Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Veendam's Signature of Excellence II Complete

As part of its ongoing Signature of Excellence, Holland America Line will continue to upgrade and add enhancements and new features to five of the line's most popular ships. Over the next two years, the ms Statendam, ms Ryndam, ms Maasdam, ms Veendam and ms Rotterdam will undergo extensive dry docks to create new venues, new staterooms, new décor and more. The program began with the Veendam, and the last ship is slated for completion in early 2011. View the ms Veendam Slideshow, reflecting new Signature of Excellence enhancements.

The investment in this new series of enhancements will include new entertainment and enrichment options and all new stateroom décor for all five ships. For the Veendam and Rotterdam there will be additionally a new resort pool concept and innovative lanai staterooms.
Signature of Excellence features and amenities are evident in every aspect of the Holland America Line cruise experience, offering guests more luxurious accommodations, more enticing destinations, enhanced dining experiences, more creative activities and even higher levels of service.

Please explore the video link detailing the planned enhancements.

The Veendam is cruising Alaska this summer and her Signature of Excellence is complete. To book a last minute cruise on the newly refurbished Veendam this summer call Jen @ 800-865-8111 or email @ There are tons of offers for Alaska this summer and using a travel consultant to do the research is the way to go, so call now to find out more.

SeaDream Yacht Club on Travel Channel!!

If you can't make our client event next Thursday featuring SeaDream Yacht Club don't miss Saturdays episode of Cruises we Love June 20th on the Travel Channel!!!
If you like what you see, call Jen Mitchell @ 800-865-8111 or email to make your reservations.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009



Guests/godparents to savor rare experience of anointing the cruise industry’s first new luxury vessel in six years at intimate ceremony in spectacular setting

June 8, 2009 (Miami) – The Yachts of Seabourn is planning an intimate ceremony for the naming of the newest addition to its award-winning fleet: Seabourn Odyssey. The highly anticipated event, set for June 24, 2009, will take place on deck as the sun sets behind the unmistakable skyline of Venice, Italy.

While naming ceremonies typically invite attendees to watch from shore as an honorary “godparent” names the vessel and breaks a bottle on its bow, the anointment of Seabourn Odyssey will be held on board with guests booked on the maiden voyage. Collectively, all of the guests will act as godparents, initiating the anointment with a bottle of Italian prosecco and giving the yacht its name. Each will receive a commemorative certificate from the event, and their names will be affixed to a plaque to be displayed on board.

With Venice as the backdrop, the colorful heritage of the city will be a touchstone throughout the daylong event. Guests arriving at Stazione Marittima terminal will be given a red carpet welcome, complete with musicians playing and festive banners and garland. Once all are on board, Seabourn Odyssey will depart for a stately cruise down the Guidecca Canal to Riva dei Sette Martiri, a docking location near the Piazza San Marco, where it will be moored for the ceremony.

An early dinner served in Odyssey’s superb dining venues will precede the ceremony. With darkness set to fall in Venice after 9:00pm, guests will return to find the deck transformed and the sun gilding the domes and turrets of the city – an enticing view to be enhanced by ceremonial music.

Though many details of the ceremony are being kept hush-hush, Seabourn has revealed that a magnum of sparkling prosecco spumante will be used to anoint Odyssey. The bottle will come from a vineyard in northeastern Italy, near where the vessel’s hull was crafted, and will be broken by means of an ingenious mechanism designed especially for the event.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Jen at Betty Maclean Travel at 1-800-865-8111 or

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Monday, June 8, 2009



SeaDream Yacht Club

56 Couples 95 Crew 5-Star Service All-Inclusive

"It's yachting, not cruising"

SeaDream visits the intimate yachting playgrounds, harbors and ports where large cruise ships cannot go.

Special SeaDream Yacht Club Guest Speaker :

Jessi Fundora - Director for South Florida

Thursday, June 18, 2009
Betty MacleanTravel, Inc.

2245 Venetian Court Drive, Naples

Please RSVP - Space is limited

Jen Mitchell: 239-513-0333