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.

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

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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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Celebrity Cruises’ “Top Chef at Sea” NEW YEAR’S EVE Sailing

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Highlights

  • Meet & Greets
  • Quickfire Challenges
  • Top Chef Night
  • Private Cooking Classes
  • Chef-hosted Shore Excursions
  • New Top Chef Pop-Up Restaurant

Pack your appetites and get ready for a thrilling vacation as Celebrity Cruises and Bravo have partnered once again to bring back the extremely popular Top Chef at Sea theme sailing. Ring in the New Year on the stunning 2,886-guest Celebrity Silhouette during a nine-night Eastern adultcookCaribbean holiday cruise departing December 30, 2016.

Sail roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on the gorgeous Celebrity Silhouette to the vibrant and diverse ports of San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. John’s, Antigua; Philipsburg, St. Maarten and St. Thomas (Charlotte Amalie), U.S. Virgin Islands.

Combined with the excitement and all the special events of a festive New Year’s Eve sailing, this will be the ultimate foodie and holiday cruise, showcasing an exceptional line-up of some of the show’s most popular Top Chef “cheftestants.” Guests will have the unique opportunity to partake in culinary experiences with Season 13 winner Jeremy Ford, Doug Adams (a competitor during Season 12), two-time Top Chef contestant, Tiffany Derry, plus Ash Fulk.

Jam-packed with a myriad of culinary events, connoisseurs will be in their glory while enjoying private cooking classes and chef-hosted shore excursions, wherein they share their knowledge with guests. “Quickfire Challenges” and “Top Chef Night” with an out-of-this-world dinner at the main restaurant are some of the additional highlights.

Those fortunate enough to be on this culinary journey will get rare some one-on-one time with the four chefs, who will join forces to create their magic for a special one-night pop-up (temporary) restaurant. Not only will you enjoy a menu of their best dishes, but they will also prepare them for you.

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Experience the perfect culinary vacation on the Celebrity Silhouette, considered to be one of the most beautiful mega-ships afloat. As part of the highly acclaimed Solstice Class, she boasts 10 incredible restaurants, including a creperie and plenty of exciting amenities.

Celebrity Silhouette boasts countless enticing features, including the unique Qsine restaurant, the chic Martini Bar & Crush and a grass-covered Lawn Club where you can enjoy a genuine outdoor picnic, play bocce ball and dine al fresco at the Lawn Club Grill. Renew your mind, body and soul at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub and stay in beautifully designed spacious staterooms – most with a veranda.

Enjoy all this and the many other luxuries offered on the sleek and spectacular Celebrity Silhouette, pop the cork on champagne on New Year’s Eve and relax on a white sand beach in the Caribbean. Best of all, experience the fun cooking demonstrations and incredible culinary delights on a Top Chef at Sea cruise.

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Harmony of the Seas – Elevating Entertainment!

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Setting the stage for an entertainment experience like never before on a cruise ship, the 5,479-guest Harmony of the Seas, is not only the world’s largest, but also boasts a remarkable lineup of innovative awe-inspiring productions. Royal Caribbean International has raised the bar for entertainment ranging from hit musicals and high-tech ice shows in Studio B to incredible immersive performances at the AquaTheater. Harmony of the Seas features two headline shows at the stunning Royal Theater which can accommodate 1,380 guests. State-of-the-art, 21st century technology is used to create performances above and beyond traditional theaters.Broadway show, Grease

Grease

“The thrills are multiplying’” on Harmony of the Seas, which is presenting the colorful Broadway musical, Grease. Specially adapted by Royal Caribbean Productions, the show is thrilling guests with original choreography, amazing aerial features and spectacular costumes, sure to please the most discerning theater-goers. Tap your toes to such tunes as “Summer Nights,” “Born to Hand-Jive” and many more favorites.

 

Columbus, The Musical!

Family fun includes an original Royal Caribbean production which is a fictional account of Christopher Columbus’ cousin who is down on his luck in Columbus, The Musical! This original show combines romance and history. As you enjoy this unique production you’ll feel as though you’re in the Caribbean with it’s revolutionary and breathtaking set design sure to awe adults and children alike.

iSkate Showcase

Performers put their “best blades forward” in iSkate Showcase featured at Studio B, Royal Caribbean’s ice rink. Incredible ice shows feature the extraordinary skills of world-class figure skaters. Also featured are jaw-dropping interactive performances that incorporate spectacular multimedia visuals along with state-of-the-art technology for a thoroughly unique entertainment experience.

1887

Travel back to Paris during the time of Jules Verne, renowned author of such novels as “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “Around the World in Eighty Days,” 1887 is an original Royal Caribbean show that will wow you with colorful costumes and impressive skating, along with innovative video projection effects. With the ice surface used as a screen, the floor is then animated to give the appearance that it is crumbling away, with stunning results.

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AquaTheater

Exciting shows are offered at the AquaTheater, performers are known for breathtaking aerial maneuvers and balancing tricks on the high wire. Two 30-feet-high platforms, a hydraulic-floored pool and the deepest freshwater pool at sea serve as podiums for the various high-diving aerobatics. Synchronized swimmers, high-divers, 3D flying and more elevate entertainment to a new level.

Hideaway Heist

Hilarious escapades will keep you laughing at this unique comedy and diving show that will wow you with incredible performances. Action-packed, Hideaway Heist is set in the 1950’s at a chic holiday resort. Clever characters will keep you guessing, including an undercover detection who plays the part of a high-rolling vacationer who is pursuing a cunning burglar. Expect lots of fun and fabulous performances in this family-friendly show.

The Fine Line

Featured at the stunning AquaTheater, The Fine Line takes you on a mesmerizing journey with mind-blowing stunts and acrobatics by some of the best extreme-sport athletes in the world. You will be wonder-struck by the 360-degree immersive entertainment show with non-stop action going on all around them. Thrilling audiences, this 360-degree immersive entertainment show with amazing acrobatics, stunts and high-flying feats is unforgettable. If you think you have seen it all, wait until you see this.

Enjoy unique entertainment and all the other many amenities on world’s largest ship, the incredible Harmony of the Seas.

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