Royal Caribbean Sends Adventure of the Seas to Help Puerto Rico

Royal Caribbean cancels cruise and sends ship on humanitarian mission to Puerto Rico, nearly 2,000 evacuated.

The cruise line is canceling the September 30 sailing of one of its cruise ships to help victims of Hurricane Maria, officials of the cruise line announced a few days ago. Continue reading

Canceled or Re-routed Cruises Due to Irma

Hurricane Irma cancels cruises, ships return early. Port Canaveral closes Saturday.
Florida faces the ‘most catastrophic storm’ it has ever seen in the coming hours as Hurricane Irma prepares to unleash tornadoes, a 15ft sea surge, flooding and 130mph winds.
Irma caused widespread cruise cancellations. The cruise ship companies Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Disney, and Norwegian had to cancel cruises or change itineraries because of the hurricane. All the cruise lines have offered either reimbursement or credit towards future cruises for travelers affected by the last-minute change. Continue reading

Harvey Rerouting Cruise Ships: Thousands of People Stuck Aboard

Thousands of People Stuck on Cruise Ships Because of Hurricane Harvey.
The tropical storm affects Caribbean cruise Itineraries.

At least four Galveston-bound cruise ships with a combined 20,000 passengers on board have been rerouted to avoid what initially was Tropical Storm Harvey. The ships have been forced to remain in the Gulf of Mexico as they await Harvey’s passage. Continue reading

New Carnival Horizon to Feature Dr. Seuss-Themed Water Park

Carnival’s newest ship will feature a Dr. Seuss-themed water park — a first for the line. Carnival President Christine Duffy and Dr. Seuss Enterprises President Susan Brandt made the announcement a few days ago.
The cruise giant said the upcoming Carnival Horizon will be the first in the fleet to have a Dr. Seuss-themed water park and slides. The new feature is inspired by the legendary children’s author, said from the cruise line.
To be named Dr. Seuss WaterWorks, Horizon’s water park area will be located on Deck 12 and will offer two distinctly different slides.

 

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Cunard’s Queen Victoria to Get a Significant Makeover

Cunard have revealed they are investing over $40 million in the refit of one of their three queens: the nine-year-old Queen Victoria. The ship enters a dry dock in early May for a month-long refurbishment that will include the addition of new Britannia Club cabins. Britannia Club cabins come with their own private restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are already available on Cunard’s sisters, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth.

The new colour scheme with its signature Cunard purple will take inspiration from the line’s history. The improvements will raise the double-occupancy capacity from 2,020 to 2,088, the senior vice president of Cunard North America Josh Liebowitz said at a press conference.

An intimate restaurant and 43 spacious Britannia Club cabins will be added in a prime mid-ship location and they will be in a configuration similar to Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth.

The refreshed cabins will feature newly-designed carpets and soft furnishings, as well as new flat screen TVs.

The refurbishment of Queen Victoria takes place at a Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo, Italy,  and also will include a complete re-design of the majestic Grand Suites and several Penthouses aboard.

The Grand Suites, that are named Aquitania, Berengaria, Mauretania and Laconia suites, will boast a new purple color scheme. Each of the suites will measure almost 1,500 square feet. There are five new Penthouse Suites on Deck 8 that will feature floor-to-ceiling windows and bathrooms with natural light.

The makeover of Queen Victoria comes less than a year after a massive, $130 million overhaul of Queen Mary 2.