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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Holland America Line’s new ms Koningsdam to homeport at Port Everglades for Caribbean cruises in Winter 2016/Spring 2017

Ship to sail four- to 11-day Caribbean itineraries from South Florida
Seattle, Wash., April 1, 2015 — Following its inaugural Europe season in 2016, Holland America Line’s new ms Koningsdam will homeport at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The ship will sail a series of Caribbean voyages and one cruise to the Bahamas from November 2016 through March 2017. Koningsdam’s Caribbean itineraries will be available for booking in late spring.

The seven-day cruises visit popular ports in the region, while the longer nine-, 10- and 11-day itineraries provide more time for exploring and include a diverse array of islands with exciting, off-the-beaten-path calls. A four-day cruise to the Bahamas kicks off the Caribbean season. All voyages are roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale.

“We are excited to sail Holland America Line’s newest ship from Port Everglades on the most varied and robust Caribbean itineraries of any of our ships,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “The Caribbean remains among the most popular cruise destinations in the world, and by having itineraries that range from four to 11 days guests will be able to enjoy a vacation that fits their schedule.”

Norwegian Cruise Line launches new Cruisetours in South America

Guests can now enhance their cruise vacation with a pre- or post- Cruisetour for an authentic South American experience

MIAMI – April 9, 2015 – Norwegian Cruise Line is offering guests the freedom and flexibility to build their dream South American vacation with the introduction of three new South American Cruisetours.

These pre- or post-cruise land-based tours are available for guests sailing on Norwegian Sun’s South America itineraries, beginning November 2015. Ranging in length from three to five days, these in-depth experiences are hosted by expert English speaking local tour guides and take guests off the beaten path on a once-in-a-lifetime immersion into the authentic flavors, sights and history of Argentina and Chile. 

            Cruise guests looking to celebrate the romance of Buenos Aires, often referred to as the “Paris of South America,” can opt for the three-day Tour & Tango in Buenos Aires.  Travelers will overnight in Buenos Aires, tour the city, dine in Argentinian restaurants known to locals, attend an evening dinner and tango show and round-out the trip by going cheek-to-cheek with a tango lesson from professional dancers.

Cunard hosts fundraiser event on board Queen Victoria for the National Museum of the Royal Navy

13 April 2015 – On Monday, 6 April 2015, Cunard hosted the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Victory is Ours! fundraising luncheon aboard Queen Victoria, during the ship’s call to Los Angeles as she continues on her World Voyage.
From L-R:Stanley Birge, vice president, Cunard, North America, with Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns; Friend of the National Museum of the Royal Navy; Commodore Christopher Rynd; Professor Dominic Tweddle, director general of the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
 The event was held in aid of the multi-million dollar campaign required for the preservation and conservation of the HMS Victory, one of the world’s most famous warships.

At the event, the “Face of Nelson” was present for attendees to view. The Life Mask cast from Admiral Lord Nelson’s face in 1798 is one of only four in existence, and it is the only one in the world capable of coming to the United States of America.

Princess Cruises “Summer Clearance Sale” offers cruise deals on summer vacations

Guests Can Save up to 50 Percent on Cruises to Alaska and Europe and Receive Onboard Spending Money

 SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (April 16, 2015) – Princess Cruises makes it easy to plan a summer vacation with cruise deals on the lines’ most popular summertime destinations in Alaska and Europe.

Travelers will be able to enjoy Alaska Land & Sea vacations, and Mediterranean, British Isles, and Scandinavia & Russia cruises. During the Summer Clearance Sale, guests who book can save up to 50 percent per person on launch fares, plus receive as much as $400 in free onboard spending money per stateroom for those who book a balcony, mini-suite or suite.
Guests can cruise to some of Europe’s most iconic destinations and sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean and Greek Islands or embrace fascinating cultures and picturesque landscapes of Northern Europe, the Baltic and the British Isles. They can also journey through the awe-inspiring scenery and stunning views of the Alaska’s Inside Passage and Glacier Bay National Park, or have an in-depth experience of the Great Land with an immersive Alaska Land & Sea vacation.

Guests choose their favorite offer with Celebrity Cruises’ new "Pick Your Perk" promotion

Air bonus, free drinks, free tips or money to spend onboard, plus additional incentives

MIAMI, FL – April 10, 2015 – Back by popular demand, Celebrity Cruises’ rich booking offer, “Pick Your Perk,” has launched with a lineup of options for vacationers to indulge in. To pick the perk that complements their style of vacationing, guests can choose from one of the following:

·        Cruise savings of up to $600 when booking air travel with Celebrity’s ChoiceAir
·        Classic Beverage Package
·        Gratuities
·        Up to $300 to spend on upscale amenities and experiences while onboard Celebrity’s modern luxury ships

Ovation of the Seas to sail Australia in Winter 2016-17

World’s most advanced cruise ship to sail adventures Down Under after inaugural China Season

MIAMI, April 14, 2015 – Royal Caribbean International, the world’s largest cruise brand, announced today that Australia will welcome its very own brand new cruise ship for the first time when Ovation of the Seas homeports in Sydney for winter 2016-17.

Currently under construction in Germany, Ovation of the Seas will not only claim the title of the largest cruise ship to ever call Australia home but also the most technologically advanced in the region. 

“Royal Caribbean has been breaking the boundaries in Australian cruising since we arrived in 2007 but today, we have completely changed the face of the cruise industry, making the single largest investment in Australia by any cruise line,” said Gavin Smith, regional vice president, Royal Caribbean, Asia Pacific.

“Ovation of the Seas will completely redefine the idea of cruising in Australia, taking the industry to the next level by offering a host of incredible never-before-seen features and technologies. This demonstrates our belief in, and long term commitment to, the Australian cruising market.”

New Alaska Port Adventures bring more thrills and local experiences to Disney Cruise Line guests

CELEBRATION, Fla. – During 2015 Alaska sailings, Disney Cruise Line invites guests to experience the destination like never before with a brand-new selection of Port Adventures. 

These new excursions offer something for everyone in the family to enjoy, from exhilarating alpine forest adventures to hands-on experiences showcasing Alaska’s rich heritage. 

Disney Cruise Line Exclusive Experiences

On the Family Gold Exploration and the Mendenhall Glacier and Mine Ruin Exploration in Juneau, Disney Cruise Line guests experience an exclusive and memorable encounter with an eccentric prospector mining the hills.

Families trek to the miner’s camp for stories around the campfire, leaving with tips of the trade and a keepsake from the prospector himself.

Carnival introduces comprehensive ship tutorial library for travel agents

Located Within Carnival Passport, Tutorial Library Features
Detailed Information on All 24 Ships in Fleet
MIAMI (April 16, 2015) – Carnival has assembled a comprehensive new library of ship tutorials from which travel agents can learn detailed facts and features of all 24 ships in the “Fun Ship” fleet. The tutorials are located within Carnival Passport, the line’s training portal for travel agents. 

            The tutorials feature a wide range of sales and marketing information related to each ship, all in one convenient, centralized location. 

Specific details in each tutorial include:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Carnival Pride returns to port of Baltimore for year-round cruising

Following Multi-Million-Dollar Upgrade, Ship Began Offering Unique Array of Five- to 14-Day Cruises to Top Destinations in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Bahamas and Florida March 29
MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line has returned to the Port of Baltimore and launched a year-round cruise program y when the Carnival Pride departed on a seven-day cruise to the Bahamas from the Cruise Maryland Terminal.
Carnival Pride’s year-round schedule from Baltimore encompasses a wide range of departures, from five-day Bermuda cruises to seven- to 14-day voyages visiting top destinations in the Caribbean, The Bahamas and Florida.
“We are thrilled to be returning to the Port of Baltimore which is such a fantastic cruise departure point for people in the mid-Atlantic states, the Northeast and beyond,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival president.

"Carnival Pride has just undergone a massive enhancement program that added a variety of great new features which, when combined with the wide range of itinerary options, makes the ship an excellent vacation choice for consumers and a great selling opportunity for our valued travel agent partners,” she added.