(PRESS RELEASE)_THE BAHAMAS, July 29, 2022 – Carnival Cruise Line hosted more than 500 local business representatives and residents during a two-day series of informational sessions regarding its Grand Bahama Cruise Port development currently under construction and slated for completion in late 2024.
Held on July 28 and 29 at the Grand Lucayan Hotel and Resort, the introductory session updated the community about progress on the cruise port project and the jobs and business opportunities it will bring. A series of breakout sessions also took place to provide both individuals and business owners with further details on construction, retail, food and beverage and shore excursion opportunities.
Carnival Adjusts Health Protocols
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, July 29, 2022 – Carnival Cruise Line is pleased to announce that we are adjusting certain protocols to reflect the lifting of CDC requirements for the U.S. cruise industry.
We remain, as always, committed to the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we serve. These changes will be made in phases, with the first of these updates effective on Thursday, August 4, 2022 and focused on short cruise itineraries of 5 nights or less.
More changes will be announced shortly and all changes are subject to any requirements of destinations on the itinerary.
Effective for embarkations on or after Thursday, August 4:
• No pre-cruise testing for fully vaccinated guests booked on cruises with itineraries 5 nights or less.
• Pre-cruise testing for itineraries 6 nights or longer can be conducted three (3) days before departure.
• There will be no in-terminal testing for unvaccinated guests on day of departure, but all unvaccinated guests ages 2 and older must provide proof of a negative result of a lab-administered or supervised self-administered antigen COVID test taken within three (3) days before embarkation.
Guests should continue to carefully review all pre-cruise communications and refer to the Have Fun. Be Safe. page on Carnival.com for more information.
NCL Takes Delivery of 'Prima'
(PRESS RELEASE)_VENICE, ITALY (July 29, 2022) - Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel with a 55-year history of breaking boundaries, today took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Prima, in Marghera, Venice at the renowned Fincantieri shipyard.
This highly anticipated milestone marks the arrival of the first ship in NCL’s Prima Class that will see six new ships delivered through 2027. Present at the landmark event was Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd; Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line; Luigi Matarazzo, general manager of the Merchant Ships Division of Fincantieri; as well as other notable NCLH and Fincantieri executives. The delivery celebration was followed by the traditional flag exchange ceremony.
Cruise to Feature Best-Selling Author
(PRESS RELEASE)_AUSTIN, TEXAS, July 28, 2022 – Be a Jetsetter as you join New York Times-bestselling author of The Jetsetters, Amanda Eyre Ward, aboard a luxe, literary adventure through England, The Channel Islands, France, Spain and Holland. Amanda will host jetsetting guests in readings, book discussions, a writing workshop, and more on an enriching and exclusive 13-night voyage, departing September 19, 2022. Ports of call will include some of Western Europe’s most iconic and enchanting cities, including St. Malo (All the LIght You Cannot See), Paris (A Moveable Feast), and Guernsey (Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society) - backdrops to book lovers’ favorites. Amanda’s highly acclaimed bestseller, The Jetsetters, was the February 2020 pick of Reese Witherspoon’s book club, Hello Sunshine, and is soon to be made into a television series. Guests will cruise in all-inclusive onboard luxury on the intimate and elegant, small-ship World Navigator. Departure Lounge, a global luxury travel agency based in Texas, has acquired irresistible and exclusive rates for this once-in-a-lifetime experience with Amanda. Suites and staterooms aboard the London-to-Portugal, Jetsetters voyage starts at $3,314 per guest, based on double occupancy. For more information and to book, Jetsetters and travelers should call Cissy Swearingen at (512) 696-1779 or visit www.DepartureLounge.com.
AQV Announces Free Airfare Promotion
Fort Lauderdale, FL – July 28, 2022 – Today, American Queen Voyages™, part of the Hornblower® Group, has announced that travelers can now take advantage of free roundtrip air on select voyages from 30 gateways in 2023 when booked by Aug. 31, 2022. Guests taking advantage of this offer can sail on any vessel in the cruise line’s fleet, with itineraries sailing February through December 2023.
In addition, the cruise line has also launched a new full-service air desk to provide consumer and agent support beginning with select 2022 and 2023 voyages. Overseen by Director of Call Center Operations Dana Horton and a team of cruise industry veterans led by Director Tonya Meyer and Manager Kevin White, who have a combined 35 years of experience enabling them to provide a seamless voyage experience for guests.
Princess Sets 2023-24 Americas Cruises
(PRESS RELEASE)_SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (July 28, 2022) – Princess Cruises today announced its most expansive Americas schedule ever with 47 itineraries across 214 departures from seven convenient North American homeports, highlighted by new voyages to the South Pacific and Hawaii.
New for the 2023-24 season are Sapphire Princess’ two South Pacific Islands & Hawaii cruises roundtrip from Los Angeles featuring “More Ashore” late-night stays in Honolulu and Tahiti, and for the first time ever visiting Fiji, along with a pair of Hawaii cruises with overnight stays in Honolulu on Discovery Princess – the ship’s first-ever sailings to the Aloha State. Princess will also sail again from Galveston with a series of voyages on Regal Princess providing consumers with hassle-free drive or fly options for enjoying the sun-splashed islands of the Western Caribbean.
Explora Unveils Ocean Suites
(PRESS RELEASE)_Geneva, July 27, 2022 – Explora Journeys today unveiled the design of their Ocean Terrace Suites on its first ship, EXPLORA I, ahead of her maiden journey in May 2023. Explora Journeys was born from a long-held vision of the founders, the Aponte Vago family. With the family’s nautical heritage of over 300 years coupled with their innate understanding of luxury, the family have carefully curated the design of the suites, penthouses & residences to create a luxurious home at sea. The design reflects the brand’s philosophy of creating an Ocean State of Mind, thanks to light, color, space, privacy, and connection with the sea.
Exquisitely designed to stimulate the senses and enhance the connection with the ocean, the Aponte Vago family has worked meticulously in collaboration with some of the world’s foremost superyacht, cruise and luxury hospitality designers and architects. The innovative ship will seamlessly blend elegant Swiss precision with modern European craftsmanship and vibrant design, to create luxurious, serene, and spacious ‘Homes at Sea’ ranging from 35 sqm (377 sq. ft) in the Ocean Terrace category up to 280 sqm (3014 sq. ft) for the Owners Residence.
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, July 26, 2022 – Debuting this November from PortMiami, Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship Carnival Celebration will be home to nine retail collections, the most expansive selection across the fleet. With something for every type of cruiser – and shopper – the retail offerings will include new designs like a Miami-inspired line, as well as some tried-and-true favorites such as Carnival’s sold-out 50th Birthday commemorative items.
“As retailers, we saw more opportunity to connect our merchandise with our onboard experiences, so for Carnival Celebration’s collections, we really kicked it up a notch,” said Jeremy Schiller, vice president of retail operations for Carnival Cruise Line. “We know our guests want Carnival products, ship-name products and products that remind them of where they’ve traveled to with us, and they will find all of that and much more on Celebration. We’re confident they’ll love our new offerings as much as our classics.”
The nine retail collections will include:
Valiant Lady Hosting 'The Bachelorette'
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI (July 26, 2022) – Get your brackets and roses ready, Bachelor Nation, as the latest season of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” hits the high-seas on one epic journey to find love. Bachelorettes Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey will set sail and find themselves in an incredible two-on-one situation with Virgin Voyages, the award-winning new cruise line founded by billionaire Sir Richard Branson. Filmed aboard the bold and stunning Valiant Lady, the upcoming episodes will feature romantic and adventurous dates, all with some of the Mediterranean’s most alluring backdrops. This episode of “The Bachelorette,” currently in its 19th season, airs Monday, August 1, 8/7c on ABC.
The jaw-dropping cruise line, Virgin Voyages, knows a thing or two about making a good first impression, having already won best ship awards from Travel + Leisure, Cruise Critic and Condé Nast Traveler. Valiant Lady, the second ship in the fleet, proves she’s here for all the right reasons, ready to take Gabby and Rachel on the adventure of a lifetime. After unwavering support of each other through a devastating dual breakup in the season 26 finale of “The Bachelor,” these fan favorites are standing by each other’s side once again.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Seattle, WA, July 15th 2022 – Quark Expeditions, the global Leader in Polar Adventures, has announced a new photography-themed voyage in Spitsbergen for the Arctic 2023 sailing season, positioning it as “a dream trip for photographers.”
Beginner and advanced photographers can explore Spitsbergen in the Norwegian Arctic and hone their photography skills at the same time on the 11-day Spitsbergen Photography: Under the Midnight Sun expedition, which Quark Expeditions is offering July 19-29, 2023. Inspiring guests through snow-topped mountains, massive glaciers, deep-walled fjords and tundra of Spitsbergen will be award-winning photographer, filmmaker and lecturer Chris Linder.
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