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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

Mississippi River Makes Way for American Queen Steamboat Cruises

Oct 31, 2012  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart  |  1 Comment

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 Announces Itineraries for 2014 and Early 2015

Oct 22, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

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

Family-Friendly Cruise Ship Europa 2 to Debut May 2013

Oct 15, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

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

Unique Floating Hotel in The Netherlands Joins Worldhotels Brand

Oct 12, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

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

Falkland Islands the Latest Cruise Destination for Luxury Ships

Oct 11, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

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

National Cruise Week Offers World's Largest Cruise Sale

Oct 3, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

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

VIP Access to Monaco Grand Prix from Crystal Cruises

Oct 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

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

On Board Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Oct 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Recently named the “Best Cruise Line” in Los Angeles Times' 2012 Readers Choice Awards, the boutique river collection of luxury cruises has a world of options. Also named to Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List and consistently placing on the Platinum Circle and Reader’s Choice awards, Uniworld cruises 13 rivers in 20 countries around the globe; the ships can be found throughout Europe, Egypt, Russia, China, Vietnam and Cambodia offering top-notch service and accommodations.... Read More

Hublot Agrees to Tell Time for Seabourn Cruises

Sep 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris  |  1 Comment

If you are going on a luxury cruise, nothing could be worse than the opulent ambience being ruined when you need the time and you look up to see a cheap and ugly wall clock glaring 2:45 back at you. Not only are you late for the magician/hypnotist show, but you’ve also been snapped out of your happy dream of being away from the world of average-looking clocks. If you choose Seabourn Cruises for your oceanic adventure however, Swiss luxury timepiece company Hublot will ensure that doesn’t happen.... Read More

Norwegian Breakaway to be Christened by Godmothers The Rockettes

Sep 25, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

If Cinderella can get a Fairy Godmother, then why can’t a luxury cruise ship? Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Breakaway didn’t get just one old lady to watch over it, but multiple members of the beautiful and talented New York dance company, the Rockettes.... Read More

Disney Cruise Ship Docks in San Diego for the First Time

Sep 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

A very large boat filled to the brim with Mickey Mouse lovers (2,700 to be exact) is heading our way today as a part of the Disney Wonder’s California coast itinerary. This is the first time that a Disney Cruise Line ship will make a stop in San Diego, but not the last. Three more Pixar-themed luxury cruises will also port here on September 28, October 5 and October 12, 2012 after leaving Los Angeles and stopping in San Francisco and Ensenada.... Read More

4 New Celebrity Chefs Join Top Chef: The Cruise Onboard Competition

Sep 20, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  2 Comments

The recently announced "Top Chef: The Cruise" on Celebrity Cruises has added four new celebrity chefs to its field of competitors. Top Chef All Stars winner Richard Blais, Top Chef Just Desserts season one winner Yigit Pura, Top Chef: Texas winner Paul Qui, and Fan Favorite winner Fabio Viviani will join hosts Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons on this first-ever culinary voyage, which sets sail from Miami, Florida, on April 11, 2013.... Read More

Small-Ship Luxury Cruise Line Paul Gauguin Debuts 2013 Itineraries

Sep 12, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Luxury small-ship cruise line Paul Gauguin Cruises announced the availability of its 2013 Voyages by Gauguin brochure. A complimentary copy is available via travel agents and at the company’s website (PGCruises.com). The 86-page brochure showcases a variety of destinations and provides information on the company’s fleet of cruise ships, including five award-winning itineraries in French Polynesia and 13 new itineraries in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe. There also is news on the line's new luxury cruise ship, Moana, and the newly renovated Gauguin vessel. All-inclusive fares include complimentary beverages with select wines and spirits; an in-room refrigerator that is replenished daily, and onboard... Read More

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