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Nieuw Statendam European Itineraries Revealed

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Following her inaugural season island-hopping in the Caribbean, Holland America’s upcoming new ship Nieuw Statendam will cross the Atlantic in April 2019 and spend the summer and fall in northern Europe and the Mediterranean Sea.

The Pinnacle class ship will homeport in Amsterdam for the summer, and in September will head to warmer waters in the Mediterranean on a 12-day cruise from Amsterdam to Rome, Italy. Three 10-day cruises roundtrip will explore the eastern and western Mediterranean. After that, the ship will depart Rome October 27 for a 14-day cruise back to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Nieuw Statendam Does Norway

Once arriving in Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam will cruise 7 and 14-day itineraries. Two different seven-day voyages offering nine departures from May to September will call at some of the country’s most popular ports, and feature multiple scenic cruising experiences.

A longer 14-day Norwegian exploration departs June 9 and July 7, featuring eight ports in Norway while crossing into the Arctic Circle. Guests will also enjoy scenic cruising in Hardangerfjord, Geirangerfjord, the North Cape, and Sognefjord.

British Isles and Baltic

The Baltic awaits guests on two 14-day itineraries in May and August, also sailing roundtrip from Amsterdam. The ship calls in Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark; Berlin and Hamburg, Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg (overnight), Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden.

Those looking to visit Iceland and the British Isles can embark Nieuw Statendam August 4 for a 14-day cruise to newcastle upon Tyne, England; South Queenferry (Edinburgh), Scotland, for an overnight permitting guests to attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo; Reykjavik (overnight), Isafjordur, and Akureyri, Iceland; and ålesund and Bergen, Norway.

Mediterranean Cruises

In September, the ship will sail from Amsterdam to Civitavecchia on a 12-day journey that visits Ireland, Portugal, and four ports in Spain. There will then be two 10-day cruises roundtrip from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, and Italy, while another 10-day will visit ports in Spain, Gibraltar, France, Monaco, and Italy.

On October 27 the ship will head to Florida on a 14-day journey that visits Cartagena, Málaga (Granada) and Cádiz, Spain; and Ponta Delgada, Azores.

The Premiere Voyage

Nieuw Statendam‘s Premiere voyage will depart Rome on December 5, 2018 for a 14-day transatlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale. The ship will spend the winter and spring seasons cruises from Fort Lauderdale on three and four-day Bahamas cruises, seven-day eastern or western Caribbean cruises, and one 10-day southern Caribbean itinerary.

Those looking to spend more time onboard can choose from 11 to 17-day Collectors’ Voyages that combine back-to-back Caribbean itineraries. All of the ship’s Caribbean cruises call at Holland America’s award-winning private island in the Bahamas: Half Moon Cay.

Currently under construction in Italy, the 2,666-guest ship is due for delivery on December 1, 2018. For more information about Nieuw Statendam, click here.

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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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