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Follow ExpertCruiser on Viking Ocean’s Viking Sea

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On December - 3 - 2016

ExpertCruiser is off to check out Viking Ocean’s newest ship, Viking Sea.  Follow ExpertCruiser at @ExpertCruiser on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the next 12 days with updates from Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy.  You can also follow the hashtag #MyVikingStory.  Updates may be sporadic due to the connectivity issues, thanks!

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Norwegian Cruise Line ‘Free at Sea’ promotion

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On December - 1 - 2016

Norwegian Cruise Line is encouraging its guests to go out and explore the world and their dream destinations with a new Free at Sea promotion that now includes an option to select free shore excursion credits in unlimited ports of call. From now through January 16, guests can choose from up to five free offers† when they book a new cruise vacation, to experience the trip of a lifetime with the most freedom and flexibility available at sea.

With Norwegian’s Free at Sea, guests who book a new three-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or minisuite category stateroom† can select their preference of two free choices from five incredible onboard amenity offers*, including free unlimited open bar, free Specialty Dining package, $50 towards shore excursions in each port per stateroom, a free 250 minute WiFi package, or Norwegian’s Kids Sail Free offer that allows third and fourth guests, whether they are kids or kids at heart, to sail for free on almost 400 cruise departures dates. Inside staterooms, as well as Norwegian’s Studio staterooms for solo travelers, can choose one free offer. Guests who book a sailing in a suite or The Haven by Norwegian® will enjoy all five free amenities, providing up to $2,800 in added value to their cruise.

Those looking to soak up the warm sun of the South Pacific while gazing upon the lush island seascapes of the Hawaiian Islands can do so on a on a one-of-a-kind cruise vacation aboard the recently renovated Pride of America, the only ship to sail roundtrip from Honolulu year-round and who also has her own exclusive Free at Sea offer^. Guests who book a new seven-day inter-island Hawaii cruise now through January 16 aboard Pride of America in any stateroom^ category will have the freedom to select one of five offers to enhance their cruising experience including a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay*** with an option to select reduced airfare starting at $399 from select gateways, a free Specialty Dining Package**, free pre-paid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, free $50 per port shore excursion credit per stateroom, or Norwegian’s Kids Sail Free, where the third and fourth guests in each stateroom sail for free on select dates. Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America will receive all five offers†.

Norwegian will transport guests on an immersive cultural quest during the summer of 2017 with five ships sailing in Europe. Norwegian Getaway will cruise the Baltic Capitals from Copenhagen and Berlin (Warnemunde). Norwegian Jade will sail the Norwegian Fjords from Hamburg, Germany and London (Southampton). Norwegian Epic will return to her seasonal homeports of Barcelona and Rome (Civitavecchia) to sail the spectacular Western Mediterranean on seven-day cruises that offer calls in Pisa, Cannes and Palma, Majorca. Norwegian Star will cruise the crystal blue waters of the Greek Islands and Norwegian Spirit will sail 10-day and 11-day Mediterranean sailings from Rome (Civitavecchia).

Only Norwegian allows guests to visit the destinations of their dreams and invites guests to Feel Free to enjoy premium entertainment, action-packed adventure, a wide variety of dining options and the freedom to do it all or absolutely nothing, all on their own timetable. To book a cruise aboard a Norwegian ship, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

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Princess Cruises statement on DOJ fine

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On December - 1 - 2016

We are extremely disappointed about the inexcusable actions of our employees who violated our policies and environmental law when they bypassed our bilge water treatment system and discharged untreated bilge water into the ocean.

When we became aware of this back in August 2013, our headquarters management cooperated with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and at the same time we launched our own internal investigation to learn all that we could about what happened.

As a result of our investigation we discovered practices, on some other ships, where we were operating out of policy and in violation of environmental law. We have reached a plea agreement with the DOJ, which was announced today.

Although we had policies and procedures in place, it became apparent they were not fully effective. We are very sorry that this happened and have taken additional steps to ensure we meet or exceed all environmental requirements.

In fact, over the past three years we have implemented a number of corrective measures to improve our oversight and accountability. For example, we completely restructured our entire fleet operations organization including new leadership. We also increased the scope and frequency of our training, and proactively invested millions of dollars to upgrade our equipment to new ship standards to ensure compliance with all environmental regulations.

The marine environment is incredibly important to us and we are using this experience to further improve our operations. Princess Cruises stands committed to environmental practices that protect our oceans.

Visit Princess.com/response for more detailed information.

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