A warm greeting to all my faithful readers and to those of you joining for the first time. I wish you many happy, healthy and prosperous days in this brand new year. May the year be filled with many sunny days, warm ocean breezes, visits to cruise ports, and relaxing sea days aboard a cruise ship.
Celebrity Reflection - fall, 2012
Disney Fantasy - April, 2012
MSC Fantastica - May, 2012
In the upcoming months, several cruise lines will be introducing new ships. Carnival Corporation is completing the 2 ship Carnival Magic class when Carnival Breeze sets sail in springtime. Celebrity Cruises completes the popular Solstice-Class with the introduction of Celebrity Reflection in the fall. Disney Dream gets a sister this year in April when Fantasy joins the fleet. MSC Cruises will introduce a new ‘Fantasia’ class cruise ship (technically called U32), and the 12th in the MSC Cruises fleet this year.
Selecting the Right Ship
These new ships add capacity to these cruise lines and give you additional options. Besides new ships, existing ships are getting face-lifts with new features being added, primarily based on passenger feedback and acceptance of the features on recent ship builds on the same or other cruise lines.
Just like picking a hotel room for a land-based trip, you can also apply your preferences to the cruise ship which will serve as your floating hotel. Some people prefer small ships while others only sail on the newest and largest vessels. With the increasing number of ship modifications and additions, we are confident that your want list can be satisfied. We can help you narrow the field to those ships that meet your needs.
Completing Your Bucket List
What is on your bucket list of destinations or cruise ships?
Is 2012 the year you plan to complete a trip from that list? Whether it's a far away exotic destination like Asia, Australia, and the South Pacific or something close-by like Bahamas and the Caribbean, you'll find a cruise ship sailing to your ports of call of choice.
Land or Sea ...Choice is Yours
We still feel strongly that cruising is the best vacation value, but we realize there are times when you want more time in the destination or some other reason compels you to select land-based travel.
Resorts & Tours Overview
For those that aren't aware, we can assist you with all your travel needs, not just cruise vacations. We have partnered with some of the premier travel providers to offer Resort Deals in addition to independent travel.
One thing you should also know is that the cruise lines have heard you and are offering overnight and longer stays in several ports of call, so you don't necessarily need to chose land to be immersed in a destination. Azamara Club Cruises is one cruise line that can take you to lands that her big sister lines, can't and offer extended stays in the various ports of call.
New Year Resolutions
It's that time of year to make New Year resolutions. Some of you will decide to make changes in your lifestyle which will improve your health - such as healthy eating or exercising. For those that haven't been on a cruise before, that doesn't mean you have to forgo your trip. There are full-service spas and fitness centers on most cruise ships and healthy menu choices available throughout the day. Cruise lines will be happy to accommodate any special dietary requirements - just be sure to tell your cruise specialist at the time of booking so that notes can be put on your reservation.
We hope that you add a resolution to take some time for yourself to regenerate. Plan some vacation time on a cruise ship or at one of the many resort destinations. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified of special offers in the upcoming months.
The Sea is Calling ...