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Norway and Netherlands Cruise >> >
Norway and Netherlands cruise
Enjoy a seven night Viking Saga Fly Cruise, departing 30 August from €1069 per person sharing including return flights to Amsterdam. Ports of call include Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Oslo, Norway; Kristiansand, Norway; Stavanger, Norway and Flam, Norway. One of the many pleasures of traveling on board one of the world's largest luxury cruise ships is having a wealth of options to choose from. The MS Rotterdam reflects a graceful combination of classic and state-of-the-art features, featuring six lounges, three restaurants and two swimming pools.
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Nautical Nuptials >> >
Saying ‘I Do’ on the big blue
Once upon a time, it was only the rich and famous that could get married in an exotic location but that fairytale wedding, whether it's on a beach or at sea can now be a ‘dream come true’ and also very affordable. Imagine having the use of a Luxury Cruise Ship at your disposal, the expertise of "White Glove" Service throughout your stay, the benefit of beautiful weather, excellent food and even a Personal Wedding Planner to organize every detail of your nuptials. Not to mention, sharing this all with your beloved family and friends. e-travel ensure a worry-free planning experience, by providing you with FREE expert guidance and recommendations for your wedding at sea. This week e-travel outline the best wedding packages at sea and top tips to make nautical nuptials really unique.
· Royal Caribbean International Wedding Package Details: The line's "Royal Romance" program offers three avenues to tie the knot. The "Paradise Shipboard" option starts around $2,995. It's the most basic and includes priority check-in for you and your guests, a wedding coordinator, onboard ceremony with an officiant, one hour of photography and 20 8x10 prints, recorded music, a bouquet and boutonniere, and sparkling wine. The "Paradise Destination" option, also from $2,995, lets the couple get married onboard the ship or at a number of exotic locales -- such as on a glacier in Alaska, alongside a waterfall in Hawaii or ancient ruins in Greece -- while their ship is in port. This package also allows for a few more extras, including a wedding cake for the couple and nicer flowers in the bride's bouquet. "Royal Romance at Sea" allows the couple to get married in the open waters, with the captain or first mate conducting the ceremony. The package, starting at $3,995, includes upgrades like a live soloist, bridal bouquet of a dozen long-stemmed white roses, fresh flowers for your stateroom, a bottle of Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries in the cabin on the wedding night and dinner for two at an onboard specialty restaurant. Receptions are not included in the price of the ceremonies, but several options are available. They include a formal wedding lunch at $48 per person, a buffet with bar service for $48 or hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and bar service for $32. There's a 25-person minimum for the lunch or buffet and a minimum of 16 and maximum of 50 guests for hors d'oeuvres. Other add-ons include entertainment, cake and ice carvings.
· Celebrity Cruise Wedding Package Details: The "Celebrity Weddings" program offers onboard ceremonies and destination weddings. The "Nautical Nuptials at Sea" package begins at $2,500 and includes a captain-led ceremony, an event coordinator's services, live music, one hour of photography (photographs sold separately), cake for two, Champagne, a bouquet and boutonniere, plus additional romantic turndown amenities post-ceremony (see Coolest Quirk). Couples can also arrange shoreside and in-port shipboard weddings, presided over by an officiant instead of the captain. Both in-port shipboard weddings (starting at $2,195) and shoreside weddings (starting at $2,895) include all of the "Nautical Nuptials" features, except for the turndown services; shoreside ceremonies also include transportation to the ceremony site. Couples who book the "Nautical Nuptials at Sea" package get some romantic extras, such as chocolate-covered strawberries, bottles of Champagne, Champagne flutes, his-and-hers robes, fresh in-room floral arrangements and rose petals on their beds on their wedding nights.
Cruise Line Wedding
Package Details: NCLoffers three wedding
packages. Its "Symbolic" ceremony, starting at $1,600, is
performed onboard while at sea and is officiated by a ship officer or
staff member. The "Harborside" package, starting at $1,795,
allows couples to be married onboard at select ports of call.
"Destination" weddings start at $2,395 and offer a range of exotic
onshore locations to hold your nuptials: a glacier in Alaska, a bay in St.
Thomas, the sands of Bermuda and more. The
"Symbolic" package includes a wedding coordinator, bridal bouquet, boutonniere, 6-inch cake, recorded music,
bottle of sparkling wine and keepsake certificate. Because captains can't
legally perform marriage ceremonies on Norwegian ships, you'll need to get
married ashore and bring your official marriage certificate with you. The
"Harborside" option adds priority embarkation for the couple and
their guests (if the wedding is on embarkation day). The "Destination" package adds roundtrip
transportation for the bride and groom to the wedding location in port and
Champagne instead of sparkling wine. In addition to
the basic packages, there is a huge range of a la carte options, including
spa and beauty services (not available on embarkation day), flowers
(including custom orders), live music, photography and videography,
transportation to and from the ship or wedding location, tuxedo rentals
and a wide variety of wedding receptions -- from cold hors d'oeuvres with
an open bar at $37 per adult to a full, sit-down luncheon for a minimum of
25 guests at $52 per person. Couples
can add a conch shell aisle ($250 and up) or fresh rose arch ($700 and up)
to shoreside ceremonies. They can also purchase invitations, save-the-date
invites, customized message boards, wedding program fans and other extras.
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Liberty of the Seas, Review >> >
David's resent cruise onboard Liberty of the Seas, sailing in the Med!
I found this cruise almost faultless, despite hearing that Royal Caribbean had reduced their standards in practically every area. Although prices have clearly increased for their European cruises, in my experience the standards on board Liberty of the Seas were better than ever.
The check in process was all done on arrival in Barcelona Airport which made embarkation on to the ship (via the exit) a pleasure.
Despite the large size ship, I found service levels from staff excellent and on par with the personal approach I received on smaller Vision class ships. I found the food very good both in the Windjammer and the Botticelli Restaurant and room service. My Time Dining worked perfectly for us and the waiters were great every time. I called the number each day to book and was successful within 15 minutes of time requested.
I had the beer & wine package ($40 per day) which was very good with all the well known Bottle beer brands available on it and the their choice of wine was drinkable too. I felt that prices for drinks had come down anyway on board anyway. Beer $5 or 5 for $20 to me is good for European cruise bar prices.
The shows in the theatre were well presented (ex Britain's Got Talent contestants, a Spanish magician and the highlight Saturday Night Fever)- they are what they are and pass an hour in the evening. The plethora of lounges always had something going on. The entertainments team throughout the cruise very very good.
Disembarkation was pain free as we met at the designated lounge, when called, we were escorted to the luggage area and to the coaches waiting to transfers us to Barcelona Airport. No melee trying to get on a coach (as I had heard), all very civilised.
So overall I am delighted with my experience and relieved that Royal still have the "Wow" factor, as more than ever they really need to keep on top of the competitors biting at their heels.>