Swan Hellenic Announces Completion of Record-Breaking Antarctic Season with 90% occupancy, and Releases Details of 2025-2026 “Incredible Antarctica” Cruises

Ending its near sell-out Antarctic season with a 20-night voyage from Ushuaia to Cape Town, the cultural expedition cruise pioneer announces what’s in store for explorers of the “White Continent” in 2025-2026. COURTESY SWAN HELLENIC: March 25, 2024 – Today, the ice-class Swan Hellenic cruise ship SH Vega sailed into Cape Town from Ushuaia, bringing the cultural expedition cruise pioneer’s 2023-2024 Antarctic season to a close. And a very successful season it’s been. The figures speak for …

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Family Vacation: Not a cruise, but still on the water!

A quick winter break getaway led us on an awesome 3-day adventure in Georgia. Our destination: the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds on Lake Oconee. The drive into Lake Oconee was everything we had hoped for — tall pines, rolling hills and small glimpses of world=class golf and beautiful homes. From the moment they opened the car door through our seamless check-in process, the entire staff definitely knew the meaning of southern hospitality. The rustic charm of the lobby’s wood …

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Holland America’s 2025-26 Asia Season Will Feature More Than 50 Ports

Holland America Line’s Asia cruise season will explore over 50 ports across 11 countries from September 2025 through April 2026.  Itineraries onboard the Westerdam feature a focus on Japan with 24 different ports of call, as well as visits to Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Sailings depart from Hong Kong, China; Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan; and Singapore, with some itineraries offering up to 12 ports of call in a single …

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Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas to Feature Chief Dog Officer, Rover

COURTESY Cruise Industry News: January 13, 2024 – The new Icon of the Seas will feature a Chief Dog Officer when it enters service later this month. According to Royal Caribbean International’s social media profiles, the golden retriever will live onboard while serving as “family dog” of Icon’s crew. The new crew member, Rover, boarded the ship in Puerto Rico, along with its Chief of Staff Alison Hubble. “As a crew member on the Icon, Rover’s job …

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Riviera River Cruises departures go on sale Nov. 15 …

COURTESY Riviera River Cruises: FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – With its 2025 European river cruise departures going on sale Nov. 15 and Black Friday on Nov. 24, Riviera River Cruises will celebrate throughout the month of November with a discount for travelers. All month long, Riviera will offer a $500 per person discount on 2024 or 2025 river cruises from eight to 15 days, including exclusive departures for solo travelers. “In November, we’re opening bookings for our 2025 …

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PLAY THE GAME. CRUISE THE WORLD, WITH AZAMARA and PERRYGOLF CRUISES

Experience the finest golf in the world’s most memorable destinations with Azamara® and PerryGolf™ Azamara stands alone in the cruise industry in offering a seamlessly integrated golf cruise program to many of the world’s finest destinations. Azamara’s extensive, worldwide portfolio is provided in partnership with PerryGolf, a leading operator of international golf travel, and delivers a highly refined and fully hosted all-inclusive experience, from start to finish. Azamara golf cruises visit over 25 countries each year, with …

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ROYAL CARIBBEAN REVEALS HIDEAWAY BEACH, THE FIRST ADULTS-ONLY ESCAPE ON PERFECT DAY AT COCOCAY

The All-New Beachfront Paradise Opens on the Top-Rated Private Island in The Bahamas in January 2024  September 2023 – Opening January 2024, the new Hideaway Beach on Royal Caribbean’s award-winning Perfect Day at CocoCay will welcome vacationers to enjoy an adults-only escape that includes new dedicated spots for drinks and bites. Highlights include On the Rocks, an al fresco bar along the rocky shore with endless views, that will serve up drinks like frozen margaritas and mai …

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EXPLORA JOURNEYS ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF THE WORLD’S FIRST ROLEX BOUTIQUE AT SEA ON EXPLORA I

COURTESY Explora Journeys: Geneva, Switzerland, June 7, 2023: Explora Journeys, the luxury lifestyle brand of the MSC Group, is proud to announce the first-ever Rolex boutique on board a ship. While enjoying the ultimate in luxury travel, guests aboard EXPLORA I will have the opportunity to purchase some of the world’s most iconic timepieces by Rolex at a boutique entirely dedicated to the Swiss luxury watchmaker. The new ‘Rolex at sea mono brand store’ offers travelers an …

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Loved the Hyatt Coconut Point Resort and Spa as an excellent family destination

The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa is about a 20-minute drive from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) near Fort Myers, Florida. The resort is located in Bonita Springs, which is close to the beach and has its own island, but it’s not truly beachfront in the traditional sense. To get to the beach island you do have to take a ferry. They run them hourly and it’s about a 10 to 15 minute ride, Pelican …

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A Picnic On Hawaii’s Black Sand Beaches

This tour sounds like heaven on earth, such a wonderful way to appreciate the natural beauty of Hawaii…. Exclusive Hana Picnic Escape the large cruise line tours on this intimate, personalized tour. Enjoy a relaxing, personalized tour by our Hawaii state certified guide, who will entertain as well as educate in an air-conditioned luxury van. With only 6-8 guests per tour, explore the spectacular Hana coast and navigate the 617 curves and 54 one-lane bridges on the …

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