Emerald Waterways – New Star-Ships & Destinations


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • EmeraldACTIVE programs
  • New Riverview Suites
  • Many inclusive features

You will be hooked from the moment you board an award-winning Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. This deluxe river cruise line is launching three stunning ships and expanding its Europe itineraries, offering exciting journeys on Portugal’s legendary “River of Gold” – the Douro, and France’s storied Saône and Rhône rivers.

Tour quaint villages with fascinating histories, savor the region’s exquisite culinary delights, and behold gorgeous landscapes in comfort and style on the brand new Emerald Destiny, Emerald Liberté and Emerald Radiance. Experience European river cruising with this four-star line’s many included amenities, such as wine, beer and soft drinks served with onboard lunches and dinners, gratuities, bottled water in your stateroom replenished daily, complimentary WiFi and more.

You’ll experience exceptional service from an English-speaking staff, unwind in well-appointed suites and staterooms as well as dine on mouthwatering cuisine. Cruise in style along Europe’s storied rivers. Enjoy views from the delightful open-air terrace on the top deck and take a dip in the heated pool with its retractable roof. Relaxing evenings include local entertainment and movies at the cinema. The line’s Emerald PLUS and EmeraldACTIVE programs offer guests the opportunity to explore some of Europe’s most iconic landmarks by various means including bicycle tours, group hikes and other fabulous activities.

Emerald Destiny

Debuting in spring 2017, the beautiful 182-guest Emerald Destiny will sail on the Rhine and Danube Rivers. She will feature lovely accommodations, a beautiful deck area and a pool that transforms into a cinema. 

Emerald Liberté

The Emerald Liberté will also launch in spring 2017. Her arrival will mark the first time Emerald Waterways has its own ship plying the magnificent Saône and Rhône rivers between historic Arles and Lyon. Take advantage of optional extensions in Nice and Paris and explore magnificent places such as Versailles. You’ll enjoy EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE programs and a special gourmet dinner prepared by award-winning French Chef, Fabien Morreale.

Emerald Radiance

The stunning Emerald Radiance will transport you along Portugal’s legendary Douro River in a comfortable and intimate setting. Onboard you will find a new stateroom category, the spacious 330-square-feet Riverview Suites. In these you will discover panoramic vistas from the line’s innovative and unique drop-down windows, plus a separate bedroom and living area. A deluxe walk-in wardrobe, large bathroom and complimentary mini-bar will also be featured in addition to special amenities previously only found in the Owner’s Suites.

Experience deluxe river cruising at its best on these brand new Star-Ships and you will discover why Emerald Waterways is ideal for first-time cruisers as well as seasoned travelers.

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Bliss Preview



  • Two incredible Observation Lounges
  • The Haven Suite debut
  • Wide range of accommodations

Excitement is building for the summer 2018 arrival of Norwegian Cruise Line’s swanky and state-of-the-art 4,000-guest Norwegian Bliss, the third ship in its popular Breakaway-Plus Class. She will be sailing itineraries in Alaska and the Caribbean among others.  Spotlighting the importance of conservation and ocean preservation, the hull artwork of acclaimed marine life artist Wyland will feature stunning images of humpback whales and their calves.

One of the many highlights of the swanky state-of-the-art Norwegian Bliss will be a 20,000-square-foot Observation Lounge showcasing 180-degree views from floor-to-ceiling windows at the front of the ship on Deck 15. Plush seating and a stunning central bar area will make it an ideal spot to have a drink, meet with friends and enjoy magnificent panoramic views. Guests in The Haven – a luxurious ship-within-a-ship area – have Alaskan Landscapeexclusive access to their own Haven Observation Lounge, a stunning two-story area with huge windows purposefully designed to maximize the breathtaking vistas you’ll encounter.

Impressive accommodations will offer something for everyone. Options range from inside staterooms to sumptuous suites. Staterooms designed for solo travelers will feature high-tech virtual windows plus an exclusive private lounge for these guests only. Family-friendly connecting staterooms, chic suites and more will provide the perfect place to reflect on your days and have sweet dreams.

Crowning the ship will be The Haven by Norwegian, a spectacular three-story area with 80 luxurious suites, complete with 24/7 butler service, key-card access, a private restaurant with an outdoor terrace and it own lounge. A private courtyard area will have a pool, two whirlpools, a retractable roof, spa treatment rooms and a private deck for sunbathing. Every ultra-luxurious suite is adorned with rich wood tones, custom stonework, marble-topped nightstands and vanities, as well as high-end linens. Making its debut on the new ship is The Haven Suite which can connect with a Balcony stateroom, accommodating large families and groups with ease.

Additional details on the ship’s dining, entertainment and many other onboard offerings will be shared in the coming months, so come back to this blog for more updates. Soon you will be able to set sail on a blissful cruise vacation on the beautiful and amenity-filled Norwegian Bliss.

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Holland America Line Partners with “O, The Oprah Magazine”


Excitement is on the horizon for Oprah Winfrey fans and Holland America Line devotees — as a new two-year partnership between O, The Oprah Magazine and the popular cruise line have joined together to offer guests an incredible opportunity.

This exclusive coupling will reflect Oprah’s commitment to connection and personal growth along with the power of travel – a marriage made in heaven. Blending the many positive influences of travel with the magazine’s focus on individual betterment, guests will be able to enjoy unique theme cruises on more than 300 sailings in 2017 and 2018. Some of the captivating topics will include Oprah’s Book Club, as well as a variety of classes, wherein passengers can learn about fitness, meditation, tai chi and more. Enrichment courses will also be featured in addition to healthy cooking demonstrations.

Best of all, Oprah will make an onboard appearance. She will take her first trip to Alaska on Holland America Line’s Eurodam for two days during the July 15 sailing of O, The Oprah Magazine Share the Adventure Cruise from Seattle. Oprah Winfrey; magazine editor at large Gayle King; and others will join the festivities on this voyage

Four additional Adventure of Your Life cruises, will feature special guests from “the Oprah wheelhouse,” including members of the SuperSoul 100, a group of “thought leaders and visionaries” providing inspirational ideas for living your best life. These special theme cruises are sure to fill quickly and sail November 29, 2017; March 3, 2018; August 11, 2018 and October 28, 2018 during Oprah Magazine’s “Year of Adventure.”

Experience this rare cruise opportunity to Alaska on the ms Eurodam, the Eastern Caribbean on the ms Koningsdam and the Bahamas, Eastern and Western Caribbean on the ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Onboard  these beautiful Holland America Line ships you’ll find wonderful amenities, well-appointed accommodations, a variety of electrifying entertainment choices and of course, delicious culinary offerings at a variety of dining venues.

Take advantage of these rare events as you enjoy sailings that will perfectly pair the discovery and wonder of travel with the stimulating content found in every issue of O. Whichever cruise you select, you are sure to have a once in a lifetime experience, sure to enrich your life.  It will be no surprise if, after her first Alaska cruise with Holland America Line, it  becomes one of her “favorite things.”

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Carnival Horizon – Previewing Carnival Cruise Line’s Newest Ship



  • Incredible Havana Cabanas & Suites
  • Immense WaterWorks aqua park
  • SkyRide & Kaleid-O-Slide
  • IMAX Theatre
  • Onboard Brewery

If your family, like many others, has fallen in love with the thrilling Carnival Vista — good news! Her sister ship, the 133,500-ton, 3,936-guest Carnival Horizon, is scheduled to debut in April 2018. As the second of the revolutionary Vista-class series, she will boast many of the same spectacular features, the bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction called SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre, dining options for every taste and a huge WaterWorks aqua park featuring Kaleid-o-slide, a thrilling 455-foot-lomg water tube slide and a mini-racer for kids.

A wide range of accommodations will include spa staterooms, extra-roomy staterooms in Family Harbor and tropical-inspired Havana stateroomscl_hz_aftpool_ren and suites. New dining and bar concepts will be introduced, however, Carnival Cruise Line is keeping these exciting innovations under wraps for now. (Please come back to this blog for updates.)

Other features will include three pools, nearly 30 dining and drink venues. A host of fun amenities and activities will be featured, including a sports court, ropes course, mini-golf, Camp Ocean kids club and teen programming in addition to family oriented and adult geared hoopla.

Carnival Horizon will be a spectacular floating resort, delighting cruisers with several indoor and outdoor dining venues and bars. Keep ship-shape at the fitness center and enjoy relaxing treatments at the multi-level Cloud 9 Spa, which will also boast a thermal suite including four steam chambers. A padded jogging track and beauty salon will also be onboard.

Palate-pleasing dining options will include the lovely main dining rooms and the Lido buffet. Seafood Shack, a New England-inspired eatery, will offer both indoor and alfresco seating for breathtaking 360-degree views served up alongside traditional favorites. Delicious cuisine, both exotic and familiar, is on the menu at JiJi Asian Kitchen and authentic Mexican dishes are found at Blue Iguana Cantina. Cucina del Capitano is where you’ll find Italian favorites and Fahrenheit 555 is a classic steakhouse. Guy’s Burger Joint is located poolside and the perfect spot for burgers and hand-cut fries. Wet your whistle at the onboard brewery, RedFrog Pub with its craft beers. Here you’ll have the opportunity to try three different types of beer brewed on every sailing while enjoying Caribbean-inspired, pub-style, fare.

cl_hz_havana_seating_renRetreat to your own tropical oasis at the new Havana Cabana Suites. These beautifully appointed rooms even have their own rain shower in the inside bathroom and boast a large private outdoor patio where you can relax on comfy lounge chairs or enjoy the sea breeze from your hammock. Guests also have direct access to the Havana Bar and Pool. The soothing Cloud 9 Spa Staterooms and Suites offer guests special spa access and more. Designed with a serene and relaxing theme, they offer spa-oriented amenities and a unique décor.

Expect over-the-top entertainment on Carnival Horizon, in addition the IMAX Theatre, showing Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries and more on a three-deck-high screen. It is part of the Carnival Multiplex, which also includes the Thrill Theater, for a multi-dimensional special effects experience, complete with popcorn. Held at the adults-only retreat, Serenity Nights offers a magical experience wherein you’ll step into a South Beach-like club under the stars with spectacular lighting effects and a DJ.

Popular comedians will keep you laughing at the Punchliner Comedy Club with family and adults-only shows. Compete in various shows, games and contests which are always popular with kids and adults alike. Debuting on this new ship are high-tech Playlist Productions shows combining live performances with breathtaking special effects. Get in on the action in the always-electrifying casino.

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Cruise into the Future: High-Tech on Deck



Robotic bartenders, over-the-top entertainment, transformative dining venues, menus you paint with water to read them, super-fast WiFi, virtual portholes and balconies, poolside movie screens, 4D cinemas, simulated golf and Formula F1 racing simulators to name a few; proving that high-tech has taken over the high seas. Guests of all ages will be thrilled with the exciting and innovative activities, amenities and more awaiting them onboard cruise ships.

New technology also adds convenience and ease, some ships are now equipped with sensors to assist staff members in better anticipating your needs and wants. Princess Cruises’ new Ocean Medallion Class and high-tech innovation enables staff to quickly respond to requests transmitted to their tablets. Service may include reminders that a tender is about to leave, your Pilates class begins in five minutes or waiters asking if you’ll be having OCEAN Medallion your usual beverage of choice. The innovative device can be worn on the wrist or as a pendant and also allows guests to unlock their stateroom, make onboard purchases of goods or services and even play blackjack in the casino. Another state-of-the-art feature is Princess@Sea — a mobile-friendly intranet site allowing guests to easily access daily information on entertainment, port news, weather and more.

The WaterColor Fantasy Show will captivate guests on the stunning Royal Class ships of Princess Cruises. High-tech fountains provide an incredible water, music and light show. These dancing fountains shoot water up to 33 feet in the air, leap and cavort to the beats of music all while being illuminated by bright changing colors lighting up the starry night sky.

Royal Caribbean International’s innovative Quantum Class ships have staterooms with virtual balconies and portholes offering real time views, on floor to ceiling screens, of the ocean and destinations. Other high-tech features include electronic wristbands used as stateroom keys and allowing you to make onboard merchandise and service purchases.

High-tech entertainment will take you to thrilling new heights with iFly skydiving simulators. Rise 300 feet above the ship in North Star – a pod reminiscent of the London Eye. Catch a wave on the Flow Rider surfing simulator and experience the awe-inspiring transformation of Two70’s floor-to-ceiling sea view into any scene, via 18 projectors that create special effects and digital shows. Bumper cars, self leveling pool tables and interactive art created by digital artists, state-of-the-art VOOM, internet connectivity as well as USB power ports in all staterooms keep you connected to everything going on.

msc_splendidaBionic bartenders will leave you awe-struck as the cocktail you order on an iPad is poured, mixed and served to you by robots at the Makr Shakr Bionic Bar on some Royal Caribbean ships. Even if you’re not having cocktails this is a must-see.

Many ships boast high-tech retractable roofs at the main or solarium pools.  Relax as long as you like at the pool, even in cold and rainy weather.  These smart ships boast a roof that can open or close depending on the environment and can be found on a multitude of ships.

A unique “immersive cinema experience” and the latest blockbuster movies are found at the first IMAX Theatre at Sea on Carnival Cruise Line’s new Carnival Vista. Holland America Line’s Koningsdam, features the World Stage, this is the main theater and is flanked by a 270-degree LED screen and uses high-tech lighting and sound systems to create optical illusions and transform the space into various settings.

MSC Cruises’ new and beautiful MSC Seaside promises the most uniquely-designed interactive Aqua Park at sea. In addition to five thrilling water slides, dueling high-speed aqua tubes and more, she will be the first ship with state-of-the-art slideboarding technology combining a water slide with an interactive game for unforgettable results.

Set sail into the future with all of the fun and conveniences you can dream of – and more.

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