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Norwegian rings in the New Year with big savings on Caribbean sailings

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

In celebration of the New Year, Norwegian Cruise Line is launching a limited time bonus days offer, giving guests, who book a new Caribbean cruise reservation, up to $100 per stateroom to spend on board, plus free balcony upgrades. The offer, available Monday, December 30 through Friday, January 3, 2014, is applicable on board Norwegian’s Caribbean-bound ships. Latitudes, Military and AARP discounts also apply to select sailings.

Guests looking to sparkle in the New Year on a cruise to the Caribbean can set sail on Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Sun, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Dawn, or one of the line’s two newest ships, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, from four convenient departure ports: Miami, New Orleans, New York City and Tampa.

Miami’s Ultimate Ship Norwegian Getaway will be the largest vessel to homeport in Miami year-round, starting in February, and will sail seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean. Ports of call include: Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. Norwegian Getaway will dazzle guests with her Miami flair, as well as 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 that enhance guests’ connection with the ocean.  Fares start at $649*.

Cruisers looking to set sail to the sunny Western Caribbean can also do so on board 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.  Norwegian Epic’s seven-day cruises from Miami visit tropical destinations including: Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico, with fares starting at $429*.

Guests setting sail from New Orleans can cruise on board Norwegian Jewel and visit ports of call including Montego Bay, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. Fares start at $399*.

Vacationers setting sail from the Big Apple can cruise on their choice of 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 $449*.

Norwegian Breakaway offers 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 $749*.

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

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Carnival to base Carnival Splendor in Miami

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On December - 20 - 2013

Carnival Cruise Lines, the number one cruise operator in South Florida, will further bolster its leadership position in the market when the 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor launches seasonal Caribbean cruises from Miami beginning November 9, 2014.

Carnival Splendor will be the seventh Carnival Cruise Lines’ ship to be based in South Florida.

Including Carnival Splendor, Carnival Cruise Lines will operate more than 400 three- to eight-day departures from PortMiami and Port Everglades, accounting for approximately 1.2 million guests annually – the most of any cruise operator.

Carnival’s South Florida program features three to eight-day cruises visiting not only the best of the Caribbean and Bahamas but also a variety of unique destinations including the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, and Mahogany Bay in Isla Roatan, along with tropical island paradises such as Aruba and Curacao on eight-day itineraries, providing unparalleled choice for consumers.

Carnival Splendor’s new seasonal Miami-based schedule will encompass week-long cruises departing Sundays with itineraries alternating between the eastern and western Caribbean beginning November 9, 2014.   Eastern Caribbean cruises will call at St Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk, and Nassau, while the western Caribbean route will call at Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, and Mahogany Bay in Isla Roatan.

Prior to its Miami deployment, Carnival Splendor will operate two special eight-day cruises – a New York to San Juan departure calling at St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Antigua and St. Maarten departing October 24, 2014 and a San Juan to Miami voyage visiting St. Croix, Martinique, Grenada, Dominica and Grand Turk departing November 1, 2014.

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Cunard launches upgrade celebration offering stateroom upgrades and free gratuities!

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

Guests looking to explore new cultures and locales from the comfort of a luxury Cunard experience can now receive Free Balcony and Suite Upgrades, Free Gratuities and $150 Deposit on more than 134 2014 voyages on board flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth during Cunard Line’s Royal Upgrade Celebration.

Destinations and itineraries range from historic Europe’s charm to the quaint beauty of the New England coastline, the picturesque Caribbean and Queen Mary 2’s legendary Transatlantic Crossing.

The Royal Upgrade Celebration details include:

  • Europe: Double Upgrades across most 7-, 14- and 21-day Mediterranean and Northern Europe voyages:
    • Sail in a Balcony Stateroom for the same fare as an Inside*
    • Sail in a Princess Grill Suite for the same fare as a Club Balcony
    • Sail in a Queens Grill Suite for the same fare as a Princess Grill
    • Reduced and Refundable Deposit of $150 per person
    • Free gratuities for two people*Double Upgrades offer on most European voyages is based on reserving an obstructed Balcony Stateroom for the price of an Inside Stateroom.
  • Transatlantic Crossings and Other Itineraries:  Complimentary upgrades across all Transatlantic Crossings, Canada & New England, and Caribbean voyages:
    • Sail in a Balcony Stateroom for the same fare as an Oceanview
    • Sail in a Princess Grill Suite for the same fare as a Club Balcony
    • Sail in a Queens Grill Suite for the same fare as a Princess Grill
    • Reduced and Refundable Deposit of $150 per person
    • Free gratuities for two people

Destination

Balcony fares from

Oceanview fares from

Inside fares from

Europe (Double Upgrades*)

$999

$999

$999

Classic Transatlantic Crossings

$1,299

$1,299

$999

Extended Transatlantic Crossings

$1,599

$1,599

$1,299

New England & Canada

$1,499

$1,499

$1,299

Caribbean

$2,999

$2,999

$2,399

Grand Voyages

$4,199

$4,199

$3,199

WHEN: 17 December 2013 – 28 February 2014

NOTE: This offer applies to new bookings only and is capacity-controlled, subject to change, and may not be combined with any other public, group or past passenger discount. Click here for details. Reference promo code R2W. Offer expires 28 February 2014.

For more information about Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Agent, call Cunard Line at 1-800-728-6273 or visit www.cunard.com.

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Oh the places you’ll go! Carnival & Dr. Seuss team up for at sea kids fun

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On December - 11 - 2013

One ship, two ships, it’s Dr. Seuss on cruise ships! Carnival Cruise Lines today unveiled an exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to bring the beloved children’s brand and favorite characters to the line’s fleet of 24 “Fun Ships.”  In an industry first, the Carnival Seuss at Sea program will offer a variety of exciting and immersive onboard youth, family, dining and entertainment experiences featuring the amazing world and words of Dr. Seuss.

“It is fun to have fun but you have to know how,” said the Cat in the Hat in the iconic Dr. Seuss book. The fun on Carnival starts in the main dining room during The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat and Friends. Attendees will have the opportunity to kick off their day dining on playful foods straight from Dr. Seuss’s imagination – green eggs and ham, moose juice and goose juice, along with colorful fruit and pancake stacks, funky French toast and more, with traditional breakfast favorites also available. While Carnival’s wait staff set the tone with Dr. Seuss-inspired uniforms, popular Dr. Seuss characters such as the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two, and Sam will be joining guests at their tables for fun interactions and one-of-a-kind photo opportunities. Hosted on the first sea day of each cruise, this special breakfast will be available for $5 per guest.

Every ship in the Carnival fleet will have a selection of classic Dr. Seuss books, toys and themed activities for children to enjoy.  Special showings of beloved movies such as “The Cat in the Hat” and Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will be shown outdoors on the giant screen of the Seaside Theater on Lido Deck as part of the cruise line’s Dive-In Movies programming.  On Carnival Freedom, which is undergoing a major refurbishment in May, and Carnival Vista, which debuts in early 2016, there will be a Dr. Seuss Bookville facility — a unique and dedicated Seuss-themed play space featuring iconic décor, colors, shapes and funky furniture inspired by the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss. The perfect place for families to relax, unwind and enjoy each other’s company, guests can read one of many available Dr. Seuss books or stretch their imagination through other family-fun activities including arts and crafts, toys and Dr. Seuss-inspired games.

Story time at sea will never be the same with the introduction of Seuss-a-palooza Story Time, A Rhyming Good Time – an interactive reading event that brings to life the colorful world of Dr. Seuss for kids of all ages.  Hosted on a sea day each voyage in a custom-created environment on board or within Dr. Seuss Bookville, this memorable storytelling event will feature some of the most beloved Dr. Seuss characters.

At other times during the voyage, children and families will have the chance to meet and interact with favorite Dr. Seuss characters and participate in special photo opportunities featuring colorful and zany Dr. Seuss-inspired artwork, as well as through events and activities such as the Seuss-a-palooza Character Parade where guests can join Dr. Seuss characters in a swirly conga line along the Promenade.  A variety of Dr. Seuss-themed retail items will be available, as well.

The Seuss at Sea initiative builds upon Carnival’s leadership position in family cruising. The line carries more than 700,000 kids aboard its fleet each year — nearly half of the total number of kids carried by the entire North American cruise industry.

“Our youth and family programming continues to be highly rated and extremely popular with the millions of families who sail with Carnival, but we’re constantly challenging ourselves to uncover unique and interesting ways to further enhance our guest experience,” said Mark Tamis, senior vice president of guest operations for Carnival Cruise Lines. “We are thrilled to bring the fun, whimsical and wonderful world of Dr. Seuss to life for our guests of all ages to create even more fun and memorable moments during our cruise vacations.”

“Dr. Seuss inspires imaginations across generations and encourages a playfulness and whimsy that is often lost in today’s ‘always on’ society,” said Susan Brandt, president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. “We’re excited to be working with Carnival Cruise Lines to bring some of the timeless magic of Dr. Seuss to the families that sail each year. Seuss at Sea will let kids and parents alike explore their imaginations through the memorable onboard experiences we’re building together.”

Roll-out of the Seuss at Sea program will begin aboard Carnival Splendor in February 2014 with implementation across the full fleet by 2015, as well as Carnival Vista when that ship enters service in early 2016.

For additional information, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.

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Princess Cruises offers huge holiday savings and onboard credits

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On December - 11 - 2013

Princess Cruises is celebrating the Season of Savings with cruise deals during a special December 11-20 sale. Passengers can take advantage of savings of up to $2,000 per stateroom on a variety of warm weather vacations, including Caribbean cruises, plus enjoy up to $100 onboard credit.

More than 125 cruise departures are featured in Princess’ winter sale, including popular cruise vacations to the Caribbean, the California coast, Hawaii, Mexico, the Panama Canal, Tahiti and the South Pacific, 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 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’ Season of Savings Sale and pricing can be found at princess.com/sale.

Examples of cruise deals include:

  • Caribbean Getaway cruise – 4 days: $249 interior (was $499); $399 balcony (was $749)
  • Caribbean cruise – 7 days: $449 interior (was $749); $699 balcony (was $1,199)
  • Tahiti cruise – 10 days: $999 interior (was $1,999); $1,599 balcony (was $2,599)
  • Panama Canal cruise – 11 days: $999 interior (was $1,599); $1,499 balcony (was $2,199)
  • 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 Season of Savings Sale begins at 12:01 a.m. PST on December 11 and runs through 11:59 p.m. PST on December 20, 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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Windstar Cruises celebrates the holidays with huge savings up to 70 percent!

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On December - 10 - 2013

Windstar Cruises is counting down the holidays with the year’s most spectacular deals. From now until December 20th, guests can save up to 70% on 12 select voyages, in addition to $200 in shipboard credit. Today’s offer spotlights Flavors of the Caribbean, a seven-day, round trip voyage from St. Maarten that stops at some of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, including Roseau, Dominica; Pigeon Island, St. Lucia; Les Saintes, Guadeloupe; Charlestown, Nevis; and Basseterre, St. Kitts. Guests can sail for as low as $1,499 per person.

No matter which voyage they choose, guests sailing on board Windstar Cruises will always enjoy pampering without pretense, extraordinary destinations, and casual elegance on board what feels like their own private yacht. From the warm, tropical islands of the Caribbean, to the majestic Mediterranean, let this holiday season shine brighter with Windstar.

Facebook fans also have the chance to win a prize tied to each day’s featured voyage during the 12 Days of Windstar.

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

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