Offer Two Choices for Embarkation on Western Mediterranean Itinaries Next Year



Norwegian Cruise Line, announced that they are offering a second embarkation choice to Norwegian Epic’s seven-day Western Mediterranean sailings next year. Guests will have the choice to begin their cruise in either Barcelona, Spain or in Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy. The alternative seven-day cruise will start in Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy with stops in Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Nice (Villefranche), France; Provence (Marseille), France; and Barcelona, Spain as well as a day at sea.

Celebrity Silhouette Nears Completion

The Celebrity Silhouette is on target for her July 2011 launch.
She’ll have all the best-loved Solstice® Class features – and some new ones.