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Caribbean Cruise Lovers - Issue June 2016
July 04, 2016
Hello, Fellow Cruise Lovers!

Welcome to July.

Happy 4th of July!

I apologize for being late with June's edition. I was on vacation in Jamaica. My family stayed at the Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay (all-inclusive). It was lovely.

I hope that summer is going well for you and you have by now made vacation plans.

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

- Regal Princess Family Getaway

2. Cruise Industry News

- Norwegian Bans Beverages Brought Onboard
- Royal Caribbean To Move Oasis Ship To Miami

3. Plan A Group Cruise

4. Cruise Saving Tip

5. Caribbean Cruise Deals for October 2016

New Page at

Regal Princess Family Getaway

The Regal Princess is Princess Cruises' newest ship. It offers a vacation that is suited for the entire family.

I encourage you to read more about a Regal Princess Family Getaway by clicking here.

Cruise Industry News

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

1. Norwegian Bans Beverages Brought Onboard

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that as of July 15, 2016, guests are no longer allowed to bring certain beverages onboard.

Gone are the days when guests could bring items such as water and soda along.

There are two exceptions to the rule: 1. guests may still bring bottled wine for personal use, subject to inspection and a corkage fee; and 2. guests may also bring along factory-sealed purified or distilled water for use with either medical devices or baby formula.

2. Royal Caribbean To Move Oasis Class Ship To Miami

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has announced plans to build a new terminal at the Port of Miami. The cruise company will invest some $200 million to add a terminal large enough to house its Oasis-class ships.

There are currently three Oasis-class ships: Oasis, Allure and Harmony of the Seas. The first two ships currently sail from Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale and Harmony of the Seas will soon be added.

However, RCCL will be moving Oasis of the Seas to Port Canaveral near Orlando and will move one or two other Oasis-class ships to Miami, when the new terminal opens in 2018. By then, a fourth Oasis-class ship will be added to the fleet.

RCCL's Oasis-class ships are its biggest vessels and the largest passenger boats in the world.

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 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.

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: Have Your Cruise Set Up As A Group Booking

Do you really want to spend less on your cruise getaway? Ask your travel agent to set up your reservation as a group booking. Note: This depends on if you have 7 or more months to the sail date.

You may not have planned your family cruise vacation to be a group getaway, but you may be able to turn it into one. Get your dates to the travel agent and ask friends and relatives if they want to travel with you.

Here is why: Setting up your booking as a group will more often than not give you a lower rate than that obtained on a single room booking.

Furthermore, if you are able to get others to sail with you, your Agent will get you travel perks such as onboard credit, if you meet the group quota (usually 8 cabins, but 5 with Carnival Cruise Line).

This is truly a great way to book your next cruise getaway and save some money.

Happy saving!

October 2016 Caribbean Cruise Deals

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

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

1. Carnival Valor offers a 5-night cruise from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas on October 8th, starting under $500 per person (double occupancy).

2. Carnival Sunshine offers an 8-night cruise from Norfolk, Virginia on October 28th to the Eastern Caribbean, starting under $1,200 per person (double occupancy).

3. MSC Divina offers a 7-night cruise from Miami on October 15th to the Caribbean, starting under $600 per person (double occupancy).

4. Norwegian Gem offers an 8-night cruise from New York on October 15th to the Caribbean, starting under $650 per person (double occupancy).

5. Royal Princess has a 10-night cruise from Ft. Lauderdale on October 27th to the Caribbean, starting under $1,500 per person (double occupancy).

6. Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas offers a 7-night cruise from Ft. Lauderdale on October 23rd to the Caribbean, starting under $900 per person (double occupancy).

The above offers are just a few of many October 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 2016 be your best year yet!

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

Peter Grant
Travel Professional

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