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NEWS

Spring Itineraries Onboard American Queen Steamboat Company
Highlight Destinations’ Natural Splendor and Rich History 

2019 a Year of Fun, Adventure and Freedom with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line ---New Activities, Packages & Promotions Cater to All Ages-

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Debuts New Culinary Offerings for Groups -- Launches Six New Chinese, Indian and Vegan Menus

Victory Cruise Lines Showcases Summer 2019 Season- -Great Lakes Grand Discovery and French Canada and Great Lakes

The Best of Alaska and the Yukon via Holland American Line

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Gives Cruisers The Chance To Soak In Island Life With Industry First Cruise & Stay Packages

Princess Cruises Celebrates The New York Premiere Of “Born To Dance” With Stephen Schwartz And Daniel C. Levine Aboard Regal Princess

Oceania Cruises Serves Up the Finest Cuisine of Cuba -- From Ropa Vieja to Mojitos – Discover the Authentic Taste of Cuba

American Cruise Lines Doubles Capacity on the Columbia and Snake Rivers

Alaska Calls with Great-Value Fares & Anniversary Sale Offers on Denali, the Yukon & More Aboard the Holland American Line

AdventureSmith Explorations Adds Historic Yacht To Inventory of Small Ships Exploring Baja Peninsula

Caribbean Paradise is closer than you think when cruising with the Holland American Line

History of Cunard's The “Empress Incognito” and Her Most Daring Voyage

Regal Princess Sets Sail on Inaugural Voyage -- New Ship Welcomes Guests on Maiden Mediterranean Cruise

Celebrity Cruises Announces First-of-its-Kind Complimentary Black Car Service Exclusively for Tri-State Residents

Five Delights to Discover Down Under with Celebrity Cruises

Plan & Book Alaska & the Yukon on the Holland American Line

ADVENTURESMITH EXPLORATIONS

AdventureSmith Explorations Adds Historic Yacht To Inventory of Small Ships Exploring Baja Peninsula

Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations (www.adventuresmithexplorations.com) has announced a new 10-day Baja, Mexico cruise aboard the 86-foot, historic eight-guest adventure yacht, Westward. Launched in 1924 as the flagship of the Alaska Coast Hunting and Cruising Co., she is arguably Seattle’s most famous motor yacht having pioneered hunting, fishing, and adventure travel in the remote regions of Washington, British Columbia and Alaska.
  
Smith likened cruising the eco systems of the Baja Peninsula to cruising the islands of the Galapagos. Both regions offer explorations of geography, flora and fauna, bird and wildlife. Both regions are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
 
Westward Voyages in the Sea of Cortez spends seven days cruising in the Sea of Cortez with three days watching gray whales based from Kuyimita Tent Camp adjacent to San Ignacio Lagoon Whale Sanctuary. The resulting 9-night/10-day cruise/tour is the most in-depth and intimate Baja exploration available. The per person double rate is $5,750. See www.adventuresmithexplorations.com
 
Westward will ply the pristine waters of Baja in the coolest months in order to enhance the cruise experience that includes the cacophony of leaping rays, spouting whales, acrobatic dolphins and chirping bird song from the dawning shore.
 
Guests and crew gather on the 17 by 14-foot shaded back deck for meals and conversation.  Each stateroom has three portholes that open. In addition each bathroom has one opening port. Staterooms are outfitted with a portable, battery-powered fan to provide a breeze on still nights. The air may be warm and dry in the Gulf of California winters, but the water is cool and helps offset the warmth of the day, especially in staterooms that extend below the waterline.
 
Other cruise programs on ships for up to 84 guests are available. Please see www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/baja-california
 
Additional options include two eight-day whale watching cruises January-March on a variety of small ships. Rates are from $2,995 per person, double, aboard the 84-guest Safari Endeavor. Rates are from $5,990 per person, double, aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion and Sea Bird. Additional cruise programs for up to 15 days are also offered in this region.

Westward History
Westward is listed with the US National Register of Historic Places and remains dependably powered by her original Atlas Imperial Diesel Engine. Westward's historical and adventurous spirit enriches the voyages of those lucky enough to cruise the waters with her. Modeled after a salmon cannery tender, she launched in 1924 as the flagship of the Alaska Coast Hunting and Cruising Co. Westward served a noteworthy clientele of hunters and fishermen for nearly 20 years. Distinguished guests included Bing Crosby, Walt Disney, E.F. Hutton, John Wayne, Dean Witter and numerous other VIP’s of the era. During WW II Westward served as a patrol boat off the California coast before returning to the Pacific Northwest. See www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/westward
 
About AdventureSmith Explorations
Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations has become the global leader in small ship, expeditionary cruise vacations. Company president and founder Todd Smith pioneered the concept of wilderness cruising - combining the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking and exploring ashore in remote wilderness areas. In 2012, Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious 14th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. A distinction he received again in 2013 and 2014. For information, availability and 2015 reservations, call 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit web site www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.
 
Website: www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/

AMERICAN CRUISE LINES

American Cruise Lines Doubles Capacity on the Columbia and Snake Rivers

American Cruise Lines has announced the "Queen of the Mississippi" (to be renamed) will join the "Queen of the West" in the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. This three-year-old vessel, with all oversized staterooms and private balconies, will more than double the capacity on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The line’s brand new riverboat America will replace the "Queen of the Mississippi" on the Mississippi River.

The repositioning of this riverboat to the Pacific Northwest and the introduction of the new 185-passenger paddlewheeler "America" to the Mississippi River will enable American Cruise Lines to meet the high demands for cruising on the Columbia and Snake Rivers and provide more capacity on the Mississippi River system. This new Columbia River paddlewheeler features the largest, most well-appointed staterooms on the river with large sliding glass doors opening to private balconies. The glass-enclosed dining room comfortably accommodates all guests in one seating and seven spacious lounges throughout the ship offer areas for entertainment, relaxation and conversation. While on board the guests learn about the Pacific Northwest history and culture, while enjoying the finest in personalized service.

The new paddlewheeler "America" is scheduled to be launched the second week of August in Salisbury, MD, and will be moved to its East Outfitting Basin for completion of the upper decks and final outfitting. A new "Queen of the Mississippi" is also under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding. These new riverboats for American Cruise Lines will be the finest Mississippi paddlewheelers ever built, introducing features never before seen on a riverboat.

About American Cruise Lines
American Cruise Lines is the largest U.S. cruise company and operates the newest fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships on more than 35 itineraries around the country including the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New England, the Southeast and the entire Mississippi River system. The line is known for working closely with guests and travel agents before, during, and after a cruise to create a highly personalized experience. Long established and deeply experienced in cruise travel, American Cruise Lines has been honored with multiple awards, including Porthole Reader’s Choice Awards in 2014, World Travel Awards “World’s Leading River Cruise Company” in 2013, “Gold Award Winner” for Travel Weekly’s 2014 Magellan Awards and a 2014 finalist for Condé Nast Traveler's Reader’s Choice Awards. To learn more about American Cruise Lines, visit www.americancruiselines.com or call 800-814-6880.

American Star Newest Vessel to Cruise Maine

The American Star cruises along Maine’s spectacular coast & scenic harbors taking passengers on 7-night cruises from Bangor to Bucksport, Bar Harbor, Rockland, Castine, Camden, and Belfast.

The 49-passenger American Glory also joins the American Star . While in port, guests can explore some of the most picturesque towns on the Penobscot and Blue Hill Bays, visiting forts that date back to the Revolutionary War, fishing villages, and some of Maine’s sixty-four lighthouses. Passengers can breathe in the refreshing sea air and gaze upon spectacular mountain vistas, while keeping an eye out for seals, puffins and whales.

The 100-passenger American Star is 215 feet long, and will have a similar modern design to the American Spirit. The new modern luxury ship features 52 oversized staterooms many with private verandahs, and all staterooms have the large opening picture windows, a trademark of American Cruise Lines. Every room is fitted with a flat-screen satellite TV and DVD player, individual climate control, Internet access and many other modern conveniences and amenities expected by the discerning traveler. The ship’s layout includes an elevator to all four decks, wireless Internet computer for passengers, four lounges of various sizes, a spacious observation deck, a well-stocked library and a dining room with surrounding windows providing spectacular landscapes and coastal scenery as you dine.

For the complete 2019 Maine Coast and Harbors schedule visit www.americancruiselines.com or call 1-800-814-6880.

AMERICAN QUEEN STEAMBOAT COMPANY

Spring Itineraries Onboard American Queen Steamboat Company Highlight Destinations’ Natural Splendor and Rich History 

Luxury riverboat operator American Queen Steamboat Company invites guests to enjoy the magic of springtime onboard one of its three famed paddlewheelers: American Queen, American Duchess and American Empress. Guests will have the opportunity to experience the unique landscapes of the history-rich waterways and to participate in distinctive shore excursions that blend unmatched scenery with the history and culture of each iconic destination.

“With the blooming landscapes and warming temperatures that are a hallmark of the season, spring is an ideal time to explore the soul of America’s heartland along the Lower Mississippi and the majesty of the Pacific Northwest along the Columbia and Snake Rivers,” says John Waggoner, Chairman and CEO of American Queen Steamboat Company. “We are excited to share these picturesque regions with guests on our one-of-a-kind voyages.”

Along the Lower Mississippi River, guests onboard the American Queen and American Duchess will explore the region’s history with plantation and battlefield tours amidst century-old oak trees and rolling acres of sugar cane plantations and cotton fields. Shore excursion highlights include visits to New Orleans’ Garden District, Nottoway Plantation, the Angola Penitentiary in St. Francisville and Graceland Mansion in Memphis.

Onboard the American Empress, the magnificence of the Columbia and Snake Rivers will transport cruisers to the days of Lewis and Clark. Shore excursions will bring the region’s history to life with visits to Multnomah Falls, The Riverwalk overlooking the Columbia River, the Bonneville Dam and Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden.

Please see below for a selection of spring 2019 voyages onboard the American Queen, American Duchess and American Empress:

Jewels of the Lower Mississippi Memphis to New Orleans (American Queen – March 10- 18 & June 16-24 /American Duchess – June 9-17 & June 23-July 1): 
Showcasing the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi River, this journey allows guests to explore the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles. History is everywhere – in silent Civil War cemeteries and throughout the city of Memphis, which is best known for blues, barbeque, and the King of Rock and Roll and his home at Graceland. Ports of call include Helena, Ark. (American Duchess only); Vicksburg, Miss.; Natchez, Miss.; Baton Rouge, La.; St. Francisville, La.; and Nottoway Plantation (an American Queen Steamboat Company exclusive port) in White Castle, La.

A Taste of the True South – New Orleans to Memphis (American Queen – March 31-April 8, May 26-June 3 & June 9-17 /American Duchess – March 24-April 1, June 2-10, June 16-24):
Memory flows deep and sentiment swirls along the Lower Mississippi River where guests can experience authentic Southern culture as they journey through living history and soak in the spirit of the antebellum South. Ports of call include Nottoway Plantation (an American Queen Steamboat Company exclusive port) in White Castle, La.; St. Francisville, La.; Natchez, Miss.; Vicksburg, Miss.; and Greenville/Tunica, Miss.

Pacific Northwest Splendor – Vancouver, WA (Portland) to Clarkston, WA (American Empress – April 14-22, April 28-May 6, May 12-20, May 26-June 3 & June 9-17):
Beginning in Vancouver near the Pacific Ocean, the intended destination of Lewis and Clark’s expedition, this voyage invites guests to experience the same sense of excitement and wonder while visiting historic sites and natural landscapes along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Guests may also choose a premium shore excursion such as Multnomah Falls or the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum. Ports of call include Astoria, Wash.; Stevenson Wash.; The Dalles, Ore.; Richland (Tri-Cities), Wash.; and Clarkston, Wash.

American Queen Steamboat Company offers the most inclusive river cruise experiences in North America. Fares on Lower Mississippi River and Columbia and Snake River voyages begin at $2,199 per person. All sailings include a one-night, pre-voyage hotel stay, hop-on hop-off shore excursions in all ports, wine and beer with dinner and a host of other amenities.

For additional information and reservations, please contact the American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280, visit www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.comor call a professional travel agent.

American Queen Steamboat Company
American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) is the operator of the U.S. flagged American Queen, the largest, most opulent riverboat in the world. Longer than a football field, towering six decks in height and laced with fanciful gingerbread trim, she is a marvel of modern engineering. Her journeys through the heartland offer a unique perspective on America’s history, culture and landscape with convenient departures from some of America’s most iconic river port cities including Memphis, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis and Minneapolis. In April 2014, AQSC began serving the Pacific Northwest with the opulence and grandeur of the American Empress and added the American Duchess to the Mississippi River in August 2017.

AZAMARA CRUISES

Azamara Cruises Is a New, Deluxe Cruise Line

Azamara Cruise line has smaller, more intimate ships, designed to take you to exotic, out-of-the-ordinary ports of call that will deliver memorable experiences. You’ll explore a multitude of unique destinations in South America, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean – many of which larger cruise ships can’t reach. Traveling to more than 180 destinations in 65 countries, there are many itineraries to choose from, including our masterful World Cruise.

12-Night South America on Azamara Journey. Starting From $1499* Cruise Only
10-Night Europe on Azamara Journey. Starting from $2,599** Air Inclusive

Shore Excursions - Off the Beaten Path -- As a guest aboard Azamara Journey or Azamara Quest, you can immerse yourself in unique shore excursions that are off the beaten path. Our Azamara destination specialist can help you gather insightful information about the culture and history of each port of call based on your preferences.

Onboard the experience is every bit as amazing with graceful amenities at every turn. Guests of Azamara enjoy butler service in every stateroom, upgraded amenities, two specialty restaurants serving the finest cuisine at sea, a world class Spa, more verandas than most cruise ships and so much more.

*Prices per person, double occupancy, cruise only inside stateroom on select sailings.  Government taxes and fees are additional.  Certain restrictions apply.  All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars.  All itineraries and prices are current at time of broadcast and subject to change without notice.

**Air inclusive is roundtrip air from the top 50 gateways in the United States. Prices are per person, double occupancy, on select sail dates and in U.S. dollars. All itineraries and prices are current at time of broadcast and subject to change without notice. Government taxes and fees are additional. Certain restrictions apply

For more information, contact Azamara Cruises, 1050 Caribbean Way, Miami, FL 33132; call 1-888-305-9153; check web site www.azamaracruises.com, or contact your travel agent.

Azmaara Specials

Starting from: $3339 includes airfare 14 Night Southeast Asia on Azamara Quest An expanded exploration of Southeast Asia allows us to more fully experience the richness of each port. Spend two nights each in Singapore, Hanoi, Bangkok, and Hong Kong on this 14-night Oriental Enchantment cruise.

Alpha or Omega? Choose whichever shore excursion package matches the level of exploration you seek. The Alpha 3 Day Bullet Train Overland tour of Hiroshima takes you from Hiroshima to Osaka and includes two nights in Kyoto. Ride on the Shinkansen (Bullet Train); see the Buddha of Todaiji-Temple; and more.

Travel From Tianjin to Hong Kong, China With a 7-Night pre or post Cruisetour, you can spend an awe-inspiring afternoon walking along the Great Wall and pondering the creation of the legendary terracotta warriors of Xian. Your land journey from Beijing to Hong Kong will fill you with serenity, as will the picturesque views in Guilin.

Dining Onboard No aspect of the onboard experience exemplifies and distinguishes Azamara CruisesSM like our dining. The award-winning culinary team that prides itself on making every meal a special encounter. Azamara also offers two specialty restaurants: Aqualina and Prime C.

Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok is where past and present mingle together in perfect harmony. Here you can find a skyline filled with high-rises but you'll also find 400 awe-inspiring Buddhist temples. Culture abounds in ancient Siam and visitors will be in awe of its natural beauty and the sincere hospitality of its people.

* Air inclusive prices are per person double occupancy, inside stateroom on select sailings. Air inclusive prices are from our top 40-50 gateways based on availability. Government taxes and fees are additional. Certain restrictions apply. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars. All itineraries and prices are current at time of broadcast and subject to change without notice.

For more information contact Azamara Cruises at 1050 Caribbean Way, Miami, FL 33132 or e-mail www.azamaracruises.com

BAHAMAS PARADISE CRUISE LINE

2019 a Year of Fun, Adventure and Freedom with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line ---New Activities, Packages & Promotions Cater to All Ages-

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line (BPCL), the only provider of daily, two-night cruises from the Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island, is offering a collection of new activities, packages and promotions for anyone looking to escape their daily routines and instead take the time to savor what truly matters. With offerings such as a new booking option that allows guests to finance their cruise with affordable monthly payments and fun excursions like swimming with adorable pigs in crystal-blue Bahamian waters, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is giving families and friends endless opportunities to experience a quick, affordable and unforgettable cruise with loved ones this year at a moment’s notice.

“We are constantly creating new ways for families and friends to enjoy the simple things in life with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line,” says Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line CEO Oneil Khosa. “We are thrilled to provide cruisers with new ways to experience both the beauty of Grand Bahama Island and the bounty of onboard activities we have available, ranging from fitness and blackjack classes and live entertainment to family-friendly programming and scavenger hunts and everything in between.”

From eliminating single supplement fees for solo travelers to offering sailings every day of the week and adding numerous new excursions to experience adventure on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is making it easier than ever for guests to get away from the hustle and bustle of their day-to-day lives, whenever and however they choose.

Please see below for an overview of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s new offerings available for 2019:

Uplift
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s new partnership with Uplift offers affordable monthly financing plans for travelers, allowing guests to take the spontaneous getaway they’ve always wanted. Booking a BPCL cruise using Uplift is an easy, four-step process. After guests decide when they wish to travel and in what room type, they will choose “Pay Monthly” and complete an easy, commitment-free application to receive a loan decision and fixed monthly payment amount within seconds. The process is complete once guests finish booking their trip with their first month’s payment. Travelers can take advantage of Uplift whether booking online or via phone.

Swimming with Pigs
Appropriately in time for the Chinese New Year of the Pig, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line invites travelers to take advantage of this unique opportunity to frolic in the crystalline sea with the famous swimming pigs of The Bahamas. Sure to steal hearts are Missy, Mya, Pinky, Peppa and Wilbur, adorable and very friendly pigs who love to paddle around in the shallow turquoise waters. After basking in the gentle waves and interacting with these intelligent creatures, visitors can enjoy a relaxing day on the sun-drenched beach. With transportation, a beach chair and Wi-Fi included, as well as lunch and drinks available for purchase on-site, this excursion makes it easy for cruisers to claim their slice of paradise.

Choose Your Own Adventure packages
Adventure lovers can now experience deep-sea fishing, scuba diving amidst vibrant reefs and bicycling the island’s stunning landscape with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s new two-night bundle packages and tours. Guests can also bring their personal bicycles aboard the ship at no extra charge to explore Grand Bahama Island with their friends, bike club or bike association at their leisure.
Ladies Night Out
The ideal getaway for girlfriends of all ages, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is offering a special Ladies Night Out package once a month onboard the Grand Celebration. Complete with special amenities and programming including brand gifts, martini tasting, blackjack class, scavenger hunt, music and dancing, karaoke, late night entertainment and more, this fun-filled package, retailed at $199, is being offered for only $49 per person.
Fit Bodies Inc.
After a very successful launch in 2018, Bahama Paradise Cruise Line and Fit Bodies, Inc., the most extensive teaching exchange program for fitness, yoga, tennis and wellness professionals in the world, have announced they will continue their partnership in 2019. Fitness lovers can enjoy a variety of exceptional workout experiences like yoga and Zumba to revitalize and recharge on their cruise to and from Grand Bahama Island.

Triple Play Offer
For a limited time, guests booking a two-night cruise in an ocean-view stateroom or suite will receive the following three complimentary offerings as part of the Triple Play promotion (retail value $135):

Five drinks, a $60 value
$25 onboard credit for use in the gift shop, specialty dining, spa services, shore excursions and more
$50 casino match play

New Chinese, Vegan and Indian Menus
Available for groups on a requested basis, as well as for guests when requested in advance, six new Chinese, Indian and Vegan menus will transport guest’s taste buds to paradise in 2019 onboard both Grand Celebration and Grand Classica. Two new Chinese menus celebrate the arrival of the Chinese New Year, while two new vegan menus and two new Indian menus offer healthy, unique and globally-inspired options that cater to a variety of preferences.

Beach Getaway Packages
Perfect for beach bums of all ages, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Beach Getaway excursions are the perfect chance for guests to get off the grid and truly experience the tropical paradise that is Grand Bahama Island. Guests are invited to start the day by soaking up the sun basking on the white sand beach or wading in the temperate, clear blue water. After relaxing, guests will have the option to raise their heartrate on land or on the water with a variety of activities including beach volleyball, paddle boarding, snorkeling, kayaking and more. Skimming the turquoise waters by jet ski is also an option for an added charge. A lunch buffet and unlimited drinks are included with the <https://www.bahamasparadisecruise.com/jet-ski-tour.php>Jet Ski package for $215 per person or pair, and are available for purchase with the standard Beach Getaway package, which starts at $39 per person.

Solo Traveler Program
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is the only cruise line to offer no single supplement for solo cruisers, making it more affordable than ever for solo travelers to get a Grand Bahama Island getaway all to themselves. Solo cruisers can experience the fun and relaxation of a Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line vacation with plenty of opportunities to both make new friends and savor some much-needed ‘me time’, all without the worry of having to incur the double occupancy price.

By offering this collection of new activities, packages and promotions, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is making it easier than ever for vacationers of all ages to get away, their way, with a fun, affordable and customizable cruise experience. Of course, all passengers will be able to enjoy the collection of hallmark experiences the cruise line has to offer including testing their luck at the casino, Vegas-style shows, special spa treatments, a variety of fine dining and casual restaurants, children’s programming and more.

For more information on Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line or to book a cruise, please visit www.bahamasparadisecruise.com or call 800.995.3201. Two-night cruises start at $152 per person, based on double occupancy, in an ocean-view stateroom.

About Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is the only provider of two-night cruises and cruise & resort stays to Grand Bahama Island year-round from the Port of Palm Beach. Majority owned by the family of former Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Kevin Sheehan since December 2016, the company now operates Grand Celebration and Grand Classica as of April 2018. The addition of a second ship doubles the Line’s capacity and with both ships sailing to Grand Bahama Island, the company is projected to carry more than 500,000 passengers annually and be the largest contributor to tourism in Grand Bahama Island. For more information on the features and amenities of the cruise line or to book a cruise, visit the company’s website: www.BahamasParadiseCruise.com or call: 800-995-3201.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Debuts New Culinary Offerings for Groups -- Launches Six New Chinese, Indian and Vegan Menus

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line (BPCL) is transporting guest’s taste buds to paradise with the debut of six new Chinese, Indian and Vegan menus, available for groups upon request onboard both Grand Celebration and Grand Classica. Two new Chinese menus celebrate the arrival of Chinese New Year on February 5, while two new vegan menus and two new Indian menus offer healthy, unique and globally-inspired options. Groups will love choosing from a vast selection of new dishes that are just distinct as they are delicious, available in addition to Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s existing lineup of premier dining options at the likes of The Rock Grill, Admiral’s Steak & Seafood and The Bull Gourmet Burgers.

“We are excited to add to our existing lineup of premier culinary offerings with the launch of our exciting, new globally-inspired and vegan menus,” shares CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Oneil Khosa. “Delicious, fresh and innovative cuisine is an element of the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line experience that truly sets us apart, and these new menus are sure to wow guests.”

Guests can choose from a variety of sweet and spicy dishes available on two new Chinese menus such as Hunan Style Crispy Whole Red Snapper, Crispy Tangerine Beef and Sichuan Eggplant. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is also catering to the 300 percent increase in the number of people who identified themselves as vegans in the U.S. from 2017 to 2018 (according to a Foodable Labs study) by offering a medley of plant-based offerings with appetizers like Crispy Hearts of Palm Cakes, Caramelized Parsnip & Coconut Soup and Confit of Fennel and Orange Quinoa Salad. Guests can also indulge in healthy yet hearty entrees like Zucchini Lasagna, Thai Green Curry and Green Lentil, Potato and Mushroom Burgers.

When it comes to aromatic and flavorful food, Indian cuisine is unparalleled. Those craving those bold and authentic flavors can enjoy dishes from Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s two new Indian menus like Paneer Tikki Masala, Tandoori Chicken and Pan seared Prawns with Chilli Kokum Curry. Guests can also savor special Indian desserts like Kheer (Indian rice & raisin pudding) and Warm Gajar Halwa (carrot-cardamom pudding).

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s new menus will be available for groups on a requested basis, as well as for guests when requested in advance, either when making their reservations or at the front desk once onboard the ship. From fast casual to elevated fine dining, guests can choose from over nine dining options onboard each ship including interactive lava rock dining at The Rock Grill, succulent steaks and seafood at Admiral’s Steak & Seafood, mouthwatering barbecue at the Ocean Breeze Bar and delectable Italian favorites at A Slice Above, to name a few.

For more information on Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and its dining options, please visit www.bahamasparadisecruise.com.

About Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is the only provider of two-night cruises and cruise & resort stays to Grand Bahama Island year-round from the Port of Palm Beach. Majority owned by the family of former Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Kevin Sheehan since December 2016, the company now operates Grand Celebration and Grand Classica as of April 2018. The addition of a second ship doubles the Line’s capacity and with both ships sailing to Grand Bahama Island, the company is projected to carry more than 500,000 passengers annually and be the largest contributor to tourism in Grand Bahama Island. For more information on the features and amenities of the cruise line or to book a cruise, visit the company’s website: www.BahamasParadiseCruise.com or call: 800-995-3201.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Gives Cruisers The Chance To Soak In Island Life With Industry First Cruise & Stay Packages

As travelers begin making plans for fall and winter holidays, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line (BPCL) is introducing four and six-night Cruise & Stay packages. As a cruise industry first, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line offers the opportunity for people to take a cruise one way from the Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island, stay two or four nights at one of their partner resorts on the island and then cruise back to the Port of Palm beach in style. Cruisers get the best of both worlds combining a full cruise ship experience with several days on land to relax and explore, all in one customizable getaway.

With several premier properties to choose from, guests can stay in an all-inclusive resort property that includes food and beverages like the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach or Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan, or they can opt for a hotel only plan at the Pelican Bay Hotel or the Marlin at Taino Bay. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line gives guests the flexibility to customize a vacation package to meet their specific individual needs.

Whatever the choice, Cruise & Stay packages offer substantial value and affordability. Guests can pair two nights in an ocean view stateroom onboard Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line with two nights at an all-inclusive resort stay at the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Resort for a four-night package starting from just $469 per person, based on double occupancy. Package prices also include convenient transfers from the ship to the resort and back.

“We are the only cruise line in the industry that can offer this unique Cruise & Stay vacation experience and believe it gives consumers as well as our travel partners another reason to choose Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line,” shared Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. “With our daily departures from the Port of Palm Beach, our Cruise & Stay packages are easily tailored to fit into traveler’s busy schedules and ultimately provide a perfect getaway option.”

Guests on board both the Grand Classica and Grand Celebration will enjoy a full complement of dining options, several bars and a variety of entertainment choices including Vegas-style shows in the theater, live music, comedians and more. The newly renovated Par-A-Dice casino is also a favorite among cruisers, featuring a variety of slot machines and table games, as well as free lessons for amateur players to enjoy. Both ships are also home to full-service spas for treatments, pool deck games led by an energetic entertainment team, interactive kids’ programs, sail away shows and parties, and much more.

Once on Grand Bahama Island, cruisers will have plenty of time to soak up the sun and enjoy the beautiful beaches and facilities at the resort properties. With extra days to explore the gorgeous and tranquil Island, families, friends and couples can take advantage of unique activities like snorkel adventures, swimming with dolphins, parasailing, kayaking, jet skiing or visiting off-the-beaten-path areas like the Garden of the Groves, Peterson Cay National Park or Cooper’s Castle.

With fall right around the corner, there is no better time to plan a completely customizable and affordable warm weather retreat with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Cruise & Stay packages. For more information on Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line including Cruise & Stay packages, please visit www.bahamasparadisecruise.com/cruise-resort-stay.php. To book a Cruise & Stay package, guests should call (800) 995-3201.

About Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is the only provider of two-night cruises and cruise & resort stays to Grand Bahama Island year-round from the Port of Palm Beach. Majority owned by the family of former Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Kevin Sheehan since December 2016, the company now operates Grand Celebration and Grand Classica as of April 2018. The addition of a second ship doubles the Line’s capacity and with both ships sailing to Grand Bahama Island, the company is projected to carry more than 500,000 passengers annually and be the largest contributor to tourism in Grand Bahama Island. For more information on the features and amenities of the cruise line or to book a cruise, visit the company’s website: www.BahamasParadiseCruise.com or call: 800-995-3201. Follow the company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

BUTTERFIELD & ROBINSON'S CRUISES

Mediterranean Specials

For active travellers hoping to hit the high seas , outfitters Butterfield & Robinson offer up three great choices for Mediterranean getaways. Having perfected the art of the “uncruise”, B&R trip planners design one-of-a-kind journeys aboard the small ship Callisto that feature daily onshore walks or bike rides.

No matter where in the world B&R By Sea navigates, travellers are guaranteed an active holiday that emphasizes cultural immersion, onshore discoveries and onboard luxury. Carrying a maximum of just 32 guests, the Callisto offers all the ambience and understated elegance of a floating boutique hotel.

CELEBRITY CRUISE LINE

About Celebrity Cruises:

Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers’ precious time. Celebrity Cruises' 11 ships offer modern luxury vacations visiting all seven continents. Celebrity also presents immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska and Canada. Celebrity is one of six cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL). For more information, dial 1-800-437-3111, visit www.celebritycruises.com, or call your travel agent.

Celebrity has paved the way for the cruise industry on land and at sea, being the first-ever cruise line to present dinner at the prestigious James Beard House and create land-based pop-up restaurants in San Francisco and New York. Celebrity originally partnered with “Top Chef” in November 2014 to launch the exclusive Top Chef at Sea experience. The extension of Top Chef at Sea allows for guests to continually sail with Celebrity on a modern luxury vacation with endless culinary possibilities. For more details about Top Chef at Sea, visit celebritycruises.com/topchef.

Five Delights to Discover Down Under with Celebrity Cruises

Australia holds a special mystique for travelers. Formerly remote, Down Under now welcomes visitors from every corner of the world. Here are five things you might not know about this unique destination.

DESTINATIONS

All Eyes on OZ -- From natural wonders and architectural icons to adventures at sea and in the Outback, Australia and New Zealand offer unparalleled variety and stunning sights for cruise travelers. Departing from Sydney or Auckland, the 12, 17 and 18-night voyages take you from the Great Barrier Reef to the far reaches of the South Island and everything in between. Take advantage of the line's Go Specials and enjoy free beverages, free gratuities or an onboard credit of up to $300*.

See the Treasures of the Far East -- Exotic, lively and steeped in history, our two-week Asian Allure voyage hits all the hotspots between bustling Hong Kong and cosmopolitan Singapore, including overnights in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Hanoi. Choose northbound or southbound itineraries and enjoy the unique rhythms of life in Asia, masterful cuisine and the cultural richness of ancient worlds.

Gems of Indonesia -- Picture it: 14 nights on the cerulean seas of Indonesia, with plenty of time to explore the ancient villages and pristine temples of Bali, ride elephants in Phuket and discover a sea cave or two. With some of the world's best beaches and a wellspring of island culture, Indonesia offers the ultimate escape — with a dash of history to sweeten the deal.

WHAT'S NEW

Classic Beverage Package for Two option applies to two guests per stateroom and includes beers up to $5 per serving; and spirits, cocktails, and wine up to $8 per serving, all soda selections, fresh squeezed and bottled juices, premium coffees, teas and non-premium bottled water and server gratuities (amount based on gratuity guidelines). Premium Beverage Package upgrade available for an additional charge of $11.50 per person, per day which includes gratuities by contacting Celebrity Cruises.

Free Gratuities for Two option applies to two guests per stateroom and provides for prepaid stateroom, waiter, assistant waiter and head waiter gratuities in the amount suggested by Celebrity's guidelines.

Onboard Credit option is one per stateroom and the amount is based on the number of cruise nights: 3-5 nights $100; 6-9 nights $200; 10 nights or more $300. OBC has no cash value, is applicable to cruise only, non-transferable, not redeemable for cash, and will expire if not used by 10:00 PM on the final night of the cruise.

Triple and higher occupancy guests will each receive one Classic Non-Alcoholic Beverage Package and one 38-minute internet package when booked in a triple or higher occupancy stateroom. Beverage package includes all soda selections, fresh squeezed and bottled juices, premium coffees, teas and non-premium bottled water and server gratuities (amount based on gratuity guidelines). Upgrades to other Beverage packages are available for an additional charge plus beverage gratuities by contacting Celebrity Cruises. Internet usage terms apply. Register for internet access at I-lounge during the cruise. Additional Internet packages can be purchased onboard.

To redeem offer contact your Travel professional, or Celebrity Cruises at 1-866-212-2702, or book online at Celebritycruises.com and mention your promo code you choose. All Offers are non-transferable and applicable only to the Offer Cruise. Offers exclude interior staterooms. No refunds or credits for unused options. Offers are subject to availability and change without notice, and are capacity controlled. Offers not applicable to charters or contracted groups. Cruise portion of cruisetours eligible for Offers based on number of cruise nights. Single occupancy bookings eligible for Offers. Refer to Cruise Ticket Contract for additional terms and conditions.

Celebrity SilhouetteSM–making her debut in Cape Liberty, NJ.

From the amazing new Bulgari boutique aboard SilhouetteSM to the new partnership with the Nerdel® Company to enhance the children's program. Check out Celebrity's featured sailings–this month focusing on the Caribbean. The perfect escape from the winter blues.

Celebrity's Caribbean

Island hop among a vibrant collection of destinations–each its own version of paradise on Earth. Places where doing nothing is accepted and trying everything is encouraged. From lounging on a white sand beach to flightseeing over emerald islands. Strolling cobblestone walkways in quaint villages to sailing in America's Cup regatta. From sunsets over turquoise waters to snorkeling with stingrays. With a variety of 4- to 14-night itineraries, you're sure to find a vacation perfect for you.

Caribbean excursions–just what you want
Immerse yourself in Caribbean experiences–and do as much (or as little) as you choose. To unwind, choose from leisurely island tours and beach outings and a wide variety of excursions sure to help you surrender your senses to the laid-back island rhythms. To go big, choose from catamaran sailing adventures, snorkeling with stingrays, diving with dolphins, and more. Delve deep into the rich history of these diverse islands with one of our many shore excursions.

To book your cruise, call Celebrity at 888.305.9153, visit CelebrityCruises.com, or contact your Travel Agent.

Celebrities newest masterpiece makes her U.S. debut
For the first time, this cruise line will have a Celebrity Solstice® Class ship sailing from Cape Liberty, NJ. Celebrity Silhouette will be offering travelers throughout the northeast an easy way to escape on a Caribbean vacation. And, Silhouette offers some of the most innovative venues at sea.

Exclusive boutique shopping experiences–at sea
Like to indulge in luxury shopping? Then this is the place for you. The new ship, Celebrity Silhouette introduces one of the world's leading luxury brands, Bulgari, among its other high-end boutiques and shops. The exclusive Bulgari boutique features a wide variety of extraordinary watches, jewelry, and sunglasses.

Innovation isn't just for adults–introducing Nerdel®
Celebrity has teamed up with the Nerdel Company to enhance activities for 3-8 year old guests. Nerdel is an innovative company that's developed programming designed to entertain kids while addressing issues such as health, fitness, and well-being. Through activities lead by the main character, Nerdel, children are empowered to make healthy choices.

Caribbean 4- to 5-night sailings starting from: $249†*
Caribbean 7-night sailings starting from: $699†*

Caribbean 12- to 14-night sailings starting from: $1,099†*

To book your cruise, call 888.305.9153, visit CelebrityCruises.com,
or contact your Travel Agent.
Visit celebritycruises.com on your mobile device
or download the free Celebrity XplorerSM travel app from the iTunes App Store.


*Prices per person, double occupancy, cruise only inside stateroom on select sailings. Government taxes and fees are additional. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars. All itineraries and prices are subject to change without notice. Cruise offers are only available to U.S. and Canada residents.

Celebrity Cruise to Bermuda

More than pink-sand beaches and bright blue seas, Celebrity's Bermuda is refined dining, bountiful shopping and relaxing golf outings. Take in a cricket match or sip afternoon tea in true British style. Stroll cobblestone streets against the backdrop of pastel-painted cottages. Tee up on one of Bermuda's eight championship golf courses and marvel at the island's spectacular vistas. When you return to your ship, enjoy a cool sorbet and fresh, cold towels-served poolside. From the historic architecture of the capital city of Hamilton, to the postcard-come-to-life appeal of St. George, delight in the natural wonder, culture and history of this remarkable island paradise. Those aboard Celebrity Cruises usually develop a deeper understanding of each destination.

Itineraries

The world aboard Celebrity's Bermuda Cruises awaits. Each Bermuda itinerary offers the best of the island's regal charisma, history and charm - all you have to do is choose.

Ports and Cities
From the pink-sand beaches of King's Wharf to the magical oasis of St. George, discover Bermuda's historic past and colorful future aboard Celebrity Cruises.

Ships
Even locals suggest that Bermuda is best when first seen from the water. From one of thecruise ships you'll discover how the commanding coastline gives way to an explosion of pink beaches and jewel-toned houses.

Shore and Land Excursions
Celebrity's Bermuda Shore excursions can provide you with a colorful snapshot of day-to-day life in Bermuda, its essential history and its geological wonders. Challenge yourself to world-class golf courses or enjoy a quaint horse-drawn carriage tour.

Pre and Post Packages
Celebrity cruises depart from some of the world's most interesting and exciting locales. Add a hotel stay, either before or after your Bermuda cruise, and enjoy your departure or arrival city to the fullest.

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For more information, contact Celebrity Cruises Inc., 1050 Caribbean Way, Miami, FL 33132; 1-800-647-2251, or visit web site www.celebritycruises.com

Celebrity Cruise Line Offers Gourmet Cruise

Indulge in a unique culinary experience at sea with the fourth annual Savor the Caribbean cruise series. For those who love gourmet cuisine, fine wine and new experiences, the Savor program provides the perfect way to enjoy a 7-night Celebrity cruise to the Eastern Caribbean.

Meet and learn from internationally-acclaimed guest chefs at cooking demonstrations, where they prepare signature dishes and share their culinary perspectives. Taste expertly-prepared dishes, ask questions, take home recipes and have cookbooks signed.Take part in exclusive hands-on cooking classes* with guest chefs. Become a Mojito mixologist in Bacardi's fun-filled Mojito-making class,* including souvenir muddler and glass. Enjoy wine tastings* and wine-pairing seminars* with Celebrity's master sommeliers. Tour unique island restaurants where you'll enjoy specially-prepared meals and intimate encounters with award-winning local chefs*
 
Join the fun aboard the magnificent Millennium, on any of the six 2007 Savor the Caribbean sailings out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and bring your appetite for the finer things in life.

*Not included in cruise price

Note: The Savor the Caribbean program may vary by sailing and is subject to change without notice.

Choose a sailing date and book a Savor the Caribbean cruise online; call a Certified Vacation Planner at 1-888-305-9153 ext 80837; call your travel professional.  

Celebrity Cruise Line's Alaska Cruise

 A Celebrity Alaska cruise is more than a vacation; it’s an adventure. Departing from the spectacular city of Vancouver, you’ll step aboard some of the World’s Best Large Ships, as voted by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. With the finest cuisine and our careful attention to detail, you’ll discover why sailing with Celebrity is a journey unmatched.
 
The seven night itineraries include such ports of call like Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, sailing the Inside Passage or Hubbard Glacier. Celebrity gives you more reasons than ever to explore the Land of the Midnight Sun.
 
Voted “Best City in the Americas” three years in a row by Condé Nast Traveler, Vancouver ranks high in culture, fine dining and shopping. You may want to extend your stay in Vancouver with a pre or post package, and with cruises departing from Canada Place, you’re just minutes away from Stanley Park, Robson Street, and Gas Town, the second largest Chinatown in North America. View Itineraries.

With over 158 Shore Excursions to choose from, some of the newest ones include:

Traveling by floatplane to watch – and photograph – bears feeding on spawning salmon. Or fish for them yourself from a private skiff.

Board an 1890s-style Parlor Car to the Yukon’s White Pass Summit in British Columbia.

Experience a Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour where you'll set sail on the same vessel seen on the Discovery™ Channel's popular Deadliest Catch™ program.

Visit a real Tlingit village with the hospitable Hoonah Tlingit people as your hosts. And that’s just for starters.

*Prices per person, double occupancy, cruise only inside stateroom on select sailings. Government taxes and fees are additional. Certain restrictions apply. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars. All itineraries and prices are current at time of broadcast and subject to change without notice.

For more information, contact Celebrity Cruises Inc., 1050 Caribbean Way, Miami, FL 33132 or check web site www.celebritycruises.com

CROISIEUROPE

CroisiEurope to Introduce Four New Ships

CroisiEurope, the largest and most experienced river cruise operator in Europe, has the addition of four new ships to its fleet, including two new river ships and two new canal barges:

Elbe Princesse: This 80 passenger, innovative paddle wheeler will sail on the Elbe and the Moldau between Berlin and Prague. This ship will visit Berlin, Magdeburg, Wittenberg, Meissen, Dresden, Litomûfiice and Prague;

Apsara Princesse: This colonial-style boat will join the four other vessels already sailing along the Mekong. With a capacity of 60 passengers in 30 cabins, this ship will sail on the Mekong from Angkor to Ho Chi Minh City. This ship will visit Siem Reap, Angkor, Tonle Sap, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Tralach, Koh Chen, Phnom Penh, Châu ??c, Sa ?éc, Cái Bè, M? Tho and Ho-Chi-Minh City;

Daniele Barge: Sailing along the Briare Canal between Burgundy and the Loire Valley, this ship boasts 12 contemporary cabins that can accommodate 24 people. This ship will visit Briare, Léré, Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre, La Chapelle-Montlinard, Marseilles-Les-Aubigny and Nevers;

Deborah Barge: With 12 cabins and a capacity of 24 passengers, this modern ship will take an unprecedented route on the Garonne Canal. The ship will visit Toulouse, Castelsarrasin, Moissac, Valence-d’Agen, Agen, Serignac-Sur-Garonne and Damazan.

These additions to the fleet are part of CroisiEurope’s continued effort to innovate in order to meet customer expectations of high quality river cruises at an unbeatable value.

For more information about CroisiEurope, please visit web site www.croisieuroperivercruises.com.

About CroisiEurope

Established in 1976, CroisiEurope has been a leader in affordable European river cruises for nearly 40 years. Based in Strasbourg, France, CroisiEurope has offices in all major European cities, the United States and Cambodia. With an English-speaking crew of 700, this family owned company operates almost 50 vessels that sail along Europe’s most famous rivers, canals and coasts. Passengers can choose from a variety of itineraries that explore picturesque riverside cities in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Germany and Belgium while treating guests to an on-board gastronomic dining experience designed alongside Michelin-starred chefs, unlimited beverages and free Wi-Fi. Today, CroisiEurope offers cruises not only in Europe but also in the Mediterranean, Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia.

For more information about CroisiEurope, please visitwww.croisieuroperivercruises.com or call (800) 768-7232.

CRUISE NORTH

Cruise North has launched an exciting land-based safari to explore the Torngat Mountains National Park!

With either 7-night or 4-night packages to choose from, this Safari gives you an up-close look into the life, culture and spectacular wilderness of Northern Labrador.

Enjoy a scenic charter flight through the Koroc River Valley. Embark on daily land and sea adventures with scientists, Inuit and Parks Canada wardens. Experience the region's culture, archaeology and wildlife, including polar bears, whales and caribou. At night, enjoy fine and traditional Inuit cuisine and relax in comfort at our secure safari-style tent camp.

For more details, images and contact information, check web site www.torngatsafari.com

CRUISE WEST

Cruise West Sails the Mississippi River Exploring the Big Easy by Small Ship

Cruise West, a global leader in small-ship explorations,has two new itineraries sailing on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, and Cumberland Rivers. These inaugural voyages will take place aboard the Spirit of America, formerly the Spirit of Glacier Bay.

Known to many as America’s Great River Road, the Mississippi is North America’s longest river. For centuries, it has played a major role in commerce as a vital transit route for passengers and freight of every description – including cotton, timber, food, and Appalachian coal. The writings of Mark Twain turned the river into a cultural icon as well. So today, a cruise on the Mississippi is an adventure through history and literature, as well as spectacular vistas.

Guests will enjoy the iconic South, while sailing the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Memphis, taking in the sights of white mansions, lush gardens, historic plantations, and poignant civil war monuments. In addition to exceptional scenery around every bend, guests on this 7-night itinerary will enjoy all of the following:

• Stopping in Vacherie to visit Oak Alley Plantation, the most photographed plantation in the South.
• Visiting The Myrtles – “America’s Most Haunted House.”
• Discovering the spectacular antebellum and Victorian architecture of picturesque Natchez, Missouri.
• Touring Vicksburg National Military Park, scene of the Civil War battle that gave the North control of the
Mississippi.
• Strolling through Helena, Arkansas – one-time home to no fewer than seven generals of the
confederacy.

For more information contact Cruise West at 2301 5th Avenue, Suite 401 Seattle, WA 98121; Phone 206.441.8687 / Fax 206.441.4757 / Reservations 800.888.9378
or go to web sitewww.cruisewest.com

Cruise West Introduces Family Friendly Fares on Glacier Bay Highlights Cruises

~Save Up to 75% for Kids on 3- or 4-Night Cruises ~

Cruise West, the leader in small-ship cruising, offers multi-generational groups and families the opportunity to connect while exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site and natural wonderland of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Special pricing for kids ages 18 and under is available on all 2008 Glacier Bay Highlights departures, with savings of up to 75 percent off adult fare in a AAA cabin or 50 percent off the adult fare in a category A or AA cabin.  Fares start at $1,799 per adult and $900 for one child sharing an A cabin.

Glacier Bay is a living classroom with massive tidewater glaciers, lush forests and a large concentration of whales, bears, seals, sea otters, mountain goats and wolves Ñü an ideal environment for a family to share spectacular, memory-building moments. Cruise West’s three- and four-night Glacier Bay Highlights cruises are onboard the newly named and new to Alaskan waters, 102-guest Spirit of Glacier Bay, offering up-close and personal encounters that large ships just can’t offer. 

Each day, presentations or casual conversation with the onboard Explorations Leaders, National Park Service Ranger and local Tlingit Cultural Interpreter lead to understandings and perspectives on the history, geology and wildlife of this Glacier Region. There are no formal kids’ programs, but special onboard family activities may take place on an ad hoc basis including a photo wildlife scavenger hunt and movie and burger night.

Both the three- and four-night cruises spend two days in Glacier Bay and the four-night makes a port call at the historic town of Haines. Cruising roundtrip Juneau from May to September, special pricing for children ages two to 18 is available in multiple categories of travel, from one adult and one child sharing a cabin to two children ages 13 to 18 sharing a double cabin. Pricing is all-inclusive except alcohol and any optional excursions in Haines.

Contact a travel agent or Cruise West at (800) 296-8307 for details regarding additional special pricing for children.

For more information visit www.cruisewest.com

Cruise West Announces Online Booking of Alaska Shore Excursions

In a move designed to help meet demand for its 85 optional Alaska shore excursions, Cruise West is making all these excursions available for booking on its website www.cruisewest.com.

These excursions are in addition to those included shore excursions that are offered in every port on every Cruise West itinerary. Previously guests had to call to book at least 21 days before departure or wait until they began their cruise to book the optional excursions. The new online booking option is designed to provide a better opportunity for guests to ensure they receive their first choices.

Optional excursions operated by Cruise West are specially designed and operated to match the up-close, personal, and casual style found onboard the vessels. Cruise West Land Guides are trained by instructors from the National Association of Interpretation, so guests know they have the best experience available when they book a Cruise West operated tour.

Among the excursions recommended by Cruise West staff include scenic options such as the LeConte Glacier Flight with Kupreanof Air in Petersburg and the peaceful Chilkat River Float in Haines. For a more thrill-oriented excursion, Cruise West offers a Canopy Adventures & Wildlife Expedition in Ketchikan, complete with seven zip lines and 4,500 feet of high-tension cables and three aerial bridges. Another popular option is a Glacier Landing by ski-plane in Denali National Park and Preserve, where guests land in the Sheldon Amphitheater and actually hear seven echoes. 

To book, go to www.cruisewest.com/excursions and follow the online prompts. All a guest needs to pre-book is the specific cruise itinerary name, departure date and a credit card. All bookings must be made at least 21 days in advance of departure date.

Cruise West offers eight Alaska itineraries, eight ships and 167 departures in 2008, and has more permits than any other line to enter Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Tours to Denali National Park and Preserve may be added onto all cruise itineraries – guests also have the option to stay at a rustic Wilderness Lodge in the heart of the Denali.

For additional information or to book a Cruise West cruise, call 1-800-296-8307 or visit www.cruisewest.com. 

CRYSTAL CRUISES

Crystal Cruises Captain's Choice has Partnered with Australia's Orion Cruises and is Offering Four Luxurious, Privately Chartered Cruises within Australia, Antarctica, and New Guinea

Captain’s Choice has partnered with Australia’s leading expedition cruise operator, Orion Cruises, to offer luxurious, privately chartered cruises to fascinating and normally unreachable destinations within Australia, Antarctica and Papua New Guinea.

Book any of these exceptional vacations with APT/Captain’s Choice and add, at no charge, a very special 4 day stopover in Cairns or Sydney!

For further information about The Captain’s Choice Tour Orion Cruises contact Ward Reid, US Sales Manager;   Tel: 1 888 299 1428

CUNARD CRUISE LINE

About Cunard

Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Cunard voyages bring together like-minded travellers who seek a civilised adventure and relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star ServiceTM, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment. Today, Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled Transatlantic liner service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922.

World’s Leading Cruise Lines
Cunard is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. The exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World’s Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, passsengers are offered a variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations. Visit at www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com.

Cunard Line Transatlantic Season with a New Dimension in Entertainment -- Flagship Queen Mary 2 introduces 3D films and new interactive Insights Programs 

As Cunard Line prepares to begin flagship Queen Mary 2’s seventh Transatlantic season, the company announced a new dimension in entertainment, bringing to life even more unique offerings.  New on board entertainment experiences include 3D films through a partnership with RealD, dynamic and interactive songwriting workshops, and RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) “street theatre” performances and writing workshops.

3D Partnership with RealD

Starting on Transatlantic Crossings , Queen Mary 2 will offer 3D films in association with RealD, the world’s most widely used digital 3D projection technology, presented in the ship’s stadium-seating theatre, Illuminations.

Professional Insights Songwriting Program

Also, professional songwriter and producer Chris Difford, formerly of the 1970’s British new wave band Squeeze, will conduct songwriting workshops with four other professional songwriters as part of the Professional Insights series.  With Difford’s songwriting programme, guests will collaborate in small groups with guitarists, pianists, singers and bass players from Queen Mary 2’s performance company.  The best songwriters will then have the opportunity to record their songs in a studio on board and be able to take them home.  Difford and the songwriters also will be performing well-known Squeeze favourites during the voyage.  Difford’s Professional Insights songwriting program will be offered on the following voyages:

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)

The RADA graduate company continues to celebrate its longstanding relationship with Cunard with daily workshops and classic performances.

This year, RADA will go beyond Queen Mary 2’s Royal Court Theatre to feature several new interactive offerings including dramatic re-enactments throughout the ship. These “street theatre” performances will be taken from such classic works as Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales and Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing:

The Pilgrim’s Journey: The actors will travel in costume around the ship in characters from The Canterbury Tales as they would travel to Canterbury; they will stop several times for a short scene/improvisation

Much Ado Around the Ship: Two groups of actors will perform short scenes from the play around the ship

A Bedtime Story: Taking place in the Grand Lobby, one of the RADA actors will sit in an armchair and read a bedtime story, surrounded by a small group of guests; requests can be taken for night six of the voyage

The Canterbury Tales Performance, Royal Court Theatre: RADA will perform a different Canterbury Tale each month, performing the complete works over the course of two years; at the end of each performance, the audience will be encouraged to choose their favourite tale; the actors will then ask for short stories to be called The Cunard Tales to be written by members of the audience; these will then be workshopped and performed by the actors and participants

Jazz Poetry with the Mark Hodgson Trio, Chart Room: The actors will perform rhythmic, jazz and rap poetry accompanied by the trio

Passion and Piano, Winter Garden: The actors will read passionate poetry and prose accompanied by the piano, and will also read chosen pieces and take requests from the audience.

On a luxury cruise vacation aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, guests revel in the experience of the voyage itself, not just the destination – enjoying activities such as the only planetarium and largest library at sea, white-gloved afternoon tea service, the engaging Cunard Insights enrichment programme and West End-style productions, as well as the first Canyon Ranch SpaClub on board a ship.

For more information on Queen Mary 2 or to book a voyage, consult your travel agent, call toll-free 1-800-7-CUNARD or go to www.cunard.com.

About Cunard Line
Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Cunard voyages bring together like-minded travellers who seek a civilised adventure and relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment. Today, Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled Transatlantic liner service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922.

World’s Leading Cruise Lines
Cunard is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World’s Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations. Visit us at <http://www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com/>http://www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com/.

About RealD Inc.
RealD Inc. is a leading global licensor of 3D technologies. RealD's extensive intellectual property portfolio is used in applications that enable a premium 3D viewing experience in the theater, the home and elsewhere. RealD licenses its RealD Cinema Systems to motion picture exhibitors that show 3D motion pictures and alternative 3D content. RealD also provides its RealD Display, active and passive eyewear, RealD Format and gaming technologies to consumer electronics manufacturers and content producers and distributors to enable the delivery and viewing of 3D content. RealD's cutting-edge 3D technologies have been used for applications such as piloting the Mars Rover. For more information, please visit our website at www.reald.com.

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Cunard Cruise Line and Veuve Clicquot Team Up to Toast Queen Victoria

Nothing quite says "bon voyage" for an ocean-going adventure like a glass of bubbly so it's most appropriate that Cunard Line and Veuve Clicquot raise their glasses (figuratively) to say "cheers" and toast the announcement that they are continuing their brand alliance with the debut of the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar onboard Queen Victoria.

Located on Deck 2 of the triple-height Grand Lobby, the 1920's Art Deco-style champagne bar will serve Veuve Clicquot Champagne exclusively. Appropriately, the Champagnes are paired with fresh delicacies during the pre-dinner and post-dinner hours, a further demonstration of Cunard's appreciation for the finest culinary traditions.

An elegant space featuring marbleized glass elements, the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar is sure to become a popular gathering place offering vintage champagnes from the Champagne-Ardenne region of northern France. Accommodating 34 guests, the Bar's design elements form a subtle backdrop for curved glass "showcase" panels with inset boxes featuring a variety of the brands premium Champagnes.

For more information about Cunard Line and Queen Victoria, contact your travel professional, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or go to www.cunard.com .

About Queen Victoria

The 90,000-ton Queen Victoria will offer the very best of the heritage and traditions of Cunard Line, along with all modern day luxuries including some exciting innovations. These will include the first traditional West End-style private boxes at sea in the Royal Court Theatre, the first Cunardia museum exhibit at sea, housing Cunard artifacts and memorabilia along with the first two-storey library at sea featuring an elegant spiral staircase. The ship will also feature the line's celebrated Queens Grill and Princess Grill accommodations and dining, further enhanced on Queen Victoria with an exclusive deck terrace and an al fresco dining option.
    
From the outside, her distinctive black and red livery will hint at the sophistication that differentiates a Cunard liner. This will be most evident in the ship's adherence to liner traditions of the past, with elegant public rooms, many on a grand scale, featuring rich wood paneling, intricate mosaics and gleaming chandeliers. There will also be a grand, colonial-style conservatory complete with a retractable glass roof.
    
As well as being the second largest Cunarder ever built, Queen Victoria's arrival is particularly noteworthy as it will mark the first time that three Cunard Queens have been in service together in the company's 168-year history (she joins the world's grandest liner, Queen Mary 2 and the world's most famous and best-loved liner, QE2).

Cunard Continues Tradition of British Heritage with Unique Sporting Pursuit Aboard Queen Victoria

In a move that underscores Cunard's tradition of British heritage and ongoing attention to historical detail, the Line will introduce the sport of fencing - a favorite pastime of Prince Albert, husband and consort of Her Majesty Queen Victoria - aboard its newest ocean liner, Queen Victoria. To craft the programme, which is another cruise industry first, Cunard turned to Leon Paul Fencing Equipment, the British company whose name has been synonymous with fencing for nearly a century. Run by and for competitive fencers, members of the Leon Paul family have competed in 20 Olympic Games and 30 World Championships, winning 25 national titles.

Cunard guests will have an opportunity to learn fencing basics or fine-tune their fencing skills with a fully certified instructor using equipment identical to that used by world champions. The fencing programme can accommodate up to 10 aspiring or accomplished fencers at a time for foil fencing, the preferred method for elementary fencing classes due to the flexible and lightweight blade and blunted tip. Fencing instruction for guests aged 16 and up will be provided daily by a fully certified fencing instructor.

Other recreational activities include paddle tennis, shuffle board, chess, deck quoits (the maritime version of horse shoes), ping pong and golf in two golf nets.

For more information about Cunard Line and Queen Victoria, contact your travel professional, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or go to www.cunard.com .

FRED OLSEN CRUISE LINE

Civilizations Cruisers an Enclave Unto Themselves

For the 3rd consecutive year Fred.Olsen's Civilizations program draws lovers of culture and the arts with a quality on par with the BBC television documentary series of the same name.

Passengers signed up for Civilizations' all-inclusive programs are privileged to have privately escorted tours, exclusive lectures, a special welcome party and more. Civilisations programs, each hosted by a dedicated crew member, feature at least one, and in most cases, two, well-informed expert lecturers. These leading experts have been selected to accompany travelers to places as wide-ranging as St. Petersburg, the historic Ottoman capital of Istanbul, through the Black Sea to the Crimea and across the South Seas to enjoy the wonders of Polynesia.

Civilisations packages are offered on various cruises and focus on a wide range of topics including Celtic History, Ancient Civilisations, The Great Artists and In the Wake of the Navigators. They are designed to heighten the traveler's understanding of the history and peoples visited during the voyage. Art, architecture and philosophy meld into the historical context of the topic. In the Wake of the Navigators, a Civilisations program offered on BD0928, the 18-night cruise departing November 18, 2009, from Portsmouth, examines the places where the great explorers, including Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama and Thor Heyerdahl, prepared for their voyages.

Prices for Civilisations programs vary according to departure. For more information on the Civilisations program visit www.fredolsencruises-civilisations.co.uk

HOLLAND AMERICAN LINE

The Best of Alaska and the Yukon via Holland American Line

Extend your Alaska cruise into the expansive interior of Alaska and the Yukon with a Land+Sea Journey. Cruise Glacier Bay National Park, spot moose in Denali National Park and explore the unspoiled Yukon Territory — discover the Alaska we’ve known longer than any other cruise line.

Private Fares From $999*

Denali Land+Sea Journeys

Watch the lively salmon fishing technique of a brown bear. Shoot through Coffee Grinder as you ride the Nenana River’s white water. Or soar high above the clouds for a close up view of the mighty Denali.

Fares from $999*

Denali+Yukon Land+Sea Journeys

Head north for the Yukon with the only cruise line that ventures there. Discover the thrill of dogsledding in Skagway. Or relive the gold rush and stroll back through time in Dawson City.

Fares from $1,899*

The Premier Denali Experience

Nestled on our 60-acre McKinley Chalet Resort at the gates of Denali National Park is our own Denali Square. Enjoy s’mores around the campfire, take in the Music of Denali at the Golden Nugget Saloon or try a lean caribou cheeseburger. Later, take in the breathtaking views from your private balcony in our new Junior Suites at McKinley Chalet.

Unforgettable Tundra Wilderness Tour

Head into the Heart of Denali on a Tundra Wilderness Tour, included in all double and triple Denali Journeys. The comprehensive, fully narrated six- to 8-hour excursion takes you 62 miles into unspoiled wilderness offering you up-close views of Denali and your best chance to see Dall sheep, grizzlies, caribou and more!

By Land. By Sea. By Experts. We Are Alaska.
Book now! Contact your Personal Cruise Consultant MITCH HENDERSON 1-800-355-3017 (x29308) MHENDERSON@HOLLANDAMERICA.COMICA.COM

Book your cruise worry free with Holland America Line’s b0>Cancellation Protection Plans. For important information on passport requirements in the Western Hemisphere,

Terms & Conditions: *Fares are based on Promo(s) NS/NH/NV/KR/QA/QF. ID number must be presented at time of booking to receive these fares, which are available to the recipient(s) of this mailing only. Featured fares are per person based on double occupancy, cruise or Land+Sea Journeys only. Fares are in U.S. dollars. All savings amounts are included in the fares shown. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are additional and range from $195.00 to $860.00. Subject to availability. For more information about our stateroom categories and suite descriptions, to view deck plans and for full terms and conditions applicable to your cruise, please refer to hollandamerica.com or the appropriate Holland America brochure. Offers have limited space, and may be modified or withdrawn without prior notice. Other restrictions may apply. Ships’ Registry: The Netherlands.

Caribbean Paradise is closer than you think

Delight in carefree Caribbean days on soft-sand beaches — and the distinctive joys of our private private paradise, Half Moon Cay. Plus: enjoy FREE or reduced cruise fares for 3rd/4th guests on select sailings.*

Upgrade to a private verandah and relax amid spectacular vistas.

Here are some choices:

7-Day Caribbean
Verandahs from only $599*
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Verandahs from only $999*
Fares from $699*

Caribbean Collectors'
Verandahs from only $1,099*
Fares from $749*

Planning the perfect holiday experience? Enjoy your holiday traditions onboard and unwind on sun-soaked shores. Relax this season on a stress-free holiday cruise. Savor sumptuous fare, festive lights and exciting activities. From Thanksgiving and Hanukkah to Christmas and New Year's Eve, celebrate in style.

Caribbean Holiday
Verandahs from only $899*
Fares from $699*

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Alaska
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Fares from $699*

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Terms & Conditions:
*Fares are based on Promo(s) RH/PC/FL. Featured fares are per person based on double occupancy, cruise only. Fares are in U.S. dollars. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are additional and range from $65.62 to $2,223.62. Third/fourth offer is based on sharing a stateroom with 1st and 2nd guests, valid on select sailings, and are based on Promo Z3/ZT. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses apply to all 3rd/4th offers. Subject to availability. For more information about our stateroom categories and suite descriptions, to view deck plans and for full terms and conditions applicable to your cruise, please refer to hollandamerica.com or the appropriate Holland America brochure. Offers are capacity controlled, and may be modified or withdrawn without prior notice. Other restrictions may apply. Ships’ Registry: The Netherlands.

For more information, contact Holland American Line N.V., at 300 Elliott Avenue West,  Seattle, WA  98119 or check web site www.hollandamerica.com

HURTIGRUTEN (formerly Norwegian Coastal Voyage)

Hurtigruten's Expedition Cruises

Eleven ships sail the spectacular fjord-filled west coast of Norway from Bergen to Kirkenes and back with 34 ports of call.  For over 100 years, this popular journey has been offering travelers a unique combination of history, culture and incredible vistas.  The line’s newer series of Expedition Cruises caters to soft-adventure travelers, visiting Antarctica and the Chilean Fjords, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, the unspoiled nature and wildlife of Spitsbergen, and Greenland.

The company also offers Escorted and Independent Vacations combining the voyage with extensive land programs.

For more information check web site www.hurtigruten.us

OCEANIA CRUISES

About Oceania Cruises

Featuring a fleet of intimately luxurious ships, Oceania Cruises offers an unrivaled vacation experience renowned for the finest cuisine at sea and destination-rich itineraries spanning the globe. Seasoned world travelers are drawn to Oceania Cruises’ expertly crafted voyages, which call on more than 370 ports across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and the Americas. Spacious and elegant accommodations aboard the 684-guest Regatta, Insignia, Nautica, and Sirena and the 1,250-guest Marina and Riviera invite guests to explore the world in unparalleled comfort and style.

Oceania Cruises Serves Up the Finest Cuisine of Cuba -- From Ropa Vieja to Mojitos – Discover the Authentic Taste of Cuba

Oceania Cruises, renowned for serving the finest cuisine at sea, is now bringing the flavors and heritage of traditional Cuban cooking on board with the introduction of Cuban menus on all Cuba sailings. Mirroring its culture and people, Cuban cuisine is a vibrant mélange of spicy, sweet, and savory elements. Guests will enjoy an array of iconic Cuban meals in the Grand Dining Room, while the Terrace Café will allow them to sample an exquisite Cuban Tapas menu during special themed evenings.

Recognized for cuisine that is always inspired by the finest and freshest ingredients available, and reflective of the many varied regions to which the line travels, Oceania Cruises’ guests will now have the opportunity to try classic Cuban dishes such as ropa vieja, a slowly stewed dish of shredded beef, mild spices, white wine, and tomato; arroz con pollo, a Cuban staple of chicken and Arborio rice made with saffron; and crispy malanga fritters, made from a root similar to taro. Meanwhile, fresh coconut, aromatic pineapple, and sweet lime infuse seafood dishes with island flair. Local tropical fruits and expertly crafted local rums transform into signature Cuban cocktails such as mojitos and daiquiris, perfect for relaxing poolside.

“With Frank Del Rio, the founder of Oceania Cruises, and many of our team members hailing from Cuba, our Cuban menus were created with great pride and passion, and reflect a deep understanding of the cuisine’s traditional roots,” said Bob Binder, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises. “These menus feature many generations-old family recipes from our Cuban team members. The vibrant and authentic dishes offer flavors to please every palate – we are thrilled to be showcasing the celebrated cuisine of this captivating island on board our ships.”

Traditional Cuban Dishes

Picadillo de Carne
Escabeche
Crema de Malanga

Guests can savor the finest Cuban cuisine at sea aboard Marina’s voyages to Cuba.  For more information about Oceania Cruises, call 855-OCEANIA (855-623-2642) or contact a professional travel agent.

PEARL SEAS CRUISE LINE

Pearl Seas Cruises names Ship

Pearl Seas Cruises has announced that the name of its new cruise ship is Pearl Mist. It’s seven, ten, eleven and fourteen night itineraries will include travel to the Caribbean, Canadian Maritimes, Eastern Canada, Newfoundland, The Great Lakes and New England.

The oversized suites are all out side with private balconies. It will have all the amenities and services offered by modern cruise ships; including spa and fitness facilities, several lounges, and Internet service throughout the ship. The ship is currently is being built by Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

For more information, visit www.pearlseascruises.com

Pearl Seas Cruises Announces Larger Ship

Pearl Seas Cruises announced today that its first ship built for world service would be a larger design with a passenger capacity of 210 and 330 feet in length. The ship is currently under construction and is proceeding quickly and on schedule. 

The first ship began cruise service in August 2008. The 109 staterooms and suites will have a size range of 240 to 460 square feet and all 109 stateroom suites will have private verandas. Pearl Seas Cruises is creating the optimum ship, small enough to sail intriguing places unavailable to most of the larger vessels while also providing a smooth, comfortable ride in deep-water cruising. In addition, these ships will offer the intimacy and service expected on a small deluxe cruise ship while also affording all of the modern amenities of a larger cruise ship. The first ship will begin with international cruises in the Canadian Maritimes, St. Lawrence Seaway, Great Lakes, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and New England, and followed later in the year with itineraries in the Caribbean and Mexico Riviera.

The ships have been designed with the most innovative advanced designs including state of the art technologies and modern amenities: including a spa, elevators to all six decks, Internet access throughout the ship, and oversized suites all with private verandas and large opening picture windows offering spectacular views. Every stateroom is fitted with many modern conveniences and amenities expected by the discerning traveler. The ship is fully stabilized, and meets the newest and most stringent safety and environmental standards. The atmosphere is relaxing and inviting, much like that of a fine private club, offering “Luxury Adventure™” with every cruise experience.

For more information on Pearl Seas Cruises’ 2008 and 2009 schedule call 1-800-983-7462 or visit www.pearlseascruises.com .

To learn more about Pearl Seas Cruises and their affiliation with CLIA, or for the new 2012 Pearl Seas Cruises schedule call 800-983-7462, or check web site www.pearlseascruises.com.

PRINCESS CRUISE LINE

About Princess Cruises

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided with the experience of exceptional customer service. As the world’s largest international premium cruise brand, Princess carries two million guests each year to more than 360 destinations around the globe on more than 150 itineraries ranging in length from three to 114 days.

Princess Cruises Invites Guests to Play in the Trees This Summer

Princess Cruises has announced the 2018 programming to be featured at the line’s custom designed wilderness treehouse located at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. The treehouse is a new addition to the guest experience which allows guests an opportunity to view Denali, North America’s highest peak, while enjoying themed activities and socializing with fellow travelers, all amongst the trees. The treehouse was built during an episode of Animal Planet’s hit show “Treehouse Masters,” in association with the line’s partnership with Discovery Communications, which premiered during the season finale in fall 2017.

“At destinations around the globe, we strive to create a bond between our guests and the places we visit, and now more than ever people are visiting Alaska to experience the beauty and adventure the state has to offer,” said Lisa Syme, Princess Cruises vice president. “As the #1 cruise line in Alaska, we are eager to bring these fresh and engaging experiences to our Alaska cruisetour guests, providing opportunities for more travelers to connect with the people, nature, storied traditions and history of the Great Land in 2018.”

The treehouse was the first-ever designed and constructed in Alaska by Pete Nelson, the star of the hit TV series. As one of the highest land-based north-facing viewing areas, the treehouse provides Princess guests a one-of-a-kind experience to see the south face of Denali from atop the trees, and is powered by solar panels. At approximately 500 square feet, guests can access the treehouse by hiking the short “hill trail loop” and be rewarded with the ultimate Denali view.

For nearly 50 years, Princess Cruises has been recognized as a destination leader in Alaska, taking more guests to the Great Land than any other cruise company with its largest deployment ever in 2018. Guests traveling on a Princess Cruises cruisetour will be able to enjoy the treehouse, along with visits to other Princess-owned lodges, and a ride on the exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service, saving time on travel and allowing for more time to experience the Denali-area.

In 2018, treehouse activities and programming include:

Tales from The Sourdough Expedition

Hosted by author, world record holder and amputee mountain climber, Todd Huston, guests will follow along a chronicle of the first successful ascent of Denali, the Sourdough Expedition. Participants will meet Huston and fellow adventurers before beginning their very own trek to the line’s new wilderness treehouse. Stories of the first successful ascent will entertain guests as the group explores area trails, ending the journey with a cup of hot cocoa and doughnuts at the treehouse summit. Guests are invited to join the 45 minute expedition five days a week for a nominal charge.


Sappy Hour

Found in the interior of Alaska, boreal forests are carpeted with Birch and Spruce trees, providing ideal conditions for sustainable syrup production. Beginning in 2018, guests can gather with fellow foodies inside the treehouse for a unique and rare sampling of birch syrups and other tree-inspired products. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about Birch trees and the process of harvesting birch syrup. Sappy Hour will run daily at the treehouse for a nominal charge per guest.

Trivia at the Treehouse

Guests are challenged to test their knowledge of The Great Land with an afternoon of brain-busting fun. Hosted by the lodge’s resident naturalist, guests will experience trivia like never before, taking in unprecedented views of North America’s highest peak from the trees. Trivia will take place daily, and participation is complimentary for lodge guests.


Princess has been named "Best Cruise Line in Alaska" 11 consecutive years by Travel Weekly magazine. In 2018, Princess will be hosting a record number of guests on seven ships this season. On board our ships, Alaska guests experience the award-winning program, North to Alaska, which includes unique Alaska onboard enrichment , entertainment and food and beverage offerings, as well as Discovery Channel and Animal Planet recommended and exclusive shore excursions, as part of the cruise line's Discovery at Sea partnership. Experience the best of the great land on a Princess cruisetour this summer, with 10-night fares from $1,049 per person. More information can be found at www.princess.com/alaska.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at princess.com.

Princess Cruises Celebrates The New York Premiere Of “Born To Dance” With Stephen Schwartz And Daniel C. Levine Aboard Regal Princess

Princess Cruises celebrated the New York premiere of “Born to Dance”, the latest offering from its first-of-its-kind partnership with Stephen Schwartz, Oscar®, Grammy® and Tony Award®-winning composer of “Wicked,” “Godspell,” and “Pippin.” Joining Schwartz aboard Regal Princess for the premiere was director/creator Daniel C. Levine (“Les Miserables,” “Mamma Mia!”).

Born to Dance celebrates the aspirations, hurdles and triumphs of professional dancers, as told through tributes to Broadway’s greatest choreography in a feel-good story. Princess audiences get a glimpse of what it takes to be a dancer, the highs and lows and that driving need to dance brought to life by some of Broadway’s most famous hits including “West Side Story,” “A Chorus Line,” “Chicago” and more. A who’s-who of acclaimed choreographers and dancers virtually join the multi-media production, tracing the journey of the great artists and shows that made musical theater history.

Overseeing the creative development of four entertainment shows for Princess Cruises, Schwartz brings together an illustrious team of Broadway talent to support the productions through direction and design. “Born to Dance” is created and directed by Levine and is now showing aboard Golden Princess, Grand Princess, Star Princess, and Regal Princess. Additional creative team talent includes costume design by six time Tony Award® winner William Ivey Long, musical arrangement by Bryan Perri (“Wicked”), choreography by Al Blackstone (“So You Think You Can Dance”), and scenic design by Tony Award® winner Beowulf Boritt.

Find more information, including the show trailer at princess.com/borntodance. 

Princess Cruises Announces Third Annual Culinary Cruise Series with Two of Miami’s Most Acclaimed Chefs

Princess Cruises has officially announced its third annual Culinary Cruise Series, featuring famed Miami-based chefs Brad Kilgore and Scott Linquist. Sailing on Regal Princess out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. from February 11 – 18, 2018 to the Western Caribbean, these two chefs will team up to offer guests a variety of curated culinary experiences and demonstrations for travelers looking for an exclusive foodie experience.

This seven-day, four-port Western Caribbean cruise will include a selection of daily activities and adventures for cruisers to participate in with the acclaimed chefs. Guests will be able to participate in chef-led cooking demonstrations, cookbook signings, Q+A sessions, experience special menus featured throughout the ship’s restaurant and bars, and learn valuable cuisine skills to bring home with them.

Guests will also be able to explore parts of the Caribbean and Mexico alongside these chefs as each lead a customized excursion. Noted for his Mexican cuisine, Chef Linquist will lead the Cozumel excursion in Mexico, while Chef Kilgore will lead the Jamaican excursion. Other port stops include Princess Cays Bahamas and Grand Cayman.

Named Food & Wine’s 2016 Best New Chef, Brad Kilgore launched onto Miami’s culinary scene in 2015 with the opening of Alter in Miami’s hottest new neighborhood – Wynwood. After winning countless awards with Alter including Restaurant of the Year by Eater, he set his sights on Downtown Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center and opened BRAVA by Brad Kilgore inside the famed cultural institution. Showing no signs of slowing down, Kilgore plans to debut two new restaurants in Miami in the next coming year. Bringing his progressive American cuisine to Regal Princess, Kilgore will showcase some of his favorites including Short Rib Wellington with Truffled Mushrooms and Free-Range Chicken, with Popcorn Hollandaise.

Joining Chef Brad Kilgore will be fellow Miami-based Chef Scott Linquist. Linquist, founder of the wildly successful Coyo Taco located in Miami’s buzzing Brickell Financial District, as well as famed Wynwood arts district, will bring his upscale Mexican flair to the seven-day excursion featuring some of his most unique taco creations such as Coyo's charred octopus tacos with salsa veracruzana and pickled jalapeños. Chef Linquist plans to expand the success of Coyo Taco with new locations coming in Miami Beach, West Palm Beach and Panama.

Adding a touch of sweetness to this cruise will be one of Princess Cruises culinary partners, Norman Love, owner of Norman Love Confections, based in Fort Myers, FL. Trained in France, and named the Inaugural Inductee into the Chocolatier Hall of Fame by Dessert Professional Magazine, Love’s creations blend premium quality chocolate, unique flavors and artful designs that are perfect for chocolate lovers. Love will be leading several cooking demonstrations and curate chocolate tastings.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS or by visiting the company's website atprincess.com.

Princess Cruises Unveils North To Alaska! Cruise Vacation Offerings

Building on its long-standing recognition as the best Alaska cruise vacation, Princess Cruises has announced the launch of North to Alaska!, a series of new onboard offerings that fully immerse guests in the Great Alaska experience.

Created in partnership with local experts, North to Alaska! features a variety of authentic Alaska culinary, educational and entertainment experiences designed to delve deeper into the fascinating frontier guests are exploring around them. The program includes expanded Alaska seafood offerings, with signature dishes from local chefs and restaurants; unique interactions with Alaskans; and onboard festivals to allow guests to eat like a local, learn from the locals, and celebrate like a local.

North to Alaska! highlights include:

Eat Like A Local
Providing a culinary journey sure to be savored, Princess has partnered with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute to feature nightly a variety of authentic Alaska cuisine – including King Crab, King Salmon and fresh Halibut, among others - prepared by Princess chefs specially-trained by Alaska seafood chefs to capture a true taste of the North. Specialty restaurants will also offer a regional Alaska cuisine menu on select evenings.

In addition, Princess has partnered with some of the best Alaska area joints to provide local favorites and signature dishes onboard including crab cakes from Tracy's King Crab Shack in Juneau; fish tacos from Ketchikan’s Alaska Fish House; and the Mermaid Burger from the Skagway Fish Company. The winning dish from the 2014 Great Alaska Seafood Cook-off, pan-seared Alaska salmon with root vegetable hash and mushroom tea, created by local chef Travis Haugen of Southside Bistro will be featured in the main dining rooms.

Learn From the Locals
With Alaska cruises all about discovery and exploration, Princess is bringing the variety of Alaska cultures onboard to regale guests with stories of life in Alaska and “a day in the life” hands-on interactive activities:

From the popular Discovery Channel program, “The Deadliest Catch,” Captain David Lethin and his shipmates from the Aleutian Ballad will relate their true-life adventures and experiences in the Bering Sea in pursuit of crab.

Guests will live like a “logger head,” learning the history of logging from a local lumberjack and participating in an axe-throwing competition.

New York Times best-selling author and renowned storyteller Nick Jans will tell his compelling, emotional story of Romeo, the wolf, and the effect he had on the people of Juneau, as told in his book, "A Wolf Called Romeo."

Kids and teens will explore their adventurous side with activities including a Jr. Ranger program, panning for gold, “The Deadliest Catch” crab-sorting game, an interactive green screen game and more.

Celebrate Like a Local
Guests will experience the thrill and excitement of the Klondike, harkening back to the glory days of gold rush fever. Fun for the whole family, the Klondike festival onboard activities will include Alaska icon and sled-racing presentations, penny whistle classes, traditional dance performances, an arts and crafts show, and more. The festival day will culminate with a celebration of the natural phenomenon of a visible sun at night during the Midnight Sun top-deck party, complete with entertainment, games and specialty drinks.

In total, seven Princess ships offer more than 120 Alaska cruise departures during the summer season, May – September, originating from San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver B.C. and Whittier (Anchorage), Alaska.

For passengers interested in experiencing even more of the Great Land, Princess cruisetours offer an unmatched variety of itinerary options for a complete land and sea Alaska experience ranging from 10 to 15 nights. All cruisetours include a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers sailing including a visit to Glacier Bay National Park, plus up to four nights in the Denali National Park area with stays at Princess’ riverside wilderness lodges.

Additional information about all of the Princess Alaska cruise options and North to Alaska! can be found at princess.com/NorthToAlaska.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel consultant, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's website at princess.com

Princess Cruises Showcases "The Heart of Alaska" with Unique Video Production -- Viewers Can Explore "The Great Land" through the Eyes of Diverse Group of Local Residents

"We are so lucky that we have Alaska ... everything is different here - it is all so unique." This view from Denali National Park Ranger Patrick Gamman is one of 12 Alaska voices featured in "The Heart of Alaska," a dramatic new video produced by Princess Cruises. This production has already received widespread praise from the film and travel communities, and has been honored with acceptance into two film festivals.

Shot exclusively by Princess in high-definition format to showcase the Princess cruisetour experience, "The Heart of Alaska" beautifully depicts the land, wildlife and people of Alaska, with interviews from some of the people who make the state unique, and who tell a compelling story of life in the untamed wilderness of Alaska's interior.

Available exclusively from Princess, the 26-minute film was photographed and directed by Princess Video Editor Scott Martin. Filmed over nine days last summer in Alaska, the production was coordinated by Becky Buxton, manager of Princess Tours in Alaska. The video will be shown on board Princess ships in Alaska and can be purchased on the ships and at Princess' five Alaska wilderness lodges. "The Heart of Alaska" is the first of a series of Princess videos taking a unique look at many of the company's destinations.

"The Heart of Alaska" has been accepted into the First Take Film Festival and the prestigious New York Independent Film & Video Festival, where it will compete this summer in the best documentary category.

The documentary offers a unique introduction to the wonders of the state as it is seen through the eyes of Alaskans. Viewers will meet rangers from both Denali and Wrangell St. Elias National Parks, Alaska natives, homesteaders and dog mushers who share an insiders' perspective of life in the 49th state. Other voices include a bush pilot, a captain from Fairbanks' iconic riverboat and a mountain climber. The film also brings the audience up close to the wildlife of Denali National Park, including bears, moose, dall sheep, and caribou. Soaring photography takes viewers high above the world's tallest peaks, including 'The Great One,' Mt. McKinley.

"The Heart of Alaska" tells its story through many Alaskan voices, each with a unique perspective on life in the state. Among the observations shared on screen are: "The Heart of Alaska" video also includes special features on the Princess cruisetour program, the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Inside Denali, and trailers for the Heart of Alaska.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's web site at www.princess.com.

RESIDENTIAL CRUISE LINE

Launching A New Travel Trend

Residential Cruise Line Offers Fractional Ownership Opportunity

Residential Cruise Line, Ltd --

the company “launching” the $750 million dollar Magellan – the ultimate residential cruise ship, is now making the dream of private ownership on the luxury liner a reality by offering fractional ownership opportunities.

Designed exclusively for buyers who only want to “own” specific months each year, fractional ownership provides a unique opportunity to purchase a unit on the ship in 1-month increments.  Attractive financing makes the Magellan a premier vacation ownership experience like no other.

“Unlike Destination Clubs and time share programs, fractional ownership means you actually own your residence for the month or months purchased," says Randall Jackson, CEO of Residential Cruise Line, Ltd.  “Buyers receive a stock certificate for each month purchased." 

The impeccably designed residences offer unparalleled views of the sea and all of the creature comforts that can be found in land-based multi-million dollar homes. Custom wood cabinetry, luxurious stone surfaces, gourmet-quality appliances, lavish baths and luxurious living quarters complemented with the latest technological advancements makes the Magellan the ultimate residence on sea or land.

Whether you’re a full time or seasonal resident, you will enjoy all the amenities and services of the world’s finest resorts. An on-call housekeeping staff, a world-class spa and marketplace, a 24-hour concierge staff, indoor and outdoor pools, four world-class restaurants, a 450-seat theatre featuring Broadway-quality entertainment, a casino worthy of Monte Carlo and a Starbucks café are just a few of the conveniences that make living aboard the Magellan a unique, first-class experience.

With a full-service retractable marina, on-call private Bell 429 helicopters and 300 ports of call, residents have anytime access to their home on the ocean.

Full ownership residences on the Magellan range in price from $1.875 million to $8 million.  For more information about full or fractional ownership opportunities, call 480-497-8833 or visit the web site at www.ResidentialCruiseLine.com.

About Randell Jackson, Chief Executive Officer

As the son of German immigrants, Randall Jackson is living the epitome of the American dream. From humble beginnings, his father was an auto-mechanic and his mother a beautician, hard work and diligence were instilled in Jackson at n early age.  As chief executive officer of Residential Cruise Line, LTD, his life has come full-circle as he has pursued his “passions” turning many of them into successful companies.

Understanding that an education is the foundation for any career, Jackson earned a Mechanics Air Frame and Power Plant License along with his commercial and instrument pilots rating from the University of Illinois in 1976. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology with an Aviation Flight Maintenance Major from Illinois State University. After relocating from Illinois to Pensacola, Florida, Jackson entered the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate Program and was soon after commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. It was during his Navy tour-of-duty that he completed his primary, intermediate and advanced jet training ultimately receiving his Naval Aviator Wings. His eight year career with U.S. Navy included a tour-of-duty at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as a member of the A-4 Squadron and as a U.S. Navy Pilot Recruiter in Orlando, Florida.

His passion for flying segued into a passion for sailing. After meeting his wife Melodie at Cal Poly State, they bought and lived on 40-foot Sea Wolf sailboat in Marina Del Rey, CA. Soon after Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy and relocated to Mesa, Arizona after his wife, who worked for Hughes Aircraft, was transferred to Mesa, Arizona. 

 While working for Continental Airlines as a flight engineer, Jackson opened his Arizona-based real estate company in 1985. Now in business for 20 years, Jackson is a semi-custom home builder, master-planned community developer and yacht builder. 

Although living in the desert, the love of the ocean and boating never left Jackson. He has built and imported boats, owned Ocean Alexander motor yachts and Shelter Cove Yachts in San Diego on Shelter Island. It was during one of the many cruises with his wife Melodie and their two daughters that Jackson realized the need for the Magellan Residential Cruise Ship. 

Cramped quarters on cruise ships, 20 years in the real estate industry and hours spent on the flight deck is the vital combination of expertise needed to build and launch Magellan Residential Cruise Ship by Residential Cruise Line, LTD.

Only Randall Jackson, with his diverse and knowledgeable background, can ensure the success of the ultimate residential experience the $750 million residential cruise ship - the Magellan.

RESIDENTIAL CRUISE LINE LAUNCHES THE MAGELLAN CLUB

The Luxurious Magellan Residential Cruise Ship Offers New Vacation Club Program

The Magellan, one of the most luxurious and exclusive residential cruise ships ever conceived, is now offering a new way to experience the vacation of a lifetime. The Magellan Club allows club membership owners to experience a truly personalized two-week vacation to any of the ship’s destinations for twenty years. Valued at $750,000,000, the Magellan boasts 300 ports-of-call and travel to 150 countries. Circumnavigating the globe every two years, Magellan Club membership owners have the unique opportunity to travel the world from the comfort of their residence.

Unique to any club program, The Magellan Club membership is fully transferable to a third party after the inaugural sailing of the ship. With holiday time periods in great demand, holiday scheduling will be on first-come, first-served basis. Scheduling opens 12 months prior to sailing with no changes permitted 60 days prior to sailing. Arrivals to the ship are on Sundays with departures from the ship on Saturdays. The Magellan Club Membership fee is transferable to future fractional or full ownership purchases on the Magellan dependent on availability.

“The Magellan Club was created for those who want to travel the world in the most luxurious surroundings without the worries and expense of managing a full-time vacation home,” said Randall B. Jackson, CEO and President of Residential Cruise Line, LLC. “Our richly appointed residences are available with up to four bedrooms so that families can easily vacation together to the some of most exotic locales in the world.”

The on-board amenities and lavish floor plans are exclusive trademarks of the Magellan Club program. Amenities include a fully retractable marina, a world-class Aqua spa and a 450-seat broadcast satellite capable theatre featuring Broadway-quality entertainment. The impeccably designed residences offer unparalleled views of the sea and all of the creature comforts that can be found in land-based multi-million dollar homes. Custom wood cabinetry, luxurious stone surfaces, gourmet-quality appliances, lavish baths and luxurious living quarters complemented with the latest technological advancements makes the Magellan the ultimate residence on sea or land.

One bedrooms are priced from the $90s. For additional pricing information regarding the Magellan Club program or regarding full and fractional ownership opportunities, call 480-497-8833 or visit the web site at www.ResidentialCruiseLine.com.

Magellan Offers Additional Residences and US Open-Style Tennis Court

 Residential Cruise Line Ltd., the parent company of The Magellan - the world’s largest private residential cruise ship, announces the expansion of the ship creating twelve additional residences and a new amenity, a world class tennis court. Previously listed at 800 feet/70,000 tons, the Magellan now boasts 860 feet and 72,000 tons of cruising luxury.

The new line-up of residences consist of four one-bedroom, 624 square feet condos with pricing starting at $156,250. Named The Madrid, the one-bedroom condos – though smaller in scale – are appointed with the same luxurious amenities found in larger units including plasma screen TVs, custom wood cabinetry and gourmet-quality appliances.  In addition to The Madrid, eight additional two-bedroom residences – The Barcelona  - have been added for homebuyer selection. The Barcelona pricing begins at $200,000.

"We redesigned The Magellan to meet buyer demand," said Randall B. Jackson, president and CEO of Residential Cruise Line Ltd. "The one-bedroom Madrid is perfect for empty-nesters or single adults who enjoy traveling in the lap of luxury but don’t require a lot of space. Additional two-bedroom residences were added simply because they are one of our biggest sellers.”

In addition to the residences, a US Open-style tennis court has been added to the design of the ship and is slated to be located above the indoor saltwater swimming pool. According to Jackson, the tennis court was added to round out the first-class amenities offered aboard The Magellan. Those amenities include a world-class aqua spa, an observatory, a green house and a 450-seat live, satellite broadcast theatre.

Private residences on The Magellan range in price from $1.875 million to $8 million for penthouses and from $156,250 for fractional ownership condos. 

For more information about ship specifics and fractional ownership opportunities, call 480-497-8833 or visit web site www.residentialcruiseline.com.

TAUCK WORLD DISCOVERY

Tauck Unveils Collection of Small Ship Ocean Cruises

Tauck has unveiled its collection of small ship ocean cruises, and next year the Connecticut-based company will offer 15 cruises aboard nine ships in Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia, Australia, Alaska, Antarctica and Latin America. Tauck is now taking bookings on all 2016 cruises, departure dates and prices are posted on the company’s website (tauck.com), and a new four-color, 84-page brochure highlighting the cruises is now mailing to Tauck travel agents and consumers.

Added to Tauck’s portfolio for 2016 is the 13-day “Treasures of Southeast Asia” itinerary, which begins with an included two-night hotel stay and guided sightseeing in Hong Kong, where guests will enjoy stunning views from Victoria Peak and tour Stanley Market and the Hong Kong Museum of History. A nine-night cruise along the South China Sea aboard the small ship L’Austral follows, with ports of call including Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Da Nang, Chan May and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon).

Along the way, guests will tour the 11th-century Temple of Literature and enjoy lunch at the Press Club in Hanoi, cruise Ha Long Bay and tour Hoi An and Hue (all UNESCO World Heritage Sites), and sail up the Saigon River to Ho Chi Minh City. There guests will enjoy an overnight stay at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, tour the city, and have a choice of included excursions to visit either the Mekong Delta or the extensive tunnel complex at Cu Chi, used during the Vietnam War to shelter and support Viet Cong forces.

A second Tauck itinerary, “Cruising Down Under” (from $12,340 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare) has been enhanced, and now pairs a seven-night, land-based exploration of Australia with a nine-night New Zealand cruise aboard Le Soleal. The itinerary concludes with an included two-night hotel stay in Auckland along with guided sightseeing in and around the city. The newly revised itinerary replaces three days at sea with a four-hour flight from Australia to New Zealand, and now features a more comprehensive experience in New Zealand with visits added to Queenstown, Dunedin, Akaroa and Napier. Tauck was also able to add an additional night’s stay in Melbourne, Australia while reducing the itinerary’s duration from 21 days to 19. Tauck will operate three departures of “Cruising Down Under” next year, all in January.

Unique, Tauck-Exclusive Experiences Lead to Double-Digit Growth

The announcement of Tauck’s 2016 plans comes as the company is enjoying double-digit growth in its small ship cruises this year, and that success reflects Tauck’s unique approach to cruising, said company CEO Dan Mahar. “Our focus is always on revealing each destination and each port of call in an enriching, authentic way, highlighted by access to people, places and experiences our guests can only enjoy with Tauck,” said Mahar. “We’ve been destination experts for 90 years, and we match our signature land experiences with the ease and convenience of sailing aboard the most intimate and stylish small ships available.”

Mahar pointed to Tauck’s Earth Journeys partnership with the nature documentary filmmakers at BBC Earth as just one way the company delivers exclusive content to its guests. During each Earth Journeys cruise, Tauck guests view short films produced by BBC Earth that provide insights into the places and the flora and fauna they’ll be seeing, helping those guests to later enjoy a deeper and richer understanding of what they’re experiencing.

Tauck also enhances their guests’ experience by using some of the same technologies employed by BBC Earth filmmakers. For example, guests traveling in the Galapagos Islands might use a thermal-imaging camera to watch marine iguanas’ body temperatures rise, as the lizards bask in the sun after feeding in the ocean. Likewise, Tauck guests might employ a long-distance directional microphone to listen-in on a chatty penguin rookery in Antarctica.

In all, Tauck has teamed with BBC Earth on five Earth Journeys itineraries including “Antarctica,” “The Panama Canal & Costa Rica,” “Peru & the Galapagos Islands,” “Cruising the Galapagos Islands” and “Galapagos: Wildlife Wonderland.” Tauck also includes unique, signature experiences on its other cruises elsewhere in the world, from an exclusive, after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, to dinner at a private, colonial-era home in Lima, Peru, to a guided walk across the Arctic Circle plus a visit to a family farm in Iceland.

Japan Cruise Named One of "50 tours of a Lifetime"

Another indication of Tauck’s small ship cruising success is the recent selection of the company’s “Cruising the Land of the Rising Sun” itinerary for inclusion in National Geographic Traveler magazine’s annual “50 Tours of a Lifetime” feature. Celebrating “the world’s greatest guided trips,” the feature in the magazine’s May issue notes that Tauck’s 14-day cruise itinerary “packs in cultural excursions, from a visit to Naoshima island – known for its contemporary art museums, two designed by Osaka-born architect Tadao Ando – to a look at how shoju, sake’s stronger cousin, is made, at a distillery in Kagoshima.”

Those interested in more information can contact their local travel professional, call Tauck at 800 468 2825, or visit the company’s website at www.tauck.com.

Tauck Sets Sail on New 'Mediterranean Discover'

Tauck World Discovery is launching a 12-day land/cruise itinerary that celebrates the remarkable diversity of the western Mediterranean. The company’s new “Mediterranean Discovery” explores the region’s cosmopolitan cities and idyllic islands, its history, art and culture, and its ecological and man-made wonders, all set against the backdrop of an elegant small-ship cruise experience.

Tauck guests will first enjoy two nights at the Fairmont Monte-Carlo and an exploration of the French and Italian Riviera, before embarking aboard the intimate, yacht-like Le Ponant. Accommodating just 60 guests, the 290-ft. Le Ponant pairs the assurance and reliability of motorized yachting with the romance and mystique of traveling under sail.

“Le Ponant’s modest size allows us to visit smaller, more picturesque ports and harbors that are inaccessible to larger ships,” said Tauck’s president, Robin Tauck. “This is a great way to experience popular cities like Monte-Carlo and Barcelona, but it’s also a rare chance to visit many ‘off the beaten path’ sites known primarily to locals.”

VARIETY CRUISES

About Variety Cruises

Variety Cruises offers luxury, premium and casual experiences in old-world or cosmopolitan locales. Founded in 2005, it is one of the largest small ship cruise company worldwide with a fleet of more than 17 fully owned vessels, including cruise ships and luxury yachts. The family-owned company offers scheduled tours through Greece, Turkey, the Adriatic Sea, the Red Sea, and the Mediterranean, and a charter yacht program that further traverses the globe. Itineraries are a unique opportunity to savor the cultural, architectural, historical and natural diversity of each port. With a private, convivial and relaxed ship environment, fine cuisine and personalized service, the company is positioning itself to become the choice for travelers seeking a superb small ship cruise experience. Variety Cruises is affiliated with key travel organizations, including: United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), Ensemble, Vacation.com, Central Holidays, TravelSavers, Niche Cruise Marketing Alliance (NCMA), Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN), National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents (NACTA) and Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel (NEST).

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VICTORY CRUISE LINES

Victory Cruise Lines Showcases Summer 2019 Season- -Great Lakes Grand Discovery and French Canada and Great Lakes -

Victory Cruise Lines, committed to small-ship cruising on the North American and Canadian coasts, is highlighting the line’s first two itineraries since joining American Queen Steamboat Company. Operated by the leader in U.S. river cruising, the sailings on the 202-guest M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II cruises on all five Great Lakes and the Canadian Maritimes are a refreshing alternative to ocean cruising.

Victory Cruise Lines will begin its upcoming season in May 2019 with a 10-day sailing on M/V Victory I between Toronto and Chicago and a 10-day sailing on M/V Victory II between Montreal and Detroit. Both elegant small ships have been designed to cruise along magnificent coastlines, through scenic seaways and inland lakes navigating hidden harbors and more remote ports of call. Included shore excursions are led by knowledgeable guides providing opportunities to uncover the rich history and culture of the Great Lakes region.

“Our goal with Victory Cruise Lines is to deliver a small ship experience with the same authenticity and passion for service that exists with our luxurious riverboat fleet,” explains John Waggoner, chairman and CEO of American Queen Steamboat Company. “We look forward to bringing our award-winning experience to these northern waters and celebrating the beauty of this bountiful region.”

Full itineraries for M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II:

Great Lakes Grand Discovery on M/V Victory I
May 13, 22, 31; June 9, 27; August 11, 20, 29; October 4, 13

The M/V Victory I, designed for coastal cruising, will set sail on the storied Georgian Bay. Guests can admire the natural beauty of Niagara Falls and take in the breathtaking vistas of the Southern Canadian Coast. Sailings will embark or disembark in Toronto with ports of call in Port Colborne, Niagara Falls; Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit, MI; Sault Saint Marie, MI; Little Current, Manitoulin Island (Ontario, Canada); and Mackinac Island, MI; concluding in Chicago, IL.

French Canada and Great Lakes on M/V Victory II
May 28; June 6; July 12, 21, 30; August 8, 17, 26; October 10
The M/V Victory II will showcase the splendor of the French-Canadian countryside as well as the St. Lawrence River onto Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Guests will cruise Thousand Islands corridor, tour Kingston’s preserved Gothic cathedrals and explore the region’s many historical monuments for a fascinating adventure. The M/V Victory II will embark or disembark and overnight in Montreal, Quebec with ports of call in Quebec City, Quebec; Kingston, Ontario; Toronto, Ontario; Port Weller/Niagara Falls; Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, MI.

The 202-passenger M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II are small ships purposefully-designed for coastal cruising, with every modern convenience to explore North America’s maritime history throughout the Great Lakes and southern Canadian coast. Guests onboard will enjoy immersive and inclusive shore excursions in each port of call, exquisite multi-course fine dining with specialty and casual options including spirits, beer and wine; onboard enrichment, evening entertainment and Wi-Fi in public areas.

Fares based on double occupancy begin at $6,385 per person. For additional information and reservations, please contact Victory Cruise Lines, operated by American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-907-2636, visit www.victorycruiselines.com or call a professional travel agent.

American Queen Steamboat Company
American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) is the operator of the U.S. flagged www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com. American Queen, the largest, most opulent riverboat in the world. Longer than a football field, towering six decks in height and laced with fanciful gingerbread trim, she is a marvel of modern engineering. Her journeys through the heartland offer a unique perspective on America’s history, culture and landscape with convenient departures from some of America’s most iconic river port cities including Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis and Minneapolis. In April 2014, AQSC began serving the Pacific Northwest with the opulence and grandeur of the American Empress and added the American Duchess to the Mississippi River in August 2017.

Victory Cruise Lines
New Albany-based Victory Cruise Lines operates M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II, identical 202-passenger ships, and has a newly-built 180-passenger vessel, the M/V Ocean Victory, on order to be built by 2021. Victory Cruise Lines operates all-inclusive cruises to Canada, the Great Lakes and New England. For more information about Victory Cruise Lines, contact a travel agent or visit www.victorycruiselines.com.


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