Cruise News Shorts: A Celebrity Cabaret, Simulated Galveston and other Cruise News

May 3, 2013

(4:02 p.m. EDT) -- Every week we catch wind of so much cruise news, we don't always know what to do with it all, but a few standout bits sometimes catch our attention. Here are some interesting cruise tidbits we think you might like to know about.

Cabaret at Sea

Celebrity Cruises is bringing some of Broadway's top talent to Celebrity Summit's stage through a new partnership with 54 Below, a cabaret-style Broadway theater. The performers will featured on Bermuda sailings starting May 5 and running through October. Among the stars slated to appear are: Telly Leung, who appeared on the TV show "Glee" and whose Broadway credits include "Rent" and "Godspell"; Faith Prince, Tony Award winner for "Guys & Dolls"; Donna McKechnie, Tony Award winner for "A Chorus Line"; Anthony Rapp, the first actor to play Mark in "Rent"; and three-time Tony Award nominee Christine Andreas.

Royal Hearts Galveston

Hey Texas, are you ready for simulated balconies and surfing? Starting next winter Royal Caribbean will base its 3,114-passenger Navigator of the Seas year-round in Galveston. But before the ship arrives, it will undergo an extensive drydock during which it will receive the line's first virtual balcony interior rooms, recently unveiled as part of Quantum of the Seas' cabin offerings. Also to be added, the simulated surfing ride FlowRider. Several restaurants will be added as well, including Giovanni's Table, Park Café and Izumi Asian Cuisine. Navigator of the Seas will sail seven-night western Caribbean itineraries.

New Year, New Ship

With Norwegian Breakaway rapidly making its way to New York City for its big inaugural, Norwegian Cruise Line quietly released the dates for Norwegian Getaway's maiden voyage. Getaway will sail its first journey from Southampton to Miami on January 17, 2014.

A Star is Born

The first of Windstar Cruises' new, all-suite power yachts, recently purchased from Seabourn, has a new name. Star Pride, which launches in May 2014, will spend its first season in Europe. Bookings open May 14, 2013. Windstar takes possession of two more yachts in April and May 2015.

North by Pacific Northwest

American Cruise Lines is taking passengers to Puget Sound and the San Juan islands on a new seven-night cruise aboard American Spirit. Among the highlights of the sailing are opportunities to learn about seafaring life and whaling in the Pacific Northwest, as well the chance to visit Olympic National Park and Victoria, Canada. Puget Sound cruises run from April to October, then again from March to November 2014.

A Pearl Revealed

Small-ship newcomer Pearl Seas Cruises is one step closer to hitting the water in 2014 with the final outfitting of its first ship, Pearl Mist, underway. The 210-passenger ship will offer seven-, 10- and 11-night cruises throughout the U.S. and Canada, stopping at landmarks such as the Great Lakes, Prince Edward Island, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Pearl Mist will sail its inaugural cruise June 28, 2014.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor, and Gina Kramer, Associate Editor