Top Chefs Pair With Le Cirque to Refine Cruise Ship Dining

May 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Cruise lines have long been celebrated for their all-encompassing entertainment opportunities. However, it is not only the luxury travel packages they offer, the exotic destinations they reach, or the stately suites and glamorous on-board shows that make for a well-rounded adventure. A large part of the pleasure taken from a cruise, or any vacation for that matter, is the culinary experience.... Read More

Alaska Cruise Adventures Setting Sail Beginning May

May 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

May started the Alaskan cruise season, with fabulous luxury cruise liners beginning their voyages to see the country’s rugged landscape and wildlife. Glaciers, forests, and the frigidly pristine ocean that borders the land make this beautiful wilderness a popular travel destination. Take a look at a few of the exceptional cruise boats and their luxury travel packages for the best way to experience the stunning Alaskan terrain.... Read More

Women's Luxury Leisure Travel Goes Solo

May 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  2 Comments

If you’re considering giving Mom the gift of travel this Mother’s Day, there’s one thing you may not need to factor into the planning: whether the family can attend. Yes, that includes you. Women are traveling solo more than ever—and not just for work.... Read More

Billy Casper to Host Crystal Golf Cruises in Europe 2012

May 2, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Crystal Cruises has lined up 10 of Europe's championship golf courses for its Experiences of Discovery golf-themed cruises this summer. PGA Tour golfer Bill Casper will host the golfing cruises, where travelers can tee-off in countries such as Spain, Portugal, and Monaco during the Crystal Serenity voyage on July 13, 2012. Vacationers also can play on championship golf courses on the British Isles on Crystal Symphony's sailing on August 25, 2012. "We design these cruises to be a golfing traveler's dream," says John Stoll, Crystal's VP of land and port operations. "Guests need not worry about maneuvering complex foreign logistics, only packing their clubs - we take care of everything else in the finest of style." Some of... Read More

Viking River Cruises to Acquire Two New Ocean Cruise Ships

Apr 26, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Viking Ocean Cruises and ocean cruise ship builder Fincantieri have reached an agreement for the construction of two cruise ships. The signing of the deal is imminent, according to a statement issued by Viking. Late 2014 is the delivery date of the first ship. The delivery of the second ship is set for the same time in 2015. There is also an option for a third vessel to be added to the contract. Each of the new ocean cruise ships will accommodate 998 passengers with 499 cabins. "We started Viking Ocean Cruises to offer great destination experiences, and we are excited to bring this same destination focus back to ocean cruising,” said Torstein Hagen.... Read More

Celebrity Cruises Broadcast 2012 Olympics Live from London

Apr 25, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Celebrity Cruises has obtained the rights to broadcast the 2012 Olympic games from London live onboard its fleet of luxury cruisers. From the opening to the closing ceremonies of the XXX Olympiad, July 27 to August 12, the 26 sports events of the summer games will air. Additionally, there also will be rebroadcasts of the events at more convenient times available as well. The Olympic competions or events will be viewable in staterooms and suites as well as the bar and lounge areas of the ships. The exact broadcast times of specific events will be listed in Celebrity ships’ daily newsletter. There is one exception. No  broadcasts will be available onboard the Celebrity Xpedition, which sails the Galapagos Islands year round.... Read More

Crystal Adds 14 New 'Experiences of Discovery' Cruises for 2013

Apr 13, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Crystal Cruises recently announced that it is expanding upon its Experiences of Discovery cruise packages in 2013. These luxury vacation packages are for folks who are enthusiasts, hobbyists, aficionados, or have special interests in some type of particular activity. These experience-themed voyages give like-minded travelers opportunities to experience and share their unique passions together. Crystal has themed cruises for golfers, gourmands, gardeners, nature lovers, photographers, music lovers, and even adrenaline junkies available on Crystal Serenity and Crystal symphony voyages for 2013. The luxury cruise line has added 14 new themes for 2013, and now has a total of 28 Experiences of Discovery cruises available. The... Read More

Vantage Yacht Club Adds Electric Boats for Eco-Friendly Cruises on the Chicago River

Mar 26, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The green-conscious Vantage Yacht Club has added four electric boats to its cache of available hulls for rent for luxury cruises down the Chicago River. The Chicago, Illinois-based yacht club has acquired four, zero-emission boats that will be rentable by the hour effective April 15, 2012.... Read More

Holland America Cruise Line Adds Denali Packages to 2012 Alaska Tour Program

Mar 21, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Holland America Line has added three new selections to its 2012 Alaska Cruise Tour options. The luxury cruise liner now offers the only three-night and one-night adventures through Denali. The itinerary of the new cruises puts travelers on a luxu... Read More

Crystal Cruises Reports Highest Ever Revenue Week

Mar 7, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises ended February on a brisk note, reporting that it had achieved its highest ever weekly revenue. Crystal had previously published that its fares would be good through February 28, 2012; however, it extended the BookNow deadline to February 29, which resulted in an influx of bookings. On March 1, the company raised fees from $200 to $1,000 per couple on 19 of its cruises for 2012 and 2013. The deluxe Book Now promotion gives travelers a two-month window of opportunity to save on cruises. Every 60 days Crystal reviews pricing on its cruises."[The] Book Now fares offer the most attractive pricing on the world's best cruises for savvy shoppers who plan... Read More

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