Sinking of Titanic to be remembered

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is to be marked in April 2012 with a once-in-a-lifetime cruise experience following the ship’s original route in 1912.

Passengers will enjoy an entirely Titanic-themed cruise including a memorial service in the early hours of the morning of April 15, 2012 above the original Titanic vessel that lies in the Atlantic, exactly 100 years after the ship sank that horrific day.

The Balmoral, a liner operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – whose parent company Harland and Wolff built the Titanic – will leave Southampton, England on April 8, 2012 and begin its journey to Cobh, Ireland, where the Titanic made its final port of call on April 11, 1912. Passengers can enjoy a Titanic heritage shore excursion in Cobh.

The cruise will continue following the route of the RMS Titanic and arrive over the spot where the Titanic sank on April 14. A special memorial ceremony will be held between 11:40 pm when the ship hit the iceberg and 2:20 am on April 15.

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Cruise Offerings

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 …

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Latin dance featured on several on MSC transatlantic cruises

Latin Dance Theme Cruises are being offered on select transatlantic MSC Cruises sailings of MSC Opera, MSC Lirica, MSC Armonia, MSC Orchestra, and MSC Musica across the Atlantic October through December. MSC Cruises

Learn the Tango, Mambo, Salsa, Samba, and Cha Cha during daily dance lessons with instructors teaching dancers of all experience levels-from beginner to more advanced/intermediate levels. Workshops highlighting the origins and special features of the different dance techniques, as well as dance shows, will be featured.

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Limited offer: 2-for-1 pricing on holiday river 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 River Cruises

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.

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Disney sailing in Alaska in 2011

Disney Cruise Line announced last week that it would offer an Alaska cruise season in 2011, operating seven-day cruises out of Vancouver on the Disney Wonder.  The ship will spend four months in Southeast Alaska and offer 18 departures calling in Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway and visiting Tracy Arm fjord. The deployment will come a year after the 2010 summer season, when Alaska is expected to lose capacity equal to 140,000 cruise passengers as a result of …

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Want to see what happens to a ship while in dry dock?

The enthusiastic following for Princess Cruises’ recent online drydock journals for Golden Princess and Dawn Princess, has prompted yet another installment for Sea Princess’ current drydock.  Visitors to www.princess.com can follow along through September 25 as the ship receives new interior furnishings and finishes, fresh hull paint and exterior refurbishment, plus the addition of the line’s adults-only Sanctuary.Princess Cruises

The Sea Princess Drydock Journal features regular updates of the work in progress at BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair at Pier 70 in San Francisco.  The journal can be found on the Sea Princess page in the website’s “Ships” section, and it will be regularly updated throughout the ship’s two-week drydock.  The photos will also be posted to Princess’ Twitter feed, Facebook page and Flickr photostream.

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HAL’s new plan: Guests can cancel for any reason

Holland America Line guests who purchase Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP) can cancel their cruise for any reason whatsoever to receive a refund of up to 90 percent of the cruise fare paid. Two variations of the plan allow cancellation of a cruise up to 24 hours prior to the cruise or cruisetour departure for Standard CPP and right up to departure for CPP Platinum. “With Holland America Line’s CPP plans, guests can rest assured they don’t have …

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Silversea will again offer its golf program

Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises will once again host its popular Silver Links golf program on 12 diverse itineraries aboard Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper in 2010.

The program offers golf enthusiasts the chance to perfect their swing on 30 of the most beautiful and challenging courses in 15 countries and island destinations throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the Americas.

“Our golf cruises are an excellent option for the affluent traveler looking to sharpen his or her game,” said Steve Tucker, Silversea’s vice president of field sales for North America.  “Avid golfers of all levels can combine a luxury vacation with the chance to enjoy guided golf excursions and priority tee times at some of the world’s most celebrated links and fairways.”

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Windstar wins honor from UK magazine

Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations, won a 2009 Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Award in the category of “Cruise Line: Small Ships.” Condé Nast Traveller, the magazine for Britain’s most discerning travelers, also acknowledged Windstar as the  best in the small ship category for ambience/décor and service/staff. Windstar was only one of six cruise lines making the prestigious 2009 …

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