(1:30 p.m. EDT) — Royal Caribbean has added improvements to CocoCay, its private island in the Bahamas, according to Royal Caribbean Blog. Among the additions are a tram to take passengers from the ship to areas of the island and a freshwater shower at Barefoot Beach. Additionally, the rentable cabanettes have been renamed «Beach Loungers» and are available for about $50 for two people; the price includes two bottles of water, a fruit plate and towels.
American Cruise Lines to Spend More Time in Glacier Bay
The National Park Service has awarded American Cruise Lines additional «prime use days» in Glacier Bay, giving the cruise line’s passengers the ability to spend more time within its waters. (Only three vessels are allowed in Glacier Bay per day, and access is limited to ship companies holding a contract with the National Park Service.) The five-year contract for the additional days, which will affect sailings on American Spirit, takes effect January 1, 2016.
American Cruise Lines also revealed its Queen of the Mississippi paddlewheeler will be renamed American Pride when it moves to the Pacific Northwest in April of next year. It will sail seven- to 10-night cruises on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The ship will be replaced by the larger America, which will debut on the Mississippi in spring 2016. America is currently under construction in Salisbury, Maryland.
Vantage Announces 2015 Heroes River Cruise
Vantage Deluxe World Travel has announced that its annual Heroes sailing – which awards American heroes with a free European river cruise – will honor the family members and loved ones of United Flight 93 victims.
The cruise will take place on December 5 and sail the Seine River on River Venture, with planned stops in Normandy and the D-Day beaches. Attendees include Hamilton Peterson, president of the Families of Flight 93, the organization that was key to the building of the Flight 93 National Memorial; Melodie Antoinette Homer, author of «Where I Stand: Flight #93 Pilot’s Widow Sets The Record Straight»and Lloyd Glick whose son was one of the many passengers credited with taking action to try to foil the hijackers on the flight.
American Queen Steamboat Company Intros Five-Night Cruise
American Queen Steamboat Company will offer a short, five-night Southern Mississippi cruise next year. Sailing roundtrip from New Orleans, the Big Band-themed voyage will depart February 18, 2016 and include port visits to the Nottoway and Oak Alley plantations. Onboard entertainment will feature the 13-piece «Great American Swing Band,» as well as a guest performance from Lynn Roberts, a former big band singer with the Dorsey Brothers.