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Caribbean Cruise Lovers - Issue June 2015
July 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

- Additional Costs Onboard Ship

2. Cruise Industry News

- Celebrity Makes Packages More Inclusive
- Norwegian Ends Partnership With Nickelodeon

3. Plan A Group Cruise

4. Cruise Saving Tip

5. Caribbean Cruise Deals for September 2015

New Page at

Additional Costs Onboard Ship

Whenever you book a family cruise vacation, it is generally all-inclusive. Your ticket price includes accommodations, meals, activities, entertainment and visits to fun places.

However, while you do not have to spend any extra money onboard the ship (except for gratuities automatically added to your onboard account), there are some things onboard which will incur an extra charge.

Would you like to learn more about additional costs onboard ship? - Click here to get the information.

Cruise Industry News

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

1. Celebrity Makes Packages More Inclusive

In a move that shows that premium cruise line, Celebrity Cruises, is listening to its guests, starting with cruises for October 1, 2015 packages offered to certain passengers will be more inclusive.

Guests sailing with Celebrity may choose to add certain things such as a beverage package, unlimited internet minutes or free gratuities, at the point of purchasing the cruise ticket.

The big plus for doing this is that it will cost less to buy these items before sailing.

Note: The more inclusive cruise packages are available to guests in oceanview cabins and above.

2. Norwegian Ends Partnership With Nickelodeon

For some time now, Norwegian Cruise Line has offered seafaring families the excitement of Nickelodeon vacations at sea.

On a sad note, Norwegian has announced that it will not renew its contract with Nickelodeon, when it expires at the end of the year.

The cruise line will take pains to remove all things Nickelodeon from its ships, but has promised to continue to invest in offering exciting programs for families with children.

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 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.

To reserve your cabin, click here.

2. A Group Cruise for Retirees

If you are retired, then this cruise is for you.

Sail like royalty aboard the beautiful Emerald Princess next March and escape the brutal North American winter.

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.

Cruise Saving Tip

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

Tip: Cruise Just For Cruising

If you want to cruise simply for the reason of "cruising", then you can save.

Cruise just for cruising means that you will not be bothered about which cruise line is headed in your direction. If that is so, then you will find that one cruise line may offer a lower price for the same itinerary as another.

This may set you up for a nice saving.

For example, my family will sail out of San Juan this July to the Southern Caribbean. At the time of checking on cruise rates, we had two options - Royal Caribbean and Carnival.

We quickly discovered that a cruise with Carnival with the same itinerary as Royal Caribbean would save my family of five (5) more than $400.

You can bet which cruise we chose. Do the same and you will save too.

Happy saving!

September 2015 Caribbean Cruise Deals

Before listing some cruise deals for September 2015, I must tell you that you may get lucky booking a last minute August cruise. Click here for August cruise offers!

Here are 5 of many available September 2015 Caribbean cruise deals (prices below do not include taxes and port charges):

1. Carnival Fascination offers a 5-day cruise from Jacksonville on September 26th to The Bahamas, starting at $279 per person (double occupancy).

2. Carnival Elation offers a 4-day cruise from New Orleans on September 10th to Cozumel, starting at $289 per person (double occupancy).

3. Norwegian Getaway (new ship!) offers a 7-day cruise from Miami on September 5th to the Eastern Caribbean, starting at $499 per person.

4. Norwegian Gem has a 7-day cruise from New York on September 5th to the Bahamas, starting at $799 per person (double occupancy).

5. Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas has a 7-day cruise from Galveston on September 20th to the Western Caribbean, starting at $478 per person (double occupancy).

The above offers are just a few of many September 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

Orlando Specialist
AMResorts Specialist
Azamara Cruises Specialist
Carnival Cruises Specialist
Princess Cruises Specialist
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