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Atlas Ocean Voyages Acquires Four Additional Ships

U.S. Cruise Brand to Launch Five Luxe-Adventure Ships Through 2023 Atlas Ocean Voyages has announced that it is adding four more ships to its fleet. The Luxe-Adventure cruise brand’s fleet will total five ships by the end of 2023, with the first ship, World Navigator, launching in mid-2021. World Navigator’s inaugural season is already open for reservations. Adventurers can choose among 10 exciting itineraries, ranging from seven to 15 nights throughout the Holy Land and Eastern Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean, and the Black Sea. The fleet expansion will allow Atlas Ocean Voyages to offer more itineraries in more global regions...

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MSC Cruises Extends Expansion Plan to 2030

  MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l’Atlantique have further extended their long-term partnership by making a number of strategic announcements at a ceremony held at the Matignon Palace, the French Prime Minister’s the official residence. The ceremony was attended by Édouard Philippe, Prime Minister of France; Gianluigi Aponte, MSC Group’s Founder and Executive Chairman; Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman; and, Laurent Castaing, Chantiers de l’Atlantique’s General Manager. First, the two companies announced the signing of firm contracts for the construction of MSC Cruises’ third and fourth LNG-powered MSC World Class ships, to be delivered in 2025 and 2027....

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Sea Cloud Cruises Opens Bookings for Sea Cloud Spirit

  Sea Cloud Cruises will be taking firm bookings for the new Sea Cloud Spirit. Following careful inspection of the current status of the new build, the cruise company is convinced that “the Sea Cloud Spirit will be delivered on time,” announced CEO Daniel Schäfer. On August 29, 2020 the 452.7 feet (138 meter) long new ship will start its maiden voyage from Lisbon to Rome/Civitavecchia (Italy). Sea Cloud Cruises has extended the deadline until January 31, 2020 for the early booking discount for all voyages on the Sea Cloud Spirit. Building upscale yachts today can be compared to...

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Brett Tollman‘s Top 10 Bucket List: Celebrating 100 Years of The Travel Corporation

Brett Tollman, chief executive of The Travel Corporation (TTC), shares his #TTCTop10 bucket list of destinations for 2020 as a way to celebrate the company’s 100th Anniversary. “Our roots can be traced back over a hundred years to a small fishing village called Paternoster, located in the Western Cape of my homeland, South Africa,” Tollman wrote. “My beloved grandfather Solomon owned a small hotel beginning in 1920 in this village which still exists today, and this is where our fourth generation, family owned and family run business was born.” “Besides being the start of an exciting new decade ahead,...

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CroisiEurope to Launch Cruises on the Nile River

Beginning in February 2020, CroisiEurope Cruises will debut port-to-port, eight-day cruises on Egypt’s Nile River aboard the luxurious Steigenberger Royale. A pre-cruise program is available to explore the significant sites in the ancient capital of Cairo, The price for the cruise plus the pre-cruise program begins at $3,482 per person. (The cruise price includes all excursions, activities, meals and drinks served on board.) Highlights of this new itinerary include: A visit to the Karnak Temple Complex, which was once one of the largest and most religious complexes in ancient Egypt; A guided tour of the Valley of the Kings...

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Regent Seven Seas Splendor to Offer 16 Cooking Classes

Cooking classes on a cruise are among the top foodie experiences for luxury travelers. Today, Regent Seven Seas Cruises® revealed 16 new Culinary Arts Kitchen classes that will debut during the 2020 inaugural season of Seven Seas SplendorTM. Inspired by Seven Seas Splendor’s inaugural 2020 season sailing the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, the new classes are listed on Regent’s website and include: ISLAND FUSION. Each Caribbean island has a unique culinary footprint. Local traditions and native ingredients illuminate the indigenous culture and natural resources of each island, while the influences of France, Spain, Africa, India and China reveal how the culinary heritage of the Caribbean was shaped by colonialism....

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Nice: A Walker’s Delight

A century ago, Russian princes rubbed shoulder with English lords in the luxury hotels and Baroque villas on Nice’s Promenade des Anglais. Ladies of fashion showed off their jewels at masked balls and notorious courtesans dissipated their lover’s fortunes at the gaming tables. Today this capital of the French Riviera is less rarefied, more affordable and, thanks to some 300 days of sunshine, an inviting place to visit any time of the year. With its rich and ancient history–Nice was founded by the Greeks—the city is a walker’s delight, a treasure trove of picturesque streets, striking monuments and souvenirs...

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Gift Perfection for any Occasion

For the women in your life, from daughters and sisters, to friends or co-workers, Sterling Forever is gift perfection. Their line of jewelry is inspired by inspired by high-end jewelry designers, celebrity favorites, runway trends as well as by their own style experts who travel the globe. There are pieces that are on trend–fun and sexy and easy to mix and layer. And there are beautiful classics to delight more conservative tastes. This jewelry is at home in the office and simply elegant for nights out on the town. https://www.sterlingforever.com/ Another gift that any woman would welcome is a...

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Stocking Stuffers I Loved

I love filling Christmas Stockings with little gifts that I would appreciate. So this year, I stuffed stockings with things I wished Santa would give me. For example, who wouldn’t love a pair of Pudus slipper socks? They are available for men and women, have an extra- plush faux fur lining and non-slip grippers for safety. Unisex Regular size (Women’s 5-11 ; Men’s 6-10) For my “clean-living” friends, it was the Zion’s Health’s ClayDry Deodorant. It’s aluminum-free and vegan, using essential oils and ionic clay minerals to maintain freshness. The deodorant comes in scented and unscented varieties. Almost every...

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Happy Home for the New Year

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to spruce up your home for the holidays, because I do it every year. In the weeks between Halloween and mid-December, I look around my apartment to see what looks tired or dull and make a plan on how best to brighten things up for the New Year. A real find came from Classic Slipcovers, which offers a line of high-end slipcover products that dressed up tired sofas and chairs and made them look almost new. The quality here is far above what I found in the slip-and-slide versions I had previously...

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CLIA Releases 2020 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook Report

New report highlights unprecedented global economic impact and commitment to responsible tourism practices. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade organization, has released the 2020 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report. According to the analysis, cruising sustained 1,177,000 jobs equaling $50.24 billion in wages and salaries and $150 billion total output worldwide in 2018. The report also finds an industry-wide commitment to responsible tourism practices, with a focus on environmental sustainability and destination stewardship. The report highlights the industry’s $22 billion investment in the development of new energy efficient technologies, partnerships with local governments...

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Sea Cloud to Launch Third Sailing Ship

In summer 2020, Sea Cloud Cruises’ third tall ship will be taking to the seas. The new Sea Cloud Spirit has already passed her first round of sea worthiness tests. “Since the tests were successful and the shipyard is running on time, the new ship’s maiden voyage is on track for August 29, 2020,” said CEO Daniel Schaefer. Like its sister ships the Sea Cloud and Sea Cloud II, the Sea Cloud Spirit combines a genuine passion for sailing with the atmosphere of a private yacht.  The 453-square feet three-masted sailing ship can accommodate up to 136 guests and, like its two sister ships, occupies a special niche within...

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