NCL kicks off 2nd phase of ‘Epic’ advertising

Norwegian Cruise Line kicked off the second phase of its Norwegian Epic advertising campaign today entitled “That’s Epic,” in support of the line’s largest and most impressive ship to date, set to cruise to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Miami next summer. The latest installment of the campaign can be seen by residents and commuters throughout Miami with more than a dozen billboards and wallscapes depicting Norwegian Epic‘s impressive array of on-board activities and entertainment including …

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New Year’s on the Rhine for $999 on Viking

You’re invited to ring in the New Year with Viking River Cruises. This year, enjoy the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration: put on your dancing shoes for a festive party aboard the deluxe Viking Helvetia, surrounded by fireworks on the Rhine River. For a limited time, cruise for $999 per person, any available category, December 27, 2009! This delightful cruise presents the highlights of the Rhine River Valley including Cologne, Koblenz, Wiesbaden, Heidelberg, Marksburg, Speyer and Mainz. …

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Windstar running Caribbean sale through Nov. 11

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, has begun a “80 Degrees of Sunshine; 180 Degrees from Ordinary” sale on 2010 Caribbean sailings. Guests will receive incredible savings on select 7-day Caribbean voyages which start at $1,799 per person, based on double occupancy. The 148-guest Wind Spirit debuts a new 7-day St. Martin roundtrip itinerary offering guests pristine beaches, lively island …

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HAL features Windows 7 at computer parties

As Microsoft Corp. rolls out Windows 7 worldwide, Holland America Line joins in the fun with a month-long series of festive High Seas Launch Parties of its own across its entire fleet. Holland America Line’s parties – the only cruise industry events scheduled – celebrate Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 7, which powers the line’s series of complimentary onboard Digital Workshops. “Holland America Line is excited to be a part of this far-reaching global launch with on …

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Seabourn adds free air to one-month promotion

The Yachts of Seabourn has announced a special one-month “Bon Voyage” promotion featuring free roundtrip airfare from 28 North American gateways to 20 different seven-day Mediterranean voyages aboard its award-winning Seabourn Spirit, Seabourn Legend and Seabourn Odyssey. To qualify, bookings must be made between November 2-30, 2009. The fares include either economy or business class air, depending on the category of ocean-view suite booked. On Seabourn Spirit and Legend, bookings in categories A-B3 include economy class air, …

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MSC offers great deals on suites in Europe

MSC Cruises is once again offering sweet savings of up to 60 percent on balcony suites on select Europe 2010 sailings of MSC Lirica, MSC Armonia and MSC Sinfonia. “Suite Deal” rates start at $1,299 per person and must be booked by January 31, 2010. The offer is available on select 7-night Western Mediterranean itineraries of MSC Lirica and MSC Sinfonia and on select 7-night Eastern Mediterranean sailings of MSC Armonia. Guests will also receive a $100 …

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Veteran filmmakers to sail on Queen Mary 2

As part of Cunard’s partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival, the iconic ocean liner company will be pleased to welcome acclaimed filmmakers Griffin Dunne and Gary Winick on the 11 November Transatlantic Crossing from Southampton to New York aboard Queen Mary 2.

Griffin Dunne
Griffin Dunne

This year, Cunard was recognized as the Official Cruise Line of the Tribeca Film Festival, of which both film industry insiders have been active participants for a number of years. With this upcoming sailing, they join a distinguished list of luminaries and tastemakers that have sailed a legendary voyage with Cunard.

During the Crossing, Dunne and Winick will participate in Cunard Insights, the line’s award-wining onboard enrichment programme, and will screen one of each of their films: Dunne will discuss “Practical Magic,” starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock; Winick will screen his feature film, “13 Going on 30,” starring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo.

In addition, they will engage in a panel conversation with the ship’s entertainment director where they will share stories about their multi-faceted careers and the many roles they play in the entertainment industry – from director and producer to writer and actor. All programmes will be held in Queen Mary 2’s spectacular 450-seat, stadium-style theatre, Illuminations, which is also the only planetarium at sea.

“Cunard has a long history of hosting those on and behind the silver screen, and we are pleased to welcome these fêted filmmakers aboard Queen Mary 2 as part of this tradition,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “We seek to entertain and educate our guests with our Insights programme, so to hear both gentlemen share stories from their longstanding and varied film careers will no doubt be a treat for our guests.”

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Uniworld offer free air from NYC on river cruises

2010 might be the year to visit Europe with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises limited-time Free Air offer. Travelers fly for free from New York to Europe, with all airline fuel surcharges, and government taxes and fees included. Uniworld’s Free Air offer is available on a variety of 2010 Europe River Cruises including: Grand European Discovery (Basel to Vienna), Eastern Europe Explorer (Vienna to Bucharest), Grand European Explorer (Basel to Bucharest), Paris and the Heart of Europe (Paris …

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Voyages offers special rates for Red Sea cruise

Voyages of Discovery announces exceptional savings for its Africa & the Red Sea, March 27, 2010 21-night cruise – guests can take advantage of a $4,156 per person rate along with $495 to $795 air add-ons from Voyages of Discovery gateways.

The Africa & Red Sea 21-night itinerary on the 650-passenger mv Discovery begins with a three-night Kenyan safari before boarding the ship in Mombasa, Kenya. Guests fly into Nairobi for one-night and transfer to Amboseli National Park for an afternoon game drive and overnight. The following day guests transfer to Tsavo National Park for another afternoon game drive and overnight. The third day they are transferred to Mombasa for an overnight on board the ship.

mv Discovery sails from Mombasa to the breathtaking beaches of Praslin and Mahe (overnight) in the Seychelles. Aden, and Hodeidah, Yemen; and Safaga (Luxor) (overnight), Egypt round out the restful and exciting itinerary. From Safaga guests fly to London for a two-night hotel stay before returning to North America. Visit www.voyagesofdiscovery.com website to view a short video of this specific itinerary.

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Cruceros adds new ship in Patagonia

For the 2010 – 2011 season a new expedition cruise ship will be in operation, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Cruceros Australis, a company that sails in one of the planet’s most virgin territories; Chilean-Argentine Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.

Stella Australis is the name of this new vessel that is being added to Cruceros Australis’ fleet, which currently runs the ships Mare Australis and Via Australis.

The new ship will have a capacity of 210 passengers distributed in 100 cabins of 161 sq. ft. each. She will be 292 ft. long and her beam will be 47.8 ft.

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