A&K Travel Group or Abercrombie and Kent, has purchased the Crystal Symphony for $25 milion and Crystal Serenity for $103 million in the Bahamas. In addition, purchasing the luxury brand, Crystal Cruise Line.
This week Viking with great news. Carnival expands and Princess Cruise Line cancels some 2023 sailings.
Traveling in small groups has become popular since the pandemic and tour operators like Collette are meeting the demand. Smaller groups allow you to see more and experience the destination.
Viking River, ocean and expedition cruises have removed the requirement for pre cruise and on board testing for COVID 19.
Carnival makes changes to onboard experiences, Princess announces new amenity package and Viking debus a new ocean voyage ship.
Carnival Temporarily Suspends Some Onboard Experiences
Carnival Cruise Line made an announcement this week due to staffing shortages, some on board experiences would be temporarily cut back. For the entire fleet with the exception of Mardi Gras, the specialty dining restaurant Cucina Del Capitano will not be open for dinner. In addition, the Chefs Table will not be available. Cucina will still be available for lunch on sea days as normal so you will still be able to get those fantastic pasta bowls. You will also be able to get some of the menu items from Cucina in the main dining room.
Also, the Diamond and Platinum Parties will be suspended but Diamond Guest will get a $50 OBC and Platinum and Diamond Guest will get two drink vouchers. All of this is temprary and expected to only last through June 30, 2022.
Having an all inclusive experience on a cruise has been a desire of many cruisers and Princess has added an option to get closer. Princess has created the new Premier Amenity Package.
Since July cruise lines have been returning back to service, some slow and others rather quick. This week, Princess returns three ships to service. The Island, Royal and Crown Princess.
In the news this week, Carnival reveals new details about Celebration, Discovery Princess is Christened and NCL Prima steps up the spa.
This past month I sailed on Carnival Cruise Lines brand new ship, Mardi Gras. I thought I would bring you five tips for sailing on Mardi Gras to make your cruise even better.
Cruise News this week includes the end to the mask mandate, cruise ships back in Australia and Celebrity shuffles some ships.
In the news this week, Canada opens back up, Carnival raises prices and Royal Caribbean announces the name of a new ship.
In the news this week, new itineraries from Princess, Carnival and return to Grand Cayman.
As we move into spring, more and more destinations are lifting restrictions. The only state in the US to have a vaccine requirement to enter is Hawaii but no more.
I have sailed in interior, ocean view and balcony staterooms but by far the best way to cruise for me is the balcony. Being someone who likes to be outside on a cruise, its a no brainer. What other reasons are there to have a balcony stateroom?
We all know about frequent flyer miles and hotel points but did you know you can earn points and amenities while sailing on cruises. Well you can and Royal Caribbean has the Crown & Anchor Society where you can earn points towards different levels.
I have a passion for travel and believe travel is about experiences. Experiences create memories and are the stories we tell to friends and family - even with a little fudging on the facts.