Travel with Cruises International Blog
Give the gift of travel. It’s the perfect fit!Written by Cruises International
There is little more precious than time spent together with family. Long after gifts are opened and soon forgotten, the memories of time spent on a family vacation will last an entire lifetime. Give the unique gift of traveling together.
Cruises International - Vacations, Land and Sea, has been serving their community since 1978. Don’t let the name fool you. They help families plan more than perfect cruises--from home rentals, villas, all-inclusive resorts, destination wedding, family reunions, theme park visits guided tours, safaris and much more.
“What better experience than traveling the world together as a family?” Ines Turus, President of Cruises International said. “With varying lengths of vacations to choose from, and with the planning advice from our expert Travel Advisors, a vacation with the entire family is easier and more affordable than you may think.”
Travel has become more complex. You will find their advice and guidance offers true peace of mind in that every detail has been considered. “As a bonus, in most cases, some will pay less and receive more perks than if they were to book directly with suppliers online.
There are so many new cruise ships that are sailing now, and their travel advisors have experienced them firsthand. They can help you select the best onboard experience for your specifications.
Once you’ve made your selection, your shopping is effortlessly finished! Cruises International can even create a spectacular gift presentation for under the tree!
"Trudi B. and company take care of everything, use their knowledge to your benefit, reply to questions quickly, and look for opportunities to save you money. For example, if a drink package price has been lowered the folks at Cruises International will work to get you the savings. This travel company comes highly recommended." - Sam L.
Prima, The First in Every WayWritten by Susan Bower
What could be more exciting than the christening and premier voyage of the first in a groundbreaking new class of vessels from Norwegian Cruise Line? Cruises International Director of Sales, Bonnie Green, was there and shares all of the enchanting details about Prima, a ship that redefines luxury!
Prima is evidence that Italian’s are the ultimate leaders of design. In Marghera, Italy shipbuilder Fincantieri created a masterpiece. According to Bonnie, “This is an entirely new class and style of ship, a Premium Contemporary!” Overall, the innovative concept serves fewer guests and delivers an experience filled with the sights, smells, and colors of adventure. Spacious interiors and sophisticated service is underscored by a big ship attitude filled with activities, comfort, and entertainment for guests of all ages.
Every ship has a Godmother, and Prima has Katy Perry! She was so impressed with the state-of-the-art theater technology that she requested more time to surprise everyone with an extended performance of her entire show.
You can watch highlights from the dazzling christening ceremony right here. Behind the scenes this performance created a lot of buzz about future celebrities sure to seek the spotlight with top billing on Prima.
Because cruise ships have a reputation for amazing cuisine, it’s no surprise that Norwegian held a special competition between their world-class chefs. A friendly battle was hosted by NCL to choose the perfect dish to be featured on Prima’s menu. Watch The Great Cruise Cookoff to see the delicious results. Then call your Cruises International advisor to book a taste!
And just when you think a ship couldn’t shine any brighter, Norwegian unveils The Haven on Prima! Designed by Italy’s Piero Lissoni, this exclusive environment is presented in high style. The premium and spacious accommodations feature unique spaces reserved for Haven guests only. These suites enjoy private elevators, a 24-hour butler and five-star extravagance. Private dining, lounge and infinity pool all have panoramic views of your journey. This ship within a ship is ideal for multigenerational travelers. It offers quiet privacy with convenient access to an entire ship full of activities.
Prima is more than a ship, it’s a resort. The design connects passengers closely to scenic views with thoughtful amenities at every turn. There are 20 decks filled with pure luxury and anticipation. Our advisors at Cruises International are ready to answer all of your questions and help you be among the first to enjoy Prima, the newest concept in cruising!
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Celebrity’s All-Inclusive Revenge Travel!Written by Susan Bower
Diving into luxury with Celebrity Cruises on Apex
Americans are tired of postponing vacations! Many people
- feel well protected against coronavirus
- have a nice savings from past stay-at-home years, and
- are ready to enjoy life again.
There is a current surge in vacation bookings that’s being described as Revenge Travel. It’s powered by the pent-up demand for long overdue getaways.
Celebrity Cruises Resort Atmosphere onboard the new Beyond
What better way to get your revenge than taking advantage of an all-inclusive vacation? Cruises International advisors have the inside track on fun-filled Celebrity Cruise getaways. Experience exciting destinations in Europe, Alaska and the Caribbean while traveling onboard beautifully appointed Celebrity Cruise ships. All-inclusive means you can choose a carefree escape, at a remarkable value!
Find your balance onboard Celebrity from Sunrise Yoga to Afternoon Cocktails
Celebrity’s sundecks are an open invitation to leisurely days. Spend time viewing the horizon or splashing in refreshing on deck pools. Join an early morning Yoga class and then lounge your way through the day filled with live music and poolside activities. This exclusive beach club experience is fully included in your fare.
Celebrity All-inclusive vacations include drinks all day
Meals, drinks, entertainment, and even room service are part of your all-inclusive package. Your Cruises International advisor will quote the complete cost of your vacation at the time of booking. No worries about extra charges sneaking up on you while you’re having a good time. No decisions about the cost to join the cooking class, golf, or bocce ball. Just do it, it’s all included!
Even Tips and WiFi are Included!
These packages are priced so you can decide on the exact cost of your dream vacation before you even start packing. Cruises International advisors are experienced travelers and will direct you to the perfect getaway. Pricing depends on your length of stay and preferred accommodations. There is an ideal match for you and your travel budget.
The exclusive Retreat sundeck on Celebrity Beyond is your outdoor sanctuary
You can take your vacation to the next level by signing up for the all-inclusive Retreat Package. This includes even more of what you love. A private restaurant, exclusive lounge, and 360-degree sundeck along with a team of attendants, concierges, and personal butler to serve you. Your team is dedicated to your comfort and will even arrange for priority boarding and preferred seating at restaurants and the theater.
The Retreat amenities for extra pampering
The Retreat interiors feature the pure luxury of celebrity designer Kelly Hoppen. This exclusive space offers sweeping ocean views, sumptuous suites, and daily pampering. Opulent cashmere mattresses, pure cotton linens and exclusive LeLabo Bath products are just a few of the extras that will enrich your experience.
The advisors at Cruises International are experts at bringing you the very best travel experience!
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Royal Caribbean - The Value of Booking with Cruises InternationalWritten by Susan Bower
Royal Caribbean’s Exclusive Chef’s Table
Today luxury is defined not only by brand, but by service. And when it comes to travel, Cruises International delivers exceptional service for a true VIP experience. We take care of every detail so you can look forward to an enjoyable, stress-free getaway. This concierge service is free, and it can save you time and money!
Vaca Vibe at Royal Caribbean’s Lime & Cocoanut Poolside Bar
A survey of millionaires by Business Insider reveals that a majority choose travel as their favorite splurge. Cruising is celebrated because it blends the excitement of travel with the prospect of getting a “good deal”. At Cruises International we offer the best of both worlds. Priority access to the very best deals in the most desirable destinations. We love stretching your vacation dollars and sharing our advisor-only perks!
Operated by Royal Caribbean, Wonder of the Seas is the world’s largest ship
The Royal Caribbean Experience
This is an exciting time to travel! All 26 of the Royal Caribbean ships are back at sea, including the new award-winning Wonder of the Seas and the first Quantum Ultra class Odyssey of the Seas. Whether traveling for family fun, romance, or the desire to see the world, our advisors at Cruises International can plan your ultimate getaway on this innovative fleet. Experience resort style accommodations while being transported between breathtaking destinations. Royal Caribbean is one of our favorites for world-class dining, sensational entertainment, and stunning staterooms to meet every budget.
Sit back and relax, Cruises International advisors are at your service
Save Time with Easy Stress-Free Planning
With just one call a Cruises International advisor will be at your service. Don’t wait on hold indefinitely with call centers. Cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and ground transportation providers are overwhelmed and understaffed these days. Pulling it together is confusing, and finding accurate data online is difficult. Our advisors are real people who look forward to having exciting travel conversations. We help you make confident decisions and put the fun back into vacation planning!
Royal Caribbean getaway goals
What’s Important to You?
Our mission is to fully understand your getaway goals. As frequent travelers, we have knowledge you can trust. Our firsthand experience will give you the inside scoop for your best vacation ever.
Should you choose a cabin or upgrade to a suite?
What do you need to pack for your destination?
Should you book shore excursions in advance?
We will help you make the right choices for the perfect getaway!
Fun is always included on your Royal Caribbean cruise
The True Value of Cruising
Royal Caribbean is a great cruise line for guests of all ages. So much is included! Stunning accommodations, delicious dining, fun-filled activities, and entertainment throughout the day. This is the true values of cruising! When compared to a vacation day on land, you will realize a substantial savings. All with the added advantage of magnificent views and fresh ocean air.
Chef Jamie Oliver’s Tuscan-inspired onboard cuisine
Customize For Even Greater Value!
The beauty of Royal Caribbean is that you can create an all-inclusive vacation based on the things you truly appreciate. From specialty restaurants to specialty beverages, your personal package selection will result in your best value.
Plan in Advance for the Best Deals!
It’s true. The earlier you plan, the more you save! We have access to Royal Caribbean’s early-saver-deals to reward you for booking well in advance. These opportunities sell out quickly, but your advisor will be the lookout for the opportunities that match your vacation goals, putting you first in line.
Taking Value to the Next Level
Once you escape with Royal Caribbean, they know you’ll want to do it again. Their generous reward program helps to make that happen. The Crown & Anchor Society has exclusive member benefits. Points accumulate for every night you sail. As a memeber you earn added perks, gifts, and special events as you travel.
Royal Loft Cocktail Party on Royal Caribbean
This month Cruises International will be rewarding Crown & Anchor Society upper tier members by re-creating an exclusive onboard experience close to home. Members will mix and mingle locally with other travel fans for a lovely evening of cocktails. Contact your Cruises International advisor to find out if you are eligible to attend!
No worries allowed at the Royal Caribbean Vue Bar
Don’t Risk Booking Alone.
It’s always more enjoyable to do things with a friend, and we are here for you! Don’t worry about navigating this fluctuating world of travel alone. Your Cruises International advisor has your back every step of the way.
Let’s put a plan together for the vacation of a lifetime!
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The Relaxed Luxury of OceaniaWritten by Susan Bower
Indulge in an elite travel experience, no glam squad needed.
Oceania Cruise Pool Deck
Cruising is not a one size fits all pleasure. That’s why we like to really get to know our travelers. It allows us to match each person with the perfect cruise line and ideal travel itinerary.
Now, if your idea of a dream vacation is indulging in epicurean delights and the culture of wondrous destinations, then lay out your Lillie Pulitzer resort wear and let’s book an Oceania Cruise. This is the country club lifestyle at sea. World class service escorting you on the most fascinating voyages around the world. Their small ship luxury offers a personalized experience that is not-too-large, not-too-small, but just right.
Escape the Crowds
Historic Mediterranean Port of Kotor
Experienced travelers appreciate the exclusive destinations accessible to the Oceania fleet. You will be in the company of no more than 1250 other guests. (Large cruise ships carry 3000-6000 passengers.) Because of their size, Oceania receives preferential status at the most captivating ports-of-call. Hidden harbors exclude large ships and therefore the crowds. It’s a pure delight to disembark and just walk into town to start your adventure.
St Barts, St Lucia, Sitka, Quebec
Oceania brings you up close and personal with each destination
Each journey with Oceania is port intensive. Often the schedule includes evening departures so you can make the most of every day. It is a life enriching opportunity to truly explore the sites and culture at each location.
Ultimate Caribbean Voyage
The Finest Cuisine At Sea®
One of the many reasons we love Oceania is their commitment to culinary excellence. Enticing menus in a variety of dining venues are a paradise for foodies!
Toscana Italian Specialty Restaurant
Each ship has a luxurious grand dining room, specialty restaurants and café; all with distinctive décor, master chefs and the most attentive service. Even more impressive, access to all of Oceania’s dining venues is included – even the specialty restaurants! No struggle to choose the right dining package before leaving, a simple reservation and you’re in! (Of course, we are here to help with this before your departure.)
Chef Pepin and Braised Oxtail Salad from Specialty Restaurant Jacques.
Do you love Executive Culinary Director Jacques Pepin as much as we do? He has been a personal chef for three French heads of state, and now oversees the masterpiece menus for Oceania. There is no compromise when it comes to innovative dishes or the staff of highly sought-after chefs on board. You will be served inspired recipes and specialize regional cuisines.
Choose Your Dining Mood
Oceania has an unrivaled commitment to sourcing the finest ingredients from around the world. Whether you are ordering room service, dining poolside, or in one of the stylish restaurants, you will enjoy fresh and scrumptious delights.
No Assigned Seating – All Specialty Restaurants Included!
Meet and mingle with newfound friends one night and experience an intimate dinner for two the next. There are no seating assignments so you can match your mood to your restaurant each day.
Onboard Culinary Center and Culinary Tour
One of the main reasons we travel is to experience and learn about new lands and cultures. Oceania is known for their hands on art classes, cultural lectures, and cooking classes that engage you with the specialties of each destination. One of their most popular is the Culinary Discovery Tour where you will be guided behind the scenes to shop local markets, taste regional specialties, and even join in the food prep.
Our advisors will help you choose from carefully curated shore excursions to experience meaningful connections with local cultures and fellow travelers. Oceania offers an impressive variety as well as the possibility for private tours.
Wellness, Discovery, Food & Wine Tours
Our travel advisors will act as your Personal Concierge to plan well in advance.
Not So Guilty Pleasures
Luxury is simplified when you travel like a VIP on Oceania. They call it the “OLife” and it includes small indulgences that care for you throughout your cruise. Their tranquil library is fully stocked with travel guides for every destination, a Barista is at your service and wifi is provided in each cabin.
Wind down between ports in the most relaxing environment. Enjoy the plush poolside seating, fit in a seaside workout, or call for a massage.
Food & Wine Pairings
A leisurely stroll around the ship reveals the specially commissioned works from artists around the world. If you find yourself with down time stop for a cocktail, head to a wine tasting or one of the many onboard activities.
Casino and Cocktails
Insider Tips from Cruises International
When dreaming about an Oceania voyage remember to book well in advance. These exclusive cruises fill fast because of their intimate size. This is where your Cruises International advisor will be invaluable. We are the first to be notified when new launch dates are released for booking. Call us to discuss your travel wish list. We will help you book early for the very best value, extra perks, and inclusive amenities.
You can even start your plan with a visit to our website. We make it easy! Research destinations, ports-of-call, length of voyage and more. Then give us a call and we will fill you in on all the details exclusive to Cruises International. We highly recommend working with a travel advisor. As recent times have proven, things change, and we are here to adjust if needed so you have a worry-free adventure.
So, dust off your luggage and let’s start planning!
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Plan Now for Precious Moments to Come!Written by Susan Bower
Celebrations are Meant to be Shared
We missed so many meaningful moments together the past few years, but now it’s time to catch up! Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, all are more special when celebrated with the people we love. And the best way to feel that connection is by traveling together to a dream destination. It’s the ideal way to commemorate life’s special events or just the joy of living! It’s no surprise that cruises, especially on Royal Caribbean, top the list as the best vacation value with something for everyone.
Precious Moments Take Planning
Are you dreaming of a family reunion, or even pondering ideas for a truly memorable holiday? The gift of travel is always welcome! Cruises International is booking now for your immediate travel plans as well as scheduling forward through the next two years. Their advisors have an easy 3 step plan to help you make it happen.
- The fun begins with a visit to cruisesinternational.com where you can browse through dream destinations.
- Create a vision. Royal Caribbean is one of everyone’s favorite cruise lines with onboard fun and exciting excursions to match every mood. Island hop in the Caribbean, explore Alaska, dine in a European cafe, or just relax and cleanse your body with healthy ocean air. Build a getaway around the things you love! The best part of cruising, everyone can choose their own daily activities while still being part of the celebration.
- Call a Cruises International advisor. They expertly match you and your travel companions to the perfect escape. Whether it’s a rejuvenating solo trip or Spring Break with friends and family, their recommendations will include the very best itineraries and perks available. All you need to do is show up and enjoy!
You Can Travel Now
Learn from the travel advisors at Cruises International about safely getting out in the world again. They spent the past two years experiencing firsthand the careful protocols and health safety measures put in place by Royal Caribbean. With the oversight of cruise industry partner Dr Scott Gottlieb, these guidelines are continuously evaluated and updated. At Cruises International, travel is their business, they will help you navigate travel plans before, during and after your journey.
Sharing The Fun!
Watch Cruises International Vice-President Shawna White on her Royal Caribbean family vacation! It’s a great opportunity to see good times unfold as she posts daily highlights on Facebook and Instagram @cruisesinternationbal1978
Start following now and get inspired for your own fun filled travel adventures.
Call 800-255-7447 (800 ALL SHIPS) or 847-303-2020
and plan the memories of a lifetime!
Cruise to Freedom in AlaskaWritten by Susan Bower
Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day? Well, it’s different in Alaska! Spring and summer months present endless hours of daylight to discover and explore its pristine landscape. And when the sun finally sets, witness a dazzling sky filled with a full spectrum of watercolors.
Without a doubt the best way to experience Alaska is by cruise ship. And Norwegian Cruise Lines knows how to do it right. Each vessel is a ship within a ship, a collection of floating venues. Enjoy dazzling entertainment, fine dining, dramatic observation lounges and even a lively racetrack on the upper deck.
Norwegian Cruise Lines has extended their spring and summer season for the ideal sighting of the Northern Lights.
Norwegian even has exclusive rights to enter Glacier Bay National Park accompanied by an onboard Alaskan Park Rangers to educate everyone about glacial formations and wildlife.
Whales & Caribou & Bears Oh My!
Once settled into your stateroom, enjoy the unique onboard perspective of untouched Alaskan countryside. Cruise through snowcapped mountains, visit historic villages and whale watch right from your balcony. Looking for more adventure? Try one of Norwegian’s carefully curated tours for dog sledding, hiking the glaciers or panning for gold. Tours are escorted by local Alaskan guides for a truly immersive experience.
While it’s easy to be taken in by the authentic beauty of Alaska, this state has valuable lessons truly appreciated by everyone from kiddos to grandparents. The Denali National Park covers six million acres and yields endless wildlife discovery. Land tours by planes, trains and dog sleds all add to the enchantment.
Have It All – In One Place
It’s true, you can really choose the type of vacation you want. Relaxed or adventurous, the variety of itineraries for Alaska is remarkable. Once you back on board after a day of exploration, you can either keep up the pace at the racetrack and laser tag or settle back and relax in the hot tub.
Take a Virtual Cruise
Enjoy a taste of Alaska by joining Cruises International on Feb 22 for a Virtual Vacation at 4PM. Just register here or on the Cruises International website www.cruisesinternational.com or register through Facebook here. It promises to be an enlightening exploration of coastal forests with local highlights to inspire the entire family.
Book Alaska with Cruises International
You know how it goes. Researching vacation destinations online is a great way to narrow down your options. After that, the internet noise and online pop-ups becomes confusing and drowns out essential information. This is where a knowledgeable travel advisor can take your search to the next level.
- A travel advisor gets to know you personally to create a vacation especially suited for your taste and budget
- Cruises International is privy to “skip the line” benefits, accessible only through their dedicated advisors
- Booking a vacation is time consuming and stressful.Travel advisors handle it all with ease
- Elite savings, cabin upgrades, and special perks from Cruises International guarantee the most memorable trip
- Cruises International advisors have your back.Customer service is their specialty, they will be your advocate to resolve any issues that arise before or during your trip
Alaska is one of the truly wild places left on earth. The time is perfect to plan your next unforgettable adventure with friends and family.
IS NOW THE TIME TO CRUISE?Written by Susan Bower
Beautiful views, exciting destinations, culinary delights, and chic surrounds, cruising is the ultimate luxury vacation. But wait, what about the delicate covid situation? The news is good. You don’t have to keep your life on hold. The knowledgeable travel advisors at Cruises International have your back.
While sensational headlines are creating considerable uncertainty, Cruises International has up-to-date facts and information for a smart approach to your vacation planning.
Is now the time to cruise?
Much has changed since 2019 and nothing more so than the health safety standards put in place by the cruise industry. Cruise lines have reached the nearly 95% vaccination requirements internationally. The reality is that out of the millions of guests aboard cruise ships, less that .2% have tested positive for covid. That is a lower incident rate than anywhere on land.
So yes! This is the time to make lifetime memories on one of the most luxurious getaways, an ocean cruise.
Cruise lines are leading the way with safe environments. In fact, industry trailblazers, like Celebrity Cruises, are taking extraordinary measures with new programs like Healthy at Sea. Meticulous protocols allow you to get out and enjoy the world in a safe environment. This is a reassuring addition to their sumptuous cruise experience that offers world class service and a truly indulgent escape from the everyday.
So many luxuries!
Treat yourself and your family to one of the unforgettable Celebrity Cruise destinations. The pleasures begins as soon as you step on board.
Brilliant architects and designers worked together to create pampering environments on all the Celebrity ships. From your well-appointed private stateroom to restaurants with Michelin-starred chef cuisine, your onboard happenings will be as impressive as the passing sea landscape.
Incredible destinations are a chance to immerse yourself in new sights and cultures around the world. Island hop in the Caribbean or explore a different European port village each day. Celebrity has endless possibilities to offer and your travel advisor at Cruises International will match you to the perfect vacation experience.
In between cruise excursions you will wake up refreshed to the quiet comforts of your personal retreat. While on board spend your leisure time taking a new class, having a spa day, or meeting up with friends for live music and cocktails on deck. Entertainment options surround you 24/7 so you can do as much or as little as you like. It’s all about you on Celebrity!
And did you know, on Celebrity Cruises, it’s all included!
There are no additional charges or complicated decisions when planning your vacation. Everything you need is already packaged nicely together so you know the complete cost in advance. And by the way, luxury is their standard.
Cruises International has the expertise to make it happen
At a time like this, the travel advisors at Cruises International earn their reputation for excellence. They only represent cruise lines with the highest quality standards. With all the confusing and rapidly changing possibilities for travel, now is not the time to go it alone. Cruises International will help you understand and navigate the details to select a vacation that is just right for you. If by chance anything should change worldwide, their advisors have over 40 years’ worth of connections throughout the industry to auto-correct and ensure the hassle-free vacation of your dreams.