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.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Cruises Inc award!

We have received some incredibly exciting news that I would like to share. Celebrity Cruises has named World Travel Holdings its 2008 National Account Partner of the Year!


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Hemisphere Travel Initiative will
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returning to the U.S. from Canada,
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Bermuda—including those who go
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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Silversea Announces Early Booking Offer

Silversea Cruises is commemorating the New Year with a new "Early Booking Incentive" and "Advance Payment Bonus" program that covers 2010 voyages. The company's current Early Booking Incentive (EBI) discount ranges from 10% to 30%, while the Advance Payment Bonus (APB) provides an additional 5% savings for guests making full payment six months prior to sailing.
"We recognize that given the current economic environment, travelers may be tempted to postpone their purchase decisions, including vacations," said David Morris, Silversea's executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. "Yet it is times like these when people are most in need of an uplifting diversion, so we want to encourage travelers by offering our best deals early."
Silversea will announce its 2010 schedule shortly and start accepting reservations on January 12.
For guests wishing to benefit from the new Extended Advance Payment Bonus on voyages departing during the first quarter of 2010, an introductory grace period will allow them to receive the 15% XAPB savings on top of the applicable EBI discount provided they make their full payment by March 31, 2009.

RSSC Announces Ultra-Inclusive Voyages

Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) announced that free shore excursions will be included on 35 voyages as part of its new ultra-inclusive pricing initiative. Guests booking select dates on 2009 voyages of Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Navigator can choose complimentary tours from RSSC’s award-winning shore-excursion choices. Additionally, guests will save $5,995 to $23,250 with Free Airfare and 2 for 1 Cruise Fares on select 2009 voyages.
“We are delighted to be able to offer our valued guests even greater value with a Regent experience that now encompasses both the ship and the destination. At a time when travelers are seeking greater value and unique vacation opportunities, we offer a spectacular array of voyages that offer more value and more luxury than ever before,” stated Mark Conroy, president of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
With special offers of Free Airfare, Cruise Fares that begin at only $3,995 per guest and Free Unlimited Shore Excursions, RCCI’s 2009 sailings are expected to increase luxury cruise demand.

Wishing you all a Very Happy and Healthy New Year!

Another year gone by, can you believe its 2009 already! Where does the time go?
Had some family changes take place in the last few weeks. Im proud to tell you that my oldest son, Patrick has been accepted into the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Police academy and started week one of 23 weeks last Monday! Since the Christmas Holiday, We have been running around crazy trying to find him an apartment and furnish it from "soup to nuts"! He is now a NC resident and thats great, but in a bittersweet way. I will miss him dearly....
Just thought my first post of the new year should be a personal one.
I also want to take this time to thank each and everyone of my clients/friends for their continued loyalty to me over the years. In this economy its become harder to find the money sometimes to take that much needed vacation. Again, thanks for always choosing me when you can! I appreciate it more than you know.
I hope everyone has a prosperous 2009, and hopefully with the new leadership the recession will not last long!