A River Cruise for the Sake of Whisky

Mar 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If there was ever a river cruise that was calling my name, European Waterways’ Whisky Trail excursion would be it. Taking place along Caledonian Canal aboard the Scottish Highlander, the six-night trip will make stops at three historic distilleries in Scotland.

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Top Female Travel Execs Weigh in On Industry Trends

Mar 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Studies show that 80 percent of all travel decisions are made by women, and they control $15 trillion in spending power, according to the Harvard Business Review. Today’s female traveler is not only impacting the industry, but reshaping it. Yet, when we look behind the curtain of luxury brands in the hospitality sector, we find that many C-Suites are still being occupied by men. CNN Money reports that “only 14.2 percent of the top five leadership positions at the companies in the S&P 500 are held by women.”

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Queen Mary 2 Takes Fashion to the Seas

Mar 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Todd Jatras

Cunard is offering a stellar lineup of fashion events on a week-long cruise aboard the iconic Queen Mary 2, which will depart from Southampton, England. The ship will arrive in New York on September 8, just in time for Fashion Week.

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Exploring One of the Most Untouched Places in the World

Feb 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Dan Avila

The northern most region of the state of Western Australia, Kimberley, is one of the most remote and sparsely populated regions on earth. It is largely undeveloped and untouched, yet is a bounty of pristine landscapes, archaeologically significant, pre-historic treasures and wild adventures that predate almost anything of their kind around the world. The coast is especially abundant and difficult to access.

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6 Awesome European Cruises to Take This Year

Feb 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

From April to November cruise enthusiasts will be making their way across the pond to explore Europe. Considered high season, there are plenty of itineraries available for those looking to explore the continent. There are of course certain things to take into account including when to go to which regions. If you’re headed to the Mediterranean or the Atlantic islands, the weather is best in early spring while the Baltics, Scandinavia, Great Britain and Ireland have better temperatures in late summer (70s and above). Below we found six of the best itineraries out there for wanderlusters hoping for a European sojourn this year:

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Shake it Up Onboard Holland America With the New Mixology Menu by “King Cocktail”

Jan 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

A luxury cruise is no place for mediocre martinis, Mai Tais and margaritas. To boost its bar program, Holland America has partnered with 2015 James Beard Who's Who Inductee and Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff to reinvent their cocktail menu. DeGroff's original recipes and finessed takes on the classics will debut aboard ms Eurodam this month and will expand fleet-wide to all 13 Holland America passenger ships by spring 2016.

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Cruise the Hudson River on the Spirit of New York & Enjoy Dinner and Panoramic Views of the City

Jan 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Whether you’re a tourist seeking adventure in the Big Apple or are a long-standing resident of New York City celebrating a special occasion—or just looking for a fabulous night out, the Spirit of New York dinner cruise offers a truly memorable experience. The frivolity starts the moment you arrive at Chelsea Pier and step aboard the vessel—a three-deck, climate-controlled party yacht that can accommodate up to 600 guests year-round.

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Queen Mary 2 Prepares for a Regal Facelift in 2016 & New Voyages

Nov 23, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

After celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, Cunard will give its iconic flagship vessel the Queen Mary 2, a well-deserved vacation next summer to be retrofit with new luxury-class renovations. The multimillion dollar refurbishment will reveal a new look in several areas of the ship including the Cunard Grills experience, which promises the best of Cunard’s accommodation and dining. 

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Windstar Cruises to Add James Beard Chefs to 3 Themed Itineraries

Oct 29, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Gourmet dining at sea just keeps getting better and better. Like a perfect wine-pairing at a Michelin-star restaurant, award-winning Windstar Cruises has partnered with the James Beard Foundation to serve elevated culinary experiences aboard three 2016 themed cruises to France, Morocco, Portugal and Spain. 

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CroisiEurope Celebrates its 40th Anniversary With $10K, 40-Day European River Cruise

Sep 29, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

With 40 years under its belt, CroisiEurope is celebrating their anniversary with a 40-day river cruise through continental Europe. From May 5 to June 15, 2016, passengers will make their way through 12 countries starting in Seville, Spain and ending in Tulcea, Romania. Plus, guests will get to experience the brand’s various ships throughout the tour.

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Princess Cruises Crowns Chef Curtis Stone its New Kitchen King

Aug 14, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Cruise ship dining is about to get a whole lot finer (and cruise chefs more epically handsome). As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, Princess Cruises is preparing to disembark on a new culinary voyage in an exclusive partnership with superstar Chef Curtis Stone. The Michelin-star chef and author of six bestselling cookbooks will serve up elevated new menus aboard Princess voyages starting this fall, and then will expand his menus to the entire Princess fleet by the end of the year.

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Celebrity Cruises and MGM Resorts Int'l Partner on Exclusive Loyalty Program Perks

Jul 3, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Celebrity Cruises and MGM Resorts International’s loyalty program members have more reasons to be excited about travel this year. Announced at the end of June, the two brands are partnering together to offer their members exclusive offers and benefits.

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A Star is Born: Viking Cruises Celebrates the Launch of the World's Newest Luxury Ship

Jun 29, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Marking the first new cruise ship line to launch in a decade, Viking Ocean Cruises has just christened its first ship, the 930-passenger Viking Star. The ceremony was held in the ship’s homeport of Bergen, Norway as part of a citywide celebration for Norwegian Constitution Day. 

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Virgin Cruises Taps Sunny East Coast City as Its First Port

Jul 1, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In December, we told you about the new Virgin Cruises that are slated to arrive in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Yesterday morning, the Virgin Group announced that its first port will be Miami. The ships are expected to feature 1,430 cabins and hold 2,800 passengers on seven-day Caribbean cruises.

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P&O Cruises to Debut New Luxury Ships Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria in November

Jun 10, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

P&O Cruises’ Pacific Aria and Eden will debut this November with fresh, luxury upgrades. The new ships, which will be unveiled at the Sydney Harbour, will include new restaurants and bars, updated rooms and penthouse suites with private balconies, large spa baths, walk-in closets and floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

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