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Amazing cruise deals that you shouldn’t pass up

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On September - 28 - 2012

“There are some amazing cruise deals from cruise lines this fall,” says Stewart Chiron, a cruise industry expert who is nationally recognized as The Cruise Guy.

Chiron has uncovered some incredible deals that are hard to pass up. A few even include free airfare, free hotel, pre-paid gratuities, and discount shore excursions. It’s important to note that the following fares are starting prices, which means they are for inside cabins. You will almost certainly pay more for an outside cabin.

Here are the deals:

Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess – 7-night Southern Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale to Princess Cays (private beach), Curacao and Aruba. Prices were from $1799 per person now they are from $499 per person.

Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Dream – 7-night Eastern or Western Caribbean from Pt Canaveral (Orlando) to Cozumel, Roatan, Belize and Costa Maya OR Nassau, St John/ St Thomas and St Maarten. Prices were from $1749 per person, now from $399 per person.

Azamara Club Cruises’ Azamara Journey sailing on December 12, 2012 – 11-night Burma and Andaman Sea Islands from Chenai (Madras), India to Singapore (overnight) with stops at Pt Blair, Rangoon Myanmar (Yangon, 2-overnights) and Phuket. Prices were from $6998 per person, now from $2499 per person. This includes roundtrip air from select US gateways, 2-nights hotel, prepaid gratuities, 50% off shore excursions!!

Princess Cruises’ Star Princess sailing on December 5, 2012 — 17-night South America from San Francisco to Valparaiso (Santiago) with stops at Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, San Juan Del Sur, Puntarenas, Quito (Manta), Callao (Lima) (overnight) and La Serena (Coquimbo). Prices were from $2665 per person, now from $1395 per person.

The message is clear: Don’t miss the boat with these great deals!

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Norwegian Breakaway announces new Godmothers – the Rockettes

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On September - 18 - 2012

Norwegian Cruise Line and MSG Entertainment announced today that the Rockettes, one of New York’s most illustrious and beloved icons, will christen Norwegian Breakaway as the official Godmothers, further strengthening the ship’s strong ties to New York. The christening ceremony will take place in New York City on May 8, 2013 on board Norwegian Breakaway, the largest ship to homeport year-round in New York. norwegianbreakawayrockettesThe partnership with the Rockettes will include Norwegian Cruise Line as the designated “Official Cruise Line” of the Rockettes and Radio City Music Hall, and as the “Official Partner” of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. As part of their role as Godmothers, two Rockettes will sail aboard the first six sailings of Norwegian Breakaway, beginning May 12, 2013, and the first sailing of each month thereafter, taking part in special events for guests to enjoy.

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Passenger on Allure of the Seas falls overboard

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On September - 17 - 2012

U.S. Coast Guard crews are searching for a missing 21-year-old cruise ship passenger across some 320 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean Monday, authorities said. The woman, from Bartlett, Tennessee, reportedly fell overboard from Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas on Sunday night around 9:30. The area being searched is 47 miles east of Fort Lauderdale, the Coast Guard said. Allure Royal Caribbean officials stated that crew members searched the ship for the woman but did not find her. According to the company, two other cruise ships that were nearby at the time, Majesty of the Seas and Carnival Fascination, assisted Allure of the Seas’ crew in the search. Today, Allure of the Seas spent the day at sea and skipped it’s scheduled stop in Nassau, Bahamas, to continue the search effort.

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Royal Caribbean expands popular culinary offerings to more ships

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On September - 17 - 2012

Royal Caribbean International continues to provide its guests with the ultimate vacation experience by enhancing its onboard dining options with the addition of Oasis-class amenities to even more ships. Next in line is Serenade of the Seas, which is scheduled for an extensive revitalization this fall.

Serenade of the Seas will wow guests in December when she re-emerges from her dry dock with a new lineup of specialty restaurants, which will include Giovanni’s Table Italian restaurant, Izumi Asian cuisine and the intimate Chef’s Table dining experience, as well as dining packages for guests to enjoy all of them at incredible value. Guests will have the option of choosing the Royal Choice Dining Package, which includes dinner at Chops Grille, Giovanni’s Table and Izumi for $55 per guest, or the Chef’s Table Dining Package for $130 per guest, which includes all of the specialty restaurants as well as the Chef’s Table.

Serenade of the Seas also will offer additional dining deals at Giovanni’s Table. Groups of four or more can take advantage of the Celebration Dining Deal, which is valid for the first two nights of each sailing and allows groups of four or more to enjoy a delicious meal plus a $30 beverage credit at a cost of $20 per person. Groups of eight or more can opt for the Set Sail Dining Deal which includes dinner on the first night of their cruise for $14 per guest.

Further enhancing its onboard culinary offerings Royal Caribbean is expanding its partnership with renowned wine producer Domaines Barons de Rothschild by offering the exclusive Lafite Wine Tasting Experience onboard. Available for $23 to $25 per person, depending upon ship and itinerary, the experience, which was first introduced onboard Allure of the Seas, offers guests a unique tasting showcasing the renowned vintages from France’s Bordeaux region.

Developed in conjunction with Château Lafite Rothschild, the premier estate under the Rothschild name, and Master Sommelier John Blazon, the Lafite Wine Experience aims to expand guests’ understanding of growing regions within Bordeaux. A Royal Caribbean cellar master leads the tasting, sharing details about the wines and the winemakers and the history and suggestions for food pairings. A souvenir packet allows guests to take a piece of the experience home with winemakers’ notes, recipes and more.
The Lafite Wine Tasting Experience is now available for pre-booking on select ships, including Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas.
Guests can book the Serenade of the Seas dining packages or the Lafite Wine Tasting Experience online at www.RoyalCaribbean.com.

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Cruise lines changing course to avoid violence in Middle East and North Africa

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On September - 14 - 2012

Anti-American demonstrations have erupted in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa in response to an anti-Muslim movie that was produced in the United States. Since tensions are high some cruise lines have elected not to stop at ports that are near violence. Cruise lines are keeping close tabs on the situation and determining if itineraries need to be changed. Two lines have elected to make changes.

Royal Caribbean International canceled Mariner of the Seas’ port call to Alexandria, Egypt scheduled for September 18 and will instead stop in Messina, Sicily and Valletta, Malta on Monday September 19. A Royal Caribbean spokesperson stated that the decision to change course was “in an abundance of caution” and stated the company will notify guests and travel agents of the changes. Additionally, Holland America Line’s Ryndam skipped its scheduled Tunis, Tunisia port of call on Friday and elected to visit Sardinia, Italy instead.

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