Cruise News: Cancer Awareness on Costa, New Itineraries and Cruise Deals
Here are a few key itineraries to keep in mind, based on destination.
Mediterranean: Starting in April 2017, the colorful port city of Sarande, Albania (pictured above) will be added to Eastern Mediterranean itineraries on MSC Poesia.
Antilles: Starting in November 2017, MSC Fantasia will head to the Antilles and the southern Caribbean (replacing MSC Orchestra), departing from Fort de France and Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe with two completely different itineraries. One will call in St. Maarten, Tortola, Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The second itinerary will visit several parts of the South Caribbean, including Saint Lucia, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.
Caribbean: MSC Seaside's inaugural season is scheduled to begin with Philipsburg (St. Maarten), San Juan and Nassau starting December 2017, through May 2018. This itinerary will be in place while MSC's new Ocean Cay Marine Reserve is completed (that's scheduled to be finished by October 2018). MSC Seaside will homeport in Miami.
The cruise line is introducing a new concept and menu at Compass Rose where guests can choose to customize their dinner. Guests can choose their meal from two menus: one that allows them to choose which meals they'd like and the second one a nightly special curated by the ship's executive chef. There will be a dozen different meats, seafood, side dishes and even a separate dessert menu that boasts treats like international cheese, pasties and handmade ice creams. The new menu is scheduled to roll out to Seven Seas Voyager on November 9 and Seven Seas Mariner on May 13, 2017.
Ships sailing the Mediterranean this month will feature a series of events in honor of "Pink is Good", a project founded by Fondazione Umberto Veronesi (a leading voice in cancer awareness). Guests onboard can take part in a number of activities whose proceeds help benefit scientific research. These include:
- Pink Day, where guests can purchase non-alcoholic pink cocktails or pink masks (for the ship's costume party soiree, "Notte in Maschera").
- A marathon to be held on the ships' decks, where runners can purchase race bibs.
- Souvenir portraits printed with a pink frame that can be taken during the "pink" events.
Guests on board can stay on top of each day's "pink" events by tuning into their daily in-cabin TV program.
Cruising to tropical locales in the winter time isn't exactly a new thing, but Oceania is taking it a step further by rolling out the ultimate escape from harrowing wintry temperatures: an extended warm-weathered vacation with all the perks of everyday living.
The "Snowbirds in Residence" program offers Oceania guests a comfortable home away from home, all while basking in beautiful Caribbean backdrops. From sunny beach days to authentic island cuisine, guests can choose from a 58 or 72-day cruise where even amenities like meals, housekeeping and laundry are covered. The program is offered on two departures:
- Oceania Riviera—72-day cruise departing 1/3/2017 to Gustavia, St. Barts and Bridgetown, Barbados.
- Oceania Marina— 58-day cruise departing 1/22/2017 to Harvest Caye, Belize and George Town, Grand Cayman.
Launching in 2018, the new Norwegian Bliss will be the first ship built specifically for Alaska cruises. She's not set for delivery until Spring 2018, but here's what we know about the ship thus far:
- Bliss will sail out of Seattle's Pier 66 for weekly seven-day cruises and will accommodate 4,000 guests.
- As for her hull design, the cruise line appointed American artist Wyland to lend his artistic eye.
- The itinerary features stops in Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia.
- Reservations will be available starting January 2017.
Stay tuned to Cruise News for more details.
Plan A Cruise Month: Our Favorite Cruise Deals This Week
Discounted destinations include:
- Australia and New Zealand, starting at $699
- California Coast, starting at $499
- Caribbean, starting at $499
- Hawaii, starting at $1,499
- South America, starting at $999
- South Pacific, starting at $2,629
- Southeast Asia, starting at $649
- Panama Canal, starting at $499
Click on the destination links above to learn more about reduced rates and availability for that sailing.
Care to squeeze in a cruise before the year's end? Fares start as low as $29 per day and will only be available for a limited time. Discounted fares include:
- Norwegian Breakaway: 8-day Bahamas & Florida sailing, departing from New York for $79/day.
- Norwegian Getaway: 7-day Western Caribbean cruise departing from Miami at $59/day.
- Norwegian Sky: 3-day and 4-day Bahamas cruise (with free open bar!) departing from Miami for $59 and $49/day, respectively.
- Norwegian Sun: 10-day South America cruises departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina for $29/day.
For more information on discounted cruise fares, visit Norwegian Cruise Line's website.
Book a 12-day luxury river cruise journey from Paris to Bordeaux and enjoy one of two discounted perks:
- Fly to Paris for free if you're departing from any of the top 20 U.S. cities, or
- Save up to $1,600 per couple on all suites AND pay a reduced deposit of only $250/person (must book by October 31).
Visit Scenic's website for details on the itinerary and available dates.
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