This Week in Cruise: New Destinations and Theme Cruises for 2015

carnival victoryAs 2014 draws to a close, cruise lines are still busy adding new product for next year. This week in cruise news saw the announcement of a new destination by Carnival Cruise Lines and new theme cruises from MSC Cruises and AmaWaterways

On October 6, 2015, the Carnival Victory will sail to Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic for a day-long call as the line’s first ship to sail to the destination.

The port offers visitors numerous activities and opportunities to explore, which include relaxing on the beach, participating in water sports (such as cross-country adventures in 4x4 Terracross buggies, horseback riding on the beach, snorkeling, and swimming in natural river pools), traveling to Paradise Island, spending the day at Ocean World (the area’s largest marine adventure park), visiting rural coffee plantations, sampling traditional Dominican cuisine, and shopping downtown for locally sourced crafts and souvenirs.

Also in 2015, MSC Divina is offering travelers a series of themed cruises departing from Miami for the Caribbean in the winter and spring.

2015 theme cruises onboard the MSC Divina include a post-New Year extravaganza, a Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras celebration, a "Songs of the 60s" cruise and a "Baseball Greats" cruise. 

Also this week, AmaWaterways announced three new themed cruises of its own for next year. Customers can choose from “Beer,” “Art Illumination,” or “Jazz” river cruises aboard one of the following ships: the AmaLyra, AmaPrima, or AmaLegro.

Guests traveling on any of the vessels can expect amenities such as Western-style dining options, themed dinners, complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks and coffee with lunch and dinner, and complimentary tea and coffee stations (available daily). Onboard events, including live musical performances and cultural discussion forums, as well as amenities like a fitness center with bicycles, walking track and whirlpool, salon and spa services, a sun deck, English-speaking guides, and complimentary in-room “Infotainment” (featuring Internet, music, newly released movies and English-language television) will also be available.

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