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Seabourn Venture Cruise Ship to Feature Twinkling 270-Degree Constellation Lounge

(9:50 a.m. EST) — Seabourn’s first purpose-built expedition yacht, Seabourn Venture, will have a viewing lounge designed along the lines of the luxury brand’s popular Observation Lounge. Located high up and forward on the new ship, the Constellation Lounge will serve as a gathering spot, providing 270-degree views through floor-to-ceiling …

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Carnival Floats Out New Mardi Gras Cruise Ship

(11:55 a.m. EST) — Mardi Gras, Carnival Cruise Line’s largest ship, floated out Jan. 24 at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, marking a significant event in the ship’s construction. Now in water, the vessel will continue to be outfitted before its debut in the fall. The 5,200-passenger ship is noteworthy for its size and features — including …

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Sephora Makeup to Appear in Duty-Free Shops on Select Cruise Ships

(5:30 p.m. EST) — Good news for cruisers who are fans of the Sephora Collection of makeup: For the first time, you can buy the beauty products in duty-free shops on cruise ships. Starboard Cruise Services, which operates duty-free shops on many ships, recently introduced the private label collection of makeup in shops on several vessels, …

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Windstar Cruises Reveals New Restaurant Menu

(4:30 p.m. EST) — Windstar has released the menu for Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso, a new Spanish restaurant debuting on the line’s three all-suite motor yachts. Sasso, one of the youngest chefs recognized by the Michelin guide (while at New York’s Casa Mono), will take passengers on a culinary tour of Spain, starting with tomato bread (pan con …

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Sir Tim Rice Returns to Sea in New Seabourn Conversations Cruise Lineup

(2:37 p.m. EST) — Seabourn is out with its lineup of guest speakers for 2020, and included is a return appearance by Emmy/Grammy/Oscar/Tony Award-winning lyricist Sir Tim Rice, renowned for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber (“Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Evita”) and Sir Elton John (“The Lion King”). Rice, …

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Cruise Critic Top Fan Spotlight – January 21, 2020

Passenger: Diane Flores Favorite Destination: It’s not about the destination. It’s about the journey. Preferred Cruise Line(s): Royal Caribbean, but we have recently tried MSC Cruises and liked it. Q: Why do you love to cruise? A: There’s something that draws me to the sea. Maybe it’s the sound of the water lapping against the ship or the gentle …

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Just Back From an Abercrombie & Kent Antarctica Cruise: First Impressions

(2 p.m. EST) — For many, a trip to Antarctica is a dream — a chance to place a checkmark next to the seventh continent. And cruising is virtually the only way to get to there. A growing number of cruise lines and tour companies are offering trips to the White Continent, so it’s possible to experience it in a range of styles, from hard-hitting …

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Aranui Reveals First Non-Freighter Leisure Cruise Ship, AraMana, in South Pacific

Aranui Cruises has revealed details of a new 280-passenger cruise ship, its first dedicated leisure cruising vessel, that will join Aranui 5 in the South Pacific from mid-2022. The Tahitian cruise line will name the new vessel AraMana rather than Aranui 6 because it will not be a dual freight and passenger vessel like its predecessors, Aranui …

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Celestyal Cruises Partners With Blue Zone Cuisine Expert for ‘My Greek Table at Sea’ Cruises

(6 p.m. EST) — Cookbook author Diane Kochilas, the creator and co-host of PBS’ “My Greek Table,” and Celestyal Cruises are partnering to offer “My Greek Table at Sea With Celestyal” sailings inspired by the TV series. During these sailings, Kochilas will lead a series of special events focused on Greek and Blue Zone cuisine, …

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The Most Exciting Cruise Ships Coming to North America in 2020

() — Several new cruise ships are coming to North America in 2020, bringing with them a slew of standout attractions including a chicken restaurant from Shaquille O’Neal, vertical tube skydiving, a brand-new roller coaster and a hip tattoo parlor. Onboard fun options will be endless, featuring ropes courses on Carnival Radiance and Mardi Gras, …

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