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8 Disney Cruise Line Freebies to Snap Up

Christine Dayao

We’d be lying if we said we didn’t keep an eye out for freebies on a Disney vacation. They just make the whole trip a lot more, well, magical. We already gathered some tips for what you can nab gratis, like pins, birthday cards, and more. But when we recently sailed aboard Disney Cruise Line, we discovered even more opportunities for more free goodies on the ships. Here’s what you can find and where:

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new cruises ship MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside

Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.

MSC Cruises‘ newest and biggest ship doesn’t set sail from Miami until 2017, but we’re already getting excited. The 4,140-guest MSC Seaside is being designed as an “ultra-modern” ship with plenty of outdoor bells and whistles, including a two-deck interactive waterslide, a high-speed Aqua Tubes water ride, and a ropes course. On this new class of ships, you can also expect panoramic oceanview elevators, a waterfront “promenade,” and more.

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Deal Alert: 3 Perks Worth Up to $1,350 Value on Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises

For savvy seafarers in search of savings, spring is shaping up to be an opportune time to book your next cruise. From now until March 31, Celebrity CruisesSpring into Savings promotion lets travelers choose one of three perks, from beverages to onboard credit.

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viking star infinity pool - viking ocean cruises

Viking Cruises

Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every week for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.

Check out this insane infinity cruise pool! It belongs to the 930-guest Viking Star, the much-anticipated ocean-going ship from river cruise giant Viking Cruises. Come April 11, we’ll finally be able to see how Viking’s beloved culture-focused approach on the river translates to the blue-water seas. After the inaugural from Istanbul and christening in Bergen, the ship will set sail for Scandinavia and the Baltic; the Western and Eastern Mediterranean; and the British Isles. (Psst — There’s currently a 2-for-1 cruise promotion with airfare discount, bookable through March 31.)

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godafoss, akureyri, iceland

Flickr/Stig Nygaard

Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.

Can you believe this? Oceania Cruises will offer a whopping 90 new itineraries in 2016 to catch the attention of even the most seasoned cruisers. The ships will call at 20 new ports, two of which especially caught my attention: Piombino in Italy and Akureyri in Iceland. Piombino is a little-visited destination on the Italian Riviera, and calling here means the opportunity to explore its 13th century castle and the stunning Tuscany countryside. Iceland is the latest must-see destination, and near Akureyri passengers can view the famous Goðafoss (pictured). And we’re not the only ones who are excited — the new journeys, along voyages for the new Sirena ship next spring, led to Oceania’s single biggest booking day in history.

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Vitality Spa on the Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas

We love cruising for the lavish dining options, awesome entertainment, and incredible off-shore excursions. But lately, there’s a new reason for going onboard — top-notch spas. These days, cruise ships offer immersion into stress-free living with luxuriously heated ceramic beds, relaxation pools, and one-of-a-kind massages. Here, five of the best cruise ship spas.

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Rendering of the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas

Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea. 

Thought the Oasis of the Seas — the world’s biggest cruise ship since 2009 — is humongous at a 5,400-passenger capacity? In spring 2016, Royal Caribbean International is launching an even bigger Harmony of the Seas, slated to accommodate 5,479 guests. Harmony’s design closely follow the Oasis with the concept of themed “neighborhoods,” such as Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, and Youth Zone. But new additions include three multi-story water rides, along with some high-tech features that debuted on the line’s Quantum of the Seas in late 2014 — including the robot-powered Bionic Bar, wristbands that double as stateroom keys, and onboard credit cards.  Read more

Singapore skyline

themreport

Is Asia the new Caribbean? For thousands of experienced cruisers ready to visit exotic places — such as China, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia — the answer is a resounding “yes.”

While some first-time cruisers set off for Asia, most are intrepid travelers who have already island-hopped in the Caribbean and sailed the familiar cruising grounds of Europe and Alaska. Now, they’re venturing off the beaten path — and cruise lines are delivering with more routes and better ports. Here’s a peek at what’s hot.

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Margerie Glacier, Tarr Inlet, Alaska cruise

Flickr/Tavis Jacobs

An Alaska cruise is a bucket-list trip for travelers who love the great outdoors. Cruise ships typically sail weeklong northbound and southbound trips, often between Seattle or Vancouver and Anchorage. Expect to find unbelievable scenery along the way, at points such as Tracy Arm Fjord and Glacier Bay, not to mention deliciously fresh seafood. It’s the voyage of a lifetime — and you’ll want to make sure your experience is the best that it can be. Here’s how to do just that:

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ha long bay - vietnam - mekong river - amawaterways cruise

AmaWaterways.com/Ha Long Bay

Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every week for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea. 

Tour a monastery in Oudong. Visit the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Ride through local villages in a trishaw. These are the adventures that await AmaWaterways guests on seven-night Mekong River cruises in Vietnam and Cambodia. Even better: Passengers who book by March 31 save up to $2,500 per stateroom, and those traveling solo pay no single supplement. With the price break, balcony cabins on these sailings cost $1,648 per person — a super value for this luxury river cruise line. Optional pre- and post-cruise land stays are offered, too, at an extra charge.

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France, Calvados, Honfleur, Seine River Cruise

CroisiEurope

Not that we ever need more reasons to go to France, but river cruise company CroisiEurope is having an excellent two-for-one sale for a Seine Valley & Normandy Beaches river cruise that sails from Paris on April 23.

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NBreakaway

Norwegian Breakaway

Anchor’s up as you depart from New York’s Hudson River aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest addition: the Norwegian Breakaway. This 18-deck cruise ship towers high enough to make a lasting imprint on the city’s skyline, as it stands the largest ever to homeport in New York City. We recently sailed on the Breakaway to find out what floats and what sinks among the 25-plus restaurants, five multi-story slides, fireworks show, and more.

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Blount Cruises - Small Ship Adventures - 620

Blount Small Ship Adventures

Like to cruise without the crowds? Vacationing with a smaller cruise company may be right up your alley. And Blount Small Ship Adventures — now offering up to 40 percent off on three itineraries booked by February 27 —  is giving travelers the chance to get a taste for less.

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star wars day on disney fantasy cruise

Matt Stroshane/starwars.com

Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every week for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea. 

Looks like the Force will be with Disney Cruise Line next year, when the heroes and villains of “Star Wars” board the Disney Fantasy. The new Star Wars Day at Sea experience will be staged during eight sailings to the Western Caribbean from Port Canaveral, Florida. Themed deck parties, fireworks, trivia games, meet-and-greets with the characters, and screenings will all be part of the fun. (The film line-up includes Disney’s new XD animated series, “Star Wars Rebels.”)

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Un-Cruise Ship on the Snake River

Eric Lindberg/Un-Cruise Adventures

Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every week for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.

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