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Plan A Cruise Month
 
October is Plan a Cruise Month in the United States
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Discover a Variety of Cruise Vacations, Get Advice and the Best Deals from Travel Agents
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Enter for an Opportunity to Win a Cruise

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, has announced October is Plan a Cruise Month. The multi-faceted campaign will unite the cruise industry to help travelers discover there is a cruise vacation for every travel style and budget as well as offer tools, offers and advice to plan and book a cruise.

“Plan a Cruise Month is an opportunity for travelers to plan and book an incredible cruise vacation and showcases the unlimited choices our industry offers for every type of traveler,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “With more cruise vacation options than ever before, CLIA and the cruise community are excited to engage with new and seasoned cruisers to help them explore all that cruise travel offers.”

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Plan a Cruise Month, celebrated during October, is designed as a point of cruise discovery and a way to inspire travelers to plan and book cruise vacations. Through Plan a Cruise Month, CLIA is providing cruise information, insider travel tips and ways to connect with expert cruise travel agents, as well as a chance to win a cruise of choice through the #CruiseSmile sweepstakes.  

Plan a Cruise Month Cruise Deals and Promotions
Travel agents continue to be the most popular and best way to book a cruise and CLIA Travel Agencies and Agents will have access to exclusive cruise deals and promotions to offer clients. During Plan a Cruise Month, several cruise lines have announced amazing offers to entice vacation planners to book a cruise. To take advantage of the Plan a Cruise Month cruise line deals and promotions as well as the expertise from travel agents, consumers can find a CLIA Certified Cruise Specialist at cruising.org/cruise-vacationer/plan-a-cruise/clia-agent-finder.

#CruiseSmile – A Weekly Chance to Win a Cruise Vacation of Choice
During Plan a Cruise Month, the cruise industry is once again launching #CruiseSmile, a simple and exciting digital and social promotion offering the chance to win a cruise vacation each week during the month of October. A wide variety of cruises will be showcased at www.CruiseSmile.org under the themes family-friendly, cultural exploration, fun in the sun and exploring nature. With 31 unique cruise vacations, participants have the chance to win a cruise experience to appeal to individual travel styles and preferences.

For a chance to win, participants must post a photo featuring a great “Cruise Smile” on Twitter, Instagram or the campaign landing page www.CruiseSmile.org, using #CruiseSmile and #sweepstakes from October 1 through 31, 2016. Participants are encouraged to come back each day to enter and discover new, amazing cruise vacations corresponding with the weekly themes. At the end of each theme period, a sweepstakes winner will be chosen and winners may select one of the featured cruises to best fit vacation travel preferences. A total of four cruises will be awarded over the 31-day sweepstakes period.  For more information, visit www.CruiseSmile.org.

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 23 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Cruise Lines International Association Shares Top Reasons
to Take a Cruise Over a Land-Based Vacation

(WASHINGTON, DC) October is Plan a Cruise Month and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is celebrating all cruise travel has to offer by highlighting the benefits of cruising over land travel.  From ease of travel to the best return on experience, cruise travel has a leg up on land-based travel any time of year. According to Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) 2016 State of the Cruise Industry report, cruise travel is outpacing land-based general leisure travel by 22 percent in the United States.

“Cruise travelers know that cruising offers a chance to completely customize your vacation and create the trip of your dreams,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “The benefits of cruise travel over land-based travel are exponential and the cruise industry is excited to share them with travelers in honor of Plan a Cruise Month.”

Five benefits of cruise-based travel versus land-based travel:

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  • Convenient Cruising: The cruise industry is constantly expanding availability of ports, both domestically and internationally, meaning travelers have never had so much access to a cruise ship with many of them are within driving distance of major cities. Cruising internationally also offers travelers a less intimidating chance to sample different destinations while negating anxieties about dealing with foreign airports, hotels and transportation. Cruising gives travelers the chance to see, do and experience great things from all over the world, packing as little or as much into their trip as they’d like, but their suitcase only needs to be unpacked once.
  • A Cruise for Every Traveler: A cruise vacation affords travelers a chance to create a trip that is completely customized to their tastes and preferences. Whether a traveler hopes to indulge in a luxe massage every morning or check out a spin class, a cruise can be tailored to every kind of traveler. From yoga classes for kids to craft beer tastings for adults, travelers of all ages don’t need to worry about being bored onboard.
  • Diverse Destinations: Both ocean and river cruising allow travelers to see exotic and unique destinations. Ocean cruisers can look forward to distant voyages around the globe and river cruises offer a chance to sail more intimate spaces.  Whether traveling by ocean or river, cruises offer the chance to visit far ends of the Earth all in one single trip.
  • Experts at the Ready: A certified cruise travel agent help travelers partake in a nearly hands-free vacation planning experience while also lending an ear for questions once onboard. Agents can help travelers maximize their dollars, tailor activities to each guest’s preference, and help scout out the best excursions, among other things.
  • Best Return of Experience: Cruising offers travelers a window to the world within their vacation budget. Instead of having to worry about travel, hotel, transportation, meals and entertainment costs, many cruisers pay one flat fee and travelers are able to enjoy paradise.

For more information about cruise travel or how you could enter to win a cruise of choice from October 1-31, 2016, please visit www.cruisesmile.org.

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 23 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Cruise Lines International Association Unveils Some of the Most Amazing Cruise Destinations Around the World

(WASHINGTON, DC)It’s Plan a Cruise Month and the cruise industry is celebrating by unveiling some of the most amazing and unbelievable cruise destinations around the globe. A trip to the tropics may be the first destination that comes to mind for many. At the same time, cruise lines are continuously expanding itineraries to reach more exotic corners of the world and hidden gems for travelers. According to Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) 2016 State of the Cruise Industry report, there are nearly 1,000 cruise ports and destinations around the world and that number continues to grow each year.

“From sunny beaches in Australia to bustling villages in Asia, cruise travel offers more diverse and unique destinations than ever before,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “Traveling by cruise to beautiful and unique corners of the world has never been easier to reach and experience these amazing locales is unmatched.”

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Unbelievable Cruise Destinations – River Cruises
River cruises are a wonderful way for cruise passengers to discover authentic cruise travel destinations along the world’s most famous rivers.

  1. The Never-Ending Nile:  History-loving travelers looking to sail 5,000 years of history along the world’s long river, the Nile can see the sights on Avalon Waterways’ Highlights of Egypt cruise from Cairo to Cairo. Guests on this river cruise can sail through and explore 5,000 years of history, This cruise sails down the infamous Nile while offering cruisers the chance to visit the Luxor Temple, the Temple of Isis and the Great Pyramids of Giza.

  2. The Beauty of Bucharest:  Cruisers can tour Romania’s capital city and soak in the history of the largest Parliament building in the world, the Palace of the Parliament aboard Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s Ultimate European Journey cruise. The cruise offers travelers the chance to sail from the North Sea to the Black Sea visiting bustling capital cities and quaint villages along the way.

  3. The Joy of Christmas: Travelers looking to revel in the holiday spirit can visit Germany’s most famous Christmas market in Nuremberg. CroisiEurope’s Christmas Markets Cruise offers passengers the chance to celebrate the holidays along the Rhine River while visiting an array of Christmas markets in the European capital of Strasbourg, the “Christmas City” of Nuremberg, and Rudesheim which features the Christmas market of nations.

  4. Let Them Eat Cake: Travelers sail along the famous Seine River and take in the storied history of Versailles, Montmarte, and more on Tauck’s Rendezvous on the Seine cruise. Guests can indulge in all the luxury and beauty France has to offer while voyaging along one of the world’s most famous rivers.

  5. A Historic American Trip: American history buffs or travelers just looking to see historic sites can sail aboard American Cruise Lines’ Lewis and Clark Cruises. This paddlewheeler cruise follows Lewis and Clark’s trail along the Columbia and Snake Rivers in Washington and Oregon with excursions that include volcanic craters and Portland’s waterfront.

  6. The Culture of Cambodia: Travelers searching for an unforgettable, exotic getaway need not look any further than AmaWaterways’ Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong cruise. After exploring the sights, cruisers can dive into the rich Cambodian culture with regionally-inspired cuisine and spa treatments.

Unbelievable Cruise Destinations – Ocean Cruises
Ocean cruising opens up the vast distance of the world to travelers and gives them access to the globe. 

  1. A Japanese Journey: Cruisers can experience the aesthetic beauty and wonder of Japan’s most famous landmarks along Princess Cruises’ Highlights of Japan cruise. Passengers aboard the cruise have the opportunity to marvel at the 410 year old Nijo Castle in Kyoto, board the famous bullet train to Tokyo, and take a scenic drive along Mount Fiji.

  2. Sailing The South Pole:  World travelers hoping to hit every continent can journey to the Great White Desert aboard a cruise ship for an experience unlike any other.  Ponant’s luxury yacht cruises offer passengers stunning views of Antarctica’s natural icy beauty as well as excursions to see penguin colonies and outings in Zodiac dinghies.

  3. Exotic Africa: Travelers can bask in the urban beauty that Cape Town has to offer, from surfing along beautiful beaches to the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Oceania Cruises’ Marvels of Time cruise takes guests on the water from Dubai to Cape Town with scenic stops in Mumbai and the Maldives.

  4. Perusing the Panama Canal: For a unique and historic view of the world, cruisers can sail along some of the world’s most famous waterways. Seabourn’s Panama Canal Odyssey cruise journeys along the Crossroads of the Americas with stops in Cabo San Lucas and Portobelo, Panama.

  5. Beautiful Bora Bora: Looking to book a once-in-a-lifetime sun-filled journey? Paul Gauguin Cruises takes cruisers to the oceanic beauty and white sand beaches of Bora Bora to Paul Gauguin’s exclusive inlet Motu Mahana for the ultimate in luxurious rest and relaxation. 

  6. Every Corner of the Globe: Cruisers can circle the globe and see all corners of the globe aboard a ship. Crystal Cruises’ Grand Continental Odysseys cruise takes passengers around the world, literally. From Los Angeles to Monte Carlo, cruisers can take in the wonders of the world with a multitude of stops around the globe and excursions that include exploring tropical rainforests in Hawaii, shopping for native handcrafts in Samoa, exploring the beauty of St. Helena, and indulge in the artistic and architectural wonders of Barcelona.

For more information about cruise travel or how you could enter to win a cruise of choice from October 1- October 31, 2016, please visit www.cruisesmile.org.

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 23 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Cruise Lines International Association and Cruise Critic® Answer the Top Five Cruising FAQs

(WASHINGTON, DC)As part of Plan a Cruise Month, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, has partnered with Cruise Critic, the world’s leading cruise review site and online cruise community, to answer five of the most frequently asked questions about cruising.  

“For travelers considering a cruise for the first time, the unknown can sometimes be a bit overwhelming,” said Colleen McDaniel, senior executive editor, CruiseCritic.com.  “The beauty of cruising is that there truly is a cruise for every traveler. Whether you’re looking for an intimate experience focused on destinations, or a bustling ship with all the bells and whistles, there’s a cruise to meet every travel style and interest. The most important thing is to make note of what’s essential to you, and read reviews and ask a cruise specialist to find the perfect match.”

Top Five Cruise FAQs…Answered!

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Question 1: How can I keep busy on days at sea?
With cruise lines unveiling entertainment and amenities that rival – and often times exceed – those found on land, travelers have an almost endless amount of activities to keep them entertained while at sea. Whether it’s a surf or skydive simulator, zip lines or cooking demonstrations, cruise lines have plenty onboard for just about any interest.

Question 2: Is it possible to really experience new cultures on a cruise?
The interest in experiential travel has continued to grow over the years, and cruise lines have jumped onboard to offer guests authentic opportunities to truly experience the destinations they visit. Cruisers can join chefs at local markets, book home visits with locals or volunteer to make a difference while in port. To cater to those looking for even more immersive experiences, some cruise lines offer overnights in port for more time to explore.

Question 3: Is cruising fun for all age groups?
With a wide and flexible range of dining, entertainment, excursion and even Internet options, cruising is the perfect travel option to satisfy all age groups. Working with a travel agent ensures travelers of all ages will find the best cruise for every personality. From bumper cars and water parks, to Broadway-style shows and farm-to-table dinners, the options are endless for cruisers of various ages and interests  for a variety of age groups.

Question 4: Can cruising be healthy vacation?
The variety of cruise dining options is vast – from sushi and seafood, to Italian and French, cruise line cuisine leaves little to be craved. In addition to the multitude of dining choices, cruise lines cater to cruisers with various dietary restrictions and preferences including vegetarian, gluten-free, low-carb and more. Onboard gyms, running tracks and fitness classes can help travelers stay on target with their workout regimens, even while at sea. Additionally, cruises offer abundant opportunities to meditate surrounded by ocean air and fun ways to stay active like rock climbing. 

Question 5: Will I get seasick?
Today, ships are built with stabilizers that help keep vessels on as smooth a journey as possible, therefore motion on the ship is minimal. For those extra sensitive to motion, there are other ways to combat seasickness – booking an outside cabin in the middle of the ship can help, as can over-the-counter drug remedies, or non-drug remedies like ginger candy or acupressure bracelets. River cruises can also be a fantastic option for those worried about seasickness. 

For more information about cruise travel or how you could enter to win a cruise of choice from October 1- October 31, 2016, please visit www.cruisesmile.org. Cruisers can find a CLIA cruise specialist travel agent at http://cruising.org/cruise-vacationer/cruise-travel-guide/clia-agent-finder.

About Cruise Critic
Cruise Critic® is an online cruise guide, offering a comprehensive resource for cruise travelers, from first-time cruisers to avid cruise enthusiasts. The site features more than 150,000 cruise reviews and hosts the world's largest online cruise community where travelers share experiences and opinions with fellow cruisers. Cruise Critic was the first consumer cruise site on the Internet, launched in October 1995 by The Independent Traveler, Inc., a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, Inc.

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 23 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Cruise Lines International Association Uncovers the Best Unexpected Cruise Experiences

(WASHINGTON, DC)Cruise travel takes people to some of the most exciting destinations in the world and as part of Plan a Cruise Month, the cruise industry has revealed the top five most unexpected things travelers can do while on a cruise vacation. Cruise Lines International Association reported that 24 million passengers have or will set sail this year, and each will have a chance to participate in a wealth of unique and unexpected experiences while cruising.

“From reaching new heights in a skydiving simulator to rock climbing while on the open sea, cruise travel offers more diverse and unique things to do than ever before,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA.  “Traveling by cruise ship to beautiful and unique corners of the world has never been easier and the list of ways to stay entertained on a cruise vacation continues to grow.”

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The Top Ten Unexpected Cruise Activities

  1. Did you know you could journey to the South Pole on a cruise? - Cruisers looking to head for colder temperatures can set their sights on the South Pole. For instance, Seabourn takes cruisers to the Great White Continent and offers the chance for travelers to embark on an adventure and enjoy technical climbs and ski tours.

  2. Did you know you could walk on water on a cruise? - Adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers can find plenty of options to get their heart racing on board a cruise ship, but what about walking on water? MSC Cruises’ MSC Seaside ship is set to feature three outdoor catwalks. These catwalks are complete with glass railings and a glass floor, extending beyond the edge of the ship to give guests the feeling of walking on water.

  3. Did you know you could take a legendary dive with the son of Jacques Cousteau? - Ocean enthusiasts and scuba lovers alike can revel in the beauty of the ocean with famed experts by their side. For example, onboard Paul Gauguin Cruises, cruise travelers have an opportunity to hear lectures from legendary oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of famous diver Jacques Cousteau. On select dives, travelers will even have a chance to scuba dive along Cousteau.

  4. Did you know you could visit a planetarium at sea? – Cruises offer more than just majestic views of Earth, but also spectacular views of the sky.  For instance, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 has the only Planetarium at sea complete with astronomy lectures and virtual reality movies.

  5. Did you know you can celebrate your passions on a cruise? –Cruisers who want to indulge their passions can find itineraries with once-in-a-lifetime niche experiences that can completely engulf travelers in what suits their fancy, be it music or fitness or food. Tauck, for example, offers music-loving cruisers the chance to follow in the footsteps of historic icons like Beethoven and Mozart. Guests visit their homes, concert halls, and performance spaces while accompanied by maestros that will play the musicians’ greatest hits.

  6. Did you know cruise experiences and itineraries could be personalized? - The days of seeing culture from afar are long gone. Travelers have never had more options to immerse themselves in a destination’s local culture through meals, music, or land excursions and now that immersion can be more personal than ever before. Azamara Club Cruises offers guests the chance to customize land tours in any destination with their Private Journeys program. Through the program, Destination Insiders travel experts create a completely customized itinerary that is unique to each cruiser.

  7. Did you know you can attend concerts at sea? – Music-themed cruises offer travelers an opportunity to attend concerts and music festivals while on onboard. Royal Caribbean International hosts music-themed cruises for a variety of audio preferences from country to rock to reggae. Travelers can cruise with headlining musicians or listen to a variety of acts in a musical genre.

  8. Did you know you could enjoy spa pampering without leaving your cabin? – Many cruises offer world-class spa experiences and professional pampering onboard, some without ever having to leave their room. Regent Seven Seas Cruisesoffers a plethora of decadent in-suite spa services in partnership with Canyon Ranch SpaClub.

  9. Did you know you could ride a bike in the sky on a cruise? - Cruisers can now enjoy the sky while out on the water and reach brand new heights, literally. Carnival Cruise Line now offers SkyRide, an aerial attraction that gives adventure-seeking cruisers a chance to pedal recumbent-style cycles at speeds of up to 18 miles an hour across an elevated 800-foot-long track, while enjoying panoramic views to the sea 150 feet below.

  10. Did you know you could challenge your mind and body on a cruise? - Cruises offer a wealth of activities for all age groups and now travelers can unleash their inner 007 with things like onboard obstacle courses and laser mazes. On the Costa Diadema from Costa Cruises, guests can practice their spy skills in the Star Laser area, a high-tech activity space. Travelers try to complete a laser maze without touching any beams like a super spy.

For more information about cruise travel or how you could enter to win a cruise of choice from October 1-31, 2016, please visit www.cruisesmile.org.

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 23 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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