New sponsors, itineraries and promotions for the 2022 summer cruise season
Summer is almost here, and with it comes school vacations, long-planned international travel, and plenty of unused airline, hotel, and cruise credit. To keep things lively, cruise lines are busy developing new products, cruises and new ships to keep travelers interested. Here are some of the latest vacation deals, cruise ship news and promotions you need to know about to plan your best cruise yet.
Simone Biles will be the godmother of Celebrity Beyond
The most decorated gymnast in world championship history, Simone Biles, has been named the new patron of Celebrity Beyond, Celebrity Cruises’ newest Edge Class ship. The inaugural ceremony will take place in November in Fort Lauderdale although it is already sailing in Europe this summer. Her involvement with Celebrity will include curating new wellness shows as well as wellness tips to air on stateroom TVs.
Celebrity offers a beauty-themed ‘goop at sea’ sail
This fall, goop founder and CEO Gwyneth Paltrow will join guests aboard a “goop at sea” sailing Celebrity Beyond. Leaving Barcelona on September 24, the sailboat will visit France and the Italian Riviera. Onboard Goop practitioners will conduct wellness seminars on improving mind, body and soul. Fans of the brand will enjoy product trials, massages, tastings and surprises curated by goop while browsing. During one session, Paltrow will interview a wellness expert and answer questions from the audience. Sailing tickets are on sale from $750 per person. On-demand wellness classes are already on board on in-room TVs, a personalized detox smoothie recipe and dedicated fitness tools for AquaClass guests.
Emerald Cruises christens its first super yacht this month
Later this month, Emerald Cruises will christen its new 100-passenger superyacht in Venice with her sponsor Sarah Wikevand, Managing Director of ROL Cruise UK. The vessel is cruising the Adriatic and Mediterranean coasts this summer and fall before heading to Doha, Qatar in December to begin crossings of the Arabian Peninsula between Doha and Dubai.
Emerald Luna makes her first river trip
In April, Emerald Luna sets sail from Amsterdam through the Netherlands and Belgium as Emerald Cruises’ ninth river ship. It will be christened in July by godmother Vanessa McGovern, travel industry advocate and co-founder of Gifted Travel Network. The ship has a three-level atrium as well as a heated swimming pool that can be converted into a cinema.
Norwegian offers 100 free cruises to teachers
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week during the first week of May, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced a contest to reward 100 teachers with a free cruise aboard its newest ship, Norwegian Prima. In addition to the free cruise for educators, their schools would also receive up to $25,000 through the company’s Giving Joy program. The public nominated their favorite teachers for the month-long campaign where people voted to see who would win the free cruise as well as the extra cash prize. Singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson will perform at the Giving Joy Awards on Norwegian Prima as part of this partnership and host a meet and greet with the top three grand prize winners. The contest is open for voting until June 3.
Virgin Voyages announces the fourth ship in its fleet
Brilliant Lady will be the fourth ship in the Virgin Voyages fleet in the coming years. The cruise line says it chose the word “brilliant” to refer to the “seven shimmering seas” as well as the “post-holiday glow” after a sail. The name also honors women around the world. The company says in a statement, “Our Brilliant Lady represents the intelligent, boundary-pushing spirit of women around the world – women who are unafraid of their own intelligence and unafraid to boldly own it. “. Virgin Voyages has yet to announce Brilliant Lady’s launch date and future itineraries.
Azamara is planning two charity fundraising cruises
This summer, Azamara Pursuit will host two crossings around Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Germany. Excluding shipping and taxes, 100% of proceeds will go to CARE, the International Rescue Committee and the American Red Cross to support those displaced by war and other hardships, including those whose homes have been destroyed in Ukraine. The fundraising cruises will take place on June 17 for seven nights from Stockholm or a 5-night cruise from Copenhagen, Denmark on June 24.
Seabourn announces new shipping routes
For the 2023-2024 season, Seabourn is launching new fall, winter and spring expedition routes on its two ships, Seabourn Venture and Seabourn Pursuit. They include crossings to Indonesia, Antarctica, New Zealand, Australia and around the South Pacific, Micronesia and South America. An itinerary should stand out for lovers of expedition cruises, a navigation between Argentina and Africa with stops in the hard-to-reach Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Tristan da Cunha and the islands of Ascent. These purpose-built expedition vessels feature ice-strengthened PC6 hulls and advanced maneuvering technology for superior stability.
Seabourn returns to Turkey after six years
Seabourn Encore will begin sailing the Eastern Mediterranean and Adriatic this summer, including a return to Turkey, the first time since 2016. The ships will sail around Greece and Turkey as well as week-long trips to Land Holy. The company is also bringing back its free classical concert “Evening at Ephesus” in the ancient ruins under the stars just for guests. By the end of May, reservations are eligible for an onboard credit of up to $800 per suite (depending on category, ocean view or lanai) or up to $1,600 per penthouse suite and more. Travelers who pay in full by June 1 will be eligible for an additional 10% discount for departures after November 1.
Princess launches weekly sustainability video series
Environmental Ambassador Jeff Corwin and Princess President John Padgett host a weekly sustainability video series. The 28-episode series, Ocean Treks Conservation Connections, covers short topics on environmental business and stewardship, sustainability and wildlife conservation on the cruise line’s YouTube channel. Other topics will include recycling, reducing food waste, energy efficiency and innovative fuel sources. Many will be shot in Princess destinations like Alaska, New Zealand, Iceland, Japan and French Polynesia. The first episode aired at the end of April and will continue throughout the year.
Princess creates an additional option for Wi-Fi, meals and drinks
Dubbed Princess Premier, Princess Cruises’ new add-on package costs $75 per day. It comes with a host of perks, including unlimited Wi-Fi for up to four devices, premium drinks (including cocktails up to $18), two specialty restaurant reservations, photos and gratuities for the crew. This represents over 50% savings compared to purchasing each of the benefits individually. Princess Premier goes on sale May 25 with departures beginning a month later. It also includes entry to Princess Prizes, a new gaming experience that rewards passengers for accessing their room with their medallion (room key). Each time they use it, they earn entry to earn free cruises, onboard perks, and cash. Those who don’t purchase the Princess Premier add-on can still participate in Princess Prizes by paying $20 a day for a chance to win.
Wonder of the Seas sails for the first time in Europe
The newest ship in Royal Caribbean’s portfolio, Wonder of the Seas, began sailing from Barcelona this month. It offers several amenities familiar to regular cruisers like its FlowRider surf simulator, the tallest waterslide at sea dubbed “The Ultimate Abyss”, rock climbing walls, a zip line and a Central Park-style neighborhood with over 20,000 real plants. . New to the ship are a Southern cuisine restaurant, an underwater-themed playground with climbing walls and slides, a new cantilevered bar by the pool, and a new swimming area. board for Royal Suite Class passengers with a private deck, plunge pool and bar. .