Cruise News: The NFL Comes to Carnival
n this week's Cruise News: a new cruise wonder of the world is revealed; Carnival and one NFL team are teaming up for charity; and one woman narrowly misses her Disney cruise and loses it.
The cruise line has partnered with Condé Nast Traveler to announce the newest cruise wonder of the world: The Grand Canal of Venice. It joins Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska and the Panama Canal in the list of top destinations to experience while on a cruise. The 8th wonder was nominated by more than 38,000 Princess cruise guests. One lucky entrant was even selected as winner of a Princess cruise vacation (congrats, Steven Turner). Want to experience the hype for yourself? Pacific Princess, the cruise line's smaller ship that holds only 680 guests, currently offers cruises to the Grand Canal.
The new partnership makes Carnival the Official Cruise Line of the NFL franchise. To celebrate, Carnival and the Houston Texans are hosting the "Mom's Dash to the Splash" event on Carnival Breeze, which makes its debut in Galveston on Mother's Day, May 8th. Two teams of five local Texan moms, selected by Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and linebacker Brian Cushing, will go head-to-head in a water slide race for charity. And it's not just any water slide; it's the 312-foot-long behemoth Twister slide and DrainPipe water slide. Any moms who want to take part in the action can enter the contest via www.houstontexans.com/carnival through April 25, 2016.
Cunard Line has partnered with celebrity auction house Julien's Auctions to showcase the collection during the ship's Transatlantic Crossing, August 9-16, 2016. The exhibition will include a daily and rotating exhibition of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, the opportunity to bid on select items and a photo-op with famed Marilyn Monroe impersonator Suzie Kennedy dressed as the icon herself.
Queen Mary 2 is undergoing an extensive 25-day dry dock between May 27-June 21 this year--from enhanced stateroom decor and cuisine options to increased comfort for four-legged cruise guests on board.
Yes, folks, Zika is still very much a threat to travelers. As of April 12th, the CDC has added St. Lucia to the list of affected areas. The virus, which spreads primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, produces symptoms between 3-12 days after being bitten. It's also caused an increase in poor pregnancy outcomes among mothers who have contracted the virus during pregnancy. Stay tuned to our blog to receive continuous updates on Zika virus, who is in danger and how to protect yourself while on vacation.
NOT COOL, JUST RANDOM
One woman loses her cool after a 12-hour flight delay puts a damper on her Disney cruise.
This woman and her family may be sailing on one of the happiest cruise ships on earth, but her reaction to hearing that her dream vacation may be ruined is anything but cheerful. CAUTION: you may want to keep the volume on low before watching.