Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Victory has taken over the line’s four- and five-night Caribbean/Bahamas cruises out of Miami. The ship replaces the Carnival Destiny on that route. Carnival Destiny will undergo a wide-ranging $155-million renovation in Europe, the most extensive in Carnival history, emerging with a new name, Carnival Sunshine. After spending summer and early fall in Europe, Carnival Sunshine will move to New Orleans and sail to the Caribbean.
Princess Cruises has added a pair of two-night sailings from Southampton in advance of its official inaugural cruise June 16. The new 3,600-passenger vessel will be the line’s biggest and will offer innovations not found among its current fleet, among them an over-water, glass-bottomed walkway, a television studio and poolside cabanas. The ship will make Mediterranean cruises until fall, when it comes to Fort Lauderdale for a series of Eastern Caribbean cruises.
Music fans can enjoy two back-to-back music theme cruises out of Miami in October.
Lynyrd Skynyrd will headline the Simple Man Cruise on the Norwegian Pearl Oct. 20-24. The band will perform a Sail Away concert, a main theater performance and a Q&A session. Other performers and activities will be announced later. Prices start at $700; 877-379-9174, www.simplemancruise.com.
Alabama of country music fame will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a four-night Alabama & Friends Festival at Sea cruise, also on the Norwegian Pearl from Miami Oct. 24. The band will play two concerts with the full band, plus performances from each individual band member and is hosting more than a dozen other music acts on board. Prices start at $750; 877-379-9180, www.alabamafestivalatsea.com.
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Silversea Cruises is adding eight shorter cruises to its European itineraries this spring — three four-nighters, two five-night cruises, one six-night cruise and two seven-night sailings. All-inclusive fares start at $1,360. … AmaWaterways is jazzing up its spring tulip sailing with performances by internationally known jazz musicians. The 13-night Tulip & Jazz cruise sails from Amsterdam April 20. … Buddy Velastro, star of the TLC television series Cake Boss and Next Great Baker, will open a branch of his family business, Carlo’s Bake Shop, on Norwegian Cruise Lines’ new Norwegian Breakaway, which will be New York-based and themed. The shop will offer an assortment of baked goods for sale and will hold cupcake decorating classes.