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

As if China hasn’t been producing enough goods lately, the financially booming country is now making their mark on the Asian 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 Pacific 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 hopes that his company will remain a leader in the industry. Other foreign cruise companies have offered tours through the mainland for quite some time, but HNA is the first locally owned and operated line. And what better way to tour a region, than guided by a natively owned company? HNA’s cruise line is also expected to stimulate a surge in domestic competition in the cruise industry, allowing China to compete with corporate cruises that are based overseas.
BY: Sally Farris | 2012

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

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...
BY: Sally Farris | 2012

Three New Mediterranean Ports a First for Crystal Cruises in 2013

BY : Sally Farris | 2012

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...

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

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...
BY: Sally Farris | 2012

A-ROSA River Excursions Showcase The Best of European Living

Planning a European vacation can be highly stressful and time-consuming with so many cities and historical places on the map. After all, it is one of the world’s most culturally rich continents. Isn't it standard to pack too many destinations into...
BY: Tina Stewart | 2012

Windstar Cruises | 60% Increase in Bookings for 2013

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...
BY: James Rothaar | 2012

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

BY : Sally Farris | 2012

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...

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Premier Golf Theme Itineraries Coming to Crystal Cruises in 2013

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...
BY: James Rothaar | 2012

Mississippi River Makes Way for American Queen Steamboat Cruises

BY : Tina Stewart | 2012

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...

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Crystal Cruises Announces Itineraries for 2014 and Early 2015

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 travel: a Six-Star Crystal cruise." All-inclusive Book Now fares for early 2014 are available until October 31, 2012. 
BY: James Rothaar | 2012

Family-Friendly Cruise Ship Europa 2 to Debut May 2013

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...
BY: Sally Farris | 2012

Unique Floating Hotel in The Netherlands Joins Worldhotels Brand

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 breakfast, lunch or dinner. Those traveling on business or pleasure will appreciate the 16 different meeting rooms and 14 banquet rooms on board.
BY: JustLuxe Team | 2012
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