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Cruise Pulse: 4 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 9-15

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Royal Caribbean International | Michael Isenbek | January 17, 2016

Cruise Pulse: 4 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 9-15

Photo by Jason Leppert

Royal Caribbean International is about to unveil Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship. And along with this grand debut comes the vessel’s prodigious entertainment and activities lineup. There will a plethora of Broadway and water-based shows, some taking place in the “AquaTheatre” where performers will perform acrobatics off a 30-foot diving platform. And that’s just scratching the surface, click to find out more.

MSC Cruises is partnering with Samsung to bring the latest high-tech gadgetry to the company’s next generation of vessels. Not only will Samsung be providing such passenger amenities as in-cabin flat screen HDTVs, and virtual reality and 360-degree experiences, but equipment for onboard medical centers as well. Click to find out the other tech solutions MSC is receiving.

The cruise cocktail — along with a lounge chair, it’s a true sign that you’ve left the normal world behind. Usually that mixed drink is an old favorite, but Holland America Line wants to offer guests a bit more. The cruise company has hired 2015 James Beard Who’s Who Inductee and Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff to mastermind a custom cocktail menu, and the selections should be available fleet-wide by spring. Click for a preview of DeGroff’s creations.

Disney Cruise Line’s first “Star Wars” Day at Sea is in the books, and boy was it a doozy. TravelPulse’s cruise guru Jason Leppert was on hand for the festivities, and saw Disney Fantasy become filled with storm troopers and iconic characters from the movie series. “Padawans” (kids) got to engage in a light saber duel with Darth Vader, then enjoy a “Han Solo frozen in carbonite” sundae. Click to find out all the details about this “Star Wars” superfan’s dream.


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