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Princess offers sale fares to exotic destination from the Caribbean to Australia

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

Princess Cruises is keeping summer alive with savings on more than 200 cruises to sunny destinations such as the Caribbean, Tahiti, Hawaii and Australia & New Zealand, as well as mini Getaway cruises from Los Angeles and Ft. Lauderdale. The Endless Summer Sale, which begins today and runs through September 17, offers passengers the chance to save up to $1,000 each on select cruises departing between December 2013 and April 2014.

In addition to special fares, passengers booking balcony staterooms or above will receive an onboard credit of $100 (for cruises 10 days or longer), $50 (seven- to nine-day cruises), or $30 (one- to six-day cruises); and those booking interior or oceanview staterooms can get credits of $50 (cruises 10 days or longer), $25 (seven- to nine-day cruises) or $15 (one- to six-day cruises).
More information about the Endless Summer Sale can be found at princess.com/sale. Additional cruise deals can be found at princess.com/topcruisedeals.
Examples of cruise deals include:

• West Coast Getaway cruise – 3 and 4 days: $229 interior (was $249); balcony $399 (was $449)

• Caribbean cruise – 7 days: $499 interior (was $699); $799 balcony (was $1,099)

• Panama Canal cruise – 11 days: $999 interior (was $1,499); $1,499 balcony (was $2,099)

• Australia & New Zealand – 12 days: $799 interior (was $1,499); $1,299 balcony (was $2,299)

• Tahiti cruise – 10 days: $1,199 interior (was $1,999); $1,799 balcony (was $2,599)

• Hawaii cruise – 15 days: $1,199 interior (was $1,699); $1,799 balcony (was $2,599)

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The Endless Summer Sale begins at 12:01 a.m. PDT on August 28 and runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on September 17 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, or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.

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Cunard offers Mediterranean sale – fares from $95 per day!

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

Passengers who reserve select 12-day Mediterranean Cruises aboard Cunard Line’s youngest ship, the beautifully appointed Queen Elizabeth, can sail from less than $95 per day – plus receive free gratuities – when they book and make a deposit during Cunard’s Mediterranean Spotlight Sale beginning today through 3 September 2013.

Fares starting from $999 are available on all voyages included in the sale, visiting Mediterranean gems including the Greek Isles, the Holy Land, delightful Italian and Turkish ports, and other ancient cities in the historically fascinating region.

For under $95 per day depending on the itinerary and level of accommodation, guests will enjoy spectacular accommodations, sumptuous dining, impeccable White Star Service, unique entertainment and enrichment, up to 11 Mediterranean ports of call and more – plus free gratuities for the first two passengers per booking.

This Mediterranean Spotlight Sale offer is available for the following 12-day Queen Elizabeth voyages:

• Greek Isles & Turkish Splendours – From Venice to Rome, departs 28 October 2013. After an overnight stay in Venice, visits Dubrovnik, Corfu, Athens, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Santorini, Sicily and Salerno. Fares start from $999, plus receive free gratuities.

• Greek Isles & Holy Land Explorer – Roundtrip Rome, departs 9 November 2013. Visits Katakolon, Santorini, Haifa, Limassol, Rhodes, Heraklion and Naples. Fares start from $999, plus receive free gratuities.

• Mediterranean Odyssey – Roundtrip Rome, departs 21 November 2013. Visits Katakolon, Athens, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Heraklion, Sicily and Naples. Fares start from $999, plus receive free gratuities.

All voyage fares are per person, based on double occupancy, and exclude government fees and taxes. Fares for other dates will vary. Offer is for new bookings only, is capacity-controlled, subject to change, and may not be combinable with any other public, group or past passenger discount. Reference promo code R71.

WHEN: 28 August – 3 September 2013

For more information or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Agent, call Cunard toll-free at 1-800-728-6273 or visit www.cunard.com.

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MSC offers Labor Day savings

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

Sailing the Caribbean has never been easier. In celebration of Labor Day, MSC Cruises is now offering special savings on select cruises on MSC Divina, departing from Miami. Book a Balcony stateroom or above by midnight on September 2nd and MSC will waive all service charges for 2 full-fare guests.

Select sailings, include:

• Nov. 23rd, 2013 – 7-night sailing with stops in Phillipsburg, St. Maarten, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Starting at $499 per person.

• Dec. 10th, 2013 – 11-night sailing with stops in Falmouth, Jamaica, Oranjestad, Aruba, Willemstad, Curacao, Cristobal, Panama and Cozumel, Mexico. Starting at $699 per person.

• Jan. 12th, 2014 – 6 night sailing with stops in Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. Starts at $399 per person.

For more information visit www.msccruisesusa.com or call 1-877-665-4655.

Scheduled to debut in Port Miami on November 20th, MSC Divina will be sailing alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries year-round. As part of her North American debut, MSC Divina has partnered with Italian epicurean emporium, Eataly, to feature two entirely unique Eataly dining venues; the upscale Ristorante Italia and spectacular regional steakhouse, Eataly Steakhouse, fashioned after the famed Manzo restaurant in Eataly’s Manhattan location. MSC Divina will also be the first ship to offer Aqua Cycling at sea, allowing guests to take spinning to new heights while cruising the Caribbean.

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Bon Voyage! Live updates from Norwegian Breakaway

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On August - 18 - 2013

Follow ExpertCruiser on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as we sail on August 18 to Bermuda aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway. Get the scoop on what it’s like to ‘Cruise like a Norwegian’ on the ship that’s all about New York City. We’ll check out and review all the ‘Freestyle Cruising’ dining and entertainment options during our seven day voyage. Additionally, we’ll be telling you what’s hot in Bermuda. Stay tuned!!!

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Norwegian to develop private island in Belize

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On August - 15 - 2013

Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it has purchased approximately 75 acres in Southern Belize for the planned development of an eco-friendly cruise destination. The land, called Harvest Caye, is made up of two adjoining islands in the Stann Creek and Toledo districts that had previously been approved for a resort development with an air strip. Norwegian plans to invest $50 million in the project.

“As our fleet continues to grow to 15 ships by 2017, we expect that we will double the number of guests sailing on our Western Caribbean itineraries and, once this new destination is complete, bring four times as many guests to Belize than we do today,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s president and CEO. “In our quest to continuously look for new and exciting destinations for our guests, we plan to develop a cruise destination focused on sustainable design and eco-friendly principles that will retain the natural beauty and local culture of this tropical paradise.”
Norwegian has retained IDEA Inc. of Orlando, Florida to design the destination and bring the project to fruition. IDEA is an industry leading designer of branded ports of call and branded destinations for the hospitality, entertainment and tourism industries. IDEA has worked with private developers, government ministries, and independent agencies to create branded destinations in Alaska; Florida; St. Lucia; St. Maarten; Mexico; St. Kitts; Honduras; Bahamas; and Jamaica.

“This project will set a new standard in the development of an eco-friendly destination. Rather than an imposed plan, we are focused on a design approach that is determined by the local environment to ensure that the unique surroundings and features of the area will be protected and showcased for all to enjoy,” said Hugh Darley, president of IDEA, Inc. “At Norwegian, we have a strong commitment to the environment through our Eco-Smart Cruising philosophy. We will continue that commitment as we develop the Belize project and ensure that we are socially responsible in everything we do,” said Colin Murphy, vice president, destination and strategic development for Norwegian Cruise Line.

While the master plan for the 75 acres is still under development, the vision is to create a world-class cruise destination, consisting of two locations: an island destination with docking/tendering facilities and a mainland connection point for inland tours. Major components of the project are anticipated to include a floating pier, island village with open-air structures on raised platforms, marina, transportation hub for tours to the mainland, a lagoon for a variety of water sports and a relaxing beach area. The goal is to design an authentic experience grounded in the storyline of nature, ancient culture, art, adventure and music that celebrates Belizean, Mayan and Garifuna history and culture. The Government of Belize and Norwegian have signed a memorandum of understanding on the development that calls for adherence to Belize’s environmental standards, creation of jobs for Belizeans, as well as significant economic impact, among other items.

Belize’s Prime Minister Dean Barrow has said that Belize needs to decentralize cruise tourism in an effort to reduce overcrowding and improve the visitor experience. Prime Minister Barrow also expressed confidence in Norwegian Cruise Line’s commitment to responsible development that will have a positive economic impact while maintaining the integrity of natural resources.
The new destination is expected to benefit Belize directly with significantly increased head tax revenues, and at a local level with up to 1,000 new jobs. The creation of the new destination will also help relieve cruise tourism pressures in Belize City which has been called for in Belize’s National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan.

Norwegian plans to employ a majority of Belizeans in the construction and operation of the destination in Belize. The company has also created a hiring program specifically for
Belizeans who want to work in the immediate future on its vessels while the project is under development. Once the destination is ready to open, those Belizeans will have priority preference for the numerous staff positions needed to run the day-to-day operations.

To learn more about the project, visit the Belize tab on the company’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/norwegiancruiseline.

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Norwegian offers DASH sale

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On August - 13 - 2013

Norwegian Cruise Line is launching its popular DASH sale on all sailings of three days or longer, fleet-wide. Guests who book a Norwegian cruise vacation from Tuesday, August 13 through Friday, August 16, 2013, can receive up to $250 per stateroom to spend on board (based on cruise length and stateroom category) and reduced deposits. Air credits of up to $1,000, Military and AARP discounts also apply to select sailings.

Cruisers looking for fun in the sun have the opportunity to set sail aboard the line’s highly-anticipated new ship, Norwegian Getaway, the largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami. Upon her arrival in February, this spectacular new ship will sail seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean, year round from Miami. Ports of call on this fantastic vessel include: Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. Similar to sister ship Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway will dazzle guests with the excitement of 678 Ocean Place and The Waterfront, a variety of interconnected indoor and outdoor venues on three dynamic decks that creates a multiplex of dining, activities and more while enhancing guests’ connection with the ocean.

Guests cruising from New York can set sail on board Norwegian Breakaway, the ship that brings the best of NYC to Sea by offering the high-caliber dining and entertainment options that New York is known for worldwide. Norwegian Breakaway sails seven-day cruises to Bermuda, now through October 6, 2013, with fares from $599*. Starting October 13, 2013, Norwegian Breakaway will offer seven-day cruises from New York City to the Bahamas & Florida with fares starting at $599*.

Vacationers looking to experience the majestic beauty of Alaska can set sail on Norwegian Sun on an open-jaw, seven-day cruise from Whittier, Alaska to Vancouver, British
Columbia. Ports of call in Alaska include Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. The itinerary features a morning sail past Hubbard Glacier as well as a cruise though the awe-inspiring Inside Passage with fares starting at $249* per person.

Norwegian Star offers a series of once-in-a-lifetime 14-day Panama Canal voyages beginning October 12, 2013 from either Miami to Los Angeles or Los Angeles to Miami. In addition to the incredible transit through the canal, guests will enjoy stops in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Huatulco, Mexico; Puerto Chiapas, Mexico; Puerto Queztal, Mexico; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; and Cartagena, Colombia. Fares start at $799*.

History lovers can set sail on board Norwegian Epic, named “Best Ship for Sea Days” by Cruise Critic and “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly two years in a row, from Barcelona, Spain now through October 13, 2013, on seven-day Western Mediterranean cruises. Guests sailing on board will visit ports of call including Naples, Rome (Civitavecchia) and Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Cannes and Provence (Marseilles), France, fares start at $599*.

Cruisers can hang ten in Hawaii when they book a seven-day cruise on board the newly-refurbished Pride of America, with fares from $1099*. Sailing year-round, round-trip from Honolulu, this spectacular cruise offers nearly 100 hours of port time and visits Hawai’i’s four main islands, including an overnight in Kahului, Maui; an overnight in Nãwiliwili, Kaua`i; stops in Hilo, Hawaii and Kona, Hawai`i; as well as an afternoon cruise by the jaw-dropping Nãpali Coast.

To take advantage of the DASH limited time offer, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

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