I’ve heard of booking a cruise, but this is…

I’ve heard of booking a cruise, but this is…

…amazing! 😉

Amazon was nice enough to send me information about a recent collaboration they are doing with Princess Cruises.

Theme cruises are quite a thing, and I can see how it can be great. I’ve been on one real cruise like this would be…to Alaska. It wasn’t a theme cruise, but it was so relaxing and fun! I went with my whole family (my parents arranged the whole thing).

Everything we might want was pretty much within reach. We didn’t have to get in a car and drive, whether that was for a meal or shuffleboard or dancing…or reading.

I wouldn’t do this now, but yes, they had a 24-hour ice cream sundae bar. 😉

It was all accessible and felt safe (not that I haven’t read murder mysteries set on cruise ships). 😉

Another interesting thing: there was a lot of time to talk, even to strangers.

That’s how cruising with celebrities can work. It’s a chance for them to talk with fans…and vice versa.

In this

Princess Cruises press release

they announce an upcoming cruise (sailing February 8th…and running for seven days, so it includes Valentine’s Day).

It’s in collaboration with

Kindle Love Stories

which is an online community that Amazon has for romance readers.

It’s part of their traditional publishing group…which includes Montlake, their romance publishing arm.

I haven’t really looked at that before: it looks pretty cool!

Anyway, this cruise has two special guests:

Sylvia Day (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit by shopping*)


Meredith Wild (at AmazonSmile*)

They are both New York Times bestselling  authors…who will spend a slow-paced week with fans.

Oh, that doesn’t mean they’ll be available to chat with you whenever you want. 🙂 That have booked events, but there is a pretty good chance you can at least say, “Hi!”

The cost?

Fares start at $649 per person, based on double occupancy.

That may sound like a lot, but it’s not that much when you compare it  to the cost of staying in a hotel (and paying for everything else) for the same amount of time.

They are going to have a chance to win this cruise for two, although it isn’t up yet.

That could be a really indulgent gift for a romance reader!

What is cruising isn’t your thing?

Amazon has three free e-books linked on his page:

Kindle Love Stories (at AmazonSmile*)

They are by three authors going on an earlier cruise which sails today (November 3). It’s sold out (which could happen with the cruise listed above)…and they didn’t alert me to that one. 😉

The books are

  • Kiss Me Maybe by Heather Burch
  • Once Upon a Night at Sea by Barbara Longley
  • To Catch a Bouquet by Carolyn Brown

They are inspired by Princess Cruises.

I think cruises like this are definitely a way to go! It supports literary fandom…and cruises make a lot of sense for bookworms. 🙂

I can think of  a few cruises they could put together where I would definitely consider going! Of course, it might be a bit tougher to find authors that would appeal to both me and my Significant Other, but we’d enjoy the cruise regardless. 😉

How about you? Are there authors that Amazon could arrange to have on a cruise which would make you want to book it? Care to share who they are?

Enjoy the free books!

What do you think? Is Amazon doing cruises a good idea? Does this make you feel like Amazon loves books, or does it just seem like another commercial opportunity? Did you know about Kindle Love Stories? Have you read Sylvia Day or Meredith Wild? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

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8 Responses to “I’ve heard of booking a cruise, but this is…”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I’d go for an urban fantasy/supernatural theme. Destination British Isles and Northern Europe/ Scandinavia. Writer’s I’d like to meet are Kim Harrison (The Hollows series), Juliet Blackwell (Witchcraft and Haunted Home Renovation series0, and Melissa Olson (Boundary Magic and Scarlett Bernard series).

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady

      I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read of The Hollows! I’m curious, though…what would be the connection (not that there has to be one) with Northern Europe/Scandinavia and urban fantasy?

      • Lady Galaxy Says:

        Probably about as much relation as there is between romance and Alaska! 🙂 Perhaps I chose the wrong genre. Those writers write about the “old world” creatures such as witches, vampires, werewolves, pixies, elves, and gargoyles. Ghosts also play a part in some of their stories. Then there’s our recent conversation about Skandinavian believers in ghosts. Mary Shelley, the “mother” of science fiction was from England which I consider to be part of the north of Eurpope Folklore. And, the British Isles seem to be an area of the world where the veil between this quantum world and the “old world” is thinnest. Perhaps that’s why Nessie sometimes pops from her universe and into ours then pops back out again without a trace. Besides, I’ve always wanted to see the Fjords. The writers would just be a bonus.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Lady!

        Oh, got it!

        Certainly, we brought some of Europe’s folklore with us to America. For that reason, perhaps, we are closer to those parts of our culture when in Europe. There are other cultures that almost don’t have a “veil”…thin or otherwise. 😉 That’s been one of the confusing things for people informed by the “scientific revolution” in researching indigenous people’s reports of what we would consider to be supernatural/paranormal. The question of whether or not a given reported entity is “real” may be meaningless in the context. A bear may have the same level of reality as a dream to some peoples…they may see the physical element as part of a spectrum of existence.

  2. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I’m sure you’ve seen some version of this already, but just in case you haven’t

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I always appreciate a heads up! Even if I’ve seen the story before, you may give me a different article on it (which you did), and it also helps me gauge interest. In this case, I had planned to write about Amazon opening a brick-and-mortar store…just hadn’t gotten to it yet. 🙂

  3. Zebras Says:

    Love cruising, did the Alaska one on Celebrity Summit, we liked that boat so much we took it to Bermuda just for the sake of going on that some boat again. I think it would take a famous name or two to get me to choose a cruise based on meeting authors, over choosing it based on destination.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thank for writing, Zebras!

      We were on Holland America: I honestly think that all of the big name brands are probably good experiences…but I do tend to be optimistic. 🙂

      I’m not sure how big a deal destination would be for me for a theme cruise…I wouldn’t be expecting to leave the ship much. Not a fan of hot weather, though.

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