Sunday, April 29, 2012

Norwegian Cruise Line Offer Free Excursions for Kids and 1/2 Price for Teens For a Limited Time

Norwegian Cruise Line Offers Kids Free on Shore Excursions - Limited Time Offer
Norwegian Cruise Line Offers Kids Free on Shore Excursions - Limited Time Offer
Just in time for summer vacation planning, Norwegian Cruise Line (“Norwegian”) is launching an exciting offer for families who book a 2012 cruise from today through May 13, 2012.  With the “Little Norwegian’s Explore For Free” offer, children 12 years and younger will receive complimentary Norwegian-sponsored shore excursions* and teens (13 to 17 years old) will receive half-off shore excursions* when in the same stateroom with a paying adult on the same excursion.  This applies to all 2012 sailings fleet-wide for all ports of call. Families can whale watch in Alaska; explore ancient cities in Europe; or have fun in the sun on a snorkel excursion in the Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda or Hawai’i.

In conjunction with this exciting offer, Norwegian has partnered with popular kid’s clothing retailer, The Children’s Place, on “A Place in the Sun Sweepstakes,” where participants can enter online at www.childrensplace.com or in retail stores to win a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean or Bermuda for a family of four. In addition, those who qualify for the complimentary shore excursion promotion will receive an e-coupon for 20% off a purchase of $50 or more at The Children’s Place (valid in the U.S. and Canada).

Norwegian’s array of Freestyle Cruising options gives families the flexibility to experience the vacation they’ve always wanted including family-friendly accommodations and a variety of entertainment and dining options. Guests of all ages can enjoy Nickelodeon activities and shows on board Norwegian Jewel’s sailings to Alaska from Seattle; Norwegian Epic’s voyages to the Western Mediterranean from Barcelona or to the Caribbean from Miami; and Norwegian Gem’s sailings from New York to the Bahamas & Florida or the Caribbean.

The line recently announced enhancements to its youth and teen programs, Splash Academy and Entourage. Both Splash Academy and Entourage will feature a different theme every day. Whether it’s ocean-related, pirates, space cowboys, jungle fever or circus, every day will offer a new surprise that is tailored to the individual age groups - Guppies for ages up to 2; Turtles for ages 3 to 5; Seals for ages 6 to 9; and Dolphins for ages 10 to 12. The enhanced curriculum focuses on team building and assisting in developing children’s interpersonal and confidence-building skills. With activities that are tailored specifically to each age group, the new youth and teen programs focus on creative and unique activities, along with more sporting events, through a partnership with King’s Foundation and Camps. A highlight of the program is a circus school in partnership with Hilario Productions’ Cirque du Jour, a New York-based company that specializes in teaching children real circus skills. Splash Academy also offers activities for cruisers under three and their parents who can enjoy sensory play classes which include baby art featuring “Wee Can Too” organic art products.

All shore excursions for adults and children related to this offer must be pre-booked prior to sailing. Guests can reserve shore excursions using their MyNCL account (www.ncl.com/myncl) for each member of the family online once a new reservation is made. The children and teen rates will automatically be deducted in the shopping cart upon checkout.

            To book a family cruise vacation with Norwegian during the “Little Norwegian’s Explore For Free” limited time promotion, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

*Motorized flight tours, golf, Orlando theme parks and Atlantis in the Bahamas excluded.

About Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 45-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which has revolutionized the industry by allowing guests more freedom and flexibility.

Today, Norwegian invites consumers to “Cruise Like a Norwegian” on one of its 11 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea. The Company has two 4,000-passenger vessels, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, on order for delivery in April 2013 and April 2014.

Norwegian’s largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic, debuted in June 2010 and was recently named “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly. Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of Blue Man Group, appearing for the first time at sea on Norwegian Epic, as well as the official cruise line of Legends in Concert, Second City® Comedy Troupe, Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos, and Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids. Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner is also featured on board Norwegian Epic as the first show of its kind at sea under a big top.


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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic to Sail From New York in 2012

Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic Sails From New York in 2012
Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic Sails From New York
For the first time ever, Disney Cruise Line will set sail from three new ports in 2012 – New York, Seattle and Galveston, Texas – making the Disney family cruise vacation more accessible to guests around the country. Additionally, the cruise line will offer more choices than ever before with several new itineraries planned.

“In 2012, we’re making it easier than ever for families to enjoy a Disney Cruise Line vacation by offering cruises from a variety of regional homeports,” said Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz.  “Guests can now enjoy a magical, one-of-a-kind Disney cruise experience with the convenience of departures from their own backyard.”
2012 New York Schedule

Beginning May 25, 2012, the Disney Magic will sail a total of 20 cruises from New York – including eight-night cruises to the Bahamas and five-night cruises up the New England coast to Canada plus two-night cruises that will give a sampling of the Disney Cruise Line experience over a weekend:
  • The eight Bahamas cruises will include a day at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay; Nassau, Bahamas; and a stop at Port Canaveral, Fla., giving guests an opportunity to visit the nearby Walt Disney World Resort. As part of this itinerary, each guest will receive a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket and roundtrip transportation between their Disney ship and the resort.

    Rates for the new eight-night Bahamian cruise itinerary departing from New York start at $1,240 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.
     
  • The nine five-night cruises up the New England coast will call at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick. In these popular Canadian ports, guests can soak in splendid natural vistas, explore historic sites, visit quaint cafes and charming shops, and browse Canada’s oldest farmer’s market.

    Rates for the new five-night Canadian cruise itinerary departing from New York start at $715 per person  for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.
     
  • Three two-night cruises (June 15, July 13 and Aug. 10) out of New York are perfect for families looking for a quick getaway with a day at sea over a weekend. Rates for the new two-night cruises start at $370 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. 
                         Disney Magic 2012 – New York

Eight-Night Bahamas
5/25, 6/2, 6/22, 6/30,
7/20, 7/28, 8/17, 8/25
Five-Night Canada
6/10, 6/17, 7/8, 7/15, 8/5, 8/12, 9/2, 9/7, 9/12
New York
New York
At Sea
At Sea
At Sea
Halifax
Nassau
Saint John
Castaway Cay
At Sea
Port Canaveral
New York
At Sea

At Sea

New York


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Seasonal Ships from New York Begin Their Migration For the 2012 Season

The 2012 spring, summer and fall cruise season under-weigh with a number of ships returning to New York this week.
Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Miracle
Carnival Cruises - Carnival Miracle
  • Last Friday the  Carnival Miracle of Carnival Cruises began her 2012 - 8-day Cruises to the Bahamas and Caribbean.
  • Today (Sunday), the Veendam of Holland America resumes her season of 7-day cruises to Bermuda.
Holland America's Veendam
Holland America's Veendam
  • Yesterday (Saturday) the Explorer of the Seas of Royal Caribbean began her alternating Bermuda, Caribbean cruises. She did spend the winter cruising from New York but this was her first cruise to Bermuda in 2012.
  • On Thursday the Norwegian Star of Norwegian Cruise Line will arrive in New York for a 2 day cruise to nowhere before she begins her 7-day Bermuda Cruises. The Norwegian Star in new to New York in 2012.
  • On 5/6 the Celebrity Summit will begin her series of 7-day cruises from Cape Liberty to Bermuda.
  • Ships sailing the winter from New York included the Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Jewel, Explorer or the Seas and  Celebrity Silhouette,
  • The Celebrity Silhouette will depart New York for a Transatlantic Repositioning Cruise today (Sunday) and the Norwegian Jewel will reposition to Alaska for the Summer on 4/28
Some one time visitors to New York so far this year includes, the Artania of Phoenix Reisen, Disney Fantasy of Disney Cruise Line, Azamara Journey of Azamara Cruises and the Balmoral of Fred Olsen Line.



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Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Star Sails From New York to Bermuda in 2012

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Star Sails from New York to Bermuda in 2012
Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Star Sails from New York to Bermuda in 2012
Norwegian Cruise Line announced its 2012/2013 deployment and itineraries for Bermuda,  The 2,348-passenger Norwegian Star will sail to Bermuda for the first time from her new homeport in New York City.

"The 2012/2013 season is filled with new and exciting Freestyle Cruising choices. Whether it's our ships cruising different destinations, disembarking from new homeports or sailing new itineraries, we offer the most freedom and flexibility when it comes to cruise travel," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian's chief executive officer. "We are pleased to bring  Norwegian Star to Bermuda". 
 
Norwegian will continue its commitment to Bermuda, sailing two ships from the Northeast to Bermuda weekly from April through October calling on King's Wharf. Norwegian Star will sail from New York on Sundays to Bermuda, staying for three full days. The 2,224-passenger Norwegian Dawn will sail her Bermuda itinerary departing on Fridays from Boston with three days in Bermuda.
 Bookings for these cruises are now open to the public.



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