(5:00 p.m. EDT) -- Every week we get so many news releases from the cruise lines, we sometimes don't know what to do with them all. Oftentimes they're just too small to cover on their own, so we've decided to start rounding up unique items that catch our attention. Every Friday we'll tell you about two to four cruise developments we think you might like to know about.
Crystal Bets Adults Love Magic Too
Magic isn't just for kids anymore. At least that's what Crystal Cruises is counting on as they've just announced a fun partnership with Hollywood's famed private magicians' club the Magic Castle. Through the partnership Magic Castle will not only perform a series of small shows for audiences of no more than 25, but will actually reveal the secrets of some of their magic. Okay, maybe they won't tell you how to split a floating woman in two, but they will teach passengers the basics of magic. The Magic Castle shows and classes are already on Crystal Symphony and will start on Crystal Serenity on August 6.
Burma on Our Minds
Grand Circle is the latest cruise company to announce plans to visit Burma, a tantalizingly exotic country that has for too long been somewhat closed to western visitors. The small niche cruise line's move follows on the heels of Azamara Club Cruises, which is heading there this winter for the first time. This is a big deal as it's primarily been high-end luxury lines that have offered Burma cruises and both Azamara and Grand Circle are opening it up to slightly more value conscious travelers.
Rub-a-Dub-Dub… Over the Ocean?
We thought doing the glass Canyon Walk over Grand Canyon was intimidating. Now Celebrity wants us to shower in an-all glass stall extended over the edge of the ship with nothing but water beneath us? Apparently so, as Celebrity Reflection will feature such a shower. They promise it's safe and only see-through from the inside out. But not just anyone gets to test their chutzpah; this special shower will only be found in the two-bedroom Reflection Suite.
A Royal Lineup
Prepping for the debut of Royal Princess next June, the cruise line announced the ship's management team. Captain Tony Draper will be at the helm and the ship's hotel manager will be Dirk Brand. The new ship's cruise director is still unknown; Princess PR staffer Katy Bell told us that “at this stage we have only announced four-stripe officers.” Other members of the Royal Princess' onboard leadership team include Relief Captain Dino Sagani, Chief Engineer Fabio Braccelli and Staff Captain Tim Stringer.
--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor