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Silver Muse is the newest ship from Silversea, offering luxurious cruises around the world.

Silversea's first-ever Black Friday sale (expired)

November 20, 2017

One of my five favorite cruise lines, luxury line Silversea, has just announced its first ever Black Friday sale: Receive a 5 percent savings if you book now through Nov. 28. 

Silversea sweeps passengers off their feet with impeccable butler service in all categories, fine food, free wine, spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water and they even cover your tips. Onboard fun includes free fitness room and classes, a spa, movies, lectures, games, a large pool and more.

And you can combine the offer with the line's popular Silver Select promotion for additional savings: Choose a two-category suite upgrade, or 50 percent savings on a second suite, or an onboard spending credit of $1,000 per suite. (The onboard spending credit is not available on expedition voyages.)

Antigua's English Harbour in Antigua, which dates to the late 1700s, seen from Shirley Heights.

Silversea offers free shore excursions in Caribbean

November 1, 2017

recently hurricane-ravaged areas with free shore excursions in every port on select cruises aboard Silver Wind and Silver Muse. The move does represent a substantial savings for cruisers. 

Guests can hop around Antigua's historic English Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard, a UNESCO World Heritage site, check out celebrity hideaways in the Grenadines while sailing on a catamaran or soak in the scenic white-sand beaches of Grand Turk on horseback — at no extra charge.

8 cruise lines for dining with celebrity chefs

October 31, 2017

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As cruise lines continually compete to appeal to new customers, dining remains forever in the spotlight, and one of the biggest differentiators in play are partnerships with celebrity chefs, from Guy Fieri to Nobu.

This year in 2015, Norwegian Cruise Line’s collaboration with Geoffrey Zakarian ended, but they added Jose Garces on the new Norwegian Escape. Also, Seabourn Cruise Line picked up Thomas Keller, and Princess Cruises signed Curtis Stone.

Walter Christen's insight:

Presented is a pretty good list of what foodie's can expect on 8 of the major cruise lines.

Carnival Cruise Line: Guy Fieri - Guy's Burger Joint is on many of Carnivals Fun ships.

Crystal Cruises: Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa -The Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony are where you’ll find the Asian fusion culinary creations of Nobuyuki Matsuhisa,

Holland America Line: Culinary Council - Holland America takes a different approach and has many world renound chefs (Rudi Sodamin, Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Jacques Torres, Elizabeth Falkner and Mark Best) providing signature to the main dining room.

Norwegian Cruise Line: Jose Garces and the Pubbelly Boys - The Norwegian Escape gets both Jose Garces with his Bayamo and Pincho Tapas Bar and Pubbelly Boys at Food Republic with a international flair menu.

Oceania Cruises: Jacques Pepin - One of my favorite chefs Jacques Pepin is the executive culinary director. His signature dishes are recreated onboard Oceania Cruises ships.

Princess Cruises: Curtis Stone - While Curtis Stones dishes will be in the main dining room of all Princess ships, the real attraction is the Share by Curtis Stone and Chef's Table of select ships.

Royal Caribbean International: Jamie Oliver and Michael Schwartz - Jamie Oliver's italian food is the order of the day for Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas. Michael Schwartz supplies pub food and also menus for 150 Central Park.

Seabourn Cruise Line: Thomas Keller - Signature dishes are highlighted across all of Seabourn/s ships.

My mouth was watering just reading this.  I have had the burgers at Guy's Burger Joint and plan to partake of Michaels Schwartz, menu at 150 Central Park on the Oasis of the Seas on my next cruise. I think I would like to add a Crystal Cruise to the list so I can try the Nobu Asian fusion experience.

Holland America Line reveals 15 guest competitors for 'Dancing with the Stars: At Sea' champions cruise departing Jan. 10, 2016

October 31, 2017

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Holland America Line has announced the 15 winning guest finalists who will compete on the "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" Champions Cruise Jan. 10, 2016, aboard ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Each winner represents one of the ships in Holland America Line's fleet (including the former ms Ryndam and ms Statendam) and was selected via the onboard "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" dance competitions held throughout the past year on every sailing.

The 15 guests and their professional shipboard dance partners will perform and compete in the main show lounge for guests. The winning couple will walk away with the coveted Holland America Line "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" Mirrorball Trophy and title of Holland America Line's "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" Champion.  

"The onboard dance competitions have been fierce this year and we've seen incredible talent among our guests throughout this program," said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line's president. "These 15 guests rose above the rest to earn their spot on the Champions Cruise, and we look forward to awarding the Mirrorball Trophy to the best of the best at the end of the cruise. Good luck to all of the competitors."

Walter Christen's insight:

If your a fan of the "Dancing with the Stars" TV show. this Holland America theme cruise would be fantastic. I find it very interesting that the contestants are representing the different Holland America cruise ships.

All Cruise Ships Visiting Monaco for Formula 1 Grand Prix 2016

October 31, 2017

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The Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix is a most prestigious race where every pilot dreams of winning and every F1 fan dreams of watching this race.  It is the most difficult and slowest of all circuits in the F1 World Championship. 

Coming to the Grand Prix in Monaco for Formula 1 race is an unforgettable moment where world’s elite comes to show up their Yachts. Literary there are miles and miles of Super Yachts parked one next to other. Cruise ships are also welcomed to this race. This are some of the most expensive cruises during the Mediterranean season starting from $2,699.00 USD for 5 nights cruise per person, not including the F1 ticket.

Walter Christen's insight:

I have to admit it, I love to watch Formula 1 auto racing and the Monaco venue is one of the best circuits. Some of the luxury cruise lines will be making a stop in Monte Carlo for the race.

Ships that will be making this unique theme port of call include the Azamara Quest, Silversea Cruises Silver Spirit, Windstar Star Breeze, and Windstar Wind Surf,

Silversea expeditions announces wellness theme cruises -

October 31, 2017

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Travelers looking to recharge both mind and body will find Silversea is offering the perfect blend of enlightening exploration and a holistic approach to rejuvenation with its line-up of more than a dozen wellness-themed expedition cruises sailing in 2016 and 2017.

 The Wellness Expedition Voyages offered aboard Silver Discoverer are designed to provide guests with the opportunity to improve their well-being while journeying to destinations that are well off the beaten path in Southeast Asia, Australia, Oceania, Africa, and the Indian Ocean. On these voyages, guests will encounter exotic landscapes, fascinating cultures, and unique wildlife, returning each day to a ship that is a sanctuary for mind, body, and spirit.

 Silversea has partnered with Technogym, a leading company in the field of wellness and fitness, to create a comprehensive and complimentary program.

Walter Christen's insight:

Wellness theme cruises, I believe, will be very popular and Silversea looks to have a winning formula. Not only can you experience wonderful ports of call aboard the Silver Discoverer, you can enhance your wellness with amenities such as special yoga and Pilates classes, fitness and cooking demonstrations, a complimentary spa massage, and Gym sessions led by personal trainers.

5 mouth-watering themed cruises for the foodie

October 31, 2017

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Forget the buffet line packed with tasteless fruit trays and warmed-over hamburgers. In fact, forget everything you thought you knew about cruise ship cuisine.

Today's travelers are following their gut, ushering in a foodie-centric renaissance across the industry. On cruise ships, this has translated into a complete overhaul of dining options across nearly every line you can think of. But some lines have gone above and beyond in their attempts to entice the epicurean traveler.

Walter Christen's insight:

Depending upon your passion, there is a food themed cruise that will satisfy your inner foodie. 

Holland America Line- MasterChef Cruise

Cunard Line - British Isles Culinary Discovery Cruise

Oceania Cruises - Jacques Pepin Cruise

Silversea Cruises - Culinary Expeditions CruiseWindstar Cruises - James Beard Foundation Culinary Cruise of Spain & France

I would enjoy any of these excellent cruises.

Refurbished Pride of America 'essentially a new ship'

October 31, 2017

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The Pride of America, Norwegian Cruise Line's ship in the Hawaiian Islands, has returned from a drydock during which the ship received new venues, redesigned public spaces and refreshed décor.

The cruise line's president, Andy Stuart, calls the Pride "essentially a new ship."

“This is much more than just a fresh coat of paint and new drapes," Stuart said.

Every stateroom received new bedding, new furniture, new flat-screen televisions and updated flooring.

Walter Christen's insight:

Read this with great interest.  One of the cruises on my wifes bucket list is to cruise the Hawaiian Islands. We have been to Hawaii, although not on a cruise. The Norwegian Pride of America, is on the top of her list as you can fly to Hawaii and cruise the Islands without the long at sea days from Califorinia.

Nice to see that Norwegian has done a complete update of this cruise ship.

The 6 best 'Booze Cruises' in the U.S. and Europe

October 31, 2017

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Get ready to cheers: These grown-up cruises are overflowing with tastings, onboard seminars, and excursions to vineyards, cellars, and breweries.

For cruise lovers, nothing says vacation like the wind blowing through your hair, the horizon hanging just ahead, and perhaps most importantly: your favorite adult beverage, gripped firmly in hand. Happily, many cruises have graduated from the days of "Bahama Mama" umbrella drinks served in tacky souvenir glasses to numerous high-end "booze cruises" that make for surprisingly sophisticated sailings. Here, we round up the most buzzworthy alcohol-themed sailings—whether it's wine, champagne, beer, or spirits that best wet your whistle—spanning a range of ships, large and small. Yes, we'll drink to that.

Walter Christen's insight:

Intersting take on adult beverage themed cruises. While my wife and I do enjoy attending wine tasting events on our cruises, It never occured to me to take a theme cruise related to wine, or any other alcohol beverage for that matter.

Whether your passion is wine, champagne, bourbon, or beer the cruise lines have it covered. Reading the descriptions, I could think of quite a few of my friends that would enjoy these themed cruises

First NASCAR-themed cruise scheduled for 2017

October 31, 2017

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NASCAR has teamed with Entertainment Cruise Productions to create the first NASCAR-themed cruise featuring Hall of Famers, legendary broadcasters and genuine race cars.

Dubbed “NASCAR: The Cruise,” the themed voyage will take place on the Norwegian Pearl ship and sail through the Caribbean from January 29 through February 3, 2017. The vessel will make stops in Key West, Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay.

The six-day, five-night sailing will feature legendary drivers like Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace and Bobby Allison, as well as more recent stars such as David Ragan, Mike Wallace and Ken Schrader. The voyage will also feature broadcasters Jeff Hammond, Doug Rice and Brad Gillie, and will be hosted by television analyst and former driver Kyle Petty.

Walter Christen's insight:

I have always been an auto racing enthusiast and have attended a few NASCAR and INDY races. I even did a Richard Petty Driving experience where I was able to drive an actual NASCAR racecar on a track.

When I saw this theme cruise aboard the Norwegian Pearl Early next year, I thought what a great idea. Here is a lot of the big names in NASCAR racing and the onboard activities sound like they will be a lot of fun. Add in music from the Beach Boys and .38 Special will make this one great cruise.

Breaking down American Queen Steamboat Company’s theme cruises

October 31, 2017

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Cruises aren’t just about docking at a beach or an island. American Queen Steamboat Company has a wide variety of themed river cruises to choose from that focus on music, history, politics, wine and liquors and so much more.

Wine connoisseurs will love the ‘Vineyards, Vintages and Varietals’ themed cruises that include meeting local wine makers for tastings along the Washington and Oregon regions. Guests will also enjoy meals made with local wines and activities that educate about America’s Pacific Northwest wine country. There are two November voyages to choose from and two in March, 2017.

Walter Christen's insight:

American Queen Steamboat Company has quite an assortment of Americana themed cruises.  Whether you are into wine or bourbon, civil war history, Mark Twain (one of my favorite American writers), big band or Elvis music, or seeing the fall foliage they have it covered. In addition, their holiday voyages sound like they would be fun and interesting.

Love craft beer? This new cruise ship has its own brewery!

October 31, 2017

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Brewmaster Colin Presby, 31, has a job at sea that no one else has ever had.

He does his beer-making at the Red Frog Pub & Brewery on the new, 3,954-passenger Carnival Vista. It is Carnival Cruise Line's largest ship and the first North American ship to have a brewery.

The action takes place in full view in front of passengers at the Caribbean-themed pub's entrance, on the ship's much-trafficked Promenade Deck.

Mixing grain he just milled into boiling water in one of two large, German-made, copper-topped glass kettles, Presby said his goal is to achieve a "wow" from beer-loving cruisers.

Walter Christen's insight:

Living in the Tampa Bay area, it seems that there is a new craft beer brewery popping weekly.  Actually I am surprised that the cruise industry has not done this before.  Carnival Cruise Lines looks like they will have a winner with this brewery on the new Carnival Vista.