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Follow ExpertCruiser to China on Viking River Cruises

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 26 - 2016

That’s right, ExpertCruiser is off on the cruise/tour of a lifetime to China!  Starting in the dynamic city of Shanghai follow @ExpertCruiser on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the next two weeks with updates from the Yangtze River, Xi’an and Beijing.  You can also follow the hashtag #MyVikingStory.  Updates may be sporadic due to the connectivity issues, thanks! vikingemeraldchina

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Celebrate the Holidays Aboard MSC Cruises!

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 26 - 2016

From Thanksgiving through the New Year, MSC Cruises — the Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa — is creating extraordinary onboard experiences, with a host of seasonal touches ensuring guests have an unforgettable holiday season.

In particular, on the ultra-modern MSC Divina, sailing from Miami to the Caribbean, MSC Cruises has designed the perfect holiday escape for guests looking to enjoy a relaxing, stress-free vacation. Highlights of MSC Divina holiday celebrations include:

Thanksgiving – Nov. 19th departure to Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico and the Bahamas
Guests will spend Thanksgiving Day at sea enjoying festive entertainment, a traditional Turkey dinner and all-day Thanksgiving football displayed on multiple large screens in the sports bar. Kids ages 3-11 can participate in a special Turkey Day cooking class and a Thanksgiving Day costume parade and show. A Thanksgiving scavenger hunt, flash mob and party will take place for children ages 12-17. Prices start at $699.50 per person*.  

Christmas & Hanukkah – Dec. 23rd departure to Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico and the Bahamas

During Christmas, MSC Divina will be decked out in the best traditional trimmings, with sparkling lights, shimmering decorations, festive Christmas trees, and a spectacular gingerbread village created by MSC’s pastry chefs. Adding to the festivities, guests will enjoy traditional Christmas carols; a Broadway-style festive show; a special Christmas market place, selling a range of Christmas gifts and traditional decorations; Christmas-themed cooking classes, arts & crafts, and parades; a visit by Santa Claus who will present a gift to every child on board; and seasonal Christmas movies played on an outdoor jumbo screen throughout the week. A Christmas mass will also be available onboard.

MSC Cruises knows that the holidays are also about enjoying seasonal delights. Thus, guests will enjoy a Christmas Eve Gala dinner and a special Christmas lunch consisting of traditional holiday specialties as well as festive cocktails served throughout the cruise such as the Christmas Star, made using a mixture of limoncello and Prosecco, and the Snowflake, made with dark rum and fresh banana.

For those celebrating Hanukkah, MSC Divina will host a nightly Menorah lighting as well as serve traditional Hanukkah foods in the buffet and main dining rooms. A large menorah will also be on display in the main atrium. Special kosher meals can be ordered in advance.

Prices for the Christmas and Hanukkah cruise start at $999.50 per person*. 

New Year’s Dec. 30th departure to Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas 

Guests sailing on this 7-night cruise will celebrate the New Year in style. The festivities will start with a special New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner before guests head up to the pool deck for the ship’s annual New Year’s Eve dance party, complete with themed decorations, a countdown to midnight, and champagne. Guests will also enjoy a special New Year’s lunch as well as special seasonal cocktails. For those traveling with kids, MSC Cruises is extending the kids club hours and offering babysitting in the kids club for free so that parents can enjoy New Year’s celebrations. Prices start at $799.50 per person*.

2017 Holiday Cruises

For those that like to plan in advance, it’s not too early to start booking your 2017 holiday vacations. In fact, for those looking to be one of the first to experience the revolutionary new cruise ship MSC Seaside, now is an ideal time to book the Christmas and New Year’s cruises.

The first 7-night sailing on MSC Seaside out of Miami will take place during Christmas 2017, embarking on Dec. 23rd with stops in St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. The following week, MSC Seaside will embark on its New Year’s cruise, leaving from Miami on Dec. 30th with stops in Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico and the Bahamas.

*Government, fees and taxes are additional. All information believed to be accurate as of the date of issuance.  It is the reader’s responsibility to verify its continued accuracy, as all information is subject to change. 

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Princess Cruises debuts new livery in Ft. Lauderdale

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 26 - 2016

Princess Cruises revealed its new livery as Royal Princess made her U.S. debut on arrival into Ft. Lauderdale on October 22. The ship is the first to sail with the new hull design featuring the iconic brand mark, which was added during a recent dry dock in Civitavecchia, Italy.

The 3,600 passenger ship is currently sailing the Caribbean with cruise fares starting from $899 per person, based on double occupancy.

Royal Princess Princess Cruises

Royal Princess
Princess Cruises

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at princess.com.

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Disney Cruises unveils new ports of call for 2018

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 25 - 2016

Disney Cruise Line introduces a popular Caribbean destination — Bonaire — into the lineup of favorite itineraries for early 2018. Limited-time engagements in Puerto Rico and California, plus a variety of cruises from Florida, offer Disney Cruise Line guests the opportunity to visit exciting ports of call in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Mexican Riviera from January through May.

Bookings open to the public on Oct. 27, 2016. More details on 2018 itineraries can be found on the Ports and Itineraries for 2018 page of disneycruise.com.

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Disney Cruise Line guests will unite and celebrate the epic adventures of the legendary Super Heroes and Super Villains from the Marvel Universe during a brand-new, day-long celebration: Marvel Day at Sea.

disneymarvelvoyagesMarvel Day at Sea combines the thrills of the Marvel Universe the excitement of a Disney Cruise to summon everyone’s inner Super Hero.

Occurring on one action-packed day, guests are transported to a new realm of possibilities when the Marvel Universe assembles on the ship. The event features all-day entertainment including exclusive interactions with some of the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes and the menacing foes that oppose them, an extraordinary deck party, Marvel-themed youth activities, special merchandise and unique food and beverage offerings.

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Seabourn voted ‘Best Small-Ship Cruise Line’ by Condé Nast Traveler

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 18 - 2016

Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, has yet again been voted “Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” for 2016 by the sophisticated, discerning readers of Condé Nast Traveler. Over the past decade, the line has dominated the “Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” category in the magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards, securing the top honor for the past seven consecutive years.

Condé Nast Traveler readers are well-traveled and well-versed in luxury and high-touch service, and it has been honor to receive this award year after year,” said Seabourn President Richard Meadows. “With the upcoming arrival of our newest ship, Seabourn Encore set to launch in December, followed by Seabourn Ovation in the spring of 2018, there will be even more for the magazine’s readers to consider in the years ahead. Through all these developments, we continue to strive to provide the best ultra-luxury travel experience and are pleased to receive recognition of our efforts.”

Earning the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award is a true testament to the line’s exceptional itineraries and outstanding service that continue to attract sophisticated travelers year over year. Seabourn’s excellence has been celebrated by many observers over the past decade, including World’s Best Awards for Best Small Ship Cruise Line from readers of Travel + Leisure in six of the past 10 years, as well as the 2016 Cruise Critic U.S. Editors’ Picks Award for Best Luxury Cruise Line. The company also earned a 2015 Good Taste Award from Saveur, whose “expert panel” of industry experts and prominent culinary and travel editors similarly acknowledged Seabourn as Best Culinary Cruise Line in 2013 and 2014.

Seabourn’s intimate ships offer key elements that set the line apart: spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites, many with verandas; superb dining in a choice of venues; open bars throughout the ship; fine wines poured at lunch and dinner; award-winning service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home onboard. The ships travel the globe throughout the year, sailing to many of the world’s most desirable destinations, including marquee cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and lesser-known ports and hideaways.

For more details about the award-winning Seabourn fleet, or to explore the worldwide selection of Seabourn cruising options, contact a professional travel advisor, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com.

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