Viking Celebrates New Ships with Picasso Tour, Dinner and a Rare Concert

  BASEL, Switzerland — As I discussed a week ago, Viking just named seven new river ships  and did a lot of celebrating. There were nearly 20 cruise journalists in attendance and Viking made our Basel visit extra interesting by inviting us to tour their operational headquarters in Basel. This turned out to be quite the treat as it gave us insight into the depth of their operations. Executive VP Tony Hoffman led us from department to …

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Viking Names Seven New River Ships in Impressive Ceremony

  BASEL, Switzerland – Yesterday Viking Cruises kicked off the 2019 cruising season with the naming of seven new river ships. But there was a hitch: Only two of the ships were in Basel. Two were at the shipyard in Rostock, Germany, two were in Brunsbuttel, Germany, delayed by weather and the last was in Porto, Portugal. But Viking put its creative talents to work and devised a “virtual” naming. All of the ships’ godmothers were in …

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Crystal Announces Partnership with ORCA, a Leading Marine Conservation Organization

  MIAMI March 4, 2019 – Today, Crystal announced a new partnership with ORCA, a leading conservation organization dedicated to the protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises (collectively known as cetaceans). ORCA is placing wildlife experts on board Crystal Symphony to train Crystal’s bridge crew in the protocol for collecting scientific data about the animals’ behavior as well as best conservation practices. While onboard for the training, ORCA’s Cruise Conservationists will also lead Crystal guests through Q&A …

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Virgin Voyages- Hot Tubs, Guitars, Vinyl Record Players and Jaw-Dropping Service

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Massive Suite- Three rooms and a terrace fit for rock & roll royalty define this suite, with an outdoor hot tub, music room, runway table, Peek-a-View shower and enough space for a party to rival a Sir Richard Branson soiree. Take all the time you need to get ready, the champagne on the terrace is only getting colder. Virgin Voyages- launching in 2020, stay tuned for details.

11 Fantastic Reasons to Sail with Riviera River Cruises

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 If you are searching for the ultimate European cruise, be sure to read up on Riviera River Cruises! This cruise line prides itself on attention to detail in every aspect of its offerings, and guests say a voyage “feels like coming home”. Below are 11 great reasons to sail with Riviera River Cruises: 1. Solo river cruises: For a number of Riviera River Cruises sailings, there is no single supplement charge.  Every sailing has double cabins set aside with no single supplement. …

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Cunard Announces Queen Mary 2 Refit Plans

Cunard Announces Queen Mary 2 Refit Plans Flagship to Receive Significant Enhancements During Planned Dry Dock                                 Cunard Line has released details of the planned refit of the company’s flagship Queen Mary 2, in preparation for her eighth birthday in January 2012.  With major refurbishments and redesigns of carpets, curtains, bedcovers and linens, and other enhancements, a luxury cruise vacation will be …

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Are Baby Boomers and Gen Y Able to Happily Coexist on the Same Cruise Ship?

I recently planned a cruise vacation for my family and myself; my husband and I are Baby Boomers and our 4 children are Gen Y.  This trip required a great deal of research to please everyone; my children’s wants and needs are very different from ours.  Hope the information we uncovered proves useful for you. Warmest regards, Heidi – Editor-at-Large, AllThingsCruise AllThingsCruise Offers Solutions for Mixing Baby Boomers & Gen Y (aka Echo Boomers, Generation Me and Millennials) …

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The Arctic: A food court for animals

DAY 5  —  FOOD COURT FOR ANIMALS We’re smack in the middle of a bustling fast food court—for Arctic animals. Aboard the Lindblad Expedition’s National Geographic Explorer,  in the Arctic, we’re at the north entrance of Wood fjord in the part of northern Spitsbergen that’s covered with what’s called “fast ice.” Naturalist Ian Bullock explains to me that there is an abundance o food here.  Thus the Eider ducks, the walrus — yes, we see a walrus!– …

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Can You Cruise (On A Budget) This Summer?

The traditional time for a family vacation is, of course, the summer.  The kids are out of school, the weather’s great, and mid-year is about the time everyone really gets the itch to take off and do something new. With this thought in mind, Money Magazine recently published an informal poll that asked families what their summer travel budget is for 2011.  Here’s what the respondents had to say: 27% won’t travel this summer. 27% will spend …

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