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Uniworld Delivers Royal Treatment On the Nile River

Taking a Uniworld River Cruise along the Nile River – the lifeline of both ancient and modern Egypt – is like watching 5,000 years of history and culture unfold before your eyes. When guests sail the Nile onboard Uniworld’s new, ultra-luxurious all-suite River Tosca, they’ll follow the path of pharaohs, traders, invaders, and explorers who for thousands of years have taken in Egypt’s most magnificent sites from the decks of their ships.

Now these sites along the Nile – grand cities such as Cairo, Aswan, Thebes/Luxor, and Karnak, along with scenic villages surrounded by luxuriant palm groves and romantic desert hills – are yours to discover.

In 2010, Uniworld offers three expertly planned Egypt River Cruises & Tours including their newest program Classic Egypt & the Nile, a nine-day trip with four nights cruising the Nile onboard the River Tosca, and three nights in a deluxe Cairo hotel with Nile River views. Prices start from $2,249 per person, cruise/land only, and if paid-in-full by Nov. 30, 2009, travelers can save $300 per person.

All Egypt River Cruises & Tours include deluxe hotel accommodations in Cairo with rooms overlooking the Nile, along with breakfast, all service charges, taxes, and porterage; a luxury suite with a French balcony, all meals, and entertainment onboard the River Tosca; exclusive sightseeing tours hosted by local English-speaking local guides; all transfers and domestic flights while in Egypt; and the service of an Egyptologist.

For more information, call Uniworld at 1-800-733-7820, or visit

Take a look at these holiday cruise offerings

For those seeking to get away from holiday overload or reversely, to fully experience the pageantry and festivities of European ports as they celebrate Christmas, Fred. Olsen has the perfect holiday cruise.

Several departures call at historic ports such as Copenhagen and Hamburg that are positively magical with holiday markets, candlelit cathedrals, traditional foods, Yuletide drinks, special events, and other seasonal delights. The Fred. Olsen collection of holiday cruises also encompasses itineraries in warmer destinations including, the Canary Islands and the Caribbean.

One thing is constant on a Fred. Olsen holiday cruise: jubilant British-style celebrations with traditional foods including plum pudding, holiday singing and many other events and festivities.

Select Fred. Olsen holiday cruises feature Holiday Special Saver Fares that represent a significant savings off the published fares. Rates for an outside cabin start at $119 per person, per night, double occupancy. Special Saver departures are as follows:

For less than $110 per person, per night, one can embark on the 1,350-passenger Balmoral, which underwent an extensive refit last year, for a Christmas Markets cruise (BL0922), taking them roundtrip from Dover to: Copenhagen (Denmark), Kiel Canal cruising, Hamburg (Germany), and Amsterdam (Netherlands). The 7-night cruise departs December 12 and is priced from $757 per person for an inside cabin.

The 856-passenger Boudicca’s Yuletide Amsterdam & Bruges Cruise (BD0930) departs Portsmouth on December 18 for a 4-night mini cruise, calling at Zeebrugge (Belgium) and Amsterdam (Netherlands). Rates begin at $565 per person for an outside cabin. That is less than $142 per person, per night.

BW0920 Captivating Christmas Markets is an 8-night cruise aboard the 807-passenger Black Watch departing Southampton on December 11. Ports of call: Amsterdam (Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark), Warnemunde (Germany), (cruising the Kiel Canal), and Bremerhaven (Germany). Rates begin at $949 for an outside cabin. That is less than $119 per night for an outside cabin.

Black Watch’s Caribbean Christmas (BW0921) departs and returns to Southampton for a 25-night cruise departing December 19. Ports of call: La Coruna (Spain), Funchal (Madeira), Bridgetown (Barbados), Castries (St. Lucia), Road Town (Tortola), Philipsburg (St. Maarten), St John’s (Antigua), Ponta Delgade (Azores), Southampton). Rates start from $5,072 per person for an outside cabin.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offers small ship cruising and a relaxed British atmosphere. Passengers are assured of high on-board standards of accommodation, varied menus composed of the freshest ingredients, friendly staff, top entertainment and itineraries to worldwide destinations. Fred. Olsen currently operates a fleet of five cruise ships based mostly in the UK.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines digital brochures are available on line. Contact Borton Overseas 1-800-843-0602, for US bookings.

Last minute deals in the Caribbean from MSC

Vacationers looking for a great price on a Caribbean escape this fall can take advantage of MSC Cruises’ “Last-Minute” deals on select Caribbean cruises, starting at $249.

MSC Cruises features 5- and 10-night Caribbean cruises to the Southern Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean, and Panama on MSC Poesia as she sails roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale during her inaugural 2009-10 Caribbean season:

  • 10-night “Dazzling Dutch Caribbean & the Panama Canal” Baseball Greats Cruise: calling at Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba; Cartagena, Colombia; Cristobal, Panama; and Playa del Carmen, Mexico; departing Nov. 20; rates begin at $649
  • 10-night “Tropical Splendors, European Charm”: calling at San Juan, Puerto Rico; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Bridgetown, Barbados; Fort de France, Martinique; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Nassau, Bahamas; departing Nov. 30; rates begin at $599
  • 10-night “Remarkable Rainforests & The Panama Canal”: calling at Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Cartagena, Colombia; Cristobal, Panama; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Playa del Carmen, Mexico; rates begin at San Juan, Puerto Rico; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Bridgetown, Barbados; Fort de France, Martinique; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Nassau, Bahamas; departing Dec. 10; rates begin at $599
  • 5-night “Caribbean Escape”: calling at Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Grand Cayman, with two days at sea; departing Nov. 10 and Nov. 15, 2009; rates begin at $249

All rates are cruise-only, per person, double occupancy for U.S. and Canadian citizens; government fees and taxes are additional and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Offer is subject to availability. All cruises offer just a $100 per person deposit. The “Last-Minute” offer is available on new bookings made by October 31.

Get good prices on luxury cruises

While price may have been of little consequence to luxury travelers in the past, getting the best value possible on vacations today is now not only savvy, but trendy. Cruisers looking for unprecedented pricing on luxury vacations at sea will find them by visiting the new Crown Cruise Collection Web site ( launched last week.

According to Ross Spalding, -president of the Crown Cruise Collection, retail prices for luxury cruise voyages have dropped by as much as 25 percent in recent months. Spalding says his agency can frequently secure even more attractive pricing for his online agency’s most discerning clients. Agents specializing in luxury cruises now routinely negotiate previously unheard of “perks” for clients who would not have expected such benefits in the past, but have since come to relish them.

Crown Cruise Collection specializes in cruises offered by many of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines, including Azamara, Cruise West, Crystal Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, The Yachts of Seabourn and Silversea.

Complimentary benefits and services offered to travelers who book cruises through the Crown Cruise Collection include pre-paid gratuities; travel insurance; shore excursions (select sailings); pre- and post-hotel arrangements; pre- and post-flight arrangements; advance reservations for spa, salon, specialty restaurants and excursions; private car and tour arrangements; and advance onboard activity planning.

Visitors to the Crown Cruise Collection Web site are invited to join the Crown Society, enabling them to receive special pricing and other promotions offered by the luxury cruise lines.

Viking offers new holiday cruises

Viking River Cruises, the world’s leading river cruise line, has added three new holiday season cruises to its 2009 European offerings to meet the anticipated seasonal demand. These itineraries provide a far richer holiday lineup featuring the Rhine region, including multicultural Strasbourg, and magical Prague in the Czech Republic.

Viking’s holiday gift to travelers is 2-for-1 pricing on all five holiday season itineraries (details available on Viking’s website). Enjoy a 2009 Christmas markets cruise for as little as $1,214 per person (based on double occupancy) if purchased and paid in full by September 30.

The new cruises are:

v Christmas on the Rhine begins and ends in Cologne, Germany, taking guests on six guided tours with Christmas markets in Cologne, Strasbourg, Baden-Baden and Mainz. Guided tours of Cologne, Rüdesheim, Strasbourg, Baden-Baden, Mainz and the Alsatian Wine Country round out this 8-day journey on Viking Helvetia in late November or December.

v Danube & Prague Discovery begins in Nuremberg and features both a 4-night cruise on Viking Sky through Germany’s Bavarian region and a 3-night stay in glorious Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Guests visit three of Germany’s Christmas markets and have ample opportunity to enjoy a more Bohemian experience at Prague’s Christmas markets—plus they enjoy guided tours of Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau and Prague and the services of their Program Director to help them plan their time in Prague. All departures are in December.

v Holiday in the Rhineland is a unique, 9-day journey from Amsterdam to Cologne that will only happen once. Departing on November 22, guests sail on Viking Helvetia from Amsterdam to Cologne, then continues south as far as Mannheim for a visit to Heidelberg’s castle and Christmas market, finally returning to Cologne for their journey home. Shop five Christmas markets along the way: Cologne, Rüdesheim, Heidelberg, Mainz and Koblenz.

These cruises join Viking’s two other holiday season offerings along the Danube:

v Danube Explorer takes guests on Viking Pride through the Wachau Valley and the Bavarian countryside, including visits to Vienna, the baroque abbey at Melk, Linz, Passau, Regensburg and Nuremberg, stopping at a minimum of four Christmas markets (if timed to occur in late November or December).

v Danube Holiday Delight takes guests on Viking Pride or Viking Europe through four central European countries—Germany, Austria (including a full day in lovely Salzburg), Slovakia and Hungary—with an optional day trip to ?eský Krumlov in the Czech Republic. Travelers enjoy comparing holiday traditions as they visit Christmas markets (if timing is right) in various countries.

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About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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