Jan 5, 2015

Contact: Paulina Naranjo, RockOrange PR at 305/731-2012 or Paulina@rockorange.com

MIAMI, FL – (January 5, 2015) – Just in time for WAVE Season - the most popular time of the year for booking cruises - the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau is launching enticing offers to reserve cruises departing from PortMiami and special pre- and post-cruise hotel stays, attraction visits, and Heritage Neighborhood Tours. The deals are part of Miami Cruise Month which will run from January 1-31 and is sponsored by MasterCard's Priceless Miami program.
As Greater Miami and The Beaches is the Cruise Capital of the World™, participating cruise lines will be showcased on a dedicated Miami Cruise Month website - www.MiamiCruiseMonth.com - with special offers and incentives for guests during the entire month. 
Several world renown lines and ships departing from and arriving to PortMiami are set to participate including:
  • Azamara Club Cruises
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International

"PortMiami is thriving, and as a result, we are welcoming millions of visitors to our destination each year.  We have found more of the cruise passengers arriving and departing from Miami are now spending more time here during pre-and-post cruise stays." said GMCVB President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME.  "It's a testament to the destination's growth, development and varied offerings which brings those traveling for business or leisure more attractions, culturally rich heritage neighborhoods and pristine beaches to explore."
Twitter Chats, Contests and Trip Planning
Have questions? On Tuesday, January 13, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is sponsoring a #CruiseChat from 2 to 3 p.m. ET on Twitter to discuss all things related to Miami Cruises. Twitter users can join @MiamiandBeaches and participate  in a real-time discussion about cruising as well as local tours and activities, dining and accommodation options, neighborhoods and attractions to experience in Miami before and after their cruise. One lucky participant will receive a $50 gift card. For more information, visit the contest page at MiamiCruiseMonth.com.
Also hosted on the GMVCB Twitter page @MiamiandBeaches is the Miami Cruise Month tweet-away promotion. Participants will have the opportunity to retweet a message for the chance to win a Miami Cruise prize pack including a $50 gift card.
An updated Miami Cruise Month Pinterest board on Miami and Beaches' Pinterest page - Pinterest.com/miamiandbeaches - will provide inspirations and options for planning a cruise out of Port Miami.
More details on Miami Cruise Month can be found at the dedicated website www.MiamiCruiseMonth.com.
Miami Cruise Month is part of the GMCVB's increasingly popular Temptations Program, which takes a thematic focus on the best that Miami has to offer throughout the year at attractive prices. Other programs include Miami Heritage Month, Miami Attractions Month, Miami Romance Month, Miami Spice Restaurant Month, Miami Spa Month, Miami Museum Month, Miami Film Month, Miami Sports Month and Shop Miami Month.  For more information on the Temptations programs please visit www.MiamiTemptations.com.


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    About The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
    The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is an accredited not-for-profit sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions. In 2013, Greater Miami's Travel & Tourism Industry generated a record economic impact of $22.8 billion and 123,600 jobs for the community. For a vacation guide visit our website at www.MiamiandBeaches.com or call 1-888-76-Miami (US/Canada only) or 305-447-7777. To reach the GMCVB offices dial 305-539-3000.  Meeting planners may call 1-800-933-8448 (US/Canada only) or 305-539-3071 or visit www.MiamiMeetings.com. To get further engaged with Miami and the Beaches, join the conversation by following us on our social media channels at Facebook.com/visitmiami, Twitter.com/miamiandbeaches, Instagram.com/miamiandbeaches and Pinterest.com/miamiandbeaches.    

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