Friday, June 8, 2012

ROYAL CARIBBEAN's 3-DAY WOW SALE starts Monday, June 11th through Wednesday, June 13!!
CALL ME to book any sailing departing on or after August 15, 2012 to receive up to a $200 onboard credit and 50% Reduced Deposit!

This 3-Day WOW Sale includes cruisetours and sailing on the entire fleet!
~~ LeAnne
TRAVEL NOTES: Disney Raises Walt Disney World Ticket Rates
6/7/2012 -
Disney has raised the basic single-day, single-park ticket price for Walt Disney World to $89, a $4 increase.

Universal Orlando raised its single-day, single-park tickets last week to $88. (Single-day passes for Disney's parks in California cost $87.) 

American Airlines will reduce its July flight schedule by 1 percent due to higher-than-expected sick leave days filed by its pilots. The pilots union attributes the sick leave spike to impending changes in the carrier's health insurance plans that are forcing some employees to schedule elective surgeries in advance of the changes.
United Airlines now files nonstop between Washington/Dulles and Dublin.

(Stock photo)
CRUISES: Carnival May Change Its Past-Passenger Loyalty Program

6/7/2012 - reports that it's obtained an advance copy of planned changes in the past-passenger loyalty program at Carnival Cruise Lines. The new program will take effect on June 11. The leaked plan will expand membership tiers from two (Gold at two cruises and Platinum at 10) to five (Blue, Red, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond), with levels based on days cruised instead of total cruises taken. See the story for more details.

In other news, Carnival will offer more than 180 different shore excursions options for the inaugural Europe season of its new ship "Carnival Breeze" (June 3-Oct. 25). These options range from tours in Naples and Tuscany to yacht cruises to the Elephati Islands from Dubrovnik.

AMA Waterways - an OSSN supplier member! - rolled out two new France itineraries for 2013: the seven-night "Paris & Normandy" voyage on the Seine River aboard the "AmaLegro" and the 14-night "Jewels of France" cruise (combining the "Paris & Normandy" route on the "AmaLegro" with a seven-night Rhone River sailing on the "AmaDagio").

Crystal Cruises will offer almost 100 different "Crystal Adventures" excursion options for the South America segment of the line's 2013 world cruise aboard the "Crystal Serenity." The options range from an Antarctica visit to a hike to the mouth of Iguassu Falls.

(Credit: Carnival Cruise Lines)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Royal Caribbean Wraps Up Grandeur Renovations

6/4/2012 - Royal Caribbean wrapped up refurbishments on the "Grandeur of the Seas" (pictured). The $48 million makeover included five new restaurants, a new Royal Babies & Tots Nursery, a new Diamond lounge, and other changes.
Costa Cruises is changing deployments for the 2012-2013 winter season. The "Costa Classica" will move to the United Arab Emirates in mid-November to operate weeklong sailings from Dubai. Meanwhile, the "Costa Magica" will replace the "Classica" then in the Med to offer 11- and 12-day sailings in the region.

Norwegian Cruise Line rolled out its "Cruise Event" promotion yesterday, with extra onboard amenities (ranging from bottles of wine and spa credits to free dinners for two in specialty restaurants) for qualifying cruises of a least five days booked by June 9.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises says the "Seven Seas Navigator" left drydock late last week with upgraded decor in its Grand and Master Suites, an expanded steakhouse, a new Italian dining venue, and other changes.

The strike by port pilots in Norway ended late Friday night. Some cruise lines that had reworked their Norway itineraries as a result of the strike will revert to their original schedules, while others will stick with their rescheduled plans (so, check ahead if you're sailing to Norway in the near future).

Azamara Club Cruises will give MY clients booking (through me) selected Asia and South American voyages for 2013 an onboard credit up to $500 per cabin and upgrades for bookings made today through Friday.

(Credit: Royal Caribbean)