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New entertainment coming to Regent Seven Seas Explorer

March 18, 2016

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced that it had partnered with Norwegian Cruise Line’s entertainment team to help develop an entertainment lineup for its newest ship, the Seven Seas Explorer.

When the Seven Seas Explorer debuts, it will feature four new shows in its the Constellation Theater. Some of the shows include Peggy Lee (an homage to American jazz singer Peggy Lee), Burn the Floor (a tribute to the British Invasion), Paradis (Parisian-style entertainment) and A Day in Hollywood (Tony Award-winning movie-themed show).

The shows will be performed by a cast of 12 singers and dancers with a live seven-piece orchestra, but the upgrades don’t just apply to the Seven Seas Explorer. Regent Seven Seas Cruises is also investing in entertainment upgrades for its entire fleet.

Walter Christen's insight:

Quality entertainment while cruising is important.  Regent Seven Seas Cruises has some very interesting shows on tap for the new Regent Sever Seas Exployer. I am very excited about the British Invasion show called Burn the Floor and also the Peggy Lee show.  My type of music.



Upper Belvedere Palace in Vienna, Austria.

Crystal offers free exclusive event at Vienna's Belvedere Palace

March 10, 2016

If you need an incentive to book Crystal River Cruises' Mozart — the LA-based luxury travel company's soon-to-debut super-extravagant river yacht (following Esprit, which launched in December) — here’s your moment of Zen. During sailings after the ship debuts in July, passengers on Crystal Mozart will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience an exclusive event at the Belvedere Palace in Vienna, one of Europe’s most stunning baroque landmarks and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.

It will be an evening to remember with private access to the highlights of the palace’s astonishing collections of art, including the greatest collection of the works by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele, with guidance from the palace’s representatives.

Seabourn Quest at sea.

Taste a bit of Napa Valley on these cruise ships with menus by Thomas Keller

February 25, 2016

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Seabourn announced last year that it was partnering with celeb chef Thomas Keller in offering fresh cuisine on-board its ships. Now the time has come to taste it.

The small-ship cruise line recently revealed what's on the menu on for Seabourn's Odyssey, Quest and Sojourn ships.

Keller, the chef known for his French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, Calif., and Bouchon in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas, developed recipes for comfort food items like barbecue ribs served in the Colonnade and Keller's signature Napa Burger served at the poolside Patio Grill.

Walter Christen's insight:

The sample menus from Thomas Keller sound fantastic. I think Seabourn has a winner here.


Take a dive in the exotic waters of Raja Ampat, Indonesia — teeming with tropical fish — when you sail to West Papua Province with Silver Discoverer.

Scuba your heart out for free on a Silversea Expedition cruise

February 25, 2016

Scuba divers will love this offering from Silversea Expeditions, a branch of luxury cruise line Silversea. On certain voyages this year and next, the line is featuring free scuba trips on 20 voyages in of some of the world’s most remote areas and top diving sites in the western Pacific and Indian Ocean.

Enjoy one of the complimentary adventures ashore with expert guides, when you travel on Silver Discoverer.

Five myths you probably believe about small ship cruising

January 26, 2016

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Some cruisers like the glitz, non-stop action and wealth of resort amenities found on big ships. Others prefer their vacations more low key, and for these folks small ships are the way to go. On small ships, whether sailing or motorized, you and a few dozen — or a few hundred — fellow passengers get an intimate experience, typically focused as much on destination as shipboard happenings.

Here are five popular myths about small ship cruises

There's no place to hide

The itineraries are only about adventure

You're roughing it

Small ships aren't for families

You'll get seasick

Walter Christen's insight:

Presented are some might good arguments for considering a small ship cruise. Small ship cruising are for the most part on the luxury end of the scale and I like the ability to go to ports of calls that the large ships cannot get to.

Some cruise lines to consider include Seabourn, Windstar, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and SeaDream Yacht Club


Feel the wind fill the sails of Royal Clipper during the sailing in the Caribbean. The ship switches on its engines now and then but mostly relies on wind power.

Cruise ship tours: The charm of the Royal Clipper

January 20, 2016

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The 227-passenger vessel is a fully rigged, five-masted tall ship.

Looking for something different for your next cruise? Our latest Cruise Ship Tour, in the carousel above, offers a deck-by-deck look at one of the most unusual passenger vessels afloat: sailing line Star Clippers' Royal Clipper.

Measuring 439 feet long and 54 feet at the beam, the five-masted, fully rigged sailing ship is billed as the largest square-rigger at sea and, as can be seen in the tour, it's a sight to behold. With room for 227 passengers, the 5,000-ton vessel is based on the design for Preussen, a legendary German windjammer built in 1902.

Designed as a research tool for vacationers considering a voyage, the Royal Clipper photo tour -- by veteran cruise writer and ship photographer Peter Knego

Walter Christen's insight:

Star Clippers'  Royal Clipper is a beautiful ship. If you were looking for a different type of cruise ship for your next adventure, this maybe the ship for you.  Although it looks like a sailing ship from the early days it has all the amenities of the best luxury cruise ships.  I for one would love to sail on this amazing ship.


Can you say wanderlust? Great sightseeing abounds for Paul Gauguin guests visiting Bora Bora.

Paul Gauguin Cruises announces 2017 voyages featuring new itineraries in Fiji and Bali

January 12, 2016

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Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, m/s Paul Gauguin, announces 2017 voyages that feature popular favorites along with new, exotic 16- and 17-night Fiji & Bali itineraries and a collaborative program with the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The 16-night Fiji to Bali voyage departs April 29, 2017, from Lautoka, Fiji, and visits Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu; Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands; Samarai Island, Papua New Guinea; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; Merauke, Indonesia; Dili, Timor-Leste; Komodo Island, Indonesia; Lembar, Lombok Island, Indonesia; and Benoa, Bali, Indonesia. The reverse itinerary, Bali to Fiji, is 17 nights and departs June 7, 2017. 

In 2017, The Gauguin will also be showcasing its most sought-after itineraries: the 7-night Tahiti & the Society Islands; 7-night Tahiti, the Society Islands & Tuamotus; 10-night Society Islands & Tuamotus; 11-night Cook Islands & Society Islands; and 14-night Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands. Also in 2017, the popular 12- and 13-night Society Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga & Fiji itineraries return. In addition to sailing to beautiful islands in the South Pacific, and showcasing Polynesian culture and hospitality, these voyages feature complimentary access to Paul Gauguin Cruises’ two exclusive retreats - Motu Mahana, an islet off the coast of Taha’a, and a private beach in Bora Bora. At Motu Mahana, guests enjoy a day of watersports, Polynesian activities, a barbecue feast, and cocktails from full-service and floating bars. In Bora Bora, guests can relax on a white-sand beach and enjoy refreshments, a game of volleyball, and snorkeling in crystal-clear waters.

Walter Christen's insight:

If you wanted to cruise the South Pacific in style,  Paul Gauguin Cruises would be my recommendation.  The itineraries look fantastic and the collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society is a added bonus. 


Windstar Cruises' Wind Surf sails off the coast of Capri, Italy.

Windstar Cruises to add James Beard chefs to 3 themed itineraries

January 1, 2016

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Gourmet dining at sea just keeps getting better and better. Like a perfect wine-pairing at a Michelin-star restaurant, award-winning Windstar Cruises has partnered with the James Beard Foundation to serve elevated culinary experiences aboard three 2016 themed cruises to France, Morocco, Portugal and Spain. The James Beard Foundation Collection will offer a trio of bespoke small-ship sailings catering to food and wine aficionados, and guiding passengers to the best culinary experiences at each port.

“It’s very important to us to expose our guests to local culture and cuisine throughout their time on board, creating a more intimate connection to the world around them,” said Hans Birkholz, Windstar Cruises’ chief executive officer. “Our new James Beard Foundation Collection takes Windstar’s commitment to local food culture a step further and is perfect for any traveler who approaches a new city with their next meal in mind.”

The 2016 James Beard Foundation Collection by Windstar itineraries includes three sailings with two itineraries. Embarking on April 24, 2016, the eight-day “Culinary & Wine Delights of Southern Spain & Morocco” sails on Wind Surf from Lisbon to Barcelona, docking in Tangier, Morocco, and Málaga, Granada, Cartagena, Ibiza, and Tarragona, Spain. On June 10 and August 9, 2016 the 10-day “Culinary & Wine Delights of Spain & France” cruise aboard Star Legend, sails from Dublin to Lisbon in June. The reverse occurs in August with ports including Saint-Malo, La Rochelle, and Bordeaux in France, Gijon and El Ferrol in Spain, and Porto in Portugal.

Walter Christen's insight:

A big part of the cultural experience on a cruise I believe is the tasting of foods from the region.  What better way to do this is on a Windstar cruise and the James Beard Foundation.   


A luxury cruise renaissance begins

December 30, 2015

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A luxury cruise renaissance is on its way as Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line and Silversea Cruises all expand their operations from now into 2018 and beyond.

Crystal Cruises

No single line in the group is growing as much as Crystal Cruises as the company, recently purchased by Genting Hong Kong, prepares to introduce entirely new brands and new ships. Until now, the line has consisted primarily of two ships, but now it has three new Exclusive-class vessels on order. Illustrating the magnitude of the company’s growth is Genting HK’s decision to buy the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Germany where they will be built.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

As for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the luxury line is coming out with the new Seven Seas Explorer, which the line is calling "the most luxurious ship ever built,” on July 20, 2016. Onboard will be an impressive set of decadent features including 375 total suites, sporting the largest verandas in the cruise industry, the crème de la crème of which will be a 3,975-square-foot, two-room Regent Suite situated at the top front of the ship with its own spa and Vista Garden glass-enclosed observation area

Seabourn Cruise Line

Later in 2016, Seabourn Cruise Line’s newest Seabourn Encore will set sail with an inaugural itinerary scheduled for January 2017. The more intimate 600-guest luxury liner will be just 40,350-gross-tons in size and feature a second sister ship, the Seabourn Ovation, to be introduced in 2018. Both are based on the country-club style Odyssey-class vessels with one extra deck and expanded public areas this time around.


Walter Christen's insight:

There are exciting new luxury cruising ships coming from the three big names in luxury cruising, Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, and Seabourn Cruise Line.

These new ships are beautiful and offer a class of amenities that are sure to please even the most discerning of cruise traveler.


Sail to your chosen destination in luxury and style aboard Seven Seas Mariner, the world's first all-suite, all-balcony cruise ship.

Smooth sailing on Regent Seven Seas Mariner

December 27, 2015

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On the night of our sail-away from Lisbon on Regent Seven Seas Mariner, my husband and I joined a small group of fellow passengers in an intimate lounge for a “first-timers-to-the-line” orientation. Regent cruise consultant, Brian O’Brien, hosted the get-together over cocktails and led off with a weather forecast, of sorts.

“If you are running into foul weather on a Mediterranean cruise, it means the Captain has taken a wrong turn,” said O’Brien.

Everyone chuckled but his comment was spot-on. During peak season—which runs from May through August—cruisers can usually count on near-perfect weather. Each time we’ve sailed the Med, sunshine has been abundant, temperatures hovered around the 70s and 80s, and cool sea breezes made it appealing to relax on the deck.

Walter Christen's insight:

The luxury 700 passenger cruise ship, Regent Seven Seas Mariner, sounds like it is the perfect size ship to cruise the Mediterranean.  I like the port-intensive cruise aspect where you can go to many different locations without packing and unpacking. Also the all inclusive nature with many sight seeing tours included makes budgeting easier. 

The Western Mediterranean is on my bucket list and Regent Seven Seas may be the perfect cruise line to satisfy this want 


On Silver Whisper, you'll be able to take advantages of such amenities as a full spa, a wellness shop and boutique shopping.

World's 5 most luxurious around-the-world cruises

December 13, 2015

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There are few more aspirational travel experiences than a six-month vacation that hits upward of 30 countries.

Sure, the first round-the-world sailing trip back in 1521 didn't go as planned -- legendary Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan died, along with 50 of his crew during the 1,082-day voyage.

Thankfully, today's global journeys are infinitely safer and more comfortable.

In fact, on many ships, you'd be forgiven for thinking you've checked into a five-star hotel suite, such are the levels of luxury on offer.

Walter Christen's insight:

An around the world cruise is the pinnacle of a diehard cruiser.  Not sure if even I could afford one on of these trips (price for only the top accommodations are shown), I could be away for such a long time.  I am willing to try, though.

Here is Cruiseable's recent coverage of world cruises:

Is a world cruise right for you?

• World Cruise Roundup for 2016 and 2017

The 5 cruise lines/ships mentioned in the article:

Silversea - Silver Whisper

Cunard - Queen Elizabeth

Crystal Cruises - Crystal Serenity

Oceania Cruises - Insignia

Regent Seven Seas - Navigator



Sail to your chosen destination in luxury and style aboard Seven Seas Mariner, the world's first all-suite, all-balcony cruise ship.

10 things we love about sailing with Regent Seven Seas Cruises

December 11, 2015

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Cruising with all-inclusive Regent Seven Seas Cruises is a very comfortable, social experience. You get the luxury of space to hang out sans crowds, lots of perks and fancy accouterments, but it's all on a pleasingly subtle scale — as we learned on a recent cruise in the Mediterranean on the all-suite, all-veranda 700-passenger Seven Seas Mariner.

Walter Christen's insight:

Luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas although more expensive than the mega ships do offer a lot more for the money spent. All inclusive means just that. Drinks, specialty dining, airfare and transfers, shore excursions, and Wi-Fi are just the start. The cabins are suites and provide more room to spread out in than normal. In addition, the ships are smaller and can go to smaller ports of call which can provide a more immersive experience. Less crowding and interesting places to visit.

With all the amenities and perks, a cruise on Regent Seven Seas Seven Seas Mariner may be the perfect way experience luxury cruising.