Royal Caribbean contest offers a chance to sail with Madagascar

In conjunction with the arrival of DreamWorks Animation’s 3D feature film Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted in theatres this week, Royal Caribbean International is offering a chance to sail with Alex, Gloria, King Julien and the Penguins on select ships featuring the DreamWorks Experience offered exclusively on Royal Caribbean.

Consumers can visit Facebook.com/RoyalCaribbean through June 20 to enter the “Madagascar at Sea” sweepstakes for a chance to win one of two grand prizes of either a seven-night cruise for four to Europe or the Caribbean, while one daily winner will earn a $25 gift card for correctly answering trivia about the cruise line and the “Madagascar” franchise.

To celebrate the release of “Madagascar 3” Royal Caribbean ships featuring the DreamWorks Experience, Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas, will host special screenings of the movie in 3D throughout the summer, plus offer exclusive content – including movie trailers and behind the scenes videos – as well as the chance to win prizes, such as movie posters, DVDs, character photos and more during daily trivia and other onboard activities.

The DreamWorks Experience – which offers cruisers exclusive character breakfasts, meet and greets, photo opportunities, parades, live and filmed entertainment and more – first debuted onboard Allure of the Seas in 2010 and was subsequently introduced on Oasis of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas in 2011, highlighted by the star-studded at-sea premiere of Puss in Boots onboard Allure of the Seas. The partnership also will expand to Voyager of the Seas later this year.

Guests interested in sailing with the gang from “Madagascar” can join Liberty of the Seas this summer as she sails Mediterranean itineraries from Barcelona, Spain or Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas offering 7-night Caribbean itineraries from Ft. Lauderdale and Port Canaveral, FL. For more information on itineraries please visit royalcaribbean.com.

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 22 ships, calling on more than 270 destinations in 72 countries across six continents. The line also offers unique cruise tour land packages in Alaska, Canada, Dubai, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand.

For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit RoyalCaribbean.com or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.

Follow us aboard the Disney Fantasy and Silver Spirit

We’re back and headed to two different ships this next week. This weekend we’ll be previewing Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Fantasy. And over the next week we’ll be posting updates from SilverSea’s Silver Spirit.

We’ll have our full reviews and posts here, but to follow us live from the ship, you’ll want to follow our Twitter account and like our Facebook page.

You can find us on Twitter at Twitter.com/CruiseGuide

You can like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CruiseNews

Breeze beckons Carnival enthusiasts

Artist rendering courtesy Carnival - The 3,690-passenger Carnival Breeze, a sister-ship to the recently-launched Carnival Dream and Carnival Magic, will debut in Europe in June 2012. She will feature an expansive pool deck, contemporary furnishings and tropical décor in staterooms.

By Michael Coleman

Carnival has launched “Carnival Breeze Life’’, a campaign to inspire potential passengers to celebrate a Caribbean island mindset year-round in anticipation of the debut of their new tropical-infused ship.

Carnival Breeze, a 3,690-passenger vessel, sets sails in Europe in June, 2012. After a summer in Europe she will then sail year-round from Miami beginning November 24, 2012, offering port-intensive six- and eight-day cruises that showcase the best the Caribbean has to offer.

By visiting the new Carnival Breeze tab on the company’s Facebook page ( HYPERLINK “http://www.facebook.com/carnival” www.facebook.com/carnival), potential passengers can enjoy an engaging social experience with exclusive opportunities, videos and giveaways — all while learning more about the new 130,000-ton ship. The tab includes a “Meet the Carnival Breeze” area with detailed renderings offering a sneak peek at the ship’s public spaces.

Just as Carnival Breeze is designed to provide guests with the breezy feeling of the tropics, the campaign encourages potential passengers to infuse the Caribbean spirit into their everyday lives.  By visiting the Carnival Breeze tab on the company’s Facebook page, fans can declare “I Will Live the Carnival Breeze Life” to join the movement. For each person who joins, Carnival will donate $1, up to $20,000 total, to its charitable partner, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s premiere centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other childhood diseases.

“As we gear up for the introduction of our tropical-inspired Carnival Breeze, we encourage Carnival fans to celebrate the spirit of the Caribbean in their everyday lives,” said Jim Berra, chief marketing officer for Carnival Cruise Lines. “Whether it’s donning flip-flops to a business meeting or adding a drink umbrella to your morning orange juice, we invite visitors to regularly explore all the fun, interactive experiences and videos about Carnival Breeze and island life on our Facebook page.’’

The ship will feature a number of open areas to highlight the sun, sea and sky complemented by colorful interiors and public spaces that take their cues from the region’s cool island breezes and warm tropical sunsets.

Through dramatic artist renderings, fans can also get a first look at Carnival Breeze’s design on Facebook and at HYPERLINK “http://www.carnivalbreeze.com/” www.carnivalbreeze.com. From the sun-splashed ambiance of the Lido Marketplace restaurant and a palm tree-lined indoor/outdoor café and live entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza to the Lanai outdoor wraparound promenade with sweeping ocean views and the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub, ship designers seek to bring the Caribbean ambience inside. The breezy tropical surroundings will even extend to the ship’s staterooms which incorporate a palette of pastel hues.

Potential passengers are also encouraged to turn to the Carnival Breeze Facebook tab where each Thursday from 3-4 pm EDT the company will feature an hour-long Carnival Breeze Break. During these weekly sessions Carnival fans can chat with each other and the Carnival team to share their tips and stories of Caribbean fun plus receive giveaways — from island-inspired food and drink recipes to Carnival Breeze desktop wallpaper and more.

The new Facebook tab also features an exclusive photo gallery where Carnival fans can showcase how they are inspired to live in the spirit of the Carnival Breeze. Here, visitors will also find tips to Live the Carnival Breeze Life plus enjoy a comedic Web series featuring “Mr. Breezie,” a character who is transformed by the Carnival Breeze lifestyle.

Visitors to the ship’s website will also find a “How It’s Made” section featuring a construction timeline with images and videos of the shipbuilding progress.  The site also offers a countdown clock for the ship’s U.S. arrival, consumer testimonials, port-of-call and itinerary offerings, and information on the many dining, activity and entertainment choices available.

On the web: http://www.carnival.com” .

Follow us on the Carnival Magic during her inaugural cruise, May 1-10

Cruise News Weekly staff will be boarding the newest ship at sea next week and you can follow along on our social media sites.

We’ll be boarding the brand new Carnival Magic in Venice, Italy on Sunday, May 1 for a 9-night European cruise. Port stops include Messina, Civitavecchia/Rome, Livorno, Dubrovnik, Naples and Monaco. The cruise ends in Barcelona.

We’ll be posting live photos, information and videos (Internet connection willing) right from the ship throughout the cruise. Look for a full review in the coming weeks.

Here’s where you can find our updates.
Twitter: Twitter.com/cruiseguide
Facebook: Facebook.com/cruisenews

In addition to our coverage of the Magic, you can watch Carnival’s official videos of the christening and around the ship on their Facebook page. You can can also participate in a Facebook quiz based on their videos for a chance to win a seven-day Carnival Magic cruise for four to the Caribbean.

Watch Carnival Magic’s launch videos and enter to win a free cruise

Carnival Cruise Lines is inviting their Facebook fans to experience the excitement of Carnival Magic’s May 1 launch from Venice, Italy, with a series of videos that showcase the ship’s inaugural activities along with its many unique features. Then fans can participate in a Facebook quiz based on the videos for a chance to win a seven-day Carnival Magic cruise for four to the Caribbean.

A series of 11 videos will be posted every half hour between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. (U.S. Eastern time) on Sunday, May 1. The videos take viewers on a journey as they enjoy a front-row seat at the Carnival Magic’s naming ceremony, tour the ship’s bridge, and learn more about the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub, WaterWorks aqua park, and Cucina del Capitano Italian restaurant, with insight from company executives who helped create these exciting new spaces.

The videos also offer an in-depth look at the ship’s European ports of call and a recap of the day’s events, including a chat with the ship’s godmother, Lindsey Wilkerson, a former patient of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital who now serves as an employee and an ambassador of the organization. Carnival Magic’s Senior Cruise Director John Heald will also answer questions submitted by Facebook fans as part of an informative “Ask John” segment.

“Only a handful of people get to witness a ship launch in person so by using Facebook we’re enabling fans from all over the world to be right there with us as we welcome Carnival Magic into the fleet,” said Jim Berra, Carnival’s chief marketing officer. “Those who are not already among our 725,000 and growing Facebook fans can visit us at facebook.com/carnival and simply hit the “like” button.”

Fans can also follow Cruise News Weekly staff as they attend the inaugural activities and first sailing. Just visit Facebook.com/CruiseNews and click the “Like” button. You can also follow even more updates from May 1-10 on their Twitter account at Twitter.com/CruiseGuide.

The 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic will spend its inaugural season in Europe with a series of seven- to 12-day Mediterranean cruises operating May 1 through October 16, 2011. Following a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing, Carnival Magic will begin seven-day Caribbean cruises out of Galveston, Texas, on November 14, 2011, becoming the port’s largest year-round ship.

Follow us on the Disney Dream and Allure of the Seas this week

Cruise News Weekly staff will be boarding the two newest cruise ships in the water this week and you can follow along on our social media sites.

We’ll be boarding the brand new Disney Dream on Wednesday, Jan. 19 for a two night preview. And starting Sunday, Jan. 16, we’ll be on Royal Caribbean’s brand new Allure of the Seas for a week cruise. The Allure trip will also include a concert by top recording artist Taylor Swift on Friday, Jan, 21.

We’ll be posting live photos, information and videos (Internet connection willing) right from the ships as we check them out. Look for a full review of the Disney Dream and a follow-up story to our Review of the Allure of the Seas in the coming weeks.

Here’s where you can find our updates.
Twitter: Twitter.com/cruiseguide
Facebook: Facebook.com/cruisenews

In addition to our coverage of the Dream, you can watch the christening event live on Disney Cruise Line’s Facebook page.

Follow us on the MSC Poesia in the Caribbean this week

We’ll be onboard and updating live via Twitter and Facebook from the MSC Poesia from Saturday, March 6 to Saturday, March 13, 2010.

Here’s our schedule:
Saturday: Leave from Ft. Lauderdale
Sunday: At sea
Monday: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Tuesday: Philipsburg (St. Maarten)
Wednesday: Roadtown (Tortola)
Thursday: At sea
Friday: Nassau (Bahamas)
Saturday: Return to Ft. Lauderdale

This is also a Baseball Greats Cruise. We’re scheduled to be sailing with Amos Otis, Stan Bahnsen, Rennie Stennet, Gary Peters, Vida Blue and Rico Petrocelli. Click Here to check out all of MSC’s themed cruises.

As the Internet connection allows, we’ll be updating our Twitter and Facebook status with photos and/or video at least once per day. We’ll also try our best to answer any questions you may have about the ship.

Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CruiseGuide
Become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/CruiseNews

Videos and photos coming live from Oasis of the Seas

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Follow Cruise News Weekly Publisher Matt Roseboom as he reports live from Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Oasis of the Seas, this Sunday and Monday (Nov. 22 and 23, 2009). You can follow along with his updates, photos and videos on Twitter (twitter.com/cruiseguide) and Facebook (facebook.com/cruisenews).

Oasis of the Seas is the largest and most revolutionary cruise ship in the world. She spans 16 decks, encompasses 225,282 gross registered tons, carries 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and features 2,700 staterooms. Oasis of the Seas is the first ship to tout the cruise line’s new neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas, which includes Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. The ship will sail from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Additional information is available at www.oasisoftheseas.com.

Follow us live from the new Carnival Dream

Carnival Dream smallWe’ll be reporting live from Carnival Cruise Lines’ new ship, Carnival Dream, this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Nov. 12, 13, and 14, 2009). You can follow our updates here, on Twitter (twitter.com/cruiseguide) and on Facebook (facebook.com/cruisenews).

In addition to our coverage, the official naming ceremony featuring Academy Award- and Tony Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden, the ship’s godmother, will be broadcast live on the Carnival’s Web site, carnival.com/dream beginning at 4 p.m. EST on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Live streaming video of the invitation-only event will include an exhilarating dance performance, a nearly six-foot-tall champagne bottle and some other unexpected surprises. The ceremony will be hosted by Carnival’s Senior Cruise Director John Heald while the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream is docked in New York City.

A live chat offering viewers an opportunity to ask questions about the Carnival Dream and comment on the festivities will take place during the webcast as, well.

The Carnival Web site also features exclusive photos and videos of the ship’s facilities and features. Interviews on the site include various shipboard personnel, as well as Carnival’s interior architect, Joe Farcus.

The 130,000-ton Carnival Dream ushers in a new era in “Fun Ship” cruising, offering a host of innovations. These include Carnival WaterWorks, an expansive aqua park featuring the longest water slide at sea; Ocean Plaza, a stunning indoor/outdoor café and live entertainment venue; more than 19,000 square feet of space dedicated to children and families; and a 23,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa, the largest in the line’s fleet.

The Carnival Dream debuted in Europe Sept. 21 and will operate a series of voyages from New York before repositioning to Port Canaveral, Fla., to begin year-round Caribbean service starting Dec. 3, 2009.

Going on an NCL cruise? Countdown the days on Facebook

Looking to connect with other cruisers? Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has an application for that. Guests booked on a NCL vacation at sea can now network with other guests on the sailing with the NCL Cruise Countdown Clock Facebook application. Continue reading “Going on an NCL cruise? Countdown the days on Facebook”