In addition to the ever-expanding menu of dining options and activities offered onboard a Seabourn sailing, passengers can now choose from a new menu of Seabourn Club amenities and discounts after their first sailing with the cruise line. Seabourn has enhanced their guest loyalty program “Seabourn Club” to start rewarding their passengers sooner, and increase the amenities and discounts the more they sail. The benefits still include the popular milestone award of a complimentary cruise after sailing 140 days.
Cruise Specialists has been planning reunion cruise trips for the NNCA (Navy Nurse Corps Association) since 2002. The Cruise Specialists team of Lynne Cox, Laura Rebman and founder Janet Lanterman organized and escorted the NNCA group’s first cruise to Alaska in 2002 with 900 NNCA members onboard. Since then, Cruise Specialists has planned numerous large group cruises for the association. The Navy nurses most recently set sail on a Holland America Western Caribbean cruise in March 2012 and presented a beautiful plaque to the Cruise Specialists team for all their hard work over the years!
Taking a cruise with a knowledgeable cruise escort is just like having a friend onboard your same cruise – except this savvy friend just happens to know everything there is to know about your particular journey and cruising in general. Here are five reasons to love our Cruise Specialists escorts:
1. Serve as Onboard Travel Contact. Our cruise escorts are an extension of your trusted travel specialist and are available to answer your questions about the ship, itinerary, crew or activities. They will typically host regular chat times at designated times and locations on the ship where our clients can stop by to visit and pick their brain. How many other travelers are able to say that they brought their travel professional onboard the cruise with them?
During the first few weeks of January, a wave of ships will soon be departing from a variety of ports to take eager passengers on an adventure of a lifetime around the world. As most people are preparing for the busy holiday season, some of our Cruise Specialists travelers are also busy preparing for their long awaited world cruise.
Chris Parker, vice president of sister company All Aboard Travel recently returned from an Avalon river cruise on the Seine River (Paris to Normandy’s Landing Beaches itinerary). Here is his personal account:
I recently experienced an Avalon Waterways river cruise on the Avalon Creativity cruising the Seine River. It was amazing to experience France’s beautiful countrysides, meet fascinating people, enjoy fantastic cuisine and excellent service and take in all the great history this itinerary provided.
Cruise Specialists recently attended the travel industry’s most prestigious conference, Virtuoso’s Travel Mart, which took place August 14-19 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the five-day conference, advisors from Cruise Specialists joined nearly 1,700 other elite travel advisors and more than 1,600 executives and representatives from some of the world’s best travel companies, all of whom belong to the Virtuoso® luxury travel network. In total, the conference attracted approximately 3,700 attendees – the largest turnout in the conference’s 23-year history – from 90 countries around the globe.
Travel Leaders Group (parent company of Cruise Specialists) once again earns top industry rankings and climbs to the number nine spot on Travel Weekly’s 2011 Power List of the industry’s top travel sellers.
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May 24, 2011 – Cruise Specialists continues to keep our finger on the pulse and bring you the most current and exciting news in the cruise industry.
We are pleased to announce a move that’s a first for Holland America Line. Ms Rotterdam will deploy from Europe year-round starting in September, 2012, on a series of extended sailings round-trip from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The home port of Rotterdam was selected because of the company’s deep historical connection to the city as well its easily accessible location in Northwest Europe.
Cruise Specialists is offering a variety of theme cruises this fall for travelers looking to explore and indulge in their favorite passion while cruising. Taste distinct wines from all over the world on our wine lovers cruise through the Mediterranean, play 10 days of Bridge on your way to and from Hawaii, dance your way through the Caribbean or the Panama Canal, and get in tip top shape on your way to Mexico on our new Zumba Fitness® Cruise.