The cruise industry certainly likes to join in with April fools day fun, and this year four news stories from different companies caught my eye.
Take a look at the following April fools day announcements from Carnival Cruises, Emerald Waterways, Royal Caribbean, TUI Cruises and Virgin Voyages.
Have a read and a laugh at the same time!
Anyone on Carnival’s social Channels yesterday would have seen their announcement below:
Introducing the new Carnival Velocity. Sit back and relax at a nice easy 355mph. Swipe to see how you can soak up the sun in record speed, visit 20 beaches in one day, and take a 5-minute cruise to Cozumel! It’s all here on our newest, fastest ship. Bookings filling up fast.
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Introducing the new Carnival Velocity. Sit back and relax at a nice easy 355mph. 👉Swipe to see how you can soak up the sun in record speed, visit 20 beaches in one day, and take a 5-minute cruise to Cozumel! It's all here on our newest, fastest ship. Bookings filling up fast. #ChooseFun #CarnivalVelocity
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Emerald Waterways launches ‘turbo-powered’ waterski sessions from back of its Star-Ships
Emerald Waterways is enhancing the activities available on board their fleet of Star-Ships this summer with the launch of a water-skiing and paragliding programme from the back of its vessels.
Guests in search of an adrenaline rush will be able to take part in these high-speed activities for the first time, thanks to a revolutionary ‘turbo-boost’ button equipped on all of the river cruise line’s luxury Star-Ships.
The sporting thrills – available from April 1 2019 – are part of Emerald Waterways’ enhanced on-board fitness programme, which is being overseen by specialist Activity Managers assigned to all Star-Ships.
A rich programme of on-shore excursions – including guided cycle tours, hiking and canoeing experiences – as well as a wide selection of daily on-board classes have already been announced as the cruise line caters for a younger and more adventurous clientele.
Emerald Waterways European Excitement Director Olaf Prilo explained how the company had opted to upgrade the engines of its fleet this winter with nitrous oxide injection – similar to the system used in cars by street racers.
“Forget cruising sedately. Emerald Waterways is going to expand its reach and cater to those who feel the ‘need for speed’. Our new ‘boost’ button fires these Star-Ships up the river like a speedboat. Whether you are having a go at the water-skiing experience or just standing on deck, we are guaranteeing to get our guests’ hearts racing.”
Prilo said the water-skiing and paragliding sessions would take part in the centre of selected European cities following protracted negotiations with local authorities across the continent.
“Some loved the idea and agreed to our plans straight away, but there were some who turned it down. They couldn’t believe we’d proposed something so crazy!”
When high-speed sailing takes place, Emerald Waterways will shift the timings of its on-deck yoga, to ensure their guests’ shavasna is not disturbed.
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LONDON, UK, 1 April 2019 – Today, Royal Caribbean International has announced plans to take its travel experiences to extraordinary new heights with the launch of its first ever aircraft, Master of the Skies. Set to take to the skies in 2022, the first Cloud-class plane will offer guests the chance to enjoy many of the hallmarks of Royal Caribbean’s incredible cruise holidays, now at 35,000 feet in the air.
Onboard, VIP guests will experience leg room like never before in the Ultimate Family Suite, a favourite feature from Royal Caribbean’s latest ships. When the seatbelt sign comes off it’s time to turn on the fun; this kid-friendly paradise features a dedicated entertainment zone that hosts an air-hockey table, a floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall, and a library of video games across multiple gaming systems, as well as a whirlpool and dining area. The unique family suite in the sky is the ultimate first-class experience and has been meticulously duplicated from the world’s largest cruise ship Symphony of the Seas.
And, in a first of its kind, the Ultimate Family Suite will include a never before seen ‘slide in the sky’, affectionately named The Marvel, which will swirl and twirl its way through the double-decker cabin. The exclusive inclusion is inspired by the slide found in the Ultimate Family Suite onboard Symphony of the Seas, and will join Royal Caribbean’s impressive collection of slides across its fleet including the Ultimate Abyss and The Blaster, the world’s longest waterslide at sea.
The across the UK social media channels, the cruise line touted the mock-launch of its first aircraft in 2022, which includes features as such as:
- “Slide in the Sky”
- Bionic Bar
- Ultimate Family Suite
- Ripcord by iFly skydiving simulator
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My ship becomes your ship: TUI Cruises expands its product range – enjoy the most beautiful inland waters in Germany with “my pedal boat”
Hamburg, April 1, 2019. The sixth newbuilding was commissioned in six years with the Mein Schiff 2, now the Hamburg cruise ship operator TUI Cruises surprises with a new product line: With a fleet of initially 500 pedal boats TUI Cruises wants water fans for the Inspire small breaks in everyday life.
From the beginning of May 2019 rental stations of “Mein Tretboot” will be open at the waters of German cities as well as at various bathing lakes. For example, in Hamburg on the Alster, in Berlin on the Spree, but also on Lake Constance and the Steinhuder Meer, pedal boats of the make “My pedal boat” invite to small round trips. “With my pedal boat, we want to conquer a new sector in the leisure sector and at the same time make even more desire for time out on the water,” says Godja Sönnichsen, spokeswoman for TUI Cruises.
Already included in the rental price of 19.90 / hour is the Premium All Inclusive package known from the Mein Schiff fleet. This includes a small picnic basket with quality food and drinks that round off the pedal boat tour.
In addition, TUI Cruises has devised a special service: Trippers who do not feel like kicking themselves can be completely pampered with the “The Great Freedom” package: for only an additional 39.90 euros, food and drinks are included as well Pedal boat driver who is pedaling vigorously.
The guests on board the Mein Schiff fleet will also benefit from the new product: “In the future, we will also equip our ships with pedal boats of the brand, so that our guests will have the opportunity to individually explore the ports they have visited by boat,” explains Sönnichsen ,
The pedal boat rental on the Mein Schiff fleet will be part of the Premium All Inclusive offer.
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The sky is no longer the limit with Virgin Voyages’ new private jet transfer
Private Jet Transfer Available for RockStar Suites Sailors on Virgin Voyages’ Second Ship Set To Sail in 2021
Plantation, Fla. — April 1, 2019 — Virgin Voyages, the new lifestyle brand set to disrupt the travel industry, today announced it is upping the ante, and means of transportation for its RockStar Suites Sailors.
Inspired by The Runway, the red running track that sits atop of the ship like a halo, on Scarlet Lady, Virgin Voyages will soon give its Sailors the runway they deserve on its second ship. All Sailors staying in RockStar Suites will now arrive and depart via private jet transfer– so pop the champagne because the sky is no longer the limit with Virgin Voyages.
“From the sky to the sea, our RockStar Suite Sailors will truly live the glamorous life of a rockstar icon from the moment they begin their holiday. Why walk aboard the ship when you can fly,” said Tom McAlpin, president and CEO of Virgin Voyages.
Virgin Voyages has thrown out traditional clichés – and modes of transportation – on stuffy luxury and formalities with their RockStar Suites designed by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio. The Suites bring a fresh take to yachting glamour steeped in the Virgin brand’s rock and roll heritage. Inspired by mega yachts and the glory days of rock and roll where stars like Queen, The Sex Pistols and The Rolling Stones reigned supreme, the RockStar Suites feature a retro-futurism design with a palette of deep blues used with iridescent dichroic elements to echo the deep blue sea.
RockStar Suites Sailors will live their best lives all taken care of with VIP private jet transfer, early access to onboard entertainment, restaurants and Shore Things. Upon disembarking the jet, Virgin Voyages RockStar Suites Sailors will have their very own wardrobe team to help unpack and repack, complimentary pressing service and nightly express swimsuit drying service– because no rockstar should ever have a wet bottom.
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