Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Second Video in Carnival Vista Behind the Scenes Video Series


The new "Behind the Scenes: Carnival Vista" video series continues with the second episode venturing below deck to showcase the line's largest and most innovative ship which is set to debut from Europe May 1, 2016.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Freedom of the Seas on Fire Near Falmouth, Jamaica





Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas caught on fire near Falmouth, Jamaica.  Click the link below for more information.

Freedom of the Seas on Fire Near Falmouth, Jamaica

Carnival to Build Another Terminal in Barcelona

Carnival Corporation  today announced it has signed an agreement with the Port Authority of Barcelona to invest more than 30 million euros to build and operate its second private cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona, which is used by seven of the company's 10 cruise line brands as both a destination and home port.

As part of the agreement, the Port Authority granted Carnival Corporation administrative concessions to operate the cruise terminal and all-new parking facility at Europe's largest port and the fourth busiest port in the world.

With the agreement, Carnival Corporation has been granted approval to begin the final design process and start construction of the new terminal in 2016. Scheduled to open as early as 2018 in the Port's Adossat wharf, the new terminal will be one of Europe's largest at 11,500 square meters.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Royal Caribbean Cancels Dynamic Dining Plans for Rest of Fleet

After introducing Dynamic Dining on the Quantum of the Seas, and subsequent changes to the program, and delays on introducing it on Oasis and Allure, Royal Caribbean International has confirmed the innovative dining program will not be introduced on the rest of its fleet.

“The revolutionary Dynamic Dining concept was created for Royal Caribbean International’s newest and most technologically advanced Quantum-class ships. It has been decided not to introduce the Dynamic Dining concept to the rest of the fleet, which was not specifically designed to support it, although previously announced for Oasis Class ships," said the line in a statement sent to travel agents.
Plans to launch the program on Harmony are also gone, meaning guests sailing on the ship will revert back to the company's two seating times in the main dining room, or the My Time Dining option.

Source: Cruise Industry News

Saturday, July 18, 2015

WTF Comments: I'm a Cheapskate!!

7-18-2015 episode of The Joe Somebody Show in which I discuss a comment left by a follower that said: I was a cheapskate, I book the oldest and cheapest ships, and never buy my wife any drinks while on our cruises.



I get some weird comments on my youtube videos.  Most of them are good and nice and even if they disagree they are polite.  But sometimes people are just mean.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Carnival Dramatically Enhances Shore Excursion Offerings with Exclusive Private and Customized Tours, Expanded Services, Family-Friendly Pricing and More



Carnival Cruise Line has dramatically expanded its shore excursion offerings, adding exclusive new landside experiences and customized private tours, as well as new family-friendly enhancements, including fun complimentary beachside activities, value pricing and free tours in select ports for children under age five.
The new options build upon Carnival's leadership position in the shore excursion arena, with nearly 1,200 unique landside experiences offered by the line in more than 50 ports of call throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Bahamas, Canada, New England, and Central and South America.
"Shore excursions are an important part of the Carnival vacation experience and we've gone to great lengths to provide our guests with even more choices and offer families unique value-added services and pricing options that are exclusive to Carnival," said Erika Tache, Carnival's director of product development.



Celebrity Names First American Female Captain

For the first time in the cruise industry an American female will take the helm of a cruise ship.
At 37 years of age, San Francisco native Kate McCue will command Celebrity Summit starting this August.
Celebrity said it has elevated McCue to the position of Captain based on her 15 years of successful experience and leadership in the maritime industry.
During her tenure, McCue has managed ship logistics while sailing worldwide itineraries, including Europe, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, and along the Panama Canal. Captain McCue has also served as a maritime leader while sailing several transatlantic and repositioning cruises, and played a notable role in the revitalization of ships in Singapore.
Continuing Celebrity Cruises’ dedication to advancing the role of women in leadership, Kate McCue’s appointment follows that of Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, who was named President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises in December 2014.
"From the first time I met Kate, I looked forward to this moment, when I could extend my congratulations to her for being such a dynamic and highly respected leader who will continue to pave the way for women in the maritime industry,” said Lutoff-Perlo. “Of all the great moments throughout my career, this is at the top of my list. I am both honored that Kate accepted this position, and proud of the way our team continues to transform the way people think about Celebrity, and about cruising in general.”
A graduate of California State University’s California Maritime Academy, Captain McCue has held a variety of roles in the maritime industry, beginning as a cadet and deck officer, then working through a series of successively more responsible positions to her most recent role as Master Mariner with Royal Caribbean International. McCue has earned numerous certifications in a variety of areas pertaining to leadership navigation, ship management and security.
"Becoming the first female American captain of a cruise ship has been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember,” added McCue. “The honor is amplified by being the first at a company like Celebrity Cruises. The cruise industry is ever-evolving, from the ships and the itineraries, to our guests’ expectations for vacation experiences. Celebrity has a history of delivering on each of these, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.  I look forward to working with an amazing team and the exceptional leadership who bring the Celebrity Cruises vision to life every day."
McCue will begin her new role onboard Celebrity Summit in August 2015.

Source: Cruise Industry News

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cruise giant Carnival Corp. to launch sailings to Cuba


Add cruise giant Carnival Corp. to the list of travel companies starting up trips to Cuba.

The parent company of Carnival, Princess and eight other cruise brands says it'll launch seven-night "people-to-people" tours to the island via ship beginning in May 2016, contingent on approval by Cuban authorities.


Carnival Fascination Earns Perfect 100 U.S.P.H. Inspection Score


Carnival Fascination scored 100 during its recent United States Public Health (U.S.P.H.) inspection which took place at Jacksonville, Fla. Carnival Fascination is the sixth Carnival ship to earn a perfect score this year. To earn a 100 score, cruise ships must receive perfect marks on all 44 items that comprise the U.S.P.H.'s comprehensive Vessel Sanitation Program checklist. The unannounced inspections, which are conducted twice a year and required for any cruise ship with an international itinerary calling at a U.S. port, evaluate vessels in a wide variety of areas, including adherence to proper food handling, preparation and storage procedures, and overall galley cleanliness. Ships' potable water supplies used in spas and pools are evaluated, as well. The 2,052-passenger Carnival Fascination operates four- and five-day cruises from Jacksonville. 

Source: Carnival Cruise Lines

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Fast, Free Internet And Exciting New Features For Royal Caribbean's Majesty Of The Seas

By popular demand, Majesty of the Seas will continue to offer short cruises sailing with Royal Caribbean International. The largest and most award-winning global cruise line announced today that the ship will homeport in Port Canaveral, along Florida's Space Coast, starting in summer 2016.  Before her season in Port Canaveral where she will sail to theBahamasMajesty of the Seas will go into drydock for upgrades and receive transformational new onboard amenities.
Voom, the fastest internet at sea, will be available free and unlimited exclusively for guests on Majesty of the Seas to stay connected, brag about their vacation to friends and family, stream their favorite movies and music, and enjoy popular online video gaming.

Affinity Gaming and Carnival Cruise Line Form Partnership


Affinity logo


Affinity Gaming has partnered with Carnival Cruise Line, the world's most popular cruise line, to offer exciting new benefits to members of Affinity's A-Play Player's Club at 11 Affinity-owned casinos in four states.

The partnership will award Affinity Gaming's highest Player's Club tier members with a variety of benefits, including the opportunity to earn complimentary Carnival cruises, beginning July 1, 2015, based on their level of play. Mid-level tier members will be eligible to receive special discounted offers on a wide variety of Carnival cruises, which visit beautiful ports throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas, Alaska, Hawaii and other destinations.

"We believe that our players will find this new benefit to be very rewarding and cultivate strong loyalty between the players and our properties," said Affinity Gaming Chief Operating Officer Michael Silberling. "Our partnership with Carnival Cruise Line is a win-win for all parties involved."

"Affinity Gaming LLC is an excellent partner for this venture as they share Carnival Cruise Line's commitment to outstanding service and hospitality," said Marty Goldman, Carnival's senior vice president of global casino operations. "We look forward to bringing the one-of-a-kind Carnival vacation experience to Affinity Gaming A-Play guests and providing them with a lifetime of wonderful vacation memories."

The cruises can be booked through any of Carnival's reservations channels, including its valued travel agent partners.

About Affinity Gaming
Affinity Gaming is a diversified casino gaming company headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Company's casino operations consist of 11 casinos, five of which are located in Nevada, three in Colorado, two in Missouri and one in Iowa. For more information about Affinity Gaming, please visit its website: www.affinitygaming.com

Source: Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Vista ‘Floated Out’ at Fincantieri Shipyard in Italy, Marking Significant Construction Milestone

Carnival Vista, currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, has been "floated out" from its dry dock facility and towed to a new location at the yard, marking a significant construction milestone in the ship's construction progress in anticipation of its May 1, 2016, debut.
The newest, largest and most innovative ship in the fleet, the 133,500-ton Carnival Vista will offer a variety of one-of-a-kind features, including a suspended cycling experience called SkyRide, the line's first on-board brewery and the first IMAX Theatre on a cruise ship.  Several unique stateroom options, including the new Family Harbor accommodations and the Havana staterooms and suites, will be included as well.
Carnival Vista will operate a schedule of European cruises from May to October 2016. Following a trans-Atlantic crossing, Carnival Vista will operate a pair of voyages from New York in November 2016 then launch year-round Caribbean departures from Miami later that month.

Source: Carnival Cruise Lines


Sunday, July 5, 2015

3rd PARTY CRUISE EXCURSIONS?

7-5-2015 episode of the Joe Somebody Show in which I answer a question about 3rd party cruise excursions.