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  1. Welcome, Jasmine!  See you around!

  2. Hey Jasmine, 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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  4. Hey Alison, 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! 😎
  5. Welcome, Tea8990!  See you around!

  6. Hey Tea8990, 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! 😎
  7. Hey JJWIL, 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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  9. Technology is making cruising seamless, from the time a person enters a ship until their vacation ends. At SeaTrade Cruise Global 2019, TechRepublic Senior Editor Teena Maddox spoke with Bill Panoff, CEO of the PPI Group and EIC of Porthole Cruise magazine, about how technology is making cruising seamless, from the time a person enters a ship until their vacation ends. The following is an edited transcript of the interview. Teena Maddox: How is technology changing the cruise industry? Bill Panoff: Technology is of paramount importance to the cruise industry because it enhances the cruise experience and allows the guests to have more of a seamless experience onboard, from the moment they step foot on the ship to the moment they leave the ship, the shore excursions, the delivery of content, to anticipate the guests' needs in terms of their wants and desires in the ports and onboard. It's just a phenomenal way to enjoy cruising even more so. Teena Maddox: What are the ways that the cruise industry itself is using technology? Bill Panoff: For example, Princess Cruises has introduced the Princess Medallion, which is an opportunity for the guests to interact on a digital format onboard their vessels. They have it on several vessels, and they plan to expand that throughout the fleet. From the moment you book your Princess Cruise, you receive your medallion at home, and that medallion has all your vital information on it. You can use that medallion to open up your stateroom door. You can use it for onboard purchases. It anticipates your needs. MSC, for example, has introduced one called MSC for Me, kind of a similar technology. It makes the experience so much more enjoyable and more efficient in the eyes of the cruise lines. Teena Maddox: Will we be seeing AR and VR onboard ships? Bill Panoff: In the very near future, that will be introduced onboard ships. Incidentally, with the onboard shopping experience, artificial intelligence already is being incorporated in many ways. If you step onboard some of the new Celebrity ships, you'll see artificial intelligence. You'll see an interaction with the guests in terms of a digital component whereby people can do their shopping from their staterooms and have the items that they actually order onboard delivered to their staterooms through this digital format. Artificial Intelligence, in the future, will be on all cruise ships and will make it a much more enjoyable experience. By Teena Maddox, TechRepublic 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
  10. Technology is making cruising seamless, from the time a person enters a ship until their vacation ends. At SeaTrade Cruise Global 2019, TechRepublic Senior Editor Teena Maddox spoke with Bill Panoff, CEO of the PPI Group and EIC of Porthole Cruise magazine, about how technology is making cruising seamless, from the time a person enters a ship until their vacation ends. The following is an edited transcript of the interview. Teena Maddox: How is technology changing the cruise industry? Bill Panoff: Technology is of paramount importance to the cruise industry because it enhances the cruise experience and allows the guests to have more of a seamless experience onboard, from the moment they step foot on the ship to the moment they leave the ship, the shore excursions, the delivery of content, to anticipate the guests' needs in terms of their wants and desires in the ports and onboard. It's just a phenomenal way to enjoy cruising even more so. Teena Maddox: What are the ways that the cruise industry itself is using technology? Bill Panoff: For example, Princess Cruises has introduced the Princess Medallion, which is an opportunity for the guests to interact on a digital format onboard their vessels. They have it on several vessels, and they plan to expand that throughout the fleet. From the moment you book your Princess Cruise, you receive your medallion at home, and that medallion has all your vital information on it. You can use that medallion to open up your stateroom door. You can use it for onboard purchases. It anticipates your needs. MSC, for example, has introduced one called MSC for Me, kind of a similar technology. It makes the experience so much more enjoyable and more efficient in the eyes of the cruise lines. Teena Maddox: Will we be seeing AR and VR onboard ships? Bill Panoff: In the very near future, that will be introduced onboard ships. Incidentally, with the onboard shopping experience, artificial intelligence already is being incorporated in many ways. If you step onboard some of the new Celebrity ships, you'll see artificial intelligence. You'll see an interaction with the guests in terms of a digital component whereby people can do their shopping from their staterooms and have the items that they actually order onboard delivered to their staterooms through this digital format. Artificial Intelligence, in the future, will be on all cruise ships and will make it a much more enjoyable experience. By Teena Maddox, TechRepublic 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
  11. Royal Caribbean’s fleet has grown to 26 as it took delivery of Spectrum of the Seas. The first in a new class of ship dubbed Quantum Ultra, Spectrum of the Seas comes in at 1,139 feet long and 168,000 gross tons. That makes it slightly larger than the three Quantum Class ships already sailing. Just like Quantum-class ships, Spectrum of the Seas features the North Star, the capsule that takes riders 300 feet above the ocean. Other features on board will be RipCord by iFly skydive simulator, FlowRider surf simulator an SeaPlex, an indoor sports and entertainment complex that features bumper cars, roller skating and basketball. New to the class is Royal Caribbean’s first ship-within-a-ship concept, something cruise lines like MSC and Norwegian Cruise Line have championed on their latest builds. Unlike the other Quantum-class ships, Spectrum of the Seas features the new Sky Pad virtual reality bungee trampoline attraction that recently debuted on Mariner of the Seas and Independence of the Seas (but is currently closed on those two ships because of a reassessment of safety). The Spectrum of the Seas version, with an enhanced design, will be open beginning April 18. Also on board will be a karaoke venue that’s new to the line called Star Moment. Spectrum of the Seas, which is headed to China later this year, can carry 4,246 passengers at double capacity. It was built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. "We started out to make sure that we had the best that China had ever seen and would ever see," said Royal Caribbean Cruises Chairman Ltd. and CEO Richard Fain. "It has those extra touches and those extra things that make it super special to our Chinese guests." A sister ship, Odyssey of the Seas, is also under construction at the shipyard and due in 2020. So far, no Quantum-class ship has ever home ported in Florida, although the North American market can sail from New York on board Anthem of the Seas including stops at Port Canaveral. Both Ovation of the Seas and the original Quantum of the Seas serve the Asian and Australian markets, but Ovation will make its way across the Pacific this summer to sail Alaska. Spectrum of the Seas debuts this month and will begin service with a 46-night voyage from Barcelona to Shanghai with stops in 13 countries. By Richard Tribou, Orlando 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
  12. Royal Caribbean’s fleet has grown to 26 as it took delivery of Spectrum of the Seas. The first in a new class of ship dubbed Quantum Ultra, Spectrum of the Seas comes in at 1,139 feet long and 168,000 gross tons. That makes it slightly larger than the three Quantum Class ships already sailing. Just like Quantum-class ships, Spectrum of the Seas features the North Star, the capsule that takes riders 300 feet above the ocean. Other features on board will be RipCord by iFly skydive simulator, FlowRider surf simulator an SeaPlex, an indoor sports and entertainment complex that features bumper cars, roller skating and basketball. New to the class is Royal Caribbean’s first ship-within-a-ship concept, something cruise lines like MSC and Norwegian Cruise Line have championed on their latest builds. Unlike the other Quantum-class ships, Spectrum of the Seas features the new Sky Pad virtual reality bungee trampoline attraction that recently debuted on Mariner of the Seas and Independence of the Seas (but is currently closed on those two ships because of a reassessment of safety). The Spectrum of the Seas version, with an enhanced design, will be open beginning April 18. Also on board will be a karaoke venue that’s new to the line called Star Moment. Spectrum of the Seas, which is headed to China later this year, can carry 4,246 passengers at double capacity. It was built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. "We started out to make sure that we had the best that China had ever seen and would ever see," said Royal Caribbean Cruises Chairman Ltd. and CEO Richard Fain. "It has those extra touches and those extra things that make it super special to our Chinese guests." A sister ship, Odyssey of the Seas, is also under construction at the shipyard and due in 2020. So far, no Quantum-class ship has ever home ported in Florida, although the North American market can sail from New York on board Anthem of the Seas including stops at Port Canaveral. Both Ovation of the Seas and the original Quantum of the Seas serve the Asian and Australian markets, but Ovation will make its way across the Pacific this summer to sail Alaska. Spectrum of the Seas debuts this month and will begin service with a 46-night voyage from Barcelona to Shanghai with stops in 13 countries. By Richard Tribou, Orlando 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
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    Welcome, Tara!  See you around!

  14. Hey Tara, 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! 😎
  15. Hey Notagoddess, 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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  17. Hey Gayle, 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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  19. Hey GerryBarker, 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! 😎
  20. Welcome, GerryBarker!  See you around!

  21. Hey looneytunes31419, 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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  23. Carnival cruise guests, get ready to feud with your families − in a fun way. Carnival Cruise Line announced Tuesday that "Family Feud Live" will be coming to its Mardi Gras ship, which makes its debut in 2020. The game show will mimic the TV show with the same format and set, with two five-person teams battling it out for prizes by guessing the most popular answers to survey questions. Mardi Gras' cruise director will host. Different variations of the show will cater to guests and be both family-friendly and adult-oriented. Cruise giant Carnival has announced plans for the first roller coaster at sea. To be called BOLT, it will be atop Carnival Mardi Gras, a new ship scheduled to debut in 2020. For the attraction, Carnival is partnering with Fremantle, which produces "Family Feud." "Our show has been wildly successful for more than 40 years, but it’s never been showcased at sea, so this is an unbelievably exciting opportunity for us," Rick Glankler, president of commercial operations for Fremantle, said in a statement. "Carnival’s audience is perfectly aligned with our show, and we cannot wait to give Mardi Gras’ guests the chance to play Family Feud Live." The cruise line previously announced Mardi Gras would feature the first roller coaster at sea. By David Oliver, USA Today 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
  24. Carnival cruise guests, get ready to feud with your families − in a fun way. Carnival Cruise Line announced Tuesday that "Family Feud Live" will be coming to its Mardi Gras ship, which makes its debut in 2020. The game show will mimic the TV show with the same format and set, with two five-person teams battling it out for prizes by guessing the most popular answers to survey questions. Mardi Gras' cruise director will host. Different variations of the show will cater to guests and be both family-friendly and adult-oriented. Cruise giant Carnival has announced plans for the first roller coaster at sea. To be called BOLT, it will be atop Carnival Mardi Gras, a new ship scheduled to debut in 2020. For the attraction, Carnival is partnering with Fremantle, which produces "Family Feud." "Our show has been wildly successful for more than 40 years, but it’s never been showcased at sea, so this is an unbelievably exciting opportunity for us," Rick Glankler, president of commercial operations for Fremantle, said in a statement. "Carnival’s audience is perfectly aligned with our show, and we cannot wait to give Mardi Gras’ guests the chance to play Family Feud Live." The cruise line previously announced Mardi Gras would feature the first roller coaster at sea. By David Oliver, USA Today 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
  25. A federal judge threatened Wednesday to temporarily block Carnival Corp. from docking cruise ships at ports in the United States as punishment for a possible probation violation. The Miami Herald reports U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz said Wednesday that she'll make a decision in June, and she wants company chairman Micky Arison and president Donald Arnold to attend that hearing. "The people at the top are treating this as a gnat," Seitz said. "If I could, I would give all the members of the executive committee a visit to the detention center for a couple of days. It's amazing how that helps people come to focus on reality." Miami-based Carnival has been on probation for two years as part of a $40 million settlement for illegally dumping oil into the ocean from its Princess Cruises ships and lying about the scheme, according to court filings. Despite this, prosecutors say ships have dumped grey water into Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park, prepared ships in advance of court-ordered audits to avoid unfavorable findings, falsified records and dumped plastic garbage into the ocean. The company has acknowledged these incidents in court filings. In a statement after the hearing, Carnival said "It appears there were some mischaracterizations made by others to the court. We intend to fully address the issues raised at today's court conference." Carnival's Chief Communications Officer Roger Frizzell said "our environmental responsibility has been and continues to be a top priority for the company." The five-year probation began in April 2017 and requires a third-party auditor to inspect ships belonging to Carnival and its subsidiaries. Carnival owns nine cruise brands and has 102 ships. The court filings say that during 2017 Carnival had a program in place to prepare ships in advance of the audits to avoid negative findings. Seitz ordered the company to stop in December 2017, and it stopped. But federal prosecutors said the practice continued in 2018. Prosecutors said internal emails shared among Carnival's subsidiaries discussed the practice. An email from Carnival's German-based cruise line AIDA Cruises said, "It would be really important to go onboard on August 12 for one week in order to have time to manage issues before the audits and avoid findings." They said a similar email from Carnival's Seattle-based Holland America Line mentioned "prevent audit findings" as a goal in early 2018. The court filings said the monitor found that Carnival and its subsidiaries repeatedly falsified records, as recently as September 2018, when an engineer on Holland America's Westerdam ship falsified maintenance records to make it appear he had cleaned and tested equipment when he had not. The same ship, according to court filings, dumped 26,000 gallons of grey water into Glacier Bay National Park in September 2018. Monitors also found that the Carnival Elation ship dumped plastic garbage overboard during an audit in December. The plastic wasn't being separated from food, court filings said. The judge on Wednesday mentioned a 45-minute presentation she received as a guest onboard Carnival Corp.'s ultra-luxury cruise line Seabourn about how plastic straws are damaging the marine environment. "I was thinking to myself, 'I'm impressed,'" she said, "Obviously they talk the talk, but they aren't walking the walk." By Associated Press 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
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