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  2. Welcome, SunnyD!  See you around!

  3. Hey SunnyD, 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! ?
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  5. Big waves and high wind over weekend challenge cruise ship as it enters the Port of Palm Beach. A cruise ship making its way home to the Port of Palm Beach from its regular Bahamas sojourn had a tricky entrance to the Lake Worth Inlet on Saturday. Videos and photos posted on social media show the 9-deck Grand Celebration rocking in the high waves and wind that came with a cold front that swept through South Florida a day earlier. The Lake Worth Inlet is also known as the Palm Beach Inlet. The National Weather Service in Miami said seas in the nearshore Atlantic waters were reaching 13 to 16 feet under the influence of a northerly swell. A gale warning was in effect through Saturday morning meaning winds of 39 mph to 54 mph were occurring or expected. Swells were high enough Saturday at Lake Worth Beach that the city closed the William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier. The Grand Celebration, which is part of the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, can carry 1,900 people. It sails to Grand Bahama and Nassau. A statement issued by Paradise Cruise Line on Tuesday acknowledged high winds and waves jostled the boat when it was entering port, but said there was no danger. “Thanks to our skilled captain and port pilot, MV Grand Celebration docked safely with no reported impact to our passengers or crew,” the statement said. “The ship is currently sailing as scheduled to Grand Bahama Island.” An Instangram post by Singer Island Scenes commended the operators of Grand Celebration. “Sending kudos to the captain and port pilot!,” the Instagram note said. The Port of Palm Beach clarified, however, that it did not take a video of the boat coming in, as mentioned in the Instagram post. Instead, that image was recorded by PTZ tv, which has a live webcam at the inlet. By Kimberly Miller, Palm Beach Post Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
  6. Big waves and high wind over weekend challenge cruise ship as it enters the Port of Palm Beach. A cruise ship making its way home to the Port of Palm Beach from its regular Bahamas sojourn had a tricky entrance to the Lake Worth Inlet on Saturday. Videos and photos posted on social media show the 9-deck Grand Celebration rocking in the high waves and wind that came with a cold front that swept through South Florida a day earlier. The Lake Worth Inlet is also known as the Palm Beach Inlet. The National Weather Service in Miami said seas in the nearshore Atlantic waters were reaching 13 to 16 feet under the influence of a northerly swell. A gale warning was in effect through Saturday morning meaning winds of 39 mph to 54 mph were occurring or expected. Swells were high enough Saturday at Lake Worth Beach that the city closed the William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier. The Grand Celebration, which is part of the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, can carry 1,900 people. It sails to Grand Bahama and Nassau. A statement issued by Paradise Cruise Line on Tuesday acknowledged high winds and waves jostled the boat when it was entering port, but said there was no danger. “Thanks to our skilled captain and port pilot, MV Grand Celebration docked safely with no reported impact to our passengers or crew,” the statement said. “The ship is currently sailing as scheduled to Grand Bahama Island.” An Instangram post by Singer Island Scenes commended the operators of Grand Celebration. “Sending kudos to the captain and port pilot!,” the Instagram note said. The Port of Palm Beach clarified, however, that it did not take a video of the boat coming in, as mentioned in the Instagram post. Instead, that image was recorded by PTZ tv, which has a live webcam at the inlet. By Kimberly Miller, Palm Beach Post Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  7. As fears spread throughout the world that the coronavirus will become a full-fledged pandemic, it was only a matter of time before shockwaves reached South Florida’s mighty cruise industry. On Tuesday, it happened. The Miami-based MSC Meraviglia, sailing in the western Caribbean, was denied permission to disembark passengers for planned port calls in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands because of concerns that one of the ship’s crew members could be infected. MSC Cruise, in a statement, pointed out that those fears were unfounded. MSC said it was “extremely disappointed” with the decision not to allow the ship to disembark in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, which came after the ship was left in limbo for several hours while Jamaican authorities reviewed detailed medical records submitted ahead of the ship’s arrival. Authorities in Grand Cayman, the cruise line said, refused the ship’s planned Wednesday morning debarkation at its Georgetown port “without even reviewing the ship’s medical records.” Those records, the statement continued, showed a single case of "common seasonal flu [type A influenza] affecting a crew member who had not traveled through territories affected by the coronavirus or subject to any international health restrictions. “In both cases, the ship was effectively turned away simply based on fears,” the statement said, adding that the crew member and all passengers on the ship passed mandatory health screenings in Miami before the cruise set sail on Sunday. The crew member had traveled to Miami from Manila, in The Philippines, with a stop in Istanbul. He was isolated from other crew members and guests and given anti-viral treatment and medication. He is now free of fever and nearly recovered. But Jamaica’s Ministry of Health released a statement defending the decision, calling The Philippines “a country of interest” for the coronavirus and pointing out that the crew member “had a cough, fever and associated muscle pains.” The Cayman Islands’ refusal was out of “an abundance of caution, in order to provide protection to the health and safety of the residents of the Cayman Islands,” according to a statement by the islands’ health minister published in a New York Times report After the refusals, the cruise line said in a statement that it was conferring with health officials at the ship’s next scheduled port in Cozumel, Mexico “to ensure that their decision will be based on a factual review of the ship’s medical records, as well as consideration for the pre-embarkation screening and onboard medical and deep sanitation protocols that are in place across MSC Cruises’ entire fleet.” Late Wednesday afternoon, MSC Cruises announced it had received authorization to dock in Cozumel later in the evening. The denials followed a pattern set by Holland America’s MS Westerdam, which was turned away from five countries whose authorities feared that people onboard might have the coronavirus. After the Westerdam was allowed to dock in Cambodia, a single passenger tested positive for the virus, but the Centers for Disease Control later said the diagnosis was “a false positive,” according to the New York Times. Concerns about catching the virus from cruise ship passengers and crew members were heightened as the world followed the sad plight of Princess Cruises’ Japan-based Diamond Princess, which was quarantined after 10 passengers tested positive. During the quarantine, the number of cases increased to at least 705, including 42 Americans. Four infected passengers have died. By RON HURTIBISE, SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
  8. As fears spread throughout the world that the coronavirus will become a full-fledged pandemic, it was only a matter of time before shockwaves reached South Florida’s mighty cruise industry. On Tuesday, it happened. The Miami-based MSC Meraviglia, sailing in the western Caribbean, was denied permission to disembark passengers for planned port calls in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands because of concerns that one of the ship’s crew members could be infected. MSC Cruise, in a statement, pointed out that those fears were unfounded. MSC said it was “extremely disappointed” with the decision not to allow the ship to disembark in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, which came after the ship was left in limbo for several hours while Jamaican authorities reviewed detailed medical records submitted ahead of the ship’s arrival. Authorities in Grand Cayman, the cruise line said, refused the ship’s planned Wednesday morning debarkation at its Georgetown port “without even reviewing the ship’s medical records.” Those records, the statement continued, showed a single case of "common seasonal flu [type A influenza] affecting a crew member who had not traveled through territories affected by the coronavirus or subject to any international health restrictions. “In both cases, the ship was effectively turned away simply based on fears,” the statement said, adding that the crew member and all passengers on the ship passed mandatory health screenings in Miami before the cruise set sail on Sunday. The crew member had traveled to Miami from Manila, in The Philippines, with a stop in Istanbul. He was isolated from other crew members and guests and given anti-viral treatment and medication. He is now free of fever and nearly recovered. But Jamaica’s Ministry of Health released a statement defending the decision, calling The Philippines “a country of interest” for the coronavirus and pointing out that the crew member “had a cough, fever and associated muscle pains.” The Cayman Islands’ refusal was out of “an abundance of caution, in order to provide protection to the health and safety of the residents of the Cayman Islands,” according to a statement by the islands’ health minister published in a New York Times report After the refusals, the cruise line said in a statement that it was conferring with health officials at the ship’s next scheduled port in Cozumel, Mexico “to ensure that their decision will be based on a factual review of the ship’s medical records, as well as consideration for the pre-embarkation screening and onboard medical and deep sanitation protocols that are in place across MSC Cruises’ entire fleet.” Late Wednesday afternoon, MSC Cruises announced it had received authorization to dock in Cozumel later in the evening. The denials followed a pattern set by Holland America’s MS Westerdam, which was turned away from five countries whose authorities feared that people onboard might have the coronavirus. After the Westerdam was allowed to dock in Cambodia, a single passenger tested positive for the virus, but the Centers for Disease Control later said the diagnosis was “a false positive,” according to the New York Times. Concerns about catching the virus from cruise ship passengers and crew members were heightened as the world followed the sad plight of Princess Cruises’ Japan-based Diamond Princess, which was quarantined after 10 passengers tested positive. During the quarantine, the number of cases increased to at least 705, including 42 Americans. Four infected passengers have died. By RON HURTIBISE, SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  9. Last week
  10. I think they must have ordered the kiddie splash pool by mistake.🤣 Even before the reviewer in the video said it, I thought "Ikea". The price tag for a ship filled with Ikea-like furnishings at some $1,500 pp for a 5-day cruise seems a tad out of reach for some of its targeted audience of young adults paying off college loans. They wanted to build outside the box, and that's certainly what they did. I am interested to see how Virgin does with this.
  11. Richard Branson is sailing into new waters with the launch of his first cruise liner, making a bold pitch to younger travelers at an undeniably awkward time for the industry. The Virgin founder launched the Scarlet Lady on Friday, hoping its modern design and adults-only rule will prompt younger vacationers to take a fresh look at cruises. The ship has docked at the Port of Dover in England and will enter operation in April, mainly offering trips around the Caribbean from a base in Miami. "The Scarlet Lady is truly special and we've worked with some of the world's most sought-after designers, artists and architects to craft an extraordinary experience," Branson said as he presented the ship to the media on Friday. But the launch comes as another liner — the Diamond Princess — reaches the end of a 14-day quarantine amid the coronavirus outbreak. A total of 624 confirmed cases of the virus have been linked to the ship during its isolation in Tokyo Bay, with 79 new cases confirmed on Wednesday. Having tested the waters of just about every other travel business over the course of his lengthy career, fixing his name to trains, planes and spaceships after initially launching Virgin as a record store, the entrepreneur says the launch of the ship marks the realization of a long-held ambition. "I have dreamed of starting my own cruise line since I was in my 20s and I'm thrilled that moment has arrived," he said. Branson's pursuit of young vacationers has yielded features not found on many other cruise ships: There's a stripey drinking spot called Razzle Dazzle, a Korean eatery called Geonbae and a tattoo and body piercing parlor dubbed Squid Ink. The ship also features 78 luxury RockStar Suites. Those include 15 Mega RockStar Suites, which are further divided into Massive, Fab, Posh and Gorgeous Suites. Prices for those come in at around $19,000 per cabin, while the cheapest cabins start from around $1,600 for three- and four-day tours. Meanwhile, Branson has been busy boasting of the liner's "most grammable spot," a dark multi-mirror room adorned with hundreds of white lights. Putting aside fears over the coronavirus, the cruise holiday industry is picking up steam. In 2019, 30 million passengers were expected to cruise, up from 17.8 million a decade earlier, according to the Cruise Lines International Association. That rapid growth brings its own problems, however. Congestion at ports around the world has sparked complaints from locals, and the environmental impact of high-polluting ships is coming under renewed scrutiny — particularly among the younger travelers Branson is hoping to attract. Branson touts 'a voyage like no other' Branson is taking to the seas with a healthy tailwind behind him; shares of his Virgin Galactic venture have skyrocketed nearly 200% since the company went public last October, boosted by optimism about the company's plans to launch a commercial space service. Forbes, in its most recent annual list of the world's billionaires, estimated Branson's net worth at $4.1 billion. The Scarlet Lady is the first of three planned ships from Virgin Voyages, the cruising arm of Branson's empire, which he set up in late 2014. Two more are due for delivery in 2021 and 2022. The vessel weighs 60,000 tons, according to the Virgin Voyages website. According to the ship's builder, Fincantieri, it stretches 278 meters long and 38 meters wide. With 1,430 cabins, it will carry more than 2,770 passengers and 1,160 crew. The designers behind the suites say they called on Virgin's rock and roll heritage, with rooms featuring nods to icons including Grace Jones, and sailors can expect a retro-futurism vibe throughout the ship's accommodation. For customers with especially deep pockets, the Massive Suite will feature a music room stocked with guitars, an amp and a special private lookout point at the front of the ship. It's also got a private terrace with a standing hot tub, a large "runway" table for entertaining guests and an open-air "Peek-a-View" shower that offers sea views. And all suite guests will have access to Richard's Rooftop, an "exclusive chic outdoor lounge." Branson is hoping to mitigate environmental concerns by banning single-use plastics aboard the ship. He says his own business expertise has informed the project from the beginning. "The benefit of our five decades in business in so many industries is that we can offer a voyage like no other," he said in a press release on Friday. By Rob Picheta, CNN Business Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  12. Richard Branson is sailing into new waters with the launch of his first cruise liner, making a bold pitch to younger travelers at an undeniably awkward time for the industry. The Virgin founder launched the Scarlet Lady on Friday, hoping its modern design and adults-only rule will prompt younger vacationers to take a fresh look at cruises. The ship has docked at the Port of Dover in England and will enter operation in April, mainly offering trips around the Caribbean from a base in Miami. "The Scarlet Lady is truly special and we've worked with some of the world's most sought-after designers, artists and architects to craft an extraordinary experience," Branson said as he presented the ship to the media on Friday. But the launch comes as another liner — the Diamond Princess — reaches the end of a 14-day quarantine amid the coronavirus outbreak. A total of 624 confirmed cases of the virus have been linked to the ship during its isolation in Tokyo Bay, with 79 new cases confirmed on Wednesday. Having tested the waters of just about every other travel business over the course of his lengthy career, fixing his name to trains, planes and spaceships after initially launching Virgin as a record store, the entrepreneur says the launch of the ship marks the realization of a long-held ambition. "I have dreamed of starting my own cruise line since I was in my 20s and I'm thrilled that moment has arrived," he said. Branson's pursuit of young vacationers has yielded features not found on many other cruise ships: There's a stripey drinking spot called Razzle Dazzle, a Korean eatery called Geonbae and a tattoo and body piercing parlor dubbed Squid Ink. The ship also features 78 luxury RockStar Suites. Those include 15 Mega RockStar Suites, which are further divided into Massive, Fab, Posh and Gorgeous Suites. Prices for those come in at around $19,000 per cabin, while the cheapest cabins start from around $1,600 for three- and four-day tours. Meanwhile, Branson has been busy boasting of the liner's "most grammable spot," a dark multi-mirror room adorned with hundreds of white lights. Putting aside fears over the coronavirus, the cruise holiday industry is picking up steam. In 2019, 30 million passengers were expected to cruise, up from 17.8 million a decade earlier, according to the Cruise Lines International Association. That rapid growth brings its own problems, however. Congestion at ports around the world has sparked complaints from locals, and the environmental impact of high-polluting ships is coming under renewed scrutiny — particularly among the younger travelers Branson is hoping to attract. Branson touts 'a voyage like no other' Branson is taking to the seas with a healthy tailwind behind him; shares of his Virgin Galactic venture have skyrocketed nearly 200% since the company went public last October, boosted by optimism about the company's plans to launch a commercial space service. Forbes, in its most recent annual list of the world's billionaires, estimated Branson's net worth at $4.1 billion. The Scarlet Lady is the first of three planned ships from Virgin Voyages, the cruising arm of Branson's empire, which he set up in late 2014. Two more are due for delivery in 2021 and 2022. The vessel weighs 60,000 tons, according to the Virgin Voyages website. According to the ship's builder, Fincantieri, it stretches 278 meters long and 38 meters wide. With 1,430 cabins, it will carry more than 2,770 passengers and 1,160 crew. The designers behind the suites say they called on Virgin's rock and roll heritage, with rooms featuring nods to icons including Grace Jones, and sailors can expect a retro-futurism vibe throughout the ship's accommodation. For customers with especially deep pockets, the Massive Suite will feature a music room stocked with guitars, an amp and a special private lookout point at the front of the ship. It's also got a private terrace with a standing hot tub, a large "runway" table for entertaining guests and an open-air "Peek-a-View" shower that offers sea views. And all suite guests will have access to Richard's Rooftop, an "exclusive chic outdoor lounge." Branson is hoping to mitigate environmental concerns by banning single-use plastics aboard the ship. He says his own business expertise has informed the project from the beginning. "The benefit of our five decades in business in so many industries is that we can offer a voyage like no other," he said in a press release on Friday. By Rob Picheta, CNN Business Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
  13. WOW! Well...I have started this post over several times because I just don't know how to word it well, I guess. I definitely am NOT the demographic they are trying to appeal to and that's okay because right off the bat I cannot see myself in that cabin. I really did not like the layout or look of it, even though I am also an IKEA fan. There are just too many little things either missing or oddly placed to make me comfortable. The pool (is it really a pool?) is ridiculous. I would be interested to see how many deck chairs they put out as that is where you will find me always on sea days. The public rooms look beautiful and the show they trailered looked great. The prices are definitely NOT great. Good luck, Virgin - it will be interesting to watch how this goes!
  14. Just a few more days left of the Princess BEST.SALE.EVER! This would be the perfect opportunity to join us on this relaxing cruise from New York to Fort Lauderdale via the Caribbean islands of St. Maarten, Aruba and St. Kitts. Book your cabin by February 29th and get FREE beverages, FREE gratuities and FREE WIFI, plus onboard credit just for coming along. COME ON - LET'S MAKE IT A PARTY! RESERVE NOW!
  15. I thought I'd share this very honest review by "Emma Cruises" on her YouTube channel, which echoes my sentiments just from her ship tour. Let me know what you think after watching the video. What I Hated and What I Loved about Scarlet Lady (Emma Cruises)
  16. Back to back with the January 15 cruise, I assume? Awesome! 😀
  17. Hey - that's my birthday, and what a great weekend escape that would be. Just maybe ... 🤔😊
  18. Hey Chandan, 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! ?
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  21. Hey Ickybd, 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! ?
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  24. Hey djbowden, 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! ?
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