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Harvest Caye… developing paradise

August 16, 2016

From www.cruisetotravel.com via Scoop.it:

Earlier this year Norwegian Cruise Line revealed details on their new Western Caribbean destination Harvest Caye, Belize. The resort style port of call is set to open in November this year.

For a closer look at what Norwegian Cruise Line has planned for guests sailing on Western Caribbean cruises from mid-November onwards, visit our post: Harvest Caye… paradise by Norwegian Cruise Line.

International Environments Ltd., the company which was hired to conduct a socio-economic and environment impact assessment, is providing the architectural and engineering services for the $50 million project. This includes taking designs to 100% completion, project administration and construction supervision.

Walter Christen's insight:

I have my first Norwegian Cruise Line vacation aboard the Norwegian Jade to the Western Caribbean in November.  One of the ports of call is to be Harvest Caye.  The pictures in this article show that they are well along on getting this exciting new private island ready.  I cant wait.

 

The Haven on Norwegian ships features a sun deck, private pool, premium accommodations, 24-hour butler and concierge service and other perks.

Bask in luxury at the Haven with Norwegian Cruise Line

August 16, 2016

From www.travelpulse.com via Scoop.it:

Haven (noun): a place of safety or refuge.

Norwegian Cruise Line offers its passengers a true place of refuge and serenity with The Haven, home to the cruise line’s most luxurious, well-appointed and spacious accommodations. A private oasis tucked away at the top of the ship, The Haven provides guests with unparalleled access to top-of-the-line services and amenities – such as free shore excursions, WiFi, specialty dining and unlimited beverages—taking their cruise from memorable to unforgettable from the second they embark.

Guests can select from eight cabin categories including a deluxe Owner’s Suite with a large balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows or the 3-bedroom Garden Villa, which sleeps up to eight guests in more than 4,890 square feet of spacious living at sea. Families will want to take advantage of the 2-bedroom family villa with balcony, where kids can enjoy movies on their own flat-screen TV, or connecting staterooms, which are perfect for families or a group of friends traveling together. The Courtyard Penthouse offers up a romantic get-away with a private balcony and a round, queen-size bed. The Haven’s Spa Suite is indulgence at sea with a hot tub, oversized waterfall shower, easy access to the Mandara Spa and Fitness Center and complimentary access to the Thermal Spa Suites during regular spa hours.

Walter Christen's insight:

I have friends that love the Haven aboard Norwegian Cruise Line for the luxury feel aboard a mainstream cruise line.  For them, the additional cost is well worth it for all of the extras included including Wi-Fi and included drink package. 

Here are some recent articles in Cruiseable about The Haven and luxury accommodations:


 

Hotel Director Gary Davies looks after details that impact the guest experience on board.

A day in the life of a Royal Caribbean hotel director

August 9, 2016

A little while back I gave readers a behind-the-scenes look a what goes into the hotel director's job on Celebrity Infinity in this video interview.

The folks over at Royal Caribbean's Press Center spotted that and passed along word of a new short video with Royal Caribbean Hotel Director Gary Davies, who oversees 13 departments and attends to every detail that affects the guest experience. 

Davies provides a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into managing the day-to-day operations on board Anthem of the Seas to ensure a memorable vacation for guests.


Five things to bring with you on your next river cruise

August 7, 2016

From www.rivercruiseadvisor.com via Scoop.it:

Let’s face it: everyone forgets something when they travel – even experienced cruisers like us. However, there are some things that you should bring with you to get maximum enjoyment out of your river cruise – things that go beyond the usual toothbrush and passport.  These are things we’ve found to be immensely useful on our own travels, and we’re presenting them here for you to take with you on your next adventure.

A Travel Guide

Power Adapters

A Backpack and Reusable Water Bottle

Medications from Home

Business Cards

Walter Christen's insight:

These are some very useful things to bring with you on a river cruise. This could also be a basis for any cruise, river or ocean.

I really like the suggestion of business cards.  Quite a few times I have met new friends on cruises and having some personal business cards would come in handy so we could stay in touch after the cruise or also make it easier to get their email address so I could send them a photo later.

As far as medications are concerned, remember to always pack them in your carry on. Nothing could ruin a cruise quicker if you lost the medications you need to take on a daily basis.

 

The ornate Capitolio Nacional is Havana's most grandiose building, slightly taller and richer in detail than the U.S. Capitol. It houses the Cuban Academy of Sciences.

Fathom partners with Airbnb

August 5, 2016

Fathom and Airbnb have partnered for a “give and get” opportunity for new Airbnb hosts in the United States. People who sign up to become a new host with Airbnb will receive a $250 credit for a Fathom cruise to the Dominican Republic or Cuba.   

A  pioneer in social impact travel, Fathom, Carnival Corporation’s 10th and newest brand, sails weekly to the Dominican Republic or Cuba. Cruises are not your everyday voyages but rather a chance for travelers  to immerse themselves in enriching and meaningful experiences and participate alongside locals to address community needs.


Silver Whisper, which hosts Silversea's iconic World Cruise, will be the first to face an upgrade later this year.

Silversea announces $170 million fleetwide upgrade

August 3, 2016

The luxury cruise line Silversea has announced that its fleet of small ships will undergo a $170 million refurbishment that will upgrade them to the high standards its upscale passengers have grown accustom to.

“We are thrilled to be moving ahead with these major refurbishments and look forward to welcoming guests aboard and sharing our unique vision of ultra-luxury cruising, both in terms of service and physical environment”, Manfredi Lefebvre, chairman of Silversea, said in a statement. “We pride ourselves on being the reference when it comes to ultra-luxury cruising and this investment reflects our long-term commitment in this regard toward our ships, our guests and our crew.”


Kids big and small will enjoy the waterslides on Carnival Vista.

10 reasons your next family vacation should be aboard Carnival Vista

August 1, 2016

From thetribemagazine.com via Scoop.it:

It’s good to be a kid on Carnival’s newest cruise ship, Vista. Which means it’s also great to be a parent sailing aboard Vista. More kids sail on Carnival than other cruise line, and Vista proves the company wants to keep it that way. Carrying 3,936 passengers and 1,450 crew members, she’s a floating resort with everything a vacationing family could ask for, and plenty of things they may not have ever imagined were possible at sea or on land.

Weighing in at more than 133-thousand tons, the list of Carnival Vista’s family-friendly perks is long, entertaining and in many cases adrenaline boosting, but these ten should provide instant vacation inspiration.

1. Ride On.. On the SkyRide
2. Climb to New Heights on the SkyCourse
3. First IMAX at Sea
4. WaterWorks
5. Family Harbor
6. Seuss at Sea
7. Camp Ocean
8. The Clubhouse
9. There’s an app for that
10. Family-Friendly Eats
Walter Christen's insight:

The one phrase that a parent never wants to hear from their children while on vacation is "I'm bored".  Carnival Cruise Line's Vista looks to be just the ticket to ensure those words are never uttered. There are so many different kid friendly activities and venues onboard to keep everyone amused and enjoy their vacation.

We have taken our children on many cruises when they were younger and picking a cruise line and ship that has lots of activities for them was a major consideration.

 

Room with a view: Guests get a private veranda to take in the passing parade of eye candy when they book a balcony stateroom aboard Princess Cruises.

Read this before you book a cruise ship balcony room

July 28, 2016

From www.cntraveler.com via Scoop.it:

Deciding whether a balcony fits in your budget depends on how you value your time on the ship.

It’s hard to imagine a hotel charging extra for a room with windows, but when it comes to cruising, fresh ocean air comes at a premium: Typically, the coveted outdoor balcony space on a cruise costs at least $100 per person, per voyage more than an interior or porthole stateroom. But with budget and savings in mind, are cruise balconies actually worth the extra fee? We explore.

Walter Christen's insight:

My wife and I prefer a balcony room on the cruises we take but we have also opted for porthole/window staterooms when either the balcony was cost prohibitive or not available. Having a balcony for us is like having a second room where if the other is sleeping, there was a nice place to sit and read.

I have noticed that on some older ships that do not have as many balcony rooms, they either book up fast or command much higher prices.

I have not had a interior stateroom on any of the cruise I have been on but may consider one on a Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class ship with the high-definition TV walls with a live feed of the ocean and ship’s ports.

My general rule is that the actual stateroom type does not matter as much to me as long as I get to go on a cruise

 

Visit pretty Sorrento, Italy, on SeaDream II.

SeaDream adds new wine-themed voyages in 2017

July 23, 2016

From o.canada.com via Scoop.it:

Whenever I talk about cruises, people get a wistful look in their eyes when I mention SeaDream Yacht Club. Founded 15 years ago by Norwegian cruise pioneer Atle Brynestad, SeaDream Yacht Club has made a point of sending its two 112-guest luxury yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II, where other lines can’t — or simply won’t — go.

Now, SeaDream is rolling out a number of new itineraries for 2017, including seven special wine-themed voyages. Sailing through the sun-splashed Mediterranean, these dedicated wine sailings provide guests with premium tastings from celebrated wineries such as Château Gassier, Tenuta San Guido and Taittinger Champagne.

Walter Christen's insight:

In the cruises I have been on, I have always enjoyed the wine tasting classes onboard. I love learning more about the different types of wine and the places they are produced.

I like SeaDream Yacht Clubs business model of going to smaller ports that the large cruise lines cannot go to. Sometimes it is nice to get off the beaten path and explore the lesser know ports.  The SeaDream I and SeaDream II are fantastic ships to accomplish this.

 

Celebrity Equinox is one of five Solstice-class cruise ships operated by Celebrity Cruises.

Celebrity pulls Equinox out of Europe in 2017

July 19, 2016

At first I figured it was because of the unrest throughout southern Europe, but there’s no indication of  that as the reason Celebrity Cruises announced it’s pulling the 2,850-passengers out of European waters and heading to the Caribbean to join that competitive year-round market. The ship will sail on various itineraries from Miami and do seven-night cruises in June, July and August with Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries offered.

The Equinox was scheduled to be part of a five-ship European deployment for the cruise line next summer. So far though the line is keeping he Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Eclipse and Celebrity Silhouette there..

"Our guests, first-time cruisers and our travel partners have been asking me for many years to offer year-round Caribbean cruises. They wished we offered these itineraries,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. "Modern luxury, affluent vacationers have been looking for summer cruises in the Caribbean and we felt this was a significant opportunity in our offering. So our new year-long sailings are perfect for discerning families and couples who want a summer getaway to sought-after tropical islands, with the best culinary experiences in the region and enriching activities for children and adults – all of which can only be offered by Celebrity. We are also adding new itineraries and sailings to create the most unforgettable vacations in the Caribbean; this is another example of what makes Celebrity so distinct and unique.”


London-based Molton Brown has partnered with Seabourn to create a collection of signature scents distributed free of charge on all its ships.

Molton Brown creates signature scents for Seabourn

July 14, 2016

Seabourn has always provided passengers with top products in their suites. The cruise line even lets you choose your own from a variety of top-shelf selections. And now the company has teamed up with one of the most exclusive labels, London-based Molton Brown, to create a collection of signature scents distributed free of charge on its three ships — and on the new Seabourn Encore when it debuts in December.

"Our new Seabourn Signature Scents are the result of genuine collaboration with Molton Brown, with several months spent developing distinctive scent combinations that will serve to remind guests of the experience of their Seabourn cruise long after they've returned home," said Christopher Prelog, vice president of hotel operations for Seabourn.


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

Seven Seas Explorer amps up its shore excursions

July 13, 2016

Already popular for the fine cuisine served across its fabulous fleet of luxury liners, Regent Seven Seas is taking the flavors farther with culinary-inspired shore excursions on its sparkling new Seven Seas Explorer inaugural season in the Mediterranean, which begins tomorrow, July 13.

Each tour is a wine and food lover’s dream come true

The one-of-a-kind, flavorful epicurean adventures ashore will feature several exquisite gourmet restaurants and the hands-on Culinary Arts Kitchen. The new collection of Gourmet Explorer Tours will enhance and expand upon the curriculum offered at the Culinary Arts Kitchen aboard the ship by providing adventures that allow guests to explore the destination and local culture through its epicurean offerings. Each tour, which will be escorted by the chef instructor from the Culinary Arts Kitchen and a local guide, is a wine and food lover’s dream come true.