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Crystal Cruises to Be Acquired and Build New Luxury Ship

In double news, Crystal Cruises has announced that the cruise line is set to be acquired by Genting Hong Kong and also plans to build a new luxury ship under the new ownership. Crystal Cruises’ current parent company, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, expects the $550 million acquisition to be completed in the second quarter of 2015. This…

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Oceania Cruises Introduces New Onboard Culinary Classes

Oceania Cruises is preparing 20 new interactive culinary classes and more for guests onboard the Marina and Riviera starting in April 2015. The Culinary Center offerings will include an extensive two-day immersion program, a session dedicated to the life and work of Chef Jacques Pépin, and extras added to the Gourmet Explorer Series’ international delights. The new…

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Royal Caribbean International Details New Harmony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International is poised to launch a third Oasis-class cruise ship – the newly named Harmony of the Seas – in April 2016. The upcoming vessel will build on the existing fleet with new innovations and additions inspired by the recently lunched Quantum of the Seas. “We are orchestrating a medley of new exciting…

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MICE CHAT – Star Wars Boards the Disney Cruise Line in 2016

Read our latest article in The Disney Cruise Line Connoisseur with Jason Leppert column for Mice Chat: Star Wars Boards the Disney Cruise Line in 2016 To access The Disney Cruise Line Connoisseur at Mice Chat, click on the link below: Star Wars Boards the Disney Cruise Line in 2016 HEADER IMAGE SOURCE: DISNEY CRUISE LINE

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Viking River Cruises to Roll Down the Mississippi River Beginning 2017

In a scene that might come to resemble the header image above, Viking River Cruises will soon expand its operations to North America along the Mississippi River starting in 2017. According to a Louisiana Economic Development announcement that sets New Orleans as the initial homeport, six new U.S.-built vessels are planned for construction at an estimated cost…

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New Specialty Cruises Arriving from Silversea Expeditions

Silversea Expeditions voyages are already stunning, but now the luxury expedition cruise company is introducing even more to be excited about – specialty sailings focused on ornithology, photography, scuba diving, wellness and fine dining. Detailing the voyages and dates are 6 mini-brochures that are available in print and download here: http://www.silversea.com/brochures “These specialty expeditions enable travelers to…

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VIDEO – Holland America Line’s Westerdam Review

Hop aboard the Westerdam from Holland America Line to experience a premium cruise in our latest cruise ship review and tour video. Mobile and Cruise Nav Users – Please use this link to view video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjLJzznOsU4 More Cruise Reviews from the Holland America Line’s Westerdam, Dancing with the Stars: At Sea Champions Cruise 2014 sailing: VIDEO PODCAST – Holland America Line’s Westerdam Experience: Caribbean…

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VIDEO PODCAST – Martina McBride on Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Freedom

In this week’s episode, watch Martina McBride perform onboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Freedom in Galveston, Texas. The first Carnival LIVE concert performed outdoors was a benefit for USA military families and Operation Homefront. View the video in HD above or via SD podcast below… Please feel free to reach out to us on Facebook…

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VIDEO PODCAST – AquaDuck Experience: Disney Cruise Line’s Water Coaster

In a new episode, take a first-person ride on the AquaDuck water coaster onboard Disney Cruise Line‘s Disney Fantasy. Watch the video in HD above or via the SD podcast below. Please feel free to reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter with your questions. To also access the show on iTunes, click on the…

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Holland America Line Prepares New Dining Concepts for Koningsdam

Holland America Line has revealed its full slate of dining concepts coming to its upcoming Koningsdam cruise ship in new renderings and video below. Classic favorites like the Culinary Arts Center have been improved while new restaurants like Sel de Mer have been freshly introduced. “Koningsdam allows us to leverage our culinary creativity and debut new brand-exclusive…

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