Cruise News Shorts: Getaway Underway, QM2 Hits Double Digits & More Cruise News

January 10, 2014
(2:17 p.m. EST) -- 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.

Getaway Gets Out
The wait for Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, Norwegian Getaway, is almost over. The ship was delivered to the line Friday by officials from Meyer Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany, where the 145,655-ton, 3,969-passenger ship was constructed. Getaway will now make its way to Rotterdam before sailing to Southampton, then New York and, finally, its Miami homeport, where it will be christened February 7.

Carnival Rolls a Double
Carnival Cruise Lines is on a partnership roll. Just weeks after announcing a huge partnership with Dr. Seuss, the line has inked two more deals. The first, with Penn National Gaming, gives casino gamblers a chance to snag free Caribbean and Mexican cruises, plus other cruise discounts, depending on their level of play at 18 Penn National-operated casinos in the U.S. beginning in April. A separate alliance with Ocean Potion, Sun and Skincare Research's branded sunscreen, will provide sampling stations, as well as 90,000 individual-sized packets for passengers on four Carnival ships: Carnival Breeze, Liberty, Sunshine and Triumph.

10 Years Old
It's a double-digits birthday for Queen Mary 2, which turned 10 on January 8. Since the ship's launch, it has sailed 419 voyages, including more than 200 transatlantic crossings, and it has called on 182 ports in 60 countries. In fact, if you add it all up, Queen Mary 2 has sailed the equivalent of three times to the moon and back.

Como Se Dice "Grammy"?
Norwegian Cruise Line is going Latin with its first Grammy Experience at Sea performance onboard Norwegian Getaway. The series kicks off in February with Latin Grammy award-winning jazz flutist, Nestor Torres, whose music career includes 14 albums, one Grammy nomination, four Latin Grammy nominations and one Latin Grammy win. Torres will perform onboard Getaway during the ship's inaugural festivities and for the first Eastern Caribbean sailing from Miami on February 8, 2014.

A Documentation Makeover
Silversea Cruises is replacing its cruise documentation package with a new travel journal that consolidates the odd assortment of booklets, travel wallet and luggage tag holders into one place. For most voyages in 2014, passengers will receive the all-in-one journal, which includes the cruise ticket; air, hotel and/or land program information if arranged through Silversea; a personalized itinerary; shore excursion details; and, yes, luggage tags.

Probing Burma
We didn't know any part of Burma (Myanmar) was congested, but Pandaw River Cruises thinks so and plans on sending its newest river boat, Kalaw, further into the country than ever before. Kalaw will go farther up the Chindwin and Irrawaddy rivers year round, starting in July; most other companies stick to the Pagan to Mandalay sector. Kalaw has two decks with 20 cabins, and indoor/outdoor bistro-style dining.

--by Gina Kramer, Associate Editor; Ashley Kosciolek, Associate Editor; Brittany Chrusciel, Editorial Assistant; and Dori Saltzman, News Editor