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Check out this fun Princess Cruises video!

Passengers aboard Emerald Princess were surprised to find as many as 20 Santas aboard their July Baltic sailing. The Santas, who were aboard for “Santa School,” treated passengers to a special opportunity to celebrate Christmas in summer with some “merry and bright” fun, including carols, cookies and even snow in the atrium.  Read More

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I was particularly interested in Mona Ehrenreich’s post because the Princess Cruises Scandinavia and Russia cruise itinerary she went on also happens to be on our personal travel bucket list.  I really liked how she and her fellow travelers helped the young people in their group relate to the sights and monuments they visited, and I am thoroughly impressed at the amount of research she did before her trip to be able to impart these details to those traveling with her.

This truly goes to show how there is something for everyone to be found throughout the world.  We look forward to taking our family on a cruise to Scandinavia and Russia soon!

Mystery and Intrigue in the Venice of the North

Fountains at Peterhopf Palace, Russia

Fountains at Peterhopf Palace

“They don’t care what you do!” my BNI (Business Network International) trainer emphasized repeatedly.  He was referring to the fact that in most cases, your profession emphatically implies what you do.  He wanted to impress upon us the fact that it’s not what you do, but the benefits you can offer people that captures their interest.

With that in mind,  you all know that travel agents help arrange travel. 

Here are some things that you may not know that some travel agents do, including myself and my agency, Celebrations International Travel:

– Meetings/Events at Sea or On Location:  My agency can help you organize a meeting or event on a cruise, or at an all-inclusive resort or a hotel in the city of your choice and take care of the details!

– Group Pricing Without A Group:  Who says you always have to travel with ten of your best friends to qualify for group rates?  At Celebrations International Travel, we’ve reserved space on many popular cruise sailings that allow us to offer the savings of group rates to our clients, whether you’re traveling as a couple or bringing all your friends and family along.  With some notice, similar arrangements can be made at all-inclusive resorts or for escorted tours.

– Fundraising:  That’s right….You can help raise funds for your favorite charity or cause through your travels.  Contact us to find out more.

– Itinerary Planning:  Even if you have a good idea about where and when you want to travel, a good travel agent can provide you with good tips and advice on things to see and do (and the best days/times to do them), the best ways to get around, and good places to eat and shop.  Especially for international destinations with which you aren’t familiar, your agent may be able to give you practical advice on currency exchanges, taxi services, money-saving ideas, and general travelers’ safety.

– Special Occasions & Celebrations:  We believe in Celebrating Life Through Travel!  If you’re celebrating a special occasion on your trip, let your travel agent know so that he/she can do their best to help you celebrate!

Take a look at Princess Cruises’ new Australia & New Zealand destination video.  (Who needs bulky brochures anymore?) 

Enjoy the overview of a Princess cruise or cruisetour to this amazing corner of the world.

Contact us to book your own adventure Downunder with Princess Cruises!

Princess Cruises has just released brand-new videos showcasing their Alaska cruises and cruisetours.  A cruisetour is a vacation that combines a 7-night Voyage of the Glaciers cruise (sailing Alaska’s Inside Passage and Glacier Bay) with a land-based tour of your choice:  A great way to see the wonders of Alaska!

 

 Contact us to take advantage of special reserved cruise pricing on Princess Cruises’ Alaska 2011 sailings today!

Time to share another cruise tip I’ve come across:

Topic Statement: Nearly every cruise line will toss in one free cabin if you travel in a group of 15 or more.

My Viewpoint: This statement isn’t entirely correct.  The correct statement is:  Most cruise lines will offer one (1) free bed (known in maritime lingo as a berth) per every 16 sailed passengers.  When organizing a group cruise, always consult your travel agent about the specifics of any “free berth” and related promotional offers.  Every cruise line has its own rules and restrictions, and depending on your group’s particular situation, the various promotional offers seen in mass media may or may not be applicable.

Specifically regarding the possibility of “free berths,” the word “free” most often only applies to the base cruise fare, excluding any port charges, government fees, and taxes.  Additionally, most cruise lines count only the first and second passengers in a stateroom toward that “magic number” 16 (or whatever it happens to be).  They do this because if you have more than two passengers occupying a particular stateroom, the fares for the third and additional passengers is greatly discounted.

Check out this divine tiramisu made by Joy of Gourmeted.com.  Looks just as good as restaurant-quality, but it’s homemade!  Read more about Joy and her love of cooking, and follow her on Twitter @Gourmeted.

Tiramisu by Gourmeted.com

Homemade Tiramisu by Joy of http://www.Gourmeted.com

Click on the photo above to view Joy’s recipe.

If you love Italian food and want to enjoy an authentic Italian culinary experience, check out Celebrations International Travel’s Tuscany culinary tour.   The itinerary posted is only an example of the types of tours we can custom create for your family, group, or organization.  Let us help you plan an ideal tour to savor the tastes of Tuscany!

View sample itineraries for other featured culinary destinations.  In case you’re interested in a destination that’s not featured, contact us.  We can customize culinary tours throughout most of the world.


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