Azamara offers 2-for-1 fares and up to a $2,000 air credit on Europe 2011 sailings

Azamara Club Cruises is offering two-for-one fares, included gratuities and up to $2,000 air credit per couple for new bookings on Europe 2011 sailings made by Dec. 31. The company also offers 50 percent savings on advance reservations for most shore excursions. Travelers who book a Club Ocean-view, Veranda and Continent Suite stateroom will receive $500 air credit per person toward airfare from more than 70 North American gateways, while Club World Owner and Ocean Suite guests …

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Lindblad Expeditions will celebrate Steinbeck book in special Baja itinerary

Lindblad Expeditions will celebrate the 70th anniversary of John Steinbeck’s classic book “The Log from the Sea of Cortez” with a special Baja California expedition that will recall the author’s famous journey and explore the immense natural beauty and ecosystem of the ocean that inspired it. In 1940, the legendary writer John Steinbeck embarked on an enlightening fact-finding and soul-searching journey along with his biologist friend Ed Ricketts. The pair set out to study invertebrate species along …

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Oceania announces details of its new ship enhancements

As part of its ongoing Pillars of Distinction initiative – the most significant product investment in the company’s history – Oceania Cruises has announced the second phase of innovative fleet-wide enhancements. These multi-million-dollar updates are in addition to the previously announced physical enhancements being made during the regularly scheduled dry-docks for Regatta, Insignia and Nautica. CUISINE · An expanded menu of “Jacques Pepin Signature Items” in the Grand Dining Rooms, which include Cotes d’Agneau Grillees – grilled …

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Silversea offering $999 each way business class upgrades on eight Asian sailings

Silversea Cruises continues to make its all-inclusive, value-priced luxury cruises even more enticing with enhancements to its Business Class air program. For a limited time, the company is offering Business Class air upgrades from just $999 each way on 8 new Asian itineraries in 2011. “With our free economy air offer also available from many gateways on these same sailings, you can enjoy the comforts and privileges of Business Class air travel for a total of $999 …

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Starbucks to open store on new Allure of the Seas

Something unique is brewing on board Royal Caribbean International’s new Allure of the Seas, the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship – the first Starbucks at sea. Through the licensing agreement between Starbucks and Royal Caribbean International, the global cruise brand owned and operated by Royal Caribbean ruises Ltd., guests seeking signature made-to-order espresso beverages and Frappuccino® blended beverages will have to look no further than their neighborhood Starbucks on the bustling Royal Promenade. “We are …

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Birthday between Nov. 14-Dec. 19? You might just sail free on MSC

Happy Birthday, Sandy! My sister Sandy’s birthday is December 16 and if she is a smart cookie, she might want to take advantage of this innovative promotion from MSC Cruises: It is presenting guests with a free, 7-night Caribbean cruise for those celebrating birthdays on board between Nov. 14 – Dec. 19; companions pay from only $529 per person plus government fees and taxes. Additional guests, up to two staterooms, travel for the same family and friends …

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Alaskan Dream Cruises buys three small ships and will offer Alaska cruises beginning in May

Allen Marine Tours, a day cruise operator based in Sitka, Alaska, has purchased three ships, including two former Cruise West vessels, and plans to start offering weekly cruises in May. The new company, Alaskan Dream Cruises, said it will emphasize the “True Alaska with True Alaskans” as it explores “the Alaska less traveled.” The company has purchased three ships including the 78-passenger Spirit of Columbia and Spirit of Alaska, formerly owned by Cruise West. These vessels are …

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MSC is offers the second week free with the purchase of a 7-night Caribbean cruise; book by Nov. 14

MSC is offering the second week free with the purchase of a 7-night Caribbean cruise for a 14-night, back-to-back, Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean cruises experience on bookings made by Nov. 14, based upon availability. During this buy one, get one free offer on Caribbean cruises, rates begin at $529 per person (as low as $40 per day) on select 14-night, back-to-back Eastern Caribbean cruises and Western Caribbean cruises on board MSC Poesia. The special rates are …

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NCL launches ‘Epic Moments’ video contest; winner wins a cruise for two

Norwegian Cruise Line announces the launch of its “Epic Moments” video contest (www.ncl.com/myepicmoment), where cruisers create short YouTube videos of their vacation on board the line’s newest ship Norwegian Epic for a chance to win a Caribbean cruise for two in a balcony stateroom on board the ship. Cruisers can enter by uploading their vacation videos to YouTube as a video response to the contest overview video by Julie Valeriote, Norwegian Epic’s entertainment director. Every two weeks …

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Regent Seven Seas now includes pre-cruise hotel stays

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has raised the “all-inclusive” bar by offering their guests complimentary overnight accommodations at deluxe hotels before every cruise. Regent Seven Seas is presently recognized as the “most inclusive ultra-luxury cruise line” because airfare, all-suite accommodations, gourmet cuisine, open bars, sightseeing excursions, gratuities and taxes are included in the fare. Beginning with its 2011 Europe season, every cruise will also include a free, pre-cruise luxury hotel package that features airport-hotel and hotel-ship ground transfers …

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