Don’t pay high prices for cruise line shore excursions! Get a resort day pass!
Many cruisers continue to be confused by the different sailing ship options with “windjammer” in the title. Hope this summary helps:
Cruise Line: Island Windjammers
Ships: Diamant, Sagitta
Itinerary (Diamant): Grenada and Windward Islands (Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Bequia, Union Island, Carriacou)
Itinerary (Sagitta): St. Maarten and the Leeward Islands (St. Barts, Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Eustatius, Anguilla)
Cruise Line: The Maine Windjammer Association
- American Eagle (Rockland, Maine)
- Victory Chimes (Rockland, Maine)
- Mary Day (Camden, Maine)
- Heritage (Rockland, Maine)
- Stephen Taber (Rockland, Maine)
- Lewis R. French (Camden, Maine)
- Nathaniel Bowditch (Rockland, Maine)
- Angelique (Camden, Maine)
- Issac H. Evans (Rockland, Maine)
- Timberwind (Rockport, Maine)
Itineraries: Maine Coast
Cruise Line: Liberty Windjammer Cruises
Ships: Liberty Clipper (Homeport in Summer: Boston), Liberty Star (Homeport: St. Thomas)
Itineraries: Liberty Clipper: Bahamas; Liberty Star: Virgin Islands
Summer Itineraries: Boston, New York City,Great Chesapeake Bay
Cruise Line: Windstar Cruises
Ships: Wind Spirit, Wind Star, Wind Surf
Itineraries: Vary (Destinations include Italy, Mediterranean, Greek Isles, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Panama Canal, Northern Europe, Transatlantic)
Are you going on a cruise? Is Jamaica on your itinerary? While your ship is in port, relax and play at an all-inclusive beach resort! For stops in Montego Bay enjoy the Sunset Beach Resort & Spa. Cruising to the port of Ocho Rios? Spend the day at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa for the whole family or the adults-only Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa. Cruising to the port of Falmouth? Enjoy your Jamaica shore excursion at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa! Cruisers can enjoy white sand beaches, sparkling pools, savory lunches, snacks, beverages, tropical drinks–all included. Read more about it here!
Update: May 8, 2015
Bermuda Day Passes are now available for the Elbow Beach Resort! This luxurious resort & spa is named after its private half-mile stretch of beautiful, pink sand beach along the Atlantic Ocean. Come enjoy your day in port on the resort owned Elbow Beach, well known as one of Bermuda’s most beautiful beaches. A private haven for discerning travelers, Elbow Beach offers guests the opportunity to separate from the cruise ship crowds to enjoy the island’s calming sea, soothing pink-sands and golden warmth of the tropical sun.
Your Resort for a Day pass includes use of the private beach at Elbow Beach Resort, a lounge chair & umbrella and a water bottle. Resort for a Day guests have access to Mickey’s Bistro, which is Bermuda’s only bistro on the beach and offers lunch and drinks in a casual ambiance with full beach service. Click here!
Update: April 22, 2015
Update: March 15, 2015
Update: December 12, 2012
In Jamaica, Resort For a Day passes are now offered to the Jewel Runaway Bay Resort in addition to the Jewel Dunn’s River Resort (Ocho Rios, adults only).
Update: May 24, 2012
I have participated in online webinars by Stuart, the owner of Resort For a Day, and learned a lot more about this unique product. I have been on many Caribbean cruises, and I sure wish the Resort for a Day program had been available to me. Additional properties and islands have been added:
Jamaica: new port of Falmouth now available (Hilton Rose Hall & Spa); also the adults only Jewel Dunn’s River
Grand Cayman: Westin Casurina Resort and Spa on Seven Mile Beach (but not all inclusive)
Barbados: three resorts to choose from (two are not all inclusive), the Almond Casurina is all inclusive
Nassau: Paradise Island Harbour Resort
Freeport: Viva Wyndham
Cozumel: El Cid Resort or Cozumel Palace
Roatan: Club Natale Bay Villas (New)
Some bullet points I learned about this program:
• Resort for a Day is not affiliated with the cruise lines
• Forms of payment accepted: Credit Cards and PayPal
• Full refund if your ship misses the port
• Can cancel up to 11 days prior
• Your admission to the property is reserved and guaranteed, because some resorts place a limit on the number of day passes available to cruise ship passengers.
• The island properties are NOT time shares—you will be treated as a resort guest
• Jamaica: transfers included
• Nassau: transfers not included
• Freeport: transfers included
• Grand Cayman: no food and drink included, but includes beach chair/umbrella and even a room at the Westin Casurina resort, where you can shower and relax! The resort pass is for up to four guests.
• Kids under 3 free
These day passes are as low as $69 per adult, and in many cases, INCLUDE TRANSFERS from the ship to the resort! How many shore excursions offered by the cruise lines are under $70 and include all your food and drink? Read more about it here!
Way to go Carnival! Great program! Yet another reason we love Carnival Cruises here at Island Time Travel.
Don’t you hate it when cruise passengers reserve deck chairs by placing towels or books on them, and then they disappear for hours at time? Under Carnival’s new program, the ship’s crew will keep an eye on deck chairs. If they see a chair unused, but saved with items, they will place a sticker on the chair with the current time. If the chair is still reserved and unoccupied 40 minutes later, the crew will remove the articles for safekeeping at the towel station, leaving a note for the guest.
Thanks to Travel Pulse News for this article. Read the whole article below.
Thanks to the Orlando Sentinel for a great article about the new Carnival Breeze! Carnival Cruise Lines has taken possession of its newest ship in a ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. The 130,000-ton, 3,600-passenger sister ship to the Carnival Magic and Carnival Dream becomes the 24th cruise ship in the line’s fleet. It will now head off on its inaugural cruise from Venice on June 3, sailing Mediterranean itineraries until this fall when it repositions to the Port of Miami.
It begins year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises out of Miami beginning Nov. 24, making it the largest Carnival ship to sail out of a South Florida port. The six-day sailings will visit Grand Turk, Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Nassau, The Bahamas. The eight-day sailings will alternate between a southern Caribbean itinerary featuring Grand Turk, La Romana (Dominican Republic), Curacao, and Aruba. An eastern Caribbean route will visit St. Thomas/St. John, Antigua, Tortola, and Nassau.
The Breeze will be similar to the Magic and Dream with the popular WaterWorks aqua park, SportSquare recreation complex with ropes courses, mini-golf and outdoor fitness area. The Lanai will be a wraparound promenade with whirlpools jutting out over the ship’s sides.
The look of the Breeze will be decidedly Caribbean in style, as in island breezes and tropical sunsets, created by Germany-based Partner Ship Design, focusing on bright colors and pastel hues.
The Breeze will be the first of the line’s ships to feature all of the Fun Ship 2.0 elements it plans to roll out fleetwide in time. The amenity program is a $500 million initiative that features new entertainment options, new venues and new celebrity partnerships such as comedian George Lopez, DJ Irie, and Food Network star Guy Fieri.
Read the Sentinel’s full article here: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/vacation-starter/cruise-lines/carnival-cruise-lines/vs-carnival-cruise-line-takes-delivery-of-carnival-breeze–053112,0,6678640.story
Source/credit: Orlando Sentinel
Travel Agent Central has posted a review of the new American Queen. Read the full article here: Grand Lady: Impressions of American Queen.
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