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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.”

MSC Divina guests can look forward to attentive service, a large variety of leisure facilities and world-class entertainment to ensure that you have a memorable vacation aboard.

The cruise ships with the best Wi-Fi

July 7, 2016

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What happened on cruise ships used to stay on cruise ships -- at least until the boat reached the next port.

One of the remaining Internet-free places on the planet, passengers could spend days wallowing in isolation unless they spent serious cash on a telegram or ship-to-shore call.

Then, in 1999 Norwegian Cruise Lines introduced the first on-board Internet café.

And nothing much changed.

Because, even though cruise lines have been rolling out connectivity at sea ever since, coverage has been frustratingly patchy, slow and expensive.

It's changing now though.

Over the last few years, cruise lines have been improving their satellite technology to boost connection speeds and working out ways to accommodate different budgets.

Walter Christen's insight:

Year ago when I started cruising, one of the attractions was that I was able to disconnect and my job could not get hold of me on the ship. I still remember calling home to check in using the telephone in the cabin and the $19 charge for the three minute call.

In this day and age, it is almost impossible to disconnect entirely (and most people do not want to).  The speeds are getting much better on board and also more reliable. Cost is still a factor and for some the internet packages are still costly.  If you belong to a cruise line loyalty program, check to see if there is a discount available. I also like what Carnival Cruise Lines and MSC Cruises have done for people who basically want social media access. The costs for these plans are very attractive and cover quite a few of the most popular social media applications.


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.

American Queen Steamboat Co. Christmas market cruises are here!

July 3, 2016

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It may seem like the winter holidays are a long way off, but this is actually the perfect time to think ahead and start making your travel plans for that time of year.

One great option: any of the tours offered by American Queen Steamboat Company, which recently unveiled a selection of cruise specials for the 2016 Holidays/Christmas season.

The holidays tend to be a magical time of year anyway, but this is a great way to make them extra special. This is a unique and exciting way to experience the best of the Antebellum South while relaxing aboard the luxury and old-fashioned splendor of the American Queen cruise ship. You will feel like you are traveling as elite adventurers did in years gone by.

Walter Christen's insight:

It may be the Summer but it is not too early to think and book a Christmas cruise. I can think of no better way to spend the holidays aboard the American Queen Steamboat Company's American Queen.



A digital rendering of MSC Meraviglia, which will debut in the Mediterranean in June 2017.

MSC Cruises unveils deliriously deluxe details of new ship Meraviglia

July 2, 2016

Swiss-based MSC Cruises — the largest privately owned cruise line and brand market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa — just announced details about its next-generation ship, MSC Meraviglia, which will debut in the Mediterranean on June 4, 2017.

The super ship offer plenty of innovations such as a 315 foot long indoor promenade with LED dome. Here are some other highlights:

Digital rendering of the river ship Crystal Mozart.

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. 

Expedition ship Celebrity Xploration will join the Celebrity fleet in March 2017.

Celebrity Cruises details new Galapagos expeditions

July 1, 2016

Expanding on its Galapagos Islands product, Celebrity Cruises is launching new itineraries and expedition ships, upping the fleet to three. Joining the Celebrity Xpedition are the Celebrity Xploration and Celebrity Xperience in March 2017. The trio of ships will provide six itineraries to 15 islands and over 30 total ports.

In preparation, the eight-stateroom Celebrity Xploration catamaran and 24-cabin Celebrity Xperience yacht will each receive multi-million dollar refurbishments to bring them up to Celebrity Cruises standards. The Xploration features window or veranda accommodations, and both come outfitted with luxurious bedding, LCD televisions and high-speed internet connections. Fine dining will also be crafted by the line’s Michelin-starred chef, delivered by attentive service.

Like its sister ships, Symphony of the Seas features a Bionic Bar where robots will mix your drinks.

Is going on a cruise the hippest thing in travel now?

June 28, 2016

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A couple of years ago, when you heard people say they were going on a cruise you would normally picture retirees in straw hats, sandals and brightly colored and flowered shirts.

Nowadays cruise travel passengers include the young, middle aged and, of course the retirees.

But what has changed? Well for beginners, cruise ship companies have made it very attractive for passengers, and the younger, hipper crowds are starting to realize that maybe it makes sense to go on a cruise, see several different countries in one trip and eat, drink and party to their heart's content.In addition to this, cruise companies have done extensive market research and turned out many new destinations, new activities, both on-ship and onshore, as well as created themed cruises, increased the length of cruise trips and are putting water slides, rock climbing and even bars operated with robotic tenders on new ships, all in an effort to facilitate the changing patterns of the cruise ships travel market.


Walter Christen's insight:

I firmly believe there is a cruise that would appeal to anyone no matter what age group they happen to be in.  What I would be looking for in a cruise experience many not be what you are looking for. All of the resources on and the bliss filters can help you find that perfect cruise for you.


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.


The 5 best cruises to take from Seattle

June 20, 2016

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A visit to Seattle often means taking some time to enjoy Elliott Bay, Puget Sound, and the surrounding islands or peninsulas during a day trip. One of the easiest ways to do this is to hop onto one of the numerous ferries that operate in the region. You can walk onto any of them as a passenger, or take your vehicle for an interesting day trip, and spend less than $10 per person, it really is superb value for money. However, if you want to have more time to explore the local waterways of Seattle and take a pretty awesome vacation at the same time, then a cruise is definitely an option for you to consider.

There are quite a few tempting options out there when it comes to Seattle cruise departures, but some stand out more than others. These are our picks on the 5 best cruises to take from Seattle…

American Cruise Lines

Norwegian Cruise Line

Victoria Clipper

Princess Cruises

Holland America Line

Walter Christen's insight:

Seattle and the surrounding area is a great place to start or finish a cruise.  I can see spending a few days (or more) exploring this destination.  Quite a few cruise lines that have departures from Seattle to Alaska, the Pacific coastline and even transpacific crossings. 



Horseback riding, hiking and nature walks are as popular as the beaches and snorkeling at Half Moon Cay, one  of about 700 islands that make up the Bahamas.

Half Moon Cay a slice of heaven in the Bahamas

June 16, 2016

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Half Moon Cay is a slice of heaven just floating in the Caribbean. Half Moon Cay is one of the 700 islands that make up the archipelago of the Bahamas. Less than 100 miles from Nassau lies the private island Half Moon Cay, a tropical paradise for those cruising with Holland America Line. Our first taste of the Bahamas was with on our Holland America Line Eastern Caribbean cruise, which included a day at Half Moon Cay.

Holland America purchased the island in 1996 for a steal for only $6 million, and has since invested $15 million to create the private island paradise for passengers on the line’s Caribbean and Panama Canal sailings. Carnival ships sometimes visit as well, as Holland America is part of the Carnival Corp. The island wasn’t always called Half Moon Cay, for most of its existence the island was known as Little San Salvador Island.

Walter Christen's insight:

I enjoy cruises that include a stop at a private Island.  I love going to the beach and doing a little snorkeling. I have been to many of them over the years.  The first being Royal Caribbean's Private island in Haiti called Labadee. It was soon after it opened and at that time there was very little there except some lounge chairs by the beach. Later this year I will be taking a Norwegian Cruise which will be making a stop at their newest Private Island off the coast of Belize called Harvest Caye.

Here's Cruiseable's look at 8 of the cruise lines' private islands.

Most of the mainstream cruise lines have or soon will have private islands in the Bahamas or the Caribbean.

Holland America/Carnival - Half Moon Cay and Amber Cove

Disney Cruise Line- Castaway Cay

Princess Cruises- Princess Cays

Royal Caribbean- Labadee and CoCo Cay

MSC Cruises- Ocean Cay (opening late 2017)

Norwegian Cruise Line - Great Stirrup Cay and opening late this year, Harvest Caye