Showing posts from September, 2018

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
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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…