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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Princess Cruises Offers New Arts Program for Kids

Princess Cruises has long been a top choice with families because of its kid-friendly programs but we've just received word that they've added another bonus for kids. Teaming up with Klutz®, a publisher of children's activity books, Princess Cruises will now provide high-quality arts and crafts projects for young passengers and their families while onboard. Klutz and Princess Cruises have collaborated to develop custom-built kits designed to engage young cruisers in fun and creative activities.

The Activities: Kids will have the chance to join in up to seven Klutz activities during their cruise:
  • 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
  • make craft paper flowers
  • weave friendship bracelets
  • make Thumb Doodle thumbprint art
These 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.

More Kid-Friendly Fun: Princess Youth and Teen Programs offer supervised fun for ages 3 to 17 in threeage-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.

For More Information:
Photo courtesy Princess Cruises

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Caribbean Cruise Top Prize in YouTube Contest

Want to take the family on a Caribbean cruise? Here's your chance. Enter to win a new contest sponsored by Bahama Breeze restaurants.

How to Enter: Participants will submit a video of no more than two minutes on the theme, "Why I need a Caribbean Escape." The most creative video with the highest viewer rating will win.

The Prize: The prize is an all expense paid luxury cruise to the Bahamas for up to six people. Runners up will also receive prizes, including Flip Video(TM) cameras and Bahama Breeze gift cards.

Dates: The contest ends May 12, 2008.

For more information:
• visit www.youtube.com/caribbeanescape
• visit www.bahamabreeze.com/contest

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eCruises.com Offers Disney Cruise Onboard Credit

Disney Cruise Line, the family-friendly Caribbean cruises, now come with an exclusive $100 onboard credit per stateroom for cruises booked through eCruises.com. The offer applies to seven-night Land & Sea Vacations, seven-night Caribbean cruises or three or four-night Bahamian sailings. You'll receive up to $100 onboard credit per stateroom when booked only through eCruises.com by April 30, 2008.

Credit can be used towards onboard ship activities including merchandise, photography, spa treatments, shore excursions and much more.

Details: The onboard credit of up to $100 is per stateroom and applicable for select new bookings made with eCruises.com by April 30, 2008. Black out dates apply. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and include port charges. Government taxes and fees are not included. This offer is subject to availability and may change at anytime.

For more information:
• visit www.ecruises.com

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Discount Cruises for Military Families

If yours is a military family, check out the new Carnival Cruise Lines promotion in honor of Veteran's Day. Throughout the month of November, active and retired military personnel can book up to three "Fun Ship" staterooms for themselves and their friends and family members at special discounted rates, starting at low as $189 per person.

Dates: Reservations must be made between Nov. 1-30, 2007, to qualify for this promotion, which is available in conjunction with a wide range of three- to 12-day "Fun Ship" departures through Dec. 31, 2008.

Price: Rates start at $189 per person for three-day cruises from Miami, Florida; $249 per person for five-day cruises from Mobile, Alabama, and Jacksonville, Florida and $399 per person for seven-day cruises from Miami.

Details: The promotion is valid for individual bookings only, capacity controlled and not applicable with any other discount offer. Fare code CPM1 must be requested during the reservations process and military personnel must provide proof of service. Certain other restrictions apply.

For more information:
• call 1-800-CARNIVAL
• visit carnival.com

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Carnival Offers Expanded "Towel Creations" Book


Above: "Swans" greet guests at a Jamaica hotel room.

How many times have you returned to your resort guest room or your cruise stateroom and found a towel "animal" awaiting...then tried to recreate it on your own with no luck? That dilemma is now solved: Carnival Cruise Lines has issued a new book offering step-by-step instructions and photos for creating the line's incredibly popular "towel animals" that greet guests when they arrive in their "Fun Ship" staterooms each evening.

The book is titled "Carnival Towel Creations with Freddy" and it features easy-to-follow directions and diagrams for creating more than 80 different creatures, including new variations such as a snail, bat, cow, stingray and goat.

The new 90-page book expands upon Carnival's original towel creations book published two years ago which featured instructions for 40 animals and sold 100,000 copies.

It is estimated that each year Carnival stateroom stewards create nine million towel animals which are featured within the line's more than 25,000 staterooms fleetwide. Stateroom stewards also often incorporate guests' sunglasses, hats and other accessories to create custom-designed towel animals for guests' enjoyment and amusement.

Miniature "towel pal" plush toys of several popular creations are available in the line's gift shops fleetwide or on-line at www.carnivaltowelpals.com.

"Carnival Towel Creations with Freddy" is sold in the Formalities gift shops throughout the line's 22-vessel fleet. The cost is $14.95.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Carnival, M&M's Team Up Halloween Promotion

Carnival is always a family favorite in the Caribbean and next month there will be another good reason to opt for the popular cruise line: its unique Halloween promotion.

With the "Frightfully Fun" promotion, guests sailing with Carnival can enjoy a variety of fun-filled activities, everything from costume contests and Halloween-themed giveaways to scary movies, and, of course, trick or treating, with candies and other goodies from M&M'S®. During the period, Carnival guests are encouraged to bring their costumes and they can compete for a variety of prizes during the costume contest and parade. Carnival crew members will be dressed in costume, as well, and guests can have their photos taken with Carnival's own "Fun Ship" Freddy.

"At Carnival, Halloween is always a special occasion and the 'Frightfully Fun' festivities provides guests of all ages with a unique and memorable way to celebrate this festive holiday, with activities and other events not found anywhere else," said Vicki Freed, Carnival's senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Special Events for Kids: Guests ages one to 14 are also invited to go trick or treating along the ships' promenades and through various public rooms and areas, stocking up on M&M'S® signature candies, including MILKY WAY®, SNICKERS®, SKITTLES®, STARBURST® and TWIX®, all along the way.

Dates: The "Frightfully Fun" promotion, which is also sponsored by Coca Cola, will be held on all Carnival voyages departing between Oct. 13 and 30, 2007.

For More Information:
• call 1-800-CARNIVAL
• visit carnival.com

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

MSC Cruises Offers Baseball Themed Holiday Caribbean Cruise

Do you have a little (or a big) baseball fan in the family? This December, you can combine a Caribbean cruise with a baseball dream aboard MSC Lirica.

Departing Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 14, guests will begin their extended cruise with calls at Key West, Montego Bay, Georgetown and Cozumel, with two sea days.

The sailing features a lineup of baseball greats (former New York Yankees greats Stan Bahnsen and Tom Tresh, former New York Mets star Ed Kranepool, slugger Ken Griffey Sr. and former catcher/Major League manager Jeff Torborg) and baseball-related activities, including free interactive passenger/player activities, including a player-hosted trivia game, question-and-answer sessions, a passenger pitching contest and pitching, hitting, fielding and base running clinics -- and a free autograph session.

After a turn-around in Fort Lauderdale, the ship will head for the Eastern Caribbean on its holiday cruise, calling at San Juan, Charlotte Amalie, Cayo Levantado (the line's private paradise) and Nassau, and includes two days at sea before returning to Fort Lauderdale on December 28.

Rates for Baseball Cruise: Guests who book MSC Lirica's 7-night Dec. 21 holiday sailing to the Eastern Caribbean at the starting Early Booking rate of $799 per person, double occupancy (interior stateroom) can add on the 7-night Dec. 14 Western Caribbean/Baseball Greats sailing at rates starting from just $299 per person.

All prices quoted are cruise only, per person, double occupancy; government fees/taxes additional for all guests. Offer is capacity controlled, subject to availability and restrictions apply. The 14-Night holiday Promo offer expires Sept. 30 and cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. North American residents who place a reservation only place a $100 deposit per person, based on double occupancy.

For more information:
• visit http://www.msccruisesusa.com

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Special Holiday Family Plan Package from MSC Cruises

Holiday travel to the Caribbean is expensive--that's the peak of peak season--so it's good to see a Caribbean holiday package that's now being offered by MSC Cruises.

The Family Plan Package: MSC Cruises is offering a special Family Plan promotion on its December 28 New Year's sailing of MSC Lirica. Family Plan prices start at $499.50 per person, quad occupancy, for an inside stateroom (government fees and taxes are additional for all passengers). Oceanview staterooms begin at only $75 more per person ($574.50), quad occupancy.

On the 7-night December 28 Western Caribbean itinerary, MSC Lirica sails roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale and calls at Key West, Georgetown, Cozumel and Nassau, and includes two days at sea.

What It Includes:
Rates include onboard dining and international entertainment for the entire family. Onboard MSC Lirica, guests can enjoy the line's "Beautiful. Passionate. Italian." cruise experience, including the decor, authentic Italian cuisine, and European ambiance.

As an added bonus, North American residents who place a reservation need only place a $100 deposit per person, based on double occupancy. To qualify for the Family Plan, reservations must be made by September 30.

Rates quoted are USD, cruise only. Offers are capacity controlled; restrictions apply and subject to availability. Offers maybe withdrawn at anytime without notice.

For more information:
• visit http://www.msccruisesusa.com

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Carnival Revamps Pools, Adds Aqua Parks

Long a favorite with cruising famillies, Carnival Cruise Lines is unveiling details for new resort-style pool areas and "Carnival WaterWorks" aqua parks on its eight Fantasy-class ships, part of the line's $250 million "Evolutions of Fun" enhancement program.

The new resort-style main pool areas, located mid-ship on Lido Deck, will feature umbrellas providing shaded seating at pool's edge along the tiled "beach" bordering the circumference of the pool. A thatched roof will cover one of the two whirlpools at either end of the swimming pool, providing guests the option of shaded or sunny relaxation in the bubbling water. Towering faux palm trees, along with more thatched roofing over new, centrally positioned staircases further enhance the tropical resort-style ambiance.

New "Carnival WaterWorks" aqua parks will be introduced on Verandah Deck aft on Fantasy-class ships and will feature a four-deck-high, 300-foot-long spiraling tube water slide, the biggest, longest and most elaborate in cruising. A separate 82-foot-long triple-lane waterslide will be featured, as well, while much of this deck area will be occupied by an expansive spray park that will offer multiple and varied water spray apparatus, creating cool and exhilarating fun for kids and adults, alike.

Both the mid-ship pool areas and "Carnival WaterWorks" parks will be accented by comfortable lounge chairs and teak decking.

The first two ships to begin receiving these features, as well as "Serenity" adults-only deck areas, are the Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration later this year, with implementation on the balance of the line's Fantasy-class fleet expected to be completed by the end of 2009.

"Evolutions of Fun" is a $250 million product enhancement initiative that began in 2005 and includes renovations to virtually every guest area on the line's eight Fantasy-class ships, the Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Fascination, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Elation and Carnival Paradise.

Many aspects of the "Evolutions of Fun" program have already been implemented on several ships, including fully remodeled staterooms, suites, and bathrooms, flat-screen televisions in staterooms and select public areas, atrium lobby bars, updated sound and lighting systems in various lounges and clubs, coffee bars, nine-hole miniature golf courses, new art and photo galleries, New York-style delis in the Lido restaurants, and purpose-built conference facilities.

The program also includes makeovers of the ships' 12,000-square-foot spa facilities, custom-designed clubs for the 12-14 year old age group under the line's top-rated "Camp Carnival" children's program, inter-connecting staterooms on some ships, and elaborate new sound and lighting systems in the ships' main show lounges.

Digital renderings of the resort-style pools and "Carnival WaterWorks," along with additional information on the "Evolutions of Fun" initiative, can be viewed at www.evolutionsoffun.com.

For more information:
• call 1-800-CARNIVAL
• visit www.carnival.com

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