Cruise Industry Wrap-Up for May 6 to May 11, 2018
Let's try something new people! Here's everything that happened in the last week in the cruising world!
May 7, 2018: Norwegian Cruise Line BLISSed New York This Weekend
The newest and best ship out there made a big splash in New York this weekend! Norwegian Bliss arrived at Pier 88 this past Thursday to strut her stuff. Many different cruise websites got to board this beauty this weekend to explore and get a lot of pictures (ehem if anyone from NCL is reading this, please add me to whatever cool list this is; I would love to give you guys some free press thanks). Out of the three major ships that have debuted this year, I think the Norwegian Bliss has made the biggest impact so far. NCL has done an awesome job at showing off Bliss on all of their social media channels. She has a lot of new and fun things to offer, and Norwegian knows that. They know exactly how to narrow the market, and make people want to sail their ships.
Not only did Norwegian Bliss meet a lot of new people, but she also met some of her fleet mates! On Saturday she met the Norwegian Gem, and on Sunday, one of her sisters, the Norwegian Escape. Who better to get acquainted with then Miami's own Norwegian Escape! Norwegian really nows how to break in a ship!
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Now off to Miami, Norwegian Bliss will make an even bigger splash there before heading off to Seattle, Washington!
10 Years Later: Independence of the Seas Emerges From Extensive Dry Dock
Before you start reading this amazing blog post, I realized the title might be a little misleading. No it did not take 10 years for them to renovate Indy. Just read the blog and you'll see.
It's new ship season! We've seen many new ships and many ships refurbed to look like new so far this year. The latest of these like new ships is Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas. After 10 years of service (her anniversary just happened to be yesterday), Royal Caribbean decided she deserved some upgrades.
Many of these highly anticipated upgrades include new lounges; an interactive water park with new water slides, water cannons, fountains, pools, and a drench bucket; the addition of Izumi with Teppanyaki grills; panoramic ocean view staterooms (sign me up); an updated ice rink; revamped Royal Theater; laser tag; a trampoline park; and an escape room. See the infographic below for more details:
Independence of the Seas is headed to Southampton, where she will sail her summer cruising season before returning to her homeport of Fort Lauderdale for the winter.
Check out some of these cool Independence of the Seas refurb pics from her dry dock:
Indy was already a really cool ship in the first place, and now she's got even more to offer! I've seen her in port a couple of times, and it was pretty cool! I can't imagine what she looks like now!
Thanks to Matt Hochberg from Royal Caribbean Blog for some of these pics and information about Indy's new do!
Royal Caribbean Brings New Meaning to Robots and Bars
Run by robots, Royal Caribbean’s Bionic Bar, powered by Makr Shakr, is a marvel of modern technology. Guests can watch in awe as their drinks are made to order with precision and flair. See for yourself!
Thank you to Emily Su from Royal Caribbean for sharing this video with me!
May 9, 2018: Carnival Releases Statement Addressing Their Recent Titanic Themed Cruise
Sound the violins people. After receiving tons of unsurprising press about the recent Titanic scare on board the Carnival "Dream," "America's favorite cruise line" has released a statement.
The Carnival Dream has continued on its 7-day Caribbean cruise uninterrupted after the water line break on Thursday evening, May 3. It will return to its homeport of New Orleans as scheduled on Sunday morning. The water main break had no effect on the safe operation of the ship. The safety and security of our guests and crew is our top priority.
Both our crew and our guests have been amazing during this voyage. The water line break occurred at 6:00 p.m. and in six hours, our crew had replaced hall and stateroom carpeting, dried out other sections of carpeting that were damp but did not need to be replaced, and restored the 50 staterooms so that all guests could sleep in their beds that evening. There were a handful of guests that chose to sleep elsewhere that first night and we moved mattresses to the spa for them.
We never want our guests to experience anything other than a perfect vacation, so we sincerely regret that inconvenienced nearly 100 guests. We provided a full refund and a future cruise credit as a goodwill gesture. We offered to fly the impacted guests home at our expense if they wanted to disembark early and only two of the nearly 100 guests that received our offer chose to do so. Most of the guests on board were not even aware of the incident until the last 24 hours as word circulated and our passengers heard from friends and family who saw media reports. Needless to say, the tremendous positive attitude of our guests and crew is proof of why we are America’s favorite cruise line.
Whoop-die freaking doo. It's not something to brag about that your crew "restored" the 50 affected staterooms within hours. They shouldn't have had to do it in the first place. Maybe learn how to maintain your ships and see where that gets you
Norwegian Bliss Continues Her Inaugural Season: Arriving in Miami
That's right folks. The ship that has had everyone talking for the past couple weeks. Yesterday, she arrived in Miami for the very first time. Norwegian Cruise Line has been out in full force capturing some pretty neat shots of their newest work of art. Check it out:
If you've been following along with all of us cruise fanatics on our blogs and social media, you know all of the excitement that she brings to the table. She will be one of the largest ships ever to ever navigate the Panama Canal, on her Atlanta to Pacific crossing to Seattle.
I like to stick to the smaller ships, but Bliss seems to have something special about her that makes me want to give her a shot. Who knows? Cruise Everyday goes Bliss?
The Norwegian Sun Has Just Left For Her First Ever Cruise to Cuba
The Norwegian Sun is back in warm and sunny Port Canaveral, where she left for her first ever cruise to Havana, Cuba! She is fresh out of dry dock (let's not open that can of worms), and ready to go!
Norwegian Cruise Line made the announcement about Norwegian Sun's new homeport back in the summer of 2017. Everyone has been eagerly awaiting to welcome the Sun back to Florida, after sailing Alaska for some time. Her cruises to Cuba aren't the only thing that have people talking. Sun and her sister ship, Norwegian Sky, are the only two ships in the Norwegian fleet that are all inclusive. That means free drinks baby! Well, kinda free.
Check out this cool video that Port Canaveral featured on Facebook of the Norwegian Sun being escorted out of port by dolphins!
She's a cute little ship, and I am interested to see what she has to offer now that she has emerged from dry dock!
May 10, 2018: WATCH: Norwegian Bliss Has Left The East Coast
Today the all new and exciting Norwegian Bliss left for the West Coast! Check it out:
Today Bliss embarked on a 15 day Panama Canal Westbound Cruise to Los Angeles. There she will be christened by her godfather Elvis Duran. From there she will head to Seattle to begin her Alaskan cruises.
May 11, 2018: Carnival Sunshine to be the Largest Ship to Sail to Cuba
Yesterday Carnival Cruise Line announced that the Carnival Sunshine will sail from Charleston, South Carolina, to Havana, Cuba starting in November 2019. The Sunshine will be the largest ship to ever sail to Havana, coming in at a total of 102,853 tons.
Carnival is offering 23 sailings during the 2019/2020 cruising season starting on board 5 different ships. These ships include Carnival Sunshine from Charleston; Carnival Triumph from Fort Lauderdale; Carnival Paradise from Tampa; and the Carnival Sensation and Carnival Legend from Miami. All of these sailings will be from three to five nights.
"Cuba has proven to be extremely popular with our guests and we're delighted to provide even more opportunities to experience and explore this fascinating destination with these new voyages departing from four key East Coast homeports, including the first Cuba cruises from Charleston," the president of Carnival Cruise Line, Christine Duffy, stated on Thursday.
I think Carnival has gotten a huge heads up on all of the other major cruise lines, and they will soon begin to dominate the Cuba market. I wouldn't be surprised to see Norwegian and Royal Caribbean follow in these foot steps.
There's your week in cruising! Share if you enjoyed!