Posted by: Bill MacBride | June 25, 2008

Cruising During Hurricane Season

Well, it’s that time of year again when we all start talking about hurricane season.  Will it be an uneventful season?  Will it be bad or calm?  Who knows? 

 

2005 was a devastating hurricane season while 2006 was mild with not a single hurricane striking the United States.  2007 was another mild hurricane season.

 

The thing with hurricane season is, you cannot stop your life for it.  As discount seekers know, some of the best cruise fares to the Caribbean can be found during hurricane season, especially during the peak period which runs from mid-July through early-October.  But do you take a gamble and plan a Caribbean cruise vacation during that time?  The answer is yes!  For starters, the chances of your particular voyage being affected by a hurricane are very slim, but it is a possibility, so you need to be prepared.

 

There is always the potential that your cruise itinerary may be impacted by a storm, but there is not much of a chance you’ll be put in harm’s way.  Today’s modern ships come equipped with state of the art satellite equipment to follow the paths of storms and head away from the storm track.  Your Western Caribbean cruise may turn into an Eastern Caribbean cruise or vise versa, but you’ll be safe and still having fun.

 

The most important precaution you can take when considering a cruise during hurricane season is to buy insurance, but make sure the policy covers disruption in case of weather related events.  Insurance is your protection so you don’t lose the money you invested in your cruise, and it is worth the nominal amount it costs.

 

There are still plenty of great cruises available for this Summer and Fall.  Contact Bill MacBride, your Cruise Specialist at 302-454-7804 or toll free at 800-636-7230, or visit my website for more information and to book your cruise.

 

Posted by: Bill MacBride | May 20, 2008

Cruise Travel Insurance

Cruise Travel Insurance – You Never Know What’s Out There

 

So, you are getting ready for your vacation.  You’re bags are packed, your flights on time and the kids are waiting in the car cheering with excitement.  You think to yourself, “This is going to be the best trip ever!”  But you didn’t realize your luggage was about to get lost and you would end up having appendicitis on the cruise ship.  Good thing you have travel insurance.

 

Trip Insurance is just like auto or home insurance. You hope you never have to use it but when you do, it’s important to have a good policy. No one starts off on vacation planning for something to go wrong, but each year thousands of travelers experience a problem along the way. Good travel insurance can help you visit the far flung corners of the world worry free.

 

If you become sick or injured on board a ship or in a foreign port of call, the cruise line has limited liability and responsibility to get you to the nearest emergency medical facility. They are not responsible for the costs incurred for medical treatment. While many foreign countries have excellent medical facilities, some are not up to normal U.S. standards. Patients and their families often desire to be transported back to the U.S. and if this involves an air ambulance the costs can run from $10,000 to over $100,000 depending on the circumstances. Air evacuation is generally covered under Trip Insurance policies.

 

Another popular feature of Trip Insurance is coverage for cancellation in the event of illness or injury prior to the departure. Most policies cover not only the travelers but also your immediate relatives. And your policy may even provide something called “pre-existing condition” coverage. This means that you may be eligible for coverage for medical conditions which exist before you depart on your trip. In this regard, timing of the purchase of the policy is critical to establish coverage applicability.

 

There are many additional benefits Trip Insurance offers including lost or delayed baggage, renter’s collision insurance, missed airline connection and more.  Your Cruise Specialist can assist you in determining which Trip Insurance plan best suits your needs. Remember to carefully review all the details of your policy to insure that you have the limits and coverage needed to insure a stress free cruise. Proper insurance is the right way to start off your cruise, because you never know what’s out there.

 

For detailed information on the insurance offered by Cruises Inc. click here.

 

 

Posted by: Bill MacBride | May 9, 2008

Spending Your Stimulus Check

What are you Spending Your Stimulus Check on?

 
It’s May 2008 and you know what that means, it’s tax stimulus time.  This gift from the government is being provided to get consumers spending.  A recent Goldman Sachs report showed that stocks like Royal Caribbean are sure to benefit from these dollars as consumers seek out their next vacation or upgrade from an ocean view stateroom to a private balcony with their new found monies.
 
There are a lot of places to spend the stimulus monies like on a new sofa, paying down some credit card bills, doing some home repairs or getting away on an exciting cruise vacation. But how about spending it on all or at least some of those things?  We have some amazing getaways that won’t deplete your whole stimulus check. 
 
Getaway with the whole family this summer for as little as $32 a person, a day (for a family of four).  Norwegian Cruise Line just announced they are moving a ship to the Caribbean this summer that will sail 3- and 4-night cruises from Miami and for a limited time, Kids Sail Free.  There are a number of other ships and itineraries to choose from for under $50 per person, per day.  Sail a 4-night Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Imagination from Miami or sail a 5-night Bahamas cruise on the Carnival Fascination from Jacksonville.  For under $60 per day you can sail a 4-night Baja Mexico cruise on the Carnival Paradise from Los Angeles, a 4-night Bahamas cruise on the Carnival Sensation from Port Canaveral, a 4- or 5-night Western Caribbean on the Carnival Holiday from Mobile, a 5-night Baja Mexico cruise on the Carnival Elation from San Diego, a 5-night Western Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Fantasy from New Orleans, or a 7-night Florida & Bahamas cruise on the Norwegian Majesty of the Seas from Charleston.  How about sailing in a Balcony stateroom for under $100 per person, per day?  You can on a number of 7-night Caribbean cruises on the Carnival Triumph, Liberty or Valor, on Carnival Spirit’s 8-night Mexican Riviera cruises or on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas 12-night transatlantic cruise.
 
There are a ton of deals out there and your Cruise Specialist is just the person to find them for you.  So when your stimulus check arrives, go ahead and use some of it to pay down your mortgage, or make a car payment, but be sure to keep just a little to spend on a holiday for yourself and your family.  This might be the only time the government pays for your vacation.
Posted by: Bill MacBride | April 30, 2008

Carnival’s One Day Sale

Carnival’s One Day Sale!

 Thursday June 26th

Exclusive Preview Day

Wednesday June 25th

ONE DAY SALE

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Posted by: Bill MacBride | April 14, 2008

Free Disney Dining

Walt Disney World is offering their dining plan for free for a limited time.  You must check in between August 24th and September 20th of 2008.  Disney’s Dining Plan is a great deal even when you have to pay for it.  It’s an unbelievable deal when they offer it for free.  Click here for all the details.

Posted by: Bill MacBride | February 29, 2008

Carnival’s Funtennial Celebration Final Week

The final week starts March 22nd.  Get free upgrades on most 2008 sailings, plus 3rd & 4th passenger rates as low as $99. Book your cruise by March 31st.  For details on available sailings click here.  To book your Funtennial Celebration cruise today call 1-800-636-7230.

Posted by: Bill MacBride | February 21, 2008

Disney World April/May Deal

Get FREE upgrades to Park Hopper® Option and Water Park Fun & More Option when you purchase this vacation package!  With this special package, you can see and do all The Year of a Million Dreams celebration has to offer with FREE upgrades to Park Hopper® Option and Water Park Fun& More Option.** Enjoy enchanting new entertainment, fantastic new attractions and the dream-making magic Disney Cast Members create for our Guests every day.

 This special 5-Night/6-Day Magic Your Way package includes: Accommodations and Ticket – Accommodations for five nights in a standard room at a select Disney Value Resort hotel with admission for six days to all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks.

 PLUS…FREE Park Hopper® Option – Allows you to come and go as you please through all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks on the same day, every day, for the length of your ticket.PLUS…FREE Water Park Fun & More Option – Your 6 Day Ticket allows you a total of six visits per person to your choice of Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, or Downtown Disney® Pleasure Island nightclubs, or DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park, or Disney’s Wide World of Sports® Complex. Water Parks subject to seasonal and weather closures.PLUS…Special Guest Benefits – Being a Disney Resort Guestputs you in the middle of the Walt Disney World® magic –and entitles you to special benefits to make your vacation worry free and extra magical! You and your luggage are whisked – as a complimentary service – to and from Orlando International Airport and your Disney Resort hotel with Disney’s Magical Express Transportation. Take advantage of extra time in a Disney Theme Park each day to enjoy select attractions with the Extra Magic Hours Benefit! In addition, complimentary, convenient transportation takes you from your Disney Resort hotel to all four Disney Theme Parks –and more – throughout the day.But, hurry! You must book between 2/21/08 and 3/21/08 before this offer is gone. Based on adult double occupancy at select Disney Value Resort hotels in a standard room 5-Night/6-Day Package

$512* PER ADULT $102 SAVINGS PER ADULT

 $233 per Junior (ages 10-17) $194 per Child (ages 3-9)WHEN OCCUPYING ROOM WITH AN ADULT

 Offer available most nights Sunday through Thursday3/30/08 – 5/21/08.* The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same package. Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. No group rates or other discounts apply.**Water Parks subject to seasonal and weather closure.

 Call 800-636-7230 today and ask for package code APV. Also ask about packages for other lengths of stay, other offers at select Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts, or other great rates for stays most nights 3/30/08 – 5/21/08.   

Posted by: Bill MacBride | February 8, 2008

Holland America Flash Specials

Click here for this weeks Holland America Flash Specials 
Holland America Line - Flash Specials
Posted by: Bill MacBride | January 6, 2008

NCL’s One Day Sale – Extended ’til June 13, 2008

One Day Sale

Call 1-800-636-7230 to book your vacation.

Book your cruise June 13, 2008.

Posted by: Bill MacBride | December 17, 2007

Norwegian Gem

I was on a cruise this weekend.  It was the inaugural sailing of the NCL Gem, a 2-Night cruise to nowhere roundtrip from Boston on December 13, 2007.  Gem is the newest ship in Norwegian Cruise Lines fleet and the last of the Jewel Class.   This ship was built for Freestyle Cruising with 12 unique restaurants, 11 bars and lounges, and 24 hour room service.  Gem offers a rock-climbing wall, bowling, a full service spa and a huge fitness center.  The beautiful Stardust Theater is home to Broadway and Las Vegas style shows every night.  Entertainment can also be found in the bars and lounges.  The casino has all the games you would find in Las Vegas or Atlantic City and it has it’s own bar so you don’t have to leave the action for long. 

Norwegian Cruise Line hosted the event for travel agents and guests to show off their new ship.  It shows off very well.  They have a lot to be proud of.  Norwegian Gem is an exciting, beautiful ship.  The ultimate in Norwegian’s Freestyle brand of cruising.  I hope to sail on her again sometime for more than 2 days.

Norwegian Gem sails 7-Night Bahamas Cruises and 10 & 11-Night Caribbean cruises from New York this winter.  On April 19, 2008 she sails a 15-Night Trans-Atlantic cruise from New York to Barcelona where she will begin sailing a 7-night Western Mediterranean itinerary through the summer.

Be one of the first to sail on this brand new ship.  Call 800-636-7230 or visit my website today to learn more and book your cruise.

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