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Celebrity Reflection

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Celebrity Silhouette

A steel cutting ceremony for the Celebrity Reflection was held at the Meyer-Werft Shipyard last week, when the first steel plate was cut for the new vessel.  The ship will be the fifth and last of Celebrity’s very popular Solstice class, scheduled for delivery in November 2012.

Celebrity Reflection represents the culmination of the Solstice class, incorporating and expanding on the features that have been so well received by passengers.  The ship, at 126,000 gross tons, will be the largest of the class.  She’ll have an additional deck and 72 additional cabins, accommodating 3030 passengers at double occupancy.  More than 90% of the cabins are outside, and approximately 90% of those will have balconies.

Among the highlights, the ship will feature 34 AquaClass Suites, measuring 251 square feet with a 57 square foot balcony.  Michael’s Pub will be enhanced with the addition of up to 50 international craft beers, and outdoor grilling will be offered in the new Lawn Club Grill.

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Your Questions About Cruises From Miami

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William asks…

Are there any cruises from miami to bahamas and stay on the island for one night and cruise back?

We want to go to the Bahamas for just one day.  We want to cruise there and get a hotel on the island.  We want to then cruise back another day.  Is there anything like that being offered?

John answers:

There are a couple options, but not out of Miami.  Discovery Cruise Lines offers a two day sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Bahama Island, with a choice of hotel options.  Price will vary with the hotel chosen.

Celebration Cruise Lines offers a two-night sailing from Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island.  The ship sails overnight to the island, stays the day, and then sails overnight back to Florida.  You don’t overnight at a hotel.

Two caveats:  these ships do not sail to Nassau, and they are not in the same category as Carnival, Princess, Celebrity, etc.

Lizzie asks…

What cruises from Miami (Fort Lauderdale), the most interesting (Caribbean,Bahamas,Bermudas)?

(mexican island)

John answers:

All of these are sun, surf and sand destinations.  If this is what you are looking for, I’m not sure you can say that any one destination is more interesting than the other.  Each of these destinations will have their champions, but you won’t miss out by choosing one over the other.

Now, if you’re looking for something a bit different, Mexico has some very important archaeological sites that you might find very interesting.  If this is something that resonates with you, then Mexico should be your focus.

Steven asks…

What are the best cruise lines from Miami?

My grandparents ( 63 and 67) and my cousin (12) and I (13) want to go on a 7-10 day cruise from Miami around the Caribbean ( anywhere really). What cruise lines are the best and funnest.  We also don’t care about price, but just want to have a good time.  We are going during the February school break next year.

John answers:

I don’t think you can say that any one cruise line is the best.  Each has its own personality and focus.  In general, some lines may appeal more to older people and some more to younger people, but this is not universally so.

Royal Caribbean might be a good middle ground.  Their ships have features your grandpaerents would enjoy, while also having an excellent teen program and great activities.  Princess and Celebrity would also be worth checking out.

My suggestion is that you all sit down with a travel agent and discuss what you hope to get out of the cruise.  The agent will be able to tell you what is available for your dates and help you make a choice that is acceptable to everyone.

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Celebrity’s August Promo Is In Full Swing

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Celebrity Eclipse

Celebrity is currently running a nice promotion for its Fall/Winter season in the Caribbean.  From now through August 14th, book a veranda, Concierge Class or AquaClass® stateroom, or a suite for a Caribbean vacation, and you’ll receive up to a $200 onboard credit per stateroom.  The credit can be used toward a large number of on board options.

The Solstice, the Eclipse, and the Summit will all be offering cruises in the region this year.  With veranda cabins starting at $799 per person for a 7 night cruise, based on double occupancy, and with onboard credits of $100 for veranda cabins, $150 for Concierge and Aqua Class cabins, and $200 for suites, the time to act is now.

This is a great opportunity, to paraphrase Celebrity, to put some sunshine in your life, and some green in your pocket.  As always, this offer is based on availability and is limited.  The prices are good, the ships are excellent, and if you were considering a winter Caribbean cruise anyway, the extra on board credit is a very nice little perk.

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