Emerald Waterways – Beautiful Ships, All-Inclusive Value

Experience Europe on a deluxe river cruise with Emerald Waterways and enjoy the convenience and ease of an all-inclusive vacation. Deluxe in-suite comfort, gourmet dining choices, exceptional service and more are all included in the price. Cruise on the award-winning Star-Ships designed with a contemporary boutique hotel ambiance. High-styled and sleek, their minimalistic design is contemporary and provides a delightful way to see Europe up-close and personal in sublime comfort.

Amenities on Star-Ships include a heated pool with retractable roof, which can be used rain or shine. On select evenings, this area is transformed into a cozy venue where you can watch movies for a lovely experience. Other amenities include an onboard hairdresser, massage therapy room and fitness area.  The chic Horizon Bar & Lounge is the social hub of the ships and a popular gathering spot for pre- or post-dinner drinks and lively conversation with fellow guests.

These deluxe cruises in France, Portugal and Russia travel on such history-rich rivers as the Danube, Rhine, Main, Rhône, Douro and Volga. If mystical Southeast Asia beckons to you, the elegant 68-guest Mekong Navigator will offer exotic Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam cruises in 2018. Though not a Star-Ship, the beautiful all-suite ship is stunning in her own right, designed reminiscent of a French Colonial manor home.

Unique cultural experiences await you in each destination with exclusive EmeraldPLUS and Emerald Active excursions. These may include a theater performance in the evening, tea in the home of a local family or a Provencal dinner on board hosted by a local chef.  In addition to those offered, optional tours and destination hotel extensions are also available.

Emerald Waterways offers fantastic gourmet meals, spacious accommodations and pampering from an attentive English-speaking staff. Complimentary hiking and biking tours enable deeper engagement as you explore Europe.  Imagine the fun of taking a guided bike tour along the banks of the Danube in the wine-growing region of the picturesque Wachau Valley.

Gastronomic delights will suit every taste and appetite as you savor gourmet dinners at Reflections, the main dining room. Delightful al fresco meals are served at The Terrace and dine under the stars at the Sky Barbecue on the Sun Deck.

Make yourself at home in spacious, well-appointed accommodations, including panoramic suites and staterooms with elegant furnishings.  Select from a wide assortment, where you can enjoy TV and infotainment system, individual climate control, complimentary WiFi and more. New accommodations on the Vista and Horizon decks offer a revolutionary and fabulous open-air system, designed to ensure all-weather enjoyment while taking in Europe’s beautiful landscapes. Simply touch a button, and the upper half of your floor-to-ceiling window opens to let in fresh air and provide full panoramic views.

New Ships in 2017

Several award-winning Star-Ships made their debut in 2017, joining their “sisters,” they include the Emerald Destiny, offering journeys on the Rhine and Danube Rivers; Emerald Liberté, plying the Saône and Rhône rivers; and Emerald Radiance, along the storied Douro River in Portugal.. These new ships premier a stateroom category called Riverview Suites which are located at the rear of the ship on the Horizon Deck and boast 300-square-feet of living space as well as panoramic floor-to ceiling windows on two sides. A serenity pool on the sun deck provides an ideal spot for relaxation.  Guests have a choice of two restaurants — Reflections, the main dining room, and The Terrace, for light breakfast and lunch.

Whether a first-time or seasoned cruiser, Emerald Waterways will provide you with an extraordinary vacation value and experience. Step aboard these beautiful river ships and enjoy an all-inclusive river cruise as you enjoy the many benefits of the “Emerald difference.”

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The Romance of Cruising

Cruising and romance seem to go hand in hand. Sail off into the sunset with your significant other on a fabulous ship filled with amenities waiting to be enjoyed. What could be more romantic than holding hands, gazing at the open sea and being pampered?

Nothing compares with the romance of a cruise vacation. Love is in the air whether you’re lounging on a sun-kissed beach in the Caribbean or Hawaii, visiting ancient ruins in Rome, strolling along the Champs-Elysées in Paris or sharing a bottle of your favorite wine while enjoying the sea breezes and moonlight on your private balcony.

Onboard your ship, an attentive staff will make sure you never have to lift a finger, so you can spend quality time with your partner. Delicious meals will be prepared for you to be served on your private balcony. If you are looking for a cozy spot to curl up and stare into each other’s eyes, you will find it, along with a bevy of chic bars and fun lounges where you can simply focus on being together in the moment.

Relax and reconnect with a delightful couples massage. Lounge poolside and in the hot tubs. Perfect evenings may include Broadway-style production shows, dancing at the disco, comedy acts, karaoke and the excitement in the casino. Afterward, retreat to your spacious accommodations.  Amenities, include flat-screen TV, music, comfy robes and plush beds.

Dine on delicious cuisine al fresco at a variety of restaurants, including those offering intimate seaside settings, perfect for two. Watch the sunrise or sunset together from various romantic vantage points throughout the ship.

Couples may choose to get married onboard as many ships have their own lovely chapel. Get married on a beautiful beach while in port to combine the ceremony with your honeymoon – an ideal way to easily enjoy both.  You don’t have to be a newlywed either – a delightful way to celebrate your relationship is with a vow-renewal at sea. Throughout your voyage, spend unhurried quality time together and rekindle the fires of romance.

For some, a cruise offers the perfect opportunity to “pop the question!” You are both relaxed and away from it all, you just had an incredible day ashore, so now is the time – propose! Plan a special date night at one of the al fresco restaurants under the stars. What could be a better setting? And every year, you can celebrate your wedding anniversary at sea.

Create special memories with your beloved as you reflect on your one-of-a kind love story and see why so many consider a cruise to be synonymous with romance.

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Mexican Riviera Cruises for Fun in the Sun!

Sail on magical Mexican Riviera cruises and discover festive ports, romantic sunsets, mariachi music, duty free shopping and beautiful beaches. If your “wish list” includes a tropical destination, consider a fabulous Mexican Riviera cruise that will take you to the “big three” ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. If you live on the west coast or are spending time in California, you can conveniently sail from Los Angeles or San Francisco to these fabulous and somewhat exotic places. Some Mexican Baja sailings are available in shorter lengths, providing a fun getaway. Select from a variety of cruise lines that offer Mexican Riviera sailings.

These fun-filled cruises offer a great vacation with a carefree Mexican fiesta atmosphere onboard. Enjoy live mariachi music, delicious authentic Mexican cuisine, tequila and margarita tastings as well as the many onboard amenities, such as spas, thrilling entertainment, spacious accommodations and a variety of flavorful dining choices.

Experience beautiful sun-kissed beaches, history and unique cultures on these cruises. Travel along the sun-kissed Baja Peninsula and visit popular ports offering delightful balmy weather, colorful traditions, history-rich sites, mouthwatering cuisine and fabulous shopping. Discover Mexico’s beautiful and rugged Pacific Coast in addition to lush tropical landscapes, world-famous beaches and ancient ruins as you cruise along the scenic coastline extending around the Baja Peninsula.

Mexico’s world-famous “Gold Coast” offers delightful opportunities for exploring charming seaside towns. Playground for celebrities, Puerto Vallarta is a glimmering portside town boasting miles of pristine beaches, including Los Muertos, lined with restaurants and bars. Savor a lunch of a fish tacos and shop for local crafts. Explore the rocky caverns of the Marietas in Puerto Vallarta for an unforgettable experience. Take a trip to the famous Sierra Madre, explore Mexican history in San Sebastian and the traditional villages of Yelapa. History-buffs will want to visit old town with its timeless cobbled streets and white stucco buildings. A trip highlight for many is the Church of our Lady of Guadalupe.

Once a sleepy village, Cabo San Lucas at the tip of the Baja Peninsula is a favorite destination. Iconic rock formations and beautiful beaches beckon to visitors from around the world. Golfers will want to hit the links on the world-famous local courses.

Some cruises visit Manzanillo, a port city attractive to divers with its rich coral reefs and shipwrecks. Mazatlán is centered around a delightful old town with a timeless culture. Here you can see colorful a fun market, a grand cathedral and see the beautiful architecture.

Enhance your cruise experience with exciting shore excursions that will appeal to a variety of tastes. These afford you the opportunity to engage in the cities and towns on your itinerary through participation in relaxed or active tours based on your interests.

All this and more can be yours on an incredible Mexican Riviera cruise. From mariachis to margaritas, your vacation will be filled with fun and excitement!

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Princess Cruises – a Favorite Vacation Choice

Princess Cruises has been a popular choice for decades, offering guests of all ages an exceptional vacation experience. Fabulous restaurants with gourmet cuisine and casual eateries, world-class entertainment, diverse activities, exciting itineraries, plus generous accommodations – many with balconies — provide the ideal cruise vacation.

Exciting amenities also include a variety of ways to spend your days, including the exceptional Lotus Spa and fitness center, offering a host of treatments to renew the mind, body and spirit. Use the state-of-the-art fitness equipment and a comprehensive exercise program to keep up with your work-out regime or simply lounge at the pools. Offered on select ships, The Sanctuary provides an incredibly relaxing peaceful retreat just for adults. Younger cruisers will adore the wide range of happenings in the youth and teen programs.

Exciting New Offerings

Princess Cruises prides itself on exceeding the expectations of guests with innovative and convenient features. Beginning in fall of 2017 this will include the high-tech Ocean Medallion. Designed to anticipate your needs and wishes it enables staff to quickly respond to requests transmitted to their tablets. You’ll receive reminders that a tender is about to leave, your yoga class is scheduled to begin, waiters will ask if you would like to have your usual drink and more. The quarter-size medallion saves your food and drink preferences, locates friends onboard, manages shipboard payments and unlocks your stateroom door! The devise can be worn on the wrist or as a pendant and those using the innovative feature will become part of the line’s new Ocean Medallion Class offering the highest levels of personalized service.

Newly designed youth centers will be featured fleet-wide by the end of 2018, with exciting new offerings and activities that are age-specific and interactive to give young cruisers the ultimate experience onboard The Treehouse (ages 3-7), The Lodge (ages 8-12) and The Beach House (ages 13-17), with a surf-themed lounge is a “cool” place for teens to hang-out and socialize with new friends. An extensive array of activities for the whole family to enjoy together, including Family Movie Nights, Dance Nights, games, sports and more will provide lots of fun and create precious shared memories.

If you like Italian food, and who doesn’t, Princess Cruises is partnering with Chef Angelo Auriana to create an incredible new menu that marries traditional cuisine with a modern flavor in Sabatini’s, the line’s signature Italian specialty restaurant. Guests will be able to savor dishes created by Auriana, executive chef and partner at Los Angeles-based The Factory Kitchen in addition to family recipes from executive chefs at Princess.

Step onto any of the line’s award-winning ships and find what you love about Princess Cruises as you sail to worldwide destinations. From the fabulous cuisine served at the diverse restaurants to the thrilling entertainment, many amenities and spacious accommodations, Princess Cruises is always a favorite choice for multi-generational passengers.

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Norwegian Cruise Line – Always Groundbreaking!

Norwegian Cruise Line is offering more exciting experiences at sea than ever before, with new dining options, itineraries and fabulous ships. The line created its signature Freestyle Cruising several years ago, offering passengers flexibility and freedom in dining, which was then expanded to other areas, such as casual dress options and unique entertainment choices. A cruise with the family-oriented line includes innovative features, enticing signature dining – including many complimentary family venues — and special onboard experiences that this award-winning line is renowned for.

Spend a fabulous time at Norwegian’s private islands – Great Stirrup Caye in the Bahamas and the new Harvest Caye in Belize, the Caribbean’s new “hot spot.” The sprawling area has the feel of a resort and features a stunning seven-acre beach lined with lounge chairs, a huge pool with a swim-up bar, a shopping area, zip lining, air-conditioned villas and more.

You can always expect something leading-edge and exciting from Norwegian Cruise Line. That includes its newest mega-ships which are being purposefully-designed for the destinations they will be sailing in: the 3,900-guest Norwegian Joy will sail in China and the 4,000-guest Norwegian Bliss starting with Alaska itineraries. Cruise on this beautiful amenity-filled ship during her inaugural summer 2018 season on seven-day Alaska cruises from Seattle, providing an exceptional way to experience America’s 49th state while enjoying a brand new ship. Her inaugural season will also include the Mexican Riviera, the Caribbean and the Panama Canal.

Sail with Norwegian Cruise Line and bring the entire family along. Specially designed, complimentary, age-specific youth programs are offered. You’ll find Splash academy for younger family members and Entourage for teens, will keep them entertained with activities, competitions and new friends while you enjoy some “me” time. Feel like being pampered? Head to the spa for amazing treatments including a hot stone massage, facials and more, including some for kids and teens. Relax poolside or if you are feeling active, head to the state-of-the-art fitness center featuring free weights, an aerobic room, cardio machines and more. Here’s your chance to take that Pilates and yoga class you haven’t been able to make time for. Stop by the sports complex with rock climbing walls and full-size basketball courts onboard some ships you’ll even find bowling!

Every ship has complimentary, elegant main dining rooms for delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Specialty restaurants range from French cuisine, to a classic steakhouse, Teppanyaki, Chinese cuisine and much more. Enjoy the convenience of 24/7 room service.

Norwegian Cruise Line has a variety of comfortable, spacious and well-appointed accommodations, many of which are perfect for families. Some ships include staterooms specifically designed for the many guests traveling solo. Several special accessible accommodations are also available. Indulge in true luxury at The Haven by Norwegian®, an exclusive enclave hidden away at the top of select ships. Bask in tranquility in luxurious well-appointed suites or villas and enjoy an exclusive restaurant, a private pool and sundeck while you are spoiled by the service of a butler and concierge, plus more.

Whatever you choose to do and whenever you opt to do it there are always exciting goings on with the popular Norwegian Cruise Line, where cruising remains innovative and lots of fun.

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