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Holland America’s Annual ‘View & Verandah’ Promotion

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Offer features stateroom upgrades, onboard spending money, shore tour discounts

December 5, 2016 — Holland America Line’s annual “View & Verandah” promotion is back, and this season travelers who book select 2017 and 2018 cruises and Alaska Land+Sea Journeys receive a variety of perks.

Guests who book one of the eligible voyages by February 28, 2017, will receive a stateroom upgrade; onboard spending money up to $500 per stateroom depending on cruise length and stateroom category; and up to 10 percent off select Journeys Ashore shore excursions. In addition, guests who book a suite receive prepaid room gratuities. The View & Verandah offers are available on all cruises from March 30, 2017, through April 28, 2018, excluding Grand Voyages and Grand Voyage segments.

ms Oosterdam in Alaska


As part of the View and Verandah, guests can book an ocean-view stateroom for the price of an interior and a verandah for the price of an ocean-view. Depending on the length of cruise and category of stateroom, guests can receive on-board spending money up to $400 per stateroom and $500 per suite. The onboard spending money is available to the first and second guests in a stateroom and can be used for specialty dining, spa services, gift shop purchases, beverages and more.

Guests who reserve select Journeys Ashore shore excursions can take advantage of up to 10 percent savings if booked by March 15, 2017. This date is extended beyond the View and Verandah offer deadline of Feb. 28. More than 1,500 Journeys Ashore are eligible for the savings.

Cruise destinations featured in the View & Verandah sale include Alaska cruises and Land+Sea Journeys, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Bermuda, Canada/New England, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, South America and Holiday sailings.

Posted: December 5th, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Holland America Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Half Moon Cay with New Lobster Shack, Island Upgrades

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Our Favorite Bahamian Private Island Gets Even Better

November 30, 2016 — In 2017, Holland America Line will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Half Moon Cay, its award-winning private island paradise in the Bahamas. To commemorate the event, the cruise line is introducing a new Lobster Shack eatery, as well as several island updates and upgrades that were in place for the first ship call in early November.

The new Lobster Shack will be permanently located near the “I Wish I Could Stay Here Forever” bar and serve fresh grilled lobster with Caribbean coconut beans n’ rice and a rum-jerk butter glaze. Pineapple and Caribbean Sofrito salsas bring out the local flavors. The lobster barbecue will be available for a nominal fee, and Rum punch and other beverages also are available for purchase at the Lobster Shack.

Lobster Shack


Island Upgrades Introduce New Water Toys and Refreshed Retreats
During summer 2016, Half Moon Cay underwent several upgrades and welcomed new additions. Water sports are a central focus of any call at the idyllic island, and guests can now get out on the water with new Sunfish sailboats, Hobie catamarans, Aqua Cycle Trikes and Aqua Trax Wave Runners. These join paddleboats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, snorkel gear and more.

The private beach-side cabanas and two-story villas also received facelifts with new paint, and some new furnishings. The Grand Cabana — the ultimate private retreat on Half Moon Cay — received new décor as well.

Guests looking for a drink on the beach now have three more satellite locations, and the Captain Morgan on the Rocks bar received new furniture.

Captain Morgan Bar


The horseback riding tours are among the most popular, and 14 additional horses and two more grazing pastures were added, while the changing rooms at the Ranch were enhanced. Many guests visit the island’s Welcome Center, where new furniture adorns the facility.

All Roundtrip Fort Lauderdale Caribbean Cruises Call at Half Moon Cay
For the 2016-17 Caribbean season, all cruises that sail roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, make a call at Half Moon Cay. Guests on the new ms Koningsdam, ms Eurodam, ms Zuiderdam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Rotterdam, ms Veendam and ms Prinsendam will be able to visit Half Moon Cay on a variety of itineraries.

Fresh Grilled Lobster!


Awards for Half Moon Cay Place Island at the Top
Holland America Line guests and fans consistently rank Half Moon Cay as their favorite Caribbean call, and the readers of Cruise Critic and Porthole Cruise Magazine agree. Half Moon Cay recently was named a “Top-Rated Cruise Line Private Island Destination” in Cruise Critic’s first-ever Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. The awards are given based entirely on consumer feedback submitted on the Cruise Critic website over the past year. Half Moon Cay also was awarded “Best Private Island” in the 2016 Porthole Readers’ Choice Awards.

Posted: November 30th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival & IGT Award $100,000 Grand Prize for ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Spin N Sail Slot Promotion

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November 29, 2016 – The final cruise in the year-long Wheel of Fortune® slot machines 20th anniversary sponsored by Carnival Cruise Line and IGT ended Nov. 16 and a grand prize winner has been named.

Kenneth Gass of Sturgis, Ky., an avid cruiser with Carnival for more than 18 years, won the $100,000 grand prize from the $200,000 prize pool slots tournament during the Carnival Magic cruise from Port Canaveral, Fla. This jackpot marks the cruise line’s largest prize pool of all time. The promotion commemorated a year-long celebration recognizing two decades of IGT’s Wheel of Fortune slot machines, which are featured in Carnival Cruise Line casinos fleetwide.

$100,000 Grand Prize Winner


As part of the Spin N Sail promotion, more than 20 land-based casinos, DoubleDown Casino online social casino and all Carnival Cruise Line ships, gave away hundreds of cruises on Carnival Magic, with the top 40 winners receiving cash prizes. The 350-plus tournament players came from a mix of Carnival past guests, players from partner casinos and contest winners.

Carnival and IGT also partnered with the most successful syndicated game show in television history for the first-ever Carnival Cruise Line Wheel of Fortune-themed week that featured an exciting viewer sweepstakes.

Carnival Cruise Line and IGT
During 2016, Carnival and IGT’s partner casinos gave away hundreds of free cruises aboard Carnival Magic, with winners participating in the onboard Spin N Sail slot tournament featuring the IGT Wheel of Fortune slot machines during an eight-day Caribbean cruise that departed Nov. 12, 2016. Leading casinos across the U.S. and Canada hosted qualifying events where each winning player was awarded a free cruise for two and an entry into the grand finale $200,000 tournament.

Introduced in 1996, the Wheel of Fortune slot machines have become a player favorite in shipboard casinos, including 25 Carnival Cruise Line vessels, as well as in land-based casinos. IGT has placed more than 230 versions of Wheel of Fortune slots in casinos around the world, and the game has awarded more than $3 billion in jackpots and minted more than 1,000 millionaires.
Throughout 2016 Carnival hosted Wheel of Fortune–themed events across the fleet that included special branded items and onboard activities and games every sailing, including the popular Wheel of Fortune scratch-off game where guests could win up to $30,000. Additionally, each sailing featured a Wheel of Fortune prize wheel offering prizes ranging from Carnival logo items and Casino Cash to entry into the $200,000 Spin N Sail slot tournament.

Wheel of Fortune
The 20th anniversary Wheel of Fortune Slots festivities also included a “Spin & Sail Week” last spring with five Carnival Cruise Line–themed episodes of the iconic game show that inspired the slot machine. “Spin & Sail Week” aired March 21-25, 2016, and featured a custom, tropical-themed set with high-definition Carnival ship images and video. Contestants competed to win Carnival cruises to such destinations as the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska.

Prior the broadcast, Pat Sajak, Vanna White and the “Wheel of Fortune” crew shot customized segments aboard a Carnival Cruise Line ship.

The “Wheel of Fortune Spin & Sail Sweepstakes” encouraged viewers to watch “Spin & Sail Week” on Wheel of Fortune and enter each night’s bonus puzzle solution at www.wheeloffortune.com. Twenty winning entries were selected, and the grand prize included a cruise on Carnival Magic Nov. 12 and a guaranteed spot in the Spin N Sail $200,000 shipboard slot tournament.

Posted: November 29th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Vista Begins Year-Round Service from PortMiami

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Six- and Eight-Day Itineraries Visit Spectacular Destinations in the Caribbean

November 28, 2016 – PortMiami welcomed Carnival Cruise Line’s newest, largest and most innovative ship, Carnival Vista, when it arrived yesterday to kick off a year-round schedule of six- and eight-day cruises to the Caribbean.

To officially welcome Carnival Vista to its Miami homeport, Carnival Vista Captain Stefano Battinelli and PortMiami Assistant Director Fred Wong participated in a traditional maritime plaque exchange prior to the ship’s inaugural departure from Miami.

Plaque Exchange for Carnival Vista and PortMiami


As the line’s newest ship, Carnival Vista takes cruising to new heights – really! – with the innovative SkyRide, a suspended open-air cycling experience above the ship; the world’s first IMAX® Theatre on a ship; Kaleid-O-Slide, the line’s first water tube slide, part of the ship’s massive WaterWorks aqua park; and the RedFrog Pub & Brewery featuring the first brewery on a North American-based cruise ship.

Island-Intensive Caribbean Cruises from Miami

Carnival Vista kicked off its new schedule from PortMiami with a special six-day cruise to Grand Turk, Ocho Rios and Nassau that departed yesterday. The ship will then launch a year-round schedule of six- and eight-day cruises beginning with an eight-day voyage departing Dec. 3, 2016. Six-day cruises feature Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, while a mix of different eight-day itineraries visit some of the Caribbean’s most sought-after destinations, including Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Kitts, St. Maarten and La Romana (Dominican Republic).

The ship will also offer a combination of one-time voyages, including a five-day cruise departing Dec. 11 and seven-day voyages departing Dec. 17 and 24, 2016, that offer an exciting selection of ports including the Caribbean’s newest destination, Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic, as well as Mahogany Bay, Grand Turk, Belize, San Juan, St. Thomas and Cozumel, depending on the itinerary.

Carnival Vista


In addition to visiting breathtaking Caribbean destinations, guests can experience all the Carnival Vista has to offer – from the colorful Havana area with tropics-inspired staterooms and suites and Family Harbor with special accommodations and a new family concierge to food venues offering a lot of variety like Seafood Shack and new al fresco options at the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Bonsai Sushi and Cherry On Top, featuring a mixed-to-order premium ice cream bar.

Posted: November 28th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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MSC Seaside Floated Out of Drydock

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1 Year Countdown to Welcoming the “Ship that Follows the Sun” to Miami in December 2017

November 26, 2016 – MSC Cruises and FINCANTIERI today celebrated the float out of MSC Seaside, one of two new groundbreaking mega-ships that MSC Cruises is bringing into service between June and December 2017. The ceremony took place this weekend at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, where the ship is being built.

MSC Seaside will homeport in PortMiami as of December 2017 and will sail year round in the Caribbean — further enriching the company’s offering in the region with MSC Cruises having a total of five of the most modern cruise ships serving the Caribbean once MSC Seaside debuts.

MSC Seaside Floated Out of Drydock

MSC Seaside is the first of a completely new and innovative generation of cruise ships being built by MSC Cruises. The design is inspired by an elegant beach condo and MSC Cruises is pushing the boundaries with its bold design concept. Every element of the ship is designed to bring guests closer to the sea with special design features such as a unique 360° ocean level promenade, panoramic glass elevators, and a breathtaking 98 foot bridge on the top deck. In addition, with 73 percent of the staterooms featuring balconies, guests will never be far from a view of the ocean.

An extensive range of comfortable accommodations will meet the various needs of a wide range of cruise guests, including chic aft corner suites as part of the unique beach condo design, clever modular connected staterooms designed for families and groups of up to ten people, and a collection of balcony staterooms with a private terrace overlooking the promenade.

In addition, MSC Cruises has taken its MSC Yacht Club — a unique ship-within-a-ship concept first introduced by MSC Cruises — to the next level. Located on the foredecks of the ship and offering a private sun deck, a private lounge and private restaurant, the MSC Yacht Club has been expanded on MSC Seaside to now be over five decks. The MSC Yacht Club will also feature two coveted apartment suites that include a living room and a large balcony with a dining area and private whirlpool.

On board MSC Seaside, the dining experience has been designed to inspire and delight with a huge choice of Mediterranean and international cuisines served in 11 different dining venues, including five specialty restaurants. Of these, one is a Pan-Asian specialty restaurant created in partnership with world renowned chef Roy Yamaguchi and two are buffets serving food 20 hours a day, with one designed specifically for families.

The onboard entertainment, another award-winning feature of the MSC Cruises offering, will cater to all age groups and includes a stunning 934 seat theater offering four performances every night. Meanwhile, the interactive aqua park with its four exhilarating slides will provide hours of fun for the entire family, the 394 foot long zip line will appeal to thrill-seekers, and the aft pool will be the perfect spot for those looking for complete relaxation.

In addition to all of the fun that will be had while on board, MSC Seaside will enable guests to experience the Caribbean Sea like never before, while calling at exotic and stunning ports such as George Town in the Cayman Islands, Cozumel in Mexico and Nassau in the Bahamas. From October 2018, MSC Seaside will also call at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, the stunning marine reserve private island in the Bahamas, exclusively available for MSC Cruises guests.

The float out is an important milestone in the construction of a cruise ship as it is the moment where the ship first floats on water when the dry dock is flooded and the ship is moved to a wet dock for the final phase of her construction. The exterior of the ship is complete and work moves to complete interiors, fixtures and fittings.

At 1059 feet long with a GRT of 160,000 tons, the ship will feature a maximum capacity of 5,179 guests (4,140 guests at double occupancy). MSC Seaside is the first of two identical ships in the Seaside generation. Her sister ship — MSC Seaview — is set to enter service in the Spring 2018 and will be based in the Western Mediterranean, while a third one — reflecting an existing option for one additional Seaside generation ship — would be delivered by 2021.

For more information on MSC Seaside, visit this website.

Posted: November 26th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Princess Cruises Announces Largest Ever Fall Deployment in Canada & New England

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Regal and Royal Princess sail for the first time together departing from New York and Quebec

November 23, 2016 – The 2018 Canada & New England cruise season offered by Princess Cruises showcases the fall foliage to iconic destinations along the east coast and offers their largest deployment ever with two of the cruise line’s newest ships – Regal Princess and Royal Princess.

The 3,560-guest Regal Princess and Royal Princess, sailing for the first time together departing from New York and Quebec, offer 10 cruise departures on four unique itineraries, visiting 12 destinations in New England and Canada.

“We’re excited to bring two of our newest ships to Canada & New England in 2018, so that more guests can enjoy the gorgeous fall foliage and famed destinations and landmarks in this region,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president.

All 2018 Canada/New England are open for sale on December 1.

Princess in New York City


Highlights include:

Royal Princess makes her maiden 10- to 11-day voyages out of Quebec and New York featuring overnight stays in Quebec on every voyage. These cruises visit Newport, Boston, Portland, Saint John (for the Bay of Fundy), Halifax, Sydney (Cape Breton Island), Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island) and Quebec. The 11-day cruises include an overnight stay in Boston. Cruises depart Sept. 25; Oct. 5 and 16.

In addition, Royal Princess offers a 14-day Canada & Colonial America cruise from Quebec to Ft. Lauderdale featuring calls in Port Saguenay (scenic cruising of the Saguenay River), Sydney (Cape Breton Island), Halifax, Saint John (for the Bay of Fundy), Bar Harbor (for Acadia National Park), Boston, Newport, New York and Norfolk (for Williamsburg and Jamestown). This cruise departs on Oct. 26.

Regal Princess sails on seven-day cruises roundtrip from New York, visiting Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor (for Acadia National Park), Saint John (for the Bay of Fundy) and Halifax. Cruises depart Sept. 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13 and 20.

A five-day Canadian Atlantic Provinces Getaway out of New York is also being offered aboard Regal Princess, visiting Saint John (for the Bay of Fundy) and Halifax. This voyage departs on Oct. 27.

To further enhance guests’ cruise vacations, Princess Cruises is pleased to offer a choice of two cruisetours on the East Coast to see the sites of colonial America or Niagara Falls and the best of Eastern Canada:

Historic America Cruisetour takes guests to such important places as Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate, Colonial Williamsburg, Independence Hall in Philadelphia and the Gettysburg Battlefield.

The Maple Explorer Cruisetour brings guests to beautiful Niagra Falls; exciting cities like the capital of Ottawa and French-flavored Montreal with guided tours of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, dazzling cathedrals and the historic 19th century Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests will also be treated to a lovely cruise through the picturesque Thousand Islands.

Captain’s Circle Savings
Princess Cruises loyal past guests are eligible for a special promotion when they book before August 31, 2017. Captain’s Circle members purchasing a Canada/New England cruise or cruisetour will receive a savings of $50 per person (does not apply to third and fourth berth guests).

Club Class Mini-Suites
All fall 2018 Canada/New England guests sailing aboard Royal Princess or Regal Princess can book a new stateroom category featuring VIP amenities and exclusive dining with the new Club Class Mini-Suite. This elevated mini-suite category features select perks including new Club Class Dining, a reserved dining area with expedited seating and expanded menu options; priority embarkation and disembarkation; complimentary wine and luxurious bathrobes.

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.

Posted: November 23rd, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE OFFERS BLACK FRIDAY BONUS

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November 23, 2016 –
Norwegian Cruise Line is celebrating the biggest shopping event of the season with a Black Friday Bonus and Cyber Monday Special. During this limited time event, Norwegian is only requiring a $50 per person deposit on all sailings fleetwide in Studio, inside, oceanview, balcony, and mini-suite staterooms. From now through November 30, 2016, guests have the opportunity to snag the best combined offer of the year with significantly reduced deposits, along with Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion where guests choose from five free offers when they book a new cruise vacation.

With Norwegian’s Free at Sea, guests who book a new three-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or mini-suite category stateroom† can select their preference of two free choices from five incredible onboard amenity offers only available through the end of the month, including free unlimited open bar*, free Specialty Dining package*, free prepaid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, a free 250 minute WiFi package**, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer which allows third and fourth guests to sail for free on select dates. Inside staterooms, as well as Norwegian’s Studio staterooms for solo travelers, can choose one free offer. Guests who book a sailing in a suite or The Haven by Norwegian® will enjoy all five free amenities, providing up to $2,800 in added value to their cruise.

Guests looking to explore the Hawaiian islands on a one-of-a-kind cruise vacation aboard the recently renovated Pride of America, the only ship to sail roundtrip from Honolulu year-round and also has her own exclusive Free at Sea offer^. Those who book a new seven-day inter-island Hawaii cruise now through November 30, 2016 aboard Pride of America in any stateroom^ category will have the freedom to select one of five offers to enhance 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, a free $50 per port shore excursion credits in up to four ports, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free, where the third and fourth in each stateroom sail for free on select dates. Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America will receive all five offers.

Guests seeking holiday cheer at sea can toast to a special holiday bonus of $100 in onboard credit, offered on select Christmas and New Year’s cruise reservations^*. When combined with Norwegian’s Free At Sea offer, this holiday bonus credit is perfect for purchasing last-minute holiday gifts in one of the onboard boutiques or start of the New Year with some self-pampering with a relaxing and indulgent spa treatment, and more.

Only Norwegian allows guests to visit the destinations of their dreams and invites guests to Feel Free to enjoy premium entertainment, action-packed adventure, a wide variety of dining options and the freedom to do it all or absolutely nothing, all on their own timetable. 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.

Note:
†All sailings 3 nights or longer. Offer is not applicable to categories IX, OX, BX, MX. Norwegian Sky and Pride of America sailings are not eligible for this offer.

*Guests are responsible for an 18% gratuity for retail value for Specialty Dining Package, Unlimited Beverage Package, and/ or the Soda Package, with pricing based on number of cruise nights. Suites or Haven guests will not be responsible for the 18% gratuities related to the Specialty Dining Package, Unlimited Beverage Package, and/or the Soda Package. Number of meals for specialty dining package based on length of itinerary.

** One login per stateroom. On Norwegian Breakaway, stateroom receives an internet package of 250 minutes or 1000 MB of data.

^Pride of America offer available for bookings for cruises through December 31, 2017. Offer is not applicable to categories IX, OX, BX

*** Cruises must be booked more than 30 days prior sailing, when selecting hotel option; if choosing hotel option with air option cruises must be made more than 60 days prior to sailing. Offer valid for Waikiki Marriott Resort-city view room. In the event that the hotel scheduled to be used in package is unavailable, for any reason, Norwegian Cruise Line reserves the right to substitute the hotel included in package. One night pre-hotel offer is available on reservations with 4 guests or less. If choosing 1 night pre hotel option, reservation must be made more than 30 days prior to sailing.

^*Offer is not applicable to categories IX, OX, BX, MX.

Posted: November 23rd, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Princess Cruises Resumes Summer Caribbean Cruises in 2018

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Departures from Ft. Lauderdale Open for Sale Dec. 1


November 23, 2016 –
For the first time in four years, Princess Cruises will offer Summer Caribbean cruises including Panama Canal transits in 2018. The 3,192-guest Caribbean Princess returns to sail on a full summer season of voyages ranging from seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean to a 20-day Caribbean and Panama Canal Explorer. All Summer Caribbean cruises are open for sale Dec. 1.

The 2018 April to October summer program features 47 departures, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, including eight unique itineraries visiting 23 destinations in 22 countries. In addition, four ports offer late night stays so guests have more time to explore the evening offerings these destinations have to offer.

New for 2018, 20-day Caribbean and Panama Explorer voyages combine a 10-day Panama cruise and a 10-day Southern Caribbean Medley or Eastern Caribbean Voyager cruise. Princess Cruises takes more guests through this engineering marvel than other cruise line.

Caribbean cruise highlights for Summer Caribbean 2018, roundtrip out of Ft. Lauderdale, include:

Eastern Caribbean (7 days) – Guests can enjoy an adventurous week in the Caribbean, including calls at the ports of Princess Cays, St. Thomas, Grand Turk or Amber Cove with a multitude of water activities to choose from. Sailings depart May 26; June 9, 23; July 7, 21; August 4,18; and September 1.

Western Caribbean (7 days) – Alternating with the Eastern Caribbean voyages, this itinerary features calls at Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Roatan and Belize highlighting the Mayan culture and history of the region. Caribbean Princess sets sail on this route on May 19; June 2, 16, 30; July 14, 28; and August 11, 25.

Guests can combine these popular seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages, for a 14-day Caribbean East/West Adventure.

Southern Caribbean (8 days) – For a more in-depth experience, one Southern Caribbean cruise will be offered with stops in Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire; departs May 11.

Eastern Caribbean Voyager (10 days) – For more relaxation time, guests will enjoy an extended Eastern Caribbean cruise, visiting Princess Cays, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, St.Kitts. Cruises depart May1 and September 28.

Southern Caribbean Medley (10 days) – For those looking for deeper exploration, guests can travel to the beautiful beaches in the Southern Caribbean, including Princess Cays, St. Thomas, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire and Curacao. Departures on April 11; September 8 and October 18.

Panama Canal with Costa Rica (10 days) –
Transiting the new Agua Clara Locks with a Panama Canal partial transit, including a day of scenic cruising through Gatun Lake, guests will also visit Grand Cayman, Cartagena, Colon, Costa Rica (Límon) and Falmouth (Jamaica). Sailings depart April 1, 21; Sept. 18; and Oct. 8.

Guests can combine the cruise line’s signature 10-day Panama Canal voyage with the 10-day Southern Caribbean Medley or Eastern Caribbean Voyager for the ultimate 20-day cruise vacation.

Captain’s Circle Savings

Princess Cruises past guests are eligible for a special promotion when they book before August 31, 2017. Captain’s Circle members booking a seven- to 10-day cruise, will receive a savings of $50 per person and those booking a 14- or 20-day cruise will save $100 per guest (does apply to third and fourth berth guests).

Posted: November 23rd, 2016 under Cruise Ship News, Hot Cruise Deals.
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Princess Cruises Announces Largest Alaska Deployment Ever in 2018

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November 22, 2016 – Princess Cruises is bringing its largest Alaska deployment ever in 2018, going on sale December 1.

In summer 2018, seven Princess Cruises ships will sail Alaska’s waters on 130 cruise departures, with more than 75 percent of all voyages sailing to Glacier Bay National Park, departing from Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, B.C. and Anchorage (Whittier). In addition, the cruise line has over 22 cruisetour options providing guests the opportunity to journey into the interior of Alaska, visiting five custom-built Princess Wilderness Lodges.

New for 2018, Island Princess will feature a full season of calls to Icy Strait Point, a unique and remote wilderness experience, on every seven-day northbound Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary. Also new for 2018, guests looking to cruise roundtrip from Los Angeles can choose from two 12-day cruises.

While on board, guests will encounter a variety of ways to engage in unique Alaska experiences through the award-winning North to Alaska program, featuring Cook My Catch, an exclusive culinary program allowing guests to return from select Princess fishing excursions to have the chef prepare their very own catch of the day. Also offered, the crowd-favorite Puppies in the Piazza, where real Alaska sled dog puppies are brought on board for guests to interact with. On land, guests will hear first-hand tales from mountain climbers who have conquered Denali as they tell the exhilarating stories of their journey at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge.

The 2018 May – September Alaska program includes:

Voyage of the Glaciers – Princess’ most popular Gulf of Alaska sailings between Vancouver, B.C. and Whittier features two glacier-viewing experiences on every voyage, with visits to the UNESCO-listed Glacier Bay National Park plus either Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord. These cruises are offered aboard Island Princess, Coral Princess, Star Princess and Golden Princess.

Inside Passage – This awe-inspiring part of Alaska, known for its lush scenery and pristine fjords, will be featured on seven-, 10- and 12-day roundtrip voyages from Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Ruby and Emerald Princess sail on seven-day cruises roundtrip from Seattle with all Ruby Princess cruises featuring a visit to Glacier Bay National Park. Grand Princess sails out of San Francisco, featuring five departures visiting Glacier Bay. Two 12-day cruises roundtrip from Los Angeles aboard Emerald Princess and Golden Princess will also include Glacier Bay.

Alaska Cruisetours
In addition, cruisetours offer flexible ways to delve deeper into the fascinating Alaska frontier. Land tours are combined with a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise and include the company’s premier wilderness lodges, exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service, plus visits to the top two attractions in Alaska – Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park.

Princess offers guests more than 22 cruisetour options in 2018, most featuring multiple nights at Princess-owned Wilderness Lodges to experience the grandeur of Denali. Guests will once again be able to purchase a pre-paid meal package for the land portion of their vacation in 2018. Options include:

Denali Explorer – The line’s most popular cruisetour option, these itineraries feature multiple nights at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and/or Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. Most offer Princess exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service between the ship in Whittier and the Denali area all in one day, plus the opportunity to explore Fairbanks and/or Anchorage.

On Your Own – An affordable option for independent-minded travelers, these itineraries offer a flexible way to see the heart of Alaska. Tours follow similar routes as Denali Explorer options, but do not include any pre-planned excursions, giving travelers the opportunity to customize their own experience.

Off the Beaten Path – These itineraries are designed to take travelers beyond Denali to sought-after, remote regions of the state such as the Kenai Peninsula and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

Connoisseur – The line’s highest level of service, these cruisetours provide a truly immersive experience. With a professional tour director, most meals included on land and enhanced sightseeing, guests experience the best of the Great Land.

Heart of the Rockies Plus Rail – This 14-night cruisetour originates in Calgary and includes daylight Silverleaf rail service on the Rocky Mountaineer. The fully escorted land tour combines with a seven-day northbound Voyage of the Glaciers cruise on Star Princess and Golden Princess and includes most breakfasts and dinners. Spectacular overnight accommodations are offered at Fairmont Calgary Palliser Hotel, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Four Season Vancouver.

Captain’s Circle Savings
Princess Cruises past guests are eligible for a special promotion when they book before August 31, 2017. Captain’s Circle members booking a seven-day cruise will receive a savings of $50 per person. For those booking 10- to 12-day cruises, a discount of $75 per guest will be applied and those booking an Alaska cruisetour will receive a $100 discount (does not apply to third and fourth berth guests).

Club Class Mini-Suites
Summer 2018 Alaska guests can choose a new premium stateroom category featuring VIP amenities and exclusive dining with the new Club Class Mini-Suite. This elevated mini-suite category features select perks including new Club Class Dining, a reserved dining area with expedited seating and expanded menu options; priority embarkation and disembarkation; complimentary wine and luxurious bathrobes.

Posted: November 23rd, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Royal Caribbean Three Day “Cyber Monday Super Sale” November 26-28

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November 23, 2016 – Royal Caribbean International is featuring a three day sale starting this Friday and going through the weekend.

The Cyber Monday Super Sale offers 50% reduced deposits plus onboard credit as follows:

5 Nights or Less Onboard Credit:

$50 for an Interior/Oceanview Stateroom

$75 for a Balcony Stateroom

$100 for a Deluxe Stateroom

6 Nights or More:

$75 for an Interior/Oceanview Stateroom

$150 for a Balcony Stateroom

$300 for a Deluxe Stateroom

This offer can also be paired with Royal Caribbean’s current BOGO 50% off with 25% savings for 3rd and 4th guests plus up to $100 Onboard Credit per stateroom.

Travelers can book online by logging into RoyalCaribbean.com, calling 1-800-Royal-Caribbean or contacting your travel agent. Please note that offer in only valid for travel on or after Dec. 25, 2016 and excludes all China departures.

For more information on our latest deals and offerings:

https://secure.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-deals/

Posted: November 23rd, 2016 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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