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What is Your Preferred Ship Size – Small Luxury or Yacht? From Just 32 Guests

Ocean vessels come in all sizes, but for some the choice is on the smaller side, yet among the categories of luxury, tall ship or yacht. Passengers on these smaller ocean cruises are looking for a more intimate experience. CruiseCompete has divided today’s ships into size categories and provides information on the benefits each provides, from XS, S, M, L, XL to XXL. See the list below of small ocean vessels with guest capacity ranging from only…

Virtual Happy Hour

As COVID-19 continues to sideline the cruise industry, ships and their personnel aren’t the only ones affected. Those of us who cover it — hundreds of journalists, media and public relations professionals — are also in lockdown, perched in front of computers in our homes, dreaming about when we can get back to sea. But thanks to technologies like Zoom, we can still interact with our colleagues and share information. The latest example was a virtual happy…

SeaDream Yacht Club is the First Luxury Line to Resume Sailing

SeaDream Leads the Way into the Future of Luxury Travel Courtesy SeaDream Yacht Club: OSLO, Norway (June 24, 2020) — SeaDream’s first Norwegian voyage set sail from Oslo on Saturday, June 20th. This marks the start of the first luxury line in the world to resume operations since March 2020. SeaDream’s Norwegian voyages have sparked an overwhelming excitement. The company had initially plan to sail in Norway with only one ship, SeaDream I, for 9 voyages. After the first voyages started quickly selling out, SeaDream made the…

What is Your Preferred Cruise Ship Size, from Small to Large?

Ocean vessels offer myriad cruise vacations with onboard activities and amenities, along with exciting destinations. Passengers get a feel for the endless ocean waters, travel to ports around the world and can experience the joy of cruising in many different ways. CruiseCompete has divided today’s ships into size categories and provides information on the benefits each provides, from XS, S, M, L, XL to XXL. Ships sizes range from the Pacific Princess, at close to 700 guests,…

Haute Couture on the High Seas- Guidelines and Tips For Packing For Your Next Cruise Vacation

On the glamorous ocean liners of days past, long gowns and tuxedos used to be de rigeur for dinner. While some passengers – especially on luxury liners – still opt to get all “decked out”, the rules have become significantly more relaxed, and many of the old guidelines have fallen by the wayside. With things constantly changing in the world of cruise “fashion”, it’s often hard to determine what to pack for a cruise. What’s appropriate can vary by…

100+ Cruise Itineraries Allow Access To Sacred Places Around the World

There are more than 100 cruise itineraries that provide access to sacred places – sites of healing, guidance, and divine inspiration that are found all around the world. The significance of these hallowed sites cannot be expressed in words or pictures – to understand their impact, the faithful must visit them in person, to experience healing, guidance or divine inspiration. While many of the world’s most sacred sites have historically been inaccessible to all but the hardiest…

12 Places You Spend Money at Sea & Why It’s Well Spent

Remember Club Med? The all-inclusive vacation? You paid for drinks with plastic beads you wore around your neck. After our one experience, I realized “Everyone was treated equal.” On a cruise, “Everyone is treated like a king or queen.” There’s a difference. You will be spending some money along the way. Some people you meet aboard ship might come across as “cheap.” Let’s be gracious and say they were unprepared. Here are 12 areas you will likely…

All Inclusive Resorts in the United States

A vacation at an all inclusive resort is a great way to relax and recharge. There are several fantastic options spread across the United States. So whether you’r e searching for sun & sand or snow & mountains or a chance to relax at a luxurious spa you can find one that will fit your needs. We’d love to hear from you. For more information about any of these beautiful resorts or to get a quote, please…

Luxury Cruise Webinar

As some river and expedition cruising begins to come back in Europe, Seatrade Cruise Talks hosted a webinar July 16 on “Restarting Europe’s River and Luxury Cruises: Lessons Learnt.” Moderated by Seatrade’s Frederik Erdmann, it featured panelists Rudi Schreiner, president and co-founder of AmaWaterways, Monic van der Heyden, commercial manager for the Port of Amsterdam, and Emilio Freeman, vice-president of Itineraries and Destinations for Sea Dream Yacht Club. Freeman kicked things off by reviewing how Sea Dream…

My Top 10 Favorite Ports

If you are reading this article, you love cruising. You are counting down the days until the industry resumes operations. It’s fun to think about favorite ports you have visited. These are the ones I would return to in a heartbeat. In no particular order, they are: Malta. It’s been called one of the most visually beautiful harbors to experience as your ship approaches the city of Valetta. You are in the Mediterranean. You think you know…