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November 11, 2015

Introducing Amras Cruises,
A Collection of European River Cruises

Royal Caribbean Kicks Off An Early Wave Season
Touting $300 of Onboard Credit, Reduced Rates
for Families & Fast, Free Internet

Deals Alert: Cruises Under $500

Introducing…. Amras Cruises!

CruiseCompete, the premier online cruise marketplace since 2003, lauded by the press and consumers alike, has added Amras Cruises to its cruise offerings.  Amras Cruises sails exclusively aboard the award-winning Amadeus fleet of 11 modern river vessels already operating in Europe and offers a collection of all-inclusive, high value cruises specifically for the North American Traveler. A twelfth ship, the MS Amadeus Silver III, is under construction now and scheduled for launch in Spring 2016.  More…

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Royal Caribbean Kicks Off An Early Wave Season Touting, $300 of Onboard Credit, Reduced Rates for Families and Fast, Free internet.

BOGO-Getter Promotion Entices Travelers to Explore the Italian Peninsula, Mediterranean and Caribbean

Royal Caribbean International announces the early release of the BOGO-Getter 2016 Wave Season promotion in celebration of the U.S. arrival of its newest ship, Anthem to the Seas, to Cape Liberty Cruise Port, Bayonne, NJ.  Vacationers who make new reservations before the end of the year on any ship across the fleet will receive up to $300 in onboard credit, 50 percent-reduced booking deposit – as low as $50 per person – as well as 50 percent off the second guest on all sailings through 2016 and 25 percent off third and fourth guests on Caribbean sailings January through May.  The discovery driven promotion applies to sailings departing on or after December 10, excluding China departures.  For additional information,

Let CruiseCompete Help You Plan Your Next Family Vacation

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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.

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Cruises Under $500!

Have some vacation time coming?  A cruise is the perfect holiday gift…and there are plenty of budget-friendly options.  (Click here to see more under $500 choices.)

Royal Caribbean International, Independence of the Seas
4NT Cozumel cruise starting at $365 pp + Bonus $369
4 Night Western Caribbean Cruise - 4 Days - Starting in Fort Lauderdale with stops in Cozumel
2016 Sails: Mar 3 
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Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Paradise

5 NT Western Caribbean Cruise From $219 pp Plus OBC $$
5 Day Western Caribbean from Tampa, FL - 5 Days - Starting in Tampa with stops in Grand Cayman, Cozumel
2016 Sails: Feb 1 
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And if you can travel on short notice, MSC has a fantastic deal!

MSC Cruises, MSC Divina
7nt East Caribbean $474
7 Nights - United States, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Puerto Rico, Bahamas - 7 Days - Starting in Miami with stops in Charlotte Amalie, San Juan, Great Stirrup Cay
2015 Sails: Dec 5
2016 Sails: Feb 13 
Get a Quote

Click here to see more under $500 choices.


How Well Do You Know Royal Caribbean International?

Royal Caribbean International boasts a fleet of the world's largest ships and are resort cities at sea, offering the best variety over the top experiences for the entire family.  World-class performers from across the globe come together to keep you entertained morning to night. Royal Caribbean also has two Private Islands… Read More

There are a lot of interesting things happening with this line… How many of the 10 facts below did YOU know?

1.  Their new ship, Harmony of the seas is debuting May 2016

Royal also announced that Jamie's Italian, the popular trattoria by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver that debuted
on Quantum of the Seas, will be on Harmony of the Seas, replacing Giovanni's Table.

"Grease," the 1971 musical with such songs as "Summer Loving," "Greased Lightning" and "Beauty School Dropout," will headline the main theater entertainment on Harmony of the Seas.


2.  Harmony of the Seas will introduce a new class of accommodations:  The Royal Suites Class.  New Royal Suites Class exclusively offers:

(Image courtesy of Royal Caribbean International)

3.  Royal Caribbean has entered into an agreement with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to order a fifth cruise ship in its Quantum Class to be delivered in fall 2020.

4.  RCI has Voom, the fastest internet at sea.

5.  Anthem of the Seas arrived in the U.S. for the first time November 4, 2015.

6.  RCL Cruises Australia has kicked off its most significant season (October 8, 2015). It’s the first time all three brands (Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and newcomer Azamara Club Cruises) will sail around Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Asia.

7.  August 2015- Royal Caribbean is revamping its shore excursion program to appeal to passengers' special interests from adventure to family and food to animals.  As part of the new program, the line's 2,800-plus shore excursions have been grouped into seven special interest categories: Active Adventures, Family Connections, Royal Tour Challenge, Culture and Sights, Culinary Delights, Caring Discoveries and the Royal Premium Tour Collection.

8.  For the 12th year running, Royal Caribbean International® has been recognized as the Best Cruise Line Overall and the Best Cruise Line in the Caribbean by Travel Weekly readers.

9.  Royal is constantly working on ship enhancements.

(Image courtesy of Royal Caribbean International)


10.  RCI Caters to families with lots of inclusions… and lots of fun!

(Image Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International)

Find out more about Royal Caribbean International!

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