NCL Beverage Program Honored
MIAMI– (April 28, 2022) – Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel, has been recognized for its award-winning beverage program with two wins at the 2022 Vista Awards held yesterday in San Diego, Calif. during the VIBE Conference, the premier beverage conference. An honor for NCL's world-class beverage program, the Vibe Vista Awards recognize the top performers in the beverage industry.
NCL was again honored at the award ceremony, winning both "Best Spirits Program" and "Best Overall Program" across the portfolio of hotels, cruise lines, and casinos considered for this recognition. This success builds on its 2019 win in the same categories as well as its award for having the honor of "Best Beverage Menu Revamp" sponsored by Gerard Bertrand in 2020.
"Providing our guests with world class food and beverage is part of delivering unforgettable guest experiences, which is what NCL is known for," said Wesley Cort, Vice President of Food and Beverage at Norwegian Cruise Line. "We're honored to be recognized for our best-in-class beverage programs, especially with our latest sustainable experiences and offerings. Receiving this honor again shows our team that the industry appreciates our dedication to industry-leading beverage programs across our fleet."
Atlas First to Add Covid Insurance
(PRESS RELEASE)_FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA., April 27, 2022 – In another industry first, Atlas Ocean Voyages announced today that the luxe-adventure cruise line will include Covid trip interruption and isolation insurance for all guests on all future voyages. The new Covid insurance coverage for all guests augments Atlas’ expansive list of inclusions, among which are emergency medical evacuation insurance, repatriation insurance, and emergency medical and travel assistance, known as Atlas Assurance. Atlas Assurance provides guests greater peace-of-mind when they are aboard a once-in-a-lifetime, luxe-adventure journey with Atlas Ocean Voyages. For more information about Atlas Ocean Voyages, please visit www.AtlasOceanVoyages.com
Holland's Half Moon Bar Wins Award
(PRESS RELEASE)_Seattle, Wash., April 28, 2022 — Holland America Line took home a win for “Best Beverage Menu” for its newest onboard bar — Half Moon Bar — at the 2022 VIBE Vista Awards that were presented during the VIBE (Very Important Beverage Executives) conference this week in Carlsbad, California. The award spans the entire beverage industry and competition included a collection of restaurant groups, hotel chains, casinos and more.
Holland America Line’s Half Moon Bar is a new concept for the brand that was exclusively introduced aboard its most recent ship, Rotterdam, which launched in November 2021. The venue is an immersive experience looking at the history of Holland America Line and cruising through the lens of a cocktail. Each drink comes with a fascinating tale of its inspiration that is vividly described in the bar menu for guests to peruse.
(PRESS RELEASE)_CELEBRATION, Fla. (April 28, 2022) – Halloween on the High Seas will return to Disney Cruise Line with more sailings than ever before and new one-of-a-kind experiences for families in September and October 2022. Guest-favorite entertainment and activities, including trick-or-treating, spooky parties, elaborate décor and themed food and beverage items, will await guests on these limited-time voyages as each ship transforms into a ghoulish wonderland.
First-of-its-kind character meet and greet
Disney Cruise Line guests will be the first to experience an all-new character meet and greet opportunity across the fleet during Halloween on the High Seas sailings. While all of the Disney characters on board will adorn Halloween costumes as part of the festivities, Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck and Clarabelle Cow will debut a never-before-seen look as they dress up as their favorite Halloween sisters, the Sandersons from the movie “Hocus Pocus.”
Disney Wish debuts all-new magical Pumpkin Tree
During its inaugural season of Halloween cruises this fall, the Disney Wish, the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, will introduce a unique twist on a Halloween on the High Seas hallmark.
(PRESS RELEASE)_SAN FRANCISCO, April 28, 2022 – For the first time in its 50-year history, Carnival Cruise Line will set sail today from its newest homeport, San Francisco, Calif., with the 2,124 passenger Carnival Miracle. Carnival’s first-ever sailings over the spring and summer from San Francisco expand its West Coast service offerings and strengthen its position as the cruise line embarking more guests than any other operator from California.
“After years of anticipation, Carnival Cruise Line is thrilled to be sailing out of the Port of San Francisco for the first time,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We’re proud to join the San Francisco community, support the revival of the tourism economy, and open up exciting travel options to beautiful destinations for those living in and visiting the Bay Area.”
New PONANT Mediterranean Cruises
(PRESS RELEASE)_With summer 2022 around the corner, PONANT announces three new Mediterranean itineraries—plus, fan-favorite trips that combine cultural heritage, breathtaking coastal scenery, and VIP speakers.
Wild and Authentic Corsica, June 13-20, 2022, Le Bougainville
While technically a part of France, Corsica has an entirely distinct identity from the mainland—plus landscapes that run the gamut from mountain ridges and powdery beaches to charming hilltop villages. Travelers will discover every side of the island on this seven-night voyage, which starts and ends in Nice, France. Highlights include the Sanguinaires archipelago, the bay of Roccapina, and the spectacular town of Bonifacio.
Starting from $4,590 per person
NEW: Mediterranean Odyssey, June 27-July 10, 2022, Le Bougainville
This brand-new 14-day itinerary showcases the Mediterranean like never before. Starting in Nice, France, the ship will then sail to Calvi, Corsica, then down the western coast of Italy, gliding past the spectacular Amalfi Coast. From there, it’s on to Taormina, Sicily to see ancient ruins and other heritage sites. After, you’ll island-hop through the Cyclades, Dodecanese, and Saronic archipelagos, making stops in isles like Delos, Mykonos, Symi, and Paros, before sailing the Dardanelle Strait. Your final stop: Istanbul, home to landmarks like the Hagia Sophia and the magnificent Topkapi Palace.
Starting from $8,940 per person
Carnival Introduces 'The Golden Jubilee'
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, April 27, 2022 – As part of its ongoing 50th Birthday celebration, Carnival Cruise Line is introducing The Golden Jubilee, which will celebrate the 50-year history of America’s Cruise Line, on its newest ship Carnival Celebration, debuting this November. The new bar and lounge will be part of the ship’s final, to-be-announced zone, and will highlight Carnival’s evolution of ships over the last 50 years, weaving its past with its present and looking to the future. The announcement was made today at the Seatrade Cruise Global Conference in Miami.
The Golden Jubilee, on Deck 6, in the same location as The Brass Magnolia on Mardi Gras, will feature artwork, memorabilia and original pieces from Carnival’s earlier vessels that will be incorporated throughout the space bringing Carnival’s 50 years of fun full circle. These include:
Disney 2023 Family Vacation Adventures
(PRESS RELEASE)_CELEBRATION, Fla. (April 27, 2022) – Disney Cruise Line will offer families a variety of enchanting vacations in summer 2023, including cruises to new and favorite ports of call around the world. From the majestic glaciers of Alaska to the sun-kissed Greek isles, pink sand beaches of Bermuda and picturesque fjords of Norway, these summer destinations will sparkle with adventure and excitement. Plus, for the first time ever, families will have the opportunity to sail around the Mediterranean and British Isles on the Disney Dream during its first season in Europe.
“We are thrilled to have five ships at sea in summer 2023 with a wide array of destinations for families to enjoy,” said Sharon Siskie, senior vice president & general manager of Disney Cruise Line. “These Disney Cruise Line sailings will take families on summer adventures in ways that only Disney can do, delighting guests of all ages with dazzling entertainment, world-class dining, unique character encounters, the ease and indulgence of carefree days at sea and the uncompromising guest service that defines a Disney vacation.”
Bookings open to the public May 9, 2022. For more details, visit the Summer 2023 itineraries page of disneycruise.com.
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI (April 27, 2022) – Today at Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami Beach, Margaritaville at Sea executives revealed details about the entertainment programming and activations that will be available onboard the brand’s flagship vessel, Margaritaville at Sea Paradise. With an inaugural sailing scheduled for May 14, Margaritaville at Sea Paradise will cruise from the Port of Palm Beach, Florida to Grand Bahama Island.
“We are thrilled with the response we’ve received since announcing Margaritaville at Sea, both from our travel advisor partners and the public at large,” said Francis Riley, Chief Commercial Officer of Margaritaville at Sea. “There is incredible demand for the unique product we are bringing to market and the announcement today of our onboard entertainment will certainly create even more excitement, as we are offering exclusive programming you can’t find anywhere else.”
Queen Anne Design Details Revealed
MIAMI BEACH_ New design details for Cunard's fourth ship, Queen Anne, were revealed today at the 36th annual edition of Seatrade Cruise Global at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Matt Gleaves, Cunard's VP, Commercial - North America and Australasia, Lewis Taylor, Design Director at David Collins Studio and Jackie Chase, Director of Public Relations for North America, were on hand to discuss how Queen Anne will blend both traditional and contemporary elements into a bold new look.
Queen Anne, set to launch in early 2024, will accommodate some 3,000 passengers, making it the second largest ship in Cunard's fleet behind Queen Mary 2. More details from today's announcements can be found in their press release, below: --Gerry Barker
(PRESS RELEASE)_VALENCIA, Calif., April 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at Seatrade Cruise Global, Cunard - pioneers of luxury ocean travel - announced designs for all accommodations on the brand's newest ship Queen Anne. The line's 249th ship is scheduled to launch in early 2024 with maiden season itineraries announced on May 4.
Matt Gleaves, Cunard's newly appointed VP, Commercial - North America and Australasia, stressed the importance of North America as an increasingly key market for Cunard citing the opportunity of 40% growth potential across the U.S. and Canada with the introduction of Queen Anne to the fleet. The arrival of a fourth ship to the fleet provides Cunard the opportunity to increase the number of sailings in Alaska, Australia and Japan. Investments in advertising and promotions and increasing support of the travel advisor community are being made to develop new potential markets.
Gleaves stated, "As we step into the next chapter of Cunard's storied history, Queen Anne provides a platform to evolve the future of the brand and bring reimagined Cunard signature experiences to new audiences. We are confident in the North American market and believe there is significant opportunity for growth. Queen Anne will celebrate what makes Cunard so special in a way that is relevant for today's luxury traveller, appealing to both our existing loyal guests and those sailing with us for the first time."
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