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Crystal announces summer incentives, 'Crystal Clear Choices'

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Latest offers

Crystal Cruises is enticing travelers with a limited-time summer promotion that translates to significant savings and added perks for bookings made between July 1 and August 31. For its luxury ocean ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, the cruise line announced today its “Crystal Clear Choices” promotional lineup, presenting a choice of three incentives that apply to nearly three dozen global voyages this year and next. Guests will get to choose from cruise fare savings of up to $1,000 per stateroom; up to $1,500 per stateroom in air credits for air travel booked through Crystal’s air department; or up to $2,000 per stateroom in shipboard credits.

“The added incentives available to travelers for an already value-packed, all-inclusive luxury vacation makes Crystal the clear choice for guests seeking an enriching adventure in some of the world’s most coveted destinations,” says Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s CEO and president. “Not only is the breadth of savings and perks compelling, but the number and variety of worldwide voyages included in this promotion offers travelers a world of possibility.”

Applicable voyages begin as early as October of 2016 and run through December 2017, including:

– Caribbean & Panama Canal – Fall 2016
– Panama Canal, Mexico & Hawaii – Spring 2017
– Alaska – Summer 2017
– The Baltic & Northern Europe – Summer 2017
– Mediterranean, UAE & Africa – Winter 2017
– South America – Winter 2017
– New England & Canada – Fall 2017

Crystal Personal Select Air Program offers flight arrangements through more than 180 airports and major hubs in the U.S. and Canada, with frequent flyer options, seat assignments and confirmations and other services available at guests’ fingertips. The additional shipboard credits offered with the “Crystal Clear Choices” promotion can be used toward indulgent spa treatments, intrepid Crystal Adventures ashore, posh boutique purchases or extravagant Vintage Room dinners.

All-inclusive Book Now Fares start at $2,140 per person. Promotional credits, savings and starting fares are all based on double occupancy.

Royal Caribbean extends special 'Ticket to Adventure' to U.S. drivers who need a vacation from parking violations

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Latest offers

There are approximately 214 million registered drivers in the United States, all of whom inevitably find themselves circling the block or lot for a place to park. Seems easy enough to park a car, but who hasn’t returned to their vehicle to find a ticket affixed to their front windshield, or even worse, discovered that it’s been towed? Frustrating? Yes, but there is always a silver lining. As part of its recently launched “Ticket to Adventure” promotion, Royal Caribbean International is on a mission to turn some of the worst tickets in America into the best ones.

Royal Caribbean is addressing the pain point that is parking tickets by inviting plagued drivers to “park it” onboard the cruise line’s newest ship Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship that will make her U.S. debut in November. Consumers from across the country can enter to win one of 55 trips for two onboard Harmony during an exclusive preview sailing out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in November. To enter, simply visit the Ticket to Adventure site between now and October 1 and enter the code “PARKINGTICKET.” While at the promotion site consumers can also virtually discover and explore Harmony’s thrilling features and seven neighborhoods, and enter for their chance to win other exciting prizes that range from a seven-night Caribbean cruise for four, to more than 150 GoPro HERO4 cameras, over $40,000 in cash gift cards, and more.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in special offer to celebrate HM The Queen’s birthday

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is helping guests to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s official 90th birthday this coming weekend with two great-value ‘Best of British’ deals, to be booked from 10th to 13th June 2016 inclusive. As a special commemorative offer, Fred. Olsen will also be giving guests £90 per room free onboard spending credit on bookings made on both of these cruises during this exclusive period.

Balmoral’s 10-night L1613 ‘Britain’s Historic Sites & Scenic Delights’ cruise, ex Newcastle on 18th June 2016

Prices start from just £590 per person, based on two adults sharing a twin-bedded, Interior Room. Ocean View Room = £640 per person / Superior Ocean View Room = £690 per person.

Solo offers are also available, with a twin-for-sole-occupancy supplement of 50%: Single Interior Room = £690 / Single Ocean View Room = £790

Discover a selection of Britain's most fascinating historic sites and stunning scenic delights on board this summer sight-seeing cruise around the beautiful British Isles aboard ‘Balmoral’. From Falmouth – a quintessential seaside town on England's sunny south coast – take a short journey to scale nearby St Michael’s Mount and admire the stunning views from the medieval castle that sits proudly at the top of the hill; or head into Cornwall’s beautiful countryside and visit the incredible indoor rainforest at the world-famous Eden Project. Sail across the Irish Sea to the charming city of Dublin and wander the delightful streets in search of many famous sights including the historic castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, then visit the wonderful Welsh island of Anglesey – an area of outstanding natural beauty. In Scotland, a short journey from Rosyth takes you to the charming Scottish capital, Edinburgh, where the world-famous castle awaits within the historic Old Town. Explore the grounds and uncover the rich history of this beautiful fortress; see the oldest crown jewels in Britain; and experience the noise of the firing of the One O'Clock Gun.

Ports of call: Newcastle, England – Dover, England – St. Peter Port, Guernsey, England – Falmouth, England – Dublin, Ireland – Anglesey (from Holyhead), Wales – Cruising Fingal’s Cave – Invergordon, Scotland (for Loch Ness) – Edinburgh (from Rosyth), Scotland – Newcastle, England

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Braemar’s 11-night M1620 ‘The Great British Cruise’, ex Southampton on 8th August 2016

Prices start from just £990 per person, based on two adults sharing a twin-bedded, Interior Room (‘I’ Grade). Ocean View Room available from £1,290 per person (‘F’ Grade).

This ‘Great British Cruise’ is a fantastic celebration of the best of the beautiful British Isles. Falmouth is framed by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a call to this quintessential Cornish seaside town offers you the chance to wander through the world’s largest indoor rainforest at the nearby Eden Project and get closer to nature on a trip to the Lost Gardens of Heligan. An overnight stay in Cardiff allows you plenty of time to explore the city and discover the abundance of sights and attractions the Welsh capital has to offer, including the impressive Wales Millennium Centre – one of the world’s most iconic arts and culture venues – and the grade-one-listed structures and landscapes of Bute Park. Spend a day in the lively city of Liverpool, the former European Capital of Culture and home of arguably the world’s most famous rock ‘n’ roll band, The Beatles. Sample ‘Britain’s best fish and chips’ in Lerwick – the capital of the Shetland Islands – before heading to Edinburgh’s world-renowned Military Tattoo on a tour from Leith to experience the fantastic celebration of music, theatre and dance – all performed to the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle – in the beautiful Scottish capital.

And, guests will be joined by a very special 'star baker' on board this very British cruise…


No ‘Great British Cruise’ would be complete without a ‘Great British Baker’, so Fred. Olsen is delighted that Nancy Birtwhistle – winner of the BBC’s hit series, ‘Great British Bake Off’, in 2014 – will be joining this cruise in Cardiff, before disembarking in Leith. Whilst on board, Nancy will take part in a ‘Question & Answer’ interview with the Cruise Director to discuss her time on the show and what she is doing now; and Nancy will hold an unmissable baking demonstration to show off her culinary skills and share her extensive knowledge of baking.


Ports of call: Southampton, England – Falmouth, England – Cardiff, Wales – Barrow-in-Furness (for Lake District), England – Liverpool, England – Lerwick, Shetland Islands – Edinburgh (from Leith), Scotland (overnight stay) – Southampton, England

Crystal Cruises offers summer specials during June

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Latest offers

On 14 of its celebrated luxury voyages this fall through spring of 2017, Crystal Cruises is enhancing the plush accommodations for its guests. For travelers who book by June 30 a Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom (category C1) aboard Crystal Symphony or Crystal Serenity will be upgraded to a Deluxe Stateroom with Private Verandah at no additional cost (category B2 for Crystal Symphony, B3 for Crystal Serenity). The Sizzling Summer Upgrade affords travelers savings of up to nearly $1,400, as well as the opportunity to sail one deck higher on the award-winning vessels in order to take in the sweeping views from their personal outdoor space.

“One of the hallmarks of a Crystal vacation is a spacious, welcoming environment that makes our guests feel as if they’re at home away from home,” says Crystal CEO and President Edie Rodriguez. “It’s our pleasure to offer travelers special touches like a private verandah that make the space feel more like their own private vacation.”

Voyages for which the offer is available include:

Crystal Symphony

– August 6, 2016, London to Lisbon, 12 days
– October 31, 2016, Miami to San Diego, 16 days
– November 16, 2016, Round-trip San Diego, 10 days
– December 9, 2016, Papeete to Auckland, 11 days
– January 20, 2017, Round-trip Sydney, 21
– March 20, 2017, Hong Kong to Incheon, 11 days
– April 14, 2017, Tokyo to Los Angeles, 17 days

Crystal Serenity

– August 6, 2016, Vancouver to Seward, 10 days
– October 9, 2016, New York to Québec, 10 days
– October 25, 2016, New York to Fort Lauderdale, 14 days
– November 8, 2016, Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans, 14 days
– November 22, Round-trip New Orleans, 14 days
– December 6, 2016, New Orleans to Miami, 14 days
– January 3, 2017, Round-trip Miami, 7 days

Fathom offers exclusive inaugural season fares to the Dominican Republic

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Latest offers

Fathom, the pioneer in social impact travel and Carnival Corporation’s 10th and newest brand, continues to celebrate its inaugural season with special fares to the Dominican Republic. Guests who book social impact cruises to the Dominican Republic aboard Fathom through November 16, 2016 can book fares starting at $499 (inside cabin), $599 (outside cabin), $699 (balcony cabin) and $2,499 (suite).

Fathom is also welcoming third and fourth passengers with a special rate of 50 percent off double occupancy fares. Families and friends can unite to make a real difference in the world, while in the company of other travelers who share the commitment to creating a meaningful transformation. Together, guests can provide unique impact to projects that focus on improving environmental, educational and economic conditions for the aspirational and hard-working people of the Dominican Republic.

“We want to provide unique ways for our guests to give, learn, grow in spirit, and help build a sense of community that reaches out to the wider world,” said Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation. “Our maiden voyage is behind us, but there is still so much all of us can accomplish together. It is an exciting time for us all, and we look forward to bringing people with a passion for travel and a desire to make a difference in this world to the Dominican Republic so we may keep up the significant impact we have already accomplished.”

Fathom’s inaugural special fares to the Dominican Republic are available for all stateroom categories. For more information or to book, guests can call 1-855-932-8466 or their travel professionals and reference code “FB1.” This offer is also available for online bookings on It is not combinable with other promotions. Gratuities are not included. Taxes, fees and port expenses are also not included, and are currently $208 per person, and are subject to change.

Inaugural season prices for the seven-day trips to the Dominican Republic start at $499 per person, excluding taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, onboard social impact immersion experiences, three on-shore social impact activities and related supplies. To secure a spot on future sailings, a fully refundable $300 per person deposit is required for all cabin categories and occupancy levels. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.

Separately, Fathom also offers seven-day itineraries to Cuba starting at $1,899 per person, excluding Cuban visas, taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, lunch during scheduled on-the-ground activities, onboard immersion experiences and certain on-the-ground cultural immersion activities. Prices vary by season. To secure a spot on future sailings, a fully refundable $600 per person deposit is required for all cabin categories and occupancy levels. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.