Norwegian Jewel hosts ‘Blake Shelton And Friends’ cruise in 2012

Norwegian Cruise Lines is set to host the first ever ‘Blake Shelton and Friends ‘cruise aboard the 2,376-passenger Norwegian Jewel out of Miami, October 14-21, 2012. The 7-night trip through the Caribbean will consist of concerts, acoustic jams, karaoke judged by artists, Q&A sessions, late night parties, and surprise performances.  More artists are slated to […]

Celebrity Cruises to increase dining surcharges

What started out as a nominal fee for specialty dining aboard a Celebrity ship has now raised beyond that. Effective September 1, 2011 select specialty dining venues aboard Solstice-class ships and Millennium class ships will raise $5-$10 dollars. In a recent episode of Cruise Radio, cruise-expert Stewart Chiron said, “These surcharges were supposed to cover the additional food costs […]

Royal Caribbean to offer behind-the-scenes tours

Popular cruise line Royal Caribbean announced last month that they’ll now start doing behind the scene tours on all of their vessels. The two hour $150 ‘All Access Tour’ will consist of a guided tour through the ships galley, engine room control room, navigational bridge, backstage of the show theater and other areas that are restricted and […]

Carnival puts signature-beer ‘ThirstyFrog Red’ on more ships

It was May 1, when Carnival debuted their signature ale-like beer ‘ThirstyFrog Red’ aboard Carnival Magic in Venice, Italy. Since then, the ale has become so popular that it was moved to 14 ships in the fleet and recently announced going to 18 Fun Ships total. The ships that will not be serving ThirstyFrog Red […]

Costa Romantica Goes Neo

Costa Cruises 53,000-ton, 1,697-passenger Costa Romantica will go in for a major refurbishment at San Giorgio del Porto shipyard in Genoa starting October 2011 through January 2012. The refurb which is slated for 90 million euros will add a lot new features to the ships existing configuration. According to a press release issued by the […]

Norwegian Cruise Lines to host first ever Twitter cruise

The South Florida social media community and Norwegian Cruise Lines are teaming up to give passengers the first ever tweet up at sea or “SeaTweetup Cruise.”  In case you’re wondering what a tweet-up is, it’s when twitter members meet in person and put a face with an internet name. The SeaTweetup Cruise will depart from […]

Norwegian Cruise Lines Modifies Smoking Policy

On the heels of the Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Lines has thrown their hat in the ring to ax smoking in passenger staterooms, fleet-wide.  The new policy states, “Effective January 2012, guests setting sail on a Norwegian cruise vacation are no longer permitted to smoke cigarettes in their staterooms.  […]

American Safari Cruises Adds New Vessel to Fleet

American Safari Cruises announced that they recently purchased an 86-guest small ship to add to their three yacht fleet to be put into service next summer in Southeast Alaska. According to a press release released by the company. “An extensive renovation project will add American Safari Cruises’ exceptional comfort and refined atmosphere on board. The […]