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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Princess chronicles overhaul of Coral Princess

Princess Cruises is once again inviting cruise enthusiasts to go behind the scenes at a shipyard as Coral Princess undergoes drydock through October 23.  The Coral Princess Drydock Journal, featured on the line’s website at www.princess.com, will show the daily progress as the ship is lifted from the water and receives a full exterior and interior makeover, including the addition of the line’s signature features, The Sanctuary and Movies Under the Stars.  The journal will feature regular updates throughout the drydock at Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas.

The fourth in this unprecedented series, the Coral Princess Drydock Journal follows the enthusiastically received online journals chronicling work on Golden Princess, Dawn Princess and Sea Princess.  The journal can be found on the Coral Princess page in the website’s “Ships” section, and it will be regularly updated throughout the ship’s two-week drydock.  The photos will also be posted to Princess’ Twitter feed, Facebook page and Flickr photostream.

“We’ve placed a high priority on enhancing our ships and debuting our signature features across the fleet, and these journals have been a great way for passengers to feel part of the process,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president.  “We’ve received wonderful feedback as people get to see the transformation first hand.”

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Star Clippers continues its half-off sale

Set sail this winter for Star Clippers’ Caribbean and save up to 50 percent off brochure rates on seven-night sailings. You will sail on its flagship, the Royal Clipper, and enjoy all the amenities and activities that you would expect on a private sailing yacht. And with only 227 guests, you won’t be part of the crowd. I was so impressed with this deal when it was first announced that we signed up immediately for the Jan. …

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Princess ships deliver tsunami relief in Samoa

When Star Princess and Sun Princess called in Apia, Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa this past weekend, the ships brought along some much needed relief supplies and more than $10,000 in donations for the region that was recently hit with a powerful tsunami. The ships off-loaded pallets of bottled water, sugar, flour, linens and clothing donated by passengers and crew, plus treats of candy and chocolate for the children. In addition, in Pago Pago, both ships …

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Regent Seven Seas relaxes dress code

As a result of guest feedback convincingly in favor of a less formal policy, Regent Seven Seas Cruises has established a revised dress code. Effective with the 2009/2010 New Year’s cruises, guests are respectfully requested to adhere to the following guidelines:

Daytime Dress Code (until 6 p.m.)

During the day, resort style clothing (including shorts, warm-up suits, jeans and sneakers) is acceptable

in all public areas. Bare feet are acceptable only on the Pool Deck. Note: Bathing suits, while acceptable at the Pool Bar and Grill, are not considered appropriate in any indoor venue.

Evening Dress Code (after 6 p.m.)

Two types of dress code have been established for evenings in public areas: Elegant Casual and Formal Optional. The number of Formal Optional nights is dependent upon the length of the cruise, as follows:

. Cruises of fifteen nights or less will be Elegant Casual for the duration

. Cruises of sixteen nights or more will have two Formal Optional nights

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Sinking of Titanic to be remembered

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is to be marked in April 2012 with a once-in-a-lifetime cruise experience following the ship’s original route in 1912.

Passengers will enjoy an entirely Titanic-themed cruise including a memorial service in the early hours of the morning of April 15, 2012 above the original Titanic vessel that lies in the Atlantic, exactly 100 years after the ship sank that horrific day.

The Balmoral, a liner operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – whose parent company Harland and Wolff built the Titanic – will leave Southampton, England on April 8, 2012 and begin its journey to Cobh, Ireland, where the Titanic made its final port of call on April 11, 1912. Passengers can enjoy a Titanic heritage shore excursion in Cobh.

The cruise will continue following the route of the RMS Titanic and arrive over the spot where the Titanic sank on April 14. A special memorial ceremony will be held between 11:40 pm when the ship hit the iceberg and 2:20 am on April 15.

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Cruise Offerings

Uniworld Delivers Royal Treatment On the Nile River Taking a Uniworld River Cruise along the Nile River – the lifeline of both ancient and modern Egypt – is like watching 5,000 years of history and culture unfold before your eyes. When guests sail the Nile onboard Uniworld’s new, ultra-luxurious all-suite River Tosca, they’ll follow the path of pharaohs, traders, invaders, and explorers who for thousands of years have taken in Egypt’s most magnificent sites from the decks …

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