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Sail Radiantly: Brilliance of the Seas

brilliance of the seas cruise shipLet the light shine in: The Brilliance of the Seas is a Radiance-Class ship with a nine-story central atrium enclosed by glass, glass elevators facing the ocean, a Solarium pool surrounded by lush tropical foliage, and endless panoramic views. She includes Royal Caribbean signature innovations like mini golf, a rock climbing wall, and the first self-leveling pool tables at sea. After a May 2013 renovation, she includes Quantum-class upgrades. Start exploring the Brilliance here...

Captain's Spotlight

8 Reasons to Highlight Singapore on Your Cruise

posted by Casey McKenna-Monroe, Managing Editor
March 27, 2014

If a snapshot is worth a thousand words, then the city of Singapore is worth a million. Within an area the size of Rhode Island is a melting pot of Asian influences that give the growing cosmopolitan city-country its unique flair. Read more...

State of the Cruise Industry Looking Up

posted by Casey McKenna-Monroe, Managing Editor
March 19, 2014

“Up” was the buzzword from the State of the Industry Panel at Cruise Shipping Miami on March 11. Read more...

Norwegian Getaway Review

The Norwegian Getaway will appeal to all types of cruisers. The ship is pretty to look at from the inside out. The Interior rooms are easy on the eyes... Read more...


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Cruise News Headlines

New Quantam of the Seas to Home Port in China

posted April 18, 2014

Royal Caribbean International announced Wednesday that its newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, will make its home port in Shanghai (Baoshan), China, bringing the company’s most innovative ship to the world’s fastest-growing cruise market. The ship will reposition to China in May 2015, following her inaugural winter season sailing out of New York Harbor to the Caribbean. Read more...

Carnival Brings the Sunshine to Florida

posted April 17, 2014

Port Canaveral’s newest ship, the totally transformed Carnival Sunshine, will depart on its inaugural voyage from the Space Coast when it sails on a special two-day cruise to The Bahamas later today. Read more...

Three New Grammy Experience Performers Announced for Getaway

posted April 16, 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the next three artists that will perform on board Norwegian Getaway’s Grammy Experience at Sea: Sugar Blue, a Grammy-award-winning harmonica performer; Carolyn Malachi, a Grammy-nominated soul-fusion artist; and Roddie Romero, a Grammy-nominated Louisiana artist. Read more...

Costa Adds Spin Master Games to Youth Program

posted April 14, 2014

Costa Crociere is promising younger passengers more fun with Spin Master games offered across the whole fleet, after the initial introduction onboard the Costa Pacifica and Serena late last year. Read more...

Grandeur of the Seas Reports Back-to-Back Virus Outbreaks

posted April 14, 2014

Two CDC Vessel Sanitation Program workers were collecting samples on board the Grandeur of the Seas after two outbreaks of gastrointestinal distress were reported on back-to-back cruises. Read more...

Possible Norovirus on Crown Princess

Update: posted April 14, 2014

Over 150 passengers and crew contracted a norovirus onboard the Crown Princess during a seven-day cruise from Los Angeles. A CDC official met the Crown Princess in Los Angeles to assess ship's response to the outbreak. Read more...

Norwegian Crew Member Murdered in Roatan; Port Calls Cancelled

posted April 8, 2014

A Norwegian Cruise Line crew member was shot and killed during an attempted robbery in Roatan, Honduras on Sunday, April 6. An announcement on Norwegian's Facebook page states, "In an abundance of caution for our guests and crew, we have cancelled calls to Roatan this week for Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Jewel. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the crew member." Read more...

Pride Alters Itinerary After Electrical Problems

posted April 7, 2014

The Carnival Pride has been forced to re-arrange itineraries on its next three sailings after an electrical issue caused it to slow its speed, according to a news report from Cruise Critic. The electrical transformer malfunction means the ship must sail more slowly, meaning the Pride will miss its ports of call in Freeport, Bahamas. Read more...

Meow! Oasis of the Seas to Present Cats

posted April 7, 2014

Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship will be bringing the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of CATS to the high seas. Based on T.S. Eliot's “Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats,” CATS was one of the longest running productions on Broadway and is the winner of numerous awards including seven Tonys, two Oliviers and a Grammy. Read more...

Crystal Adds Women to Host Dancers

posted April 3, 2014

Women will join the previously all-male host crew starting on a Lisbon-to-Miami cruise on Oct. 5 on the Crystal Symphony. Read more...

New Entertainment Series Brings Original Annie Onboard Oceania

posted April 2, 2014

Today, Oceania Cruises announced a new “Life in the Theater” series for select sailings, starting with a voyage aboard Riviera on October 29, 2014, featuring stage legend Andrea McArdle – the original namesake character in “Annie” on Broadway. Read more...

Silver Discoverer Embarks on Inaugural Voyage

posted April 2, 2014

Silver Discoverer, Silversea's latest addition to its award-winning expedition fleet, welcomes her first guests today, exactly 20 years to the day since the company launched its first ultra-luxury cruise ship. Read more...

New Orleans Terminal Renovations Nearly Complete

posted March 31, 2014

$2.3 million in renovations, expansions and upgrades are nearing completion at the Port of New Orleans’ Erato Street Cruise Terminal ahead of the arrival of the Port’s largest home-port cruise ship to date – the Carnival Dream. Read more...

Explorer Heading to Southampton

posted March 31, 2014

Royal Caribbean International’s Explorer of the Seas will sail its very first Europe season in summer 2015. The cruise line’s Adventure of the Seas, which was originally announced to homeport at Southampton, U.K., is being exchanged for Explorer of the Seas, which will take over three- to 16-night, round-trip itineraries from late-April through Sept. 2015. Read more...

Seven Seas Mariner’s Stunning Makeover

posted March 28, 2014 from Regent Seven Seas Blog

On April 7, 2014, Seven Seas Mariner® will debut her stunning new look and upgraded amenities. Upon completion of her multi-million dollar refurbishment, the all-suite, all-balcony ship will—with her sister ships Seven Seas Voyager® and Seven Seas Navigator®—redefine superlatives as the most luxurious and stylish ships afloat. Read more...

Choose Your Own Itinerary: New Concept from Fred Olsen Cruises

posted March 29, 2014

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has launched its most exciting, innovative and unique cruise yet! Braemar’s 15-night ‘You Choose Your Cruise’ sailing, which departs from Southampton on 10th October 2015, is a brand-new concept for Fred. Olsen, and quite possibly within the cruise industry as a whole. Guests on board will get to ‘tell the Captain where to go’, as they vote for the next port of call as the cruise progresses, from two choices every 48 hours. Read more...

New "Dynamic Dining" For Royal Caribbean's Quantum-Class Ships

posted March 27, 2014

Royal Caribbean International revealed its next vision of dining at sea to debut onboard the new Quantum-class ships. “Dynamic Dining” gives guests on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas a landscape of 18 restaurant concepts with five complimentary, full service restaurants. The smart, new reservations system, helps guests control when, where, with whom to dine, and how to dress each evening. Read more...

Carnival Freedom Ready for Fun Ship 2.0 Upgrades

posted March 26, 2014

Carnival Freedom will undergo an extensive multi-million-dollar makeover this spring that will add the first-ever Bookville family reading venue – part of the recently launched Seuss at Sea program in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises – along with a variety of dining, bar and entertainment innovations that are part of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement initiative. Read more...

Galveston Oil Spill Update: Channel Partially Reopened

Update: March 26, 2014

The Houston Shipping Channel closed after a barge collided with a ship has partially reopened after the Coast Guard deemed the shipping channel free of oil. It could take three days before shipping operations are back to normal, as a reported 100 ships have been stuck in the port waiting for the channel to clear. Read more...

Coast Guard to Begin Surprise Inspections on Cruise Ships

posted March 26, 2014

The Coast Guard plans to target cruise ships with a record of safety problems as part of unannounced ship inspections officials told the National Traffic Safety Board as part of a two-day hearing with cruise industry leaders held in Washington, D.C. Read more...

Silver Discoverer Christened in Singapore

posted March 26, 2014

A third expedition ship, Silver Discoverer, officially joined the Silversea Expeditions fleet during a christening ceremony held today at the Marina Bay Cruise Center in Singapore. Read more...

Shipbuilder MHI Reporting Huge Loss on AIDA New Ship Builds

posted March 25, 2014

Japanese cruise ship builder Mitsubushi Heavy Industries (MHI) is reporting a $586 USD million loss from two new ship builds ordered by AIDA cruises in November 2011.  Read more...

Expanded Bandwidth for Allure and Oasis of the Seas

posted March 25, 2014

 Get ready for high speed on the high seas. A major technology investment by Royal Caribbean International gives guests aboard Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas more wireless capacity than every other cruise ship in the world combined. And the Wi-Fi will blaze at speeds that match or exceed what guests can achieve on land. Read more...

Classica to Undergo Refit; Join neoCollection Fleet

posted March 25, 2014

Costa Cruises is expanding the Costa neoCollection, the new type of slow cruising designed to make the most of every minute at a leisurely pace. From December 2014, after a major refit, the Costa Classica will join the Costa neoCollection and be renamed Costa neoClassica; together with the Costa neoRomantica and Costa neoRiviera, she will offer cruises to unique destinations inaccessible to big ships, including some that have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Read more...