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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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The Azamara Difference


Longer Stays. More Overnights. Night Touring.  That’s it in a nutshell.  But to find out what exactly makes this cruise line different, you really need to spend a little time on board.  We set sail last Saturday on the Azamara Quest for a 12 night voyage through the West Indies and Virgin Islands.  One thing that immediately stood out what our itinerary.  To read more about the details of our 12 night itinerary click here

We were quite excited about the longer stays in port.  It will be the first time we have a chance to experience some of these popular destinations without all the masses that sail in each day aboard mega ships like the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas that normally sails with 5400 passengers and can hold 6300 – just to name one of many.  This beautiful ship that we’re on holds a quaint 694 at maximum capacity.  So the immediate advantage – no real waiting for anything.  Not to mention that since it is a smaller vessel, we have the opportunity to reach many ports and destinations that the bigger ships just can’t – either because the islands don’t want to handle that kind of influx of people or physically can’t.

So, off we go to ports like St. Barts – not usually on a big ship itinerary, Isle des Saints, Guadeloupe – Charlestown, Nevis – St. John, USVI, and Virgin Gorda, BVI to name a few.  Several of these ports can only be reached by excursion with a normal cruise, or not at all.  And of course, the night touring really comes in handy.  There is no rushing back to the ship, as we are docked in several of these islands until 10 pm or later.  You can truly enjoy everything the destinations have to offer while doing what you are supposed to on vacation – relax!

And the ports I’ve mentioned are just a few in the Caribbean and West Indies.  Azamara’s two ships – the Quest and the Journey, sail all around the world spending time at:

  • Carnival in Rio
  • Springtime on the Cote d’Azur in France
  • The Grand Prix in Monte Carlo
  • Ireland, Scotland and Germany
  • Norwegian Fjords, Scandinavia and the Baltics
  • Antarctica
  • Significant amount of time in the Mediterranean hitting the hard to reach places with extended stays in several of the highly desirable ports
  • Bangkok, Singapore and Vietnam
  • Burma, Thailand and Malaysia 
  • Oman, Dubai, and India

The great part is that they do not repeat itineraries very much like other cruise lines.  For example, you can book several back to back voyages and never stop in the same port for 98 consecutive days.  That makes for a great way to see the world, all without the inconvenience of unpacking your bags more than once.

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So if you are looking for a great cruise line that offers something a little different and that you can build an extended itinerary on, check out Azamara.  The voyages will definitely get you wanting to check out all that the world has to offer, from the comfort of  your home on the seas.

Remember, the Azamara difference is – Longer Stays. More Overnights. Night Touring.

If you want to see more pictures – please visit our photo gallery on our facebook page here.

Are you interested in sailing aboard this amazing ship? Click here to see how we can help you plan your next sailing.

Ship photo courtesy of Azamara.  Other photos taken by Ingrid Blackburn

A day in Labadee, Haiti

Labadee, Haiti is known by cruisers for one thing – an fun packed day at the beach.  Royal Caribbean stops by this port usually on it’s Western Caribbean itineraries, and it’s definitely worth getting off the ship for.  The sand is powder fine, the waters a crystal clear teal color and the adventure is non-stop in this port.


Whether you are snorkeling the reefs, paddle boarding, kayaking, or zip lining over the ocean, one thing is for certain – this beach day has something for everyone.

If you just want to hand out and soak up the sun, take it to the next level and rent a bungalow overlooking the water.  You get private bar service, a cooler, fan and separate entrance to the water.

The locals are friendly and Royal Caribbean’s barbeque lunch delicious.  The activities are just a short walk from the docked ship and everyone can find a spot.  Don’t worry about not getting a float (can be rented for $12 – ship charge) or beach chair – there are plenty to go around.  And if you are staying in one of the suites, even better – there is a private beach and area with facilities and food just for you!


If you want to see more pictures – please visit our photo gallery on our facebook page here.

Are you interested in sailing aboard this amazing ship? Click here to see how we can help you plan your next sailing.

all photos taken by Ingrid Blackburn