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Re: The Cruise Ship and Cruise Line Discussion Thread!

Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:27 pm

Virgin Voyages has announced The Beach Club at Bimini, Bahamas which will serve as their private island experience when they start sailing in 2020!


Events and Performances
Virgin Voyages will provide an exclusive experience to be featured on all Scarlet Lady voyages starting your Caribbean sailing which includes a visit to The Beach Club at Bimini, Bahamas and carrying the party on to the stylish Red Room - the live performance space onboard the ship where all main acts and headliners will take centre stage. Consider it a theatre at sea from ground-breaking performances and festival-like lineups to dancing the night away at the biggest party on sea.


The Beach Club at Bimini, Bahamas
The Beach Club at Bimini in the Bahamas is where sailors can feel tranquility at its best in a stylish setting with white-sand and crystal clear waters and will rival the best beach clubs in Ibiza and Saint-Tropez.

Sit back and enjoy overlooking the ocean with an expansive lagoon-style pool as the central anchor of the club. 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 as Sailors enjoy the sounds of the ocean when dusk til dawn, the energy will gradually amplify as the evening sets in. Sailors will reach the high point of the day by the afternoon where DJ-led pool parties will be center of the action. The night’s energy will wind down with a beach bonfire under the stars with an acoustic musical performance.

Mark Ronson named founding DJ
Mark Ronson will be the first to grace the turn-tables at this elite beach club with four performances to be announced in 2020. OMG right? Need we say anymore!

Sailors staying in RockStar Suites will have their exclusive slice of paradise at The Beach Club at Bimini, with a dedicated bar, complimentary food service, an outdoor terrace lounge, sun loungers and beach cabanas. Sailors looking to explore the island of Bimini will have ample opportunities to do so in this off-the-beaten path tropical destination.


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The Manor is the place to be. This two-story, three bar space, named after Richard Branson's first recording studio, is inspired by a classic theatrical ballroom, layered with a glamorous ‘70s, punk vibe. This is the must place venue presenting ground-breaking shows to kick the night off before it transitions into a mind-blowing, goodbye-early-morning-workout nightclub.


Music is part of Virgin's DNA. Since the early days in the '70s, we've been spotting and nurturing the best talent including Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols, Spice Girls to boast a few whilst turning up-and-coming DJs into superstars. That ethos is the core of what makes entertainment onboard the Scarlet Lady so unique, yet so grounded to the Virgin roots.

In a nutshell...


Music to Your Ears
Tune in to some of the biggest DJ acts bought to you at sea. With live performances, DJ acts and gigs rocking around the clock.


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Play all day, party all night. The Scarlet Lady is a 24/7 playground of excess and access where the skys the limit.


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Virgin Voyages has also announced several ports that they'll visit during their first year of sailings including Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, Costa Maya on the Caribbean coast of Mexico and Havana, Cuba.
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Re: The Cruise Ship and Cruise Line Discussion Thread!

Postby DoinItForTheFame » Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:06 am

The new slides on Navigator Of The Seas looks freaking amazing!!!
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Postby Kw6sTheatee » Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:12 am

Oh wow, look what washed to shore... a water coaster! :b
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Re: The Cruise Ship and Cruise Line Discussion Thread!

Postby Hotlanta » Tue May 21, 2019 4:28 pm

Just found some new renderings of the Carnival Mardi Gras ship (You cannot pay me enough to go on a Carnival ship, let alone one named Mardi Gras). This seems to be the ship that has the roller coaster on it

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Re: The Cruise Ship and Cruise Line Discussion Thread!

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue May 21, 2019 5:50 pm

^ This is a credit I will feel no pain, in not getting. :Pr

On the other hand, ^^^ THAT looks a-may-ZING! :airtime:
And speaking of water coaster.... RIP Jet Star - Casino Pier. Photo taken in 2013.
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Re: The Cruise Ship and Cruise Line Discussion Thread!

Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:00 pm

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has announced a new joint venture called Holistica, a destination development business focused on coastal destinations!


We’re famous for building ships our guests love. We obsess over every detail of their onboard experience from before they even think of cruising until they decide to take the next one. And we’re really, really good at it.

But we know that the destinations we visit are just as essential in memory-making as our ships. “We’ve spent five decades learning what works and what doesn’t,” said RCL’s Michael Bayley, “and we know the potential of strategic destination development to deliver great guest experiences and meet the needs of local communities.”

So when RCL decided to get into the destination development business, we came from a position of strength. On June 24, RCL and Mexico’s ITM Group created Holistica Destinations Ltd., a 50-50 joint venture to radically transform the way we think about coastal destinations. As its name implies, the new company will use a holistic approach to generate significant economic growth for communities and local governments and preserve and sustain the area’s natural resources while offering a compelling experience for guests.

Holistica isn’t creating these destinations just for RCL ships and, perhaps even more surprising, not even only for cruise lines. “Having more destinations, developed in a responsible manner, gives travelers on land, sea, or air greater vacation quality,” says Bayley. “And that’s a win-win-win for the entire leisure industry.”

Holistica will begin with five projects already underway in Freeport, Bahamas; Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; and Kumamoto, Japan, among others. The Freeport project, currently under review by the Bahamian government, is a great example of the holistic approach. While focused on reimagining the Grand Lucayan resort, the project includes ambitious plans for local ownership, employment, job training, community investment, and sustainable construction practices.

“We’re not just re-opening a resort in Freeport,” says Bayley. “We’re looking at everything from transportation to utilities to local culture to responsible sourcing to entertainment to… well, to everything. It’s an ecosystem, not a property.”
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Re: The Cruise Ship and Cruise Line Discussion Thread!

Postby Mike240SX » Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:28 pm

Nrthwnd wrote:Photo of Star Jet

Just to clarify the actual name of the Seaside Heights coaster that took a bath. Jet Star, a Schwarzkopf, was the coaster that occupied that spot for 30 years before being replaced by the piece of crap Miler that was Star Jet, which totally deserved the dip in the ocean.
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Re: The Cruise Ship and Cruise Line Discussion Thread!

Postby Mr Stratosphere » Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:42 pm

Oh Carnival Vista, more negative media for this vessel.

Now, Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas had a propulsion issue with one of its three Azipods, but was able to sail until its next scheduled Dry Dock. Unfortunately this same issue has hit Allure twice in the past several years, there was even a documentary on the fix of the Azipod.

The problem with Carnival Vista is that it only has two Azipods while Allure of the Seas has three. I bet that having one down on Carnival Vista caused enough issues that they had to cancel sailings to fix it asap.

We were on Allure with one of the three down, and while it kept the ship from traveling at max speed, there was also a noticeable wobble at the stern of the ship. Nothing terrible, but it was noticeable.

When I sailed on Allure 2 years later, all three were working and the ship sailed much smoother.

Below is the power outage from today.

The Carnival Vista cruise ship, which sets sail from Galveston, lost power at sea just days before it's scheduled to be taken out of service for repairs.

The ship temporarily lost some power from midship to the forward section of the vessel on Tuesday evening, according to a Facebook post from Carnival Cruise Line brand ambassador John Heald.

The loss of power meant no lighting in the affected portion of the ship. Elevators and air-conditioning systems weren't working, either. Nobody was trapped in the elevators.

This news comes just days before the Carnival Vista will be taken out of service for 17 days due to "an issue affecting its maximum cruising speed."

The ship maintained navigation control during the power loss, and some areas such as the Punchliner comedy club in the aft of the ship remained unaffected.

"The engineers are working very hard to restore full power and of course the captain, Matt and myself are making constant announcements to keep everybody informed and the mood around the ship is one of understanding," Heald said in his Facebook post.

Follow-up posts indicated that the ship continued on its normal set course, that engineers slowly restored the power and that people were even dancing on the tables in the aft dining room.

Carnival said the temporary issue was quickly resolved and that the ship continued on without any changes to its itinerary.

And on Wednesday morning, Heald gave one final update before continuing his posts about food and a guest's service dog.

"After last night's adventures the guests are waking to beautiful sunshine and a perfect day at sea," he said in the Facebook post. "I want to thank all the guests here who kept calm as the engineers restored the lights that had gone off in parts of the ship, they were all brilliant. And the crew, well they were as they always are, dedicated, professional and kept the fun going."

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Re: The Cruise Ship and Cruise Line Discussion Thread!

Postby jedimaster1227 » Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:29 pm

New details about the fifth Disney Cruise Line ship, name the Disney Wish and Disney Cruise Line's new private island destination, Lighthouse Point were released today at the D23 Expo Disney Parks, Experiences and Products presentation!

At the D23 Expo today, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek revealed the highly anticipated name of the fifth Disney Cruise Line ship, as well as a first look at the ship’s elegant, three-story atrium and the iconic Disney character that will adorn the ship’s stern. Chapek and Imagineer Joe Rohde also shared new details about plans for a second island destination for Disney Cruise Line in The Bahamas.

A beloved hallmark of Disney Cruise Line, it has been a tradition to adorn the back of Disney ships with an iconic character that reflects the theme of each vessel. The Disney Wish’s stern will feature Rapunzel. Our favorite artsy princess, paintbrush in hand, uses her enchanted hair to suspend herself as she decorates the stern of the ship with the help of her feisty sidekick, Pascal. (Disney)

With a little help from Tinker Bell, Disney fans were the first to hear that Disney Wish will be the name of the fifth Disney Cruise Line ship. The Disney Wish is scheduled for delivery in late 2021 and is expected to set sail beginning in January 2022.

“There couldn’t be a better name for our incredible new ship because making wishes come true is part of the Disney DNA and is at the heart of so many of our cherished stories,” Chapek said.

The three-story atrium of the Disney Wish will be a bright, airy and elegant space inspired by the beauty of an enchanted fairytale. It will serve as the gateway to an unparalleled vacation filled with experiences designed especially for families. (Disney)

A new rendering provided D23 attendees with a first look at the ship’s bright and airy three-story atrium, inspired by the beauty of an enchanted fairytale.

Stern characters – a beloved hallmark of Disney Cruise Line vessels – have been a tradition of the Disney fleet since the beginning and reflect the theme of each ship. For the Disney Wish, the ship’s stern will feature Rapunzel. Spirited, smart, curious and above all, adventurous, Rapunzel embodies the wish and desire to see and experience the world.

“Each Disney Cruise Line ship is unique, with a name that embodies the excitement of sailing with Disney and the power of our stories. The new ships will have the experiences our guests love, as well as all-new magic,” Chapek added.

The three new ships will be powered by liquefied natural gas and, at approximately 144,000 gross tons and 1,250 guest staterooms, will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

Disney’s Second Bahamas Destination – Lighthouse Point

Also at the D23 Expo today, Disney revealed new information and two early conceptual artist renderings for its second island destination in The Bahamas, which is located on the breathtaking island of Eleuthera at a place called Lighthouse Point.

Disney Cruise Line guests can look forward to a signature island experience that celebrates nature and the spirit and culture of The Bahamas at a new Disney port of call, which will be located on the breathtaking island of Eleuthera at a place called Lighthouse Point. (Disney)

“With three new ships joining our fleet, we thought this would be an incredible opportunity to add another unique destination to our ports of call. We looked all over The Bahamas and Caribbean for an ideal location that would enable us to create new experiences, while celebrating the culture of this amazing region,” Chapek said.

Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, whose work includes the design of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park in Orlando and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, has embarked on an in-depth cultural tour of the Bahamas to meet with local artists and cultural experts. Together, they have explored arts and cultural sites across New Providence and Eleuthera, from Junkanoo shacks to noted art galleries.

Disney Cruise Line guests can look forward to a signature island experience that celebrates nature and the spirit and culture of The Bahamas at a new Disney port of call, which will be located on the breathtaking island of Eleuthera at a place called Lighthouse Point. (Disney)

“The Lighthouse Point site is so beautiful and so full of nature that we want to preserve this and use our designs to call attention to the extraordinary quality of the place itself – a place of natural beauty with a rich and fascinating cultural tradition,” Rohde said. “We will be directly involved in conservation efforts to preserve and protect the environment that creates this beauty, and we will be working with artists of every kind, much like we did with Aulani in Hawaii, to create a unique destination that is rooted in Bahamian culture and imbued with Disney magic.”

Disney Cruise Line completed its purchase of privately owned Lighthouse Point earlier this year and signed an agreement with the Government of The Bahamas that guides the responsible and sustainable way the site will be developed.

Disney has committed to develop less than 20 percent of the property; employ sustainable building practices, including an open-trestle pier that eliminates the need to dredge a ship channel; establish environmental monitoring programs during construction and operation; and donate more than 190 acres of privately owned land to Government, among other commitments.

Through the Disney Conservation Fund, Disney has provided more than $13 million to marine conservation programs around the globe, including several in The Bahamas. Since 2007, Disney has been directly involved in leading a multiyear initiative to protect and rehabilitate coral reefs in The Bahamas and will continue to work with leading conservation organizations and communities to protect special places there.

Construction at Lighthouse Point will begin only after an Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Plan are reviewed and accepted by the Government of The Bahamas and public consultation has occurred. Construction could begin in 2020 with completion in late 2022 or 2023.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, visit, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.
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Re: The Cruise Ship and Cruise Line Discussion Thread!

Postby BBparks57 » Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:40 am

Just got back from Navigator of the seas. The updates on the ship were wonderful, water slides were great. We also really enjoyed the new bars, pool deck and escape game. They did an amazing job.

Perfect Day at Coco cay. WOW. We loved it so much we are looking at cruises that go there twice. I've been so hyped for this park since concept...I was the first one down Daredevil's peak that day.

Daredevil's peak was one of the most intense body slides I've done. I much prefer this slide to the previous record breakers. The continual helix was crazy intense especially at the end, that S turn transition felt crazy, as simple as it looks. Be ready to climb, we did 140 flights of stairs on this day! (Did Daredevil's peak 5 times)

The rest of the water park was great, I wish there were some better food options but included food is always a plus. Loved that the drink package worked all over the island as well. Great slide variety for all levels of guests, and tons of space, We were the only ship on this trip, I could see it being slightly busy with two, but overall the whole make over of this island was truly impressive.


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