Five Things You Missed About Cruising

While you were away, here are five things you missed about cruising last week! 

Carnival “evaluating” advertising agencies.

Majestic Princess' New Face

Like the change of the seasons, taxes, and death, you can always count on a cyclical review of advertising agencies by the cruise lines.  Royal Caribbean International selected Mullen Lowe as it’s new lead agency mid-2015 and Norwegian Cruise Line onboarded two agencies under the Omnicom Group last summer.  This time it appears Carnival has started a review, if not of the agencies representing them, than at least how much they are spending and with whom.  The news was reported first by AdAge and industry publication and is starting to make the rounds online.  On the record Carnival states it is not formally reviewing it’s agencies but it is hard to parse the difference between what they announced and doing just that.  

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Anthem of the Seas Weathers Huge Storm.

Damage on the Anthem of the Seas. *Credit @Flatgreg

 *BREAKING NEWS UPDATED* Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas encountered heavy seas and wind-gusts up to 74 mph this past Sunday.  Waves resulted in upturned furniture and cosmetic damage about the ship. Passengers were restricted to their staterooms during the storm which did NOT interrupt viewing of the Superbowl. She has returning to Bayonne with the rest of the cruise now canceled.  More details tongiht and on the Royal Caribbean Fan blog  *Twitter Picture courtesy of @Flatgreg.

Tobago Becomes a Turn Around Point for Cruises.

Less than a year after hosting a major industry conference, the island of Tobago is expecting substantial growth in the number of cruise passengers.

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Vickey and Ben and The Oasis Cycle Redux'd

Three beds, two kids, one adult, one stateroom, 227,000 GRT of ship.  What could possibly go wrong!

Batten down the hatches.....they're coming.

Bowling Green State University hockey, next to summers at Cedar Point it is one of our most special traditions.  In October we begin another.

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Tobago Buses Roll to Meet Demand.

From Cozumel to Falmouth, governments have been working to refine the tourist experience from end to end.  Now, far to the southern edge of the Caribbean, Tobago has been following the trend among ports-of-call to upgrade basic services for tourists and cruise passengers.

Part of the Trinidad-Tobago Republic located off the north-eastern edge of Venezuela, the small island has added a fleet of 50 buses and spent the past year working to train local guides.

Tourism is the primary source of income for Tobago which is considered among the best diving areas east of the Panama Canal.  Also noted for fishing and its two golf courses, Tobago hopes to add the “health and wellbeing” tourist trade to its stable of options.  To facilitate smoother travel across the island the fleet of buses are centrally owned and their distribution across the island designed to avoid the chaotic taxi stands seen on some islands.

The move to build local transportation infrastructure came shortly before an industry trade conference which seems to have proven fruitful, the island expects a 67% increase in cruise passengers in the year to come.

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