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2017’s Top Cruise Stories

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As we say farewell to 2017 and prepare for 2018’s wave season, what better time to look back at the biggest stories of the year? Based on the stories which got the most traffic on this site over the past 12 months, here’s what had cruisers buzzing in 2017.

1. Launch of the MSC Seaside


After months of anticipation, MSC’s revolutionary new ship — with which they mounted their biggest ever attempt to penetrate the American cruise market — was finally introduced to the public in a star-studded naming ceremony.

2. Tragedy Strikes Close To Home

As is the case every year, not all of 2017’s biggest cruise-related stories were positive ones. The cruise family collectively mourned the deaths of 12 souls killed when the bus they were riding to a shore excursion in Mexico overturned.

3. It’s All About The View

Okay, it’s probably a stretch to say “details,” but folks were definitely excited when news broke that Carnival’s third Vista-class ship — sister to the Vista and Horizon — would be named the Carnival Panorama.

4. Hurricane Irma’s Destructive Path

In the days after Hurricane Irma, Fascination was one of the ships to help deliver supplies to stricken areas.

For many cruisers, the Caribbean islands are practically second homes. So it was with a growing sense of dread that we watched Hurricane Irma approach — and eventually devastate — several of those islands.

5. Stupid People Do Dumb Things

A whole lot of heads were shaking as people, upon watching video of a teen jumping from a railing into a pool 20 feet below aboard a Princess cruise ship, muttered, “Where the heck were their parents?”

6. More Money, More Problems

The Bahamian Minister of Tourism probably regretted his tough talk when cruisers didn’t react particularly well to his plans to extract an additional $90 million a year from them by whatever means necessary.

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7. Farewell, Old Friend(ship)

Carnival Jubilee sailing as Pacific Sun in 2007 (photo: Wiki)


It’s tough to say good-bye, even to a friend you haven’t seen in a while. So cruisers strolled down Memory Lane upon learning that the former Carnival Jubilee was headed for the scrapyard.

8. Look, Ma! Naked People!

We’re not sure if people were upset or curious about the Big Nude Cruise, but a whole lotta folks shared our November story about the fact that in 2019, the nudist group Bare Necessities would be chartering a sailing of the Carnival Sunshine!

9. Nickle-And-Dimers, Unite

Photo via NCL.

One thing we’ve definitely learned over the years? Whenever cruise lines raise the rates on gratuities, it’ll get people talking. So when Norwegian Cruise Line did exactly that with their beverage and dining packages, cruisers definitely took notice!

10. An Update From Topher

Topher was only too happy to welcome cruisers back to Jack’s Shack!


As humans, our first instinct in the wake of a disaster is to check on our loved ones. So we were thrilled to bring people an update on Topher (aka the world’s most photographed dog) and his human companion, Jack, in the weeks following Hurricane Irma’s assault on Grand Turk.

What did you think the biggest cruise-related story of 2017 was? What do you predict will be the big news in 2018? 

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June Special: Kids Sail Free to the Bahamas

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With summer around the corner, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has a special deal for families traveling with kids. Valid for all June cruises, those 16 and under will sail free if they’re staying in the same stateroom with two paying parents.

With the school year wrapping up and Father’s Day on June 17, it’s the perfect time for a quick escape to the Bahamas. Both of the line’s ships, Grand Classica and Grand Celebration offer a number of activities for guests on their way to the island. There are youth clubs divided by age, swimming pools, multiple dining options, a mini movie theater, mini rock climbing wall, a ball pit, and more.

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There’s also a number of shore excursions that families can take part in once they arrive, including snorkeling, a beach day, cruising the beach in an open-top Jeep, swimming with dolphins, parasailing, kayaking, glass-bottom boat tours, and more.

For more information, visit bahamasparadisecruiseline.com.

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Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Take Annual Photos on Cruise Ship

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The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have officially wrapped up their 2018 annual photo shoot, and this year a Miami-based cruise ship was the backdrop.

Over 20 of the cheerleaders sailed to the sunny Caribbean this month aboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Seaside, donning a number of clothing styles for the photos while capturing the ship’s iconic design. The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Annual is set to be released at the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Fashion Show this fall.

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The cheerleaders also took part in photo shoot in ports along the way, including St. Maarten, San Juan, and Nassau. During the voyage, the cheerleaders engaged with guests throughout the cruise during a variety of activities, including at the sail away party, hosting youth cheer clinics, posing for photo ops, and doing special performances to entertain guests. To kick off the cruise, they provided a warm Miami Dolphins welcome by taking over the terminal with mascot “TD” to cheer guests into their vacation.

The annual photoshoot onboard MSC Seaside came on the heels of the Dolphins’ first ever Fan Cruise onboard the same ship in March. The voyage included football legend guests of honor including Kim Bokamper, Terry Kirby, Sam Madison, Nat Moore, Joe Rose and Patrick Surtain, for a week of themed activities. The team will be hosting their second cruise in 2019.

The Miami Dolphins and MSC Cruises are in the midst of a three-year partnership, which resulted in the Fan Cruise. It will be hosted annually over the next three years.

Photos: Miami Dolphins

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Carnival Horizon Makes Inaugural Call in Canadian Port

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Carnival Cruise Line’s brand new Vista-class ship Carnival Horizon made her first-ever call in Halifax, Nova Scotia yesterday.

The day was a welcome change for cruise passengers; it was the first port stop after six days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Mediterranean. Ship officers as well as local officials held a traditional plaque ceremony in the Library onboard, where a plaque was given to the ship by the Port of Halifax and other tokens were exchanged, including a model of the ship given to the port by Carnival Cruise Line.

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Carnival Horizon is the sister-ship to Carnival Vista, which pioneered a number of new concepts for Carnival including the SkyRide bicycling attraction and the Dreamscape LED sculpture in the atrium. Some of Horizon’s unique new features include a sit-down barbecue smokehouse and brewery as well as a Cat in the Hat themed WaterWorks water park.

Click here for a video of the ship headed into the Port of Halifax.

Click here for our article on all of the free food found aboard Carnival Horizon.

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