PRESS RELEASE_MIAMI (April 23, 2018) – With its spectacular new West Coast ship already open for sale and taking reservations, Carnival Cruise Line has named its senior leadership team for the Carnival Panorama, scheduled to enter service in 2019. Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, Carnival Panorama will be based in Long Beach, Calif. – the line’s first new ship homeported on the West Coast in 20 years.
Carnival Panorama’s senior officers include some of the most talented and experienced mariners in the cruise industry:
Captain Carlo Queirolo: A 33-year Carnival veteran, the Rapallo, Italy, native joined the company as a deck cadet aboard the TSS Festivale in 1985 and, after moving up the ranks, was named captain in 1996. During his three-plus decades at sea, he has commanded just about every ship in the Carnival Cruise Line fleet and been part of the inaugural teams for Carnival Elation, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Glory and Carnival Dream.
Chief Engineer Nunzio Priolo: A native of Catania, Sicily, Priolo joined Carnival Cruise Line in 1980 as a third officer after serving in the Italian Navy and working aboard a number of cargo vessels. After moving up the ranks, he was named chief engineer in 2004 and was part of the start-up team for Carnival Miracle in 2004. Over his 28-year Carnival career, he has served on nearly every ship in the fleet.
Hotel Director Damir Mrsic: Mrsic joined Carnival in 1993 as a member of the beverage operations team and was named hotel director in 2009. During his Carnival career, he has worked as bar manager and food and beverage manager, while serving on the start-up teams for Carnival Legend, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Splendor. A native of Zadar, Croatia, Mrsic graduated from the Maritime Academy in Salzburg, Austria. He worked in several hotels along the Adriatic Sea before joining Carnival.
With almost 100 years of combined experience at Carnival, these seasoned professionals will lead a team of nearly 1,400 crew members who will travel to Marghera to prepare the 133,500-ton vessel for its inaugural voyage from Long Beach – a three-day cruise to Ensenada operating Dec. 11-14, 2019.
Following its inaugural voyage, Carnival Panorama will launch year-round seven-day cruises Dec. 14, 2019, departing Long Beach every Saturday to stunning destinations along the Mexican Riviera, including Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. Carnival began accepting reservations for Panorama’s west coast cruises in March.
Voyages will depart from the newly refurbished Long Beach Cruise Terminal, housed in a massive 146,000-square-foot geodesic dome that once served as home to Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose airplane. The expanded and renovated facility offers streamlined embarkation and debarkation processes along with stunning design elements that pay homage to the Golden State.
Like its name implies, Carnival Panorama will feature venues offering both indoor and al fresco experiences, including the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Bonsai Sushi, Bonsai Teppanyaki and Guy Fieri’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse|Brewhouse, among others. The ship will also feature groundbreaking attractions like bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction SkyRide, a massive WaterWorks aqua park, and the SportSquare recreation area, along with vibrant Havana section with tropics-inspired staterooms and its own Cuban-themed bar and pool, Family Harbor featuring extra-roomy accommodations, the Family Harbor Lounge and the luxurious Cloud 9 Spa. It will be the third ship in Carnival’s Vista Class, following Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon.
PRESS RELEASE_Deerfield Beach, FL. April 20, 2018 – Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line (BPCL) has been named a finalist for the esteemed Discover The Palm Beaches 27th Annual Providencia Award. The Providencia Award is an important symbol of recognition for Palm Beach County’s hospitality and tourism industry, and is bestowed to an individual, institution, corporation or organization that is making an extraordinary and positive impact on local tourism.
“We are extremely honored to be a finalist for the Providencia Award,” shared Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. “As a young company who just doubled service capabilities and will bring over $75 million to Palm Beach County’s economy, I am proud of our entire organization to be in contention for this award- especially alongside such established and recognizable names in the community.”
Following the initial application process, a committee of local tourism representatives selected three finalists who demonstrated excellence in contributing to the growth of the local tourism industry; implementing innovative marketing, public relations and social media initiatives; and creating awareness of The Palm Beaches as a premier destination. Online public voting is currently underway to determine the recipient of the coveted award. Votes can be cast daily through 11:59 p.m. on April 30 by visiting https://pbpost.secondstreetapp.com/27th-Annual-Providencia-Awards/.
The Providencia Award winner will be announced during a Travel Rally Day + Providencia Award ceremony at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County on May 11 starting at 9 a.m.
PRESS RELEASE_New York, April 2018: Hue & Cry U.S. – a creative communications agency – is delighted to announce its PR representation of Azamara Club Cruises® – the cruise line that combines authentic service at sea with Destination Immersion® experiences around the globe. Having represented the brand in the U.K. for the past four years, the Hue & Cry U.S. team looks forward to sharing news from the brand, including Azamara’s 2020 deployment schedule; the launch of its new ship, Azamara Pursuit; and expanded shore programming.
“As Azamara continues to expand its fleet and build immersive land and sea itineraries for the well-traveled explorer, we are pleased for Hue & Cry U.S. to join us as an extension of our team to help share our message of commitment to destination immersion® experiences,” said Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises.
“We are thrilled to work with a cruise brand that is at the forefront of in-depth travel around the world, and know Azamara will benefit from the great synergy between our offices in the U.S. and U.K., two of the brand’s biggest markets,” said Carla Burt, Co-founder of Hue & Cry. “Larry Pimentel is a well-respected thought leader and talented educator in the upmarket travel industry, marketing upscale experiences to discerning travelers, and we are honored to be working with him and the Azamara team.”
Upcoming Highlights for Azamara Club Cruises Include:
Departing for its inaugural sailing in August 2018, Azamara Pursuit joins sister ships Azamara Quest® and Azamara Journey® in providing guests with one-of-a-kind curated experiences, and access to a selection of the most exotic destinations around the globe with country-intensive voyages. On its maiden voyage, the ship will travel from Southampton to Norway, visiting eight destinations in the Scandinavian country.
Launched in March 2018, Azamara’s new campaign – Explore Further℠ – greatly expands and tells the story of the brand’s commitment to connect people with people; people with cultures; and people with themselves by enabling them to look at life with a new perspective. Explore Further℠ adds 900+ new cultural destination tours to its itineraries that focus on intimate experiences craved by well-versed travelers. An example of the new, expanded shore programming includes cooking with a Parsi family in their home in Mumbai, India. With overnight stays and docking at smaller, less-travelled ports, Azamara welcomes guests to step on land as an insider, and to travel deeper, beyond the initial layers of a city. Additional information on Explore Further℠ can be found on www.azamara.com/explorefurther
Azamara’s 2019 itineraries span the globe with new ports and destinations including Alaska, Canada and Japan, which will provide travelers with the opportunity to connect with local cultures and experiences such as a helicopter ride above Juneau’s mountainous terrain before landing on Mendenhall Glacier for a dog-sledding journey with 300 Alaskan huskies. Themed voyages will also take place, including the annual solar and lunar eclipse in the Indian Ocean
PRESS RELEASE_BREMERHAVEN, GERMANY – April 19, 2018 – Today, Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the 168,028-gross-ton Norwegian Bliss from Meyer Werft during a ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany, marking the conclusion of an 18-month building period. In attendance were executives from Norwegian Cruise Line, including Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer, Harry Sommer, executive vice president of international business development, Robin Lindsay, executive vice president of vessel operations for the 16-ship fleet, representatives from Meyer Werft including Bernard and Tim Meyer, managing partners of the German-based shipyard, and the ship’s captain and hotel director. Before cruising to Southampton, England to begin her transatlantic journey on April 21, Norwegian Bliss will showcase all she has to offer to her first guests during a two-day European inaugural preview cruise hosted by Andy Stuart and Harry Sommer.
Upon her arrival to the U.S. on May 3, the festivities for her U.S inaugural tour will commence with two-night preview events in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, and will conclude with a grand christening ceremony and sailing from her first homeport at Pier 66 in Seattle, Washington on May 30. Following a three-day inaugural voyage with a call into the port of Victoria, British Columbia, she will return on June 2 and will then embark on her first seven-day voyage to Alaska.
PRESS RELEASE_Seattle, Wash., April 18, 2018 — Holland America Line is celebrating its 145th anniversary today, April 18, 2018, marking its place in history as one of the most experienced cruise lines in the world. What started as shipping and passenger line Netherlands-American Steamship Company in 1873, is today an award-winning premium cruise line taking guests to more than 400 ports around the world, sailing on all seven continents.
Within 25 years of its founding, the company owned a fleet of six cargo and passenger ships and operated between Holland and the Dutch East Indies. Because it was headquartered in Rotterdam and provided service to the Americas, over time the company became known as Holland America Line.
“Holland America Line proudly honors the rich and rare legacy of our past while exceeding the expectations of today’s traveler with the very best experience at sea,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Throughout the history of the company, our purpose has remained the same: to bring to life the dreams of those who sail with us, discovering new places, cultures and people along the journey. We look forward to the next 145 years.”
Though transportation and shipping were the primary sources of revenue, in 1895 the company offered its first vacation cruise. The line was primarily a carrier of immigrants from Europe to the United States until well after the turn of the century, bringing nearly one million people to new lives in the New World. It supported the Allied cause during two world wars and several ships served as troop carriers. In 1973, the company sold its cargo shipping division.
Through the early ‘70s, Holland America Line was the first to establish schools in Indonesia and the Philippines to train future employees, thereby making its shipboard service renowned in the industry. Holland America Line has been headquartered in Seattle since 1983. Purchased by Carnival Corporation in 1989, the company grew to new heights, embarking upon a shipbuilding path that has seen the introduction of 16 new vessels over the years to the line’s fleet so far.
Today, the premium cruise leader operates 14 ships sailing to all seven continents. Throughout its history Holland America Line has carried more than 16 million passengers to vacation destinations across the globe.
The Legacy Continues with Nieuw Statendam
In December 2018, Holland America Line will welcome Nieuw Statendam to the fleet. Nieuw Statendam is the second Pinnacle Class ship for Holland America Line, joining Koningsdam, which launched in April 2016. A third Pinnacle Class ship will set sail for the cruise line in 2021.
The new 99,500-ton ship will reflect the ongoing evolution of the company. Holland America Line’s first ship to be called Statendam sailed in 1898, and this will be the sixth ship in the company’s history to carry the name. In combining the Dutch word for “new” with the classic Statendam, Holland America Line is celebrating the company’s past, present and future.
PRESS RELEASE_VALENCIA, Calif., Apr. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Dubai will welcome the most famous ocean liners in the world when the arrival of Queen Mary 2 coincides with the opening of the Queen Elizabeth 2 hotel.
Guests travelling on QM2 will have the opportunity to join VIPs and local media at the opening of the QE2 on 18th April. Future guests will also have the chance to visit when QM2 returns to Dubai in January and April 2019 as part of her World Voyage.
QE2 was launched by Her Majesty the Queen in 1967 and was the Cunard flagship liner (a role she relinquished to Queen Mary 2 in May 2004), undertaking 25 world cruises, crossing the Atlantic more than 800 times and carrying more than 2.5 million passengers. QE2 is owned by PCFC Hotels - part of the Dubai government’s Ports, Customs and Free Zones Corporation and will reside permanently at Mina Rashid, Dubai.
“On behalf of Cunard, we are so excited for our guests sailing on Queen Mary 2 to be of the first to board the QE2 Hotel in Dubai,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America. “QE2 holds a very special place in Cunard’s history, and we hope that the ship will continue to be enjoyed by many guests to come.”
PORT OF PALM BEACH_ As a band played and media, dignitaries and invited guests looked on, the Grand Classica made its debut appearance at the Port of Palm Beach April 13. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, which launched its first cruise in early 2015, now has two ships -- Grand Classica and Grand Celebration -- offering daily trips to Freeport, Grand Bahama.
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PRESS RELEASE_Deerfield Beach, FL. April 12, 2018 – Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line (BPCL) will welcome its newest addition to the fleet, Grand Classica, as she arrives in the Port of Palm Beach on Friday, April 13, 2018 for her inaugural cruise. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is the only line offering two-night cruises departing year-round from the Port of Palm Beach. Grand Classica will now compliment Grand Celebration’s service to deliver daily departures to Grand Bahama Island. The two ships will carry a combined 500,000+ passengers annually to the island’s port city of Freeport.
“We are excited to have two ships sailing to Grand Bahama Island, giving us the ability to offer daily departures for a convenient getaway and at the same time serve as the largest provider of tourism to the island,” shares Oneil Khosa, chief executive officer of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. “This added capacity with the addition of Grand Classica allows the ultimate flexibility for today’s busy traveler.”
Prior to her departure, Grand Classica will host community leaders, travel agents, media and partners for a welcome ceremony and ribbon cutting with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line CEO Oneil Khosa, President Kevin Sheehan Jr., Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinlay, Minister of State for Grand Bahama J. Kwasi Thompson, Port of Palm Beach Executive Director Manuel Almira and other community officials and business leaders.
Grand Classica features a variety of offerings including:
· 10 lively, passenger decks with 658 staterooms and a guest capacity of 1,680
· Eight dining options offering different cuisines and new concepts
· Live entertainment including bands, musicians, singing, dancing and comedy shows
· Casino featuring over 101 popular slot games and 10 table games
· Multiple bars and lounges and a new Sports Bar
· Full-service spa, salon and fitness center
· Adult-only pool area with two whirlpools and a bar
· Large main pool area with spacious deck, lounge chairs and jogging track
· Kid’s club for children ages 3-17 offering complimentary play and activities
· Shopping plaza with a multitude of stores
To learn more, visit BahamasParadiseCruise.com or call toll-free at 800-995-3201.
The world's largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, makes her first stop in Naples.
(MSC)_MSC Seaview will be christened in Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy on June 2, 2018. With its unique and innovative “beach condo” design, similar to her sister ship MSC Seaside, guests can enjoy the outdoors and brings guests closer to the sea. A few highlights include:
1. Fly above the sea on the longest zip line on a cruise ship
2. See the best sea views from the 262-ft high Bridge of Sighs
3. Soak up the sun and breathe in the sea from one of the ship’s terraced balcony cabins
4. Stroll along the edge of the water on the waterfront boardwalk
5. Take in sweeping sea views from the luxurious Top Sail Lounge in the MSC Yacht Club
6. The most interactive aquapark at sea with four exhilarating waterslides
7. Dine at the second location (first opened on MSC Seaside) of celebrity chef, Roy Yamaguchi’s eatery Asian Market Kitchen, as part of the ship’s 9 total dining venues.
8. Sip on cocktails at 17 bars and lounges
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