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Celebrity Solstice Cruise, Last Day

On our last day at Sea, I’m thinking back to everything that has made this Celebrity Solstice Cruise vacation so special. 5 years ago, I fell in love with cruising because it is the most social form of vacationing. We make new friends on every cruise vacation. As always, our fellow passengers helped make this cruise special. With the introduction of the Solstice Class of ships, Celebrity has had to have knocked 10 years off of their passenger’s average age. This cruise offered a diverse mix of age ranges, but no matter the age of the passengers we met they were all the type of people who strive for the finer things in life. They had a good understanding of the quality of food, drinks, and service that distinguished this cruise ship from most of the others. I talked to several passengers travelling in the Aqua Class Suites. After a few days on board, they were all sold on the value of the cost to upgrade to the Aqua Class. The cabin size of the Aqua Class Suites are similar to a balcony cabin, but the exclusive access to the Specialty Restaurant, Blu, the Persian Garden, and the Concierge Service were well worth the extra money according to passengers with whom I spoke. One passenger, Sam, even stated that the upgraded shower in the Aqua Class Suite was enough for her to book an Aqua Class suite again.

The Celebrity Solstice is the perfect example of a large vessel offering a noticeably higher level of service, food, and style. The diverse entertainment onboard from the Hot Glass Show to the Circus style show offers something for cruisers of all ages. Earlier this week, I met a family in which the grandparents typically cruised on Oceania. For a large family vacation consisting of ages ranging from 11 months old – 75 years old, they compromised and chose the Celebrity Solstice. The grandparents were very impressed by the food and service on the Solstice and the kids were having a blast in the kids club. For all that the Celebrity Solstice is offering, the Solstice has been selling for rates that are close to the less premium cruise ships making it the best value in the Caribbean.

Celebrity Solstice, Circus style Show

The onboard experience on the Celebrity Solstice has been unmatched. The feedback I’ve received from our new friends onboard has been consistent with our feelings about the Celebrity Solstice. So if you are a travel agent, your clients will love you for recommending a Solstice Class ship and if you are a cruiser looking for the perfect combo of amenities, entertainment options, style, service and food, I fully recommend the Celebrity Solstice.

Jess & Dylan with the Celebrity Solstice

Full Disclosure, I did not pay for my Cabin. I did pay for Airline tickets, Gratuities, Excursions, Bar Bill, etc…. I’ve been on about 15 cruise ships in 3 years. They’ve all been wonderful, but the Solstice Class is special. My 8 year old would probably like the Liberty of the Seas and the Oasis of the Seas better (he enjoyed the Fun Factory, but was upset that there was not a waterslide on the Solstice)… I’m a big fan of the style and service that is the Solstice. I have loads of photos and video that I will be uploading from home so you can see the Celebrity Solstice experience for yourself.

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Next Cruise: Celebrity Solstice

I’m getting excited as our next cruise is just around the corner. Last December, I experienced the Celebrity Treatment for the first time. On the Celebrity Century, I seriously felt the Celebrity difference in the high quality of their food & service. The Celebrity Century is an older, medium sized ship in the Celebrity fleet. Celebrity Century had recently undergone a refurbishment and I was very pleased with all aspects of the onboard experience.

Celebrity Century in Jamaica, 12.14.09

Celebrity Century in Jamaica, 12.14.09

We’re taking the Celebrity Experience to the next level. The first week in April, Jess and I are taking our 8 year old son on his first cruise. We will be Cruising 7-nights to St. Kitts, San Juan, and St. Maarten on the Brand New Celebrity Solstice. The Solstice Class of ship is much larger than the other ships in the Celebrity Fleet. The Solstice has many innovative design features including the first grass lawn at sea. The Solstice has been describe to me as a floating W Hotel. Although the Celebrity Solstice is a Premium Cruise Ship, thanks to the recession the Solstice is not fetching a premium price tag. In April and May you can sail 7-nights from Ft. Lauderdale on the Celebrity Solstice starting at only $599! The best value is actually on the Balcony Cabins thanks to freebies.

Balcony Cabins start at $799 with a $50 Onboard Credit and CruiseDeals.com is paying for your Gratuities ($150 value) must book by February 28th, 2010.

Let me know in the comments if you will be joining us on the April 4th, Celebrity Solstice. I’ll buy your first Fruity Adult Beverage! ~ Happy Sailing Rich Tucker

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You Never Know

So Life took a sharp right turn the minute I got off the Celebrity Century on December 17th 2009. Over the last month, I hosted the Social Fresh Social Media Cruise on the Carnival Destiny, I was one of the first on the Oasis of the Seas (interviewed in the Miami Herald for Live Tweeting from the Inaugural), and completed a 5-day cruise to Jamaica and Grand Cayman on the Celebrity Century in which I taught other agents Social Media basics. It had been an almost perfect end to an incredible year. I was looking forward to getting home and spending time with the family. As soon as I got off the Celebrity Century, it all changed. I received a call from my Dad telling me that Mike, my brother, had fallen asleep behind the wheel of his truck and ran into a huge tree at 7:00 AM.

He crushed both ankles, lacerated his liver and spleen, and his head went partially through the windshield. He was not wearing a seatbelt. He’s very lucky to have lived through the crash. He had to be cut out of the truck and airlifted to the Charlotte Medical Center. I rushed to the airport and got on an earlier flight home. By the time I got on the flight home, all I knew was that he had been airlifted and that his legs were in very bad shape. Once I got to the Hospital, my brother was asleep on the bed with cuts all over his head and his legs covered in bandages. The Doctors were not sure if there was enough bone structure left to attempt to fix his ankles. My brother did not look anything like himself thanks to all the cuts and swollen head from the impact with the windshield. As of now, it was my worse day ever and I couldn’t even imagine being my brother.

Mike & JoJo at the Zoo a few weeks before the wreck

It is now Tuesday, December 22, 2009. Mike went through 4.5 hours of surgery yesterday and the doctors were positive about the results. They were able to get all the bones in the correct placement and now it is up to Mike’s body to heal properly. After surgery his heart rate remained extremely high, he was running a fever and of course was in excruciating pain. They moved him back into the Trauma Intensive Care Unit so that they could keep a closer eye on his situation. They got his Heart Rate and Fever back down by Midnight. Today, he is in full recovery mode with a slight possibility to be back home on Christmas Eve. Mike has two beautiful daughters and a wonderful wife. Him being home for Christmas would make for a very special Christmas.

I share all this because I’ve shared all my good times of 2009 here on my blog, CruiseSource.us. The reality is that times are not always good. I wanted to explain why I had not gotten to my final reviews of the Celebrity Century, and to let you know that they are coming soon. Although it has been a tough week, I am truly blessed as we have had tons of prayers and well wishes from all of our friends online and offline. As you head into the Holiday Season and into the New Year, please remember how quickly loved ones can be taken from you or how fast things can dramatically change in your life. Going through this experience has given our family time to reflect about all the good times spent on family vacations and other shared life-experiences. At the end, all we have are memories. Having lots of memories from beach trips, sports, and other lifetime experiences has made this ordeal a little more bearable… I’m personally going in to 2010 living by the quote: dream like you are going to live forever; live like you are going to die today. Make it a point to spend more time with loved ones in 2010. Don’t keep putting off that family trip to Disney, Europe, cruise vacation, or whatever is on your list to do next. You never know when life may take a sharp turn on you.

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Leave a comment about what you’re not going to put off in 2010.

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Celebrity Century Day 4

I met Ryan, one of my best friends through high school and college, at the Miami airport before heading over to the Celebrity Century. Ryan is a first-time cruiser. I’ve been on many cruises over the past few years, so I occasionally forget the awe of getting on a cruise ship for the first time. The Celebrity Century is a medium-sized vessel which is dwarfed in size when compared to the new massive cruise ships. But to the first-time cruiser, touring a ship for the first-time gets reactions like “Man this Awesome” or “I didn’t realize ships had all this”. It’s always refreshing to get the opportunity to see the cruise experience through a first-timers’ eyes.

Celebrity Century in Jamaica, 12.14.09

Celebrity Century in Jamaica, 12.14.09

This is my first Celebrity Cruise Line experience and I had high expectations for the food and service as I’ve been told for years that Celebrity is noticeably different in those areas. We arrived to the Celebrity Century at 12:15 PM and we headed straight to the Buffet. At the lunch buffet, we found an excellent pasta bar where there are 20+ fresh ingredients to choose from. Even with high-expectations, I was really surprised by the quality of the buffet food. I noticed small differences like a nice cloth covering on the trays and the food at the buffet is protected better because all items are covered by more glass which keeps everything more sanitary. Throughout the entire cruise we did not run into lines at the buffet which is wonderful. And yes the ship was sold out.

Although the price of the Celebrity Century is selling for as low as $295 pp for 5-nights in January and December, Celebrity is not skimping on its product. Two examples of how they are not cutting back on the amenities are that they’re continuing to run the all-you-can-eat Sushi Bar every night and the Ice Cream bar during the day. Both are included for the price to get on the Celebrity Century and on some other lines come with an extra charge.

Conference at Sea
Not all fun and games. I am on the Celebrity Century to teach some Travel Leaders agents about Social Media. This is the 2nd conference at sea that I have been to in the last month. The value is unbeatable by land based conferences thanks to having everything included in one price. The Sea days are the perfect opportunity to have educational based sessions. The networking and relationship building is amazing at a Conference at Sea.

Blog Posts coming Soon:
Jamaica – Dunns River Falls & Cayoba Gardens
Grand Cayman – Stingray City & Snorkeling
Above and Beyond Service – Celebrity Century.

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Cruise Deal of the Century

I typically do not write blog posts about deals. The Best Deals are time sensitive, so by the time you read this blog post this deal may be gone. I wanted to get this deal up on the blog ASAP because this truly the ‘Deal of the Century’. On November 28th, 2009 the recently refurbished Celebrity Century will depart Barcelona Spain. The Century has stops in Spain, Portugal, & England before crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

This year we have benefitted from being one of the best at selling distressed inventory for the cruise lines. We were able to get the Celebrity Century 14 night Transatlantic Cruise for only $399 per person. That is $29 per day per person for a Premium Cruise Experience. People were paying $799 for an inside cabin on this sailing a little over a month ago.

In a year of incredible deals, this is the best. I guarantee that no one will pay less than $399 for this the Celebrity Celebrity Century 14nt. Cruise Vacation. I checked air earlier today to find prices for Cruise & Air together for this cruise. From NYC the price for Cruise & Air is about $1043 per person. From Charlotte, North Carolina, and Miami, Florida is $1210.  Call 800.668.6414 to see if this deal is still available and to get rates on your airfare.

One Stop - La Palma Canary Islands

One Stop - La Palma Canary Islands

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Win A Free 2010 Cruise on Twitter or Facebook – Fee Ninja

How to Win a Free Cruise in 3 easy steps! The CruiseDeals.com Fee Ninja is now on Twitter. This is exciting news because between now and October 8, 2009 the Fee Ninja is giving away a 2010 7nt. Celebrity Cruise for two to Alaska, Europe, Caribbean, or Bermuda.

3 Easy Steps to winning a 7nt. Cruise on a Premium Cruise Line on Twitter:


Step 1:
Copy and Tweet This Message on Twitter: “ I’m a #FeeNinja In the Cruisedeals.com 7nt. Free #Cruise Contest details: http://bit.ly/FeeNinja

Step 2:
Follow the Protected @FeeNinja account on Twitter. –

Step 3:
Be the First Caller when the Fee Ninja Tweets to call in now and gives the Secret Phone Number and you will win the 7nt. 2010 Cruise for 2 on Celebrity Cruise Line.

The Fee Ninja’s original status update will be on Facebook, with the RSS Feed the Fee Ninja Twitter Status is updated automatically. If you are trying to win the Free Cruise, you can now follow along on FaceBook or Twitter.

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CruiseDeals.com appreciates you becoming a ‘Fee Ninja’ and helping raise awareness that CruiseDeals.com is the only company who is protecting their clients from future Cruise Line Fuel Surcharges. To Learn More about the CruiseDeals.com Fuel Surcharge Guarantee and the Fee Ninja please click here.

At all Skeptical? Don’t be! Read the Review from @Toryn of her 4nt. Bahamas Cruise that she won in our last Free Cruise Give Away!

Subscribe to The CruiseSource.us Blog in the upper right hand corner to ensure you do not miss the next Cruise Giveaway!!

Terms & Conditions:
The winner must be 21 years of age or older at time of contest. CruiseDeals.com employees, independent contractors and their families are prohibited. This cruise does not include government taxes & fees, transportation, transfers or items of a personal nature such as shore excursions, beverages, gratuities, photographs, medical services. All necessary travel requirements, including documentation, are the sole responsibility of the winner. All the rules that apply to guests purchasing a cruise apply to the cruise winner, including the terms and conditions listed in the brochures and Cruise Ticket Contract. Winner may be contacted for alternative dates. This program is capacity controlled and certain blackout dates may apply.  No purchase necessary. Prize is not transferable and is not redeemable for cash. Some restrictions apply. Winner’s name will be published on this website in the future. By entering, winner consents to use of names and likenesses for promotional purpose without additional compensation. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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CruiseDeals.com extends Fuel Surcharge Guarantee

CruiseDeals.com extends the Fuel Surcharge Guarantee through October 31, 2009 because their customers really appreciate the peace of mind that comes with not having to worry about the Cruise Lines tacking on fuel surcharges at a later date.  Yesterday was a great reminder of how volatile the Price of Oil is in this economic environment.   Yesterday, the price of oil jumped 5% and CruiseDeals.com clients only have to worry about that increase hitting them at the pump, not ruining the great price they got on their cruise vacation.

Another factor that helped CruiseDeals.com decide to extend it is that their Cruise Consultants love the offer and are proud to be the only ones in the industry offering this protection to clients.  They offer all the same price guarantees and protections that each of the cruise lines offer, but are the only ones guaranteeing no fuel surcharges for Oceanview cabins or Higher.   The Price of Oil is still above the levels in which the cruise lines can add on fuel surcharges, and for CruiseDeals.com to offer the Fuel Surcharge Guarantee at no additional cost to their clients is a very strong message.    What will the price of oil be in June 2010? Nobody knows.  Will the cruise lines feel they can add fuel surcharges in the 2010 economic environment? Who Knows?  CruiseDeals.com says don’t worry about it, reserve that 2010 cruise now with a fully refundable deposit, lock in the current low prices and never worry about the price of oil!  Truly Risk Free Booking.

Customers truly appreciate it, their cruise consultants Love it, and it makes the Cruise Booking experience more enjoyable because there is less stress, so it was an easy decision to extend the offer through Oct. 31st, 2009.

If you would like to support CruiseDeals.com’s effort to protect their clients from Fuel Surcharge Guarantees and to attempt to win a 7nt. Celebrity Cruise Join the FEE NINJAs.  The Fee Ninjas are a rowdy bunch on FaceBook, They are all excited about the chance to win a 5-star cruise to Bermuda, Caribbean, Europe, and Alaska.

Fee Ninjas on a DashBoard

Fee Ninjas on a DashBoard

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