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

Windstar Cruises welcomes solo travelers

July 29, 2015

From www.travelandtourworld.com via Scoop.it:

For the first time, Windstar Cruises offers solo travelers the chance to experience the trip of a lifetime with waived or reduced rates on select voyages booked by September 18, 2015.

 

Windstar extends this more affordable style of single cruising on more than 130 voyages including itineraries in Panama, Costa Rica, Tahiti, , the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean. The Single Supplement is completely waived on 43 itineraries, with a 10-25% discount on 94 voyages.

Walter Christen's insight:

Windstar Cruises has waived or reduces the single supplement on many of their most popular cruises. Windstar's ships are smaller having a private yacht feel and offer gourmet cuisine and exceptional service.

 

The Paul Gauguin in Moorea. The Gauguin has three restaurants, a luxury spa and a staff of 217.

Paul Gauguin offers fall voyages to Fiji

July 29, 2015

From www.travelpulse.com via Scoop.it:

Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, and the 88-guest m/v Tere Moana, offers exotic fall Fiji sailings on The Gauguin that feature optional shore excursions celebrating the destination’s culture, history, and traditions.

Walter Christen's insight:

Specialty cruise line Paul Gauguin announced new 10 ,12 and 13 night sailings to exotic Fiji in the South Pacific on the M/S Paul Gauguin.  Also the list of optional excursions at the various ports of call are quite interesting. 

 

Where does Sea Princess sail to? Where doesn't it?: London, Scotland, New York, Halifax, Iceland, Jordan, Dubai, Tonga, Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Samoa,  Ecuador, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and a world cruise or two.

A Look at the Fitness Areas and Gyms on Princess Cruises Ships

July 29, 2015

From www.inthelooptravel.com via Scoop.it:

Princess Cruises, made famous decades ago for having the ship featured in the TV series "Love Boat", now carries more than two million passengers yearly to more destinations than any other major cruise line.  So, how can those passengers stick to their fitness regimens while onboard Princess Cruises' sailings?  Princess Cruises' ships are known for their elegant design and luxury touches, but they don't have the activities onboard that other lines like Carnival Cruise, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean have been packing into the areas on the top of their ships, like rock climbing, ziplines, ropes courses, waterslides, etc. So, when you are looking to stay fit onboard a Princess cruise, you'll pretty much have to stick to the workout basics: weights, jogging and classes.

Walter Christen's insight:

For some people, being able to continue their fitness regimen while on vacation is important.  Princess Cruises has all of the basics you would need to keep it up.  I especially like the sounds of the swim-against-the-current lap pools offered on many of their ships.

 

Disney Cruise vs. Royal Caribbean Cruise

July 27, 2015

From iheartdreaming.com via Scoop.it:

Cruises have become a huge family vacation destination in recent years. In many ways, cruises offer the perfect vacation experience for families. The ability to get out on the sea, far away from the stressors of “real life” is coveted.

For families with children, there are two popular cruise company options: Disney or Royal Caribbean. Both of these companies are huge names in the cruise and entertainment industry. If you’re faced with booking your family vacation, it can be difficult to decide which will be the best value and provide the maximum amount of fun for you and your kids.

Walter Christen's insight:

When I saw this article it made me think.  Which cruise line, Disney Cruise Line or Royal Caribbean did I think would be better for a family vacation.  My family and I have cruised on both cruise lines. My opinion is it depends on your family and what you are looking for in a family vacation.

 Disney

If you have small children I would give the edge to Disney. Everything is Disney themed, the shows, character meet and greets, and movies.  The food, I felt was top notch and yes, Disney knows service which is excellent. 

 The cabins are larger than most but I was unsure if the bathroom which is split into to parts really worked for my family.

 The only downside I can see is that traditionally, Disney cost more than other cruise lines. Although when you entertainment options and the superior service, the cost differential does not seem that significant.

 

 Royal Caribbean

I feel that there are more activities for families with older children on Royal Caribbean but it should be mentioned that they also have a excellent children's programs geared to different age groups.  Flow Riders, rock climbing and other activities would keep the teen aged group occupied for some time.  Royal Caribbean does have character meet ups as well with their association with DreamWorks.

 The food is more varied and geared toward adults  and yes there is a children's menu available.  Evening entertainment may have your teenagers looking for something else to do.  The singing and dancing shows were not my son's cup of tea.

 As  my children got older, we booked adjoining rooms (with a door in-between).  This gave everyone more room to spread out and when needed a place to relax or take a nap.

 

I would highly recommend either cruise line for a family vacation.

 

 

Oceania Insigina comfortably carries 684 passengers and 400 crew for the cruise of a lifetime.

Oceania plans another epic 180-day cruise

July 25, 2015

From www.usatoday.com via Scoop.it:

Got six months to spare to travel the world? Upscale line Oceania Cruises just announced another epic 180-day voyage that includes stops in South America, Asia and Europe.

The unusual around-the-world sailing on the 684-passenger Insignia will kick off Jan. 6, 2017 in Miami and include calls in 98 ports on six continents.

The 13-year-old line is rolling out the new itinerary in the wake of heavy demand for three other recently announced 180-day world cruises that began taking place this year

Walter Christen's insight:

Oceania Cruises 180 day cruise around the world makes ports of call in 6 continents.  The Insignia cruise ship will be the venue for this over the top cruise experience. The number of must see ports of call on the itinerary is amazing.

 I particularly liked that there were some over night stops so that you do not feel like you are being rushed from port to port.

 

Are you brave enough? 10 cruises for adventure

July 22, 2015

From experience.usatoday.com via Scoop.it:

Some adventure travel types may scoff at the idea of getting on a cruise ship, thinking of it as being too conventional. They should get over that. There are places in the world that are best seen and experienced on water, including little-visited emerging destinations. Check out our picks for the 10 best adventure cruises.

Walter Christen's insight:

For the dedicated adventure traveler, this list would be a good start.  Out of the 10 on this list I have been to two of them.  Alaska on Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas and Hawaii although that was not via a cruise ship.  A few of these are on by bucket list like the Arctic and Australia.

 Here is the list:

 

Holland America's Veendam sails through Panama.

Holland America joins rewards war at sea amps up incentives to cruise

July 22, 2015

From www.examiner.com via Scoop.it:

Yesterday we wrote about MSC Cruises new Voyager Club that’s intended to reward repeat passengers with attractive perks. The Miami, Florida-based line is just one of many that are ramping up bonuses for loyalty and early bookings in a recent wave of rewards war at sea. Princess Cruises has always been a leader of the perks pack providing returning passengers with lots of benefits with each new booking.

Now Holland America is fueling the competition with its Explore 4 Club paybacks that gives guests who book any category stateroom a free Signature Beverage Package valued at up to $1,400, free Pinnacle Grill dinner for two, reduced cruise fares for third and fourth guests in the same stateroom and 50 percent reduced deposits when booked by Oct. 31, 2015.

"We know that many travelers like to plan in advance, so we're offering some great incentives to entice them to book a cruise with us sooner," said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. "By making their reservations now, guests can also ensure a better selection of the itinerary and type of stateroom they prefer and receive a great value with all that's included."

Walter Christen's insight:

The perks available with the new Holland America Line Explore 4 Club do make it very enticing to book a cruise early on the cruise line.  Beverage packages, Pinnacle Grill dinner for 2, reduced deposits, and discounts for 3rd and 4th guests in the same stateroom are perks I would utilize.

With the perks available you can book early and have your pick of cabin's and amenities aboard.  Waiting for the last minute to book a cruise could mean you do not get to select the perfect cabin for you. 

Holland America has 15 ships to choose from and many different itineraries available.

 

Crystal Cruises expansion includes three new ocean ships, yacht and river cruising, jet tours

July 21, 2015

From www.travelweekly.com via Scoop.it:

Crystal Cruises announced an expansion plan under new owners Genting Hong Kong that includes three 1,000-passenger vessels, its first new ships in decades.

Plus, Crystal will expand into adventure, yacht and river cruising, and luxury jet trips.

The line has signed a letter of intent with Lloyd Werft to build the ocean ships, which will have an unprecedented space ratio of 100 gross tons of space per guest, Crystal said. The minimum size of the cabins on the ships will be 400 square feet.

The first ship is due for delivery in late 2018. The ships will be built to sail in polar waters, Crystal said.

Patti Pietschmann, National Cruise Correspondent for Examiner.com, adds this in her spot-on coverage:

And there’s more, in late 2018 Crystal will introduce Crystal Exclusive Class” launching three new “Crystal Exclusive Class,” cruise ships that will make Crystal the first-ever cruise line to deliver expedition-capable ships with all the signature features and amenities of a luxury ship or private yacht. The all-suite, all balcony ship will accommodate 1,000 guests ...


The Aqua Theater aboard Allure of the Seas transforms into an aquatic amphitheater in the evening, with water shows and acrobatic performances.

Cruising with Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas in the Mediteranean

July 21, 2015

From bechicmag.com via Scoop.it:

Have you ever been on a cruise?  As part of our European trip, we booked a Western Mediterranean Cruise with Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas.

A couple of months ago I was thinking about back packing through Europe. Then I got turned off by the idea of staying in hostels and traveling for weeks with all my stuff. Booking hotels in various cities was looking expensive and that’s when I thought about the cruise.

I chose Royal Caribbean’s  7-Night Western Mediterranean cruise because it made stops in the same cities I wanted to visit.

Walter Christen's insight:

Here is a very nice write-up of a couple that sailed on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas to the Western Mediterranean. Some very nice picture of the ship and ports. I have been on this ship when it was sailing in the Caribbean and it is one of my favorites.

Also see Cruiseable writer Carrie Finley-Bajak's take on this fantastic ship 

https://cruiseable.com/cruise-line/royal-caribbean-international/allure-of-the-seas

 

 

Oasis of the Seas sails from its home port of Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean.

A first-timer's guide to cruising

July 21, 2015

From www.foxnews.com via Scoop.it:

We traditionally send off a new cruise ship by smashing a bottle of champagne against its bow.

So why is there no similar tradition to celebrate the launch of a first-time cruise ship passenger? How great would it be if people going on their first cruises received a similar kind of ceremonial sendoff? Granted, smashing champagne bottles over the heads of paying passengers may not go over well. But why not pour a little champagne over their heads or spray a little spritz of bubbly at the cruising virgin? 

Or better yet, just give them the whole darned bottle.

Sadly, there’s no such established tradition for first-time cruisers. All they get is the excitement of being introduced to this unique form of travel — and the stress of not exactly knowing what it entails. We can’t offer you champagne but we can offer you these answers to the questions you first-time cruisers might have about your trip. Drink them in. 

Walter Christen's insight:

For me, cruising is the most enjoyable vacation.  Relaxing, meeting new people, trying new foods, and seeing interesting ports of call.

Take a look at the Cruiseable's travel and port guides to see top things to do and see at ports around the world.

https://cruiseable.com/travel-guides

Also, Cruiseable has a extensive cruise ship guide to help you decide on a ship that is right for you.

https://cruiseable.com/cruise-ships

 

Kate McCue advances women's leadership in cruising

July 21, 2015

From www.prnewswire.com via Scoop.it:

For the first time in the cruise industry – and in Celebrity Cruises' history – an American female will take the helm of a mega-ton cruise ship. At 37 years of age, San Francisco native Kate McCue will command Celebrity Summit – a 91,000-ton, 965-foot ship in the Celebrity Cruises fleet, sailing between the eastern United States and Bermuda. As Captain, she will be responsible for the safe navigation of the ship and the onboard experience of its 2,158 guests and 952 crew members.

The modern luxury cruise brand, which operates a fleet of 10 ships, has elevated McCue to the position of Captain based on her 15 years of successful experience and leadership in the maritime industry. During her tenure, McCue has managed ship logistics while sailing worldwide itineraries, including Europe, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, and along the Panama Canal. Captain McCue has also served as a maritime leader while sailing several transatlantic and repositioning cruises, and played a notable role in the revitalization of ships in Singapore.

Walter Christen's insight:

All that I can say is congratulations to Captain McCue and also to Celebrity Cruises.

The Celebrity Summit was modernized while in dry-dock in 2012.  Carrie Finley-Bajak's insight into this ship can be seen here:

https://cruiseable.com/cruise-line/celebrity-cruises/celebrity-summit

 

A brown bear in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

How to maximize your animal viewing on an Alaskan cruise

July 21, 2015

From www.foxnews.com via Scoop.it:

Even vacations have goals: On a Caribbean cruise, you want to see beaches. On a European cruise, you want to see museums and historic sites.

Those are easy goals to achieve. But many travelers booking their first Alaskan cruise want to see wildlife, and they wonder how hard it is to ensure they will. After all, beaches, museums and ruins stay put, but whales and bears tend to move around.

So how hard is it? According to cruise experts, it isn’t hard at all.

Walter Christen's insight:

I can attest to the fact that you would be hard pressed to not see wildlife on an Alaska cruise.

I took our family on an Alaska Cruise on Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas a few years back.  When in Juneau, I did a photography tour that included whale watching.  Seals, Whales, Eagles, and one bear were all seen on the tour.  The tour operator was very knowledgeable about where we would see the most and also very helpful in giving hints and tricks to capture the moments with your camera.

Another memorable moment was when we had completed our ports of call and were heading back to Vancouver.  While eating dinner, a pod of whales were very close to the side of the ship. What a way to end a fantastic journey.

Alaska was one of the most beautiful places I have been.  The scenery and wildlife were amazing.  This is one destination I do plan on doing again, although I think next time I will extend the trip to also go to Denali.

See what the Cruiseable team has for travel guides in Alaska ports.

https://cruiseable.com/travel-guides#alaska