Oceania Cruises took delivery last Friday of its new 1,250-guest Riviera at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyard near Genoa. The line’s newest entry to the upper-premium cruise segment comes just 15 months following the launch of her highly acclaimed sister ship, Marina.

“The handover of Riviera represents a milestone achievement thanks to the loyalty of our guests, our strong partnership with the travel agent community and the dedication of every member of the Oceania Cruises family,” stated Kunal S. Kamlani, the line’s president.
The newest addition to Oceania Cruises’ expanding fleet of mid-sized ships, the 66,172-ton Riviera is purpose-built to engage and inspire epicureans with 10 dining venues, including Jacques, the namesake restaurant of the world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Pépin. The ship also boasts a Bon Appétit Culinary Center for hands-on learning and La Reserve by Wine Spectator, a professional facility for wine tastings and pairing dinners.

In just 14 days, on May 11 in Barcelona, Riviera will be officially christened, presided over by godmother Cat Cora, a master chef, restaurateur, humanitarian, author, and co-host of Bravo’s new “Around the World in 80 Plates.” Riviera departs on her 10-day maiden voyage from Venice to Athens on May 16, 2012. From May 16 through November 29, 2012, she will offer a total of 20 Mediterranean voyages, calling at ports in France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Turkey as well as Israel, Croatia, Cyprus, Montenegro, Morocco and Monaco, with maiden calls in Cephalonia (Argostoli), Motril (Granada) and La Palma, Canary Islands.

For more information, visit http://www.cruisingwiththechefs.com. To make a reservation, call us too-free at 1-877-313-9009.


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Paradisus Punta Cana

Paradisus Punta Cana

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At Paradisus Punta Cana Resort, coexisting in harmony with nature results in an exquisite balance of natural and man-made wonders. Open-air architecture featuring indigenous materials gracefully rises from artfully designed tropical gardens, native mangrove forests, soaring palms and magnificent views of the stunningly clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. At every turn there is a new species of exotic vegetation, native birds and delicate garden scents. This all-inclusive, all-encompassing, all-suite Caribbean playground offers tennis, championship golf, an array of gorgeous pools, every non-motorized water sport imaginable, a casino, an exquisite full-service spa and health club and a thrilling collection of unique island activities. Located 25 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport.

Paradisus Punta Cana

  • 684 Oversized Guest Suites, including 80 Royal Service Suites, four Ambassador Oceanview Suites and One Garden Villa Beachfront Suite and 132 The Reserve Suites
  • Suites range from 504 to over 1,000 sq. ft., each with a living area, individually controlled air conditioning and ceiling fan, coffee maker, safe deposit box, luxurious bathrooms, private terrace or balcony, 24 hour room service and daily stocked minibar
  • Twelve restaurants offer an incredible choice of contemporary world cuisine and eight bars offer fashionable Caribbean cocktails and international premium brand drinks
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Gabi Club
  • Seven swimming pools, a main lagoon style swimming pool, the Royal Service pool exclusively for adults, The Reserve exclusive pool, two kids’ pools plus a YHI Spa pool
  • Four tennis courts and three paddle courts
  • Casino (poker, black jack, and slot machines) ($)
  • Yhi Spa ($) and state-of-the-art fitness center
  • The Kids Zone, a tropical-theme playground
  • Life Enriching Activities: sushi making, wine tasting and more
  • Scuba diving (for certified divers), horseback riding($ – additional charge), snorkeling, kayak, volleyball and more
  • Flexible meeting space offers 11 meeting rooms with sit down banquet facilities and service for up to 700 attendees

Pay With Points Vacations: Travel for Free!

Put away your wallet and take advantage of pay with points vacations! Never thought you could sail on a mega cruise ship to the tropical islands of the Caribbean or travel through the Mediterranean to see Rome, Barcelona, and beyond – all for free? With Avoya Travel / American Express, now’s your chance to save those dollars and enjoy a free vacation through the Pay with Points American Express Membership Rewards program!


If you’re an American Express (AMEX) United States card member, all you have to do is follow these three easy steps:

  1. Enroll in the Membership Rewards program.
  2. Accumulate points for every dollar you spend when you use your AMEX card.
  3. Contact an Avoya Travel Personal Vacation Planner when you’re ready to use these points toward an unforgettable vacation for less!

Whether it’s for your deposit, partial, or final payment, you can take advantage of pay with points vacations onboard these cruise lines that accept American Express Membership Points!


With Summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity for you to ‘cash in’ those accumulated AMEX Membership Reward Points and use them toward a memorable family vacation without having to spend extra money. Imagine sailing onboard the world’s largest cruise ships and other innovative action-packed ships with Royal Caribbean; enjoying dining, activities, and entertainment whenever and wherever you want withNorwegian Cruise Line; or sliding down water slides on fun ships from Carnival Cruises. And, with accommodations, dining, entertainment, and other mind-blowing offerings all available onboard your cruise ship, you can enjoy a completely hassle-free vacation with even more savings by redeeming your AMEX Membership Rewards Points!

Want to travel through Europe with Celebrity Cruises and sample favorite regional wines from a collection of over 100 vintages? How about savoring the decadent culinary creations of Master Chef Jacques Pepin while sailing onboard Oceania Cruises’ five-star fleet? On a pay with points vacation, you can experience all of these at-sea features – with incredible value! AMEX Membership Reward Points can make a huge difference in the costs of your cruise vacation, and with enough points accumulated you can even indulge in a luxury at-sea experience with Silversea Cruises, or travel through the breathtaking waterways of Europe with Uniworld River Cruises.

If you’re not an American Express card member or are not enrolled in the Membership Rewards program yet, it’s time for you to get started! Whether you want to learn more about this incredible opportunity to travel for free or redeem your AMEX Membership Reward Points for a vacation with one of these AMEX Pay with Points cruise lines, contact an Avoya Travel Personal Vacation Planner today.

For more information, call 800-963-5713 and mention Discount Code 9094# to speak with an Avoya Travel™ / American Express® Travel Specialist today!


Favorite Cruise Entertainment for This Year

Cruise ships are constantly being transformed to offer new onboard experiences complete with incredible shows and concerts, enriching guest speakers and interactive programs, and themed events featured on specialty itineraries. At Avoya Travel / American Express we love how cruise ships come alive from the talent of onboard performers, and believe that from some of our favorite cruise entertainment you can be carried away from the sea and taken to the heart of Broadway’s theaters or the Vegas Strip. Wondering what to do with your downtime in between discovering Italian villages or lounging on Caribbean white-sand beaches? Read on to learn more about our favorite cruise entertainment and enriching programs that may be available to you on your next cruise vacation!


If you are looking for themed cruises that specialize in food, films, art, and other enriching pastimes, Celebrity Cruises has the perfect sailings for you! Themed itineraries such as the Turner Classic Movie Classic Cruisethat features movie-themed events and parties are common to Celebrity Cruises. Year-round you can find specialty cruises highlighting unique art forms such as glass blowing, interests such as wine tasting, and new skills such as cooking with Master Chefs. There is also entertainment that will mezmorize any cruise entertainment skeptic – mind-blowing magic shows, side-splitting comedians, and Broadway-caliber live shows such as Circus and the Song and Dance. Other daily entertainment includes programs from Apple featuring their latest high-tech products in the Celebrity iLounge, and athletic training programs from the LiveStrong foundation such as the Tour de Cycle spin class. On 7-night sailings with Celebrity Cruises you will find schedules for your itinerary featuring different interactive evening parties such as the 60’s themed‘Groove’, and mysterious ‘Masque’ ball. Kids of all ages will enjoy entertainment options as well, such as programs designed for their specific age group like the ‘Fun Factory’ for ages 3-11, and the ‘X-Club’ for teens. Life onboard a Celebrity Cruise is packed with activities that will keep you moving and enrich your vacation while you travel the world!


When you sail on 7-night sailings with Norwegian Cruise Line, you will see how ‘epic’ the cruise line’s onboard entertainment is fleet wide – especially onboard Norwegian Epic! Norwegian Cruise Line went overboard (no pun intended) when they designed the entertainment programming onboard their massive ship, Norwegian Epic. Guests sailing onboard Norwegian Epic will experience Vegas-style entertainment that includes the amazing Blue Man Group, Cirque Dreams & Dinner show, as well as a casino that can match any slot machine or craps table on the Strip! Young cruisers will also love the favorite cruise entertainment options that are part of Norwegian Cruise Line’s ‘Nickelodeon Experience’ program. Kids can meet and have breakfast with favorite Nick characters such as Dora and Diego, participate in a live audience at Nickelodeon’s Slime Time Live that features classic Nickelodeon challenges and a slime machine, and much more. Watch out – this Epic onboard entertainment could get messy! Norwegian Cruise Line also offers popular specialty itineraries filled with musical entertainment, such as February’s sold-out ‘Caymo’ 7-day cruise music festival onboard Norwegian Pearl that will feature artists such as Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, and Keb’Mo, as well as another cruise music festival onboard Norwegian Dawn, ‘Ships and Dip’, that will include the popular band Barenaked Ladies.


Known for their years of innovation, Royal Caribbean adds new ‘favorite cruise entertainment’ onboard its ships so often that cruisers keep coming back for more! Beginning with their groundbreaking ship features such as the first-ever rock-climbing wall at-sea, Royal Caribbean has emerged as a cruise line that constantly offers new and exciting entertainment options such as electrifying live shows. Select ships feature live theater entertainment such as Broadway hits like ‘Chicago’ and ‘Hairspray’, performed by professional cast members who have graced Broadway stages themselves. An exclusive recent partnership with Dreamworks Studios has also brought groundbreaking entertainment to the Royal Caribbean fleet. On Oasis Class and newly renovated ships such as Liberty of the Seas, adults and kids alike can interact with their favorite Dreamworks characters from Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and Madagascar during various events around the ship such as character meals and Dreamworks movie screenings. The premier of the latest Dreamworks animated film, Puss in Boots, took place onboard Allure of the Seas and brought with it big names such as Selma Heyek and Antonio Banderas, but this is not the first time A-List celebrities have graced Allure of the Seas. In January of 2011 Taylor Swift performed in Allure of the Seas’ Aqua Theater as part of the specialty cruise itinerary ‘The Taylor Swift Experience’, where guests sailed to Cozumel, Mexico  and participated in specialty Taylor Swift entertainment such as karaoke, trivia contests, and a Make-A-Wish auction. Want to know about more sailings similar to these that may be happening in 2012? Check out these7-night sailings with Royal Caribbean to experience all the innovation in entertainment for yourself!


For travelers who love music, Carnival Cruises’ ‘Fun Ships’ have just the ticket to satisfy both your ears and desire to discover new destinations! Every year Carnival Cruises offers guests several specialty sailings that feature popular musicians at sea. Big names of past cruise concerts include the Backstreet Boys and Slightly Stoopid, and headliners set to perform in early 2012 include Weezer, Kid Rock, and 311. Many of these artists are coming onboard in promotion of themed cruises such as ‘Rock the Boat’, a Caribbean cruise concert festival, and ‘Elvis Cruise’, a Bahamas cruise concert festival celebrating the King of Rock n’ Roll! If your travel plans do not line up with these specific itineraries it’s no problem – Carnival Cruises features incredible entertainment on all of their cruises, and is only enhancing it more with their Fun Ship 2.0 program. As part of this groundbreaking initiative the Carnival Cruises fleet will gradually be receiving new features sure to be the next favorite cruise entertainment shows at sea – such as the interactive Hasbro Game Show and thePunchliner Comedy Clubs created by famous comedian George Lopez! All of Carnival Cruises’ ships are gradually receiving these Fun Ship 2.0 entertainment options over the next few years, and new cruise concert itineraries are also being added continuously as their popularity grows. Call an Avoya Travel Carnival Cruises Specialist to learn about 7-night sailings on the Fun Ships, and for updates on upcoming cruise concerts and ship entertainment updates!

When it comes to our favorite cruise entertainment programs, there is truly something for every type of traveler. These diverse cruise ship programs will amaze you, and maybe even spark a new passion for you to pursue in your post-vacation life. Call an Avoya Travel Cruise Specialist today, and check out these incredible offers below to save while you book your next cruise vacation!

For more information, call 800-963-5713 and mention Discount Code 9094# to speak with an Avoya Travel™ / American Express® Travel Specialist today!

Getaway Spotlight: 2012 Bahamas Resorts

Thinking of planning a weeklong escape or just need to break away from your day-to-day? Try traveling to some of ourfavorite 2012 Bahamas resorts for a relaxing and quick getaway that’s just an hour flight’s away from the coast of Florida. Brimming with amazing all-inclusive resorts, countless activities and adventures, a relaxing culture and lifestyle, pristine beaches, and much more, it’s no wonder Avoya Travel / American Express guests can’t resist traveling to the islands of the Bahamas!



As the capital and largest city of the Bahamas, there’s no surprise as to why Nassau is a popular area for travelers to visit. With temperatures averaging in mid-70-degree Fahrenheit year round, Nassau is the perfect piece of Bahamas paradise that will allow you to catch a glimpse of everything that makes this destination so wonderful. Take a nearby trip across two 600-foot bridges that cross Nassau Harbor and you’ll find yourself at the famous Paradise Island – located just off its shores and known for the famous Atlantis Resort. Plus, with an array of Nassau and Paradise Island 2012 Bahamas resorts to choose form, you’ll get to enjoy the best of these areas with a variety of resort amenities!

Things to Do

Downtown Nassau is the entertainment hub for travelers when they are not enjoying the daytime activities, complimentary beverages, and dining venues of their all-inclusive resort. Head to one of Nassau’s busiest streets, Bay Street, to discover a charming local street market area filled with locally-made Bahamian goods such as jewelry, handbags, and much more. Walk through this street lined with the stunning colorful colonial-style architecture that the Bahamas is known for, and come across everything from high-end duty-free shopping with top name brands such as Gucci and Coach to delicious venues that serve rum cakes generously infused with the Caribbean-favorite liquor. As an island designed specifically to delight travelers of all ages, you’ll come across a variety of things to do here. From golf courses to an aquarium, waterparks to casinos, there are endless activities at this Bahamas location!



Another area to visit in the Bahamas is Freeport, located on Grand Bahama Island and the second most populous city in the Bahamas. Located just 65 miles off the coast of Palm Beach, Florida, Freeport is a convenient nearby getaway perfect for weekend or weeklong escapes and filled with a variety of Freeport, Bahamas resorts. While Freeport is a major city for travelers, it also boasts stunning natural surroundings preserved in various National Parks that showcase the wholesome beauty that many travelers seek when visiting the Bahamas.

Things to Do

When not spending the day lounging by the pool at one of the many 2012 Bahamas resorts located in Freeport, you’ll also come across nearly every amenity you’re looking for in an island paradise while exploring the city. From amazing beaches to water sports, shopping to nightclubs, and much more, Freeport is filled with something that will fulfill your vacation goals. Stop by Freeport’s famous International Bazaarthat’s bustling with activity and includes shops that feature handmade Bahamian items and much more. Or, travel to Lucaya – a suburb of Freeport and discover new and exciting adventures. For travelers looking to bask in the beauty of the Bahamas, visit Lucayan National Park, where you’ll probably want an entire day to explore this breathtaking attraction. You’ll have the chance to walk through lush foliage along various trails and visit completely mesmerizing preserved beaches, see groves of pine trees, and even kayak through mangroves! Adrenaline-seeking travelers can also take pleasure in UNEXSO (Underwater Explorers Society) where you can take part in a shark feed and even swim with the dolphins!

With so many attractions in addition to serene surrounding, who can resist a vacation to one of the many 2012 Bahamas resorts? Contact an Avoya Travel Vacation Specialist today to begin planning your getaway to island paradise!

For more information, call 800-963-5713 and mention Discount Code 9094# to speak with an Avoya Travel™ / American Express® Travel Specialist today!

On-Air Interview – Jamie Allman Common Sense Caribbean Cruise

Just Released Interview on the 97.1 FM Newstalk Common Sense Cruise …. click the following link … Allman_Rodney George in Studio to hear the interview in its entirety.

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