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Norwegian offers special Black Friday savings

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Latest offers

Norwegian Cruise Line is launching a limited time offer in celebration of the biggest shopping days of the year. When booking a new cruise vacation from Wednesday, November 26 through Tuesday, December 2, 2014, holiday shoppers dreaming of their next cruise vacation will receive up to $250 to spend on board and enjoy reduced deposits. In the spirit of giving, onboard credits can be used to indulge in nearly anything the heart desires on board from decadent spa treatments and delicious specialty restaurants to delightful shore excursions and more.

Gift-givers looking for the shiniest and newest Norwegian cruise gift this season may consider Norwegian Getaway. The line’s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway is outfitted as Miami’s Ultimate ship, featuring ship-wide influences from the Magic City including stunning hull-artwork designed by Miami’s own David “LEBO” Le Batard. The contemporary mega-ship features 28 dining options, two Broadway Shows, the largest Aqua Park at sea with five thrilling slides, Nickelodeon and Splash Academy for families and much more. She sails seven-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries to tropical ports of call including Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. Fares start at $509.

Cruisers can heat up their holidays by taking advantage of incredible savings on cruise vacations to the Caribbean. This winter guests have the opportunity to experience Norwegian Epic sailing from Miami for her final season in the Caribbean, before she sets sail in April to Europe, where she will now cruise year-round. This final season from Miami offers guests an opportunity to experience the Caribbean aboard this one-of-a-kind ship that changed the face of cruising entertainment with the introduction of innovative firsts at sea like Cirque Dreams & Dinner and the SVEDKA/Inniskillin Ice Bar. Cruisers will explore ports of call including Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico; with fares starting at $379.

The newly-refurbished Norwegian Jewel is sure to delight with fresh enhancements and additions such as Norwegian’s popular signature Sugarcane Mojito Bar, treats by TLC’s Cake Boss and Next Great Baker at Carlo’s Bake Shop and O’Sheehan’s, Norwegian’s Irish pub casual eatery. Guests can enjoy all of Norwegian Jewel’s new features sailing from Houston, between now and April 18, 2015, to tropical Western Caribbean destinations including Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Banana Coast, Honduras with fares beginning at $399.

Gulf coast cruise guests can also experience the Western Caribbean for seven-day sailings aboard Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Sun, sailing from now through April 12, 2015, from their homeports of New Orleans and Tampa respectively. Fares for Norwegian Dawn start at $509**, while fares for Norwegian Sun start at $429.

MSC Cruises UK introduces turn of year sales promotion

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

MSC Cruises UK says it is giving customers the chance to grab savings of £600 per cabin in its turn-of-year sales campaign.

Valid on selected Mediterranean summer sailings in 2015 and winter 2015/2016 destinations, ‘The Sale’ runs from December 1 until March 5 next year and is focused on its fly-cruise programme.

For the first time, MSC Cruises is supporting its Wave promotional campaign with a dedicated brochure featuring highlighted itineraries from its extensive worldwide programme. More than 32,000 brochures are being produced for the trade, which will be distributed to key retail partners and support the cruise line’s focus on both cruise specialists and high street partners including Thomas Cook and Tui.

And in another first, agents will receive full commission on the entire package price (cruise and flight) to maximise their earnings during the peak selling period.

MSC Cruises executive director UK & Ireland Giles Hawke said: “This year’s wave campaign underlines our commitment to our trade partners.

“Cruise is a fiercely competitive business, especially in the peak period, so it is vital that we have an offer that is compelling for consumers and recognises the effort agents make on our behalf.

“By extending commission on the whole package price we are ensuring agents can make a decent return on a great-value holiday. Our sale is a win-win situation for agents and their clients. We are also ensuring it is a very simple sale for agents by offering our biggest ever range of fly-cruises so that our product can be sold in one simple transaction"

Discounts apply to summer 2015 fly-cruises on six ships – MSC Magnifica and MSC Musica (Eastern Med); and MSC Preziosa, MSC Divina, MSC Fantasia and
MSC Armonia (Western Med). All depart from either Venice or Genoa.

Additionally, promotional fares are also available for a wide range of winter 2015/2016 products in the Mediterranean, The Canary Islands, Emirates and the Caribbean.

Summer sale rates start from only £549 per person (based on a seven-night MSC Fantasia sailing in April 2015) – a discount of £300 per person on brochure prices. Upgrades to balcony cabins are available on all seven-night sailings for just £200 per person.

Fly-cruise rates apply to departures from London Gatwick and include return British Airways scheduled flights and overseas transfers.

For regional customers MSC Cruises is offering the option of feeder flights to Gatwick plus overnight airport hotel stay, or the chance to add car parking and a one-n

Fred. Olsen to offer three overnight stays on Balmoral's cultural city cruise

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is giving guests the perfect opportunity to visit three cultural European cities – Oslo (Norway), Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and Antwerp (Belgium) – with Balmoral's ten-night L1416 'European Cities & Waterways' cruise, departing from Southampton on 24th October 2014 – all from just £79 per person, per night*. With overnight stays in each destination, guests can get the chance to relax and explore these bustling capitals at their leisure.

The first port of call on this 'Artistic City Break' cruise is Oslo. Found between the Oslofjord and surrounded by dense forests, Norway’s lively capital boasts an extraordinary combination of city life and 'the great outdoors'. Guests can explore Oslo’s artistic side, with a visit to the National Gallery, home to Munch’s world-famous 'The Scream'. The Vigeland Sculpture Park is wonderfully unique, containing 212 of Gustav Vigeland’s sculptures reflecting all stages of the human lifecycle. For modern art and culture, go to the Waterfront area, which blends new museums with restaurants and contemporary living; and do not forget the eye-catching ‘Barcode’ buildings!

Balmoral then continues onto Amsterdam, for another overnight stay. Part of what makes this city so appealing is the perfect contrast of 17th Century history and modern city life, creating a relaxed and friendly environment. Don’t miss the three most famous museums of the 40 within the city: the Rijksmuseum, with important paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals; the Van Gogh Museum, housing 200 paintings; and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, with major works by Picasso. Why not take a canal cruise, the ideal way to see this diverse city.

Antwerp is the final port of call on this European exploration of art and culture. For a different view of the city, guests can discover more by taking a tram, boat or horse and carriage. Ruben’s House is also to be recommended; the Baroque artist lived here for over 25 years, and created the majority of his work from this palatial dwelling. Be sure to pay a visit to the Cathedral of our Lady, which took 169 years to build! This iconic building houses a number of major art works, including a series by Rubens. And, of course, there is always the famous Belgian chocolate to sample and perhaps purchase when in this stunning city.

Prices for this fascinating European city break cruise start from just £790 per person, based on two adults sharing a twin-bedded Outside cabin, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, and port dues. Guests can also choose to upgrade to Fred. Olsen's 'all-inclusive' drinks package from just £10 per person, per night*.

Fred. Olsen has been named one of the Top 3 cruise lines in the UK and awarded Which? Travel’s prestigious ‘Recommended Provider’ accolade, in its first-ever dedicated cruise survey. The influential independent consumer body conducted an online poll of 1,327 Which? members in April 2014, and FOCL was voted joint second out of the 14 cruise companies rated, receiving a customer satisfaction score of 85% out of 100%. Fred. Olsen was delighted to be voted 'Best for Enrichment' in the 'Cruise International Awards 2014', for the third time.

MSC Cruises USA celebrates National Cruise Vacation month with deals on Caribbean and Mediterranean sailings

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Latest offers

To celebrate National Cruise Vacation Month, MSC Cruises is offering balcony staterooms at ocean view rates for select sailings in both the Caribbean and Mediterranean, plus kids aged 11 and under sail free for guests who book cruises during the month of October.

And, the line will sweeten the deal for guests who upgrade to MSC Cruises’ new “Fantastica experience” on these select sailings with a complimentary drink package consisting of 12 vouchers. The Fantastica experience includes choice of a premium location stateroom and priority choice of early or late dining. Additional free amenities, valued at $250 per person, include 50 percent off all fitness classes and personal training, free delivery of room service, and enhanced recreational activities for children including cooking and foreign language classes.

The October specials are available to residents of the US and Canada who book select sailings of MSC Divina, departing October 2014 through October 2015 in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, and select sailings of MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia, departing November 2014 through April 2015 in the Mediterranean. Available on new bookings only, offers expire on October 31, 2014.

As an extra promotion for booking in October, MSC Cruises is also offering pre-paid gratuities for all MSC Divina seven-night Caribbean sailings between October 18 and December 13, 2014.

National Cruise Vacation Month, widely recognized as “The World’s Largest Cruise Sale,” is celebrated every October to promote special offers from member cruise lines of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry organization. 

MSC Cruises in UK summer sailing 2015 promotion

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

MSC Cruises is giving holidaymakers the chance to grab its best-ever early-booking deals by making its summer 2015 sailings all-inclusive - PLUS giving an additional on-board credit of £100 per cabin.

The incredible ‘Mad about the Med’ promotion applies to all Mediterranean sailings next summer, when booked between October 6 and November 30 2014.

With EIGHT ships in the region next summer MSC Cruises is the undisputed leader in Med cruising. Between April and November 2015 it will offer more than 200 seven-night sailings from its home ports of Venice, Genoa and La Spezia.

The offer is valid on both cruise-only and fly-cruise packages, and delivers superb value for families looking to plan their holiday in advance. With an adult all-inclusive package normally priced at £154 per person and a child’s package valued at £70, the deal means a typical family of four receive benefits worth £448 on a typical seven-day sailing, along with an additional £100 credit to spend onboard on extras such as spa treatments, excursions or in speciality restaurants.

And remember, MSC Cruises is the only cruise line where children cruise for free all year round, paying only port taxes and flight costs.

MSC Cruises will operate in the eastern and western med for summer 2015, with sailings typically departing on Saturday and Sunday.

Eastern Med: MSC Poesia, MSC Lirica, MSC Musica, MSC Magnifica (from Venice)

Western Med: MSC Preziosa, MSC Armonia, MSC Fantasia, MSC Divina (from Genoa/La Spezia)

All-inclusive prices lead in at £798 per person, based on two sharing, for a seven-night cruise on MSC Armonia from La Spezia, Italy, calling at Marseille, France; Palma, Majorca; Valletta, Malta; Messina, Sicily, Italy; Salerno, Italy and La Spezia. Price includes return flights from London or Manchester based on a November 1 2015 departure.