Oceania Floats Out 'Vista'
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, February 28, 2022 - Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, celebrated the float out of its new 67,000-ton, 1,200-guest Vista on February 25th at the Fincantieri shipyard in Sestri Ponente, Italy, bordering the famed seaport of Genoa. Shortly after the ceremony, held in full compliance with current health regulations, the massive building dock began filling with water and Vista became one with the sea for the very first time.
Presiding over the ceremony were Giuseppe Torrente, Shipyard Director for Fincantieri; and His Excellency Monsignor Tasca, Archbishop of Genoa. After the blessing of the ship, the shipyard’s Madrina, Miss Anna Trucco, released a bottle of prosecco against the hull to invite good fortune for the ship and all those that will sail on her.
“Vista is Oceania Cruises’ most anticipated ship in the history of our company, and I am thrilled to be here with our partners from Fincantieri as the ship morphs from blueprints and steel into reality. Vista is truly a ship of dreams, and we cannot wait to welcome her inaugural season guests next year,” stated Howard Sherman, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises.
BPCL Offers Free COVID Testing
(PRESS RELEASE)_PORT OF PALM BEACH, Fla. (February 25, 2022) – Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, the only provider of unique, two-night “micro-cation” cruises to Grand Bahama Island, today announced it will offer complimentary COVID-19 testing at the Port of Palm Beach, effective immediately. Through this initiative, cruisers have the option to skip testing before arriving to the port for a more streamlined, hassle-free escape to paradise. In addition, the cruise line has announced that effective March 1, 2022, masks will be highly recommended onboard but will no longer be mandatory.
For full health and safety protocol, guests can visit www.BahamasParadiseCruise.com. Protocol will remain in place through Grand Classica’s final sailing on April 16th. The line’s flagship vessel will then enter dry dock, reemerging as Margaritaville at Sea Paradise, the flagship of the all-new vacation brand, Margaritaville at Sea, on April 30th. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line announced its rebranding to Margaritaville at Sea at the end of last year.
For more information on Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, visit: https://www.BahamasParadiseCruise.com. For an overview of the cruise line’s current health and safety initiatives, visit www.BahamasParadiseCruise.com/Covid-19-Safety-Measures.php. Follow Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line on Facebook at Facebook.com/BPCruiseLine, Instagram @BahamasParadiseCruiseLine, and Twitter @BPCruiseLine. For more information on Margaritaville at Sea or to book, visit margaritavilleatsea.com.
Atlas Adjusts Late Summer Itineraries
(PRESS RELEASE)_FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA., Feb. 24, 2022 – Atlas Ocean Voyages announced today that, as a result of current regional tensions, the luxe-adventure cruise line is adjusting two late-summer 2022, Baltic itineraries. On both the Hamburg-to-Kiel itinerary, departing August 26, 2022, and Kiel-roundtrip itineraries, departing September 7, World Navigator will drop St. Petersburg, Russia, and now call at Kotka and Mariehamn, Finland. The August 26 voyage includes a bucket-list transit of the Kiel Canal, while the September 7 departure will now also add Saaremaa, Estonia, where World Navigator will dock in the city center, adjacent to the Medieval Castle of Kuressaare.
“Atlas Ocean Voyages’ top priority is the safety and comfort of our guests and crew,” said Alberto Aliberti, President of Atlas Ocean Voyages. “With unrest in Eastern Europe, we have adjusted our voyages and replaced our Russia calls with equally exciting and charming destinations in Finland and Estonia. Guests will enjoy these unique and rarely visited destinations and immersive shore excursions to take in the rich cultures and breathtaking vistas of the Baltic.”
Atlas Ocean Voyages is a luxe-adventure, expedition cruise line designed for discerning, fun-seeking travelers to immerse in unique and awe-inspiring moments in remote and captivating destinations. Launched in August 2021, World Navigator features 98 suites, solo suites with no single supplements, and staterooms and is the line’s first newly constructed small expedition ship, which can reach smaller, authentic and exclusive locales where larger ships cannot reach.
World Navigator will cruise the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and Iceland, Greenland and The Arctic in summer 2022; Central and South America in the autumn; and return to Antarctica for her winter 2022-23 season. Atlas’ second ship, World Traveller, launches in November 2022, with three additional sister ships, World Seeker, World Adventurer and World Discoverer, to join the fleet through 2024.
For more information, please visit www.AtlasOceanVoyages.com. Please also follow Atlas Ocean Voyages on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AtlasOceanVoyages), Twitter (www.twitter.com/atlascruises), Instagram (www.instagram.com/AtlasOceanVoyages), and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/atlascruises). Travel Advisors can call 1.844.44.ATLAS (1.844.442.8527) to book their clients on an unforgettable luxe-adventure expedition.
Azamara Unveils New Campaign
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, February 23, 2022: Azamara – the cruise line dedicated to Destination Immersion experiences – is pleased to unveil its latest creative campaign, Change the Way You Sea, aimed to visually capture the unique sights and experiences that await travelers on an Azamara voyage. Through this new multi-platform campaign, Azamara highlights its one-of-a-kind cruising experience and visually captures the beauty to be found off the beaten path, prioritizing the opportunity to fully appreciate a destination by day and night.
Azamara’s fleet of four intimate-style ships allows travelers to access marquee ports across the world, and to dock in smaller ports to explore these hidden gem destinations. Change the Way You Sea encourages guests to take the ports less traveled, and to dive deeper into each destination. By offering its country intensive itineraries, immersive land programs and more overnights in each destination, Azamara gives travelers the opportunity to connect with the local culture and change their perspective on how they view the world.
First Look at Carnival Celebration
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, Feb. 23, 2022 – In conjunction with the kickoff of the company’s 50th birthday festivities, Carnival Cruise Line is giving guests a first look at Carnival Celebration, sister ship to the incredibly popular Mardi Gras, that will debut in Miami this November, revealing details on four of its six zones including Celebration Central.
On a Carnival cruise, guests’ vacations start in the atrium, and on Carnival Celebration, that is in Celebration Central. Spanning Decks 6, 7 and 8, Celebration Central is an update to the fabulous starboard side atrium that debuted on Mardi Gras, designed as the heart of the ship’s celebratory spirit with a whole new look and the feeling of a festive party woven throughout.
Celebration Central will also feature the awe-inspiring, three-deck-high atrium that guests are quickly getting to know and love, but with a ceiling that appears as a burst of a confetti canon made of approximately 1,400 color-changing lighting fixtures that will transform from day to night. Functional as it is eye-catching, the space will include 3,000-square-foot floor-to-ceiling windows on the side of the ship that will change into 16 individually controlled, six- by 14-foot LED screens to work hand in hand with the ever-changing entertainment options, including live music, special effects, aerial acrobatic performances, and high-energy shows.
Oceania's 2024 Around the World Cruise
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, February 22, 2022 - Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, has announced its highly anticipated 2024 Around the World in 180 Days itinerary in addition to four distinct Grand Voyages of 72 to 82 days in length. Featuring 96 destinations in 34 countries, the world cruise aboard the luxurious 684-guest Insignia departs Los Angeles for New York on January 14, crossing three oceans and 15 seas from the South Pacific to the coasts of Europe.
“Incredibly, last year our 2023 world cruise sold out in just one day, so for 2024 we are providing guests more extended voyage options to deeply and meaningfully rediscover the world,” said Howard Sherman, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises. “While a globe-circling journey is the pinnacle of life-changing travel experiences, we have specially curated a set of Grand Voyages for seasoned and time-rich travelers to navigate storied seas, straits and oceans that boldly connect diverse and exotic corners of the globe.”
Around the World in 180 Days
The 2024 Around the World journey weaves together a lineup of destinations into a brilliant kaleidoscope of world wonders, marvelous attractions and exceptional encounters. Commencing an intriguing westward route, Insignia sails across the Pacific to legendary beauties in the Hawaiian Islands, French Polynesia and the Samoan Islands. She continues south toward the dramatic fjords of New Zealand and on to adventures Down Under. Navigating the most thrilling corners of Asia, guests will have the chance to immerse themselves in everything from the spiritual haven of Bali and the Japanese culinary powerhouses of Tokyo and Kyoto to the dramatic landscape of Ha Long Bay and a true feast for the senses, Yangon. More revelatory explorations await on the exotic shores of India and the Arabian Peninsula, followed by experiences in jewel-box destinations across the Mediterranean and the northern reaches of Europe before crossing the Atlantic to crown the journey on the Eastern Seaboard with her final call in New York.
Hurtigruten CEO Honored
(PRESS RELEASE)_Hurtigruten Group CEO Daniel Skjeldam has received the 2022 Honorary Award from the Association of German Travel Journalists (VDRJ) for his “outstanding achievements” in tourism with emphasis on his efforts towards sustainability and for being a “role model” in the industry.
Rüdiger Edelmann, Chairman of the VDRJ said: "The Honorary Award pays tribute to companies and personalities in the travel industry who not only talk but take action. Hurtigruten Group and Daniel Skjeldam are excellent examples of this. He has implemented environmental protection and sustainability at an early stage, quickly and consistently and is a role model for sustainable change.”
Since taking the helm in 2012, Skjeldam stopped the use of heavy fuel oil on its fleet of ships, led Hurtigruten Group to become the first company of cruise liners to ban single-use plastic and overseen the launch of the world’s first battery hybrid ships.
(PRESS RELEASE)_FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA., Feb. 22, 2022 – Antarctica is incontrovertibly the most exotic, remote and captivating continent on earth, and Porthole Cruise and Travel Magazine and Atlas Ocean Voyages have teamed up to bring this bucket-list destination to travelers, explorers and like-spirited viewers’ screens. Premiering today at 1:00 p.m. ET on YouTube, “Antarctica with Bill Panoff” features a once-in-a-lifetime, luxe-adventure expedition to the Seventh Continent. Filled with penguins, whales, seals, icebergs, discovery and excitement, the 18-minute feature is hosted by Bill Panoff, Editor in Chief of Porthole Cruise and Travel Magazine and filmed in January 2022 aboard Atlas Ocean Voyages’ World Navigator. In conjunction with the documentary’s premiere, Atlas Ocean Voyages is offering a $350 onboard credit bonus for all new bookings made for World Navigator’s April and May 2022 departures. To view “Antarctica with Bill Panoff,” please visit: https://youtu.be/sBguPZY0VVU.
“Porthole Cruise and Travel Magazine has captured the essence of the Antarctica experience using their expert team of storytellers and cinematographers,” said Alberto Aliberti, President of Atlas Ocean Voyages. “The documentary showcases some Antarctica’s most compelling attractions and educates viewers about an unforgettable, luxury adventure to the Southern Continent aboard an Atlas Ocean Voyages expedition. We are also excited to launch our second documentary early next year in collaboration with Porthole.”
Atlas Performs First Antarctica Wedding
(PRESS RELEASE)_FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA., Feb. 21, 2022 – February is the month of love, and for the first time, betrothed couples were legally joined in matrimony on the Seventh Continent. On February 18, 2022, Atlas Ocean Voyages performed the first official wedding on Antarctica. Bride Courtnie Dodson and Groom Brody Vermillion exchanged vows on Danko Island during a 15-minute ceremony, officiated by British Antarctic Territory-registered Marriage Officer Bryan Clark and witnessed by eight additional guests. Throughout World Navigator's current nine-night Antarctica expedition, which departed February 14, Atlas performed four extraordinary weddings and three vow renewals in four days. Known as Happy Ever Atlas, the destination wedding package was complimentary for guests who registered in advance.
“We are happy to perform the very first official weddings in Antarctica, not just ceremonial as often happens,” said Alberto Aliberti, President of Atlas Ocean Voyages. “Atlas Ocean Voyages prides ourselves in delivering luxury adventures in remote and captivating destinations and Happy Ever Atlas is perhaps the most adventurous destination-wedding experience to date. We are glad to make this most unique wedding experiences for our guests.”
(PRESS RELEASE)_LONG BEACH, Calif., Feb. 21, 2022 – As part of Carnival Cruise Line’s year-long 50th birthday celebrations, Carnival Miracle departed the Port of Long Beach yesterday, marking the first of 17 Sailabrations cruises. The commemorative birthday sailings run through March 10, 2022 and feature at-sea ship meetups, special entertainment and programming.
Carnival Miracle welcomed approximately 2,000 guests during embarkation to a birthday party complete with music and décor. Once on board, the fun continued with a 50th Birthday Bash Sailaway Party.
Carnival Miracle’s 14-day Sailabrations cruise stops in Honolulu, Maui, Kona, Hilo, and Ensenada. On March 5, Carnival Miracle will meet up with Carnival Radiance in Baja, Mexico, outside of Ensenada, to host one of history’s biggest birthday parties at sea.
“As we kick-off our year-long 50th Birthday celebration, we are thrilled that Carnival Miracle is the first to set sail on our special Sailabrations cruises,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We’re ready to show our guests the celebration of a lifetime with unique entertainment experiences and exciting limited-time offerings.”
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