Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Royal Caribbean ship contributing to hurricane relief effort

September 26, 2017 
Royal Caribbean has canceled the Sept. 30 voyage of the Adventure of the Seas from San Juan, and will use the ship to evacuate people from Puerto Rico and deliver supplies to hurricane-ravaged islands. 
The ship will arrive in San Juan on Sept. 27 and then will stop in St. Thomas and St. Croix. The ship will bring evacuees to Fort Lauderdale before returning to San Juan on Oct. 6 to prepare for the Oct. 7 cruise. 
Royal Caribbean also announced alternate itineraries in October for six ships: Adventure, Harmony, Allure, Oasis, Enchantment and Serenade of the Seas.
The three Oasis-class ships (Oasis, Harmony and Allure) will go to ports in the western Caribbean rather than St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Labadee (Royal Caribbean's private destination in Haiti). The Adventure will not visit St. Croix, and the Serenade will not visit St. Thomas and St. Maarten.
Enchantment of the Seas had been substituting Freeport, Bahamas, for a call in Key West but will now move back to its original itinerary on the Oct. 2 and 9 cruises from Miami to Nassau, Coco Cay (Royal Caribbean's private Bahamian island), Key West and back to Miami.
Customers who were to be on the canceled cruise will get their cruise fare and fees 100% refunded to the original form of payment, plus a 25% future cruise credit (based on the cruise fare) if a new cruise is booked in the next 30 days.

For more information, or to  make reservations on any Royal Caribbean  Ship,  contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Celebrity > BERMUDA 2018 Sailing from Port of New York

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Book ocean view or higher, and guests beyond the first two in your room save 50% off their cruise fares.
Some restrictions apply. 

For more information, and to receive these and other exclusive amenities and special rates or to make reservations on any Celebrity  Ship,  contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Key West's cruise port reopening

September 21, 2017 

Key West is set to reopen for cruise arrivals, with the first visit occurring Sunday, Sept 24, 2017  with a call from the Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas. The port has been closed to cruise ships since Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys on Sept. 9.
Key West will be the first port to reopen among destinations that were slammed by Hurricane Irma. A Coast Guard spokesman said the ports in St. Croix and San Juan remain closed in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which passed over those areas this week. St. Thomas and St. Maarten, islands wrecked by Hurricane Irma, also are closed to cruise ships.
Cruise visitors to Key West will have the place largely to themselves. Authorities in the Keys are asking overnight visitors to postpone immediate vacation plans throughout the island chain. Key West has set an Oct. 20 target date to reopen for general tourism. "However, that date may be advanced," a statement said. 

For more information on Key West, and to receive exclusive amenities and special rates or to make reservations on any Royal Caribbean  Ship, or other cruise lines   contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cruise ship chartered for relief mission in St. Thomas

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line said its ship has been chartered to the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to assist hurricane-recovery efforts in St. Thomas.  The Grand Celebration will head for the storm-stricken destination in the U.S. Virgin Islands with arrival anticipated on Sept. 23. The mission is expected to continue into the later part of December.
St. Thomas was devastated by Hurricane Irma and is in line for more hurricane-force winds from Hurricane Maria. While in St. Thomas, the ship will be used to house National Guard first responders.
The Grand Celebration, originally the Carnival Celebration, has 750 cabins and space for up to 1,900 guests.

For more information on other cruise ships & what is being done to assist victims of the hurricane in the Caribbean,   contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Irma knocks out marquee cruise ports in eastern Caribbean

As of September 13, 2017 

Cruise lines are hoping to return to normal operations early September, but there are holes in their itineraries to the eastern Caribbean that won't be plugged soon. Several of the busiest ports of call in that region appear to be out of service for weeks, if not months. Among them are the French/Dutch island of St. Martin/St. Maarten, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Other destinations to the south escaped Irma but are too far to travel for a weeklong voyage.
Royal Caribbean International said it will be substituting St. Croix for St. Thomas on eastern Caribbean cruises of the Adventure of the Seas. It will substitute St. Kitts for St. Thomas and St. Maarten on Allure of the Seas voyages and St. Kitts for St. Thomas on Harmony of the Seas voyages. Norwegian Cruise Line said it will offer only western Caribbean routes through November on the Miami-based ships.
While most cruise lines visit the affected islands on itineraries that start and end in Florida, several small-ship cruise lines fly passengers to the Caribbean to begin their voyages there. SeaDream Yacht Club turns some of its cruises in Marigot, St. Martin. Windstar uses St. Maarten, San Juan and Bridgetown, Barbados. Neither line has made a decision about how to proceed with the 2017-18 Caribbean season.
If there is a silver lining, it is that September and October are the slowest months of the year in the Caribbean. In Tortola, for example, there are only five calls on the schedule for September and six in October, Tortola expanded its pier to more than 1,000 feet in 2015, attracting regular calls by Norwegian and Disney Cruise Line. In Key West, cruise arrivals in September 2016 were only about one-third attracted in the peak month of December. No one can yet forecast how long reconstruction will take in ports such as Key West or St. Thomas, where damage assessment is ongoing.
The stricken ports will be desperate to get cruise passengers back because of the revenue they provide and the sense of normalcy they offer. Therefore, cruise infrastructure will be the focus of early rebuilding efforts.
While some ports like Havana took direct hits, others to the east of Florida are already open. The Bahamas got less damage than many had feared and cruise lines scheduled shortened cruises departing to Nassau and Freeport. 
There shouldn't be too much competition in the western Caribbean for ship berths through November because many ships are in Europe or elsewhere at this time of year. Should the eastern Caribbean remain offline through the winter, congestion will be an issue.
For more information, & to make reservations on any sailing,  contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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Sailings to the Caribbean, Bermuda, Asia, Europe
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Choose 2 FREE Perks & choose from Beverage Package (includes wine, beer, alcohol, soda, bottled water & Specialty coffees) Wi-Fi, prepaid tips, or $150 per person to spend on board. Suites get all FOUR perks, plus the Premium Beverage Packages.*

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For more information, and to receive these and more exclusive amenities and special rates or to make reservations on any Celebrity  Ship,  contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Cruise lines aid in Irma relief effort

Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line have dedicated ships to deliver supplies to hurricane-ravaged destinations and evacuate stranded visitors.  Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas arrived in St. Maarten on Sunday with provisions. Then the ship departed for Puerto Rico with tourists who were stuck on the island. The Majesty of the Seas will bring supplies, including food and water, to St. Thomas and St. Maarten, and assist in transporting tourists in St. Maarten to safety. 
Additionally, Royal Caribbean said it would deploy the Empress of the Seas and the Enchantment of the Seas to assist Key West and Tampa once the impact of the storm is known.
Norwegian Cruise Line has deployed the Norwegian Sky to St. Thomas to deliver supplies.
Carnival said it has "activated a plan to begin delivery of supplies on both an immediate and sustained, longer-term basis. These deliveries will be worked into ships cruise itineraries as part of our ongoing operations
For more information on what he cruise lines are doing to help after Irma,   contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Royal Caribbean uses ship as hurricane safe haven for employees

Royal Caribbean International will use one of its ship as a vehicle to keep employees and their families safe from Hurricane Irma, which is expected to strike the Miami area this weekend. 
The Enchantment of the Seas' Sept. 8 cruise was canceled because of the hurricane, so Royal Caribbean opened the ship to its workforce. The ship will depart around noon on Friday and sail out to sea away from the projected path of the storm. The plan is to return to Miami once the storm passes and the port reopens.  The-20 year-old Enchantment holds 2,252 people at double occupancy and typically offers three- and four-day cruises to the Bahamas.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Harvey Update: Carnival Aims to Start Docking in Galveston Friday

The Port of Galveston is expected to remain closed until later this week due to the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. Carnival Cruise Line has released an updated schedule for when its three Galveston-based ships the Carnival Breeze, Carnival Valor and Carnival Freedom  are aiming to return to the port. All three ships had deviated course to New Orleans, where guests were able to disembark if they wished to make independent arrangements for onward travel, or stay onboard. About half of Carnival Freedoms guests chose to remain onboard, while slightly more than half elected to stay onboard Carnival Breeze and Carnival Valor, the cruise line said..   Carnival Breeze will overnight in New Orleans on Wednesday and will start making its way to Galveston on Thursday evening. Carnival Freedom will dock on Friday and disembark guests from its previous cruise. Embarkation for the September 2 voyage will take place on Saturday as scheduled. 
Carnival Valor will also arrive in Galveston on Friday to disembark guests. The August 31 sailing of Carnival Valor has been cancelled. A full refund will be provided to all guests who were scheduled on cancelled voyages. The September 4 sailing will operate as scheduled.  Carnival Breeze is scheduled to arrive on Saturday evening to disembark guests from the previous cruise. Embarkation for the September 3 sailing will take place on Sunday as scheduled. Guests scheduled to depart on a Carnival or Royal Caribbean Cruise from Galveston this weekend should contact their Travel Agent for Professional guidance and advice. 
While flooding continues to devastate Texas, the storm made landfall a second time in Louisiana this morning. Organizations across the travel industry are reaching out to offer aid to hurricane victims, including Carnival Cruise Lines parent company Carnival Corporation, which has offered a total of $2 million 

Flight Update
Houston Hobby and George Bush Intercontinental Airport have announced that they will be resuming limited flight operations starting 4 p.m. Wednesday. Major airlines are continuing to offer flight waivers for those impacted by the storm:
United Airlines , American, Southwest and Jetblue customers can rebook in the original class of service or travel standby within 14 days of their original departure date between the same city pair.

For more information, and to inquiry about a future cruise,  contact The Cruise Professionals at at 203-288-1884 or email: