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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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SHARE by Curtis Stone on Princess Cruises

Walking on-board the Emerald Princess, I admired the 19 deck cruise ship with almost 900 glass balconies attached the 1,539 guest rooms. What makes this ship extra special is Executive Chef Curtis Stone’s fine dining restaurant SHARE. It’s featured on only three Princess Cruises ships, to provide passengers an celebrity chef culinary experience while at sea. Chef Curtis Stone creates an inviting dining room with walls of glass windows for ocean view dining in an opulent setting. Inside a private dining room are photos of Stone and memorabilia, including his first recipe Orange Cake that he wrote out in...

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World-Renowned Designer Adam D. Tihany Appointed Creative Director of New Cunard Ship

Luxury cruise company, Cunard is proud to announce that world-renowned designer, Adam D. Tihany has been appointed Creative Director of its upcoming new ship. Tihany will oversee the entire interior design process of the much-anticipated, but still unnamed ship, which will join the Cunard fleet in 2022. Widely regarded as one of the world’s most talented designers, Tihany has made his name creating beautiful spaces for luxurious and iconic hotels, restaurants and resorts across the globe, including The Beverly Hills Hotel, Belmond Hotel Cipriani and The Oberoi New Delhi. “The name Cunard is obviously magical and I’m very excited...

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Wellness at Island Spa Catalina

Recently I cruised on a one hour Catalina Express boat ride from Long Beach to Catalina Island. The captain slowed down when a pod of dolphins were feeding, so we could all admire this magnificent mammals. Once I arrived in Avalon, I walked along to pedestrian-only front street to enjoy a day at the spa with a 60 minute Sea of Life facial, complimentary treatment enhancement, $30 credit at Encanto Cafe, 25% retail discount at the Spa Shoppe and complimentary access to all spa amenities. Walking into the spa, I was introduced to Spa Director Zach Thomas formerly of...

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Cruise from the Emerald Isle to the Land of Fire and Ice in Ultimate Comfort

I am easily enamored with all things Irish and my affinity with the country and its people is apparent as soon as I step on the soil of this magical, mystical isle. I adopt O’Stone as my new last name, attempt to speak with a lilting brogue, drink Guinness for breakfast and can belt out the words to “Molly Malone” with the best of them, albeit off-key. Sadly, my strong Germanic genes and Yank accent are dead giveaways, making my transformation to an Irish lass highly improbable. But, hey, you got to give me credit for trying! Although I’ve...

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Crystal Symphony Completes Her Most Dramatic Redesign Ever

One of the most awarded luxury ships in the world has a sophisticated new look, offering travelers freshly imagined choices during their global vacations. Crystal Symphony has emerged from dry dock, returning to the seas with newly designed spaces, features and amenities that luxury travelers crave. The ship’s new Open Seating dining concept ushers in new restaurants on board, while more of the spacious, butler-serviced Penthouse accommodations were added. Throughout the ship, state-of-the-art technological upgrades were installed, enhancing guests’ connectivity and access to entertainment and news on demand. The month-long dry dock redesign marks the most expansive makeover in Crystal Symphony’s esteemed history,...

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Luxury Sailing Wind Surf Cruise

Flying into St. Maarten, we noticed a few multi-million-dollar yachts in the harbor and sleek jets at the airport. Hailing a taxi, we drove through the town of Philipsburg to the cruise terminal to board one of the most beautiful Windstar sailing yachts. The Wind Surf looked small next to four enormous vessels: a Royal Caribbean ship, Crystal Cruise ship, P & O and a Holland America ship. We reserved two cabins to visit and explore six different Caribbean ports. A smaller boat means fewer lines and shorter wait times. On this particular cruise there were only 281 passengers. The...

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Aboard the One-of-a-Kind Crystal Esprit

The one-of-a-kind Crystal Esprit yacht was launched as part of the line’s brand expansion into every aspect of luxury travel, which included private jets (Crystal Luxury Air), river cruises, new ocean ships/products and more. The yacht, which debuted in December 2015 was formerly a private vessel built in 1991 and owned by Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, the Malaysian billionaire who acquired the cruise line earlier in the year. After an extensive renovation and retrofit, the Crystal Esprit emerged as a 31-cabin ship that could carry a maximum of 62 passengers, with a 90+ crew—a service ratio that truly...

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Nine Wine-centric Voyages offered by SeaDream in 2018

Continuing its commitment to and enhancing the superbly established level of award-winning culinary experiences, SeaDream Yacht Club announces nine Wine Voyages for the 2018 season. Showcasing the most picturesque yachting ports of the Mediterranean, and Caribbean for 2018, on five-to-ten day sailings, each itinerary pairs the ultimate wine experience with the regions’ most scenic backdrops. Whether a seasoned wine connoisseur or new to learning about and liking wine, these voyages are a perfect occasion for developing a passion and knowledge of wine and cuisine. Guests onboard these vino-centric sailings will explore the flavors and history from some of the...

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Ocean and River Cruises: What’s Trending With Consumers

CruiseCompete has released its CruiseTrends™ report for the month of March 2017. This report is sponsored by © EyeforTravel Ltd. It reads: We have mined our wealth of data to provide information on the most popular cruise trends among consumers, including the top ships, lines and travel dates for premium, luxury and river cruising. The CruiseTrends™ report for March 2017 is detailed below. To see more topics and data, please visit CruiseCompete’ s pressroom or click here to see the entire March 2017 report. Most Popular Cruise Lines (Based on the total number of quote requests for each cruise line in the given month) 1. Premium/Contemporary: Carnival Cruise Lines...

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Cruising Portugal’s River of Gold

River cruising, luxury sailing on ships smaller than ocean liners, has gained tremendous popularity, especially with the Boomer generation. The desire for adventure and learning is enhanced by what is called “experiential travel” or connecting participants with the history and culture of a destination. The journey includes excursions and interactive workshops in cities and towns strung along the waterway. I recently took a Viking River Cruise in Portugal that not only met, but also exceeded those goals. Arrival in Lisbon Portugal rests in Southwestern Europe bordering Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. The entire country is only about half the...

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