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Shop ‘Black Friday’ cruise deals like a Norwegian

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

Norwegian Cruise Line is launching a limited time offer to celebrate the biggest shopping days of the year, especially for those who want to give the unparalleled gift of cruising.  Power shoppers who book a new cruise reservation to any of Norwegian’s exciting destinations including the Caribbean, Bahamas & Florida; or Hawai’i from Wednesday, November 27 through Tuesday, December 3, 2013, will receive up to $250 per stateroom to spend on board (based on cruise length and stateroom category). Air credits up to $1,000, Military, Latitudes Rewards and AARP discounts are also available on select sailings.

Cruisers can heat up their holidays by taking advantage of incredible savings on cruise vacations to the Caribbean. Norwegian Getaway, Miami’s ultimate ship, will make her debut in February, setting sail on seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami. Guests who book a cruise on board this spectacular new vessel will enjoy visiting tropical ports of call including Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. Norwegian Getaway, sister-ship to New York city-based Norwegian Breakaway, will be alive with excitement especially in and around 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 that enhance guests’ connection with the ocean, fares start at $649*.

Norwegian Epic, named the “Best Ship for Sea Days” by Cruise Critic and “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly two years in a row, cruises to sunny Western Caribbean destinations on seven-day cruises from Miami. Guests on board will visit tropical destinations including; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico, with fares starting at $549*.

Those looking to set sail from winter to sunny skies can cruise from New York City on Norwegian Gem or Norwegian Breakaway, the ship that brings the best of NYC to Sea.

Norwegian Gem offers spectacular nine-day Eastern Caribbean cruises from New York City, visiting tropical destinations including; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Samana, Dominican Republic; with fares from $529*.

Norwegian Breakaway offers a series of seven-day cruises from New York City to the Bahamas & Florida visiting Orlando and Beaches (Port Canaveral), Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, Norwegian’s very own private Island. Fares start at $429*.

A cruise on board the recently-enhanced Pride of America is an incredible gift that allows cruisers to explore the Hawaiian Islands on a seven-day inter-island cruise, year-round from Honolulu. This jaw-dropping itinerary 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, Hawai`i and Kona, Hawai`i; as well as an afternoon cruise by the spectacular Nãpali Coast, fares start at $999*

To book a cruise with Norwegian during the biggest shopping event of the year, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

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Gobble up the Thanksgiving savings on Princess

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

Princess Cruises passengers can enjoy special savings on the perfect post-holiday escape with cruise deals during the line’s Thanksgiving sale. From November 27 through December 4, the sale offers savings of up to $600 per stateroom, plus a free stateroom location upgrade, a free bottle of wine, and an onboard credit of $25 per stateroom to spend on the ship.

The sale features Princess’ new three- to five-day Getaway cruises from Los Angeles and Ft. Lauderdale, perfect for sampling the line’s onboard experience as well as visiting a variety of Southern California or Caribbean vacation destinations on departures between December 2013 and March 2014.

More information about Princess Cruises’ Thanksgiving Sale and pricing can be found at princess.com/sale.

Examples of cruise deals include:

  • 3-day West Coast Getaway cruise: $199 interior (was $249); $299 balcony (was $449)
  • 4-day West Coast Getaway cruise: $229 interior (was $349); $399 balcony (was $599)
  • 4-day Caribbean Getaway cruise: $229 interior (was $449); $399 balcony (was $699)
  • 5-day Caribbean Getaway cruise: $299 interior (was $599); $499 balcony (was $799)

More information about Princess’ Getaway cruises from Los Angeles and Ft. Lauderdale is available at princess.com/getaways.

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The Thanksgiving Sale begins at 12:01 a.m. PST on November 27 and runs through 11:59 p.m. PST on December 4, 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, or by visiting the company’s website at princess.com.

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Allure of the Seas to undergo major propulsion repairs in February

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

Royal Caribbean International announced today that a mechanical issue has made it necessary to perform unscheduled repairs to Allure of the Seas. The repairs will take place at Grand Bahama Shipyard, in Freeport, Bahamas, the week of February 24, 2014. As a result, it will be necessary to cancel the February 23, 2014, sailing of Allure of the Seas.

“We sincerely regret that we will be unable to deliver the Royal Caribbean cruise vacation that our guests were looking forward to,” said Adam Goldstein, president and chief executive officer, Royal Caribbean International. “We understand that our guests’ vacation time is very precious and can assure you that we did not take this decision lightly. But it was very important to us that we bring Allure back up to speed so that she could continue to deliver the amazing cruise vacations our guests expect.”

Allure of the Seas has been experiencing unanticipated bearing wear in one of its three propulsion motors. All three motors are fully operational, and there is no impact on the maneuverability of the ship or on the safety of guests and crew. However, since the rate of bearing wear is directly related to ship speed, the ship’s top speed has been limited. This has reduced the rate of bearing wear, and will ensure that all three propulsion motors are fully available for maneuvering and emergencies until repairs can be completed.

Allure

“While Allure could have continued to sail at a reduced rate of speed, we felt it was important to fix the problem as soon as possible,” said William D. Baumgartner, senior vice president of Marine Operations, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “We explored numerous repair options. Unfortunately, there was no satisfactory solution that did not involve taking the ship temporarily out of service.”

The company said guests currently booked on the February 23, 2014, sailing of Allure of the Seas will receive a full, 100 percent refund, or the option to sail on select itineraries at the same rate.

Additionally, until the repairs can be made, it will be necessary to make minor adjustments to Allure of the Seas’ eastern Caribbean itineraries. Allure of the Seas will now call on Nassau, Bahamas, from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and on Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no need to modify Allure of the Seas’ western Caribbean itineraries.

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Windstar Cruises offers a second culinary and wine cruise

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

Windstar Cruises, a leader in small-ship cruising, will offer a second food and wine voyage exploring the south coast of Spain. Windstar’s flagship sailing yacht, Wind Surf, will depart from Barcelona, Spain on November 15, 2014 on an epicurean itinerary that includes Sóller, Valencia, Cartagena, Almería, Málaga, and Cádiz, ending in Lisbon, Portugal. This special themed voyage starts at $2,999 per person.

“Our guests have expressed strong interest in culinary and wine themed cruises. In fact, our first such voyage, Culinary & Wine Delights of Spain, sold out so quickly we are offering this second voyage by popular demand,” said Hans Birkholz, Windstar Cruises’ chief executive officer. “Culinary & Wine Delights of Spain II allows food and wine enthusiasts to experience the local flavor of Spanish cuisine and wine while exploring its culture and traditions in Windstar’s signature small ship style.”

Culinary & Wine Delights of Spain II will be hosted by Stephen Metzler and Almudena de Llaguno, founders of Classical Wines, America’s most respected importers of Spanish wines. Their insights and expertise will provide guests a unique look at the ingredients, cuisines, and techniques that give Spanish food and wine its signature flavors.

Voyage highlights include:

•       Two hosted dinners with specially crafted menus featuring the best of Spanish food and wine pairings;

•       A selection of six complimentary Spanish wines, in addition to daily wine tastings throughout the cruise;

•       Two complimentary local vineyard and culinary excursions;

•       A special onboard flamenco dance performance.

Every port offers a new experience on this especially themed voyage. Among the many fascinating options are a visit to Jerez de la Frontera, the “Sherry Capital of the World,” time to explore the Museo de Vino (wine Museum) in Mijas, private lessons in how to prepare paella under the guidance of a local chef, and learning the traditional method of producing olive oil in Mallorca.

For more information Culinary & Wine Delights of Spain II, please contact a travel professional or Windstar Cruises at 800-258-7245.

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Silversea Cruises expands complimentary onboard digital services

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

In another cruise industry first, ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has added newspapers and lifestyle magazines to its complimentary onboard digital service that provides streaming movies and live television news broadcasts to guests’ mobile devices aboard Silver Cloud and the recently launched Silver Galapagos.

The additional media options can be accessed on any smartphone or tablet, giving guests access to hundreds of daily newspapers and lifestyle magazines from 100 countries and in 56 languages. Publications are refreshed every night so that guests receive the most up-to-date issues while traveling at sea.

“Thanks to technology from NewspaperDirect and other strategic partners, our guests are now able to enjoy their favorite newspapers and magazines on their personal mobile devices while sailing aboard Silver Cloud and Silver Galapagos,” said Jason Cohn, Silversea’s director of IT infrastructure.

By the end of November, the digital service will be available on Silver Shadow, followed by Silver Wind and Silver Whisper later in the year.

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Princess Cruises offers a Winter clearance sale

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On November - 6 - 2013

Princess Cruises passengers can plan the perfect winter vacation getaway with new cruise deals of up to 50 percent off, beginning today. The Winter Clearance Sale, running through November 19, offers savings on Caribbean cruises and other warm weather destinations, plus also features up to $100 in free onboard spending money.

More than 100 worldwide cruise departures are featured in the sale, including popular cruise destinations such as Asia, Australia & New Zealand, the Caribbean, the California coast, Hawaii, Mexico, the Panama Canal, South America and Tahiti, plus Princess’ new shorter Getaway cruises from Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles.

In addition to special fares, passengers booking balcony staterooms or above will receive an onboard credit of $100 per stateroom (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 Princess Cruises’ Winter Clearance Sale and pricing can be found at princess.com/cruisedeals/winterclearance.jsp.

Examples of cruise deals include:

  • Caribbean Getaway cruise – 4 days: $229 interior (was $449); $399 balcony (was $699)
  • Caribbean cruise – 7 days: $449 interior (was $749); $749 balcony (was $1,199)
  • Tahiti & Polynesia cruise – 10 days: $799 interior (was $1,799); $1,299 balcony (was $2,399)
  • Panama Canal cruise – 10 days: $699 interior (was $1,199); $999 balcony (was $1,699)
  • Hawaii cruise – 15 days: $1,099 interior (was $1,699); $1,599 balcony (was $2,599)

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The Winter Clearance Sale begins at 12:01 a.m. PST on November 6 and runs through 11:59 p.m. PST on November 19, 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, or by visiting the company’s website at princess.com.

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