Cruise News: Is River Cruising the New "It" Experience?

Aug 29, 2016 | By Zulay Regalado


Princess Cruises unveils design features for their new ship, Majestic Princess.

"Majestic" would certainly be one way to describe the experience that awaits future cruises on this new ship. From new specialty restaurants to a sleek interior design, the sister ship to Regal Princess and Royal Princess is fitted for a luxury experience. 


Majestic Princess is set to launch two new specialty restaurants:

  • Harmony, which features Chinese cuisine and classic Cantonese dishes in partnership with Chef Richard Chen
  • Le Bistrot, a casual French eatery located in the atrium. Enjoy a variety of home-style dishes like Escargots Casseroles, Braised Ox Tongue and Mushroom Ragout, plus tasty baguettes, tartines and patisseries. 

The ship will also include culinary offerings from her sister ships, including:

  • Chef's Table Lumiere, complete with a galley tour and multicourse dinner hosted by a Princess Executive Chef.
  • Crown Bar & Grill, an American steakhouse.
  • Alfredo's, a classic Italian venue named after award-winning Master Chef Alfredo Marzi, which serves up baked pasta dishes, specialty appetizers and desserts and Neapolitan-style pizzas, to name a few. 

From a design standpoint, she's all sparkle and class. Expect to find touches of European marble and mosaic tile floors around the ship, as well as a nod to her roots in China (she homeports in Shanghai). Check out The Piazza Atrium—the ship's central point:


On an afternoon at sea, take a stroll down SeaWalk, the ship's first glass floor walkway that provides some beautiful ocean views"


Majestic Princess will set sail for the first time next year on a 5-day inaugural voyage through the Adriatic Sea, sailing roundtrip from Rome with stops in Kotos and Corfu. She'll offer 7, 14, 21 and 28-day cruises around Europe and then move on to her homeport in Shanghai, where she'll set sail again on July 11th to tour destinations in Japan and Korea.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announces two new expedition vessels in the works.

They're both expected to launch in April and October of 2019. And while we don't know much about what they'll feature, here's what we do know about them:

  • Both ships will carry a maximum of 240 guests.
  • They'll be built to travel in virtually any region: the Arctic, Antarctica as well as warmer destinations like the Amazon. 
  • The both feature a water sports marina.
  • The ships will feature advanced tech features and environmental technology (the cruise line gave us a peek at their newly implemented tech features earlier this year).

Stay tuned for more details as they roll out.

AAA survey reveals that river cruising interest is on the rise.

A river cruise is quite different from the average cruise vacation. For starters, it's a much smaller ship than your traditional cruise vessel, but that's the heart of the experience: the intimate ambiance, an authentic deep-dive into local lifestyle, sailing into the heart of a destination. And now more and more people are interested in seeing what all the hype is about.

A survey conducted by AAA reveals that in the last year alone, their river cruise bookings have increased by more than 16%. And while many people believe that river cruises cater to an older demographic, millennials seem to be picking up on the trend quickly: 42% of international and 45% of domestic millennials are more likely to consider a river cruise than Generation X or Baby Boomers.

Check out our River Cruising Guide to learn all about the river cruise experience. 

Carnival donates $250,000 towards Louisiana flood relief.

Carnival Cruise Line and Carnival Corporation are putting a caring foot forward in support of Louisiana flood victims. Both companies have donated a total of $250,000 to charitable organizations including American Red Cross, Save the Children and Louisiana Association of United Ways.

Want to join the cause? Here's how you can donate to the Lousiana flood victims.


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