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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Royal Caribbean – Cutting Edge & Incredible Cruises

 

Step aboard any Royal Caribbean International ship and a world of thrills will be waiting for you. Considered to be the most innovative and exciting in the industry, they have introduced several “firsts” never before seen at sea. This popular cruise line is always a favorite choice for families and guests of all ages, providing something fabulous for all age groups and is ideal for multigenerational cruising.

Depending on class of ship, your family will find such thrilling features as rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, and the Royal Promenade which is the main boulevard of shops, restaurants and lounges. Hang Ten on the FlowRider surf simulator and melt your cares away in cantilevered whirlpools suspended over 100 feet above the ocean.

Innovative Royal Caribbean has made a name for itself with these incredible features and more, redefining the cruise experience for today’s modern travelers. Jaw-dropping venues on some ships include thrilling top deck ziplining, the NorthStar® will take you 300 feet above the sea for incredible views, “take flight” with the RipCord® or have endless fun on the bumper cars and flying trapeze. World-class entertainment includes Broadway-style production shows, bustling casinos with favorite games, plus other activities and programs including youth programs as well as those for teens.

Adventurous cruisers, families, honeymooners and couples, will find non-stop action, as well as quiet peaceful offerings. Jam-packed with excitement, guests will also discover serene treatment-filled spas, state-of-the-art fitness centers, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, jogging tracks and sports zones. You may choose to simply relax and people watch while listening to music poolside.

Unwind with your favorite cocktail and enjoy friendly conversation with fellow cruisers at the many chic bars and lounges throughout each ship. Exceptional culinary delights are offered onboard ranging from a Japanese restaurant, a classic steakhouse, a rustic Italian trattoria, Chef’s Table for a five-course dining extravaganza, a Brazilian grill and everything in between. A hot dog stand and Windjammer Marketplace, with foods from all over the world are just some of the casual venues with selections to please all taste buds. Delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served at the main dining rooms or take advantage of convenient 24/7 room service.

The crew will ensure that this will be a highlight and memorable addition to your family vacation list– you will find everything is contemporary and extraordinary with Royal Caribbean.

Choose from nearly 25 incredible cruise ships that call on nearly 300 destinations in about 80 countries. Have the time of your life as you visit favorite places or explore new ones in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Europe, Alaska, South America, Asia, Australia, Canada & New England, Australia and New Zealand.

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Enhance your Cruise Experience with Shore Excursions

At one time, shore excursions were limited to just a few basic offerings. Today, the ante has been raised with a myriad of thrilling options designed to appeal to a host of interests and age groups. From snorkeling in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and thrilling helicopter “flightseeing” tours in Alaska that land on glaciers to a romantic sunset cruise in Hawaii. Zip-line over Costa Rica’s rainforest and explore ancient Mediterranean ruins, something incredible can be arranged for you wherever you are.

Participate in organized shore excursions which are typically an additional cost. You should definitely consider booking these through your Cruise.com travel agent or using our online site well in advance, as many book up quickly. The possibility remains to also reserve them onboard at the excursion desk, or online before you leave for your vacation. Keep in mind that these shore excursions and tours will guarantee that the provider is both reputable and licensed. We do not recommend debarking the ship and going off on an adventure with random shore-side providers as you may get more than you bargained for.

Excursions and tours are designed for the active cruiser, the adventurous traveler and for those preferring something not strenuous. Designations take into account the entirety of the activity and they will be categorized as easy, moderate and strenuous depending on the level of exertion involved. Information listed will also provide limitations which may include height and weight restrictions. Accessible shore excursions may be offered for those with physical challenges. We can arrange customized private excursions for groups of various sizes in select destinations.

Enhancing your cruise vacation with shore excursions adds enjoyment and insight into the destinations you are visiting. History-buffs, nature-lovers, foodies, water-sports enthusiasts, athletes, shoppers, animal-lovers and many others, are guaranteed to find multiple options to satiate their specific interests.

Imagine an incredible gourmet dinner in a romantic castle – a dream come true for foodies. Wine enthusiasts will feel like they have reached nirvana on a wine-tasting excursion in the legendary Burgundy region. Culinary shore excursions may also include savoring meals at local restaurants or even in a private home, where they can taste regional cuisine. Take a personalized bread-making class in Portugal, make homemade pasta in Italy and strudel in Vienna.

Families can share experiences such as escorted beach excursions with snorkeling expeditions, dolphin-watching plus many others that are equally family oriented and will create cherished memories.

River cruises also feature a bevy of options, such as “behind the scenes” insights and opportunities including cultural and historic selections. Get an up-close and personal experience as you visit such places as Highclere Castle, the setting for the TV series Downton Abbey or Xi’an for exclusive entry to see the Terracotta Army. Private tours may also be arranged for you on a diverse variety of topics.

These are just a sampling of the diverse and fabulous opportunities waiting for you. Complement your cruise vacation with many exciting shore excursions. Along the way you’ll even make new friends through shared interests with fellow shipmates.

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Holiday Cruises — Celebrate at Sea!

Take your entire family along on a festive holiday cruise this year for a relaxed and hassle-free vacation, where everything is done for you. Celebrate alongside your favorite people without having to cook, clean, entertain or host. These fun and affordable sailings provide an ideal venue for a multi-generational vacation or reunion with no fuss, no muss – just lots of fun.

Unwind and be pampered as you travel in comfort to beautiful destinations. Savor delicious cuisine at your choice of restaurants, get a fabulous massage at the spa, enjoy thrilling entertainment and retreat to spacious comfortable accommodations. Many suites even offer butler service.

After a hectic year, here is your chance to spend quality time with loved ones on beautifully adorned ships, with sparkling lights, decorated trees, garlands and more. Special dinners prepared by world-class chefs and special festivities allow you to enjoy the holidays in a delightful ambiance you will remember for years to come. Whether you are on a Thanksgiving, Christmas and/or New Year’s cruise, unforgettable experiences will be offered, such as snowfall in the atrium, sing-along with carolers, a magical tree-lighting ceremony and elegant formal balls on some ships. Gather the family for Hanukkah to light a menorah for each of the eight nights. Savor traditional and mouthwatering potato latkes (pancakes) and sing holiday songs.

Excitement is everywhere for children, especially when Santa arrives to deliver gifts. Parades, holiday-themed parties and food will also make this an unforgettable vacation experience for them.

What better way to see Europe than with friends and family on a Christmas market river cruise on such storied waterways as the Danube, Rhine and Seine rivers as you journey to charming destinations and visit world-famous markets. Enjoy special holiday dinners on beautifully decorated luxury river ships and enjoy such experiences as music recitals, cocktails parties and local celebrations.

Ring in the New Year with your group for the best New Year’s Eve party you have attended while enjoying a special dinner followed by a countdown, balloon drop and champagne toast. Some lines also feature formal New Year’s Balls. What a way to start the New Year! And no driving necessary!

Start a new family tradition as you celebrate the holidays at sea. Whether you are sailing in the tropical Caribbean or in Europe, you will want to repeat this exciting adventure every year!  All the joy and festivities and none of the work await as you spend quality time with family and friends on a delightful cruise ship. This is what the holidays are all about.

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