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2014 Hurricane Season Summary

Posted December 1, 2014

The National Hurricane Center reports below average activity this season with 8 named storms, of which 6 became hurricanes, and two of those hurricanes were major storms. Strong wind shear, dry descending air throughout the Atlantic and fewer tropical waves coming off the African coast due to a below average monsoon season in Africa can be attributed to a quiet season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 - November 30.

We can't say the same for the Eastern Pacific...the 2014 season was extremely active with 20 named storms, of which 14 became hurricanes, and 8 of those reached major hurricane strength. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 - November 30.

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Celebrity Cruise Line Orders Two New Ships

posted December 4, 2014

The two 2,900-guest, 117,000-gross-registered-ton ships, developed under the project name EDGE will build upon the modern luxury experience of the brand’s Millennium and Solstice class vessels. At 984 feet long, 123 feet wide and 190 feet high, Project EDGE will deliver small ship itineraries with large ship amenities. "Our new class of ship will set the standard for premium world travel and deliver the next generation of modern luxury experiences that our guests know and love,” said Michael Bayley, president and chief executive officer of Celebrity Cruises. Delivery of the first ship is expected in Fall 2018, with the second vessel delivered in the early part of 2020.

Majesty of the Seas leaving the RCCL Fleet in 2016

posted November 21, 2014

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. today announced that Majesty of the Seas will transfer from its Royal Caribbean International cruise brand to its Pullmantur brand in 2016.  Majesty of the Seas' last 3-night sailing for Royal Caribbean International will depart on April 29, 2016.  She will then enter dry dock before joining the Pullmantur fleet, allowing her to be tailored to fit Pullmantur's brand standards and offerings.

Quantum of the Seas Arrives in Cape Liberty

posted November 10, 2014

Royal Caribbean International's newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, arrived into her homeport of Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, NJ today, bringing with her a wave of unprecedented first-at-sea features and amenities. Superfast wireless connectivity, the world's first robotic bartenders, a skydiving simulator, bumper cars, futuristic entertainment, and partnerships with celebrated chefs Jamie OliverMichael Schwartz and Devin Alexander, are just a small sample of what the modern age of cruising looks like onboard Quantum of the Seas

RCI Takes Delivery of Quantum of the Seas

posted October 28, 2014

Royal Caribbean International took delivery today of the newest addition to the cruise line’s fleet, Quantum of the Seas, from Meyer Werft Yard. With Captain Srecko “Felix” Ban at the helm, the ship will begin her journey today to Southampton, U.K., where she will welcome her first guests on November 2, for a trans-Atlantic voyage to her home port of Cape Liberty Cruise Port, Bayonne, New Jersey.

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Development of East Caicos Considered


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Coast Guard Medevacs Woman from Oosterdam


Queen Victoria to Undergo Multi-Million Dollar Refit at Blohm+Voss

Shipyard in January 2015.

Original Love Boat Cast Will Be Godparents to Regal Princess.


Regent Seven Seas Cruises Offers Free WIFI Beginning the First of the Year.


Carnival to build new port destination in Haiti.


CBP Issues New Customs Declarations Form, Features Expanded

Definition of Family Members.

NCL first cruise line to offer All-Inclusive Packages for onboard services


Princess to Add New Ship to Fleet


Silversea to Host Rare Buccellati Exhibition


Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Desmond Tutu

To Join Crystal Spring 2015 South Africa Voyage.

NCL Releases Second Quarter Report


NCL follows suit and bans smoking on balconies

effective November1, 2014.

Costa Concordia scheduled to be towed away Monday, July 21, 2014

after successful refloat procedure.

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