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Wednesday, 20 April 2022 04:02

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!

Call ALL SHIPS (800-255-7447)

Monday, 07 March 2022 06:29

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.  

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

and plan the memories of a lifetime!  


Wednesday, 16 February 2022 06:45

Cruise to Freedom in Alaska

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Do 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 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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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 or register through 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

 10 Norwegian alaska national forestAlaska 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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Thursday, 20 January 2022 12:32


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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.