Carnival Ships to Land Supplies in St. Kitts and Grand Turk

Carnival Fascination

Carnival Cruise Line is stepping up efforts to aid in the Caribbean following Hurricane Irma.

The Miami-based cruise line, the world’s largest by passenger capacity, will deliver supplies to St. Kitts later this week during a call from the Carnival Fascination.

In addition, the cruise line will also land supplies in Grand Turk, and according to a statement, is working with a number of Caribbean islands to bring in supplies on a long-term basis.

This follows announcements from Royal Caribbean, which is deploying ships to aid in relief efforts, and Norwegian Cruise Line, which is sending the Sky to St. Thomas to help evacuees.

Carnival to sail 11-day cruises from Galveston

By Tom Stieghorst
Carnival Cruise Lines said that it will offer the Texas market longer cruises for the first time, with four 10- and 11-day sailings between Galveston and San Juan.

A pair of 11-day cruises will also feature a first call for Carnival in Bonaire. Those sailings, scheduled for Oct. 24, 2015, and Jan. 16, 2016, will also stop in Grand Cayman, Aruba, Grenada, Martinique and St. Maarten before concluding in San Juan.

The 10-day departures from San Juan are scheduled for Nov. 4, 2015, and Jan. 27, 2016, and will stop at St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Antigua, Grand Turk, and the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay.

Galveston cruises on Carnival currently depart on four- and five-day Mexican and seven-day Caribbean itineraries.

Carnival said a desire for longer, more varied itineraries was one of the themes that emerged from its series of Carnival Conversations meetings with travel agents.

Free mobile roaming to change the game for cruise holidays?

Free mobile roaming to change the game for cruise holidays?

T-Mobile has announced ambitious plans to free its customers of international roaming charges in more than 100 countries.

The provider, part of the EE group, claimed that it is currently too expensive for people to stay connected with one another while travelling over international boundaries.

While Europeans have benefitted by an assault on the worst excesses of roaming charges within the EU, the rest of the world remains something of an expensive wilderness for UK mobile phone users.

The current T-Mobile offer is available to US customers through its Simple Choice payment plan, launching on October 31st, and ensures that data and text costs are capped at local (US) rates, while call costs will also be capped.

John Legere, president and chief executive of T-Mobile US, said: “Today’s phones are designed to work around the world, but we’re forced to pay insanely inflated international connectivity fees to actually use them.”

For people cruising in North America and the surrounding region, it could well be worth purchasing a US sim card on the plan from T-Mobile before boarding your cruise.

This is particularly useful for those cruising to the Caribbean, with Cruise Fever reporting that Aruba, Bermuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Grand Cayman, Curacao, Jamaica, St Maarten, St Kitts, Turks & Caicos, and Mexico are all covered.

In the meantime, holidaymakers on this side of the Atlantic who wish to roam outside of Europe will need to wait and see if T-Mobile (and others) bring similar payment plans to the UK.