Monday, December 21, 2009
50% Future Savings Ends December 31
The deadline is fast approaching for guests to book their 2010 birthday Crystal cruise, and save 50% on a second cruise before their next birthday. In celebration of its 20th Anniversary in 2010, Crystal’s Birthday Bonus promotion presents guests who book a cruise for their 2010 birthday by December 31, 2009 with a certificate for 50% savings on another voyage before their 2011 birthday, even 2011 World Cruise segments.
Birthday guests in 2010 will also enjoy a special champagne breakfast and a Captain’s Quarters birthday party, in addition to the pampering Crystal experience.
“For many of our guests, a Crystal vacation is an ideal way to celebrate special occasions with friends and family. This offer makes the incentive to celebrate with us even sweeter, and adds tremendous value for future celebrations,” says Bill Smith, senior vice president, sales and marketing.
The Birthday Bonus promotion is among a host of special values Crystal is featuring for 2010, along with two-for-one cruise fares; complimentary air for most destinations – business class air for penthouse guests in Europe; up to $1,000 per person All Inclusive – As You Wish shipboard credits; and Crystal Family Memories group incentives, including complimentary berths.
Crystal’s award-winning ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, offer cruises to six continents ranging from seven to 108 days. Among the highlights of the year is the World Cruise, which can be taken in individual voyages of 12 to 21 days, and the annual Presidents’ cruise, which in 2010 travels from Dubai to Piraeus. Additionally, several cruises honoring the line’s anniversary dates will feature special programming and events, including dinners with original 1990 wine prices, Vintage Room experiences with 1990 cuvees and Crystal trivia contests with commemorative prizes.
Crystal’s 2011 voyages are now listed on the line’s website. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
SUPPORT NEEDED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CRUISE VICTIMS ASSOCIATION
Our blog team has brought you the news about the struggle for safety at sea and the push for critical legislation for the safety of Americans on board cruise ships. Our Safety at Sea section of Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine showcases the issues involved, and tells you more about Kendall Carver and the International Cruise Victims Association (ICV).
If it had not been for the efforts of Kendall Carver and the ICV, and members who have traveled to Washington and performed other services (often paying their own expenses) to promote the ICV cause, cruise passengers today would not be able to look forward to a safer cruise experience for all of us.
Now the ICV needs our help and contributions.
ICV is a 100% volunteer organization and 100% of donation will go toward the work of the organization.
Any donation ($25 dollars or more) will be helpful and is tax deductible since ICV qualifies as a 501 C3. Also, if your employer has a matching gift program, please let us know. Or to help enable their work with legislators, please consider making a separate contribution to help defray the lobbying expenses on behalf of ICV.
Says Kendall Carver, President of the ICV, "This coming year will be most important as we move to actually finalize passage of our legislation in the U.S. Senate to change the cruise line
industry. At that point in time, our work will just begin. Some of our members are already starting this process in other countries."
MAKE YOUR DONATIONS HERE at http://www.internationalcruisevictims.org/Donations.html – or send a check to:
INTERNATIONAL CRUISE VICTIMS
704 228th Avenue NE - PMB
525, Sammamish WA 98074 USA
More information about the ICV can be found at their web site at http://www.internationalcruisevictims.org/
Friday, December 4, 2009
Traveling to Sydney is, for most of us, something new and spending Christmas in a hot climate is a sure fire novelty - but to add to the mix, here's a further idea in the same train of thought - how about Christmas Day on Sydney’s magnificent Harbour, enjoying delicious food and Christmas festivities with Captain Cook Cruises Christmas Day Lunch cruises.
There are four fantastic lunch cruises to choose from and the prestigious three level MV Sydney 2000 will host three of the Christmas Day lunches including the deluxe Sky Deck menu and the Club Deck and Show Deck Christmas buffet, while sailing catamaran Aussie Legend hosts a Premium Christmas buffet lunch.
The Sky Deck lunch offers a five course premium menu with premium wines and is the ultimate Christmas Day lunch. Situated on the first class upper deck level, the Sky Deck lunch also includes an open bar of spirits, premium wines, beers and soft drinks and a live band will entertain guests as they dine, dance and take in the beautiful sights of Sydney.
The Club Deck, Show Deck and Aussie Legend Christmas buffets offer a fabulous festive Christmas feast including Virginia baked leg ham, roast turkey, Sydney rock oysters, king prawns, smoked salmon, a wide selection of salads, plum pudding and mince pies.
The Club Deck Christmas buffet is situated on the spacious restaurant deck of the MV Sydney 2000 and includes the house selection of wines, beers and soft drinks, the Show Deck Christmas buffet is situated on the main deck of the MV Sydney 2000 and includes a welcome drink and a premium Christmas buffet lunch is hosted on Aussie Legend and includes still and sparkling wine and local and imported beers.
The MV Sydney 2000 departs 12 noon on Christmas Day, Friday 25th December, from No.6 Jetty Circular Quay and returns at 2.45pm. Pricing starts from $249 per person for the deluxe Sky Deck experience, $179 per person for the Club Deck buffet and $129 per adult for the Show Deck Buffet. Children and concession pricing is available.
Aussie Legend departs 12 noon on Christmas Day, from Pier 26 Aquarium Wharf Darling Harbour and returns 2.45pm and is priced at $199 for adults and $99 for children aged 3 - 14 years.
For more information about Captain Cook Cruises see the Prow's Edge cruise line profile at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruise-lines-captain-cook-cruises.html or visit the official Captain Cook Cruises web site at www.captaincook.com
Thursday, December 3, 2009
WARNING ABOUT PHISHING SCAM
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received reports of fraudulent emails (phishing) referencing a CDC sponsored State Vaccination Program for H1N1. The messages request that users create a personal H1N1 (swine flu) Vaccination Profile on the CDC.gov web site.
An example of the phishing email is below:
Users that click on the embedded link in the email are at risk of having malicious code installed on their system. CDC reminds users to take the following steps to reduce the risk of being a victim of a phishing attack:
Do not open or respond to unsolicited email messages.
Do not click links embedded in emails from unknown senders.
Use caution when entering personal information online.
Update anti-virus, spyware, firewall, and anti-spam software regularly.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The final cruise of P&O Cruises Artemis went on sale at 10am yesterday and sold out in just 17 minutes.
The 14 night, Artemis Farewell Voyage departs from Southampton on 12 April 2011, and calls at Gibraltar, Alicante, Palma, Sorrento, Rome (from Civitavecchia), Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Southampton.
“This is the fastest selling farewell voyage I have ever known," said P&O Cruises managing director, Carol Marlow. "It is fantastic to see how much Artemis is loved by our passengers, and to know that her final send-off will be a truly memorable experience. I hope to join our passengers on board for what will be a very special cruise, giving passengers and crew the chance to bid arewell to a dear friend and remember happy times on board.”
The cruise will include a special jazz and classical Music Festival at Sea, commemorative memorabilia, surprise guest entertainers and passengers will enjoy champagne sailaways. Prices started from £1,100 per person based on two sharing.
For more information about P&O Cruises visit the Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine P&O Cruises profile at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruise-lines-p-and-o-cruises.html or visit the official P&O Cruises web site at http://www.pocruises.com
Photo Courtesy P&O Cruises
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Samsung Heavy Industries and Utopia Residences have agreed to go ahead with plans for a 105,000-ton luxury residential ocean liner - and the superlatives are already rolling out!
“This ocean liner will be the most luxurious ship in the world, and the largest passenger ship ever built on the Asian continent,” comments JW Kim, the the Vice Chairman of Samsung.
David Robb, the Chairman of Utopia Residences adds, “This will be the grandest ship in the world and will be a center for learning, cultural exchange and philanthropy unlike any platform ever created.”
The new ship will have 200 private residences, as well as 204 staterooms intended for sale to cruise guests. The residences range from 1,400 to 6,600 square feet and cost from $4 million to $15 million each. Owners will have their own private club and facilities onboard, including their exclusive own pool and sun deck area, gym, bar and restaurant, in addition to six private elevators.The ship will also be family-oriented and feature a rock-climbing wall, water slide and outdoor theater.
"Itineraries will be event-driven," says Captain Ola Harsheim, senior vice president of shipbuilding and operations, " The ship will spend 250 days a year in port while tracking events around the world. " The ocean liner will carry its residents and guests on a perpetual tour of ports hosting world-famous cultural and sporting events.
Already there has been a strong interest in the ship and many reservations for residences. The new cruise ship is expected to hit the waters in 2013.
Monday, November 30, 2009
With the appointment of a new CEO for Pandaw Cruises comes news that Founder Paul Strachan is stepping aside to focus on the Pandaw Cruises charity projects.
Pandaw Cruises and their passengers have been actively involved in a variety of community, humanitarian and cultural projects since 1995.
Some of the countries highlighted in the the unique Pandaw Cruises itineraries are amongst the poorest in the world and passengers want to give something in return for the wonderful travel experiences these places offer.
There are a number of ongoing projects like a school construction programme in Burma and support for orphanages in Cambodia, and even protection for threatened cultural artefacts.
Pandaw Cruises are also ready to move fast in the event disaster strikes, as their teams did in Burma after the May 2008 Cyclone Nargis hit the Delta area. The Pandaw Floating Clinic continues to operate in this devastated area thanks to the support of old passengers, known as 'Old Pandaw Hands'.
Passengers can donate after visiting these projects on board whilst on a Pandaw cruise or they may donate after returning home.
For more information about these projects visit http://www.pandaw.com/pandaw-charity-c-104.html or to make a donation tothe cyclone appeal, visit https://www.pandaw.com/cyclone_appeal_burma.php/cPath/104_103
Friday, November 27, 2009
The new cruise line Voyages to Antiquity, founded by Gerry Herrod, founder of Ocean Cruise Line and Orient Lines, is set to showcase the cultures and people who created the "cradle of civilizations" of the Mediterranean.
Cruises on the Aegean Odyssey will begin in May 2010.
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS on most sailings, in selected stateroom categories
$1,000 OFF PER STATEROOM (double occupancy) on May 31, June 28, July 26 & August 9 departures from North America
$500 OFF PER STATEROOM (double occupancy) on May 3, May 17, June 14, July 12 & August 23 departures from North America *The No Single Supplement offers do not apply to "Time Fears The Pyramids" itinerary departing on November 12.These Special Launch Offers are strictly capacity controlled, not combinable and may be withdrawn from sale at any time.
For more information about the new cruise line take a look at the Prow's Edge news item at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruises-news-271109-voyages-to-antiquity.html or visit the official Voyages to Antiquity web site at www.voyagestoantiquity.com
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Following on from our news about the Maine Windjammer Association being featured in Patricia Schultz's NYT bestseller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, here is a wonderful video by Eniko 1 at You Tube which gives a great taste of the magic of the oldest fleet of historic vessels offering sailing vacations in America.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Drydock Journal shares Transformation of Tahitian Princess into Ocean Princess
For those of you who enjoy all the behind the scenes details of the cruise lines and their cruise ships, Princess Cruises is again offering an opportunity to follow a vessel through the renovation process.
In the newest installment of the Princess online drydock journal, the current Tahitian Princess will not only undergo a makeover, but also get a new name. The vessel, one of the small ships of Princess, will be transformed into Ocean Princess during the two-week process, giving her a new moniker reflecting her global range of fascinating itineraries.
The fifth in this unprecedented series, the Ocean Princess Drydock Journal will run through December 2 on www.princess.com, and will be updated regularly with photos as the ship progresses through its drydock at Keppel Shipyard in Singapore. Viewers can follow along as the ship’s name is removed and replaced on the bow and throughout the vessel – including on equipment such as the lifeboats. The journal will also chronicle changes as the ship is lifted from the water and receives a new coating of energy-efficient silicone paint, plus the interior refurbishments, with new upholstery, carpet and flooring.
“Response to our drydock journals has been remarkable – passengers love to see what’s done to the ship and how much work is involved in such a short time,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “This latest journal will give cruise fans yet another insiders’ peek behind the scenes, with the added interest in seeing the name change.”
The Ocean Princess Drydock Journal follows the enthusiastically received online journals chronicling work on Golden Princess, Dawn Princess, Sea Princess and Coral Princess. The journal can be found on the Ocean Princess page in the website’s “Ships” section, and it will be updated throughout the ship’s two-week drydock.
After the drydock the newly named Ocean Princess will set sail on a 16-day Treasures of Southeast Asia cruise from Singapore to Shanghai, beginning a season of unique Asia, India and Africa sailings, followed by a summer of European voyages.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Most cruise magazines bring you endless news of fun on cruises with Carnival Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean and all the other major cruise lines. No doubt there is fun to be had on board all these major cruise ships, but there are quite a number of other cruise lines, small and large that offer some unique experiences. At Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine we aim to give you the whole picture.
To that end, three new cruise line profiles have been added to the Prow's Edge web site at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruise-lines.html and they are, Aqua Expeditions, Avalon Waterways and Oceanwide Expeditions.
Aqua Expeditions, the brainchild of Francesco Galli-Zugaro, is entirely unique to the Peruvian Amazon, offering trips for discriminating, adventurous travelers exploring the more remote and pristine areas in the upper Amazon River and its tributaries.
The award-winning small ship cruise company Avalon Waterways is part of the Globus family of brands and is making waves in river and small ship cruising by offering travelers the newest, most luxurious ships in Europe, China, Egypt and the Galápagos.
And last, but not least, Oceanwide Expeditions is a pioneer and one of the market leaders in the Polar Regions and has – since 1996 - been offering expedition-style cruises to the Arctic and Antarctic regions with chartered ice-strengthened Russian vessels, very suitable to offer exploratory voyages with passengers.
Prow's Edge offers profiles of more than 60 cruise lines, and reviews of more than 40 of those cruise lines in the Cruise Review section at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruises-reviews.html
It's not often that a vacation idea like cruising is named as of the 1,000 places to see before you die - but that is just the honor awarded to the offerings of the Maine Windjammer Association in Patricia Schultz's NYT bestseller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.
On page 640, the introductory heading states: "The Greatest Sailing on the Eastern Seaboard" followed by a nice write-up and photo by Fred LeBlanc.
"Quite a few of our guests," says the Maine Windjammer Assocoiation, "found out about us through this book."
The oldest fleet of historic vessels offering sailing vacations in America was established in 1936 and has been the cornerstone of the industry for over 60 years.
The schooners offer an opportunity to cruise among the spruce-clad islands of Maine in a convenient, exciting, and historic way. They sail with no inboard power, as they did a hundred years ago, with wind and canvas still providing this unique way to travel in the 21st century.
The authentic turn-of-the-century coastal cargo schooners, Grace Bailey & Mercantile, have been lovingly restored and recognized as National Landmarks.
Maine Windjammer Cruises offers a variety of weekend cruises and 3-, 4-, and 5-day cruises from through October. There are also pre-season cruises and Fall Foliage cruises.
For more information see the Prow's Edge cruise line profile of Maine Windjammer Cruises or visit the official Maine Windjammer Association web site at www.sailmainecoast.com
Photo courtesy Maine Windjammer Cruises
Thursday, November 19, 2009
In honoring those companies that are "turning travel's enormous potential to improve the planet into reality", Condé Nast Traveler has listed Aqua Expeditions among 26 travel and tourism companies that it recognizes as "World Savers."
Nominations were made for excellence in the areas of education, poverty, wildlife, preservation, and health. Aqua Expeditions, however, was honored to find itself on the "doing it all" list, reflecting its efforts in every one of the above categories.
"The day we decided to operate the M/V Aqua in a fragile nature reserve, we knew that the social component of our programs would be just as important as the wildlife component," notes Francesco Galli-Zugaro, Founder and CEO of Aqua Expeditions.
"From day one, our journeys into Amazonia -- including the remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve -- have involved active participation with some 14 native river communities," Galli-Zugaro adds, noting that these visits are unstructured, and place a strong focus on relationship building.
"Given that we have only been operating for 18 months, we are thrilled to have been nominated for this "World Saver" award," Galli-Zugaro says. "Even though our sustainability efforts are only in their initial stages, we see this as an indication that we are on the right track."
Aqua Expeditions is dedicated to delivering a world-class Amazon experience, in an environment of comfort and safety. Its team onboard the M/V Aqua equals that of the finest small ship operators, anywhere in the world. Management has a total commitment to excellence.
For more information about Aqua Expeditions visit: www.aquaexpeditions.com
Zagat Survey is the world's most trusted source for information about where to eat, drink, stay and play around the globe, and as such has become a symbol of quality.
Zagat Survey rates and reviews airlines, restaurants, hotels, nightlife, movies, music, golf, resorts, shopping, spas and a range of other entertainment categories in more than 100 countries and has been lauded as the “most up-to-date, comprehensive and reliable guides ever published” and as “a necessity second only to a valid credit card.”
Cunard, Regent and SeaDream are top rated, respectively, in the Large, Mid-Size and Small Ships categories, while Royal Caribbean, Crystal and Windstar are Most Popular in Each Size Category.
Carnival Wins for Budget Travel and Singles, Disney for Families, Nightlife and Entertainment, while when it Comes to Top Itinerary Choices, Romance, Shopping, Spas and Casinos, Cunard Sweeps the board.
For full details and results of the survey see the Prow's Edge News page about the Zagat survey at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruises-news-191109-zagat-survey.html
Zagat content is available in print, on the web, on the mobile web, iPhones, BlackBerry and on TV. For more information, visit ZAGAT.com.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Don't just think of a cruise as something aboard a mega ship in the Caribbean! Not that there's anything wrong with a mega ship cruise in the Caribbean - but the cruise industry is offering a lot more these days - and proof of the pudding is in Pandaw River Cruises and their latest attempts to bring something new and interesting to cruise ship passengers.
In October 2009, Pandaw River Cruises were the first passenger ship to sail between Calcutta and Varanasi on the Ganges since the 1930s. An historic occasion indeed, but not without many challenges and difficulties.
As Paul Strachan, Founder, Pandaw River Cruises, writes on his return from the Maiden Voyage: "This is the most beautiful and culturally varied river I have explored - but it is also the most daunting for crew and passengers alike.
The RV Bengal Pandaw was launched in Burma as Pandaw IV in 2004 and has twenty-eight promenade deck staterooms. The eight hundred mile expedition is of fifteen days duration and only ten sailings are planned for the coming season. The expedition takes in a number of the most important historical sites in India including the colonial splendours of Calcutta, the sacred places of Buddhism around Bodh Gaya and Benares, now called Varanasi, the great cultural centre of Hinduism. In addition, the Pandaw stops daily in smaller towns and villages to see handicrafts, rural life and a variety of local cultures as we pass from region to region.
Given the practical difficulties of crossing India by land, a river cruise makes the best sense covering a vast landscape in comfort and safety and exploring the real India well off the beaten track. The scenery is amazing and the excursions ashore are varied and exciting. Each day is quite different with a wealth of things to do and see. The standard of guides in India, with their good English and intellectuality, is far better than in the other countries we operate in and the lectures and briefings proved highly stimulating.We also have a medical doctor on the team who doubles as resident naturalist.
Each of the subsequent river expeditions will be highly adventurous and should not be booked by the faint hearted. Itineraries are skeletal and indicational only. Each day the schedule will be subject to constant revisions. Some excursions may be cancelled, whilst you may find yourself on excursions never offered in the first place! All depends on water levels and flow rates, the weather, local bureaucracy and a hundred other factors that make and shape a cruise. Do not expect this to be a slick well-oiled operation like our cruises on the Mekong! These cruises really are expeditions in the full sense of the word.
Note also that the service, food and beverage standards that you would expect on a Pandaw will not be up to standard. The food is mainly Indian and this is generally good, but over 10 days can become repetitive for many. Despite initial licencing scares we have been able to offer complimentary beers and local drinks. Please understand that this is a new destination for us working with a new crew in a country with quite different standards to what you would find in South-East Asia. Please bear this in mind if you are considering booking this cruise.
We had planned 14 nights on board but given the disparity in service standards between India and our other operations I have decided to reduce the number of days spent cruising to 10 with 2 nights in deluxe hotels either side of the cruise: in Varanas at the brand new Radisson and in Calcutta at the splendid Oberoi Grand. I feel that given the fact that it will take some time for us to get standards up to scratch, working in a very tough environment, we should offer our passsengers a little more comfort before and after the cruise. Pandaw will absorb this cost and the original rates offered remain. These revised itineraries are now online.
I would say, though, that this is the 'Mother of Rivers' - no other river can match the Ganges in terms of scenery, cultural variety, quantity of historic sites not to mention profuse bird and wild life. This definitely is the way to do India. If you are not too sure if you are ready for it, or rather we are ready, give us a couple of years to get up to speed. In this first year of operations nearly all the people joining the cruise are old Pandaw passengers, who, thankfully, understand what our team are up against and do their best to support them. We are very grateful for that."
Read more about the Maiden Voyage on the Pandaw Blog or take a look at Paul Strachan's contribution to the View from the Bridge pages at Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine at http://www.prowsedge.com/views-paul-strachan.html
In a time when the news is riddled with reports of lower sales, job cuts and worse, it's good to hear good news indicating things more positive for the cruise industry. Like the fact that Québec City’s 2009 international cruise season saw the arrival of six new ships and double the number of destination passengers compared to last year.
The Port of Québec welcomed nearly 87,000 passengers and 30,000 crew members, a 6% rise compared to 2008. The increase is largely due to the number of turnaround cruises, making Québec City a destination rather than simply a port of call. A total of 33,329 passengers chose Québec City as their arrival or departure point, an 88% increase over 2008.
Six new ships docked at the port for the first time this season: the Crown Princess (3,782 passengers), the Costa Atlantica (2,680 passengers), the Norwegian Spirit (2,475 passengers), the Queen Victoria (2,172 passengers), the Princess Danae (690 passengers), and the Clelia II (100 passengers).
“Even though cruise ship lines have always enjoyed an excellent occupancy rate on their ships sailing the St. Lawrence, we are delighted with this extremely positive result given the current global economic situation,” said Québec Port Authority CEO Ross Gaudreault.
The 2010 season is shaping up to be just as good, with the arrival of the Italian cruise line MSC Cruises.
Quebec is the largest cruise ship port on the St. Lawrence and a hugely popular destination for cruise passengers visiting the St. Lawrence River. Visit the Prow's Edge profile of the Port of Quebec at http://www.prowsedge.com/ports-quebec-city.html
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Who hasn't heard of Celebrity Chef, Jacques Pépin! Host of award-winning cooking shows, author of more than 20 cookbooks and has served as personal chef to numerous heads of state.
As the Executive Culinary Director for Oceania Cruises, Pepin has brought his legendary cuisine and unique artistry to the gourmet restaurants onboard Marina’s sister ships Regatta, Insignia and Nautica.
Today he shares one of his recipes with Prow's Edge passengers at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruises-chef-jacques-pepin.html - a Tomato and Zucchini Salad.
It is, says Chef Pépin, "A very simple traditional French dish that is exceptional when made with fresh seasonal tomatoes."
Today, Oceania Cruises has announced the introduction of a new online portal that will let booked guests make advance reservations for specialty restaurants from the comfort of their home.
Oceania Cruises’ three 684-guest vessels – Regatta, Insignia and Nautica – offer a choice of four different dining venues, all of which come under the watchful eye of renowned master chef, Jacques Pépin. Guests can choose from The Grand Dining Room, Polo Grill, Toscana and Tapas on the Terrace.
The new online “Dining Reservations Calendar” conveniently includes the times the ship is in port, as well as any pre-reserved shore excursions to assist guests in selecting the ideal dining times. Reservations can be made 90 days in advance of sailing, once final payment has been received, and will remain available until 10 days prior to departure.
Take a look at the Captain's Table section of Prow's Edge at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruises-captains-table.html for recipes from all the world famous chefs working with the cruise lines to establish better cuisine on cruises.
No matter who you are, and where you are, there is nothing like humor to make your day a little brighter, and cruise passengers are no exception to this rule.
Take a look at the "jokes from fellow cruise passengers" section of Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine at http://www.prowsedge.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=30&start=0 where forum members share their latest "funnies".
Our favorite since the forum began is:
A man was ashore in a port with tender service and forgot when the last tender back to the ship would be. He approached the dock and saw a tender fifteen feet from the dock. He raced to the end of the dock and made a flying jump into the tender landing flat on his face. He turned to the officer in charge and said, "That was a pretty good long jump. It must have been fifteen feet."
“Yes!” said the officer, "But I don’t know why you did it. This tender is coming in!"
For more views and opinions about all aspects of cruises and cruising, take a look at the Prow's Edge Forum at http://www.prowsedge.com/phpBB3/index.php Sign on and join the fun!
Monday, November 2, 2009
With this blog, the Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine Blog celebrates its 100th blog today.
Bringing you news and views, the serious and the incredible, the Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine Blog continues to keep you informed with the latest from the world of cruising.
Hitting the world wide web more than 6 months ago, the Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine Blog has been a popular addition to the main site at http://www.prowsedge.com – a free web site magazine and guide devoted to the world of cruising, complete with cruise reviews, cruise line profiles, news about cruises, opinions about cruises, port information, passenger advice, recipes, medical tips, safety at sea and cheap cruises and cruise deals.
The award winning Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine was launched in 1998 - and is one of the oldest established cruise magazines on the web.
If you don't find the news you're looking for in the Cruise News section of Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine, or in any of the many pages of information throughout the site, the blog is sure to have the latest tidbit to keep your "cruise"habit going.
In celebration of the 100th blog, we'd like to hear from you about what you'd like to see on our blog in the future. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what sort of blogs would keep you interested.
We're looking forward to hearing from you!
PORTS OF CALL YOU'VE PROBABLY NOT EVEN HEARD OF BEFORE
Another Cruise Industry Leader Shares His Views at Prow's Edge.
Another addition to the popular View from the Bridge pages at Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine , in which leaders in the cruise industry share their "views from the bridge", features James Rodriguez, Senior Vice President, Marketing at Oceania Cruises in which he highlights some truly exotic destinations offered by Oceania Cruises.
These are destinations in "far away fabulous places you're just longing to see" to quote Dotor Doolittle, such as the appealingly named Nosy Be, in Madagascar, and Dakar in Senegal, Walvis Bay in Namibia, and Kaohsiung in Waiwan.
Altogether, Oceania ships will be visiting 30 exotic ports for the very first time. Among the destinations whose appeals are well documented are Martinique, Mexico’s Costa Maya, Colonial Williamsburg, Charleston, San Juan, Mombasa, Zanzibar, Yangon (Rangoon), Manila, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates and Cape Town. In South Africa, Nautica will call at Durban, East London and Richards Bay.
Take a look at James Rodriguez's View from the Bridge at http://www.prowsedge.com/views-james-rodriguez.html for more details.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
TWO MORE INDUSTRY LEADERS SHARE THEIR VIEWS
Two new executives join the View from the Bridge pages at Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine in which leaders in the cruise industry share their "views from the bridge", discussing trends and new concepts in cruise travel and offering novel perspectives about cruises and the cruise lines.
And Mike Deegan, Managing Director, Hebridean Island Cruises, who has spent virtually his entire career in the shipping industry, expounds on his view that Hebridean Island Cruises sets the benchmark for luxury cruising around the Western isles of Scotland in “SAILING THE SCOTTISH ISLES IN A PRINCESS OF A SHIP”
Colin Stone, Managing Director, Swan Hellenic, who has been involved in the financial & commercial fields of UK cruise & ferry companies since 1977, and appointed Managing Director of Swan Hellenic in 2008, outlines Swan Hellenic’s long and distinguished heritage of cultural discovery cruises in "SWAN HELLENIC REFINES THE ART OF DISCOVERY CRUISING".
The View from the Bridge pages at Prow's Edge also showcase our archives of contributions from leaders in the cruise industry in years gone by.
The official naming ceremony for Oasis of the Seas will take place on November 30 during a one night inaugural celebration-fundraiser to benefit the non-profit Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Tickets for the once-in-a-lifetime event begin at $750 per person and guests who wish to continue their adventure onboard will receive an exclusive discount price, beginning at $650 per person, on a four-night cruise package sailing to the cruise line’s private beach destination, Labadee, departing the morning following the event on Dec. 1 (rates based on double-occupancy and stateroom package).
For reservations to this exclusive event combined with the four-night sailing, contact Cynthia Paez, Royal Caribbean International, at (877) 202-1520, ext. 12751, or email@example.com.
For more about the new cruise ship visit the latest Prow's Edge news page about Royal Caribbean International at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruises-news-291009-royal-caribbean-international.html
Bookings are also available for Oasis of the Seas' inaugural sailing departing on December 5. The inaugural sailing will include exclusive entertainment and gifts for guests to commemorate the special occasion.
Following an intensive inspection by a team of U.S. Public Health officers, Crystal Cruises’ ultra-luxurious, award-winning Crystal Symphony received a “perfect” score of 100 from the Center for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC). The audit occurred during Crystal Symphony’s October 21 call in Boston, Massachusetts.
Scoring is based on 41 inspection items of the potable water system; food preparation and storage areas; waste management systems, including filters, ventilation devices and sanitizing temperatures; cleaning sequences and standards of accommodations and public areas; and general environmental health issues. Swimming pools and spas are also inspected.
The CDC developed its Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP), which operates under the U.S. Public Health Service Act, to inspect all cruise ships that offer foreign itineraries with U.S. ports, and assist the cruise ship industry in the implementation of systems to protect the health of travelers. Under the VSP, cruise ships are subject to unannounced health inspections.
Crystal Serenity also received a perfect 100 during her most recent call in Canada in May.
“Crystal Cruises’ record of perfect scores is indicative of our efforts to meet the highest standards of excellence in all areas of our cruise operation,” says Joe Valenti, Crystal Cruises’ senior vice president, marine operations.
Earlier this month, Crystal Symphony emerged from drydock with freshly redesigned Crystal Penthouses and Penthouse Suites, elegant Lido Café and Prego Italian restaurant and completely transformed pool deck, among other transformations. The $25+ million makeover reinforces Crystal’s commitment to delivering a product that consistently earns the industry’s top accolades. Likewise, the Public Health recognition comes just weeks following the line’s record 16th year voted “Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler.
For more information or Crystal reservations, contact a professional travel agent, call 888-799-4625 or visit crystalcruises.com.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
We can't say it's too early to plan for Christmas, anymore - it's just around the corner - and the cruise lines are making it more difficult for you to decide what to do with the winter holidays with a wide range of Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s cruises this holiday season.
From the romantic, traditional destinations for Christmas like Vienna, Regensburg, Cologne, Prague and Paris with AMAWaterways, to something more unusual like Hurtigruten’s festive 21-Day Christmas and New Years - Antarctica cruise-tour.
Windstar Cruises and other cruise lines offer special rates in sunnier climates, from the Caribbean to Tahiti, large ships and small, luxury to family fun, but all celebrate the season with traditional favorites.
For more details on what all Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) member lines are offering this winter holiday season, take a look at the latest Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine news item at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruises-news-281009-Cruise-Lines-International-Association-CLIA.html .
Monday, October 26, 2009
News today about the destinations rather than the cruise lines - A new elevated chair lift – which will offer an exhilarating round-trip transfer between the new Mahogany Bay Cruise Center in Roatan and beautiful Mahogany Beach – will debut in conjunction with the cruise facility’s grand opening next month.
Unique to the Caribbean, the “Magical Flying Beach Chair” will be the first chair lift that transports riders from a cruise ship terminal directly to the beach.
The new beach chair lift will be one of the marquis features of the modern $62 million Mahogany Bay Cruise Center, which will welcome its first cruise ship, Carnival Cruise Lines’ 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend, on Friday, November 20.
The Mahogany Bay Cruise Center, which encompasses 20 acres of waterfront property and includes a two-berth cruise terminal, is a joint project of Carnival Corporation & plc and Roatan businessman Jerry Hynds.
“The ‘Magical Flying Beach Chair’ provides cruise ship guests with a fun and convenient means of getting to and from magnificent Mahogany Beach while offering a bird’s eye view of the beautiful bay and lush countryside of the surrounding area,” said Giora Israel, senior vice president of port and destination development for Carnival Corporation & plc.
Guests board the new beach chair lift system at the facility’s expansive Welcome Center and are dropped off directly on Mahogany Beach, a 10-acre private island featuring a gorgeous 825-foot-long white-sand beach replete with lounge chairs, floats, a beach volleyball court and myriad watersports opportunities. There are also eight exclusive cabanas for rent offering private beach access.
For more information on the new Mahogany Bay Cruise Center, visit www.mahoganybaycc.com.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Yesterday was an important day in the history of safety at sea for cruise passengers. USA Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui (D-CA) joined with 385 colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass H.R. 3619, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010, requiring cruise lines to report all crimes aboard cruise ships to both the United States Coast Guard and the FBI.
With yesterday’s passage of this critical legislation, Americans on board cruise ships are many steps closer to the safety and protection they deserve.
The measure approved today is a major victory in the fight for cruise passengers’ rights. International Cruise Victims Association (ICV) President Kendall Carver expressed his hopeful outlook as the legislation has been approved by committee in the Senate.
“Adoption of this bill," he said, "would be proof to the world that our small group of volunteers with limited funds has been able to make a difference in the safety of Americans. When the Cruise Safety legislation is signed into law, it will serve to protect Americans across the nation during what ought to be relaxing vacations.”
For more news on this important milestone visit http://www.prowsedge.com/cruises-news-ICV.html and for more details about the International Cruise Victims Association (ICV) visit http://www.internationalcruisevictims.org/
For information for cruise passengers about the issue of safety at sea, visit the Prow's Edge section on safety at sea at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruises-safety-at-sea.html for complete guide to Safety at Sea, The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2009, High Seas Crimes, and Sexual Assault at sea.
FRED. OLSEN SCOOPS TWO AWARDS
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has picked up two awards in the 2009 Cruise Critic.co.uk Editors’ Picks Award listing.
In the first ever of this now to be annual award, Fred. Olsen came out on top in the categories “Best for Seeing the World” and “Best Refurbished Ship – Fred. Olsen’s Braemar”.
Commenting on this double-whammy, Marketing Director Nigel Lingard said: “We are absolutely delighted to be in the award line-up, and to get two awards is especially exciting. The Cruise Critic.co.uk website is one of the most popular consumer sites in the UK, and to have scooped the top slot in these categories means that the name of Fred. Olsen will be in front of our potential passengers in the most advantageous way possible.”
Fred. Olsen operates a fleet of four small-sized cruise ships: Braemar, Balmoral, Black Watch and Boudicca on worldwide itineraries from seven UK departure ports.
For more information on the Fred Olsen Cruise Lines see the Prow's Edge profile of Fred Olsen at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruise-lines-fred-olsen-cruises.html or visit the Fred Olsen web site at http://www.fredolsencruises.com
Thursday, October 22, 2009
What do guests aboard a SeaDream Yacht Club transatlantic crossing do on a beautiful, calm day at latitude 26 degrees, 28 minutes- longitude 39 degrees 40 minutes, 958 nautical miles from the Azores and 1541 nautical miles from their destination, San Juan Puerto Rico?
Well, apparently they take a swim in the Atlantic Ocean.
SeaDream II’s Captain Terje Willasen monitored Atlantic sea conditions each day after departing Seville, Spain on October 10. “Guests had been telling me they would like to take a swim in the Atlantic and at dawn on Thursday October 15, I knew that this was the day. The seas were as still as a pond.”
Under the close supervision of staffers, guests who wished to were invited to take a dip in the Atlantic from the SeaDream II’s stern Marina and bobbed about in the blue sea.
Later, in a special ceremony, the Captain awarded his Atlantic swim team a “Certificate of Accomplishment” to highlight the feat.
Sounds like fun to us!
For more information about Seadream visit the Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine profile of the company at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruise-lines-seadream-yacht-club.html or visit the Seadream web site at http://www.seadreamyachtclub.com/
Monday, October 19, 2009
Cruise West, the world’s leading provider of small-ship explorations to the most fascinating destinations on earth, is offering unprecedented savings for all 24 individual voyages (ranging from nine- to 19-nights) that combine to form the epic world adventure, Voyages of the Great Explorers.
Book and pay in full by December 18, 2009, for maximum value-add savings.
Whether guests are eyeing a trip to Southeast Asia, North Africa, the Mediterranean, Greek isles, East Coast, Australia or the South Pacific, there is tremendous value offered in this landmark year. Guests can save up to $1,550 per person ($3,100 per cabin) and receive FREE round trip international airfare from five select US Cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles , Chicago , Washington DC and New York or an air credit of $750 per person.
Additional saving incentives for all 24 voyages (except where noted) include:
· Bring a friend (new booking) and each person receives $500 off the cruise fare
· 50% savings for all children 18 and younger
· Single supplement will be waived on Voyages 1 – 4 in all cabin categories
· Reduced single supplement for Voyages 5 – 24 in Superior, Majestic, Premium and Classic cabin categories
All voyages take place on the intimate 120-guest, all-suite Spirit of Oceanus. Prices start at $4,995 per person before savings and include a pre-cruise hotel night.
For further details on Cruise West’s Voyages of the Great Explorers itineraries, visit http://www.cruisewest.com/world-cruises, or to book a cruise for your client call 1-800-689-1783.
For the Prow's Edge profile of Cruise West visit http://www.prowsedge.com/cruise-lines-cruise-west.html
Friday, October 16, 2009
PRINCESS SHOWCASES THEIR DRYDOCK JOURNAL
The cruise lines are determinedly using their web sites to promote their newest vessels, and Princess Cruises is just one of those cruise lines that has found an interesting way to attract your attention by inviting cruise enthusiasts to go behind the scenes at a shipyard as Coral Princess undergoes drydock through October 23.
The Coral Princess Drydock Journal, featured on the line’s website, shows the daily progress as the ship is lifted from the water and receives a full exterior and interior makeover, including the addition of the line’s signature features, The Sanctuary and Movies Under the Stars.
The journal will feature regular updates throughout the drydock at Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas.
The fourth in this unprecedented series, the Coral Princess Drydock Journal follows the enthusiastically received online journals chronicling work on Golden Princess, Dawn Princess and Sea Princess.
“We’ve placed a high priority on enhancing our ships and debuting our signature features across the fleet, and these journals have been a great way for passengers to feel part of the process,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “We’ve received wonderful feedback as people get to see the transformation first hand.”
Thursday, October 15, 2009
We all tend to take things for granted - like hot water and a shower every morning. But can you imagine how welcome hot water, a decent meal and showers must have been for a shift of refreshed Red Cross relief workers aboard the Sun Princess in Pago Pago, American Samoa.
When Star Princess and Sun Princess called in Apia, Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa this past weekend, the ships brought along not only a brief respite for the Red Cross relief workers, but also some much needed relief supplies and more than $10,000 in donations for the region that was recently hit with a powerful tsunami.
The ships off-loaded pallets of bottled water, sugar, flour, linens and clothing donated by passengers and crew, plus treats of candy and chocolate for the children. In addition, in Pago Pago, both ships welcomed Red Cross relief workers onboard for some relief of their own, with hot showers, use of the ships’ laundries, phone calls home and lunch.
The ship captains informed local officials that the Princess Cruises Community Foundation is donating $10,000 to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Samoa and American Samoa.
The ships also conducted their own fundraising for the relief efforts, including donations from their Crew Club funds, contributions received from passengers and crew, and money raised from auctions of the ships’ navigational charts used during the cruises.
In Apia, the Honorable Misa Telfoni, the minister of tourism and deputy prime minister, was touched by the generosity of Princess Cruises. He made particular mention of the Princess crew and their donation which he described as “random acts of kindness and love” which would greatly assist in the recovery and renewed growth of the area.
For more information about Princess Cruises visit the Princess Cruises profile at Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruise-lines-princess-cruises.html
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Norwegian Cruise Line is inviting us to go "Inside Norwegian Cruise Line" during Epic Live!, a special interactive event on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 1:00-2:00 pm ET.
The event offers the latest news on Norwegian Cruise Line's largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship as you join their host, Andy Stuart, Norwegian's EVP of Global Sales & Passenger Services, along with other special guests who will give you the inside scoop on Norwegian Epic.
You may even find out who'll be master of the vessel.
To register for the live event please Click Here. Make sure to test your system requirements by clicking the "System Test" tab on the registration page.
Part of October's National Cruise Vacation Month, the World's Largest Cruise Night is designed to showcase special offers made by the 25 member cruise lines of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and their thousands of travel agent partners throughout North America.
It’s easy for cruise travelers to take advantage of the special offers of World’s Largest Cruise Night by visiting CLIA’s website at www.cruising.org, clicking on the WLCN logo and using the locator to find a conveniently situated participating travel agent or a special agency event.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
WORLD'S LARGEST CRUISE NIGHT
Only 3 days to go to the World's Largest Cruise Night on the 14th Ocotber 2009.
Part of October's National Cruise Vacation Month, the World's Largest Cruise Night is designed to showcase special offers made by the 25 member cruise lines of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and their thousands of travel agent partners throughout North America.
It’s easy for cruise travelers to take advantage of the special offers of World’s Largest Cruise Night by visiting CLIA’s website at www.cruising.org, clicking on the WLCN logo and using the locator to find a conveniently situated participating travel agent or a special agency event.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Following our many reports of health and safety at sea, and news of the awards and reports on cruise lines and cruise ships at Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine, news comes today of the perfect score for vessel sanitation for Costa Atlantica.
The Costa Atlantica, a member of the Costa Cruises fleet, once again received a perfect score for vessel sanitation in a recent inspection conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The inspection was held on September 26 during a stopover in New York, one of the port calls of the Costa Atlantica during the latter part of her transatlantic cruise. The cruise departed on September 16 from Savona and ended on October 3 in Québec.
The CDC inspections are part of the Vessel Sanitation Program introduced in the early 1970s for all ships that stop in a U.S. port. The inspections are unannounced and conducted by officials from the United States Public Health Service twice a year. The score, on a scale from 1 to 100, is assigned based on a checklist with 48 areas of assessment, evaluating hygiene and sanitation of food (from storage to preparation), water, shipboard personnel and the ship as a whole.
This is the sixth time that the Costa Cruises fleet has received maximum marks from the CDC inspectors. The first vessel to obtain the perfect 100 was the Costa Atlantica in 2001. She repeated this success in 2005, while her sister ship, the Costa Mediterranea, obtained a top score in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Costa is the only cruise fleet flying the Italian flag and therefore is the only line whose cruise ships are subject to more restrictive environmental, safety and social accountability regulations. Costa Cruises not only operates in accordance with the prevailing laws but also, where possible, seeks to preempt legislation, setting higher standards for itself and more ambitious objectives by means of internal procedures that go beyond the scope of mandatory requirements of local, national and international regulations.
For more information about Costa Cruise Lines visit the Prow's Edge profile of the cruise line at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruise-lines-costa-cruise-lines.html or visit the Costa Cruise Line web site at http://www.costacruise.com/B2C/USA/Default.htm
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Norwegian Cruise Line offers special savings on more than 300 popular cruises around the world as part of World’s Largest Cruise Night (WLCN), the centerpiece of October’s National Cruise Vacation Month, on Wednesday, October 14, with a preview day on Tuesday, October 13. The offer, available through October 20, provides half off standard cruise deposits and up to $250 in on-board credit per stateroom, based on cruise length and category.
The on-board credit can be used to purchase anything from shore excursions and spa treatments; to specialty fitness classes like yoga and spinning; gifts in the duty free shop and can even be used in the casino. The amount is based on the length of the cruise and the category of stateroom booked. Guests who book sailings of up to five days in a Garden Villa receive $100 per stateroom in spending credit; $75 for suites; $50 for mini-suites; $40 for balcony staterooms; $20 for oceanview and $15 for inside staterooms. For sailings of six days and longer, guests sailing in a Garden Villa receive $250 per stateroom in on-board spending credit; $150 for suites; $100 for mini-suites and deluxe balcony staterooms; $75 for balcony staterooms; $50 for oceanview and $25 for inside staterooms.
WLCN is part of a series of innovative initiatives launched in celebration of October's National Cruise Vacation Month, a North American celebration of the cruise experience. Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) member travel agencies across the U.S. and Canada will focus their promotional efforts to educate travelers on the value and diversity of today's cruise vacations.
For news about special savings from Norwegian Cruise Lines and other cruise lines take a look at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruises-news-021009-Cruise-Lines-International-Association-CLIA.html at Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine online.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Celebrating National Cruise Month, as reported in our last blog entry at http://prows-edge-cruise-magazine.blogspot.com/2009/10/welcome-to-national-cruise-vacation.html, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has now announced a number of special offers available during these celebrations.
From shipboard credits to discounts in airfares, take a look at the latest news about these savings to be made during this month at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruises-news-021009-Cruise-Lines-International-Association-CLIA.html
Did you know that October is National Cruise Vacation Month?
And did you know that October 14th, 2009 is the World's Largest Cruise Night?
National Cruise Vacation Month is an annual event in which travel agencies across North America sponsor exciting events and promotions all focused on cruising - the most enjoyable, satisfying and value-oriented vacation option available in today's marketplace.
World's Largest Cruise Night (WLCN) is the highlight of October's National Cruise Vacation Month and offers offers shoppers a range of booking windows into November, is designed to showcase special offers made by the 25 member cruise lines of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and their thousands of travel agent partners throughout North America.
In 2008, the event generated more than $40 million in cruise sales as vacationers jumped at the chance to save.
In addition to a “Virtual WLCN,” where consumers can go online and obtain all the information they need on special offers, view videos and contact participating travel agents, there will be special events during the 24-hour period on October 14 at travel agencies around the country.
It’s easy for vacationers to take advantage of the special offers of World’s Largest Cruise Night: simply visit CLIA’s website at www.cruising.org, click on the WLCN logo and use the locator to find a conveniently situated participating travel agent or a special agency event.
Friday, October 2, 2009
If baseball is your passion - you might be interested in the latest announcement from MSC Cruises about a powerful lineup of "baseball greats" on their Baseball Greats theme cruises.
Some of the greats of the game – including numerous record holders and members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum – will be onboard, sharing their skills and their memories, during the powerful line up of five “Baseball Greats” theme cruises as MSC Poesia sails her inaugural season in the U.S. during the 2009-10 Caribbean cruise season.
In addition to visits to some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful locations, each “Baseball Greats” “sailing includes free interactive guest/player activities, including a player-hosted trivia game in which guests can test their baseball knowledge, question-and-answer sessions with the players, a guest pitching contest and a lively story-telling session. Players will also host pitching, hitting, fielding and base running clinics.
Perhaps the most popular activity is the free autograph session at the end of the cruise.
MSC Poesia offers “Baseball Greats” theme cruises on the following roundtrip itineraries from Fort Lauderdale:
- Nov. 20, 2009: 10-night Southern Caribbean featuring Panama, featuring Bob Feller, Cito Gaston, Frank Howard, Stan Bahnsen and Bill Russell.
- Jan. 16, 2010: 7-night Western Caribbean, featuring Hector Lopez, Ken Griffey Sr., Stan Bahnsen, Jeff Torborg, and Cookie Rojas.
- Feb. 6, 2010: 7-night Western Caribbean; featuring Tony Oliva, Jim Fregosi, Rudy May, Stan Bahnsen and Ed Kranepool.
- March 6, 2010: 7-night Eastern Caribbean, featuring Amos Otis, Stan Bahnsen, Vida Blue, Rennie Stennet and Rico Petrocelli.
- April 3, 2010: 7-night Eastern Caribbean; featuring Stan Bahnsen, Tony Taylor, Gorman Thomas and Randy Hundley
For more information on this visit http://www.msccruisesusa.com/specialcruises/theme-cruises
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Heart warming news from the world of cruising
Princess Cruises and Cruise Critic today announced the winning entry for their Real Life Love Story contest.
“Someone e-mailed me today and told me that Princess was hosting a contest for the best romantic on-board love story … ‘Well, that sounds nice,’ I said to myself, and thought about entering the contest … But I don’t think I’m going to.”
Despite what she wrote, Tracey Pettit did enter the Real Life Love Stories contest sponsored by Princess Cruises and Cruise Critic® and her entry, “The Contest,” was voted the most romantic by Cruise Critic members.
In her story, Pettit, from Rocklin, California, tells of meeting her husband while on a Christmas cruise to the Mexican Rivera aboard Regal Princess. “I was standing at the bar in the Bengal Lounge … and I turned to find a tall man with broad shoulders and bedroom eyes… twenty minutes later, as he walked out of the bar, I said to my sister “I’m going to marry that man. … it sounds ridiculous. It sounds like something that only happens in the movies.”
Her entry was one of more than a 100 stories submitted and posted on the Cruise Critic site. The romantic stories chronicled onboard meetings, marriage proposals, weddings at sea and vow renewals. The top five stories were selected by Gavin MacLeod, Princess’ well-known ambassador and member of the line’s “Department of Romance,” and Cruise Critic editor-in-chief Carolyn Spencer Brown. People were then invited to vote for their favorite story from the five finalists. As the winner, Pettit will receive a seven-day Princess cruise to the Caribbean.
“We are absolutely thrilled to win,” said Pettit. “I’m very glad my mother-in-law told me about the contest -- I had so much fun writing the story, and we have a great story to share. We’re coming up on the 10th anniversary of when we met, so it was very serendipitous that the contest came at this time. We feel very blessed to have met on a Princess ship, and we always tell people that we met on the Love Boat.”
Pettit’s story can be found at http://www.princess.com/romance/
And if you're looking for romance at sea yourself, take a look at the Prow's Edge pages of advice including those talking about weddings and romance at sea at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruises-advice-weddings-at-sea.html
Monday, September 28, 2009
Continuing its tradition of breaking the mold, Royal Caribbean International is teaming up with USA TODAY to launch the “Reporter at Sea” contest in search of a talented citizen journalist to help cover one of the biggest travel stories of the year – the unveiling of Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship.
Starting today through October 9, 2009, aspiring journalists are invited to enter to win the coveted job of special field correspondent onboard Oasis of the Seas' preview sailing alongside USA TODAY’S own cruise editor, Gene Sloan.
Once onboard the ship, the lucky winner will receive behind-the-scenes access to file reports that will appear at USA TODAY’s Cruise Log about one of the most buzzed about hospitality and entertainment stories of the year.
In addition to the United States, the “Reporter at Sea” contest is searching for journalists in Canada, Germany, Mexico, and the United Kingdom with one winner from each country.
Eager reporters-to-be can audition for the assignment of a lifetime by submitting a creative video no longer than 45 seconds at reporteratsea.usatoday.com. The video should showcase his/her best reporting skills and tout why Royal Caribbean should select him/her to serve as a citizen journalist onboard Oasis of the Seas. Videos will be judged based on creativity and quality, as well as the entrant’s ability to entertain, effectively bring to life and clearly explain travel or cruising concepts, and articulate why he/she should be chosen to represent their country.
Once the entry period ends, judges will select 10 finalists per country, and voters will choose their favorite video between October 20 and October 25. One winner from each country will be simultaneously announced on November 4 and will be flown with a guest to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to cover the first pre-inaugural cruise onboard Oasis of the Seas from November 19 to November 22.
For more information on the “Reporter at Sea” contest, how to enter, the official rules, details on the prize and voting , please visit http://www.reporteratsea.usatoday.com.
VOTING OPENS FOR GRAND PRIZE WINNER IN CARNIVAL’S “VIRTUAL BOOK OF DREAMS” CHILDREN’S ESSAY AND DRAWING CONTEST
The five finalists in Carnival Cruise Lines’ Virtual Book of Dreams Contest were unveiled this morning at www.carnivalbookofdreams.com and public voting is now underway to determine a Grand Prize Winner.
As we reported in Prow's Edge, the contest invited children between the ages of 7 and 12 to share their awesome dreams in a short essay and accompanying hand-drawn illustration for a chance to become the world’s first-ever cruise ship waterslide Godchild. The winner and family will travel to New York City to christen the spectacular Carnival WaterWorks aqua park on the new Carnival Dream in November and also receive a free cruise.
Voting to determine the Grand Prize Winner will run through Oct. 4, 2009 and the winner will be announced on Oct. 12, 2009.
The five finalists include four chosen by a panel of judges and one chosen via public voting. The finalists are: “Dream Viewing Invention” submitted by Alice, age 10, Pleasant Hill, CA; “Going to the Moon for Vacation” submitted by Amanda, age 10, from Bridgeport, PA; “My Famous Pancake” submitted by Alyssa, age 9, from Napa, CA; “Sending My Dreams to Iraq” submitted by Emily, age 8, from Holly Springs, NC; and “Wake Me When We Leave” submitted by Hailee, age 9, from Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
Voting is open to the public and currently underway at www.carnivalbookofdreams.com.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
FESTIVE CRUISES FROM FRED. OLSEN
It might seem a little early to start thinking about Christmas, but not if you're thinking of taking a cruise.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has produced a mini brochure of its pre-Christmas cruises, including Christmas markets, winter sunshine and mini cruises.
For bookings on longer cruises, to the Canary Islands and Caribbean, there is a free luxury Christmas hamper worth £100 per booking, and a £50 hamper on bookings for Christmas markets cruises.
The cruises include Boudicca’s BD0929 to the Canaries, 12 nights departing from Portsmouth on 6th December with prices from £736 per person – this cruise also features The ArtsClub subject of Music (no additional cost). Braemar's BM0926 Caribbean fly-cruise of 12 nights, departing 10th December, is priced from £1,099 per person. This cruise has flights from Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle and Newquay and joins the ship in Barbados. Also available is Flagship Golf at an additional cost of £400 per player.
The Christmas markets cruises include Balmoral’s BL0922 cruise of seven nights, departing Dover on 12th December, and visiting Copenhagen, Hamburg, and Amsterdam. Prices for this cruise start from just £429 per person.
The brochure also features two mini cruises, ideal tasters for those new to cruising.
For more details visit www.fredolsencruises.co.uk To book, call Reservations on 01473 742424 or see an ABTA travel agent. You can also book online.
For more information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines visit the Prow's Edge profile on Fred. Olsen at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruise-lines-fred-olsen-cruises.html
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' MS EUROPA celebrated her 10th birthday last night with a grand harbor cruise in Hamburg after returning from a 14-day shipyard stay. During the shipyard stay all of her 204 luxury suites received fresh new fabrics and colors, and the Penthouses Deluxe Suite (measuring 484 sq. ft.) and the Penthouse Grand Suite (measuring 915 sq. ft.) were fully renovated. The extraordinary birthday celebration on the EUROPA, on September 21st sailed along the banks of the River Elbe from Blankenese all the way to the bridge Koehlbrandbruecke in the Port of Hamburg. The festivities included an eight hour tour of the harbor, a gourmet sampling onboard from six of Hamburg’s best chefs, culinary masterpieces prepared by EUROPA’s top chefs, a 30 liter champagne bottle for toasting, and a grand finale fireworks display for guests onboard and onlookers ashore.
For a profile of Hapag-LLoyd Cruises please visit http://www.prowsedge.com/cruise-lines-hapag-lloyd-cruises.html at Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine
Even if you're already doing that with your handy video cam and latest equipment, there's always room for improvement, right? To help you out, Crystal Cruises is partnering with the Travel Channel Academy to teach its guests how to produce, direct and edit professional travel films.
Taught by Travel Channel producers and directors, the comprehensive curriculum mirrors the Academy’s respected land-based program, embellished with camera equipment and editing software available exclusively to Crystal guests. The Academy is the only travel-focused digital filmmaking workshop on the planet. As the only cruise line to offer a version of the program at sea, Crystal is encouraging travelers to combine their passion for travel and film to become video travel journalists. Crystal’s onboard Creative Learning Institute is introducing the workshops on the February 9, 21-day Cape Town-to-Mumbai “Safaris and Saris” segment of the ultra-luxury line’s World Cruise.
“Storytelling is one of the great joys of travel,” says Thomas Mazloum, Crystal’s senior vice president of hotel operations. “This Crystal Cruises filmmaking experience is the kind of sophisticated enrichment our guests appreciate, enabling them to professionally document, relive and share the intangible adventures that inspire them to travel.”
Via personalized and group instruction from nine Travel Channel professionals, guests will learn both the basic processes and finer nuances of developing travel documentaries, using their own adventures and stories as subject matter, during two distinct, comprehensive classes in travel filmmaking. The “Master Class” is a three-week intensive session during which participants will shoot, edit and produce two individual one-minute films, plus a three-minute group effort. The weeklong option, “How to Make Great Travel Videos,” teaches the same skills in producing professional short travel videos, and help guests develop their own one-minute project.
Each person will have the opportunity to play the role of director, cameraperson, writer and editor, with the best videos selected at an awards ceremony during the cruise and shown on the Travel Channel Academy in-stateroom TV network. Guests can also submit their completed works to the Travel Channel and possibly showcase them on one of the network’s many outlets. Master Class students will also learn how to market their documentaries.
No experience or technical knowledge is necessary to enroll in the program. Included in the $1,995 cost for the three-week course is hands-on training with Travel Channel Academy experts; and all equipment, including cameras, Apple computers, and Final Cut Pro video editing software, all of which runs several hundred dollars extra for the land-based course. Guests can opt for the shorter class for $495. Pre-registration is encouraged, as space is extremely limited.
In addition to Cape Town and Mumbai, the voyage visits Durban and Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Zanzibar, Tanzania; Mahé/Victoria, Seychelles; Malé, Republic of Maldives; and Cochin and Marmagao, India. With two-for-one fares, the 21-day cruise starts at $13,190 per person, double occupancy, and offers a $500 per person ‘All Inclusive – As You Wish’ spending credit. Free air is included if the voyage is combined with another World Cruise segment.
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