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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Windstar Cruises launches online apparel store

Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore the hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations, launches its online store, Windstar Apparel, featuring a unique collection of stylish apparel and gear for guests to wear onboard or ashore. Hand selected by Windstar’s online store partner, New Headings, Windstar Apparel is sourced from the best brands in the industry including Patagonia, Columbia Sportswear, Tilley Endurables, Smith Optics and TEVA. Items …

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Princess launches blog featuring the “Ultimate Travel Bucket List” written by its staff

Every once in awhile, a cruise line runs a promotion that is really exciting and I am very inpressed by Princess’ new effort. Princess Cruises has launched a new blog that will reveal the top travel bucket list experiences recommended by the line’s own well-traveled destination experts. “50 Essential Experiences: The Travel Bucket List” (www.50essentialexperiences.com) will be gradually unveiled over the next year in a series of weekly posts, each authored by one of Princess’ longest-serving shipboard …

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Elvis fans will be entertained by Rocking Dave on a 14-night Canary Islands cruise

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is delighted to offer Elvis fans a chance to rock to the sounds of “The King” with top Elvis tribute act Rocking Dave, who is headlining on Boudicca’s 14-night Canary Islands cruise, D1101, departing from Southampton on Jan. 16, 2011. As part of the popular “Music and Laughter” variety show program on selected 2011 cruises, “Elvis” will be rocking the boat during this two-week-long celebration of “The King of Rock and Roll.” Rocking …

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Carnival is now touting features of the Carnival Magic, both at its own site and through social media

For almost a year before its introduction, NCL touted the features of its new Norwegian Epic. Before that, Royal Caribbean Lines made almost as big a fuss about its new megaship, the Oasis of the Seas. So now it is Carnival’s turn. Here is what they are telling us about their new ship, the Carnival Magic. First, it launched an interactive online home for Carnival Magic (www.carnivalmagic.com) that showcases the ship’s standout features through a full-screen virtual …

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Miami Children’s Museum adds an updated exhibit on cruising, sponsored by Carnival

This past week, Chet and I visited our young grandchildren in Portland, Ore. One of the fun things that we did was to take our 2-1/2- year-old grandson Seely to the Children’s Museum for a couple of hours of quality playtime. It was wonderful to have such a great place to take him to to burn off some of that toddler energy. So I was pleased to hear about this cruising exhibit opening at the Miami Children’s …

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Film critic Leonard Maltin will sail on the Coral Princess and present his favorite films of 2010

Renowned Film Critic Leonard Maltin will be sailing aboard Coral Princess’ December 15 holiday sailing, and will be presenting his favorite films of 2010 throughout the cruise especially for Princess Cruises passengers. During this 15-day Panama Canal cruise, movie buffs will be able to view the four films Maltin has dubbed “Leonard’s Unsung Favorites of 2010,” which he will personally introduce to the audience. Maltin will also lead a discussion of some of the films, will challenge …

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Oceania offers great new itineraries for Alaska

To celebrate its inaugural Alaska season, Oceania Cruises has announced Double Bonus Savings on 10 new voyages for summer 2011. The limited-time promotion offers per stateroom savings of $1,000 off cruise fares plus a $1,000 shipboard credit on top of two-for-one prices and free airfare. In addition, third and fourth guests in a stateroom may travel for only $999 per person, cruise-only. Depending on the cruise, scenic highlights encompass Hubbard Glacier, the Gulf of Alaska, Tracy Arm …

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