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Caribbean Cruise Lovers - Issue April 2015
April 30, 2015
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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

- Cruise Pack Mission Cozumel

2. Cruise Industry News

- Norwegian Charges Fee For Room Service
- Anthem of the Seas Debuts in Europe

3. Plan A Group Cruise

4. Cruise Saving Tip

5. Caribbean Cruise Deals for July 2015

New Page at

Cruise Pack Mission Cozumel

How do you feel about cruising for fun, but helping someone along the way? That is the idea behind "Cruise Pack Mission."

We encourage cruise passengers to the Caribbean to bring along a backpack with goodies to give to a needy child.

On one of our newest pages, we share a plan to bring 25 people, each bringing a backpack with supplies to orphans in Cozumel.

Would you like to learn more about Cruise Pack Mission Cozumel? - Click here to read more.

Cruise Industry News

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

1. Norwegian Charges Fee For Room Service

Earlier this year, Norwegian Cruise Line tested out charging a fee for some items offered in its room service program.

Starting May 1, the cruise line will make this fee permanent.

Some items such as morning coffee and a continental breakfast will still not incur a charge, but others will. These include hot breakfast items and a wider array of meal options made available 24 hours.

The fee is $7.95. Guests staying in suites and The Haven will not incur a charge for room service.

2. Anthem of the Seas Debuts in Europe

Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Anthem of the Seas, has left the shipyard and has debuted in Europe.

This second smart ship (sister to Quantum of the Seas), will make several sailings in Europe before being re-positioned to Cape Liberty, New Jersey, in the fall of 2015.

If you wish to see what life is like on a smart ship, before too many other people do, you should contact your travel professional to secure your cabin for fall.

There is a current deal being offered by Royal Caribbean to those who book a cabin by May 31st for sailings between November 10, 2015 and April 18, 2016. You will get a balcony cabin for the price of an oceanview stateroom, plus your deposit will be slashed by 50 percent.

See your Agent for more information.

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 Opportunity

I mentioned earlier about the Cruise Pack Mission to Cozumel. There is a group booking set up for those who wish to join us.

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

Prices for inside cabins start under $400 per person and under $450 per person for oceanview cabins. In addition, each cabin will have $50 to spend onboard the ship.

For more information on this group cruise, click here.

Cruise Saving Tip

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

Tip: Get Travel Insurance Elsewhere

Traveling is fun: visiting new places; meeting new friends; trying new cuisines; enjoying beautiful beaches, etc.

Unfortunately, unpleasant things sometime happen while we are out having fun. Therefore, it is always smart to buy travel insurance for peace of mind.

Whenever you book a cruise, there is travel insurance offered by the cruise line. More often than not, I have found that if you buy the insurance elsewhere you will pay less.

Protect your family and your hard-earned money. When you do, check with one or two other insurance companies before you buy a policy.

Tip: Buy the insurance within fourteen days of booking the cruise, in order to get the most benefits.

Travel safely and save while you do.

Happy saving!

July 2015 Caribbean Cruise Deals

Before listing some cruise deals for July 2015, I must tell you that there are some super cool savings currently available on last minute June cruises. Click here for June cruise offers!

Here are 4 of many available July 2015 Caribbean cruise deals (prices below do not include taxes and port charges):

1. Carnival Ecstasy offers a 4-day cruise from Miami on July 13th and 20th to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico, starting at $379 per person (double occupancy).

2. Carnival Sensation offers a 3-day cruise from Port Canaveral on July 16th to the Bahamas, starting at $339 per person (double occupancy).

3. Norwegian Gem has a 7-day cruise from New York on July 4th to the Bahamas, starting at $849 per person (double occupancy).

4. Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas has a 7-day cruise from Baltimore to the Bahamas on July 24th, starting at $839 per person (double occupancy).

The above offers are just a few of many July 2015 cruise sailings. 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
Petes Travel Center

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