Holland America Line Cruises to Alaska & the Yukon

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Cruise through pristine waters bordered by soaring glaciers, see Dall sheep and caribou in Denali, watch humpback whales and retrace the amazing journey of the first “Klondikers” in historic Yukon. Experience all of this and so much more on a captivating Holland America Line Alaska and the Yukon cruise tour.

 

Creating a magical experience for the entire family, the line’s beautifully designed mid-sized ships provide the perfect way to see America’s “Last Frontier,” with huge viewing areas, wraparound decks and more.  Cruise in delightful comfort while enjoying Holland America’s renowned service and attention to every detail as you are pampered with a high crew-to-guest ratio.

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Seemingly endless dining options will please the palate of the most discerning travelers, with menus boasting traditional favorites, regionally-inspired cuisine and vegetarian fare. Select from diverse specialty restaurants and main dining rooms where you will savor the finest cuisine. Exciting entertainment and lovely, well-appointed accommodations all add up to the perfect cruise vacation. Enjoy a myriad of acclaimed Holland America Line amenities, from a rejuvenating spa to chic bars and lounges.

 

Experience the majesty of the Yukon up-close and personal on the spacious Alaska-Yukon Explorer® as you discover the romance and adventure of traveling inland on a motor coach accommodating just 44. Journey in comfort as expert narrators enhance your journey, providing fascinating insight as you travel in one of the world’s most beautiful and unspoiled regions.

 

Visit such places as Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon Territory, pan for gold in legendary Dawson City and in Fairbanks, as those seeking their fortunes did years ago. Walk the famous boardwalk for a unique time.  An Alaskan-style salmon bake adds authentic flavor to the family memories being made.

Kayaking trip with kids in Aialik Bay, Alaska

Adventurous travelers can go kayaking, mountain hiking and canoeing. Special treats are in store for history-buffs, bird-watchers and nature-lovers. Or simply take in the incredible views. Marvel at Glacier Bay National Park – one of the world’s largest biosphere reserves. Something unique is awaits everyone.

 

Immerse yourself in the special spirit of Alaska while exploring one of nature’s most spectacular places — Denali National Park and Preserve, home to North America’s highest peak, Mt. Denali (formerly called Mt. McKinley), which towers over the park. Thrills are found on a helicopter ride over the Alaska Range and  Cantwell Glacier.  Go “flightseeing” over icy-blue glaciers, visit the magical Misty Fjords National Monument and wilderness area in Ketchikan and be whisked over a snowfield with a dogsled team.  Highlighting the trip for many is seeing wildlife in their natural habitats – an unforgettable view.

 

Endless experiences, “once in a lifetime” adventures and breathtaking natural beauty will be yours when you embark on a cruise tour to Alaska and the Yukon for the most spectacular vacation with Holland America Line.

 

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

New Ships – MSC Cruises’ MSC Meraviglia & MSC Seaside Arriving 2017

Two of the “hottest” ships will make their debut this year — the ultra-modern and high-tech MSC Meraviglia and the MSC Seaside. Guests on both will be awe-struck by the many fabulous offerings – superb dining, spacious accommodations, incredible water parks, unique promenades, acclaimed youth programs and much more. For the first time, Cirque du Soleil shows will be featured at sea, along with a plethora of other captivating entertainment options.

Meaning “wonder” in Italian, the 167,600-ton, 4,500-guest MSC Meraviglia (pronounced mare-a-veel-ya) will debut in summer 2017. She will be the line’s newest flagship, the first of its Vista class and one of the world’s largest ships. With all the trappings of a mega-resort and then some, she’s chock full of amenities and activities. Top-deck amusements will delight the entire family, including an Aqua Park with three water slides, a splash pool and a “Himalayan Bridge” that allows guests to cross the ship nearly 200 feet above water. Three pools are open to all guests. The 82-foot-long South Beach-inspired main pool has some of the most inviting poolside space at sea, with lots of dining and bar venues.

Cutting-edge technology on this “smart ship” will allow guests to access staterooms, make payments, as well as geo-locate children, friends and onboard locations by using their cruise card or smartphone. A two-story amusement park will boast such exciting features as simulators for race cars and flights, a 4D cinema and a full-sized bowling alley. At night the aft pool will transform into a dance area. This  ship also features a dedicated lounge for family fun.

A 262-foot LED dome covers the Mediterranean-style promenade with a “digital sky” that will offer ever changing visual shows 24/7, with such images as starry skies at night, creating a magical feel. Guests will be able to stroll along and enjoy the many shops, chic bars, restaurants, plus ice cream and crêpes from Jean Philippe Maury. Nightly parades with performers will add to the lively atmosphere. Delightful extras include a two-story aft lounge, a solarium with a pool and specialty restaurants with delectable culinary delights.

Choose from a wide variety of accommodations, including “cluster cabins” for families, and an extended exclusive MSC Yacht Club, the self-contained luxury area on the foredecks, which will offer duplex suites, a solarium, pool, private lounge and restaurant, 24/7 butler service and much more providing a delightful private enclave.

Dining aboard MSC Meraviglia will include 12 amazing venues, sure to please everyone’s palate. Mouth-watering cuisine will be served in a vast array of settings ranging from formal dining to casual selections. Room service is available for the convenience of passengers.

Guests can choose their sumptuous and well-appointed accommodations from 10 different types, so there will be something to best suit everyone’s needs and desires. Multi-generational travelers will find new modular staterooms an ideal choice, as up to three staterooms can be combined to accommodate up to 10 guests. Lavish Duplex Suites will boast their own solarium, lounge, restaurants and even a swimming pool.

Over-the-top entertainment will include two exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows at the specially designed Carousel Lounge, ensures everyone enjoys virtually unobstructed views from a 180° circular glass wall. Broadway-style shows and Las Vegas-like productions will be offered along with live music and dancing. The karaoke bar and comedy club are the perfect spots for a rollicking good time.

 

MSC Seaside

Custom-built for Caribbean cruising, MSC Cruises’ first of its Seaside class ships also enters service this year — the revolutionary 160,000-ton, 5,179-guest MSC Seaside. Aptly named, she was designed to enhance the cruise experience by providing a sense of closeness to the sea and is the largest in the fleet featuring the most outdoor space per passenger than any other cruise ship.  Adding to this spacious open feel, are glass elevators boasting panoramic views and a glass-floored unique walkway.

Stroll along the 360° waterfront promenade that circumvents the ship and enjoy stylish bars, alfresco dining venues and shops. Take advantage of open-air treatments at the spa. Grab a seat poolside for sun bathing, people watching and socializing.

Your entire family will love the full-sized bowling alley, teen and youth programs, play areas for the kids along with a restaurant just for them. Soaking and thrills will be found at the interactive multi-story aqua park that is one of the largest at sea, featuring five different water slides, including two high-speed racing slides with loops that extend over the side of the ship. This high-tech ship has slide-boarding with interactive games, lights music and more. Tots even have their own adventure trail area. Try the ropes course, where you will be ducking from the many spray cannons and experience the thrill of soaring across the top deck via zip lines.
Savor delicious cuisine at nine eateries, including five specialty restaurants. A new Pan-Asian venue, steakhouse and seafood restaurant and other savory choices. Families are catered to, including a dedicated “kids-only” buffet.

Spacious accommodations include 14 aft corner suites and terraced balcony staterooms that overlook the promenade below. “Cluster staterooms” were specially designed for families and some suites boast a private outdoor hot tub. All were designed to blend comfort and style. Luxury is offered at the exclusive MSC Yacht Club – boasting a private lounge, pool and solarium, 24/7 butler service and more. Delight your senses at luxury cabanas for spa treatments and two wellness staterooms. Broadway-style shows are featured at the high-tech theater, popular games at the casino and more create exciting evenings.

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

Costa Cruises – Cruising Italian Style

“Italian Style” cruising includes a warm and welcoming ambiance with Costa Cruises. Experience firsthand the delights of “la dolce vita” — the good life – for an exceptional vacation. Gracious hospitality, mouthwatering cuisine, thrilling entertainment and more will delight you while sailing to many of the world’s most popular destinations.

Costa Cruises offers something wonderful for all ages, creating the ideal multi-generational family vacation, with a myriad of activities and entertainment options for all age groups, from children to grandparents. Special events are planned for kids and teens in the youth programs. Little ones, kids and tweens are sure to have an unforgettable time creating memories and making new friends in addition to fun-filled happenings including a masked ball. The Teens Club provides supervised contests, sports and entertainment from morning to evening. Amenities galore are offered for adults too from the spa to the casino and everything in between.

Each ship has its own unique theme and personality with a wealth of ways to enjoy cruising. Diverse restaurants and eateries, chic bars and lounges, quiet spaces, youth only areas, bustling casinos plus much more are sure to delight discerning travelers and first-time cruisers alike.

Enjoy the freedom of a carefree vacation where everything is done for you and you can simply relax. Unwind poolside, hit the sports court, pamper yourself with an incredible treatment at the renowned Samsara Spa, shop for duty-free luxury brand items and souvenirs at the onboard boutiques, take in a show in the gorgeous multi-level theater or 4D cinema, challenge friends and family in the arcade or laser maze, fill your need for speed in a race car simulator, dance the night away in the disco. Do everything or do nothing, the choice is yours!.

Select from a variety of spacious, well-appointed accommodations, savor mouthwatering cuisine and enjoy thrilling entertainment all while traveling to your dream destinations around the world in sophisticated style.

Experience “la dolce vita” for yourself and you will know why Costa Cruises is a favorite of cruisers.

 

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

MSC Cruises – Beautiful Ships, Warm Hospitality

Discover the many delights of Mediterranean-style cruising on one of the newest and most modern fleets at sea. Explore the dazzling ships of MSC Cruises, elegantly designed with Italian marble, rich woods and natural stone. Some even showcase spectacular crystal staircases and gold-leaf mosaics often used as the backdrops for personal photos.

“La dolce vita” – the good life – begins the moment you board the ships.  Warm hospitality from an attentive staff and world-class service are standard.  Stunning accommodations include a high percentage of balcony staterooms.

If you are looking to indulge in something extra special — the exclusive ship-within-a-ship enclave, MSC Yacht Club, is featured on select ships and provides an unparalleled experience. A keycard access only private club ambiance resides in a blissfully serene setting. You’ll be indulged with attentive service — including your own butler. Everything is done for you from reservations for dinner and more while you repose in gorgeous suites with large verandas. Situated at the top of the ship, you will have exclusive access to a gourmet restaurant, the elegant Top Sail Lounge and a pool deck, with its own private pool, whirlpools and bar.

Amenities abound, offering guests a multitude of choices, including stunning lounges, lavish showrooms, disco, game room, theater and a grand casino. A myriad of posh watering holes, including an American-style sports bar, provide the ideal venue to enjoy your favorite drink, enjoy conversation and listen to live music.

Leisure time may be enjoyed in a variety of ways on a MSC Cruises vacation. Keep in shape with a host of options at the state-of-the-art Sports Center with Pilates, fitness programs, Aquacycling  and more.  An expansive sports area is ideal for family fun, including mini-golf, basketball and other athletic pursuits. Go for a power walk or jog on the track.  Thrills are offered at the 4D cinema, where movies come alive with amazing special effects and on the Formula 1 simulator.

Indulge in a host of revitalizing treatments at the lavishly appointed spa, equipped with sea view massage rooms which facilitate the perfect environment to find your Zen again. A hair salon, barber shop and nail boutique are also featured here for your convenience. Don’t forget to purchase the soothing and scintillating products you love while you’re there.

These family-friendly ships offer a plethora of supervised activities for the kids to enjoy in the youth programs. Younger children, tweens and teens will adore the kids only areas and activities designed specifically for various age groups.  As a matter of fact, kids even have their own menus with their favorites at the main dining room and other venues, with a special “Kids Corner” at the buffet restaurant .

Delicious dining options are offered in the formal dining rooms, complete with sweeping staircases, sparkling table settings, enthusiastic service and palate pleasing culinary delights. Daily menus offer innovative international fare, a superb selection of mouthwatering Mediterranean cuisine and familiar western fare. Specialty restaurants may offer Tex-Mex to steak, sushi and more. Casual dining spots feature expansive buffets, freshly made pastas, pizza, coffees and mouth watering desserts.

Select from a host of spacious high-styled accommodations whether you choose an interior stateroom or a lavish MSC Yacht Club suite. Superior comfort, lovely decor, sumptuous bedding, widescreen satellite TV with an interactive home entertainment system, ample storage space, well stocked mini-bar and more await you which ever ship you are on.

Cruise to worldwide destinations with MSC Cruises and discover a memorable family or romantic vacation experience as Mediterranean hospitality is coupled with world-class service.

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

Christmas Market Cruises with Avalon Waterways

 

If all you want for Christmas is a relaxed vacation and pampering, Avalon Waterways is offering a variety of its popular Christmas Market Cruises which will transport you to a holiday experience unsurpassed by any other.

Journey on a luxury ship along some of Europe’s most storied regions as you are gratified from the moment you step aboard. The warmth and comfort that Avalon Waterways is renowned for will be immediately evident as you enjoy world-class culinary delights, spacious accommodations, an attentive and knowledgeable staff in addition to a convivial relaxed ambiance.

Joyous holiday dinners with all the trimmings are on the menu along with regional specialties and familiar favorites. Savor delicious Avalon Fresh™ vegetarian and vegan dishes created from the freshest ingredients. You’ll find that everything is done for you, so  the pleasure is all yours to simply enjoy your luxury vacation.

Festively decorated ships provide a lovely holiday ambiance as you cruise in luxury to such iconic cities as Vienna, Salzburg, Zurich, Prague, Budapest, Frankfurt, Basel and more. Small towns and villages will delight your senses with the unforgettable sights, delightful tastes and fragrant aromas of the season.

Have the truly merry and unique holiday that you’ve been dreaming of on a variety of these Christmas-themed cruises. Five new sailings are: Christmastime in Alsace & Germany; Christmas in the Heart of Germany; Christmastime from Prague to Basel; Christmastime from Frankfurt to Vienna and Christmastime from Vienna to Frankfurt.

Famous markets include the Budapest Christmas market where you can buy hand-made crafts and sample traditional Hungarian delights, Nuremberg’s world-famous Christkindlemarkt – one of Central Europe’s oldest and largest, lined with over 200 candy cane striped stalls. Highlights of which include the tiny puppets called “Nuremberg Plum People.” Other iconic Christmas markets are Neumarkt, Cologne’s oldest and the Floating Christmas market. You’ll discover heavenly traditional foods, handcrafted souvenirs and the world-famous spiced wine called glühwein and glögg which are sure to warm you along the way.

Voyages range from five to 15 days and are offered on Avalon Waterway’s spectacular Suite Ships where luxury and comfort are standard. Stay in spacious Panorama Suites, which are 30 percent larger than the industry standard, and watch the incredible views from the Open-Air Balcony. Exclusive to these ships, the innovative wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows open wider then any other, merging the outside with the inside. An exceptional detail – beds are turned to face the window – a bed with a view! Everything was thought of to provide guests with the ultimate luxury river cruise. Explore Europe in a new way as breathtaking views slowly pass before you both on and off the ship.

Experience a Christmas Market Cruise with Avalon Waterways and begin a holiday tradition your family and friends can enjoy together every year.

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For more information and cruise deals on Avalon Waterways and Christmas Market Cruises, visit us at Cruise.com or contact one of our cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.