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Norwegian's Caribbean Bonus Days

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Latest offers

Norwegian Cruise Line is launching its Caribbean Bonus Days, offering exceptional savings on select Bahamas and Caribbean sailings beginning this Fall through Winter 2015. Guests who book a Norwegian cruise vacation from Monday, May 26 through Saturday, May 31, 2014, can receive up to $100 per stateroom to spend on board. Air credits up to $1000, Military, AARP and Latitudes Rewards discounts, along with reduced rates for solo travelers, also apply to select sailings.

Guests can extend their summer aboard Miami’s Ultimate Ship, Norwegian Getaway as she sails seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean from her year-round homeport of Miami, Florida. The line’s newest ship visits tropical ports of call including Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. On board guests will be dazzled by the ship’s Miami flair, exceptional dining and entertainment as well as the excitement of 678 Ocean Place and The Waterfront, a variety of interconnected indoor and outdoor venues on three dynamic decks that creates a multiplex of dining, activities and more that enhance guests’ connection with the ocean. Fares start at $599*.

Also sailing from Miami, Norwegian Epic, the “Best Ship for Sea Days” by Cruise Critic and “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly two years in a row, cruises to sunny Western Caribbean destinations on seven-day sailings between November 9 and April 19, 2015. Cruisers will explore ports of call including Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico; with fares starting at $449*.

Beginning October 5, 2014 through April 19, 2015, cruisers can set sail from the Big Apple on seven-day Bahamas & FL cruises on board Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway’s sister-ship and the ship that brings the best of NYC to Sea. Fares start at $599*.

Sailing from Houston between October 11 and April 11, 2015, the newly-refurbished Norwegian Jewel cruises to tropical Western Caribbean destinations. Guests on board will visit Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Banana Coast, Honduras. Fares start at $409*.

Guests looking to vacation to beautiful Costa Maya, Mexico, can do so from Tampa aboard Norwegian Sun, starting October 26, 2014 through April 12, 2015. Additional ports of call include Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; and Cozumel, Mexico. Fares start at $419*.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in 2015 Baltic promotion

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

In 2015, for the first time, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering guests a chance to experience the Baltic region like never before. Taking full advantage of Braemar’s shallow draft Fred. Olsen is offering guests two new 14-night cruise holidays entitled ‘In the Heart of the Baltic’, departing from Dover on either 9thMay 2015 (M1513) or 9th August 2015 (M1523), which will take guests to the very ‘heart’ of some of this region’s most fascinating destinations.

Nathan Philpot, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“These two wonderful cruises will take our guests to the very centre of the quaint towns and vibrant cities of the Baltic. Due to Braemar’s smaller size, we are able to dock closer than any of the larger cruise ships to the very heart of the destination. This means guests will step off the ship and be within walking distance of the attractions they really want to see.

“In addition, our solo travellers, who choose to book on the 9th May 2015 departure, will benefit from no single supplement on selected outside twin-bedded cabins. All they need to do is book by the 30th June2014.”

Joining either of these spectacular journeys guests will experience six destinations as well a scenic cruise through the Kiel Canal Transit in daylight, which is restricted to ships of up to 235 metres in length and 40 metres in height.

The UNESCO-listed historic centre of Riga in Latvia is one of the lively cities guests will visit on this ultimate Baltic experience cruise. Braemar will dock just 500 metres from the very heart ofRiga, giving guests the chance to experience this capital city’s impressive Art-Nouveau architecture, historic old quarter and lush green parks.

Helsinki in Finland, where guests will find stunning neo-classical architecture, is a fantastic place to explore. Guests will step off the ship and be just 500 metres from the city’s marketplace, from which they can visit the Uspenski Cathedral, Senate Square, Helsinki Cathedral, Finlandia Hall, the National Museum or the Olympic Stadium.

Cosmopolitan Copenhagen in Denmark is another fine city that guests aboard this cruise will be able to discover. Docking just 300 metres from the famous statue of the ‘Little Mermaid’ atLangelinje Pier, guests will find themselves amongst the city’s top attractions within moments of leaving the ship. Visit Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second oldest amusement park, where, those with an adventurous streak can have a go on the ‘wild rides’ or instead just enjoy the live music, daily entertainment or gourmet food. For those looking to admire some of the city’s architecture a visit to Kronborg Castle, probably the most famous Danish castle, is highly recommended. Known worldwide from Shakespeare's Hamlet, many say the spirit of the Shakespearean character is still roaming the hallways.

Guests will also visit Aalborg in Denmark on this unique cruise. Braemar will be just 150 metres from the heart of this historic city, which is renowned for its ‘Viking experiences’. With ancient monuments, mystic runestones, stunning longships, open-air life-size villages, burial mounds and fascinating museums, guests will gain an incredible insight into Viking life. The Kunsten Museumof modern Art in Aalborg, which houses a permanent collection of Danish and international art from around 1900 to the present day, is also a wonderful way for guests to spend an afternoon.

On board Braemar, for the May or August departure date, guests will enjoy an overnight stay in the ever-popular destination of St. Petersburg in Russia. Braemar will dock along the picturesqueNeva River, where guests can enjoy the stunning views, before leaving the ship to enjoy the many iconic sights that this city has to offer.  Guests can visit the opulent Hermitage, stunning gardens and fountains of the Peterhof and Catherine Palace. An evening at the spectacular ballet is also a wonderful way to spend an evening in this mesmerising city. 

Braemar will then stop in Travemünde in Germany. Docked just 150 metres walk from the pretty harbour front, this relaxing seaside resort is ideal for guests looking to indulge in some peaceful time on the pretty beach. Alternatively guests can take a trip to the UNESCO world heritage site ofLübeck. The water-enclosed Old Town, with its roughly 1,800 listed buildings, is a delightful maze of historical alleyways and criss-crossed lanes.

Prices for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ ‘In the Heart of the Baltic’ cruise start from just £1,499 per person, based on two adults sharing a twin, ‘Inside’ cabin, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, and port dues. 

Fred. Olsen is proud to be the only UK travel company to receive a coveted ‘Gold Award’ from leading consumer review website Feefo, having achieved a 95% service rating of 'Excellent' or 'Good' in over 5,600 genuine, independent guest reviews in 2013.

Fred. Olsen was also delighted to be voted ‘Best Affordable Cruise Line’ and runner-up ‘Best Cruise Line’ in the ‘Cruise International Awards 2013’, and ‘Best Value for Money’ in the Cruise Critic ‘Editors’ Picks UK Awards 2013’. Fred. Olsen’s Braemar was also recently announced as the top winner in Cruise Critic’s ‘Cruisers' Choice 2014 Awards’ ‘Best Small Ship for Embarkation’ category.

MSC Cruises in flash winter Canaries sale in UK

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

MSC Cruises will launch the latest of its popular Flash Sale promotions later this week, slashing the price of its Canary Island cruises for winter 2014/15.

The sale, valid May 16-25, applies to winter sailings featuring the Canaries (November 29 2014 to April 4 2015) aboard MSC Armonia, with seven-night fly-cruises leading in at just£649 per person.

As well as offering market-leading rates, MSC Cruises is offering guests the opportunity toupgrade for free from an inside to outside cabin, as well as including a complimentary all-inclusive Allegrisimo drinks package.

 

This winter’s Canary Islands itineraries will be the first operated by the improved MSC Armonia. This summer the ship will undergo a €50 million enhancement and lengthening programme, which includes the addition of 92 new balcony cabins.

A typical Canary Islands sailing, such as one leaving April 4 2015, departs Las Palmas, Gran Canaria and call at Casablanca , Morocco; Agadir, Morocco; Arrecife, Lanzarote; Santa Cruz, Tenerife and Las. Flash Sale prices lead in at £649 per person (including return flights, free upgrade offer and complimentary drinks package).

Cruise-only prices start at £299 per person.

As with all MSC cruises, kids sail free when sharing with two full-paying adults.

For more information see www.msccruises.co.uk or call 0844 561 1955.

 

 

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Royal Caribbean ushers in summer with up to $400 onboard credit

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Latest offers

The care-free days of summer are right around the corner, and Royal Caribbean International is ushering them in with an onboard credit promotion that offers vacationers booking a cruise vacation from May 7- 31 up to a $400 credit.  Excited travelers can choose from any six-night or longer sailing departing to the Caribbean and Bahamas between July 1 and December 31, 2014. For those vacationers looking ahead and booking a holiday season cruise the cruise line is doubling their onboard spending credit. For more details, please visit www.RoyalCaribbean.com/MayWow.

There’s no better way to escape the day-to-day grind and refocus on quality family time than on a Royal Caribbean cruise, where guests will sail aboard the industry’s most innovative ships that offer an expansive array of exciting itineraries. While enjoying their cruise guests can use their bonus spending credit to book an adventurous family shore excursion, a specialty dining experience to celebrate a family milestone, or commemorate the occasion with the perfect family portrait.

The offer applies for all new U.S. and Canadian bookings made from May 7 - 31, 2014, for sailings departing from July 1 through Dec. 31, 2014. Vacationers will receive $50 onboard credit per interior or oceanview stateroom; $100 onboard credit per Jr. suite or stateroom with balcony; and $200 onboard credit per Grand Suite or higher category stateroom.  As an added incentive, the cruise line is also doubling onboard credits up to $400 for all eligible sailings between Dec. 15 and Dec. 31, 2014. The offer is valid fleetwide, excluding Quantum of the Seas.

Fred. Olsen offers free door to door transfers, incentives to singles on selected 2015 cruises

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

To make cruising with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines even more attractive in 2015, the cruise line has launched two great offers for cruise guests – ‘no or reduced single supplement’ and ‘free door-to-door transfers’ – applicable on selected cruises from its exciting new 2015/16 cruise programme. These fantastic deals are only available on bookings made up to 30th June 2014.

It can often be difficult for solo travellers to find holidays without incurring sizeable single supplements, so Fred. Olsen is offering no – or 50% off – single supplements* on selected ‘outside twin-bedded’ cabins to destinations including the Canary Islands, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Iceland and Arctic, Norwegian Fjords, USA and Caribbean.

In addition, on selected longer cruises, Fred. Olsen is also offering guests ‘free door-to-door’ transfers*, for departure ports within 250 miles of a guest’s home. This offer makes the cruising experience with Fred. Olsen even easier; a guest’s holiday will begin as soon as they step out of their front door, and all that they have to do is pack and be ready!

The warmer, more sociable atmosphere on board Fred. Olsen’s ships is perfect for people who are travelling by themselves. Once on board, solo travellers will find exclusive gatherings for them to get to know each other, as well as opportunities to be seated together at dinner and to be partnered with companions when going ashore.

For those solo cruisers who prefer to occupy a single cabin, Fred. Olsen has a number of cabin options available on each of its four ships, covering all grades, from ‘Single Inside’ and ‘Single Outside’ cabins, to ‘Single Balcony Suites’. Overall, the Fred. Olsen fleet has 190 single cabins; Braemar offers 40 such cabins, Black Watch and Boudicca each have 43, and Balmoral has 64.

 

The Fred. Olsen cruises included in the new offers include:

- Balmoral’s nine-night ‘Superbikes & Scenic Hikes’ cruise, L1505, ex Southampton on 31st May 2015. ‘No single supplement’ applicable on selected cabinsPrices start from £1,099 per person.

 

Cruise guests will arrive first in picturesque St. Peter Port, on the island of Guernsey, before stopping inTobermory, a colourful, quaint Scottish town on the Isle of Mull.

Balmoral will then arrive in Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands, where guests will be able to see the eclectic heritage of Christian, Nordic and Celtic influences.

Douglas, on the Isle of Man is the next stop. Fondly referred to as the ‘Rock’ by residents, the Isle of Man is approximately the same size as Ibiza and Singapore, although with a lot fewer people. As well as being the home of motorcycle road-racing, it has many other interesting attractions, including the 1890s Manx Electric Railway, the Great Laxey Wheel – the largest working water wheel in the world – theNautical Museum and Peel Castle.

Balmoral will then dock in the vibrant city of Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland, for her final port of call, before arriving back in Southampton.

- Black Watch’s 32-night ‘Caribbean from Scotland’ cruise, W1521, ex Greenock on 10thNovember 2015. ‘No single supplement’ or ‘free door-to-door transfer’ applicable. Prices start from £2,799 per person.

For the first time ever, Fred. Olsen is offering Scottish guests the chance to take a convenient, no-fly cruise to the Caribbean from ‘right on their doorstep’.

The first port of call is Leixoes in Portugal, for trips to Oporto – voted ‘Best European Destination 2014’ by European Consumers Choice – before stopping in Santa Cruz, Tenerife.

Black Watch will then sail to its first visit in the Caribbean – Bridgetown in Barbados, where guests can relax on the sandy bays, sit under a palm tree canopy or visit the historical Chamberlain Bridge and Cheapside Street Markets. Next port of call is St. George's in Grenada, known as the ‘Spice Island’, before Black Watch arrives in Bequia, the second largest island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

After visiting Castries on the island of St. Lucia – a classic Caribbean resort with white sands, crystal clear waters and a tropical rainforest backdrop – Black Watch cruises onwards to St. Kitts, calling at the island’s capital, Basseterre. Offering a varied collection of shops, bars and restaurants, as well as an array of Georgian architecture, there is plenty for guests to see.

Gustavia in St. Barthelemy is next, before a full day in Philipsburg in St. Maarten. Staying here for an overnight stay, guests will have the opportunity to soak up all that this stunning island has to offer.

Guests will then be able to enjoy the delights of Road Town in Tortola, in the beautiful British Virgin Islands, before a day in St. John’s in Antigua. Black Watch will then stay overnight in Ponta Delgada, in the alluring Azores, before returning to Greenock in Glasgow.

- Boudicca’16-night ‘Mysterious Morocco & Seductive Spain’ cruise, D1524, ex Newcastle on 1stNovember 2015‘No single supplement’ or ‘free door-to-door transfer’ applicable. Prices start from £1,399 per person.

 

Boudicca’s first visit is to Leixoes in Portugal – for trips to Oporto – brimming with traditional Portuguese charm. The cruise then moves onwards to exotic Casablanca in Morocco, before stopping in Tangier, also in the North African country of Morocco.

Next port of call is Melilla in Spanish Morocco, where guests can embrace a more Mediterranean culture.

Boudicca will then sail to Algiers in Algeria, where guests can visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tipaza.

Guests will then arrive in Cadiz in Spain. The city’s Cathedral, recognised by its distinctive orange dome, which stands proudly at the centre of this breathtaking coastline, is stunning to admire. Last port of call isLa Coruna in Spain, a relaxing and peaceful destination for guests to enjoy, before Boudicca returns toNewcastle.

 

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