Here are some Cruise News and Notes for the week of November 2, 2019.

Change to Havana Public Areas on Carnival Vista Class Ships

Beginning November 2, access to the Havana Pool area on the Carnival Vista, Carnival Horizon and, starting in December, the Carnival Panorama, will only be available to guests who have booked a Havana cabin or Grand Suites. Prior to this, the Havana Pool area was open to anyone on the ship after 7 pm. The Havana Bar and musicians will continue to remain available to all ship guests.

Seasickness Fears a Things of the Past?

Having to fear getting seasick may one day be a thing of the past. A new ship, built by Ulstein, a Norway-based ship building company, is called the X-Bow. Unlike traditional ships which travel through the waves causing the movement, the X-Bow pierces the waves with the energy being disbursed along the side of the ship making for smoother sailing. The Greg Mortimer by Aurora Expeditions is the first X-Bow ship to appear on the market with itineraries to Antarctica.

New Royal Caribbean Beach Club Announced

Royal Caribbean International recently announced plans for its first Royal Beach Club in Antigua. Although specific plans for the beach club will not be announced for a few months, guests can expect a pool with swim up bar, island style bar-b-ques, live music and activities such a paddle boarding, wave runners and snorkeling. The Royal Beach Club is expected to open in 2021.

Delivery of Norwegian Encore

Norwegian Cruise Lines took delivery of Norwegian Encore this week. The last of the Breakaway Plus class, Norwegian Encore will begin its transatlantic journey on November 2 heading to New York City before making its way to Miami, Florida where it will sail 7 day eastern Caribbean itineraries through the winter. The Encore features the world’s longest racetrack at sea, the largest outdoor laser tag arena, an escape room and interactive theater experiences.

Second Carnival Ship Being Added to Alaska Itineraries in 2021

Carnival Cruise Line announced expanded Alaska sailings for 2021. Carnival Freedom will join Carnival Miracle in 2021 sailing from Seattle to Alaska. Once the Alaska season ends, Freedom will transit the Panama Canal on a 17-day repositioning cruise as it heads to Ft. Lauderdale where it will sail six- and eight- day eastern and southern Caribbean cruises.

Disney Announces 3 New Ships in the Works

Disney Cruise Lines announced they came to an agreement with Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to build 3 new ships for the cruise line. The ships will be larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy and will be powered by liquefied natural gas. This announcement follows the announcement naming Disney’s fifth ship, the Disney Wish, which is scheduled for delivery in late 2021 with sailings beginning in January, 2022.

Updates to Oasis of the Seas Includes New Ultimate Panoramic Suites

Following a refurbishment as part of Royal Caribbean’s Amplification program, Oasis of the Seas is preparing for her second debut in New York City. Included in the overhaul are new Ultimate Panoramic Suites which will be located above the bridge and feature 200-degree panoramic views. These new suites will be able to accommodate up to 4 passengers and come with access to the suite lounge, a Royal Genie, free Voom Wi-Fi access and specialty dining. In addition to the new suite category, Royal Caribbean’s new bar-b-que venue, Portside BBQ, will make its debut on the Oasis of the Seas as well as a dedicated karaoke space.

Carnival Panorama Delivered to Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line took delivery of its newest Vista class ship, the Carnival Panorama this week. Carnival Panorama will be homeporting in Long Beach, California . Exclusive to Carnival Panorama are a Sky Zone trampoline park and Carnival’s first ever culinary studio where guests can take cooking classes and participate in gastronomic tastings.

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Karen Gibson
Karen Gibson

Although she did not go on her first cruise until later in life, Karen became immediately addicted. If she's not planning a cruise, she is dreaming of her next one. She loves cruising so much that along with her son they opened Cruise Crazy Store which is filled with cruise themed items perfect for cruise-aholics and in 2018 started Cruise Crazy Travel, a travel agency that specializes in setting up cruises.

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