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Old August 6th, 2012, 02:42 PM
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Default Last Minute Celebrity Cruise Deals

Last Minute Celebrity Cruise Deals
by Paul Motter

Every Tuesday Celebrity updates its slate of best cruise deals for that week - let's go bargain hunting!

Michael Bayley

If you follow the cruise business you already know that Dan Hanrahan, the former CEO and president of Celebrity Cruises, left the company for a new position at a company not related to the cruise industry at all. He is now the president of Regis Corp. which owns a number of budget hair salons nationwide. This move is in keeping with Dan's career -- he came to (parent company) Royal Caribbean from non-cruise-related businesses like Polaroid, Reebok and Nestles Foods.

The new president of Celebrity is Michael Bayley, who was promoted from within the ranks of Royal Caribbean where he has served for 30 years already overseeing "operations" at the company as well as spearheading "international expansion." Obviously, Bayley's experience varies from Hanrahan's in the sense than Dan had the ability to look at cruising from an outsider's perspective while Michael sees cruising from the inside looking out.

New Celebrity Cruise Bargains

I just received notice on a slate of very nice Celebrity cruise deals. The deals page shows cruises to Alaska, Bermuda, West Coast Wine Country (San Francisco to Vancouver) and the Panama Canal. But at the top of the page are the best words of all "Make sure you check back on Tuesday, remember these offers disappear fast." Tuesday is the day they announce the new cruise deals.

Roundtrip cruises to Alaska from Seattle and Vancouver have been very popular this year, and I know a number of people who have taken Celebrity Alaska cruises already this year. But the best deals are to be found on cruises that sail to Alaska and end there so that you must fly home from the Great North. But with the cruise fares being lower, the airfare is more feasible, and you see a lot more of Alaska when you don't have to turn around and head home on day five.

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