Celebrity Cruises – Experience the Distinction

Savvy travelers return time and again to award-winning Celebrity Cruises for a premium vacation experience. High-styled contemporary ships offer itineraries to all seven continents while you enjoy exceptional personalized service, a high level of culinary excellence, a warm inviting ambiance, luxurious accommodations, world-class spas and a myriad of entertainment options.

Enticing new features have been introduced through the innovative line’s “Celebrity Distinction,” such as “Taste of Film,” combining food with film on the new Rooftop Terrace on Millennium Class ships and “Evening Chic” nights have replaced formal nights with upscale, yet more casual attire. “Blendtique” is offered fleetwide allowing guests to do their own wine-blending and become “vintner for the day” and more.

Renowned for delectable cuisine using the freshest ingredients, Celebrity Cruises has created culinary journeys that will delight your senses with scrumptious fare. Whether you are enjoying a casual or formal meal, dining on sushi or Italian inside or alfresco in the fresh sea air you will savor each scrumptious bite. Even the kids will be happy as a special dedicated menu in the main dining room offers all their favorites.

The complimentary youth programs provide fun age-specific activities for children and teens ages three to 17. While they are making new friends and busy, adults can unwind at the world-renowned Canyon Ranch SpaClubs, complete with a beauty salon, wellness and fitness programs.

Modern luxury will be offered on Celebrity Cruises’ new Edge Class, which will debut with the arrival of the revolutionary 117,000-2,900-guest Celebrity Edge in fall 2018. The beautiful ship will take cruising to new levels with such features as a “magic carpet” roving deck, The Retreat Sundeck, the new Resort Deck with its Rooftop Garden and ultra-luxurious two-level suites. She will homeport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and sail on weekly eastern and western Caribbean cruise itineraries. Three sister ships are scheduled to join her in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Adventurous cruisers will want to take advantage of the line’s Celebrity Xpeditions, offering small-ship adventures cruising in the Galapagos Islands aboard the luxury mega-yacht Celebrity Xpedition.

Thrilling entertainment includes new production shows, including one themed performance every sailing, plus every show is repeated twice nightly. Chic lounges and nightclubs also host entertainers, comedians, magicians, musicians and more. Bustling casinos will let you try your luck at a variety of favorite games.

Experience all this and more when you sail with Celebrity Cruises and enjoy the best of modern luxury.

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Luxury Azamara Club Cruises

Visit some of the most fascinating locales in the world on Azamara Club Cruises’ luxury ships, each accommodating just 690 privileged guests in a boutique hotel ambiance at sea. These cruises are relaxing and throughout your voyage, you will be pampered by an attentive friendly staff. Suite guests may also enjoy English butler service while other accommodations provide a stateroom attendant and assistant. No detail is too small.

A delightful upscale experience to worldwide destinations awaits you in a comfortable and friendly country club-like environment. They now exude modern elegance after a complete redesign in 2016, with a new al fresco restaurant and spectacular Club Spa Suites, easy access to the spa and more.

Unmatched inclusive amenities are offered by Azamara Club Cruises, such as a full-service spa with an extensive menu of soothing treatments, a fitness center with Pilates and spinning classes and other wellness features. Evening entertainment includes a variety of choices, from music reviews at the main theater, to dancing and live music at The Living Room. Favorite games are offered in the casino, which is adjacent to a sports bar.

Enrichment programs and classes are available on a diverse range of topics. Lectures by experts cover everything from destination highlights, history, culture and more. The library is beautifully appointed and offers a quiet place for reading or simply relaxing. The line’s unique Destination Immersion enhances your luxury vacation experience with longer stays, more overnights and special night tours in various ports of call, allowing you to explore, meet locals and gain deeper insight into the culture. Further immersion is offered onboard with  complimentary AzAmazing Evenings, which are featured on most cruises and provide an out-of-the-ordinary event geared to the up-market traveler. Everything from an exclusive night at the ballet to a waterfront party, to special gourmet dinners will impress even the most seasoned cruisers.

Destination-inspired cuisine lets you savor delicious local dishes adding to the immersive experience. Discerning palates will be thrilled at the scrumptious culinary offerings served at Prime C, Aqualina in addition to The Patio. An international menu is offered at Discoveries Restaurant. Complement your gourmet meal with a selection from the world-class wine cellar, stocked with the finest vintages.

Exciting new itineraries have been added, including some sailings to Havana, Cuba in fall 2017. Cruise to Alaska in complete luxury in 2019.  This will be the line’s first season in this beautiful region, taking place from May to September. Sail roundtrip from Vancouver, B.C., Canada to Seattle, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Exciting and unique special event sailings to look forward to in 2019 include the Monaco Grand Prix, the Cannes Film Festival, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Rouen Festival and the Indian Ocean for a solar eclipse. The line has partnered with Perry Golf to offer eight golf-themed cruises, including sailings to the British Open and The Masters Tournament.

Delight in all this and so much more when you sail with luxury Azamara Club Cruises.

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Exciting Eastern Caribbean Cruises

The Eastern Caribbean is the most popular cruise destination in the Caribbean and a great place to visit for your 2017 summer cruise. Major cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Disney, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Carnival and many others frequent these beautiful locations where beaches seem to hop out of the pages of your favorite travel magazine, springing to life before you. Those cruise vacation fans headed to the Eastern Caribbean who end up in one of these great locations will find more than just great beaches. From San Juan to St. Thomas you’ll find amazing scuba and snorkeling opportunities, excellent local cuisine, duty-free shopping and memorable excursions like tours through the rainforest or ziplines through paradise.

Virgin Islands: Cruise ships headed for the Virgin Islands visit one of three major ports: St. Croix, St. Thomas or St. John. St. Thomas is the most popular cruise port in the area and home to some of the most impressive beaches in the area. St. Thomas is also a popular destination for ecotourism. Visitors to St. Croix will find 84 square miles of paradise with spots like Buck Island Beach and Cane Bane among the most popular sandy beaches in the Virgin Islands. St. John is the home of Cruz Bay, the main town and a huge attraction in the area.

Bahamas: Freeport and Nassau are the most popular ports in the Bahamas and it’s likely one of the two will be on your Eastern Caribbean Cruise itinerary. Freeport is just 70 miles off the coast of Florida but the beaches, resorts and atmosphere really do transport you half a world away. Visit Port Lucaya in Freeport for lots of shopping and dining options. The pirates and dungeons tour in Nassau is very popular and recommended for families as are the dolphin encounters offered by various cruise lines. Check with Cruise.com for all available excursions and make sure you make the most out of your cruise stop in the Bahamas.

Puerto Rico: San Juan is one of the hottest cruise ports in the Eastern Caribbean and far beyond. The piers at the port of San Juan are often full of the latest and greatest cruise ships from your favorite cruise lines. Be sure to make your way to Old San Juan to soak in the colorful landscape and visit historical hot spots. Visit the Bacardi Rum distillery, try the unforgettable bioluminescence kayak adventure and see the rainforest – all in one day. This and much more add up to make Puerto Rico a must-visit destination for your Eastern Caribbean cruise.

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These are just a few of the amazing Eastern Caribbean locations you could visit on your summer 2017 cruise. Research our Caribbean cruise page now for more information.

Holland America Line – Classic Cruises and New Offerings

Cruise in classic style to worldwide destinations with award-winning Holland America Line as you enjoy the finest premium vacation. Experience renowned white glove service from the moment you arrive as a highly-trained staff anticipates your every wish you’ll enjoy timeless cruising that has been refined for a new generation of traveler. Holland America Line has just updated many of its ships with new décors of rich woods and contemporary furniture, plush carpeting, high-end linens, as well as new bathrooms with sparkling stone countertops and more.

A comfortable and elegant ambiance is found onboard this popular line’s beautifully-appointed mid-size ships, offering top-of-the-line conveniences, a variety of activities and entertainment options, plus exceptional cuisine. Ships also feature Club Hal youth programs for the kids with plenty of fun activities. Teens have their own area, complete with video games, PlayStations and a disco in The Loft.

Enjoy an array of lounges, bars and other gathering places, such as the Piano Bar, Mix, with three specialty bars – Champagne, Martinis, plus Spirits and Ales. The Crow’s Nest with sweeping views is always a favorite, plus several other venues.

Inviting and spacious accommodations, many with verandahs for relaxing and alfresco dining in the fresh sea air, provide a welcoming haven of serenity, with a myriad of refined amenities, including an ultra-comfortable Mariner’s Dream™ beds that will provide the perfect place to lay your head. The line’s first purpose-built staterooms for families as well as solo travelers were introduced on the ms Koningsdam.

Indulge in blissful treatments at the acclaimed Greenhouse Spa & Salon and go on a fabulous shopping spree at the popular Signature Shops, including Merabella, a luxury jewelry boutique. State-of-the-art fitness centers offer the latest equipment in addition to classes in Pilates, yoga and other selections.

World-class entertainment creates exciting evenings with several performances. Select ships offer Lincoln Center Stage with live chamber music, a 270-degree wraparound LED screen at the two-story World Stage an incredible Main Stage Show Lounge, an exciting casino, karaoke and unwind at B.B. King’s Blue’s Club.

New offerings include fascinating enrichment programs, introduced to enhance your cruise. Varying by ship, enjoy such features as the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine. Foodies flock to demonstrations by a Master Chef where you will create meals you may then dine on.  Another enrichment program, in partnership with BBC Earth, will let you be among the first guests to enjoy this exciting feature as you discover the wonder of the world through a series of captivating and entertaining onboard activities, from concerts to behind-the-scenes films, game shows and more. Digital workshops and the RUKSMUSEUM AT SEA are also exclusive to Holland America Line.

Holland America Line’s first Pinnacle-class ship, the ms Koningsdam, arrived in 2016 to much acclaim and her equally delightful sister ship, the 2,650-guest ms Nieuw Statendam, will make her debut in December 2018, with bookings already being accepted. Both offer fabulous dining, family and solo staterooms, lots of activities and amenities, including movies on the giant LED screen and five-star dining, as well as The Culinary Arts Center.

Cruise to worldwide destinations, including new sailings to Cuba, on the exquisite ships of iconic Holland America Line. Enjoy the best of both worlds with classic-style cruising and exciting new attributes.

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5 Reasons to Choose River Cruises

Many travelers have traversed the globe on ocean vessels to the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe and other ports worldwide. For those looking for a new and unique vacation one should consider taking a river cruise. River cruises are offered throughout the world including Europe, Russia, China and Egypt. The experience of a river cruise is like no other. These special voyages allow guests to become immersed in the area they are visiting. Here are five reasons why river cruising is a great vacation choice for both the new and experienced adventurer alike.

Explore Beyond The Coast – River cruises are much different from those on an ocean-going vessel. When you dock in port and walk off the ship you are quite literally in the middle of a city or town. You also have the good fortune of visiting much smaller cities affording the priceless opportunity to really gain insight into the culture of the area. These interesting and sometimes off-the-beaten-path locations make for a great trip you’re sure to remember forever.

A More Personalized Cruise Experience – Traveling on some of the larger cruise ships around the world, you may, on occasion, feel lost in the mix. With thousands of fellow passengers and crew constantly on the move, it can be hard to provide a personalized travel experience. River cruises offer an opportunity to forge relationships with fellow passengers and bond with a helpful cruise staff. River cruise providers like AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Viking River Cruises, Emerald Waterways, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours or Uniworld River Cruises provide a peaceful and sophisticated ambiance perfectly suited to exploring. Enjoy your travel companions while sailing alongside breathtaking vistas. Be sure to have your camera handy to capture memorable moments as they unfold in addition to your new friends.

Enjoy Local Cuisines – Many river cruise lines offer a rotating menu that reflects your most recent port of call. Leave the pizza and hot dogs at home and take your taste buds along on a culinary journey. From local specialties as you travel through Europe, to fantastic meals as you sail in the Galapagos Islands, you’re sure to find something as new as it is delicious, perhaps even a new favorite dish. Most meals feature locally sourced ingredients and regional wines paired by experienced and acclaimed chefs.

Tailored Presentations From Local Experts – River cruises feature local guides who are experts in a particular field. Rather than the more nuanced lecture-driven tours of other cruise lines your options include more personalized tours from a local naturalist, guide or storyteller. These professionals know the area, live in the region and truly enjoy showcasing it for the pleasure of all who are there.

Spend Less Time “At Sea” – Perhaps one of the most intriguing reasons to choose a river cruise over a traditional cruise or comparable vacation is the 360 degree experience. As you find yourself visiting location after location, you’ll spend far less time staring at open water (or open road, for that matter) and more time enjoying what you came for: the surroundings. The rivers of Europe, China, Egypt and other river cruise destinations offer a spectacular array of gorgeous and picturesque scenery. On traditional cruise lines there are days “at sea” but on a river cruise vacation, every day is an adventure.