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Norwegian’s ‘Perfect 10′ offers guests 10% cash back on all sailings!

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

In celebration of CLIA Cruise Week, Norwegian Cruise Line is debuting Norwegian’s Perfect 10, a first of its kind offer that gives guests 10 percent cash back on their cruise fare to use on board. Those who book a new cruise vacation from October 1-14, 2014, will receive 10 percent, up to $2,000 per stateroom, in onboard credit based on their cruise fare*. Onboard credit can be used to indulge in decadent spa treatments, handcrafted cocktails, a wide array of specialty dining options, adventurous shore excursions and more.

Norwegian’s  Perfect 10 applies to all ships and all sailings dates and is credited for all guests booked in the stateroom.

Whether it’s soaking up the sun in the Caribbean, being captivated by cultural treasures in the Mediterranean, embracing serenity at sea on a transatlantic voyage or beyond, Norwegian Cruise Line guests can do as much or as little as they’d like with the freedom and flexibility of Freestyle Cruising.

Named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” by the World Travel Awards for seven years in a row, the beautiful Norwegian Jade sails seven-day and longer itineraries to some of Europe’s most sought after destinations including the Greek Isles, Rome and the Western Mediterranean, Turkey and more, with fares starting at $579* per person.

Between November 9, 2014 and April 12, 2015, guests can enjoy cruises on board Norwegian Epic, named 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, from Miami to sunny Western Caribbean destinations with fares beginning at $429*. Ports of call include: Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico.

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 begin at $419*.

The newly-refurbished Norwegian Jewel features fresh enhancements and additions such as Norwegian’s popular signature Sugarcane Mojito Bar, treats by TLC’s Cake Boss and Next Great Baker at Carlo’s Bake Shop and O’Sheehan’s, Norwegian’s classic Irish pub casual restaurant. Guests can enjoy all of Norwegian Jewel’s new features sailing from Houston, between October 11, 2014 and April 18, 2015, to tropical Western Caribbean destinations including Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Banana Coast, Honduras with fares beginning at $379*.

Guests can also take advantage of Norwegian’s Perfect 10 on the new Norwegian Escape, sailing from Miami starting in November 2015. The largest ship in Norwegian’s fleet, Norwegian Escape will dazzle guests with the energy and excitement of 678 Ocean Place and The Waterfront while sailing to beautiful Eastern Caribbean destinations during weekly seven-day cruises. The ship’s signature hull artwork is designed by marine wildlife artist and champion of ocean conservation, Guy Harvey. Accommodations include the company’s signature luxury ship–within-a-ship complex: The Haven by Norwegian; along with Studios, designed and priced for solo travelers; and many options for families, multi-generational groups, spa enthusiasts and more.

To book a cruise during Norwegian’s Perfect 10 celebration, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit

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Cunard launches ‘Flagship Collection’ for World Cruise passengers

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

Hot on the heels of announcing its full 120- or 121-day World Cruises in 2016, Cunard Line announced details of some of the shorter worldwide cruises available and announces its new “Flagship Collection” of premium hotel stays which can be combined with these departures to make compelling cruise and stay holidays.

Shorter Worldwide Cruise Options
Segment voyages of the full World Cruises enable passengers to create shorter holiday options that take in key destinations of interest.

“While a full World Voyage remains one of life’s greatest journeys, a shorter segment of one of those voyages can offer a fascinating, concentrated insight into different cultures and destinations in just a few weeks away from home,” said David Dingle, chairman of Cunard Line.

Sydney to Singapore – Queen Mary 2
The segment aboard Queen Mary 2 from Sydney to Singapore takes the form of a 27-day voyage on the biggest ocean liner to sail the world. Queen Mary 2 departs Sydney on 11 March 2016 and calls at Brisbane, Yorkeys Knob (Cairns), Kota Kinabalu, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Halong Bay (for Hanoi), Laem Chabang (for Bangkok) and Sihanoukville (Cambodia) before arriving in Singapore on 7 April. Fares start from $4,599 per person.

Dubai to Southampton – Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth’s 23-day Dubai to Southampton voyage (17 April – 10 May 2016) calls at Salalah (Oman), Aqaba (for Petra, Jordan), Sharm El Sheikh, Suez Canal transit, Istanbul, Athens, Valletta (Malta) and Valencia before arriving back in the UK. Fares start at $4,048 per person, while balcony cabins have fares from $6,598 per person.

Cape Town to Southampton – Queen Victoria
Experience the traditional liner run from Cape Town to Southampton on Queen Victoria with her 18-day (22 April – 10 May 2016) voyage, which takes in Walvis Bay (Namibia), St Helena, Ascension Island, St Vincent (Cape Verde islands), Tenerife and Madeira before arriving back in the UK. Fares start at $3,149 per person, while balcony cabins have fares from $5,199 per person.

“Flagship Collection” Premium Hotel Stay Options
The new “Flagship Collection” offers a premium selection of pre- and post- hotel stays enhanced with special benefits, and features properties in Cape Town, Dubai, Fort Lauderdale, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore and Sydney.

Dingle stated, “Our new Flagship Collection enables our valued World Cruise passengers to enrich their Cunard experience still further by booking one of these packages. All the hotels in the collection have been carefully selected for their exceptional standards and premium service levels and include added extras such as spa treatment savings, restaurant enhancements and upgraded rooms.”

As an example, Queen Elizabeth’s 18-day Hong Kong to Dubai (30 March – 17 April 2016) segment could be extended after disembarking with a one-night stay in Dubai at the Peninsula (for $580 per person including Harbour View room, 10% off spa treatments and 10% off at all food and drink outlets) or Sofitel The Palm (the first night for $590 per person including luxury Sea View room, complimentary dinner for two in any of their seven restaurants and complimentary access to the spa). The voyage on Queen Elizabeth from Hong Kong calls at Nha Trang, Singapore (overnight), Penang, Phuket, Chennai (India), and Cochin before Dubai. Fares start at $3,148 per person, while balcony cabins have fares from $5,198 per person.

The various “Flagship Collection” options available are detailed as follows:

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

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Princess to debut Princess@Sea Messenger on Regal Princess in November

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

Regal Princess guests will have the opportunity to connect with their fellow cruisers with the debut of Princess@Sea Messenger, a free mobile messenger feature offering guests an easy way to share updates and make plans during their cruise vacation. The Princess@Sea Messenger is integrated in the complimentary Princess@Sea mobile app, accessed via a smartphone or tablet browser. It debuts on Regal Princess in November and will be rolled out to all cruise ships in the entire fleet by the end of 2015.

“We know it’s important for our guests to be able to stay in touch with their fellow cruisers,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “With the new Princess@Sea Messenger we’re making it even easier for them to share their experiences, stay in touch and even make new friends.” Guests will be able to download Princess@Sea Messenger for free before sailing at the Apple or Android App Store or on board with the purchase of an internet package. Limited messaging functionality will also be available in Princess@Sea without downloading the app. The award-winning Princess@Sea mobile app debuted aboard Royal Princess in 2013 giving guests the ability to check the day’s events and activities, review the ship’s itinerary and port guides, browse restaurant menus and even access their stateroom account.

Regal Princess begins her Caribbean cruise season on November 6 with a short preview sailing, followed by a schedule of seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruises to ports including St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Princess Cays in the Bahamas.

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 Cruises launches new ‘Inclusive Experiences’

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

MSC Cruises, one of the fastest growing cruise lines in the world, announced today that it has launched Inclusive Experiences, a new pricing structure in which guests choose an “experience” based on their own personal preferences and amenities desired while cruising. Valued at up to $700+ per person, guests have the option of selecting from four different experience categories — Bella, Fantastica, Aurea, and MSC Yacht Club — ranging from a la carte to all-inclusive amenities.

“Consumers are increasingly seeking all-inclusive vacation experiences where all the services and activities they want can be paid for in one bundled package up front,” said Rick Sasso, president of MSC Cruises USA. “Our new pricing model allows guests to customize their vacation experience based on their own personal desires.” Already introduced in most European markets, MSC Cruises is rolling out the experience pricing in North America due to the positive feedback received from guests abroad.

The inclusive experiences include the following options:

Bella Experience — Best Price: The Bella experience is designed for value-conscious travelers looking to enjoy the wide-range of amenities and entertainment MSC Cruises offers to all its guests, while having the option to add additional onboard services, such as beverage or spa packages, a la carte. The Bella experience is available for guests booking interior, ocean view or balcony staterooms.

Fantastica Experience — Priority Choice: The Fantastica experience provides guests additional flexibility and comfort options, such as the ability to choose a premium location stateroom and priority choice of early or late dining. Additional benefits in the Fantastica experience include 50 percent off all fitness classes and personal training; free delivery of room service between 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.; and enhanced recreational activities for children including cooking and foreign language classes. As a special promotion, guests who book the Fantastica experience for select 7-night or longer sailings on the MSC Divina in the Caribbean or Mediterranean will also receive a beverage package. This experience is available for guests booking interior, ocean view or balcony staterooms.

Aurea Experience — Premium Choice: The Aurea experience bundles several exceptional amenities, including premium choice of balcony staterooms and suites and dining in the main restaurant with “My Choice Dining” flexible times. Additional benefits in the Aurea experience include priority boarding; a beverage package consisting of unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, excluding premium drinks; a spa package with a massage and private spa consultation; access to the exclusive adults only Top 18 sun deck; and all the perks associated with the Fantastica experience. The Aurea experience is available for guests booking Aurea balcony staterooms and suites.

MSC Yacht Club – Elite Choice: The MSC Yacht Club is for guests interested in an all-inclusive VIP club level experience. Guests selecting this exclusive experience enjoy a private club with keycard access; priority check-in and check-out reception; signature Butler service; dedicated 24-hour concierge; exclusive Top Sail lounge and pool; 24/7 complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available within the Yacht Club area; and a private MSC Yacht Club restaurant.
More information on Inclusive Experiences, including a list of effective dates by ship, can be found under FAQs about Inclusive Experiences. For more information, visit

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Silversea announces 2016 voyage collection

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On September - 16 - 2014

For travelers seeking exclusive journeys to landmark destinations as well as the world’s most exotic lands, tiny isles, and less-traveled waterways, Silversea is offering an unprecedented array of voyage options in 2016, all available for reservation today. The schedule for Silversea’s five ultra-luxury ocean-going cruise ships will encompass 385 destinations on 177 voyages. Among 19 new ports are Summerside, Prince Edward Island (Canada); Rockland, Maine (U.S.A.); Le Marin, Martinique; Shimizu, Japan; Rijeka and Rab Island, Croatia; Bremerhaven, Germany; Ullapool, Scotland; and Kalmar, Sweden. Other classic fleet highlights include:

Venetian World Cruise: Departing Fort Lauderdale on January 5, this 115-day sailing will visit 51 destinations in 31 countries. It will follow a westward path through the Panama Canal to South America and the Pacific. Guests will explore the island paradises of the South Seas, including Easter Island, Pitcairn Island, Tahiti, and Bora Bora before sailing to the most desirable destinations of New Zealand, Australia, and Asia, including vibrant Hong Kong and Singapore, the enticing resorts of Bali and Phuket, and mysterious Myanmar. The odyssey will continue to exotic India, Arabia, and timeless Mediterranean hideaways before concluding with two nights in magnificent Venice.

Circle South America: Silver Spirit departs January 15 on a 66-day roundtrip Grand Voyage from Fort Lauderdale. Highlights include a crossing of the Panama Canal, two days cruising Chile’s majestic fjords, a three-day stopover in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival, plus multi-day calls in Buenos Aires and Callao (gateway to Lima and Machu Picchu).

South Africa: Silver Cloud offers a trio of 10-day voyages showcasing South Africa’s east coast with convenient roundtrip departures from Cape Town in February. The sailings (1603 – 1605) include calls in Port Elizabeth, Durban, East London, Maputo, and an overnight stay in Richards Bay.

Mediterranean, Northern Europe & Baltic: From April to November, four ships collectively will offer more than 80 intriguing itineraries revealing the regions’ secluded harbors and fabled cities. Notable itineraries include:

  • After a few years’ absence, Silver Whisper returns to the North Cape with a 14-day roundtrip sailing from Copenhagen on June 17. Voyage 4613 spotlights some of Norways’s most breathtaking scenery and includes a stop in the Arctic village of Honningsvag, gateway to the North Cape, Europe’s northernmost point. Travelers to this region may observe the traditional customs and lifestyle of the indigenous Sami people and spot reindeer during the summer months.
  • Silver Spirit’s Voyage 5613, sailing from Barcelona to Rome, will overnight in Cannes on May 25, during the city’s famous film festival, and also overnight in Monte Carlo on May 28, during the Grand Prix.
  • Silver Wind will sail the Thames River to dock near (or depart from) Tower Bridge in the heart of historic London on six voyages (2617 – 2622) — a journey most cruise ships are too large to navigate.

Alaska: From May through September, Silver Shadow returns to explore the stunning natural wonders of Alaska on 17 seven-day voyages between Seward and Vancouver.

Myanmar: In addition to the Venetian World Cruise, three Silver Shadow voyages (3604, 3609 and 3633) feature multi-day stopovers in Myanmar, where guests can explore its famous golden pagodas and ancient temples in depth.

“Traditional cruise enthusiasts will find our five ocean-going ships offer a diverse array of travel choices, including itineraries with multi-day calls and overnight stays, many of which can be combined without repeating ports to create unique and enriching travel experiences,” said Kristian Anderson, Silversea’s senior vice president and general manager for the Americas. “And for thrill-seeking adventure travelers, our expedition cruises offer unsurpassed opportunities to discover the amazing natural and cultural treasures of the world’s most remote regions.”


The line’s three expedition ships, Silver Explorer, Silver Discoverer, and Silver Galapagos, will collectively explore over 500 destinations on 95 expedition cruises. Included among 88 inaugural calls are Gough Island, St. Helena; Lizard Island, Australia; Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles; Ko Phra Thong, Thailand; and South Cinque Island, Andaman Archipelago.

Silver Explorer’s schedule retains its ever-popular expedition cruises to Antarctica, South and Central America, the British Isles, Northern Canada, Greenland, and Arctic Norway. New and noteworthy itineraries include a 12-day expedition to the White Sea sailing roundtrip from Tromso on June 11 (Voyage 7612), and an 18-day journey (7619) focused on Greenland and the Canadian Arctic, sailing roundtrip from Kangerlussuaq on August 22.

Silver Discoverer’s six expedition cruises along Australia’s Kimberley Coast from March to May highlight an exotic program that encompasses Africa, New Zealand, Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Russian Far East, and remote Alaska. On the schedule is a new 15-day, Phuket-to-Male sailing (9626) departing December 2 to explore Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. Plus, on December 17, the ship departs Male on a new 17-day expedition (9627) to the Seychelles, Maldives, Mozambique, and Tanzania. Highlighting this voyage is an inaugural visit to Aldabra, an amazing raised coral atoll that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

And Silver Galapagos will again operate year-round voyages exploring the pristine and biologically diverse islands of the Galápagos. 

Please visit for additional details on the 2016 voyage collection.

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Something is brewing aboard the newest Love Boat

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On September - 15 - 2014

Princess Cruises is pouring a new craft beer to toast its upcoming 50th anniversary. The “Seawitch” West Coast IPA beer – playfully named for the company’s iconic logo – was developed exclusively for Princess Cruises, in partnership with award-winning Strike Brewing Company, and is the first in the line’s new series of craft beers. The brew will be introduced aboard Regal Princess when the cruise ship debuts in Florida for a season of Caribbean cruises this November.


“We know our guests love distinct experiences and authentic flavors so we’re excited to debut a new craft beer series with this special 50th anniversary blend aboard our newest ship,” said Jonathan Wilson, Princess Cruises vice president of food and beverage services. “The Seawitch West Coast IPA not only commemorates our milestone anniversary, but is also meant to inspire our guests to celebrate their sea journeys with Princess.”

Strike Brewing Company, located near San Francisco – one of Princess Cruises’ home ports – is an award-winning microbrewery well known to fans of local craft beer. The Seawitch West Coast IPA (India Pale Ale) features the balanced aroma of lightly roasted malt and barley which is strongly accented by the crisp dry flavor of a unique hop blend.

The Seawitch West Coast IPA will retail for $6.25 and be available in bars and lounges throughout Regal Princess. It is expected to be available fleetwide by early 2015.

The cruise line will roll out additional Seawitch craft beers in partnerships with regional breweries that specialize in local flavors and represent some of the cruise destinations Princess ships visit.

Princess Cruises will officially kick off its 50th anniversary year with the naming ceremony of Regal Princess on Nov. 5 in Ft. Lauderdale. The company is honoring the role the The Love Boat played in its five-decades-long history by having the original Love Boat cast members serve as godparents for its newest cruise ship.

More information about the 50th anniversary and new Regal Princess cruise ship can be found at

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