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Norwegian offers ‘Buy One, Get One Half Off’ on South American and Panama Canal

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On November - 28 - 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line is offering limited time savings on select sailings to South America and the Panama Canal with a “Buy One, Get One Half Off” (BOGOHO) special offer. Guests who book a new cruise vacation to South America and the Panama Canal between November 28 and December 14, 2014 will receive their second guest’s sailing at 50 percent off.

The beautiful Norwegian Pearl will offer roundtrip Panama Canal cruises from Miami through the fall and winter of 2015/2016, visiting Central American favorites including the untouched Banana Coast, Honduras; Cartagena, Colombia; and Costa Maya, Mexico among others.  The 10- and 11-day sailings feature Freestyle cruising at its best with 16 dining options, 13 bars and lounges, adventure-packed shore excursions and luxurious accommodations including the 4,252 square-foot Garden Villas with stunning panoramic views of the ocean, each with a roof terrace and private garden.

Norwegian Sun will journey through South America on 14-day cruises, sailing between the spectacular cultural capitals of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile.  During this incredible cruise around the southern continent, guests will enjoy ports of call in Montevideo, Uruguay; Stanley, the Falkland Islands and a breathtaking cruise past the Chilean Fjords, Strait of Magellan and around Cape Horn. Norwegian Sun boasts 16 dining options, 11 bars and lounges, the luxurious Mandara Spa and Fitness Center and the Sun Club Casino.

To  book a South America or Panama Canal cruise, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

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Sail with the ‘Iron Chef’ on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On November - 26 - 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line is offering two exceptional opportunities for foodies to experience their ultimate vacation while cruising with celebrity chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian.  Guests on the December 7, 2014 sailing of Norwegian Breakaway from New York and the January 10, 2015 sailing of Norwegian Getaway from Miami can enjoy an exclusive culinary experience at sea, featuring personal encounters with the Ocean Blue chef, including meet and greets, cooking demonstrations, book signings and intimate dinner experiences.

There will be plenty of opportunities to meet Chef Zakarian and hear his favorite recipes and cooking tips during exclusive events including a meet and greet session, giving guests the chance to take a photo with the famed chef, along with an energetic cooking demonstration, followed by a personalized book signing of his recently released cookbook, “My Perfect Pantry: 150 Easy Recipes from 50 Essential Ingredients.”

The highlight for these sailings will be the opportunity for a limited number of guests to experience a specially-curated Ocean Blue tasting menu served by Zakarian.  This limited-guest event will be hosted twice during each sailing and will include a five-course meal with wine and beverage pairings for $130 per person. Reservations can be made online prior to sailing or onboard.

Zakarian is the culinary mind behind the sister ship’s popular eateries Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian, an elegant seafood dining experience that focuses on premium ingredients and expert culinary and service techniques; The Raw Bar, an adjacent bar that highlights crustaceans, crudos, cocktails and wines by the glass; and Ocean Blue on The Waterfront, a more casual dining option that serves fun and easy fare for lunch on sea days. His distinct influence and flavor can be recognized on nearly all aspects of the guest experience from the high quality fresh ingredients, to the beverages, to the finest standards of service, to the linens and plating, Zakarian brings the atmosphere and quality of his land-based restaurants to sea.

Zakarian’s taste, style and passion for fine cuisine have defined his career, which has spanned more than 25 years. An accomplished chef who has presided over some of the country’s top kitchens, he currently has three popular restaurants in New York City – The Palm Court, The Lambs Club and The National; one in Atlantic City – The Water Club at Borgata; and two highly acclaimed cookbooks including the recently released “My Perfect Pantry: 150 Easy Recipes from 50 Essential Ingredients.” Zakarian emerged victorious in the fourth season of Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef, Super Chefs. He appears regularly on Iron Chef America, demonstrating a razor-sharp knowledge of culinary techniques in this fast-paced cooking competition. When he’s not battling in kitchen stadium, Zakarian stays busy serving as the culinary director for New York’s exquisite The Plaza Hotel; filming CHOPPED, where he is featured as a recurring judge; and his newest show to arrive on Food Network, The Kitchen, which covers all things culinary with a panel of celebrity co-host chefs dishing out family meal tips, trend discussions and more.

To book a cruise on either sailing with Geoffrey Zakarian, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

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Norwegian Gem gets more dining options

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On November - 25 - 2014

As part of its Norwegian NEXT program, Norwegian Cruise Line today announced that Norwegian Gem now features popular guest eatery O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill. First introduced on Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Gem is the second ship in her class to be outfitted with the 24-hour complimentary casual dining venue, which captures the friendly atmosphere of a neighborhood Irish pub and serves comfort food such as fish and chips and chicken pot pie.

In addition, specialty dining restaurant Moderno Churrascaria – Norwegian’s popular Brazilian-style steakhouse — was relocated to a more intimate setting on Deck 13. Sugarcane Mojito Bar, first introduced on Norwegian Getaway, was added adjacent to the new restaurant and features handcrafted mojitos in a tropical setting.

Norwegian Gem sails numerous sought-after itineraries year-round from her homeport of New York. Her nine, 10, and 11-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries are a winter escape for New Yorkers from now through April 15, 2015, exploring some of the Caribbean’s favorites including San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Beginning April 24, 2015 through September 5, 2015, Norwegian Gem sails seven-day Bahamas and Florida cruises.

To book a cruise on Norwegian Gem, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

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Oceania Cruises purchases Princess Cruises’ Ocean Princess

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On November - 25 - 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced a definitive agreement with Princess Cruises, Ltd. to purchase Ocean Princess for its newly acquired Oceania Cruises brand.  The 684-passenger ship joins Oceania Cruises’ trio of award-winning sister ships Insignia, Regatta and NauticaThe new addition will be named Sirena.

Upon delivery in March 2016, Sirena will immediately undergo a 35-day, $40 million refurbishment in Marseille, France to elevate the ship to the Oceania Cruises’ standard of elegance. Drawing on the recent transformation of Insignia as inspiration, the ship will feature Oceania Cruises’ renowned specialty dining restaurants, Toscana and Polo Grill, along with more recent additions to the fleet such as Baristas and the cook-to-order grill at Terrace Café.  The ship will welcome her first guests in late April 2016.

The addition of Sirena, along with the recently completed refurbishment of Insignia, Nautica and Regatta, demonstrates Oceania Cruises’ unwavering commitment to mid-size ships and destination orientated cruising.  With Sirena, Oceania Cruises will expand the number and diversity of destination-rich itineraries offered, appealing to both seasoned world travelers and passionate cruisers.

“The acquisition of Sirena provides measured capacity growth based on the proven platform of Oceania Cruises’ highly regarded mid-size ships,” said Kevin Sheehan, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, parent company of Oceania Cruises. “Our belief in the Oceania Cruises brand and our commitment to its growing base of loyal guests were the rationale behind our decision to bring Sirena into the fleet.”

“The addition of Sirena opens up an entire array of new itinerary options for Oceania Cruises as we think about our deployment strategy,” added Kunal S. Kamlani, president and chief operating officer of Oceania Cruises. “The award-winning guest experience delivered on our ships, coupled with a collection of innovative itineraries that cater to new markets, will combine for an alluring siren song for both our current and future guests.”

The inaugural season for Sirena will be released in late February 2015 with reservations opening on March 4, 2015.  For more information on Oceania Cruises, visit www.OceaniaCruises.com, call 855-OCEANIA or contact your travel professional.

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Windstar offers ‘Best of the Tropics’ sale

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On November - 24 - 2014

Starting today, Windstar Cruises is giving thanks with a Best of the Tropics Sale that features up to 73% savings on voyages to Caribbean, Tahiti, and Asia. Guests who book a cruise by December 12, 2014, will enjoy this year’s lowest fares on Windstar’s exotic itineraries departing December 2014 through September 2015. Voyages start at $1,449 per person.

All voyages in the Best of the Tropics Sale will feature Windstar’s new Private Events, a spectacular onshore experience created exclusively for Windstar guests. These complimentary events are crafted to give guests an in depth local experience on each cruise. Some examples include Hoi An: Dreams of Floating Lanterns, an interactive experience that showcases lion dances, lantern-making, and traditional Vietnamese music; and Bora Bora, Dinner on Your Private Motu, a traditional Tahitian feast complete with fire dancers.

For those looking to enjoy the pristine beaches, secluded coves, and trade winds of the Caribbean, Jewels of the Windward Islands is the perfect fit. Guests who dream of sailing Asia’s coastlines and exploring the exotic beauty, history, and cultures of these regions will love Southeast Asia Unveiled. No matter which voyage they choose, guests sailing with Windstar Cruises will always enjoy pampering without pretense, extraordinary destinations, and casual elegance on board what feels like their own private yacht.

To learn more about the featured voyages and take advantage of Windstar’s Best of the Tropics Sale, contact a travel professional, visit the website or call Windstar Cruises at 800-216-3453.

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Holland America Line’s new ms Koningsdam to debut new innovations

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On November - 12 - 2014

When Holland America Line welcomes ms Koningsdam to the fleet in February 2016, the ship will debut a new era in design approach for the line. As the first ship in the Pinnacle class, the 2,650-guest ship will have an interior that blends a fresh, contemporary styling in perfect harmony with the line’s renowned classic elegance. Future guests, travel agents and ship fans can now get the first look at select interior renderings on Holland America Line’s website, www.hollandamerica.com.

MS-KoningsdamThe story of the ship will unfold online over the coming months through vibrant renderings, engaging videos, ship facts and more details about the interiors created by Adam D. Tihany and Bjørn Storbraaten.  “When guests come aboard ms Koningsdam they’ll know they’re on a Holland America Line ship, but they’ll see we’re taking a forward-thinking approach to many of the design elements,” said Stein Kruse, CEO of Holland America Group. “Revealing the first renderings and video of ms Koningsdam enables us to give future guests an advance look at the stunning interiors and over the coming months will reveal innovative new features along with our classics hallmarks that will create a cruise experience for the travelers of tomorrow.”

At the helm of the interior conceptualization is Tihany, regarded as one of the world’s pre-eminent hospitality designers. A leader in creating luxurious and creative interiors at some of the world’s most iconic properties, Tihany has approached ms Koningsdam with an eye toward creating public spaces that reflect the tradition and signature elegance for which Holland America Line is known, while elevating the design to strike a more modern balance of past, present and future.

Focusing on fluid curves and graceful lines, light-filled spaces and the natural flow of public areas, Tihany’s metaphorical approach to the interiors of ms Koningsdam was inspired by the “architecture of music.”  “The idea was to tell a story that guests can connect with throughout their voyage,” said Tihany. “I was inspired by the thought of what you might see from the inside of a musical instrument, what the architecture of the surfaces and the geometry look like.” Key to his concept is utilizing visual interaction, where guests actively engage with the architecture rather than passively moving through it. “The design isn’t a literal translation of music, but a conceptual approach where we seek to evoke the feeling and beauty of an instrument with graceful lines, dramatic textures, lighting effects and use of materials,” said Tihany. “My inspirations were not only instruments, but also majestic spaces and exaggerating the feeling of height, so guests feel the grandeur of every room.”

For example, at the heart of the ship Tihany is creating visual drama with the central atrium. Soaring three decks high, the space is graced by an airy stainless-steel sculpture that represents the synthesis of a string quartet. Like music, the experience changes as guests move around and through it, so no two perspectives are the same. The atrium is capped by a ceiling “skylight” that serves as a backdrop for subtly changing high-definition projections. Guests will look up by day and see wispy cirrus clouds floating in an azure sky or perhaps soothing images of light in water. By evening, the atrium takes on dramatic lighting hues or reflects the starlit constellations of the night sky.

Hallmark Venues Reimagined with A Fresh Approach
The main Dining Room aboard ms Koningsdam will span two floors and be framed by views of the sea. A bright interior will be inspired by a modern, global design and sets the stage for the exceptional culinary experience to come. Strong, curved architectural pillars will accentuate the soaring ceiling. Chic, custom furnishings and modern glass lighting are being fabricated especially for the ship. The centerpiece is a curved copper sheath surrounding a two-story wine tower showcasing an impressive selection.

The iconic Queen’s Lounge has been completely reimagined as an elegant theater and entertainment venue that spans two floors. Tihany once again drew inspiration for the space from music, nodding to the sensual curves of a violin and featuring extensive use of wood, fluid waveforms and light. With state-of-the-art technology, the Queen’s Lounge will showcase world-class musicians and the largest dance floor on the ship.

Architect and Designer Bjørn Storbraaten Joins Tihany in Blending Contemporary Styling with Brand Hallmarks

Architect and designer Bjørn Storbraaten joins Tihany in bringing the ship to life in a familiar yet innovative style. With his previous work on ms Eurodam and ms Nieuw Amsterdam, Storbraaten adds continuity of the brand to ms Koningsdam, while taking elegance to the next level.

“It’s been fascinating to work on ms Koningsdam where we are introducing design elements never before seen on Holland America Line,” said Storbraaten. “We were tasked with evolving the look and feel of the ship while keeping it true to the brand, making this an exciting and rewarding project.”

Storbraaten’s hand is clearly present in the design of the central pool area. The Magrodome, which typically is a single level on Holland America Line ships, has been expanded to two levels to create a vast glass-enclosed space. The lower level will have more traditional poolside elements, while the mezzanine level will be a new concept for the brand. In addition to other areas, Storbraaten is designing the exotic look of Tamarind, the line’s Pan-Asian restaurant that emphasizes nature’s basic elements: water, wood, fire and earth.

Across the ship, Tihany and Storbraaten are working together to make ms Koningsdam an evolution of the Holland America Line brand.

Over the coming months, even more innovative features and detailed renderings of ms Koningsdam will be released on the company’s website. Early season premier itineraries will be revealed in the coming weeks, in advance of these first ms Koningsdam sailings opening for booking on Dec. 1.

For more information about ms Koningsdam and Holland America Line, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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