If you’re thinking of cruising, you’re right on time because rates are generally lowered after the New Year. 

Speaking of the New Year – the ships are still decorated from Christmas and most of the cruise lines give FREE champagne up until sail away!

January and February have some of the lowest rates of the year and it’s not to late to book!

Check out my new quick video and then contact me and let’s get you on the cruise of your dreams.

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November 1, 2010 - Posted by princess

Cruising is the MOST fun and the BEST VALUE available for any vacation and you’re not ‘stuck’ in only one location. 

Practically everything is paid for in advance and if you really tried….. you could eat up to 12 meals a day!

I’ve included a cute 30 second video below of some of my postcards from cruising and I’d like to help you make your own memories by booking you on a dream cruise of your own. 

I’ve found that the most popular cruises are romantic couples cruises, small group cruises and holiday cruises. 

Don’t take my word for it, why not try one and decide for yourself?  It’s easy,  just contact me and let me get some pricing for you.  

Watch my postcards and then make you’re own memories!

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October 19, 2010 - Posted by princess
Junior Suite for a 5 Day Cruise to Western Caribbean
Sailing Date:11/27/2010
Carnival Ecstasy for 2 people.
This one won’t last long……. contact me! :o )

Total Price:$1,517.52

Departing from Galveston, TX

October 14, 2010 - Posted by princess

Carnival Inspiration and Paradise repositioning in 2011


Carnival Cruise Lines has announced two exciting year-round homeport deployments for fall 2011, with the 2,052-passenger Inspiration repositioning to Long Beach, Calif., for three- and four-day Baja departures and the 2,052-passenger Carnival Paradise to Tampa, Fla., on four- and five-day Caribbean voyages.  Carnival Inspiration is currently based in Tampa while Carnival Paradise operates from Long Beach.

To reposition to their new homeports, each ship will offer a 14-day Panama Canal voyage that will provide consumers with a highly attractive longer length “Fun Ship” cruise option, as well as the unforgettable experience of transiting the Panama Canal.

The Carnival Paradise Panama Canal cruise will sail from Long Beach to Tampa departing Nov. 28, 2011, while Carnival Inspiration Panama Canal voyage will depart Dec. 3, 2011, and operate from Tampa to Long Beach. 

These voyages will be highlighted by the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of transiting the Panama Canal, one of the great technological achievements of the 20th century, where ships are raised 85 feet in the air via a series of three locks and then gently lowered back again.  The transit also includes the crossing of 163-square-mile Gatun Lake, the world’s largest man-made lake, which is surrounded by a variety of native tropical foliage and interesting sites.

Each voyage will also feature visits to five magnificent ports of call:  Cabo San Lucas and Acapulco, Mexico; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Cartagena, Colombia; and George Town, Grand Cayman.

Early Saver rates for these voyages start at $949 per person based on double occupancy.

Reservations are currently being accepted for the new schedules of the Carnival Inspiration and Carnival Paradise as well as the 14-day Panama Canal cruises. 

For additional information and reservations, contact me Jae Nelson .

September 2, 2010 - Posted by princess

The Carnival Magic is still being built and her homeport will be in Galveston, Texas beginning November 2011 and I can already book this ship for you!

The 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic is slated to debut in Europe with a  series of 7 to 12-day Mediterranean cruises operating May 1 – Oct. 16, 2011.  Following a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing, Carnival Magic will launch 7-night Caribbean cruises from Galveston, Texas, Nov. 14, 2011, becoming the port’s largest year-round cruise ship.

Some of the surprises you’ll find on the virtual video tour link below are a few of the innovative new public spaces aboard the ship including:

  • Carnival’s first-ever pub at sea - the RedFrog Pub
  • an Italian captain-inspired Cucina del Capitano restaurant
  • the renowned Cloud 9 Spa
  • an outdoor sports gym including weights and a ropes course
  • cruising’s first gargantuan water dump bucket
  • 1/2 mile promenade with four cantilevered whirlpools that extend out over the ship’s sides and much more.  

 You’ll also be able to tour the Ocean Plaza, the splash-tastic Carnival WaterWorks aqua park, and all of the fun and exciting youth-related spaces. 

On the Carnival Magic there’s something for everyone!

August 31, 2010 - Posted by princess

 Re-entry into normal life is always hard after a holiday and even more so after the luxury and pampering of a cruise.

Cruise Ship Dining is the Best!

 You’ve been back from your cruise  a day and already missing those sunset sailaways, beautiful beaches, gentle jazz piano or nightly banter with your waiters?

So here are ten ways to tell you haven’t quite made it back to reality!

  • You fumble around for a key card to open your front door
  • You mentally add 15% to drinks prices, even in the supermarket
  • Carrying cash is an annoying and alien concept
  • You start trying to make towel animals at bedtime but they come out all floppy and unrecognizable
  • Craving exotic cocktails or snacks at inappropriate hours of the day seems perfectly normal
  • You promise yourself to create a dazzling salad buffet for lunch but can only find a bit of limp lettuce in the fridge
  • You try on the jeans you didn’t take on holiday and they’re alarmingly tight
  • You suddenly have a big pile of friend requests on Facebook
  • You can’t sleep because the bed’s not swaying gently
  • You casually toss used towels on the bathroom floor (but nobody picks them up)
  • When you’re ready to cruise again- contact me!

    Jae Nelson, ACC
    The Cruise Princess

    from: John Heald’s blog of Carnival Cruise Lines

    August 26, 2010 - Posted by princess

    Add Carnival to the list of cruise lines with pubs on ships.  Carnival Cruise Lines’ next ship, the 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic, will home port in Galveston, Texas as of 2011 and will have a pub — a first at the line. Industry giant Carnival is following in the footsteps of such rivals as Norwegian Cruise Line and Cunard in adding a pub to one of its vessels.

    The line today announced its next ship, the 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic, will feature an outlet called the RedFrog Pub that will serve a number of regional Caribbean beers as well as a private label option called ThirstyFrog Red.

    Carnival says the 100-seat venue will have indoor and outdoor seating and a Caribbean vibe. Located on the ship’s main Promenade deck, it’ll serve Bahamian conch salad, grouper fingers, firecracker Jamaican chicken wings and other Caribbean-flavored items as well as beers. It’ll also offer tastings of top-rated rums of the Caribbean and have foosball tables, shuffleboard tables and a jukebox.

    Carnival’s announcement comes just two months after Norwegian Cruise Line won raves for the new pub on its latest ship, the 4,100-passenger Norwegian Epic. Dubbed O’Sheehan’s, the Epic’s pub serves up such items as fish-and-chips and pot pie as well as beers from the UK. Pubs also have been a big draw on the recent ships of Cunard Line.

    In addition to a pub, Carnival today also announced plans for an Italian restaurant on the Carnival Magic called Cucina del Capitano (“The Captain’s Kitchen”). An homage to Carnival’s Italian lineage – all of the line’s captains are Italian and many Carnival ships, including Carnival Magic, are built in Italy – the eatery will serve home-made pastas, risotto and other Italian specialties.

    A Carnival spokesperson tells USA TODAY there will be a per-item charge for food in the new pub, and the Italian restaurant also will come with an extra charge for dinner.

    By Gene Sloan, USA TODAY

    August 25, 2010 - Posted by princess

    To take advantage of the “funtastic” rates listed below, bookings must be made between August 25th, 2010 and August 27th, 2010. To book, contact me The Cruise Princess.

    Ship Dur Port Sail Date Itinerary Interior Ocean View Balcony
    Carnival Triumph 4 MSY 11/04/10 Western Caribbean $259 $329 $379
    Carnival Glory 5 CHS 11/01/10 Freeport & Nassau $349 $429 $539
    Carnival Conquest 7 GAL 11/21/10 Western Caribbean $519 $659 $789
    Carnival Freedom 8 FLL 12/04/10 Eastern Caribbean $519 $619 $799
    Carnival Miracle 8 FLL 11/19/10 Exotic S. Caribbean $609 $759 $829

    * Given the close-in booking window for these hot deals, these rates are non-refundable.
    * Cruise rates are in US dollars, per person, based on double occupancy,
    * Government taxes and fees varies from $21.46 to $102.16 additional for each guest based on itinerary.
    * Full payment is required at the time of booking for all guests to secure confirmed accommodations.
    * Offer is valid for new individual bookings only made between 8/25/10-8/27/10.
    * Offer is applicable in guarantee categories IS/OV/BL only. Carnival will assign the stateroom at a later time.

    August 24, 2010 - Posted by princess

    According to the Cruise Lines International Association, here are some great safety, health and environmental facts for you cruise lovers or wanna be’s:

    Facts at a Glance  

    • The cruise line industry generated $40 billion to the U.S. economy in 2008.
    • In 2008, the industry created more than 357,000 jobs in the U.S.
    • Each cruise ship has more than 60 safety, environmental and health inspections each year.
    • The U.S. Coast Guard inspects all cruise ships in the U.S. to certify compliance with federal and international regulations.
    • In 2008, CLIA ships received an average Center for Disease Control sanitation score of just above 97, surpassing the minimum inspection score of 85.
    • Cruise line waste management and recycling programs are more stringent than those in most cities and ports.
    • Nine out of 10 outbreaks of norovirus take place at land-based locations, such as schools, daycare centers, hospitals and nursing homes.
    August 2, 2010 - Posted by princess

    I recently sailed on the newly renovated Carnival Ecstasy that sails out of Galveston, Texas.  She sails on 4 or 5 night cruises to the Western Caribbean.  If you live in Texas that’s great because it saves you lots of time and money not having to fly.

    We love the shopping on board and the nightly entertainment is always great with comedians, magicians, singing and or dancing.  Somehow we usually end up in the Karaoke lounge listening but not singing! 

    After a fantastic dinner one evening, my husband and I took his camera for some video of the cool, romantic evening on-board.   

    Early Saver is a new booking item giving you the absolute lowest rate available.  It has a non refundable deposit but you can change ship and sail dates with a $50 fee.  With Early Saver, for a 5 night sailing you need to book at least 3 months out and for a 7 night cruise you would need to book at least 5 months out.  However, as your travel agent and representative I keep an eye on those prices and if I find the rate going lower than the one you booked that you are eligible for, I send in the form to get your final payment lowered.  That’s fantastic and it happens frequently.

    Check out the video and contact me - let’s get you booked on a fantastic, dream voyage of your own!

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    July 28, 2010 - Posted by princess

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