Cruise News: New Private Island Luxury

Jun 9, 2016 | By Zulay Regalado


Norwegian Cruise Line's Great Stirrup Cay is getting a serious upgrade.

Great Stirrup Cay is a private island in the Bahamas that every cruiser should experience for themselves. But from now through summer 2017, the 250-acre port of call will receive a number of new amenities. Let's take a virtual walk through Great Stirrup Cay's upcoming additions:


The island's 10-acre beach will receive a half-mile oceanside boardwalk.



For an added touch of luxury, an exclusive lagoon retreat will open to guests looking for more of a private R&R experience.



The retreat will feature a secluded beach, oceanview restaurant called the Silver Palm and 22 air-conditioned private villas that range from studios to two-bedroom spaces.



Plus, the Mandara Spa.



The two-story Silver Palm restaurant will offer complimentary dining (for guests staying in the lagoon retreats) with indoor and outdoor seating ...



... and rooftop dining overlooking the ocean.


And if you're lounging in your beachside villa and don't fancy walking to Silver Palm, you can still enjoy their food and drink options from the comfort of your luxury space with room service.

Additional amenities include a complimentary taco bar, Abaco Taco, and a Landshark Bar & Grill for casual, a la carte dining and traditional beach vibes.

If this isn't enough reason to add a private island to your itinerary, we don't know what is.

In other Norwegian Cruise Line news:

Norwegian Jewel is moving to Australia in Fall 2017.

The ship's inaugural season in the Asia Pacific region will begin with her journey from Vancouver to Sydney on October 3, 2017. Then, Jewel will cruise on 10- to 16-day itineraries in Australia and New Zealand between November and February 2018--this schedule will feature a 5-day journey to Tasmania from Sydney in November and a 9-day voyage with stops in Eden, Kangaroo Island and Burnie (Tasmania) in December.

After cruising Australia, Jewel will offer Asian itineraries with visits to Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Korea (to name a few).

Disney Cruise Line is bringing new enhancements and experiences to Disney Wonder.

Debuting this fall, Wonder will see a number of exciting additions, and there's truly something for everyone to enjoy on board.

For the kids

Marvel Super Hero Academy: This one's exclusive to Disney Wonder. Kids will get to perfect their spider-senses, reflexes, web-slinging skills with Spider Man himself. Their heroic work will earn them a chance to see themselves in the headlines of the Daily Bugle. Disney's interactive Oceaneer Club will feature more visits from Disney favorites--from Frozen's Anna and Elsa to Doc McStuffins.

For the food lovers

Tiana's Place Restaurant: Also exclusive to Disney Wonder, this restaurant is inspired by Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" with its southern charm and jazzy vibe. The menu is inspired by southern-style cuisine and children (as well as adults) can marvel in the restaurant's comfort food and dreamy Disney ambiance.

For the adults

English Pub: This grown-ups only venue resembles an English tavern. Pay close attention to hints of classic, London-based Disney films sprinkled throughout the venue--from the artwork to the props (because it IS a Disney ship, after all).

Additional enhancements on board include:

  • A new Chill Teen Spa and a reimagined Senses Spa & Salon
  • The addition of two dinner shows--"Drawn to Magic" and Animation Magic"--in Animator's Palate main dining restaurant.
  • A redesigned upper deck with plenty of water activities, such as Twist 'n' Spout water slide and Dory's Reef splash zone for toddlers.

Disney Wonder will go into dry dock from September 9 to October 23, 2016 in Cadiz, Spain and will resume sailing on November 10th from Galveston, Texas.

Happy 20th Birthday AIDA Cruises.

June 7th marks 20 years since the first AIDA ship went into service. The German cruise line is celebrating with a number of exciting itinerary announcements that they're calling "AIDA Selection". AIDA Selection cruises will offer new experiences on board AIDAcara, AIDAvita and AIDAaura ships.

AIDAcara, in particular, will be embarking on quite the voyage. Starting Summer 2017, the ship will sail to Iceland and Greenland with stops in Ilulissat and Nuuk in Greenland's west coast, as well as Qaqortoq in the country's southern coast. Then, she'll visit Reykjavik, Akureyri and Seydisfjördur (all in Iceland).

The crew at loves celebrating birthdays (or rather, we love any excuse to enjoy a good dessert), so we're enjoying some of the best key lime pie in Florida to commemorate AIDA's awesome milestone.

Silversea Cruises has announced their 2017 itineraries.

Highlights include:

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