River cruise line AmaWaterways is commemorating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, and providing its passengers with the opportunity to explore history, culture and the story that captures the struggles of WWII.

Begin your journey in magical Paris, embarking on a luxurious AmaWaterways ship. Travel to the village of Giverny, where Monet lived and worked, and Honfleur, a harbor town celebrated by generations of artists. Wander through Rouen, then take an unforgettable excursion to the famous Normandy beaches of WWII.

After leaving Normandy, visit Les Andelys, home of Ch├óteau Gaillard, returning to Paris for tour a tour and a visit to the Musee dÔÇÖOrsay.

These sailings are available April through November, 2014, and offer  a double occupancy rate starting at $2599, with $1000 off per staterooom + $400 Military discount if applicable.  For Single Occupany the Single Supplement waived, Military discount does not apply

AmaWaterways is also currently offering:

  • Spring 2014 Promo ÔÇô $1000 off per stateroom
  • Wine Cruises 2014 ÔÇô $1500 off per stateroom
  • Vietnam ÔÇô $1000 off and a free upgrade per stateroom or $1500 off per stateroom
  • Holiday Promo 2014 ÔÇô save up to 40% on your cruise fare

To book a cruise with AmaWaterways, please click here.

Terms and conditions: Offers are applicable to new bookings made from January 1 to January 31, 2014. All prices listed are in U.S. dollars and are based on double-occupancy in a Category E stateroom. 40% and 30% discount is based on the cruise only price as listed in the brochure. Single Supplement waived for Solo Travelers. Land program, airfare, port charges ($161 per person in Europe) and gratuities  are not included in the price listed. Promotions are limited to availability and are not combinable with any other offers. Availability is limited on each cruise and the offer is subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Other restrictions may apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-40

Time Sensitive Deals From the Cruiselines

Voyages to Antiquity is offering free air from 60 American locations when you book a Grand Voyages including their Treasures of the Far East journey.

Windstar is offering special pricing on their Caribbean sailings. Book before December 31, 2013 and enjoy 2 for 1 cruise fares plus bonus savings of up to $1000 per stateroom. Click here for more details

Uniworld is reduced or waiving single supplements on select 2014 sailings. Click here for dates and details.

Star Clippers is offering great savings on spring 2014 Grand Voyages. Receive up to 50% savings and free roundtrip air from select cities. See sailings here.

Royal Caribbean is offering a free premium beverage package on select transatlantic voyages when you book a balcony stateroom or suite. This offer expires February 28, 2014. See voyages here.

Regent Seven Seas Why Choose promotion is for great deals in one. Book a select Regent Seven Seas cruise by December 31 and receive free unlimited WiFi, Up to $500 per suite shipboard credit, Business class air from $399 and Land programs from $499. See more details here.

Save 50% plus receive included airfare from Los Angeles on all 2014 and 2015 sailings aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. Find out more here.

MSC is offering a 2 for 1 Plus savings. Book your select MSC cruise by March 31, 2014 and reiceve 2 for 1 cruise fare, plus up to $400 shipboard cruised, complimentary beverage package, and prepaid service charges.  For detail click here.

CunardÔÇÖs Royal Upgrade Celebration piles on the savings. Book your 2014 Europe or Transatlantic cruise before February 28, 2014 and receive a balcony stateroom for the same fare as an oceanview stateroom, free gratuities, and reduced deposit. Click here for more information.

Celebrity Cruises 123 go! Promotion and choose one of three great offers. Choose two or select Europe cruises.  Choices are a free classic beverage package for two, free gratuities of up to $30 per day, or an onboard credit of up to $300 per stateroom. For more information click here.

Book a select Central America or Coastal California cruise with Azamara Club Cruises and receive up to $1000 ChoiceAir credit per couple. For sailing dates click here.

Avalon WaterwaysÔÇÖ Book Now deal offers a $1000 per couple savings on select 2014 Avalon Europe sailings. For Available sailings click here.

Oceania offering exceptional savings on Alaska cruises. Sail AlaskaÔÇÖs Unspoiled Wilderness with Oceania and receive 2 for 1 cruise fares, free airfare, and early booking savings of up to $2000 per stateroom! For detail and sailing dates click here.

Holland AmericaÔÇÖs Above and Beyond promotion offers some great perks when you book an ocean view stateroom or higher. Book a select cruise sailing between June and December 2014 with an ocean view stateroom or above and receive free signature beverage package on select Europe cruises and onboard spending credit of up to $400 per stateroom on other destinations. Click here for details.

Viking is offering 2 for 1 cruise fares plus up to Free Air on their 2014 Waterways of the Tsars Cruise. This is 13 day cruise traveling between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Departure dates include 10/8/14, 10/9/14, 10/10/14, 10/11/14, 10/12/14. Fares start at $5096 per person. For information click here. Offer expires January 31, 2014

Crystal is offering exceptional savings on 2014 and early 2015 voyages to Asia aboard the Crystal Symphony. Plus, if your cruise is 11 days or longer you will also receive savings of up to $800 per person in Air Allowance credits. For dates click here. Offer expires January 3.

If youÔÇÖve ever considered a World Cruise aboard luxury line Cunard, now is the time to book.┬á In 2015, Cunard ┬áwill celebrate 175 years of sailing and is offering a choice of three World Voyages on its ships the Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.┬á These itineraries will visit stunning and iconic destinations around the globe from Japan and Bangkok to Cape TownÔǪ and beyond.

If you book your 2015 Cunard Full World Voyage* by 28 February 2014, you will receive the following benefits:

  • ┬áReduced Deposit of 15%
  • On Board Credit ┬áof up to $3,000 per stateroom
  • Complimentary Hotel & Dining Charges
  • Gala World Voyage Special Event, Unique Commemorative Gifts, Welcome Aboard┬áReception, Services of a World Voyage Concierge, and World Voyage Cocktail Party

In addition, if you include the all-in-one White Star Premier Package to your World Voyage, youÔÇÖll receive these extra benefits:

  • ┬áAir Discount of up to $1,500ÔÇá
  • Pre-Cruise Hotel
  • Ground Transfers
  • White Star Luggage Service
  • Internet Package
  • An additional $2,500 On Board Credit per person#
  • Pre-Cruise Concierge Service

To find out more about Cunard and their cruising options, please click here.

CunardÔÇÖs philosophy is that travel is meant to be savored, and crossing the oceans should be a majestic experience, not merely a hop across the pond. They are known for grand ballrooms, elegant dining rooms, and luxury accommodations. ┬á(I loved my voyage aboard this beautiful ship. ┬áTo read about my experience,┬áplease click here.)

The line describes its flagship, the Queen Mary 2 as “the most magnificent ocean liner ever builtÔǪShe offers so much space on board and such an array of state of the art facilities including a 3D Cinema, planetarium and a superb spa.”

2014 is her 10th anniversary, and in her honor, Cunard is offering two special commemorative Transatlantic Crossings. These “Birthday Crossings” will include a host of special events and celebrations.

The May 9, 2014 Transatlantic commemorative cruise departs from Southampton, UK.

The May 16, 2014 Transatlantic commemorative cruise departs from New York City.

Find out more about Cunard here.

Read my QM2 diary here.

Read reviews of the ship here.

Oceania Cruises- See the world in 180 Days

Due to an overwhelming response to the first  Oceania 180-Day World Odyssey, the line has scheduled another world cruise for the Insignia, sailing July 8, 2015.

Reservations are now open for this unforgettable voyage featuring 2 for 1 Cruise Fares, FREE First Class Roundtrip Airfare, Early Booking Savings and Exclusive World Odyssey Package amenities.


  • Free Pre-Paid ┬áGratuities
  • Free 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Stay
  • Free Onboard Medical Services
  • Free Luggage Delivery*
  • Free Laundry Services
  • Free Unlimited Internet
  • Free Exclusive Shoreside Events
  • Free Visa Package
  • Free Roundtrip Transfers*

See the entire itinerary for this amazing trip by clicking here.

To find out more about Oceania Cruises click here.

Hapag-Lloyd- EUROPA 2 Culinary School

Hapag-LloydÔÇÖs EUROPA 2 (a 5-star+ cruise ship) offers, as one of itÔÇÖs many on board amenities, workshops with the Miele Culinary School.┬á Classes are designed to complement destinations; that is, guests can learn about the cuisine they will be experiencing in a very hands on way as they prepare and present them.┬á Lessons focus on special delicacies, like sushi, truffles or foie gras, with special pizza baking sessions on family cruises.

On special “Connoisseurs of Cuisine” cruises, gourmet experts like Michelin-starred chef de cuisine at A-ROSA resorts, Sarah Henke, and Wolfgang Otto of the Otto Gourmet mail order company,┬áoffer workshops in the Culinary School ÔÇô and revealing one or two professional tricks along the way.

The workshop can accommodate up to eight people, are held during the morning on all cruises, ┬áand can be booked as an alternative to shore excursions. Participation costs EUR 80 per person and includes accompanying wines, a chefÔÇÖs apron and recipes.

Find out more about Hapag-Lloyd and the ultra-luxury Europa 2.

CrystalÔÇÖs “Extreme Thrill-Seeker” Cruise

For those who seek adventure, Crystal Cruises presents ┬á“Extreme Thrill Seekers”┬áExperiences of Discovery, a ┬átheme cruise where guests will hunt crocodiles, meet “great whites,” and sail in an around-the-world yacht raceÔÇöfigurativelyÔÇöwith stories from renowned experts speaking on board.

The guest speakers are part of an enhanced enrichment program planned for CrystalÔÇÖs World Cruise voyages.┬á The voyage is filled with adventure, first visiting Bangkok, Thailand and Siem Reap, Cambodia as part of a complimentary pre-cruise land program, then sailing from Singapore to Jakarta, Indonesia; Mauritius/Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius; Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, South Africa.

Guests can also experience thrills (both large and small) through dozens of Crystal Adventures, that include shore  excursions that highlight things like big game safaris, food and wine in different regions.

HereÔÇÖs information on the guest speakers, straight from the line:

“Shark diver┬áChris Fallows, who will discuss his thousands of encounters with Great White Sharks around South AfricaÔÇÖs Seal Island and other breaching grounds throughout the world, in an effort to not only capture their striking images on camera, but also to educate others about the realities of the creatures and their conservation.

Round-the-World Yachtswoman and adventurer┬áRona Cant, whose inspiring story takes her from being a middle-aged secretary and single mom to sailing the worldÔÇÖs most difficult yacht race, the BT Global Challenge, as a tremendously novice sailor, to trekking VancouverÔÇÖs West Coast Trail (one of the worldÔÇÖs 10 toughest trails) just two days after, and dog-sledding across a 600k Arctic path that had never been traversed before.

“Crocodile Mick” Pitman,┬áconsidered a real-life Crocodile Dundee, who will share his 30+ years of dynamic Aussie Outback experience hunting and capturing crocodiles.”

Interested in this adventure?┬á┬á ItÔÇÖs part of the ┬áMarch 10┬áSingapore to Cape Town World Cruise.

FIAT Escorts MSC Divinia into Miami

In a fun and unusual display in Miami this week, MSCÔÇÖs Divinia was escorted into the port by a fleet of high-powered FIAT personal watercraft.┬á The Divinia arrived after completing an 18 night Atlantic crossing, departing from Venice, and becomes the MSC Cruises ship to sail year-round from┬áNorth America.

The Divinia also transported a Rosso Brillante (metallic red) Fiat 500 (known as Cinquecento in Italy) bringing Italian style and technology across the seas to the American market.

Guests who travel aboard the MSC Divina will experience two unique dining venues, as the line has partnered with Italian restaurant emporium Eataly in Manhattan, New York.  The ship features  both the posh Ristorante Italia and the impressive Eataly Steakhouse.  Eataly was founded by Oscar Farinetti in 2007 and launched in the U.S. in partnership with celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Lidia and Joe Bastianich.

Cruisers can also experience Aqua Cycling at sea, this summerÔÇÖs latest fitness craze, mentioned on Good Morning America and in the New York Times┬áand Time Magazine. ┬áThe MSC Divina will also feature the┬áMSC Yacht Club, which is a “ship-within-a-ship” concept, available guests traveling in the Caribbean┬áfor guests and looking for unparalleled indulgence, luxury and comfort.

MSC Yacht Club guests have access to a personal butler, 24-hour concierge service and complimentary select wines and spirits available any time of the day.┬á They also enjoy several private venues, including┬áLe Muse┬ápanoramic restaurant, Top Sail Lounge, pool and relaxation area ÔÇô as well as private access to the MSC Aurea Spa.

Silversea Increases Onboard Media Options

Silversea  is known for having luxurious amenities on their ships, and the technology available to passengers is no exception.   Each suite features:

  • Flat-screen TVs, movies and music, and satellite news programming
  • WiFi Internet access (fee applies)
  • iPod docking station

This week, ┬áSilversea announced that they have increased their onboard media options, including┬ánewspapers and lifestyle magazines to their complimentary onboard digital service.┬á Passengers can use their smartphone or tablet to access hundreds of newspapers and lifestyle magazines from 100 countries and in 56 languages- these items are in addition to an already impressive service that provides streaming movies and live television news broadcasts to guestsÔÇÖ mobile devices aboard┬áSilver Cloud┬áand the Silver Galapagos.

By the end of November, the digital service will also be available on Silver Shadow, followed by Silver Wind and Silver Whisper later in the year.

Exploring the globe on a world cruise

Thinking about taking a world cruise?  They are the experience of a lifetime, and there are still some cabins left for those of you who have the time and inclination.  Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Oceania, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Seabourn and Silversea Cruises all offer the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the globe via a cruise ship.  Click here to find out more about these lines.

Here is a sampling of those cruises:

Silversea Cruises is hosting a 113-night World Cruise departing from Los Angeles, Calif., on January 6, 2014.

The voyage is on the intimate, 382-guest Silver Whisper and includes the following ports of call:

Hilo, Hawaii, USA; Lahaina, Hawaii, USA; Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; Fanning Island, Kiribati; Pago Pago, US Samoa; Nukualofa, Tonga Island; Auckland, New Zealand; Tauranga, New Zealand; Napier, New Zealand; Picton, New Zealand; Akaroa, New Zealand; Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand; Sydney, Australia; Brisbane, Australia; Cairns, Australia; Alotau, Papua New Guinea; Madang, Papua, New Guinea; Koror, Palau, Micronesia; Manila, Philippines; Hong Kong, China; Shanghai, China; Naha, Japan; Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan; Chan May (Hue), Vietnam; Nha Trang, Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Bangkok, Thailand; Ko Samui, Thailand; Singapore; Port Kelang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia; Belawan, Sumatra, Indonesia; Phuket, Thailand; Yangon, Myanmar; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Cochin, India; Mumbai, India; Muscat, Oman; Salalah, Oman; Safaga, Egypt; Aqaba, Jordan; Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; Ashdod, Israel; Haifa, Israel; Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey; Istanbul, Turkey; Chios, Greece; Piraeus (Athens), Greece; Messina, Italy; Sorrento, Italy; Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; Monte Carlo, Monaco and Barcelona, Spain

This cruise also includes:

ÔÇó Three World Cruise Events:

The Rising Dragon in Hong Kong

Sunset Over Angkor Wat in Bangkok

Supper in a SultanÔÇÖs Palace in Istanbul

ÔÇó Two Complimentary Silversea Experiences- Fanning Island, Kiribatil Alotao, Papua New Guinea

ÔÇó Special Commemorative Gifts

ÔÇó Silver Shore Baggage Valet between your home and the ship in Los Angeles and Barcelona

ÔÇó Complimentary Laundry Service for all suite categories

 Cunard Line is hosting a 118-night World Cruise, departing from Southampton, England, on Friday, January 10, 2014.

The voyage is on the beautiful and luxurious Queen Elizabeth and will include the following ports of call:

Southampton, England; New York, New York; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Oranjestad, Aruba; Panama Canal, Panama; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; San Francisco, California; Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii; Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii; Pago Pago, American Samoa; Tauranga, New Zealand; Auckland, New Zealand; Bay of Islands (Paihia), New Zealand; Sydney, Australia; Brisbane, Australia; Whitsunday Islands, Australia; Rabaul, Papua New Guinea; Kochi, India; Yokohama, Japan; Kobe, Japan; Nagasaki, Japan; Pusan (Kyongju), South Korea; Shanghai, China; Xiamen, China; Hong Kong, China; Halong Bay, Vietnam; Chan May, Vietnam; Singapore, Singapore; Kuala Lumpur/Port Kelang, Malaysia; Penang, Malaysia; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Bombay, India; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Petra, Jordan; Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt; Sokhna (Cairo),Egypt; Port Said (Cairo), Egypt; Naples, Italy; Mallorca, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal *

Guests of Cunard will experience:

Veuve Clicquot champagne cocktails, an outstanding spa and extensive library, and onboard events such as afternoon tea, black tie dinners and Royal Nights themed balls. The line also offers the Cunard Insights enrichment programs and West End-style entertainment productions.

Travelers may also choose to travel on just a segment of this cruise; a viable option for those who prefer a shorter cruise, if trying out a world cruise for the first time.

To read more about World Cruises and all that can be experienced, check out these links:



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