Can Baby Boomers and Gen Y 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 four 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 10 most popular cruise ships, by category, for 2014

What do passengers really think about their cruise experiences? AllThingsCruise.com asks travelers to review their cruises right after they return, while impressions are still fresh on their minds. Over the past few years, several thousand consumers have done so and this has provided insight as to their favorite ships and cruise lines. “Not only is this information helpful to those who write and report on the industry, but the first-hand reviews give real insight to the onboard …

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Sailing on Crystal for An Antarctic White Christmas

Crystal is currently advertising a sizable savings on their very unique 18-day Antarctic sailing, departing December 21, 2013. Through August 30, 2013, passengers who book the itinerary, which sails to Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Falkland Islands, Drake Passage, Cape Horn, and the Chilean Fjords ( multiple excursions to the Antarctic continent) will save $600 per person. Due to the strict environmental regulations, these types of sailings are very limited- in fact, it’s the only one of its kind …

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Crystal announces its 2014 World Cruise Adventures

Crystal Cruises is renowned for its shore excursions; in fact, it’s relatively safe to say they set the standard within the industry. This week, they announced their 2014 World Cruise Adventures offerings (the earliest this information has ever been released, by the way), so if you’re thinking ahead to next year’s world cruise (as I always am), you’ll definitely want to take note. These excursions (and many more, over 200) will be offered on their World Cruise, …

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Crystal makes some changes for 2013

  Crystal Cruises is one of my favorite lines; they have beautiful ships, countless amenities, and some of the best shore excursions to be had.  I think they’re absolutely wonderful. I also think, however, that the charms of this particular line have been somewhat lost on the younger generation.  Crystal, historically, has mostly tailored it’s offerings to the affluent, mature, and “cultured” cruiser.  However, it seems their way of doing things may be undergoing a bit of …

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Abracadabra!! Crystal Cruises Announces Partnership with Magic Castle

Okay, yes, I admit it.  I am a fan of magic shows.  In fact, I was delighted this summer when my children decided to attend magic camp and learn some tricks of the trade. I was disappointed, however, to learn that they were sworn to a “Magician’s Code of Secrecy” that did not permit them to pass along their newly learned secrets to a non-magician.  (Of course, their professionalism in performing was perhaps not up to the highest …

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Solo Fares On Crystal Cruises- Fall 2012 Sale!

Good news for those who travel solo- luxury line Crystal Cruises is offering a solo travelers’ sale on its fall Mediterranean itineraries. The cruise line is offering solo travelers the option of a private stateroom on Crystal Serenity’s eight 11-day and 12-day sailings to the Black Sea, Middle East, Canary Islands, and the Mediterranean. Sale fares are available on departures beginning on September 6, 2012, for a 10 percent solo supplement on a private, deluxe outside stateroom, Category …

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Evenings at the Bistro

Artisinal cheeses- Image courtesy of Crystal Cruises Crystal Cruises, well known for their exemplary dining venues and cuisine options (due in large part to Executive Chef Nobu Matsuhisa- who by the way will be on one of their cruises this spring) is expanding one of its most popular venue’s evening hours. The Bistro, with European-style sidewalk café ambiance, will offer “small bites,” desserts, and “midnight” snacks, along with premium wines and flavored coffees.  The new nightly café …

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Crystal Welcomes Mast Chef Nobu Matsuhisa Aboard

Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa courtesy of Crystal Cruises One of my favorite indulgences while cruising is fine dining… and the cruise line have some of the best cuisine to be found- both at sea and on land.  This is due in great part to the effort they put into recruiting the best chefs, as demonstrated by the fact that  Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa will be aboard Crystal Serenity in May as Executive Chef in Silk Road and …

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Crystal’s All-New, All-Inclusive Program

Crystal Cruises (a favorite luxury cruise line of mine) has a history of upgrading their award-winning luxury vacation experience every year with increased complimentary amenities, services and dining options.  So it’s no surprise that in keeping with an industry movement towards a more all-inclusive cruise experience, Crystal Cruises is adding gratis gratuities and wine and bar service to its already extensive luxury services and amenities. Effective Spring 2012, the Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will include complimentary …

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