Friday, April 24, 2015

Norwegian Sky cruises to include alcoholic drinks in fare

Norwegian Sky cruises to include alcoholic drinks in fare

Norwegian Cruise Line will include alcoholic drinks in the cruise fare on Norwegian Sky sailings, beginning in January.  The cruise line said that drinks normally priced at $11 or less would be included in the fare. That includes cocktails, wines by the glass, and bottled and draft beer. Guests ages 3 to 20 will get unlimited soda and juice.  “We’re taking Freestyle Cruising to the next level to provide our guests with an experience unmatched by any other contemporary cruise line,” said Andy Stuart, president and COO for Norwegian Cruise Line.  The Norwegian Sky sails every Monday on a 4 day cruise, returning on Friday morning and leaves every Friday afternoon for a three day cruise returning on Monday morning to the Bahamas from Miami.
For people wishing to make reservations for any of these sailings, contact at 203-288-1884 for exclusive rates and special amenities or email

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Royal Caribbean stops last minute discounting

Royal Caribbean Cruses Ltd. Chairman Richard Fain said the company put a stop to "last-minute" cruise discounting in North America, starting in March. He called the practice damaging to its brand image. The definition of "last-minute" could mean 10, 20, or 30 days out, depending on the sailing.
“From that point on we will hold our price,” “This may cost us bookings in the short term and our guidance may reflect that, but we believe the long-term advantage for our brands is worth the small short-term cost. Over time, we believe this will lead to happier guests, and better branding."
Fain called prices offered in the days before a sailing, often at significant discount, "disruptive to the system." While those sales make up a just small percentage of RCCL's total business, the repercussions are significant, he said.  “They upset many of our most loyal customers by creating uncertainty about the price they pay, they cause headaches and they undermine our brand image,” Fain said. Fain said that it was too early to tell if the policy had any measurable impact so far, but that it could have a negative short-term impact, because ships will sail with slightly lower occupancy. He acknowledged that it may “take a little while for consumers to understand just how serious we are about this” but that RCCL is committed to the policy.  “We think getting our customers out of this used-car salesman kind of mentality will be good overall for the brand, good for their experience, and therefore lead to longer yields in the long run,” he said.
For more information on making a reservation for a Royal Caribbean Cruise, contact for exclusive rats and amenities at (203) 288-1884 or email

Friday, April 10, 2015

Royal Caribbean to pay cruisers’ taxes in promotion

Royal Caribbean International launched a novel promotion geared to bookings made before the April 15 federal income tax deadline. From April 11 through 15, Royal Caribbean said it would pay the taxes, port charges and fees associated with bookings on most cruises. Sailings on Quantum or Anthem of the Seas do not qualify. The promotion applies to cruises sailing from April 15, 2015, through March 31, 2016.
Royal Caribbean said U.S. residents could save up to $200 per guest on a six-night or longer Bahamas, Caribbean and roundtrip Europe itinerary.  To make a reservation and receive this offer, contact at 203-288-1884 or email

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Disney Cruise Line Gets 'Tangled'

One of the most popular ways of traveling in today’s market is on a cruise ship, and the family-friendly Disney Cruise Line is stepping up its game by adding a new stage show based on the movie Tangled in November. According to a press release from Disney Cruise Line, Tangled: The Musical will be the first stage adaptation of the movie based on the classic story of Rapunzel and will take place on the Disney Magic cruise ship.
As if the lavish stage show and the creative adaptation from the big screen to the stage weren’t enough to satisfy fans of the movie, Disney has utilized Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Glenn Slater to compose three new songs exclusively for this production. For fans of the Tangled movie, the plan is for the Disney Magic cruise ship to produce a stage show that stays true to the movie’s storyline. With some of the most well-known characters in the movie making the jump to the stage—including Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Mother Gothel and Maximus—fans of the movie, and even those who have never seen it before, will be treated to a classic fairy tale. As Disney pointed out in the press release, the 977-seat Walt Disney Theatre on the Disney Magic will be transformed into a full immersive set from the movie. With elaborate costumes, backdrops for the play and an all-star creative team and cast, the production could be worthy of the Broadway stage.  The production of Tangled will premiere during the Disney Magic’s four-night Bahamas trip, beginning on Nov. 11.
 For more information on cruising on a Disney ship, contact for exclusive rates and amenities at 800-775-1884 or

Norweian Cruise Lines cancells NCL Star Panama Canal Cruise

Norwegian Cruise Line cancelled the Norwegian Star’s April 12 Panama Canal voyage due to “a technical issue with the ship’s ABB-manufactured Azipod propulsion system.”
Guests booked on the 15-day cruise from Los Angeles will receive a full refund of the cruise fare, as well as a 50 percent future cruise credit.  The ship will be out of service April 12-26 so repairs can be made and is expected to resume service on April 27 from Miami, the company said.“Norwegian Cruise Line sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this itinerary change and would like to thank our guests for their understanding,” the company said.  The Norwegian Star late last month emerged from a two-week dry-dock renovation that included “an Azipod hydrodynamic upgrade” and other technical improvements including state-of-the-art silicone paint on the hull that improves fuel efficiency, thrusters and stabilizer maintenance; and ballast and bilge piping replacement.  The ship also received the first Jimmy Buffett’s Five O’Clock Somewhere Bar, part of the line’s new partnership with Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Newer ships also will have a Margaritaville restaurant.  For more information on cruising on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, contact for exclusive rates and amenities at 800-775-1884 or

Carnival adds room service items that cost extra

In a pilot program, Carnival Cruise Lines is introducing items on its room service menu that will cost extra.  The items are in addition to a basic menu of free items, which will continue to be available. Carnival said the fee-based choices include chicken wings, fried shrimp, quesadillas, personal pizzas and sushi on ships that feature Bonsai sushi restaurants. The free menu will still include seven  hot and cold sandwiches, three salad choices, three desserts and eight beverages, along with a Continental breakfast menu.
Carnival said the changes were introduced to broaden variety and choice. The pilot will start on Carnival Imagination, Carnival Conquest and Carnival Pride on April 12 and, based on guest feedback, may be expanded to other ships, Carnival said.
For more information on Carnival, booking one of their ships and receiving Exclusive rates and amenities, cotact at 203-288-1884 or info@thecruiseoutlet/com

Friday, April 3, 2015

NCL announces Room Service Charge

Norwegian Cruise Line has created an enhanced room service menu for the Norwegian Getaway and Breakaway that carries a charge of up to $7.95 for delivery.  The menu has an expanded selection of breakfast items and a wider variety of options available 24 hours.  In addition to cold breakfast items, the delivery menu will now feature hot cereals as well as eggs and sides such as potatoes, grilled tomatoes, bacon and sausage.  Norwegian said “individual items on the menu” remain available on a complimentary basis. The delivery fee is calculated by order, not per passenger.
Previously, room service delivery on the two ships was complimentary except between midnight and 5 a.m., when the cost was $3.95.  Guests in suites or in The Haven are exempt from the charges.   For more information and to reserve a Norwegan Cruise contact for their exclusive rates and amenities at 203-288-1884