For all you American history buffs/cruise enthusiasts out there, clear your calendars, because the largest steamboat ever built is back on the waters. After spending several years in semi-retirement, the American Queen is now offering luxury themed cruises along the Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee Rivers.... Read More
Crystal Cruises recently announced its full year of worldwide voyages for 2014, and its itineraries up to mid-April 2015. The cruising line is the early bird of the flock luxury liners, being the first to unveil its itineraries for that time frame so far in advance. There are new seven- and 10-day cruises available in 2014. There are 16 maiden calls among the 194 total ports that span 68 countries. "As a leader in luxury vacation experiences, we are constantly pushing ourselves to find new ways to show the world to savvy travelers," said Crystal's Jack Anderson, senior VP of marketing and sales at Crystal, in a prepared statement for the media. "Our 2014 to early 2015 calendar is especially exciting, with dozens of new routes and places to see, via one of the most pampering ways one can t... Read More
Considering that her predecessor, Europa has been one of the world’s top rated luxury cruise ships since her introduction in 1999, it is no surprise that Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ newest ship, Europa 2 is, a year before her introduction, creating quite a buzz. Whereas the first Europa was more formal and perhaps designed with an older demographic in mind, Europa 2 caters more to executives and their young families. The new ship merely demands that you dress casually smart and enjoy the relaxed lifestyle on board rather than the strict cruise rituals we've all become accustom to.... Read More
ss Rotterdam has been the flagship of Holland America since 1959, eventually finding a permanent port in Katendrecht in the Rotterdam harbor. After completing a full restoration in December 2009, the iconic ship reopened in February 2010 as a floating hotel at sea. On October 1, 2012, Worldhotels, a brand containing a portfolio of 500 handpicked properties around the world, added the ss Rotterdam to its exclusive list. The 780-foot vessel features 254 contemporary guest rooms with working desks, flat-screen TVs, Internet access and air conditioning. The new spaces accommodate up to four people and give a nod to their 1950s roots by way of a specifically chosen color palette and room shape. Guests can socialize at the Terrace ad Ocean Bar or dine at Lido restaurant for... Read More
Luxury cruise ships have been broadening their port of calls lately, no longer merely floating down the Mediterranean or sailing around the Bahamas. The Falkland Islands, located in the South Atlantic Ocean about 300 miles off the coast of Argentina, have become the newest destination hitting 2012/13 season itineraries. October 6 saw the first visit to the Islands by cruise ship Ushuaia which brought 84 guests to the capital of Stanley. Other vessels including Regatta (Prestige Cruises), Ocean Diamond (Quark), and Arcadia (P&O), Polar Pioneer and Ocean Nova will also be heading there later this month. From the October to April season, about 90 different ships carrying over 50,... Read More
The Cruise Line International Association’s World’s Largest Cruise Sale promotion is expected to have more than 5,000 travel industry professionals participating this year. The campaign, which runs from October 21-27, 2012, features more than 200 cruise ships offering amazing deals on their voyages.... Read More
The Monaco Grand Prix may be an automobile race, but don’t let this fool you, because folks, this ain't NASCAR. Started in 1929, this Formula One event is considered to be one of the most prestigious mobile races in the world, with a circuit known for its exceptional glamour.... Read More
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