Legends in Concert shine on the Pearl; Carnival says third times the charm in Cozumel; and Magic aboard Princess. Here is the latest cruise news.
Norwegian Cruise Line announced that the tribute show Legends in Concert has shifted from Norwegian Epic to Norwegian Pearl. The show originally ran for 32 years on the Vegas Strip, and this new version features tributes to Madonna, Elton John, and Tina Turner.
NCL announced new amenities in the Affinity Group Program, which starts with as few as seven staterooms. Amenities include two complimentary berths for every 14 paid guests; or one complimentary berth for every 14 paid guests and the choice of an Ultimate Beverage Package or Pre-Paid Service Charges for the first and second guests in each stateroom; or one complimentary berth for every 14 paid guests and two of the following choices: 250-minute Internet package; $50 per port shore excursion credit; 20 Image Photo Package; $75 OBC; $75 fundraiser credit; a group cocktail party; or up to Four-Day Specialty Dining Package.
NCL will be entering the China Cruise market, introducing its first purpose-built ship customized for the Chinese market and opening sales offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. The new Breakaway Plus class ship will have a capacity of 4,200 guests and feature upscale amenities tailored specifically to Chinese passengers, including Mandarin, Cantonese, and Continental dining, duty-free luxury dining, and first-at-sea amenities. NCL is expected to take delivery of the new ship in spring 2017, but it will receive the first ship in the new Breakaway Plus class on Oct. 22. Two more ships in this class will debut in 2018 and 2019.
Royal Caribbean International announced the details to the bow-to-stern makeover Liberty of the Seas will be receiving during its month-long dry dock February 2016. Liberty’s new water attractions will include a collection of waterslides called Perfect Storm with the first ever boomerang style side at sea and two racers slides, plus an adult-free zone called Splashaway Bay, an interactive water park just for kids. Guests will save the new food options of Sabor with mouthwatering Mexican cuisine and Giovanni’s Table with Italian classics served family style. Guests will relax in 26 new Panoramic Ocean View staterooms with floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Liberty will be sailing Western Caribbean itineraries every Sunday from Galveston starting November 2015.
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Travel Pulse reports that the Queen Mary 2 will see redesigned Britannia Club Balcony staterooms, new Britannia Single statements, and a refurbishment of all pre-existing Britannia Club Balcony cabins during its drydock, scheduled for June 2016.
Princess Cruises debuted a new musical revue entitled Magic to Do from the composer of Wicked, Pippin, and Godspell. The new show features famous songs like “Defying Gravity” from Wicked and “Magic to Do” from Pippin as well a new song written exclusively for Princess, “A Little Magic.” The musical is now running in the Princess Theatre aboard Crown Princess and will debut on Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess this fall. Magic to Do is the first of four new musicals that will debut on Princess over the next several years, all produced by major Broadway and Hollywood talent.
Princess Cruises announced the new sister ship to Royal Princess and Regal Princess will be named Majestic Princess. Designed for Chinese guests plus a multi-story atrium, a glass-floor walkway, and private dining experiences, Majestic Princess will be based in Shanghai and sail to Japan and Korea, starting summer 2017.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises released its itineraries for the 2016-17 winter season and announced it will offer free unlimited WiFi service in all suite categories, available from everywhere on the ships. The winter itineraries also include a free land tour program on 11 sailings in Asia and Africa, plus a special 25-year anniversary, 10-night Barcelona-to-Venice voyage on Seven Seas Explorer with private dinners, a sail-away party, and other celebrations. In addition to the anniversary voyage, which begins sailing on April 9, Seven Seas Explorer will embark on 18 voyages of Grand Canal Crossing, a 16-night Miami-to-Los Angeles cruise via the Panama Canal. Seven Seas Voyager will be exploring Australia and New Zealand, including the Koalas to Kiwis voyage. Seven Seas Mariner will sail Caribbean voyages, through the Panama Cana and to South America before sailing to Alaska in May 2017. One of these voyages includes a 71-day cruise from Miami that will circumnavigate the South American continent, plus sail through the Panama Canal. Seven Seas Navigator will be embarking on a 128-night World Cruise, beginning in January 2017 that will see six continents, 12 seas and oceans, 31 countries, and 62 ports.
Celebrity Cruises announced the scheduled upgrades to Celebrity Infinity, which includes a new “Rooftop Terrace” for unique food experiences and movie showings. Other renovations include next fixtures, marble surfaces, new carpeting, drapes, and bed linens in every Penthouse and Royal Suite; a future sales office where guests can book their next adventure; a Solarium refresh with new furniture, floors, and pool tops; and removal of the themed décor in the ship’s casino. Celebrity Summit will see similar upgrades. Celebrity Infinity entered drydock on Oct. 15 and will sail out on Oct. 29.
Travel Weekly reports that Carnival Corp. opened its new $20-million berth at Puerta Maya in Cozumel, Mexico, docking Carnival Breeze, Freedom, and Triumph together. The new berth is Carnival’s third at the port.
Apparently, cruise companies love the Chinese market. According to Travel Weekly, Carnival Corp. also announced its plans to position a ship in China in 2017, though it did not specify which ship. A spokesperson did say it would not be the new Carnival Vista, which is scheduled to enter service next year.