Carnival Paradise Adds 20 Cuba Cruises From Tampa In 2019

April 6, 2018.

Vintage cars pass the Carnival Paradise while the cruise ship is docked in Havana, Cuba. (Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Line)

This News Follows Recently Announced Series of 17 Cuba Voyages Aboard Carnival Sensation from Miami in 2019-20

Carnival Cruise Line announced today it has added another 20 voyages to Cuba aboard Carnival Paradise from Tampa in 2019, complementing the 11 cruises to the island taking place aboard the vessel through next year.

The new voyages aboard Carnival Paradise are in addition to the 17 recently announced Cuba cruises aboard Carnival Sensation departing from Miami in 2019, indicating that more and more travelers view cruising as a great way to experience Cuba.

The newly added five-day voyages will depart Tampa on Saturdays and feature a day-long or a full day and overnight call in the Cuban capital of Havana, along with stops at tropical destinations Key West and Cozumel.

Carnival Paradise’s new Cuba cruise schedule includes:

  • 10, five-day cruises overnighting in Havana with a visit to Key West – departing March 2, April 13, May 25, June 22, July 6, Aug. 3 and 17, Sept. 14 and 28 and Oct. 26, 2019;
  • Six, five-day voyages featuring a day-long call in Havana and a visit to Cozumel – departure dates include Jan. 5, March 16, May 11, Aug. 31, Nov. 9 and Dec. 7, 2019;
  • Four, five-day sailings featuring day-long calls to Havana, Key West and Cozumel – departing Feb. 16, June 8, July 20 and Oct. 12, 2019.

Guests sailing on Carnival’s Cuba cruises can select from nearly 20 different shore excursions.  A variety of Cuban-themed activities and entertainment, including the excellent Amor Cubano:  A Caribbean Dance Romance Playlist Productions show, Havana-inspired deck parties, trivia contests and salsa lessons, are also offered.  There’s also an onboard Cuba expert who discusses the country’s rich history and culture.

Carnival Paradise just completed an extensive, multi-million-dollar refurbishment last month that added a water park, 38 new cabins, 98 balconies to existing staterooms, and an a host of food and beverage venues.  New spaces include Guy’s Burger Joint, RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, the BlueIguana Cantina Mexican eatery,  a new Camp Ocean marine-themed play area, a nine-hole miniature golf course, a Pixels-branded digital photo platform and enhanced retail offerings including boutiques from Pandora and Guess.

The visits to Havana comply with regulations of the U.S. Department of Treasury that permit travel operators to transport approved travelers to Cuba to engage in activities as defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Foreign Assets Control.  Carnival’s shore excursions meet all U.S. government regulations and provide a convenient means for complying with the people-to-people requirements of cruises to Cuba.

MSC Cruises Offering “Drinks On Us” Promotion

April 5, 2018.

 

Guests sailing on MSC Seaside and MSC Divina Caribbean Cruises to enjoy complimentary beverage package included with their cruise 

MSC Cruises USA has launched a new “Drinks on Us” promotion for MSC Seaside and MSC Divina Caribbean sailings that includes a wide-selection of complimentary drinks included with their cruise fare.

For new bookings made now through May 31, guests sailing in the Caribbean can stay refreshed with a selection of free unlimited non-alcoholic beverages including canned or fountain soda, bottled or canned juices and bottled water as well as alcoholic drinks including bottled and draft beers, wines by the glass and house brands of vodka, rum, gin, and whiskey (a value of more than $250 per person).

Specific details related to the Drinks on Us promotion include: 

Ships included in Promotion: MSC Seaside and MSC Divina

Itinerary: Caribbean itineraries only

Eligible sail dates: April 14, 2018 forward

Pricing: Eligible MSC Seaside and MSC Divina Caribbean sailings start at $509 per person for an interior stateroom, with the Drinks on Us package included as part of the cruise fare

Booking instructions: Guests must book by May 31, 2018. Guests can book by contacting their travel agent, calling MSC Cruises at 844-311-6465, or visiting the web site at msccruisesusa.com

Web page for more info: For more information on the Drinks on Us promotion and to view all eligible sailings visit: https://www.msccruisesusa.com/en-us/Cruise-Deals/Drinks-On-Us.aspx

Norwegian Cruise Line “Tax-Free Spree” Promotion

April 3, 2018.

Norwegian Cruise Line invites guests to take advantage of a Tax-Free Spree* available now through April 17.  For a limited time only when guests book select three-day or longer cruise in an ocean view category stateroom or above, government taxes, fees and port expenses will be waived.  This  offer is available on over 430 cruises and combinable with the Free at Sea promotion, which offers guests even more value for the amenities of their choice.

Additional April value offers include:

  • FREE AT SEA – EXTENDED: Guests can take advantage of Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion, now extended through April 30. This value-added promotion provides guests who book a new three-day or longer cruise their choice of up to five free offers that feature onboard amenities, including free unlimited open bar, $50 credit per stateroom that can be applied towards shore excursions in each port, a free specialty dining package, 250-minute internet package, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer which allows the third and fourth guests to sail for complimentary on select cruises.

The number of offers available is based on the stateroom category selected.

o   Reserve an inside cabin or Norwegian’s studio staterooms – designed specifically with the solo traveler in mind – and receive one free offer.

o   Book an ocean view, balcony or mini-suite category stateroom and choose up to two free offers.

o   Book a suite and receive all five free amenities†, providing them up to $2,700 in overall value on their cruise.

  • DISTINCTIVE VOYAGES OFFER – EXTENDED: Guests looking to cruise to new and exotic destinations can take advantage of Norwegian’s Distinctive Voyages** offer, now extended through May 31, 2018. On select seven-day or longer cruises, guests receive five additional amenities that include 120-minute phone call package, 250-minute Internet package, $50 credit per stateroom that can be applied towards shore excursions in each port, up to $400 in air credit and $100 hotel credit for a pre- or post-cruise stay. The offer is also combinable with Free at Sea, providing up to $5,000 in value on their next cruise vacation.

 

  • FREE AT SEA ALL-INCLUSIVE – EXTENDED: Now through April 30, guests who reserve a new three, four or five-day Bahamas or Cuba voyage on Norwegian Sun or Norwegian Sky can take advantage of Norwegian’s Free at Sea All-Inclusive** promotion, in addition to the already included complimentary unlimited open bar. With this incredible offer, guests will choose up to five onboard amenities including a $50 specialty dining credit per stateroom, $50 credit per stateroom that can be applied towards shore excursions in each port, 100-minute Internet package, a photo package with ten free images, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer that allows the third and fourth guests to sail complimentary on select sailings.

 

  • FREE AT SEA HAWAII – EXTENDED: Guests looking to find their paradise in the South Pacific can take advantage of Norwegian’s Free at Sea Hawaii offer, now extended through April 30. For those who book a new cruise vacation aboard Pride of America, the only ship to sail an incredible seven-day inter-island itinerary roundtrip from Honolulu all year, have the freedom to choose from five offers†* to enrich their cruising experience, including a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay with an option to select reduced airfare starting at $399 from select gateways, a free specialty dining package, free pre-paid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, free $50 credit per stateroom that can be applied towards shore excursions in each port, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer, allowing the third and fourth guests in each stateroom to sail for free on many 2018 sail dates. Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America will enjoy all five offers.

All offers are subject to availability at the time of reservation. Additional terms and conditions may apply.


*Offer only applicable to the first and second guest and not applicable to Sail Away Categories (categories IX, OX, BX or MX).

**Offer not applicable to Sail Away Categories (categories IX, OX, BX or MX).

All sailings 3 nights or longer. Offer is not applicable to categories IX, OX, BX, MX (Sail Away Categories). Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Joy, Pride of America, and Norwegian Sun’s all-inclusive sailings from Port Canaveral are not eligible for this offer. Friends & Family sail free applicable only on select sail dates.  Guests are responsible for the service charges on Specialty Dining Package, Unlimited Beverage Package, and/ or the Soda Package, with pricing based on number of cruise nights. Number of meals for specialty dining package based on length of itinerary. $50 USD per port shore excursion credit is per stateroom and is applicable for each port; it is not transferable to other ports. Overnight stays count as one port, except Bermuda sailings which can receive up to 3 individual days of shore excursion credit. Wifi package offers one login per stateroom. On Norwegian Breakaway, stateroom receives an internet package of 250 minutes or 1000 MB of data.

†*Pride of America offer available for bookings for cruises through April 27, 2019. Offer is not applicable to categories IX, OX, BX (Sail Away Categories). Cruises must be booked more than 30 days prior sailing, when selecting hotel option; if choosing hotel option with air option cruises must be made more than 60 days prior to sailing. Offer valid for Waikiki Marriott Resort-city view room. In the event that the hotel scheduled to be used in package is unavailable, for any reason, Norwegian Cruise Line reserves the right to substitute the hotel included in package. One night pre-hotel offer is available on reservations with 4 guests or less.

Holland America “Ready Set Sail” Promotion

April 3, 2018.

Travelers looking to plan ahead and book their future Holland America Line cruise can take advantage of the Ready Set Sail promotion featuring pre-paid gratuities, reduced deposits and excellent rates on nearly all of the cruise line’s worldwide itineraries. Guests who book by June 14, 2018, will be eligible to receive the offer, and guests who book a suite also will receive up to $300 onboard spending money per stateroom.

All cruises between Sept. 1, 2018, and Aug. 1, 2019, excluding Grand Voyages and Grand Voyage segments, are eligible for the Ready Set Sail promotion.