In Port Today: Nassau, Bahamas

Four cruise ships, from left, Regent Seven Seas Navigator, Norwegian Sky, Carnival Sensation and Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas are shown docked under sunny skies in Nassau, Bahamas, Tuesday March 31, 2009.
Four cruise ships, from left, Regent Seven Seas Navigator, Norwegian Sky, Carnival Sensation and Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas are shown docked under sunny skies in Nassau, Bahamas, Tuesday March 31, 2009.

Carnival Ecstasy to receive waterpark, more balconies and other new features

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The 2,052-passenger Carnival Ecstasy will undergo an extensive, multi-million-dollar refurbishment this fall that will include the addition of an expansive new water park, an exclusive adults-only retreat, a Circle “C” facility for 12- to 14-year olds, and a redesigned resort-style main pool area. Additionally, 98 balconies will be added to existing ocean view staterooms. Continue reading “Carnival Ecstasy to receive waterpark, more balconies and other new features”

Cruise News Weekly Web site unveiled

By Michael Coleman and Matt Roseboom

cruiseguideheadersmallWe are asked, quite often by readers, to name the best cruise ship on the planet. Our standard answer has been a simple refrain: The best cruise ship is the one that you are about to go on.

The somewhat coy reply has served us well over the years because choosing the best ship for your vacation experience truly depends on a host of variables. Continue reading “Cruise News Weekly Web site unveiled”

In Port Today: St. Thomas

Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas docked in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saturday March 28, 2009.
Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas docked in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saturday March 28, 2009.
Seabourn Legend docked in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saturday March 28, 2009.
Seabourn Legend docked in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saturday March 28, 2009.
Seadream Yacht Club's SeaDream II, at anchor off St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saturday March 28, 2009.
Seadream Yacht Club's SeaDream II, at anchor off St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saturday March 28, 2009.

MSC Cruises adding dedicated managers and concierge

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MSC Cruises says fine service is all about listening. That’s why they’ve added two new pairs of ears to its service teams. All guests on MSC Cruises fleet are now offered the support of a dedicated guest relations manager with a very special role, while guests on ships in the “Fantasia” class also receive their own concierge. Continue reading “MSC Cruises adding dedicated managers and concierge”

Silversea serving up unique culinary theme cruises

With a collection of the world’s most flavorful destinations expertly paired with the culinary world’s hottest talents, Silversea Cruises is offering a selection of moveable feasts for those sophisticated travelers who enjoy high-end dining as much as the adventure of luxury travel. Continue reading “Silversea serving up unique culinary theme cruises”

Royal Caribbean offering new kids dining and baby programs

Royal Caribbean recently announced new expanded services and activities that cater to families with children as young as six months old. The new programs include kids dining options and programs geared to those traveling with babies. Continue reading “Royal Caribbean offering new kids dining and baby programs”

Carnival virtual aquariums in place across the U.S.

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Carnival Cruise Lines recently introduced huge interactive computer-animated aquariums in six different U.S. cities, including Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C. The aquariums, which are located in vacant storefront spaces in high traffic pedestrian areas, are designed to engage passersby in a fun, spontaneous and highly entertaining interactive experience. Continue reading “Carnival virtual aquariums in place across the U.S.”

Princess offering new itineraries and ports for Europe in 2010

The iconic wonders of the ancient world, the continent’s bustling cities and the majestic beauty found along dramatic coastlines will be showcased with Princess Cruises’ just-announced 2010 Europe program. Continue reading “Princess offering new itineraries and ports for Europe in 2010”