More cruise ships set sail in Florida

On Sunday, December 3, Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Ascent began its first-ever Caribbean season from Fort Lauderdale.

During its seven-night journey, the ship will call at well-known locations like St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and the Dominican Republic.

Jason Liberty, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, stated that with every new ship, the ambition is to debut the ultimate vacation experience, and Celebrity Ascent achieves this by raising the bar for premium travel– he mentioned, “her improved design and novel onboard experiences distinguish her from rivals and establish a new standard for the travel sector.” 

With a weight of 140,600 tons, the Celebrity Accent has space for 3,260 passengers and 1400 crew members.

A brand-new restaurant named Blu, a Rooftop Garden, a Resort Deck with cantilevered float pools, and the return of the Magic Carpet—the first cantilevered floating platform in the world that soars over the open ocean—are all aspects of the ship.

Through the end of April, Celebrity Ascent will provide a range of alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean holiday packages. The ship will then sail from Barcelona and Rome to the Mediterranean after those trips.

After a pleasant journey, Norwegian Cruise Line welcomed the Norwegian Viva back to Miami–although the ship sailed from Miami in late August, its official christening took place this past week.

With a weight of 142,500 tons, the Norwegian Viva has space for 3,099 passengers and 1,506 crew members. It has the three-story Viva Speedway and the 11-restaurant-strong Indulge Food Hall, an outdoor food market.

On a few specific trips, the ship will depart Miami and then move to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cruises to Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. John’s, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands are available for seven-day Caribbean vacations aboard Norwegian Viva, which includes no sea days.

The ship will travel to the Greek Isles and the Mediterranean in April.

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