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I am thrilled to share with you our new site VacationCompete which represents more than 90,000 resorts, hotels and all-inclusive properties globally. We also offer great urban hotels for a vacation or a business trip.

This site works similar to CruiseCompete plus, you see pricing immediately.  Book it right now or put your vacation out to bid to our trusted resort specialists and travel agents.

Almost all of these properties have been rated by various travel industry sources with Ratings from 2 ┬¢ to 5 stars.┬á The stars reflect the hotel or resortÔÇÖs level of service, the number and quality of amenities, the dining experience, spa and health clubs plus much more and ultimately, the price point.

Click any link to learn and dream about your upcoming vacation at one of more about these lovely resorts, hotels or all-inclusive properties or to see photos or to shop for a great price.
We have filtered through VacationCompete and found some incredible deals for you.

Please Like us on Facebook , share your favorite vacation photos from a resort or cruise and you will be entered to win a gift certificate to be used on our new website VacationCompete towards your next trip.  3 Levels of awards to be gifted.

Dreaming of something exotic, try the Club St. Croix Beach & Tennis Resort by Antilles Resorts. Located on the beach in Christiansted.   Dining options at Club St. Croix Beach & Tennis Resort include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and tennis courts. This 2.5-star property offers limo/town car service and business services. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet. Other property amenities at this Beaux Arts property include a poolside bar, barbecue grills, and laundry facilities.  There are 54 guestrooms at Club St. Croix Beach & Tennis Resort by Antilles Resorts.
Unbelievable pricing begins at just $136 per night.

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Need a resort with a great childrenÔÇÖs program? Some resorts, like Franklyn D. Resort in Runaway Bay, St. Ann, Jamaica, take it one spectacular step further- this resort provides a Vacation Nanny, available all day, who attends to a familyÔÇÖs every need! The competent coordinators allow parents to be involved in their childrenÔÇÖs activities, or enjoy some quiet, independent time. The Yellow Bird Kids Club activity center is jam-packed with state-of-the-art educational and computer games, toys, and a library for hours of fun. But fear not- this resortÔÇÖs childrenÔÇÖs programs are not just for the little ones- pre-teens and teens will never complain of boredom. They can learn to sail or windsurf, and go to beach parties, fishing, hiking, and field trips. Pay from $280 per person, per night for fun for the whole family at Franklyn D. Resort .┬á Kids under 6 are no charge; children 6-16 incur a $40 per night charge.

Wanting a lovely pre or post-cruise hotel option in Europe? Considerthe Dom Hotel a Le Meridien Hotel in Cologne, Germany.┬á This old-world hotel is the perfect central location; directly opposite Cologne Cathedral (a World Heritage Site and the third-tallest church in the world). Also conveniently located near The Philharmonic Hall, numerous museums, the Old Town, shopping malls and Cologne Central Station; this exclusive 120-guest hotel immerses you in the best of GermanyÔÇÖs culture.┬á Pay from $185 per person, per night at the Dom Hotel a Le Meridien .

Enjoy Stunning settings and endless memories.┬á From white sandy beaches to breathtaking mountaintops, all-inclusive resorts are found in some of the worldÔÇÖs most beautiful locales. The Caribbean, for example, offers the opportunity to soak in endless ocean vistas, and Cocos Antigua is one of the best places to enjoy the serenity of the sea. Positioned between two pristine white beaches, Cocos Antigua features gorgeous rooms, each with its own balcony, which open to breath-taking views onto the ocean. Pay from $510.00 (double occupancy) per night for the beautiful views at Cocos Antigua .

Experience the lights of Paris, and stay at the gorgeous Villa Pantheon .With only 59 rooms, this beautiful and conveniently located (close to the airport, Musee National du Moyen Age, Luxembourg Palace, and Palais de Justice.) hotel features concierge services, a limo/town car service, and translation services.  A perfect choice for those wanting to make the most of a Parisian visit.  Pay from $238.00 per night (double occupancy) at the Villa Pantheon.

Please test a few hotel or resort searches on VacationCompete and let us know what you think.

We welcome and encourage feedback about our CruiseCompete Currents newsletter:
We’re interested in your feedback: please e-mail any comments or suggestions to Heidi Allison, Executive VP & Group Publisher, to hshane@cruisecompete.com . Thank you!

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The Wonder of the Christmas Season Comes Alive: Take a fascinating trip on AMAWATERWAYS, beginning in magnificent Budapest on December 5, 2011. Visit charming towns where so many Christmas traditions began, visit enchanting Christmas markets, and share local traditions in medieval Regensburg, musical Salzburg, vibrant Vienna and more. Book by April 1st, 2011, and you will receive a $100 credit from both CruiseCompete and AMAWATERWAYS! More….

Rent A Harley On Your Next Cruise– My husband, a Harley rider, loves to explore the open road. And heÔÇÖs not alone. people all over the globe use this freewheeling transportation to see the world from a different perspective. So hereÔÇÖs a trend that Harley-Davidson riders everywhere can get “onboard” with; on your next cruise, hop off the cruise ship and onto a rental bike! If you are a fan of seeing “open road” on the back of a Harley Road King or Heritage Classic, there remain countless global frontiers out there to explore! More….

Looking for a resort? We hope you will visit VacationCompete.com ÔÇô where resort specialists will compete to find you the best resort deal.

Planning a wedding or honeymoon? Love is in the air at cruise lines AMAWATERWAYS and Hapag Lloyd! More….

The newest cruise trend: Going on vacation and “giving back” at the same time– We all know that cruising is fun. It is a great vacation. It is a superb value. But what we sometimes donÔÇÖt realize is that cruising can also be the opportunity to do some real good. More….

Five Reasons A River Cruise Should Top Your Travel To-Do List: For seasoned travelers looking for an experience that will challenge the senses and intellect, river cruises hold a timeless allure. These cruises offer a memorable blend of scenic river views with “slices of history” that reflect some of the most magnificent cultures in the world. More….

Planning an overseas cruise? Travel requirements vary, so make sure your Visa is in order… More….

Video of the week: What to Wear on Your Cruise: Summary: The overview of cruise fashion includes information about what clothing to pack and what to wear on various functions on different cruise lines.

Wondering about the unique and exotic cruise lines? You can see the lines by category at AllThingsCruise — We list the Ultra-Luxury Cruise Lines, Premium Cruise Lines, Small Ship Cruise Lines, River Cruise Lines, Expedition Cruise Lines and the Cruise Lines with Sailing Vessels/Yachts. More….

Want to send a unique travel e-card, giving friends and family hard-to-find actual ship phone numbers, plan a wedding at sea, or find out about a shore excursion that includes dinner with a Sheikh? Visit All Things Cruise, which is the leading website for cruise enthusiasts, dedicated to the joy of cruise travel and planning the best cruise vacations ever. More….

Do you have a travel question? Check out ExpertTravelAnswers

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We welcome and encourage feedback about our CruiseCompete Currents newsletter: We’re interested in your feedback: please e-mail any comments or suggestions to Heidi Allison, Executive VP & Group Publisher, to hshane@cruisecompete.com. Thank you

The “wow” factor on Allure of the Seas is absolutely amazing…More…..

We would love your opinion of your recent trip…..The freshest ship and port reviews around are found on AllThingsCruise….More…..

Welcome to David Molyneaux, our new blogger. David has cruised on more than 50 ships, visiting six continents, writes a monthly cruise column for U.S. newspapers. He is president of the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation and lives on the south shore of Lake Erie. More…..

David gives a great review of the new Oceania Marina…….More…..

Cruising With Young Children? Some of the fondest memories I have of vacationing with my family are trips when my children were very young. There is something about watching a small child come to know new experiences and surroundings- itÔÇÖs an idea thatÔÇÖs very dear to my heart. Now that my own children are grown and world travelers themselves, I like to think that the travels of their youth sparked their interest and love of different environments and cultures. More…..

Russian Art Museums, the Rhine and Danube Rivers, European Countrysides on Boutique River Cruises – I am always excited to see what new ships and amenities the cruise lines are offering. so whatÔÇÖs in store for the river cruise ships debuting in 2011? More…..

Celebrate the magic of the wonderful Christmas season with a fascinating trip on AmaWaterways, beginning in magnificent Budapest on December 5, 2011. Visit charming towns where so many Christmas traditions began, visiting enchanting Christmas markets and share local traditions in medieval Regensburg, musical Salzburg, vibrant Vienna and more. Conclude your holiday cruise in historic Prague. We are so excited that we will be able to host and meet some of our very loyal users! More….

Video of the week: How to Choose a Cabin for Your Next Cruise Summary: Learn the differences between types of cruise cabins and staterooms, and get some advice about how to choose the right cabin for your particular cruise.

Wondering about the unique and exotic cruise lines? You can see the lines by category at AllThingsCruise — We list the Ultra-Luxury Cruise Lines, Premium Cruise Lines, Small Ship Cruise Lines, River Cruise Lines, Expedition Cruise Lines and the Cruise Lines with Sailing Vessels/Yachts. More….

Want to send a unique travel e-card, giving friends and family hard-to-find actual ship phone numbers, plan a wedding at sea, or find out about a shore excursion that includes dinner with a Sheikh?

Visit All Things Cruise, which is the leading website for cruise enthusiasts, dedicated to the joy of cruise travel and planning the best cruise vacations ever. More….

Do you have a travel question? Check out ExpertTravelAnswers

Looking for past Currents Newsletters? Just click here for More…..

We welcome and encourage feedback about our CruiseCompete Currents newsletter: We’re interested in your feedback: please e-mail any comments or suggestions to Heidi Allison, Executive VP & Group Publisher, to hshane@cruisecompete.com. Thank you!

One of my favorite lines, Windstar Cruises, operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts. The yachts explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations, and offer guests exceptional opportunities to experience the mythical beauty, rich history and ancient wonders of the Greek Isles on 7-day voyages between Athens and Istanbul. More…….

Crystal Cruise Lines Serenity to offer new shops and chic pool deck — Serenity’s fine jewelry store will mirror a jewelry box, with mother-of-pearl feature wall, beveled chrome vitrines, and new, private sales area. The Apropos boutique will become three-shops-in-one, with a flagship Christian Dior cosmetic/skincare area showcased among rich Zebrano wood and herringbone rosewood, arresting black-plum-magenta carpeting, and tufted leather seating. As for the pool deck, inspired by Crystal Symphony’s recent transformation, the Seahorse Pool teak deck will be refashioned with circular pod beds, plush sofa groups, and lounge chairs in a kaleidoscope of lime green, azure, and mango. More……

Norwegian Cruise Line updates its private island… Great Stirrup Cay — NCL has a new dining facility on Great Stirrup Cay, where offerings include a pizza-making station, two grills, hot and cold food stations, as well as fresh fruits and breads. Plus, two full bars. More…..

Celebrate the magic of the wonderful Christmas season with a fascinating trip on AMAWATERWAYS, beginning in magnificent Budapest on December 5, 2011. Visit charming towns where so many Christmas traditions began, visiting enchanting Christmas markets and share local traditions in medieval Regensburg, musical Salzburg, vibrant Vienna and more. Conclude your holiday cruise in historic Prague. We are so excited that we will be able to host and meet some of our very loyal users! More….

It is now easier for cruise passengers to book wheelchair and scooter rentals –Special Needs Group, Inc., recently introduced an easy, quick and safe online wheelchair and scooter rental booking service for cruise travelers who have special needs or are “slow walkers.” Located at www.specialneedsgroup.com, the user-friendly service provides travelers not only with quality equipment, but also peace of mind that they will enjoy the benefits of their cruise vacation without barriers or hassles.More…..

We would love your opinion of your recent trip…..The freshest ship and port reviews around are found on AllThingsCruise….More…..

Video of the week: How to Choose a Cruise Line — Summary: Learn some of the basic differences between the major cruise lines to help choose which line is right for your cruise vacation. Video Run Time: 2:30

Do you have a travel question? Check out ExpertTravelAnswers

Wondering about the unique and exotic cruise lines? You can see the lines by category at AllThingsCruise — We list the Ultra-Luxury Cruise Lines, Premium Cruise Lines, Small Ship Cruise Lines, River Cruise Lines, Expedition Cruise Lines and the Cruise Lines with Sailing Vessels/Yachts. More….

Want to send a unique travel e-card, giving friends and family hard-to-find actual ship phone numbers, plan a wedding at sea, or find out about a shore excursion that includes dinner with a Sheikh?

Visit All Things Cruise which is the leading website for cruise enthusiasts, dedicated to the joy of cruise travel and planning the best cruise vacations ever. More….

Looking for past Currents Newsletters? Just click here for More…..

Would you do us a favor? We are in the soft launch stage of our new site VacationCompete.com ÔÇô We would really like to hear your thoughts about this new site where you are able to instantly see hotel rates and also receive competitive quotes from our hotel specialists.

Try VacationCompete.com for your hotel and resort bookings. Thank you.

Please email me any suggestions / comments about VacationCompete.com

HShane@CruiseCompete.com

Celebrate the magic of the wonderful Christmas season with a fascinating trip beginning in magnificent Budapest on December 5, 2011. Visit charming towns where so many Christmas traditions began, visiting enchanting Christmas markets and sharing local traditions in medieval Regensburg, musical Salzburg, vibrant Vienna and more. Conclude your holiday cruise in historic Prague. We are so excited that we will be able to host and meet some of our very loyal users. More…

The new Disney Dream is quite elegant, reminiscent of the 1930’s, the ÔÇÿgolden age of cruising – This morning Chet and I disembarked from the Disney Dream. This was really a very, very fast look at a fascinating ship. Here are some first impressions: More….

Inaugural Cruises ÔÇô we have updated the news about the Inaugural cruises – Every year, the world’s oceans play host to a variety of new cruise ships. These bold new ships showcase innovations, itineraries and amenities that awe even the most seasoned cruiser. So what do the most recent (and upcoming) ships to hit the water have to offer? Read on to find out more about these historical cruises, their amenities, and what to expect from the inaugural experience.

See the Inaugural Cruises- Launch Dates 2010/2011 Plus… Seven Great Reasons to Take an Inaugural Cruise

AT&T offers a special cruise package for cellular phones –Using your cell phone on a cruise can be expensive. I know my company, Verizon, offers a special onboard cruise package. Here are the details of what AT&T is offering: AT&T customers can save money by signing up for the Cruise Ship Passport package prior to or after setting sail on the ship. For a list of qualifying cruise ships, please visit att.com/travelguide.

For just $35 a month, the package provides the following services while on the cruise ship’s “CellularatSEA” network….. More..

Do you have a travel question? Check out ExpertTravelAnswers

Wondering about the unique and exotic cruise line? You can see the lines by category at AllThingsCruise,

We list the Ultra-Luxury Cruise Lines, Premium Cruise Lines, Small Ship Cruise Lines, River Cruise Lines, Expedition Cruise Lines and the Cruise Lines with Sailing Vessels/Yachts. More..

Want to send a unique travel e-card giving friends and family hard-to-find actual ship phone numbers, plan a wedding at sea, or find out about a shore excursion that includes dinner with a Sheikh?

Visit All Things Cruise which is the leading website for cruise enthusiasts, dedicated to the joy of cruise travel and planning the best cruise vacations ever. More…

Video: How to Save Money Onboard Your Cruise — Summary: Getting a great deal when you book your cruise is just the start. Learn how to save money onboard and in port with these tips for saving money during your cruise. Video Run Time: 3:43

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Five times I have cruised through the Panama Canal and now this is the Cruise to experience the original Panama Canal with Crystal before its expansion. It was my privilege to travel 5 times (my career began with Princess Cruises) through this absolutely breathtaking site, with perhaps the best experience being in the company of David G. McCullough the famous author of The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914. Not many technological marvels are still More….

Oceania’s “Marina”… The First-Ever Ship Built for Epicureans – Love food and fine dining? Then you will be beyond excited to hear about the offerings of Oceania’s new ship, the Marina, which debuts later this month. This gorgeous new vessel, the first of its kind, will have no less than six no-charge, gourmet restaurants! More….

Unique shops and delicious Mexican Food – Looking for authentic Mexican food? Try La Papilla’s. Awesome views of downtown. The food was amazing from burrito’ to shrimp filled quesadilla’s and Margarita’s made to perfection. Add to the experience by conquering some of the unique shops. Read about an awesome all-inclusive resort for before or after your cruise. More….

Want to send a unique travel e-card giving friends and family hard-to-find actual ship phone numbers, plan a wedding at sea, or find out about a shore excursion that includes dinner with a Sheikh?

Visit All Things Cruise which is the leading website for cruise enthusiasts, dedicated to the joy of cruise travel and planning the best cruise vacations ever. More….

Video of the week: Book Your Cruise Early or Book it Late? Summary: The best cruise deals are usually found by booking either well in advance of the sailing or through booking a last-minute cruise. Learn when it’s to your advantage to book your cruise early or book it late. Video Run Time: 2:35

Dominica is the CaribbeanÔÇÖs whale-watching capital

The whales are logging, resting on the surface. TheyÔÇÖve undoubtedly seen our boat countless times and at first pay little attention as we approach to within 30 yards. One of the whales becomes curious and “spy-hops,” raising her head up in the air to have a good look at us. MoreÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪ

Frequently asked question.

May I transfer my reservation to a travel agent if I purchased my cruise directly from Royal Caribbean?

Bookings may be transferred to a CruiseCompete Agent up until 60 days from creation if the request is made outside of Final Payment period and the booking is not paid in full.  We recommend you try us before booking directly with the lines.  We have other itineraries and options you make prefer.

MaasdamÔÇÖs Guest Chef Joseph F. Caputo: Part one of two

Today IÔÇÖm attending a cooking demonstration with the MaasdamÔÇÖs guest Chef Joseph F. Caputo who will prepare Coconut Chicken Soup. Joseph tells us he owns and operates Zuppa del Giorno, il restorante del pranzo which means “soup of the day” andCatering by Joseph LTD in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Explaining how he was inspired by the cooking of his mother and grandmother and that culinary success started early in his life, Joseph uses the kitchen as a stage while preparing the soup. MoreÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪ

Deal of the week ÔÇôWindstar offers 2-for 1 cruise fares for Europe 2011
Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the worlds most treasured destinations, offers exceptional values to some of the most romantic places in the world with 2-for-1 fares on select 2011 Europe voyages now through December 31, 2010. More..

All Things Cruiseis the leading website for cruise enthusiasts, dedicated to the joy of cruise travel and planning the best cruise vacations ever.

Want to send a unique travel e-card giving friends and family hard-to-find actual ship phone numbers, plan a wedding at sea, or find out about a shore excursion that includes dinner with a Sheikh?┬á┬áThen pay a visit to AllThingsCruise.┬á MoreÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪ.

Cunard Line Queens to meet for historic royal rendezvous in NYC

On Thursday January 13, 2011, Cunard Lines three luxury cruise ships  flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and the new Queen Elizabeth  will meet together in New York Harbour for a true grand celebration, a Cunard Royal Rendezvous. More.

Video: How Cruise Prices Work #2: Travel Agent Secrets

Summary: Understand the behind-the-scenes secrets that go into how travel agents and agencies set the prices they charge for cruises to you can learn how to get the best cruise rates.

Video Run Time: 2:55 

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A note from the publisher:

Dear Guests,

We are constantly searching the globe for interesting opportunities on sea and land for your enjoyment.

Hope you enjoy this list of some of the most fascinating shore excursions we have ever seen. Contact a CruiseCompete member agent for more details.

Warmest Regards,
Heidi Allison-Shane
Publisher

From fighter jets to Arctic Circle reindeer to Aboriginal paintings, when your sense of adventure peaks and cost is no concern, the cruise industry offers plenty of unique – shore excursions guaranteed never to be forgotten:

1. Exploring the Italian countryside by air (balloon)
Location: Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy
Duration: Approximately 5 1/2 hours
Price: $1,695 and up, per adult

Azamara guests looking for a unique vantage point of the Chianti countryside can climb aboard a hot air balloon for a truly memorable experience high above rolling countryside. No two rides are the same, with air currents directing the trip. This excursion includes a gourmet dinner at Villa La Massa and your return trip to Livorno.

2. Piloting the Alaskan bush
Location: Ketchikan, Alaska
Duration: Approximately 3 hours
Price: $2,984 and up

The untouched beauty of Alaska comes into full view aboard a private floatplane tour, identical to ones flown by Alaska’s famed bush pilots. NCL, Norwegian Cruise Line guests will soar through Misty Fjords National Monument, encompassing 2.3 million acres of wilderness, featuring soaring cliffs and peaceful lakes, not to mention abundant wildlife, including whales and bears.

3. Viewing Venice in a moonlit gondola
Location: Venice
Duration: Approximately 2 hours
Price: $799 per person; $999 per couple

There’s no better way to explore Venice than by traversing its famed canals, especially under the moonlight. Windstar guests board their gondolas near St. Mark’s Square. Combine Italian champagne with the serenade of two violinists and your boat ride becomes a truly unforgettable, incredibly romantic, affair.

4. Pushing the envelope in a MiG fighter jet
Location: Moscow
Duration: One night
Price: $38,695

Adrenaline junkies will surely get a fix of a lifetime by climbing aboard a MiG fighter jet at Sormovo Airbase for a thrilling flight at two times the speed of sound over Russia’s landscape. This adventure is not for the faint of heart, so a brief physical exam is required before you climb aboard. Crystal Cruises combines this exclusive ride with a full-day of sightseeing in Moscow and brief visit to historic Nizhny Novgorod.

5. Driving a sports car of one’s dreams

Location: Monte Carlo to Venice
Duration: Approximately 7 hours
Price: $3,922

The dream of driving a Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati can become a reality during an exhilarating sightseeing tour of Monaco in one of these exotic Italian sports cars. The vehicle will be waiting for you at the pier near where the Crystal Cruises ship moors. There is nothing quite like touring Monte Carlo’s twisting roads and scenery at breakneck speeds – although guests are encouraged to abide by local speed limits.

6. Jetting to Lapland and the Arctic Circle – Take your Children on This One
Location: Baltic
Duration: Approximately 9 hours
Price: $8,174

The legend of Santa Claus comes full circle for guests visiting the Arctic Circle during a full-day adventure to Finland’s Lapland. Guests are transported by private jet to Lapland. A special riverboat tour is combined with a visit to an authentic reindeer farm – complete with Lappish food, cultural demonstrations and sightseeing of this remote northern land. Tourists also have the chance to explore Santa Claus Village, located on the Arctic Circle, and meet the real Santa compliments of Crystal Cruises.

7. Mingling with the jet-set at the Monaco Grand Prix
Location: Monaco
Duration: 3 days
Price: $2,400

The renowned Grand Prix in Monaco provides the perfect setting for Windstar guests to mingle with the world’s most glamorous jet-set – and view one of the most difficult and prestigious racing spectacles anywhere. In addition to the event, you will enjoy a private reception at the Rainier Private Auto Collection Museum, featuring 100 of the most famous automobiles ever built from manufacturers across the globe.

Jumbo “Carnival Seaside Theatres” have become so popular on the first five Fun Ships equipped with the 270 square-foot screens (12×22 feet wide) that the cruise line will be adding them and their accompanying 70,000-watt sound systems to another five vessels over the next year. Guests enjoy a variety of programming day and night on the massive screens, which use the same technology featured in large stadiums and in New York’s Times Square. This includes movies, concerts, news, sporting events and shipboard entertainment. In addition, during Carnival’s lively deck parties, music videos, along with shots of the revelry, are shown on-screen.

The first Seaside Theatre debuted on the Carnival Liberty in 2005 and the positive response prompted the cruise line to incorporate into all new ship projects moving forward. The Carnival Splendor debuted this month and Carnival Dream is scheduled to be launched next fall. The Carnival Destiny and Triumph will be retrofitted with the theatres this fall, with the Carnival Glory and Conquest scheduled for next.

Crystal offering great saving on 2009 Asia cruises

Cruise travelers planning voyages to Asia next year can take advantage of Crystal’s new stateroom upgrades worth $1,800 and penthouse savings of $2,000 on select cruises departing during March and April aboard the Crystal Symphony. Plus, CruiseCompete Specialists will have extra goodies for you.

The following highlights the details of these special offers:

China and Japan

  • Two-category upgrades to verandah suites, worth more than $1,800 per person, or $3,600 per couple.
  • Savings of $2,000 per person off of penthouse accommodations.
  • Complimentary three-day Beijing land program, including luxury hotel stays, all meals and sightseeing.

March 27, Hong Kong to Beijing – 15 days, including three-day post-cruise Beijing “Fashion and Style” program. Overnight visits to Kobe and Hiroshima, Japan and Shanghai, plus a stop in Dalian, China.

April 5, Beijing to Hong Kong – 15 days, including three-day pre-cruise Beijing “Mind, Body and Spirit” program. Overnight visits to Hong Kong; Osaka, Japan; and Shanghai.

Southeast Asia

  • Two-category upgrades to verandah suites, worth $1,800 per person or $3,600 per couple.

April 20, Hong Kong to Singapore – 11 days, including “Golf Experience of Discovery” hosted by PGA pro and chance to play at some of Asia’s finest golf courses. Overnight visits to Bangkok, Thailand; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Singapore.

Top reasons to enjoy a cruise during 2008 holidays

Truly festive atmosphere – After Thanksgiving, the cruise lines get in the holiday spirit by decorating their ships from bow to stern. Some cruise lines spend in excess of $100,000 annually on holiday decorations.

Special guests – Christmas-time cruises would not be complete without visits from Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elf friends. They make appearances on many ships during the holiday season leading up to Christmas Day.

New Year’s fun – Ringing in the New Year is a splash aboard a cruise ship. Elaborate parties take place at sea for persons of all ages and tastes. Special food, entertainment, toasts, party favors and more make the night memorable. New Year’s Day features special football tailgate parties.

No snow – A holiday cruise is ideal for persons looking for a change of scenery as colder weather moves in at home. With Caribbean temperatures in the low 80s during this time of year, the closest one will come to cold weather on a cruise ship is the snow falling in the ship’s atrium. It’s man made, however, and designed to melt in the air.

Great food – Nobody goes hungry on a cruise vacation, especially during the holidays. Cruise menus fit the season, with world-class chefs preparing traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, plus special kosher foods during Hanukkah.

Kid’s activities galore – With children on holiday break from school, many families love to cruise during December. There is so much to do on a cruise, including a range of supervised activities for kids ages 3-17, pool activities, special lounges and dedicated nightclubs for tweens and teens.

True relaxation – Leave the hustle and bustle (and accompanying stress) of the holidays behind and enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere. There is no better way to spend an afternoon in December than lying poolside, enjoying a massage or sunbathing on a cruise line’s private island beach.

Unique gifts – A cruise vacation is one holiday gift that will be truly appreciated. Plus, there is world-class shopping onboard the ship and in various ports. Special shipping arrangements can be made to get the gifts home.