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Thursday, 29 September 2022 05:59

Prima, The First in Every Way

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Katy Perry and NCL Executives Christen Prima in Reykjavik Iceland

Katy Perry and NCL Executives christen Prima in Reykjavík, Iceland

What could be more exciting than the christening and premier voyage of the first in a groundbreaking new class of vessels from Norwegian Cruise Line? Cruises International Director of Sales, Bonnie Green, was there and shares all of the enchanting details about Prima, a ship that redefines luxury!

Prima is designed to put you first

Prima is designed to put you first

Prima is evidence that Italian’s are the ultimate leaders of design. In Marghera, Italy shipbuilder Fincantieri created a masterpiece. According to Bonnie, “This is an entirely new class and style of ship, a Premium Contemporary!” Overall, the innovative concept serves fewer guests and delivers an experience filled with the sights, smells, and colors of adventure. Spacious interiors and sophisticated service is underscored by a big ship attitude filled with activities, comfort, and entertainment for guests of all ages.

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Prima features a state-of-the-art theater that transforms into a dance club

Every ship has a Godmother, and Prima has Katy Perry! She was so impressed with the state-of-the-art theater technology that she requested more time to surprise everyone with an extended performance of her entire show.

The christening of Norwegian Prima with Katy Perry

The christening of Norwegian Prima with Katy Perry

You can watch highlights from the dazzling christening ceremony right here. Behind the scenes this performance created a lot of buzz about future celebrities sure to seek the spotlight with top billing on Prima.

The Great Cruise Cookoff

The Great Cruise Cookoff

Because cruise ships have a reputation for amazing cuisine, it’s no surprise that Norwegian held a special competition between their world-class chefs. A friendly battle was hosted by NCL to choose the perfect dish to be featured on Prima’s menu. Watch The Great Cruise Cookoff to see the delicious results. Then call your Cruises International advisor to book a taste!

The Haven is an exclusive enclave onboard Prima

The Haven is an exclusive enclave, a ship within a ship

And just when you think a ship couldn’t shine any brighter, Norwegian unveils The Haven on Prima! Designed by Italy’s Piero Lissoni, this exclusive environment is presented in high style. The premium and spacious accommodations feature unique spaces reserved for Haven guests only. These suites enjoy private elevators, a 24-hour butler and five-star extravagance. Private dining, lounge and infinity pool all have panoramic views of your journey. This ship within a ship is ideal for multigenerational travelers. It offers quiet privacy with convenient access to an entire ship full of activities.

Infinity Beach onboard Prima

Infinity Beach views onboard Prima

Prima is more than a ship, it’s a resort. The design connects passengers closely to scenic views with thoughtful amenities at every turn. There are 20 decks filled with pure luxury and anticipation. Our advisors at Cruises International are ready to answer all of your questions and help you be among the first to enjoy Prima, the newest concept in cruising!

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Thursday, 01 September 2022 10:29

Celebrity’s All-Inclusive Revenge Travel!

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Americans are tired of postponing vacations! Many people

  • feel well protected against coronavirus
  • have a nice savings from past stay-at-home years, and
  • are ready to enjoy life again.

There is a current surge in vacation bookings that’s being described as Revenge Travel. It’s powered by the pent-up demand for long overdue getaways.

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What better way to get your revenge than taking advantage of an all-inclusive vacation? Cruises International advisors have the inside track on fun-filled Celebrity Cruise getaways. Experience exciting destinations in Europe, Alaska and the Caribbean while traveling onboard beautifully appointed Celebrity Cruise ships. All-inclusive means you can choose a carefree escape, at a remarkable value!

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Celebrity’s sundecks are an open invitation to leisurely days. Spend time viewing the horizon or splashing in refreshing on deck pools. Join an early morning Yoga class and then lounge your way through the day filled with live music and poolside activities. This exclusive beach club experience is fully included in your fare.

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Meals, drinks, entertainment, and even room service are part of your all-inclusive package. Your Cruises International advisor will quote the complete cost of your vacation at the time of booking. No worries about extra charges sneaking up on you while you’re having a good time. No decisions about the cost to join the cooking class, golf, or bocce ball. Just do it, it’s all included!

 

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These packages are priced so you can decide on the exact cost of your dream vacation before you even start packing. Cruises International advisors are experienced travelers and will direct you to the perfect getaway. Pricing depends on your length of stay and preferred accommodations. There is an ideal match for you and your travel budget.

6 The exclusive Retreat sundeck on Celebrity Beyond is your outdoor sanctuary The exclusive Retreat sundeck on Celebrity Beyond is your outdoor sanctuary

You can take your vacation to the next level by signing up for the all-inclusive Retreat Package. This includes even more of what you love. A private restaurant, exclusive lounge, and 360-degree sundeck along with a team of attendants, concierges, and personal butler to serve you. Your team is dedicated to your comfort and will even arrange for priority boarding and preferred seating at restaurants and the theater.

7 The Retreat amenities for extra pampering The Retreat amenities for extra pampering

The Retreat interiors feature the pure luxury of celebrity designer Kelly Hoppen. This exclusive space offers sweeping ocean views, sumptuous suites, and daily pampering. Opulent cashmere mattresses, pure cotton linens and exclusive LeLabo Bath products are just a few of the extras that will enrich your experience.

The advisors at Cruises International are experts at bringing you the very best travel experience!

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Today luxury is defined not only by brand, but by service. And when it comes to travel, Cruises International delivers exceptional service for a true VIP experience. We take care of every detail so you can look forward to an enjoyable, stress-free getaway. This concierge service is free, and it can save you time and money!


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A survey of millionaires by Business Insider reveals that a majority choose travel as their favorite splurge. Cruising is celebrated because it blends the excitement of travel with the prospect of getting a “good deal”.  At Cruises International we offer the best of both worlds. Priority access to the very best deals in the most desirable destinations. We love stretching your vacation dollars and sharing our advisor-only perks!


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The Royal Caribbean Experience

This is an exciting time to travel! All 26 of the Royal Caribbean ships are back at sea, including the new award-winning Wonder of the Seas and the first Quantum Ultra class Odyssey of the Seas. Whether traveling for family fun, romance, or the desire to see the world, our advisors at Cruises International can plan your ultimate getaway on this innovative fleet. Experience resort style accommodations while being transported between breathtaking destinations. Royal Caribbean is one of our favorites for world-class dining, sensational entertainment, and stunning staterooms to meet every budget.


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Save Time with Easy Stress-Free Planning

With just one call a Cruises International advisor will be at your service. Don’t wait on hold indefinitely with call centers. Cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and ground transportation providers are overwhelmed and understaffed these days. Pulling it together is confusing, and finding accurate data online is difficult. Our advisors are real people who look forward to having exciting travel conversations.  We help you make confident decisions and put the fun back into vacation planning!


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What’s Important to You?

Our mission is to fully understand your getaway goals. As frequent travelers, we have knowledge you can trust. Our firsthand experience and will give you the inside scoop for the best vacation ever.
Should you choose a cabin or upgrade to a suite?
What do you need to pack for your destination?
Should you book shore excursions in advance?

We help you make the right choices for the perfect getaway!


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The True Value of Cruising

Royal Caribbean is a great cruise line for guests of all ages. So much is included! Stunning accommodations, delicious dining, fun-filled activities, and entertainment throughout the day. This is the true value of cruising!  When compared to a vacation day on land, you will realize a substantial savings. All with the added advantage of magnificent views and fresh ocean air.


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Customize For Even Greater Value!

The beauty of Royal Caribbean is that you can create an all-inclusive vacation based on the things you truly appreciate. From specialty restaurants to specialty beverages,  your personal package selection will result in your best value.

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Plan in Advance for the Best Deals!

It’s true. The earlier you plan, the more you save! We have access to Royal Caribbean’s early-saver-deals to reward you for booking well in advance. These opportunities sell out quickly, but your advisor will be on the lookout for the opportunities that match your vacation goals, putting  you first in line.

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Taking Value to the Next Level

Once you escape with Royal Caribbean, they know you’ll want to do it again. Their generous reward program helps you make it happen. The Crown & Anchor Society has exclusive member benefits. Points accumulate for every night you sail.  As a member your earn added perks, gifts, and special events as you travel.


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This month Cruises International will be rewarding Crown & Anchor Society upper tier members by re-creating an exclusive onboard experience close to home. Members will mix and mingle locally with other travel fans for a lovely evening of cocktails. Contact your Cruises International advisor to find out if you are eligible to attend!


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Don’t Risk Booking Alone.

It’s always more enjoyable to do things with a friend, and we are here for you! Don’t worry about navigating this fluctuating world of travel alone. Your Cruises International advisor has your back every step of the way.

Let’s put a plan together for the vacation of a lifetime!
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Tuesday, 19 April 2022 19:18

The Relaxed Luxury of Oceania

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Indulge in an elite travel experience, no glam squad needed.

The Vibe

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Cruising is not a one size fits all pleasure. That’s why we like to really get to know our travelers. It allows us to match each person with the perfect cruise line and ideal travel itinerary.

Now, if your idea of a dream vacation is indulging in epicurean delights and the culture of wondrous destinations, then lay out your Lillie Pulitzer resort wear and let’s book an Oceania Cruise. This is the country club lifestyle at sea. World class service escorting you on the most fascinating voyages around the world. Their small ship luxury offers a personalized experience that is not-too-large, not-too-small, but just right.

Escape the Crowds

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Experienced travelers appreciate the exclusive destinations accessible to the Oceania fleet. You will be in the company of no more than 1250 other guests. (Large cruise ships carry 3000-6000 passengers.) Because of their size, Oceania receives preferential status at the most captivating ports-of-call. Hidden harbors exclude large ships and therefore the crowds. It’s a pure delight to disembark and just walk into town to start your adventure.

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Oceania brings you up close and personal with each destination

Each journey with Oceania is port intensive. Often the schedule includes evening departures so you can make the most of every day. It is a life enriching opportunity to truly explore the sites and culture at each location.

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The Finest Cuisine At Sea®

One of the many reasons we love Oceania is their commitment to culinary excellence. Enticing menus in a variety of dining venues are a paradise for foodies!

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Each ship has a luxurious grand dining room, specialty restaurants and café; all with distinctive décor, master chefs and the most attentive service. Even more impressive, access to all of Oceania’s dining venues is included – even the specialty restaurants! No struggle to choose the right dining package before leaving, a simple reservation and you’re in! (Of course, we are here to help with this before your departure.)

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Do you love Executive Culinary Director Jacques Pepin as much as we do? He has been a personal chef for three French heads of state, and now oversees the masterpiece menus for Oceania. There is no compromise when it comes to innovative dishes or the staff of highly sought-after chefs on board. You will be served inspired recipes and specialize regional cuisines.

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Oceania has an unrivaled commitment to sourcing the finest ingredients from around the world. Whether you are ordering room service, dining poolside, or in one of the stylish restaurants, you will enjoy fresh and scrumptious delights.

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Meet and mingle with newfound friends one night and experience an intimate dinner for two the next. There are no seating assignments so you can match your mood to your restaurant each day.

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One of the main reasons we travel is to experience and learn about new lands and cultures. Oceania is known for their hands on art classes, cultural lectures, and cooking classes that engage you with the specialties of each destination. One of their most popular is the Culinary Discovery Tour where you will be guided behind the scenes to shop local markets, taste regional specialties, and even join in the food prep.

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Our advisors will help you choose from carefully curated shore excursions to experience meaningful connections with local cultures and fellow travelers. Oceania offers an impressive variety as well as the possibility for private tours.

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Our travel advisors will act as your Personal Concierge to plan well in advance.

Not So Guilty Pleasures

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Luxury is simplified when you travel like a VIP on Oceania. They call it the “OLife” and it includes small indulgences that care for you throughout your cruise. Their tranquil library is fully stocked with travel guides for every destination, a Barista is at your service and wifi is provided in each cabin.

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Wind down between ports in the most relaxing environment. Enjoy the plush poolside seating, fit in a seaside workout, or call for a massage.

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A leisurely stroll around the ship reveals the specially commissioned works from artists around the world. If you find yourself with down time stop for a cocktail, head to a wine tasting or one of the many onboard activities.

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Insider Tips from Cruises International

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When dreaming about an Oceania voyage remember to book well in advance. These exclusive cruises fill fast because of their intimate size. This is where your Cruises International advisor will be invaluable. We are the first to be notified when new launch dates are released for booking. Call us to discuss your travel wish list. We will help you book early for the very best value, extra perks, and inclusive amenities.

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You can even start your plan with a visit to our website. We make it easy! Research destinations, ports-of-call, length of voyage and more. Then give us a call and we will fill you in on all the details exclusive to Cruises International. We highly recommend working with a travel advisor. As recent times have proven, things change, and we are here to adjust if needed so you have a worry-free adventure.

So, dust off your luggage and let’s start planning!

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Monday, 07 March 2022 04:06

Plan Now for Precious Moments to Come!

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Celebrations are Meant to be Shared

We missed so many meaningful moments together the past few years, but now it’s time to catch up!  Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, all are more special when celebrated with the people we love. And the best way to feel that connection is by traveling together to a dream destination. It’s the ideal way to commemorate life’s special events or just the joy of living! It's no surprise that cruises, especially on Royal Caribbean, top the list as the best vacation value with something for everyone.  

Precious Moments Take Planning

Are you dreaming of a family reunion, or even pondering ideas for a truly memorable holiday?  The gift of travel is always welcome! Cruises International is booking now for your immediate travel plans as well as planning forward through the next two years.  Their advisors have an easy 3 step plan to help you make it happen.  

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    1. The fun begins with a visit to cruisesinternational.com where you can browse through dream destinations. 
    2. Create a vision. Royal Caribbean is one of everyone’s favorite cruise lines with onboard fun and exciting excursions to match every mood. Island hop in the Caribbean, explore Alaska, dine in a European cafe, or just relax and cleanse your body with healthy ocean air. Build a getaway around the things you love!The best part of cruising, everyone can choose their own daily activities while still being part of the celebration.
    3. Call a Cruises International advisor.They expertly match you and your travel companions to the perfect escape.Whether it’s a rejuvenating solo trip or Spring Break with friends and family, their recommendations will include the very best itineraries and perks available. All you need to do is show up and enjoy!

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You Can Travel Now

Learn from the travel advisors at Cruises International about safely getting out in the world again.  They spent the past two years experiencing firsthand the careful protocols and health safety measures put in place by Royal Caribbean.  With the oversight of cruise industry partner Dr Scott Gottlieb, these guidelines are continuously evaluated and updated.  At Cruises International, travel is their business, they will help you navigate travel plans before, during and after your journey. 

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Sharing the Fun!

Watch Cruises International Vice-President Shawna White on her Royal Caribbean family vacation!  It’s a great opportunity to see good times unfold as she posts daily highlights on Facebook and Instagram @cruisesinternationbal1978

Start following now and get inspired for your own fun filled travel adventures!

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 Visit www.cruisesinternational.com 

Call 800-255-7447 (800 ALL SHIPS) or 847-303-2020

and plan the memories of a lifetime!  

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Tuesday, 15 February 2022 04:49

Cruise to Freedom in Alaska

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1 DH alaska with cruises internationalDo you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day? Well, it’s different in Alaska! Spring and summer months present endless hours of daylight to discover and explore its pristine landscape. And when the sun finally sets, witness a dazzling sky filled with a full spectrum of watercolors. 

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Cruising Alaska

Without a doubt the best way to experience Alaska is by cruise ship. And Norwegian Cruise Lines knows how to do it right. Each vessel is a ship within a ship, a collection of floating venues. Enjoy dazzling entertainment, fine dining, dramatic observation lounges and even a lively racetrack on the upper deck.

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Norwegian Cruise Lines has even extended their spring and summer season for the ideal sighting of the Northern Lights.

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Norwegian even has exclusive rights to enter Glacier Bay National Park accompanied by an onboard Alaskan Park Rangers to educate everyone about glacial formations and wildlife.

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 Whales & Caribou & Bears Oh My!

Once settled into your stateroom, enjoy the unique onboard perspective of untouched Alaskan countryside. Cruise through snowcapped mountains, visit historic villages and whale watch right from your balcony. Looking for more adventure? Try one of Norwegian’s carefully curated tours for dog sledding, hiking the glaciers or panning for gold. Tours are escorted by local Alaskan guides for a truly immersive experience.

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While it’s easy to be taken in by the authentic beauty of Alaska, this state has valuable lessons truly appreciated by everyone from kiddos to grandparents. The Denali National Park covers six million acres and yields endless wildlife discovery. Land tours by planes, trains and dog sleds all add to the enchantment.

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Have It All – In One Place

It’s true, you can really choose the type of vacation you want. Relaxed or adventurous, the variety of itineraries for Alaska is remarkable. Once you back on board after a day of exploration, you can either keep up the pace at the racetrack and laser tag or settle back and relax in the hot tub.

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Take a Virtual Cruise

Enjoy a taste of Alaska by joining Cruises International on Feb 22 for a Virtual Vacation at 4PM. Just register here or on the Cruises International website www.cruisesinternational.com or register on Facebook here. It promises to be an enlightening exploration of coastal forests with local highlights to inspire the entire family.

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Book Alaska with Cruises International

You know how it goes. Researching vacation destinations online is a great way to narrow down your options. After that, the internet noise and online pop-ups becomes confusing and drowns out essential information. This is where a knowledgeable travel advisor can take your search to the next level.

  • A travel advisor gets to know you personally to create a vacation especially suited for your taste and budget
  • Cruises International is privy to “skip the line” benefits, accessible only through their dedicated advisors
  • Booking a vacation is time consuming and stressful. Travel advisors handle it all with ease
  • Elite savings, cabin upgrades, and special perks from Cruises International guarantee the most memorable trip
  • Cruises International advisors have your back. Customer service is their specialty, they will be your advocate to resolve any issues that arise before or during your trip

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Alaska is one of the truly wild places left on earth. The time is perfect to plan your next unforgettable adventure with friends and family.

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Wednesday, 19 January 2022 19:35

IS NOW THE TIME TO CRUISE?

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Beautiful views, exciting destinations, culinary delights, and chic surrounds, cruising is the ultimate luxury vacation. But wait, what about the delicate covid situation? The news is good. You don’t have to keep your life on hold. The knowledgeable travel advisors at Cruises International have your back.

While sensational headlines are creating considerable uncertainty, Cruises International has up-to-date facts and information for a smart approach to your vacation planning.

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Is now the time to cruise?

Much has changed since 2019 and nothing more so than the health safety standards put in place by the cruise industry. Cruise lines have reached the nearly 95% vaccination requirements internationally. The reality is that out of the millions of guests aboard cruise ships, less that .2% have tested positive for covid. That is a lower incident rate than anywhere on land.

So yes! This is the time to make lifetime memories on one of the most luxurious getaways, an ocean cruise.

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Cruise lines are leading the way with safe environments. In fact, industry trailblazers, like Celebrity Cruises, are taking extraordinary measures with new programs like Healthy at Sea. Meticulous protocols allow you to get out and enjoy the world in a safe environment. This is a reassuring addition to their sumptuous cruise experience that offers world class service and a truly indulgent escape from the everyday.

So many luxuries!

Treat yourself and your family to one of the unforgettable Celebrity Cruise destinations. The pleasures begins as soon as you step on board.

01 2022 celebrity 4Brilliant architects and designers worked together to create pampering environments on all the Celebrity ships. From your well-appointed private stateroom to restaurants with Michelin-starred chef cuisine, your onboard happenings will be as impressive as the passing sea landscape.

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Incredible destinations are a chance to immerse yourself in new sights and cultures around the world.  Island hop in the Caribbean or explore a different European port village each day.  Celebrity has endless possibilities to offer and your travel advisor at Cruises International will match you to the perfect vacation experience

01 2022 celebrity 7In between cruise excursions you will wake up refreshed to the quiet comforts of your personal retreat. While on board spend your leisure time taking a new class, having a spa day, or meeting up with friends for live music and cocktails on deck. Entertainment options surround you 24/7 so you can do as much or as little as you like. It’s all about you on Celebrity!

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And did you know, on Celebrity Cruises, it’s all included!

There are no additional charges or complicated decisions when planning your vacation. Everything you need is already packaged nicely together so you know the complete cost in advance. And by the way, luxury is their standard.

Cruises International has the expertise to make it happen

At a time like this, the travel advisors at Cruises International earn their reputation for excellence. They only represent cruise lines with the highest quality standards. With all the confusing and rapidly changing possibilities for travel, now is not the time to go it alone. Cruises International will help you understand and navigate the details to select a vacation that is just right for you. If by chance anything should change worldwide, their advisors have over 40 years’ worth of connections throughout the industry to auto-correct and ensure the hassle-free vacation of your dreams.

The World Is Your OfficeIn business for over four decades, Cruises International has weathered crisis before. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has arguably impacted the travel industry more negatively than 9/11, both financially and in employment, Cruises International continues to foster the success of their independent travel advisors while still onboarding both new and experienced advisors.

Ines Turus, President and Founder said, “We have seen a downturn in the industry before, one specific example was in the housing market crash in 2009. We remained vigilant and came back stronger. With a program focusing on the success and growth of our independent travel advisor team, we will be back stronger – together.”

Cruises International Independent Travel Advisors are more prepared to weather this storm than others with diverse support staff, industry-leading technology, and strong relationships built with suppliers. Cruises International’s group department, marketing department, and management team are there to help grow advisors’ businesses during this time, from keeping an extra eye on any booking changes to creating marketing materials specifically for independent travel advisors and their personal selling goals.

“We are focused on our strong partnerships we have with preferred supplier, which ultimately serve our clients,” says Mary Clegg, Manager of the Mobile Advisor team. “Having been in business for over 42 years is monumental, especially when accompanied by the strong leadership offered by Ines Turus, the founder of Cruises International, a well-respected leader in the travel industry”.

Although some travel suspensions are still in place, now is the ideal time to continue, or even begin your journey in Travel Advising. Cruises International continues to hosts weekly, virtual training sessions including supplier training, best practices in sales, and how to market your business – all exclusively for Cruises International Advisors. Being a member of Signature Travel Network, advisors have access to free on-demand webinars, regional training summits, and annual sales conference. Advisors also receive one-on-one training, personalized website, and automated marketing tools to build their business from day one.

If you would like to learn more, please visit us at: https://viaggiadvisors.com/

“Distance makes the heart grow fonder.” No, we aren’t talking about love, but instead Travel. Going on four months since the beginning of travel bans being put in place, Cruises International is finding people are wanting to travel now more than ever!

Since many cruises are suspended and resorts are temporarily closed, travelers are postponing their trips and looking to the future to take their vacations. However, this doesn’t mean they need to stop exploring the world! Cruises International is hosting three unique Virtual Travel Series, broadcasting live on their Facebook page. The quick, virtual getaways highlight unique destinations, exciting ship tours, and insider knowledge from expert Travel Advisors to inspire future travels.

If you are seeking a chance to experience what a day on a cruise ship or private island entails, you will find it during Royal Lunch Hour every Friday at 12pm CST. Life onboard is never dull, with ever-evolving enhancements, such as laser tag, rock climbing, and the FlowRider, a surfing simulator.Royal Caribbean's Cococay

To slow things down, take in the views on a relaxing river cruise while sipping a glass of wine during Travel Virtually with Viking every Thursday at 11am CST. Embark on a journey that will take viewers to the city-center of historical destinations in the matter of minutes. Plus, be the first to hear about new destinations coming soon to the USA and Polar regions!

Looking to do more exploring on land? Grab your “cuppa” and tune in for High Tea with Cruises International every Tuesday at 4pm, the traditional time for High Tea, to be transported to a different bucketlist-worthy destination every week, sure to spark your wanderlust.

All shows are completely free and do not require a Facebook account to tune in. The travel shows are recorded and available online to view at your own leisure. Those of all ages will enjoy!

Click Here to tune in at time of event.

Click Here to view past recordings.

“Because we are all passionate about the joy that exploring the world brings to our lives, many of you are already rebooking your greatly anticipated vacations for later in 2020 and into 2021. Whenever you are ready, we are here for you, before, during, and after your travels,” stated Ines Turus, President.

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airport 2373727 1280For Cruises International – Land and Sea, business as usual has taken on a different meaning. With the outbreak of COVID-19, or Coronavirus, Cruises International advisors are their clients’ most valuable advocate. They have been working day and night to bring clients who were traveling home to their families and helping those with plans to rebook at later dates.

When the travel ban was initiated, travelers on their vacations were struck with panic. Flights and cruises were being cancelled. Resorts were being closed. Passengers could not reach the cruise lines and travel companies which were being inundated with phone calls. When they were successful getting through, they were facing wait-times of three hours or more.

While Cruises International’s phones were steadily ringing, travelers were still able to get right through with zero hold time. During this time, travel policies were changing daily and clients were turning to Cruises International for guidance to rebook and most importantly, get home safely.

”Our top priority was to make sure our guest were able to find flights to return home safely”, says Josie Beecher, Travel Advisor, Marketing & Communications Coordinator. “We worked around the clock to bring our clients home expediently. We were the first line of contact and did the work of changing flights and bookings, obtaining future travel credits, or refunds. We are dedicated advocates for our clients and male sure they receive the maximum credit or refund possible.”

Avid cruisers Judie & David R. commented, “After our cruise was cancelled, the cruise line originally offered a credit of 125% of what we had paid [for future travel]. We accepted and were pleased with the offer. A few days later the cruise line called Sheryl and told her that they would only offer 100% credit. When Sheryl heard this, she went to work and insisted that they give us the 125% they first offered. Her persistence won and we are getting the 125% credit for our next cruise and refunds of all the extras we had planned.”

allie smith KzUsqBRU0T4 unsplashThankful that travelers are now safe at home, Cruises International offers their travel assistance to the community they’ve been a part of for over 40 years. In support of the country's efforts to reduce exposure to the virus, Cruises International – Land and Sea has arranged for staff to work remotely from home. Advisors are available to you by phone, email and video conferencing by appointment.

Hours of availability are Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday 9 am to 3 pm. Please email or call our advisors, accounting department, management or support teams, with no hold time. Cruises International will continue to provide the prompt, knowledgeable service they have always provided for the last 40+ years. You are never alone when you book with Cruises International.

“Because we are all passionate about the joy that exploring the world brings to our lives, many of you are already rebooking your greatly anticipated vacations for later in 2020 and into 2021. Whenever you are ready, we are here for you, before, during, and after your travels,” stated Ines Turus, President.

deanna ritchie 227649 unsplashSchaumburg, Illinois – April 15, 2020 – For Cruises International – Land and Sea, business as usual has taken on a different focus for the past few months. With the outbreak of COVID-19, or Coronavirus Cruises International advisors are their clients’ most valuable advocate as they have been working to bring clients who were traveling home to their families and helping those with future plans rebook or cancel their plans.

As we look to the future, and return to our normal way of life, we will get back to planning our dream getaways. We do not have to wait. We can start planning now. With all the cruise and travel companies changing their policies frequently, how can one navigate through the chaos? The answer is to use an expert Travel Advisor from a reputable company, whose core business is Travel advice. Cruises International – Land and Sea with 40 years of experience providing guidance before, during, and after your travels.

Here are five reasons why using a trusted Travel Advisor is so important—especially now:

  1.  They Are Your Advocate - They will arrange and negotiate refunds or Future Travel Credits when rebooking during this time of crisis. If something goes wrong, they will do everything in their power to make it right, providing peace of mind.
  2.  They Keep You Safe - During the initial phase of this crisis, many travelers were overseas struggling to find flights home. Many were scared and confused. Cruises International Travel Advisors worked tirelessly rearranging flights and hotel reservations to ensure travelers got home safely.
  3.  No Hold Times - Current hold times with large suppliers and box stores selling travel can sometimes mean HOURS! By using a trusted Advisor whose only business is travel, you will get immediate assistance. They will do the work for you.
  4.  Strong Relationships with Suppliers - After being in business for over 40 years, Cruises International’s Travel Advisors have contacts with land and cruise suppliers exclusively available to Cruises International and their clients. Their persuasive power is key to getting what you deserve.
  5.  Advice and Guidance – Cruises International will make sure their clients understand all the guidelines, policies and options. The devil is in the details!

CG.D NukuHiva Marquesas P1260255 hiThe necessity of a travel advisor has never been more apparent, says Cruises International Client Jack Z., "My wife and I were planning our ‘baby-moon’ in Hawaii, and as first timers to the island we decided to reach out to a Travel Advisor at Cruises International for help. Not only did our Travel Advisor make the booking experience easy and cost-effective, but she helped us select the right island, resort, and itinerary to suit our needs and our budget - But then came the real value! Only a week before our trip was supposed to begin, the COVID-19 situation began to worsen rapidly and we were faced with some very difficult decisions about whether to travel and, if we decided not to, whether we'd be able to secure a refund of our deposit for air and hotel. The timing of everything was very uncertain, and we were in a very difficult position.

Our Travel Advisor stepped in and took care of everything; securing a full refund for our trip and putting our mind at ease the entire time. Having never booked with a travel agency before, I can say that I am certainly glad we did this time, and I look forward to doing so again when we reschedule. What a luxury to have so much of the nuts and bolts of our vacation planning taken care of for us!"

In support of the country's efforts to reduce exposure to the virus, Cruises International – Land and Sea has arranged for staff to work remotely from home. Advisors are available to you by phone, email and video conferencing by appointment.

ResourcesHours of availability are Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday 9 am to 3 pm. Please email or call our advisors, accounting department, management or support teams, as always. You should be able to get right through. If you are made to leave a message, you will receive a call back as soon as possible. Cruises International will continue to provide the prompt, knowledgeable service they have always provided for the last 40+ years. You are never alone when you book with Cruises International.

“Because we are all passionate about the joy that exploring the world brings to our lives, many of you are already rebooking your greatly anticipated vacations for later in 2020 and into 2021. Whenever you are ready, we are here for you, before, during, and after your travels,” stated Ines Turus, President.

About Cruises International – Land and Sea
Cruises International, Vacations Land & Sea is more than just “Travel Agents”, they are your personal concierge, your trusted Travel Advisors, your advocate. By taking the time to learn your preferences, your lifestyle and your goals, they make sure to recommend only the vacations that are right for you. They know your preferences are as unique as you are, because they believe every vacation should be your vacation of a lifetime.