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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Cunard’s Queen Victoria will call in San Francisco on Jan. 27 as part of her world cruise

Cunard Line’s youngest ship, Queen Victoria, will be making her maiden call to San Francisco on  January 27, marking her only U.S. inaugural call in the next year. Queen Victoria will stop in the City by the Bay as part of the first segment of her 2010 World Voyage, before continuing across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii.

“We were elated by the welcome our flagship Queen Mary 2 received from San Franciscans in 2007, and have been eagerly anticipating Queen Victoria’s arrival to this illustrious city since the ship entered service,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “We look forward to a warm welcome during this historic port of call.”

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Ellen DeGeneres gives away NCL cruises on her Christmas show

Norwegian Cruise Line spread holiday cheer by taking part in The Ellen DeGeneres show’s 12 Days of Giveaways with a huge surprise for the entire audience: a seven-day Freestyle Cruising vacation for two. Airing today,  on day 11 of the 12-day series on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the cruise giveaway to more than 300 in-studio audience members was also in celebration of Norwegian declaring 2010 as “The Year of the Freestyle Vacation.” The audience cheered and jumped …

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AARP announced new partnership and discounts with MSC Cruises

AARP and MSC Cruises today announced a new relationship giving AARP’s nearly 40 million members access to a discount and other great benefits on Caribbean, Mediterranean, Northern European and transatlantic cruises. Exclusive pricing reflects a $50 per person/$100 per stateroom discount off the price of MSC Cruises’ Early Booking rates and up to a two-category upgrade. AARP member rates and upgrades can be combined with MSC’s Kids Sail Free promotion (kids traveling with two adults in same …

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Good deal for singles from MSC Cruises

Listen up, single cruisers. Here is a deal for you: Single travelers can experience the beauty and tranquility of the Caribbean with special rates for MSC Cruises’ 7-night sailings on the new MSC Poesia. Single guests can book an interior, oceanview, or balcony stateroom for one on select MSC Cruises’ 2009-10 Caribbean itineraries with rates starting at $649. This limited-time offer expires on January 31, 2010. This special single promotion offer is applicable for Categories 1, 4, …

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Royal Princess being moved to P&O fleet, thus spring itineraries change

One of the small ships of Princess Cruises, the 710-passenger Royal Princess, will depart the line’s fleet in spring 2011, transferring to sister company P&O Cruises in the U.K. The ship will be renamed Adonia. As a result, five sailings in April and May will be cancelled, and in place of these a 26-day South Pacific and Andes Explorer cruise will be offered prior to the transfer. The ship’s 2010 cruise program includes sailings to the Amazon, …

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Viking’s end-of-year sale ends Dec. 18…check it out!

Viking River Cruises is reminding guests that its current 2010 Early Booking Discount expires on Dec. 18. The offer, which includes 2-for-1 cruise pricing plus up to 2-for-1 roundtrip international air plus complimentary wine with dinner, has been quite popular. Therefore,  there is limited availability on select itineraries, departure dates and stateroom categories. “Now, more than ever, people are seeking solid value for their travel dollars,” said Richard Marnell, Viking’s senior vice president of marketing. “So this …

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Norwegian Gem returns to New York for winter cruise season

On Saturday, the Big Apple welcomes back Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest Freestyle Cruising ship, as she returns for the winter cruise season, sailing seven-day Bahamas & Florida and 10-day Eastern Caribbean cruises direct from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in the heart of New York City. Beginning Saturday, Dec. 12, the 2,380-passenger Norwegian Gem will set sail on the first of 10 seven-day Bahamas & Florida cruises with stops in Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida; Great Stirrup …

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