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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Norwegian Cruise Line private cabanas

Norwegian Cruise Line have introduced exclusive private cabanas with VIP service and amenities,  on Great Stirrup Cay, the line’s 250-acre private island in the Bahamas.

The launch of “Cabanas on the Cay” marks another significant addition to the island as part of the $25 million dollar enhancement project.

Located to the west of the island’s main beach, these perfectly-appointed private Cabanas boast exclusive service and amenities to provide guests with the ultimate island escape and total relaxation.

Available for $249 per day, each Cabana accommodates up to six guests and is fully furnished with lounge chairs, tables, cooler, beach towels and a shower. Cabana rental also includes a $50 food and beverage credit; up to six all-day passes to the Hippo Waterslide, a $120 value; and one large float, a $25 value; for guests to enjoy during their time on the island.

Guests who reserve one of the 10 “Cabanas on the Cay” will enjoy priority tender service to the island and, upon arrival to their private cabana, will receive six complimentary bottles of water and a refreshing fruit basket. As they relax on one of the comfortable lounge chairs, guests will have the opportunity to use their $50 food and beverage credit towards pre-ordered “Cabanas on the Cay” food and beverage  selections.

For more information visit  www.ncl.com.

Monday, May 28, 2012

St Helena Island RMS Cruise

The unique cargo-passenger ship, the RMS St Helena, one of the last working Royal Mail ships in the world, offers several exiting cruises including one to Saint Helena Island in the South Atlantic.

One of the most remote, inhabited islands on earth, St Helena offers everything from desert landscapes and 1,000 ft-high cliffs of volcanic rock, to luscious green valleys playing host to unique plants and wildlife.

Cruising en route to St Helena Island, the RMS St Helena takes in several unique ports of call, from Capetown in South Africa to Weymouth Bay and Portland Port, and unspoilt and peaceful Ascension that is known for it's wild landscapes and 44  volcanic craters rather than gaudy, modern resorts and hotels.

Carrying under 130 passengers, the 6,767 gross toned St Helena offers a cruise unlike the usual offerings from more commercial cruise lines in that it also works as a local lifeline for residents at St Helena.
Life on board is without the usual gaudy over-kill of theatres and casinos, but nevertheless offers high class accommodation and leisure areas as well as world renowned food including everything from traditional afternoon teas to a six-course dinners.

For more information take a look at http://rms-st-helena.com/

Sunday, May 27, 2012

MSC Divina launched in Marseille

Very recently, in Marseille, France, the latest jewel in the MSC Cruises’ fleet, MSC Divina, was christened by international screen legend Sophia Loren.

The exclusive high-profile event included a gala dinner and entertainment from illustrious performers in the company of international celebrities, selected guests, media, authorities and the top management of MSC Cruises.

The festivities marked not only the addition of the 12th ship to the MSC Cruises’ ultra-modern fleet, but also the Mediterranean heritage of which the company is so proud.

Every detail of the onboard experience and the christening was carefully planned to reflect the colors, scents, history and the culture of the area, offering guests an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy the region’s celebrated values of authenticity and warm hospitality.

“Since 2003 we have built our ships on French soil, partnering with the French shipyard and heavily contributing to employment and the economy,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, CEO, MSC Cruises. “We celebrated this long-established relationship, paying homage to the country’s oldest and biggest port at the christening ceremony of our latest flagship, MSC Divina.”

The highlight of the evening was when Sophia Loren – treasured godmother of the MSC Cruises’ fleet - cut the ribbon and named MSC Divina to a crescendo of champagne, confetti, and sparkling fountains.

The nest day, the new MSC Divina took to the seas for her long-awaited first season.

For more information about MSC Cruises take a look at the Prow’s Edge Cruise Magazine profile of MSC Cruises, or visit the MSC Cruises web site.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Cunard Savings Across Atlantic

From 1 June through 7 June, Cunard Line will offer significant savings on select 7-day Transatlantic Crossings on board flagship, Queen Mary 2 in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The only liner to provide regularly scheduled Transatlantic service, Queen Mary 2 offers the ultimate luxury cruise vacation, rich in classic British traditions, fine cuisine and stimulating on board enrichment.  This year’s season includes several new offerings, such as new theatrical productions, jazz workshops, lecture programmes, dining menus and spa treatments.The seven-day Diamond Jubilee Sale offers fares starting as low as $795, Complimentary Double Upgrades, and up to $150 in On Board Credit (per person, based on double occupancy).Dates for the Diamond Jubilee Sale include:

7-Day Eastbound

  • 6 July 2012
  • 3 August 2012
  • 28 August 2012
  • 2 October 2012
  • 28 October 2012
  • 27 November 2012
  • 3 January 2013
7-Day Westbound
  • 24 June 2012
  • 27 July 2012
  • 21 August 2012
  • 14 September 2012
  • 14 October 2012
  • 20 November 2012
  • 15 December 2012

For lots more information abut Cunard Line - basic information and cruise experiences with Cunard visit Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine

Monday, May 21, 2012

Specific Savings – Vairety Cruises

Here are the specific cruise savings as mentioned in the previous blog at Variety Cruises Savings

2012 Greek Cruises

ANTIQUITY TO BYZANTIUM: Discover Ancient Greece aboard the Harmony G starting in Athens with visits to the tombs at Mycenae, Olympia and the spectacular Oracle Temple of Delphi; book select dates starting November 2.

JEWEL OF THE CYCLADES: Board in Athens on the M/S Galileo, a classic steel motor sailer, en route to the Aegean Islands with stops in Santorini, Mykonos and off the beaten path islands such as Paros and Folegandros; book select dates starting May 18.

CLASSICAL GREECE: Board the Harmony V mega yacht in Athens and explore stops in Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, the hidden-gem island of Kythira and more; Book select dates starting May 25.

AEGEAN ODYSSEY: Cruise through the Aegean Islands and Turkey aboard the Panorama (spring/fall) or Panorama II (summer) experiencing the sights and sounds of the Mediterranean's rich cultural heritage; Book select dates starting May 11.

New Itineraries

THE SEYCHELLES - CRUISES IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN: The latest addition to Variety Cruises, guests can island hop in perfect harmony with this unspoiled paradise visiting centuries-old rain forests and take in unique wildlife and flora and fauna. Book select dates starting December 1.
DODECANESE MOSAIC: Travel on the three-masted Panorama sail cruiser embarking from Rhodes or Aghios Nikolaos sailing through the beautiful ports of Bodrum, Santorini and the islands of Karpathos and Amorgos; Book select dates starting June 30.

ROMANTIC RIVERAS: The French and Italian Rivieras come to life as the new 223-foot Variety Voyager mega yacht travels through chic hotspots such as Nice, St. Tropez, Portofino, Monte Carlo and more; Book select dates starting July 14.

TREASURES OF SOUTH ITALY AND MALTA: Board the new Variety Voyager mega yacht as it cruises around Sicily exploring Taormina, Syracuse, Agrigento and Cephalu, with stops in Capri, Malta and Lipari; Book select dates starting September 15.

ARABIAN JOURNEYS 2012/13: Experience the wonders of the Arabian Gulf and the Omani Coast departing from Abu Dhabi to Muscat aboard the new Variety Voyager mega yacht; Book select dates starting November 29.

RIVERS OF WEST AFRICA: Operating from Dakar to Senegal, the Harmony V mega yacht will sail up the Gambia River, with stops in colorful fishing villages, nature and wildlife reserves; Book select dates starting December 21.

For more information visit www.varietycruises.com for more information on participating sailing dates or call 1-800-319-7776 (US) and 1-866-944-8498 (Canada) to receive the 2012/13 Variety Cruises brochure.

Variety Cruises Savings

Variety Cruises is offering hot deals on last-minute bookings made on select sailings through 2012/13.

Special offers are available on new and classic itineraries, with visits to hotspot destinations like Dubrovnik and The Seychelles and off-the-beaten-path ports larger ships cannot access like Kythira in the Greek Islands.

With its signature style of small-ship cruising, the family-run, Greece-based Variety Cruises is the premier line for life-enriching journeys for inquisitive travelers.

Specials on all programs include the following on select departure dates:

·       2-for-1 offers with 2nd passenger free, no single supplement


·       50% discount for 2nd passenger, 25% single supplement

All offers are available for reservations made until June 15, 2012 except for the Arabian Journeys, Antiquity & Byzantium & Seychelles Cruise for which the booking deadline is Aug 31; port charges are excluded from these discounts. When booking a special offer, please reference code: SPECIAL OFFER / MAY 2.

FOR DETAILS OF THESE SAVINGS VISIT: Specific Savings – Vairety Cruises 

For more information visit www.varietycruises.com for more information on participating sailing dates or call 1-800-319-7776 (US) and 1-866-944-8498 (Canada) to receive the 2012/13 Variety Cruises brochure.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Princess Love Boat Captains

What’s in a name? Well, at Princess Cruises the name Gavin MacLeod naturally is associated with the famous TV captain of “The Love Boat.” But it turns out that the line coincidentally also has a real-life bridge officer with the same name. And the long-time Princess ambassador couldn’t wait to meet him.

When Island Princess Third Officer Gavin MacLeod, who hails from Inverness, Scotland, joined Princess in 2010, he never gave much thought to the fact that he shared a name with the actor who made the role of “Captain Stubing” an iconic part of television history.

But last week when Island Princess called at the port of Los Angeles, the two men met on the ship’s bridge and enjoyed lunch together at Sabatini’s restaurant. The pair also signed several navigational charts to be auctioned for charity.

Frequently filmed aboard Princess ships throughout its 1977-86 run, “The Love Boat” created a lasting legacy in the cruise industry. Actor Gavin MacLeod has continued his association with the cruise line ever since, serving as an ambassador who travels regularly aboard Princess ships and represents the company at a variety of events throughout the year.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's website at www.princess.com.

For more cruise and cruise line information visit Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Paul Gauguin Tahiti Sale

Only 8 more days to go to take advantage of the super sale on offer from Paul Gauguin Cruises.

Until May 19th, Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, is offering incredible savings on select sailings of its most popular voyage, Tahiti & the Society Islands,

Guests will benefit from these exceptional savings while enjoying the highest standards of luxury, quality, and service in the most exquisite destination in the world.

Book select sailings aboard the seven-night Tahiti & the Society Islands voyage and save $700 to $2,500 per person off previously advertised prices in addition to the 50% off standard cruise fare.*  Plus, guests receive FREE airfare from Los Angeles.

Tahiti & the Society Islands

7-night voyages: July 21, 28; August 4, 11; December 22, 29, 2012
Now from only $4,697 $3,897 per person

7-night voyage: October 6, 13, 2012
Now from only $4,597 $3,797 per person

7-night voyage: December 15, 2012
Now from only $4,297 $3,597 per person

7-night voyage: January 5, 2013
Now from only $4,495 $3,597 per person

For reservations, contact a professional travel agent, call 1-800-848-6172, or visit www.pgcruises.com.

For more information about Paul Gauguin Cruises take a look at the updated profile at  Prow's Edge Cruises - Paul Gauguin

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Princess Cruises Mother’s Day Sale

Princess Cruises is celebrating Mother’s Day with a sale on great family cruise destinations from convenient home ports. The May 10-14 sale offers special cruise deals on voyages to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Canada & New England, and Hawaii.

The Mother’s Day Sale offers passengers savings up to $700 per stateroom, plus up to $100 onboard credit on a total of more than 80 itineraries.

In addition to fare savings, passengers booking interior or oceanview staterooms can receive an onboard credit of $25 (cruises up to 9 days) to $50 (cruises 10 days or longer), and in balcony staterooms or above can get credits of $50 (cruises up to 9 days) or $100 (for sailings 10 days or longer). All onboard credits are offered per stateroom.

Cruise deals include:

Caribbean cruise – 7 days: $799 balcony (was $949); $549 interior (was $599)

Canada & New England cruise – 7 days: $999 balcony (was $1,299); $599 interior (was $799)

Panama Canal cruise – 10 days: $1,599 balcony (was $1,649); $999 interior (was $1,099)

Hawaii cruise – 14 days: $1,995 balcony (was $2,345); $1,295 interior (was $1,445)

Panama Canal cruise – 14 days: $1,799 balcony (was $2,299); $1,099 interior (was $1,599)

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The Mother’s Day Sale begins at 12:01 a.m. PDT on May 10 through 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 14, 2012 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Reservations made during the sale require a non-refundable deposit.

Additional sale information is available at http://www.princess.com/sale.

For more about Princess Cruises see the Prow's Edge Profile at http://www.prowsedge.com/cruise-lines-princess-cruises.html

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cruises and Mysterious Destinations

For something different in the world of cruises, you might want to take a look at Mysterious Destinations, a Maine-based company that specializes in creating travel experiences for people seeking to learn more about the unknown and the unexplained in both domestic and international locations.

For those crazy about their cruises, Mysterious Destinations is now offering a 7-day Caribbean cruise in which participants will have exclusive opportunities to personally investigate mysterious 4-fingered handprints at a Mayan ruin in Cozumel and seek evidence of paranormal activity at the Rose Hall Great House in Jamaica.

Paranormal detection equipment is provided for participants, as well as training in its use. Evidence collected by participants will be published online at www.MysteriousDestinations.com and presented to passengers of the cruise ship on the final day at sea.

The cruise will depart from New Orleans on Nov. 24 (2012) aboard the Navigator of the Seas, of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, with AAA acting as exclusive booking agent.

Further cruise based experiences of this type are in the planning stages. Watch Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine for the latest news about these and other cruises on offer around the world.

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