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March 19, 2007
Correction to Onboard Credits Story
A recent CruiseCompete Currents stressed the importance of considering the
value of onboard credits offered when choosing your best cruise deal. As
you'll recall, onboard credits are the same as cash in your pocket to
spend onboard ship and can make a big difference to the overall cost of
your vacation. We were incorrect about "spa" and "excursion" and "casino
credits." Despite the misleading names, these can usually be used for any
onboard purchases, and usually do not have to be used for the named
Carnival assigns newest ship, Carnival Freedom, to Mediterranean region.
To meet the growing demand for European cruises, Carnival assigned its
newest ship, the 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom, to the region this month
for 12-day Grand Mediterranean and Mediterranean and Greek Isles sailings,
operating round-trip from Rome.
Technology pervades the ship, with Carnival's Seaside Theater . a poolside
270-foot LED screen for movies, concerts and other programming. The
Freedom also features bow-to-stern Internet wireless access and cellular
phone service. In addition, the ship houses 22 lounges and bars, as well
as a 13,300 square-foot health club and unique facilities for children and
teens, including Camp Carnival and Club O2. Some 60 percent of the 1,487
staterooms offer either an ocean view or balcony.
Following its stint in Europe, the Carnival Freedom will complete a
transatlantic voyage from Rom to Miami for seven-day Caribbean cruises
beginning this November.
Disney adding two new ships to its magical cruise lineup.
Family cruise leader Disney is adding two new ocean liners to its lineup
of ships, scheduled to be launched in 2011 and 2012. The yet-unnamed
vessels, each weighing more than 122,000 tons, will more than double the
passenger capacity of the Disney Cruise Line. Both ships will be two
decks taller than the existing ships in the fleet, the Disney Magic and
Wonder, and feature 1,250 staterooms.
"Kids Sail Free" on MSC Cruises' Christmas and New Year's voyages.
MSC Cruises is making this year's December holiday season even more
special for parents and kids alike. The cruise line is extending its
"Kids Sail Free" offer to include its seven-night Christmas and New Year's
sailings. The offer applies to the MSC Lirica's Dec. 21 Christmas cruise
and Dec. 28 New Year's itinerary, both sailing roundtrip from Fort
Lauderdale. Children ages 17 and under sharing a stateroom with two
full-fare-paying adults sail free (government fees and taxes are
additional). Reservations must be made by April 30. Restrictions apply.
The Dec. 21 itinerary includes two days at sea and port visits to San Juan
(Puerto Rico), Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas), Cayo Laventado (Dominican
Republic) and Nassau (Bahamas). The Dec. 28 itinerary includes stops at
Key West (Florida), Georgetown (Grand Cayman), Cozumel (Mexico) and
Nassau, plus two sea days.