Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip...
England's Stonehenge and Alaska's Icy Strait Point -- site of one of the longest zip lines in the world -- are among the new itineraries just announced for Disney Cruise Line in 2017. The line will also return to Norway, aka "Frozen" land, with the Disney Magic, which will also be the first of the Disney ships to visit Amsterdam. There are new 10- and 11-day itineraries in the Caribbean, too.
Comic and horror fans will come together December 2-5, when Wizard World takes to the sea for its first-ever floating Comic Con on Norwegian Sky. Guests will cruise from Miami to Nassau with headliners Norman Reedus from "The Walking Dead" and Chris Hemsworth from "Thor," along with noted comic creators, including "The Simpsons" animator Phil Ortiz, and lots and lots of cosplayers.
Chinese actress Fan Bingbing -- known to American audiences as Blink in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" -- has been named godmother of Royal Caribbean's latest high-tech ship, the China-bound Ovation of the Seas. According to Royal, Bingbing is the first Chinese celebrity to serve as godmother for an international cruise line. She'll do her Champagne bottle-smashing duties in Tianjin, China on June 24.
Swiss-based MSC Cruises has very much endorsed the go big or go home ideal. They are going really big, signing a letter of intent with shipbuilder STX France for four new 5,400-passenger, LNG-powered ships. The first of the "World Class" ships debuts in 2022 (before that, the fast-growing line has seven other new ships to launch).
A brand new river cruise line, the French America Line, is set to debut on the Mississippi in August with a newly rehabbed, 150-passenger flagship, Louisiane (formerly the Columbia Queen). The idea is to bring an "elegant French-inspired ambience" to America's famous waterway -- amenities include free wine (plus spirits, too) and macarons from France’s famed House of Ladurée.