The historically peaceful Puerto Vallarta has been under the shadow of drug cartel driven violence for some time. Now major cruise lines have curtailed their visits as they watch heavily armed groups of cartel rebels fight local and federal Mexican troops draw closer to the city itself. No cruise passengers have been impacted by the violence but lines have increasingly been pro-active in avoiding areas where risk is elevated. The moves to avoid the immediate area mirror calls for caution from most western governments including the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. State Department has placed Puerto Vallarta on its warning list advising travelers to avoid it.
Due for introduction aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas, Dynamic Dining is now going to be introduced on the colossal Oasis of the Seas. Dynamic Dining is the Royal Caribbean approach toward “freestyle dining” which Norwegian Cruise Line brought to the industry some years ago.
Dynamic Dining essentially has passengers rotating through a series of different restaurants. Akin to the NCL approach you have means to choose where you go within reason. This is also not unlike Disney Cruise Line cycling passengers through a few different locations. Likewise, this move comes after years of decentralizing the dining experience aboard ships of the Voyager class or larger as premium and “my time” options were introduced.
Targeted for delivery in early 2016, Holland America Line laid the keel for a new “Pinnacle” class ship. Steel was put to block for the 2,650 passenger ship at Fincantier’s yard in Marghera, Italy. No name for the ship has yet been announced, however the interior design is being lead by Adam D. Tihany of New York and Bjorn Storbraaten of Oslo, Norway.
On January 10, 2016, the three “Queens” of Cunard will leave Southampton for a five month journey together around the globe. Cruise ships Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria will sail with purebred ocean liner Queen Mary 2 and return to return to the UK May 10, 2016. Their itineraries will vary, each visiting slightly different ports of calls in many cases. However all three will remain in the same region as they progress through Asia and back to Europe.
The Dog Channel featured a great article about dogs traveling aboard Cunard’s purebred ocean liner, the Queen Mary 2. The story details the adventures of three different dogs, each with representing one of the general reasons a K9 might go to sea. The first was an obvious but little considered reason: basic transportation. A Tampa, Florida couple had a five year old Bulldog, which it appears cannot fly because the breed is known to have issues surviving long trips by air. For the couple traveling by sea was not simply a pleasure but logistical necessity hearkening back to the romantic and often leveraged history of cruising.