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Queen Victoria Debuts After Renovation

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Cunard’s iconic ocean liner Queen Victoria has made her return to Southampton, showing off a variety of beautiful new features following a $40 million refurbishment at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.

Public Spaces

The aft lido sun deck has been extended to provide guests with more deck space to enjoy everything from sunrises to sunsets.  Windbreakers and more sun loungers and cabanas have been added to accommodate sun seekers, and the shaded area has also been extended for al fresco dining.  Full beverage service is also available all day and evening to enjoy alongside live entertainment.

On deck 9, the Winter Garden has received a refined update, with a statement floor and glass canopy to compliment the existing panoramic windows and elegant lounge furniture.

A new concept introduced as part of the refit, the Chart Room is just off the Grand Lobby and there guests can enjoy illycoffee and Godiva chocolate treats by day, and its transformed cocktail lounge atmosphere at night.

Winter Garden

Chart Room

Staterooms

Brittania Club staterooms have all been upgraded with new carpeting, soft furnishings, flat screen TVs, and tea and coffee making capabilities by popular request.  The additional 43 balcony cabins will be further enhanced with premium balconies and a nine pillow concierge menu.  In addition, the new Britannia Club restaurant has gone through a full interior redesign and will allow guests to dine whenever they wish.  Located in the space of the former Chart Room, the new venue resides alongside the main Britannia restaurant on deck 2.

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Five of the ship’s Penthouse suites have been redesigned to maximize space, and feature floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, private balconies, more storage, and bathrooms with whirlpool baths.  Butlers and concierge are also on hand to take care of guests’ every need.

The Aquitania, Berengaria, Mauritania, and Laconia grand suites have been redesigned to maximize space, with similar square footage to those on Queen Elizabeth at around 1,400 square feet.  Refreshed designs include floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, a separate snug room with TV, lounge, master bath with sea views, a second bathroom and walk-in closet, and a dual aspect balcony.

Photos: Cunard

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Québec, Canada Wants Wintertime Cruise Guests

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With the increased demand for cruises to Canada and New England, and the growing trend of cold weather cruises, Québec tourism and port officials recently invited representatives from Adventure Canada, Huerten-Groten and Ponant cruise lines to partake in the first-ever winter familiarization trip to the region.

A ship docked in Québec City – photo: Flickr/Visavis

The group visited Québec from February 8-14, and explored Montréal, Trois-Rivères, Québec, and Saguenay. Activities in Québec included a tour of the port, a taste of the winter Carnaval, a visit to the city’s famed ice hotel “Hotel de Glace,” and urban discovery tours. There was also a trip to Montmorency Falls and the Valcartier Vacation Village, the largest winter playground in America. It has over 35 snow slides, skating paths, snow rafting, 5,000 inner tubes and 17 mechanical lifts, plus ice skating, tobogganing, dog sledding, ski-dooing, and ice fishing.

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Other wintery activities were shown to the group in presentations and discussions. Hôtel 71 in Old Québec City hosted the group during their stay and Chlorophylle, a local manufacturer of upmarket outdoor gear outfitted them in warm year.

For information on activities in Québec City, click here.

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Jeff Foxworthy to Headline 2019 Country Music Cruise

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The Country Music Cruise has announced their lineup for the 2019 sailing, and it’s full of talented superstars. The 2019 Country Music Cruise will set sail from January 29 to February 3, 2019 aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam. 

Television star, author, and one of the world’s best comedians Jeff Foxworthy is set to headline the voyage. The Country Music Cruise has sold out each of its first five years, and the 2019 sailing is already nearly 70 percent filled.

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Emceeing the sixth annual cruise will be television and radio host Lorianne Crook, and back by popular demand will be a special Grand Ole Opry at Sea performance event. The following artists will be performing on this special cruise:

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  • The Oak Ridge Boys
  • Patty Loveless
  • Ronnie Milsap
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Joe Diffie
  • The Bellamy Brothers
  • Shenandoah
  • Jimmy Fortune
  • Johnny Lee
  • David Ball
  • TG Sheppard
  • Jeannie Seely
  • Wade Hayes
  • Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys
  • Elvis Tribute Artists

Guests aboard the Country Music Cruise will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the stars. In addition to over 50 live performances, cruises can mingle with their favorite artists at theme nights, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, jam sessions, meet and greets, autograph sessions, and more. The cruise will depart from Fort Lauderdale and stop in Key West, St. Thomas, and Half Moon Cay. To book a cabin, visit countrymusiccruise.com.

Read More: 5 First Impressions of Nieuw Amsterdam

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Carnival $49 Early Saver Deposits Return

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Carnival Cruise Line is having a 48 hour Early Saver sale on sailings through April 2020. The sale will last until midnight Thursday, February 22, 2018. Deposits start at $49 and go up to $199 if you’re planning an Alaska or Europe cruise.

Carnival’s Price Protection Guarantee is also in place during this sale, which covers you if the cruise price drops.

Deposits Start at $49 

  • $49 per person deposit is applicable to 2 – 9 day sailings
  • $149 per person deposit is applicable to Vista and Horizon sailings
  • $199 per person is applicable to 10+ days, Alaska and Europe sailings
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Carnival will honor your request for price protection if the reduction on the total amount paid for your booking results only from a lower cruise fare and not from the booked ancillary services, such as air, transfers, pre-paid gratuities, or Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses.

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Details:

  • Book by Thursday, January 22
  • Early Saver rates include free room upgrades, $50 onboard credit, plus Free Price Protection
  • Deposits are non-refundable

Sailings available on most ships through April 2020, including Carnival Horizon, Carnival Vista, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Victory, Carnival Elation and more.

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