For the second year in a row, Viking River Cruises became a bona fide Guinness World Record holder. In just a little over 24 hours, Viking christened sixteen of its award-winning Longships — nine were launched in Amsterdam, four in Germany and three in France.
by John and Sandra Nowlan
Cuba is not your traditional Caribbean cruise destination. Because of the U.S. embargo, it’s an entirely different experience that, until this year, has not been possible. But finally, thanks to a Canadian-based company called Cuba Cruise partnering with a Greek cruise line, travelers can enjoy the authentic Cuba, visiting five ports and interacting with the locals as the cruise ship, Louis Cristal, circumnavigates the island each week.
Try skydiving and bumper cars at sea!
by Patricia Mack
Boredom will be a thing of the past on Royal Caribbean’s two new ships, the first in a new Quantum class. They will be the first at sea to offer attractions such as simulated skydiving, bumper cars, roller skating and an observation capsule inspired by the London Eye. The capsule, called The North Star, can hold 14 people and is attached to a crane-like arm with a bird’s-eye view 303 feet above sea level for spectacular vistas of the ship at sea as well as ports of call.
by Patricia Mack
Cruise lines routinely “reposition” ships to take advantage of the season or the market for one popular locale over another. Liners move from Alaska to Hawaii, Mexico to Canada or make Trans-Atlantic sailings from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean (or vice versa). This particular Trans-Atlantic voyage, from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona, was seventeen days long and took place on board the MS Nieuw Amsterdam — an eleven-deck, Signature class cruise ship and the second largest ship in the Holland America Line.
After a nearly ten-year absence, international beach volleyball returned to American shores for the World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach, CA, from July 22-28. Featuring both an International Federation of Volleyball (FIVB) grand slam event and a new “World Series Cup,” which pitted top international competitors against the best of the U.S. , the event drew out volleyball fans in droves to the picturesque Long Beach waterfront, which also hosted live music, street food and interactive booths throughout the week.