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Innovative New Culinary Program to Join Silversea Cruises

Jan 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

It is easy to see why Forbes named Silversea one of the most luxurious cruises last year. Constantly looking to surprise and spoil guests, the cruise line has recently partnered with luxury hotel brand, Relais & Chateaux and a former Le Cordon Bleu instructor to bring their guests an extensive education in the culinary arts. Currently, the new program is the only “Relais & Chateaux L’Ecole des Chefs” cooking school sailing the seas.... Read More

New Luxury Ships Added to Royal Caribbean Oasis-Class Fleet

Jan 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Royal Caribbean is adding to its fleet of popular oasis-class ships with a new 25,282-ton, 5,400-passenger Oasis-class vessel set for delivery in mid 2016 from the STX France shipyard. The deal also includes an option for an additional ship to be built at a later date.

“The Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas have fundamentally transformed the cruise experience for our guests,” said RCCL Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain. “These ships have consistently generated outstanding guest satisfaction ratings and continue to produce superior financial results. We are thrilled to be adding a sister to this extraordinary class of vessels at a compelling price. Being back building in France just adds to the pleasure.”... Read More

Discover First-Hand What Makes Bordeaux Wines World Famous With Viking River Cruises

Dec 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

To be intrigued by this new luxury cruise itinerary from Viking River Cruises, all you have to do is one thing: enjoy drinking wine. Well, you also have to like traveling to Europe, touring beautiful French wine regions and learning how that little grape transforms into your adult beverage of choice. Dare I say, even if you aren’t a drinker you could still muster some pleasure in simply exploring a celebrated part of the country and its historical landmarks. Crazier things have happened.... Read More

Luxury Cruise Ship Silver Cloud Shows Off New Look

Dec 6, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  1 Comment

To maintain their status as an innovator in the luxury cruise industry, Silversea is constantly coming up with ways to keep their liners fresh and exciting for their discerning guests. And in case you thought their ships couldn’t get any more lavish, they decided the Silver Cloud could still use a little sprucing up. While docked in Palermo, Italy for the past three weeks, almost every nook and cranny of the liner was renovated including all the suites, dining establishments, and all public areas. Now the Silver Cloud is sailing the seas in style with its contemporary new look.... Read More

How to Tip on a Cruise

Dec 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Most luxury cruises either automatically include gratuity on a passenger’s tab, or provide a suggested tip amount for each staff member. Prepaid tipping is also increasingly common on cruise ships, though passengers are usually allowed the option of freely adjusting their tipping percentage at the ship’s service desk. Altogether, the average suggested total gratuity ranges between $10 and $17 per passenger, per day, according to Frommer's.... Read More

HNA Tourism Publicizes First and Largest Luxury Cruise Ship out of Mainland China

Dec 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

As if China hasn’t been producing enough goods lately, they are now making their mark on the cruise line industry. HNA Tourism recently founded the first Chinese cruise company to own their own vessel. The ship “Henna,” the mainland’s largest cruise ship ever, is set to make its appearance onto the wild blue yonder January 26, 2013. The ship contains 739 rooms and can hold up to 1,965 passengers. As interest in Asia increases among the world’s traveling elite, HNA Tourism Cruise and Yacht Management President Zhang Hao anticipates that the cruise industry in China will grow rapidly, and he and his company obviously hope to remain at the top of the pyramid. Other foreign cruise companies have offered tours through the mainland for quite some time, but HNA is the first locally owned and ope... Read More

Travel Back in Time With American Cruise Lines' Historic New Addition

Dec 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris  |  1 Comment

Planning a luxury cruise vacation can be difficult; after all, there are so many choices. Well, American Cruise Lines wants history buffs to choose them, and to entice such a demographic, they recently obtained an antique calliope for their newest ship, Queen of the Mississippi. In case you're not up on your 19th century musical instrument knowledge, it is actually a steam organ. After complete restoration, the calliope will play old favorites for its patriotic passengers to send them on a trip down memory lane—that is assuming they were alive during the late 1800s.... Read More

Three New Mediterranean Ports a First for Crystal Cruises in 2013

Nov 29, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises has announced their intent to take their passengers off-the-beaten-path during their Mediterranean Cruise season. Aside from the usual destinations, Crystal ships will, for the first time, be making stops in Canakkale, Turkey; La Spezia, Italy; and Castellón de la Plana, Spain. Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for the brand, Jack Anderson said, “After sailing for more than two decades, we’re thrilled to still be finding novel destinations for our guests to discover, and combine them with much beloved locales to which they also love returning, time and time again.”... Read More

Exciting New Shore Excursions on Paul Gauguin Cruises' Caribbean & Panama Canal Voyages

Nov 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

As the longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, Paul Gauguin Cruises' flagship m/s Paul Gauguin has won a number of awards, including Porthole’s 2012 “Best South Pacific Itinerary.” Instead of making them cocky, as it had the potential to, it seems that this award, and others like it, have only encouraged the company to further their opulent offerings—specifically the addition of Paul Gauguin Cruises' newest ship Tere Moana back in July. 2 to 6... Read More

A-ROSA River Excursions Showcase The Best of European Living

Nov 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart

Planning a European vacation can be highly stressful and time-consuming with so many cities and historical places on the map. After all, this is one of the world’s most culturally rich continents. Isn’t it standard to pack too many destinations into too short of a time making travelers feel as if they need a vacation upon their return? It takes a few times to get right, but if you have the resources, why not let someone else do all the work.... Read More

Windstar Cruises | 60% Increase in Bookings for 2013

Nov 16, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Windstar Cruises’ advanced bookings for 2013 sailings are up 60 percent compared to the same time last year. The company announced that it is on course for a fourth consecutive year of increased revenue. “We have an outstanding product today. We truly deliver a unique luxury cruise experience that feels like your own private yacht while immersing you in the destination,” said Hans Birkhoz, CEO of Windstar Cruises.... Read More

Where to Dine, Shop & Sightsee in Stockholm | A World-Class Cruise Destination

Nov 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Carrie Coolidge  |  1 Comment

Stockholm is one of the most desirable destinations on Baltic and Northern European cruise itineraries for good reason. Most cruise ships dock right in the city center, but you won’t fall into a tourist trap. Indeed, this city is anything but touristy, although it is an ideal and welcoming place to be one.... Read More

MGM Resorts and Royal Caribbean Cruises Come Together to Offer Greater Benefits to Loyalty Program Members

Nov 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

MGM Resorts and Royal Caribbean have teamed up to strengthen customer loyalty by providing more access and rewards at MGM Resorts’ world-renowned destinations in Las Vegas, Detroit and Mississippi and on Royal Caribbean’s fleet of the world’s most innovative cruise ships that sail to exciting destinations worldwide.... Read More

Be an Arctic Explorer on Kensington Tours' North Pole Expedition Cruise

Nov 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris  |  1 Comment

Are you considering going on a luxury cruise, but are tired of the same old itineraries? Well, you're in luck, because Kensington Tours wants to ship you off to the North Pole. Sound a little extreme and scary? Don't worry, they won’t be sending you alone. You will be guided by the impressive Mark Terry, an award winning polar explorer. If you’ve always dreamt of exploring the unknown but ended up stuck behind a desk, then the 14-day, $23,995 (per person) North Pole Arctic Expedition cruise is probably just the thing you need to put that spring back in your step.... Read More

Premier Golf Theme Itineraries Coming to Crystal Cruises in 2013

Nov 1, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Crystal Cruises will implement a 25-percent increase in its golfing-vacation cruising opportunities in 2013. New itineraries will be presented in three of the golf-themed cruises in the British Isles, New England/Canada, and the Canary Islands/Iberia. The golf-centric cruises are part of the 12 Experience of Discovery voyages.... Read More

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