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Via October offers and sweepstakes, CLIA entices travelers to 'fall in love with cruising'

National Plan A Cruise Month features #CruiseSmile sweepstakes
'Once a traveler takes a cruise, they fall in love with the cruise vacation experience and become repeat cruise travelers,' said Cindy D'Aoust, acting ceo of Cruise Lines International Association.

'We want to spread the love of cruising during [October's] National Plan A Cruise Month through incredible offers and deals as well as fantastic chances to win cruise vacations,' she added.

The multi-dimensional campaign includes #CruiseSmile, a sweepstakes that offers the chance to win a cruise each day in October.

For National Plan A Cruise Month, CLIA is touting the ease of exploring destinations like Asia, Europe, the South Pacific, Caribbean 'and even Cuba,' along with on-board experiences like specialty restaurants featuring celebrity chefs and innovative menus.

Ship activities also please a variety of styles, CLIA said, and range from cooking classes with professional culinary staff and a planetarium to chocolate spa treatments and a 4-D theater with motion ride experiences.

CLIA endorsed travel agents as 'the most popular and best way to book a cruise as well as take advantage of cruise deals and promotions.'

During National Plan A Cruise Month, lines have announced offers as high as a $1,500 discount per couple on a popular river cruise to free upgrades, on-board spending money and beverage packages valued at $1,400.

Travelers can find a CLIA-certified cruise specialist at

Through #CruiseSmile, there's a chance to win one of 31 cruise vacations from 23 lines, to be awarded each day of October.

Anyone can enter each day of the sweepstakes by submitting a photo featuring a ‘cruise smile’ at, or posting their ‘cruise smile’ on Twitter or Instagram using #CruiseSmile and #Sweepstakes.

Participants will have the opportunity to share their posts for more chances to win.

Prizes include a seven-night luxury voyage to Tahiti and the Society Islands in the South Pacific, an eight-day European river cruise on the Seine from Paris, a family-friendly three-night Bahamas voyage and a 14-day Far East discovery cruise visiting ports throughout Southeast Asia.

Contest entries do not roll over and entrants must upload a new photo each day to be eligible for each day’s prize. Entrants must be at least 13 years old. (If a minor is selected, a guardian age 21 or over must accept the prize on their behalf.)

Winners will be selected at random each day in October.