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Princess Cruises To Deliver The ‘Best Wi-Fi at Sea’

02 November 2017
Princess Cruises, OCEAN Medallion Braclet

Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ vice-president UK and Europe, told representatives that a new service called MedallionNet would see Wi-Fi on Carnival Corporation ships with “exceptional” speeds, which will be “pervasive” throughout the ships. Roberts also went on to say: “We are working with satellite companies to establish a new network of coverage that gives more reliability. It will give us the best connection and most pervasive service of Wi-Fi at sea.” Princess Cruises will be the first in the company to feature “Medallion class” ships before it’s ultimately rolled out across all of Carnival’s brand. The main feature of the Medallion class ships is to be the wearable Ocean Medallion. This first-of-its-kind wearable device facilitates a personalised service on board. From on-demand food and drinks, interactive gaming, custom entertainment and smart navigation, Medallion makes cruising simpler, and more personal and...
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P&O Cruises’ Adult-only Arcadia Heads For Refit

30 October 2017

P&O Cruises’ beloved Arcadia heads for the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg for a refresh this autumn. In preparation for her 2018 World Cruise, departing in January 2018, Arcadia will set sail for the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg at the end of October. Her relaxed, intimate atmosphere and classic elegance won the hearts of all who have sailed on here since she entered the cruise lines fleet in 2005, and she’s now taking time out this autumn for a spruce up. During her refresh, Arcadia will get the TLC she deserves, improving the guest experience on board and reinvigorate the unique character and key features that guests know and love. Her refresh has been entrusted to RPW Design, one of the world’s leading hospitality interior design practices that specialises in the creation of stunningly sophisticated interiors. There will be a range...
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Cunard to Host World Premiere of ‘The Greatest Showman’

27 October 2017
QM2, Cunard

Luxury cruise line Cunard, will host world premiere of ‘The Greatest Showman’ in December 2017. Cunard and 20th Century Fox have partnered for the Queen Mary 2 to host the world premiere of 20th Century Fox’s “The Greatest Showman”. “Queen Mary 2 is the perfect stage for our world premiere of ‘The Greatest Showman,’” said Zachary Eller, Executive Vice President, Marketing Partnerships, 20th Century Fox. “Not only is there a real tie to P.T. Barnum’s affinity for sailing Cunard, but Queen Mary 2 also provides that perfect touch of dazzle and wonder that brilliantly complements the essence of the film.” P.T. Barnum sailed on various Cunard ships to cross the Atlantic between New York and England, according to the cruise line. His most notable voyage being one in 1850 when he invited opera singer Jenny Lind to come to America...
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Azamara Pursuit Now On Sale

25 October 2017
Azamara Pursuit, Azamara Club Cruises

With 61 more destinations, 48 late nights, 26 overnights, 19 new itineraries, 15 maiden ports and 1 new ship, Amazara Club Cruises welcomes Azamara Pursuit to the fleet. Formerly Adonia, reimagined to Azamara Pursuit, this ship will become the third ship in the luxury Azamara Club Cruises fleet, bringing the boutique hotel experience to the seas. Azamara Pursuit will take you to lesser known ports of call and secluded destinations, accessing petite ports that remain beyond the reach of larger cruise ships. Totally new-to-Azamara destinations include Antofagasta (Chile), Lima (Peru), and the Beagle Channel to name but a few. Not only will Azamara Club Cruises take you to 15 new ports and a whole host of bucket-list locales, they will also stay longer in each one, so guests have more time to experience the world’s many wonders. The new addition...
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Cunard To Return To Alaska For The First Time After 20 Year Absence

24 October 2017
Cunard Alaska, lacier Bay National Park Alaska,Whale in calm waters Alaska

Cunard is returning to Alaska for the first time in more than 20 years next year, beginning her voyage to Alaska from Yokohama, Japan, on May 5 2019, where she will remain through June for its first season. Angus Struthers, Cunard’s vice-president marketing, said: “We’re thrilled to make our return to Alaska, one of the world’s must-see destinations. As the majestic Queen Elizabeth undertakes her first season there, our guests can explore the region with highlights including the natural wonders of Tracy Arm Fjord and the Hubbard Glacier.” Queen Elizabeth will sail down the west coast of the United States through the Panama Canal to New York before going on to Iceland and the UK, after completing her four 10-night Vancouver sailings throughout May and June 2019. Guests can experience the gold rush spirit of Skagway and Juneau, scenic cruising...
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Symphony of the Seas to Debut Early

20 October 2017
HM, Harmony of the Seas, night, nighttime drone shot, aerial of ship, aft,

The new sound of adventure is now even closer with Symphony of the Seas to make its debut earlier than expected. Originally due to launch 21 April 2018, Symphony of the Seas will now debut from 31 March 2018. The 3 new sailings for Symphony of the Seas are: » 31 March 2018 – 5 night sailing » 7 April 2018 – 7 night sailing » 4 April 2018 – 7 night sailing Royal Caribbean are calling this ‘the biggest dress rehearsal at sea’ and you can be among the first to experience Symphony of the Seas on her new sailings from /to Barcelona. Catch exclusive entertainment, access rehearsals, sample new food and amp up their adrenaline with thrills like the tallest slide at sea. Special pre-opening entertainment will also be on board sailings for 31 March, 7 April &...
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Celebrity Edge Is Coming To Europe In 2019

18 October 2017
Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship Celebrity Edge will homeport in Rome and Barcelona from summer 2019, following on from Celebrity Edge’s debut season in the Caribbean in December 2018. Celebrity Edge will be one of five Celebrity ships based in Europe 2019, and will be joined by Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Reflection, and Celebrity Silhouette which will return to Southampton for a second year, replacing Celebrity Eclipse which has spent eight years cruising from Southampton. Destinations for Celebrity Edge’s 2019 summer season include Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Mykonos, Ibiza and Valencia and will allow for longer evening stays in port. Itineraries will be seven, nine, 10 and 11-nights. Celebrity Edge will also call at new ports new to Celebrity Cruises, including Nauplion in the Peloponnese region of Greece and Santa Margherita on the Italian Riviera, close to Portofino. “From our expansive...
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Game-changing Show For P&O Cruises in New Entertainment Partnership

17 October 2017
P&O Cruises Britannia

Entertainer and presenter Stephen Mulhern has teamed up with singer, performer and producer Jonathan Wilkes in a new entertainment partnership with P&O Cruises. This new show will be a 45-minute spectacular but the specific details are being kept under wraps until nearer the time of its launch. ‘This is a truly breathtaking show and one which has never before been seen on either land or at sea. Jonathan and I are working with the country’s best set designers to create something which will leave the audience mesmerized, amazed and entertained’ said Stephen Mulhern. P&O Cruises SVP Paul Ludlow said ‘Stephen is one of this country’s brightest and most well-loved stars. His radio and TV shows are incredibly popular with our guests so he is the perfect fit for us. In partnership with Jonathan Wilkes, who has already produced a very...
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Bergen Puts Caps on Daily Cruise Visits

16 October 2017
View on Bergen and harbor from the mountain Floyen top. Norway

Norway’s busiest cruise port, Bergen, has announced that it will cap the number of cruise calls limiting the number of cruise calls per day to four ships and/or 9,000 passengers. Bergen is expecting to total 325 calls and approximately 510,000 passengers before the end of 2017 according to Cruise Norway, compared to 490,546 passengers last year. ‘Tourism is both important and welcome in Bergen, but on a few days every summer the city and its attractions can be crowded. The city’s popularity, its attractive location and steady growth of visitors has in recent years led to discussions as to how many visitors the city can comfortably accommodate per day,’ noted Bratland. The cap on daily visits to Bergen will come into effect immediately for new bookings, whilst honoring existing bookings, says Sandra Diana Bratland, the new cruise development manager at...
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Royal Caribbean Reveals New Features on Symphony of the Seas

12 October 2017
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As the 25th ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Symphony of the Seas  is set to redefine family and adventure travel in 2018. Symphony of the Seas will set sail in April 2018 starting its summer season in the Mediterranean before making Miami, Florida her year-round home from 24 November 2018. Award winning and acclaimed features only found on Royal Caribbean will be on board, along with distinct new experiences for guests of all ages. New dining concepts and family activities, and the most dynamic suite in family travel will join the line-up of Royal Caribbean exclusives including the Ultimate Abyss, Bionic Bar and AquaTheatre. “We’re excited to introduce Symphony of the Seas, our boldest composition yet, offering the best of Royal Caribbean with some new surprises for our guests to create a holiday that adventurers of all ages can...
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