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Windstar launches 10-day Sale!

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On May - 31 - 2013

Windstar Cruises’ best savings of 2013 are now available in a limited 10-Day Sale. Guests can save up to 74% on select voyages of 2013 through June 7, 2013. In addition, Windstar’s Facebook page will feature an exclusive offer for fans. Take advantage of these savings and cruise in Windstar Style, the perfect pairing of comfort and luxury. Fall in love with hidden gems of the Mediterranean on Windstar’s signature voyage, Greek Isles & Turkish Delights. Let Windstar take you to the world’s most famed coastal wonders, best explored by sailing yacht.

Guests can also savor the beautiful coasts of England, Wales, and Ireland, on Windstar’s Idyllic British Isles. For those looking to experience the glamorous ports of the French Riviera, Glitter & Glam of the Riviera is the perfect fit. No matter which voyage they choose, guests sailing on board Windstar Cruises will always enjoy pampering without pretense, extraordinary destinations, and casual elegance that feels like their own private yacht.

To learn more about the featured voyages and take advantage of Windstar’s 10-Day Sale, contact a travel professional, visit the website or call Windstar Cruises at 800-258-7245.

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Royal Caribbean orders third Quantum-class ship

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On May - 30 - 2013

Royal Caribbean announced today that they have ordered a third Quantum-class ship from Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard and the vessel is slated for delivery in mid-2016. Quantum of the Seas is currently under construction and is scheduled to debut in the fall of 2014. Anthem of the Seas is set to follow in 2015. Each Quantum-class vessel is 167,800-tons and accommodates 4180 passengers.

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Grandeur of the Seas out of service until July

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On May - 29 - 2013

Unfortunately, the damage caused by the fire on Grandeur of the Seas will take the vessel out of service until July. Royal Caribbean stated that six sailings have been canceled so ship may undergo repairs, including: 5/31, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28 & 7/5. All guests booked on the 5/31 sailing will receive a full refund of the cruise fare as well as a 50% future cruise certificate. Guests booked on the 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28 & 7/5 sailings will receive a full refund and a 25% future cruise credit.

Guests that were on the May 24 sailing when the fire broke out will receive a full cruise refund and a future cruise certificate for 100% of the cruise fare paid.

Grandeur of the Seas was on a seven-night sailing that departed Baltimore, Maryland, on May 24 when fire broke out in the aft mooring area of the ship. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.

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Royal Caribbean ship catches fire

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On May - 27 - 2013

Grandeur of the Seas arrived in Freeport, The Bahamas, this morning at approximately 10:15 a.m. ET, with all 2,224 guests and 796 crew safe and accounted for. Royal Caribbean International’s President and CEO Adam Goldstein and a Guest Care team have arrived in Freeport to meet with guests.

While en route to CocoCay, The Bahamas, the ship experienced a fire in the mooring area in the aft of the ship at approximately 2:50 a.m. ET. The fire was extinguished at 4:58 a.m. and the ship was redirected to Freeport for further evaluation. In an abundance of caution, the Captain mustered all guests to their assembly stations during the incident. Guests were released from their muster stations at 6:56 a.m.

Grandeur of the Seas will remain docked in Freeport overnight. The aft area affected by fire has been cordoned off, but most public areas and staterooms are safe and accessible. Throughout, the ship’s power, propulsion and communications systems functioned uninterrupted. Guests have the option to spend the day on board or ashore in Freeport while a number of guests in affected staterooms will be put up in Freeport hotels.

The safety of our guests and crew is our top priority, and we will continue to focus on their needs and concerns currently. The onboard medical staff has responded to several calls for medical assistance, but none of them have been medical emergencies. The calls have included fainting, reports of high blood pressure and an ankle sprain.

A dedicated telephone hotline has been established for family members of guests at 1-888-824-0012 or internationally at +1-408-916-9000. The cruise line requests that only families of guests use the telephone numbers in order to help ease call volume and ensure that they can receive information as quickly as possible.

Grandeur of the Seas was on a seven-night sailing that departed Baltimore, Maryland, on May 24, and had included port calls to Port Canaveral, Florida; CocoCay and Nassau, The Bahamas.

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Princess Cruises Memorial Day sale offers air deals

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On May - 23 - 2013

Princess Cruises is marking Memorial Day with a sale on more than 60 worldwide cruise vacations. Beginning today and running through May 28, the Memorial Day Sale features air savings to intriguing destinations such as Hawaii and Tahiti, Asia and Europe. Passengers can save up to $700 in air savings for two passengers. More information about the cruise sale and pricing can be found at princess.com/sale.

Examples of cruise deals include:

• Tahiti cruise – 10 days: $1,879 interior; $2,469 balcony (air savings up to $350)

• Asia cruise – 10 days: $1,269 interior; $1,999 balcony (air savings up to $250)

• Greek Isles cruise – 12 days: $1,079 interior; $1,579 balcony (air savings up to $200)

• Mediterranean cruise – 12 days: $1,229 interior; $1,629 balcony (air savings up to $200)

• Hawaiian Island cruise – 15 days: $1,599 interior; $2,299 balcony (air savings up to $100)

In addition to the Memorial Day Sale, Princess is also reminding passengers that the line offers a special onboard credit program with benefits for active military members and veterans. This credit of up to $250 (depending upon the length of the cruise) is available year round, and can be combined with the credit available through the Memorial Day Sale. Past passengers who have qualified for retired or veteran-status Military Personnel Benefits on previous sailings will have this discount automatically applied to their booking. Air savings are available to passengers booking Princess eZAir flights in conjunction with the cruise. Princess eZAir gives passengers easy and full control of their flights and the ability to seamlessly coordinate them with their cruise itinerary.

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy and include all applicable government fees and taxes.The Memorial Day Sale runs from 12:01 a.m. PT on May 23 through 11:59 p.m. PT on May 28, 2013 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.

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Windstar Cruises announces new Star Pride voyages

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On May - 14 - 2013

Windstar Cruises, a leader in yacht-style cruising, announces the debut of its new all-suite yacht, Star Pride, and the 2014 Pride Voyage Collection. The new voyages open for sale today, and feature four new itineraries exclusive to the all-suite yacht, including Windstar’s new itinerary through the Black Sea. Star Pride’s nine distinctive voyages highlight small-ship ports throughout the Mediterranean seas and French Riviera, tucking into tiny harbors and hidden coves that others can’t reach. The collection features voyages from May 5 to October 21, 2014.

“We are thrilled to welcome Star Pride to our fleet in Spring 2014, enabling Windstar to cruise a global set of itineraries to new destinations including our new Black Sea Tapestry voyage,” said Hans Birkholz, Windstar Cruises’ chief executive officer. “With a maximum of 212 guests on board, Star Pride delivers our promise of the private yacht experience in a casually elegant setting, all while exploring some of the world’s most legendary destinations and hidden harbors.”

The four exclusive Star Pride 2014 European voyages include:

Black Sea Tapestry

For the first time, Windstar offers the enigmatic, once hidden, wonders of Europe’s Black Sea in signature Windstar yachting style. This seven-day, roundtrip voyage from Istanbul, Turkey departs June 13, 20; and September 8, 2014, and visits five new ports including Yalta, Sevastopol, and Odessa, Ukraine; Constanta (Bucharest), Romania; and Nessebar, Bulgaria. Highlights include: Istanbul’s elegant Blue Mosque; Swallow’s Nest Castle in Yalta; the intriguing Potemkin Steps in Odessa; Sevastopol’s beautiful beaches; and medieval Nessebar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its impressive collection of historic churches.

Pride of the Aegean

Explore the breadth of the Aegean Sea, from the southernmost azure tip of Crete to the soaring spires of Istanbul, in one comprehensive nine-day sailing departing from Athens, Greece or Istanbul, Turkey on June 4, and 27; August 30; September 15 and 24; and October 3, 12, and 21, 2014. Star Pride visits Monemvasia, Chania, Santorini, and Rhodes, Greece; and Bodrum, Kusadasi, and Cesme, Turkey. Highlights include: Chania’s beautiful Venetian mansions and churches; the whitewashed buildings and blue domes of Santorini; the ancient Acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes; Cesme’s 14th century Genoese castle, as well as the marble, myths, and magic of Athens and Istanbul’s world-famous Grand Bazaar.

Riviera Enchantment

Discover the glamour, the enchantment, the excitement, and the exquisite élan of the world’s most famous yachting playgrounds on this seven-day voyage roundtrip from Rome, Italy departing May 21; and August 6, 2014. Rome sets the stage for this exciting cruise which visits some of the world’s most glamorous ports along the French Riviera including Cannes, France; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Portoferraio, Portofino, and Portovenere, Italy. For an added thrill, guests sailing on the May 21 departure can add Windstar’s Grand Prix Cruise Package and experience the perfect combination of luxury cruising and Formula One racing.

Venetian Passageways

Uncover the wonders of Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic, as Windstar overnights in this magical city on this nine-day voyage along the ancient trade routes through the narrow Corinth Canal, to the ancient oracle of Delphi, and into the majestic fjords of Montenegro. Star Pride departs July 6; and August 21, 2014 from Athens, Greece or Venice, Italy visiting Hydra, Corinth Canal, Delphi/Itea, and Zakynthos, Greece; Butrint, Albania; Kotor, Montenegro; and Dubrovnik and Hvar, Croatia.

Also new for 2014, is Windstar’s Sicilian Splendors voyage. Sail around the Isle of Sicily and discover wonders from the ruins of Pompeii and Capri’s Blue Grotto to Baroque marvels and the breathtaking beauty of the Amalfi Coast with this 10-day sailing roundtrip from Rome, Italy departing May 11, 2014. This new 2014 voyage visits five new ports including Catania, Porto Empedocle, and Trapani, Italy; and Valletta and Gozo, Malta; as well as Lipari (Sicily), Sorrento, and Capri, Italy, and also spends one romantic night at sea. Highlights include: the ancient city of Syracuse in Catania; historic tapestries and armor in Valletta’s Palazzo Parisio; and some of the world’s best-preserved Greek ruins at the Valley of the Temples in Porto Empedocle.

In addition, Star Pride will offer many Windstar favorites including:

• Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast: Discover the magic of Venice, the grandeur of Rome and the captivating island of Capri before cruising the privileged waters of the Ionian Sea with visits to the breathtaking fjords of Montenegro and the sundrenched shores of Croatia on this eight-day cruise departing from Rome or Venice on July 15 and August 13, 2014.

• Glitter & Glam of the Rivieras: From the sparkling cities of Marseille and Portofino to the chic style of Monaco and Cannes, Star Pride explores the legendary ports of the world’s most privileged yachts on this seven-day voyage departing from Rome or Barcelona on July 23 and 30, 2014.

• Enchanting Greece & the Amalfi Coast: This seven-day cruise departing May 28, 2014, explores the idyllic islands, charming cobbled villages, spectacular scenery, and intriguing history of the heart of the Mediterranean.

Star Pride, with a guest capacity of 212 in 106 suites, will undergo several upgrades and changes in styling and décor to align with Windstar’s brand. Star Pride will showcase many signature Windstar experiences, including the line’s famous Sail Away party, Yacht Deck Barbecue gala and Open Bridge policy.

For more information about these new itineraries, hotel and land packages, and to book, contact a travel professional, call Windstar at 800-258-7245 or visit www.WindstarCruises.com.

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