Atlantis, Paradise Island

DISCOVER ALL THE WONDERS OF ATLANTIS, PARADISE ISLAND

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Only in Atlantis will you discover the beauty and mystery of a mythical lost civilization featuring the world’s largest open-air marine habitat amidst a maze of ancient ruins. Enjoy the thrills of Aquaventure, the largest water park in the Caribbean, and amazing up-close dolphin adventures. Indulge in over 21 incredible restaurants including four celebrity chefs, exciting nightlife for adults and teens, and the non-stop action of the Atlantis casino.

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You can experience all that Atlantis has to offer with some of our lowest rates for spring and summer travel. Plus, you’ll receive up to a $200 resort credit, one free shallow water dolphin interaction and kids under 12 eat breakfast and dinner free with the purchase of an adult meal plan.*

Make your vacation amazing, make it Atlantis. Visit AtlantisBahamas.com or call 800-Atlantis.
*Terms and conditions apply. Click for complete details and restrictions. http://atlantisbahamas.com/specials

Top 5 Reasons To Join Sandals Select Rewards…Today!

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As a valued Sandals Select Rewards member, a world of perks and benefits is at your fingertips! You’ll enjoy special events and activities, on-resort special treatment, special offers and more! It’s free and easy to join – plus, you’ll receive a special gift of 10,000Sandals Select starter points (equal to a savings of $250 USD) just for joining the club! Here are five more reasons to enroll today:

1 – On-resort Benefits. Members receive personalized, on-property recognition. So, as a member, you’ll not only enjoy the luxurious services and amenities of Sandals & Beaches but also on-property extras like breakfast in bed, welcome back gifts, preferred rates and a complimentary massage at Red Lane Spa.

2 – Point-Earning Opportunities. Once enrolled, you’ll receive 10,000 Sandals Select starter points worth $250 USD off your next Luxury Included Vacation. You then earn additional points for every paid night you spend with us. You’ll also be given opportunities to earn bonus points with special offers. In fact, we have a double points offer going on right now!

3 – Exclusive Events. From reunion week celebrations and golf tournaments to Lady Sandals dinners and more – there’s no party like a Sandals Select party! Enjoy exclusive events including our acclaimed annual Chairman’s Golf Invitational taking place this spring and fall.

4 – Special Gifts. Along with a special welcome home gift upon arrival, members receive special recognition awards after becoming a gold, platinum, or diamond member. Beautiful silver and gold sandals pendants can be yours!

5 – Free Vacations. What’s the best gift for people who love to visit Sandals or Beaches? A trip to Sandals or Beaches, of course! Members receive a free one-week vacation upon completing 70 paid nights!

If you’d like to receive these benefits and more, enroll online or call 1800.NOW.4SSG today! 

Comedic Magician Ben Seidman Chosen as Princess Cruises’ Entertainer of the Year

Crown Princess Guests Chose Favorite of Four Finalists

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Guests aboard Crown Princess have voted and selected Comedic Magician Ben Seidman as Princess Cruises Entertainer of the Year. Four finalists were selected from the hundreds of talented performers – comedians, magicians, vocalists, tribute bands and novelty performers – which elate guests on Princess’ stages each year. These top artists performed to enthusiastic audiences during the cruise who then cast their ballot to select the winner.

Wisconsin native and Los Angeles resident Seidman is the only person in history to be named the Resident Magician at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and currently stars in Magic Outlaws on Travel Channel. His energetic and playful performances combine stand-up comedy and world-renowned sleight-of-hand.

Guests aboard the March 14 Crown Princess Mexico cruise enjoyed live performances from each finalist. The finalists were determined by the Princess Cruises entertainment department based on guest surveys and onboard audience response. Along with Seidman the finalists included Vocalist Lovena Fox, Comedian Steve Caouette, and violinist and entertainer Christopher Watkins. Seidman was announced as the winner on the final night of the cruise at a celebratory event in Princess’ signature venue, The Piazza.

“Congratulations to Ben Seidman for being chosen as Princess Cruises Entertainer of the Year,” said Adrian Fischer, vice president, entertainment experience, Princess Cruises. “We were so proud to showcase the immense talents of all our finalists to our guests, who were thoroughly riveted by their dynamic performances and certainly had a difficult time choosing among such charismatic entertainers.”

This marks the line’s fourth annual Entertainer of the Year program, which was created to recognize the high caliber and diversity of guest entertainers that perform on each Princess cruise.

As the new holder of the line’s “Entertainer of the Year” title, Seidman also received a cash prize of $5,000.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel consultant, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.

Cunard’s award-winning Insight Speakers programme to partner with The New York Times

Cunard has announced a brand new partnership with The New York Times to offer award winning speakers as part of its long-running, Insights programme. The exclusive offering will debut on Queen Mary 2 on 3 January 2016 during all Eastbound Transatlantic crossings in 2016.

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To kick-off the series, the 3 January 2016 cruise dubbed “The New York Times Insights Cruise” will feature an impressive line-up of The New York Times’ experts including: former foreign correspondent and columnist Clyde Haberman; science writer John Schwartz; Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston; national security reporter Michael Schmidt; and Peter Lewis, former senior writer at The New York Times and Fortune Magazine. From national security, climate change, and the space program, to economics, tax issues, sports, technology, journalism, laws of the ancient world and much more, intellectually curious passengers will enjoy unique access to a wealth of research and insights from some the world’s leading luminaries.

For those who want even greater immersion into The New York Times and its content, guests can purchase an exclusive pre-cruise and onboard package for the 3 January Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic sailing. This programme includes a tour of the newsroom and brunch at The New York Times prior to sailing, as well as additional onboard elements. Places are limited to just 100 guests and must be booked by contacting Times Journeys directly at (001-718) 855-698-6363.

Setting the benchmark for compelling onboard enrichment programmes, Cunard was the first line to provide guests stimulating lecturers from a wide variety of disciplines, when the programme officially launched on QE2 in the 1970s. Since then, it has been a much-anticipated signature of the line and continues to provide a robust line-up of speakers on every voyage today. However, the company, which is celebrating its 175th Anniversary this year, can trace the early inception of the programme to the days when such luminaries as Noel Coward and Cole Porter would sail Atlantic Crossings on the Queen Mary and informally perform and regale guests in after-dinner salons with titillating anecdotes from their various experiences and travels.  Now Cunard Insights will be even more compelling as Cunard collaborates with The New York Times’ leading roster of journalists and contributors.

In addition to the customised The New York Times Insights Cruise, Cunard will also feature The New York Times Insights experts on every Eastbound Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing in 2016 as part of the line’s Insights programme. Cunard Insights regularly offers compelling talks on a variety of contemporary issues by well-known celebrities and knowledgeable personalities.

Angus Struthers, Marketing Director for Cunard, said:

“We are thrilled to collaborate with The New York Times to curate such an enriching and entertaining travel adventure. This will be an exciting enhancement to our Cunard Insights program, with a caliber of experts that will surely spark a stimulating and thought-provoking experience for our guests.”

For more information about Queen Mary 2 and to book a voyage visit Cunard www.cunard.co.uk or call 0843 374 2224.

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Michael Gallagher, Public Relations Manager: michael.gallagher@cunard.co.uk
T: 0207 940 5391/07770 546 283

Ruth Harrington, Public Relations Executive: ruth.harrington@cunard.co.uk
T: 07815491900

Gill Haynes, Head of Public Relations: gill.haynes@cunard.co.uk
T: 0238 065 6547/07801 316 843

Royal Caribbean Announces 2016 Europe And Alaska Adventures

New BOGO50 offers 50 percent off second, third and fourth guests on 2016-17 itineraries
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Whether climbing La Sagrada Familia’s Nativity Towers for an unbelievable view of Barcelona, or dog-sledding atop Mendenhall Glacier for a once-in-a lifetime perspective of the Alaskan wilderness, vacationers will find unforgettable adventures with Royal Caribbean International. The award-winning cruise line today announced new 2016 Europe vacations, totaling eight of the region’s most innovative cruise ships that will sail from six European homeports and call at 80 intriguing destinations in 27 countries throughout the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Scandinavia and the Baltic. Four of the Europe ships will be new to the region, and Royal Caribbean’s most-anticipated, third Oasis-class ship, Harmony of the Seas, will sail its inaugural season from Barcelona, while Independence of the Seas returns to Southampton as the U.K.’s largest and most favorite cruise ship. Perfect for family travel in Alaska, Explorer of the Seas will make history as the largest cruise ship to ever sail the region, and join Radiance of the Seas for the cruise line’s 27th consecutive season in the Great Frontier. Royal Caribbean’s 2016 Europe itineraries will open for booking starting March 19, 2015, and 2016 Alaska will open on March 26.

As part of all the new deployment openings, Royal Caribbean is announcing a new early booking BOGO50 offer. Vacationers can save 50 percent on the cruise fare of a second guest in the same stateroom with a full-fare guest, when making a new booking aboard sailings departing on or after May 15, 2015. Vacationers also can enjoy additional 50 percent savings on the fare of a third and fourth guest on nearly all 2016-17 itineraries, including the recently opened 2016-17 Caribbean itineraries. Additionally, guests can take advantage of the offer’s buy-one-get-one-half-off the second Premium Beverage Package by noting promo code ‘BOGOBEV,’ and complete their new booking with 50 percent reduced deposits. For more information about BOGO50, please visit www.Royalcaribbean.com/BOGO50.

BOGO50 is valid for new bookings, made between March 11 and April 30, 2015, in Oceanview and higher-category staterooms on five-night or longer itineraries. The offer does not include bookings on Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, and trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific, and China sailings.

New Oasis-class Vacations from Barcelona

  • After its delivery in April 2016, the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, will homeport at Barcelona and sail a round-trip, seven-night Western Mediterranean itinerary. Vacationers also can embark Harmony of the Seas at Rome (Civitavecchia), but guests must sail round-trip for seven nights.
  • Brilliance of the Seas also will alternate 12-night Italian Mediterranean and Greek & Italian Mediterranean cruises.

British and Scandinavian Cruises

  • The U.K. welcomes back Independence of the Seasin summer 2016. The ship will sail mostly 10- to 14-night Mediterranean or Canary Island cruises from Southampton, while Navigator of the Seas will offer British vacationers a wide range of new six- to 14-night Norwegian Fjords, Baltic, Mediterranean or Canary Island itineraries.
  • Serenade of the Seas will sail seven-night Norwegian Fjords and seven- to 13-night Scandinavia and Russia itineraries, round-trip from Copenhagen, Denmark, in early summer and August, and from Stockholm, Sweden, in June and July.

Italy and Greece Adventures from Venice and Rome

  • Jewel of the Seas will alternate brand new 10-night Greece & Adriatic and 11-night Greece, Turkey & Croatia itineraries from Venice, while Vision of the Seas will alternate seven-night Greek Isles and Greek Isles & Turkey cruises. Jewel of the Seas will double the cruise line’s capacity at this unique, iconic and most desirable world-class city.
  • Rhapsody of the Seas will homeport at Rome (Civitavecchia) and sail nine-night Greek Isles cruises in early summer and autumn months. From late June through August, the ship will alternate seven-night Greek Isles and Greek & Turkey cruises.

Royal Caribbean’s 27th Alaska Season

  • Explorer of the Seas will be unmatched in onboard amenities when the ship debuts in Alaskan waters. Guests on the ship’s seven-night round-trip itineraries from Seattle, Wash., will sail up Tracy Arm Fjords for an incomparable view of Sawyer Glacier. In September, the ship will sail three Pacific Coastal cruises, seven nights in duration, which feature an overnight in San Francisco, Calif.
  • For its part, Radiance of the Seaswill alternate seven-night northbound and southbound Alaska cruises between Vancouver, B.C., and Seward. On these itineraries, guests will venture into Disenchantment Bay for a close-up view of Hubbard Glacier.

Vacationers also can choose a wide range of trans-Atlantic cruises, which bookend each ship’s 2016 Europe season and combine Europe and the Caribbean on 13- to 16-night itineraries aboard the aforementioned ships. For their part, Explorer of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas will reposition to Australia, via Hawaii.

Watch & Win a Family Caribbean Adventure with Sprout’s “Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave”!

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Ready to get out of the winter cold and into the tropical sunshine with a family adventure in the Caribbean? Well you’re in luck, Sprout and Beaches Resorts have teamed up for the “Pick and Play Sweepstakes”! Sprout, the first 24 hour preschool network, has launched its newest original series, “Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave”, which follows three best friends: Ruff-Ruff, a lovable, instinctive pup; Tweet, a cautious, thoughtful bird; and Dave, an imaginative, quirky panda on adventures that ignite the imagination. This full CGI series features these furry friends on adventures that allow for interactive play between kids and the characters through a companion app experience, bringing everyone closer together by interacting while they watch (available on iOS and Android)!

To celebrate Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave’s new adventures, Sprout is giving you the chance to get away on your own family adventure bringing everyone closer together with a Grand Prize Vacation to any Beaches Resort in Turks & Caicos or Jamaica!  Each Friday through March 20th, watch new episodes of “Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave” at 11am ET, then visitwww.pickandplaysweeps.com to answer a question from the show and you’ll be entered for your chance to win some unforgettable family fun beneath the Caribbean sun!

“Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave” is a co-production between Sprout, Sparky Animation and Collingwood & Co. The series is distributed by Bejuba Entertainment and has been acquired by CBeebies in the UK. Learn more about “Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave” at SproutOnline.com.

Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

Ireland is the land of magical landscapes, warm laughter, and experiences that will stay with you forever. And every March 17th thoughts turn toward visiting this lush, historic country dubbed “The Emerald Isle”. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations abound in Ireland, but you don’t have to limit the fun to just one day! From vibrant and historic cities, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coastline, you can celebrate all of the charms of Ireland throughout the year!
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Collette’s wide-ranging tours introduce you to both familiar and new sides of this naturally beautiful country. You can choose to live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle. How about a visit to the Waterford Crystal factory? As for natural beauty, no trip would be complete without gazing upon the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. If visiting Northern Island, you’ll have to take in the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, a natural rock formation that must be experienced to be believed.
Experience for yourself the welcoming nature of the Irish. These tours are filling up quickly, be sure to select yours today!

To book your tour, visit www.gocollette.com or call 855-370-8687.
*Rates are per person, land only, double occupancy.

Princess Cruises Unveils Industry-First Partnership with Oscar-Winning Composer Stephen Schwartz

Four New Shows to Debut in Collaboration with Composer of Broadway-Hit Musicals Wicked, Pippin and Godspell

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Princess Cruises today announced a first-of-its-kind cruise industry partnership with three-time Oscar winner and composer of Wicked, Pippin and Godspell Stephen Schwartz. The cruise line’s new relationship with such a major creative talent from Broadway and Hollywood includes a multi-year agreement to oversee the creative development of four new musicals to debut across the fleet over the next several years.

During his 40-year career, Schwartz has won four Grammys, three Academy Awards for “Best Song” and “Best Score” for Pocahontas and “Best Song” for The Prince of Egypt and has been nominated for six Tony Awards. He is the only songwriter in Broadway history to ever have three shows run more than 1,900 performances.

His first musical for Princess Cruises will celebrate Schwartz’s lifelong fascination with magic. Called Magic to Do, the show will combine thrilling magic with some of Schwartz’s most famous songs and a brand new song written exclusively for Princess. The show will debut aboard Crown Princess in the fall.

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Vibes on the Island returns to Sandals Royal Bahamian

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A trip to Sandals Royal Bahamian is always a guaranteed good time! With up to 10 Gourmet Discovery Dining restaurants, a royal history and a private offshore island, there is little you could add to make a trip to this Luxury Included® resort any better – or so you thought. On April 25, Sandals Royal Bahamian kicks it up a notch with the return of the fundraising concert, Vibes on the Island 2015  presented by The Sandals FoundationThe Coca-Cola Company andCaribbean Bottling Company Bahamas.

Vibes on the Island will feature live performances from internationally acclaimed Reggae recording artist, Tarrus Riley with special guests Dean Fraser & the Blak Soil Band and reggae sensation, Chronixx and ZincFence Redemption! Proceeds from this year’s concert will go to benefit the Providing Access to Continued Education (P.A.C.E.) program, which provides support and education for teenage mothers while promoting awareness to help reduce teen pregnancy among young adults in Nassau, Bahamas. Nothing beats a great concert like a great concert for a cause.

With an impressive Reggae lineup sure to bring the vibes – this is a can’t miss event! Tickets for Vibes on the Island 2015 are $195 each and cover all Luxury Included® food, drinks and entertainment. Don’t miss out, get your tickets HERE or email tickets@sandalsfoundation.org for more information.

The Romance of Italy is Undeniable

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Falling in love with Italy happens naturally when you experience this incredibly romantic country first-hand. Picturesque piazzas will warm your heart. Strolling through ancient and scenic landscapes will leave you with countless everlasting memories. When you travel to Italy with Collette, you’ll find out for yourself what makes it one of the world’s top touring destinations!

Now, the food and wine of this region of the world just have to be experienced! Make sure you pack your taste buds because the authentic mouth-watering pizza, freshly made pasta, decadent gelato and fresh-pressed olive oils are waiting to be savored.

Don’t miss the opportunity to join Collette on one of the many Italian guided tours; a few of the most popular are listed below. The sights, the sounds, the tastes… it’ll change your life!

Reflections of Italy, 10 days starting at $2449*

Italian Vistas, 13 days starting at $3249*

Spotlight on Rome, 7 days starting at $1649*

Spotlight on Florence, 7 days starting at $1749*

Tuscan & Umbrian Countryside, 11 day small group tour starting at $3049*

To book your tour, visit www.gocollette.com or call 855-370-8687.

*Rates are per person, land only, double occupancy.