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Cruise Pulse: 5 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 16-22

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Michael Isenbek | January 24, 2016

Cruise Pulse: 5 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 16-22

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The highly anticipated MS Koningsdam will conduct its inaugural sailings later this year, and to get cruisers excited, Holland America has been releasing “Countdown to Koningsdam” videos. Each highlights interesting aspects of the vessel, and this latest is about the unique World Stage entertainment venue. Click to view the video, and to find out what’s new with other Holland America ships in 2016.

Well, it’s a definite climate change. Seattle-based Clipper Navigation, Inc., a travel and tour company specializing in Pacific Northwest/Canadian southwest journeys, has just been purchased by Germany-based ferry and shipping company Forde Reederei Seetouristik. And the company wants to start using the newly-acquired ships for a Cuba-Florida ferry route — once it gets government approval, of course. Click for details.

Hot on the heels of its $250 million Norwegian NEXT fleet refurbishment, Norwegian Cruise Line is introducing a $400 million Norwegian Edge enhancement program — which aims to improve guest experience in a process that will take place through 2017. Refurbished dining venues and revamped menus are a major aspect of this program. Click to find out more.

Now that Regent Seven Seas Cruises has the “world’s most luxurious cruise ship” in Seven Seas Explorer, the company aims to elevate its other ships to that level with a $125 million renovation program. According to president and COO Jason Montague, “every single suite and public space” in the whole fleet will be given the same opulence as Explorer. Click to find out details of the plan.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Un-Cruise Adventures, and the premium expedition cruise line is celebrating with new destinations, special sailings, perks and free cruise giveaways for agents. Click to see what’s in store for the company and guests in 2016.


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