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Seven Seas Explorer, dubbed "the most luxurious ship ever built," sails the Mediterranean in summer and Caribbean in winter.

Over the top opulence: First look at Regent's Seven Seas Explorer

July 12, 2016

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When you call your newest cruise ship “the most luxurious ship ever built,” you must be able to back it up. So what sets Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 750-guest, 55,254-ton Seven Seas Explorer apart … and is it truly above and beyond?

There are the obvious features. Consider that the Regent Suite, the biggest and most opulent on the ship, measures a whopping 4,443 square feet. Not only does it boast a $250,000 custom-designed Steinway Arabesque grand piano, the bed is worth more than many homes. It has a Savoir No. 1 mattress worth $90,000, and between linens, the duvet, pillows and installation, the bed alone ended up costing about $150,000.

While those are over-the-top luxury features, the important thing is that the luxurious feel extends throughout the ship, not just in the fanciest suite.

Walter Christen's insight:

With all of the pictures I have seen and the articles describing the amenities aboard the new Regent Seven Seas Explorer, I can see why this new ship is being touted as the "most luxurious cruise ship". Adding to this is Regent Seven Seas all inclusive cruising which includes such things as  round-trip air, fine wines and spirits, unlimited internet access, sightseeing excursions in every port, and all gratuities. Luxury cruising at it's best.



Get close-up views of the Manhattan skyline when Queen Mary 2 sails through New York Harbor.

Queen Mary 2 shows off $132 million makeover

July 7, 2016

Cunard’s flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 arrived in Brooklyn, New York, on July 6 all spruced up after a $132 million facelift that gave her new contemporary interior designs and passenger experiences — many of which take their design inspiration from the original Queen Mary, which debuted in New York 80 years ago.

There was much pomp and circumstance at her arrival with a VIP guest list that included Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corp., who spoke at the occasion. “More than any other ship in our Carnival Corporation fleet of more than 100 ships, Queen Mary 2 is the most famous, the most recognizable and certainly the most unique. It was the dream of our chairman Micky Arison to build the Queen Mary 2 almost 15 years ago. He aspired to recreate that luxurious ocean liner experience from the past and Queen Mary 2 is the glorious result.”

Booking a select ocean voyage on Silver Cloud by July 31 will score you a $1,500 shipboard credit.

Silversea expands Silver Select offer

July 5, 2016

Super luxury line Silversea is expanding its popular Silver Select platform to a dozen more voyages during 2017. The creative program allows passengers to personalize their voyage with a choice of three savings options such as a $1,500 per suite on board spending credit that you use for spa treatments, shore excursions or boutique buys (tips and drinks are included in Silversea fares). You can also score a two-category suite upgrade, or 50% off a second suite. For select expedition voyages, the line is offering the choice of a two-category suite upgrade or 50% off a second suite.

Crystal unveils details about 7 super-elegant river yachts

July 1, 2016

It’s not your grandpa’s riverboat, no siree. Luxury travel company Crystal Cruises has revealed the latest wow factors of the first of seven super-elegant riverboats, the highly innovative Crystal Mozart.

The new ships, set to launch in spring and summer of 2017, is expected to set a new standard for luxury river cruising experiences. Crystal River Cruises' new river yachts will showcase stylish and elegant design, creative itineraries and experiences ashore, and unmatched genuine service, the cruise line says. 

Explore the world in luxurious style aboard Seven Seas Navigator.

This is the most epic, luxurious round-the-world cruise

June 23, 2016

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Better start saving that vacation time: Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced a new 137-night Navigate the World cruise for 2018 on the luxe 490-passenger Seven Seas Navigator. 

Beginning and ending in Los Angeles, the 38,528-nautical-mile, five-continent voyage departs on January 18, 2018, and is focused on the southern hemisphere, with stops in 28 countries and 64 ports of call.

After a gala at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, the ship will sail for Hawaii, French Polynesia, American Samoa, and Fiji; hit several ports in Australia and New Zealand; and then head to Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia.

Next up are several stops in South Africa, followed by Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil in South America, and Aruba and Curacao in the Caribbean. Finally, the ship will make its way through the Panama Canal and up the Central American coast to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Guatemala before docking in L.A on May 25, 2018.

Walter Christen's insight:

2018 may sound a long way off but if you are thinking of taking a cruise of this length, there is a lot of planning that needs to be done.  This around the world cruse aboard Regent Seven Seas ship the Seven Seas Navigator sounds fantastic and quite luxurious.

If you are going to go you may as well go in style and comfort. I agree this will be one epic journey.


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.

Luxury cruise ships that aren't floating hotels

May 3, 2016

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It may have been the best night's sleep I've ever had. Setting sail aboard the Star Flyer out of Athens in the middle of the night was serene and dreamy.

A gourmet meal, a cocktail (or two) and I was ready to collapse in my quarters.
The Star Flyer -- a four-masted, 16-sail luxury sailing ship -- holds only 170 passengers maximum (and there weren't that many on my trip).
But it offers the deluxe amenities of the larger cruise ships combined with the romance and adventure of a time-tested, fully rigged vessel that draws its power from the wind.
Walter Christen's insight:

 Cruising on a cruise ship with sails is my ideal luxury cruise vacation. There is something special being on a ship that is powered by the wind.  Also being smaller, these luxury cruise ships can gain access to ports that the larger ships cannot. of the 8 ships presented, all but 2 are cruise ships with sail power. The exceptions are The La Estrella Amazonica which cruises the Amazon River in Peru and the Queen of the West which is a Mississippi sternwheeler.

My wife and I do plan (someday) on taking a cruise on a cruise ship with sails.  Right now we are looking at Windstar Cruises (Wind Spirit, Wind Star and Wind Surf) and Star Clippers (Star Clipper, Star Flyer and Royal Clipper).



Wind Spirit, a computer-controlled yacht-style sailing ship, now sails to Tahiti.

Onboard Wind Spirit's Tahiti itinerary

April 20, 2016

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Windstar Cruises has reinstated a year-round ship in Tahiti

I stood waist-deep in the ocean while several stingrays silently glided by; one even brushed my leg. I wasn’t afraid, though — I was captivated.

I was in Bora Bora, participating in one of Windstar Cruises’ special shore excursions during the seven-day “Dreams of Tahiti” itinerary onboard the Wind Spirit sailing yacht. Our guide, Roberto, informed us that stingrays don’t sting unless they are provoked. As he assuaged our fears and encouraged me to pat one, Roberto slowly broke off pieces of tuna and suet to give to the rays, who were behaving like puppies looking for a snack.

I reached out to touch a passing stingray and felt its sleek, wet skin.

“You see?” Roberto said. “They are very friendly.”

So is the entire crew of Wind Spirit, a 440-foot-long, four-masted ship that doubled as my home for the week.

Walter Christen's insight:

What better way to cruise Tahiti than on a Windstar Cruise sailing yacht.  Windstar Cruises' Wind Spirit is a fantastic looking ship and the "Dreams of Tahiti" itnerary sounds fantastic.



Silver Whisper explores an exotic route with its trademark ambience. Guests  enjoy amenities usually found only on larger ships.

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

April 17, 2016

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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:

If you are really into cruising and travel, a world cruise may be what you aspire to embark upon.  These are not inexpensive cruises and I imagine that there would be a huge amount of planning required to spend 6 months at sea, but to see and experience upwards of 30 countries around the world, I think would be worth the effort.

Cruiseable has done two recent comprehensive looks at world cruises:

The five around the world luxury cruises mentioned:

Silversea, Silver Whisper

Cunard, Queen Elizabeth

Crystal Cruises, Crystal Serenity

Oceania Cruises, Insignia

Regent Seven Seas, Navigator


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.