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Chile Earthquake & Tsunami impacts on Cruise Vacations

Current updates from the Cruise lines in regards to the 8.8 magnitude Earthquake in Chile and the Tsunami warnings that followed.   The best news is that the Hawaiian Islands and the NCL Pride of America which was due to be in Honolulu yesterday were not damaged.  The Pride of America and Naval Vessels stayed at sea because in the case of an approaching Tsunami, ships are safer out at sea.   If you are scheduled to sail on the Star Princess departing out of Valparaiso you’ll want to read below and stay in contact with your Travel Agent in case Princess has to change plans.   I will update the CruiseSource.us when I become aware of changes, so you can subscribe in the top right hand corner of the page. 

From NCL.com:

Info for Norwegian Sun & Pride of America Guests (updated)  

Miami   –    Feb 27, 2010   —   
Pride of America Guests
Pride of America will dock in Honolulu at approximately 3 pm HST. Guests embarking on today’s cruise should arrive at the pier between 7 and 9 pm HST. The ship will depart later this evening for its seven-day inter-island cruise. We appreciate our guests’ cooperation.

Norwegian Sun Guests
Norwegian Sun is in Montevideo, Uruguay today as scheduled. The ship will arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina tomorrow as scheduled and embark guests on the February 28, 2010 cruise. We are closely monitoring the situation in Chile and will keep guests updated as to any changes to the current scheduled itinerary.

From Princess.com:

Star Princess Sailings in South America

Star Princess is currently sailing in South America and is en route to Valparaiso, Chile, where the cruise is scheduled to conclude on Tuesday, March 2.

Voyage 9005: Arriving Valparaiso Tuesday, March 2

We have been in close communication with management onboard Star Princess and, where possible, our contacts in Chile. Based on the information we currently have obtained, we do not anticipate any changes to our arrival in Valparaiso on March 2. The ship’s call to Puerto Montt tomorrow is scheduled to proceed as planned. The authorities in Puerto Montt have confirmed that the port is open and fully operational. Officials have also advised that the city and surrounding area has suffered minimal damage and virtually all tours will operate as planned.

We are aware that the airport in Santiago is currently closed and appears to be closed through Monday, March 1. We are reviewing the impact of that closure and will provide updates as they become available.

Voyage 9006: Departing Valparaiso Tuesday, March 2

Star Princess is still scheduled to arrive on Tuesday in Valparaiso, Chile on Tuesday, March 2. Based on information that the Santiago airport will be closed for the next 72 hours, at this time we expect embarkation to commence as planned.

However, this is a very fluid situation and could change at any time. We encourage passengers to make any necessary adjustments to plan their flight to arrive in Valparaiso on Tuesday, March 2.

Pacific Tsunami Warnings

The Princess ships cruising in areas of the Pacific Ocean rim that have received tsunami warnings, are not adversely affected. As necessary we are making itinerary adjustments to ensure the safety of our passengers and crew. The location of our ships and their status is as follows:

Coral Princess is at sea, en route to Costa Rica and is unaffected.

Dawn Princess is in Auckland, New Zealand today, and has had to make operational adjustments.

Diamond Princess is at sea in Australia waters and is unaffected.

Golden Princess is in Ensenada, Mexico today and is unaffected.

Island Princess arrived at Huatulco, Mexico today but had to depart because of the sea surge.

Pacific Princess was slightly delayed arriving into Suva, Fiji, but is otherwise unaffected.

Sapphire Princess is turning around in Los Angeles today, but because the Port is currently closed embarkation will be delayed.

Sun Princess is at sea in New Zealand waters and will visit Fiordland National Park tomorrow as scheduled, however the time will be reduced.

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Celebrity Century 5nt. Cruise to Jamaica & Grand Cayman

I’m in the airport getting ready to head to Miami for the 8th time this year. Those of you who have been following along know I have had a blessed year. Jess and I cruised 7-nights around Hawaii on the Pride of America. I was one of the first on the Oasis of the Seas for a 2 night inaugural sailing. I’ve toured 4 Carnival ships including the Carnival Liberty and Carnival Freedom. And my personal favorite, I was the lead organizer of the 1st Annual Social Fresh Cruise which is the Premier Social Media Conference at Sea.

Today, I’ll be boarding the Celebrity Century for a 5-night cruise with stops in Jamaica and Grand Cayman. This will be my first Celebrity Cruise Line experience so I am very excited. In full disclosure, this is a work trip. I will be teaching a Social Media class to other Travel Professionals. So, I am not paying for the trip, but it is in not what I would consider free as I will hopefully be earning my keep.

While in Jamaica we will be doing the Dunn’s River Falls tour and in Grand Cayman we will be swimming with the Stingrays at Stingray Island. Grand Cayman is a new Island for me and I hear it is beautiful. I will be posting videos on the CruiseSource TV Channel on YouTube. Follow along to see the Celebrity Century for yourself. If the videos get you excited about trying the Celebrity Century for yourself, I have good news: In January and February 2010 you can sail on the 5 star Celebrity Century for 5-nights for only $295 per person.

Jumping on the plane now! Please forgive any grammar or typos I did not have time to edit. ~ Happy Sailing ~ Rich Tucker

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Pride of America Cruise Ship Conference Facilities

Have you thought about doing an Incentive Cruise for your Sales Organization? Or training your company at Sea? Or Industry  Trade Shows/Conferences at Sea? Then you need to check out the potential of NCL Pride of America for your next event.

The NCL Pride of America cruising weekly around the Hawaiian Islands has the best set up for conferences at Sea. On the top deck at the front of the ship, the Pride of America has a huge circular room with large flat screen TVs facing all sides of the room. In the center of the circular room the floor is wooden and has been used by Square Dance Groups for dancing lessons/practice. The Lighting and sound system in the room rivals the best night clubs. On the exterior of the room there are windows that can be used for viewing the scenic night cruising.

Circular Conference Room Pride of America

Circular Conference Room Pride of America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pride of America also has another large conference room that can be used for presentations, classes, meetings etc. with room for about 60 people. It also has 5 other smaller breakout rooms for groups of 15 – 20. In the same area, they have a lounge/bar that is not used for the public. The Lounge is used for the VIP party with Captain and it is ideal for post-conference cocktail parties.

Conference Area Private Bar & Lounge

Conference Area Private Bar & Lounge

We are a leader in Conferences at Sea, check out Social Fresh Social Media Cruise as an example of our conference cruise planning, promoting, and organization.   If Hawaii is not the destination of choice, we can plan your conference cruise on most other ships.   Conference Cruises are a great value because lodging, food, entertainment, and meeting space is included in the total price which will be less than at a Hotel.  The Pride of America has the best set up at Sea for conferences considering technology, square footage, layout and privacy. Most agents do not even know that this space exists on the Pride of America. You have any questions about conference cruising, email me I am happy to answer them: rtucker@cruisedeals.com

 

 

 

Large Rectangular Conference Room

Large Rectangular Conference Room

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Pride of America Hawaii Cruise Videos

I have been busy trying to get caught up on everything since our Hawaii Cruise vacation on Aug. 8th 2009. I got caught up on the Hawaii daily journal of our cruise right when we arrived at home. I got all the photos up on Flickr this past weekend, and now I am uploading all of the videos. I uploaded the first Hawaii Cruise video this evening and I have several more video coming on Thursday and Friday. I am uploading them in chronological order. I will also be writing my final comprehensive review of the Pride of America Cruise…the good and bad.

I know a few of you have been waiting on the videos, so this post is just to let you know that the first video is up and more are coming tomorrow!

Happy Sailing!
Rich Tucker

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NCL Pride of America Hawaii Cruise Photos

I have uploaded the pictures from the NCL Pride of America Hawaii Cruise at my Flickr Account: http://flickr.com/cruisesource.

I still still have to put descriptions on a few of the photos. The beautiful scenery should be enough to get you excited about your upcoming Hawaii Cruise or about booking a Cruise on the Pride of America, today!

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Hawaii Cruise Day 7 – Kauai ATV Tour

We had an ATV Ranch Tour scheduled at 7:30 AM. We had directions and needed to get a Taxi from the NCL Pride of America. I recommend getting a rental car in Kauai. A taxi ride roundtrip from the for the ATV tour is getting close to the cost of a rental car, plus there is so many other sites to see on your own that a rental car is a great option on Kauai.

It was a 15 minute scenic drive and our taxi driver was entertaining us by telling us how excited he was about the Hawaii vs. Boise State Football game that he had tickets to. I have it on video and will post it with the other Hawaii Cruise Videos.

When we got to the Ranch, we were trained on how to safely ride the ATVs. At first, Jess was a little nervous due to the fact that the ATV weighed 5x as much she does and that we were heading toward some challenging terrain. Travel Advice: If you book this excursion, bring older shoes on the trip with you because they will most likely get muddy!

We learned the history of the Ranch, all of the movies filmed on the ranch, and what type of animals we would find on the Ranch. When we reached the first steep hill on the ATVs, Mike and the guys gave us an excellent demonstration on how to properly go down the steep hills with obstacles in the trail.

One of several photo opps on the ATV Tour

One of several photo opps on the ATV Tour

We stopped for refreshments and a photo opportunity at one of the lookouts. Later we came to a river where Indiana Jones was filmed and swung on a rope swing on the same tree that Indy swung in the movie.

Swinging across river Just like Indiana Jones Did

Swinging across river Just like Indiana Jone

The ATV tour lasted about 4 hours. The Helicopter Tour in Hilo of Volcanos and Waterfalls was an awesome experience especially since I’d never been in a Helicopter or seen an active Volcano. The Kauai Luau was a very entertaining show that is not to be missed. But the ATV Tour was my favorite because it got the adrenaline pumping. We were also in the middle of untouched nature with some of the most amazing views I have ever seen. It was an incredibly fun end to our Hawaii Cruise.

Travel Advice: Reserve this Excursion prior to going on your cruise, space is limited.

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Hawaii Cruise – Kauai Luau

When we got back to the ship in Kona, I had received a Tweet from a twitter friend who fully recommended the Kauai Luau. Immediately after reading the Tweet, the bartender started telling us that the Luau in Kauai was not to be missed. I sometimes believe in things happen for a reason..so with the timiing of these two events we could not miss the Kauai Luau. So we went down to the shore excursion desk and bought 2 tickets to the Luau. By the way, you can go to the same exact Luau in a separate shuttle for $30 less per person if you book it ahead of time through Shoretrips.

As recommended by the bartender and on twitter, you can’t cruise Hawaii and not go to the Kauai Luau. It was cool to see the Discovery Channel at the Luau taping. I heard some in the crowd suggest that the performers were on their “A” game because of the Discovery Channel taping. I have watched videos of their performances for other cruises. They bring their “A” game every night. Many people that I talked to, especially families with kids and teenagers, this was their favorite excursion. The food is OK, the open bar is good(very important note: it shuts down when the show starts), and the show is excellent!

The Kauai ATV Ranch Tour that I will write about in my next post was our favorite excursion. But the Luau was a close second!

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