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Cunard offers New York Departures Sale

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

Cunard is pleased to announce the New York Departures Sale, which features up to 35% savings on select Transatlantic Crossings, New England & Canada, Caribbean, Grand Voyages and Exotic Voyages on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth.

The New York Departures Sale applies to new bookings on select voyages made until May 31, 2016. The offer features:

To view this offer and any restrictions, please click here.

The New York Departures Sale features voyages on Queen Mary 2 following her dramatic 25-day refit in May and June of this year. Queen Mary 2 remastered will see the redesign of all Princess and Queens Grill Suites and their accompanying restaurants, the addition of 15 single staterooms and 30 Britannia Club Balcony staterooms, and the redesign of all Britannia Club Balcony staterooms.

In addition, many of the public spaces onboard Queen Mary 2 will be refreshed and remastered including the transition of the Winter Garden to the Carinthia Lounge, the addition of The Verandah restaurant and the completely redesigned Kings Court buffet.

Select voyages on board Queen Elizabeth are also available, and can be viewed by visiting www.cunard.com.

For more information about the New York Departures Sale or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Consultant at 1-800-728-6273 or visit www.cunard.com.

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Carnival extends port time in Cozumel

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

Carnival Cruise Line has extended the length of time its ships spend in Cozumel, Mexico, on more than 750 voyages, providing guests with even more opportunities to experience and explore one of the Caribbean’s most diverse vacation destinations.

On “Cozumel Plus” itineraries, guests now have access to a variety of new excursions, many taking place on Mexico’s mainland – with unforgettable tours like swimming with whale sharks, visiting centuries-old ruins and swimming in hidden caverns, just to name a few, complementing nearly 50 existing tours already available.

Carnival is kicking off its new Cozumel Plus itineraries with a special promotion offering a $25 per person shipboard credit that can be used toward shore excursions.  The shipboard credit offer is available through April 22, 2016, when booking in combination with Carnival’s Early Saver rates.

Designated by a special notation on Carnival’s web site, Cozumel Plus itineraries are operated by 17 different Carnival ships offering more than 750 four- to eight-day cruises from six U.S. homeports along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico. Carnival Cruise Line offers the greatest variety of cruises to Cozumel than any other cruise operator, providing guests with unparalleled choice and convenience in their shore excursion options.

The additional time in port has enabled Carnival’s shore excursion experts to partner with local tour operators to create one-of-a-kind excursion offerings that allow guests to fully immerse themselves in Mexican culture and participate in truly unique landside experiences.

Cozumel Plus tours are up to eight hours in duration and include everything from extended, day-long tours visiting ancient Mayan ruins, including Chichen Itza – one of the Seven Wonders of the World dating back to 750 A.D. – to snorkeling the exquisite turquoise waters of Xel-Ha, a magnificent group of lagoons connected by a series of bridges.

On other excursions, guests can explore Mexico’s famed “secret river,” subterranean caverns connected by underground waterways with stunning natural rock formations that are millions of years old or participate in a seasonal excursion of swimming in open waters with whale sharks – gentle sea creatures measuring up to 40 feet in length and weighing up to 47,000 pounds.

Of course, the additional time in port provides guests with more time to check out Cozumel’s legendary white-sand beaches, excellent fishing, snorkeling and water sports, and unique shopping and dining opportunities.

Cruises visiting Cozumel dock at Puerta Maya, Carnival’s modern three-berth facility in Cozumel which, in addition to offering easy access to the various tours via an on-site transportation center, includes a variety of retail shops, boutiques and restaurants, enhancing guests’ on-shore experience.

“With magnificent beaches and interesting landmarks and historical sites, Cozumel is the Caribbean’s premier cruising region and our ‘Cozumel Plus’ itineraries provide our guests with a seemingly endless variety of new ways to explore this fascinating destination,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “These new itineraries provide our guests with the opportunity to create wonderful vacation memories and our travel agent partners an exciting cruise option to market to their clients.”

For additional information and reservations for Carnival Cruise Line, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.

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Avalon Waterways turns the tables with Fresh dining options

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

Known for its innovative, award-winning Suite Ship® design, Avalon Waterways is also inserting creativity into every moment of the cruise experience by bringing fresh ideas to the table – quite literally – in 2017.  The company has just announced that it is teaming up with two of Europe’s rising culinary stars – the Wrenkh brothers – to design Avalon FreshSM.

“We think our travelers deserve healthy, vegetarian food options that taste great,” said Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “While we have always provided travelers with a selection of nutritious, delicious recipes, Avalon Fresh is taking this idea to a new level.  Avalon Fresh is all about creating wholesome menu items where garden-fresh, local ingredients from small farms are married with a sprinkle of ingenuity.  This exciting collection of new food will be so mouthwatering, it will be hard to believe it’s healthy.”

Whether focused on healthy dining alternatives or just great food, Avalon Waterways understands that with every dining experience, there is an opportunity to bring each destination to life.  The company puts care into creating every day’s menu using quality ingredients.  All prepared to perfection by our culinary artisans.

“Our team views dinners as the perfect complement to a day of discovery,” said Clark.  “We craft our recipes using high-quality, prime-cut beef, fresh fish and an accompaniment of hand-picked local fruits, vegetables and garden greens.  Every dinner features a specialty dish from the day’s destination as well as a choice of wine, including special wines of the region, selected by a rofessional sommelier and always complimentary.”

And on each Avalon cruise, the company brings a local chef on board to interact with guests and prepare a special dinner, offering a true taste of the culture.

Also onboard Avalon’s Suite Ships, guests can take advantage of the Panorama Bistro—a casual atmosphere offering a variety of regional and tapas-style dishes, hand-paired with local wines.

For more information about Avalon Waterways’ dining options visit www.avalonwaterways.com.

 

DEAL ALERT:  Those booking a 2017 cruise by May 31, 2016 can enjoy FREE flights OR they can SAVE 10% on Europe and Southeast Asia.  China and South America cruises are 5% OFF.   For details, click here.

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Seabourn expands Ventures By Seabourn in Northern Europe this Summer

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 15 - 2016

Seabourn is enhancing its  Ventures by Seabourn expedition program in Northern Europe this summer. Guests exploring the northernmost regions of the continent aboard Seabourn Quest, which begins its summer season with a 21-day St. Petersburg & Scandinavia cruise on June 18, will enjoy exceptional opportunities to experience destinations via informative and educational shore excursions.

Designed for small groups, with a guide-to-guest ratio of 1:14 maximum, Ventures by Seabourn offers optional excursions led by an expert team of scientists, scholars and naturalists. The program leads guests through picturesque waterways and fjords, secluded inlets and to scenic islands via sturdy, stable Zodiac inflatable boats or paddling in double sea kayaks launched from the unique fold-out water sports marina on board all Seabourn vessels.

There are close to three dozen Ventures by Seabourn excursions scheduled aboard Seabourn Quest over the season ahead, including:

  • Puffins, Eiders and Guillemots on Vigur Island, explored by Zodiac – Discover Iceland’s small island of Vigur, home to a harmonious gathering of thousands of birds, a beautiful landscape and Europe’s smallest post office.
  • Fjord Journey through Prins Christian Sund – Experience the dramatic high mountain faces and scoured rock massifs by Zodiac, while looking for icebergs and waterfalls engorged by meltwater.
  • Extensive Fjord Exploration to Trollfjord – Join the resident naturalist on a Zodiac to explore the sheltered fjords of Norway and the Lofoten Islands, keeping an eye on flora and fauna while watching for resident moose.

With Seabourn’s ongoing focus on enrichment, guests exploring Northern Europe this summer will enjoy a strong onboard academic program, with Seabourn Conversations from the ship’s impressive expedition team, including: Ignacio “Iggy” Rojas, Ventures Leader aboard Seabourn Quest and expedition cruising expert; Dr. Coleen Batey, a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Glasgow; Luciano “Luqui” Bernacchi, a mountain, ski and naturalist guide who has over 20 years of experience; and Kara Weller, an Alaska native with a background in research for universities on both sides of the Atlantic.

“Building on the success of Ventures by Seabourn in Antarctica, our Northern Europe guests will have access to intimate and exclusive new ways to see this stunning landscape,” said John Delaney, senior vice president, global marketing and sales for Seabourn. “With a wide selection of exciting excursions and meaningful enrichment content led by a world class expedition team, Seabourn continues to ensure our guests experience the very best that our worldwide destinations have to offer.”

Seabourn’s intimate, award-winning ships offer key elements that set Seabourn 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 personalized service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home while on board. Seabourn’s ships circle the globe throughout the year, sailing to the world’s most desirable destinations at their peak seasons including marquee cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and lesser-known yachting harbors and hideaways that few travelers ever see. All-inclusive fares offer tremendous value for one of the world’s finest travel experiences.

Seabourn Quest heads to Northern Europe with the Ventures Program beginning June 18, 2016. Guests may book Ventures by Seabourn shore excursions online.For reservations or more information, please contact a travel professional; call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com.

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Princess Cruises “3 For Free” sale offers three special cruise savings

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On August - 27 - 2015

Princess Cruises is offering special savings during the “3 for Free” cruise sale for guests booking Alaska, Caribbean and Europe cruises, as well as Alaska Land & Sea Vacations, with more than 700 cruises on sale in 2016 and 2017.

The “3 for Free” cruise sale includes:

  • Free stateroom location upgrades – enabling guests to get the best stateroom available within that stateroom type for the lowest possible fare
  • Free onboard gratuities
  • Free dining for two in one of the line’s specialty restaurants

In addition, the cruise sale features a refundable, low $100 per person deposit and guests who book a mini-suite or suite will also receive a free bottle of wine.

Examples of “3 for Free” cruise deals include:

  • Caribbean cruise vacations — 6 days: $599 interior; $849 balcony
  • Alaska cruise vacations  — 7 days: $749 interior; $1,349 balcony
  • Alaska Land & Sea Vacations — 10 nights: $1,349 interior; $2,229 balcony
  • Scandinavia & Russia cruise vacations — 11 days: $1,899 interior; $2,499 balcony

More information about the Princess Cruises “3 for Free” sale can be found at princess.com/cruisedeals.

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. The “3 for Free” cruise sale is available now and runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on October 29, 2015 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Bermuda.

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

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Hey kids be ‘Captain for a Day’ on Costa Cruises

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On August - 26 - 2015

What kid wouldn’t want a chance to captain a cruise ship? Costa Cruises is making junior cruisers’ dreams come true with a new “Captain for a Day” experience on Costa Diadema and Costa Fascinosa. Kids can see what life is like at the helm on a daylong adventure that begins with donning their captain’s stripes and ends with dinner with the true master of the ship at his personal table in the main dining room.

Youths participating in the program will receive a captain’s uniform for the day to wear to their captain’s training. They’ll learn the ins and outs of the ship, nautical terms and how to navigate with their own map and compass. Instruction also includes getting familiar with signal flags, learning each flag’s particular meaning and how to spell their name and leave secret messages with the flags. They’ll also see how weather affects the behavior of the sea and have a chance to broadcast the day’s weather forecast on the ship’s in-cabin television network.

“Kids get excited when they see the captain and officers walking around our ships and many say they may want to be a cruise ship captain when they grow up,” said Scott Knutson, vice president, sales and marketing, for Costa Cruises North America. “With the Captain for a Day program they’ll get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the role the master fulfills onboard, learn a few tricks of the trade and enjoy an experience unlike anything else they’ve ever done while at sea.”

CostaCruises_Captain1The Captain for a Day program, which can be booked onboard, offers three levels:

The Aspirante Comandante (Captain Trainee) package includes a uniform to wear for the day, the full captain’s training and dinner at the captain’s table in the main dining room with other participants. After dinner, the junior captains graduate and receive a diploma with two 8-by-11 photos to remember their experience. The Captain Trainee package costs 49.99 euros and 29.99 euros for each additional child from the same family.

The Comandante (Captain) package includes all of the perks of Aspirante Comandante, as well as a captain’s hat autographed by the ship’s master for the trainee to keep. Comandantes additionally receive two 11-by-17 photos. The Comandante package is 79.99 euros for the first participant and 49.99 euros for each additional child from the same family.

With the Comandante Superiore (Senior Captain) package, trainees get to keep their uniform, including an autographed captain’s hat, in addition to all of the Aspirante Comandante and Comandante perks. The Senior Captain package costs 124.99 euros and 59.99 euros for each additional child from the same family.

The Captain for a Day program complements Costa’s Princess for a Day program that launched in November 2014. With Princess for a Day, junior cruisers have their hair, nails and make-up done; get to wear a princess costume with a dress, crown and wand; attend a Princess Tea Party and participate in a Princess Parade around the ship.

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