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Where We Can’t Wait To Go To in 2021

November 30, 2020 | crownblog
The Crown Cruise Vacations family has a lot of travel plans in the coming year. Here’s where some of our crew is most excited to go and see when the time is right in the coming year.

Jeff – Ireland & Scotland

“The Emerald Isle has always had a lot of appeal to me. The green landscapes, history and aura of this ancient land is one place I am most excited to see this year.”

Sam – Colorado

“I love nature and wildlife. The mountains in Colorado offer something so pretty that I just can’t wait to get out there and explore.”

Roger – Berlin, Germany

“Growing up the son of immigrants, I spent many summers in Berlin with family as a child. The city felt like a second home, even though it seems to endlessly change into something new. I’m really looking forward to heading back next year to reconnect with my roots.”

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Cover photo courtesy Carnival Cruise Line — Carnival’s new Mardi Gras cruise ship,

slated to enter service next year will feature BOLT,

the world’s first-ever and fastest roller coaster at sea.

Remaining Ever Thankful in a Challenging Year

November 26, 2020 | crownblog
I don’t think we’ll look back on 2020 and think of it as anything other than a challenging year. With the ability to travel remaining limited through year’s end and the continuing COVID pandemic building another wave, this year has tested our business, our families, and our society. Yet, we remain thankful going into this holiday season. This Thanksgiving may look a bit different, but the feelings of gratitude and blessings remain.
We wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the the support of you. We are so thankful that we have the pleasure of working with you and helping you continue to dream and explore new worlds and experiences.
As we move forward, we are looking forward to sailing again, traveling again and discovering again together. And so from the Crown Cruise Vacations family, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and a blessed holiday season.

Ross Spalding
President, Crown Cruise Vacations

Thanks to All and Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2020 | Heidi

We offer the guaranteed lowest rates on cruises and find the best cruise deals around the world.

Crown Cruise Vacations is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, but we will reopen Friday at 9 AM Eastern.

Open 7 days a week and most holidays, we are here to assist you day or night. Read more...

Cruise Trivia: What is the function of this lovely glass bowl

November 20, 2020 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

When I first saw the lovely glass bowl sitting on the dining room table, I thought it must be a fancy flower container or maybe a fruit dish.

This beautiful glass bowl had a deadly use. Photo by Jackie Sheckler Finch

After all, the table is set for a fancy dinner and this is the beautiful Houmas House along the mighty Mississippi River. Surely, that fancy glass container must serve some pleasant function. Read more...

Give the Gift of Travel This Year to Bucket List Destinations of Galapagos, Alaska and Asia

November 14, 2020 | Heidi

For those planning a cruise, Crown Cruise Vacations President Ross Spalding and his team of travel and cruise specialists are experts at booking families, friends and individuals on their dream cruise vacations. A great place for inspiration and insight when booking a cruise vacation is the Crown Cruise Vacations blog.

Experiences worth sharing are the best gifts to give. This year, Crown Cruise Vacations is sharing great gift ideas that everyone in your life can enjoy. Giving the gift of travel in 2021 will let you and your loved ones explore, discover, relax and share amazing experiences remembered for a lifetime. Here are some of the best bucket list destinations that make a perfect gift to give this holiday season.

The Galapagos Islands – Who knew that a single day could hold so many experiences? The moment you board a tender boat to head for the famed islands, your tour back in time to the Galapagos Islands begins.

You might spend part of the day checking out marine iguanas and ancient tortoises or hiking to view the breathtaking flowers and cactus. Snorkel with sea turtles, learn the history of the hundreds of bird species, and return to the ship in time for a well-earned dinner, prepared from scratch and masterfully grilled aboard Celebrity’s fleet of all-inclusive small ships.

Exclusive Extras:

  • Complimentary Travel Insurance
  • Free Airfare when you book a 10, 11 or 16 Night Package.
  • 50% Off the Second Guest’s Fare
  • $300 Gift Card to Prepare for your Galapagos Adventure
  • Offer expires November 30, 2020.
  • Must sail April 1, 2021 or later.
  • New bookings only.
  • Find my Galapagos Adventure!

Alaska, the Great Land – Every part of Alaska tells an extraordinary story. On an Alaska cruisetour with Princess, discover what makes the Great Land so special, and craft your own tales of your time on land and sea. You won’t just visit Alaska, you’ll live it. Whether its soaring over a glacier in a helicopter, fly-fishing or mushing your own team of sled dogs, there are so many unique experiences to make your own.

Special Offer: On the 11 Night Denali Wilderness Tour, enjoy the following Crown Cruise Vacations exclusive amenities!

Asia Calls – Walk in the footsteps of emperors as you explore the palaces and temples they commissioned on a Holland America cruise in Asia. When you visit some of the world’s most exciting cities, you’ll be quickly immersed in the buzz and energy of these urban centers. Sample amazing new flavors in the street markets of Bangkok, trace the remnants of colonial Britain of Hong Kong and stroll the serene gardens of Kyoto.

Special Offer: Save Now and Have It All, on selected rates and dates enjoy:

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Celebrity Cruises Unveils New Luxury Brand Approach: ‘Always Included’

November 14, 2020 | Heidi

New Simplified Pricing with Amenities Included Begins Nov. 17

Courtesy Celebrity Cruises: MIAMI – Nov. 10, 2020 – Vacations should be effortless from the start.

That’s why Celebrity Cruises has announced a new approach to cruising called ‘Always Included,’ putting an end to confusing promotions, complicated add-ons and limited time offers.

Starting Tuesday, Nov. 17, every Celebrity Cruises vacation will include Wi-Fi, drinks and tips, simplifying the luxury vacation experience.

“Everything we do at Celebrity is driven by the desire to redefine what today’s luxury looks and feels like, with experiences modern travelers want. With the launch of our Edge Series ships, Celebrity Edge and her brand-new sister ship Celebrity Apex, we tapped into a powerful ‘New Luxury’ culture – relevant, relaxed, design-focused and inclusive,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises. “Today, nothing is more luxurious than when things are extra simple and extra special. We wanted to bring that big wonderful feeling of ‘everything is taken care of’ to life for our guests.” “After this challenging year, ease and peace of mind have become even more invaluable commodities,” said Peter Giorgi, vice president and chief marketing officer of Celebrity Cruises. “People want to spend more time being inspired, not getting lost in a myriad of booking options. Our new ‘Always Included’ approach makes the purchase process simple and incredible – one decision and the wonder of a Celebrity cruise awaits.”

“Always Included” becomes the new standard rate for the luxurious experience offered on Celebrity’s award-winning ships and includes:

– Unlimited Drinks – Classic cocktails, wines by the glass, beer, sodas, specialty coffees and teas, juices and bottled water can be fully enjoyed without worrying about the tab.

– Unlimited WiFi – Free, always-on connection to social media, email and the web, allows guests to surf the net to their heart’s desire.

– Daily Gratuities – Tips are taken care of allowing guests to relax and enjoy the warm service delivered by Celebrity’s exceptional crew, knowing that the crew behind the superior service are also being taken care of.

For guests who want even more luxurious simplicity, Celebrity is offering the option to upgrade to one of two packages:

– ELEVATE takes the package to new heights with unlimited premium drinks and adds shore excursions up to $200 per person.

– INDULGE includes everything in the ELEVATE package and adds to it with unlimited streaming Wi-Fi and up to an additional $200 per person in onboard credit to spend almost any way desired. All guests in The Retreat – Celebrity’s unparalleled vacation concept featuring stunning all-suite accommodations and all-exclusive experiences including a private restaurant, lounge and sundeck, and a dedicated team of butlers and concierge staff – will receive the same amenities as the INDULGE package at no additional charge.

“Always Included” is the latest in a series of innovations available on Celebrity ships, including the recent transformation of the traditional cruise industry safety drill into a more personal digital experience, called Muster 2.0, that can be accessed by guests from any smart device or on a stateroom TV and completed at the guest’s leisure prior to the ship’s departure, providing more time to relax and ease into a wonderful getaway.

“Always Included” is available for all new bookings on any of Celebrity’s cruise offerings, excluding Galapagos vacations. As part of its new approach, Celebrity has also enhanced its loyalty program to offer Captain’s Club members new perks and special onboard experiences.

To learn  more about Celebrity’s new pricing offering and myriad offerings of cruises and land vacations, too, please contact the cruise specialists at Crown Cruise Vacations – open 7 days a week and most holidays – offering guaranteed lowest rates on cruises and finding the best cruise deals around the world. To book a trip call 1-877-283-1114 (toll-free USA/Canada), +1-609-945-9801 or visit http://www.crowncruisevacations.com.

Cover photo: Celebrity Summit Qsine restaurant

Ask Us About Princess Cruises OBC Offer to First Responders & Medical Professionals

November 3, 2020 | Heidi

Princess offers free onboard spending money to first responders and medical professionals:

~ A heartfelt thank you to all first responders and medical professionals! ~

As November arrives and people gather in various ways to celebrate Thanksgiving, this year Princess is spending the whole month focused on what we’re grateful for, such as first responders and medical professionals!

To thank these brave men and women in the U.S. who work to keep us healthy and safe, Princess is offering up to $250 free onboard spending money* to those who verify by November 30, 2020 and book by December 7, 2020.

This special offer makes an adventure at sea even better, whether you’re a loyal Princess guest or new cruiser. The spending money can be used to purchase anything from spa treatments and specialty dining to shore excursions and boutique items.

Up to $250 Free Onboard Spending Money*

Voyage Length

Onboard Credit per Qualified Passenger*

6 days or fewer $50

7 – 13 Days      $100

14 Days or Longer        $250

*Free onboard spending money is in the form of an onboard credit. It is issued per passenger that is a verified first responder or medical professional.

To learn  more about this Princess offering, myriad other offerings of cruises and land vacations, too, please contact the cruise specialists at Crown Cruise Vacations – open 7 days a week and most holidays – offering guaranteed lowest rates on cruises and finding the best cruise deals around the world. To book a trip call 1-877-283-1114 (toll-free USA/Canada), +1-609-945-9801 or visit http://www.crowncruisevacations.com.

Breaking News: Large Cruise Ship Operations to Return as CDC Lifts Order

October 30, 2020 | Heidi

Oct. 30, 2020 – We are pleased to report that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control lifted the No Sail Order for cruise ships today, ending the months’ long no-sail order on large cruise ship operations in U.S. waters.

The cruise lines and entire cruise industry are working with the CDC to make the return to cruising as effective as possible, as soon as possible. More to come as details emerge in the coming days.

Our great & loyal clients have continually expressed their desire to sail again and we are excited to provide the bookings to do just that.

Sophisticated cruise specialists at Crown Cruise Vacations provide exclusive offers, exceptional value & unparalleled service and can assist with experienced cruise information and bookings.

To learn  more about available sailings and offers, please contact the cruise specialists at Crown Cruise Vacations  To book a cruise call 1-877-283-1114 (toll-free USA/Canada), +1-609-945-9801 or visit http://www.crowncruisevacations.com.

The CDC has established a series of requirements cruise lines will have to undertake to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and establishing a path to resuming passenger operations.

The agency issued a Conditional Sailing Order that detailed a phased approach to the resumption of service in order to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 spread to passengers, crew and U.S. communities.

Citing the continued spread of Covid-19 worldwide and what it calls an increased risk “of Covid-19” on cruise ships, the CDC said “a careful approach is needed to safely resume cruise ship passenger operations.”

The initial phase will consist of testing and additional safeguards for crew members and ensuring cruise lines have adequate health and safety protections for crew.

Recipe for Elvis’ Favorite Sandwich

October 28, 2020 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

Now I know why Elvis loved them so much. I also know that I could easily pack on the pounds if I ate very many of these. Read more...

Fallas Museum celebrates Spain’s fiery festival

October 22, 2020 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

                               By Jackie Sheckler Finch

Hours of painstaking labor go into creating beautiful works of art. Then the statues, called ninots, are set ablaze in gigantic bonfires.

Only one ninot is saved from the flames by the vote of celebrants. That lucky choice joins other reprieved ones at the Fallas Museum in Valencia, Spain. https://www.visitvalencia.com/en/what-to-do-valencia/valencian-culture/museum-in-valencia/fallas-museum Read more...