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The Cruise Ship Your Kids Will Go Nuts For

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Over the years, we’ve reported on some pretty cool cruises. There’s the Walking Dead Cruise and of course the upcoming Big Nude Boat. But those are just cases of a charter taking over a ship for a week. Imagine if an entire ship was devoted, year-round, to, say, cartoons. Well, imagine no more, because the Cartoon Network has teamed up with Oceanic Group to create a full-branded ship, giving passengers an opportunity for a fully-immersive experience not seen outside a Disney cruise ship.

Artist rendering of the Cartoon Network Wave.

The World’s First Cartoon-Themed Ship

Everything aboard the Cartoon Network Wave — set to sail on her maiden voyage in late 2018 — is inspired by characters from shows such as Adventure Time, Ben 10 and our personal favorite, the Powderpuff Girls. Passengers will get to hang out with their favorite characters and experience life in their worlds. The ship has 800 cabins and suites, all of which are fully themed… including two being billed as the “world’s first triplex suites.”

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If Omniverse, Townsville, the Bear Den and the Land of Ooo are places you want to explore, then this is the ship for you, as they’ll all be brought to life on board 11 decks offering everything from elaborate play areas to themed restaurants.

So What’s The Catch?

If there’s a downside for American cruisers, it’s that the ship will be sailing out of Singapore! “the debut of Cartoon Network Wave as a new, homegrown cruise product is testament to the vitality of Singapore as South East Asia’s leading cruise hub,” says Yap Chin Siang of the Singapore Tourism Board.

“Turner is always looking at new ways to bring our characters to life,” says Ricky Ow of Turner Asia Pacific, “and Cartoon Network Wave will be their home on the high seas! The ship has remarkable potential to offer our existing fans a truly unique immersive experience, as well as create new ones.”

Would your family enjoy sailing on a cartoon-themed ship? Would you like to see one sailing out of U.S. ports?

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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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