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Crown Cruise Vacations | May 24, 2024

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January 2018 – Crown Cruise Vacations

 Second MSC ship to cruise out of Port Canaveral

May 20, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

MSC will be expanding its presence at Port Canaveral with a second ship. MSC Grandiosa will double vacation options from Central Florida beginning in December of 2025. MSC Grandiosa will be joining guest-favorite MSC Seashore.

“The winter 2025-2026 season will mark our largest presence in the U.S. to date, and our expansion at Port Canaveral is a big part of that,” Rubén A. Rodriguez, president, MSC Cruises USA, said in a news release. Read more...

New Viking Sobek will be Viking’s sixth ship on Nile River

May 16, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

The Nile River will soon have a new ship for Egyptian cruising passengers. The 82-guest Viking Sobek has been “floated out,” marking a major construction milestone and the first time the ship has touched water.

“Egypt has always captivated curious travelers with its rich culture and history, and it continues to be a destination of interest for our guests,” Torstein Hagen, chairman and CEO of Viking, said in a news release. Read more...

  Friendship Between Picasso and his Barber Honored in Special Museum

May 6, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Pablo Picasso was an artistic genius. His astounding legacy includes more than 148,500 works – paintings, sculptures, ceramics and illustrations. He even authored books and wrote two plays.

But Picasso was also a very superstitious man. A rarity among artists, Picasso became quite wealthy during his lifetime. Read more...

Mansen’s Shipboard Restaurant Honors Viking Founder’s Mother

April 29, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

When Viking cruise founder Torstein Hagen was a child, he called his beloved mother “Mamsen.” His hard-working mother Ragnhild Hagen’s kitchen was a family safe harbor in any storm.

Now Mamsen’s on the Viking Polaris is a loving tribute to the family matriarch serving food that Torstein Hagen enjoyed as a child. It’s a good spot to enjoy a light breakfast or Nordic lunch buffet or afternoon snack. Read more...

Gaudí Designs ‘Gaudy’ Bachelor Pad in Seaside Spain

April 22, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite dresses had a pattern of blue poodle dogs with golden leashes surrounded by a smattering of pink hearts. I thought it was beautiful. One of my elderly neighbors said it was “quite gaudy.”

To me, that was a compliment. Figured it was just another way of describing my twirly dress as pretty. Mom told me the truth. But I still figured it was a different way of admiring my fashion. To each her own. Read more...

  Half a Century Celebration for American Cruise Lines

April 15, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

Fifty years ago, American Cruise Lines started when Carol and Charles A. Robinson ran a tiny operation on the Connecticut River.

“My mom managed the ticket booth, while my dad ran the boat on hour-long sightseeing excursions,” Charles B. Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines said in a press release. “I recall well the small East Coast operation that defined so much of my childhood.” Read more...

Princess Announces Love Boat Themed Cruise with Iconic Original TV Series Cast

April 8, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

The Love Boat will sail again with a special cruise along with iconic cast members Doc, Gopher, Isaac and Vicki Stubing. The cruise will journey roundtrip from New York to Canada and New England aboard the Enchanted Princess from Aug. 31 to Sept. 7, 2024. Read more...

Buffalo Trace Distillery Selects Premium Bourbon Barrel for Holland America Line

April 1, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

The oldest continuously operating distillery in the United States will now have its famed bourbon on Holland America Line’s cruise ships. Award-winning distillery Buffalo Trace bourbon was made available fleet wide in March while supplies last. Read more...

American Cruise Lines Offers Only Cruises in the World to Dock in Washington, D.C.

March 26, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

As the only cruise line in the world to sail on the Potomac River into the heart of the nation’s capital, American Cruise Lines offers travelers a unique look at the treasures of Washington, D.C., including Judy Garland’s famous Ruby Slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.” Read more...

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...