Last Monday, Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas
Meyer Werft shipyard and made its slow and steady way to the North Sea
via the Ems River. Meyer Werft is located inland, in the German city of
Papenburg, to shelter its shipbuilding projects from North Sea storms.
Since 1795, vessels constructed at Meyer Werft have followed this river
route to the ocean. The Quantum, at 168,666 tons, is the largest ship to
ever make the trip. For a few hours, it traveled along a channel with
only 2 to 3 feet of clearance on either side.
It was a delicate operation, carefully timed to the tides and the
weather. Bridges along the river were opened or had parts removed, wind
speeds reached no more than 20 knots and tidal barriers were closed to
ensure enough depth of water under the hull.
And to make it even more interesting, the ship moved backward (it's
easier to maneuver stern-first), with the assistance of two
9,000-horsepower tugboats. At one nerve-wracking moment, the ship
squeezed through a railway bridge with only inches to spare.
The Quantum of the Seas now rests in the Dutch seaport of Eemshaven,
where it will receive its final touches and undergo sea trials. It
launches in November;
to see departures.
Chairman & CEO
Here are some fantastic offers from Royal Caribbean, Seabourn and
. They include free shipboard credits, which can be used
toward onboard purchases not covered in the cruise fare, like shore
excursions, spa treatments, photos and boutique purchases.
is offering our customers a limited-time sale on
departures, with discounts of up to 76%. Plus, receive exclusive
shipboard credits of up to $350 per cabin on nearly every cruise and
cruise tour from now through 2016. Book by Wednesday, October 1.
for dates and prices.
is offering Vacations To Go customers savings of up to
85%. In addition, select voyages qualify for shipboard credits of up to
$750 per cabin. The upfront rate of a Seabourn cruise includes open bars
throughout the ship, fine wines at lunch and dinner and gratuities.
for dates and prices.
is offering our customers rates reduced by up to 71%.
Plus, this is your last chance to book before the line changes its
all-inclusive pricing policy. Rates that include all carbonated
beverages, water, juice and coffee, and most alcoholic beverages such as
beer, wine and liquor, will only be offered for select Caribbean and
South American voyages booked by October 2
and select European
sailings booked by October 19
for dates and prices.
As always, these offers are for new bookings only and subject to
availability. Restrictions may apply.
There are many incredible cruise deals out there right now, and
Vacations To Go customers are seeing some of the best values in years.
Many cruise lovers are using these low rates as an opportunity to trade
up in the level of accommodations, from inside to ocean-view, ocean-view
to balcony, or balcony to suite. It's quite possible to enjoy the extra
space and luxury of a suite at the same price you might have paid in the
past for a balcony or even a non-balcony ocean-view -- on the same
Here are a few great deals on suites
available as I write this newsletter:
A 4-night Caribbean cruise with Princess, departing from Fort Lauderdale
on November 6; suites
starting from $399 per
A 5-night Bahamas and Caribbean cruise with Princess, departing from
Fort Lauderdale on November 3; suites
from $399 per person --
A 7-night Caribbean cruise with Norwegian, departing from Miami on
December 7; suites
starting from $599 per
A 5-night Caribbean cruise with Carnival, departing Tampa on November
starting from $609 per person --
A 5-night Caribbean cruise with Royal Caribbean, departing
Fort Lauderdale on November 17; suites
starting from $675 per person --
A 7-night Caribbean cruise with Norwegian, departing Houston on October
starting from $689 per person --
Suite size and amenities -- and other perks that come with them -- vary
quite a bit from suite to suite and ship to ship.
For example, guests staying in Carnival's Cloud 9 Spa Suites
private access to the ship's spa area and also have priority when making
Norwegian Cruise Line
offers a complex of Villas
called The Haven
with access to a private sundeck
with a pool, hot tub and fitness area. Guests in these suites also
receive 24-hour butler and concierge service, priority boarding of
tenders in ports of call and priority embarkation and
In Celebrity's Penthouse Suites
, you'll find a baby grand piano,
a private veranda with whirlpool and a guest bathroom.
The Presidential Family Suites
on Royal Caribbean
accommodate up to 14 passengers in four bedrooms. There also are four
bathrooms. The balcony has a whirlpool, wet bar and dining area.
Royal Caribbean's AquaTheater Suites
on the Oasis-class ships
feature wraparound balconies that overlook the Boardwalk "neighborhood"
and the unique AquaTheater. Each also has an outdoor dining area and
Guests in the Penthouse Suites
in-suite afternoon tea service and pre-dinner cocktails and
canapés. They also can opt to have meals from the specialty
restaurants served course by course in their suite, which has dining and
living areas separated from the bedroom.
Passengers staying in Neptune Suites
and Pinnacle Suites
on Holland America
receive exclusive access to the Neptune
Lounge, equipped with a large-screen television, library, sofas and
chairs, refreshments throughout the day and concierge service.
have upgraded balcony furniture and bath
amenities and a walk-in closet. Guests can enjoy priority disembarkation
at tender ports, complimentary laundry service, nightly delivery of
canapés and an extended room service menu.
The Penthouse Spa Suites
ships offer unlimited access to the spa's Serene Area (with heated
lounges and steam baths) as well as in-suite spa products and a minibar
stocked with fruit juices, flavored waters and healthy snacks.
The starting suite price appearing on our site will be the rate for the
least expensive suite still available on that sailing, which in some
cases may be a mini-suite or junior suite. These smaller suites may not
include all of the extra services and amenities available to guests
staying in larger suites.
However, we offer the lowest price you'll find on every category of
suite, and our cruise counselors can check availability and provide a
price and list of amenities and perks for any type of suite that
Please note that there are only a few suites in the top categories on
each ship, and they are frequently among the first staterooms on the
ship to sell out.
For a look at the very best deals on suites during the next 90 days,
with discounts of 60% or more, click
For a list of outstanding bargains on balcony cabins in the next 90
days, with discounts of 60% or more, click
Here are today's Top 10 Cruises
brand-new specials from the world's best cruise lines.
Click the FastDeal # for details
, 7 nights on Carnival, departs Miami Nov 16, starting at $219, save 88%, FastDeal # 12919
, 4 nights on Royal Caribbean, departs Port Canaveral Oct 27, starting at $179, save 59%, FastDeal # 25913
, 7 nights on Celebrity, departs Fort Lauderdale Dec 14, starting at $449, save 70%, FastDeal # 25202
, 10 nights on Norwegian, departs Rome Nov 12, starting at $419, save 78%, FastDeal # 26016
, 7 nights on Princess, departs Houston Nov 30, starting at $399, save 75%, FastDeal # 24286
, 7 nights on Carnival, departs Los Angeles Nov 15, starting at $559, save 68%, FastDeal # 38440
, 7 nights on Royal Caribbean, departs Port Canaveral Nov 2, starting at $409, save 64%, FastDeal # 20603
8) Australia/New Zealand
, 8 nights on Celebrity, departs Sydney Oct 22, starting at $579, save 66%, FastDeal # 14847
, 7 nights on Norwegian, departs Boston Oct 24, starting at $649, save 64%, FastDeal # 20552
10) South America
, 14 nights on Holland America, departs Buenos Aires Nov 10, starting at $999, save 78%, FastDeal # 20285