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Passenger Who Disembarked Holland America Cruise Ship Confirmed With COVID-19

The deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed to have infected a woman who disembarked the ms Westerdam cruise ship operated by Holland America Line.

Westerdam Passenger Confirmed With COVID-19

An 83-year-old woman who had already disembarked the ms Westerdam cruise ship in Cambodia has been tested positive for the Coronavirus which is also known as COVID-19.

Local news reported that the woman who is from the United States was found to have the virus after a screening which was conducted by the Malaysian Medical Research Institute (IMR). Her husband was also tested but his results came back negative. The woman is now in quarantine at a hospital in Malasia.

Holland America Line has stated that on February 10 all passengers and crew were temperature-tested and not one person had an elevated temperature. Extra checks were also in place to make sure no guests had been to China in the past 14 days and during the voyage, no passengers were found to have symptoms.

Here is the latest statement from Holland America Line regarding the confirmed case of Coronavirus:

While the first results have been reported, they are preliminary at this point and we are awaiting secondary testing for confirmation.

We are working with officials in Malaysia, Cambodia and the U.S. CDC as is standard.

On Feb. 10 all 2,257 passengers and crew on board Westerdam were temperature-tested and not one person had an elevated temperature. Disembarking guests also completed a written health questionnaire and the passports of everyone on board were reviewed to ensure no one had traveled through mainland China in the prior 14 days. During the voyage there was no indication of Covid-19 on the ship.

Westerdam is alongside in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, with 236 guests and 747 crew on board. The remainder of guests from the voyage departed Sihanoukville via charter flights to Phnom Penh yesterday and today and are in various stages of transit home.

With the latest case, it now increases the number of people who have been infected in Malasia to 22. All the other passengers from the ship have already disembarked too with many currently traveling back to their home countries.

It has been an eventful cruise and not the one that guests expected. The Westerdam was denied entry to multiple ports due to fear of the Coronavirus even though there were no cases on board. The ship was eventually allowed to dock in Thailand but then authorities there even denied entry. On February 13 Holland America cruise ship was finally allowed to dock in Sihanoukville, Cambodia and passengers have been allowed to disembark on February 14.

You can read our earlier post about the ship missing being denied entry to ports right here.

The ship was originally scheduled to sial a 14-day cruise which did depart from Hong Kong as normal on February 1. There were 1,455 passengers and 802 crew members on board during the voyage which was supposed to end in Yokohama, Japan on February 15.

Also Read: Royal Caribbean Delivering Masks to China and Supports Emergency Workers

As of writing this, COVID-19 has infected more than 50,000 worldwide and killed more than 1,400 mainly in China.

Princess Cruises Breaks World Record on Three Cruise Ships

Princess Cruises set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS this week on three cruise ships with the largest multi-location vow renewal. 1,443 couples renewed their vows during simultaneous ceremonies on Regal Princess, Crown Princess, and Royal Princess.

The record-breaking mass renewal of vows ceremonies took place on the top decks of the cruise ships on February 11, 2020. There were three official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Adjudicators on each cruise ship to verify the record. The previous record was 1,201 couples, set in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Celebrity officiants onboard Regal Princess sailing in the Caribbean included Gavin MacLeod, who portrayed the endearing Captain Stubing on “The Love Boat” with his television daughter, Jill Whelan, who played Vicki, serving as matron of honor. For those couples sailing onboard Royal Princess to Cabo San Lucas and Crown Princess, also in the Caribbean, the Captains of each ship officiated the ceremony.

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“A record-setting accomplishment has to be measurable, verifiable and have a single superlative,” explained Michael Empric, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Adjudicator onboard Regal Princess. “It’s always exciting being a part of a new official record, especially when it’s aboard ‘The Love Boat.’ You could feel the excitement and love in the air from all of the couples participating in this monumental moment with Princess.”

Princess Cruises has long been synonymous with romance, from being the first cruise line to have a wedding chapel with the unique option to have the ship’s Captain marry couples at sea to more recent awards for being the world’s “most romantic cruise line.”

Each year on Valentine’s Day, Princess ships hold mass renewal of vows ceremonies so couples can reaffirm their love to one another.

30 Things to Do in Bayonne, NJ Before or After a Cruise

The Cape Liberty cruise port in Bayonne NJ is a beautiful destination. If you are sailing from there you might find yourself looking for interesting things to see or do before you depart or after you return from your cruise. Bayonne NJ is located in Hudson County, New Jersey on a peninsula between Newark Bay and the Kill Van Kull tidal strait. The average monthly temperature varies from 32.3 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 77 degrees Fahrenheit in July.

Most of the area is residential but if you look carefully you can find plenty of things to explore and enjoy. Bayonne NJ is covered in fine eating establishments covering a vast and wildly varied assortment of cuisines. You can also find several memorials and parks if you want to spend your time outdoors.

1. Teardrop Memorial

Also known as “To the Struggle Against World Terrorism” this monument was a gift from Russia to memorialize the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It stands at 10 stories tall and is placed directly across the water from the Statue of Liberty and the former location of the “Twin Towers.”

Teardrop, Cape LibertyTeardrop, Cape Liberty
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Beside this memorial, you will find two other headstone memorials and a piece of steel from one of the towers added in September of 2011. The Teardrop Memorial is located within a 5-minute walk of the port and should certainly be one of your first stops upon visiting Bayonne NJ.

2. Bayonne Park

This park is located in the middle of Bayonne and houses many different things to see. For those who love the sea, there is a beach waterfront with a natural walkway. Fitness enthusiasts will be pleased to find a running track that spans the park. The park also includes barbeque facilities and a scenic turtle pond.

For those visitors that bring their children, there is a playground to keep them entertained and all of this within 10 minutes of Cape Liberty Cruise Port. If you are traveling with family and want to spend a nice day together in the outdoors then few destinations compare to Bayonne Park.

3. Hudson River Waterfront

The waterfront 22 minutes from the Cape Liberty Cruise Port stretches along the Hudson River and showcases a stunning view of the New York City skyline. This location is a popular spot for cyclists and joggers alike. One of the many must-see sites in this area is the lighthouse and the 9/11 memorial facing the place the “Twin Towers” once stood.

4. Kuhl’s Sports Bar and Grill

This gem of Bayonne is known for its excellent service. Locals have pleasant things to say about the food found here. Of particular note is the thin crust pizza which has the perfect sauce.

If pizza isn’t your thing then the wings and mussels are equally as delectable. The atmosphere is known to be casual and comfortable. The only downside is that they don’t deliver, but you’re in luck! Kuhl’s is only 10 minutes from Cape Liberty Cruise Port. Find out more details right here.

5. The Bridge Skatepark

The Bridge Skatepark A great destination if you are a skating enthusiast for adults and children alike located a short 11-minute drive from the Cape Liberty Cruise Port on the very southern tip of Bayonne NJ.

There are vending machines and food close by to keep you full of energy! If you’ve never skated before there are lessons on offer here with friendly and welcoming staff. If you’re a skating veteran there are plenty of obstacles to keep you entertained and your skills sharp.

6. Massage Envy

If you need a day of comfort and relaxation or just feel like being pampered then Massage Envy is the location for you 8 minutes from Cape Liberty Cruise Port. A variety of services are offered here including light pressure and deep tissue massages.

Couples massages are available if you plan to attend with your significant other and prenatal massages can be done if you have a child on the way!

Funlot, located 10 minutes from Cape Liberty Cruise Port is an indoor play space designed to be a “pretend city.” The inside is temperature-controlled which means you never have to worry about being too hot or too cold and it is an excellent escape from the rain. Birthday party services are available if required and they are even open on most holidays!

8. Taproot Organics

Taproot organics is a skin-care company specializing in plant-based materials and sensitive skin treatments. They use real food and plants to create their products. They are an excellent place to shop for a gift for any aromatherapy enthusiasts in your life. They even offer free samples! At only 15 minutes from the Cape Liberty Cruise Port, there is little reason not to visit if you are interested in their products.

9. Classic Skate Shop

This shop is known for its participation in the community. They provide men’s clothing and accessories in addition to their advertised skating hardware. They have loyal customers and put a great deal of effort into event planning. They are only 8 minutes from Cape Liberty Cruise Port so if you want to pick up a souvenir for the skating enthusiast in your life they are an excellent option.

10. The Mills at Jersey Gardens

The Mills is a massive outlet mall located just 20 minutes from Cape Liberty Cruise Port. It includes over 200 stores under its roof including popular destinations like Century 21, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshall’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and more. Among all of the shops is a 20 screen AMC theatre with IMAX. There are even places to eat in the area including a Chili’s and an Applebee’s.

11. Liberty State Park

Located approximately 12 minutes from Cape Liberty Cruise Port this park features a fantastic view of the New York City skyline including the Statue of Liberty. Among its attractions is the Empty Sky Memorial and the Liberation Monument. It is a popular spot for birdwatching as well as meditation and yoga.

12. Newport Centre

If the Mills isn’t your thing then Newport Centre is an alternate option for your shopping needs just 18 minutes from Cape Liberty Cruise Port. The Newport Centre includes 3 large department stores: JCPenney, Kohl’s, and Macy’s.

There are approximately 130 specialty shops throughout the shopping center and it also plays host to a movie theatre. The real attraction here is the dining pavilion which houses 19 different eateries!

13. RPM Raceway

This Raceway is a premier go-karting experience 13 minutes from Cape Liberty Cruise Port. The track is open to inexperienced racers looking to make their first forays onto the track as well as veteran kart racers looking for a new track to conquer and new racers to test their skills against.

RPM Raceway records the high scores of the fastest racers on their track so there is plenty of competition. Attached to the racetrack is an arcade area with plenty of games including racing simulators and an air hockey table. For eating the raceway has a bar and grill attached that serves burgers, pizzas, tacos, salads and more.

14. Beyond the Plate Food Tours

Some may have known this group as “Jersey Girls Food Tours” before their rebranding, they operate out of Newark only 17 minutes from Cape Liberty Cruise Port.

These guides will explain the story behind the signature dishes of 4 well known local eateries. You’ll walk from each destination while receiving information on the art, culture, and history of the areas surrounding these wonderful restaurants. More details and reviews are here.

15. Hudson Bayonne Lanes

This is an excellent place to get your bowling fix in if you’re willing to take a 9-minute trip from Cape Liberty Cruise Port. It has a retro feel that will be sure to give you a nostalgia kick from the past. It is child-friendly with optional bumpers and ramps. There are 60 lanes and a decent selection of snack foods and drinks to munch on between games.

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16. Bayonne Golf Club

If you are an avid golfer this may be the place for you. The Bayonne Golf Club is home to a waterfront golf course with a spectacular view. It was designed to evoke imagery of the links courses of Scotland and Ireland. This scenic location is worth visiting for the view alone and it is hardly out of the way at all, only 10 minutes from Cape Liberty Cruise Port.

17. Otaiko Hibachi & Sushi Lounge

If you’re craving Japanese or Asian cuisine then look no further! Otaiko Hibachi and Sushi Lounge has got you covered! The hibachi grill is a fun and entertaining spot to share a meal with friends or family.

If you’d prefer to eat your meal in one of the many parks dotting Bayonne NJ you can order to go! The menu is impressive without being overly complicated and there is even bar seating for those that like to enjoy a drink with or after their meal. The establishment is only 8 minutes from Cape Liberty Cruise Port.

18. McLoone’s Bayonne Grille

This is a great destination for sports fans and it’s only 9 minutes away from Cape Liberty Cruise Port. McLoone’s is located at an off-track wagering facility so no matter your sport there will be a wager and a conversation to be found.

McLoone’s primary feature is the large bar with direct access to television screens showcasing the NFL, NHL, MLB, and college football at all times.

19. Stadium Sports Bar & Grill

Another eatery specifically for sports fans, this bar has plenty of television screens tuned to local, regional, and national sports. Enjoy the game while snacking on standard pub-fare like burgers and pizza.

It is conveniently located only 11 minutes out of Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne NJ. An excellent destination for cruise-going sports fans that have an evening to kill.

20. Liberty Hall Museum

History buffs will be pleased to visit this museum at Kean University 25 minutes from Cape Liberty Cruise Port. The museum was built in 1772 just before the American Revolution as a home for William Livingston, the first elected governor of New Jersey. Many relics of the past can be found here including antique furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by the Livingston and Kean families.

21. Amazing Escape Room Freehold

If you are feeling particularly quick-witted or if you have a love for puzzles you might try your hand at this escape room located 30 minutes out from Bayonne NJ. Working together with friends and/or family you will attempt to escape from a room using clues that you will have to discover hidden within puzzles.

Usually, these rooms involve a storyline of some kind to assist you in immersing yourself in the experience. Plenty of fun for the family that loves to work together.

22. Monster Mini Golf

If you and the family enjoy mini-golf you are in luck! 35 minutes south of Bayonne NJ is Monster Mini Golf. This horror-themed mini-golf course is plenty of fun for everyone! The course even glows in the dark! The facilities are well maintained and they offer birthday party planning. This is a great place for first-time golfers, children, adults, and put-put veterans!

23. Jockey Hollow

If you have an interest in hiking then you might enjoy Jockey Hollow, part of the Morristown National Historical Park. The park has several miles of hiking trails and plenty of places to stage a picnic.

There are also annual Revolutionary War reenactments to see if you are visiting at the right time. The park might be worth a day trip to visit as it is 45 minutes from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne NJ.

24. Liberty Science Center

A quick 14-minute trip north from Cape Liberty Cruise Port will get you to the Liberty Science Center. The science center includes nine permanent exhibits, some touring exhibits, and an IMAX dome theater.

The exhibits inside cover many topics including subjects like how prey evade predators in the wild and how energy is stored and harnessed from several sources. You can even test your ability to generate power on their energy bike!

25. Bayonne Bridge

If you enjoy architecture, and bridges specifically, you might be interested in checking out Bayonne NJ’s own Bayonne Bridge 12 minutes from Cape Liberty Cruise Port.

The bridge links Staten Island and New Jersey and it is the third-largest steel arch bridge in the world. It even won an award for the most beautiful steel arch bridge in 1931 from the American Institute for Steel Construction.

26. Sarelli’s

This is a family-owned business 11 minutes from Cape Liberty Cruise Port with great service and even better food specializing in Italian cuisine. The atmosphere is comfortable and warm due to the attentive and knowledgeable wait staff. They have many loyal customers that enjoy their large portion sizes and lovely music on Friday nights.

27. Al Richard’s Chocolates

After attending one of the many fine eating establishments in Bayonne NJ you might find yourself with a craving for dessert. If that is the case then look no further than Al Richard’s Chocolates, a local favorite for chocolatey candy located only 8 from Cape Liberty Cruise Port on the way into Bayonne NJ proper.

Al Richard’s chocolatey confectionaries come in many different flavors with different kinds of filling and a large variety of chocolate types. There are even sugar-free options for the health-conscious.

28. Magic Fountain Ice Cream

If chocolate doesn’t strike your fancy then maybe ice cream will? Magic fountain is nearby Al Richard’s Chocolates and serves a large assortment of different flavors and types of ice cream including ices, milkshakes, cups, cones, and parfaits. They also come up with their own flavors in their weekly special. This is a popular destination year-round.

29. Stress Factory Comedy Club

You can never go wrong with a night of laughter and comedy. Just 35 minutes out from Bayonne NJ is the Stress Factory Comedy Club where you can see live comedy shows while enjoying a nice dinner with friends and family.

The club is conveniently located close by a parking garage within walking distance of a train station and hospital in case of emergency.

30. Bookends

During your travels, you might find yourself in need of a good book. If that is the case you might find it worth it to travel 41 minutes out of Bayonne NJ to Bookends. They have a great selection of various genres and they also carry clothing and LEGOs.

They regularly host events such as signing with authors. If you forgot your favorite book at home or you are feeling like something new then try stopping by Bookends just outside of Bayonne NJ.

Also Read: 25 Ideal Hotels Near Cape Liberty Cruise Port

FAQ on Things to Do in Bayonne, NJ

What is the closest thing to do near the Cape Liberty Cruise Port?

The closest “must-see” site and the first stop on anyone’s visit to Bayonne NJ is the Teardrop Memorial. It is located in a park about 2 minutes from Cape Liberty Cruise Port if you are driving or 5 minutes if you are walking. The monument was a gift to the United States from the Russian government as a show of solidarity regarding the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001.

Originally the monument was gifted to the local government of Jersey City but the gift was rejected, after which it was moved to its current location in Bayonne. It is a 10-story sculpture created by Zurab Tsereteli. From this location, you can see the New York City skyline as well as the Statue of Liberty, the former location of the “Twin Towers” and a gorgeous view of the New York Harbor.

How far is Manhattan from Bayonne, New Jersey?

The direct distance between Manhattan and Bayonne NJ is 11 miles but if you are traveling via roads then the distance is closer to 15 miles. If you are traveling without a car then the cheapest and fastest way to get from Bayonne NJ to Manhattan is public transport.

If you decide to take public transport then a bus ride will cost you anywhere from $1 to $5 and the trip will take approximately 23 minutes. The bus leaves from Jfk Blvd at 8th St and arrives at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, departing every 30 minutes and operating every day.

Is there a ferry from Jersey City to Manhattan?

There is a ferry from Jersey City to Manhattan! It travels across the Hudson River and is operated by NY Waterway, the largest operator in New York Harbor. You can travel this way to one of three destinations: West 39th Street, Brookfield Place/Battery Park City, and Wall Street/Pier 11. The departure points from New Jersey stretch from Middletown on Sandy Hook Bay to Edgewater below the George Washington Bridge.

The trip itself can take anywhere from 6 minutes to 50 depending on your starting location. The ferries you can expect to be riding upon are standard double-decker passenger ferries that hold up to 149 people, though there are newer vessels that are larger and can hold up to 399 individuals.

With your ticket aboard the ferry comes a complimentary transport deeper into Manhattan via bus. Though if you mean to get anywhere in a reasonable amount of time it is probably best to avoid traveling by bus in Manhattan, the traffic is brutal!

Which cruise lines sail from Bayonne, New Jersey?

If you’re looking to cruise to or out of Bayonne NJ then you will either be boarding with Royal Caribbean International or Celebrity. Whichever cruise line you decide to go with you will be leaving from Cape Liberty Cruise Port.

If you are traveling by Royal Caribbean International then you will most likely be boarding the “Anthem of the Seas” or “Adventure of the Seas” to Bermuda or Canada and New England respectively. The “Adventure of the Seas” might also take you to the Bahamas. If you are traveling by Celebrity then you are likely traveling aboard “Celebrity Summit” and traveling to the eastern Caribbean.

16 Things to Do in Labadee, Haiti on Your Cruise

Going to Labadee, Haiti on your Royal Caribbean cruise?  Find some great shore excursions and things to do while visiting this exclusive port.  We listed the best activities, sights, and advice for your Labadee port of call below.
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labadee sign letters
The private port of Labadee, Haiti is leased to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and utilized by cruise ships from Royal Caribbean Cruises and Celebrity Cruises.

On a cruise stop at Labadee, Haiti you can hit the sandy beaches, book water sports activities, or take zip line down from the top of a mountain.  Let’s cover some of the basics of this cruise port first.

Labadee Port Info

oasis of seas in labadee

oasis of seas in labadee

The cruise ships that visit Labadee dock at the pier of the Northernmost part of the island. Although the area is often called a private island, the proper term is a peninsula.

Labadee is a private area just for cruise ships and cruisers are not allowed to leave the safe confines of the fenced-in area. The port offers a wide variety of attractions and excursions and most are within a quick walking distance from the pier.

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If you would like to travel further out, there’s a tram that is available to take you to different areas. Each area is marked, much like a bus stop, which makes it easy for cruisers to see the stops and be able to get to and from their tour or excursion easily. Or, if you are heading to the farthest beach, then taking the ferry will get you there the fastest.

If you purchased Royal Caribbean’s beverage package for your cruise, you can use it while in Labadee.

1.      Rent Cabanas

labadee cabana

labadee cabana

When you’re on a vacation in the Caribbean, one of the first things you will want to do is check out the lovely beaches. While you’re there you can rent one of the island’s many cabanas so you’ll have a private area to kick back and stay out of the sun when you need some shade.

If you’re looking for a little bit more of a luxurious experience while lounging on the beach, then adding a comfy beach chair or bed to the cabana rental can make the place even cozier and make you feel right at home on the beach.

2.      Shop at the Artisan Market

In the mood for some shopping? Then head on over to the Artisan Market and browse through stores of handmade gifts and items that have fixed prices for a no-haggle shopping experience. The stores here sell everything from jewelry, clothing, and souvenirs to household goods and accessories.

If you want to get the best deal and don’t mind negotiating over the price tag, then find the Artisan Village, which is apart of the market. Here, you can haggle over prices and get the sellers to give you a good deal with a little negotiation. This market area only accepts cash, so make sure you have some on you for the trip.

3.  Adrenaline Beach

There are many beaches that line the coast of this island, but one of the best beaches to check out is Adrenaline Beach. Although this area can get quite crowded, there is a good reason why; the swim-up bar.

This area allows you to swim up to the bar table and order drinks without ever having to leave the water. You can rent a cabana or lay out on the sand for the day and just listen to the island breeze.

4.  Nellie’s Beach

nellies beach labadee

nellies beach labadee

Nellie’s Beach offers some great beach cabanas as mentioned above and is a good spot to get some instagrammable shots of your cruise ship as well.  By the way, if you do rent a cabana here it will include golf cart transportation to the ship, buffet, or many other places you might like to go.  You can rent a floating mat at this beach or do some kayaking if you’re feeling more adventurous as well.

5.      Labadee Lunch

With your cruise ship docking in this port, you will have a full barbeque lunch waiting for you on the island. This mini-feast is free to all visitors from the cruises and offers burgers, hot dogs, chicken, and multiple side dishes of a large meal that is served buffet-style.

The lunch is served at a covered picnic table area that looks out onto the ocean. With a great meal and an amazing view, it doesn’t get much better than that!

The lunch begins serving at 11 a.m. so plan your other excursions around that time to ensure that you get to dig into the free meal before heading off on a new adventure.

6.      Dragon’s Breath Zipline

zipline in labadee

zipline in labadee

By far, one of the most popular things to do on Labadee is to take a ride on the Dragon’s Breath Zipline. This attraction will take you soaring through the air across the island and lets you see some incredible views while riding down the line.

The flight begins at the top of a nearby mountain where you will find a platform to change into your gear and take off. Guides will be at the platform to instruct you on what you do while you’re on the ride and will make sure you are secure before take-off. You can gain speed quickly and hit 50 mph on this ride, so hold onto your hats!

7.      Take the Ferry To Columbus Cove

You don’t want to go to the Caribbean without spending an ample amount of time at the beach. At Columbus Cove Beach, you can get your time in the sun without the crowds. This beach is located on the farthest side of the island, as most people don’t want to take the longer walking trip to get there. However, with a complimentary ferry ride to the area, you can get there in less time and hit the water sooner.

This beach has fewer people than others on the island and is a great place for those who just want to put their feet up and read a book while breathing in the fresh sea air. There are few excursions and attractions offered here, which also keeps the noise levels down, but keep track of time so you don’t end up having to rush back to the ship before it takes off for the next location!

8.      Adrenaline Ocean Oasis

Nestled in an area of Adrenaline beach lies a kid’s paradise that will blow your children away. This place is equipped with fountains, geysers, and water guns, and gives kids a place to splash away without worrying about getting an adult around them wet.

The kids can play under supervision from the ship’s kid’s program, Adventure Ocean, and have a fun day to themselves while you keep an eye on them from the comfort of your cabana or beach chair. Or, if your willing to join in the fun, you can feel like a kid again and run through the fountains too!

9.      Dragon’s Splash Waterslide

Have you ever slid down a huge waterslide while looking out onto the Caribbean Ocean? If not, then this attraction is one that you need to add to your Labadee itinerary. Hike through the forest and emerge to see the head of the dragon before you slide down the 300-foot slide and fly into the large splash zone.

Watch others make their way down the long slide and take pictures of your friends and family as they fly out the bottom of the slide and land in the water. However, whether you are choosing to slide down, or you just want to watch other members of your group go, you will likely get wet if you’re anywhere near the splash zone.

10.      Ride the Dragon’s Tail

Like many of the other attractions on this island, this roller coaster has a dragon theme, and this ride will make you feel medieval. The twists and turns of this coaster will have you whipped back and forth as if you’re holding on to the back of a real dragon’s tail while it is moving around. With a trip that will take you along the side of the mountain, you’ll see the forest and the ocean.

Right as you get to the top of the ride, you will look out over the scenery and get to see the best view on the island. Then, you will have a nice drop where you will ride at 30 miles an hour down to the end of the ride. Kids that are between 5 and 11 years old are permitted to ride only if they have a guardian with them. Kids under 5 years old are not permitted to ride.

Also, those with long hair will need to bring along a hair tie or scrunchie to hold their hair back or they will not be allowed on the ride.

11. Arawak Aqua Park

Out on the waters of the Caribbean, you can see the only iceberg around. This one is inflatable and has holds for your hands and feet to climb on and is part of the Arawak Aqua Park. This inflatable water park features multiple blow-up structures that float on the surface of the water that kids can climb up on and explore without being too far out in the water.

There is also a rolling log that you can try your skills at and a floating trampoline that allows you to jump on the water. There is also a water slide for those who want a smaller version of the Dragon’s Tail Coaster without the high speeds. This area is great for young children and older kids alike and both can get a chance to use the park for an hour for $15 a ticket.

However, you should know that there are age and height limitations on this excursion that will keep children under the age of 7 and those who are not 48 inches tall from enjoying this park. Also, those under the age of 18 will need to have a guardian nearby for the duration of their adventure.

12. Take a Speedboat Tour

Want to check out the island at fast speeds for a heart-pumping excursion? Then, taking a speedboat tour will be the perfect thing for you. This tour will take you along the coast of the entire island, and not just the peninsula of Labadee, but the island of Hispaniola itself. With looks at the local villages, Amiga Island, and Acul Bay.

This speedboat leaves right from the coast of Labadee and will return you to the same area, so you are not far from the port itself. The tour will continue for about 45 minutes before taking you back to the island, and the boat will reach high speeds, so make sure that your stuff is secured on the boat so you don’t lose anything on the way.

13. Wave Jet Tour

If you’re ready to strike out on your own in the Caribbean waters, then booking a wave jet tour for your shore excursion is a good choice for you and any other adventure-seeking guests. After a 30-minute information and safety session, you will drive your own jet ski into the open waters for 50 minutes of pure freedom.

You can whip, turn, and zoom off into the open sea and give yourself a thrill ride you won’t forget with this wave jet tour. And, if you ever need anything while you’re riding, there will be trained instructors and guides around for whatever you need. This tour is not for the weak at heart, and it is also not designed for children. Those under the age of 16 are not allowed to participate.

So, if you have children with you, make sure that they have a guardian to stay with them while you’re on your jet ski before you head out. Also, no alcohol is allowed around the jet skis, and riders are not permitted to drink any before driving. If they are seen doing so, they will not be let onto the tour.

14. Caribbean Kayaking

Getting to see the island up close is great, but one of the best views in the Caribbean is from the water. From a kayak, you will see the entire island with the mountains and beaches all at once. With a kayaking adventure, you can ride along the waters and take in the sight of the whole island from the coastline while you paddle at a leisurely pace.

With informed guides leading the way, you will learn all about the rich history of the Haitian people and see spots where historical events took place around the land as you wade through the waters. You will also be able to shop at the Artisan Market and pick up some pieces of jewelry, clothing, or household handmade items to take home with you.

The tour will end with a stop at the beach for a relaxing end to an exciting day. Spend the rest of the time on the shore laying on the warm, white sand, or dip your toes in the clear waters and do for a dip.

15. Labadee Snorkeling

Getting the opportunity to see the Caribbean Ocean from under the surface is an interesting way to spend your day at the shore. With a snorkeling guide to show you where there are creatures and coral reefs that you’ll want to check out, you can have an amazing snorkeling experience at the Labadee island.

There are many different kinds of fish and sea life that you can get to see around the reef and with a guide to tell you where to look to find the most creatures, you’ll get to find many along the way. After quick instructions from your guide, you will be fitted for your snorkeling equipment and head out into the waters.

This excursion will allow all ages on the boat, but only those who are able to handle their own equipment will be allowed snorkeling in the water. There are drinks and snacks available on the boat for the ride to the snorkel spot but guests who will be consuming alcohol must have a valid ID.

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labadee haiti

16. Luxury Yacht Adventure

Living in the lap of luxury is not an option for everybody, but with a luxury yacht experience in Labadee, you can feel like you’re as rich as you are in your dreams. The yacht is a large boat that will take a group of guests for a trip into the open waters of the Caribbean with drinks available onboard for the ride.

Relax on comfy chairs while you watch the waves go by until you hit the stop where you will be able to go snorkeling or just hop in the water with a pool noodle. Whether you want to splash around in the water, or just stay on the boat, you will have a great time on this luxurious yacht as you listen to music and drink a beverage.

The total trip will last three hours and will give you plenty of time to get some sun, look at the sea life, and get back to the shore.

This guest post was written by Justin Stewart.

Going to Labadee, Haiti on a cruise?  Here are some of the best things to do while in port.  Whether you want to relax, play, or explore, Labadee has so much to offer.
#labadee #labdeehaiti #cruisefever

Going to Labadee, Haiti on a cruise?  Here are some of the best things to do while in port.  Whether you want to relax, play, or explore, Labadee has so much to offer.
#labadee #labdeehaiti #cruisefever

Holland America Line Offering $25 Deposits, Free WiFi & Upgrades on Cruises

Holland America Line is offering a two week sale that includes $25 deposits on cruises, free WiFi, free upgrades, and more when booking a balcony cabin or above.

The cruise line’s View and Verandah offers just got better with more perks than ever before. Holland America Line sails a wide variety of itineraries all around the world to the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, Panama Canal, Hawaii, South America, and Australia and New Zealand.

This sale from Holland America Line includes the following:

  • Cruise deposits only $25 per person
  • Free WiFi packages for balcony cabins and suites
  • Free stateroom upgrades
  • Up to $500 per cabin in onboard spending money
  • Free or reduced fares for kids
  • 10% off select shore excursions
  • Suites receive free gratuties
  • Sale ends on February 29, 2020
  • View Prices on Cruises on Holland America Line

$25 Deposit is based on promo DV and are per person. $25 Deposit is available on select sailings outside of final payment (excludes Grand World and Grand World segments, other exclusions may apply).

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Stateroom Upgrades are available in select stateroom categories and are subject to availability of the staterooms in the higher category.

Free wi-fi: Premium Internet Package is per person for guests 1 and 2 sharing a stateroom, is offered on select 2020 cruises for guests in a Verandah or Suite, and valued from $139.99 for a 7-day cruise, up to $699.99 for a 81+ day cruise.

For complete terms and details of this View & Verandah sale from Holland America Line, contact your local travel professional or visit HollandAmerica.com.

Largest Ever Cruise Ship for the UK Floats Out at Shipyard

The largest-ever cruise ship purpose-built for the UK market has floated out at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

P&O Iona Floats Out

P&O Iona has reached a major construction milestone at the Myer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The ship which is owned by the Carnival Corporation and is purpose-built for the UK market is the largest for the country and for the British cruise line.

The complex process of the float out started at around midnight on the night/morning of February 14 and berthed at the nearby fitting out pier at around 3:30 AM. The funnel cladding was also added after that and the ship shall remain at the pier for further outfitting work on the interior spaces.

The Meyer Werft shipyard released a batch of photos of the new mega-ship before and during the float out:

The P&O cruise ship will undergo onboard trials before the very complex River Ems conveyance up to the North Sea where sea trials will take place in March. The new cruise ship is also making way for a large section of the future Odyssey of the Seas vessel for Royal Caribbean, that block will also move into the dry dock for further mainstream construction.

The large vessel is powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) and is a similar design to new LNG ships from sister cruise lines including the Aidanova from German-based Aida Cruises, Mardi Gras which is coming in November 2020 fro Carnival Cruise Line, and the Costa Smeralda for Costa Cruises. There are even more of these new generation mega-ships on order by Carnival-owned cruise brands.

Also Read: Giant Glass Roof Lowered on New Class P&O Mega Ship

P&O Iona truly is a large cruise ship at 184,000 gross tons and measuring 344.5 meters in length along with a passenger capacity of 5,200. She will feature the very first distillery at sea where exclusive gins will be made, Snowflake Luxury Gelato, a central space on the deck called the SkyDome and many more fleet first features.

She will be based out of Southampton, UK with her Norwegian Fjords cruises kicking off on May 14, 2020. During the Winter season, the vessel will also be sailing to Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands.

Family Cruise

Family Cruise

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A family cruise is a perfect getaway with loads of fun and excitement for everybody. Whenever you have kids bored with the usual stuff amusement parks, theater and all and your spouse needs a change, plan a cruise. You will get addicted to it. Family cruise is a sure shot way to drive away boredom.
A movie to watch, a relaxing massage, snooker game…anything, you just name it. You have many activities to choose from, actually that is the most difficult part- to decide what to do. Family cruise is one of the healthiest entertaining ways to enjoy your vacation with your family and cherish the memories forever. You will find selective activities and tailor made services for all of you. You just need some planning.
Start planning your family cruises, by defining your budget. Once you know your budget look for cruises that fit into your budget. After short listing, the cruises look for the facilities and services they are offering along with the nature and types of activities suitable for children. You of course want them to enjoy the cruise so there should be sufficient provision to keep them happily occupied. If you have very young children, make sure cribs and babysitting facilities are available. While for a bit older children loads of activities like dancing classes, escorted tours, parties, games and contests are planned. Every cruise has its own bag of goodies for children. Keep your children’s age in mind when you re going through these activities.
Some family cruises do not allow infants or pregnant women onboard. Check at the time of booking whether infant care and baby-sitting facilities are available or not. Keep ample stock of the things your baby might need like baby food, diapers, as you might not find them onboard.
While embarking on a family cruise, make sure there are proper medical facilities are available for emergencies. Also, make enquiries about fees for cancellation or changing dates for the trip, in case any such need arises. It is better to check latest information about the cruise schedule on the cruise’s website. A weeklong cruise is perfect for families and you are sure to find more families joining the fun.
One of the popular family cruises is a Disney cruise. With many special facilities and fun filled activities to occupy young and old alike, Disney cruise is a perfect setting for fun, fun and more fun. You have a club and lab for kids, Flounder’s reef nursery for your babies, a coffeehouse, specially designed programs in filmmaking and photography plus interesting teen outings along with live shows.
Another interesting family cruise is the carnival cruise with its special fun ships. The fun ships have special entertainers, Karaoke parties, teen makeovers and art & photography classes, water slides, ship tours for children etc. There are special camp carnivals for different age groups. There are specially designed virtual reality machines in the entertainment complex along with disco and video arcade. There is a playroom with loads of toys and electronic games.
Family cruises are joyous occasions for the family where they can spend some quality time with one another. Simply put, are great places to unwind and enjoy

Bermuda Cruise Vacations

Bermuda Cruise Vacations

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Taking Bermuda cruise vacations can be an amazing experience. Experience through sailing many islands in this chain and get to see Bermuda in a completely different way. Sail by remote beaches, stay in port for several days giving you time to explore the place, eat delicious foods, experience the pink beaches, and let the staff take care of all your needs.

Bermuda cruise vacations can start from the port in Florida or directly start in Bermuda and sail around the islands. Going on Bermuda cruise vacations can take short sails around the island, or longer sails down the Caribbean, or for more adventurous sails, take a cruise that starts in Florida and makes port in Bermuda, then travel through Panama Canal and up around towards Mexico.

Cruises to Bermuda include Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Princess Cruises, and Radisson Seven Seas.

Norwegian Cruise Line cruises to Bermuda departs from New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Charleston. New York to Bermuda eight-day cruises visit St. Thomas, Tortola, and Bermuda from May to September, seven-day cruises leave New York June to October. Seven-day Bermuda Cruise vacations from Charleston leaves in October and November. Seven-day Bermuda cruise vacations from Boston aboard the Norwegian majesty sails from May to October. Seven-day cruises from Philadelphia are available from May to June.

Royal Caribbean’s Bermuda Cruises offers only one cruise to Bermuda every year. The Bermuda cruise vacation is a six-day trip departing from New York aboard the Carnival Legend that dock’s at King’s Wharf in Bermuda and also visits Newport, Rhode Island. This Bermuda cruise vacation departs April 20, 2006 and April 19, 2007.

Celebrity Cruises offers cruises to Bermuda from April to October with seven-day cruises from Cape Liberty dock at Hamilton and St. George in Bermuda. A nine-night Bermuda and Caribbean cruise is also offered by the Celebrity Constellation, leaving from Bayonne, visiting Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and Bermuda.

Costa Cruises serves seven-night Bermuda cruise vacations from Fort Lauderdale, visiting Hamilton, and Bermuda; in April Nassau and Bahamas.

Princess Cruises offers nine-day Caribbean and Bermuda cruise vacations from New York, visiting the Grand Turk Island, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and Bermuda. It departs from June through October.

Radisson Seven Seas’ Bermuda Cruise serves an eleven-night cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Port Canaveral, Florida; Savannah, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; Hamilton, Bermuda; and Nassau, Bahamas.

Taking Bermuda cruise vacations is a captivating experience, where you can relax, savor every second, let the crew accommodate every need, and just take pleasure in every part of this exciting voyage. This is one experience that should not be missed if you want to see this are of the world.

The Vacation Of A Lifetime: A Celebrity Cruise Line Adventure

The Vacation Of A Lifetime: A Celebrity Cruise Line Adventure

If the workaday world has worn you down, you may be interested in taking a truly memorable holiday trip or vacation. In this regard, you might want to consider a Celebrity Cruise Line trip. A Celebrity Cruise Line trip truly would be a vacation of a lifetime.

(Keep in mind that while the Celebrity Cruise Line is discussed with specificity in this brief article, nothing in this piece should be construed as an explicit endorsement of the Celebrity Cruise Line or its services. Rather, the materials presented in this article are provided for informational purposes only. As you plan your own holiday or vacation, you need to undertake your own course of research to determine what sort of trip is most appropriate to your own travel needs and desires.)

Celebrity Cruise Line provides a wide range of destinations and points of call for its guests, including:

– Alaska
– Bahamas
– Bermuda
– Canada
– New England
– Caribbean
– Europe
– Galapagos
– Hawaii
– Mexico
– Pacific Northwest
– Panama Canal
– South America
– Trans-Atlantic

In addition to providing its guests with a wide array of different, interesting ports of call, Celebrity Cruise Line also schedules cruises of different lengths. From longer journeys to various ports of call to shorter jaunts that provide perfect breaks from the hustle and bustle of daily living, Celebrity Cruise Line has it all.

When it comes to onboard entertainment on the high seas, Celebrity Cruise Line works hard to have “something for everyone.” One of the most popular entertainment features offered on most cruises is a “lavish Vegas style spectacular.” These dazzling performances are thrilling to see.

For those people who prefer something more laid back after a day of cruising, Celebrity Cruise Line includes a Michael’s Club on every ship. These richly decorated piano bars provide a perfectly relaxing venue for travelers.

The Celebrity Cruise Line has worked hard in recent years to develop a unique set on onboard amenities. Included within the Celebrity Cruise Line scheme is “Acupuncture at Sea.” Through this program and regimen, the cruise company is working to give its traveling guests the opportunity to recover the balance between “the physical, emotional and spiritual.” Acupuncture is a natural, comprehensive health care practice that is said to strengthen a person’s immune system through the use of thin needles used at specific energy points in the body. The company created the “Acupuncture at Sea” program as part of its overall commitment to its guests. Celebrity Cruise Line believes that a cruise should be a restorative process on all levels for its guests.

Excursions to the shore are a vital and interesting part of nearly every Celebrity Cruise Line voyage. At Celebrity, you have a number of different options when it comes to going ashore. Of course, if you are so inclined, you can spend your time onshore “doing your own thing.” On the other hand, Celebrity always has available knowledgeable and professional guides that can make your time onshore truly memorable. Celebrity can arrange a wide array of different types of onshore excursions — everything from historical and cultural tours to wildlife adventures.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Leaving Galveston

Royal Caribbean Cruises Leaving Galveston


Galveston is one of the busiest cities in the State of Texas.
It is home to many tourists’ attractions like the famous Schlittebahn Park, Moody Gardens and the renowned Lone Star Flight Museum. Other place to visit is The Strand, which cradles the beautiful historic establishments, huge houses, and long stretch of beach line. Galveston is an economic hub in this part of Texas and is teeming with hospitable and lively people eager to welcome travelers both local and international. It is no wonder why Royal Caribbean Cruise has chosen this city to be one of their points of departure.

There are many ships of the Royal Caribbean Cruises leaving Galveston whole year round. The city has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors of the hosts of cruise lines of the famous Royal Caribbean. At point or the other luxury liners have brought visitors to the wonderful city of Galveston.

Royal Caribbean cruises leaving Galveston like the Rhapsody of the Seas can take the travelers to a 7-night Western Caribbean cruise. Other places to be visited are Ochos Rios in Jamaica, George Town of the beautiful Grand Cayman, Cozumel of the historic Mexico and back to where it started, to the welcoming port of Galveston.

Another Royal Caribbean Cruises leaving Galveston is the 13-night Transatlantic East Cruise. The trip will bring the tourists to destinations like Keywest, Florida; Ponta Delgada, Azores; Seville, Spain; and Barcelona, Spain. Tourists on board the Splendour of the Seas are likely to practice two different languages as they embark on a journey to the two homes of the world’s most spoken languages.

The 7-night Western Caribbean Cruise on the ship of Voyager of the Seas is another Royal Caribbean Cruises leaving Galveston, Texas. Each guest will have to enjoy every stopover that the trip makes. The ports of Cozumel Mexico is waiting travelers and will welcome them with buenas dias or bueans tardes. Vacationer can wander around Cozumel and get the feel of a Mexican way of life. After a short visit to Cozumel, Mexico the ship will proceed to Roatan. It is Honduras’ largest island of the Bay Islands. Roatan is also a famous tourist attraction because of its turquoise waters and white sugary sand beaches. This trip of the Royal Caribbean Cruises leaving Galveston includes other ports of call like Costa Maya and Yucatan, which are both in Mexico.

There are still plenty of Royal Caribbean Cruises leaving Galveston, which have been scheduled already. Reservations on these cruises however are still ongoing. Prices of the each trip varies according to accommodations, choice of cruise line, and the length of the trip which are computed on a per head scheme.
The port of Galveston is truly a wonderful point to start a trip on board a Royal Caribbean Cruise. It is a known fact, no doubt.