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We are back with all the latest updates and travel news from the past week. Luxury cruise brands lead the headlines with new details emerging on two highly anticipated ships. So, dive right into our latest edition of Cruise News April 15, 2018.

Cruise News April 15, 2018

Carnival Corporation Celebrates Opening of Rockland Estates

Carnival Corporation’s leadership and St. Maarten government officials welcomed the island’s newest cruise attraction Rainforest Adventure’s Rockland Estate. Carnival Corporation partially funded this new eco-friendly adventure park that includes several exciting additions to the island. Along with a sky-ride and a 650+ ft. tube slide, the Estate’s signature attraction is the Flying Dutchman. This 2,800 foot long zip line is the world’s steepest zip line. Riders plummet from an elevation of 1,050 feet on the top of Sentry Hill. Shore excursions are available across all of Carnival’s sister cruise lines (and non-Carnival companies as well). Tours prices range from $47 to $118 depending on which attractions guests opt to test out during their stay.

Cruise News April 13, 2018Courtesy of Rainforest Adventures – The Flying Dutchmen

Seven Seas Splendor Bookings Available

Debuting in February 2020 is Regent Seven Seas’ newest ship, Seven Seas Splendor. Reservations opened this week for cruisers looking to test out this luxury cruise ship. The ship will take its inaugural 14-day sailing from Barcelona, Spain to Miami, FL on February 7th. Planned stops include the Caribbean and Eastern Coast of the United States. Splendor will then return to the Mediterranean in April 2020 for a European summer season. Cruises on this ship start at around $7,800 per person. These cruise fares do include unlimited shore excursions, airfare, unlimited beverages, specialty dining, and WiFi.

New Details of Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

This week, Ritz-Carlton Hotels released more information about its upcoming cruise line. Aimed to be one of the most luxurious cruise lines when it launches in February 2020, the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will cater to every guest’s whim. The 298 passenger ultra-luxury yachts will offer cruisers five different categories of excursions. The experiences will range from exploring historical landmarks as part of Iconic Sights tours to Active Explorations allowing participants to engage in outdoor adventures. The cruise line promises that no two voyages will be the same, with ports of call ranging from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean to the northeastern United States. Cruises go on sale this June with the inaugural cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale, FL on February 1st.

Cruise News April 13, 2018Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton

Quantum of the Seas Spending a Season in Singapore

Royal Caribbean plans to shift some of its mega-ships around during the 2019-2020 cruise season. Among the most recent announcements is the return of Quantum of the Seas to a homeport in Singapore. The ship will offer a total of 34 sailings from the Republic starting in November 2019. Itineraries will vary from four to seven nights, visiting Southeastern Asian locales including Bangkok, Thailand, and Penang, Malaysia. Quantum of the Seas has been sailing in the region since 2015 when it repositioned from Bayonne, New Jersey to the homeport of Shanghai, China.

Princess Cruises Discovery at SEA Lineup Revealed

Princess Cruises revealed its 2018 speaker series lineup for the favorite Discovery at SEA enrichment program onboard several ships. The Encounters with Discovery at SEA speaker series launched in 2014 as a partnership with Discovery and has featured several noteworthy lecturers, from world-renowned historians, culturists, and performance artists. This year’s list is no exception, with speakers including award nominated Allan Dennis Rich and Linda Gray as part of the California Coast cruises on the Ruby Princess, Star Princess, and Grand Princess. In Europe, cruisers have the opportunity to hear lectures from various experts in the field of naval navigation and strategy, music, sports, and acting.


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Cruise News April 15, 2018


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