Cruise News: Secrets at sea, music and dogs

Sep 24, 2015 | By Lauramay LaChance

Jason Derulo is joining a music festival at sea; Queen Mary 2 is adding more space for your pets; and Royal Caribbean has a few secrets they’re not telling us.


  • Carnival dropped the lobster. Social media sites were buzzing last week as word got out that Carnival Cruise Lines decided to cut lobster from the formal night menu on short cruises. If you want lobster on five-night cruises you’ll have to book the Steak House specialty-dining restaurant, otherwise you’ll need to book a six night or longer cruise.
  • Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is getting a refit.


    When Queen Mary 2 comes out of her 25-day dry dock in summer 2016, she will be better fitted for everyone in the family, including Fido. There are plans to add 15 single staterooms for the comfort of multigenerational families and solo cruisers and there will also be some additions to the pet areas. Queen Mary 2 is the only ship that allows pets, so it only makes sense to expand the pet area with an additional 10 kennels for dogs and cats. A lamppost and fire hydrant will also be installed on the area of the deck reserved for dog walking. Now all they need is an automatic milk bone dispenser.
  • Jason Derulo is joining a music festival at sea.


    Yes, the international superstar, Jason Derulo is joining Florida Georgia Line on their Florida Georgia Line's: This is How We Cruise Music Festival at Sea. Departing from Miami November 7-11, this festival onboard Norwegian Pearl will be filled with non-stop music, meet and greets and fun. Other performers include Sam Hunt, Dustin Lynch, Frankie Ballard and, of course Florida Georgia Line. Music Festivals seem to be taking over the seas.
  • Carnival Fantasy is getting Fun Ship 2.0 and heading to Mobile, AL. Carnival’s 2,056 passenger ship, Carnival Fantasy, will undergo a multi-million dry dock, adding elements of the popular Fun Ship enhancements, including Guy’s Burger Joint by Guy Fieri, two poolside watering holes – the RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar – and the BlueIguana Cantina Mexican-themed eatery. Once she comes out of dry dock she will turn her sails (really her funnel) to Mobile, Alabama, sailing four-day cruises to Cozumel and five-day cruises to Cozumel, Costa Maya or Progreso from November 2016 to November 2017.
  • Did you know Royal Caribbean has a secret stateroom? Well, it’s not exactly secret, but if you book stateroom 1400 on Freedom of the Seas you will be surprised to find a balcony and stateroom with a ton of extra space compared to other staterooms in the same category. The bonus is you don’t have to pay extra for more space, but you do have to live with a pole in the middle of the stateroom. You’ll be happy to know that most of the Freedom-class ships have these staterooms in the aft of the ship. Do your research and happy sailing!
  • Keel was laid for Seabourn Encore. At the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, the keel was laid for Seabourn Encore, the first of two ships that Fincantieri will build for Seabourn over the next three years. Encore is modeled after Seabourn’s already popular and ultra-luxury small ships of the Odyssey-class. The all-suite 41,700-ton ship will be fitted with an additional deck, newly-invented spaces and of course, the world-renowned American chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller will be leading the culinary side of things. The 600-passenger ship is set to launch late 2016 and if you’re so inclined, you can even book one of her maiden voyages now.



  • And Carnival Cruise Director of the Year goes to… MATT MITCHAM!!!


    If you’ve sailed on Carnival Breeze in the past year you know Matt Mitcham.

    I am talking about the guy who runs around the ship with more energy than Miley Cyrus twerking. The guy with the green eyes, English accent and charming personality who will stop you in the middle of whatever you’re doing and get you dancing in the middle of the cruise ship before you even know what happened. 

    He commands attention, hosts every game show, event and pool competition, and keeps every one (including himself) entertained. He is all over the ship and everyone knows him. Over the next few weeks we will get up close and personal with Matt. We are interviewing Matt and will share all the details with you on what it’s like to be Cruise Director of the Year, what it’s like to live on a cruise ship, and what happens when love blossoms between staff.
  • A Day at Sea Sounds Good to Me

    The saying goes, a day on a ship is better than a day in the office. While I’m not sure if that’s an official saying, I am sure that it’s true. So, step away from your work and checkout this timelapse video by David Cornthwaite and let your mind escape to a cruise in the Caribbean and South America.
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