A Visit with Edie Rodruiguez, Crystal Cruises’ President and COO

I just loved this article about Edie Rodriguez, the President and COO of Crystal Cruises, so I asked for permission to reprint it from the author Debbi Kickham, and she graciously agreed.  You can visit the website for Debbi’s best-selling travel book at www.GorgeousGlobetrotter.com. Cruising her way to the top: Edie Rodriguez Edie Rodriguez is a type-A born-and-bred New Yorker and last year was made president and chief operating officer at Crystal Cruises. We checked in with her to …

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Internet Perk for Select Oceania Passengers

One of the best things about sailing a luxury line is the added amenities that come with the cruise package, and Oceania has just sweetened the deal. The line has just announced that beginning in the fall of 2015, they will be offering complimentary internet to passengers who book either a suite or Concierge-Level cabins… fleetwide. If you book an Owner’s suite, or a Vista or Oceania suite, you will receive unlimited internet for the entire voyage.  …

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MSC- The details on its new “Inclusive Experiences” structure

MSC Cruises has launched its “Inclusive Experiences”, a new pricing structure that lets guests choose more of what they want included in their cruising experience. There are four category choices: Bella, Fantastica, Aurea, and MSC Yacht Club.  (Pricing within these categories ranges from la carte to all-inclusive, depending on the vacationers choice.) The line invites it’s passengers to consider what they want most from their cruise, then make their category choice based on these questions: Do you …

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Uniworld unveils newest destination, India, and new luxury all-suite ship sailing the Ganges River in 2016

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises announces the newest addition to their collection of boutique river cruises and tours—“India’s Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges” from New Delhi to Kolkata—set to debut in January 2016. The 12-night itinerary includes seven nights onboard the new all-suite Ganges Voyager II, the most ultra-luxurious river cruise ship sailing the Ganges River. For the five-night land portion of the itinerary, luxurious accommodation are provided at the award-winning Oberoi Hotels and Resorts Collection, including …

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Princess Cruises’ Annual Relaxation Report – What does it tell us?

Ask almost anyone the reasons for their upcoming vacation, and you’ll invariably find “relaxation” among the top responses.  We’re constantly searching for ways to unwind and improve our physical and mental well-being. Princess Cruises releases an annual report on whether American’s are succeeding in this pursuit- and the answer, unsurprisingly, is no.  “Despite that an overwhelming 99% of Americans agree that relaxation is essential for their overall health and well-being, on average Americans spend only an hour …

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Silversea Cruises’ haute couture staff uniforms

Sailing on Silversea brings to mind luxury and glamour, which is reflected throughout their ships, amenities, and fabulous destinations.  The line has taken things a step further with the debut of new, haute couture uniforms.  Here’s information on the thought process, design, and implementation of their fabulous new staff uniforms, straight from the line: Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises’ newly designed uniforms were previewed in a fashion show held aboardSilver Wind in Venice recently. They were created by Italy’s prestigious …

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Chef Todd English sails (and signs) aboard Queen Mary 2- and his cake is to die for!

This week, celebrity chef Todd English is on board the Queen Mary 2 as she sails from New York to Boston.  While there, he will be signing copies of his book, Cooking in Everyday English: The ABCs of Great Flavor at Home, and take part in a Q&A with the Entertainment Director. English will also be developing a new menu with the QM2 culinarystaff, which will be available on sailings later this summer.  For those of you not …

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AmaWaterways offers themed cruises: Art, Beer and Jazz themes beginning March 2015

AmaWaterways, a wonderful river cruise line, and one of my personal favorites, has announced three new themed cruises.  Passengers can now book two new Beer Cruise sailings,an Art Illumination Cruise and  a Jazz Cruise ( these cruises begin to sail in March 2015).  The line has created these special cruises in response to requests from their guests, who are enthusiasts of the selected themes. Here’s more information on the sailings, straight from the line: “Beer buffs will have the chance to sample an array of authentic ales and …

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2015-2016 Exotics Sailings From Princess Cruises

Attention world travelers: Princess Cruises has provided information on their exotics sailings… 40 itineraries, to 140 destinations in 70 countries, on six continents. Worldwide destinations include Tahiti and the South Pacific, South America, Australia/New Zealand, Asia and Africa. Less  visited ports can be experienced via the line’s small ships, or on a 111-day World Cruise sailing roundtrip from North America. Here’s the information on available cruises, direct from Princess Cruises: Princess’ 2014-15 Exotics program includes Asia & …

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World travel via private jet journeys

I do love luxury travel, and I recently came across information on a different way to see the world- Private Jet Journeys.  This travel option is available through TCS Expeditions, the most experienced private jet team in the industry. If you’d like to see the world traveling via the comfort and luxury of a private jet, please email me at Heidi@AllThingsCruise.com. Here are some of the perks that this type of travel offers: Schedules that fly direct …

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