Bermuda Gets a New Queen

January 20th, 2012 - Posted by Destination Oceans in Cruise Info | No Comments »

The Queen Mary 2 has implemented some big changes during its two-week refurbishment. Well over 18 miles of carpets have been replaced within the ship and major updates have gone into all of the ship’s staterooms as well as several of its bars.

The biggest and most controversial change has to do with the home port location painted directly below its name on the stern, in the tradition of all Cunard ships. The familiar location of “Southampton” UK now reads “Hamilton” which is located in Bermuda. This marks the end of an era, because this is the first time in the company’s 171-year history that they will have no ships registered within the United Kingdom.

The change in home port took place on December 1st of last year. This change allows the cruise line to allow weddings at sea. Prior to this, ceremonies carried out at sea were invalid due to British law, which does not recognize them.

Other rumors say that the change in registration may have been motivated by a desire to avoid Britain’s employment laws. The introduction of the 2010 Equality Act means that ships registered in Britain are required to pay all staff from European Union countries wages equal to those of British citizens. Registering the ship outside the EU will allow Cunard to sidestep this law.
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Tunes Ahoy: Music on the Open Seas

December 20th, 2011 - Posted by Destination Oceans in Cruise Info | No Comments »

There are some amazing music themed cruises coming up for 2012. Can you think of a better way to spend your vacation?

R. Kelly’s Love Letter Cruise

The famous R&B star R. Kelly will be hosting a five-night “Love Letter Cruise” in 2012. It will be leaving from Miami on Oct 1. Coincidentally Love Letter is the name of his latest album. Other unnamed guest artists will accompany this three-time Grammy Award winner. The cruise will be on Carnival’s 2,642 passenger Carnival Destiny and will include stops in Grand Turks; Nassau, Bahamas; and Half Moon cay, Carnivals private island in the Bahamas.

The Weezer Cruise

Not only do they want to destroy your sweater, they also want to cruise with you. The well-known alternative rock group Weezer is hosting a music themed cruise for their fans. This is an experience unlike any other and a must have for any true die-hard Weezer fan. The cruise departs on January 19 from Miami and sails to Cozumel and then back. Along with Weezer, see special guests Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, Gene Ween and Dave Dreiwitz, Wavves, The Antlers, Yuck, Free Energy, Boom Bip, J Mascis (solo acoustic), Lou Barlow, Keepaway, Ozma, The Nervous Wreckords, The Knocks, Sleeper Agent and Yacht Rock Revue.

311 Caribbean Cruise

The 311 Caribbean Cruise departs Miami May 10 and sets sail for their own private island of Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas for 2 days of fun, sun and 311. Again, this will be on Carnival’s Destiny cruise ship. The cruise includes three 311 concerts and your own personal photo with the band. Along with 311, see such artists as Passafire, Full Service, The Dirty Heads, DJ Trichrome, and Moral Defect.

Kid Rock Cruises

This will be Kid Rock’s 3rd Annual “Chillin’ the Most” Cruise. The ship will be departing on April 26th from Miami and heading for the private island of Half Moon Cay, which has been affectionately nicknamed Rock Reef for this event. As if this concert isn’t enough of a deal, each cruise ticket will also gets you a picture taken with Kid Rock himself. You will not want to miss this wild ride.

 

 

Holy Ship

If you love electronic music as much as I do, then this is the cruise you’ve been waiting for. The cruise begins with a kick-off party in Ft. Lauderdale on January 5th at Revolution with artists like Major Lazer, DJ Craze and more. Once you board your ship the party literally never ends. You will have the choice of 5 different venues that have music programmed around the clock, 24 hours a day. On the 2nd day of cruising you will arrive on a private island and be treated to a special Beach Boutique party with the likes of Fatboy Slim, Diplo, Dillon Francis and Dave Nada. This is a once in a lifetime experience.

Sailing the Titanic’s Atlantic Crossing with Rod Stewart

November 16th, 2011 - Posted by Destination Oceans in Cruise Info | No Comments »

It may surprise you to learn that Rod Stewart is really into Titanic history. This is why he has mentioned his interest in next year’s controversial cruise which plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ships unfortunate demise.

This 12 day cruise departs Southampton, England on the 8th of April, 2012. The 1,230 passenger Balmoral has been chartered to follow the original route of the RMS Titanic. There will be a planned memorial service at 2:20am over the point on the ocean floor where she rests on the 15th of April, to coincide with the time she went down. There is also a 2nd cruise departing from New York out to Halifax, where she sank and then coming back.

Rod Stewart has said “I would very much like to be on the ship doing the Titanic run,” However he is also aware that his wife suffers from seasickness when traveling on the Atlantic and said she prefers nice relaxing Caribbean cruises. This just means he might have to go on the cruise by himself.

Tickets for the memorial cruise are likely to cost in upwards of £8,000 ($12,000 US) per person, which shouldn’t be an issue for Rod who just signed at multi-million pound two-year residency at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. However he might have to pull a few celebrity strings because the agency Miles Morgan Travel who has chartered the ship has the sailing listed as “waitlist.”

Rod was asked if he’s nervous about following such an unlucky voyage. He said: “Tempting fate? Things have moved on since 1912. None of the icebergs come down that far south anymore, and if they did, they’d blow them up.”

Organizers of the cruise have had to endure some negative feedback about a cruise that appears to be trying to cash in on a very tragic event in our history. But officials have promised the planned tributes would be respectful.

While not everyone can afford a luxury cruise of this magnitude, Destination Oceans does offer many inexpensive European river and Greek river cruises to fit both your interests and budget.