- Michael Bayley Named President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises
- Holland America to Increase Alaska Presence 2013
- Magic Castle Talent Comes to Crystal Ships
- Celebrity Silhouette to Host First-Ever "S.S. COACHELLA"
- Daniel Hanrahan resigns as President of Celebrity Cruises
- Norwegian Breakaway to feature "Rock of Ages" live
- Princess - Sale ends July 9th
- Tauck Drops 2013 Single Supplement
- O3b Networks to Provide Ultra-Fast Internet Aboard Oasis of the Seas
- InnerSea Discoveries Adds an Expedition Vessel to Hawaii in 2013
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7-31-12 Michael Bayley Named President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises
MIAMI July 31, 2012 Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. today announced that Michael Bayley has been promoted to President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, replacing Dan Hanrahan, whose departure was recently announced. Bayley will report directly to Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. Bayley has been with Royal Caribbean for over 30 years, most recently as Executive Vice President of Operations. Prior to this role, Bayley served as Executive Vice President International, where he oversaw the international expansion for the company.
"In his role as Executive Vice President International, Michael successfully spearheaded our aggressive expansion efforts into emerging and high-growth markets, and most recently has overseen all Operations for Royal Caribbean International," said Fain. "Fortunately, Celebrity has a very strong management team to build on and I am delighted that Michael will bring his vision, passion and drive to bear on the continued growth of this important brand."
In a related move, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo will be promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations for Royal Caribbean International, reporting to Adam Goldstein, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. Lutoff-Perlo is a 27 year veteran of the company who has served in a variety of roles within both Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International. Most recently, Lutoff-Perlo served as Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations for Celebrity Cruises. In that role, she oversaw all the hotel operations of the brand, including the highly successful introduction of the Solstice-class of ships. Prior to her tour of duty with Celebrity Cruises, Lutoff-Perlo was in charge of Product Marketing and Strategic Alliances for Royal Caribbean International. In the past, she has also served both brands in a variety of increasingly senior sales roles.
"I am happy to welcome Lisa back to our team," said Goldstein. "Given her tremendous accomplishments leading Celebrity's highly successful hotel operations, I am excited to have her in this expanded role."
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises and CDF Croisières de France. The company has a combined total of 39 ships in service and three under construction. It also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Dubai, Europe and South America. Additional information can be found on www.royalcaribbean.com, www.celebritycruises.com, www.pullmantur.es, www.azamaraclubcruises.com, www.cdfcroisieresdefrance.com or www.rclinvestor.com.
7-25-12 Holland America to Increase Alaska Presence 2013 or the 2013 Alaska cruise season, Holland America Line is increasing its presence in the region with more departures and more guests than in previous years. Early Advantage savings provide free upgrades and family cruise values for 2013.
Although the number of Holland America ships deployed in Alaska will remain at seven the same as 2012 ms Amsterdam will double its departures on new seven-day roundtrip sailings from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. As a result, Alaska-season departures will increase 8.5 percent and guest capacity will increase 6 percent over 2012.
Plus, Early Advantage savings feature complimentary upgrades and free and reduced fares for third or fourth guests who share the same stateroom on select sailings. By planning ahead, a family of four can take advantage of fares on select departure dates starting at $699 per person for the first and second guest in a stateroom, and the third and fourth sailing free. Taxes are additional.
"Increasing our capacity in Alaska means that Holland America Line will offer nearly 1.6 million passenger days in the 2013 season," said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "These itineraries have always been among our most popular, and Amsterdam's new seven day departures will allow us to bring more guests to Alaska and show off the natural beauty of this part of the world. We also encourage travelers to book early and enjoy greater benefits with Early Advantage savings."
When the 1,380-guest Amsterdam begins its Alaska season May 24, the ship will sail a series of 17 seven-day Inside Passage voyages. The Vancouver sailings feature port calls at Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, Alaska, as well as scenic cruising throughout Glacier Bay National Park or Tracy Arm Fjord/Twin Sawyer glaciers.
For the 2013 Alaska cruise season, Holland America Line also will feature ms Zaandam and ms Statendam each sailing on 18 Gulf of Alaska departures from Vancouver. Statendam and Zaandam also will sail four total Inside Passage routes, along with Amsterdam (17), ms Volendam (21) and ms Zuiderdam (20). In addition, ms Oosterdam and ms Westerdam are slated to sail 21 and 20, respectively, seven-night voyages from Seattle, Wash.
Seven-day Alaskan Explorer Voyages Sail Roundtrip from Seattle
Starting May 5 and 11, respectively, the 1,916-guest Oosterdam (Sunday departures) and 1,916-guest Westerdam (Saturday departures) will sail 21 and 20 seven-day Alaskan Explorer voyages departing roundtrip from Seattle. The itinerary features port calls at Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan, Alaska; Victoria, British Columbia; and a scenic cruising experience at Tracy Arm Fjord/Twin Sawyer glaciers or Glacier Bay National Park.
Seven-day Inside Passage Voyages Sail Roundtrip from Vancouver
Five Holland America Line ships Amsterdam, Statendam, Volendam, Zaandam and Zuiderdam will sail roundtrip from Vancouver on a series of seven-day Inside Passage voyages. The 1,432-guest Volendam (Wednesday departures) and 1,916-guest Zuiderdam (Saturday departures) sail a total of 41 voyages from May 1 to September 21. During those voyages guests will visit Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Glacier Bay National Park and make a shore excursion call at Tracy Arm Fjord.
Four additional Inside Passage cruises sail aboard Statendam and Zaandam. Statendam departs Vancouver May 5 and 12, and September 22. Zaandam departs May 5.
During embarkation for the Seattle voyages, a ranger from the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park will be available to talk to guests about the Klondike parks and other national parks located throughout the Inside Passage. On all Glacier Bay sailings, a park ranger and native interpreters from the Huna people board the ships to explain the origins of their tribe and cultural traditions.
Seven-Day Glacier Discovery Voyages Sail from Vancouver to Seward (or reverse)
The 1,260-guest Statendam and 1,432-guest Zaandam once again will provide the only mid-sized cruise ship experience available in the Gulf of Alaska. Glacier Discovery cruises sail between Vancouver and Seward (Anchorage) with Sunday departures May 13 through September 16. The itinerary features port calls at Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, a day at sea in the Gulf of Alaska and scenic cruising through the Inside Passage. Each ship will sail 18 voyages and include a visit to Glacier Bay.
CruiseTours and Exclusive Shore Adventures Provide More Discovery of Alaska
Added capacity and departures also will send more guests on the line's CruiseTours, which combine a three-, four- or seven-day Inside Passage cruise with in-depth overland tours to the Yukon and Alaska's interior. Offering up to three days at Denali National Park for wildlife viewing and spectacular scenery, CruiseTours are designed to highlight the best of Alaska's wilderness, wildlife, native culture and history.
Holland America Line offers more than 250 optional shore excursions in conjunction with its Alaska cruises. While in port, guests can optimize their Alaskan experience with excursions that involve everything from adventure and wildlife watching to history, art and cuisine. Exclusive Cruise with Purpose shore excursions turn vacation time into an exciting give-and-take opportunity combining traditional tour content with a chance to make a difference to society, the environment, animal welfare or economic growth.
Guests also can enjoy active excursions such as sea kayaking, fly or sport fishing, dog sledding and viewing eagles, sea otters and whales. Other exciting excursions feature such attractions as the White Pass Summit Scenic Railway from Skagway, Russian heritage in Sitka, a photography tour in Haines and a five-course tasting meal featuring Alaska seafood prepared by a local chef in Ketchikan.
Popular seven-day Alaska Inside Passage cruises from Seattle, Wash., or Vancouver, British Columbia, start at $699 for inside staterooms or $999 for verandahs, with free upgrades and free or reduced third/fourth fares on select departures available during Holland America Line's Early Advantage savings promotion.
For more information, consult a professional travel seller; call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425); or visit www.hollandamerica.com or the Plan a Cruise tab at www.Facebook.com/HALcruises.
7-23-12 Magic Castle Talent Comes to Crystal Ships
Ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises has pulled the ultimate rabbit out of a hat with a new, industry-first program entitled "Magic Castle at Sea." Thanks to an exclusive arrangement magically orchestrated by Master Magician Rich Bloch, magicians from Hollywood's renowned private magicians' club, the Magic Castle, will come aboard to entertain and mystify guests of all ages. Starting today aboard Crystal Symphony and on August 6's Crystal Serenity voyage, the incredibly intimate evening shows add yet another live entertainment option to 13 luxury European cruises this year, and every voyage in 2013. The new affiliation also offers complimentary classes for adults to develop their own magical acts, educational enrichment on subjects like Houdini, and children's shows on select summer and holiday sailings...plus access to the secret Castle itself when in Los Angeles.
"Considering club guests can only gain entrance if they're in LA and invited by a member, Crystal's Magic Castle at Sea provides rare access to a truly spellbinding entertainment experience," says Crystal's Vice President of Entertainment, Bret Bullock. "We're thrilled to offer our guests yet another unique choice in high-caliber vacation fun."
Like at the Magic Castle itself, on-board performances are "invitation-only," with advance, complimentary "invitations"/tickets available at the ships' libraries. Guests can choose from multiple, half-hour performances over the course of several nights. Come showtime, they enter a special entrance to find the ship's Pulse or Luxe lounge transformed into the mysterious spirit of the Victorian-era Castle, with flameless candles, lighting, music, murals, bookshelves and magic movies from the 1920's. With attendance limited to just 25, audience members are privy to an extremely up-close look at sleight-of-hand tricks, impossible feats, and bewitching hocus pocus.
After vacation's end, invitations can further be used for one-time access to the real Magic Castle in Hollywood. Show attendees must call the number on the back of their used ticket to reserve entry, then present the same ticket upon arrival at the Castle.
Crystal's European season includes Baltic and Northern European cruises until September and Mediterranean sailings until December. Book Now fares for 7- to 12-day Magic Castle at Sea voyages start at $3,065/person, double occupancy, with attractive air add-ons, plus savings for groups of six or more, combining cruises, and shorter, 5- to 8-day cruise itineraries.
Crystal's award-winning, luxurious offerings always include a diverse selection of thought-provoking, scholarly, and sophisticated enrichment activities that provide extensive on-board choices for cultured world travelers.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.
7-17-12 Celebrity Silhouette to Host First-Ever "S.S. COACHELLA"
Celebrity Cruises is known for offering memorable vacation moments like no other, and for music lovers, the latest news is no exception. Goldenvoice, producers of the legendary Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, is taking to the high seas for the first time with S.S. COACHELLA debuting on the modern, luxurious Celebrity Silhouette. Offering music and vacation lovers the opportunity to experience a once-in-a-lifetime getaway filled with performances by Coachella artists in intimate settings, S.S. COACHELLA on Celebrity Silhouette will take place on two separate cruises with the same line-up of performers.
Guests can choose from two exotic itineraries: Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas, December 16-19, 2012 or Fort Lauderdale to Jamaica, December 19-23, 2012. Pulp will headline, with performances by Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, James Murphy (DJ Set), Sleigh Bells, Simian Mobile Disco, Z-Trip, !!!, Warpaint, DJ Harvey, El-P, Killer Mike and more (complete line-up below). Additional planned activities and surprises will unfold during the voyage, along with all the experiences Celebrity Silhouette provides to help guests relax and kick back.
"We're thrilled to be providing the setting for S.S. COACHELLA," said Dondra Ritzenthaler, Senior Vice President, Sales, Celebrity Cruises. "Just as the Celebrity Cruises name is synonymous with modern style, service and cuisine, the Coachella name is synonymous with cutting-edge, of-the-moment music trends."
The breathtakingly elegant Celebrity Silhouette is one of the most stylish, luxurious ships at sea. Currently the newest ship in the world-renowned Solstice class, Celebrity Silhouette offers 12 dining venues, 9 bars, multiple theaters and a pool deck reminiscent of some of South Beach's hottest hotels, making it the ideal backdrop for the inaugural S.S. COACHELLA.
Reservations for S.S. COACHELLA can be made beginning Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 10:00 am PDT (1:00 pm EDT) with prices starting at $500 per person. Easy payment plans are available with only $250 due at time of purchase. Reservations and additional details are available at www.sscoachella.com.
More information about S.S. COACHELLA is available at http://www.facebook.com/sscoachella.
Complete lineup as of this release:
Pulp Hot Chip Yeasayer Girl Talk James Murphy (DJ Set) Sleigh Bells Simian Mobile Disco Z-Trip !!! Warpaint DJ Harvey El-P Killer Mike Black Lips The Gaslamp Killer Grimes Cloud Nothings Jason Bentley The Rapture (DJ Set) Father John Misty Tokimonsta Alf Alpha
7-11-12 Daniel Hanrahan resigns as President of Celebrity Cruises
After 13 years of successful service with Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd., Daniel Hanrahan, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, announced today he will be leaving at the end of July to take an exciting new opportunity.
"While leaving Celebrity isn't easy for me, I am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish the last seven years," said Hanrahan. "The delivery of Celebrity Solstice in 2008 changed what was a great brand into the finest premium cruise line in the industry. In four years, we took delivery of five new ships, 'Solsticized' the Millennium class, repositioned the brand around 'Modern Luxury', achieved record high guest ratings and won numerous awards as the best sales organization. Not to mention, we saw our profitability improve dramatically. To say I'm leaving Celebrity in good hands is an understatement. From our teams here in Miami and Wichita, to our crew members on Celebrity ships around the world, this is the finest group of professionals I have ever worked with. I know the Celebrity momentum will continue."
"Finally, I want to thank all the people of Celebrity for their support and help to me over the past years. I feel extremely fortunate to have had the wonderful opportunities our company provided. I'll always look back proudly on what we have accomplished and be thankful for all the wonderful people who have touched my life."
"Royal Caribbean has been very fortunate to have benefited from Dan's leadership and vision over the past 13 years," said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "Dan has made countless contributions to the company, such as leading the creation of the award-winning 'Get Out There' campaign for Royal Caribbean International, to transforming the Celebrity brand with the stunning Solstice Class fleet. I wish him nothing but the best as he moves on to the next phase of what I'm certain will continue to be a very successful career.""Fortunately, Dan is leaving a very strong organization, and we are lucky to have great bench strength to continue our vision. While I am sorry to see Dan leave our family, with the strong base of the Celebrity organization and the continued support of the travel agent community, I know Celebrity's future is in good hands," added Fain. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (nyse/osx:RCL) is a global cruise vacation company that also operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Pullmantur, CDF Croisieres de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture with TUI AG. The company owns a combined total of 40 ships and has one under construction and two under agreement. It also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Dubai, Europe and South America.
7-5-12 Norwegian Breakaway to feature "Rock of Ages" live Norwegian Cruise Line continued its legacy of innovating cruise ship entertainment as it announced that the five-time Tony Award nominated musical ROCK OF AGES will be featured on Norwegian Breakaway, along with two additional Broadway shows: the dance sensation BURN THE FLOOR and CIRQUE DREAMS & DINNER JUNGLE FANTASY. The line also introduced all of the varied and exciting entertainment acts and venues that will debut on the ship, including the famed comedy troupe The Second City and Howl at the Moon at Headliners Comedy Club and New York's own Slam Allen in Fat Cats Jazz & Blues Club.
"As a lifelong New Yorker, it's critically important to me that Norwegian Breakaway becomes New York's ship - the only way to cruise from New York when she arrives next May. Our goal is to bring elements of New York on board so that guests will feel a real connection to the ship as New York's true flagship," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line's chief executive officer. "With ROCK OF AGES performing in the Breakaway Theater, along with BURN THE FLOOR, CIRQUE DREAMS & DINNER JUNGLE FANTASY in the Spiegel Tent, and all the other entertainment offerings, we are truly bringing Broadway to the high seas and delivering the high caliber entertainment that New Yorkers have come to expect."
ROCK OF AGES is one of the longest running shows in Broadway history and offers Broadway's best party. The New York Times has called the show, "Absurdly enjoyable! About as guilty as pleasures get!" The classic rock love story of the decade features such feel-good, sing-out-loud songs such as "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "I Wanna Know What Love Is," "Here I Go Again," "Don't Stop Believin," and more. The Broadway show is now also Hollywood's biggest party as the film of the musical by New Line Cinema was released on June 15, 2012.
In addition to being a bona fide Broadway hit musical, ROCK OF AGES was a runaway success in Toronto and Australia; has a production running in London's West End; and has several successful licensed productions in Asia.
ROCK OF AGES is lead produced on Broadway by Michael Cohl and Jonathan Linden of S2BN Entertainment and Matthew Weaver. Norwegian Breakaway will feature multiple, specially-designed entertainment venues throughout the ship so that guests can choose from a wide variety of entertainment each evening of their cruise with choices to appeal to a broad audience.
BURN THE FLOOR
Offering shows in both the 800-seat Breakaway Theater and more intimate performances in The Manhattan Room, dance sensation BURN THE FLOOR will dazzle guests with their re-invented ballroom dancing.
Beginning with, and maintaining all the wonderful traditions and the social history of the Ballroom dance art form, BURN THE FLOOR is a groundbreaking show, serving as a melting pot of styles, energy and excitement for today's generation of dancers. It is Ballroom "supercharged."
During the course of the show, the dancers perform all the Ballroom and Latin styles, including The Waltz, Cha Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Mambo, Tango, Swing, Jive, Lindy Hop, Viennese Waltz, and Paso Doble. The music is eclectic, from Swing and Waltz classics to J-Lo and Credence Clearwater. Two vocalists perform in many languages during the show, including English, Spanish and Portuguese.
The show premiered in London in 1999 and toured the US for the first time in 2000, including performances at Radio City Music Hall. After touring around the world, in a variety of countries, including Japan, Singapore and Australia, BURN THE FLOOR premiered on Broadway in 2009. Originally intended to be a limited run, the show opened to rave reviews in New York and extended its original run into January 2010, performing 193 shows. Already staged in more than 300 cities globally, BURN THE FLOOR is currently in the midst of its World Tour of the Broadway Production with dates in Holland, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan, and will return to the US later this year before joining Norwegian Breakaway in 2013.
CIRQUE DREAMS & DINNER -- JUNGLE FANTASY IN THE SPIEGEL TENT
Following the huge success of the revolutionary CIRQUE DREAMS & DINNER on Norwegian Epic, famed producer/director Neil Goldberg will present an adaptation of the Broadway show CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY featuring the best of both critically acclaimed productions. The new show will be entitled CIRQUE DREAMS & DINNER - JUNGLE FANTASY and will perform in the ship's intimate Spiegel Tent.
Proclaimed "the grandest circus spectacle east of Vegas" by New York Magazine, CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY debuted at the Broadway Theatre in 2008 and is, to date, the first and only show of its kind to ever perform on Broadway. The show received an American Theatre Wing, Best Costume Design nomination and has played to over 3.5 million people in more than 200 cities throughout the United States, as well as thousands of U.S. military troops and their families throughout 10 countries.
CIRQUE DREAMS & DINNER - JUNGLE FANTASY will feature an international cast of Cirque Dreamers performing amazing feats while bringing to life a soaring Ballet of Butterflies, Flipping Monkeys, Hopping Frogs, Spine-bending Lizards and Fanciful Birds in an exotic, awe-inspiring adventure.
FAT CATS JAZZ & BLUES CLUB FEATURING SLAM ALLEN
Following his extremely popular performance as the house band in the Jazz & Blues Club on Norwegian Epic, New York's own Slam Allen will take the stage in Fat Cats Jazz & Blues Club on Norwegian Breakaway. Fat Cats will feature nightly live blues and jazz performances by Allen and other world-class talent. The urban setting creates a hipster vibe complete with full bar and comfortable leather sofas and chairs. Fat Cats will also feature outdoor seating on The Waterfront, a Norwegian Breakaway exclusive, where guests can enjoy a drink and the live music while feeling the warm ocean breeze.
For more than 20 years, Slam Allen has been entertaining audiences around the world with his unique blend of soul and blues. For the past eight years, he has played an important role, as the lead singer and guitarist, in the legendary James Cotton Band. Music is in Allen's blood -- he got his start from his father and uncles who were known as the Allen Brothers Band. On Norwegian Breakaway, Allen will play a wide range of songs from B.B. King and Otis Redding to his own original music in the intimate Fat Cats Jazz & Blues Club.
THE SECOND CITY AND HOWL AT THE MOON IN HEADLINERS
Headliners Comedy Club debuts on Norwegian Breakaway with the hilarious improvisational comedy of The Second City, as Norwegian continues its exclusive partnership with the famed troupe. For more than 50 years, The Second City has honed the skills of comedic legends such as Bill Murray, Chris Farley, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Jason Sudeikis. The ensemble aboard Norwegian Breakaway will perform a special customized comedy revue of satirical skits, hilarious songs and inventive improvisation. The venue's design centers on a show lounge format with a small raised stage, concrete floors and brick walls with a full bar.
The world's greatest rock n' roll dueling piano show, Howl at the Moon, which received rave reviews on Norwegian Epic, will also be featured in Headliners on board Norwegian Breakaway. This total entertainment experience features talented piano players who not only entertain the guests; they make the guests part of the show. The fun is centered around two baby grand pianos and a full out rock show with Howl's entertainers playing the best music from 70's rock to hip-hop for four hours per show. Howl at the Moon, with multiple locations across the United States, encourages people to channel their inner rock star, so guests should get ready to clap, sing, dance and howl.
7-3-12 Princess - Sale ends July 9th
Note: we have been watching Princess and they only give out their best prices during these sales - do not expect everyday prices at Princess to be discounted, they are not. The sales offer significant savings - as they show you below: so take advantage of them! - Paul Motter - editor.
Princess Cruises Red, White and Blue Sale Offers Cruise Deals
Travelers Can Save Up to $1,000 on Cruises to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Canada & New England, Hawaii, Mexico and West Coast
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (June 28, 2012) Princess Cruises is starting July with a bang with the "Red, White and Blue Sale" from July 2-9, featuring cruise deals on North American departure cruises. Travelers can save up to $1,000 per stateroom plus receive up to $100 stateroom credit on cruises to the Caribbean Panama Canal, Canada & New England, Hawaii, Mexico and West Coast.
The Red, White and Blue Sale includes more than 80 cruise options in 2012, departing between September and December.
In addition to fare savings, passengers booking interior or oceanview staterooms can receive an onboard credit of $25 (cruises up to 9 days) to $50 (cruises 10 days or longer), and in balcony staterooms or above can get credits of $50 (cruises up to 9 days) or $100 (for sailings 10 days or longer). All onboard credits are offered per stateroom.
Examples of cruise deals include:
Caribbean cruise 7 days: $699 balcony (was $949); $499 interior (was $599)
British Colombia & West Coast cruise 7 days: $649 balcony (was $1,149); $499 interior (was $899)
Canada & New England cruise 7 days: $999 balcony (was $1,299); $549 interior (was $799)
Mexico cruise 7 days: $899 balcony (was $1,149); $699 interior (was $799)
Roundtrip Panama Canal cruise 10 days: $1,599 balcony (was $1,649); $999 interior (was $1,099)
Hawaiian Islands cruise 14 days: $1,799 balcony (was $2,345); $1,099 interior (was $1,445)
Full Transit Panama Canal cruise 14 days: $1,799 balcony (was $2,299); $1,099 interior (was $1,599)
All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The Red, White and Blue Sale begins at 12:01 a.m. PDT on July 2 through 11:59 p.m. PDT on July 9, 2012 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Reservations made during the sale require a non-refundable deposit.
Additional cruise sale information is available at http://www.princess.com/sale.
6-26-12 Tauck Drops 2013 Single Supplement
Tauck Drops Category 1 Single SupplementFrom All 2013 European River Cruises. Solo Traveler Savings Up To $4,676; Two New Itineraries On Tap For 2013
NORWALK, CT (June 26, 2012) Good news is at hand for solo travelers frustrated by paying a higher per-person cabin rate than cruisers sharing a stateroom with a spouse or friend. Tauck, named the "World's Best River Cruise Line" by Travel + Leisure magazine, is dropping the "single supplement" for Category 1 cabins on each of its 2013 European river cruises. The savings apply to every departure on all 14 of Tauck's European river cruise itineraries.
"The fact that we've waived the Category 1 single supplement on over 100 Tauck river cruise sailings will be welcome news to solo travelers everywhere," said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar. "What's more, the savings they'll enjoy are substantial." According to Mahar, the savings are as high as $4,676 (on Tauck's 24-day, trans-European cruise), and the average savings is over $2,400. Tauck is also offering savings of $1,000 off the normal single supplement on Category 3 cabins on selected sailings of eight different European river cruise itineraries. The $1,000 Category 3 savings represent an average reduction in the single supplement of nearly 40%.
Tauck river cruises were already a smart option for solo travelers heading to Europe, noted Mahar, who added that the single supplement savings now make them an even better choice. "For solo travelers organizing their own trip to Europe, all the work of planning and executing the itinerary falls entirely on their own shoulders, but with a Tauck river cruise, everything is taken care of for them," said Mahar. "And of course, there's a camaraderie and connection with their fellow travelers, plus a great sense of security, that solo travelers don't get to enjoy on their own. Finally, because our riverboats hold just 118 guests, they offer a refined, club-like atmosphere that's very intimate and welcoming for anyone traveling on their own."
NEW CRUISE ITINERARIES FOR FAMILIES AND ART LOVERS
Along with the solo traveler savings, Tauck's 2013 river cruise plans include the launch of two new itineraries on the Rhone, "Bon Voyage: France Family River Cruise" (part of the Tauck Bridges collection of family-specific trips), and "Artistic Impressions: Monte-Carlo to Paris" which highlights art culture and history. The 10-day Tauck Bridges family cruise begins with an included two-night hotel stay with guided sightseeing in Paris that includes the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and a special dinner at Fouquet's. Guests then travel on the high-speed TGV train to Lyon, where they'll board Tauck's MS Swiss Emerald for a seven-night cruise on the Rhone.
A number of special activities in Paris and during the river cruise add to the fun, including a scavenger hunt in the Louvre, the opportunity to play petanque in Viviers, a hayride in the Camargue, kayaking in the shadow of Pont du Gard, and the chance to sample local chocolates and prepare simple French dishes in Tournon. Tauck is offering three departures of "Bon Voyage: France Family River Cruise," on July 11, July 25 and August 1, 2013. The cruise is priced from $4,690 per person, plus air.
Tauck's art-inspired "Artistic Impressions: Monte-Carlo to Paris" itinerary begins with guided sightseeing and an included two-night stay at the Fairmont Monte Carlo in Monaco before guests board the MS Swiss Emerald in Arles. Special art-themed activities during the subsequent nine-night Rhone cruise include guided tours of the Chagall and Matisse museums in Nice, as well as the Jean Cocteau Museum in Menton. Guests will also trace van Gogh's footsteps in Arles, and explore the works of Cezanne in the Granet Museum in Aix-en-Provence.
In addition, guests will view Roman antiquities at Vienne's Musees Gallo-Romains and enjoy tours of Beaux Arts museums in both Dijon and Lyon. The itinerary ends with an included two-night stay at the Hilton Arc de Triomphe in Paris, where guests will get a behind-the-scenes tour of an artist's studio and choose between guided tours of the Louvre or the Musee de Rodin. Departures for "Artistic Impressions: Monte-Carlo to Paris" are May 17 and September 18, 2013, and the 14-day itinerary is priced from $7,190 per-person, double occupancy, plus air.
6-23-12 O3b Networks to Provide Ultra-Fast Internet Aboard Oasis of the Seas
O3b Networks today announced a milestone multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to provide high-speed satellite-delivered broadband service aboard the world's largest cruise ship. By summer 2013, more than 8,000 guests, staff and crew members aboard the cruise industry leader's flagship Oasis of the Seas – under the Royal Caribbean International brand – will be the first to enjoy O3b's enhanced connectivity at sea as if connected to fiber at home or in the office.
A true technology innovator, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is the first to utilize O3b's new maritime offering O3b Maritime, which delivers the reach of satellite and the speed and latency of fiber at a fraction of the cost of conventional providers. O3b is enabling maritime service providers to offer affordable fiber-like capacity across the Caribbean and ocean regions around the world. Providing unparalleled bandwidth, O3b's steerable satellite beams will provide cruise industry passengers ultra-fast Internet communications throughout their voyage.
"Royal Caribbean is committed to delivering the most contemporary vacation to our guests, and that includes pushing ahead for onboard technological advances that offer the modern conveniences that guests enjoy on land," said Adam M. Goldstein, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. "This milestone agreement with O3b Networks enables us to provide our guests with unprecedented Internet service at sea aboard Oasis of the Seas and potentially in the future aboard other ships in our fleet.
"From the moment we met the Royal Caribbean team we were struck by an intense customer focus and a determination to provide an unrivalled cruise experience to their guests on board" said Steve Collar, Chief Executive Officer, O3b Networks. "With O3b Maritime, Oasis of the Seas will experience connection speeds that are an order of magnitude higher and latency that is four times lower than offered in the market today. At O3b, we believe that affordable, high speed broadband should always be within reach – wherever you are in the world, on land and at sea - and we are delighted to showcase the unrivalled performance of O3b Maritime together with Royal Caribbean."
Oasis of the Seas shares the title of the world's largest and most innovative cruise ship with sister-ship Allure of the Seas. With a cache of distinct onboard activities and amenities, Oasis of the Seas offers one-of-a-kind entertainment performances, culinary concepts, retail venues and technology innovations. An architectural marvel at sea, Oasis of the Seas is divided into seven distinct themed neighborhoods, which include Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. The ship spans 16 decks, encompasses 225,282 gross registered tons, carries 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and features 2,700 staterooms. Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas alternates a Western Caribbean with an Eastern Caribbean seven-night itinerary from her homeport of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
6-18-12 InnerSea Discoveries Adds an Expedition Vessel to Hawaii in 2013
Wilderness Explorer to sail active adventure cruises between Oahu and Hawaii, the Big Island November 2013-April 2014
Seattle, WA, June 19, 2012 – InnerSea Discoveries' 76-guest expedition vessel Wilderness Explorer begins active adventure cruising among the Hawaiian Islands in fall 2013. The boat joins the line's 36-guest upscale yacht Safari Explorer offering island explorations from the sea.
From November 2013 through April 2014, the Wilderness Explorer will sail seven-night AdventureBound Hawaii cruises between Oahu and the Big Island and reverse. The itinerary visits Ka'ena Point State Park, Wai'anae Harbor, Maui, Lana'i, Honomalino Bay, Opihihali and Kailua-Kona. Guests will also enjoy scenic cruising and searching for whales and dolphins in the wildlife-rich Humpback National Marine Sanctuary.
"We are sending the Wilderness Explorer to Hawaii to add another option for travelers seeking an active island adventure at a moderate price." said Tim Jacox, executive vice president of sales and marketing. "It's a tremendous value when you add in all the included activities and the ability to explore multiple scenic islands."
Highlights of the new itinerary include snorkeling at Molokini's undersea volcanic crater, a night snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta Rays, watching whales and dolphins and guided hikes exploring scenic areas on all four islands. Expert naturalists provide interpretation on guided excursions ashore and at sea.
The Wilderness Explorer has a swim platform for easy access to water sports equipment and entry into the water. A specially built kayak launch platform comfortably launches four kayaks at once. Guests enjoy included water sports activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, skiff explorations and swimming. Guests may also take a spin on the innovative human-powered watercraft powered by two peddlers and up to six paddlers.
On board, innovative meals are served buffet style to accommodate a flexible schedule of adventure activities. A wellness program includes a sauna, fitness equipment, complimentary yoga on deck and massages for a fee. Cabins feature a flatscreen TV/DVD player, iPod dock and eco-friendly bath amenities. In the lounge, guests will find a selection of games and a library of books and DVDs.
For luxury adventures in the Hawaiian Islands, the line's 36-guest Safari Explorer sails seven-night cruises between Hawaii, the Big Island and Lana'i with two days of activities on Moloka'i. Guests making a new reservation on the yacht by September 30, 2012 receive a $500 travel credit per couple for cruises November 2012-April 2013.
Cruise fares on the Wilderness Explorer start at $2,495 based on double occupancy. To book an un-cruise adventure or to request additional information, contact your travel agent or InnerSea Discoveries at 888-862-8881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.