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I am an avid traveler. I own and operate Elite Travel Planners, a Cruise Planners franchise. I pride myself on providing personalized service to each of my clients.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Cruise Specials Roundup

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It’s that time of year – Black Friday and the kick off to the holiday season. I thought I’d make it easy for you if you were curious about all the specials that were available for this weekend only.

Below I’ve listed all the specials being offered from all cruise lines between Black Friday (today) and Cyber Monday. Just know that all these sales end on November 30, 2015.  Hopefully, the information below will make it easier to find which cruise line works best for your next vacation.

All specials apply to new bookings only.

 Celebrity Cruise Lines

  • $25 per person Reduced Deposit
  • Select 2 Amenities from the list below or select all 4 -Rates vary if more than 2 amenities are selected
  • Unlimited Beverage Package
  • Up to $300 Onboard Credit
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary Gratuities

Holland America

  • Up to $600 onboard Credit
  • Up to 50% off select flights


  • 30% Off Rates on selected sailings
  • Complimentary Upgrades from Inside – Oceanview and from Oceanview to Balcony
  • Up to $400 Onboard Credit (based on room category selected)
  • Kids Sail Free on select sailings

Norwegian Cruise Lines

  • Receive 2 Amenities from the list below…
  • Beverage Package
  • Specialty Dining Package (4 nights)
  • 250 minute Internet Package
  • $50 per room, per port Excursion Credit

Princess Cruise Lines

  •  Reduced Rates
  • 3rd / 4th person Reduced Rates on select sailings
  • Soda & More package for kids as the 3rd / 4th person

Royal Caribbean

  • Buy One – Get One at Half Off
  • 50% Reduced Deposit
  • $100, $200 or $300 Onboard Credit (based on room category from Inside to Balcony)
  • ***Monday Only – Onboard Credit is increased to $150, $250 or $400!!!

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Upscale / Luxury Lines

Azamara Cruises

  • Double Upgrade Offer – Purchase Inside Club Stateroom and receive Veranda Club Stateroom
  • Receive 1 of the following on select 2016 Mediterranean sailings per stateroom:
  • $600 Onboard Credit
  • $600 Airfare Credit when using Choice Air from Azamara
  • Unlimited Internet

Crystal Cruises

  • 2 for 1 Fares on select sailings
  • Up to $1000 Spa / Excursion Credit
  • Up to $500 Onboard Credit
  • Complimentary Gratuities
  • Reduced Airfare
  • Kids Sail Free on select sailings

Oceania Cruise Lines

  • 2 for 1 Fares on select sailings
  • Complimentary Airfare
  • Up to $500 Onboard Credit
  • 2 Category Room Upgrade
  • Complimentary Internet
  • Above Amenity offers vary by sailing

Regent Cruise Lines

  • Regent is an all Suite / All Inclusive Cruise Line…
  • Complimentary Airfare – Unlimited Shore Excursions – Unlimited Beverages, Wines and Spirits
  • Complimentary Specialty Restaurants – Unlimited Internet – Pre Paid Gratuities and more…
  • ***Through 11/30 only – 2016 Alaska sailings – $600 Onboard Credit – Kids Sail for $999 – Unlimited Internet

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River Cruise Lines

Ama Waterways

  • Complimentary Air when purchasing Veranda Staterooms on select sailings
  • $1500 – $3000 per room discount on select cruises (including Wine cruises and Christmas Market cruises)
  • Single Supplement fare waived (no additional cost for 1 person in a room)

Uniworld River Cruises

  • 2 for 1 Fares on select sailings

Viking River Cruises

  • 2 for 1 Fares on select sailings
  • $1000 off fare for 1st time Viking cruisers (per couple) with additional Discount for select Veranda and Suites
  • Up to $2000 Airfare Credit (per couple)

As if that wasn’t enough savings for you – let me add some more! Put a deposit down on a new 7 night or longer sailing by 5 PM on Cyber Monday – November 30, 2015 and get an extra $50 onboard credit from me! Be sure to call or email me for more details.

I hope this helps you. If you would like more details or information about particular sailings – be sure to call us at 407.877.7414 or 800.939.7414.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Neuschwanstein Castle

In the southern most part of Germany, nearly to the Austrian border lies the quaint little village of Hohenschwangau in the Bavarian Alps.  While most villages one encounters in this region are quaint, what makes this one stand out is that it has two castles.  One of Germany’s landmarks – Schloss Neuschwanstein towers over the other – Schloss Hohenschwangau.

King Ludwig II of Bavaria spent a large part of his childhood at the family’s summer castle known today as Hohenschwangau, built by his father King Maximilian I.  A few years after his father passed away, Ludwig began construction on the castle he saw as representative of a romantic interpretation of the middle ages.  Neuschwanstein was modeled after the Wartburg in Eisenach and originally planned as neo-Gothic in style but was primarily built Romanesque style in the end.

Although the castle was never completed due to Ludwig’s untimely suspicious death, 15 of the 200 planned rooms were complete.  The king had never intended on making the castle accessible to the public, but his uncle Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria opened its doors for paying public tour just six weeks after Ludwig’s death in 1886.  Since then, more than 60 million visitors have toured Neuschwanstein.  The peak season in the summer can see 6000 visitors in one day.

Many of the rooms have a border depicting various operas written by Richard Wagner, a close friend of King Ludwig.  Those that were completed are ornately decorated.  An even larger keep was planned to be built for the middle of the upper courtyard, but never finished.  One can only imagine how much more majestic this castle would have been had it been completed.

From Hohenschwangau, you can walk up the winding road through the trees to the Gatehouse of the Castle.  It is quite an uphill walk which takes most people 30 minutes.  You can also take a small bus or horse drawn carriage for a few Euros.

The view from the castle is unbelievable on all sides, no matter what time of year.  Of course the tour is much nicer in the off season because of the crowds.  Be sure to purchase your ticket in Hohenschwangau before making the climb to the castle.  Neuschwanstein served as the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Le Blanc Spa and Resort

You work hard, so take a few days and treat yourself to the vacation you deserve!  Le Blanc Spa and Resort is not just your typical all-inclusive resort, it is far superior than the rest – and that’s on every level.

The top resort among the Palace Resorts of Mexico and the Dominican Republic, is not just for everyone.  For starters this jewel nestled at the end of the hotel zone in Cancun, Mexico is an adult only resort.  The swimming pools each are serene and definitely take you away from the every day life.  What really separates this resort from all the other all-inclusive resorts is the cuisine and the service.

Poolside – you will be comfortable on luxurious chaise lounges outfitted with pillows.  While you bask in the beautiful Mexican sun, your bottled water is kept on ice in a champagne bucket.  And since this is an all-inclusive resort, feel free to have as many drinks as you’d like – and all the liquor is top shelf!

The rooms are spacious and designed in the traditional contemporary style of all Palace Resorts.  The bath amenities are different here though, you’ll be given Bulgari amenities as a step up from the other resorts.  In the Penthouse Suites, the TV pops up from the furniture when you are ready to watch it.  Otherwise, take in the beautiful beach view from every angle.  Every suite has a jacuzzi tub for two.

You’ll have your choice of several restaurants, but what separates this resort from every other in Mexico is the traditional buffet restaurant.  Here you will dine on the best steaks, seafood, and traditional mexican cuisine.  This is the first time I’ve seen a raw meat station for you to choose whatever you’d like and bring it straight to the grill where it will be cooked with your choice of seasoning and brought to your table.  All the choices are delectable – and don’t forget the desserts too!  The restaurants are intimate, and seating is on a first come basis.  Each has its own charm and the diverse cuisine is phenomenal.

The gym is spacious and boasts everything you need for a full workout.  The Spa is luxurious and one of the largest in Cancun.  The relaxation room is five times the norm and decorated in Mexican grandeur.  Be sure to arrive early to take a steam or sit in the jacuzzi.  This area is beautifully decorated and quite relaxing.  You’ll be sorry you didn’t take advantage of it.

This hotel is a perfect location for a small wedding.  Just keep in mind that it is an adult only resort.  It is definitely THE spot for a girls getaway or couples vacationing together.  I know I’ll be going back!