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Holland America Reveals 2017-18 Mexico Cruise Season

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For the 2017-2018 cruising season to Mexico, Holland America Line has announced that ms Oosterdam will be joining ms Westerdam on roundtrip itineraries from San Diego, California.  From September to February, the ships will operate eleven 7-day cruises calling in Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas, and Puero Vallarta, Mexico.

During the Mexican Riviera cruises, both ships calling in Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta will give guests a good feel for the country and what it has to offer.  Three days at sea provide plenty of time to relax and explore what the ship has to offer.  To kick off the season, Oosterdam departs on September 30, 2017 with two back to back seven-day sailings.  Westerdam departs November 24 on the first of two seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises.

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During the sail into San Diego, guests are treated to scenic cruising past Coronado Island, Cabrillo National Monument, and Point Loma.  The ships dock near downtown, so it’ll be easy to walk on Coronado Island’s sandy beach, take in Old Town, or have a fun time at the San Diego Zoo.

At the tip of the Baja Peninsula rests Cabo San Lucas, which is one of Mexico’s most recognized ports of call thanks to its unique rock arch formation.  Guests can enjoy lounging on the beach, four wheeling, taking to the sea in search of gray whales, and more in the sunny port.

Mazatlán is known as the “pearl of the Pacific” and is where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet.  It’s a haven for historical sites, nature, water sports, and fishing.

Puerto Vallarta has it all, including gorgeous beaches, tons of activities, chic shops, and hip restaurants.  The quaint Old Town greets travelers with a mix of red-tiled buildings, cobbled streets, and busy open markets, while nature adventures show off Mexico’s beautiful flora and fauna.

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Throughout the voyages, Explorations Central (EXC) brings Mexico’s culture to life onboard the ship.  Local cultural ambassadors teach local crafts, language, and dance lessons, and a mariachi band performs for guests at one of the ports of call.  Those who want to learn more can attend an EXC Talk or head to America’s Test Kitchen for a themed cooking demo, class, or mixology class featuring local fare.

The main dining room and lido buffet will also showcase the flavors of the destinations, and bars will offer a variety of Mexican liquors and ingredients.  The ship will be decorated with Mexican flowers, and guests will find themed towel animals in their staterooms.  For further information, there will be exclusive handbooks for each destination from AFAR Media, and online guests can find printable maps, as well as curated films, TV shows, and documentaries on their stateroom television.

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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.

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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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