Cruise Guide: Caribbean voyages in vogue

The world’s top cruise ships will soon be ushering in the 2010 Caribbean season. The Caribbean is the top cruise ship destination in the world. Photo by Michael Coleman.
The world’s top cruise ships will soon be ushering in the 2010 Caribbean season. The Caribbean is the top cruise ship destination in the world. Photo by Michael Coleman.

By Michael Coleman

The cruise industry is just a few weeks away from ushering in the 2010 Caribbean season. If picture-perfect tropical islands, sun-drenched beaches and boundless shopping opportunities float your boat, a Caribbean cruise on one of the following mass-market lines may be for you.

Carnival – The largest Carnival ship ever constructed, the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream launches year-round Caribbean service from Port Canaveral in December. Carnival also is increasing its capacity from Mobile, Alabama by 42 percent with the deployment of the Carnival Fantasy in November (to be replaced by Carnival Elation in May 2010) and by 34 percent from New Orleans when Carnival Triumph begins new Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises in November. And, beginning in May 2010, Carnival Fantasy will launch the first year-round cruise schedule from Charleston.

Costa Cruises – With sailings from Fort Lauderdale, Costa Atlantica returns to the Caribbean with new, exclusive spa accommodations that feature personalized wellness consultations, complimentary spa treatments, fitness or meditation classes, complimentary access to the Wellness Restaurant and more. Guests on Costa Atlantica and Costa Fortuna can also take advantage of “Italy in the Tropics” with a “Free Upgrade” promotion and the popular “Kids Sail Free” program.

Norwegian Cruise Line – Next year marks the arrival of Norwegian Epic, Norwegian’s largest and most innovative ship, which will begin her inaugural Caribbean season in July with alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries available as seven-day individual sailings or 14-day combined sailings and offered through April 2011. Norwegian will also seasonally homeport the 1,936-passenger Norwegian Sun in Port Canaveral beginning October 2010 for seven-day eastern and western Caribbean itineraries.

Princess Cruises – Princess will sail six ships on 13 Caribbean itineraries ranging from seven to 14 days this winter, with 129 departures visiting more than 25 ports. Ruby Princess will take over the line’s 10-day eastern and southern Caribbean itineraries, offering some of the less-visited ports in the region. Crown Princess’s western Caribbean itinerary will feature Roatan, Honduras. Grand Princess returns with an extensive 14-day Caribbean Collection route and Sea Princess will again sail on 14-day voyages from Barbados.

Royal Caribbean — The line will welcome the largest ship in the world, the 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas, to Fort Lauderdale in November when the ship begins year-round Caribbean cruises. Looking ahead, sister ship Allure of the Seas joins the company’s Caribbean fleet for the 2010-11 Caribbean season, which will feature year-round voyages from such ports as Port Everglades, Port of Miami, Port Canaveral, and San Juan, Puerto Rico; seasonal voyages from ports ranging from Cape Liberty to Galveston; and over 20 short itineraries to 15 ports in the Caribbean.

Next week, we’ll look at what the premium and luxury cruise lines have in store for their passengers as they also head into the tropics.

Silversea unveils 60 percent savings for 2010 voyages

Silver Whisper, one of five ships in the Silversea Cruises fleet, is shown docked earlier this week in Venice, Italy. A sixth ship, Silver Spirit, debuts later this year. The line is offering 60 percent savings on 2010 voyages. Image courtesy Michael Coleman
Silver Whisper, one of five ships in the Silversea Cruises fleet, is shown docked earlier this week in Venice, Italy. A sixth ship, Silver Spirit, debuts later this year. The line is offering 60 percent savings on 2010 voyages. Image courtesy Michael Coleman

Silversea Cruises is offering a new, simpler pricing structure that provides the biggest savings incentive in its history — 60 percent off – plus free airfare on virtually all voyages in 2010. 



The new Silver Savings pricing program will introduce the most generous savings opportunities first, and the discount will be lowered significantly as the sailing date approaches – offering a compelling incentive for guests to firm up their vacation plans well in advance of their desired travel date. 

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Regent unveils enticing 2010 offers

Luxury cruise operator Regent Seven Seas Cruises is offering a host of incentives — two-for-one cruise fares, free roundtrip airfare and complimentary shore excursions — on all 2010 voyages aboard Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Navigator, shown here. Image courtesy Michael Coleman
Luxury cruise operator Regent Seven Seas Cruises is offering a host of incentives — two-for-one cruise fares, free roundtrip airfare and complimentary shore excursions — on all 2010 voyages aboard Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Navigator, shown here. Image courtesy Michael Coleman

By Michael Coleman

cruiseguideheadersmallRegent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) is offering a series of all-inclusive, year-long perks for guests sailing aboard her three luxury ships in 2010.

Look for two-for-one cruise fares, free roundtrip airfare and free unlimited shore excursions on all 2010 departures. Guests won’t have to worry about signing chits for soft drinks, bottled waters, fine wines, premium spirits or even gratuities when onboard: each is included in the cruise fare. Continue reading “Regent unveils enticing 2010 offers”

Cunard announces 2010-2011 sailings for Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria

Cunard has announced the Europe, Transatlantics and Americas 2010-2011 itineraries for Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. Reservations will be open for booking this Friday, April 17. Continue reading “Cunard announces 2010-2011 sailings for Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria”