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.

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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.

 

Royal Caribbean International Cruises to Cuba

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Sail on the 1,602-guest Empress of the Seas to the land of legendary cigars, classic cars, Ernest Hemingway, mojitos, dominoes, historic Havana and much more. Scratch one more adventure off your bucket list when Royal Caribbean International begins sailing to Cuba in 2017.

Travel in comfort to Cuba, a mere 90 miles from Florida, on this popular ship, which is better than ever after several enhancements were made in 2016. Cruises are due to begin in April, 2017 and will depart from Miami on a five-night itinerary before repositioning to Tampa, offering five- and seven-night sailings.

Havana Daydreaming

Cuba is like nowhere else in the world. Discover the vibrant culture, sights and sounds of this incredible island nation. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Havana, Happy Family Playing Music And Dancing On Caribbean Streetincluding its iconic fortifications. History will come alive as you visit some of the city’s most famous places — Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco, Plaza de la Catedral and Plaza Vieja.

Immerse yourself in Havana’s colorful lifestyle and visit its vibrant squares where the locals hang-out. Get a unique insight into what Cuba is all about in historic neighborhoods. Enjoy the popular rum museum and step into the past at Hemingway’s home, Finca Vigia, meaning “lookout house.” See the remarkable mural created from mosaics on Mercaderes Street made up of 52 panels depicting over 60 prominent figures in the history of Cuba’s art. A highlight for car aficionados will be the iconic classic cars from 1950s Cuba. Shop for souvenirs including rare books, antiques and more at the various street vendors stands.

Onboard

 

The updated Empress of the Seas features many of Royal Caribbean’s signature amenities, RCI_GR_windjammer_Family.JPGincluding a variety of restaurants serving fabulous cuisine pleasing everyone in the family’s palate. Choices range from the casual Windjammer Café to fine dining at the steakhouse, Chops. Adventure-seekers will get a work-out on the rock-climbing wall. Relax at the updated pool and whirlpool. Treat yourself to a massage at the Vitality Spa while the kids are having their own fun at the complimentary summer camp-like Adventure Youth program. Thrilling entertainment will make every evening special.

Authentic Cuban experiences also abound while onboard. Sip traditional cortaditos and café con leche in Café Royal. Participate in a range of onboard activities including salsa music, foods, lectures and more which were mindfully developed to bring the spirit of the island to life throughout the sailing, sure to enhance your unique vacation.

Enjoy a once in a lifetime voyage cruising to Cuba onboard Empress of the Seas. Unforgettable people-to-people experiences, delightful music, art, architecture and cuisine in this incredible destination ensure a monumental tour as you make Havana Daydreaming a reality.

For more information and cruise deals on Cruises to Cuba, Empress of the Seas and Royal Caribbean International, visit us at Cruise.com or contact one of our cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.

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Cruises to St. Maarten/St. Martin

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Explore two cultures on one island when you cruise to beautiful St. Maarten. At just 137-square-feet, you get two for the price of one as the island is divided in two. The Dutch side is St. Maarten (or Sint Maarten) and the French side is St. Martin. Regardless of where your ship docks, you can easily visit both sides of the island.

Dubbed the “Friendly Island” because of its hospitable ambiance, a host of delights are featured in both. Dive, snorkel, hike and climb historic Mount Concordia. Head to the Dutch side for duty-free shopping, forts, casinos, plus art galleries and the French side, for world-famous dining cuisine.

Referred to as the crossroads of the Caribbean, St. Maarten is located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, about 150 miles southeast of Puerto Rico. Many cruise lines offer St. Maarten and St. Martin port calls on Eastern Caribbean itineraries, which will take you in style and comfort to enjoy beautiful beaches, duty-free shopping and outdoor sports. Ideal for a family vacation, fun and unique activities include an exhilarating sailing race aboard America’s Cup winner, the Stars and Stripes or other contenders.

Dutch St. Maarten

Located near the cruise ship pier, Philipsburg, the capital of St. Maarten, offers a host of activities, including a visit to Cyrus W. Wathey Square, a bustling area filled with restaurants, jewelry stores and more. On Front Street, the main thoroughfare, you’ll find a plethora of duty-free shops and eateries. Looking for a sparkler? Front Street is also the place to shop for your favorite gems — diamonds, sapphires, rubies and more.

Adventures include touring the saltwater lagoons by kayak for a memorable experience. The majestic shoreline shelters a variety of wildlife including egrets, plovers, herons and pelicans. Discover a charming destination with classic examples of traditional West Indian architecture, including the beautiful pastel-colored houses with “gingerbread” colonial design and second-story verandas.

Philipsburg alsobigstock-philipsburg-sint-maarten-dut-75864410 boasts the famous mile-long Great Bay Beach, considered one of the best due to its size. Water sports available include pedal boats, snorkeling and more. White-sanded Simpson Bay Beach, is half-moon-shaped, and is a short drive west of Philipsburg. Beautiful Cupecoy Bay Beach is comprised of three white-sand beaches strung together with sandstone cliffs and shoreline caves.

Historic Fort Amsterdam was built in 1631 by the Dutch and today, offers an interesting glimpse into the past, with its cannons dating back to the 19th-century. It is also provides an important breeding site for brown pelicans. Families will love the St. Maarten Zoo where adults and children alike may delight in such residents as ocelot wildcats, bats, marmosets, owls and cabybara, which look like giant hamsters.

French St. Martin

French St. Martin is mostly duty-free and boasts many chic cafés and bistros. Delightful open-air markets will remind you of Paris, but with a tropical flare. Tucked next to a lovely cove, its capital, Marigot, attracts visitors with bigstock-mullet-bay-115594649its beautiful white-sand beaches, romantic sunsets and eclectic boutiques.

If you are in the mood for food, you’re in luck as it’s considered the “culinary capital of the Caribbean,” featuring exquisite haute French cuisine. Grand Case, known for its incredible restaurants, is a favorite of both locals and visitors thanks to its decadent gourmet cuisine. Indulge in a delicious French meal after a fun day in the sun and cap off your evening by sipping local rum as you marvel at the famous “green flash” of the sun.

Experience an exciting Caribbean cruise to St. Maarten/St. Martin and discover the many delights of two nations and cultures on one thrilling vacation.

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MSC Meraviglia Preview

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Highlights

  • Exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea
  • Two-deck Amusement Park
  • Outdoor Aqua Park
  • 315-foot-long Promenade with LED Ceiling
  • Enhanced MSC Yacht Club
  • Duplex Suites with private whirlpools
  • New Family Staterooms

 The 4,500-guest cruise ship, MSC Meraviglia (pronounced mare-a-veel-ya) debuts in the summer of 2017 on a Western Mediterranean itinerary. Meaning “wonder” in Italian, MSC Cruises’ gorgeous new flagship will combine sublime comfort with state-of-the-art technology. She is the first of the line’s ultra-modern 167,600-ton innovative Vista class and one of the world’s largest cruise ships – a destination by itself.

MSC Meraviglia will feature several enticing new features and venues, including the specially designed Carousel Lounge, where Cirque du Soleil artists will perform shows exclusively created for MSC Cruises. Sure to become the ship’s hub, the 315-foot-long Mediterranean-style Promenade will run through its center. A breathtaking LED screen will transform the entire ceiling with changing visual shows, including a “digital” night sky with sparkling stars, sunrises and sunsets. Guests will be able to stroll along and enjoy the many shops, chic bars, restaurants and venues, with such tasty treats as the famous ice cream and crepes from Chef Jean-Philippe Maury. Nightly parades with performers add to the fun atmosphere. Delightful amenities also include a two-story aft lounge and a solarium with a pool.

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. Filled will alluring features, MSC Meraviglia is sure to thrill all age groups with a life_on_boardmyriad of amenities and activities, a few of which are the incredible two-story indoor Amusement Park, 5D cinema and the full-size bowling alley. Action-packed waterslides, a splash pool and champagne bowl will bring thrills galore at the Water Park and so will the Himalayan Bridge, where you will be able to attach yourself to a rope and cross the ship about 200 feet above the water.

For the first time on any MSC Cruises ship, all kids and teen facilities will be concentrated in one super amusement park and children’s area. Fun-filled highlights include the DOREMI Studio Lounge, for kids who love everything “techie,” and other features created with popular toy companies LEGO and Chicco.

Dining aboard MSC Meraviglia will include 12 tempting venues, sure to please everyone’s palate. Gastronomic thrills will be served up at the Main Restaurant, Eataly, La Locanda Pizzeria and Ristorante Italia among others. Delectable fare will be offered at a vast lineup of eateries ranging from formal dining to casual selections such as an extensive buffet with a “visible kitchen,” open 20-hours a day and boasting an amazing array of international dishes and MSC Cruises’ acclaimed Mediterranean specialties.

Beautiful and comfortable accommodations offer guests 10 different options, so there will be the perfect stateroom to suit everyone’s needs. Multi-generational travelers will find new modular cabin configurations an ideal choice, as they allow up to three staterooms to be combined welcoming up Stateroomto 10 guests. Lavish Duplex Suites will boast their own solarium, lounge, restaurants and even a swimming pool. Luxury also will be also offered at the enhanced MSC Yacht Club, a ship-within-a ship, complete with sumptuous suites, butler service, a private pool, whirlpools, a solarium, al fresco dining and more.

Electrifying entertainment will include two exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows that will run six nights a week at the specially designed Carousel Lounge with a 180° circular glass wall. Broadway-style shows and Las Vegas-like productions will be offered as well as live music and dancing. Enjoy exclusive world-class shows performed in innovative venues like the multi-purpose karaoke bar and comedy club.

Be one of the first to experience the many “wonders” of the beautiful new MSC Meraviglia.

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