Summer is almost here, and with it comes school vacations, long-planned international travel, and plenty of unused airline, hotel, and cruise credit. To keep things lively, cruise lines are busy developing new products, voyages and new ships to keep travelers interested. Here are some of the latest vacation deals, cruise news and promotions you need to know about to plan your best cruise yet.
Simone Biles will be the godmother of Celebrity Beyond
The most decorated gymnast in World Championship history, Simone Biles, has been named the new godmother of Celebrity Beyond, Celebrity Cruises’ new Edge Class ship. The inaugural ceremony will take place this November in Fort Lauderdale although she already sails in Europe this summer. Her appearance on Celebrity will include a selection of new wellness programs as well as wellness tips to air on stateroom televisions.
Celebrity offers beauty-themed goop at sea sailing
This fall, goop founder and CEO Gwyneth Paltrow will join guests aboard a “goop at sea” sail on Celebrity Beyond. Departing from Barcelona on September 24, the cruise will visit France and the Italian Riviera. Goop practitioners on board will conduct wellness seminars to enhance the mind, body and soul. Fans of the brand will enjoy product tests, massages, tastings and surprises prepared during the navigation. During one session, Paltrow will interview a wellness expert and answer questions from the audience. Sailing tickets are on sale starting at $750 per person. Already on board are on-demand wellness classes on in-room televisions, a personalized detox smoothie recipe, and dedicated fitness tools for AquaClass guests.
Emerald Cruises christens its first superyacht this month
Later this month, Emerald Cruises will christen its new 100-passenger superyacht in Venice with Godmother Sarah Wikevand, ROL Cruise UK Managing Director. The ship will cruise the Adriatic and Mediterranean coasts this summer and fall before moving to Doha, Qatar, in December to begin voyages to the Arabian Peninsula between Doha and Dubai.
Emerald Luna makes her maiden river voyage
In April, the Emerald Luna sets sail from Amsterdam via the Netherlands and Belgium as the ninth river ship for Emerald Cruises. She will be christened this July by godmother Vanessa McGovern, a travel industry advocate and co-founder of the Gifted Travel Network. The ship has a three-tiered atrium, as well as a heated pool that can be converted into a movie theater.
Norwegian gives away 100 cruises to teachers
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week during the first week of May, Norwegian Cruise Line announced a contest to reward 100 teachers with a free cruise aboard its newest ship, Norwegian Prima. In addition to the free cruise for educators, their schools would also receive up to $25,000 as part of the company’s Giving Joy program. The public nominated their favorite teachers for the month-long campaign in which people voted to see who would win the free cruise and additional prize money. Singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson will perform at the Giving Joy Awards on Norwegian Prima as part of this partnership and she will also meet the three grand prize winners. The contest is open for voting until June 3.
Virgin Voyages announces the fourth ship in its fleet
Brilliant Lady will be the fourth ship in the Virgin Voyages fleet in the coming years. The cruise line says she chose the word “bright” to refer to the “bright seven seas” as well as the “post-holiday glow” after a sail. The name also honors women everywhere. The company says in a statement: “Our Brilliant Lady represents the intelligent and transgressive minds of women around the world, women who are not afraid of her own intelligence and are not afraid to boldly own it.” Virgin Voyages has yet to announce the future release date or itineraries for Brilliant Lady.
Azamara plans two charity cruises to raise funds
This summer, Azamara Pursuit will host two trips through Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Germany. Excluding port fees and taxes, 100% of proceeds will go to CARE, the International Rescue Committee and the American Red Cross to support people displaced due to war and other hardships, including those whose homes were destroyed in Ukraine. . The fundraising trips will take place on June 17 for seven nights from Stockholm or a 5-night trip departing on June 24 from Copenhagen, Denmark.
Seabourn Announces New Expedition Itineraries
For the 2023-2024 season, Seabourn is launching new fall, winter and spring expedition itineraries on its two ships, Seabourn Venture and Seabourn Pursuit. They include trips to Indonesia, Antarctica, New Zealand, Australia, and around the South Pacific, Micronesia, and South America. One itinerary is expected to stand out for fans of expedition cruises, a voyage between Argentina and Africa with calls at the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Tristan da Cunha and the hard-to-reach Ascension Islands. These purpose-built expedition ships feature ice-reinforced PC6 hulls and advanced maneuvering technology for superior stability.
Seabourn returns to Turkey after six years
Seabourn Encore will begin sailing in the Eastern Mediterranean and Adriatic this summer, including a return to Turkey, the first time since 2016. The ships will sail to Greece and Turkey, as well as week-long voyages to the Holy Land. The company is also bringing back its complimentary classical concert “Evening at Ephesus” at the ancient ruins under the stars for guests only. From now through the end of May, reservations are eligible for an onboard credit of up to $800 per suite (depending on category, ocean view or veranda) or up to $1,600 per penthouse suite and above. Travelers who pay in full before June 1 will be eligible for an additional 10% discount on travel after November 1.
Princess Launches Weekly Sustainability Video Series
Environmental Ambassador Jeff Corwin and Princess Chairman John Padgett host a weekly video series on sustainability. The 28-episode series, Ocean Treks Conservation Connections, covers brief topics on the company and environmental stewardship, sustainability and wildlife conservation on the cruise line’s YouTube channel. Other topics will include recycling, food waste reduction, energy efficiency and innovative fuel sources. Many will be filmed in Princess destinations such as Alaska, New Zealand, Iceland, Japan and French Polynesia. The first episode aired at the end of April and will continue throughout the year.
Princess creates an additional option for Wi-Fi, food and drinks
Dubbed Princess Premier, the new Princess Cruises add-on package costs $75 per day. It includes a host of benefits including unlimited Wi-Fi for up to four devices, premium drinks (including cocktails up to $18), two specialty dining reservations, photos, and crew gratuities. It represents a saving of more than 50% compared to buying each of the benefits individually. Princess Premier goes on sale May 25 for sailings a month later. It also includes entry to Princess Prizes, a new game experience that rewards passengers for accessing their room with their Medallion (room key). Every time they use it, they earn an entry to win free cruises, onboard benefits and cash. Those who do not purchase the Princess Premier add-on can still enter the Princess Prizes by paying $20 per day for a chance to win.
Wonder of the Seas makes its first European sailing
The newest ship in the Royal Caribbean portfolio, Wonder of the Seas, began sailing from Barcelona this month. It features several amenities familiar to regular cruisers, like its FlowRider surf simulator, the tallest slide at sea dubbed “The Ultimate Abyss,” rock-climbing walls, zip lining, and a Central Park-style neighborhood with over 20,000 plants. real. New to the ship is a Southern cuisine restaurant, an underwater-themed play area with climbing walls and slides, and a new cantilevered poolside bar, and a new onboard neighborhood for Royal Suite Class guests with private terrace, plunge pool and bar. .