Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ocean Village Final Voyage Almost Sold Out.

February 8, 2010 - The heat is on for UK cruise-lovers with Ocean Village today announcing that there are only 50 Caribbean cruise cabins left in its 2010 winter sun programme - the casual cruise company’s last ever Caribbean season. Ocean Village, the cruise line which first introduced the UK to a younger, fresher and more informal cruise holiday concept, is urging people to act fast and book now to avoid disappointment.

With just a farewell Mediterranean summer season to follow the winter’s Caribbean programme, this really is the British public’s very last chance to visit the paradise islands with the brand which put casual cruising on the map when it launched in 2003.

Prices for remaining winter sun Caribbean cruises start from as little as £1299pp* for a 14 night cruise, including ex-UK flights and transfers to Barbados where passengers board the ship before visiting a further 10 gorgeous Caribbean islands.

Last chance Ocean Village Caribbean sailings departing March 2010 include:

    • Combined Cocktails and Coconuts/Beaches and Boardwalks cruise (departing 3rd March 2010)
    • Flying out of the UK to Barbados, passengers will then visit Tobago, Isla Margarita, St Lucia, Grenada, St Vincent, Tortola, St Maarten, St Kitts, Antigua and Dominica before returning to Barbados for the homeward flight

    • Combined Beaches and Boardwalks/Cocktails and Coconuts cruise (departing 10th March 2010)
    • Fly out of the UK and meet the ship in Barbados. From here, sail on to Tortola, St Maarten, St Kitts, Antigua, Dominica, Tobago, Isla Margarita, St Lucia, Grenada and St Vincent before heading back to Barbados for the homeward flight

Gill Haynes, Head of Marketing Communications for Ocean Village, comments: “Our farewell Caribbean programme is a compilation of our ‘greatest hits’ showcasing the very best of the islands. Ocean Village pioneered casual cruising for the British market, offering a relaxed, chilled-out holiday experience and becoming synonymous with high quality holidays at a value for money price.

“Our goodbye Caribbean season is no exception but with cabins selling fast, this is our final call to Ocean Village fans and cruise virgins alike to enjoy casual cruising in its purest form in the Caribbean while they can. It’s now or never!”

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Maiden Voyage added for Allure fo the Seas

February 8, 2010Royal Caribbean International today announced that the first revenue voyage for Allure of the Seas’ inaugural season will take place one week earlier than originally planned. The ship’s first revenue voyage will be a seven-night Western Caribbean itinerary, sailing on December 5, 2010. Allure of the Seas’ new cruise for the inaugural season is now open for booking.

Guests booked on the original inaugural season sail date of December 12, 2010, will be contacted by their travel agent or a Royal Caribbean representative, and given the opportunity to move their cruise vacation to the new sailing of December 5. Booked guests who wish to take the December 5 sailing will be re-accommodated in the same stateroom and category, and the cruise fare will be the lower of either the fare paid or current prices. Guests booked on the December 12, 2010 sailing will have until the end of February 2010 to opt to change their cruise to the December 5 sailing and ensure they keep the same stateroom.

On the December 5, 2010, inaugural season voyage of Allure of the Seas, guests will be among the first to enjoy an exceptional vacation experience on the newest Oasis-class ship, featuring an array of exclusive, industry-revolutionizing onboard amenities, and premiering new, breathtaking high-diving, light and fountain shows in the AquaTheater and dazzling entertainment productions in the Opal Theater and Studio B ice-skating rink. Throughout, guests will enjoy the cruise line’s world-renowned friendly and engaging Royal treatment from Allure of the Seas’ staff and crew.



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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Carnival Fascination Sails from Jacksonville after $34 Million Dollar Refit

(February 1, 2010) – The 2,052-passenger Carnival Fascination resumes its year-round four- and five-day schedule from Jacksonville, Fla., today following a $34 million dry dock that included the addition of an expansive new water park, exclusive adults-only retreat, redesigned main pool area and 98 balconies to existing staterooms.

These renovations are part of the line’s $350 million “Evolutions of Fun” refurbishment program for its eight 70,000-ton Fantasy-class vessels. The Carnival Fascination is the sixth ship in the series to receive the extensive upgrades.

Carnival Fascination operates Jacksonville’s only year-round cruise schedule, carrying approximately 170,000 passengers a year. On this program, four-day cruises departing Thursdays visit Freeport and Nassau, The Bahamas; five-day cruises departing Mondays call at Key West, Fla., and Nassau; and five-day voyages departing Saturdays visit the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay and Nassau.

“Our Jacksonville-based cruises are a great option for those seeking a convenient, high quality vacation at a tremendous value and these new features will enhance the Carnival Fascination’s already strong appeal with consumers,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival’s president and CEO.

Added Rick Ferrin, JAXPORT's CEO, “The Fascination has proved to be a tremendous draw for cruise passengers from throughout the southeastern U.S. with the ship typically sailing at 100 percent capacity. This package of new amenities will refresh the experience for repeat customers and enhance the experience for first-time cruisers. It's a win-win situation for all of us.”

Exciting Top Deck Features
Carnival Fascination’s multi-million dollar refurbishment included a total transformation of its open decks, which now feature a massive new WaterWorks aqua park on Verandah Deck. This sprawling, all-ages facility includes an enclosed 300-foot-long Twister water slide full of exhilarating twists and turns, two 82-foot-long racing slides, and a splash zone for kids. The ship’s Lido Deck pool was also renovated with a colorful tropical theme featuring oversized umbrellas, vibrant tile work, thatched roofing and huge stylized palm trees, creating a relaxing resort-style ambiance.

New Balcony Accommodations
Ninety-eight balconies were also added to existing accommodations during the dry dock, creating spacious 230-square-foot balcony staterooms that provide the ideal vantage point for viewing the tropical scenery. Sixty-two of the new balcony staterooms are located aft with several of these featuring extended balconies, while 24 are located mid-ship and 12 near the stern. Several suites were also retrofitted with larger, extended balconies.

New Adults-Only Retreat
Another popular “Evolutions of Fun” element added during the dry dock was an adults-only retreat called Serenity, which is located on Promenade Deck aft, providing magnificent ocean vistas. Designed as an oceangoing oasis for relaxation, this area features a tropical design with teak-style decking, colorful umbrellas, and thatched roofing, along with two oversized whirlpools. Guests can relax in comfortable chaise lounges and chairs while enjoying frozen drinks and other icy concoctions.

Dining Enhancements
Delicious new dining options were added to the ship’s casual poolside restaurant, Coconut Grove Bar & Grill. These include a Mongolian wok venue where guests can select their favorite meat, sauce, vegetables and other ingredients and watch as a chef creates their custom-designed stir fry dish, and a rotisserie featuring roasted chicken and traditional side dishes.

Additionally, the Sensation and Imagination main dining rooms were refurbished with new carpeting, upholstery and other cosmetic enhancements. The Sensation dining room, located forward, was also reconfigured for Your Time Dining providing guests the option of open seating between 5:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. nightly.



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Monday, February 22, 2010

Hurtigruten Deals on Spring and Summer Cruises.

February 2010 -- Hurtigruten has announced pricing specials on its Spring and Summer line-up of Exploration Cruises - cruises designed to take in some of the world's most remote destinations. All offer savings of 25% on the price of suites aboard the world's newest and most deluxe expedition ship, the MS Fram, and free air from New York's JFK or Newark's Liberty Int'l Airport, if booked by April 31, 2010. And to make it even more of a deal, Hurtigruten is allowing the discount to be combined with a two other offers: "10% Repeater Discount" - for passengers who sailed on any Hurtigruten ship in the past three years; and "AARP" - members receive a $50 shipboard credit; as do "AAA" members. Add-on airfares from dozens of North American gateways range from $100 to $600.

Included cruises are three "Greenland" September departures - discounted rates for suites are $5,649 to $9,314 per person, double; the 11-day, May 29 "Climate Pilgrimage" sailing to Northern Norway and the Arctic island of Spitsbergen -- $5,108 to $7,137 for suites (other cabin grades on this cruise enjoy a 15% reduction - no free air - $4,100 to $5,263); and a new European cruise -- “Baltic Adventure” -- a fascinating 11-day, roundtrip journey that takes in major sites in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Poland - suite fares are $4,325 to $5,522.

While guests see the effects of 'global warming' firsthand in Greenland, from both the deck of the luxury expedition ship and on shore, experts in numerous disciplines, including geology, weather, marine life, environment, history and culture, fill in the gaps of their understanding of this ice-encrusted ancient land. Passengers take in sights and scenery little changed in 5,000 years while moving from village to village, as well as spend time ashore, meeting and sharing time with the local population. Scenic highlights include Eqip Sermia Glacier, a huge wall of ice that calves directly into the sea; towering icebergs in Disko Bay and at the mouth of Jakobshavn Ice Fjord, a World Heritage Site; and Jakobshavn Glacier, the world’s most active glacier. Guided walking tours take in Inuit villages and towns, with tongue-twisting names – Qeqertarsuaq, Ukkusissat, Itelleq and Ilulissat – and illustrate how the friendly local populations flourish in one of the harshest climates on Earth.

Guests on Hurtigruten's "Climate Pilgrimage" visit research stations, track wildlife, participate in field studies and meet with some of the field's top climate research scientists during visits in Northern Norway and the Arctic island of Spitsbergen. The warming of the Arctic now allows vessels to cross the 80th parallel - something not possible less than 20 years ago. Walruses, whales and polar bears rule this region and the MS Fram will treat guests to a close look at the marginal ice-zone and its large yearly variations.

“Baltic Adventure showcases the variety, beauty and fairy-tale quality of the Baltic Sea. The 11-day adventure begins and ends in Norway's Oslo, exploring the city and visiting the museum that houses the original Fram - the only wooden-hulled ship to explore both poles, more than 100 years ago. Highlights include Sweden's Stockholm, known as the "Venice of the North"; Finland's Helsinki, boasting a lively marketplace, rich cultural life and architectural gems; St. Petersburg, Russia's cultural capital, home to the famed Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum; Estonia's capital city of Tallinn, a World Heritage Site due in large part to its 13th-century Toompea Castle and Kadriorg Palace; and Poland's port city of Gdynia, a sister site of the 1970 rebellion, and now an important center of commerce.

The 12,700-ton, eight-deck MS Fram, makes significant use of Greenland’s culture as inspiration for design while incorporating a striking Scandinavian feel. Suites include seating areas, some with two rooms, TV, mini-bar and queen-size beds. The ship boasts an Internet café, a large glass-enclosed observation salon offering panoramic views, restaurant with ocean views, wellness center with saunas, work-out room and two glass-screened heated outdoor whirlpools; a friendly and well-informed crew is ready to offer assistance and suggestions when asked.

All sailings include cabin category selected, three meals daily aboard ship, services of naturalist guides, specified land excursions and PolarCirkel excursions, ship transfers, government fees, cruise taxes and port charges. Airline fuel surcharges, air taxes and ticketing fees are additional.

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. Additional information on all of these adventures, as well as brochures and reservations, can be obtained from travel agents or Hurtigruten's visitor-friendly web site,;

Sunday, February 21, 2010

World of Residensea 2010 Cruises Outlined

February 3, 2010 – The World, the first and only private residential community at sea, first set sail in 2002 and has since visited over 250 countries. The vessel’s 2010 itinerary will offer Residents and Guests a year of thrilling journeys and excursions, including ports such as Bali , Egypt , Croatia , Portugal , Greenland , Argentina and the U.S. The World will cap off 2010 with a voyage in Antarctica , the coldest, driest, highest and windiest of the seven continents. Captains and Residents collectively determine the yearly itinerary based on personal interests and the best sea routes. Continuous worldwide journeys with a focus on extended stays, averaging 2.5 days in port, ensure that Residents and Guests have sufficient time to explore their favorite destinations.

When sailing aboard The World, all meals, select alcoholic beverages, gratuities and port charges are included. Guests who take part in the ship’s exceptional rental program are invited to customize their own sails or book planned excursions. A month-by-month breakdown of the itinerary follows:


After ringing in 2010 Down Under and sailing throughout Australia for the entire month of January, The World leaves its OZ adventure behind and sets sail to Indonesia . On February 5, the ship will dock at Komodo, a small island recognized by UNESCO as both a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, known for its diverse marine life and flesh-eating lizards. Travelers will visit three other Flores Sea isles before docking in enchanted Bali to mingle with the native Toraja people, observe the Lambusango Forest ’s renowned flora and fauna and unwind on the pristine beaches of Lombok . On February 19, the ship will set sail for Malaysia , a true melting pot of Asian and European cultures. From traditional stilt houses to modern skyscrapers and fishing villages to luxe island resorts, Malaysia ’s ports will satisfy all interests. After three days in Singapore , The World will travel to historic Melaka and Port Klang, the gateway to the capital of Kuala Lumpur .


After some time at Southeast Asia’s first UNESCO Global Geopark, Langkawi Island , the vessel will dock in Phuket for three days. On March 17, The World will begin her Andaman Sea journey, which boasts a schedule full of exotic destinations, such as Myanmar and extraordinary Maldives . Travelers will visit the revered hilltop pagoda, Shwedagon Paya, as Buddhist monks worship as well as observe Bagan’s 4,400 temples on the famed road to Mandalay . Before returning west to the sapphire Maldivian waters, voyagers will stroll the sands of Havelock Island at the Indian outpost of Port Blair. The month ends in the Maldives with the ever-popular Captain’s Choice, a planned – although unannounced – itinerary, highlighting the Captain’s favorite stops.


Aromas of teas and spices will fill the air on April 1 as The World approaches Cochin in the southern Indian state of Kerala. After a visit to the region’s Paradesi Synagogue, built in 1568, Residents and Guests will spend a few days onboard, as the ship navigates the Arabian Sea on its way to the Tropic of Cancer. The glittering city of Dubai will await them, offering a chance to indulge in the modern delicacies of this ever-expanding metropolis before leaving for Doha , Qatar . Departing for Safaga, Egypt on April 18, The World will remain at sea for one week, giving travelers ample opportunity to avail of the ship’s exceptional onboard amenities, such as the first Banyan Tree Spa at sea, state-of-the-art golf simulator, exceptional cuisine and of course, unrivaled ocean vistas. April’s last port, Al Aqaba, Jordan, will lure Residents and Guests with its expansive deserts, numinous Byzantine and Crusader history and world-class resorts.


Traversing the Suez Canal and its assorted lakes, The World will continue its Egyptian journey as it docks in Alexander the Great’s home of Alexandria on May 3. Highlights will include the stunning Bibliotheca Alexandria and the fascinating Catacombs of Kom el Shaqafa. The next two weeks will be spent navigating the azure waters of the Greek Isles and Dalmatian Coast . After surveying the glistening white buildings of Santorini and the rural lifestyle of Apiranthos, the vessel will navigate the Aegean shore. On May 19, The World will visit Kotor; the UNESCO World Heritage site often deemed “the jewel of Montenegro ,” before heading to the cerulean waters of the Croatian Isles. On May 25, Residents and Guests will arrive in Venice , Italy , the reigning queen of the Adriatic .


The month of June will be filled with warm sun, authentic Mediterranean cuisine and award-winning wines, as The World visits the rural and metropolitan ports of Italy , France and Spain . The ship will begin in Siracusa on June 4, a destination known for its magnificent Greco-Roman ruins and fresh,

local produce and seafood. After a two-day Captain’s Choice, travelers will arrive in Rome to explore its famed architecture, masterful cuisine and trend-setting fashion culture. After stopping in romantic Portofino , The World will spend the next week in France , making stops in Nice, Antibes and Collioure, to visit historic landmarks such as the Hôtel du Cap-Eden Roc. On June 22, The World will arrive in Spain to visit destinations including Barcelona , Minorca, Alicante and an additional Captain’s Choice.


The World will arrive in Portugal on July 5, after docking in remaining Spanish ports, Marbella and Cadiz . Residents and Guests will be invited to roam the winding alleyways of Lisbon before departing for the Basque port of Hendaye . Those with a fondness for the grape will eagerly await The World’s next destination – a three-night stay in Bordeaux . Travelers can explore the region’s rolling hills, abundant wineries and UNESCO World Heritage site, Old Bordeaux. Further up the coast lies La Rochelle , one of the last cities in France to be freed during WWII and Belle-lle , Brittany ’s largest island. Tying up in Southampton , England on July 26, The World will spend some time in the region’s renowned, pastoral South West. Recognized for its rich literary history and lush greenery, Dartmouth and Fowey are home to the Britannia Royal Naval College and the Eden Project, the world’s largest green house.

The month of August is dedicated to the United Kingdom and Ireland , affording Residents and Guests the chance to explore English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh cities and countryside. After spending time at the annual Cardiff Festival and exploring the castles and bike trails of Wales , travelers will cross St. George’s Channel into the Irish Sea en route to Ireland ’s dynamic capital of Dublin . Time in the city’s animated pubs will conjure tales of its rich literary past before departing for Douglas on the Isle of Man , noted for its tail-less felines, prehistoric settlements and antique trains. The ship will dock in Liverpool on August 16, providing Residents and Guests four days to experience the UNESCO-recognized sites and vibrant art scene. Final stops will include Glasgow and Oban. The ship will depart Scotland on August 25 and end the month in the Faroe Islands and Iceland ’s capital city of Reykjavik .

Those will a love for nature and history will enjoy September aboard The World, as it travels to Greenland and the Labrador Sea . The Greenland Expedition, from September 3 to 14, will present an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the globe’s largest island, its rich Nordic and Paleo-Eskimo history, abundant wildlife and stunning scenery. The “birthplace of the icebergs,” Greenland is teeming with whales, seals, walruses, polar bears, reindeer and more. The ship will visit sites only accessible by small boat, such as the capital city of Nuuk . Travelers will dock in

cosmopolitan Quebec City on September 21 and French Canada’s largest city of Montreal on September 24, where unexpected sights include the extensive Underground City and surfers catching waves below the Habitat 67 housing complex. September will end in Nova Scotia ’s capital, Halifax , recognized for its rich maritime heritage.


The World will arrive in Boston , Massachusetts on October 3, marking the vessel’s first visit to the U.S. in over a year. After walking the Freedom Trail or watching a Red Sox game in Fenway Park , Residents and Guests will depart for Newport , Rhode Island , one of New England ’s great coastal cities. A stint in New York City will follow – certainly an autumn destination not to be missed – providing ample opportunity to stroll through Central Park or catch a Broadway show. Undoubtedly in need of warm sun and pink sands, travelers will depart for Bermuda on October 13 to visit Hamilton and St. George’s , before returning to the U.S. on October 21. Residents and Guests will continue their journey along the Eastern Seaboard, to dock in Baltimore , Maryland ; Charleston , South Carolina ; and Savannah , Georgia – all incredibly historic, modern-day culinary destinations in their own right. The month will end with higher temperatures in Port Canaveral, Florida , gateway to the Kennedy Space Center and Orlando .


The World begins the month in the Bahamian paradise of Nassau , the first of its seven sunny November ports. After a well-deserved week of onboard relaxation in Fort Lauderdale and at sea, the ship will arrive in the second-oldest city in America , San Juan , Puerto Rico . Once completely enclosed by massive walls, the town center boasts charming cobblestone streets, well-preserved Colonial buildings, cozy cafes and vibrant boutiques. The Caribbean holiday will continue on the small, exclusive island of St. Barthelemy , where mega-yachts fill the harbor and bistros and galleries fill the shore. On November 15, The World will dock in Bridgetown , affectionately known as “Little England.” Although complete with its own Trafalgar Square , cricket matches and afternoon tea, Residents and Guests will not be fooled when they look down, to the illustrious pink sand at their feet. Soon crossing the equator, travelers will find themselves in Brazil , where the remainder of November will be spent in ports that embody the region’s unmistakable African influence – Belém, Salvador and Búzios.

2010 will come to an end with an array of exciting holiday destinations. The Brazilian adventure will continue as the vessel ventures to the modern metropolis of Rio de Janeiro and Costa Verde, a cobblestoned, car-free zone with churches and homes of centuries past. Further down the coast lies Punta del Este, Uraguay’s version of Cannes . On December 13, after spending time in the southernmost capital of South America, Montevideo , the ship will depart for Argentina . From Buenos Aires to the coast of Patagonia , Residents and Guests will trace the route of Charles Darwin on the Beagle Channel. Those in search of a winter wonderland will want to stay onboard from December 25 to 30 for the year’s final Expedition to Antarctica . The only continent with no indigenous population, Antarctica ’s existence remained theoretical for centuries, despite numerous attempts at discovery. Penguins and seals will float alongside The World on sculpted icebergs as vacationers access the land via kayaks and Zodiacs

In 2011, The World will visit another collection of exciting destinations, including Chile , Peru , Ecuador , Panama , Barbados , Nevis , Portugal , Sweden , Russia , Portugal , Monaco , Madagascar , South Africa and more. For more information on The World and a complete port-by-port itinerary for 2010 and beyond, please visit



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Saturday, February 20, 2010

P&O's New Azura's Maiden Voyage Set.

February 8th, 2010 - International opera star, Russell Watson, and a host of other famous British faces will perform for passengers on the maiden voyage of the latest and most sophisticated addition to the P&O Cruises fleet, Azura.

Multi-million album selling Watson often referred to as ‘The Voice’, will perform a selection of famous hits from throughout his career.

Star of British musical theater, Gary Wilmot will have passengers ‘waving their jazz hands’ as he performs, along with Mike Alexander, an evening of music and witty reflections on a half century of careers at the top of their profession.

TV personality, and cruise ship favourite, Claire Sweeney will be joining the maiden voyage line up to add a touch of West End theatre glamour.

P&O Cruises managing director, Carol Marlow said: “Azura will offer the classic service, quality and entertainment associated with cruising at its best. Those of us traveling on her maiden cruise will be treated to an array of excellent British entertainment to start Azura’s inaugural season in style.”

Further acts are still to be confirmed for the maiden voyage. Azura’s 16-night maiden voyage departs Southampton on Monday 12 April 2010, calling at Malaga, Katakolon, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Venice, Korcula and Gibraltar. Prices start from £1,502 per person*.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Culinary Experts Take Part in Holland America Culinary Arts Program

February 8, 2010 Taking top chefs from kitchens and restaurants all around the world and inviting them aboard Holland America Line ships, the line’s Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, continues to expand in popularity. This year, more than 65 guest culinary experts are participating in the hugely successful program. Culinary notables this season include Bravo-TV’s “Top Chef” contender, Nikki Cascone; Mark Bittman, food columnist for The New York Times and award-winning cookbook author; and Keith Coburn, television personality of the hit series, “Deadliest Catch.”

“Because the Culinary Arts Center is such a hit, we will continue to expand the program and provide our guests with the enriching culinary experiences that have made it so successful,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. “For those who love to cook and cruise, there is no more enjoyable vacation experience than taking over a fully stocked and equipped professional kitchen with an expert chef as guide.”

Holland America Line’s award-winning celebrity chefs and experts in the 2010 season include:

  • Dean James Max, executive chef of 3030 Ocean (FL) aboard ms Westerdam, March 28-April 4.
  • Marisol Koczal Simon, culinary educator, author and chef aboard ms Prinsendam, April 9-26.
  • Lon Symensa, executive chef, Buddakan (NYC), winner of the 1996 US Culinary Olympic team and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America sailing on ms Eurodam, May 9-19.
  • Martin Blunos, UK television personality and chef sailing on ms Eurodam, May 29-June 8.
  • Lars Kronmark, executive chef instructor at The Culinary Institute of America (CA) aboard the inaugural sailing of ms Nieuw Amsterdam, July 4-14.
  • Tre Wilcox, executive chef, culinary educator and Top Chef contender, aboard ms Statendam, July 25-Aug. 1.
  • Bryan Caswell, chef / owner, Reef and Little Bigs ( Houston , TX ), sailing aboard ms Prinsendam, Aug. 8-18.
  • Barbara Lynch, James Beard Award Winner, recipient of Food & Wine Magazine’s “Ten Best New Chefs” award, executive chef and owner of Number 9 Park ( Boston ), sailing aboard ms Noordam, Sept. 18-28.
  • Paul McCabe, executive chef, L’Auberge (Del Mar, CA), winner of the Golden Sceptre and Golden Baccus awards from the Southern California Restaurant Writers and named “rising star of American Cuisine” by the James Beard Foundation, sailing aboard ms Amsterdam, Oct.20-29.
  • Joey Campanaro, chef / owner, The Little Owl (NYC), aboard ms Amsterdam, Oct. 29-Nov.12.

In addition to partnering with Food & Wine to secure top experts, Holland America Line showcases its own culinary stars on more than 500 annual cruises. The line’s two cookbooks, “A Taste of Excellence” and “A Taste of Elegance,” written by Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, offer guests preparation techniques for some of Holland America ’s most delectable dishes and lavish libations as part of the Culinary Arts Center experience.

The line’s complimentary demonstration classes by award-winning chefs are only one element of the extensive culinary enrichment program. As part of Holland America ’s burgeoning enrichment activities, the program also features one-hour food-and-mixology demonstrations, wine tasting and party-planning sessions, ice carving and floral arranging workshops and hands-on cooking classes for kids. A new feature in the line’s culinary program is Dine with the Chef held in the Culinary Arts Center . A combination of a cooking demonstration and a fine-dining experience, guests sit at elegantly set tables and interact with the chef as he or she prepares a five-course dinner in which each served course is paired with an appropriate wine.

A permanently installed, state-of-the-art “show kitchen at sea,” the Culinary Arts Centers resemble the elaborate show kitchens used by celebrity chefs on television cooking programs. Each facility features a theater-style venue, with two large video screens to display overhead and close-up video views of food preparation, and a large cooking display counter where guests can learn from the masters. Culinary demonstrations are also filmed and aired on in-stateroom televisions. Holland America Line invested nearly $1 million per ship to create and install the Culinary Arts Center facilities. This investment is part of the company’s Signature of Excellence initiative which has invested more than $525 million to date in fleet-wide product and service enhancements.



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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Norwegian Cruise Line 2011/2012 Cruises

February 9, 2010 – Norwegian Cruise Line today announced its 2011/2012 summer deployment and itineraries with highlights including a new homeport in Europe; more capacity and newer ships to Bermuda from the Northeast; and a year-round commitment to New Orleans. In a first for the line in Europe, Norwegian Sun will homeport in Copenhagen offering nine-day cruises to the Baltic. Continuing its ongoing commitment to Bermuda, the company is deploying Norwegian Gem from New York for the first time and Norwegian Dawn from Boston . In addition, Norwegian Spirit will homeport year-round in New Orleans, home to the 2010 Super Bowl Champions the New Orleans Saints, representing the first time the company will homeport a ship year-round in the Crescent City.

These cruises go on sale to Norwegian’s top travel partners and Latitudes members (past guests) today, February 9, 2010, and to the general public on Thursday, February 11. Norwegian is currently offering a 50 percent reduced deposit for all bookings made fleetwide through February 14, 2010. In addition, for all cruises booked to Europe , the line is offering up to a six category upgrade, if booked by February 14, 2010.

“Our summer 2011 deployment is filled with exciting itineraries and new choices, so that our guests can enjoy Freestyle Cruising to a variety of destinations around the world during the popular summer travel season,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian’s CEO.

In the Baltic, Norwegian Sun will sail from Copenhagen , Denmark , a new homeport for Norwegian, on 15 nine-day Baltic Capitals cruises. Ports of call include: Berlin (Warnemünde), Germany ; Tallinn , Estonia ; an overnight in St. Petersburg , Russia ; Helsinki , Finland and Stockholm (Nynashamn), Sweden .

In addition to Norwegian Epic’s deployment from Barcelona to the Western Mediterranean in the summer of 2011, Norwegian Jade, which currently sails year-round in Europe, will replace Norwegian Gem sailing from Venice on a seven-day Greek Isles cruise with ports of call including: Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Olympia (Katakolon), Greece . The ship will also sail a seven-day Adriatic, Greece and Turkey cruise with ports of call including: Dubrovnik, Croatia; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Ephesus (Izmir), Turkey and Split, Croatia. These sailings can be booked back-to-back for a 14-day cruise with no port repetition sailing to Greece , Italy , Croatia and Turkey .

Norwegian will continue its commitment to Bermuda, sailing two ships from the Northeast to Bermuda weekly from May through October calling on King’s Wharf. Norwegian Gem, one of Norwegian’s newest and largest Freestyle Cruising ships carrying 2,400 guests, will replace Norwegian Dawn sailing from New York on Sundays to Bermuda , staying for three full days. In Boston , the 2,224-passenger Norwegian Dawn will homeport there for the first time, replacing Norwegian Spirit which sailed from Boston for two years. The ship will depart on Fridays with three days in Bermuda .

For the first time in Norwegian’s history, the line will homeport year-round in the Big Easy with Norwegian Spirit sailing weekly seven-day Western Caribbean cruises from April 2011 through April 2012. The 2,000-passenger Norwegian Spirit will depart New Orleans every Sunday. Ports of call include Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico ; Roatán, Bay Islands , Honduras ; and Belize City , Belize . Norwegian has homeported cruise ships in New Orleans seasonally since 2003 with Norwegian Spirit there in the winter since 2007.

Norwegian Jewel, carrying 2,400 passengers, will continue her year-round deployment in New York sailing seven-day Bahamas & Florida cruises departing on Saturdays through April 2012. Ports of call include: Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida ; Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian’s private island) and Nassau , Bahamas . Norwegian Jewel will offer Nickelodeon™ at Sea, exclusively on Norwegian Cruise Line, with Nickelodeon-themed family programming on all of its sailings. Guests will have the opportunity to experience character meet and greets; interactive game shows; and more.

Also from New York beginning in December 2011 through April 2012, Norwegian Gem will sail a series of weekly seven-day Bahamas & Florida cruises, departing on Sundays, with stops in Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida; Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian’s private island) and Nassau, Bahamas.

In Alaska , both Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Star will return, sailing seven-day Glacier Bay and Sawyer Glacier cruises respectively, both from Seattle , Washington . Norwegian Pearl’s weekly Glacier Bay cruises depart on Sundays and will sail through Alaska ’s Inside Passage with ports of call including: Juneau , Skagway and Ketchikan , Alaska ; and Victoria , British Columbia . Norwegian Pearl will also sail a seven-day Alaska & Sawyer Glacier cruise from Vancouver to Seattle on May 8, 2011 and a seven-day Glacier Bay cruise from Seattle to Vancouver on September 18, 2011. Norwegian Star’s weekly Sawyer Glacier cruises depart on Saturdays sailing through Alaska ’s Inside Passage with ports of call including: Ketchikan , Juneau and Skagway , Alaska ; and Prince Rupert , British Columbia . Norwegian Star will also sail a seven-day Sawyer Glacier cruise from Vancouver to Seattle on May 14, 2011 and a seven-day Sawyer Glacier from Seattle to Vancouver on September 17, 2011.

For the shorter cruise option, Norwegian Sky will continue sailing three- and four-day cruises to the Bahamas year-round from Miami through April 20, 2012. The three-day Bahamas cruise departs Fridays and includes stops in Nassau , Bahamas and Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas . On Mondays, the ship departs Miami on a four-day Bahamas cruise with stops in Grand Bahama Island , Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island; and Nassau , Bahamas .

To book one of these new itineraries, guests should contact a travel professional or Norwegian at 866-234-7350. Further information can be found online at

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 10 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed cruise vacation on the newest, most contemporary ships at sea.

Norwegian is presently building Norwegian Epic, the company’s largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship to date, for delivery in summer 2010. Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of Blue Man Group, debuting for the first time at sea on Norwegian Epic.



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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

7th New York Times Travel Show February 26th to 28th

February. 9, 2010 – The seventh annual New York Times Travel Show will be held Feb. 26 to 28, 2010, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The Travel Show will feature nearly 500 exhibitors representing more than 150 countries. The Show will take place in the main hall located on the south side of the Javits Center. The focus of the event is to encourage people to book vacations for a wide variety of trips, taking advantage of the on-site special offers available only at the Show. For more information, visit
American Express is the presenting sponsor of The New York Times Travel Show through 2011. As a founding sponsor, American Express has participated in the show since its inception.
This year’s Travel Show will showcase a variety of travel and vacation opportunities for consumers of all types: those traveling solo, as a couple or taking the whole family; those looking for budget or luxury trips; and those looking for relaxation and wellness trips or seeking adventure travel. The common thread will be the opportunity for consumers to book any type of vacation during the show, taking advantage of all the special promotions.

The New York Times Travel Show is one of North America’s premier travel shows attracting a unique global representation of the world’s leading tourism markets including Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Mexico, South America and the United States. At this year’s event, travel experts including Arthur and Pauline Frommer, Valerie D’Elia, Patricia Schultz and Stephanie Abrams will take questions and offer tips at on-site seminars. Specialty travel pavilions will include those for Adventure Travel, Family Fun, Products and Services, Vacation Home Rental and Cruises.

American Express is delighted to return as the presenting sponsor of The New York Times Travel Show for the seventh year in a row,” said Claire Bennett, senior vice president and general manager, American Express Travel. “As a travel industry leader, we especially enjoy the excitement and enthusiasm for travel that the show generates year after year among travel professionals and consumers, particularly in these challenging times. And each year, the Travel Show provides an invaluable opportunity for American Express to showcase the best-in-class travel benefits we offer Card-members and travel agency partners.”

“Each year, thousands of consumers come to the Javits Center for our annual Travel Show,” said Yasmin Namini, senior vice president, marketing and circulation, The New York Times. “With plenty of opportunities for booking trips, exclusive discounts and entertainment from around the world, the show has become a highly anticipated event for both consumers and the travel trade. We are delighted to welcome back American Express as our presenting sponsor for this year’s event.”
The show features discounts and entertainment for families, singles, couples and seniors, including:
  • Exclusive Travel Discounts. The New York Times Travel Show offers vacation discounts and travel packages from nearly 500 sponsors and exhibitors. Visitors can take advantage of these on-site-only offers on the Travel Show floor. Visit for more details.

  • International Dance and Live Music on the Hudson. Enjoy entertainment and special live performances from around the world including Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández, presented by the Mexico Tourism Board; salsa time with Danza Fiesta, presented by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company; the sounds of romantic hula music, presented by the Kaua’i Visitors Bureau; the Latvian National Dance Group “Jumis,” presented by the Embassy of Latvia; and the New York Gypsy All-Stars Band presented by the Turkish Culture and Tourist Office.
  • International Food and Wine Tastings. Doug Duda, A&E International Network’s “The Well-Seasoned Traveler” will host tastings and provide tips for the culinary traveler. Chefs, writers, sommeliers, wine makers and culinary guides will take the audience on a delicious journey featuring demonstrations and samples of favorite food and drink adventures. Some of the weekend’s delicious events include a poori tasting presented by India Tourism; a sweets-lover’s tour of Italy with author Francine Segan, sponsored by and Brescia Tourism; A sampling of Ukrainian traditional cuisine presented by Veselka restaurant and Travel to Ukraine; a wine sampling presented by South Africa Tourism; a sampling of tequila brought to you by the Mexico Tourism Board; and a special cooking demonstration by Cecilia Rebong, Consul General of the Philippines, presented by the Philippine Department of Tourism.
  • “Wild Things: Live!” SeaWorld Orlando is known for immersing guests in the mysteries of the sea, while Busch Gardens Tampa Bay offers exotic encounters with the African continent. Join our animal educators as they share entertaining conservation information and introduce exotic animals including penguins, an American alligator, a lemur, a kookaburra, a Burmese python, a bearded dragon and a baby kangaroo. SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove have dedicated more than four decades to ensuring that we all can enjoy one wild world for many years to come.
  • Travel Seminars with the Experts. Want to learn about the hottest vacation spots? What are the best travel bargains for the year ahead? What are the top undiscovered sites in the world’s favorite vacation destinations? These are just some of the topics that will be covered in more than 20 consumer seminars held throughout the weekend. Speakers will include a panel from The New York Times Travel section including contributor Jennifer Conlin, and columnists Matt Gross and Michelle Higgins in conversation with editor Stuart Emmrich; NY1 News’s Valarie D’Elia; TV personality and travel advisor for, Julia Dimon; travel experts and WOR Radio personalities Arthur and Pauline Frommer; host of PBS’s “Travelscope” Joseph Rosendo; and the international best-selling author of “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” Patricia Schultz.
  • Advice for Travelers with Special Interests. A panel of women’s travel experts focusing on destinations, tips, safety and savings for the female traveler will be moderated by April M. Merenda of Gutsy Women Travel. Get faith-based travel ideas from World Religious Travel Association president and author Kevin J. Wright. Freelance travel editor Ed Salvato, author Jeff Guaracino and Tom Nibbio of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association will share information on planning your next GLBT vacation.
  • Be a Diver. Learn to scuba dive in the 5,000-gallon Be A Diver scuba pool on-site at the Show. Families, couples and children over 10 years of age will have a chance to try scuba diving with local certified diving instructors. All of the diving equipment, wetsuits, fins, towels, mirrors and a hair dryer will be provided on-site. Be A Diver is a Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) program.
  • Family Fun. The New York Times Travel Show is a terrific place to have fun while planning your next family getaway. Scale a 24-foot rock climbing wall sponsored by Skytop Lodge and the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. Learn the soccer-inspired Diski Dance in time for the 2010 World Cup Championship in South Africa. Enjoy the sounds of the Lithuanian Children’s Choir sponsored by GoBaltic Europe. The Tourism Authority of Thailand will offer a Thai boxing demonstration. Join Walt Disney Pictures for a reading of Alice in Wonderland,” the book that inspired the new Tim Burton movie in theaters this March.
  • Win a vacation getaway. Jamaica beaches, a Tanzania safari and Saborea Puerto Rico, San Juan’s annual culinary extravaganza, are just some of the vacations attendees can register to win while at the Show.
  • Travel Tips from Radio Host Stephanie Abrams. Meet Stephanie Abrams, travel expert and host of the nationally syndicated radio shows “Travelers411” and “Travel With Stephanie Abrams!” Visit Stephanie’s booth on the show floor where she will broadcast live and attendees can register to win travel prizes including a five-night San Francisco vacation. Stephanie’s seminars will also offer insight into the latest airport security, customs, immigration, duties and baggage regulations as well as castle-hopping in Ireland.
  • Book Signings with Leading Travel Authors. Borders will host an on-site bookstore where attendees can purchase many of the latest travel guides, meet authors, ask for travel advice or get an autographed book.
The 2010 Travel Show will launch with a Trade Day for industry professionals on Feb. 26, offering seminars, workshops and a preview of the show floor followed by an industry reception on the floor. This year’s Travel Industry Conference features 34 seminars with over 50 top industry executives in seven targeted conferences. The seminars will provide a comprehensive overview of the travel industry to travel agency owners, managers, line agents and home-based agents as well as meeting planners.

American Express is the presenting sponsor of The New York Times Travel Show. The supporting sponsors are AM Resorts and Norwegian Cruise Line. South African Tourism and Travel Alberta are contributing sponsors. Agent@Home, TravelPulse, Travel Agent Academy and VacationAgent are the trade sponsors.,, MVP/NY, national talk show host Stephanie Abrams, Time Out New York Kids, Travel Tribe, Travel World and WOR Radio710AM are media partners. The industry sponsors are Adventure Society; Africa Travel Association; American Society of Travel Agents; Appalachian Mountain Club, New York - North Jersey Chapter; Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa; Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association; Caribbean Tourism Organization; Cruise Lines Industry Association; International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association; MailPound; Meeting Professionals International, Greater New York Chapter; Long Island Rail Road; Metro-North Railroad; Metropolitan Transit Authority; National Association of Career Travel Agents; Outside Sales Support Network; Pacific Asia Travel Association; Society of American Travel Writers Northeast Chapter; Specialty Travel Agents Association; Tourism Cares; Tripology; and United States Tour Operators Association.

Admission to the show is $15 with a $5 discount if tickets are purchased with an American Express Card. Children under 18 are admitted free. Public show hours are Saturday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For advance ticket purchase and a list of exhibitors please visit Tickets can also be purchased by calling 888-625-4359.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Princess Cruises Adds 20 New Alaskan Shore Excursions

(February 9, 2010) – This year Princess Cruises offers passengers some fresh ways to experience Alaska up close and personal with a variety of new shore excursions for the summer. Among the 20 new options is a unique opportunity to join a scientific expedition while in Juneau to help study climate change and wildlife behavior patterns.

Passengers can also get closer to the dramatic glaciers of Tracy Arm, pilot their own zodiac on a tour of Ketchikan or enjoy the opportunity for animal encounters at a film trainer’s wildlife park. These new options join Princess’ extensive shore excursion program, which currently offers 215 different Alaska tour options for passengers starting in May.

“Alaska offers so many thrilling experiences for visitors – there’s beautiful scenery nearly everywhere you turn, great opportunities to encounter wildlife, an intriguing Native culture, and of course the towering glaciers,” said Charlie Ball, president of Princess Tours. “These new excursions showcase some of the many wonders available throughout this amazing state, and offer visitors a number of ways to get a very personal Alaska vacation.”

New tours available to Alaska passengers this summer include:

Whales & Glaciers Citizen Science Adventure (Juneau) – This unique tour will give participants a taste of what it’s like to be a research scientist in the wilds of the Last Frontier. Passengers join a science-based excursion giving them the opportunity to participate in a GPS time-lapse photo project at the Mendenhall Glacier that documents the effects of climate change on the Juneau Icefield. Citizen scientists can also collect water samples, net plankton and record humpback whale and other marine wildlife behavior. This observational data will improve scientists’ understanding of the many variables that affect Alaska’s marine ecosystem. In addition, passengers will enjoy a whale-watching cruise, with guaranteed whale sightings.

Back Country Zodiac Expedition (Ketchikan) – Passengers can be their own captain for the day as they skipper their custom-built motorized inflatable along the coastline of Revillagigado Island for a unique Alaska adventure. Participants will follow their guide on a journey that explores Native culture with a view of Saxman Native Village, and a search for wildlife such as bears, eagles, whales, seals and more. The group guide will explain the area's history, geology, culture and ecology.

Alaska Wildlife Park (Princess Exclusive – Skagway) – Visitors can meet many types of animals at the Kroschel Films Wildlife Park Center. The park is run by trainer Steve Kroschel who has a lifetime of experience working with wild animals for movies such as "Never Cry Wolf" and the PBS "Wild America" series. His center provides a home for numerous orphaned wild animals including wolves, Arctic fox, lynx, porcupine, pine marten, mink, reindeer and wolverines. Guests will enjoy hands-on, face-to-face encounters and intimate close-up photography of many of these animals as they learn about the behavior of these intriguing creatures and gain an understanding of the time and trust required to train them.

Whales, Bears & Glaciers Adventure (Princess Exclusive – Juneau) – This excursion offers an opportunity to experience the perfect Alaska trifecta: whale watching, bear viewing and a scenic flight over the glaciers of the Juneau Icefield. Visitors will see two of Alaska’s most impressive creatures with a whale watching cruise that guarantees sightings, plus a bear search at a salmon-bearing stream. The tour caps off with a flight over the Juneau Icefield and the Mendenhall Glacier on the way back to town.

Tracy Arm Fjord & Glacier Explorer (Juneau) – Sapphire Princess passengers have a new way to get a close-up look at the glaciers of Tracy Arm as they cruise aboard a luxurious, high-speed catamaran for an in-depth exploration of the twin Sawyer Glaciers. The adventure begins just before Sapphire Princess reaches the entry to Tracy Arm, as participants board their catamaran directly from the ship. After viewing glaciers from a much closer vantage point than is possible from a cruise ship, they will travel to Juneau to rejoin Sapphire Princess.

Adventure Park & Zip Lines (Skagway) – Thrill-seeking passengers can walk along raised balance beams, cross suspension bridges and fly through the air on a series of zip lines with this adventurous excursion. The exciting course will keep passengers challenged and exhilarated as they soar through the air on a series of six zip lines through the lush Alaska canopy.

Juneau Jeep Adventure (Princess Exclusive) – Visitors can experience Juneau's most scenic and historic locales in the rugged comfort of a Jeep Wrangler for a small group adventure. A diver/guide will take each group on a tour through Juneau, to a scenic view of Mendenhall Glacier and other local sites, ending with a stop at the award-winning Alaskan Brewing Company for a final taste of Juneau.

Mendenhall Glacier Helicopter & Salmon Bake Combo (Princess Exclusive – Juneau) – This unique tour combination gives passengers a stunning aerial view of the famed Mendenhall Glacier plus the chance to feast on wild Alaska salmon. Participants will enjoy a glacier landing where they can explore the glacier’s surface and learn how glaciers form, flow and shape the landscape. Once they’ve worked up an appetite, visitors join the salmon bake festivities for an all-you-can-eat meal.

Historical Ketchikan Walking Tour (Princess Exclusive) – Visitors can gain a unique understanding of Ketchikan and its Tlingit culture on this guided walking tour of Alaska's "First City." Led by a former city mayor of Tlingit descent, the tour offers personal knowledge of the many changes Ketchikan has experienced over the years. Visitors will also learn the significance of totem poles within Native culture, see the former red light district, and visit a salmon ladder to see the incredible journey salmon endure as they return to their spawning ground.

Bear Country & Wildlife Expedition (Ketchikan) – Passengers can view black bears in their natural habitat on a wildlife experience just a short drive from downtown Ketchikan. Participants will enjoy a nature walk on their way to a stream where more than 100,000 Pacific salmon return each year to spawn. Large concentrations of bears and other wildlife gather to feed on the huge runs of salmon. In addition to the bears, bald eagles wait for scraps, while mink, marten and wolf frequent the area, and seals can usually be seen feeding on the bountiful fish harvest.

Behind the Scenes at Butchart Gardens (Victoria) – One of Victoria’s premiere attractions, Butchart Gardens is a beautiful place to explore independently. However, with this tour, guests have the unusual opportunity to go beyond the usual self-guided visit, and enjoy an exclusive in-depth guided tour behind the scenes. Visitors will learn the history of the gardens and explore the Mediterranean Garden and botanist’s greenhouse, plus see a demonstration by the gardens’ ceramics master as he displays his skills in flower-pot making.

All Alaska shore excursions are currently available for pre-reservation. Passengers who are already booked on an Alaska cruise can reserve their tours by logging on to the Cruise Personalizer on, to ensure they get the excursions of their choice. As many tours fill up quickly, passengers are encouraged to make selections as early as possible.



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