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Caribbean Cruise Lovers - Issue October 2015
November 02, 2015
Hello, Fellow Cruise Lovers!

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

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In This Issue

1. New Page at

- Frequently Asked Questions - Caribbean Cruises

2. Cruise Industry News

- Carnival Corporation's Newest Port of Call Opens
- Carnival Steps Back On Port of Call Beverage Policy

3. Plan A Group Cruise

4. Cruise Saving Tip

5. Caribbean Cruise Deals for January 2016

New Page at

Frequently Asked Questions - Caribbean Cruises

If you have ever cruised, then you know of the many questions which come up. Some people are blessed to work with a well-versed travel consultant who provides helpful information.

However, it does not matter who you are, but especially for first-time cruisers, there are many questions about taking a Caribbean cruise. For those people, we have a page on our website.

To learn more about some popular questions on Caribbean cruises, click here to get the information.

Cruise Industry News

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

1. Carnival Corporation's Newest Port of Call Opens

Carnival Corporation opened its newest Caribbean port of call in October 2015. The new port, Amber Cove, is located in the Dominican Republic. It was built from a joint partnership between Carnival the Dominican Republic's government.

Carnival Corporation has said that eight (8) of its ten (10) cruise lines will visit Amber Cover, although most of its guests will arrive via Carnival Cruise Line.

Amber Cover is located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Its pier can accommodate two large ships.

The port features a shopping village, bars, restaurants, a pool, ziplines, rental cabanas and a large excursion-staging area.

You will enjoy your visit to new port!

2. Carnival Steps Back On Port of Call Beverage Policy

Up until recently, Carnival Cruise Line restricted the amount of bottled water guests could bring onboard the ship. This was in an effort to reduce screening times and reduce the amount of unauthorized alcohol being taken aboard.

Carnival has now reversed course. Guests are allowed to bring as many as a dozen 12-ounce cartons or cans of soda, water, juice or other soft beverages onboard. However, bottles continue to be banned.

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 Cozumel

On this cruise, each guest is asked to bring a backpack with supplies for orphans in Cozumel. Petes Travel Center will provide the backpacks and guests are asked to volunteer to add the supplies.

The dates are February 15-20, 2016 - Presidents' Day week. It is a 5-day sailing aboard Carnival Elation out of New Orleans to Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico.

Prices start under $450 per person.

For more information on this group cruise, click here.

To reserve your cabin, click here.

2. End of Winter Princess Cruise

If you believe that you deserve to celebrate the end of winter, then this cruise is for you.

Sail like royalty aboard the beautiful Emerald Princess next March, as you kick winter out the door.

The cruise is set for March 14-19, 2016 and will sail from Ft. Lauderdale.

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

3. Caribbean Cruise Springathon

What a great time to get away from it all - springtime!

Join like-minded people aboard the beautiful Carnival Paradise for a spring thing in the Caribbean.

The cruise is set for April 25-30, 2016 and will sail from Tampa, Florida.

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

4. Biggest Cruise Getaway

Have you sailed on the biggest cruise ship at sea - Allure of the Seas?

Now you can!

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.

Cruise Saving Tip

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

Tip: Budget For Photography

There is no question that cruise ship photographers take amazingly beautiful pictures. It is simply difficult to walk away from these finished products.

However, if you cannot walk away from some, you will find yourself with a huge bill at the end of your cruise ship vacation.

The solution - Budget for photography!

Before you leave home, decide among yourselves how much money you will spend on photos. Remember that you can take beautiful photos with your smart phone, so you do not need to buy all the pictures taken by the ship's photographers.

Yet, you want to bring home some professional photos. Budgeting solves this problem and saves you some money.

Happy saving!

January 2016 Caribbean Cruise Deals

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

Here are 6 of many available January 2016 Caribbean cruise deals (prices below do not include taxes and port charges):

1. Carnival Ecstasy offers a 3-day cruise from Miami to the Bahamas on January 1st, starting under $300 per person (double occupancy).

2. Celebrity Constellation offers a 4-day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale on January 14th to the Bahamas, starting under $400 per person (double occupancy).

3. MSC Cruises' Divina offers a 10-day cruise from Miami on January 11th to Caribbean, starting under $1,100 per person.

4. Norwegian Dawn has a 7-day cruise from New Orleans on January 10th to the Caribbean, starting under $600 per person (double occupancy).

5. Regal Princess (newest ship!) has a 14-day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to the Caribbean on January 10th, starting at $1,500 per person (double occupancy).

6. Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas has an 8-day cruise from Baltimore, Maryland on January 16th to the Bahamas, starting under $1,000 per person (double occupancy).

The above offers are just a few of many January 2016 cruise sailings. You may even want to consider a Thanksgiving or Christmas cruise, which promises much fun and food.

Want to explore some others? 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.

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

Peter Grant
Travel Professional

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