Cruise Celebrity-Style with the New Captain's Club

Posted on Thursday, November 28, 2013 | 0 comments
Captain's Club is Celebrity Cruises' rewards program for frequent cruisers. It offers additional benefits to those who are loyal to the Celebrity way of cruising, giving credits for time spent cruising which can earn things like exclusive events, category upgrades, discounts, free services and more- depending on the category which the passengers has reached. The most loyal win free cruises! Celebrity has recently expanded the program to offer more benefits and streamline the system for earning credits, now called Club Points.

Previously, the system included four tiers: Preview, Classic, Select and Elite. Celebrity has added 2 new tiers, these being called Elite Plus and Zenith. The Club Points minimums for each tier are as follows:

Preview: 0
Classic: 2
Select: 150
Elite: 300
Elite Plus: 750
Zenith: 3,000

Points are now earned based not only on how many cruises passengers have completed, but on the number of nights spent aboard and on stateroom category. Longer cruises and higher stateroom categories will rack up points much faster!

Celebrity Equinox

Of course, the most important part of any rewards program is the rewards! These obviously get better as one progresses through the tiers. 'Preview' rewards are not really rewards at all, just a preview of what is to come. Enrolment in the Captain's Club means receiving a newsletter with Celebrity and Club news, and access to the Captain's Club area of the website which outlines the program. This is all available before going on a Celebrity cruise.

Classic Tier benefits include access to an exclusive Captain's Club event onboard, selected category upgrades, a free gelato and discounts on an internet package. On top of these, Select tier members receive further discounts, complimentary garment pressing, priority embarkation, a wine seminar and admittance to the Senior Officers' Cocktail Party.

Elite members, on top of the previously-mentioned benefits, are also offered access to the Captain's Club lounge for exclusive breakfast every morning, and a daily evening Cocktail Hour. A complimentary internet package is also available to the Elite passengers, along with a free dryclean and laundry and an invitation to tea. Elite Plus passengers earn a longer internet package, discounts on beverage packages and specialty restaurants, a private shipboard departure lounge, more free laundry services and free specialty coffees.

With 3,000 or more Club Points, Zenith members enjoy plenty of benefits and are treated as VIPs onboard! Along with the benefits of the lower tiers, they get increased free internet and laundry services, bigger discounts on specialty dining (25% off), a free beverage package, priority embarkation and priority seating in the theatre, luggage valet service and upgraded bath amenities. The best reward at this level, however, is a free 7-night cruise! Every extra 3,000 points earns another cruise.

Have a look at some Celebrity cruises here!

The Prodigal Voyager Returns

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 | 0 comments
Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas has already spent one summer season in the waters of the South Pacific, and this November it returns to its second home to cruise out of Sydney to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

When built in 1999, the Voyager of the Seas was the world's biggest cruise ship. Now overtaken by the Allure and Oasis of the Seas, it is still the biggest ship to be based down under, a monster at 137,000 tonnes and carrying 3,800 passengers and 1,200 crew. It is one of the few ships too big to fit under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and is home to an ice-skating rink, a 1,350-seat theatre, mini-golf, rock climbing and many restaurants, swimming pools, shops and other facilities.

Voyager of the Seas

The Pool Deck

The Voyager has some great itineraries lined up for summer 2013/2014. There are some circumnavigations of New Zealand, plenty of tropical South Pacific voyages and a trip down south to Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide. Royal Caribbean are learning what's what in the Australasian cruising market, and are making adjustments to Voyager of the Seas accordingly. Cruise Director Luke Arrowsmith told the Sydney Morning Herald that they put out fewer deck chairs for activity-loving Aussies and Kiwis: "Brits like to spend all day lying in the sun but Australians don't. But they do like to have a barbecue out on the deck so we'll do that." Sounds like they have us figured out!

Have a look here for great deals on Voyager of the Seas cruises!

Scenic River Cruising- Cruise Through Europe

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 | 0 comments
Cruise Sale Finder has recently welcomed another cruise line to the site- Scenic River Cruising by Scenic Tours.

The cruises include itineraries on the rivers of Europe, the most popular being "Jewels of Europe" which begins in Budapest, the stunning capital of  Hungary. It then heads northwest through several countries and numerous cities, disembarking in Amsterdam. Additions to this cruise are also available in the form of days spent in Prague and Paris at the beginning and end of the cruise, with road or train transfers to and from the ship. The trip is 14 nights long (20 with the extras) and it travels the rivers Rhine, Main and Danube. Other itineraries include various journeys in the south of France and the "Romantic Rhine and Moselle River" cruise between Zurich and Amsterdam.

The river cruises are not only scenic, they are all-inclusive! In this case, they really mean it- all meals and drinks, gratuities, airport transfers, shore excursions, special events and activities are included in the price of the cruise. The only reason you might need to reach into your wallet is to buy the occasional souvenir, as you will want to remember the amazing cities you are passing through. These cruises are the very definition of luxury, with 84% of staterooms and suites in possession of a private balcony, and private butler service for all passengers. Wireless internet access is complimentary, and all accommodations have flat-screen TVs and Mac mini infotainment systems. Gourmet treats are served at every restaurant on board which range from formal to al fresco casual.

A river cruise is an amazing way to holiday, mixing the convenience of cruising with the adventure and reach of a land-based tour. Leaving the ocean behind and heading inland means many more places to visit and explore, all without having to unpack and repack between each destination!

Check out Europe Scenic River Cruising at great prices here!