Mariner of the Seas Will Join Royal Caribbean’s Miami Fleet in 2018

Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas will home port in Miami beginning in June of 2018. Prior to making the shift, Mariner of the Seas, which has most recently been cruising in the Pacific, will enter dry dock for an extensive revitalization. Details regarding the ship’s renovations have not been released, but the Royal Caribbean website speaks of a “Tropical Transformation” with “splashy” new features, a new selection of dining options, and a few surprises.

Once the Mariner of the Seas is part of the Miami fleet, her specialty will be short get-aways to the Bahamas. The ship’s schedule for 2018 & 2019 consists of 3-night cruises to the Bahamas (Friday departures) and 4-night cruises to the Bahamas (Monday departures).  Continue reading

Norwegian Sky 4-Night Cruises to Cuba & the Bahamas

Norwegian Cruise Line has extended their schedule of 4-Night Cuba cruises with weekly Monday departures through December of this year.  The first Norwegian Sky cruise to Cuba from Miami departs May 1, 2017. All of the cruises, through December, are available for booking now. See prices at CruiseDirect.

The four-night voyages include an overnight stay in Havana, Cuba and a stop at Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas).  The stay in Cuba includes opportunities for passengers to participate in “people-to-people” cultural exchanges, which are a requirement placed on the cruises by United States regulations governing travel to Cuba. Continue reading

NCL Plans Upgrades to Their Private Island Experiences

caribbean-beachNorwegian Cruise Line is making plans for improvements to the line’s privately-owned destinations including the development of a resort-style experience at Harvest Caye, in Belize. This private island port of call feature an exclusive beach with a lagoon for water sports, a large pool, and private cabanas.

Improvements are also planned for the line’s private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay. NCL hasn’t announced details of what they have in store for Great Stirrup Cay, but private spaces, luxury relaxation areas, multiple food and beverage outlets and interactive activities have been hinted at in NCL press releases. The Great Stirrup Cay improvements are expected to debut by spring of 2017. Continue reading