Duffy, Lagasse to Join Venezia Cruise
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, March 29, 2023 – As it prepares for the debut of “Fun Italian Style,” Carnival Cruise Line announced today that its President Christine Duffy and Chief Culinary Officer Emeril Lagasse will welcome guests aboard Carnival Venezia’s first sailing departing Barcelona on May 29, 2023, and they will sail for the first part of the cruise.
Guests will have the opportunity to meet and interact with them while experiencing all that Carnival’s new “Fun Italian Style” cruising has to offer. Programming highlights include a Sail Away Party and Captain’s Venetian Toast with Christine and Emeril, guest appearances on The Wave Morning Show, a special Fireside Chat, along with their participation in other events and entertainment.
And of course, it wouldn’t be an Emeril sailing without a special cooking demonstration! Guests will have the opportunity to learn from the pro himself on the sailing’s first sea day. Spaces for the private cooking demonstration can be purchased once on board and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Proceeds will serve as a fundraiser for Carnival’s charitable partner St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“We are eagerly awaiting the debut of Carnival Venezia and so we wanted to welcome the ship with ‘BAM’ by having Emeril join me on board as we interact with guests and show off this beautiful ship,” said Duffy. “Together for the first part of Carnival Venezia’s first sailing, we’ll experience Carnival’s signature fun with a new Italian flair, exclusive onboard events and beautiful European destinations – I can’t wait!”
(PRESS RELEASE)_Did you ever wonder if your ancestors traveled from Europe to America with Albert Einstein, or maybe they were on the same ship as Eddie Van Halen when he came to America on Ryndam in the early sixties?
Now there’s an easy way to find out.
Holland America Line is commemorating its 150th anniversary in April 2023 – making it one of the longest-operating travel companies in the world. As part of the celebrations, we are excited to share an incredible resource that provides a personal look at the cruise line’s role in immigration stories and the close relationship our company has with the Netherlands.
The CBG | Center for Family History teamed up with Rotterdam City Archives and spent 3 years digitizing Holland America Line's passenger logs from 1900 to 1969. This database is now available online, and can be found here. It includes approximately 150,000 passenger logs and documents, which you can easily access at home. We encourage everyone to search the database to find any family members who may have sailed with Holland America Line during that time period. There are also a few famous names included in the passenger logs and some incredible immigration stories.
More information about the archive site and easy-to-follow instructions can be found on the Holland America Line blog.
AmaWaterways, LA Master Chorale Partner
(PRESS RELEASE)_CALABASAS, CALIF. – (March 30, 2023) – Luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways today announced a new partnership with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. In addition to supporting the Chorale’s regular season of public performances in the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the prestigious Annual Gala this year featuring Artistic Honoree Germaine Franco, the partnership brings members of the chorale on board for a very special seven-night Romantic Danube river cruise from Vilshofen, Germany to Budapest, Hungary. This unique sailing embarking July 24, 2023 aboard the 160-passenger AmaBella, includes a complimentary two-night pre-cruise land package* in Munich, Germany. While following in the footsteps of Mozart and Strauss along the legendary Danube River, guests will enjoy exclusive musical experiences with intimate on board performances from chorale members.
“We are proud to be the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s official river cruise line. Becoming a sponsor and being able to assist with community outreach for their chorale projects means a lot to us, as music is deeply anchored in the roots of AmaWaterways,” said Kristin Karst, co-founder and executive vice president of AmaWaterways. “Music plays an important role in how travelers experience and appreciate the history and culture of a country, and it is amazing to be able to offer our guests the opportunity to sail with professional singers while exploring Europe’s most magical, artful cities along the Danube River.’’
Seatrade Returning to Miami in 2024
(PRESS RELEASE)_FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (30 March 2023) – The world’s largest cruise trade show and conference, Seatrade Cruise Global and the Miami Beach Convention Center confirmed today the event will return to Miami Beach from 8-11 April 2024. The four-day conference and three-day tradeshow historically attracts more than 10,000 attendees – including high-level cruise line executives, thought leaders and innovators from all facets of the cruise industry.
“We are absolutely thrilled to once again host Seatrade Cruise Global,” says Freddie Peterson, General Manager for the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Icon's Next-Level Accomodations
(ROYAL CARIBBEAN)_March 2023 – From families to couples, to groups of friends, every type of vacationer can make memories their way every day on Royal Caribbean’s #IconoftheSeas, even when it comes to where they stay. In “Making an Icon: Creating Next-level Accommodations,” the experts walk through the longest timeframe the cruise line’s ever dedicated to designing the perfect homebase, 28 different types, for everyone. Discover details about the research, design and construction of the rooms on the first-of-its-kind combination of the best of every vacation, where every detail was scrutinized to create more categories for families, more layouts with ocean views and more space for groups of three, four, five and more.
AQV Grows Executive Team
(PRESS RELEASE)_Fort Lauderdale, FL – March 30, 2023 – American Queen Voyages™, part of Hornblower® Group, adds industry veterans to the award-winning cruise line’s growing executive team. Tanay Desai and Ilan Biran join American Queen Voyages and bring decades of experience. The latest additions to the leadership team will play a pivotal role in executing President Cindy D'Aoust's vision focused on Ports, People, and Prestige.
"I am delighted to welcome Tanay and Ilan to the American Queen Voyages team," says Cindy D'Aoust, president, American Queen Voyages. "Their combined experience and expertise will build upon our strong foundation and strengthen our leadership team, which will ultimately improve our guest experience."
Tanay Desai was appointed Vice President of Commercial Strategy & Analytics. Desai has an extensive background in the hospitality, travel, and tourism industry, and more than 11 years of experience optimizing pricing and developing revenue strategies. He previously worked at the cruise line's parent company Hornblower Group as Senior Director, Business Analytics and Insights and as Director, Consumer Insights.
Ilan Biran joins American Queen Voyages as Senior Director, Group Sales. Biran has more than 25 years of business development and sales experience. Previously, he worked as Business Development Manager, National Accounts at Norwegian Cruise Line, and as Director of Sales and Business Development at Expedia Cruises.
For more information on American Queen Voyages, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.
Holland Opens 2024/25 Caribbean Bookings
(PRESS RELEASE)_Seattle, Wash., March 30, 2023 — Holland America Line’s 2024-2025 Caribbean season opens for booking today, and the premium cruise line is continuing its trend of longer, more immersive cruise itineraries with the introduction of three new voyages that are 14 and 21 days. Also new for this season is adding Boston, Massachusetts, as a Caribbean departure port — in addition to Fort Lauderdale, Florida — and the return of calls at Bermuda.
The 2024-2025 season puts the spotlight on longer voyages, offering travelers more time in the Caribbean and the opportunity to visit more islands on one itinerary.
“Holland America Line is meeting the desire of our guests who want more immersive experiences, and we’re excited to offer new itineraries and a new departure option for this Caribbean season,” said Gus Antorcha, Holland America Line’s president. “With sailings covering the entire region and combinable itineraries up to 35 days, our Caribbean cruises extend to lesser-visited islands and are among the most diverse in the industry.”
Vista Unveils New Entertainment Options
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, FL, March 30, 2023 – Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, has unveiled new show-stopping entertainment options on board Vista, the first of two ships in the line’s new Allura Class. In addition to introducing new signature dining offerings, destination-rich itineraries and the most luxurious standard accommodations at sea, Oceania Cruises is completely reimagining Vista’s entertainment program starting with three uniquely designed shows when she launches in May 2023. Headliners, The Anchor Inn and Into the Night are Broadway-caliber, immersive-style productions featuring recognizable songs by some of the world’s most beloved artists and contemporary dance numbers led by “Dancing with the Stars” choreographer Britt Stewart.
Speedcast Announces New Milestone
(PRESS RELEASE)_Miami, Florida -- March 28, 2023 — Speedcast, a leading communications and IT services provider, announced today the successful implementation of a specialized connectivity solution delivering unparalleled data rates for an international cruise line’s newest vessel. The innovative, satellite-to-ship tracking solution was deployed for the ship, which runs on liquified natural gas and can accommodate 6,500 passengers.
The cruise line’s new connectivity service was launched as part of the vessel’s inaugural 14-day transatlantic crossing, and now plays an integral role in the success of the vessel’s year-round service. Speedcast is delivering dedicated capacity, which is a CIR-based (committed information rate) service versus a ‘best effort’ solution. The capacity is available at all times throughout the itinerary.
Windstar Adds Formula 1 Experience
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, FL, March 27, 2023 – Small ship line Windstar Cruises has added a new Formula 1® experience for its guests, this time at the final race of the 2023 season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November. The racing excursion is in addition to Windstar’s long-standing themed F1® cruise to the Monaco Grand Prix, with this year’s Rome & Prix du Monde of Monaco slated for May 21-28 aboard Windstar’s flagship: 342-passenger sailing yacht Wind Surf.
Offered by no other cruise line, the Windstar shore excursion to the Formula 1® Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2023 is available as part of Windstar’s first-ever sailings in the Middle East on board the all-suite, 312-passenger Star Legend.
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