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America’s favorite mom, Florence Henderson of “The Brady Bunch” fame, will join two of Holland America Line ‘s Dancing With the Stars: At Sea cruises departing June 6 and 13.
Both cruises feature dance themes in partnership with the hit TV show “Dancing With the Stars,” and guests can compete to represent their ship at Holland America’s championship dance voyage in December.
Henderson, who was a contestant on the TV show in its 11th season, will sail aboard the 1,350-passenger Veendam first to Bermuda and then to Canada/New England.
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Imagine sailing into a bunch of Cuban ports on a three-masted schooner.
Starting in December, small ship company AdventureSmith Explorations is adding Cuba to its roster of destinations; it also operates cruises in Alaska, Europe and the Galapagos.
Its eight-day Cuba People to People Cruise begins in Havana and visits a handful of ports along the island’s western and southern shores aboard the 49-guest schooner. Offered until April 2016, the trips include roundtrip air from Miami and are priced from $4,799 per person, double.
A Cuban visa and mandatory Cuban medical insurance are covered in the fare.
Foodie alert: Luxury line Seabourn is partnering with Chef Thomas Keller – the only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the prestigious Michelin Guide – to create a new signature restaurant debuting next spring on the 450-guest Seabourn Quest.
The name of his new Seabourn restaurant hasn’t been revealed yet, but the luxury line says the venue will be featured on its two new ships, Seabourn Encore launching in late 2016 and Seabourn Ovation in early spring 2018.
Meanwhile, Keller will develop an array of dishes for multiple dining venues aboard Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, and Seabourn Quest starting this fall.
Cruisers planning to sail with Norwegian Cruise Line will have to pony up if they want room service. The line last month began testing a $7.95 fee for the service on two ships and now it’s a permanent policy fleetwide.
Moreover, the line now prohibits guests from bringing restaurant or buffet foods back to their cabins. So you’ve got to call room service if you want a bite to eat on your balcony.
The charge is a delivery, or convenience, fee; there are no charges for the food.
Some deliveries are exempt from the cost, such as coffee and continental breakfast, and guests in suites and in The Haven, the line’s luxury accommodations area, don’t pay the charge.
Carnival Cruise Line is moving more ships around. The 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy will leave Charleston, S.C., next February and reposition to Miami, where it will sail three-day weekend cruises to the Bahamas and four-day voyages to Key West and Cozumel.
In its place the same-size Carnival Ecstasy will shift to Charleston and sail four- to seven-day cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Carnival also will send a ship, the 2,758-guest Carnival Victory, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, in November 2016, sailing to the Southern Caribbean on weeklong cruises calling at St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Maarten.