When the Ecstasy emerges from drydock in September she will not only have the Evolutions of Fun features, she will also have these Balconies added.

Yes they are not the most attractive thing, and yes they ruin her profile, but at least Carnival believes in these ships and are not selling them to lesser markets.


Royal Caribbean announced today Allure of the seas (sister ship to Oasis)itineraries. Nothing really big here. It’s the same as Oasis, sailing Eastern and Western Caribbean. The big difference; Sunday Departures. Allure will also sail from Port Everglades and needs to use the massive new terminal. Obviously, both ships can’t dock at the same time so they leave on different days.

Disney Cruise Line announced today that the Disney Wonder will sail year-round starting 2011.The deal is not exactly finalized, as it need port commissioners approval. No word yet as to the Itineraries. As soon as I find out, I’ll let everyone know.

According to the British newspaper the Guardian, 600 passengers on the P&O Cruises vessel Aurora, are fuming over their world cruise. The ship had to postpone the departure of its South Pacific from New Zealand leg for repairs. Subsequently, the vessel visited “two ports in 22 days.” This will certainly be an interesting story to follow as I see it getting more press. What does everyone think about it? Or is their really anything to complain about at all?

NCL announced that the latest reveal for their highly anticipated Norwegian Epic, is set for Friday April 3rd at 10:00am EST. The news will be initially released online via webcast by their marketing firm. I will post any further details in the upcoming week. Stay Tuned. NCL always creates buzz around their product with a lot of people voicing their opinions.

from meretmarine.com

Cruise Inc. (via HULU)

According to Cruise Industry News, MSC’s order of the Favolosa and Meraviglia, is not necessarily set in stone yet. 

These released today:



On July 2, 2009, Carnival Elation, currently sailing on 3 and 4-Night trips to Ensenada, Mexico and Catalina Island out of San Diego, will be adding Cabo san Lucas to the itinerary. Cabo will be featured on a modified 4-Night and brand new 5-Night trips. Here is what the new itineraries look like:

  5-Night 4-Night 5-Night
sat San Diego, California    
sun Sea    
mon Cabo San Lucas    
tue Cabo San Lucas    
wed Sea    
thu San Diego, California San Diego, California  
fri   Sea  
sat   Cabo San Lucas  
sun   Sea  
mon   San Diego, California San Diego, California
tue     Ensenada
wed     Sea
thu     Cabo San Lucas
fri     Sea
sat     San Diego, California

NOTE: notice the overnight stay in Cabo

UPDATE 2:52 PM These two bits from Carnival:

“On its new schedule, Carnival Elation will operate a year-round series of four- and five-day cruises for a two-week period followed by another two weeks of three- and four-day Baja departures. ”

“The Carnival Elation’s three- and four-day cruises which currently depart on Thursdays and Sundays, respectively, will be changed to Fridays (three-day cruises) and Mondays (four-day cruises) starting with the July 20, 2009, four-day departure.”