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The ‘Bachelor’ Heads to the Buccaneer Resort in St. Croix

The Buccaneer Resort St. Croix US Virgin Islands

The Buccaneer Resort St. Croix US Virgin IslandsThis week’s episode of The Bachelor will find Sean Lowe and his remaining potential fiances heading to the tropical paradise St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Founded in the 17th century and family-run for generations, The Buccaneer blends Old World charm with warm hospitality. Completely self-contained, elegant accommodations are placed throughout the property with expansive terraces and impressive views. Situated on 300 tropical acres, this beach resort is less than a five-minute drive to shopping, dining, and sightseeing in the historic town of Christiansted. 138 air-conditioned rooms.

The luxurious country club setting on more than 300 lush tropical acres features 3 picture-perfect beaches, an 18-hole golf course and pro shop, 8 tennis courts (two lit for night play) and pro shop,a health spa, fitness center, and watersports center.

Apple Vacations is offering a special air credit deal that includes The Buccaneer Resort, where some of The Bachelor scenes were filmed.

  • Receive a $300 Air Credit – Book an air-inclusive Apple Vacation of 6 consecutive nights to St. Croix valid for bookings from Dec 15, 2012-Mar 31, 2013 travel Jan 27-May 31, 2013
  • Participating hotels include: The Buccaneer, Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino, Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, Caravelle Hotel, The Buccaneer (Buccaneer blackout dates Feb 15-18, 2013). Travel must be completed by May 31, 2013

For more information, contact Island Time Travel.

Congratulations to Funjet Vacations for 39 Years!

Funjet Vacations

This week marks an important anniversary for Funjet Vacations–for 39 years, they have worked with travel agents to provide unforgettable vacation experiences to millions of customers.

Since they opened their doors, a lot has changed in the travel industry.  Other competitors are now owned by an airline, online travel agency, competing retail travel agencies, and invested in by a venture capitalist firm. Funjet Vacations remains the only large scale tour operator that is still owned and operated by the family that founded the business. Click the logo to price and book a complete vacation online!

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Great American Steamboat Company: American Queen river cruise review

Great American Steamboat Company American Queen

Photo Credit: Susan J. Young, Travel Agent Central

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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River Cruising is Booming

Viking Odin

Viking Odin (Photo source: TravelMarketReport.com)

The hottest thing in cruising right now seems to be river cruising, both in Europe and the USA.

The river ship building boom continues, with Avalon Waterways announcing it has ordered two more “suite ships” to debut in spring 2013.  The 166-passenger Avalon Expression and 128-passenger Avalon Artistry II will join two other similar Avalon ships already on order for delivery in the coming months in sailing on Europe’s waterways.

The first Avalon suite ship, the 166-passenger Avalon Panorama, debuted last May in Germany.  This May, Avalon will unveil two new suite ships, the Vista and the Visionary.

Full article from USA Today: Avalon Waterways orders two more river ships

Viking

Viking River Cruises has ordered two more ships in the Viking Longships class for delivery in 2012, bringing the total of new vessels to six.  This will mark an unprecedented number of ships launching in a single season, an accomplishment that eclipses Viking’s own record of four ships christened into the fleet in 2001.  Six more ships are scheduled to launch in 2013!

Viking River Cruises launched two of its new longships, the Viking Odin and Viking Idun, in Amsterdam last week.  Two other new longships, Viking Njord and Viking Freya, were receiving final touches at a German shipyard, so their christenings were shown via video.  Named for Viking gods and heroes, the ships have the largest suites (at 445 square feet) on any river ships in Europe, cabins with full and French balconies, indoor/outdoor al fresco dining spots and eco-friendly features.

Viking also has an option for six more of the longships for delivery in 2014.  By the end of 2013, the Neptun Werft shipyard in Rostock, Germany, will have built at least 13 river cruise ships for Viking.

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Uniworld

In 2011, Uniworld launched three new ships, their new Super Ship, the S.S. Antoinette; the River Saigon; and the Douro Spirit.  Two more ships are coming in 2013, the River Orchid and the Queen Isabel.

Sources/credit: USA Today, Viking, Uniworld, TravelMarketReport.com, Travel Weekly

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American Cruise Lines Building Third New Riverboat

American Cruise Lines Queen of the MississipiAmerican Cruise Lines, the leader in small ship cruising, recently announced that it will be building another brand new riverboat due to the high demand for its U.S. river cruises.  A contract has been signed and construction has already begun.  The new riverboat will be slightly larger but similar in many respects to the 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi, which is nearing completion at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD.

“We recognize a considerable strength in river cruising and have observed an increased interest in our U.S. river cruises over the last several years,” said Charles A. Robertson, CEO of American Cruise Lines.  “We look forward to introducing yet another new authentic paddlewheel riverboat to meet this demand.”  Robertson attributes the success of the company’s river cruise business to its “newer, low-density vessels, each built to meet the highest industry standards in comfort, safety and technology.”

American Cruise Lines’ third new riverboat will feature a similar capacity to that of the Queen of the Mississippi and will also boast the most spacious staterooms in the industry, entirely private balconies – all with sliding glass doors, a center atrium with a grand staircase, various lounges and numerous amenities including:

  • Fully-functioning authentic paddlewheel
  • 300+ square foot staterooms
  • Private balconies with sliding glass doors
  • Various unique lounges, libraries, and cafés
  • Fine hotel-style bathrooms
  • Room Service
  • Wi-Fi in all staterooms
  • Satellite TV and DVD player in all staterooms
  • Single sitting, open seating dining
  • Complimentary cocktail hour

As of yet, no decision has been made as to where the new riverboat will operate other than on U.S. rivers.  Additional details and information will be announced in the coming months.

American Cruise Lines offers more than 35 unique itineraries on inland waterways and rivers across the United States.  Over the last several years, American Cruise Lines has continued to add new itineraries and ships to accommodate demand.  Its newest river itineraries are offered on two authentic paddlewheelers – the 120-passenger Queen of the West operating on the Columbia and Snake Rivers of the Pacific Northwest, and Queen of the Mississippi, American Cruise Lines’ brand new authentic paddlewheeler.  With a capacity of 150 guests and offering numerous never-before-available amenities, the authentic paddlewheeler is set to debut on the Mississippi River this coming August and is the first new riverboat built for the Mississippi River in nearly 20 years.

Source/Credit: American Cruise Lines, Britt Rabinovici

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