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Cruise News You Can Use

It’s Saturday – time to think about happy things like vacations…..cruise vacations. Mileage programs aren’t the only news in travel this week. Here’s a little cruise news you can use. Royal Caribbean Cancels Dynamic Dining on Oasis-class Ships – Dynamic Dining was met with decidedly mixed reviews upon its introduction on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas. Personally, the MJ on Travel team really enjoyed it, and we were looking forward to seeing it introduced on Oasis-class ships. RCL delayed its rollout on Oasis as it worked to perfect the concept on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, ultimately introducing a “classic” concept with fixed tables and times within the rotational restaurants. This seemed like a good…

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Celebrity Cruises Appoints First American Female Captain

Celebrity Cruises announced today that it has appointed Kate McCue as Captain of Celebrity Summit. Captain McCue will join Celebrity from their sister line, Royal Caribbean International. Captain McCue will sign on to Celebrity Summit in August 2015. According to Celebrity, the company “has elevated McCue to the position of Captain based on her 15 years of successful experience and leadership in the maritime industry. During her tenure, McCue has managed ship logistics while sailing worldwide itineraries, including Europe, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, and along the Panama Canal. Captain McCue has also served as a maritime leader while sailing several transatlantic and repositioning cruises, and played a notable role in the revitalization of ships in Singapore. Congratulations to cruising’s newest captain! -MJ,…

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Celebrity Cruises Enhancing Select Caribbean Itineraries with Overnight Stays

In some of the more interesting news in big ship Caribbean cruising in a while, Celebrity Cruises has announced that it is adding overnight stays to some of its Caribbean itineraries. While overnights aren’t unheard of for big ships, they tend to be in European ports. Celebrity’s Caribbean overnight program will begin in January 2016 and offer 40 sailings that have overnight stays in ports like Cartagena, Colombia; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Cozumel, Mexico; Aruba; Curacao and Barbados. (Image courtesy of Celebrity Cruises) According to Celebrity, “Guests and travel agents love our overnight program in Europe, Asia and around the world, and their feedback has been amazing. This demand led us to revisit our current Caribbean itineraries and add even more overnights in…

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A Real Enhancement for Celebrity Cruises Aqua Class Guests?

A poster on Cruise Critic is reporting that Celebrity has introduced a real embarkation day benefit for its Aqua Class guests, lunch/brunch in the Blu restaurant upon boarding. I’ve reached out to Celebrity to see if this is going fleetwide, but have yet to hear back. If so, this is a real enhancement for the Aqua Class product, which I’ve sailed twice and frankly would have a hard time booking another Celebrity cruise in another class of service. Yes, I love the Celebrity Aqua Class experience that much. Embarkation can be stressful on a large ship, and stress is the one thing that should be most avoided on a cruise. The stress can come from dealing with the masses as…

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My Favorite Black Friday Deal – Celebrity’s 1-2-3 Go

I really enjoy cruising with Celebrity, and they have rolled out a very tempting offer for anyone thinking of booking a cruise soon. Celebrity’s “1-2-3 go” promotion is back. With this package, if you book a cruise you can choose one of the following offers: Classic beverage package for two (which can be worth almost $100 per day) Free pre-paid gratuities Up to $300 in on board spending money ($100 for a 3 to 5 night cruise, $200 for 6 to 9 night cruise, and $300 for a 10 night or longer cruise) It’s hard for me to say which of these is the best deal. Depends on the itinerary, the length of the cruise and individual preferences. I do…

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Airlines Aren’t the Only Companies Tinkering With Loyalty Programs

Celebrity Cruises has announced some major changes to its loyalty program, Captain’s Club. The highlights of the changes are: The addition of two new elite levels, Elite Plus and Zenith New benefits depending on your elite level like discounted internet, laundry services, and drink packages Pretty big changes in the way you accrue points towards elite status Captain’s Club will now include six levels of status. I think the biggest change is in how Celebrity will now calculate the points needed to attain elite status. Previously, this was awarded based on cruise credits – one cruise = one credit with bonuses for higher tier stateroom accommodations, etc. Now, the points system will be reflective of both the level of stateroom…

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Fly, Sail, Save with Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises is offering some pretty decent deals on peak summer season (June – August) European cruises in 2014, including 50 percent reduced deposits. If you book suite class accommodations, you will be eligible for $999 airfare from a number of airports across the USA and Canada. You can view eligible sailings online, but you must book via telephone with Celebrity or through your travel agent. Click here for details. I’m a fan of the 10 and 11 night Celebrity Reflection itineraries from Rome. You can read my review of Celebrity Reflection here. -MJ, October 8, 2013

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Cruising with MJ – Elite Status with Celebrity Cruises

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