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July 20, 2016

Cruises Under $500

Escape the “Ring of Fire” Weather by Planning a Cool Vacation-
Maybe the Pink Sand Beaches of Bermuda

Antarctica, Venture to the Ends of the Earth Where Few Humans Have Seen Nature at Its Finest
- Expedition Cruising, Emperor Penguins & Majestic Glaciers

Denali Glacier Landing Helicopter Expedition


There’s a blistering hot weather pattern developing over the middle U.S. – what meteorologists call a "ring of fire."

A heat wave is formed when a hot dome of air builds in the entire atmosphere, from the ground to the top of the atmosphere 50,000 feet up. Some areas of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and the Dakotas will approach 110 degrees over the next two weeks- and even outside of these areas, temperatures may be uncomfortably hot.

Now’s the time to take a break from the heat and start planning cooler weather vacations! 

There are a few cruises still available to Alaska, see all Alaska specials here:

Bermuda too is a lovely place to visit via cruise ship, a few ideas are here:

How about a fantastic short cruise, UNDER $300?

Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Pearl 1 nights One Nighter & Weekend Getaway from $192 pp
Starting in Seattle with stops in Vancouver
One Nighter & Weekend Getaway from $192 pp
2016 Sails: Sep 25
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See more cruises under $500 here.

Or this unbelievably inexpensive 7-day cruise to Alaska…

Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Sun
Special Contract Rates $399
7 Day Sawyer Glacier from Seward (Southbound) - 7 Days - Starting in Seward with stops in Cruise Hubbard Glacier, Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Cruise Inside Passage, Vancouver
2016 Sails: Aug 1, Aug 15, Aug 29, Sep 12 Get a Quote

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Venture to the Ends of the Earth Where Few Humans Have Seen Nature at Its Finest- Expedition Cruising, Emperor Penguins & Majestic Glaciers

For those fortunate few who have the means to fulfill a truly exceptional “bucket list,” a cruise to Antarctica ranks among the most desired experiences. Even the most experienced travelers, having crisscrossed the world many times over, covet the distinction of a voyage to this, the world’s southernmost continent. It is the ultimate destination; isolated, exotic, and truly unique in the world of cruising.

Antarctica first became a destination of consumer interest in January 1966, when Lars-Eric Lindblad helmed a group of 57 “citizen-explorers” as they landed on the ice of the frozen continent. At the time, it was an almost-unheard of concept – only a handful of vacationers had ever considered visiting Antarctica, which contains the geographic South Pole. Today, roughly 40,000 visitors visit each summer (which in Antarctica lasts from November to February) and the largest majority is American. Most landings occur on the continent’s “Banana Belt,” the Antarctic Peninsula, where the climate is mild in comparison with the rest of the continent.

In addition to its unique geographical nature, Antarctica presents the opportunity for eco-travelers to carefully explore a carefully guarded ecosystem not found anywhere else in the world. In order to preserve its integrity, the world has come together to create the terms of the Antarctic Treaty. According to the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO,, “Antarctica represents a more profound manifestation of international peace than any other place in the world, managed during the past half-century through the Antarctic Treaty's unprecedented global cooperation of nearly 50 countries, and formally designated a ‘natural reserve dedicated to peace and science.’”

Antarctica is served by a number of cruise lines, including Azamara Club CruisesCelebrity CruisesCrystal CruisesHolland America LineSeabournScenicSilversea Cruises, and World Quest Cruises, among others. The continent can be visited as part of a World Cruise, or as a destination in and of itself. 

Here are some examples of itineraries: click here for more Antarctica voyages.

Crystal Cruises, Crystal Serenity
26-Night All Inclusive Antarctic Adventure w/obc $11060
26 Nights - 7304 - Antarctic Adventure - 26 Days - Starting in Valparaiso with stops in Cruising the Coast of Chile, Puerto Montt, Castro (Chiloe Island), Cruising the Chilean Fjords, Puerto Chacabuco, Cruising the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Cruising Cape Horn, Cruising the Drake Passage, Cruising the Antarctic Peninsula, Cruising Elephant Island, Port Stanley, Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean, Puerto Madryn, Cruising the Coast of Argentina, Montevideo, Buenos Aires
2017 Sails: Feb 8 
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Holland America Line, Prinsendam
67-Night Partial World Cruise - Includes World Cruise Amenities $15494
67-Night Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage 
Starting in Fort Lauderdale with stops in Isla de Providencia, Puerto Limon, Enter Panama Canal Cristobal, Cruising Panama Canal, Exit Panama Canal Balboa, Manta, Callao, Arica, Coquimbo, Valparaiso, Isla Robinson Crusoe, Castro, Darwin Channel Chilean Fjords, Scenic cruising Amalia or Brujo Glacier, Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas, Scenic Cruising Cape Horn, Ushuaia, The Palmer Archipelago, The Danco Coast, The Antarctic Sound, Stanley/Falkland Is/Islas Malvinas, Puerto Madryn, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Punta del Este, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador da Bahia, Recife, Fortaleza, Icoaraci, Cruising the Amazon River, Crossing the Equator, Santarem, Boca da Valeria, Manaus, Parintins, Devils Island, Bridgetown, Point-a-Pitre, Philipsburg
2017 Sails: Jan 3 
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Save up to 75% off Shore Excursions,

Cold Weather Adventure! Denali Glacier Landing Helicopter Expedition

Explore an ancient glacier in the world-famous Alaska Range on this truly extraordinary Denali Glacier Helicopter Excursion that combines breathtaking views from above with a peaceful walk on the ice itself.

Your Denali Glacier Landing Helicopter Expedition begins at the heliport overlooking the Nenana River, where friendly, knowledgeable staff prepares you to cruise over the Denali National Park and Preserve. Grab your camera and prepare to be awed as you take off on a cutting-edge A-Star helicopter for a breathtaking, bird's eye view of the pristine Alaskan wilderness. En route to the massive Yanert Icefield and surrounding glaciers, your experienced pilot will fly you over the mountainous terrain, massive glaciers and stunning vistas you can only experience on an Alaska helicopter excursion.

Your knowledgeable guide will detail how the glaciers have carved this rugged backcountry creating the magnificent towering peaks resulting from millions of years of tectonic rumblings. Discover the power and beauty of nature from a whole new perspective on this Alaska helicopter excursion.

Your adventure continues after your pilot lands gently on a Denali glacier, where you'll get a chance to try out the glacier-walking boots provided, to help you inspect the massive, frozen landscape. Explore amazing icefalls, massive crevasses, and the otherworldly blue of the glacial ice pools in detail as you enjoy the tranquility of this frozen wonderland. Experience the magic of the rivers of ice as you observe pure glacial streams and unspoiled ice pools in the pristine Alaskan glaciers.

Climb back aboard your helicopter to enjoy the amazing views as you fly off toward Mt. Deborah, which cuts an impressive silhouette on the skyline at 12,339 feet high. The Alaska Range is home to bears, moose, and Dall sheep, so be sure to keep your camera ready during this exceptional Alaska helicopter tour. Flight time is approximately 50 minutes, with about 15 to 20 minutes of time to explore on the glacier.

See the natural beauty and frozen majesty of Alaska from the sky and snow on this unforgettable helicopter tour of the glaciers and crevasses you won't see anywhere else. Book your trip today for this once in a lifetime adventure.

To see more about this Shore Excursion, click here, then select Alaska, and Denali.
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Be confident in your choice with 24/7 support for travelers, a full refund if you miss your shore excursion due to itinerary changes or weather, and guaranteed return to your cruise ship.

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2016 Family Friendly Cruise Travel Planner [PDF] or Online book

While there is a perfect cruise vacation for everyone, not every cruise line is the ideal match for every family. Some lines have minimum age requirements for children (and pregnancy policies for expectant parents!), and others don't permit children to sail at all. In addition, while a line may allow children to sail, it’s not a given that the line has specially designed children’s programs in place. 

With these things in mind, determining the best cruise line for your family takes careful research, preparation and planning. The travel experts at CruiseCompete have composed the “2016 Family-Friendly Cruise Travel Planner,” which details every aspect of the family cruise vacation experience.

The “2016 Family-Friendly Cruise Travel Planner” is designed to kick-start your cruise vacation planning, and covers the entire spectrum of options with information on mainstream lines like Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line, as well as unique alternatives like luxury, river and small ship excursion companies.

All information has been compiled in an easy-to-read format, with brief “at-a-glance” summaries to see if the cruise line fits your basic requirements, followed by more detailed information about the atmosphere on board, the destinations you can travel to and the specific programs available for children.

Take a look!  2016 Family Friendly Cruise Travel Planner [PDF] or Online book

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