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Cruise Line Gives Passengers A Chance To Help Hurricane Victims

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We’ve all seen the ads touting that “The Caribbean is open for business!” as cruise lines have begun resuming their normal routes, bringing many tourists (and their much-needed dollars) to the area. But you need only watch the evening news to know that there’s more to the story. Many parts of the Caribbean — including the hard-hit island of Puerto Rico — are still struggling to bounce back from the devastating hurricanes which hit late last year. And now, Princess Cruises and Fathom Travel are working together to provide cruisers who want to become actively involved in the recovery process a chance to do that while also enjoying an amazing vacation. While the initial January 20th, 2018 sailing is fully booked, two additional voyages will take place this spring.

Many Islanders Still Need Help

Photo via Princess Cruises

Thanks to a lot of hard-working people, many of the most popular tourist spots in the Caribbean are up and running with little or no trace of the devastation left by the hurricane. But travel beyond the typical tourist spots, into the heartland of the islands, and you’ll find a different story. Many who live on the islands we visit and love are still in need of help. And ever since the storms first hit, many cruisers have been asking how they can help.

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“I’ve always believed there is an appetite among travelers to combine their passion for adventure with their desire for meaning, purpose, and deep connection,” says Tara Russell, Fathom president and the global impact leader at Carnival Corporation. “Now more than ever, our friends in the Caribbean need us to show up to support kids and families as they return to school and build normalcy in their daily lives.”

With that in mind, Princess and Fathom will offer two additional sailings this spring – on top of the sold-out Crown Princess cruise – each of which will offer passengers an opportunity to get personally involved in the recovery process. “These cruises,” says Russell, “offer guests a transformative opportunity to make an impact in these communities.”

Special Cruises This Spring

The seven-night voyages out of Fort Lauderdale will take place aboard the Regal Princess (departing on March 18, 2018) and the Caribbean Princess (deparing on May 26, 2018). Both sailings will offer unique onboard events and activities designed to both inspire and educate, as well as opportunities while in port to make a difference in the lives of those living on the impacted islands.

While all of the details have not yet been mapped out for the currently-booking cruises, the journey will give passengers the opportunity to take part in a donation drop on St. Thomas, help repair a school and damaged homes in the Dominican Republic, and more. And for those who want to help but aren’t able to sign up for one of the Fathom cruises, they can click here to donate, with all proceeds going to the helping rebuild the community of Loma de la Bestia in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republican.

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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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