Posted by: Renee Gerber | March 10, 2010

Theme Cruises


In the past, you may have heard of the “Elvis Cruise” or the “Paula Deen Cruise”. These are examples of a theme cruise. Theme cruises can be created around any common theme. If you are in a knitting club, you can create a knitting cruise. If you are a foodie, you can create a food cruise.

The best part of a theme cruise is that you travel with people who have similar interests to you. You have an immediate bond with people you may not know or you will be traveling with people you do know. It is a great way to have a fun vacation.

Did you know that you can even have seminars about your theme while on the cruise? Most cruise lines provide conference room space for free. This is a great opportunity to cruise with a group and have enrichment at the same time.

If you have a group that you belong to and would like to create a theme cruise, please call or email me. I specialize in creating theme cruises. Some of the theme cruises I created are:

Girly Girl Cruises – http://www.GirlyGirlCruises.com

Culinary Cruise – http://www.CooksWhoCruise.com

We just completed a Dog Lovers cruise and are working on the next one…stayed tuned. And, we are working on a really big one but can’t spill the beans yet.

Let me help plan your theme cruise. Call me at 866-568-0022 or email me at RGerber@CruiseOne.com

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Posted by: Renee Gerber | January 29, 2010

Disney Annouces More Features for the Dream


Disney announced some new features for the new Disney Dream today. Who wouldn’t want to play mini-golf with Goofy? I know I do. The course will boast some interested twists and turns. Disney also mentions some of the Adult Only Pool area…ahh, the sweet sound of the ocean and only the ocean! To read all about the fabulous features, click here.

2011 can’t come fast enough! Will you be sailing on the Disney Dream? If so, when? You can join us on 12/11/11!!! If you want info on sailing with us, call or email me!

Posted by: Renee Gerber | January 21, 2010

Royal Caribbean / Haiti Controversy

As you may have seen over the past few days, Royal Caribbean International has been getting a lot of bad press regarding their decision to return to Haiti only days after the earthquake. Royal Caribbean stands by their decision to return to the island in order to bring much needed supplies as well as help rebuild the economic activity on the island. Other cruise lines such as MSC Cruises have supported the decision.

Most of the islands that are visited by the cruise lines are poor countries that depend on the tourism to survive. If Royal Caribbean were to stay away from Haiti, the Haitian workers on that side of the island (Labadee) would not earn money. I also understand that any food that is prepared for the vacationing cruisers while on Labadee that is left over is given to the Haitians working the island. This is a huge advantage to Royal Caribbean continuing service to the island.

I believe that Royal Caribbean made a hard decision and one that is right. If you have any comments regarding the situation, please post here.

Posted by: Renee Gerber | January 13, 2010

Cruise Line Private Islands


As you may know, we just got back from our wonderful cruise aboard the Disney Wonder. I cannot say enough about how fantastic the cruise was. For more information on our Disney cruise, you can check out our upcoming Cruise & Country Video.

One of the highlights of the cruise was stopping at Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Lines private island. If you are taking a cruise to the Caribbean or the Bahamas, most likely you will stop at the cruise line’s private island as one of your ports. They are typically small islands that are owned and operated by the cruise line. The private islands are for the exclusive use of that cruise lines guests.

Most private islands have some of the same amenities such as amazing beaches with beach chairs and umbrellas, hammocks, water sports, barbeque lunch, outdoor bars, etc… The great thing about visiting one of the private islands is that you don’t need to bring cash…most things can be charged directly to your cabin card. This makes it so much easier to get off the ship. Castaway Cay is the only private island where the ship will dock directly at the island. The other islands will have tenders take you onto the island.

So, what cruise lines have their own private island and what is there to know about each one? Below you will find a list of the islands. Click on the names to take you to all you ever wanted to know about each one.

I hope you enjoy your next cruise to one of these great destinations. If you have been to one already and would like to share your experiences, please do so!

Posted by: Renee Gerber | January 6, 2010

Disney Revamps Kids Programs

Just in…Disney is revamping their revoultionary kids program. Kids will be able to do activities based on their interest and not their age group. This is a first for a cruise line kids program. Click here to read the entire article.

Posted by: Renee Gerber | December 21, 2009

Should You Book Online or Use a Professional?

This is a question that seems to get alot of people in trouble. You start looking for your vacation online, you see a good deal…is it too good to be true? They usually are. MSNBC.com came out with an article regarding the 7 Trips You Should Never Book Online. Take a look at the number 1 trip…cruises. That is why I am here. As an Accredited Cruise Counsellor with CLIA, I know the ins and outs of the cruise industry. What discounts you might qualify for, the best time of the year to travel inexpensively, etc…

Click here to read the entire article.
Call me when you are ready to book your next cruise at 866-568-0022.

Posted by: Renee Gerber | December 1, 2009

Carnival Cruises Plans Expansion


The Carnival Dream has just been introduced to the world and there are plans for another ship just like her. Announced today, Carnival plans to expand their fleet with a new ship that will enter service in 2012.

For the full story, click here.

Posted by: Renee Gerber | November 14, 2009

Land Vacations

We are back from our CruiseOne National Conference with some great news. CruiseOne now has relationships with land vendors. What does this mean for you? You can book your land vacations directly with us and experience the same level of extraordinary service you get when you book a cruise vacation. If you are looking for the all-inclusive options such as Sandals or the Family Friendly Beaches or a Guided Tour through Europe or just a low key land vacation, give us a call!

Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s largest cruise operator, will introduce the first year-round cruise schedule from Charleston, S.C., with the deployment of the 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy in May 2010.

Carnival Fantasy will operate five-, six- and seven-day voyages to The Bahamas and Key West, Fla., from the Passenger Terminal in historic downtown Charleston beginning May 18, 2010.

On Carnival Fantasy’s new Charleston-based cruises, Carnival is expected to carry more than 140,000 passengers annually from the port. Including Charleston, Carnival Cruise Lines will operate from 20 North American homeports in 2010, with 12 year-round departure points – the most in cruising.

The new year-round departures from Charleston dramatically expand upon Carnival’s decade-long relationship with the port. Previously, Carnival has operated seasonal voyages from Charleston, including two five-day departures on the Carnival Triumph this year and two on the Carnival Glory next year.

Charleston’s centralized location within the southeastern U.S., as well as the city’s strong appeal as a tourist destination, were key factors in the decision to launch year-round service aboard the Carnival Fantasy.

“Charleston is an extraordinary city within easy reach of millions of U.S. residents who will now have convenient access to Carnival’s fantastic and affordable cruise vacation options year-round,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival’s president and CEO. “Our past experience with the Port of Charleston, which has a very efficient and conveniently located cruise terminal, has been outstanding.”

“Carnival and this vessel fit perfectly with the internationally acclaimed Charleston tourism market, which draws cruise passengers from across the Southeast and beyond,” said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority. “We have enjoyed a successful, long-standing relationship with Carnival, and we are very pleased to significantly expand that relationship with a year-round calendar. This commitment by Carnival underscores Charleston’s cruise development potential.”

New Year-Round Departures from Charleston

On its new Charleston-based program, Carnival Fantasy will operate five-, six- and seven-day voyages on a variety of departure days beginning May 18, 2010.

Five-day voyages departing Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will call at Nassau and Freeport, The Bahamas. Six-day voyages departing Saturdays will visit Freeport, Nassau and Key West, Fla. Seven-day voyages depart Saturdays and will feature Grand Turk, the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay, and Nassau.

Each of these tropical destinations has a character all its own and offers a wide range of snorkeling, fishing and water sports opportunities, as well as beautiful beaches and a distinctive island ambiance.

Carnival Elation to Mobile

Carnival Fantasy is currently based in New Orleans and is scheduled to transfer to Mobile for a program of four- and five-day cruises that will operate from that port from Nov. 10, 2009 through May 10, 2010.

Replacing the Carnival Fantasy in Mobile will be its sister ship, the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation, which will reposition from San Diego to launch year-round service from that port May 15, 2010. In addition to four- and five-day cruises from Mobile, Carnival Elation will operate a series of seven-day Western Caribbean voyages in spring, summer and fall 2010.

Prior to the start-up of its new Mobile-based program, Carnival Elation will sail on a 15-day Panama Canal cruise departing from San Diego April 30. Guests will have the option of debarking the vessel in Tampa on May 14 or in Mobile on May 15. Featured ports will include Cabo San Lucas and Acapulco, Mexico; and Puntarenas, Costa Rica; followed by a Panama Canal transit; and visits to Cartagena, Colombia; and George Town, Grand Cayman.

Truly a ‘Fun Ship’

The namesake vessel in Carnival’s 70,000-ton Fantasy-class, the Carnival Fantasy offers a host of on-board amenities and facilities: a 12,000-square-foot health spa, extensive children’s facilities for kids in three age groups – Camp Carnival (2-11), Circle “C” (12-14) and Club O2 (15-17), a variety of formal and casual dining options and 12 lounges and bars.

Also featured is Carnival WaterWorks, an expansive, all-ages aqua park featuring a 300-foot-long water slide, 82-foot-long dual racing slides and a splash zone. Carnival Fantasy also offers Serenity, an exclusive adults-only retreat, and a resort-style main pool area.

An Internet café with ship-wide Wi-Fi access and cell phone service are also available.

The ship also offers a variety of spacious accommodations, all of which feature the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and high quality linens and pillows.

To find out more about Carnival Cruise Lines, contact me at 866-568-0022 or RGerber@CruiseOne.com

Posted by: Renee Gerber | September 11, 2009

Disney Heads for Alaska!

Breaking news from Disney Cruise Line. Disney has decided to cruise it’s way into Alaska. The Disney Wonder will sail Alaska from May 3, 2011 through August 30, 2011. The 7-night cruises will call on the ports of Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway departing from Vancouver, B.C.

Bookings will open on September 28, 2009. If you are interested, give me a call at 866-568-0022 or email me at RGerber@CruiseOne.com You know these will fill up fast…after all, it is Disney.

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