Holland America Line Partners with “O, The Oprah Magazine”

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Excitement is on the horizon for Oprah Winfrey fans and Holland America Line devotees — as a new two-year partnership between O, The Oprah Magazine and the popular cruise line have joined together to offer guests an incredible opportunity.

This exclusive coupling will reflect Oprah’s commitment to connection and personal growth along with the power of travel – a marriage made in heaven. Blending the many positive influences of travel with the magazine’s focus on individual betterment, guests will be able to enjoy unique theme cruises on more than 300 sailings in 2017 and 2018. Some of the captivating topics will include Oprah’s Book Club, as well as a variety of classes, wherein passengers can learn about fitness, meditation, tai chi and more. Enrichment courses will also be featured in addition to healthy cooking demonstrations.

Best of all, Oprah will make an onboard appearance. She will take her first trip to Alaska on Holland America Line’s Eurodam for two days during the July 15 sailing of O, The Oprah Magazine Share the Adventure Cruise from Seattle. Oprah Winfrey; magazine editor at large Gayle King; and others will join the festivities on this voyage

Four additional Adventure of Your Life cruises, will feature special guests from “the Oprah wheelhouse,” including members of the SuperSoul 100, a group of “thought leaders and visionaries” providing inspirational ideas for living your best life. These special theme cruises are sure to fill quickly and sail November 29, 2017; March 3, 2018; August 11, 2018 and October 28, 2018 during Oprah Magazine’s “Year of Adventure.”

Experience this rare cruise opportunity to Alaska on the ms Eurodam, the Eastern Caribbean on the ms Koningsdam and the Bahamas, Eastern and Western Caribbean on the ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Onboard  these beautiful Holland America Line ships you’ll find wonderful amenities, well-appointed accommodations, a variety of electrifying entertainment choices and of course, delicious culinary offerings at a variety of dining venues.

Take advantage of these rare events as you enjoy sailings that will perfectly pair the discovery and wonder of travel with the stimulating content found in every issue of O. Whichever cruise you select, you are sure to have a once in a lifetime experience, sure to enrich your life.  It will be no surprise if, after her first Alaska cruise with Holland America Line, it  becomes one of her “favorite things.”

For more information and cruise deals on Holland America Line and these special sailings, visit us at Cruise.com or contact one of our cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.

 

Carnival Horizon – Previewing Carnival Cruise Line’s Newest Ship

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Highlights

  • Incredible Havana Cabanas & Suites
  • Immense WaterWorks aqua park
  • SkyRide & Kaleid-O-Slide
  • IMAX Theatre
  • Onboard Brewery

If your family, like many others, has fallen in love with the thrilling Carnival Vista — good news! Her sister ship, the 133,500-ton, 3,936-guest Carnival Horizon, is scheduled to debut in April 2018. As the second of the revolutionary Vista-class series, she will boast many of the same spectacular features, the bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction called SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre, dining options for every taste and a huge WaterWorks aqua park featuring Kaleid-o-slide, a thrilling 455-foot-lomg water tube slide and a mini-racer for kids.

A wide range of accommodations will include spa staterooms, extra-roomy staterooms in Family Harbor and tropical-inspired Havana stateroomscl_hz_aftpool_ren and suites. New dining and bar concepts will be introduced, however, Carnival Cruise Line is keeping these exciting innovations under wraps for now. (Please come back to this blog for updates.)

Other features will include three pools, nearly 30 dining and drink venues. A host of fun amenities and activities will be featured, including a sports court, ropes course, mini-golf, Camp Ocean kids club and teen programming in addition to family oriented and adult geared hoopla.

Carnival Horizon will be a spectacular floating resort, delighting cruisers with several indoor and outdoor dining venues and bars. Keep ship-shape at the fitness center and enjoy relaxing treatments at the multi-level Cloud 9 Spa, which will also boast a thermal suite including four steam chambers. A padded jogging track and beauty salon will also be onboard.

Palate-pleasing dining options will include the lovely main dining rooms and the Lido buffet. Seafood Shack, a New England-inspired eatery, will offer both indoor and alfresco seating for breathtaking 360-degree views served up alongside traditional favorites. Delicious cuisine, both exotic and familiar, is on the menu at JiJi Asian Kitchen and authentic Mexican dishes are found at Blue Iguana Cantina. Cucina del Capitano is where you’ll find Italian favorites and Fahrenheit 555 is a classic steakhouse. Guy’s Burger Joint is located poolside and the perfect spot for burgers and hand-cut fries. Wet your whistle at the onboard brewery, RedFrog Pub with its craft beers. Here you’ll have the opportunity to try three different types of beer brewed on every sailing while enjoying Caribbean-inspired, pub-style, fare.

cl_hz_havana_seating_renRetreat to your own tropical oasis at the new Havana Cabana Suites. These beautifully appointed rooms even have their own rain shower in the inside bathroom and boast a large private outdoor patio where you can relax on comfy lounge chairs or enjoy the sea breeze from your hammock. Guests also have direct access to the Havana Bar and Pool. The soothing Cloud 9 Spa Staterooms and Suites offer guests special spa access and more. Designed with a serene and relaxing theme, they offer spa-oriented amenities and a unique décor.

Expect over-the-top entertainment on Carnival Horizon, in addition the IMAX Theatre, showing Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries and more on a three-deck-high screen. It is part of the Carnival Multiplex, which also includes the Thrill Theater, for a multi-dimensional special effects experience, complete with popcorn. Held at the adults-only retreat, Serenity Nights offers a magical experience wherein you’ll step into a South Beach-like club under the stars with spectacular lighting effects and a DJ.

Popular comedians will keep you laughing at the Punchliner Comedy Club with family and adults-only shows. Compete in various shows, games and contests which are always popular with kids and adults alike. Debuting on this new ship are high-tech Playlist Productions shows combining live performances with breathtaking special effects. Get in on the action in the always-electrifying casino.

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For more information and cruise deals on Carnival Cruise Line and the Carnival Horizon, visit us at Cruise.com or contact one of our cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.

Cruise into the Future: High-Tech on Deck

 

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Robotic bartenders, over-the-top entertainment, transformative dining venues, menus you paint with water to read them, super-fast WiFi, virtual portholes and balconies, poolside movie screens, 4D cinemas, simulated golf and Formula F1 racing simulators to name a few; proving that high-tech has taken over the high seas. Guests of all ages will be thrilled with the exciting and innovative activities, amenities and more awaiting them onboard cruise ships.

New technology also adds convenience and ease, some ships are now equipped with sensors to assist staff members in better anticipating your needs and wants. Princess Cruises’ new Ocean Medallion Class and high-tech innovation enables staff to quickly respond to requests transmitted to their tablets. Service may include reminders that a tender is about to leave, your Pilates class begins in five minutes or waiters asking if you’ll be having OCEAN Medallion your usual beverage of choice. The innovative device can be worn on the wrist or as a pendant and also allows guests to unlock their stateroom, make onboard purchases of goods or services and even play blackjack in the casino. Another state-of-the-art feature is Princess@Sea — a mobile-friendly intranet site allowing guests to easily access daily information on entertainment, port news, weather and more.

The WaterColor Fantasy Show will captivate guests on the stunning Royal Class ships of Princess Cruises. High-tech fountains provide an incredible water, music and light show. These dancing fountains shoot water up to 33 feet in the air, leap and cavort to the beats of music all while being illuminated by bright changing colors lighting up the starry night sky.

Royal Caribbean International’s innovative Quantum Class ships have staterooms with virtual balconies and portholes offering real time views, on floor to ceiling screens, of the ocean and destinations. Other high-tech features include electronic wristbands used as stateroom keys and allowing you to make onboard merchandise and service purchases.

High-tech entertainment will take you to thrilling new heights with iFly skydiving simulators. Rise 300 feet above the ship in North Star – a pod reminiscent of the London Eye. Catch a wave on the Flow Rider surfing simulator and experience the awe-inspiring transformation of Two70’s floor-to-ceiling sea view into any scene, via 18 projectors that create special effects and digital shows. Bumper cars, self leveling pool tables and interactive art created by digital artists, state-of-the-art VOOM, internet connectivity as well as USB power ports in all staterooms keep you connected to everything going on.

msc_splendidaBionic bartenders will leave you awe-struck as the cocktail you order on an iPad is poured, mixed and served to you by robots at the Makr Shakr Bionic Bar on some Royal Caribbean ships. Even if you’re not having cocktails this is a must-see.

Many ships boast high-tech retractable roofs at the main or solarium pools.  Relax as long as you like at the pool, even in cold and rainy weather.  These smart ships boast a roof that can open or close depending on the environment and can be found on a multitude of ships.

A unique “immersive cinema experience” and the latest blockbuster movies are found at the first IMAX Theatre at Sea on Carnival Cruise Line’s new Carnival Vista. Holland America Line’s Koningsdam, features the World Stage, this is the main theater and is flanked by a 270-degree LED screen and uses high-tech lighting and sound systems to create optical illusions and transform the space into various settings.

MSC Cruises’ new and beautiful MSC Seaside promises the most uniquely-designed interactive Aqua Park at sea. In addition to five thrilling water slides, dueling high-speed aqua tubes and more, she will be the first ship with state-of-the-art slideboarding technology combining a water slide with an interactive game for unforgettable results.

Set sail into the future with all of the fun and conveniences you can dream of – and more.

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For more information and cruise deals and to experience these high-tech ships and others, visit us at Cruise.com or contact one of our cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.

Cruises to Charming Bermuda

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Surround yourself in a delightful British ambiance when you cruise to Bermuda — known as the “Jewel of the Atlantic,” with its iconic pink-sand beaches, clear aquamarine water and balmy weather. The island boasts the most golf courses per square mile than anywhere in the world, as well as museums, historic forts, fabulous shopping and watersports. Situated just about 600 miles east off the coast of North Carolina, it takes only a day and a half to cruise here from northeast ports, such as New York City, Baltimore, Boston and Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey. Transatlantic and repositioning sailings may also include Bermuda on their itineraries.

 

Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International all offer Bermuda cruises. If you are looking for a luxury cruise experience Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Silversea Cruises offer journeys to this delightful island.

 

Hop on a scooter for an exciting way to see the island, including many UNESCO World bigstock-Carefree-Wanderings--Man-and--45328294.jpgHeritage Sites. Enticing activities range from whale-watching in the spring to exploring the Crystal Caves and helmet-diving for an up-close view of sea life and coral reefs. Head to those famous beaches with powdery pink sand and lounge in the sun or go for a swim. Tee off on world-class golf courses. Stroll along South Shore Park, which connects the famous Warwick Beach and Horseshoe Bay, considered one of the world’s most beautiful and relax at Sea Glass Beach, which sparkles with a special beauty. Animal-lovers will delight in Bermuda’s largest wildlife sanctuary called Spittal Pond Nature Preserve and the peaceful Nonsuch Island Nature Reserve, dedicated to the conservation of rare and threatened species.

 

Culture & History

 

Historic Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda, provides a delightful ambiance with its cobblestone streets and iconic pastel-colored buildings along Front Street. Step back in time at Holy Trinity Church, one of the oldest churches in the western hemisphere, with some sections dating back to 1660. Picturesque St. George’s is the second English settlement in the New World and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can stroll along quaint streets. Tobacco Bay is a mecca for snorkelers thanks to its crystal clear waters and history-buffs can tour Fort St. Catherine, built in 1614 and where the first settlers came onshore.

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Located within the historic Royal Naval Dockyard, King’s Wharf is a huge fortress built in 1815 that was once a royal naval base and is now a popular attraction which houses The National Museum of Bermuda, many restaurants and duty-free shops. Towering high above the beaches, is Fort St. Catherine, Bermuda’s largest. Built in 1614, its interior is now a Bermudian museum. Learn about the island’s unique history here and even see replicas of the British Crown Jewels, while collections of antique guns and other weapons provide a fascinating glimpse into the island’s past.

 

Relax at the many bars and restaurants along the waterfront, where you can sip on Bermuda’s famed Dark ‘n’ Stormy. Savor the island’s famous rum cake and try some local cuisine, such as “Bermy” and cassava pie, as well as delicious Bermuda honey. You can also find a cozy venue for traditional British high tea service.

 

Charming Bermuda has all this and so much more. Whether a golfer, history-lover or want to snorkel and dive in pristine waters, a cruise vacation here will be incredible.

For more information and cruise deals on Bermuda cruises, visit us at Cruise.com or contact one of our cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.

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Princess Cruises’ Majestic Princess – A Preview

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Be one of the first to cruise on the 3,560-guest Majestic Princess. The third ship in Princess Cruises’ Royal Class is 143,000 tons and will be one of the world’s largest cruise ships. Setting sail in summer 2017 she’ll be cruising in Europe before heading to Asia. Sharing the design of her sister ships, Royal Princess and Regal Princess, she’ll also have unique Chinese-inspired touches.

 

Signature Princess Cruises features will include such favorites as the cantilevered SeaWalk with its glass floor extending out from the top deck and showcasing breathtaking views, Princess Live! TV studio, multiple dining venues and the stunning multi-story expanded Piazza Atrium. Other amenities include Movies Under the Stars, outdoor cinema and the adults-only Sanctuary – a peaceful retreat. Watercolor Fantasy – a mesmerizing dancing fountain of lights and music, T’ai Chi and ballroom dancing will also be offered..

 

mj-atrium-bellinis-ocean-terrace-wide-final-jpgOnboard the new ship will be balconies on all outside staterooms, more connecting rooms and the line’s largest Owner’s Suites. You’ll also discover nearly 12,000-square-feet of shopping with luxury designer merchandise and Princess Cruises’ acclaimed entertainment.

 

Majestic Princess will offer an extensive selection of fabulous cuisines designed by chefs from all over the world. Culinary enhancements include delightful Traditional Afternoon Tea and the World Leaders Dinner, as well as Ultimate Balcony Dining, the Lobster Grill and a hot pot meal option.

 

mj-harmony-final-c4_840Two new restaurants will be introduced — Harmony, serving haute Chinese cuisine by acclaimed Chef Richard Chen and La Mer, Emmanuel Renaut’s French Bistro. Additional dining venues include the Crown Grill & Bar, an American steakhouse, Alfredo’s for classic Italian dishes and more. Designed for foodies, the exclusive Chef’s Table Lumiere is a unique gourmet dinner including a private galley tour, where guests dine surrounded by a glimmering curtain of light. World Fresh Marketplace, a noodle bar and a lobster and dim sum bar, are some of the other dining venues.

 

In addition to Movies Under the Stars, enjoy fabulous productions at the plush state-of-the-art Princess Theater. Lady Luck will await you at the Princess Casino. A bevy of inviting bars and lounges include karaoke, Vines, one of the hottest wine bars at sea and Hollywood Pool Club, a glass-dome covered pool area surrounded by modern sculptures, topiaries and loungers which at night is transformed into a chic nightclub. Bellini’s, a swanky Italian-inspired cocktail bar that overlooks the Piazza, will be the place to be and people-watch.

Indulge in world-class cruising on the beautiful Majestic Princess sailing on her maiden voyage in the Mediterranean and Southeast Asia.

For more information and cruise deals on the Majestic Princess and Princess Cruises, visit us at Cruise.com or contact one of our cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.