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World’s Largest Cruise Night – Best time to book 2011 Cruises

[tweetmeme source=”cruisesource” only_single=false “http://cruisesource.us/2010/10/13/worldslargestcruisenight/”%5DThe World’s Largest Cruise Night is here!!   A couple of weeks ago, I recommended waiting to book your 2011 cruises until the week of the World’s Largest Cruise Night.   The World’s Largest Cruise Night is a once a year sale in which all the cruise lines give great booking incentives for booking early.   This week cruise bookings will spike over well over 40,000 new reservations. So, now you have 3 days to take advantage of this year’s big event.

Worlds Largest Cruise Night Oct 13 - 15

The Cruise Lines are enticing new bookings with free onboard spending money, free upgrades, and reduced deposits.  With CruiseDeals.com reporting 21% more 2011 reservations on the books now then they had the same time last year for 2010, we are expecting prices to steadily increase in 2011.  Now is great chance to lock in the best deals for 2011, in most cases with a fully refundable deposit.  Click here to see what all the cruise lines are offering during the World Largest Cruise Night.

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2010 Holiday Cruise Deals

[tweetmeme source=”cruisesource” only_single=false “http://cruisesource.us/2010/10/03/2010-holiday-cruise-deals/”%5D Christmas on Celebrity Cruise Line
At CruiseDeals.com, we track cruise pricing trends closely as we pride ourselves in alerting our clients and subscribers to the best deals first.   This week, the CruiseDeals.com Seamail Spotlight focused on Holiday Deals.   Due to the popularity of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Cruises, we originally ran the Holiday Spotlight a month ago.  My expectation when researching the Holiday cruises was that the rates would be higher than they were a month ago.   To my surprise, a couple of the Thanksgiving cruises and Christmas cruises had drastically reduced.  Here are the best Holiday Cruise Deals currently available.

Thanksgiving Cruise:

Enjoy the Celebrity Life this Thanksgiving on the Celebrity Century 5 night Western Caribbean Cruise, starting at only $259 per person.   At $56 per day, this rate can’t be beat.  You’ll be served a 5 star Thanksgiving Dinner and not have to touch a single dish!  

Christmas Cruises:

Looking for the hottest Christmas Cruise Deal?  On December 19th, 2010, the Norwegian Jewel is sailing 7-nights roundtrip from New York City.   Oceanview Cabins are available for only $549 per person!   With the average 7-night Christmas Cruise pricing out at over $1000 per person for an oceanview cabin, this is an unbeatable deal. 

Out of San Diego, CA, the Carnival Spirit is sailing 7-nights over Christmas to the Mexican Riviera starting at only $649.

New Year’s Eve Cruise:

Ring in the New Year on the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas, 3-night Bahamas Cruise starting at $399 per person.

Looking to book a 2011 Holiday Cruises? I would book during the World’s Largest Cruise Night October 13th -15th, 2010.

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Details on current Cruise Line Sales

[tweetmeme source=”cruisesource” only_single=false “http://cruisesource.us/2010/09/15/cruisesales/”%5DMany of the major Cruise Lines are attempting to move their remaining 2010 inventory and get a jumpstart on 2011 with some big sales this week. Norwegian, Celebrity, Princess, and Holland America have Cruise Sales running this week. Below are the details for NCL, Celebrity, and Princess sales. It was tough to get the sales to display properly on the blog… click on links for details for each sale. The Celebrity Cruises Buy One Get one Half-Off is a very strong sale!

NCL Dash Sale September 14th-17th

The NCL Dash Sale applies to sailings 3-days and longer. On Board Credit is based on category and length of cruise; see the chart below for details. This offer CAN be combined with other offer to get additional On Board Credits but group rates do not apply. To combine; you must book using the PGDASH rate code.
Reduced Deposit is 50% off the standard deposit. Reduced Deposit does not apply to Courtyard Villas (Categories A3,A4,A6,S4,S5), Courtyard Penthouses (Category A7), Owner’s Suites (Categories AA,A2,A5,S2,S3), Spa Suite (Category S9), and Penthouse with Balcony (Category S6).

On Board Credit Per Stateroom
                                 Studio Inside Oceanvie Balcony Mini-Suite Suite Garden Villa
3- 5 Day sailings $7.50   $15        $20        $40               $50         $75         $100
6+ Day sailings $12.50   $25       $50         $75             $100       $150        $250

Celebrity BOGO Sale 9/10-9/17
Booking window: 7 days 9/10/10 through 9/17/10
* Applies to NEW BOOKINGS made during this time frame only
• Rates will be unrestricted LAF rates
• Not applicable to groups BOGO 1/2 off the 2nd guest
• Capacity limit of 20 staterooms per sailing (some sailings we allow more bookings based on need)
• Cannot use Resident Rates/ or Senior Citizen Promo codes for this offer.

Promotion Codes: Price programs will begin with BOGOxxx
Applicable Products and Starting from Rates:

Buy One Get one half off

Princess 3-Day Sale September 15-17th up to $100 Onboard Credit

Winter/Spring 2011 to the Caribbean and Panama Canal
Must book by 9/17/2010
Use Promo Code: R3S

Stateroom category 6- to 9-day cruises 10+ day cruises
Interior/oceanview staterooms $25 per stateroom $50 per stateroom
Balcony staterooms and above $50 per stateroom $100 per stateroom

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Hurricane Earl: NCL Sky Amazing Deal!

As Hurricane Earl brushes past the Northern Caribbean, he is leaving behind him a wake of amazing cruise deals. Deal hunters in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama are fully aware that this is the season to land those dream deals. Combine a semi-recovering economy with a passing hurricane and you get the DEAL OF THE YEAR! The NCL Sky departing Miami on September 6th for a 4 night Bahamas cruise vacation is now priced at only $119 per person! The best part is that Hurricane Earl will be well past Florida and the Bahamas by Labor Day. And with the NCL Sky departing on Labor Day, you’ll only have to take off 3 days to enjoy this last-minute deal! Hurry and book it now!
NCL Sky Cruise Deal

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Alert: NCL Villas and Suites on Sale

I’ve posted many articles, pictures, and video of the NCL Villas and Suites on CruiseSource.us. The private Courtyard Villa complex found on many of Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships including the NCL Pearl, Jade, Gem, Jewel, and Epic set NCL apart from the other cruise lines. For celebrities like OutKast’s Andre 3000 who recently vacationed on the NCL Epic, being able to spend all of your time enjoying the privacy of the courtyard complex makes for a relaxing vacation that is not possible on most other cruise lines.

Thanks to a NCL drastically reducing rates on their Suites and Villas for new bookings made between August 12th & 15th, this exclusive luxury just got very affordable. This sale includes almost 100 sailings! Get the complete list of sailings and savings for Free!

For instance on the NCL Jewel 7 night Bahamas Cruise departing New York City on 11.14.2010, a Family of 4 in a 2 bedroom villa is $1999 for the 1st and 2nd passenger. The rate for the 3rd and 4th passenger in each cabin is only $199 per person. So the total price for 4 people in a two bedroom Villa is $4890. This gets you the exclusive luxury that only the NCL Courtyard Villas offer for about $1200 per person. This sale is offering savings of $1000s and includes almost 100 NCL Cruise vacations to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Greecs, Panama Canal, and the Mediterranean.

Epic Private Courtyard Villa Pool

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1st Time Cruisers, Liberty of the Seas

It makes sense that a lot of the time first time cruisers test out cruise vacations on the short 3 and 4 night itineraries. The typical 3 & 4 night sailings are on medium-sized ships built 10 – 15 years ago. The new highly innovative ships are doing 7 – 10 night itineraries. So when people test out cruising on a short cruise, they are not getting to see experience the ships with endless activities and amenities. That is why I wanted to let you know about 2 opportunities this fall to spoil yourself on 2 rare short voyages on one of Royal Caribbean’s youngest ships. The Liberty of the Seas, one of the newest biggest ships at sea is offering a couple of 3 and 4 night cruise vacations. These rare sailings are the only opportunities for first-time cruisers to test out the large new Liberty of the Seas on a short itinerary. The best part is that because these sailings are not typical and most people are not even aware that they exist. Due to the lack of awareness of the October 28th and November 28th departures the prices are the same as or even less than the smaller, older ships. Rates are starting as low as $249 per person.
Liberty of the Seas, Sports Deck
These two sailings are my top recommendation for first time cruisers. They are amazing deals and a true taste test of the best that the cruise lines have to offer. These Liberty of the Seas sailings are also excellent options for experienced cruisers who want to go big and only have a few days to do it.

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Celebrity Solstice: St. Maarten & St. Kitts

Celebrity Solstice, St. Maarten:

A few hours ago we set sail from St. Maarten headed back to Ft. Lauderdale. Luckily, we were the only ship calling on St. Maarten today. Yesterday they were 4 cruise ships docked in St. Maarten. St. Maarten a great inexpensive port for beach lovers and window shoppers. A $6 per person water taxi transported us from the ship to the beach and the Phillipsburg downtown shopping area. For $10 we got 2 lounge chairs, an umbrella, and 2 beers. Dylan got to play on his first white sand beach and splash around in the clear blue ocean. After a few hours on the beach, we hit the shops.
Today, the beach, the taxis and the shopping was not crowded at all. It is probably the complete opposite when there are 4 ships docked in St. Martin at the same time. If you are booking a cruise going to St. Martin, ask your agent to check out how many ships are in St. Martin when you will be there… just something to consider when looking at different options for your next cruise.

Water Trampoline St. Maarten

St. Kitts

Yesterday we visited the Island of St. Kitts. The people of St. Kitts were some of the friendliest I have met in the Caribbean. Not once were we asked to get our hair braided or asked to buy something while we were relaxing on the beach. One of the local guys who rented beach chairs played soccer and cricket on the beach with the tourist kids. We chose to go to Frigate Bay because it was on the Caribbean side of the Island which means that the seas are calm and the water crystal clear. Frigate Bay was not crowded or touristy. There were several bar shacks on the beach. The sand at Frigate Bay was not the pretty white sand and according to one local bartender was the reason that the beach did not get over crowded.
One of the Solstice Black Jack Dealers did recommend the Marriot Resort beach. The Marriot on St. Kitts is a huge property with Golf Course, Casino, impressive pools, and public beaches. The only reason we did not go was because the Marriot resort is on the Atlantic side of the Island. Both the Marriot Beach and Frigate Bay Beach are only a $4 per person taxi ride. Many more pictures and video coming when we get back home!

Apologize about the quality of the video, we only had our Sony Cybershot camera at the beach with us:

Soccer on the Beach with a St. Kitts Local

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