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Sunset from the cruise ship in Thomas Bay, Alaska - Flickr_Mark Byzewski
Sunset in Thomas Bay, Alaska/Mark Byzewski via Flickr

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising and how it could impact your next trip.

  • Seabourn heads back to Alaska: Luxury cruise line Seabourn is returning to Alaska in 2017 for the first time in 15 years, because big-spending travelers are expressing a new interest in seeing glaciers, wildlife, and other adventures in the 49th state. Ten-night cruises on Seabourn Sojourn will launch in June of 2017, with fares starting from $7,999. (11- and 13-night sailings will also be on offer.)
  • Take a Carnival cruise to see Trace Adkins, Journey, Gladys Knight, or KC and the Sunshine Band perform. All have signed on to do concerts in 2016 as part of the Carnival LIVE series. Here’s how it works: The performers come on for a day in port for a private concert for passengers — held in a theater that holds only 900-1,300 people. You pay $40 to $75 for a concert ticket (in addition to your cruise fare) — or splurge on a $150 VIP ticket to spend quality time with the band. The party will be on 11 ships in 2016, in the ports of Cozumel, Nassau, and St. Thomas.
  • Tiffany’s comes to Royal Caribbean: Iconic jewelry brand Tiffany & Co. has opened its first boutique at sea on one of the world’s largest ships, the 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas. The store is located near the ship’s Central Park neighborhood, and while this palatial boat may not have a Fifth Avenue, its shopping is still the next best thing onboard.
  • Get your groove on with Star Clippers: Try out L.A.’s hot cardio dance craze GROOV3 with creator Ben Allen, who’s headlining a theme cruise on the 227-passenger Royal Clipper. The one-week sailing embarks Barbados on February 13, with fares starting from $2,250.

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