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Crown Cruise Vacations | June 23, 2024

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Costa Cruises welcomes Bing Bunny aboard two ships

June 22, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Costa Cruises and Acamar Films, the production company of the famous animated series Bing Bunny, have partnered to bring the beloved character of children all over the world on board the Italian company’s ships, starting this summer.

“The arrival of Bing on board our ships will allow us to enrich the holiday experience we offer families with something unique and special,” Paolo Reggiani, entertainment director for Costa Cruises, said in a news release. Read more...

Holland America Line invites fans to name rescued orphan moose

June 15, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Ever thought you’d like to name one of North America’s largest land animals? This one, of course, is just a baby but fans are being invited to give a moniker to the cutie.

Holland America Line is inviting folks to name a rescued orphan moose calf in partnership with Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. (AWCC). From now through June 23, name suggestions can be submitted on a designated post on Holland America Line’s official Facebook and Instagram pages. Read more...

MSC Cruises adds exciting family entertainment this summer

June 10, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

MSC Cruises is expanding its award-winning children and family program this summer with new entertainment and services, promising guests of all ages unforgettable experiences.

“At the heart of our business is family,” Steve Leatham, global head of entertainment at MSC Cruises, said in a news release. “We love creating unforgettable memories and holidays for everyone, especially for families.” Read more...

Holland America Line announces new Royal Dutch Tea experience

June 9, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Holland America Line’s elegant afternoon tea is now even more special. The cruise line has introduced a new Royal Dutch Tea experience in the dining room on all sea days. The popular tea will continue to be free of charge.

“Whether a tea connoisseur or a novice, guests will enjoy the upgraded offering, which gives a nod to our Dutch legacy of more than 150 years of sailing,” Michael Stendebach, vice president of food, beverage and rooms division for Holland America Line, said in a news release. Read more...

Paps Explorers’ Lounge on Viking Polaris

June 3, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

In a nod to family history, Paps Explorers’ Lounge bar on the Viking Polaris is named for Torstein Hagen’s father.  Torstein is the chairman of Viking.

From his family’s little red house in Nittedal, Norway, Paps became a CPA by correspondence course. Every day, he bicycled from his home to the historic Rotnes Bruk estate where he applied his accounting skills. Read more...

Viking returns to Great Lakes for third season

June 1, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Viking is celebrating the start of its third season in the Great Lakes with both of its identical expedition ships, the Viking Octantis and the Viking Polaris, now deployed in the region.

“The Great Lakes region is a phenomenal place that is close to home for many of our guests, but one that few have yet to fully discover,” Torstein Hagen, chairman and CEO of Viking, said in a news release. Read more...

Cheers to Holland America’s new destination-inspired cocktails

May 27, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Destination-inspired cocktails by notable mixologists are now helping Holland America Line’s guests enjoy more regional tastes. Creating the tasty drinks are Sam Ross for Alaska cruises and Tess Posthumus for European cruises.

“Sam and Tess bring an exciting dimension to our beverage offerings, adding a new element in the cocktail space on sailings to two of our most popular regions,” Drew Foulk, Holland America Line’s senior manager of beverage operation and dining innovation, said in a news release. Read more...

 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...