What’s New, and undergoing change
within the Cruise Line Industry!
Part 1 of a 3 part series
Part of what I have to do as a professional cruise planner, is to keep abreast of changes and advancements that are a regular occurrence within the Cruise line Industry. I am posting this article in an attempt to merely give you a broad brush-stroke of just some of those new innovations and new service offerings that have come about to the various cruise lines mentioned. As there are numerous cruise lines, and vessels; I have broken down the information into a three part series. As a regular feature of our blog, I intend to update these posts a couple of times each cruise year. If you enjoy cruising, I’m sure you will appreciate being able to stay “in-the-know” about your favorite cruise line. This issue covers cruise lines A – D. Part 2, covers cruise lines H thru P, (click here to view) and our final Part 3, will cover the final letters (view article here) of the North American Market Cruise Lines, and the European and Asian River Cruise Markets.
Azamara Cruises – Which is the Luxury offering arm of the Royal Caribbean Family of Cruise Ship Lines (Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Azamara) recently announced its partnership with Perry Golf, to offer “all-inclusive” Golfing Cruise Packages featuring some of the top courses in the world! So for all of the would be golfer enthusiasts out there now you can have the opportunity to get your game on, without having to leave the spouse behind. What a novel idea; One spouse gets in a few rounds (at some truly once in a lifetime courses) over the length of the cruise, while the other gets to cruise, shop, and visit different parts of the world along with you . Should prove highly successful I would think! Great Idea Azamara!
Carnival Cruise Lines – Most notably recognizable as the Fun Ships at Sea, and widely appreciated for its Family-Oriented seagoing environment of entertainment for all ages, is going green. That’s right, the Big Red Whale’s Tail is changing colors, (not really, just a figure of speech), as they have recently announced that they are offering more than three dozen shore excursions to rainforests and tropical jungles. These eco friendly excursions are being offered in places like Costa Rica, Dominica, and Alaska to name just a few). Cuddos to Carnival for such forward thinking!
Celebrity Cruises – Which offers a premium service cruise product and service, and a cruise line which is known for it distinctly unique offerings of wines, dining, and entertainment has recently added to its fleet of vessels the newest in the line of their 2886 passenger solstice class ships, the Celebrity “Silhouette”. Its inaugural sailing is set to take place on July 23, 2011 which will feature a 7 night sailing to Rome. Naturally this ship shall include all of the amenities that so many Celebrity enthusiasts (and repeat customers) have come to adore about the Celebrity Solstice-Class of ships. Bon Voyage “Silhouette”
Crystal Cruises – known as being one of the finest luxury service cruise lines, has just announced that its ship Crystal “Serenity” will undergo a major renovation costing more than 25 million dollars and is set to take place when she dry-docks next month (May 2011). The upgrades are to include New Deluxe Stateroom and Suite decors, New On-Board Shopping areas, a new “Chic” Pool area complete with all new relaxation lounge chairs, as well as new fixtures, and appointments throughout the ship. When completed it is highly anticipated that she will rival her sister ship the Crystal “Symphony”, that underwent a similar facelift this past year. I am confident that after her makeover the difference will be Crystal Clear!
Cunard– With her three most famously known luxury ships named the Queen Mary 2, The Queen Elizabeth 2, and the Queen Victoria which are the youngest luxury fleet to date. Recently the QE2 (while sailing on its 130 day world voyage) encountered some rough times as she was sailing to her next port of Nagasaki Japan, at the very time of the most severe earth quake and tsunami to ever strike Japan was taking place. What makes this so noteworthy is that this was not the first earthquake encounter on this most recent voyage, as she encountered a similar situation while visiting the port of Sydney Australia, right at the same time of the devastating earthquake activity struck Christchurch New Zealand. The passengers aboard this world cruise have certainly endured some unique firsts, and seconds you might say! Wow, now there’s is certainly a cruise to remember!
Disney Cruise Ships – The Cruise Line that is most widely associated with their ability of putting kids (of all ages) first and foremost in mind, have recently (February 2011) put their newest ship the Disney “Dream” into service. With many new innovations this ship is truly a Dream-Come-True for the folks at Disney, featuring interactive screens in the dining rooms areas, along with virtual portholes in the staterooms, that are even linked to the ships outdoor video-cams, so that folks can have a sense of what is happening, even in the interior staterooms. One mustn’t forget the revolutionary new water tube feature slide called aqua-duck which actually extends out over the edge of the ship for a portion of the watery ride! Be sure to check out our post (click here) which covered the introduction and a comprehensive review of this brand new ship.
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