Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Royal Caribbean seeking lifeguards

Royal Caribbean International has put a help-wanted ad for lifeguards on its website. 
The ad is entitled "Posting: Lifeguard Staff" &  says the applicant would monitor swimming pools, the H2O Zone, Splashaway Bay and other designated water attractions. It said the job is a 1.5 stripe officer position within the Marine Department and would report to the Lifeguard Supervisor. Currently, Disney is the only cruise line that staffs lifeguards at pools. Other lines have said guests swim at their own risk, the same policy adopted by many resorts and hotels. Several children have drowned or nearly drowned in pools on cruise ships in recent years, leading critics to question the industry's pool safety practices. In June, an 8-year-old boy was pulled from the pool on Anthem of the Seas after being submerged for eight to 10 minutes, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. He died two days later.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

NCL announces Cuba sailings

Norwegian Cruise Line announced cruises to Cuba aboard Norwegian Sky, sailing a series of five, four-day cruises from Miami to Cuba in May 2017 that will include an overnight in the capital of Havana. On Monday, May 1, Norwegian Sky will set sail for her first voyage to Havana, arriving on Tuesday morning and staying alongside until Wednesday evening, allowing guests the opportunity to go ashore and experience the island’s rich cultural traditions through people-to-people exchanges. Norwegian will also offer OFAC-compliant shore excursions, where guests  will have the opportunity to visit historical sites such as Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; view incredible art and listen to the vibrant local music scene; and visit with Cuba’s warm and friendly residents through people-to-people exchanges. The ship will continue on to call on Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island destination in the Bahamas. Passengers enjoy unlimited complimentary beverages as a part of the ship’s all-inclusive program. Additional Cuba cruise departure dates include May 8, 15, 22 and 29. The four-day cruises begin at $699 per person. For additional information or to book a cruise to Cuba on Norwegian, contact theCRUISEOUTLETLET.com for special rates and additional amenities at info@thecrthscruiseoutlet.com.  

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Holland America Line to Cancel all Cruise Calls to Turkey in 2017

Holland America Line is the latest cruise line to cancel all calls to Turkey in 2017, citing "guest preferences for alternate ports." This follows the announcement earlier this week that sister cruise lines -- part of Carnival Corporation -- Cunard and P&O Cruises are also removing all calls to Turkey from 2017 itineraries. In a statement issued this morning, the line said: "Holland America Line has made the decision to cancel all scheduled port calls to Turkey through 2017 based on guest preferences for alternate ports. "Ten departures in 2017 are affected and booked guests and travel professionals on these sailings will be notified. Shore excursions booked in affected ports through Holland America Line will be refunded and taxes, fees and port expenses will be adjusted accordingly." Changes will affect voyages onboard Amsterdam, Prinsendam and Koningsdam with the line expected to reroute itineraries to stops in Greece or Albania, although the line is yet to confirm this.
The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey.
The U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise that the threat from terrorism [in Turkey] remains high, although the situation has calmed since the attempted coup.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also cautions travel to Turkey.

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Empress of the Seas to Move to Tampa for Cuba Cruises

The Empress of the Seas will launch Royal Caribbean's Cuba program with a five-night sailing departing Miami on April 19, 2017.
The ship will then reposition to Tampa offering two itineraries with calls to Havana on April 30 (7-night sailing) and May 20 (5-night sailing), according to a statement.
The Empress of the Seas will homeport in Tampa for the 2017 summer season  the cruise line's first-ever summer program from the destination  offering a series of 4- and 5-night sailings, including port calls to Cuba.
"Royal Caribbean is the world's most exciting adventure company, and we're thrilled to introduce culture-seeking travelers to Cuba. As the unrivaled innovators of the cruise experience, no company is better positioned to help adventurers explore and experience this culturally rich destination," said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.

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Crystal Cruises Announces Barbara Streisand-Themed Film and Theatre Cruise

Crystal Cruises has announced the roster of performances on the Crystal Symphony Film & Theatre Festival sailing inspired by Barbara Streisand.
Guests can enjoy a combination of film and musical performances by seasoned veterans. Cruise goers can even go behind the scenes of the production process. Performing as Streisand will be leading tribute artist Sharon Owens.
In addition to Owens performances and hosted receptions, multiple other Broadway and Hollywood stars will be making appearances. Tony-nominated actress Lainie Kazan, who was Streisands understudy in Funny Girl on Broadway, will give presentations, while scar-, Grammy-, and Golden Globe-nominated songwriters Allan Rich and Jud Friedman, both of whom have worked with Streisand, will talk about scoring movies for the silver screen. Red carpet stylists will offer tips; costume designers will share their collections; and special screenings of Streisands hits will air in the Hollywood Theatre. 

The 19-day Panama Canal Adventure sailing departs Los Angeles for New York on April 30, 2017, calling in Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco, Mexico; San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua; Panama City, Panama (and transits the Panama Canal); Cartagena, Colombia; and Charleston, South Carolina. All-inclusive fares begin at $5,995 per person. 

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Carnival Raises Bottled Water Prices ... Again for the second time this year.

In July 2015, the cruise line banned passengers from bringing their own bottles onboard but appeased the masses by offering inexpensive 12-packs for pre-order at a cost of $2.99 each. Cruisers would then find the water waiting in their cabins. In March of this year, prices were raised from $2.99 to $3.99 -- an increase of more than 30 percent. As of December 8, the price for a 12-pack has jumped again, this time more than 10 percent to $4.50 (plus gratuity if ordered onboard), according to Carnival's website. 
"The ability to purchase bottled water in bulk and have it delivered to the stateroom continues to be a great convenience to our guests,"  The line declined to comment on why the prices were raised just nine months after the initial price increase.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Royal Caribbean streamlines drinks packages

Royal Caribbean International has pared down its offering of beverage packages to four, with just one that includes alcohol. The cruise line said guests can buy a package that includes beer, wine and cocktails for a price of $55 a day (the package includes drinks that sell for less than $12). Guests will get a $12 credit toward any drink that costs more than $12. The package also includes non-alcoholic beverages, premium coffee, tea and bottled water. The new packages went into effect Sept. 6.
Previously, Royal Caribbean offered packages that includes various levels of alcoholic drinks for $39, $57 and $67 a day. It said guests that had ordered a $39 package will be upgraded at no charge.
Royal Caribbean said the changes were made with a focus on making the vacation-planning process easy. Two other nonalcoholic options are the Classic Soda package, which provides soft drinks at $8.50 per day, and the Refreshment Package that includes a spectrum of nonalcoholic drinks for $26 a day. Guests can also order Evian water in packages of either 12 one-liter bottles ($39) or 24 one-liter bottles ($69).

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

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Coasts to Canyons > >Los Angeles to Los Angeles - 10 days / Dec 11, 2016 / Sirena
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Celebrity Cruises hosting Demi Lovato concert

Pop singer Demi Lovato will put on a concert for guests of four Celebrity Cruises ships in St. Maarten on Wednesday, Dec. 28. The four ships (Equinox, Eclipse, Summit and Reflection) will be in St. Maarten on their holiday cruises on that date. Celebrity said it is incredibly rare for a quartet of its ships to visit the same port on the same day. Tickets for the show will be priced at $100 for general admission and $300 for VIP seating. They are available to guests on the Dec. 19 Equniox departure, Dec. 21 Eclipse departure and the Dec. 24 departures of Summit and Reflection.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Carnival makes early boarding more expensive

Carnival Cruise Line has made it more costly to get to the fun quickly on most cruises. 
It has implemented a new pricing structure for its Faster To the Fun program, which offers early embarkation and other perks for a fee. The fee used to be $49.95 to $59.95 depending on cruise length. Now the maximum fee has been raised to $79.95 on cruises of eight days or longer.
The new schedule still starts at $49.95 for two- and three-day cruises.  The fee offers priority in security and check-in lines and express boarding, as well as a cabin ready for occupancy at boarding and priority luggage delivery. Faster to the Fun also comes with priority tender boarding and dining times. The cost is assessed on a per-cabin basis, so one fee covers multiple guests staying in the same cabin.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Cuba cruises on hold at Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean International is all prepared to go to Cuba, having spent $50 million refurbishing the 1,840-passenger Empress of the Seas for the itinerary. But lacking permission from the Cuban government, Royal Caribbean has put the ship into a holding pattern. It will be at least November before Cuba cruises can start.
This is the right sized vessel for Cuba, and our intention is someday we will be going there. Were just still waiting for the nod, said Vicki Freed, senior vice president .Freed led a tour of the Empress recently  showing off the improvements, including the addition of photos of Cuba in the Boleros nightclub. A Cuban combo in Boleros provided entertainment.
Empress of the Seas, a 27-year-old ship, had been sailing for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.s Spanish brand Pullmantur until earlier this year. A big part of Royal Caribbeans upgrade to the ship came in the galleys, which were completely gutted and redone. All the rooms got new carpets, drapes, linens and other soft goods. The six suites got new furniture and upgrades such as bedside USB ports.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Disney successfully adds to THE river cruise market

Adventures by Disneys first river cruising season is nearly halfway over, and so far, it has proved a successful move into a market generally overlooked by family travelers.  On this seven-day Danube sailing on the 170-passenger AmaViola from Vilshofen to Budapest, Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Adventures by Disney (ABD), said the company was already looking forward to its expansion to a second river, the Rhine, next summer, and that Disney was broadening river cruisings demographic.  [Were] bringing new people into the river cruise category, Potrock said. Theyre kind of locked into a segment of the population, and we can expand that segment by bringing families into the equation.
Adventures By Disney made its foray into river cruising in partnership with AmaWaterways, which purpose-built the AmaViola with family-friendly design details, including connecting staterooms and suites suitable for three- and four-member families, a rare feature on river cruise ships.  As you would expect with Disney, cruisers will find a family-friendly experience onboard, with movie nights and dance parties for kids. Disney Cruise Line fans will recognize the pirate party with face painting.  Kid-friendly excursions include a walking tour of Bratislava, Slovakia, where kids can complete a puzzle of landmarks; a salt mine tour in Salzburg, Austria, with train rides and wooden slides going into the mine; an Austrian park where kids can walk above the treetops on wooden ledges; and a marionette show offering children a chance to go backstage and try manipulating the dolls themselves.
Parents will appreciate touches such as the tour of Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, where Adventure Guides take the kids through garden mazes and to an onsite childrens museum, enabling adults to explore on their own.  Launching the first of this kind of product has been a learning process, and Disney said it would continue to tweak the programming and dining to make it better for both adults and children.   The biggest change so far is the minimum age for its cruises: next year, Disney raised it from 4 to 6, but it still recommends 8, based on feedback and seeing how the different aged kids were dealing with the river cruise experience, said Terry Brinkoetter, public relations director for Disney Destinations.   The line also adjusted its dining options. Previously, everyone ate dinner together in the dining room. Now, kids can choose to eat in the lounge, supervised by Adventure Guides who hang out and play games, giving parents a chance to dine alone. Teens may eat together in the wine cellar, and many on my cruise chose to do so. The main dining room has a kids menu for when families wish to dine together. 
Disney also learned on the go with its bicycling excursions, increasing the minimum age from 12 to 14 years after seeing how challenging the tour was, with rough roads (think cobblestone streets) and non-English street signs. An example of the high level of onboard service is that with no bikes suitable for younger kids such as my 9-year-old for the ride on your own option, the cruise director had local bikes delivered to use. 
Future plans
Potrock, who was also onboard with his family, said over dinner at the ships Chefs Table Restaurant that next years expansion to the Rhine on the upcoming 170-passenger AmaKristina made a lot of sense.  Theres a lot of culture and character in that region of the world, he said. And we think theres a lot of connection to classic Disney lore and stories there.  We think its going to play really wonderfully.  With ABD expanding to two rivers for summer 2017, the next area of growth might be cruise timing, Potrock said, possibly expanding into May or September. Disney currently only offers the cruises from June through August, which works well for ABD and AmaWaterways, he said, because summer is not the strongest market for older couples, the mainstay clients for river cruises, due to the heat and crowds in Europe, but is perfect for Disneys family-oriented approach.   Beyond that, he said he sees an opportunity to focus on the adult-only market and get creative in terms of thematics. With the popularity of wine cruises, he said, Disney could possibly find a tie-in with the Epcot Food and Wine Festival to create a new river cruise product.
ABDs Danube river cruise fares include daily shore excursions; WiFi; gratuities; all onboard and some off-ship meals; unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner; and onboard entertainment, including classes for the kids.   Ports include Vilshofen and Passau in Germany and Linz, Melk, Krems and Vienna in Austria, as well as Bratislava and Budapest. 
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A Review of the new Viking Cruises' Viking Star

July 31, 2016 - Excerpts from an article written by Marilyn Green 

It was clear  after only one week onboard Viking Ocean Cruises luxurious Viking Star that it is, first and foremost, a home to its passengers. The designers have found a way to combine elegance and comfort, making the vessel not only a ship, but also a residence.  When the 930-passenger Viking Star launched last year, most of the spotlight was on the ships hardware, as the line had promised to bring many features over from its river cruise operation.
Now, what stands out the most is the ships culture. Guests dont just cruise  they move in.
Its hard to explain the ships combination of beauty and comfort.
And, as in many homes, food is a key feature that brings people together. Although the dining room fare is beautifully planned and delicious, it was the more informal food offerings that were the topic of conversation among guests. The word got out quickly about Mamsens, the onboard deli that uses recipes from the owners mother (oh, the waffles!), but it was the World Cafe buffet with its open kitchen that truly impressed cruise veterans.
One passenger confessed to me that she had requested made-to-order eggs Benedict from the buffet three times. There were similar responses to the evenings Peking duck, the cooked-to-order steaks and the nightly spread of fresh and gorgeous seafood  crab, shrimp, prawns and sushi. A spread of tapas was also popular, and vegetarians devoured dishes such as mashed sweet potatoes, pastas, curries and soups. Dispensers in the buffet served beverages such as coffee, juice, lemonade, cappuccinos and a choice of still or sparkling water.
The room service menu, too, received high honors from guests, and featured dishes such as Angus New York strip steak, grilled chicken breast, Norwegian salmon and artisan cheeses, gravlax (salmon cured with salt, pepper and dill) and Reuben sandwiches. Cheesecake, apple pie, chocolate mousse and dishes with no sugar added are also available.
Although the destinations Viking visits are incredible, I found it difficult to tear myself away from my stateroom. All accommodations have private verandas, superb king-size beds and bathrooms with glassed-in showers, heated tile floors and towel racks and  Freya toiletries. Rooms are equipped with flat-screen televisions, and guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi access.  Complimentary self-service laundry is available on every deck, and pre-measured laundry detergent is offered at no extra charge.
And its not only the guests who are enthusiastic about what is offered onboard Viking Star. Service is excellent as well, and employees seemed genuinely happy. At the bar, a couple asked the server how the crews quarters were. “ We know how lucky we are, the server told them. They are much bigger and better than on the other lines where I’ve worked”..
Inviting as it is, Viking Star is not for everyone. The minimum age to come onboard is 16, and there is no dazzling entertainment or a casino. But for those who find their match here, its a difficult place to leave

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Holland America Line Raises Prices in Specialty Restaurants Across Cruise Fleet

Holland America Line has upped prices in three alternative restaurants across its fleet. Dining package pricing has also subsequently increased. According to the line it has been several years since it made a price adjustment at its restaurants. "The three award-winning restaurants remain among the best values at sea for specialty dining with pricing that falls below that of other cruise line alternative restaurants," the line said in a statement. The price increases came into effect August 1 in its signature restaurant Pinnacle Grill, as well as at Asian-themed restaurant Tamarind and Italian-themed Canaletto.
The price increases are:
Pinnacle Grill: up from $29 to $35 per person for dinner. Lunch remains the same. 
Tamarind (only available on Nieuw Amsterdam, Eurodam and Koningsdam): up from $20 to $25 per person. Canaletto: up from $10 to $15 per person. Dining Packages purchased online or onboard have also increased: Evening in the Pinnacle Grill (two dinners in Pinnacle Grill): up from $52 to $62 
Signature Dining Package (one reservation each in Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto): up from $35 to $44 
Distinctive Dining Package (one reservation each in Pinnacle Grill, Tamarind and Canaletto): up from $50 to $65. Ultimate Dining Package (available on Koningsdam only with one reservation each for Pinnacle Grill, the Culinary Arts Center, Sel de Mer, Tamarind and Canaletto): up from $104 to $119
The pricing for An Evening at Le Cirque and Taste of De Librije remains unchanged at $49 and $69 per person respectively.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Caribbean Princess Skips Dublin Port of Call After Losing Propulsion

Caribbean Princess was forced to skip a scheduled port call in Dublin, Ireland after losing propulsion at approximately 7 a.m. local time. The ship was about 25 nautical miles southeast of Dublin, at the time, in the Irish Sea. Though propulsion was lost, at no time was the ship without electrical power and has been operating with full ship/hotel services, including air conditioning, galleys, lighting and toilets. The ships Chief Engineer, in collaboration with Princess Fleet Technical team restored propulsion, which the line said was due to "a glitch in the electrical system in the engine room." However, due to the amount of time the ship was without propulsion it had to forgo its visit to Dublin. Passengers who booked shore excursions through Princess are being refunded. Caribbean Princess, which was on day three of a 12-day cruise, is enroute to Belfast, Northern Ireland, which is the next scheduled port of call on the itinerary. Princess has sent technical and electrical engineering experts to meet the ship. (August 4, 2016)

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Disney Cruise Line Debuts Frozen, A Musical Spectacular

The new stage show based on the hit animated film Frozen will run exclusively aboard Disney Wonder on cruises starting November 10 from Galveston, Texas. Frozen, A Musical Spectacular will run exclusively aboard the Disney Wonder on cruises starting November 10.
The show will follow the adventures of royal sisters Anna and Elsa as they embark on a journey to discover the meaning of sisterhood, inner strength and true love, using a new combination of traditional theatrical techniques and modern technology. It will have dynamic costumes and sets, special effects, and spectacular production numbers with hit songs from the movie. 
The production is led by Tony Award-nominated director Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall “Mothers and Sons). Joining the creative team are Tony Award-winning costume designer Paloma YoungPeter and the Starcatcher), choreographer Josh Prince (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), scenic designer Jason SherwoodPaint Your Wagon), and writer Sara Wordsworth (In Transit).Frozen, a Musical Spectacular will have music direction by Marco Paguia, projection design by Aaron Rhyne and lighting design by Rui Rita.Puppetry by Michael Curry, whose designs are in Disneys Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Lion King will bring physicality to characters like Sven and Olaf.
The production has the popular music and lyrics by the creators of the Frozen film score, Kristen Anderson-Lopez (n Transit “Up Here) and Robert LopezAvenue Q “The Book of Mormon “Up Here), and is adapted from the screenplay by four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (Gotta Dance “laddin “The Wedding Singer, “Elf). The show will run in the 977-seat Walt Disney Theatre. Songs like For the First Time in Forever and Love is an Open Door will be expanded into ensemble pieces, and the films wintry setting will be realized in production numbers of In Summer and Fixer Upper
Frozen, A Musical Spectacular is based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios film Frozen, which is the number one animated feature of all time. The film earned two Academy Awards (2014) for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Celebrity Cruises to Sail Caribbean Year-Round, Will Debut New Family and Culinary Programs

Celebrity Cruises to Sail Caribbean Year-Round, Will Debut New Family and Culinary Programs

Celebrity Equinox will sail year-round Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Miami in 2017. Beginning next April, the 2,850-passenger ship  will offer a total of 24 cruises from its new homeport, including seven-night itineraries between June and August, and 10- and 11-night itineraries throughout the rest of the year.
To kick off its first summer season in the Caribbean, the ship will host an 11-night cruise with two overnight stays in New Orleans, during the city's famous Jazz and Heritage Festival, starting April 24. Celebrity will wrap up its 2017 summer season with a "President's Cruise" on August 27. On the eight-night Eastern Caribbean sailing, the line's president Lisa Lutoff-Perlo will treat passengers to special events and excursions.
Conversations with Celebrity passengers had inspired her decision: I can't tell you how many people I bump into  and they say: 'We're going on a summer vacation this year, but we can't go on Celebrity because you don't have a ship in the Caribbean'. Every time I hear that, my heart breaks. Now they can't say that to me anymore."
In addition to a year-round presence in the Caribbean, Celebrity will debut a new family program with an array of new enrichment options for kids. "Summer Camp at Sea" will include activities such as video creation, cooking classes and marine biology lessons. 
Celebrity also will continue to raise the bar on its food and wine offerings. The new "Taste of the Caribbean" program will feature complimentary activities like cooking and mixology demos, rum and reggae parties on the Lawn Club, and brunch and bubbles. Foodies can even splurge on more exclusive experiences such as a fresh pasta and mozzarella making class with lunch in Tuscan Grille, and a five-course tasting dinner with Celebrity chefs.
The previously announced Chef's Market Discoveries' shore excursion and Blendtique wine-blending classes also will be available on Celebrity Equinox sailings.
Celebrity is offering four free perks ($150 onboard credit, unlimited internet, a premium beverage package and prepaid gratuities) per passenger, on select 2017 cruises booked between July 19 and August 31, 2016, to celebrate the move.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Norwegian Cruise Line Bans Bringing Most Beverages Onboard

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that, effective July 15, the line will prohibit guests from bringing any beverages onboard.  The ban includes liquor, beer and non-alcoholic drinks such as water, soda and juices, but does not include purified or distilled water in factory-sealed containers for use in conjunction with medical devices or for the reconstitution of infant formula. Guests can also still bring fully sealed and/or corked wine bottles for personal consumption onboard, although wine bottles are subject to screening and a corkage fee (for guests 21 years of age or older). Open beverages of any kind must be consumed at discarded at security on embarkation day and at any port of call. Norwegian said that the new policy brings the company in line with other best practice travel security protocols and will reduce the need for time-consuming individual screening and package inspection of large volumes of beverages. 
Other cruise lines have also moved to ban guests from bringing certain types of bottled beverages onboard. Last summer, Carnival Cruise Line updated its beverage policy to ban bringing bottled water. Instead of security concerns, however, the line cited the need to deter guests from smuggling alcohol onboard. At the time, travel agents praised Carnivals concurrent decision to lower the price of its onboard bottled water, although others pointed out that liquor sold onboard could still cause behavioral problems.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

More Cruise Lines Cancel Turkey Calls Following Istanbul Attack - June 30, 2016

Cruise lines have cancels calls in Istanbul in the wake of Tuesdays terrorist attack on Ataturk International Airport, USA Today reports. Celebrity Cruises has said that two vessels that were scheduled to use Istanbul as a base will instead be based out of Piraeus, Greece (Athens). Windstar Cruises will sail the Wind Star out of Piraeus instead of Istanbul, as well as cancel calls at Kusadasi (Ephesus), while Cunard Line has cancelled all calls in Istanbul for the rest of the year. Seabourn has moved Seabourn Odyssey Saturday sailing, which was set to depart from Istanbul, to depart from Piraeus instead. The line has not changed for other Istanbul departures over the rest of the summer and fall, and the line will still continue other Turkey calls. Neither the UKs Foreign Office nor the U.S. State Department have changed their travel device for the country. This is important because new travel alerts or warnings generally trigger companies to change their travel plans. 

Holland America Line and Princess Cruises  still have calls in Turkey that are going ahead as scheduled. 
Other cruise lines have already cancelled or altered Turkey calls over the past year. Crystal Cruises has cancelled calls in Turkey. In January, MSC Cruises suspended all calls in the country, and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) has suspended Turkey calls for all three of its brands: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. 

Terrorists opened fire on Istanbuls Ataturk International Airport late Tuesday, exchanging fire with police and then detonating a suicide bomb. The attack is the second in an Istanbul tourist area this summer, following a car bomb in the historic Beyazit Square neighborhood earlier this month.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Reasons To Use A Professional Cruise Agent To Book Your Cruise

Seven out of ten travelers use a travel agent to plan and book cruise vacations.   
Travel professionals work equally well with new-to-cruise travelers and veterans of the seas and rivers. Long-time cruise lovers wouldn’t have it any other way. They understand the amazing value and benefits of working with a knowledgeable Professional Cruise agent.  
Here are a number of reasons why a travel professional should be your first call when considering a cruise vacation.  

Oceans of Knowledge: Professional Cruise Agents take regular training in all aspects of cruising as well as products and destinations. They have answers to everything from, “Which type of cruise ship is best for my family of four?” to “Will the chef know to prepare gluten-free entrees?” Cruise professionals are experts and can help you plan your ideal vacation, from a vast sea of choices.  
The Real Deal: Cruise travel agents plan and oversee multiple cruise vacations every week. They are aware of the best deals and discounts. They often have access to discounts unavailable to direct bookings. And in most cases, there is no cost for the service. Where else can you get professional advice for free?  

More Than Just $: In addition to finding the best rates, Professional Cruise Agents save clients another valuable resource: time. By all means research the type of cruise and the destinations that strike your fancy. But there is no need to spend hours on the web looking for the best deal. Agents have the most up-to-date offers and information. Let them do the legwork, from finding the perfect cabin to suggesting awesome excursions.  

Concierge Service: By using a Professional Cruise Agents, you can plan out many of your trip’s little details prior to boarding the ship. Instead of waiting in line at the surf-simulator or having to rush to the ship spa to book an appointment, when there’s an agent planning your trip you can enjoy a nearly hands-free experience where the details have been taken care of in advance.    

Professional Cruise Agents Got Your Back: Stuff happens. Professional Cruise Agents  are the best resource when it comes to trouble-shooting unforeseen travel glitches like lost luggage, cancelled excursions or travel delays. If a flight is missed or an excursion cancelled, an agent has the knowledge and tools to efficiently handle many of these situations.

Your Ship, Your Trip: A Professional Cruise Agents can create a perfect travel experience based on your preferences, tastes and travel dreams. They’re always armed with the most current information on how to find the right ship, right itinerary, right cabin and right cabin location.  

Up-to-Date Updates: Professional Cruise Agents are privy to a cruise line’s updates in real time and know the fastest ways to get up-to-date information. This can range from anything from new spa offerings to changes in the ship’s itinerary. They’ll help you take advantage of the latest onboard offerings or onshore excursions – and handle any last-minute concerns.  

For more information and to make reservations, contact The Cruise Professionals at  TheCruiseOutlet.com at 203-288-1884 or email: info@thecruiseoutlet.com and receive  exclusive rates and amenities, 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Viking Ocean Cruises: The Next Big Thing in Cruising Value is Here

Viking Cruises  continues to make waves and now it is on the high seas with its new Viking Ocean Cruises ships. The company’s mission is simple: luxury level cruise travel offered at an astounding value.
At first glance, Viking cruises aboard the new Viking Star and Viking Sea are approaching luxury pricing, and certainly quality, but when one considers the breadth of inclusions, the per diem breakdown puts it much closer in line to lower premium level cruise costs. Inclusions start with the usual meals and basic drinks but extend well beyond to alternative restaurants; 24-hour specialty coffees, teas and room service; wine, beer and soft drinks during lunch and dinner; self-service laundry (full-service for suites); Wi-Fi internet and one shore excursion in every port. The latter two are usually only included with the upper echelon of cruising.
Even all port charges and government taxes are bundled in, and the spa and fitness center facilities are also free of charge. Only treatments cost extra. Otherwise, the ships fantastic thermal suite, therapy pools, snow room, steam room and sauna are available gratis.
Perhaps the biggest factor is how the it compares to upscale cruise lines like Azamara Club Cruises and Oceania Cruises. Viking Ocean Cruises already has two brand new ships sailing, with another four scheduled through 2020. Viking ships  with fresh amenities such as all-veranda accommodations and more spacious showers. 
Viking Cruises founder and chairman Torstein Hagen said, The thing that differentiates ourselves from competitors  is what incredible value we are. Its not immediately obvious to everybody because so much is included in what we offer. 
They really defies categorization, sitting somewhere between upscale and luxury companies at premium line prices. In reality, Viking is defining its own version of luxury that is more casual and homey. Viking is wise to avoid classifying itself as a luxury line, however, realizing that luxury means different things to different people. Of course, the service standards onboard are so high though that guests feel greatly pampered regardless.
The bottom line is consumers need to look, well, beyond the bottom line, to recognize the Viking value found in its remarkable inclusions, hardware and software alike. 

Clients of theCRUISEOUTLET.com can take advantage of an Early Booking Discount on 2017 and 2018 itineraries, including 2-for-1 cruise fares plus up to $1,000 per person off flights.
For more information and to make reservations on Viking Ocean Cruise, contact The Cruise Professionals at theCRUISEOUTLET.com at 203-288-1884 or email: info@thecruiseoutlet.com  For  exclusive rates and amenities.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Viking Cruises Unveils New Ocean Itineraries to Cuba and More, Names Fifth Ship

Viking Cruises continues to expand from the rivers to the oceans, its fleet expands. The Viking Star and Viking Sea are already sailing the ocean waters, and the Viking Sky and Viking Sun will follow in early and late 2017 respectively. Six ships are planned to launch in total through 2020, and the fifth has now been named Viking Spirit for a 2018 debut.
In 2017 and 2018, 10 new itineraries will be offered, adding over 30 new ports of call. Itinerary highlights will include Europe and the Americas as well as the Caribbean and even Cuba. The Viking Suns’ maiden voyage in December 2017 will be a 141-day world cruise, also featuring Cuba and sailing from Miami to London across five continents, 35 countries and 66 ports.

The guests on Viking ships are experienced travelers who are curious about the great art, history and cultures of the world.  Besides the world cruise, the 10 new itineraries, ranging in length from eight to 22 days.
Among some of the itineraries are:
Trade Routes of the Middle Ages  (From Bergen to Barcelona on Viking Star; September 2017, May 2018): The 15-day sailing will trace trade routes of the Middle Ages, departing Norway. Seven countries and 10 ports will highlight Amsterdam, Paris, and two calls each in England, Portugal and Spain. Veranda staterooms start at $3,999 per person.
Venice, the Adriatic and Greece – (From Venice to Athens on Viking Sun and Viking Spirit; October 2017, July-August 2018): The eight-day itinerary will feature the Adriatic Sea coast from Italy to Greece, beginning with an overnight stay in Venice. Ports will include stops in Croatia, Montenegro and more in Greece. Veranda staterooms start at $2,499 per person.
South America and the Caribbean – (From San Juan to San Juan on Viking Sea and Viking Sky; October-December 2017, January-March 2018): The 11-day voyage covers the southernmost Caribbean and even the northern part of South America. Six countries and seven ports will include the Dominican Republic, Aruba, Curacao, Cartagena and Santa Maria, Columbia and Caracas, Venezuela. Veranda staterooms start at $3,199 per person.
New York, Bermuda and the Western Indies – (From New York to San Juan on Viking Sea and Viking Sky; October 2017, September 2018): The 15-day itinerary heads from New York to the Caribbean, visiting nine countries and ports along the way. Ports will include Bermuda, Guadeloupe, St. Kitt’s, St. Martin, St. Thomas and others with stops at UNESCO World Heritage Sites also. Veranda staterooms start at $3,599 per person.
Iconic Cities of the Western Mediterranean – (From Barcelona to Rome on Viking Sun and Viking Spirit; November-December 2017, January, February, April, July and September 2018): The eight-day cruise will sail for the French Riviera and Italian highlights in the Mediterranean with stops at Barcelona, St. Tropez, Monte Carlo, Tuscany and Rome. Veranda staterooms start at $1,999 per person. 
Central American Shores and Cuba – (From Miami to Miami on Viking Sun; December 2017): The eight-day round-trip sailing covers the Western Caribbean, four countries and five specific destinations including two days in Havana, Cuba. Other ports will include Cozumel, Mexico and Belize City, Belize to explore Mayan ruins. Also highlighted will be charming Key West, Florida. Veranda staterooms start at $2,499 per person.
From the Caribbean to the Amazon – (From San Juan to San Juan on Viking Sea; December 2017): The extensive 22-day cruise explores the Caribbean and South America. Ports will include a vast range from Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Thomas and Puerto Rico to the Amazon River in Brazil. Veranda staterooms start at $5,999 per person.
Southern Mediterranean Discovery – (From Rome to Barcelona on Viking Star; December 2017, January-March 2018): The eight-day voyage sails the southern Mediterranean from Italy to Spain, encompassing the likes of Sicily and Sardinia as well as Tunis and the Casbah of Algiers, before ending in Valencia and Barcelona. Veranda staterooms start at $1,999 per person.
British Isles Explorer – (From Bergen to London on Viking Sun; May and August 2018): The 15-day cruise covers northern and southern British Isles as well as Viking outposts: Shetland and Orkney Islands. Also showcased will be the Scottish Highlands, Wales and the cities of Dublin, London and Bergen. Veranda staterooms start at $5,999 per person.
Italian Sojourn – (From Rome to Venice on Viking Sun and Viking Spirit; April and July-August 2018): The eight-day cruise starts in the Eternal City and ends in the legendary Italian port city with seven stops between Italy and Croatia. Highlights will include Sicily for Mt. Etna and Bari, Italy and Sibenik, Croatia for UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Veranda staterooms start at $2,599 per person.

Clients of theCRUISEOUTLET.com can take advantage of an Early Booking Discount on 2017 and 2018 itineraries, including 2-for-1 cruise fares plus up to $1,000 per person off flights.
For more information and to make reservations on this, contact The Cruise Professionals at theCRUISEOUTLET.com at 203-288-1884 or email: info@thecruiseoutlet.com  For  exclusive rates and amenities.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Viking River Cruises FREE All-Inclusive Air on all Europe Departures

Book by June 30, 2016 

RHINE GETAWAY - 8 DAYS ABOARD LONGSHIP EIR - Fares from $1,999 per person
Departure dates available throughout 2017 
Itinerary: Basel, Switzerland • Breisach, Germany • Strasbourg, France • Heidelberg & Speyer, Germany • Koblenz & Rüdesheim, Germany • Cologne, Germany • Kinderdijk, The Netherlands • Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Fares from $3,899 per person - Departure dates available throughout 2017 
Itinerary: Budapest, Hungary • Vienna, Austria • Melk & Krems, Austria • Passau, Germany • Regensburg, Germany • Nuremberg, Germany • Bamberg, Germany • Würzburg, Germany • Miltenberg, Germany • Koblenz, Germany • Cologne, Germany • Kinderdijk, The Netherlands • Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ROMANTIC DANUBE - 8 DAYS ABOARD LONGSHIP FREYA - Fares from $1,999 per person - Departure dates available throughout 2017 
Itinerary: Budapest, Hungary • Vienna, Austria • Krems, Austria • Passau, Germany • Regensburg, Germany • Nuremberg, Germany

DANUBE WALTZ - 8 DAYS ABOARD VIKING LONGSHIPS—VILI, VE OR SKADI - Fares from $1,999 per person - Departure dates available throughout 2017 
Itinerary: Passau, Germany • Linz, Austria • Melk & Dürnstein, Austria • Vienna, Austria • Bratislava, Slovakia • Budapest, Hungary

LYON & PROVENCE - 8 DAYS ABOARD VIKING LONGSHIP HEIMDAL - Fares from $2,099 per person - Departure dates available throughout 2017 
Itinerary: Lyon, France • Mâcon, France • Lyon, France • Vienne, France • Tournon, France • Viviers, France • Arles, France • Avignon, France

PARIS & THE HEART OF NORMANDY - 8 DAYS ABOARD VIKING LONGSHIP ROLF  - Fares from $1,999 per person - Departure dates available throughout 2017
Itinerary: Paris (Le Pecq), France • Paris, France • Giverny & Vernon, France • Rouen, France • Normandy Beaches, France • Les Andelys, France • Paris (Le Pecq), France • Paris, France

Cruise fares listed are for cruise and cruisetour only in US dollars, per person and fares/discount offers are based on double occupancy for US residents only. Prices are based upon lowest price point and category at time and are subject to change without notice. Valid on new bookings only  subject to availability and may not be combinable with any other offers  Air does not have to be purchased to get cruise/tour offer. Additional restrictions may apply. Viking reserves the right to correct errors and to change any and all fares, fees and surcharges at any time. Additional terms and conditions apply.

For more information and to make reservations on a Viking River or Viking Ocean Cruise & receive  exclusive rates and amenities, contact The Cruise Professionals at  theCRUISEOUTLET.com at 203-288-1884 or email: info@thecruiseoutlet.com

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Holland America Anniversary Sale Extended Until July 1

Holland America Anniversary Sale Extended Until July 1

Book by July 1st, & SAVE up to $1,000 per stateroom, and receive REDUCED DEPOSITS, plus:* 
FREE $100 Beverage Card*
FREE Gratuities*(Hotel Service Charges)
FREE or Reduced Fares for Friends & Kids*(Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses are additional)
PLUS, receive 200 FREE Internet Minutes and up to $500 FREE Onboard Spending Money

restrictions may apply
For more information and to make reservations for this Holland America promotion,  contact The Cruise Professionals at theCRUISEOUTLET.com at 203-288-1884 or email: info@thecruiseoutlet.com  And receive other exclusive rates and amenities.

Azamara Cruises with 50% off the second Passenger

AZAMARA CRUISES Booking Aug 30, 2016 - Buy One, Receive up to 50% off the second guest’s fare  PLUS –Receive a Private Cocktail Party and an Exclusive Shore Event!

Applicable Sailings:
11 Night West Indies Hideaway - Azamara Quest • 1/4/2017
Round-trip Miami, - Oceanview from $2,999 per person

12 Night Baja California Sea of Cortez - Azamara Quest • 2/9/2017
Round-trip San Diego, California - Oceanview from $3,549 per person

12 Night Azaleas & Bourbon Street - Azamara Quest • 3/21/2017
Round-trip Miami, Florida - Oceanview from $3,749 per person

7 Night Along the Iberian Peninsula - Azamara Journey • 6/7/2017
Barcelona Spain, to Lisbon, Portugal - Oceanview from $2,499 per person

12 Night Scotland to the Baltics & Russia -Azamara Journey • 8/1/2017
Leith, Scotland to Stockholm - Oceanview from $5,099 per person

12 Night Baltic Sea to London- Azamara Journey • 08/23/2017
Stockholm to Southampton - Oceanview from $5,199 per person
Taxes, fees and port expenses of $287.92 are additional.

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy, cruise only. Rates may vary by ship, departure date, and stateroom category. All rates, savings offers and itineraries are subject to change without notice. Savings offers may be withdrawn at any time. Government taxes, fees & port expenses are additional.
2nd Guest 50% Off promotion provides 50% off cruise fare of second guest booked in the same stateroom as a first guest who books at full fare. All other charges are additional and apply to all guests.. Reservations must be made by August 31, 2016 ©2016 Azamara Club Cruises. Ships registered in Malta.  For more information and to make reservations for any Azamara Cruise ,  contact The Cruise Professionals at theCRUISEOUTLET.com at 203-288-1884 or email: info@thecruiseoutlet.com  And receive exclusive rates and amenities.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Norwegian Cruise Line > FREE amenities on board

Norwegian Cruise Line > Book by- June 30, 2016

Select from these FREE Amenities when you book a Balcony or Mini-Suite on a sailing of 5+ Nights
KIDS FREE (select sailings -) 
Studio and Inside staterooms may choose one of the above offers.*Choices differ on Hawaii (Pride of America) sailings

PLUS Exclusive from theCRUISEOUTLET.com receive as much as $1000.  On board credit 

NORWEGIAN ESCAPE - 7-Day Eastern Caribbean -Round-trip from Miami > sailing 9/3/2016 - 5/6/2017 
Balcony Stateroom from $1,099 per person - Taxes, fees, expenses: $129.50 additional per person 

NORWEGIAN GETAWAY - 7-Day Western Caribbean - Round-trip Miami > 9/4/2016 - 4/23/2017 
Balcony Stateroom from $1,049 per person -Taxes, fees, expenses: $146.50 additional per person 

NORWEGIAN EPIC - 7-Day Western Mediterranean - Departs from Barcelona, Rome or Provence 
6/22/2016 - 10/23/2016 
Balcony Stateroom from $1,299 per person - Taxes, fees, expenses: $104.00 additional per person 

11-14 Day Grand Mediterranean - Departs from Barcelona or Venice > 6/12/2016 - 12/9/2016 
Balcony Stateroom from $1,499 per person - Taxes, fees, expenses: $185.00 additional per person 

PRIDE OF AMERICA - 7-Day Hawaii - Round-trip from Honolulu > 6/18/2016 - 12/30/2017 
Balcony Stateroom from $2,099 per person - Taxes, fees, expenses: $115.70 additional per person 

Offer is not applicable to Guarantee cabins. 7 night sailings & longer. Restrictions, ships, sailing dates & cabin categories apply. New  reservations only, not valid with other promotions, coupons or discounts.  May be withdrawn without notice. All guests in stateroom must choose same offer. Government taxes, port expenses & fees, discretionary on board service charges are additional. Cancellation Fees apply This offer has no monetary value, is non-refundable and non-transferable. Not combinability with other promotional offers & is subject to change at any time Ultimate Beverage Package     Applicable to guests 1-2 on the reservation. Guest must be at least 21 years of age at time of sailing to qualify. Not responsible for typographical errors or omissions. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016


Extensive upgrades to Norwegian's private island Great Stirrup Cay include a new family recreation area; addition of a 1,000 foot-long zip line; expanded dining options; and an exclusive access lagoon retreat with private air-conditioned villas to open by Summer 2017
They have announced details of the new experience that awaits guests at the company's 250-acre private island oasis, Great Stirrup Cay. The cruise line is revolutionizing the destination to provide new luxurious amenities, new adventure activities, enhanced and expanded dining options that, together, will present an upgraded atmosphere for guests visiting the island.

Great Stirrup Cay's 10 acre beach will soon feature a new half mile oceanside boardwalk that will span the length of the shore with more than 100,000 square feet of pathway, offering easy access to the white sand beaches, as well as access to new shaded areas with benches for relaxation. Just adjacent to the beach, guests looking for a more active island experience can visit the new half-acre entertainment and activity complex, featuring a stage for live music, games and entertainers; basketball and volleyball courts, complete with bleachers; ping-pong tables; and a shaded picnic area where families can play board games or relax together. A new air-conditioned reception area will serve as the central hub for family-fun where guests can plan their day, reserve activities, rent board games and have access to expansive changing rooms. Guests seeking heart-pumping adventure will soon be able to enjoy a new zip line course featuring more than 1,000 feet of zip line, allowing guests a bird's eye view of the island and the sea as they soar through the air.  The island's two parallel zip lines offer the chance for some friendly competition and high-flying races. Those who prefer to take to the sea for exploration can snorkel through the island's new mystical underwater sculpture garden.  Using a waterproof map as a guide, adventure seekers can discover nautical creatures that tell tales of the deep from beneath the sea.
From the many new shaded lounge and picnic spaces, to new restrooms and lockers at the tender marina, guests will find a whole new experience by January 2017.

All dining and bar venues will be updated island-wide, adding new resort-style decking, shaded areas, high-top seating at all bars and family-style seating that will add  50 percent more seating capacity at all dining outlets. A new complimentary taco bar, Abaco Taco,will be added near the island's entertainment hub, where guests can create their own favorite tacos. The island's 8,500-square foot buffet will be redesigned to provide faster and more efficient service for guests, and the deck surrounding the buffet will be expanded so  guests can enjoy their lunch at new seating areas. The center of the island will feature a shaded lounge area with modern chic furniture and bar service, for guests who want to enjoy paradise in style. Building on the brand's partnership with Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Great Stirrup Cay will also feature a LandShark Bar & Grill. Inspired by the traditional beach bars of the Atlantic Coast, LandShark Bar & Grill offers the perfect mix of casual dining, free-flowing drinks and fun with panoramic ocean views and indoor and outdoor seating. Menu items will be available à la carte. 

Guests seeking the ultimate island luxury will experience a retreat like no other at Great Stirrup Cay's exclusive lagoon enclave, beginning in Summer 2017.  This private area of Great Stirrup Cay features a secluded, pristine beach; ocean view restaurant; a posh Mandara Spa; sheltered family area; and 22 air-conditioned private villas available for reservations, ranging in size from studios to two-bedrooms. The lagoon will be available on a complimentary basis to The Haven and Suite guests, along with guests who purchase an on-island Mandara Spa service.  In addition, a limited amount of passes to the Lagoon will available for purchase on each sailing. The Lagoon experience begins as guests are welcomed by staff at a modern, air-conditioned reception area complete with beach chic décor that features floor to ceiling windows overlooking the area's expansive private beaches. From the reception building, guests can reserve activities, rent equipment, or relax in the shade on the outdoor terrace or an additional shaded seating area nearby that can be accessed by the lagoon bridge. The center of the lagoon will feature a floating swim up bar for guests to enjoy their favorite cocktails without ever having to leave the water. Both children and parents will enjoy a shallow, partitioned family beach area along with grassy areas for active play, swing sets, and picnic tables. Those guests celebrating a special occasion or traveling in a large group can reserve an expansive, well-appointed private room for private functions of up to 75 guests, with food and beverage service available. Guests looking to refresh and recharge during their private island getaway can indulge in the full range of treatments offered at the lagoon's luxurious Mandara Spa, with four treatment rooms offering signature spa services. Guests who purchase a reservation for one of Great Stirrup Cay's luxury beach villa will enjoy a completely pampered experience from ship to shore, as they will be whisked away by one of several air-conditioned shuttles running from the tender marina to the lagoon reception area. Studio villas feature an outdoor terrace, private bathroom and living/dining area, and can accommodate two to four guests. One bedroom villas accommodate four to six guests and feature a bedroom, private bathroom, living and dining areas and outdoor terrace with a hot tub. The ultimate island escape, Great Stirrup Cay's two bedroom villas can accommodate up to 10 guests and feature two bedrooms, two private bathrooms, living and dining areas, and an expansive outdoor terrace with a dining area and hot tub. Exclusively for guests of the lagoon retreat, the two-story Silver Palm restaurant will offer complimentary dining  in a stunning setting, with both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a rooftop terrace overlooking the area's expansive ocean views. All luxury beach villas will also include food and beverage service for guests who wish to enjoy refreshments in the privacy of their villa.

For more information and to make reservations for a Norwegian Cruise Line ship,  contact The Cruise Professionals at theCRUISEOUTLET.com at 203-288-1884 or email: info@thecruiseoutlet.com  And also receive exclusive rates and amenities.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Crystal Mozart Unveiled!

Ultra-chic and ultra-elegant, Crystal River Cruises has just revealed the design details of the much anticipated Crystal Mozart, the first of five all-suite river yachts set to elevate European river cruising to entirely new standards of all-inclusive excellence. With unmatched space and luxury, the strikingly reimagined Crystal Mozart will host 158 guests in pampered luxury.

As Europe’s largest and most luxurious river vessel, Crystal Mozart marries the classic elegance for which Crystal is known with innovative, state-of-the-art design and technologies—expansive windows and skylights, a living rooftop garden with teak bench seating to relax and enjoy the scenery, a midship elevator connecting three of the four decks, and an exceptionally clever “pop-up” bar on the river yacht’s top Vista Deck, complete with a vanishing movie screen for al fresco evening entertainment.

Popular venues on Crystal’s ocean ships find a natural home aboard Crystal Mozart, including Palm Court for drinks and dancing, The Cove piano bar and lounge, the Vintage Room for wine dinners, and Bistro Mozart for coffees and charcuterie. The Waterside Restaurant will serve superb, locally influenced cuisine, and the Crystal Life Spa, complete with full-service salon, fitness center, private treatment rooms and indoor pool, marks Crystal’s first-ever spa operated and staffed by Crystal’s own trained crew.
Boasting the largest suites of any river ship—including two 883-square-foot Two-Bedroom Crystal Suites and 12 Penthouse Suites of 330 square feet—Crystal Mozart’s exquisitely appointed deluxe accommodations measure a generous 219 square feet, nearly all of them featuring a floor-to-ceiling French Balcony creating a seamless connection with the passing beauty of the Danube. Other unique suite features include full-height closets, in-suite bar set-up, and dedicated butler service for any special arrangements, daily hors d’oeuvres service and more.
For more information and to make reservations on any Crystal  Ships, contact The Cruise Professionals at theCRUISEOUTLET.com at 203-288-1884 or email: info@thecruiseoutlet.com  For  exclusive rates and amenities, 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Disney Announces 2017 Cruise Schedule

Disney Sailing from New York, Galveston, Florida & West Coast  
Disney Cruise Line is proud to offer dreamy escapes for fall 2017—available to book . Cast off the coast of Florida, Texas or New York to enchanting Bahamian ports of call. Sail from California on Baja and Mexican Riviera cruises. Or, discover magical New England and Canadian voyages departing from New York.
Eastern Caribbean
Surround yourself with crystal blue waters, powder-soft beaches and nonstop family fun on a 7-night cruise to treasured islands like Tortola, St. John and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.
Western Caribbean
Soak up the natural beauty and vibrant cultures of 3 tropical ports of call—Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Falmouth, Jamaica—during a 7-night roundtrip cruise from Port Canaveral that includes a fun stop at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.
Disney Cruise Line sails to the Bahamas on a variety of sun-soaked itineraries. All cruises include a stop at Disney's private island paradise, Castaway Cay. And now, on special sailings from New York, Guests can take advantage of a convenient stop in Florida to visit Walt Disney World®!
Canadian Coast
Sail from New York to handsome ports of call with a selection of itineraries featuring destinations like St. John, Charlottetown, Bar Harbor and fascinating cities in beautiful Nova Scotia.
Baja and Mexican Riviera
Relish a weekend getaway from San Diego to Ensenada—known for its stellar surfing conditions, innovative cuisine and legendary hot springs. Or, extend your vacation to visit lovely Cabo San Lucas. Take a week-long Mexican Riviera cruise to explore Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta and beyond!
Delve into the rich history of several port cities—including Cadiz, Spain and Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal. There's a bounty of sights for you to discover over the course of your 11-night sailing.
Panama Canal
Savor top-notch amenities aboard a 14-night coast-to-coast cruise that takes you through the world-famous Panama Canal. Call upon blissful port cities in Mexico, Colombia and the Caribbean before arriving in Galveston, Texas. 

For more information and to make reservations on a Disney Cruise or one of the Disney Parks,  contact The Cruise Professionals at theCRUISEOUTLET.com at 203-288-1884 or email: info@thecruiseoutlet.com  And ask them about their exclusive rates and amenities.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Carnival Vista wears its innovations well

The Carnival Vista, four years in the making, is distinguished by a number of new features that seem so right on a cruise ship, you wonder why no one thought of them before. 
The one that will send a lot of photos is SkyRide, the recumbent bicycle that riders propel beneath an 800-foot-long track suspended 150 feet above the waterline. SkyRide is just fun, It lasts about 90 seconds at normal pace and riders can reach speeds of 18 miles an hour if they pedal hard. 
The dual track on SkyRide allows for companions to cycle together or friends to race the 800-foot circuit.  Although its appeal to kids is obvious, wait times on a recent cruise peaked at 35-40 minutes, but that may grow as more children board during the summer months.
There is the Family Harbor: a class of cabins grouped around a key-carded lounge for families. The concept is so functional, its hard to believe no one has tried it before. The Family Harbor Lounge is surrounded by family-friendly cabins and access is controlled by key card. Some family cabins are designed with a bed nook and TV that can be curtained off from the rest of the cabin, which both kids and parents will find a cool idea for different reasons.  In addition to a unified nautical design theme, the cabins come with perks such as free meals for kids at most specialty restaurants and a night of free babysitting.

Dreamscape is a central pillar in the atrium that projects moving images through LED technology.
Bringing IMAX to sea also seems a no-brainer, if a little complicated to execute. Carnival has taken a three-deck space in the interior to put 178 raked seats in front of the enormous IMAX screen.
Programming includes documentaries ($5.50), and 3-D family features and current Hollywood blockbusters ($12.95), which by the third quarter will be delivered digitally by satellite at the same time that they open in 1,100 IMAX land theaters.

The Vista has other innovations that merit high grades. Visitors gawk at Dreamscape, a multi-story mushroom-shaped pillar that is programmed with ever-changing images crafted in LED lights.
The Vistas photo gallery is the first end-to-end digital gallery on Carnival. Photos display on a video wall and are available for purchase on a guests hand-held device through the Carnival Hub app.
Light fixtures that look like rocket nozzles are part of the design scheme for Carnival Vista.

Another winning space on the ship is the Cuban-themed complex on Deck 5 aft. Havana Bar has been upgraded from the Carnival Sunshine to have more seating, a better bandstand/dance floor, and better theming, including dominos tables and a colonial map of Cuba on the wall. It extends outdoor to an aft pool area, and is surrounded by Cuban-themed cabins and suites. The latter come with open air patios that connect via a deck walk to the pool. The whole outdoor area is private to Havana cabin guests from 6 am to 5 pm, giving it a club atmosphere.
I didnt catch all of the entertainment, but more than ever before Carnival is taking musicians and dispatching them to parts of the ship you don’t expect to see them in. Examples include a strolling accordion player and a New Orleans jazz trio stationed at the entrance to one of the main dining rooms.
The stateroom corridors on Carnival Vista feature floor-to-ceiling photo panels. The Vistas design is the most elegant ever for a Carnival ship. I particularly liked the orange light fixtures that look like rocket nozzles and give the ship a lot of visual thrust.  Another neat trick is the use of floor to ceiling photo panels in the stateroom corridors, which make the cabin doors almost disappear and keep the corridors from being visual dead zones. 
A few things about the Vista were disappointing, puzzling, or didnt work. Not building USB charging outlets next to the beds is a missed opportunity on any new cruise ship. The Vista doesnt have them.
There are odd changes of elevation of an inch or two in some stateroom corridors that could catch walkers by surprise.

The Pixels photo gallery is the first end-to-end digital gallery in the Carnival Cruise Line fleet.
The otherwise appealing Lido Marketplace buffet can feel overcrowded at breakfast, and the excursion staging areas at times are overwhelmed, resulting in long lines.
The new a la carte Seafood Shack seemed expensive to me, compared to the great value Carnival delivers in other specialty restaurants. The prices are not bad compared to what you get someplace else.
For more information and to make reservations on any Carnival  Ship, contact The Cruise Professionals at theCRUISEOUTLET.com at 203-288-1884 or email: info@thecruiseoutlet.com and check on their  exclusive rates and amenities, 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Crystal Cruise Line >>> The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line

By cruise, river or yacht, you can  discover the luxurious world of Crystal® on a rich and varied collection of journeys exploring all seven continents with The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™—the waterways of Europe with Crystal River Cruises™, and the boutique harbors of the Seychelles, Adriatic and Mediterranean with Crystal Yacht Cruises™.
Whether you prefer the regal elegance of Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity on voyages ranging from convenient 8-day Crystal Getaways to indulgent 100+ day World Cruise odysseys, or the immersive cultural enrichment discovered along the Danube River as Crystal Mozart—Europe’s largest and most elegant river yacht—explores the Wachau Valley, or the intimate connections and adrenaline-inducing adventures aboard our sporty, boutique yacht Crystal Esprit, the All Exclusive Crystal Experience presents moments of a lifetime all day, every day with a curated collection of Crystal Adventures ashore – many complimentary – and an unrivaled level of six-star service, superb cuisine and contemporary enrichment.
You can take advantage of Crystal’s limited-time Book Now Fares to enjoy all-inclusive cruise-only fares from as little as $1,695 per person when they book their Crystal vacation by June 30, 2016!
For more information and to make reservations on  any of the   beautiful ships of Crystal contact The Cruise Professionals at  TheCruiseOutlet.com at 203-288-1884 or email: info@thecruiseoutlet.com and ask about the exclusive rates and amenities. 

Colonial Charms & Idyllic Isles V6327 - New York City to Ft. Lauderdale on Crystal Serenity 
Oct. 25 - Nov. 8, 2016 (14 Days) - FARES FROM: $4,045 
With the famed New York City skyline in your clients' wake, they can follow the Eastern Seaboard to islands in the sun...Caribbean idylls revered for their shimmering waters and magical beaches. 

California Cachet V6229 
Round-trip San Diego on Crystal Symphony - Nov. 16-26, 2016 (10 Days) 
From San Diego's historic Gas Lamp Quarter and famous zoo to San Francisco's eclectic neighborhoods and iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the California coast enchants with its beauty. 

Flavors of the Caribbean V6329 - Round-trip New Orleans on Crystal Serenity 
 Nov. 22 - Dec. 6, 2016 (14 Days) > CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM: $4,925 
Known as the Big Easy or Crescent City, some even refer to New Orleans as the northernmost Caribbean city...and with its European heritage and island-influenced food, dance and music, it's easy to see why. 

Isles of the South Pacific V6231 - Papeete to Auckland on Crystal Symphony 
Dec. 9-21, 2016 (11 Days) >CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM: $3,285 
Deep in the South Pacific, your clients can discover the idyllic isles that have inspired the muses of artists and authors for centuries. 

Crystal Yacht Cruises
Your clients can sail aboard Crystal Esprit. 

Crystal Yacht Cruises V6648 
Athens to Limassol  Nov. 6-13, 2016 7 Days) -CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM: $4,270 

Crystal Yacht Cruises V6652 - Round-trip Dubai 
Dec. 13-23, 2016 (10 Days) - CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM: $8,750 

Danube's Capitals & Wachau Valley Cruise V6M13R - Round-trip Vienna 
DATES: Nov. 2-12, 2016 (10 Days) CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM: $3,370 

Christmas Markets Along the Danube Cruise V6M15R - Round-trip Vienna Nov. 22 - Dec. 2, 2016 (10 Days) - CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM: $3,180 

Crystal River Cruises 
Reimagined. Reinvented. We invite your clients to come aboard and discover Crystal River Cruises™ and experience luxury river cruising like never before...as only Crystal can. 

The incomparable Crystal Experience is renowned for its ultra-luxe amenities and services, as well as unparalleled value including†:

*Complimentary select fine wines, champagne and premium spirits.
*Complimentary gratuities for all dining, bar, housekeeping and Penthouse butler staff.
*Complimentary evening of specialty restaurant dining at least once in Silk Road or the Sushi Bar celebrating the cuisine of Nobu Matsuhisa, and at least once in Prego. Additional reservations or walk-in visits available for a modest fee.*
*Complimentary enrichment via the innovative Creative Learning Institute and Computer University@Sea with classes in diverse topics such as world affairs, wellness, art, wine appreciation, digital photography and iPad filmmaking
*Complimentary Wi-Fi and Internet access.**
*Complimentary fitness and Wellness at Sea programs with classes in yoga, mat Pilates, Spinning, and so much more!

Aboard Crystal's award-winning ships, we invite you to experience an entirely new standard of luxury travel, where all inclusive is now All Exclusive.