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Norwegian Announces 2019 Summer Cruising Schedule



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.


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.


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.


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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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.


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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Instagram Posts Reveal Cruise Secrets



According to a new study, if you’ve sailed on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, there’s a pretty good chance you not only took a lot of pictures but posted them to Instagram. The same can be said for folks who sailed on Carnival Cruise Line, who reportedly Instagrammed the second most photos. But those same posts reveal all kinds of information about who’s going where… and what they’re doing once they get there.

Over 1.8 Million Cruise Photos Were Studied

Harmony of the Seas docked in Nassau.

By studying nearly two million photos, the booking site SeaHub was able to figure out now only which lines had the biggest representation on the wildly popular photo-sharing app, but extrapolate info regarding popular destinations, which group is more likely to party and how long people tend to spend on shore while in port.

As of early January, Royal Caribbean cruisers had posted over 630,000 photographs to Instagram, while Carnival’s passengers clocked in at just under 500,000. Rounding out the top five were Disney (319,000), Princess (112,000)  and Celebrity (102,000). Breaking things even further down, SeaHub was able to determine which ship within the various fleets was most popular with Instagrammers… and which were the least popular.

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Where Royal Caribbean was concerned, Harmony of the Sea proved to be the most popular ship, with Rhapsody of the Sea coming in last place. For Carnival, Vista took the top spot while Ecstasy was on the bottom. Norwegian Cruise Line saw their Escape in first place, with the Bliss in dead last. And while this at first seems surprising, given how much buzz there is regarding the new ship, it’s important to remember that the rankings are based on photos posted, and those are few-and-far-between where the new build is concerned!

Carnival Claims The Party Prize

Carnival Vista

By looking at the hastags and terminology used in the posts, the informal study was able to reveal which cruise lines were associated with certain buzzwords. Carnival took the top spot when you looked at the word “party”, but Norwegian knocked them off the throne if you instead looked at “drinks.” When it came to “food” and “dinner”, Princess was the big winner… but “breakfast” went to Carnival. And while it sometimes seems as if lobster is the most talked-about menu item on cruise ships, it only ranked No. 5 when SeaHub analyzed what food is most posted/buzzed about on ships. (To be fair, “seafood” came in at No. 1, and that could include lobster.) The rest of the top 5 food items? Dessert was second, chocolate clocked in at No. 3 and the ubiquitous buffet earned the fourth spot.

What are you most likely to post pictures of when you cruise? 

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Cruise Line Cuts Ship In Half [PHOTOS]



Well, here’s something you don’t see every day: A cruise ship being sawed in half like a magician’s assistant. Why? So that a new 49-foot segment can be inserted.

What Does It Take To Cut A Ship In Half?

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Photo via Silversea Cruises.

This week in Palermo, Italy, the folks at the Fincantieri Shipyard have been executing the kind of thing you sort of have to see to believe: Thanks to the marvels of modern engineering, they are cutting Silversea’s Silver Spirit right down the middle, separating the two halves and then inserting a pre-built block into the ship before welding the whole thing together in so seamless a fashion that none will be the wiser.

Photo via Silversea Cruises.

So what does it take to accomplish such a feat? Well, breaking it down by the numbers, here’s what you get:

  • Over 500 workers
  • 450,000 man hours
  • 846 tons of steel
  • 360,892 feet of cabling
  • 26,247 feet of piping

And why would one undertake such a monumental task? Believe it or not, it’s actually cheaper than buying an entirely new ship… and will result in the Silver Spirit being able to increase their capacity by 12 percent. At the same time, she’ll undergo a massive refurbishment that will in essence transform her into an entirely new vessel.

How The Ship Will Be Refurbished

Photo via Silversea Cruises.

The entire project was inspired by the line’s flagship, Silver Muse (which not coincidentally was built at the same shipyard) and is serving as the focal influence of a fleet-wide renovation. “The lengthening and refurbishment of Silver Spirit will replicate the modern elegance of our latest vessel to make for a more luxurious travelling experience,” said Barbara Muckermann, chief marketing officer for Silversea. “This ambitious project will amplify the onboard features that matter most to our guests.”

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Photo via Silversea Cruises.

That includes dining options, which will see several dining options introduced, resulting in an 8-restaurant configuration. Up on the sky deck, the pool area will also be expanded from 98 feet to 148 feet to not only offer more space for sunworshippers, but also add a new aerobics area. The renovation will also see two new public spaces added, The Arts Cafe and Dolce Vita. Finally, all of the suites will be refurbished and upgraded.

And how cool is this? Just before arriving in Palermo to undergo her surgical procedure, the Silver Spirit stopped in Chaina, Crete, so that furniture that was being replaced could be donated to some of the charities on the island.

The ship will return to service on May 6, 2018, with 7-day sailings between Civitavecchia (Rome) and Barcelona. For more on the ship and her itineraries, click here.

“Witnessing these breathtaking phases of the Silver Spirit lengthening project has filled us with pride and excitement,” said Muckermann. And now you, too, can be wowed by the scope of the project by watching the video below.


Featured Photo via Silversea Cruises.

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Cruise Trends: What’s Topping Travel Wish Lists



When it comes to trends in cruising, Alaska is hot… and so is living the suite life. That’s according to newly released data based from the Travel Trends Survey. What else did the survey reveal about the places cruisers want to go — and what they want to do when they get there? Read on to find out.

Alaska Claims The Top Spot

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While in the past, land-based vacations to places like Las Vegas and Orlando claimed the top domestic spot, the survey of over 1,300 travel agents (conducted by Travel Leaders Group) showed that Alaskan cruises are the current hot ticket. In looking at international travel, cruises to the Caribbean came in at the No. 1 spot, while there was also a sharp rise in the level of interest travelers expressed toward river cruises. The results certainly indicate that the cruise industry’s efforts to convince the public that cruising is a better value than land-based vacations seem to be paying off in spades. “Cruises are continuing to soar as a popular vacation choice for North Americans,” said Ninan Chacko, CEO of Travel Leaders Group.

Read More: The Ultimate Guide To Planning An Alaskan Cruise

The survey also revealed that interest in cruises to Cuba has increased about 10 percent over last year, which is certainly reflected in how the various lines are approaching the port. While there was some concern that recent changes in the political arena might have a negative impact on the cruise industry where Cuba was concerned, execs at the recent Seatrade Global Cruise Convention said the opposite is proving true. Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said that his line would be doubling their capacity to the region in 2018, adding, “Cuba has been great for the industry.”

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Cruisers Like The Suite Life


Photo via Carnival.

The survey also indicated that when it comes to suites, more and more passengers are booking the higher-end staterooms. In fact, 30 percent of the travel agents responding to the survey indicated that they had seen an uptick in suite bookings. Meanwhile, when asked what type of question cruisers ask most often, the respondents said shore excursion-related queries topped the list, which again is very much in keeping with what executives have indicated is happening industry-wide. During quarterly earnings calls, numerous executives from the cruise lines have indicated that when they look at onboard spending, passengers are increasingly spending their money to purchase experiences as opposed to material things.

While 72 percent of the travel agents surveyed indicated put shore excursions as the No. 1 question, other topics they were frequently grilled on by clients included shipboard activities, pre- and post-cruise travel arrangements and specialty restaurants.

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