Suite Dreams are Made of This – the Ultimate Luxury at Sea


Delight in an ever widening array of exquisite cruise ship suites. Discerning travelers will feel right at home in these luxurious accommodations. Those who want to splurge on a special vacation experience are sure to feel like VIPs in these chic and top-of-the-line suites that are more like apartments.

These gorgeous suites compliment your cruise experience – the ultimate grand indulgence. You will never want to leave the ship! Cruise lines continue to deliver exceptional amenity-filled suites that are lavish, spacious and ultra-comfortable with high-end appointments luxury travelers expect. Plush furnishings and high-end décors also come with special privileges. Guests may receive such perks as concierge service including assistance with reserving Relaxing Passenger On Stateroom Balcony Aboard Ship On Transatlaspecialty restaurants, spas and shore excursions. Priority embarkation and disembarkation is another. Butler service will pamper you with everything from unpacking to dry-cleaning and delivery of cocktails and evening canapés.

Enhancing luxury cruising is a popular trend known as a “ship within a ship” experience. This unique concept was first introduced by Norwegian Cruise Line at The Haven.  This is an exclusive enclave for suites consisting of private areas including restaurants, lounges and pools on some of its ships. Celebrity Cruises offers special access to a suite-passengers-only restaurant and lounge as part of its “Suite Class” program. Guests may also enjoy such privileges as free dining at specialty restaurants, alcoholic beverages, special private dinners, unlimited internet and best of all, for many – butler service. Other amenities are also complimentary. MSC’s “Yacht Club” boasts such perk as butlers, private spa access, cabanas and pools decks.

Some of the most elegant and luxurious cruise ship suites include:

Azamara Club Cruises: Club World Owner’s Suite 560 Square Feet

Stay in the Club World Owner’s Suite and enter the wonderful world of luxury cruising. Experience the pampering guests have come to expect from Azamara Club Cruises including superb English butler service. Packing and unpacking and more will be done for you, so you can spend your time enjoying your cruise experience to the fullest. This top-of-the-line suite boasts a number of features including:

  • Two bedrooms
  • A spacious living/dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Huge balconies
  • Marble bathrooms with whirlpool tubs, a separate shower and About Rose toiletries
  • Plush cotton robes and slippers
  • Complimentary dining at Aqualina and Prime C Restaurants
  • 24-hour room service

Sip on your favorite pre-dinner cocktail or glass of wine and enjoy the spectacular views from your private veranda while gazing at the stars in this romantic and luxurious setting. This is the way to cruise.

Celebrity Cruises: Reflection Suite 1,636 Square Feet

Enter an oasis of modern luxury – the Reflection Suite on the Celebrity Reflection – which accommodates up to six guests in splendor. Located in a private area at the front of the ship, it is only accessible by guests with a special SeaPass. Enjoy some of the ship’s best panoramic views from its corner location with:

  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors on the private veranda where you can melt your cares away in a whirlpool tub
  • An all-glass shower extending over the side of the ship that has a switch to block outside viewing
  • The luxurious Dream Sleep System
  • European-style butler service will make you feel like a VIP with such perks as priority check-in and   disembarkation, canapés delivered daily and more

Guests are also granted exclusive access to such private venues as Michael’s Club and Luminae, the restaurant.

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Crystal Cruises: Penthouse Suite 1,345 Square Feet

With just four featured on the ultra-luxury 1,070-guest Crystal Serenity, only a few privileged guests will be fortunate enough to call the Crystal Penthouse Suites home during their cruise. The chic accommodations boast:Crystal Cruises

  • A generous and elegantly appointed living room
  • A separate dining area with an ocean view
  • Italian marble master bathroom with a heated floor
  • A guest bathroom
  • A den/media room which can also be used as a second bedroom
  • An expansive teak verandah

Relax in the high-end Duravit “spa flotation tub and feel like you are floating on air. Dine-in and let your personal butler serve dinner course-by-course in your private sanctuary of refined elegance.

Cunard Line: Grand Duplex Suite 2,249 Square Feet

Feel like royalty when you stay in the sprawling Grand Duplex Suite on the Queen Mary 2. The two lavish duplexes – aptly named Balmoral and Sandringham — are each an extraordinary 2,249-square-feet of luxury – the largest at sea — as well as some of the most spectacular. Luxuriate in two levels of ultra-plush living:

  • Two marble bathrooms with separate whirlpool tubs and shower
  • A huge balcony overlooking the pool deck
  • Relax and be pampered by Cunard’s legendary butler service
  • Exclusive access to the famous Queens Grill Lounge; in-suite dining from the Queens Grill menu is also offered
  • Art Deco décor, Biedermeier furniture and a frosted-glass staircase
  • Complimentary in-room bar, evening canapés and high-end Canyon Ranch toiletries
  • Relax in the glass-enclosed solarium boasting a tub and a day bed.

There is dining for six and large windows for unsurpassed viewing. From the priority disembarkation and tender service to the butler packing and unpacking, staying in a luxury suite is extraordinary.

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Disney Cruise Line: Concierge Royal Suite with Verandah 1,781 Square Feet

Leave it to the creative brilliance of Disney to design the lavish 1,781-square-foot Concierge Royal Suite with Verandah. Purposefully planned with families in mind:

  • Lofty with floor-to-ceiling windows in the living area
  • Enjoy watching Disney movies from your comfy couch in the substantial living area
  • Private master bedroom
  • Two bathrooms
  • Luxurious rain shower and two relaxing whirlpools, including one on the verandah

Concierge service will make your dinner arrangements and much more. Your only obligation is to enjoy your cruise and be pampered at every turn.

MSC Cruises: Yacht Club Suites 562 Square Feet

Royal SuiteIndulge in your own private sanctuary at sea in the exclusive MSC Yacht Club Suites.

  • Situated at the top of the ship
  • Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Fine wood touches and marbled bathrooms.
  • Egyptian cotton sheets and a memory foam mattress on the European King-sized bed
  • Pillow menu
  • Spacious private verandas
  • 24-hour butler will pack and unpack for you, serve you high tea and even do your shopping
  • Exclusive access to the elegant Top Sail Lounge and the pool deck, with its own private pool, whirlpools and bar

Feel like a celebrity when you stay in the ultra-plush Sophia Loren Suite on the MSC Divina, with a replica of her very own dressing table. Take your private elevator directly to the entrance to the MSC Aurea Spa.  Of course, why not treat yourself to an en suite massage.  Another perk of being a suite guest is exclusive jewelry-viewing in the grand comfort of your suite. Shore excursions will also be personalized for you.

Norwegian Cruise Line: Three-bedroom Gardens Villas 6,694 Square Feet

Pampering begins the moment you step into your luxurious Three-Bedroom Garden Villa, which can accommodate up to eight guests.

  • Special key-card access
  • Butler and concierge serve to unpack your luggage
  • Mini-bar
  • Sparkling wine, bottled water and fruit on Embarkation Day
  • Treats delivered to your door every night
  • Private balcony
  • Specialty dining delivered to your suite from any restaurant
  • 24-hour Room Service

Enjoy your cruise vacation with friends and family in these spacious concierge-served retreats on Dawn Class ships.

Oceania Cruises: Owner’s Suite 2,000 Square Feet

Super-lavish 2,000-square-feet Owner’s Suites span the width of Oceania Cruises’ Marina and Riviera.

  • Dramatic foyer with a grand piano
  • Spacious living room and dining room
  • High-end Ralph Lauren Home furnishings
  • Sleep in luxurious comfort on Oceania’s exclusive Prestige Tranquility Bed
  • Complimentary in-suite bar and Bulgari toiletries
  • Uninterrupted aft views from a complete wall of windows
  • Indoor and outdoor whirlpools on the 626-square-foot balcony
  • 24-hour butler service

Perks also include exclusive access to the Canyon Ranch SpaClub’s private Spa Terrace, work-out in a private fitness room and priority reservations at restaurants such as Jacques Pépin’s masterpiece, Jacques.

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Princess Cruises: Owner’s Suite 705 Square Feet

Christened by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the Royal Princess offers this luxurious suite. Retreat to your home away from home of enhanced comforts and luxurious amenities.

  • Queen-sized bed with pillow-top mattress
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Walk-in closet
  • High-end bathroom amenities
  • Master bath boasts dual sinks, marble floors and counter tops
  • Luxurious appointments
  • Separate living room
  • 42 in television
  • Extra-wide balcony with high-end furnishings
  • These corner accommodations have balconies that wrap around two sides of ship

Travel like royalty in these sumptuous surroundings while enjoying the many exclusive amenities for Suite guests.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Regent Suite 3,875 Square Feet

Billed as the most luxurious cruise ship ever built, the 750-passenger Seven Seas Explorer is sure to impress the most discerning travelers when she debuts in July 2016. Her elegant Regent Suite will be 3,875-square-feet – larger than the average house in the U.S. and will overlook the bow.

  • Two grand bedrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Huge living room and two-a-half bathrooms
  • Lavish appointments include the finest marble, handcrafted furnishings and rich exotic woods
  • A custom-made Steinway Arabesque piano designed by Dakota Jackson
  • Private spa retreat, complete with a personal sauna, steam room and treatment area — a cruise ship first

There is more — guests will be able to enjoy the sea air from the outdoor, glass-enclosed sitting area called Vista Garden.

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Royal Caribbean: Royal Loft Suite 1,599 Square Feet

Enter the two-level Royal Loft Suite on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas and you will be astounded by its size and splendor. The expansive suite is the line’s crown jewel boasting two bedrooms and a myriad of amenities.

  • A Baby Grand pianoRCI_OA_WOW_SUITE_ROOM_BOOMERS_0041_RET
  • Indoor and outdoor dining in rooms seating eight
  • Library
  • Wet bar
  • An 874-square-foot balcony with its own LCD television, entertainment area and Jacuzzi
  • Dedicated concierge at your service

Don’t let your friends and family miss out on this unmatched cruise vacation experience. It can also connect to a Crown Loft Suite for additional room accommodating up to ten guests. Bring along your family for a multi-generational cruise vacation.

Seabourn: Wintergarden Suite 1,100 Square Feet

Ensconce yourself in luxury in the Wintergarden Suite. Savvy Seabourn guests will feel completely at home:

  • Two generous bedrooms
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Wet bar and a dining area for six
  • A solarium offers the ideal retreat where you can relax in a whirlpool and on a lounging bed
  •  Butler service

These gorgeous suites are offered on Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest as well as Seabourn Encore debuting in December 2016 and her sister ship, Seabourn Ovation, arriving in spring 2018.

Silversea Cruises: Grand Suite 1,879 Square Feet


Stylish and elegant, the Grand Suite on the ultra-luxury 560-guest Silver Spirit is stunning. Choose either a 1,532-square-foot one-bedroom suite or a 1,879-square-foot two-bedroom suite which includes a 702-square-foot wraparound veranda boasting floor-to-ceiling glass doors.

  • Italian marble bathrooms with a separate shower and whirlpool
  • Pratesi bed linens
  • TV with DVD and satellite reception
  • Complimentary butler service

Simply unwind and revel in all of the amenities in your exquisite home away from home.


Viking Ocean Cruises: Owner’s Suite 1,448 Square Feet

Luxurious and well appointed, the Owner’s Suite on the brand new Viking Star boasts a large veranda.  Here you can enjoy coffee and croissants in the morning and romantic sunsets at night as you sip your favorite beverage.

  • King-size Viking Explorer bed
  • Luxury linens
  • Cashmere blanket
  • Large LCD TV
  • Complimentary mini-bar, replenished daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Direct-dial satellite phone
  • Complimentary 24-hour Room Service
  • Bottle of champagne upon arrival
  • Personal safe
  • In-suite binoculars
  • Dry-cleaning and show shining

Ensconce yourself in luxury on the spectacular new Viking Star as you enjoy a wealth of upscale touches sure to please esteemed travelers.

While staying in these lavish accommodations, also enjoy the finest cuisine, high-end spas, a host of amenities and infinite pampering. Visit spectacular destinations throughout the world and experience for yourself the many delights of an ultra-luxury suite. For those who expect the finest, these suites are for you.

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10 Things the Family will Love About the New Anthem of the Seas!


Imagine the kids’ excitement – and their parents too – when they board one of the world’s largest cruise ships, Royal Caribbean’s 168,667-ton, 4,180-guest Anthem of the Seas. Sleek, chic and lots of fun, she also boasts some of the most spectacular suites at sea, many spanning two levels.

Welcome to Royal Caribbean’s newest “floating resort” which made her debut in April 2015. She is the second of three Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships, following Quantum of the Seas launched in 2014 and Ovation of the Seas, due to arrive mid-2016. The dazzling high-tech ship features a quick check-in process, ultra-fast internet and robotic bartenders who will mix your favorite cocktail and a Royal IQ app lets passengers to easily stay in touch with each other via texts and calls on their cell phones. Superfast Wi-Fi will let you post on Facebook and Instagram, use Skype, stream TV shows, movies and more.

Amazing Amenities

Innovative and fabulous amenities include North Star – an enclosed glass capsule that takes guests on a thrilling ride 300 feet above sea level where they can enjoy 360-degree views. If you have always wanted to skydive, the RipCord by iFly simulator is the next best thing for a thrilling experience. Take a class, suit up and experience flying in the wind tunnel. Spanning 18 decks, endless amenities also include pools, whirlpools and a large poolside movie screen. Completely wrapping around the Sun Deck is a two-lane running and walking track. New Puzzle Break is a fun participatory game for adults.

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18 Enticing Restaurants

Tantalize your taste buds at 18 incredible dining venues. With new Classic Dynamic Dining, guests can experience rotational dining every night along with their waiters at the four main complimentary restaurants, as well as a fixed seating time, with the same table and companions. Restaurant highlights include the family-style Jamie’s Italian, by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Bring your appetite for his famous Italian dishes and rustic selections. Craving Pan-Asian? Head to Silk, for a scrumptious Chinese, Thai, Indian and Vietnamese cuisines. Step into the future at the beautiful multi-colored Wonderland for a unique “molecular gastronomy” culinary experience. Sushi and sashimi-lovers will head to Izumi Japanese Cuisine. Kids will be thrilled to get fresh hot New York pizza at complimentary Sorrento’s and hot dogs with all the toppings at the casual SeaPlex Dog House “food truck.” Burgers, shakes and lots of fun is offered at the popular 50s-themed Johnny Rockets.

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For Kids & Families

Watch your kids faces light up when they see all the exciting and fun things there are to do on Anthem of the Seas. There are bumper cars, a gigantic outdoor movie screen for all the latest films, the FlowRider® simulator that makes you feel like you are surfing on the ocean; roller skating, a 30-foot-high Rock Climbing Wall, basketball court, circus school and more. Thrills and lots of fun await at the complimentary H2O Zone water park, with a small splash pool for babies. Adventure Ocean® youth program, Fuel teen center, plus Royal Babies and Tots Nursery. DreamWorks entertainment features such beloved characters from its animated movies as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar creating lifelong memories for kids.  


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Offering something for everyone, is the largest indoor activities space on a cruise ship called SeaPlex. Daytime, there is a full-size basketball court that is also used for soccer and volleyball. Soar on the trapeze at the circus school and play table tennis, air hockey and foosball on the second level. Transformed at night to an area used for dancing, roller skating and best of all, bumper cars! Table tennis, air hockey and foosball tables are on the second-level mezzanine.

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Delight your senses at the multi-level Two70, with spectacular 270-degree views (hence, the name) from immense floor-to-ceiling glass windows spanning three decks. This huge entertainment area and lounge venue boasts cozy and comfortable seating areas plus an adjacent café. During the day it serves like an immense family room, where afternoon tea is served, accompanied by a virtual orchestra. It really comes alive at night when it is transformed into a high-tech showroom and the panoramic windows morph into a screen filled with amazing images. There are aerial performers, spectacular lighting effects and more providing an exciting experience.


TWO 70 Lounge

Spectacular Accommodations

Feel right at home in Royal Caribbean’s most spacious and luxurious accommodations with new categories to meet today’s needs. Soothing sea-inspired colors and ample storage add to the comfortable atmosphere. Solo travelers do not have to pay a “single supplement” when they stay in the 119-square-foot Studio staterooms – some with a balcony. Highlighting interior staterooms are unique “virtual balconies” that use LED screens showing real-time views of the ocean and destinations visited. Family-Connected staterooms for up to three rooms are ideal for multi-generational travelers. Connecting different types of stateroom categories, they create a unique layout of separate bedrooms and bathrooms for each occupant. Stunning choices also include the Family Junior Suite, boasting a full-bath and a-half, while Loft Suites are larger and offer breathtaking views and 34 wheelchair the accessible cabins.

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Chic Bars and Lounges

Throughout Anthem of the Seas are perfect spots to sit back, relax and enjoy the views. Chic bars and lounges are found throughout the ship, each with a different atmosphere. The North Star Bar is a popular daytime choice where you can watch the action on the pool deck. Nighttime, a favorite spot is Schooner Bar, where guests sit at the bar that surrounds the piano and make requests. Let a robotic bartender, “Makr Shakr,” create a drink for you at the futuristic Bionic Bar. Spice things up at the popular Latin-themed Boleros for pre- or post-dinner cocktails. Others include the upscale Vintages Wine Bar, Sky and alfresco Pool Bar.

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Exciting Entertainment

Entertainment at night includes DJs or bands at the rock-and-roll inspired Music Hall. Delight your senses at the unique show at Two70 called “Spectra’s Cabaret” with amazing digital imagery and aerialists. Magical evenings include Broadway-like productions at the stunning three-deck Royal Theater, as well as 3D movies and acrobatic performances. Specially designed for the ship are two main shows – “We will Rock You” – a musical based on Queen’s hits and “The Gift,” an original Royal Caribbean production that is a musical journey of fantasy and illusion.  After the show, try your luck at the many tables and slots at the immense Casino Royale. Keep a look out for the Stowaway Piano Player who moves around the ship with his piano to entertain guests in unusual places, such as elevators for a fun time.

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Unique and contemporary artwork graces several public areas throughout Anthem of the Seas on the walls, decks and hanging from the ceiling, such as the “Pulse Spiral” by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. The “interactive chandelier” overlooks the Royal Esplanade and its 200 light bulbs pulse to recorded heartbeats of passengers who place their hands on a monitor placed below it. Whimsical artwork also includes the huge 32-foot-tall giraffe sculpture — dubbed Gigi — dressed in a yellow swimsuit and pink inner tube that will be greeted by smiles and squeals of delight from the children.

Rest & Relaxation

Last but not least, are the many places where adults can completely relax. There is also an adults-only three-tier Serenity pool with a retractable roof, a hot tub and panoramic forward-facing views where they can melt your cares away. Indulge yourself at the serene Vitality Spa boasting 19 treatment rooms — including two for couples and a relaxing massage. The huge state-of-the-art Fitness Center boasts some of the best equipment at sea.

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Offering the ultimate resort-like experience at sea, the beautiful and dazzling Anthem of the Seas is the perfect ship for families and any traveler who enjoy scrumptious cuisine, stunning accommodations and endless amenities.

Cruise on Anthem of the Seas out of New York Harbor from her homeport of Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey to such worldwide destinations as the Caribbean, the Bahamas, British Isles & Coastal, Bermuda, the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Transatlantic & Repositioning and U.S. & Canada Eastern.lowerbanner


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Avalon Waterways – Incredible Views of an Ever Changing Landscape


Cruise along legendary rivers of the world on the contemporary and inviting ships of Avalon Waterways designed for comfort and enjoyment. Guests will be made to feel at home the moment they step aboard and experience acclaimed personalized service of the English-speaking staff.

Guests will savor gourmet cuisine and stay in a variety of spacious accommodations, including the innovative Panorama Suites™ that are featured on many of the Avalon Waterways’ ships. Meet fellow passengers in a convivial atmosphere and attend expert guest lectures where you will learn in depth about the areas that you are visiting.

atriumAvalon Waterways offers unique itineraries on more than 20 deluxe ships and boasts one of the youngest fleets on the Europe rivers. New ships will be added in 2016. These include the Avalon Passion, Avalon Imagery II, Avalon Illumination, Avalon Tranquility II, Avalon Impression and Avalon Artistry II.    

Known for its unique itineraries, Avalon Waterways offers cruises in worldwide destinations. Sail through history on the Nile River in Egypt, the Amazon River in Peru and the Galápagos Islands. Europe voyages include such historic rivers as the Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Seine and Rhône.  Exotic journeys include the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar (formerly Burma), the Yangtze River in China and the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Included in every Avalon Waterways cruise are shore excursions with local guides, beer and wine at all dinners onboard. Wi-Fi, dining and onboard enrichment activities are also complimentary.

Guests of Avalon Waterways are given VIP access at a number of destinations, providing even a higher level of insight into the local culture. Enjoy the freedom of Avalon Choice® to personalize many aspects of your vacation, including sightseeing at your own pace. See Europe’s cities at the pace that is most comfortable for you including “traditional,” “leisurely” and “independent” for those who want to explore on their own.

Enhancing the river cruise experience, Avalon Waterways offers cultural immersion in the region they are traveling. Activities include food and wine tastings, demonstrations by artisans, talks by experts and performances by local entertainers. Bikes are available as well and the line has partnered with bicycle tour specialists in some European cities for further explorations and insight.


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The variety of amenities offered by Avalon Waterways makes your river cruise experience even more special. Relax at a range of popular and upscale bars, enjoy Wi-Fi access, an Internet corner, a self-serve beverage station with premium coffees, hot chocolate and more that are available 24/7.

Entertainment includes performances by local musicians, dancers and singers. Enjoy your favorite drink at the Club Lounge and take a unique behind-the-scenes ship tour. The Observation Lounge provides relaxing views. Lounge on deck and simply enjoy the passing sights. Enriching “Culture & Cruise” experiences offer insight into destinations with local performers, entertainers, chefs and artisans.

Suite Ships

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Journey along the storied waters of the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, on its newest class of Suite Ships. Inviting accommodations offer a comfortable retreat that measure 200-square-feet and unique 11 by 7 foot walls of glass that slide back to transform the stateroom into an immense Open-Air Balcony™.

Innovative Panorama Suites are 30 percent larger that the standard with wall-to-wall, floor-to ceiling windows.  Unique placement of the bed faces this window so you can enjoy all the passing views for the ultimate luxury.

High-end amenities include the Comfort Collection Beds™ with a premium foam mattress and Egyptian cotton linens. Watch a flat-screen TV and enjoy L’Occitane® bath products in some suites.

Elegant Dining

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Enhancing your vacation experience is Avalon Waterways’ philosophy that every meal is part of the journey. Breakfast, lunch and dinner highlight regional dishes, as well as traditional Western cuisine.

Savor mouthwatering cuisine from the region you are traveling in. Daily four-course à la carte dinners are served in the Main Dining Room, and each includes delicious vegetarian and other healthy selections. Paired with complimentary local wines, enjoy meals created by highly trained chefs and made from the freshest ingredients. Al fresco lunches and other casual venues are also offered. Scrumptious culinary delights are served in the late evening at Daily Night Fare.

Lunches include expansive buffets of salads, homemade soups, hand-carved meats and more. Breakfasts include a variety of made-to-order omelets, just-baked bread and an assortment of fruit.

Theme River Cruises

Indulge your passions on a variety of Theme Cruises. These special interest sailings include festive Christmastime Market and Tulip Time cruise in Europe.

Other theme sailings including Art & Impressionist, Author, Beer Tasting, Culinary Cruises, Golf, Jewish Heritage, Music, Wellness and Wine Appreciation.

There is something for everyone on an Avalon Waterways river cruise. Whether a discerning traveler or first-time cruiser, you will feel right at home on these comfortable innovative ships.

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10 Reasons to Take a Family Cruise


Family cruises are exciting and offer something special for everyone. Bring the kids along for a special vacation experience you will all remember and talk about for years to come. Take the parents too for a multi-generations vacation or reunion holiday. There’s room for everyone.

1. Incredible Value

Family cruise vacations are very cost-effective compared to a holiday at a land-based resort. Several dining choices, daytime and nighttime entertainment, children and teen activities, plus much more is included in the fare. Instead of paying for separate meals, various entertainment, such as production shows and movies, which can quickly add up, everything is included!

2. Something for All Age Groups

Cruising on these family-friendly ships provide a myriad of activities geared toward different age groups. Everyone from tots to grandparents can enjoy something special and be as adventurous or inactive as they like. Kids can head to the waterslides at the water park, teens can spend time at the video arcade and adults can lounge in the sun or get a rejuvenating massage at the spa. Take an educational lecture, do yoga, go to a wine-tasting, watch a more or a production show. There are endless possibilities to explore. Try the ropes course, go bowling and take a ride in the bumper cars. Some ships have ice-skating and a merry-go-round.

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3. Visit Multiple Destinations

Another advantage of a family cruise is that you can wake up each day or so (depending on the itinerary) in a new place adding more excitement to you and the kids’ vacation. They can have a daily surprise as they peek out the window or balcony doors and guess where they are for a fun experience.

4. Adults Get to Relax

Family cruises do not have to mean parents don’t get time to themselves. With the many activities and babysitting services offered on many ships, adults can actually have quality time for themselves. Depending on the ship, there are adults-only restaurants for romantic candlelit dinners under the stars and dancing. Melt your cares away at the pools, whirlpools and have a couples side-by-side massage at the spa.

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5. Family Reunion

A cruise vacation provides the perfect venue for the extended family to get together in a fun and relaxing setting. They can spend as much time together as they want but also have the freedom to enjoy whatever interests them. Catch-up with the family in lovely surroundings as you enjoy each other’s company without having to worry about cooking, cleaning or fixing up the spare bedroom. It is an ideal setting. Travel in the utmost of comfort on a beautiful ship to exciting destinations and really enjoy seeing the family.

6. Accommodations

Many cruise ships now boast “family staterooms” that can accommodate five or six guests. Some are also interconnecting, so there will be more bathrooms and storage space. In addition, there is a large variety of cabin types from inside staterooms to luxurious suites. Different family members can select the perfect stateroom according to their preference and budget.

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7. Kids, Teens & Tweens

Family-friendly offering include age-specific kids’ program. Depending on the cruise line, they can enjoy a variety of ever expanding kids programs sure to keep them happy. They can meet their favorite DreamWorks characters with Royal Caribbean and go on mega-waterslides with Carnival and Disney. Norwegian Cruise Line has Kids Aqua Park, Wii video games, Nickelodeon TV and activities with SpongeBob Square Pants. Many people are concerned about what Tweens (ages 12 to 14) and Teens (up to age 17) can do on a cruise, knowing they get bored so easily. The good news is many ships have areas just for them. There are pizza parties, video and high-tech games, dances and much more fun activities.

8. Dining to Please Everyone

Dining is easier than ever on cruise ships, with a host of eateries that are family-friendly. There are buffets, casual choices and many restaurants have a “kid-friendly” menu with such popular favorites as mac ’n cheese, pizza, hot dogs, burgers and ice cream. There are adults-only restaurants and a host of culinary choices on the ships with delicious cuisine from around the world, including regional dishes. There are formal options, alfresco and much more. Elegant restaurants serving exquisite cuisine and fine wines are also available.

9. Packing and Unpacking Just Once

A big advantage to taking a family cruise is that you just have to pack and unpack once as your floating resort take you from one exciting destination to another. Especially when traveling with kids, life is much easier when you can simply sit-back and enjoy your vacation and not have to worry about clothes and suitcases.

10. Shared Memories

Last but not least, a family cruise provides many happy occasions that the family gets to share. Experiencing fun and unique times create memories that last forever.  Whether it is snorkeling in the Caribbean, panning for gold in Alaska or seeing the historic sites of Europe for the first time, family cruises are priceless.

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Choose from several family-friendly cruise lines, including Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International

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Bermuda Cruises – British and Beautiful!


Bermuda cruises offer a fabulous vacation choice with fabulous pink-sand beaches, clear turquoise water, great restaurants and the most golf courses per square mile than anywhere in the world. Add to that superb diving and other water sports, museums and historic forts, diverse shopping and swimming with the dolphins and it makes a perfect cruise destination.

With all this plus the scenic coastline and balmy weather, it is no wonder Bermuda is called the “Jewel of the Atlantic.” As a British Territory there is an atmosphere that reflects this culture, from driving on the left side of the road to traditional afternoon tea.

Situated just 600 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina it just takes about a day and a half to cruise here from ports in the northeast, including New York City, Baltimore, Boston and Bayonne, New Jersey. Transatlantic and repositioning sailings also often include Bermuda on its itineraries.

Several cruise lines sail here, such as Celebrity Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Silversea Cruises. Norwegian Cruise Line’s spectacular floating resort — Norwegian Breakaway – sails weekly roundtrip from New York City to King’s Wharf.

Exciting experiences include whale-watching in the spring when humpbacks and other species migrate from the Caribbean to north Atlantic feeding grounds. Explore the sea life and coral reefs by helmet-diving and the Crystal Caves that reach 120 feet below ground level with dramatic stalactites and stalagmites.

Take a romantic stroll on the South Shore Park, which connects two of the best-known beaches of Bermuda — Warwick Beach and Horseshoe Bay, which is also considered one of the world’s most beautiful. At a small cove surrounded by cliffs, Baby Beach with clear shallow waters make it an ideal spot for snorkeling. Shelly Bay Beach in Hamilton is popular with families because of its shallow water and tree-shaded areas and the man-made Snorkel Park with snorkeling and waterslides for the kids. Sea Glass Beach sparkles with a unique beauty and is also one of the favorites.

Historic Hamilton

Both the capital and the hub of Bermuda, Hamilton is a picturesque and bustling harbor city. Stroll along the cobblestone streets with the row of iconic pastel-colored buildings along Front Street designed in a British Colonial style.

Designed for all age groups, the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute features a wide variety of fascinating exhibits as well as whale-watching tours. Overlooking beautiful Harrington Sound is Holy Trinity Church, which is one of the oldest churches in the western hemisphere, with some parts dating back to 1660. Relax at the many bars and restaurants along the waterfront, where you can sip on Bermuda’s Dark ‘n’ Stormy. See the beauty underneath Bermuda at the Crystal and Fantasy Caves.

Join in the fun of Harbour Nights on Wednesdays between May and September, when it comes alive with sparkling lights, Gombey dancers and music. Shops and restaurants stay open later, providing the perfect opportunity to sample delicious authentic Bermudian dishes.

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Picturesque St. George’s

Picturesque St. George’s holds the title as the second English settlement in the New World and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll along its quaint narrow streets with such descriptive names as Featherbed Alley and Silk Alley. King’s Square at the town’s center features replicas of stocks, a pillory and whipping post, used to punish criminals over four centuries ago and today a fun spot for the family. Once the Governor’s house, The Bermuda National Trust Museum exhibits the history of St. George’s.


Snorkelers flock to the crystal clear waters of Tobacco Bay from all over the world. History comes alive on a tour of the replica of the 1610 Deliverance, a Bermuda cedar wood ship providing a memorable experience for the entire family. Somers Wharf Shopping and Dining Complex is lined with restaurants and an array of items diverse items.

Discover 400 years of Bermudian history at Fort St. Catherine that was built in 1614 and where the first settlers came onshore and you can now tour. A popular exhibit includes replicas of some of the British Crown Jewels. Historic is St. Peter’s Church is the oldest surviving Anglican church in continuous use outside the British Isles.

The island’s largest wildlife sanctuary called Spittal Pond Nature Preserve is home to a variety of species and flora. Take a scenic mile-long walk amongst beautiful flowers and trees. Another is the tranquil Nonsuch Island Nature Reserve is dedicated to the conservation of rare and threatened species.

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King’s Wharf (Royal Naval Dockyard)

King’s Wharf, located within The Royal Naval Dockyard, is an immense stone fortress built in 1815. Once a royal naval base, it is now a popular attraction and home to The National Museum of Bermuda, Dolphin Quest, the Art Center and the Bermuda Craft Market, plus several restaurants and duty-free shopping.

Duty-free shopping is offered at the Clocktower Mall, filled with a myriad of shops including the famous Bermuda Rum Cake Company. One-of-a-kind beautiful items by local are sold at Dockyard Glassworks, where you can also watch artist demonstrations.


British imports such as Harris Tweeds and cashmere sweaters are duty-free in Bermuda — about 20 percent less than you would pay in the U.S. Buy some famous Gosling’s rum to make your own Dark ‘n’ Stormy when you get back home and head to the Bermuda Perfumery in St. George’s for an authentic fragrance made here, including the popular Lili Bermuda.

Wine lovers and cigar aficionados flock to Churchill’s in St. George’s, boasting high-quality eclectic selections from around the world, plus lot of unique accessories.

BermudaStroll along the Royal Naval Dockyard area, filled with jewelry stores and boutiques, crafts and island pottery. Located here, is the popular Clocktower Mall, with 100-foot towers and a variety of diverse shops with a variety of fabulous goods. Shop at Dockyard Glassworks for beautiful items by local artists and watch demonstrate the process of glassblowing and flameworking. Browse through a myriad of stunning handmade glassware produced locally at The Glass Art Gallery.

Front Street in Hamilton is lined with shops, including the department store, A.S. Cooper, boasting a wide variety of goods, including crystal and china, such as Waterford and Wedgwood. Famous Horton’s Black Rum Cakes are also sold here. Outside the city, the Bermuda Craft Market offers lovely handmade items. Constructed around an atrium, find everything from seaglass jewelry and Swarovski collectibles to fine European china at the shops of Somers Wharf at St George’s.

Famous Forts

Once a strategic naval center that played an important role in several wars, Bermuda was called “Gibraltar of the West,” and many of the historic buildings still remain. Offering an interesting glimpse into the past, more forts per square mile are located here than anywhere in the world.

Overlooking lush gardens and the harbor, Fort Hamilton is at the outskirts of Hamilton City. Built in the 1870’s to protect the harbor, you can enjoy its spectacular views, especially when cruise ships are in port. The serene garden-filled park that is ideal for a walk, with a wooden bridge, cannons and ramparts.

Towering high about the beaches, is Fort St. Catherine, Bermuda’s largest. Built in 1614, its interior is now a Bermudian history museum. Learn about the island’s unique history here and even see replicas of the British Crown Jewels, guarded by a wax figure of a Beefeater. Collections of antique guns and other weapons are also exhibited.

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Delight in the culture, history, magnificent beaches, natural wonders and more that is Bermuda.

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