RCL’s new Coco Cay is meant to rival any water park on land, and will debut in May 2019

ABOARD SYMPHONY OF THE SEAS  — Three years ago, Jim Berra, Royal Caribbean’s Chief Marketing Officer, said the cruise line had a vision of what a “perfect day” might be for their guests Combine their private island, Coco Cay, with $250 million, and that vision is about to become reality. “Perfect Day at Coco Cay” was showcased for media and travel agents aboard this cruise ship, the world’s largest. As Royal executives pointed out, the end result …

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Symphony of the Seas made its official debut

MIAMI-Royal  Caribbean’s newest, biggest and grandest ship – Symphony of the Seas – made its official debut here during a preview cruise for travel agents, media and special guests. It’s the fourth Oasis-class ship in the fleet, joining Oasis, Allure and Harmony. Symphony is everything you loved about those ships, and more. Drawing heavily from guest feedback, President/CEO Michael Bayley talked about the ship’s 25 percent improvement in efficiency as well as the addition of features like …

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If we could “hear” our cruise vacation photos, what would they sound like?

Believe it or not, Royal Caribbean has debuted a new tool that does exactly that. Called “SoundSeeker,” it uses artificial intelligence to create a unique soundtrack to photos you choose and turns the result into a downloadable video that can be easily shared on social media or email. “SoundSeeker is the latest proof point of Royal Caribbean innovation and how we focus it on delivering unexpected, memorable experiences; whether that is the SkyPad, which uniquely combines bungee …

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Brightline connects West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami and makes it easy for South Florida residents to get to their port

Florida can rightfully be called the Cruise Capital of the World. With five active ports – Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, Tampa and Palm Beach – the state hosts the industry’s biggest and best ships, with more terminal expansions under way. For those of us who live in South Florida and love cruising, it’s an embarrassment of riches. The only  challenge is getting to the port, which for us typically means fighting the traffic on I95, navigating …

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Carnival celebrates the Carnival Horizon arriving in her new home port of Miami

MIAMI-When Carnival throws a party, they go big. And that was definitely the case when their newest and biggest ship, Carnival Horizon, arrived in her new home port of Miami Sept. 20. High overhead was the big “Choose Fun” airship, which has been circling the Southeast for several weeks promoting the brand. Onboard to welcome guests, travel agents and media were many of Carnival’s top execs, including its president, Christine Duffy, and its Chief Fun Officer, NBA …

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Grand Celebration: A short cruise long on value

While a long, leisurely cruise is nice, sometimes you just crave a spur-of-the-moment, quick getaway. For anyone looking for a short-term, high-value cruise, it’s hard to beat Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s trips to the Bahamas. As the only cruise line serving the Port of Palm Beach, they have established themselves as the value leader in this part of Florida. Trust me: For those who live nearby, having a port option other than Miami, Ft. Lauderdale or Port …

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Grand Classica Debuts at the Port of Palm Beach

PORT OF PALM BEACH- As a band played and media, dignitaries and invited guests looked on, the Grand Classica made its debut appearance at the Port of Palm Beach April 13. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, which launched its first cruise in early 2015, now has two ships — Grand Classica and Grand Celebration — offering daily trips to Freeport, Grand Bahama. BPCL CEO Oneil Khosa expects the cruise line to serve 500,000 passengers annually on the two …

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Carnival to launch 4 new craft beers at Guy Fieri’s Pig and Ancho Bar-B-Que Smokehouse/Brewhouse restaurant on the new Carnival Horizon

MIAMI – When Carnival Vista launched, it made cruising history by having the first onboard brewery at sea. Carnival’s newest ship, Horizon, will make some history of its own with a new dining concept that combines an onboard brewery and full service restaurant. Called Guy’s Pig and Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse/Brewhouse, it will feature craft beers created by brewmaster Colin Presby and BBQ dishes from Food Network star Guy Fieri. We had the opportunity to sample both during …

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Bahamas cruise aboard the Carnival Liberty: Cruise wrap up

ABOARD CARNIVAL LIBERTY — It’s just after 6 a.m. Liberty’s captain is making the final approach to Port Canaveral. You know what that means … the cruise is over. For the 3,700-plus guests onboard, they grab breakfast one more time and begin the wait to leave the ship. The fastest way off the ship is take your own luggage when your deck is called. The other option is check your bags the night before and wait for …

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Bahamas cruise aboard the Carnival Liberty: Day four

ABOARD CARNIVAL LIBERTY — We left Port Canaveral four days ago and this morning we are 80 miles from where we personally started our trip — Palm Beach. Liberty is docked at Freeport, Grand Bahama, an international hub for shipping and commerce which also welcomes over a million cruise visitors a year. No question it’s a busy, working port, evidenced by a giant MSC cargo ship that blocked out the windows during breakfast in the main dining …

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