Cruise News – July 4, 2014
See the World with Silversea
Silversea Cruises’ World Cruise 2016 will be a 115-day sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Venice, aboard the 382-passenger Silver Whisper. Embarking January 5, 2016, the luxury ship will do a westward path through the Panama Canal to South America and the Pacific, then sail on to India, Arabia and the Med.
Altogether the ship will visit 51 destinations in 31 countries on six continents. Included are 13 multi-day port calls. “Worldlies” will visit Easter Island, Bora Bora, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam’s Halong Bay, Bali, Phuket, Myanmar and Muscat, among other places.
Complimentary events for those who do the whole shebang include a chartered jet flight to the Taj Mahal, a masked ball in Venice and lunch on a chartered island in Sydney Harbor. Perks include business class air, $4,000 per suite in onboard spending credit, plus free internet and laundry. Fares are from $59,950 per person.
Seabourn Hosts Steve Wozniak
Talk technology and innovation with Steve Wozniak while cruising Australia and New Zealand on Seabourn Odyssey.
The Apple Computer co-founder (with the late Steven Jobs) will be on board the 450-passenger luxury ship, sailing from Sydney to Auckland on a 16-day holiday itinerary, embarking December 21.
Wozniak will lecture, do Q&As and otherwise mingle with guests as part of the Seabourn Conversations program. Fares are from $7,999 per person.
Carnival Gets Showy
Cruise on the just-renovated Carnival Freedom to see Carnival Cruise Lines’ four new production shows – all featuring cutting-edge technology including towering LED screens and live performances.
Created by Playlist Productions, the shows include “80s Pop to the Max,” a tribute to 1980s music (including Duran Duran) complete with spandex and big hair, and “88 Keys: The Rock n’ Roll Piano Show,” featuring the music of Billy Joel, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis (among others).
The lineup also includes an R&B and soul show focusing on romantic tunes and a show influenced by the beach movies of the 1960s, complete with 3D special effects to create an island scene.
You can also catch the shows on Carnival Pride, beginning with that ship’s November 30 sailing, and they will be added to the lineup on additional ships in 2015.
- When the brand new “Space-Ships” Scenic Opal and Scenic Jasper join the Scenic Cruises river ship fleet next year, they will bring some new features including a dual-pool setup. One side of the split pool on the sun deck will be reserved for those who just want to relax in heated water. The other side will have a water stream so passengers can swim against the tide for exercise…
- If you had your heart set on attending Holy Ship! 2015 let’s hope you acted fast. The music festival earlier this week announced an expansion to two Bahamas cruises next year, both on MSC Divina. Both immediately sold out (the organizers even had to close the waiting list). The line-up includes headliners Knife Party, Pretty Lights, Flume and Boys Noize on the January 3-6 sailing, and Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, Baauer and DJ Snake on the February 18-21 cruise…
- Oenophiles can wax poetic about varietals while learning some Pacific Northwest history aboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ 88-passenger S.S. Legacy. The ship will do four wine-themed cruises on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in 2015. The round-trip cruises from Portland in August and September will visit nine wineries, along with historic sites. There will be wine presentations shipboard, too.
— Fran Golden