Our top 10 most read cruise stories of 2009

As we end our first year of Cruise News Weekly online, I thought it’d be a good time to go back and look at which of our online stories had the most views. Here are our top 10 most read cruise stories for 2009 – counting down to number one.

Number 10

Guests to christen Seabourn Odyssey
A new ultra-luxurious yacht, set to debut in June 2009, will be christened by each of its guests prior to its maiden voyage.
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Number 9

New cruise ships poised for debut
The cruise industrys top players will be positioning five of their latest ships in Fort Lauderdale this winter.
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Number 8

Fairy tale romance aboard Ruby Princess
This is a tale about the Ruby Princess. She is large but beautiful, always ready for fun and romance, and she’s all about great food. No this isn’t a fairy tale, it’s life aboard Princess Cruises’ newest ship.
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Number 7

Carnival Alaskan cruises to sail round-trip from Seattle in 2010
For the first time ever, Carnival Cruise Lines will operate a schedule of seven-day Alaska cruises round-trip from Seattle beginning in May 2010.
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Number 6

Detailed model of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas
One of the busiest booths at this week’s Seatrade Cruise Shipping Miami conference (besides Mexico’s when they were giving out free beer) was that of STX Europe, the builder of Royal Caribbean’s upcoming newest ship.
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Number 5

Music’s top stars on board for One Splendid Evening
Carnival Cruise Lines and Mayercraft Carrier 2 will present “One Splendid Evening,” a special concert event to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. The one night only event will take place the evening of March 26.
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Number 4

Carnival Dream to offer on-board social networking
The new Carnival Dream, debuting Sept. 21, will take seagoing technology to a new level with the introduction of the FunHub, a comprehensive shipboard intranet portal featuring the cruise industry’s first on-board social network, along with access to a wide variety of information on the ship’s services, facilities and daily activities.
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Number 3

See rendering, video of Carnival Dream’s water slide
Carnival has released a new artist’s rendering and a test video of The DrainPipe, a unique water slide that will be on the new Carnival Dream when it launches Sept. 21.
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Number 2

Win prizes in Royal Caribbean’s new online game
Royal Caribbean International is offering vacationers the opportunity to discover the cruise line’s experience without leaving shore. Royal Caribbean’s “Clues to the Cruise” promotion is challenging adventurers of all ages to explore the new Nation of Why Not and the many ‘why not’ moments guests can enjoy on a Royal Caribbean cruise.
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Number 1

Oasis, Allure poised for debuts
The largest cruise ship ever constructed will debut in just seven months but the company launching Oasis of the Seas is hard at work preparing for the unveiling of an equally mammoth sister-ship.
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Cruise Guide: Cruising offers a unique way to visit the West Coast

Cruising offers a different, more relaxed way to visit L.A. and other West Coast destinations. Photo by Matt Roseboom
Cruising offers a different, more relaxed way to visit L.A. and other West Coast destinations. Photo by Matt Roseboom

By Matt Roseboom

cruiseguideheadersmallI’ve taken a couple of trips to California, both times enjoying the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other as I drove down California’s coastline. But there’s another, more relaxing way to visit the West Coast. You guessed it, cruising the coast. Continue reading “Cruise Guide: Cruising offers a unique way to visit the West Coast”

Holland America special menu to celebrate Alaska’s 50th anniversary

A new commemorative dinner menu featuring the best of Alaska cuisine plays a starring role one night during each seven-day Alaska cruise this summer on Holland America. The special menu is in celebration of the state’s 50th anniversary of statehood in 2009. Continue reading “Holland America special menu to celebrate Alaska’s 50th anniversary”

NCL hosting 7th gay and lesbian family-friendly cruise

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is continuing its successful partnership with R Family Vacations, family-friendly vacation specialists catering to the gay and lesbian community led by travel entrepreneurs Gregg Kaminsky and Kelli O’Donnell. This year, R Family Vacations is offering a summer adventure cruise to Alaska aboard the 2,240-passenger Norwegian Star from July 11 to 18, roundtrip from Seattle. This Alaska cruise is the seventh time in five years that NCL has hosted R Family Vacations and their guests on board one of its ships. Continue reading “NCL hosting 7th gay and lesbian family-friendly cruise”

Cruise Guide: Quick cruise getaways, Alaska entice passengers

By Mike Coleman

Carnival has unveiled a series of short cruise getaways to attract vacation-challenged passengers in 2007 and Royal Caribbean will feature 130 shore excursions in Alaska, highlighting news this week from the cruise industry.

The line will offer 32 different short cruise itineraries from a host of  U.S. departure points, most of which leave from Florida ports. In fact, to cater to a growing trend of passengers who seek a getaway, but do so without much time, Carnival will deploy roughly half its fleet on short cruises, offering more voyages of five days or less in length than any other cruise operator. 

“Time is a precious commodity these days, and short cruises are perfectly suited to today’s lifestyles,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO. “In addition to meeting the needs of busy consumers, short cruises are very popular with families, as well as with first-time cruisers who want to experience our product, but with less investment in time and money.”

From Miami, look for year-round three-day Bahamas and four-day western Caribbean cruises aboard the 2,052-passenger Fascination and year-round four and five-day western Caribbean voyages aboard the 2,052-passenger Imagination. Additionally, the soon-to-be-launched 2,974-passenger Carnival Freedom will be offering a special one-time, four-day western Caribbean voyage from Miami departing Nov. 12.

From Port Canaveral, Carnival will feature year-round three and four-day Bahamas cruises aboard the 2,052-passenger Sensation and four and five-day Bahamas/eastern Caribbean cruises aboard the 2,052-passenger Elation (through April 28). The ship will then offer year-round four and five-day Mexico cruises from San Diego beginning June 2.

In Tampa, look for the 2,052-passenger Inspiration to host year-round four and five-day western Caribbean cruises while out of Jacksonville, the 1,486-passenger Celebration hosts year-round four-day Bahamas and five-day Key West/Bahamas cruises.

The line will also be offering short cruise getaways to the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada from Mobile, New Orleans, Charleston, Galveston, Long Beach and New York. Carnival’s short cruise options complement the line’s variety of six to 16-day departures to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Europe and the Greek Isles.

Meanwhile, if sledding with huskies in Juneau, exploring the wild Yukon in Skagway, and searching for bears in Ketchikan is how best you would like to spend your vacation time at sea – and on land – such thrill-seeking Alaskan journeys await guests aboard Royal Caribbean ships in 2007. “Our new Alaska shore excursions offer rich and scenic regional experiences on land, at sea and even in the sky,” said Craig Milan, senior vice president, land operations for Royal Caribbean.

The line will be offering some 135 tours in Southeast Alaska alone. Among them: dog sledding on the Mendenhall Glacier (Juneau); a photo safari by land and sea (Juneau); a Glacier Point wilderness safari (Skagway) and an Anan Creek bear watch (Ketchikan).