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Williams stops Sharapova

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first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Serena Williams has never lost in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Neither has Novak Djokovic.A key difference between the defending champions is that Williams beat the most-experienced and highest-ranked challenger in her half of the draw when she extended her streak to 18 consecutive wins against Maria Sharapova with a 6-4, 6-1 quarter-final victory yesterday.Williams said she wasn’t aware that she had won the Australian Open all six previous times she won her quarter-final match, “but that’s good”.”It’s not a stat that’s set in stone,” Williams said. “I still have to win two matches.”Five-time champion Djokovic, after beating No. 7 Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, still has a daunting semi-final match against Roger Federer, who has won four of his 17 Grand Slam titles in Australia.Federer reached his 12th Australian Open semi-final, and 39th in a Grand Slam event, with a 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 6 Tomas Berdych. He hasn’t gone past the semi-finals at Melbourne Park since winning the title in 2010, but he’s a serious obstacle for Djokovic.They’re 22-all in career head-to-heads, with Djokovic catching up since usurping Federer in the rankings.TRICKY TIEBREAKERThe tiebreaker will be tricky. Djokovic lost only one of his 28 Grand Slam matches in 2015 – to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final – and has won 37 of his last 38 matches at Melbourne Park, a run that includes four titles.He beat Federer in the Wimbledon and US Open finals last year, but Federer was back contending for titles.”Any round feels like finals because of the fact that we are, you know, big rivals. We played so many times against each other,” Djokovic said. “There’s a lot of tension. There’s a lot at stake. I’m expecting a great fight in two days.”In the women’s semi-finals, Williams will be facing fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat No. 10 Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3. Radwanska has won one of her previous four semi-finals at a major, but never won a Grand Slam title.Williams is 8-0 against Radwanska, including their meeting in the 2012 Wimbledon final.Williams said she couldn’t explain her 11-year domination of Sharapova – she has won 19 of their 21 meetings overall – except to say she rises to the big challenges.”When I play her, I know automatically I have to step up my game,” said Williams, a 21-time major winner. “I think that makes me play better.”last_img read more

“We Need ETUs, Others, To Save Nimba County Lives from Ebola

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first_img“We need Ebola Treatment Centers and other anti-Ebola equipment, including ambulances, food and other basic health materials to save Nimbanians from contracting the deadly Ebola virus disease,” Dr. Collins Boah has said. Dr. Collins, who is the County Health Officer for Nimba, made the passionate appeal to the Liberian government and other prominent citizens of the county during the fund raising dinner program in support of the Ebola prevention and Interventions.The Fund Raising Dinner program, held at the Monrovia City Hall last Saturday, brought together government officials, prominent citizens of Nimba County and supporters.According to Dr. Collins, it is sad that majority of the Nimbanians are dying in numbers everyday from the deadly Ebola Virus disease.He said it cost US$225 per vehicle daily to fuel ambulances bringing patients to Monrovia ETUs and testing centers.Ebola Virus is a very expensive disease, he observed, stressing the need for the government and the citizens of Nimba to involve themselves actively in the fight against the virus.“Everyday day and night we have dead bodies in the streets and in homes, even while our people are keeping sick people in their houses.  So we need to see how best to get ETUs and ambulances to help carry out contact tracing .”Dr.Collins indicated that if the support is not given to the health workers in the county, he fears that Ganta will be locked down and health workers will stop work because of the dangers they face.He used the ceremony to call on the Nimba Caucus to get to various towns and villages in Nimba to educate the people both in English and the local languages, Gio, Mano and Mandingo, about the disease.  He urged the citizens not to hide any sick or effected persons in their homes.Dr. Collins also complained that the citizens throw stones at the burial teams and health workers in the county which had led to three health workers being injured and the damage of two ambulances in the county.“If the people of Nimba don’t put stop to rioting the health workers, an if there is  no protective gear, food and medication for our people, we are sorry that the nurses will stop work and we will not hold them responsible because they are humans and needs to be protected,” Dr.Collins warned.At the same the Executive Director of Liberia Crusaders for Peace(LCP)  Ambassador Juli Endee joined Dr.Collins to appealed to the Government and Nimba citizens to help  support the health workers by  making  sure the county have ETUs,protective gears,food,medications and useful items to save the lives of  our children, women and citizens in the county.Cultural Ambassador Endee, treasurer of the Nimba County Anti-Ebola Resource Mobilization Committee (NCACRCM),   educated the audience on the danger of the deadly Ebola virus  and how it is destroying the lives of the Liberian people.   “Ebola can kill but most importantly it can be eradicated from our counties and country, we are appealing to everyone to help us get treatment centers in Nimba and save the lives of our children, women and citizens,”Amb. Endee pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pellegrini ‘not concerned’ by job pressure despite latest loss leaving Man City’s title chances in tatters

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first_img1 Under-pressure Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists he is unconcerned about his job despite seeing his side’s Premier League title chances left in tatters on Monday night.Crystal Palace stunned the defending champions with a 2-1 home victory to leave City nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea, who still have a game in hand.They now sit in fourth place, behind rivals Manchester United and Arsenal, with seven matches remaining and while Pellegrini was left to lament his side’s missed chances against the spirited Eagles, the boss attempted to deflect pressure away from himself and his team.“I’m not concerned about my job; that is one thing I am never concerned with,” said the Chilean following Monday’s loss.“I never have fear about it, I do my work, I’m very happy. The team maybe have a difficult season but never worry about me.“We are not thinking about Chelsea, or about the title. We are just trying to win our games.”Goals from Glenn Murray and Jason Puncheon – beating Joe Hart with a wonderful free kick – proved enough to secure the three points, despite Yaya Toure’s thunderbolt giving City hope with ten minutes remaining.But there was more than a hint of offside about Murray’s strike, with both the striker and Scott Dann appearing to be beyond the last man, while Murray was also involved in controversy at the other end when the ball hit his arm in the penalty areaAnd City boss Pellegrini was left to rue his side’s rotten luck as his side saw their trophy chances all but slip away.“It was a clear offside. Also it was a clear penalty,” he added. “But with the way we played we must win this game.“It’s difficult to understand the result, we played a good game from the beginning to the end, we had a lot of chances to score.“Although the second goal was a beautiful free-kick, it’s the only thing I remember near our box, so it’s difficult to understand but football happens like this.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini last_img read more

The Sharks are the team to beat in the Western Conference

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first_imgWINNIPEG, Manitoba — Captain America is Captain Clutch, and apparently, Mr. Jet Killer, as well.Joe Pavelski lifted the Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, scoring his sixth game-winning goal of the season by chipping in a pass from Timo Meier on a two-on-one play with just 3.6 seconds left in regulation. Pavelski also scored the overtime winner when the Sharks beat the Jets in Winnipeg back on Feb. 5.With the win, the Sharks maintained a one-point lead for first place in …last_img read more

Shangaan electro master signs with UK record label

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first_imgNozinja, the creator of Shangaan electro. Photo: Warp Records By Anne Taylor5 April 2014One of the boasts South Africans are fond of repeating is about the richness of our multicultural country. A veritable melting pot. And here’s proof: South African artist and DJ Richard “Nozinja” Mthetwa, who has taken the icons of his culture and blended it with South African rave culture to create what he’s termed “Shangaan electro”.This week, independent British record label Warp announced this week that they’d signed Nozinga, who is just about to embark on a European tour. They say:Nozinja is the South African artist famous for creating the revolutionary dance movement dubbed “Shangaan electro”. A 21st century reboot of local folk tradition, Tsonga disco, kwaito and South African house, Nozinja has transcended these reference points to dream up an innovative and iconic Afro-futurist strain of electronic dance music. There is nothing quite like a Nozinja production: it is home-grown rave music in its purest form. Nozinja grew up in a small village in Limpopo, home of Shangaan culture. He later moved to Soweto, where he ran cellphone repair shops. According to a compelling profile on the Guardian, Nozinja “vowed to take Shangaan music and dancing worldwide – all from the confines of a soundproofed shed in his back yard. Nozinja is now a producer, artist, video director and promoter, and over the last decade he’s made around 25 albums in the Shangaan style”.Nozinja two-month European tour kicks off in the UK at the end of April. Paris, Berlin and Utrecht are also on the itinerary. He’ll be in Poland at the Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival at the end of August.What I love best, to be honest, are the jawdropping, heartbeating visuals: see Mr Nozinja’s channel on YouTube. That’s what I’m talking about!last_img read more

Across Age Groups Print Lags Far Behind Digital and TV as a

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first_img While the chart below does show a generational divide, as the title suggests, there are two clear winners when it comes to serving consumers news—the internet and TV. Meanwhile, print and radio are clearly niche mediums that don’t come close to stacking up against the other two. By now, it’s not much of a surprise that print is no longer a popular choice for news. However, what is surprising is exactly where it ranks across demographics compared to other mediums. The largest consumer demographic that looks to print for news are those who fall in the 55+ range. Yet, only 12% of that segment is getting their news from print, whereas 53% of them look to TV and 25% go online. A recent study by Reuters Institute shows that very small margins of global news consumers look to print to stay informed. The study surveyed 52,225 consumers across 26 countries and found that the internet and TV combine to dominate every age demo. And while print fared better than radio, the numbers are weak across the board. Millennials, who supposedly love print, like to get their news mostly online. Only 6% of respondents in both the 18-24 and 25-34 demo indicated that print is a source they look to. So perhaps everyone should pump the brakes just a bit when they talk about how much this demographic loves print. last_img read more

Trump backs Kavanaugh after sex assault hearing

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first_imgDemonstrators protest against the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh outside of the US Supreme Court in Washington DC, on 27 September. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump whole-heartedly backed Brett Kavanaugh, whose Supreme Court nomination will be put to an initial vote Friday, after a dramatic Senate hearing that saw him furiously fight back against sexual assault allegations dating back decades ago.America watched transfixed as the gripping day-long hearing opened with Christine Blasey Ford, 51, recounting to a packed room the harrowing details of what she said was an attempted rape by Kavanaugh 36 years ago.In a passionate defence, the 53-year-old conservative judge insisted before the Senate Judiciary Committee that it never happened, accused Democrats of destroying his reputation and condemned his confirmation battle as a “national disgrace” and a “circus.”“Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him,” the president tweeted just minutes after the close of the hearing.“His testimony was powerful, honest and riveting,” Trump said. “Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct and resist. The Senate must vote!”Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said Trump would get his wish, with the Judiciary Committee—which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats—set to vote on its recommendation Friday before the nomination goes to the full Senate, where Republicans hold a slim 51-49 edge.“We’re going to vote in the morning and we’re going to move forward,” McConnell told journalists.The allegations against Kavanaugh by Blasey Ford, a psychology professor in California, have threatened to derail Trump’s bid to tilt the nation’s highest court to the right for years to come.They come against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement and the hearing included sharp exchanges between Republicans and Democrats mirroring the atmosphere of bitter political partisanship in Washington.“I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation by Dr Ford,” Kavanaugh said in an opening statement during which his voice shook with anger, repeatedly fighting back tears.“I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not in college, not ever,” he said. “I am innocent of this charge.”Earlier, during four hours of testimony, Blasey Ford said she was “100 per cent” certain that Kavanaugh was her assailant and it was “absolutely not” a case of mistaken identity.“I am here today not because I want to be,” Blasey Ford said as she recounted the alleged assault at a high school party at a suburban Maryland home.“I am terrified,” she said, her voice often quavering. “I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me.”Character assassinationThe married mother-of-two, wearing glasses and a sober dark blue suit, appeared nervous but poised as she sat at the witness table, consulting occasionally with her lawyer.She said Kavanaugh and a friend of his, Mark Judge, were drunk at the 1982 party when they pushed her into a bedroom.“Brett and Mark came into the bedroom and locked the door behind them,” she said. “I was pushed onto the bed and Brett got on top of me.“I believed he was going to rape me,” she said. “I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from yelling.“It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me,” she said.Blasey Ford said she managed to escape after Judge jumped on the bed, toppling the three on to the floor.Kavanaugh said he did not watch Blasey Ford’s testimony but he categorically denied her allegations.“This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit fuelled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election,” he said. “This is a circus.”“My family and my name have been permanently destroyed by vicious and false accusations,” Kavanaugh continued. “This confirmation process has become a national disgrace.”But he said he would not be “intimidated” into withdrawing his candidacy for a spot on the nine-member Supreme Court. “You may defeat me in the final vote but you’ll never get me to quit. Never,” he said.I believe youTrump nominated Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who had been a swing vote on a court now divided between four conservative and four liberal justices.Democrats on the committee praised Blasey Ford for coming forward and repeatedly questioned Kavanaugh about his drinking habits in high school, asking if he had ever “blacked out” while drunk.“I believe you,” senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, told Blasey Ford.Blumenthal also hit out at Trump for failing to authorize an FBI investigation into Blasey Ford’s allegations, a move he said “amounts to a cover-up.”Several Republican senators accused Democrats of trying to delay Kavanaugh’s nomination until November in the hopes of capturing control of the Senate.“This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics,” said senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. “I hope the American people can see through this sham.“I intend to vote for you and I hope everybody who is fair-minded will,” he told Kavanaugh.last_img read more

A50 reopens after being closed following two accidents

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first_imgIce warning in force until 10am Monday Council says they did sent out gritters Man airlifted after accident Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: The A50 has now reopened. Highways England report the road reopened shortly before 5.30am. The A50 looks set to be closed into the morning following two accidents near the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border – with an ice warning in force throughout the region. Traffic data company INRIX reports the Eastbound carriageway remains closed due to accident involving a lorry and van between A518 Derby Road (Racecourse roundabout) (Uttoxeter) and J7 A515 / Derby Road (Cubley). A separate accident also occurred on the same road with a car finishing on the embankment. Traffic England currently estimate the Eastbound carriageway won’t reopen until around 7.30am. A Highways England spokesman said: “The A50 is closed eastbound between the A518 (Uttoxeter) and the A515 (Sudbury) due to an incident. “Road users are being diverted via local routes currently as the previously stated diversion route along the B5017 is now affected by the prevailing weather conditions.” Police in Staffordshire also closed the Eastbound carriageway at Blythe Bridge just after 10pm – with traffic being diverted via Tean following what appears to be a separate accident. A number of accidents occurred late last night, en routes including the A500 and M6 as the region was hit by ice. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Motorists please be careful when using the roads today. Read MoreLIVE: Ice and snow lead to accidents and school closures across North Staffordshire “Road gritters have been out trying to make our roads as safe as possible, allow extra time & care on the roads in these icy conditions, avoid driving where possible. “There may be a number of delays.” The Met Office Yellow Weather Warning for Ice remains in force until 10am. Read MoreCold Snap latestcenter_img School closures on February 12 2018 We will bring you more information about the accidents on the A50 as it becomes available – for the latest updates visit our dedicated live feed about the incidents on the road here. For more information about other traffic and travel information from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit our dedicated channel here. What is a Met Office Weather Warning?The Met Office issue weather warnings when there is a risk of weather causing damage, disruption or danger to life. Generally warnings will be issued for heavy rain, wind, ice or snow. They come in three categories. Yellow: The lowest of the three. Yellow means you should plan ahead about potential disruption to travel and other day-to-day activities. These are the most common. Amber: A step up from Yellow, an Amber warning means there is an increased risk of disruption/danger to life and property. Red: These are only issued when ‘extreme weather’ is expected. When one is issued the Met Office advise immediate action is taken to keep yourself and others safe as widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. Red warnings are extremely rare anywhere in the UK and almost unknown in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.last_img read more

New Fairmont Raffles resorts offer luxury stays in Europe US Mexico

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first_imgNew Fairmont, Raffles resorts offer luxury stays in Europe, U.S., Mexico TORONTO — Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Raffles Hotels & Resorts properties are popping up all over the globe, from Europe (Warsaw’s Raffles Europejski in 2017), to the U.S. (Fairmont Austin in 2017) and Mexico (Fairmont Costa Canuva in 2018).The new 250-room Fairmont Costa Canuva is slated to open in picturesque Riviera Nayarit in late 2018, within the new master-planned seaside community known as Costa Canuva. Set on kilometres of pristine beach, just north of Punta Mita and approximately 40 miles north of Puerto Vallarta International Airport, the development complements Fairmont Mayakoba on Mexico’s opposite coast.In Poland, the new Raffles Europejski is scheduled to open in late 2017, bringing a new luxury hotel to this up and coming European destination. Located in Warsaw’s historic district, next to the Presidential Palace, the 103-room hotel will be a significant restoration of a landmark building.In Texas, the new Fairmont Austin, the first hotel providing direct access to the Austin Convention Center, recently unveiled the first look at its guestroom design. The US$350 million concept now accommodates additional upscale features reflective of Fairmont’s luxury design and service aesthetics, including pillow top mattresses with crisp French duvets, premium thread count linens and floor-to-ceiling windows. The property is set to open August 2017.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureMeanwhile over a dozen iconic properties across the Americas are undertake significant refurbishment projects. Victoria’s Fairmont Empress has undertaken a large-scale two-year renovation to renovate all guestrooms, featuring modern luxury and upscale design inspired by Vancouver Island’s nature of gardens and the sea. And Bermuda’s iconic harbourside resort, Hamilton Princess & Club, recently celebrated the completion of the third and final phase of its $100 million restoration. The two-year process has completely transformed the 400-room property. Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Travelweek Group Tags: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Mexicolast_img read more

Returning guests can get a jumpstart on booking NCLs summer 2019 itineraries

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first_img Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line MIAMI — Returning guests on Norwegian Cruise Line have a headstart over the general public in booking summer 2019 itineraries.Bookings are currently open to passengers who’ve already cruised with NCL. The general public, meanwhile, can begin booking on Dec. 20.The cruise line has announced a slew of exciting itineraries for summer 2019, with five ships sailing in Europe, three cruising to Alaska, two calling on Bermuda, as well as voyages that include the Bahamas & Florida, the Caribbean, Canada & New England, and the Hawaiian islands.“We have carefully crafted a mix of itineraries for summer 2019 that provide our guests with an incredible array of cruise vacation experiences in some of the most sought-after destinations across the globe,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer for Norwegian Cruise Line. “With exotic cultural-centric cruises in Europe, adventure opportunities in Alaska and quintessential summer beach getaways in Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Hawaii, Norwegian Cruise Line’s itinerary options will fulfill every summer travel wish list.”Here’s a run-down of itineraries in summer 2019:ALASKANorwegian Nliss, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Jewel will all cruise to the Last Frontier. After making its debut in summer 2018, Norwegian Bliss will return for its second Alaska season with new seven-day Glacier Bay voyages departing each Sunday from Seattle, beginning May 5 through Sept. 22, 2019.The recently renovated Norwegian Pearl will sail seven-day Alaska cruises from Seattle departing on Saturdays from May 18 through Sept. 21. Norwegian Jewel will return to Vancouver and Seward after a bow-to-stern enhancement in fall 2018 to sail popular seven-day Glacier Bay northbound and Inside Passage southbound Alaska voyages.BAHAMAS & FLORIDAFor the first time since 2010, Norwegian Dawn will return to its first homeport of New York City after undergoing enhancements in late 2016. It will set sail from Manhattan on seven-day cruises to the Bahamas & Florida from May 25 to Aug. 31, 2019.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamBERMUDAIn summer 2019, Norwegian will offer two convenient departure ports from which to set sail to this island. Guests can sail from Boston onboard the Norwegian Gem, a Jewel-class ship that will homeport in Beantown from March 29 through Nov. 8, 2019. Norwegian Escape, which moves to New York City for summer 2018, will continue to stay in the Big Apple through the summer 2019 season, sailing to Bermuda from April 14 until Oct. 20, 2019. Both will offer seven-day cruises to Bermuda featuring three full days in port and two overnight stays.CANADA & NEW ENGLANDNorwegian Dawn will offer four 7-day cruises to this coastline in May and June 2019, with calls in Halifax, Saint John, Bay of Fundy, Bar Harbor, Maine and Newport.CARIBBEANNorwegian Breakaway will reposition from New Orleans to PortMiami for the first time ever, where it will homeport for the summer 2019 season and cruise a mix of Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. Its seven-day Western Caribbean itineraries will visit Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras; Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; and harvest Cay, Belize. Its seven-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary will call at St. Thomas, USVI; Tortola, BVI; Nassau, Bahamas; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.EUROPEAfter a one-year hiatus, Norwegian Getaway will return to the Baltic, sailing itineraries from Copenhagen. From June 7 through Aug. 27, 2019, the ship will sail a variety of nine-day sailings with ports of call that include Berlin, Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, finland; Stockholm, Sweden; an overnight in St. Petersburg, Russia; and a day cruising past the Stockholm Archipelago.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedNorwegian Epic will return to Europe in summer 2019 to sail seven-day Western Mediterranean cruises from May 12 through Nov. 3, with embarkation available in either Barcelona or Rome.Norwegian Jade, which was recently renovated in 2017, will spend summer 2019 cruising the Greek Isles and Italy from May 12 through Oct. 24. Its 10- and 1-day itineraries from Rome will call in Santorini, Athens, Mykonos and Crete, Greece; Valletta, Malta; Messina, Siciliy; as well as Naples and Florence/Pisa, Italy.Norwegian star, which will undergo a refurbishment in spring 2018, will also sail the Greek Isles and Eastern Mediterranean on seven-day cruises, with a small selection of nine-, 10-, 11- and 12-day sailings also departing from Venice from May 12 through Nov. 10, 2019. Ports of call include Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Cephalonia, as well as Kotor, Montenegro and Dubrovnik.Norwegian Spirit will homeport in Southampton for the summer of 2019 and sail a selection of 10-day or longer itineraries to the British Isles, Iceland, Norwegian Fjords, the Arctic Circle and the Baltics.HAWAIINorwegian is the only cruise line that offers a seven-day, inter-island itinerary on the U.S.-flagged Pride of America. Guests will cruise on an itinerary that offers nearly 100 hours of port time. Other highlights include an overnight in Kahului, Maui; a call in Hilo; Kailua, Kona; an overnight in Nawiliwili, Kauai; and an afternoon cruising past the Napali Coast. Pride of America will depart from Honolulu every Saturday through April 2021. Returning guests can get a jumpstart on booking NCL’s summer 2019 itinerarieslast_img read more