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Second Season of ‘Mighty Cruise Ships’ Airing on Smithsonian Channel

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The hit Smithsonian Channel show “Mighty Cruise Ships” is back, and already amidst its second season.  The show takes a look at some of the world’s mightiest, most remarkable cruise vessels.  This season profiles six unique ships, visiting destinations from the tropical Caribbean, to the frozen Northwest Passage, to the idyllic Mediterranean.  It airs Sunday nights at 8 pm eastern time, and we’ve got the early details on three upcoming episodes for you.

“Royal Clipper” – Sunday, September 24

Royal Clipper, built in 2000, preserves the traditional seagoing ways of the late 1800s, and on a very grand scale. The modern-day tall ship boasts five 190-foot masts, and 42 sails.  Follow along as the show sets sail down the western coast of Italy, east to Greece, and north into the Adriatic Sea.  For the guests, its a 12-night voyage of luxury and romance; for the crew, it’s a non-stop adventure of torn sails, a broken motor, and some missing passengers.

Watch a preview here.

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“Ocean Endeavour” – Sunday, October 1

Ocean Endeavour is about the furthest thing from a tropical pleasure cruise. The Arctic expedition offers guests an ocean odyssey through glacial waters and into remote regions that larger cruise ships don’t dare go.  Join the show on a 12-day polar adventure from the west coast of Greenland across the Davis Strait into Canada and through the Northwest Passage.

Watch a preview here.

“MSC Divina” – Sunday, October 8

MSC Divina is a taste of Europe right in the blue, warm waters of the Caribbean. Designed by Italian naval architects, the ship offers each of its 4,200 guests a “taste of the sweet life.”  However, this particular voyage from Miami will be a rough ride for the ship’s crew. A tropical storm brewing nearby builds to hurricane force, and is on a course towards the final two ports of the cruise, potentially ending the cruise on a very sour note.

Do you watch ‘Mighty Cruise Ships’? Is this your first time hearing about it? Which episode are you most interested in?

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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.

Jeff Foxworthy

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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