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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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First Impressions of Athens Greece

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We are about to begin our exciting three week cruise vacation with a three day stay in Athens, Greece.  Upon arrival at the airport, we were pleasantly surprised – Clean, comfortable and a breeze to gather our luggage and exit to our waiting transportation to the hotel. During our 40 minute drive from the airport, we experienced mixed feelings about the city.  Athens is several thousand years old, yes, thousands.  In many areas, it was worn down, dilapidated and dirty – but we expected that from a city that is so large and has such a long history.  Despite that, we expected more.

We drove over a large hill that overlooked the city and loved seeing the Cyprus trees, the undeveloped area quickly became building on top of building.  At times, it just felt dirty…not just old.  Then as we reached the city center, all of a sudden the largest amphitheater I’ve ever seen popped up out of no where.  The first Olympics were held here.  Then through trees, we saw the remains of the Temple of Zeus – Athens largest temple honoring the God.  All this, amongst the city traffic and old buildings, intrigued us as we neared our hotel.

As I normally do, I downplayed our hotel to my wife, exclaiming that I hoped that it would be “OK” and in a “decent” area. As we drove closer to the hotel, I knew that she would be surprised, especially after seeing several, less desirable options.  We arrived at the Royal Olympic Hotel and were immediately greeted by a doorman and bellman who took our luggage promptly inside.  My wife was completely surprised as she entered the beautiful lobby outfitted with dark woods, glass, grand chandeliers and an attentive front desk staff.

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As Ingrid opened the door to our 6th floor room (only the rooftop restaurant was above us), she was hoping we’d have a good view of the ruins across the street.  What she did not expect was to see that one of our room walls was nothing but one expansive window with the ultimate view of the Temple of Zeus directly across the street.  We quickly walked out onto the 20 foot long balcony outfitted with two large comfortable reclining chairs.  Just to our left, there it was – the Acropolis, towering above the city of Athens.

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Our Deluxe Panoramic View room was spacious and comfortable.  It had a huge completely marble bathroom with a separate soaking tub for those days following visits to the ruins.  In addition to the spectacular views from our balcony, our 450 sq. ft. room featured a king bed, flat screen TV, separate seating area, wet bar and huge closets.  Since one wall was just windows, the room was equipped with great black out curtains and everything was controlled by a simple console on either side of the bed.  The hotel also features a cozy outdoor pool area, spa and several lounges along with the rooftop restaurant and bar.

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We settled in, enjoying the complimentary bottle of wine from the hotel on our balcony, after all this was just the beginning to a wonderful three week cruise vacation.

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For more information on the Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens or any travel planning services, be sure to contact us.

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River Cruise–A week aboard the AMACerto

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This week we are spending time aboard the AMA Waterways Certo, a real beauty.  One of the new long boats, this ship is state of the art and sets sail with a quaint 162 guests.  We are sailing from Vilshofen, Germany to Budapest, Hungary.  Along the way we will be stopping in Passau, Melk, Linz, Vienna, Durnstein and Krems.  Just a few beauties to give us a real taste of the romantic Danube. And did I mention that this is a Wine Cruise?  How great is that!

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Our week started off with a real Oktoberfest night of Beer, Bretzeln (Pretzels), Shuplatters Lederhosen slapping dancing, a history of the local nektar – Pilsner Beer, along with the history of the Dirndel, the traditional dress of the local women here in Bavaria.  Of course we had one quiz, what type of beer is the type of the area here in Vilshofen that varies from its neighboring Munchen.  The prize – what else, and extra beer!  Who do you think won – me of course…I guess I’m a little bit of a ringer – German girl who loves beer!

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We spent the night in the quaint mideaval town of Vilshofen, docked right in the town’s center.  Here are a few photos of the town’s main road from the left and right.  The shops line the cobblestone street offering wares, services and gastronomical delights.  To the left you’ll find the tall church steeple that rings through the day and night.  To the right, the city wall tower with it’s traditional big wooden door reminiscent of centuries past.

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As I write this, we bid adieu to this quaint little jewel along the Danube.  My home for the past two days.  I’m filled with excitement about all the various activities that await me this week – a day trip to Czesky Krumluv in the Czech Republic, a hidden walking tour of all the hidden gems in Vienna, Apricot and Sweets tasting in Linz, many bike tours through the countryside and capping it all off with my most anticipated event – an authentic Goulash Cooking Class in the Sofietel Hotel in Budapest, Hungary – did I tell you that has been my favorite soup in all of the 43 years I’ve been traveling to Europe!

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So we set sail along this romantic and beautiful river, amongst the changed colors and fallen leaves.  Next stop – The Baroque city of Passau, Germany.  Our final German stop on our voyage before entering Austria.  This jewel of a ship will be my home for the next week – and a luxurious one at that.  The German Folk music is playing in the lounge, and we are enjoying complimentary glasses of Bitburger Pilsner and Wurstchen with traditional German Potato Salad and sandwiches as our Frustoffen – basicially a mid morning breakfast – cause we didn’t eat enough at breakfast an hour earlier – only on a cruise!

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We are calling this great vessel home this week and are looking forward to learning about the vineyards along the way – it is a wine cruise after all, and much more!

To learn more about AMA Waterways, or river cruising in general, be sure to contact us on our website – Elite Travel Planners.