Friday, August 26, 2016

New for Tampa

Cruisers wanting a short cruise sailing from Tampa will now have a couple of new options as Carnival has added two new itineraries to Carnival Paradise's choice of five-night itineraries. Tampa, of course, is a popular port of departure for those driving to Florida, since its location can shorten the driving time by as much as a day (as opposed to driving to the South Florida ports).

The new itineraries are five-night programs sailing on Saturdays and Mondays.

Details appeared in the August 26 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Just Like Broadway

In a cruise line first, Princess Cruises is releasing an original cast album of their musical production, “Magic to Do.” The production is the first of four productions for the cruise line in partnership with award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz.

The 14-track musical compilation will be available on CD, digital download and through streaming services on September 9. It's available now for pre-order on iTunes.

Details appeared in the August 26 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Not Yet

Ever since Empress of the Seas returned to the Royal Caribbean fleet, the open secret has been that the line intends to use it for their Cuban program once it is approved by the Cuban government. While waiting for that approval, Royal Caribbean has scheduled the ship on short cruises out of Miami to other popular ports, opening them only a few months at a time, so the ship will be available as soon as possible once Cuban approval is received.

After sitting by the phone for a couple more months, Royal Caribbean must have just decided again, no one from Cuba is going to call this month, and they've opened another series of dates - this time through the end of the year - just not to Cuba.

The complete story appeared in the August 26 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Long Beach Just Got Closer to Alaska

Thanks to a Carnival announcement this week, cruisers in the Southwest - within driving distance of Long Beach - have it made, especially if they want to cruise Alaska. For the first time, Carnival Cruise Line has scheduled an Alaskan cruise round trip from Southern California (Long Beach), making it easy to drive to the port and get on the ship with today's inconvenience of having to fly to the port.

The complete story appeared in the August 25 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Other Things You'll Want to Know - August 25, 2016

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Crystal Mozart became the first river ship to have webcam(s) and broadcast a live view of what the pilot sees. 
  • Carnival Chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine donated another $250,000 to Louisiana flood relief, bringing Carnival's total donation to a half million dollars. 
Details appeared in the August 25 edition of Cruise News Daily.