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Cruise News – April

Here’s an update on the latest in cruise news. River and ocean cruise lines have been busy lately.

 

Carnival
Gay with Jennifer Hudson in Cozumel

Gay with Jennifer Hudson in Cozumel

Carnival Cruise Line has announced summer and fall 2015 artists’ lineup for its Carnival Live Concert Series.  Recently, The Band Perry, BOSTON, Lionel Richie and Heart were added to the lineup.

The spring series, which kicked off last month, included performances by Journey, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Smokey Robinson and Styx.

Concerts are held in the ships’ main theaters, which accommodate a guest capacity from 900 to 1,300.  Concerts are held while the vessels are docked in one of three ports of call: Cozumel, Nassau and St. Thomas.

 

Repositioning Ships

Carnival Cruise Line will be increasing capacity by 34 percent on 3- and 4-day Bahamas cruises from their Port Canaveral terminal. Their newest class of ships will commerce 7-day Caribbean voyages beginning 2016.

In October 2016, Carnival Valor will replace the Carnival Victory’s 3- and 4-day Bahamas cruises from Central Florida. Valor will be the only ship operating 3- and 4-day cruises.  She has undergone the Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade.

On November 27, 2016, The Carnival Magic will embark on a 12-day Carnival Journeys. These cruises are part of new Space Coast, departing from Galveston. Featured ports will include Cozumel; Limon, Costa Rica; Colon, Panama; Cartagena and Santa Marta, Colombia; Aruba, and Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos.

 

Disney Takes to the River

Adventures by Disney has partnered with AmaWaterways to launch river cruise itineraries. Beginning summer 2016, Disney will have four sailings on the Danube River.

The new itineraries will take place on board the new, 170-passenger AmaViola. The new ship is being built with family-friendly design elements in mind, including six sets of connecting staterooms. Additionally, the ship’s suites have pull-out sofas that allow them to sleep three or four. Finally, Adventures by Disney plans to sail the ship at a faster pace than is common for river cruises, allowing for more time in a destination; and fewer restless children.

 

Royal Caribbean

The Anthem of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International’s newest Quantum-class ship, arrived at the Southampton Cruise Port on April 15.  Anthem of the Seas will begin her inaugural spring and summer season with sailings from her Southampton homeport. The itineraries are throughout Europe, including the Mediterranean. In fall 2015, the Anthem will head across the Atlantic to her new home at the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New York HarborThen, she will head for itineraries in the warm waters of the Caribbean.

 

A Foodie’s Delight

Gourmet Dining for the Foodie

Gourmet Dining for the Foodie

The Anthem of the Seas will be a foodie’s dream. Gourmands will love the all-new Dynamic Dining experience.  Guests can choose from a selection of 18 restaurant concepts, including five complimentary main dining restaurants.  There’s also an option to choose between Dynamic Dining Choice, which allows guests to decide when, where, and with whom to dine each evening.  For those diners who prefer the more traditional experience,  the Dynamic Dining Classic is available still.

 

Sick on the High Seas

During its most recent sailing, which ended in San Diego on April 13th, 99 guests and one crew member on board the Celebrity Infinity experienced gastrointestinal illness. The culprit was believed to have been the norovirus, according to Celebrity Cruises.

Upon arriving in San Diego,  the Celebrity Infinity crew began an extensive and thorough sanitizing of the ship, as well as the cruise terminal.  This was designed to help prevent any illness from affecting the subsequent sailings.

 

Guests Should do Their Part

However, the cruise lines cannot prevent illness by themselves. It is critical that guests use the hand sanitizers the cruise lines have distributed throughout the ship. Also, guests should wash their hands frequently and instruct their children to do the same. If you are sick, you should notify the staff immediately so they can provide you with aid and help prevent the spread of illness to other guests.

 

Source: Travel Agent Central

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