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, relaxing days at sea, and travel memories from travel destinations.
One of the highlights of the upcoming year is the year-long celebration of the National Park Service Centennial Anniversary. Globus Family of Brands is a long-standing partner with NPS. A portion of each tour vacation is given back to the NPS.
Globus offers GoParks tours including a special 103-day tour called Centennial Celebration: 100 Days of GoParks!. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime vacation that takes travelers, quite literally, from Sea to Shining Sea.
New Ships in 2016
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In the upcoming months, several cruise lines will be introducing new ships. The first cruise ship of 2016 will be Holland America Line's ms Koningsdam, which will launch in February. Viking Ocean's, second entry into ocean cruising, Viking Sea, will debut in Spring. Royal Caribbean will launch two new ships, Ovation of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas mid-year. Carnival Vista will debut in December and we will be onboard for our 2016 National Conference. All of these ships will introduce new dining and entertainment options for cruise passengers.
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. Holland America is just one example of lines investing in fleet upgrades. They have launched a $300M upgrade program.
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. On the Allure, Oasis, and soon Harmony of the Seas, there are over 37 different cabin categories to chose from - we will help simplify your selection.
Where Do YOU Want to Go
What is on your bucket list of destinations or cruise ships?
Is 2016 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. We can provide assistance planning both land and sea vacations. Resorts & Tours Overview
New Year Resolutions
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.
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Wishing You a Wonderful New Year