Quarterly Newsletter April 2011

Saturday, 2 April 2011 14:58 by jhalloran

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April 2011

In This Issue

Crystal Cruise Lines

Royal Caribbean

Holland America

Viking River Cruises

Princess

Honduras Cruise Port

Welcome to the 2nd edition of our newsletter.  There are several exciting things happening in the cruise industry and I would like to take this opportunity to highlight them for you.  There are several new ships for 2012 as well as new itineraries.  Also, don't forget to checkout our website at www.newdirectionscruises.com for weekly or monthly specials for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess and Carnival.

Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 407 468-7519.

We are happy to help!

Crystal Cruise Line

Crystal Revamps All-Inclusive Option

Crystal Cruises will add gratuities, wine and bar service to its all-inclusive pricing in spring 2012. The expanded pricing inclusivity will replace Crystal's As You Wish spending credits program." The 2012 inclusive pricing provides guests aboard the Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity with complimentary fine wines and premium spirits, open bar service in all lounges, and pre-paid gratuities for all housekeeping, bar and dining staff. The new benefits begin with the ships' first transatlantic cruises next year.

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean to Expand Europe Schedule in 2012

Royal Caribbean unveiled its 2012 Europe plans, adding another ship, the Serenade of the Seas, to the continent. That gives the line a total of 12 ships calling at 101 ports in 34 countries. Also new for 2012 - Amsterdam as a homeport, with Brilliance of the Seas operating a series of Northern Europe itineraries. Among other itineraries are: Mariner of the Seas, Holy Land and Western Med cruises from Rome; Vision of the Seas, Holy Land and Northern Europe cruises; Liberty of the Seas, new five-night Western Med sailings; and Independence, Adventure, Navigator and Grandeur of the Seas, Med cruises. Also, Voyager and Splendour of the Seas will operate Greek Isle and Turkey cruises. Jewel of the Seas will focus on Scandinavia and Russia.

Holland America

Holland America Eliminates Wait for Staterooms
Passengers boarding Holland America ships no longer have to wait to access their staterooms, thanks to the line's new Stateroom Direct Service program. Under the program, staterooms will be ready as early as 11:30 a.m. Also, cruisers will no longer have to check their carryon bags and wait in public areas while staterooms are being prepared. Arriving guests also will receive their luggage earlier.

Viking River Cruises

Viking River Cruises to Debut Four New-Builds

As part of a $250 million fleet development initiative, Viking River Cruises said it will launch four new-builds in 2012. The Viking Freya, Viking Idun, Viking Njord and Viking Odin will be the first of a new class of vessels characterized by the long design of ancient Scandinavian vessels. According to the line, shifting corridors and reorienting staterooms on the new 95-stateroom Viking Longships will give them the largest suites on European rivers. The ships' Explorer and Veranda suites will provide separate sleeping and living space. Three-quarters of cabins will have a veranda, French balcony or both. Energy-efficient hybrid engines, solar panels and onboard organic herb gardens are among sustainable initiatives.

Princess

Princess Cruises Previews Newest Ship
The first steel plate has been cut on Princess Cruises' newest ship, the Royal Princess. Debuting in spring 2013, the 3,600-passenger ship will be the first of two new-generation ships. Among innovations will be SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway that will extend more than 28 feet over the water. The ships' top decks will feature an adults-only pool, with seven private cabanas for rental. Princess Cruises' signature adults-only Sanctuary also will be expanded. All outside staterooms will have balconies

Honduras Cruise Port

Work Begins on Honduras Cruise Port
Construction has begun on a commercial center at what will become Honduras' first mainland cruise port, Banana Coast. The facilities are expected to be completed and ready to accept cruise passengers in 2012. The 50,000-square-foot commercial center will include dozens of boutiques, restaurants and tour excursion offices.

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March Newsletter

Friday, 4 March 2011 15:00 by jhalloran
New Directions Cruises and Tours
Cruise Specials from
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March 2011

In This Issue
Cruise News
Spotlight
Weekly Specials
Spotlight

Welcome to my monthly newsletter which is designed to bring you the latest news and information to help you with your next cruise vacation.  Here, I will keep you informed of the latest happenings within the cruise travel business, as well as, provide you with opportunities to save on your next cruise venture. 
Don't hesitate to call contact us for more information at

 

We are happy to help!

 

New Directions Cruises and Tours
Cruise Lines and River Cruises
AMA Waterways
Avalon Waterways
Carnival
Celebrity
Holland America
NCL
Oceania
Princess
RCCL
Regent
Seabourn
Star Clipper
Viking River Cruises
 
 
Cruise News
Holland America Line Launches 'Stateroom Direct Service' Program on All Sailings
Holland America -
Holland America Line has launched a new Stateroom Direct Service program that gives guests immediate access to their staterooms upon embarkation. Under the program, staterooms will be ready as early as 11:30 a.m., and cruisers will no longer have to check their carry-on bags and wait in public areas while their staterooms are being prepared.

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Spotlight

Princess Balcony upgrades until March 17, 2011

Europe boasts some of the most picturesque coastlines in the

world, and for a limited time, receive

free balcony upgrades on select 2011 Europe cruises and cruisetours to experience

the sights first hand. Take in unlimited beauty - like the iconic

cliffs of Santorini in the Greek Isles or the charming villages

and glacial fjords of Norway - from your own balcony!

Look for our best value sailings and save up to $1,000 per

couple on cruises and cruise tours throughout Europe!

 
 

Weekly specials

Always check out Royal Caribbean and Celebrity 's Monday and Tuesday specials on our website under Royal Caribbean or Celebrity.  Go to www.newdirectionscruises.com

Spotlight
Royal Caribbean rolls out new online series: 'Ask Adam'
Royal Caribbean -
Adam Goldstein announced a new feature to his 'Why Not?' blog. Via Royal Caribbean International's Facebook page, you can 'Ask Adam'. At the end of the month Adam will answer selected questions in a blog or video blog which will be posted on our their Facebook wall.
 
 
 

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There has been much attention on the new travel requirements for U.S., Canadian and Bermudian citizens that went into effect on June 1, 2009. While the new Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires valid passports for land and sea travel, a final ruling was issued allowing leniency for U.S. citizens traveling on “closed-loop” cruises, i.e., sailings that both originate and terminate in the same U.S. port.
Recent guidance received from the Department of Homeland Security indicates the documentary requirements under WHTI for “closed loop” cruises are not limited to cruises that travel only to contiguous territories or adjacent islands. This means U.S. citizens calling on ports in Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and Belize will also be exempt from the passport requirement.  
U.S. citizens taking “closed-loop” cruises are not required to have a passport but will need proof of citizenship such as an original or certified copy of a birth certificate, a certificate of naturalization, a passport card, an enhanced driver’s license (EDL) as well as a government-issued photo ID.  Children are also required to bring proof of citizenship and if 16 and over, a photo ID is also required.  Canadian and Bermudian citizens are required to have a passport for air, land and sea travel, including all Carnival cruises.
Although a passport is not required for U.S. citizens taking “closed loop” cruises, we strongly recommend all guests travel with a passport (valid for at least six months beyond completion of travel).  Having a passport will enable guests to fly from the U.S. to a foreign port in the event they miss their scheduled embarkation or to fly back to the U.S. if they need to disembark the ship mid-cruise due to an emergency.  
If a cruise begins and ends in different U.S. ports or begins and ends in a foreign port (such as our Alaska and Hawaii cruises), a valid passport or other recognized WHTI-compliant document is required.  A valid passport is required if you are traveling on any of our Europe cruises.
ALL guests need proper proof of citizenship in order to travel and failure to present a valid

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