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Crystal Cruises Crystal Cruises announced a new online tool to simplify check-in and pre-cruise operations. Effective this July, the Priority Check-in & Planning Center will let guests complete tasks prior to sailing, such as submitting guest immigration information, making airport/ship transfer requests, and booking spa treatments and shore excursions. Immigration and flight details can be submitted upon initial deposit via the new Priority Check-in portion of the system, which allows guests to request bed configurations, register their credit card for onboard charges, and access partners like Luggage Concierge. Guests can view availability of restaurant and spa reservations, including CrystalOs new Perfect Choice Dining, available in 2011. Once the Priority Check-in and full cruise payment are complete, the Planning Center lets guests make real-time reservations for the shipsO restaurants, the spa and Vintage Room, pre-reserve shore excursions and sign up for Creative Learning Institute courses. As the system will only show available restaurant and spa openings, guests will receive immediate confirmation of their reservations, whereas previously, only requests were submitted, and later confirmed onboard. Another convenient feature allows men to pre-reserve tuxedo rental for formal evenings. Also new, the Planning CenterOs Cruise Calendar organizes daily requests and activities. The calendar will also advise on dress codes, docking times and port locations for each day of the voyage, and will alert guests to any conflicts between their planned flight itineraries and embarkation/disembarkation schedules. Travelers print their completed itineraries and present them at embarkation for priority boarding. For more information, call 888-799-4625 or visit www.crystalcruises.com. Jun 21, 2010
New Zealand Swain Tours is offering a seven-day/six-night New Zealand Wine Trail tour priced from USD3,090 (land only) that includes visits to Napier, Palliser Bay and Blenheim. The itinerary includes roundtrip private airport transfers; seven-day full-size car rental; two nights near Napier at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers; two nights at Palliser Bay at Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate; private Martinborough Winemaker day tour; two nights Blenheim at Marlborough Vintners Hotel; and four breakfasts, one lunch and four dinners. The package must be booked by Aug. 31 for travel through Nov. 30. International airfare is priced from USD1520 per person flying Air New Zealand. For more information, visit www.swaintours.com. Jun 22, 2010
TourCrafters TourCrafters produced a new online brochure called OWinery Tours & Tastings All Over Italy.O The brochure is designed to make it easy to book guided visits and tastings in the most famous wine cellars of Tuscany, Piedmont and Veneto. Three-day/two-night or four-day/three-night packages include hotel accommodations, daily breakfasts, a car rental and a visit to a nearby winery with a wine tasting and appetizers. For example, from Siena, itOs possible to stay three nights at the Arco Naturale Country House, an air-conditioned 16th century former convent with restaurant and swimming pool in the green hills of Cetona, and have a guided visit and wine tasting at Castello Banfi (USD325). The family-owned wine estate just outside Montalcino has sparked a worldwide renaissance in the grand wines of Tuscany, especially Brunello di Montalcino, a highly-rated red with an intense bouquet. The rental car also allows visits to other towns and villages in Tuscany, as well as the beautiful city of Siena. From Vicenza, a USD345 package includes two nightsO accommodation at the four-star Villa Michelangelo, an 18th century noble home with a garden full of lemon trees, a visit to the well-known Casa Vinicola Zonin in Gambellara, and the chance to visit some of the Palladian villas in the region, or even a fast trip to Venice. In the Piedmont, or Piemonte, thereOs a USD262 package from Alba, that includes two nightsO accommodation at the Agriturismo Bianconiglio (White Rabbit Farm) and a visit to the Marchesi di Barolo winery. All prices are per person double occupancy, are subject to availability and do not include air fare. For more information, call 800-482-5995 or visit www.tourcrafters.com. Jun 25, 2010
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