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Celestyal Cruises Brings US Citizens to Cuba: 5 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Feb. 5-11

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Michael Isenbek | February 14, 2016

Celestyal Cruises Brings US Citizens to Cuba: 5 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Feb. 5-11

It’s official: U.S. citizens can sail on a Celestyal Cruises ship to Cuba — and enjoy quite an extensive itinerary in the Caribbean destination at that. The visit is categorized as part of a cultural exchange program, so it is 100 authorized by the U.S. government. Click to find out what is offered on the eight-day sailing.

The Cayman Islands government just authorized construction on a brand-new $150 million cruise ship port — but they don’t intend to pay for it out of government coffers. According to Moses Kirkconnell, the nation’s tourism minister, the cruise lines will be footing the bill. Preliminary reports say Carnival Corp. will be a key financial player. Click to find out more.

In concert with its "Come Back New" brand marketing campaign, Princess Cruises has debuted new livery and hull art on the soon-to-be-sailing Majestic Princess — a design that will be implemented fleetwide in the next few years. The company’s famed “Seawitch” logo is front-and-center on the bow in this revamp, large enough to be recognized from afar. Click for more on this redesign.

Royal Caribbean International’s Liberty of the Seas is back, returning to its home port of Galveston, Texas after a month-long dry-dock with an impressive array of waterslides (previewing the upcoming Harmony of the Seas offerings), new dining options and more. Click for the details.

Emerald Waterways’ Emerald Belle just suffered a significantly damaging blaze while being constructed at Den Breejen Shipyard in the Netherlands — but shipyard fires are nothing new, and while lives might not be in danger, investments, contracts and the very name of the half-completed ship could be at risk. Click for some historical perspective.


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