Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Norwegian Sky Bahamas Short Cruise - Savings

When you cruise to the Bahamas from Miami for 3- or 4- days, aboard Norwegian Sky, you´ll get to experience all the freedom and flexibility of our exclusive Freestyle Cruising®. So book our year-round itineraries, and you´ll be aboard the youngest ship sailing to Nassau and Grand Bahama Island.

The kids will have a blast with our Kids Crew and you´ll have plenty of time to enjoy a drink in one of the 10 bars and lounges, or just relax on your balcony.

Experience everything you want in this fun-filled itinerary. Swim, play, snorkel or just unwind in the sunny Bahamas. But book now, deals like this won't last.

Inside staterooms based on availability begin at $150; does not include taxes.

Call for details.

Royal Caribbean's Chairman has a Blog

Chairman Richard Fain has a blog. Personally I think it's wonderful and a great way to reach out personally to present and past cruisers.

What do you think? Blog here

Crystal Cruises Celebrates 20 years

2010 heralds in not just exotic and cosmopolitan ports of call and
itineraries, but also celebrates Crystal Cruises' 20th
Anniversary of luxury cruising. With the launch of our 2010 fares, these special
promotions and offers listed below provide the most exciting and dramatic
savings earlier than ever before, while we remain committed to the same level of
excellence that has earned Crystal more awards than any other cruise line, hotel
or resort in history.

Join us in 2010 and you will enjoy the following:
Anniversary Savings – Enjoy up to $3,000 per couple ($1,500 per guest)
savings on ALL Mediterranean and Northern Europe voyages. Must book by

“All-Inclusive. As You Wish.” Shipboard Credits – We’re giving you to
$2,000 per couple ($1,000 per guest) in shipboard credits to spend as you wish
including spa treatments, fine wines, a Vintage Room experience with your
friends, gratuities for your favorite waiter, something special from the
boutiques, or even a unique Crystal Adventures® shore excursion. The choices –
all of them – are yours. Available on ALL 2010 sailings.

Birthday Bonus - Sail on your birthday in 2010, and save 50% off a
future cruise before your next birthday.

20th Anniversary Celebrations – Join us for special reunion cruises and
enjoy onboard celebrations, commemorative merchandise and more
Anniversary Commemorative Cruises – Enjoy events and activities on the day
of our anniversary, July 20, 2010, to commemorate 20 years of the Crystal
Experience. Crystal Symphony voyage 0216 and Crystal Serenity voyage 0317.

Crystal Society 20th Anniversary Reunion Cruises – Special
guests, events, and receptions on board exclusively for our Crystal Society
members. Crystal Symphony voyages 0210 and 0226.

President’s Cruise 20th Anniversary Celebration – Crystal Cruises
President Gregg Michel and his wife, Adrianna, host our May 12 voyage aboard
Crystal Symphony voyage 0210 with special guests, events and

Holland America Press Release 2010 Features

Holland America Line Features Eight Ships Sailing Four Alaska Itineraries in 2010 New 14-day Alaskan Adventurer Itinerary Joins Seven-day Cruises

Seattle, April 2009 — Holland America Line is introducing a new 14-day Alaskan Adventurer cruise itinerary in 2010 to complement its extensive selection of seven-day itineraries and departures. The Alaskan Adventurer increases the choice of Holland America itineraries to a total of four, joining the popular Alaskan Explorer, Glacier Discovery and Glacier Bay Inside Passage itineraries.

Holland America’s schedule features eight ships offering 149 total departures from May 3 through September 24, 2010. The Alaskan Adventurer cruises will sail roundtrip from Seattle on flagship ms Amsterdam and call at Anchorage, Homer and Kodiak for the first time. Seven-day cruises will sail from Seattle, Vancouver and Seward.

“Drawing on more than 60 years of Alaska experience, Holland America Line has introduced this new 14-day Alaskan Adventurer itinerary to expand guests’ cruising options,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales, and guest programs. “It is a major addition to our 2010 Alaska cruise schedule, which continues to offer the widest selection of seven-day itineraries and departures of any cruise line in Alaska.”

Holland America is featuring a wide range of seven-day cruises, both roundtrip from Seattle and Vancouver and one-way between Vancouver and Seward. As a longtime tour operator, Holland America continues to be awarded the most permit entries of any major cruise line to Glacier Bay, a 65-mile long fjord with spectacular tidewater glaciers.

“Holland America’s itineraries also continue to feature the best glacier viewing,” said Meadows. “Every cruise visits massive tidewater glaciers.”

Many roundtrip Seattle cruises feature Alaska’s immense Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay, the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Some cruises visit College Fjord with 10 large tidewater and valley glaciers named after Ivy League colleges. Others sail by the twin Sawyer Glaciers in the narrow, 26-mile Tracy Arm fjord.

Alaska Travel Guides sail on board every Holland America ship in Alaska and share their knowledge of local culture, history, art and flora and fauna with guests. In addition to the Alaska Travel Guides, Native interpreters board the ships in Glacier Bay and by Hubbard Glacier to explain the origins of the Huna and Yakutat people.

14-day Alaskan Adventurer Cruises The 1,380-guest Amsterdam will homeport in Seattle to sail the 14-day Alaskan Adventurer cruises departing roundtrip May 17 through September 6, 2010. The Amsterdam will be the first cruise ship of a major cruise line to call in Anchorage, providing guests with a full day and evening in Alaska’s major city.

The flagship will also call at the new ports of Homer and Kodiak. Homer features a breathtaking location at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center and the famous Homer Spit in Kachemak Bay. Kodiak, home of the famed Kodiak bear, reflects both 7,500 years of native Alutiiq heritage and Russian fur trading influence since 1792 as the first capital of Russian America.

The Amsterdam’s leisurely itinerary features the scenic Inside Passage, highlighted by cruising Tracy Arm fjord with its twin Sawyer Glaciers. The ship also cruises by the Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay. Ports of call include Ketchikan, Skagway, Sitka, Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak, Juneau and Victoria, BC.
Alaskan Explorer Cruises Four ships will be home-ported in Seattle in 2010, sailing a total of 63 seven-day Alaskan Explorer cruises roundtrip. The Amsterdam opens the season with two seven-day Alaskan Explorer cruises departing May 3 and 10 before shifting to the new 14-day itinerary.

From May 9 through September 24, the 1,432-guest ms Zaandam departs Fridays, 1,316-guest ms Rotterdam departs Saturdays and the 1,918-guest, Vista-class ms Oosterdam departs Sundays. The Zaandam and Rotterdam highlight the Hubbard Glacier and the Oosterdam showcases Glacier Bay. All Alaskan Explorer cruises call at the historic ports of Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan, plus Victoria, BC, and feature scenic cruising of the Inside Passage and Vancouver Island.

Cruise to Greece on Windstar

Sail to Greece with Windstar Cruise Line

Windstar Cruises - A Unique Concept In Cruising Sailing under the banner of its appropriate tag line "180º From Ordinary," Windstar was created in the mid-1980's with the vision to offer an alternative to the typical cruise or resort vacation.

The Windstar passenger sees the world from a romantic sailing ship with luxurious accommodations, a casual yet elegant atmosphere, and exquisite service and cuisine. The Ships Teak decking, rich wood interiors, an attentive service staff, intimate surroundings, eclectic artwork, exceptional signature cuisine featuring both light and vegetarian menu selections, and an extensive wine list are some of the extraordinary elements which have become synonymous with Windstar.

Features unique to the Wind Surf include 31 deluxe suites, 2 Bridge Deck suites, The Yacht Club, Degrees (formerly The Bistro), The Terrace Bar for small intimate getaways and the nearly 10,000 square foot WindSpa offering a full array of spa treatments, consultative, health and fitness programs. Passengers are cradled in comfort as all staterooms and suites offer ocean views, sitting area, new LCD flatscreen TV, DVD, CD player, iPod Nanos and Bose SoundDocks systems, safe, mini-bar/refrigerator, international direct-dial phones, bathroom with luxurious pampering toiletries, hair dryer, plush terry cloth robes, and an abundance of closet space.

The library on board stocks an array of international ewspapers, books and games, as well as a multi-media selection of more than 500 DVD titles and compact discs available for complimentary check-out. Carrying just 148 to 312 guests, Windstar ships exude a private-yacht-like atmosphere creating camaraderie and lasting friendships between fellow sailors.

Every day aboard Windstar brings the promise of new horizons and harbors to explore. An interesting mix of shore excursions and complimentary water sports activities are available at each destination.

Passengers may find themselves slicing through Caribbean waters aboard an actual America's Cup racing yacht, or exploring archaeological ruins in Greece, the "Cradle of Civilization." Water buffs can enjoy complimentary water-skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling, and kayaking from the ship's aft Water Sports Platform.

The company's cruise vacations offer a sea-side window on the world, combining the refinement of a luxury hotel with a moveable feast of cultural experiences.

Seattle-based Windstar Cruises operates the 312-passenger Wind Surf and 148- passenger Wind Star and Wind Spirit. The three sailing yachts cruise to over 47 countries worldwide offering an affordable luxury vacation.

August 29 Saturday Athens /Greece
August 30 Sunday Mykonos/Greece
August 31 Monday Santorini/Greece
September 1 Tuesday Rhodes/Greece
September 2 Wednesday Bodrum/Turkey
September 3 Thursday Kusadasi/Turkey
September 4 Friday At Sea -- --
September 5 Saturday Istanbul/Turkey

Stateroom Category B Rate: $2,499.00 per person.
Stateroom Category A Rate: $2,699.00 per person.

Non-discountable amounts included in fares shown. Taxes, government and security fees range from $35 to $325. Fares are capacity controlled, based on double occupancy and subject to change without notice.


Air and travel insurance quotes available upon request.

Roundtrip Seattle Alaska Cruise with Iditarod Chap Lance Mackey

Join THREE time Iditarod Champ Lance Mackey and one of his team*, that has won the last three "Great Race" championships on a Knightly Tours Exclusive Alaska Cruise. Join Lance as we cruise depart Seattle aboard Star Princess for a 7 day Alaska cruise to Lance's home state. Your adventure includes two Private Receptions and two Private Lectures with Lance as he recounts the wonders of this race.
• 7 Days from Seattle

Departs - Sunday, August 23, 2009
From : $899 plus $116 tax

Your Exclusive Knightly Tours Iditarod Champion Cruise includes:
• 7 night Star Princess Alaska Cruise
• Calls at Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway
• Glacier Cruising
• Two Lectures with Lance Mackey (and team*)
• Two Private Cocktail Parties with Lance
• Knightly Tours Escort

Sunday, August 23 - Embark Star Princess and depart Seattle

Arriving in Seattle you will transfer to the awaiting Star Princess. Tonight you enjoy a Private Welcome Cocktail Reception, meet Lance and the other members of the group. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy your luxury cruise ship as sail through Puget Sound enroute to Alaska.

August 24 - Cruising to Alaska

The day is spent enjoy the hundreds of possibilities aboard Star Princess. There is something for everyone. Later today Lance (and hopefully some of his team) will give a Private Lecture on the wonders of participating in "The Last Great Race". You will learn about training, preparation for the race and what life is like on the trail.

Cruising to Alaska and learning about one of the most historic races will make for a memorable day.

August 25 - Ketchikan

Your call today is in the "Salmon Capital of Alaska". Ketchikan offers many options for exploring Alaska's beauty. Floatplanes, fishing fleets and cruise ships all help you enjoy the beauty of the Tongass National Forest. Make sure no matter what else you do in this town, allow yourself time to stroll Creek Street and learn about some of Ketchikan's colorful past.

August 26 - Tracy Arm and Juneau

This morning Star Princess slips into Tracy Arm Fjord. This magnificent waterway twists and turns for some 30 miles until it ends at the Twin Sawyer Glaciers. These icy blue wonders are magnificent in the morning light and sheer walls for fjord provide unique cruising experience. Wildlife abounds so keep your eyes focused and your camera.

Later you arrive in Juneau, Alaska's capital city. Here adventure options abound, river rafting, helicopter flightseeing, whale watching and flightseeing all provide you with wonderful opportunities to enjoy the capital city.

August 27 - Skagway

In 1898 thousands or would be gold miner arrived in this town headed for Dawson. The town was hard with comforts of home. Today while many of the buildings are preserved in the National Park you can enjoy a latte or have a fine meal, but the frontier friendliness and adventure still abound. Make sure you visit the Park Headquarters and learn about the great gold rush. Tonight you sail Lynn Canal another masterpiece on the inland waterway.

August 28 - Cruising

Today will give you another opportunity to relax and enjoy the ship. Spa treatments, cooking class, a work out maybe or just enjoying that book as the beauty slides by. You have a the day to learn more about the race as tonight the group will enjoy another Private Cocktail Party with Lance. He will inform and entertain you with some tails of the trail.

August 29 Cruising and Victoria

Enjoy your last day sea. Today you will enjoy another Private Lecture with Lance. This evening you make a call in British Columbia's capital Victoria. This little bit of old England has a charm and allure that will make you think you are strolling in London.

August 30 - Depart for Home

You arrive in Seattle this morning, clear Customs and depart for home, with the memory of meeting one of Alaska's great competitors and enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

Ms Star Princess

Must be booked by June 1, 2008

Contact us at:

Speciality Cruises and Tours
2701 California Avenue SW #232
Seattle, Washington 98116
Phone: 1-866-654-8696, Extension 214
Fax: 206-938-8498

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