Cruise News: Style at Sea and first cruise line for LGBT community
Princess Cruises launches Style at Sea program; Anteros Cruises is the first cruise line designed and built for the LGBT community; and Onboard.com is sailing on Anthem of the Seas and Norwegian Escape.
IN CRUISE NEWS HEADLINES
- TLC’s What Not to Wear co-host Stacy London is taking her style sense to sea.
Princess Cruises and TLC have teamed up (with the help of Stacy London) to provide style advice and how-tos to make dressing aboard a cruise carefree and fun. The Style at Sea with TLC has been created as part of the line’s exclusive Discovery at Sea partnership. “The Style at Sea program is designed to make all women feel confident throughout their cruise,” said London. “Whether they’re relaxing on a beach in the Caribbean, whale watching in Alaska, quickly changing from day to night, or getting ready for a romantic celebration, I want all women to know how to express their personal style with confidence anywhere and everywhere, land or sea.” The new program will be available on the Love Boat cruise line in early 2016.
- Norwegian Cruise Line takes delivery of Norwegian Escape.
It’s official, after only 17 months of building, Meyer Werft handed over Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Cruise Line’s largest ship to date. She is headed to Miami and we (Onboard.com) are planning to cruise on her inaugural sailing November 9 – 11. Until then, here’s what you can expect on Norwegian Escape.
- Explore Silversea’s newest ship Silver Muse. You won’t be able to sail on her until spring 2017, but you can check her out online. Silversea created an interactive website where cruisers can explore the staterooms and suites and some of the restaurants. Visitors to the site will be able to explore the public spaces at a future date. I guess they have to leave some things as a surprise.
- Anteros Cruises is the first cruise line designed and built for the LGBT community and will set sail with one ship in 2017. There’s not much in details about the ship, but the cruise line plans to sail the Caribbean in the winter and the Mediterranean in the summer. The ship will be small, serving only 350 – 400 passengers, and promises to have a sophisticated yacht-like feel to it.
- Carnival is launching a Chinese brand cruise line. The rumors are true and not only is Carnival expanding its ships into the Chinese market, it’s also partnering with China State Shipbuilding Corp and China Investment Corp to create a Chinese brand cruise line.
- Norwegian Epic is out of her three-week dry dock.
While most of the public spaces and restaurants received new carpeting, reupholstered furniture, and décor updates, Epic was also installed with new features. She now showcases the Broadway musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert, has a brand new photo gallery, library and card room, and also a SplashGolf in the kids area. Norwegian Epic will home port in Port Canaveral in fall of 2016 after she spends this winter and next summer sailing the Mediterranean.
- Caribbean season is here and we are going to help you get ready for it.
We have a BIG surprise for our readers and fans next week, but in meantime, check out what we are looking forward to this Caribbean season.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
- Yay or Nay to private islands on your cruise itinerary? We asked our fans, followers and readers this question a few days ago and their answers have been rolling in! We are adding your responses to our blog post so head to our Facebook and tell us what you think. Do you love private islands or can you go without them?
- We are sailing on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas November 6 – 8 and then we are sailing on Norwegian Escape's inaugural sailing out of Port Miami November 9 – 11. We will be posting live to our Facebook and Instagram accounts. We’d love to know what you're most excited to see on these brand new ships? We’ll go check it out for you and report back!