Friday, May 12, 2006

Regent Circles South America ...

All balconies, all suites: From spectacular Amazon rainforest to Chilean fjords and beauty of the Argentine Lake District, Regent Seven Seas' all-balcony suite Seven Seas Mariner offers the chance to live the luxury on a 59-night, 15-country, 36-port “Circle South America” itinerary. Sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 9, 2007. The two-month voyage – featuring six onboard overnights and seven exclusive complimentary shoreside events – will not only be colorful but also customized, and segments are available. The 700-guest cruise ship features famed ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau, sailing the Amazon along with associates from his Ocean Futures Society. He’ll share broad knowledge of the continent through onboard enrichment programs and captivating shore excursions. What price this adventure? Per person, from $25,986 with Early Booking Savings. For details, call (800) 477-7500.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Celebrity Scraps Alaskan Sailing ...

Starboard Thruster Ailing: Celebrity Cruises is canceling one sailing on Summit to replace the starboard thrust bearing in the ship’s propulsion system. Summit must enter drydock for the fix, resulting in cancellation of its May 20 sailing. The ship is expected to return to scheduled service May 27. The cancelled sailing is a seven-nighter from Vancouver to Seward. Summit is now sailing a 13-night West Coast / Alaska cruise to end in Vancouver, as scheduled May 20. Guests booked on the cancelled sailing will receive a full refund and a free Celebrity cruise from North America of up to seven nights, departing on or before Sept. 30, 2007, excluding holiday and Celebrity Xpedition sailings. Travel agents will receive full commissions for the cancelled sailing, plus a $50 rebooking fee per stateroom when clients reschedule. Apologizing for the disappointment, Dan Hanrahan, Celebrity president, said “although Summit continues to operate safely, this is a matter that must be addressed now.” Celebrity's help desk for rebooking is 888-281-9343.

RCI Debuts World's Largest ...

Now Here's Freedom: With it’s FlowRider® surf park, cantilevered whirlpools and colorful H20 Zone silhouetted against the Statue of Liberty backdrop, Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas today made her U.S. premiere, with tons of never-before-seen features. Carrying up to 3,634 passengers, Freedom sails seven-nighters from Miami calling in Cozumel, George Town, Montego Bay, and Royal Caribbean’s private Labadee in Haiti. A few mega-highlights:

  • The first FlowRider® surfing simulator at sea, on the same deck as the multi-hued interactive sculpture garden in the H20 Zone water park.
  • The first cantilevered whirlpools at sea, suspended 112 feet above the ocean in the adults-only solarium, also featuring a pool flanked by hammocks.
  • Studio B the onboard skating rink open for skating lessons and free skating during the day while used to stage the original ice show by night.
  • At 1,215 sq. ft., the Presidential Suite sleeps 14 with an 810-sq. ft, outdoor living area with Jacuzzi and private bar.
  • The first boxing ring on a cruise ship in the Freedom Fitness Center, the largest-ever cruise ship gym.
  • The Royal Promenade entertainment boulevard, longer than a football field, for dining, shopping, bars and lounges, and the midnight parade.
  • Samsung Flat-paneled televisions and the line’s new bedding program in every stateroom.
  • A Sports Deck with a 9-hole miniature golf course, golf simulator, basketball and volleyball.
  • Also on Sports Deck, a bigger version of the industry revolutionizing rock-climbing wall that first appeared on Voyager of the Seas in 1999.

Monday, May 08, 2006

CCL Helps Pump NOLA Tourism ...

BACK ON TRACK: Amtrak and Carnival Cruise Lines are resuming their “Rail and Cruise” program out of New Orleans, with four- and five-day cruises from the Port of New Orleans on the ship Fantasy, starting in October. Amtrak offers discounts up to 25 percent for passengers traveling by rail to and from Carnival cruises through Dec. 13, 2007. Passengers may combine their voyage on the Fantasy with travel to and from the ship aboard Amtrak’s City of New Orleans, Crescent and Sunset Limited services. The City of New Orleans departs daily from Chicago, stopping in Memphis and 17 other cities. Crescent departs daily from New York, stopping in Washington, Atlanta and 30 other cities. Sunset Limited departs L.A. on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, stopping in Tucson, San Antonio and 19 other cities. Fantasy's four-day voyages from New Orleans sail Thursdays to Cozumel, while five-day sailings depart Mondays and Saturdays calling in Cozumel and either Calica or Costa Maya starting Oct. 26, 2006. “Carnival Cruise Lines is thrilled to be returning to New Orleans,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO. “We’re also delighted to partner once again with Amtrak." For details, call 800-USA-RAIL or 800-CARNIVAL.