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Cruise – 4 Insider Tips

[tweetmeme source=”cruisesource” only_single=false “http://cruisesource.us/2010/10/18/cruise-tips/”%5DCruiseDeals.com includes a weekly insider tip in their weekly top 5 deals SEAmail.  Here are a few of the recent SEAmail insider cruise tips:

SEAmail Insider’s Tips – Weekly Tips for You

Obstructed Oceanview: What is It? An obstructed oceanview stateroom is a stateroom that has a window, but will likely have a view of a lifeboat or other external structure of the ship.

The Hook: If you’re on a budget, then these are often just a few dollars per day more than an interior cabin. Sure, you won’t see any scenery, but having natural sunlight will enhance your trip and make waking up easier in the a.m.

The Lowdown: If you’re on an itinerary with a lot of sea time, these can be a great value since you won’t miss as much scenery. They tend to be on higher decks which often puts you a bit closer to the action. But always check the price difference for an unobstructed view stateroom. Again, it might be a matter of just a few dollars per day to get that view which is especially nice.

Stateroom Guarantee: What is It? Think hotel…when you make a reservation, you don’t know which room you’ll be in. Rather, you are reserving a room type. A stateroom guarantee is similar–you are reserving a cabin type (Interior, Oceanview, Balcony) but not a specific cabin category.

The Hook: If you’re on a budget and not too particular about location, you can save some money over even the lowest priced stateroom of the type you select.

The Lowdown: Guarantees are a way for the cruiseline to offer an additional discount while still commanding a higher price for the most desirable staterooms. If they end up filling your voyage, you’re likely to end up in the lowest category, but you’ll still have saved a few dollars. On the other hand, you should always check the price for the better categories within the type of cabin you want. The difference may not be that great and we can help you select a stateroom that’s well placed away from elevators, not below the dance club!

All Inclusive: What’s the Deal? These cruises include much of what costs extra on other cruise lines, so you’ll find your total vacation cost is more complete from the start.

The Hook: Sometimes called fully-inclusive or ultra-luxury, these cruises can really be a great value even if the cruise fare is significantly higher than a similar itinerary on another cruise line. That’s because things that cost extra elsewhere, such as gratuities, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, transfers, air transport, shore excursions and alternative fine dining are often included in your upfront price

The Lowdown: While many of the cruise lines are now offering drink packages to help you manage your onboard spending, you will only find all-inclusive cruise lines in the Deluxe and Luxury markets. If you’re the type of person that likes to know what you’re spending and don’t want too many surprises later, then choosing a fully inclusive cruise is not only relaxing but ultimately can be comparably priced to other cruises, with an element of added luxury!

Repositioning Cruises: What’s the Deal? Repositioning cruises are necessary one-way voyages with the main purpose of the sailing being to move the ships from one cruising market/destination to another.

The Hook: Repositioning cruises are your chance to get a fantastic cruise, with a one-of-a-kind itinerary, visiting unique ports-of-call, all for an amazingly low price!

The Lowdown: Many of the repositioning cruises sell for the lowest price per day making them an incredible value. If the repositioning cruise starts its one-way voyage from close to your home, you will also get to enjoy the fact that you only need to purchase one-way air!

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College Spring Break Cruise 2011

[tweetmeme source=”cruisesource” only_single=false “http://cruisesource.us/2010/10/14/college-spring-break-cruise-2011/”%5DHey college students, it is time to start planning your 2011 Spring Break. CruiseDeals.com & Carolina NightLife have teamed again for the Second Annual Carolina NightLife Spring Break Party Cruise. It’s no secret, college students have a tendency to procrastinate.  Don’t do it!  Those who procrastinated last year and waited until December to book their Spring Break Cruise, missed the boat. Plus the earlier you book your Spring Break Cruise, the less that you will pay.   Note to the fellas: Girls seem to be better planners, so Spring Break Cruises fill up with girls before most guys even start thinking about Spring Break!

Spring Breaks are the highlight of your college career, don’t leave it in the hands of just any travel agent. Book it with the best.   Here are a few reason why you should join us on the Carolina Nightlife Spring Break Party Cruise:

  • Carolina NightLife is the Carolina’s leader in party promotions from Charlotte, NC to Charleston, SC.
  • CruiseDeals.com is a leader in online cruise sales, located in Charlotte, NC – featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ABC News, Forbes and many more.
  • This is the 2nd annual Carolina Spring Break Party Cruise – Check out some more of the pictures from last year’s cruise.
  • The Carolina Spring Break Cruise Facebook group boasts over 2150 members from NC & SC – join the conversation.
  • Carolina NightLife has over 30,000 Facebook fans, so you know this will be huge!
  • Top Party Schools will be represented on the Carolina Spring Break Party cruise including College of Charleston, East Carolina, App St., University of North Carolina, etc.


Monarch of the Seas, Departing March 7, 2011 from Port Canaveral Florida

4-Night Bahamas Cruise with rates starting at only $259 plus tax for North & South Carolina residents.   Go to http://springbreakpartycruise.com now to check availability or call 800.668.6414 to get free assistance from a CruiseDeals.com Cruise Consultant.


Dinner on the Spring Break Party Cruise

Spring Break Cruisers enjoying the FREE Meals



Spring Break Dance Party

Entertainment included, Pic from 2009 Spring Break Cruise



Spring Break, Coco Cay Beach

Bahamas Private Island, Spring Break 2009



Spring Break Cruise, Senior Frogs Picture

Spring Break Cruise 2009, Bahamas Senior Frogs


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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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When should you book your 2011 Cruise Vacation?

[tweetmeme source=”cruisesource” only_single=false “http://cruisesource.us/2010/09/24/2011-cruise/”%5DSo, you missed the huge cruise line sales last week? Don’t fret! I’m here to tell you the best time to book your next cruise. The answer to the question: “when is the best to book your next cruise?” is determined by several factors… I’ll try to cover the most popular scenarios.

2011 Cruise departing March – December.
So some in the industry may fall over… but if I was your agent I would instruct you to WAIT until CLIA’s World Largest Cruise Night October 13th – 15th. The World’s Largest Cruise Night is an event in which most of the Cruise Lines and Online Agencies like CruiseDeals.com offer steep discounts, free onboard spending money, and other amenities. Most of the offers will be focused on enticing potential cruisers to book their 2011 cruises early. So if you are going to cruise between March – December of 2011, this will most likely be the best time to book. Each year, the World’s Largest Cruise Night sees impressive growth in number of new bookings. In 2009, over 4,000 travel agencies generated about 44,000 cruise bookings during the World’s Largest Cruise Night booking period.

Worlds Largest Cruise Night Oct 13 - 16

Disney 2011 Spring Break or Summer Cruise.
I would book now! Due to supply and demand, Disney does not need to offer sales or discounts for Peak Season which happens to be any time the kids are out of school. The new Disney Dream is a hot ticket with the amazing slide coaster. I’ve been watching Disney Dream and Magic’s availability closely and it continues to drop which is causing rates to increase.

2010 Christmas Cruises:
Be on the lookout for deals. During the next couple of weeks I expect for there to be some price drop on Christmas sailings. If you see a Christmas sailing rate drop, be ready to act! opportunity to book will be 3 days max. Currently, Carnival and NCL Christmas cruises are the best deals and I would consider booking many of those ASAP.

2010 New Year’s Eve Cruises: I would book most of them today. The rates are low compared to previous years, but in many case the rates are increasing.

Do you have a cruise vacation that you’re wondering when is the best time to book it? Leave details in the comments and I will tell you when I think is the best time to book. I’m going a little crazy and old school here… but if you want, call my cell 704~965.0228 and we can discuss it.

Disclaimer: I am giving you my opinions about when is the best time to book your cruise vacation. There are many factors that are outside of my control that may affect cruise prices. This is the same advice I would give my own clients, friends, and family.


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#IndieCruise Now Booking!

#IndieCruise 2011When Donna Marie, CEO and founder of the Indie Business Network started to research her idea of having Indie Business Owners join her on a Cruise Ship for networking, education, and of course fun she contacted CruiseDeals.com, the leader in Social Media group cruises. After a few weeks of planning, we’re excited that the Indie Cruise is now open for reservations, Twitter Hashtag: #IndieCruise.

Conference events at Sea, like the #IndieCruise display the incredible value of cruise vacations. We are able to offer conference style sessions, meals, room, transportation to tropical islands, entertainment, and more for the same price that most conferences charge just for admission to the conference.

The Indie Business Cruise is for Indie & Small Business Leaders. Indie Business leaders know how to connect, collaborate and succeed. They know how important it is to remain close to their industry peers so they can stay on the cutting edge of what’s happening in the world of small, independent and artisan business owners, artisan business owners.

They know that it’s vital to take online connections offline so they can be solidified and with face-to-face interactions that always result in building stronger and more robust business networks. Indie Cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime experience where you combine travel and relaxation with learning and sharing, plus the creation of life-long personal and business friendships. #IndieCruise will allow these leaders to do what they do best over 4 days with other leaders.

Follow @IndieCruise on Twitter and join the Indie Cruise Facebook page to interact with other Indie Businesses before the cruise!

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NCL Epic and Social Media

In a short period of time, cruising and social media is proving out to be a perfect match just as I was quoted last year in the Miami Herald:

On Cruisesource.us, Rich Tucker, business development specialist at Cruisedeals.com in Charlotte, N.C., writes: “Cruising and social media are like peanut butter and chocolate. Two tastes that taste great together.”

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2009/11/12/1330897_p2/wave-of-social-media-precedes.html#ixzz0sHNrLOCl

Cruise vacations are a natural source of rich content. The new ships being built today like the NCL Epic are architectural masterpieces loaded with innovative technology and design. 2 years ago, I was almost the only blogger taking advantage of Inaugural Cruises to get content for the CruiseSource and flickr pages. The times have changed. Over the next few weeks, the internet will be flooded with video, pictures, and reviews of the brand new NCL Epic. To get an idea of all the high quality NCL Epic content being created by travel pros and media check out the CruiseDeals.com dedicated NCL Epic site a growing collection of the best NCL Epic videos, photos, and articles from across the internet.

My two passions are social media and cruising; I try to combine them when at all possible:
I will be in Miami in time for the NCL Welcome Party at Bicentennial Park in Miami FL. We’re hosting a NCL Epic Bon Voyage Happy Hour Tweetup with our friends @24K & @VegasBill to network with the South Florida social media and technology community as well as all of the media and travel professionals coming to Miami to attend the NCL Epic 2 day inaugural event.

Imagine all the pictures, video, and status updates created from cruise vacations:
Each week 100+ cruise ships take thousands of passengers to beautiful destinations where each one of them are taking tons of pictures and video. An extremely high percentage of them come home very pleased with their once-in-life-time experience want to share it with friends and family.

Content is only one reason why Cruising and Social Media are like peanut butter and chocolate:

Using Social Media, to stay connected after the cruise:
Cruises are the most social form of vacationing. From the moment you get on a cruise ship, you are sharing your vacation experience with 1000 – 4000 other passengers from start to finish. You meet other passengers in the casino, at the shows, in the discos, on shore excursions, Surfing on the Flowrider, on the grass lawn, etc. It is not rare for cruise passengers to make lifelong friends while on cruise vacations. Some even choose to cruise together on future vacations. The high adoption rate of social media application like Facebook and Twitter makes it fairly effortless to stay in touch with new friends. All of these new cruising friends will lead to larger group vacations.

Why the cruise industry has so much to gain from Social Media:

Almost 75% of the US has yet to go on a cruise vacation. Many have not tried cruising because of objections like being confined on a small cruise ship, not enough to do while on board, or other misconceptions. Some others have long standing traditions when it comes to vacations, like always going to a local beach for a week. When 25% of the population goes on cruises and post pictures and videos from their cruise vacations, their friends will ask questions and become more interested in trying out cruising. People do not trust advertising, but they trust their friends. In order for the cruise lines to take full advantage of social media, they will need to significantly reduce the cost of the Wi-Fi onboard the ships. If I was the cruise lines, I’d look at the passengers using Wi-Fi as advertising and price it at the break-even point. Or make Facebook and other social apps free of charge while on the ship.

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Nation Ford High School Visit, Recap

Yesterday, I visited Nation Ford High School in Fort Mill, South Carolina to talk to the Virtual Enterprise class about the cruise industry and the ins and outs of running an online cruise agency.   The Nations Ford Virtual Enterprise class, taught by Lou Anne Cornwell, chose to be an online Cruise Agency for their virtual business (great choice).  They interact in a virtual economy with the other Virtual Enterprise businesses from around the US.   I was impressed by how well this program is preparing students for the real world.  They have to write a business plan, write resumes, interview with local business leaders, develop websites, create commercials, and almost any other function that is required to run a business.  

Checking out the Website

I showed them how we market CruiseDeals.com online and how we use social media to interact with our customers and continuously provide free information to help make the cruising experience better for all cruisers.   I explained to them that Travel Agents provide value by using their expertise to match up clients with the perfect cruise based on the client’s preferences.    Vacations are in most consumers’ top 5 most expensive purchases and a good travel agent ensures that their client gets the most out of that investment.   After answering a few questions, I toured the class to review their website, 30 second commercial, accounting tools, invoices, brochures, and company policies.

What I Learned: My fellow Travel Professionals, take this as your fair warning.  If this group of students is any indication of what the future holds you better step up your game.  15 – 20 year olds grew up on the internet and creating a professional website, editing video & pictures, using social media, maximizing mobile devices all come naturally to this generation.  Their strong base of technical knowledge will give them a huge advantage as technology development continues to move forward at light speed.   We have to adopt new technology quickly as it becomes available and push ourselves to continuously experiment and learn. 

Prior to meeting the Nation Ford High School Virtual Enterprise class, I’d become jaded about high school curriculum.  I felt that US students graduate high school without basic real world skills like how to buy a house, how to write a resume, how to fill out their tax forms, and other basic finance skills.  I’m glad that I went to “teach” this class about the cruise industry because I learned that there are programs teaching students real world skills, teachers like Lou Anne Cornwell who enthusiastically teach those classes, and that these students come naturally loaded with a base of technical knowledge that will help them compete in the real world.

The HR Department

All Smiles in the Virtual Enterprise Class

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