5 Reasons To Celebrate Your Birthday On A Carnival Cruise

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5 Reasons To Celebrate Your Birthday On A Carnival Cruise

There are so many ways to celebrate a birthday!  This year, I turned the big 4-0 so I wanted to kick up my heels in a big way. I have always loved cruising and I knew last year that I wanted to take one to honor my dad since he loved being on the ocean. So after some research and careful planning, three of my neighbors and close friends all boarded the Carnival Imagination to relax, unwind and celebrate my birthday. The best part of this is that we had no kids ! How lucky for us that our husbands watched them.

Now that we are back I can honestly say it was one of the most memorable birthday I have ever had. Here are 5 Reasons To Celebrate Your Birthday On A Carnival Cruise

  • You Don’t Have To Lift A Finger

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Who doesn’t like be treated like royalty for a few days? There’s no bigger treat than not having to do anything on your birthday and with a cruise, this is certainly true. When you celebrate your birthday on a carnival cruise, you can forget about doing your ordinary day-to-day chores – not just for the actual day of your birthday but for the whole time.  There are chefs to cook for you, waiters to bring you drinks, performers to entertain you and housekeeping staff to keep your cabin clean. All you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your special day!

  • You Get To Experience Fine Dining

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Aboard all Carnival cruises, guests may choose from two to three different dinner seating options. In addition to Early and Late assigned seating, ‘Your Time’ open seating is available to accommodate individual guest preferences. You will get to experience trying so many things on your cruise. We enjoyed Lobster ravioli, crab cakes, shrimp scampi and more! We even saw escargo and frog legs on the menu! Best of all you can order several entrees and try them all. If you don’t like one of them just send it back.

Bonus: There are also plenty of opportunities to get your picture taken! We did some fun glamour shots during our formal evening, plus they will take some when you dock at port and a bunch of times while you are at sea. The pictures are extremely high quality.

  • You get to celebrate somewhere fun

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Who wouldn’t want to explore a new destination on their birthday? I celebrated my 40th birthday in Ensenada on a wine tour and it was so much fun! There were so many new sights, new smells and I met a lot of lovely people. Ensenada is a great place to shop so we leisurely strolled around the stores and bought some cute knickknacks for the kids (of course). I enjoyed being somewhere different instead of visiting the same restaurant year after year.

  • Towel Animals

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Ok, So maybe I am being childish but towel animals seriously make me happy!! Look how cute they are! Every day you will get a new towel animal in your cabin. We saw some pretty amazing animals from turtles, to star wars creatures, to bears and even a platypus! Nothing says happy birthday like a festive towel animal!

  • The Entertainment Is Endless

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Each Carnival Cruise has a cruise Director and the are the heart of each ship. They will be the first person to greet you and the last person to say goodbye! Our cruise director was named Donkey and he was full of charisma and a lot of fun! We saw him each night during the shows, which by the way are Vegas quality.

You will be thoroughly entertained with music shows, comedy shows, variety acts and sooo much more! There are also casinos on board and well as piano bars. It is impossible to be bored on a “fun ship”.

  • Bonus: You Can Pamper Yourself

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Will all the Chaos that goes on at home why not pamper yourself at sea where the waves will rock you to sleep and fresh salty air will stimulate your senses. All Carnival Cruises have a spa where you can let your mind experience total tranquility at the Spa Carnival. Enjoy hot stone massages, aromatherapy, or full body wraps while you relax and find your inner peace.

Have you ever been on a Carnival Cruise? If so what is your favorite ship?

Star Wars Day at Sea on Select “Disney Fantasy” Sailings

 

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Star Wars Day at Sea

If you are a kid what could be cooler than seeing Darth Vader and a bunch of storm troopers on your vacation at sea? I’m pretty sure you would qualify as the coolest parents in the world if you could make that happen.

Well, now you can because starting in 2016,  Disney Cruise Line guests can celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga during a brand-new, day-long celebration aboard eight special sailings on the Disney Fantasy: Star Wars Day at Sea.

Highlights of the day at sea include:

Force-filled Fun for Everyone

  • Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Stormtroopers and other characters from across the Star Wars galaxy will be onboard for scheduled meet and greets, as well as roaming on deck and elsewhere around the ship. Guests also are encouraged to dress up in their own stellar costumes.
  • A shipboard version of the popular Jedi Training Academy experience invites young Jedi hopefuls – known as “Padawans” – to learn lightsaber moves from a Jedi Master. They can then use the Force and face off in a final test against the evil Darth Vader.
  • Kids and families enjoy friendly competition during Star Wars trivia games, covering fun facts from the film and television sagas.
  • For Younglings, Star Wars-themed arts and crafts, games and activities will be offered throughout the day in Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab youth clubs.
  • In the evening, adults entering the night club will feel like they stepped into the Mos Eisley cantina scene. Characters and cantina music set the mood as Star Wars-themed specialty cocktails are served.

Film Screenings and Celebrities

  • Guests can watch the first six Star Wars films and follow Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke and Leia along their epic journey.
  • Also showing will be episodes of the new Disney XD animated series, Star Wars Rebels.
  • On each of the special sailings, celebrities and insiders from the Star Wars galaxy will share their experiences, meet fans and sign autographs.

Star Wars Deck Party and Fireworks

  • There’s intergalactic fun when the Star Wars deck party blasts off to an exciting evening filled with music, dancing and games.
  • Star Wars characters converge on the deck stage for a celebration of the Star Wars saga in a show featuring special effects and guest participation.
  • The deck party culminates in a spectacular display of themed pyrotechnics, lighting, sound effects, lasers and Star Wars music.

Sail Dates

Book now before they are sold out!!! Star Wars Day at Sea will be on Disney Fantasy cruises sailing on Jan. 9, 23; Feb. 6, 20; March 5, 19; April 2 and 16, 2016. Departing from Port Canaveral, the seven-night Western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

Carnival Cruise Ship “Vista” to Debut in 2016

 

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Cruise lovers and families worldwide are in for a treat next year when Carnival Cruise line debuts there newest ship “The Carnival Vista”, the lines most innovative ship ever! Debuting in spring 2016, the Carnival Vista will connect guests to the ocean with sweeping views and plenty to do both outdoors and in.

This ship is packed with incredible new features that you have to see to believe. Between all of the activities and food you will never want to get off this ship! Read below for details.

High-Powered Outdoor Fun

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With SkyRide, the cruise industry’s first pedal-powered open-air aerial attraction, Carnival is creating some of the best and highest outdoor vistas ever offered on a cruise ship. Adventurous riders can climb aboard hanging recumbent-like bikes to cycle their way around the 800-foot suspended track with panoramic views from 150 feet above the sea. Nearby will be SkyCourse, an exhilarating suspended ropes course. Both are part of the expanded outdoor activity park that also includes a new indoor sports hangout, The Clubhouse at SportSquare¸ featuring mini-bowling, ping-pong, arcade basketball, sports video gaming and more.

In the largest WaterWorks water park in the fleet, kids and kids at heart will find a thrilling array of splash-tastic fun including Kaleid-O-Slide, the line’s first-ever water tube attraction. Riders will hop on inflatable one or two-person rafts taking them on a fun-filled 455-foot adventure of exhilarating twists and turns with stunning kaleidoscopic visual effects.

Big-Time Entertainment at the Multiplex

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Carnival Vista’s views are truly spectacular inside, too. Carnival is partnering with entertainment innovator IMAX® (NYSE: IMAX) to bring the world’s most immersive cinematic experience to sea with the first-ever IMAX® Theatre on a ship. Guests will take in the latest Hollywood blockbusters, IMAX classics and IMAX documentary content on a screen that’s three decks high. Next door at the Thrill Theater, moviegoers can enjoy a multi-dimensional special effects experience. Both are part of the Carnival Multiplex, a first at sea for film fans, complete with concession stand offering popcorn and movie snacks. The Warehouse, featuring a variety of video and arcade games, is located adjacent to the Carnival Multiplex.

Fresh New Dining & Bar Options

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Featured on Carnival Vista and a first for the fleet will be the New England-inspired Seafood Shack, a casual indoor/outdoor dining venue near the Lido Marketplace eateries. This seafood-lovers’ paradise will feature a menu full of delicious, fresh favorites available for purchase, including lobster rolls, steamed lobster, fried shrimp, crab cakes, fried clams and more.

At the RedFrog Pub, Carnival will brew up great beer for good times in its first ever brewery. During each sailing two giant copper-topped glass kettles will create tasty ales and lagers that can be enjoyed on tap from the bar and through unique tabletop taps that allow guests to pour their own beer. The full bar will also offer an array of Caribbean-inspired cocktails, beers and rums. Indoor/outdoor seating, live music and brewing tours and tastings will also be offered in this fun venue.

Carnival is expanding the line’s popular Latin-infused Havana experience inside and out on Carnival Vista. Celebrating Cuba’s gloried past, Havana Bar serves traditional cocktails and bites during the day and transforms into a sizzling Latin dance club at night. The fun also extends outdoors with a new Havana Pool located aft and offering stunning views of the ocean, whirlpools and relaxation area, complete with colorful umbrellas, faux palm trees, thatched patio huts and comfy seating, perfect for soaking up the sun while enjoying a refreshing mojito.

More Accommodation Options

Carnival Vista will offer a wide variety of well-appointed, beautifully designed staterooms and suites including two new accommodation classes. Tropics-inspired Havana Cabanas feature accommodations with private outdoor patios – complete with lounge chairs and hammock – that face the expanded Lanai ocean-air outdoor promenade and offer magnificent sea views in addition to easy access to the Havana Bar and Pool. Located within a new dedicated family zone on Deck 2, the new Family Harbor accommodations offer an array of deluxe ocean-view, balcony and interior staterooms that accommodate up to five family members. Parents and kids will have even more room to relax at the new, exclusive Family Harbor Lounge, a secluded space designed as the ultimate family hang out with large-screen TVs, games and complimentary breakfast and snacks. A special family concierge desk will be available here to assist families in making this their best vacation ever. “Carnival Vista celebrates the connection to the oceans on which we sail and gives our guests amazing seascapes around every corner and more ways to enjoy every moment of sun and fun during their cruise vacation,” said Mark Tamis, Carnival’s senior vice president of guest operations. “From our exhilarating new high-altitude SkyRide to the Kaleid-O-Slide water tube slide to our IMAX anchored Carnival Multiplex to the multitude of dining and bar options, we are thrilled to share the details about our largest and most innovative ship with our guests while providing our valued travel agent partners with an exciting new option to offer to their clients.”

New Meaning to Dining Out

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Thanks to an expanded Lanai on Deck 5 guests can stroll or sit and enjoy a beverage at one of the many dining and bar venues that will now feature outdoor areas. The line will offer its first-ever outdoor seating options at specialty eateries including Fahrenheit 555, a classic American steakhouse, and Japanese-style Bonsai Sushi restaurant where diners will enjoy sea views as delicious as their meals. Cherry on Top will be the sweetest spot at sea, with a new premium mixed-to-order custom ice cream creation bar, outdoor seating and more than 80 bulk candy options.

The intimate Library Bar will also offer guests indoor/outdoor options, in addition to the hoppin’ RedFrog Pub and stylish Havana Bar.
Vacationers will find Fun Ship 2.0 favorite poolside eateries and bars including Guy’s Burger Joint, award-winning burgers and hand-cut fries created by chef and author Guy Fieri, and BlueIguana Cantina, featuring freshly made tacos and burritos. Poolside bars BlueIguana Tequila Bar and RedFrog Rum Bar will also provide innovative cocktail options, as will the mixologists at the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar.

The ship’s main dining rooms, Reflections and Horizons, offer a tantalizing array of delicious menu items for guests who want to enjoy a full-service breakfast, lunch or dinner. The striking modern interiors created by award-winning designer BigTime Design Studios offer decidedly different decor than previous Carnival ships. The Horizons dining room will also feature a unique bar that’s the perfect spot for meeting friends and enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail or an after-meal aperitif.

The beautiful Vista Atrium will set a festive mood with its giant, multi-deck-high centerpiece that will delight guests with its LED screens and changing visuals to create the right atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to welcome guests boarding the ship, meet friends at the bar or enjoy live entertainment and dancing.

Relax and Recharge

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For those looking to unwind and relax, Carnival Vista has a lot to ahhh about. The luxurious two-level Cloud 9 Spa will feature an array of chill-worthy amenities, including a thalassotherapy pool, four steam chambers, the line’s first infrared sauna and hamam, and special “experience showers” that provide a soothing fragrance element, along with a high-tech indoor cycling studio. Guests can get away from it all at the adults-only Serenity retreat, where there’s breathtaking views, tranquility and even more lounging options to relax including the line’s first outdoor massage huts.

Family Fun for All

As the family cruise leader, carrying more than 700,000 children on board each year, the company designed Carnival Vista with even more fun for families day and night. The indoor/outdoor Camp Ocean for children under age 12 is a dedicated undersea-themed play space with more than 200 fun and educational ocean-inspired activities.  Carnival Vista will be the second ship in the fleet to feature Dr. Seuss Bookville, a special reading and play space inspired by the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss. Here kids and their families can read beloved Dr. Seuss books, make arts and crafts and stretch their imagination with toys and games. Also part of the line’s Seuss at Sea program, Carnival Vista guests can enjoy Green Eggs and Ham with The Cat in the Hat and Friends character breakfast, the Seuss-a-palooza Story Time and Parade and more. Carnival Vista will also introduce four new games at the family-centric HASBRO the Game Show, as well as special family-friendly comedy performances at Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez.

Carnival’s Return to Europe

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The largest ship in the fleet, Carnival Vista will measure 133,500 tons, 1,055 feet long and have a guest capacity of 3,936 (based on two per cabin). The new vessel will debut May 1, 2016, with a 13-day cruise departing from Trieste, Italy — the first European voyage for Carnival in three years. A variety of spectacular Mediterranean itineraries will be offered with port calls throughout Italy, France, Spain, Croatia and Turkey, as well as several new destinations for Carnival such as Crete (Heraklion), and Corfu, Greece; Valletta, Malta; Palermo, Sicily; Cagliari, Sardinia; and Gibraltar. On October 21, 2016, Carnival Vista will embark on a special 13-day transatlantic crossing and arrive in New York November 3, 2016, then operate a series of voyages from the Big Apple. Carnival Vista’s European cruises are currently available for reservations. Additional information on the New York departures will be available next month.

Cruise fans, those new to cruising and travel partners can get a preview of Carnival Vista at www.carnival.com/carnivalvista or follow @CarnivalVista for regular Twitter updates.

Say “I DO” On A Carnival Cruise With Fabulous New Upgrades

 

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I love cruising. I have cruised since I was just a little girl. There is something just so calming about being on the water and inhaling the salty sea air. I would have loved to have gotten married on a cruise. Maybe we will renew our vows on one. But for those of you in the planning stages consider getting married on a carnival cruise.

Carnival Cruise Lines has totally revamped its popular wedding program – upgrading everything from floral arrangements, decorations and photography to delicious new culinary selections and an even greater variety of romantic on-island ceremonies – allowing couples to make their “big day” even more special and memorable.

Available both aboard ship on embarkation day or in tropical ports of call, Carnival’s wedding packages are already immensely popular – with more than 2,600 ceremonies performed each year.

Couples can say “I do” during unforgettable shipboard celebrations which now include a diverse array of lavishly presented culinary options and upgraded beverage service, along with new multi-tiered wedding cake choices like chocolate ganache, coconut cream, and red velvet, all baked on board.  Enhanced amenities such as a decorated wedding aisle and other traditional touches, along with upgraded champagne flutes and other keepsake items, are also included.

 

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For those who want to tie the knot in paradise, Carnival offers a variety of beachside ceremonies with recently added choices such as Grand Turk and Freeport complementing Barbados, Grand Cayman, St. Thomas, the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay and other beautiful and exotic locales.

Carnival’s enhanced wedding packages include:

  • Just You & Me (maximum of eight people) – starting at $1,355 and includes

Wedding ceremony

Bouquet and boutonniere

Tiered wedding cake with keepsake wedding topper

Champagne toast with keepsake flutes

Photography services

Decorated wedding aisle

Pre-recorded music

Officiant (couples are also welcome to bring their own clergy)

 

  • Time to Celebrate (based on 20 guests) – starting at $1,795 and includes

All of the amenities of Just You & Me plus:

One-hour reception

Open bar

Selection of hot & cold hors d’ oeuvres

Coffee/tea service

 

  • Time to Celebrate…Big! (based on 20 guests) – starting at $1,975 and includes

All of the amenities of Just You & Me plus:

One-and-one-half-hour reception

Open bar

Selection of hot & cold hors d’ oeuvres

Custom-designed ice carving

 

  • Let Us Serve You (minimum 8 guests) – starting at $1,595 and includes

All of the amenities of Just You & Me plus:

Full-service dining room luncheon  with four-course menu

Open-pour wine

 

  • Island Breeze – starting at $1,395 and includes

Romantic ceremony performed at an exotic island location

Complimentary round-trip transportation to island venue

 

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Wedding packages include the services of a personal wedding planner to assist the couple on their special day, as well as priority check-in and boarding for all wedding guests.  Wedding packages can be customized with music and videography services at an additional cost.

Couples can also reaffirm their marriage vows with Carnival’s Renewal of Vows ceremonies which are performed by the ship’s captain.

Carnival has also updated its wedding web site (www.carnival.com/wedding-cruises) to reflect all of the new choices and has also created a glossy new brochure to provide an at-a-glance view of the company’s wide-ranging offerings.

For additional information on Carnival’s “Fun Ship” vacations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com. Carnival can also be found on:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/carnivalcruise

Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/carnival

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/carnivalcruise/

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/carnival

Catch The Upgrade Wave On Board Miami’s Ultimate Ship Norwegian Getaway

 

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To celebrate the start of Norwegian Getaway’s transatlantic voyage, Norwegian Cruise Line is launching a Norwegian Getaway Bonus Day sale on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Cruisers who book any seven-day Eastern Caribbean sailing on Miami’s ultimate ship will receive free balcony upgrades plus a $100 on-board credit, regardless of stateroom category. Guests who take advantage of this limited time offer before January 19, 2013, can use the credit towards an array of shore excursions in the Caribbean; treatments in the ship’s award-winning Mandara spa; dinner in any of Norwegian Getaway’s delicious specialty restaurants, including Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian, and much more. Additional offers such as air deals from $99 and AARP discounts are also available on select sailings.

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Embodying the essence of her Magic City home, Norwegian Getaway will sizzle with flavor and excitement as she sails year-round to the Eastern Caribbean on seven-day cruises. Featuring hull artwork designed by Miami’s own David “LEBO” LeBatard showing a whimsical mermaid holding the sun above the waves, this spectacular new vessel will visit some of the most popular ports of call in the Caribbean including: Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas.

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Entertainment lovers who set sail on Norwegian Getaway will enjoy two first of its kind entertainment experiences; the GRAMMY® Experience at sea, which will include artifacts chosen and curated by the GRAMMY Museum® along with live performances by past GRAMMY winners and nominees, among others, and The Illusionarium is an all-new dining and entertainment experience that will envelop guests in the fascinating world of magic, inviting them to experience the astonishing illusions of world-class magicians and supernatural special effects. In addition, Norwegian Getaway boasts sizzling Latin-inspired dance productions by Broadway sensation, Burn the Floor; performances of the seven-time Tony Award nominated musical LEGALLY BLONDE; hilarious comedy headliners produced by Levity Entertainment Group; and the sing along fun of the dueling pianos of Howl at the Moon.  To cap off a spectacular cruise experience, every sailing will feature a dazzling fireworks show at sea, set to music and part of a dance party at Spice H20.

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Similar to sister ship Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway will dazzle guests with the excitement of 678 Ocean Place and The Waterfront, a variety of interconnected indoor and outdoor venues on three dynamic decks that creates multiplex of dining, activities and more and enhances guests’ connection with the ocean.

Foodies setting sail from Miami on Norwegian Getaway can feast in their choice of 27 incredible dining options, including one of Celebrity Chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian’s three dining concepts: Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian; Ocean Blue on the Waterfront and The Raw Bar. Miami’s Ultimate Ship will also feature exciting restaurant options that evoke the tropical feel of Miami and South Florida; The Tropicana Room and Flamingo Bar & Grill. The Tropicana Room will feature delectable Miami and Latin-inspired menu items such as ceviche (ceviche de camarón), churrasco steak (churrasco con chimichurri) and chicken with yellow rice (arroz con pollo). The Flamingo Bar & Grill will serve food with a Latin flair throughout the day, including traditional favorites like pulled pork (pierna asada); steak chimichurri (bistec con chimichurri); fried yucca (yuca frita); spinach empanadas (empanadas de espinaca); and guava turnovers (pastelitos de guayaba). Desserts include caramel custard (flan de leche); rice pudding (arroz con leche) and three milks cake (tres leches). A variety of regional drinks and Cuban coffee will be available as the perfect complement to any meal.

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For families, Nickelodeon®, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, is on board and includes a variety of exciting interactive experiences, along with the opportunity to meet SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Dora the Explorer and Diego, among other favorites. Norwegian Getaway will offer the all-new “Name that Game,” an exciting combination of trivia, speed, skill and slime, where participants will hit the buzzer, race the clock and get extreme as they experience the best of Nickelodeon’s famous game shows live on one stage. Norwegian Getaway will also include an all new pirate-themed Nickelodeon Kids’ Aqua Park where children can cool off with colorful, whimsical and larger than life Nickelodeon characters from Bikini Bottom.  The area will include a kid-sized pool and slide, along with multiple water features that squirt and shower guests with delight.

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Whether guests are embarking on a family vacation, romantic escape or a solo getaway, Norwegian Getaway offers a variety of flexible accommodations ranging from Studio staterooms specially designed for solo travelers, to balcony staterooms and opulent suites in The Haven, the ultimate in luxury accommodations.

To book a cruise during Norwegian’s Norwegian Getaway Bonus Days sales event, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), visit www.ncl.com. Additional information on Norwegian Getaway’s accommodations and itinerary can be found at www.getaway.ncl.com.

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