Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Emerald Waterways Adds New Cruise Through Holland and Belgium

Jun 14, 2017

The itinerary begins and ends in Amsterdam. Emerald Waterways has announced a new river cruise itinerary for 2018, The Charms of Holland & Belgium. The seven-night river cruise aboard Emerald Waterways' Star Ships begins and ends in Amsterdam.
This cruise differs from Emeralds existing tour, Highlights of the Netherlands & the Beauty of Belgium, which focuses on ports that highlight the countries tulips in bloom during the spring. The new cruise aims to explore the history and culture of the countries throughout the summer and fall. 
The first stop on the cruise is in Hollands historic city of Dordrecht, which dates back to the 12th century, according to the company. Guests can then head to the Kinderdijk Windmills, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next is Antwerp, Belgiums second largest city and biggest port. A guided walking tour is provided, which explores the destination's cobbled lanes, the Renaissance Town Hall and the Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady. Guests can opt-in for a Discover More excursion to the medieval town of Bruges.
The tour also takes guests to Maastricht, Hollands oldest fortified city, Arnhem, home of the Airborne Museum Hartenstein exhibiting local military history, and Hoorn, which was founded in the 13th century and was the former base for the Dutch East India Company.  Fares start from US$2,995 per person, based on double occupancy. One departure is scheduled in both July and September 2018.

For more information and to make reservations on any Emerald Europe River Cruise,  contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: .

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

American Cruise Lines to Double Capacity in Pacific Northwest

Jun 14, 2017 

Their  newest ship, the American Constellation, will head to the West Coast in 2018. American Cruise Lines said the decision is due to increased demand for its Southeast Alaska, Alaska Inside Passage and Puget Sound itineraries. American Constellation began its inaugural season in May of this year and is currently sailing itineraries on the East Coast of the United States. 
The addition of the 175 passenger ship will more than double American Cruise Lines’ capacity in the Pacific Northwest and add 18 cruises to the 2018 season. The new addition will allow an expanded schedule in Alaska aboard American Constellation, while enabling American Spirit to operate the companys Puget Sound & San Juan Islands itinerary throughout July and August 2018. This will be the first time American has ever offered summer cruises in Puget Sound, the cruise line said. 
While expanding its existing schedule, American Cruise Lines has also added a new itinerary, the Grand Puget Sound, for the 2018 cruise season. This 11-day roundtrip out of Seattle will travel to destinations in the Pacific Northwest, including smaller ports like Olympia and Tacoma. Before heading west, American Constellation will spend the remainder of 2017 on the East Coast, sailing Grand New England, Hudson River, Grand Historic South and Historic South cruises. New for 2018, American Constitution will be taking over these itineraries. 

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Uniworld River Cruises announces new program for 2018

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has launched The Masterpiece Collection, a selection of fully inclusive cruise and air itineraries for 2018. The selections, valid through September 30, 2017, apply to all departure dates on select 2018 itineraries, including Gems of Northern Italy, Splendors of Italy, Paris & Normandy, Remarkable Rhine, European Jewels, Legendary Rhine & Moselle and Bordeaux, and Vineyards & Chateaux.
The new collection offers guests fully inclusive packages that include all scheduled transfers to and from the airport, all meals and beverages onboard, including wine and spirits, bicycles, Nordic walking sticks, gratuities, onboard fitness classes, Wi-Fi, and exclusive shore excursions in each city. Rates start at $3,699 and vary by itinerary and departure date.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Amawaterways Debuts New Wellness Program

In celebration of Global Wellness Day, AmaWaterways  announced it has launched a wellness program onboard Amayra Paris & Normandy sailings. The program – led by “Sports Scientist” Selina Wank features four to six classes daily, including morning stretches, jogging, yoga, cardio and core strengthening and circuit training. Activities will be complemented by discussion groups with a focus on healthy eating and relaxation techniques. AmaWaterways has been embracing active travel for more than a decade. We believe guests are looking to take steps to ensure that their vacation time is an extension of their wellness-oriented lifestyle, and we are so happy to continue introducing new ways for travelers to remain healthy while on board our ships,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of AmaWaterways.  “It’s important for us to continue to be innovative in this space and give our guests exactly what they’re looking for during their time on board. Our wellness program has been a huge success, and is something we are very excited about continuing!” The first river cruise line to embrace the active travel trend, AmaWaterways began focusing on the segment in 2006, becoming first to add 25 bicycles onboard each European ship. The leader in river cruising innovation has also expanded its award-winning biking and hiking shore excursions and offers each excursion at a variation of paces to give guests options that suit their needs.  Additionally, the company increased its relationship with Backroads – the leader in active travel – in 2017 and now offers more than 50 active departures in the world’s most renowned river cruise destinations.
In addition to a plethora of wellness activities offered on board and on shore, AmaWaterways incorporates healthy eating and locally-sourced ingredients into its culinary offerings. Gluten-free, low-sodium and vegetarian options are available and the company features a Hydration Station with infused detox and gemstone water. “Wellness has now become more of a lifestyle, than just a single activity and we know the importance of sticking to a healthy regiment when on board,” said Karst. “Cuisine is such a major part of river cruising and sacrificing a few calories doesn’t need to mean sacrificing taste. We will always look at ways to connect the pleasures of travel and cuisine and to accommodate our health-conscious guests.” AmaWaterways expects to introduce its wellness program onboard additional ships in 2018. The company will take active travel one step further in 2019 with the debut of AmaMagna. AmaWaterways’ newest ship – twice the width of traditional European vessels – AmaMagna will feature a first in river cruising retractable water sports platform and expanded fitness and spa facilities.

For more information, receive exclusive amenities and rates and to make reservations on a River Cruise  or any AMA Waterways boat,  contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: 

Caribbean Princess Transatlantic Cruise Itinerary Altered Due to Technical Issue

The September 22 transatlantic sailing of Caribbean Princess has been changed to account for technical issues that are causing the ship to sail at reduced speeds just three months after leaving dry dock.  "Please be advised that Caribbean Princess has experienced technical difficulties which have resulted in our inability to operate at full speed. This in no way compromises the safety of our guests and crew which is our highest priority; however, our technical experts have determined that it is necessary to make the following changes to our itinerary.  "We will no longer call to Rotterdam, Vigo, or the Azores (Ponta Delgada). Instead, we will now call to Zeebrugge on Saturday, September 23, 2017, and to Bermuda (West End), on Wednesday, October 4. In addition, we will now call to Paris/Normandy (Le Havre) on Sunday, September 24 rather than on Monday, September 25, and to Lisbon on Wednesday, September 27 rather than on Thursday, September 28, and call times have been amended.  "As a goodwill gesture, each guest will receive a refundable credit of $100 USD applied to their onboard folio. We regret any disappointment these changes may cause, and look forward to welcoming you aboard Caribbean Princess."  Princess representative Negin Kamali has confimred. There is no word yet on when the issue will be fixed, whether sailings between now and September are expected to be affected, or what type of compensation will be offered. 

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Oceania Cruises makes fitness classes complimentary

Oceania Cruises' fitness and wellness classes will become complimentary starting May 23.  The change covers more than two dozen classes, all with professional instruction.
Included in the complimentary program are stretching and relaxing classes that typically last 25 minutes as well as more comprehensive programs such as Boot Camp, Full Body Strength Training and Core Conditioning, which are 45 minutes. Classes currently start at $17 per person. The move follows the recent installation of vegan menus on the ships and the launch in April of Wellness Tours Inspired by Canyon Ranch.

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AmaWaterways building Europe's largest river cruise ship

AmaWaterways on Friday unveiled a mega river ship that co-owner Rudi Schreiner said will be the largest in Europe. The AmaMagna, scheduled to launch in 2019, will be twice as wide as its current ships, enabling the construction of larger cabins. Cabins will average 300 square feet, with the passenger count increasing by just 34 from current ships, from 160 to 194, Schreiner said. He said the emphasis will be on "lots of play room" in spaces like the spa and gym. 
The ship, which will sail the Danube, will also have more restaurants, including al fresco dining, as well as an aft deck for water activities such as kayaks and jet skis. 
"AmaMagna will provide guests with generous personal space, the freedom of multiple dining choices and exceptional stateroom comfort," Schreiner said. The industry has been considering such projects for years, so AmaWaterways finally decided to push the envelope and build the bigger ship because of a shift in booking trends away from the smaller, less expensive cabins to the 235-square-foot double balcony cabins and suites on current ships.

For more information and to make reservations on any AMA River cruise,  contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: .

Friday, May 12, 2017

Disney sails to Bermuda from New York

Disney Cruise Line fans will have two new ports to try in 2018, when the line has itineraries scheduled to call in Bermuda and Quebec City.  The Disney Magic will sail from New York in the fall of 2018 on five-day sailings that include two full days in Bermuda and six-day sailings that include three days in Bermuda.  Seven-day itineraries will depart both New York and Quebec City, with visits scheduled at Saguenay and Baie-Comeau.  From New York, the Disney Magic will also make seven-day roundtrips to Castaway Cay, Disneys private island in the Bahamas, and Port Canaveral, where a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket plus complimentary round-trip transportation between the ship and the theme parks is included
For more information, and  receive exclusive amenities and  rates &  to make reservations for these Sailings, contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Carnival Sensation Cancels Ocho Rios Call Due to Medical Emergency

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Sensation has had to cancel a planned call in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Monday due to a passenger onboard in need of urgent medical attention. Carnival Sensation had to return to Miami Saturday evening while en route to Ocho Rios in order to debark the guest. The guest disembarked early Sunday morning from the ship to a Miami Dade Rescue vessel and was taken to a shore side medical facility for further treatment.
Due to the time involved in the deviation, Carnival Sensation was forced to cancel the Monday call in Ocho Rios, Carnival said. The ship is due to return to Port Miami on Thursday, May 4, as scheduled.
Carnival sincerely apologies for the disruption of our guests vacation and is providing them with a 20 percent future cruise credit, the line said..
Carnival Sensation offers a series of four- and five-day cruises from Miami to the Bahamas, as well as the western and eastern Caribbean

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Princess Cruise Lines fined $40M for intentionally polluting ocean

The Caribbean Princess ship, which belongs to Princess Cruise Lines, a Carnival Corporation subsidiary, dumped 4,227 gallons of oily waste 23 miles off the coast of Britain on August 23, 2013, within the country's Exclusive Economic Zone. A U.S. judge on Wednesday fined Princess Cruise Lines $40 million for the act to which the company plead guilty.
A federal judge imposed a $40 million fine on Princess Cruise Lines for intentionally polluting the ocean and placed the Carnival Corporation subsidiary on probation for five years, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. The DOJ said the fine represents the largest penalty for crimes involving deliberate vessel pollution in U.S. history .The company previously agreed to plead guilty to seven felony charges for illegally dumping 4,227 gallons of oily waste 23 miles off the coast of Britain on Aug. 23, 2013, within the country's Exclusive Economic Zone. The company also falsified official logs in order to hide the pollution. Officials said the pollution also occurred in U.S. waters.
"These violations of law were serious, longstanding and designed to conceal illegal discharges," Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood said in a statement. "The sentence in this case should ensure that these crimes do not take place in the future and should also send a strong message to others that illegally polluting U.S. waters will not be tolerated."
Officials launched an investigation after an engineer on the Caribbean Princess ship, which belongs to Princess Cruise Lines, reported to authorities that the ship's crew was using an illicit pipe to discharge waste.After the engineer reported the incident, the ship's senior engineers "ordered a coverup, including removal of the magic pipe and directing subordinates to lie," the Justice Department said in a statement.Eight Carnival subsidiaries will be audited for the next five years by a court-supervised Environmental Compliance Program. U.S. District Judge Patricia A. Seitz also ordered that the engineer who alerted authorities be paid $1 million."Without the courageous act of a junior crewmember to alert authorities to these criminal behaviors of deliberately dumping oil at sea, the global environmental damage caused by the Princess fleet could have been much worse," U.S. Coast Guard official Scott Buschman said in a statement. "The selflessness of this individual exposed five different ships that embraced a culture of shortcuts and I am pleased at this outcome."
The Caribbean Princess is accused of illegally discharging waste since 2005. Four other ships also were found to have used illegal means to pollute the ocean.
"A perceived motive for the crimes was financial -- the chief engineer that ordered the dumping off the coast of England told subordinate engineers that it cost too much to properly offload the waste in port and that the shore-side superintendent who he reported to would not want to pay the expense," the Justice Department previously wrote.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017


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Arabian Gulf & Emirates > 10 Nights on the Azamara Journey® > November 14, 2017 
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Caribbean Sunsets > 8 Nights on the Azamara Quest® > December 1, 2017 
Miami, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico with stops in Haiti, St. Barts, Antigua, St. Kitts, and the British Virgin Islands  & AzAmazing Evening Event in St. Barts – Dazzling Dance and Opera
Club Oceanview from $2,249 per person
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Singapore to Hong Kong with stops in Thailand and Vietnam plus AzAmazing Evening Event in Bangkok – Discovering Bangkok's Ancient City & Complimentary Chef's Table for Two – an exclusive dining experience pairing multiple delectable courses with perfectly matched wines
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San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami, Florida with stops in British Virgin Islands, St. Barts, and Haiti plus Complimentary Chef's Table for Two – an exclusive dining experience pairing multiple delectable courses with perfectly matched wines
Club Oceanview from $1,799 per person
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For more information and to be make reservations for any of these Azamara sailings or any other ones, contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: .

Friday, March 31, 2017

Crystal to offer free WiFi on all ships

Crystal Cruises will institute unlimited free WiFi on its ocean, river and yacht fleets starting in April.  Complimentary WiFi had been offered previously on Crystal to upper suite guests, and for one hour a day only to passengers in standard cabins. There will be no limits on streaming video or other content forms, said John Polimenakos, vice president of information technology at Crystal. Crystal is buying more bandwidth and improving technology to enable free WiFi. Internet services remain expensive for cruise ships because they must be routed through satellites when ships are out of range of land transmission. Nevertheless, luxury lines have been inching toward including WiFi as part of the fare in various ways. Free WiFi was one of several changes unveiled. The line also announced that it will add two restaurant concepts to its ocean ships, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, in dry docks this year and next.
For more information and to be make reservations for a Crystal Cocean Cruise, River Cruise or on one of their Yachts, contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: .

Thursday, March 30, 2017

State Department Issues New Travel Warning for Saudi Arabia

The U.S. State Department has issued a new travel warning for Saudi Arabia, replacing a travel warning that was previously issued July 27, 2016. The State Department said it issued the warning due to continuing threats from terrorist groups, including ISIS and its affiliates, who have targeted both Saudi and Western government interests, mosques and significant religious sites, and places frequented by U.S. citizens and other Western travelers.
Additionally, violence from the conflict in Yemen has spilled over the border on a number of occasions, the State Department said. According to Saudi media outlets, since March 2015 more than 40,000 projectiles have been launched into Saudi territory from Yemen, including at least 30 missiles. The State Department has restricted U.S. government personnel and their families from traveling within 50 miles of the Saudi-Yemen border. 
Travelers are also advised to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate them in an emergency. They can also contact the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia located at Abdullah Ibn Huthafah Al-Sahmi Street, Diplomatic Quarter, at +966 11 488 3800, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +966 11 488 3800.
As terrorist attacks, political upheaval, and violence often take place without any warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness when traveling.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Celebrity Edge to take guests on Magic Carpet ride

Celebrity Cruises lifted the veil from its much-awaited Edge class of ships, the first new design for the premium brand since the Solstice class was created in 2006. 
High on the list of new innovations  is the Magic Carpet, a traveling platform capable of seating 90 guests for dinner that will be cantilevered off the side of the ship and move between decks. 

The 90-ton covered platform, about the dimensions of a tennis court, will change function depending on which deck it docks. The uses range from a specialty restaurant to an extension of the pool deck to a loading dock for tender operations. Magic Carpet is one element of an overall theme of bringing guests in closer contact with the sea.
The Edge will have a unique design to some of its balcony cabins, which will be marketed as the Infinite Veranda. The fixed partition of steel and glass between the cabin and the balcony has been scrapped in favor of a thin, folding screen of glass, allowing the balcony to be incorporated into the cabin when the screen is open. The Infinite Veranda turns guest quarters into a seamless space -- from the room's door all the way to the water's edge.  At the cabin's edge, there is a glass half-height panel, and a second glass panel that descends at the push of a button to meet it from the ceiling. When that panel retracts, the whole cabin can be opened to the air. If the veranda window is down and it starts to rain, "the bridge has the ability to close the window," 
The 918 Infinite Veranda cabins will be 226 square feet without the balcony space and 269 square feet with it, compared with an industry average of 172 to 183 square feet.
The extra space will accommodate more storage, larger bathrooms and king beds. Edge will also have 16 Infinite Veranda cabins for solo travelers with queen beds. 
The veranda of the Iconic Suite sits above the wing of the bridge, complete with a Jacuzzi and sun chairs.  Suites will expand from 5% of capacity on the Solstice-class ships to 12% on Edge. There will be two Iconic suites of about 2,500 square feet perched atop the bridge with 700-square-foot balconies. They will have two bedrooms and two baths, and each can be combined with a Royal suite to form a larger accommodation.

The Celebrity Edge, which will be delivered in December 2018, and its sister Celebrity Beyond (due in 2020) will have a pair of two-bedroom, two-bath Penthouse suites and six duplex Edge villas. There will also be 146 Sky suites, all with conventional balcony doors. Suite guests will have exclusive access to a sundeck called The Retreat with a private pool, a separate lounge and butler service, as well as to the Luminae restaurant available only for suite guests, as on other Celebrity ships. 

The Celebrity Edge pool deck will feature elevated, tulip-shaped hot tubs and cabanas with 20-foot ceilings.  The pool deck, which was also previewed, will debut the industry's first two-story jogging track and an asymmetrical design in which many pool loungers are positioned outward to face the sea, rather than inward at the pool. There will be six rentable cabanas with 20-foot ceilings and tulip-shaped hot tubs that will be elevated on stems.

A Rooftop Garden with tree-like sculptures will occupy the aft pool deck. It will be larger than the Roof Terraces on Celebrity's Millennium class, and about the same size as the Lawn Club on Solstice class. It will have a grill comparable to the Lawn Club Grill and show movies like the Rooftop Terrace. 
Celebrity described the Rooftop Garden as a "one-of-a-kind space, like a hidden park in a bustling resort." 
Another advance for the Edge class will be a revision of the shore excursion tendering experience, which will use Magic Carpet as its centerpiece. Guests will access Magic Carpet through a Destination Gateway, an embarkation station that will show destination highlights on large LCD screens.  . When not being used for excursions, the Destination Gateway will be a learning and activities center, featuring enrichment talks, conferences, trunk shows, shopping events and art auctions.
The Celebrity Edge will also roll out a refined portfolio of digital services, primarily relying on the guest's smart phone for functionality. An X-Ray Vision app will let guests "see through walls" to remote areas of the ship such as the bridge, the galley or the engine room. 

For more information and to make reservations on any Celebrity vessel including the new Celebrity Edge,  contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: .

Monday, March 20, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line hikes Service Charges

Norwegian Cruise Line is raising gratuities on April 1, and one ship, the Norwegian Sky, will have a bigger increase than the others.  Gratuities fleet wide on standard cabins are currently $13.50 per person, per day. The amount for ships other than Norwegian Sky will be adjusted to $13.99, a 3.6% increase. Daily gratuities for standard cabins on the Sky are rising to $18.99, a 41% increase. Gratuities for suites are $21.99 for the Sky and $16.99 for the rest of the fleet, up from $15.50 currently. Norwegian said the new gratuity schedule for the Sky was implemented "to better address the demands of the enormously successful all-inclusive product." The ship, which does short cruises from Miami, has had an open bar since the start of 2016. Beginning in May, the Sky's four-day cruises will include a stop in Havana instead of the Bahamas.
Norwegian said any guest that has made a booking by March 31, 2017 will have the option of prepaying their service charges at the current rate if done prior to sail date.
The gratuity amounts are automatically added to a guest's shipboard account. Guests can adjust the rate upward or downward, but only by contacting guest relations at Norwegian after they have returned from their cruise.  The Gratuity amount on Norwegian is Monitory and guests do not have a choice to change it based upon service they receive.  On board it is referred to as a Service Charge.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Royal Caribbean to Charge for Room Service Starting March 27

Royal Caribbean will charge guests a fee of $7.95 per order for ordering room service from the All Day Menu and the American Section of the breakfast menu. Continental breakfast options will still be complimentary. Additionally, room service will remain complimentary for guests staying in a Grand Suite stateroom or above. The $7.95 fee will be assessed for each room service order. The change will go into effect on sailings after March 27, 2017, along with a newly updated room service menu.  The move is a latest in a series of onboard policy changes for Royal Caribbean. The cruise line recently updated stateroom and suite categories across its entire fleet, removing the term family from higher occupancy staterooms and replacing it with terms that emphasize size, like spacious or ultra spacious.  In terms of onboard safety, Royal Caribbean also recently added certified lifeguards at all pools across its fleet. Under new guidelines implemented in February lifeguards are now on duty at all pools during opening hours. The new guidelines also added swim vests for children four to 12 years old, a water safety presentation in the Adventure Ocean kids program and a teen 411 session on water safety.

For more information and to make reservations on a Royal Caribbean vessel, contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: .

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Royal Caribbean staffing pools with lifeguards

Royal Caribbean International has become the second major cruise line to staff lifeguards at its pools, a significant change in the cruise industry. Starting this week with the Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean is rolling out a water-safety program that includes a lifeguard stationed at each pool during its hours of operation. In a statement, Royal Caribbean said all lifeguards have been trained and certified by StarGuard Elite, "an industry-leading International Aquatic Risk Prevention and Lifeguard program." To date, only Disney Cruise Line has hired shipboard lifeguards. Other cruise lines say they follow the policy seen at many land resorts where no lifeguards are provided and guests swim at their own risk. Royal Caribbean said its program is a comprehensive one "to raise awareness amongst our guests about the importance of vigilance while enjoying water features on our ships." In addition to lifeguards, swim vests will be offered to children ages 4-12 and a water safety presentation will be made in the Adventure Ocean kids program as well as a separate session on water safety for teens.
Royal Caribbean said its water-safety program will be implemented fleet wide by June.
For more information and to make reservations on a Royal Caribbean vessel, contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: .

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Holland America Raises Gratuities Requirements

Holland America Line will charge an additional dollar per person, per day, for service charges on standard cabin bookings, and an additional $1.50 per person, per day, to passengers booked in suites effective May 1, 2017. The current hotel service charge for inside, ocean-view and balcony cabins is $12.50 per person, per day, which will be raised to $13.50. Gratuities for suites, currently $13.50 per person, per day, will jump to $15. Service charges, or gratuities, serve as compensation split among the ship's crew (from housekeeping staff and servers in the dining room to crew who work behind the scenes). If a passenger feels that service was not satisfactory, these charges can be removed at the end of a cruise by contacting the front desk. The updated charges take effect on each ship's first embarkation on or after May 1. The last time Holland America raised its gratuities was December 1, 2015.

For more information and to make reservations on a Holland America ship,  contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: .

Friday, February 10, 2017

Carnival Horizon to Sail Four-Day Bermuda Cruises From New York

Carnival Cruise Line has announced that the new Carnival Horizon will offer a series of four-day Bermuda cruises from New York in spring and summer 2018, part of the ship’s inaugural season that includes previously announced voyages to Europe from Barcelona and the Caribbean from New York and Miami.
The four-day “long weekend” cruises will depart Thursdays and include a full-day visit to Bermuda where guests can relax on the island’s pink beaches, enjoy snorkeling, kayaking and other water sports, and visit historical landmarks such as Royal Naval Dockyard and Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, the oldest cast iron lighthouse in the Western Hemisphere. Five four-day Bermuda cruises will be offered, departing May 24, June 21, July 19, August 16 and September 13, 2018.
Including the five Bermuda sailings aboard Carnival Horizon, Carnival Cruise Line will offer 18 different voyages to the island in 2017-18 departing from five East Coast homeports, including Baltimore, Charleston, New York, Port Canaveral and Fort Lauderdale. 
Onboard Amenities
Among those is a bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction called SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre and a WaterWorks aqua park with a water tube slide called Kaleid-o-slide. A wide range of accommodations will also be offered, including spa cabins with exclusive privileges at the Cloud 9 Spa, larger staterooms in Family Harbor, and tropical-inspired Havana staterooms and suites with exclusive daytime access to a Cuban-themed bar and pool. 
A variety of dining and bar concepts and spectacular outdoor spaces found only on Carnival 
For more information, and to receive exclusive amenities and special rates or to make reservations on any Carnival Ship,  contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Cunard Lines

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Free Double Upgrade - from Inside to Balcony
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Past guests receive Free Gratuities‡

Available on 2017 Transatlantic Crossings and sailings to the Mediterranean, Europe, Iberia & Canary Islands, New England and Canada and Caribbean.
Queen Mary 2 - Eastbound Transatlantic Crossings
New York to Southampton - Inside fares from $1,199* - Departure dates available throughout 2017

Royal Caribbean Adds New Cuba Cruises With Havana Overnights

Royal Caribbean International has expanded its lineup of Cuba cruises to include new four- and five-night itineraries from Tampa with overnight visits to Havana. 
The new sailings, available now through November 4, will take place on Empress of the Seas and will also include stops in Key West, FL, and Cozumel, Mexico.
Guests on the Cuba cruises will get to enjoy people-to-people experiences, including a trip in a classic 1950s American car through Havana, with stops at the historic Hotel Nacional de Cuba and the Plaza de Revolucin, as well as a scenic drive along the islands famous Malecn waterfront. Additionally, a walking tour offers a close-up experience of the citys most famous locales, including the old quarter and the Havana Club Museum, a rum producer housed in an 18th-century colonial mansion. For those intrigued by literary greats, an excursion will take them to novelist Ernest Hemingways favorite haunts.
In the evenings, travelers can experience Cuba’s diverse nightlife. From visiting the famous Tropicana Club to enjoying a performance by the Buena Vista Social Club or witnessing the family friendly ceremonial cannon firing at El CaƱonazo, guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of Cuba after dark.

For more information and to make reservations on a Royal Caribbean vessel or to cruise to Cuba, contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: .

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Carnival’s newest ship to sail from New York in 2018

The Horizon, the second ship in Carnival's Vista class, is scheduled to arrive in New York on May 23, 2018, after a 14-day repositioning cruise from Barcelona. It will sail from the Big Apple through Sept. 5 on eight-day cruises to the Caribbean, before redeploying to Miami on Sept. 22. Carnival said the 4,000-passenger ship will make its maiden voyage on April 2, 2018, with a 13-day Mediterranean cruise roundtrip from Barcelona. A couple of seven-day Med cruises follow. In addition to the new features introduced on the Carnival Vista, such as an IMAX theater and the SkyRide bicycle ride, there will be "a variety of unique dining and bar concepts and spectacular outdoor spaces.
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Jean-Michel Cousteau to Sail on Crystal Ships

Jean-Michel Cousteau – famous oceanographer and first son of ocean pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau – will join two luxury voyages aboard the Crystal Serenity this spring and fall, as well as an expedition sailing on the boutique yacht, Crystal Esprit. While on board, Cousteau will enlighten guests with expertise gained from decades as a leading explorer and conservationist, working in defense of the planet’s oceans. Crystal Serenity’s May 24 “Hawaiian Havens” sails the warmer regions of the Pacific Ocean; the October 27 “Amazon Escape” explores the Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean and Old Bahama Channel; and Crystal Esprit’s November 19 West Indies voyage sails round-trip from Marigot Bay through the deep Caribbean. In addition to lectures tailored to the region of each sailing, Cousteau will offer presentations discussing his father’s legend and his own legacy, as well as insights into ocean life that most captivates him, including the delicate balance of the roles of orcas and sharks. Guests will learn from Cousteau the connection between the oceans and everything else on the planet, and enjoy a glimpse of his newest film, which features images captured by Cousteau for the first time in his 60+ years of diving. Cousteau, who is the founder of the Ocean Futures Society, will also enlighten travelers about his extensive environmental and conservation efforts.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Disney bringing back Star Wars Day at Sea in 2018

Disney Cruise Line will continue to put on its Star Wars Day at Sea in 2018, holding the event on 15 Disney Fantasy sailings to the Caribbean from January through April. There will be 15 sailings with the Star Wars Day at Sea this year. Disney introduced the event in last year. The event features a deck party with a fireworks display, character meet-and-greets, and Star Wars-themed family and youth activities. Disneys said that Star Wars-themed beverages, snacks, dinner menu items and desserts "please the palates of everyone from Padawans to Rebel pilots to Tusken Raiders."  The western Caribbean cruises depart Port Canaveral on Jan. 6 and 20; Feb. 3 and 17; March 3, 17 and 31; and April 14. The itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, and Disney's private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. The eastern Caribbean cruises depart Jan. 13 and 27; Feb. 10 and 24; March 10 and 24; and April 7. The itinerary includes Tortola

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