Wednesday, November 25, 2009

German Operator TUI Cruises Announces 2010/2011 Cruises


November 20, 2009 - TUI Cruises has released its brochure and itineraries through April 2011. After completing her first European season, Mein Schiff starts sailing from Santo Domingo on November 13, offering two alternating northern and southern Caribbean itineraries until March 26, when she sails back to Europe. Caribbean ports of call are St. George’s, Grenada; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; and St. John’s, Antigua, on its southern itinerary; and Fort de France, Martinique; Roseau, Dominica; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe on its northern itinerary.

Starting April 2010, Mein Schiff will sail two eight-day cruises from Palma de Mallorca, before sailing 10 days north to Hamburg for a series of May cruises, and then sail from Kiel during the summer months. From Hamburg, Mein Schiff will also sail around the British Isles, celebrating the cruise line’s one year anniversary with fireworks while calling in Dublin on May 15 (2010). The sailings from Kiel alternate between the Baltic and cruises to the North Cape and Spitsbergen, in addition to Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Scotland, and two short cruises to Copenhagen and Oslo.

In September, Mein Schiff sails back to Palma de Mallorca until November, when she starts her winter season program of seven-day cruises from Las Palmas until April 2011.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Oasis of the Seas 7 God Mothers.


November 10, 2009 - Oasis of the Seas will have seven godmothers, one for each of the ship’s neighborhoods.

Each will start in her own neighborhood, then all will convene at the AquaTheater for the formal naming, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Richard Fain discloses in his latest Chairman’s Blog.

The godmothers will cut a ribbon that needs seven snips to release the bottle. Seven scissors are already prepared in a special carrying case for the Nov. 30 event, to take place at Port Everglades.

‘An extraordinary and innovative ship deserves an extraordinary and innovative naming,’ Fain writes.

The identities of the godmothers have not been revealed.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Disney Cruise Line Unveils Disney Dream Details.


(Oct. 29, 2009) – A first-of-its kind water coaster that sends guests racing above the upper decks of the ship. An animated turtle that engages children in conversation about life in the ocean. A sophisticated lounge where the sun sets over the skyline of a different world-famous city each night. When the Disney Dream debuts in early 2011, the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet will bring to life these innovations and more.

The Disney Dream will take family cruising to all-new heights, embracing the spirit of innovation, magical family entertainment and immersive experiences that have made Disney Cruise Line the preeminent cruise of choice for families since 1998.

Disney Cruise Line revolutionized the cruise industry with purpose-built ships designed just for families. With the Disney Dream setting sail on Jan. 26, 2011, preparations are underway to expand the one-of-a-kind family experience, utilizing technology to enhance the world-class entertainment and legendary guest services onboard. From stem to stern, the Disney Dream will offer a cruise experience that caters to the preferences of the whole family.

“For more than a decade, passengers have filled their passports with memories sailing around the world with Disney Cruise Line,” said Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo. “With the Disney Dream joining our fleet, we’ll be able to take families to even more places they never imagined they could visit – in true Disney style.”

The Disney Dream features a remarkable interior design which provides guests with a warm and welcoming feel throughout. The ship’s design offers guests a perfect blend of elegant Art Deco style and fun-filled Disney whimsy to create one of the most spectacular ships afloat. Distinctly Disney guest features aboard the Disney Dream include:

AquaDuck Water Coaster. . .

Disney Cruise Line debuts a cruise-industry first: a shipboard water coaster … AquaDuck! Guests aboard the Disney Dream will get swept away on an exhilarating high-speed flume ride featuring twists, turns, drops, uphill acceleration and river rapids – all while traversing the upper decks of the ship.

■AquaDuck stretches 765 feet in length - more than two and a half times the length of a football field - and spans four decks in height.
■Guests slide 13 feet over the side of the ship in a translucent "swing out" loop allowing them to look down on the ocean 150 feet below.
■Guests experience coaster-like thrills as high-powered water jets push them upwards and forwards at 20 feet per second.
■AquaDuck continues through the forward funnel, encounters a 335 foot stretch of river rapids and splashes down to an end on Deck 12.

A Virtual Porthole for Inside Staterooms. . .

Disney Cruise Line introduces another stateroom innovation with all inside staterooms on the Disney Dream featuring a Virtual Porthole that provides guests with a real-time view outside the ship. High-definition cameras placed on the exterior of the ship feed live video to each Virtual Porthole.

As guests observe the impressive outside views, they may glimpse a magical surprise: animated characters such as Peach the starfish from the Disney•Pixar hit film “Finding Nemo,” or Mickey Mouse may pop by the Virtual Porthole.

A Magical Oasis for Children. . .

Only on a Disney Cruise Line ship can children become immersed in their favorite Disney stories with the help of caring counselors, beloved Disney characters and a sprinkling of pixie dust. The celebration of children’s creativity rises to a new level on the Disney Dream with nearly an entire deck of youth spaces designed to inspire, entertain and unlock the imagination of children. There are two main spaces for children ages three to 10:

At Disney’s Oceaneer Club, children can:

■Play among larger-than-life characters from Disney•Pixar's "Toy Story" in Andy's Room
■Explore the Laugh Floor with loveable monsters Mike and Sully from "Monsters, Inc."
■Dive under the sea with Nemo and friends or visit Tinker Bell's fairy forest


At Disney’s Oceaneer Lab, children feel as though they are embarking on a great seafaring adventure in a room filled with maps, maritime instruments and swashbuckling artifacts. Here, children can try their hand at animation, become a pop star or navigate ships through digital seas.

Both venues offer magical interactions with the animated characters such as Crush, the sea turtle from the Disney•Pixar motion picture “Finding Nemo” and Stitch, the mischievous alien from “Lilo and Stitch.” The characters chat, play and joke with children in live, unrehearsed conversations from their digital undersea and intergalactic environments via 103-inch plasma screens.

Chill-Out Zones for Tweens and Teens. . .

Located inside the forward funnel is Edge – the lounge just for tweens (ages 11 to 13). This tween pad is filled with a multitude of hi-tech entertainment including the ability to create and star in photo postcards and video karaoke using green-screen technology.

Teens have their own exclusive club aboard the Disney Dream with Vibe – a trendy and inviting indoor/outdoor space created especially for guests ages 14 to 17. A “teen-only” swipe card provides access to the nearly 9,000-square-foot club.

Teens can create and edit videos, play computer games, access the onboard social media application or try their hand at spinning and mixing dance tracks. Teens have their own private outdoor deck area with chaise lounges for sunbathing, two wading pools, misters and pop jets for cooling off, and deck games such as ping-pong and foosball.

Personal Touches with Rotational Dining. . .

Disney Cruise Line continues its innovative rotational dining concept onboard the Disney Dream with elaborately themed restaurants, distinctly Disney touches, and world-class cuisine to create a magical dining experience. Throughout the cruise, guests “rotate” through three different restaurants for dinner – with their servers accompanying them, providing guests with friendly, familiar, personalized service each night. The rotational dining restaurants include:

■ Animator's Palate, a signature Disney Cruise Line restaurant that brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining room for a unique experience that will captivate the entire family.
■Royal Palace, an elegant restaurant inspired by the classic Disney films "Cinderella," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," " Beauty and the Beast" and "Sleeping Beauty."
■Enchanged Garden, a whimsical casual restaurant inspired by the gardens of Versailles and featuring a dining environment that magically transforms from day to night.

Just for Adults. . .

On the Disney Dream, while children are having the time of their lives in the elaborately themed youth areas, adults can look forward to incomparable indulgences and relaxation with exclusive areas and offerings designed exclusively for them.

■Adults can escape in to The District, a nighttime entertainment area on the Disney Dream with five unique venues. This playground for grownups features sophisticated lounges, each with its own unique design, look, feel and palate-pleaseing delights.
■Senses Spa & Salon offers adult tranquility with 17 private treatment rooms, lavish spa villas with indoor treatment rooms and private outdoor verandahs, and Rainforest, a special section of the spa offering the benefits of steam, heat and hydrotherapy to relax the mind and body.
■At Palo, adult guests find epicurean excellence and an unforgettable dinner experience at sea. Every seat offers beautiful ocean vistas while a pianist softly serenades guests in an intimate restaurant setting.
The Disney Dream is scheduled to depart on its maiden voyage Jan. 26, 2011, and will sail alternating three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. During summer months, the ship will alternate four- and five-night itineraries with two stops at Castaway Cay. Guests can book their Disney Dream cruise beginning Nov. 9, 2009.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Norwegian Cruise Line Offers Discounts on Bahamas Cruises

October 7, 2009 – Norwegian Cruise Line is now offering Savings Certificates for three-day weekend getaways and four-day short vacation cruises on Norwegian Sky, the youngest ship sailing short cruises from Miami with the most balcony staterooms. For sailings from now through December 31, 2009, guests booking a cruise on Norwegian Sky will receive special Savings Certificates that they can use once on board. These savings include casino credits, spa incentives and family portrait and shopping discounts.

The certificates are tailored to meet the needs of a variety of vacationers including those planning short break getaways, family vacations, spa retreats or those with gaming in mind. Upon booking a cruise only on Norwegian Sky, guests can log on to Norwegian’s Certificate Center at http://www.nclsavings.com and enter their reservation number to download the Savings Certificates.

Norwegian Sky recently underwent $15 million in renovations focused on enhancing the guest experience and now offers guests a ship that features more than 200 balcony staterooms; seven Freestyle Dining options and nine bars and lounges; the hottest poolside deck party at sea with the White Hot Party; and longer, complimentary Kids Crew hours.

“Norwegian Sky offers guests the youngest and highest quality ship sailing three-day long weekend getaways and four-day short vacation cruises from Miami to the Bahamas ,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian’s chief executive officer. “Norwegian Sky out matches the competition by offering more balcony staterooms; more dining options; and a multitude of on-board amenities including themed parties; kids and teen facilities; and a full-service spa and fitness center.”

Girlfriend and Guy Getaways

Norwegian Sky is the solution to the perfect bachelorette or bachelor party; a girl’s spa weekend or a short vacation with the guys. Savings Certificates range from casino credits for slot play to discounts on body treatments at the spa. The party starts from the moment everyone steps on board and is greeted with a complimentary glass of bubbly. Ladies can indulge in unique and exotic spa treatments while the men try their luck at the casino or vice versa. The party continues into the wee hours of the morning at the White Hot party.

Family Fun

Norwegian Sky offers Freestyle family fun for children of all ages, and parents can enjoy the ship with extended Kids Crew hours. The Kid’s Korner features areas for arts and crafts, movies and computers. The Zone serves as a hip place for teens ages 13 to 17 to hang out, complete with video games, a jukebox, foosball table and air hockey. By night, The Zone turns into a teen disco and bar serving non-alcoholic drinks. Splashes Kid’s Pool is just right for pint-size splashing and playing and features a waterfall and a children’s hot tub. In addition, the popular Wii is available for play. Savings Certificates include discounted family portraits; complimentary kid’s bingo; and internet minutes for the Facebooking teen in the family.

Spa and Casino Lovers

Guests looking for a relaxing vacation will find the Body Waves Spa the perfect place to unwind with unique spa treatments reflecting the beauty, spirit and traditions of rejuvenation from around the world. Guests will find everything from the traditional to the exotic in spa and salon treatments. In addition, aerobics, spinning and exercise classes are also available in the ship’s fitness center.

If getting lucky is in the cards, guests can roll the dice in the Sky Club Casino which features Blackjack, Roulette, 3-Card Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em and Craps. For slot lovers, there are more than 160 of the newest video and traditional slot machines. The ship also features less traditional games including Pai-Gow Poker, Pai-Gow Tiles and Mini Baccarat, on request. Casino and gaming Savings Certificates include various casino credits and complimentary bingo.

Norwegian Sky’s three- and four-day Bahamas sailings departing from Miami are from $159 per person, per day. Norwegian Sky departs Miami on Mondays sailing four-day short vacation Bahamas cruises with full-day stops in Grand Bahama Island , Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas . On Fridays, the ship sails three-day long weekend getaway Bahamas cruises, departing Miami at 5 p.m. with all-day stops in Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, returning to Miami at 7 a.m. on Monday mornings.

About Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 43-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which has revolutionized the industry by allowing guests more freedom and flexibility.

Today, Norwegian has the youngest fleet in the industry with 11 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed cruise vacation on the newest, most contemporary ships at sea.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Crystal Cruises Offers Enrichment Cruises


October 7, 2009 –Crystal Cruises announces an inspired collection of 2010 Experiences of Discovery theme cruises designed to enrich more than two dozen Crystal cruises with a special-interest focus. Special classes, events and, in most cases, a destination program will augment voyages throughout the Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, Panama Canal and beyond.

A new Science & Technology focus joins Crystal classic favorites including Crystal’s Wine & Food Festival (set for seven cruises, with two back-to-back options); Mind, Body & Spirit; Jazz; Golf; Film & Theater Festival; Big Band; Comprehensive Creative Learning Institute; and Holiday cruises. Additionally, Crystal’s annual President’s Cruise adds special programming and events in celebration of the line’s 20th anniversary of luxury cruising.
“The 2010 Experiences of Discovery offer guests more in-depth exploration of an array of topics that suit most any interest,” said Bill Smith, senior vice president, sales and marketing.

In focus for 2010 are:
*NEW* Science & Technology – Guest expert lecturers focus on the world’s latest scientific developments on a winter Caribbean itinerary.
* December 11, Caribbean

Emerging Artists – Tomorrow’s stars shine today through Crystal’s exclusive partnership with The Music Center Los Angeles, showcasing some of the brightest talent from the Center’s Spotlight Awards on two European cruises.
* June 21, Baltic/Northern Europe
* September 29, Mediterranean

Wine & Food Festival – World-renowned chefs and wine experts share their techniques and specialties on several Australia/New Zealand, the Mediterranean and Mexican Riviera voyages.
* March 30, Australia/New Zealand
* April 29, Mediterranean
* May 25, Mediterranean
* September 5, Mediterranean
* September 17, Mediterranean
* November 22, Canary Islands
* December 12, Mexican Riviera/Sea of Cortez

Mind, Body & Spirit – Wellness experts focus on yogthanksa, Tai Chi, Pilates and general fitness on itineraries through Asia/Indian Ocean, Mexican Riviera and an Atlantic Ocean crossing.
* April 26, Indian Ocean/Southeast Asia
* September 5, Transatlantic
* December 5, Crystal Symphony

Golf – PGA pros offer onboard and shoreside tips on improving guests’ games, and play at some of the world’s most exclusive courses in New England/Canada.
* October 22, Crystal Symphony


Fashion & Style – Personal style consultations with professional designers and stylists, fashion shows, films and lectures highlight European fashion.
* June 6, Mediterranean
* Sep 29, Mediterranean

Film & Theater Festival – Guest film experts salute film and theater with lectures and onboard entertainment on a Pacific Ocean crossing.
* February 28, Transpacific

Jazz – Live performances and discussions about musical legends jazz up South America and Mexican Riviera itineraries.
* January 8, South America
* November 28, Mexican Riviera

Big Band – Live daily Big Band performances, guest music lecturers, and additional Ambassador Hosts serve as dance partners on an Atlantic Ocean crossing.
* December 1, Transatlantic

Comprehensive Creative Learning Institute – Crystal’s Creative Learning Institute offers expanded music, language and arts curriculum throughout the 2010 World Cruise.
* January 10, (108-day Full World Cruise),

President’s Cruise – Crystal’s President Gregg Michel hosts Special Crystal 20th Anniversary receptions and events on board and ashore on a journey through the Red Sea.
* May 12, Red Sea

Holiday – Lavish feasts, events and décor create a festive atmosphere for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s in the Mexican Riviera, Canary and Hawaiian Islands and the Caribbean.
* November 21, Mexican Riviera
* November 22, Canary Islands (also Wine & Food)
* December 21, Caribbean
* December 22, Hawaiian Islands

Experiences of Discovery programs complement Crystal’s exclusive ongoing Creative Learning Institute, which presents language classes through Berlitz, keyboard instruction through Yamaha, and an array of stimulating guest lecturers offered through the Crystal Visions Lecture Program.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

MSC Cruises Kids Sail Free and Kids Program

(October 7, 2009) – For the perfect vacation that combines a family escape with the desire to discover new places, MSC Cruises has it all.

Plus, kids ages 17 and under sail free on all MSC Cruises’ itineraries when sharing a stateroom with two full-fare-paying adults.

On each MSC Cruises sailing, our friendly staff caters to the specific needs of all ages - including the youngest guests. Each ship has cheerful, colorful, safe play areas. MSC Cruises’ ships are kid friendly, offering daily entertainment and plenty of space for running, exploring, diving, swimming and playing.

Special activity leaders organize age-appropriate fun activities, with ages 3-6 in the Mini Club, 7-12 in the Juniors Club, and 13-17 in the Teenagers Club. MSC Cruises also offers a Teen’s Card. This personalized card, which can be used like a credit/cruise card, allows children ages 12-17 to spend nominal amounts of money on board.

Each card comes with a bonus amount. In the Caribbean, a $30 card purchase comes with a $5 bonus (a total card value of $35); a $50 card purchase comes with $10 bonus, for a total value of $60. In the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, a €30 card comes with a €5 bonus, making it a €35 card, and a €50 card comes with a €10 bonus, making it a €60 card.

Parents and kids will be delighted with the children’s menus. In addition to Italian favorites like pasta and pizza, there are all-American favorites such as hamburgers and hot dogs and numerous tantalizing pastries and desserts.

Knowing the youngsters are with the expert staff, parents can relax and enjoy the sun or the pool, or unwind with a Turkish bath, an aromatic massage or a session at the fitness center.

Cruise-only rates begin at $349 per person, double occupancy for a 7-night Caribbean cruise and $549 per person, double occupancy for a 7-night cruise in Europe. Government fees and taxes for all guests are additional.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Princess Offers Family Alaska Excursions

(October 9, 2009) – With its stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, and plethora of active adventure opportunities, Alaska offers the perfect family vacation. To make it easier for families to plan a trip to the 49th state, Princess Cruises has added a fun new cruisetour option designed especially with family groups in mind.

The 12-night cruisetour offers the best of Alaska by land and sea and includes a variety of special features not usually included in a cruisetour package. Families will have the opportunity to travel on a jetboat, pan for gold, take an interactive tour of Denali National Park, and experience what Alaska is like in the winter when it’s many degrees below zero.

The cruisetour (number: FUN) is offered at a 25 percent discount for all berths, so all members of the family are included in the special pricing.

“This is really the ultimate family vacation,” said Charlie Ball, president of Princess Tours. “Alaska is a wonderful travel destination with kids, so we wanted to make it easy and affordable to plan the perfect Alaska experience for everyone in the family.”

The Family Fun cruisetour includes a seven-night Voyage of the Glaciers cruise plus a five-night land tour featuring one night at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, two nights at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and two nights at Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge. At sea, families can also take advantage of Princess’ many onboard programs especially for children, including a special Junior Ranger program in Glacier Bay National Park.

In addition, the following special extras are included in the tour:

Daily Breakfast – Everyone in the family can start their morning off with the most important meal of the day.

Direct-to-the-Wilderness Rail Service with Lunch – Princess’ acclaimed Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service gets families to their wilderness lodge faster, and includes lunch aboard the train.

Three Rivers Jetboat Tour (Mt. McKinley) – An exhilarating alternative to taking a motorcoach to Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, this tour travels from Talkeetna to the lodge by jetboat, with stops along the river to view historic encampments and learn about the native wildlife.

Arctic Blast (Denali) – Family members can experience winter in Alaska – in the summertime. This special chamber is chilled to wintertime temperatures, so visitors can find out what happens to hot water when it is thrown in the air and whether soap bubbles can survive the cold.

Music of Denali Dinner Theater (Denali) – This rollicking musical comedy tells the legend of the first expedition to the summit of Mt. McKinley, accompanied by a hearty, family-style meal featuring smokehouse ribs and Alaska salmon.

Experience Alaska with Alaska Geographic Tour (Denali) – A more intimate tour of Denali National Park, this special experience includes a variety of interactive experiences, including an enhanced view of the Denali ecosystem and current research taking place. The narrated bus tour takes guests 15 miles into the park to a beautiful river valley where they embark on a short walk to the historic Savage River Camp, where they can participate in a number of hands-on experiences.

Denali Sourdough Expedition Breakfast (Denali) – While fueling up for the day with a family-style, Alaskan roadhouse-style breakfast, guests experience an unforgettable journey up Denali through breathtaking images in Laurent Dick's Climb Denali. Participants have the opportunity to meet this real mountain climber and ask questions about mountain climbing.

Riverboat Cruise and El Dorado Goldmine Tour (Fairbanks) – Families can enjoy traveling on an authentic sternwheeler for a fully-narrated cruise along the Chena River and try their hands at gold panning at the El Dorado Gold Mine, where they will learn about Alaska's gold mining history.

Fares for the Alaska Family Cruisetour (#FUN) start at $1,743 per person for the first and second berths, and $1,191 per person for the third and fourth berth passengers.

Princess offers a variety of land/sea Alaska experience with itineraries ranging from three to eight nights. All cruisetour options feature at least two nights in the Denali National Park area, stays in Princess’ own riverside wilderness lodges, and a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers sailing with Glacier Bay National Park.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Expedition Cruise Specialist Hurtigruten Special Cruises and Themes Cruises


October 2009 -- New Year's Eve on the North Cape, Opera in Oslo, Viking history and myth, air-inclusive vacations, the midnight sun, the Northern Lights, stunning fjords, wildlife at every turn...the list of cruise and land opportunities goes on and on and is detailed in Hurtigruten's new full-color, 80-page 2010 Norway brochure. Hurtigruten, a name synonymous with exploration cruising, continues to find more ways to showcase their year-round home, adding new theme cruises and shore excursions and packaging air, land and sea into easy to book vacations.

The centerpiece of nearly every offer are the six-, seven- and 12-day sailings along the spectacular fjord-filled west coast of Norway year-round -- a voyage named the “world’s most beautiful voyage” by Lonely Planet’s “Bluelist.” The scenery changes from moment to moment as the company's fleet of modern ships, journeying 1,250 miles between Bergen and Kirkenes, make 34 port calls -- small fishing villages in the rugged Lofoten Islands, Art Nouveau Alesund, the ancient Viking capital of Trondheim and Norway's "Paris of the North" Tromso. Cruise-only fares range from $1,205 to $6,622 per person, double with many prices reduced for early booking. Solo travelers avoid the single supplement on a large number of departures.

Coastal Value Packages - these 9- to 15-day independent adventure vacations offer a way to take in many of Norway's best sites without having to worry about booking flights or hotels - a one-stop, all-inclusive option with daily departures, year-round. One night is spent in both Bergen and Oslo, bookending the cruise, where guests have plenty of free time to explore and sightsee -- Oslo's Vigeland Park, Viking Ship Museum, the new Opera House, and many small shops selling unique Norwegian jewelry and other treasures. Walking the cobblestone streets of Bergen offers sights that include its Art Museum, with more than 9,000 works of art; St. Mary’s Church, the oldest building in Bergen; composer Edvard Grieg's home; and the wooden buildings in the Bryggen Wharf. The nine-day "Norwegian Holiday" incorporates the six-day south-bound sailing, departing from Kirkenes, above the Arctic Circle. The 10-day "Highlights of Norway" sails seven days on the northbound route. The 15-day "Grand Norway" offers guests the 12-day roundtrip, allowing them to see during the day what they may have missed at night in the other direction. Airfare is from New York with add-ons from dozens of North American gateways priced from $100 to $360. Air fuel surcharges, air and cruise taxes and ticketing fees are additional.

Theme Voyages - as more travelers look to bring home memories of unique and educational experiences, Hurtigruten has sought out the interests of their passengers and is offering an expanded roster of even more fascinating possibilities for 2010.

· "Celebrations in the Arctic" brings in the New Year as no one else can - with the countdown held on the North Cape, Europe's most northern point - Dec. 26, 2009 and Dec. 27, 2010.

· "Notes at Sea" is an opera-lover's dream trip - daily concerts on board and a Norwegian New Year's Concert at Oslo's brand-new Opera House - Jan. 5, 2010.

· "The Rhythm & Fabric of Life" showcases the deep-rooted traditions of the Norwegian culture, mixing music, crafts, dance and folk culture. Guests enjoy learning to folk dance and see how traditional instruments are made - Jan. 5, 2010

· "Lords of the Fjords" is a step back in time to when the Vikings ruled the waters and land. Onboard experts provide talks and entertainment, immersing the passenger in the Viking history and culture - Apr. 7 and Sept. 23, 2010.

· "Tastes & Sounds of the Fjords" is a series of choir, jazz and classical concerts, cooking lessons and wine tastings combined to create a unique culinary experience - while in the midst of the majestic beauty of the fjords - Apr. 15 and Sept 16, 2010

· "Norway's Big Day Out" is what it sounds like - a celebration of Norway's Constitution Day (May 17). Children's parades and festivities take play across the nation and guests learn about the country's history from experts - six May 2010 departures.

· "Hall of the Mountain King" explores the life of Edvard Grieg. Performances by pianist Rune Alver and talks by lecturer Eilif B. Lotveit bring to life Norway's renown composer - with daily recitals and daily lectures - Oct. 10 & 16, 2010.

· "The Ice-Breakers" - Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen were two of Norway's greatest explorers. And guests will learn more about them from famous lecturer Arne Kertelhein as the ship follows some their Norway routes - Oct. 11 & 18, 2010.

· "Birds of the Nordic Coast" takes place as millions of migrating birds return to the Arctic for nesting - a true ornithological event with lectures and stellar bird-watching opportunities - May 20, 2010.

Excursions and Explorations - getting off the ship and enjoying the local scene and sights has always been an important feature of Hurtigruten cruises, so the company has developed dozens of high-quality excursions for their guests. Port excursions range from city tours of Alesund and Tromso to the more unusual "Lofotr Viking Feast" - a true Viking feast, banquet hall and all - and a "Quad-Safari to the Russian Border," to the simply fun: "Dog Sledding in Tromso" and "Scootertrip in Lapland" (snowmobiles). Pre- and post-cruise explorations, ranging in length from a few hours to three days, offer wonderful opportunities to experience Norway in all its glory. Among the offerings - guests can spend two days in the Snowhotel in Kirkenes, sleeping on ice beds; float in a survival suit in the Barents Sea while the team leader dives for the evening's meal of King Crab; dog sled and snowshoe in Kirkenes; take the train from Bergen to Voss, a boat to Flam and a train to Myrdal on "Norway in a Nutshell"; and visit the mining town of Roros, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Most optional excursions can be booked before

Sailing aboard Hurtigruten ships means large, comfortable lounges with panoramic windows and wonderful views from large outdoor decks; no need to dress up for dinner (unless you want to) and open seating; fresh seasonal ingredients, plenty of incredible seafood and a comprehensive wine list; multilingual tour directors; comfortable cabins - from the smaller inside accommodations to the large outside suites with private balconies, picture windows and even Jacuzzis on some; and a friendly and well-informed crew, ready to offer assistance and their suggestions when asked.

Hurtigruten is a world leader in expedition cruising, sailing to the most remote of destinations including Antarctica, Greenland and the Arctic’s Spitsbergen as well as year round along Norway's coast.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Queen Mary 2 Spa Wins Award


October 9. 2009 – SpaFinder, Inc., the global spa resource, has named the Canyon Ranch SpaClub® aboard Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2 among the top-10 best spas in the world for “Best Spa on a Cruise Ship” category in its seventh-annual SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards. Based on votes submitted by readers of SpaFinder publications, including Spafinder.com, the awards represent the most comprehensive consumer assessment of the global spa market available today. Over 360,000 votes—a new record for the Reader’s Choice Awards—were cast for favorite spas by continent, country, region and across 27 categories.

“After seven years of enthusiastic consumer participation, our Readers’ Choice Awards have become the industry’s premier award program—the spa world’s answer to the Academy Awards®,” said SpaFinder, Inc. President Susie Ellis. “Now that there are roughly 15,000 hotel, resort and destination spas operating worldwide, for Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 Canyon Ranch SpaClub to be singled out by our readers is a tremendous honor.”

"After five successful years in partnership with Canyon Ranch, this prestigious SpaFinder award confirms our choice and ongoing commitment to offer Queen Mary 2 guests the premier wellness experience at sea," said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line.

To help consumers identify the very best spas for their specific goals, SpaFinder asked its readers and web visitors to name their top picks for the best spas in 27 unique categories—from “Best for Affordability” and “Best Cuisine” to “Best for Men” and “Best Medical Program.” Voters were asked to only cast ballots for stay spas they’ve personally visited within the past three years.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Holland America's Volendam Sails to Australia and New Zealand in 2010

Oct. 12, 2009 — Holland America Line’s ms Volendam is set to cruise to Australia and New Zealand in early 2011 with 14- and 18-day voyages to the lands of kangaroos, kiwis, the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and exotic Asian ports. The ship also will sail a 14-day exploration of the South Pacific to island jewels known for their powdery beaches and turquoise waters.

In the spring, Volendam will uncover the mysteries of the Far East with 17- and 18-day voyages throughout the Orient, and then take a trans-Pacific journey that will cross the International Date Line on the way back to North America .

“Exotic cruises to destinations such as Australia and the Far East remain high on the wish-list of many travelers, and we’ve developed our itineraries to showcase the best of each region,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs, for Holland America Line. “We pride ourselves in offering comprehensive experiences around the world, and these itineraries are sure to impress any cruise enthusiast.”

14-Day New Zealand Discovery

Both the North and South islands of New Zealand with their beautiful natural landscapes will be explored on the 14-day round-trip Sydney , Australia , sailings departing Jan. 2 and 30, 2011. The ship will make a total of eight calls at ports in New Zealand , including Wellington , Napier, Christchurch , Tauranga and a full day at Auckland .

The itinerary also features extensive scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — as well as Milford Sound. Guests can take in the breathtaking views of the region’s extreme scenery, ranging from glaciers to mountain ranges and sandy beaches to volcanic plateaus.

14-Day Pacific Treasures

Volendam departs Jan. 16 on a 14-day round-trip Sydney cruise to the islands of the South Pacific and through some of the most pristine waters in the world. Three ports of call in New Caledonia allow guests to dive and snorkel along the region’s coral reef and in the largest lagoon in the world. The ship also calls at the island of Vanuatu with its potpourri of cultures and magnificent natural harbor, as well as two calls at the island of Fiji , known for its sun-kissed beaches and crystal-clear seas.

14-Day Australia and New Zealand

Departing Feb. 13 from Sydney and Feb. 27 from Auckland , these spectacular cruises between Auckland and Sydney were created for travelers wishing to discover the diverse scenery and rich culture Down Under.

This itinerary also features extensive scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park , as well as Milford , Dusky and Queen Charlotte sounds. Holland America Line is one of the few premium cruise lines calling at Picton, the gateway to the South Island and the hub of Marlborough Sound’s thriving wine country, a certain highlight for wine connoisseurs. Guests can experience the Maori culture when the ship calls at Tauranga and experience the novelty of less-visited ports such as Burnie , Australia . For those looking for a more in-depth experience, pre- or post-cruise land tours take guests to the Great Barrier Reef or Alice Springs .

18-Day Great Barrier Reef Explorer

Volendam’s 18-day itinerary departing March 13 from Sydney to Singapore enables guests to enjoy four days of cruising the Great Barrier Reef , including two days of daylight cruising through the world’s largest coral reef system. Scenic highlights include an overnight anchorage in the reef near Sherrard Island and calls within the Whitsunday Island group. Several interesting ports also will be visited in Indonesia , including Komodo Island , part of the Komodo National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — as well the beautiful islands of Bali and Java. An overnight call at Singapore at the end of the cruise enables guests to explore the bustling city and return to the comfort of the ship before disembarking the next morning.



18-Day Asia Explorer

Sailing from Singapore to Kobe ( Osaka ), Japan , Volendam is set to explore all corners of the Orient including Thailand , Cambodia , Vietnam , China and Japan on its April 14 departure. The 18-day itinerary is filled with plenty of time to explore the palaces and tombs that dot the ancient lands, take in the tranquility of the temples and gardens, and sample the unique flavors of Asian cuisine. Three overnight stays ensure that guests are able to explore Bangkok with it’s abundance of palaces and Buddhist wats; the cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong with its tea shops and street markets, and Shanghai with its soaring skyscrapers and unforgettable Yuyuan Gardens .

17-Day Japan and Alaska

In the spring, Volendam repositions back to the waters of Alaska with a 17-day trans-Pacific journey from Kobe to Vancouver , British Columbia . Departing May 2, the ship visits the ports of Yokohama , Hakodate and Kushiro , Japan , before crossing the International Date Line over to Alaska and kicking off the season with calls at Kodiak and Sitka , and scenic cruising of the Inside Passage .

Cruise fares are per person, double occupancy, and start at $1,599 for the New Zealand Discovery voyage departing Jan. 2 and $1,699 for the Jan. 30 departure; $1,599 for the Pacific Treasures cruise departing Jan.16; $1,699 for the Australia and New Zealand voyage departing Feb 13 and $1,599 for the Feb. 27 departure; $2,099 for the Great Barrier Reef Explorer cruise departing March 13; $2,099 for the Asia Explorer voyage departing April 11, and $1,599 for the Japan and Alaska trans-Pacific cruise departing May 2.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Crystal Publishes 2010 Cruise Atlas


October 12, 2009 – Just weeks after announcing dramatic new value offers for 2010, luxury specialist Crystal Cruises has published a new 2010 Cruise Guide and will debut its comprehensive 20th Anniversary Worldwide Cruise Atlas by the end of October. Both brochures emphasize the line’s new Two-for-One fares, ‘All Inclusive – As You Wish’ shipboard spending credits, free airfare, and price guarantee, along with the line’s global itineraries. The Atlas also includes a 2011 preview cruise calendar.

While the 26-page Cruise Guide provides a snapshot of the Crystal Experience and a guide to the year’s itineraries and promotions, the 180-page Atlas details Crystal’s celebrated cuisine, enrichment, entertainment, fitness and shore-side offerings, including optional hotel programs. Inviting spreads illustrate the extraordinary service, space, quality and choices – as well as the style and value --that comprise the award-winning Crystal Experience. The Atlas also showcases:
* 20 years of innovations;
* 20th Anniversary “gifts” section, with Crystal’s new fares and inclusive features;
* Five & Alive charitable opportunities;
* Enrichment and value-added programs in a handy, user-friendly back cover flap; and
* The annual President’s Cruise, including a new optional two-night hotel program in Dubai

“The messaging and design of the 20th Anniversary Atlas stays true to the Crystal brand – bright, elegant and inviting,” says Nitsa Lewis, Crystal’s vice president, marketing. “Besides the compelling itineraries, we’ve focused on simplifying our information about the incredible value available for 2010, as well as the exceptional luxury, services and style found aboard Crystal ships.”

In 2010, the freshly redesigned, 922-guest, 50,000-ton Crystal Symphony, and the 1,070-guest, 68,870-ton Crystal Serenity cruise through the Middle East, Africa, Caribbean, South America, Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Black Sea, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, British Isles, Baltic Sea, Arctic Circle and New England/Canada.

New destinations range from maiden calls in Iran, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia on the World Cruise to new North American cruises to the Sea of Cortez and Hawaii. Most Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity sailings maintain an emphasis on port intensive, destination driven itineraries with many overnight stays, although some crossings and lengthier cruises celebrate days at sea.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

The World of Residency Bering Sea Exploration


October 13, 2009 – The World, the first and only private residential community at sea, made maritime history during its recent voyage to the Russian Arctic region. The ground-breaking, 28-day Bering Sea Expedition provided Residents and Guests with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore remote communities and cultures, observe rare wildlife in a natural environment and sail aboard the first ship to do so in decades, all during the brief Arctic summer. The Expedition was unlike any other, astounding even the long-time Residents who have sailed since The World’s 2002 maiden voyage. For those that took advantage of The World’s rental program, The Bering Sea Expedition proved to be a one of a kind, premier vacation experience.

Successfully landing in Lorino Village The World is the first ship of its size to ever visit a this community in the Chukotka region. Locals embraced Residents and Guests, welcoming them with native performances and entertainment. The vessel continued its historic voyage when it traversed the Bering Strait, which separates the easternmost point of Russia from Alaska , just a few days later.
One of the Expedition’s most memorable moments occurred when navigating the Bering Strait, a channel separating the United States and Russia . Due to standard cabotage laws, the ship could not cross back into U.S. waters, requiring the Captain to keep the 43,524-ton vessel on the Russian side, even at the Strait’s narrowest point – an infamous, two-mile-wide passage separating Little Diomede and Big Diomede Islands. “Hundreds of thousands of birds swooped past us as we came up the channel,” said Resident, Alison Holland. “We were only a few cable lengths from the Russian shore as we were not cleared to re-enter U.S. waters and thus had to hug the Russian side.” Divided not only by an international border but The International Dateline, The World is the first foreign-flagged ship to sail between the Islands on the Russian side since World War II.

The vessel continued to make history as it approached Wrangel Island , renowned for its incredible wildlife. An incredible 104 polar bears were spotted during The World’s 10-day stay – more than most ships see in an entire summer. Residents and Guests enjoyed a memorable polar bear encounter from the bridge and bow when an inquisitive mother and cub polar approached the ship to greet them. There have been only four vessels carrying private travelers to visit Wrangel Island in Russia ’s vast history and The World is the first foreign-flagged ship to do so since 1924.

Following Wrangel Island , The World continued to sail 70 miles until reaching the ice cap’s edge, which extends all the way to the North Pole. Once anchored, the captain lowered the retractable marina so that Residents and Guests could partake in the “Polar Plunge,” a courageous dive often attempted by North Pole travelers. 35 adventurous souls participated in the daring excursion, plunging into 0.7 °C (33.3 °F) waters and quickly jumping out.

Such once-in-a-lifetime opportunities can only be experienced aboard The World as regular ports of call and upcoming Expeditions include major metropolitan cities, rural villages, UNESCO World Heritage sites and more. When sailing aboard The World, all meals, select alcoholic beverages, gratuities and port charges are included. Guests who avail of the ship’s exceptional rental program are invited to customize their own sails. The ship also offers a regular selection of Expeditions as well as Stay a Six Nights and Get the Seventh Free program where travelers can receive one night free for every six booked until December 22, 2010. To save even more, each additional week spent on the ship will result in one more complimentary night and there is no limit on the length of stay or number of complimentary nights.

In November 2009, the ship will visit Papua New Guinea where voyagers will dive rainbow reefs, trek volcanoes and visit the rainforest and desert savannah marsupials (23 nights/$18,500 per person). In September 2010, Residents and Guests will sail from Reykjavik , Iceland to Quebec , Canada a Greenland Expedition that will explore the globe’s largest island, its rich Nordic and Paleo-Eskimo history, abundant wildlife and stunning scenery. Two unforgettable Antarctica Expeditions will end the year, affording travelers the opportunity to visit the coldest, driest, highest and windiest of the seven continents. Penguins and seals will float alongside The World on sculpted icebergs as vacationers access the land via kayaks and Zodiacs. The first 10-night sail, from December 23, 2010 – January 2, 2011 will start from $19,500 per person. The second, 18-night voyage, from January 3 – 21, 2011, will begin at $35,100 per person.

About The World:

The World® is the only residential community at sea, allowing its Residents and Guests to travel the world without leaving the comforts of a private home. There is an average of 150 adventurous and like-minded explorers onboard at once, traveling to intriguing destinations all over the globe. This ship offers an elegant and intimate travel lifestyle with impeccable service and amenities that deliver a personalized and bespoke experience. Discerning travelers can travel in one of the 165 private residences aboard The World or elect to own one of the select homes available for resale.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Silerseas Enhanced 2010 Shore Excursions


October 15, 2009) The world offers such an abundance of intriguing cultures, landscapes and experiences that Silversea has designed nearly 40 extended mid-cruise excursions for its voyages in 2010. Unlike a partial-day shore tour, these single- or multiple-day inland adventures offer travelers a more leisurely, in-depth and personal encounter with the local people, history, wildlife and natural attractions that lie just beyond the ports of call.

"For our guests, travel is about collecting authentic experiences and making a personal connection with the people and places they visit," said Darius Mehta, Silversea's director of land programs. "Our mid-voyage programs are carefully designed to take guests further into a specific region, giving them plenty of time to fully immerse themselves in its scenery, activities and cultural heritage. And I'm especially pleased to advise that these programs can now be booked well in advance of sailing through our reservations department."

Following is a small sampling of the mid-cruise adventures offered in 2010:

** NEW FOR 2010: "Borneo Great Apes Adventure" -- Visit the magnificent Temple of Borobudur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then travel to the jungles of Borneo to observe orangutans in their natural habitat. Included is a two-night stay at the Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge, the perfect retreat for nature and animal lovers. This three-night package, priced at $3,199 per guest, is offered on Silver Whisper's January 18 sailing (#4002) from Sydney to Singapore. Guests depart from Semarang and rejoin the ship in Singapore.

** "Expedition Antarctica" -- For most globe trekkers, this is the ultimate destination. Fly by chartered aircraft to King George Island on the Antarctic Peninsula and discover the many natural wonders of the world's last pristine wilderness. Memorable sightings might include penguins, seals and whales. This 13-hour adventure, priced at $4,999, is offered from Punta Arenas, Chile on Silver Cloud voyages of January 5 and 20 (#1001 and 1002); Silver Shadow voyages of November 17, December 3 and 19 (#4033, 4034 and 4035); and Silver Spirit's February 20 sailing (#5005).

** NEW FOR 2010: "Camp Jabulani" -- Indulge your senses in this tailor-made adventure trip to Camp Jabulani, set within the Kapama Private Game Reserve of Kruger National Park. Highlights include a ride through the bush atop an elephant's back and an open-vehicle game drive through prime big-game territory that supports elephant, buffalo, rhino, giraffe, zebra and other species. This two-night package, priced at $2,999, is offered on Silver Wind's voyages of January 3, 13 and 23 and February 2 (#2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004). Guests depart from Richards Bay and rejoin the ship in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

** NEW FOR 2010: "Kakadu National Park & the Magic of Uluru" -- Embrace the spectacular beauty of Australia's Northern Territory. Visit Kakadu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at the Top End, Alice Springs in the heart of Australia's Red Center, Ayers Rock and the wonders of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This four-night package, priced at $5,199, is offered on Silver Shadow's December 6 sailing (#3034) from Singapore to Sydney. Guests depart from Darwin and rejoin the ship in Cairns.

** NEW FOR 2010: "Historic Ouro Preto & Futuristic Brasilia" -- Witness a land of interesting architectural contrasts as you journey from historic Ouro Preto to Brasilia, the futuristic capital of Brazil -- both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The cobbled streets of Ouro Preto are lined with museums, baroque churches and an 18th-century opera house, while Brasilia's outstanding modernist buildings include the Planalto Palace, Supreme Court, National Congress and Itamaraty Palace. This three-night package, priced at $2,999, is offered on Silver Whisper's October 24 sailing (#4031) from Barbados to Rio de Janeiro. Guests depart from Salvador and rejoin the ship in Rio de Janeiro.

** "Galapagos Adventure" -- A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Galapagos offer the rare chance to see blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, marine iguanas and sea lions living without fear of humans in an unsullied laboratory of evolution. This three-night package, priced at $3,999, is offered on Silver Spirit's March 8 sailing (#5006) from Santiago to Acapulco. Guests depart from Callao, Peru and rejoin the ship in Manta, Ecuador.

** NEW FOR 2010: "Cordoba & Andalusian Discoveries" -- Enjoy a panoramic drive through Seville to discover the many attractions of this city founded by ancient Iberians, then travel to the Moorish metropolis of Cordoba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore its ancient alleys, impressive squares and La Mezquita, its renowned cathedral-mosque. This one-night adventure, priced at $999, is offered on Silver Wind voyages of March 11 and August 1 (#2007 and 2025); Silver Spirit voyages of September 25 and October 16 (#5032 and 5035); and Silver Cloud's May 28 sailing (#1016). Guests will depart and rejoin the ship in two different ports, Cadiz and Malaga, as determined by the voyage itinerary.

The prices listed above are per person, based on double occupancy. The optional mid-voyage land programs feature deluxe accommodations (if overnight stays are required), all transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing and some meals.

Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper -- and launching in December, Silver Spirit -- all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the addition of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II, the company's itineraries encompass all seven continents.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Oasis of the Seas on Good Morning America


October 15, 2009 –This November, just in time for Thanksgiving, Royal Caribbean International will unveil their newest and most innovative cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas.

ABC’s “Good Morning America” will be there to welcome Oasis of the Seas into her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and give viewers an exclusive first glimpse of the highly anticipated ship during a special live broadcast.
GMA fans across the country can tune in on Friday, November 20, 2009, from 7:00 am – 9:00 am (ET) on ABC to join “Good Morning America” for a never-before-seen sneak peek at the seven distinct neighborhoods and many spectacular elements and features onboard Oasis of the Seas.

Some of these unique features include Central Park, the first park at sea with nearly 12,000 plants and trees; Boardwalk, a family oriented environment with a hand carved carousel; a thrilling zip wire ride that races diagonally over Boardwalk 90 feet above the deck; 28 multilevel loft suites boasting floor-to-ceiling windows; and the AquaTheater – an amphitheater style space that serves as a pool by day and a dazzling oceanfront theater by night.

“We couldn’t think of a better way to launch Oasis of the Seas than by partnering with “Good Morning America” to show her off on morning television for the very first time” said Adam Goldstein, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “Oasis of the Seas is our most innovative and imaginative ship yet, and we are confident that the millions of viewers will be wowed by what they see.”

In addition to the live broadcast, and in the spirit of giving and sharing, Royal Caribbean and “Good Morning America” are working with ABC affiliate stations in six markets – Hartford, Miami, New York, Orlando, San Francisco and Seattle – to execute a contest/search for people who have done something extraordinary for their community, making friends and neighbors thankful for the effort. Three deserving individuals (plus guest) in each market will win a trip to join GMA for the live broadcast onboard Oasis of the Seas, and will enjoy an exclusive pre-inaugural cruise following the show.

When she enters service in December 2009, Oasis of the Seas will be the largest and most revolutionary cruise ship in the world. An architectural marvel at sea, she will span 16 decks, encompass 225,282 gross registered tons, carry 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and feature 2,700 staterooms. Oasis of the Seas will be the first ship to tout the cruise line’s new neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas, which includes Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. The ship will sail from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Norwegian Epic Captain Named.


October 15, 2009 – Norwegian Cruise Line today named the two seasoned captains who will serve on Norwegian Epic, the company’s largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship to date. In a live interactive online event, Norwegian also introduced the ship’s two hotel directors who will be responsible for all guest areas, including the 20 dining options, world-class entertainment, extensive nightlife venues, along with family and recreational activities. The company also unveiled Norwegian Epic’s inaugural sailing dates in both Europe and the United States .

The 4,200 passenger Norwegian Epic will enter service next June under the command of Captain Trygve Vorren, a 29-year seafaring veteran who is currently captain of Norwegian Jade, and Captain Hakan Svedung, at sea for 35 years and currently captain of Norwegian Dawn. Vorren, a native of Norway , joined Norwegian in 1980 as first officer on the SS Norway, then the world’s largest cruise ship. He has also served aboard Skyward, Southward, Sunward II, Dreamward, Leeward, Starward, Royal Odyssey, Norwegian Sea , Norwegian Crown, Norwegian Sun, Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Majesty. Svedung, who lives in Sweden , has served on Norwegian Dawn since 2006; prior to that he worked for Star Cruises, one of Norwegian’s shareholders, for 12 years. Both captains are looking forward to this exciting and challenging new role.

Klaus Lugmaier and Sean Wurmhoeringer will serve as Norwegian Epic’s hotel directors. Lugmaier, currently director of shipboard operations at the company’s Miami headquarters, began his career at Norwegian 21 years ago aboard Seaward and held a variety of positions before becoming one of the youngest hotel directors in the cruise industry at the age of 26. As hotel director, he has launched seven of the company’s new ships, including Leeward, Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Star, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Gem. He was also part of the team that launched Norwegian Dream and Norwegian Wind. Wurmhoeringer, with Norwegian since 2002, is currently serving as hotel director on Norwegian Spirit and has also served on Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Sky.

“We carefully chose these seasoned veterans to lead the on board team that will launch the most important project in the company’s history,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “We are confident that they have the expertise, dedication and passion to make Norwegian Epic’s launch and inaugural season extremely successful.”



Inaugural Sailing Dates

The company also revealed that it will showcase Norwegian Epic to travel partners and media in both Europe and the United States during five inaugural sailings, prior to the ship entering weekly service to the Caribbean in July, 2010 from Miami . Following delivery in mid-June, 2010, Norwegian Epic will sail to Rotterdam for a two-night inaugural cruise departing on June 19, followed by a one-night cruise from Rotterdam to London (Southampton) on June 21, and then a two-night inaugural cruise from London ( Southampton ) on June 22. Following her transatlantic crossing from London to New York on June 24, the ship will be christened in New York on July 2, followed by a three-night inaugural cruise over the Fourth of July weekend. Once in Miami , the ship will sail a two-night inaugural cruise on July 8. The ship’s first seven-day Eastern Caribbean voyage is scheduled for July 10 and is currently on sale, along with the ship’s alternating Western Caribbean sailings.


Norwegian Epic is currently under construction at STX Europe in France . At 153,000 gross tons, the ship is Norwegian’s largest with 19 decks, spanning 1,068 feet in length and 133 feet in width with a 28.5 foot draft, staffed with approximately 1,730 crew members.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Offers Suite Deals

Book a suite through February 28, 2010 for up to $300 in on-board credit

Norwegian Cruise Line offers incentives for guests to experience the suite life on bookings made in the following suite categories across the fleet: Penthouse, Romance Suite, Owner’s Suite, Deluxe Owner’s Suite, Courtyard Villa and Garden Villa now through February 28, 2010. In addition, the Courtyard Penthouse and Spa Suite unique to the company’s largest and most innovative ship to date, Norwegian Epic, are included in this offer. The promotion is valid on new reservations booked at least nine months prior to sailing, with up to $300 in on-board spending credits per stateroom, based on cruise length. Guests may set sail to any of Norwegian’s amazing cruise destinations, including those to the Eastern and Western Caribbean on Norwegian Epic, launching next summer.

Guests who book sailings of up to four days in a Suite or Garden Villa will receive $150 per stateroom in spending credit, which can be used for anything from shore excursions to spa treatments. For sailings of five days and longer, guests sailing in a Suite or Garden Villa will receive $300 per stateroom in on-board spending credit.

Norwegian’s award-winning suites and villas offer the luxury of Freestyle Cruising with world-class accommodations. The 5,000-square-foot Garden Villas on Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Jewel feature three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, private garden with hot tub, outdoor dining area and terrace, and access to an exclusive private courtyard area with a pool, hot tub, sauna, gym and sun deck. Norwegian Epic will feature the largest suite complex at sea, The Villas, comprising 60 suites and villas on two private decks at the top of the ship. Guests staying here will have exclusive access to The Villas complex featuring a pool, two whirlpools, gym, a sauna, sundeck, indoor/outdoor dining, bar/nightclub and concierge lounge.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

CruiseWest World Cruise Discounts


October 19, 2009 - Cruise West, the world’s leading provider of small-ship explorations to the most fascinating destinations on earth, is offering unprecedented savings for all 24 individual voyages (ranging from nine- to 19-nights) that combine to form the epic world adventure, Voyages of the Great Explorers. Book and pay in full by December 18, 2009, for maximum value-add savings.

Whether guests are eyeing a trip to Southeast Asia, North Africa, the Mediterranean, Greek isles, East Coast, Australia or the South Pacific, there is tremendous value offered in this landmark year. Guests will save up to $1,550 per person ($3,100 per cabin) and receive FREE round trip international airfare from five select U.S. Cities: San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago (ORD), Washington D.C. (IAD or DCA) and New York (JFK) or an air credit of $750 per person by booking and paying in full by December 18, 2009. The free air or air credit is valid for Voyages 1 through 18 of the 24-voyage segments of the Voyages of the Great Explorers.

Additional saving incentives for all 24 voyages (except where noted) include:

· Bring a friend (new booking) and each person receives $500 off the cruise fare

· 50% savings for all children 18 and younger

· Single supplement will be waived on Voyages 1 – 4 in all cabin categories

· Reduced single supplement for Voyages 5 – 24 in Superior, Majestic, Premium and Classic cabin categories

The best value afloat.

With most cruises, guests pay extra for every little thing (and big things) such as soft drinks, taxes and port charges, and shore excursions. But with Cruise West, the fare includes everything except alcohol. There are no surprise charges that can easily add up to double the fare or more.

Cruise West includes a shore excursion in every port, and in addition, each of the 24 voyages includes one ‘Ultimate Explorers Experience.’ A sampling includes tickets to Edinburgh’s world-famous Military Tattoo, the chance to participate in the special novitiate ceremony and feeding of the monks in Rangoon, or an overnight stay in Sydney Harbor during its magnificent New Year’s Eve celebration and fireworks display. These are once-in-a-lifetime events that only a small number of travelers will ever see.

This is the world that most people have never seen.

Each of the 24 journeys of the Voyages of the Great Explorers takes guests to the “must see” sights—Pompeii, Petra, Florence, Luxor, the Hermitage, the Guggenheim. Board a Zodiac bound for an uninhabited island in the Maldives or a remote village in the Tuomotus. Travel the narrow Corinth Canal and Kiel Canal where big ships can’t go. Visit tiny islands in the South Pacific like Pitcairn Island of HMS Bounty fame, and Palmerston Island, where all 50 residents are descended from one Englishman. In fact, these voyages will visit 85 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Further, engaging presentations by Smithsonian Journeys guest lecturers and renowned experts on each region’s culture, history and current events will bring each itinerary to life.

All voyages take place on the intimate 120-guest, all-suite Spirit of Oceanus. Prices start at $4,995 per person before savings and include a pre-cruise hotel night.

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Crystal Cruises Offer Wine and Food Cruises


October 19, 2009 – Michelin Star-awarded chefs Michael Mina and Heinz Beck, Master sommelier Robert Bath, and mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim are part of the distinguished roster of food, wine and spirit experts aboard Crystal Cruises’ 14th annual Wine & Food Experiences of Discovery cruises in 2010. Aboard seven Wine & Food itineraries, the special guests will draw inspiration from the destinations visited, as well as their own expertise in worldwide specialties to lead demos and lectures, tastings and pairings, and cocktail and pastry making classes.

“Crystal’s culinary options have long been a cornerstone of guests’ luxurious vacation experience,” says Toni Neumeister, vice president, food & beverage operations. “The breadth and caliber of talent on the Wine & Food itineraries is extraordinary, and further exemplifies our practice of delivering excellence.”

In addition to the designated Wine & Food themed cruises, the ultra-luxury line’s annual President’s Cruise will befittingly feature former White House Chef John Hanny. Aboard the May 3rd voyage from Piraeus to Dubai, hosted by Crystal President Gregg Michel, Hanny will present several presidential-themed dinners and White House favorites from several administrations.

Culinary experts for 2010 include:
Chefs and Foodies
* Michael Mina – Creator of restaurant group including one Michelin-starred restaurants;
* Heinz Beck – Executive chef of three Michelin-starred La Pergola, Rome;
* Tom Aikens – Michelin-starred chef and owner of London’s Tom Aikens Restaurant;
* André Soltner – Former executive chef/owner of New York’s legendary Lutèce;
* Serge Dansereau – Owner of Sydney, Australia’s The Bathers’ Pavilion;
* Aglaia Kremezi – Greek cuisine expert and acclaimed cookbook author;
* Paula Wolfert – James Beard Award winning Mediterranean cookbook author;
* Simon Johnson – Australia’s leading purveyor of quality foods, and
* Jon Ashton – Food correspondent for The Daily Buzz and Relish Magazine chef.

Sommeliers and Wine Experts
* Doug Frost – One of only three worldwide to achieve both Master Sommelier and Master of Wine;
* Robert Bath – One of only 79 Master Sommeliers in the U.S.;
* Gerhard Retter – Wine and cheese sommelier at Michelin-awarded restaurants throughout Europe;
* Mel Master – Leading Rhone Valley and Languedoc wine exporter and famed restaurateur;
* Victoria Ordonez – Member of Spain’s largest wine exporting family;
* Cameron Douglas – New Zealand’s first and only Master Sommelier, and
* Filippo DiBelardino – Italian wine expert and vice president of Banfi Vintners-Fine Wines.

Cocktail Concoctors
* Tony Abou-Ganim –National Ambassador of the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild and creator of Crystal’s exclusive cocktail program;
* Julio Bermejo – considered the “U.S. Ambassador of Tequila;”
* Livio Lauro – National president of the United States Bartenders’ Guild;
* Francesco Lafranconi – Cofounder of the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild Nevada chapter, and
* Audrey Saunders – Celebrated bartender of the Carlyle Hotel’s legendary Bemelmans Bar, owner of New York’s Pegu Club.

Crystal Wine & Food itineraries are scheduled for March 30, Auckland to Sydney; April 29, London to Rome; May 25, Venice to Barcelona; September 5, Istanbul to Barcelona; September 17, Barcelona to Venice; November 22, roundtrip Lisbon; and December 12, roundtrip Los Angeles, Mexican Rivera.

On every itinerary, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity boast numerous dining options, including specialty dining from Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio and Vintage Room experiences showcasing celebrated wines.

Always an incredible value, 2010 Crystal Cruises offer two-for-one cruise fares, free airfare, shipboard spending credits and a price guarantee.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Celebrity Solstice and Equinox Win Conde' Nast Awards


October 21, 2009 – Celebrity Cruises has once again won top honors in one of the most trusted surveys of consumer travel preferences in the world. The prestigious Conde' Nast Traveler magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards ranked Celebrity number one in the new Mega-Ship Cruise Lines category, recognizing the widely heralded Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Equinox.

More than 25,000 experienced travelers made their voices heard in the prestigious annual poll ranking more than 10,000 cruise lines, hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines and car rental agencies. Celebrity Cruises was among the honorees featured in a segment airing Monday on NBC’s Today Show to highlight what led to the number-one ranking.

"Winning first-place in the new mega-ship category is an incredible tribute to the style, design and service that have led to the phenomenal response our new Solstice Class continues to generate, and further validates our fleet's longtime leadership position in the premium cruise category," said Celebrity’s President & CEO Dan Hanrahan. "We’re honored that the informed readers of Conde' Nast Traveler so appreciate the Celebrity experience."

No stranger to netting top honors, the Celebrity Cruises fleet as a whole has, for the past seven consecutive years, dominated the large-ship category in Conde' Nast Traveler’s "Top Cruise Ships in the World" survey published each February.

Cruise lines were rated on a five-point scale – excellent, very good, good, fair or poor – in seven categories: activities, cabins, service, design, food/dining, itineraries, and shore excursions.

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Hurtigruten Norwegian Fjords Voyages

October 2009 -- National Geographic Traveler magazine has placed the Norwegian fjords, a highlight of Hurtigruten's Coastal Voyage, at the top of its list of the world’s most celebrated and iconic travel destinations - based on its survey undertaken in cooperation with the National Geographic Center for Sustainable destinations. This is the third time in the six-year history of the venerated magazine's "Places Rated" Destination Stewardship survey that the Norwegian fjords have topped the list. This honor follows the 2007 Lofoten Islands' designation as the world's third best island destination - another daily stop on the Coastal Voyage - and reinforces Lonely Planet's "Blue List" description of Hurtigruten's Coastal Voyage as the "world's most beautiful voyage."

"The integrity and world renown of National Geographic, as well as its global penetration makes this one of the most important awards in travel industry internationally," says Christian Bue Nordahl, Global Brand Manager at Hurtigruten ASA. "The fact that the Norwegian fjords have once again topped the list is an affirmation of the unique natural assets that we possess. We are delighted by the results and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Fjord Norway on its success.”

More than 100,000 foreign visitors cruised the fjords and the rest of Norway's spectacular 1,250-mile west coast in 2008, aboard one of Hurtigruten's 11 modern ships that sail these waters daily, year-round. Besides the fjords, Hurtigruten guests get to visit an eclectic array of ports (34 in all), including Trondheim, one of the country’s oldest cities and a thriving university town; Bergen, a charming Hanseatic port; the Lofoten archipelago, with peaked mountains and villages filled with rust-red fishermen’s cabins; and Alesund, destroyed by fire in 1904 and completely rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style.

About the survey: 133 destinations were surveyed by 437 travel experts, and rated based on the following six criteria: environmental and ecological quality; social and cultural integrity; condition of historic buildings and archaeological sites; aesthetic appeal; quality of tourism management and outlook for the future.

Hurtigruten is a world leader in expedition cruising, sailing daily along the Norwegian coast as well as to the most remote of destinations including Antarctica, Greenland and the Arctic’s Spitsbergen.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

SeaDream Passengers Take a Dip in the Atlantic.

What do guests aboard a SeaDream Yacht Club transatlantic crossing do on a beautiful, calm day at latitude 26 degrees, 28 minutes- longitude 39 degrees 40 minutes, 958 nautical miles from the Azores and 1541 nautical miles from their destination, San Juan Puerto Rico?

Why, take a swim in the Atlantic Ocean of course.

SeaDream II’s Captain Terje Willasen monitored Atlantic sea conditions each day after departing Seville, Spain on October 10. “Guests had been telling me they would like to take a swim in the Atlantic and at dawn on Thursday October 15, I knew that this was the day. The seas were as still as a pond.”

Under the close supervision of staffers, guests who wished to were invited to take a dip in the Atlantic from the SeaDream II’s stern Marina and bobbed about in the blue sea.

Later, in a special ceremony, the Captain awarded his Atlantic swim team a “Certificate of Accomplishment” to highlight the feat. “It’s just an example, of SeaDream Yacht Club going the extra mile---in this case the extra nautical mile in mid-Atlantic,” the Captain said.

Certainly SeaDream II’s transatlantic guests had other diversions during the 10-day voyages from Seville, Spain to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Among them award-winning gourmet dining, yoga, tai chi, spa treatments, long walks on open decks, the pleasure of good books and good conversation, a series of interesting lectures---and even, an occasional swim in the yacht’s onboard swimming pool.

The mega-yacht cruiser SeaDream II and her twin SeaDream I have only 56 accommodations for lucky guests and just about a one-to-one ratio of crew to passengers.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Crystal Offers Unique Experiences on World Cruise

October 26, 2009 – Cage diving with great white sharks off the coast of South Africa, Sicilian-style cooking classes in Italy and paragliding over the Spanish countryside are among the 400 Crystal Adventures in store for guests on Crystal Cruises’ 2010 World Cruise. The excursions, nearly 100 of which are brand new, allow guests to experience destinations in one-of-a-kind ways. Whether atop an elephant in Africa, via race car on a Circuit track in the Middle East, or by private plane over Spain’s stunning Basque country, intrepid World Cruise guests will find pursuits for virtually any interest. The 108-day itinerary departs Miami for London January 10 aboard Crystal Serenity.

“Crystal World Cruise guests continually seek out-of-the-ordinary experiences that satisfy a quest for true adventure,” said John Stoll, director, land program. “These excursions are designed to provide them with memories unique to their travels.”

In addition to new African safaris and dozens of Crystal Overland Adventures, shore-side highlights include:
High Adventure

* *NEW* Race a Caterham in Bahrain;
* *NEW* Explore Iran’s ancient Persepolis;
* *NEW* See the highlights of Oman by 4 x 4;
* *NEW* Hike Sochi’s Mount Akhun, and
* Cage dive with great whites.

Aerial Adventures

* *NEW* Take in Abu Dhabi’s sites by Cessna;
* *NEW* Helicopter above Durban’s mountainous landscape;
* Soak in the Seychelles’ scenery via helicopter;
* Paraglide above Barcelona’s landscapes.

Regional Culinary Insights

* Prepare a meal at Lisbon’s Albatroz Palace hotel;
* Visit a villa in Catania for a Sicilian cooking lesson;
* Create Catalan cuisine at a Barcelona cooking school, and
* Learn culinary secrets at a Michelin-starred Sorrento restaurant.

Conservation

* Explore an African elephant sanctuary, and
* Visit an Abu Dhabi Falcon care and rehabilitation hospital.

Besides maiden calls to Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, the World Cruise also visits South America, Africa, India and Europe, visiting 41 ports in 37 countries. It is also offered in 12- to 21-day segments. Travelers will enjoy Crystal’s new pricing, with two-for-one cruise fares, free airfare for two or more segments, price guarantee and shipboard spending credits.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

CruiseWest Announce Baltic, Norwegian Fjords and North Atlantic Cruises

October 27, 2009- Inspired by the intrepid journeys and legendary explorations of Leif Eriksson to the New World, three voyages mark the third chapter of small-ship exploration line Cruise West’s epic world adventure, Voyages of the Great Explorers. Starting from Honfleur, France and ending in St. John’s, Newfoundland, guests will visit the United Kingdom and Scandinavia -- with excursions to multiple UNESCO World heritage sites -- before charting a course across the North Atlantic.

Guests will save up to $1,550 per person ($3,100 per cabin) and receive FREE round trip international airfare from five select U.S. Cities: San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago (ORD), Washington D.C. (IAD) and New York (JFK) or an air credit of $750 per person by booking and paying in full by December 18, 2009.

In addition to an included excursion at every port, each of the three voyages will be enhanced by an extraordinary ‘Ultimate Explorers Experience’ (UEE), designed to bring guests into direct personal contact with fascinating peoples, cultures and natural wonders. Engaging presentations by notable experts on the region’s culture, history and current events will bring each region to life.

The Viking’s adventures come alive in three distinct voyages

Cruise West’s own “Modern Day Explorer” Captain Reidulf Maalen, will take the helm of the Spirit of Oceanus for all three voyages. He brings not only a lifetime of maritime experience, but also a warm level of hospitality that has made him one of the most sought out captains in the industry.

Voyage 11: Honfleur to Oslo, encompasses Ireland, Scotland, and Scandinavia. The County of Wicklow -“the Garden of Ireland” -- brings guests up close to domed granite mountains, deep glens and wooded valleys. Scotland’s Stornoway, with ancient standing stones, and the Orkney Islands, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and birders’ paradise, reflects Scotland’s wild beauty. Exploring Norway’s spectacular fjords and fishing villages includes another UNESCO World Heritage Site – Saltstraumen, just above the Arctic Circle. In addition, there are ample opportunities to observe the abundant wild life including large colonies of sea birds and pods of Orca whales. In Bergen, guests are treated to a private recital of composer Edvard Grieg’s music in the Troldsalen Concert Hall.

An excursion of Magerøy Island and The North Cape brings guests up close to life in the north (UEE). Guests will travel along the Skipsfjord to the fishing village of Kammøyvaer, populated by 100 hardy souls, before a trip to see some of the Sami people's 4,000-reindeer herd that roams freely here during the summer months. Then, it’s onto Skarsvåg, the northernmost fishing village in the world, to shop for knitwear, Christmas decorations and more at the North Cape Christmas and Winter House.

The 19-night voyage departs July 19, 2010; prices start at $15,195 per person before savings. Add-on: pre-cruise three-night tour of Paris.

Voyage 12: Oslo to London focuses on history, art and architecture of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia and Russia. Visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites include the Swedish walled city of Visby; the Estonian city of Tallinn -- one of the finest medieval old towns in all of Northern Europe -- and the opulence of St. Petersburg. Notable excursions include a tour of Denmark’s small villages -- including Gudhjem, a vividly scenic fishing village -- en route to majestic Hammershus Castle Ruin.

Excursion highlights include a visit to St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum (UEE). Founded by Catherine the Great in 1764, it's one of the largest and oldest museums in the world with collections comprising nearly three million works. Then a short bus ride to the Peter and Paul Fortress, built by Peter the Great in 1703 with a final stop at the Church on the Spilled Blood.

The 15-night voyage departs Aug. 6, 2010; prices start at $12,495 per person before savings. Add-on: three-night pre- or post-cruise The Best of England from London.

Professor Ron Wixman, a specialist in world cultural and political geography and well versed in the societies of Europe and the former USSR, joins both Voyages 11 and 12. His expertise on the peoples and cultures of Northern Europe is extensive, and his informative lectures will provide both a historical and contemporary context for Norway.

Guest lecturer David Perry, an authority on maritime history and an avid collector of maritime literature, artifacts and stories joins Capt. Maalen on Voyage 13: London to St. John’s. Perry’s expertise will prove invaluable on this transatlantic voyage that includes two continents and countless unforgettable stops along the routes that the Vikings charted more than a thousand years ago.

Guests explore the Royal London and Buckingham Palace, before heading for Scotland, Iceland and Greenland. Among the excursions: Iceland’s thermal and geological wonders, including Reykjavik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and a visit to the Greenland settlement founded by Erik the Red. The voyage culminates with arrival to L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland -- site of Leif Eriksson’s Vinland and the first European settlement in North America, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A highlight of the voyage is a private reception aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, hosted by Rear Admiral Sir Robert Woodard, KCVO, DL, the last serving Admiral, followed by a stirring performance of the annual Military Tattoo, one of Scotland's proudest cultural events (UEE). First staged in 1950, this dramatic spectacle in Edinburgh Castle combines the traditional sounds of the bagpipes and drums with military marching drills.

The 19-night voyage departs Aug. 20, 2010; prices start at $12,795 per person before savings. Add-on: three-night pre- or post-cruise The Best of England, from London.

Book by Voyage or Multiple Segments
The Voyages of the Great Explorers – a cruise industry first -- is a collection of 24 individual voyages (which can all be booked separately) that combine to form a 335-day circumnavigation of the world along the major routes inspired by history’s great ocean explorers. Beginning March 5, 2010, on board Cruise West’s flagship, the 120-guest, all-suite Spirit of Oceanus, the world voyage will sail ever westward, returning to Singapore on February 3, 2011.

Prices per voyage include a pre-cruise hotel night, all excursions and transfers and a tour of the embarkation city. Guests who book more than one voyage will save an additional five percent.

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