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Caribbean Cruise Lovers - Issue September 2016
October 01, 2016
Hello, Fellow Cruise Lovers!

Welcome to October.

I hope that your summer was great and you took the family on a memorable cruise vacation. If not, you can plan an exciting getaway for fall or the holidays.

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

A big "Welcome" to all new subscribers!

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

Happy reading!

Peter Grant

In This Issue

1. New Page at

- Celebrity Cruises Caribbean Sailings

2. Cruise Industry News

- Biggest Cruise Ship Arrives This Fall
- Princess Cruises Increases Its Gratuity Rates

3. Plan A Group Cruise

4. Cruise Saving Tip

5. Caribbean Cruise Deals for January 2017

New Page at

Celebrity Cruises Caribbean Sailings

If you have ever considered a Celebrity Cruises getaway, there are many great reasons why you should do it.

Celebrity sails to many popular cruise ports in the Caribbean and I have written a webpage with some helpful information about those sailings.

You can learn more about Celebrity Cruises Caribbean sailings by clicking here.

Cruise Industry News

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

1. The Biggest Cruise Ship Arrives This Fall

The world's largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, has made its debut in Europe and will arrive in the United States this fall. Harmony will be based in Ft. Lauderdale and will offer 7-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from that port.

You may go ahead and reserve your cabin on this beautiful ship for sailings departing from the US starting in November.

As a result of Harmony of the Seas coming to Ft. Lauderdale/Port Everglades, Oasis of the Seas will move to Port Canaveral to offer Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from that port.

2. Princess Cruises Increases Its Gratuity Rate - Again

Princess Cruises has announced new gratuity rates starting on December 15, 2016. Unfortunately, this is Princess' second increase in one year.

The new rates are as follows: guests in full suites will pay $15.50 per-person per-day; guests in mini-suites, $14.50; and all other guests $13.50 per-person per-day.

Although gratuity charges are automatically added to guests' onboard accounts, please remember that you reserve the right to have the amount adjusted up or down - based on your experience.

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

Cruise Pack Mission to Jamaica

On this cruise, each guest is asked to bring a backpack with supplies for needy children at 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.

PetesTravel 2017 Graduation Cruise

If you have someone graduating from high school or college in spring of 2017, it is time to begin planning your celebration.

What better thing is there to do than take the entire family on a graduation cruise celebration?

You do not need to plan much, because Petes Travel Center has reserved some cabins on a 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise from Ft. Lauderdale for you and yours.

Review the information and reserve your cabin by November 1, 2016 for only $25 per-person. Click here now.

Cruise Saving Tip

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

Tip: Mention Your Transportation Work Association

You may be able to save some money on your next cruise package, if you work for a transportation company such as an airline.

Cruise lines tend to offer discounted cruise rates to their "partners" from other transportation companies. The rate is referred to as the "Interline Rate."

You may check with your company to see if they have information on how you can save on a cruise vacation, using their association.

The alternative is to tell your travel consultant that you work with a transportation company and he/she will quote you the discounted rate, wherever one exists.

Happy saving!

January 2017 Caribbean Cruise Deals

Before listing some cruise deals for January 2017, I must tell you that you may get lucky booking a last minute November cruise. Click here for last minute November cruise offers!

Here are seven (7) of many available January 2017 Caribbean cruise deals (prices below do not include taxes and port charges):

1. Carnival Valor offers a 4-night cruise from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas on January 8th, starting under $350 per person (double occupancy).

2. Carnival Glory offers a 7-night cruise from Miami on January 21st to the Eastern Caribbean, starting under $700 per person (double occupancy).

3. Celebrity Equinox offers a 10-night cruise from Ft. Lauderdale on January 20th to the Caribbean, starting under $1,250 per person (double occupancy).

4. MSC Divina offers an 8- night cruise from Miami on January 6th to the Caribbean, starting under $650 per person (double occupancy).

5. Norwegian Dawn offers a 7-night cruise from New Orleans on January 8th to the Caribbean, starting under $650 per person (double occupancy).

6. Regal Princess has a 14-night cruise from Ft. Lauderdale on January 8th to the Caribbean, starting under $1,750 per person (double occupancy).

7. Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas offers a 7-night cruise from Ft. Lauderdale on January 7th to the Caribbean, starting under $1,100 per person (double occupancy).

The above offers are just a few of many November 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 me help you.

Book directly at or send me a Cruise Quote Request.

Please note that I appreciate your continued support of my 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 the remainder of 2016 be your best time yet!

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

Peter Grant
Travel Professional

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