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Have a cruise booked on Norwegian Cruise Line? You could be the star of the next episode of “Dream Quest with Evette Rios,” the cruise line’s new TV series. In coordination with TV personality Evette Rios, travel journalist Peter Greenberg and Tri-Crown Production Group, Norwegian is set to produce 26 half-hour episodes of the program to air weekly as part of CW Network’s “One Magnificent Morning.” The show will take families on “dream” voyages with an eco-friendly theme; featured ships include Getaway, Breakaway, Jewel and the all-new Escape. Enter for your chance to be part of the show by visiting http://www.natnine.com/#!casting/c1b33. You can watch it at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays.
On Thursday, the Puerta Maya cruise pier in Cozumel welcomed Carnival Breeze, Carnival Triumph and Carnival Freedom simultaneously, marking the official opening of a third berth constructed by Carnival Corp. After investing more than $20 million on the addition, the company, which owns Carnival, Holland America, Princess and other cruise brands, is increasing the number of ships that will be calling on Cozumel. The port is a staple on Western Caribbean itineraries and sees about 3.3 million cruise passengers each year.
If you watch the quiz show all next week (October 12 through 16) and identify each day’s Final Jeopardy! category on Jeopardy.com, you have a chance to win a weeklong European voyage onboard Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Orion, including round-trip airfare and $1,000. Five viewers have a chance of winning the “Europe Reimagined Sweepstakes,” which offers cruises to the Mediterranean Isles, Scandinavia and more. Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is the official expedition travel partner of Jeopardy! with a 10-plus-year partnership.
The 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi will be renamed American Pride when it moves from the Mississippi to the Columbia and Snake rivers in 2016. The riverboat, a traditional paddlewheeler that debuted in 2012, will offer seven- to 10-day cruises on the Pacific Northwest beginning April 2, according to American Cruise Lines. The cruise line announced the redeployment in August.
Tauck will offer an improved family-friendly Galapagos cruise on its new vessel Santa Cruz II being launched in 2016. Sailing on an eight-day Wildlife Wonderland itinerary, the 90-passenger expedition vessel will have 36 interconnecting cabins and amenities including a dolphin and whale watching platform. The ship is featured in the latest Tauck Bridges brochure that offers an increased range of trips designed to appeal to multigenerational travellers.
Hurtigruten is offering cruise passengers one free night in Kirkenes, the town and departure port located in the extreme northeast of Norway. Travelers can choose to stay either at the Kirkenes Snowhotel — built entirely from snow and ice — a cabin within its grounds or at a regular hotel. The offer is for April 2016 and available when booking a seven-day Classic Voyage South.
Costa Cruises has introduced a dedicated vegan menu that will be made available across all its ships. In response to growing demand, the new dairy- and egg-free offerings will cover all meals including appetizers and desserts. Vegan options will focus mainly on Italian-inspired cooking and will join a menu of vegetarian dishes already available onboard.
Expedition cruises operator Australis is launching new itineraries for next year to celebrate the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Cape Horn. Australis is offering three- to seven-night expeditions around Cape Horn from September 2016. The cruise also includes a stop at Cape Horn — via Zodiac vessels — and lectures about the discovery of Cape Horn and its key role in the history of shipping.
Crystal Cruises has announced all-inclusive three-night pre- or post-cruise stays in Berlin, available with Crystal Symphony’s June 22 and July 2, 2016, sailings to the Baltic and North Sea. The package includes a hotel stay at the Regent Berlin, dining at famous restaurants, tours of historic sites and performances by local groups, as well as time to explore on your own.
Disney Cruise Line’s 2017 cruise schedule is now available for booking by the public. The company will offer three- to seven-night cruises out of Port Canaveral on Disney Fantasy, Dream and Wonder and three- to five-night voyages on Disney Magic out of Miami. In addition, Disney Magic will sail a short season out of San Juan to the Southern Caribbean in April, and Disney Wonder will offer cruises out of Galveston in early January, followed by two repositioning cruises (from Galveston to San Juan, and from San Juan to Port Canaveral).
Princess Cruises has named its new cruise ship Majestic Princess. The third Royal Class fleetmate, which is scheduled to launch summer 2017, will offer cruises to Japan and Korea from Shanghai. Built specifically for the Chinese market, Majestic Princess will feature unique culinary and entertainment programs as well as Royal Princess and Regal Princess favorites like Movies Under the Stars, the adults-only Sanctuary and SeaWalk, a glass-bottomed cantilevered walkway that juts out from the pool deck of the ship high above the sea.