04.13.2010  
 


CruiseMates Norwegian Epic cruise sails Oct 30, 2010.

Join CruiseMates on Norwegian Epic

By paul motter

CruiseMates, a leading online cruise guide and community of cruise ship enthusiasts is pleased to announce the first CruiseMates group cruise with a culinary theme, Chef Matt Sigel's Cruise with CruiseMates to sail on Norwegian Epic, October 30, 2010.

Chef Matt Sigel gained notoriety as a chef contestant on season four of the highly rated show "Hell's Kitchen." Hailing from Pinehill, NJ, the 35 year old Sigel is a charismatic and passionate chef who can claim the best wild mushroom risotto ever served in Hell's Kitchen history. The show, while based in L.A. is named after the newly gentrified Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City where trendy new restaurants adorn 9th Avenue not far from Broadway.

Matt has a passion for culinary creation but prefers to preach humility. He says any budding professional chef needs to learn to "eat crow and be passionate, having an ego will kill you." He also says "you can even learn from a dishwasher, so always be prepared to learn something new." And for the home culinary experts he says, "Know your ingredients; appreciate where they came from and how they got to your marketplace." When asked to name his favorite ingredient, Matt loves to work with lobster, especially fresh from the waters of Maine.

Chef Matt Sigels' Cruise with CruiseMates will sail Norwegian Epic on October 30, 2010 - the first Halloween cruise for this ship. Pricing starts as low as $599 pp for inside cabins.

In addition, each stateroom will receive a $75 onboard credit, savings coupons and a private cocktail party just for the group and Chef Matt Sigel.

Carnival Splendor in Mexico
One remaining bargain that still has not recovered since the economic meltdown of 2009 is the Mexican Riviera route. Why is it still struggling? It is hard to say actually. Now that H1N1 is no longer in the news, the cost of Mexico cruises should be going higher logically - like all other cruise markets - but if you look to the right you will see that America's Vacation Center has a seven-day cruise on Carnival Splendor, one of the line's newest ships, selling for as low as $369 per person. This is among the cheapest seven-day cruises anywhere - but this is a quality cruise ships - one of the nicest in carnival's entire fleet.

Now, the sail date for this cruise is next October which does have some logic, summer is generally more expensive for Mexico cruises due to demand by families with kids on vacation, and because much of the available capacity moves to Alaska for the summer season. But when fall returns as early as mid-September you can get on Carnival Splendor for under $400 per person. There are even bargains on last minute Mexico cruises available right now, if you book before summer vacation.

The same is true for the other megaship going south of the border, Mariner of the Seas from Royal Caribbean - through the summer the price averages well over $700 per person for a minimum cabin, but come September the price drops under $500. Freedom of the Seas on Sale!

Before Oasis of the Seas came out, Freedom of the Seas was the hottest ticket in the mainstream cruise industry. It was the largest cruise ship in the world and is still packed with tons of fun action amenities such as the Flo-Rider surfing machines, cantilevered hot tubs, great ice shows and a huge Royal Promenade inside the ship.

You can now book a cruise on Freedom for as low as $549 per person. Once again, prices will go up with summer vacation. This ship is very popular with families, so if you book between June and August you will pay between $800 and $1000. But as early as August 29 the price drops below $600 once again.

Freedom and her sister ship Liberty of the Seas will soon both begin offering shorter four and five day cruises next winter, so you will be able to try out some of the coolest ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet at very reasonable prices.

Latest on the European Ash Cloud:
The latest reports predict that European travel could be back to 50% by today, including British Air, but it is a day to day story. Visibility is not the only factor; the dust can get into the jet engines and cause permanent damage. It is said the sand-like ash can actually turn into something like molten glass with the high temperatures generated inside of jet engines. So far, the airlines with cancelled flights include Air Canada, British Air and most European carriers.

But some European airlines have conducted non-passenger test flights and are saying they think it is safe to fly. This includes KLM, British Air and Lufthansa. Each announced that they do not perceive any significant danger with the air up there.

If you are looking to book a flight to Europe, I suggest you plan to leave early, you could find your route changing unexpectedly. For example, flights to Spain have been opened once again so many people are flying into Spain and catching local ships to the U.K.


We want your cruise reviews!

CruiseMates started publishing our readers' cruise reviews long before other web sites even thought of it. We already have thousands of reviews online, but there are never enough! CruiseMates and our sister site cruisereviews.com both want more of YOUR cruise reviews. So, please send them to us:

  • To submit a cruise review to CruiseReviews.com, please go here.

  • To submit a cruise review to CruiseMates, please go here .
 
 
hr blue bar
 
Carnival Splendor from $369
Roundtrip Long Beach to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas
•  America's Vacation Center (866) 501-7271
CM Note: A beautiful new ship at one of the best prices for a cruise anywhere!
 
hr blue bar
 
Norwegian Cruise Lines 50% Reduced Deposit Sale!
Book any NCL cruise between 4/19/10 and 5/2/10 and receive 50% reduced deposit plus FREE Travel Insurance on cruises 5 nights or longer!
•  Direct Line Cruises 1-800-352-8088
CM says: See the biggest cruise ship in the world from $899!
 
hr blue bar
 
8-night Southern Caribbean from $659
Carnival Miracle from Ft Lauderdale to Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Curacao; $50 onboard credit.
•  Cruise Planners 1-800-561-0802
CM says: Exotic itinerary, balcony cabins from $899, a top-rated Carnival ship!
 
hr blue bar
 
7-Night Royal Caribbean from $579
Freedom of the Seas sailing from Port Canaveral. Balcony cabins just $849.
•  America's Vacation Center (866) 501-7271
CM says: One of Royal Caribbean's most popular ships at a great price.
 
hr blue bar
 
Oceania Marina on Sale!
Inaugural Passage Miami to San Francisco | 18 Days Sail Date: 02/08/2011 from $3,799 per guest
•  CRUISE MARKETPLACE 1-800-826-4333
CM says: Great new ship on its inaugural season - Oceania at its best yet!
 
hr blue bar
 
MSC Splendida 7-Day Europe $829
Roundtrip Barcelona to Tunisia, Malta, Messina (Sicily), Rome, Genoa and Marseille,
•  America's Vacation Center (866) 501-7271
CM Note: A beautiful new ship and interesting itinerary. Balcony from $1099!
 
hr blue bar
 
Carnival Balcony Staterooms from $779!
Book an ocean-view stateroom on the Carnival Miracle 8-night Caribbean cruise from NY and receive a FREE upgrade to a balcony stateroom + FREE Travel Insurance! Offer applies to select sailings. Expires 4/25/10.
•  Direct Line Cruises 1-800-352-8088
CM says: See the biggest cruise ship in the world from $899!
 
hr blue bar
 
8-night Southern Caribbean from $659
Carnival Miracle from Ft Lauderdale to Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Curacao; $50 onboard credit.
•  Cruise Planners 1-800-561-0802
CM says: Exotic itinerary, balcony cabins from $899, a top-rated Carnival ship!
 
hr blue bar
 
7-Night Bermuda Cruise from $499
New York to Bermuda with three nights at King's Wharf. Balcony cabins from $899
•  America's Vacation Center (866) 501-7271
CM says: A great New York getaway cruise sailing May 23.
 
hr blue bar
 
Oceania Marina on Sale!
Inaugural Passage Miami to San Francisco | 18 Days Sail Date: 02/08/2011 from $3,799 per guest
•  CRUISE MARKETPLACE 1-800-826-4333
CM says: Great new ship on its inaugural season - Oceania at its best yet!
 
hr blue bar
 
CruiseMates Allure Group Cruise!
Join CruiseMates on Allure of the Seas: January 23, 2011 From $899 per person.
•  Cruise Planners 1-800-561-0802
CM says: This is a deal worth waiting for.
 
hr blue bar
 
Norwegian Epic CruiseMates Cruise!
Join CruiseMates on the brand new Norwegian Epic, October 30th, 2010. Culinary cruise with Hell's Kitchen's Matt Sigel.
•  Cruise Planners 1-800-561-0802
CM says: The hottest new ship for 2010 and beyond.
 
hr blue bar
hr blue bar
hr blue bar
You can access all of these specials above - or go to CruiseMates' Cruise Bargains for even more!
 
hr blue bar
 
more about

CruiseMates, a popular online resource for unbiased and authoritative cruise information, features ship reviews and articles, cruise news, polls, message boards and more.

NEW YORK TIMES: "Many sites that offer reviews are selling cruises, which raises questions about impartiality. An exception is CruiseMates."

FORTUNE MAGAZINE: "The Web's best site for articles, advice, or chatting with Cruise People. Self-financed and run independently of the industry, so their opinions are impartial."

http://www.cruisemates.com

 
NEW ISSUE ONLINE NOW!
"CruiseMates Newsletter"

One of the best cruise travel newsletters anywhere! We feature cutting edge news stories you won't see anyplace else and commentary about a variety of cruise topics. Also get cruise bargain hunting tips, listings of actual cruise bargains, previews of our latest articles and news about our Cruisemates Group Cruises.

 

 
  hr blue bar  
 

We are an online, interactive CRUISE SHIP GUIDE with ship reviews, features articles, message boards and more. Recommended by: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN Television, a Forbes Magazine "Best of the Web" site.

Prices listed are cruise only, per person, double occupancy and include port charges (also called non-commissionable cruise fare).

Fuel surcharges and government taxes & fees are additional unless otherwise noted. Prices are in US dollars, airfare is extra unless otherwise noted. Limited availability and restrictions may apply. Prices are subject to change without prior notice. Typographical errors may occur. Offers apply to new bookings only.

CruiseMates.com is an Internet Brands, Inc. website. Internet Brands is located at 909 North Sepulveda Blvd., 11th Floor, El Segundo, CA 90245 — This email was sent to %%#EMAIL%%. If you no longer wish to receive our emails please click here.

 
         
  © 2010 Internet Brands