Alerts about cruise news, reviews and deals plus general musings from USA TODAY Cruise Log blogger Gene Sloan

Sneak peek: Inside the new 'Frozen' show coming to the Disney Wonder

usatoday.com — TORONTO -- What do you do when you're given the assignment of turning the highest-grossing animated movie of all time into a 55-minute cruise ship show? For starters, you trust your heart, says Sheryl Kaller, the Tony Award-nominated director tapped to transform Disney's Frozen into a musical for Disney Cruise Line's 1,754-passenger Disney Wonder.

Photo tour: Inside one of the most elegant river ships in France

usatoday.com — Thinking about a river cruise on France's Rhone River? Our latest Cruise Ship Tour, in the carousel above, offers a deck-by-deck look at one of the most upscale vessels on the waterway, the recently revamped Scenic Sapphire.

Deal watch: Norwegian Cruise Line extends promotion

usatoday.com — Norwegian Cruise Line has extended a promotion that brings free perks with new bookings. The Miami-based cruise operator says customers now have until Sept. 18 to get up to five value-added options that include an Unlimited Beverage Package, a Specialty Dining Package and prepaid service charges.

Two giant new ships on the way for Carnival

usatoday.com — It's expansion time again for cruise giant Carnival. The Miami-based company on Tuesday announced it had ordered two giant new ships for delivery in 2020 and 2022, respectively. At 180,000 tons, the vessels will be about a third larger than the largest ships currently in the Carnival fleet.

Another Carnival ship to get major makeover

usatoday.com — It's makeover time for one of cruise giant Carnival's oldest ships, the 2,056-passenger Carnival Imagination. Carnival on Thursday said the 21-year-old vessel will undergo a three-week overhaul in September that will bring an array of new venues that have been rolling out across the Carnival fleet.

Holland America pulls ship from Mediterranean amidst weak bookings

usatoday.com — Add Holland America to the list of cruise lines cutting back on Mediterranean sailings amidst weak bookings. The Seattle-based line on Friday announced it had canceled plans to deploy the 1,848-passenger Oosterdam to the region for the summer of 2017, saying the ship instead would head to Alaska for the season.

Photo tour: The intimate cruise ship that just got a massive makeover

usatoday.com — A new era for Azamara Club Cruises kicked off this year as both of its ships emerged from massive, top-to-bottom makeovers. Just how much was changed? See for yourself with a scroll through our latest Cruise Ship Tour, in the carousel above, which offers a look inside one of the revamped vessels, Azamara Quest.

Holland America is latest cruise line to drop Turkey

usatoday.com — Add Holland America to the list of cruise lines that have canceled calls in Turkey for the rest of the year. The Seattle-based company says six Mediterranean voyages scheduled to take place in September and October no longer will include stops in the country.

New Carnival route: Los Angeles to Alaska and back

usatoday.com — Cruise giant Carnival has announced plans for a voyage from the Los Angeles area to Alaska and back -- a first for the line. The Miami-based cruise operator says the 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle will depart Long Beach, Calif. on Sept.

It's back! Royal Caribbean sets another Zumba cruise

usatoday.com — The cruise where you spend your days doing dance-infused workouts is back. Global fitness company Zumba has announced it's teaming with Royal Caribbean to hold a second official Zumba Cruise in early 2017.
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Sep 02, 2016

Bulletin: @HalCruises is latest line to pull ship from Mediterranean amid weak bookings:  http://usat.ly/2c08tCK  https://t.co/bznTNTXmda

Sep 01, 2016

RT @CruiseGuy: Photo tour: The intimate #cruise ship that just got a massive makeover fr @CruiseLog  http://bit.ly/2bTBk7h 


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