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Ponant to Set Sail With U.S. Citizens to Cuba: 5 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Apr. 1-7

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Michael Isenbek | April 10, 2016

Ponant to Set Sail With U.S. Citizens to Cuba: 5 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Apr. 1-7

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Ponant has joined the ranks of cruise lines that are bringing U.S. citizens on sailings to Cuba. Starting in 2017, Le Ponant, the line’s 64-guest sailing yacht will be embarking on “People-to-People Cultural Exchange” voyages where passengers will learn about the nation’s history and culture, from Cuban experts and local citizens, artists, professionals and civic leaders. Click for details.

Norwegian Cruise Line will be hosting a comic-con at sea with the first Wizard World Cruise, sailing in early December 2016 to Nassau, Bahamas. A host of fantasy/sci-fi VIPs will be on hand, including Norman Reedus from “The Walking Dead,” Ernie Hudson from “Ghostbusters,” Barry Bostwick from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” plus a number of notable artists and animators. Click for more information.

Major cruise lines have embraced craft beer en masse, with extensive menus and sommelier-like expertise. Generic lagers have been replaced by such niche names as ThirstyFrog Red and Rogue Chocolate Stout. Click for a list of the best lines for craft brew nirvana, along with a preview of their offerings.

Smartphones are becoming an essential tool for passengers to get the most out of a cruise along with their usual functions. Here are some vital tips for using the phone at sea, that will maximize usage and minimize cost. Or you could just disconnect…

MSC Cruises is looking into the future with the signing of a letter of intent to build up to four World-class ships with an option to construct as many as 11, taking the company’s shipbuilding ambitions far into the 2020s. In addition to provided a grand experience for passengers from stem to stern, the ships will be powered by environmentally friendly liquefied natural gas. Click for more information on the World-class vessels.


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