Travel to Rio de Janeiro for a First-Ever Offering from Crystal Cruises

Feb 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Crystal Cruises, a favorite luxury cruise line for many discerning travelers, is now offering yet another one-of-a-kind adventure. These Boutique Adventures are a way to expose Crystal passengers to exclusive cultural experiences that the ports-of-call have to offer.... Read More

Celebrity Cruises Debuts Pop-Up Restaurant At Prestigious James Beard House

Jan 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Carolyn Hsu

New Yorkers won't have to travel too far, or even board a ship for a taste of Celebrity Cruises's award-winning global cuisine this winter. The premium cruise line's James Beard-featured chef and Director of Culinary Operations, John Suley, will be bringing his cuisine from sea to land this week with a pop-up restaurant dubbed "A Taste of Modern Luxury" and located at The Kitchen NYC.... Read More

Uncover a Cultural Connection With Crystal Cruises Boutique Adventures

Jan 28, 2013  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Being able to truly experience a location and immerse yourself in the local culture has become one of the biggest travel trends this year; so it is no surprise that Crystal Cruises has introduced Boutique Adventures to their Mediterranean itineraries this spring. The adventures, rather than being crowded and “touristy,” are going to give passengers an intimate and exclusive view of the inner workings of the city they are anchored in.... Read More

Get a Sneak Peek of Princess Cruises' Newest Ship Before its Maiden Voyage

Jan 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Princess Cruises, in celebration of their newest vessel Royal Princess, has announced that they will be offering two preview excursions to allow passengers to become acquainted with the luxury cruise ship’s many unique appointments. The two, two-day cruises will take place June 9 and June 14, 2013. The itinerary will feature a roundtrip from Southampton, making a stop in St. Peter Port on the island of Guernsey off the coast of Normandy. The shorter cruises will serve as a sneak peek before the June 16, 2013 maiden voyage, which will follow the Grand Mediterranean itinerary that Princess Cruises specializes in. An expanded atrium, over the water SeaWalk, onboard television studio, pastry shop, and private dining ex... Read More

Cake Boss Sweetens the Norwegian Breakaway With New Bake Shop

Jan 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

Any lover of food-related TV shows has probably heard of Buddy Valastro, the star of TLC’s Cake Boss and owner of the renowned Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey. The fourth-generation baker who was born into the business owned and operated by his parents, rose to critical acclaim when his show debuted in 2010—but now Valastro is taking his talent to sea. An extension of his family business will open on the Norwegian Breakaway, a luxury cruise ship who will call New York City her homeport this May.... Read More

Newest Luxury Cruise Ships of 2012

Jan 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart  |  1 Comment

2012 was an exciting year for the cruise industry as several new luxury cruise ships were launched to wow passengers during their extravagant vacations at sea. Some companies added to small fleets while others were outdoing, or revamping, previous models. But, whether guests are looking for historically themed voyages, foodie excursions, or over-the-top spa services, there are more than enough options for all.... Read More

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

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