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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Carnival's most innovative ship yet, Carnival Vista, to operate year-round Caribbean cruises from Miami

(News Release) MIAMI (February 12, 2015) – PortMiami will be the year-round homeport for Carnival Cruise Line’s largest ship to date, the 133,500-ton Carnival Vista, when it launches six- to eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning in December 2016.  

Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, Carnival Vista will take cruising to new heights, introducing groundbreaking features such as SkyRide, a suspended open-air cycling experience; the world’s first IMAX® Theatre on a ship; Kaleid-O-Slide, the line’s first water tube slide; and RedFrog Pub, including the line’s first onboard brewery.
Carnival will further bolster its leadership position in Galveston, repositioning Carnival Breeze and Carnival Liberty to Texas in 2016, joining Carnival Freedom which arrives in Galveston this Saturday. Carnival Breeze and Carnival Liberty will replace Carnival Magic and Carnival Triumph, respectively, in Galveston.

Details on new homeports for Carnival Magic and Carnival Triumph, as well as year-round departures from San Juan, will be provided over the coming weeks.

Cunard celebrates Queen Elizabeth's 5th birthday with Big Band Ball and five nights of music and dancing

Cunard is proud to announce a special sailing from 2-7 October 2015 to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 5th birthday, where guests will be invited take to the dance floor for a Big Band Ball.

On 4 October 2010 Cunard officially took ownership of the company’s youngest ship in the fleet, Queen Elizabeth, and for her 5th birthday the line has organized a party that aims to get everyone “In The Mood...”

Originating from America in the 1920s, the Big Band phenomena took the world by storm, as large band ensembles delighted audiences with electrifying, high energy performances.

During Queen Elizabeth’s 5-night cruise to Amsterdam and Bruges (from Zeebrugge) guests will be invited to relive the heyday of Swing and Jazz at the ship’s own Big Band Ball.

Disney Cruise Line introduces Star Wars Day at Sea on select Disney Fantasy sailings

Day-long celebrations will thrill both Jedi-in-training and the Jedi Masters of the family

CELEBRATION, Fla. – In 2016, Disney Cruise Line guests can celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga during a new, day-long celebration aboard eight special sailings on the Disney Fantasy: Star Wars Day at Sea.

Marking the first official appearance of the heroes and villains of Star Wars aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship, Star Wars Day at Sea combines the power of the Force, the magic of Disney and the excitement of cruising for an out-of-this-galaxy experience unlike any other.

Occurring one day during each of eight Disney Fantasy sailings, Star Wars Day at Sea will transport guests to a galaxy far, far away -- in the Western Caribbean.

New generation Oasis-class ship Harmony of the Seas unveils new thrills and adventures

Royal Caribbean International’s Ship Debuts April 2016

MIAMI – Royal Caribbean International’s new generation Oasis-class ship, Harmony of the Seas, is set to launch in April 2016.

  The third in the Oasis class of ships – currently the largest cruise ships in the world – will continue the award-winning cruise line’s philosophy of innovation and imagination to offer a unique vacation adventure for guests.

“We are orchestrating a medley of new exciting concepts with the best Royal Caribbean innovations to strike the perfect chord for adventurous vacationers. That is why we are calling our third Oasis-class ship Harmony of the Seas,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.        
Harmony of the Seas, featuring the cruise line’s design of seven distinct neighborhoods for which Oasis class is known, will offer the most amazing collection of experiences, amenities and activities at sea.

Guests can test their mettle on the ship’s three multi-story waterslides, all of which twist and turn over Central Park 10 decks below. One of the slides also will feature a champagne bowl that swirls guests around as they make their approach to the end of the ride.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cunard Royal Rendezvous takes place between Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mary in Long Beach

13 February 2015 - On 5 February, Cunard kicked off the company’s 175th Anniversary celebrations in the US by paying homage to the Queen Mary when Queen Elizabeth docked in the port of Long Beach, California for the first time.

Enthusiastic well-wishers turned out for the festivities which featured an emotional speech read by the Queen Mary’s Commodore Everette Hoard to the gathered crowd about the history of the Queen Mary, currently celebrating her  80th year in public life.  Whistle salutes between the two ships followed, and a dazzling fireworks display finished the day as the ship pulled away from her berth.

Please click here to view video highlights from the special day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRvjO0xo4GA

This was the first time a Cunard ship had berthed in Long Beach since Queen Mary arrived at her retirement home in October 1967. In recent years the current Cunard fleet has saluted Queen Mary during brief visits to the harbour.

Princess Cruises “Denali on Sale” offers deals to the heart of Alaska

Alaska Land and Sea Vacations Begin at $99 per Day

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (February 13, 2015) – Guests can experience the awe-inspiring sights Alaska has to offer by land and sea at a special price. Princess Cruises’ “Denali on Sale” event offers fares as low as $99 per day with refundable deposit.

Alaska land and sea vacations combine the cruise line’s popular seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers Alaska cruise, which includes scenic cruising through pristine Glacier Bay National Park, with a three to eight-day land tour featuring stays at exclusive Princess Wilderness Lodges and scenic rail service as guests explore the picturesque Alaska wilderness and see the majesty of the Denali area, particularly Mt. McKinley, North America’s tallest peak.

Examples of “Denali on Sale” land and sea vacation deals include:

New Inside Passage small ship: Inaugural voyages with a “Swell” Tugboat history, Inside Passage, Canada

(News Release)

A new, boutique ship begins offering expedition cruises along the Inside Passage in 2015. 
The classic, restored tugboat Swell – owned by the award-winning Canadian company Maple Leaf Adventures – begins service with two inaugural voyages in April and May. She joins Maple Leaf’s other classic ships in the fleet. 

She will be the first boutique-size expedition ship on the west coast of Canada with all-private-ensuite staterooms.

Swell’s Maiden Voyage runs in the balmy Gulf Islands National Park in southern BC, Apr 20-24, 2015. Passengers on the maiden voyage will be part of the ship’s blessing ceremony with some very special guests, and will receive commemorative gifts including a special bottle of wine from the local Saanich wine-growing region. 

Carnival Freedom’s arrival In Galveston marked with $100,000 donation to Operation Homefront and shipboard concert By Martina McBride

Valentine’s Day Festivities Commemorate Carnival’s Third Year-Round Ship in Texas with Day of Celebration for Military Families Including First Carnival LIVE Outdoor Concert

MIAMI (Feb. 16, 2015) – Carnival Cruise Line, Texas’ number-one cruise operator, marked the arrival of Carnival Freedom at its new year-round homeport of Galveston on Saturday, Feb. 14, with a celebration honoring U.S. military personnel and their families. 

In partnership with Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit organization that supports military families, service members and their families were treated to an overnight event featuring a variety of daytime activities, including an exclusive outdoor Carnival LIVE performance by country music superstar Martina McBride, along with dinner and a full evening of entertainment, all compliments of Carnival.

Prior to McBride’s concert, Carnival presented a check in the amount of $100,000 to Operation Homefront.

Port Adventures immerse Disney Cruise Line guests in adventure and culture on 2015 Norwegian Fjords sailings

(News Release)

Characters from the Disney animated hit “Frozen” join rich family experience ashore in the land that inspired their story

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2015)  – Disney Cruise Line invites families to explore culturally rich and exotic locales, with Port Adventures like only Disney can do, during its 2015 Norwegian Fjords sailings.

From June to August 2015, the Disney Magic returns to Europe, visiting the Norwegian Fjords and Iceland for the first time. Guests exploring these new ports, steeped in Viking history, will be treated to richly diverse destinations that showcase iconic locations, enchanting cultures, tantalizing cuisine and unrivaled experiences.

To elevate guests’ experiences in Norway, Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures are designed to entertain and inspire both children and adults—in true Disney fashion—with an extra dash of pixie dust.

Buy one, get one-half off plus up to $200 onboard credit on Royal Caribbean

(News Release)

Offer includes additional $1,000 ChoiceAir flight credit for Europe Cruises

MIAMI – Give each other the gift of love that everyone can share: a Royal Caribbean vacation of a lifetime. And for a limited time, Royal Caribbean’s new BOGO Wild offer sweetens the savings with additional spending credit to help guests seek new adventures and create new memories together.

From now through Mar. 10, 2015, vacationers can get half off the second guest’s cruise fare when making a new booking in an Oceanview or higher-category stateroom with a full-fare guest on a five-night or longer cruise, plus up to $200 onboard credit per stateroom to spend on the ship.

Guests can apply their onboard credit toward a wide range experiences to further sweeten their vacation, including cocktails while lounging by the pool; a milestone celebration in a specialty restaurant; or refreshing with a rejuvenating spa treatment. The BOGO Wild offer applies for most Royal Caribbean ships, sailings from May 15, 2015, through Apr. 30, 2016.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Freedom of the Seas completes revitalization to deliver "new, unforgettable" Caribbean adventures

(News Release)

MIAMI, Feb. 02, 2015 – Re-emerging from a 24-day drydock at Grand Bahama Shipyard, Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas has returned to service to offer vacationers one of the best cruise ships for incredible Caribbean’s adventures.

The ship showcased its new features to more than 1,700 of the cruise line’s value travel agent partners on an exclusive two-night sailing before embarking on its first regular itinerary on Sunday, Feb. 1.

The newly revitalized Freedom of the Seas will amaze guests with a range of new tantalizing dining options, new staterooms categories, the new retro-chic R Bar lounge, and a bow-to-stern refresh of the entire ship’s furnishings.

Freedom of the Seas continues Royal Caribbean’s 45-year history of taking vacationers aboard the world’s most innovative cruise ships to some of the most beautiful destinations in the Caribbean. Throughout, the cruise line keeps pushing the boundaries of cruise vacations and has been recognized with the most awards in the industry.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Two Holland America Line ships achieve perfect scores on recent United States public health inspections

(News Release)

Seattle, Wash. — Holland America Line’s ms Noordam and ms Zuiderdam achieved perfect scores of 100 on recent routine United States Public Health inspections conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Westerdam, shown in Grand Turk, also received a perfect score in 2014. (Jim Fox photo)

The unannounced inspection for ms Noordam was held Jan. 5, 2015, during a call at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at the start of a 10-day Caribbean cruise. Zuiderdam was inspected Dec. 19, 2014, during a call at Fort Lauderdale at the start of a seven-night Caribbean cruise.

“Our shipboard and shoreside teams work hard to achieve a perfect score on CDC inspections, and to have two more ships get 100 is a testament to their hard work and dedication,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Congratulations to both ships for this well-deserved achievement.”

Windstar Cruises launches new Island Experience

(News Release)

 Seattle Windstar Cruises, recently named Condé Nast Traveler’s World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line, announces their new Island Experiences in the Caribbean, part of the complimentary Private Event program launching around the world this year.

The new Island Experience is designed to treat guests to the feeling of having their “own private island” for the day, and is offered on every Windstar Caribbean itinerary.

Mark Spitz
Windstar’s inaugural Island Experience started with the January 31 voyage of the Yachtsman’s Caribbean with special celebrity guest Olympic legend Mark Spitz.

Best known for his astonishing win of seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Spitz will serve as host at the Island Experience on Prickly Pear Beach, a secluded and uninhabited nature refuge in the British Virgin Islands. Spitz will conduct a series of swimming master classes for guests who want to enhance their swimming abilities, or for those who simply want to get to know the Olympian. Spitz is also slated to give an onboard lecture and to join guests for dinner.

All Island Experience Private Events will offer beach and sport activities such as volleyball, snorkeling, and bocce ball, as well as a full beach barbeque with dishes including lobster and shrimp mac and cheese, “surfs up” tequila lobster tacos, Cajun jambalaya, a full burger bar, and more.

The events will also include a Selfie Station, where guests are encouraged to pose for selfies and tag pictures with the hashtag #WindstarCruises.

Cunard's Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria to support Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary

Rare facsimile of Salisbury Magna Carta to be carried on board

 Robert Key with the Magna Carta copy at Salisbury Cathedral, at the tomb of William Longspee,
half-brother of King John, who was at Runnymede on 15 June 1215.
He was Earl of Salisbury and he was the first person to be buried in Salisbury Cathedral.

27 January 2015 – A rare facsimile of arguably one of the most important documents in English history, the Magna Carta, will be going on display on board Cunard’s flagship liner, Queen Mary and sister ship Queen Victoria between May and September 2015, as the ‘Great Charter’ sealed by King John in 1215 celebrates its 800th anniversary year.

As the shipping line continues to celebrate its 175th anniversary year, Salisbury Cathedral will be lending a rare facsimile of its Magna Carta, one of only four of the original 1215 documents in existence, to Cunard. The facsimile will be displayed in the Grand Lobby of Queen Mary 2 from early May until September 2015, with a 6 night sojourn aboard Queen Victoria in late May.

Holland America Line features robust Canada and New England cruise options for summer and fall 2015

(News Release)
Three ships to sail 39 cruises from five turnaround ports
Seattle, Wash., Jan. 27, 2015 — With 39 cruises throughout Canada and New England in 2015, Holland America Line offers an extensive array of cruises in the region that range from seven to 15 days. The voyages carry guests in elegant comfort aboard ms Eurodam, ms Maasdam or ms Veendam.
Whether exploring the area during the summer when the skies shine blue or in the fall when the leaves put on an incredible display of jewel-toned hues, Canada and New England is perfect for cruising in either season.
“We offer an incredible number of Canada and New England cruises because this in-demand region is rich in culture, history and stunning scenery — making it an ideal cruise destination that’s close to home,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “There’s something for everyone on these itineraries, whether it’s exploring nature, trying local cuisine, antique shopping or visiting historical locales.”

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New video series kicks off redesign of Carnival's popular YouTube channel

(News Release)
New ‘Away We Go With Carnival’ On-Line Travel Hub Also Unveiled

MIAMI (February 3, 2015) – Popular travel expert Samantha Brown is the star of an engaging new video series on Carnival’s YouTube channel designed to provide “cruise rookies” with all they need to know about the seagoing vacation experience, with helpful information on everything from on-board dining and activity choices to cruising with kids and frequently asked questions.   

The “How to Cruise With Travel Pro Samantha Brown” series is part of a revamp of the line’s YouTube channel which, in addition to robust new content and a brand new look and feel, offers streamlined playlists and an optimized mobile experience while allowing consumers to more easily search for topics they’re most interested in. 

The series will also be part of the featured content on awaywego.carnival.com, the line’s new online travel hub with articles and videos by top travel and lifestyle bloggers focusing on destinations, culinary options, cruising tips, and more. 

Windstar Unveils plans to introduce Star Breeze and Star Legend

Two New Ways to Experience the World’s Best Small Ship Cruise

All suite yachts to undergo a $17 million stem-to-stern transformation    
Seattle Windstar Cruises, recently named as World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler, expands their fleet from four ships to six in May 2015 with the addition of two small luxury ships from Seabourn. Windstar unveils the changes planned to transform these yachts to Windstar’s signature style. Take the tour here.

Windstar takes possession of the first Seabourn ship on April 15, 2015, when it undergoes an $8.5 million, three-week renovation in Genoa, Italy. It will debut as Star Breeze during a christening ceremony on May 6, 2015 in Nice, France. The second ship follows suit, joining the fleet on May 4, 2015, and completing a similar $8.5 million renovation. The yacht will be christened Star Legend on May 25, 2015 in Rome, Italy.

Star Breeze and Star Legend join sister-ship, Star Pride, marking the completion of the acquisition announced in February of 2013.  The expansion doubles the size of Windstar’s fleet of three luxury sailing yachts, making the company a market leader in small ship cruising with 300 or fewer passengers, with a total of 1,242 berths and six ships.

Cool down in the hottest new spots at sea on Norwegian Escape

Norwegian’s newest ship to feature the line’s first snow room and largest Thermal Suite at sea,
along with adults-only lounge areas
MIAMI – Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest and largest ship, Norwegian Escape, will offer a wide array of spaces for guests to relax and unwind while at sea when the ship debuts in October 2015.

Guests will be transported into sheer serenity with the line’s most innovative Mandara Spa to date, a tranquil hideaway that at its epicenter will feature the largest Thermal Suite at sea, outfitted with the line’s first Snow Room.

In addition to the luxurious spa, adults will have two private lounge spaces to enjoy onboard at Vibe Beach Club and Spice H2O, which will feature an all-new grotto area for guests to cool off after a day of sunbathing. 

Princess launches 2015 “Come Back New” advertising campaign

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Princess Cruises has launched a fresh advertising campaign to remind travelers of the memorable moments they can experience while aboard a Princess Cruises vacation.

The multi-million-dollar program comes on the heels of last year’s successful “come back new” marketing campaign that marked the return of the line’s advertising on television in more than a decade and reminded viewers that cruising can transform and enrich their lives.
Princess’ “come back new” print ads explore a
variety of destinations, and capture
 the transformative moments of exploration.

The new travel advertising campaign debuts at the beginning of “wave season” when many guests book their cruise vacations for the upcoming year, and promotes Princess Cruises’ 50th anniversary milestone with national broadcast, print and digital advertising.

Created by San Francisco-based, award-winning agency Goodby, Silverstein and Partners, the broadcast creative evolves the storytelling approach of the “come back new” theme to showcase Princess guests experiencing unforgettable events as they happen on Alaska cruises and cruises to the Caribbean, two of the line’s most popular destinations.

Print ads explore a variety of cruise destinations, cultures and culinary experiences that can lead guests to discover new things while on a cruise vacation. The ads and other campaign materials will roll out through the month of January.

“This new campaign is an exciting opportunity for us to continue the successful momentum of our first ‘come back new’ campaign with fresh content for our 50th anniversary year,” said Gordon Ho, senior vice president of marketing, Princess Cruises.

Cunard and Blue Note Records announce musical partnership

(News Release)

3 February 2015 – Cunard and venerable jazz label Blue Note Records are proud to announce an exciting entertainment partnership, which will debut on Cunard’s flagship, Queen Mary 2, on October 29, 2015.

Guests onboard will embark on a very special Transatlantic Crossing, featuring intimate jazz performances by the Blue Note 75th Anniversary All Star Band, Our Point of View, formed for the label’s milestone anniversary in 2014.

Don Was, president, Blue Note Records, in front of Cunard's flagship Queen Mary 2; Brooklyn, New York. 
Photo credit: Kevin Mazur for Cunard Line.
The supergroup celebrates the vitality of Blue Note by looking ahead and assembling leading young artists on the Blue Note roster who steadfastly continue to move jazz forward.

Featuring keyboardist Robert Glasper, trumpeter Keyon Harrold, tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland, guitarist Lionel Loueke, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Kendrick Scott, the band’s repertoire draws from each of these artists’ own remarkable catalogs as well new spins on Blue Note classics. 

Royal Caribbean begins construction on fourth Oasis-class ship

MIAMI, February 3, 2015 – Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and the third Oasis-class ship will soon have a new sister to welcome to the Oasis class family.

Today marked the steel cutting for a fourth Oasis ship, scheduled to be delivered in 2018. The steel cutting, marking the official start of construction, took place at the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, where the third Oasis-class ship also is being built.
The Oasis class took the cruise industry by storm with the introduction of Oasis of the Seas in 2009, featuring a revolutionary design with a split superstructure and the cruise line’s neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas.  At 225,282 GRT and spanning 16 decks with 2,700 staterooms, the Oasis-class ships also introduced extraordinary “firsts” at sea such as an 82 foot-long zip line, a handcrafted carousel, the Rising Tide bar, the AquaTheater high-diving performance venue, and the Central Park with more than 12,000 live trees and plants.

The Oasis class also offers amenities that can only be found on Royal Caribbean, such as twin FlowRider surf simulators, cantilevered whirlpools, an ice-skating rink, the H2O Zone kids aquapark, and the Royal Promenade, an interior boulevard that stretches nearly the length of the ship and flanked by restaurants, lounges and boutiques, among many others.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Princess Cruises salutes Seattle Seahawks super fan PJ LeDorze for his 12s' spirit

Cruise Line Surprises Him with Invitation to Set Sail on First- Ever Seahawks Fan Cruise

Sailing with the Seahawks - Princess Cruises Vice President Lisa Syme presents Seahawks Super fan PJ LeDorze with an invitation to join the first-ever Seattle Seahawks fan cruise departing from Seattle to Alaska over Father’s Day in June. 

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (January 26, 2015) – Princess Cruises, the Official Cruise Line of the Seattle Seahawks, honored Seattle Seahawks fan PJ LeDorze for embodying the spirit of the 12s and presented him with an invitation to cruise aboard its first-ever “Sail with the 12s Seahawks Fan Cruise” over Father’s Day this June.

LeDorze performed a random act of kindness following the Jan. 18 conference championship game, giving his Seahawks jersey to a young, dejected Packers fan and highlighting the true spirit of sportsmanship.

The seven-night Alaska cruise vacation aboard Crown Princess will depart Seattle on June 20 and feature the ultimate in player interaction and onboard fan activities as it sails to Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, Ketchikan, and Victoria, B.C. Fan cruise activities will include:

Un-Cruise Adventures offers theme cruises in 2015

 Topics: marine biology, wine, photography, ornithology, craft beer, music and Lewis & Clark

Seattle, WA, January  27, 2015—Whether it’s a new angle on the history of a destination or learning the right settings for photography, hobbyists and experts alike have seven theme cruise topics to choose from on select small ship cruises with Un-Cruise Adventures in 2015. Theme cruises explore Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Alaska, coastal Washington and the Columbia & Snake Rivers.

Un-Cruise Adventures’ fleet of boutique yachts and small ships carry 22-88 guests on adventure and river cruises lasting one week to 21 nights. All adventure activities and shore excursions are included.  For theme cruise departures, a guest expert joins the cruise for a week of special presentations and hands-on learning opportunities.

“We invite specialists on board to add another element to the week’s adventure,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO. “Since our vessels are intimate with less than 90 guests on board, you’ll have time to meet and talk to the photographer or marine biologist. Nothing is taken away from our regular programming; we’re adding to it.” 

Cunard Royal Rendezvous: Queen Elizabeth and The Queen Mary meet in Long Beach

Queen Elizabeth Call Marks First-Ever Cunard Stop to the Port of Long Beach
Meeting of the Queens will Celebrate
Cunard Line’s 175th Anniversary with Whistle Salutes and Fireworks 

28 January 2015 -- On 5 February 2015, Cunard's Queen Elizabeth will meet her royal relative, the legendary Queen Mary, in a Cunard Royal Rendezvous when Queen Elizabeth docks in Long Beach for the first time ever.

This historic maiden call is particularly significant, not only because it is the first time a Cunard vessel has ever called at Long Beach, but because both Cunard and the Queen Mary are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year.

Cunard is marking 175 years since the first Transatlantic Crossing from England to the United States, inaugurating scheduled mail service to the U.S. and changing the face of ocean travel forever.

The Queen Mary, who has crossed the Atlantic over 2,000 times while in service and is now a permanent hotel and museum in Long Beach harbor, is commemorating 80 years afloat.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Wave season offer expands to include up to four ways to save up to $3,500

Norwegian Cruise Line is taking its best Wave Season offer to the next level with Norwegian’s Freestyle Choice Plus, bringing guests more ways to enhance their dream cruise vacation, with up to $3,500 in added value.

Norwegian’s Freestyle Choice Plus builds on the popular Norwegian’s Freestyle Choice, and gives those who book a new three-day or longer cruise vacation from February 1 through February 28, 2015 the option to choose from up to four special offers-- a free Ultimate Dining Package, a free Ultimate Beverage Package, up to $300 in onboard spending money and the recently added Friends, Family & Kids Sail Free on select sailings, where the third through eighth guest in each stateroom sails for free.