Cruise Curiosity: Some Questions

 

Just some things that we’re curious about…

The other day, Port Canaveral had six ships in port at the same time…Although there was no mention that this was any kind of record, officials said Canaveral was hoping to overtake Miami as the world’s No. 1 cruise port…In 2017, there might even be some seven-ship days…Hmmm…Currently, 11 ships from four cruise lines depart from the port most closely associated with Orlando and Disney World, including three of the four in Disney’s fleet…At the moment, 25 ships call Miami home during the Caribbean season, from 10 cruise lines…Carnival and Norwegian alone have 12 ships in Miami…It seems Port Canaveral has a ways to go…And what makes Miami No. 1 in the world, since Fort Lauderdale currently has 42 ships with cruises initiating from Port Everglades?

On Saturday, Anthem of the Seas departs from the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Germany for sea trials and final touch-ups to the interior, some of which will be done during the trials…AnthemBy the time it emerges again for its official launch, Royal Caribbean’s newest ship will have been under construction for just 16 months, so the question is: Are builders working faster than in previous years or are they just getting better at assembling enormous cruise ships in that short a time?…Anthem, by the way, will have an original Royal Caribbean production on stage…It’s called “The Gift” and is described as “a musical journey of fantasy and illusion that begins one stormy night with the arrival of a magical gift”…It’ll be interesting to see what the reviews are like.

More cruise lines are making more staterooms available for solo cruisers at a more reasonable rate, making this the best time for people who want to travel alone to book a cruise…Carnival is the latest, with more single-occupant cruises than ever on sale this year…The next one available is on the Carnival Dream, leaving New Orleans on March 15 for a week in the Caribbean…Carnival has eight cruises scheduled this year that are good deals for solos, and the growth of single cabins and fairer pricing raises this question: How long will it be until one of those “meet your match” programs winds up on cruise ships?

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Carnival Inspiration
4 nights
March 9, 2015
Los Angeles (return): Catalina, Ensenada
Inside: $199
Cost per day: $49
www.carnival.com

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