When Disney Cruise Line launched its Alaska cruises in 2011, the family market took notice. Suddenly there were kids doing the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that had before been geared mostly toward adults.
Back for a fourth year in the 49th state, Disney is still surprising travelers as it further establishes Alaska on the must-do family cruise map.
This year, Disney Wonder will do a three-month season, round-trip from Vancouver, giving passengers opportunity to explore the Canadian city along with calving glaciers (in Tracy Arm), and the wildlife and cultural heritage of Alaska.
For the 2014 season, most ports of call include at least one tour with distinctive Disney aspects.
Disney characters make appearances, for instance, during an excursion to a Klondike Gold Rush Trail camp in Skagway, where passengers also get to hear tall tales from a cast of miners and dance hall girls.
Just in time for spring break, you’ll find cruise lines going after the family market big time. The major enticement? Kids cruise free!
Bring the kids along on a Royal Caribbean International cruise departing between May 1 and December 15, 2014, and they can share your cabin for free (as 3rd and 4th passengers). The Kids Sail Free offer applies to cruises booked by March 31, sailing in the Bahamas, Caribbean, Europe, and Australia, on most of the line's ships (excluded is Quantum of the Seas, which debuts in November, and Grandeur of the Seas). Included are the fun-filled Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas where, in addition to extensive kids programming, older kids can enjoy such attractions as a zip line, FlowRider surf simulator, and rock-climbing wall; little ones will want to ride the merry-go-round; and the whole family can go ice-skating. If you don't bring the kids, you can share your cabin with 3rd and 4th guests who still sail free — so bring some friends!
Word from the Middle East has Virgin Group's Sir Richard Branson seeking $1.7 billion to start a cruise line. This is not the first time the billionaire entrepreneur has looked at the idea of a Virgin cruises operation. Rumors that Branson might start a cruise line have circulated off and on for the past dozen years.
This time around, according to The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, Branson is looking to tap deep-pocketed Arabian Gulf investors for assistance.
What sort of cruise line does Branson envision? He told the newspaper he plans "a very different kind of cruise company."
Cruisers may soon be going "Crazy on You," or at least will have the opportunity to rock out to the music of Heart – and other top women artists – at the Grammy Festival at Sea: Women Who Rock cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl.
The 4-day Bahamas cruise in November will also feature performances by Shawn Colvin, Estelle, Skylar Grey, Emmylou Harris, and the Indigo Girls. All have been nominated for or have received Grammy Awards.
Additional women artists are expected to join the lineup in coming months.
Passengers on Crystal Cruises' 2015 World Cruise, the luxury line's 20th annual world sailing, shouldn't have any difficulty finding a shore excursion to their liking.
Some 350 Crystal Adventures are in the offing for those on the 108-day “Silver Celebration” cruise, which embarks Miami on January 25, 2015.
Yes, the shore excursion planners at Crystal have been on overdrive – more than 40 of the excursions are new.
Passengers aboard Crystal Serenity will circumnavigate the globe, visiting 44 ports in 23 countries on an itinerary that includes Central and South America, the South Pacific, Australia/New Zealand, Africa and the Caribbean.
Along the way, there will be opportunity for 17 Overland Adventures including a visit to Machu Picchu, an expedition in the Galapagos and "glamping" in Africa.