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A ‘Love Boat’ for Japan?

Princess Cruises is taking aim at the Japanese market with plans to send a ship to the country in 2013. The Love Boat line today announced it would deploy the 2,022-passenger Sun Princess to Yokohama and Kobe, Japan starting in April 2013 for a series of nine cruises targeted specifically at Japanese vacationers. The 87-day […]

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Royal Caribbean sets two-day sale

Royal Caribbean is kicking off a two-day sale on Tuesday on every one of its voyages in June and beyond. The line says the “Wow” sale, as it’s being called, will bring savings of up to $200 per cabin in the form of an on-board credit. Under the terms of the offer, customers will get […]

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Norwegian unveils youth, teen areas on new ship

This item was written by Johanna Jainchill, who covers the travel industry for Travel Weekly. Jainchill is serving as guest editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away. Norwegian Cruise Line’s upcoming ship, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway, will feature the line’s largest youth and teen area when the ship […]

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Carnival Conquest to sail year-round from Miami

This item was written by Johanna Jainchill, who covers the travel industry for Travel Weekly. Jainchill is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away. The 2,974-passenger Carnival Conquest will reposition from New Orleans to Miami in November 2013 to operate year-round, seven-day Caribbean sailings. Carnival […]

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Four new cruise ships christened in one day

AMSTERDAM — Fast-growing river cruise line Viking on Wednesday christened four new ships at once in a festive ceremony along Amsterdam’s waterfront. “Our main marketing trick is two-for-one, but for this ceremony we have four-for-one,” joked Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen during what was billed as the cruise industry’s first quadruple naming event. Only two of […]

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Travel agents: Don’t wait for cruise deals

This item was written by Johanna Jainchill, who covers the travel industry for Travel Weekly. Jainchill is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away. Despite a temporary slowdown in mass-market cruise sales, travel agents are warning their clients not to wait for cruise deals. “If […]

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Royal Caribbean says goodbye to its oldest ship

This item was written by Johanna Jainchill, who covers the travel industry for Travel Weekly. Jainchill is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away. Royal Caribbean International’s oldest cruise ship, the Monarch of the Seas, will transfer out of the fleet in April 2013. Built […]

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Deal watch: Princess kicks off spring sale

Princess Cruises today is launching a week-long promotion on 2012 voyages in Europe and Alaska. The “Spring into Savings” sale, as the line is calling it, features reduced fares and an onboard credit of up to $100 per cabin, the line says. Destinations included in the offer include the Mediterranean, Holy Land, British Isles, Scandinavia […]

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Another paddle wheeler to ply U.S. waterways

This item was written by Johanna Jainchill, who covers the travel industry for Travel Weekly. Jainchill is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away. Add another riverboat to the growing list of vessels that will be plying America’s waterways in the coming years. American Cruise […]

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Avalon Waterways orders two more river ships

This item was written by Johanna Jainchill, who covers the travel industry for Travel Weekly. Jainchill is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away. The river ship building boom continues, with Avalon Waterways today saying it has ordered two more “suite ships” to debut in […]

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