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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.