Planning a Wedding at Sea?

Transatlantic travel should be a majestic experience, one that evokes the pleasures of a golden era.  This is perhaps bestcaptured by Cunard, a name that has long been synonymous with luxury cruising.   Over time, they have refurbished and updated their ships while still holding true to the traditional values that have made them so popular. Now, they’ve added a program sure to have  guests singing their praises: the Cunard Wedding Programme. Please read on for a quick …

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Crystal invites travelers to sleep in-without missing the adventure

The need to choose between catching up on much needed sleep and embarking on a great adventure while on vacation is no more.  This fall, in an industry first, Crystal Cruises will debut new Crystal Adventures planned especially for late-risers, offering the same enriching experiences in the world’s most stunning and significant destinations, beginning later in the day.  With the line’s acclaimed excursions typically departing the ship within 30-60 minutes of docking or tendering – as early …

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises adds unlimited free internet to all-inclusive offering

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ brand of all-inclusive luxury is expanding to include unlimited internet access.  For all Regent Seven Seas Cruises voyages setting sail after January 1, 2015, guests booked in Master, Grand, Seven Seas, Horizon, Mariner, Navigator and Voyager suites will receive unlimited complimentary internet access.  The free internet access is available for the duration of the cruise and is accessible in all public spaces and suites via the ship-wide Wi-Fi system. “By introducing the industry’s …

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Cunard’s Queen Victoria makes maiden call at St Raphael on the Cote d’Azur

Heads turned when Cunard’s Queen Victoria made the cruise line’s maiden call at St Raphael on the Cote d’Azur this weekend.  The ship, with nearly one member of crew for each of her 2,000 passengers, was almost a week into her 14-night voyage from Southampton, having already called at Cartagena and Barcelona in Spain when she arrived in St Raphael’s bay on Saturday 2 August – a first for the Cunard fleet. After spending the day at …

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Fitness garden to bloom on Crystal Symphony with fall makeover

Beginning fall 2014, Crystal Cruises’ guests can train like world-class athletes with new fitness equipment that has been the official choice for Olympic and World Cup competitors.  Complementing the luxury cruise line’s new, active shoreside options that launched in 2014, the new equipment, provided by Technogym – the official supplier of Olympic Games and World Cup events — will make its cruise industry debut, along with an industry-first circuit training program, when installed on Crystal Symphony during …

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Lusitania exhibition to be assembled for commemoration cruise aboard Queen Victoria

Cunard has commissioned historian Eric Sauder to produce a temporary exhibition of Lusitania memorabilia that will be displayed on board Queen Victoria during her 3 May 2015 voyage commemorating the loss of Lusitania 100 years earlier. Eric Sauder has been interested in ocean liners, particularly Lusitania, for more than 30 years, with his first job being a tour guide on Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. He has dived on the wreck of Lusitania and has authored …

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Nobel Peace Prize recipient Desmond Tutu to join Crystal spring 2015 South Africa voyage

World-renowned peace and human rights crusader Archbishop Desmond Tutu will bring an especially intimate perspective of South Africa – and the world – aboard Crystal Cruises’ March 13, 2015 voyage through Tutu’s African homeland.  The 1984 Nobel Laureate was considered his country’s “voice of conscience” throughout its struggle against apartheid, and is still one of world’s leading voices for freedom and justice.  Via a complimentary presentation and interactive Q & A session, the Archbishop will share personal …

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Oceania Cruises adds “Around the World in 180 Days” voyage for 2016

Oceania Cruises announced an additional 180-day journey aboard the newly refurbished Insignia, scheduled to depart on January 4, 2016.  Encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive response by guests to the first two 180-day cruises offered by Oceania Cruises, this newest voyage is the latest in a series that represents the longest and most comprehensive world exploration itineraries available in the cruise industry.  Reservations open for the new Around the World in 180 Days itinerary on July 30, 2014. …

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Historic first: Crystal Cruises to sail elusive Northwest Passage in 2016

The “World’s Best” Crystal Cruises is introducing a new expedition-style  voyage traversing the Arctic Ocean via the legendary Northwest Passage – one so mysterious and remote (500 miles north of the Arctic Circle), that explorers spent centuries seeking the passage, until it was first completed successfully by Roald Amundsen just over 100 years ago. Crystal will be the first luxury cruise line to ever navigate the route, maneuvering through 900 miles of majestic waterways lined with spectacular …

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises begins construction on Seven Seas Explorer

Construction has begun on Seven Seas Explorer at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy.  The crisp pop of a cork being freed from a Krug Grande Cuvée magnum initiated a laser, which cut the ceremonial first piece of steel for the new ship.  Incorporating a bottle of the world’s finest champagne to start the building process is symbolic of the high level of sophistication and design being developed for Seven Seas Explorer, which is scheduled to debut …

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