Silversea will again offer its golf program

Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises will once again host its popular Silver Links golf program on 12 diverse itineraries aboard Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper in 2010.

The program offers golf enthusiasts the chance to perfect their swing on 30 of the most beautiful and challenging courses in 15 countries and island destinations throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the Americas.

“Our golf cruises are an excellent option for the affluent traveler looking to sharpen his or her game,” said Steve Tucker, Silversea’s vice president of field sales for North America.  “Avid golfers of all levels can combine a luxury vacation with the chance to enjoy guided golf excursions and priority tee times at some of the world’s most celebrated links and fairways.”

What to Wear on a Cruise

By Heidi Allison-Shane Packing light for a cruise vacation has always been a challenge. And considering most cruise lines now offer a greater mix of formal, informal and casual evenings at sea, it has become that much harder to choose the right clothes for a voyage. What exactly does “resort casual” mean? How formal is “formal” dress? Does one really have to bring an evening gown or tuxedo on a cruise? Is there anyplace on board where…

Windstar wins honor from UK magazine

Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations, won a 2009 Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Award in the category of “Cruise Line: Small Ships.” Condé Nast Traveller, the magazine for Britain’s most discerning travelers, also acknowledged Windstar as the  best in the small ship category for ambience/décor and service/staff. Windstar was only one of six cruise lines making the prestigious 2009…

Travel insurance? Yes…

Many people neglect to buy travel insurance for their cruises, often to their regret. A couple of years ago my daughter and her husband were facing canceling a cruise because of health concerns…then they discovered they would lose their entire cruise payment. So they went anyway, had a great time but now are believers.

I am a strong proponent for travel insurance. Face it, you may be perfectly healthy and fully intend to go on that cruise but then your father-in-law becomes extremely ill, or a family member passes away, or one of your children has a crisis that requires that you assist them. Face it, –it happens.

So that is why I am so pleased with this new insurance being offered by Holland America Line. Read on:

MSC offering special culinary cruises

Learn the culinary skills needed to prepare fine food and select wines from Italy and around the world on select MSC Cruises itineraries in 2009-10. Exclusive “Food and Wine” theme cruises have been created on the luxurious MSC Melody, MSC Armonia, MSC Orchestra, and the new  sister ships, MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida, to teach guests many of the culinary secrets that have given them such a special stay while on board. These special culinary programs are…

Ruby Princess is a romantic success

By Cynthia Boal Janssens

A number of cruise ships have been christened over the past few years and usually the ceremony consists of much pomp and circumstance and an abundance of speeches.

Princess Cruise Line decided to change that model when it named the Ruby Princess on Nov. 6, 2008, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Because Princess likes to promote itself as the “Most Romantic Cruise Line,” it decided to make the christening of this lovely new ship a themed event.

Ruby red roses adorned the rails and table. Guests at the black tie gala were arrayed in all shades of crimson. Lots of fellows sported red bow ties with their tuxes, while the ladies bedecked themselves with lavish amount of red lace, crepe, and satin.

Conde Nast Traveler honors Ecoventura

ImageHandler.ashxAs many of you know, Chet and I are sailing to the Galapagos islands in a few weeks with Ecoventura. I thought you would be interested in this news:

Conde Nast Traveler Names Galapagos Small Ship Expedition Company Ecoventura Winner of 15th Annual World Savers Award

MIAMI, August 25, 2009 – Ecoventura is the winner of Conde Nast Traveler’s (CNT) 15th Annual World Savers Award in the category of Cruise Lines, announced Santiago Dunn, Ecoventura president. This award recognizes Ecoventura’s ongoing mission to be the pacesetter for responsible tourism in the Galapagos Islands.

Dunn will be on hand to accept the award on Sept. 21 at the third annual Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Congress at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. The Congress expects to draw some 200 CEOs of major travel industry companies.

Heidi Allison Bio

Heidi Allison, Editor-In-Chief,  writes for numerous travel publications.  She created the CruiseTrends report for CruiseCompete — which is reproduced in many travel publications, like Travel Agent Central, MediaPost,  NEWS Marketing Daily, Cruise Industry News, Travel Mole, Black Meeting and Tourism, Cruise Industry Wire, Travel Weekly, Successful Meetings, ETurbo News and The Cruise Editor. She also contributes frequently to Vacation Whispers, AllThingsCruise, CruiseCompete, ResortCompete, VacationCompete, and ExpertTravelAnswers. Ms. Allison’s experience is diverse and her various assignments have included…

Cynthia’s Bio

Cynthia Boal Janssens, AllThingsCruise’s Editor-At-Large, is a veteran travel and cruise writer who became well known to Midwestern audiences during her stint as travel editor of the Detroit News. She has been a freelancer for a number of years now and has been specializing in cruising for most of that time. She has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA (and in Africa, too!) She is particularly interested in small ship cruises and those have…

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