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Crown Cruise Vacations | May 21, 2024

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New Sailings Revealed for EXPLORA I and EXPLORA II

March 16, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Responding to feedback from passengers, Explora Journeys has unveiled new sailings for EXPLORA I and EXPLORA II through April 2026. Plus winter 2024 will see two ships in the Caribbean to support the brand’s growth in North America.

The luxury lifestyle brand of the MSC Group is offering carefully curated journeys to appeal to an array of different lengthy sailings. Journeys range from shorter cruises of between six to eight nights through longer voyages of 19 to 21 nights. Read more...

Princess Goes ‘All-In’ With its Largest Casino Debuting on New Sun Princess

March 12, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

The largest casino ever built by Princess Cruises is readying a full house of luck on the next generation 4,300-guest Sun Princess. The Princess Casino will offer an astounding 50 percent more space and 30 percent more machines than the line’s Royal Class ships. Read more...

Holland America Line Completes Installation of SpaceX’s Starlink for Stronger Internet

March 6, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Holland America Line cruise passengers are going to notice a big difference in internet strength after the installation of SpaceX’s Starlink high-speed internet on each of the fleet’s 11 ships.

“We’ve heard from guests the new Starlink high-speed internet is better than they expected while cruising,” Kathleen Erickson, vice president of technology for American Cruise Line, said in a news release. Read more...

MSC Seascape to Start Cruising out of Galveston

February 19, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

The beautiful ship MSC Seascape is setting its course for Texas. One of the newest and most environmentally friendly ships in the company’s fleet, Seascape will be sailing new itineraries out of Galveston.

Starting Nov. 9, 2025, MSC Seascape will sail from the Port of Galveston with seven-night itineraries visiting must-see destinations including Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico, and Isla de Roatan, Honduras. Read more...

Holland America Opens Chef Morimoto Restaurant Aboard Nieuw Amsterdam

February 14, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Holland America Line’s “Fresh Fish Ambassador” now has the cruise line’s first stand-alone restaurant at sea on Nieuw Amsterdam.

Morimoto By Sea is showcasing the delicious cuisine of Chef Masaharu Morimoto. The restaurant offers Asian-inspired dishes and beverages from Chef Morimoto with a menu emphasizing fresh fish dishes to reflect Holland America Line’s new Global Fresh Fish Program. Read more...

Holland America 42-Day Passage Inspired by Cruise from Century Ago

February 9, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Want to follow in the wake of a Holland America Line cruise from a century ago? The 42-day Ultimate Mediterranean & Atlantic Passage will be doing just that.

The Legendary Voyage aboard Volendam will cruise roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Nov. 9, 2024. It will allow guests to experience 16 different ports across nine countries, all without international air. Read more...

Pelican Bay ~a Lovely Hotel on Grand Bahama Island

February 5, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Taking a shuttle ride from our cruise ship dock to Pelican Bay Hotel where my grandson Logan and I will be spending two nights on Grand Bahama Island, driver Barbara told us Pelican Bay is known as “The Happy Hotel.”

After checking in and seeing our room, I can definitely see why Pelican Bay has gained that reputation. Check-in is usually the first impression guests get of a hotel and Pelican Bay does it politely and quickly. Read more...

Cruise on Columbia & Snake Rivers Perfect for Locks & Dams Lovers                            

February 1, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Whenever our cruise ship approached a lock or dam, we all seemed to head for a great viewing point. Just like little kids, we were excited to watch the magic of river locks.

For cruisers who would like to see and learn more about locks and dams, the Columbus and Snake Rivers are a wonderful place. And American Cruise Lines offers some terrific cruises for an up-close experience. Read more...