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Travel Newsletter
July 9, 2012

Message from Susan Champagne/Owner, Magic Carpet Travel Ltd.

Cruises are not only the easiest way to see the world but they also offer more value for the dollar than any other international vacation option.

Where else can you unpack once and wake up every morning in a different destination. You receive comfortable, well maintained accommodations with all your meals included and entertainment every night.

DEAL of the year!!!!!! 12 Day Greek Isles & Mediterranean Cruise from Rome to Venice on the Crown Princess, September 9, 2012.

Huge Price reduction! Interior cabin $1840.00 Can. P.P. Reduced to $699.00 Balcony Cabin $2940.00 Can. P.P. Reduced to $1499.00. Port taxes $355.00. Ports of Call: Rome, (Italy) Monte Carlo, (Monaco), Florence/Pisa,( Italy), Naples,( Italy), Santorini, (Greece), Athens, (Greece), Mykonos, (Greece), Katakolon,( Greece), Corfu, (Greece), Split,( Croatia), Venice,( Italy) overnight. LIMITED SPACE Available.

July 24, 2012, ESCORTED, 7 night ALASKA cruise, Carnival Spirit, From $670.00

January 12, 2013, SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN, Celebrity Summit, Less than $80.00 a day.

January 26, 2013, 14 night EXOTIC SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN, Celebrity Eclipse, from $1039.00 U.S. P.P. plus taxes $477.90.

January 26, 2013, 7 night EXOTIC WESTERN CARIBBEAN, Carnival Liberty , Less than $86.00 a day.

February 2, 2013, 7 night PARTY CRUISE with Big Al & Jeremy, Carnival Liberty, Less than $95.00 a day.

February 9, 2013, 7 night DELUXE SOUTHERN, Celebrity Summit, $424.00 plus taxes $234.00.

February 15, 2013, 10 night CARIBBEAN, Emerald Princess, Round trip Fort Lauderdale, From $869.00 plus taxes $350.00.

February 16, 2013, 8 night EXOTIC SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN, NEW Carnival Breeze, $750.00 U.S. P.P. plus taxes $250.00.

February 23, 2013, 8 night EXOTIC EASTERN CARIBBEAN, Carnival Freedom, Less than $93.00 a day.

March 9, 2013, SCHOOL BREAK CRUISE, Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Sea, $842.00 U.S. P.P. plus taxes $291.00.

April 20, 2013, 7 night, Norwegian Pride of America, HAWAII CRUISE, $1470.00.

 

Sector Snap: Falling fuel prices help cruise lines
CBS News
Sector Snap: Falling fuel prices help cruise lines. ... The analysts reiterated their "buy" ratings on Carnival Corp. and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Fears about ...
Cabanas on cruise line's private island
MiamiHerald.com
A round-up of news from Carnival, Disney, MSC, and American Cruise Line and more.
Cruise ships are docking in more exotic Caribbean ports of call
Detroit Free Press
Cruise lines are experimenting with all kinds of interesting Caribbean ... Looking for an unusual Caribbean itinerary, I chose a Carnival Valor cruise out of Miami ...


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New Carnival cruise ship, Breeze, to debut this weekend
USA TODAY
By Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Industry giant Carnival today took delivery of its newest cruise ship, the 3690-passenger Carnival Breeze. Under construction for nearly two years at the Fincantieri shipyard near Trieste, Italy, the 130000-ton vessel is ...
Ways to travel for less money this summer
HeraldNet
Expect higher airfares: George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog.com, says airlines can change fares many times during the day, so he recommends setting up fare alerts at one of the online travel sites to notify you by email or Twitter when prices ...
Mobile apps changing the face of airline travel – IT survey
Airport World Online
Mobile apps are changing the way passengers travel and airlines do business, according to the latest Airline IT Trends Survey.
More airlines offer sale prices on fall travel
msnbc.com
Consumers looking to save a few bucks on fall travel have until Thursday night and a choice of fare sales among most of the major U.S. airlines.

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Your ship is coming in and the cruise date is getting closer every day. NOW is the time to start planning your activities in each port of call. We send hundreds of our clients to the Caribbean each year and the most memorable things that they all refer to are the shore excursions. As an extension of our service to you, we have arranged for you to reserve selected excursions in advance at a discount over the higher onboard rates. In addition to the savings in money, you will also save valuable time onboard having to line up to get your tickets and waiting for hundreds of others off of the ship to select.


Click here to view a great selection of Caribbean tours, from relaxing to exhilarating! You’ll receive your prepaid tickets long before the ship ever sails. Imagine, enjoying the cruise from the minute you step onboard while others line up to make reservations and pick up tickets.

 

Cruise Line Entertainment Package Effective, Flexible and Sustainable
Examiner.com
On Carnival Breeze this week, we found a variety of entertainment options woven throughout the cruise experience. It's that “woven throughout the cruise experience” that sets Carnival Breeze apart from other cruise lines and even other ships in the ...
 
Cruises Are Smooth Sailing With Stays at SpringHill Suites Hotel Near the ...
MarketWatch (press release)
Those setting sail with Tampa's four major cruise lines -- Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line -- can spend a few days at the SpringHill Suites Tampa Westshore Airport exploring the area's biggest ...
Bourdain exits Travel Channel for new CNN show
New York Daily News
CNN has laid down another bet on lifestyle programs, announcing Tuesday that chef, author and travel personality Anthony Bourdain will host a weekend show starting early next year. Bourdain will leave “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” which he has ...
First Impressions Of Carnival Breeze & A Look At Stateroom 7405
USA TODAY (blog)
I am on the new Carnival Breeze in Europe for the next seven days. ... but I have to say I am impressed so far with Carnival Cruise Lines' newest “Fun Ship.

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Caribbean cruises with a difference
The Seattle Times
Cruise lines are experimenting with interesting Caribbean itineraries that expose travelers to a broader swath of the region. Some feature islands that are ... The Carnival Dream docked in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Cruise ships roam all ...
Cruise Lines International Association Commemorates World Oceans Day
MarketWatch (press release)
WASHINGTON, Jun 08, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- In honor of World Oceans Day, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) highlighted the industry's longstanding support of measures to protect the world's oceans wherever its ships operate.
 
A Cruise Across Sweden, Social Media Awards Roundup & Our Writers Back Home ...
USA TODAY (blog)
See Gota Canal Cruising: Arriving In Gothenburg Having Crossed Sweden. Our social hostess, Carrie Finley-Bajak, gives us a lesson in Cruise Lines On Pinterest, the newest social site for sharing photos, so be sure to check it out.
River cruise line Uniworld to launch another ship on Mekong
USA TODAY
River line Uniworld says it will add a second vessel to the river in 2013.


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Deluxe Paddlewheeler Readies for Mississippi Debut
Travel Market Report
by Maria Lenhart American Cruise Line's deluxe new paddlewheeler, Queen of the Mississippi, has received its Coast Guard certificates and is en route to New Orleans where it will begin service in early August. Most staterooms on the 150-passenger ...
For summer travelers, flexibility key to getting the best airfares
The Detroit News
Social networks, search Websites, creativity and flexibility can save fliers hundreds of dollars when it comes to air travel this summer. (John Raoux / Associated Press) New York— To snag the best airfares, travelers need to be adventurous and willing ...
Queen Elizabeth 2, Cruise Liner, Becomes Dubai Hotel
Huffington Post
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Dubai has settled on a use for the Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise liner it bought for $100 million five years ago, with plans to turn it into a floating hotel fitted with many of the storied vessel's original furnishings. The ...
With new ship, Carnival unveils a more contemporary look
USA TODAY
The line's new, 3690-passenger Carnival Breeze is a departure from earlier Carnival vessels.

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Travel Q&A: How do airline mergers affect frequent-flier miles?
San Jose Mercury News
QI have frequent-flier miles on both US Airways and American. Can you tell me how you think a possible merger of these two would affect these miles? A In all likelihood, your miles would be safe, airline experts say. It's your benefits you may need to ...
China Southern eyes Aust, NZ travel market
Business Spectator
China Southern Airlines is to boost its growing operations to Europe and gain a larger slice of the fiercely competitive Australia and New Zealand outbound travel market. The Guangzhou-based carrier, which operates out of Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and ...
Disney Cruise Line Sets Sail out of New York City in 2012, Bookings ...
PR.com (press release)
Dayton, OH, June 20, 2012 --(PR.com)-- The Disney Magic, the first ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, will being sailings out of New York City, with stops in ...
Bon Voyage: Dieters can take their cruise fun seriously
Record-Searchlight
... Cruise Line Carnival Cruise Line launched the latest of its three Dream. Photo by Filippo Vinardi, Filippo Vinardi. Contributed photo/Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Cruise Line launched the latest of its three Dream-class ships, the Carnival Breeze ...

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On the Spot: Families in flight — how to get seats together
Los Angeles Times
(Airlines often hold back seats for its best customers and make them available only when it's sure that bestie doesn't want them.) That worked for me recently; I wasn't traveling with a family but I was squashed in the middle seat of a four across on ...
Tom Horton, American Airlines CEO says not focused on merger for now
Economic Times
Four prominent rivals have already merged to form two mega-carriers at United Airlines and Delta Air Lines and are reshaping US air travel in major markets, like New York. American's decision to merge or go it alone will further alter the competitive ...
Travel by Ancestry: A vacation takes on a new dimension when you add a ...
Sacramento Bee
By following the paths of ancestors, your family vacation this summer can become a journey of exploration and a fun way to connect to the past.
Airlines sometimes bring joy, solace by going the extra mile
CNN
Your relationship to airline travel might not be as loving as the soon-to-be-married couple's engagement day. Pre-boarding security is a pain. The planes are ...


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Travel to Florida's Gulf Coast
Washington Times
All have kitchens and many have washer-dryers, making family travel and longer stays easy. On a recent visit, I stayed at an upscale complex in a relatively quiet stretch of beach. With 721 rooms the Shores of Panama is hardly intimate, ...
 
Travel Postcard: 48 hours in London just ahead of the Olympics
Reuters
LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) - When the Olympic Games founded tohonour Zeus began in ancient Greece around 776 BC, London didn'texist. More than two millennia later, the city of nearly 8million people is.
Carnival Cruise Line's New Past-Passenger Program -- Worthy of ...
Cruise Critic
(5:30 p.m. EDT) -- Goodbye rumor and conjecture; it's official -- Carnival Cruise Lines has announced its new VIFP (Very Important Fun Person) Loyalty Program.
Airline amenities: Eight bright spots
CNN
Take heart fliers, these airline offerings can make sitting in coach more bearable on long haul flights


 

Carnival Cruise Lines revamps loyalty program
USA TODAY
The newly named Very Important Fun Person Club will have more tiers and benefits.
How Facebook is Shaping Your 2012 Travel Decisions
Forbes
Social engagement at Innovation Norway Believe it or not, Facebook may help you plan your next trip. Recent studies reveal that what matters most when planning a trip is not where you're going, but rather who you know that has already traveled to that ...
 
Travel plights: What would you do in these tricky airline situations?
MLive.com
A new survey shows how travelers deal with slow-moving security lines, loud passengers, seat swapping and other air travel annoyances.
Travel Tips: Lima, Peru
Fox News
The coastal city of Lima is home world-renown culinary delicacies, great weather, and interesting architecture making it a great, not to mention budget-friendly, ...

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