Norwegian Encore Takes a Bow

Fans of Norwegian’s brand of fun at sea will find more to love in the line’s newest ship, the Encore. The ship resembles sisters Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Bliss, and has kicked things up a few notches to create some features that are better and some, not so much. Dining For many cruisers (like me), dining options and dining quality are critical to a trip’s success. During a two-day ship visit prior to Encore’s inaugural, I sampled …

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How a Free TSA-Precheck Membership Can Help You Breeze Through Airport Security (CruiseCompete Cruise Bite #4 Podcast)

Tune In with CruiseCompete CEO Bob Levinstein to CruiseCompete Cruise Bite #4 podcast and find out about TSA-Precheck. No one enjoys waiting in line, especially as part of a long day of travel. Fortunately there is a very easy way to breeze through security at US airports. In this podcast, Bob tells you about a program called TSA Pre-Check and how to sign up for a five-year membership for free. Click here to tune in to the …

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A Culinary Journey Onboard Scenic Eclipse

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Boston & Vancouver, October 2019 – As Executive Chef for Scenic Eclipse, Tom Goetter has set himself the challenge to reinvent dining on the high seas, and that means ensuring his guests enjoy an ever-changing selection of flavors throughout their cruise. “We have a total of 2,500 recipes across our eight restaurants,” Goetter says. “You would need to be on board for one and a half months to eat every dish.” Dining on board Scenic Eclipse is …

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New Expedition Leaders Announced For Crystal Endeavor’s Bold Adventures, Ship to feature up to 22 expedition guides across various disciplines

MIAMI, October 14, 2019 – As the countdown to Crystal Endeavor’s August 2020 launch progresses, Crystal Expedition Cruises announced today that naturalists Boris Wise and Eva Molin Westerholm have joined the Crystal team as expedition leader and assistant expedition leader, respectively. The two are working with Crystal experts to build the team of expedition guides that comprises a comprehensive roster of subject matter experts relevant to the destinations Crystal Endeavor will explore. The expedition guides will share …

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Steel Cutting Ceremony Begins Countdown to New Cunard Ship – The yet unnamed ship will be the second largest to fly the Cunard flag

VALENCIA, Calif., October 11, 2019 – Today, luxury cruise line Cunard celebrated the beginning of construction on the line’s 249th ship with a steel cutting ceremony at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia Shipyard in Italy. The first piece of steel cut will be used as a sculpture displayed on the new ship for guests to enjoy and marks a landmark moment in the company’s 179-year history. The yet unnamed ship will be the second largest to fly the …

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Royal Caribbean Reveals Homeport And Name Of Fifth Oasis Class Ship … World’s Largest Cruise Ship to Sail from China

SHANGHAI, Oct. 10, 2019 – Excitement was in the air today as Royal Caribbean International announced the homeport and name of its fifth Oasis Class ship. The next ship to join the leading cruise line’s innovative lineup will be named Wonder of the Seas and set sail from Shanghai, China. The details were revealed by Royal Caribbean President and CEO Michael Bayley at a global cruise industry conference event held in Shanghai. Slated for a highly anticipated …

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Master of Wine, Keith Isaac, Creates Enviable Wine List for Scenic Eclipse

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  Boston & Vancouver, October 2019 – In keeping with its ultra-luxury positioning, Scenic commissioned the services of renowned Master of Wines, Keith Isaac, to create a wine list representing the finest wines from around the world for the world’s first Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse. This selection of 80 different wines, like nearly everything else having to do with a Scenic cruise, are included in the fares. “Fine dining and quality wines are an integral part of …

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Windstar Cruises Announces 2021 Alaska Sailings and Cruise Tours

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  SEATTLE, Oct. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Windstar Cruises announces its 2021 Alaska season today, offering nine different journeys from June through September on four unique itineraries, including a new seven-day option from Vancouver to Juneau and the reverse. Scenic Alaska will feature coastal wilderness cruising along the Canadian Inside Passage, as well as time in Alaska’s Misty Fjords plus Tracy or Endicott Arms, with stops in Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway (a first-time port for Windstar), and Juneau. Windstar …

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Introducing Princess Cruises Sixth Royal-Class Cruise Ship- The Discovery Princess.  Reservations Open Oct. 8, 2019

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Princess Cruises Reveals Name of Sixth Royal-Class Ship and Announces Largest Inaugural Launch Ever The fastest growing international premium cruise line also announced the largest inaugural launch program ever with worldwide itineraries offered onboard Discovery Princess to Europe, the Caribbean, South America, Mexico and the California Coast for the 2021/2022 cruise season. Discovery Princess will be the first-ever new cruise ship for Princess Cruises to be based on the West Coast, sailing out of Los Angeles. Designed …

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