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Windstar Cruises announces Fourth of July Sale

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On June - 27 - 2017

Small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises today announces its Fourth of July One Week Sale, running June 28-July 7.

From $1,099 per guest on over 100 sailings in 2017 and 2018, the sale encompasses ALL of Windstar’s cruising regions including the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Asia / Arabia, Costa Rica / Panama, the Caribbean, Alaska, and Canada / New England.

With more than 50 different Windstar itineraries included in the One Week Sale, here are a few highlights:

Southeast Canadian Explorations from Montreal to Boston over nine days takes guests from one postcard-perfect scene to another in waters alive with whales and fishing boats. Tracing the historic Freedom Trail in Boston or exploring the New England charm and Victorian-era architecture in Portland are great ways for guests to connect with America’s earliest roots.

Elsewhere in America in the “Last Frontier,” Windstar is including its new Alaskan Splendors itinerary in the Fourth of July One Week Sale. From Vancouver to Seward (Anchorage) over 11 days, it offers a tour de force of top Alaskan destinations. From the wildlife and glaciers of the Inside Passage to the First Nations totems of Ketchikan; hiking in Haines or sampling its cultural offerings like the Alaska Indian Arts Center, where traditional craftsmen offer demonstrations of their work; to the biggest zip-line in the United States in Icy Strait Point … it’s all of southeast Alaska’s most intriguing ports.

Back in the “Old World,” Windstar is including its special food- and wine-themed James Beard Foundation Epicurean Explorations of France, Spain, and Portugal sailing with Chef Hugh Acheson, winner of multiple James Beard awards and “Top Chef” judge. The itinerary sails to the famed wine region of Bordeaux for an overnight stay and wine valley visit, as well as visiting the storied oyster beds of Northern France. Guests also will enjoy cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, featured dishes, and wine pairings at dinner.

And with extended sailings, Windstar is also including sale itineraries within its new Star Collector Voyages, where longer and more in-depth voyages from 14 to 34 days feature few repeated ports. In addition to the elegance of an extended trip with the luxury of unpacking only once, guests also get to take advantage of traveling light for these epic journeys, as all Star Collector Voyages include free daily laundry service.

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SeaDream Yacht Club celebrates Christmas in the Caribbean

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 12 - 2017

This holiday season SeaDream Yacht Club’s encourages guests to give the gift of adventure and enjoy a Caribbean Christmas in style aboard SeaDream II as she sails roundtrip from Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. Escaping the winter cold to sail the Caribbean’s most secluded destinations on this intimate, 112-guest mega-yacht is the ideal time to experience SeaDream’s award-winning service and cuisine with sourced ingredients from local purveyors.  Rather than spending this holiday season hosting friends and family at home, SeaDream Yacht Club invites guests to relax and let their highly-trained chefs prepare seasonal fare and comforting dishes for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day including Tuna Tartar, Fillet of Turbot, Slowly Roasted Tom Turkey and Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon-Ginger Frozen Yogurt for dessert.

“Spending time with family and loved ones is what the holiday season should be about,” shares SeaDream Yacht Club President Bob Lepisto. “Our amenities offered onboard and shoreside as well as our commitment to excellent service and exquisite cuisine has crafted an unforgettable experience full of rejuvenation and free from holiday stress.”

This roundtrip St. Thomas voyage aboard SeaDream II departs Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas on December 21, 2017 for a seven day tour through boutique ports including, St. John, U.S.V.I; Saba, Netherlands Antilles; St. Barts, F.W.I.; Virgin Gorda, Tortola, Norman Island and Jost van Dyke, B.V.I before arriving back to St. Thomas on December 28, 2017. Whether partaking in shoreside excursions like a hiking to Caneel Bay in St. John or recharging at the Thai certified Spa onboard, there are plenty of options to keep busy or relax. With the highest therapist-to-guest ratio at sea, the SeaDream Spa ensures complete rejuvenation for its guests. SeaDream is equipped with all of the complimentary water sports equipment required for a proper yachtsman’s vacation including wave runners, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and more.

SeaDream Yacht Club voyages range from four to 13 days. The inclusive fare includes ocean view accommodations, gourmet meals, gratuities, wine with lunch and dinner and so much more. For inquiries, contact a travel professional or SeaDream Yacht Club at 1-800-707-4911 or visit www.SeaDream.com.

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Norwegian offers Free at Sea savings!

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 11 - 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line is putting a spring in the step of guests this season with the line’s Free at Sea promotion, going on now through May 1, that provides cruisers with up to five free onboard amenity offers. Plus, Norwegian will celebrate Tax Day this year with a Tax-Free Spree offering those who wish to cruise into savings complimentary government taxes, fees and port expenses on select itineraries^*. Norwegian is providing further spring savings with 50 percent reduced deposits for those who book a new cruise vacation in select categories* now through April 18.

Norwegian’s popular Free at Sea promotion provides guests who book a new three-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or minisuite category stateroom with the opportunity to select their preference of two free choices from five incredible onboard amenity offers**, including free unlimited open bar, free Specialty Dining, $50 towards shore excursions in each port per stateroom, 250 minutes of free WiFi, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer that allows third and fourth guests to sail for free on many 2017 and 2018 sail dates. Inside staterooms, as well as Norwegian’s Studio staterooms for solo travelers, can choose one free offer. Guests seeking ultimate luxury at sea are invited to book a sailing in a suite or The Haven by Norwegian® and enjoy all five free amenities, providing up to $2,800 in added value to their cruise.

Those looking to explore the island state of Hawaii can say aloha to a one-of-a-kind cruise vacation aboard the recently renovated Pride of America, the only ship to sail roundtrip from Honolulu year-round, with her own exclusive Free at Sea offer^. Guests who book a new seven-day inter-island Hawaii cruise now through May 1 aboard Pride of America in any stateroom^ category have the freedom to select one of five offers to enrich their cruising experience, including a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay*** with an option to select reduced airfare starting at $399 from select gateways, a free Specialty Dining Package**, free pre-paid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, free $50 per port shore excursion credit per stateroom, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free, allowing third and fourth guests in each stateroom sail for free on many 2017 and 2018 sail dates. Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America will receive all five offers†.

Norwegian Sky, Norwegian’s all-inclusive ship, is offering a special promotion for those looking to immerse themselves in culture and history with one of Norwegian’s new cruises to Cuba.  Guests can take advantage of Norwegian’s Havana Nights offer and enjoy $50 in free onboard spending money when they book a new cruise vacation to Cuba now through May 1 on select sail dates in 2017. Those who act fast and take advantage of Norwegian’s Havana Nights can also enjoy 50 percent reduced deposits* now through April 18. Norwegian Sky’s four-day cruises to Cuba offer guests the opportunity for a quick getaway packed with so much to do in a short time period—guests can enjoy the vibrant culture of Havana with an overnight stay in the capital city, as Norwegian will offer a selection of 15 half and full-day OFAC-compliant shore excursions, where guests aboard Norwegian Sky will have the opportunity to have a farm to table dining experience, explore the flora and fauna of Soroa, see modern Havana in an American classic car and much more. Plus, this itinerary offers the opportunity for a quintessential beach day at the recently enhanced Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas. Along with the freedom and flexibility that only Norwegian Cruise Line can provide, guests sailing on Norwegian Sky will also enjoy unlimited complimentary beverages as a part of the ship’s all-inclusive program.

Norwegian Cruise Line sails around the globe, offering guests the freedom and flexibility to explore the world on their own time and experience up to 27 dining options, award-winning entertainment, superior guest service and more across all of the brand’s 14 ships.  To book a cruise aboard a Norwegian ship, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

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Seabourn offers Extraordinary Savings event!

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 10 - 2017

Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, has unveiled the Extraordinary Opportunity Event, offering exceptional savings and value-added enticements on select cruises from its award-winning fleet of intimate, all-suite ships. The savings are currently available for booking through June 13, 2017, for voyages sailing from June 2017 through May 2018.

The Extraordinary Opportunity Event features significant benefits on select voyages for travelers to experience ultra-luxury cruising aboard the line’s award-winning fleet. Added values and benefits vary on select voyages, which include:

  • Complimentary Three Veranda Suite category upgrade
  • Complimentary Veranda for Ocean view category upgrade
  • Premium suite shipboard credit of $1,000 per suite ($500 per person)
  • Shipboard credit offer of $400 per suite ($200 per person)
  • Air credit per person for round-trip flights booked through Seabourn’s Flight Ease program

“For travelers who are planning a vacation either later this year or in 2018, our Extraordinary Opportunity Event entices with excellent values and amenities so that they can experience an unforgettable vacation on the newest and finest ultra-luxury ships at sea,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “With four ships under operation and our newest ship, Seabourn Ovation, set to sail in spring 2018, guests will have many opportunities to take advantage of these special offers while choosing from hundreds of ports on all seven continents with Seabourn.”

Seabourn’s Extraordinary Opportunity Event applies to select worldwide cruises in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Antarctica and Patagonia, Atlantic Crossings, Arabia & India, Asia, Canada & New England, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, South America, and more. Please visit Seabourn’s website for a complete listing of voyages, savings and amenities.

Guests who sail on Seabourn will continue to find innovation across the entire fleet, which includes partnerships with a select group of companies and individuals whose dedication to superior quality, exceptional service and consistent customer satisfaction matches Seabourn. Key partner programs include ‘An Evening with Tim Rice’, the new production show created exclusively for the line in association with Belinda King Creative Productions; Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, offering guests a holistic spa and wellness experience that integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being; and The Grill by Thomas Keller, a signature restaurant with a menu and ambiance inspired by the classic American chophouse. All partner programs are currently available on Seabourn Encore and are scheduled to be implemented fleetwide in 2017, and will be on the new Seabourn Ovation when it is launched in 2018. Additional details about Seabourn’s partnerships are available on the line’s website.

As the newest ultra-luxury fleet in the industry, Seabourn’s intimate ships offer key elements that set the line 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 service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home onboard. The ships travel the globe to many of the world’s most desirable destinations, including marquee cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and lesser-known ports and hideaways. Travelers who covet outdoor adventures will also find the Ventures by Seabourn optional for-charge excursion program on many itineraries, including Alaska, Antarctica, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia. Guests may book these tours in advance on Seabourn’s website.

Air credits and other promotional amenities are available on select voyages and subject to availability. Certain other restrictions apply. For more details about the award-winning Seabourn fleet, or to explore the worldwide selection of Seabourn cruising options, contact a professional travel advisor, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com.

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Norwegian Joy sails off to her China homeport

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On March - 28 - 2017

Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Cruise Line’s first custom-designed ship for the Chinese cruise market, began her journey to her home port of Shanghai, China this week, as she departed the MEYER WERFT shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on Sunday, March 26 for her approximately 14-hour long conveyance along the Ems River.

Norwegian Joy’s river conveyance marks another key milestone in the ship’s highly anticipated delivery. Measuring 1,094 feet long and 136 feet wide, the ship is the second in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class and the first that was purpose-built for China.

“We are thrilled Norwegian Joy has officially begun her journey to China,” said David Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings China. “As the first custom-built ship for the Chinese cruise market, she will offer a First Class at Sea experience for our guests and we cannot wait to officially welcome her to the fleet this June.”

The 168,800–gross-ton Norwegian Joy departed MEYER WERFT at approximately 9:00 pm local time, making a narrow passage in reverse through the shipyard’s locks, passing the structure with just 1.2 meters separating the ship from the “bumpers” installed along the locks. The ship’s navigation team, led by experienced yard captains and River Ems pilots, included several navigation officers in charge of overseeing the bow maneuvers and others overseeing the movement of the stern. Several local authorities and other partners were also involved in supporting this precise maneuver.

After passing through the sea lock in Papenburg, Norwegian Joy continued along the river, stern first. Due to the strong propulsion in the aft section of the vessel, traveling stern first helps with maneuverability, which is a key component when navigating the vessel through such narrow passages.

Before reaching her final destination in Eemshaven, Netherlands on Monday evening, March 27, Norwegian Joy passed through additional narrow passages including a railway Bridge in Weener; Jann-Berghaus Bridge in Leer and Ems-Barrier in Gandersum. Upon arrival in the Dutch port of Eemshaven, Norwegian Joy will take on additional provisions and further crew members, before heading toward the North Sea for sea trials later this month.

Following her delivery on April 27, Norwegian Joy sets sail for China, where she will be showcased through a grand inaugural port tour featuring one-day events at the ports of Qingdao, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong, as well as VIP partner cruises from Norwegian Joy’s home-ports of Shanghai and Tianjin. This unique showcase tour will give travel agents and valued partners across the region the special opportunity to experience all that Norwegian Joy has to offer leading up to the ship’s christening ceremony on June 27, led by her Godfather, ‘King of Chinese Pop’, Wang Leehom. The spectacular inaugural celebration in Shanghai will include an exclusive concert and overnight cruise for honored guests.

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As travelers get ready to cruise this year, Holland America Line is launching its popular Ready Set Sail promotion featuring pre-paid gratuities and up to $500 onboard spending money per stateroom. Guests who book a Holland America Line cruise by June 1, 2017, will be eligible to receive the offer, and guests who book a suite also will receive an additional $100 internet credit.

All cruises between June 1, 2017, and March 30, 2018, excluding Grand Voyages and Grand Voyage segments, are eligible for the Ready Set Sail promotion. Depending on stateroom category, guests will receive onboard spending money ranging from $100 up to $500 per stateroom.

“As we head into spring the weather is getting nicer and travelers are starting to think about their next vacation, so our Ready Set Sail promotion comes at the right time and features some exceptional values,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Covering gratuities represents nice savings for our guests, and the onboard spending money makes it possible for them to take advantage of many of our shipboard venues and experiences that will enhance their overall cruise vacation.”

Indulge with Onboard Spending Money  
In addition to pre-paid gratuities for the entire cruise valued at up to $27 per stateroom per day, guests receive onboard spending money that can be used to enjoy a variety of shipboard experiences and amenities. Extras that the credit can be applied to include treatments at the Greenhouse Spa and Salon, gift shop purchases, Journeys Ashore tours, beverages or dinner at one of the specialty restaurants such as Pinnacle Grill, Sel de Mer, Canaletto or Tamarind, depending on the ship.

By booking with Ready Set Sail, guests can cruise all over the world while taking advantage of the promotion. Eligible Holland America Line destinations include Alaska cruises and Land+Sea Journeys, the Caribbean, Canada/New England, Bermuda, Mexico, South America, the Panama Canal, the Far East, the South Pacific, Europe and Australia/New Zealand.

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

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