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New Availability on DAOU Winery’s 2015 Wine Cruise

(PRWEB) March 02, 2015

MmMmTravel is thrilled to announce that new space has opened up on the previously sold out DAOU Winery cruise from Monte Carlo, Monaco to Barcelona, Spain. This program was previously only available to DAOU Winery club members but is now available for general booking through MmMmTravel. This cruise is on Crystal Cruises award-winning Serenity starting June 28 and ending July 4, 2015. Space is extremely limited.

DAOU Winery Founders and Owners, Georges and Daniel DAOU were raised in the south of France, and return for an annual visit. This is the first time they are inviting guests to join them and share some of their favorite places. In addition to a series of complimentary food and wine activities onboard the ship, they will be offering an assortment of optional, exclusive luxury experiences. In Monte Carlo, St. Tropez, Mallorca and Barcelona.

Facilitating the Daou brothers travel plans is Michael Mastrocolas MillenniuM (online presence is MmMmTravel) as part of their 2015 Taste of Life travel collection. MmMmTravel has a great deal in common with a glass of world-class wine. The finished product is the culmination of years of work and one precise moment. It can never be recreated exactly, but one understands that good vines, knowledge and craftsmanship are indicative that the next vintage will be stellar. A travel artisan, Michael Mastrocola has extensive international travel experience and over 30 years in the industry.

As participants in A Taste of Life, guests become members of a social club that offers fine dining, delicious wines and added exclusive activities and amenities. Led by wine and culinary professionals, guests are encouraged to expand their experience via small group discussions, tastings and demonstrations, elevating their vacation enjoyment while taking the journey at their leisure and shunning the traditional tour group feel.

MmMmTravels renown hosts – vintners, restaurateurs, chefs and winery owners, bring their wines and skills onboard to share with not a thousand or even one hundred, but your intimate group of 18 to 100 A Taste of Life members. These luminaries of the culinary and wine world may lead receptions, vertical wine tastings, winemaker dinners, cooking demonstrations and optional shore excursions, all exclusively for MmMmTravel clients. For luxury travelers, this translates into unparalleled culinary and wine experiences at no extra cost.

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About Michael Mastrocolas MillenniuM

Michael Mastrocola has developed worldwide contacts in the luxury travel industry for over three decades, working with many high-end hotels, restaurants and tour operators. Michael Mastrocolas MillenniuM Travel (online presence MmmmTravel.com) are experts in creating theme cruises. His tours specialize in Culinary and Wine exploration while shunning the traditional tour group feel. Guests are encouraged to expand their experiences via discussions, tastings and demonstrations and to take their journey at their own leisure.

Michael has worked with many prominent wineries, restaurants and organizations, pairing them with the finest cruise lines in the world to stimulate the senses and the mind and offer a rewarding bonus to a well deserved vacation for the savviest of international travelers. Customers include Heitz Cellars, the Escoffier Family, Domaine Carneros, Hall Winery, Frank Family Vineyards, Shafer Vineyards, and PlumpJack Winery. He is also a past member of the AIWF Board of Directors, Monterey Bay Chapter and is Director Emeritus of American Musical Theater of San Jose. http://www.mmmmtravel.com

About DAOU Winery

In the golden, oak-studded hills of Paso Robles acclaimed west side, not far from William Randolph Hearsts magnificent castle, there is a man with a Homeric vision. His name is Daniel Daou and he is devoting his life and every imaginable resource to creating, first and foremost, a Cabernet Sauvignon that rivals the very best in the world.

Gracefully perched atop a stunning promontory at 2,200 feet, the DAOU Spanish Colonial style winery is embraced by a tangible serenity. Hawks wheel and bank while the all-day sun caresses close planted rows of lush, emerald green vines. The 100 percent calcareous soil makes no sound as it parses out nourishment and only a gentle breeze flows up through the Templeton Gap from the Pacific Ocean. The quiet is bewitching; you want to lay down roots here, just as the seven-year-old vines have done. But the sense of peace belies the serious industry at work on this 212 acre estate. No effort is spared to create the luscious varietals and blends that flow from this limited production winery.

This kind of synergy happens rarely: superlative climate and terroir, super intensive vineyard culture, and cutting edge viticultural practice. Youre more likely to find it in Bordeaux than Central California. Coupled with the infectious passion and gracious, family style hospitality of the Daou brothers, Georges and Daniel, the result is pure magic. The kind of magic that comes in a bottle.

About Crystal Cruise Line

When parent company NYK entered the luxury cruise business in 1988, with the launch of Crystal Cruises the Crystal Difference was but a distant concept. Today, Crystal stands at the top of the industry. For 20 consecutive years and 21 years, respectively, discriminating readers of such prestigious publications as Travel + Leisure and Cond

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Royal Caribbean International Deploys ElevenOS for Onboard Internet Access to its Entire Fleet of Cruise Ships


Portland, OR (PRWEB) February 10, 2015

Today, leading hospitality technology provider, Eleven, announced that Royal Caribbean International had selected ElevenOS as the guest Internet management platform for its entire fleet of ships, and has completed deployment of ElevenOS on all 22 ships at the end of 2014, including the worlds first smartship, Quantum of the Seas.

ElevenOS is used to manage all aspects of this innovative Internet service including custom branded portal pages, guest authentication, billing, and advanced reporting. With the help of ElevenOS, Royal Caribbean is able to deliver a faster, more reliable onboard connection and seamless online guest experience that works across multiple guest devices (phones, tablets, etc.)

All the Connectivity Comforts of Home

The Quantum of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Oasis of the Seas, are equipped with cutting-edge satellite technology that delivers more bandwidth than any other ships in the cruise industry. This new Internet service provides much faster speeds and lower latency, which gives guests an experience closer to a land-based connection than ever before.

With ElevenOS and its satellite communications partners, Royal Caribbean is the first in the industry to offer unlimited Internet based on a per-day rate, so guests can stay connected without concern for minutes used or data transmitted. ElevenOS also enables Royal Caribbean to offer tiered bandwidth options, so users can choose the level of service that meets their needs and budget.

“ElevenOS provides us the power and flexibility that we need in order to revolutionize Internet communications at sea for Royal Caribbean International guests, commented Bill Martin, vice president and CIO for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “Only in the last year can cruise vacationers enjoy the fiber-like Internet connectivity that can only be found aboard select Royal Caribbean International ships, as well as more than 10 times faster speed than the industry across the fleet. ElevenOS helps us effectively manage a range of products, pricing, accounting, and reporting, which has helped us deliver a seamless and stress-free Internet communications solution for our guests on vacation.

Revolutionizing the Cruise Industry

Nearly 2,000 hotels, convention centers, and ships worldwide use ElevenOS to manage guest Internet access, with about 60 hotels and other venues added each month. ElevenOS has been deployed on a variety of maritime environments over the 14 years they have been in business, but Royal Caribbean represents Elevens first cruise line deployment.

Weve worked closely with Royal Caribbean over the past three years to adapt our platform to the unique needs of the cruise industry, noted Elevens CEO, Dan Meub. ElevenOS is a proven leader in hospitality, so expanding into the cruise sector was a logical next step. As a cloud-based solution, ElevenOS is a great fit for the cruise industry because its architecture enables rapid development of custom functionality for any cruise line. ElevenOS reliability meets the cruise industrys high standards and yet does not consume precious onboard server space. We are excited to be a part of delivering this innovative Internet service at sea and look forward to working with Royal Caribbean to continue revolutionizing the cruise industry.

Some of the advanced functionality Eleven has adapted for Royal Caribbeans special requirements include extensive integration with property management and loyalty systems, customized portal pages in multiple languages, and dynamic time zones to support onboard time changes. Anthem of the Seas, the second ship in Royal Caribbeans Quantum class, will launch in April with this leading-edge satellite capability and will also run the ElevenOS platform.

ABOUT ELEVEN

Eleven delivers compelling software that powers the online guest experience in hotels, convention centers, apartments and cruise ships, with two key product lines: ElevenOS and ElevenGC, both of which run on Elevens cloud-based platform. ElevenOS is the only cloud-based guest Internet platform that manages the online guest experience across multiple devices, multiple locations, and multiple network service providers. ElevenGC is a family of five-star guest computing solutions flexible enough to be deployed in business centers, lobbies, suites, club lounges, and more. All solutions provide powerful revenue management so hotels can remain competitive while adding incremental revenue to offset their guest technology investment. Eleven is rapidly becoming hospitalitys guest technology standard and is relied on by thousands of hotels, cruise ships and other guest-service venues, including nearly all of the major and boutique hotel brands. For more information, visit elevenwireless.com.







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Orbital Travel Re-Launches 14 night Nile Cruise from Cairo to Aswan


(PRWEB UK) 9 December 2014

Following the lifting of Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel restrictions last week for the remainder of the Nile Valley, Orbital Travel is very pleased to announce that its 14 night long cruise between Cairo and Aswan is back on sale.

The stretch of river between Cairo and Luxor had been closed for 18 years and re-opened in 2012. As well as visiting the main sights in Cairo, tourists returning to Middle Egypt can now visit El Minya (including Tel-Amarna, the atmospheric remains of the desert city of Akhenaten and the tombs of Beni Hassan); Abydos Temple (one of the most complete temples of its era in Egypt) and Dendera Temple (with remarkable scenes and beautifully preserved colours).

Cruises are on board the 5* HS Nile Vision which is already part of Orbital Travels fleet and is a firm favourite. Departures are on a Tuesday and provisional sailing dates in 2015 are in March and April, and September and October. Cruises are fully escorted by an English speaking Egyptologist who is on board throughout the cruise.

John McCallum, Orbital Travels Managing Director, commented: We are pleased to offer this very special 14 night cruise once again. It gives clients the opportunity to enjoy more cruising time on the Nile as well as to visit the Pyramids in Cairo and lesser known sites such as Abydos and Dendera which are remarkable. The cruise also offers great value for money with 21 guided excursions included. The cruise is on board the 5* Nile Vision, one of our most popular and well established boats.

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Steven B. Stern Serves Up Best of Cruise Vacations in Latest Edition of his Travel Guide


Boca Raton, Fla. (PRWEB) October 09, 2014

The most reliable source for over 40 years, Steven B. Sterns Sterns Guide to the Cruise Vacation is out with its 2015 edition. In it are all the things that cruisers, travelers, and vacationers have come to expect from this excellent resource. This latest edition, as in all prior editions, keeps track of all the latest and the best about cruise ships, river boats, hotel barges and ports of call for its followers.

Over the years, this guide has attracted thousands of satisfied users; taking advantage of Sterns wide-ranging knowledge and experience of cruise ships and the localities on which they weigh anchor. He is the ultimate authority on luxury travel, being also the author of Sterns Guide to the Greatest Resorts of the World, Sterns Guide to European River Boats and Hotel Barges, and The Indispensable Guide to Foreign Words and Phrases. A resident of Florida, he has sailed on over 800 cruise ships and riverboats, visited every major port of call in the world, and personally inspected virtually every ship currently in operation. Travelers may visit his websites at TheGreatestResorts&CruisesoftheWorld.com and SternsGuidetotheCruiseVacation.com

Whether readers are sailing the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the South Seas, Alaska, Southeast Asia, or the waterways of Europe, this is the most comprehensive guide available, with details on all aspects of cruise-ship travel. Each edition lists descriptive information for all major cruise ships, including each vessels history, vital statistics, appearance, itineraries, price range and sport, dining and medical facilities. Stern has evaluated every detail by bestowing overall Star Awards, as well as ratings in eleven specific categories. More than 300 photographs of ships, decks and interiors are included, along with actual shipboard menus and daily activity programs for each featured cruise line. Also included are photos of ports of call around the world.

This valuable guide assists travelers in selecting the ship best suited to their taste, advises them on how to prepare for their cruise, and explains what to expect once they are onboard. Stern discusses every major port of call worldwide, listing details on attractions, beaches, hotels, restaurants, shopping, sports, and other recreations. He also includes guidelines on how to make the most of an eight-hour stay in port.

Travelers should not leave town without a copy!

repeat cruisers and novices alike will gain enormously from the huge volume of features, menus, daily schedules, photos, as well as the details on every cruise ship and port of call throughout the world. This should be the encyclopedia for any cruise aficionado. Simon Veness, Editor, World of Cruising Magazine

an excellent resource for novice and experienced cruisers alike. It offers sound information on the ships as well as the places they anchor. Sterncombines careful reporting with reasoned opinion. Sheila F. Buckmaster, Senior Editor, National Geographic Traveler

one of the most comprehensive authorities and a must have for both the novice and the seasoned cruiser. Porthole Magazine.

For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to sternsguidetothecruisevacation.com

Sterns Guide to the Cruise Vacation: 2015 Edition

By Stern’s Travel Guides Ltd.

Softcover | 6 x 9in | 775 pages | ISBN 9781499042245

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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Onboard.com Offers a Fresh Approach to Cruise Planning and Booking


MIAMI (PRWEB) August 27, 2014

Onboard.com is here to revolutionize the way consumers plan and book cruise travel. Poised to become the insiders guide to all things cruising, Onboard.com offers travel inspiration, insightful information and captivating videos, with a focus on exotic cruise destinations and the most sought-after cruise lines. To really set themselves apart, Onboard.coms expert cruise advisors will handle the booking process from A to Z, ensuring vacationers are matched with their perfect cruise. From catering to your cruise preferences, to arranging pre- and post-cruise hotel stays, no detail is too small for Onboard.coms expert cruise advisors. Getting the most out of your cruise vacation is easy when you equip yourself with the kind of first-hand cruise and destination knowledge available only at Onboard.com.

Travelers today want to experience a destination before they even arrive, and a site like Onboard.com is a great resource, as it highlights exotic ports of call in the way they deserve, said Kevin Sheehan, chairman, Florida Caribbean Cruise Association. The islands of the Caribbean, in particular, have so much to offer visitors, from spectacular scenery and culture to historic sites and exciting activities. Thanks to the many videos, photos and articles on the site, visitors to Onboard.com are able to plan their vacation with ease.

More than a traditional booking site, Onboard.com arms you with an arsenal of sources and tools youll need to plan your dream cruise.

1. Get inspired with articles and videos from real cruisers Interested in seeing what makes each Caribbean island special or discovering what adventures await in Alaska? Onboard.com will take you snorkeling in Alaska or salsa dancing in Puerto Rico, with first-hand knowledge and video footage so you can preview the experiences before you even travel. The Onboard.com team knows a thing or two about cruising and they have the inside track, living on ships and traveling to popular port destinations to provide you with more than 100 videos and countless photos and articles about ships, ports and destinations.

2. Find answers to all your cruise-related questions From what to expect on a European river cruise to the best beachside restaurants in the Bahamas, youll find articles from experts who have been there, done that, including tips on where to travel, top ships for families or for traveling solo, what to shop for in port and even guides to unique, cant-miss port activities. History buff? Learn about the top European cruise ports for historical sightseeing. Looking for luxe? See how to splurge on over-the-top cruise choices perfect for any special occasion.

3. Speak with experienced cruise advisors and book your perfect cruise vacation Onboard.com wants you to feel confident that youre booking the best possible cruise vacation at the best price before you close the deal. Whether youre looking to maximize your time in port or get suggestions on specific staterooms and ship amenities, a live cruise advisor will offer expert advice and help you finalize all your cruise details, providing a unique one-on-one experience.

Cruising is one of the fastest-growing segments in the travel and leisure industry, and poring over tons of travel review sites can be daunting, said MaryAnna Estomba Rousseau, editor in chief of Onboard.com. We live and breathe cruising every day and know that if we can help both first-time and experienced cruisers select the right cruise for them, the result will be utter and total satisfaction. Everyone can be a believer in cruising if they have access to the right experts and advice at their fingertips to point them toward the perfect cruise vacation.

The journey toward your cruise vacation starts with Onboard.com, where exploring, planning and booking your perfect cruise experience is well within reach.

About Onboard.com

Onboard.com has a breadth of expert-created content not found on any other cruising website in the marketplace luring cruise-curious consumers to a space where planning a perfect cruise is not only possible, but also enjoyable. The cruise connoisseurs at Onboard.com have sailed the world many times over to arm consumers with the first-hand knowledge and extensive collection of award-winning videos and visual assets needed to dream, plan and create their once-in-a-lifetime cruise vacation. Headquartered in South Beach and backed by parent company LVMH Mo

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Orbital Travel invited Travel Agents to experience a 4 Night Nile Cruise


(PRWEB UK) 12 September 2014

Orbital Travel recently invited its Travel Agents to experience a 4 night Nile Cruise on board its 5*Nile Cruiser, the MS Orbital Royal Esadora. John McCallum, Managing Director, and Greg Garner, Sales Manager, accompanied over 30 Travel Agents to Luxor. Flights were on board the EgyptAir direct service from London Heathrow to Luxor, returning from Aswan via Cairo.

The trip included 9 excursions escorted by an on board qualified Egyptologist visiting the Valley of the Kings and King Tutankhamuns new replica tomb at Howard Carter House; the Temple of Karnak on the East Bank of Luxor, considered to be the largest temple complex ever built by man; Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo and Philae Temple in Aswan.

Emma McIntyre, Co-op PTA commented; Thank you so much for such a fantastic time on our Fam. You were great hosts, the boat that sailed us safely along the picturesque Nile, Royal Esadora good, John-Michael & Magic the best guides ever, priceless!! The excursions took us to such incredible sights that you only dream of seeing & a perfect ending at the Old Cataract Hotel. Last but not least, what a brilliant bunch of Agents to have shared the experience with!!

John McCallum, Managing Director, commented; Its really important for our Travel Agents to experience both the destination and our Nile Cruises so that they can see how Egypt has settled down and returned to normal after recent political changes. It was also a good opportunity for them to experience these new shorter cruises which offer great flexibility as you can still see some of the greats of Ancient Egypt whilst relaxing on a cruise as well as other highlights. Egypt still manages to offer exceptional value for money and to be able to see all of these incredible sites in just 4 or 5 days is amazing.

Photos from the trip can be seen on Orbital Travels facebook page.

Flights for the trip were funded by the Egyptian State Tourist Office and accommodation was funded by Orbital Travel.







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AmaWaterways Selects Notaviva Vineyards to Host European River Cruise

Purcellville, VA (PRWEB) February 12, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards has been selected by AmaWaterways as the first Virginia winery to host a European river cruise. “Melodies of the Danube” is one of AmaWaterways wine-themed excursions, which will showcase the culture of the acclaimed wine region along the Danube River. Sailing from Budapest, Hungary to Vilshofen, Germany the journey will include numerous onshore excursions to scenic vineyards, renowned cities and quaint villages. A key attraction of the cruise will be the onboard wine and music lectures, hosted by Notavivas co-founder and wine composer, Stephen Mackey. With a degree in music from the University of Miami, ten years on the road as an Internationally touring live audio engineer, and ten years at the helm of Notaviva, Stephens style, experiences and personality have made him an engaging presenter.

“Being selected by AmaWaterways to pour our hand crafted award-winning Loudoun wines while sailing through the same regions that inspired Beethoven and Mozart is a dream come true,” said Mackey. “With our unique brand identity of pairing wine and music coupled with our expertise in creating memorable customer experiences, our onboard lectures will encourage guests to think about the synergies between wine and music in an entirely new way. This is a pinnacle moment not only for Notaviva Vineyards but for Virginia wine as well.”

Gary Murphy, VP of Sales for AmaWaterways adds, “Our cruises are designed to deliver unforgettable experiences for our guests. Stephens outgoing personality and depth of knowledge over a wide range of winemaking and musical topics makes him an excellent choice for AmaWaterways.”

Partnering with Notaviva is Loudoun-based travel agency, Expedia CruiseShipCenters of Leesburg, who is offering travel incentives and special packages. Co-founders Val Kittson and Jane Munzell were the visionaries who brought Notaviva Vineyards and AmaWaterways together. “We knew instantly that Stephen and his wife Shannon were the perfect couple to sail with. Their knowledge and down-to-earth manner will be such a delight during the cruise,” said Kittson.

“Melodies of the Danube” hosted by Notaviva Vineyards sails out of Budapest on November 11, 2015. Bookings may be placed at http://www.WineAndWaterways.com.

About AmaWaterways

Founded in 2002 by river cruise pioneers Rudi Schreiner, Kristin Karst and Jimmy Murphy, AmaWaterways is the premier river cruise line on Europes Danube, Douro, Main, Mosel, Seine, Rhine and Rh

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showHive Announces New Show Development Projects for Carnival Cruise Lines

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 23, 2014

Creative development and entertainment production firm, showHive, Inc. has been tapped by Carnival Cruise Lines to develop two new main stage production shows. Conceived and directed by showHive founder, Emmett Murphy, the new shows are part of Carnivals award winning and innovative Playlist Productions revues, which take seagoing entertainment to another level by combining captivating live performances with high-tech LED stage and screen effects.

Were excited to be collaborating with Kerry Stables, Director of Creative Development for Carnival Cruise Lines, and her seasoned, in-house production team. This relationship has allowed us to benefit from Carnivals formidable experience, expertise and resources to make these new shows a reality, said Mr. Murphy.

The shows are 80s Pop to the Max, a totally awesome concert of the hottest music video hits, dance, fashion & fun of the 1980s, and GetAway Island, a modern day beach movie brought to life onstage through a hybrid of retro-cinematic elements and live-action performance. The shows feature state-of-the-art, full-stage automated LED video screens, cutting edge theatrical conveyor belts that integrate the live performances with video action. The GetAway Island revue even features its own bar called Red Frog, a nod to Carnivals own Caribbean-inspired watering holes called the the RedFrog Pub.

Both shows will debut on the Carnival Freedom in the spring of 2014 and will be rolled out to additional Carnival vessels beginning with the Carnival Pride in the Fall of 2014.

The showHive creative team is led by Mr. Murphy, who has a career in entertainment which spans the New York theater scene, production revue genre and the international cruise line industry. He created and directed productions that have appeared on the stages of Princess Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. He directed, staged and developed video content for Sin City Comedy at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Mr. Murphy also worked for Cirque du Soleil

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From Broadway’s Les Miserables to a Harbor Cruise, Kids Wish Network Makes New York City Wish Come True


Holiday, FL (PRWEB) March 27, 2014

Starting a new school and taking a new routine can make any teen tired, but for Deidre Sechi of Overland Park, Kansas, the constant exhaustion was just the beginning of a harrowing journey. This long and traumatic road lead the passionate teenage to New York City, where her ultimate wish to see Les Mis

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Academic Arrangements Abroad Offers Cabins with No Single Supplement on New Cruise Exploring Portugal’s Vineyards


New York, NY (PRWEB) November 27, 2013

Academic Arrangements Abroad, the leader in upscale educational travel, has recently announced that cabins with no single supplement are available for its brand-new Portuguese river cruise, departing from Porto on May 5, 2014.

Passengers will sail past the terraced vineyards and baroque churches of the Douro River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the world’s oldest demarcated wine regions. The recently launched M.S. AmaVida has been exclusively chartered for this unique itinerary. While the vessel is designed to accommodate 106 passengers, a maximum of 70 guests will be accepted for this journey for greater comfort. Along the way, they will sample award-winning Portuguese vintages ranging from vinho verde, a young, refreshing white wine, to the many varieties of port the Douro region is famous for.

This privileged itinerary will be enriched by complementary visits to historic wine estates, baroque churches, art museums, and gardens. Patrick Bowe, one of the lecturers on board throughout the program, is a Dublin-based horticulturist and the co-author of Houses and Gardens of Portugal; before setting sail from Porto, the group will tour a garden designed by Mr. Bowe himself. Those who join the optional three-night prelude in Lisbon (which is automatically included for passengers booking the trip through The Metropolitan Museum of Art) will also attend a reception with the city’s newly re-elected mayor, pending final scheduling.

Also joining the trip are Dani

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Fall 2009 Sailings Added for Chocolate & Wine Cruise in France Aboard Burgundy Barge Elisabeth

Tanlay, France (PRWEB) March 23, 2009

ELISABETH, a French canal barge which charters for private parties of up to six guests, has expanded the dates of their popular “Chocolate and Wine” cruise to fall, 2009. Six night cruises on the Burgundy Canal are available between August 24 and October 30. The canal is a two hour drive south-east of Paris.

Owner-operators Peter and Sheena Jenner (British ex-pats who have lived in Burgundy for over twenty years) will provide tastings of “boutique” candies and pastries; expanded exposure to small Chablis wine producers; on-board cooking demonstrations and chocolate desserts galore. A special treat is tour and lunch in the village of Flavigny, where the movie “Chocolat” was filmed.

Regularly-scheduled excursions to romantic chateaux, a Medieval abbey, and shopping at local food markets will round out the program. The Burgundy Canal winds through rural France – through ancient villages, forests, and fields. Walking and bicycling are available every day.

The newly-renovated ELISABETH carries up to six guests in comfort and style. Each of the three cabins has a modern and private bath. Guests can choose to relax on deck, cruise with Captain Jenner in the covered wheelhouse, or enjoy the downstairs salon. A crew of four is always on board, including a dedicated chef.

The all-inclusive whole-boat charter price is $ 21,800 for a party of six/$ 3,635 per person; $ 19,500 for a party of five/$ 3,900 per person; and $ 17,200 for a party of four/$ 4,300 per person. The cruise fare includes chauffeured transfer to and from Paris; all meals; unlimited wine and open bar; daily chauffeured and guided sightseeing; all special “Chocolate and Wine” programming and use of ship’s facilities such as bicycles.

To find menus, itineraries, guest feedback and photos of the barge and its passengers, go to http://www.bargeladycruises.com, then to Northern Burgundy – and pull up ELISABETH. Ellen Sack, The Barge Lady, has been a broker of European canal vacations since 1985. She represents fifty vessels located in France, Holland, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Germany. Her office is located in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Call 800-880-0071 for more information.

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Mediterranean Cruise Leader Louis Cruises Unveils Redesigned Website at LouisCruises.com


Piraeus, Greece (PRWEB) August 30, 2013

Louis Cruises is proud to unveil its redesigned website. The updated site, which is located at Louis Cruises current URL LouisCruises.com contains enhanced features including comprehensive cruise calendars for sailings through 2014, booking capabilities, improved navigation, and access to useful destination information including info on newly added idyllic destinations for 2014 such as: Chios, Ios, Milos, Samos, Symi, and Syros.

Much of our success at Louis Cruises is because we listen and nurture relationships with our tour operator partners and registered travel agents. Our updated website is a product of those relationships, said Nicholas Filippidis, Director of Product Development in North America for Louis Cruises. We have received tons of feedback from travel professionals, and we are very pleased with the new functionality and redesigned navigation now available to them at LouisCruises.com. We encourage industry professionals to visit the redesigned site and see how easy and extremely convenient the new site makes searching and booking our travel programs throughout the Eastern Mediterranean that are truly reflective of our Hellenic roots from our delicious cuisine, featuring flavors from local destinations, to the cozy intimacy of our vessels and the welcoming hospitality of our entire crewfrom the unique destinations we present to the exciting shore excursions that take travelers to explore the Eastern Mediterranean authentically.

The new LouisCruises.com is a powerful resource for travel professionals and travelers. It enables them to access valuable information and book an exciting range of cruises throughout the Eastern Mediterranean. The re-launched site is also available in many languages including English, Greek, French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian. In September it will be available in Turkish, in October in German, and in December in Portuguese.

On the re-designed site, users now have access to:

— New 2014 Cruise Calendar

— Extended Cruises from Greece Page

— Destination Guides and Shore Excursion descriptions including info on newly added idyllic destinations for 2014 such as: Chios, Ios, Milos, Samos, Symi, and Syros

— Dedicated Travel Agent Registration section

— Access to SMART RATES early booking discounts

— Online booking of Cruises, Shore Excursions and All-Inclusive Drinks Packages

— New Excursions Packages with Savings of up to 20 percent off

— Comprehensive info on the line’s vessels including deck plans, images, and itineraries

— Downloads including: brochures, professional photos, and videos

— Info on Beauty & Spa Services; Onboard Celebrations, Groups and Meetings; Wedding, Honeymoons & Vow Renewals

— Plus much more!

For Louis Cruises’ registered travel agents, the site’s user-friendly interface featuring the ability to book cruise programs as well as excursions and beverage packages simultaneously — enables travel agents to make more money in less time. Beyond booking online, agents can instantly confirm availability for cruise departures; print vouchers and travel documents; track bookings; and access comprehensive information about Louis Cruises programs and destinations.

With a time-honored, award winning history in tourism, Louis Cruises offers an unparalleled cruise experience onboard its celebrated fleet of destination-friendly cruise ships that showcases the lines Hellenistic identity. Louis Cruises is proud to present travelers with its signature Kalimera experience Not only meaning good morning, but also good in every sense of the word: quality, satisfaction and happiness. The line takes travelers to the places theyve dreamt of: iconic destinations famed the world over and exquisite smaller islands where they feel as if theyve stepped back into a bygone Greece. With Louis Cruises, travelers dont just visit Greece; they enjoy an authentic Greek experience, both onboard and at each incredible destination. Louis Cruises engages all five senses, giving passengers the unique opportunity to visit legendary archeological sites, to enjoy music by authentic Greek musicians and singers, to taste delicious, homemade Greek cuisine, to sample outstanding Greek wines and spirits, and much more! The company takes extra care to design cruise itineraries that include the best ports in their best seasons allowing ample time to enjoy their uniquely individual charms coupled with meticulously planned shore excursions for a truly insightful look into the Eastern Mediterranean.

In the early 1970s, Louis Cruises began operating short cruises from Limassol, Cyprus to destinations throughout the Eastern Mediterranean. Today Louis Cruises is the preeminent cruise line for the Greek Islands and Turkey, with six ships operating from the ports of Piraeus (Athens) and Limassol. From the Port of Piraeus, Louis Cruises sails to Chios, Crete, Ios, Kos, Milos, Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Symi and Syros, and to the Turkish ports of Bodrum, Cesme, Istanbul, Izmir and Kusadasi. In addition to Piraeus, the lines passengers can create their own stay & cruise vacations, with embarkation for three and four-day cruises from Kusadasi and Heraklion, Crete.

Louis Cruises itineraries can be booked on-line at louiscruises.com or through most major tour operators in the U.S. and Canada. For further information or to order the companys brochure call (877) 568-4787, send an e-mail to cruising(at)louiscruises(dot)com or visit the companys web site at: louiscruises.com.

About Louis Group:

Louis Group was founded in 1935 and has over the decades evolved into a leading tourism, hospitality and travel group in the Eastern Mediterranean. Louis Hotels owns and manages 19 four and five star hotels in all of Cyprus resorts, including the Hilton Park Nicosia and the Greek islands of Corfu, Zante, Crete, Mykonos and Rhodes. With a fleet of five cruise ships, Louis Cruises sails from Piraeus, Istanbul and Kusadasi to the Greek islands and Turkeys most enticing destinations. For more information on Louis Group and its subsidiaries, please visit our websites at: louishotels.com, louiscruises.com and mykonostheoxenia.com.

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Princess Cruises Sales Event Features Three Cruise Offers

Santa Clarita, CA (PRWEB) September 05, 2013

Princess Cruises has three free offers for passengers booking Alaska or Europe cruises and cruise tours beginning today. The 3 for Free sales event not only includes free room upgrades, a free shore excursion credit and a free specialty restaurant dinner for two, but also features a deposit of only $ 100 per person.

Running through October 31, the sale enables passengers to get the best stateroom available within that stateroom type for the lowest possible fare. Onboard, passengers will enjoy complimentary dinner for two in one of Princess signature specialty restaurants, where they can indulge in either a taste of Italy at Sabatinis, steak or seafood at the Crown Grill, the flavors of the South at the Bayou Caf

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Cruise & Maritime Voyages Takes to the Rivers


Ft Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) November 19, 2013

Cruise and Maritime Voyages North America has announced an exciting new development with the introduction of river cruises on the Rhine and Danube starting in May 2014. John Dennis, Vice President CMV North America said, “We are extremely excited to enter the European river cruise market next year with the stylish Vienna I river ship, a premium plus vessel that has been most recently been operated by luxury cruise operators and offers a high level of comfort and decor with most cabins having French Balconies. This has been a natural evolution for Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ and builds on our philosophy of European destination focused cruise vacations.”

John Dennis said, “Over 80% of our guests have indicated they would consider taking a river cruise, and the general feedback from our trade partners re-enforced that this would be an excellent compliment to our current ocean cruise program.

The first departure – ‘Magical Rhine’ – will be May 19, 2014 for 7 nights from Nuremberg to Amsterdam. On a ‘Grand European Discovery’ cruise departing May 26 for 14 nights, the ship will sail from Amsterdam down to Budapest cruising the Rhine and Danube. On June 9, a reversed itinerary will operate between Budapest and Amsterdam. These 14 night itineraries are also available as 7 night segments boarding or disembarking in Nuremberg. Optional pre and post cruise city stays are also available in Amsterdam, Prague (from Nuremberg) and Budapest.

Prices for 7 nights full board cuisine, selected drinks with lunch and dinner, entertainment and a range of half day excursions are available from $ 1,799.00. For 14 nights rates are from $ 3,299.00.







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Leading Mediterranean Cruise Line Louis Cruises Unveils a 2014 Themed Cruise Calendar, Featuring 61 Themed Cruises That Offer the Real Authentic Greek Experience


Piraeus, Greece (PRWEB) February 11, 2014

Louis Cruises is unveiling its 2014 themed cruise calendar, featuring 61 themed cruises that complement the lines unparalleled Mediterranean sailing experience with cultural, gastronomic, interactive learning, and musical additions for the ultimate, authentic Greek destination experience.

Todays traveler is looking for once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences and value for their travel dollars, said Nicholas Filippidis, Director of Product Development in North America for Louis Cruises. That is exactly what travelers can expect when they sail with Louis Cruises a real, authentic Greek experience, one they cant find anywhere else. A Louis cruise is an immersion into the best of Greece, an invitation to live Kalimera with us.

Louis Cruises is the only home porting cruise line in Greece the Aegean is our home, and the world-renowned hospitality of the people of Greece is at the core of everything we do. Say Kalimera to the Real Greek Experience, is a promise to our passengers that we will bring them the absolute best of Greece, both on board our comfortable ships and at our incredible Aegean destinations, nine of them brand new for 2014: the Greek islands of Chios, Ios, Kos, Milos, Samos, Symi and Syros, and legendary Turkish Riviera towns Bodrum and Cesme. These are Aegean gems that arent accessible to the megaships of other cruise lines, continued Filippidis.

Louis Cruises 61 themed cruises for 2014 have been designed to present the best of the real Greece. The companys team has added immense value to each sailing by developing a unique, bespoke themed cruise program that celebrates the areas culture and cuisine, taking travelers deeper into the history, mythology, archaeological sites, centuries-old local customs, song and dance, and much more. After extensive research, the new themed cruises have been developed to include something for everyone. Plus, these unique enhancements are all included in the price of the cruise.

Its all about enriching each travelers experience. We know our travelers want to do more than just visit unique destinations. They want a real, authentic Greek experience. They want to hear the incredible behind-the-scenes stories of medieval castles, ancient cities, and the mythology that dovetails with astonishing archeological sites like the Minoan Palace at Knossos. They want to taste singular Greek wines and learn how to cook traditional Greek dishes with fresh, local ingredients. They want to put their fingertips to the embroidery upon the centuries-old fabric of our customs and heritage. And, of course, they want to sing and dance until dawn. That is what our themed cruises offer. There is simply no other program like it on the high seas.

With such a vast array of themed cruises to choose from, travelers can opt to: uncover the history of Milos, dating back to 8,000 BC, as the Mining History and Geology of the island is revealed; become immersed in the area’s fabled past, from Classical Mythology to the Modern Classics; experience Greek heritage and culture through dance, music, signing and costumes presented by Lyceum Club of Greek Women; learn about Greek music from one of the world’s best bouzouki players; enjoy an authentic Greek culinary experience, emphasizing the cuisine of the Aegean, via seminars, interactive cooking demonstrations and tastings, all drawn from the local cuisine of each Louis Cruises destination; celebrate Greek wines and spirits with more than 4,000 years of rich history to savor; dance the night away on one of the many music cruises showcasing Greek Folk Music, Modern Greek Classics, Greek Pop, or Latin Night themes All of this and much more awaits travelers with Louis Cruises themed cruises.

To receive a copy of the new 2014 Louis Cruises themed cruise calendar, email cruising(at)louiscruises.com.

Louis Cruises itineraries can be booked on-line at louiscruises.com or through most major tour operators in the U.S. and Canada. For further information or to order the companys brochure call (877) 568-4787, send an e-mail to cruising(at)louiscruises(dot)com or visit the companys web site at: louiscruises.com.

About Louis Group:

Louis Group was founded in 1935 and has over the decades evolved into a leading tourism, hospitality and travel group in the Eastern Mediterranean. Louis Hotels owns and manages 19 four and five star hotels in all of Cyprus resorts, including the Hilton Park Nicosia and the Greek islands of Corfu, Zante, Crete, Mykonos and Rhodes. With a fleet of five cruise ships, Louis Cruises sails from Piraeus, Istanbul and Kusadasi to the Greek islands and Turkeys most enticing destinations. For more information on Louis Group and its subsidiaries, please visit our websites at: louishotels.com, louiscruises.com and mykonostheoxenia.com.

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CruiseVoyant.com Announces Real Time Connections to Room Inventory and Pricing For Norwegian Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Lines and Oceania


Fort Lauderdale, Florida (PRWEB) August 19, 2013

South Florida based cruise agency, Cruise Voyant, is pleased to announce their website has now added real-time access to all pricing and stateroom inventory from Norwegian Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Lines and Oceania Cruises. NCL, Disney and Oceania have certified Cruise Voyants booking process and now all their sailings are provided on the CruiseVoyant.com website in real time search. By accessing this data, Cruise Voyants next generation search engine is now able to combine this real time inventory and best price info with Cruise Voyants proprietary interest index data to provide consumers with real time recommendations on cruises that may interest them.

CruiseVoyant.coms booking engine technology was built to show live stateroom inventory on the website, which sets them apart from the other online cruise agencies. The site provides consumers the ability to select any stateroom that is available from the cruise line and then gives consumers the opportunity to book it online immediately. Consumers can also reference Cruise Voyants high resolution deck plans to help them associate their stateroom selection in reference to the location of other rooms and public areas aboard the ship.

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