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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Princess Cruises Come Back New Sale Offers Ultimate Relaxation

Guests Can Receive Up to $600 Onboard Spending Money
plus a Free Spa Treatment on Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Voyages

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (March 16, 2016) – Princess Cruises announced the Come Back New Sale, offering guests up to $600 in free onboard spending money, and the opportunity to experience the line’s newest onboard enhancements delivering on the Come Back New Promise.

In addition to onboard spending money, guests who book a suite during the Come Back New sale will receive a free Lotus Spa treatment, featuring the choice of a hydrating facial or 50-minute Swedish massage.

As part of the Come Back New Promise, Princess invites guests to sample authentic and flavorful dishes from the cruise line’s exclusive specialty dining restaurants enjoy world-class entertainment experiences or immerse in the local cultures on Discovery recommended shore excursions — all assuring travelers come back fulfilled, energized and enriched from their cruise vacation.

Norwegian Cruise Line brings Honeymoon Wishes to sea



Engaged couples can register on Honeymoon Wishes for an unforgettable cruise vacation or onboard amenities to create the honeymoon of a lifetime

MIAMI – March 17, 2016 – Couples looking to tie-the-knot or honeymoon aboard one of Norwegian Cruise Line’s spectacular ships can now have their friends and family contribute to making their onboard dreams come true, as Norwegian announced today a partnership with Honeymoon Wishes, a gift registry website.

HoneymoonWishes.com is a full service honeymoon registry for couples and the only gift registry website that allows friends and family to contribute to gifts to be delivered onboard the couple’s honeymoon sailing. 

Instead of a traditional wedding registry for household items, couples can register with Honeymoon Wishes for memorable experiences to enhance their cruise such as a couples’ massage at the Mandara Spa, a romantic dinner at one of Norwegian’s signature specialty restaurants, or an adventurous shore excursion. Engaged couples can even have friends and family contribute to their cruise fare, to help send them on the honeymoon of a lifetime. 

The Hottest Digs at Sea – Contemporary Category: Family Travel Goes Next-Level

For Immediate Release

The Best in Upscale Contemporary Cruise Line Family Suites
DETROIT (March 24, 2016) –Is a family cruise in your future? Cruises make for an excellent family vacation, but it's important to plan carefully if you want to find the cruise that’s right for everyone. One important thing to consider are the staterooms to book for your family, as you’ll all be traveling together for an extended amount of time.

The experts at CruiseCompete have done the research for you, giving insight into some of the best family cabins available on the various lines. Bear in mind, this is just a sampling of what the lines have to offer; there are many cabins, on many lines, that might be well suited to your family’s particular needs.
Here’s a look at some of CruiseCompete’s favorite cabins for families on today’s Upscale Contemporary cruise lines: Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises

 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Windstar’s new ‘Pick Your Perk’ promotion brings low fares for all-inclusive cruise travel across Europe

Star Pride



Choose from a complimentary two-night hotel stay or free gratuities, unlimited wi-fi, and comprehensive beverage package, valued up to $1,700 per stateroom. “Pick Your Perk” in Europe is featured on new six Showcase Voyages including two brand new ‘Treasures of the Greek Isles’ cruises aboard Star Pride.

SEATTLE, WA – March 21, 2016 – Small ship luxury cruise line. Windstar Cruises, announces a new “Pick Your Perk in Europe” vacation promotion, with travelers choice between all-inclusive onboard savings of up to $1,700 per stateroom or two free hotel nights in the most popular European cities.

The limited time offer is available this spring on 85 select cruise departure dates from April through November 2016, sailing on 15 unique itineraries to the best, most exclusive ports in the Mediterranean.

The Yacht VIP perk includes Windstar’s comprehensive beverage package including cocktails, wine, beer, mini-bar and room service drinks as well as complimentary unlimited wi-fi and daily gratuities for both guests.

Guests opting for the complimentary two-night hotel perk will enjoy a free stay for two nights before or after their cruise including transfers, porterage and taxes at the following stylish hotel properties: Athens at the St. George Lycabettus or Savoy Hotel, Barcelona at the Wilson Hotel or Hotel Indigo, Istanbul at the Pera Palace or Radisson Blu Pera, Lisbon’s InterContinental, Rome at the Ambasciatori Palace, Copenhagen’s Admiral Hotel, Dublin at the Davenport Hotel, Reykjavik’s Fosshotel, or Stockholm’s Scandic Grand Central.

Princess Cruises plays travel matchmaker with new “Places to Sea” mobile experience

              Swipe Technology First of its Kind for Cruise Industry and Travel Planning

Princess Cruises debuts Places to Sea, a new interactive mobile experience.

  SANTA CLARITA, Calif.  (March 22, 2016) -- Princess Cruises debuted a new interactive mobile experience, “Places to Sea,” a swipe-to-like technology tool that takes users on a visual journey through exotic destinations, adventurous activities and culinary experiences to match them with a travel personality and cruise destination recommendations. It’s the first of its kind in the cruise industry.

Developed by the cruise line’s advertising agency, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, “Places to Sea” was designed for all Android and iOS smartphone mobile devices. It’s easy for users to swipe (right to like or left to pass) through a series of stunning travel-related images that include everything from culinary delights to bucket-list destinations and adventurous excursions.


After the user has swiped through the images, the interface identifies travel preferences and then assigns one of five different travel personalities. So whether the user is an “adventurer,” “culturist,” “naturalist,” or a “foodie,” Princess Cruises will match a cruise destination and various cruise itineraries.
 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

"Exclusive, spectacular, exhilarating Europe" with Celebrity Cruises’ new Destination Experiences




MIAMI – March 9, 2016 Travel in Europe – one of the world’s most culturally and deliciously rich destinations – just got even richer.
 
Modern luxury vacation brand Celebrity Cruises has unveiled a stunning lineup of new, unique destination experiences to transform the way discerning travelers experience Europe, in ways that only Celebrity can deliver.
 
These include tours of Greece curated by Celebrity’s own Greek officers; exclusive opportunities to discover tantalizing flavors at local markets with an expert chef; adventure-fueled, destination experiences curated by a world adventurer, and bucket-list tours like racing along the French Riviera in a Lamborghini. All of these and more are only available when traveling with Celebrity.
 

Disney Cruise Line announces two new ships

ney Cruise Line Adding Two New Ships (Concept Art) - See more at: http://dclnews.com/galleries/2016/03/03/disney-cruise-line-announces-two-new-ships/#slide-1
Disney Cruise Line Adding Two New Ships (Concept Art) - See more at: http://dclnews.com/galleries/2016/03/03/disney-cruise-line-announces-two-new-ships/#slide-1
(News Release)
CHICAGO (March 3, 2016) – The Walt Disney Company announced plans today to build two additional cruise ships, each of them showcasing the immersive family entertainment, enchanting storytelling and unparalleled service that only Disney can deliver.
The company has entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. The schedule calls for the new ships to be completed in 2021 and 2023.
“We pride ourselves on the unforgettable vacation experiences we deliver to our guests each and every day, and the expansion of our Disney fleet will allow us to create even more magical memories for families at sea and in incredible cruise destinations around the world,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company.

Freeport Bahamas Adventures Ltd. named Carnival Cruise Line's 'Tour Operator of the Year'

MIAMI (March 9, 2016) – Freeport Bahamas Adventures Ltd. – which each year provides thousands of Carnival Cruise Line guests with memorable and exciting landside experiences in Freeport, The Bahamas – has been named the cruise line’s “Tour Operator of the Year.” 

Freeport Bahamas Adventures Ltd. was selected from hundreds of tour operators that work in tandem with Carnival to offer guests unforgettable offerings ashore throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico, Canada and the U.S.   

Dozens of tour operators in select ports were also recognized with Carnival’s Leading Tour Operator Award.  Additionally, eight shore excursion operators were recognized for excellence with Carnival’s first-ever Most Innovative Tour Awards. This elite group was acknowledged for consistently developing and conceptualizing excursions that showcase the unique attributes of their particular destination.