Plans on a Healthy Return to Cruising, Agency Letter to Valued Friends & Clients

Courtesy Crown Cruise Vacations: (Sept. 27, 2020) – Recently Crown Cruise Vacations President Ross Spalding sent this letter as an update to cruising, titled: An Update: Plans on a Healthy Return to Cruising, a Letter to Our Valued Friends & Clients Dear Friends, As we head into Fall, we want to take a moment to share with you where things stand in the Cruise World and when we might see some cruises resume in the US. Today, …

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Royal Caribbean Announces Updates to 2021 Summer Cruises

New Itineraries Complement Previously Scheduled Sailings, Bringing Added Variety and Options in Europe and the Caribbean Courtesy RCI: MIAMI, Sept. 23, 2020 – Royal Caribbean International today provides an update to its 2021 summer cruises, announcing upcoming changes in itineraries and homeports. Tapping market research and valuable feedback from guests and travel partners, the cruise line has adjusted its schedule with the goal of providing guests with greater variety for their 2021 adventures. Highlights of the updated …

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First Steel Cut for Seabourn’s Second New Ultra-Luxury Purpose-Built Expedition Ship, Due For Delivery in 2022

Courtesy Seabourn: SEATTLE, Sept. 17, 2020 – Seabourn, the ultra-luxury resort at sea, is celebrating a special milestone in its future growth with the commemorative cutting of the steel for the brand’s second ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship. T. Mariotti Managing Director Marco Ghiglione presided over the ceremony in San Giorgo di Nogare, Italy with Seabourn President Josh Leibowitz joining virtually. “With two brand new ultra-luxury expedition ships now under construction, we are setting a new standard of …

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All Things Cruise Official Photographer Dennis Cox ~ An Eye for the Stunning, Beautiful and Things That Tell a Story in Pictures

Dennis Cox is an award-winning travel and location photographer for magazines, books, corporate publications and advertising. He is also a book publisher, cruise blogger, fashion & travel poster designer. He has photographed in over 130 countries and territories on all seven continents and has specialized in photographing China since 1976. His photographs have appeared in an eclectic range of publications in numerous countries worldwide. In his 14th book of photographs, “Cruising the World, From Gondolas to Megaships,” his images chronicle the …

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Seabourn Announces “2022 World Cruise: Extraordinary Horizons”: An Unforgettable 145-Day Voyage Visiting 72 Ports In 28 Countries

Courtesy Seabourn: SEATTLE, September 14, 2020 – Seabourn, the ultra-luxury resort at sea, is offering an unforgettable journey around the globe with its “2022 World Cruise: Extraordinary Horizons,” a 145-day voyage on Seabourn Sojourn, visiting 72 extraordinary destinations and ports in 28 countries on five continents. The ultra-luxury Seabourn Sojourn will depart Los Angeles on January 11, 2022, and travel westbound, visiting Hawaii, the islands of the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, a number of destinations in …

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Love Boat Legacy

One of my sister Elaine’s favorite television shows was the “Love Boat,” the 1970s series that helped make Princess Cruises a household name. Airing on ABC from 1977 to 1986, “Love Boat” was set on the Pacific Princess cruise ship. So Elaine jumped at the chance when I suggested we cruise on the Regal Princess. Our weeklong cruise would go round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale in Florida to Princess Cays, St. Thomas and St. Maarten in the Caribbean …

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Carnival Corporation’s Costa Cruises Brand to Restart Cruise Operations This Weekend

Italy-based Costa Cruises is resuming initial sailings from Italian ports beginning Sept. 6, and will be followed by a second Carnival Corporation brand, Germany-based AIDA Cruises, resuming on Nov. 1 with Canary Island voyages Brands will resume with gradual, phased-in restart and enhanced health protocols Courtesy Carnival Corp.: MIAMI (Sept. 3, 2020) – Two cruise line brands from Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest cruise company, have announced plans to resume sailing operations, with Italy-based Costa Cruises scheduled to restart sailing in Italy …

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Survey Data Reveals New Post-Covid Cruise Trends

CruiseCompete Mined Its Wealth of Data of Shifting Attitudes of Cruise Trends Courtesy CruiseCompete: DETROIT (Aug.18, 2020) – A survey by CruiseCompete.com, the web’s only competitive-quote cruise marketplace, has uncovered some interesting insights about new attitudes among travelers. The fact that well-traveled consumers are so ready to start cruising speaks volumes for the health of the industry. When asked if COVID-19 has changed how they will choose their next cruise, 58.7% report that they will compare the onboard policies of cruise …

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Making Expedition Destinations Stronger than Ever

As cruise lines continue to adapt their operations in response to COVID, Seatrade Cruise Talks are staging an ongoing series of webinars to update us on the latest developments in the industry. Most recently, the topic was “Making Expedition Destinations Stronger than Ever,” featuring a panel of experts, moderated by Liz Gammon, an independent cruise consultant. As you may know, expedition cruising is the fastest growing segment of the cruise industry. Gammon pointed out there are 39 …

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What Do I Need to Know About Tipping?

“Tipping is not a city in China.” I smiled when I saw that sign on a tip jar in a coffee shop. Although tipping is built in or automatically added to your bill on cruise ships, tipping is a major part of our everyday lives on land too. What do you need to know? It’s been said “tips” was a British 19th Century acronym for “To Insure Proper Service.” Another definition claims “tip” was a 17th century …

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