Cruise News from Social Media for 10.6.12

Cruise Biz Buzz – Cruise News from Social Media for 10.6.12

Cruise News from Social Media for October 6, 2012. Roundup of cruise news via social media sites: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Keep reading to discover what’s buzzing on the ships.

Cruise customers can score big on discounts and incentives

Did you know October is National Cruise Vacation Month and that Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world´s largest cruise association, has dedicated one entire week to help cruisers find great deals?

From http://www.cruising.org/vacation/welcome

 

Go hug your favorite travel agent and ask them to “show you the money.”

Cruisers can expect to find savings as well as onboard credits for shipboard spending, stateroom upgrades, or other booking incentives such as complimentary shore excursions, free airfare, free hotel packages, and deposit waivers.

Meanwhile …

Besides mentions of sales and discounts, some of the cruise lines manged to post some interesting and fun posts reminding us why we need to go on our next great adventure. Read on.

 

   Interesting on Pinterest

Viking River Cruise captured my attention and got a “repin” from me for their “Take the ‘Lug’ Out of Luggage” pinboard that displays “fun functional luggage to use on your next Viking River Cruise!”

Viking River Cruise makes a fun pinboard showcasing luggage.

Also happening on Pinterest ….

In case you missed the news….. Pinterest Contest via Carnival Cruise Lines.

Now is the time to get those Carnival Cruise Lines pictures ready and put onto pinboards. If you don’t have your own, Carnival has a lot of great pics on their sites. Click here to read my full report and to find links to images that will allow you to “pin it to win it” with Carnival Cruise Lines.

Screenshot of Carnival Cruise Lines Pinterest contest pin.

 

 

    Top Facebook Post

Looking for a list of cruise lines on Facebook? >>> find Facebook links for cruise lines

From the ships….

Holland America Line gets top honors because I love when the ships show fans and followers the human-side behind cruise brands. In the post below are Richard Meadows, left, executive vice president, Marketing, Sales & Guest Programs, and Stein Kruse, right, president & CEO, with restaurateur Sirio Maccioni, center, at Le Cirque New York.

To read about onboard dining options, including  “An Evening at Le Cirque in the Pinnacle Grill” you can read my article here.

 

Holland America Line Facebook post

    Happening on Instagram

 

#Snapandpack with Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line announces a new contest to celebrate the return of seven ships to the Caribbean.

The contest takes place on photo-sharing site Instagram. Users must follow Norwegian Cruise Line (@nowegiancruiseline) on Instagram to qualify. In addition contestants must upload a photo that best represents a “Caribbean vacation experience.” All entries need to include the @snapandpack hashag.

 

    Top Video

Warning: the lighting on this video is terrible but you will overcome that little annoyance to see a vintage porthole on the Queen Mary. I had a chance to spend the night on the retired ship and found the vintage finishes quite charming. To accompany my narration is Brian, my sea-loving 8-year old. Read about my visit to Long Beach here.

 

Buzz it up

Have you seen some cruise buzz I should know about? Remember, I am counting on you to help me find it. If you see something on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube or who-knows-what new social network, leave me a comment with a link so I can add it to the Cruise Biz Buzz roundup.

Newbie alert

If all these mentions of social media sites and terms have your head spinning, make sure to check out the glossary of social media terms I have compiled to help you learn.

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