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.
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...
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.
Falkland Islands the Latest Cruise Destination for Luxury Ships
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 50,000 passengers are set to make the trip to Stanley, with successful voyages hinging on the weather. Last season seven voyages to the Falkland Islands were cancelled due to weather conditions, so cruise goers will have to wait and see what this season will bring.
National Cruise Week Offers World's Largest Cruise Sale
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...
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...
Hublot Agrees to Tell Time for Seabourn Cruises
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.
As Seabourn's new "official timekeeper," the deluxe watchmaker has created sophisticated wall clocks to be placed around the ship, so you are surrounded by only the most elegant timepieces while at sea. This collaboration should come as no surprise considering the two companies are overachievers in their respective fields. Seabourn has won a plethora of awards, readers choice, and otherwise. Hublot offers wristwatches going for a million dollars. Put the two together and you have a partnership to last the test of time.
Norwegian Breakaway to be Christened by Godmothers The Rockettes
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. In their new role, the iconic high-kickers will attend a christening ceremony aboard the Norwegian Breakaway on May 8, 2013. After the celebration, the dancers go to work, joining each of the Breakaway’s first six voyages starting May 12, 2013 and the first sailing of every month following those.
It might sound like an odd pairing, but this ship is actually the largest one to call New York its year-round home port and can now be called the “Official Cruise Line” of the Rockettes and Radio City Music Hall and “Official Partner” of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. To round out the Rockette-centric partnership, the ship will also offer fitness classes created by the dancers, specialized food and beverage selections, photo sessions, meet and greet speaker appearances, and a special look at the history of the legendary group in the ship’s library. And just so it doesn’t seem so one sided, Radio City Music Hall will feature an 11-foot replica display of the Norwegian Breakaway in their Grand Lounge including information on the ship’s port of calls, dining, entertainment and room accommodations.
4 New Celebrity Chefs Join Top Chef: The Cruise Onboard Competition
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...
World's First Living Wall at Sea Comes to Crystal Cruises' Ship
Crystal Cruises is claiming an “industry’s first” with its self-contained, freestanding living wall at sea aboard the Crystal Symphony. The wall is the creation of UK-based ANS Group Europe. The company spent two days installing the wall, as the...
Sneak Peek of Holland America's Savor Alaska Culinary Theme Cruise
It used to be that the highlight of your luxury Alaska cruise was seeing stunning glaciers and breeching whales, but these days they offer so much more. On Holland America’s new 7-night Savor Alaska Culinary Cruise, guests not only get to explore...
Never-Before-Seen Amenities Coming to Princess Cruise Line's New Ship
Heading to a port near you, come June 2013, is Princess Cruise Line's newest luxury cruise ship Royal Princess. It will be offering up to 3,600 passengers exciting amenities including an expanded atrium with entertainment and casual dining venues; a...