Disney Cruise Line is building a third new ship, the line announced Saturday, in addition to its previously announced order of two new ships. That will nearly double the line’s fleet from four vessels to seven.
With its French fabrics, foie gras, daily arrays of local cheeses and hallways dressed in early 1900s caricatures by artist George Goursat, the Joie de Vivre is true to its French intentions, designed by Uniworld Boutique River Cruises as a floating Paris boutique hotel.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is launching a luxury cruising yacht line scheduled to hit the water in the fourth quarter of 2019, the company announced Thursday. The new Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will be based in Coconut Grove.
Miami-based Royal Caribbean International announced Wednesday that it was initiating a year-long Cuba program that includes 58 four- and five-night sailings from January 2018 through March 2019. Twenty eight of them will include overnight stays in Havana.
In a cruise world where most of the advertising emphasis is on ships that carry thousands of passengers from port to port in a frenzy of activities and meals, consider that other, calmer options await. You can cruise casually with 200 passengers aboard a smaller vessel and get to know some of them.
Norwegian Cruise Line announced Wednesday it would add lifeguards to all of its ships by 2018, following a string of drownings or near drownings in cruise ship pools on multiple major cruise lines. Royal Caribbean International began adding lifeguards in February; Disney Cruise Line has had them onboard since 2013.
As indelible as Tom Scholz’s iconic guitar sound and songs for the landmark first two Boston albums proved, try to imagine ’70s classic rock tunes like “More Than a Feeling,” “Foreplay/Long Time” or “Don’t Look Back” without Sib Hashian’s crisp drumming. Unthinkable.
North America and the Caribbean, the largest market for the cruise industry, is getting renewed focus this year. Geneva-based line MSC is basing three ships in Miami for the first time. Jamaica is launching a major port renovation project. And Norwegian is introducing new ships.
Royal Caribbean Cruises’ new Celebrity Edge is the first ship designed in 3D. Part of the new design includes open staterooms connected through balconies, a cantilevered bar and new technology that allows for key-less entry and seamless check-in.
Geneva-based MSC last week announced a new smart watch that has geo-location and is attached to an app available for passengers on mobile devices, stateroom TVs and interactive screens around the ship. It debuts in June and comes to Miami in December on the MSC Seaside.
During the course of the cruise on Lindblad’s Panorama II, our schedule changed almost daily from our printed itinerary. Communication about changing procedures is not an attribute of central government in Cuba, a country known for breakdowns in plans and mechanics and disincentives for individual decision-making.
The Federal Trade Commission, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and nine other states’ attorney generals settled the last of several charges against Caribbean Cruise Line and seven other companies that participated in a massive telemarketing scheme in 2011 and 2012.
Premium cruise line Oceania Cruises announced Tuesday it is adding six voyages to its Cuba itnerary for 2017, half of which also include stops in Cienfuegos near central Cuba and Santiago de Cuba on the island’s southwestern coast.