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Norwegian offers all-inclusive for a price

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On July - 30 - 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line is debuting a new All-Inclusive package that takes the line’s signature Freestyle Cruising to a new level, providing guests yet another way to customize their cruise vacation. Representing more than $2,400 in value per stateroom,  Norwegian’s All-Inclusive package is a first for major cruise lines, and is available for a limited time for all 2015 sailings* fleetwide**, for new reservations made from August 4, 2014 through August 29, 2014. The comprehensive package includes signature dining, alcoholic beverages, unlimited soda, shore excursions, internet access, service charges and more.

“Based on the popularity of our Fly, Cruise and Stay vacations, along with our onboard dining and beverage packages, we are now offering the first All-Inclusive package for our guests who want to experience all that the freedom and flexibility of Freestyle Cruising has to offer,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “Always an innovator, we are making it easy for those that want everything included in their cruise vacation with the option of our All-Inclusive package.”

Happy Norwegian Cruise Line passengers (Photo courtesy of NCL)The All-Inclusive package is available for 2015 sailings from three to 14 days in length, is priced by the number of days, and is available for all stateroom categories, including the Haven by Norwegian.  When adding the All-Inclusive to a selected cruise, guests receive 10 percent off the cruise fare.  For a seven-day cruise,  the $899 package includes the Ultimate Dining package; the Ultimate Beverage package; shore excursion credit of $200 per person, pre-paid daily service charges; a 250-minute Internet package per person; 20 photos of any size; chocolate-covered strawberries; a bottle of wine; one bingo session and six bottles of water. For cruises from three to five days, the shore excursion credit is $100 per person; and for sailings from 9-14 days, the package includes 12 bottles of water.

As part of the All-Inclusive offer, Norwegian’s Ultimate Dining package provides complimentary access to one of the line’s specialty restaurants every night of the cruise, including Cagney’s, the popular steakhouse; French bistro, Italian restaurant, Moderno Churrascaria, Asian-Fusion restaurant and more.  The Ultimate Beverage package includes a variety of spirits, cocktails, draft beer, bottled beer and glasses of wine up to $10 and unlimited fountain soda and juices at all bars, lounges, restaurants and on Norwegian’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay.

Beginning August 4, for more information or to book a 2015 cruise with the All-Inclusive package, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

*Includes all scheduled 2015 sailings from three to 14 days (excludes back to back sailings)

**Does not include Pride of America; not applicable to bookings made in Continental Europe or United Kingdom.

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Princess orders new ship delivery set for 2017

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On July - 30 - 2014

Today Princess Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation, announced that it has reached an agreement with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to build a new ship, which will  enter service in 2017.

The as-yet unnamed 143,000-ton vessel, which will be built at an all-in cost of approximately 600 million euros, will carry 3,560 passengers, and feature the successful design platform introduced by sister ships Royal Princess in 2013 and Regal Princess which entered service this past May.

The new ship will include the signature elements that have become synonymous with the Princess Cruises guest experience such as a soaring central atrium hub with multiple dining, entertainment and retail venues; the adults-only Sanctuary; Movies Under the Stars cinema experience, and 80 percent of all staterooms with balconies. The ship will also include some brand-new innovations to enhance the guest experience even further.

“We are incredibly excited to add this fabulous new ship to our already formidable fleet,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “Royal Princess and Regal Princess have been exceptionally successful for us and have received numerous accolades from guests, travel agents and media, so adding another sister ship will enable us to continue to expand our innovative vacation experiences. We’re very pleased that this new ship order is an indication of the confidence that our parent Carnival Corporation has in the future of the Princess brand.” She added that this is the only new order Carnival Corporation & plc anticipates for 2017.

Specific features and amenities for the ship, along with deployment details, will be revealed in the coming months.

Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri Chief Executive Officer, commented: “All the orders we win are important for our Group, but some are more special than others. The one we’re announcing today certainly belongs to this select category. In fact, it’s no coincidence that Fincantieri is the universally recognized leader among the builders of cruise ships. It’s a source of great pride to be able to immediately build another ship for a prestigious brand like Princess Cruises following the successful deliveries of two jewels like “Royal” and “Regal,” which have already become part of maritime history.” Bono ended by saying, “Our objective has always been to build ships of the future, and thanks to the Carnival Group, the leading market player, which has reconfirmed its well-founded confidence in us, we have proven over time not only to have kept faith with this ambitious goal but also to have been able to consolidate our world leadership in a sector of absolute technological excellence, like cruise ships.”

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 http://www.princess.com.

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Norwegian Cruise Line is launching its Caribbean Free for All Bonus Days, offering exceptional savings on select Bahamas and Caribbean sailings. From now through Saturday, August 2, 2014, guests who book a Norwegian cruise vacation to the Bahamas or Caribbean can take advantage of the line’s popular Kids* Sail Free offer, plus receive free balcony upgrades and up to $250 to spend on board. Military, Latitudes Rewards and AARP discounts may also apply to select** sailings.

Guests can extend their summer aboard Miami’s Ultimate Ship, Norwegian Getaway as she sails seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean from her year-round homeport of Miami, Florida. The line’s newest 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 $469***.

Also sailing from Miami, 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 sailings between November 9, 2014 and April 19, 2015. Cruisers will explore ports of call including Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico; with fares starting at $389***.

Beginning October 5, 2014 through April 19, 2015, cruisers can set sail from the Big Apple on seven-day Bahamas & Florida cruises on board Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway’s sister-ship and the ship that brings the best of NYC to Sea. Fares start at $499***.

Sailing from Houston between October 11 and April 11, 2015, the newly-refurbished Norwegian Jewel cruises to tropical Western Caribbean destinations. Guests on board will visit Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Banana Coast, Honduras. Fares start at $449***.

Guests looking to cruise to beautiful Costa Maya, Mexico, can do so from Tampa aboard Norwegian Sun, starting October 26, 2014 through April 12, 2015. Additional ports of call include Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; and Cozumel, Mexico. Fares start at $469***.

To book a cruise during Norwegian’s Caribbean Free for All Bonus Days, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

* Kids Sail Free offer valid for all third through eighth guests sharing a stateroom with the first and second guest paying full fare.

**Select sailings.

***All cruise fares are per person, based on double occupancy.

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Princess Cruises offers “Great Getaways Sale”

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On July - 29 - 2014

Princess Cruises guests can schedule their next cruise vacation to celebrate friends, family and special occasions with added savings during the “Great Getaways Sale.”  This limited time sale includes fares up to 40 percent off, up to $50 onboard spending money and special deals on third and fourth guest fares from $99. The cruise sale begins today and runs only through August 14.

Guests can choose from three- and four-day West Coast Getaway cruises, three-, four- and five-day Caribbean Getaway cruises and even a nine-day Caribbean cruise vacation on sailings departing October 2014-April 2015. Guests booking balcony accommodations or higher will receive $50 onboard spending money per stateroom and guests booking inside or outside staterooms will receive $25 per stateroom.

These short cruises offer guests the perfect way to mark a milestone occasion or just a quick vacation getaway visiting warm tropical destinations, white sand beaches and the beautiful California coast.

More information about the cruise sale and pricing can be found at princess.com/getaway-sale.

  • West Coast Getaway — 3 days: $179 interior; $329 balcony
  • West Coast Getaway — 4 days: $249 interior; $449 balcony
  • Eastern Caribbean Getaways — 3-5-days: from $249 interior; from $429 balcony
  • Grand Caribbean Sampler — 9 days: $499 interior; $899 balcony

Information about other cruise deals and promotions can be found at princess.com/topcruisedeals.

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The Great Getaways Sale runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on August 14, 2014 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 (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at princess.com.

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Costa Concordia finally towed from Giglio

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On July - 23 - 2014

It took over two-and-a-half-years, but the residents of the small Italian island of Giglio finally have their island back. Earlier today the wreck of the Costa Concordia was towed out to sea by several tugboats. Concordia is being towed at a speed of two knots north to the Italian port of Genoa where it will be dismantled into scrap. The Concordia convoy is expected to arrive sometime between Saturday and Sunday. Watch this amazing YouTube video to see the final hours of the raising and tow of Concordia from Giglio

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Princess Cruises is offering the ultimate cruise deal with the Suite & Balcony Bonus Sale, running July 22 – August 19, on select cruises. During this cruise sale, guests who book a mini-suite or suite will receive up to $400 free onboard spending money per stateroom and guests booking an oceanview stateroom will receive a free balcony upgrade.

Several spring and winter cruises are featured in the summer sale to vacation destinations such as the Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Panama Canal, Europe and Transatlantic voyages. Cruises depart between December 2014 and May 2015.

Guests booking a mini-suite or suite will receive an onboard credit of $50 per person for six- to nine-day cruises, $100 per person for 10-11-day cruises or $200 per person for 12 days or longer.

More information about the cruise sale and pricing can be found at princess.com/sale.

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Example cruise deals during the Suite & Balcony Bonus Sale include:

  • Caribbean cruise — 7 days: $1,999 suite; $899 mini-suite; $699 balcony
  • Mexico cruise — 7 days: $1,999 suite; $899 mini-suite; $699 balcony
  • Alaska cruise — 7 days: $2,079 suite; $1,349 mini-suite; $1,149 balcony
  • Panama Canal cruise — 11 days: $2,999 suite; $1,699 mini-suite; $1,299 balcony
  • Transatlantic cruise — 14 days: $4,599 suite; $2,399 mini-suite; $1,799 balcony

Information about other cruise deals and promotions can be found at princess.com/topcruisedeals.

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The Suite and Balcony Bonus Sale runs from 12:01 a.m. PDT on July 22 through 11:59 p.m. PDT on August 19, 2014 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 (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at princess.com.

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