Cruise Travel Planning

Royal Caribbean Introduces New “Royal Suite Class” Experience

 A new kind of suite on Royal Caribbean By the Caribbean Journal staff Royal Caribbean has unveiled its newest experience: the “Royal Suite Class.” The program includes special suites and amenities, from the inclusion of a “Royal Gene” certified by …

Norwegian Epic Is Returning to the Caribbean Next Year

 NCL announces homeport change By the Caribbean Journal staff Norwegian Epic will be returning to Florida in November 2016 after more than a year in Europe, NCL announced. The ship will become the line’s largest ship to homeport from Port …

Carnival Launching Longer-Length Cruises

 A new way to sail with Carnival By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Carnival Cruise Line has launched Carnival Journeys, a series of nine- to 15-day voyages that will sail this fall to many of the Caribbean’s less-traveled ports. The collection of …

LATEST NEWS

 Major growth for sector in twin-island republic By the Caribbean Journal staff Trinidad and Tobago is reporting significant growth in cruise tourism, according to data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. The country received 44,949 cruise passengers in the first six …

 ETRO comes to Crystal By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Crystal Cruises is partnering with ETRO Spa products to provide guests with a variety of exclusive amenities and treatments, both in their own staterooms and penthouses and in the Crystal Spa and …

 The Rum Renaissance Caribbean Rum Cruise set for November 15 sailing By the Caribbean Journal staff It’s the dream for any rum lover: cruising around the Caribbean, visiting rum distilleries and sipping aged spirits. But it’s not a dream, thanks …

 Second time for the Mexican Caribbean destination By Dana NilandCJ Contributor The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Conference and Trade Show will take place this year in Cozumel for the second time, bringing with it the potential for a significant economic boost. …

 By Dana NilandCJ Contributor The British Virgin Island Ports Authority says it expects “substantial completion” in its Cruise Pier Development Project by Oct. 31. The company announced the date in a release this week, citing cooperation and support from partner …

 Above: the MV Adonia By Alexander Britell MIAMI — Carnival Corporation is heading to Cuba. The cruise ship giant will become the first US-based cruise line to sail to Cuba, following approval by the US Department of the Treasury and …

  Above: Havana By the Cuba Journal staff A major cruise line is adding a new homeport in Havana. MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately-owned global cruise line, will begin homeporting its MSC Opera in Havana in December. The 2,120-guest-ship …

 Above: a Crystal Cruises ship By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Crystal Cruises has unveiled a new itinerary for the upcoming winter season. Crystal Cruises is inviting passengers to “give thanks” on its new ultra-luxury voyages debuting this Thanksgiving. The new Caribbean …

 Above: Pointe a Pitre By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Guadeloupe is reporting strong growth in its cruise sector. The French Department’s Pointe a Pitre port is home to three Costa Cruises ships, and just celebrated 20 years of strong partnership with …

 Above: Richard Branson at a ceremony in Miami this week By the Caribbean Journal staff Virgin Cruises is a go. Sir Richard Branson’s cruise brand launch is now official, with plans to begin sailing out of PortMiami in 2020, he …

 Above: the new “World Class Bar” on Celebrity By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Celebrity Cruises has partnered with Diageo Global Travel Americas to launch an the first permanent “World Class Bar” on its ships. The bar will feature “luxurious, interactive drink …

 Above: Carnival Magic By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Carnival Cruise Line has announced two deployment changes intended to bolster its position in the homeports of Galveston, Texas and Port Canaveral, Fla. The repositioning is effective in 2016; Carnival Magic will shift …

 Above: Fort de France (CJ Photo) By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Martinique’s cruise passenger arrivals have increased 631 percent since 2010, and its efforts to strengthen the cruise sector continue to grow. The Martinique Tourism Authority hosted a delegation of Florida-Caribbean …

 Above: Allure of the Seas By the Caribbean Journal staff Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas cruise ship has completed an 18-day drydock revitalization, the company said. The project included the addition of three new restaurants (there are now 18 …

 Above: Tobago (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Tobago is looking to step up its competitiveness in the cruise ship market, according to Oscar Brathwaite, administrator of the island’s division of tourism and transportation. While the island’s location to …