European Vision discounts Caribbean sailings

NEW YORK -- First European Cruises' new 1,500 passenger European Vision has two itineraries roundtrip from Dominican Republic that offer a 15% discount on all bookings made 120 days prior to departure.

The European Vision will operate roundtrip from Santo Domingo every Sunday from Dec. 23 to April 7.

The Caribbean Escapade itinerary sails from Santo Domingo to Aruba, Curacao, Isla Margarita, Mayreau, Guadeloupe and St. Maarten.

Departure dates are Dec. 30; Jan. 13 and 27; Feb. 10 and 24; March 10 and 24, and April 7.

The Caribbean Getaway will call at Tortola, Antiqua, Barbados, Grenada, Guadeloupe and St. Barts. Departure dates are Dec. 23; Jan. 6 and 20; Feb. 3 and 17, and March 3, 17 and 31.

According to Makis Xenatos, chief executive officer for First European Cruises, the sailings will carry a larger-than-usual percentage of U.S. passengers, about 25% of each sailing."

Cruise-only rates for European Vision's winter sailings range from $699 to $1,459 per person, double, plus $125 per person for port charges.

In addition, the cruises can be extended with inclusive pre- or post-cruise packages at a selection of resorts located within a half-hour of Santa Domingo. Prices vary according to resort selected and length of stay, and include meals, entertainment, water sports and activities as well as accommodations and transfers.

The European Vision features four restaurants, 132 suites with balconies, a health spa, gym and beauty salon, rock climbing wall, volleyball/basketball court, two outdoor pools, a full-service business center and conference facility, plus an Internet cafe with 20 stations.

For details, call (888) 983-8767 or (212) 779-7168 or visit www.first-european.com.

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