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2/17/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy

Nearly 300,000 passengers are expected to use the airport this Saturday, Sunday and Monday—and they hope not to have to walk from the highway. Port Authority is offering free parking and more.

2/16/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy

The ships will be delivered starting in 2022.

2/15/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy


Disney Cruise Line is converting 10 staterooms aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder into concierge family ocean view staterooms with verandahs.

The changes are being made “to complement existing suite accommodations” and to “provide clients with connecting concierge stateroom options.”

All upgrades will be made by Oct. 1 for Wonder and Oct. 2 for Magic. Any guest who have booked the staterooms being converted at the previous price will get the upgraded staterooms at no additional cost, though they won’t be able to take advantage of pre-cruise or onboard concierge services.

2/14/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy

New sailings give travel agents a new opportunity to sell cruises to a new market. 

2/13/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy


The Cruise Lines International Association has opened nominations for its 2017 Hall of Fame Cruise Industry Awards, including Elite Cruise Counsellor of the Year, Travel Agency Innovator and Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Elite Cruise Counsellor award is given to an agent of Elite CLIA status who has “demonstrated their commitment to professional development…as well as significantly impacted the travel agent landscape.”

The Travel Agency Innovator Award honors an agent who has “has demonstrated innovation in their approach to promoting cruise travel and growing their cruise travel sales.”

CLIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award is given to any individual who has been an advocate for the industry and has made “remarkable, positive contributions to the cruise industry.”

CLIA will announce the inductees at a gala even on April 22 at Cruise360 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Nominations, which can be submitted on CLIA’s website, close February 24.

2/13/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy


Seafood Shack, a staple of Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship Vista, is coming to seven more Carnival ships.

Carnival Liberty, Carnival Glory, Carnival Victory, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Triumph and Carnival Valor will all get the eatery, which is available for an additional cost, in the coming months.

The eatery offers a selection of seafood dishes such as New England clam chowder in bread bowl ($4), lobster rolls ($12), lobster BLTs ($12), crab cake sliders ($8) and fish and chips ($6).

2/13/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy


Norwegian Cruise Line’s Star, which was towed to Melbourne last week after a propulsion problem, will resume its itinerary tomorrow, February 14.

Norwegian today said the ship is docked in Melbourne and still has full power. When the problems occurred on Friday, all guests were given the option to disembark, and a full refund plus a 50% future cruise credit. Guests that chose to disembark in Melbourne were given a credit of up to $350 per person for a flight to Auckland.

The ship originally departed Sydney on Feb. 6. It is expected to sail its next itinerary, Feb. 18 out of Auckland.

2/9/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy

Sabre crashes and more than 3,000 flights are cancelled.

2/9/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy


Emerald Waterways has opened its 2018 itineraries for booking and travel agents can get a major discount for their clients by booking early.

Bookings made by April 30 for 2018 cruises will guarantee 2017 prices as well as save $500 per person on sailings 15 days or longer and $250 on sailings of 8 to 14 days.

Agents can request a brochure on Emerald’s website.

2/9/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy

New “long weekend” sailings will feature full days in Bermuda.