Cruise News: Romance Novels - Norwegian Bliss - Shrek and Fiona at Sea
Sep 17, 2015
In this blog:
The first piece of steel was cut for Norwegian Bliss; Princess Cruises is getting romantic; and Anthem of the Seas is cruising with Shrek and Fiona.
THIS WEEK IN CRUISE NEWS
- The steel was cut and construction officially began on Norwegian Cruise Line’s second Breakaway Plus vessel, Norwegian Bliss, set for delivery in spring 2017.
Andy Stuart, President of Norwegian Cruise Line, and Christer Karlsson, Senior Vice President of New Build for Norwegian, pressed the button at Germany’s Meyer Werft to cut the first plate of steel for the line’s next ship. The new 4,200 guest ship will weigh 165,600 gross tons, reaching more than 1,000 feet in length (that’s more than three football fields). Norwegian is also set to introduce its newest cruise ship, Norwegian Escape, in November 2015.
- Princess Cruises has teamed up with Amazon’s online romance community, Kindle Love Stories, to offer guests three free, original stories by bestselling romance authors.
In October, you’ll be able to download the stories and then join Carolyn Brown, Barbara Longley, Heather Burch and Linda Lael Miller onboard Regal Princess on the November 3, 2015 sailing, where the authors will host a series of book club events including author meet & greets, book club discussions and book signings. The three romance stories, which were inspired by the authors' own experiences onboard Princess Cruises, include Kiss Me Maybe by Heather Burch, To Catch a Bouquet by Carolyn Brown, and Once Upon a Night at Sea by Barbara Longley. Princess guests and Kindle users can easily download the free stories at www.amazon.com/allamour, beginning in October.
- Anthem of the Seas will arrive in the New York harbor in less than 2 months with characters from Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and Madagascar.
With the new DreamWorks Experience, guests big and small can meet Po of Kung Fu Panda; Shrek, Fiona and Puss in Boots of Shrek; and Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, King Julien and the Penguins from Madagascar. Guests can also expect a DreamWorks Character breakfast in the main dining room, meet and greet experiences throughout the day as well as photo ops.
- SeaDream’s 2016 season will include itineraries to some of the Mediterranean’s most secluded destinations, visiting ports so small that only the 112 passenger yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II can enter. The four 2016 Mediterranean sailings include journeys to the French Riviera, Turkey and Greece, Croatia and Montenegro, and the Italian Riviera. Additional highlights include crew-led shore excursions and local market shopping trips with the Chef to select produce for the evening meal.
- Alaska’s cruising season is wrapping up. Holland America’s ms Statendam was the last ship to cruise to Anchorage this summer. The ship stopped at the Port of Anchorage every two weeks beginning in May. On Monday, several of Anchorage’s tourism industry members recognized the people behind the scenes who helped bring the visitors from around the world to Anchorage. Before the ship’s final departure on Monday evening, they hosted a barbecue as a way to say “thank you” to the crew members. Visit Anchorage estimates about 11,000 cruise ship passengers visited Anchorage this summer. That’s twice as many as last year, and Visit Anchorage officials expect that number will increase in 2016.
- Holland America’s ms Noordam and ms Veendam achieved perfect scores of 100 on United States Public Health Inspection. This makes the 17th perfect score for the company in 2015.
- Fast Company did a deep dive into Fathom, Carnival Corp’s new cruise line for volunteers. The magazine conducted an in-depth interview with Tara Russell, Fathom's President, focusing on the line's “save the world” approach, asking a few tough questions to figure out what the Fathom experience is all about.
- What do you do when you outgrow your conference space? When one of Silicon Valley’s largest tech conferences ran out of space, it brought in a cruise ship. Salesforce's Dreamforce conference has gotten so popular, there aren't enough hotel rooms to meet demand. So Salesforce decided to dock Celebrity Infinity at San Francisco’s Pier 27 and let their attendees take over the cruise ship. There were more than 160,000 attendees at the conference, making it the largest software event in the world this year. Salesforce says this is the first time any company has brought in a cruise ship for its own conference.
- Carnival Cruise Lines reaches $5 Million fundraising goal for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ® two years ahead of schedule.
Carnival President Christine Duffy made the announcement at the Dr. Seuss-Inspired ‘Day of Play’ for Patients and their families at the Memphis, Tennessee Hospital. Carnival has raised $8 million for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ® since the start of their partnership in 2010 and promised to raise another $10 million by 2020.
RANDOM BUT COOL
- Are you one of the many that didn’t get to cruise to Alaska this year?
Well, we can get you there (virtually). Check out this live feed from explore.org and OrcaLab that lets you watch wild orcas from the comfort of your home. Their location, near Hanson Island is off the central coast of British Columbia, where viewers can expect regular sightings of orcas, seals and otters.
- If you’re cruising to Helsinki between, October 21 – 26, you’ll be happy to know that you’ll be there for the 40th Anniversary of Japan Week.
This international event takes place each year in a different country, bringing around 50 performing groups to the host city. Expect to see traditional dance and music, handicrafts, ikebana, origami, samurai performances, kimonos, koto music and much more. Bonus, it’s a free event.
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