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April 2020

Norwegian Cruise Line
has Europe Covered

Discover the beauty, history, and treasures of Europe with Norwegian Cruise Line in 2020. From the Eastern Mediterranean all the way to Northern Europe, every stop is a must-see. Feel free to roam centuries-old monuments, marvel at the spectacular architecture, or soak in the flavors at local markets, pubs, and eateries.

Book select sailings onboard Norwegian Cruise Line during the Free at Sea promotion and choose from 5 free offers:*

Expedia® Extras*

  • Free Open Bar
  • Free Specialty Dining
  • Free Excursions
  • Free WiFi
  • Kids Sail Free

Norwegian Cruise Line sails to many exciting European destinations including:

The Mediterranean

Take a cruise to where ancient and modern coexist in breathtaking ways. Gaze at the stunning seaside views of the Amalfi Coast, wonder at classic masterpieces in the Vatican or savor the vintages of the Tuscan region. From there, travel onward to the French Riviera and finally Spain, to discover the enchanting Gothic Quarter.

Northern Europe

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in the Baltics. See the colorful sights of famous 17th-century landmarks like the Nyhavn Canal in Copenhagen. Then spend plenty of time in St. Petersburg with an overnight stay, immersing yourself in magnificent architecture and world-renowned palaces.

Greek Isles and Eastern Mediterranean

Frolic in the original playground of the gods and goddesses – Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, Rhodes, and of course treasure-filled Athens and its Acropolis. Sail the Adriatic Coast to the walled cities of Croatia, tour the grand mosques and bazaars of Istanbul, and discover ancient Ephesus from Kusadasi. 

Back onboard, delight in an epic culinary journey with a wide array of dining venues including multiple specialty restaurants that feature prime steaks, delectable seafood, zesty Italian, exotic Asian, and more. Dinner is always open-seating style, and evenings are always casual. Dine when you want, with whom you want, and where you want.

With ships that feature up to 22 bars and lounges, there’s no shortage of entertainment and activities. Take in an award-winning Broadway show, catch the comedy hour, play pool at the pub, or dance the night away at the nightclub. Just follow your mood and mingle. There’s also time to spa, shop, swim, work out, or chill by the pool.

And when it’s time to call it a night, indulge in accommodations that will bring you sweet dreams. From a solo stateroom for one to a family suite for 5, and the most luxurious suites in the exclusive Haven complex, there is something for every budget and taste.

The best part about a European cruise onboard Norwegian Cruise Line? The Free at Sea promotion that offers heaps of added value to make your European cruise experience that much better!

Ask your Vacation Consultant how you can fast-track to your European vacation with Norwegian Cruise Line and take advantage of their Free at Sea promotion today!

*Terms and Conditions: Restrictions apply. Contact your Vacation Consultant for full terms and conditions.

Make your Perfect Day
with Royal Caribbean

Located in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at Coco Cay is Royal Caribbean’s private beach destination available only to their guests. Extensively renovated and upgraded in May 2019, the island offers beautiful beaches, waterparks, and activities for the entire family. Here, you’ll discover one-of-a-kind experiences that you’ll brag about to everyone back home.

More Thrills

If you’re a fan of waterparks, you’ll find endless ways of getting wet at Thrill Waterpark, home to 13 waterslides including North America’s tallest at 135 feet, the biggest wave pool in the Caribbean, and an obstacle-filled adventure pool. Add more action by ziplining across the island, or float up 450 feet in the air with the Up, Up and Away helium balloon.

More Chill

For those looking to sit back and relax, Chill Island is a perfect choice with lounge chairs, cabanas, a beachside grill, and ocean-facing beaches with protected coves for swimming. Located in a protected lagoon, Harbor Beach also has its own eatery. And recently opened is South Beach, a third option for sun and surf. If a pool is more your thing, head over to the Oasis Lagoon, featuring the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool with a sloping entry and a swim-up bar. Or better yet, head over to the Coco Beach Club for even more chill and good vibes.

Coco Beach Club

Officially opened on January 31st, Coco Beach Club is the latest addition to your perfect day. This exclusive club includes a beachfront infinity pool, a clubhouse for snacks and drinks, and a specialty restaurant with an upgraded menu including lobster and steak. And for the ultimate beach upgrade, Coco Beach Club offers two types of private cabanas.

Beach Cabanas

Enjoy a private piece of paradise with a beach cabana, roomy enough for up to 8. Unwind in this 288 square-foot outpost right in the sand, just steps from the refreshing ocean. Soak up the sun or enjoy the shade in a covered lounge cooled by a ceiling fan. A cabana attendant is at your beck and call, to replenish bottled water, or to bring you refreshments.

Floating Cabanas

But how about bringing a bit of Bora Bora to your getaway by choosing one of the first Floating Cabanas in the Bahamas? This 675 square-foot hideaway has everything you need for you and up to 7 of your friends. Catch some rays on your loungers, chill in the overwater hammock, or splash into the ocean from your slide. When hunger and thirst strike, your cabana attendant will deliver delicious bites and refreshing drinks straight to your private sanctuary.

The Perfect Day at Coco Cay is part of the itinerary of 16 Royal Caribbean ships, be sure you are onboard to experience a day unlike any other! Contact your Vacation Consultant today to find out more.

Sail Around the World with
Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Who hasn’t dreamed of sailing on a world cruise? Even since Phileas Fogg completed his adventure in Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, it has been the lofty goal of every traveler. Today, you’ll find many cruise lines offering world voyages typically lasting 100+ days, departing annually in January. While some sail partially around the world, others truly circumnavigate the globe.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages is offering just that onboard the 1,400-passenger Columbus, departing on January 6th, 2021. Visiting five continents, 24 countries, 38 ports of call, and transiting the Panama Canal, this epic journey will take 120 nights and span 34,770 nautical miles. Itinerary highlights include Sydney, Singapore, Malaysia, the Seychelles, Kenya, South Africa, and Rio de Janeiro. And just like the intrepid Mr. Fogg’s journey, this world voyage will sail roundtrip from London.

The Columbus was extensively refitted in 2015 and was upgraded again in 2017 before joining the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet. Onboard are 775 staterooms which include 28 deluxe balcony staterooms, 36 junior balcony suites as well as 150 solo staterooms. All accommodations are equipped with twin beds, flat-screen televisions, hairdryers, fridges, and personal safes.

Dining onboard includes the Waterfront Restaurant serving breakfast and lunch in open-seating style, and dinner with early or late seating options. Casual meals can be had at the Plantation Bistro, and specialty dining is available at The Fusion, The Grill, or The Chef’s Table for an extra charge. Afternoon tea and late-night snacks are served daily.

Seven different lounges and bars offer pub brews, cocktails, wine, spirits, and specialty coffees and teas. Guests can enjoy performances and activities at six entertainment venues, ranging from stage productions, cabaret acts, ballroom dancing, and piano music. Two swimming pools, an outdoor movie screen, a fitness center, a crafter’s art studio, a nightclub, a card room, shops, and self-service laundry ensure guests have plenty of options during their voyage.

Sailing with Cruise & Maritime Voyages is different from the big ships. It's a more traditional and leisurely cruise experience onboard, focusing on the destination and life at sea. The Columbus’ smaller size allows her to sail into smaller ports of call and off-the-beaten-path destinations, guests will be well looked after by the friendly and attentive staff who will learn to know their preferences through the voyage. A full lecture program will enlighten guests on the history and culture of the exotic lands they will visit. Best of all, with fares starting from just under US$100 per person per day, Cruise & Maritime Voyages offer tremendous value for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.* Contact your Vacation Consultant for details today and you could be on your way to living the dream of Jules Verne in 2021!

*Terms and conditions: Restrictions apply. Contact your Vacation Consultant for full terms and conditions.

Exploring Norway with Hurtigruten

Norwegian-based Hurtigruten has been cruising along the stunning Norwegian coastline nearly every single day since the inception of the expedition cruise line in 1893. As a leader in exploration travel, Hurtigruten brings travelers to discover its homeland via the sea, onboard a fleet of elegant and spacious vessels built with advanced technology and a focus on sustainability.

Book your 2020 coastal Norway cruise by March 31, 2020 and enjoy this Expedia® Extra:*

Expedia® Extra*

  • Save up to 40% per person

Hurtigruten sails the Norwegian Coast year-round, under the long leisurely days of the midnight sun in the summer, and during the fantastic northern lights season in the winter. Choose from three incredible itineraries:

The Cruise North

Sailing from Bergen to Kirkenes beyond the Arctic Circle, this 7-day voyage calls on Norway’s major cities as well as remote villages, delivering passengers, goods, cargo, mail and unparalleled scenery. Witness life along the majestic coast, and take in spectacular fjords, narrow channels, and gleaming glaciers. A choice of excursions is available to introduce you to this wonderful region, ranging from city walks and scenic drives to mountain hikes and boating safaris.

The Cruise South

The 6-day itinerary allows a pre-cruise visit of Kirkenes and a chance to partake in activities in the Arctic Circle before sailing south towards Bergen, with the same spectacular scenery and exciting excursions along the way.  

The Roundtrip Cruise

Sailing roundtrip from Bergen, this 12-day original coastal route threads its way up and down the coast through 34 ports, sailing past more than 100 fjords and 1,000 mountains. A choice of 90 optional excursions as well as a comprehensive onboard lecture program guarantees a well-rounded and full discovery of the Norwegian coast.

Every Norwegian Coastal voyage is led by a team of expedition guides knowledgeable in the history, geography, wildlife, people, and culture of the Norwegian Coast, and they share that knowledge through informative lectures, daily excursions, and simply socializing and mingling with the guests. Destination immersion is complemented by opportunities for guests to sample culinary specialties, visit museums, attend local performances, engage with folklore storytellers, and more. 

Hurtigruten invites you to explore Norway this summer or winter! Don’t miss out - contact your Vacation Consultant for details today.

*Terms and conditions: This offer is valid for new, individual bookings only and on select departures, is capacity controlled, and subject to withdrawal at any time without notice. The savings apply to the cruise portion of the package only, and are based on per person, double occupancy, including taxes, fees, and port expenses. This offer is bookable online or through our Customer Sales Center; the savings are automatically deducted from your cruise price. Prices shown on itinerary pages are inclusive of applicable savings. Prices can fluctuate and are subject to change at any time at the discretion of Hurtigruten. The final price will be confirmed by the Customer Sales Specialist, or if you book online, in your shopping cart. This offer cannot be combined with any other promotions except the Ambassador and Child offers. Other restrictions may apply. Offer is valid through January 1 to March 30, 2020, subject to cabin availability. Contact your Vacation Consultant for full terms and conditions.

Level Up Your All-Inclusive Family Vacation with Vacation Express

Vacation Express is your one-stop shop for the perfect Caribbean holiday. For over 25 years, they’ve been bringing vacationers to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Costa Rica with a wide choice of direct flights onboard U.S. and major airline partners, and all-inclusive stays at the world’s most recognized and renowned resorts.  With nearly twenty popular tropical destinations in our extensive portfolio, it’s no wonder their motto is #1 To The Sun.

Their spotlight this month is the Iberostar Selection Bavaro, where guests can enjoy the natural beauty of Bavaro Beach - one of the world’s most famous beaches - while relaxing at the award-winning, all-inclusive, luxury resort!  

Located in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, Iberostar Selection Bavaro is a newly renovated, family-friendly resort with an emphasis on elegance, eco-responsibility and unforgettable memories. While the kids take advantage of the endless activities at Star Camp, immerse yourself in your own mini “wellness retreat” by visiting SPA Sensations for a soothing massage, a quick circuit at the three-story fitness center or walking across the beautiful greens on the 18-hole golf course designed by P.B. Dye. Feast at any of the twelve restaurants and make new memories together at the coral nursery and become part of the Caribbean conservation effort.

If you’re looking to spoil yourself on holiday, why not level up your vacation experience by staying at Coral Level at Iberostar Selection Bavaro!  

Ideal for families and couples, Coral Level offers first-class services and amenities within a private, luxurious boutique resort located within Iberostar Selection Bavaro. Enjoy spacious suite-style accommodations, exclusive beach service, a 24-hour concierge and even more specialty facilities and amenities all within reach of pristine Bavaro Beach. Fully immerse yourself in vacation mode relaxing by the pool or on your own private beach furnished with Balinese beds. Take advantage of all that this boutique resort has to offer while not sacrificing the large-scale amenities of the rest of the Iberostar complex where you have full privileges!

Make the most of your vacation when you bundle your resort stay with Vacation Express’ exclusive, non-stop flights from 13 cities across the U.S. to beautiful Punta Cana! Speak with your Vacation Consultant and book today with Vacation Express!

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*Expedia Extras offers are per stateroom (unless otherwise stated) on select sailings, based on double occupancy, apply to new bookings only, are not combinable with any other offer, are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn without notice. Certain restrictions may apply. For full terms and conditions, click the specific Expedia Extra offer or contact your Expedia CruiseShipCenters Vacation Consultant.

Prices are per person (based on 2 passengers in the same stateroom), cruise only in USD dollars. Airfare, transfers, taxes, fees and port expenses are additional (unless otherwise stated). Prices vary by ship, stateroom type and sailing date. Prices and offers are subject to availability and change without notice, and are capacity controlled. Fuel supplement may apply. Expedia CruiseShipCenters is not responsible for errors that may occur due to the transfer of information from selected third parties, technical error, or human error.

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