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Ruby Princess current position
Ruby Princess current location is at Caribbean Sea (coordinates 9.84271 N / -78.98262 W) cruising at speed of 18 kn (33 km/h | 21 mph) en route to CO CTG> PA NC2. The AIS position was reported 14 minutes ago.
Current itinerary of Ruby Princess
Ruby Princess current cruise is 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica Caribbean . The itinerary starts on 19 Jan, 2024 and ends on 29 Jan, 2024 .
Specifications of Ruby Princess
Ruby Princess Itineraries
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The 2008-built Ruby Princess cruise ship is the 9th and last Grand-class Princess Cruises liner, with sisterships Caribbean , Diamond , Golden (now Pacific Adventure) , Grand , Crown , Emerald , Star (now Pacific Encounter) and Sapphire .
The vessel (IMO number 9378462) is currently Bermuda- flagged (MMSI 310567000) and registered in Hamilton .
History - construction and ownership
Princess Cruises is a USA-based passenger shipping company headquartered in Beverly Hills CA. A former subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises (1977-founded), in 2003, the company merged with Carnival Corporation - the world's largest cruise shipowner. Among Princess Cruise Lines Ltd's assets is the Caribbean private island resort Princess Cays (on Bahamas Eleuthera Island's southern end), located approx 80 km (50 mi) from Nassau .
The 3100-passenger ship Ruby Princess follows the highly evolutionary Crown Princess and Emerald Princess cruise ships. The vessels are virtually the same in layout and design, so if travellers have sailed on Crown, they will not have any trouble finding their way around Emerald or Ruby. But for those who have not travelled on Princess' Grand-class vessels, or for cruisers for whom a Ruby Princess sailing is their first cruise with the line, the ship is going to surprise, and in most cases, delight them with far higher levels of kitchen, service and facilities than passengers would expect on a stylish, mega-vessel catering to over 3,000 guests. For the most part, Ruby Princess isn't an innovator. The cruise liner has all the most popular Princess facilities - like the 3-deck Piazza with its own bakery, as well as many of those found on older vessels, including the Sanctuary (adults sundeck) and speciality restaurants Sabatini's and Crown Grill.
Although there are not too many surprises on this newest Grand-class vessel, there are some gentle improvements and enhancements. On the Ruby cruise ship, Princess has expanded the appeal of the Wheelhouse Bar (pub) to include English-inspired lunches. Suite guests have the option to enjoy intimate breakfasts at Sabatini's. The new Ultimate Ship Tour allows guests to explore normally never seen onboard spaces, such as the engine room, funnel, photo lab, Navigation Bridge. Among the expanded enrichment projects are Mixology@Sea (bartending skills) and Navigation@Sea (cruise ship navigation lessons).
Decks and Cabins
Most Ruby Princess staterooms (1530 total, in 33 grades) are 170-ft2 balcony cabins (680). Almost 80% of the ship's outside staterooms have private step-out balconies. Wheelchair-accessible cabins are 31. The largest accommodations are the Balcony Suites (410 ft2 / 38 m2, with terrace sized 180 ft2 / 17 m2).
The boat has 18 decks , of which 15 are passenger-accessible and 8 with cabins.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
Ruby Princess features three dining rooms, all offering tasteful, Caribbean-themed menu. Botticelli is for fixed-seating dining, while Michaelangelo and Da Vinci are for passengers who have chosen "Anytime Dining". Reservations are available but are not required. Da Vinci also welcomes guests for waiter-service breakfast and lunch. Rotating menu options include soups, appetizers, mains and desserts. There are also signature pasta and choices like Caesar salad and salmon. The healthy Lotus Spa selections are low in sodium and fat. Cafe Caribe and Horizon Court look identical and are open all day long. The Horizon section serves as a lido buffet restaurant and features breakfast buffets. Lunch choices may include unusual dishes like peanut butter sandwiches and fried banana. There is also the Italian-styled piazza, around which are located the International Cafe (with its wonderful coffees and scrumptious pastries, quiche and chocolate fondue); across the way is Vines, ship's wine and sushi bar (it's got the only really good wine list onboard Ruby).
In January 2016 Celebrity chef Curtis Stone teamed up with Princess Cruises for his first-at-sea speciality restaurant serving high-quality, inventive food. During Ruby Princess' dry dock, Share replaced the signature Italian Sabatini's and introduced new bedding, dining options, entertainment and more. Share is only open for dinner and applies a $39 cover charge. Its menu features five areas from which to select multiple dishes and a charcuterie platter. It's hard to order only one of each, as there are enticing recipes like a twice-cooked duck with fennel, parmesan crumb and bacon jus; or shrimp salad with turnip, citrus salt, brioche and lemon gel.
Share is only found on board Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess, for now. "Crafted by Curtis" dishes are on the MDR menus fleetwide. If you wonder why to pay extra at Share, here are the cool things about the brand new Curtis Stone restaurant which make it worth the splurge. Food like this cannot be found anywhere else on the ship. Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess are simple when it comes to dining venues. Before Share, both ships had three main dining rooms, a steakhouse and a buffet, all of which average in terms of overall experience and quality. From its celebrity chef to its natural ingredients and perfectly sized portions, you won't find food like Share's anywhere else on the ship.
Perfect for couples and large groups. This space is open, airy and large, with long tables and more intimate seating arrangements. Large groups have enough room to engage and share dishes. Couples can enjoy more peace and quiet. The ambience is upscale, yet not stuffy. Share's family-style dining and chic decor allow guests to dress their best and still feel relaxed. Passengers will feel more like they're in someone's home, talking and passing plates across the table.
Service at Share is second to none. The wait staff is knowledgeable about the menu and all ingredients handpicked by the celebrity chef's team. According to Stone: "The enthusiasm in that kitchen right now is actually unparalleled to anything I've ever done; they're so energetic and so up for it."
Guests will have room for dessert. Appetizers, entrees and dessert options, complementing a cheese plate, are conservative in size. Passengers will not only expand their palate by picking at multiple dishes but will also be able to satisfy their sweet tooth.
Follows the complete list of Ruby Princess restaurants and food bars.
- Michaelangelo Restaurant (ship's aft Dining Room; dinner only - offers “Anytime Dining” between 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.)
- Crown Grill (160-seat steakhouse/seafood restaurant, reservations recommended; on select days serves British Pub Lunch, complimentary)
- Da Vinci Restaurant (ship's forward Dining Room for Breakfast 7-9 a.m., Lunch 12-1:30 p.m., Afternoon Tea 3:30-4:30 p.m.; features “Anytime Dining” for Dinner between 5:30-8 p.m. or 8-10 p.m.)
- Botticelli Restaurant (dinner only aft Dining Room; with 2 fixed seatings at 6 p.m. or 8:15 p.m.)
- Share (ex-Sabatini’s Italian speciality restaurant; reservations recommended)
- Trident Grill & Prego Pizzeria (self-service, complimentary fast food bar)
- Horizon Court (self-service buffet restaurant, complimentary)
- Cafe Caribe (aft self-service buffet restaurant)
- Pizza & Ice Cream Bar (complimentary).
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
The Princess Ruby Theater is the main venue on Ruby Princess for comedy acts and production shows with a variety of music and selections appealing to a broad mix of ages. Each of the ship's venues has a different offering. Crooners feature music trivia contests and a pianist. Explorer's Lounge hosts events for everything from Wii sports tournaments to art auctions, plus comedy shows and magicians. The Piazza offers various demonstrations, circus-lite acts and musical performances throughout the day. Club Fusion is a part game show, part nightclub venue. Skywalker Nightclub, Princess' trademark, hosts the 70's-, the 80's- and the 90's-inspired nights and a few nights with a variety of modern music. For low-key dancing, head to the Wheelhouse Bar, which hosts combos playing standards and soft rock.
Follows the complete list of Ruby Princess lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
- The Piazza Atrium (3-deck open floor area; features live performances entertainment and lobby Bar Piazza)
- Princess Fine Arts Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop; Platinum Studio
- International Cafe (24-hour speciality coffee bar and patisserie); Escapes Travel Cafe (computer room)
- Vines Bar (wine/seafood/sushi bar)
- Library (with Internet stations); Internet Cafe (24-hour)
- Princess Ruby Theatre (2-level musical and show productions; hosts workshops, seminars, game shows)
- Speakeasy Lounge & Bar (smoking lounge and sports bar)
- Calypso Cove Shop; Essence Shop; Meridian Bay Shop; Facets Shop
- Gatsby’s Casino
- Crooners Lounge & Bar (live music; also used for seminars); Adagio Lounge & Bar
- Explorers Lounge & Bar (disco/show lounge; hosts karaoke, comedy, game shows and art auctions)
- Wheelhouse Bar (piano bar during the day and an English pub nightly)
- Club Fusion Lounge (hosts dance classes and quizzes, after 7:30 p.m. becomes Disco & Nightclub)
- Outrigger Bar (poolside bar); Tradewinds Bar
- Ruby’s Lotus Spa complex; Beauty Salon; Fitness Center (with Aerobics Studio)
- Hearts & Minds (Wedding Chapel)
- Movies Under the Stars (LED screen outdoor cinema)
- Video Games Arcade; Teen Center; Youth Center with Paddling Pool and outdoor playing areas
- The Sanctuary (adult-only open-air area)
- Calypso Reef & Pool area; Neptune’s Reef & Pool area
- Jogging Track; Center Court (volleyball, basketball, European football); Shuffleboard; Princess Links mini-golf course
- Skywalkers Disco Nightclub.
Ruby Princess itinerary program is based on 10-day Caribbean with Panama Canal cruises departing out of Fort Lauderdale Florida USA (during winter), 7-day Alaskan voyages (roundtrip from Vancouver BC Canada , during summer), and Hawaii-Mexico and Mexican Riviera roundtrips from San Francisco, California USA .
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Ruby Princess Wiki
Princess Cruises Ruby ship is the fleet's last Grand-class liner ( Fincantieri Monfalcone -built), with (same-designed) sisterships Crown and Emerald . The other (similarly-designed) fleetmates in this class are Caribbean , Diamond , Golden (now Pacific Adventure) , Grand , Sapphire , Star (now Pacific Encounter) .
The liner was christened on November 6, 2008, at Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida . Its godparents (Trista and Ryan Sutter) met at ABC's dating show "The Bachelorette", then fell in love and got married. The inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) started on November 8, out of Fort Lauderdale.
Skywalkers Night Club (ship's disco) is located aft of the funnel. It's not hanging over the stern, like on the sisterships from the modified Grand-Class (Emerald and Crown) and also unlike Diamond and Sapphire. Fun fact is that Ruby Princess was the first ship to offer "The Ultimate Ship Tour". This program allows passengers to have a look at the shipboard organization process.
In December 2018, Ruby became the world's first cruise liner allowing Chinese passengers to make onboard shopping payments via both Alipay and WeChat Pay - China's top-two popular digital payment platforms. Alipay's in-store payment service covers 40+ countries, and as of 2018 is used by over 900 million people worldwide. WeChat Pay (as of 2018) has around 800 million monthly users worldwide. In 2017, its total volume was around USD 6.5 trillion. Alipay digital payment was introduced on Majestic Princess during ship's 2017 summer homeporting in Shanghai .
Ruby Princess refurbishments review
The ship's drydock refurbishment in 2015 (done in Vancouver BC Canada /December 3-14) was mainly for general maintenance and resulted in the following deckplan changes:
Two new premium dining venues were added. “SHARE by Curtis Stone” is a family-style restaurant by Curtis Stone (an Australian celebrity chef). Its menu features charcuterie (premium quality meat products), composed salads, homemade pasta, gourmet desserts. The new “Salty Dog Gastropub” cuisine experience (by chef Ernesto Uchimura) is provided by a classic pub menu offered nightly in the Wheelhouse Bar (on Promenade Dec 7) with craft beers and pub favorites served in small plates.
In 2015, aft on Sun Deck 16, “SHARE” replaced "Sabatini’s” – the Italian restaurant, featured on the Princess ships Caribbean, Coral, Emerald and Sun. “SHARE” restaurant debuted on Emerald Princess (in 2015 December). The “Salty Dog Gastropub” debuted on Crown Princess (in 2015 October).
All cruise cabins were upgraded with the new "Princess Luxury Bed".
Club Class Mini-Suite services and amenities were introduced.
The ship’s gym was upgraded with new sports equipment and free weights.
During drydock 2018 (October/USD 8,2 million project) the ship received 3 new dining venues - Slice Pizzeria, The Salty Dog Grill and SHARE (by Curtis Stone).
Ruby Princess' last drydock refurbishment was in 2023 (September 24 through October 22) conducted at Vigor Shipyard in Portland Oregon USA . The 1-month drydocking was mainly for regularly scheduled maintenance and classification works, including a technical overhaul.
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Panama Canal Cruises
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We’re the number one cruise line sailing to this bucket list destination, and as awe-inspiring as it is to travel through one of Condé Nast Traveler’s 7 Cruise Wonders of the World, we’ll help you explore equally fascinating places along the way. So stretch out on a Caribbean beach, admire the pristine rainforests, stroll the cobbled streets of colonial towns and journey through the fabled Panama Canal with Princess.
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- Sail from the East Coast to the West Coast or vice versa. Cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles or San Francisco, or cruise from either of those two West Coast cities to Florida.
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We craft our Panama Canal itineraries to enrich our guests' experiences to provide the most exposure to this bucket-list destination. You'll be enchanted by Spanish and Dutch cities dating back centuries, as well as diverse tropical rainforests, white-sand beaches, dramatic volcanoes and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And Princess provides live narration from the bridge while transiting the locks, just one reason we were voted "Best Cruise Line for Enrichment" by Cruise International .
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From ships custom built to sail the massive locks to immersive onboard programs and onshore adventures that inspire, Princess is the number one way to explore this epic phenomenon. We've sailed the Panama Canal since 1967 and we have more itinerary choices and departures of any cruise line in the region.
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Each voyage offers a myriad of experiences and cultures. There is something for every type of explorer in this culturally diverse region. Choose from immersive excursions such as exploring the engineering mastery of the Canal, trekking through surrounding rainforests, visiting local villages and relaxing on the pristine beaches of the Caribbean.
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Ruby Princess - March 9, 2024
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March 9, 2024
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The March 9, 2024 cruise on the Ruby Princess departs from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. On this 14 Night Circle Caribbean sailing, the ship will visit a total of 9 different cruise port destinations, including its departure port. The Ruby Princess sets sail on a Saturday (March 9, 2024) and returns on a Saturday (March 23, 2024).
Cruise Price by Cabin Type
The price of the March 9, 2024 cruise on the Ruby Princess ranges from $1,218 for an inside cabin to $3,298 for a suite.
This is a 14 night cruise and price per night is noted below for each cabin type. An inside cabin will cost $87 per night, an ocean view cabin will cost $98 per night, a balcony cabin will cost $(call) per night, and a suite will cost $235 per night.
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The Ruby Princess was built in 2008 and is amoung Princess's 17 ships in it's fleet. The Ruby Princess is included in the cruise line's Grand Class. In the cruise ship stats below you'll find the Ruby Princess vs all other Princess ships.
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Ruby Princess Alaska Cruises 2025
Embark on an unforgettable Alaskan adventure aboard the magnificent Ruby Princess. As a member of the prestigious Princess Cruises fleet, the Ruby Princess stands as a testament to luxury and elegance. With a multitude of decks boasting meticulously designed plans, it accommodates a generous number of guests while ensuring ample space for relaxation and entertainment. The ship's expertly trained staff is dedicated to providing exceptional service, ensuring that every aspect of your journey exceeds expectations. At the heart of the vessel lies its main attraction, a stunning atrium, adorned with sparkling chandeliers and a grand staircase, setting the stage for an unforgettable voyage. Discover the wonders of the Last Frontier as Ruby Princess set sail from Vancouver in style and comfort aboard this remarkable vessel.
Princess Cruises' Alaskan voyages typically span seven to fourteen days, showcasing some of Alaska's most breathtaking destinations. Ports of call include scenic towns such as Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan, while cruisers also have the chance to marvel at natural wonders like Glacier Bay and College Fjord. Numerous shore excursions are available, offering experiences such as dog sledding, wildlife viewing, and cultural tours. With Princess Cruises, every day of your Alaskan journey presents a new opportunity for exploration and adventure.
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Almost every Ruby Princess cruise to Alaska includes a visit to a tidewater glacier, glaciers which flow into the ocean, often with powerful calving. The most popular destinations are Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier, Strait of Georgia, Tracy Arm. The cruises nearly all call at Ketchikan, Skagway or Juneau, with some rarer alternatives for Haines, Hoonah and Sitka. Find and plan your next 2025 Alaska cruise out of San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; Vancouver, British Columbia; Whittier, Alaska; with Ruby Princess.
Ruby Princess Cruise Timetable 2025
7-day Alaska cruise from Vancouver
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Date: April 30, 2024
Ports of Call: Vancouver, Juneau, Skagway, Dawes Glacier, Ketchikan, Vancouver; View Itinerary
Date: May 7, 2024
Ports of Call: Vancouver, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Vancouver; View Itinerary
Date: May 14, 2024
Date: May 21, 2024
Date: May 28, 2024
Ports of Call: Vancouver, Icy Strait, Skagway, Dawes Glacier, Ketchikan, Vancouver; View Itinerary
Date: June 4, 2024
Date: June 11, 2024
Ports of Call: Vancouver, Juneau, Haines, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Vancouver; View Itinerary
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Date: August 6, 2024
Date: August 13, 2024
Ports of Call: Vancouver, Icy Strait, Haines, Dawes Glacier, Ketchikan, Vancouver; View Itinerary
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What’s new for Florida cruises in 2024
ORLANDO, Fla. — The world’s largest cruise ship headlines a big comeback year for major hardware arriving in Florida.
Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas will make a sizable splash when it arrives in Miami in January, having taken over the title from what are now its little Oasis-class sisters.
But what will now be the second-largest cruise ship, Utopia of the Seas, the last of six Oasis-class behemoths, is also Florida-bound, arriving at Port Canaveral in July for its debut.
The Sunshine State will also see the newest Disney Cruise Line vessel with Disney Treasure’s arrival in December, on top of DCL’s opening of its new Bahamas destination, Lighthouse Point, which will pull in ship visits from both Port Canaveral and Disney’s new second Florida home in Port Everglades.
Port Everglades will also feature its own sizable debut when Princess Cruises’ new Sphere class vessel the Sun Princess arrives in October.
First up, though, is Royal Caribbean’s new flagship for its new class.
Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas
Debuts from PortMiami on Jan. 27, sailing seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.
The 20-deck, 250,800-gross-ton, 1,198-foot-long cruise ship comes in about 15,000 gross tons bigger than, but with a layout similar to, Oasis-class vessels. It features eight neighborhoods carved out to support the flow of what could be 7,600 passengers on board at max capacity. The most notable is the new AquaDome neighborhood, a massive 363-ton engineering feat that sits at the top and front of the ship, which will be home to the line’s signature AquaTheater show, migrating from its traditional outdoor venue on Oasis ships.
Other new neighborhoods include: family-friendly Surfside, replacing the Boardwalk space on the aft of the ship; Thrill Island on the top deck, hosting the largest water park at sea, called Category 6, and a feature called the Crown’s Edge that is part ropes course and part thrill ride; Chill Island, also on the top deck, with the line’s first swim-up bar at sea, with in-water loungers and tables, among four pools within the neighborhood; and The Hideaway, which is home to a suspended infinity pool 135 feet above the ocean along with a multilevel sun terrace, more whirlpools and a bar.
The primary stage show is a version of “The Wizard of Oz,” while the ship is getting the largest skating rink in the fleet, home to even more entertainment productions, with each of the three main stages putting on two productions each per sailing.
New dining features on board include a 1920s-themed, high-end specialty space called Empire Supper Club, and a food hall concept called the AquaDome Market, with venues dedicated to macaroni and cheese and crepes among others.
Royal Caribbean’s Utopia of the Seas
Debuts from Port Canaveral on July 22, sailing three- and four-night Bahamas itineraries.
On what could be the final Oasis-class ship, the cruise line is giving it short cruise duties from the Orlando-area port, with each sailing making a stop at Royal’s private Bahamas island, Castaway Cay. Utopia is currently under construction at Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
It will have more than 40 venues for food and beverage, including a new tiki bar concept called the Pesky Parrot that will be situated indoors on the Promenade, with fruit-based cocktails and frozen drinks. Also coming is an interactive dining experience themed as if participants were riding in a classic train car. The multi-course meal looks to allow for a simulated trip to different destinations, with changing story lines married to the cuisine. Similar to Icon of the Seas, Utopia's Central Park will be the new home for Izumi hibachi and teppanyaki, including the offshoot Izumi in the Park, a walk-up outdoor venue that serves fresh sushi and Japanese-inspired sweets.
One thing Oasis-class ships have that Icon of the Seas won’t is the popular 10-deck spiraling dry slide, The Ultimate Abyss. Utopia’s is set to be 43 feet longer than its sister ships’ versions, and will feature transparent windows and “zoom boosting rollers” within the tube to make the mat ride even faster.
Princess Cruises' Sun Princess
Debuts in February sailing the Mediterranean, but begins sailing from Port Everglades on Oct. 14 on seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.
The first of a new Sphere class, with a 4,314-passenger capacity based on double occupancy, it’s the largest ship in the Princess fleet, coming in at 21 decks and 175,500 gross tons, which is about 30,000 more tons and 750 more guests than its last class of ships.
Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyards in Italy, its design will feature more balconies, a supersized 1,000-seat main theater called Princess Arena with an in-the-round layout with movable seats, and a three-deck main dining room.
A pair of unique offerings on the ship will be a bistro called The Butcher’s Block by Dario, from celebrity Tuscany butcher Dario Cecchini, and the Spellbound by Magic Castle venue in partnership with Hollywood landmark Magic Castle, a private club for the Academy of Magical Arts. The cruise venue will feature Victorian-era stylings amid themed rooms where servers will perform sleight-of-hand tricks while delivering theatrical cocktails.
Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Treasure
Debuts from Port Canaveral on Dec. 21 sailing seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.
The 144,000-gross-ton, 4,000-passenger vessel sister ship to 2022’s Disney Wish will have a slew of unique features many of which pull from theme park nostalgia, including bars themed to the Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It’s currently under construction at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
Similar to Wish, its top-deck feature will be the AquaMouse, a mix of a dark ride themed to the animated Mickey Mouse cartoons and a water coaster similar to the AquaDuck found on Disney Dream and Fantasy.
A new Broadway-style stage show based on “Moana” will join existing shows “Beauty and the Beast” and “Disney Seas the Day” as it takes on the longer sailing duties while Disney Wish continues short Bahamas sailings. A new dinner theater concept around the Pixar film “Coco” will debut as well.
Other unique touches for the ship include Peter Pan and Captain Hook stern characters, an Aladdin-themed Grand Hall atrium and a new dessert venue with a "Zootopia" theme.
New at the ports
Port Canaveral isn’t just welcoming two new ships in 2024 with Disney Treasure and Royal’s Utopia of the Seas, but is also bringing in two new brands, as both Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises will begin regular service for the first time. Caribbean Princess arrives on Nov. 27 to sail six- and eight-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, while Celebrity Equinox arrives on Dec. 3 to sail mostly seven-night Caribbean itineraries. The older ships are the lines’ first forays into the Central Florida market, but Princess Cruises has already announced it will send one of its newer ships, Sky Princess, to the port in 2025.
PortMiami, meanwhile, expects MSC Cruises to finish its new terminal, which will help solidify its reclamation of the title of world’s busiest cruise port. MSC’s offering, which will be able to handle three megaships and 36,000 passenger movements daily, will join new and refurbished terminals from Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian and Virgin Voyages that have redefined the Miami skyline in the last few years.
Port Everglades will continue to welcome Disney fans to the revamped Terminal 4, the cruise line’s new second Florida home that opened in November. The 104,000-square-foot space will host both Disney Dream and Magic through the year, and will expand further in 2025.
Disney Cruise Line will open its second private Bahamas destination, Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point, welcoming the first ship on June 8. Over the summer the line is limiting visits to the 700-acre site on the southern tip of the island of Eleuthera to mostly sailings on board Disney Magic from Port Everglades during three-, four- or five-night voyages.
Disney Fantasy, though, will also make a pair of stops during longer trips from Port Canaveral, and then make several trips in the fall, while Disney Wish sailings will be limited to Disney’s original private destination, Castaway Cay.
Lighthouse Point includes a main beach, family beach and adults-only beach plus an arts and cultural pavilion, water play area with two slides, gaming pavilion, market-style dining, shopping and kids club.
It’s the first of three new cruise line projects coming online in the Bahamas, but neither Carnival Cruise Line’s Celebration Key on Grand Bahama Island nor Royal Caribbean’s tinier Royal Beach Club in Nassau will be ready until 2025.
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9 new around-the-world cruises have joined Royal Caribbean's Ultimate World Cruise at sea. See what they're like — from a sold-out 6-month luxury cruise to a cheaper $21,100 option.
- Nine new around-the-world cruises have already set sail in 2024.
- These ships joined Royal Caribbean's nine-month Ultimate World Cruise at sea.
- Oceania said its 2024 world cruise sold out in 30 minutes.
The Seven Seas just got a bit more crowded: Nine new world cruises have recently set sail, joining Royal Caribbean's ongoing Ultimate World Cruise in a quest to travel around the world in 2024.
TikTok has developed an obsession with Royal Caribbean's nine-month vacation . But it's not the only one of its kind — nor was it the most in-demand.
In 2021 and 2022, other operators also announced their global cruises, with one selling out 30 minutes after it was offered. Since the start of the new year, nine of these have already embarked. Take a look at which ones.
Oceania Cruises — the premium $48,500 six-month option
Oceania's 2024 world cruise was so hot that it sold out 30 minutes after reservations opened in March 2022, the premium cruise line said at the time.
After almost two years of waiting, these travelers finally set sail from Los Angeles on January 14. For the next 180 days, the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings subsidiary says the Insignia is set to sail to 96 ports in 34 countries.
The vessel is now on its way to Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Canada, according to its world cruise itinerary . This includes 24 expected overnight stays in destinations like Yangon, Myanmar, and Reykjavik, Iceland.
Oceania's cabins started at $48,500 per person.
Regent Seven Seas Seas Cruises — NCLH's $73,500 ultra-luxury 4 ½-month cruise
On January 6, the Seven Seas Mariner departed Miami on a roundtrip 132-night global expedition . Through May 17, the ship is set to stop at 66 ports in 31 countries — sailing to expected destinations in Central America, Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Bermuda.
Fares started at $73,500 per person for Regent Seven Seas' basic suite . Too cheap? The most luxurious 2,000-square-foot accommodation had a $200,000-per-person price tag.
Like Oceania, these fares didn't stop travelers from flocking to the luxury cruise . The ship was fully reserved in less than three hours when bookings opened in July 2021, Regent Seven Seas said at the time.
Azamara — a private equity-owned $39,000, five-month sailing
Azamara's sold-out 2024 world cruise departed on January 5 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Over the next 155 nights, the Azamara Onward plans to stop in 40 countries across Central and South America, the Pacific islands, New Zealand and Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe before concluding in Barcelona.
There are 22 overnights scheduled throughout this world tour .
The private equity-owned cruise line's 2024 global adventure started at $39,000 per person for the windowless interior cabin. Travelers who prefer to cruise in luxury would've paid $157,000 per person for the highest-end suite.
Silversea Cruises — Royal Caribbean Group's $66,000 4 ½-month world cruise
Ultra-luxury Silversea's 2024 global vacation set sail on January 15 from San Francisco. Through May 26, the Silver Shadow is scheduled to see 65 ports in 14 countries.
Unlike most world cruise itineraries, this one is scheduled to spend most of its 132 nights traversing the Pacific Ocean, sailing to the Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Australia, Southeast and East Asia, Alaska, and Canada before returning to San Francisco.
Silversea's fares started at $66,000 per person for the least expensive vista suite, cheaper than Regent Seven Seas' cruise of the same length.
Princess Cruises — Carnival Corp's almost four-month $21,100 vacation
On January 4, the Island Princess embarked on its 111-day world cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with a second pickup scheduled in Los Angeles on Thursday. From there, travelers are expected to get to see 51 destinations in 27 countries across Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, and the Americas, according to the Carnival Corp brand.
Fares started at almost $21,100 per person.
Regret not going on Princess' world cruise? There's another chance: The cruise line's second 2024 global itinerary is sailing in late April.
Seabourn Cruise Line — Carnival Corp's almost 5-month $74,300 itinerary
It seems like every major cruise giant has an ultra-luxury brand. Carnival Corp's is Seabourn — and on January 11, the Seabourn Sojourn departed Los Angeles on a 145-day, 72-port, 28-country cruise.
The sailing is set to conclude in Piraeus, Greece, near Athens, on June 5. Along the way, the itinerary shows the Seabourn Sojourn traveling east to destinations like Hawaii, Australia, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Egypt, and Jordan.
The Sojourn is scheduled for 20 overnights in destinations like Cairns, Australia, and Honolulu.
Fares started at $74,300 per person.
Cunard — A 3 ½- and four-month cruise from Carnival Corp's UK-based operator
Luxury operator Cunard has two 2024 "world voyage" itineraries: 123 nights on the Queen Mary 2 and 107 nights on the Queen Victoria.
Queen Mary 2's four-month roundtrip New York City voyage departed on January 3, sailing east to 32 ports in the UK, Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East, according to its itinerary.
Eight days later, the Queen Victoria also began its 3 ½-month roundtrip Southhampton, UK journey. According to the UK-based operator, the ocean liner is set to sail west to 29 ports in Bermuda, Aruba, Central and North America, the Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Australia, Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Cunard did not immediately respond to Business Insider's inquiry about its fares.
Holland America Line — the four-month roundtrip Florida cruise
On January 3, Holland America Line's world cruise guests would've moved onto the Zuiderdam to spend the next 127 nights circumnavigating the globe, according to the operator's itinerary.
This roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, Florida cruise is scheduled for 46 ports in the Caribbean, Central and South America, the Pacific Islands, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.
Holland America did not immediately respond to Business Insider's inquiry about the itinerary's fares.
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Mobster who stole Wizard of Oz ruby slippers begs to be spared jail
Terry Jon Martin broke into Judy Garland Museum in belief shoes had real rubies on them
In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy clicks the heels of her ruby red slippers together three times to get whisked straight home to Kansas.
Ahead of his sentencing next week for stealing the famous shoes , an ageing mobster has appealed to a US court not to transport him to prison.
Terry Jon Martin, 76, who broke into the Judy Garland Museum in 2005, was lured into “one last score” by an associate who told him the shoes must have been festooned with real jewels to be worth the $1 million they were insured for.
Martin was convinced the slippers were encrusted with real rubies and kept them at a trailer next to his home, his lawyer said in a statement ahead of his client’s sentencing on Jan 29.
His hopes of seeing out his final days on the proceeds were thwarted when a fence said the rubies were, in fact, glass.
The mobster gave the slippers away within two days of stealing them.
They were recovered by the FBI in 2018 and Martin was charged with stealing them last year.
Dane DeKrey, defending, told the court Martin had not committed a crime since being released from prison nearly a decade before the theft of the slippers.
“At first, Terry declined the invitation to participate in the heist. But old habits die hard, and the thought of a ‘final score’ kept him up at night.
“After much contemplation, Terry had a criminal relapse and decided to participate in the theft.”
He had never seen The Wizard of Oz and had no idea of the significance of the slippers, Mr DeKrey added.
Now wheelchair-bound, requiring oxygen at all times and living in a hospice, Martin has a life expectancy of less than six months.
“I think when someone is at the end of their life, they are making decisions that are right for their affairs, and this short answer is because he’s guilty,” he added. “I think he wanted to take responsibility and move on with his life – the little life he has left.”
Both Mr DeKrey and prosecutors are recommending that Martin be sentenced to “time served”, rather than being returned to prison.
In any case, they argue, his poor health might be grounds for release on compassionate grounds.
Martin’s life had been difficult, his lawyer added, having been mistreated in childhood by a cruel stepmother and his three brothers.
Leaving home at 16, he embarked on a life of crime, being convicted of a string of offences including burglary and receiving stolen goods.
When Martin left prison in 1996 he turned his back on crime and became a “contributing member of society”.
But tragedy struck when his month-old twins were killed when his girlfriend’s car was hit by a train after a prison visit.
It drove him back to his old ways.
Martin had never sought to claim a share of the $200,000 reward offered for the slippers.
It was claimed by an associate who approached the insurers in 2017 and the slippers were recovered following an FBI sting operation the following year.
They were in “pristine” condition.
The slippers had been loaned to the Garland Museum by Michael Shaw, a collector of Hollywood memorabilia.
They were one of four pairs worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 classic, which won five Oscars including Best Film.
Their authenticity was confirmed by comparing them to another pair which was held at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History in Washington.
“The slippers are instantly recognisable,” Colin Gardner, distinguished professor emeritus of critical theory at the University of California Santa Barbara, told The Telegraph
“The Wizard of Oz is absolutely central to the history of American cinema, much like Star Wars for the next generation.
“America in 1939 was Roosevelt’s New Deal-era and there was a lot of money being pumped into the arts.
“The film was trying to give Americans a picture of optimism at the end of the depression just as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies were about raising people’s spirits during the 1930s.
“The disappearance of the slippers was a tragedy. But they have been been recovered. This is a really sad story. But given how sick the culprit is now, they shouldn’t jail him.”’
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