Thursday, September 28, 2006

Crescent City Fun ...

NOLA OLE' from $279:To celebrate return of "Fun Ship" cruising from New Orleans, Carnival touts four and five-day Mexico voyages on Fantasy from $279 per person. Fantasy sailings from New Orleans begin Oct. 26, with four-day cruises to Cozumel departing Thursdays and five-day cruises to Cozumel and Costa Maya leaving Mondays and Saturdays. Pre-post options provide opportunity to experience New Orleans. The 2,056-passenger Fantasy-class namesake is loaded with on-board amenities, including three restaurants, three swim pools, jogging track, cascading water slide, and spa. Carnival also launches seven-day Caribbean cruises from NOLA aboard Carnival Triumph on Sept. 2, 2007, from $429 per person, becoming the only line operating two ships year-round from the Crescent City. For details, call (800) CARNIVAL.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Uniworld's Europe & Russia ...

Book Soon for River Discounts: Enhanced Early Booking and Pay-in-Full Discounts allow savings of up to $700 per couple on all 2007 Uniworld Europe and Russia Grand River Cruises. But hurry ... fares must be paid in full by October, 2006. Past passengers rate an additional perk of a $100 discount per person. Uniworld's 2007 line-up -- March through December -- includes 9- to 30-day cruise tours in 20 countries, sailing the Rhine, Moselle, Danube, and Main rivers; France's Seine, Rhone, and Saone rivers, and Spain and Portugal's Douro River. Overall, Uniworld's 500 departures on more than 30 itineraries sail on 12 rivers across four continents. Ports include Amsterdam, Budapest, Vienna, Moscow and St. Petersburg. For details, call 800-733-7820.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

CCL Plays Switcharoo ...

Redeployment for Miracle, Legend: Long operating under an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" policy, Carnival Cruise Lines can't help but tweak on monumental success now and then. Hence, it'll switch homeports of 2,124-passenger SuperLiners Carnival Legend and Carnival Miracle in spring 2007. Legend, now sailing from New York and Fort Lauderdale, will reposition to Tampa for year-round seven-day western Caribbean voyages departing Sundays, starting April 15. Miracle will leave Tampa to sail out of New York and Fort Lauderdale on eight-day Caribbean cruises, starting April 25. Why the shift? “Carnival is always seeking ways to keep our product fresh ... we’re providing these markets with exciting new ‘Fun Ship’ vacation choices,” said Bob Dickinson, president and CEO. Sisters, except for decor, booked stateroom numbers remain the same. Part of Carnival’s 88,500-ton “Spirit-class,” Carnival Miracle and Carnival Legend feature a host of lounges, bars and fun venues, including an upscale supper club. For details, call 800-CARNIVAL.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Seabourn Expands Dining Choice ...

Adds 'Sky Grill' Venue: If choice is the ultimate luxury, then Seabourn Cruise Line lives up to its ultra luxury reputation, offering yet another casual alternative dining option aboard all three, all-suite Yachts of Seabourn. The line has begun occasional service of freshly grilled seafood and sizzling steaks in the open air at the Sky Bar, atop the intimate ships. “When the weather and the mood are right, there’s no finer place to be than up at Seabourn’s Sky Bar, with the ocean view, the soft music and the stars overhead,” says Deborah L. Natansohn, Seabourn president. “I was up there one evening and I thought, ‘I’d really rather eat right here than dress and go down to the Restaurant.’” As it happened, Larry Rapp, fleet operations vp, and Tonny Egger, corporate executive chef, already were cooking up a plan for serving casual grill fare in the al fresco setting. Guests have been enthusiastic, and Sky Grill Dinners are now scheduled a couple of nights per cruise, weather permitting. For details, call 800-929-9391.