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Onboard Fathom’s First Cruise: 5 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Apr. 15-21

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

Onboard Fathom’s First Cruise: 5 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Apr. 15-21

Photo by Barry Kaufman

After a Coast Guard inspection hiccup canceled what was supposed to be the inaugural cruise, Fathom and the good ship Adonia set sail for the Dominican Republic — and TravelPulse Managing Editor Barry Kaufman was onboard. In this first of several dispatches, Barry concentrates on the ship itself and how the line manifests “youthful energy, a socially conscious ethos and a fresh perspective on cruising,” as he puts it.

When something goes really wrong on the cruise, it tends to make front-page news, and even though the odds are quite heavily in favor of a picture-perfect experience, some customers remain nervous. So here is where travel agent experience and know-how comes into play — they know exactly how to allay fear of harrowing bad weather, norovirus or other boogeymen. Click to hear from some of these savvy agents.

The mighty Panama Canal, pathway between the Atlantic and Pacific will soon be opening its third set of locks. After nine years and numerous delays, all but the absolute largest cruise ships will be able to make the passage. Click for an infographic on the expansion and videos.

MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line will both be debuting private island getaways in the Caribbean. MSC’s Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, located in the Bahamas near Bimini, is opening December 2017 and NCL’s Harvest Caye, off Belize, is opening this November. Click to find out what amenities will be offered to cruise passengers on these isles.

Cruise vacation demand is growing in leaps and bounds — and major lines have commissioned a staggering number of vessels to accommodate the uptick through 2026. Click to see the full list of orders, which will be keeping shipyards around the world quite busy way into the next decade.


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