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Ho! Ho! Ho! Holland America offers all-inclusive holiday packages with airfare

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 21 - 2014

Put a holiday cruise aboard Holland America Line on your gift list this season and you just might get your wish. With special all-inclusive packages in verandah staterooms and suites, travelers can leave the hustle and hassle behind and let Holland America Line spread the holiday cheer by doing all of the decorating, cooking and cleaning. “The holidays are a magical time on our ships, and these special offers make it even more appealing to take a cruise to the Caribbean with us this season,” said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. “We invite our guests to let Holland America Line do all of the work—   just come on board, relax and have a great time.”

All-Inclusive Package

Guests looking to splurge on a verandah cabin or suite can take advantage of the all-inclusive package that starts at just $1,899 per person, double occupancy. The package includes roundtrip air from select U.S. gateways*; transfers between the airport and ship; the cruise fare; taxes;  a Signature Beverage Package valued at $50 per person, per day; and a $25 per-person shipboard credit. All-inclusive third and fourth fares for guests in the cabin with two full fares start at $799 per person and include air, transfers, cruise and taxes.

Special Packages for Third/Fourth Guests

In addition to all-inclusive fares, Holland America Line offers special cruise-only ocean-view and interior stateroom fares for third and fourth guests on seven-day Caribbean holiday sailings.  Making it affordable for a family of four to set sail for as little as $1,596, double occupancy cruise-only rates start at just $599 per person and reduced third/fourth fares begin at $199 per person.

‘Tis the Season to Cruise to the Caribbean

Holland America Line has six ships cruising the crystalline waters of the eastern and western Caribbean on seven-day itineraries in December 2014 that are included in the packages. Guests can sail roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on ms Eurodam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Noordam, ms Westerdam and ms Zuiderdam. Each ship offers two holiday sailings: one over Christmas and one over New Year’s.

The ships call at a variety of ports including Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Falmouth and Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Key West, Fla.; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. All roundtrip Fort Lauderdale itineraries include a call at Half Moon Cay, the line’s award-winning private Bahamian island known for its pristine beaches, diverse shore excursions, exclusive beach cabanas and kid-friendly activities.The only ship in the fleet sailing roundtrip from Tampa, Fla., ms Ryndam also has two holiday departures and calls at Key West; Banana Coast, Honduras; Santo Tomas, Guatemala; and Costa Maya, Mexico. Amsterdam, ms Maasdam and ms Prinsendam also will be in the Caribbean during the holidays, but those cruises are not included in the Holiday all-inclusive packages.

Holiday Cruises Around the World

The Caribbean isn’t the only region to welcome a Holland America Line ship this season. While not part of the packages, travelers can still celebrate the holidays on a cruise to South America, Mexico & Hawaii, the Canary Islands, Far East, New Zealand and the South Pacific.  Itinerary and departure dates are available at

‘Deck the Hulls’ Onboard

During the holiday cruises, guests can take part in a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, enjoy traditional holiday meals with all of the trimmings and indulge in a special Royal Dutch High Tea with fanciful holiday cookies and pastries. The ships’ international crew chorus performs a magical holiday show, while caroling and singalongs take place around the ship. Kids will delight in a visit from Santa Claus and holiday-themed crafts. The New Year’s Eve sailings are the ideal setting to ring in 2015, featuring a festive holiday ball with a champagne toast at midnight.

*Air gateways for the all-inclusive package are Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago, Ill.; Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas; and New York, N.Y. (JFK only); The all-inclusive package also is available from 21 additional U.S. and Canadian cities for an additional surcharge.

For more information about Holland America Line, contact a travel professional or call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit

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MSC Cruises offers great Caribbean deals from $329

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 21 - 2014

This holiday season, MSC Cruises is encouraging guests to take the break they deserve with a 7-night escape on the stunning MSC Divina, one of the largest and most luxurious cruise ships sailing from Miami to the Caribbean. With MSC Cruises taking care of the catering, entertainment and clean up, guests have the opportunity to relax and spend time with loved ones while enjoying all the beautiful amenities MSC Divina has to offer and visiting some of the most sought-after destinations in the Caribbean. “The holiday season is really about spending quality time with family and friends,” said Ken Muskat, executive vice president of sales, PR & guest services for MSC Cruises. “We’ve worked very hard to ensure that guests sailing on MSC Divina this holiday season can enjoy the festivities and traditions that come along with the holidays such as Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, without worrying about all the planning details.”

Highlights of MSC Divina holiday celebrations include:

Thanksgiving – Nov. 22nd departure to Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico and the Bahamas: 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 $379.

Hanukkah – Dec. 13th departure to St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas:

For those celebrating Hanukkah, MSC Divina will host a nightly Menorah lighting as well as serve traditional Hanukkah foods. Special kosher meals can also be ordered in advance. Prices start at $329.

Christmas – Dec. 20th 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 and festive Christmas trees. Guests will enjoy traditional Christmas carols, a visit by Santa Claus who will present a gift to every child on board, and special Christmas menus honoring the culinary traditions of the holiday. In addition, kids will delight in Christmas-themed cooking classes, parades, scavenger hunts, and disco dances. A Christmas mass will also be available onboard. Prices start at $599.

Bookings made by Oct. 31, 2014 qualify for the line’s National Cruise Vacation Month deal, which includes balcony staterooms at ocean view rates for select sailings in both the Caribbean and Mediterranean, plus kids aged 11  and under sail free. MSC Cruises is also offering a complimentary drink package on these select sailings for those who upgrade to MSC Cruises’ new “Fantastica experience.” Finally, bookings made before the end of the month will qualify for pre-paid gratuities for all MSC Divina seven-night Caribbean sailings between now and December 13, 2014.

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Freestyle Dash Sale is back!

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 21 - 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Freestyle Dash Sale is back by popular demand, offering exceptional savings on select sailings of three days or longer. Guests who book a Norwegian cruise vacation from Tuesday, October 21 through Friday, October 24, 2014, can enjoy reduced deposits and up to $500 in onboard credit* on Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway or Pride of America sailings and up to $250 in onboard credit to spend on other select ship sailings.

Vacationers looking to cruise around the majestic state of Hawaii can do so aboard the recently-refurbished Pride of America. This port-packed itinerary gives guests the opportunity to explore the islands of Hawaii on seven-day inter-island cruises, year-round from Honolulu. Offering nearly 100 hours of port time, Pride of America visits Hawaii’s four main islands, including an overnight in Kahului, Maui; an overnight in Nãwiliwili, Kauai; stops in Hilo, Hawaii and Kona, Hawaii; as well as an afternoon cruise by the spectacular Nãpali Coast, with fares starting at $1,049**.

Guests can cruise 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. 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 $419**.

Norwegian Breakaway, the ship that brings the best of NYC to Sea, sails from the Big Apple on seven-day Bahamas & Florida cruises from now through April 19, 2015 to Orlando & the Beaches (Port Canaveral), Florida; Norwegian’s private island Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau, Bahamas, with fares starting at $429**. Starting April 26, 2015, Norwegian Breakaway will sail seven-day cruises to Bermuda through October 18, 2015, offering guests three full days to explore King’s Wharf, Bermuda and unwind on the island’s famous pink sand beaches, with fares starting at $759**.

To book a cruise during Norwegian’s Freestyle Dash sale contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit

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Cunard Line is pleased to announce its “Mediterranean 3 For You” Sale offering Free Upgrades^ plus up to $300 On Board Credit# per stateroom and $150 Reduced Deposit.^^

WHEN: This offer is going on now through Tuesday, 16 December 2014.

WHAT: Passengers making new bookings on a selection of 57 voyages can soak up the timeless elegance and grandeur of Cunard by sailing along the Mediterranean on board the majestic Queen Victoria.

Selected voyages include a series of seven-day cruises departing from Rome, Venice, Athens, Trieste or Istanbul, and taking in the pearls of the Adriatic Sea, the romance and mystique of Italy, the Greek Isles and more.

Passengers can also embark on luxurious and relaxing 14-day cruises, each with at least one overnight call in Athens, Barcelona, Istanbul or Venice.

For the full Mediterranean immersion, adventurers can sign up for a 21-day cruise that begins in Rome, Venice, Athens, Trieste or Istanbul and sets sail to the Greek Isles, the Turkish Coast, the Adriatic Sea or the Black Sea, along with several other remarkable locales.

Enjoy your upgrade from Oceanview to Balcony, Balcony to Princess Grill or Princess Grill to Queens Grill on any of the select Mediterranean voyages – and upgrade your entire holiday!

Sample voyage options include the following:


^New Bookings only. Free Balcony Upgrade offer is based on reserving a Balcony stateroom category BF for the same fare as an Oceanview stateroom category FC. Princess Grill upgrade offer is based on reserving a Princess Grill stateroom category P2 for the same fare as a Balcony stateroom category BA. Queens Grill upgrade offer is based on reserving a Queens Grill stateroom category Q6 for the same fare as a Princess Grill stateroom category P1.  All upgrades are subject to availability.

#On Board Credit offer: Seven-day voyages receive $50 per stateroom ($25 per person) for Oceanview (FC) through Balcony (BF) staterooms, and $100 per stateroom ($50 per person) for Balcony (BA) staterooms through Grills Suites (P2-Q6). Fourteen-day voyages receive $100 per stateroom ($50 per person) for Oceanview (FC) through Balcony (BF) staterooms, and $200 per stateroom ($100 per person) for Balcony (BA) staterooms through Grills Suites (P2-Q6). Twenty-one-day voyages receive $150 per stateroom ($75 per person) for Oceanview (FC) through Balcony (BF) staterooms, and $300 per stateroom ($150 per person) for Balcony (BA) staterooms through Grills Suites (P2-Q6).  Offer only applies to voyages included in this promotion. A credit in the respective dollar amount will be posted to your stateroom account upon embarkation. All values quoted are per stateroom, based on double occupancy. Singles paying the single supplement will earn the equivalent of the per-stateroom On Board Credit. On Board Credit may be used on a single cruise only and expires at the end of that cruise.

^^Reduced Deposit refers to $150 per person deposit instead of the standard 25%  deposit and is required within three (3) days of reservation or sooner.  Bookings are subject to cancellation if deposit amount is not received within the specified option period.  Reduced Deposit is not combinable with other reduced deposit offers and does not apply to bookings made within final payment. Please reference promo code: RD1. This offer expires 16 December 2014.

*Fares apply to minimum lead-in categories on a space available basis at time of reservations. Fares for other categories not shown may vary. Fares are per person, do not include air travel, are cruise only, based on double occupancy and apply to the first two passengers in a stateroom. These fares do not apply to singles or third/fourth berth passengers. Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses ranging from $75 to $265 per person are additional and subject to change. This offer is capacity controlled, subject to change, and may not be combinable with any other public, group or past passenger discount. Offer is available to residents of the 50 United States, Canada, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older. Fares quoted in U.S. dollars. Please refer to the applicable Cunard brochure or for terms, conditions and definitions that apply to all reservations. Ask about our applicable air add-on-programme.

To view this offer and any restrictions applying to Free Upgrades, On Board Credit and Reduced Deposit, please click here.

For more information about Queen Mary 2 or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Agent, call Cunard Line at 1-800-728-6273 or visit

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Princess Cruises offers big savings with “National Cruise Vacation Week Sale”

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 2 - 2014

Princess Cruises is offering special savings to celebrate the World’s Largest Cruise Sale during Cruise Line International Association’s (CLIA) Cruise Week, Oct. 6-13, with a sale offering guests discounted cruise fares, free pre-paid gratuities and onboard spending money. Princess’ “National Cruise Vacation Week Sale” begins today (four days early) and offers up to a 30% savings on cruise vacations to the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal, Hawaii and Asia. In addition, guests who book during this cruise sale will also receive free pre-paid daily gratuities and those booking a balcony, mini-suite or suite accommodations with receive a $50 per person in onboard spending money. The sale ends Oct. 14. More information about the “National Cruise Vacation Week Sale” can be found at

Examples of cruise deals include:

• Caribbean cruise vacation – 7 days from $449

• Mexico cruise vacation – 7 days from $499

• Panama Canal cruise vacation – 11 days from $999

• Hawaii cruise vacation – 15 days from $1,499

• Asia cruise vacation – 17 days from $1,799

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The “National Cruise Vacation Week Sale” begins at 12:01 a.m. PDT on October 2 and runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on October 14 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Additional cruise deals can be found at

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

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MSC offers great deals on Caribbean and Mediterranean sailings

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 1 - 2014

To celebrate National Cruise Vacation Month, MSC Cruises is offering balcony staterooms at ocean view rates for select sailings in both the Caribbean and Mediterranean, plus kids aged 11 and under sail free for guests who book cruises during the month of October.

And, the line will sweeten the deal for guests who upgrade to MSC Cruises’ new “Fantastica experience” on these select sailings with a complimentary drink package consisting of 12 vouchers. The Fantastica experience includes choice of a premium location stateroom and priority choice of early or late dining. Additional free amenities, valued at $250 per person, include 50 percent off all fitness classes and personal training, free delivery of room service, and enhanced recreational activities for children including cooking and foreign language classes.

The October specials are available to residents of the US and Canada who book select sailings of MSC Divina, departing October 2014 through October 2015 in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, and select sailings of MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia, departing November 2014 through April 2015 in the Mediterranean. Available on new bookings only, offers expire on October 31, 2014.

As an extra promotion for booking in October, MSC Cruises is also offering pre-paid gratuities for all MSC Divina seven-night Caribbean sailings between October 18 and December 13, 2014.

National Cruise Vacation Month, widely recognized as “The World’s Largest Cruise Sale,” is celebrated every October to promote special offers from member cruise lines of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry organization.

For more information about MSC Cruises, visit, call 877-665-4655 or contact a local travel professional. Ask for “CLIA National Cruise Vacation Month” promotion when booking.

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