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Join ExpertCruiser today on Travel + Leisure’s cruise Twitter chat at 2 PM EST

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

Have a cruise question or are you curious about the best new destinations, themes, amenities, and insider cruise tips? Join ExpertCruiser and a panel of cruise experts today (October 30th) from 2-3pm EDT on Travel + Leisure’s cruise Twitter chat. The panel will share tidbits about the best staterooms that they’ve ever stayed in, the new lines and voyages that they’re most excited for, and cruise planning tips.

Here’s how to follow the chat and ask questions:

How does it work?

1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 2pm ET and be sure to follow @TravlandLeisure.

2. Head over to http://twubs.com/TL_Chat to follow the chat in real time. You can log-in using your Twitter account.

3. Remember to always add the hashtag #TL_Chat to your tweets—however, if you’re in the twubs chatroom it will be added automatically (note for character spacing purposes).

4. We’ll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own responses. Or ask questions of your own.

See you there!

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Live updates from Royal Princess

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

Follow ExpertCruiser on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram as we sail on October 27 aboard Princess Cruises’ newest ship, Royal Princess. Get the scoop on the latest features onboard the newest “Love Boat”.  We’ll check out and review all the dining and entertainment options during our two night preview sailing.

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Kids sail free on Norwegian Cruise Line

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 26 - 2013

Norwegian Cruise Line has a present for parents: kids* sail free on a range of sailings fleetwide*** in November and December 2013, offering incredible family fun.  Available through November 8, 2013, Norwegian’s Kids Sail Free offer is applicable on new reservations and is combinable with most other offers, including the “Let’s Cruise” sales event, on now.

Norwegian’s newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway, recently voted “Best New Ship” by Cruise Critic, offers families an array of family-fun opportunities including exclusive Nickelodeon programming; a massive five-slide Aqua Park, featuring the fastest waterslides at sea; and so much more. In addition, families can cruise comfortably in a variety of stateroom categories including Family Suites. Norwegian Breakaway sails seven-day cruises from New York City to the Bahamas & Florida, visiting Orlando and the Beaches (Port Canaveral), Florida; Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, Norwegian’s very own private Island. Fares start at $399**.

Kids can sail free on Norwegian Epic, the ship 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.  Norwegian Epic features exclusive Nickelodeon-themed activities and entertainment, as well as the array of other exciting entertainment and dining options that guests of all ages will enjoy while cruising to the Eastern Caribbean on seven-day cruises from Miami. Families will love exploring tropical destinations including: Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas, with fares starting at $339**.

Families who book a cruise on board the recently-enhanced Pride of America can explore Hawai`i on the line’s seven-day inter-island cruises, setting sail year-round from Honolulu. This unparalleled itinerary offers families 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, Hawai`i and Kona, Hawai`i; as well as an afternoon cruise by the jaw-dropping Nãpali Coast, fares start at $999**.

Norwegian’s Kids Sail Free is also available on a range of other ships and sailing dates from homeports around the US and Europe, including Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Sun from Miami; Norwegian Gem from New York, Norwegian Jewel from New Orleans, Norwegian Dawn from Tampa and Norwegian Spirit from Barcelona. Select three and four-day sailings on Norwegian Sky from Miami are also available for families who are looking for a shorter cruise vacation option.

Norwegian recently enhanced its youth program, Splash Academy, and teen program, Entourage, and this limited time offer is the perfect opportunity for families to experience these new programs, which have received rave reviews from parents and kids alike. Both Splash Academy and Entourage feature a different theme every day. Whether it’s ocean-related, pirates, space cowboys, jungle fever or circus, every day offers kids a new surprise – tailored to their specific age group – Guppies for ages up to – 2; Turtles for ages 3 to 5; Seals for ages 6 to 9; and Dolphins for ages 10 to 12. The enhanced curriculum focuses on team building and assisting in developing children’s interpersonal and confidence-building skills. With activities that are tailored specifically to each age group, the new youth and teen programs focus on creative and unique activities, along with more sporting events, through a partnership with King’s Foundation and Camps. Another highlight of the program is a circus school in partnership with Hilario Productions’ Cirque du Jour, a New York-based company that specializes in teaching children real circus skills. Splash Academy also offers activities for cruisers under three and their parents who can enjoy sensory play classes which include baby art featuring “Wee Can Too” organic art products.

To take advantage of the “Kids Sail Free” limited time offer and book by November 8, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

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Princess Cruises offers special 50% off cruise deal

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 25 - 2013

Princess Cruises is offering an unusual deal on the line’s brand new three-day Princess Getaway Cruises from Los Angeles aboard Golden Princess. During the “100% Princess Getaways Up to 50% Off” promotion, passengers booking cruises from Los Angeles that depart between November 15 and December 1, 2013, will receive 50 percent of their cruise fare back as a credit toward a future cruise. The limited-time offer ends November 15, 2013.

Passengers sailing on one of these convenient roundtrip voyages from Southern California will receive half of whatever cruise fare they pay as a credit.

“Our new Princess Getaway cruises are perfect for last-minute escape, and we’re so confident that passengers will love the Princess experience, that they’ll want to come back for more,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “So we’re making it even easier to cruise again with this amazing offer.”

Onboard Golden Princess passengers will enjoy expertly prepared international cuisine, dazzling production shows, renowned comedians, a luxurious spa, and signature Princess features such as the poolside Movies Under the Stars giant screen.

This special deal is available on three-day roundtrip cruises from Los Angeles with a call in Ensenada aboard Golden Princess: November 15, 2013, November 18, 2013, November 21, 2013, December 1, 2013.

The future cruise credit passengers receive can be used toward any single published future cruise of seven days or longer, departing before December 31, 2014.

The offer is available to residents of the 50 United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older.

More information about the “100% Princess Getaways Up to 50% Off” promotion is available at: https://book.princess.com/html/global/destinations/cruisedeals/princessgetawayssale50

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 princess.com.

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Cunard Line passengers who decide to book voyages to explore the Mediterranean on Queen Elizabeth, with her impeccable service and luxurious offerings, will receive up to $500 off airfare per stateroom, up to $500 on board credit per stateroom and complimentary gratuities for two people.

Select 2014 Queen Elizabeth voyages included in this Europe Three for All Sale offer are:

• 7-day, 14-day and 21-day Mediterranean Sailings departing 20 June, 27 June, 4 July, 11 July 18 July and 25 July

Fares for the 7-day voyages on these departure dates start from $1,394 per person, including government fees and taxes.
The Europe Three for All Sale offer is for new bookings only, capacity-controlled, and subject to change, and may not be combinable with any other public, group or past passenger discount.

WHEN: NOW through 30 November 2013

Guests sailing a luxury cruise vacation aboard Cunard Line delight in the experience of the voyage itself, not just the destination. By day, guests enjoy voluminous libraries, world class spas, white-glove afternoon tea service and engaging award-winning Insights guest enrichment programs; by night they are entertained by black-tie dinners, Royal Nights themed balls, West End-style productions and Veuve Clicquot champagne cocktails.

For more information about Queen Elizabeth and to book a voyage, call Cunard toll-free 1-800-728-6273 or visit www.cunard.com.

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Windstar Cruises announces voyages to Southeast Asia & Arabia

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 22 - 2013

Windstar Cruises, a leader in yacht style cruising, today announced the line’s debut in Southeast Asia & Arabia on its new 212-passenger power yacht, Star Pride. The new voyages open for sale today and feature five unique itineraries exclusive to the all suite yacht, highlighting small ship ports throughout Asia, Arabia, and India. The inaugural Southeast Asia & Arabia season will begin on October 30, 2014. Voyages start at $3,999 per person.

“Small ship cruising is an incredible way to explore this part of the world. There are tremendous experiences to be had from the ancient cliff city of Petra to the colorful Ho Chi Minh City,” said Hans Birkholz, Windstar Cruises’ chief executive officer. “This is our first journey beyond Europe, South Pacific and the Caribbean, and we are delighted to announce Star Pride’s Southeast Asia & Arabia deployment.”

Star Pride’s 2015 Asia voyages include:

Wonders of Arabia
Follow the legends of Lawrence of Arabia, Cleopatra, and Moses across the dunes to the Nile and Mount Sinai on this 18-day voyage from Athens, Greece to Dubai, UAE. Ports of call include Suez Canal, Hurghada, Sharm el Sheikh, Luxor, Egypt; Aqaba, Jordan; and Salalah and Khasab, Oman. The voyage showcases the Red Sea, the Nile, and the rose-colored ruins of Petra.

Pearls of the Indian Ocean
Sail through some of the Andaman Sea’s most breathtaking islands and bays and explore the colonial Old Towns, ancient cave temples, and melting pot cities on this 15-day voyage from Dubai, UAE to Singapore. Star Pride visits Mumbai, Mangalore, Cochin, India; Phuket, Thailand; and Penang, Malaysia. This itinerary highlights everything from India’s colorful cities to the tranquil beauty of Thailand’s beaches.

Singapore & the Malay Peninsula
Discover Malaysia and Thailand’s most spectacular gems on this 10-day round trip voyage from Singapore. This voyage visits Penang, Langkawi, Pulau Pangkor, Kuala Lumpur, and Malacca, Malaysia; as well as Phuket, and Ko Yao Noi, Thailand. Guests can enjoy long days in port and blissfully beautiful destinations.

Treasures of Southeast Asia
Cruise in private yacht style on this 14-day voyage from the haute couture of Singapore’s legendary Orchard Road to French-flavored Ho Chi Minh City (the former Saigon) and the monuments of Hanoi. The voyage starts in Singapore and visits Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Qui Nhon, Da Nang, Hanoi (Haiphong), and Halong Bay, Vietnam before ending in Hong Kong. UNESCO World Heritage Sites are everywhere on this voyage: the ancient trading city of Hoi An, My Son Sanctuary, Hue, and Halong Bay.

Vietnam Unveiled
Vietnam combines beauty and culture in one perfect experience on Windstar’s 10-day voyage from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Hong Kong. Ports of call include Nha Trang, Qui Nhon, Da Nang, Hanoi (Haiphong), and Halong Bay. Guests can visit Imperial Hue, ancient Hoi An, breathtaking Halong Bay, and amazing Ho Chi Minh City.

On each of these new voyages guests will experience the secluded coves and hidden harbors offered by small ship cruising, as well as the local culture brought to life on board in Windstar’s unique style. Local entertainment, authentic cuisine, intimate and personal shore excursions are all a part of the in-depth enrichment experience offered at Windstar Cruises.

Launching in May of 2014, the 9,975-ton Star Pride is the first of three new power yachts to join Windstar’s fleet. With a guest capacity of 212, the all suite yacht will undergo several upgrades and changes in design and décor to align with Windstar’s casual contemporary style. 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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