Cruise News: Emerald Waterways has twins and Cunard sails new seas
Aug 27, 2015
In this blog:
Emerald Waterways welcomed two new ‘Star Ships’ to the waters, Cunard’s three Queens are sailing into new waters in 2017 and we have pictures of the ultra luxurious suites on Regent Seven Seas Explorer.
In The Cruise News
- Emerald Waterways officially launched its two newest ‘Star Ships’ – Emerald Dawn (Godmother Kelly Bergin) and Emerald Sun (Godmother Julie Kendrick). The new ships carry 182 guests in 72 suites and 20 staterooms, including two specifically built for solo cruisers. The ships include a heated swimming pool, movie theater, restaurants and newly designed cabins. Cruisers also get WiFi onboard the ship, free use of on board bicycles and almost all of the shore excursions offered are free. Take a tour of Emerald Waterway’s ‘Star Ships’.
- Crystal Yacht Cruises opens bookings to all luxury travelers. Crystal Esprit charts new waters with its maiden voyage this winter, Crystal Cruises is unveiling the complete itineraries and fares for 2016 through the beginning of 2018. Crystal is one of the only cruise lines that releases booking itineraries three years in advance and it looks like they are doing the same with their new yacht. Booking opens for all travelers on September 1.
- Carnival Pride is turning her sails back to the sunshine state in 2017. Carnival Cruise Line’s 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride will return to the Port of Tampa to operate a series of 5- to 14-day voyages in January and February 2017. The 5- to 7-night sailings will include ports stops in Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan, Honduras and George Town, Grand Cayman.
While the 13- and 14-day itineraries will include stops in Grand Turk, B.W.I.; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama (including optional excursions to the Panama Canal); Limon, Costa Rica; Mahogany Bay; Cozumel and the Caribbean’s newest destination, Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic, which serves as the gateway to one of the world’s most breathtaking cruising regions. Carnival Pride will return to Baltimore in March 2017.
- Cunard released its 2017 cruising itineraries for the three Queens. For the first time, itineraries will feature multiple South American ports, first time Amazon sailings and round-trip voyages from New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Cruisers will have the option to choose from three World and Exotic Cruises with options ranging from three- to 132-nights. The new itineraries will feature 80 unique ports in 42 countries and 15 maiden calls – five of which are new to the fleet. The 2017 program will also be the first Full World Voyage Queen Mary 2 undertakes following an extensive 25-day dry dock refurbishment at the Blohm+Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany.
- Regent Seven Seas Cruises unveiled the ultra luxurious suites on its Seven Seas Explorer. The ship will have 55 Penthouse suites measuring up to 626 square-feet and decorated with custom-made furnishings. They will also feature a stylish entertainment center that separates the living room and bedroom and expansive private verandas that stretch out nearly 10-feet. The ship will have 140 Concierge Suites with a design inspired by the luxurious vacation homes found in Cape Cod with an incredible focus on function, craftsmanship and using only the most luxurious materials.
Here’s a first look at these new suites.
In Case You Missed It
- Disney Cruise Line is tightening up on its alcohol policy and raised corkage fee. Beginning September 30, Disney cruisers will be allowed to bring a maximum of two bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750 mil.) or six beers (no larger than 12 ounces) on board at the beginning of the voyage and at each port of call. If passengers wish to drink their wine or champagne in the dining room, they will be charged a corkage fee of $25 per bottle (up from the previous $20).
Random But Cool
- Finesse, a new double-decker hotel barge is currently being commissioned and will begin cruising the scenic River Saône and Canal du Centre in Southern Burgundy in May 2016. The luxurious barge of European Waterways will only hold an intimate number of 8 passengers and 5 crewmembers.
Here’s a closer look at what it’s like to sail on a hotel barge.
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