Our news this week features news from Carnival and Celebrity Cruise Lines.
Carnival's new advertising campaign asks "how do you live the Carnival Breeze life" with cruisers answering in a variety of ways such as: "I will spend my life at the buffet" or "From now on, my life will consist of waterslides and mini golf." They have also release artist rendering and pictures of the designs for the Breeze, which have a very different aesthetic from what Carnival has had in the past. The colors are calming; the design is peaceful, almost invoking Pier 1. We discuss our opinions on this new design and the advertising campaign.
Last week, Celebrity Cruise Line announced price hikes for their specialty restaurants with prices topping out at $40 per person in several of these premium eateries. We wonder if the new focus on specialty dining will or has already hurt the quality of the food in main dining rooms as well as what normal traveler has the kind of money required to patronize these restaurants.
In our main segment, we spoke with Jennifer of Care Vacations and Michell of www.travelinwheels.com who told us all about accessible port touring, plus planning tips and gave us great resources. Jennifer explained the difference between tendering and docking and detailed how that might affect a person with disabilities. She highlighted Holland America's tender lift system, which allows wheelchair bound passengers to board tender boats. She also discussed cruise line shore excursions, and specialty travel agents, who can help passengers with disabilities navigate cruising more easily.
Michell highlighted Venice, Barcelona, and London, giving tips on how a person with disabilities or in a wheelchair can tour these cities, and some of the obstacles they might encounter.