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Princess Reveals 2018-19 Americas Schedule



Princess Cruises has announced their 2018-2019 Americas cruise itineraries.  On sale today, the upcoming season includes 12 ships sailing to over 70 destinations on over 40 unique itineraries on 250 departures from 6 North American homeports.

Four of the ships – Royal, Regal, Caribbean, and Island Princess will be enabled with the cruise line’s Ocean Medallion technology beginning in fall 2018.  Guests will be able to use the wearable device within the One Cruise Experience Access Network (OCEAN) to further personalize and streamline their cruising experience.


There are five ships sailing four unique itineraries on 5, 7, and 10-day voyages from Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Royal Princess will be the largest Princess ship to sail the Mexican Riviera on a series of 7-day cruises from Los Angeles.  Ports include Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, and Cabo San Lucas.  There’s also 10-day voyages from San Francisco with the added port of Manzanillo.

The 10-day Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez cruise returns on Star Princess, sailing from Los Angeles to La Paz, Loreto, Puerto Vallarta, and an overnight stay in Cabo San Lucas.  The line is overing more 5-day Cabo getaways than ever which includes more evening stays in the port on Emerald and Star Princess.

California Coast

This season, eight ships will sail twelve unique itineraries to over ten destinations on 1 to 10-day cruises from Seattle, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and San Francisco.

Royal Princess will sail from Los Angeles to Vancouver on a 7-day Pacific California Coast visiting San Diego, Seattle, and San Francisco for an overnight.  Ruby Princess operates a new 7-day Northern California Coast voyage roundtrip from Seattle with stops in Monterey, Astoria, and late evening stays in San Francisco and Victoria, BC.

Also new for 2018 is a 7-day Pacific Northwest Coast cruise on Grand Princess sailing roundtrip from San Francisco visiting Astoria, Vancouver, Victoria, and a late evening in Seattle.  The Classic California Coast sailings return with 7-day cruises roundtrip from Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as a 10-day from Vancouver.  Star and Emerald Princess will also operate select 4-day West Coast Getaway voyages from Los Angeles including Santa Barbara or Catalina Island, as well as Ensenada.


Five ships will operate 12 unique itineraries to over 35 destinations on voyages from 7 to 20 days from Fort Lauderdale and New York to the Caribbean.

The newly renovated Caribbean Princess sails 14-day Circle Caribbean voyages roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, stopping in Martinique, Barbados, Trinidad, Aruba, Curaçao, Antigua, St. Thomas, Amber Cove, and St. Kitts.  There will also be a special sailing spanning both Christmas and New Year’s.  Small ship Pacific Princess operates a holiday 14-day Caribbean Connoisseur voyage, visiting off-the-beaten-path destinations including St. Barthelemy, Iles Des Saintes (maiden call), Grenadines, Tobago, and Virgin Gorda.

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Crown Princess returns to the popular 10-day Southern Caribbean Medley and a 10-day Eastern Caribbean Voyage, which can be combined for a 20-day vacation.  7-day eastern Caribbean cruises will be offered on Regal, Royal, and Caribbean Princess.  Royal and Caribbean Princess will also offer a new 7-day Explorer itinerary visiting San Juan, Amber Cove, Grand Turk, and Princess Cays.

Regal, Royal, and Caribbean Princess will sail 7-day western Caribbean voyages visiting Grand Cayman and Cozumel, with two itinerary options including Roatan and Belize City or Jamaica and Princess Cays.  Ports of call with longer evening stays include Barbados, St. Thomas, Aruba, St. Maarten, and Curaçao.

Panama Canal

There are four ships sailing seven unique itineraries to over 30 destinations on voyages 10 to 22 days from Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vancouver to the Panama Canal.

Caribbean and Island Princess both offer a transit through the locks and a day of scenic cruising through Gatun Lake from the Atlantic Ocean roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on 10-day Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean voyages.  Caribbean Princess will sail via the expanded Agua Clara locks while Island Princess will transit the historic Gatun locks.

Coral, Island, and Pacific Princess will all sail 15-day Panama Canal Ocean to Ocean cruises with a full transit through all three sets of historic locks – Gatun, Pedro Miguel, and Miraflores Locks.  Coral sails roundtrip from Los Angeles for transits through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks for a 19-day Panama Canal Pacific Adventure.

Hawaii & Tahiti

Four ships will sail four itineraries to 10 destinations on voyages of 15 or 28 days from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vancouver.

Every 15-day Hawaiian Islands departure includes the four most popular islands – Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and the big island of Hawaii with roundtrip sailings from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vancouver.  Each voyage includes an extended evening stay in Honolulu.

Emerald and Star Princess will operate two 28-day departures to Hawaii, Tahiti, and Samoa in fall and spring roundtrip from Los Angeles, and include extended stays in Honolulu and Tahiti.


Returning due to popular demand, Ruby and Star Princess will sail on 12-day Inside Passage Alaska cruises roundtrip from Los Angeles in April 2019.  Calls include Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria, BC with scenic cruising of Glacier Bay National Park.

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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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