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2016 Alaska Cruise Season Underway

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Port Vancouver’s 2016 Alaska cruising season kicked off today with the arrival of Star Princess at Canada Place.  Vancouver expects about 830,000 passengers on 228 calls, an increase over last year’s passenger volume.  This year is the 30th anniversary for Canada Place, and the CEO at Port Metro Vancouver, Robin Silvester, said “Our award-winning cruise facilities at Canada Place welcome thousands of visitors to beautiful Vancouver every year.”

The result of a joint passenger survey by Port Metro Vancouver, Tourism Vancouver, Destination BC, and Vancouver International Airport last year showed an increasing number of international cruise passengers coming into the city.  The cruise industry there stimulates over $2 million in economic activity for each ship that calls at Canada Place.

Port Vancouver was awarded Best Destination Experience by Cruise Insight Magazine this year, and Ty Speer, CEO of Tourism Vancouver, said “This award is a testament to the collective work of all the tourism partners who consistently deliver a dynamic pre and post-cruise experience for the many cruise passengers visiting Vancouver each year.  Holland America was the first cruise line to call the new Canada Place cruise terminal on April 28, 1986.  We value our partnership with Holland America Line very highly, and look forward to continuing to build on this great relationship for many years to come.”

2016 Highlights for the port will include:

  • the return of Disney Wonder, and all the returning homeported ships from Princess, Norwegian, Celebrity, and Royal Caribbean
  • Crystal Cruises returning to homeport, with eight sailings on the Serenity
  • Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam will make her inaugural call on April 30, and homeport there, offering 24 roundtrip sailings

The port authority continues to word toward using more shore power by cruise ships calling in Vancouver.  It reduces marine diesel air emissions by allowing ships to shut down their engines and connect to the electrical grid while docked.  This is in collaboration with the cruise industry and BC Hydro, as the environment is a high priority for Port Metro Vancouver.

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Princess Cruises Wants You To ‘Flee the Freeze’

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Princess Cruises is offering a special opportunity for travelers to “Flee the Freeze” as temperatures dip below zero throughout the United States. On 7, 8, 10, and 14-day sailings to the Caribbean this year, New Jersey residents can take advantage of up to 32 percent off cruise fares and $32 in onboard spending money per person. (32 degrees being the freezing point, get it?)

Escape the winter chill and hit the sun-drenched Caribbean beaches this year. Sample cruises include:

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  • 7-day Eastern Caribbean – inside cabin $599 per person
  • 7-day Western Caribbean – inside cabin $599 per person
  • 8-day Southern Caribbean – inside cabin $649 per person
  • 10-day Eastern Caribbean Voyager – inside cabin $849 per person

Fares are based on double occupancy. The offer is combinable with the current Anniversary Sale promotion, where guests can earn up to $300 in onboard spending money. The “Flee the Freeze” offer is running now through January 22, 2018.

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Royal Caribbean Wants You to Find Your Adventure Personality

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With the winter blues in full swing – and half of the northeast region covered in snow (not an actual calculation) – many travelers are dreaming of where they want to vacation next. Royal Caribbean has teamed up with the international authority on personality research, Myers-Briggs, to create a convenient way for travelers to navigate the possibilities for their next adventure from beginning to end.

The easy, 13-question quiz draws on The Myers-Briggs Company’s knowledge of personality types, and assess a person’s motivations and interpersonal needs that most affect their travel preferences. Once complete, quiz-takers receive a unique description of who they are as a traveler and suggested destinations and activities that might suit them.

The Adventure Personality quiz will be available all throughout what is known as “Wave Season” in the cruise industry, where potential guests are busy planning warm vacations and the best offers are available for the year ahead. To find your adventure personality, visit myadventurepersonality.com.

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Fate of the Carnival Triumph Revealed

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With Carnival Cruise Line execs routinely speaking about reducing the size of their fleet and little known about the Carnival Triumph’s future itineraries, some fans worried the ship might be on its way out. But fans of the Triumph can relax, as it was announced today that the ship will be sailing a variety of itineraries from three different ports… including a 2019 stay in New York City.

Carnival Triumph Hits Numerous Ports

The Triumph, which joined the fleet in 1999, will take on an exciting new slate of sailings during the 2019-20 season, immediately after undergoing a major refurbishment that will see her receiving a variety of new venues to compliment the ones she already has, which include the always-popular Guy’s Burger Joint, RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Cantina Tequila Bar and Alchemy Bar. The new itineraries will see her sailing from New York, Fort Lauderdale and Norfolk.

Exciting News For New York Homeporters

Perhaps most exciting to New Yorkers will be the return of shorter voyages from the port. The Carnival Triumph will sail four-day cruises to Bermuda in 2019 — being billed as “long weekends” — on May 23, June 20, July 18, August 15 and September 12. For those wanting to trade The Big Apple for Bermuda a few days longer, the ship will sail a six-day Bermuda trip on June 24, 2019. That trip will include a two-night stay in Bermuda. And on June 24, 2019, the Triumph will sail an 8-day cruise out of NYC that will include two nights on Bermuda and a visit to Grand Turk.

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For those wanting to go North instead of South, Carnival will also offer three 7-day cruises — departing on September 22, September 29 and October 6 of 2019 — visiting New England and the Canadian Maritimes.

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Finally, the New York City sailings will offer 8- and 10-day options, as well as a 14-day Carnival Journeys cruise departing May 27, 2019, and visiting the Panama Canal, Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, Costa Rica and Half Moon Cay.

Details On Triumph’s Florida Visit

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The Carnival Triumph will also sail out of Fort Lauderdale in 2019, doing 4- and 5-day cruises in April before heading to New York, and then picking up these itineraries again from November 2019 (after completing her Big Apple trips) until April 2020. In fact, at this point, Carnival is the only cruise line slated to offer a short-cruise itinerary from Fort Lauderdale, which should prove wildly appealing to the ever-growing population of people looking to take a cruise, but not necessarily having a week or more to commit. The 4-day sailings will depart on Thursdays and visit Nassau as well as either Half Moon or Princess Cay. The 5-day trips will depart on Mondays and swing by Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman.

Triumph’s Trip To Norfolk

Finally, the Carnival Triumph will also sail 5- and 6-day cruises to the Bahamas out of Norfolk, Virginia during May and October of 2019.

“We’re delighted to offer this unique schedule on Carnival Triumph,” says Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy of the ship’s port-hopping slate of itineraries. “With such an array of cruise choices, vacationers have the opportunity to enjoy short, value-packed getaways to tropical destinations [or] longer-length departures visiting spectacular ports of call!”

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