Miller Ferry Service to Lake Erie Islands

April 15, 2014 on 9:06 am | In Cruise Boats, East Coast, Midwest, New York City | Comments Off



Miller Ferry to tentatively run first boat of the 2014 year on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.
Unusually cold weather & icy conditions make for late start.
Schedule is subject to change – early season is weather dependent.

Miller Ferry Catawba Dock – April 3, 2014 – Amidst one of the harshest winters the western basin of Lake Erie has seen in some 30 years, the Miller Boat Line has been waiting in the wings for their part of northern Ohio to thaw. Finally, they got their wish.

Miller Ferry will tentatively begin service to Put-in-Bay on Monday and Middle Bass Island on Tuesday despite being pushed back a little later into the Spring season that originally planned. Although service to the Lake Erie Islands resumes a bit later this season, the Miller Ferry and island business alike are poised for a very busy season.

“We’re all chomping at the bit to get this season started,” states Miller Ferry owner Julene Market. “A long winter like this may be tough for a few, but it really just makes the beginning of the island season that much more exciting.”

That same sentiment echoes throughout the Lake Erie Shores & Islands as well. While the weather this year may have been unpredictable, one thing is for certain – the Miller Ferry firing up is a great sign of Spring.

For up-to-date schedules and more information please visit www.millerferry.com


Royal Caribbean gets busy in Australia, NZ

April 14, 2014 on 1:36 pm | In Australia, Cruise Boats, New South Wales, New Zealand, Northern, Queensland, South Australia, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria, Western | Comments Off



Royal Caribbean International’s Explorer of the Seas will join the region’s Australian fleet in November 2015, replacing Rhapsody of the Seas.

The 3,800-passenger Explorer of the Seas’ maiden Australia season will take in ports across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, along with repositioning cruises both to and from Singapore.

Explorer of the Seas was launched in 2000 and is currently based in Cape Liberty, New York, sailing to the Caribbean, Bermuda and Canada.

Last week it was announced that she would spend (northern) summer 2015 in Southampton on her first European deployment.

In October she will then commence a month-long journey to Singapore; followed by a tour of western and southern Australia – taking in maiden ports of call in Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne and finally New Zealand – en route to Sydney.

Explorer of the Seas arrives in Sydney for the first time on November 28, 2015 for an historic Sydney harbour rendezvous with Voyager of the Seas.

The smaller 2,400-guest Rhapsody of the Seas will leave the local fleet in April 2015 after eight successive seasons.

She will be based in the Mediterranean from May to October 2015 with further itineraries to be announced.

Radiance of the Seas completes the trio of ships in the region for the 2015-16 season and will sail her itineraries to the South Pacific islands and around Australia.

All three ships will benefit from the “Royal Advantage” fleet revitalisation programme, which involves bow-to-stern renovations and the addition of new amenities – including specialty restaurants, a nursery, a poolside movie screen, new shops and lounges.

The 2015-16 Australia & New Zealand cruise season will go on sale in late April 2014.


A ‘Simply Unforgettable’ Eight Years adventure cruises in Fiji

April 14, 2014 on 1:35 pm | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Cruise Boats, Fiji Islands, Pacific Islands | Comments Off



The award winning Sigatoka River Safari, Fiji is celebrating its 8th birthday, this April. After starting in 2006, the tour has truly lived up to its tag line ‘Simply Unforgettable’.

The Safari, which won the 2008 Best Fiji Experience and 2007 Best Adventure Tour at the annual AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards, is the first jet-boat safari tour if its kind and over the past 8 years it has become one of the most popular tours in Fiji.

Offering tourists a half-day, adventure into the heart and soul of Fiji, aboard custom-built safari jet boats, passengers travel along the Sigatoka River and visit authentic Fijian villages, experiencing a day in the life of the real ‘kaiviti’ (Fijian).

This popular tour was founded by Australian, Jay Whyte, who fell in love with Fiji when he was a child.

“I visited Fiji for the first time in 1991, and met Fijian, Pita Matasau. Pita took myself and my family high into the Fijian interior to his village of Draiba. It was from this experience that I decided other people should see that area of Fiji.” Said Jay Whyte, Managing Director, Sigatoka River Safari.

The next year I visited New Zealand and that’s when I thought of combining a jet boat ride up the Sigatoka River with a visit to a real Fijian village, just like I had experienced.

It didn’t happen overnight, in fact it wasn’t until 10 years later that I decided to put my plan into action. I started by seeking permission from relevant village chiefs that I hoped the tour would visit and then in 2005 I received final approval from FTIB.”

Over the past eight years Sigatoka River Safari has seen huge growth.

Jay first worked from a small home office with a staff of four and now has two retail shops in Sigatoka Town with a staff of 40. Sigatoka River Safari started off with one boat and two drivers, while today they have four boats and seven drivers. In 2006 Sigatoka River Safari operated one daily tour and averaged about 4 passengers per day, today they operate four daily tours, including a new tour Off Road Cave Safari and average about 34 passengers each day. The number of mini vans used for passenger transfers has increased from one to eight and the number of villages visited as part of the tour has increased from 12 to 15.

According to Mr Whyte, one of the most exciting changes to the company was the starting of a new tour, Off Road Caves Safari, in 2012.

“Off Road Caves Safari was very exciting for me and my team. The tour came about as a natural transition that complements the Sigatoka River Safari. Off Road Caves Safari is Fiji’s original and only off road safari and takes passengers to the Naihehe Cave, Fiji’s largest Cave system, where they learn about its fascinating history.” Says Mr Whyte.

“I’m extremely proud of what I have achieved and when passengers return from the Sigatoka River Safari and tell me how much it has really touched them, some even in tears, then I know I’m achieving what I set out to do. I love my job and often say if you love what you do you never have to work a day in your life and that’s exactly how I feel. I love living in Fiji, working with my incredible team and helping the villages we work with – I wouldn’t change a thing.

Over the next 8 years, we just want to continue to add on exciting new elements for international and local visitors alike, giving all who are interested the chance to discover the ‘Heart and Soul of Fiji” in a unique and exciting way.“ Continues Mr Whyte.


P&O Cruises’ Passengers Embrace Life on the Edge

April 14, 2014 on 1:28 pm | In Australia, Cruise Boats, New South Wales, Northern, Queensland, South Australia, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria, Western | Comments Off



P&O Cruises is celebrating an adrenaline-fuelled six months at sea, with its passengers taking part in more than 25,000 blood-pumping P&OEdge activities since the cruise line launched the adventure park on Pacific Jewel in October.

Adults and children alike have embraced the world’s largest adventure park at sea climbing, swinging, racing and jumping their way around Pacific Jewel on average more than 140 times per day.

Flying across the ship’s top decks on the P&OEdge Flying Fox has proved the most popular activity followed by the Segway Challenge, Bungy Tramp, Funnel Climb and Laser Tag.

The thrill-seeking program features 20 activities specifically designed by Brisbane-based Pacific Adventures to make use of the ship’s existing architecture.

P&O Cruises Senior Vice President Tammy Marshall said P&OEdge had been such a hit on Pacific Jewel that the adventure park would soon be added to the rest of the fleet.

“Our passengers have shown us that they want a side of adrenaline with their cruise experience so we are thrilled to be rolling out the fun and excitement across the fleet starting with Pacific Dawn later this year,” Ms Marshall said.

“These activities are thrilling in their own right, but doing them on a ship adds an amazing fourth dimension to the experience. We look forward to seeing more of our passengers take up the opportunity to climb, swing, race and jump their way around our ships.”

Available onboard now, VIP Adventure Passes offer multiple sessions on select P&OEdge activities.


Easter Blues, Brews and a Cruise in Port Stephens

April 14, 2014 on 1:14 pm | In Australia, Cruise Boats, Dine Drink, New South Wales, Queensland, Sydney | Comments Off



Port Stephens is the place to be this Easter weekend, with a Blues and Brews Festival held at Murray’s Brewery, free entertainment on the foreshore and a special Easter dinner cruise with Moonshadow Cruises.

A beer that tastes like a hot cross bun, made with raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices, will headline the Easter Blues and Brews Festival along with blues bands Sugar and Catfish Soup. The festival runs all weekend and is described by organisers as a tribute to flavour, fine foods and family fun.

Visitors to the brewery festival will be able to sample a range of different beer styles and flavours from the leading craft brewer, as well as food dishes made with or matched to beer, all served up to a background of blues music, with Sugar performing funk, soul, reggae and blues tunes at a free concert on Easter Saturday, and blues band Catfish Soup staging a second free concert on Easter Sunday.

A festival first at Murray’s for 2014 is the Easter Sunday Kids Funday, a family event with cupcake decorating, Easter-themed crafts, bunny petting, a visit from the Easter Bunny and a giant Easter Egg hunt. Parents are asked to make a gold coin donation for their child to take part in the festivities, with funds raised donated to Mem’s Soul Food ‘Recipes To Life’, a program which assists disadvantaged girls in the region.

Murray’s Brewery is located at 3443 Nelson Bay Rd, Bobs Farm in Port Stephens and will be open every day during its Easters Blues and Brews Festival from 10am from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

After experiencing the festivities at Murray’s Brewery, visitors can spend Easter Sunday evening on a Moonshadow dinner cruise on the dolphin-filled waters of Port Stephens. Including appetisers, a seafood buffet and dessert, the cruise invites visitors to sit back and relax as they watch the sun set over the harbour. As an Easter Sunday exclusive, passengers will each get an Easter Egg, and live music will be played by the acoustic duo Deuce. Other Moonshadow cruises are also available over the holiday period.

And during the Easter long weekend, free live music at the marina will be hosted by the d’Albora Marinas Nelson Bay from 12-3pm from Good Friday to Easter Monday, with a visit by Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday. The marina will also host daily fish feeding at 11am each day during the school holidays and a free reptile show on Wednesday April 16 at 11am and Tuesday April 22 at 1pm.


The Great White Way On The Deep Blue Sea

April 14, 2014 on 9:08 am | In Cruise Boats, Webbandstand | Comments Off



You don’t have to go to New York City to see Broadway productions. Now, you can see some of the most popular shows and stars of the Great White Way on several cruise ships. In recent weeks, Royal Caribbean International announced that it is bringing the fully licensed production Tony Award-winning “Cats” to Oasis of the Seas once it emerges from a dry-docking in October. Also, Oceania Cruises announced a new “Life in the Theater” series on select sailings, starting with Andrea McArdle, Broadway’s original “Annie,” on the Riviera’s Oct. 29 cruise from Athens to Monte Carlo. But they’re not the only stage shows seen on cruise ships. Here’s what else you can see while at sea.


Crystal Cruises Unveils Exclusive Monaco Grand Prix Experiences

April 14, 2014 on 9:03 am | In Cruise Boats, Monaco, Motorsports | Comments Off



Crystal Cruises is unveiling its own royal treatment for the 72nd annual Monaco Grand Prix, via two different posh and intimate Crystal Adventures – to be offered during Crystal Serenity’s 12-day luxury Mediterranean cruise, departing May 18 from Venice to Barcelona. Thanks to a May 25 shipboard overnight in Monte Carlo, guests can celebrate one of the world’s most prestigious races from day to dawn, via prime grandstand seats in the heart of the action during the day and a new Boutique Adventure, possibly hob-knobbing with the winners at a VIP F1 party all night.

Exclusive Grandstand Experience: Cheer with Formula 1 fans from around the world, in a prime grandstand location near the roaring start/finish line and extra Crystal touches to enhance guests’ comfort, including catered lunch, cushioned seating, ear protection, souvenir mementos, hosts providing commentary while guiding guests to the race, and staff nearby to assist throughout the day.

VIP Nightclubbing at the Amber Lounge (Boutique Adventure): Crystal will have a limited number of VIP tables with flowing Dom Perignon and dancing until 6 am (plus luxury transportation all night) at F1’s exclusive after-party, where drivers, celebrities and royalty often gather post-race.

“From a Crystal Adventure that captures the interests of racing enthusiasts to a Boutique Adventure that excites those seeking intimate VIP experiences, we’ve crafted ‘bucket list’ options that offer unique perspectives of, and access to, the glamour and pageantry of this World Class event.” says John Stoll, vice president of land programs.

With additional overnights in Venice and Barcelona, Crystal’s only 2014 call to Kotor, Montenegro, and additional calls to Italy’s Sicily/Taormina, Sorrento, Rome/Civitavecchia, and Florence/Livorno, the itinerary offers time in both the Mediterranean’s most popular port cities and Southern Europe’s more hidden gems.

Crystal’s passion for creating exclusive, eye-opening luxury shore-side experiences are cornerstones of its Crystal Adventures program, earning the line top ratings for two decades.


Old Salts Maine Windjammers Special Discount Extended

April 13, 2014 on 8:47 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Cruise Boats, New England, Sailing | Comments Off



OLD SALTS ONLY!

If you’re a frequent sailor, this offer is for you! We have decided to extend our offer of a 5% discount for each time you have sailed with us. That’s right, If you have sailed withus 10 times you get 50% off. If you’re an Old Salt of the highest order with 20 trips or more,it is our pleasure to welcome you aboard this season for a well deserved free cruise! Old Salts, Tony & Dona have already signed up for their free cruise!
Make sure you’re in the picture again this year. Give us a call to reserve your space!

Gather old shipmates for a reunion or bring along new friends. Give us a call to check our special rates for new sailors accompanied by an Old Salt. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Remember Old Salts always get the best deal we have and this one is just for you!

BOSTON TO THE BOAT

Make getting here easy with discounted non-stop flights on Cape Air from Boston to Owls Head!Five flights daily. Only $127.65 round trip. To make it complete purchase discounted ground transportation vouchers between the airport and our dock for only $44 round trip for up to 6 passengers.

To receive your air fare discount code and purchase Schooner Bay transportation vouchers contact us at 800-736-7981 or email sail@mainewindjammercruises.com .

 

TO RESERVE YOUR CRUISES  CALL US AT 800-736-7981


Sixthman Announces: Simple Man Cruise VIII The Finale!‏

April 12, 2014 on 8:39 am | In Cruise Boats, Webbandstand | Comments Off



Atlanta-based Sixthman and storied rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd will present the eighth and final edition of the Simple Man Cruise this fall. The four-day music festival at sea will take place aboard Norwegian Pearl, setting sail from Miami, FL on November 16, 2014 with stops in the sun-soaked ports of Key West, FL and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.

The initial lineup of bands joining Skynyrd aboard this music festival at sea features some of southern rock’s finest including Blackberry Smoke, Devon Allman Band, Foghat, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, The Band of Heathens,, Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R., Preacher Stone and many more. Guests can expect an experience like none other the moment the ship leaves port, as the “All Hands On Deck” Sail-Away Show will feature several bands performing their own unique spin on Lynyrd Skynrd’s classic hits.

Cruisers will bid farewell to the Simple Man Cruise era by helping shape the event like never before. From selecting songs for the set list of Skynyrd’s indoor shows to voting on the emerging artists that will perform on the smaller Sixthman Sound Check Stage, guests will be immersed in the experience from the moment they reserve their stateroom. In addition to the music, this year’s festival will focus on recollecting and celebrating the Simple Man Cruise legacy. A Simple Man Yearbook, complete with pictures of the past seven Simple Man Cruise events, will be given to each of the cruisers to customize and fill with signatures from friends and bands onboard. Musically-inclined vacationers will also have the opportunity to showcase their talent in the Almost Famous Competition, where they can audition for a spot in one of three adult bands and one junior band to be mentored by one of the Simple Man Cruise artists during the festival. Each of the cruiser-formed bands will perform Lynyrd Skynyrd songs on stage during the last day of the event, making this a moment that makes life rock!

Norwegian Pearl will set sail to Key West, Florida where guests will be met with palm-lined streets and blocks of world-class restaurants, legendary pubs, and sidewalk shops. Guests will also visit Norwegian’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas which offers an island resort experience. Guests can choose to relax on the island’s sugary white beaches or the adventurous can choose from an array of off-shore excursions. Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform a show right on the sands of Great Stirrup Cay for the Simple Man family, a first for the festival.

With 15 decks of dining and entertainment, Norwegian Pearl is a destination of her own, offering guests access to 13 bars and lounges, 19 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, hot tubs, an expansive fitness center and an award-winning spa.. Onboard concerts aren’t the only things that rock aboard Norwegian Pearl. Guests looking for more activities can visit the outdoor climbing wall, shoot some hoops on the sports court, bowl a few frames at the onboard lanes, or try and tempt lady luck at the Pearl Club Casino.

Staterooms for the Simple Man Cruise Finale are on sale now to the public. Pricing for a double occupancy stateroom starts at $800.00 per person. Book your cabin online at www.simplemancruise.com or by calling 877-379-9174.

About Sixthman: Sixthman, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, creates festivals at sea designed to set the stage for moments that make life rock! Since 2001, we have been pioneering themed cruise experiences for bands, brands, and their fans and are proud to be celebrating our 13 of executing 67 full ship charters, hosting over 130,000 guests for over 600,000 days on vacation at sea with world class artists and brand partners such as KISS, Kid Rock, John Mayer, Lynyrd Skynrd, 311, Zac Brown Band, Lyle Lovett, Barenaked Ladies, Sister Hazel, Paramore, Turner Classic Movies, VH1, along with engaging festivals such as The Rock Boat and Cayamo. INC Magazine recognized us as America’s Fastest Growing Travel Company and the 87th fastest growing company across all segments on the INC 500 List.

What is Sixthman? Click here | Live Loud with us at www.sixthman.net


Carnival unveils extended cruise itineraries from Galveston

April 12, 2014 on 8:34 am | In Cruise Boats, Texas | Comments Off



Carnival Cruise Lines said it will offer longer one-way cruises for the Texas market from next year, with 10- and 11-day sailings from Galveston to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The 11-day itineraries will call at Grand Cayman, Aruba, Grenada, Martinique, St Maarten, finishing in San Juan, and will also include a port call at Bonaire for the first time.

These sailings are scheduled for October 24, 2015, and January 16, 2016.

Departing San Juan, a pair of 10-day journeys stop at St Thomas, St Kitts, St Maarten, Antigua and Grand Turk, sailing on November 4, 2015, and January 27, 2016.

The two itineraries have been designed so there are virtually no overlapping port calls out or back, and can be combined into a longer 21-night round-trip voyage from Galveston that calls at 12 different Caribbean destinations.

Carnival said the introduction of longer duration cruises and more varied port calls was sparked by travel agent feedback.

Carnival’s 2014 Galveston cruises currently sail on four-to-seven day journeys to Mexico and the Caribbean.


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