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Caribbean Cruise Lovers - Issue April 2016
May 01, 2016
Hello, Fellow Cruise Lovers!

Welcome to May!

Spring is still here and it is time to plan that all-important summer family vacation.

As always, we are thankful for your subscription and sincerely hope that you are being helped.

A big "Welcome" to all new subscribers!

We believe that you will find the information in this issue quite helpful.

Happy reading!

Peter Grant

In This Issue

1. New Page at

- Planning a Family Cruise Vacation

2. Cruise Industry News

- Carnival's Newest Ship, Vista, Is Here
- Royal Caribbean's Overnight Shore Excursions

3. Plan A Group Cruise

4. Cruise Saving Tip

5. Caribbean Cruise Deals for August 2016

New Page at

Planning A Family Cruise Vacation

This is not really a new page on the website. However as summer approaches and families are busy thinking about the next vacation, I believe this page is a must read for those planning a family cruise getaway.

Learn some key factors to consider, when planning your family cruise vacation.

I encourage you to read more about this by clicking here.

Cruise Industry News

Here are two of several things happening in the cruise industry:

1. Carnival's Newest Ship, Vista, Is Here

Carnival Cruise Line has now taken delivery of its newest and biggest ship, Carnival Vista. The Vista comes with new features such as the first IMAX theater at sea and a suspended cycling attraction called SkyRide.

Carnival Vista will spend its earliest days (this summer) in Europe. From there, she will cross the Atlantic Ocean for limited sailings out of New York, before moving to her homeport of Miami this fall.

Plan to be among the first Americans to sail on the Vista. Ask about Carnival Vista's itineraries from Miami starting in late November.

2. Royal Caribbean's Overnight Shore Excursions

For cruise guests who would like to spend more time in a port of call, Royal Caribbean International has introduced overnight shore excursions on a limited basis.

These excursions allow guests to leave the ship in one port and rejoin it at the next one. Included in the excursion package are things such as fully guided tours, dining, airfare (if required), hotel accommodations and transportation.

Currently, these overnight excursions by Royal Caribbean are available in Greece, Bangkok and Tikal, Guatemala.

Note: For those of you who may be interested in longer cruises and longer stays in ports of call, you may also consider Azamara Club Cruises.

Plan A Group Cruise

A group cruise is generally comprised of at least 8 cabins (number varies by cruise lines), each with 2 or more passengers.

Group Cruise Ideas: graduation celebration, retirement celebration, family reunions, employee appreciation, club or organization fundraiser, girlfriends' getaway, couples' retreat, church outing, wedding, etc.

Reasons for Planning a Group Cruise:

Cruising with a group is much more fun than cruising alone. I have done both and really prefer sailing with a group. Furthermore, there are perks to be had when cruising as a group.

Plan your group cruise today. Learn more about group cruises here.

Upcoming Group Cruise Opportunities

1. Cruise Pack Mission to Jamaica

On this cruise, each guest is asked to bring a backpack with supplies for needy children in the Hague Primary School in Falmouth, Jamaica.

Petes Travel Center will provide the backpacks and guests are asked to volunteer to add the supplies.

The dates are February 20-25, 2017 - Presidents' Day week. It is a 5-day sailing aboard the beautiful Independence of the Seas out of Ft. Lauderdale to Haiti and Falmouth, Jamaica.

For more information on this group cruise and to reserve your cabin, click here.

2. Couples Cruise Getaway

This cruise is only for you and yours. Plan to get away with your lover on this exciting Royal Caribbean cruise aboard Allure of the Seas.

You will enjoy the time together!

There is a group cruise planned for October 30, 2016 to November 6, 2016 on this beautiful ship, and you are invited.

For more information and to reserve your cabin, click here.

3. Pre-Thanksgiving Escape

Get your friends and relatives together and escape for Thanksgiving week.

You will travel from Sunday through Thursday, so there is no need to worry about cooking for Thanksgiving.

What an escape!

For more information and to reserve your cabin, click here

4. PTC's Christmas At Sea

Escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas this year. Stay away from the oven. Run away from the cold and snow for Christmas.

Plan to be a part of an exciting, 3-night Norwegian cruise this Christmas. This cruise will sail from Miami on Friday, December 23rd through Monday, December 26th.

What a great way to spend this holiday with family and friends!

Click here for information and to reserve your cabin.

Cruise Saving Tip

Here is something everyone loves - learning how to save a buck or two on their cruise ship vacation.

Tip: Sail With Carnival Cruise Line

If you really want to spend less money on a cruise ship vacation, then plan to sail with Carnival Cruise Line.

The truth is that when compared to all the other cruise lines, Carnival is more often than not the least expensive option.

Does Carnival cater to your age group? Certainly!

Carnival cruises are geared towards family members of all ages. There is something onboard for everyone to do.

Note: If you want a party atmosphere and will not care about the abundance of activities, plan to sail during the holidays or school breaks. If you want a more relaxed atmosphere, plan to sail during the off season whenever the kids are in school.

Whenever you choose to sail with Carnival Cruise Line, you will spend less money than you would on another cruise line.

Happy saving!

August 2016 Caribbean Cruise Deals

Before listing some cruise deals for August 2016, I must tell you that you may get lucky booking a last minute June cruise. Click here for last minute June cruise offers!

Here are 5 of many available August 2016 Caribbean cruise deals (prices below do not include taxes and port charges):

1. Carnival Elation offers a 5-night cruise from Jacksonville to the Bahamas on August 8th, starting under $600 per person (double occupancy).

2. MSC Divina offers a 7-night cruise from Miami on August 13th to the Eastern Caribbean, starting under $600 per person (double occupancy).

3. Norwegian Gem offers a 7-night cruise from New York August 13th to the Bahamas, starting under $1,000 per person.

4. Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas has a 4-night cruise from Miami on August 15th to the Bahamas, starting under $500 per person (double occupancy).

5. Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas offers a 7-night cruise from Ft. Lauderdale on August 20th to the Eastern Caribbean, starting under $1,000 per person (double occupancy).

The above offers are just a few of many August 2016 cruise sailings.

Want to explore some other cruises? Click here for other cruise deals.

You may also check with your Travel Agent, the cruise line directly, or let us help you.

Book directly at or send us a Cruise Quote Request.

Please note that we appreciate your continued support of our monthly e-zine and hope that something written here will make your family's cruise vacation a little easier to plan and be more fun.

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May 2016 be your best year yet!

See you next month, and remember to "Go have fun!"

Peter Grant
Travel Professional

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