Viking River Cruises offers a number of spring sales

For a vacation that offers the opportunity to engage with a new culture, see new sights everyday and experience all of the comfort and ease of a “floating hotel” more travelers are turning to river cruising. With the cruising industry’s busiest booking period quickly approaching at the start of the New Year, Viking River Cruises is pleased to announce its suite of upcoming discounts for cruises and cruisetours in Europe, Russia, Egypt and China and highlight the …

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Star Clippers pulling ship from Asia due to increased piracy in region

Star Clippers announced that its tall ship in Asia will relocate to the Caribbean for the 2010 winter season due to increased piracy in the Far East. Following its summer sailings in the Eastern Mediterranean, Star Clipper will reposition to St. Maarten in November for seven-night roundtrip cruises. The company has deployed a ship to the Far East during the winter for more than a decade. The Far East itineraries, featuring Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, have been …

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Norwegian Star sailing to Vancouver to become a ‘hotel’ for the Winter Olympics

Norwegian Star is sailing next month to its ultimate port of call — the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

After a four-night repositioning cruise from Los Angeles, the Star will be berthed in Vancouver where it will become a four-star hotel throughout the Games.

Newwest Special Projects, an Edmonton-based company, has partnered with Norwegian Cruise Lines to dock the deluxe cruise ship at Vancouver Wharves near the Lions Gate Bridge. That’s just 10 minutes from downtown and across from Stanley Park with a stunning view of the Coastal Mountains and the city.

Businessperson Dennis Laliberte helped to boost the options for accommodation at the Games by chartering the ship that becomes a 1,119-room floating hotel handling 2,240 guests.

Calling it the “largest hotel” in Vancouver during the Games, Laliberte said the ship will offer many of the usual enticements enjoyed while at sea.

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Crystal plans traditional Passover celebration in March on both ships

Crystal Cruises is planning festive Passover seders in 2010 as Crystal Serenity sails to Ashdod, Israel, and Crystal Symphony cruises New Zealand. In keeping with Jewish tradition, there will be a seder plate blessed by a rabbi, along with a participatory recitation of the Passover Haggadah, sing-a-longs and a four-course holiday feast. Crystal Serenity guests will celebrate Passover March 30 on the “Modern & Ancient Marvels” voyage of the World Cruise from Dubai to Athens, while Crystal …

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Special deals on bookings for NCL’s Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Cruise Line ushers in 2010 with a special “Year of the Freestyle Vacation” limited time offer on all new Norwegian Epic bookings made through January 17. The offer includes 50 percent reduced deposits and third through eighth guests in the same stateroom from $249 on the ship’s alternating seven-day cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. In addition to this special offer, guests can also take advantage of Norwegian’s “Year of the Freestyle Vacation” promotion that …

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Princess offers special deals for this summer’s sailings

Princess Cruises is ringing in the new year with two ways for passengers to save on this summer’s vacation during the annual “Wave Season” booking period through February 28. Travelers can choose to enjoy their own private balcony for the cost of an oceanview stateroom with the “Balcony Bonanza” promotion, and those planning travel to Alaska can save up to 25 percent on a land and sea cruisetour with the “Denali on Sale” event. “The beginning of …

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Great 2-for-one deals on Regent’s Seven Seas Navigator

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced the following deal: Escape the cold and sail the turquoise waters of the Caribbean round trip from Fort Lauderdale, or experience an engineering marvel – the Panama Canal,  aboard the newly refurbished Seven Seas Navigator. In addition to its all-inclusive amenities, for a limited time enjoy 2-for-1 Fares, including air and unlimited complimentary shore excursions, plus an additional savings of up to $1,000 per person. For more information, call (877) 505-5374 …

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Cunard partners with Juilliard for a series of jazz performances

Cunard Line, operator of the most famous ocean liners in the world, is pleased to announce a partnership with The Juilliard School that will present stellar jazz performances on select 2010 eastbound Transatlantic Crossings aboard Queen Mary 2.

Students and faculty from Juilliard, which has set America’s standard for education in the performing arts, will perform programmes in the ship’s Royal Court Theatre, treating guests to the best in classic and contemporary jazz. These presentations are part of Cunard’s entertainment and award-winning enrichment programme, which showcases a variety of compelling entertainers – from new and emerging world-class talent to today’s most enduring and iconic artists. Last August, Juilliard Jazz scholar Jumaane Smith became the first student from the school to take the stage onboard Queen Mary 2, presenting a trumpet recital that proved to be very popular with the voyage’s guests.

“Our partnership with Juilliard will provide our guests access to outstanding, world class performances, reflecting both the rich history and lineage of Juilliard, as well as Cunard’s ongoing commitment to supporting the arts and to offering our guests exclusive onboard experiences,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line.

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Elvis cruise planned for next November

Captivated by Elvis’ 75th birthday? You might want to sign on for the Elvis Cruise 2010, sailing Nov. 4-8 on the Carnival Fascination from Jacksonville, Fla., to Nassau, Bahamas. Hosted by Jerry Schilling, Elvis Cruise 2010 will feature Elvis-themed entertainment, parties and activities, including music and presentations by those who knew and performed with Elvis. Elvis’ Imperials, Joe Guercio, The Memphis Boys with Bobo Moreno, Terry Mike Jeffrey, Andy Childs, and Larry Geller are scheduled to perform, …

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Oceania commissions Lalique crystal to design the grand stairway for its new ship, the Marina

Oceania Cruises has commissioned Lalique, the fabled French artists of jewelry and crystal to design a grand stairway for the reception area of its new Marina, currently under construction in Italy. The stunning Lalique Grand Staircase will feature double curved staircases and balcony with balustrades of crystal medallions and scrolled iron. Six crystal pillars rising from the landing adorn the two-story, glass elevator surround. A brass banister is complemented by a mahogany handrail. At the base – …

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