Archive December 2015

Norwegian Cruise Line Breaks Social Media Record and More Cruise News

(12:45 p.m. EST) — Norwegian Cruise Line broke its previous record for the most social media usage at sea during the inaugural voyages of Norwegian Escape. During the 20-day period, cruisers logged 576,896 Facebook posts, 14,150 tweets and 11,367 Instagram posts for a total of 159 million impressions. Norwegian uses a hybrid satellite-terrestrial-cellular system provided by EMC, a maritime communications provider. Carnival Corp. Commits to Cage-Free Eggs All ships across Carnival Corporation’s many brands will carry cage-free eggs by 2025. The cruise company, whose brands include...

The best travel photos of 2015

From moody landscapes to brooding city scenes, we were inundated with entries for our annual travel photography competition. But unfortunately there could only be three winners – and here they are. First place: Sara Kulshreshtha Second place: Michael Coupar Third place: Lindsay Keates This year’s winner gets an early Christmas present of £100, second place scoops £50, and third can look forward to receiving a selection of travel books, courtesy of our friends at Stanfords, the world’s biggest and best travel map and book...

Royal Caribbean to Charge for Sky Diving on Quantum of the Seas

(12:25 p.m EST) — Royal Caribbean is charging fees for the RipCord by iFly sky diving simulator and the North Star observation capsule on Quantum of the Seas sailings on cruises leaving from Shanghai. The attractions were previously offered free of charge. According to the Royal Caribbean website, the fees go into effect December 30, 2015. Both attractions remain free for Anthem of the Seas cruises; Anthem is based in the United States, while Quantum sails in Asia and Australia. Some Cruise Critic members sailing Quantum in Australia say, however, that they are being charged....

Crystal Cruises Expands Private Air Service with Jets

(11:35 a.m. EST) — Continuing its expansion plans, Crystal Cruises announced it would expand its air service in 2016 by adding two private jets. Crystal Luxury Air currently includes a Boeing 777-200LR and a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The new jets, a AC1319 and a Bombardier Global Express XRS, will be added in March 2016 and used to service private charters and transport passengers to Crystal cruises from the United States to destinations in the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Pacific. Crystal Cruises CEO and president Edie Rodriguez made the announcement at the christening of the...

Windstar’s Star Pride Runs Aground Off Coast of Panama

(10:03 a.m. EST) — Windstar’s 212-passenger Star Pride has run aground off the coast of Panama. All passengers and crew are safe, according to an update on the cruise line’s Facebook page, however the remainder of the cruise has been canceled due to damage to some areas of the hull. The ship’s December 26 sailing from Puerto Caldera to Colon has also been canceled.  The incident happened at 6:15 a.m. December 22 as the ship came into anchor at Isla de Coiba, a remote island off Panama’s west coast. After passengers disembarked for a scheduled private...

Boy Drowns on Liberty of the Seas Cruise Ship

(2 p.m. EST) — An eight-year old boy drowned onboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas Monday while the ship was at sea. "We extend our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of an eight-year-old boy who drowned onboard Liberty of the Seas in one of the ship’s swimming pools," Royal Caribbean said in a statement. "We ask that you join us in keeping the child and his family in your thoughts and prayers." On Monday afternoon, the boy was spotted and pulled out of the pool by another passenger. Though the medical team...

Disney Removes Greece and Turkey from Summer 2016 Itinerary

(8:30 a.m. EST) — Disney Cruise Line has removed Greece and Turkey from Disney Magic’s 12-night Mediterranean itinerary in summer 2016. According to a spokesperson for the line, the ‘Mediterranean and Greek Isles’ itinerary has been modified as a result of monitoring ongoing conditions and activities in the region. The original itinerary was due to depart from Barcelona on August 1 and call at Olbia, Sardinia; Civitavecchia (for Rome); Naples (for Pompeii); Palermo, Sicily; Piraeus, Greece; Mykonos, Greece; Kusadasi, Turkey; Valletta, Malta; Cannes, France and Palma,...

Palma: Dancing with the devil

Fire-wielding men dressed as the devil chase Gavin Haines through the streets of Palma de Mallorca. The festive season is upon us. “They chase you with fireworks. It’s not dangerous, but you might get burned.” And so begins my introduction to the San Sebastian Festival in Palma, whose sodden streets throng with expectant revellers, mixed messages and the reassuring sight of fire engines, poised ready to extinguish something or someone.  I wait anxiously, listening to drums echo down the street, getting nearer with every beat. In the distance the darkness lifts under...

Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas to Sail From Miami

(9:50 a.m. EST) — Empress of the Seas will sail short cruises out of Miami when it returns to the Royal Caribbean fleet after spending eight years with sister company Pullmantur. The 2,020-passenger ship will sail three- to five-night itineraries beginning April 2016, including some five-night sailings that feature overnight stays in Cozumel. Royal Caribbean previously announced the return of the ship to its fleet in October. An extensive refurbishment was also mentioned. Though full details have not been released, the line did say the ship will feature a rock-climbing wall, new pools...

Celebrity AquaClass to Receive Less Bottled Water

(10:20 a.m. EST) — Passengers sailing in Celebrity Cruises’ AquaClass cabins will no longer receive free daily bottled water, starting immediately. In a statement, the line said that passengers in AquaClass, along with those in Sky and Celebrity suites, will receive two free 9 oz. bottles of water upon embarkation. Previously, people traveling in Aqua, designed as a “spa class” of sorts, had daily bottled water. The change has sparked an extensive thread on the Cruise Critic forums. “No water….Why again are they calling this AquaClass?” asked...

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