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Ship to sail a Southern Hemisphere route including west coast of Africa

On January 4, 2014, Holland America Line’s ms AMSTERDAM will depart Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on an epic 113-day round-trip journey around the world that will touch the shores of 38 ports across five continents. Rather than taking a traditional course, the Amsterdam will cross the equator four times on the 2014 Grand World Voyage and sail a route that deeply explores the Southern Hemisphere.

For guests who want to take part in this annual tradition but have less time on their hands, eight segments ranging in length from 20 to 86 days are available from departure ports along the route. Seven overnight calls, evening theme balls, local entertainment brought on board and a host of other highlights ensure every segment is exciting and memorable.

“When it comes to a dream vacation, our Grand World Voyage is as special as you can get due to its length, number of ports and exotic destinations, and our 2014 voyage is no exception,” said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. “Every year we like to change the Grand World Voyage itinerary so each journey is one of a kind and features calls that offer some of the most sought-after sights and experiences in the world.”

Following AMSTERDAM’s departure from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the ship will take a westerly course from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean via a daylight transit of the Panama Canal. Two full overnights at Callao, Peru, enable guests to take an overland tour to Machu Picchu, also known as the Lost City of the Incas and one of the most breathtaking sites in the world.

Easter Island remains on the “must see” list of every avid traveler for its remote location and eerie moai sculptures, and guests on this voyage will get to visit it and Pitcairn Island before an overnight call at Papeete, French Polynesia. AMSTERDAM’s guests will explore six more ports in the South Pacific before heading Down Under to Australia.

For the 2014 Grand World Voyage, AMSTERDAM sails up the east coast of Australia following an overnight call at Sydney. Extra time in one of the most popular ports on the journey allows for an evening at the famed Sydney Opera House, the opportunity to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge or an overland tour to Ayers Rock . The ship also calls at Brisbane and Yorkeys Knob (Cairns), Australia.

Two calls at Papua New Guinea, lead the way to Yap Island, Micronesia, which features lush greenery, beautiful beaches and a diverse marine life including the fascinating giant manta ray. The ship then calls at Cebu and Manila, Philippines, before an anticipated arrival at Hong Kong, China, where guests will have an overnight visit to take in the bustling markets, historic sites and vibrant culture.

Blending Asian traditions with a pristine western cityscape, next guests will have an overnight call at Singapore to get to know the bustling city. This call also acts as the departure point for an overland tour to Cambodia and Angkor Wat, one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia.

The ship continues its westerly course to Phuket, Thailand, and Colombo, Sri Lanka, before heading south and calling at the stunning island port of Victoria, Mahe, in the Seychelles. An overnight call at this picture-perfect paradise allows for time to relax on the beaches and wander through the colorful Victoria Botanical Gardens.

AMSTERDAM’s African exploration continues with calls at Port Louis, Mauritus, and La Possession, Reunion, before spending time at two South African ports. Guests will have the opportunity to visit Durban—the largest city in South Africa—before an overnight call at Cape Town, one of the most iconic cities in the world. The ship then makes its way up the west coast of Africa with calls at Walvis Bay, Namibia, which touches the edge of the Namib Desert; the remote island of Jamestown, Saint Helena, where Napoleon Bonaparte spent his last days; Georgetown, Ascension Island, with its historic World War II connection and 44 volcano craters; Banjul, Gambia, where a camel safari, canoe adventure and the Abuko Nature Reserve await, and finally Dakar, Senegal, one of west Africa’s largest cities and home to a newly completed African Renaissance Monument.

Following a call at Mindelo, Cape Verde, nearly 400 miles off the coast of Africa, AMSTERDAM sets a course for the Caribbean on the final leg of the Grand World Voyage. Guests will have three days on the tropical islands of Barbados, Dominica and St. Maarten before concluding the journey at Fort Lauderdale.

A Grand Onboard Experience
Sailing on Holland America Line’s Grand World Voyage is a cruise experience unlike any other. Onboard amenities are elevated to the highest degree. The finest service is always nearby, with nearly one crewmember for every two guests and many of them Grand Voyage veterans. A different dining experience is offered every day, with the opportunity to enjoy a variety of exquisite food and fine wine from around the world, including regional specialties that highlight the ports of call. Entertainment features local cultural and folkloric shows, special guest headliners, illuminating speakers and many other festive events and galas.

Reservations are now open for Amsterdam’s 2014 Grand World Voyage, and early-booking bonus amenities for full Grand World Voyage guests who book by May 31, 2013, include prepaid hotel service charges, shipboard credit, luggage delivery service and a complimentary shore excursion or event for select stateroom categories.

Guests booking a segment of the Grand World Voyage by May 31, 2013, in select categories of staterooms and suites receive a shipboard credit that varies depending on category.

The Grand World Voyage is available to book for the full cruise or in segments starting at 20 days. Cruise fares are per person, double occupancy. Rates start at $USD19,999 for AMSTERDAM’s 113-day Grand World Voyage departing January4; $USD6,499 for the 37-day segment sailing Fort Lauderdale to Sydney departing January 4; $USD10,699 for the 57-day segment sailing Fort Lauderdale to Hong Kong departing January 4; $USD15,999 for the 86-day segment sailing Fort Lauderdale to Cape Town departing January 4; $USD3,899 for the 20-day segment sailing Sydney to Hong Kong departing February 11; $USD9,999 for the 49-day segment sailing Sydney to Cape Town departing February 11; $USD5,999 for the 29-day segment sailing Hong Kong to Cape Town departing March 3; $10,499 for the 56-day segment sailing Hong Kong to Fort Lauderdale departing March 3, and $USD4,799 for the 27-day segment sailing Cape Town to Fort Lauderdale departing April 1.

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Add CARIBBEAN PRINCESS to the growing number of ships being deployed next year to the Caribbean during the summer months.

Princess Cruises said it will operate the ship from Fort Lauderdale in 2014, the first time in four years Princess has sailed in the Caribbean from May to September.

The 3,600 passenger ship will offer three-, four-, five- and seven-day eastern and western Caribbean itineraries. This summer it is sailing in the Mediterranean.

Other ships sailing the Caribbean from South Florida in the summer next year include NORWEGIAN GETAWAY, MSC DIVINA and CARNIVAL CONQUEST as well as the two Royal Caribbean Oasis-class ships, which also sail from Fort Lauderdale.

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Celebrity Cruises has announced another set of guest-inspired, destination-rich, modern luxury holidays for the 2014-15 season.

Opened yesterday with “Priority Access” and exclusive offers for members of Celebrity’s Captain’s Club loyalty programme are Celebrity Cruises’ 2014-15 Caribbean getaways.

Six ships will provide guests with Celebrity Cruises’ modern luxury ambience, on a collection of itineraries visiting 25 destinations in 19 countries. Every Celebrity Cruises ship in the region will feature the cruise line’s popular, spa-inspired AquaClass accommodations, whose guests enjoy exclusive access to the speciality restaurant, Blu, and complimentary access to the Persian Garden and Relaxation Room in the AquaSpa.

From Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Celebrity Cruises will have the youngest fleet of ships presenting seven-night itineraries, and an incredible variety for guests to choose from, with 4-, 5-, 7-, 10-, 11- and 14-night Caribbean holidays.

  • Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, CELEBRITY REFLECTION—with its all-glass shower in the luxurious Reflection Suite, along with entirely new AquaClass Suites and Signature Suites—will offer 7-night Eastern Caribbean sailings roundtrip from Miami on Saturdays from November 2014 through to April 2015, with visits to some of the region’s most popular ports: San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas and St. Maarten.
  • CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE—the first ship to present the interactive Lawn Club Grill—will present alternating 7-night Western and Eastern Caribbean itineraries every Sunday from Fort Lauderdale from November 2014 through to April 2015. The Western Caribbean itinerary will visit Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Falmouth, Jamaica, and the company’s private island destination of Labadee. The Eastern Caribbean itinerary will visit San Juan, St. Kitts and St. Maarten.
  • CELEBRITY SUMMIT will return to San Juan for her seventh consecutive season of 7-night Caribbean itineraries from October 2014 through April 2015, visiting marquee ports in the Eastern Caribbean, as well as the exotic islands of Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada and St. Lucia.
  • CELEBRITY EQUINOX will return to South Florida to offer Ultimate Caribbean itineraries for a sixth consecutive season. The ship’s 10-night itinerary will visit destinations in both the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, including Barbados and Dominica, which typically cannot be reached from South Florida on shorter itineraries. The ship’s 11-night itinerary will feature unique destinations in the South Western Caribbean, including Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama.
  • CELEBRITY ECLIPSE will continue to present 14-night Exotic Southern Caribbean sailings, and will transition to departures from Miami on Sundays beginning in November 2014. The ship will return to Kralendijk, Bonaire, and also will visit Aruba and Curacao.
  • CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION will return to South Florida in November 2014 to present the perfect modern luxury getaways for consumers with limited holiday time—short Caribbean itineraries through to April 2015. The ship’s five-night sailings in the Western Caribbean will visit Key West and Cozumel, while the four-night itineraries will visit Nassau, Bahamas and Key West, Florida.

To further enhance guests’ destination experience, every Celebrity Cruises ship beginning in 2014 will offer the services of a Destination Concierge, whose in-depth knowledge of the ports of call on every itinerary will allow the expert to guide guests through every aspect of their adventures on land, or to create special excursions tailored precisely for their preferences.

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Celebrity Cruises will offer cruises to Bonaire over the winter of 2014-15 after skipping the destination this coming winter.

The line says the 2,852-passenger CELEBRITY ECLIPSE will sail 14-night “Exotic Southern Caribbean” voyages out of Miami starting in November 2014 that include stops in Kralendijk, Bonaire as well as the nearby islands of Aruba and Curacao.

The departure port of Miami also is a change for the ship, which has been offering 14-night winter sailings to the Southern Caribbean out of Fort Lauderdale.

Celebrity will have six ships in all in the Caribbean for the winter of 2014-15—the same number as this coming winter.

In another switch for the line, the 2,034-passenger CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION will sail to the Caribbean out of Fort Lauderdale for the 2014-15 season instead of Miami.

The CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION will offer five-night Western Caribbean voyages from November 2014 through April 2015 that feature stops in Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico. The ship also will sail a four-night itinerary that includes stops in Nassau, Bahamas and Key West.

Celebrity’s plans for the winter of 2014-15 in the Caribbean also include:

  • The 3,046-passenger CELEBRITY REFLECTION sailing seven-night Eastern Caribbean voyages out of Miami.
  • The 2,886-passenger CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE sailing alternating seven-night Western and Eastern Caribbean itineraries out of Fort Lauderdale.
  • The 2,158-passenger CELEBRITY SUMMIT operating seven-night Caribbean itineraries out of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • The 2,850-passenger CELEBRITY EQUINOX offering 10- and 11-night Caribbean itineraries out of Fort Lauderdale.

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Royal Caribbean announced today that it was sending its famous OASIS of the SEAS cruise ship to operate in Europe for a short autumn season in 2014.

OASIS of the SEAS will offer two trans-Atlantic crossings where passengers will be able to experience an exclusive preview of the Quantum-class experience and join in special programs that will amplify the Oasis-class experience. A 12-night eastbound cruise from the ship’s homeport of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Barcelona departs September 1, 2014 and a 13-night westbound cruise will return OASIS of the SEAS to Port Everglades from Rotterdam on October 14. Vacationers also can embark the westbound trans-Atlantic cruise at Southampton on October 15.

Once in Europe, OASIS of the SEAS will offer a choice of three European sailings. Guests can choose among two roundtrip sailings on a five-night Western Mediterranean itinerary from Barcelona, and a seven-night Spain itinerary sailing from Barcelona to Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where OASIS of the SEAS will enter drydock in Képpel Verolme shipyard for routine maintenance. Additionally, a two-night Bahamas cruise departing on August 30 and a five-night Western Caribbean cruise departing on October 27, both roundtrip from Port Everglades, will bookend OASIS of the SEAS’ short 2014 Europe season.

OASIS of the SEAS’ 2014 Europe season will go on sale on April 11, 2013.

“Nothing can compare to the Oasis-class vacation experience, a testament to Royal Caribbean’s more than 40 years of innovation,” said Lisa Bauer, executive vice president of Global Sales and Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. “Now vacationers can combine Europe’s rich cultures and history with the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship for a regional experience that can only be found on Royal Caribbean. And for those who have always wanted more time to enjoy the myriad activities on OASIS of the SEAS, our two trans-Atlantic cruises will offer more than enough time to do everything on board, as well as some surprises along the way.”

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Includes REGAL PRINCESS Inaugural Cruise in the Mediterranean

Princess Cruises opened its 2014 Europe cruise season for sale, including the debut of the new REGAL PRINCESS which will set sail on its inaugural cruise in June from Venice. In total, five ships—including the line’s two newest vessels—will sail on a variety of cruise itineraries throughout the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.

A sister ship to the upcoming ROYAL PRINCESS, REGAL PRINCESS, will debut on June 2, 2014 with a seven-day inaugural voyage from Venice to Barcelona—including calls in Kotor (Montenegro), Rome, Florence/Pisa, and Toulon (France, for Provence). The ship will then sail on a 10-day Mediterranean & Aegean cruise, followed by a season of Princess’ signature Grand Mediterranean cruises, with two itinerary choices.

Other highlights of the season include ROYAL PRINCESS sailing on the line’s popular Scandinavia & Russia cruises, featuring two days in the dramatic city of St. Petersburg; more sailings than ever before to the British Isles aboard RUBY PRINCESS and OCEAN PRINCESS; and a variety of seven-day Interlude sailings in the Mediterranean aboard the intimate OCEAN PRINCESS.

“With REGAL PRINCESS’ debut we will have our two newest and largest vessels sailing on our most popular routes in Europe,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “Throughout the season, whether passengers want to explore the diverse cultures and expansive history of the Mediterranean, visit the favorite ports of the Baltic Sea on a Scandinavia and Russia voyage, or conveniently circle the British Isles, they can do so in an environment of a relaxing retreat aboard one of our ships.”

The 2014 Europe program features five ships sailing on 94 departures on 48 itineraries to more than 120 destinations:

  • REGAL PRINCESS will debut with Princess’ signature 12-day Grand Mediterranean itinerary between Venice and Barcelona, with two itinerary options.
  • ROYAL PRINCESS will sail for the first time on the line’s popular 11-day Scandinavia & Russia cruises, featuring two days in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • RUBY PRINCESS will be based in Southampton for 12-day British Isles cruises as well as one North Cape & Summer Solstice cruise.
  • EMERALD PRINCESS will also be based in Southampton for sailings to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and the Canary Islands.
  • Small ship OCEAN PRINCESS will feature cruises to both Northern Europe and the Mediterranean including eight-day British Isles cruises, a series of seven-day interlude sailings in the Mediterranean, and new Black Sea and Holy Land voyages, all of which can be combined for a longer voyage.

Mediterranean – Passengers wanting to visit the best of the Mediterranean now have a choice of two itinerary options on the line’s signature 12-day Grand Mediterranean cruises aboard REGAL PRINCESS—both feature an overnight stay in Venice, plus calls in Rome, Florence/Pisa, Naples (for Capri & Pompeii), Athens, Mykonos, Kusadasi (for Ephesus) and Toulon (for Provence). One version of the cruise features a call at the intriguing Turkish port of Istanbul and the other calling at medieval Dubrovnik, Croatia. Additional options in the Mediterranean include seven-day Interlude voyages aboard the intimate OCEAN PRINCESS, 11-day sailings to the Holy Land or Black Sea on OCEAN PRINCESS, and 14-day Mediterranean Medley cruises from Southampton aboard EMERALD PRINCESS.

Scandinavia & Russia – Princess’ 2-Day Experience in St. Petersburg – featuring two full days and an overnight stay in the Russian city—will now be is offered on three different Baltic itineraries—ROYAL PRINCESS on an 11-day itinerary from Copenhagen, EMERALD PRINCESS with a 14-day Baltic Heritage route from Southampton and Ocean Princess with a 14-day Scandinavia & Russia collection cruise from Dover.

British Isles – Princess will offer more departures on British Isles sailings than ever before with two itinerary options—a 12-day route on RUBY PRINCESS from Southampton and an eight-day option from Dover aboard OCEAN PRINCESS. Five departures will include the option to see the famed Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Iceland & Norway – Several options will take passengers to the northern reaches with a 16-day Land of the Midnight Sun cruise and a 14-day Iceland & Norway journey both aboard the intimate OCEAN PRINCESS, as well as a 12-day North Cape & Summer Solstice cruise on RUBY PRINCESS. Two fall transatlantic voyages also feature calls in Iceland—ROYAL PRINCESS will sail from Copenhagen to New York on a 17-day Iceland & British Isles Explorer cruise, and RUBY PRINCESS will offer a 15-day Iceland & Norway Explorer cruise from Southampton to New York.

Transatlantic Voyages – In addition, passengers can enjoy a variety of other itineraries that travel across the Atlantic in spring and fall, including a 17-day Maiden Passage cruise on REGAL PRINCESS from Venice to Ft. Lauderdale. ROYAL PRINCESS will sail from Ft. Lauderdale to Copenhagen in spring on a 15-day Northern Europe Passage. EMERALD PRINCESS will offer a 15-day British Isles Passage from Ft. Lauderdale to Southampton and a 17-day Western Europe Passage from Southampton to Houston. RUBY PRINCESS sails on a 14-day Western Europe Passage from Ft. Lauderdale to Southampton. OCEAN PRINCESS ends its extended Europe season with an 18-day Renaissance Passage from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale.

New Ports: Maiden calls for the season include Alta, Norway; Salerno, Italy; and Jersey, Channel Islands.

Cruisetours: Princess also offers a selection of European cruisetours which combine certain sailings with a fully-escorted land tour, including a new Paris and the French Countryside vacation option. Passengers can also choose to explore Ireland’s Ring of Kerry; the imperial treasures in Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Berlin; or the remarkable Swiss Alps and Lake Como.

REGAL PRINCESS and sister ship ROYAL PRINCESS are new-generation ships for Princess Cruises. Among the special features found on board the 3,600-passenger vessels will be a greatly expanded atrium, the social hub of the ship; a dramatic over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending more than 28 feet beyond the edge of the vessel; plush private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on the water; the new Princess Live! television studio; a pastry shop; a special Chef’s Table Lumiere, a private dining experience that surrounds diners in a curtain of light; and balconies on all outside staterooms.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237) (North America), or by visiting the company’s website at http://www.princess.com.


See also: Princess Cruises launch 2014 European Programme



Limited Offer – Book by Wednesday, March 13, 2013 and get $50 Shipboard Credit

For one-week only, MSC Cruises offers a special “Deals to Sea,” featuring a complimentary VIP autograph session with some of baseball’s greatest players and a shipboard credit of $50 per balcony stateroom on MSC POESIA’s “Colors of the Caribbean” sailing, departing April 6, 2013.

MSC Cruises baseball-themed sailings have been some of the most popular offerings on the line’s Caribbean cruises for several years. “Baseball Greats” Caribbean cruises offer complimentary guest/player activities, including a player-hosted trivia game, a question-and-answer session, a guest pitching contest, and a lively story-telling session.  And the highlight, a complimentary autograph session with the players.  Guests booking during this one-week “Deals to Sea” promotion will be invited to a private VIP autograph session.

During this session, they will rub elbows with Randy Hundley (Cubs All-Star Gold Glove catcher), Jack Billingham (All-Star pitcher with Cincinnati), Ellis Valentine (All-Star, Gold Glove outfielder who played with Expos, Mets, Rangers, and Angels), and Stan Bahnsen (American League Rookie-of-the-Year for NY Yankees).

The Colors of the Caribbean itinerary sails roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, FL visiting, St. John’s, Antigua; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Freeport, Bahamas and features three days at sea.

Fares start from $399 per person for an interior stateroom, $649 for an oceanview stateroom and $679 for a balcony stateroom.  Guests choosing a balcony stateroom (category 6 or higher) will also enjoy a shipboard credit of $50 per stateroom.

All rates are per person, double occupancy; government fees and taxes of $72.41 are additional for each sailing guest.

To take advantage of this limited time offer, contact your preferred travel advisor or MSC Cruises at 1.877.665.4655 and ask for the special “Deals to Sea” promotion.  For those interested in booking online, visit www.msccruisesusa.com, pick a sailing date, and select “Deals to Sea” from the “choose your promotion” drop-down menu.

For more information about MSC Cruises, visit us online at www.msccruisesusa.com, call 1-877-655-4655 (North America), or contact your local travel professional.

Rates in US Dollars ($USD).

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One of the world’s newest and most luxurious ships SEABOURN QUEST has made a romantic maiden visit to Brisbane today with passengers spending Valentine’s Day exploring south-east Queensland.

The $USD300 million SEABOURN QUEST features the most exclusive all-suite accommodation available at sea, with top-of-the-range suites including a private solarium. The ship also offers the largest spa at sea on any luxury vessel, a 1060-square metre indoor/outdoor facility over two decks, providing the ultimate pampering experience with stunning ocean views.

Famous for its highly personalised service, Seabourn is known as the “caviar of cruising”. Carrying only 450 guests, the 32,000-tonne SEABOURN QUEST provides nearly one crew member for every guest, including concierges eager to respond to any request, from in-port shopping tips to creating the ultimate shore excursion and masseurs who offer complimentary poolside massages.

To mark the romantic visit, an array of floral arrangements plus more than 500 roses, including 350 red roses, were delivered to the ship by a Brisbane wholesaler this morning. Each female guest will receive a Valentine’s Day rose at dinner.

Seabourn Director of Sales Australia Tony Archbold said the cruise line sent two of its newest ships down under this season to cater for the growing interest in luxury cruising.

Arriving at the Brisbane Cruise Terminal from Noumea, SEABOURN QUEST is in the middle of a 116-day world voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Venice. The ship will sail this afternoon for Sydney before cruising back into Queensland waters and calling at Hamilton Island, Townsville, Cairns and Thursday Island on its way to Asia.

In addition to SEABOURN QUEST’s call today, sister ship SEABOURN ODYSSEY will make her second visit to Brisbane on March 1, 2013, before heading north to Asia following a summer season in Pacific waters.

“With its beautiful coastline and great activities, Queensland is a very popular destination amongst our passengers so we’re thrilled to be making so many calls to Queensland ports this summer,” Mr Archbold said.

SEABOURN QUEST passengers were offered a range of shore excursions in Brisbane including:

  • A 4×4 adventure through Gold Coast hinterland and Tamborine Mountain including lunch on a private property, a visit to a local winery to taste fine Australian wines and a sightseeing drive through the city
  • A visit to Australia Zoo and the charming village of Montville
  • A panoramic drive through historic Brisbane, to Mt Cootha lookout and a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • An insight into Brisbane’s Aboriginal heritage with a visit to a local Aboriginal tribe to learn about traditional song and dance and tribal fire-starting.

Launched in June 2011, SEABOURN QUEST boasts 225 luxurious and spacious suites, 90 per cent with private verandas, and features four dining venues, six bars and lounges and a host of other amenities including two swimming pools, six whirlpools, boutiques and a unique marina with an array of watersports.



  • Second daily nonstop flights between San Francisco and both Fort Lauderdale and Austin set to begin May 21, 2013

JetBlue Airways has announced plans to add a second daily nonstop flight between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), as well as a second daily summer seasonal flight to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), effective May 21, 2013.

JetBlue’s new service comes on the heels of recent increased coast-to-coast flights, including:

  • A second daily flight between Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles (LAX), which took to the skies on January 7, 2013
  • A second daily flight between Boston’s Logan (BOS) and San Diego International Airport (SAN) starting May 1, 2013
  • A third flight between Boston and Seattle (SEA) starting May 16, 2013

“We’re pleased to give customers more options to enjoy the JetBlue Experience with double the service from San Francisco to Austin and Fort Lauderdale,” said JetBlue’s Vice President Network Planning and Partnerships Scott Laurence. “With first checked bag free, lots of room to stretch out, and the best service in the skies, we’re confident that customers will love flying with us for the long haul.”

JetBlue’s schedule between San Francisco and Fort Lauderdale:

San Francisco (SFO) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL):

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to San Francisco (SFO):






22:56 *


13:34 *


07:44 (next day)



Flights operate daily effective May 21, 2013
* New service
All times local

JetBlue’s schedule between San Francisco and Austin:

San Francisco (SFO) to Austin (AUS):

Austin (AUS) to San Francisco (SFO):










05:00 (next day) *


22:54 *

Flights operate daily effective May 21 through September 2, 2013
* New service
All times local

JetBlue’s flights between San Francisco and Fort Lauderdale as well as Austin will be operated with its comfortable Airbus A320 fleet and award-winning service featuring convenient, assigned seating; a first-checked bag free (a); complimentary and unlimited name brand snacks and drinks; comfy leather seats; more than 100 channels of free TV and radio on personal seatback screens (b); and more legroom than any other carrier in coach (c).

(a) First free bag subject to weight and size limits and exceptions for itineraries including fights marketed or operated by other airlines.
(b) On flights outside the contiguous 48 states where live satellite TV and radio programming is not available, complimentary movies are offered.
(c) JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach, based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines.

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Royal Caribbean International is offering a complimentary Premium Beverage Package for two to those who book a balcony or higher-category stateroom aboard four select trans-Atlantic cruises in April by February 15.

Eligible sailings are NAVIGATOR of the SEAS’ 15-night crossing from New Orleans to Rome departing April 6; INDEPENDENCE of the SEAS’ 13-night cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Southampton, U.K., on April 7; BRILLIANCE of the SEAS’ 11-night sailing from San Juan to Lisbon on April 13; and ADVENTURE of the SEAS’ 14-night voyage from San Juan to Southampton on April 21

The complimentary Premium Beverage Package is only available for the first two guests in a booking. The Premium Beverage Package includes house wines, beers under $USD6.25 each, fountain sodas, and well, call and premium brands of liquors and frozen drinks at restaurants, bars and lounges when open. The offer does not apply to group bookings.

Travel Pulse


Princess Cruises has added several new Exotics cruise options in spring 2014, giving passengers additional vacation choices in the popular destinations of South America and the South Pacific. Options include a new South America grand adventure aboard CROWN PRINCESS—the first such voyage for the vessel.

In addition, PACIFIC PRINCESS will add new departures of the line’s signature Tahiti & French Polynesia cruises plus additional Hawaii and South Pacific voyages.

During CROWN PRINCESS’ South America debut, passengers can enjoy highlights such as an overnight call in vibrant Rio de Janeiro during the city’s famous Carnaval celebrations, sailing around legendary Cape Horn, an optional overland tour to the dramatic Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, and Princess’ first call to Ilhabela (“beautiful island”) an island that lives up to its name with lovely beaches and natural beauty.

The new 49-day voyage travels from Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles, sailing first to Brazil, then around Cape Horn along the Chilean Fjords and up the Pacific coast. Shorter segments of 16- to 33-days are also available.

To add more of the line’s signature Tahiti & French Polynesia voyages, PACIFIC PRINCESS will move to the South Pacific to offer three additional departures of this popular 10-day itinerary.

The ship will also offer new departures of a 16-day New Zealand & South Pacific sailing from Sydney to Tahiti; a 12-day Hawaii & Tahiti sailing from Tahiti to Honolulu, and a 10-day Hawaiian Islands crossing from Honolulu ending in Vancouver, British Columbia. Many voyages can be linked for a Grand Adventure of 22 to 26 days.

“South America and the South Pacific have been among our most popular cruises recently, so these new voyages offer wonderful additional opportunities for passengers to explore the natural beauty and colorful cultures of these destinations,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “Whether passengers want to meet a penguin or learn to hula, these cruises offers a great way to find the experience of a lifetime.”

The new Exotics sailings include:

  • 49-day South America Grand Adventure – Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles
    Featuring an overnight stay in Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval and Princess’ maiden call to Brazil’s Ilhabela, this adventure also starts off with calls in St Thomas, St Kitts, Barbados, Trinidad, and Recife. After an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the cruise then sails around the famed Cape Horn at the tip of South America and features scenic cruising of the Chilean Fjords, plus calls in Montevideo, the Falkland Islands (Port Stanley), Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Punta Arenas (Chile) and Puerto Montt. While traversing South America’s Pacific coast, this voyage offers the opportunity to take an overland tour to the famed Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, plus port calls including La Serena (Coquimbo), Pisco (San Martin), Lima (Callao), Puntarenas (Costa Rica), San Juan Del Sur (Nicaragua), and Puerto Vallarta.
    Departs February 15, 2014 on CROWN PRINCESS
  • 10-day Tahiti & Polynesia – Roundtrip Papeete
    One of Princess’ classic voyages, featuring an overnight in Papeete, Tahiti, plus visits to the idyllic isles of Huahine, Rangiroa, Raiatea, Bora Bora (for a two-day call), and Moorea.
    Departures on March 12, March 24, April 1, 2014 aboard PACIFIC PRINCESS
  • 16-day New Zealand & South Pacific – Sydney to Papeete
    From Sydney, the ship heads for three calls in New Zealand – Tauranga, Auckland, and Bay Of Islands. After crossing the International Date Line, passengers can relax in paradise with visits to Pago Pago, Bora Bora, and Moorea, before arriving in Tahiti.
    Departs February 25, 2014 on PACIFIC PRINCESS
  • 12-day Hawaii and Tahiti – Papeete to Honolulu
    The Polynesian paradises of Tahiti and Hawaii will enchant passengers on this cruise featuring calls in Moorea, Bora Bora, Hilo, Kona, Maui (Lahaina), and Kauai (Nawiliwili)
    Departs April 11, 2014 on PACIFIC PRINCESS
  • 10-day Hawaiian Islands – Honolulu to Vancouver
    Passengers can revel in visits to Kauai (Nawiliwili), Kona, and Hilo before heading across the Pacific for relaxing time at sea on the way to British Columbia.
    Departs April 23, 2014 on PACIFIC PRINCESS

PACIFIC PRINCESS’ 2014 World Cruise will be cancelled to allow for these new sailings; however the first segment of the cruise departing January 20, 2014 will remain available for purchase.

The 35-day sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to Sydney will feature a transit of the Panama Canal, calls to Ecuador, Peru, Easter Island, French Polynesia and New Zealand before arriving in Sydney on February 25, 2014.

CROWN PRINCESS’ previously scheduled Caribbean cruises from February 15 to April 26, 2014 have been cancelled to allow for the new South America voyage. Passengers on the rescheduled sailings are being notified and assisted with finding alternate cruise options.

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  • Daily nonstop flights between Fort Lauderdale and San Jose set to begin June 27, 2013 (a)
  • Sale fares as low as $129 one-way from Fort Lauderdale available for bookings today through January 19, 2013 at www.jetblue.com/new for travel between June 27 and August 8, 2013 (b)

JetBlue Airways has announced plans to add daily nonstop flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica, effective June 27, 2013 (a). Flights are available today at www.jetblue.com/new for as low as $129 one way from Fort Lauderdale to San Jose for travel between June 27 and August 8, 2013. Blackout dates apply (b).

The Costa Rican Minister of Tourism, Allan Flores , joined JetBlue officials in making this announcement earlier today in a press conference at the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) in San Jose.

At the press conference in Costa Rica, Jeff Goodell , JetBlue’s Vice President of Government Affairs, commented: “As the Costa Rican community discovers JetBlue, complete with its ample legroom, free movies on the back of every seat, free snacks and beverages, as well as prized service, we’ve been able to grow and continue our solid trajectory in the country. Thanks to this we’re proud today to add the third JetBlue route in Costa Rica.”

“We begin the new year with this important piece of news which reiterates our clear airline attraction policy, which we’ve pushed hard, focusing our efforts in getting closer to the main tourism outbound markets. This new offer on JetBlue’s behalf materializes the negotiations done to Costa Rica’s benefit,” added Tourism Minister Allan Flores .

JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale and San Jose:

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) toSan Jose (SJO): San Jose (SJO) toFort Lauderdale (FLL):
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
9:45 am – 10:39 am 1:00 pm – 6:09 pm
Flights operate daily effective June 27, 2013 (a)
All times local

JetBlue’s flights between Fort Lauderdale and San Jose will be operated with its comfortable Airbus A320 fleet and award-winning service featuring convenient, assigned seating; a first-checked bag free (c); complimentary and unlimited name brand snacks and drinks; comfy leather seats; free first-run movies on seatback televisions (d); and more legroom than any other carrier in coach (e).

With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information call 1-800-538-2583 (TTY/TDD 1-800-336-5530), 0800-012-1666 if located in Costa Rica, or visit www.jetblue.com.

(a) Subject to receipt of government operating authority.
(b) Fare includes government taxes/fees and must be purchased by January 19, 2013 (the earlier of 11:59 PM ET or local) for flights between Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) and San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) between June 27, 2013 and August 8, 2013. Fare valid on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only. 14-day advance purchase required. Flight operation subject to receipt of government operating authority; fare may be higher on segments from San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) due to higher government taxes/fees. Fare is subject to availability; may not be available on all flights; may change without notice; must be purchased at time of reservation; and is one-way, nonstop, nonrefundable and nontransferable. Reservations made one week or more prior to a flight’s scheduled departure may be canceled without penalty up to 24 hours after the reservation is made. First checked bag is free (weight and size limits and exceptions for itineraries including flights marketed or operated by other airlines apply). Fare does not include fees for oversized/overweight/extra baggage or other fees for products/services sold separately. To view baggage fees and other optional services and fees, click here. $20 fee per person applies to fares (not Award flights) purchased by phone or at an airport or ticket office. Cancellations/changes must be made prior to scheduled departure (otherwise all money for fare is forfeited); $100 change/cancel fee per person will apply, and for changes, there may be a fare adjustment. Cancellations receive JetBlue travel credit, valid for one year. Proper documentation required for boarding. Other restrictions apply.
(b) Free first bag subject to weight and size limits and exceptions for itineraries including flights marketed or operated by other airlines.
(c) Baggage weight and size limits apply.
(d) On flights outside the contiguous 48 states where live satellite TV and radio programming is not available, complimentary movies are offered.
(e) JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach, based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines.

Rates in US Dollars ($USD).

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Balcony Stateroom for the Price of an Oceanview Starting at $369 on Array of European and Caribbean Cruises

MSC Cruises is kicking off the 2013 “Wave Season” with complimentary balcony upgrades across the MSC fleet, featuring an exciting array of itineraries and destinations. For as low as $82 per day, per person (including dining and entertainment), MSC guests will relish in the best vistas available of the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Caribbean from the lavish comfort of their very own balcony.

Through March 31, 2013, cruise aficionados can take advantage of MSC’s “Move Up in the World” promotion and enjoy a balcony stateroom for the price of an oceanview. Available as part of the cruise industry’s traditional “Wave Season”, examples of sailings include:

  • 3-night Caribbean cruises, starting at $369 per person
  • 5-night Mediterranean cruises, starting at $499 per person
  • 7-night Caribbean cruises, start at $679 per person
  • 7-night Mediterranean cruises, start at $599 per person
  • 7-night Northern European cruises, starting at $849 per person

Travelers taking advantage of this special offer will enjoy MSC’s renowned Mediterranean style, elegant and pristine décor, cosmopolitan flare, delicious Mediterranean cuisine and highly acclaimed world-class entertainment.

The “Move Up in the World” promotion is available on 11 of MSC’s 12-ship fleet with more than 200 different departure dates for European, Mediterranean and Caribbean cruises and a vast selection of itineraries and departure ports.

Samples of just some of the available sailings include:

Travelers can choose from several alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises, visiting ports, such as Cozumel, Mexico, Roatan Island, Honduras, Saint Maarten, St. John’s, Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Georgetown, Cayman Islands and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

  • MSC POESIA sails 7 nights from Fort Lauderdale on February 9, 16, 23, March 9, 30 and April 6, 2013. Rates start at $679.
  • The newly launched MSC DIVINA sails for the first time from Miami, beginning Fall 2013 through April 2014. 7-night sailings start at $749 and 3-night sailings start at $369.


  • Fall in love with the Mediterranean on board the MSC DIVINA, sailing 7 nights from Venice with ports of call in Bari, Italy, Katakolon (Olympia), Greece, Izmir (Ephesus), Istanbul, Turkey and Dubrovnik, Croatia. Sailing March through October with rates starting at $669.
  • For a late Fall and Winter Mediterranean experience, the MSC FANTASIA sails 11 nights from Genoa, calling on Katakolon, Greece, Alexandria, Egypt, Haifa, Israel, Piraeus, Athens and Civitavecchia, Rome. November 25, December 6, 2013 and January 8, 19, 30, 2014 sailings start at $899.
  • Western Mediterranean cruises onboard the MSC SPLENDIDA. Sail 7 nights from Barcelona, Spain with calls on La Goulette, Tunisia, Palermo, Sicily, Civitavecchia, Rome, Genoa, Italy and Marseille, France. November 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16, 2013 sailings start at $649.
  • Scheduled to debut in March 2013, MSC’s newest ship, the MSC PREZIOSA sails from Barcelona, Spain, calling on Marseilles, France, Genoa, Naples, Messina, Italy and La Goulette, Tunisia. Sailing March through November with fares from $599 for 7 nights.

Northern Europe:

  • Sail through Scandinavia for 7-nights on MSC OPERA from Southampton, calling at Ijmuiden, Amsterdam, Flaam, Stavanger and Oslo, Norway. May through September fares start at $849.

**Prices are per person and vary by sail date. Government fees and taxes are additional and vary by ships and sailing dates.

Consumers can book by phone by contacting their preferred travel advisor or MSC Cruises at 1.877.665.4655 (North America) and asking for the special “Wave Season 2013” promotion. For those interested in booking online, visit www.msccruisesusa.com, pick a sailing date, and select “Wave Season 2013” from the “choose your promotion” drop-down menu.

Prices are in US Dollars ($USD).




Looking at pack and go? MSC Cruises has an amazing deal on a cruise for early April 2013 with the second person paying only $1 plus port charges.

Each week MSC Cruises will present one cruise sailing between 4 and 6 weeks of booking date where the second person pays just $1 plus port charges (Port charges for this week’s deal are $AUD175pp and $NZD210pp).

This hot offer is for the 6 April 2013 seven-night cruise from Fort Lauderdale aboard MSC POESIA, with prices starting at a bargain $AUD885 for an inside cabin, $AUD985 for an ocean view cabin and $AUD1085 for a balcony cabin.

When you take the cabin rate for 2 people over the 7 nights works out to be a low $AUD56, $NZD72 per person per day! This is unbelievable value!

The seven-night cruise ex Port Everglades visits: St. John’s (Antigua & Barbuda), San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Nassau (Bahamas) before returning to Port Everglades.

This Cruise of the Week offer is valid to book online, through a travel agent or by phoning 1300 028 502 (Australia) or 0508 4278 473 (New Zealand), but it will only be available from 3pm AEST on Tuesday, December 18, until 10am AEST on Thursday, December 20, 2012.

AUD $709 $809 $909 $1 + port charges
NZD $929 $1,059 $1,189 $1 + port charges

*Port charges for this week’s deal are AUD $175pp and NZD $210pp. Balcony suites not available on this offer.

AUD $885 $985 $1,085
NZD $1,140 $1,270 $1,400

Children 17 and under just pay port charges. Single surcharges apply.

*Terms and Conditions: Offer valid for new bookings only and valid on specified departure and valid for twin share only. Offer must be paid in full between the hours of 3pm Tuesday 18th December and 10am Thursday 20th December. 1st Person prices by category are from prices only and subject to availability.

MSC Cruises


California-based Carrier’s Codeshare Offers a Seamless Experience for Singapore Airlines Flyers

Virgin America has that Singapore Airlines (SQ) will codeshare on select Virgin America flights. This new agreement, only the second international codeshare agreement for California-based Virgin America, offers seamless booking using the Singapore Airlines code (SQ) on a single ticket for guests traveling between Asia and multiple Virgin America destinations in the U.S. including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago (ORD), Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, Seattle and Washington DC (IAD).  Singapore Airlines operates non-stop flights between the US and Toyko, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore and Frankfurt.  Virgin America’s recent move to a new reservations system allowed the carrier to initiate new codeshare alliances and significantly expand its roster of interline partnerships.

Codeshare flights are on sale now and the first travel date is December 18. The move will allow Singapore Airlines travelers to have more options when connecting in the U.S. The partnership is a true quality alliance as Singapore Airlines is routinely named one of the top international carriers for its high levels of guest service and Virgin America has been named the Best Domestic Airline by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure Magazine, and Zagat and has swept other major travel awards every year since its launch in 2007.

“This agreement enables us to offer guests a seamless, award-winning travel experience across continents and significantly expand connection options in North America for Singapore Airlines’ savvy travelers,” said John MacLeod, Virgin America’s senior vice president for planning and sales. “The partnership with one of the world’s leading airlines is a testament to the quality of our product, and we’re happy to welcome aboard Singapore Airlines guests in time for the holiday travel season.”

“We are pleased to announce this important partnership with Virgin America which extends our network even further within the United States,” said Singapore Airlines Acting Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Chin Yau Seng. “The United States is an important market for Singapore Airlines and through this partnership we can offer our customers more travel options to more destinations.”

Beginning today, flights can be booked through all the major Global Distribution Systems (GDS) for travel beginning December 18 (U.S.).

Known for beautifully-designed cabins and unparalleled in-flight entertainment, Virgin America has swept the travel awards since its 2007 launch. The airline has taken top honors as “Best U.S. Airline” in both Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards for the past five consecutive years.  Virgin America’s mood-lit, custom-designed new aircraft feature standard power outlets near every seat, Gogo™ In-flight Internet on every flight and Red™—the most advanced entertainment system in the U.S. In addition to a Main Cabin that offers leather seats with a deeper, more comfortable pitch, Virgin America’s First Class features international-grade amenities, including plush white leather seats with 55 inches of pitch and lumbar massagers. The carrier’s premium cabin option, Main Cabin Select, offers 38-inches of seat pitch, complimentary food and cocktails, an all-access pass to entertainment options, dedicated overhead bin space, one free checked bag and priority check-in and boarding. Earlier this year, Virgin America rolled out enhancements to its Elevate frequent flyer program—including Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver status levels that offer perks such as:  priority check-in, security clearance and boarding; points earning bonuses; free checked bag allowances; enhanced digital/social rewards; private discounts; an expanded advance purchase upgrade window for the airline’s exclusive eight-seat First Class; complimentary space-available upgrades to the carrier’s premium Main Cabin Select service; and complimentary access to the best seat assignments within Main Cabin.

In addition to the new Singapore Airlines agreement, Virgin America has codeshare agreements with Virgin Australia and Hawaiian Airlines and interline agreements with China Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand, Emirates, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, South African Airways, El Al, Qantas, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Pacific, Japan Airlines, SATA, Thai Airways and Air China. For more, please visit: www.virginamerica.com/travel/virgin-partners.html

Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. (IAD), Seattle, Las Vegas San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas Fort-Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs (seasonally), Philadelphia, Portland and Washington D.C.’s Reagan National (DCA).

Singapore Airlines currently operates 45 flights per week to five points in the United States, namely Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, New York and San Francisco.

PR Newswire


Record year pushes Port Canaveral into No. 2 spot

As Port Everglades prepares to host a grand re-opening event Wednesday showing off a $USD54 million renovation and modernization of four cruise terminals, officials are taking another number in stride: three.

That’s the spot the port now holds among the world’s busiest cruise ports, down from No. 2, despite a slight uptick in multiday cruise passengers over a yearlong period ending Sept. 30,

The Fort Lauderdale seaport was outpaced by Port Canaveral, which had a record 3.76 million multiday cruisers in the 2012 fiscal year—up 21 percent from 2011, according to recent data from the Brevard County port.

That compares to 3.69 million multiday cruisers at Port Everglades for the same period, versus 3.66 million in 2011. PortMiami is still considered the world’s busiest cruise port, with about 4 million cruise passengers annually.

“Florida has the three busiest cruise ports in the world, and our numbers are all fairly close,” said Steven Cernak, chief executive and port director for the Broward County seaport. “It is hard to be upset about an upward trend.”

Among the year’s highlights for Port Canaveral were the arrival of the new 4,000-passenger DISNEY FANTASY in March, which joined its sister-ship DISNEY DREAM, and the opening its new $USD65 million Cruise Terminal 6 facility in September.

“As we attract more cruise and cargo business and develop Port Canaveral into a destination, our community reaps the benefits of the increased jobs and business opportunities,” Canaveral Port Authority Chairman Bruce Deardoff said in a statement.

Statewide, the cruise industry generated $USD6.7 billion in economic impact from direct spending in 2011, according to a recent Cruise Lines International Association study. And Port Canaveral is the fastest growing Florida cruise port and has the largest fleet of year round ships currently sailing from there.

The Brevard County port—home to select Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line ships—is attracting more attention from some operators, industry specialists say.

“Port Canaveral has picked up steam with the addition of another Carnival ship, but their fleet is primarily made up of ships sailing three, four and five-night cruises,” said Stewart Chiron, CEO of Miami-based CruiseGuy.com. “They, unlike Port Everglades and Miami, get a lot of weekly traffic from New York area and Baltimore-based cruise ships, which puts them over the top.”

Despite Port Everglades’ slip in ranking, its number of multiday passengers has grown nearly 60 percent in the past decade, port officials said. And it’s expected to climb gradually to more than 5 million by 2029, according to the port’s current 20-year master plan.

The port also anticipates accommodating more, higher-capacity cruise ships within the next five years after lengthening an existing cruise berth by 250 feet and renovating the adjacent Terminal 4.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

See also: Port Canaveral now world’s second-busiest cruise port