There’s a New Cruise Ship in Town: Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Edge, the newest cruise ship to call Port Everglades home for the winter cruise season arrived to a huge water spray display, and the blasting of horns from the other ships in the port. It’s a most unusual looking vessel, with a rather blunt bow and an appendage on the side of the ship that has a literally movable feast. That orange appendage is whimsically called the Magic Carpet. It can function as a dining room, …

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Our first day on the Scottish Highlander includes a visit to Cawdor Castle

Editors Note: Twenty-six-year old-Will Garrett and his father Edward sailed on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge operated by European Waterways earlier this month. Will filed a daily report and these will be published this week. DAY 4: Traveling to Inverness/Dochgarroch Today started off rather early. This morning, we took the train into Inverness. It took us 3-1/2 hours by train to reach the town where we would meet our barge, the Scottish Highlander, for our cruise down …

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An adventure in the Scottish Highlands begins with a day in Edinburgh

Editors Note: Twenty-six-year old-Will Garrett and his father Edward sailed on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge operated by European Waterways earlier this month. Will filed a daily report and these will be published this week. DAY 1: Detroit to St. Paul My trip began by leaving DTW (Detroit) and traveling to Minnesota (where my father lives) so that we could start our journey to Scotland together.  We had an uneventful evening and retired to bed early …wanted …

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The Scottish Highlander offers everything from castles to distilleries in its shore excursions

Editor’s note: Edward Garrett and his 20-something son Will just returned from a week’s sailing on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge. His son is reporting on the trip from his perspective in a separate blog on this site. Third of three reports. The Scottish Highlander offers a number of rather good excursions by minibus on a daily basis hosted by the ships very charming tour guide Loren. Included on our cruise were beautiful Cawdor Castle immortalized in …

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All meals on the barge are set menu, and the chef prepares everything from memory

Editors note: Edward Garrett and his 26-year-old son Will just returned from a week’s sailing on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge. His son is reporting on the trip from his perspective in a separate blog on this site. Second of three reports Our traveling companions consisted of two well-traveled couples (one from London and the other from Sydney) who showed great consideration for other guests, an absolute necessity in such close quarters. In fact, it quickly becomes …

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An in-depth look at the Scottish Highlander luxury barge

Editors note: Edward Garrett and his 26-year-old son Will just returned from a week’s sailing on the Scottish Highlander. This is his report. His son is reporting on the trip from his perspective in a separate blog on this site. Over the past several years an emergent group of travelers have found European luxury Barge cruises a way to solve their “Been there, done that” dilemma, and few do it better than European Waterways. Established in 1974, …

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Silversea upgrades its second vessel in the Galapagos Islands and gives it a new name

The Galapagos Islands are one of my favorite small ship cruise destinations. I am fortunate to have explored there on two different occasions. So it was nice to hear that luxury expedition cruise specialist Silversea has announced Silver Galapagos as the name for its second small-sized expedition ship, which is currently sailing as the Galapagos Explorer II. The new name signals the company’s intent to maintain a consistent level of elegance throughout its fleet, and will take …

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SeaDream Yacht Club to offer extensive golf options in the Caribbean

Twin mega-yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II are now crossing the Atlantic, on their way to the Caribbean where they’ll stay through the end of April 2013. The Caribbean has been an ideal destination for these intimate vessels since the 2001, when SeaDream Yacht Club was founded. Warm, calm waters, tranquil beaches and charming yacht harbors beckon boaters of all types. But it’s not just for sailors anymore, this Caribbean season SeaDream is luring golfers. Teaming up …

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Royal Caribbean and MGM partner for added value to loyalty members

Royal Caribbean International and MGM Resorts International have announced a partnership that will allow their mutual clients  added benefits as part of their loyalty programs, Crown & Anchor Society and M life. The new relationship allows both will allow program members access and rewards at MGM Resorts’ world-renowned destinations in Las Vegas, Detroit and Mississippi, in additiona to  Royal Caribbean’s fleet of cruise ships. Members of both programs will begin receiving offers and benefits for this new …

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Carnival Corporation orders new ships for its Holland America and Carnival cruise lines

Carnival Corp. has announced it has reached an agreement for the construction of two new cruise ships – a 99,000-ton ship for its Holland America Line brand and a 135,000-ton vessel for its Carnival Cruise Lines brand. A memorandum of agreement has been signed with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of a 2,660-passenger ship for Holland America Line scheduled for delivery in fall 2015 and a 4,000-passenger ship for Carnival Cruise Lines scheduled for delivery in …

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