Cruise Clippings: Week of November 3, 2013

Carnival Sunshine leaving Barcelona on a 16-night Transatlantic cruise
Carnival Sunshine leaving Barcelona on a 16-night Transatlantic cruise

Carnival Cruise Lines announced that it has scored the new title of Official Cruise Partner of the New Orleans Saints and its first-ever partnership with an NFL franchise.

The line will have the opportunity to create fun in-stadium festivities, social media activities, prize promotions and more for Saints fans.  From Nov. 1 through Nov. 13, through the Carnival Cruise to the Game with Your Krewe Sweepstakes, the company will offer local Saints fans the chance to win great prizes including game tickets and autographed New Orleans Saints merchandise through its Facebook page (

American Cruise Lines has reported a 25% percent growth over the past year. In response to this strong demand, American Cruise Lines is completing another new riverboat for its fleet. The new vessel is an authentic paddlewheeler that will accommodate 150 passengers. American Cruise Lines will announce more details about the itineraries and begin accepting bookings early next year. The line will also be announcing additional newbuilds in the next few weeks.

Hear our broadcast aboard American Cruise Lines’ Queen of the Mississippi as we ventured from St. Louis northbound up the Mississippi River last month. Click here to launch player.

Norwegian Getaway, whose construction has taken 12 months, was floated out of MEYER WERFT’s covered building dock II on Saturday, November 2 in Papenburg, Germany where the 146,600-ton ship has been under construction since November 2012 when the ship’s keel was laid.  The 4,000 passenger ship with her signature hull artwork designed by Miami artist David “LEBO” Le Batard, which features a whimsical mermaid holding the sun above the waves, departed building dock II bow first.

Two ships left Europe this week enroute for US water. Carnival Sunshine left Barcelona for a 16-night transatlantic sailing bound for New Orleans. The ship will operate 7-night Caribbean service from New Orleans until April, when she repositions to Port Canaveral.  We are currently aboard Carnival Sunshine and you can see our voyage photos on our Facebook Page.

MSC Divina bid a farewell to Venice for an 18-night transatlantic sailing, bound for her new homeport of Miami, Florida. This will be the first MSC fantasia-class vessel to homeported in the US. An additional touch of Italian style enchanted spectators in Venice, as a fabulous Rosso Brillante (metallic red) Fiat 500 was loaded onto the ship to officially escort MSC Divina across the Atlantic Ocean.

This week on Cruise Radio we featured USA Today contributor Fran Golden as she touches on cruise ship etiquette. Fran touches on some great points and is a must listen. You can hear the interview here.

Princess Cruises’ first-ever “Cruising for a Cause” voyage sets sail from Houston today on a cruise to honor veterans and raise funds for two respected veterans’ organizations – Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Inc. and Operation Homefront Inc. The first-of-its-kind voyage features an impressive line-up of special guests aboard Caribbean Princess.

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