PRESS RELEASE_VALENCIA, Calif., June 29, 2018 — Luxury cruise line Cunard has partnered with Julien’s Auctions to offer guests an exclusive opportunity to sail with legendary fashion icon Bob Mackie and enjoy a special exhibition preview of “Property from the Collection of Bob Mackie,” which includes some of the designer’s most famous pieces. The Transatlantic Crossing sets sail out of Southampton, England on August 19, 2018 (M831B), ahead of the auction which will take place on November 17, 2018 in Los Angeles and online at juliensauctions.com.
Renowned fashion and costume designer Bob Mackie is best known for his creations for Cher, Carol Burnett, Diana Ross, and Raquel Welch. From his unforgettable award-winning wardrobe as the costume designer for the first Carol Burnett Show to his longtime collaboration with Cher and her dazzling, boundary-pushing wardrobe on her TV show, concert tours and public appearances, the nine-time Emmy® award winning designer, three-time Academy Award® nominee and Television Academy Hall of Fame inductee has spent a distinguished career designing for women who dare to be noticed. His achievements have been honored with numerous awards and accolades and he continues his work by designing for the upcoming The Cher Show, set to open on Broadway in fall 2018.
On the seven-night Transatlantic Crossing, from Southampton to New York, guests will enjoy:
PRESS RELEASE_MIAMI (June 28, 2018) – Carnival Cruise Line today announced that it will return to the Port of San Diego for the first time in seven years when Carnival Miracle arrives in late 2019.
Carnival Miracle will operate a winter schedule of three- to 15-day voyages from San Diego from December 2019 to February 2020. The schedule kicks off with a seven-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera departing Dec. 1, 2019, and also includes two longer-length Carnival Journeys voyages – 14- and 15-day Hawaii adventures visiting popular destinations throughout the Aloha State departing Dec. 8, 2019 and Jan. 17, 2020, respectively.
Carnival Miracle’s San Diego-based program also includes two five-day voyages that spend two days in Cabo San Lucas departing Dec. 22, 2019 and Jan. 12, 2020, along with two three-day getaways visiting Ensenada Dec. 27, 2019 and Jan. 3, 2020. There’s also a special four-day New Year’s Baja Mexico cruise departing Dec. 30, 2019, as well as a six-day cruise that includes two days in Cabo San Lucas and a day-long visit to Ensenada departing Jan. 6, 2020.
The schedule concludes with a 13-day Panama Canal Carnival Journeys cruise that departs San Diego Feb. 1 and arrives in Miami Feb. 14, 2020.
In addition to visiting some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, guests sailing on Carnival Journeys cruises enjoy unique on-board activities during which they can sample local cuisine and enjoy entertainment and cultural opportunities within the various ports of call. Activities focusing on topics such as photography, cooking, arts and crafts and celestial navigation, along with a 1980s-themed “Throwback Sea Day,” are also offered.
Carnival Cruise Line is the leader in West Coast cruising with three year-round ships carrying more than 500,000 guests annually from the newly renovated Long Beach Cruise Terminal. Carnival will further strengthen its commitment to Southern California when the new 3,954-passenger Carnival Panorama launches year-round seven-day cruises from Long Beach – the first new cruise ship on the West Coast in 20 years.
PRESS RELEASE_SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (June 27, 2018) – The west coast’s leading cruise line, Princess Cruises, returns to the region in 2019-2020 with itineraries visiting top destinations including Monterey, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and San Diego. Princess continues to provide guests new and enriching destination experiences featuring award-winning culinary and entertainment programming while sailing the west coast.
Highlights for the 2019-2020 season include the introduction of one of the line’s newest ships to the California Coast, Royal Princess, for her first full season based in Los Angeles. Royal Princess will offer nine coastal departures including the Classic California Coast itinerary. Royal Princess itineraries offer guests a variety of More Ashore opportunities, allowing guests to spend more time in port , as well as the opportunity to enjoy evenings in San Francisco and San Diego.
ROYAL CARIBBEAN_The Vitality Spa and Fitness Centers on board Royal Caribbean's ships give guests the chance to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. The relaxing escape offers everything, from signature facials and bamboo massages to manicures, a hair salon and even a medi-spa. With the added benefit of a full-service fitness center, complete with state-of-the-art equipment and a lineup of workout classes, travelers can easily find the balance to maintain their healthy lifestyle while on a vacation.
PRESS RELEASE_MIAMI, June 21, 2018 – Coinciding with the first day of summer, Royal Caribbean International’s much-hyped Mariner of the Seas sailed into its new home at PortMiami today amped up with $120 million of new thrills, restaurants, staterooms and entertainment. Short getaways are forever changed with Mariner’s highly anticipated 4-night weekday and 3-night weekend cruises from Miami to The Bahamas. Giving millennial travelers more ways to play, the ship’s short itineraries pack more adventure than ever with Sky Pad, a virtual reality, bungee trampoline experience; the cruise line’s first Polynesian-inspired, tiki-chic bar, The Bamboo Room; glow-in-the-dark laser tag, racer waterslides and more.
The young and young at heart are invited to ditch the expected road trip for a short and action-packed cruise vacation on board Mariner of the Seas, where the thrills come alive from day to night.
New Ways to Play
Laser Tag: Battle for Planet Z – An epic glow-in-the-dark battle for the last planet in the galaxy
Escape Room: The Observatorium – Royal Caribbean’s newest escape room challenge
FlowRider – The cruise line’s signature 40-foot-long surf simulator, perfect for hanging ten
New Ways to Dine and Drink
PRESS RELEASE_MIAMI – June 21, 2018 – Designed to leave guests in awe, Celebrity Cruises celebrates another milestone with the unveiling of the line’s first ever brand-designed cruise terminal, Terminal 25 (T25), located at Port Everglades in Hollywood, Fla. Designed to complement the sophistication of the terminal’s future resident – the industry’s most anticipated new ship, Celebrity Edge – T25 features cutting-edge technology and a sleek design, all crafted to create the ultimate guest experience.
Brought to life in collaboration with Broward County’s Port Everglades and seasoned architectural firm Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc., T25 melds a gorgeous, warm design with unique technology, such as Frictionless Arrival, which will make the check-in process absolutely seamless, and an interactive light wall art installation. T25 will also offer Suite Class guests a singular experience along the path to The Retreat, with an exclusive lounge, elevator lobbies, screening areas and even a private rooftop terrace.
“When designing the revolutionary Celebrity Edge, we knew we wanted to design a terminal that perfectly complemented the ship and matched its one-of-a-kind experience,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “With cutting-edge technology, in service of a gorgeous design, T25 is that perfect new home. T25 also happens to be Celebrity’s first ever brand-designed cruise terminal, which not only represents a milestone for Celebrity, but also presented us with the opportunity to set yet another standard in design and create the perfect guest experience.”
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PRESS RELEASE_Deerfield Beach, FL. June 20, 2018 –Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line (BPCL) is now the only cruise line with no single supplement fees on all sailings in an Oceanview stateroom, providing solo travelers with the opportunity to experience an unforgettable two-night vacation to Grand Bahama Island for an unbeatable value. According to a May 2018 study released by Booking.com, the number of Google searches for solo travel has risen 40 percent since 2015. Beginning immediately, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is excited to offer guests the chance to travel solo at any date of their choosing without having to pay a double occupancy rate.
“With solo travel on the rise, we knew we needed to implement a program for this segment of independent cruisers to make Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line accessible to all,” shared Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. “We are thrilled to be able to offer an incredible value to guests of all ages seeking a solo vacation and give them the opportunity to travel at any date of their choosing without having to break the bank.”
Solo travel has become more common for all travelers, regardless of age, income or gender. According to the same Booking.com study, 40 percent of baby boomers have taken a solo trip in the last year and 21 percent plan on taking one this year. With 34 percent of respondents agreeing that solo travel is among the “top five trips that they have already been on and would like to go on again,” the demand is not slowing down for destinations to accommodate this demographic of travelers.
While other cruise lines often charge double occupancy rates for a single person to cruise alone in a stateroom, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s solo traveler rates with no single supplement fees are innovative for the industry. Oceanview staterooms with no single supplement are available on all cruises, every day of the week, with rates beginning at $149 per person. With a welcome reception exclusively for all solo travelers, there is also the opportunity to meet similar cruisers and even make plans to experience some of the cruise together.
Solo travelers will also love exploring Grand Bahama Island with a vast range of shore excursions, including opportunities to snorkel in highly-preserved Bahamian reefs, cruise the beach in an open-top Jeep, snorkel around a freshwater blue hole, swim with dolphins, experience panoramic views from the sky while parasailing, kayak amidst a mangrove forest or cruise aboard a 60-foot, double-deck, glass- bottom boat for optimal marine life observation.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Classica and Grand Celebration offer daily departures from the Port of Palm Beach, making it easy for travelers to schedule an island retreat any time with an itinerary all their own. Whether seeking to relax and rejuvenate or experience some fun and adventure, a two-night cruise is the perfect length of time for a mid-week escape or weekend getaway.
For more information on Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and solo cruising, please visit www.bahamasparadisecruise.com. Solo traveler rates are exclusively available online.
PRESS RELEASE_CELEBRATION, Fla. – This fall, Disney Cruise Line will treat guests to a wickedly good time as the ships transform into a ghoulish wonderland filled with frightfully fun events and activities, special decorations, unique menu items in the restaurants and themed parties.
In 2018, Halloween on the High Seas takes place on most voyages aboard the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Wonder and Disney Magic from September through October. This one-of-a-kind Halloween celebration features spooky parties, lively entertainment and elaborate décor, including The Pumpkin Tree, which magically transforms throughout the cruise. Other special experiences include:
More spooky fun includes mask-making and a ghostly takeover of ship announcements!
To celebrate Halloween, the Disney Dream sails three- and four-night Bahamian cruises departing Sept. 3 to Oct. 29; the Disney Fantasy sails seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing Sept. 1 to Oct. 27; the Disney Wonder sails two-, four- and five-night Baja cruises, a seven-night Mexican Riviera cruise and a fourteen-night Panama Canal cruise departing Sept. 14 to Oct. 19; and the Disney Magic sails four- and seven-night Canada cruises and five- and six-night Bermuda cruises departing Sept. 20 to Oct. 29.
PRESS RELEASE_VALENCIA, Calif., June 19, 2018 – Stage, film and TV superstar Alan Cumming will join Cunard as part of the luxury cruise line’s famed Insights program on the January 3, 2019 Transatlantic Crossing (M902) on flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2.
While sailing on the seven-night voyage from New York to Southampton, England, Cumming will be offering a Q&A session with guests and hosting a screening of Instinct, his new hit TV series on CBS in which he plays Dr. Dylan Reinhart. Instinct, which premiered in March and was just renewed for a second season, is an American police drama based on James Patterson's Murder Games.
“Cunard is delighted to welcome the amazingly talented Alan Cumming on Queen Mary 2’s January 3, 2019 Transatlantic Crossing,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America. “During the voyage, our guests will be able to hear and learn from one of the best in the industry—from his life and career to new ventures in the arts. This will be a Transatlantic highlight not to be missed.”
Cumming has appeared in numerous films and television shows, was nominated for Emmys, SAG Awards and Golden Globes for his work on The Good Wife, and is a long-time renowned stage actor both in New York and London. Most famously he won a Tony award for his role in Cabaret on Broadway and is best-known for his film roles in Emma, GoldenEye, Anniversary Party, and X2. In 2017 he opened his own cabaret club in New York, “Club Cumming,” and currently tours the country performing Legal Immigrant, a show of songs and stories about his life and loves in his adopted homeland.
A dedicated humanitarian and activist, the Scottish-American Cumming devotes much of his energy to promoting LGBTQ and human rights, receiving over forty awards for his humanitarianism and social activism. He received the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards and was made an Officer of the British Empire for his contributions to the arts and LGBTQ equality by the Queen.
Cunard’s celebrated Insights program offers fascinating experts from various industries on every voyage, holding lectures and Q&As throughout the trip. In addition to Alan Cumming, Cunard is offering extraordinary special event Crossings throughout the 2018 season including collaborations with Ancestry.com, NY Fashion Week, and International Space Week.
Cunard’s Big Balcony Event (available to book through July 31, 2018) makes a Transatlantic Crossing even more irresistible with fares from $999 and up to $1,400 free onboard credit per stateroom and free drinks and free gratuities in the Princess Grill and Queens Grill suites.
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