Holiday Cruises

Start a new tradition this season. Enjoy Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and/or New Year’s Eve on a holiday cruise for a festive hassle-free vacation with none of the fuss and all of the fun. Hoopla awaits you, including special dinners, beautiful décor, extraordinary ceremonies, themed shows and games, carol sing-alongs and much more.

Merriment abounds for everyone where everything you love about the magical season can be yours. Spend quality time with friends and family as you Christmas Room Interior Designare pampered from the moment you step onboard. With so many activities and amenities for all age groups, holiday cruises are ideal for a multigenerational vacation. Share in the holiday spirit on cruise ships beautifully festooned with trees, garlands, wreaths, ornaments, gingerbread, poinsettias and twinkling lights. Holiday-themed meals and parties add to the jovial atmosphere.

These joyful holiday cruise sailings visit a variety of worldwide destinations ranging from sunny climates to exotic regions and points in between. Celebrate your way through the Caribbean, storied European Christmas markets and many more delightful destinations with special shows, parties, kids’ crafts, music and much more, with offerings varying by cruise line. Below, are some of the exciting features that may be on your itinerary.

Thanksgiving

Kicking off the holiday season, a Thanksgiving cruise offers classic favorites with a little extra thrown in. The elegant main dining room with its fall décor of pumpkins and leaves is the perfect setting for a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, such as homemade mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and melt-in-your mouth desserts. Fun additions may include pumpkin-pie cocktails and watching post-dinner NFL games on a jumbo screen or in a sports bar. Enjoy a Thanksgiving Day parade on some ships that will delight the kids, as well as a scavenger hunt with a holiday theme for the teens.

Christmas

Magically transformed, many ships are decked-out to the hilt providing a delightful ambiance of holiday cheer for an unforgettable Christmas. Guests Christmas dinnermay enjoy a host of unique delights, such as snowfall in the atrium creating a magical moment. Enjoy choir performances, carolers and a tree-lighting ceremony, special holiday-themed afternoon teas and brunches. Highlighting the experience for children is when Santa arrives to hand out gifts. Elegant Christmas Balls provide an enchanted evening.  A Christmas Mass may be offered as well as interdenominational services.

Hanukkah

Celebrate the Festival of Lights by lighting a Hanukkah menorah each of the eight nights. A rabbi or other congregant may also be available to lead prayers. Enjoy traditional potato pancakes and jelly donuts. Guests may have the opportunity to gather around the menorah to recite the bread and wine blessings and sing holiday songs.

 New Year’s Eve

fireworks over the Canal Grande in VeniceRing in New Year’s Eve on a fabulous cruise ship and you will be spoiled forever. Revelers may participate in low-key dinners and glamorous celebrations. Start the year in high-style and enjoy the party without having to drive or go somewhere crowded. Simply sit back and let everything be done for you. Delightful experiences include faux snowfalls in the atrium and a balloon drop to mark the New Year. Feel the excitement build as a ship wide countdown to midnight begins at 11:30 PM and share a champagne toast when the clock strikes 12. Special dinners may be planned with complimentary champagne flowing, as well as caviar and other delights. Some cruise lines feature formal New Year’s Balls.

Enjoy everything you love about the holiday season on a carefree cruise. Forget cooking and cleaning as you share priceless quality time and holiday cheer with those you hold dear. Sip your hot chocolate, eggnog and champagne on your private verandah, now this is the way to spend the holidays.

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Cruise to the Caribbean on the Celebrity Equinox Year-Round

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Highlights

  • Fabulous dining options
  • New “Taste of the Caribbean”
  • Spa-inspired accommodations
  • New “Summer Camp at Sea” for kids

Exciting news for those who want to cruise the sun-drenched Caribbean but can only travel during off season months. Spend your valuable summer vacation with Celebrity Cruises who will now be offering year-round sailings to this tropical paradise of sun-kissed beaches and azure-hued waters. Highlighting each sailing will be new unique experiences and enriching activities that all ages can enjoy, so bring the kids along for their best summer vacation ever.

Beginning January 2017, the beautiful 2,850-guest award-winning Celebrity Equinox will transport you in modern luxury to the Eastern and Western Caribbean, sailing roundtrip from cosmopolitan Miami. Cruise in splendor to some of the world’s most desirable destinations. Unbeatable for anyone Hideaway retreatin search of sun, sea, sand, style and delicious cuisine, the popular Solstice Class ship is perfect for couples as well as families.

She was enhanced in 2014 with exciting venues, such as the inviting Gastrobar, where you can try over 40 handcrafted boutique beer selections, as well as cocktails and special snacks while enjoying entertainment and music. Cool down with a delicious frozen cocktail at Slush. Get some well deserved, retail therapy in the new and updated boutique shops featuring jewelry, handbags and accessories as well as high end cosmetic, skincare and fragrance products. Keep in touch with friends and family back home at the Celebrity iLounge Internet center.

Widely varied entertainment is always thrilling, and includes a game-filled casino, musicians and theatrical productions. Take relaxation to a new level at the famed Canyon Ranch SpaClub® where you will rejuvenate and restore your senses with a host of delightful treatments.

New Programs

Foodies are sure to take delight in the new Taste of the Caribbean – exclusive to adults — that offers them the opportunity to savor local cuisine at complimentary events while at sea. Some of the offerings include culinary demonstrations by Celebrity chefs, wine-tastings, reggae and rum parties at The Lawn Club plus a private five-course tasting dinner.

KidCraftIntroduced on Celebrity Equinox is the unique “Summer Camp at Sea” — created to offer kids the ultimate enjoyment on their vacation by delivering enriching and inspiring activities in addition to entertainment. One-of-a-kind educational activities are offered to children ages three to 17 through the “Adventure through Science” program. Kids will love their Caribbean cruise as much as you.  

Revel in world-class accommodations that are ideal for unwinding after a busy and fun day discovering the many wonders of the Caribbean. Indulge in AquaClass Spa-inspired staterooms and enjoy the extra perks of the Concierge Class and AquaClass® in addition to the suites– all in high-style design.

Your tastebuds will be pampered throughout your cruise when you dine at some of the best restaurants at sea on Celebrity Equinox, including Murano, Qsine®, Tuscan Grill and the spectacular Main Restaurant. Healthy yet delicious alternatives are offered at Blu, a private dining room. Hotspots onboard include the cozy Michael’s Club,

Watch the breathtaking views while sipping on your favorite cocktail at the Sky Observation Lounge during the day, where you can live it up at night with theme parties, singers, dancers and a live band.

Enjoy an “endless summer” to the beautiful Caribbean on the stunning Celebrity Equinox for the modern luxury cruise you have been dreaming about. And best of all, you can enjoy it any time of the year!

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Crystal River Cruises Launches & Crystal Mozart Debuts

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Crystal River Cruises in combination with Europe’s waterways, is the perfect luxury vacation. Now is the optimal time to indulge yourself, as the new Crystal River Cruises’ debuted its 158-guest all-suite Crystal Mozart in Vienna on July 11, 2016.

Boasting her title as the largest river ship in Europe, she will take you in high-style and comfort along the storied Danube River as you enjoy the special all-inclusive, all-exclusive “Crystal Experience.”

Dubbed “Queen of Europe’s Rivers,” she will transport you in sumptuous surroundings to history-rich destinations. Sail roundtrip from cosmopolitan Vienna to diverse destinations including Budapest, Linz, the Wachau Valley, Melk, Durnstein and Bratislava.

Mozart_Connoisseur_ClubState-of the-art Crystal Mozart boasts the highest crew-to-guest ratios on river ships gracing this region. Stunning spacious suites all provide a personal butler so you will be treated like royalty. Welcoming accommodations include 250-square-foot guest suites with American king-size beds, walk-in wardrobes and stunning bathrooms with convenient double vanities.

Delight your palate with scrumptious world-class cuisine at six dining restaurants including the main restaurant, the Waterside. Other venues include The Bistro, Blue and the Vintage Room, offering foodies a wine-pairing gourmet experience. While on land, enjoy a delectable complimentary dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant for an unforgettable evening of culinary delights.

Enjoy lots of onboard activities when not out and about, exploring your destination. During the day, soak up the sun, take a yoga class, workout at the fitness center or simply revel in spectacular views. Indulge your senses at the Crystal Spa for a glorious relaxing feeling. For a romantic evening under the stars, head to the Palm Court with its dance floor and glass-domed roof.

Enhancing your vacation is Crystal River Cruises’ “Active Exploration Adventures,” specially designed excursions. Participate in such options as Mozart_Penthouseexploring the different towns and villages along the way using an electric or manual bike and take VIP Champagne private boat tours, an ideal way to sight-see along Europe’s more narrow waterways.

“Crystal Adventures” experts offer extraordinary insight as you enjoy complimentary excursions showcasing the many wonders along the Danube. Experience everything from exclusive “Michelin Star Culinary” tours to an incredibly special evening at Vienna’s Belvedere Palace, exclusive to the ship’s guests.

If you have always dreamed of a luxury vacation, especially in this magnificent culturally-rich region of the world, treat yourself to the unparalleled splendor of Crystal Mozart. Indulge in this special experience where you are pampered from the moment you step onboard. You deserve it.

For more information and Cruise Deals on Crystal Mozart and Crystal River Cruises, visit us at Cruise.com or contact one of our cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Private Island Enhancements

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Highlights

  • New Jimmy Buffett restaurant and Taco bar
  • Beachfront luxury villas for rent
  • Mandara Spa massages
  • Family beach area
  • Silver Palm Restaurant with a two-story deck
  • Exclusive lagoon
  • Underwater sculpture garden

 

Alluring enhancements will make Norwegian Cruise Line’s 250-acre private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay, more fabulous than ever. Family-friendly amenities and new luxury features are just some of the exciting renovations that will make a visit here a fun and completely delightful experience. This project is expected to be completed by summer 2017 as part of a multi-million dollar upgrade program called “The Norwegian Edge.”

Exclusive to Norwegian Cruise Line guests, the delightful tropical paradise offers an idyllic place to relax and enjoy such natural beauty as the Bahamas famous pristine white sand beaches and aquamarine waters. New attractions will include stunning private villas, enticing dining venues and a lagoon. Sure to be a thriller, are two parallel 1,000-foot-long zip lines, so your friends can soar nearby. Dive into an exciting new adventure on an beachincredible snorkel trail through a mystical underwater sculpture garden that even boasts a waterproof map to guide divers and snorkelers as they explore this magical world.

Norwegian Cruise Line guests will also be able to stroll along a new half-mile boardwalk with over 100,000 square feet of walkway at the Great Stirrup Cay beach with shaded benches where you can just sit and enjoy the views. Adjacent to this area will be a half-acre sports complex boasting volleyball and basketball courts, Ping-Pong tables, plus a stage for live music and other entertainment. An air-conditioned reception area serves as a comfortable planning center.

Whether it is all of the activities or simply the sea breeze making you hungry, there are plenty of delicious dining venues. Head to the complimentary new Abaco Taco where you can create your own at the taco bar with many scrumptious offerings. Furthering Norwegian Cruise Line’s partnership with Jimmy Buffett’s popular restaurant Margaritaville, now LandShark Bar & Grill will also be featured on the island. Here you can enjoy great casual fare from an à la carte menu accompanied by delicious tropical drinks as well as a selection of beers.

 

Luxury Villas & Exclusive Lagoon

Debuting on Great Stirrup Cay, will be the exclusive Lagoon Retreat, for Haven guests and other suite passengers, designed for them to be immersed in a pampered and relaxing experience. The private area will feature a covered family section, an oceanview restaurant and a four-room Mandara Spa offering stress-relieving massages.

SuiteTwenty-two air-conditioned villas will be available to rent with a selection of styles. Studio villas will accommodate two to four people and the one-bedrooms, up to four to six guests and 10 people in the larger two-bedroom. All will boast an outdoor terrace, perfect to enjoy the Caribbean sunrises and sunsets, private bathroom, plus living and dining areas.

Enjoy a family beach area with shallow water as well as various sports activities. Picnic tables will also be available for the perfect Caribbean lunch outdoors. Complimentary dining will also be offered at the delightful Silver Palm restaurant, where you can enjoy, indoor, alfresco and rooftop terrace seating.

Experience the many delights of a Norwegian Cruise Line vacation with the entire family and all the new offerings at the beautiful Great Stirrup Cay. This is what a Caribbean cruise vacation is all about!

For more information and Cruise Deals on Norwegian Cruise Line and Great Stirrup Cay, visit us at Cruise.com or contact one of our cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.

Visit Alaska with Princess Cruises

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Witness the majesty of Alaska with Princess Cruises for a vacation that is beyond compare. Marvel at endless natural beauty, fascinating culture and magnificent animals in their natural habitat and see for yourself why America’s “Last Frontier” remains one of the world’s most popular destinations.

Alaska cruises are ideal for families with travelers of all ages. During just one cruise vacation, an amazing world will be revealed to you. Watch glaciers calving immense icebergs into the water right from your private balcony, ride vintage gold rush trains, view bears fishing for salmon and bald eagles soaring through the air. Pristine Alaska is truly a nature lover’s dream and boasts such treasures as Tongass National Forest, the country’s 14_AKL_DR_272largest national forest and breathtaking Denali (formerly named Mt. McKinley), the highest peak mountain in North America.

Captivating adventures may also include such unique opportunities as viewing a traditional native dance performance, kayaking on a fjord and dog mushing. Create magical family memories when everyone pans for gold and participates in an authentic salmon bake.

Marvel at ages-old hand-made totem poles, land by helicopter on a glacier and go flightseeing above fairytale-like snow-capped peaks. Thrilling choices are endless.

Keep on the lookout for wildlife sightings including humpback whales, black bears and grizzlies (brown bears), sea otters, mountain goats, Dall sheep, puffins, bison, Sitka black-tailed deer and Bald Eagles, just to name a few. Alaska cruises provide an unforgettable experience for animal- and nature-lovers.

Throughout your exciting Alaska cruise, delight in the many onboard offerings. Stunning accommodations will make you feel comfortable and right at home. Dine in a myriad of venues serving scrumptious cuisine including local seafood dishes, as well as the new SHARE by Curtis Stone, the celebrity chef whose restaurants are now featured on select ships. Luxuriate with the many relaxing treatments sure to melt your cares away offered at 14_AKL_DR_278the acclaimed Lotus Spa. Delight in conversation and your favorite drink at the many lounges and bars. Partake in an endless array of evening entertainment. Dazzling productions are shown at the state-of-the-art theaters and magic shows will leave you spellbound. Dance the night away or the whole family can enjoy the latest Hollywood blockbusters against the backdrop of the sea and sky at Movies Under the Stars® , a 300-square-foot poolside theater.

Cruises

Princess Cruises offers 7- and 10-day Alaska cruises, including Voyage of the Glaciers, which sails between Vancouver, B.C. and Anchorage (Whittier). Along this exciting journey, two glacier viewing opportunities are featured, including Glacier Bay National Park and the frontier ports of Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway. Inside Passage cruises sail roundtrip from Seattle, Vancouver, B.C. or San Francisco on exciting itineraries that include glacier-viewing.

Experience the best of Alaska with an adventure-filled Princess Land & Sea Vacation, which combines a Voyage of the Glaciers cruise with 3 to 8 nights on land at some of the state’s best wilderness destinations. Visit Alaska’s “jewels in the crown,” such as the incredible Glacier Bay National Park during the cruise portion and on land, go to Denali National Park, where you will be awestruck by the majestic Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley.

Every detail is thought of by Princess Cruises. Exclusive and convenient rail service called Direct-to-the-Wilderness® will take you in comfort between your ship and a Denali area lodge on the very same day.  Another Princess special is a new onboard program called North to Alaska that “brings Alaska to life” immersing you in all things Alaska. Activities range from world-famous local cuisine to “Alaska for Kids!” which is filled with lots of fun activities and more. Enhance your cruise experience with by adding a Princess Land & Sea package offering a variety of exciting options, such as Denali Explorer and On Your Own.

Let Princess Cruises take you to America’s 49th state in style and bring “Alaska to life” on your vacation of a lifetime.

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