Incidentally, even though it was already in great shape, Carnival Glory returned to service in mid-November following an extensive, multimillion-dollar renovation. Additions include a new burger venue developed by Food Network personality Guy Fieri, a pair of tropics-inspired poolside watering holes and a themed “cocktail pharmacy” lounge called the Alchemy Bar. These new additions are part of Fun Ship 2.0, a $500 million product enhancement initiative that is being rolled out across the Carnival fleet. Following a winter schedule of seven-day Caribbean voyages, the ship will reposition to Boston in June for a series of four- and five-day Canada voyages before heading back to New York City for another season of four- to seven-day Canada/New England departures through October.
Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth was named “Best Luxury Cruise Ship for Entertainment” and “Best Luxury Cruise Ship for Atrium Design” in this year’s Travel Weekly Magellan Awards. MSC Cruises’ MSC Divina, which debuted in May 2012 and will be sailing Caribbean itineraries from Port Miami in 2013-2014, was selected the Gold Magellan Award winner in the Large Cruise Ship (over 1,200 guests) category. Crystal Cruises has again been voted “Best Cruise Line” (mid-size) by U.S. readers of Condé Nast Traveler, winning the award for a record 19th time. And the small-ship cruise fleet of Seabourn received the magazine’s designation as the “Best Small Ship Cruise Line” for the third consecutive year.