Today, we are setting sail on the lovely Norwegian Getaway. Even though we are heading down to the Caribbean, it doesn’t stop us from providing updates to you on all that has happened this past week. From the deck of the Waterfront, with cocktails in hand, here is the latest edition of Cruise News March 5, 2017.

Cruise News March 5, 2017

Norwegian Pearl Back at Sea

As our second cruise together way back in 2008, the Norwegian Pearl is dear to our hearts. That is why it was bittersweet when Norwegian Pearl sailed out of dry dock with a few enhancements. The two week long refurbishment added brand new decor and improved furnishings to all of the staterooms onboard the ship. Many of the onboard restaurants including Moderno, Cagney’s Steakhouse, and O’Sheehan’s Bar and Grill also received a makeover with new furniture, carpeting, and fixtures.  Public areas in the Haven also got some sprucing up with new artwork, furniture, and improvements to the pool and spa areas. Norwegian Pearl is now back in its seasonal homeport of Miami.

New Ships for American Cruise Line

A new style of cruising will be hitting the U.S. waterways in the coming years. A few days ago, American Cruise Line revealed their plans for a new fleet of ships that are set to sail next year. These modern riverboats will have the “largest cabins” in the United States for the 200 person boats that the cruise line claims will bring a “European” river cruise experience to various regions of the country including the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the Mid-Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, and even Alaska’s Inside Passage. These ships will be added to the current fleet which includes two coastal cruises set to be released later this year and in 2018.

Cruise News March 5, 2017Cruise News March 5, 2017 (Courtesy of American Cruise Line)

Oceania 2019 World Cruise

You better start saving those vacation days. Oceania has announced another 180 day world cruise for 2019. Visiting 36 countries and 90 ports, this is one mega trip onboard the luxury cruise ship, Oceania Insignia. Leaving in January of 2019 from New York City, this ship takes you to cities including Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Havana, Cuba, Sydney, Australia, Tokyo, Rome, and Barcelona, finishing back in Miami, FL 6 months later. Bookings are now available and include choice of either 72 shore excursions, a beverage package, or onboard credit of $7,200. First class air fare, all gratuities, internet, and laundry are included for all guests with fares starting at just under $40,000 a person.

Cruise News March 5, 2017Cruise News March 5, 2017 (Courtesy of Ocean Cruises)

“New” Cabins on Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships

In an attempt to “simplify” things, Royal Caribbean has released a new cabin categorization system. As reported by our friends at Royal Caribbean Blog, the new system is a means to standardize cabin categories across the various ships in the fleet. The new letter and number system will increase the number of different cruise cabin types using a system that includes Category Types, Characteristics, and Category Codes. Confused yet? There will also be a reclassification of certain cabin types in the Royal Suite class on Oasis-class and Quantum-class ships, including the line’s newest ship Harmony of the Seas. These changes go into effect starting in 2018. Get those deck plans ready!

Silversea Muse Completes Sea Trials

The Silver Muse is one step closer to her inaugural cruise. This past week, Silversea’s newest ship completed its sea trials. Completing all maneuvers and tests, the luxury cruise ship passed with flying colors. This flagship vessel is set for its first voyage in April. The ninth ship in the fleet, Silver Muse is expected to set a new standard for the ultra-luxury market with spacious outdoor areas, fine dining, and exquisitely appointed cabins. The initial season has the ship visiting ports in the Mediterranean on 8 to 13 day itineraries.

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