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January 27, 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line & What is “The Haven”?
What’s Trending in the Cruise Industry!
Private Ship-Within-a-Ship Areas, Exotic Destinations,
+ Enhanced Offerings, the List of Sweet Deals Directly From the Cruise Lines

These suites on Norwegian Cruise Line are perfect for my family … We are thinking of a Mediterranean cruise this summer and booking the 3-Bedroom Garden Villa.

Norwegian Cruise Line Suites and The Haven by Norwegian – Hidden away at the top of the ship is an exclusive enclave with the most luxurious, well-appointed and spacious accommodations. Not only will you have access to all the ship has to offer, you’ll enjoy the personal service of a 24-hour butler and concierge throughout your entire stay. On top of that, complete privacy and tranquility are just steps away on a private sundeck reserved exclusively for guests of The Haven. It’s like having your own ship within a ship, all of which makes for a vacation you’ll never forget. Available exclusively on Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Getaway. See Norwegian Cruise Line ships here:

And about the accommodations Norwegian Cruise Line offers ………….

The Haven 3-Bedroom Garden Villa: A sanctuary of contemporary design featuring a spacious living room, walls of windows, outdoor terraces with hot tub and private dining area. There are three full baths plus a half-bath. With up to 5,750 sq. ft., Garden Villas sleep up to eight guests.

The Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suite with Large Balcony: Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows provide an ever-changing seascape view in this spacious and chic suite. Includes bedroom (some ships offer two) with a luxury bath, plus separate living and dining room. With up to 1,382 sq. ft., it sleeps up to six guests.

The Haven Spa Suite with Balcony: Immerse yourself in 322 sq. ft. of serenity and luxury. The soft colors, queen-size bed and private in-suite hot tub with incredible ocean views are only the beginning. You will enjoy access to all the exclusive privileges of The Haven, as well as priority access to the Mandara Spa, just steps away. (Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Breakaway only)

The Haven Courtyard Penthouse and Penthouse with Balcony. These opulent penthouses offer up to 440 sq. ft. Some are designed to be a romantic hideaway ideal for two with a round queen-size bed. Others offer floor-to-ceiling windows and room for an additional guest. All have a private balcony.

See Norwegian Cruise Line ships here:

From the moment you step into your suite, you know this is going to be good. Think uncomplicated style and comfort and an ever-changing seascape of ocean, island and sunset views. Toast your good fortune with a complimentary bottle of champagne or sparkling wine. When you Book a Suite or The Haven at least nine months in advance, receive up to $300 onboard credit per stateroom plus the following:
 
Complimentary Amenities for those guests include, yet are not limited to:
Butler & concierge service
24-hour room service with special suite menu & full breakfast menu
Mini-bar and espresso/cappuccino machine
Fine linens, feather duvet and pillow menu
Priority embarkation and disembarkation from the ship
Invitation to an exclusive breakfast & lunch
 

Wondering about the interesting trends we’re seeing for the cruise industry in 2014? One of the most wonderful things about cruise vacations is that the industry is constantly rethinking their approach. Every year brings new ideas, new innovations and ships with amenities and itineraries that make every vacation a new experience. We've been talking with experts in the industry, travel writers and the cruise-loving public to determine what will be new and improved in cruising this year. Here's what we've discovered:
  • River cruises will remain in vogue. River cruising will remain highly popular. The river lines are seeking and adding new destinations, such as AmaWaterways adding Africa and Asia itineraries. More…
     
  • Exotic destinations will increase in both popularity and available locales. U.S.-based lines are increasing their global presence and more overseas lines are coming to the U.S. Disney Cruise Line has expanded its European ports of call. More…
     
  • Cruises in Asia & surrounding areas increase in popularity. The Asia continent is currently expanding its cruise port options and the region will become a major player within the next few years. More….
     
  • Novel new entertainment at sea. Cruise lines are doubling down on fun and glamour, providing attractions from Broadway hits to dancers from “Dancing with the Stars.” More…
     
  • Educational travel will gain in popularity. In particular, many baby boomers seek destinations related to places they have either read about or seen on television documentaries. More…
     
  • All-inclusive options will increase. More cruise lines are featuring drink packages, both soft drinks and alcohol. See the all-inclusive lines and chart here with details: https://allthingscruise.com/all-inclusive/. More…
     
  • Anytime dining is losing ground to set seating. A novelty just a few years ago, “anytime dining” appears to be losing its allure as more cruisers favor a set seating arrangement. More…
     
  • Spa cabins are becoming increasingly popular. These special spa staterooms – so named for their proximity to the spa – are located near the top of the ship, typically adjacent to the spa. More…
     
  • More private ship-within-a-ship areas. Those looking for an exclusive cruise experience no longer have to limit themselves to the “luxury” lines. Ships like Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas have a keyed entry system to the Crown loft suites area onboard. More…
     
  • Ultra-luxury cruising becomes even more luxurious. Current trends with the luxury cruise lines reflect a movement to truly all inclusive packaging. The standout lines are including gratuities, all drinks and dining and shore excursions in their pricing, along with luxury touches like 24-hour service and private butlers. More….
     
  • Multi-generational travel is on the rise. Veteran cruisers have surely noticed more grandparents accompanying their children and grandchildren on “three-generation” trips. Taking family cruises is an economical way to enjoy a family gathering without anyone having to play host with all the cooking and cleaning involved. More….
     
  • Cruise ship weddings will increase in popularity. More people are choosing to be married on cruise ships. The primary reasons: fewer prices and less stress. Wedding packages are available with special cabins for the bride and groom and feature special areas for the bridal party to prepare for the wedding. More…
     
  • Enhancements to onboard technology continue (to impress). Staying connected is easier than ever with upgrades to various media outlets and an increased shipboard ability to access them. More…
     
  • Onboard safety procedures will become consistent throughout the industry. Following the 2013 Concordia disaster, cruise lines spent considerable effort evaluating safety protocols and procedures. More…
     
Ready to plan your next cruise? Here are some Time-Sensitive Offers Directly From the Cruise Lines we have found for you………We have compiled the latest amenities (cabin upgrades and cabin credits, plus more) and other special offers directly from the cruise lines for you to see here: https://blog.cruisecompete.com/

And here are some very recent examples:

Cunard: Take advantage of Cunard’s Royal Upgrade Celebration and receive free upgrades, free gratuities and reduced deposit of $150 per person. Plus you’ll receive a double stateroom upgrade on European voyages. For more information click here.

Celebrity Cruises: Celebrity Cruises’ 123Go! promotion gives you the chance to choose the deal that works best for you and your family. Choose one of three offers, choose two if you book a Europe vacation. Find details here.

Seabourn: Signature Savings Event includes complimentary veranda suite upgrade, up to 15% savings on select combination cruises and $1,000 per suite shipboard credit for penthouse and premium suites. More…

Oceania Cruises: Big savings on Mediterranean cruises! Many of these cruises are offering 2 for 1 Cruise Fares plus FREE Airfare, Early Booking Savings of $2,000 per stateroom, 50% Off Deposits, FREE Pre-Paid Gratuities & FREE Unlimited Internet, and $500 Shipboard Credit per stateroom. Get more details about what’s offered on the various cruises! More…

Viking River Cruises: 2 for 1 cruise plus up to Free Air promotion. Itineraries include: Danube Waltz 8 days from Passau to Budapest departing April 2014; Portraits of Southern France 8 days from Chalon-sur-Saône to Avignon; Passage to Eastern Europe 11 days from Budapest to Bucharest; Tulips & Windmills 10 days from Amsterdam-Antwerp. More…

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises: Save up to $4,000 per couple when you book economy or business class air on select 2014 itineraries and departure dates. Savings regular full payment of cruise or cruise/tour and air with Uniworld. This offer expires on January 31, 2014. For details and sailing dates click here.

Windstar Cruises: If you are interested in culinary and wine cruises take a look at this deal. Windstar will be exploring Spain from Barcelona to Lisbon for 8 days aboard the Windsurf departing November 15, 2014. There will be over 40 special themed events and activities offered during this cruise including complimentary local wines served throughout the voyage, pre-dinner tapas, a choice of two complimentary culinary and wine themed excursions. For a limited time Windstar is offering special introductory rates starting from $2999 per person. For details click here.

Carnival Cruise Lines: Offering $50 deposits and up to $400 in savings! Take advantage of Carnival’s New Year’s sale and save up $200 per stateroom for select 2- to 5-day sailings and up to $400 per stateroom on select 6-day and greater sailings. Plus enjoy reduced deposits of $50. This deal expires January 31, 2014, so don’t wait! For details click here.

Read about more current cruise line deals by visiting Cruise Market Dossier at: https://blog.cruisecompete.com/

No cruise is complete without shore excursions. Here’s a frequently asked question about CruiseCompete Shore Excursions:

When should I reserve my shore excursion?

Because some tours book up well in advance of the tour departure date, we recommend reserving your excursions as far in advance as possible. This will give you the best chance of reserving your first choice in each of the ports.

Shore Excursion of the Week:

Québec City is the capital city of the province of Québec (though it is referred to as the national capital in the province). Much of the business here is of the administrative and bureaucratic nature, which would normally make a city quite dull. Fortunately, the city has a remarkable history, as the fortress capital of New France since the 16th century. It also has a vibrant historical center that makes for an incredible visit. Founded by the French to make a claim in the New World, the name Québec originally referred to just the city. It is an aboriginal word for “where the river narrows,” as the St. Lawrence River dramatically closes in just east of the city. It is situated on 200 foot high cliffs with stunning views of the surrounding Laurentian Mountains and the St. Lawrence River.
On this riding tour, you will see the highlights of this charming city with stops at some of the major sites for photos.

Some of the sites you will see along the way include the Chateau Frontenac, a grand hotel in Québec City that opened in 1893 and holds the Guinness World Record's title of “most photographed hotel in the world.” It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada during 1980. Designed by American architect Bruce Price as one of a series of "château" style hotels built for the Canadian Pacific Railway company (aka CPR) during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. CPR's policy was to promote luxury tourism by appealing to wealthy travelers.

The National Assembly of Québec is the legislative body of the Province of Québec. The Lieutenant Governor and the National Assembly compose the Parliament of Québec, which operates in a fashion similar to those of other British-style parliamentary systems.

The City Hall of Québec City is located in the heart of Old Québec. The building slopes downward as it was built on a hill and was once home to the Jesuit College (Jesuit Barracks) from the 1730s to 1878. Located on rue des Jardins and designed by architect Georges-Émile Tanguay, it is the second permanent city hall for the old city.

Place Royale, the nucleus from which Québec City developed, has undergone exceptionally sensitive restoration in recent years. It stands on the site of Québec's actual foundation, the spot where in 1608 Samuel de Champlain erected his first "habitation," a farm and storage shed. Named in honor of Louis XIV whose bust adorns it, Place Royale is the largest surviving ensemble of 17th and 18th century buildings in North America.

The Citadelle—the French name is used both in English and French—is a military installation and official residence located atop Cap Diamant, adjoining the Plains of Abraham in Québec City. This citadel is part of the fortifications of Québec City. In addition to its use as a military installation, it has been also an official residence of the Queen in Right of Canada and the Governor General of Canada since 1872, who by tradition resides there for several weeks out of the year.

Tour then returns to the Chateau Frontenac. Tour is guided in English and French. More…

Latest diaries of the AllThingsCruise writers
Jackie Finch sails on the Carnival Magic from Galveston, escaping the frigid weather in the Midwest. “Snow. Sleet. Ice. Grey skies. Coat-huddling cold. Enough already. To escape the winter blahs, I took a flight from Indianapolis to Galveston for the perfect antidote – the beautiful Carnival Magic. As soon as I boarded the ship, I could see that it certainly lives up to its name.” Read her reports here.

David G. Molyneaux travels in Cambodia and Vietnam aboard the 16-passenger Avalon Angkor riverboat. Follow his adventures here.

Barbara Orr is experiencing the Christmas Markets in Europe aboard the ultra-luxurious Scenic Crystal river ship. Read her reports here.

Gerry Barker and his wife, Pam, are sailing on the new Royal Princess. Here are their reports.

Kimberly Button brings us an up-close look at the much-anticipated Royal Princess. See her reports here.

Marcia Levin traveled to London with her grandson Jakob, 13, and then sailed home on the Queen Mary 2. Follow them here.

Cindy Boal Janssens sails to Alaska with grandchildren on HAL's Oosterdam. Read their adventures here.

Heidi Allison-Shane sailed across the Atlantic on the Cunard Queen Mary 2. Read her diary here.

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Great quote about travel:
“A lot of us first aspired to far-ranging travel and exotic adventure early in our teens; these ambitions are, in fact, adolescent in nature, which I find an inspiring idea. ... Thus, when we allow ourselves to imagine as we once did, we know, with a sudden jarring clarity, that if we don't go right now, we're never going to do it. And we'll be haunted by our unrealized dreams and know that we have sinned against ourselves gravely.” ―Tim Cahill

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