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90 NEW CRUISE SHIPS

                                   90 New Cruise Ships

There are 90 new cruise ships (not a typo error) planned and/or under construction over the next few years.

The cruise industry is growing at an unprecedented rate. Demand is at its highest level in history.

Every class of cruise ships, large contemporary cruise lines, river cruise lines, adventure cruise lines, and luxury cruise lines are jumping into the fray.

Many of these new cruise ships will be more innovative, more energy efficient and “start from scratch” designs.

BELOW is a list of contemporary cruise ships, in order of dates available, of what we know so far. NOTE: Those marked with ** are available for booking now!

All of these new cruise ships are listed by tonnage, capacity and launch dates.

I will follow up in a future blog on new river cruise ships and new luxury cruise ships.

Too late for publication is the New Azamara Club Cruises Pursuit.

Azamara is adding a third ship, similar to the Azamara Quest & Azamara Journey, but with an all new interior design.

Azamara will be opening the door to maiden ports, new itineraries, and unforgettable, unique experiences with Azamara Pursuit. Plus, they are returning to several destinations with more immersive experiences than ever before. Like their sister ships, Azamara Pursuit offers some of the most extraordinary adventures on Earth, to places you’ve always dreamed of. Or only just heard about.

Totally new-to-Azamara destinations include Antofagasta (Chile), Lima (Peru), and the Beagle Channel—and those are just some of their South American maiden destinations. Not only will they take you to 15 new ports and a whole host of bucket-list locales, but they also stay longer in each one, so you have more time to experience the world’s many wonders.

Beginning in August 2018, the Pursuit will begin on a 15 Night Wonders of Iceland cruise. In January, 2019, ask about the Journey to Antarctica voyage, a 17 night cruise starting and ending in Buenos Aries, cruising around Cape Horn and to Ushuaia.

 

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Carnival Horizon

Top of Form

 

Bottom of Form

135,000/

4,000

**April 2018

This new Carnival cruise ship will be similar to fleet-mate Carnival Vista, which debuted in Spring 2016. This new ship, part of the line's Vista Class, will also be built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. It will feature Carnival's 2.0 enhancements as well as a number of innovations unique to the ship, which will be the line's 26th "Fun Ship."

Symphony of the Seas

Top of Form

 

Bottom of Form

225,282/
5,400

**April 2018


Royal Caribbean's fourth Oasis-class vessel will be built and ready to sail by 2018. Along with third-in-class ship, Harmony of the Seas, which launched in April 2016, these ships are the largest passenger vessels afloat. Symphony of the Seas will include Royal Caribbean's neighborhood concept, which includes spaces such as Central Park and The Boardwalk. Sister ship Harmony of the Seas included a jaw-dropping slide, called the Ultimate Abyss. No word yet on what the concept will be on Symphony of the Seas. Symphony of the Seas will sail Mediterranean itineraries from Barcelona in spring and summer 2018 before sailing from its homeport of Miami, starting in fall 2018.

Norwegian Bliss

Top of Form

 

Bottom of Form

164,600/
4,200

**April 2018


The third ship in NCL's Breakaway-Plus Class, Bliss will be the same size as fleet-mate Escape. Painted by marine artist Wyland, Bliss' hull will feature a marine life design. Bliss will spend summer 2018 sailing weeklong itineraries in Alaska from Seattle. Port stops will include Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria (British Columbia). In fall 2018, the ship will feature a series of Pacific Coastal, Mexico and Panama Canal voyages before arriving at its winter homeport of Miami, from which it will offer seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises.

MSC Seaview

Top of Form

 

Bottom of Form

154,000/
4,140

**May 2018




MSC Seaview will launch in May 2018, the second in MSC's Seaside Class. Each of the ships will have a promenade with shops, restaurants and bars. The 154,400-gross-ton ships will have 2,070 cabins holding 4,140 passengers in double occupancy and 1,413 crewmembers. The ships will be 1,060 feet long and 135 feet wide, and have more than 468,000 square feet of public areas, including a theater, a terraced balcony and panoramic elevators with sea views. They'll feature nine eateries, including two for-fee restaurants in partnership with chef Roy Yamaguchi. Seaview will include an expanded Yacht Club, MSC's private retreat for suite passengers. It also will have the longest zip-line at sea, at 426 feet. MSC Seaview will homeport in Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona, offering Western Mediterranean cruises.

Scenic Eclipse

Top of Form

 

Bottom of Form

16,500/
228

**August 2018






Scenic cruise line’s first ocean vessel is touted as the world's first 'discovery yacht'. Launching in the Mediterranean on 31 August 2018, the all-suite, 228-passenger ship (200 in polar regions) will have an onboard marina equipped with two helicopters (with a helipad and hangars), a submarine, kayaks and a fleet of Zodiacs. Built to the highest passenger ship ice-class rating -- 1A Super (Polar Class 6) -- it will be able to operate in the Arctic and Antarctica for three months of the year. The 10-deck ship will also have a spa, 10 dining options, eight bars, outdoor terraces, multiple pool areas, gym and fitness rooms, a theatre, observatory and library. Other luxuries include an almost 1:1 staff to guest ratio, butler service, lavish Karen Moroney interiors and an all-inclusive program with fares covering meals, drinks, Wi-Fi, tips, e-bikes and excursions such as kayaking, snorkeling and snow shoeing.

       

Nieuw Statendam

Top of Form

 

Bottom of Form

99,500/
2,650

**November 2018



The Holland America cruise ship will mark the second in the Pinnacle Class, which also includes Koningsdam. It will be built at Italy's Fincantieri shipyard. Nieuw Statendam will feature a music walk, which will include B.B. King's Blues Club, Lincoln Center Stage and Billboard Onboard, French brassiere Sel de Mer, and Blend, a wine-mixing Venue. It also will include a World Stage, a 360-degree entertainment venue that blends music and dance with a wraparound screen, which comes to life and integrates with the live action. Nieuw Statendam will sail a variety of Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale for the 2018-19 season.

Celebrity Edge

Top of Form

 

Bottom of Form

117,000/
2,900

**December 2018



Celebrity Edge will debut a number of first-to-cruise features, including: The Magic Carpet, a movable deck cantilevered off the side of the ship which rises from decks 2 to 16 and acts as a bar, restaurant and embarkation area; Infinite Veranda cabins, a cabin designed to blend indoor and outdoor thanks to bi-fold doors, adding almost a quarter again to the size of the cabin; Resort Deck, which features a large pool flanked by sculptural trees and two "martini glass" Jacuzzis that overlook the deck below; Rooftop Garden, borrowing from the popular Lawn Club of the Solstice Class ships, but adding childhood whimsy; and The Retreat, a serene area only for suite passengers, which includes a private pool and sundeck, lounge and restaurant. The ship will also feature two stunning new suite classes: the 5,000-square foot Iconic Suite; and the Edge Villa, a two-level suite.



 

 

 




 

MSC Bellissima

 

 

 

167,600/
4,500

March 2019

MSC Bellissima is the second of the line's Meraviglia-class ships (the first, MSC Meraviglia, launched in June 2017). Bellissima will be identical to Meraviglia both in terms of size and features, and will include Cirque du Soleil at sea. A promenade with an 80-meter LED ceiling that changes throughout the day (think the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas) will be the ship's hub; there will be partnerships with various celebrity chefs, 12 restaurants, cutting-edge technology including RFID wristbands; a huge kids' club with partnerships with LEGO and Chicco; a sports complex and a huge "ship within a ship" complex, the Yacht Club.

Spectrum of the Seas

167,800/
4,180

**April 2019



Royal Caribbean's fourth Quantum Class vessel will debut in 2019. Like its sister ships -- Quantum of the SeasAnthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas -- this fourth ship will feature activities such as onboard bumper cars and a skydiving simulator. It also will feature the North Star, a pod that extends up and over the ship for 360-degree views. Inside cabins will feature "virtual balconies" -- essentially floor-to-ceiling LCD TV screens linked to a camera mounted on the outside of the ship. It also will feature the innovative entertainment space, Two70, which integrates HD-digital technology with singing, dancing and acrobatics.

 



   

MSC Grandiosa

177,000
4,900

**October 2019

At 331 meters long with 2,444 cabins, MSC Cruises' MSC Grandiosa will carry nearly 6,300 passengers and combine unique facilities and onboard entertainment. Venues include a fine art museum and onboard Cirque du Soleil show. MSC Grandiosa also features a 111-meter-long indoor promenade with a range of restaurants, bars and shops. The promenade is covered by a "digital sky" LED screen. Additional facilities include family group "cluster cabins," a double-deck indoor amusement park, double-deck entertainment space and aft lounge, and an outdoor water park.

Norwegian Cruise Line

163,000/
3,900

Winter 2019



The fourth ship in NCL's Breakaway-Plus Class will be the same size as fleet-mates Joy and Bliss, coming in at 163,000 tons and carrying 3,900 passengers. Like Joy, this ship will be devoted to the Asian market.

Costa Smerelda

180,000/
5,176

2019



The first ship in a brand new class for Costa Cruises that will have the largest passenger capacity at sea (6,600 cruisers at full capacity) and be capable of using LNG fuel to generate 100 percent of its power both in port and on the open sea.

Sky Princess

143,700-ton/
3,560

**November 2019



Princess' fourth Royal-class ship, Sky Princess, will debut in 2019. It will include staples like the three-deck-high Piazza atrium, Movies Under the Stars and balconies in 80 percent of the cabins, as well as a number of "new to the line" features.

Carnival Panorama

133,500/
3,934

November 2019



Carnival Panorama will be similar to fleet-mates Carnival Vista, which debuted in Spring 2016, and Carnival Horizon, which comes out in spring 2018. Carnival Panorama, part of the line's Vista Class, will also be built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. It will feature Carnival's 2.0 enhancements as well as a number of innovations unique to the ship.



 

 

       

Virgin Voyages

110,000/
2,860

Early 2020

The first of three identical ships to debut for the Virgin Voyages brand. Using public input, the yet-unnamed mid-size ship will be built "around the needs and desires of the customer," with a heavy focus on millennial interests and activities. The first ship will offer seven-day Caribbean itineraries out of Miami, with a Sunday sail date.

Celebrity Beyond

117,000/
2,900

Spring 2020



Celebrity Beyond is the sister ship to the game-changing Celebrity Edge and will feature a number of new-to-cruise features, including: The Magic Carpet, a movable deck cantilevered off the side of the ship which rises from decks 2 to 16 and transforms into a bar, a restaurant and an extension of the embarkation area; Infinite Veranda, a cabin designed to blend indoor and outdoor using bi-fold doors, adding almost a quarter again in size; a Resort Deck, which features a large pool flanked by sculptural trees and two "martini glass" Jacuzzis that overlook the deck below; a Rooftop Garden, borrowing from the hugely popular Lawn Club of the Solstice Class ships, but adding childhood whimsy; and The Retreat, a serene area that includes a private pool and sundeck, lounge and restaurant. The ship will also feature two stunning new suite classes: the 5,000-square foot Iconic Suite; and the Edge Villa, a two-level suite.

       
   

 

 

MSC Meraviglia Plus 2

177,000/
4,900

September 2020

At 331 meters long with 2,444 cabins, MSC Cruises' second Meraviglia Plus ship will carry nearly 6,300 passengers and combine unique facilities and onboard entertainment including a fine art museum and onboard Cirque du Soleil show. Meraviglia Plus will also have a 111-meter-long indoor promenade with numerous restaurants, bars and shops. The promenade is covered by a "digital sky" LED screen showing events and vistas around-the-clock. Additional facilities include family group "cluster cabins," a double-deck indoor amusement park, double-deck entertainment space and aft lounge, and an outdoor water park.

Princess Cruises

145,000/
3,560

November 2020



Princess' fifth Royal-class ship will debut in 2020. It will include staples like the three-deck-high Piazza atrium, Movies Under the Stars and balconies in 80 percent of the cabins, as well as a number of "new to the line" features.

Royal Caribbean

168,600/
4,180

Fall 2020



Royal Caribbean's fifth Quantum Class vessel will debut in 2020. Like its sister ships -- Quantum of the SeasAnthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas -- this fifth ship will feature activities such as onboard bumper cars and a skydiving simulator. It also will feature the North Star, a pod that extends up and over the ship for 360-degree views. Inside cabins will feature "virtual balconies" -- essentially floor-to-ceiling LCD TV screens linked to a camera mounted on the outside of the ship. It also will feature the innovative entertainment space, Two70, which integrates HD-digital technology with singing, dancing and acrobatics.

Carnival Cruise

180,000/
5,200

2020



The first of two 5,200-passenger vessels to be built for Carnival Cruises, which will be able to accommodate 6,600 passengers at maximum capacity. The ships will be largest in the world by passenger capacity. The vessels also will employ engines that run on liquefied natural gas.



 

 



   

Disney Cruises

135,000/
2,500

Early 2021

The yet-unnamed ship will be the first new build from Disney since 2012, when Disney Fantasy debuted. Details are still scant, but expect family-friendly features such as waterslides, cabins with dual bathrooms and expansive kids' clubs.

Virgin Cruises

110,000/
2,860

Early 2021



The second of three identical ships to debut for the Virgin Cruises brand. Using public input, the yet-unnamed mid-size ship will be built "around the needs and desires of the customer," with a heavy focus on millennial interests and activities.

Royal Caribbean's Oasis V

227,000/
5,497

Early 2021

Royal Caribbean's fifth Oasis-class ship (yet unnamed) is scheduled for delivery in 2021. It will be built at Saint Nazaire's STX shipyard.

       

Celebrity Cruises

117,000/
2,900

Fall 2021



Celebrity Cruises' third Edge-class ship is due for launch in the fall 2021. Like its sisters, it will feature a number of stand-out features, including: The Magic Carpet, a movable deck cantilevered off the side of the ship which rises from decks 2 to 16 and acts as a bar, restaurant and embarkation area; Infinite Veranda cabins, a cabin designed to blend indoor and outdoor thanks to bi-fold doors, adding almost a quarter again to the size of the cabin; Resort Deck, which features a large pool flanked by sculptural trees and two "martini glass" Jacuzzis that overlook the deck below; Rooftop Garden, borrowing from the popular Lawn Club of the Solstice Class ships, but adding childhood whimsy; and The Retreat, a serene area only for suite passengers, which includes a private pool and sundeck, lounge and restaurant. The ship will also feature two stunning new suite classes: the 5,000-square foot Iconic Suite; and the Edge Villa, a two-level suite.

Holland America

99,500/
2,650

2021



The Holland America cruise ship will mark the third in the Pinnacle Class, which also includes Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, which will debut in November 2018. It will be built at Italy's Fincantieri shipyard. The ship will feature a music walk, which will include B.B. King's Blues Club, Lincoln Center Stage and Billboard Onboard, French brassiere Sel de Mer, and Blend, a wine-mixing Venue. It also will include a World Stage, a 360-degree entertainment venue that blends music and dance with a wraparound screen, which comes to life and integrates with the live action.

Costa Cruises

180,000/
5,176

2019



The second ship in a brand new class for Costa Cruises that will have the largest passenger capacity at sea (6,600 cruisers at full capacity) and be capable of using LNG fuel to generate 100 percent of its power both in port and on the open sea.



 

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Virgin Voyages

110,000/
2,860

Early 2022

The last of three identical ships to debut for the Virgin Cruises brand. Using public input, the yet-unnamed mid-size ship will be built "around the needs and desires of the customer," with a heavy focus on millennial interests and activities.

Cunard 

113,000/
3,000

2022



Cunard's first new-build ship since the launch of Queen Elizabeth in 2010, the as-yet-unnamed next-generation vessel will become the largest in the fleet (by passenger capacity) when it debuts in 2022.

Celebrity Cruises

117,000/
2,900

Fall 2022



Celebrity Cruises' fourth Edge-class ship is due for launch in the fall 2022. Like its sisters it will include some stand out features, including: The Magic Carpet, a movable deck cantilevered off the side of the ship which rises from decks 2 to 16 and acts as a bar, restaurant and embarkation area; Infinite Veranda cabins, a cabin designed to blend indoor and outdoor thanks to bi-fold doors, adding almost a quarter again to the size of the cabin; Resort Deck, which features a large pool flanked by sculptural trees and two "martini glass" Jacuzzis that overlook the deck below; Rooftop Garden, borrowing from the popular Lawn Club of the Solstice Class ships, but adding childhood whimsy; and The Retreat, a serene area only for suite passengers, which includes a private pool and sundeck, lounge and restaurant. The ship will also feature two stunning new suite classes: the 5,000-square foot Iconic Suite; and the Edge Villa, a two-level suite.

Norwegian Cruise Line 

140,000/
3,300

2022



This is the first of four new ships from Norwegian Cruise Line, which will be based on the line's popular "Breakaway-plus" class of ships. This class will be significantly smaller, coming in at 23,000 tons smaller and carrying around 1,000 fewer passengers. The ship will cost around $850 million to build. No details of the design or onboard features have been released, but the line says one of the key priorities will be energy efficiency.

Carnival Cruise Line

180,000/
5,200

2022



The second of two 5,200-passenger vessels to be built for Carnival Cruises, which will be able to accommodate 6,600 passengers at maximum capacity. The ships will be largest in the world by passenger capacity. The vessels also will employ engines that run on liquefied natural gas.

MSC Cruises World Class

200,000/
5,400

2022

The first of up to four liquid nitrogen gas-powered ships to launch for MSC Cruises, MSC Cruises' yet-unnamed World-class ship will feature cutting-edge design that will maximize the space for passengers. It will have a host of features for families and the latest smart technology and advanced environmentally friendly technology available, MSC says.

Royal Caribbean

NA/
5,000

2022



The first ship in Royal Caribbean's next class of cruise ship, the so-called Icon Class. It will be powered by liquefied natural gas and use fuel cell technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Princess Cruises

143,700/
3,560

2022



Princess' sixth Royal-class ship will debut in 2022. It will include staples like the three-deck-high Piazza atrium, Movies Under the Stars and balconies in 80 percent of the cabins, as well as a number of "new to the line" features.

Disney Cruises

135,000/
2,500

2022

The yet-unnamed ship will be the sister ship to Disney's 2021 vessel. Details are still scant, but expect family-friendly features such as waterslides, cabins with dual bathrooms and expansive kids clubs.

 

 



   

Norwegian Cruise Line 

140,000/
3,300

2023

The second of four new ships from Norwegian Cruise Line, which will be based on the line's popular "Breakaway-plus" class of ships. This ship will be significantly smaller, coming in at 23,000 tons less and carrying around 1,000 fewer passengers. Each ship will cost around $850 million. No details of the design or onboard features have yet been released, but one of the key priorities will be energy efficiency, according ton Norwegian.

Disney Cruises

135,000/
2,500

2023



The yet-unnamed ship will be a sister ship to Disney's 2021 and 2022 vessels. Details are scant, but expect family-friendly features such as waterslides, cabins with dual bathrooms and expansive kids clubs.

MSC Cruises World Class

200,000/
5,400

2024



The second of up to four LNG-powered ships to launch for MSC Cruises. The ships will have a cutting-edge design that will maximize the space for passengers, a host of features for families and the latest smart technology and advanced environmentally friendly technology available, according to MSC.

Royal Caribbean

NA/
5,000

2024



The second ship in Royal Caribbean's next class of cruise ship, the so-called Icon Class. It will be powered by liquefied natural gas and use fuel cell technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Norwegian Cruise Line 

140,000/
3,300

2024



The third of four new ships from Norwegian Cruise Line, which will be based on the line's popular "Breakaway-plus" class of ships, but significantly smaller, coming in at 23,000 tons smaller and carrying around 1,000 fewer passengers. Each ship will cost around $850 million to build. No details of the design or onboard features have yet been released, but one of the key priorities will be energy efficiency, according to Norwegian.

Norwegian Cruise Line 

140,000/
3,300

2025



The last of four new ships from Norwegian Cruise Line, which will be based on the line's popular "Breakaway-plus" class of ships, but significantly smaller, coming in at 23,000 tons smaller and carrying around 1,000 fewer passengers. Each ship will cost around $850 million to build. No details of the design or onboard features have yet been released, but one of the key priorities will be energy efficiency.

 

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WHY VIKING CRUISES HAS RISEN IN THE RANKS

                    WHY VIKING CRUISES HAS RISEN IN THE RANKS

 In years past, Viking Cruises was considered a company that has been around for a long time but not very innovative. The company’s fleet of river ships were outdated and considered by many travelers as just a means to travel to destinations not accessible from oceans or by buses and planes.

Torstein Hagen, the founder of Viking Cruises, had a vision. In 2010 while ocean cruise ships were constantly coming up with new ways to attract cruisers, river boats were still stuck in a bubble.

                                              THEN ALONG CAME VIKING LONGSHIPS

Torstein Hagen, the founder of Viking Cruises, had a vision. In 2010 while ocean cruise ships were constantly coming up with new ways to attract cruisers, river boats were still stuck in a bubble.

Mr. Hagen sat down with architects and engineers to come up with ideas on how to bring his fleet to the next level of modern river cruise ships. The results were astounding.

 Among these are the Energy-Efficient Hybrid engines, 39 Full-Size Veranda staterooms, 22 staterooms with French Balconies, two 445 squre feet Explorer Suites with the first ever two full size rooms, the Organic Herb Garden, a walking track, and dining al fresco at the Aquavit Terrace,

 The first Viking LONGSHIP was christened in 2012. Today, there are 45. You could literally travel on these ships one week each year for 10 years and still not see all the ports that Viking takes you to.

 Awards came in from Travel & Leisure Readers’ Choice, Conde Nast Traveler and a highly respected cruise website for consumers.

                             WHY CHOOSE VIKING OCEAN CRUISES

 After dominating the river cruise market with a 49% share-the next highest is 9%- Mr. Hagen and his team made a decision to enter the ocean cruise segment. Why send happy customers that are choosing an ocean cruise for their next voyage to another cruise line?

 Back to the drawing board. Being that their cruisers enjoyed the small ship experience, they came up with a perfect compromise. A 930 passenger ship is not too big and not too small. “Let’s eliminate the smokey casinos”. No inside cabins. No small porthole cabins. No need for concierge cabins. Every cabin has a balcony. Free shore excursions are the norm.

 All 5 Viking Ocean Cruise ships, Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun and Viking Orion offer complimentary Unlimited Internet, more Al Fresco dining than any ship, an Infinity Pool, the main pool with a retractable dome, afternoon tea in the Wintergarden, the two-story Explores’ Lounge, the Sports Deck, Mamsen’s-serving traditional Norwegian Snacks, and The Theatre & 2 Cinemas.

More Awards came pouring in. “Best New Ship Viking Star”. World’s Best Awards”

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The Latest Cruise News

                   THE LATEST CRUISE NEWS

Cruise news is not about cruise promotions or cruise deals. But please feel free to call us for all your travel wishes.

The most requested destinations for 2018 are Italy, The Mediterranean, Ireland/Scotland ,U.S. riverboats and European River Cruises.

There are so many innovative and interesting changes going on in the world of cruises. Cruise lines are competing against each other to separate themselves from the pack.

Are you a golfer? Why would you want to play golf while cruising on the rivers of Europe? Maybe, because you would never get the opportunity to experience some of the world’s greatest golf courses outside of your area. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Line is offering golf excursions on its Paris & Normandy itinerary. The courses offered are the Golf de Rouen Mont-Saint-Aignan and Gog d’Etretat. Those are available during an eight-day river cruise along the Seine River in France. Avalon Waterways previously announced golf-themed cruises starting in 2018 on their Blue Danube Discovery for Golfers, a 13 day journey from Budapest to Prague. Interested? Call me for details.

 

More cruise news. Regent Seven Seas, the most all-inclusive luxury cruise line has announced a 2nd Explorer class ship, the 750 passenger Splendor. Deemed the most luxurious ship ever built, the Splendor is set to sail in 2020.

The Explorer is open for bookings Now.

Inclusions are Free Business Class Airfare, Free alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, Free transfers from airport to pier and back, Free hotel stay, Free Excursions and included Gratuities. Contact me for ships and sail dates.

 

Large cruise ships will officially be banned from the Venice city’s terminal within four years.All cruise ships over 55,000 tons will need to use a new route and dock in the industrial port of Marghera. In order to get into the historic tourist area, passengers will need to travel by bus, taxis or watercraft.Cruise ships from Oceania Cruises, including the Oceania Sirena,Oceania Insignia, Oceania Nautica, Oceania Regatta, Silversea Cruise Line, Seabourn and Regent Seven Seas will have no docking issues along the canals of Venice. For all ships and sail dates to Venice, contact me.

Celebrity Cruises is building the first totally new ship dedicated to sailing in the Galapagos. The Celebrity Flora, debuting in 2019, will offer the same itineraries as the 100-passenger Xpedition The Flora will be twice the size of the Expedition. The passenger capacity will be the same as the Xpedition, but will feature a pool, two restaurants and two lounges. The Penthouse suites will be 1,288 square feet. Celebrity expedition class ships book far in advance. Availability is very limitedContact me for details.

 

American Song

The first in a new series of modern riverboats from American Cruise Lines, American Song will elevate the standard for U.S. river cruising. With a capacity of 190 guests, this new ship has all the modern design features that today’s traveler has come to expect, including the contemporary styling; the largest staterooms in the industry, each with a private balcony; and a grand four-story atrium. Discover the future of U.S. riverboat design. Cruising close to home has never been better.. Call Me for more information.

Princess Cruises has transformed a terminal they use in Port Everglades for Ft. Lauderdale arrivals into a hassle-free experience for boarding. Currently available for Regal Princess guests, the terminal is equipped with the Ocean Medallion interactive device and Ocean Compass app. Six more ships will be using the device in 2018.Passengers that are boarding any Medallion-enabled ship can have a disc mailed to them before their arrival. A network of sensors will be attuned to the Ocean Medallion, an electronic disc about the size of a quarter and is designed to activate services on the ship. Upon activation, passengers will be able to board without having to stop at the check- in desk. How cool is that.

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Beware of Misleading Cruise Promotions on the Internet

                                       Beware of Misleading Cruise Promotions on the Internet

Not a day goes by without us receiving an inquiry regarding confusing cruise promotions that clients are finding from Internet searches, other travel agency websites, emails in your inbox and brochures sent by the cruise lines.

If you Google a cruise line, most likely you will see paid ads from travel agencies that appear to be “Official Sites” from the supplier. Many of these websites are attempting to fool you in order to gain your business by advertising “Up to 81% Off” or some such hook to lure you in. 81% Off? Really? Can you get a $1,000 cruise for $190? Not happening.

The best way to find an official site is to type it in to your top browser bar. A few examples would be www.oceaniacruises.com, www.celebritycruises.com, www.vikingcruises.com , www.crystalcruises.com , and www.taucktours.com There are even some cruise lines that have shorter versions to make it easier to find. A few examples are www.rssc.com, , short for Regent, www.rccl.com, short for Royal Caribbean, www.expeditions.com, short for Linblad National Geographic. IMPORTANT. If you click on any of these, to finish reading this Blog, click the back arrow at the top of your browser.

2 For 1 cruises advertised by some cruise lines are from inflated “brochure” rates. Nobody pays brochure rates for those. Some websites may advertise “Fast Deals” which only show the cheapest cabins in any one category; inside, ocean view and balcony. Taxes and fees are often extra. Again, another lure to get you to make a phone call.

Everyone loves amenities, especially when they are free. You may find ads that have numerous amenities on select sailings. But, they may not apply to the cruise you are looking for, or, the top amenities may be for the highest price cabins, which are generally suites. Mainstream cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Carnival and Norwegian change their promotions quite often. Such changes may be BOGO deals (true buy 1, get the 2nd at half price), amenity changes, and cabin category rates. Watch out for the expiration dates and disclaimers.

We here at Key Traveler are advocates for true pricing and promotions. We all love to save money. But, there is no dollar amount that equates to trust. Finding you the right cruise or even the right land tour at the right price is what we do.

Happy Travels.