Friday, October 2, 2015

Carnival’s Partnership with Saints Is Match Made in Heaven

After more than two decades in town, it’s hard to believe anyone living in the New Orleans area, wouldn’t realize Carnival has cruises from New Orleans. Sailing from the city year round, they have more cruises and more capacity than any other cruise line.

Nonetheless, they are going to raise their visibility by partnering with the New Orleans Saints by becoming their official cruise line. You can’t get much more visible than that.

Details appeared in the October 2 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Other Things You'll Want to Know - TV Edition - October 2, 2015

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Norwegian Cruise Line's participation in a new Saturday morning TV series on the CW Network.
  • The Autism Channel is coming to most RCI ships. 
The complete stories appeared in the October 2 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Vegetable Delight

Did you have a hamburger for lunch or dinner today? If you did, you must have forgotten this is World Vegetarian Day.

Costa didn’t forget. They even used the day to announce expanded vegetarian and vegan menus are available fleetwide.

The complete story appeared in the October 1 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Joaquin Closes the Bahamas

As expected, Hurricane Joaquin has eliminated calls by cruise ships in the Bahamas for a few days. Since Bahamian ports are always so busy with ships, it means lots of changes.

In most cases, cruise lines are just replacing calls in the Bahamas with sea days and keeping the ships far away from Joaquin and in smoother seas.

Details appeared in the October 1 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Let’s Not Tell Them

About the time word leaked that Carnival was returning to Mobile, some of the city council members decided the cruise terminal needed a new name.

It has had the name “Alabama Cruise Terminal” since it was built, and civic pride told them it needed to have the word “Mobile” in the name, perhaps, “Mobile Cruise Terminal.” But now that idea's been put on hold because they have a master plan.

The complete story appeared in the October 1 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cuba, Here We Come

A couple of weeks ago we told you that Fathom had selected the ports they would call on as part of their social impact cruises to Cuba which begin next May. Today Fathom released a proposed itinerary which included the choices available for experiences which will immerse the customers in the Cuban culture, and it is impressive.

There are multiple choices of experiences, each of which should give Americans some real interaction with Cubans and provide some opportunities to learn what today’s Cuba is all about.

What’s even more impressive is the range of the experiences Fathom has put together to choose from each day. There’s something for everyone, and enough to keep just about everyone busy the entire day - and they will all give you some unique insight into Cuban life or culture.

The complete story appeared in the September 30 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Grills Remastered

The details are starting to dribble out. And from the dribs, Queen Mary 2 is going to be even more fantastic after her refurbishment next year. Cunard even has a slogan for the project: “Queen Mary 2 Remastered.”

The first part of the project they are detailing for us is the Grill Suites and the restaurants you dine in when you are a passenger traveling in these suites - the Queens Grill and the Princess Grill.

Details appeared in the September 29 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Today’s Version of Reaching out and Touching Someone

Several weeks ago we told you about Carnival Corp’s WiFi@Sea program that would drastically increase broadband internet capability for passengers on the company’s various brands.

The company has already deployed it on about 30% of their fleet, and expects to have it on most the ships of their 10 brands by the end of next year.

The complete story appeared in the September 29 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Blended, Not Stirred

Imagine sitting down to dinner in the dining room on your cruise and enjoying a bottle of wine created just for you, one that you will find perfect because you created it. That’s one of the features that will be available on Holland America’s Koningsdam when it launches next spring.

The ship will have the first purpose-built wine-blending venue at sea where you can learn to blend from a selection of five barrels of single-vineyard red wine, and you’ll be guided by Koningsdam’s wine expert.

The complete story appeared in the September 28 edition of Cruise News Daily.

The Greening of Port Everglades

A LEED Certification is like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for energy conservation, and Port Everglades just received its first LEED Certification for the newly-remodeled Terminal 4.

Details appeared in the September 28 edition of Cruise News Daily