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Princess Cruises ‘Balcony Bonanza Deals’ offer free balcony upgrades

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On July - 13 - 2013

With Princess Cruises’ Balcony Bonanza Sale, passengers can treat themselves to the luxury of a balcony stateroom with a free upgrade. Through July 24, select cruise vacations feature balconies at the same price as oceanview staterooms, giving travelers an incentive to enjoy these favorite shipboard accommodations.

The sale features departures to some of the most exciting cruise destinations, including Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Tahiti & the South Pacific and South America.

In addition to the upgrade offer, passengers booking balcony staterooms or above will receive an onboard credit of $100 (cruises 10 days or longer), $50 (cruises from seven to nine days), or $30 (cruises from one to six days); and those booking interior or oceanview staterooms can get credits of $50 (cruises 10 days or longer), $25 (cruises from seven to nine days) or $15 (cruises from one to six days).

More information about the cruise sale and pricing can be found at princess.com/sale. Additional cruise deal information is available at princess.com/topcruisedeals.

Examples of cruise deals include:

• Australia & New Zealand cruise – 12 days: $999 interior; $1,599 balcony

• Andes & South America cruise – 17 days: $1,199 interior; $1,699 balcony

• Malaysia & Indonesia cruise – 10 days: $1,199 interior; $1,699 balcony

• Tahiti & Polynesia cruise – 10 days: $1,299 interior; $1,899 balcony

• Hawaii & Tahiti cruise – 28 days: $2,999 interior; $4,499 balcony

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The Balcony Bonanza Sale runs through 11:59 p.m. PT on July 24, 2013 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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Regent Seven Seas Cruises orders new luxury ship

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On July - 10 - 2013

Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced today that it has entered into a definitive contract with Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard to build the most luxurious cruise ship in the era of modern cruising with delivery scheduled in summer 2016.

Accommodating just 738 guests, the new ship will be named Seven Seas Explorer and will be the luxury line’s third all-suite, all-balcony ship. At 54,000 gross-registered tons, Seven Seas Explorer will be the largest vessel in the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet. The contract price for the vessel is approximately US$450 million, making Seven Seas Explorer the most expensive luxury liner ever built. Financing for the project is being arranged by Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank with support from SACE, Italy’s export credit facility.

“This new ship order represents an exciting time of growth for our company as we build the next generation of cruise ships for the world’s most inclusive luxury cruise line,” said Frank J. Del Rio, Prestige Cruise Holdings Chairman and CEO. “Seven Seas Explorer will be the most luxurious cruise ship ever built, boasting one of the highest space ratios and staff-to-guest ratios ever seen in the modern era of cruising enabling us to deliver the highly personalized service and extraordinary experience that is the hallmark of the Regent brand.”

According to Del Rio, “The moment you step aboard, you’ll know you’ve arrived somewhere special. The ship’s upscale yet timeless design, extreme use of exotic stones and polished woods, designer furniture, rich fabrics and sophisticated lighting combined with what promises to be a museum-quality, eclectic art collection will clearly position Seven Seas Explorer as the new standard in luxury cruising.”

Seven Seas Explorer will feature spacious and sophisticated designer suites, ultra-elegant public areas, a wide-range of gourmet dining options, a world-class spa and many other amenities all created with the personality, warmth and soul of classic and timeless design. “At Regent, we believe more is best,” Del Rio quipped.

World-renowned architectural and interior design firms Tillberg Design AB, RTKL Associates and ICrave are designing the vessel, which will feature 369 suites ranging from 300 square feet to 1,500 square feet, six open-seating gourmet restaurants, Regent’s signature nine-deck atrium, the two-story Explorer Theater, three boutiques and an expansive Canyon Ranch SpaClub®.

The specifications for the ship call for a hull 732 feet long, with a beam of 102 feet and a draft of 23 feet. The ship will be powered by diesel-electric engines with a service speed of 20 knots. Seven Seas Explorer will be a “green ship” employing the most advanced environmental systems and state-of-the-art technology.

With the Seven Seas Explorer, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ overall fleet capacity will grow nearly 40 percent, making the brand the world’s largest luxury cruise line.

“This new ship order is part of our disciplined growth strategy to expand our footprint in the luxury market,” said Kunal S. Kamlani, president of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Since we purchased the Regent Seven Seas Cruises brand in 2008, the ships have sailed full with industry-leading yields. We strongly believe that now is the right time to expand our fleet as our loyal guests have asked for a greater array of itineraries and our travel partners have proven that there is pent-up demand for a new Regent ship.”

Commenting on the announcement, Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono said: “I am extremely pleased with this new order, which is all the more important because it establishes our global leadership in this sector and strengthens our presence in the luxury segment with the addition of another prestigious brand to our client list, also thanks to the fundamental synergy created by the country through agencies designated to promote Fincantieri exports.”

Further details about the ship will be announced in the coming months.

Seven Seas Explorer will join a fleet of three award-winning luxury vessels that appear continuously on annual “world’s best” and “top” awards lists by noted media including Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Luxury Travel Advisor plus many more.

Seven Seas Navigator, Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager carry guests in luxury to ports in Australia, Europe, Asia, South America, Alaska, New England, Canada, Africa, India, South Pacific and the Caribbean. Public areas are resplendent with rich fabrics, textures and furnishings. Guests can choose to dine in several open-seating gourmet restaurants, including Prime 7, a contemporary American steakhouse and Sette Mari at La Veranda, the line’s Italian dining experience. Amenities include elegant bars, a show lounge, casino, library, Internet center, card room, outdoor pool and the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®.

For more information, visit RSSC.com, call Regent Seven Seas Cruises at 877-505-5370 or contact a travel agent.

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Norwegian launches sale with free balcony upgrades and on board credits

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On July - 8 - 2013

Norwegian Cruise Line launched its “Upgrade and Go” sales event offering guests free balcony upgrades and more when they book a new cruise vacation now, through August 3, 2013. Guests who take advantage of this special offer can book a balcony stateroom for the price of an oceanview stateroom or an oceanview stateroom for the price of an inside stateroom to one of Norwegian’s popular destinations including the Caribbean, Bahamas & Florida, Hawaii and Europe. Select sailings are also eligible for up to $250 in on board credit to use towards spa treatments, personal training sessions, discounts in the casino and more. Plus up to $1000 in air credits, Latitudes Rewards Member, Military and AARP discounts may also apply.

Cruisers are invited to upgrade and go to tropical destinations in the Caribbean on board Norwegian Getaway during the ship’s highly-anticipated inaugural season. Miami’s newest ship will sail year-round to the Eastern Caribbean beginning February 2013, and will visit of call including St. Maarten and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. Guests on board will also have three relaxing days at sea to take advantage of the spectacular dining, such as a dinner at Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian; world-class entertainment, such as Legally Blonde, Burn the Floor or mind-blowing magic in the Illusionarium, and so much more. Fares start at $849*.

Norwegian Sun will offer 11-day cruises to the Southern Caribbean from Miami, visiting ports of call including Cartagena, Colombia; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; Willemstad, Curacao; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; with fares from $799*.

Cruisers can also set sail on seven-day cruises from Miami to the Western Caribbean on board Norwegian Epic, named “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly, to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, Norwegian’s private island; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico, with fares starting at $699*.

Cruisers can enjoy free balcony upgrades on New York’s ship, Norwegian Breakaway, which delivers the high-caliber dining and entertainment options that New York is known for. Setting sail on seven-day cruises from the Big Apple to the Bahamas and Florida, guests will visit ports of call including Orlando and the Beaches (Port Canaveral), Florida; Nassau, Bahamas and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Fares start at $599*.

Vacationers cruising from the northeast can also set sail on a nine-day Eastern Caribbean cruise on board Norwegian Gem. Ports of call include San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Samana, Dominican Republic, with fares starting at $679*.

The newly-refurbished Pride of America offers guests the opportunity to island hop around four spectacular Hawaiian islands in just seven days, with fares from $1249*. Sailing year-round, round-trip from Honolulu, this spectacular cruise offers nearly 100 hours of port time, including an overnight in Kahului, Maui; an overnight in Nãwiliwili, Kaua`i; stops in Hilo, Hawaii and Kona, Hawai`i; as well as an afternoon cruise by the awe-inspiring Nãpali Coast.

Whether guests choose to explore the history-rich cites of Europe, bask in the sun in a tropical destination such as Bahamas, the Caribbean or Hawaii, sail from the northeast to Bermuda, or cruise to any of Norwegian’s other exciting itineraries, they are guaranteed to love the freedom and flexibility of the line’s exclusive Freestyle Cruising® concept, the array of incredible dining options and the comfort of Norwegian’s award-winning accommodations. For more details on Norwegian’s “Upgrade and Go” sales event, including promotion details, visit www.ncl.com. To book a cruise, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), visit www.ncl.com.

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Windstar Cruises celebrates America’s birthday with spectacular savings

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On July - 1 - 2013

Windstar Cruises, a leader in yacht-style cruising, celebrates the Fourth of July with exceptional savings on 2013 sailings. Guests can book the yachting vacation of their dreams for as low as $1,776 per person on more than 25 grand voyages through July 8, 2013. Take advantage of these savings and cruise in Windstar Style, the perfect pairing of comfort and luxury. Experience the glamorous ports of the French Riviera on Glitter & Glam of the Riviera. Fall in love with Spain’s coastal jewels, a unique blend of east and West, on the Splendors of Southern Spain. Windstar’s Facebook fans will enjoy an additional special offer during this saving event.

Guests can also explore the beautiful islands of the Mediterranean on Windstar’s Islands of the West Med for the exceptionally low price of only $1,576 per person. For those looking to unwind and relax, Windstar’s Ocean Crossing is the perfect fit with voyages starting at $976 per person. No matter which voyage they choose, guests sailing on board Windstar Cruises will enjoy pampering without pretense, extraordinary destinations, and casual elegance that feels like their own private yacht.

To learn more about the featured voyages and take advantage of Windstar’s Fourth of July Sale, contact a travel professional, visit the website or call Windstar Cruises at 800-258-7245.

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Princess offering 4th of July deals with savings up to 40 percent!

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On June - 28 - 2013

Princess Cruises is celebrating Independence Day with a “Red, White & Blue Sale” featuring cruise deals on North American departures. The June 27 to July 8 event offers cruise discounts of up to 40 percent, plus up to $100 free onboard spending money. More than 100 cruise departures are featured in the sale, including cruises to the Caribbean, Hawaii, Panama Canal, the California Coast, Mexico, Canada & New England and the West Coast. Cruises depart between September and December 2013.

In addition to special fares, passengers booking balcony staterooms or above will receive an onboard credit of $100 (for sailings 10 days or longer), $50 (seven- to nine-day cruises), or $30 (one- to six-day cruises); and those booking interior or oceanview staterooms can get credits of $50 (cruises 10 days or longer), $25 (seven- to nine-day cruises) or $15 (one- to six-day cruises).
More information about the cruise sale and pricing can be found at on Princess Cruises website.
Examples of cruise deals include:

• Caribbean cruise – 7 days: $499 interior (was $599); $699 balcony (was $949)

• California Coastal cruise – 7 days: $599 interior (was $799); $899 balcony (was $1,149)

• Canada & New England cruise – 7 days: $599 interior (was $799); $899 balcony (was $1,299)

• Panama Canal cruise – 11 days: $899 interior (was $1,299); $1,499 balcony (was $1,749)

• Hawaii cruise – 15 days: $999 interior (was $1,799); $1,599 balcony (was $2,699)

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The Red, White & Blue Sale begins at 12:01 a.m. PDT on June 27 and runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on July 8, 2013 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, or by visiting the company’s website.

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Micky Arison steps down as Carnival Corp. CEO but still remains chairman

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On June - 25 - 2013

Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) today announced its plan to split the roles of chairman and chief executive officer. Micky Arison will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of the company and Arnold W. Donald, a highly experienced and respected business leader who has served on the company’s board for the past 12 years, will assume the CEO role effective July 3.
Arison became CEO in 1979. At that time the company was privately held and operated three cruise ships under one brand, generating $44 million in revenues and carrying approximately 160,000 passengers a year. By 1987, Carnival Cruise Lines had become the world’s largest cruise operator and Arison took the company public. Working in partnership with current vice chairman and COO Howard Frank, Arison led the company through an aggressive expansion that included the acquisition of several iconic cruise brands, including Holland America Line, Costa Cruises, Cunard and Seabourn. In 2003, a merger between Carnival Corporation and P&O Princess Cruises plc – comprised of Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK), P&O Cruises (Australia), and German cruise brand AIDA – was completed, creating the first global cruise operator and one of the largest leisure travel companies in the world. In addition, the company undertook an ambitious schedule of new ship introductions. Under Arison’s leadership, Carnival Corporation & plc has grown to more than 100 ships, carrying 10 million passengers a year and generating more than $15 billion in annual revenues.

In his role as chairman, Arison will continue to provide board level oversight for the company and will remain the company’s largest shareholder. Donald will lead the executive team, initially focusing on achieving the company’s long-term strategic goals while working directly with the operating brand executives. Frank will continue to serve in his current role as vice chairman and COO of the company, supporting Donald in working with the corporate level executive team. The move has received unanimous approval from the company’s nominating and governance committee as well as the full board of directors.

“I have been discussing this with the board for some time now and feel the timing is right to align our company with corporate governance best practices and turn over the reins after 34 years as CEO,” said Arison. “Arnold is an exceptional professional with extensive experience in organizational leadership who will bring a fresh perspective to the company. I have come to value and rely on his judgment and insight during the 12 years he has served on the company’s board and I am very confident in his ability to move the organization forward.” Arison added, “As chairman, I will still be working closely with Arnold to ensure a great future for all our stakeholders.”

Donald’s expansive career includes numerous global leadership roles including a large publicly traded company, private equity firms, governmental appointments and large not-for-profits as well as serving on boards of directors on companies across many business sectors. He has a strong working knowledge of the cruise business gained through 12 years serving on the Carnival board. Donald founded and led Merisant, a company whose products include tabletop sweetener brands Equal and Canderel. He also held multiple senior management roles at Monsanto over the course of 20-plus years, including president of the company’s consumer and nutrition sector and president of its agricultural sector. Additionally, Donald is former president and CEO of the Executive Leadership Council, a professional network and leadership forum for African-American executives of Fortune 500 companies. Donald has also held roles within a number of civic and charitable organizations including serving as president and CEO of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. Donald also currently serves on the board of Bank of America Corporation. He will continue to serve on Carnival’s board of directors but will relinquish his committee roles.

“I am honored and privileged to have this opportunity to lead the next stage of growth for Carnival Corporation & plc,” said Donald. “As a board member, I have come to know Micky, Howard and the company well. I have a first-hand appreciation of what it has taken to develop this highly successful business, an understanding for the dynamics and challenges we face, and a great deal of confidence in the company’s management team and their ability to execute. I have enormous respect for Micky as a visionary in our industry, and as the builder and leader of Carnival. I have come to know many of the talented professionals who work within Carnival during my time on the board and I look forward to working with the company’s many stakeholders including our 90,000 employees, 10 million guests, thousands of travel agent partners, vendors and shareholders around the globe.”

Carnival Corporation & plc is the largest cruise company in the world, with a portfolio of cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Ibero Cruises, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK). Together, these brands operate 102 ships totaling 209,000 lower berths with seven new ships scheduled to be delivered between May 2014 and April 2016. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 indices.

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