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Norwegian Announces 2019 Summer Cruising Schedule

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Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed their lineup for summer 2019. It includes five ships in Europe, three in Alaska, two calling in Bermuda, and other voyages in the Bahamas, Florida, the Caribbean, Canada, New England, and the Hawaiian islands.

Alaska

The youngest fleet to sail Alaska will again return in summer 2019, with Norwegian Bliss, Pearl and Jewel all cruising there. After making her debut in summer 2018, Norwegian Bliss will return for her second Alaska season, operating new seven-day Glacier Bay cruises departing each Sunday from Seattle from May 5 to September 22, 2019. The ship is being custom-built for Alaska, with panoramic observation lounges and an expansive waterfront. Norwegian Pearl will operate seven-day Alaska cruises from Seattle, departing on Saturdays from May 18 to September 21. Norwegian Jewel will return to Vancouver and Seward after a renovation in fall 2018 for her popular seven-day Glacier Bay northbound and Inside Passage southbound highlights cruises, which offer a great opportunity to combine them for a 14-day roundtrip experience.

Bahamas & Florida

For the first time since 2010, Norwegian Dawn will be returning to her first homeport of New York City. The ship will set sail from Manhattan on seven-day cruises to the Bahamas and Florida from May 25 to August 31, 2019.

Bermuda

In summer 2019, Norwegian Cruise Line will be offering cruises to Bermuda from two departure ports: Boston and New York City. Norwegian Gem will set sail from Boston from March 29 to November 8, 2019. Norwegian Escape, which moves to New York City for summer 2018, will continue her stay in the Big Apple through summer 2019, sailing to Bermuda from April 14 to October 20, 2019. Both ships will offer seven-day cruises to Bermuda with three full days and two overnights in port, so guests can experience Bermuda at their leisure.

Canada & New England

Early summer is the best time to enjoy New England and coastal Canada. Norwegian Dawn will be offering four, seven-day cruises to the coastline in May and June 2019, with calls in Halifax, Saint John, Bar Harbor, Portland, and Newport, Rhode Island.

Caribbean

After returning from her winter in New Orleans, Norwegian Breakaway will reposition to PortMiami for the first time ever. The 4,000 guest ship will operate a mix of eastern and western Caribbean itineraries during summer 2019. The seven-day western Caribbean cruises will visit Roatán, Cozumel, Costa Maya, and the line’s private destination Harvest Caye, Belize. The seven-day eastern Caribbean itinerary will stop in St. Thomas, Tortola, Nassau, and San Juan.

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Europe

After a one year hiatus, Norwegian Getaway will return to the Baltic for bucket-list itineraries that depart from Copenhagen and visit several ports in Scandinavia, with an overnight in Russia. From June 7 to August 27, 2019, the ship will operate a variety of nine-day sailings, calling in places including Berlin, Estonia, Helsinki, Stockholm, an overnight in St. Petersburg, and scenic cruising past the Stockholm Archipelago.

Norwegian Epic will be returning to Europe in summer 2019 for seven-day western Mediterranean cruises, with embarkation in Barcelona and Rome to see the best of Italy, France, and Spain. With departures from May 12 to November 3, guests sailing on the seven-day western Europe cruises will visit some of the most iconic destinations in the world.

Following a renovation this year, Norwegian Jade will spend summer 2019 cruising the Greek Isles and Italy from May 12 to October 24, 2019. The ship’s 10 and 11-day itineraries from Rome will visit Santorini, Athens, Mykonos, and Crete, Greece; Valletta, Malta; Messina, Sicily; as well as Naples and Florence/Pisa, Italy. Norwegian Star will undergo a refurbishment in spring 2018, and will also sail the Greek Isles and eastern Mediterranean with 9, 10, 11, and 12-day cruises from Venice, Italy. Star will call on some of Greece’s best island destinations like Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos, and Cephalonia, as well as Kotor, Montenegro and Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Norwegian Spirit will homeport in Southampton for summer 2019 and operate a selection of 10+ day itineraries to the British Isles, Iceland, the Norwegian Fjords, Arctic Circle, and the Baltics.

Hawaii

Norwegian Cruise Line is the only line to offer a seven-day inter-island itinerary in Hawaii, on the US-flagged Pride of America. Guests will cruise through paradise on the itinerary that offers nearby 100 hours of port time in Hawaii’s main islands, including an overnight in Kahului, Maui, a call in Hilo; Kailua, Kona; an overnight in Nãwiliwili, Kauai; and an afternoon cruising past the Nãpali Coast. Pride of America will depart from Honolulu every Saturday through April 2021.

Norwegian Cruise Line‘s new itineraries are now open for sale for returning guests, and will be available tomorrow, December 20, to the general public.

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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.

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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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