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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Princess Cruises' “3 for Free” Sale is back and better than ever


Guests Can Enjoy Free Stateroom Location Upgrade, Free Gratuities and Free Onboard Spending Money

NTA CLARITA, Calif. (Sept 7, 2016) – Princess Cruises is a special deal during the3 for Free” cruise sale for guests booking select six to 60-day Cruises or Land & Sea Vacations sailing from Summer 2017 to Spring 2018.

The “3 for Free” cruise sale includes:
  • Free stateroom location upgrades - enabling guests to get the best preferred stateroom available within that stateroom type for the lowest possible fare
  • Free onboard gratuities
  • Free onboard spending money - up to $300 per stateroom

In addition, the cruise sale features a low $100 per guest refundable deposit.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

“Celebrity Distinction” makes sailing the glistening waters of the Mediterranean a one-of-a-kind experience

The most awarded modern luxury brand in Europe adds more sensational sailings to their iconic European lineup, and introduces new unforgettable onboard activities 

MIAMI – September 06, 2016 – Gaze at the sapphire-blue waters of the Mediterranean; explore Europe’s most iconic cities; sample local, seasonal ingredients; and soak in the warm sun and breathtaking sunsets onboard a Celebrity Cruises ship.

The modern luxury cruise line, which has been named best cruise line in Europe*[i] for six consecutive years, has added more Mediterranean sailings for 2017, and is bringing distinct experiences to guests through a variety of new onboard activities and culinary indulgences.

In 2017, Celebrity will offer 40 unique itineraries in Europe, 109 Uniquely Celebrity Shore Excursions in the region, and 61 overnight stays in 19 different European cities. This is the Celebrity Distinction

Two new 180,000-ton Carnival Cruise Line ships will be largest for the company and first in North America to run on liquefied natural gas


Agreement with Shipbuilder Meyer Turku Marks Return to Shipbuilding in Finland
For World’s Most Popular Cruise Line

            MIAMI (September 6, 2016) – As part of a new multi-ship order announced today by Carnival Corporation & plc, Carnival Cruise Line is scheduled to take delivery of two new 180,000 gross-registered-ton cruise ships in 2020 and 2022 which will be the largest in the fleet of the world’s most popular cruise line.

           Both ships will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas under Carnival Corp.’s exclusive “green cruising” design and will mark the first time an LNG-powered cruise ship is based in North America.
            
            The two ships, with an approximate passenger capacity of 5,200 based on double occupancy, are being constructed by Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku at the company’s Turku, Finland shipyard.  The agreement represents a return to shipbuilding in Finland for Carnival Cruise Line for the first time in 12 years. The company has 12 ships in its current fleet that were constructed in Finland, including its eight Fantasy-class ships and four Spirit-class ships.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

First steel cut for Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Statendam



Construction begins on second Pinnacle Class ship due for delivery in November 2018


Seattle, Wash., July 12, 2016 — Holland America Line celebrated a significant construction milestone today as the first steel was cut for ms Nieuw Statendam, due for delivery in November 2018. The ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, Italy, and the block being built there will later be moved to the Marghera yard where the ship will be constructed. Holland America Group’s Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations Keith Taylor was at the yard for the event.

The 99,500-ton ship — the 15th in the fleet — is the second Pinnacle Class vessel for Holland America Line, joining sister-ship ms Koningsdam that sailed its first cruise in April 2016. The steel cutting follows a period of design and development for the 2,650-guest ship that will feature enhanced Pinnacle Class amenities and innovations.

Carnival Miracle to operate 14-day Alaska cruise round-trip from Long Beach in September 2017


Week-Long Adventure to Visit Seven Majestic Alaskan and Canadian Destinations, Including Line’s First-Ever Call at Breathtaking Icy Strait Point

MIAMI (August 24, 2016) – For the first time, Carnival Cruise Line will offer a 14-day Alaskan adventure round-trip from Long Beach, Calif., in September 2017 featuring seven spectacular destinations, including Glacier Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the line’s first visit to Icy Strait Point, an unspoiled wilderness area offering some of the best whale and bear watching in the state and the world’s longest zip-line. 

The one-of-a-kind voyage -- part of the line’s Carnival Journeys cruise enrichment series -- will take place aboard Carnival Miracle departing Long Beach Sept. 2 and returning Sept. 16, 2017.

In addition to a full-day sailing Glacier Bay and Carnival’s inaugural call to Icy Strait Point, the 14-day cruise will feature the stunning Alaskan ports of Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and Sitka, as well as Vancouver, British Columbia. Each of these destinations offers a rich history and culture, along with awe-inspiring natural wonders, including calving glaciers, magnificent fjords and native sea and animal life. A wide range of exciting shore excursions – from helicopter flightseeing and rainforest canopy tours to hiking, canoeing and kayaking expeditions, and alpine lake snorkeling  – will be available. 

Sixthman celebrates 15 years of festivals at sea

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 17, 201


  Guests invited to LIVE LOUD with cabin giveaways, live streaming performances
and more
during Sixthman Day – August 30
 
Join the party at Sixthman.net/sxmday and Sixthman’s Facebook Page


Atlanta, GA – SIXTHMAN — the industry leader in music festivals at sea — is celebrating fifteen years of setting the stage for moments that make life rock, and guests are invited to get in on the vacation action! As the pioneers of the themed cruise experiences, Sixthman tears down the walls between fans and bands, allowing guests to set sail on vacation together with their favorite artists. Beginning today, guests can enter to win one of seven 2017 spring sailings at Sixthman.net/sxmday. Prizes include cabin giveaways for The Outlaw Country Cruise, Turner Classic Movie Cruise, Walker Stalker Cruise, Pitbull After Dark Party, Sail Across The Sun, 2017’s sold-out 10th Edition Cayamo and the sailing that started the music festival at sea movement, The Rock Boat!

On August 30th, the same day The Rock Boat made its inaugural sailing in 2001, Sixthman is throwing open its digital doors and welcoming guests to join them in the celebration. Tune in to Sixthman’s Facebook Page between 10am and 4pm eastern where there will be live streaming meet & greets with the Sixthman crew members, sharing vintage videos and photos and announcing cabin giveaway winners every hour. In addition, hit songwriter and Cayamo alumni artist Chuck Cannon will offer up a special Sixthman Sessions performance live streaming around 2:30pm eastern in celebration of the company’s 15th anniversary.

Princess Cruises presents the Majestic Princess


Designs and Key Features Unveiled For Newest Ship in the Growing Fleet 
 
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (August 24, 2016) Princess Cruises today unveiled designs and announced key features of Majestic Princess, the newest and most luxurious ship in the global fleet. Departing April 4, Majestic Princess will sail on her inaugural voyage, a five-day Adriatic Sea cruise roundtrip from Rome with stops in Kotor and Corfu.


Following her maiden cruise, Majestic Princess will tour Europe, offering guests a chance to experience the ship on 7, 14, 21 and 28 day cruises departing from Rome, Barcelona or Athens. A repositioning voyage will depart Barcelona on May 14, 2017, visiting Dubai and Singapore before arriving in Shanghai, her new home. Majestic Princess will begin her first cruise from its home-port in Shanghai on July 11, 2017, carrying 3,560 guests to a variety of destinations in Japan and Korea.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Norwegian's best Free At Sea offer extended



Now through July 31, new cruise bookings in oceanview, balcony or mini-suite staterooms can choose two free offers and Haven & Suites receive five offerings valued up to $2600

With summer in full swing, Norwegian Cruise Line is heating things up by offering even more freedom, flexibility and value to those looking to enjoy a summer cruise getaway or plan their winter escape with Norwegian’s Free at Sea offer. From now through July 31, 2016, guests can choose from up to five free offers to enhance their onboard experience when they book a new cruise vacation. 
 
With Norwegian’s Free at Sea, guests who book a new five-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or minisuite category stateroom can select their preference of two choices from four incredible onboard amenity offers, including free Unlimited Beverages*, free Specialty Dining package*, free shore excursion credits, a free 250 minute WiFi package**, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer which allows 3rd and 4th guests to sail for free on select dates.

John Delaney takes the helm at Windstar Cruises to chart a course for the boutique, yacht-like cruise line


(News Release)

John Delaney is now the president of Windstar Cruises. The seasoned cruise veteran will chart a course for the boutique, small ship cruise line that prides itself on a casual yet elegant approach to smaller harbors, in-port overnights and personalized experiences around the world. His first day in office will be on July 19.
 
Delaney, formerly SVP of Global Marketing and Sales for Seabourn Cruise Line (a Carnival Corporation brand), also has significant tenure with The Walt Disney Company and Holland America Line.

“We are very pleased to welcome John on-board. Cruise vacationers and our guests have every reason to expect a new era of exciting, wonderful and memorable vacation experiences on our yachts and in the ports Windstar visits,” said Andrew N. Todd, chief executive officer of Xanterra Parks & Resorts, parent company of Windstar Cruises.

“Windstar just welcomed back the renovated Star Pride, and since taking ownership of Windstar in 2011, we have invested more than $40 million into our three sailing yachts and three motorized all-suite yachts, so this is an ideal time for John to join the company and contribute to its success.”

Princess Cruises offers "exceptional" cruise savings during Great Getaways sale



SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (July 11, 2016) – Princess Cruises is offering up to 35% off on short getaway cruises during the Great Getaways Sale, based on double occupancy.

Guests will enjoy the Lotus Spa & Fitness Center, top-notch live entertainment and world-class cuisine made fresh from scratch, as well as fantastic cruise destinations.

 Getaway cruises from both coasts, range from three to five days and offer a convenient way to get on board and enjoy a cruise vacation. Guests can choose to enjoy the beaches of the Caribbean, charming coastal towns in California, Mexico, or Canada and New England.

In addition to special cruise ship savings, guests can book with reduced deposits of only $50 per person. Third and fourth guests will also save with fares starting at $99 per person. 

Great Getaways Sale cruise deals include:

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Christmas Market river cruises: For quintessential magic and unusual shopping


Sophisticated Cruise Specialists at Crown Cruise Vacations Provide Exclusive Offers, Exceptional Value & Unparalleled Service

News Release: Princeton, N.J. (June 23, 2016) – Celebrate the Christmas season with festive journeys aboard a Christmas Market river cruise and bask in the holiday atmosphere. Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning of Advent (late November) until right before Christmas, but you have to plan ahead as these river cruises tend to sell out early, says Crown Cruise Vacations President Ross Spalding.

What and when are the Christmas markets? 
The history of Christmas markets goes back to the late middle ages in the German-speaking parts of Europe. The Vienna “December Market” was a forerunner of the Christmas market and dates back to 1294. In many of the charming towns and villages in Germany and Austria, Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the Christmas markets. This is truly an old fashioned Christmas.

Medieval in appearance, they are held in the town square. You have never seen Christmas lights until you have been to the European Christmas markets. There are unusual handmade gifts such as nativity scenes, handmade children’s toys and unique art. Experience master glassblowers selling baubles and find idiosyncratic decorations that surely will be treasured for years. Pass Gothic Churches scented of frankincense and myrrh while all of your senses are awakened to the smells of gingerbread, cloves, sugar cakes and ale.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Norwegian Dawn sets sail for Bermuda as a new ship


Norwegian Cruise Line’s ship returns to Boston for the summer season after an extensive month-long renovation that virtually rebuilt the vessel, adding new restaurants, bars and lounges, including the popular O’Sheehans Bar & Grill, Sugarcane Mojito Bar, Bliss Lounge and The Cellars, a Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar, along with new upscale Mexican dining venue Los Lobos Cantina

BOSTON, MA (June 17, 2016) – Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Dawn sailed into her seasonal homeport of Boston this morning as an essentially new vessel, following a month-long dry dock where she received enhancements to every part of the onboard experience, from two brand new restaurants and three new bars and lounges, updated design and décor in all public spaces, to a refurbishment of all staterooms including a complete makeover of the ship’s signature Garden Villas, some of the largest suites at sea. Norwegian Dawn’s extensive renovation is a part of The Norwegian Edge™ program, a $400 million investment that sets a new standard of excellence for the Norwegian brand, encompassing the entire guest experience.


            “As with each of the ship refurbishments in the Norwegian Edge program, this was not your average dry dock,” said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line president and chief operating officer. “Norwegian Dawn was brought down to the steel in many spaces and rebuilt to evoke the look and feel of the newest Norwegian ships, allowing guests sailing on her to enjoy all of the freedom and flexibility that only Norwegian offers, along with a more premium experience from bow to stern.”