- "Circus," inspired by Cirque du Soleil and the hit movie "The Greatest Showman"
- "Cafe Tango," a classic tango show set in a Parisian-style cafe
- "'80s Gold," which celebrates the decade's best-loved pop anthems
December 12, 2019
(7 p.m. EDT) -- Princess Cruises announced Wednesday it would accelerate the transfer of two Grand-class ships – Golden Princess and Star Princess -- to sister-brand P&O Cruises Australia.
In 2018, the line announced it would transition the 2001-built Golden Princess and its 2002-built sister, Star Princess, to its P&O Australia brand. Golden Princess was slated to enter service down under this October, while Star Princess had been scheduled to sail its last voyage under the Princess banner at the end of 2021.
While Golden Princess had already been removed from Princess Cruises' active fleet, Star Princess was scheduled to continue
(12:25 p.m. EDT) -- Holland America Line will deploy six of its vessels to Alaska next year, including a full roster of sailings departing from Vancouver, Seattle and Whittier (Anchorage).
For the 2021 season, the line will send Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Oosterdam and Volendam to Alaska. Sailings will run from April through September of 2021.
The move by the line, which has always maintained a strong presence in Alaska, is a big vote of confidence in the region after the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic saw the cancellation of the entire 2020 Alaskan cruise season, which in turn devastated many smaller ports of call like the former Gold Rush town of Ska
(5:55 p.m. EDT) -- Royal Caribbean has announced it will redeploy select vessels in Australia and the Caribbean during the winter 2021-2022 cruise season.
The changes were revealed on Wednesday as part of the weekly Coffee Chat hours hosted by Royal Caribbean SVP Sales, Trade Support and Service Vicki Freed for travel agent partners.
"As Royal Caribbean continues to prepare for our return to service, we've listened to our guests and valued travel partners, and are ready to share some Winter 2021 - 2022 deployment updates," said Royal Caribbean in a leaflet distributed to agents.
(8:55 EDT) -- Small ship expedition line Swan Hellenic has ordered a third Vega-class expedition cruise vessel.
Larger than its two sister ships, the 12.000-GRT Vega 3 will be a hybrid-powered vessel with an ice-strengthened hull and a capacity of 192 passengers in 96 cabins and suites, the majority with large balconies.
The ship will be built at the Helsinki shipyard and is due for launch at the end of 2022.
"We see the increase in demand for experiences that are truly out of the ordinary and are confident in the b
(5:50 p.m. EDT) -- A report issued by U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner Louis E. Sola concluded that, "when considered on a per capita basis, there may not be another state in the Nation paying as high a cost from passenger ships not sailing than Alaska."
The latest in a series of in-depth assessments into the impact of the cruise industry's shutdown on the U.S economy, the report notes that the cancellation of the entire Alaskan cruise season because of the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected Alaskans, as many state towns are heavily dependent on cruise tourism.
"While tourism benefits all our Northwestern states, it is one of three pillars of t
(12:25 p.m. EDT) -- Royal Caribbean International has filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a new device to be called "Tracelet."
The application, which describes the service mark registration for Tracelet as "Rubber or silicone wristbands in the nature of a bracelet," was filed on October 15, 2020 under the subcategory of "cruise ship services."
Given the name, it is not unreasonable to expect Royal Caribbean's new Tracelet to function as a wearable RFID contact tracing device that could be used to mitigate any potential spread of COVID-19 that might occur onboard.
Contact tracing is essential in the fight against COVID-19, allowing po