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Carnival Cruise Line Enhances EasyPay Service to Offer New Monthly Payment Feature

 

Carnival Cruise Line has enhanced its pay-over-time program to allow payments in convenient monthly installments leading to the departure date.  Announced in June, EasyPay is a hassle-free vacation payment option allowing guests’ cruise payments to be automatically deducted from the credit card on file and applied to their current balance interest-free.

With the new monthly payment feature, guests can extend their payment on a monthly basis based on the number of months prior to sailing (for instance, if the departure date is six months away, guests will make six equal payments after the initial deposit is made).  Previously, guests could only divide their payments into three monthly installments.

After making their initial deposit, guests’ balance is charged in equal payments that are taken out automatically on the same designated day each month.  The program is available via carnival.com or the line’s call centers.  Travel agents can also sign up for Carnival EasyPay to process payments on behalf of their clients.

Guests must make a required deposit on their cruise fare to be eligible for Carnival EasyPay with the first installment charged to guests’ credit card 30 days from the date of the deposit and additional monthly installments thereafter.   While Carnival EasyPay is available at no cost, guests are responsible for any interest charges by their credit card provider.

Guests are prompted to select Carnival EasyPay in the “How Would You Like to Pay” section of carnival.com when ready to make payment on their booking.  Guests can also sign up for or cancel Carnival EasyPay after the initial deposit is made by visiting the “Manage My Booking” tab on carnival.com.

Additional information on Carnival EasyPay is available at https://www.carnival.com/carnival-easy-pay.

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Stunning St. Croix Enhances Several of Holland America Line’s Caribbean Cruises

Balmy breezes, turquoise waters and lush green mountains await you at one of Holland America Line’s lesser-visited Caribbean ports — the stunning island of St. Croix. Measuring 86 square miles, St. Croix is the largest of the three isles that make up the U.S. Virgin Islands. Much of the island has been set aside as parkland, which means fewer tourist hubs and more space dedicated its natural wonders like pristine beaches and prime locations for snorkeling and diving.

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St. Croix also is also home to many fascinating historical sites. At various times throughout its history it was controlled by Spain, Britain, France, the Netherlands and Denmark; the latter’s influence is the most visible in the architecture of St. Croix’s charming capital city of Christiansted, located on the northern coast. On the western point of the island lies Frederiksted — a busy port surrounded by significant colonial attractions including a restored sugar estate and an 18th-century fort. This port also features a family-run rum distillery and offers fantastic restaurants and shops.

Continue reading below for some of the highlights you can find on this magnificent island!

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CHRISTIANSTED

Sure, it’s the largest town on St. Croix, but it’s the charming Danish-influenced architecture that makes it most noteworthy. The city center is a protected national park lined with candy-colored buildings and historic churches, while the streets are made of cobblestones and punctuated by stone archways. At the waterfront, which was a focal point of the island’s sugar trade, a wharf is populated with restaurants, bars, water sports shops and an 18th-century fort.

FREDERIKSTED HISTORIC DISTRICT

This city is laid out in a grid system: seven streets by seven streets. Although established in 1751, Frederiksted was rebuilt in 1878 in a Victorian gingerbread style following a great fire due to a labor revolt. St. Patrick’s church, which was constructed in the 1840s, is an impressive sight. Other buildings of note include the Customs House and the eponymous fort. Steps from the pier, Frederiksted Beach has chair, umbrella and paddleboard rentals.

BUCK ISLAND REEF NATIONAL MONUMENT

Pristine, untouched and unforgettable — there’s no other way to describe this natural park just off the northeast coast of St. Croix. Walking trails crisscross the expanse through frangipani and tamarind trees and cacti to beautiful beaches. Turtle Bay, on the western side, wows with its magnificent snorkeling; the protected waters and massive coral reef are home to more than 250 kinds of fish. Admission numbers are limited each day; advance booking is required.

CRUZAN RUM DISTILLERY

Sugar never tastes so good as when it’s distilled into rum. And a visit to the Cruzan distillery, founded in 1760, is not only a treat, it’s an island classic. The same family has been producing this rum for eight generations. Guided visits weave through the factory’s operations, past bubbling liquids and wooden casks, with guides explaining the spirit-making process from distilling to bottling. Tours conclude with sample cocktails, and purchased bottles can be packed for travel.

If you’re not sure what do to ashore, check out our EXC Port Planner for St. Croix and tailor your time ashore:

St. Croix port planner.

Whether you choose to explore on your own, or take part in one of our amazing EXC tours, you’re guaranteed to love this beautiful tropical island.

What would you most like to see while at St. Croix? Tell us in the comments below!

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