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NCL takes a Breakaway out of the Big Apple

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 6 - 2011

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that their newest ship, the Norwegian Breakaway, will be sailing year-round from New York City.

NCL Breakaway announcement with Mayor Bloomberg

Starting in 2013 the Norwegian Breakaway’s inaugural season will make 22 seven-day voyages from New York City to Bermuda through October 6, 2013. The ship will depart on Sundays and spend three full days in Bermuda as well as three full days at sea.  Breakaway is currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard Germany and has a carrying capacity of up to 4,000 passengers.

By Anita Dunham-Potter (editor@www.expertcruiser.com)
© www.expertcruiser.com – Your online consumer guide for cruise travel and information.

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Carnival Cruise Lines unveils new upgrades and celebrity partners

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 3 - 2011

Carnival Cruise Lines on Monday announced it was partnering with various celebrities for its Fun Ship 2.0 program, which will feature new ship amenities and improvements. In the first phase of the program, which extends through the end of 2015, Carnival is to invest more than $500 million across its 23-ship fleet.


“Fun Ship 2.0 is the largest and most ambitious initiative that our company has ever undertaken, and it will serve to significantly transform the Carnival vacation experience for our guests,” President and CEO Gerry Cahill said at a New York City press conference. “Through breakthrough partnerships with some of today’s biggest talents and most popular entertainment brands, plus our very own new branded experiences and onboard destinations, Carnival fans and those new to our cruises are destined for an incredible vacation experience.”

Here’s the list of Fun Ship 2.0 changes:

  • Comedian George Lopez will become the creative director for comedy to enhance its fleetwide comedy clubs.
  • Food Network guru Guy Fieri will develop burger venue Guy’s Burger Joint
  • Leading video game manufacturer EA Sports will create the first EA Sports Bar at sea
  • DJ Irie (Official DJ of the Miami Heat) will become the cruise line’s official DJ and lead and create DJ Irie’s Spin’iversity, which will train and develop the musical skills of onboard DJ talent.
  • Hasbro will be coming onboard to create “Hasbro, The Game Show,” a new series of production and entertainment activities based on the “Family Game Night” television show.

In addition, Carnival announced new dining options, including the RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar and the complimentary BlueIguana Cantina.  The Carnival Liberty will be the first ship to feature many of the new dining and bar venues when it returns from improvements at the end of October. Fourteen ships are to receive many of the Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements.

By Anita Dunham-Potter (editor@www.expertcruiser.com)
© www.expertcruiser.com – Your online consumer guide for cruise travel and information.

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