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Queen Victoria to Undergo $54 Million Refurbishment

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Cunard has announced they will be entering Queen Victoria into dry dock for a $54 million refurbishment.  The vessel will head to Palermo, Italy on May 5 for the one-month makeover, which will see the addition of 43 new Britannia Club staterooms with their own dedicated restaurant, a redesign of the liner’s Grand Suites and Penthouse Suites on deck 8, and a new Chart Room bar.

The refurbishments will usher the ship into a new chapter, while maintaining the history and elegance of Queen Victoria‘s art deco past.  “For the first time on Queen Victoria, guests can enjoy an elevated experience with large, well-appointed balcony staterooms in prime locations and the new Britannia Club Restaurant will be the perfect setting for those who prefer a more intimate dining experience,” said Cunard Senior VP Simon Palethorpe.

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The Cunard Grand Suites will be reconfigured to maximize space, and the Aquitania, Berengaria, Mauretania, and Laconia Suites will be about 133 square meters.  Refreshed designs will include a new color scheme that features Cunard’s signature purple.  They will also include floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, a separate room with TV, master bathroom with an ocean view, second bathroom with guest access, a walk-in closet, and a generously-sized balcony.

Guests will also be able to enjoy five new Penthouse Suites on deck 8 after which will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, defined living and sleeping spaces, and bathrooms with natural light.  New color schemes will reflect Cunard’s signature jewel tones of deep red and geometric patterns.

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Chart Room & New Menu

Cunard is also revealing a new Chart Room concept during this revitalization.  It will be located on deck 2 off the Grand Lobby, where Café Carinthia is currently located.  The Chart Room will feature illy coffee, Godiva chocolate treats, and light bites by day and dazzling cocktails by night.

A “gin and fizz” themed menu will also be introduced to the Midships Lounge, including a variety of wines, Proseccos, Cavas, and Champagne alongside premium spirits, all blended to create fresh cocktails with a modern twist.

More details on the refurbishment will be announced over the coming months.

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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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