Cruise News: How to Win a Cruise or Sail to Cuba
Cuba has officially opened its doors (and ports) to Carnival Corporation’s newest cruise line, Fathom. While the news was announced on Wednesday, the first sailing on the 704-passenger MV Adonia won’t happen until May 1. Home porting in Miami, Fathom’s Adonia will offer 7-day itineraries to Cuba stopping in three major ports: Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. And yes, Americans still need to obtain a visa and affidavit to enter the island, but Fathom is taking care of it for guests who book directly through them.
Wanna know what it's like to cruise to Cuba? One of our UK based writers cruised to the island and shared her stories and photos of Cuba with us.
We are giving away a Caribbean cruise for two. You choose the cruise line, the itinerary and your plus one, and we’ll make it happen. Choose to sail to the newest private island in the Caribbean, Harvest Caye or cruise to Nassau to see country music artist Sam Hunt live in concert singing his popular songs "Break Up In a Small Town" and "Take Your Time" to you a few hundred other cruisers. The choice is yours, all you have to do is enter for your chance to win.
Princess Cruises released an interactive mobile app called “Places To Sea” that is said to help you pick the perfect cruise for your personality by swiping through a series of inspirational travel images. You swipe right if you like the image and caption and left if you don’t. Does it really work? Who knows but we do think it’s fun and worth the 90 seconds it takes to complete. Try it out and let us know what you think about it.
Royal Caribbean had to cancel six cruises out of Port Miami on Empress of the Seas because they need more time to complete the renovations.
The 25-year old ship is returning to the fleet after sailing with the Spanish Pullmantur line for the past eight years. Once Empress of the Seas comes out of dry dock she will have newly refurbished staterooms, an upgraded casino and the ever-popular Chops Grille. The sailings were scheduled to depart March 30, April 4, April 7, April 11, April 16 and April 21. Were you scheduled to sail on one of her cancelled sailings? Are you taking the refund, switching the reservation to Majesty of the Seas or rebooking for a later date? Share with us in the comments below.
When Carnival Triumph comes out of a routine dry dock in April, she will be calling New Orleans home, making her first sailing from NOLA on April 4, 2016. While the Port of Galveston was sad to see her go, she was replaced with Carnival Liberty to take over the four and five-night Mexico sailings.
Come late 2016, Carnival Breeze will be moving from Miami to Galveston and Carnival Vista, Carnival's newest ship, will homeport in Miami. If you’re planning to sail from Miami or Galveston, here are a few things you need to know about Carnival Breeze, including how to get free wine with dinner.
Ovation of the Seas is Going Big with Entertainment
Royal Caribbean’s first ship built for the Chinese market unveiled the entertainment lineup. In true Royal Caribbean fashion there will be a combination of talent, technology and special effects in almost every show. Here’s a sample of what you can expect:
- Spectra’s Cabaret in Two70 – Already a fan-favorite on Anthem of the Seas, this show will also take place on Ovation. Spectra’s Cabaret blends live performance and realistic cinema with music from contemporary pop culture. It creates a world seen through the lens of music and technology, all while exploring the deepest recesses of the heart.
- The Dream in the Royal Theater – This production chronicles the story of man who is visited by his departed long-lost love in a dream. His soul mate is there to help him rediscover his passion for life and give him the will to pursue his wildest dreams and to find love again.
- Live. Love. Legs. in the Royal Theater – This production will consist of aerial acrobats, modern dancers and outstanding vocal performances dressed in lavish costumes with video effects, special musical arrangements, and a dedicated group of international artists, promising to reward the audience with a full sensory overload.
- Live music in the Music Hall – A popular venue on the other two Quantum class ships, the Music Hall will have live music well into the early morning hours and themed parties like Groovy Town.
Ovation of the Seas will officially launch in April 2016 and will make her first homeport sailing season in China beginning in June 2016. If you’re not planning on flying to China to sail on Ovation of the Seas, you can sail on her sister ship Anthem of the Seas out of New York.