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Ft. Lauderdale, Cruise360

Day One: Thursday

sunny 85 °F

The first day at many conferences include classes for new travel agents as they try and achieve their industry qualifications. I sat in on a briefing from several of the cruise lines I sell.

Regent Seven Seas:

  • The most inclusive luxury cruise line in the world
  • They have won numerous awards for their luxurious bathrooms. Many of the tubs have been replaced with oversized marble showers
  • Although seemingly more expensive, you pay for almost nothing including air, pre-cruise hotel, shore excursions and gratuities. It is really quite affordable!

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Norwegian Cruise Line

NCL is a contemporary cruise line that competes with Royal Caribbean and is a little more luxurious in my opinion than Carnival or MSC. The presentation focused on the new Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway

  • It features The Waterfront, a quarter-mile oceanfront promenade lined with restaurants, bars and spectacular views.
  • Breakaway will sail year round from New York City with sailings to Florida and the Bahamas, and to Bermuda
  • Norwegian has just purchased a 75 acre island in Belize which is being developed and will be used on Western Caribbean sailings starting in 2015
  • The Norwegian Escape will join the fleet in October 2015 and will carry 4100 people and have some new, not yet revealed features.

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Oceania Cruises

This is an ultra premium cruise line, far more inclusive than Princess or Celebrity, whose main rival is Azamara Cruises, part of the Royal Caribbean family.

  • The three older former R ships are undergoing a complete $50M refurbishment that will be complete by June 2014 - two months away. They will have new decor, new dining options, and new art work.
  • Oceania prides itself in destinations, cuisine, service and value. 25 new ports are being added to itineraries in 2015
  • Cruise lengths run from 7 to 180 days. The 180 world cruises start in the summer so that different more northern ports can be included.
  • You can particpate in Bon Appetit cooking classes on board and then take local culinary tours with the chef instructor.

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Posted by rpickett 13:40 Archived in USA Tagged cruise360

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