Compagnie du Ponant: Casual Elegance

I’ve really taken a liking to the Compagnie du Ponant line.  This small ship line, whose 5 gorgeous ships hold between 64 and 226 guests, provides an intimate cruise experience that includes all meals, evening entertainment and events, baggage handling from pier to the ship and vice versa.  The French registry allows the line to visit unusual locales such as Cuba and Libya, and also adds to the flavor of the International and French cuisine, with complimentary …

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AMAWaterways November 2010 Wine Cruise

Attention, wine connoisseurs: AMAWATERWAYS has a fantastic new wine-themed cruise slated for November 12, 2010, on the MS Amalegro!  “Vineyards of the Rhine and Mosel” will feature visits to world-famous wineries, off-site dinners hosted by renowned winemakers, onboard lectures plus much more! AMAWATERWAYS President  Rudi Schreiner will host the 7-night cruise, which will travel from Amsterdam to Trier, Germany.  (After the cruise, guests will head to Luxembourg for a city tour of the Grand Duchy, followed by …

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Good News For AMA Waterways Cruise Lovers!

Luxury river cruise line AMAWaterways has recently expanded its fleet to 12 ships! European cruisers can now book sailings on the beautiful new AMABELLA.  This 162-passenger river cruise ship features staterooms with a more square footage than most oceangoing vessels (214, on average) and lavish double balconies. Additional amenities include an exclusive chef’s table restaurant (seating just 24) with dedicated chef, upgraded “infotainment” system, Wi-Fi, a library and swimming pool.  Thinking about traveling with AMA next year? …

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NCL Has Accepted Delivery Of The Norwegian Epic!!

Exciting updates on NCL’s newest ship, the Norwegian Epic!! On June 17, 2010, Norwegian Cruise Line accepted delivery of its fleet’s largest ship, and began the inaugural season!  The Epic, weighing in at 153,000 gross tons, ship sailed on her inaugural cruise on June 21st, and left  June 24th on a sold out 7-day transatlantic cruise from Southampton to New York. The Epic carries on NCL’s tradition of Freestyle Cruising and will be christened on July 2nd by …

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Cunard Line Announces Dining Amenities Aboard The New Queen Elizabeth

 Cunard, one of my favorite lines, has long been renowned for its dining venues and cuisine, and the launch of its new ship Queen Elizabeth, this fall, will continue this beautiful and delicious tradition. The Queen Elizabeth’s newest venues will feature art deco touches, with marble, rich wood paneling, elaborate mosaics, and luminous chandeliers. Here’s a peek at what guests aboard this gorgeous new ship can expect:  Cunard’s luxury-loving guests will love the traditional British Service served …

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Cruising With Young Children?

Some of the fondest memories I have of vacationing with my family are trips when my children were very young.  There is something about watching a small child come to know new experiences and surroundings- it’s an idea that’s very dear to my heart.  Now that my own children are grown and world travelers themselves, I like to think that the travels of their youth sparked their interest and love of different environments and cultures.  A family vacation, regardless …

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Silversea: Tips on the Dress Code

All of us at AllThingsCruise love Silversea.  We receive quite a few questions about the cabins, the destinations and of course the food…but the one question that we are asked over and over is about the dress code. Even many of my close friends have the impression that Silversea is more on the formal side; this really is a misperception.  I thought this information regarding the dress code for one of our favorite lines could be helpful …

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NORWEGIAN EPIC HOSTS MACY’S FIREWORKS DISPLAY

Every year, Macy’s hosts the largest fireworks display in the nation, with their Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® celebration.  This year, the display will have an exciting new twist: guests onboard the super ship Norwegian Epic will have a front row seat!  The NCL’s Epic will be playing host to both the fireworks display and the corresponding NBC broadcast , set to air at 9pm on July 4th, 2010.  The Epic, with its enormous size and myriad …

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Introducing our newest addition, Compagnie du Ponant!

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Terri Haas, the Chief Commercial Officer for a wonderful French cruise line, Compagnie du Ponant.  After learning more about this outstanding company, we are so pleased to add their information to AllThingsCruise; we know that our readers will love them as much as we do. Compagnie du Ponant’s motto is “Cruises inspired by your most beautiful dreams.”, and with a little background, you’ll see why this is true Compagnie du …

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Antarctica Cruises to Become Extremely Limited

This week, the International Maritime Organization banned the use of heavy fuel oil ships sailing in Antarctica.  This means beginning August 1, 2011, most large cruise ships will be banned from sailing in Antarctica.  Current projections say that the number of cruise passengers traveling to Antarctic waters will drop from 15,531 in this past season to 6,400 once the ban is in place. Worried that this might affect your dreams of exploring this unique and fragile landscape?  …

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