Sunday, January 31, 2010

More EPIC Itineraries Unveiled

Norwegian EPIC - Courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line

Introducing the new
Norwegian Epic Itineraries
for 2011-2012


Norwegian Epic to Set Sail in Europe

Imagine sailing aboard the largest, most advanced Freestyle ship ever built to
the Western Mediterranean from Barcelona, Spain. You could be there, aboard Norwegian Epic, taking in her state-of-the-art design, world-class restaurants, new wave accommodations and the most happening and sophisticated nightlife at sea. You could also be there as Norwegian EPIC crosses the Atlantic Ocean on her way to or from Europe.

    Norwegian Epic’s European itineraries

  • Seven-day Western Mediterranean voyages will sail from Barcelona, Spain
  • First sailings will begin May 2011 and continue through October 2011
  • Exciting nightlife options, including the first ever ice bar at sea
  • 17 dining options, sparkling pools, full-action casino, first-class spa and more
Following her inaugural season, Norwegian Epic will continue sailing her alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Miami, Florida through April 30, 2011. See previous article for details about Caribbean voyages:

Norwegian EPIC Itineraries Unveiled


Western Mediterranean Map

7-DAY WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN FROM BARCELONA

Ports of call include: Florence/Pisa (Livorno); Rome (Civitavecchia); Naples, Italy; and Palma, Majorca, Spain, along with two full days at sea

On May 7, 2011, the ship will depart Miami on an 11-day transatlantic crossing to Barcelona, Spain with one stop in Ponta Delgada, Azores. Upon her arrival in Barcelona on May 18, 2011, the ship will sail a four-day Western Mediterranean sailing with stops in Marseille, France and Palma, Majorca, Spain before beginning a series of 22 seven-day Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona through October 16, 2011.

She will then sail a 13-day transatlantic sailing from Barcelona to Miami, Florida is scheduled for October 23, 2011 with stops in Ponta Delgada, Azores and St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Once back in Miami, Norwegian Epic will sail a series of 23 seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruises from November 5, 2011 through April 7, 2012.



Ports of call on the Eastern Caribbean itinerary include: Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas, along with two full days at sea.

Learn More about Norwegian EPIC
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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Princess Cruises Balcony Bonanza

Now Balcony Bonanza includes
Summer and Fall options!

Savings on 2010 Summer Caribbean, Europe and Alaska —
plus Fall Canada & New England cruises and cruisetours*

Whether you’re seeking the warm, tropical breezes of the Caribbean, Alaska’s natural beauty, the rich history of Canada & New England or the unforgettable scenery of Europe, you’ll enjoy the signature cuisine, welcoming service and exclusive amenities for which Princess is renowned.

7-day Balconies starting as low as $849*

Reserve your own balcony view
on a spectacular Princess Cruises®
vacation in 2010!

Canada & New England cruises and cruisetours have been added to Princess Cruises Balcony Bonanza promotion, giving you more chances to book that vacation you've always dreamed of. You can select between 2010 Europe, Canada & New England, Summer Caribbean and Alaska cruises and cruisetours.

Current Offers:


*click one of the links above for complete details
including terms & conditions


Hurry! Offers end Feb. 28th

There are several different categories of balcony staterooms on Princess cruise ships. The Oceanview Double With Balcony has Twin beds that make up into a queen-size bed. Sitting area with desk. Balcony. Refrigerator and TV. Spacious closet. Bathroom with shower. Approximately 217-248 square feet including balcony (cabin size may vary based on ship).

As the ship pulls into port, step onto your private balcony and get a first glimpse of your surroundings. Enjoy a cup of coffee or breakfast on your balcony as you wait for the ship to be cleared. Return from a day in port and relax on your balcony before dinner, or even have a romantic dinner on the balcony as you sail to the next port of call.

What's Your Balcony View ?

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Denali on Sale - Princess Cruisetours

Now up to 50% off Alaska vacations!
Savings on select 2010 Alaska cruisetours

If you could only go on one cruise in your lifetime, where would you go?

For many people, the answer to that question would be Alaska. They would also want to spend as much time there as possible, so they'd tell you they actually wanted to do a cruisetour so that they could explore the interior of Alaska.

Why Alaska?

The Last Frontier:
Alaska, admitted as the 49th state to the union is thought of as "America's Last Frontier" because of its distance from the lower 48 states and because of its rugged landscape and climate. Only 33% of the state has been organized into political units called boroughs.

Land of the Midnight Sun: During the summer, the sun never completely dips below the horizon in Alaska's northern locations. The sun is visible at midnight. Parts of Alaska are bathed in 24 hours of daylight.

Wild and Free: Have you ever seen a bald eagle in flight or perched high above in a tree watching for its next meal to swim by? Have you seen a whale wave its tail fin as it dives deep into the sea? What about a mama bear and her new born cub coming down the mountain side?

Alaska has five Regions: An Alaskan cruisetour will typically take you to at least two of these regions, the Inside Passage and the Interior. During your visit to the Inside Passage you'll see cities like Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka and you'll most likely visit one of the popular glacier attractions such as Glacier Bay or Hubbard Bay. In the Interior you'll see North America's largest peak, 20,320-foot Denali (Mount McKinley) during your stay within Denali National Park. Read more about Alaska Regions.

Princess Cruises Announced Cruisetour Savings

For a limited time, select cruisetours during the months of May and June, 2010, are on sale at up to 50% savings. Princess cruisetours range from 10- to 15-nights, including roundtrip options from Vancouver, B.C. and Seattle. You’ll spend four to eight days exploring the Alaskan wilderness, seven days sailing its pristine waterways, and every itinerary includes Alaska’s top two attractions – Denali and Glacier Bay National Parks. So you get to see the best of Alaska in one vacation! Fares start as low as $999 for a 10-night vacation!

Hurry - Offer Ends February 28th - Contact Me for Complete Details

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Viewing Galapagos Penguins by Zodiac

During our Celebrity Xpedition cruise to Galapagos, we boarded the zodiacs and headed for Bartolome Island. Here we observed Galapagos Penguins on the shore. I was in heaven since I'd never seen penguins in the wild before.

I hope you enjoy this video. Be sure to check out my other videos on YouTube as well as my Blog posts on our trip.

There are also some pictures posted on Our Cruise Vacations as well as on my Facebook Fan Page.


Saturday, January 23, 2010

NCL Freestyle Bonus Alaska & Panama Canal

ANY SAILING. ANY DESTINATION.
HURRY - OFFER ENDS MARCH 14
(And the best staterooms go first.)

The Year of the Freestyle Vacation

Norwegian Cruise Line continues their Year of the Freestyle Vacation celebration with the next of the Special Bonus offers. The current offer highlights their Alaskan and Panama Canal Cruises. Find Your Cruise

Alaska The Last American Frontier

Alaska is America's last great true frontier, an unspoiled wilderness of glimmering glaciers, abundant forests, towering mountains, exotic wildlife, and waterfront communities. Alaska is a destination full of Native American culture and Russian influence -- a step back in time to the days of gold rush saloons and oil booms. Alaska, simply put, is a once in a lifetime, dream vacation.

Have you ever seen America's national symbol, the Bald Eagle, up close? Or would you like to see a mother bear with her newborn cub? These are just a couple of the possibilities on an Alaska Cruise.

Panama Canal Engineering Marvel

In 1903, the United States began construction of the Panama Canal, one of the world's most amazing feats of modern engineering. It took 10 years, $387 million dollars, and tens of thousands of lives to build the 50 mile "ditch" connecting two continents!

Because they sail from the East Coast to the West Coast (or visa versa) a Panama Canal Cruise gives you the opportunity to see many of the same ports you may see on cruise to the Mexican Riviera, the Western Caribbean, or Southern Caribbean. It is almost like 4 cruises in one.

Select Alaska or Panama Canal or one of Norwegian Cruise Line's other destinations and do whatever you want whenever you want on a Freestyle Vacation.

*Offer valid through March 14, 2010. Two week bonus offer valid from 1/18/2010 to 1/31/2010. Minimum 2 category upgrade, maximum 6 category upgrade. One coupon booklet (value up to $400) per stateroom. Offer applies to 2010 sailings only. Restrictions apply. Contact your Cruise Consultant for complete details .NCL Itineraries

Friday, January 22, 2010

Royal Caribbean Free Upgrade

Royal Caribbean Offer (click for details)

Book an Oceanview for the Inside Price
or Book a Balcony for the Oceanview Price!

Recipe for a Great Cruise Vacation

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Grandeur of the Seas®, Serenade of the Seas®, Jewel of the Seas®, Enchantment of the Seas®, Mariner of the Seas®, Freedom of the Seas®, Voyager of the Seas®, Liberty of the Seas®, Adventure of the Seas®, Explorer of the Seas®, Radiance of the Seas®, Navigator of the Seas®

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Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, Southern Caribbean, Ultimate Caribbean & Panama, Bermuda, New England & Canada, Mexican Riviera, Bahamas

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Royal Caribbean Humanitarian Relief - Haiti


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Celebrity Cruises 10th Anniversary Alaska Cruisetours

Photos courtesy Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises
Alaska Cruisetours


“A Rare Glimpse into the Wild Interior”

Travel in luxury onboard Celebrity’s Millennium®, for a 7-night Northbound/ Southbound voyage along Alaska’s Inside Passage and beyond. Venture into the heart of Alaska onboard the Wilderness Express® custom, glass-domed train cars, and lodge at deluxe hotels in prime locations.

Alaska Cruisetour Map


By land and by sea, a Celebrity Cruisetour offers a truly unique Alaska Vacation – cruise, rail, and superb accommodations – so that your Alaska Experience is a true departure from the ordinary.

Why Select Celebrity Cruisetours?

Throughout the land portion, one of the dedicated Tour Directors will serve as a guide along the way for guests, acting as a direct point of contact throughout the program.

They travel on the motorcoaches, the Wilderness Express train cars and even overnight in the same hotels as the guests.

As an expert Guide and Historian, they provide narrative of Alaska’s history and culture. As Concierge, they facilitate all baggage requirements, hotel check-ins, recommend restaurants and arrange optional land excursions. Many of Celebrity's Tour Directors are Alaskans and have their own personal stories to tell.

Unlike competitors who charge up to $400 per person for an escorted cruisetour, Celebrity Tour Directors are already included with every Cruisetour. Be sure to consider this when comparing prices with other operators as guests are already getting a better value by booking their Alaska cruisetour with Celebrity.


Celebrity Millennium® 7-Night Northbound/Southbound Alaska

Ports of call include: Seward, Alaska · Vancouver, British Columbia · Hubbard Glacier (cruising) · Juneau, Alaska Skagway, Alaska · Icy Strait Point, Alaska · Ketchikan, Alaska · Inside Passage (cruising)

Onboard Credit $200 USD
Per Stateroom

Valid on select 3 to 7-Night Alaska Cruisetours
Fairbanks · Denali · Talkeetna · Anchorage · Alyeska
When you book between January 1 and March 31, 2010

As always, offers are subject to availability and may be capacity controlled and subject to other Cruise Line restrictions. When planning an Alaska cruise vacation, it is best to plan early. Keep in mind that the cruising season goes from May through September, so there are limited opportunities to visit the last frontier on a cruisetour.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

RSSC Voyager Baltic Offers

Photos courtesy Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Free Business Class Air
on Scandinavia & Russia Cruises


2-for-1 Fares Plus an Additional Savings of up to $1,000 Per Person

Included Air and Complimentary Shore Excursions


Regent Seven Seas takes you to the Baltic this year aboard the 700-guest, all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Voyager. Take advantage of special savings now through March 31, 2010 on one of the most enjoyable European destinations.

Enjoy a picturesque funicular ride and hiking tour to the top of Mount Floyen with magnificent views and photo opportunities of surrounding Bergen and beyond.

Relive Estonia's turbulent past and fight for freedom from Soviet oppression. Spend two days in St. Petersburg, Russia, viewing the ancient city's top attractions including opulent rooms and galleries covered in gilt and carved plaster.

Explore the many bridges of Stockholm or take a ferry to Vasa Museum to learn more about the Vikings and their ships. See magnificent waterfalls as your ship sails through the Norwegian Fjords.

These are just a sampling of the European adventures that await you on the Seven Seas Voyager. <more details>

Friday, January 15, 2010

Royal Caribbean Humanitarian Relief Haiti

Photo courtesy Royal Caribbean International

ROYAL CARIBBEAN
RESPONDS TO
HAITI EARTHQUAKE


On January 12, 2010, a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake struck 16 miles west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the capital of the country. Current estimates indicate that about three million people were affected by the quake with as many as 200,000 people believed to be dead. The earthquake caused major damage to Port-au-Prince significantly damaging or destroying most major landmarks, including the Presidential Palace.

For almost 30 years, Royal Caribbean International has been an important foreign investor in Haiti. Their private beach destination in Haiti, Labadee®, was undamaged by this week's massive earthquake in the country. This privately-run retreat offers passengers beaches, watersports, a Haitian flea market and a zip-line. Labadee® is the biggest provider of tourist revenue in the country and employs hundreds of Haitians.

Immediate Response to Earthquake

Royal Caribbean announced today its plans to provide at least $1 million in humanitarian relief to Haiti in response to the catastrophic earthquake. They will be partnering with charitable organizations such as Food for the Poor, Pan American Development Foundation, and the Solano Foundation, the company's foundation in Haiti to provide additional assistance to the people of Haiti. Royal Caribbean will also be delivering much needed goods and supplies to Haiti via their cruise ships.

The following ships will be delivering goods to Haiti, such as: rice, dried beans, powdered milk, water, canned goods and other supplies. When the supplies arrive in Labadee®, they will be transported to an offsite location to be distributed by Food for the Poor, a long time partner of Royal Caribbean in Haiti.

  • Independence of the Seas® - Friday, January 15th
  • Navigator of the Seas® - Monday, January 18th
  • Liberty of the Seas® - Tuesday, January 19th
  • Celebrity Solstice® - Friday, January 22nd
Royal Caribbean Itinerary Updates


Guests can Contribute

Guests sailing onboard Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises will be able to make a donation to Food for the Poor's Haiti Relief Fund, via a charge to their onboard account.

We are saddened by the devastation in Haiti this week and are concerned for those living and traveling there. As a service to our readers, here is a partial list of organizations that have offered assistance to the people of Haiti.

To learn how you can contribute immediately, visit one of the following websites:

www.foodforthepoor.org/royalcaribbean

Pan American Development Foundation

American Red Cross

Catholic Relief Services - Haiti

The United Nations World Food Program


The Salvation Army

Project HOPE

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Nickelodeon At Sea

Nickelodeon and Norwegian Cruise Line Partner

Ultimate Family Experience

Nickelodeon at Sea

Nickelodeon will be the featured family brand on Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Epic; Norwegian to Offer Annual Nickelodeon Specialty Cruise

Norwegian Cruise Line today announced a new partnership with Nickelodeon in which select Norwegian ships will feature Nickelodeon-themed family entertainment and programming all year long. Beginning in April on Norwegian Jewel and this summer on Norwegian Epic, Nickelodeon and Norwegian experiences for the entire family will include: character meet and greets; interactive game shows; and more.

The three-year partnership also includes select specialty Nickelodeon-themed cruises each year, featuring Nickelodeon TV stars, show premieres and continuous themed-entertainment on the ship.

Nickelodeon at Sea will launch on Norwegian Jewel when the ship begins sailing from New York in late April, and on Norwegian’s latest addition to its fleet, Norwegian Epic, when she launches in July.

Each cruise will feature live Nickelodeon-themed interactive shows, including: SlimeTime LIVE! with Nick’s signature slime; Nick Live! Poolside entertainment; character breakfasts and meet and greets; Nick-themed dance parties; and more. Nickelodeon-themed elements will also be incorporated into Norwegian’s Kids’ Crew program.

Special Nickelodeon-themed cruises will be offered annually. These unique cruises will include: special appearances by the Network’s live talent; show premieres; more live game shows; even more opportunities to visit with kids’ favorite Nick characters; and much more. The first of the Nickelodeon-themed specialty cruises is scheduled on Norwegian Jewel later this year. More details and an on sale date will be released soon.

Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

Studios for Solo Travelers on Norwegian EPIC

Photos courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line

Introducing Studio Accommodations


Norwegian Cruise Line Gives Solo Travelers a Reason to Cruise on Norwegian Epic

Innovative concept focuses on Studios specifically designed and priced for the solo traveler

Norwegian Epic's Studio staterooms are the first to be designed and priced for single occupancy.

Norwegian Cruise Line announced a completely new concept to make cruising more attractive to solo travelers on their new ship, Norwegian Epic, launching this July. Norwegian Epic's Studios are the first staterooms designed and priced for single occupancy in the industry.

These specially designed and priced Studio staterooms available on all of Norwegian Epic's sailings - with no single supplement - go on sale Monday, January 18, 2010.



Studio
Lounge



The Studios on Norwegian Epic are a private key-card access complex on two decks consisting of 128 staterooms and the Studio Lounge. The Studio staterooms are approximately 100 square feet of living space. They feature a contemporary design with a full-size bed and separate areas for the bathroom, sink and shower.

Studio guests have private access to the Studio Lounge where they can have a cup of coffee in the morning, meet up with fellow cruisers and plan their day or relax with a drink in the evening. Since many of the Studio staterooms are connecting, there is also the opportunity for friends to travel together while giving each their own private space.


Saturday, January 9, 2010

New Star Princess Deployments

Two popular 12-day Greek Isles sailings have been added for 2010

An Exciting Variety of European Itineraries for 2010

Princess Cruises 2010 program features more choices than ever before — 39 unique itineraries, nine of which are new — plus 11 new ports this season, seven of which are maiden calls, including Cephalonia, Khios, Itea (for Delphi), Koper (for Ljubljana), Nice, Lübeck (Travemünde) and Eidfjord.

Also see previous blog post: Princess Announces 2010 Europe Program

Travel back to civilization’s roots

Discover ancient lands and legendary cities on a magical 12-day Greek Isles voyage with Princess®. Sail between Venice and Rome on the spectacular Ruby Princess,® Crown Princess® or Star Princess®. You’ll visit Croatia’s walled seaside city of Dubrovnik, stroll the Parthenon at the Acropolis in Athens, and take in the timeless beauty of Rhodes, Santorini and Mykonos, plus an overnight in romantic Venice and much more.

Oct 29th and Nov 10th Added on Star Princess

Venice (Overnight), Dubrovnik, Corfu, Katakolon (for Olympia), Athens (Piraeus), Mykonos, Kusadasi (for Ephesus), Rhodes, Santorini, Naples (for Capri & Pompeii), Rome (Civitavecchia)

(Port order may vary depending on sail date)

Take an unforgettable gondola through the Venice's winding canals or a walk through its alleys and piazzas, and you’ll soon be under city’s spell just as visitors have been for centuries. Nearly every view in this picture–perfect city presents a new photo opportunity, from St. Mark’s Square to the Doge’s Palace, Venice is a feast for the senses. Imagine, that's just the start of your adventure.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth Float Out

Photos courtesy Cunard Cruise Line

Cunard’s President and Managing Director, Peter Shanks, was joined January 5th by 79-year-old Florence (Dennie) Farmer, honored as the “Madrina” to the third Queen Elizabeth at the float out of Cunard's latest ship. Dennie's husband, now deceased, joined Cunard in September 1938 and served as Chief Engineer on both the first Queen Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth 2 until his retirement in October 1979.

Two ceremonies were held at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard near Trieste, Italy. The first ceremony involved the welding of significant coins beneath the mast of Queen Elizabeth for good luck. Three coins were chosen – a half crown dated 1938 (the year the first Queen Elizabeth was launched), a sovereign dated 1967 (the year Queen Elizabeth 2 was launched) and a sovereign dated 2010 (to acknowledge the new Queen Elizabeth being floated out in 2010). After the coin ceremony, the new liner was blessed and a bottle of Italian prossecco was smashed against the hull by the Madrina. The valves of the dry dock were then opened and the liner met the water for the first time.

For more information about Queen Elizabeth, see previous article, Construction of Queen Elizabeth Begins. Queen Elizabeth’s Maiden Voyage, now sold out, will depart on Tuesday October 12, 2010. Her Maiden Season will run from October 2010 to January 2011 and include voyages to the Western and Central Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

Click here for information about itineraries and pricing on Queen Elizabeth.

For information about her maiden World Voyage, see Cunard 2011 World Voyages.




Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Silversea Silver Spirit Crosses Atlantic

Silversea Cruises
Silver Spirit


January 3, 2010: Maiden Transatlantic Voyage, Lisbon, Portugal
Always an important time for any oceangoing ship, a first transoceanic voyage announces the new vessel’s presence to the world. Silver Spirit makes this sailing during a 16-day “Maiden Crossing” from Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale.

Silversea Cruises Silver Spirit was delivered by Fincantieri shipbuilders on December 16, 2009. The 36,000 gross ton ship has 270 cabins making it the largest ship in Silversea's fleet. At the delivery, President Amerigo Perasso indicated that they hold an option for an additional sister ship to the Silver Spirit. We will keep an eye on this and let you know if that plan becomes a reality.

Highlights on the ship include six restaurants, including two that charge a fee, along with an Art Deco décor with lots of burgundy and dark woods. The ship’s official inaugural cruise departed December 23rd from Barcelona to Lisbon.

January 21, 2010 will be the next milestone date for the Silver Spirit as it will be christened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and depart on its 91-day “Grand Inaugural Voyage” to 45 ports in 20 nations including Brazil, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Mexico.

Additional information about Silver Spirit including itineraries can be found here.

If you like small ships, luxury accommodations and service, Silver Spirit or one of the other ships in the Silversea's fleet might be a good candidate for your next cruise.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Celebrity Cruises Exclusive January Sale


CELEBRITY CRUISES
The January offers have started to cross my desk. Here is advance notice to my followers about an exclusive WTH, CruiseOne, Cruises Inc. Celebrity Cruises offer. Choose from several of Celebrity Cruises fabulous itineraries aboard their award-winning ships, ranging from their smallest to their largest ships in the fleet.

Where would you like to go in 2010? Have you made a bucket list? What's on your list?
Perhaps the Mediterranean, the Baltic, Alaska, or Panama Canal ??? Somewhere warmer like Bermuda or the Caribbean ??? Check out these destinations and see which ones interest you.

Book an Ocean View stateroom or above on any mentioned Celebrity departure
and receive UP to $100 in Onboard Credit (per stateroom)
7 – 10 Night Itineraries - $50 Onboard Credit
11 + Night Itineraries - $100 Onboard Credit
Booking Window: January 7 – February 4, 2010


Celebrity Constellation®

7 Night Mediterranean
September 25; October 2, 2010

13 Night Westbound Panama Canal
February 28, 2010
12 Night Scandinavia/Russia
May 28, 2010

Celebrity Millennium®

10 Night Southern Caribbean
March 5, 26, 2010

14 Night Westbound Panama Canal
April 16, 2010

7 Night Alaska
May 14, 21, 2010

Celebrity Century®

12 Night Mediterranean
June 27; July 9; August 26: September 7, 2010

Celebrity Infinity®

14 Night Eastbound Panama Canal
April 11, 2010

Celebrity SolsticeSM

7 Night Eastern Caribbean
March 21, April 4, 18; May 2, 16, 2010

7 Night Western Caribbean
April 25; May 9, 23; June 6, 2010

Celebrity Mercury®

7 Night Alaska
August 29, 2010

11 Night Eastern Caribbean
October 18, 2010

Celebrity Summit®

7 Night Southern Caribbean
February 27, March 27; October 30, 2010

7 Night Bermuda
April 25; May 9, 30, 2010

7 Night Canada/New England
August 29, 2010

Contact me for complete details about this offer. For best selection, contact me early.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Dawn of a New Decade

10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1...Happy New Year !! All across the world from New York's Time Square to London, just before the clock struck twelve the usual countdown ushered out the old and welcomed in the new decade. Joy and celebration filled the air.

Just 10 years ago, the scene was quite different as people held their breath wondering what Y2K would bring. Would computers fail? We all know now that preparations by companies across the world prevented the majority of the anticipated problems. Computers did not fail, but late in the decade a new crisis surfaced hitting several industries including banking, auto, and housing.

As the clock struck twelve this time, there was a sense of hope that the new decade would bring an end to the economic woes. It will take some time to determine the outcome of changes made late in 2009, unlike the instant realization that all was well on that early morning in the year 2000.

The cruise industry has weathered the bad economic times and continued to deliver an outstanding value to consumers. Several new ships were added to fleets and more are due out in 2010. These new ships bring additional choices to consumers and help increase competition between the cruise lines.

These are exciting times for the cruise industry as a new wave of innovation has gone from the drawing board to reality. You may love or hate the new Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas, but you can't help but marvel at the technological accomplishments.

Celebrate the New Year with family and friends and get ready for an exciting decade. I hope that you have a healthy and prosperous New Year and that you'll be creating some new memories on a cruise ship before this year is a memory.