This week – Crystal Cruises announces a new route for their special 20th anniversary world cruise in 2015, then there’s big news in the industry as Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Dan Hanrahan resigns, and what’s better for cruise lovers than some tantalizing summer cruise sales?
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Crystal Cruises Announces New Route for 20th Anniversary World Cruise for 2015:
Crystal Cruises is looking far into the future, sans crystal ball, revealing early details of its 2015 World Cruise. In honor of its 20th world cruise, and 25th anniversary of the company, the ultra-luxe line will be offering a brand new route: a full circumnavigation of the globe conveniently round-trip from Miami starting January 15, 2015. The 108-day, warm weather voyage aboard Crystal Serenity will consist of six all-inclusive segments that will traverse Central and South America, the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, and the Caribbean, as follows:
- Miami to Callao/Lima (16 days)
- Callao/Lima to Auckland (19 days)
- Auckland to Perth (21 days)
- Perth to Cape Town (21 days)
- Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro (15 days)
- Rio de Janeiro to Miami (16 days)
Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Daniel Hanrahan Resigns:
After 13 years of successful service with Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd., Daniel Hanrahan, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, announced he will be leaving at the end of July to take an exciting new opportunity.
“While leaving Celebrity isn’t easy for me, I am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish the last seven years,” said Hanrahan. “The delivery of Celebrity Solstice in 2008 changed what was a great brand into the finest premium cruise line in the industry. In four years, we took delivery of five new ships, ‘Solsticized’ the Millennium class, repositioned the brand around ‘Modern Luxury’, achieved record high guest ratings and won numerous awards as the best sales organization. Not to mention, we saw our profitability improve dramatically. To say I’m leaving Celebrity in good hands is an understatement. From our teams here in Miami and Wichita, to our crew members on Celebrity ships around the world, this is the finest group of professionals I have ever worked with. I know the Celebrity momentum will continue.”
Summer Cruise Sales:
There’s nothing like a good summer cruise sale and these cruise lines are offering some nice prices and incentives for fall and winter sailings:
- Cunard – Summer Sale on Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2:
Cunardis holding an exclusive five-day Grand Summer Event Sale on select voyages aboard Queen Elizabeth and flagship Queen Mary 2, featuring savings of up to 60% off Mediterranean voyages and a special offer of complimentary balcony upgrades on ships departing U.S. ports.Included in the sale are the spectacular nine-day Mediterranean Memories to Sevilla, Barcelona and Florence, and the 12-day Greek Isles & Aegean Treasures to Rome, Turkey, Israel and the Greek Isles. The sale starts on 12 July.
- Carnival – Receive $200 Cash Back for Select Holiday Sailings:
With many consumers already making their holiday vacation plans, Carnival Cruise Lines is offering a special promotion awarding up to $200 per stateroom “cash back” for voyages taking place over the Christmas and New Year’s period.The promotion is available in conjunction with virtually all of the line’s three- to eight-day “Fun Ship” cruises, including voyages to the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Mexico, departing between Dec. 20, 2012 and Jan. 1, 2013.
- MSC – Book a Balcony Cabin for an Interior Cabin Price on Select Fall Sailings:
MSC has announced they are offering special fall rates on balcony cabins on select European cruises. Guests can book a balcony stateroom at the early booking rate for an interior stateroom on bookings made by August 31, 2012 on select sailings.
- NCL Announces the Great Upgrade Event:
Norwegian Cruise Line announced they will offer guests the opportunity to receive free stateroom upgrades during “The Great Upgrade Event” which began on Monday, July 9, 2012.Vacationers planning to set sail on any three-day or longer cruise vacation in 2013 or 2014 will receive an up to four category stateroom upgrade and reduced deposits on sailings to Alaska, the Bahamas & Florida, Bermuda, Caribbean, Canada & New England, Europe, Hawaii and the Mexican Riviera, when they book before August 12, 2012. In addition, those who take advantage of the offer will receive e-coupons worth up to $300 in onboard savings.