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MSC Cruises Having 4th Of July Sale – Guaranteed Balcony Cabin For First 500 Guests!

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July 2, 2014.

MSC Cruises is offering a short term sales promotion that offers a guaranteed balcony stateroom to the first 500 bookings, for as low as $349 per person double occupancy. That’s a 7-night cruise for two for just $700.

North American travelers can escape to the refreshing blue waters of the Caribbean with this special one-week Fourth of July Sale on seven-night Caribbean cruises aboard MSC Divina, the first of MSC Cruises’ ships dedicated to North Americans, starting at $349 per person, based on double occupancy.

MSC Cruises’ Fourth of July Sale is available on the following 2014 departures:

· September 6: seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing visiting Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico and the private island of Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Starting at $349 per person.
· August 23 and September 20: seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing visiting Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico and the private island of Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Starting at $369 per person.
· October 4, October 18, and November 1: seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing visiting Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico and the private island of Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Starting at $399 per person.
· August 30: seven-night Western Caribbean sailing visiting Falmouth, Jamaica; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico and the private island of Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Starting at $369 per person.
· September 13, September 27, October 11 and October 25: seven-night sailing Western Caribbean visiting Falmouth, Jamaica; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico and the private island of Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Starting at $399 per person.

This special promotion is available now through Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Remember, the first 500 guests to book the Fourth of July Sale are guaranteed a balcony stateroom.

To book, contact your travel agent or call 1-877-665-4655. No online bookings are offered for this limited event.

Posted: July 2nd, 2014 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Princess Cruises Offers “Caribbean Getaway Sale” : Book One, Get One For Half Off Pricing

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July 2, 2014 – Princess Cruises is offering the ultimate deal on the cruise line’s four- and five-day Getaway Cruises from Ft. Lauderdale. During the “Caribbean Getaway Sale,” guests booking cruises from Ft. Lauderdale that depart between August 23 and October 27, 2014 will receive 50 percent off of the fare for the second guest, plus up to 50 percent off for third and fourth guests.

The special includes cruises aboard Caribbean Princess and Island Princess, where guests will enjoy non-stop poolside entertainment with Movies Under the Stars, live music featuring authentic Caribbean steel drum bands, expertly prepared international cuisine, slot tournaments, a luxurious spa and tax and duty-free shopping.
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This special deal is available on four- and five-day Eastern or Western Caribbean itineraries visiting the inviting islands of Grand Turk, Cozumel, Princess Cays, Grand Cayman or Costa Maya.

The offer is available to residents of the 50 United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older.

Posted: July 2nd, 2014 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Carnival Promotion Offers Up To 30% Discounts & Complimentary Upgrades For U.S. and Canadian Military Personnel

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July 1, 2014 – Carnival Cruise Lines is hosting a special mid-year promotion during July offering discounts of up to 30 percent and complimentary two-category upgrades to active and retired personnel of the U.S. military and Canada National Defense. Military personnel can also book up to two additional staterooms at these special discounted rates.

The promotion runs from today through July 13, 2014, and is valid on a wide variety of three- to 13-day departures to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Canada, New England and the Panama Canal through December 31, 2014.
Voyages operate from 12 convenient North American homeports along the east and west coasts and the Gulf of Mexico.

The promotion is valid for individual bookings only. Military personnel must provide proof of service. Eligible military personnel must sail to take advantage of this offer. Upgrades are automatically assigned at the time of booking and are based on availability in similar categories only (interior to interior, ocean view to ocean view, balcony to balcony). Certain other restrictions apply. The thirty percent discount is based off Fun Select rates.

Posted: July 1st, 2014 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Extend Your Summer Vacation with MSC Divina’s Sizzling Summer Giveaway

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July 1, 2014.

Although summer is just starting, it’s a great time to look at an amazing offer from MSC Cruises which offers several 7-night cruises for as little as $42 a day per person, on the stunning MSC Divina.

MSC Divina, the first of MSC Cruises’ ships dedicated to North Americans, tempts travelers to extend their summer vacations with the chance to get a balcony stateroom at an interior rate on seven-night Caribbean sailings August through November.

Guests who book the Sizzling Summer Giveaway offer, starting at just $299 per person, based on double occupancy, are assigned a stateroom at random at least 14 days prior to the sailing and could receive anywhere from an interior to balcony stateroom.

MSC Cruises’ Sizzling Summer Giveaway offer is available on the following 2014 departures:

· August 23 and September 6: seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing visiting Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico and the private island of Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Starting at $299 per person.

· August 30: seven-night Western Caribbean sailing visiting Falmouth, Jamaica; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico and the private island of Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Starting at $299 per person.

· September 13 and September 27: seven-night sailing Western Caribbean visiting Falmouth, Jamaica; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico and the private island of Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Starting at $349 per person.

· September 20: seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing visiting Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico and the private island of Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Starting at $349 per person.

· October 4, October 18, and November 1: seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing visiting Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico and the private island of Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Starting at $379 per person.

· October 11 and October 25: seven-night Western Caribbean sailing visiting Falmouth, Jamaica; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico and the private island of Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Starting at $379 per person.

Bookings for the Sizzling Summer Giveaway offer must be made between July 1 and July 31, 2014.

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Named after godmother Sophia Loren, MSC Divina offers several divine new features, including two Eataly restaurants – the upscale Ristorante Italia and spectacular regional Eataly Steakhouse fashioned after the famed restaurant in Eataly’s Manhattan location and artisanal marketplace, and is the first ship to offer Aqua Cycling at sea. The 1,751-cabin ship boasts 322,900 square feet of public spaces including 18 bars and lounges, five swimming pools, a bowling alley, gym and exotic Aurea Spa, 4D Theater, a Formula 1 race car simulator, and new Segafredo Zanetti gourmet coffee bar.

MSC Divina also features the MSC Yacht Club, an innovative “ship-within-a-ship” concept with 69 suites on board. MSC Yacht Club guests can indulge in comfort and convenience, from their own personal Butler and 24-hour concierge service to complimentary wines and spirits available any time of the day throughout MSC Yacht Club’s exclusive lounges and pool area.

To book one of these exceptional offers, contact your cruise travel agent or visit MSC’s USA website.

Posted: July 1st, 2014 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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MSC CRUISES DONATES $4.1 MILLION DOLLARS TO UNICEF

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June 30, 2014 – MSC Cruises has donated more than $4.1 million to UNICEF, the United Nations agency that fights for the rights of children around the world, during a handover ceremony at MSC Cruises’ Geneva headquarters.

MSC Cruises and UNICEF joined forces in 2009 under the “Get on Board for Children” initiative, which encourages guests on board the 12 MSC Cruises ships to make a contribution to UNICEF.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is active in more than 190 countries and territories, and since 2009, MSC’s collaboration has provided UNICEF in Brazil with funds to combat poverty and inequality. The money has helped children in 126 vulnerable communities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paolo gain access to a quality education.

In January of this year, MSC Cruises and UNICEF started a new life-saving partnership to provide assistance to malnourished children by delivering Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) – such as Plumpy’Nut® – to treat severe malnutrition in developing countries and in countries affected by crisis situations.

During a ceremony at the company headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago handed the Executive Director of UNICEF Switzerland, Elsbeth Müller a check for more than €3 million Euro (more than 4.1 million in US dollars).
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“At MSC Cruises we are honored to be able to assist UNICEF in its endeavor to help starving children around the world. It was our duty to set in place such a concrete partnership that can save the lives of children for whom RUTF is an essential lifeline,” said Vago. “We are proud of the hard work achieved by all our staff, which made it possible to raise such an incredible amount of money. MSC as a group, which means cruises and cargo, is working hard to raise awareness of the project and to provide support to UNICEF through our very extensive network around the world.”

“I would like to thank MSC Cruises sincerely for the valuable longstanding partnership and today’s generous donation,” said Elsbeth Müller. “The donation will be used for purchasing Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food for the treatment of children affected by severe acute malnutrition. Severe acute malnutrition is a major killer of children under five, accounting for more than one million deaths annually. Around 20 million children worldwide are estimated to be suffering from very poor nutrition. Thanks to partners like MSC Cruises, we can make sure that those children will have a future.”

In addition to donations from guests, MSC Cruises also organizes “edutainment” activities for children on board, raising awareness of UNICEF’s work and the needs of children around the world. Each week will see a dedicated UNICEF Day that includes fun games, a children’s parade and the distribution to each participating youngster of a UNICEF World Citizen passport, making them an ambassador for the rights of the child worldwide. In addition, MSC Cruises has launched a new song performed by an Italian children’s choir called “I Can Believe – MSC for UNICEF,” to provide a soundtrack to all UNICEF support efforts on board MSC Cruises ships.

Guests on board each ship of the MSC fleet have the possibility to donate at least $1.50 to the “Get on Board for Children” initiative. More information is available on the following dedicated website http://www.msccruisesusa.com/us_en/Msc-Unicef.aspx.

Posted: July 1st, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Freedom Receives Extensive Makeover & Debuts Four New Production Shows

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June 27, 2014 – Carnival Freedom has emerged from an extensive multi-million dollar makeover with four brand new production shows that blend live performances with towering LED screens showcasing spectacular staging and special effects. The ship also received the Funship 2.0 upgrades which added several bars and dining venues.

The latest in the line’s high-tech Playlist Productions revues, the four new shows – 80s Pop to the Max, Heart of Soul, Getaway Island, and 88 Keys: The Rock n’ Roll Piano Show – complement the new dining, bar, and entertainment experiences that are part of the Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement initiative. Including the new shows introduced on Carnival Freedom, the company’s entertainment team has created 10 Playlist Production shows which are presented throughout the “Fun Ship” fleet.

Carnival Freedom’s new Playlist Productions shows include:

80s Pop to the Max – This high-energy show channels the era of Day-Glo, Spandex, and big hair with spirited performances of the hottest music video hits from the 1980s. From the pop-rock of Duran Duran and Cindy Lauper to the smooth soul of Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson and beyond, 80s Pop to the Max takes audiences back to days when “video killed the radio star.”

Heart of Soul – This mesmerizing show tugs on the heart strings, capturing special romantic moments with recognizable R&B and soul hits from a host of legendary singers, from Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder to Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Al Green. In a unique twist, six lucky couples are chosen for a special night of romance with VIP seats, champagne and flowers.

Getaway Island
– A high-tech re-creation of popular beach movies of the 1960s featuring stunning 3D special effects, Getaway Island invites guests to set their watches to “island time” as they experience the ultimate tropical island bash with music from Jimmy Buffet, Bob Marley, the Beach Boys and others. Getaway Island also features its own version of Carnival Freedom’s new RedFrog Pub with a cocktail glass-spinning bartender and talented guitar soloist keeping audiences entertained. It’s always 5 o’ clock on Getaway Island!

88 Keys: The Rock n’ Roll Piano Show – Goodness, gracious great balls of fire! Highlighted by sing-along hits from Billy Joel, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis and others – as well as an appearance from Carnival Freedom’s own piano bar pianist — 88 Keys: The Rock n’ Roll Piano Show spotlights these talented artists who have taken the term “tickling the ivories” to a whole new level.
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Presented in Carnival Freedom’s 1,400-seat Victoriana Show Lounge — which has been renovated to accommodate Playlist Productions’ sophisticated technology — the new revues were created by Carnival’s in-house entertainment team which has been expanded with three new members hired specifically to concept, develop and roll out these four new shows.

The company has also partnered with some of the most recognized talents in the entertainment industry, including Emmett Murphy, who has developed popular stage performances in Las Vegas, including Sin City at Planet Hollywood and The Beatles LOVE at the Mirage Hotel and Casino; Jennifer Savelli, whose experiences span the gamut from Broadway and Hollywood to Vegas and MTV; and Marcos Santana whose extensive Broadway credits include serving as choreographer for Rock of Ages and dance captain for Guys and Dolls.

Funship 2.0 Upgrades

Carnival Freedom’s makeover includes Hasbro, The Game Show, the cruise industry’s only live game show that features larger-than-life adaptations of the brand’s iconic games.

Also included is Guy’s Burger Joint, developed in tandem with Food Network personality Guy Fieri, the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar, the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar, the EA SPORTS Bar where patrons can catch the latest action and play popular video games; Blue Iguana Cantina serving authentic Mexican specialties, and the RedFrog Pub, an island-inspired watering hole offering a distinctive Key West meets British West Indies vibe.

Several new family-friendly features were also added, including a Dr. Seuss Bookville family reading venue, part of Seuss at Sea, an exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises featuring exciting youth, family, dining and entertainment experiences inspired by the amazing world and words of Dr. Seuss. Also new is Camp Ocean, an expansive new youth program that immerses children ages 2-11 in the wonders of the sea through more than 200 new engaging and educational experiences and activities.

The new features are available on the Carnival Freedom’s five to eight-day Caribbean departures from Fort Lauderdale. Carnival Freedom will operate from Fort Lauderdale through February 2015 then reposition to Galveston, Texas, to sail year-round seven-day Caribbean departures.

Posted: June 27th, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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Princess Cruises “Red, White & Blue” Sale For Sailings Of 10 Days Or Longer

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June 26, 2014 – Princess Cruises is celebrating the summer season with the “Red, White & Blue Sale” featuring cruise deals on North American departures 10 days or longer. The June 26 to July 10 sales event offers cruise discounts of up to $700 per stateroom, plus up to $150 free onboard spending money.

Voyages featured in the sale include cruise vacations to the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal, Canada & New England and Hawaii. Cruises depart between September 2014 and April 2015.

In addition to special fares, guests booking balcony staterooms or above will receive an onboard credit of $150 per stateroom and those booking interior or oceanview staterooms can get a $100 per stateroom credit. Plus, guests can book their stateroom with only a $100 deposit per person.

More information about the cruise sale and pricing can be found at http://www.princess.com/sale.

Examples of cruise deals include:

Caribbean cruise – 10 days: $999 interior; $1,599 balcony
Mexico cruise – 10 days: $799 interior; $1,299 balcony
Canada & New England cruise – 10 days: $999 interior; $2,399 balcony
Panama Canal cruise – 11 days: $999 interior; $1,499 balcony
Hawaii cruise – 15 days: $1,399 interior; $2,299 balcony

Information about other cruise deals and promotions can be found at http://www.princess.com/topcruisedeals.

Posted: June 26th, 2014 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Holland America Line Returns to Bermuda in Summer 2015 with Seven-Day Roundtrip Boston Voyages

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June 19, 2014 – Holland America Line is returning to the pink sands and pastel-colored skyline of Bermuda on seven-day cruises aboard ms Veendam. Sailing roundtrip from Boston, Mass., six departures will sail in May, June and July, and feature three days and nights at Hamilton, the country’s capital known for its gorgeous beaches and abundance of golf courses.

Carrying just 1,350 guests, Veendam offers an ideal mid-size ship experience in Bermuda that enables the vessel to dock at Hamilton in the center of town. The seven-day voyages spend a day at sea after departing Boston and arrive at Hamilton mid-day with enough time for guests to go ashore and enjoy the town. The ship then spends three nights alongside, where guests can experience local nightlife and dine ashore, if desired. Veendam departs Bermuda in the afternoon of the final day in Hamilton, with a day at sea before arriving back at Boston.

“We know our guests will be excited to see us cruise again to Bermuda in 2015,” said Richard Meadows, Holland America Line’s executive vice president of sales, marketing and guest relations. “By extending the call to three nights, guests can have extensive time to experience the island while still enjoying the award-wining service and amenities that Holland America Line is known for.”

With three days in port, guests will have multiple opportunities to experience Hamilton’s British charm, cultural heritage sites and world-renowned beaches on a variety of shore excursions. From the ship, guests can take a short walk to Front Street and explore its array of colorful shops and restaurants. Hamilton also is home to a massive 19th-century neo-Gothic cathedral, and the Georgian-style Sessions House built in 1815.

The seven-day Bermuda itinerary can be combined with a seven-day Canada/New England cruise to create a 14-day Bermuda & Canada/New England Collectors’ Voyage. The full Collectors’ cruise calls at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia; Bar Harbor, Maine; Boston; and Hamilton, with scenic cruising in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The Bermuda cruise also can be combined with a 17-day Panama Canal transit to create a 24-day Panama Canal and Bermuda Collectors’ Voyage. The ship departs San Diego, Calif., April 15, and calls at ports in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Colombia, as well as Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Boston and Hamilton, including a full transit of the Panama Canal.

Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest features and amenities. Guests aboard the ship will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms — many with private verandahs — but also new and exciting venues and along with the latest culinary and entertainment enhancements.

Cruise fares begin at $799 for the seven-day cruises; $1,499 for the 14-day Bermuda & Canada/New England Collectors’ Voyages; and $2,499 for the 24-day Panama Canal and Bermuda Collectors’ Voyage, all per person, double occupancy.

Posted: June 19th, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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NORWEGIANS MAKE A SPLASH

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June 13, 2014.

Norwegian Cruise Line is launching its popular DASH sale, offering exceptional savings on all Norwegian Cruise Line sailings of three days or longer, fleet-wide. Guests who book a cruise vacation from Sunday, June 15 through Saturday, June 21, 2014, can receive up to $250 per stateroom to spend on board depending on the category of stateroom booked. Air credits up to $1000, Military, AARP and Latitudes Rewards discounts also apply to select sailings.

Norwegian Getaway, Miami’s Ultimate Ship, sails seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean from her year-round homeport, Miami. The line’s newest ship visits tropical ports of call including Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. On board 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 create a multiplex of dining, activities and more that enhance guests’ connection with the ocean. Fares start at $549*.

Also sailing from Miami, Norwegian Epic, 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, cruises to sunny Western Caribbean destinations on seven-day sailings between November 9, 2014 and April 19, 2015. Cruisers will explore ports of call including Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico; with fares starting at $399*.

Beginning October 5, 2014 through April 19, 2015, cruisers can set sail from the Big Apple on seven-day Bahamas and Florida cruises on board Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway’s sister-ship and the ship that brings the best of NYC to Sea. Fares start at $599*.
Guests looking to sail from Houston to the tropical Western Caribbean can do so aboard the newly-refurbished Norwegian Jewel, beginning October 11, 2014 through April 11, 2015. Vacationers will visit ports of call including Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Banana Coast, Honduras; with fares starting at $429*.

Vacationers can dash to cruise savings in Hawai`i when they book a seven-day cruise on board Pride of America, with fares from $999*. Sailing year-round from Honolulu, this stunning cruise offers nearly 100 hours of port time and visits Hawai’i’s four main islands, including an overnight in Kahului, Maui; an overnight in Nãwiliwili, Kaua`i; stops in Hilo, Hawai`i and Kona, Hawai`i; as well as an afternoon cruise by the spectacular Nãpali Coast.

To take advantage of the DASH limited time offer, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

* All cruise fares are per person, based on double occupancy.

Posted: June 13th, 2014 under Hot Cruise Deals.
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Holland America Line is featuring a new “Experience the Game of Thrones” shore excursion at Belfast, Northern Ireland

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June 11, 2014.

Holland America Line is featuring a new “Experience the Game of Thrones” shore excursion at Belfast, Northern Ireland, offering guests a behind-the-scenes look at many of the locations where the hit show is filmed.

The tour begins at Castle Ward, which fans know as Winterfell, and travels to Audley’s Castle – a backdrop for many scenes and the site of Robb Stark’s camp. Throughout the tour, die-hard fans will learn about special effects and costuming, test their knowledge of show trivia and hone their archery skills. Participants also will have a photo opportunity with actual costumes from the series, making them feel like part of the cast.
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For those unfamiliar with the show, the tour still is full of beauty and enchantment as the area has a rich history that long predates “Game of Thrones.” Audley’s Castle was built in the 15th century and Castle Ward was finished in the 18th century.

Holland America Line offers a variety of itineraries visiting Belfast on ms Prinsendam and ms Rotterdam. The cruises vary in length from 14 to 35 days and depart Rotterdam or Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Posted: June 11th, 2014 under Cruise Ship News.
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