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.

Ship Review: World’s largest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas makes her debut

You can really tell the size of Allure of the Seas when you're on the pool deck. Central Park area runs down the middle of the ship. Photos by Matt Roseboom

Royal Caribbean’s newest ship has launched. The Allure of the Seas is being dubbed an “Entertainment Ship”. There are so many things to do onboard, it’s hard to know where to start.

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Review: Celebrity Eclipse makes her North American debut

One unique feature on the Celebrity Eclipse and other Solstice class ships, is the real grass lawn. This is a great place to relax or play some lawn games. Photos by Matt Roseboom

The Celebrity Eclipse had a bumpy start when its inaugural was interrupted by the ashes from a volcano last April. She even rescued some stranded British travelers during the time she was supposed to be making her grand debut. The ship has been sailing in Europe since then, but its now arrived on Florida’s shore.

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Ship Review: NCL’s newest ship offers fun in Epic proportions

Many people pick a vacation city based on how much it has to offer. Big names like Nickelodeon and Blue Man Group that could have only been seen in places like Las Vegas and Orlando are now cruising the high seas. With all the innovations on the brand new Norwegian (NCL) Epic, it’s like you’re in a city with ever changing views.

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Carnival Legend lives up to her Fun Ship name

The Carnival Legend looks spectacular all lit-up at night, as most ships do. Photo by Matt Roseboom

The museum quality artwork on the Carnival Legend depicts legendary stories through the years, hence the ship’s name. The ship’s activities and ports will definitely keep you as busy as you want to be. Continue reading “Carnival Legend lives up to her Fun Ship name”

Ship Review: Silver Spirit offers sophisticated charm, elegance

Silver Spirit, unveiled this week in Fort Lauderdale, is currently on a 91-day Grand Inaugural Voyage exploring more than 20 countries and 45 ports throughout the Americas. Photo courtesy Silversea Cruises

It’s been almost nine years since ultra-luxury cruise operator Silversea unveiled a new ship but guests will soon agree that the wait has been worth it.

The 12-deck, 540-passenger, all-suite ship is Silversea’s first newly-constructed vessel since 2001.

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Ship Review: Polished Pearl pleases passengers

Above the dive-friendly, turquoise waters of the Caribbean, a playground of another kind beckons.
The 2,394-passenger Norwegian Pearl is a world unto itself, epitomizing Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) “Freestyle Cruising’’ concept where passengers enjoy a myriad of onboard entertainment and dining choices yet with no set schedules, dining times or even dress codes to adhere to.

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Ship Review: Eurodam offers various amenities, dining choices

The 2,104-passenger Eurodam, the newest vessel in Holland America’s 14-ship fleet, offers an array of onboard events and activities and some of cruise travel’s more appealing dining options. Photo by Michael Coleman
The 2,104-passenger Eurodam, the newest vessel in Holland America’s 14-ship fleet, offers an array of onboard events and activities and some of cruise travel’s more appealing dining options. Photo by Michael Coleman

The question facing passengers during seven-night Caribbean cruises aboard Holland America’s Eurodam this winter isn’t what to do onboard but whether there’s enough time to enjoy all that’s being offered.

The 2,104-passenger, 86,000-ton ship features a host of events and activities in some 31 public rooms.

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Ship Review: Escaping the daily grind aboard Carnival Liberty

The 2,974-passenger Carnival Liberty features a host of onboard and shore-side events and activities for passengers to enjoy year-round in the Caribbean. Photo by Michael Coleman
The 2,974-passenger Carnival Liberty features a host of onboard and shore-side events and activities for passengers to enjoy year-round in the Caribbean. Photo by Michael Coleman

The cares of the world seem to disappear aboard Carnival Liberty.

While CNN and other news channels (beamed to the ship via satellite) remind us of a sagging economy, a nation at war, and the titillating trials and tribulations of Tiger Woods, passengers aboard this mega-ship can enjoy a week-long respite from it all, year-round, in the Caribbean.

There’s a host of resort-style amenities — 22 bars/lounges, four pools, a 214-foot-long corkscrew water slide, four dining venues, 13,300-square foot spa, a 4,200-square foot kid’s play area and high energy Vegas-style revues, nightly.

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Cruise Guide: Oasis of the Seas review, photos and videos

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Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, recently made her much anticipated debut at her home port in Ft. Lauderdale. Oasis is unlike other ships in more ways than one. She sets a new standard in cruising …

Click Here to read the full review, view videos and more than 100 photos.