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Carnival to offer wide variety of Bermuda cruises in 2016

August 31, 2015

From carnival-news.com via Scoop.it:

With its famous pink-sand beaches, turquoise waters and picture-perfect weather, Bermuda is one of the most popular destinations in cruising. And Carnival Cruise Line will provide its guests with a variety of opportunities to visit the island paradise in 2016 with 10 departures that feature at least one overnight docked alongside at historic King’s Wharf.

From April through November 2016, guests can embark on five different Carnival ships departing from six convenient U.S. homeports offering itineraries ranging from five to eight days — making 2016 one of the cruise line’s most robust Bermuda programs ever.

 

Walter Christen's insight:

Bermuda is one of my favorite vacation spots. Many years ago my wife and I spent a week there (sadly it was not via a cruise).  I always wanted to cruise to Bermuda but living in Florida, it seemed silly to have to fly north to take the cruise. 

Carnival Cruise Line will have two sailings next year from Florida (Port Canaveral and Miami) in addition to other sailings from New York, Baltimore, Norfolk and Charleston.

Ships that Carnival Cruise Line will use for these sailings include:

 

 

 

 

The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

August 28, 2015
 

The Blue Lagoon :: Iceland :: wanna swim?

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At 821 to 918 total square feet, the Seven Seas Suite on Seven Seas Explorer features a spacious bedroom, 1 1/2 marble bathrooms, a large living room and private balcony.

First look: The swanky suites on 'most luxurious cruise ship ever'

August 26, 2015

From www.usatoday.com via Scoop.it:

What will the cabins be like on what's being billed as the most luxurious cruise ship ever? See for yourself with a scroll through the photo tour above, which offers a first look at the accommodations planned for luxury line Regent Seven Seas' next ship, Seven Seas Explorer.

USA TODAY on Tuesday got a sneak peak at mock-ups of the cabins planned for the 750-passenger vessel at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy where it is under construction.

Scheduled to debut in July 2016, the Seven Seas Explorer will have the highest ratio of space to passengers in the history of cruising, and Regent is promising to set a new benchmark in luxury cruising with the ship.

Walter Christen's insight:

Although the Regent Seven Seas new ship Explorer will not be setting sail until July 2016, the mock ups of the suites are outstanding.  This new luxury ship is all suites and I agree, will be setting a new benchmark in luxury cruising.

First sailings will be in the Mediterranean.

 

Seven unmissable dive sites in the Cayman Islands

August 24, 2015

From www.lonelyplanet.com via Scoop.it:

Locals will tell you the Cayman Islands offer the best scuba diving in the Caribbean. Given the triumvirate of islands boasts a unique dive site for every single day of the year – and this isn’t just marketing speak – it’s easy to believe them.

Already a go-to destination for stingray spotting and dramatic drop-offs, this British Overseas Territory also offers some superb wreck dives within a pirate’s ahoy from the shore. The Caymans’ vibrant reefs are also something of a success story. With the Caribbean thought to have lost a staggering 80 percent of its coral in recent years, largely due to the effects of global warming, a 2013 study found Cayman coral health had bounced back to levels not seen since 1999.

While every diver has their favourites, we’ve scoped out seven of our own top spots to strap on a tank and dive in.

 

Walter Christen's insight:

If you are into scuba and/or snorkel this list from Lonely Planet gives you a real good idea of the places you may want to visit in the Cayman Islands.

I have been to the Cayman Islands quite a few times and the destination is one of my favorites in the Caribbean. I love to go snorkeling and bring my own gear (fins/mask/snorkel) with me.

I was last in Grand Cayman this past January aboard the Celebrity Cruise Lines Constellation.  I did a snorkel tour there aboard a catamaran and visited the USS Kittiwake which was placed on the north side of Seven Mile Beach.  The captain of the catamaran tour was a free diver and took my GoPro down with him into the center of the ship.  Fantastic video and memories I will not forget. 

 

Are these the best cruise ships of 2015?

August 24, 2015

From www.travelchannel.com via Scoop.it:

It’s time to plan your next cruise with our annual list of some of the best ships to set sail this year. We’ve pulled together a panel of experts — including Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief of Porthole Cruise Magazine; Jason Leppert, editor of PopularCruising.com; and Anne Campbell, editor of CruisingFromNewYork.com and ShipCriticBlog.com — to help choose our coveted Travel’s Best Cruises 2015. See what cruise lines were picked for specific categories such as Best Caribbean Cruise, Best Luxury Cruise, Best Mediterranean Cruise and Best Theme Cruise. And find out which cruise ship made our list for the second year in a row.

Walter Christen's insight:

Travel Channel reveals its list of the best cruise ships to set sail this year. Get detailed info on why each cruise ship made this list. This is a very nice list of cruises to get you started thinking about your perfect vacation.

My only beef: Carnival for best food? Guy's Burger Joint and the The BlueIguana Cantina aboard Carnival's Fun 2.0 ships are nice, but they really can't touch the fare at some of the higher-end cruise lines, including Regent Seven Seas, Oceania, Silversea, Celebrity Cruises and even Seabourn and Holland America.

Best Alaskan Cruise: Celebrity CruisesCelebrity Solstice

Best Caribbean Cruise: Sea Dream Yacht Club, Sea Dream I and Sea Dream II

Best European River Cruise: AmaWaterways , AmaCerto

Best Family Cruise: Royal Caribbean, Anthem of the Seas

Best Hawaiian Cruise: Norwegian Cruise Line, Pride of America

Best Luxury Cruise: Seabourn Cruise Line, Seabourn Odyssey

Best Mediterranean Cruise: Viking Ocean Cruises, Viking Star

Best Mexican Cruise: Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Miracle

Unexpected Cruise for Food: Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Breeze

 

A stone sculpture at Angkor Wat — a United Nations World Heritage Site and the largest religious monument in the world — seen during a G Adventures expedition of Cambodia.

Lonely Planet name their top 20 ultimate travel destinations

August 23, 2015

From awol.com.au via Scoop.it:

Travel bible Lonely Planet has revealed its Ultimate Travelist in a new book, ranking the top 500 sights in the world as chosen by their expert travel correspondents – y’know, the people who actually write those books you desperately reach for in each new city you visit. The definitive list offers many of the expected “must visit” spots spliced in with a few hidden gems.

The Temples of Angkor in Cambodia were the “undisputed champion” to take the crown, beating out our own Great Barrier Reef in second place and Peru’s Machu Picchu in third.

Along with our famed reef, Australia took out two other spots in the top 20. The Twelve Apostles on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road took out 12th place and – in perhaps a surprising entry –  Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art took out spot number 20. Lonely Planet says that MONA is “sexy, provocative, disturbing and deeply engaging. Don’t miss it!”

Walter Christen's insight:

If you are looking to create a bucket list the Lonely Planet Ultimate Travelist would be a great starting point.  Not all, but many are accessible via shore excursions on cruise ships.

 

Avalon Waterways is offering seven Christmastime cruises in 2016.

Avalon Waterways offers seven Christmas cruises for 2016

August 23, 2015

For travelers who've been thinking about a holiday on a river cruise ship, come 2016 Avalon Waterways will have seven Christmas cruises, including the 17-day Christmastime Zurich to Budapest cruise on the Avalon Tranquility II (priced from $4,589 and departing Dec. 3, 2016). It will sail not one, not two, but three rivers in Europe: Danube, Main and Rhine. Along the way, passengers will be taking in all the quintessential sights, scents and delights of Central Europe during the holidays. On view are traditional Black Forest houses with their long sloping roofs; Strasbourg’s Christmas market, which dates back to 1570; an ice rink set up at the foot of Heidelberg Castle; Bamberg’s nativity scenes built by local citizens and exhibited throughout the town; and Nuremberg’s Old Town, illuminated with festive lights and decorations.

For those travelers opting for shorter holiday trips, Avalon is offering itineraries that range from five to 13 days in 2016. A fan favorite for the holidays is the 8-day Christmas in the Heart of Germany on the Avalon Tranquility II (priced from $1,773). If Prague decked out for the holidays is on your bucket list, try the 12-day Christmastime Zurich to Prague (priced from $2,898).

For more information

As always, for more information contact your Cruiseable travel advocate


Un-Cruise’s Safari Voyager.

Un-Cruise Adventures offers new cruises to Alaska, Panama Canal

August 23, 2015

Those looking to explore the Alaskan wilderness have two new Un-Cruise Adventures itineraries to choose from: "Exploring Muir’s Wilderness" and "Yachters’ Alaskan Frontier." The Alaska adventure cruises include seven itineraries and 113 departures. These itineraries feature skiff excursions, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and whale watching.

On the new Yachters’ Alaskan Frontier itinerary, guests tour iceberg-rich Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier, kayak and hike in the rugged Port Houghton cove, whale watch in Frederick Sound and Icy Strait, and hike through the Tongass National Forest.

Each 7-day cruise has the option to combine up to three different itineraries for 14- to 22-day voyages. Rates begin at $2,295 per person double occupancy and include meals, activities, transfers day of cruise, fitness equipment and DVD library. 

Cruises to Panama begin on April 29, 2017 aboard the 64-guest Safari Voyager where adventurers experience the "Pure Panama: Cultures, Coasts & Canals" itinerary. During the weeklong journey, guests sail roundtrip from Panama City on a tour that includes watersports activities at the Guna Yala Islands, explorations of the historic quarter of Panama City and wildlife viewing in the Darien Jungle via a motorized dugout canoe, birdwatching along the Chagres River, and a full transit of the 48-mile-long Panama Canal.

Rates begin at $4,395 per person based on double occupancy. Parents with children ages 8 to 13 can save $500 on fares through the Family Discoveries program. 

For more information

As always, for more information contact your Cruiseable travel advocate


A Viking Longship sails through a charming village. A typical itinerary will allow passengers to spend the better part of a day exploring cities, towns, castles and museums with a guide or on their own.

5 reasons why a luxury river cruise in Europe might be perfect for you

August 20, 2015

From www.aluxurytravelblog.com via Scoop.it:

I recently had the chance to experience a 5 star European river cruise for the first time and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Stepping aboard the ‘Space-Ship’ like boat that was docked in Amsterdam, I was about to glide through Amsterdam’s remarkable network of canals, in river cruising luxury – if you want to explore European destinations at a gentle pace, river cruising is certainly one of the best ways to do this. Imagine yourself sipping sparkling champagne, whilst listening to nothing but the calm, gentle sounds of the river lapping against the bows.

Walter Christen's insight:

River boat cruising is becoming more and more popular. The cruise lines such as Viking Cruise Line have been upping their game to appeal to a greater audience.  What a perfect way to explore a region or country where you only have to unpack once.  The ships are smaller and more intimate with personalized service and the food is what you would expect of a Luxury cruise line.. 

 

Silversea Arctic tips: 9 questions you should ask before exploring the Arctic on Silver Explorer

August 19, 2015

From www.tipsfortravellers.com via Scoop.it:

The biggest regret I have about my trip on board Silversea’s Silver Explorer to the Arctic was that I did not have it at the top of my bucket list years ago. Over the course of ten days I discovered that I had missed out on an incredible adventure, and experience, that could have thrilled me ages ago. While indulging in the pampering, good food and service on board, each day was a revelation about the majesty, beauty and fascination of nature in this isolated part of the world. I saw, heard and felt vast glaciers calve off huge chunks of ice. Chuckled as perky Atlantic Puffins peered back as we explored their remote nesting spot and felt my heart lift as lumbering polar bears sniffed at us before going about their business of seeking out food. This is an incredible trip, and one that I want to help anyone thinking about doing it to get the most out of. This is the aim of the following nine questions I believe travelers should ask with my answers and tips on heading to the Arctic.

Walter Christen's insight:

A truly excellent article about what to expect on a cruise on Silversea's Sliver Explorer to the Arctic. Gary Bembridge gives a fantastic account of his cruise and information on what to expect, what you will see and what to take along with you.

A cruise to the Arctic circle is one of my goals. This article has me pushing it up on the priority list.

 

Disney Magic in port in the Caribbean.

Disney Cruise Line adds limits to alcohol policy

August 18, 2015

From www.orlandosentinel.com via Scoop.it:

Disney Cruse Line is altering its alcohol policy, adding restrictions to what passengers may bring onboard to consume during their voyages.

Starting with cruises that leave Sept. 30, Disney Cruise Line guests will be allowed to bring a maximum of two bottles of unopened wine or champagne — no larger than 750 milliliters — or six beers — no larger than 12 ounces — on board at the beginning of the trip and at each port-of-call.

These beverages must be packed in carry-on bags or luggage. They cannot be in checked-in luggage.

Bringing liquors and spirits onboard will be prohibited.

Walter Christen's insight:

Although Disney Cruise Line has made their alcohol policy stricter, it is still more lenient than most other cruise lines.  The ability to have confiscated alcohol returned at the end of the cruise is an interesting twist.

When my wife and I cruise we do not bother bringing on anything additional to drink.  We do not drink much as it is, and we do like to explore the ship when we first get onboard.  The thought of having to carry the extra weight around all afternoon is not appealing. 

 

Book a romantic cruise to the Caribbean on Oasis of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean introduces new luxury experience

August 17, 2015

From www.jennontravel.com via Scoop.it:

Royal Caribbean Cruise line is stepping up their luxury game with a brand new set of offerings for guests looking for that extra special touch on their cruise vacation. When vacationing in one of a range of innovative accommodations, guests will enjoy an experience like no other featuring a wide-range of benefits and amenities that they expect from a world-class luxury vacation.  

Along with well-appointed accommodations, Royal Suite Class will offer a range of exclusive amenities based on three tiered service levels. Premium features include a Royal Genie, certified by the British Butler Institute to meet guests every need; free VOOM, the fastest internet at sea; complimentary specialty dining; an ultimate beverage package; inclusive gratuities; preferred seating at select onboard venues, and upgraded room amenities.

The Royal Suite Class will be available for sailings beginning May 2016 aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis- and Quantum-class ships, Anthem of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Oasis of the Seas, as well as Harmony of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas when they debut in spring 2016

 
 
Walter Christen's insight:
I like what Royal Caribbean is adding with their new Royal Suite Class. There are three tiers to be offered.  I would love to cruise using the Aqua Theater suite.
On the highest class, there is also  all-day access to Royal Caribbean's Coastal Kitchen, a specialty restaurant the focuses on healthy California-Mediterranean foods.