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An Update: Plans on a Healthy Return To Cruising (Letter from Crown Cruise Vacations President Ross Spalding)

September 26, 2020 | crownblog
Dear Friends,

As we head into Fall, we want to take a moment to share with you where things stand in the Cruise World and when we might see some cruises resume in the US. Today, we have good news to share!

Cruise Lines in Europe have started returning to service in Europe on a limited basis, and with success. As a result, Cruise Lines across our country put together new plans of action that take the lessons learned from these first steps to ensure that we have a healthy return to cruising in the very near future. All the major cruise lines have submitted plans with the CDC in the last week to institute new protocols to minimize any risk and help guarantee the safety of guests and crew alike.

·  Testing. 100% testing of passengers and crew for COVID-19 prior to embarkation

·  Mask-Wearing. Mandatory wearing of masks by all passengers and crew onboard and during excursions whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained

·  Distancing. Physical distancing in terminals, onboard ships, on private islands and during shore excursions

·  Ventilation. Air management and ventilation strategies to increase fresh air onboard and, where feasible, using enhanced filters and other technologies to mitigate risk

·  Medical Capability: Risk based response plans tailored for each ship to manage medical needs, dedicated cabin capacity allocated for isolation and other operational measures, and advance arrangements with private providers for shoreside quarantine, medical facilities, and transportation.

·  Shore Excursions: Only permit shore excursions according to the cruise operators’ prescribed protocols, with strict adherence required of all passengers and denial of re-boarding for any passengers that do not comply.

With these plans in place, we hope to see ships welcoming passengers again before the end of this year. The Cruise Travel Industry is working hard with the scientific community to get this right and to be there for you when it is safe to travel. Decisions are being made using scientific data based on what we’ve learned about this pandemic on how to minimize risk and maximize health and safety.

As an agency, Crown Cruise Vacations remains committed to providing you excellent service on your upcoming travel – and our advisors are standing by to help seven days a week. Although we aren’t cruising yet, the return to the sea is coming soon and we will be there to help you navigate that next vacation.

From our family to yours, we look forward to speaking with you and sailing with you again soon.

Ross Spalding
President, Crown Cruise Vacations

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More Than Just Cruises!

Crown Cruise Vacations offers you more than just excellent values on cruises. We can help with just about any vacation out there. In fact, we’d love to help you with some of our favorite land vacation options too. Ask your Crown Cruise Vacations advisor about any of the following land and tour options.

·  Palace Resorts

·  Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara

·  Walt Disney World

·  Tauck Small Group Tours

·  G Adventures Small Group Tours

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Cruise entertainer Jon England’s ‘Velvet Virtuosity’

February 27, 2020 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Jon England has never had a music lesson in his life. Yet the self-taught musician has been entertaining cruise ship passengers around the world since he was a teen.

Jon’s amazing phonographic memory allows him to play all kinds of music – from classical to show tunes to Big Band and pop, even the Beatles. He also can play a wide repertoire of musical instruments. Read more...

Inside Walt Disney World: Grand Floridian Resort

October 4, 2013 | Roger

Victorian style digs and the antique cars in front of the lobby transport you to the gilded age at Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort. This Deluxe resort rests just moments away from the Magic Kingdom, along the Monorail and is designed to evoke the roaring 20’s, and provide a Great Gatsby feel to a Disney vacation.

Glow with the Show!

October 1, 2013 | Roger

Mickey Mouse Ears. A ubiquitous sight at any Disney Park, but Disney has even found a way to innovate Mouse Ears at Disney’s California Adventure. The new “Glow with the Show” ears light up… and although that isn’t terribly common, its not particularly new or innovative. But once you go see the World of Color show with these hats on, the innovation is clear. The lights are syncopated to the show, and that’s no easy feat to accomplish!

It’s yet another step that the Walt Disney Travel Company has been working on to get guests who visit to be a bigger part of their own experience. In the last couple years, Disney has worked to make guests an active participant in the park itself, rather than just showing up and riding the rides. Walt Disney’s goal was always to transport visitors into the stories that they’ve grown to love, and as technology has allowed it over the last few decades, the Disney Imagineering team keeps coming up with great ways to make that happen – like the “Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom” role-playing game that takes place all over the park itself.

Check out this amazing video from Disney’s California Adventure that talks all about what goes into making these ears, and a good glimpse at what it’s like to glow with the show!

You can make Disney’s California Adventure a fun part of your own California adventure by spending a few days in Disneyland! Start planning today by clicking here and visiting our special site that’s all about Disney!

 

An Even More Magical Vacation

September 26, 2013 | Roger

What if there was a way to take a vacation without ever reaching for your wallet, or even a room key? What if you could visit a theme park and never have to get tickets, or wait in line for a ride? What if you could plan your day with just a smartphone handy? Fewer lines, less fumbling. Seems like a pipe dream for most, but at Walt Disney World, they’ve found a way to make that happen with the new “My Magic+” program.

Inside Walt Disney World: Art of Animation

September 24, 2013 | Roger

Walt Disney World is not known for standing still. Since the park and its original resort, the Contemporary opened 42 years, the park complex has been continually innovating and growing. Parks open beyond the Magic Kingdom – like Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Resort after resort, each with its own identity popped up within the Walt Disney World grounds. Their newest resort, Art of Animation opened last year, and its quickly become one of our favorites.

Dispatches: Drumboddstaðir

September 12, 2013 | Roger

We’re all crowded around a long table at the Drumbo base camp. It’s everyone’s first night in Iceland, but if you’d seen the crew together, you might think we were old friends. Our guide, Gulli, is giving us the lowdown about the different types of adventures we’ll be partaking in over the next week. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but this adventure is already giving me the magical moments that I cherish about traveling around the world. The destinations are always amazing, but more often than not, its the people we meet along the way that make all the difference.

The Most Pristine Place on Earth

June 5, 2013 | Roger

The Galapagos made the news this week with Celebrity’s Xpedition ship getting its hand slapped for unauthorized lobster. Really, this is a thing down there! The Galapagos Islands are one of the most pristine places on earth where you can still visit, and whose environment the government of Ecuador fiercely protects. We expect the luxury 99 passenger yacht that Celebrity Cruises operates to be back fully on track shortly, but there are some other more intimate options worth considering as well, including the very small group cruises that adventure travel company G Adventures offers.

Summer Vacation: Three Bargain Destinations

May 24, 2013 | Roger

Haven’t planned a summer vacation yet? Sometimes the best deals happen by making plans at the last minute. In fact, the next few weeks feature some of the best buys of the year for vacations! We’ve found three surprising locations where the deals are good, but act fast because the sale season for these destinations can be surprisingly short.

Dash and a Flash

May 20, 2013 | Roger

Sales happen in the travel industry on a daily basis. So many, so often that even we can’t keep track of all of them. However, this week there are two really great sales from our travel partners that we want to shed some light on, offering great value for travelers this week only. Be it a beach and pool vacation, or a cruise to just about anywhere, there’s a special deal available this week.

Norwegian Dashes To Savings

Our friends at Norwegian Cruise Line have a great deal starting tomorrow through Thursday May 24. Book a three night or longer sailing on any future Norwegian Cruise Line adventure and you’ll pay a reduced deposit and take advantage of some great onboard credit deals, as much as $250 per stateroom. Crown Cruise Vacations is offering lots of extras as well. Choose your own amenities, be it shipboard credit, specialty dining reservations or romance packages.  This sale includes all ships, including the brand new Norwegian Breakaway, and her sister, the Norwegian Getaway, due to sail from Miami starting this winter. The Norwegian Breakaway is an amazing ship sailing from New York, and you can view some highlights from her christening earlier this month above.

That’s some nice extra cash to spend in the spa or eating at one of the many premium dining experiences that these ships have to offer, including Geoffrey Zarkarian’s Raw Bar aboard Breakaway. The deals are for three days only, Tuesday May 21 to Thursday May 24 – so if a cruise is in the works, the best time to make plans is now!

Club Med Savings in a Flash

Our friends at Club Med are offering some amazing deals this week too. In addition to the excellent values that the Semi-Annual Sale brings, Club Med is in the middle of a six day flash sale, offering discounts at up to 40% off at some of their best resorts in the Americas, including Turkoise – the adults only resort on one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, and our favorite, Sandpiper Bay, their four star, family friendly resort in Florida. With pricing starting as low as $763 per person for seven nights at an all-inclusive resort, and getting an additional $200 in resort credit from Crown Cruise Vacations, this is a deal to act on. And act fast, because the sale ends on Wednesday, May 23.

For more information on the Club Med Flash Sale, give us a call or click here!

Looking to plan that Norwegian Cruise vacation, just click here to get started!