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Kids sail FREE on Norwegian Cruise Line

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On February - 28 - 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line has a present for parents: kids* sail free on all ships** and destinations, offering incredible family fun.  Available from March 1 through March 31, 2014, Norwegian’s Kids Sail Free offer is applicable on new reservations and is combinable with most other offers, including the “Ultimate Freesome” on Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway sailings. In addition, families will receive free balcony upgrades, reduced deposits and an e-coupon booklet with over $300 in on board savings. Military, Latitudes Rewards and AARP discounts may also apply to select sailings.

Kids can sail free on Miami’s Ultimate Ship, Norwegian Getaway. The line’s newest vessel is now sailing seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean year-round and visits tropical ports of call including Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. Families who book can also take advantage of the “Ultimate Freesome” sales event to receive a free Ultimate Dining Package when they book a balcony or mini-suite, or get a free Ultimate Dining Package and Free Ultimate Beverage package when they book a suite. On board Norwegian Getaway, families can experience a variety of exciting entertainment and activities such as a massive Aqua Park, featuring five waterslides and Nickelodeon themed kid’s aqua park; a 40-element ropes course; rock climbing wall; dedicated Kids’ and Teen areas, and more. Fares start at $599***.

Guests sailing from the Big Apple can set sail on board Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway’s sister-ship that brings the best of NYC to Sea. Norwegian Breakaway is currently sailing seven-day cruises to the Bahamas and Florida, now through April 27, 2014, and in the fall beginning October 5, 2014, visiting destinations including Port Canaveral (Orlando and Beaches), Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, Norwegian’s very own private Island. Fares start at $599***. Starting May 4, 2014, Norwegian Breakaway sails to Bermuda for the summer with three full days in this island paradise.

Families can discover the spectacular Hawai`i islands when they book a seven-day cruise on board the newly-enhanced Pride of America, with fares from $1199***. Sailing year-round from Honolulu, this unparalleled 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, Hawai`i and Kona, Hawai`i; as well as an afternoon cruise by the jaw-dropping Nãpali Coast.

Norwegian Epic, 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, will offer cruises from Miami to the Western Caribbean this fall. Ports of call on this sun-drenched itinerary include: Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico; with fares starting at $599***.

Norwegian Epic also offers families to discover the rich history of Europe on seven-day Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona. Ports of call on this itinerary include: Naples, Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Cannes, France; and Palma, Majorca, Spain.

Cruising from Houston this fall, Norwegian Jewel offers families the chance to visit sunny destinations on a seven-day cruise to the Western Caribbean. The tropical ports of call include Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras. Fares start at $479***.

Adventurous families who are looking to experience the majestic beauty of Alaska can do so on board Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Jewel. Norwegian Pearl offers a series of seven-day cruises from Seattle, Washington, with fares starting at $659***. Families sailing on board will visit Juneau, Alaska; Skagway, Alaska; enjoy an awe-inspiring cruise through Glacier Bay; Ketchikan, Alaska; and Victoria, British Columbia. Beginning on May 17, 2014, Norwegian Jewel departs from Seattle on a series of seven-day Alaska cruises with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, Alaska as well as Victoria, British Columbia.

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For a shorter family vacation, the whole clan can jump on board one of Norwegian Sky’s three or four-day cruises to the Bahamas from Miami, Florida. Guests cruising on the three day-cruise will visit Nassau, Bahamas and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; with fares starting at $179***. Those embarking on the four-day will visit Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; with fares starting at $179***.

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 – 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 developing children’s interpersonal and confidence-building skills. Through a partnership with King’s Active, Splash Academy also offers active sports programs along with the Big Top at Sea program, a circus program, sponsored Hilario Productions, Inc., a New York-based company. Splash Academy also offers the Guppies program for babies ages up to 3, featuring hosted activities for little cruisers and their parents who can enjoy sensory play and painting classes featuring “Wee Can Too” organic art products.

To take advantage of the “Kids Sail Free” limited time offer, book by March 31, 2014 by contacting a travel professional, calling Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visiting www.ncl.com.

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Norwegian DASH sale, save up to $500 per stateroom

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On February - 17 - 2014

Today, Norwegian Cruise Line is launching its biggest DASH sale of the year, offering exceptional savings on all sailings of three days or longer, fleet-wide. Guests who book a Norwegian cruise vacation today through Friday, February 21, 2014, can receive up to $500 per stateroom to spend on board (based on cruise length and stateroom category), free balcony upgrades, reduced deposits and an e-coupon worth over $300 in on board savings. Military, AARP and Latitudes Rewards discounts also apply to select sailings.

Miami’s Ultimate Ship, Norwegian Getaway, made her debut in her year-round home port of Miami on February 8, 2014, and is now setting sail on seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean. This spectacular new ship visits tropical ports of call including Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. On board guests will be dazzled by the ship’s Miami flair, exceptional dining and entertainment 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 $579*.

Guests sailing from the Big Apple can set sail on board Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway’s sister-ship and the ship that brings the best of NYC to Sea. Norwegian Breakaway is currently sailing seven-day cruises to the Bahamas and Florida, now through April 27, 2014, visiting destinations including Port Canaveral (Orlando and Beaches), Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, Norwegian’s very own private Island. Fares start at $509*.

Also sailing from New York City, Norwegian Gem offers nine-day Eastern Caribbean cruises now through April 23, 2014. Guests on board will visit tropical destinations including; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Samana, Dominican Republic; with fares from $699*.

Cruisers can dash to cruise savings in Hawai`i when they book a seven-day cruise on board the newly-enhanced Pride of America, with fares from $999*. Sailing year-round 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, Hawai`i and Kona, Hawai`i; as well as an afternoon cruise by the jaw-dropping Nãpali Coast.

Norwegian Epic, 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, through April 20, 2014. Cruisers can explore ports of call including Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico; with fares starting at $399*.

Adventurers who are looking to experience the majestic beauty of Alaska can do so on board Norwegian Sun. Norwegian Sun offers a series of seven-day cruises from either Vancouver, British Columbia or Whittier, Alaska, from May 19, 2014 to September 22, 2014 with fares starting at $529*. Guests can also choose to combine these itineraries for the ultimate 14-day Alaskan family adventure.

For an unforgettable European Cruise experience, guests can set sail on a 10- or 11-day cruise on board Norwegian Jade from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy. Ports of call on the 10-day itinerary include Olympia (Katakolon), Greece; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Ephesus (Izmir), Turkey; Istanbul, Turkey  and Naples, Italy.  Guests cruising on the 11-day itinerary will visit Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Provence (Toulon), France; Barcelona, Spain; Valencia, Spain; Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy; Carthage, Tunisia; Palermo, Sicily and Naples, Italy. Fares for these incredible cruises start at $749*.

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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Royal Caribbean to base Allure of the Seas in Europe in 2015

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On February - 5 - 2014

For nearly five years, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, sister ships that share the title of the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ships, have captured vacationers’ imagination and taken more than two million guests to unforgettable Caribbean destinations. Royal Caribbean International today announced that, for the first time since the ship was delivered in Turku, Finland, in late 2010, Allure of the Seas will return to Europe in summer 2015 and homeport at Barcelona, Spain, and take vacationers to new, fascinating Mediterranean destinations for the first, full Oasis-class Europe season. Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program members have the exclusive privilege to book Allure of the Seas’ Europe season one week earlier on Feb. 12, 2014.

Additionally, Rhapsody of the Seas will offer three 10- and 11-night Black Sea itineraries from Istanbul, Turkey, and then sail a variety of seven- to 11-night Greek and Turkey itineraries from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy. For its part,Splendour of the Seas will offer seven-night Greek Isle and Turkey itineraries from Venice, Italy. Allure of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas’ summer 2015 season will be open to the general public on February 18, 2014.

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“Royal Caribbean will be taking vacationers to spectacular Europe destinations and delivering the WOW aboard the world’s most innovative ships in 2015,” said Carol Schuster, senior vice president of Marketing for Royal Caribbean International. “Each Royal Caribbean ship sailing in Europe has already undergone extensive enhancements as part of our fleetwide revitalization program to deliver some of the most popular concepts that debuted on the unmatched Allure of the Seas.  No matter which Royal Caribbean ship you choose, every member of our friendly and engaging staff and crew will deliver our signature Gold Anchor Service on an unforgettable Europe vacation.”

Starting May 24, 2015, Allure of the Seas will sail every Sunday from Barcelona and sail a seven-night itinerary, calling at Palma De Mallorca, Spain; Provence (Marseilles), France; and Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Rome (Civitavecchia), and Naples/Capri in Italy. Vacationers can also choose to embark Allure of the Seas for a seven-night sailing, roundtrip from Rome (Civitavecchia).

On board, Allure of the Seas’ guests will enjoy the most innovative and extensive array of onboard amenities contained in seven themed neighborhoods, such as an 82 foot-long zip line, a handcrafted carousel, the Rising Tide elevating bar, a fully-licensed Broadway musical, the high-diving Aquatheater, and Central Park with more than 12,000 live trees and plants, and many more. Allure of the Seas also offers amenities that can only be found on Royal Caribbean, such as twin FlowRider surf simulators, cantilevered whirlpools, an ice-skating rink, the H20 Zone kids aquapark, and the Royal Promenade, an interior boulevard that stretches nearly the length of the ship and flanked by restaurants, lounges and boutiques, among many others.

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Silversea offers free air to Asia for Silver Discoverer voyages

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On February - 4 - 2014

Silversea Cruises Silver DiscovererTo celebrate Silver Discoverer’s inaugural year, Silversea Expeditions is including roundtrip economy airfare for new cruise bookings on select Asia Pacific expedition voyages. Also available are reduced business class airfares. The bookings must be made by March 31, 2014. The offer is available for a limited time from select gateway cities in the U.S. and Canada.

Aboard the small-sized, all-suite Silver Discoverer, guests will be able to explore some of the world’s most remote regions and enjoy an enriching onboard program of destination lectures, photo presentations and daily recaps. Zodiac excursions and interactive walks ashore will be led by the best and brightest in their field — marine biologists, ornithologists, geologists, botanists, historians, and anthropologists.

Silver Discoverer will sail to the most remote corners of Asia Pacific, offering the chance to discover pristine lands where few travelers have ever set foot,” said Kristian Anderson, Silversea’s senior vice president of sales and general manager for North America. “And now with our air-included offer, we’re making it as convenient as possible to book passage to these far-off, dream destinations.”

Following is a small sampling of the Asia Pacific expedition voyages featuring cruise fares with economy roundtrip airfare included:

“Southeast Asia” Voyage 9408: May 24 – June 9, Bali to Keelung

This cultural and wildlife journey of 16 days focuses on Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Expedition highlights include the chance to see the famed Komodo dragon in its natural habitat, visit diverse tribal villages, and come face to face with Orangutans. Silver Privilege fares start at $9,850 per person, including roundtrip economy airfare.

“East Asia & Russian Far East” Voyage 9410: July 2 – 19, Otaru to Seward

Spanning from the Sea of Okhotsk to the Bering Sea, this unique 18-day expedition will explore such remote destinations as Sakhalin Island, Tyuleniy Island, the Kuril Islands, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Alaska Peninsula, and the Aleutian Islands. Following the historic routes of explorers and traders, guests will have the opportunity to witness rare wildlife and spectacular natural landscapes, including massive volcanoes. Silver Privilege fares start at $14,250 per person, including roundtrip economy airfare.

“Melanesia” Voyage 9418: November 3 – 21, Cairns to Auckland

An 18-day expedition to unlock the mysteries of the Coral Sea, this intriguing voyage encompasses the islands of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, and Bay of Islands. These are some of the most idyllic places on Earth — lush, tropical Edens with a stunning diversity of cultural and natural landscapes. This expedition offers a rare, up-close view of a traditional lifestyle centered on gardens, reefs, and ocean ancestors. Silver Privilege fares start at $12,750 per person, including roundtrip economy airfare.

“New Zealand & Sub-Antarctic Islands” Voyage 9420: December 6 – 22, Dunedin to Dunedin

From the towering peaks, majestic waterfalls and rugged coastlines of New Zealand’s South Island to the biologically rich and diverse Sub-Antarctic Islands, this is a 16-day journey to paradise for nature lovers. Highlights include an off-road adventure from Akaroa to the foothills of the Southern Alps, immersion in the rich history of Māori culture, and two days exploring Macquarie Island, Australia’s sub-Antarctic jewel. Silver Privilege fares start at $11,450 per person, including roundtrip economy airfare.

In true Silversea Expeditions style, the guests of Silver Discoverer will enjoy spacious, ocean-view suites, sumptuous gourmet cuisine, the personalized service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, and stocked in-suite beverage cabinet.

For more information and a complete list of expedition voyages featuring this special, limited-time offer, please visit www.silversea.com/specialoffers.

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