Cruise News: China, comedy and cruising
All of the major cruise lines are heading to China; Impractical Jokers are taking over the high seas; and Onboard.com is taking over Montreal.
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We’re cruising to China…
This past week, it seems like you can’t say China without saying cruise somewhere in the sentence. That’s because all of the major cruise lines are announcing their plans to cruise to China. Here are some of the newest cruise lines and ships cruising to China:
- Carnival Cruise Line is cruising to China in spring of 2017. They will base one ship in China year-round and directly market Chinese travelers. Carnival has not released any itineraries or announced which ship will be going.
- AIDA Cruises announced at the annual China Cruise Shipping Conference that they will be sending one of their ships to China in spring of 2017. AIDA plans to commission four new vessels by 2020, but further details on their plans for China have not yet been released.
- Norwegian Cruise Line is also heading to China in 2017, with a 4,200-passenger ship specifically designed for the China market. The ship will be the second of the Breakaway-class ships (the first is Norwegian Escape, which is debuting in Miami next month) is currently under construction and will feature special accommodations, cuisines and onboard experiences that specifically cater to Chinese cruisers.
- Princess Cruises’ newest ship, Majestic Princess, is being designed to serve the Chinese market year-round. The 3,560-passenger ship is under construction at the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and will begin sailing out of Shanghai, China, in summer 2017. Princess has already sent over its older vessel, Sapphire Princess, and plans to have Golden Princess join next year.
- Royal Caribbean International was one of the first mass-market cruise lines to commission a purpose-built ship for the Chinese market. Quantum of the Seas arrived in Shanghai in June 2014, and Ovation of the Seas is heading to Tianjin in 2016.
- Costa Cruises already had Costa Victoria and Costa Atlantica cruising to China before adding Costa Serena in April 2015.
That’s not a joke. The Impractical Jokers of truTV’s hit show are bringing their show on the ocean — to Norwegian Pearl to be exact. Sailing from Miami to Cozumel January 11–15 2016, the cruise will feature comedians Lisa Lampanelli, Gilbert Gottfried and Michael Ian Black, just to name a few, as well as live musical performances and, of course, your own floating comedy club.
RANDOM BUT COOL
If you’re not able to cruise to Canada and New England this fall, we have two solutions for you:
- Have fall sent to you. For a small fee, a company named Ship Foliage will ship you a three-leaf bundle for only $19.99. Each bundle is color balanced with a red, yellow and green mix and the leaves will actually last for years, according to the company.
- Follow us on Instagram and Facebook as I take over the accounts and head to Montreal, the second-largest city in Canada. I’ll be in Mount Royal Park checking out the fall foliage, exploring the historic sites in Old Montreal and trying the hottest local eateries and watering holes. Follow me on my journey.