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Cunard Announces 2020 Cruise Schedule

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Cunard has unveiled their “Oceans of Discovery” program, featuring sailings from November 2019 to April 2020. The line’s three ships will call in 123 destinations in 48 different countries, including 10 maiden calls in Japan, Australia, and Papua New Guinea.

Whether it’s a two-night break or a full 113-night world voyage, the fleet will offer a blend of iconic cities along with smaller, lesser-known but equally charming destinations. “Oceans of Discovery” includes:

  • The World Voyage: Pioneering the concept of world cruising in 1922, Cunard has sent more ships around the globe than any other passenger line. In 2020, Queen Mary 2 will offer the only true World Voyage, lasting between 99 and 113 nights.
  • Grand Voyages: These itineraries offer more days at sea with the luxury of time, and call on the world’s most iconic ports.
  • Regions of the World: These carefully curated voyages showcase the most fascinating regions on earth, balancing the exploration of shore days with plenty of time at sea.

Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2 will operate Cunard’s only World Voyage in 2020, and will undertake her classic east-west voyage to Australia and Asia, including the Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, and Southern Africa. The World Cruise can be taken as a round-trip from either New York (113 nights) or London (99 nights). Shorter options range from 1 to 3 weeks, and can be combined in many ways so that guests can create their ideal experience.

The beginning is routed via the Mediterranean Sea and Suez Canal to the Arabian Gulf and across the Indian Ocean, entering Asia via the Malacca Straits. From there, the ship will head north via Vietnam to Hong Kong before heading to Australia via South Africa. The trip includes more overnight stays than in any of Queen Mary 2‘s world cruises in the past 10 years.

Queen Elizabeth

In December 2019 and the first half of 2020, Queen Elizabeth will offer a series of round-trip cruises from international ports with richer and more regionally-focused itineraries. Between these deployments, there will be exotic grand voyages that capture the imagination and spirit of adventure in travel lovers around the world.

The ship will operate six round-trip cruises from Melbourne and two from Sydney, covering the popular regions of South Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand as well as a new itinerary that features Papua New Guinea with maiden calls in Conflict Island and Kiriwina. The ship will offer multiple sailings in Japan, making five maiden calls to Japanese ports in 2020.

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria‘s winter deployment consists of a series of European departures in November and December 2019, following by a round-trip experience to South America. The ship will offer longer stays in ports like Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, as well as overnights in Manaus, Rio, Buenos Aires, and Callao for guests to immerse themselves in the vibrancy of South American culture. Scenic cruising will include the Amazon River, Magellan Straits, Cape Horn, the Chilean Fjords, and the Panama Canal.

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World Voyage Benefits

Those booking the Queen Mary 2 World Voyage from New York or Southampton, departing on January 3 and 10 respectively, or the Queen Victoria South America Voyage from Hamburg, Southampton, or Fort Lauderdale, departing January 2, 10, and 21 respectively, will receive the following benefits:

  • Welcome aboard reception
  • Services of a World Voyage Concierge and use of a private lounge
  • Unique commemorative gift
  • World Voyage cocktail parties
  • Shoreside Gala Dinner/Cocktail Party
  • Daily Gratuities

Early Booking World Voyage Benefits

Those traveling on a full World Voyage receive a variety of exclusive benefits in addition to Cunard’s standard of quality and aim for perfection on every voyage. Full World bookings made by November 30, 2018 will receive the following:

  • Reduced deposit
  • Onboard credit of up to $3,000 per stateroom
  • Complimentary Captain’s Wine Reception for those staying in an oceanview, balcony, or Grill Suite stateroom
  • Alternative Dining Credit for those staying in an oceanview, balcony, or Grill Suite
  • Ground transfers (in oceanview and balcony) and upgraded private transfers (in Grill Suites)
  • Laundry service for oceanview, balcony, and Grill Suites

Guests booked in the Grill Suites on voyages 7 nights or longer will receive free gratuities and free drinks. Promotion may not be combined with other offers. The promo code is ZED.

World Club members will be able to book beginning on March 19, 2019, and booking will open to the public on March 20, 2018. For more information, click here.

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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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Everything Carnival Horizon, Part 10: Before You Disembark

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Hard as it is to believe, our time together exploring Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ships is coming to an end. But before that can happen, we need to take one last spin around the Carnival Horizon… just to make sure you aren’t missing anything!

How Do You Spend That Final Day?

Nobody likes to think about disembarkation, yet that seems to be what the mind winds up focusing on during those final 24 hours of any cruise. You’re not even off the ship yet, but the mind begins wandering to the work that will be waiting on your desk or the unmowed lawn waiting to be tended. Our best advice: Given that you are on a Carnival ship, do as they advice and Choose Fun for as long as you possibly can.

Sure, you’ll have to pack your suitcase eventually… but the last day of your vacation is when you should slow down enough to soak it all in. Give yourself a little extra time to sit in a quiet spot, staring out at the sea and taking mental photographs. Have a long, leisurely brunch (during which you allow yourself to have a second, and maybe even a third, Bloody Mary. Head to Cherry on Top and get one more of those amazing ice cream sandwiches, which you know you’re going to have cravings for once you get back home.

Choose your cookie. Choose your ice cream. Choose your toppings. Eat. Could anything be simpler?

One thing we’d definitely recommend you do in advance: If you have a specialty restaurant you want to enjoy that final dinner-at-sea in, make a reservation. For many people, dining at the Steakhouse, for example, is a perfect capper to their cruise. Tomorrow, they’ll be back to making their own dinner and clearing their own tables, so why not have one final high-end meal?

Go ahead, live a little… it’s the last night of your cruise!

Another thing you definitely want to make sure to do on that final evening is head to the casino to cash in any winnings you might have! One of our favorite ways to make sure we go home with a little money? Cashing out whenever we have a decent win on a slot machine, putting a fresh $20 bill in the game… and sticking those tickets into the safe in our stateroom and not touching them until the week is over. When it’s time to head upstairs on the final night and pack our bags, we grab those tickets and cash them out.

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One way we fight the melancholy that can often set in on the final day is by booking another trip, which on the Carnival Horizon can be done by visiting the future cruise desk on deck 10. Then, having put it off as long as we possibly could, we finally head back to the room and pack. After spending a fair amount of time deciding what to bring and what to leave behind during the days building up to the cruise, the packing-to-disembark process is a lot quicker and easier. You know the drill: Throw everything into the suitcase, don’t even bother folding it, taking as little time as possible.

The saddest thing ever? Seeing all the suitcases lining the hallways, waiting to be collected on that final night.

If you need any information at all about the disembarkaton process, make sure to check the Fun Times or ask at Guest Services. But don’t leave this until the last morning… trust us, the staff will have their hands full trying to get everyone off the ship so that a whole new group of passengers can board and begin their vacations! In fact, if you have anything at all you need to deal with Guest Services about, try not to wait until that last evening, because the place can become a bit of a zoo!

And remember that there is no room service available on that final morning, so if you want to grab one last free meal, you’ll have to actually leave the room… or at least convince one of your traveling companions to do so! Again, consulting the Fun Times will tell you where you can go for that final meal, whether it’s a sit-down breakfast or just grabbing some coffee to get yourself going!

Sadly, it is here that we, too, must part ways. Here’s hoping that you’ve enjoyed our special, in-depth look at the Carnival Horizon. Keep checking back for more information on not only this ship but the upcoming Carnival Panorama, which we’re already excited to explore!

 

 

 

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Property Brothers to Set Sail on Royal Caribbean Ship

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Royal Caribbean and the Property Brothers themselves, Drew and Jonathan Scott, are excited to announce a special upcoming cruise aboard Mariner of the Seas. 

Fans can join the twins this December 3 to 7 on a four-night voyage aboard the ship, which will have just completed a $90 million renovation this year. Sailing With the Scotts will include presentations with the brothers, as well as panel discussions and workshops. Attendees will also get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the latest season of Brother vs. Brother, as well as a personal session of 20 Questions with Drew and Jonathan. The twins will also host shore excursions, meet & greets, photo sessions, and dance lessons, as well as their Scott Living Showroom at Sea, featuring a sneak peek of new pieces from the brothers’ own home goods collection.

photo: Sailing with the Scotts

The brothers will be donating $25 to the charity WE (formerly known as Free The Children) for each stateroom sold for this special sailing. Every $25 will provide one person with access to clean water for life in a developing community.

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Cuisine aboard the ship includes sushi, hibachi, freshly made pasta at Jamie’s Italian, and bar bites and arcade games at Playmaker Sports Bar & Arcade. The vessel will also feature the new Bamboo Room tiki lounge.

During the day, travelers can enjoy rock climbing, ice skating, surfing on the FlowRider, and the new Sky Pad – a virtual reality, bungee jumping adventure, as well as an escape room and glow-in-the-dark laser tag.

For more information on this special cruise, visit sailingwiththescotts.com.

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