Oceania commissions Lalique crystal to design the grand stairway for its new ship, the Marina

Oceania Cruises has commissioned Lalique, the fabled French artists of jewelry and crystal to design a grand stairway for the reception area of its new Marina, currently under construction in Italy. The stunning Lalique Grand Staircase will feature double curved staircases and balcony with balustrades of crystal medallions and scrolled iron. Six crystal pillars rising from the landing adorn the two-story, glass elevator surround. A brass banister is complemented by a mahogany handrail. At the base – …

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Cunard’s Queen Victoria will call in San Francisco on Jan. 27 as part of her world cruise

Cunard Line’s youngest ship, Queen Victoria, will be making her maiden call to San Francisco on  January 27, marking her only U.S. inaugural call in the next year. Queen Victoria will stop in the City by the Bay as part of the first segment of her 2010 World Voyage, before continuing across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii.

“We were elated by the welcome our flagship Queen Mary 2 received from San Franciscans in 2007, and have been eagerly anticipating Queen Victoria’s arrival to this illustrious city since the ship entered service,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “We look forward to a warm welcome during this historic port of call.”

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Ellen DeGeneres gives away NCL cruises on her Christmas show

Norwegian Cruise Line spread holiday cheer by taking part in The Ellen DeGeneres show’s 12 Days of Giveaways with a huge surprise for the entire audience: a seven-day Freestyle Cruising vacation for two. Airing today,  on day 11 of the 12-day series on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the cruise giveaway to more than 300 in-studio audience members was also in celebration of Norwegian declaring 2010 as “The Year of the Freestyle Vacation.” The audience cheered and jumped …

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AARP announced new partnership and discounts with MSC Cruises

AARP and MSC Cruises today announced a new relationship giving AARP’s nearly 40 million members access to a discount and other great benefits on Caribbean, Mediterranean, Northern European and transatlantic cruises. Exclusive pricing reflects a $50 per person/$100 per stateroom discount off the price of MSC Cruises’ Early Booking rates and up to a two-category upgrade. AARP member rates and upgrades can be combined with MSC’s Kids Sail Free promotion (kids traveling with two adults in same …

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Good deal for singles from MSC Cruises

Listen up, single cruisers. Here is a deal for you: Single travelers can experience the beauty and tranquility of the Caribbean with special rates for MSC Cruises’ 7-night sailings on the new MSC Poesia. Single guests can book an interior, oceanview, or balcony stateroom for one on select MSC Cruises’ 2009-10 Caribbean itineraries with rates starting at $649. This limited-time offer expires on January 31, 2010. This special single promotion offer is applicable for Categories 1, 4, …

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Royal Princess being moved to P&O fleet, thus spring itineraries change

One of the small ships of Princess Cruises, the 710-passenger Royal Princess, will depart the line’s fleet in spring 2011, transferring to sister company P&O Cruises in the U.K. The ship will be renamed Adonia. As a result, five sailings in April and May will be cancelled, and in place of these a 26-day South Pacific and Andes Explorer cruise will be offered prior to the transfer. The ship’s 2010 cruise program includes sailings to the Amazon, …

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Viking’s end-of-year sale ends Dec. 18…check it out!

Viking River Cruises is reminding guests that its current 2010 Early Booking Discount expires on Dec. 18. The offer, which includes 2-for-1 cruise pricing plus up to 2-for-1 roundtrip international air plus complimentary wine with dinner, has been quite popular. Therefore,  there is limited availability on select itineraries, departure dates and stateroom categories. “Now, more than ever, people are seeking solid value for their travel dollars,” said Richard Marnell, Viking’s senior vice president of marketing. “So this …

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Norwegian Gem returns to New York for winter cruise season

On Saturday, the Big Apple welcomes back Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest Freestyle Cruising ship, as she returns for the winter cruise season, sailing seven-day Bahamas & Florida and 10-day Eastern Caribbean cruises direct from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in the heart of New York City. Beginning Saturday, Dec. 12, the 2,380-passenger Norwegian Gem will set sail on the first of 10 seven-day Bahamas & Florida cruises with stops in Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida; Great Stirrup …

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Silversea announces inaugural world cruise for the Silver Spirit in 2011

In 2011, for the very first time, Silversea’s new Silver Spirit will embark on a full World Cruise traversing both hemispheres. This grandest of voyages, appropriately themed “Spirit of Discovery,” begins in Los Angeles on January 19, when Silver Spirit is set to welcome no more than 540 privileged guests for a 119-day odyssey exploring 60 destinations in 25 countries — with 11 overnight port visits — before concluding in Southampton on May 19. Along the journey, …

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HAL is adding a high-end new lounge called Mix to five of its ships

As part of  ongoing  enhancements, Holland America Line will install five Microsoft® Surface® units in Mix, its newest lounge venue with three specialty bars – Martinis, Champagne, and Spirits & Ales.  Already in full operation on ms Veendam, Mix and Surface units will be completed on ms Rotterdam by mid-December, followed by three additional ships. An exciting new entertainment space, Mix is a destination lounge where guests can meet and mingle throughout the day and night.  Mix …

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