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Norwegian Cruise Line Announces 2020 Cruise Ship Deployment.

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced thier 2020 Cruise Ship Deployment from New York and Boston.

In a surprise move, Norwegian Cruise Line is taking their newest ship - the Norwegian Encore and will deploy her on the New York to Bermuda circuit. In addition, the Norwegian Gem will also sail to Bermuda but she will sail from Boston.

The highly rated Norwegian Pearl will sail from New York as well offering New England / Canada  and Florida / Bahamas cruises.

Here are the details from the Norwegian Cruise Line Press release.

Bermuda – Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Gem
Following her inaugural season in the Caribbean,Norwegian Encorewill reposition from Miami, Florida to New York City offering seven-day cruises to Bermuda beginning April 22, while Norwegian Gem will offer seven-day voyages from Boston to Bermuda beginning May 1. Both ships’ seven-day itineraries overnight in port offering guests three days in Bermuda.  
Bahamas & Florida / Canada & New England – Norwegian Pearl
As …

5 Cruise Ships in New York Last Sunday.

Hello Readers,

I am trying to close some gaps on new articles that were missed and I failed to mention.

This past Sunday (9/24), the Port of New York and New Jersey played host to 5 cruise ships.

The attraction of fall foliage and New England / Canada cruises has ships from all over the globe congregating in New York. Many European Cruise Lines like AIDA and P&O focus on specific demographics. P&O on the British market and cruise passengers, while AIDA focuses on German cruise passengers. These ships usually spend at least overnight stay in the Big Apple to offer passengers time to explore the city.

This past weekend, P&O's Aurora and AIDA's AIDAdiva were alongside as well as Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Escape, Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Summit and Cunard's Queen Mary 2.

Every one of these ships sailed from New York to New England / Canada.

There was at-least one ship was docked at one of the ports 3 terminals - Manhattan, Brooklyn and Cape Lib…

Norwegian Cruise Line Unveils The Norwegian Encore Hull Art

Norwegian Cruise Line today revealed that Eduardo Arranz-Bravo, the award-winning Spanish artist, created the hull artwork for the fourth and final ship of its Breakaway-Plus class, Norwegian Encore, debuting in Miami in November 2019. 
A representation of his modern and abstract style, the ship’s hull will feature a labyrinth of color inspired by Arranz-Bravo’s life by the sea in Barcelona and paying tribute to the vibrant guest experience for which the Norwegian brand is recognized.
“Norwegian Cruise Line is a dynamic, pioneering company known for its innovative experiences and breathtaking collection of beautifully designed ships,” said Arranz-Bravo. “I am honored to not only bring that vibrancy to life even more on Norwegian Encore but also showcase my love for the ocean and my hometown of Barcelona.” Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, played a key role in the selection of Arranz-Bravo as the hull artist for Norwegi…

Holland America's Zuiderdam Uses Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

In a surprise move, Holland America's Zuiderdam docked at the Brooklyn Passenger Ship Terminal on Thursday, September 12, 2018.

The Zuiderdam disembarked and embarked passengers at the Brooklyn facility before departing later that day for New England and Canada.

Usually the Zuiderdam and other Holland America ships utilize the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in the heart of midtown New York so her arrival at the Brooklyn facility was a surprise.

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North Atlantic Storm Delays Ship Arrivals.

In what is a rare event, both the arrival of Cunard's  Queen Mary 2 and P&O Cruises' Aurora were both delayed due to a North Atlantic. Both ships departed Southampton on 9/16/2018 en-route to the Big Apple.

The Aurora was the first of the pair to pull into the Manhattan Cruise Terminal at around 11 AM. At about the same time, the Queen Mary 2 was just passing under the Veranzarro Narrow Bridge. The Queen Mary 2 pulled along side at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal at 11:45 AM - approximately 6 hours behind schedule.

New York was a port of call for the Aurora so visiting cruise passengers had about 3 hours less time to spend ashore.

The Queen Mary 2 arrival was quite a different story, her disembarking passengers were possibly late for their flights home or missing shore-side commitments, The majority of cruise passenger for the next cruise were arriving at the pier in anticipation of a 1 PM boarding. The crew was under added pressure with having to unload luggage, strip and r…

Carnival Horizon Leaves New York For the Final Time in 2018

Carnival Cruises' new Carnival Horizon left New York for the last time on Monday 9/18/2018 shortly after 5 PM on a rainy afternoon. The ship completed a series of cruises between May and early September, from the Big Apple to the eastern Caribbean, Bermuda and Canada. The 2018 Carnival Cruises' New York sailing schedule was abbreviated. The Carnival usually sails 7 days New-England / Canada cruises for the months of September and October which were not scheduled for this year.

In addition, Carnival usually operates a short series of cruises from Norfolk to Florida & the Bahamas after the New York season. These cruises were also not scheduled for 2018.

The Carnival Horizon is heading to her new home-port of  Miami, Florida and will arrive in Miami, today (9/18/2018).

The Carnival Horizon is scheduled to sail from Miami to the Bahamas, and the Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean. Cruises will range from 2-8 days.

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Missed Item From The Past Week - Windstar Cruises Star Pride Maiden Arrival in NYC.

Windstar Cruises Star Pride arrived in New York for her maiden arrival a full 12 hours late due to an unexpected overnight in Newport, Rhode Island. The Star Pride encounter a malfunction in her engine cooling system which caused the ship's engines to shut down temporarily. Stranded near Martha's Vinyard the engines were eventually restarted and she pulled into Newport for a Coast Guard inspection.

Clearing the inspection, she sailed from Newport at 7:00 AM on 9/8 and sailed 13 hours to New York arriving on Saturday (the same day) at 8:30 PM. After backing into passenger ship terminal, she disembarked her passengers and embarked her departing passengers well into the wee hours of the morning.

Expected to sail from New York at 8:00 AM, it wasn't until 9:00 AM that she cast off and began her New England/Canada Cruise.

The Star Pride will sail a series of New England / Canada Cruises from Boston before returning to New York in late October.

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Ships Moving To Avoid Hurricane Florence.

As Hurricane Florence approaches the United States East Coast cruise ships are seeking the protection of ports.

Oceania Cruises' Insignia arrived in New York today (9/12/2018) at 7:00 PM - a full 12 hours ahead of her planned arrival of 7 AM tomorrow morning. Passengers will be able to spend a full night in NYC to enjoy the sights and sounds.

As I am writing this at 11:00 PM (on 9/12) - Carnival Cruise's Carnival Horizon is about 1 hour outside of New York Harbor having sailed from Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic to New York. The route from the Dominican Republic hugged the coast and sailed between the US east coast and hurricane Florence to arrive in New York  ahead of the storm.

The Carnival Horizon is preparing to leave New York on 9/13 to sail to Bermuda on a 4 day cruise. This will be her last passenger carrying voyage from New York in 2018. As of now, she is still expected to sail to Bermuda. 

In addition to the arriving ships, 2 more ships departed New York. At ab…

Cunard's Queen Mary 2 Offers 14 Day New England - Canada Cruise

Cunard's Queen Mary 2 is conducting a special 14 day - New England / Canada cruise departing New York on September 23, 2018. This fall cruise will visit such picturesque ports like Rockland, Corner Brook, Sept Iles, Quebec, Quebec, Quebec, Saguenay, Sydney Ns, and Halifax Nova Scotia. For passengers not able to dedicate the full two weeks the cruise is available in two segments of 7 days each. Segment 1 from New York to Quebec Canada and Segment 2 - Quebec Canada back to New York.

Fares for the 14 day voyage start at $1,499 for an inside stateroom.

Sailing on the Queen Mary 2 is unlike other ships. The QM2 offers a luxury, upscale, experience. The ship has a high space per passenger ratio and offers a refined experience.

For additional details check out cunard's website: Cunard Queen Mary 2 Fall New England Canada Cruise

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German Cruise Lines Find New York a Popular Fall Cruise Port.

As stated in previous blog posts, as the fall approaches, many cruise lines re-locate their ships to New York to Sail on New England Canada Cruises.  These fall sailing are very popular among the German Cruise lines like AIDA and Mein Schiff (TUI Cruises) which use New York / New Jersey as a turn around port.

Their cruises use New York as a embarkation and disembarkation port allowing passenger time to visit and explore the Big Apple. Usually the cruise lines add an overnight stay for their passengers in New York and the passengers can use the ship as their hotel. So for instance on a 14 day cruise, the ship arrive in New York on Day 13 allowing guests to stay onboard overnight and explore NYC. For the next cruise, the passengers will embark on day 1 but the ship will NOT leave New York until day 2.

These cruises with the extended stay in New York are growing in popularity and there is talk about having these cruises not only in the fall but the spring and summer as well.

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Port Of Call - San Juan Puerto Rico

San Juan Puerto Rico is a popular cruise port on winter and longer summer sailings from the port of New York.

Whether it is a stroll through the Old City on your way to El Morro Castle (Fort) which rises above the entrance to the harbor or a visit to the rain forest, this cruise port has something to offer everyone. There are shops, cafes, beaches, snorkeling, water-sports and much more. Whether you are a first time visitor or a returning guest - you will definitely find an entertaining way to spend the day.

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Princess Cruises to Sail 2 Ships From New York to New England & Canada in the Fall of 2018.

Shortly Princess Cruises' ships will be repositioning to New York in anticipation of the start of the fall New England Canada season. Princess Cruises' will position both the Royal Princess and her near identical sister the Regal Princess in the Big Apple in September and October.

Princess Cruise will offer 7, 10 and 14 days sailings - some packed with extensive array of ports of call. While some cruises will be Round trip from New York, others will be ending in Quebec.

For exact itineraries and dates visit or the Princess Cruises Website.

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Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Escape To Offer After Midnight Musical in Supper Club Cabaret Show

Norwegian Cruise Line today announced that three award-winning Broadway songstresses, Melinda Doolittle, Sharon Wilkins and Melba Moore, will be performing in the Tony Award®-winning musical, After Midnight, as well as their own Supper Club Cabaret Show, aboard Norwegian Escape beginning August 19, 2018.

The announcement, which illustrates the company’s dedication to high-caliber entertainment, comes on the heels of its successful launch of Tony Award®-winning musical Jersey Boys and its original production ¡HAVANA! as well as the debut of Syd Norman’s Pour House, an authentic and immersive experience inspired by the greatest clubs in American rock ‘n’ roll history.  The increase in star power is in response to the incredible reception of Broadway’s own, Tony Award®-nominated, Brenda Braxton, who has routinely starred in After Midnight aboard Norwegian Escape since its introduction into the fleet in 2015.

“We are thrilled to engage these celebrated Broadway stars and very happy to wel…

Flash Back: Home Lines Oceanic

A regular fixture on the New York to Bermuda and New York to Nassau cruise circuit, Home Line's Oceanic had a following like no other ship of the day. Home Lines was known for their Italian hospitality, great food and top-notch entertainment. It was not usual for many passenger to stay aboard for back to back cruises and Home Lines capitalized on this - with a very successful onboard booking agent.

One of Home Line's most successful ships was the Oceanic. Designed specifically for cruising and fitted with a Magradome glass roof over the pool. The glass roof allowed passengers to swim regardless of the temperature outside or weather conditions. The ship offered spacious accommodations and an upscale onboard experience.

The Oceanic departed New York every Saturday at 4 PM during the peak summer season sailing 2 days down to Nassau; Spending 3 days in port and then 2 days at sea back to New York. In the winter, the Oceanic would offer longer cruises to the Caribbean. For some re…

Norwegian Cruise Line's Nowegian Breakaway Undergoes Extensive Refit.

Norwegian Cruise Line today announced the completed refurbishments of three ships, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Star, further showcasing its commitment to extraordinary quality and the guest experience. 
As part of The Norwegian Edge®, the company’s program designed to elevate the standard of excellence across its fleet, the revitalized ships now feature new designs and venues including Los Lobos Cantina, an upscale Mexican restaurant; the adults-only enclave, Spice H2O; and Syd Norman’s Pour House – an American rock ‘n’ roll bar and lounge, which makes its debut aboard Norwegian Breakaway.
“What a year this has been for us at Norwegian Cruise Line,” said Andy Stuart, the brand’s president and chief executive officer. “Not only did we introduce our latest and record-breaking ship, Norwegian Bliss, and announce the redeployment of her sister ship Norwegian Joy, but we are now unveiling our newly revitalized ships, 
Norwegian Breakaway, Sun and Star. This is a…

Beautiful Sunday In New York - Great Day to VIsit the Statue Of Liberty and Ellis Island.

As mentioned in my previous blog article, this Sunday turned in to a relatively nice day with periods of  torrential rain, other time great, bright sunshine with amazing white clouds.

As usual I looked for a vantage point to photograph the cruise ships departing / arriving and chose Liberty State Park in New Jersey. Liberty State Park offers the opportunity to take great photos of the New York Skyline in the late afternoon. Liberty State Park is one of two locations in the port, where visitors can board a ferry to the State of Liberty and/or Ellis Island. (The second embarkation point for Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island Ferries is Battery Park in Lower Manhattan).

I arrived at the park at about 4:15 PM to witness hundreds of people filing off of ferries carrying tourists from the attractions. The ferries are operated by Statue Cruises (a division of Hornblower Cruises & Events).

Seeing this made me appreciate the historical significance of these attractions and the draw of touri…

Princess Cruises Sea Princess Steams Toward New York.

Just about the time this article is published (1:30 AM on 8/14/2018), Princess Cruises' Sea Princess will be in New York Harbor.

The ship is visiting New York as part of her World Cruise. The Sea Princess departed Halifax, Canada on August 12 bound for the Big Apple.

The remaining part of her World Cruise is a 36 Day segment sailing from New York visiting
New York | Charleston, South Carolina | Miami, Florida | Key West, United States | Limon, Costa Rica | Panama Canal Full Transit, Panama | Manta, Ecuador | Lima (Callao), Peru | Easter Island, Chile | Pitcairn Island (Scenic Cruising) | Tahiti (Papeete), French Polynesia | Raiatea, French Polynesia | Cross International Date Line | Auckland, New Zealand | Sydney, Australia.

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