Carnival Store Featuring Branded Merchandise Added to Carnival Cruise Line’s Loyalty Rocks! Catalog for Travel Advisors

Travel advisors who rock by racking up points selling Carnival Cruise Line vacations have a new line of branded merchandise to choose from in the Loyalty Rocks! program. Now, in addition to gift cards, jewelry, sporting goods and 16 other product categories, agents can shop in the Carnival Store and select a “Travel Agents Rock” watch or T-shirt when they redeem points accrued for selling Carnival cruises.

In the Loyalty Rocks! program, travel advisors earn between five and 50 points per cruise . . .  READ MORE

Cruise Diary: Caribbean Flavors and Other Delights on Nieuw Statendam

Georgina Cruz, a seasoned traveler and frequent Holland America Line guest who takes many of our Grand Voyages, recently enjoyed a 14-day Caribbean voyage on Nieuw Statendam where she indulged in the many culinary experiences on board and ashore. Bon appetit!

Nieuw Statendam had dropped anchor at Half Moon Cay, Holland America’s private island in the Bahamas, early on . . .  READ MORE

SAILING IN ST. MAARTEN: America’s Cup Style


The weather was perfect.

The sun was high and the trade winds kept us from getting too hot as we prepared to board our tenders from the dock. I was here for another photo/video shoot with my team. We’d already experienced the excitement of soaring through the sky, thanks to the Flying Dutchman, and dipped below the waves on an incredible aquatic experience in Stingray City. I was next looking forward to joining our guests on a different kind of Caribbean . . .  READ MORE

Carnival Panorama Officially Named by Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White

The arrival of Carnival Panorama – the line’s first new ship on the West Coast in 20 years – was celebrated in true Carnival Cruise Line fashion with Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White serving as godmother and officially naming the ship during a memorable ceremony on board.

White delivered poignant comments during which she spoke about her love of cruising and the commitment she shares with Carnival to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, as well as the cruise line’s relationship with . . .  READ MORE

Visit to Labadee in Haiti

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Visit to Labadee in Haiti

The first port for our Royal Caribbean cruise of the western Caribbean was Labadee, Hispaniola which is actually a part of Haiti. This specific port is leased out to Royal Caribbean so only their cruiseships come here. Labadee is actually a peninsula with a few beaches. Getting to land from the cruiseship is by tender.

There is a small section for kids with floating fake icebergs to climb and water slides but they charge an admission fee. . . .  READ MORE

View & Verandah Offers Upgrades, Onboard Spending Money, Beverage Card, Kids Sail Free and More

Just in time for wave season, Holland America Line’s popular View & Verandah promotion is back and more robust than ever before with a special $ 50 beverage card bonus for booking early. Guests who book select 2020 and 2021 cruises to practically all of Holland America Line’s global destinations and Alaska Land+Sea Journeys will receive a stateroom upgrade, onboard . . .  READ MORE

Carnival Cruise Line Earns ‘Best Value for Money,’ ‘Best Service’ for Third Consecutive Year in Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards

Carnival Cruise Line received “Best Service” and “Best Value for Money” in Cruise Critic’s 12th annual Editors’ Picks Awards in the Ocean Cruise Line category. This marks the third consecutive year that Carnival has earned “Best Service” honors.

The awards are selected by a panel of cruise experts from Cruise Critic, the world’s largest cruise reviews site and online cruise community, based on first-hand experience and cruise industry knowledge.

Carnival earned “Best Service” . . .  READ MORE

Club HAL and High Score! Update

The Kid’s Club/Club HAL is not going away on Holland America Line.

On Oosterdam only, we recently launched a new venue called High Score!, featuring a variety of popular arcade and table games. Regular hours during the day are for kids ages 7+ and family time is offered in the evening, with separate time slots. Times for each are published in the daily program and monitored by our staff.

High Score Skeep Ball

Kids play Skee-Ball at High Score! on Oosterdam.

Due to the high demand for family use of High Score! on Oosterdam’s . . .  READ MORE

You Can Have A Beautiful Wedding Regardless Of Your Budget

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You Can Have A Beautiful Wedding Regardless Of Your Budget

From the softest touch of the perfect napkins to the flowing trail of the gown, every detail of your wedding must be perfect. The following article is designed to make the job of creating that perfect wedding easier. Read on for wonderful advice and fantastic tips on saving time, energy and other valuable resources you will need for that big day!

Add depth to your floral decor and centerpieces by incorporating floral . . .  READ MORE

Holland America Line Named Tops for Dining, Itineraries and Entertainment in 2019 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards

Cruise Critic, the world’s largest cruise reviews site and online cruise community, announced the winners in its 2019 Editors’ Picks Awards in the United States and Australia. Holland America Line’s excellence was recognized in three categories: Best Dining and Best Itineraries in the United States and Best Entertainment in Australia.

The Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards highlight the best cruise lines of the year across dozens of categories, as chosen by the site’s international . . .  READ MORE