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Sail to Cuba with Norwegian Cruise Lines

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If you’ve ever wanted to sail to Cuba, now you can with Norwegian Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruises! All three of Norwegian’s brands – Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruise, and Regents Seven Seas received approval from the government of Cuba to set sail in 2017.

Oceania Cruises will be the first to set sail, leaving from Miami on March 7 with an itinerary that stops in Havana. Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner will call on Havana with two sailings in April 2017. Norwegian will have its first ship, Sky, in Cuba a month later with a selection of four-day voyages that includes overnight calls in Havana.

As CEO of Royal Caribbean, Richard Fain, said, “Cuba is a destination that appeals to a new generation of travelers,” and I cannot agree more. Cuba is full of history and beautiful architecture that is just waiting to be explored — not to mention all the food!

Will you be booking a sailing to Cuba for your 2017 vacation? Call your travel agent today or visit us online!

Royal Caribbean Reveals Ships for the Winter 2015-16 Season

Royal Caribbean International announced that Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, and Serenade of the Seas will sail the Caribbean from convenient Florida homeports for the winter 2015-16 season, which are now open for sale.

Allure of the Seas

The Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas will offer vacationers still-matched Caribbean cruises in the 2015-16 winter season. Both ships will homeport at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and alternate a seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.

Freedom of the Seas

Eastern Caribbean ports of call include Nassau, The Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Maarten, while Western Caribbean ports include Falmouth, Jamaica; Cozumel, Mexico; and Labadee, Haiti.

Oasis of the Seas

Freedom of the Seas will continue its seventh consecutive year sailing from Port Canaveral along Florida’s Space Coast, alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. The Eastern Caribbean itinerary calls at St. Thomas, St. Maarten and CocoCay. The Western Caribbean itinerary calls at Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Cozumel and Labadee.

Serenade of the Seas

Serenade of the Seas will sail a 10- and 11-night Southern Caribbean itineraries, roundtrip from Port Everglades. The 10-night itinerary calls at Tortola, St. Kitts, Dominica, Antigua and St. Maarten, with the Dec. 4, 2015, and Feb. 26, 2016, sailings replacing Dominica with Martinique. On the 11-night itinerary, guests will call at Aruba, Antigua, Barbados, Bonaire, Grenada and St. Lucia. A 12-night holiday sailing includes all the ports from the 11-night itinerary, plus calls at St. Thomas and Labadee. And a once-only, nine-night itinerary will call at the Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and Key West, Fla.


Two Radiance-Class Ships Sail Royal Caribbean’s 2015 Alaska Season

Summer 2015 will mark Royal Caribbean International’s 26th year in taking vacationers to experience the immense unspoiled wilderness of Alaska. Royal Caribbean will deploy two Radiance-class ships, Radiance of the Seas and Jewel of the Seas, to the Last Frontier and offer more oceanview and balcony staterooms for guests to take in the unfolding landscape on an Alaska vacation.

Radiance of the Seas

For a more immersive Alaska experience, vacationers also can choose a Royal Caribbean Alaska Cruise Tour to explore deeper inland and encounter the multitude of wildlife that call Alaska home, or delve into the beauty and exceptional towns and cities of the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and the Okanagan Wine Valley. Radiance of the Seas and Jewel of the Seas’ 2015 Alaska seasons are now open for bookings.

Additionally, Royal Caribbean announced that Rhapsody of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas will join Anthem of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas and Vision of the Seas to total eight Royal Caribbean International ships to sail Europe in summer 2015. Rhapsody of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas will take guests on a range of Greece, Turkey and – for the first time for the cruise line – Black Sea itineraries that unveils the unique colors and cultures of the region. Rhapsody of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas’ summer 2015 Europe seasons also are now open for bookings.

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From May to early-September 2015, Radiance of the Seas will alternate northbound and southbound Alaska and Hubbard Glacier cruises, both seven-night itineraries from Vancouver, B.C. and Seward, Alaska, respectively. Guests will cruise the Inside Passage and by Hubbard Glacier, and call at Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, Juneau and Skagway. On a special Sept. 4, 2105, sailing, Radiance of the Seas will sail a seven-night round-trip itinerary from Vancouver; cruise Tracy Arm Fjord to Sawyer Glacier; and call at Icy Strait Point, Juneau, and Ketchikan. For its part, Jewel of the Seas will sail seven-night round-trip itineraries from Seattle, Wash., which cruise the Alaska Inside Passage and also Tracy Arm Fjord to Sawyer Glacier, and call at Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria, B.C.

Additionally, vacationers can select among four Jewel of the Seas’ sailings that explores the California Coast, ranging from six to eight nights in duration, at the beginning and end of the ship’s Alaska season. Furthermore, a 14-night westbound Panama Canal sailing, departing May 2 from San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Diego, and a 15-night eastbound trans-Canal sailing, departing Oct. 10 from Los Angeles to San Juan, will bookend Jewel of the Seas’ 2015 Alaska and California season.

Radiance of the Seas

Vacationers also can explore Alaska’s interior on a variety of exciting Royal Caribbean Cruisetours, which combines a sailing aboard Radiance of the Seas with a three- to six-night land tour adventure. Royal Caribbean takes care of all the planning, transportation and lodging on fully escorted tours that spend at least one night in Denali National Park and one leg on the Wilderness Express, a plush, glass-domed train cars that offer panoramic views of the grand Alaskan frontier.

Vacationers also can combine a Radiance of the Seas or Jewel of the Seas’ Alaska cruise with one of four pre- or post-cruise land tours throughout the Canadian Rockies and the Okanagan Wine Valley. For a comprehensive Alaska and the Canadian Rockies adventure, the Ultimate Cruisetour combines both region’s land tour programs with a seven-night cruise aboard Radiance of the Seas for a 19-night grand adventure on land and sea.


Royal Caribbean Reveals New Ships for 2015 Europe Itineraries

Royal Caribbean International announced that the second ship in the Quantum class, Anthem of the Seas, will be joined by Adventure of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas in the U.K. as part of the 2015 Europe season.

Quantum of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas will homeport at Southampton, U.K., when it launches in April 2015. The ship will mark its inaugural Europe season with 19 cruises to the Spanish, French and Italian rivieras, and the Canary Islands on three- to 16-night itineraries, and then reposition in late-October 2015 to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and sail five-night short Caribbean, six-night Western Caribbean and eight-night Eastern Caribbean itineraries through April 2016 for its first winter season.

Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society

Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members will have the exclusive privilege to reserve their staterooms earlier than the general public on Anthem of the Seas inaugural year sailings. Anthem of the Seas’ summer 2015 Europe cruises will be available for member bookings starting February 26, 2014 and the ship’s winter 2015-16 Caribbean cruises will be open for members starting March 12, 2014. Bookings for the general public on Anthem of the Seas’ summer 2015 Europe cruises and winter 2015-16 Caribbean sailings will be open on March 3 and March 20, 2014, respectively.

Serenade of the Seas also will join Anthem of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas in the North Sea in summer 2015, and offer a range of Scandinavia and Russia, as well as Norwegian Fjords, sailings from Copenhagen, Denmark, and Stockholm, Sweden. Adventure of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas will open for booking on February 26, 2014.

Adventure of the Seas

Adventure of the Seas will sail three- to 16-night, roundtrip itineraries to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, or Madeira, Azores and Canary Islands. The ship also will sail two trans-Atlantic Ocean Voyages – a 12-night itinerary from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Southampton on May 3, 2015, and from Southampton to Port Canaveral, Fla., on a 15-night return itinerary on October 16.

Offering vacationers a second British port to embark on an unforgettable Royal Caribbean Europe vacation, Brilliance of the Seas will reposition from Tampa, Fla. to its homeport of Harwich, England, on a 14-night trans-Atlantic Ocean Voyage on May 4, 2015, and continue with 12-night roundtrip Scandinavia and Russia sailings from mid-May through August. A July 29 sailing will take guests on a special 12-night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland itinerary, with an overnight call at Reykjavik, Iceland.

For its part, Serenade of the Seas also will offer vacationers seven- to 13-night Scandinavia, Russia and Norwegian Fjord itineraries from May through August. The ship will sail from Copenhagen from May through June and in the month of August, bookending sailings from Stockholm from mid-June through July.

Serenade of the Seas

Vacationers also can choose four repositioning cruises on Serenade of the Seas. The April 11, 2015, sailing will take guests on a 13-night Caribbean itinerary from New Orleans, La., to Boston, Mass., followed by a 15-night trans-Atlantic Ocean Voyage to Copenhagen via the North Sea. Finally, a 16-night westbound trans-Atlantic Ocean Voyage from Copenhagen to Cape Liberty via Iceland will depart on August 30.

Along with its sister-ship Quantum of the Seas, the 4,180-guest, 167,800 gross tonnage Anthem of the Seas – both currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany – will introduce more “firsts at sea” such as a skydiving experience call RipCord by iFLY, and the North Star, which has a jewel like capsule that extends 300 feet above the ocean and over the sides of the ship to deliver 360-degree views for guests.

Serenade of the Seas

Transformative venues include SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more; and the cruise line’s largest and most advanced staterooms ever. These new, larger staterooms enable innovation in design, storage and comfort including the industry’s first virtual balconies.


Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas Arrives in Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes vacations! Royal Caribbean International’s new Navigator of the Seas today saluted the great state of Texas with massive Lone Star State flags draping the front and stern of the ship.

Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas Arrives in Texas

Navigator of the Seas is the largest and most advanced ship to homeport year-round at Galveston and boasts the cruise industry’s very first Virtual Balconies, which provide guests in select interior staterooms the sights and sounds of the sea with real-time views of the ocean through an 80-inch, high definition screen framed to look like a real balcony.

The Voyager-class ship also features the cruise line’s signature FlowRider surf simulator – debuting in Texas for the first time – and 220-square foot outdoor movie screen, as well as a wide array of delectable dining options, including Royal Caribbean’s new modern Mexican concept Sabor, a fully revamped and enhanced Chop’s Grille steakhouse and Oasis-class favorites, such as Izumi Japanese Cuisine and Giovanni’s Table Italian trattoria.

Navigator of the Seas Arrives in Texas

Guests also will enjoy some of the more popular concepts that were introduced aboard Royal Caribbean’s groundbreaking Oasis-class ships, such as new digital signage, bow-to-stern Wi-Fi service, new flat-panel televisions in every stateroom, a new Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty member guests and the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery for the youngest guests ages six to 36 months.

Additionally, the ship’s Champagne Bar has been re-conceptualized into Royal Caribbean’s retro-chic R Bar, featuring a sophisticated 1960s vibe, complete with iconic furnishings and signature cocktails created by a savvy and personable mixologist.

Navigator of the Seas will sail seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries every Sunday from Galveston, visiting exciting warm-weather getaways in the Caribbean, including Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Falmouth, Jamaica; and George Town, Grand Cayman.


Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas is Most Anticipated Ship of 2014

Royal Caribbean International’s upcoming ship, the Quantum of the Seas, is the most highly anticipated ship of 2014 according to USA Today.

Quantum of the Seas

The 4,180-passenger ship is the first in a new class of vessel for Royal Caribbean that will boast several groundbreaking features, including the North Star, a giant mechanical arm that will transport passengers high above the vessel in a glass capsule.

The Quantum will homeport in Bayonne, New Jersey, and offer 7-12 night cruises to the Bahamas, the Eastern Caribbean and the Southern Caribbean beginning in late 2014.

Quantum of the Seas

Next year will also see the debut of Norwegian Cruise Line’s 4,028-passenger Norwegian Getaway, Princess Cruises‘ 3,560-passenger Regal Princess, Pearl Seas Cruises’ 210-passenger Pearl Mist, and Costa Cruises’ 3,700-passenger Costa Diadema, the line’s largest ship ever.

Kingdom Magic Quick Tip – What To Pack on Your Next Cruise

When you pack for your next cruise, some of the most important items may not be your clothes!  Here’s some great idea on what you can pack to help save time and hassle on your next cruise adventure!

If you have any questions about your next cruise, contact one of our Kingdom Magic Travel Agents!

The Best of Both Worlds

For many of my clients as their children are getting a little older, they have visited Orlando or California numerous times, but they don’t want to give up on going to the theme parks from some of their favorite Orlando or California destinations, they want just a little bit something different.

I am often asked by clients, “What vacation can me and my family take this year?”.  For many of my clients as their children are getting a little older, they have visited Orlando or California numerous times, but they don’t want to give up on going to the theme parks from some of their favorite Orlando or California destinations, they want just a little bit something different. Or maybe they want to take their family to see other parts of the world.   My answer is easy.  A land and sea package.

There are so many options! Some of the more popular Land and Sea packages include Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Universal and Sea World ending the journey on a world class ship sailing from popular ports such as Port Canaveral, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles.

Consult with your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to begin planning your land and sea vacation soon

It takes a little coordination, but, that is why you work with a Kingdom Magic Travel Planner.  They can customize your vacation and handle all the details.   Cruises have set sailing dates, where your land portion can be customized to meet your vacation time frame and desired experience.  You can choose between, 3, 4, and 7 night sailings and sometimes cruise lines will have a few 5 night sailings.  Then add your land portion around those dates.

Typically, families like to visit the Theme Parks first then head out to end their vacation aboard the ship.  This way they can get a little relaxation before heading back to their hectic schedules.  Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty to do on the ships.  There is relaxing by the pool, riding the Aqua Duck aboard the Disney Dream or Fantasy, walking the beaches of private islands such as Disney’s Castaway Cay or Royal Caribbean’s Cocco Cay, deck parties and so much more!

Consult with your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to begin planning your land and sea vacation soon

If visiting a theme park isn’t your thing and you want to explore the world, no worries there are land and sea packages to cover that too!  Alaska, Europe, Asia just to name a few!  It is a great way to explore those destinations you have always wanted to see with a floating hotel room to take you there!  Imagine dreaming about seeing the wonders of Alaska and then having the opportunity to immerse yourself among the beauty for a few days.

The best part of putting together this type of package is that it includes what most families are looking for when planning their vacations; Fun, entertainment, food, somewhere to sleep, relaxation, excellent service and so much more!  Most of your vacation is paid in full prior to departure relieving the stress of a big bill when you return.

Consult with your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to begin planning your land and sea vacation soon

Adding a cruise to your vacation package will not disappoint!  And I can guarantee you will not want to come home!

Consult with your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to begin planning your land and sea vacation soon!

Royal Caribbean Unveils Amazing New Features of the Quantum of the Seas

With the latest Royal Caribbean cruise ship QUANTUM OF THE SEAS slated to arrive in the Fall of 2014, the future will be here sooner than expected. This ship truly contains some fascinating, forward thinking ideas about what a vacation at sea has become and what it can be.

Building on a legacy of more than 40 years of innovation and creative design, Royal Caribbean International unveiled the first details of the next generation of cruise vacations – Quantum cruising.

The Quantum class of ships will take a dramatic leap forward, introducing more game-changing “firsts at sea” such as a skydiving experience, a thrilling adventure that transports guests more than 300 feet in the air on a breathtaking journey; cutting-edge transformative venues including the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more; and the cruise line’s largest and most advanced staterooms ever. These new, larger staterooms enable innovation in design, storage and comfort including the industry’s first virtual balconies. Every stateroom on Quantum of the Seas will have a view.

Unprecedented “Firsts At Sea”

Having led the industry by introducing incredible signature offerings such as the Rock Climbing Wall, ice-skating rink, FlowRider surf simulator, Central Park and AquaTheater, Royal Caribbean will advance the onboard experience even further by delivering a groundbreaking lineup of “firsts at sea” on Quantum-class ships. New features exclusive to Royal Caribbean include:

RipCord by iFly, the first skydiving experience at sea which allows everyone from first-time flyers to seasoned skydivers to enjoy the sheer thrill and exhilaration of skydiving in a safe, controlled, and simulated environment.

Quantum of the Seas North Star Arm, an observation capsule on a movable arm that will offer a bird’s-eye view from 300 feet above the water. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines North Star, an engineering marvel, takes guests to new heights – literally – with a jewel-shaped, glass capsule, transporting them on a spectacular journey more than 300 feet above the ocean and over the sides of the ship to deliver awe-inspiring 360-degree views.

New Transformational Signature Venues

With Quantum class, Royal Caribbean marries new innovations with significant architectural design elements to introduce spectacular spaces.  On Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas guests will find endless possibilities with three new signature venues.

    • A revolutionary concept, Two70° is a multi-level great room that is sure to become one of the most iconic venues on board Quantum class.  The space is aptly named for its magnificent 270-degree panoramic sea views through vast, floor-to-ceiling glass walls spanning almost three decks at the stern of the ship.  Two70° seamlessly fuses entertainment and technology to create a transformative journey from day to night.  As the sun sets and the lights go down, the dazzling space gradually reveals its evening persona, delighting guests with spectacular, mysterious and unexpected entertainment at night.  Unparalleled technology means every show at Two70° is multidimensional and immerses the audience through a combination of live performers, including aerialists, as well as breathtaking video and digital scenery.
    • The largest indoor active space at sea, SeaPlex is a distinctive and flexible sporting and entertainment venue with thrilling new features that will inspire guests of all ages to let loose and connect with their playful sides.  Delivering more first at sea experiences, guests can experience a circus school with flying trapeze, or play basketball on a full-size regulation basketball court.  By night, the first-ever bumper car and roller skating offerings deliver fun and excitement.  Or, guests can dance to music orchestrated from a floating DJ booth which hovers above the activity below.
    • A performance hall and the hottest live music venue on Quantum class, Music Hall is the place for guests to enjoy intimate and exclusive access to live performances, DJs, theme night parties, billiards and more.  Rebellious and edgy, Music Hall’s two-story design is inspired by the spirit of rock and roll.

The Next Generation of Stateroom Accommodations

With guest comfort and convenience in mind, Royal Caribbean debuts the most spacious and luxurious accommodations ever, introducing rooms that on average are nine percent larger than those of Oasis class ships.  Sophisticated, upscale design, layouts and finishes create a home away from home.

With guest comfort and convenience in mind, Royal Caribbean debuts the most spacious and luxurious accommodations ever, introducing rooms that on average are nine percent larger than those of Oasis class ships.  Sophisticated, upscale design, layouts and finishes create a home away from home.

    • Now every room on Quantum of the Seas has a view, with the exciting introduction of  Virtual Balcony staterooms. This design concept brings virtual balconies to interior staterooms offering expansive real-time views of the ocean and exciting destinations.
    • For multi-generational families, Family-Connected staterooms deliver more flexibility, using three different stateroom categories which connect to form a special layout that provides separate bedrooms and bathrooms for all.
    • With Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean introduces the largest variety of stateroom categories,including new Studio staterooms, some with balconies for single travelers, three Junior Suite categories and larger Loft Suites.

There is no way to properly communicate all of the amazing new innovations on the Quantum of the Seas, but this video from Royal Caribbean helps scratch the surface!

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