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December 29, 2009

Silver Spirit Has Arrived!

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The time has come! Silver Spirit is now cruising with a boatload of guests.

Silversea Cruises stated "This is it. The big one. The day we've been counting down to! It's 23 December and that means Silver Spirit is happily docked in Barcelona and welcoming guests aboard her 11-day "Holiday Spirit" cruise.

Set to depart from Barcelona tomorrow, Silver Spirit will then visit Malaga, Gibraltar, Cadiz, Casablanca and Tangier before concluding her first official sailing in Lisbon.

Now that the dust has settled, carpets are laid, furniture arranged and the finishing touches are all in place, we're delighted to unveil these brand new photos of our beautiful Silver Spirit:"

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Call Cruising2Paradise.com if you'd like more information or to book a cruise on this fabulous new ship!

Cruise Deals onboard Silversea Cruises . . .

7 Day Caribbean Cruise on Silve Spirit March 10, 2010 From $2738 US!

7 Day Alaska Cruise on Silver Shadow August 27, 2010 From $3158 US!

7 Day Mediterranean Cruise on Silver Wind May 10, 2010 From $3293 US!

10 Day Panama Canal Cruise on Prince Albert II October 3, 2010 From $3298 US!

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December 28, 2009

Crystal's 2011 World Cruise Now Open for Booking

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Repeat Guests Save up to $20,000 per couple

LOS ANGELES, December 21, 2009 - Books are now open for Crystal Cruises' 16th annual, 110-day 2011 World Cruise. Fares for the "Grand Exotic Expedition" World Cruise aboard Crystal Serenity are now available online, along with Full World Cruise and segment itinerary details, and attractive promotional and savings information including:

  • 2-for-1 World Cruise Fares if booked by April 30, 2010;
  • Free Air on all segments;
  • Up to $10,000 per couple 'All-Inclusive. As You Wish' spending credits;
  • Price Guarantee, assuring guests will receive the best applicable fare, lowest minimum deposits and a flexible cancellation policy, no matter when they book;
  • Up to $20,000 savings per couple for Crystal Society members; up to $8,000 savings per couple for new-to-Crystal guests; and
  • Additional 2.5% savings for guests paying in full 180 days out.
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    Departing Los Angeles on January 17, 2011, the full World Cruise will visit 41 ports in 19 countries, including six overnight stays and two double overnights. The award-winning Crystal Serenity will call in East and West Africa for the first time on a route through the South Pacific, Australia, Southeast Asia, India and Dubai.

    For 2011, full World Cruise guests will enjoy the added value of special amenities and events including:

  • First or Business Class Air Transportation for guests originating in any of Crystal's specified air/sea gateways;
  • $10,000 per couple 'All-Inclusive. As You Wish' spending credits onboard spending credit and pre-paid gratuities;
  • Bon voyage World Cruise Gala and overnight luxury hotel accommodations in Los Angeles;
  • Complimentary chauffeured pre- and post cruise transfers between the guest's home, airport, pre-cruise hotel and Crystal Serenity within 100 miles of gateway city;
  • Two exclusive shoreside gala events; and
  • Specially selected gifts and special onboard events exclusive to Full World Cruise guests.
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    Two-for-one full World Cruise fares start at $53,240, per person, double occupancy. Crystal's World Cruise is also available in seven individual segments ranging from 12 to 21 days, or back-to-back segment combinations, with fares beginning at $6,500 per person, double occupancy.

    For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a Crystal Cruises Specialists at Cruising2Paradise.com at #1-800-738-8837.

    View Crystal Cruises Europe & Mediterranean Cruises
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    Crystal Cruise Deals . . .

    7 Day Mexican Riviera Cruise on Crystal Symphony November 21, 28 or December 5, 2010 From $2360 US!

    11 Day Panama Canal Cruise on Crystal Symphony February 3, 2010 From $3598 US!

    7 Day Mediterranean Cruise on Crystal Serenity May 18, 2010 From $3705 US!

    View more deals at Cruising2Paradise.com, Cruising2Alaska.com, Cruising2Europe.com, Cruising2Mexico.com and Cruising2Tahiti.com!

    Posted by Denise at 11:27 AM | Comments (0)

    December 22, 2009

    Norwegian Cruise Line Surprises Ellen's Entire Audience With A 7-Day Freestyle Cruise Giveaway

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    Miami - Dec 17, 2009 - Norwegian Cruise Line spread holiday cheer by taking part in The Ellen DeGeneres show's 12 Days of Giveaways with a huge surprise for the entire audience: a seven-day Freestyle Cruising vacation for two. Airing today, December 17 on day 11 of the 12-day series on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the cruise giveaway to more than 300 in-studio audience members was also in celebration of Norwegian declaring 2010 as "The Year of the Freestyle Vacation." The audience cheered and jumped up from their seats as Ellen announced that they would all receive a cruise for two aboard Norwegian Cruise Line while four ship officers distributed the bright yellow cruise packets to the audience. A video clip of the giveaway can be seen at www.ellentv.com.

    "We are thrilled to present Ellen's audience members with a cruise on one of our signature Freestyle Cruising vessels as part of our 'Year of the Freestyle Vacation' promotion," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line's chief executive officer. "Ellen is one of the funniest, most engaging personalities on television today. We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate 2010 as the year to take a Freestyle vacation than by giving away cruises to Ellen's entire audience so that they can experience Norwegian's signature Freestyle Cruising for themselves."

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    With Freestyle Cruising, Norwegian provides a more flexible cruising experience, so guests have the freedom to enjoy their cruise with a variety of choices. Sailing to destinations in the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Alaska, Bermuda and Mexican Riviera, Norwegian Cruise Line offers up to 20 dining options, luxury accommodations, incredible nightlife, and a variety of family activities, including the only bowling alleys, first rappelling wall and largest bowl slide at sea. The company is preparing to welcome its largest, most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship to date, Norwegian Epic, next summer.

    Norwegian is offering at-home viewers the opportunity to book a Freestyle vacation similar to the one provided to Ellen's audience. For more information and to book a Freestyle vacation call #1-800-738-8837.

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    Norwegian's "Year of the Freestyle Vacation" promotion offers up to a six-category upgrade and on-board savings certificates of up to $400 for bookings from now until March 14, 2010 on any of the line's 10 Freestyle Cruising ships. In addition, bi-weekly promotions will feature special offers on select ships and destinations. The first offer from January 4-17, 2010 includes reduced deposits and kids from $249 for bookings on Norwegian Epic's seven-day cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

    About Norwegian Cruise Line
    Norwegian Cruise Line (Norwegian)is the innovator in cruise travel with a 43-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which has revolutionized the industry by allowing guests more freedom and flexibility.

    Today, Norwegian has the youngest fleet in the industry with 10 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed cruise vacation on the newest, most contemporary ships at sea.

    Norwegian is presently building Norwegian Epic, the company's largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship to date, for delivery in summer 2010. Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of Blue Man Group, debuting for the first time at sea on Norwegian Epic.

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    View NCL Alaska Cruises
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    NCL Cruise Deals . . .

    7 Day Alaska Cruise on Norwegian Pearl April 24, 2010 From $329 US!

    7 Day Mexico Cruise on Norwegian Star March 6, 2010 From $349 US!

    12 Day Trans-Atlantic Cruise on Norwegian Sun October 4, 2010 From $569 US!

    10 Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Norwegian Gem February 3, 2010 From $749 US!

    12 Day Mediterranean Cruise on Norwegian Jade December 12, 2010 From $749 US!

    Call the NCL Cruise Specialists' Cruising2Paradise.com at #1-800-738-8837 or Email us for more information!

    Posted by Denise at 11:04 AM | Comments (0)

    December 18, 2009

    Silversea Cruises' Newest Ship

    Silversea Cruises is in the processing of builing a brand new ship, Silver Spirit. Just recently the ship did sea trials in the Adratic.

    Below I've included the most recent pictures of this fabulous six-star cruise ship . . .

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    SPA

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    SAUNA

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    RECEPTION

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    LA TERRAZZA RESTAURANT

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    OBSERVATION LOUNGE

    Here is a list of scheduled events for the Silver Spirit:

    December 12, 2009: Delivery Ceremony, Ancona, Italy
    The first milestone takes place in Italy, appropriately enough, as this country provides the heritage for our company. At the Ancona shipyard, Silversea assumes possession of Silver Spirit from Fincantieri, the company that built her.

    December 23, 2009: Inaugural Voyage, Barcelona, Spain
    This is another key moment in the new life of Silver Spirit. A celebratory sailing from Barcelona to Lisbon, this 11-day "Holiday Spirit" voyage is already sold out. Silversea's Chief Operating Officer, Ken Watson, will host this special journey, which will be filled with cocktail parties, festive dinners and many other memorable events.

    January 3, 2010: Maiden Transatlantic Voyage, Lisbon, Portugal
    Always an important time for any oceangoing ship, a first transoceanic voyage announces the new vessel's presence to the world. Silver Spirit makes this sailing during a 16-day "Maiden Crossing" from Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale.

    January 19, 2010: Arrival in the United States, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    The South Florida community has long anticipated welcoming Silver Spirit at Port Everglades. Upon her arrival into the United States, she will be greeted with helicopters and small boats, water cannons and news cameras.

    January 20-21, 2010: Inaugural Celebration & Christening, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    This series of exclusive events will serve as the grand finale amongst the milestones in the young life of Silver Spirit. Invitations to attend a gala dinner, overnight onboard, christening ceremony and bon voyage luncheon have been extended to VIPs and press only, as well as guests sailing 91 days aboard Silver Spirit's Grand Inaugural Voyage ? "The Spirit of South America". This amazing journey departs on the evening of the christening, sending Silver Spirit off on her travels, knowing she will have many extraordinary adventures to follow.

    Cruise Deals onboard the brand new Silver Spirit . . .

    2 Day Caribbean Cruise January 19, 2010 From $1063 US!

    9 Day Caribbean Cruise November 13, 2010 From $3852 US!

    10 Day Caribbean Cruise November 22, 2010 From $4247 US!

    7 Day Mediterranean Cruise September 4, 2010 From $4713 US!

    Posted by Denise at 11:58 AM | Comments (0)

    Famous couple renewed their vows at RIU Guanacaste!

    Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida Renewed Their Vows At Riu Guanacaste Hotel

    Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida experienced the magic of RIU as they fell in love all over again and renewed their vows at the Riu Guanacaste Hotel in Costa Rica.

    Accompanied by their children, family and friends, the couple enjoyed their stay from november 23 to 30 in a wonderful "Family Room", and enjoyed the privacy and comfort of these specially designed suites.

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    This new RIU destination is the ideal vacation choice for families, couples and groups, and the hotel is ideally situated in a convenient and naturally beautiful area. Its 24-hour All Inclusive program includes extensive services and amenities, various specialty restaurants, entertainment, a popular disco, nightly RIU theme shows, and aquatic activities like windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling and kayaking . . . everything you could ask for!

    Come and discover the untouched beauty of Costa Rica with RIU! Specials now available call #1-800-738-8837!

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    RIU 24 Hours All Inclusive Program Includes: unlimited meals and snacks, multiple specialty restaurants serving a variety of international cuisines, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, unlimited use of the in-room mini-bar and liquor dispenser, safety deposit box, various water and land sports, daily activities, live entertainment, taxes and service charges included.

    RIU resorts are also located in: Cancun - Riviera Maya - Nuevo Vallarta - Riviera Nayarit - Cabo San Lucas - Mazatlan - Puerto Plata - Punta Cana - Bahamas Paradise Island - Montego Bay - Negril - Ocho Rios - Aruba - Costa Rica - Miami Beach

    Written by Denise Blackmore

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    December 17, 2009

    Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International take Choiceair to next level with new specials

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    Miami - (December 15, 2009 ) - ChoiceAir, the innovative air travel program that Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International launched earlier this year, is now set to provide even more benefits to cruisers, with yesterday's introduction of "ChoiceAir Specials."

    Since August, the three cruise lines' travel agent partners and guests have had access to highly competitive airfares, along with full control of their air arrangements through ChoiceAir. Beginning today, with the launch of ChoiceAir Specials, the three cruise lines are offering even more value on certain sailings when accompanied with ChoiceAir arrangements. "ChoiceAir Specials provide dollars-off savings that make our cruise vacations an even more compelling value," said Doug Santoni, senior vice president of Revenue Management, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "Cruisers appreciate that ChoiceAir provides value and choice, but many don't realize that ChoiceAir also includes a bonus in the form of travel support before, during and after their trip. It's more than just helping our guests find great flights at great prices and choose the flight options that work best for them. ChoiceAir guests have peace of mind, knowing that the ChoiceAir team is watching out for them on the way to and from their cruise vacation, offering support in the event of disruptions to airline schedules that might otherwise jeopardize their cruise vacation."

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    When guests book ChoiceAir with their cruise, they can be more confident in their vacation decision and the value they are receiving, and this should result in fewer guest cancellations and changes. This translates into the ultimate in value and selection for guests, while helping travel agents to secure more business. With the addition of ChoiceAir Specials, travel partners now have another tool to assist in making the sale, upgrading the sale, and reaching out to new clients.

    ChoiceAir provides the three cruise lines' guests with the ability to select flights from all published airline schedules, taking advantage of some of the most competitive fares, as well as exclusive promotions available only through Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and their travel agent partners. Additionally, ChoiceAir offers the convenience of single-phone-call service and day-of-travel support in the event of airline schedule disruptions. ChoiceAir Specials provide an additional discount off the price of the cruise vacation on certain sailings when accompanied with air purchased through the three cruise lines' ChoiceAir program.

    Guests can purchase ChoiceAir Specials through a travel agent, directly from Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International contact centers, and online at each of the cruise lines' secure ChoiceAir websites:

  • Azamara Club Cruises: www.azamaraclubcruises.com/choiceair
  • Celebrity Cruises: www.celebritycruises.com/choiceair
  • Royal Caribbean International: www.royalcaribbean.com/choiceair
  • Travel agent partners can book ChoiceAir Specials for their clients through CruisingPower.com, the three cruise lines' dedicated site for travel professionals.

    About Azamara Club Cruises
    Azamara Club Cruises is a destination-immersive cruise line for upmarket travelers who want to not only see the places and cultures they visit, but to live them. Azamara's two intimate, 694-guest ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, with a combination of 353 suites and staterooms, offer a boutique European hotel ambience with extraordinary service, fine cuisine and wines from around the world, and wellness and vigor programs, all while sailing to a host of destinations larger ships can't reach. Azamara Club Cruises sails in Europe, Asia, the Panama Canal, Transatlantic, and the less-traveled islands of the Caribbean, with more overnight and late-night stays in every region. For more information, call your travel agent at #1-800-738-8837.

    About Celebrity Cruises
    Celebrity Cruises offers comfortably sophisticated, upscale vacation experiences with highly personalized service, exceptional dining, and extraordinary attention to detail. Celebrity sails in Alaska, Bermuda, Canada/New England, the Caribbean, Europe, Galapagos Islands, the Pacific Coast, Panama Canal and South America. The line also offers unique cruisetour vacations in Alaska, Canada, Europe and South America. Noted for four of the top 10 "Top Cruise Ships in the World" in the large-ship category, as voted by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler (February 2009 readers' poll), Celebrity's fleet - including the new Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Equinox, will be joined by Celebrity Eclipse in 2010, a fourth Solstice-class ship in 2011, and a fifth in 2012. For more information, call your travel agent at #1-800-738-8837.

    About Royal Caribbean International
    Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 21 ships currently in service and one under construction. The line also offers unique cruise tour land packages in Alaska, Canada, Dubai, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent at #1-800-738-8837.

    Posted by Denise at 10:48 AM | Comments (0)

    December 16, 2009

    THE ULTIMATE WAVE TAHITI TRAILER, WEBSITE, AND POSTER ART FOR KELLY SLATER IMAX® FILM NOW AVAILABLE

    Nine-time world surfing champion's feature film premieres in February.

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (Dec. 15, 2009)---Nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater comes to IMAX and other Giant Screen theaters in early February with the premiere of The Ultimate Wave Tahiti, shown in both 3D and 2D formats. For those hoping to get an early look at the action and Tahiti's beauty in director Stephen Low's film, the distributor has launched a new website, www.ultimatewavetahiti.com, as well as releasing the trailer and poster art for the upcoming feature.

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    According to Mark Kresser of K2 Communications, Inc., the Website includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the two-year production and provides an insight to the many challenges faced by the crew. It also paints a personal picture of the relationship that developed between Slater and his Tahitian surfing partner, Raimana Van Bastolaer, as they tackled Teahupo'o, considered one of the most difficult waves in the world.

    "So much of the film is a human interest story as the local Tahitian community plays host to Kelly's quest for the perfect wave," said Kresser.

    He said the trailer for The Ultimate Wave Tahiti, available on the website and soon debuting in selected Giant Screen theaters, will provide a glimpse of both the surf action and familiarity between the surfers that is integral to the film's storyline.

    The poster art for The Ultimate Wave Tahiti is also being released in conjunction with the Website and trailer. Phil Roberts, well-known surf lifestyle artist, was commissioned to produce a unique look for the film, concentrating on both the Slater persona and the famed Tahitian wave.

    Kresser said "the Roberts art treatment provides a blend of strong graphics and striking colors that do justice to the spectacular Tahitian scenery and the majesty of Teahupo'o."

    At the core of the film is wave-formation science that helps the viewer understand the genesis and growth of waves like Teahupo'o that deliver the highest energy density of any renewable resource. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provided scientific consultation for the film and will be creating film-related outreach activities to communicate messages related to the care and protection of the world's oceans.

    The Ultimate Wave Tahiti, which will premiere Feb. 8, 2010 at the Los Angeles Science Center IMAX Theater, is produced by The Stephen Low Company in association with K2 Communications and havoc Television. Underwriting and marketing for the film was provided by Suzuki, Tahiti Tourisme, and Quiksilver.

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    Tahiti Travel Deals . . .

    10 Day Tahiti Cruise on Royal Princess November 29, 2010 From $1245 US!

    5 Night Tahiti Vacation at the Manava Suite Resort Various Dates From $1349 US!

    5 Night Moorea Escape at the Sofitel Moorea Resort Various Dates From $2149 US!

    Photos Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

    Posted by Denise at 05:34 PM | Comments (0)

    Cunard Line Receives Triple Honours in Porthole Cruise Magazine's 11th Annual Readers' Choice Awards

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    "World Cruise Itineraries" receive highest accolade for seventh consecutive year

    15 December 2009 - Cunard Line, operator of the most famous ocean liners in the world, has once again been recognized by Porthole Cruise magazine's seasoned cruise travellers for offering the "Best World Cruise Itineraries," "Best Transatlantic Itineraries" and "Best Onboard Educational Programmes" - areas that the iconic British liner company has been known for throughout its modern history. The 11th Annual Readers' Choice Awards survey can be found online at www.porthole.com, as well as in the December issue.

    "Cunard is known around the world for our famed World Voyages, our legendary Transatlantic Crossings and our wide variety of enlightening onboard programmes, such as Literature and Liners," said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. "It is very gratifying to see our loyal guests and respected industry colleagues from Porthole Cruise magazine recognize us again with such esteemed honours."

    "Cunard is one of the most appealing lines out there, providing superior voyages for experienced travellers," said Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief of Porthole Cruise, the leading consumer cruise magazine. "From exceptional onboard programmes to world-class itineraries, our readers clearly recognize that."

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    In 2010, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria will depart on their third World Voyages, continuing the line's rich tradition of offering the most spectacular and historic world-class journeys. Queen Mary 2 will set sail on a completely new Eastbound-Westbound route on a unique itinerary of 101 days featuring 19 maiden calls, three overnight stays (in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Cape Town) and her inaugural visit to South Africa. Queen Victoria's 99-day circumnavigation will include 12 maiden ports of call - including her first visit to San Francisco - plus three overnights (in Sydney, Hong Kong and Dubai) and three convenient U.S. embarkation gateways in New York, Ft. Lauderdale and San Francisco.

    Kicking off their World Voyages in 2011, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth will sail a rare twin Transatlantic Crossing from Southampton to New York, departing 6 January. On 13 January, Cunard will celebrate another historic Royal Rendezvous of its three Queens in New York - Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.

    The Transatlantic Crossing remains Cunard's signature voyage. Cunard was the first to offer scheduled travel between the UK and the US in 1840, and it has been a tradition ever since. Now, Cunard is the only major line with a scheduled Transatlantic service, and what better way to undertake this storied voyage than on its magnificent flagship, Queen Mary 2. 2010 marks her sixth Transatlantic season, offering the choice of 6-, 7-, 8- or 9-day Crossings between New York and Southampton, England; Hamburg, Germany; or Cherbourg, France.

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    Delving deeply into a variety of compelling and relevant topics, Cunard Insights introduces guests to stimulating experts and accomplished visionaries who reflect the line's heritage of adventure and prestige. Through a series of lectures, Q&A's, social gatherings and workshops, including Literature and Liners, guests connect with authors and intellectuals who have achieved notable distinction in areas including history, world affairs, science, politics, arts and literature. The Insights programme underscores Cunard's longstanding view that onboard entertainment should afford guests a provocative and rewarding cerebral experience.

    Published bimonthly by Time Warner, Porthole Cruise magazine is a respected travel publication geared to cruise and destination travelers worldwide.

    For more information about Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth and to book a voyage, consult your travel professional by calling toll-free 1-800-738-8837.

    Cunard Line Cruise Deals . . .

    7 Day Mediterranean Cruise on Queen Victoria November 24, 2010 From $776 US!

    7 Day Trans-Atlantic Cruise on Queen Mary 2 May 21, 2010 From $925 US!

    12 Day Mediterranean Cruise on Queen Victoria November 12, 2010 From $1296 US!

    11 Day Southern Caribbean Cruise on Queen Mary 2 November 27, 2010 From $1610 US!

    Posted by Denise at 01:37 PM | Comments (0)

    December 14, 2009

    Norwegian Celebrates 10 Years Of Freestyle Cruising; Declares 2010 The Year Of The Freestyle Vacation'

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    Three-month promotion features upgrades, up to $400 in on-board savings and targeted offers to select destinations

    Miami - Dec 14, 2009 - Norwegian Cruise Line is ringing in the New Year three weeks early with a bevy of promotions marking 2010 as "The Year of the Freestyle Vacation." All new reservations from today through March 14, 2010 on any of the line's 10 Freestyle Cruising ships will receive up to a six-category upgrade and on-board savings certificates of up to $400. In addition, bi-weekly promotions will feature special offers on select ships and destinations. The first offer from January 4-17, 2010 includes reduced deposits and kids from $249 for bookings on Norwegian Epic's seven-day cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

    "It has been ten years since Norwegian first introduced its innovative Freestyle Cruising, so it is fitting that we celebrate 2010 as 'The Year of the Freestyle Vacation' as we move to introduce the next phase of Freestyle Cruising with the launch of Norwegian Epic in the summer of 2010," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian's chief executive officer. "We encourage travel partners to take advantage of these value-oriented offers to help spur consumers into booking their Freestyle vacation."

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    Travel partners can find more information and numerous marketing tools, including customized flyers, banners and emails, to help promote 'The Year of the Freestyle Vacation' at a customized microsite. All travel partners with qualifying bookings made during the promotion will be entered to win one of five cruises. In addition, travel partners registered as NCL U students will receive emails, bulletins and widget updates on the promotion and be given the opportunity to earn points toward Freestyle Certification by completing an exclusive new course devoted to 'The Year of the Freestyle Vacation' promotion.

    About Norwegian Cruise Line
    Norwegian Cruise Line (Norwegian) is the innovator in cruise travel with a 43-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which has revolutionized the industry by allowing guests more freedom and flexibility.

    Today, Norwegian has the youngest fleet in the industry with 10 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed cruise vacation on the newest, most contemporary ships at sea.

    Norwegian is presently building Norwegian Epic, the company's largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship to date, for delivery in summer 2010. Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of Blue Man Group, debuting for the first time at sea on Norwegian Epic.

    View NCL Alaska Cruises
    View NCL Mexico Cruises
    View NCL Europe Cruises
    View NCL South America Cruises

    NCL Cruise Deals . . .

    7 Day Alaska Cruise on Norwegian Pearl April 24, 2010 From $299 US!

    7 Day Mexico Cruise on Norwegian Star January 30, 2010 From $309 US!

    12 Day Trans-Atlantic Cruise on Norwegian Sun October 4, 2010 From $599 US!

    10 Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Norwegian Gem February 3, 2010 From $649 US!

    12 Day Mediterranean Cruise on Norwegian Jade December 12, 2010 From $749 US!

    Posted by Denise at 05:46 PM | Comments (0)

    December 09, 2009

    Royal Princess to Leave Princess Cruises Fleet and Join British Sister Line P&O Cruises

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    Small Ship Will Transfer in May 2011; Spring Deployment Changed

    Santa Clarita, CA (December 9, 2009) - One of the small ships of Princess Cruises, the 710-passenger Royal Princess, will depart the line's fleet in spring 2011, transferring to sister company P&O Cruises in the U.K. The ship will be renamed Adonia.

    As a result, five sailings in April and May will be cancelled, and in place of these a 26-day South Pacific and Andes Explorer cruise will be offered prior to the transfer.

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    The ship's 2010 cruise program includes sailings to the Amazon, Caribbean, Panama Canal, Alaska, Hawaii and French Polynesia.

    With the transfer of Royal Princess there will be one less Princess ship in Alaska for the 2011 season, though full details are not yet available. During summer 2010, the ship will sail on a 14-day roundtrip "Connoisseur" cruises from Seattle to Alaska.

    The following 2011 sailings are being cancelled:

    April 6, 2011 - 10-day Tahiti & Polynesia
    April 16, 2011 - 10-day Tahiti & Polynesia
    April 26, 2011 - 12-day Hawaii & Tahiti
    May 8, 2011 - 10-day Hawaiian Islands
    May 18, 2011 - 1-day coastal

    The new 26-day cruise that replaces these sailings will depart April 6, 2011 and travel between Papeete, Tahiti and Fort Lauderdale. Ports of call will include Bora Bora, Moorea, Pitcairn Island (for scenic cruising), Easter Island, Pisco (San Martin), Lima (Callao for Machu Picchu overland excursion), Quito (Manta), Panama Canal Transit, San Blas, and Limón. Fares begin at $4,145 per person, double occupancy.

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    The ship will then go into a drydock in the Bahamas to change its livery prior to joining the P&O Cruises fleet in May 2011.

    Royal Princess joined the Princess fleet in 2007, having originally been built in 2001.

    Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent. Call #1-800-738-8837 or visit one of the websites below.

    Cruising2Alaska.com - Alaska Cruise & Cruisetour Specialists
    Cruising2Europe.com - Europe Cruise & Cruisetour Specialists
    Cruising2Mexico.com - Mexico Cruise Specialists
    Cruising2Tahiti.com - Tahiti Cruise Specialists
    Cruising2Paradise.com - View Cruises to Asia, Australia / New Zealand, Canada / New England, South America, the World and more!

    Cruise Deals onboard Royal Princess in 2010 . . .

    6 Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise April 24, 2010 From $399 US!

    10 Day Hawaii Cruise September 14, 2010 From $1145 US!

    14 Day Southern Caribbean Cruise March 27, 2010 From $1199 US!

    10 Day Tahiti Cruise November 29, 2010 From $1245 US!

    Posted by Denise at 10:26 AM | Comments (0)

    December 08, 2009

    Azamara Cruises Becomes "Azamara Club Cruises" Newly refined brand unveils multiple new attributes for upmarket travelers

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    Miami - (December 08, 2009 ) - Azamara Cruises - the two-ship brand launched in 2007 with the 694-guest Azamara Journey and sister ship Azamara Quest - today became "Azamara Club Cruises," with a newly refined focus, and a series of new attributes designed for upmarket, experienced travelers.

    "This isn't a strategy of going 'from good to great'," said Azamara Club Cruises President & CEO Larry Pimentel. "This is about taking an already great product and making it exceptional."

    Tapped to take the helm of Azamara Cruises in July of this year, Pimentel spent several weeks talking with travel agents, past guests and press to determine how to make his great-to-exceptional goal a reality. He also tapped a small new team focused 100 percent on Azamara, including VP of Sales & Marketing Edie Bornstein, AVP of Hotel Operations Bert Van Middendorp, Director of Marketing Signe Bjorndal, Director of National Accounts Michelle Nevin, and an eight-member field sales team dedicated solely to Azamara.

    Together, Pimentel and team shaped the new Azamara Club Cruises, whose most distinguishing new attributes will be in effect by April 2010.

    "Today's cruisers have incredible new vacation options - like Celebrity's stunning Solstice Class, and Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas," said Pimentel. "Azamara Club Cruises will distinguish itself by delivering the destination like no other line."

    Azamara Club Cruises will visit 140 ports in 50 countries in 2010, with itineraries featuring more overnight stays to allow guests to immerse themselves in communities and cultures. Among the overnight locations are Istanbul, Turkey; Sorrento, Italy, which offers a host of tour options along the Amalfi Coast and Capri; a full three days and two nights in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Azamara's Scandinavia and Russia itineraries; and multiple overnight stays in Azamara's Southeast Asia region, including Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong.

    "We're going to slow down the tempo, and allow our guests to not just see the destination, but to live it," said Pimentel. "Consider destinations like St. Tropez or St. Petersburg, Russia. If you've experienced them only by day, you haven't really experienced them. With Azamara, through more overnight stays and late-night stays, you can."

    The destination focus of Azamara Club Cruises inspired the brand's new tagline - "You'll love where we take you" - and will extend to its shore excursions, too, an essential ingredient to allow guests to truly experience a community and its culture. Azamara has created distinctive two-day packages tailored to the overnight destinations, to make it easy for guests to immerse themselves in each location, whether it's Dubrovnik, Croatia; Odessa, Ukraine; Livorno (Florence), Italy, Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany, or London, in addition to Sorrento and St. Petersburg.

    Azamara also will offer experiences such as a two-night package from Bangkok to Laos; an overnight tour from Hiroshima to Osaka via bullet train; a three-night experience from Mumbai including a visit to the Taj Mahal; overnight tours in Israel between Ashdod and Cairo, and a Grand Egypt tour featuring the best of both Luxor and Cairo.

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    Among Azamara's specialty tours include a Ferrari driving tour in Civitavecchia, Italy; a walk down memory lane in Liverpool with the "In the steps of The Beatles" tour; a private demonstration of chocolate flavors in Dubrovnik; a "Theatre A La Carte" evening in London; Croatian liqueur tasting in Zadar; an Imperial Russian Court evening at Tsarskoye Selo in St. Petersburg; an evening gondola serenade in Venice; and high tea at the Burj al Arab Hotel in Dubai.

    Praised for its dining experience since its founding, Azamara will continue to place a heavy emphasis on fine cuisine, and will expand its focus on wine to include vintages from boutique wineries around the world. Guests will have the opportunity to taste high quality wines that may be unavailable at home, because the selected vineyards produce a strictly limited quantity each year, distributed primarily locally. The featured wines will be offered complimentary at lunches and dinners on every sailing.

    Wellness and vigor will be a core component of the Azamara Club Cruises experience, too, with onboard and land-based experiences designed to help guests feel and look healthier and more youthful. Azamara's aim in wellness and vigor is to help guests balance their physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual needs through massages, facials and other spa treatments, as well as acupuncture, yoga, Pilates, and enrichment programs.

    The newly refined brand also is intensely focused on offering an intangible attribute essential to a successful upmarket product: exceptional service.

    "Extraordinary service is paramount with Azamara Club Cruises," said Pimentel. "We know every travel and hospitality organization proclaims it's committed to great service, so what will make Azamara stand out? First, our butlers will be trained to be true English butlers, to offer that fine balance of anticipatory, pampering, yet non-intrusive service to guests in every suite." Guests in staterooms will be served by the line's host of experienced stateroom attendants.

    Azamara Club Cruises also will offer many inclusive amenities, with the following included in the cruise fare beginning with the first voyages in April 2010 on Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest: a specific brand of bottled water offered at no charge throughout the voyage, whether in public venues or in staterooms; specialty coffees and teas; housekeeping and dining gratuities; shuttlebus service to/from port communities, where available; destination-influenced entertainment and enrichment programs; most meals and room service; house wine at lunches and dinners; and self-service laundry. Specialty dining in Azamara's intimate Prime C steakhouse and the Mediterranean-influenced Aqualina will be complimentary for suite guests for the duration of their cruise. Cruisers who can't get enough of Azamara will be invited to join the line's new loyalty program, "Le Club Voyage," with specific features and benefits yet to be announced.

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    December 01, 2009

    Celebrity Cruises Offers Caribbean Cruises Year-Round

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    Traveling in the summer every year is a busy time to get away becuase children, and some adults, are out of school. Celebrity Cruises has just announced that they want to make it easier for you to cruise with them. In addition, to offering Alaska Cruises from Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC they will now offer Caribbean Cruises from Fort Lauderdale, FL. A third home-port for you to drive to or fly to easily!

    Now this summer Caribbean cruise is not on just another cruise ship. It's onboard the Celebrity Solstice. This brand new ship came into service last December and has wowed everyone that's stepped aboard. Celebrity Solstice is the largest and most innovative vessel ever to sail for Celebrity Cruises. There are a wealth of dining, spa and entertainment options for guests.

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    I had the pleasure of cruising on this ship last December to the Eastern Caribbean. There are so many fabulous things I can say about this ship. I loved the modern decor, the lawn club (which is a grass area on top of the ship aft offering lawn bowling), and the AquaSpa is the largest I've seen on any ship . . . with many treatment rooms, the persian gardens (sauna/steam area with heated tile lounge chairs), huge fitness center with many machines and much more!

    The entertainment is superb. I liked the late-nite comedy at Celebrity Central. This area feels like a cute comedy club at home. You must see the formal evening shows at the Solstice Theater. It is amazing - singers, dancers, acrobats and more! And they are not just on the stage in front of you, but hanging from the ceiling too.

    My favourite part of this ship was the food. I know, I know it's all about the food when you cruise. The two best restaurants onboard, in my opinion, are:

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    Murano - Celebrity's signature specialty restaurant. It offers excellent service with a large menu of items to choose from (classic & modern continental cuisines). I had to dine here 3 times during my 7 night cruise because I wanted to try so many things. Plus, they have a wine pairing menu at an excellent price. (Cover Charge of $30 US per person)

    Bistro On Five - This may surprise you. Many guests onboard the ship didn't even try this restaurant, but it is a must! This restaurant offers crepes, paninis and desserts. If you sleep in late one morning go here for one of many egg crepes or has a causal lunch or dinner with their amazing paninis. Again, I had to visit this restaurant 3 times during my cruise because it was soooo good! It's right across from the Cova Cafe on Deck 5 . . . don't miss it. (Cover Charge of $5 US per person)

    There are many other options for your palate. The maing dining room offers 2 meals a day. The Silk Harvest Restaurant offers asian cuisine; yes the sushi is good here! Tuscan Grille offers Italian cuisine and of course the Oceanview Cafe offers buffet-style food 24-hours a day.

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    Would you like a glass of wine? If you're like me and tired of house wine take a look at the cellar masters. It offers a good selection of wines by the bottle and there's also an area where you can purchase high-end wines by glass.

    Or how about a martini? The Martini Bar on Entertainment Deck 5 has a cool vibe with a large selection of Martini's to choose from.

    Written By Denise Blackmore, MCC

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