|By Paul Motter
Carnival Magic Sails!
The second of three Carnival Dream-class vessels is now in service; Carnival Magic was just inaugurated in Venice Italy last Sunday. The beautiful new ship is now making its way south through the Aegean Sea, with a stop in Dubrovnik and on to Sicily. Next it will round the "boot" of Italy and go up the west coast with stops in Naples, Rome and Florence.
Magic is the first sister ship to Carnival Dream and will be followed by Carnival Breeze to be introduced in 2013. The 130,000-ton ships each hold 3646 passenger berths making them the largest Carnival cruise ships ever.
We have our own Linda Pearl onboard Carnival Magic right now sending us daily updates about the ship and, equally exciting, her first European adventure ever. We believe every cruiser should experience a cruise in Europe at least once (actually - more like four times) and now it's Linda's turn. Help us celebrate Linda's adventure of a lifetime by reading Linda's Carnival Magic Virtual Cruise.
Crystal Cruises - Virtual Cruise
At the same time, we currently have our own Kuki sailing on Crystal Serenity on a special golf-cruise in the Hawaiian Islands. This very special luxury cruise line has some of the world's best golf pros onboard to visit the most challenging and picturesque golf courses in the Hawaiian islands.
Check in with Kuki's Crystal Virtual Cruise.
Norwegian Cruise Line - Kids Sail Free!
This is a time-limited offer - reservations must be made by May 7, 2011! Book an NCL cruise between May 1 and May 7 and your kids can sail for free as third and fourth passengers in your stateroom; as long as they are sailing with two adults in the same stateroom. This is on select sailings fleet-wide. Cruise destinations include the Bahamas, Bermuda, Hawaii, the Caribbean and Europe.
Norwegian Freestyle Cruising options include a variety of entertainment and dining options. The kids will especially enjoy plunging waterslides, a two-story Wii wall and the specially organized kids' and teens' programs. Parents can enjoy time at the spa, gaming in the casino and romantic dinners for two. There are special Kid's Cafés on Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Star, Pride of America, Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Pearl.
Norwegian Jewel's sailings from New York to the Bahamas & Florida or Norwegian Epic's voyages to the Western Mediterranean from Barcelona or to the Caribbean from Miami feature characters from the Nickelodeon Channel! Norwegian Epic offers an expansive Aqua Park featuring the three-story Epic Plunge; a two-deck sports complex and the interactive children's area called "Recess."
To book a cruise with Norwegian contact a travel professional or call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.
Royal Caribbean - Refer a Friend EXTENDED!
Due to its incredible popularity, Royal Caribbean has extended its current Bring a Friend Promotion to July 31. 2011. To show their appreciation for your loyalty you can enjoy an exclusive reward when you bring your friends along to experience their first Royal Caribbean cruise vacation. Here's how it works:
- Your friend or family member must be a first-time cruiser with Royal Caribbean International.
- The first-time guest must be sailing on the same ship and sail date as you.
- You may refer up to a maximum of 5 staterooms for 6-night or longer cruises and 2 staterooms on 3 to 5-night cruises. It's that simple!
- Booking must have been made after January 21, 2011.
Another Royal Caribbean Special
Reserve and save big during Royal Caribbean's 2-Day WOW Sale. For two days only, Tuesday, May 3, and Wednesday, May 4, 2011 you can reserve any Royal Caribbean International® cruise or Cruisetour land package and enjoy great savings.
- Receive up to $200 to spend onboard
- Get 50% reduced deposits
- Good on any itinerary departing on or after August 1, 2011
- Includes our newest and most innovative ships, Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas
Onboard spending credits can be used during exciting shore excursions, specialty dining, Casino Royale thrills, Vitality Spa treatments and much more. Remember to reserve during the WOW Sale to get even more value out of your next voyage! Go to RoyalCaribbean.com to see these specials.
Share your thoughts with us about Linda's trip to Europe and Carnival Magic in our Forum: Linda's Magical Trip to Europe.