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Curacao introduces ED Card

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

All foreign visitors arriving in Curaçao are required to have a completed ED-card for immigration clearance. At the moment travelers can obtain the ED-card on board of the flights arriving to Curaçao. The Online ED-card can be completed in the comfort of your home before even embarking your flight to Curaçao. By introducing the Online ED-card the amount of time spent in the immigration line will be considerably reduced. The Online ED Card will be in sync with the Automated Border Management System referred to as “eGates”.

Completing the ED-card
After booking your flight complete the form by filling out all required fields. Form must be completed before departing to Curaçao. After completing the form submit the form by clicking on the ‘save’ button. You will receive an email back confirming your online registration. If possible please print out the online application. This confirmation does not guarantee admission to Curaçao. A border control officer at the port of entry will have the final determination.

Clearing Immigration

At arrival, please follow the instructions of the “eGates”. The eGate will match your passport with your completed online ED Card in the system.

Complete the ED Card here: https://edcardcuracao.com/

Harmony of the Seas vs. Allure of the Seas

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Harmony of the Seas vs. Allure of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas has snatched the title of “Largest Cruise Ship in the World” from elder sister, Allure of the Seas — a title that ship had held for six years.

Royal’s newest Oasis-class ship combines the best features of its sisters — sticking with the “neighborhood” layout to allow for easy flows — while combining all the new technology that debuted on its smaller sisters, the Quantum-class ships.

Both Harmony and Allure are crammed full of entertainment options, outdoor activities, a huge number of dining options, Broadway-quality shows and tons of fun stuff for families. So how do you choose between them?

Similarities between Harmony of the Seas and Allure of the Seas

The ships are pretty much the same, in terms of size, layout, cabins and entertainment — with just one or two changes. So if you’re familiar with Allure (or the Oasis), then you’ll feel quite at home on Harmony.

Cabins

Both Harmony and Allure have the same cabins. (Following Allure’s refurbishment in 2015, a number of suites were added to the top deck.)

The most well-known of the balcony types are those pioneered on Oasis — the inside balcony cabins. These are available in Central Park and the Boardwalk, and are achieved by the ship having two “hollowed out” centers, allowing passengers to be inside but with open sky above.

The other “famous” balcony type is the “inside virtual balcony” launched on Quantum of the Seas, which offer passengers real-time views of their journey via floor-to-ceiling high-definition TV screens.

A few other cabin types are worth mentioning. Loft Suites, double-deck rooms on Deck 17, with the bedroom on the mezzanine and the living area below, are extraordinary, as is the one Presidential family suite, which has four bedrooms and a balcony so large it can fit a dining table, wet bar and whirlpool — it can also sleep 14 people. But the ones we really love are the Aqua Suites, at the back of the ship, so called because they offer perfect views of the AquaTheater. The suites have two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a living room, but it’s their extraordinary balconies, wrapping right round the room, which are the standout, offering 180 degree views. These were retrofitted onto Allure and built from the get-go onto Harmony.

Dining

Both ships have 20 dining venues, and both offer a choice of traditional, set-seating or flexible My Time Dining in the main dining rooms. On both Harmony and Allure, the main restaurant has been sliced into three different areas: Silk, The Grande and American Icon. The decor is different on each floor, but the menu is exactly the same. (Note: Neither ship has “Dynamic Dining,” the anytime dining concept found on Quantum-class ships.)

Suite passengers on both ships have their own dining room, Coastal Kitchen, high up on Deck 17. It offers two Mediterranean-style menus.

Both ships share Izumi, part upscale sushi and sashimi restaurant, and part hibachi restaurant. They also have the ever popular Johnny Rockets, Sorrento’s, Central Park Cafe, Boardwalk Dog House and the Windjammer Café.

Entertainment and Bars

Both Harmony of the Seas and Allure of the Seas have 12 places to drink, most of which you’ll find in the Vegas-like Royal Promenade, which forms the heart of the ship’s bar scene. Venues range from classic pub-type bars — Boot & Bonnet on Harmony, Bow & Stern on Allure — to more upscale drinking venues, such as the Latin-themed Boleros and Central Park’s Vintages, which combines tapas with wine flights.

The ships also share a gimmicky but very popular venue, the Rising Tide Bar, which glides up and down between floors. You start drinking in the Royal Promenade before you are elevated to Central Park and back.

Entertainment Place (one of the seven neighborhoods) is also the same on both ships. It’s got the Studio B ice rink, Jazz on 4, the main theater and the comedy club.

Activities

There have been a few changes here (see below), but both ships have twin Flowrider surf simulators, twin climbing walls, a zip line, outdoor mini-golf and a basketball court that can convert into a volleyball court or soccer pitch. Both have multiple pools and wonderful water parks for kids (though Harmony has added some new features).

Family Fun

The DreamWorks link-up is still prevalent, and regular nightly parades and character meet-and-greets are found on both Allure and Harmony. The family programming on both ships is outstanding, and centers on the 29,000-square-foot Adventure Ocean, split into age-appropriate spaces. At the other end of each ship, you’ll find the teen space, The Living Room, which has been slightly expanded on Harmony.

Cruise ships to watch in 2015

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

START PLANNING!

Get ready to sail the world in 2015 aboard a bevy of new ships, jam-packed with plenty of gee-whiz amenities, from stern-side infinity pools to robot bartenders. While four of our five favorites are over-the-top oceangoing vessels, readying to ply popular routes in Europe and the Caribbean, there’s one close-to-home Mississippi River paddle wheeler, too, that stands out as a real eye-catcher. Here’s a sneak peek at five cruise ships that are sure to make waves in the year ahead (Rates, which were confirmed at the time of writing, are subject to change.).

1. Viking Star

Viking Star and its glass-backed infinity pool will set sail in 2015. (Courtesy: Viking Ocean Cruises)

Come April, Viking Ocean Cruises — from the same company behind the well-established Viking River Cruises brand — marks its entry into the world of ocean cruising with the 930-passenger Viking Star (Two more sister ships will follow suit in 2016.). Onboard, guests can expect Scandinavian design reflected in the all-balcony staterooms, a Nordic-inspired spa (including a sauna and “snow grotto,” complete with falling snowflakes), and two-deck, window-framed lounge. The clincher, however, is its stunning glass-backed infinity pool (offered in addition to the retractable dome-covered main pool), which cantilevers off the ship’s stern to dramatic effect.

Viking Star sails a series of seven- to 50-night itineraries from April through December 2015, to Scandinavia/Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Rates from $2,749/person, including shore excursions and beer and wine with meals.

2. Norwegian Escape

The 4,200-passenger Norwegian Escape (Courtesy: Norwegian Cruise Line)

Norwegian Cruise Line is readying to unveil the company’s largest ship to date: the 4,200-passenger Norwegian Escape, which is set to debut in October 2015. In this first vessel (of four) in the line’s new Breakaway-Plus class of ships, guests can anticipate the return of popular Norwegian signature features like hull artwork (The Norwegian Escape gets a marine wildlife motif designed by artist Guy Harvey.); studio staterooms for one; and an oceanfront boardwalk-themed dining, drinking, and entertainment space. While they haven’t divulged all of the ship’s new features just yet, they have confirmed an outpost of Miami’s oldest bar, Tobacco Road, as well as Norwegian’s largest casino, at 19,000 square feet, which incorporates a first-for-the-line casino lounge, the Skyline Bar.

Norwegian Escape will sail seven-night Eastern Caribbean itineraries, embarking round trip from Miami year-round. Rates from $749/person.

Related: Cruising the High (Value) Seas: Super Affordable Ways to Set Sail in 2015

3. Anthem of the Seas

A second robot bar is coming with Anthem of the Seas. (Courtesy: Royal Caribbean International)

Hot off the heels of the cruise world’s 2014 “it” ship — Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, which debuted in November — sister ship Anthem of the Seas will join ranks in April 2015. The two boats make up the line’s new boundary-pushing Quantum class of ships (with a third vessel to follow in 2016), touting tricked-out onboard technology, groundbreaking new venues, and blockbuster entertainment. The 4,180-passenger Anthem will repeat Quantum innovations such as a skydiving simulation experience, robot bartenders, bumper cars, a circus school complete with flying trapeze, and the North Star observation pod, bringing guests some 300 feet in the air for unparalleled views over port and sea. Plus, look for specialty restaurants created by chefs Jamie Oliver, Devin Alexander, and Michael Schwartz, along with headlining musical We Will Rock You.

Anthem of the Seas, with home ports in Southampton, England, from April through October 2015, offers a series of three- to 16-night Mediterranean itineraries; the ship repositions to New Jersey for sailings to the Bahamas and the Caribbean beginning in November 2015. Rates from $789/person.

Watch: The Robot Bartender Hit on My Wife

4. American Eagle

The American Eagle will paddle-wheel the Mississippi in March 2015. (Courtesy: American Cruise Lines)

Make way for the mighty Mississippi in March 2015, when American Cruise Lines’ new American Eagle — the first of four new-build riverboats planned for the line — debuts. The 150-passenger, Victorian-designed paddle wheeler (sister ship to the line’s existing Queen of the Mississippi) comes equipped with standout features like exceptionally spacious staterooms (most with balconies), seven unique lounges (a staggering amount for a ship of its size), a putting green, and a Mark Twain-themed library.

The American Eagle offers a series of seven- to 21-night itineraries along the Mississippi River from March through December 2015. Rates from $4,450/person, including shore excursions, evening cocktail hours, and wine and beer with meals.

Related: Rollin’ Down the River — Cruise the Mississippi, Mekong, and More

5. Britannia

The tri-level atrium on the Brittania (Courtesy: P&O Cruises)

Launching in March, Britain-based P&O Cruises’ 3,647-passenger Britannia will mark the largest vessel in the line’s eight-ship fleet. Guests can expect some of the company’s signature standbys onboard, including The Crow’s Nest Bar and Atul Kochhar’s Sindhu restaurant. But innovations abound, too, like the first cooking school onboard a British ship (The Cookery Club), along with a slate of British celebrity chef-driven restaurants (from the likes of James Martin, Eric Lanlard, Marco Pierre White, and wine expert Olly Smith). Look, too, for a tri-level atrium anchored on a unique, illuminated “Star Burst” sculpture; a multimillion-dollar art collection; and no fewer than four pools.

The Britannia sails from Southampton, England, on a series of two- to 16-night Mediterranean and Northern Europe itineraries between March and October 2015, before repositioning in November for 15- and 16-night winter Caribbean itineraries out of Barbados. American travelers must book sailings from P&O Cruises through online travel agent VacationsToGo.com; weeklong sailing rates from $1,028/person.

Source: Yahoo Travel

The beautiful game sets sail this summer

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

With the FIFA World Cup 2014 just around the corner, sports fever is gripping the nation and, whether watching from the comfort of your own stateroom or getting involved on board, cruise lines are ensuring their passengers won’t miss out on the big game action.

Live coverage of FIFA World Cup matches will be screened on board many of the major cruise lines such as Crystal Cruises, Cunard and P&O Cruises. Celebrity Cruises will also be offering guests viewing parties and football video game tournaments on board, whilst Royal Caribbean International has teamed-up with Coca-Cola to bring the world’s biggest game to the seas for the ultimate watch party this summer. The Coca-Cola World Cup Party at Sea is a special event designed for passengers to celebrate the FIFA World Cup 2014 on board with numerous fun activities for all ages.

The FIFA World Cup 2014 is just one of the many sporting experiences passengers can experience on board cruise ships this summer. In addition to watching other major sporting events such as Wimbledon, passengers can take a more active approach if they wish with access to fitness centres, swimming pools, tennis courts, dance classes, rock climbing walls, ice skating and other sporting activities designed for all ages.

Cruise lines offering FIFA World Cup 2014 experiences and more include:

Among those lines going all out this summer are Costa Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines. The former is pulling out the stops with Brazilian-dance flash mobs (to the tune of the official World Cup anthem) pre- and post every kick-off, with caipirinhas and Brazilian snacks helping to fuel the party spirit.

Deending on timings and the nations involved, matches on board Costa’s ships will be broadcast across a number of venues including the macrodome pool deck (which has a retractable roof), and in the main theatre. The line has also devised a range of themed activities to animate the festivities. Passengers will be encouraged to customize T-shirts and create team banners, and football and tennis tournaments will be organized. Those on the side lines can take Brazilian samba lessons to help celebrate England’s goals (we live in hope) in style, and any passengers preferring to cheer from a poolside lounger can compete for prizes in the special World Cup quizzes.

When Norwegian Cruise Lines asked its guests whether they wanted football on board this summer the answer was a resounding “yes”. The line is screening the biggest matches fleet-wide and across multiple venues in partnership with sport24. “Non-football fanatics will find plenty of ways to escape in the spa, gym, pools, restaurants or alternative bars and lounges throughout the ship,” said vice-president and general manager international, Francis Riley.

Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Cruises will broadcast the FIFA World Cup 2014 live on board its ships sailing to Alaska, Bermuda and Europe. Guests on board can enjoy all 64 matches between more than 30 competing national teams taking place from 12 June to 13 July 2014. Celebrity Cruises also offers a fitness centre, various sporting and games, pool games, and their exclusive Let’s Dance Series.

Crystal Cruises
Crystal Cruises will broadcast the FIFA World Cup 2014 on board its Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony ships. Guests on board will be able to enjoy all 64 matches live while cruising the Mediterranean and Northern Europe between 12th June and 13th July 2014. Fans will be able to watch the games from the comfort of their own stateroom while selected key games will be shown in one of the spacious lounges or theatres on board both ships.
As well as dancing lessons, a fitness centre and junior activities, Crystal Cruises guests can also enjoy Crystal Adventures Shore Excursions.

Cunard
Cunard will be live screening the FIFA World Cup (12th June – 13th July) and Wimbledon (23rd June – 6th July) this summer.
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 ship will undertake four seven-night Atlantic crossings between Southampton and New York in June and July. Cunard also offers sports courts for tennis players, dance classes, a games deck and kids and teens zones with activities tailored to specific age groups.

P&O Cruises
P&O Cruises will be live screening the FIFA World Cup (12th June – 13th July) and Wimbledon (23rd June – 6th July) this summer.
P&O Cruises is offering a selection of seven and 14-night fly-cruise holidays in the Mediterranean on family-friendly contemporary ship Ventura. Based on N413B cruise departing June 25, 2014. P&O Cruises passengers will also have full use of the Sports deck with football, short tennis and Tai Chi, as well as the gym and various swimming pools.

Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean International is partnering with Coca-Cola to host the only Coca-Cola party at sea celebrating the FIFA World Cup 2014 from 12th June to 13th July. Matches will be broadcast on all of its ships throughout June and July 2014. On board Royal Caribbean International’s ships, there are also opportunities to go ice skating, rock wall climbing, take part in dance classes and use their on board jogging track. It will broadcast the World Cup on board all of its 23 ships so there’s no chance of missing any of the 64 matches between the 32 competing teams. Listen for announcements about games in the ship’s designated public areas or watch in the privacy of your cabin – probably the best option ahead of any penalty shootout involving England. Conversely this is also a good line to travel with if you are don’t like football. From surfing and sushi-making to rock climbing and spa treatments there’s plenty of ways in which to escape the sporting action on these multi-deck ships.

MSC Cruises
MSC will show every single game live on each of its 12 ships. Matches will be shown on big screens in the Sports Bar of MSC’s Fantasia-class ships and MSC Magnifica, and in selected bars on other ships. A host of footie-themed events will include a World Cup table-football competition, World Cup trivia quizzes, the chance to make your own shirt and raffles and drinks promotions themed around that day’s competing nations.

Love it or hate it the Fifa World Cup is around the corner. The cruise lines will do a great job televising major sporting events on board. If you’re planning a holiday at sea and don’t want to miss the action there are plenty of cruise lines paying homage to the beautiful game between June 11 and July 13.

It’s also worth remembering that if FIFA is not spefically your thang this summer – there’s always the spa…

Cheers!

 

Farewell to Celebrity Century

Monday, February 24th, 2014

CELEBRITY CRUISES ANNOUNCES CELEBRITY CENTURY’S FAREWELL 2014-2015 SEASON AND UNVEILS ‘CELEBRATION OF THE CENTURY’

Celebration to include President’s Cruise on Celebrity Century, new and special offers, and visits to record number of destinations worldwide. Cruise-Celebrity-Century

To celebrate the farewell season of Celebrity Century, the ship will host special events, including a newly introduced “President’s ‘Celebration of the Century’ Cruise,” during a year featuring a record number of ports of call and 17 new cruise destinations for the brand. The farewell season will also feature exclusive onboard programming and special offers for guests. Celebrity Century will leave the fleet in April 2015.  Captain’s Club loyalty members and vacationers can join Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, on the President’s Celebration of the Century Cruise in Asia. The 14-night sailing from Singapore on Celebrity Century will depart March 8, 2015, and guests will travel to magnificent destinations in Vietnam and the Philippines. Further special events and exclusive onboard programming will be announced shortly.

From March 2014 through April 2015, Celebrity Century will visit 77 ports across 32 countries, the most destinations worldwide of any other ship in the Celebrity fleet. New exotic destinations include Manila and Boracay, Philippines; Bandar Seri Begawan (Muara), Brunei; and Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar. Guests can take their pick from culture-rich experiences in Asia, Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific Coast and South Pacific. Since its inaugural sailing in 1995, guests have enjoyed Celebrity Century’s spacious and beautifully-designed spaces, indulgent premium spa and award-winning dining experiences. Celebrity Century was the first ship to have the now hugely popular Martini Bar and Murano, the award-winning specialty restaurant.

Beginning today and available until April 30, 2014, guests booking any of Celebrity Century’s April 2014-2015 itineraries across the globe can receive up to $200 per stateroom in onboard credit to indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments, globally-influenced dining, unique shore excursions and more. Celebrity’s Captain’s Club loyalty guests can choose between the onboard credit or an exclusive savings offer. And now through February 28, 2014 both offers are combinable with Celebrity’s rich 123go! offer.

About Celebrity Cruises:

Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers’ precious time. Celebrity Cruises’ 11 ships offer modern luxury vacations visiting all seven continents. Celebrity also presents immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska and Canada. Celebrity is one of six cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL). For more information, contact our Reservation department. A&A Tours is the International Representative of Celebrity Cruises for Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

 

Advanced Cruise Vacations on Anthem of the Seas

Friday, February 14th, 2014

ROYAL CARIBBEAN’S ANTHEM OF THE SEAS TO OFFER MOST ADVANCED CRUISE VACATION IN EUROPE AND CARIBBEAN DURING INAUGURAL YEAR

Adventure of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas also offer Vacationers Beautiful Destinations throughout Europe in Summer 2015

MIAMI, Feb. 10, 2014 – Royal Caribbean International today announced that the second ship in the new and most advanced Quantum class of ships, Anthem of the Seas, will be joined by Adventure of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas in the U.K. as part of an unprecedented 2015 Europe season. As previously announced in November 2013 at an exclusive event for media and special guests at London’s iconic Heron Tower, the highly anticipated Anthem of the Seas will homeport at Southampton, U.K. when it launches in April 2015. The ship will mark its inaugural Europe season with 19 cruises to the Spanish, French and Italian rivieras, and the Canary Islands on three- to 16-night itineraries, and then reposition in late-October 2015 to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and sail five-night short Caribbean, six-night Western Caribbean and eight-night Eastern Caribbean itineraries through April 2016 for its first winter season.

Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members will have the exclusive privilege to reserve their staterooms earlier than the general public on Anthem of the Seas inaugural year sailings. Anthem of the Seas’ summer 2015 Europe cruises will be available for member bookings starting Feb. 26, 2014 and the ship’s winter 2015-16 Caribbean cruises will be open for members starting Mar. 12, 2014. Bookings for the general public on Anthem of the Seas’ summer 2015 Europe cruises and winter 2015-16 Caribbean sailings will be opened on Mar. 3 and 20, 2014, respectively.

Serenade of the Seas also will join Anthem of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas in the North Sea in summer 2015, and offer a range of Scandinavia and Russia, as well as Norwegian Fjords, sailings from Copenhagen, Denmark, and Stockholm, Sweden. Adventure of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas will open for booking on Feb. 26, 2014.

Adventure of the Seas will sail three- to 16-night, roundtrip itineraries to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, or Madeira, Azores and Canary Islands. The ship also will sail two trans-Atlantic Ocean Voyages – a 12-night itinerary from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Southampton on May 3, 2015, and from Southampton to Port Canaveral, Fla. on a 15-night return itinerary on Oct. 16.

Royal Caribbean Announces 2015 Anthem of the Seas and Northern Europe Cruises

Offering vacationer a second British port to embark on an unforgettable Royal Caribbean Europe vacation, Brilliance of the Seas will reposition from Tampa, Fla. to its homeport of Harwich, England, on a 14-night trans-Atlantic Ocean Voyage on May 4, 2015, and continue with 12-night roundtrip Scandinavia and Russia sailings from mid-May through August. A July 29 sailing will take guests on a special 12-night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland itinerary, featuring an overnight call at Reykjavik, Iceland.

For its part, Serenade of the Seas also will offer vacationers seven- to 13-night Scandinavia, Russia and Norwegian Fjord itineraries from May through August. The ship will sail from Copenhagen from May through June and in the month of August, bookending sailings from Stockholm from mid-June through July.

Vacationers also can choose four repositioning cruises on Serenade of the Seas. The April 11, 2015, sailing will take guests on a 13-night Caribbean itinerary from New Orleans, La., to Boston, Mass., followed by a 15-night trans-Atlantic Ocean Voyage to Copenhagen via the North Sea. Finally, a 16-night westbound trans-Atlantic Ocean Voyage from Copenhagen to Cape Liberty via Iceland will depart on Aug. 30.

Along with its sister-ship Quantum of the Seas, the 4,180-guest, 167,800 gross tonnage Anthem of the Seas – both currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany – will be a dramatic leap forward for the cruise industry and introduce more game-changing “firsts at sea” such as a skydiving experience call RipCord by iFLY and the North Star, an engineering marvel featuring a jewel like capsule that extends 300 feet above the ocean and over the sides of the ship to deliver 360-degree views for guests.

Cutting-edge transformative venues include SeaPlex , the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more; and the cruise line’s largest and most advanced staterooms ever. These new, larger staterooms enable innovation in design, storage and comfort including the industry’s first virtual balconies.

Royal Caribbean Announces 2015 Anthem of the Seas and Northern Europe Cruises

These innovations and advances follow Royal Caribbean International’s strong tradition of introducing exciting guest experiences to the cruise line’s ships. Anthem of the Seas and sister-ship Quantum of the Seas – which will debut in Oct. 2014 and sail out of New York Harbor from her homeport of Cape Liberty – will be two of the most architecturally and technologically advanced ships ever built. More information on Quantum class of ships is available at RoyalCaribbean.com/QuantumoftheSeas.

Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 40-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry firsts never-before-seen at sea. The cruise line features an expansive and unmatched array of features and amenities found only on Royal Caribbean including, jaw-dropping, Broadway-style entertainment and industry-acclaimed programming that appeals to families and adventurous vacationers alike. Owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSE: RCL), the cruise line sails 21 of the world’s most innovative cruise ships to the most popular destinations in the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, South America, the Far East, and Australia and New Zealand. World renowned for its friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service, delivered by every staff and crew member, Royal Caribbean has been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 10 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Reader’s Choice Awards.

 

Allure of the Seas now sailing to Europe

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

WORLD’S LARGEST AND MOST INNOVATIVE CRUISE SHIP ALLURE OF THE SEAS TO INAUGURATE FIRST FULL OASIS-CLASS EUROPE SEASON

Rhapsody of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas to Join Allure of the Seas to offer Unmatched Europe Vacations Only Found on Royal Caribbean

MIAMI, Feb. 05, 2014 – For nearly five years, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, sister ships that share the title of the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ships, have captured vacationers’ imagination and taken more than two million guests to unforgettable Caribbean destinations. Royal Caribbean International today announced that, for the first time since the ship was delivered in Turku, Finland, in late 2010, Allure of the Seas will return to Europe in summer 2015 and homeport at Barcelona, Spain, and take vacationers to new, fascinating Mediterranean destinations for the first, full Oasis-class Europe season. Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program members have the exclusive privilege to book Allure of the Seas’ Europe season one week earlier on Feb. 12, 2014.

Additionally, Rhapsody of the Seas will offer three 10- and 11-night Black Sea itineraries from Istanbul, Turkey, and then sail a variety of seven- to 11-night Greek and Turkey itineraries from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy. For its part, Splendour of the Seas will offer seven-night Greek Isle and Turkey itineraries from Venice, Italy. Allure of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas’ summer 2015 season will be open to the general public on February 18, 2014.

“Royal Caribbean will be taking vacationers to spectacular Europe destinations and delivering the WOW aboard the world’s most innovative ships in 2015,” said Carol Schuster, senior vice president of Marketing for Royal Caribbean International. “Each Royal Caribbean ship sailing in Europe has already undergone extensive enhancements as part of our fleetwide revitalization program to deliver some of the most popular concepts that debuted on the unmatched Allure of the Seas. No matter which Royal Caribbean ship you choose, every member of our friendly and engaging staff and crew will deliver our signature Gold Anchor Service on an unforgettable Europe vacation.”

Starting May 24, 2015, Allure of the Seas will sail every Sunday from Barcelona and sail a seven-night itinerary, calling at Palma De Mallorca, Spain; Provence (Marseilles), France; and Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Rome (Civitavecchia), and Naples/Capri in Italy. Vacationers can also choose to embark Allure of the Seas for a seven-night sailing, roundtrip from Rome (Civitavecchia).

On board, Allure of the Seas’ guests will enjoy the most innovative and extensive array of onboard amenities contained in seven themed neighborhoods, such as an 82 foot-long zip line, a handcrafted carousel, the Rising Tide elevating bar, a fully-licensed Broadway musical, the high-diving Aquatheater, and Central Park with more than 12,000 live trees and plants, and many more. Allure of the Seas also offers amenities that can only be found on Royal Caribbean, such as twin FlowRider surf simulators, cantilevered whirlpools, an ice-skating rink, the H20 Zone kids aquapark, and the Royal Promenade, an interior boulevard that stretches nearly the length of the ship and flanked by restaurants, lounges and boutiques, among many others.

Guests also will enjoy the DreamWorks Experience, an exclusive integrated entertainment program developed with the world-class animated film studio powerhouse DreamWorks Animation. The DreamWorks Experience was first launched aboard Allure of the Seas in November 2010, with beloved character Princess Fiona of the “Shrek”franchise inaugurating the ship as godmother (http://youtu.be/_aKDTH1qEiw), and continues to impress guests and receive accolades. Guest can join in parades, themed activities and themed events based on DreamWorks Animation’s popular feature-film characters, including Po of “Kung Fu Panda;” Shrek, Fiona and Puss In Boots of “Shrek;” and Alex the Lion, Gloria, and the Penguins from “Madagascar.” Allure of the Seas also is equipped with a 3-D movie theater playing the latest DreamWorks Animation films, as well as a dedicated RCTV channel, featuring a variety of the film studio’s popular movies.

Royal Caribbean’s award-winning family programming also will help ensure that guests of every generation can share in an unforgettable Europe family vacation aboard Allure of the Seas. The cruise line’s complimentary Adventure Ocean kids program offers ongoing educational and entertaining sessions for three age groups from three- to 11-year-olds, led by college-accredited counselors from 9:00 to 2:00 a.m. Two curricula for teens age 12 to 17 years offer more organic programming to offer them the flexibility to help shape their day with peers, as well as teen-only sessions on the FlowRider, Rock Wall and Sports Court. Furthermore, Allure of the Seas’ Royal Babies & Tots Nursery will cater to Royal Caribbean’s youngest guests, age six to 36 months old.

Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 45-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry “firsts” never before seen at sea. The cruise line features an expansive and unmatched array of features and amenities only found on Royal Caribbean including, jaw-dropping, Broadway-style entertainment and industry-acclaimed programming that appeals to families and adventurous vacationers alike.

 

Norwegian Cruise Line to Develop Belize Port

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Norwegian Cruise Line’s plan to add a second private port to its holdings took a giant step forward Wednesday, when the company announced the purchase of 75 acres in southern Belize.norwegian-cruise-belize-private-island
Called Harvest Caye, the new destination — comprising two adjoining islands — will have an “eco-friendly” focus, according to a release from the company, which will spend $50 million on the project. It will include a floating pier, island village with raised-platform structures, a marina, a lagoon for water sports and a beach. The line also plans a transportation hub to run shore excursions to the mainland. The project could be completed by 2015, pending necessary approvals, company spokeswoman AnneMarie Mathews said.

The purchase marks Norwegian’s revamped attempt to build a port in Belize. In June, the Belize government turned down a proposal to build a cruise ship terminal on Crawl Caye because of the possible environmental impact, according to TravelPulse.

Harvest Caye had already been approved for resort development, the company noted. According to Norwegian’s news release, Belize’s Prime Minister Dean Barrow said the country wanted to “decentralize cruise tourism” from Belize City — which receives as many as nine ships a week during peak season — to reduce overcrowding.

In the memorandum of understanding with the Belize government, Norwegian agreed to adhere to the country’s environmental standards, employ locals during construction and create a hiring program for Belizeans who want to work on its ships. Once Harvest Caye opens, those people will have preference for staff positions, the company said.

Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Kevin Sheehan said the line expects to “bring four times as many guests to Belize” once Harvest Caye is complete. “In our quest to continuously look for new and exciting destinations for our guests, we plan to develop a cruise destination focused on sustainable design and eco-friendly principles that will retain the natural beauty and local culture of this tropical paradise,” he said.

by Chris Gray Faust, Destinations Editor

Royal Caribbean to transfer Monarch of the Seas to Pullmantur

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012


ROYAL CARIBBEAN TO TRANSFER MONARCH OF THE SEAS TO PULLMANTUR

MIAMI, Mar. 20, 2012 – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. today announced the transfer of Monarch of the Seas from its Royal Caribbean International cruise brand to its Pullmantur brand, a cruise and tour operator based in Madrid. Monarch of the Seas will transfer to Pullmantur on April 1, 2013, following its last sailing for Royal Caribbean International, which departs on March 29, 2013.
“We are very proud of Monarch of the Seas for delivering great service and outstanding destinations to vacationers since her maiden voyage,” said Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “She will go on creating wonderful travel memories through her final sailings for our brand through next March and then continue doing the same for Pullmantur’s guests.”
With the incorporation of Monarch of the Seas, Pullmantur will increase its total guest capacity by nearly 25 percent and meet a rising demand for the brand’s distinctive All Inclusive-style cruise holidays.
”The transfer of Monarch of the Seas will reinforce Pullmantur in our Latin American growth strategy, and help us become one of the most widely recognized brands,” said Pullmantur’s President and CEO, Gonzalo Chico Barbier.

Monarch of the Seas was built at Chantiers de L’Atlantique (now STX France) in St. Nazaire, France and sailed its maiden voyage on November 17, 1991. The ship is part of the Sovereign class of cruise ships, which were the world’s largest and most innovative of their time.
Pullmantur is the leading Spanish Tour Operator and Cruise Company, founded in 1971, and famous for introducing the ‘All Inclusive’ concept to cruising. Pullmantur is leader of the cruise market in Spain and Portugal, currently operating a modern fleet of four vessels, with a daily passenger capacity of 9,000, cruising worldwide, and calling on approximately 100 destinations. The company offers a unique door-to-door flight service, operated by its in-house air travel division with a fleet of four Boeing 747-400. Pullmantur Air provides charter flights to the European Cruise Port Embarkations and long-haul flights between Spain and the Caribbean Sea for the company’s tour-operation division. Spain based Pullmantur, operates through satellite offices in Brasil, Mexico, Portugal and France.

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand currently with 22 innovative ships, calling on more than 270 destinations in 72 countries across six continents. The line also offers unique cruise tour land packages in Alaska, Canada, Dubai, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand.

Royal Caribbean provides a world-class vacation experience with a wide range of signature onboard amenities, entertainment, and award-winning family programming. The cruise line has a 40-year history of giving guests the Royal Advantage – the most innovative cruise ships, exciting itineraries to popular destinations, and world-renowned friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service. Royal Caribbean has been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for nine consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit www.RoyalCaribbean.com or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN. Follow Royal Caribbean on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RoyalCaribbean or on Twitter, @RoyalCaribbean. Travel professionals should visit www.cruisingpower.com or call (800) 327-2056.
Royal Caribbean International and Pullmantur are part of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSX: RCL), a global cruise vacation company that also operates Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, CDF Croisieres de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture with TUI AG. The company owns a combined total of 40 ships and has one under construction and two under agreement.

Our new vacations 2012 flyer is here!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Our new vacations 2012 flyer is here! More and more the vacation experts at Maduro Travel are noticing that to book early is to save money, and with that in mind we are encouraging our clients to book their Vacation 2012 as early as they possibly can. Deals for Disney include 7 nights packages including flights AND hotel accommodations starting at Afl 1287.00 p/p!!! This is usually what you pay for the FLIGHT only if you book later in the year…as most of our clients have already experienced.

For 2012 we have selected some exciting and NEW destinations as well as our popular destinations, such as Cruising for Herfst Vakantie and Costa Rica for the Summer vacation. New destinations include SMOKY MOUNTAINS, Tennessee  with direct flights to Atlanta on Airtran and QUITO and surroundings with direct flights on Tame. Our vacation selections are based on the best value for your money and with these two new destinations, we have certainly achieved this!

We invite you to pass by one of our branches to start planning your 2012 vacation NOW! that way we can secure the very best deal for you, which will save you money, and who does not want to save money in 2012??!! Maduro Travel can help you…

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