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New ClubPartner
Perk Cruise Sets Sail

PLAN: GET CRUISING

Whatever your fantasy of the Greek isles,
the upcoming ClubPartner Perk Grand
Adventure can fulfill your vision. The
Celebrity Edge departs
from Rome on June
5, 2020, and sails
to Sicily, Santorini,
Athens, Mykonos,
Rhodes, Crete
and Naples before
returning to Rome
on June 15.
Traipse across
black-sand beaches
while gazing upon Santorini's
famed whitewashed churches before
wandering through the cobblestone
streets of Rhodes' preserved medieval
town. Twenty-nine unique food and
beverage options await aboard, and the
ship's outward-facing concept ensures
you'll feel as seafaring as Odysseus. Less
maritime types can take refuge in the
suites, villas and deluxe interior rooms
that comprise the stateroom offerings.
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Cruise news, tips and facts for smooth sailing

Opa! The ClubPartner Perk Member
Cruise to the Greek isles (see above) is a
direct result of Member feedback.

Your Daily Service
Charge, Explained

ROLLIN' ON THE RIVER

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ne of the hottest cruise trends of 2019 has been
around for so long, people might not see it as a
trend at all: river cruises. With 53 percent growth in the
waters of Eastern Europe year over year, river cruises
are increasingly seen by travelers as an ideal way to
visit European destinations with minimal fuss. But
it's not just experienced cruisers, either: 79 percent of
travel agents surveyed by the Cruise Lines International
Association report river cruises are a great option for
first-time cruisers, thanks to the smaller ships, generous
port time and opportunities for cultural immersion.
Experienced cruisers get something new out of river
cruises, too, as the smaller capacity of river cruise boats can
elicit more meaningful relationships with fellow cruisers.
"We've been on more than a dozen cruises and never kept
in touch with anyone we met, until our Danube cruise,"
says Club Member Deb W. "All of us were interested in the
culture of the area, so there was a built-in topic to discuss."

SURVEY SAYS

Ginger +
Peppermint
Make sure to pack these
two essential oils for your
next cruise if you're prone to
motion sickness. Studies have
shown these aromas can help
ease nausea.

You're keeping drinks in check and even
tipping bartenders ... and then, when you
get your final bill, you see a daily service
charge. What's the story? These fees,
typically $12 to $22 a day, are comparable
to gratuities and usually are for employees
whose labor goes unseen. You might be
generous with your bartenders and your
steward, but the people assisting those
highly visible workers aren't guaranteed a
cut. The service fee is designed to ensure
that they aren't being shortchanged. Most
cruise lines will give you a breakdown of
where the daily service fee goes, and you
can judge from there how you'd like to
handle discretionary gratuities. Go ahead
and keep tipping individuals for exceptional
service if you prefer-and know that this
fee goes toward people who are doing
exceptional work behind the scenes.

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BON VOYAGE!



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