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Get centered during a series of wellness routines on your Silversea sailing.

Silversea readies new enrichment activities

June 22, 2017

Silversea is rolling out a number of special enrichment experiences for the remainder of 2017 dedicated to opera, ballet, food, wine, bridge play, wellness and learning.

The culturally immersive experiences, curated by the Silversea staff, are designed to both engage and enlighten the luxury cruise line's guests, according to marketing chief Barbara Muckermann.

Here is a preview of what is to come.

SeaWorld Orlando’s new virtual reality roller coaster opened to the public on June 16.

SeaWorld Orlando is ready to unleash your summer

June 20, 2017

Just in time for summer vacation, one of the fiercest underwater legends has come to life in an entirely new way. SeaWorld Orlando’s original roller coaster offers an adventure for thrill-seeking guests unlike any other, now that Kraken Unleashed opened to the public on June 16.

The Copacabana Pool on MSC Musica, which repositions from Venice to Rio de Janeiro in November.

Tips for using repositioning cruises to find cheap cruises

June 12, 2017

From via

Are you familiar with repositioning cruises?

We certainly had not heard about them until last year when a fellow house sitter traveled from Panama to Portugal and taking a reposition cruise could be a new way of traveling for you!

After downsizing and selling up everything we owned we now travel the world house sitting and writing about our adventures on our baby boomer travel blog. Travel costs are our #1 expense item and we are always looking for travel hacks to maximize our travel dollar and finding discount cruises is one way we do it.

What are repositioning cruises?

Cruise companies reposition their cruise ships from continent to continent to commence the next season e.g. Europe to the Caribbean.

Walter Christen's insight:

I have not personally been on a repositioning cruise but have met some people and have friends who have and love them. Recently I was talking to a gentleman from England on our Norwegian Jade cruise who just completed the transatlantic crossing on this ship. He was staying on for an additional 2 weeks in the Caribbean before going flying back home. He told me that the sea days were quite enjoyable but suggested booking the best room you can and try to stay in the middle of the ship.

My wife and I are considering a transatlantic cruise ourselves in the near future. For me the selection of the proper cruise ship (large please) and stateroom (balcony please) will be very important. I also think I would like to fly to Europe and start the cruise from there and ending somewhere in Florida.



A view of the scenic Middle Rhine Valley in Germany — prime river cruising country.

Three reasons why I love river cruising in Europe

June 12, 2017

From via

I’m an addict. There’s no question about that. I am addicted to river cruising. I am also fortunate. I’ve been able to do more than 30 river cruises in the past decade, and I have loved them all.

I’ve been on the Douro, the Loire, the Rhone and the Saone. I’ve cruised the Seine, the Rhine and the Danube (upper and lower). I’ve been on the Main (pronounced mine) and the Main-Danube Canal. I’ve yet to do the Elbe or the Po, but I have barged a few canals, in Burgundy and in the south of France (and I am going to do so again in September).

A typical street in downtown Havana, Cuba.

Survey: Few Americans booking new Cuba cruises - USA TODAY

June 12, 2017

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The thaw in relations between the USA and Cuba has set off a race among cruise companies to start up sailings between the countries. But so far, few Americans are booking the trips, according to a survey conducted for USA TODAY by one of North America's largest travel sellers.

The survey of 1,034 travel agents who book cruises by Travel Leaders Group found that just 2.9% have taken a booking for one of the recently announced Cuba voyages.

Still, nearly 42% of travel agents queried said they've had a customer express interest in the trips.

Imagine seeing a total solar eclipse like this at sea.

Royal Caribbean features the Total Eclipse Cruise

June 9, 2017

Americans will pause for a moment on August 21, head out its door and look to the sky. A total solar eclipse is set to become one of the summer’s most memorable moments, and many will ask, “Where were you?”

A total solar eclipse hasn’t crossed the continental United States since 1918

This hasn't become a media sensation just yet, but now's the time to plan if you'd like to see it.

A smart bet? Look to Royal Caribbean, which announced that it will offer a special set of events to coincide with the eclipse on a journey dubbed the Total Eclipse Cruise.

“We’re set to take vacationers on an unprecedented experience that is nearly a century in the making,” Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said in a statement. 

Royal Caribbean’s newest smartship, Symphony of the Seas, will debut in April 2018 as the world's biggest cruise ship.

Symphony of the Seas by the numbers (infographic)

May 18, 2017

Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Symphony of the Seas, is coming our way in April 2018, and when it debuts it will be the world's biggest cruise ship, slightly larger than Harmony of the Seas.

Here is our preview of the ship with a rundown of its features and amenities. And yes, it's open for booking.

Royal Caribbean shared the following infographic about the smartship, now under construction:

Canyon Ranch SpaClub will help you focus on your fitness and well-being during your Regent Seven Seas cruise.

Regent readies to launch Seven Seas Wellness program

May 15, 2017

Regent Seven Seas Cruises will be launching a new "Seven Seas Wellness" program on Seven Seas Voyager starting later this month with the goal of enhancing the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of a cruise for its guests. 

The Miami-based luxury cruise line said the new wellness program will be available on seven- to 10-night Mediterranean itineraries on the Seven Seas Voyager from late May through September 2017.

West Whale Bay in Bermuda features a secluded beach.

Disney Cruise Line adds Bermuda, Quebec City in 2018

May 12, 2017

Disney Cruise Line will make its debut in Bermuda and Quebec City, Canada, next year.

The cruise line revealed new details regarding its fall 2018 itineraries Thursday, including announcing that it will make first-time visits to those ports on new sailings from New York.

Disney also confirmed a trio of special sailings out of the Big Apple that will include stops at Walt Disney World and Disney's Castaway Cay private island in the Bahamas. Plus, the cruise line revealed additional voyages sailing out of California, Texas and Florida late next year.

A screen grab of travel blogger Trey Ratcliff of Stuck in Customs showing off his new Phantom 4 drone on Facebook Live.

Visual storytelling for travel brands

April 25, 2017

Today at the Eye for Travel conference at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, I'm giving a presentation on the subject "Visual Storytelling to grab your customers."

I spoke at Eye for Travel two years ago when Cruiseable was just about to launch, and the gathering for travel executives has come a long way, with a full-fledged startup alley now as well as speakers and attendees from both the travel sector (Trivago, Hotel Tonight, Viator) and outside the sector (AARP, Google, Facebook). 

As I always do, I've made the presentation available for download on SlideShare and embedded it here. (Susie Conley of Viator, Robecta Ma of Cathay Pacific and moderator Dwight Sholes are also on the panel — if you're at Eye for Travel, come on by at 2:50 pm today!) 

Morro Castle (Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro, named after the three biblical Magi) is a fortress guarding the entrance to Havana Bay, Cuba.

Bookings open today for Norwegian cruises to Cuba

April 20, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line will expand its Cuba offerings into next year, adding 33 sailings to the Caribbean island during 2018, most of which will feature overnight visits to the Cuban capital of Havana.

The four-day roundtrip cruises from Miami aboard Norwegian Sky went on sale today. 

A view of the scenic Middle Rhine Valley in Germany — prime river cruising country.

Best 2017-2018 wine cruises on AmaWaterways

April 13, 2017

The fast-growing river cruise line AmaWaterways is celebrating the modern epicurean lifestyle aboard its upscale ships with the announcement of its 2017-2018 wine cruise itineraries and release of its new Wine Cruises Through Europe brochure.

With a new luxury ship in its fleet, AmaKristina, and 95 sailings hosted by celebrated North American wine experts, AmaWaterways invites guests to uncork the traditions of the local culture and experience the wonders of wine along Europe’s legendary waterways.