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It’s Official: Royal Caribbean and First Bahamian Paratriathlete Name New Ship Odyssey of the Seas

A celebration of adventure took place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as Royal Caribbean International officially named its newest game-changing ship – Odyssey of the Seas. Watch as Erin Brown, the ship’s Godmother and the first Bahamian paratriathlete to compete in the Paralympic Games qualifiers, is joined by the cruise line’s crew members, executives and guests as she bestows a blessing of safekeeping on Odyssey and all those who sail on it for decades to come. Like its boundary-breaking Godmother, Odyssey pushes the envelope to deliver a combination of new, thrilling experiences and signature features for families and travelers of all ages. Highlights include a Caribbean-inspired pool deck with The Lime & Coconut bar, which took center stage for the special occasion, to SeaPlex – the largest indoor and outdoor activity complex at sea, with bumper cars and the venue’s first Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade.

Carnival Pride Resumes Cruises From Port Tampa Bay

Continuing its successful restart, Carnival Cruise Line resumed guest operations today from Tampa, Fla.

Carnival Cruise Line resumed cruises today from Tampa, Fla. with Carnival Pride. A second ship, Carnival Paradise, will join Carnival Pride, in March 2022.

To commemorate the special day, Carnival held a “Back to Fun” event at the Port of Tampa. Carnival’s Vice President of Guest Operations Sarah Beth Reno, Carnival Pride Captain Rino Costanzo, and Port Tampa Bay’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Raul Alfonso cut a ceremonial ribbon to much fanfare and officially welcomed the first guests on board. Carnival Pride is set to depart today on a seven-day cruise to the Western Caribbean with stops in the Mexican ports of Costa Maya and Cozumel, as well as Belize and Mahogany Bay in Roatan, Honduras.

“We have been a proud member of the Tampa community for more than 25 years, having been the first cruise line to sail from Tampa in 1994, so we’re absolutely thrilled to provide our guests an opportunity to get Back to Fun from the port while supporting the local economy,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. 

“We are so pleased to have Carnival Cruise Line returning to Port Tampa Bay today. The return of cruising has a far-reaching impact on our region, with many local businesses standing to benefit. It’s estimated that a ship like Carnival Pride generates an average of $334,000 in passenger and crew onshore spending per call,” said Raul Alfonso, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Port Tampa Bay. 

Carnival Pride
To commemorate the special day, Carnival held a “Back to Fun” event at the Port of Tampa. Carnival’s Vice President of Guest Operations Sarah Beth Reno, Carnival Pride Captain Rino Costanzo, and Port Tampa Bay’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Raul Alfonso

Carnival Cruise Line launched the first year-round cruise program from Tampa in 1994 on the since-retired Tropicale, carrying 28,000 passengers a year. The line has since increased passenger capacity nine-fold, making it one of the largest cruise operators in the area. Cruise operations in Tampa are part of Carnival’s close-to-home ship deployment strategy which positions ships near large U.S. population centers along the East and West Coasts and the Gulf of Mexico to make cruising convenient for everyone. 

Carnival Pride’s offerings from Tampa include six-, seven- and eight-day Western Caribbean sailings.

With more than half of its U.S. fleet already in guest operations, additional ships will resume service in the coming weeks and months as Carnival’s successful restart of operations continues. All 22 of its U.S.-based ships will be back in guest operations by March 2022. 

For additional information on Carnival Cruise Line and to book a cruise vacation, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, visit www.carnival.com, or contact your favorite travel advisor or online travel site.

Why Taking A Cruise Might Be The Best Thing That You’ll Do

Who doesn’t like traveling? But visiting the same hill stations and beaches, again and again, make people want to travel less. However, there is a form of travel that will make you fall in love with travel again: Cruise travel. Statistics show that cruising has grown by a whopping 22% over traditional land-based holidays. Again, shows how people are less interested in the usual way of traveling.

So, what makes a cruise so fun? Are they even fun or just an expensive facade? If you are pondering over the question of if you should take a beautiful cruise, like cruise Croatia for example, then you are at the right place. Here’s why taking a cruise might turn out to be one of the best experiences you will ever have.

Planning? What’s that?

The most stressful part of travel is, planning all of it out. From the hotels you want to stay at to places you need to visit, there is a lot to cover while visiting a new place. When you are traveling to a place for the first time, the stress factor just doubles itself up. Not knowing what places are worth visiting and what hotels will give you the best experience can ruin the destination altogether.

With cruises, you don’t have to worry about any of that. You just sign up for a cruise and the rest of the logistics is taken care of for you. A cruise is one of the most convenient ways to visit a number of destinations without dealing with the anxiety that comes with dealing with new surroundings. If you’re traveling on a quality cruise, then they will surely provide you with hotels and restaurants of the topmost quality.

You only need to unpack once

Imagine that you need to stay at 4 different hotels as you are visiting multiple destinations on a single holiday. You get to the first hotel and settle down the first day. However, you will need to pack all of your stuff again when it’s time to move on to the next destination. Now, imagine doing all that work 4 times, tiring isn’t it? With a cruise ship, you eliminate all this hassle.

When you are traveling on a cruise, it doesn’t matter how many destinations you are visiting, you only need to unpack once. You will be given a convenient cabin, you can unpack your belongings and get settled. This cabin will keep your things safe and save you all the time which you can invest in enjoying your destinations.

Health benefits of taking a cruise holiday

Yes, you read that right. There are health benefits of taking a cruise. The advantages of a cruise holiday may be more towards the mental side of things rather than physical but they’re there, and having good mental health is considered a privilege nowadays. The benefits of the holidays are also backed up by the CLIA, also known as Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments.

The food that the cruises provide is the best in quality and can be categorized as healthy dining. Downtime/ activities, relaxation, socialization are some of the benefits you can experience while on any type of holiday. However, a cruise also incorporates a healthy dose of sunshine, fresh ocean air, and the benefits of saltwater in the form of ships’ pools or on a beach. These benefits are unique to a cruise holiday and are impossible to find anywhere else.

Value for money

When you plan a holiday by yourself, you can only estimate how much money your tip can cost. Due to this reason, most of the time you end up spending more than you were supposed to and end up regretting it. The variability in the expenditure while traveling on your own can sometimes not be value for money.

A cruise on the other hand offers great value for your money. You pay one fee before the start of your trip and you are free from tension. Everything that will happen on the trip is right in front of your eyes, so if you are not satisfied with it, you can just switch to some other agency. A cruise mostly includes meals and quality entertainment. You can always customize your trip to fit your budget, and if you are left with money, you can add more features such as unlimited bar supply to your room or VIP entertainment.

Conclusion

Cruise holidays give you complete control of every aspect of the holiday, may it be the destinations or the ports of call you want to visit. The trickiest part is to choose a cruise holiday and to get a good deal. Your main focus should be the destinations and then you can prioritize things according to your personal likings.

The next time you have some time and that hard-earned holiday money left on you, make sure you try out a cruise holiday. Believe us, you are never going to regret it.

Norwegian Cruise Line Reveals its Greatest Deal Ever

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE REVEALS ITS GREATEST DEAL EVER
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE REVEALS ITS GREATEST DEAL EVER
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel with a 55-year history of breaking boundaries, today revealed its “Greatest Deal Ever” offering a 70% discount off the second guest fare and seven free offers with a value up to $4,250, just in time for the Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday deals season. Additionally, the Company opened for sale itineraries through summer 2024, the most itineraries in its history, with new ports of call for the Company, including La Romana, Dominican Republic; Sendai (Ishinomaki), Japan; and Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Whether cruisers are looking to experience the Brand’s successful Breakaway Plus Class ships with Norwegian EncoreBlissJoy and Escape or its newest vessel, Norwegian Prima sailing July 2022, guests can take advantage of Norwegian’s “Greatest Deal Ever” starting on Nov. 16, 2021. Along with the 70% discount off the second guest fare, those travelers looking for the best value at sea can also receive seven free offers including free open bar, free specialty dining, free shore excursions credits, free WiFi, discounted rates for friends and family, free roundtrip airfare for the second guest, and will receive a $250 CruiseFirst certificate to use towards a future cruise. The “Greatest Deal Ever” is available on all departures, all itineraries and all published voyage dates from 2021 through the recently released itineraries through summer 2024. “We are proud to be able to provide our guests with an even greater selection of sailings and the best value at sea to help them plan an unforgettable cruise vacation,” said Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “So many travelers have been looking to make up for lost time and now we’re providing them with unique itineraries to check off those bucket-list destinations they may have longed for over the last year and a half. These port-rich itineraries allow our guests more time to explore unique destinations like a local and indulge in the cultural experiences around them.”
BRAND FIRSTS

The assortment of newly opened itineraries features 35 departure ports across the globe, including two new-to-brand homeport destinations – Haifa, Israel and La Romana, Dominican Republic. The newly released itineraries will bring back voyages that are making Company history next year (Norwegian Epic will make her debut in Haifa, Israel’s largest international seaport, in November 2022). Therefore, the vessel will once again offer 11-and-12-day Mediterranean open-jaw sailings to and from Haifa, Israel and Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy starting Nov. 8, 2023 through Dec. 12, 2023. The ship will call to beautiful destinations such as Livorno (Florence) and Naples, Italy; Kusadasi and Istanbul, Turkey; Piraeus (Athens), Patmos, and Rhodes, Greece; and Limassol, Cyprus. This itinerary will also feature 17-hours of port time in Ashdod, Israel giving guests sufficient time to tour the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv as well as one of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem. For travelers in search of port-intensive itineraries, Norwegian Sky will be the first to sail a series of seven-day roundtrip Southern Caribbean cruises from La Romana, Dominican Republic with a port-of-call each day from Jan. 8, 2024 through April 22, 2024. This will make NCL the only major cruise company sailing Southern Caribbean voyages with no sea days. In addition, the Brand will offer a 12-day transpacific voyage on Norwegian Jewel on April 10, 2024 from Tokyo to Seward, Alaska, visiting two new ports-of-call for the Company including Sendai (Ishinomaki), Japan and Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
For guests looking to explore destinations like a local, NCL’s itineraries are curated to be the best way to explore the world. They allow for immersive experiences by providing overnight stays and long port hours in sought-after destinations. A few highlights include: 

ALASKA

On April 22, 2024 and Sept. 25, 2024, Norwegian Spirit will once again offer her “Fire and Ice” voyages – an open-jaw itinerary sailing to and from Honolulu and Vancouver, visiting the tropical islands of Hawaii and beautiful towns of Alaska. Guests will discover paradise as they overnight in Nawiliwili (Kauai), and island hop to Kahului (Maui), and Hilo, Hawaii and then sail towards the Last Frontier where the vessel will cruise through striking glaciers towards the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, a United Nations World Heritage Site, followed by calls to Juneau, Icy Strait Point, Skagway and Ketchikan, Alaska. For those looking to be the first to experience this once-in-a-lifetime itinerary, the debut “Fire and Ice” sailing will take place June 12, 2022, followed by a second sailing on Oct. 3, 2022. 

GREEK ISLES AND MEDITERRANEAN

Norwegian Epic will make her debut in Trieste (Venice), Italy and Koper, Slovenia during her 14-day Grand Mediterranean holiday sailing on Dec. 22, 2023 – inviting guests to experience Europe’s iconic Christmas markets at each port. The itinerary will offer zero sea days and overnight visits in Dubrovnik, Croatia on Christmas Eve, as well as Barcelona and Palma Mallorca, Spain to celebrate the new year. 

Norwegian Escape will offer five, 10-to-11-day Grand Mediterranean sailings between April 2024 and October 2024 where guests will spend over 105 hours exploring Mediterranean ports in Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain. During the April 24, 2024 sailing, the ship will call to Ibiza, Spain with a late midnight departure allowing guests to enjoy the late evening hours of the famed town. The ship will also make her debut call in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. 

Norwegian Escape will also offer a series of seven-day roundtrip cruises from Barcelona starting on May 26, 2024, featuring zero sea days and visiting six ports-of-call including Cannes, France; Livorno (Florence), Civitavecchia (Rome), Naples, and Cagliari, Italy; and Palma De Mallorca, Spain. Guests have the chance to spend more than 11 hours in Livorno (Florence), Civitavecchia (Rome), and Naples, three of the most historically and culturally rich cities in Italy. 

Norwegian Pearl will sail a series of seven-day roundtrip voyages from May 26, 2024 through Oct. 27, 2024 from Trieste (Venice), Italy making calls in two medieval walled towns: Kotor, Montenegro and Dubrovnik, Croatia, and offering a late departure in Santorini for guests to take in their picturesque sunsets. 

CANADA & NEW ENGLAND

From Sept. 2 through Sept. 25, 2024, Norwegian Joy will offer seven-and-eight-day open jaw sailings from New York City and Quebec City, one of the top-rated ports by our guests sailing Canada and New England itineraries. Travelers can plan an extended stay in each city pre-and-post cruise to further enjoy the destinations. 

PANAMA CANAL

Norwegian Joy will offer an 11-day open jaw sailing from Miami to Panama City on Nov. 25, 2023 where guests will have over eight hours in all ports-of-call with a full 13 hours in Willemstad, Curaçao, ideal for a scuba diving adventure or a stroll down their picturesque pier featuring colorful colonial Dutch buildings. The vessel will also offer two 15-day Panama Canal open-jaw sailings from Miami on Jan. 6, 2024 and from Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2024 where she will overnight in Panama City where guests can tour its old colonial center or enjoy the vibrant nightlife. 

CARIBBEAN

Several NCL ships will be sailing the Caribbean with three vessels making a first-time visit to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, plus additional ports-of-call.

Norwegian Getaway will make her debut in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos during her 12-day holiday sailing on Dec. 21, 2023 from New York City where guests will spend Christmas day in tropical San Juan, Puerto Rico; while Norwegian Joy will make her debut in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos during a summer voyage from New York City in August 2024. Norwegian Joy will make her debut call in Philipsburg, St. Maarten and Kralendijk, Bonaire during her 12-day Southern Caribbean cruise from New York City to Miami on Oct. 16, 2023. Norwegian Jade will make her debut in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; and St. George’s, Grenada, during her 14-day Southern Caribbean voyage on Nov. 26, 2023 from Tampa, Fla. 

BERMUDA

Norwegian Joy will offer four, five and seven-day roundtrip sailings from New York City to Bermuda from April 9, 2024 through October 11, 2024 with the seven-day sailings providing up to 55 hours in port at the Royal Naval Dockyard. Currently, NCL is the only cruise line to offer three days in Bermuda allowing guests to shop in the capital city of Hamilton or relax on the destination’s famous pink sand beaches. 

NORTHERN EUROPE

Norwegian Getaway will offer one nine-day roundtrip sailing from Copenhagen on May 13, 2024 where guests have the chance to visit seven different countries in Northern Europe in nine days: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom. Travelers can fully immerse themselves in each city as the itinerary allows them to spend over nine hours in every port with 14 hours in Paris and 15 hours in Berlin.  

For a complete list of the new itineraries, more information about the Company’s award-winning 17-ship fleet, or to book a cruise, please contact a travel professional, call 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or visit www.ncl.com.

Crystal Endeavor Named ‘Best New Expedition Ship’ in The Points Guy Editors’ Choice Awards

Crystal Endeavor
Crystal Endeavor

Crystal Endeavor – a game-changing expedition yacht that has garnered rave reviews from guests and travel advisors since its debut this summer – has been named “Best New Expedition Ship” in The Points Guy’s (TPG) Editors’ Choice Awards.

The annual awards are presented based on the expert opinions of TPG editors who comprise some of the most seasoned and experienced writers and editors in the travel and hospitality industry. 

Crystal Endeavor is purpose built and designed for the Arctic and Antarctic sailings

A New Level of Luxury Expedition

The luxury expedition yacht’s highly anticipated Antarctica season launches November 18 with the first of eight voyages round-trip from Ushuaia ranging from 11 to 19 nights exploring incredible wildlife within this remote icy wonderland, including the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and lands beyond the Antarctic Circle.   Complimentary round-trip airfare between Ushuaia and Miami, along with luxury hotel stays in both cities, is also available.

Gene Sloan, TPG’s principal writer for cruise and travel who sailed on Crystal Endeavor in September, commented that the ship “stands apart to us here at TPG particularly when it comes to luxury travel,” stating that it “brings a new level of luxury and service to the niche.”  Sloan was particularly impressed with Crystal Endeavor’s specialty dining options noting that the restaurants feature “superb interior design, sophisticated menus and graceful service that was impeccable.”

“We designed Crystal Endeavor to take expedition cruising to an entirely new level and this award is a wonderful validation of these efforts,” said Carmen Roig, Crystal’s senior vice president of marketing and sales.  “And while Crystal Endeavor itself is a game-changer what really makes her stand out is our amazing onboard Crystal Family, including an experienced expedition team, who take our guests on unforgettable journeys to some of the world’s most remote and picturesque locales.”

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Crystal Endeavor is purpose built and designed for the Arctic and Antarctic sailings with superior operation, safety and performance in polar conditions with a Polar Class 6 (PC6) classification.

Crystal Endeavor

Accommodating just 200 guests in 100 well-appointed suites, 20,200-GRT Crystal Endeavor is purpose built and designed for the Arctic and Antarctic sailings with superior operation, safety and performance in polar conditions with a Polar Class 6 (PC6) classification featuring German engineering focused on power, reliability, and painstaking craftsmanship. The ship’s propulsion system includes two Azipod D units and a diesel electric power plant designed specifically for ice-going vessels to help them operate at optimum efficiency while providing 13,020 kW of installed power, delivering well-balanced power and propulsion installation, giving both speed and comfort.

Largest Space Per Guest Of Any Ship At Sea

At 100 gross tons and 10,000 cubic feet per guest and a passenger space ratio of more than 100, she has the largest space per guest of any ship at sea. Luxuriously designed to offer discerning travelers elegantly expansive private and public spaces, the ship offers all-verandah, all-butler serviced suites, among the largest and most spacious in expedition cruising. A one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio delivers the personal and genuine service for which Crystal is known.

Crystal hallmarks accent guests’ onboard experience can be found throughout the ship: Michelin-inspired dining options including Umi Uma, the first and only Japanese restaurant on an expedition ship; fine Italian cuisine at Prego, 24-hour room service and optional Vintage Room experience; the only casino on an expedition yacht; a glass-covered, two-story solarium – housing the Seahorse Pool and Jacuzzi – providing panoramic views from sea to sky; and the full-service Crystal Life Salon & Spa with a state-of-the-art Fitness Center; as well as a wrap-around Promenade Deck, an iconic Crystal design element. Expedition-specific amenities include high-tech enrichments spaces, designated mud rooms, an Expedition Lounge, and even the option of exploration in a two-guest submersible.

Crystal continues to be a leader in its response to COVID-19 with its Crystal Clean+ protocols based on the latest data and recommendations by health experts. The company was the first major cruise line to require a COVID-19 vaccine for both guests and crew in 2021 and now the first through 2022.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel advisor, call 888.799.2437, or visit www.crystalcruises.com

Exciting Water Sports You Should Try This Year

Exciting Water Sports You Should Try This Year
Sailing is one of the most exciting water sports. Whether you do it competitively or not, nothing can match the sensation of being on the water

According to the 2016 Recreational Boating and Participation Study, an estimate of 142 million Americans, representing 36% of US households, went boating that year. Out of the 142 million participants, 17 million were first-timers. Water sports are excellent recreational activities for many people, and you shouldn’t shy away from experimenting with a few of them in your lifetime. Here is a list of water sports you should try.

Sail Racing

Sailing is one of the most exciting water sports. Whether you do it competitively or not, nothing can match the sensation of being on the water, seeing the wind fill the sails made from premium cloth by Far East Sails, exploiting the power of nature, and relying on your skills.

There are different types of sail racing. There’s fleet racing, which can feature up to 100 boats; match racing, which involves two identical boats; and team racing, consisting of two teams where each team can have two to four boats.  

Sailing is good for your health and fitness because it improves muscle strength and endurance from the hoisting and pulling activities. It also improves your cardiovascular health due to the vast oxygen uptakes that happen during intense sailing activities.

Raft Racing

Rafting is a recreational activity that involves navigating downstream river rapids on inflated rafts. It’s a risky and highly challenging water sport, hence the need for teamwork. Rafting involves teams of between two and eight participants. For enhanced safety, you should wear a helmet because rafting on raging waters can be dangerous. However, the thrill of navigating through rough waters on a raft is unmatched. 

Kayaking

Kayaking is an exciting water sport where one uses a kayak to move across the water. You can kayak in standing waves, rapid water, white water, or flat stretches of water. Competitive kayaking may include river racing, Olympic kayaking, freestyle kayaking, and slalom racing.

Kayaking has health benefits, such as enhanced muscle strength and good cardiovascular health. Before you decide to take part in any kayaking race, join a club to learn the basics of paddling and work on your skill to minimize the risks of accidents. You also need to be a good swimmer because your kayak can easily overturn.

Parasailing

Parasailing is a water sport where one or more people hang on parachutes high up above the water, and it is more fun when done as a group activity. You can decide the length of the rope, depending on how comfortable you are with heights. It’s also necessary to wear a life jacket in case of an emergency.

Parasailing is one of the most peaceful and thrilling rides you will ever experience. You climb through the air gradually and steadily, and you won’t feel your stomach drop, unlike when you’re on a rollercoaster. However, if you want a more thrilling ride, you can talk to your captain about a few dips in the water and other tricks they have up their sleeves. 

Jet Skiing

Jet skiing is a high-speed, exciting water sport that’s great to do alone or with a friend. Besides being a fun sport, jet skiing has many health benefits. It requires you to stabilize your muscles and hold on to the equipment with your body, improving blood circulation and strengthening your muscles. 

With jet skiing, you won’t only have a great time, but you could also burn up to 400 calories an hour and boost your endurance. It also allows you to release stress and refresh your mind. Skiing requires you to remain in a crouching position as you maneuver through the waves at varying speeds, improving balance and coordination while helping you maintain good posture.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling is a sport that allows you to observe the underworld from the surface using a snorkel tube and a mask. It requires minimal training, and its basics can be learned within a short period. Snorkelers stay on the water surface and use floating devices to comfortably float. The abundance and variety of creatures and colors, especially around the coastal areas, make snorkeling a fun activity. It also has a lot of health benefits, some of which include improved breathing and joint mobility, enhanced cardiovascular health, and overall body fitness.

Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding is an exciting, extreme water sport where the rider is fastened to a board and towed behind a motorboat. It requires a high degree of preparedness, physically and emotionally.  Wakeboarding helps tone your whole body, among other health benefits.

Endnote

If you are a boating enthusiast, these are some of the most thrilling water sports you should try this year. They are an excellent way to spend time with your family, friends, or colleagues.

Princess Cruises Announces Roundtrip 111-Day World Cruise from North America

Dreaming of exploring the far corners of the globe and only unpacking once? Look no further than the 2024 World Cruise, carefully crafted by the destination experts at Princess Cruises, for the ultimate journey of a lifetime.

On sale Nov. 11, Island Princess – the cruise line’s largest ship to sail a World Cruise voyage – is scheduled to sail roundtrip from North America on a 111-day cruise from both Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles in January 2024. Guests will experience 51 destinations across 27 countries and six continents, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America and North America. 

“Embarking on a Princess World Cruise to experience the globe’s marquis ports and hidden gems, where all the planning is done by the Princess destination experts, easily turns adventurous world travel dreams into a reality,” said Deanna Austin, Princess Cruises chief commercial officer. “And with MedallionClass, cruising is effortless, personalized and easy to stay connected from afar to loved ones back home or even to the office.”

The 111-day roundtrip voyage from Ft. Lauderdale departs on January 4, 2024, and from Los Angeles on January 18, 2024. A 97-day World Cruise from Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale is also offered, setting sail on January 18, 2024.

Noteworthy 2024 World Cruise details include:

  • Island Princess will sail more than 33,000 nautical miles in 111 days.
  • 12 Maiden World Cruise port calls to Galilee/Nazareth (Haifa), Bali (Benoa), Crete (Heraklion), Mykonos, Naples (for Capri & Pompeii), Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Genoa (Milan), Villefranche, Lisbon, Agadir, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Bermuda.
  • Visits to 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, The Acropolis in Athens, The Port Fortress of Cartagena and the ancient Greek city of Ephesus in Turkey. 
  • The World Cruise will cross the Equator twice.
  • The cruise will offer an overnight visit in the modern city Dubai and 11 “More Ashore” late-night calls including Abu Dhabi, Auckland and Sydney so guests can make the most of their time exploring new cultures in port. 
  • Countries visited include New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Israel, Greece, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Canary Islands, Costa Rica and more. 

Rates for the 2024 World Cruise start at $21,079/person. Guests booking the 97- or 111-day World Cruise by January 31, 2022 receive early booking perks, including:

  • Drinks with Tips – guests enjoy the Premier Beverage Package with everything from cocktails, beer and wine to specialty coffees, smoothies and bottled water.
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi – cruisers can video chat and text with family back home, stream favorite shows and check e-mail. 
  • Crew Appreciation – full daily gratuities are paid to crew on behalf of cruise guests.
  • First-Class or Economy Roundtrip Airfare – guests booked in suites, Club Class or mini-suites fly first class to and from LAX or FLL, while guests booking a balcony stateroom receive free economy airfare. Only valid on flights departing the United States or Canada.
  • Money to Spend On Board – for shopping, shore excursions, spa treatments and more, a $500 per guest (for the first two guests) is applied.
  • Specialty Dining – each guest can dine at award-winning specialty restaurants up to four times during the voyage without worrying about the cover charge. 

Island Princess, sailing her second World Cruise, features more than 700 balconies, a Princess Luxury Bed in each stateroom, specialty and casual dining options and more. World Cruise guests delight in the Encounters with Discovery speaker series that includes authors, artists, explorers and more, as well as culinary demonstrations, cooking classes, special-themed menus, foreign movies and regional folkloric shows to bring the destinations to life.

Let’s take a REAL vacation

Princess MedallionClass vacations deliver the ultimate in effortless, personalized cruising. It begins with the Medallion™, a quarter-sized, wearable device that enables everything from touch-free boarding to locating loved ones anywhere on the ship, as well as enhanced service like having whatever guests need, delivered directly to them, wherever they are on the ship.

In addition, guests can share their favorite cruise moments using MedallionNet, the best WiFi at sea, and also stay connected with friends and family back home, work remotely anywhere on the ship, quickly post content and stream favorite movies and shows. 

More information about the World Cruise is available at www.princess.com/world.

For the latest Princess COVID-19 health protocols, please visit  https://www.princess.com/plan/cruise-with-confidence/cruise-health/covid-19-guest-protocols/.

Holland America Line Launches a ‘Kids Cruise Free’ Offer Just in Time for Family Holiday Cruise Travel as Vaccines Expand

Award-winning Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s private Bahamian island, celebrated its 15th anniversary this Caribbean cruise season, and to commemorate the milestone the cruise line has enhanced island offerings and features. Guests to the island will notice five new, colorful, two-story Beach Villas available for rent during each call. The luxury hideaways boast exclusive hot tubs on the second floor and provide private accommodations for guests while they relax and experience the island’s highlights.

Cruise Addicts looking for a family getaway can take advantage of Holland America Line‘s latest offer that allows kids aged 5 to 17 sailing as the third and fourth guests in the same stateroom to cruise for free.

Holland America Line Launches a ‘Kids Cruise Free’ Offer

Good for select holiday sailings and cruises through spring 2022, families can make the upcoming months merry and bright by setting sail over winter break to the warm waters of the Caribbean or Mexico. After the holidays, the ships continue to explore both regions, along with the California coast. Come spring, families also can cruise through May to Europe, Canada/New England or Alaska with the same offer.

“Now that kids ages 5 and older can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, getting out and seeing the world is on everyone’s mind,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “A multigenerational cruise is the perfect way to return to travel, and we can’t wait to welcome our junior guests and feel the excitement as everyone is able to explore the world together again.”

‘Kids Cruise Free’ on Select Departures through May 31, 2022

The offer is good on select sailings through May 31, 2022. Bookings must be made by Nov. 18, 2021.

Ships in the Caribbean include Pinnacle Class Rotterdam and Nieuw Statendam, along with Eurodam and Nieuw AmsterdamKoningsdam and Zuiderdam are on the West Coast exploring Mexico, Hawaii and the California coast, as well as Panama Canal transits. In late spring, EurodamKoningsdam and Zuiderdam will be in Alaska; Nieuw Statendam and Rotterdam head to Europe; and Zaandam will be cruising in Canada/New England.

Amazing Alaska for All Ages

One of the most sought-after family vacations is a cruise to Alaska, and no one explores The Last Frontier like Holland America Line. Every port has an adventure that’s sure to excite all ages, like dog sledding on a glacier, panning for gold, a lumberjack show, whale watching, heading out on a leisure tour aboard a Bering Sea crabbing boat and more. On board, younger guests can earn their Junior Ranger Badge from the Glacier Bay National Park Ranger.

Holland America Line was named the top pick for Alaska in the 2020 Porthole Cruise Magazine Editor-in-Chief Awards, 2020 AFAR Travelers’ Choice Awards, 2019 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards and 2019 TravelAge West Wave Awards Editor’s Pick; as well as Best Itineraries in the 2019 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards, confirming its position as the number-one cruise line in Alaska by some of the world’s most discerning travelers and cruise experts.

Club HAL Entertains the Kids

On board, kids, tweens and teens ages 5 to 17 can enjoy Club HAL, Holland America Line’s supervised youth activities program. Younger cruisers can meet other kids their age for arts and crafts, sports, video game competitions, scavenger hunts, challenging team games, themed parties and more.

Cruise and Stay Healthy

Holland America Line is currently committed to operating vaccinated cruises, as defined by the CDC through Feb. 28, 2022, and children 5 years and older will be eligible to sail. These cruises are available for guests who have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination. Additionally, fully vaccinated guests must produce a negative viral COVID-19 test (medically supervised PCR or antigen test) taken within TWO days of embarkation on all Holland America Line sailings. Booked guests should keep up to date with the latest requirements for all ages at hollandamerica.com.

Holland America Line’s Worry-Free Promise program gives cruisers full flexibility to change plans, cruise protection before and during the journey, and peace of mind with enhanced health and safety protocols on board and on shore. The Flexible Cancellation Plan enables guests to cancel for any reason up to 30 days before departure and automatically receive a Future Cruise Credit. The Cancellation Protection Plan allows cancellation up to 24 hours in advance of departure.

Cruise Fares Start at $898 for a Family of Four

With the “Kids Cruise Free” offer, starting fares for a Holland America Line cruise are $449 per person, double occupancy, so a family of four could take a vacation for just $898. Over the holidays, cruise fares begin at $549 per person, double occupancy, making a cruise getaway a great option over school break. *Taxes, fees and port expenses are extra. Restrictions apply.

“Have it All” fares are available for an additional upgrade fee as provided at the time of booking. “Have it All” premium package fares include four high-value amenities: two shore excursions, a Signature Beverage Package, two nights specialty dining in Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto or Tamarind (depending on ship), and a Wi-Fi Surf Package to stay connected throughout the cruise.

For more information about Holland America Line, consult a travel advisor, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.

Holland America Line’s Rotterdam Kicks Off its Inaugural Season of Caribbean Cruising With Departure from Fort Lauderdale

Rotterdam
Rotterdam

Holland America Line’s new Rotterdam departed yesterday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. EST from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on its inaugural Caribbean cruise — a roundtrip five-day sailing that visits Bimini, Bahamas, and spends two days at Half Moon Cay, the cruise line’s award-winning private Bahamian island. The ship arrived at Port Everglades Nov. 3 following its maiden transatlantic voyage that set sail from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Oct. 20.

Rotterdam marks the second ship to return to Florida cruising and the Caribbean for Holland America Line since the industrywide pause began 20 months ago. During November, the ship will be joined at Port Everglades by Pinnacle Class sister-ship Nieuw Statendam and Eurodam, which also kick off their Caribbean seasons. Nieuw Amsterdam began Caribbean cruising from Fort Lauderdale Oct. 23.

“We have been awaiting our return to the Caribbean for a long time, and having Rotterdam and our other ships restart operations out of Fort Lauderdale is an incredible moment for our company,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “Rotterdam‘s maiden voyage from Europe was a huge success and we’re getting a lot of positive feedback from guests about the ship.”

The cruise line celebrated Rotterdam‘s Caribbean departure with fanfare to welcome guests on board, and Antorcha was on hand to greet embarking passengers.

Following the Nov. 5 cruise, Rotterdam will sail in the Caribbean through April, with all departures roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. The cruises range from six to 11 days and span the region on southern, eastern, western and tropical itineraries. Guests looking for a longer getaway can embark on a Collectors’ Voyage — combined back-to-back itineraries that offer an in-depth exploration covering more than one area.

Every Caribbean cruise includes a call at Half Moon Cay, rated the number-one port of call in the Caribbean by the line’s guests. This quaint sanctuary has evolved into a playground for cruisers and features the finest white-sand beaches, two-story villas and private cabanas, dining venues like Lobster Shack, a children’s waterpark and a variety of fun-filled tours for nature lovers, adventurous travelers and explorers.

Holland America Line has been homeporting from Port Everglades since the 1990s. Operationally, each ship visit directly contributes $364,000 to the local economy in provisioning (fuel, food, flowers, piano tuning, supplies), port taxes and spending. Holland America Line works with nearly 100 local vendors who supply the company and its ships with goods and services.

Throughout the years, Holland America Line has been actively involved with more than 30 nonprofits in South Florida through giving, shipboard lunches and cruise donations, including Seafarers’ House, Henderson Behavioral Health, Coast Guard Women’s Leadership Initiative, Symphony of the Americas, The Opera Society and more.

Rotterdam

Rotterdam has the highly successful amenities and innovations introduced with her sister ships, including the 270-degree surround screen World Stage, Rudi’s Sel de Mer restaurant and Grand Dutch Café. The ship introduces the Half Moon Bar, an immersive experience looking at the history of Holland America Line and cruising through the lens of a cocktail.

Delivering the best of everything, Rotterdam celebrates live music with a collection of world-class performances each night — from Lincoln Center Stage and B.B. King’s Blues Club to Rolling Stone Rock Room and Billboard Onboard. 

Throughout the ship, Rotterdam showcases Holland America Line hallmarks that drive one of the highest repeat rates in the industry: exquisite cuisine guided by eight of the world’s leading chefs; gracious, award-winning service; a museum-quality art collection valued at more than $4 million; and superbly appointed staterooms and suites, including family and single accommodations.

Rotterdam is the seventh ship to bear the name for Holland America Line.

For more information about Holland America Line, consult a travel advisor, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.

Port Everglades Has Busiest Cruise Day Since Pandemic

Port Everglades
Port Everglades is one of the three busiest cruise ports in the world, typically hosting nearly 4 million passengers annually.

Port Everglades will almost looked like its pre-pandemic self on yesterday, November 6, with six cruise ships sailing with passengers on board.

Speaking before the big day arrived Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Jonathan Daniels said “Six of our eight cruise terminals will be in use, so it is not the Port’s record and the ships will not be filled to capacity, but it will be a sight to behold and is a solid sign of recovery.” He continued “We have gone from three cruise ships starting up in June and July, to more than 20 ships that will be sailing in November.” 

The cruise ships sailing yesterday included:

Port Everglades was the first U.S. port to resume cruise service, on June 26, 2021, with the Celebrity Edge, after the cruise industry was paused due the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The cruise industry traditionally accounts for approximately 40 percent of Port Everglades’ revenue.