Carnival Cruise Line sale for National Cruise Vacation Week

Carnival Cruise Line is offering a great promotion during National Cruise Vacation Week.

Great rates + 2 Category Upgrade + $50 Onboard Credit per stateroom ($25 onboard credit per person) and 50% Reduced Deposits (50% per person non-refundable deposit is applicable to sailings outside of final payment due date).

Offer available through Monday, Oct. 13.  For details click here.

For more information on Carnival Cruise Line, or to book a cruise, please clickhere.

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Princess Cruises has 3 free offers for passengers

Princess Cruises has three free offers for guests booking AlaskaEurope or Japan cruises and cruise tours sailing in 2015.

The “3 For Free” sales event not only includes free stateroom location upgrades, a free shore excursion credit and free onboard spending credit, but also features a refundable deposit of only $100 per person.

Running through Nov. 20, the cruise sale enables guests to get the best stateroom available within that stateroom type for the lowest possible fare.

In port, a free shore excursion credit will give guests on Europe and Japan sailings $200 ($100 per person) to spend on shoreside tours such as a visit to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg or a stroll through Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion in Japan. In Alaska, guests will receive $100 ($50 per person) to spend on glacier hiking, dog sledding or other Alaskan shore excursions.

In addition, those guests booking Europe or Japan cruises will receive up to $100 per stateroom in free onboard spending money and up to $50 per stateroom for those booking Alaska cruises and land and sea vacation packages, to use toward a relaxing massage, refreshing poolside cocktails, or even limited 50th Anniversary keepsake items.

Guests can also book third and fourth berth guests from as low as $199 and receive up to $100 bonus shore excursion spending money per stateroom and up to $50 bonus onboard spending money per stateroom.

More information about the Princess Cruises “3 For Free” sales event can be found at princess.com/free. Additional cruise deals can be found atprincess.com/topcruisedeals.

Examples of cruise deals include:

  • Alaska cruise – 7 days: $548 interior; $1,298 balcony
  • Alaska Denali Explorer cruisetour – 10 nights: $1,147 interior; $1,897 balcony
  • Grand Mediterranean cruise – 12 days: $1,899 interior; $2,599 balcony
  • British Isles cruise – 12 days: $1,999 interior; $2,549 balcony
  • Japan cruise – 8 days: $1,399 interior; $2,199 balcony

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The “3 For Free” sale runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on Oct. 16 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at princess.com.

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Celebrity offers So Cal big savings on Caribbean cruises

By Sandra Barrera, Staff Writer

Luxury line Celebrity Cruises is combining a little-known Southern California deal with its popular “Pick Your Perk” feature to offer Caribbean-bound passengers savings of up to $1,425 per double-occupancy stateroom on its new “Solstice” fleet, with departures from Nov. 15 to April 12, 2015.

Prices start at $799 per person for a seven-night cruise.

Book by Aug. 31 with your travel agent or through Celebrity Cruises.

For more information, visit www.celebritycruises.com/socal, or call 888-283-6879.

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Viking River Cruises adds 30 Longships in last three years

Viking Freya sailing the Rhine River with Viking River Cruises (Photo courtesy of Viking)

Viking Freya sailing the Rhine River with Viking River Cruises (Photo courtesy of Viking)

By Staff Writer Richard Irwin

While working on your New Year’s resolutions, did you promise yourself a great vacation in 2014?

If you need some ideas, here’s a list of the hottest travel trends.

The annual travel survey by the Travel Leaders Group found European river cruises to be the single hottest travel trend. Only three years ago, European river cruises ranked 21st. Based on actual booking data, the survey suggests this is the next big thing.

“If Europe could find a way to create additional scenic rivers, the travel industry and, in particular, our agents would be sending even more clients on European river cruises,” said Travel Leaders Group CEO Barry Liben.

Many travelers don’t realize the biggest river cruise company is based in Woodland Hills. Viking Cruises was recently named “Best River Cruise Line” in Cruise Critic’s 2013 Annual Editors’ Picks Awards.

Viking says unprecedented consumer demand has made it the company’s biggest year to date. Almost all of its 2013 itineraries were sold out as well as more than half of all 2014 staterooms. And the company is responding with more ships, said Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic.

Viking will add 14 new Longships this year. Last March, the L.A. cruise line set a Guinness World Record by christening 10 ships in a single day.

Viking’s fleet will grow to 51 vessels by the end of 2014. This includes 30 new revolutionary Longships in the last three years alone.

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