New cruises, new ports – Cruise News – Dec. 12, 2014

New cruises, new ports
Several cruise lines announce upcoming itinerary offerings

Cruise News – Dec. 12, 2014

Celebrity to call Abu Dhabi home

As part of its 2016–17 Asia program, Celebrity Cruises will homeport Celebrity Constellation in Abu Dhabi from late November 2016 into January 2017.

The Millennium-class ship will sail a series of 9- to 15-day cruises in the Arabian Gulf. Some of the sailings will visit four ports in India, along with overnights in Muscat, Khasab (Oman), and Dubai.



Carnival adds longer cruises, new port

Set sail on 10- to 14-day cruises on select Carnival Cruise Lines ships between October 2015 and February 2016. Eleven new voyages will explore the Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexican Riviera, and the Bahamas, embarking from Long Beach, Port Canaveral, San Juan, Miami, or New Orleans.

Carnival officials said guests and travel agents provided feedback that they wanted longer cruises — the new ones are in addition to nine longer voyages previously announced on Carnival Triumph from Galveston and Carnival Pride from Baltimore in 2015–16.

Less-populated ports are the focus of the longer itineraries, including Tobago, to be visited for the first time by a Carnival ship (Carnival Sunshine) in winter 2016. Several of the 10- and 11-day itineraries can be combined for those looking for a three-week Caribbean adventure.




Norwegian Escape to sail 6- and 8-day cruises

When Norwegian Escape debuts with cruises from Miami next fall, the new ship will sail 7-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries year-round. But in summer 2016, the ship will shake things up with the debut of a series of 8-day Eastern Caribbean and 6-day Western Caribbean cruises (the itineraries can be combined to make a 14-day sailing).

In other deployment news, Norwegian Gem is going to homeport in San Juan, seasonally, beginning in October 2016.



Azamara adds new voyages and ports in 2017 lineup

Azamara Club Cruises ships in 2017 will introduce new voyages including “Australia to Asia,” “Southern California to South Beach,” and “Pearls Along the Indian Ocean.”

Together, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest will visit 203 ports in 68 countries on 65 voyages, officials said. Maiden calls include Kaikoura, New Zealand; Mahe, Seychelles; Yucatan, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman.

Meanwhile, the destination-immersive line is preparing to launch a new program next year aimed at foodies: Cruise Global, Eat Local, provides guests opportunity to dine at restaurants featuring local fare at each port of call (without the hassle of having to find the places themselves).



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