Cruise News: An Epic Northeast Passage Cruise

Sep 9, 2016 | By Zulay Regalado

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises HANSEATIC has successfully navigated the Northeast Passage.

MV HANSEATIC can now add her name to the list of vessels who boldly sail where few have sailed before.

On September 7th, the ship returned from sailing 5,542 nautical miles through the legendary Arctic Ocean sea route, and it was no small feat. The cruise departed from Tromso, Norway on August 16, 2016. From there, the ship made a stop in Murmansk, Russia, cruised through the Barents Sea, stopped in Novaya, Zemlya and Franz Josef Land, sailed through the Kara Sea to Severnaya Zemlya (in Russia), anchored in Siberia, Wrangel Island and Chikchi Isand and ended her epic journey in Russia's Cape Dezhnev.


The ship encountered 86 polar bears throughout the journey. Eighty-six.



Guests were also able to get a beautiful view of the Northern Lights.



MV HANSEATIC is a ship with total bragging rights. And we can't blame her for basking in the Arctic glow.


Cruises to Montreal are now in full swing.

Expecting more than 46,000 cruise passengers between August 31st and October 22nd, it goes without saying that Montreal cruises are in full swing. 29 international ships will dock in Eastern Montreal's temporary cruise terminal and in McKay pier in Old Montreal. A few of the ships scheduled to make their way to Montreal include:

  • Azamara Quest (of Azamara Club Cruises) will be in Montreal on September 23rd.
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises' SS Marina will make two stops—on October 1st and October 21st.
  • Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Europa 2 will make her appearance on September 17th.
  • Viking Star (part of river cruising company Viking Cruises) will be in Montreal on October 2 and 3.

MSC Cruises celebrates the float out of its newest mega-ship, MSC Meraviglia—and announces the name of its second new mega ship.

MSC Meraviglia will begin sailing the western Mediterranean in June 2017, and she's already being celebrated in major fashion. The ship floated out to sea for the first time on September 2nd (check out Meraviglia in all her virtual glory—chocolate fondue goodness included).

During the celebration, MSC Cruises also announced that yet another Meraviglia generation mega-ship will make her way to the high seas in Spring 2019: her name is MSC Bellissima. Stay tuned for updates, photos and fun updates about the new mega-ship in process.

Carnival Cruise Line announces two new 180,000-ton ships.

The new ships will debut in 2020 and 2022 and will be the largest ships in the Carnival fleet. Each with an approximate capacity of 5,200 guests, the ships will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas—a huge feat for the cruise line, as it marks the first time an LNG-powered cruise ship will be based in North America.

Carnival Imagination is set to undergo a multi-million-dollar renovation.

The ship is set to receive Carnival dining and bar favorites such as:

  • Guy's Burger Joint
  • BlueIguana Cantina
  • RedFrog Rum Bar
  • Alchemy Bar
  • Cherry on Top
  • BlueIguana Tequila Bar

Imagination will go into drydock on September 4-22, 2016.

Royal Caribbean is looking for a godmother for Harmony of the Seas—and they need your help.

The cruise line is scouring South Florida in search of the one woman who will be named godmother of their newest ship. And it's only right that a ship of Harmony of the Seas' caliber has an equally unforgettable personality alongside her.

Royal Caribbean is looking for a mentor, teacher or educator who's leaving an inspiring imprint on our future generation, and this person will be honored during the ship's November 10th naming ceremony. The contest is open to all volunteers, full and part-time school employees or educational organizations in the Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach County areas. Along with the coveted title of "godmother of an awesome cruise ship", the winner will also receive:

  • A $25,000 grant for her respective school or non-profit organization as a "thanks" for spreading the educational wealth.
  • The chance to bring her fellow inspiring guests to the naming ceremony (three guests will also get to sail with her on a two-night pre-inaugural cruise following the ceremony).

Harmony of the Seas will sail out of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale this coming November and will offer seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises.

Want to cast your vote? Visit to learn more.

Carnival Cruise Line teams up with New Orleans Saints and Scholastic Book Fair for a literacy event on Carnival Triumph.

The "Read and Rise" literacy event celebrates 100 students from Kipp Central City Primary in New Orleans who won the school's summer reading challenge. The students got to burn some energy with the NFL team on board Carnival Triumph, participating in gridiron drills. They also received backpacks filled with Carnival and Saints logo items, an ocean-themed book provided by Scholastic Book Fairs and enjoyed a tour of the ship.

Fun fact: Carnival Triumph is nearly three football fields in length.



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