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The Most Romantic Cruises to Book Now

Planning your honeymoon or an anniversary trip? These are the most romantic cruises to take with your significant other.

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If you asked me what the most romantic trip I could take with my fiancé would be, my answer would be simple: A trip he planned. For me, facilitating the logistics of our trips is what takes me out of the moment. And that's why I think cruises are inherently perfect for a romantic getaway : Everything is planned for you. The cruise line sets the itinerary for you, including the cities you'll visit, the excursions you'll partake in, and which days you'll spend relaxing by the pool. Plus, if you book an all-inclusive cruise , you won't even have to think about taking your wallet out.

One of the most intimate elements of travel is sharing a new experience with someone you love. And a cruise sails you right up to those new experiences, giving you the chance to see several exciting ports (why choose one place when you can visit several honeymoon destinations during one trip?). Not only that, the luxury of the vessel ups the romance factor, too. From private dining options to couples massages, there are endless opportunities for you and your partner to reconnect. Here are some romantic cruises for couples that suit every travel style.

Seven Seas Explorer , Regent Seven Seas Cruises

For the adventurous couple, Regent Seven Seas Cruises takes care of all the logistics — from round-trip business-class flights to unlimited shore excursions — so you can focus on soaking in the culture together. For an unconventional date night, the Seven Seas Explorer offers Gourmet Explorer Tours, during which you'll explore the food scene in a particular port and then make use of local ingredients in an onboard cooking class.

What Your Itinerary Might Look Like: Travel from Bangkok to Bali onboard the 738-passenger Seven Seas Explorer and enjoy cruising in the Gulf of Thailand, with stops in Singapore and the Thai island of Koh Samui.

Regatta , Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises prides itself on offering an elegant ambiance and the Regatta's custom design and nearly 1.6:1 crew-to-traveler ratio only enhance the luxury experience. The suites and veranda staterooms have original art, ocean views, and private terraces. For a romantic day on the ship, start at Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center and finish the evening with a wine tasting in Horizons, the Regatta 's observation lounge.

What Your Itinerary Might Look Like: The 694-guest Regatta's voyage from Auckland to Sydney takes you on a two-week tour of the best of New Zealand and Australia. Along the way, you'll stop in New Zealand's Bay of Islands and Otago Peninsula, where you can spot penguins and albatrosses.

Paul Gauguin , Paul Gauguin Cruises

The flagship vessel of Paul Gauguin Cruises feels exclusive and effortlessly luxurious. The 332-passenger ship only visits smaller ports that larger ships can't access and most of the rooms have private, oceanfront balconies. For couples looking for a new activity that will bring them closer and help build trust in their relationship, the Paul Gauguin offers PADI scuba diving programs and certification.

What Your Itinerary Might Look Like: Paul Gauguin Cruises offers a Tahiti and Society Islands seven-night cruise. It includes a day on the company's own private islet, Motu Mahana, and of course, a glamorous stop in Bora Bora.

Emerald Princess, Princess Cruises

The entertainment is endless on the Emerald Princess — from a casino to live theatre to night clubs — but few things beat spending the day with your significant other at the saltwater pools and swirling hot tubs. The ship can accommodate more than 3,000 passengers, but there are plenty of places to share an intimate moment with your partner. For a romantic high-point of your trip, try the Chef's Table Experience, an extravagant multi-course dinner created by the ship’s executive chef.

What Your Itinerary Might Look Like: Their 16-day Hawaiian Islands Cruise leaving from Seattle feels like a honeymoon, whether you have no plans for marriage or you're celebrating 20 years together. You'll get a grand tour of Hawaii, stopping at Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island.

Viking Venus , Viking Ocean Cruises

This exclusive ship carries only 930 people, which means you'll barely have to share the floor-to-ceiling window views of the snow-capped Nordic mountains. It's an all-veranda ship, so every room is set for romance with a private balcony.

What Your Itinerary Might Look Like: For a romantic winter getaway, the Viking Venus sails in search of the northern lights , cruising the North Sea and Norwegian Sea from England to Norway. The seclusion you and your significant other will find sailing through waters few travelers get to explore is unprecedented. Your stops in Norway include cities north of the Arctic Circle such as Tromsø, home to the northernmost botanical garden in the world. And each Arctic night, you and your love are of course scouting for the aurora borealis.

American Queen , American Queen Voyages

The American Queen transports you back in time to the mid-19th century. The spacious decks are a picturesque spot to take in the river views together, and the staff exudes Southern hospitality and charm. The 417-passenger riverboat is ideal for couples who want to explore their own backyard rather than booking an international flight. Plus, their onboard jazz and blues concerts make for an extra-special evening.

What Your Itinerary Might Look Like: American Queen sails from New Orleans to Memphis. After two days in NOLA, you'll set sail on the Mississippi to visit several other cities along the river.

Zuiderdam , Holland America Line

For the artistic couple, Holland America Line takes great care to decorate their interiors with enviable art and antiques. On board this 1,964-passenger vessel, you'll find plenty of activities. If you're looking for a romantic cruise but can't leave the kids at home, Zuiderdam is a ship that caters to both adults and kids, with the Greenhouse Spa & Salon for you and your S.O., and Club Hal for the children.

What Your Itinerary Might Look Like: Find love in the Caribbean on Holland America Line's Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. With stops in the Curaçao, Colombia, and Costa Rica, the cruise satisfies your craving for a romantic beach getaway, new cities, and a jungle adventure in one fell swoop.

Evrima , The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

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With its six restaurants, six bars, and two pools on board — plus plenty of over-the-top hotel amenities — The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s Evrima is basically an all-inclusive luxury resort at sea. Couples can look forward to sipping reserve-list wine while listening to live jazz; indulging in a deep-tissue massage; or relaxing by the infinity pool. All 149 suites have private terraces, giving you and your partner your own space to soak in the sights — whether you're cruising around the Mediterranean or sailing to Caribbean islands. Guests are assigned a personal concierge when they step on board, ensuring that every detail of their romantic getaway is planned to perfection.

What Your Itinerary Might Look Like:   Evrima offers five-, seven-, 10-, and 12-night voyages. A five-night voyage from Athens, for example, gives cruisers the chance to explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus, Turkey, before sailing to Santorini and Milos in Greece, where couples can take in spectacular views, explore historical sites, or hit the beach, before heading back to Athens.

Scarlet Lady , Virgin Voyages

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A screaming toddler can instantly kill the mood on a romantic cruise. This is where Virgin Voyages’ adults-only Scarlet Lady comes into play. With 11 eateries, 9 bars, and a two-story nightclub, the 2,750-passenger ship is geared toward couples who love to party as much as they like to sightsee. Most of the cabins have balconies with hammocks, and couples who opt for one of the RockStar suites will enjoy additional perks like priority boarding and access to a personal agent who handles all your day-to-day needs. Couples can indulge in alternative activities like getting inked at the onboard tattoo parlor or lying back on daybeds at the outdoor lounge The Dock to stargaze at sea.  What Your Itinerary Might Look Like: On the four-night Fire & Sunset Soirées cruise, the fun begins in Miami, before cruising down to Key West where you can explore by bike, catamaran, or kayak. The boat then stops at Virgin Voyages’ private beach club in Bimini, Bahamas, where cruisers can opt to relax by the pool or spot dolphins in the wild before the ship heads back to Miami.

AmaLucia , Adventures by Disney and AmaWaterways

For couples looking for a slow-paced epicurean adventure through Europe, a river cruise with Adventures by Disney and AmaWaterways could strike the perfect balance between fun-filled and tranquil. Gone are the days of river cruising being only for retirees. New itineraries are jam-packed with activities, from wine tastings and pub tours to exploring towns by bike. The 156-passenger AmaLucia is an ideal vessel for the experience, thanks to its twin-balcony staterooms, a fleet of complimentary bikes, and a sun-deck pool with a swim-up bar.

What Your Itinerary Might Look Like: On Adventures by Disney’s eight-day Rhine River Cruise , you’ll depart from Basel, Switzerland, and sail along the Rhine River while stopping in France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Activities might include a macaron-making class, a pub tour, or a visit to medieval wine caves. You’ll disembark in Amsterdam, where you and your significant other can continue exploring or fly home after a week of wining and dining.

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What is included in the package?

  • Accommodations on board the Norwegian Pearl  (6 days -5 nights)
  • Access to all Love and Harmony themed concerts, parties, events, and activities.
  • Partying and mingling up close and personal with the entertainers.
  • Full Caribbean, American breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Spacious air-conditioned state rooms.
  • Norwegian Pearl Fine and Casual Dining.  
  • Non-carbonated beverages.
  • Access to 24-hour pizzeria.
  • Access to 24-hour room service  
  • Access to ship facilities (Pools, Hydro pool, Fitness Center, Salon, Spa, Casino, Art Galleries and Shops)

How do I make a reservation?

To book a Love and Harmony Cruise cabin please log on to our booking page here https://booking.loveandharmonycruise.com . If you need any assistance, you can email [email protected] , or call us at 1-800-225-8757 during our regular office hours Mondays-Fridays 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

What Information is needed to book my cruise?

When registering the following traveler information should be available: 

  • Legal first and last name. As shown on Passport and/or Travel documents. 
  • Country of citizenship
  • Valid email address 
  • Valid phone number 
  • Date of birth 
  • Credit/Debit card information in addition to the billing address

(Passport number is not required the moment of booking)

What Travel Documents do I need to sail?

U.S. Citizens: Must provide valid passport OR government issued ID and U.S. Birth Certificate.

U.S. Residents: Must provide valid passport and green card.

Non-U.S. Citizens: Must provide valid passport and travel visa.

For more information regarding the necessary travel documentation visit: https://www.ncl.com/freestyle-cruise/cruise-travel-documents

What types of Payment Methods are accepted?

Booking a cabin requires either a Visa or Mastercard. We accept debit or credit cards upon booking. American Express cards are not accepted. 

Is there a Payment Plan offered?

 Yes, Love and Harmony does offer payment plan options. Payment plans  will be adjusted dependent on the reservation as the options will be determined according to the amount of months left until the final payment deadline date. When booking it is required to pay the minimum deposit per person (deposit varies on the type of cabin and number of guests in the cabin) .  

All monies paid are non-refundable  as such we do recommend the purchase of travel insurance.

Is Travel Insurance Needed?

Travel insurance is not required. However, it is highly recommended. Travel insurance is to be purchased at the traveler’s discretion.

What is the final payment deadline?

Final payment due dates/ Deadlines will be listed on the individual confirmation email. Pending payments for ANY listed travelers will affect the cabin as a whole. Payments due within the final month cannot be split (paid as partial payments), postponed, or extended. The reservation must be paid in full by the said Final Due Date, and only full payments may be made during this time.

What is your cancellation policy?

All payments are non-refundable. We strongly recommend the purchase of Travel Insurance.  Review LHC  Terms and Conditions .

How do I make changes to my reservation?

Any reservation changes must be requested via email to [email protected]  

If you have any questions, you may also call our office at 1-800-225-8757 during our regular office hours. 

Changes will be subject to applicable fees. 

Can I upgrade or downgrade my cabin?

Upgrades are granted dependent on cabin availability. Downgrades are not permitted.

How do I request my cabin to be close to my group?

When requesting specific cabin accommodations, we suggest you call 1-800-225-8757. Accommodations do depend on availability and cannot be guaranteed. 

I have special requirements, who do I speak to about that?

Requests for special requirements must be emailed to [email protected] or  contact us at 1-800-225-8757. Best efforts are made to accommodate your needs.

Is there an age requirement?

The minimum sailing age is 6 months old.

When should I plan to arrive and depart from Miami?

Departure: Monday March 3th , 2025 4:00 pm 

–  Boarding begins at 10:00 am and ends at 2:00 pm. You must arrive before 2:00 pm to board.

Arrival: Saturday, March 8 th , 2025 7:00 am 

– Expect to be off the ship latest by 10:00 am.

Are there any prohibited items?

  • Clothing Iron
  • Drug related Paraphernalia
  • Bottled/Alcoholic Beverages

The full list of prohibited items can be found at  https://www.ncl.com/prohibited-items .

Where can I learn more about the Norwegian Joy?

For more information, please visit  https://www.ncl.com/cruise-ship/Joy .

How do I get my boarding pass?

Closer to the sailing date Love and Harmony will send an email that will provide additional information which will include check-in process instructions. Completing the pre-check-in process is necessary to obtain your boarding pass.

Full payment is required prior to obtaining boarding pass. 

How Do I Check in?

After processing your final cruise payment, you will receive your Ship Booking ID which will be used to complete the check-in process. The online check-in can be completed up to 3 days prior to the sailing date. If you have any problems finding your Ship Booking ID, you may contact Love and Harmony Cruise Support Team to provide it to you. 

Please note: All guests must be checked-in and onboard the ship no later than 2 hours prior to the published sailing time or you will not be permitted to sail.

How do I check my bags at the port?

You may print your Luggage Tags during the pre-check-in process. At the port you must drop off your luggage with the porters who will distribute accordingly. After leaving your luggage you must go through security with any carry on baggage.

What should I pack?

Closer to the sailing date you will receive this year’s itinerary. Keep an eye out as we do hold themed nights and events!  The recommended clothing to pack would be swimwear,  beach clothes, casual day clothes, club attire and formal dress for events such as Captains’ Ball. As  you may feel a breeze on the upper decks, we do also recommend packing a sweater or jacket for colder nights.

How do I purchase internet prior to or day of sailing?

Using your Ship Booking ID you will be able to purchase internet packages during the pre-check-in process. You will also be able to purchase internet while on board.  Pricing is subject to change. 

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Love and Harmony Cruise 2023 is already a hit among reggae fans as it is set to embark on a sold-out journey featuring top stream reggae and soca artistes on April 4 to April 9. 

Annual Love and Harmony Cruise ready to set sail and announces fates for Love and Harmony Cruise 2024

The Holland America Eurodam Signature-class ship is all geared up for the fifth voyage and organizers are already thinking ahead for Love and Harmony Cruise 2024.

The demand for the cruise has compelled organizers to announce the dates for the 2024 journey, which will feature some new and sensational faces in the reggae industry. Jamaican reggae singers Tarrus Riley and Chris Martin are all set to grace the stage alongside Beres Hammond, along with other artistes. 

Love and Harmony Cruise 2024 will take place aboard a new and bigger vessel, sailing to Nassau Bahamas, and Ocho Rios Jamaica from April 13 to April 18.

 Fans can visit the Love and Harmony Cruise website for more details on how to book their tickets early and avoid disappointment. 

Breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, Love and Harmony Cruise has rapidly become stellar in global themed cruise travel by offering a wide variety of award-winning entertainment, and dining options as well as a range of accommodations with the freedom and flexibility that comes with a luxury cruise ship, surrounded by the Caribbean Sea.

There is no question that dining on the Love and Harmony cruise has become a major aspect of the cruise experience. Whatever tantalizes your taste buds, you’ll find it all on this journey. From the Caribbean traditional palette (Oxtail, Curry Dishes, Ackee and saltfish, fry dumplings, porridge, etc) to a quick bite to eat, a fun family meal, or an intimate gastronomic dinner, you’ll be left more than satisfied.

Love and Harmony promises to deliver a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience, bringing you together with a community of like-minded enthusiasts, creating lasting memories, and enjoying unparalleled access to your favorite superstars.

Love and Harmony Cruise is the perfect getaway for island music lovers all around the world.

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Love and Harmony Cruise to set sail this weekend

Beres hammond, buju banton and tarrus riley, among those to perform.

Captain Beres Hammond (left) and Buju Banton will once again share the stage at the 2024 Love and Harmony Cruise.

The Norwegian Pearl sets sail on April 13 to explore the bright blue waters of the Caribbean Sea for the 2024 iteration of the Love and Harmony Cruise. The musical experience upon the sea is booked out a year in advance and will have onboard over 2300 fans of reggae, dancehall and soca.

“The audience is a mature global audience and lovers of Caribbean culture so each year the organisers select artistes with an extensive catalogue who will get our patrons whom we affectionately call ‘Harmonizers’ feeling the love and hearing the harmony. It’s a family atmosphere aboard [the cruise] and this year with a stellar line-up of Buju Banton, Tarrus Riley, Alison Hinds, Ghost, Chris Martin and our Captain Beres Hammond, the performances are the icing on the cake,” shared Ronnie Tomlinson, director of public relations for the Love and Harmony Cruise.

Harmonizers can expect a complete cultural immersion into the colourful world of Caribbean music, food and people, during their time aboard the Love and Harmony Vessel. Tomlinson boasted about the delicious cuisine her team has planned, all possible by acclaimed chefs Richie Rich of The Richie Rich Caribbean Taste restaurant in The Bronx, New York and Rodney Bowers out of Toronto, Canada.

“One of the main things our Harmonizer family look forward to is the Caribbean cuisine. The morning meals of ackee and saltfish, fried breadfruit and bammy, various [types of] porridges and special meals like oxtail, brown stew fish, mackerel, green banana and ital dishes. Our Harmonizers really enjoy the Caribbean meals,” said Tomlinson.

Along with the wide variety of tasty meals promised to patrons is a non-stop party atop the waves, with a packed itinerary of events guaranteed to keep the good vibes going. With musical guests hailing from across the Caribbean and a variety of indigenous genres, Tomlinson assures a little bit of something for everyone. Themed parties, comedy shows, as well as the star-studded music line-up add to the anticipated excitement.

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“[Harmonizers] will also enjoy the themed events like the Sail Away party, ‘90s party, Pyjama party, All-White Night and this year we have a School Uniform party. That is in addition to our domino, ludo, basketball and football tournaments. We have seen persons posting their neck-ties from Knox and Manchester High School, as well as schools across the US and UK. In addition to the comedy show this year, we have Chris ‘Johnny’ Daley and comedian Leon Parkins and the always memorable karaoke.”

Booking ahead of time is highly recommended as the 2025 staging is all ready 50 per cent sold, according to the Love and Harmony director. She said the cruise selling out up to a year in advance is a regular occurrence.

“Due to the high demand, the organisers have chartered a bigger vessel for Love and Harmony Cruise 2025. Next year we will set sail aboard Norwegian Joy.”

The 2024 Love and Harmony Cruise is set for departure from Miami, Florida on Saturday, April 13 and returns on Thursday, April 18, to Miami, Florida.

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Love and Harmony Cruise Returns After Two Years with Star Studded Line-Up

Updated: Jun 15, 2023

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Annual reggae music cruise, Love and Harmony, reignites the ultimate Caribbean experience with the Love and Harmony Cruise 2022, which was graced by the biggest names in the music industry and lots of fun activities.

The Love and Harmony Cruise 2022 was the fourth edition of the annual event that brought together the biggest names in the world of reggae and soca, judging by the reviews from participants it was a major success. The amazing 5-day cruise started on April 2, 2022, and came to a climax with an International Flag Night that featured a captivating performance by Edwin Yearwood.

Reggae remains one of the oldest genres in the world of music, standing the test of time amidst the emergence of a plethora of styles. However, getting the real Caribbean feel can sometimes be a daunting task, which is where the organizers of Love and Harmony have been able to change the narrative for the past couple of years.

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Branded as the Ultimate Caribbean Party at Sea, Love and Harmony Cruise has become increasingly popular, attracting the attention of reggae, and Soca music lovers from all over the world. Love and Harmony Cruise 2022 coming back from two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the organizers were compelled to return safely and deliver for the cruisers aka Harmonizers. “Making sure we complied with the proper protocols and that we were still able to deliver the level of entertainment the way us Caribbean’s like to enjoy was important. We waited and we are happy persons enjoyed themselves and they were able to feel the love and hear the harmony and we are looking forward to 2023” says Steven “Jabba” Beckford, one of the organizers of the Love and Harmony Cruise.

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The ship sailed from April 2 to April 7 from Ocho Rios Jamaica to Nassau Bahamas. Cruisers who are affectionately called Harmonizers, were treated to lots of fun activities, fantastic music, Caribbean cuisine by chef Richie Rich from the popular Caribbean restaurant in New York, and amazing concerts. The lineup of multi-award-winning artists included the likes of Beres Hammond , Buju Banton , Beenie Man , Wayne Wonder , Nadine Sutherland, Edwin Yearwood , and comedian Majah Hype all delivering a captivating performance generating a buzz for many anticipating Love and Harmony Cruise 2023.

With 55% of the ship already re-booked prior to returning to Fort Lauderdale, it’s a true testament to the success of Love and Harmony 2022.

“ Eating breakfast with some of my favorites artists, watching them play basketball, dominoes, being able to stop them in the elevator for a photo is something I will never forget. But the reason I will return next year is the family atmosphere we all experienced onboard. From the staff to the organizers to the artists and the amazing DJs, we are all Harmonizers and I will be back ” says Lissette Thomas from Nashville TN.

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Organizers of "Love and Harmony" have announced Love and Harmony Cruise 2023 edition sailing from April 4 to April 9th. Sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau Bahamas and Ocho Rios, Jamaica, with the likes of Beres Hammond, Sanchez, and Popcaan already confirmed to perform with plans to add more talented acts.

Cabins to the general public go on sale Friday April 15th, for further information about Love and Harmony and to book your cabin visit - www.loveandharmonycruise.com

The Ultimate Caribbean Party at Sea cruise also continues across social media, including Facebook and Instagram.

Courtesy of ShowYourNice Booking & Event Management Company.

Until next post... Coach Tay

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Yes!  (And smart choice!  Enjoy getting the most out of your cruise!)  Note that an email will be sent in mid-July to guests who already purchased Princess Plus or Princess Premier and who are sailing between August 1, 2024 and December 1, 2024 to advise that they are automatically included in this offer.

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<p>But not being immediately upfront about the $1.50 tea bag and otherwise free options felt unecessarily deceitful.</p><p>In the company's defense, not everything had a price tag. Fun activities like the mini-golf course, waterslides, and fear-of-height-inducing ropes course were complimentary and great for forgetting how annoyed I was about "tea gate." </p>

  • I spent four nights on the new  Carnival Firenze cruise ship  in May.
  • The ship has plenty of free activities alongside enticing up-charged options.
  • Take a look at all the amenities on Carnival's new Italian-themed vessel.

Carnival's new Firenze cruise ship is filled with upcharged options. But if you look past them, you'll be pleasantly surprised by their complimentary activities.

The company's second Italy-themed ship came highly anticipated. In early April, Firenze's naming ceremony "triggered a step up in bookings," Josh Weinstein, the president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Line's parent company, Carnival Corp, told analysts in late June.

Two weeks after the ceremony, Carnival Firenze set sail on its maiden voyage from its homeport in Long Beach, California, marking the 27th vessel to join the cruise line's fleet.

<p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/royal-caribbean-icon-of-the-seas-trip-price-expensive-2023-11">New cruise ships</a> generally command an inflated fare. But it seems the new 5,245-guest Firenze ignored this tradition, with 2024 fares currently starting at almost $360 per person for a four-night cruise.</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/review-ultra-luxury-cruise-wealthy-travelers-regent-seven-seas-2023-12">Not too bad</a>, given all of its amenities.</p>

This boost in bookings might not come as a surprise after seeing its prices.

New cruise ships generally command an inflated fare. But it seems the new 5,245-guest Firenze ignored this tradition, with 2024 fares currently starting at almost $360 per person for a four-night cruise.

Not too bad , given all of its amenities.

<p>In 2022, <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/cruise-lines-are-running-low-on-cabins-2023-11">Carnival</a> acquired Firenze and its sister ship from Costa Cruises. Firenze then underwent a two-month refresh to be outfitted with the "Carnival Fun Italian Style" theme.</p><p>If you're an American who loves campy European-themed venues — think a cheaper version of the Venetian in <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/photos-members-only-nyc-social-club-zero-bond-9000-waitlist-2021-12">Las Vegas</a> — Firenze could feel like an Italian getaway. The theme is hard to miss, from the white statues to the giant photos of Florence, Italy.</p>

Firenze is more than just another towel animal-toting Carnival cruise.

In 2022, Carnival acquired Firenze and its sister ship from Costa Cruises. Firenze then underwent a two-month refresh to be outfitted with the "Carnival Fun Italian Style" theme.

If you're an American who loves campy European-themed venues — think a cheaper version of the Venetian in Las Vegas — Firenze could feel like an Italian getaway. The theme is hard to miss, from the white statues to the giant photos of Florence, Italy.

<p>I previously wrote a less-than-glowing <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/why-i-wont-sail-carnival-cruise-again-firenze-food-2024-6">review of Carnival Firenze</a>, although I was impressed with the vessel's complimentary activities, a rarity on many popular cruises.</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/photos-review-new-11-billion-norwegian-prima-cruise-ship-2022-10">Norwegian's newer ships,</a> for example, have $10 mini-golf courses and VR arcades that cost $29 for an hour of play. Similarly, Royal Caribbean's new ultra-giant, ultra-popular <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/royal-caribbean-icon-of-the-seas-cruise-cabin-review-photos-2024-2">Icon of the Seas</a> has a $49-per-person ropes course that can be completed in less than a minute.</p><p>Carnival Firenze also has a mini-golf and ropes course — but they're both free, albeit not as exciting or modern as the cruise line's competitors.</p><p>Unfortunately, the arcade isn't free. But you'd be hard-pressed to find a complimentary one anywhere. </p>

I went on Firenze's four-night cruise about two weeks after its maiden voyage.

I previously wrote a less-than-glowing review of Carnival Firenze , although I was impressed with the vessel's complimentary activities, a rarity on many popular cruises.

Norwegian's newer ships, for example, have $10 mini-golf courses and VR arcades that cost $29 for an hour of play. Similarly, Royal Caribbean's new ultra-giant, ultra-popular Icon of the Seas has a $49-per-person ropes course that can be completed in less than a minute.

Carnival Firenze also has a mini-golf and ropes course — but they're both free, albeit not as exciting or modern as the cruise line's competitors.

Unfortunately, the arcade isn't free. But you'd be hard-pressed to find a complimentary one anywhere.

<p>On Norwegian's newer ships, this includes slapping a $10 fee on the mini-golf course. On <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/royal-caribbean-icon-of-the-seas-cruise-ship-photo-tour-2024-1">Royal Caribbean's latest vessel</a>, this means paying $49 for a ropes course that could be completed in less than a minute.</p><p>But on <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/carnival-cruise-lines-private-island-beach-destination-celebration-key-photos-2024-2">Carnival</a>, even complimentary venues had pay-to-play options.</p>

Like Icon of the Seas, brave guests must be harnessed in before walking Firenze's ropes course.

But unlike Royal Caribbean's adrenaline-pumping walkway, Firenze's course takes several minutes to complete. And while it's less showy and dramatic than Icon's, it is free to go on as many times as you'd like — and for that, a better deal.

<p>Nearby, there's also cornhole, a giant chess set, and an outdoor sports court for an afternoon of shooting hoops. If you're lucky, you can also claim one of the open-air foosball tables.</p>

Want to keep the adrenaline going? Carnival's new ship has waterslides near the children's water playground.

Nearby, there's also cornhole, a giant chess set, and an outdoor sports court for an afternoon of shooting hoops. If you're lucky, you can also claim one of the open-air foosball tables.

<p>Speaking of indoor-outdoor options, Firenze has two pools, one outside and another under a glass roof.</p><p>The latter is also home to the makeshift nighttime movie theater, so long as viewers are OK with paying $4 for popcorn and the background sound of screaming children at the pool.</p>

If not, there's an indoor foosball table near the ping pong table and a collection of board games and books.

Speaking of indoor-outdoor options, Firenze has two pools, one outside and another under a glass roof.

The latter is also home to the makeshift nighttime movie theater, so long as viewers are OK with paying $4 for popcorn and the background sound of screaming children at the pool.

<p>Or go to the adult-only outdoor lounge outfitted with rows of lounge seats, two hot tubs, and, most importantly, no children in sight. It's also where you'll also find the ship's salad bar — one of Firenze's 15 dining options.</p>

If you want to escape the kids, Firenze has the obligatory cruise ship spa, casino, and boutiques.

Or go to the adult-only outdoor lounge outfitted with rows of lounge seats, two hot tubs, and, most importantly, no children in sight. It's also where you'll also find the ship's salad bar — one of Firenze's 15 dining options.

<p>But the two complimentary dining venues that catered to these needs — the Fresh Creations salad stand and La Strada Grill with sandwiches and sides — were only open during the last day of the sailing. At that point, the lack of fiber had already done its damage.</p><p>I even tried ordering off the vegan menu for breakfast one morning. Unfortunately, I was denied my meatless dish: The waiter said vegan breakfasts had to be ordered the night before, a restriction I've yet to see on another cruise.</p>

Of the 15 restaurants, eight venues are complimentary

But there are some caveats.

Some included options, like the pizza kiosk and buffet, have up-charged items. Others, like the aforementioned salad bar and grill stand, remained frustratingly closed until the last day of my cruise.

But if you don't consider these stipulations, Firenze's free-to-upcharged restaurant ratio isn't abnormal. About half of competitor Icon of the Seas' 21 dining venues also cost extra.

<ul class="summary-list"><li>Carnival Cruise Line is well known for its <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/cruise-stateroom-compared-margaritaville-vs-explora-journeys-2023-11">relatively affordable fares</a>.</li><li>But my recent Carnival Firenze cruise was filled with enticing pay-to-play amenities.</li><li>Even the complimentary venues had up-charged options, making it easy for travelers to blow past their budget.</li></ul><p>If you aren't careful, your Carnival cruise could quickly become as expensive as an <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/oceania-six-month-around-the-world-cruise-new-luxury-ship-2024-3">Oceania</a> one.</p><p>Peruse any of the "US' most budget-friendly cruise lines" lists, and you're sure to find <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/carnival-cruise-new-private-island-celebration-key-royal-caribbean-cococay-2024-5">Carnival</a> somewhere near the top. In 2024, its most affordable itinerary is $164 per person for a four-night sailing from Miami — more than $20 cheaper than Royal Caribbean and Norwegian's least expensive ones.</p><p>That's about $40 a day for food, accommodations, onboard entertainment, and the ability to see several destinations in one vacation.</p><div class="read-original">Read the original article on <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/carnival-ultra-cheap-cruises-but-endless-up-charged-amenities-2024-6">Business Insider</a></div>

Carnival Firenze's specialty options include an empanada stand and classics like sushi, teppanyaki, and Italian restaurants.

Travelers ready to splurge on food could pay as little as $1.50 for an empanada or almost $50 for a steakhouse dinner.

Dining at the free buffet but eyeing the up-charged chicken wings? They'll be $5 for six pieces. Having breakfast at the free main dining room? A fresh juice will be $5.

Want a dinner lobster roll from the seafood shack? It'll be another $18.

<p>The Guy Fieri-branded burger joint accrued lines before it opened for lunch. I, drawn to hyped food places like a moth to a light, was excited by its popularity.</p><p>Unfortunately, I couldn't enjoy it for long. I hit a food coma about four bites into the decadently greasy pepperoni pizza burger, served with a thick slab of fried mozzarella.</p>

During the day, the seafood shack serves as a complimentary chicken stand, joining eight other free options.

Cruisers can live out their "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" dreams at the Guy Fieri-branded burger counter, where heavy accouterments like fried mozzarella slabs and onion rings are commonplace.

Or, head up a deck to Il Mercato for grab-and-go Italian sandwiches.

Firenze has two main dining rooms for a more formal sit-down dinner. Just note that the dinner buffet serves the same menu as these restaurants. And while the food is fine, it's not great — and I did find a piece of plastic hidden in my pasta.

<p><span>Cocktails are about $13, while beers and seltzers are about $9. But if you can't cruise without booze (it is Carnival, after all), the new ship has plenty of venues for your needs.</span></p>

As with any mass-market cruise ship, alcohol isn't free.

Cocktails are about $13, while beers and seltzers are about $9. But if you can't cruise without booze (it is Carnival, after all), the new ship has plenty of venues for your needs.

<p>Amari offers options that fit the ship's Italian theme, like aperitifs, digestives, and Negroni sbagliatos ("stunnin'!").</p><p>Meanwhile, Heroes Tribute Bar and Lounge is great for guests who want to sip a beer, watch sports, and surround themselves in American military garb.</p>

Bars like Piano Bar 88 and Tuscan Lounge have live music.

Amari offers options that fit the ship's Italian theme, like aperitifs, digestives, and Negroni sbagliatos ("stunnin'!").

Meanwhile, Heroes Tribute Bar and Lounge is great for guests who want to sip a beer, watch sports, and surround themselves in American military garb.

<p>And if you crave Aperol spritzes the moment the sun comes out, you could find yourself frequently visiting the bubbly-forward, new-to-brand Frizzante.</p>

If you enjoy doing karaoke, you'll love karaoke night at the stylish and contemporary Moda Bar and Lounge.

And if you crave Aperol spritzes the moment the sun comes out, you could find yourself frequently visiting the bubbly-forward, new-to-brand Frizzante.

<p>But a quick pick-me-up at the coffee shop would have required me to break my no-spend rule, too.</p><p>The buffet had free coffee, Lipton, and Bigelow's green tea bags. But if you want something closer to your neighborhood coffee shop, the onboard café charges $4.50 for a latte and $4 for a doughnut.</p><p>I don't remember the last time I drank that much Lipton tea.</p>

While not technically a bar, the coffee shop also sells boozy milkshakes and floats for almost $12.

But then again, everything at JavaBlue Cafe has a price tag, from the $4.50 latte to the icy $7.25 frappe. And if you want a sweet treat with your pick-me-up, it'll be $4 for a doughnut or cupcake.

(If you don't want to pay for caffeine, the buffet has free black coffee, Bigelow's green tea, and Lipton tea.)

<p>The atrium hosts musicians and singers dressed in Venice Carnival — or "Eyes Wide Shut" — style masks, while the smaller Limelight Lounge is the go-to for stand-up comedy. There's also an interactive "Deal or No Deal" game show, although participation <a href="https://www.carnival.com/onboard/deal-or-no-deal">costs</a> $25.</p><p>But if we're talking about traditional theater shows, my four-night cruise included the cheesy "Dear Future Husband" song-and-dance production and the interactive "What's Age Got To Do With It?" game show.</p>

It wouldn't be a cruise without live entertainment, either.

The atrium hosts musicians and singers dressed in Venice Carnival — or "Eyes Wide Shut" — style masks, while the smaller Limelight Lounge is the go-to for stand-up comedy. There's also an interactive "Deal or No Deal" game show, although participation costs $25.

But if we're talking about traditional theater shows, my four-night cruise included the cheesy "Dear Future Husband" song-and-dance production and the interactive "What's Age Got To Do With It?" game show.

<p>A show where half the players are children is sure to be entertaining.</p>

If laughter from the crowd indicates success, the game show — which sources participants from the crowd — was a hit.

A show where half the players are children is sure to be entertaining.

<p><span>The vessel is loud and rowdy, as is expected of a </span><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/carnival-cruise-line-threatens-disruptive-unruly-passengers-fines-increase-2022-10"><span>Carnival</span></a><span> cruise. I struggled to find a quiet, relaxing lounge that wasn't overwhelmed by screaming children, screaming adults, or poorly mixed music.</span></p><p><span>Our cabins were the only truly quiet spaces on the ship. And I'd much rather read a book on a balcony with ocean views than in a dreary, dark interior stateroom.</span></p>

Is the entertainment better on Norwegian and Royal Caribbean’s newest ships? Yes.

Does Carnival Firenze have as many pools as its competitors' latest vessels? No.

But is Firenze's mini-golf and ropes course free? Yes.

Plus, with four-night voyages starting at almost $90 a night, Firenze's 2024 itineraries are both shorter and cheaper than several other new cruise ships on the market. (Norwegian Viva's cheapest 2024 itinerary is more than $1,520 per person for an 11-day sailing, while Icon of the Seas starts at almost $1,770 per person for eight days.)

So, if you can resist the enticing upcharges, Carnival's new Firenze could be a great pick for families looking for a cheap and fun vacation at sea .

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A bearded lady who’s embraced her unique countenance has described how she grooms her facial hair in the summer — a routine that requires “love and dedication.”

“The hair on any part of your body gathers heat and sweat, so that applies to my thick beard as well,” South Africa’s Khosi Nkanyezi Buthelezi, 43, told Jam Press of her meticulous mane-tenance routine. “Unlike the hair on my head, I wash and moisturize my beard and then detangle knots twice a day.”

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Khosi Nkanyezi Buthelezi.

Beard beautification is particularly crucial in hot weather when Buthelezi feels her beard is most noticeable due to her choice of clothing.

“Winter outfits include beanies, polo necks and jackets, which offer more coverage and can obstruct people’s view of my chin,” she theorized. “But summer means dresses and more feminine clothing that might look awkward accessorized with a beard.”

Buthelezi has suffered from excessive hair — which affects her chest, back, arms and legs in addition to her face — ever since she was a child.

She first noticed her extreme tufts when she was a teen, but it dismissed her visage as normal because her family members were similarly shaggy, the Daily Star previously reported.

Buthelezi shaving.

It wasn’t until last year when a doctor finally diagnosed her with hirsutism — a condition that causes people to sprout extra tufts across their body, often due to an excess amount of male hormones.

Buthelezi’s well-forested chin has unfortunately made her a target for awkward stares and cruel remarks from trolls, one of whom allegedly told her she’d just need a penis to “be a male.”

The unwanted attention understandably made Buthelezi want to tame her mane. Unfortunately, despite attempts to remove her beard via shaving, waxing and even laser removal, her hair would grow back with a vengeance each time.

Buthelezi.

Eventually, she decided to stop trimming and embraced the beard despite the bullying.

“I stopped shaving and instead started to love myself,” said Buthelezi, who’s chronicled her journey to her over 28,000 followers on TikTok. “I learned that self-acceptance is a crucial aspect of self-care.”

And while maintaining her mane can be grueling at times, she’s learned to treat it like any other cosmetic routine.

“Beard care requires love and dedication,” she said. “Some ladies focus on taking care of their hair, nails and skin.”

Buthelezi continued, “But a beard is a combination of hair and skin on a different part of your body. That should also look and feel soft and smell great.”

She’s also learned to pay no mind to haters, declaring.

“I walk around anywhere and everywhere including the mall, restaurants, and events and I have learned to ignore stares and comments as much as possible,” she declared.

“If someone is particularly rude or offensive, I speak up and assert boundaries. I deserve respect and dignity,” she continued. “Unfortunately, people can be judgmental and cruel towards someone who looks different in some way, so it’s important to remember that their opinions and comments do not define my worth.”

She treats beard maintenance like any other cosmetic routine.

Buthelezi says her experience ultimately taught her to “be comfortable and content with how you look, whether you remove all the hair, trim it short or let it grow out.

“Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and forms, and I am bringing body hair to the beauty equation,” she said.

Khosi Nkanyezi Buthelezi.

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After taking over 15 cruises on most of the major lines , one stands out as my favorite company to travel with — Disney Cruise Line. Disney cruises combine what I love about the theme parks with relaxation and stellar dining, making them the perfect getaway.

I also love that Disney continues to invest in its cruise line. For example, the company's newest ship, Disney Treasure , plans to embark on its maiden voyage in December.

And next year, Disney Destiny and Disney Adventure will set sail for the first time. The company also invested between $250 million and $400 million in a new island in the Bahamas, which I was lucky enough to visit.

Although some may think of Disney Cruise Line as a company that caters to kids, I've had an incredible time on adults-only vacations with my sister, mother, friends, and husband. Here's why I think Disney cruises are the perfect choice for travelers without children.

I’m never bored on a Disney ship.

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On most of the cruises I've been on, the main activities include eating and drinking. However, that's not the case on Disney cruises.

In addition to having great pools, Disney ships are known for having a wide variety of activities throughout the day. My favorites include trivia, mixology classes, panel discussions with Disney animators, and animation classes.

The food is by far the best I’ve had at sea, and I’ll always splurge on the specialty restaurants.

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Food plays a big role in determining where I vacation, and I've had some of the most incredible meals on board Disney ships. In addition to the food, the restaurants are well-themed and detailed. While there are plenty of elevated eats, there are also casual bites, like pizza, and Disney favorites, including Mickey waffles.

While the main dining rooms are delicious — and included with the cruise fare — I'll always splurge on one of the specialty restaurants that charge an additional fee.

These upcharge restaurants offer a more intimate experience with super personalized service and a greater variety of dining options. My favorite is Palo, which is open for both brunch and dinner. Here, I've enjoyed fresh pasta, standout wine, and high-quality wagyu.

I love the themed bars, and the drinks are surprisingly affordable.

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While Disney doesn't offer a drink package that includes cocktails, the well-themed bars are worth the splurge.

From a Star Wars-themed watering hole to a Peter Pan-themed speakeasy, I really enjoy the inventive cocktail programs and immersive settings. Each bar also has its own unique themed drinks, which keeps things exciting.

As a regular at Disney World, I was also surprised to find that drinks are much more affordable on a Disney Cruise, with prices consistent across the ships I've been on.

For example, my favorite Dole Whip spiked with rum was $9 on board, compared to the exact same version priced at $14 at Disney World .

There are plenty of adults-only spaces.

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While I tend to spend much of my day at the lively main pool, which features Disney movies and live entertainment, there are also plenty of adults-only spaces, including pool areas exclusive to guests 18 and older.

Some ships even have bar districts with multiple venues exclusive to adults.

The rooms are spacious and practical.

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I've found the rooms on Disney cruises to be the most spacious — and practical in design — I've encountered.

Most rooms on Disney ships also have a split bathroom, which means the toilet area is separate from the shower. This is a vacation lifesaver when multiple adults are trying to get ready at once.

There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy Disney Magic.

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I love Disney ships because, from dressing up for pirate night to meeting my favorite characters, there are plenty of opportunities to feel like a kid again.

The shows on board are Broadway-quality.

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I'm a sucker for live entertainment, and each Disney ship offers at least one Broadway-style production. From "Frozen" to "Beauty and the Beast," I always make sure to check out these high-quality musicals, which are included in the price of the cruise.

Disney’s private islands are very relaxing.

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I've been to several cruise-line private islands, but Disney's are by far my favorite. Castaway Cay , located in the Bahamas, exudes relaxation. The island is home to one of my favorite activities, the Castaway 5k, which is included in the cruise fare and allows participants to earn an exclusive race medal.

Disney's newest island destination, Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point, is located near the southern tip of Eleuthera in The Bahamas. The beaches here blew me away and were some of the best I've experienced after dozens of trips to the Caribbean and Mexico.

Disney Cruise Line is the perfect adults-only vacation, and I can't wait to plan another trip.

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As a big fan of the parks, Disney Cruise Line takes those magical elements and upgrades them at sea with incredible food, live entertainment, and relaxation — making for the perfect adults-only vacation.

Its ships are home to some of the most exciting, highly themed lounge options I've encountered, and I love the Broadway-quality productions. While on board, I'm able to do as much or as little as I want.

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