Start Spreading The News…Presenting Carnival Horizon: The Musical Showcasing Newest Carnival Cruise Line Ship That Makes Its Big Apple Debut May 23

Posted on: May 17th, 2018Featured, News Blog

Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Carnival Horizon, makes its U.S. debut in New York May 23 and, to celebrate, the line has created an engaging musical production designed to showcase all the spectacular features and activities the new ship has to offer, Broadway-style.

The toe-tapping Carnival Horizon: The Musical was directed by Bold Man and the Sea Media and choreographed by Keith Young who has worked on numerous television shows, theatrical revues, commercials and major motion pictures.

Carnival Horizon:  The Musical follows the ship’s Playlist Productions performers as they sing and dance their way across different venues of the ship, from the Dr. Seuss water park and atrium with its striking Dreamscape sculpture to the teppanyaki venue, Smokehouse Brewhouse restaurant and casino, bringing the spaces to life in a fun and lively way.

Carnival Horizon makes its U.S. debut May 23 with a VIP invitation-only pierside overnight in New York featuring a naming ceremony with godmother Queen Latifah who will also square off in a special version of Lip Sync Battle: Horizon against Jake Elliott of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

The ship then embarks on a summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean voyages May 24 from New York before repositioning to Miami for year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean sailings in September.

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Royal Caribbean commits $500,000 to expand mariner’s refuge

Wherever their ships may call, a great many crew members are a long way from home, away from their families for as much as a year.

At Royal Caribbean, crews are seen as the heart of the entire operation – not just the core, but the heart. Because of that, the cruiseline is a major supporter of a place called Seafarers’ House.

While it’s unlikely that most folks outside the community of sailors are aware of the facility, it could hardly be more important to those who sojourn there.

Founded in 1989 by a seminarian, a lawyer and the Episcopal Bishop of Southeast Florida, this “casa del marino” began in Port Everglades with a 400-square-foot hospitality center, which has since grown to a 4,200-square-foot operation. Its mission: “To Offer Refuge, Resources, Renewal and Respect to the Maritime Community Through Multi-Faith Service.”

Now it has entered the public phase of a $4.5 million initiative, the Place of Welcome Campaign, to raise capital for a new facility and to sustain the programs and services provided to 150,000 mariners on the 4,000 ships that call on the port each year.

The three-year campaign was announced at the annual Seafarers’ House Golden Compass Gala on May 19, when Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley was honored with the casa’s Golden Compass Award for 2018. The award honors those whose vocation or avocation has been the sea and have ministered to or otherwise helped seafarers.

Bayley took the opportunity to announce that the cruiseline is committing $500,000 to the campaign.

“Seafarers’ House is a special place for all mariners,” Bayley said. “We thank them for extending their hospitality to our crew around the world during their time at sea.

“We are especially delighted to support Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades, whose Place of Welcome will serve so many of our crew members while calling at Fort Lauderdale.”

Whether because of time or visa restrictions or both, some of them can’t leave their ships. The casa serves year-round as a safe, welcoming place where seafarers can connect with family and friends – sometimes placing more than 1,500 phone calls in a day – obtain pastoral guidance and emergency help if needed, buy everyday items at the center’s convenience store and, for some, make use of its services through its ship-visiting program.

The Place of Welcome Campaign will provide a meditation garden where mariners can relax and enjoy the outdoors; expanded recreation areas to improve overall health and wellness; an improved shopping experience for essential personal items; space for training, meetings and professional development; and a café with indoor and outdoor seating so visitors can enjoy a hot meal with friends.

Seafarers’ House also will continue to offer wire transfer services, free Wi-Fi, and a chapel for multidenominational services, but in a newly upgraded setting.

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Golden treasure, spilled champagne and a ship gets its name

A glowing treasure chest was placed onto the open deck holding a golden gift for the ship’s special guests, a pair of famous ladies dressed in haute couture for the splendid evening.

Night had fallen and the treasure chest contained the key implement needed to touch off the raison d’être for the evening festivities, the formal naming of the ship on which a host of celebrants had gathered in happy anticipation. Many more were gathered shoreside, most looking up at the lights and sounds and activities on and around the ship at Hamburg’s heavy industrial Container Terminal Burchardkai.

A pair of lithe acrobats rose high above the deck, suspended from a container crane, performed an elegant aerial dance and returned to the deck to open the chest. They withdrew a golden scepter, traditionally an ornamental symbol of royalty. It may have been a nod to Royal Caribbean, half owner of TUI Cruises, which was christening its newbuild, Mein Schiff 1.

Whatever the symbolism, this scepter was rigged for magic and the women – the ship’s ceremonial godmothers, Olympic beach volleyball champions Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst – knew how to use it.

They triggered a pyrotechnic burst that released a suspended bottle of Champagne – a fine French Pommery, for the record – and sent it swinging down to break on Mein Schiff 1’s bow. And so it was christened.

At the same time fireworks and a light show brightened the night sky over the port and ship, which was framed by five enormous shipping container cranes equipped with hundreds more bright lights to give a party flavor to their industrial mien.

“We were really looking forward to today,” Walkenhorst said. “This is our first time doing this and to do it in our hometown of Hamburg makes it very special.” Ludwig added, “Today, we swapped the sand for the ship’s deck, and I have to say it feels good.”

It was also the Port of Hamburg’s 829th birthday, and TUI Cruises CEO Wybcke Meier said the industrial backdrop for the event was calculated. “The container cranes represent the true essence of Hamburg,” he explained. “Our naming ceremony brings together the industry of the port and the enthusiasm that exists for cruise travel.”

The all-new Mein Schiff 1, which replaces the original of that name, includes all of the “well-being” elements – and more – that the cruise line has used in marketing to the German-speaking world.

It’s longer and roomier than its older namesake and has, among other enhancements, TUI Cruises’ first open-air fitness area built on Deck 15, including a climbing wall and a graded and lighted jogging track for nighttime trots. The area is covered for all-weather activity.

And like RCL, TUI Cruises is dedicated to the environment. Its newbuilds include innovative technology that reduces Sulphur emissions by up to 99 percent and particulates by 60 percent.

After its May 13 inaugural cruise to Norway, Mein Schiff 1 looked to an itinerary of seven-day cruises that includes Nordland and the Baltic Sea, the Canary Islands, Madeira and Morocco.

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Disney Cruise Line Debuts Diverse Lineup of Itineraries and Home Ports for Fall 2019

Family fun awaits during departures from New York, California, Texas and Florida

CELEBRATION, Fla. (May 17, 2018) – In fall 2019, Disney Cruise Line will return to favorite destinations and home ports on a variety of itineraries, including adventures to Bermuda, Bahamas, Baja, Canada and the Caribbean. With cruises ranging from two-night getaways to weeklong vacations and beyond, this season of sailings offers countless opportunities for families to delight in Disney magic, explore exotic locales and make lifelong memories together.

Bookings open to the public on May 24, 2018. More details on 2019 itineraries can be found on the Ports and Itineraries for 2019 page of

Sailings to Bermuda, Bahamas and Canada from New York

The Disney Magic returns to New York in September for a selection of departures to a diverse collection of destinations, including luxurious Bermuda, sun-kissed Bahamas and historic New Brunswick, Canada.

Three special five-night cruises feature two days in Bermuda, allowing extra time for guests to indulge in the island nation’s famous pink-sand beaches, world-class shopping, abundant water activities and distinctive blend of British and Caribbean culture.

During two seven-night sailings from New York to the Bahamas, cruisers are treated to a double-dose of pixie dust. A stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, is paired with a day at Port Canaveral, Florida, where every guest receives a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket and round-trip transportation to the theme parks in nearby Orlando.

A single five-night cruise to Canada transports guests from New York to charming Saint John, New Brunswick with a stop in Bar Harbor, Maine. Saint John is the home of majestic natural phenomena like the renowned Reversing Falls and the world’s highest tides, located where the Saint John River meets the Bay of Fundy.

Baja and Mexican Riviera Voyages from California        

In September, the Disney Wonder sets sail for a limited engagement in San Diego, where guests embark on adventures to Baja and the Mexican Riviera. Baja itineraries highlight the region’s famous beaches and exciting water activities with calls on Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico. Two exclusive seven-night Mexican Riviera sailings feature the snorkeling and scuba diving hot spots Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas.

Disney Cruise Line guests can enrich their experience by combining select San Diego-based cruises with a pre-cruise package from Adventures by Disney, a leader in family guided group vacations. During this three-night itinerary, guests embark on a rare behind-the-magic visit to The Walt Disney Studios and Disney Archives, a private tour of Walt Disney Imagineering and a visit to the place where it all began — the Disneyland Resort.

Vacations to Bahamas and Caribbean from Texas         

Beginning late November, the Disney Wonder will make Galveston its home port for a special series of sailings to the Caribbean and Bahamas, with options at four, six and seven nights. Caribbean cruises include stops in Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Falmouth, Jamaica. Bahamian itineraries feature stops in Castaway Cay and Key West, Florida. Two of the Bahamian sailings also take guests to Nassau, Bahamas, while another includes an exclusive second day on Disney’s private island.

Tropical Escapes from Florida

In fall 2019, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy continue sailing guest-favorite itineraries to the Bahamas and Caribbean from Port Canaveral, while the Disney Magic returns to Miami in November with a variety of cruise lengths and itineraries.

The Disney Magic’s diverse lineup includes three-, four- and five-night Bahamian sailings and five- and six-night Western Caribbean cruises, and most itineraries feature a day ashore at Castaway Cay. Other ports of call on Bahamian voyages include Nassau and Key West, while stops in Grand Cayman and Cozumel headline the Western Caribbean itineraries.

The Disney Dream sails three- and four-night cruises to Nassau and Castaway Cay. These itineraries make for the perfect family getaway, combining the magic of Disney with the ease and enjoyment of a tropical cruise vacation.

The Disney Fantasy sails seven-night Caribbean voyages, and every cruise includes a stop at Castaway Cay. Eastern Caribbean itineraries visit the Virgin Islands of Tortola and St. Thomas, and Western Caribbean cruises call on Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Falmouth. These weeklong experiences allow for even more family fun as guests make memories aboard their Disney cruise ship and at port in renowned tropical destinations.

The Disney Fantasy will also sail a selection of special itineraries. In October, an eight-night voyage transports guests south to St. Kitts, Antigua and San Juan, Puerto Rico, while a six-night Western Caribbean itinerary includes calls on Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico. Both itineraries are capped off with a day at Castaway Cay. In December, two unique seven-night itineraries include one cruise to San Juan, Tortola and Castaway Cay, and another voyage featuring two days on Disney’s private island after visits to Cozumel and Grand Cayman.

Disney Vacation Club Charter Cruises for 2019

Today, Disney Vacation Club announced the dates for two special members-only Disney Cruise Line charter cruises: a five-night Pacific Coast sailing aboard the Disney Wonder on May 15 and a seven-night cruise to Bermuda aboard the Disney Magic on Oct. 5. Bookings for both cruises open to Disney Vacation Club members on June 23, 2018.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, visit, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.


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Norwegian Bliss Becomes Largest Passenger Ship to Traverse Panama Canal During Her Inaugural Tour

Norwegian Bliss completed yet another milestone, as she makes her way to her home port of Seattle, becoming the largest passenger ship to transit the Panama Canal since the completion of the canal’s expansion project in 2016.

As the newest and largest Norwegian Cruise Line ship at over 168,000 gross tons and a capacity of 4,004, double occupancy, she passed through the new set of locks, on both the Atlantic and Pacific sides. The new locks were constructed as part of the biggest enhancement project since the canal’s opening in 1914. Norwegian Bliss cruised through the canal, on her way to Los Angeles, California, and will complete her first Panama Canal cruise on Friday, May 25.

Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of Norwegian Bliss in Bremerhaven, Germany on April 19, 2018, after which she began her inaugural tour. Her exhibition commenced with a preview event for the European market, before she embarked on her transatlantic voyage on April 21. Upon her arrival to the U.S., preview events took place in New York City (May 4-6) and Miami (May 8-10), with upcoming events to take place in Los Angeles (May 25-27), and Seattle where she will celebrate her official christening (May 30-June 2).

“We are very proud to showcase our newest ship and celebrate one more exciting milestone with Norwegian Bliss as the largest passenger ship to transit the new Panama Canal,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.” We are excited for this sixteenth ship in our young and modern fleet to begin welcoming guests in her home port of Seattle and provide them with the outstanding service, dining, entertainment and amenities for which we are recognized.”

Following her U.S debut in New York City, Norwegian Bliss made an appearance in Miami for a two-day inaugural preview cruise from May 8-10 with brand partners, key media and industry representatives on board. Among the guests were Norwegian Bliss’ Godfather, Elvis Duran and members of the cast from the Z100 morning show. Also present was renowned marine life artist, Wyland, who designed the ship’s hull art, entitled “Cruising with the Whales,” and who saw his finished work for the first time since the unveiling in January when he visited the Meyer Werft shipyard. The engaging and beautiful art prominently features a stunning image of a mother humpback whale and her calf as the centerpiece of the design, signifying the beauty of Alaska and the importance of the sustainability and conservation of our oceans.

Guy Harvey, fellow marine life artist and creator of the hull design for Norwegian Escape, sister ship to Norwegian Bliss, made a surprise appearance in Miami, and along with Wyland treated guests to a live painting and discussion on the importance of protecting the world’s oceans and its wildlife.

One of most thrilling features of Norwegian Bliss is the 1,000-foot, open-air race track – the largest at sea. Alex Vega, Miami-based celebrity car guru from Discovery Channel’s reality television show, “The Auto Firm with Alex Vega”, delivered two fully customized electric go-karts on May 8, prior to the ship’s departure. One sporting a metallic royal blue and the other in cherry red, both go-karts were outfitted with leather seats and complementing stitching details as well as sleek design elements, making the race at sea even more exhilarating.

Norwegian Bliss will arrive in Los Angeles for a preview event on May 25 before making her voyage to Seattle.

Starting June 2, Norwegian Bliss will cruise seven-day voyages to Alaska from Seattle with featured calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia. She will then cruise select voyages to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles and for her fall/winter season, she will sail to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami. In 2019, she will return to New York City and sail seven-day voyages to the Bahamas and Florida, the Southern and Western Caribbean. For a complete list of available itineraries, click here.

For available media visits or interviews during her inaugural visit to Los Angeles on May 25, please contact

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