(PRESS RELEASE)_Seattle, Wash., Jan. 26, 2022 — Holland America Line is celebrating its upcoming 75th Anniversary in Alaska in a big way with a sweepstakes that is giving away 75 seven-day Alaska cruises. Through Feb. 13, 2022, those hoping to win a cruise for two to Alaska can enter at www.enterhal.com and no purchase is necessary. The winners will be notified around Feb. 21 and can embark on their Alaska adventure from April through September 2022.
“With this 75-year milestone, Holland America Line has been exploring Alaska longer than any other cruise line and even longer than Alaska’s been a state,” said Beth Bodensteiner, senior vice president and chief commercial officer, Holland America Line. “With our deep knowledge, it’s no surprise that experts and outlets have named us the number-one cruise line in Alaska. We’ve used those years to create perfectly crafted Alaska adventures that offer travelers preferred access, exclusive means of travel and immersive experiences.”
Holland America Line Immerses Guests in Alaska and the Local Culture
Guests on Alaska cruises are deeply immersed in the local culture with authentic onboard programming, cruise activities and award-winning shore excursions. The exclusive experiences are delivered through experts leading workshops and lectures, EXC Talks exploring the stories of real Alaskans, tours highlighting the best of each destination, and Port to Table cooking demonstrations and fine dining events showcasing the culinary traditions of the region.
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, JAN. 25, 2021 – Carnival Cruise Line's new Carnival Jubilee, the most-anticipated new ship coming to the Port of Galveston – is now accepting reservations for its inaugural 2023 and 2024 schedule. The ship’s first available bookings coincide with National Plan for Vacation Day, a day encouraging consumers to plan their time off from work.
Carnival Jubilee, the cruise line’s third Excel-class ship featuring all the fun already wowing guests aboard its sister Mardi Gras, will offer seven-day Western Caribbean itineraries from its homeport of Galveston, Texas beginning Nov. 18, 2023 with stops in Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico, as well as Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan), Honduras.
“Since it’s National Plan for Vacation Day, it’s the perfect time to open Carnival Jubilee for sale and give our guests another incredible choice for their cruise vacation with the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful ports in the Western Caribbean,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
(PRESS RELEASE)_CELEBRATION, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2022) – Disney Cruise Line guests will be immersed in the ever-unfolding stories of their favorite toys, monsters and heroes during the all-new Pixar Day at Sea aboard special sailings on the Disney Fantasy in early 2023.
Featuring one-of-a-kind experiences, this day-long celebration on select seven-night voyages will bring to life the beloved Pixar tales of “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “The Incredibles,” “Finding Nemo” and more exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. Themed dining, character encounters, dance parties and a theatrical musical experience await families on this fun-filled day at sea that culminates with a deck party of incredible proportions.
A Pixar film festival, exclusive merchandise and photo opportunities will also be available as part of the new celebration. Other details and highlights include:
(PRESS RELEASE)_SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (January 24, 2022) -- Princess Cruises, the world’s leading international premium cruise line, today announced Chef Rudi Sodamin will become its first head of culinary arts, effective immediately. Sodamin is currently the master chef for Holland America Line, a position he will retain as he takes on his new role as head of culinary arts for Princess.
“Chef Rudi is a hands-on leader with proven ability to motivate teams to achieve new levels of creativity and inspiration,” said Jan Swartz, group president serving Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn and P&O Cruises Australia brands. “Princess is already well-known for its strong culinary culture. We are bringing in Chef Rudi to build the kind of excitement and dining experiences that will impress our guests. He is the perfect person to bring an entirely new level of excellence and innovation to our culinary product, environmental dining experience, and service delivery.”
Throughout his career, Sodamin has been the driving force behind revolutionizing culinary practices and elevating the perception of fine dining in the cruise industry. An internationally-respected food authority, Sodamin is the most highly-decorated chef working on the world’s oceans and is widely considered one of the most innovative, energetic, and influential chefs in the hospitality industry. Among his most recent accomplishments has been the highly successful launch of Rudi’s Sel de Mer restaurant onboard three Holland America Line’s ships. Carnival Cruise Line was so impressed by the restaurant concept, leadership commissioned Sodamin to create Rudi’s Seagrill for its new Excel class ship Mardi Gras, which had its inaugural cruise in August 2021.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Fort Lauderdale, FL – Jan. 24, 2022 – American Queen Voyages™, part of the Hornblower® Group, has partnered with Rocky Mountaineer to offer a pre- and post-cruise luxury rail City Stay Package for the inaugural season of Ocean Victory™. Traveling through the majestic Canadian Rockies between Calgary and Vancouver, the opulent add-on option is available for six sailings May - Sept. 2022.
“The inaugural expedition season of Ocean Victory in Alaska, made even more special with the Rocky Mountaineer program, is a magnificent add-on to our new expedition experience,” said Shawn Bierdz, chief operating officer, American Queen Voyages. “This partnership is a wonderful way to kick off American Queen Voyages’ 10th anniversary year, combining the adventure of expedition cruising in Alaska and the romance of rail travel through the Canadian Rockies.”
Embarking on the elegant experience of traveling by rail through one of North America’s most scenic lands, the Landscapes & Luxury Rocky Mountaineer City Stay Package is available as a six-day pre-cruise option for guests booked on Ocean Victory May 2, 23; June 13; July 4, 25; Aug 15; Sept 5, and as a five-day post-cruise on May 28; June 18; July 9, 30; Aug 20; and Sep 10, 2022. Expedition highlights include a two-day Rocky Mountaineer train experience with GoldLeaf Service; hotel nights in Banff, Kamloops and two nights in Vancouver; either one or two half-day tours in Vancouver (Grouse Mountain and Capilano, Vancouver City Tour); a National Parks pass; luggage handling at hotels; and train station and airport transfers. The pre-cruise package includes an additional hotel night in Calgary and a full day sightseeing tour from Calgary to Banff.
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, Jan. 21, 2022 – Carnival Cruise Line said today that it will be the largest cruise line to use the VeriFLY solution for its operations from U.S. homeports, with a pilot program that will start this Saturday for guests boarding Mardi Gras at Port Canaveral, in addition to finalizing plans to expand in-terminal testing capabilities for vaccinated guests prior to embarkation, specifically for short itineraries of 3- and 4-day voyages. Carnival also said it will continue to operate under its current protocols, sailing vaccinated voyages, requiring pre-embarkation testing and following onboard indoor mask requirements until further notice.
VeriFLY by Daon is now widely used in the airline industry, and it will allow Carnival guests to upload their proof of vaccination and testing information so that it can be verified in advance of the sailing – resulting in a streamlined embarkation experience at the terminal. Once the pilot at Port Canaveral is complete, Carnival intends to move quickly to implement the solution across its fleet.
Carnival is also working to expand testing capabilities at the terminal for vaccinated guests, specifically for short itineraries (3- and 4-day voyages). Once implemented, vaccinated guests will be able to meet the pre-cruise testing requirement as part of the embarkation process. Pre-registration will be required, and there will be capacity limits based on the resources of testing providers. Testing sites to support short itinerary cruises will be phased in and announced by the end of January.
Carnival also said it intends to follow its Have Fun. Be Safe. operating protocols until further notice. Guests and travel agents will be receiving more details on operations for February and beyond over the coming days.
On Jan. 13, Carnival restarted operations from another homeport, with Carnival Sunshine returning to its year-round schedule from Charleston, SC. To date, Carnival has 19 of its 22 U.S.-based ships in guest operation, sailing from eight homeports on the Atlantic, Gulf and West coasts.
(PRESS RELEASE)_SEATTLE, WA, January 20, 2022 – U.S. headquartered small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises has announced the full lineup of James Beard Foundation-affiliated guest chefs for its series of three themed culinary cruises in 2022. The all-female trio includes Atlanta’s Chef Jennifer Hill Booker, San Francisco’s Chef Tanya Holland, and Boston’s Chef Irene Li.
Windstar is the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to celebrate, support, and elevate the people behind America’s food culture and champion a standard of good food anchored in talent, equity, and sustainability. The Foundation firmly aligns with Windstar’s commitment to fresh and local epicurean experiences around the world.
The three themed cruises, detailed at the links below, include two on-board cooking demonstrations as well as four dishes from the JBF Chef available at a hosted dinner with wine pairings. Should ports and health restrictions allow, chefs will also lead a market tour, gathering fresh and local ingredients for dishes served on board. The three chefs will provide multiple recipes to be featured on Windstar’s menus across all cruises, adding to a growing menu of James Beard Foundation-affiliated chefs’ special menu items served across the fleet.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Miami (Jan. 20, 2022) - Glimmering cityscapes, Instagram-worthy beaches, bustling nightlife, and awe-inspiring temples are just a small sampling of the wonders that await guests as Celebrity Cruises sets sail for Asia in 2023-2024. Aboard Celebrity Millennium and Celebrity Solstice, guests will be treated to luxurious accommodations and amenities while also being immersed in cultural experiences and treated to breath-taking vistas in the ports they visit across Asia.
Setting sail September 2023 on board the revolutionized Celebrity Millennium, guests’ eyes will be opened to some of the most astonishing destinations across Northeast and Southeast Asia, including Japan, China, Malaysia, Thailand and the Spice Route. These 12-night itineraries have been completely re-imagined, offering a return to familiar ports like Lombok, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; while giving guests a chance to explore new departure ports in Benoa, Bali, Indonesia and Mumbai, India along with new ports of call for the brand in Celukan Bawang, Bali, Indonesia; and Hambantota, Sri Lanka.
Joining Millennium in November 2023, Celebrity Solstice will venture to the heart of Southeast Asia on 12-night itineraries that show off the cultural gems of Vietnam and Thailand departing from Hong Kong and Singapore. From the diversity of their city skylines to the pristine beaches, guests will be immersed in these unique cultures, including experiencing local dining and history like never before. For travelers seeking a longer journey to other WonderFULL destinations, Celebrity Solstice will also offer two 17-night transpacific sailings leaving from either Honolulu or Sydney; visiting the fairy-tale scenery of New Zealand as well as the crown jewels of French Polynesia, including Moorea, Tahiti, Fiji and others.
Adding to the allure of these sailings are guests’ opportunities to soak up the culture during overnight stays in ports they visit. Whether it is Mumbai, India; Hanoi, Vietnam; Bangkok, Thailand or one of the many other ports, guests will be able to experience the vibrant nightlife, centuries-old history, or world-class shopping that make for unforgettable moments and put the exclamation point on their “Journey WonderFULL.”
“In 2023 we are returning to some of the world's most treasured destinations within Asia and offering our guests more itinerary options to ‘Journey WonderFULL,’” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises. “Travel opens a person’s heart and mind to the unique story of a people and place beyond what is possible from merely looking at pictures. These epic Asia itineraries allow guests to explore some of the world’s oldest civilizations and be transformed by the richness of their cultures.”
Simplifying the luxury holiday experience, Wi-Fi, drinks, and service charges are now ‘Always IncludedSM’ on every Celebrity cruise. For more information on all of Celebrity’s 2023-2024 Asia itineraries, go to www.celebritycruises.com/2023-2024-cruises.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Fort Lauderdale, FL – Jan. 20, 2022 – American Queen Voyages™, part of the Hornblower® Group, announces the cruise line’s Culinary Ambassador, Chef Regina Charboneau, will host eight sailings during the 2022 season. Featuring itineraries stretching across North America including River, Lakes & Ocean and Expedition experiences, Charboneau will put a spotlight on local cuisine through onboard cooking demonstrations and discussions, exploring ports with guests and regional chef friends, in addition to sharing stories and recipes along the way.
The “Regina Charboneau & Friends" 2022 sailings promise culinary adventures and discoveries beyond the Lower Mississippi River. Charboneau made her professional debut in Alaska and will make her return as she sails the Ocean Victory™ maiden voyage from Vancouver to Sitka. Additional sailings will include the Pacific Northwest, Great Lakes and Ohio River itineraries.
“Exploring North America through its bountiful cuisine is an enjoyable pastime of mine, and I always love sharing my culinary adventures and discoveries with guests, many of whom become friends,” said Chef Regina Charboneau, the cruise line’s culinary ambassador. “Every city and port has its own iconic dish and I look forward to telling the story of that dish, how it has impacted the community and so much more. Whether we’re dining on local salmon in Alaska or Nashville Hot Chicken along the Cumberland River, guests can expect to leave with new culinary knowledge, full bellies and a smile on their faces.”
Charboneau is best known as the “Biscuit Queen of Natchez” and for her San Francisco restaurants Regina’s at the Regis and Biscuits & Blues, the latter also with an outpost in her Mississippi hometown. The author of “Mississippi Currents: A Culinary Journey Down America’s Greatest River,” a meticulously researched collection of river recipes from St. Paul to New Orleans, will now bring her career full circle to The Last Frontier aboard the May 6 inaugural Ocean Victory sailing. She will also host sailings on all four paddlewheelers in 2022.
(PRESS RELEASE)_EYOS Expeditions, the world leader in private superyacht experiences, announces new departures to Antarctica and the South Pacific on the redesigned superyacht Hanse Explorer in 2022/23. Newly outfitted to explore both tropical and polar regions, Hanse Explorer will allow travelers to reach remote parts of the world on bespoke itineraries led by EYOS’ decade of experience operating private yacht expeditions.
The Yacht: Hanse Explorer
Following a multimillion-dollar redesign by Partnership Design and AROS Marine, the seven-cabin Hanse Explorer features a rugged, steel-hulled exterior, with the highest commercial ice classification, and a newly refined interior with a distinctly modern style. With an indoor-outdoor design that embraces its oceanic surroundings, traditional dark paneling and leather furnishings have been swapped for light woods and a neutral palette of creams, clean whites, and chromed silvers, complemented with nautical navy blue touches. Expanses of glass sliding doors flood spaces with light to allow for optimal viewing of wildlife during expedition, and cabana-style Bali beds were added with the opportunity to sleep under the stars. New amenities also include a saltwater jacuzzi and sauna as well as a cocktail area with Bose sound systems to enjoy after a day of exploring with a meal prepared by the onboard culinary team.
Once strictly a polar yacht, Hanse Explorer is now equally equipped to explore both the tropics and polar regions. A pair of zero speed stabilizers were installed, allowing the yacht to cross the Pacific with minimal motion. Passengers also have access to kayaks, standup paddleboards, diving equipment, and two zodiacs to view these diverse landscapes up close and make remote beach landings. A state-of-the-art dive center will also be added that caters to both beginners and advance divers in order to explore remote reefs rarely visited in the Pacific. Expeditions are guided by a team of experts with decades of experience and in-depth knowledge of these regions.
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