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Category: Cruises

World of Hyatt Teams with Lindblad Expeditions

Hyatt Hotels Corporation is collaborating with Lindblad Expeditions, a global provider of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, are offering a new loyalty benefit for World of Hyatt members. One of the small Lindblad Expeditions ships is the National Geographic Venture. She is the second new ship built in Lindblad’s history and launched in December 2018. Offering 50 spacious rooms with 22 of them featuring a step-out balcony with two chairs and a table. Six cabins connect for families and groups to be close together. Each cabin offers a pillow-top pocketed coil 13-inch thick mattress, fitted with 310-thread count sheets and Pima...

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Cruising the Cyclades on Variety Cruises

Sailing to multiple Greek Islands on the small motorized sailing ship Galileo, passengers have the opportunity to visit some of the most well known islands in the Cyclades including Mykonos and Santorini, as well as less populated islands steeped in Greek history. Boarding the 157-foot, 49 passenger wooden ship from Marina Zeas in Athens, Greece, for an 8-day ‘Jewels of the Cyclades’ cruise passengers are welcomed by the Greek Captain and his crew of 16, as they receive their stateroom key. The four level ship has portholes in each tastefully decorated cabin. Twin beds are either separated or pushed...

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Suite-Life on the Regent Seven Seas Mariner

Walking onboard the Regent Seven Seas Mariner before it set sail from Los Angeles, through the Panama Canal to Miami, each guest received a flute of sparkling wine before receiving their suite key card. The Seven Seas Mariner was constructed as the first all-suite, all-balcony ship in 2002. During the summer months, she sails along the coast of Alaska in comfort and style. Other months, she takes guests on longer sailings to some of the most fascinating ports in the world. With over 350 suites, measuring from 301 to 2,002 sq. ft., guests sleep European king-size Slumber Bed with a padded...

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AmaWaterways Launches 2020 Itineraries in Europe, Asia and Africa

  AmaWaterways will debut 24th Ship, AmaSiena and feature unique itineraries and new land extensions Following a record-breaking 2019, award-winning luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways has launched its 2020 Europe, Asia & Africa Extensive Brochure. The company will debut another new ship, AmaSiena, along with the addition of unique itineraries and new land extensions – including an itinerary specifically curated for the revolutionary AmaMagna. “We are always looking to innovate and add new offerings and experiences to surpass the expectations of our guests, and 2020 will be yet another amazing year,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. “With a new...

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Irish Tourism Boosts River Shannon Barging Industry

European Waterways’ Unique Irish Cruise is Buoyed by Ireland’s Record-Breaking Tourism Numbers Ireland is on track to welcome a record number of visitors for 2019, according to the country’s Central Statistics Office (CSO).  Among the beneficiaries of this tourism boom is European Waterways.  The company’s one-of-a-kind hotel barge cruise on the River Shannon aboard the Shannon Princess has already sold out all of its cabins for 2019 and more than 50% for 2020. A big part of the cruise’s attraction is an itinerary that offers a “deep dive” into Irish history, culture, and gastronomic offerings.  Its excursions include tours of magnificent estates,...

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Regent Seven Seas Announces 2022 World Cruise

“Elements of the Pacific” voyage visits 59 ports in 17 countries with 18 overnight stays Regent Seven Seas has announced a rare 120-night Asia-Pacific circumnavigation that provides access to 43 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Enabling luxury travelers to appreciate the natural elements that formed some of the world’s most inspiring regions, the “Elements of the Pacific”-themed world cruise embarks in January 2022 on a 120-night, round-trip journey from San Francisco, California, circumnavigating the inspiring Pacific Rim aboard the award-winning, all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner. It sails to 17 countries and 59 distinct ports of call with 18 overnight stays...

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Cruise Etiquette: 10 Golden Rules

As a veteran cruiser who has sailed from the North Pole to Antarctica, I have seen some amazing behavior—and not in a good way–on some of my trips. People who may be kind, considerate and polite in their everyday lives suddenly morph into whiny, rude, self-centered aliens after they board a cruise ship. Yet it’s really not that hard to be an ideal cruise passenger if you follow a few simple rules that are often versions of the classic “Do unto others.” Plan ahead. Do you have food allergies or medical conditions that require special diets? Virtually all cruise...

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Photo Essay: Luxury Dining Aboard Holland America’s Ship the Koningsdam

All photography ©Dale Sanders 2019, article written by Christine Sallas An evening aboard one of Holland America’s cruise ships is a luxury affair by any standards, but it can be made even more luxurious with elegant experiences at Club Orange or the Pinnacle Grill. The Holland America cruise line is known for its excellent food and superb service, and Club Orange allows guests to enjoy even more luxury benefits. My own dining experiences took place aboard the Koningsdam, one of two ships in Holland America’s line that has begun offering an exclusive Club Orange restaurant for members. Aboard Koningsdam...

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Experience Culinary and Luxury JOY at Sea

I had no idea I would be so pampered in luxury on the revitalized Norwegian Joy during her inaugural sailing to Ensenada, Mexico. Once I presented my passport upon check in, I received a private key card to the Penthouse in The Haven Courtyard. This new, spacious and beautifully appointed concierge enclave offers the most luxurious and well-appointed accommodations. Tapping my card near the entrance on deck 17, the glass door opened to allow me into this exclusive area. A certified butler greeted me and led me to my spacious stateroom cabin 13108. The Haven offers a private bar/lounge,...

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Avalon Waterways Launches Enhanced, Untethered River Cruise Experience

Avalon unveils an enhanced river cruise experience for travelers on its first departure of the new Active & Discovery on the Rhône itinerary aboard the Avalon Poetry II. Our new Avalon Choice program has reinvented the river cruise experience with customizable “Classic,” “Discovery” and “Active” options on every river cruise itinerary,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “Avalon’s innovative Active & Discovery itineraries take that concept one giant step further with “Classic,” “Discovery” and “Active” excursions to choose from every day. This week marks the launch of the first cruise of this kind on the Rhône River.” While all Active...

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5 reasons a river cruise is the ideal way to see Europe

Travel with ease and class on a river cruise for the best ever vacation An international trip is the experience of a lifetime. If you’re looking for a travel option that offers up-close interactions with a cross section of countries — but without the hassle of planning and executing that level of detail yourself — a river cruise may be the option you’re seeking. Unlike an ocean cruise, which typically docks farther away, the size of a river ship allows guests the opportunity to port in small, lesser-known towns and sail into the heart of iconic cities, such as...

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Arctic Cruises: High Adventure for Everyone

For adventure seekers, the Arctic is a wish-list destination that’s easier to reach than Antarctica and easier to experience. It’s a vast area, stretching across the North Pole and including Alaska and northern Canada, as well as the northern regions of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Greenland, and Norway. Because it is so vast, there are many ways to experience the Arctic, from “soft” adventure options, like coastal sailings from Norway that might include a photo op at the Arctic Circle to expedition sailings that could feature glacier walks and dog sledding. In addition to the natural phenomena of Midnight...

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