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Star Princess Sailing With New Enhancements

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Princess Cruises’ Star Princess has returned to service following a two-week dry dock renovation. The vessel is now resuming a season of 15-day Hawaiian Island cruises from Los Angeles and Vancouver through April, before spending the summer cruising in Alaska.

Enhancements include:

Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria

This specialty restaurant received updated décor and a new menu developed with Chef Angelo Auriana, Executive Chef and partner at the Italian restaurants The Factory Kitchen and Officine BRERA in Los Angeles. Inspired by fresh Northern Italian flavors, the menu features handmade dishes from Chef Auriana, as well as family recipes from Italian Princess executive chefs.

Princess Luxury Bed

Every cabin aboard Star Princess now has the Princess Luxury Bed, developed with sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus and HGTV designer Candice Olson.

Camp Discovery

For guests ages 3-17, Star Princess now has a reimagined youth center in partnership with Discovery Consumer Products – as part of the line’s Discovery at Sea program. Kids and teens are divided up into three groups by age, and each space has a different theme where kids can make new friends and participate in activities designed to help them discover, play, and create.

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Enhanced Boutiques

Enhancements have also been made to the shops onboard, including a branded Effy Fine Jewelry boutique and a modern Fragrance & Cosmetic shop. There will also be new products like a new collection of Princess and Under Armour branded athletic wear and Princess logo apparel in the newly designed Logo shop.

Lotus Spa & Fitness Center

Salon and treatment rooms have been upgraded, and the latest in fitness equipment is now available for use onboard.

Casino

The casino’s tables and machines have been reconfigured, and new carpet has also been installed.

Other general upgrades of carpet and upholstery have also been made around the ship.

Cruise fares for the 15-day Hawaiian Islands cruises start at $1,299 per person. To learn more, visit princess.com/hawaii.

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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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