Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Princess Cruises Collaborates with Crafts Publisher Klutz to Offer Fun New Arts Program for Kids


Princess Executives Present Distinct Features Found Aboard the Line’s Small Ships

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (February 25, 2009) –

Princess Cruises has teamed with Klutz®, an innovative publisher of award-winning activity books for children, to provide high-quality arts and crafts projects for young passengers and their families while onboard. Klutz and Princess Cruises collaborated to develop custom-built kits designed to engage young cruisers in fun and creative activities. Unique in the cruise industry, the new activities are available fleetwide.

Children sailing aboard Princess ships will have the opportunity to participate in up to seven Klutz activities during their cruise. Kids will be able to build their own storybooks; create lanyard bracelets; make “picture tags” for charm bracelets, luggage tags, or pet I.D.s; create fuzzy masterpieces with Velvet Art; craft paper flowers, weave friendship bracelets; or make Thumb Doodle thumbprint art.

The new Klutz activities are offered for young passengers of all ages, and are scheduled during the youth center’s regular activities or during the ship’s family fun fair in the atrium, where all family members can join in the creative fun.

“Our onboard passenger experience is designed to offer many inventive programs to engage passengers of all ages,” said Jan Swartz, Princess executive vice president. “And these fun craft projects from Klutz are a wonderful addition to our diverse activities available for kids and teens.”

“We are honored and very excited to be working with Princess Cruises,” said Mark Judge, vice president of international and special markets for Klutz. “By inviting Klutz onboard, Princess Cruises has demonstrated its commitment to providing kids with a rich and memorable cruise experience.”

Princess Youth and Teen Programs provide state-of-the-art youth center facilities and an array of activities to keep kids and teens entertained. Young passengers enjoy a wide range of fun events for ages 3 to 17, supervised by a dedicated staff of youth activity professionals. The program offers three distinct, age-specific programs – Princess Pelicans (ages 3-7), Shockwaves (ages 8-12) and Remix (ages 13-17). Each group features an age-appropriate schedule, often with separate facilities. The program includes a number of special features, including Science on the Seas activities from the award-winning California Science Center, Yoga for Kids, and a Jr. CHEF@Sea program.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at For more information about Klutz, please visit

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Europe’s Danube River with Cruise West – July 16, 2009 – Chairman’s Cruise

Introducing Cruise West’s newest trip of a lifetime on the picturesque, historic Danube River. Leisurely cruise the medieval trade route between Vienna and Bucharest winding along forested mountains, beautiful landscapes, rich farmlands and the narrow gorge of the Iron Gate. Enter the heart of famous old cities, see fairytale castles, Gothic cathedrals, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Old World villages changed little over time. Experience the romance, culture, architecture and history of this important transportation corridor.

Chairman’s Cruise - On July 16, 2009, join Cruise West Chairman Dick West and his family on the inaugural voyage on the Danube River. This 10-night cruise aboard the newly built 148-guest M/S Amadeus Diamond travels from Vienna to Bucharest, visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites, medieval towns, inspiring cities and picturesque landscapes.

Vienna, Austria
Arrive in Vienna and transfer to the ship for welcome cocktails and dinner. Overnight aboard the MS Amadeus Diamond in the Vienna harbor. D

Take a city tour of the heart of old Vienna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Head back to the ship to enjoy lunch onboard. The afternoon is at your leisure to discover more of Vienna on your own. Prior to embarkation your Danube River mood is set by a classical music performance onboard. BLD

Budapest, Hungary
Take a city tour of Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube,” including the castle district. The afternoon is at your leisure. Depart in the evening as you experience the beauty and lights of “Budapest by Night.” BLD

Kalocsa, Hungary
Excursion to the Hungarian Puszta with lunch at a traditional horse farm with horse show entertainment. Your evening entertainment is a Hungarian operetta program onboard. BLD

Osijek, Croatia and the River Drava
Take a city tour of Osijek before touring through the Croatian Danube Basin to visit a famous vineyard near Vukovar where you’ll taste some delightful wines. BLD

Belgrade / Kostolac, Serbia
Your city tour of Belgrade includes a visit to the Kalemegdan Fortress and Museum, housing exhibits of archaeological excavations. Board a bus to Viminacium, a former Roman settlement complete with Roman baths, period attire and a museum. Reboard your ship in Kostolac for an evening of Serbian folk music onboard. BLD

River Cruising
Spend the day cruising the river, passing the famous Iron Gate, the most attractive stretch of the Danube. BLD

Svistov / Rousse, Bulgaria
Today’s excursions are to Veliko Tarnovo with its unique architecture and Arbanassi, known for its Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Travel by bus to Rousse to reboard your ship. In the afternoon cruise to Somova with lectures on the Danube Delta flora and fauna from a specialist. This evening is the Captain's farewell toast and dinner. BLD

Somova / Hirsova, Romania
Take an excursion to the Danube Delta, the best-preserved Delta in Europe and the largest reed bed in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to over 320 species of birds and 45 freshwater fish. Enjoy breakfast at the Nunnery of Saun and lunch at the 5-star Grand Hotel Rex. Take a tour of the historic city and harbor of Constanta. Later this afternoon visit Murfatlar, one of Romania’s best-known wineries for wine tasting. BLD

Hirsova / Bucharest, Romania
Transfer to Bucharest by bus where you’ll overnight. Enjoy lunch and take a city tour of Bucharest, the magnificent boulevards and city center, including a visit to the Patriarchic Church and the Village Museum, one of Europe’s oldest outdoor museums. BLD

Bucharest / Home Transfer to the airport for your return flight home or continue on to your Transylvania Post-Cruise Program. B

July 16th rates subject to availability.

$6,249 per person Category A
$6,549 per person Category AA
$6849 per person Catetory AAA
$7,149 per person Suite

Air fare quotes available upon request. Insurance is highly suggested and based on age at time of travel.

Tutka Bay Lodge - Homer, Alaska

Tutka Bay Lodge Homer Alaska

Tutka Bay Lodge is located in Southcentral Alaska. The lodge is located nine ocean miles from the seaside town of Homer along the Kachemak Bay. The Tutka Bay area offers rugged coastlines, deep fjords, dramatic mountains, quiet beaches, old growth Sitka spruce forests, and amazing tidal fluctuations.

To get to the lodge, either fly or drive to Homer and then take a twenty-five minute water taxi south across the bay. Along the way, you might observe various shore and water birds, sea otters, sometimes Orcas, Humpbacks and other marine mammals.

The lodge offers six private guest accommodations, a seasoned staff offering full-service lodging and guide services, and an array of activities to introduce you to the Kachemak Bay marine community.

Their award-winning cuisine, lodge amenities such as complimentary massage and yoga, wine tastings in the afternoon, cooking classes, and guided adventure activities such as deep-sea fishing for salmon and halibut, freshwater fishing, ocean kayaking and hiking our unique trail system offers both high-energy adventures as well as seaside serenity.


• Lodge-based activities include:
• Watch sea otters dive for urchins & clams.
• Hear the cries of bald eagles defending their territory.
• Find solitude on a quiet beach or nature trail.
• Discover sea stars, anemones, chitons and mussels at low tide.
• Watch for whales, sea lions, porpoises and seals.
• Learn from the locals about Alaska’s natural and cultural history.
• Drink in the view from a lounge chair on our Alaskan size sun deck.
• Fish for greenling, cod and flatfish off the lodge dock.
• Feed the frilled anemones in our anemone garden under the lodge dock.
• Dig for steamer clams and pluck mussels from the rocks for an evening feast.
• Warm yourself to the bone in our handcrafted wood-fired banya (sauna).
• Research native art, archeology, birds, marine biology or plants in our Alaskana library.
• Visit a pre-historic midden of refuse left by early Kachemak Bay inhabitants.
• Learn about brown bears, glaciers and marine ecology from our nature video library.
• Sooth tired muscles in our open-air hot tub on the deck.
• Morning yoga on the deck
• Complimentary massage
• Take a cooking class
• Walk our private two-mile trail through old-growth forest
• Learn to kayak in the cove
• Take a fly-fishing lesson from our beach
• Out-camp adventures
• Pick berries on Sadie Cove Knob in Kachemak Bay State Park
• Hike Grace Ridge in Kachemak Bay State Park
• Tour the scenic shoreline by boat
• Visit an oyster farm
• Freshwater fish for salmon
• Tour Halibut Cove and Gull Island
• Visit the village of Seldovia

Four Night Package – $3365.00 plus $22.00 sales tax per person


Tutka Bay Lodge Options
TBLFA – Flightsee the Kachemak Bay Area – $500.00
TBLDS – Deep-sea fishing for halibut or salmon – $300.00
TBLBV – Bear viewing at Redoubt Bay Lodge – $725.00

Monday, February 23, 2009

Windstar Cruise - Roundtrip Costa Rica

December 5 and December 12 Departures

Stateroom Category B Rate: $2,149.00 per person.

Stateroom Category A Rate: $2,349.00 per person.

Owner's Suite: $3,399.00 per person.

December 5 Puerto Caldera,Costa Rica
December 6 – At Sea
December 7 – San Juan Del Sur,Nicaragua
December 8 – Playas Del Coco,Costa Rica
December 9 Quepos,Costa Rica
December 10 Bahia Drake,Costa Rica
December 11 Curu,Costa Rica
December 11 Tortuga Island,Costa Rica
December 12 Puerto Caldera,Costa Rica

Great River Journey - Yukon, Canada - A Wilderness River Safari

The Great River Journey - 8 Days from Dawson City | Departs Fridays and Sundays

June Departures: From $4,599.00 per person + $335.00 Tax Additional departures available, inquire for costing.

The Great River Journey is a unique world-class geotour. It combines the adventure of a wilderness river safari with a journey of personal discovery — there is no other product like it in North America.

The Great River Journey begins in Whitehorse and unfolds over eight days and 600 kilometers (373 miles) of wilderness leading to Dawson City. Along the way, it passes through the traditional lands of our four First Nations partners, whose citizens are among the people who will be hosting, guiding and caring for guests.

Small groups (maximum 10 people) travel in their own riverboat with a pilot and an experienced local guide. Frequent landings are made to view wildlife, explore the wilderness and historical sites, rest and relax. The small group size and the wide variety of Yukon attractions permit each tour to be personalized to accommodate special interests such as wildlife viewing, nature photography, bird watching, hiking, paddling and participating in cultural and interpretative programs.

The Great River Journey has been developed as a responsible tourism product, with respect for the environment and First Nations culture as its cornerstone values.

The Great River Journey begins in Whitehorse and unfolds over eight days.y.

Day 1 - Whitehorse to Upper Labarge Lodge

Guests are greeted by their guide at the airport or their hotel. Depending on weather and other factors, guests may cruise the scenic one-hour trip by riverboat or fly the 15-minute route by float plane to Upper Labarge Lodge.

Day 2 - Upper LaBerage Lodge

Guests have a full day to explore the Lake Laberge area. Choose from a leisurely walk through the Ta'an village, a more challenging hike and mountain bike ride to the ridges above, a bird scouting jaunt or fishing and kayaking. Second night at the lodge. Day 3 - Upper Labarge Lodge to Homestead Lodge

Guests travel by riverboat (or kayak part of the way) from Upper Labarge Lodge down the "Thirty Mile" section of the Yukon River. A floatplane meets the group near Steamboat Island. Guests enjoy a one-hour flight over the Yukon River to Homestead Lodge near Fort Selkirk.

Day 4 – Homestead Lodge

After breakfast, guests make the short trip across the river from Homestead Lodge to Fort Selkirk. After exploring this historic site for the day, the group returns to Homestead Lodge for the night.

Day 5 – Homestead Lodge to Wilderness Outpost

Guests travel by riverboat from Homestead Lodge to Wilderness Outpost. Opportunities abound for wildlife viewing along this truly wild section of the journey. Guests "rough it" in comfortable tented accommodations.

Day 6 - Wilderness Outpost to Dawson City

Guests travel by riverboat from Wilderness Outpost to Dawson City. Our boat trip includes a shore lunch and wildlife viewing opportunities. Upon arrival in Dawson City, guests are welcomed at their accommodation within the historic town site.

Day 7 – Dawson City

Together with a guide, guests have the full day to explore the many historical, cultural and natural attractions of Dawson City and the surrounding area. Second night in the Klondike capital.

Day 8 - Dawson City

Your tour ends at the Dawson City airport. However, transfers are available to Fairbanks, Alaska for your return home or to continue on with your adventure to The Great Land, Alaska.

Roundtrip San Diego 10 Day Mexican Riveria & Sea of Cortez Cruise



Fares available between: Monday, February 23, 2009 – Sunday, March 1, 2009

San Diego, depart 5:00 PM

Day 1 At Sea

Day 2 At Sea

Day 3 Puerto Vallarta 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Day 4 Mazatlan 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Day 5 Topolobampo 4:30 AM to 11:00 PM

Day 6 Loreto 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Day 7 Pichilinque (La Paz) 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Day 8 Cabo San Lucas 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Day 9 At Sea

Day 10 San Diego arrive 7:00 AM; flights out of San Diego after 1:00 PM

Friday, February 6, 2009

Escape with Princess® to Europe, Alaska, Caribbean or Canada & New England

Picture yourself sailing the world in 2009 on an incredible Princess ship, bound for Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean or Canada & New England. And with a free upgrade to a balcony stateroom, you’ll have a perfect vista from which to enjoy all the views. For maximum affordability, Princess is even offering lower pricing on interior staterooms. So take advantage of these sensational deals and plan your escape today.

Here are some of the exciting details:

• Save up to $1,200 per couple on most voyages
• Special pricing on inside staterooms
• Small Ship sailings now available in Alaska and Europe!
• Offers good through February 28, 2009 on 2009 voyages to Europe, Alaska,

From February 6 to February 13th, only $100 per person deposit required.

Canada & New England and Summer Caribbean itineraries!

ACT NOW! Don't miss this chance to get your own balcony view on spectacular Princess escapes in 2009!

Save up to $1,200 off Escape Fares per couple ($600 per person) for select sailings on a space-available basis. Savings vary by departure and category. Free upgrades apply to an upgrade from lead-in unobstructed oceanview to balcony categories. Free upgrade must be confirmed at time of booking in preferred stateroom location. Free upgrade based on a price reduction to applicable lead-in fares. Fares are per person, cruise-only, based on double occupancy and apply to the first two passengers in a stateroom. These fares do not apply to singles or third/fourth-berth passengers.

Princess reserves the right to impose a fuel supplement of up to $9 per person per day on all passengers if the NYMEX oil price exceeds $70 per barrel, even if the fare has already been paid in full. Government fees and taxes are additional and are subject to change. Please contact Princess Cruises for third/fourth-berth fares. This offer is based on space availability, is capacity controlled and may not be combinable with any other public, group or past passenger discount, including shipboard credits. Offer is not transferable and is only available to residents of the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico or Canada. Fares quoted in U.S. dollars.

Air quotes available upon request.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Pacific Coast Getaways 1-4 DAYS

Embark on a variety of getaways departing from a range of convenient ports on the West Coast. Our Pacific Getaways offer a quick and easy way to escape and enjoy all Princess® has to offer onboard — from incredible dining and exciting musical productions to Las Vegas-style casinos or just lounging by a freshwater pool. Escapes range from just one day to four days, and sailing between cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver. Even just a few days on a Princess ship lets you get away from your routine for a blissful vacation at sea.

Port order may vary. If you are interested please email us with dates and type of cabin you would like and we'll get back to you immediately.

9/14/09 2 Vancouver/San Francisco

9/17/09 1 Seattle/Vancouver

9/19/09 1 Seattle/Vancouver

9/19/09 4 Vancouver/Ketchikan/Vancouver

9/20/09 1 Seattle/Vancouver

9/21/09 3 Vancouver/Los Angeles

9/21/09 2 Vancouver/San Francisco

9/23/09 3 Vancouver/Los Angeles

5/6/10 2 San Francisco/Vancouver

5/6/10 4 Los Angeles/

5/8/10 1 Vancouver/Seattle

5/14/10 1 Vancouver/Seattle

5/14/10 3 Los Angeles/Vancouver



March 4- March 13, 2009


Tour Includes:

4 Nights Captain Cook Hotel
3 Nights Fairbanks Princess
2 Nights Chena Hot Springs
9 Breakfasts
2 Dinners (Mushers' Banquet and Pump House Final Night Dinner)
Private Transfers
Airfare Anchorage to Fairbanks
Private Meeting/Lecture with Iditarod Musher
All admissions (including two lectures of your choice)

Day 1 - March 4, Wednesday Arrival in Anchorage -

Upon arrival in Anchorage you are met and transferred to your hotel. Settle in and get acquainted with your guide and the city of Anchorage. Overnight Anchorage

Day 2 - March 5, Thursday Touring Anchorage

This morning after a leisurely breakfast you will attend a "Welcome to Alaska" orientation that will review the week's activities. This will be your in depth introduction to the "Last Great Race".Before leaving for a drive along Alaska's only National Scenic Highway, the Seward, we'll visit the Anchorage Museum of Art and History. Then, drive south of Anchorage toward Portage Glacier. Here on the eastern edge of the Pacific "Ring of Fire," the road skirts Turnagain Arm, where 14,000 years ago we would have been unable to drive here as the landscape was covered with late Wisconsin glaciers. Turnagain Arm was named by English Captain, James Cook in 1778. We'll stop at Beluga Point, a 4,000-year old Alutiiq Eskimo hunting site, where the second highest tides in the world occur with a 38-feet surge.Tonight you will attend the Mushers' Banquet where you enjoy the festivities as you celebrate the great achievement of the serum run to Nome. At the banquet you will have a chance to bid on an opportunity to ride in one of the sleds during the race start in Anchorage. (B) Overnight Anchorage

Day 3 - March 6, Friday Private Breakfast Reception with a Musher

This morning our group will enjoy a private meeting with an Iditarod Musher.Our musher will provide insights into the sled dogs, their many characteristics and attributes, the years of breeding and training that goes into putting together a team. As well, he will describe the strategy, hardships, technical aspects and joys of life on the trail - the race itself. We'll get a good look at the sled, (20" wide), clothing and gear that carries the musher, food and required survival equipment for two weeks from Anchorage 1,150 miles across the wilderness of Alaska to Nome on the Bering Sea coast. What it takes to win this extraordinary sled dog race will soon emerge from the discussion.This afternoon you have free time to attend some lectures on the race and learn even more in anticipation of the race start tomorrow. (B) Overnight Anchorage

Day 4 - March 7, Saturday "Race Day"

The ceremonial Iditarod start will begin in downtown Anchorage, where thousands of fans and media from around the world join in this world-famous event. The #1 position is reserved for Leonard Seppala, one of the most famous mushers who carried the diphtheria serum to Nome over the original Iditarod Trail. Today, fans who were the successful bidders on the "Idita-Rider" auction will ride in the sled of a musher as they leave the start chute. Overnight Anchorage

Day 5 - March 8, Sunday

We'll leave Anchorage for a short drive to Willow. We will visit the Iditarod Sled Dog Race Headquartersand then we will watch the Race Re-Start.. (B) Today the real race to Nome begins, with the re-start at Willow. Mushers will hookup their dogs and race across more than 1,000 miles of Alaska's wilderness. The dogs sense that this is "go time" and their level of excitement is unmatched. You will have a far better, closer look at the teams and mushers. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - Go! With a rooster-tail of snow behind each sled speeding down the chute, mushers wave to fans as they head off on the "Last Great Race". After wishing the mushers well we head to the Anchorage Airport and fly to Fairbanks to enjoy more wonders of the North. From Fairbanks we'll drive 60 miles to one of the more notably Northern Lights viewing areas, Chena Hot Springs(B) Overnight Chena Hot Springs Resort

Day 6 - March 9, Monday Full day at Chena Hot Springs Resort – Northern Lights

This morning will feature a short orientation of the events during the stay around the Fairbanks area. The rest of today, enjoy this internationally known resort. The area is well noted as one of the better areas in North America to view the northern lights. Guests enjoy the unique Rock Lake natural mineral hot pool, exquisite Moose Lodge and gourmet meals.
Optional activities include northern lights Aurorarium, Snow Coach Aurora Tour atop one of Alaska’s oldest mountains, dog sled rides, cross country skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling.
For the adventurous there will be a variety of dog sled ride opportunities with veteran Alaska dog mushers. . (B) Overnight Chena Hot Springs

Day 7- March 10, Wednesday

Depart Chena Hot Springs to Fairbanks
Enjoy breakfast this morning. After lunch we depart Chena Hot Springs Resort for Fairbanks. On the way make a short stop at the Ice Park to see how the ice carving is going for participants in the World Ice Art Championships. (B) Overnight Fairbanks

Day 8 – March 11, Thursday Full day to explore Fairbanks

Today we visit the University of Alaska Museum, Alaska’s official repository for natural science collections: everything from gold bullion to butterflies to “blue” bison, an Ice Age relict, and the Alaska Bird Observatory.
Later a visit to the Large Animal Research Station to see Musk Ox breed in captivity will wind up the afternoon. Later this evening we will visit the Ice Park to view the multi and single block carvings lit and showcased in a rainbow of colors. (B) Overnight Fairbanks

Day 9- March 12 Tuesday Tour Fairbanks and Ice Carving Competition

This morning we return to the Ice Park for a more close up inspection and viewing of all the intricate carvings. The World Ice Art Championships attract ice carvers from around world. The park encompasses 25 acres, and hosts visitors and the carving competition for three weeks in March. At this time, the competition is “icy” as the carvers showcase the intricate, complex, larger-than-life multi-block final competition. You won’t believe what you see!
As this is our last day and evening together we will dine at the famed “Pump House” and enjoy a truly great Alaskan meal before depart tomorrow for our home cities. (B, D) Overnight in Fairbanks

Day 10 - March 13, Friday Depart Fairbanks -

Today your northern adventure ends with individual transfers to the airport. If time permits your escort will shuttle you around town to any site you wish to revisit. (B)

$3,049 plus $179 tax (per person based on double occupancy)
$4,499 plus $199 tax (per person single occupancy)

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