Monthly Archives: March 2013

Costa Cruises prepares for major milestone

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On March 31st 2013, Costa Cruises will celebrate its 65th anniversary. It will be 65 years to the day since the first departure of the Anna C which left Genoa for Buenos Aires carrying 768 passengers. She was the first ship in the Costa fleet dedicated to passenger transport, effectively marking the beginning of Costa’s cruises. This is a major milestone for the company and for the global cruise industry which Costa is marking with a series of special initiatives …

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American Cruise Lines introduces 4-night cruises on the Mississippi River

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American Cruise Lines (www.americancruiselines.com), the largest U.S. cruise company, today announced the addition of four-night cruises to the Queen of the Mississippi’s 2013 schedule. Three days shorter than the standard itinerary length the line offers on the Mississippi River, the new cruises will focus on the various plantations found along the river. The roundtrip voyage from New Orleans is perfect for a quick getaway or extended weekend trip, offering a historic exploration of the plantations along the Mississippi River, including …

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Royal Caribbean announces 2014 Alaska cruises and cruisetours

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Royal Caribbean International have announced their 2014 Alaska cruise and cruisetour season, which will mark 25 years of delivering the Alaskan frontier on land and sea. The recently revitalised Radiance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas will return to Alaskan waters and offer 34 sailings on seven-night itineraries from Vancouver, British Columbia, and Seattle, Washington. On board, guests can enjoy up to 11 dining options, new and breathtaking entertainment, as well as family activities such as the award-winning …

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Celebrity Cruises announces 2014 European sailings

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Celebrity Cruises has announced its European sailings for 2014 with six ships sailing in the region, including two from the UK. Guests can choose from 12 brand new itineraries including new seven-night sailings taking in Mediterranean gems from Barcelona to Venice, 12 and 13 night Classical Mediterranean cruises and 13 night Istanbul overnight sailings. 2014 will also include calls at 102 ports in 30 countries with five new ports of call View the Original article

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P&O Cruises 2014 launch with new fly-cruise holidays

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269 cruises in 2014, visiting 218 places (including 17 new destinations) in 77 countries – itineraries to Norway and Iceland, the Baltic, Iberia, Canary Islands, Mediterranean and Caribbean, plus three world cruises View the Original article

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Viking River Cruises sets world record

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River cruising is the hottest segment of travel right now, and in a fitting feat for the world’s leading river cruise line, Viking River Cruises today set a world record with the christening of 10 new Viking LongshipsTM. The first-of-its-kind simultaneous christening ceremony in Amsterdam debuted the ships View the Original article

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Carnival cancels host of cruises over safety concerns

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Carnival Triumph will miss ten further voyages Carnival Cruise Lines has announced the first implementation phase of its fleet wide comprehensive operational review, focused on Carnival Triumph, as well as Carnival Sunshine, which is currently undergoing a previously scheduled dry dock for product enhancements. The cruise line is making significant investments to enhance the level of operating redundancies and the scope of hotel services that can run on emergency power, and further improve each ship’s fire prevention, detection and suppression …

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Cunard Line’s new dress codes celebrate the chance to dress up and relax

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with an update to its dress codes, while at the same time encouraging the loosening of ties on its less formal nights. Research with existing passengers and luxury travellers generally has led Cunard to strengthen the Line’s commitment to special occasion dressing three times a week on its Transatlantic Crossings and twice each week on sailings to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia and beyond. However, in response to growing travel trends, Cunard is adjusting its advice on dress codes for other nights. …

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Royal Caribbean announces 2014 Mediterranean cruises

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Royal Caribbean International today opened Jewel of the Seas’ 2014 summer Southern Caribbean season for sale, and announced the cruise line’s 2014 Mediterranean cruises to complete its future European deployment. Liberty of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, and Splendour of the Seas will sail the Mediterranean, and this is in addition to Independence of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas and Legend of the Seas in Northern Europe.  In total, holidaymakers …

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New private car excursions with Crystal Cruises in 2013

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Due to guest demand, beginning this spring, Crystal Cruises’ luxury travelers have a new and flexible private option for exploring Europe: their own car and driver, with local, English-speaking guide.  The new private car or van offerings allow singles, couples and small groups (8 maximum) to fully customise time ashore upon arrival.  While Crystal is launching the program in 50 European ports on Crystal Symphony Mediterranean cruises and Crystal Serenity Northern European cruises, the ultra-luxury line plans to extend the …

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