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May 1, 2014

World Cruises: An immersion in exotic cultures, ancient histories and the diverse and colorful personalities of citizens from many nations; A multigenerational cruise aboard the NCL Epic; Cruising the Caribbean with CruiseCompete


Dear Reader,

Consider your “bucket list” of destinations you’d like to see throughout the world … and now imagine that you could see them all in one extended journey. That’s the reality of a World Cruise – the experience of a lifetime, exploring the globe via cruise ship.

Sound like your kind of adventure? Now is the time to book a World Cruise. Although the cruises for 2014 have already filled – and sailed – there is still time to book for 2015. The window of opportunity is closing, however, as cabins usually fill by summer for the next year’s voyages.

Here’s a roundup of what’s happening with World Cruises*:

Costa Cruises
 
World tour roundtrip from Savona, Italy, departing January 5, 2015, for 115 nights aboard the Costa Deliziosa. Fares range from $18,339 for inside cabin to $28,709 for a suite.
 
Crystal Cruises
 
Roundtrip from Miami departing January 14, 2015, (108 days) aboard the Crystal Serenity. Cruise only fares range from $39,995 per person for a deluxe stateroom, to $211,670 per person for a Crystal Penthouse with Veranda.


Cunard Line
 
Queen Mary 2 World Cruise roundtrip from Southampton departing January 10, 2015, for 113 days. Fares range from $19,998 per person for an inside cabin to $65,996 per person for a Queens Grill stateroom.

Queen Elizabeth World Cruise roundtrip from Southampton departing January 10, 2015, for 112 days. Fares range from $19,999 per person for an inside stateroom to $26,799 per person for a balcony stateroom.

Queen Victoria World Cruise roundtrip from Southampton departing January 20, 2015, for 103 days. Fares range from $15,399 per person for an inside stateroom to $48,099 per person for a Queens Grill Stateroom.
 
Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines
 
Far East Explorer aboard the Balmoral roundtrip from Southampton departing January 4, 2015, for 119 nights. Fares range from £9999 ($16,728 USD) per person for an inside cabin to £21499 ($36,120 USD) per person for a suite.
 
Around the World aboard the Black Watch roundtrip from Southampton departing January 8, 2016, for 115 nights. Fares range from £9999 ($16,728 USD) per person for an inside cabin to £16799 ($28,224 USD) per person for a suite.


Holland America Line
 
Grand World Voyage roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., aboard the ms Amsterdam departing January 5, 2015, for 114 days. Fares range from $19,999 per person for an interior cabin to $77,999 per person for a Neptune Suite (Deluxe Verandah Suite).

Oceania Cruises
 
Around the World in 180 Days roundtrip from Miami, FL aboard the Insignia departing January 10, 2015. Fares range from $41,999 per person for an inside stateroom to $81,999 per person for a Penthouse Suite. (These fares reflect a 68% per stateroom early booking savings.)
 
180 Day World Odyssey roundtrip from Miami, Fla., aboard the Insignia departing July 8, 2015, for 180 days. Fares range from $44,999 per person for an inside stateroom to $84,999 per person for a Penthouse Suite.
 
P&O Cruises
 
The Arcadia World Circumnavigation roundtrip from Southampton departing January 6, 2015, for 106 nights. Fares range from £9,999 ($16,728 USD) per person for an inside cabin to £13,999 ($23,519 USD) per person for a balcony stateroom.

Princess Cruises
 
World Cruise roundtrip from Sydney Australia aboard the Sea Princess departing May 22, 2015, for 104 days. Fares range from $26,318 per person for an ocean view stateroom to $33,045 for a balcony stateroom.
 
World Cruise roundtrip from Fremantle, Australia, departing May 29, 2015, aboard the Sea Princess for 114 days. Fares range from $26,318 per person for an ocean view stateroom to $33,045 for a balcony stateroom.

World Cruise roundtrip from Los Angeles, Calif., aboard the Pacific Princess departing January 23, 2015, for 111 days. Fares from $19,999 per person for an interior stateroom to $39,999 per person for a mini suite.
 
Silversea Cruises
 
World Cruise 2015 From Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale aboard the Silver Whisper departing January 15, 2015, for 115 days. Fares from $58,950 per person for a Vista Suite to $173,250 per person for the 1 bedroom owner’s suite.

*(All prices are double occupancy)

For full itineraries and more information on these cruises, please click here.
 
To see World Cruise specials, ordered by sail date, please visit the CruiseCompete World Cruise Specials page. You can also visit the CruiseCompete Cruise Search page and select World under "Region" to search all World cruise itineraries and receive custom quotes to compare.


The CruiseCompete Cruise:

We’re very pleased to announce the first ever CruiseCompete Cruise. This “Presidents Cruise” will take place November 10, 2014, aboard Princess Cruises’ lovely Caribbean Princess.
Please join us and meet the CruiseCompete team!

This 5-night Princess cruise is round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, with stops in private island Princess Cay and Nassau, the Bahamas.

Prices start at $499 for an inside cabin, $549 for an obstructed oceanview cabin, and $799 for a balcony guaranty. Port fees are included in pricing, additional government tax is $85 per person. All prices are double occupancy. This cruise comes with $50 Onboard Credit per cabin, compliments of CruiseCompete.

Also included:
  • A special gift for CruiseCompete guests
  • Meet & Greet cocktail party
  • Book a balcony cabin and receive a four-course champagne balcony breakfast – Reserve by May 10th
If you are interested in joining the CruiseCompete team for this cruise, please send me an email at Heidi@AllThingsCruise.com 

Family and Multigenerational Cruising
 
Have you started thinking about this summer’s family vacation yet? Families really can have it all: Well-designed, child-friendly programs and amenities, paired with adult dining, accommodation and entertainment options … all in one place. That’s the beauty of today’s cruise experience.
 
In fact, multi-generational trips (with kids, parents and grandparents) are becoming increasingly popular because of the variety of activities and amenities available on today’s ships. With something for everyone, families can participate in activities together – but aren’t obligated to “stay the course” together for an entire vacation.
 
With multigenerational cruises in mind, we’re very pleased to share a travel diary from Bob Levinstein, CruiseCompete CEO, as he reports on his recent family cruise aboard the NCL Epic. Would this ship be able to keep all of us happy? My mother in her 70’s, my wife and I in our 40’s and our 7-year-old son…”  More…

Cruise Line of the Week: All about Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)
Norwegian Cruise Line revolutionized the industry in 2000 when it introduced "Freestyle Cruising," which allowed passengers greater freedom to dine when they like, with extended restaurant hours; where they like, with a number of alternative venues; with whom they like, with open seating; freedom to dress as they please, with a "resort casual" dress code at night – and other relaxations of the usual cruise ship procedures. More…

Our readers love Norwegian Cruise Lines. Read NCL reviews here.

Voyages offered by NCL can be found here.

Amenities offered by NCL are here.

View NCL’s Dining options here.

Read NCL’s alcohol beverage policies here.

Learn about NCL’s weddings at sea or vow renewals at sea here.

Want to find out more about Norwegian Cruise Lines voyages or book one? Please visit CruiseCompete. 

NCL has some fascinating shore excursions, too many to list … Just visit the NCL shore excursions page here.



Time-sensitive offers directly from the cruise lines, just for you! 

Avalon Waterways: Avalon Waterways is waiving the single supplement on select 2014 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises. This promotion ends June 24, 2014. For sailing dates and details click here.

Azamara Club Cruises: For a limited time, Azamara Club Cruises is offering double upgrades on select sailings when you book before May 31, 2014. With this promotion book a club Veranda stateroom for the price of a Club Interior Stateroom! For details click here.

Cunard Line: Enjoy a Mediterranean journey with free gratuities and upgrades with Cunard. This offer expires May 31, 2014. For details click here.

Holland America Line: For a limited time Holland America Line is offering great savings on select sailings with their Summer on Sale promotion. For details click here.

Oceania Cruises: For a limited time Oceania Cruises is offering great savings no their Exotic Explorations. Savings include 2 for 1 cruise fares with free airfare and early booking savings of up to $4000 per stateroom. Click here for details.

Silversea Cruises: For a limited time, Silversea Cruises is offering a special booking incentive exclusively in the U.S. and Canadian markets. Its new Silver Select promotion enables guests to personalize their voyage with three enticing offers. Silver Select is available on new bookings made by June 30, 2014. For details click here.

Star Clippers: With Star Clippers "Run of Ship" flash sale passengers reserving a category 2 through category 6 cabin pay a base rate of $1295 per person and get the best available cabin available at the time of booking. This offer is capacity controlled so the earlier you book the higher you cabin category will be. This offer expires May 9, 2014. For details click here.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection: For a limited time Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is offering up to $2000 saving per couple on 2015 Europe Boutique River Cruises when you pay in full at the time of reservation. Offer expires June 30, 2014. For details click here


For the luxury lover in you

Luxury cruise innovator Crystal Cruises is expanding its roster of active, immersive experiences ashore with 16 bicycle Crystal Adventures in 2014. Throughout Northern and Western Europe and the Mediterranean, travelers can enjoy some of the world’s most striking architecture, charming villages, spectacular seaside views and historically profound sites, often best – and sometimes only – accessed on bicycle. Offered with May-September voyages aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, the half- and full-day excursions combine fitness with new, intimate perspectives on favorite destinations. More…
 
Cunard Line is pleased to announce that in honor of the 10th anniversary of its flagship Queen Mary 2, the onboard Canyon Ranch SpaClub® will introduce a selection of new spa and beauty services during the ship’s 2014 Transatlantic season. Canyon Ranch SpaClub – which includes the spa, beauty salon, wellness and fitness amenities – has been in operation since the ship’s first sailing in May 2004 and was the first outpost of Canyon Ranch SpaClub® at Sea division. More…


River Cruising

Two Lines that are worth mentioning:
 
Scenic Cruises offers the ultimate all inclusive rivers touring experience in destinations around the globe. The line includes a modern fleet of 10 luxury “space-ship” vessels, built to their specifications and designed by leading naval architects in Europe. Over 82% of their cabins have full size outdoor balconies. Scenic Tours also offers a Scenic Enrich program that offers an exclusive range of extras and events for their guests. Their cruise options include European river cruises, French river cruises and Russian river cruises. Their land tour company, Scenic Tours, offers land-based tours in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, USA, Europe, South America and Africa. More…
 
Read Barbary Ramsey Orr’s Scenic cruise diary here.
 
Emerald Waterways is the first new European river cruise company to set sail in more than six years and aims to make a big splash in the fast-growing market. With the industry’s newest ships, custom-built to exceed guest’s expectations and offering such amenities as a heated swimming pool and a movie theater, Emerald Waterways is aiming at both experienced travelers and the younger demographic looking for strong value and great pricing. More…
 
Twiggy, British style icon and world’s first supermodel, was recently in Amsterdam to launch Emerald Waterway’s new ‘Star Ship,” the Emerald Sky. More…


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Cruise Line News
 
To cap a year of 50th anniversary activities, Princess Cruises, which celebrates the five decade mark in 2015, has created a special Mexico itinerary departing on December 3, 2015 – exactly 50 years to the day that the line’s original ship, Princess Patricia, set sail on the company’s very first cruise in 1965. Offered on the intimate Pacific Princess, next year’s unique sailing is the same length as the company’s first cruise – 14 days – and will include a blend of ports from the maiden itinerary such as Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Manzanillo, with some newer destinations such as La Paz and Loreto. Guests on the cruise will be treated to an array of activities and entertainment commemorating half a century of cruising by the famous line, and will also be joined by some surprise guests. More…
 
Princess Cruises announced its 2015-2016 Americas cruise itineraries including Caribbean, Canada and New England, Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaiian Islands and West Coast cruises. The array of cruise vacations departing from U.S. ports range from three to 28 days and go on sale May 13. In total, 12 ships will sail on more than 230 departures on 48 itineraries to 86 destinations. Guests will have the opportunity to sail on Princess’ two newest cruise ships to the Caribbean – Royal Princess and Regal Princess while for the first time ever, two of the line’s largest sister ships, Crown Princess and Ruby Princess, will be positioned together on the West Coast. In addition, Princess will offer a nostalgic 50th anniversary cruise to Mexico and an all-new, five-day Mexico sampler cruise with an overnight stay in Cabo San Lucas. More…
 
Caribbean cruises often make a stop at the private islands- Want to know more about Private Islands? They are a fantastic cruise experience. Read more about them here.



Fun things happening with the cruise lines

Carnival Cruise Lines  has announced a new marine-themed children’s program that will be implemented fleet wide, debuting  on the Carnival Freedom on May 24, 2014.“Camp Ocean” will replace Carnival’s current kid’s program (Camp Carnival) and will immerse kids aged 2-11 in ocean-inspired activities: games like Sea Creature Discovery, Marine Life Trivia, Under the Sea Mad Libs and Ocean Artifacts Memory Tray, as well as creative arts such as Design Your Own Aquarium, Make Your Own Sailboat, Sea Salt Art and Create a Penguin from Oreos. More...



Shore Excursion, Questions, Answers and Ideas

Is there a risk I'll miss the ship if I don't book through the cruise line?

No. Although the cruise lines would like you to believe that independent tours carry this risk, all of our tour operators are well aware of your ship's departure time, and our tours are designed to get you back to the ship with time to spare. One of our tour developers worked onboard cruise ships for 16 years, and not once did a passenger on one of his sailings miss the ship because an independent tour was late getting back to the ship. In the extremely unlikely event you were to miss the ship due to one of our tours, we guarantee that we will pay the full cost of your meals, hotel and transportation to the next port of call, and we will handle all of your arrangements for you.

Shore Excursion of the Week:

Exclusive Santorini, Oia and Winery Tour
Your tour will take you to the major must-see sites on the island. Depending on traffic the day of your tour, the order you see the sites may vary from the tour description order. One of your stops will be at the village of Oia, located at the northern tip of the island. As you travel along, you will see the different layers of lava the volcano had produced making a time line of the island's history. Oia offers magnificent views of the caldera and the rest of the other islands. Depending on the time of day, the sun paints the cliffs with different shades of color and light like an ever-changing landscape painting. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that Oia attracts so many artists. With its cobble stone streets, beautiful old mansions and houses perched on the cliff side, you can admire the traditional Cycladic architecture for which Santorini is so well known.

From Oia, you will travel across the terraced island, through Pyrgos village and make your way up to the highest peak of Santorini, Mt. Profitis Ilias (883 feet). Here a monastery of the same name was built in 1712. Although you cannot enter the monastery, you can enjoy its magnificent view of the entire island from the south end of Perissa Beach to the north part of the island were Oia village is situated.

After the photo stop, you will drive to one of the local wineries on the island. Here you can learn about how wines were once produced on the island, as well as learning of the unique way in which grapes are grown and harvested on Santorini. You will be able to sample three of the most famous wines of Santorini.

Read more about this excursion by clicking here.

Dreaming of a few hours with your family on a private island, swimming with the dolphins or participating in a yacht race? Consider the shore excursion options on your next cruise by finding your cruise here, and seeing shore excursion ideas here.  

Or view shore excursions by port here.



Latest diaries of the AllThingsCruise writers

Marcia Levin sails on NCL's new Getaway from Miami. Read her reports here.

Kimberly Button travels to Europe for the christening of Viking's new longships. She follows that with a river cruise. Read her reports here.

Jackie Finch sails on the Carnival Magic from Galveston, escaping the frigid weather in the Midwest. 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.

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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