Thursday, July 13, 2006

Seabourn Rules ...

Kudos from T&L: The Yachts of Seabourn rule the waves in hearts and minds of upscale Travel + Leisure readers. For the second consecutive year, Seabourn snagged a higher score for yacht-like ships -- large or small – than any other in the mag’s 11th annual survey of the “World’s Best” luxury vacation options. Thrilled, Seabourn president Deborah Natansohn credits “Seabourn’s wonderful staff and crew.” The all-suite Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend earned marks exceeding other lines in its “World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” category by over two full points. The T&L win underscores Seabourn’s impressive ratings in other polls from Condé Nast Traveler, Porthole and Departures, published for American Express Platinum and Centurion members. Signature Delights include complimentary spirits and wines including French champagne on every cruise; open-seating cuisine by chef Charlie Palmer; free on deck Massage Moments; and a complimentary shore experience on every cruise. For details, call Seabourn at (800) 929-9391.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Celebrity Down Under ...

Like A Boomerang: Celebrity Cruises again heads Down Under, this time with enticing new cruisetours starting in November 2007. Cruisetours pair a Celebrity cruise aboard Mercury through New Zealand and Australia with land-based pre/post vacations. Two packages feature locations not on cruises, including the Great Barrier Reef and Ayers Rock. From Sydney, three-night cruisetours feature a night in Sydney, and two in Cairns. Five-nighters combine a night in Sydney, two in Ayers Rock, and two in Port Douglas. Ayers Rock features a private desert tour, an Aboriginal tour, and "Sounds of Silence" desert dining with champagne, barbecue, and a night sky program. Australia and New Zealand Cruisetours include in escorts, some meals, four-star hotels, all transport/transfers, and flights between destinations. Mercury's six 14-night open-jaw sailings between Auckland and Sydney run December, 2007 through March 2008. Among destinations: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin, along with Melbourne, Newcastle, and Sydney, plus Tasmania. For details, call 800-437-3111.

Monday, July 10, 2006

CCL Freedom from Rome to Miami ...

Transatlantic Value Fun: For affordable vacationing aboard a spanking new “floating resort,” Carnival Freedom's 14-day transatlantic sails in fall 2007, from $799 per person. Freedom departs Rome on Oct. 28, arriving in Miami Nov. 11. A Civitavecchia overnight allows for exploring Rome, followed by calls at Livorno, Malaga, and Funchal (Madeira). “Carnival Freedom epitomizes ‘Today’s Carnival’,” said Carnival’s Bob Dickinson, president and CEO. Carnival Freedom debuts with 12-day Mediterranean cruises from Civitavecchia including the line’s first-ever visits to the Greek Isles and Turkey, March 14 to Oct. 16, 2007. Freedom has bi-level main dining rooms, poolside eatery with 24-hour pizzeria, reservations-only supper club, plus 22 lounges/bars. Also featured: Fitness center, Internet café, ship-wide Wi-Fi, jogging track, “Camp Carnival” and “Club 02” programs for kids. All 1,487 staterooms include the “Carnival Comfort Bed” system. For details, call 800-CARNIVAL.