Today at a ceremony in Freeport, officials with Carnival Cruise Line and the Bahamian government signed an agreement to build a record-breaking cruise port on Grand Bahama Island. This port will be the largest purpose-built cruise facility ever built in The Bahamas and will be funded and operated by Carnival Cruise Line. While the exact location has not yet been announced, it will include a one-mile stretch of beach, food, beverage and shopping outlets, an array of water-based amenities and other recreational facilities. Importantly, the port will also feature a pier capable of accommodating two of Carnival’s largest cruise ships simultaneously and can expect to see up to 1 million guests a year... Read more about Carnival Cruise Line Signs on to Build Largest Cruise Port in the Bahamas on Grand Bahama Island
In our last update Oceania Sirena was just arriving in New Caledonia. Since then the ship (and Billy's parents) have enjoyed Isle of Pines, New Caledonia as well as Suva, Fiji. We've not talked to them in a couple days but have a few pictures to share. Looking at the colors leaves us selfishly looking forward to their return so we can see some higher quality photos of their journey. One thing you'll note down below are a couple snorkel pics - be sure to read about why they're special. Oh, and there will be a small dose of mind control in this post - you'll see... Read more about Photo Update From Suva, Fiji & Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
Frequent readers may have heard me gushing about Oceania before, a cruise line that, while not inexpensive, offers a tremendous value and a cruising experience that will leave most thinking they've reached the proverbial top of the mountain. One of their ships that we've been lucky enough to sail on is Oceania Regatta, and recently, we went back on board for a brief visit. Let's look at a little Oceania history, the ship's amenities, and wrap it up by discussing the combination of factors that put the 30k gross ton Oceania Regatta on Billy's list of favorite ships. Read more about Oceania Regatta - A Small Ship with a Big Draw and One of Our Favorites
Today Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, parent company to Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises had their first quarter earnings call, and in case your wondering, it seemed good news for shareholders. For cruisers there earnings calls don't generally offer much, so there wasn't any huge news, but interestingly, most non-financial comments were about onboard technology and Celebrity Edge... Read more about Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd Speaks Excitedly About Celebrity Edge and Royal Caribbean Tech
Inspired by her mission and advances in furthering girl’s education, Celebrity has named 19-year old Nobel Laureate and U.N. Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai as the Godmother of their newest ship, Celebrity Edge, debuting late in 2018. In addition, the Miami-based cruise line announced a two-year partnership with the Malala Fund, an organization whose mission is to secure 12 years of safe, free quality education for every girl.
Click through to read more information and get our take... Read more about Malala Yousafzai Tapped as Celebrity Edge Godmother
As mentioned in the previous post my parents have embarked on a 17 night sailing through the Southern Pacific on the Oceania Sirena. Recently they enjoyed a sea day before arriving just hours ago in the French territory of New Caledonia. Below I've shared just a couple photos, though napping the library, as beautiful as it is, doesn't make for amazing photojournalism, so we'll keep today's update short and look forward to more tomorrow. Oh, plus you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for a post on another Oceania ship coming out in the next day or so, which means we didn't want to show too much here... Read more about Checking in on Oceania Sirena (and Billy's Parents) in the Southern Pacific
Often we're fortunate enough to bring you photos and video first hand, but we all have to live some adventures through others. For the next several weeks we'll bring you small updates from the South Pacific as my parents enjoy a 17 night sailing on the beautiful Oceania Sirena.... Read more about Kia ora (greetings) from Tauranga, New Zealand!