New water play area on next Disney ship

Disney Cruise Line is devising new ways to get wet on its newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, which will enter service in March.

at AquaLab, a new water play area themed to Donald Duck and his three nephews, children will romp among pop jets, geysers and bubblers. Kids also can try to stop water squirting out of holes in a leaky wall or stop leaky pipes from filling Donald’s new rowboat with water.

Meanwhile, guests of all ages will be able to cool off at another new water area on Deck 12, a wading pool with a fountain ringed by seating under a canopy. and on Deck 13, guests 18 and older can enjoy Satellite Falls, a new circular splash pool with benches and a gentle rain curtain, as well as seating under a canopy.

A new zip line awaits cruise passengers arriving on the island of Dominica in the Caribbean. With six platforms and an 850-foot line suspended 350 feet above the Breakfast River Gorge, the Gorge Zip Challenge is the biggest tourist attraction launched on the island in recent years. Admission for cruise passengers is $50.

an all-star lineup of electronic music artists will be aboard a special floating HARD cruise festival, Holy Ship!, on the MSC Poesia Jan. 6-9. The cruise will be headlined by Fatboy Slim, who will perform at an island beach party. Among about 20 other musicians will be Skrillex, A-Trak, Diplo, and Tommy Lee, formerly of Motley Crue. Others include Dutchman Laidback Luke, who will lead a dance party, the UK’s Rusko, and Steve Aoki, the driving force behind Dim Mak. Fares range from $524 to $999. Cloud 9 Adventures, 561-368-8922,


Enclosable balconies are a unique feature on Scenic Cruises’ newest river ship, scheduled to enter service in Europe in April. In a first for river cruisers, “Sun Lounge” balconies on the 432-foot, 169-passenger Scenic Crystal will have a hidden panel of glass that guests can activate with the press of a button to convert the space from an outdoor lounging area into a fully enclosed, all-weather room extension. 888-824-2418,

for the first time, Oceania Cruises will offer theme cruises next year. ten “Signature Sailings” featuring culinary, wine, music and health and wellness themes will be conducted by the line. In the past, groups with the same interests have sailed on the ships, but these are its first cruise line-sponsored theme cruises. all four Oceania ships will have at least one such cruise.

A chartered Azamara ship will be marking the ill-fated Titanic on the 100th anniversary of its sinking next year. The eight-night cruise on the Azamara Journey departs April 10 from new York. A memorial service will be held at the exact spot and exact hour when the ship, then the world’s largest, sank on its maiden voyage in 1912. Passengers will also visit Halifax, where many of the victims are buried. Aboard will be bill Miller, ocean liner historian; bill Wright, captain of today’s largest cruise ships, the Oasis and Allure of the Seas; Ken Marschail, Titanic artist and diver; and Gunter Bibler, who participated in the expedition to the wreck. Cruise Specialist, 800-544-2469,


Oceania Cruises will christen its new Riviera in Monte Carlo April 19. After the ceremony, the 1,250-passenger ship will spend the summer and fall cruising the Mediterranean, then come to Miami to make winter cruises in the Caribbean.

New water play area on next Disney ship

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