Crystal Cruises Announces Plans to Restore America’s Flagship, The SS United States, to a Modern Luxury Cruise Ship

Crystal signs exclusive purchase option agreement to begin work on returning the historic vessel to service as the fastest cruise vessel in the world


Already in the midst of the most significant expansion in the company’s celebrated history, Crystal Cruises’ next step in expanding its award-winning fleet is truly an historic endeavor.   Together with the SS United States Conservancy, Crystal today announced it will save “America’s Flagship,” the SS United States, and embark on the enormous undertaking of bringing the ship into compliance with the latest standards, and returning her to oceangoing service. During the announcement, made at a press conference at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York City, Crystal also committed to covering all costs associated with preserving the ship while undertaking a technical feasibility study, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

“The prospect of revitalizing the SS United States and reestablishing her as ‘America’s Flagship’ once again is a thrilling one. It will be a very challenging undertaking, but we are determined to apply the dedication and innovation that has always been the ship’s hallmark,” says Crystal President and CEO Edie Rodriguez. “We are honored to work with the SS United States Conservancy and government agencies in exploring the technical feasibility study so we can ultimately embark on the journey of transforming her into a sophisticated luxury cruise liner for the modern era.”

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Safari Anyone?


Embark on one of Collette’s African safari tours to catch your own glimpse of the “Big 5” (lions elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos). Traveling with a small group, bask in the rich culture of Kenya, Tanzania, or South Africa, while experiencing the thrill of multiple game drives.
Tour options include:
Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana| 14 Days| $4,467* pp
Explore the tip of the continent at the Cape of Good Hope, make new friends during a home-hosted dinner, look for legendary wildlife while cruising the remote Chobe River, and marvel at the biodiversity of the Entabeni Conservancy. Enjoy a walking tour of stunning Victoria Falls. Seven game drives included.
The Plains of Africa|14 Days| $4,314* pp
Discover a thrilling culture, visit the Rothschild Giraffe Sanctuary, and stay inside the beautiful Masai Mara game reserve which features a traditional bush dinner with Masai dance performance. Visit Amboseli National Park to search for lions and elephants under the backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro. 13 game drives included.
Classic Tanzania|12 Days| $4,049* pp
Explore the Serengeti while keeping your eyes out for giraffes, lions and zebras. Visit Ngorongoro Crater, and discover Tarangire National Park, famous for its elephant migration. Get to know the Datoga and Hadzabe tribes. Nine game drives included.
These tours offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For reservations or your free brochure call Collette at 855.370.8687, visit or see your travel professional.

Princess Cruises Debuts SHARE by Curtis Stone

Award-Winning Chef Curtis Stone Introduces First Restaurant at Sea Inspired by the Joy of Coming Together with Shared Plates and Charming Setting to Create Lasting Memories


Princess Cruises celebrated the grand opening of SHARE by Curtis Stone, the award-winning chef’s first restaurant at sea aboard Ruby Princess. SHARE offers an exclusive specialty cruise dining experience for guests with a menu of signature dishes imagined for sharing, in an environment designed for conversing and creating memories. SHARE is now available exclusively to Princess Cruises guests aboard Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess, and soon will debut aboard Sun Princess in Stone’s native Australia in April 2016.

Previously announced, this exclusive partnership with Chef Stone adds to the line’s $450 million multi-year product innovation and cruise ship renovation “Come Back New Promise” campaign that will continue to enhance the line’s onboard guest experience. The partnership includes “Crafted by Curtis” menu items available in the main dining rooms fleetwide while Curtis Stone’s Chef’s Table experience will debut in SHARE venues in spring 2016.

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$250 Instant Savings on Bahamas vacations with Pleasant Holidays


Only 55 miles from Florida, the Bahamas is easy to get to, but hard to leave. With an abundance of adventures and activities, a vacation in the Bahamas is perfect for a family getaway or romantic couple’s escape. Snorkel or scuba dive the vast coral formations that make up the foundation of this archipelago, spend a leisurely day boating or stop by to feed the famous swimming pigs for a unique experience.
Choose from dozens of hotels and resorts for the ideal vacation experience, from boutique hotels to sprawling resorts, all-inclusive to a la carte and from budget-friendly to ultimate luxury.
Book your Bahamas vacation with Pleasant Holidays to receive a $250 instant savings on stays of 4 nights or longer at participating hotels and resorts. This offer is valid on new bookings made by February 15, 2016 for travel through November 19, 2016. At least two people must book to receive the savings, and blackout dates apply. The savings is per room and valid for up to four rooms per booking with double occupancy required.
There’s always something colorful and exciting happening in the Bahamas, whether it’s the thrill of a resort waterpark, the competitive rush of a sailing regatta or the colorful jubilation of the Junkanoo festival during the holiday season.
Those who prefer not to roam beyond the resort will also find plenty of action or peace and quiet. Soft-sand beaches and out-of-the-way hideouts provide plenty of relaxing solace, and the clubs, golf, fine dining and casinos found at major resorts are sure to please.
Find the Bahamas vacation you want at a price you’ll love, only from Pleasant Holidays.
Call 1-888-328-7743 today or Book online.

100 Years? Collette Invites You to Celebrate With Us!


On August 25th, 2016 the National Park Service will be celebrating its 100th year. Moments like these only occur once in a lifetime so if you were looking for an excuse to visit America’s national treasures, here it is!
Join us in celebrating this historic event by coming along with us on tour:
National Parks of America| 12-14 Days| $3,349*
Explore five National Parks (Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Yellowstone and Grand Teton), enjoy a breakfast cruise on Lake Powell, and visit majestic Mount Rushmore.
Northern National Parks| 7-8 Days| $1,749*
Explore Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, experience the thrill of watching Old Faithful erupt, and enjoy dinner with cowboy entertainment.
The Colorado Rockies| 9 Days| $2,299*
Explore four National Parks (Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde and Rocky Mountain), scale Pike’s Peak (the world’s largest cog railroad), and discover ancient culture of the Anasazi Indians at Mesa Verde.
Canyon Country| 9 Days| $2,249*
Explore Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion National Parks, stay two nights in a hotel overlooking Lake Powell, and conclude your tour with a two night stay in Las Vegas.
America’s Cowboy Country| 8 Days| $2,419*
Explore Yellowstone and Badlands National Parks, embark on either a wildlife float trip or a whitewater rafting adventure, and watch the Wild West come to life during a traditional Chuck wagon dinner.
Space is filling quickly! Be a part of American History by helping celebrate the National Park Centennial, and book your trip with Collette today. For reservations or your free brochure.
Call Collette at 855-370-8687, visit or see your travel professional.
*Rates are per person, land only, double occupancy

Crystal’s ‘Wave Season’ Value Includes Compelling Savings for Every Type of Traveler

Luxury line embarks on 2016 ‘Wave Season’ with savings and perks through February 29; offers incentives for travelers
combining luxury vacation experiences

Crystal Cruises Crystal Esprit

Options abound for travelers as the cruise industry enters “Wave Season,” the most common time for cruise bookings due to the diverse selection of value added offers. 2015 was a groundbreaking year for The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™, as Crystal unveiled plans for the most significant brand expansion in luxury travel history. Now, the line is kicking off 2016 with the newly introduced “Crystal Exclusive Journeys,” incentivizing discerning travelers to combine their Crystal experiences on the line’s award-winning ocean ships, the newly christened luxury yacht and the five upcoming river yachts.

For the first time, luxury travelers can combine two Crystal travel experiences for additional savings. Guests can book voyages on Crystal’s river yachts by the February 29 “Book Now” deadline – set for embarkation in 2016 and 2017 – and enjoy extra savings on sailings aboard the two ocean ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, and Crystal’s luxury yacht Crystal Esprit. For instance, guests booking the October 3, 2017 seven-day river cruise round-trip from Bordeaux through France’s wine country aboard Crystal Ravel, can continue their journey aboard Crystal Symphony’s 11-day, October 10 sailing round-trip from Lisbon with 15% savings. Likewise, guests who book the 14-day, July 2, 2017 cruise along the Rhine River from Frankfurt to Amsterdam aboard Crystal Bach will also save 20% on Crystal Esprit’s weeklong July 16 sailing from Athens to Dubrovnik.

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Carnival Named ‘Best Cruise Line’ And ‘Best Cruise Ship For Dining’ In USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards


Carnival Cruise Line took top honors in two categories in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, earning accolades for “Best Cruise Line” and
“Best Cruise Ship For Dining” (Carnival Breeze).

The awards were based on nominations from a team of cruise industry experts and the winners were determined by an online vote by USA Today readers.

Carnival earned “Best Cruise Line” honors for its affordable, high quality vacation experience that offers a variety of onboard features and facilities, from the exclusive Seuss at Sea program in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to luxurious spas and hilarious comedy shows at the Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez.

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How do you Say “Queen of the Med” in Italian? Regina della Med


The holidays are behind us, there is a chill in the air. Now is the perfect time to plan your summer vacation… aboard Costa Diadema. Cruise the Med to experience the history and beauty these port intensive itineraries present with visits to Rome, Barcelona, Cagliari and more. Onboard, enjoy a unique Italian lifestyle in the company of Guests from all over the globe; rounding out a truly European adventure. Take a look at the featured itineraries. See for yourself! And for a limited time, enhance your cruise with up to $400 Onboard Credit** to use as you like during your cruise… dining, excursions, onboard shopping and more!
For a limited time, only a $100pp Fully Refundable Deposit*** reserves your cabin. Book now.
How do you say “Holiday” in Italian? Costa
For reservations, more information on Costa’s other unique destinations and Terms and Conditions, contact your travel agent, visit or call us at 1-800-GO-COSTA (1-800-462-6782). 9am-6pm Monday through Friday.
** Rates listed are based double occupancy and apply to NEW individual bookings only (excludes groups) and include the FREE Onboard Credit on select sailings. FREE Onboard Credit is applied per person, double occupancy; is not applicable for 3rd and 4th Guest occupying the same cabin. Amount shown is total amount per cabin, may be restricted to select cabin categories. FREE Onboard Credit may be used for goods and services purchased onboard, certain restrictions apply. Any unused portion of the “FREE Onboard Credit will not be refunded to Guest. Government taxes and fees are additional. Offer may be withdrawn or closed at any time without notice.
*** Fully Refundable Reduced Deposit Offer is valid on new individual (excluding group) bookings only and for reservations made outside of the final payment period (90 days Non Caribbean and 76 days Caribbean departures). Full payment will be required on reservations made within the final payment period. To avoid penalty, cancellation must be made at least 90 days prior to departure for Non Caribbean sailings, 76 days for Caribbean sailings. Offer may be withdrawn or closed at any time without notice.
Costa Cruise Lines Inc., 200 South Park Road, Suite 200; Hollywood, FL 33021

2016 Featured Speakers for Cunard Insights Enrichment Programme


There’s almost no limit to what you can learn and explore during your voyage aboard a Cunard Queen. Join us to experience our award-winning Cunard Insights® enrichment programme, hearing from writers, actors, film-makers, politicians, explorers, scientists, historians and even the occasional astronaut. Our speakers and special events will add another dimension to your cruise.
2016 Highlights
Jazz at Sea with Herbie Hancock and Gregory Porter
M613 – Southampton to New York – Herbie Hancock
M624N – New York to Southampton – Gregory Porter
Join Grammy Award-winning artists Herbie Hancock and Gregory Porter as they each perform on one Jazz at Sea Transatlantic Crossing in 2016. These voyages also feature nightly jazz performances and special Q&A sessions.

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Announcing Ireland Vacations!

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Experience Ireland’s exciting mix of town and country adventures with a vacation from Pleasant Holidays. Explore the vibrant city of Dublin, bustling with activity, entertainment, culture and more, and be sure to visit the Guinness Storehouse to sample the local elixir. Then head out to discover the charming counties of Cavan, Cork, Galway, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick and Mayo, traversing emerald valleys dotted with centuries-old castles, sheep farms and villages.
Pleasant Holidays offers everything you need for a legendary Ireland vacation, including convenient transatlantic flights on all major airlines including Aer Lingus, 30 hotels and castles (most including daily Irish breakfast) ranging from three to five stars, Enterprise car rentals, private chauffeur-driven vacations, sightseeing tours and rail excursions. Plus you can save up to $200 per booking on air-inclusive Ireland vacations booked at participating hotels and castles by March 6, 2016.

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