Holland America’s Koningsdam to feature wine-blending experience

MS Koningsdam When the ship enters service next April, Holland America Line’s Koningsdam will feature a venue where passengers can blend their own bottle of wine to take to dinner. The venue, called Blend by Chateau Ste. Michelle, is an expansion of the cruise line’s partnership with the winery. The two Seattle-area companies announced theContinue reading “Holland America’s Koningsdam to feature wine-blending experience”

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Royal Caribbean hews to ‘price integrity’ plan, sees rise in close-in pricing

Quantum of the Seas While long-term pricing discipline has for decades eluded the cruise industry, Royal Caribbean International is sticking to a pledge not to deeply discount its cruises in the last few weeks before departure, according to travel agents and a Wall Street analyst. Abandoning the industry’s traditional “sail full, whatever it takes” imperative,Continue reading “Royal Caribbean hews to ‘price integrity’ plan, sees rise in close-in pricing”

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Carnival’s Fathom brand melds cruise, charity for new kind of vacation fun

Distributing ceramic water filters is one job passengers will do along with local residents on a Fathom cruise in the Dominican Republic. Fathom President Tara Russell is at far left. AMBER COVE, Dominican Republic —When Carnival Corp.’s new Fathom brand docks for the first time here next April, guests will emerge onto the pier ofContinue reading “Carnival’s Fathom brand melds cruise, charity for new kind of vacation fun”

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