Carnival Corp unveils industry’s first hybrid wireless network for 10x faster wi-fi speeds

Carnival Corporation & plc,  the world’s largest cruise company, today unveiled the cruise industry’s first-of-its-kind hybrid wireless network – an enhanced high-speed service to eventually be rolled out to all 101 of its ships on all nine of its brands.  This technology innovation is expected to revolutionize how millions of its passengers stay in touch during their cruise and generate even greater interest in cruise vacations, especially among the tech-savvy millennial generation. Carnival Corporation’s backbone connectivity network, …

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Royal Caribbean raises the bar on award-winning Oasis class ships with Royal Advantage enhancements

Sailing aboard the world’s largest and most exciting cruise ships will now come with even more bragging rights. Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas emerges from a 14-day drydock today with a new look including reimagined dining, game-changing high-speed internet, exciting new retail offerings, a new popular and favorite Broadway show, new suites with exclusive suite dining and lounge. Sistership Allure of the Seas will follow suit in May 2015 with nearly identical enhancements. During their respective …

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Banjo-playing captain guides S.S. Legacy river cruise

ABOARD THE S.S. LEGACY – When Kevin Martin was a boy growing up in Missouri, his childhood ambition was to become a marine biologist or an archaeologist or maybe a doctor. In a way, he has become all three. “As a ship captain, I get to do a bit of all of those things,” Martin said. Although he spent his childhood in St. Joseph, Missouri, Martin developed a yearn for distant waterways. “In college, I went on …

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Carnival Cruise Lines announces spring 2015 ‘Carnival Live Concert Series’ artists

Cruising has never sounded so good! Today Carnival Cruise Lines unveiled its new Carnival LIVE Concert Series roster for spring 2015, bringing more of the best live music to sea from some of most popular and highly requested music acts. Coming on board in the first part of next year will be Journey, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Smokey Robinson, and Styx, back by popular demand for the second season. The exciting 2015 Carnival LIVE concert lineup …

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The Alaska Un-Cruise

By Robert N. Jenkins OFF PRINCESS ROYAL ISLAND, Alaska — The jigsaw puzzle came out after lunch on the third full day of the voyage. So did the humpback whale. Captivating us, the whale repeatedly fluttered an enormous pectoral fin above the frigid water, showed its back as it rose and sank, and blew misty spouts of water. After nearly a half-hour, it displayed its fluke (tail) as it dove deep. That stopped the oohs and ahhs …

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Hail to the Hibernia: Cunard Line arrives in New York

On 29 December 1847, Cunard Line made its first call to New York when Hibernia arrived. The Herald newspaper’s front page screamed “Hail to the Hibernia” and detailed how “the entire populace swarmed to its waterfront to cheer the coming of the first Cunarder to the harbour of New York.” Citing the wonders Cunard had done to Boston in terms of commerce and population growth, The Herald claimed Cunard’s first ship, Britannia, had “initiated a new era …

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Glacier Bay an otherworldly experience

We seem plunked down in a different world.  It looks like something from the depths of history. Or maybe from planets beyond our orb. Great shards of ice glisten like diamonds in deep sapphire waters. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys.  Mountains, some as high as 15,000 feet, rise straight out of the ocean. Snow draped peaks tower over sparkling fiords. “It feels like you are going back in time, back to …

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American Queen chooses Memphis for homeport

If you happen to see the American Queen cruising along one of America’s rivers, take a close look at that name beneath the big red paddlewheel. Proudly posted on the back of the riverboat is the American Queen’s new homeport – Memphis, Tennessee. “We are very happy to be the new home of the American Queen,” said Jonathan Lyons, public relation manager for the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our city officials worked hard to get that …

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Princess Cruises unveils hip Night Sky Lounge aboard Regal Princess

A new, cool nighttime experience will debut on Regal Princess in November, enabling guests to enjoy a chic and contemporary outdoor nightclub under the stars. The Night Sky Lounge will debut in November when the ship begins her inaugural Caribbean season. The top-deck Retreat Pool will transform into the new Night Sky Lounge one night during each cruise, inviting guests to enjoy an upbeat and modern, South Miami-style nightclub vibe, including atmospheric pool and furniture lighting, glowing …

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Cruise Ship Trivia: Name the cruise line

If you’ve cruised the ocean wide, you’ve probably seen that tall “whale tail” decorating ships belonging to a famous cruise line. The red, white and blue funnel with fins on both sides is both decorative and useful. For a bit of cruise ship trivia, do you know what cruise line uses the distinctive tail atop its ships? A hint – the name is often associated with clowns, appropriate enough because the cruise line’s vessels are often known …

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