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I'm watching the live stream of the RCCL event right now. I know it was pretty much confirmed before but it looks like we're getting Anthem out of the UK. Slightly odd presentation so far, they've got the philharmonic playing various "Anthems" to video of British cities and RCCL destinations. Hopefully we get some info outside of the realm of stuff already out there about the Quantum class!!

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^They took really good care of them!

 

I still didn't see the need to do the repair at all. Missing an hour in Nassau and St. Thomas is no big deal!

 

They did the smart thing to ensure they don't end up with a Carnival like situation on their hands.

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YEP, just seen the annoucement, Anthem comes to the UK for the summer months(Usually May to end of October) and Florida rest of the months, this is awesome news to hear about a new ship to my home town, and WOW its looks awesome although I hear it does bring a little bit of sad news in that Independance retires from the UK after 2014(sooooooo glad I have done this ship a month ago, would have been gutted to miss it) but as soon as bookings are available for Anthem, I might just book one for the hell of it

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^They took really good care of them!

 

I still didn't see the need to do the repair at all. Missing an hour in Nassau and St. Thomas is no big deal!

 

Totally agree! I can't believe I didn't see this before. I must admit, I like the fact they gave people a couple of months notice.

Maybe this particular sailing didn't have a lot of bookings and that is why they decided to do the repairs on that particular voyage?

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From: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/12/prweb11380706.htm

 

Norwegian Cruise Line Again Named “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” by World Travel Awards

Company receives prestigious award for the second consecutive year.

 

Norwegian Cruise Line has been named the “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” by the World Travel Awards, making the company the top global cruise line for the second consecutive year.

The honor was given at the organization’s 20th annual Grand Final Gala, held on November 30th in Doha, Qatar, and is based on votes by travel agents and consumers across the globe to recognize travel companies that provide outstanding products and customer service. In addition to the award for top cruise line worldwide, Norwegian Cruise Line has also received the award for “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the past six consecutive years from the World Travel Awards, and has been named “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line.”

“We are honored that our travel partners and guests around the globe have shown their confidence in our product with this incredible award,” said Kevin Sheehan, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We are continuing to enhance and expand our fleet so that our guests can create a customized vacation experience, and this award shows that we are leading the industry. We’re very proud of this achievement.”

Norwegian has eight spectacular Freestyle Cruising vessels sailing the Caribbean this winter from four convenient departure ports, and will soon have a ship sailing to the Caribbean year-round from Miami when Norwegian Getaway joins the fleet in February. The line also has two ships sailing in Europe year-round and four ships during the summer season.

The World Travel Awards has been recognizing and acknowledging excellence amongst companies involved in the global travel and tourism industries since 1993, and has set high standards for all of their participants.

To book an award-winning cruise with Norwegian, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit http://www.ncl.com.

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That's good we have a free cruise on the NCL Spirit in March (93 sleeps). Been a bit nervous as its our smallest and oldest ship to date ,our 1st time with NCL and 1st time in Europe on a ship. But hey its free right. Will do report and photos when we get back.

 

 

Stu K

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http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/os-dr-seuss-carnival-cruise-lines-20131211,0,1556885.story

 

Royal Caribbean has Shrek. Norwegian has SpongeBob. Disney has...well. Now Carnival has pulled something out of its hat for its children-oriented programs that has just as much power -- Dr. Seuss.

 

Today Carnival Cruise Lines announced an exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises for all 24 of its ships. It will be known as Carnival Seuss at Sea targeting activities and dining geared toward youth and families.

 

"Dr. Seuss inspires imaginations across generations and encourages a playfulness and whimsy that is often lost in today’s 'always on' society,” said Susan Brandt, president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. "We’re excited to be working with Carnival Cruise Lines to bring some of the timeless magic of Dr. Seuss to the families that sail each year."

 

Seuss-oriented fare include the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat and Friends in the main dining hall. It will feature Seuss-inspired menu items including yes, green eggs and ham. Servers will be adorned in Seussian outfits and there will be characters including the famous cat as well as Thing One and Thing Two. The breakfast costs $5 a guest and will be held on the first sea day of each cruise.

 

Each ship will feature Dr. Seuss books, toys and activities for children as well as Dive-In Movies showing such films as "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "The Cat in the Hat."

 

Coming in May on the Carnival Freedom after its refurbishment as well as on the Carnival Vista, due in 2016, will be a themed play space known as Dr. Seuss Bookville.

 

Also during sailings will be "Seuss-a-palooza Story Time, A Rhyming Good Time," which is described as an interactive reading event for kids of all ages.

 

Seuss characters will be out and about for interaction including the Seuss-a-palooza Character Parade, a conga line along the Promenade.

 

And of course, there will be Dr. Seuss-themed retail items on board, as well.

 

The line, which carries more than 700,000 children each year aboard its fleet, will roll out the program beginning with Carnival Splendor in February and all ships in service by 2015.

 

"We’re constantly challenging ourselves to uncover unique and interesting ways to further enhance our guest experience," said Mark Tamis, senior vice president of guest operations for Carnival Cruise Lines. "We are thrilled to bring the fun, whimsical and wonderful world of Dr. Seuss to life."

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Dr. Seuss Bookville is a Dr. Seuss-themed area coming to Carnival Freedom in May and the new Carnival Vista in 2016.

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Carnival Cruise Lines is bringing Dr. Seuss-themed activities to all of the ships in its fleet.

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Dr. Seuss Bookville is a Dr. Seuss-themed area coming to Carnival Freedom in May and the new Carnival Vista in 2016.

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Dr. Seuss Bookville is a Dr. Seuss-themed area coming to Carnival Freedom in May and the new Carnival Vista in 2016.

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Seuss-a-palooza Story Time, A Rhyming Good Time will be rolled out to each ship in Carnival Cruise Line's fleet.

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The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat and Friends will feature Seuss-inspired menu items. servers adorned in Seussian outfits and character interaction.

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The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat and Friends will be special breakfast available to guests on Carnival Cruise Lines.

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The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat and Friends will be special breakfast available to guests on Carnival Cruise Lines.

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The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat and Friends will be special breakfast available to guests on Carnival Cruise Lines.

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Yeah, it's weird, I think Carnival has finally realized where their place is, and they need to do something about changing that reputation. Old CEO out, new one in and a few new ideas, better commercials, etc.

 

But let's see if it's real or just fluff. It's a little disappointing that only TWO of their large fleet are getting this between now and 2016.

 

Royal Caribbean rolled out the Barbie thing on a bunch of ships at the same time. And I can't help to think that the kids in this photo look either distracted or bored.image.jpg.f56f9e12d03f5b364b440f1de2e0ec77.jpg

 

End of the day, it's still Carnival. And you know what they say "how much can you polish a turd."

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The Mythbusters proved you can polish a turd so that you can actually see your own reflection in it. In fact, as it turns out, Lion $h!t actually polished the best.

 

So now all the redneck, Coors Light swilling, hilbillies will have some place else to neglect their child whilst gettin thar crunk on!

 

Hey kids, lets listen to Horton Hears a Who, go get ruffied up with maw maw, and vomit in teh cement pond.

 

Guy "Still won't ever get me on one of their boats." Koepp

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Just saw this on CNN. As far as I can tell, Royal Caribbean has nothing like this in their cruise contract.

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The fact that Carnival is actually trying to enforce this clause in the Triumph lawsuits is enough for me to never want to sail with them (bad reviews aside).

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