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Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic to Return to New York in 2017

Disney Cruise Line returns to New York City in the fall of 2017, for a mix of voyages that include Canada coast and Bahamas itineraries. On Oct. 21, the Disney Magic will sail from New York on a seven-night Canada sailing – the line’s longest-ever voyage to the Atlantic Canada coast. This sailing includes a new port of call for Disney Cruise Line – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Bar Harbor, Maine, is another new port of call for Disney Cruise Line and part of a five-night sailing that departs New York on Sept. 27. This cruise also will stop at Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. A total of six seven- and eight-night sailings to the Bahamas, all including a visit to Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, will be a part of the 2017 New York season. Adding to the magic on each of the Bahamian cruises will be the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World Resort when the ship stops at Port Canaveral, Fla. Each guest on these sailings will receive a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hop…

Liberty Ship John Brown to Make a Visit to New York

This is off topic, but the classic World War II Liberty Ship  - SS John W. Brown is scheduled to visit New York in September.  Plan to visit this part of history. Here are the details: SS John W. Brown VisitsNew York, New YorkPier 36, 299 South Street, New York, NY 10002 SEPTEMBER 9 - 19, 2016
The SS JOHN W. BROWN is steaming up to New York to celebrate her close connection with this fantastic city. In 1946 when many Liberty Ships were being scrapped or sold the SS JOHN W. BROWN was loaned by the Maritime Commission to the New York City Board of Education for use as a floating vocational high school teaching the maritime trades. It would fill the role as the only floating nautical high school in the US for 35 years, moored first at an East River pier and later a Hudson River pier. The ship did not get underway but students operated ship's equipment and machinery.  Thousands of students went to school on the SS JOHN W. BROWN and many remain active volunteer crew members to …

New York Fleet Week in Full Swing This Holiday Weekend.

Fleet Week New York, now in its 28th year, is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. The week-long celebration has been held nearly every year since 1984.

This weekend - fleet week is in full swing in New York Harbor.

Check out the Fleet Week Website to see the events scheduled for the holiday weekend.

Fleet Week Events May 25th - May31st 2016

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Crystal Cruises Crystal Serenity to Offer Northwest Passage Cruise.

The "World's Best" Crystal Cruises is introducing a new expedition-style voyage traversing the Arctic Ocean via the legendary Northwest Passage – one so mysterious and remote (500 miles north of the Arctic Circle), that explorers spent centuries seeking the passage, until it was first completed successfully by Roald Amundsen just over 100 years ago.

Crystal will be the first luxury cruise line to ever navigate the route, maneuvering through 900 miles of majestic waterways lined with spectacular glaciers, towering fjords, and vast unspoiled landscapes away from mainstream civilization and tourism, north of mainland Canada.  Beginning August 16, 2016 in Anchorage/Seward, Alaska, the award-winning Crystal Serenity will sail for 32 days from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean/New York City.

"Crystal's inaugural Northwest Passage offers guests the opportunity to begin a new story of thrilling adventure, all the while indulging in the world's very best luxury vacati…

Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 To Undergo a Major Refit at Blohm & Voss

5/21/2016 - Cunard Lines' Flagship, Queen Mary 2, will be remastered to deliver new levels of luxury early in just a few weeks. Between May  27 and June 21, 2016, the Queen Mary 2 will embark on a new chapter of innovation as she undergoes an extensive 25-day dry-dock at the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany.

This major refurbishment will launch a brand new look with exciting innovations across many areas of the ship including the renowned Cunard Grills experience. This exciting project will reaffirm the position of Cunard accommodation and dining as the best of the best.

Over the next few months we look forward to unveiling all the detail of this major refurbishment.

For more details on the refit, Check out Cunard's Line's Website - Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 Refit Details.

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According to a Recent Lloyd Werft Press Release Crystal Cruises Newbuilds to be Bigger than Expected.

5/10/2016 - Today Crystal Cruises solidified it order with Lloyd Werft Group for its first ocean-going newbuild. This ordered signifies the first new ship for Crystal in more than a decade. The Lloyd Werft Press release identifies an order for 3 ships with the first being delivered in 2019. No delivery dates have been mentioned for the additional ships.

As per the release, it appears that the ships will be larger than first expected. Original details stated that the ships would be about 100,000 tons, but it appears the ships will be 17% larger (expected to be 117,000 tons).

Crystal Cruises which offers high-end luxury cruises, is expected to exceed passengers expectations with these new vessels which will have exceptional passenger / space ratios. The new ships are expected to carry approximately 1,000 passengers double occupancy for Crystal, while other contemporary brand ships of this size carry at least 2,500 vacationers.

Crystal Cruises has been recently acquired by Genting Group…

Indoor Parking Garage Opens At Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal.

Although this happened in October of last year, I really did not mention it on the main website ( nor this blog. The multi-tiered parking garage at Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal in Bayonne is now officially opened. No longer will passengers be directed to the large, open lots directly across the street from the cruise terminal. The parking garage eliminates concerns for winter travel when snow and the elements can make digging out your car a quick return to reality.

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Cunard's Queen Mary 2 Returns From World Cruise

5/17/2016 - Cunard's legendary Queen Mary 2 will return from her world cruise. Having left  New York on January 17, 2016 - the 120+ day voyage circumnavigated South America, across the Pacific to New Zealand and Australia, to Asia,  the Med, Northern Europe and back to New York.

The Queen Mary 2 will arrive in New York (Brooklyn) early on Tuesday (5/17) morning and depart later that afternoon on a transatlantic voyage to Southampton, England and then on to Hamburg, Germany (where the cruise ends).

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Oceania Cruises' Marina Calls at New York.

5/13/2016 - Oceania Cruises' Marina spent 2 days in New York as part of her world cruise. The overnight stay allow cruise passengers to take in all the nightlife that New York has to offer as well a 2 glourious days to allow passengers to explore.

 This premium vessel provides an elegant cruise experience for 1,252 passengers (double occupancy). The ship is modest in size when compared to the Mega-ships of today weighing 66,000 tons, 782 feet long, 105 feet wide and 24ft draft. The Marina is registered in Majuro (Marshall Islands). After her call in New York, the ship will proceed to New England and Canada before heading to Europe for the summer season.

MS Marina  was constructed at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente yards in Italy for Oceania Cruises. The Marina entered service in January, 2011.

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America's Cup Delays Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Gem Departure.

5/7/2016 - Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Gem pulled away from Pier 88 at 4 PM right on schedule to only sit idle in the middle of  the Hudson River waiting the completion of an America Cup Race.

It was quite unusual that the Norwegian Gem had two tug boats to help  her from the pier and then hold her in position while the race completed. The race was occurring about 2 miles down river from the Norwegian Gem, where 100+ boats had the lower harbor impassable.

The Norwegian Gem sat in position for about 20 minutes awaiting clearance and then proceeded on her 7-dayFlorida and Bahamas cruise

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Fred Olsen Balmoral Visits New York - Push to Increase US Cruise Passengers.

Fred Olsen caters primarily to UK cruise passengers and would like to source more passengers from the United States. In order to increase media attention, Fred's Olsen's US public relations team  turned to social media - Announcing an open press event on

Here is the announcement.

May 4 Wed 1 pm High tea on the liner Balmoral at Manhattan Cruise Terminal 711 12th Ave, at 48th street
One of those familiar but very occasional outbreaks of shipboard illness among a handful of passengers aboard this British cruise ship prevented the assembled travel hacks from actually boarding the HMS Balmoral docked beside them at Pier 90 at 50th Street on Manhattan’s West Side, though they could appreciate its timber guard rail toppings and other signs of being a real ship rather than a floating castle which Americans now compete to build ever more gigantic, with new ones planned which will approach 5000 passenger capacity next year. But if you want to cruise to faraway e…

Carnival Cruise Line Partners With Concrete Beach Brewery to Create A Craft Brewery on the New Carnival Vista

When guests on Carnival Cruise Line’s newest, largest and most innovative ship, Carnival Vista, raise a pint in the RedFrog Pub & Brewery, they will have a choice of three distinctly flavored hand-crafted beers brewed right on board in the first brewery at sea in North America. 

Carnival Vista’s RedFrog Pub & Brewery is the result of a unique collaboration between Carnival and Miami-based Concrete Beach Brewery.             Concrete Beach is an Alchemy & Science brand, an independently operating subsidiary of The Boston Beer Company. Alchemy & Science is home to other such popular breweries around the country, including Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles and Coney Island Brewing Co. in Brooklyn, N.Y.  Each of these breweries produces beers specifically inspired by and brewed to be representative of their respective locales. The resulting examples include such beers as Tropic of Passion, a passion fruit wheat beer from Miami, Angel City IPA from L.A., and C…

Cunard Announces New York Departures Sale on Queen Mary 2

April 18, 2016 - Cunard is pleased to announce the New York Departures Sale, which features up to 35% savings on select Transatlantic Crossings, New England & Canada, Caribbean, Grand Voyages and Exotic Voyages on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth.

The New York Departures Sale applies to new bookings on select voyages made until May 31, 2016. The offer features: †

    Transatlantic Crossing fares from $799*
    New England & Canada fares from $999*
    Caribbean fares from $1,549*
    Grand Voyage fares from $3,429*
    Exotic Voyage fares from $2,599*

To view this offer and any restrictions, please click Cunard Cruise Deals.

The New York Departures Sale features voyages on Queen Mary 2 following her dramatic 25-day refit in May and June of this year. Queen Mary 2 remastered will see the redesign of all Princess and Queens Grill Suites and their accompanying restaurants, the addition of 15 single staterooms and 30 Britannia Club Balcony staterooms, and the redesign of all Brit…

New Culinary Experiences to Debut on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 Remastered

April 26, 2016 — Already renowned and acclaimed for creating some of the finest cuisine served in the most glamourous surroundings at sea, Cunard is proud to introduce new dining options as well as a host of enhancements to each of the liner’s existing restaurants during Queen Mary 2’s major refit taking place in June.

Queen Mary 2 Remastered will see the creation of the entirely new Carinthia Lounge that will serve alternative breakfast and lunchtime offerings together with bespoke premium coffees; the addition of The Verandah restaurant evoking memories of the famous Grill on the original Queen Mary; a completely transformed Kings Court Buffet; new Queens and Princess Grill menus and completely refurbished restaurants for guests staying in the suites and a new Smokehouse alternative dining concept.

In addition, menus in the existing Britannia Restaurant and Golden Lion pub, together with Cunard’s famous Afternoon Tea selection served in the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar, will all be…

Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas To Sail From Cape Liberty, Bayonne in the Spring 2017

Royal Caribbean International invites adventure seekers to discover the vibrant cultural wonders and untamed beauty of the most sought-after Caribbean islands and picturesque landscapes of New England and Canada. Departing from the Northeast, Florida and Puerto Rico, year-round and seasonal escapes to the Caribbean and Canada will go on sale on April 13, 2016.

Royal Caribbean will offer expanded Caribbean itineraries from the Northeast in 2017, with Rhapsody of the Seas joining Anthem of the Seas in Cape Liberty, New Jersey. This will be the first time that two Royal Caribbean ships will be sailing from Cape Liberty, offering guests in the New York area even more ways to explore the award-winning cruise line.  Anthem boasts the groundbreaking technology and first-at-sea features of the technologically advanced Quantum-class, while Rhapsody offers an intimately-sized and entertainment-filled, …

Carnival Cruises Takes Delivery Of New Carnival Vista

(April 28, 2016) – At a traditional maritime handover ceremony held earlier today at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, Carnival Cruise Line took delivery of its newest, largest and most innovative ship, the 133,500-ton Carnival Vista.

The 3,954-passenger ship will re-position to Trieste, Italy, where it will depart on its maiden voyage May 1, kicking off a summer schedule in Europe that runs through October 2016. Following a 13-day trans-Atlantic crossing, Carnival Vista will operate a pair of 11-day cruises from New York in November 2016 then launch year-round Caribbean service from Miami later that month.

Carnival Vista offers a number of unique features, including a groundbreaking suspended cycling experience called SkyRide, the first IMAX Theatre at sea and the RedFrog Pub & Brewery offering three different kinds of beer brewed on board.

Also new is Family Harbor with special family accommod…