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Caribbean Cruise Lovers - Issue March 2016
March 31, 2016
Hello, Fellow Cruise Lovers!

Welcome to April!

Spring is in the air 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

- Christian Comedy Gospel Music Cruise

2. Cruise Industry News

- Carnival's Fathom Travels To Cuba
- Royal Caribbean Raises Gratuity Rates

3. Plan A Group Cruise

4. Cruise Saving Tip

5. Caribbean Cruise Deals for July 2016

New Page at

Christian Comedy Gospel Music Cruise

I am thrilled to announce that Carnival Cruise Line has given me the green light to host an annual Christian comedy and gospel music cruise event.

I have set up a webpage to share the details of my plans for this exciting venture, which I hope to launch in 2017.

I encourage you to read more about this Christian comedy and gospel music cruise by clicking here.

Cruise Industry News

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

1. Carnival's Fathom Heads To Cuba

By now, you are aware of the hype surrounding the opening of Cuba to more American visitors and general travel.

Carnival Cruise Lines is the first among the top Caribbean cruise lines to win approval to send cruise ships to Cuba.

Carnival recently launched a new brand called Fathom, which embodies a spirit of helping others - a mission cruise thrust.

Fathom will bring people looking to participate in community development projects in Cuba to the island.

This new Carnival brand will also take mission-minded guests to get involved in community development projects in the Dominican Republic.

Cruises to Cuba will begin this spring. If you are interested, get with your Travel Professional.

2. Royal Caribbean Increases Its Gratuity Rates

No one likes to pay more, but now we will.

For cruise sailings beginning on and after May 1, 2016, the new suggested gratuity rate on Royal Caribbean cruises goes to $13.50 per-person per-day. Guests in suites are asked to pay $16.50 per-person per-day.

Royal Caribbean now joins Norwegian Cruise Line with the highest suggested gratuity rates in the Caribbean.

By the way, the gratuity rate is suggested. You may adjust it up or down at the end of your cruise.

Note: Always consider paying some gratuity to help those crew members who work so hard to ensure that you have a fabulous family vacation.

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.

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

2. Labor Day Bahamas Getaway

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

Close out summer with a bang. Visit the Bahamas and the beaches, before it gets cold in the USA.

The cruise is set for September 5-10, 2016 and will sail from Jacksonville, Florida.

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

3. 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.

4. 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

5. 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 join us on an exciting, 3-night Norwegian cruise this Christmas. We 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: Find Alternative Cruise Port Parking

If you have sailed from two or more cruise ports, then you know that there is a difference in the port parking rates. The highest rate we have paid was in Miami - $20 per day. The least expensive was in Tampa - $15 per day, but that rate has now gone up.

My family no longer parks at the port. We now shop around for alternative cruise port parking.

1. Search the Internet for available parking near the cruise port from which you will sail. You will find options.

On our last cruise from Miami, we paid half the amount charged by the cruise port by parking ten (10) minutes away. Smart!

2. Ask your Travel Consultant to find you a cruise port hotel which offers free parking, if you spend the night before your cruise with them.

If you are driving into the cruise port, this works great for you. If you are flying, this is a great option too. I always suggest to guests to plan on getting in the day before your cruise. This ensures that you make the ship and you are fresh when you board.

Choose to find alternative cruise port parking and you will save some money on your cruise ship vacation.

July 2016 Caribbean Cruise Deals

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

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

1. Carnival Victory offers a 4-night cruise from Port Canaveral (Orlando) to the Bahamas on July 10th, starting under $500 per person (double occupancy).

2. MSC Divina offers a 7-night cruise from Miami on July 9th to the Western Caribbean, starting under $800 per person (double occupancy).

3. Norwegian Escape (new ship!) offers a 7-night cruise from Miami on July 16th to the Caribbean, starting under $1,200 per person.

4. Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas has a 4-night cruise from Miami on July 18th to the Bahamas, starting under $600 per person (double occupancy).

5. Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas offers a 7-night cruise from Ft. Lauderdale on July 3rd to the Eastern Caribbean, starting under $1,250 per person (double occupancy).

The above offers are just a few of many July 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.

If you know someone who may benefit from this e-zine, encourage him/her to subscribe. Thank you!

May 2016 be your best year yet!

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

Peter Grant
Travel Professional

Orlando Specialist
AMResorts Specialist
Azamara Cruises Specialist
Carnival Cruises Specialist
Princess Cruises Specialist
Riu Hotels & Resorts Specialist
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