Our favorite all-inclusive cruise line is offering an Aza-mazing deal and we are including the promo codes to use, so please read on!
Azamara Club Cruises latest travel deal – the Twice as Nice Deal – lets travelers save $1,000 and spend $2,000 for voyages in 2017 and 2018. New and returning cruisers can see savings of up to $3,000 in value on some of Azamaras most popular voyages, booked now through May 31, 2017.
Book a Club Veranda stateroom or higher and receive $1,000 off the cruise fare and a $2,000 on board credit. Guests in a Club Interior or Club Ocean view stateroom can choose the $1,000 per stateroom savings OR $2,000 on board credit.
The line’s fleet has recently received bow to stern upgrades for a contemporary and modern look as the brand continues to enhance the onboard experience.
TWICE AS NICE DEAL DETAILS
o $1,000 off the cruise fare per stateroom
o $2,000 on board credit per stateroom
o Suites and Veranda Staterooms get both
o Ocean view and Interior can choose between the 2
Offer good for new bookings made 4/1/17 – 5/31/17
o To get savings amount – code SAVINGS
o To get On board credit – code ONBCREDIT
o For Suites and Veranda to get both the savings and OBC – code SAVOBC
Cuban Officials and Azamara Executives Celebrate Historical Event with a Keys & Plaques Ceremony
Azamara Quest arrived at Cuba’s Sierra Maestra terminal for the first time today. The ship sailed down the Bahía de la Habana alongside Havana’s famous El Malecón providing guests magnificent views of the local shoreline before turning alongside Cuba’s Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro through the Canal de Entrada to dock.
Azamara Club Cruises President & CEO, Larry Pimentel, Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD. President & COO Adam Goldstein, and Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD. Vice President of Business Development, Global Government and Community Relations, Jorge Delgado joined Captain Angel Albertini, Chief of Havana Cruise Terminal and a contingent of Cuban Dignitaries to toast the arrival of Azamara Quest, and this important moment in the brand’s history, during a Keys & Plaques ceremony.
Azamara created a variety of unique people-to-people land programs, by night and by day, to enable guests a fully immersed experience in the destination and have the opportunity to connect with the great culture and people of Cuba. Azamara is able to do this because of our overnight stay in Havana. All tour programs offered by Azamara are designed to meet United States’ requirements for travel to Cuba. Highlights include:
Tropicana Cabaret Extravaganza: The most spectacular of the open-air cabarets showcase Caribbean rhythms and sultry dancers. An English speaking guide shares history of the famous show while on the ride to the Tropicana. Once there guests sip on rum cocktails surrounded by lush tropical gardens and enjoy the folklore and music of Cuba.
Nelson Dominguez Art Gallery Tour: Located next to the pier, guests can join Larry Pimentel for a private gallery tour of renowned artist Nelson Dominguez followed by the chance to browse and shop artwork to take home as a souvenir.
Evening Stroll and El Cañonazo Ceremony: A guided walk through the cobblestone streets of Old Havana at night allows travelers to appreciate the city’s rustic charm and rich history. A brief bus ride transports the group to the nearby Morro Castle with a ceremonial firing of the cannon at 9 pm.
Best of Havana – a full-day, all-encompassing trip through Havana exploring the city’s beautiful sprawling cemetery, notable squares, artsy neighborhoods, literary connections and authentic cuisine.
Havana By Classic American Car – Guests can venture back to 1950’s Cuba in a vintage American automobile for a panoramic ride to a historic luxury hotel and along the quintessential Malecón waterfront.
Hemingway’s Havana – Guests get to explore the literary connections between Cuba and the late American novelist Ernest Hemingway on a dynamic four-hour tour that offers the chance to see where he lived, dined and sipped his favorite cocktails.
Following this Hemingway Hideaways voyage which also visits ports in New Orleans and Florida, Azamara is offering two additional sailings for 2017:
Havana Discovery: Departing on November 20, 2017, the Havana Discovery voyage begins and ends in Miami with a journey that visits laid-back Key West, followed by an overnight stay in the bustling city of Havana with a historic exploration of Vieja Havana (Old Havana) and dive into the aquamarine waters of Cozumel, the Caribbean jewel. Rates start at $1,699.00 USD.
Havana Getaway: Departing November 27, 2017, the four-night Havana Getaway packs a lot of adventure into a little time. The voyage explores the colorful buildings and eclectic plazas of Havana with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site and overnight stays allow for guests to experience the quintessential Cuban nightlife. Rates start at $1,499.00 USD.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jade sailed into her seasonal homeport of Tampa as an essentially new vessel this morning, following a three week dry dock period that added numerous enhancements to every part of the ship.
Norwegian Jade’s extensive renovation is a part of The Norwegian Edge™, an investment program that sets a high standard of excellence encompassing the entire guest experience across Norwegian’s fleet.
Norwegian’s 24-hour neighborhood pub-style restaurant, O’Sheehan’s Bar & Grill, has been added to deck eight. Serving up cold brews and snack-time favorites in a relaxed atmosphere, the new venue features modern flooring, refurbished front and back bars and new banquet seating.
The Pit Stop, a newly installed concept for Norwegian Jade, will serve up poolside fare in a 1950s-style American diner atmosphere, clad with vintage license plates, gas station signage and classic car elements.
Moderno Churrascaria received a new home on deck 13 and features a new glass door entrance, floor-to-ceiling windows, new flooring, wall coverings and upgraded furniture.
Cagney’s Steakhouse has added additional seating to the completely refurbished space, which offers a new color scheme, upgraded flooring, new wall linings and a new virtual fireplace.
La Cucina Italian specialty restaurant received a modernization with several new features including updated décor and furniture, flooring, a new decorative bar and a wine display wall.
Teppanyaki Japanese hibachi grill restaurant was enhanced with updated furnishings and fittings while complimentary favorites Jasmine Garden and the Garden Café also received extensive enhancements including newly designed spaces with upgrades to furniture, new flooring and much more.
Those looking to dance the night away can now do so in the new Bliss Ultra Lounge on deck seven, which has the feel of an upscale Miami nightclub and features a cool color palette of silvers, greys and black.
Guests can enjoy a favorite mojito, or opt for a flight and try them all, at the new Sugarcane Mojito Bar on deck 13 adjacent to Moderno Churrascaria. Sugarcane features granite bar fronts, as well as new furnishings and finishes. Spinnaker Lounge also received a complete redesign of the entire space to include new flooring and window treatments, decorative chandeliers, re-upholstered seating and refurbished bars with contemporary mosaic tiling and LED lighting.
Every stateroom on the ship was enhanced during this renovation, with all receiving new carpets, furniture, flat screen TVs, new larger headboards with USB charging outlets and more than 2000 new pieces of artwork.
Guests sailing in The Haven®, Norwegian’s ship-within-a-ship luxury suite concept, will now enjoy a more modern chic atmosphere in all suites and villas, as they now feature new finishes to walls and ceilings, new flooring throughout the suites and balconies, plus new soft goods and drapery. Norwegian Jade’s villas and suites also received more than 250 new pieces of artwork alone.
Luxury has been taken to the next level aboard Norwegian Jade with a complete refurbishment of the ship’s Haven Courtyard. Guests of the ship’s top villas and suites can soak up the sun in style one of the Haven’s four new plush cabanas nestled at the top of the ship or take a dip in the newly refinished pool surrounded by modern furnishings and new artwork.
Other enhancements were made to The Atrium, with a new look and custom-designed marquee chandelier.
Norwegian Jade will also now offers guests easier ways to view and purchase mementos of their cruise vacation with an upgraded Photo Gallery featuring new individual digital monitors.
Norwegian Jade has all-new TechnoGym fitness equipment and new rubber flooring, ideal for weightlifting and plyometric workouts.
Junior cruisers can now enjoy playtime with new floorings in Splash Academy that include new noise reducing mats so kids are free to play into the evening hours. The ship’s elevator landings were also all refurbished with updated interior finishes and flooring, new wall coverings, new carpet and updated light fixtures. In addition, the ship’s stairways all received new carpeting featuring a new contemporary designed featuring new modern artwork in in all mid-stairwell landings.
Norwegian Jade is currently sailing the final part of her winter season, cruising from Tampa to the Western Caribbean. On April 30, she will relocate to her summer homeports of Southampton and Hamburg, where the ship will visit the Norwegian Fjords as well as Norway & North Cape itineraries.
Members can now play aboard all 24 ships under the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands
Casino players now have the upper hand with the enhanced and expanded Casinos At Sea rewards program aboard Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Casinos At Sea now offers members the opportunity to play and earn rewards across the three brands in 24 casinos. Players can elevate their status and redeem benefits across all three cruise lines, including stateroom and suite discounts, free play, special birthday and promotional offers, ship-to-ship point transfer, and onboard credit.
Members will receive a new, personalized Players Card, with which they can claim benefits and rewards whenever they play in the casinos of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Joining Casinos at Sea is easy. Guests can sign up for their complimentary Players Card on board at the Players Club desk, and start playing their way to complimentary amenities and extras when they use their Players Card, while playing favorite slot machines and table games. Members also earn status just by playing, and progress through tiers named Jade, Pearl, Sapphire, Ruby and Elite, which qualify them for up to nearly 20 benefits and rewards, depending on the cruise line.
Azamara Club Cruises today unveiled its 2019 itineraries to 250 ports of call, including 45 maiden ports, 69 countries, 94 overnight stays, and 145 late night stays. New offerings include Azamara’s first-ever sailings to Alaska, 9 Special Events Voyages and 9 Country Intensive Voyages.
North To Alaska!
Azamara is offering a variety of Alaska experiences with 11 cruises, from 8 to 10 days in length, between May and September of 2019. The line’s new Alaska voyages will feature many late night stays. Complimentary “AzAmazing Evenings” will feature local experiences, and curated optional shore excursions in small groups of 20 – 25 guests.
Shore excursion highlights include:
Haines off the Beaten Path – Meet Local: Take a scenic drive to Picture Point along the Chilkat River to visit the artists’ enclave of Mud Bay with a special tour of Extreme Dreams Art Studio – a handcrafted timber-frame gallery filled with unique creations by select local artisans. Then, return to Haines for a guided visit to the quirky yet fascinating Hammer Museum.
Icy Strait Point – Taste Local: In Alaska’s wildest kitchen, guests can capture the essence of real Alaskan flavors with fresh seafood tasting in a rustic setting hosted by an Alaskan fisherman and an expert filleting demonstration.
Juneau Dog Sledding on the Mendenhall Glacier – Adventure Local: A dynamic helicopter ride to the Mendenhall Glacier is followed by an exhilarating dog sledding journey with about 300 spirited Alaskan huskies.
Skagway White Pass Legacy Club Luxury Railway Experience – View Local: Experience the dramatic beauty of Southeast Alaska in opulence while traveling aboard the White Pass & Yukon Route’s luxurious Legacy Club Car, featuring your very own private guide.
Azamara’s Land & Sea Experiences include pre- and post-voyage land programs of two to six nights. Curated Land & Sea Experiences include Untamed Alaska, Native Villages for an authentic and traditional community gathering, riverboat cruising, or an afternoon in a local dog handler kennel, learning about the famed Iditarod Dogsled race where guests can meet with some furry and friendly Alaskan Huskies.
More 2019 Voyage Highlights
Golf Local with Perry Golf: In partnership with Perry Golf, Azamara has eight new voyages for golf enthusiasts that include The British Open in Portrush, Northern Ireland and The Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.
Special Event Voyages: Premier events include two Formula One races (the Monaco Grand Prix and Spanish Grand Prix), the Cannes Film Festival, a round-trip California Wine Cruise from Los Angeles and an Annular Solar Eclipse voyage through the Indian Ocean. The line will also be in Edinburgh for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and on the Azamara Journey’s May 28,2019 voyage, guests will experience the 75th anniversary of D-Day, as well as the once every five years Rouen Festival featuring many of the world’s largest and most beautiful tall ships.
Country Intensive Voyages: These itineraries consist of most – if not all – ports of call within the destination. Japan, one of the new intensive voyages, offers 13 ports in 15 days throughout a circumnavigation of the country allowing experiences in every part of the country. Other countries include New Zealand, Mexico, Norway, Spain, France, Italy, Croatia and Greece.
45 Maiden Ports of Call: 2019 will see Azamara sailing to 45 maiden ports of call including Aalborg, Denmark; Lorient, France; Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK; Boracay Island, Philippines; Stewart Island, New Zealand and many more.
Finally, Azamara’s recently launched Cruise Global, Connect Local land programs offer an impressive variety of over one thousand new and existing intimate shore excursions. Custom experiences curated by Azamara’s expert team accommodate every travel style whether it be an interest in experiencing local life behind the scenes (Cruise Global, Meet Local), food and wine (Cruise Global, Taste Local), guided historic tours (Cruise Global, View Local), enjoy exclusive, custom after-dinner experiences (Cruise Global, Nights Local), biking (Cruise Global, Bike Local) and much more.
Opportunities to travel deeper are endless. Additionally, all guests experience complimentary AzAmazing Evenings that provide true cultural immersion and local entertainment in places like a French chateaux, Caribbean gardens, Spanish forts, Russian ballet halls and Roman amphitheaters.
When Caribbean Princess debuts from a two-week, multi-million-dollar renovation on April 6, the ship will have completed its largest food and beverage innovation to ever take place during a drydock and guests will enjoy seven new onboard dining venues.
According to Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz, “Fresh, regionally-inspired and family friendly offerings were the inspiration behind our largest food and beverage makeover ever. With updated décor and designs that offer a welcoming atmosphere, the seven new dining options aboard Caribbean Princess are sure to please any palate and delight the senses.”
World Fresh Marketplace
Replacing Horizon Court (deck 14), World Fresh Marketplace unveils a completely new look and improved layout, featuring freshly-made regional specialties and well-balanced food choices:
Breakfast will include 24-hour cereal stations; a designer pancake station with “pancake of the day” stacks; unique hot cereal offerings such as shrimp & grits and polenta porridge.
Lunch serves up signature hand-crafted sandwiches, regionally inspired dishes and soups, as well as carvery selections of specialty sausages, hams and roast meats.
Dinner selections include breakfast at night with omelets and chicken & waffles, family kitchen comfort foods and a kid-friendly PB&J bar. Night-time offerings will also include a live-action station with stir-fry and customized pasta, plus composed salad choices.
Two Casual Specialty Restaurants
Café Caribe (deck 14 aft) transforms into two new, casual evening specialty restaurants great for families with kids who want to enjoy a special meal in a nice, yet laid back setting. These options include:
Planks BBQ – serving up family-style “Planks” of loaded ribs, beef, sausages and chicken plus all the fixings – fries, chili, coleslaw, charred toast and dill pickles. Dinner is served by wait staff for a cover charge of $12 per person. Complimentary buffet-style breakfast and lunch options include savory customizable breakfast bowls and signature soup, freshly tossed salads and fork & knife sandwiches.
Steamers Seafood – offers east coast-style Steamers with regional flair including Black & Blue Mussels, Scallops & Sausage, Classic Clams, Shrimp and Sausage and Broiled Scallops, Shrimp and Crab-stuffed Flounder. Dinner is served by wait staff for a cover charge of $12 per person. A delectable lobster tail and King Crab legs can be added for $10. Complimentary buffet-style breakfast and lunch options include specialty egg dishes and ramen bowls with regionally-inspired broths.
Top-Deck Dining Venues
FourPrincess top-deck outdoor dining offerings will be revitalized, renamed and enhanced, including:
The Salty Dog Grill (formerly Trident Grill) – guests can indulge in “The Ernesto” burger, voted “#1 Burger at Sea” by Cruise Critic from Chef Ernesto Uchimura, as well as signature Princess burgers grilled up with 100 percent handmade beef patties and buns. In addition, guests can choose new Street Tacos of grilled chipotle-lime chicken or roasted sweet potato-green chile with corn tortillas. Loaded fries in tempting varieties include chili cheese and bacon & cheese. Classic hot dogs round out the menu offerings.
Slice (formerly Pizzeria) – featuring west coast and east coast offerings, Princess guests will enjoy award-winning signature classic Neapolitan-style pizza. New menu items include Deep Dish Focaccia layered with marinara, meatballs and cheese, California Artisanal Toast including Cali-Avocado or Caprese, as well as Sliced Stromboli, an east coast take on an Italian calzone filled with deli meats and cheese.
Coffee & Cones (formerly Scoops) – offering treats of gourmet ice-cream sandwiches, complimentary ice cream cones and now brewing specialty coffee on the top deck, serving New Grounds Crafted Coffee.
The Mix (formerly Blackbeard’s Bar)– the poolside bar will be updated and redesigned with vibrant colors (full designs will be completed by fall 2017).
In addition to the food and beverage innovations, Caribbean Princess will emerge from drydock with new offerings appealing to families, including Camp Discovery Youth & Teen Centers, upgraded Movies Under the Stars, Princess Luxury Bed and interconnecting staterooms, just in time for the upcoming Europe summer and fall Caribbean seasons. The cruise ship will also be wired for the Ocean Medallion launch that will be available for the 2018 summer Caribbean season.
#AdventureSquad Challenge Invites Consumers to Compete for Title of “World’s Most Adventurous Squad”
Royal Caribbean is on the lookout for the “World’s Most Adventurous Squad.” The #AdventureSquad social media contest will challenge explorers and aspiring Instagram stars to act on their wanderlust and prove that their adventurousness is off the charts. In the end, one group of up to four friends will be crowned as the “World’s Most Adventurous Squad,” and win trips anywhere Royal Caribbean sails to help live up to their newly minted title.
Those looking for a shot at social stardom and global adventure can enter by participating in any one of five adventure-themed Instagram challenges. Each challenge will run for 72 hours on Royal Caribbean’s Instagram account starting on March 29 through April 12. To take part in the challenge, adventurers simply post their photo to Instagram, tag three friends that will comprise their squad and use the hashtag #AdventureSquad and #Contest.
Upon completion of each challenge, Royal Caribbean will select one winning squad. The winners will then set sail on the adventure of a lifetime onboard Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest and most adventurous ship taking over Royal Caribbean’s social media channels as they go. The finalists will go head-to-head both on the ship and in various destinations, including Labadee, Haiti, Royal Caribbean’s private destination; Falmouth, Jamaica and Cozumel, Mexico. At the end of their adventure, the squad that most embodies the spirit of adventure will be named the “World’s Most Adventurous Squad” and win trips anywhere Royal Caribbean sails. In addition, the winners adventures will be seen when they light up Royal Caribbean’s digital billboards in New York City in May.
Australian travel blogger Tyson Mayr (@tysontravel) will act as the contest host, announcing each 48-hour Instagram challenge. Mayr is no stranger to social media contests; he won one himself in 2014 and was paid to travel the globe for a year. Since then, he’s made a living as an adventurer and content creator, proving that Internet fame is within reach for social media contest winners.
Those back at home can watch the action by following @RoyalCaribbean and #AdventureSquad on Instagram and Snapchat. For details on how to take part in the Adventure Squad challenge, as well as information on the winning squad, visit www.AdventureSquad.com. If you enter, make sure to read the “Legal Stuff” at the bottom of the linked webpage.
The new consumer travel company and online booking platform debuts with thousands of tours and activities in 97 countries
GoBe.com launched this past Thursday, offering an interactive digital platform that travelers can use to book thousands of day tours and activities in hundreds of destinations worldwide. The enterprise is a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL), but is independent of the RCCL-owned cruise lines.
With an activity searchable by nearly any traveler’s interest, the website offers easy-to-use search features that allow travelers to search by Destination, Interest or Group requirements.
The site has three primary categories of activities: high-value group tours, private excursions, and exclusive, completely tailor-made “Travel Creations”. Additionally, the easy-to-navigate portal searches cruise schedule itineraries, pricing, and availability for a wide variety of experiential activities, from architecture walking tours and culinary adventures to wildlife exploration and bucket-list experiences.
Pricing can vary from under $100 to a few hundred dollars per person, all the way up to exclusive excursions costing thousands of dollars. The following links are examples:
Rome by Private Helicopter with Five-Star Lunch: This scenic flight provides views of the Vatican and dozens of Roman landmarks and outlying hill towns, while a private car and guide visits the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Condotti’s fabled Italian boutiques.
Tour of Cayman’s Sparkling Crystal Caves: A guided tour of Grand Cayman’s ancient geological landmark reveals the Crystal Caves’ glistening stalactite and stalagmite crystal structures and rarely seen flora and fauna of this unique tropical forest.
Brazilian Surfing Class at Geriba Beach: Using specially designed boards, expert instructors teach surfing theory and practice on one of the best surfing meccas in Brazil, a haven for all water sports and the occasional celebrity sighting.
GoBe aims to triple its quantity of activities around the world by the close of 2017. As of today they feature tours in 896 cities and 97 countries.
Holland America Line is offering its popular Ready Set Sail promotion again, featuring pre-paid gratuities and up to $500 onboard spending money per stateroom. Guests who book a Holland America Line cruise by June 1, 2017, will be eligible to receive the offer, and guests who book a suite also will receive an additional $100 internet credit.
All cruises between June 1, 2017, and March 30, 2018, excluding Grand Voyages and Grand Voyage segments, are eligible for the Ready Set Sail promotion. Depending on stateroom category, guests will receive onboard spending money ranging from $100 up to $500 per stateroom.
Onboard Spending Money
In addition to pre-paid gratuities for the entire cruise valued at up to $27 per stateroom per day, guests receive onboard credit that can be used to enjoy a variety of shipboard experiences and amenities. Examples of things you can pay for using the onboard credit include Greenhouse Spa and Salon, gift shop purchases, Journeys Ashore tours, beverages or dinner at one of the specialty restaurants such as Pinnacle Grill, Sel de Mer, Canaletto or Tamarind, depending on the ship.
For more information about Holland America Line, consult a travel professional, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.
Carnival Elation scored 100 during its recent United States Public Health (U.S.P.H.) inspection which took place in Jacksonville, Florida. This marks the second consecutive time the ship has achieved a perfect U.S.P.H inspection score.
To earn a 100 score, cruise ships must receive perfect marks on all 44 items that comprise the U.S.P.H.’s comprehensive Vessel Sanitation Program checklist. The unannounced inspections, which are conducted twice a year and required for any cruise ship with an international itinerary calling at a U.S. port, evaluate vessels in a wide variety of areas, including adherence to proper food handling, preparation and storage procedures, and overall galley cleanliness. Ships’ potable water supplies used in spas and pools are evaluated, as well.
The 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation operates year round 4 and 5 night cruises from Jacksonville, carrying 170,000 guests a year from JAXPORT.