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New Wine Menu Reimagined in Partnership with Master of Wine and Master Sommelier Onboard Princess Cruises Princess Cruises is reimagining its wine menu, offering nearly 50 percent more selections for a total of 142 wines—the most extensive in the cruise line’s history—carefully selected in partnership with Master of Wine and Master Sommelier Doug Frost. The Princess Cruises beverage team, along with Frost, established a new wine philosophy that centers on exploration, discovery and enrichment. With quality and global diversity in mind, the new wine menu, available in the main dining rooms fleet wide, is also approachable, with 30 percent of the list priced at $39 and under and 66 percent at $49 or less. Descriptions on the list also make it easy for occasional wine drinkers to select. Disney Cruise Line Takes Guests on Epic Adventures in 2020 with the Return of Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea In 2020, epic adventures at sea return to Disney Cruise Line with limited engagements of two popular experiences – Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea. Setting sail on Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic to the Caribbean and Bahamas, these seven and five-night sailings combine the splendor of a Disney Cruise Line vacation with a special day at sea filled with unique character encounters, live shows and action-packed entertainment. Azamara Club Cruises Wins “Best Boutique Cruise Line” in the 2019 USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards Azamara Club Cruises has earned several accolades among USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, including first place for “Best Boutique Cruise Line.” In addition, all three Azamara ships ranked in the top five for the category of “Best Small Ship.” This type of recognition from one of the leaders in consumer travel underscores Azamara’s ability to exceed guests’ expectations, delivering immersive experiences for travelers both onboard and on land. USA Today awarded Azamara Club Cruises due to their focus on Destination Immersion, allowing passengers to stay longer in ports of call to experience the nightlife of Stockholm or enjoy an all-day expedition into the Costa Rican rainforest.

Seabourn Introduces Notable New Shore Excursions in Extraordinary Destinations for 2019 Seabourn is encouraging travelers to experience extraordinary destinations with a selection of notable new shore excursions available throughout the year ahead. Introducing a selection of never-before-offered excursions, Seabourn guests are invited to engage in authentic culture and glimpse remarkable natural beauty for explorations creating lifelong memories. The new shore excursions offer a diverse mix of opportunities including wellness-focused tours of UNESCO World

Heritage Sites, Alaska, a Picasso Museum exclusive visit, and culinary and art experiences secured through local connections, among others. “Shore excursions are always a highlight as we visit each destination and a key element of the Seabourn luxury experience,” noted Chris Austin, Seabourn’s SVP of global marketing and sales. “This complement of new excursions combines what Seabourn does best, presenting innovative, exclusive and unique programming for people to experience exotic destinations in truly memorable ways.”

Officially Open for Business, Virgin Voyages Reveals The Beach Club at Bimini Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin announced on February 14 that Virgin Voyages is officially open for business, with the company’s first ship, Scarlet Lady, open for bookings for her inaugural season’s voyages departing from April 1 – October 25, 2020. Virgin Voyages will offer a cheeky and cheerful approach to service, as well as an inclusive approach to sea travel. Its Sailors will enjoy free food at the 20+ eateries onboard, free group fitness classes, no gratuities or service charges, free Wifi and free basic beverages like soda, teas, and drip coffee, as well as still and sparkling water. In conjunction with opening bookings for sale, Virgin Voyages revealed that all voyages will feature The Beach Club at Bimini, a Virgin Voyages experience in Bimini, Bahamas. There, Sailors can enjoy an epic beach day and/or explore

the island flavor and culture of Bimini and its turquoise blue waters, along with programming that will rival the best beach clubs in Ibiza and Saint-Tropez. In the spirit of Vitamin Sea, the brand’s ethos of well-being, there will be moments of retox and detox throughout the day. Sailors will find areas of high energy and quiet spots for complete relaxation and introspection. Mornings at The Beach Club at Bimini will begin with yoga and meditation as Sailors enjoy the sounds of the ocean. The energy at The Beach Club at Bimini will be gradually amplified as the day progresses and turned back down as dusk settles in. Sailors will reach the high point of the day by the afternoon where DJ-led pool and flotilla parties will be center of the action. The night’s energy will wind down with a beach bonfire to close out the evening with an acoustic musical performance.


Profile for Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association

Travel & Cruise 1st Quarter 2019