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NCL to Create the First Go-Kart Track at Sea: 4 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Apr. 8-14

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Michael Isenbek | April 17, 2016

NCL to Create the First Go-Kart Track at Sea: 4 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Apr. 8-14

Rendering courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

We’ve officially seen it all: Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Joy, a vessel tailored for the Chinese market, will feature the world’s first go-kart track at sea. The 833-foot-long two-level track will fill out the mid deck and stretch the length of over two football fields. Ten karts will race at a time, with a starting speed of 15 miles per hour. Click for more on this innovative feature.

The usual port-of-call custom is a day sightseeing, then returning to the vessel. Royal Caribbean International has altered that format for certain sailings with an overnight tour option — multi-night cultural immersion at destinations around the world, then cruisers catch up with the ship at the next port. Click to find out where Royal Caribbean will be conducting this program.

With spring season in full swing, a number of leading cruise lines are offering sales. These savings are for sailings as far away as Christmas and New Year’s and prices are being slashed as much as 50 percent. Click to check out these deals.

Galapagos luxury cruising has arrived. Ecoventura recently launched MV Origin, a new premium mega-yacht that plies the waters of this natural wonder — and the vessel is emphatically green to boot. TravelPulse interviewed Ecoventura’s executive president Santiago Dunn for insights on this new vessel and the Galapagos cruise scene in general. Click to give it a read.


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