Cruise Ship News http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk Reviews, Deals and News Wed, 27 May 2015 15:39:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 New Norwegian Cruise Line jobs to fix reversed policy http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150527/new-norwegian-cruise-line-jobs-to-fix-reversed-policy/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150527/new-norwegian-cruise-line-jobs-to-fix-reversed-policy/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 15:39:26 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=2995 New Norwegian Cruise Line jobsIt was not too long ago that Norwegian Cruise Line evoked a ban on food being taken out of all restaurants, as a way to help keep the ship clean. ]]> New Norwegian Cruise Line jobs

It was not too long ago that Norwegian Cruise Line evoked a ban on food being taken out of all restaurants, as a way to help keep the ship clean. However, it was no surprise that passengers were up in arms about this, as they have always enjoyed being able to take food back to their rooms, especially if someone is ill and bound to their cabin.

We know that you can ask for room service, although the menu is limited. The good news is, this food ban has since been revoked due to the public outcry.

However, this does not get away from the fact that passengers will still leave empty plates outside cabins, which was one of the biggest issues in the first place.

However, President and Chief Operating Officer Andy Stuart has said that the way to fix this issue is by offering new Norwegian Cruise Line jobs.

They have yet to announce these new job listings, although you can head to NCL.com and search through the many postings to see if there is a position for you.

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MSC Book and new consumer website improves booking process http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150527/msc-book-and-new-consumer-website-improves-booking-process/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150527/msc-book-and-new-consumer-website-improves-booking-process/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 15:09:22 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=2993 MSC Book and new consumer websiteIf you are a travel agent then by now you will already know that MSC Book is a new, smart engine for them to book cruises on for customers. We are told...]]> MSC Book and new consumer website

If you are a travel agent then by now you will already know that MSC Book is a new, smart engine for them to book cruises on for customers. We are told that this new service will help to improve the end-user experience, while at the same time making the booking process far quicker. Some agents have said the whole process is often difficulty, but this would also be a thing of the past, as the entire experience will also be a far simpler one.

That’s not all, as the MSC consumer website will also get a much-needed revamp. We have not been told if the revamp applies to just one country, such as the UK, US, Spain, Italy etc., or if it will be all of the cruise line’s websites.

However, this revamp on the consumer side will not happen until later this summer, and so we have to make do with the older one for now, which currently has some great deals running on the UK website.

In other MSC related news; the cruise line has aired its first TV commercial in the US, which is titled In the Summertime. It uses the same music as Mungo Jerry, although re-recorded with lyrics from MSC. It would seem that MSC wants to have a greater presence in the United States, but how will it compete with the big players like Carnival and Royal Caribbean?

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The best Celebrity Explorations Vacation Packages http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150526/the-best-celebrity-explorations-vacation-packages/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150526/the-best-celebrity-explorations-vacation-packages/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 16:27:23 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=2991 The best Celebrity Explorations Vacation PackagesCelebrity Cruises always tries to go one better than their rivals, such as offering a better dining experience, to a more complete excursion package. ]]> The best Celebrity Explorations Vacation Packages

Celebrity Cruises always tries to go one better than their rivals, such as offering a better dining experience, to a more complete excursion package. However, they also go another step further, and that is with their vacation packages.

They have broken these down into Celebrity Explorations and Book & Go Vacation Packages, although it is the former that we are looking at today. Celebrity Cruises has come up with what they believe to be the best Explorations Vacation Packages, and we find it hard to disagree.

By choosing one of these you get to visit various destination, where you will see dynamic cities, experience exhilarating excursions and extensive land tours. That is not all, as while off the ship you also get to stay at luxury hotels.

There are four in all, and these are the Danube Waltz River Cruise, Seine Symphony River Cruise, African Adventure and Amazon and South America Adventure. Click on each link for more details, but don’t expect them to be cheap.

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Harmony of the Seas update: first reviews from UK agents http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150526/harmony-of-the-seas-update-first-reviews-from-uk-agents/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150526/harmony-of-the-seas-update-first-reviews-from-uk-agents/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 15:51:27 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=2989 Harmony of the Seas updateWe know that the Harmony of the Seas will not be ready for her inaugural cruise until May of 2016, although this has not stopped Royal Caribbean in...]]> Harmony of the Seas update

We know that the Harmony of the Seas will not be ready for her inaugural cruise until May of 2016, although this has not stopped Royal Caribbean in offering us an update. We are told that the very first Harmony of the Seas reviews will be from UK agents, and not those from other countries such as the US.

This is great news, as it is an honor to be one of the first to offer a first-hand perspective of the third Oasis-class ship. However, we should not be surprised seeing as though this ship will sail from the UK to Barcelona on its shakedown.

Royal Caribbean has yet to offer any official dates, and so May 2015 is only a rough estimate. Not much is known at this time, such as the main Harmony of the Seas features, entertainment, restaurants etc.

However, we can tell you that she is now 80 percent complete in terms of her metal sheeting, and that she should be ready to be floated next month. We also know that in order for Royal Caribbean to become more family friendly like Carnival Cruise Line ships, Harmony is to come with waterslides to keep children and kids amused.

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Free Carnival Vista upgrades not apparent http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150524/free-carnival-vista-upgrades-not-apparent/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150524/free-carnival-vista-upgrades-not-apparent/#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 09:12:08 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=2987 Free Carnival Vista upgrades not apparentIf you have been contemplating booking a cruise on the new Carnival Vista for next year, but have yet to make your mind up, then Carnival Cruise Lines UK...]]> Free Carnival Vista upgrades not apparent

If you have been contemplating booking a cruise on the new Carnival Vista for next year, but have yet to make your mind up, then Carnival Cruise Lines UK has an incentive running to help make the decision process an easier one.

In what is being described on the homepage as free Carnival Vista upgrades, we have issues in actually finding them. We have been through most of the booking process to see what you actually get as an incentive, and it’s not made very clear.

From what we can see you gain a free cabin upgrade, although it only looks as though the upgrade is pretty much for the same type cabin, unless we are missing something. And, if it is just this, then this is the very same promotion that has been running ever since bookings went live for the Vista.

Let’s say we have got it wrong and there is actually a decent free upgrade, then you have up until the 19th of June to take advantage of the offer. You can also get an 8-day Mediterranean cruise where prices start from just £609 per person, which we have to say is a pretty decent price.

Have you booked your cruise to sail on Carnival Vista next year?

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New Saga Sapphire entertainment with Sam Bailey http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150521/new-saga-sapphire-entertainment-with-sam-bailey/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150521/new-saga-sapphire-entertainment-with-sam-bailey/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 15:44:25 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=2984 New Saga Sapphire entertainment with Sam BaileyIt would seem that the 2013 X factor winner, Sam Bailey has come full circle. Many years ago she used to work on a cruise ship, and has now returned to the...]]> New Saga Sapphire entertainment with Sam Bailey

It would seem that the 2013 X factor winner, Sam Bailey has come full circle. Many years ago she used to work on a cruise ship, and has now returned to the seas, as part of the entertainment on the Saga Sapphire.

This seemed inventible since Simon Cowell’s record label dropped her earlier this year. This is yet another example that the winner of X Factor tends to not do very well compared to those that do not go all the way.

One Direction never won, and they are currently the most successful boy band in the world. And, while not as big, Olly Murs is also doing very well, and he never walked away as a winner either.

Let’s not take it away from Sam though, she has a great voice, it’s just she fell pregnant shortly after winning the show, and so we can understand that priorities change.

During her time singing on the Saga cruise ship she will have her husband with her, while her mother looks after the three children. This means we do not except it to be a very long contract. However, she has since been using her spare time to write a song, and should be released as an album in the not too distant future.

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Liberty, Freedom of the Seas new dining option http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150521/liberty-freedom-of-the-seas-new-dining-option/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150521/liberty-freedom-of-the-seas-new-dining-option/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 15:05:26 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=2982 Liberty, Freedom of the Seas new dining optionIf you are due to go on a Royal Caribbean cruise sailing on either Liberty or Freedom of the seas, then there is a new dining option for you. For just $20 per...]]> Liberty, Freedom of the Seas new dining option

If you are due to go on a Royal Caribbean cruise sailing on either Liberty or Freedom of the seas, then there is a new dining option for you. For just $20 per person, per day, you can go for the Ultimate Dining Package.

What this gives you – Passengers who pay this $20 fee each day will have access to the specialty restaurants on your cruise, although make certain that you take advantage of this.

You will need to pay for each day you are on your cruise, and so cannot decide to just do one day, or the cruise line will not make money on their current daily charge.

By taking Royal Caribbean up on this offer, you could save as much as $105 on your cruise. The current charge if you were to pay for a specialty restaurant is $35 per person for Chops Grille, $25 for Giovanni’s Table and the same price for Sabor Modern Mexican.

We are not certain what other ships this new Ultimate Dining Package is available on, but we are sure more than the two mentioned above.

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Norwegian Dawn update on compensation expected http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150520/norwegian-dawn-update-on-compensation-expected/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150520/norwegian-dawn-update-on-compensation-expected/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 15:40:06 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=2979 Norwegian Dawn update on compensation expectedPeople have been hoping to hear an update in regard to the Norwegian Dawn following her issue in Bermuda yesterday. We already know that she has been...]]> Norwegian Dawn update on compensation expected

People have been hoping to hear an update in regard to the Norwegian Dawn following her issue in Bermuda yesterday. We already know that she has been refloated since running aground on a reef, but passengers on board are curious to know if they will be entitled to any compensation, as it is expected.

The thing is, passengers have been told that the ship will not be moving until Thursday at the earliest, which means a disruption to its itinerary. This is certain to have a knock-on effect with the next sailing as well, and so no doubt will have to skip a port or two.

Passengers have been told by the captain that they will have to wait for more information, and looking on the Norwegian Cruise Line website, they have yet to issue any sort of statement in regards to any sort of refund.

The good news is, there is no damage to the ship and all the facilities on the ship are working fine. Things could have been so much worse because we know the reef around Bermuda is very tough and sharp, and have been known to rip through a ships hulls like butter.

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Cunard’s complimentary stateroom upgrade on summer cruises http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150519/cunards-complimentary-stateroom-upgrade-on-summer-cruises/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150519/cunards-complimentary-stateroom-upgrade-on-summer-cruises/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 16:23:03 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=2977 Cunard's complimentary stateroom upgradeCunard has a number of celebrations planned for its 175th anniversary year, one of which sees customers being offered a complimentary stateroom...]]> Cunard's complimentary stateroom upgrade

Cunard has a number of celebrations planned for its 175th anniversary year, one of which sees customers being offered a complimentary stateroom upgrade on summer cruises. This is a great offer, one that could save you a lot of money.

When you visit this page on the Cunard website you will see a selection of fares, and they already reflect the upgrade from Inside to a Balcony stateroom, Club Balcony to Princess Grill, and finally, Princess Grill to Queens Grill.

OK, so we know the prices are far more than the likes of Royal Caribbean, P&O and Carnival, but there are still some good deals to be had – within reason.

However, you need to be quick, as you have up until June 30th, 2015 to take advantage of this complimentary stateroom upgrade.

You have a selection of 7, 14 and 21 night Mediterranean Cruises and 7, 8 and 16 night Transatlantic
Crossings.

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Disney Magic sailings from New York, bookings live tomorrow http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150519/disney-magic-sailings-from-new-york-bookings-live-tomorrow/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150519/disney-magic-sailings-from-new-york-bookings-live-tomorrow/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 15:57:39 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=2975 Disney Magic sailings from New YorkThe last time that Disney Magic sailed out of New York for a host of itineraries was back in 2012, and so we are pleased to see her heading back to NYC once...]]> Disney Magic sailings from New York

The last time that Disney Magic sailed out of New York for a host of itineraries was back in 2012, and so we are pleased to see her heading back to NYC once again. While there she will be sailing to destinations in the Bahamas and Canada.

Bookings for the new Disney Magic itineraries go live tomorrow, May 20, 2015. However, you had best get your cruise booked fast, as the Disney Cruise Line has said that Magic will only be in the Big Apple for a limited time from October 2016.

Sailings will begin on October 2nd, 2016, where Magic will sail from New York to Halifax, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada for a five-night cruise. Following that, there will then be four sailings to the Bahamas.

Once it has finished these sailings from New York, Magic will then reposition to Miami, and once there will then offer a selection of Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.

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