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Celebrity Cruises Increases Onboard Gratuities

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Starting January 6, 2020 passengers sailing on Celebrity cruise ships will be required to pay $1 more per person, per day, for gratuities.

The new per person daily amount (added automatically to passengers' bills if not prepaid) will be $15.50 (up from $14.50) per person, per day, for standard accommodations; $16 (up from $15) for Concierge Class and AquaClass rooms; and $19 (up from $18) for passengers staying in suites.


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New York - A Port of Call On Viking Cruises' Viking Sun Ultimate World Cruise.

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Viking Cruises has deployed their Viking Sun on what they are referring to as the Ultimate World Cruise. Now well into its Guinness Record-breaking endeavor — to complete the world’s longest continuous cruise — the ship departed on a round-trip journey from London on August 31 of 2019.

Just 54 of Viking Sun's guests have booked the entire voyage each paying over $90,000 to visit 111 ports in 51 countries across six continents in the span of 245 days. The rest have booked one of two segments of 127 days from London to Los Angeles, or 119 days from Los Angeles back to London.

As part of the current itinerary the Viking Sun made a call at New York in October 9-11th 2019 and is currently in Papeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia (January 14 & 15, 2020).

Guests will enjoy free wi-fi, spa treatments, specialty restaurant dining, 1 free shore excursion in each port and more. 


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Cunard's Queen Mary 2 Replaces World Cruise And Sails A 71 Day South America and Caribbean Cruise in 2022

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Cunard Line has announced their 2022 cruises for the Queen Mary 2. One noticeable change is that the Queen Mary 2's January World Cruise has been replaced with a 71 day cruise to the Caribbean and South America.  As per Cunard Line....

The iconic Queen Mary 2 will sail a new 71-night winter escape through the pristine beaches of the Caribbean and around the vibrant cities of South America. She will call at 17 ports in 14 countries with access to 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a magnificent journey through the Chilean Fjords sailing around the bottom of the world at Cape Horn. Queen Mary 2 will also chart her first-ever Northern Lights voyage in Norway, offering guests the chance to see the elusive sights of the Aurora Borealis in the early spring.

In 2022, Queen Mary 2 will embark on a new route, sailing to the Caribbean and South America, which can be taken as a roundtrip from Hamburg (73 nights), London (71 nights) or New York (55 nights) or a number of smaller segments.…

German Cruise Operator Phoenix Reisen's Amera to Call in New York Twice in 2021

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Phoenix Reisen's latest acquisition - Amera is scheduled to call 2 times in New York in 2021.
The Amera - which previous sailed as Holland America's Prinsendam - will call at New York on

April 8 & 9  2020 as part of the Amera's 125 day World Cruise  which departs Monaco on December 2020. September 29 & 30, 2020 as part of a England, Ireland, Canada and New England cruise.  The Amera will call in New York again in 2022 as part of the 143 day world cruise.

The Amera was extensively refit after the purchase from Holland America and caters primarily to German speaking passengers.


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Norwegian Cruise Line's Final Breakaway - Breakaway Plus Ship is Delivered - The Norwegian Encore.

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Norwegian Cruise Line accepted delivery of the final ship in the Breakaway / Breakaway Plus class of ships. The 6 ships were delivered over the course of 6 years. The smallest in the series - the Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway weigh in at 145,655 tons. The largest is the Norwegian Encore at 169.116 tons delivered in the fall of 2019.

Here are all the ships and the year they were delivered.

Norwegian Breakaway 2013Norwegian Getaway 2014Norwegian Escape 2015Norwegian Joy 2017Norwegian Bliss 2018Norwegian Encore 2019 The delivery of the Norwegian Encore marks the end of a long relationship between Meyer Werft and Norwegian Cruise Line (for now). The next generation of NCL ships - the Leonardo Class - will be constructed at Italy's Fincantieri Shipyard. The first ship in the series of 4 will be delivered in 2022.


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Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Breakaway to Return to New York In the Fall of 2021.

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To the delight of her strong following with New York cruise passengers, the Norwegian Breakaway will be returning again in the fall of 2021. As per Norwegian Cruise Line ....Following her Caribbean cruises from Miami on August 24, 2021, Norwegian Breakaway will sail seven-day Canada and New England cruises from New York that will include calls to Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Saint John, New Brunswick.


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Norwegian Cruise Line Releases 2021 Cruise Schedule - Norwegian Joy to New York

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Norwegian Cruise Line has announced select 2021 ship deployments. New in 2021 is that the Norwegian Joy will be based out of New York sailing to Bermuda - (Replacing the Norwegian Bliss (2020), Norwegian Encore (2019) and Norwegian Escape (2018), Norwegian Breakaway (2017 + earlier) ). The Norwegian Joy was built in 2017 specifically for the Chinese Market sailing from China. NCL decided to remove the Norwegian Joy from the Chinese Market. The Norwegian Joy underwent an Americanization removing all Chinese specific signage and amenities. Since her removal from China, the Norwegian Joy has been sailing in the Caribbean and Alaska  catering to American and European travelers.  Additional details are below.

Beginning April 14, 2021, Norwegian Joy will homeport in New York City for the first time, sailing a mix of Bermuda as well as Canada and New England cruises. Her seven-day Bermuda sailings will offer guests three full days to explore the island, while her five-day Canada and New E…