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NCL Epic Video Contest – Win a Free Cruise

[tweetmeme source=”cruisesource” only_single=false “http://cruisesource.us/2010/10/22/ncl-epic-free-cruise/”%5DBack in August, I came across a fun high-quality passenger-generated video about their NCL Epic Cruise Vacation. I quickly posted the NCL Epic video below in a blog post and asked the Cruise Lines: How do we get more of this?

This is the Remix V.2 version of the original:

Norwegian Cruise Line has repeatedly shown their commitment to Social Media, so it does not surprise me that they are now experimenting with a solution on how to get more high-quality passenger generated video shared across the internet. Norwegian Cruise Line is giving away a Free Cruise for 2 for best Epic Moments Video. Details:

Winning video receives a cruise for two on Norwegian Epic

Direct from NCL Press Release:

MIAMI – October 21, 2010 – Norwegian Cruise Line announces the launch of its “Epic Moments” video contest (www.ncl.com/myepicmoment), where cruisers create short YouTube videos of their vacation on board the line’s newest and most innovative ship Norwegian Epic for a chance to win a Caribbean cruise for two in a balcony stateroom on board the ship.

Cruisers can enter by uploading their vacation videos to YouTube as a video response to the contest overview video by Julie Valeriote, Norwegian Epic’s entertainment director. Every two weeks for the next nine weeks, Norwegian will choose which video is the Epic Moment Semi-Finalist for that period. In mid-February, the 10 semi-finalists will be featured on Norwegian’s YouTube channel and http://www.ncl.com and the public will have a chance to vote for their favorite Epic Moment. The video with the most number of thumbs-up on YouTube will win a seven-day Caribbean cruise for two in a balcony stateroom on Norwegian Epic.

“Freestyle Cruising gives our guests incredible freedom and flexibility on board our ships to enjoy their cruise vacation on their own terms,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line chief executive officer. “Our newest ship, Norwegian Epic, takes Freestyle Cruising to the next level giving countless opportunities for couples, families and solo travelers alike to indulge in vacation moments of a lifetime. We look forward to seeing them come to life through our Epic Moments video contest.”

The first of 10 semi-finalist videos will be chosen on or around November 8, 2010 and will follow with nine more semi-finalists being announced every two weeks. To submit an Epic Moment video, head to www.ncl.com/myepicmoment.

I doubt I am eligible to win…. but I’m still going to go post my video now. ~ Rich Tucker

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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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Cruise Impacts: Tropical Storm Bonnie

Tropical Storm Bonnie is causing some minor impacts to cruise itineraries. TS Bonnie referred to as “Rain with a Name” by @wxBrad , has forced the Carnival Pride, Carnival Destiny, and Grandeur of the Seas to make minor itinerary changes in order to avoid the storm. The Carnival Destiny is swapping ports, while the Grandeur of the Seas and Carnival Pride are skipping a port. Currently, Norwegian Cruise Line is reporting that they have not modified any itineraries due to the storm. These minor changes in itinerary only proves why cruising is a better option than land-based vacations during hurricane season. If you are on a ship, they will sail around the storm. If you’re at a resort on an island, you are either stuck or have to go home early when a storm is approaching.

CruiseSource.us has been reporting on storm impacts to cruises for years. If you’re cruising between August and October make sure to subscribe to the blog or Follow @CruiseSource on Twitter to stay up to date on all Cruise line impacts from Hurricanes and Tropical Storms.


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Week Recap: WSJ, Twitterview, My Brother Walks

My Best Week Evar? Probably not… the week my daughter was born was pretty special. The Cruise to Italy on the Inaugural sailing of the Costa Deliziosa rocked… and I am pretty sure there are some others that rank up there. Life isn’t always roses! As a former Quizno’s Franchise owner/operator, I’ve had my share of miserable weeks too… especially the ones where our store was broken into (the one where they knew the code to the safe was the worst). Luckily those days are way behind me!

As a Cruise Geek who loves Social Media, this week was pretty awesome. I was Twitterviewed by @nclandy, Andy Stuart EVP of Global Sales for Norwegian Cruise Line. A twitterview is a public, open interview live on Twitter in which the audience can participate. I was quoted this week in the mecca of business print, the Wall Street Journal about cruise pricing trends this summer. @93octane (Lyell Petersen) and I hosted a South by Southwest Q&A at our local Business Tweetup, #btynbiz. @ericfraz, writer for the Charlotte Observer, wrote a quick article about the Q&A session. The best part of the Tweetup was meeting several local business people joining us to learn more to start their journey into using Social Media to strengthen current relationships and to generate new business. To cap off the week, last night I came in second in the Twitter Poker Tour weekly game out 30+ entrants.

THE BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK: Mike, my younger brother, walked for the first time since his car wreck on December 17th, 2009. He first used crutches and has now walked a few steps without the crutches… he was lucky to have lived through the accident, and even luckier that his feet were not amputated due to compound fracture and . After 3 months of being in a hospital bed and wheelchair, it made my week to hear that he’s able to begin the process of strengthening his legs to be able to walk again. ~ Happy Sailing, Rich Tucker

Mike at New Year's - 2 Weeks after the Accident

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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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Hurricane Felicia Downgraded to Cat. 3

As we sit here in the airport about to fly to Honolulu, it appears that Hurricane Felicia headed for Hawaii has caught some unfavorable conditions in the Pacific. When you plan a Hawaii Vacation, the last thing you think of is Hurricanes because it is such a rare event…but after travelling enough you start to realize that the least expected can happen and that is why almost all travel agents buy travel insurance. I feel better knowing I have that policy in my folder carrying all of my printed documentation. My fingers are crossed that Hurricane Felicia is a non-event and doesn’t even make it to Hawaii!

We will be boarding our flight soon and we are very excited to get to Hawaii at 3 PM Honolulu Time! If have an upcoming cruise to Hawaii you want to check out our Hawaii Shore Excursion plans to help assist you in your planning!

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NCL Announces 3 day sale – 6.16.09

Everyone loves Freebies like free money to spend on their cruise.  Here is a 3 day sale that is for new bookings only.  check out the details below:



NOW Sale features limited time deals and special offers

MIAMI – June 16, 2009 – On Tuesday, June 16, Norwegian Cruise Line launches its three-day NOW Sale for a limited time through June 19, 2009 offering unbelievable cruise deals and special booking offers for a range of popular cruise destinations including Alaska; Bermuda; Bahamas & Florida; Caribbean; Canada & New England; Mexican Riviera and South America. In addition to great cruise fares, Norwegian is offering up to $250 in on-board spending credit, fifty percent off cruise deposits and third through eighth guests from $99 per person.  Union members and those in the military are eligible to receive up to an additional ten percent savings on the cruise fare.

“With these incredible deals and additional offers, there’s never been a better time than right now to book a cruise vacation,” said Andy Stuart, Norwegian’s executive vice president, global sales and passenger services.  “We encourage our guests and travel partners to take advantage of this limited time sale as we’ve made taking a cruise an even better value by reducing the deposit, lowering fares for third through eighth guests and offering an on-board credit of up to $250.”

Norwegian’s NOW sale is offered on nine of its 11 Freestyle Cruising ships from three to 29-day sailings with departures from Miami, New York, Seattle, Vancouver, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santiago, Chile. The deposit required at time of booking is now half off and depending on the length of the cruise ranges from just $25 to $200 per person (excluding suites and villas).  For cruises to Alaska, Caribbean, Bahamas & Florida and Canada & New England, third to eighth guests in the same stateroom are from $99 per person. For cruises to Bermuda and the Mexican Riviera, additional guests in the same stateroom are from $199 per person.

The on-board credit can be used to purchase anything from shore excursions and spa treatments; to specialty fitness classes like yoga and spinning; gifts in the duty free shop and can even be used in the casino.  The amount is based on the length of the cruise and the category of stateroom booked.  Guests who book sailings of up to five days in a Garden Villa receive $100 per stateroom in spending credit; $75 for suites; $50 for mini-suites; $40 for balcony staterooms; $20 for oceanview and $15 for inside staterooms.  For sailings of six days and longer, guests sailing in a Garden Villa receive $250 per stateroom in on-board spending credit; $150 for suites; $100 for mini-suites and deluxe balcony staterooms; $75 for balcony staterooms; $50 for oceanview and $25 for inside staterooms.   To take advantage of the best pricing on this Awesome 3 day NCL sale, call 800.668.6414 NOW

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