The Icon of the Seas

1 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  8 minutes

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© royalcaribbeanpresscenter.com

Icon of the Seas is a cruise ship built for Royal Caribbean International and will be the lead ship of the Icon class. She is scheduled to enter service on 27 January 2024 out of PortMiami in the US. At 248,663 gross tonnage (GT), Icon of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world.   read more…

CocoCay in the Bahamas

13 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

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© UpstateNYer/cc-by-sa-3.0

CocoCay or Little Stirrup Cay is one of the Berry Islands, a collection of Bahamian cays and small islands located approximately 55 miles north of Nassau. It is used for tourism by Royal Caribbean Group exclusively. Little Stirrup Cay is adjacent to Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian Cruises‘ private island since 1977.   read more…

The Norwegian Encore

1 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  6 minutes

Norwegian Encore at Meyer Werft © Ein Dahmer/cc-by-sa-4.0

Norwegian Encore at Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany © Ein Dahmer/cc-by-sa-4.0

Norwegian Encore is a Breakaway Plus-class cruise ship operated by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). She is the fourth Breakaway Plus-class ship in the fleet, following sister ships Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Escape, and Norwegian Joy, and debuted in November 2019.   read more…

Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas

26 November 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  11 minutes

Great Strirrup Cay © Armsoo/cc-by-3.0

Great Strirrup Cay © Armsoo/cc-by-3.0

Great Stirrup Cay is a 268-acre (108 ha) island that is part of the Berry Islands in the Bahamas. Norwegian Cruise Line purchased the island from the Belcher Oil Company in 1977 and developed it into a private island for their cruise ship passengers. The northern part of the island has a sandy beach surrounded by rocks with snorkeling areas. The southern part features a helicopter airfield (with a sign reading “Great Stirrup Cay International Airport”), a large area without vegetation, and numerous concrete blocks. These are all remnants of a previous U.S. military installation and satellite tracking station. The island’s lighthouse was originally constructed in 1863 by the Imperial Lighthouse Service. Great Stirrup Cay is adjacent to Little Stirrup Cay, Royal Caribbean Cruises’ private island.   read more…

The Mardi Gras

1 November 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  6 minutes

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Mardi Gras is an Excellence-class cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Line. The ship is Carnival’s lead vessel of the fleet’s Excel-class, a subclass of the Excellence class, and was built by Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku in Turku, Finland. The ship has often been incorrectly referred to as Carnival Mardi Gras, though Carnival has specified that her name does not include the “Carnival” prefix, a first since the Fantasy-class vessels originally omitted “Carnival” in their names upon their debuts. Mardi Gras has been subject to numerous delays in her construction, delivery, and debut amid the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent impact on tourism. First scheduled for a summer 2020 delivery and debut, she was delivered to Carnival on 18 December 2020. After her debut was postponed on numerous occasions, Mardi Gras began operating weekly sailings on 31 July 2021.   read more…

The Wonder of the Seas

1 August 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  6 minutes

in Málaga © Daniel Capilla/cc-by-sa-4.0

in Málaga © Daniel Capilla/cc-by-sa-4.0

Wonder of the Seas is the flagship of Royal Caribbean International. She was completed in 2022 in the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, the fifth in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class of cruise ships. At 236,857 GT, she was the largest cruise ship in the world by gross tonnage, surpassed by the succeeding ship, Icon of the Seas, also owned by Royal Caribbean International.   read more…

Theme Week Caribbean

23 January 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon voyage, Theme Weeks Reading Time:  9 minutes

Parliament building in Nassau, Bahamas © Crm18

Parliament building in Nassau, Bahamas © Crm18

The Caribbean is a region of the Americas that consists of the Caribbean Sea, its islands (some surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and some bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean) and the surrounding coasts. The region is southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland, east of Central America, and north of South America.   read more…

The Spectrum of the Seas

1 December 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  6 minutes

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© Dickelbers/cc-by-sa-4.0

Spectrum of the Seas is a Quantum-Ultra-class cruise ship currently operated by Royal Caribbean International and the first ship of the Quantum Ultra class, a modification from the company’s Quantum class of ships. The ship was constructed at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany and was delivered in April 2019. At 169,379 GT, she became the fifth largest ship in the fleet by gross tonnage upon delivery. She currently operates primarily in East Asia.   read more…

Nassau on New Providence

1 October 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  18 minutes

Nassau welcome gateway © BrokenSphere/cc-by-3.0

Nassau welcome gateway © BrokenSphere/cc-by-3.0

Nassau is the capital and largest city of The Bahamas. With a population of 274,400 as of 2016, or just over 70% of the entire population of The Bahamas (≈391,000), Nassau is commonly defined as a primate city, dwarfing all other towns in the country. It is the centre of commerce, education, law, administration, and media of the country. Lynden Pindling International Airport, the major airport for the Bahamas, is located about 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) west of the city centre of Nassau, and has daily flights to major cities in Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and the United States. The city is located on the island of , which functions much like a business district. Nassau is the site of the House of Assembly and various judicial departments and was considered historically to be a stronghold of pirates. The city was named in honour of William III of England, Prince of Orange-Nassau.   read more…

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