On Board Cuban-themed bar and pool; Family Harbor with extra-roomy staterooms and the Family Harbor Lounge; and luxurious Cloud 9 Spa staterooms with special amenities and privileges. Following an inaugural three-day voyage to Ensenada, Carnival Panorama will launch year-round seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach on December 14. The week-long adventures will visit spectacular seaside resort towns including Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan.
SEABOURN ODYSSEY SHINES WITH EXTENSIVE DESIGN, TECHNOLOGICAL UPDATES Seabourn completed a multi-million-dollar renovation of Seabourn Odyssey in July, refreshing the look and feel of the vessel with open and airy interiors, modern technology updates, and rich contemporary furnishings that give the ship a completely fresh feel. The renovation, completed in Genoa, Italy in May, included extensive work to thoughtfully update many public and guest areas throughout the ship.
OCEANIA REMASTERS RIVIERA A host of exciting enhancements were recently completed during Riviera’s drydock in Marseille, France as part of the brand’s OceaniaNEXT program. “With the evolution of OceaniaNEXT, this was a great opportunity to not just enhance the guest experience aboard Riviera, but to elevate it through the addition of surprising new elements,” stated Bob Binder, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises. The most dramatic change is the all-new coffee bar area and addition 42 THIRD QUARTER 2019 | TRAVEL & CRUISE
of a tony new lounge with sweeping sea views on Deck 14. Riviera’s 200 Concierge and 244 Veranda staterooms along with the 124 Penthouse Suites radiate a stylish new air inspired by the better-than-new Insignia and Sirena. The proverbial jewel in the crown of
the re-mastering are the three next-generation Owner’s Suites furnished exclusively with the Ralph Lauren Home Collection. Similar enhancements will be carried out on Riviera’s sister-ship, Marina, in May 2020.
Norwegian Cruise Line Launches ‘Free the Beat’ Program Norwegian Cruise Line is dropping its ‘Free the Beat’ program, a platform where the music industry’s best songwriters, artists, talent and creators have the freedom to develop curated content for the brand’s first global music library inspired by the world’s most beautiful destinations. As part of the new initiative, the company will team up with leaders in the music industry to curate a portfolio of exclusive content that will be leveraged through multiple guest-facing channels, including on board the 16-ship fleet. From hosting exclusive songwriter cruises to releasing never-before-heard uncut tracks from world-renowned music powerhouses, such as Family Affair Productions and Warner Chappell Music, this program will deliver the brand’s first global music library. The music created will also enhance
the guest experience by bringing the cruising experience to life with destination-inspired onboard playlists. Multi-platinum recording artist and songwriter Andy Grammer will host the brand’s first songwriters cruise. Select songwriters will be invited to sail on board the recently revitalized Norwegian Joy on a seven-day voyage to Alaska from Seattle. The goal is to inspire content creation through the world-class experiences available on board and ashore within the destinations they will visit. “The place that you’re in affects the art that comes out of you,” said Andy Grammer, multi-platinum recording artist and songwriter. “In my career, I’ve been lucky enough to participate in writing trips around the world and can’t think of a cooler place than Alaska to feel inspired to create.”