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Row-Mantic Wedding With Tropical Sky Groom Rows Across Atlantic For Wedding in Barbados

Wedding abroad experts, Tropical Sky, are in ‘oar’ of their latest newly-wed couple. Neil Ward and Louise Robertson ‘tide’ the knot at Almond Beach Village in Barbados over the Valentine’s weekend after Neil rowed a mammoth 2,500 miles across the Atlantic for the ceremony!

Avid adventurer, Neil (38), and his team left the port of San Sebastian La Gomera in the Canary Islands on the 4 January 2010 on board the Britannia III as part of the Atlantic Rowing Race. After 39 gruelling days at sea, Neil was forgiven for failing to show on time for the original wedding date.

Tropical Sky quickly rescheduled the ceremony which took place on Saturday 13 February on the beach at Almond Beach Village, a day later than planned.

Row-Mantic Wedding - Photos courtesy of Colorbox Ltd. Caribbean

Louise wore a traditional white wedding dress. Neil’s crew formed a ‘guard of honour’ for the newlyweds with their oars.

Ski instructor, Louise (29), commented “We had no idea where or how we wanted to get married. Continue Reading

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“Postcards from The Nation of Why Not” Showcase a Cruise Vacation as it Happens

With summer in full swing and consumers carefully weighing possible vacation options, Royal Caribbean International is not just asking travelers “Why Not?” – they are showing them. Beginning July 13, 2009, the innovative cruise line will film and debut an unprecedented series of television spots starring real guests enjoying a variety of “Why Not” experiences onboard Liberty of the Seas during a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise, sailing July 11-18.

Dubbed “Postcards from the Nation of Why Not,” this series of “ship to air” commercials will mark the first time television viewers on land can experience an actual cruise while it is happening. For the duration of the cruise, a production crew will shoot, edit, deliver and air these commercials while the ship is still at sea. Using Royal Caribbean’s “Why Not?” brand messaging as the premise, the commercials will feature a variety of guests either stepping out of their normal comfort zone to try something new for the first time or reporting the “News of the Day,” recapping events and “Why Not?” moments that happened on Liberty of the Seas that day. Spots will be aired within 24 hours of being filmed, giving guests the extraordinary opportunity to star in their very own commercial and showcase their vacation to friends and family before they even step foot back on land.

“There really is nobody that can better express the “Why Not” philosophy of a Royal Caribbean cruise vacation than a guest who is experiencing it at that very moment,” said Betsy O’Rourke, senior vice president of Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. “The content of these TV spots is real and genuine, and not only illustrates the many types of people and activities that can be found throughout The Nation of Why Not, but also showcases the great value of taking a Royal Caribbean cruise.” Continue Reading

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CruiseCompete Reaches Major Milestone – One Millionth Consumer Request

More than one million travelers searching for the best deals on cruise vacations have now requested quotes from The Web site reached this milestone amidst a recent surge in interest among budget-conscious consumers wanting travel agents to compete for their business.

“Today’s consumers are smarter than ever when shopping for vacation values and we’re simply overwhelmed with cruise requests right now,” said Bob Levinstein, CEO of, the world’s exclusive competitive cruise pricing Web site. “Since our launch, the site’s clients have played an invaluable role in its success by continually referring us to their family members, friends and colleagues.”

There are thousands of CruiseCompete member agents representing many of the largest cruise travel aggregators and agencies in the country. They typically submit 5 competitive quotes for each request, providing their best deals and giving consumers multiple offers to choose from when planning a cruise vacation. Continue Reading

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Silversea Cruises Expanding Butler Service

Silversea Cruises is raising the bar in personalized service with plans to feature butlers for all guest accommodations aboard its award-winning fleet.

The enhanced service will be phased in gradually over the coming months with the line’s newest all-suite ship, Silver Spirit, featuring butler service in all accommodations when launched in December.

“By expanding the butler service, we’re essentially elevating the qualifications and caliber of our hospitality staff to ensure we continue to deliver a guest experience of unsurpassed quality,” said Christian Sauleau, executive vice president of fleet operations for Silversea. “Our butlers come to us from some of the world’s finest hotels and grandest homes, already highly trained in the art of recognizing guest preferences and anticipating their needs, ever attentive yet in the most unobtrusive manner.” Continue Reading

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Femme Fitall Announces new Men’s and Women’s Co-Rec “Lebert Fitness Cruise” APRIL 2-6, 2009, TO KEY WEST, FLA., AND COZUMEL, MEXICO

Toronto-based fitness club owner, instructor and entrepreneur Marc Lebert to debut his new “Buddy System” on board and lead classes on Carnival’s “Destiny” ship this spring

Femme FITall, a travel group offering people affordable opportunities to get together, get away and get fit, today announces a brand new fitness cruise – the “Lebert Fitness Cruise” – which is set to sail April 2-6, 2009. Femme FITall is partnering with Toronto-based fitness professional Marc Lebert for its first-ever co-recreational men’s and women’s fitness cruise on Carnival Cruise Line’s “Destiny”, which departs Miami, Fla., on April 2nd and will sail to Key West, Fla., and Cozumel, Mexico, returning to Miami on April 6th. The “Lebert Fitness Cruise” will also debut founder Marc Lebert’s new “Buddy System” to guests.

“Our women’s fitness cruises have been a rewarding and successful experience for two years, which is why we are so pleased to launch our first co-recreational cruise,” said Kate Lichter, president of Femme FITall. “Mark’s exceptional fitness savvy and innovative ‘Buddy System’ is something both guys and gals will benefit and learn from, all the while staying active while on vacation.”

As a certified personal trainer for more than 10 years, Marc Lebert will be on board teaching classes throughout the cruise. Lebert is the same person who developed the “Lebert Equalizer”, which has become an invaluable tool for trainers everywhere and is changing group exercise programming in the United States and Canada. This portable and versatile tool is also a big hit with boot camps, team training and school programs (Note to editors: Web site link follows at the end of this press release). Continue Reading

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CruiseCompete to Survey Cruisers and Cruise Travel Agents– Do You Have Questions To Ask?

CruiseCompete is pleased to offer the opportunity to gather the specific travel statistics you need for upcoming 2009 Trend Stories. CruiseCompete will be surveying both cruise travelers and cruise travel agents, asking questions about 2009 travel and trends.

This cruise travel survey will be distributed via our e-mail newsletter, reaching more than 100,000 subscribing consumers. Additionally, we will be surveying 300+ travel agencies that are members of the CruiseCompete service. If you wish to pose questions regarding cruise industry trends for 2009, we would like to offer our forum as a venue for your questions.

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Easy Decision in a Tough Economy

Would-be vacationers concerned that a challenging economy means “no vacation for us” need look no further than . This revolutionary website allows cruisers to find their ideal cruise itinerary at a time of their choosing, while ensuring they will get the best deal available anywhere.

It’s no secret that the U.S. economy is undergoing the most challenging times since at least the early 1980s. Budget-conscious Americans are scrutinizing every discretionary purchase, and vacations with a family or a loved one are high on most people’s “hit list”. And yet, who doesn’t need a vacation during these stressful economic times? Isn’t there some way to get that well-deserved, memorable vacation while still acting like a financially responsible adult?

There is indeed. First, consider a cruise as your vacation choice – surveys indicate that cruising has the highest satisfaction rate of all vacation alternatives. In large part, this is due to the countless amenities included up-front in one budgeted price for you. Examples include: all meals (including 24/7 room service to your cabin), entertainment (such as evening gala performances), activities for adults and children alike, and…exciting ports of call. Continue Reading

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Celebrity Cruises Scoop Top Marks in Prestigious Travel Awards

Readers of the Guardian, Observer and have voted Celebrity Cruises as ‘The Best Cruise Line’ in the Travel Awards 2008. Over 17,000 readers completed the survey awarding the luxury cruise line top marks out of all cruise lines rating them very highly on all aspects including quality of service and value for money. These highly acclaimed awards have been running for 22 years and reflect the high level of customer satisfaction you get from Celebrity Cruises.

This prestigious award adds to Celebrity Cruises’ impressive trophy cabinet and comes hot on the heels of them coming top in the ‘Best large ships’ category in the Condé Nast Traveller awards just last month.

Celebrity Cruises boast an impressive fleet of luxury ships all appointed to the highest standard offering elegant surroundings and exceptional service. As you cruise from one exhilarating port to the next you can enjoy first class facilities from the numerous restaurants and cafes to the high tech gymnasiums and award winning spas. By night enjoy a romantic meal for two or a lively meal with friends before taking in some spectacular entertainment or dancing the night away in the vibrant night-club. Continue Reading

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Holland America Line Wins Nine Magellan Awards From Travel Weekly Magazine

Taking home more awards than any other company in the cruise category, Holland America Line has won nine Magellan Awards — three gold and six silver — from Travel Weekly Magazine.

“We are proud of our accomplishments and winning this number of awards is a testament to our leadership position in the premium market,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. “We are honored to win in nine different categories. Our mission is to provide guests with a once in a lifetime experience, every time.”

Holland America won three gold awards: ms Eurodam, Premium Ship category; 2007/2008 Campaign, Advertising/Marketing Campaign category; ms Prinsendam, Mid-Size Cruise Ship category. Continue Reading

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CruiseCompete cruise specialists cite top reasons why cruises are perfect gathering places for generations

For families looking for an alternative to the traditional reunion, the cruise specialists at say a gathering at sea will surely make a splash with everyone. There are still cabins available for family gatherings on popular cruises scheduled to set sail this summer and fall, as well as the holiday season.

“For a memorable vacation, there’s no better value than a family reunion or holiday gathering on a cruise ship, with plenty to do for grandparents, parents, teen-agers and the younger ones,” said Bob Levinstein, CEO of CruiseCompete. “It’s a party nobody in the family will forget.”

Following are the top reasons family reunions at sea are more popular than ever: Continue Reading

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Costa Cruises sailing in China, Korea and Japan this Summer

Costa Cruises has launched a series of all-new cruises between China, Japan and Korea starting from July: offering ‘hot’ new options for travelers in Asia looking for a short summer break.

The charming Costa Allegra, also known as the ‘Crystal Ship’ will be stationed in Shanghai and Tianjin, China, this summer: offering exciting journeys ranging from 5 days to 7 days.

These Asian cruises will stop at various popular ports including Fukuoka in Japan, a new destination for Costa Allegra, the scenic Kagoshima, the historical city Nagasaki; and Cheju in Korea.

Life on board is as entertaining as passengers can imagine. From Italian musical shows and star-lit parties on the deck, to Italian cooking, handicraft and language classes, the ship offers a wide array of entertainment for passengers of all ages. Gourmets can also enjoy authentic Italian food, wine and coffee all through the day and night. Continue Reading

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American Idol Step Aside; Cruise Ship Entertainment Takes Star Billing – World Renowned Stars and Broadway-Class Productions Are Transforming Entertainment at Sea

international cruise linesOscar-winning movie star Jennifer Hudson got her start at sea; world-famous opera singer Fredericka von Stade sets sail this year; the Boston Symphony Chamber Players and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art step on board as well, and The Second City, the comedy club that launched the careers of America’s funniest people, from John Belushi, Bill Murray and Martin Short to today’s hottest stand-up and TV stars, has audiences rolling in the aisles, even when the ship’s not moving.

The 12.6 million people who took a cruise last year are already in on the secret. For anyone else who has not had a vacation at sea in a while, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has a message: there’s a whole new world of entertainment out there and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before on a cruise ship.

“A new generation of cruise ships offering state-of-the-art facilities and technology, including full-sized theaters and show lounges with totally professional production values, has enabled many CLIA members to make entertainment a top priority,” said Terry L. Dale, president and CEO of CLIA. “The results are world-class, and not just because these ships sail in all parts of the world.” Continue Reading

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