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Celebrity Cruises & BravoTV.com Launch Video Series, "Isaac Takes On" - Features “Top Chef” Star Chef Isaac Toups

Just announced, "Top Chef's" Isaac Toupe will be featured on a new video series as he competes against tastemakers in a wide variety of culinary challenges while sailing the Caribbean on Celebrity Cruises.  Viewers will catch appearances from the beautiful Celebrity Reflection and its team as well as Celebrity's own Michelin-starred chef, Cornelius Gallagher.  Isaac's challenges vary from whipping up world-class omelets, creating specialty cocktails, to tacking Mofongo, a traditional Puerto Rican dish.

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Norwegian signs multi-year partnership to with inflight entertainment company to bring next-gen experience to ships

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has penned a multi-year strategic partnership with Global Eagle, maker of in-flight entertainment systems.  This agreement will bring enhanced internet and entertainment services to Norwegian Cruise Line's fleet of 14 ships.  This is slated to include tiered plans for Wi-Fi, messaging services, and video.  In the future, guests will be able to access an integrated portal from their own smartphones and tablets, which will allow access to live and on-demand TV programming, movies, and more.  Further, the systems being put in place by Global Eagle will allow for dynamic adjusting on bandwidth for each ship based on demand.  This comes only a week after announcing Read more about Norwegian signs multi-year partnership to with inflight entertainment company to bring next-gen experience to ships

RCCL Signs Deal With Port Everglades - Customized Rennovations of Terminal 25

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'X' (Celebrity) Marks The Spot @ Terminal 25

Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd (parent company to Celebrity Cruises) and Port Everglades have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) providing the framework for a long term deal between the two entities.  This agreement includes customized renovation of Port Everglades' Terminal 25 by October 31, 2018.  Standard polish, or "Edge Terminal"?  Read more about RCCL Signs Deal With Port Everglades - Customized Rennovations of Terminal 25

The New Celebrity Edge - "Designed to leave the future behind"

celebrity edge magic carpetToday in South Florida, Celebrity Cruises Chairman Richard Fain and President & CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo shared details of the 117,000 GT Celebrity Edge.  From an elevating cantilever bar to Infinite Verandahs and her own tenders, "Edge Launches", everything on this ship seems to have been designed to look out to the water. This ship looks like it will really be something special.  Now, while we go book a cruise on Edge, take a look below at just some of what she'll have to offer next year (be sure to check the gallery at the bottom) and look forward to more updates soon.

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Hidden or unexpected fees on cruises. What is not included in your cruise fare?

Almost anyone who has cruised before will tout the value of cruising when compared to land vacations.  Most cruises include your meals, entertainment, transportation (to various ports of call), and your accommodations.  Nevertheless cruises are a big expense, so it's important to know about any expenses that aren't immediately apparent. Read more about Hidden or unexpected fees on cruises. What is not included in your cruise fare?

NCL Rolls Out New "Freestyle Choice Plans" For Onboard Internet

ncl's internet plansNorwegian Cruise Lines is brining new internet pricing models to the Escape and Getaway, and likely to the rest of the fleet in the coming months.  The new "Freestyle Choice" plans allow for unlimited rather than metered use.  Last year NCL announced a deal with Global Eagle Entertainment which promised to quadruple internet speeds across the NCL, Oceania, and Regent fleets. Read more about NCL Rolls Out New "Freestyle Choice Plans" For Onboard Internet

CruiseHabit Ric's Quick Tip: How to leave a tip when you have a drink package or dining package

zero dollar receipt - drink packageOne of the arguments for getting the drink package on any cruise is the convenience of not having to settle the tab after a drink or two. Once you’ve ordered your drink and your card has been read, there’s nothing left to do. Except maybe one thing… You might have gotten great service from your bartender and you want to reward that. 

Handing someone cash would clearly be the most direct way to reward great service, but one of the benefits of cruising is that if you want your trip to be cashless, it can be cashless. 

Ask your bartender or server to print you a “zero bill” and you’ll get a regular bill with a zero balance. There will be a line for a tip and you can write in whatever gratuity you’d like there. Sign below the total and give recognition to the great service that so many people in the cruise industry provide.

This also works on any cruise line which swipes your card with each purchase even if you're on a dining or drink package.  You can also do this in specialty dining restaurants.

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