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Princess Cruises Reveals 2018-19 Exotic Sailings



Princess Cruises has debuted their 2018-2019 Exotics program which will take guests to culturally rich and iconic destinations around the world.  There are over 50 departures from 3 to 111 days long, and are now on sale.

The range of deployments includes six ships sailing 27 unique itineraries, visiting 93 destinations and 47 countries.  Travelers can also experience less-traveled ports on a World Cruise that departs roundtrip from Los Angeles or Fort Lauderdale.


Coral Princess sails a new 60-day Circle North Pacific voyage from LA, calling in 22 destinations in 8 countries, including Asia, Alaska, and Hawaii.  Pacific Princess sails a new route on the 111-day World Cruise circumnavigating Africa’s Cape of Good Hope.

Two new 14 and 15-day Grand Asia voyages will be available on Sapphire Princess from Shanghai and Singapore, complementing the previously announced 14-day Majestic Grand Asia voyages aboard Majestic Princess.

These voyages as a whole visit more than 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Great Barrier Reef, Glacier Bay National Park, Robben Island in Cape Town, and more.  In additional, evening stays and overnights will be offered on select cruises in 18 different ports.

South America

Royal Princess will sail her maiden voyage around Cape Horn on a 49-day South American Grand Adventure – the line’s largest ship to ever visit South America.  Guests will be able to experience the company’s new Ocean Medallion technology onboard, making it easier than ever to personalize their cruising experience.  Emerald Princess will also be returning to South America, navigating around Cape Horn on five departures between Santiago and Buenos Aires.

Both ships will feature Peru, Chile, and an overland to Machu Picchu on the 16-day Andes & South America cruises between LA and Santiago, which can be combined with a 14-day Cape Horn cruise for a 30-day adventure.  They will also sail 19-day Brazilian Adventure cruises between Fort Lauderdale and Buenos Aires, which can be combined with the 14-day cruises for a 33-day adventure.

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World Cruise

Pacific Princess will be offering a 111-day World Cruise roundtrip from LA or Fort Lauderdale, with 41 destinations in 27 countries on 5 continents, featuring overnights in Cape Town and Singapore.  The voyage also includes three maiden ports of call to Stewart Island, New Zealand, the remote island of St. Helena (UK territory), and Guadeloupe.

For a shorter world voyage, the ship will also offer the chance to sail a 96-day World Cruise starting in Los Angeles and ending in Fort Lauderdale.  Guests can also join the World Cruise for just a portion of the journey, including a 72-day South Pacific & Indian Ocean, 43-day Australia & Africa, 39-day Africa, South America, & Panama Canal, 29-day Hawaii & South Pacific, 24-day Africa & South Africa, and a choice of two 15-day Panama Canal Connoisseur voyages between LA and Fort Lauderdale.


Princess Cruises is offering two cruisetours for South America on Emerald and Royal Princess.  

During the Iguazú Falls Adventure cruisetour, guests visit Rio de Janeiro with a full day of sightseeing that takes them to Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer statue.  It continues into the jungle at the border of Brazil and argentina to IguazúFalls, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

During the Machu Picchu Explorer cruisetour, guests ascend into the Andes to Machu Picchu, another UNESCO World Heritage site and visit the historic city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, with sightseeing to Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo, and an authentic Pisac market.

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Norwegian Encore is Now Open for Booking



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Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest addition to the fleet, Norwegian Encore, is now open for booking. The ship will begin sailing on November 17, 2019 to the Caribbean from Miami through April 12, 2020.

Norwegian Encore‘s eastern Caribbean cruises will feature some of the region’s most popular destinations. On the seven-day cruises, guests will first visit San Juan, Puerto Rico. The other calls will be in St. Thomas and Tortola.

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This past January, the ship marked her first construction milestone with a steel-cutting ceremony that took place at Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. Slated to be around 167,800 tons and holding 4,000 guests, Encore‘s debut in Miami will coincide with the scheduled completion of the line’s new terminal at PortMiami.

More details on the ship’s design, cabins, dining, and onboard amenities will be revealed in the months to come.

For more information on Norwegian’s new PortMiami terminal, click here.

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Carnival Cruise Line Adds Photo Packages



As much as passengers love having their pictures taken around the ship — especially on formal night! — they’ve always hated how expensive it can be to buy those photographs. This week, Carnival Cruise Line has rolled out photo packages designed to make it at least a little bit cheaper to bring home the images of those special moments.

How Much The Packages Cost

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Now available for pre-cruise purchase in the Fun Shops, there are three different packages for cruisers to choose from, all of which offer significant savings over buying individual photos while on board. The packages break down as follows:

  • Pixels: This package offers prints of 5 of your best photographs, plus 1 16” by 20” canvas portrait at a cost of $99.99.
  • Pixels Plus: With this package, you can choose as many of your favorites as you like and have them printed at a cost of $199.99.
  • Pixels Plus Digital: This option offers you all of the prints of your favorite photographs, plus a souvenir USB stick containing high-resolution digital versions of the pictures, and runs $249.99.

Although all three packages must be purchased in advance in order to take advantage of the discount, those picking the Pixels option have until the final sea day of their voyage to pick the five prints they want to have made. Passengers who purchase a package will receive a Pixels gift ticket, which will be left in their stateroom. That ticket can then be taken to the photo gallery for redemption (which must be done within two days of boarding).

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Not All Photos Are Included

There are, of course, exceptions and restrictions, although generally speaking, the packages do include all of the candid and posed shots taken by the ship’s photographers. But photos of people not staying in your stateroom aren’t included, nor are photos of large groups (such as those that might be taken for weddings or other special events) or generic ship images. If your group does a private photo shoot (or wants additional prints), those come at an extra charge. And it’s important to note that once you’ve disembarked, the photos will no longer be available! For full details on the packages, head to the Fun Shops at

Will you purchase a photo package for your next Carnival cruise?

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Carnival Horizon Will Have Live Music in Steakhouse



As the countdown to Carnival Horizon’s spring arrival continues, new details are emerging every day about what passengers can expect on the fleet’s newest ship. This week, it was revealed that Horizon will introduce a new twist to the line’s popular steakhouse.

What Will Be Different

This morning, Carnival’s Brand Ambassador, John Heald, announced on his Facebook page that guests dining at Fahrenheit 555 — aka the line’s branded, for-fee steakhouse —will be treated to live piano music during dinner hours, which typically run from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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Many people at first wondered if this meant there would be two piano-centric venues onboard Horizon, but as it turns out, deck five’s layout is a bit different on this ship than on her sister ship, the Vista, and it is this small difference actually winds up making the dinnertime entertainment possible: On Vista, the steakhouse is across the hall from the piano bar, while on Horizon, the two are side-by-side. The two venues will be separated by a watertight door which, during the dinner hour, will be opened so that a pianist can play classical music to entertain guests.

Read More: 7 Reasons to Dine in Carnival’s Steakhouse

And no, guests needn’t fear that if they are lingering over a late dinner at the steakhouse, the atmosphere will suddenly turn raucous when the piano bar opens. As Heald explained, “If anyone is still dining in the steakhouse at 10 p.m. or whenever we open the piano bar, we will close the door, the piano bar will open, and the steakhouse is closed off again.”

About Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse

Carnival Cruise Line recently started revamping the steakhouse menus across the fleet to add items such as pork belly, fresh oysters, crab risotto, prime beef and a new dessert called Table Art where the chef designs your dessert in front of you.

The steakhouse is currently priced at $35 per guest, with the kid’s menu offered at $10.

Do you like the idea of a pianist playing while you enjoy dinner at the steakhouse?

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