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Princess Reveals 2018-19 Americas Schedule

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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.

Mexico

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.

Caribbean

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.

Alaska

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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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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