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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? …

Azamara’s All-Inclusive Gets More Inclusive!

Azamara Club Cruises have made some changes to their policies.  This translates to good news for the passenger, as Azamara is adding a number of things into their all inclusive fare!  Effective 4/1/10, guests will see the following changes: Drinks are included: sodas, bottled water, coffees and wine are now included in the fare. No need to tip: gratuities are now included. Suite guests will now receive complimentary dining in Azamara’s specialty restaurants, and English butler service in…

Nanaimo, B.C., suspends cruise ship terminal project

The cruise industry has been recovering steadily from the poor results of 2008 and 2009 and many at the recent SeaTrade convention were predicting more good news. So it was sad to see this item today: According to Cruise Industry News, the Nanaimo Port Authority Board of Directors has suspended the $22-million floating cruise ship terminal project because, as of April 1 it had not received the federal environmental assessment permits required to proceed with tender and…

Prices reduced on three expedition trips to Greenland and Iceland

Hurtigruten has announced pricing specials on three new Greenland & Iceland expedition cruises — sailings that combine the remote polar regions of the world’s largest island and its 5,000-year-old history (that includes Eric the Red and Fridtjof Nansen), with Reykjavik, the vibrant capital city of Iceland, and on the 14-day sailing, Eastern Canada. Each journey includes informative lectures, landings and shore excursions and offers the chance to get close to the culture, wildlife and communities of Greenland’s…

Seven Seas Voyager receives accolades for the quality of its food and dining room service

The all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Voyager of Regent Seven Seas Cruises has been voted the cruise ship with the best food and dining room service by members of the prestigious World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society for the second year in a row. According to the society, when choosing a cruise, “the category of food is often at the top of everyone’s list of importance.” When voting, their members considered food taste, quality and presentation. Equally important…

NCL raises prices this Friday; will keep its call line open one hour longer

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is giving customers an extra hour to book a cruise vacation before the line implements its largest rate increase in company history with prices going up by as much as seven percent fleet-wide on Friday, April 2. The company’s call center will stay open until 1 a.m. the morning of the increase giving everyone a last chance to book current pricing on the line’s 10 Freestyle Cruising ships along with its newest and…

Star Clippers offers free air and $1,000 savings on sailings in the Med

Star Clippers is offering free air and $1,000 savings on seven 14-night sailings aboard Star Clipper and Star Flyer in the Mediterranean from May through September. Eligible for the promotion are two 14-night “Grand Mediterranean” voyages between Monte Carlo and Rhodes on the Star Flyer. Departing July 3 from Monte Carlo and Aug. 21 from Rhodes, the cruises call at less-visited destinations in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Sicily and Corsica. Fares begin at $3,285 per person, double, which…

Seabourn offers 2-for-1 cruise fares on all voyages through fall 2011

The Yachts of Seabourn has opened its 2011-12 cruise season for sale with two-for-one cruise fares plus value-priced air add-ons on all Seabourn voyages through fall 2011. Cruise fares start at $3,250 per person, and round-trip, add-on airfares from 40 North American gateways begin at $499 for economy and $1,999 for business class. A complete 24-month listing of itineraries and fares is available at www.seabourn.com. “With the addition of Seabourn Sojourn this June, and Seabourn Quest in…

Single supplement waived on the Paul Gauguin for seven sailings this spring

Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, is waiving single supplement fees for seven sailings this spring. The offer is for stateroom categories B through F when booked by April 30. Eligible sail dates are April 6, Cook & Society Islands, 11 nights; April 17, Society Islands, seven nights; April 24, Society Islands, seven nights; May 8, Fiji Westbound, 13 nights; May 22, Fiji Eastbound, 15 nights; June 12, Society Islands,…

Compagnie du Ponant to introduce new mega-yacht this spring

Compagnie du Ponant, a French company that recently opened a U.S. office, is introducing a new $150 million mega-yacht, the 264-guest Le Boréal, this spring. The 466-foot mega-yacht was built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. A sister ship, L’Austral, will debut in spring 2011.

Le Boréal will have a staff-to-guest ratio of 1:2. Public spaces include a theater for performances and lectures, the Main Lounge with a dance floor and live music, the Panoramic Lounge for live entertainment and Internet access, a library, two open-air bars and two restaurants. Serving French and international cuisine, La Licorne will offer three meals a day in an elegant setting. At the more casual La Boussole, guests can dine inside or in the open air on lighter meals for breakfast, buffet lunch and themed dinners. The yacht also provides 24-hour room service.

The vessel will have a Carita spa with a hammam and a hydrotherapy room. The fitness center will be equipped with treadmills, bicycles and kinesis equipment. The ship also has an expansive Sun Deck with a swimming pool and terrace with panoramic views. Le Boréal has will carry a fleet of Zodiac rubberized rafts that allow guests to explore as well as a marina platform that allows access to the water for swimming or water sports.

All but eight of Le Boréal’s 132 suites and staterooms have verandas. Measuring between 484 to 200 square feet, the suites and staterooms have king or twin beds, bathtubs or showers, L’Occitane amenities, flat-screen satellite TV, DVD, CD and iPod players, satellite telephone and Wi-Fi. Suites also have Nespresso machines and Carita amenities. Le Boréal has the flexibility to reconfigure 40 staterooms into 20 suites, making a total of 24 suites and 88 staterooms.

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