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March 15, 2015

You Are Invited to a Private Online Webinar
With Crystal Cruises.
Princess Cruises is Offering Reduced & Refundable Deposits.
A Yachting Experience on the Sea Dream II.
Why Royal Caribbean’s New Quantum of the Seas
is a Genuine "Smart Ship."


Important Announcement:

You Are Invited to a Webinar: Crystal Cruises will be presenting information about the line, its ships and itineraries.  

Want to learn more about Crystal Cruises? Attend our Crystal Cruises Webinar,
scheduled for this coming Wednesday, 3/18/15, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

An exclusive offer for guests attending the Crystal Cruises and CruiseCompete webinar. 
“Up to $500 off per couple for new bookings on most future Crystal voyages,
booked by March 31st, 2015”

The amount of the fare reduction varies based on the voyage and the stateroom category.

Click here to sign up for the Webinar!


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$5,150 13NT•Caribbean•April 3•Free One-Category Upgrade +SBC500•
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$7,250 18NT•Panama Canal April 16•Free One-Category Upgrade +SBC1000•
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$3,450 7NT•Alaska•May 21•Free One-Category Upgrade +SBC500•
Silver Shadow, Silversea Cruises - Alaska

$749 7NTS Eastern Caribbean- St.Thomas & Tortola -$749 pp includes Choice
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This Month's Featured Cruise Line: Princess Cruises

Princess offers more than 100 different itineraries to offer travelers that opportunity to literally cover the globe, with sailings to all seven continents that call at approximately 350 ports and destinations around the world.
This month, they are offering some spectacular deals!

Princess Cruises Offers Deals on Summer Cruise Vacations-Guests Can Save Up to 30% on Summer Cruises plus Book with a 50% Reduced Deposit

Princess Cruises is getting ready for summer with a special cruise sale on the line’s summer cruise destinations. The “Summer Super Savers” sale features up to 30% savings on over 100 summer cruise vacations.

Cruises on sale include voyages to some of the most intriguing destinations throughout Europe, including cruises to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia and Russia, and the British Isles. Or travelers can explore the natural beauty and awe-inspiring sights on an Alaska Cruise and experience even more of The Great Land onboard with Princess’ immersive North to Alaska! program.

In addition to special savings, guests can reserve their cruise with a 50% reduced, refundable deposit of only 10% of the booking total instead of the typical 20%.
Examples of “Summer Super Savers” cruise deals include:

  • Alaska Voyage of the Glaciers cruise — 7 days: $649 interior (was $979); $1,599 balcony (was $1,939)

  • Alaska Inside Passage cruise — 7 days: $699 interior (was $849); $1,199 balcony (was $1,549)

  • Mediterranean cruise — 12 days: $1,799 interior (was $2,299); $2,299 balcony (was $3,299)

  • Scandinavia and Russia cruise — 11 days: $1,999 interior (was $2,299); $2,399 balcony (was $3,099)

  • British Isles cruise — 12 days: $1,999 interior (was $2,199); $2,499 (was $3,199)

All cruise prices are per person based on double occupancy. The “Summer Super Savers” sale runs from 12:01 a.m. PDT on March 5 through 11:59 p.m. PDT on April 14, 2015, and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Bermuda.

Princess Cruises “Denali on Sale” Offers Deals to the Heart of Alaska-Alaska Land and Sea Vacations Begin at $99 per Day

Guests can experience the awe-inspiring sights Alaska has to offer by land and sea at a special price. Princess Cruises’ “Denali on Sale” event offers fares as low as $99 per day with refundable deposit.

Alaska land and sea vacations combine the cruise line’s popular seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers Alaska cruise, which includes scenic cruising through pristine Glacier Bay National Park, with a three- to eight-day land tour featuring stays at exclusive Princess Wilderness Lodges and scenic rail service as guests explore the picturesque Alaska wilderness and see the majesty of the Denali area, particularly Mt. McKinley, North America’s tallest peak.
Examples of “Denali on Sale” land and sea vacation deals include:

  • 10-night On Your Own (tour CAX): $999 interior; $1,699 balcony

  • 11-night On Your Own (tour FAX): $1,499 interior; $2,399 balcony

  • 10-night Denali Explorer (tour BB3); $1,299 interior; $2,099 balcony

  • 12-night Denali Explorer (tour GB5): $1,399 interior; $2,099 balcony

  • 14-night Connoisseur (tour QAZ): $2,599 interior; $3,499 balcony

This year, guests can enjoy even more of Alaska onboard and become fully immersed in the Great Alaska experience with Princess Cruises’ new North to Alaska! offerings.

Created in partnership with local experts, North to Alaska! features a variety of authentic Alaska culinary, educational and entertainment experiences designed to delve deeper into the fascinating frontier guests are exploring around them. The program includes expanded Alaska seafood offerings, with signature dishes from local chefs and restaurants for guests to savor; unique interactions with Alaskans, including compelling tales of guest speakers from Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch; and onboard festivals that allow guests to eat like a local, learn from the locals and celebrate like a local.

All cruise prices are per person based on double occupancy. “Denali on Sale” runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on April 14, 2015, and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Bermuda.
Princess Cruises Specials

About Princess Cruises:

Best for:

The mid-size and big ships are best for couples, families, multi-generational groups and singles who enjoy an active environment and want many itinerary choices. For mature travelers who want a small-ship experience with few children, longer itineraries and off-the-beaten path ports, the Ocean Princess and Pacific Princess are good choices.

Atmosphere and experience onboard:

A good slogan for Princess might be: “Have it Your Way,” for the line has a fleet of different style ships, sails itineraries all over the world – and successfully blends traditional cruise elements with more modern amenities.

For example, the line has set seating – and also offers “Anytime Dining.” The entertainment mix includes traditional Vegas-style revues, talent shows and comedians – and also the newer “Movies Under the Stars.”

The dining mix (varies by ship) might include a New Orleans-style café or an Italian restaurant. The three-deck Piazza, a relatively new feature that’s being expanded to older ships, includes a 24-hour café, a wine bar and Alfredo’s pizza, as well as shops and a performance venue.

Princess ships have casinos, nightclubs, discos and kids’ clubs. All have Lotus spas and fitness centers that offer yoga and other classes. Some spas feature alternative therapies like acupuncture; the newer ones have such medi-spa options like Botox and other fillers. Depending on the ship, activities might include art auctions and all kinds of classes (some carry a fee): computer technology, photography, ceramics or cooking.

The newest (Royal Class) ships have expanded Piazzas, SeaWalks (glass-enclosed walkway) and Princess Live! (interactive TV studio).

Princess cruises include both formal nights (one for seven-to-13-night trips) and smart casual nights. Formal means a tuxedo or dark suit for men and gowns, cocktail dresses or fancy pants suit for women. Smart Casual means pants and open neck shirts for men and dresses; skirts or slacks and sweaters or blouses for women. T shirts, shorts and halter tops are not allowed in the dining rooms. Shoes must be worn in the dining rooms.

Back in “the old days” of cruising, friends and family were allowed to come aboard with passengers, perhaps to share some champagne and small treats before the sailing time. That sweet custom ended, but Princess revived it with the “Bon Voyage” experience, which allows guests to come aboard for a tour and lunch with wine. The package, which runs about four hours, costs $39 and is a nice way to share the cruise experience. (And if any guests decide to take a cruise after sampling the experience, that $39 can be applied to the price.)

Destinations served:

  • Alaska

  • Asia, India, and Africa

  • Australia and New Zealand

  • California Coastal

  • Canada and New England

  • Caribbean

  • Europe

  • Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific

  • Mexico

  • Panama Canal

  • South America

  • World Cruise


Depending on the ship, fellow passengers can include family groups, couples, singles or mature travelers. On the big or mid-size ships, you’ll find the broadest mix. The two smaller ships – Ocean Princess and Pacific Princess – have fewer features that appeal to families and sail longer itineraries to more exotic ports, so they attract travelers who have more leisure time.

Policies regarding children onboard: 
The minimum passenger age is 6 months on Alaska, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, Trans-canal and Australia/New Zealand cruises, and 12 months on all other cruises, including transatlantic and transpacific itineraries.

Children under the age of 3 are welcome to visit the Youth Center, if accompanied and supervised by a parent at all times.

All vessels, with the exception of the Ocean and Pacific Princess, have dedicated Youth Centers and Teen Lounges. These two vessels offer youth programs when 20 or more children, ages 3-17, are traveling on a given voyage. Children under the age of 3 are welcome to visit the Youth Center, if accompanied and supervised by a parent at all times.


Featured Travel Writers & Diaries

  • Chet & Cindy Janssens enjoy a laid-back yachting experience on the SeaDream II. Read their travel diary here.
  • Cuba is all in the news these days and we are going to get a close hand look from Barbara Orr circumnavigated the island on a Cuba cruise. Follow her here.
  • David Molyneaux tells us why RCCL's new Quantum of the Seas is a genuine "smart ship."
  • Stuart and Janet Wilson are on another adventure, this time a wine cruise with AmaWaterways. Read their articles here.
  • Dave Houser crosses the Atlantic Ocean on the sailing ship, the Star Flyer. Follow his reports here.
  • Marcia Levin experiences a new 11-day Caribbean itinerary on the Costa Mediterranea. Follow her here.

Interested in learning more about the luxury lines?

Find out more about Crystal Cruises at the upcoming webinar. Register here.
About Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises consistently ranks among the top luxury cruise lines in the world, having won an unprecedented number of major awards. They have been voted World's Best by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler, more than any other cruise line, hotel or resort.

There are good reasons for these accolades. While other cruise lines renovate ships every few years or when the ships begin to look tired or shabby, Crystal ships are refreshed and updated often, sometimes every year. In recent years, the company has spent almost $120 million on fleet makeovers and $52 million on the Serenity alone within a two-year period.

Staterooms are elegant, and the Crystal Penthouses are drop-dead gorgeous, with furnishings that wouldn’t be out of place in a Manhattan penthouse, as well as state-of-the-art technology. Many verandah staterooms have medical-grade air purifiers; all have top quality bedding, good-size closet space and luxurious marble bathrooms.

The destinations served by Crystal Cruises:

  • Africa
  • Alaska
  • Antarctica
  • Asia
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Caribbean
  • Hawaii and South Pacific
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican Riviera
  • New England and Canada
  • Northern Europe
  • Pacific Coast
  • Panama Canal
  • South America
  • Trans-Atlantic Crossing
  • World Cruise

Crystal Cruises Specials
Find out more about Crystal Cruises at the upcoming webinar. Register here.


More Information About the Lines:

Everything you need to know about the various cruise lines and their ships:

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Cruise Specials by Length… 3 days, to 6 months or more. See all the options here.

Cruise Specials by Month… Now through December 2015. Get a month by month breakdown by clicking here.

Holiday Cruise Specials… Celebrate your holidays with a cruise. To see all the holiday options, click here.


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