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Cruise Pulse: 5 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Michael Isenbek | February 07, 2016

Cruise Pulse: 5 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Photo courtesy of Azamara Club Cruises

When is the best time to buy a cruise? There’s actually no simple answer for this, but bear in mind a cruise booking is not set in stone, and a money-saving promotion may come along that you can take advantage of if you book far in advance. Of course, this is a great question to ask a travel agent. Click for further insights.

Ever wanted to be a cruise ship performer? Well here’s your chance. Germany-based Carnival brand AIDA Cruises brand will be conducting worldwide auditions, aiming to hire 570 entertainers needed for the 24 stages on its 10 cruise ships. Click to find out the dates and requirements.

Savvy cruisers, slash those Royal Caribbean-affiliated ticket costs while you can, because now there’s a cutoff date. CEO Richard Fain has announced that no new discounts will be allowed within 30 days of sailing on Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises voyages. Click to find out why this rule was instituted and for potential exceptions.

Azamara Journey is the first Azamara Club Cruises ship to complete a bow-to-stern revamp — staterooms, restaurants, common sections and more have all been spruced up. "There is no area on the ship that has not been touched," cruise line CEO Larry Pimentel declared. Click for specifics.

River cruising is soaring in popularity, and millennials have a lot to do with this trend. As TravelPulse cruise guru (and card-carrying millennial) Jason Leppert found out by talking to some top river cruising companies, his generation is drawn to the shorter, more active itineraries along with family-friendly offerings. Click to find out more.


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