Cruise News: New Ships and Rock 'N' Roll

May 26, 2016 | By Zulay Regalado



Legendary Hall of Famer Gregg Allman

Grammy award winning musician and Hall of Famer Gregg Allman joins Sixthman's Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea III festival on board Norwegian Jade. This epic music cruise will sail to Key West, the Bahamas and Cozumel and will feature a variety of legendary and upcoming musical talent in the Blues genre--from Allman to Grammy-nominated artist Beth Hart, artist Joanne Shaw Taylor, Blues Music Award 's Best New Artist Album winner Mr. Sipp and more. Check out Sixthman's website for the full lineup.

Fun fact: the past two festivals have raised a combined $75,000 in donations for the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, which helps fund scholarships and music programs across the country. Good music and a good cause. Way to go, Sixthman.

If you've never sailed on a music cruise, just know that you're missing out on an incredible experience.​

To Miami, that is. After a $50 million revitalization, the ship will hit the seas on May 27 out of PortMiami with stops at Royal's private island in the Bahamas, CocoCay, as well as Nassau. A few things you can expect when sailing the revamped Empress:

  • Longer stays in port. This means you'll get to squeeze in more sightseeing in ports like Costa Maya, Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Key West.
  • Signature amenities such as a rock climbing wall, new pools, casual food spots like Windjammer Café and fine dining options like Chops Grille steakhouse.
  • Faster internet options via Voom (dubbed by the cruise line as "the fastest internet at sea").


Royal Caribbean Cruises has been a hot topic in the cruise world lately--most notably for the launch of their newest ship (and largest cruise ship in the world), Harmony of the Seas. So, what's a cruise line to do when they've built the largest vessel at sea...

...You build more ships, of course.


We don't have specifics on what these new ships will feature, but we do know that they're slated for delivery in 2021 and 2022. We also know that, if they're anywhere near as exciting as Harmony of the Seas' tallest slide at sea, we're all in for some serious fun.

In case you haven't heard about this mega slide, here's a little visual to help you understand why we're so excited about it:


(infographic by Royal Caribbean International)

Who's up for this challenge? Count us in. 


And that's because the cruise line announced that Princess Charlene of Monaco will serve as the godmother to their newest ship. The event, scheduled for July 13, will also feature an iconic 40-minute performance from Andrea Bocelli--which further proves that this ship is committed to providing a memorable and luxurious experience. With a capacity of only 750 guests and one of the highest space ratios in the industry (the Regent Suite alone clocks in at 3,875 square-feet), it's only right that she be introduced to the masses in high fashion. The ship's maiden voyage sets sail on July 20, where she'll spend her inaugural season in Europe. Then, the ship will spend some time in Miami for Caribbean voyages.


Next fall, select Disney ships will start to sail out of New York, California and Texas for a limited time. Here's some of what you can expect from the cruise line's 2017 lineup:

  • Cruises from New York will sail to the Bahamas, where guests will visit Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. If you're looking for the ultimate Disney experience, choose one of the select sailings that stop in Port Canaveral, Florida, and visit Disney World.
    • Ships leaving from NY will also sail to the Canadian Coast featuring new port of calls at Bar Harbor, Maine and Saint John, New Brunswick.
  • Departures from San Diego will head to ports like Ensenada (for the avid surfers) and Cabo San Lucas (for the paradise lovers) on short three-day sailings. Disney will also offer week-long cruises to the Mexican Riviera to explore locales like Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.
  • Cruises leaving from Galveston, Texas will sail to beautiful Caribbean ports like Cozumel and Grand Cayman, as well as the Bahamas.

There are plenty more destinations to choose from and - good news - bookings just opened to the public today.


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