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February 9, 2015
Private Online Webinar Invitation: All About Viking River & Ocean Cruises
and a Very Special Royal Caribbean International Offer Coming Soon!
Webinar: Viking Cruises is adding ocean-going ships to its already well-established river cruise offerings. Want to learn more about this fantastic line? Attend our Viking Cruises Webinar, scheduled for this coming Wednesday, 2/14/15, at 5pm EST.
Great Deal Alert: Don’t miss the latest Royal Caribbean International promotion… it’s a good one! Coming from AllThingsCruise, you’ll see it in your inbox later this month!
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In case you missed this special email we are publishing here in Currents for you….
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All About Royal Caribbean International:
Royal Caribbean International (RCL) Cruise Specials
About Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean International boasts a fleet of the world's largest ships. Royal Caribbean ships are resort cities at sea, offering the best variety over the top experiences for the entire family. Whether you seek an adrenaline rush or total tranquility, their ships have it all. Try rock climbing, ice skating and surfing 200 feet above the waves. Melt away land-based stress with a spa massage, build a scrapbook of memories or simply relax poolside. Offering the ultimate in dining experiences and ambience, variety and the flexibility to decide when and what you savor. From casual to sophisticated, cupcakes to canapes, sample an array of options – many of them included in the price of your cruise. Pair meals with a beverage package and enjoy up to 25% savings on your favorite drinks.
World-class performers from across the globe come together to keep you entertained morning to night. Broadway musicals, the DreamWorks Experience, ice skating spectaculars – plus thrilling casino action, live comedy and music, bars, clubs and much more. Children will never be bored onboard with the complimentary Adventure Ocean® Youth Program. The programs are packed with totally awesome stuff for babies, teens and kids in between – like pajama nights, science experiments, scavenger hunts and theme parties. From Internet service to dry cleaning to accessibility features, Royal Caribbean ships are equipped with helpful amenities to enhance your vacation. And it's all delivered with friendly service.
Families with or without children, active couples and singles of all ages who love the fun of large ships and diverse onboard activities and those looking for adrenaline rushes and the latest and greatest amenities at sea. If you never left the ship you would feel you had an amazing vacation.
Those seeking a private island experience.
Coco Cay, which features the 20,000 square-foot aqua playground Caylana's Castle Cove, is an island designed exclusively for Caribbean and Celebrity passengers. It's a perfect spot for water lovers, featuring a white-sand beach, wave runners and snorkeling among coral reefs with vibrant tropical fish and sunken wrecks. Perhaps the most popular activity on Coco Cay, however, is parasailing, where guests ascend to 400 feet and get a bird's-eye view of the island.
The lines' second island, Labadee, has seen recent enhancements and now features seven different "neighborhoods" (Buccaneer's Bay, Dragon's Plaza, Labadee Town Square, Adrenaline Beach, Columbus Cove, Nellie's Beach and the Barefoot Beach Club) that have individualized offerings. Ride a rollercoaster at Adrenaline Beach, play at the aqua park in Columbus Cove or lounge in one of 20 private cabanas at the Beach Club (an experience exclusive to guests residing in a Grand Suite or above).
The private islands offer the chance to relax and have your every need catered to. They're a memorable way to feel like a VIP on your next cruise vacation
You consider yourself having a great deal of knowledge about the fine arts, cuisines or an expert judge in matters of taste.
You are looking for exceptional service, a certain level of comfort and style, unique in today's world.
If you don't wish to spend your time in waterparks on board and new experiences for your children and family
The ships of Royal Caribbean International Cruises:
Atmosphere and experience onboard:
- Adventure of the Seas (3,114 passengers)
- Allure of the Seas (5,400 passengers)
- Anthem of the Seas (4905 passengers)
- Brilliance of the Seas (2,501 passengers)
- Enchantment of the Seas (2,252 passengers)
- Explorer of the Seas (3,114 passengers)
- Freedom of the Seas (3,634 passengers)
- Grandeur of the Seas (2,446 passengers)
- Independence of the Seas (3,634 passengers)
- Jewel of the Seas (2,501 passengers)
- Legend of the Seas (2,076 passengers)
- Liberty of the Seas (3,634 passengers)
- Majesty of the Seas (2,744 passengers)
- Mariner of the Seas (3,114 passengers)
- Monarch of the Seas (2,744 passengers)
- Navigator of the Seas (3,114 passengers)
- Oasis of the Seas (5,400 passengers)
- Quantum of the Seas (4180 passengers)
- Radiance of the Seas (2,501 passengers)
- Rhapsody of the Seas (2,435 passengers)
- Serenade of the Seas (2,501 passengers)
- Splendour of the Seas (2,076 passengers)
- Vision of the Seas (2,435 passengers)
- Voyager of the Seas (3,114 passengers)
Active; the line includes an impressive multigenerational diversity in activities and entertainment options. The ships are clean, well-equipped and feature bright, colorful and contemporary design.
- Australia / New Zealand
- Canada / New England
- Dubai/ Emirates
- Panama Canal
- South America
Travelers of all ages and budget levels that desire a non-stop, large or mega ship experience.
Policies regarding children onboard:
Infants sailing on a cruise must be at least 6 months old as of the first day of the cruise and/or CruiseTour. However, for transatlantic, transpacific, Hawaii, select South American and other selected cruises and/or CruiseTours, the infant must be at least 12 months old as of the first day of the cruise/CruiseTour. For the purposes of this policy, any cruise that has three or more days consecutive at sea will require infants to be 12 months old on the first day of the cruise/CruiseTour. A nursery is available for children 6 month to 36 months. Children's programs are available for children 3-17.
Royal Caribbean International (RCL) Cruise Specials
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All About Viking Cruises:
The big news about Viking Cruises is that they are adding a new ocean element to their already impressive river cruise offerings…
Be sure to find out more about this line by attending our Viking Cruises Webinar, scheduled for this coming Wednesday, 2/14/15 at 5pm EST!
Click here to sign up!
CruiseCompete has added Viking Ocean Cruises to its cruise offerings of almost 40 distinct cruise lines. Viking Ocean Cruises® will launch three ocean ships – Viking Sea and Viking Sky will both debut in 2016 and will be sister ships to the 930-passenger Viking Star, which is currently under construction and will set sail in early 2015. Like their sister ship, Viking Sea and Viking Sky will sail in Scandinavia & the Baltic and the Western & Eastern Mediterranean.
Viking Ocean Cruises’ first ocean ship – the 930-passenger Viking Star, to be christened in May – will take on its first guests in April in its maiden season in Scandinavia & the Baltic and the Western & Eastern Mediterranean.
Here’s what to expect from their new ship, the Viking Star:
Classified by some as a “small ship,” the 930-passenger all-veranda Viking Star – as well as its two sister ships, Viking Sea and Viking Sky – is engineered at a scale that allows direct access into most ports, so guests have easy and efficient embarkation and debarkation. Light-filled and intimate, the ship features understated elegance and modern Scandinavian design. Highlights include:
- All Veranda Staterooms: Guests can choose from five stateroom categories, starting from a 270 sq. ft. veranda stateroom, all with private verandas, king-size beds, large showers and LCD TVs.
- Explorer Suites: Viking Star features 14 Explorer Suites, which are two-room suites ranging from 757 to 1,163 sq. ft. that offer sweeping views from wrap-around private verandas as well as the most amenities and privileges of any category onboard.
- Two Pool Choices: In addition to the Main Pool with a retractable dome permitting any-season swimming, the ship features a glass-backed infinity pool, cantilevered off the stern, allowing passengers to swim surrounded by their destination.
- The Spa: In keeping with Viking’s Nordic heritage, The Spa onboard is designed with the holistic wellness philosophy of Scandinavia in mind—from the centuries-old tradition of the sauna to a “snow grotto” where snowflakes gently descend from the ceiling through chilled air .More…
About Viking Ocean Cruises (Part of Viking River Cruises) Exploring the World in Comfort®
Whether on river or ocean cruises, Viking Cruises offers cruises that are destination focused and carefully crafted with a mix of cosmopolitan and smaller ports of interest.
With three sister ocean-going ships now on order, Viking developed its ocean cruises by leveraging extensive feedback and input from Viking River Cruises® passengers, and with experienced travelers in mind. Itineraries are designed for maximum time in port, often with late evenings or overnights, so guests can experience local nightlife or evening performances. Ports include both cosmopolitan cities and “collector ports,” and appeal to those with an interest in history, art and culture. In addition, Viking Inclusive Cruising provides unparalleled value—with every cruise fare including a veranda stateroom, shore excursions in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes. Guests also enjoy many complimentary amenities as part of their fare, including: beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; Wi-Fi; self-service laundry and 24-hour room service—a value of more than $2,400 per couple for an average cruise.
Viking Ocean Cruises is best for:
Those who love a new ship, couples who have cruised on Viking River and, at this time we believe all types of travelers, will like this new experience.
Those interested in a destination immersion.
Those who prefer a more all-inclusive experience.
The ships of Viking Ocean Cruises:
Viking Ocean Cruises® will launch three ocean ships –Viking Star in 2015, followed by Viking Sea and Viking Sky in 2016. Viking Ocean Cruises’ first ocean ship – the 930-passenger Viking Star, to be christened in May – will take on its first guests in April in its maiden season in Scandinavia & the Baltic and the Western & Eastern Mediterranean. Like their sister ship, Viking Sea and Viking Sky will sail in Scandinavia & the Baltic and the Western & Eastern Mediterranean.
The destinations served by Viking Ocean Cruises:
Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky will sail in Scandinavia & the Baltic and the Western & Eastern Mediterranean.
All About Viking River Cruises
Viking River Cruises Specials
Viking River Cruises can be said to dominate the rivers of the world, as the line keeps adding record numbers of boats to a fleet that is already the world's largest. Viking's ships are the largest and the most contemporary. In 2014, the line will launch 14 new ships; 16 new longship-class ships will launch in 2015.
(In 2015, Viking will debut its state-of-the-art Viking Star, for a maiden season of ocean cruising; another ship is ordered for 2016 and two more for 2017.)
The Viking longships were designed by the same team responsible for the yachts of Seabourn; they have a variety of stateroom classes (all with outside views), from the standard (which are thoughtfully laid out and, at 150 square feet, are bigger than those on other Viking boats) to the 445-square-foot Explorer Suites, which have private wraparound verandas and offer spectacular 270 degree views.
These ships are "green" and feature energy-efficient hybrid engines (quieter and less vibration), solar panels and organic herb gardens.
A signature feature is the indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace, a combination casual dining venue and lounge. Retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors make it possible to admire the passing scenery regardless of weather conditions.
Viking is constantly adding "Explore More" land extensions, which allow guests to extend their stays and to explore such notable cities as Bruges, Krakow, Nuremberg and Prague, as well as the French Riviera and Lake Geneva. These extensions begin with a walking tour to familiarize guests with the area and also include high-quality hotel accommodations, with a Viking Concierge available on-site.
Thanks to a product that represents solid value, Viking has a high rate of customer loyalty and has been commended by Travel + Leisure , Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List, and National Geographic's The 10 Best of Everything,among others.
Like other lines, Viking occasionally runs such specials as 2-for-1 sales and elimination or reduction of the single supplement.
Viking River Cruises is best for:
Mature, well-traveled singles and couples who want a destination-centric river cruise;
Travelers who have an interest in the geography, culture and history of their cruise itinerary;
Younger, active adults who wish to try a destination-centric river cruise on a ship with contemporary style.
The ships of Viking River Cruises:
Russia and Ukraine
- Viking Aegir (190 passengers)
- Viking Alsvin (190 passengers)
- Viking Alta (190 passengers)
- Viking Baldur (190 passengers)
- Viking Bestla (190 passengers)
- Viking Bragi (190 passengers)
- Viking Buri (190 passengers)
- Viking Delling (190 passengers)
- Viking Douro (124 passengers)
- Viking Eistla (190 passengers)
- Viking Embla (190 passengers)
- Viking Europe (150 passengers)
- Viking Fontane (112 passengers)
- Viking Forseti (190 passengers)
- Viking Freya (190 passengers)
- Viking Gullveig (190 passengers)
- Viking Heimdal (190 passengers)
- Viking Helvetia (198 passengers)
- Viking Hemming (190 passengers)
- Viking Hermod (190 passengers)
- Viking Idi (190 passengers)
- Viking Idun (190 passengers)
- Viking Ingvi (190 passengers)
- Viking Jarl (190 passengers)
- Viking Kvasir (190 passengers)
- Viking Legend (189 passengers)
- Viking Lif (190 passengers)
- Viking Magni (190 passengers)
- Viking Neptune (150 passengers)
- Viking Njord (190 passengers)
- Viking Odin (190 passengers)
- Viking Prestige, 188 Passengers
- Viking Pride (150 passengers)
- Viking Rinda (190 passengers)
- Viking Schumann (112 passengers)
- Viking Skadi (190 passengers)
- Viking Sky (150 passengers)
- Viking Spirit (150 passengers)
- Viking Sun (198 passengers)
- Viking Tor (190 passengers)
- Viking Torgil (190 passengers)
- Viking Var (190 passengers)
- MS Vienna (164 passengers)
- Viking Truvor (210 passengers)
- Viking Ingvar (210 passengers)
- Viking Helgi (210 passengers)
- Viking Rurik (210 passengers)
- Viking Akun (210 passengers)
- Viking Emerald (256 passengers)
- RV Indochina (60 passengers)
- Viking Mandalay (60 passengers)
- Viking Mekong (56 passengers)
The atmosphere and experience onboard Viking River Cruises:
- MS Esplanade (150 passengers)
- MS Omar El Khayam (160 passengers)
Picture a very comfortable, well-designed, contemporary-style hotel with inviting public spaces, floating on the world's rivers in a leisurely fashion. Onboard activities are minimal and tend to focus on enrichment: lectures, theme dinners featuring regional specialties and local musicians.
The ships have a contemporary and comfortable decor, with inviting public spaces where passengers can socialize. All cabins feature outside views -- and many have French balconies.
Every onshore day starts with a walking tour with knowledgeable local guides who offer an orientation to each port, as well as suggestions for personal exploration.
Food is good, though not "gourmet." Dress is casual, somewhat dressier for the captain's dinner and farewell dinner.
The destinations served by Viking River Cruises:
The clientele of Viking River Cruises:
- Southeast Asia
- Russia and Ukraine
- U.S. Mississippi River (2015)
Passengers are generally English-speaking, well-traveled and well-educated. Many are repeat guests and many, if not most passengers on a given cruise are 60+ or over and retired, people who enjoy immersing themselves in the history and culture of the regions visited. However, with the building of so many sleek longships and so many itineraries worldwide, the line aims to attract more 40+ and 50+ passengers. The China and Asia cruises already attract some younger travelers.
Regarding children onboard Viking River Cruises: Due to the nature of their cruise itineraries, Viking River Cruises does not maintain facilities or services for children aboard river cruise vessels. On all cruises and cruise journeys, minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied and share a stateroom with a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult over the age of 21. They reserve the right to limit the number of minors under the age of 18 years on board.
Viking River Cruises Specials
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Alcohol policies for Viking River Cruises
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