Travel with Cruises International Blog
It's our time...Written by Bonnie Green
It’s time to book your Fall vacations! It’s time to enjoy Europe, once all the students have gone back to school and the weather is mild. September, October is my very favorite time in Europe, time when I can truly enjoy the local authenticity of where I am.
It’s time to book Alaska. Again, the spring and fall “Shoulder seasons” are my favorite time to see this great destination! In spring the animals are just coming out and are not yet shy to the crowds later in the summer, families are in school, so it’s our time to enjoy. The glacial waterfalls are abundant, and the air is fresh. It’s time!
How about Canada, New England for the fall colors and historical value? We often forget about these great itineraries, and yet this area is spectacular and close to home! In anticipation of what we know will be in high demand, we have locked in low prices just for you, our Cruises International clients! The sailings below are amazing values, just look at the savings! These are available at the time I write this, but cabins are in high demand, disappearing quickly, so please call your vacation planner today to lock in your departure before the rates increase. Reference the sailing of your choice. It’s time!
Gifts are opened and soon forgotten, but the memories created together on a family cruise will last a lifetime...Written by Bonnie Green
A Royal Caribbean cruise is more than a cruise--it’s the best family vacation in the world! It is the perfect fleet to take your children and grandchildren on an epic voyage they will never forget.
Two of the world’s largest ships, the Wonder of the Seas and the Icon of the Seas, have been recently introduced and are very much in demand. Because of the popularity of unique family accommodations, we are seeing these cabins book earlier than ever before. It is not too early to book your 2024 family vacations. Plan now for a summer, or a winter break cruise with the entire family while the best cabins are available. Imagine the fun of together looking forward to your adventure all year long. It truly brings families together!
Ask your Cruises International Travel Advisor about Royal Caribbean’s private island, A Perfect Day™ at CocoCay. It is a fan favorite! You can enjoy the day on waterslides, swim-up bar, a pirate ship, huge freshwater pool and the highest waterslide in North America. Rent a private Overwater Cabana Bora Bora style or enjoy a great lunch poolside. However you prefer tropical fun and relaxation, you will find it here!
The Icon of the Seas has the most water slides on board, a splash park, Waters Edge pool for infinite horizon views, Crowns Edge Challenge Park (Skywalk and rope course). The Awe inspiring AquaDomeSM and Absolute ZeroSM the biggest ice area at sea. Fun for all ages! Need I say more?
Let’s talk accommodations. Consider staying in an Ocean View room with an Infinite Balcony, with a push of a button your living space will be transformed to an oceanside escape. Sunset corner suites offer wrap-around balconies and endless views in all directions. The Ultimate Family Townhouse is the envy of the neighborhood with three levels of amenities including an in-suite slide, wrap-around terrace, and hot tub. The advice of your Cruises International Vacation Advisor will not only save you time and money by suggesting just the right sailing and accommodations for you and your family, but will offer suggestions that make the very most of every aspect of your family’s unforgettable adventure!
We recommend staying in The Haven--you may never want to cruise any other way!Written by Bonnie Green
We do enjoy recommending cruising with Norwegian Cruise Line. It is such a great value on some of the most beautiful ships at sea. The old days of being on a set dining schedule are long gone. They were the first to do away with the strict dining schedules and offering more freedom to choose.
If you think you only have 7 day options, you will be surprised to know they offer up to 21 day Extraordinary Journeys that allow you a more immersive experience.
It is still amazing to me after all these years that you can have an entire vacation and have it still be less expensive than dinner, and hotel for the same time frame. Waking up in a new port or country every day is just a bonus. Plus, with award winning Broadway shows, live on board games (like trivia, Bingo, Deal or No Deal), the value continues to climb.
The newest ships have been designed with passengers in mind. Larger living spaces and more balconies are what everyone wants. But the option to elevate your stay is always there.
Hidden away at the top of the ship, guests The Haven have many extras included. It is accessible only by key-card and offers their most luxurious accommodations. Enjoy unparalleled service of a butler & concierge. Relax in your king sized bed, elegant bath or on your private balcony. Cabins can sleep up to 8 guests.
Once you’ve stayed in the Haven you may never want to cruise any other way. From dramatic floor to ceiling windows to the little extra touches--like gourmet treats delivered to your room daily!
Our advisors would love to design the perfect vacation to fit your specific needs. They work closely with your budget to get the most value for your vacation dollar. Let them compare among all your choices and make recommendations with only you and your lifestyle preferences in mind.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Extraordinary Journeys - a more immersive experienceWritten by Bonnie Green
Maybe because it was one of my 1st cruises back when I started in the business in the 1970’s, or maybe because of the phenomenal evolution of this great line that I have had the pleasure to witness over the years, but Norwegian Cruise Line is quickly becoming a guest favorite.
Many of you may think of Norwegian as Caribbean 7-Day Itineraries but think again. We highly recommend one of their uniquely designed Extraordinary Journeys that allow you more immersive experience. Discover how the journey can change you. Enjoy the most spectacular scenery of your life on the 10- and 11-Day itineraries, or longer on the brand-new Norwegian Prima from London to Northern Europe. This Extraordinary Journeys itinerary includes Iceland, the Norwegian Fjords, and Belgium. You will not be disappointed! The Norwegian Prima which came out to astounding industry reviews only last year, makes these cruises a tremendous value.
Other remarkable port cities are Santorini in Greece, Port Victoria in the Seychelles, Safaga in Egypt allowing you to experience the awe of the Valley of the Kings, Bora Bora in French Polynesia, or spend the day on a safari tour from Richard’s Bay in South Africa. This is today’s Norwegian Cruise Line, showing you the world from state-of-the-art ships with amazing dining venues, and extraordinary entertainment.
Our friendly and knowledgeable advisors can show you your many options, including our pre-reserved cabins that offer you the best price along with our great service. They will compare among all your choices and make recommendations with only you and your lifestyle preferences in mind.
Visit up to eight countries in one award-winning vacationWritten by Bonnie Green
The world is waiting! Have you ever dreamed of taking a plunge into the famous Blue Lagoon of Iceland or Island hop in Greece where the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean gently kiss the white sandy beaches? Celebrity Cruises allows you to “dip your toes” in the sand in up to eight countries in one award-winning vacation!
We can turn a good vacation into a spectacular one by getting to know you and your lifestyle preferences. That said, we find ourselves recommending Celebrity in Europe to more and more of our clients lately. Here’s why.
We position Celebrity as the Relaxing Luxury resort at sea. Dine in a variety of restaurants. Rest in Luxurious spaces and wake up to a new destination every morning. Take in an unforgettable view in one of their outdoor spaces: The Resort Deck, One-of-a-kind Town Club, or their chic Rooftop Terrace.
Each of their bars are uniquely designed with the latest trends in mind. Sample craft beers, enjoy the very best selection of Martinis, and an unsurpassed wine selection. Celebrity received an unparalleled 92 Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence--the most awards ever in the industry.
The new Celebrity ships are state-of-the-art, with amazing attention to every detail, and offer comprehensive itineraries. If any of this touches a cord and makes you sigh, let’s talk and compare. Let’s make sure your “good” vacation turns into a “spectacular” one.
That is what we do.
Consider an upgrade to a Concierge Class Veranda stateroom that comes with exclusive events, daily delectables delivered to your cabin, personal concierge, and special touches that make this a truly spectacular vacation. Please call your Cruises International - Vacations Land & Sea Travel Advisor soon. We look forward to serving you!
Celebrity Cruise Lines is going Beyond with All-inclusive cruisingWritten by Bonnie Green
Happy New Year from all of us at Cruises International - Vacations Land & Sea! Each January we all think about the changes we want to make for ourselves, but do we consider how a vacation helps our mind, body and spirit?
Why not plan on a vacation this year with friends and family. Celebrity Cruise Line’s newest ships -- the Apex, Edge, Beyond and Ascent (coming Fall of 2023) offer the widest range of staterooms in their fleet. From single staterooms to the Iconic Suite, there are over 178 possible options for connecting staterooms that can sleep up to ten guests. Ask us about a room or suite designed with floor to ceiling windows for unobstructed views, multiple bedrooms and baths, larger living and dining areas and private balconies. Our advisors have been on these amazing ships, and have taken “behind-the-scenes”exclusive tours. They can help you navigate through the endless options and choose the perfect fit for you!
Experience exciting destinations in Europe, Alaska and the Caribbean while enjoying your carefree escape at a remarkable value!
Celebrity Cruise Line’s All-inclusive vacations include meals, beverages and cocktails, Wi-Fi, room service and the greatest entertainment at sea!
You can take your vacation up to the next level by signing up for the Retreat Package, which includes a private restaurant, exclusive lounge, a 360-degree sundeck along with a team of attendants, concierge, and a professional butler to serve you.
Cruises International works to negotiate with our supplies for special rates. We look forward to helping you plan your next trip.
Give the gift of travel. It’s the perfect fit!Written by Cruises International
There is little more precious than time spent together with family. Long after gifts are opened and soon forgotten, the memories of time spent on a family vacation will last an entire lifetime. Give the unique gift of traveling together.
Cruises International - Vacations, Land and Sea, has been serving their community since 1978. Don’t let the name fool you. They help families plan more than perfect cruises--from home rentals, villas, all-inclusive resorts, destination wedding, family reunions, theme park visits guided tours, safaris and much more.
“What better experience than traveling the world together as a family?” Ines Turus, President of Cruises International said. “With varying lengths of vacations to choose from, and with the planning advice from our expert Travel Advisors, a vacation with the entire family is easier and more affordable than you may think.”
Travel has become more complex. You will find their advice and guidance offers true peace of mind in that every detail has been considered. “As a bonus, in most cases, some will pay less and receive more perks than if they were to book directly with suppliers online.
There are so many new cruise ships that are sailing now, and their travel advisors have experienced them firsthand. They can help you select the best onboard experience for your specifications.
Once you’ve made your selection, your shopping is effortlessly finished! Cruises International can even create a spectacular gift presentation for under the tree!
"Trudi B. and company take care of everything, use their knowledge to your benefit, reply to questions quickly, and look for opportunities to save you money. For example, if a drink package price has been lowered the folks at Cruises International will work to get you the savings. This travel company comes highly recommended." - Sam L.
Prima, The First in Every WayWritten by Susan Bower
What could be more exciting than the christening and premier voyage of the first in a groundbreaking new class of vessels from Norwegian Cruise Line? Cruises International Director of Sales, Bonnie Green, was there and shares all of the enchanting details about Prima, a ship that redefines luxury!
Prima is evidence that Italian’s are the ultimate leaders of design. In Marghera, Italy shipbuilder Fincantieri created a masterpiece. According to Bonnie, “This is an entirely new class and style of ship, a Premium Contemporary!” Overall, the innovative concept serves fewer guests and delivers an experience filled with the sights, smells, and colors of adventure. Spacious interiors and sophisticated service is underscored by a big ship attitude filled with activities, comfort, and entertainment for guests of all ages.
Every ship has a Godmother, and Prima has Katy Perry! She was so impressed with the state-of-the-art theater technology that she requested more time to surprise everyone with an extended performance of her entire show.
You can watch highlights from the dazzling christening ceremony right here. Behind the scenes this performance created a lot of buzz about future celebrities sure to seek the spotlight with top billing on Prima.
Because cruise ships have a reputation for amazing cuisine, it’s no surprise that Norwegian held a special competition between their world-class chefs. A friendly battle was hosted by NCL to choose the perfect dish to be featured on Prima’s menu. Watch The Great Cruise Cookoff to see the delicious results. Then call your Cruises International advisor to book a taste!
And just when you think a ship couldn’t shine any brighter, Norwegian unveils The Haven on Prima! Designed by Italy’s Piero Lissoni, this exclusive environment is presented in high style. The premium and spacious accommodations feature unique spaces reserved for Haven guests only. These suites enjoy private elevators, a 24-hour butler and five-star extravagance. Private dining, lounge and infinity pool all have panoramic views of your journey. This ship within a ship is ideal for multigenerational travelers. It offers quiet privacy with convenient access to an entire ship full of activities.
Prima is more than a ship, it’s a resort. The design connects passengers closely to scenic views with thoughtful amenities at every turn. There are 20 decks filled with pure luxury and anticipation. Our advisors at Cruises International are ready to answer all of your questions and help you be among the first to enjoy Prima, the newest concept in cruising!
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Celebrity’s All-Inclusive Revenge Travel!Written by Susan Bower
Diving into luxury with Celebrity Cruises on Apex
Americans are tired of postponing vacations! Many people
- feel well protected against coronavirus
- have a nice savings from past stay-at-home years, and
- are ready to enjoy life again.
There is a current surge in vacation bookings that’s being described as Revenge Travel. It’s powered by the pent-up demand for long overdue getaways.
Celebrity Cruises Resort Atmosphere onboard the new Beyond
What better way to get your revenge than taking advantage of an all-inclusive vacation? Cruises International advisors have the inside track on fun-filled Celebrity Cruise getaways. Experience exciting destinations in Europe, Alaska and the Caribbean while traveling onboard beautifully appointed Celebrity Cruise ships. All-inclusive means you can choose a carefree escape, at a remarkable value!
Find your balance onboard Celebrity from Sunrise Yoga to Afternoon Cocktails
Celebrity’s sundecks are an open invitation to leisurely days. Spend time viewing the horizon or splashing in refreshing on deck pools. Join an early morning Yoga class and then lounge your way through the day filled with live music and poolside activities. This exclusive beach club experience is fully included in your fare.
Celebrity All-inclusive vacations include drinks all day
Meals, drinks, entertainment, and even room service are part of your all-inclusive package. Your Cruises International advisor will quote the complete cost of your vacation at the time of booking. No worries about extra charges sneaking up on you while you’re having a good time. No decisions about the cost to join the cooking class, golf, or bocce ball. Just do it, it’s all included!
Even Tips and WiFi are Included!
These packages are priced so you can decide on the exact cost of your dream vacation before you even start packing. Cruises International advisors are experienced travelers and will direct you to the perfect getaway. Pricing depends on your length of stay and preferred accommodations. There is an ideal match for you and your travel budget.
The exclusive Retreat sundeck on Celebrity Beyond is your outdoor sanctuary
You can take your vacation to the next level by signing up for the all-inclusive Retreat Package. This includes even more of what you love. A private restaurant, exclusive lounge, and 360-degree sundeck along with a team of attendants, concierges, and personal butler to serve you. Your team is dedicated to your comfort and will even arrange for priority boarding and preferred seating at restaurants and the theater.
The Retreat amenities for extra pampering
The Retreat interiors feature the pure luxury of celebrity designer Kelly Hoppen. This exclusive space offers sweeping ocean views, sumptuous suites, and daily pampering. Opulent cashmere mattresses, pure cotton linens and exclusive LeLabo Bath products are just a few of the extras that will enrich your experience.
The advisors at Cruises International are experts at bringing you the very best travel experience!
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Royal Caribbean - The Value of Booking with Cruises InternationalWritten by Susan Bower
Royal Caribbean’s Exclusive Chef’s Table
Today luxury is defined not only by brand, but by service. And when it comes to travel, Cruises International delivers exceptional service for a true VIP experience. We take care of every detail so you can look forward to an enjoyable, stress-free getaway. This concierge service is free, and it can save you time and money!
Vaca Vibe at Royal Caribbean’s Lime & Cocoanut Poolside Bar
A survey of millionaires by Business Insider reveals that a majority choose travel as their favorite splurge. Cruising is celebrated because it blends the excitement of travel with the prospect of getting a “good deal”. At Cruises International we offer the best of both worlds. Priority access to the very best deals in the most desirable destinations. We love stretching your vacation dollars and sharing our advisor-only perks!
Operated by Royal Caribbean, Wonder of the Seas is the world’s largest ship
The Royal Caribbean Experience
This is an exciting time to travel! All 26 of the Royal Caribbean ships are back at sea, including the new award-winning Wonder of the Seas and the first Quantum Ultra class Odyssey of the Seas. Whether traveling for family fun, romance, or the desire to see the world, our advisors at Cruises International can plan your ultimate getaway on this innovative fleet. Experience resort style accommodations while being transported between breathtaking destinations. Royal Caribbean is one of our favorites for world-class dining, sensational entertainment, and stunning staterooms to meet every budget.
Sit back and relax, Cruises International advisors are at your service
Save Time with Easy Stress-Free Planning
With just one call a Cruises International advisor will be at your service. Don’t wait on hold indefinitely with call centers. Cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and ground transportation providers are overwhelmed and understaffed these days. Pulling it together is confusing, and finding accurate data online is difficult. Our advisors are real people who look forward to having exciting travel conversations. We help you make confident decisions and put the fun back into vacation planning!
Royal Caribbean getaway goals
What’s Important to You?
Our mission is to fully understand your getaway goals. As frequent travelers, we have knowledge you can trust. Our firsthand experience will give you the inside scoop for your best vacation ever.
Should you choose a cabin or upgrade to a suite?
What do you need to pack for your destination?
Should you book shore excursions in advance?
We will help you make the right choices for the perfect getaway!
Fun is always included on your Royal Caribbean cruise
The True Value of Cruising
Royal Caribbean is a great cruise line for guests of all ages. So much is included! Stunning accommodations, delicious dining, fun-filled activities, and entertainment throughout the day. This is the true values of cruising! When compared to a vacation day on land, you will realize a substantial savings. All with the added advantage of magnificent views and fresh ocean air.
Chef Jamie Oliver’s Tuscan-inspired onboard cuisine
Customize For Even Greater Value!
The beauty of Royal Caribbean is that you can create an all-inclusive vacation based on the things you truly appreciate. From specialty restaurants to specialty beverages, your personal package selection will result in your best value.
Plan in Advance for the Best Deals!
It’s true. The earlier you plan, the more you save! We have access to Royal Caribbean’s early-saver-deals to reward you for booking well in advance. These opportunities sell out quickly, but your advisor will be the lookout for the opportunities that match your vacation goals, putting you first in line.
Taking Value to the Next Level
Once you escape with Royal Caribbean, they know you’ll want to do it again. Their generous reward program helps to make that happen. The Crown & Anchor Society has exclusive member benefits. Points accumulate for every night you sail. As a memeber you earn added perks, gifts, and special events as you travel.
Royal Loft Cocktail Party on Royal Caribbean
This month Cruises International will be rewarding Crown & Anchor Society upper tier members by re-creating an exclusive onboard experience close to home. Members will mix and mingle locally with other travel fans for a lovely evening of cocktails. Contact your Cruises International advisor to find out if you are eligible to attend!
No worries allowed at the Royal Caribbean Vue Bar
Don’t Risk Booking Alone.
It’s always more enjoyable to do things with a friend, and we are here for you! Don’t worry about navigating this fluctuating world of travel alone. Your Cruises International advisor has your back every step of the way.
Let’s put a plan together for the vacation of a lifetime!
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The Relaxed Luxury of OceaniaWritten by Susan Bower
Indulge in an elite travel experience, no glam squad needed.
Oceania Cruise Pool Deck
Cruising is not a one size fits all pleasure. That’s why we like to really get to know our travelers. It allows us to match each person with the perfect cruise line and ideal travel itinerary.
Now, if your idea of a dream vacation is indulging in epicurean delights and the culture of wondrous destinations, then lay out your Lillie Pulitzer resort wear and let’s book an Oceania Cruise. This is the country club lifestyle at sea. World class service escorting you on the most fascinating voyages around the world. Their small ship luxury offers a personalized experience that is not-too-large, not-too-small, but just right.
Escape the Crowds
Historic Mediterranean Port of Kotor
Experienced travelers appreciate the exclusive destinations accessible to the Oceania fleet. You will be in the company of no more than 1250 other guests. (Large cruise ships carry 3000-6000 passengers.) Because of their size, Oceania receives preferential status at the most captivating ports-of-call. Hidden harbors exclude large ships and therefore the crowds. It’s a pure delight to disembark and just walk into town to start your adventure.
St Barts, St Lucia, Sitka, Quebec
Oceania brings you up close and personal with each destination
Each journey with Oceania is port intensive. Often the schedule includes evening departures so you can make the most of every day. It is a life enriching opportunity to truly explore the sites and culture at each location.
Ultimate Caribbean Voyage
The Finest Cuisine At Sea®
One of the many reasons we love Oceania is their commitment to culinary excellence. Enticing menus in a variety of dining venues are a paradise for foodies!
Toscana Italian Specialty Restaurant
Each ship has a luxurious grand dining room, specialty restaurants and café; all with distinctive décor, master chefs and the most attentive service. Even more impressive, access to all of Oceania’s dining venues is included – even the specialty restaurants! No struggle to choose the right dining package before leaving, a simple reservation and you’re in! (Of course, we are here to help with this before your departure.)
Chef Pepin and Braised Oxtail Salad from Specialty Restaurant Jacques.
Do you love Executive Culinary Director Jacques Pepin as much as we do? He has been a personal chef for three French heads of state, and now oversees the masterpiece menus for Oceania. There is no compromise when it comes to innovative dishes or the staff of highly sought-after chefs on board. You will be served inspired recipes and specialize regional cuisines.
Choose Your Dining Mood
Oceania has an unrivaled commitment to sourcing the finest ingredients from around the world. Whether you are ordering room service, dining poolside, or in one of the stylish restaurants, you will enjoy fresh and scrumptious delights.
No Assigned Seating – All Specialty Restaurants Included!
Meet and mingle with newfound friends one night and experience an intimate dinner for two the next. There are no seating assignments so you can match your mood to your restaurant each day.
Onboard Culinary Center and Culinary Tour
One of the main reasons we travel is to experience and learn about new lands and cultures. Oceania is known for their hands on art classes, cultural lectures, and cooking classes that engage you with the specialties of each destination. One of their most popular is the Culinary Discovery Tour where you will be guided behind the scenes to shop local markets, taste regional specialties, and even join in the food prep.
Our advisors will help you choose from carefully curated shore excursions to experience meaningful connections with local cultures and fellow travelers. Oceania offers an impressive variety as well as the possibility for private tours.
Wellness, Discovery, Food & Wine Tours
Our travel advisors will act as your Personal Concierge to plan well in advance.
Not So Guilty Pleasures
Luxury is simplified when you travel like a VIP on Oceania. They call it the “OLife” and it includes small indulgences that care for you throughout your cruise. Their tranquil library is fully stocked with travel guides for every destination, a Barista is at your service and wifi is provided in each cabin.
Wind down between ports in the most relaxing environment. Enjoy the plush poolside seating, fit in a seaside workout, or call for a massage.
Food & Wine Pairings
A leisurely stroll around the ship reveals the specially commissioned works from artists around the world. If you find yourself with down time stop for a cocktail, head to a wine tasting or one of the many onboard activities.
Casino and Cocktails
Insider Tips from Cruises International
When dreaming about an Oceania voyage remember to book well in advance. These exclusive cruises fill fast because of their intimate size. This is where your Cruises International advisor will be invaluable. We are the first to be notified when new launch dates are released for booking. Call us to discuss your travel wish list. We will help you book early for the very best value, extra perks, and inclusive amenities.
You can even start your plan with a visit to our website. We make it easy! Research destinations, ports-of-call, length of voyage and more. Then give us a call and we will fill you in on all the details exclusive to Cruises International. We highly recommend working with a travel advisor. As recent times have proven, things change, and we are here to adjust if needed so you have a worry-free adventure.
So, dust off your luggage and let’s start planning!
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