Category: Big Ship Cruising

B.B. Kings onboard Holland America

Holland America Offers Music For Your Soul

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With so many irresistible options to choose from, evenings on board a Holland America ship can and should be all about live music. Memorable performances from world-class musicians fill your journey with an unforgettable rhythm all its own. Spend your time in one place or enjoy several venues over the course of the night. We asked our advisors to share some of their favourite ways to experience music onboard Holland America.

B.B. King’s Blues Club: Bringing you the best of Memphis music, from funky and fast to soulful and smooth, you’ll enjoy dancing while listening to an eight-piece band with two vocalists, rhythm and horn sections.  And don’t forget to try one of their specialty cocktails like the Lucille and Rock Me Baby.

Postmodern Jukebox on Deck: One of the world’s hottest musical groups is bringing its exciting signature show to sea, two ways. At The Rendezvous you’ll experience a day in the life of Postmodern Jukebox at a ‘20s jazz club. Or during a state-of-the-art shipboard concert – The Golden Age – you’ll hear Postmodern Jukebox’s most iconic songs. And of course each performance features unbelievable lavish costumes and arrangements.

Billboard Onboard: Sing along with two pianists while they play the music you love from fifty years of chart-topping hits. And between sets show off your trivia skills, answering questions on the digital screens.

Rolling Stone Rock Room: The newest addition to Music Walk on the Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam you’ll feel like your stepping into the pages of Rolling Stone magazine.  The Rolling Stone Rock Room features a five-piece live band playing iconic hits by your favorite bands covering four decades of rock and roll.

These amazing venues, along with exciting performances at The Mainstage, Lincoln Center Stage and World Stage ensure you experience the Best in Live Music and entertainment.

October Offer with Royal Caribbean

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Cruise Vacations Made for Maxing. A Royal Caribbean adventure is just the answer. 

Vacation time is precious – make every moment memorable. Royal Caribbean® takes you to more unforgettable shores, from bucket list-worthy spots to game-changing private destinations. All on the best cruise ships in the world.


ALL THE WAYS YOU CAN SAVE IN OCTOBER TO LEVEL UP YOUR ROYAL CARIBBEAN VACATION

30% Off Every Guest
All sailings departing on or after November 1, 2019

Kids Sail Free
Guests under 12 & under sail FREE on select 4-night longer sailings*

Deck The Holiday Deals
Receive instant savings on select departures over the holidays

PLUS Our Exclusive October Offer
– Receive prepaid gratuities!
– Enjoy a complimentary Specialty Dining Experience for two, when you book a Balcony stateroom
– Plus a complimentary Spa Treatment when you book a Junior Suite*

 

Our Recommended Sailings

Other dates and sailings available, be sure to ask one of our cruise specialists for more information

7-Night Western Caribbean and Perfect Day | Dec 01, 2019
Fort Lauderdale Roundtrip onboard the Allure of the Seas
Balcony stateroom fares starting at CAD $1,365 per person inc. taxes & fees

 

11-Night Southern Caribbean | Jan 05, 2020
Cape Liberty Roundtrip onboard the Anthem of the Seas
Balcony stateroom fares starting at CAD $1,837 per person inc. taxes & fees

 

7-Night Western Caribbean | Jan 12, 2020
Miami Roundtrip onboard the Oasis of the Sea
Balcony stateroom fares starting at CAD $1,405 per person inc. taxes & fees

 

7-Night Western Caribbean and Perfect Day | Feb 29, 2020
Miami Roundtrip onboard the Symphony of the Seas
Balcony stateroom fares starting at CAD $1,732 per person inc. taxes & fees

 

Disney Canadian Resident Offer

Canadian Residents Enjoy this Disney Cruise Line Special Offer!

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Calling all Canadian residents! Embark on an unforgettable Disney cruise on select dates—and take advantage of a special 25% savings!

 

4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral | November 4 2019 onboard the Disney Wonder
Call upon historic Nassau for a day of shopping, sightseeing or water park fun at Atlantis Aquaventure. Head to Castaway Cay—our own piece of paradise in the Bahamas—where games, watersports and private beaches await. Back onboard, soak up Broadway-style shows, enchanting themed dining, delightful deck parties and activities for the whole family.

 

4-Night Very Merrytime Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral | November 11, 2019 onboard the Disney Dream
Jingle all the way to scenic Nassau and their private island Disney Castaway Cay, decked out just for the holidays. Enjoy a barbecue lunch, games, Character experiences and an adults-only beach. Back on board, celebrate the season with winter wonderland décor, yuletide parties, festive activities and more.

 

4-Night Very Merrytime Bahamian Cruise from Miami | December 12 2019 onboard the Disney Magic
Celebrate the season on the high seas with winter wonderland décor, holiday parties and festive activities for the whole family on sailings from November through Christmas. You’ll also call upon Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island paradise—decked out just for the holidays—and sun yourself on white-sand beaches in tropical ports of call.

 

5-Night Very Merrytime Bahamian Cruise from Miami | December 16 2019 onboard the Disney Magic
Jingle all the way to Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, decked out just for the holidays. Enjoy a barbecue lunch, games, Character experiences and an adults-only beach. Back onboard, celebrate the season with winter wonderland décor, holiday parties, festive activities and more on select itineraries departing November and December.

 

7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans | February 14 2020 onboard the Disney Wonder
For the first time ever with Disney Cruise Line, begin and conclude your getaway in world-renowned New Orleans, famous for its distinct music, historic architecture and internationally influenced cuisine. You’ll enjoy 3 fun-filled days at sea and visit stunning beaches in Cozumel, Mexico, George Town, Grand Cayman and Falmouth, Jamaica.

 

4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami | April 2, 2020 onboard the Disney Magic
Set sail for Disney Castaway Cay—our private island paradise—where you can feast on barbecue fare and enjoy watersports, beach games and more. Drop anchor in the laidback beach town of Key West and explore historic Nassau, a hotbed of shopping, sightseeing and aquatic recreation. Back on board, excitement for the whole family awaits—from pool parties and Broadway-style shows to themed dining and movie screenings.

 

4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami | April 16, 2020 onboard the Disney Magic
Chart a course for our private island paradise, Disney Castaway Cay, for an unforgettable beach day filled with relaxing activities and beachside barbecues. Call upon historic Nassau for a day of shopping, sightseeing or water park fun at Atlantis Aquaventure, and enjoy a day at sea where excitement for the whole family is always on deck—from pool parties and Broadway-style shows to themed dining and movie screenings.

 

7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver | June 29; July 6 & 13, 2020 onboard the Disney Magic
Sail from cosmopolitan Vancouver along the scenic Inside Passage through Endicott Arm fjord, home to the Dawes Glacier. Call upon the historic mining and fishing towns of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan and enjoy 2 magical days at sea.

 

7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver | July 20, 2020 onboard the Disney Magic
Begin and end your voyage in Vancouver, Canada and travel to the spectacular Dawes Glacier and Icy Strait Point. Explore the mining and fishing history of Juneau and Ketchikan—and delight in 2 days of magic at sea.

 

3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral | August 22, 2020 onboard the Disney Fantasy
Set your sights on relaxation and fun. Your cruise ship is awash with something for everyone—including multiple pools, whimsical waterslides, an adults-only whirlpool spa, live shows and inventive dining experiences. Cap off this whirlwind tropical tour with a day-long sojourn at Disney Castaway Cay, our private island retreat.

 

3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral | August 24 & 27, 2020 onboard the Disney Dream
Call upon Disney Castaway Cay, our own piece of paradise in The Bahamas, where games, watersports and private beaches await. Voyage to historic Nassau for a day of shopping and sightseeing. Back on board, soak up Broadway-style shows, enchanting themed dining, delightful deck parties and activities for the whole family.

 

Connect with a Cruise Specialist today and experience the Magic of Disney for yourself! 

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Sail Your Way with Celebrity Cruises

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Yes you can Sail Your Way. Now, with Celebrity’s Sail Your Way offer, you can book your vacations three different ways.

Are you value conscious? Book SAIL for the lowest available fare.

Do you like added Perks while sailing? Choose SAIL PLUS with two perks included. Or go with SAIL ALL INCLUDED and you get four perks included.

Perks to Choose from
~ a Classic Beverage Package (upgraded to Premium when you book Sail All Included)
~ Unlimited Wi-Fi
~ Pre-paid gratuities
~ $150 per person to spend on board

Plus, additional guests beyond the first two in a stateroom save 50% off their fares.*

Cruise Fare Savings Per Person (1st/2nd Guest Only)

$100 per person savings
– Inside, Outside, Veranda, Concierge Class, Aqua Class Staterooms

$200 per person savings – Suites
– Kids 17 and younger sail free or receive 50% off adult fares (3rd/4th Guest)

 

Our Exclusive Offer: Veranda, Concierge Class or AquaClass Stateroom guests receive dining for two in a specialty restaurant. Suite guests receive dining for two in a specialty restaurant and a $75 shopping credit per-stateroom*.

 

This special offer applies to more than 300 exciting voyages, connect with one of our cruise specialists to plan your Celebrity cruise! 

My Kids LOVED NCL

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I just took my kids on their first cruise and it was fantastic. NCL is perfect for families. There was a ton to do for every age group and the food options are limitless. We had a balcony stateroom, and there was enough room for the four of us. I loved sitting out on the balcony – it meant I could see the sunset even if we were back in our room getting changed for dinner.  The staff on board were excellent.

We sailed from NY to Bermuda – the experience of sailing out of NY harbor past the Statue of Liberty is something everyone should experience.

My kids are already planning their next cruise. 

NCL Japan Cruises

Cruising to Japan: 11 Incredible Ports to Explore

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When you journey to Japan you will experience a land of culture, history and sites beyond your imagination. To ensure you see all you are meant to, read on to discover 11 incredible ports to explore when you sail Japan with Norwegian Cruise Lines

If you’re looking through Norwegian’s Asia cruises, you’ll find no shortage of beautiful and exotic ports, many of which are in Japan. In fact, you can even book a cruise that primarily explores some of Japan’s most iconic destinations. One option is a 13-day cruise from Yokohama. If you’re planning a cruise to Japan, here’s a look at 11 incredible ports in Japan you can’t miss.

1. Shimizu (Mount Fuji)
Shimizu is a popular port because it’s the gateway to Mount Fuji (pictured above), but it’s also one of Japan’s most beautiful ports. Here, you can visit Japan’s first sushi museum, check out the archeological site of Toro that dates back to 200 BC, or wander through a 650-year-old black pine forest. If you’re interested in regional specialties, you’ll find traditional wooden handicrafts, fabrics, and local eats like a sweet jellied confection known as yokan.

2. Kobe
Kobe, Japan, is famous for its iconic beef, but it’s also the gateway to the popular city of Osaka. Here you can visit Ikuta Shrine, one of Japan’s oldest shrines, and spend the rest of the day eating and drinking your way through one of Japan’s most beloved food destinations. Enjoy an endless amount of street foods, and don’t miss Kobe’s Nada District, which is the top sake-producing region in the county.

3. Kanazawa
Travelers who want to learn more about Japan’s Edo period, which lasted from 1603 to 1886, should book a cruise that stops in Kanazawa. This is the second-largest city to survive World War II intact. You can explore the old castle town, the Nagamachi samurai district, and teahouses in the geisha district. You’ll find no shortage of temples and museums, plus a historic market that dates back to 1721.

4. Sapporo
Sapporo is one of Japan’s youngest cities and was the host city for the 1972 Winter Olympics. World class skiing and the annual ice festival are two reasons people flock to Sapporo, especially in the winter months. From Sapporo, you can also visit other iconic destinations, such as Hokkaido, or mineral-rich hot springs like Noboribetsu.

5. Beppu
Beppu is famous for its countless hot springs. The most famous of these is Jigoku, or Hell Circuit, but you won’t be taking a dip here, as it’s only for admiring. Depending on the time of year you visit, you may be able to view thousands of cherry blossoms in the spring or the stunning leaves of autumn. For local food specialties, don’t miss stopping by the historic Tomonaga Panya. This bakery dates back to 1916, and its signature specialty is the wanchan (doggie) bun.

6. Sasebo
Sasebo was once an old fishing village, but it transitioned into a large naval port in the 19th century. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the wide range of outdoor activities here. Visit the zoological and tropical botanical gardens with over 1,200 plant species and 80 animal species. Love Dutch tulips? Huis Ten Bosch is a recreation of a 17th-century Dutch village, complete with its own tulip fields. For traditional Japanese fare, explore the Yorozu-cho District where you can find a fun market with fresh seafood, produce, and plenty of handmade pottery and clothing.

7. Hakodate
The best views in Hakodate are seen from atop Hakodate Mountain. You can take a scenic ride up the gondola to the observation deck and marvel at the views below. Don’t miss interesting Hakodate attractions like Fort Goryokaku, built in the shape of a star, or the Hakodate market. Be sure to eat local specialties like kaisen-don, a seafood rice bowl.

8. Sakaiminato
The western part of Japan is seafood heaven, and Sakaiminato is the main fishing port for this part of the country. If you’ve eaten succulent snow crab in Japan, it comes from the Sakai Port. Beautiful sculptures from local artist Shigeru Mizuki line Kitaro Road, and the city is famed for its “Yokai” bronze sculptures of Japanese folklore spirit monsters.

9. Kochi
Kochi is another fun Japanese port, especially if you want to experience a Japanese beach. Katsurahama Beach is beautiful and is home to the Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial that honors the famous Japanese peace negotiator. Settlement in this area started in 1601, and you can visit the area surrounding the historic Kochi Castle. Don’t miss trying Katsuo no tataki, which is a type of tuna tataki.

10. Miyako-Jima
Okinawa is renowned for its natural beauty, and Miyako-Jima is a beautiful port in the Okinawa Prefecture. Visitors are blown away by the turquoise water and world-class snorkeling. After you’ve worked up an appetite in the water, be sure to try Okinawa soba, a local specialty.

11. Hiroshima
Hiroshima is an emotional port for many travelers. It’s a historically rich region, but also a solemn reminder of World War II. Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, where you’ll find numerous monuments to honor those who perished during the war. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy a myriad of outdoor activities like hiking and biking. Hiroshima is renowned for its local cuisine, including okonomiyaki, a crepe-like dish that some people refer to as Japanese pizza. It has vegetables, cabbage, and usually seafood. If you like oysters, don’t miss trying grilled oysters in Hiroshima either.

If your budget and vacation time allows, consider an East Asia cruise that primarily explores some of these ports in Japan. Many itineraries start or end in Tokyo, so you can add extra days to explore one of the world’s most dynamic cities on your own.

 

 

 

 

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World of Adventure Sale

World of Adventure Sale with Cunard

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Embark on an exciting journey aboard a Cunard Queen, where you’ll be taken to beautiful cities in far-away lands, turning your dreams into reality. Whether you seek idyllic ports, remote towns or iconic cities, Cunard will escort you across vast oceans to experience distinct cultures and local flavors — all while luxuriating in unsurpassed glamour and modern comfort on board.

With the World of Adventure Sale you can expect

~ Savings of up to 30% off Launch fares

PLUS Grill Suite guests receive
♦ Free Drinks
♦ and Free Gratuities‡

Cunard’s World of Adventure Sale sails to Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Africa & the Middle East, Alaska, the iconic Transatlantic along with a few featured itineraries to Northern Europe and the British Isles.

 

Here are a few of our favourite journeys, connect with a Cruise Specialist to explore all your options!

TASMANIA & SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA
Roundtrip Melbourne | January 5, 2020

7 nights onboard the Queen Elizabeth
Click here for full cruise details & fares

 

ASIA
Singapore to Hong Kong | March 24, 2020

7 nights onboard the Queen Elizabeth
Click here for full cruise details & fares

 

OLD EUROPEAN PORTS
Roundtrip Southampton | March 28, 2020

7 nights onboard the Queen Victoria
Click here for full cruise details & fares

 

AFRICAN ADVENTURE
Cape Town to Southampton | April 1, 2020
17 nights onboard the Queen Mary 2
Click here for full cruise details & fares

 

JAPAN & ALASKA
Yokohama to Vancouver | May 15, 2020

29 nights onboard the Queen Victoria
Click here for full cruise details & fares

 

Many other exotic itineraries available, your adventure awaits! 

Take a Great Escape to the Sanctuary Pool

Princess Cruises Great Escapes Sale

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You’re going to want to pack a suitcase and head for the door — Princess Cruises Great Escapes Sale is back!

Break away from the day-to-day and escape to great destinations! Why not cannonball into clear Caribbean waters or snorkel though coral reefs Down Under. Wherever you dream of escaping to — there’s no better time to cruise there.

Enjoy Fares starting at US $89 per guest per day* on cruises to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaii, California Coast, Asia, South America & Antarctica, South Pacific, Australia & New Zealand, and Japan.

 

Connect with an ilovecruising.com Cruise Specialist today and start planning your Great Escape

Cunard's "Three Queens"

Three For All with Cunard

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Every voyage with Cunard is a special occasion. Cunard takes sailing to a new level of style and relaxation, providing endless opportunities for you to discover something new while exploring some of the world’s most exciting destinations. These unique voyages include expert speakers, insightful activities and exclusive events on board plus an array of related bespoke shore excursions in selected ports of call.

And now is the time to book – Cunard Line has introduced their THREE FOR ALL Sale! Book a specially selected voyage to the Caribbean, Canada & New England, Alaska, Asia, Australia & New Zealand or a Transatlantic crossing and receive;

~ FREE Upgrades
~ FREE Gratuities

+ $150 Reduced Deposit

PLUS Grill Suite guests also receive FREE Drinks

 

Don’t miss out you must book by November 19, 2019 – connect with a Cruise Specialist today

3 for FREE Sale with Princess Cruises

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You will get an incredible value for booking a cruise or cruisetour to ALL DESTINATIONS sailing Summer 2020 through Spring 2021! This year, EVERYONE in a stateroom enjoys FREE stateroom upgrade‡, FREE gratuities††, and FREE onboard spending money‡‡!

Book during this amazing promotion and EVERYONE will enjoy more with the best deal at sea! Offer ends October 31 2019

FREE stateroom location upgrade
FREE gratuities – that’s a value of up to $15.50 per guest, per day
FREE onboard spending money

 

Onboard Spending Money per guest 

Length Interior Oceanview Balcony & Above
6-9 Days US $50 US $50 US $100
10-12 Days US $75 US $75 US $150
13+ Days US $100 US $100 US $200

 

Best Value Voyages

MEDITERRANEAN – sailings available April 2020 – Nov 2020
7 days Barcelona to Rome (Civitevecchia) – April 11 2020 Crown Princess

Interior stateroom fares starting at US $849 per person
Balcony stateroom fares starting at US $1,149 per person
+ US $110 taxes and fees

 

SCANDINAVIA AND RUSSIA – sailings available April 2020 – Aug 2020
11 days roundtrip Copenhagen – April 25 2020 Sky Princess

Interior stateroom fares starting at US $1,999 per person
Balcony stateroom fares starting at US $2,399 per person
+ US $235 taxes and fees

 

ALASKA VOYAGE OF THE GLACIERS – sailings available May 2020 – Sep 2020
7 days Vancouver to Whittier (Anchorage) – May 09, 2020 Grand Princess

Interior stateroom fares starting at US $649 per person
Balcony stateroom fares starting at US $1,529 per person
+ US $225 taxes and fees

 

WESTERN CARIBBEAN – sailings available May 2020 – April 2021
7 days roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale – May 16 2019 Caribbean Princess

Interior stateroom fares starting at US $899 per person
Balcony stateroom fares starting at US $1,399 per person
+ US $140 taxes and fees

 

BRITISH ISLES – sailings available May 2020 – Sep 2020
12 days roundtrip Southampton (London) – May 16 2020 Regal Princess

Interior stateroom fares starting at US $1,799 per person
Balcony stateroom fares starting at US $2,149 per person
+ US $185 taxes and fees

 

Connect with a Cruise Specialist to take advantage of this great offer!