Snow is in the forecast aboard the new Norwegian cruise ship

800px-Norwegian_Cruise_Line_Norwegian_Spirit_05Details about the unique offerings coming aboard the new Norwegian Escape have been slowly released.

The cruise ship, which is currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, will feature its first ever room full of snow. Dubbed Snow Room, the new feature is part of the Mandara Spa’s Thermal Suite, which Norwegian Cruise Line is billing as the largest at sea.

The arctic oasis, Snow Room, will range in temperature from 21 to 32 degrees Fahrenheit and Continue reading

Disney Magic crew rescues Royal Caribbean passenger

554px-Lifebelt_in_WaterDisney Magic crew has staged a dramatic rescue of a guest on Royal Caribbean ship Oasis of the Seas who fell overboard from his liner during a luxury cruise and then holidaymakers spot him in water.

The incident happened last Thursday morning. The 22-year-old man was a guest of the world’s largest cruise ship, when suddenly he fell overboard just outside of Cozumel in Mexico. Luckily, the man was spotted by Scott Campbell, a passenger on board the Disney Magic, a Port Canaveral-based cruise ship, that was approaching the port for a scheduled port-of-call stop. Continue reading

Port Canaveral- one step closer to becoming the busiest cruise port in the world

Quantum_of_the_Seas_07Port Canaveral is one step closer to being named “the world’s busiest cruise port” by opening the new Cruise Terminal 1 and adjacent parking garage only a day ago.

Johnson, vice president of Ivey’s Construction Co., builder of the new Cruise Terminal 1 and parking garage said that it was an almost-impossible schedule to build the two-story, nearly 190,000 square-foot terminal building Continue reading

Port Canaveral plans to add up to three new cruise terminals

Quantum_of_the_Seas_at_Meyer_WerftIn addition to the eighth terminal that is currently under construction, three new cruise terminals are likely to be built at Port Canaveral to handle the expected increase in cruise ship traffic. A detailed presentation of Port Canaveral’s cruise and cargo outlook was given to the commissioners just a few days ago.

The $105 million Cruise Terminal 1 is scheduled to open December 27 and will be used mainly by Royal Caribbean. The additional terminals will be needed by 2016, 2018 and 2022 each. They would be part of the $587 million five-year development program that is expected to establish the port as an important cargo destination and boost the number of the cruise passengers. Continue reading

Florida’s scariest Halloween cruise: 960 passengers evacuated

800px-Kristina_Katarina_lifeboats_2A Halloween cruise turned into a real nightmare-on-sea when the Bahamas Celebration, shortly after leaving Grand Bahamas Island and heading back to Port of Palm Beach, Florida, hit an unidentified object at around 9 p.m. Friday, and the passengers had to be evacuated.

More than 960 passengers were planning to attend the costume contest and the zombie ball on Halloween night. Continue reading