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Allure of the Seas CruiseMates Cruise from $779
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A Cruisemates group cruise with Chef Matt Sigel of the popular series Hell's Kitchen. Norwegian Epic 10-30-10


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Our Allure CruiseMates Cruise starts at $779. Central Park balconies for $949! See below!

Cruise News for June 10, 2010

Norwegian Epic Fire - There is word out that Norwegian Epic suffered yet another blaze Tuesday night. This is the third breakout of fire onboard and this incident has the most signs of being intentional. Word is that investigators found several air conditioning filters stacked up that appeared to have been ignited. Fortunately, there was only a minimal amount of damage and the introductory cruise schedule is still intact.

Norwegian Epic is also exhibiting unusually soft pricing for a ship with enough features to make it one of the most exciting new mega-ship introductions of all time. Norwegian Epic's introductory prices are going as low as $659 as soon as September 18, 2010, with balcony fares as low as $949.

Meanwhile, Oasis of the Seas is still commanding premium prices seven months after its debut and is booked nearly to capacity through the summer of 2011.

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Norwegian Epic Special Offer
There are even special offers being announced for Epic for as soon as this summer. We were contacted by the cruise line and told about a great sale on airfare for cruises as early as this summer.

Guests booking specific categories of Balcony and Deluxe Balcony staterooms for 7-Day Caribbean sailings from July 10 to August 8, 2010, can get airfare from east coast and central cities for just $99 per person.

People flying in from Mountain and Western time zones can get airfare for $199 per person. This offer also includes transfers to and from the airport to the ship (about an $80 value). This offer only applies to the first two guests in any stateroom.

These cabins start at $1215 per person. For specific details on airfare prices from your "gateway city" call NCL.

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Carnival Special Offers
Meanwhile, Carnival Cruises is offering shipboard credit with almost every cruise booked departing now through February 2011. Cruises of three to six days will receive $80 of shipboard credit, and cruises of six days or longer receive $160 shipboard credit. This offer only applies to bookings made through the June 30, 2010.

Allure of the Seas CruiseMates Cruise!
If you have been waiting for the right price and the right reason to take Oasis of the Seas, or her sister ship Allure which we frankly think is going to be just a tad better, then look no further!

CruiseMates has just rescheduled its Allure of the Seas cruise with lower prices!
Here they are ("categories"):

Interior: (N) $779, (M) $799, (L) $819

Oceanview: (H) $949

Balcony Central Park View: $949

Balcony Cabins: (D8) $999, (D7) $1,029, (D6)$1,059, (D5) $1,099, (D4) $1,119, (D3)$1,139

Plus these special extras: Every stateroom gets a $100 shipboard credit and a complimentary tote bag. Plus there will be a complimentary cocktail party for all CruiseMates cruisers - free drinks for everyone in our group.

Sail in an inside category cabin for as low as $779 per person, or book a balcony cabin for as low as $949. Add in the $100 shipboard credit and we have best prices on Allure we've seen yet. That's right, we broke the $800 price barrier (taxes and fees of $116 per person are additional for every booking).

Plus - we are giving away a FREE CABIN to one of our group members! If you book into our group there is a good chance you will get you stateroom free!

Everyone booked is automatically entered into a drawing for the free cabin. The prize value is one balcony cabin guarantee. If you win, you get your cruise for free! If you booked an inside cabin, you get a free balcony cabin instead (and a refund on your booking). If you booked a suite, you get the cash value of the prize cabin!

We sail October 2nd, 2011, to the Eastern Caribbean, roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Martin. This cruise must be booked by Cruise Planners' Nancy Bogert, (1-800-561-0802) to win this prize! No other CruisePlanners agency qualifies for this contest.

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Allure of the Seas
Join your CruiseMates on the newest world's biggest cruise ship on January 23rd, 2011, on the sister ship to Oasis of the Seas slated to debut in early December of 2010. We have great prices and plenty of onboard fun in store for you!