(PRESS RELEASE)_SANTA CLARITA, Calif., (January 31, 2022) – The newest cruise ship in the Princess Cruises fleet – Discovery Princess – was delivered on January 28 during an official handover at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. Discovery Princess expands the Princess Cruises fleet to 15 MedallionClass vessels and features an evolution of the design platform used for the cruise line’s previous Royal-Class ships. The Discovery Princess handover was attended by John Padgett, President of Princess Cruises, Captain Gennaro Arma, and Luigi Matarazzo, General Manager Merchant Ships Division of Fincantieri.
“Today marks a significant milestone for Princess Cruises as we officially take ownership of the spectacular Discovery Princess,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president. “We extend our immense gratitude to our long-time and trusted partners at Fincantieri, the shipbuilders of all six of our Royal-Class vessels with Discovery Princess and look forward to welcoming our first guests to experience the beauty of the ship when they embark in just a few weeks.”
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, Jan. 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH) (the ”Company”), a leading global cruise company which operates Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, announced today that its brand new state-of-the-art Norwegian Cruise Line flagship terminal at PortMiami received an honorary recognition as the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold New Construction v4.0 cruise ship terminal in Florida, the United States and the world.
“We are proud to be recognized as a leader in sustainable construction with the LEED Gold Certification of our incredible new PortMiami terminal B, the Pearl of Miami, the first cruise terminal in the world to receive this certification under the new, more stringent LEED construction standards,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “This certification is a great reflection of how we are driving a positive impact on the environment and society through our global sustainability program, Sail & Sustain, while delivering on our vision to be the vacation of choice for everyone around the world. We will continue to invest, design and develop towards this commitment including further investment at the PortMiami terminal where we are partnering with Miami-Dade County to add shore power capabilities by Fall 2023.”
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, JAN. 31, 2022 – Today marks the six-month anniversary of the ship all cruise fans were waiting for: Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras, which welcomed her first guests from Port Canaveral on July 31, 2021.
The first of Carnival’s all new Excel class, Mardi Gras has been wowing guests on every cruise since July, welcoming more than 110,000 guests to date. To celebrate the six-month mark, as well as looking ahead to the arrival of her two sister ships, Carnival Celebration and Carnival Jubilee, Carnival released a video available here.
Mardi Gras is the first cruise ship in the Americas powered by a liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology platform. Carnival Corp. pioneered the introduction of LNG fuel in the passenger cruise sector as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and emissions reduction. Mardi Gras is also the first ship to feature a roller coaster at sea, BOLT, which earned an engineering award from Popular Science magazine. So far, guests have enjoyed more than 30,000 invigorating BOLT rides.
The ship's innovations and stunning new features have helped to earn other honors as well. USA Today’s Reader's Choice 10Best Awards selected Mardi Gras as the Best New Cruise Ship of 2021 and Cruise Hive named it the Best Cruise Ship of 2021.
Mardi Gras is decked out with something fun for everyone -- and that includes delicious dining options with several new venues on board, like Emeril's Bistro 1396, Shaq's Big Chicken, Chibang! and Street Eats.
Since the restart of cruising, momentum continues to build across Carnival Cruise Line. Nearly one million guests have taken a cruise vacation with Carnival since the restart on more than 400 sailings.
This fall, more excitement arrives when Carnival Celebration arrives home to PortMiami. Carnival's next Excel-class ship will share all the fun guests are enjoying on Mardi Gras, like BOLT, plus some exclusive features as well.
A third Excel-class ship, Carnival Jubilee, will begin operations from its homeport in Galveston in the fall of 2023 and will also feature unique aspects all her own. Carnival Jubilee opened for sale last week.
For additional information on Carnival Cruise Line and to book a cruise vacation, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, visit Carnival.com, or contact your favorite travel advisor or online travel site.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Fort Lauderdale, FL – Jan. 27, 2022 – American Queen Voyages™, part of Hornblower® Group, just announced the launch of their 10th Anniversary Savings Offer. The new promotion offers guests an additional 10% off already reduced Winter Savings Event pricing for select sailings booked by Feb. 28, 2022. Sailings dates in 2022 eligible include Memphis to St. Louis on the American Duchess™, Detroit to Montréal on Ocean Navigator™ and Vancouver to Sitka on Ocean Victory ™ . The full list of eligible sailings is available here.
“We have seen tremendous interest from guests ready to deeply discover America now, an AMERICA-tion™, less-complicated and without uncertainty, across our Rivers, Lakes & Oceans and Expedition experiences,” said Shawn Bierdz, chief operating officer, American Queen Voyages. “As we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of American Queen Voyages, we wish to thank our loyal guests and those new to us with additional savings to travel in 2022.”
In addition to newly announced savings, American Queen Voyages is also adding four Lower Mississippi River itineraries on the American Queen® to kick off the summer season. The nine-day itineraries will sail between Memphis and New Orleans with departures June 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2022. Ports of call include Cleveland (Terrene Landing), Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge and Nottoway. Per guest fares begin at $2,599 when booked by Feb. 28, 2022.
“Throughout our 10-year history Lower Mississippi River itineraries have attracted cruisers new to paddlewheelers to discover U.S. river cruising for the first time, ” said John Waggoner, founder and chairman, American Queen Voyages. “We look forward to rolling out these additional sailings and are confident they will fill quickly with such high demand.”
For more information on American Queen Voyages’ Anniversary Savings Offer and Winter Savings Event, sailing dates, and to book a reservation, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA., Jan. 31, 2022 – In service for five months, Atlas Ocean Voyages’ newly constructed, expedition ship, World Navigator, has been bringing experienced, fun-seeking travelers to some of the world’s most remote and captivating destinations. Throughout, guests and travel advisors have overwhelmingly enjoyed Atlas’ innovative, active, and all-inclusive luxury style, as well as communicated their preferences for elements they value. In response to their encouraging feedback, Atlas Ocean Voyages announced today that, the luxe-adventure expedition line will offer its voyages independent of included air travel and shore excursions, beginning with bookings made from February 15, 2022, for departures from April 24, 2022, and beyond.
Atlas remains an all-inclusive cruise, and, with the new set of inclusions, travelers enjoy more competitive cruise fares, as well as more convenient options for air travel and more personalized, shoreside adventure options in small and authentic ports, a hallmark of Atlas’ distinctive itineraries. World Navigator is currently completing her successful inaugural Antarctica season and will be charting a course for the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, The Arctic, Iceland, Greenland and the Fjords in April. For more information, please visit www.AtlasOceanVoyages.com.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Seattle, Wash., Jan. 27, 2022 — Holland America Line’s newest ship Rotterdam is set to get the royal treatment at a naming ceremony in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, May 30, 2022. Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands will be the ship’s godmother, carrying on a Dutch royal tradition that began in the 1920s.
Rotterdam’s special seven-day “Rotterdam Naming Celebration” cruise sails roundtrip from Amsterdam, Netherlands, departing May 29 and also visits Kristiansand, Stavanger and Flåm, Norway, with scenic cruising in Sognefjord.
“Our new Rotterdam is a spectacular ship, and we are thrilled to have its naming ceremony scheduled with a celebratory cruise that allows our guests to join the festivities and officially welcome her to the fleet,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “Our history is deeply rooted in the Netherlands, and it was only fitting to name our newest Rotterdam in the city of Rotterdam with a royal godmother to honor our Dutch roots. We are deeply grateful that Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet will once again act as godmother to a Holland America Line ship.”
(PRESS RELEASE)_Los Angeles (January 27, 2022) – Viking® (www.viking.com) today announced its newest ship for the Nile River—the 82-guest Viking Osiris--was “floated out,” marking a major construction milestone and the first time the ship has touched water. Set to debut in August 2022, Viking Osiris will sail Viking’s bestselling 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary. The arrival of Viking’s new ship later this year coincides with several key events in Egypt in 2022, including the highly anticipated opening of the new Grand Egyptian Museum outside Cairo on the Giza Plateau—as well as the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb by Howard Carter and his benefactor, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon. Building on Viking’s longstanding relationship with the Carnarvon family, guests who sail on board Viking Osiris will experience Privileged Access® to memories from 1922 and the events surrounding the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb.
“Our guests are curious explorers, and just as the iconic explorers before them, they choose Egypt as a destination because of its unparalleled access to history and antiquities. This rings as true today as it did a century ago and is what we continue to hear from the guests who are currently sailing with us on the Nile, as well as the many we have hosted in the last year,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “We are proud to be the only western company to build, own and operate ships on the Nile—and we will always maintain our commitment to creating meaningful experiences that are focused on the destination. Particularly during this milestone year for Egypt, we look forward to welcoming guests on board Viking Osiris and introducing them to the country’s many cultural treasures.”
(ROYAL CARIBBEAN)_January 2022 – Wonder of the Seas has officially joined Royal Caribbean International’s award-winning lineup of ships. The next of the revolutionary Oasis Class, the ultimate vacation debuts adventures for all ages across thrills, entertainment, dining and nightlife on March 4, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, before sailing to the Mediterranean in May. Highlights on board include eight unique neighborhoods, featuring the new Suite Neighborhood, an interactive, open-air play area for kids – Wonder Playscape – a new restaurant and bar, The Mason Jar, and more.
(PRESS RELEASE)_It’s finally the most wonderful time of the year - National Chocolate Cake Day. This Thursday, January 27, Americans will be celebrating with friends and family over one of the world’s most popular desserts.
For anyone who has found themselves in a chocolate cake rut, Carnival Cruise Line Chef Russel Gomes comes to the rescue. Only 5 ingredients and 15 minutes are required to make its signature Melting Chocolate Cake, so anyone can replicate the ooey-ness and gooey-ness from home.
Five Simple Ingredients
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(PRESS RELEASE)_Miami (Jan. 26 2022) - Vibrant island culture, pristine water, and warm tropical breezes are just a few of the experiences awaiting guests as Celebrity Infinity® returns to operation and sets sail for the Caribbean in Summer 2022. Sailing aboard the new-luxury ship, guests will be able to unwind and enjoy unmatched culinary offerings and healing wellness amenities while visiting breath-taking ports and destinations all under the famed sunshine of the Caribbean.
Sailing from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale beginning June 25, 2022, Celebrity Infinity will embark on alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. All seven-night itineraries will feature calls to Bimini or Nassau, Bahamas and Key West, Fla. In addition, Eastern Caribbean sailings will visit Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Western Caribbean sailings will also call on Belize City, Belize; and Cozumel, Mexico. Celebrity Infinity will sail in the Caribbean through the end of November before embarking on a 14-night cruise to one of South America’s crown jewels, Rio de Janeiro, and will remain in this region for the winter season.
“We’re so excited to launch Celebrity Infinity back into service and in the Caribbean, where the culture and vibe is extremely unique and as popular as ever,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises. “She will join sister ship Celebrity Equinox, marking the first time Celebrity Cruises has offered two ships sailing a full summer Caribbean season from South Florida. The unique itineraries offer something for all sun-seekers at a time when we all want to treat ourselves to long overdue travel experiences with family and friends.”
In addition to visiting picturesque ports, Celebrity Infinity offers luxurious accommodations that include Concierge Class and the spa-inspired AquaClass® with exclusive clean cuisine dining at Blu. Guests of The Retreat® experience the ultimate in luxury, including an exclusive private restaurant dining and 24/7 lounge.
And to ensure guests treat their entire selves, Celebrity Infinity’s guests can invigorate their senses in The Spa which features incredible treatments and therapies.
Simplifying the luxury experience, Wi-Fi, drinks, and service charges are now ‘Always IncludedSM’ on every Celebrity cruise. For more information on these new Celebrity Infinity itineraries, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/2022-2023-cruises, or contact a trusted travel adviser.
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