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Thursday, November 29, 2012

James Bond theme composer sails Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 on first transatlantic crossing

Monty Norman was a featured guest on Queen Mary 2's Morning Show
during his first Transatlantic Crossing aboard Cunard Line's flagship.

Monty Norman, composer of the legendary James Bond theme and the full music score for the franchise’s first film, “Dr. No,” enjoyed his inaugural Transatlantic Crossing aboard Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2.

Mr. Norman, whose theme song has been heard on 25 Bond films, recently attended the world premiere of the latest installment, “Skyfall,” at the Royal Albert Hall, where he received a standing ovation for his work.

Princess Cruises announces first-ever cruise to support U.S. veterans


Sailing is Expected to Raise $1 Million for Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and Operation Homefront

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (November 9, 2012) – Princess Cruises is marking Veterans Day by announcing an unprecedented cruise to support U.S. veterans, expected to raise $1 million for two highly regarded U.S. veterans organizations – the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) and Operation Homefront. Princess President and CEO Alan Buckelew, himself a Vietnam veteran, will be on board to host the sailing.

Sailing from November 5-9, 2013 aboard Caribbean Princess from Galveston to the Western Caribbean, the four-day cruise will offer passengers the opportunity to honor both those who have served in the military as well as active duty military personnel.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Disney Cruise Line to sail to Jamaica for the first time, departing from Galveston, Texas

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2012) – Disney Cruise Line will visit Jamaica for the first time with new itineraries departing from Galveston, Texas in late 2013. The new seven-night Western Caribbean sailings will call on Falmouth, Jamaica, as well as Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.

While in Falmouth, one of the Caribbean’s best-preserved Georgian towns, guests can sample the city’s history and culture, take a trip through time on a horse-and-buggy ride, shop for arts and crafts and taste Jamaica’s signature jerk recipes.

Bamboo raft rides along the Martha Brae River offer exceptional views of the island’s lush tropical scenery and nearby Ocho Rios is known for its spectacular Dunn’s River Falls.

Also in late 2013, Disney Cruise Line will sail seven-night Bahamas cruises from Galveston, calling on Key West, Nassau, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

Silversea's Silver Cloud completes major refurbishment

La Terrazza's updated interior
 (Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- November 6, 2012) Silversea Cruises' Silver Cloud is currently sailing on her first voyage following a successful three-week dry dock in Palermo, Italy, where extensive renovations were made to nearly every area of the ultra-luxury ship.

Silver Cloud's interior decoration has been completely renovated, including all the suites, public spaces and dining venues, in order to introduce a fresh and contemporary classic atmosphere. Silversea made a significant financial investment in this refurbishment to ensure its guests experience a renewed sense of luxury and comfort when sailing aboard Silver Cloud.

Cruise line granted authority to officiate nuptials by the Commonwealth of the Bahamas


ROYAL CARIBBEAN BRINGS ROMANCE TO THE HIGH SEAS WITH NEW WEDDINGS AT SEA

MIAMI, October 31, 2012 – Engaged couples can now experience the romance of being joined at sea by the Captain aboard a Royal Caribbean International ship through the Royal Romance weddings and vow renewal program.

The Commonwealth of the Bahamas has cleared the cruise line to conduct legal weddings aboard the world’s most innovative cruise ships while they are at sea. A Royal Caribbean ship is an ideal option for a ‘multi-destination’ wedding, able to cater to large parties, attended by family members and friends, to smaller – but still unforgettable – affairs.

Couples wishing to share this special moment with friends and family can enjoy the Sweethearts at Sea promotional offer, inclusive of a ceremony performed by the Captain, photography and more, when booking 12 or more staterooms on a 2013 Royal Caribbean International sailing during the special introductory offer.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Silversea opens the books on 2014 voyage collection

 
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- November 1, 2012) Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has unveiled an extensive line-up of worldwide voyages for 2014.

Over 200 diverse sailings, visiting more than 500 destinations on seven continents, are now open for reservations.

Among the highlights are:

“A Taste of Modern Luxury” event to be cruise industry’s first pop-up



CELEBRITY CRUISES REVEALS A TASTE OF SAN FRANCISCO POP-UP MENU
MIAMI – November 2, 2012 Premium vacation brand Celebrity Cruises’ is bringing its award-winning, from-scratch culinary philosophy from sea to land this month in San Francisco, California, in the form of the first-ever cruise line pop-up restaurant.

Elegant simplicity, modern pairings and abundance of earth and sea are the theme of the restaurant, which will pop up at Stable Café in the Mission District.

Diners will enjoy a taste of modern luxury as Celebrity’s Director of Culinary Operations, James Beard-featured chef John Suley, and his team, present a menu rich with unexpected flavors, delicate textures, and of-the-moment culinary techniques.

Princess Cruises “Inspired to Cruise” blog chronicles five new feasons to cruise

New Stories Include Granting a Veteran’s Last Wish, Saving a Marriage, and Bonding with a Birth Family

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (November 6, 2012) – Princess Cruises’ blog, “Inspired to Cruise: A Year of Reasons to Get Away From the Everyday” has chronicled an additional five reasons to cruise, presenting a new selection of heartwarming and inspiring passenger stories about the many things that can motivate travelers to choose a vacation at sea.

The most recent stories are from cruisers who have granted a fellow Vietnam veteran’s last wish, got to know a recently discovered birth family, reconnected with a distant father and even saved a marriage. The blog, found at http://inspiredtocruise.com, illustrates some of the myriad reasons people take cruise vacations.

Ship’s Ice Bar to feature Big Apple icons on ice and New York-inspired specialty drinks

NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY PUTS NYC ON ICE
WITH NEW YORK-INSPIRED ICE BAR


MIAMI – November 6, 2012 – Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that Norwegian Breakaway, the line’s newest ship, will offer a true Ice Bar on board, which will be kept at 17 degrees Fahrenheit and will feature ice sculptures of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and the Chrysler Building to pay homage to New York City, its year-round homeport. The Ice Bar will also feature New York City-inspired specialty cocktails.
Following the successful introduction of the first-ever ice bar at sea on board Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Breakaway will also have a unique artic-like frozen chamber, guaranteed to give guests the ultimate chill.