Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Princess Cruises Overview:

Princess Cruises Rising from modest beginnings in 1965 with one ship cruising to Mexico, Princess has grown to one of the largest cruise lines in the world. Today, its fleet carries more than 700,000 passengers each year to more worldwide destinations than any other major line.

Princess was catapulted to stardom in 1977 when it became the sea-going star of The Love Boat television series, which introduced millions of viewers to the still-new concept of a sea-going vacation. The company name and famous "seawitch" logo have remained synonymous with cruising ever since.

The company's fleet includes 18 modern ships including their newest ships the Ruby Princess, Diamond Princess, Sapphire Princess, and Caribbean Princess.

Personal Choice Cruising

Princess ships offer the line's innovative Personal Choice CruisingSM program, an individualized, unstructured style of cruising that provides a "what you want, when you want" atmosphere of onboard choice and flexibility designed to give passengers the opportunity to customize their cruise experience to fit their personal interests, needs and desires. Princess introduced the concept of putting the passengers in control of their own cruise experience in the mid-1990s when it introduced the revolutionary Sun-class ships. This emphasis on choice -- of multiple dining locations, flexible entertainment and affordable private balconies are part of this freedom, as well as more amenities and affordable cabins with private balconies. In the late 90's Princess introduced their Grand Class ships which brought choice to a whole new level, with larger vessels offering even more options. Today, Princess offers an ever-growing number of ways to put the passenger in control of the vacation experience he or she desires, rather than dictating a structured cruise experience. These innovations include:

Princess' Personal Choice Dining program offers two main dining room options: Passengers can choose between traditional fixed seating, where they will have an assigned dinner time, table, companions and wait staff; and the restaurant-style Anytime Dining, which allows them to dine when, where and with whom they wish between the hours of 5:30 pm and 10 pm.

Aboard the Star Princess, the numerous options in services and amenities include the 24-hour AOL Internet Café, which enables passengers to surf the web or send email; and a wedding-at-sea program with a groundbreaking Wedding Cam, allowing friends and family at home to join the happy couple on their big day. Passengers will also enjoy expanded spa treatment and fitness options in the Lotus Spa.

Personal Choice Entertainment is a program encompassing a wide variety of options, including multiple show lounges featuring Princess' award-winning original Broadway- and Las Vegas-style productions, an extensive daily lineup of shipboard activities, and an ever-changing array of special features particular to each ship and its itinerary.

Princess Kids, the line's expanded youth program, gives families a new option with the addition of in-port activities for children. Parents can now go ashore knowing their youngsters are being entertained in the ship's youth center, and enjoying lunch with their newfound friends. The program also features added activities from the National Wildlife Federation and the California Science Center.

The Cruise Personalizer is a unique online service that allows passengers to book their shore excursions, special occasion and dietary requirements in advance of their cruise via Princess' website. FlightChoice is a program that gives passengers the details of their air schedule, as reserved by Princess, approximately 60 days prior to their cruise -- more than a month sooner than the industry norm. With this advance notice, passengers have the option to choose a customized air schedule if the assigned flights don't meet their needs or desires.

Your Choice Boarding gives passengers an Express Check-In option, with separate check-in desks specifically for guests who return their pre-cruise documents early. The program also provides cruisers with the convenient option of boarding directly after check-in and enjoying a leisurely lunch on board the ship.

Together, these Personal Choice Cruising features, and those yet to come, create a cruise experience where the passenger knows that "I matter most."


Princess has also distinguished itself by sailing to more worldwide cruise destinations than any other major line. Offering more than 150 itineraries ranging from seven to 72 days, Princess sails to six continents and calls at nearly 260 ports around the world.

Destinations include the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Europe, Mexican Riviera, South America, South Pacific, Hawaii, Tahiti and French Polynesia, Asia, India, Africa, Holy Land, Canada/New England and world voyages.


Alaska is a particularly key destination for Princess, where it is the leading cruisetour company. Through its Seattle-based Princess Tours division, Princess operates a wide variety of cruisetours, giving visitors spectacular land and sea experiences in the majestic "Land of the Midnight Sun." Princess is one of the largest cruise and tour operator in the state with seven cruise ships, five riverside wilderness lodges, a fleet of deluxe motorcoaches and luxury Midnight Sun Express Ultra Dome rail cars. The company pioneered the popular Gulf of Alaska route, which offers more of the attractions Alaska is famous for -- including glaciers and wildlife. Gulf cruises connect conveniently and seamlessly to its landside experience, enabling passengers to experience the heart of this great wilderness.

Princess Kids

As part of Personal Choice Cruising, the "Princess Kids" program offers state-of-the-art children's facilities and an array of entertaining choices for junior cruisers. Parents and children alike have the opportunity to customize the cruise experience to fit their own interests and needs.

Princess Kids offers a wide range of fun activities for children between the ages of three and 17. While youth facilities vary by vessel, children are welcomed with a myriad of games and activities on all Princess ships, and are supervised by a dedicated staff of youth activity professionals. Three distinct, age-specific programs have been created: Princess Pelicans for ages three to seven, Princess Pirateers for ages eight to 12, and Off Limits for ages 13 to 17. Each group features age-appropriate activities, often with separate facilities.

Princess Pelicans and Pirateers are entertained with non-stop activities including arts and crafts, pool games, scavenger hunts, deck parties, backstage and galley tours, afternoon ice cream, videos and cartoons. Meanwhile, Off Limits keeps teens on the go with events such as dancing in their own private disco, murder mystery games, theme parties, shipboard Olympics, karaoke and lip sync shows, pizza parties and movie fests. A special schedule outlining the next day's activities, customized for each age group, is delivered at the beginning of the cruise to the youth on board.

Most ships features fully equipped youth and teen centers that keep young sailors entertained with art corners, game tables, splash pools, ping pong tables, juke boxes and the latest video games. The line's Sun-class and Grand-class ships feature such diversions as a toddler's play area and theater, doll's house, crawl-through castle and splash pool. Grand Princess and Golden Princess also offer facilities featuring two-level children's and teen centers with indoor and outdoor areas, while Star Princess features expanded facilities with four separate areas for each age group. Teen centers offer diversions such as a private disco, big-screen television, karaoke contests, and a variety of other activities specifically designed for the teenage crowd.

Special programs are offered for Princess' youth program, which feature unique activities designed by a number of highly regarded organizations. These include the California Science Center; National Wildlife Federation; Junior Ranger/Teen Explorer program -- produced with the National Parks Service and Save our Seas.

"Pete's Pals" is a program that allows children to learn more about endangered species in the areas in which Princess sails. Each year the line will issue a specially designed plush animal -- beginning with "Pelican Pete," the program's mascot -- all of which depict a species in danger. In conjunction, kids will learn about the plight of many such creatures, including humpback whales, white pelicans, manatees, sea turtles and pandas.

Families will also find plenty to keep their young ones entertained once the ship arrives at a port of call. Princess' Adventures Ashore program features a wide range of tours appealing to explorers of all ages, and at Princess Cays, the line's private beach in the Bahamas, a supervised play area called Pelican's Perch features a sandbox and pirate ship playground, providing a safe and fun place for beach play. For kids who would rather stay on board, youth centers run regular activities while the ship is in port, including lunch in one of the ship's restaurants.

Youth Centers are open from 9 am to noon, 2 pm to 5 pm and 7 pm to 10 pm (1 am for the Teen Center) while at sea, and 8 am to 5 pm while in port. Princess Kids programs are complimentary until 10 pm, after which parents who would like to spend an evening alone without worrying about their children can take advantage of special late-night group babysitting services. Children from ages three to 12 are welcome in the ships' Youth Center each night from 10 pm -- 1 am for $5 per hour.

The minimum passenger age aboard Princess ships is six months (one year on some of the line's Exotics itineraries).

Adventures Ashore

On land, Princess' Adventures Ashore program features thousands of in-port excursions worldwide, and the company's expanding cruisetour offerings enable passengers to combine their cruise with a full land tour in such places as Europe, China, Africa, India, Australia, South America, Alaska and the eastern U.S.

Princess Cruises is part of P&O Princess Cruises plc, one of the largest international cruise companies, which consists of a number of the top cruise brands around the globe -- Princess Cruises; P&O Cruises, the UK's largest premium cruise brand; the successful P&O Cruises (Australia); Swan Hellenic and Ocean Village in the UK. Recently Purchased by Carnival Cruises (NYSE:CCL), Princess has been maintained as a separate brand with it's own identity and management team.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

With great sadness...

We are saddened by the news from Italy of the Costa Concordia, and we send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the guests, crew members and families affected.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Royal Caribbean Announces 2010 Northeast Schedule

Royal Caribbean International's 2010 departures from the Northeast include five- to nine-night sailings aboard Explorer of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas. The ships will visit more than 20 ports sailing on a widely enhanced program from Baltimore; Boston; Norfolk, VA and Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ.
Enchantment of the Seas' debut in the Northeast will mark Royal Caribbean’s first-ever year-round deployment in Baltimore. Cruisers heading out of Baltimore can sail on five-night Bermuda cruises or nine-night Eastern Caribbean voyages. The ship will first sail those itineraries in from the Port of Norfolk, exclusively offering Bermuda cruises from the Virginia port.

Royal Caribbean Announces Allure of the Seas' Inaugural Season

Vacationers Have Choice of Saturday and Sunday Departure on Revolutionary Oasis-Class Ships
MIAMI, Fla., March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Royal Caribbean International today announced the inaugural season of Allure of the Seas, 42 sailings to the Eastern and Western Caribbean on seven-night voyages every Sunday beginning December 12, 2010. Allure of the Seas, and sister-ship Oasis of the Seas, constitute the Oasis class of ships and will be the world's two largest and most revolutionary cruise ships when they debut in November 2010 and 2009, respectively. With the arrival of Allure of the Seas, vacationers will have a choice of a Saturday (Oasis of the Seas) and Sunday departure for an Oasis-class cruise vacation. Bookings for Allure of the Seas' inaugural season will open on April 2, 2009 for Diamond and Diamond Plus level members of the Crown & Anchor Society and April 8 for all Crown & Anchor Society members. General bookings will open on and April 13.
"Through the last four decades, Royal Caribbean has earned a history of innovation and redefined cruising with each new class of ships we launched," said Adam Goldstein, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. "Allure of the Seas and sister-ship Oasis of the Seas represent the ultimate expression of our vision and determination to provide an experience unlike anything found on land and sea. With Allure of the Seas, we will offer family and adventurous vacationers two spectacular ships from which to choose for an unforgettable cruise."
Allure of the Seas will depart from her homeport of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale and alternate a seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itinerary. Both itineraries will feature three days at sea for guests to enjoy all the revolutionary onboard amenities found in the seven "neighborhoods" that comprise an Oasis-class ship. On the Eastern Caribbean itinerary, Allure of the Seas will call at St. Thomas (Charlotte Amalie), St. Maarten (Philipsburg), and Nassau, Bahamas. The ship will call at Falmouth, Jamaica; Cozumel, Mexico; and Labadee, Royal Caribbean's private beach paradise on the northern coast of Haiti, for the Western Caribbean itinerary.
Architectural marvels at sea, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas will span 16 decks, encompass 220,000 gross registered tons (GRT), and host 5,400 guests at double occupancy with 2,700 staterooms.
Each ship will feature the cruise line's new neighborhood concept, seven themed areas throughout the ship that offer different experiences for guests to choose, based on their personal styles, preferences or moods. Inspired by seaside entertainment esplanades, Boardwalk will engage the entire family - whether young or young at heart - with eateries, retail outlets, carnival games, and an original, handcrafted carousel - a first at sea. Nine decks above, the first zip-line at sea will whisk guests from end to end on a thrilling aerial adventure. Boardwalk will lead to the AquaTheater at the stern of the ship, where the amphitheater - another first at sea - will offer a guest pool area by day and a performance venue at night, featuring dramatic acrobatics, synchronized swimming, water ballet, professional high-diving, and elaborate fountain shows synchronized to music and lights.
Enhancements to the cruise line's signature Royal Promenade, the heart of the ship, will include a mezzanine level that overlooks the main promenade below. Natural light will cascade into the Royal Promenade through the overhead Crystal Canopy sculptured-glass domes, and illuminate the boulevard of boutiques, restaurants, bars and entertainment lounges. The Rising Tide bar, the first moving bar at sea, will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy a cocktail as it slowly ascends into Central Park, the neighborhood above.
Central Park, a revolutionary design in which the center of the ship opens to the sky, will feature lush, tropical grounds spanning the length of a football field. With its serene pathways, seasonal flower gardens and canopy trees, Central Park will evolve from a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere during the day to a gathering space for alfresco dining and entertainment in the evenings.
The Pool and Sports Zone will feature a sloped-entry beach pool (exclusive to the Oasis-class) and two larger FlowRider surf simulators. Building on the Royal Caribbean's popular Vitality wellness program, guests will be able to soothe mind, body and soul in the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, which also includes a dedicated spa area just for teens. Entertainment Place will include the cruise line's signature after-dark spaces in more intimate venues that offer a variety of entertainment options. And the Youth Zone will offer a wealth of kid- and teen-friendly adventures, featuring the cruise line's first nursery for infants and toddlers (six months or older).
The Oasis class of ships also will debut a new portfolio of 37 categories of accommodations, many with views unique to the ship. Park View and Boardwalk View balcony staterooms offer inward facing accommodations overlooking the two open-air neighborhoods. Another industry-first, Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas will introduce 28 contemporary bi-level loft suites with double-height, floor-to-ceiling windows for incomparable vistas of the sea. The lofts will feature LCD televisions, separate vanity areas, a guest bathroom downstairs and an upstairs master bathroom featuring his and hers shower heads, fog-free mirrors, and limestone mosaic tile accents.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

RCCL enhanced program for Suite guests!

ROYAL CARIBBEAN ANNOUNCES THE NEW ENHANCED PROGRAM FOR SUITE GUESTS! The new suite program is designed to focus on distinctive and personalized servicing and touch every aspect of the guests’ experience from arrival through departure. Suite guests will enjoy a myriad of special privileges and upgraded amenities for their cruise, along with Royal Caribbean’s world-renowned friendly, engaging and attentive Gold Anchor Service from every member of its staff and crew. The new suite program will be implemented fleetwide in March 2009.

Cruises Inc. Garner Award- Wed Feb 18 2009, by Travel Trade Staff

CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. announced that the companies have been given top honors by a variety of cruise lines and national business organizations. CruiseOne is a franchise operation of more than 550 franchise owners specializing in cruise travel and Cruises Inc. is a Host agency with nearly 500 independent contractors.
CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. have received: Uniworld - Top 20 Award, 2008; Globus Family Brands - Premier Agency Partner, 2008; Viking River Cruises - Top Supporter, 2008 Sailing Season; Regent Seven Seas Cruises - Top Producer, 2008 (CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. are also a member of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises Council); and a Top 200 Ranking (#181) on the First Annual AllBusiness AllStar Franchise List.
Also, parent company World Travel Holdings (WTH) has been named Celebrity Cruises' 2008 National Account Partner of the Year.