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  2. Good Sunday Evening, Crazies! Fairly quiet weekend so far: Had to travel to Bloomington in Central Illinois on Friday to do some bank business for AAUW and got chased home by tornadoes! We managed to stay just ahead of them and they thankfully stayed south of our hometown. But lots of unsettled weather over the past week, with another week of it predicted. It has warmed up a bit, though - so that is nice! Yesterday we went with Lucas to a Midwest Rock and Gem show out at the fairgrounds. Lucas is really into rocks and minerals and had a couple in mind to help round out his collection of all of the birthstones. He found an opal and a turquoise that he could manage (with a little help from Nana and Papa, lol!) And he came home with a few other finds as well. And I managed to find a really neat necklace molded from clay; I love it when I can find something unusual. Today I went to the gym...and then watched the Indy 500 - what a great finish! Tomorrow I hope to get some of the upstairs work done...still trying to get it ready for new carpeting, etc... and then it will be time for another busy week and the last week for Lucas pick-up duty, ha! Jan - I may try to call the OceanReady help line but, like you say, it may be just as well that I pick up our medallions at the terminal. I was able to bring up boarding passes. Looks like you are enjoying the holiday weekend with the Grands! Miranda - Hope you had a nice dinner with your friend. That is always fun to do! So excited for our cruise - 74 days to go.......... Jackie - Hope you had a nice mini-vacation. We love to stay in Fort Myers and then visit the surrounding areas like Sanibel. That's a really pretty coastal area. Well....Ray is off on his big Asian adventure! I hope he finds a few minutes to check in every now and then - can't wait to hear all about it. Hope everyone has a fun and safe Memorial Day - enjoy!
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  4. When we visit St. Maarten, we always go via Water Taxi to Philipsburg and enjoy spending time at the waterfront. Here's some photos of our last visit on MSC Seaside. What's your favorite thing to do there?
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  6. Does anyone know if NCL have organic wines? 🍷
  7. Hey PromenadeQueen, Welcome to CruiseCrazies! I encourage you to take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the many features and friendly faces you'll be seeing around. Some basics on getting started: View & customize your profile here: View Member Introduce yourself in our "New Member Introductions" forum Submit your first cruise post in our "Lets Talk Cruise" forum Share recent onboard experiences: Post a Cruise Review Customize your cover photo, profile and settings here The complete guide to "Getting Started" is available here. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! See you around! 😎
  8. I was able to put my address in and order the medallions, but now it's telling me the passport info isn't complete even though my passport is showing on the screen. They clearly need to work out some kinks. There is an Ocean Ready help desk, and I think the number is in the App. In the meantime, I'm going to wait and see if the medallions come. I figure all these people with Ocean Ready problems are going to jam up the Medallion Priority line at the port, and we'll sail through easy at traditional checkin - LOL!!🤣
  9. Oh I almost forgot. Thanks a billion Jan for everything. I can't wait to get there!
  10. Happy Saturday Crazies friends, It's still Spring time around here, but next week it's gonna be cooler and wetter as well. But that will pass too. I downloaded Ocean Ready and it worked, so I'm happy. I'm not sure I'm gonna upload my passport, cause my MRZ code still contains my social security number. Last year that changed, and that number is on the back of that page, but I've got to wait till my passport is renewed. Until then, better safe than sorry. But I managed to upload a profile picture, the same one as my CC picture. Jackie have a great trip and enjoy. You really deserve some good travels. Ray, have a safe trip to China and enjoy the cruise. Love to hear all about it when you're back and hopefully you'll find a nook or two. Andi we most certainly will find a common cruise again, no problem. Well got to get ready, I'm gonna have dinner with a friend. We have a lot of catching up to do. Enjoy your weekend, Miranda
  11. Hey ColonelBill, Welcome to CruiseCrazies! I encourage you to take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the many features and friendly faces you'll be seeing around. Some basics on getting started: View & customize your profile here: View Member Introduce yourself in our "New Member Introductions" forum Submit your first cruise post in our "Lets Talk Cruise" forum Share recent onboard experiences: Post a Cruise Review Customize your cover photo, profile and settings here The complete guide to "Getting Started" is available here. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! See you around! 😎
  12. Welcome, ColonelBill!  See you around!

  13. OK - So our circles did turn green, so it might already be linked, although I never entered a booking # that it would take. Now the problem is....it is telling me that medallions cannot be shipped to us because either our cruise already started or there is not enough time prior to the cruise.....could it be that it is too early to order them?
  14. Welcome, agp503176!  See you around!

  15. Hey agp503176, Welcome to CruiseCrazies! I encourage you to take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the many features and friendly faces you'll be seeing around. Some basics on getting started: View & customize your profile here: View Member Introduce yourself in our "New Member Introductions" forum Submit your first cruise post in our "Lets Talk Cruise" forum Share recent onboard experiences: Post a Cruise Review Customize your cover photo, profile and settings here The complete guide to "Getting Started" is available here. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! See you around! 😎
  16. That's odd. How were you able to upload passports if the app won't recognize your booking number? Assuming you entered the booking # on your cruise confirmation correctly, it should have brought you to this screen: I would think if your reservation didn't link, you couldn't have gotten to the part where you scan the passport, do the photo, etc. Confused ... 🤔
  17. Friday, 24 May 2019 Good Morning, Crazies! Unbelievably, I still have ten lessons to teach and two gigs to play before we leave for our cruise (tomorrow!) Yuki may just drop me off at the sanitarium and go on alone. However, the big stuff - the Recital - all that is behind me, so I feel pretty good about getting underway. I started packing yesterday and finished yesterday, which filled Yuki with angst, but I have a checkoff sheet on the computer and I keep some regular essentials already prepacked in my suitcase all the time, so really all I had to do was to lay a bunch of clothes out and roll them up into one of those vacuum bags and I was essentially through. We're flying out tomorrow, going from Baltimore to Toronto and on to Beijing (yes, I have a book and a bunch of snacks already packed!) Jan, sorry that you have to do the river thing alone. Somehow, I think it's harder to strike up acquaintances on a river cruise than an ocean cruise, but maybe that's because I am so aloof... Anyway, you can test out a brand or two of "port shoes" and report back to us on what is best! Miranda, although I much prefer smaller ships for our cruising, I really do like the ocean vessels as opposed to the river ships. I like having a nook or two available when I want to "escape" for a while. I think that somewhere between 500 and 1500 passengers is the ideal size for me. We'll see what this cruise down the Yangtze River shows us. It's a really large river ship, which Jan called "Anthem of The River," quite aptly, I think. Jackie, I agree that sometimes ya just need to get away for a few days! Yuki and I have a handful of places that are a few hours away, but where we can leave the phones behind and relax - good therapy, I think - enjoy! Andi, we're two years away, but we're already planning out things for the Adriatic in 2021. I have a list of places where I'm going to apologize to strangers for our crazy government, and first on the list is Montenegro!! I'll do some more intensive research on the Greek islands when we get back from Asia, then we can while away the happy hours between losing innings advising each other on PTGs and TTDs (places to go and things to do.) Shari, you remain in our thoughts and prayers, and we're kinda hoping to manage to get to Mpls late this fall, if Kevin's schedule allows... OK, time to get moving - Yuki needs one or two more small items to pack, so we have to head over to the shopping center. Given that it's a holiday weekend, we want to get over there and back ASAP, before the Bay Bridge traffic clogs the roads like plaque in the arteries. Have A Great Day, Crazies!
  18. Jan - I was able to upload our passports/photos, choose a pin, etc....but.....cannot get my booking linked! It tells me it is an invalid booking #! Were you able to link your reservation?
  19. MIAMI (May 23, 2019) – Following a $200 million dry dock that is already generating raves from guests sailing on its first cruises out of Norfolk, the transformed Carnival Sunrise was officially named today by godmother Kelly Arison – daughter of Carnival Corporation & plc Chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine – in an elegant and memorable ceremony at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York City. As a Carnival godmother, Kelly Arison carries on a family tradition – her mother, Madeleine was godmother to the ship when it first entered service in 1999, and her grandmother Lin Arison served as godmother to Carnival Sunrise’s sister ship, Carnival Sunshine, in 2013. “To be a part of Carnival Sunrise’s official naming is more than I could have ever imagined and an experience I’ll never forget,” said Kelly Arison. “The ship is absolutely beautiful, and I’m so honored to not only carry on my family’s legacy as godmother but to also use this opportunity to raise awareness for a well-deserving organization, the Ehlers-Danlos Society.” In a unique twist, the naming of Carnival Sunrise was commemorated with Arison “uncorking” a custom-made, four-foot-high confetti-filled champagne bottle sculpture designed by world-renowned and Miami-based artist Romero Britto. The one-of-a-kind bottle features Britto’s signature vibrant colors, bold patterns and elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti, as well as Carnival-inspired designs. Smaller versions of the bottle will be sold onboard with proceeds benefiting the Ehlers-Danlos Society (EDS), an organization dedicated to serving those with joint hypermobility spectrum disorders, of which Arison is a strong advocate. Carnival also made a donation to the organization as part of the naming festivities. Kathie Lee Gifford, who has had a longstanding 35-year relationship with Carnival, took a moment to address the crowd and extend her best wishes to Arison as godmother, a role that Gifford served for two Carnival ships, Celebration in 1987 and Ecstasy in 1991. The event included a video featuring players from the Miami Heat, of which Micky Arison is a managing general partner. In the video, Dwyane Wade and Alonzo Mourning, as well as former Miami Heat player and Carnival’s Chief Fun Officer Shaquille O’Neal, congratulated Arison. “The planning for this project began more than two years ago and involved 7,000 people who worked together to deliver this amazing transformation. We are so excited to welcome Carnival Sunrise to the Carnival Cruise Line fleet – she is already winning over our guests and providing so many new ways to Choose Fun,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “It has also been such a special and unique opportunity to have Madeleine Arison, who served as godmother at the original delivery of this vessel 20 years ago, pass the honor of serving as godmother to her daughter Kelly during our official naming ceremony today.” As part of a fleetwide $2 billion ship enhancement program, Carnival Sunrise features all of Carnival’s popular branded food, beverage and entertainment innovations with new offerings such as Guy’s Burger Joint and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, in collaboration with Food Network star and longtime partner Guy Fieri; The Chef’s Table fine dining experience; cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar; a new WaterWorks aqua park; SportSquare recreation area; and a Serenity adults-only retreat, among many others. Carnival Sunrise will spend the summer in New York operating four- to 14-day voyages before repositioning to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for a winter schedule of Caribbean and Bahamian cruises beginning in October. Carnival Sunrise then heads back to New York for another season of cruises beginning in spring 2020.
  20. MIAMI (May 23, 2019) – Following a $200 million dry dock that is already generating raves from guests sailing on its first cruises out of Norfolk, the transformed Carnival Sunrise was officially named today by godmother Kelly Arison – daughter of Carnival Corporation & plc Chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine – in an elegant and memorable ceremony at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York City. As a Carnival godmother, Kelly Arison carries on a family tradition – her mother, Madeleine was godmother to the ship when it first entered service in 1999, and her grandmother Lin Arison served as godmother to Carnival Sunrise’s sister ship, Carnival Sunshine, in 2013. “To be a part of Carnival Sunrise’s official naming is more than I could have ever imagined and an experience I’ll never forget,” said Kelly Arison. “The ship is absolutely beautiful, and I’m so honored to not only carry on my family’s legacy as godmother but to also use this opportunity to raise awareness for a well-deserving organization, the Ehlers-Danlos Society.” In a unique twist, the naming of Carnival Sunrise was commemorated with Arison “uncorking” a custom-made, four-foot-high confetti-filled champagne bottle sculpture designed by world-renowned and Miami-based artist Romero Britto. The one-of-a-kind bottle features Britto’s signature vibrant colors, bold patterns and elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti, as well as Carnival-inspired designs. Smaller versions of the bottle will be sold onboard with proceeds benefiting the Ehlers-Danlos Society (EDS), an organization dedicated to serving those with joint hypermobility spectrum disorders, of which Arison is a strong advocate. Carnival also made a donation to the organization as part of the naming festivities. Kathie Lee Gifford, who has had a longstanding 35-year relationship with Carnival, took a moment to address the crowd and extend her best wishes to Arison as godmother, a role that Gifford served for two Carnival ships, Celebration in 1987 and Ecstasy in 1991. The event included a video featuring players from the Miami Heat, of which Micky Arison is a managing general partner. In the video, Dwyane Wade and Alonzo Mourning, as well as former Miami Heat player and Carnival’s Chief Fun Officer Shaquille O’Neal, congratulated Arison. “The planning for this project began more than two years ago and involved 7,000 people who worked together to deliver this amazing transformation. We are so excited to welcome Carnival Sunrise to the Carnival Cruise Line fleet – she is already winning over our guests and providing so many new ways to Choose Fun,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “It has also been such a special and unique opportunity to have Madeleine Arison, who served as godmother at the original delivery of this vessel 20 years ago, pass the honor of serving as godmother to her daughter Kelly during our official naming ceremony today.” As part of a fleetwide $2 billion ship enhancement program, Carnival Sunrise features all of Carnival’s popular branded food, beverage and entertainment innovations with new offerings such as Guy’s Burger Joint and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, in collaboration with Food Network star and longtime partner Guy Fieri; The Chef’s Table fine dining experience; cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar; a new WaterWorks aqua park; SportSquare recreation area; and a Serenity adults-only retreat, among many others. Carnival Sunrise will spend the summer in New York operating four- to 14-day voyages before repositioning to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for a winter schedule of Caribbean and Bahamian cruises beginning in October. Carnival Sunrise then heads back to New York for another season of cruises beginning in spring 2020. View full article
  21. Where to Cruise this Summer... Festivals & Events in Europe: This summer, the special events and festivals offered by Azamara will make this season one you won’t forget. This July, history buffs can relish in a night full of fireworks at the Festa Del Redentore in Venice, which celebrates the end of the plague in 1576. Golf enthusiasts can set sail on Azamara’s 12-night voyage to the British Isles and attend the 148th Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. Another shore-excursion Azamara’s guests can book while on Azamara’s 10-night Northern Capitals Voyage is to the Edinburgh’s Royal Tattoo, which is one of the world’s greatest spectacles that honors the symbol of Scottish pride and passion. Set Sail to America’s 49th State… For the first time ever, Azamara Quest will set sail to Alaska this summer, with a total of 11 ports of call including larger ports such as Juneau and Skagway and smaller ports including Hubbard Glacier and Ketchikan, which Azamara is able to access due to its smaller ship size. During these sailings, Azamara’s guests will be able to explore Alaska through the exclusive-to-Azamara Destination Immersion-focused program AzAmazing Evenings, which are complimentary signature evening shore excursions designed to connect guests to the local culture of a destination. AzAmazing Evenings include performances from Sitka’s native Alaskan dancers, Naa Kahídi Tlingit and Russian folk dancing group, the New Archangel Dancers. Aside from the signature AzAmazing Evenings, Azamara also offers other experiences for guests including a ride on the Wilderness Express, off-roading in a Tomcar Kart through Ketchikan’s expansive outdoors, dog sledding in Skagway, and boarding The Mount Roberts Tramway in Juneau.” What’s New – 2021 and 2022 Itineraries… Amani, Japan and Arica, Chile to Fraser Island, Australia and Tema (Accra), Ghana are among the 10 maiden ports Azamara has added to its 2021/2022 voyages. Guests can expect over 140 overnight stays around the world as well as deepen their discovery of Eastern Europe with expanded itineraries to the Black Sea and Turkey, including overnights in Istanbul and a chance to explore hidden gems, Antalya and Sinop. Highlights of the Azamara shore programming include touring Seville’s Alcazar and Palacio de Duenas — two sumptuous Moorish style palaces constructed in the 1300s, which housed some of Spain’s most important kings and aristocratic figures — as well as Antalya, aboard the 15-Night Ancient Wonders Voyage to discover the famous Greco-Roman amphitheater, Aspendos — one of the world’s most well-preserved theaters, which can hold over 15,000 people and is still used today. New Culinary Delights Aboard Azamara… Azamara Club Cruises has officially released the brand’s first-ever vegan menu, with wholesome, healthy options for all Azamara guests to enjoy. The vegan menu’s tasty dishes such as the “Tofu Satay with Nasi Goreng” and “Peking Seitan Duck Pancake Rolls,” are carefully crafted and prepared by the esteemed Azamara culinary team, who are committed to bringing the same high-caliber menu to the ship’s vegan and vegetarian community. Further, specialty dining restaurant, Aqualina — which serves fine-dining Italian cuisine aboard all three Azamara ships — also launched a new menu. Azamara’s culinary team will infuse the restaurant's existing menu with more authentic Italian options such as the “Gnocchi con Salsiccia” — a homemade gnocchi with grilled Italian Sausage, zucchini, and marinara sauce and “Aragosta con Linguine al nero di seppia e Frutti di Mare” — lobster tail with squid ink pasta, shrimp, calamari, scallops, and light-garlic lemon jus. View full article
  22. Where to Cruise this Summer... Festivals & Events in Europe: This summer, the special events and festivals offered by Azamara will make this season one you won’t forget. This July, history buffs can relish in a night full of fireworks at the Festa Del Redentore in Venice, which celebrates the end of the plague in 1576. Golf enthusiasts can set sail on Azamara’s 12-night voyage to the British Isles and attend the 148th Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. Another shore-excursion Azamara’s guests can book while on Azamara’s 10-night Northern Capitals Voyage is to the Edinburgh’s Royal Tattoo, which is one of the world’s greatest spectacles that honors the symbol of Scottish pride and passion. Set Sail to America’s 49th State… For the first time ever, Azamara Quest will set sail to Alaska this summer, with a total of 11 ports of call including larger ports such as Juneau and Skagway and smaller ports including Hubbard Glacier and Ketchikan, which Azamara is able to access due to its smaller ship size. During these sailings, Azamara’s guests will be able to explore Alaska through the exclusive-to-Azamara Destination Immersion-focused program AzAmazing Evenings, which are complimentary signature evening shore excursions designed to connect guests to the local culture of a destination. AzAmazing Evenings include performances from Sitka’s native Alaskan dancers, Naa Kahídi Tlingit and Russian folk dancing group, the New Archangel Dancers. Aside from the signature AzAmazing Evenings, Azamara also offers other experiences for guests including a ride on the Wilderness Express, off-roading in a Tomcar Kart through Ketchikan’s expansive outdoors, dog sledding in Skagway, and boarding The Mount Roberts Tramway in Juneau.” What’s New – 2021 and 2022 Itineraries… Amani, Japan and Arica, Chile to Fraser Island, Australia and Tema (Accra), Ghana are among the 10 maiden ports Azamara has added to its 2021/2022 voyages. Guests can expect over 140 overnight stays around the world as well as deepen their discovery of Eastern Europe with expanded itineraries to the Black Sea and Turkey, including overnights in Istanbul and a chance to explore hidden gems, Antalya and Sinop. Highlights of the Azamara shore programming include touring Seville’s Alcazar and Palacio de Duenas — two sumptuous Moorish style palaces constructed in the 1300s, which housed some of Spain’s most important kings and aristocratic figures — as well as Antalya, aboard the 15-Night Ancient Wonders Voyage to discover the famous Greco-Roman amphitheater, Aspendos — one of the world’s most well-preserved theaters, which can hold over 15,000 people and is still used today. New Culinary Delights Aboard Azamara… Azamara Club Cruises has officially released the brand’s first-ever vegan menu, with wholesome, healthy options for all Azamara guests to enjoy. The vegan menu’s tasty dishes such as the “Tofu Satay with Nasi Goreng” and “Peking Seitan Duck Pancake Rolls,” are carefully crafted and prepared by the esteemed Azamara culinary team, who are committed to bringing the same high-caliber menu to the ship’s vegan and vegetarian community. Further, specialty dining restaurant, Aqualina — which serves fine-dining Italian cuisine aboard all three Azamara ships — also launched a new menu. Azamara’s culinary team will infuse the restaurant's existing menu with more authentic Italian options such as the “Gnocchi con Salsiccia” — a homemade gnocchi with grilled Italian Sausage, zucchini, and marinara sauce and “Aragosta con Linguine al nero di seppia e Frutti di Mare” — lobster tail with squid ink pasta, shrimp, calamari, scallops, and light-garlic lemon jus.
  23. VANCOUVER, May 22, 2019 – Luxury cruise line Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth kicked off the company’s return to Alaska today in their West Coast homeport of Vancouver, Canada. Queen Elizabeth will sail four ten-night roundtrip voyages out of Vancouver in 2019, and ten voyages in 2020, calling at Juneau, Ketchikan, Victoria, Skagway, and more. The 2020 program will run from June-September, offering a variety of nine to 12 nights as well as a getaway cruise to San Francisco for an overnight stay on the 4th of July. The Alaska voyages will feature longer time in ports such as Ketchikan, Victoria, Juneau, Skagway, and others. In other experiences only to be found on Cunard, guests will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of Alaska with Cultured Heritage Guides on every sailing. For relaxation, guests can indulge in Mareel Wellness & Beauty (Cunard’s new holistic spa concept) on every voyage, offering oceanic treatments and meditation rituals inspired by the wilderness. And as night falls, with the backdrop of Alaska, guests will enjoy the unique sense of occasion with an Ice White Ball in the spectacular Queens Room on every voyage. “We are thrilled to launch our inaugural Alaska season today in Vancouver,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. “Our guests now have the opportunity to sail into this spectacular region with the luxury and style of being on a Cunard ship. With Glacier Bay added to our 2020 Alaska itineraries, our guests will have an even more dramatic front-row seat to witness the immense beauty of the region.” Guests who book a 2020 Alaska Voyage by June 27, 2019 receive: -Up to $1000 Onboard Credit per stateroom -50% reduced deposit -Third/fourth berths as low as $500 per person -Free Drinks and Free Gratuities for Grill Suite guests -5% off public fares for past guests -Up to $500 additional Onboard Credit per person when booking Cruise and Rail package -Please visit https://www.cunard.com/en-us/cruise-destinations/alaska visit for additional details on the offer Queen Elizabeth, the youngest ship in the fleet, has recently undergone a refit, launching the new spa concept Mareel Wellness & Beauty, developed in partnership with industry innovator Canyon Ranch®. The new spa offers a holistic approach with a focus on the healing energy of the sea. The spa features an extensive new treatment menu with mineral-rich seawater and marine-based experiences as well as a redesign of the entire spa facility. An Alaskan Wellness Experience will be featured during the Alaska voyages – a 2.5-hour treatment which incorporates elements of the environment. Cunard continues its partnership with Rocky Mountaineer, offering pre- and post-cruise tours on the famous railroad. Tours include either three- to five-nights’ accommodation, plus two full days aboard the train. The expedition travels through a spectacular array of scenery with glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, through winding river canyons, mountain passes and dramatic tunnels. Highlights include the Continental Divide, Kicking Horse Canyon, Spiral Tunnels and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. For more information about Cunard or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Advisor, call Cunard at 1-800-728-6273 or visit www.cunard.com. PHOTO: Queen Elizabeth’s maiden visit to Vancouver, BC. (Photo by William Jans for Cunard)
  24. VANCOUVER, May 22, 2019 – Luxury cruise line Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth kicked off the company’s return to Alaska today in their West Coast homeport of Vancouver, Canada. Queen Elizabeth will sail four ten-night roundtrip voyages out of Vancouver in 2019, and ten voyages in 2020, calling at Juneau, Ketchikan, Victoria, Skagway, and more. The 2020 program will run from June-September, offering a variety of nine to 12 nights as well as a getaway cruise to San Francisco for an overnight stay on the 4th of July. The Alaska voyages will feature longer time in ports such as Ketchikan, Victoria, Juneau, Skagway, and others. In other experiences only to be found on Cunard, guests will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of Alaska with Cultured Heritage Guides on every sailing. For relaxation, guests can indulge in Mareel Wellness & Beauty (Cunard’s new holistic spa concept) on every voyage, offering oceanic treatments and meditation rituals inspired by the wilderness. And as night falls, with the backdrop of Alaska, guests will enjoy the unique sense of occasion with an Ice White Ball in the spectacular Queens Room on every voyage. “We are thrilled to launch our inaugural Alaska season today in Vancouver,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. “Our guests now have the opportunity to sail into this spectacular region with the luxury and style of being on a Cunard ship. With Glacier Bay added to our 2020 Alaska itineraries, our guests will have an even more dramatic front-row seat to witness the immense beauty of the region.” Guests who book a 2020 Alaska Voyage by June 27, 2019 receive: -Up to $1000 Onboard Credit per stateroom -50% reduced deposit -Third/fourth berths as low as $500 per person -Free Drinks and Free Gratuities for Grill Suite guests -5% off public fares for past guests -Up to $500 additional Onboard Credit per person when booking Cruise and Rail package -Please visit https://www.cunard.com/en-us/cruise-destinations/alaska visit for additional details on the offer Queen Elizabeth, the youngest ship in the fleet, has recently undergone a refit, launching the new spa concept Mareel Wellness & Beauty, developed in partnership with industry innovator Canyon Ranch®. The new spa offers a holistic approach with a focus on the healing energy of the sea. The spa features an extensive new treatment menu with mineral-rich seawater and marine-based experiences as well as a redesign of the entire spa facility. An Alaskan Wellness Experience will be featured during the Alaska voyages – a 2.5-hour treatment which incorporates elements of the environment. Cunard continues its partnership with Rocky Mountaineer, offering pre- and post-cruise tours on the famous railroad. Tours include either three- to five-nights’ accommodation, plus two full days aboard the train. The expedition travels through a spectacular array of scenery with glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, through winding river canyons, mountain passes and dramatic tunnels. Highlights include the Continental Divide, Kicking Horse Canyon, Spiral Tunnels and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. For more information about Cunard or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Advisor, call Cunard at 1-800-728-6273 or visit www.cunard.com. PHOTO: Queen Elizabeth’s maiden visit to Vancouver, BC. (Photo by William Jans for Cunard) View full article
  25. MIAMI (May 22, 2019) – Carnival Cruise Line’s #ChooseFun AirShip is heading east to celebrate the start of summer and the New York debut of the totally transformed Carnival Sunrise, kicking off its month-long tour with an appearance at the ship’s official naming ceremony at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on May 23. Over the subsequent four weeks, the 128-foot-long AirShip will visit locations across all five New York boroughs, New Jersey and Philadelphia, flying over many popular landmarks and events. AirShip’s first week will include visits to Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn followed by classic summer vacation hot spots Fire Island, Coney Island and Staten Island for Memorial Day weekend, and a week in Long Island. AirShip will then spend the first week of June flying over New Jersey before concluding its northeast tour in The Bronx and Brooklyn. “Seeing how successful our West Coast journey was earlier this year, we knew we had to get the East Coast in on the fun,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We plan to do New York in a big way this summer as we take the region by sea and air with summer sailings of the beautiful Carnival Sunrise and AirShip enticing fun seekers to Choose Fun with a Carnival cruise.” Carnival’s AirShip has a bigger and better charitable component than ever before, as well. Encouraging fans to engage with AirShip on social media, for every person who posts a photo of the colorful blimp using the hashtag #ChooseFun, Carnival will make a $10 donation to its longtime charitable partner St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, up to a maximum donation of $20,000, helping in the ongoing fight against childhood cancer. Consumers will also have the chance to win a free cruise or weekly drawings for cash gift cards when they enter the AirShip Sweepstakes that kicks off May 23 at carnival.com/choosefun. Carnival Sunrise will spend the summer in New York operating four- to 14-day voyages before repositioning to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for a winter schedule of Caribbean and Bahamian cruises beginning in October 2019. Carnival Sunrise then heads back to New York for another season of cruises in spring 2020.
  26. MIAMI (May 22, 2019) – Carnival Cruise Line’s #ChooseFun AirShip is heading east to celebrate the start of summer and the New York debut of the totally transformed Carnival Sunrise, kicking off its month-long tour with an appearance at the ship’s official naming ceremony at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on May 23. Over the subsequent four weeks, the 128-foot-long AirShip will visit locations across all five New York boroughs, New Jersey and Philadelphia, flying over many popular landmarks and events. AirShip’s first week will include visits to Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn followed by classic summer vacation hot spots Fire Island, Coney Island and Staten Island for Memorial Day weekend, and a week in Long Island. AirShip will then spend the first week of June flying over New Jersey before concluding its northeast tour in The Bronx and Brooklyn. “Seeing how successful our West Coast journey was earlier this year, we knew we had to get the East Coast in on the fun,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We plan to do New York in a big way this summer as we take the region by sea and air with summer sailings of the beautiful Carnival Sunrise and AirShip enticing fun seekers to Choose Fun with a Carnival cruise.” Carnival’s AirShip has a bigger and better charitable component than ever before, as well. Encouraging fans to engage with AirShip on social media, for every person who posts a photo of the colorful blimp using the hashtag #ChooseFun, Carnival will make a $10 donation to its longtime charitable partner St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, up to a maximum donation of $20,000, helping in the ongoing fight against childhood cancer. Consumers will also have the chance to win a free cruise or weekly drawings for cash gift cards when they enter the AirShip Sweepstakes that kicks off May 23 at carnival.com/choosefun. Carnival Sunrise will spend the summer in New York operating four- to 14-day voyages before repositioning to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for a winter schedule of Caribbean and Bahamian cruises beginning in October 2019. Carnival Sunrise then heads back to New York for another season of cruises in spring 2020. View full article
  27. MIAMI (May 21, 2019) – Carnival Cruise Line announced today an exclusive partnership with the world-famous basketball team, the Harlem Globetrotters, serving as the group’s official cruise line sponsor worldwide. Combining the Harlem Globetrotters’ high-flying athleticism, theatrical stunts and comedic acts with Carnival’s role as the family cruise leader, the two ambassadors of fun will bring a new level of excitement to more than 150 of the team’s shows across the country. The Harlem Globetrotters’ always entertaining exhibition games will be enhanced by Carnival’s signature brand of fun through in-game integrations, giveaways and joint marketing efforts such as a designated Choose Fun Zone seating area with branded signage, playful décor, special player interactions and more. This partnership will also provide Carnival with traditional marketing assets to support their charitable partners’ initiatives. To celebrate the partnership, Carnival is launching an exclusive “Trot the Globe” sales event from May 21 – 23 which can be accessed at https://www.carnival.com/. A video shot on board Carnival Horizon featuring Harlem Globetrotters stars Hammer Harrison and Dragon Taylor showcases the dynamic duo’s impressive skills as they make shots from high above Carnival’s SkyRide aerial attraction and Lido Deck. The video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/Ke36j-QUMto. “For more than nine decades, we’ve used basketball as a means to bring laughter, joy and fun to our fans worldwide,” said Howard Smith, Harlem Globetrotters president. “When we heard about the opportunity to partner with cruise industry leader Carnival, we couldn’t wait to use our combined love of entertaining audiences to make our games more fun and memorable than ever.” “The Harlem Globetrotters are synonymous with fun, helping families create wonderful memories – and our brands align so well together,” said Scott Becher, vice president, head of partnerships for Carnival Cruise Line. “We look forward to seeing how everyone will ‘Choose Fun’ Globetrotters-style.” Inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and known for their incredible dribbling, shooting and dunking skills as well as their crowd interaction, the Harlem Globetrotters have performed for more than 148 million fans in 124 countries since their inception in 1926. Now performing 400 shows each year, the team has become a worldwide icon and pioneer in the sports industry showcasing some of the best basketball players in the world.
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