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How Good is the Internet on Cruise Ships?

Cruise ships often come equipped with a solid internet connection so if you want to stay in touch with people at home then you should know that this is easier than ever to do. Checking your emails and surfing the internet still requires a bit of patience and some ships may have technical difficulties. 

Internet on Cruise Ships

That being said, there have been a lot of technical improvements that have been made over the years and when you combine this with the new satellite and direct-to-shore systems. This helps to make cruise ships way better in terms of internet access and it also makes them similar to what you would find on land as well.

First-Time Cruisers

If you know that you are a first-time cruiser then there is a high chance that you are somewhat concerned with the basics. You may be wondering how much WiFi is going to cost you and if you are going to have to pay for a service that is not going to meet your standards. Either way, if you want some help that will guide you through the process then take a look below.

Internet Connections

Cruise ships in this day and age tend to offer a very good internet connection but that being said, you can’t guarantee that you are going to get the seamless experience that you expect when you are on land. Typical internet connections at sea aren’t just slow, it’s glacial. You may find that you click on a site only to have it not load at all. So why are the speeds so slow? To begin with, you do not have any Comcast Cable wire that runs to your cruise ship. You will also find that every packet of data that you do download to your phone comes over a satellite. This means that you do not have a quick or inexpensive proposition.

Playing Casino Games Abroad

If you want to grab the latest casino bonuses abroad then you will be glad to know that it is now easier than ever for you to play the games you want when on a cruise. All you have to do is log on to your cruise WiFi and then load up the site. If your cruise internet is slow as mentioned above then you can easily use your data roaming to get the signal you want. Cruise ships travelling through the Fjords may lose connection due to the surrounding mountains but usually, you won’t have to worry about things such as this.

WiFi and internet data is now better than ever and as mentioned above, even if you do go through an area that is not the best that it can be in terms of Wi-Fi, you can easily use your mobile data to patch in any gaps. Of course, there will be areas of the world that do not facilitate you doing this but at the end of the day, it’s not usually something that you have to worry about.

Internet on Cruise Ships
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Onboard Internet Speeds

Of course, internet speeds are now getting faster by the day and it would seem that signals have become faster as well. Now you can easily stream any Netflix movies you want from the comfort of your very own cruise cabin. A few years ago this would have been unthinkable. When you look at shipboard technology, you will soon see that this is making things better and in a very big way. There came a point when the cruise giant known as Royal Caribbean teamed up with the O3b network.

They did this because they wanted to tap into an internet onboarding system. This would give customers access to an internet connection that is six times faster than anything that has been experienced before. So how was this possible? The system essentially tapped into the Medium Earth Orbit and this is a series of satellites that have been operated by O3b. The beam can then be shot at ships as they move. This is great, to say the least, and a lot of people have done speed tests here to find out how effective it can be. 

It has been found that the speeds are incredible and that things have rocketed in popularity as a result of this movement. People are now more confident in booking cruise ships because they feel as though the internet is better and they are not going to lose out on their general experience when it comes to their general experience.

“Beetlejuice” To Debut Aboard Norwegian Viva

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has announced “Beetlejuice” The Musical as the headline production aboard its newest groundbreaking ship, Norwegian Viva, along with the ship’s full lineup of onboard entertainment offerings debuting August 2023. 

Marking the first time the Tony Award®-nominated musical will be performed at sea, the 90-minute Broadway adaptation of Tim Burton’s iconic 1988 film narrates the story of the Deetz family as they attempt to remodel an uproariously haunted house. The musical’s paranormal antics will be heightened by NCL’s three-story multi-purpose Viva Theatre & Club and its immersive special effects and cutting-edge lighting and audio.

“Beetlejuice” – A Tony Award®-nominated musical


David J. Herrera, incoming president of Norwegian Cruise Line said, “NCL has a history of pioneering the cruise experience and delivering the high-caliber entertainment programming our guests expect. We are dedicated to pushing the envelope, delivering on those expectations, and putting our guests first as we elevate our onboard offerings for the ultimate vacation at sea. This summer, I cannot wait to bring the fun and nostalgia of ‘Beetlejuice’ to our all-new Norwegian Viva.”

NCL’s Senior Vice President of Entertainment and Cruise Programming, Richard Ambrose, adds, “We pride ourselves on not only delivering amazing performances for theater fans but introducing guests to Broadway and West End-caliber shows, which are made even more special by the incredible setting of the Viva Theatre & Club that seamlessly transforms from a best-in-class theater experience to an expansive nightclub.


The elaborate “Beetlejuice” production will charm and captivate guests as performers dance and sing along to show tune classics including “Day-O,” and “Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora),” while also reveling in the nostalgia from the pop culture classic film. Michelle D’Amico, who was a cast member of the Broadway production of “Beetlejuice” will join Norwegian Viva playing the role as “Lydia” for the first-at-sea rendition.

Norwegian Cruise Line Entertainment

Norwegian Cruise Line is known for its unwavering commitment to bringing world-class productions to the high seas, having previously debuted shows including “Six,” “Jersey Boys,” “Footloose” and more across its current 18-ship fleet. This announcement also comes on the heels of the wildly popular debut of “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” aboard Norwegian Prima, which featured a show-stopping performance from “American Idol” season two finalist, Kimberley Locke, during its 2022 inaugural season.

After the successful debut of one of the world’s most iconic game shows, “The Price is Right LIVE,” aboard Norwegian Prima last year, Norwegian Viva will also offer a live game show experience with the cruise industry’s first “Press Your Luck LIVE” at-sea. The immersive experience invites the audience to be part of the classic show and win incredible grand prizes.

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Viva Theater & Club

The palatial Viva Theater & Club features sophisticated special effects, a multi-story video wall, a show-stopping chandelier and VIP lounge seating, making it the ideal venue for Vegas-style night club events, such as “Ocean Music Fest,” the ultimate jam session where multiple musicians merge their talents on one stage for a world-class immersive concert.

Norwegian Viva

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Syd Norman’s Pour House

Norwegian Viva will also feature returning guest favorites, including “Improv @ Sea” Comedy Club; “Syd Norman’s Pour House,” which features rock-and-roll tributes to Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, and other legendary artists of the Classic Rock genre; and more.

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Norwegian Viva

Norwegian Viva is the second of six vessels in the Cruise Line’s highly anticipated Prima Class, the Brand’s first new class of ships in nearly 10 years. The elevated offerings of the Prima Class prioritize guest experience and raise the bar on cruising through world class cuisine, the Brand’s most spacious design yet, and stellar onboard activities including the Viva Speedway-the three-level racetrack. Boasting nine new dining and beverage options, guests can sample cuisines from around the world by visiting Indulge Food Hall, the upscale food market exhibiting 11 unique eateries; or enjoy the elevated menus at Hudson’s, the complimentary restaurant overlooking 270-degrees of ocean views. Norwegian Viva also features the fastest slides at sea, The Drop and Rush, and NCL’s industry-exclusive sustainable cocktail bar with Metropolitan Bar. Debuting in August 2023, Norwegian Viva will sail a selection of bucket-list worthy Greek Isles and Mediterranean voyages through November, before homeporting in San Juan, Puerto Rico in December for a season of Caribbean itineraries.

For more information about Norwegian Cruise Line’s award-winning 18-ship fleet and worldwide itineraries, or to book a cruise, please contact a travel professional, call 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or visit www.ncl.com.

Explora Journeys Offering Unique Onboard Shopping

Explora Journeys Offering Unique Onboard Shopping
Explora Journeys Offering Unique Onboard Shopping

Explora Journeys is delighted to announce that EXPLORA I will offer a truly distinctive retail experience with unique onboard shopping called The Journey.

Inspired by the ‘Ocean State of Mind’ and influenced by the destinations the ship will visit, The Journey redefines the shopping experience at sea. More than just a place to browse and buy, it is a journey of discovery, consciousness and craftsmanship with provenance. These qualities are reflected in a truly stunning collection of more than 30 of the finest artisanal brands. What they all share is a commitment to caring for the planet and its people.

Unique Onboard Shopping

Each and every item selected for The Journey is a celebration of creativity, passion and the power of discovery, each with its own magical story to tell. The offering will include items exclusively designed for Explora Journeys and only available onboard EXPLORA I.

Explora Journeys is committed to partnering with brands that mirror its commitment to sustainable practices and environmental consciousness.  The Journey is the first retail offer at sea that actively looks for partners with relevant official documentation, such as B Corp Certification or The Butterfly Mark, thereby guaranteeing a sustainable approach to their production practices.

“The design of our retail spaces befits the beauty of the items they will offer. Carefully designed for a calm and relaxing shopping experience, the spotlight always shines on the chosen brands, products, their provenances and stories. The knowledgeable service of our Explora Journeys hosts will be complemented by founders and designers who will accompany our guests on their journey to the Ocean State of Mind.” said Adrian Pittaway, Head of Retail at Explora Journeys.

A carefully selected collection of sensorial fragrances and skincare, beautifully designed ready-to-wear and timeless accessories, homeware and gifts, and the finest food and drink reflects Explora Journeys’ focus on small, niche, luxury brands that prioritize sustainability. At the heart of the production process of each of the brands are natural materials many of which  are recycled and regenerative. Design and craftmanship are infused with the passion, creativity, local influences and inspirational stories of the artisans and artists who have created these one-of-a-kind products.

Born in Geneva, the epicentre of luxury goods, and Switzerland, the birthplace of luxury hospitality, The Journey is true to its European heritage, proudly offering a selection of the best niche Swiss brands. Caran d’AcheDr. LevyPink Maharani and Zimmerli echo the same ethos of care and consideration for people and planet as are espoused by Explora Journeys. Additional iconic luxury brands complementing The Journey`s assortment will be announced soon.  

Welcome to The Journey.

Sensorial Fragrances & Skincare

Regionally inspired, the carefully selected niche fragrances and precious natural skincare brands offer an unforgettable sensory experience:

Fueguia 1833: A luxury brand from Patagonia founded by Julian Bedel, Fueguia 1833 is a distinctive concept in the universe of niche perfumery that is synonymous with craftsmanship, innovation, exotism and sustainability. The Fueguia 1833 Botany is a 50-acre plantation in Uruguay, where plants native to South America are grown and distilled sustainably. The brand produces only a limited series of 400 bottles of fragrance per batch, using the finest natural ingredients available at the time of production.

Memo Paris: This Parisian fragrance brand, founded by Clara Molloy and husband John, recreates the olfactory map to reflect a sensitive world rich in emotions. They are made from the finest quality, natural ingredients and inspired by the founders’ travels to far-flung corners of the world. Memo Fragrances are also characterized by a vintage twist; it can be seen in the Nomadic Leathers collection, a subtle nod to the antique leather cases and luggage that recall the stylish travel of yesteryear.

Floraïku: Inspired by Asian refinement, beauty and attention to detail, these three fragrances are each named after a Japanese haiku (poems of 17 syllables, precisely arranged in three lines) that were written by the brand’s co-founder, who is also a poet. Floraïku fragrances pay homage to ceremonies that are an intrinsic part of Asian culture, where flowers, teas and incenses play a major role. They are composed in the same way, with precious natural ingredients harmoniously blended to create fragrances that are delicate and respectful of nature.

Room 1015: Room 1015 is the brainchild of Michael Partouche aka Dr. Mike, who brings his French Phd in Pharmacology and years as a guitar player in London rock bands to create vibrant music-inspired fragrances. “Treating the illness of ‘anonymity’ with powerful scented potions, bandaging vacant souls with perfumes featuring perfect accords, countering the effects of the passing time with indelible trails.”

Le Jardin Retrouvé: Founded in 1975, Le Jardin Retrouvé was a pioneer in the world of niche perfumery, the fruit of the avant-garde vision of its creator, Yuri Gutsatz. In 2016, his son Michel Gutsatz and artist wife Clara Feder relaunched the brand, thereby reviving an extraordinary heritage with a focus on authenticity, sustainability and eco-responsibility. Each fragrance represents the gates of a garden, where natural, pure ingredients comprise between 93% and 97% of each fragrance.

PH Fragrances: One of the first sustainable luxury niche brands – founded by Camille Le Feuvre with exceptional natural scents, each PH Fragrances perfume features two of the most beautiful ingredients used in perfumery. These are drawn from a range that includes Mohéli ylang ylang, Haitian vetiver and Bulgarian rose, each created by master perfumers in Grasse, France. The amber glass laboratory bottles recall vintage apothecary remedies, an homage to the traditional craftsmanship and savoir-faire of French perfumery.

Une Nuit Nomade: These extraordinary fragrances represent French elegance, storytelling, and a traveler’s love of changing landscapes. They offer an invitation to step into the unknown, to become an ‘olfactory wanderer’ and sail towards a new world where old habits are left behind, returning enriched by the experience. The brand is a call to a unique sensory experience, where nature and luxury are inseparable.

Luce di Sorrento: Conceived in Sorrento, among the world’s most famous lemon and olive groves on terraces that slope to the sea, Luce di Sorrento is the outcome of a long research project involving functional dermocosmetics. The goal by founder Giovanna Adelizzi, was to create an innovative, high-quality treatment that helps to counteract the effects of time, producing a visibly younger and more radiant skin. All the products are made with LemonLux®, an incredible blend of science and nature made from the Sorrento Lemon Essential Oil PGI and the Extra Virgin Olive Oil PDO, rare and precious ingredients that can slow down the ageing progress.

Dr. Levy: This Geneva-based family company, one of Europe’s most prestigious aesthetics clinics, is headed by dermatologist Dr. Phillip Levy. Using only uncontroversial ingredients that are up to 95% natural origin and 100% certified vegan and cruelty free, Dr. Levy is a leader in stem cell and epigenetic biotechnologies. The brand will also be part of the Explora Journeys Ocean Wellness SPA offering.

Soley Organics: Founded in 2007, by Icelandic actress Sóley Elíasdóttir. Sóley’s great-great-grandmother, Thorunn, was a particular inspiration to her building Sóley Organics. Thorunn, or Grasa-Thorunn as she was better known, was a healer and midwife. There are many stories about the lives she saved using her knowledge of herbs. The active ingredients in Sóley Organics products are wild Icelandic herbs from certified organic lands all around Iceland, made with handpicked wild organic herbs. Their products are then made in a tiny village of 300 people that stands between the short northern fjord and the foot of a mountain named Kaldbakur.

Effortless Ready-to-wear

Offering unparalleled ease and effortless style, this curated collection of knitwear, resortwear, activewear and loungewear for men and women is designed to optimise confidence and comfort:

Kampos: This luxury clothing and swimwear brand is based in Sardinian Emerald Coast. Kampos is a byword for integrity, conscience and beauty. Its product range is entirely sustainable, made in Italy from recycled plastic bottles, abandoned fishing nets and other organic materials. The company donates part of its revenues to the Coral Reef Restoration project in the Maldives.

North Sails: A member of the Fashion Pact global coalition of leading companies committed to climate change and protecting the oceans, North Sails is an innovative Italian technical and lifestyle outerwear brand. With exploration, innovation and conservation as its core values, the company supports the ocean’s biodiversity and ecosystems through partnership with Coral Gardeners, a group of activists and engineers who work to restore damaged coral reefs.

Allagiulia: ‘Friulane’ shoes were first invented in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, north-eastern Italy, in the 1800s, where they were traditionally worn by brides, well-dressed party guests and Venetian gondoliers. In 2010, Italian shoe designer Giulia Campeol was inspired to recreate them for 21st-century life. She captures the appeal of the originals by using beautiful fabrics, both vintage and modern, and luxurious trims that give uniqueness to each pair.

Save The Duck: Italian entrepreneur Foresto Bargi started sewing men’s jackets in 1914. In 2012, the third generation of the family created the Save the Duck brand with a strong commitment to offer a product to consumers that is respectful of animals, people and the environment. Save The Duck is the first B Corp Certified luxury outerwear Italian brand, the embodiment of next-generation outerwear that is made without the use of animal products.

Zimmerli: The Swiss luxury underwear brand is renowned for using only the finest fabrics and natural fibres, and abiding by superior production standards. Established in 1871, sustainability and research are part of the brand’s DNA, while its elaborate cut gives a perfect fit and seams lie soft against the skin to ensure the highest standards of comfort and quality. Zimmerli produces classics that endure and are loved by its devotees.

Waimari: Sustainably handmade in Colombia, Waimari’s chic, timeless pieces demonstrate exquisite craftsmanship and effortless femininity. The brand story started with two sisters, Stephanie and Catalina, who wanted to rescue the family factory that had been founded in the 1980s. Today, at their atelier in Barranquilla, they combine traditional heritage with modern production techniques and a socially responsible philosophy, working with local artisans and communities to develop limited-edition pieces and sought-after lines. Made for the modern traveler, every piece has a story behind it, with each item handcrafted by a group of female artisans, many of whom are the main source of income for their families.

Timeless Accessories

Scarves, bags, eyewear, small leather goods and lifestyle accessories are crafted to perfection and designed to last a lifetime:

Pink Maharani: Founded in Geneva in 2014 by Narmada Ramakrishna, Pink Maharani offers superb artisanal products handmade by more than 150 artisans in India, Peru, Bhutan, Nepal and Cambodia; yet it still remains true to its roots and the traditional wisdom passed down through generations. The brand specialises in  women’s empowerment through handwoven, ethical cashmere products and supports the weavers’ families with social projects that provide improved security and livelihoods.

Aaks: This handcrafted, ethical luxury accessories brand from Kumasi, Ghana, was founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi to showcase the handcrafted weaving techniques of Ghanese women. The objective was to increase awareness of eco-sensitive production processes and encourage sustainable consumption in the fashion world. The brand creates luxury handbags in styles that seek to promote the perception of weaving as an art form, accentuated with the bright exuberant colors of Africa. 

Fold: Created by Vanessa Roux who set out to ‘have it all’, a Fold bag is pared-back and understated, with minimal stitching and almost no hardware, and uses leather of exceptional quality. Every item is handcrafted in France by talented artisans with unparalleled experience in leathercrafts. The leathers are sourced from the most famous French tanneries that supply the top names in the luxury industry.

Borsalino: This brand has been making hats in Alessandria since 1857 and is a recognized ambassador for Italian know-how all over the world. It takes seven weeks to make a felt hat and requires more than 40 operations performed by hand. In 1930, the Hollywood cinema adopted Borsalino hats as cult objects, a relationship that was destined to last.

Moscot: Optical expertise accumulated for more than a 100 years by five generations of the same New York  has given the world the luxury eyewear brand, Moscot. Combining its ultra-refined aesthetic with unparalleled craftmanship to create truly unique eyewear, it is the wide variety of authentic, original styles and the vintage detailing in the frames that are at the core of Moscot’s brand pillars of timelessness.

L.G.R: This eyewear collection is handmade in Italy by three artisanal families who build each frame from start to finish to create wonderfully elegant optical glasses and sunglasses. The brand is rooted in the vision of its founder, Luca Gnecchi Ruscone, and combines traditional Italian methods of craftsmanship and modern lens technology with a story that goes back to Africa: It was a visit to the optical store in Eritrea, once owned by his grandfather who had lived there for 40 years, and the discovery of an old box of sunglasses, that inspired his grandson to start making them in 2007.

Maui Jim: Inspired by the beauty and culture of Maui, this brand was originally designed to protect eyes from intense sunlight. It has gained a global cult following for its unparalleled ‘Aloha spirit’, customer service, and the advanced patented lens technology that blocks 100% of harmful UV rays, eliminating glare while enhancing colour, clarity and detail. Maui Jim sunglasses have earned the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation for their highly effective UV filter that guards the eyes and surrounding skin.

Homeware & Gifts

Inspired by a sense of the home as a sanctuary, this range brings style, comfort and functionality to every room.

Bottega Conticelli: Internationally renowned for the artisanal excellence associated with ‘Made In Italy’, Bottega Conticelli was founded in 2007 in Umbria. Its founder Stefano Conticelli, an artist and designer, personifies its creative spirit. His work is characterized by the highest quality materials, innovative techniques, and an uniquely eclectic style. Original collections in limited editions have been produced in collaboration with world-famous chefs such as Davide Oldani, Alain Ducasse, Filippo La Mantia and Emanuele Mazzella.

Caran d’Ache: With a priceless heritage of expertise, Maison Caran d’Ache has been designing and producing exceptional products in its Geneva workshops for more than 100 years, faithful to the reputation of the ‘Swiss Made’ label. Behind each of the drawing and writing instruments is a group of passionate craftspeople, all custodians of unique, century-old techniques.

Assouline: Since its beginnings in 1994, Assouline has been dedicated to creating books that are as informative as they are beautiful works of art. The passion and attention to detail are similar to that found in an haute couture atelier. Known worldwide for bringing luxury to the publishing industry, Assouline produces one-of-a-kind books on fashion, art, architecture, photography, design and travel, weaving ‘art de vivre’ into every publication. The artisanship and craft behind the Assouline name produces books that are appreciated by everyone, whether casual readers or true connoisseurs.

Loqi: Much loved, strong and durable, OEKO-TEX® certified, and made from 100% recycled GreenCircle-certified materials, Loqi is known for the striking designs, exceptional quality, and state-of-the-art printing showcased in its amazing reusable bags. Each design starts a conversation, captures a mood, suits a specific occasion and connects people.

The Bespoke Company: Manufactured exclusively in Spain, Italy and France, The Bespoke Company uses only the finest Italian leather and cotton canvas in its fully customised creations – small bags and accessories in particular. The brand has been awarded a CSR (Ecovadis) rating for its sustainability management.

The Finest Food & Drinks

Savour the essence of travels in conjunction with our Expert Culinary team through the finest food and beverages, carefully selected to showcase small producers, unforgettable flavors and unique stories. More details to be revealed soon.

EXPLORA I – Autumn/Winter 2024 – 2025 Journeys Collection

Get to know Explora Journeys

Explora Journeys is the privately-owned luxury lifestyle brand of the MSC Group, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, created at the heart of Swiss luxury hospitality. The brand stems from the owners’ long-held vision to redefine the ocean experience for a new generation of discerning luxury travellers, drawing on the family`s 300 years of maritime heritage. The brand’s aspiration is to create a unique ‘Ocean State of Mind’ by connecting guests with the sea, with themselves, and like-minded people, while remarkable itineraries will blend renowned destinations with lesser-travelled ports, for a journey that inspires discovery in all its forms.

A fleet of up to six ships, two of which are under construction, will be launched from 2023 to 2028. Equipped with the latest environmental and marine technologies, Explora Journeys will introduce a new style of transformative ocean travel. EXPLORA I offers 461 oceanfront suites, penthouses and residences designed to be ‘Homes at Sea’ for our guests, all with sweeping ocean views, private terrace, a choice of eleven distinct culinary experiences, across six vibrant restaurants plus in-suite dining, twelve bars and lounges, (eight indoor and four outdoor) Chef`s Kitchen, four swimming pools, extensive outdoor decks with private cabanas, wellness facilities, and refined entertainment. Inspired by the company`s European heritage, Explora Journeys will provide guests with an immersive ocean experience respectful and intuitive hospitality. 

To learn more about Explora Journeys, visit explorajourneys.com

MSC Euribia’s New Entertainment Experiences Promises To Delight

MSC Euribia
MSC Euribia

New shows and re-imagined venues will greet guests of all ages when the new MSC Euribia launches in June. MSC Cruises detailed some of the ship’s innovative experiences—including seven new productions and a fresh take on the iconic Carousel Lounge.

MSC Euribia’s New Entertainment

The fifth ship in the Meraviglia Class follows MSC Cruises’ history of developing fresh entertainment options for the whole family. Fun will be available around the clock, from the wide range of new games and activities during the day to dancing the night away with one of the largest big bands at sea.

“We are so excited to announce our fun-filled entertainment offerings on our much-anticipated new flagship, MSC Euribia. Entertainment is a fundamental part of MSC Cruises’ guest experience and we’re always looking for new, engaging ways to delight our guests of all ages. We strive to create exceptional and immersive concepts combined with varied entertainment programs to ensure that our guests will remember their cruise as the ultimate vacation experience.” said Steve Leatham, MSC Cruises’ Global Head of Entertainment.

The Carousel Lounge – Reinventing a classis space

The Carousel Lounge has been a hallmark of Meraviglia class ships since the first of them joined the fleet in 2017. MSC Euribia reimagines that space with a brand-new layout and even more options to entertain. The stunning aft lounge will extend outdoors for the first time, adding sea air to the venue’s already-incredible atmosphere and panoramic sea views.

This multi-functional space spans nearly 11,000 square feet, with two covered terraces allowing guests to unwind while enjoying an array of gourmet eats and drinks. During the day, guests can sit back and relax or join in on anything from table games and ballroom dancing. The party starts when the sun goes down and the music gets going, with different genres each night and weekly guest entertainers.

Big Band at Sea

Big Band at Sea, MSC Cruises’ newest entertainment concept, will be a spectacular nineteen-piece group of internationally acclaimed musicians and singers. Guests can expect three dazzling live performances each evening, transforming the space with new themes based on everything from rock to musicals. Visiting guest acts will join the band to delight guests with one-off concerts.

Seven Awe-Inspiring Theatre Shows

MSC Euribia’ Delphi Theatre will feature a complete seven-day program of stage shows for unmatched entertainment. No two evenings will be alike, as guest entertainers join in with unique performances alongside the incredible resident theater cast.

  • Circus 1920: A nostalgic look back into the magical world of the circus, featuring extraordinary death-defying specialty performers, a captivating ringmaster, fun dance routines, vintage costumes and incredible stage sets.
  • Generation Rock: This classic feel-good rock show features the greatest rock artists of all time, including hits from legends like AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Kiss, Journey and Queen.
  • Illuminicity: The best arcade game on the block. MSC Cruises’ most technical show yet will be set inside a video game, featuring a terrific cast with light-up costumes and interactive visuals to create breath-taking moments on stage. 
  • Jukebox L!ve: Showcasing the finest vocalists in a show all about Funk, Soul and Rock n’ Roll, this show draws inspiration from the full pop spectrum and is set in a fictional Las Vegas showroom. Audiences will know the words to every song and will be encouraged to join in singing hits performed in a modern style.
  • Song Book – Ed Sheeran: Celebrating Ed Sheeran, who started as a street performer and went on to sell out Wembley Stadium, the show will follow the ship’s own team of performers on their journey to stardom. Acrobats, living statues and hand balance artists bring the flavor of street performance to the big stage accompanied by a playlist of Sheeran’s hits. 
  • Variety: A spectacular show featuring guest entertainers, musicians and acrobats to showcase the ship’s incredible talent in a program that changes according to the audience, the ship’s destination and the time of year.
  • Guest Entertainers: Featuring top-level talent selected from around the world to perform one-off shows and wow guests.
MSC Euribia – A more sustainable cruising

To find out more about MSC Euribia, please click here.

Disney Announces Inaugural Sailings to New Island Destination & More

Inaugural Sailings to New Island Destination
Disney Cruise Line’s new destination on the island of Eleuthera will be a vibrant beach retreat infused with the color and energy of Bahamian artistry. In addition to the pristine beaches, families will enjoy a recreation center, dining, shopping, a water playground, a cultural pavilion and more. A brightly-colored, interactive family water play area will include two slides, water drums, fountains and more, along with a dedicated space for toddlers. (Disney)

Disney Cruise Line has announced the inaugural dates and select itineraries for its new island destination in The Bahamas, headlining a season full of new and guest-favorite itineraries around the world in summer 2024. Along with the first sailings to Lighthouse Point, families will be able to choose magical vacations to bucket-list destinations that include the Mediterranean, northern Europe, Alaska and the Caribbean.

Inaugural Sailings to New Destination

“We are delighted to take families to new places during the summer 2024 season, including our newest island destination at Lighthouse Point in The Bahamas,” said Sharon Siskie, senior vice president and general manager, Disney Cruise Line. “We’re also thrilled to return to Europe with new ports of call and offer exciting adventures to Alaska and the Caribbean. All of these Disney Cruise Line sailings provide the unique experiences that our guests have come to expect from Disney, from world-class dining and dazzling entertainment to character encounters and legendary guest service.”

Bookings open to the public March 30, 2023. For more details, visit the Summer 2024 itineraries page of disneycruise.com.

First Sailings to Lighthouse Point

In June 2024, Disney Cruise Line will debut its newest Bahamian destination on the island of Eleuthera at Lighthouse Point. Guests sailing aboard the Disney Magic from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will discover a vibrant beach retreat designed with families in mind, infused with the color and energy of Bahamian artistry, and developed with a commitment to conservation at its core.

A seven-night inaugural sailing aboard the Disney Fantasy from Port Canaveral, Florida, on June 8 will allow guests to be among the first to make a splash in the crystal-clear waters of this new destination at Lighthouse Point. This ultimate Disney Cruise Line island destination itinerary will feature two stops at Lighthouse Point and one day at Castaway Cay. On June 6, a three-night preview cruise on the Disney Magic from Fort Lauderdale will offer a sneak peek of Lighthouse Point with limited access to some areas.

Following the inaugural voyage, Lighthouse Point will be a featured port of call on select three-, four- and five-night sailings to The Bahamas and Caribbean on the Disney Magic out of Fort Lauderdale. These itineraries will vary stops between Lighthouse Point and Castaway Cay, with five special departures including both Disney Cruise Line island destinations.

Disney Cruise Line Announces Inaugural Sailings
In summer 2020, Disney Cruise Line will embark on a variety of itineraries around the world, including a long-awaited return to Greece and the addition of five first-time ports of call in Europe. During one 12-night and two nine-night cruises from Rome, guests can marvel at the beautiful landscapes and archeological wonders of destinations like Piraeus, the gateway to Athens; Katakolon, near ancient Olympia; and the islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Crete. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

New European Destinations

Dreams will come to life for Disney Cruise Line guests in summer 2024 as the Disney Dream returns to premier European destinations in the Mediterranean, Greek Isles, British Isles and popular locales in the Norwegian Fjords and Iceland.

These sailings will feature a number of new ports of call, including Valencia, Spain; Haugesund, Norway; and Hamburg, Germany, along with three Mediterranean destinations that will return for the first time since 2014: Catania, Italy; Kusadasi, Turkey; and Valletta, Malta.

Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruises from Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Rome) will range from five to 11 nights, while northern Europe and British Isles sailings will offer itineraries anywhere from three nights to one 12-night voyage that includes the Norwegian fjords, three days in Iceland and an overnight stay in Reykjavik. 

Disney Cruise Line Announces Inaugural Sailings
In the summer of 2019, Disney Cruise Line guests can set sail on the Disney Wonder to Alaska on variety of five-, seven- and nine-night itineraries departing from Vancouver, Canada, with stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka, Icy Strait Point and Hubbard Glacier, Alaska, plus Victoria, Canada. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

Adventures in Alaska

Cruises to Alaska from Vancouver, Canada, will return on the Disney Wonder from May through September 2024, offering more chances for families to experience the natural splendor and adventure of “The Last Frontier” with five-, seven- and nine-night sailings. Majestic wildlife and stunning scenery in iconic places like Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and glacier viewing along the Stikine Icecap will blend with Disney’s world-class entertainment, dining and guest service to create a family-friendly vacation that celebrates the spirit of Alaska both on land and on board.

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The Disney Wish will sail its inaugural season of three- and four-night cruises to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, from its new home port of Port Canaveral, Florida.

Tropical Destinations from Port Canaveral

The Disney Fantasy and Disney Wish will travel to sun-kissed islands throughout The Bahamas and Caribbean in summer 2024. All sailings on these Port Canaveral-based ships will feature a visit to Castaway Cay, a picturesque private island oasis in The Bahamas that offers something for everyone in the family, from fun and relaxation to adventurous water activities.

The Disney Wish will feature three- and four-night Bahamian vacations, while the Disney Fantasy will sail to popular ports in the eastern and western Caribbean on seven-night cruises. One five-night Disney Fantasy voyage in July will take families to Nassau with two stops in Castaway Cay, while a special 10-night southern Caribbean sailing will give families another opportunity to visit Lighthouse Point with additional visits to the islands of Antigua, St. Lucia, Dominica, Tortola and Castaway Cay.

Discover Where Magic Meets the Sea on a Disney Cruise Line Vacation

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.

Starboard Cruise Services Unveils Bold Brand Refresh

Starboard Cruise Services, an LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton company and retail curator at sea, announces a company-wide transformative brand amplification. With a new visual identity and redesigned logo emphasizing its globally recognized name, Starboard, the change amplifies Starboard’s values and purpose to – Curate a Vibrant World – while providing an elevated perspective on the company’s well-known best-in-class vacation retail. 

Transitioning To an Even Brighter Future

Starboard has continually introduced new strategies to increase growth and re-enforce its strong company culture. An internal realignment introduced dedicated account teams to optimize Starboard’s goal of delivering distinct cruise line account strategies and services, such as curated products, experiences and marketing tactics that reflect each line’s unique brand and guest profile. Launching the Luxury Division, further diversified Starboard’s services and partner portfolio by offering highly curated collections differentiated for luxury cruise lines.

Rooted in Heritage While Ever Evolving 

The North Star brand amplification honors Starboard’s LVMH heritage of unparalleled luxury offerings and celebrates its rich history as the first travel duty-free retailer in the U.S.  While ever evolving, the retailer embodies the same principles and values it was founded upon by A.E. Merhige in 1958, maintaining a level of curiosity, wanderlust and passion. 

“We are doing business differently by sparking wanderlust and curating memorable products and experiences that celebrate moments that matter in life,” stated Lisa Bauer, President and CEO of Starboard. “Our amplified branding certainly reflects how our purpose to curate a vibrant world radiates through every touch point and every stakeholder, from our cruise partners, brand partners, employees to of course our guests onboard” 

Amplifying Starboard’s North Star

The brand amplification centers on Starboard’s redesigned visual identity, exemplified by the new logo and introduction of the Starburst icon. The new look and feel are reflected across all touchpoints, including the website and social channels.

Logo | Starboard set out to design an emblem as iconic and distinguished as its immersive and personalized onboard shopping experiences. The new logo illustrates the essence of the company’s name as well as the “starburst”, a new icon that perfectly echoes the essence of Starboard’s North Star framework as it radiates vibrant rays of light, color and energy – beckoning different interpretations. Some see bows of ships coming together in curved lines and dots. Others see a human figure in the center with outstretched arms, calling to the idea how unity emerges through coming together to fulfill a purpose.

Starboard Cruise Services
New Logo Design

Website | The redesigned website captures Starboard’s bold thinking and modern approach while maintaining the brand’s essence. It also highlights the wide range of high-quality services offered across the Luxury Division and sister company, Onboard Media.

  • Starboard curates vacation retail experiences
  • The Luxury Division serves existing and new ultra-premium cruise lines
  • Onboard Media produces innovative multimedia solutions for the greater travel industry

Starboard Cruise Services

Starboard is devoted to constantly pushing the boundaries of curating vacation retail experiences at sea. The amplified visual identity reflects the company’s vision to reimagine the future of onboard shopping. With a renewed sense of clarity and focus, Starboard is poised for success in the years ahead and well-positioned to expand its signature vacation retail offerings.

For more information, visit the company’s website at: https://www.starboardcruise.com/

Lavazza Becomes Official Coffee Partner for Princes Cruises

Lavazza Becomes Official Coffee Partner
Lavazza Becomes Official Coffee Partner of Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has announced that world-renowned coffee brand, Lavazza, is now the line’s Official Coffee Partner. For more than 120 years, Lavazza has expressed the essence of real Italian coffee, with a passion for superior quality.

“Princess guests love their coffee as the morning ritual at the International Café in the legendary Princess Piazza. With a relentless focus on what’s important to our guests, we are upgrading the experience and magnifying our Italian heritage with Lavazza,” said John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises. “Our Lavazza partnership gives our guests yet another thing to love about a Princess vacation.”

Lavazza Becomes Official Coffee Partner

Lavazza Becomes Official Coffee Partner
Discovery Princess

Lavazza offerings will begin rolling out on Princess ships throughout the spring and guests can expect to enjoy the brand’s array of hot coffee options and convenient Ready-to-Drink cans. The relationship will extend beyond offering Lavazza products and services on board to include unique coffee-inspired dinners and recipes collectively designed by Lavazza experts and Princess executive chefs, educational sessions, tastings, food pairings and samplings. The two brands will also collaborate on upcoming marketing campaigns, promotions and exclusive events.

Lavazza Becomes Official Coffee Partner
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Lavazza Coffee

We have been inspired by the way Princess Cruises creates memorable experiences for their guests and feel a strong synergy between both brands in our commitment to quality, innovation and entertainment,” shared Camille Vareille, vice president – head of marketing Americas at Lavazza Group. We are excited to come onboard to offer an elevated coffee program and showcase our premium products to a broader, international audience.

Princess Cruises

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237) or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com. For more information on Lavazza, please visit www.lavazzausa.com or @LavazzaUSA.

Cruise Ships Are Finally Getting the Digital Signage They Deserve

Outdoor Pool Display
The ship’s outdoor movie theater or high-tech performance stage must perform optimally every day, and any interruption can cause major headaches for staff while creating disappointment for guests. The toughest outdoor display models feature IP67 protection against ingress from water, humidity, dust, sand or dirt.

As travelers rejoice at the full return of cruise vacations, advances in AV technologies are delivering unique guest experiences, enabling convenient new features, and simplifying staff operations. Whether it’s the world’s newest, largest cruise ship or a fan favorite beloved by repeat guests, every vessel is competing to provide one-of-a-kind memories and excite passengers with novel environments and activities that often rely on digital technologies. 

Are You Going Big, or Staying Home?

With such high levels of competition among cruise lines, the battle is on to deliver the most selfie-worthy spaces and experiences. Guests want to be wowed, not bored, so the word “subtle” isn’t a common descriptor for cruise ship vacations. 

From dramatic acrobatic stunt shows and music performances to water parks and casinos, a cruise vacation is typically filled with bright colors and loud noises. Whether it’s a family seeing a movie under the stars or a bachelorette party on a bar crawl, it’s common for activities to have all the glitz and glamor of the Las Vegas strip. No matter the chosen activity, the latest audiovisual technologies are increasingly becoming a central thread that weaves through virtually every room and event.

For starters, the robust brightness and environmental protection offered by the latest direct-view LED (DVLED) displays are allowing cruise ship brands to design new outdoor spaces with enormous digital screens. Some of these DVLED screens are equipped with an optional light sensor that automatically dims depending on the lighting situation, making the displays equally capable of running in full sunlight or under a moonless night sky. 

With manufacturers focusing on DVLED as the next big thing in display tech, these devices’ capabilities and attributes have progressed significantly. Ideas that were impossible, or just impossibly expensive, five years ago can now be justified thanks to lower equipment costs and greater awareness of DVLED’s superior performance, long life and durability.

One of the main benefits of DVLED displays is their module-based design that enables the construction of screens at any unique size or aspect ratio, so they can be specified and built to fit new or existing spaces. This can help reduce costs and construction downtime, as well as enable immediate upgrades when a need is identified. Also, unlike traditional LCD video walls with bezels in the middle of an image, DVLED displays are bezel-free with no visible dividing lines, making them ideal for public-facing installations like cruise ships. 

These digital surfaces provide a 24/7 messaging platform for the captain and crew to communicate with passengers, which is often used to advertise upcoming scheduled events or port stops. 

Enhanced passenger communications can also be achieved with Transparent OLED, a cutting-edge signage technology that beautifully blends in with its environment. The OLED displays are almost like a window that can show content or even enable touchscreen capabilities, making it an attractive showpiece that can help facilitate mobile check-in, provide an interactive map of the ship, or allow guests to explore potential activities – all while seeing through the content to breathtaking views of the seascape. 

The New Cabin Experience

A combination of new displays and improvements to ship-wide infrastructure are changing the game for cabin design with major benefits for both passengers and operators. Typically, any interior cabins without views of the outside would command a lower price, limiting the profitability of the available space. A number of ships have already begun addressing this revenue bottleneck by transforming interior rooms with high-definition digital displays that are installed as “virtual windows,” complete with window frames or porthole covers. These crisp, bright displays connect with video cameras positioned throughout the ships’ exterior to present a life-sized, real-time view of the landscape outside. 

As ocean-bound internet accessibility improves thanks to new satellite internet providers, operators are also beginning to upgrade in-room TVs with models that can access popular streaming services. At the same time, operators are increasingly replacing existing video distribution systems with video-over-IP (VoiP) solutions that enable unlimited channels, creation of different access levels with variable pricing, and provide far better central control for the onboard IT department. 

It’s All Fun and Games, Until It Isn’t

Digital displays can provide a wide variety of benefits and activities on a cruise ship, but just like everything else on board, ensuring smooth, consistent performance from hundreds or thousands of displays requires knowledgeable staff with the skills to troubleshoot and fix both software and hardware issues. 

The ship’s outdoor movie theater or high-tech performance stage must perform optimally every day, and any interruption can cause major headaches for staff while creating disappointment for guests. The toughest outdoor display models feature IP67 protection against ingress from water, humidity, dust, sand or dirt. While the requirements are less stringent, cabin room TVs are also designed with enhanced weather sealing that often uses a conformal coating to provide protections against dust and humidity. 

Hardware maintenance is one area where DVLED displays deliver enhanced value, thanks to their modular construction that enables rapid replacement in the occasional situation of failing modules. Manufacturers generally provide replacement parts and training for these products as part of the purchase, so qualified employees can quickly fix any issues in under an hour, depending on its location. 

Software or video delivery issues can be managed more easily in a centralized solution that enables ship-wide firmware updates and access to endpoint data, such as which TVs are on. A top-grade networking solution is vital to the modernization of any ship’s entertainment attractions.

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All Aboard the Innovation Ship

All Aboard the Innovation Ship

Cruise ship operators who want to maximize bookings, encourage repeat visits, and drive passengers to share their favorite cruise moments can utilize the various types of ocean-ready digital signage to deliver customized spaces and unique experiences that create excitement and differentiate them from competition. By bringing the home media experience into the cabin, giving interior cabins a cozier ambiance with virtual windows, and expanding the options for digital signage placement throughout the ship’s interior and exterior, brands and ship designers can improve guest stays, simplify operations, and maximize messaging opportunities.

As the industry continues to experiment and invest in eye-catching designs and awe-inspiring spectacles, digital displays, including options for touch-screen wayfinding, will become even more critical for shows, common areas, special ship events and promotions.

Tracey Estes is a Senior Account Manager – Cruise at LG Business Solutions USA. Based in Lincolnshire, Ill., LG Business Solutions USA delivers business-to-business technology tailored to the particular needs of commercial display customers in the hospitality, healthcare, education, government and industrial markets.

This March 27 – 30 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, LG Business Solutions (Booth #529) will exhibit its latest technology offerings for the cruise industry at Seatrade Cruise Global — the cruise industry’s leading annual business-to-business event.

Learn more about LG’s cruise-ready technologies here.

Top Cruise Ship Casinos You Can Trust

Celebrity Edge
Celebrity Edge

Cruise ship casinos are among the many popular amenities that attract millions of travelers to cruising every year. These onboard casino sites offer a wide range of games and entertainment options, making them popular for those who enjoy gambling. However, not all cruise ship casino platforms are created equal, and it can be difficult to determine which ones are trustworthy and offer the best overall experience.

That’s why we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to the top casinos you can trust. This article will highlight some of the best casino sites based on reputation, game selection, and customer service. Whether you’re a seasoned gambler or simply looking for a fun night out at sea, these top platforms you can trust will provide you with an unforgettable experience.

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Benefits of Playing on Casinos on Cruise Ships

Playing at casinos is a favorite pastime of many travelers, and when it comes to gaming, this platform has a lot to offer. These platforms provide a unique and entertaining way to enjoy gambling while enjoying the sights and sounds of the open sea. Here are some benefits of playing at these sites:

  • Convenience: These platforms are easily accessible and open most day and night.
  • Variety: The games offered on these sites are varied, from traditional games like poker and blackjack to slot machines and electronic table games.
  • Socialization: cruise ships offer a lively social atmosphere, allowing passengers to mingle and make new friends while enjoying their favorite games.
  • Luxury: These platforms are often designed with luxurious decor, creating an ambiance of sophistication and elegance.
  • Rewards: These gambling sites offer rewards programs, allowing players to earn perks such as complimentary drinks, meals, and even free cruises.
  • International Experience: these casinos offer a unique international experience as they sail through different countries, allowing players to experience different cultures.
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Downsides of Playing on Casinos on Cruise Ship

Here are the downsides of playing on a cruise ship platform. Individuals must know these potential downsides before gambling on this platform. While it can be an enjoyable experience, it is essential to gamble responsibly and within one’s means:

  • Lower odds of winning due to a smaller selection of games and lower betting limits.
  • The cruise ship casino may not be subject to the same regulations and standards as land-based sites.
  • Gambling on a ship can be expensive, and players may overspend or lose track of their losses.
  • Cruise ship platforms may contribute to an overall negative perception of gambling as risky and addictive behavior.
  • Proximity to alcohol and other forms of entertainment can increase the likelihood of problem gambling.
Norwegian Escape
Norwegian Escape

Best Casinos You Can Find on Cruise Ships

Norwegian Cruise Lines: Norwegian Escape

  • Norwegian Escape sails in Bahamian and eastern US waters and offers various casino games.
  • Games include electronic slots, video poker, craps, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, pai gow poker, and three-card poker.
  • Gamblers praise Norwegian Escape, but some are surprised by higher minimum bets.
  • Norwegian Cruise’s rewards card, Casinos at Sea, is accepted on all cruise brands and earns points for merchandise, discounts, and free play.
  • Norwegian Escape offers gambling lessons for beginners and has a high-limit VIP room with a smoking policy.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines: Oasis of the Seas

  • Oasis of the Seas is a Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines ship with one of the largest casino sites.
  • The casino has dozens of table games, 450 slot machines, and a separate poker room.
  • The Oasis sails in the Caribbean and offers popular slot machines like Buffalo, and it also considers exploring Indian casino platforms in the US for a different gambling experience.

Celebrity Cruises: Edge

  • It offers a uniquely flavored gambling experience even after merging with Royal Caribbean.
  • The Edge is one of their newest and best casino cruise ships that can accommodate 2800 passengers.
  • The Edge’s Fortunes casino offers a range of games, including blackjack, craps, and roulette, with minimum bets starting at $5, and smoking is prohibited.
  • The Edge sails in the Pacific from Australia to Alaska and the Caribbean. It also features regular tournaments, gambling lessons, and a Blue Chip Club membership card for its Fortunes casino.
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Cruise ship casino sites can provide an exciting and enjoyable gaming experience for travelers. However, choosing a reputable cruise line that offers fair and trustworthy casino games is important. By selecting one of the top cruise ship platforms on this list, you can ensure that your gaming experience is enjoyable, but also safe and fair. It is always wise to gamble responsibly and remember that while winning is great, having fun is important and not risk more than you can afford to lose. With that in mind, sit back, relax, and enjoy the thrill of the casino on your next cruise vacation.

Around the World in the Most Unique Cruise Themes

Cruises are one of the most dynamic and awe-inspiring ways to travel. Back in the day, people imagined cruises as an opportunity for thousands of travelers to hang out on board together before stopping over on tropical islands. While these cruises still exist, the industry is far more varied than that now.

In fact, while nature-based cruises are becoming more popular, they’re only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to unique themes. As cruise-line producers look to craft the best experience for their demographic, themed adventures are getting more specialized and popular.

If you think you’ve seen it all when it comes to unique and imaginative cruise themes, then think again. We’ve compiled some of the most memorable trips available today, listed below.


When it comes to playing blackjack, most people prefer to stick to an online platform for added convenience and accessibility. Virtual casinos also tend to offer attractive welcome deals for newcomers. However, there are now cruise lines that specialize in casino gaming and, most specifically, card games like blackjack. 

In fact, the card game is so popular that it’s become a staple onboard many large liners, including Carnival Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises. But for a more nuanced take on the game of 21, consider targeting a smaller cruise that offers table games, where you’ll find more experienced players.


Not all specialized cruises focus on an activity, like playing blackjack or discovering more about a person’s genealogy (see below). Instead, some are about bringing hobbyists together. This is the case for cat cruises, which offer a ton of different cat-themed activities, swag, and other cat-adjacent experiences.

While cats themselves aren’t allowed on board cat cruises like the Meow Meow Cruise, every effort is taken to carry their spirit. From the cruise’s comedy club to its massive IMAX theatre, travelers can expect an unforgettable trip.


Not all cruise travelers want to bask in the sunlight or pass the time with like-minded visitors. Instead, some are on a mission—and that mission might be to find hidden clues about their ancestry. These are highly customized cruise trips (on small liners) that allow travelers to take a more hands-on look at their personal and family history. 

So far, most of these cruises have focused on areas like New England and the British Isles. The cruises work closely with professional genealogists to uncover factual information and use it to build a multi-day itinerary.

Unique Cruise Themes
Unique Cruise Themes

Japanese Dancehall

Not all cruises are austere. In fact, one of Japan’s biggest cruise liners, known as the Far East Reggae Cruise, is all about having a once-in-a-lifetime party experience. Naturally, the cruise is all about reggae music and traditions. However, organizers go a step beyond by bringing some of Jamaica’s most well-known artists on board. 

Working together with Japan’s top reggae artists, this all-inclusive cruise includes all the events and hype that music fans would expect from a multi-day party. Produced by a group known as Mighty Crown and hosted on the country’s largest cruise ship, it’s an experience that won’t be forgotten in a hurry.

Broadway Plays

Above, we explored the Meow Meow Cruise—which is actually part of Carnival’s suite of cruises. The same goes for Norwegian Cruise Line, which recently rolled out Broadway features. This adventure includes some of the most talented Tony-award-winning stage actors in the industry. 

They’re contracted to perform larger-than-life plays as the cruise sets sail. However, travelers are treated to more than a few performances; they’re also able to connect with the performers and creators. There are even karaoke events for those who want to show off their own vocal talents.


Cruises are known for being relaxing—and that’s taken to another level on crafting-first cruises. These take a variety of forms, including scrapbooking and knitting. Both examples are some of the most popular types of crafting cruises, which connect travelers to new ideas and fellow hobbyists—along with plenty of supplies and engaging activities on a multi-day itinerary. It’s a place to network, meet likeminded people, and enjoy no-frills views and crafting.