New Cruise Ships on the Horizon for 2018

Great news for cruise lovers, in 2018 you will have the opportunity to be among the first passengers to sail on a variety of amazing brand-new ships. And what incredible ones they will be! Stunning interiors, state-of-the-art designs, innovative amenities, dazzling entertainment, fabulous dining, spectacular accommodations and more will have your family “oohing and aahing.” This is also the ideal time for first-timers to establish their sea-legs.  Some of the most popular names in cruising, including Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, MSC CruisesNorwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International will all be introducing unique and special ships,

Here is a preview of some of the fabulous cruise ships that you can reserve now for next year:

Carnival Horizon

Thrills galore will be featured on Carnival Cruise Line’s 133,500-ton, 3,936-guest Carnival Horizon. Scheduled to arrive in April 2018, she will boast many popular features found on her sister, Carnival Vista, including RedFrog Pub & Brewery, a unique bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction called SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre, ropes course and a huge WaterWorks park featuring a thrilling 455-foot slide. This floating resort has extra-spacious Family Harbor accommodations and incredible Havana Cabanas & Suites, where its guests have exclusive use of an aft pool, bar and more. Nearly 30 food and drink venues, three pools, Camp Ocean youth programs and many other amenities offer something fun for everyone in the family.

 

Celebrity Edge

Taking innovation to new levels, the Celebrity Edge will be the first of Celebrity Cruises’ revolutionary Edge Class when she debuts in fall 2018.  The 117,000-ton, 2,900-guest marvel will introduce several first-to-cruising features, such as: The Magic Carpet, the world’s first cantilevered deck that moves between decks 2 and 16, serving as a unique bar, restaurant and embarkation area. A show-stopper is the lovely Rooftop Garden where guests can relax and reflect in a gorgeous urban playscape surrounded by sculptures and music. The Retreat is a serene area exclusive to suite guests who may enjoy a private pool, sundeck, lounge and restaurant. New suite classes include a 5,000-square-foot Iconic Suite positioned high on top of the ship with sweeping panoramic views and the stunning two-level Edge Villa. The Resort Deck will have a large pool and “martini glass” Jacuzzis overlooking the deck below. Eden offers guests an ambiance that changes in the morning, afternoon and evening to enhance your experience and The Meeting Place will be perfect to conduct business at sea.

MSC Seaview

The 154,000-ton, 4,140-guest MSC Seaview will become the second in MSC Cruises’ Seaside Class when she sets sail in May 2018. She’ll offer more balcony staterooms, public areas and sea views. Her 360°promenade with glass railings will circle the entire ship and will serve as a lovely area where guests may stroll along in the sea air and they enjoy dining venues, chic bars and boutiques. A whopping 468,000-square-feet of public space will include a theater, panoramic ocean-facing elevators, a theater and unique terraced balcony staterooms. Nine eateries include two restaurants in partnership with acclaimed chef Roy Yamaguchi. Three outdoor catwalks will extend out over the water, interactive 5D cinemas and the longest zip lines at sea are some of her additional extraordinary features.

ms Nieuw Statendam

Sister ship to the popular ms Koningsdam, the 99,500-ton, 2,650-guest ms Nieuw Statendam should arrive in December 2018. Her features will include favorites from her sister including several dining options such as the French-style seafood brasserie, Sel de Mer. Guests will also enjoy a new immersive farm-to-table dinner experience where master chefs prepare fabulous meals in front of guests, sure to be a foodie favorite. This stunning bright and airy Pinnacle Class ship will have a variety of modern and elegant accommodations, including those designed for families, a companion or solo. Many happy memories will be made at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, a wine-blending venue, a large movie screen and two-tiered Lido Pool area.  World Stage will be a 360-degree entertainment hotspot blending music and dance with a wraparound 270-degree screen that integrates live action. Passengers will adore Music Walk, featuring B.B. King’s Blues Club, Billboard Onboard and Lincoln Center Stage.

Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Cruise Line’s 167,800-ton, 4,000-guest Norwegian Bliss will debut in spring 2018, boasting such exciting features as a two-level electric-car race track, an open-air laser tag course, heart-racing waterslides that round the side of the ship and much more.  Exceptional dining options, entertainment venues, bars, lounges and youth programs will ensure that there’s something for everyone in the family. Stop by Norwegian’s signature Observation Lounge as well as The Waterfront, with al fresco restaurants and bars. Relax at two pools and six infinity hot tubs. The Aqua Park boasts two multi-story waterslides and the high-speed, cantilevered, Ocean Loops. A multitude of restaurants will serve everything from Mexican cuisine to a new Texas Smokehouse, Italian, seafood, a Japanese hibachi, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Sea and more. The acclaimed Mandara Spa provides a bevy of treatments and you can work out at the state-of-art Fitness Center. Captivating entertainment includes high-end production shows, a disco, casino and more. Stunning accommodations include Studio staterooms with “virtual” ocean views for solo cruisers and luxurious suites at The Haven by Norwegian.

Symphony of the Seas

When the 230,000-ton, 5535-guest Symphony of the Seas enters service in April 2018 she will become the world’s largest cruise ship and the fourth of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class ships., Special features will be available in her seven diverse neighborhoods: Boardwalk, Central Park, Royal Promenade, Entertainment Place, Youth Zone, Vitality Spa and Fitness, plus the Pool and Sports Zone. Your family will love the 20 restaurants, four pools, a 10-story waterslide alongside a trio of slides, an ice-skating rink, the Aquatheater with its water shows and aerial acrobatics, Splashaway Bay for kids and much more. Thrilling entertainment, a casino,  chic bars, swanky lounges and fabulous accommodations will also be featured.

 

Gather your favorite cruise companions as now is the best time to reserve the accommodations of your choice on one of these beautiful ships.

For more information on New Cruise Ships in 2018 and our cruise deals, visit us at Cruise.com or call our cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.  

A Luxury Vacation with Viking River Cruises

Journey along some of the world’s most storied rivers in understated elegance on the intimate ships of Viking River Cruises, the world’s largest river cruise line. Experience The Viking Difference and you will understand why so many well-traveled passengers choose this luxury line for their travel plans. Its stunning ships glide along on such European rivers as the Danube, Rhine, Elbe, Douro, Volga, Seine and Moselle, as well as the exotic Mekong, Yangtze, Irrawaddy and Nile. Whichever itinerary you select, including the always popular “Tulip & Windmills” and magical “Christmas Market” cruises, Viking will transport you in style to explore the world’s most fascinating cultures.

All-Inclusive Value

Keep your wallet tucked away as Viking River Cruises offers an almost completely all-inclusive vacation. What a value! High-end amenities, accommodations, personalized attention, dining venues, most shore excursions and even WiFi are included in your cruise fare, plus wine and beer are

Unparalleled Personal Attention

If you want to go where everyone knows your name, simply step aboard a Viking River Cruises ship and miraculously, the staff will know it. All of the staff will not only will address you by name, but your needs will seemingly be intuitively known. Expect unobtrusive pampering throughout your voyage as nothing will be overlooked and no detail too small.

Destination-Focused Dining

Entice your palate and senses with regional cuisine. Locally sourced ingredients, such as Hungarian paprika and the famous lemons of Provence, are just some of the ways chefs prepare authentic dishes to coincide with the ports you are visiting. World-class cuisine is served onboard, include the line’s signature “taste of” to introduce you to the food and drink of a region. Onboard restaurants serve the finest world-class cuisine, with free-flowing wine and beer to accompany your gourmet meal.

Immersive Experience

Specially designed itineraries provide the maximum time in port for you to delve into the culture of each region through tours and more. Special insightful experiences may include accompanying the chef to a local market, getting exclusive access to private collections at world-class museums, ballet performances, culinary events and more.

Cultural Curriculum®

Onboard, the exclusive Culture Curriculum will also enrich your vacation experience. Offered on every itinerary, complimentary workshops provide insight into your destination with a bevy of features, such as creating a local dish and attending in-depth lectures about the region. “Destination Performances” are also included on each sailing and includes a performance that represents a place, such as a Russian ballet.

Viking Longships

Innovative Viking Longships accommodate just 190 privileged guests in 95 staterooms and were designed to bring the “outside in” with an open airy feel. Boasting the most al fresco dining options on Europe’s rivers, as well as huge windows throughout, lots of natural light adds to the airy open ambiance. The innovative all-weather indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace at the ship’s bow continues this theme with panoramic views as you enjoy dining outside. Two incredible Explorer Suites are the largest plying the waterways of Europe and a French balcony is the perfect spot for morning coffee and pre-dinner cocktails.

Casual Dress Code

Leave the ballgowns and tuxedos at home, along with the cocktail dresses and even the jackets and ties. Expect a very relaxed cruise with a dress code encouraging guests to be comfortable,

Coffee Stations

Coffee-lovers will be able to get a caffeine fix at conveniently located coffee stations, including near the lounge. Push-button machines will instantly produce such hot drinks as cappuccino, latte and more, while quality tea bags are also offered.  Syrups such as vanilla and hazelnut are available as well, along with scrumptious cookies and other treats, available 24/7.

Experience all of this and more when you travel with Viking River Cruises and enjoy your luxury vacation on this world-class line.

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Luxury Windstar Cruises’ “2018 President’s Cruise” on Star Legend

Privileged guests will have the unique opportunity to take an exclusive President’s Cruise to exotic and breathtaking Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines on Windstar Cruises’ luxury 212-guest Star Legend departing January 6, 2018. Joining you on this incredible journey will be John Delaney, president of Windstar Cruises and special guest Gloria Bohan, Godmother of the Star Legend and eminent cruise industry pioneer. In addition to hosting various special events, they look forward to sharing exciting news and answering your questions regarding the luxury line.

This incredible 14-day voyage will be from Singapore to Hong Kong and call on such spectacular locales as Kuching, Bandar Seri Begawan/Muara, ota Kinabalu, Palawan Puerto Princesa, Coron/Busuanga Island, Boracay, Manila and the Hundred Islands.

Just a Few of the Many Highlights 

Explore beautiful ports on the 2018 President’s Cruise, including fascinating local villages and bustling metropolises, each with its own rich history. Discerning travelers are offered a myriad of unforgettable experiences on this specially orchestrated sailing. From the Philippines natural beauty on world-famous beaches with sapphire blue and emerald green waters, to strolling the cobblestone streets of Old Town Manila and snorkeling among preserved WWII Japanese wrecks off Busuanga Island, thrilling activities to do and sights to behold are offered. Foodies will have the opportunity to taste the unique flavors of Hong Kong and Singapore, and the amazing destinations in between.

Animal-lovers will want to visit Bako National Park in Kuching, Malaysia to see the rare proboscis monkeys, found only in Borneo. The park also boasts the legendary sandstone Sea Stag formations. While in Singapore, you will have the opportunity to visit the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temple, the Thian Hock Keng Temple. Swim in sparkling turquoise waters surrounded by white sand brimming with crushed Puka shells, hence the name Puka Beach in Boracay.

Luxurious Star Legend

Step aboard the elegant all-suite Star Legend yacht and your luxurious journey will begin. At just 9,975 tons, she is able to anchor in small harbors. Your luxury cruise includes all meals, room service and non-alcoholic beverages, such as specialty teas and coffees, plus unlimited use of the fitness center.

Meet fellow guests at the champagne Welcome Reception and enjoy the many chic bars and comfy lounges where you can sip your favorite cocktail over exceptional views and intriguing conversation. An aft watersports platform provides a convenient way to participate in a host of water sports. Visit the serene spa for various pampering treatments. Soak in the whirlpools and feel your cares drift away.

Generous suites, many with a balcony, provide a delightful retreat. Elegant appointments, fine Egyptian cotton linens, a TV and more will provide familiar comforts. Luxuriate in your stunning accommodations and enjoy convenient 24/7 room service.

Dine at a variety of eateries, including Windstar’s signature AmphorA restaurant, with an elegant décor including Murano glass mirror wall panels and chic artwork. Enjoy a romantic moonlit dinner at Candles Grill with table service under the stars, a casual buffet on the pool deck and more.

Sail to some of the most fascinating and memorable places in the world on the exclusive 2018 President’s Cruise on the luxurious Star Legend. Even the most seasoned travelers will be impressed as they enjoy its intimate and  understated elegance.

For more information on Windstar Cruises, the 2018 President’s Cruise and Cruise Deals, visit us at Cruise.com or contact one of our cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.

Carnival Cruise Line — More Fun than Ever!

Fabulous restaurants, incredible water parks with some of the highest slides at sea, world-class dining options, swanky bars, family-friendly accommodations and amazing entertainment. These are just a few of the reasons the name Carnival Cruise Line conjures up images of people having fun – and lots of it! And with good reason, the very popular line offers everything from innovative onboard experiences to roomy family accommodations and much more. Bring your entire extended family along as something special is offered for all ages. Choose from over 20 cruise ships, including the newest, Carnival Horizon, arriving in 2018 and already booking guests just like yourself!

Enjoy a carefree Carnival cruise vacation that includes exciting nightlife and entertainment, mouthwatering food and a wide range of activities for kids. Acclaimed youth programs will keep the kids happy and entertained. Camp Carnival or Camp Ocean (depending on ship), are for ages 2-11, Circle “C” for ages 12-14 and Club 02 for teens aged 15-17.

While they are having the time of their lives, adults can melt their cares away with a soothing massage or one of the many delightful treatments at the spa, maintain a workout regime at the fitness center and go for a run on the outdoor jogging track. Find that perfect souvenir at the onboard shops.

Some ships boast a delightfully serene adult-only retreat.  Enjoy some fun competition as the family plays mini-golf, basketball, volleyball, ping-pong and more at the sports area. Simply catch some rays and relax at the pools, including a kids’ wading pool, as well as whirlpools/hot tubs.

Comfy accommodations provide a relaxing retreat after a day of fun activities. Sleep like a baby on Carnival’s acclaimed Comfort Collection® bedding. Make yourself at home as you watch movies and TV.  You can even order in with convenient 24/7 room service.

Bring your appetite because you are going to need it! Carnival offers mouthwatering meals at a host of fabulous restaurants. Designed to make the most discerning taste buds happy, savor delicious cuisine at elegant full-service main dining rooms, bistro-style fare, made-to-order burgers grilled poolside, burritos and so much more. A host of casual eateries and formal venues provide something for everyone. Special dining menus are kid-friendly with all of their favorites. Varying by ship, savor seafood, deli fare, Asian dishes, Italian, Mexican cuisine and others.

Meet Carnival Horizon 

Excitement is building for the debut of Carnival’s newest ship, the 133,500-ton, 3,936-guest Carnival Horizon, is slated to arrive in spring 2018. She will share many of the same exciting and over-the-top features of her revolutionary sister, Carnival Vista and with her many amenities will be ideal for a multi-generational cruise, featuring something for all age groups.

Just some of the offerings that will be on thrilling Carnival Horizon include a gigantic WaterWorks aqua park, where shrieks of sheer delight will greet you from kids at the Kaleid-o-slide, a thrilling 455-foot-long water tube slide and a mini-racer. More thrills will include a “bike ride” around the top of the ship on the SkyRide attraction. Watch a movie at an IMAX Theatre and have a specialty craft beer at the Caribbean-inspired brewery.

The floating resort will boast nearly 30 dining and drinking venues, three pools, a sports court, with a ropes course, mini-golf in addition to kids and teen programs. Fantastic accommodations will include Havana Cabanas and Suites, boasting their own hammocks and more. Indulgent spa staterooms and extra-spacious staterooms will make Carnival Horizon ideal for multi-generational cruises. She will also feature a state-of-the-art fitness center, multi-level Cloud 9 Spa, complete with a thermal suite and steam chamber, plus a wide menu of treatments. A beauty salon will be onboard, shops along with a padded jogging track, perfect to keep up your daily runs.

Several dining options will keep your palate content.  Selections vary from delicious fresh offerings at a New England-style Seafood Shack, specialties at JiJi Asian Kitchen and authentic Mexican dishes at Blue Iguana Cantina. An Italian restaurant and classic steakhouse will also be onboard. Grab a burger at the poolside Guy’s Burger Joint.

Entertainment will be offered at the Carnival Multiplex, which also includes the Thrill Theater, for a multi-dimensional special effects experience, complete with popcorn. Hosted at the adults-only retreat, Serenity Nights offers a magical experience wherein you’ll step into a club under the stars with sensational lighting effects and a DJ.

Bring the whole family along and enjoy all this and so much more on a Carnival cruise and experience firsthand why families, just like yours, choose Carnival Cruise Line time and again!

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Why take a Multi-Generational Group Cruise?

 

Bring the whole family along on a fabulous multi-generational cruise for what may very well be your best vacation ever. It is no wonder they continue to grow in popularity as travelers learn of its many benefits. They provide the perfect opportunity for extended family reunions, holidays and to celebrate milestones, such as graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, vow-renewals and other special occasions. Easy and fun for everyone, multi-generational cruises have fast become a favorite of many baby boomers who want their children and grandchildren to join them on their vacation, as well as their parents.

Throughout your cruise, simply enjoy the company of relatives as you receive attentive service, whether it is a pampering massage at the spa or room service when you are craving pizza at midnight. You never have to lift a finger. No cooking, cleaning or setting up the spare bedroom.

Onboard select from a variety of accommodations, dining and entertainment options. All were thoughtfully planned with everyone’s budgets, needs and tastes in mind. Something special will be provided for your entire family – whatever age group — with offerings varying by cruise ship.

If you have been wanting to experience an exciting river cruise in Europe or elsewhere, it may be the perfect opportunity to get together with your extended family. Imagine an unforgettable Tulip Time journey along storied rivers that are sure to bring smiles to everyone and an incredible Christmas Market Cruise will make this your best holiday season and one you will talking about for years to come. Select family-oriented sailings keeping everyone entertained offer specially tailored shore excursions so you can share unique adventures.

Exciting Amenities for Everyone

Whatever your age, an exciting amenity or activity will be available to you. Special age-specific youth programs and activities for children, tweens and teens will keep younger family members entertained.  In addition, they’ll appreciate having their own exclusive areas and lounges. Depending on the ship, go rock-climbing, try a surfing simulator and more. Indulge in soothing treatments and services at the spa and keep-up with your fitness journey at the state-of-the-art fitness center. Together families can participate in cooking classes or competitions, play various games, go shopping and so much more.  Theaters with thrilling productions, bustling casinos, poolside cinemas, bowling alleys, ice skating rinks, bumper cars, sports courts and other fun for everyone is waiting for your group onboard.

Cost-Effective

Because many onboard offerings are already included in the price of the fare, a family cruise vacation can be very cost-effective. No need to keep tabs or worry about who is going to pay for meals or entertainment. Simply enjoy the many amenities and activities and share time during this rare opportunity to catch-up with loved ones you may not have seen in awhile.

Family-Friendly Accommodations

Cruises allow you to make yourself at home and  there’s no need  to set-up the spare room for the in-laws! More cruise ships now offer staterooms designed to accommodate large families. Many are now connected, so you are close to family, but everyone has his or her own space and privacy. Older ships are being refitted with family-friendly staterooms, many of which are interconnected , so you can open doors to create a spacious suite or close them. Some ships now even boast “studio” and other accommodations for those traveling solo.

 

Delicious Dining

Many cruisers like the delicious, ever-flowing and incredible variety of cuisine that will be served while on vacation. Diverse restaurants serve something to please the palate of everyone in the family. Even the most finicky kids are sure to find something they love. Special menus were created just for them with that in mind, with all of their favorites, from pizza and pasta, to chicken nuggets, hamburgers and mac-and-cheese. Pizza is often available 24/7, poolside eateries and other casual venues boast grilled fare such as hamburgers, grilled chicken, international fare and other tasty treats. Looking for a cozy dinner for two? Many ships feature intimate adults-only restaurants and al fresco options for a romantic candlelight dinner under the stars. Main dining rooms provide the perfect setting for the family to gather around a big table and enjoy each other’s company – perfect to catch-up on everyone’s exciting activities of the day.  Whether you prefer or require special meals including vegetarian, heart healthy, no sugar, no salt, etc… most ships offer these as well and your server will always be happy to assist you in determining the perfect selection for you. Let your travel agent know as well, when you make your reservations so they can notify the cruise line ahead of time.

Do Your Own Thing

Plenty of onboard space means everyone can do what interests them. A bevy of age-appropriate happenings affords guests the opportunity to take advantage of as much togetherness – or not – as you like. You will have the freedom to go off and “do your own thing” then meet-up for various meals together and share your exciting adventures. Cruise ships have amenities to appeal to different generations, including pools, hot tubs, extensive sports facilities and more.  Some ships have serene adults-only areas and adults will find many chic bars and lounges to relax with their favorite libation or dance the night away. Shop in boutiques, stroll on the promenade, listen to live music the time and choices are yours.

See the World with Loved Ones

Wherever you travel in the world, exploring a destination with family makes it even better as you create memories together. Caribbean cruises are always popular for multi-generational travelers looking for warm tropical breezes and sun-kissed beaches with endless water sports. Alaska is another favorite destination, will lots of unique family-friendly shore excursions, from salmon bakes to whale-watching. Take a helicopter ride over an icy-blue glacier for an unforgettable experience.  Your favorite history and architecture buffs will relish a Mediterranean cruise and you may even inspire new future aficionados.

Easy Way to Travel with Kids

Make your vacation experience easy-peasy and hassle-free. Just pack and unpack once as your kids have the excitement of a thrilling new port nearly everyday.  All meals are fabulous with many options familiar to them so they will have happy tummies.  Events and new friends will keep them engaged. A cruise is a wonderful way for them to learn about the world.

Experience a multi-generational cruise for yourself and enjoy all this and so much more. Create shared memories with your extended family to be discussed and cherished for years to come. Ultimately, the best reason is simply to gain that elusive together time with those you hold dear.

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