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Norwegian Epic features performances by world-class entertainers such as Blue Man Group, Second City Comedy Troupe, Legends in Concert and Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos and unique theatrical shows like Cirque Dreams & Dinner.

With such as star-studded lineup, entertainment on board Norwegian Epic will rival that of any shows you can see in top cities like New York or Las Vegas. With 20 different dining options, including Cirque Dreams & Dinner, an innovative concept mixing high flying acrobatics with dinner under the first big top at sea, Norwegian Epic will provide cuisines and dining styles to fit every guest’s palate. 

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Last minute cruises have become the best deals afloat for savvy travelers. Last-minute cruise deals let you book a cabin on a cruise that has not sold out around 60 days of sailing. Just like the airlines who want to sell every seat, cruise lines don't like to sail with a vacant cabin. Cruise lines make a lot of more money than the cruise fare. Guests spend big money on drinks, the spa, photos, gambling, on-board shopping and shore excursions. Empty cabins mean less profit. Because all the cabins need to be sold so the ship sails full, last-minute cruises are deeply discounted. Travel agents work with the cruise line to make these last minute cruises very attractive. Big retail travel websites offer deals to cruise destinations at prices as much as 80% off. Guests should visit these websites often, as prices, availability and offers change daily. Don't forget to sign up for e-mail alerts.

 

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If you already booked and placed a deposit for your cruise, a new policy could affect your plans to hold out for the posting of a lower rate and requesting a price change. As it has always been, cruise lines have the sole discretion to lower the price or not at the time you request a price-reduction. On occasion, more often than not, in the past, they have done so. Perhaps no more.

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If you're willing to learn the the ins-and-outs of online travel bargain hunting, you can save as much as 70% off published rates and 10-25% more from cruise brokers, consolidators and group movers. Bargains can be found at sites that offer comparison shopping, clearance, last minute deals, cruise line sites, auctions and travel classifieds.

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The new Disney Dream will take family cruising to all-new heights, embracing the spirit of innovation, magical entertainment and immersive experiences that have made Disney Cruise Line® the preeminent cruise of choice for families since 1998.

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 Most cruises have supervised activities for children, some ships don't.  To find the best children’s programs, we suggest you read the programs section at Family Cruises Online. Though you may think of Disney Cruise Line when looking for a family-friendly cruise, many other ships offer kids programs that may be just as appealing.

 

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Starting to search the Internet, visit some 3rd party sites, read the blogs for advice, do some social networking, or just visiting your neighborhood travel agent?

 

When it comes to advice, there's a ton of it out there. Some good, Some bad, some, not very accurate. Everyone these days has to put their two-cents of an opinion, out there for view. What if, you could read detailed and comprehensive cruise reviews from professional travel writers and your fellow cruise travelers. Oh, not the sites that have tens of thousands or more articles or reviews to read. You'll be there all night.  As a matter a fact several nights just to find

what you want, then who knows how long to filter out all the information and mis-information. That's a daunting task you know you don't have time for. Instead visit Cruise Reviews Online where you can read around 1500 of some of the best cruise line reviews and cruise ship reviews by travelers and cruise experts on today's most popular cruise ships. You will find the information is unbiased and unedited, the writers sharing their cruise experience, good or bad with you. Cruise Reviews Online, is one of the most recognized leading resources for fair and objective cruise reviews and a social networking site focused on information about cruise travel. You can read about all the major cruise line, cruise ship and destination port reviews, ratings and rankings. Read the cruise reviews, view deck plans, ship photos, review the ports of call and more.

 

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So, you want to go on a cruise? Where to begin? There are so many choices, so many cruise lines, so many destinations. The cruise industry has exploded over the past 20 years. Cruising is growing in popularity because it is a safe and affordable way to enjoy a vacation. Of course, the main reason cruising is so popular is because it is fun!

However, before you rush out and put down a deposit on that great Internet special for a 7-night cruise, here are a few things you need to know.

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Shore Excursions : Remember to budget for shore excursion expenses. Excursion prices can vary greatly depending on your port of call, cruise line and activity.You can book shore excursions with  the cruise line or with private shore excursion companies that allow guests to book their shore excursions in advance. To the left are firms who offer pre-booking of shore excursions.

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Looking for new ways to cruise for less? Here's a cruise tip that even experienced cruisers may not know. Start your search for a low-cost cruise by researching resident rates. Click on this link: Exclusive Resident Specials! Enjoy Reduced Rates on Select Sailings Where you live could entitle you to exclusive savings. Once the page opens, just click on your home state or region to unlock special fares. Plus, while you're shopping, look for resident rate reminders under the price.

 

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Antarctica: The Seventh Continent

Panama Canal: The History Journey

Set Sail in Asia: Far East, Far Out! 

The Last Days of Pompeii

The Yukon Flotilla

Giants of the Deep

The Paris of South America

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New Year's Traditions Around the World

Why Sail The Panama Canal?
One Canal, Two Oceans, and Unlimited Possibilities

It's not often that the scenic route is also the shortcut. But that's exactly what you'll find on Celebrity's Panama Canal itineraries -- the  shortest distance between the East and West coasts of the U.S. and some of the most scenic cruising anywhere in the world. This represents not just an  opportunity to travel right to through the heart of the rainforest, but to visit an exciting collection of ports on either side, including the Yucatán Peninsula, the Mexican Riviera, and cosmopolitan cities from San Diego, California to Miami, Florida.

Beyond the Panama Canal
While the highlight of any Panama Canal voyage is the day-long navigation through the Canal itself, what makes this such an enriching experience is  the vast number of shore excursions we offer at every port. Working with the most reliable English-speaking guides, we've assembled a collection of adventures that cater to every interest and every level of stamina. Best of all, we handle all the details for you so that all you have to do is choose your shore excursions and enjoy your day.
Why Sail To Bermuda?
Sands of a Different Color

Each of our Bermuda itineraries offers at least one overnight in King's Wharf, providing you an ample opportunity to experience a phenomenon found in few other places - beaches with pink sand. Add in the proximity to the East Coast of the U.S., and you have a destination where you can truly escape from it all without having to venture too far. This is Bermuda - so close to home yet so different from any other place.

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New Shore Excursions Not to Miss

On Bermuda's Premier Glass Bottom Boat Tour, you'll travel on an air-conditioned luxury cruiser, floating over coral reefs and an 18thcenturysunken ship, where fish will rise from the depths for a feeding. Enjoy a clear view of the world's most vibrant ecosystems on this exciting adventure. On Hartley's Helmet Dive, you'll be taken out to a dive site on a glass-bottomed boat, where you'll don a diving mask with an integrated air supply and descent into the sea with a guide, who will point out all kinds of different marine life, some of which you can hold or feed by hand.

Why Sail Europe?
Experience a Contemporary Cultural Odyssey

Gaze at a map of Europe and allow each point to works its magic on you. Venice, Santorini, Istanbul, St. Petersburg or Berlin. Each city evokes a deep sense of wonder and intrigue. But a carefully designed European cruise is not just a visit to places on a map, it's an adventure that brings you face to face with every nuance of the European experience.

Go Beyond the Coastline with a Cruise tour
Because Europe is a region of such depth and discovery, we offer several ways for you to experience everything that lies beyond the coastline. On a Cruise tour - one of which travels through Italy, one that travels through Spain, and two that travel through Northern Europe - you'll see Europe at its finest, as we seamlessly combine a cruise itinerary with a multi-night, escorted land journey that transports you deep into everything this magical continent has to offer. These longer, more comprehensive vacations, which travel by train car and deluxe motor coach, as well as magnificent ship, allow you to become better acquainted with cities like Paris, London, Florence, and Venice.

Why Sail The Caribbean?
A Caribbean itinerary for everyone

Whether you're looking for a seven-night adventure or a 14-night exploration that extends as far as Mexico and South America, cruise lines offer many exciting ways to discover the Caribbean.

Over 100 new shore excursions
The enchantment of the Caribbean extends far beyond these island's pristine beaches. Discover an exhilarating collection of tantalizing sights, sounds, tastes and textures, with shore excursions for every age traveler and every interest.

. Treat yourself to a champagne and lobster cruise setting sail from St George's, Grenada.
. Experience the islands as the explorers did, on a tall ship adventure out of Philipsburg, St. Maarten.
. Uncover the legends of region's original inhabitants, the Carib Indians on Roseau, Dominica.

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Cruise Lines Reservations & Information Click On A Link To Visit The Cruise Lines Official Website
     
Ocean Cruises    
Azamara Cruises 877-999-9553 www.azamaracruises.com
Carnival Cruise Line 800-227-6482 www.carnival.com
Celebrity Cruises 800-437-3111 www.celebritycruises.com
Costa Cruises 800-462-6782 www.costacruises.com
Cruise West 888-851-8133 www.cruisewest.com
Crystal Cruises 888-722-0021 www.crystalcruises.com
Cunard Line 800-528-6273 www.cunardline.com
Disney Cruise Line 800-511-1333 www.disneycruise.com
Holland America Line 877-724-5425 www.hollandamerica.com
MSC Cruises 800-666-9333 www.msccruises.com
Norwegian Cruise Line 800-327-7030 www.ncl.com
Oceania Cruises 800-531-5619 www.oceaniacruises.com
Paul Gauguin Cruises 800-848-6172 www.pgcruises.com
Princess Cruises 800-774-6237 www.princess.com
Regent Seven Seas Cruises 877-505-5370 www.rssc.com
Royal Caribbean International 800-327-6700 www.royalcaribbean.com
Seabourn Cruise Line 800-929-9391 www.seabourn.com
SeaDream Yacht Club 800-707-4911 www.seadreamyachtclub.com
Silversea Cruises 800-722-9955 www.silversea.com
Star Clippers 800-442-0551 www.starclippers.com
Windstar Cruises 800-258-7245 www.windstarcruises.com
River Cruises    
AVALON Waterways 877-797-8791 www.avalonwaterways.com
AMA Waterways 800-626-0126 www.amawaterways.com
Uniworld River Cruises 800-733-7820 www.uniworld.com
Victoria Cruises 800-348-8084 www.victoriacruises.com
Viking River Cruises 877-668-4546 www.vikingrivercruises.com
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One of our favorites is avid traveler and an award-winning journalist, Ralph Grizzle.  Ralph produces cruise-related articles, video and photos that are inspiring and informative, personal and passionate.

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Family Travel On The Rise  

Tips On Taking Great Pictures On A Cruise

Cruise Ship Reviews, Cruise Line Reviews, Cruise Ship Ratings

Cruises: NEW Passport Requirements

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Tip Ten Most Popular Lines For Family Cruises

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Questions. Need Help? Read hundreds of cruise line reviews and cruise ship reviews by travelers and cruise experts on today's most popular cruise ships. Unbiased and unedited, they share their cruise experience with you. Cruise Reviews Online, one of the most recognized leading resources for fair and objective cruise reviews and a social networking site focused on information about cruise travel.

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Alaska's Lure Of Adventure

A New Dawn in Shanghai

Mallorca: The Island Of Tranquility

Antarctica: The Seventh Continent

Panama Canal: The History, Journey

Set Sail in Asia: Far East, Far Out

 

52 Cruise Secrets Revealed

 

Did You Know?

 

Most cruise lines do not allow travel agents to advertise prices lower than the cruise lines offer to those who book directly with the cruise line. However, some do allow travel agencies to discount by rebating part of the commissions, when dealing directly with a potential customer. If you are shopping the Internet for cruise prices, you're most likely going to find many travel sites quoting the same price. But, the price you're seeing on a travel agent's web site is not necessarily the best price that travel agency is able to offer you. To find out a travel agency's best price on a particular cruise, you should call them, or  e-mail them a request for a price quote. Most travel agencies have toll-free phone numbers. Don't hesitate to call or email them-- you could save a lot!

 

Form a Group. Save BIG!

Did you know the most overlooked way to stretch your dollar is to form your own cruise group. Traveling with family or friends, or both, can lower costs enough so you can travel even when the economies not that good. Of course, most of us don't have the time - or inclination - to make the calls and do the research for an entire group. It's a big job. On the other hand, booking a group cruise is easy for a professional travel agent. Your agent can create a package that works for you, while your group will realize across-the-board savings  from group discounts that your agent discovers. Find Out More

 

When times are good or not....

travel agents are your secret weapon!

When it comes to ferreting out bargains for your next cruise, whether to Alaska, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe or Mexico, or wherever, did you know your travel agent can do side-by-side cost and stateroom comparisons of over a dozen cruise lines at one time.

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