Crystal River Cruises Launches & Crystal Mozart Debuts

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Crystal River Cruises in combination with Europe’s waterways, is the perfect luxury vacation. Now is the optimal time to indulge yourself, as the new Crystal River Cruises’ debuted its 158-guest all-suite Crystal Mozart in Vienna on July 11, 2016.

Boasting her title as the largest river ship in Europe, she will take you in high-style and comfort along the storied Danube River as you enjoy the special all-inclusive, all-exclusive “Crystal Experience.”

Dubbed “Queen of Europe’s Rivers,” she will transport you in sumptuous surroundings to history-rich destinations. Sail roundtrip from cosmopolitan Vienna to diverse destinations including Budapest, Linz, the Wachau Valley, Melk, Durnstein and Bratislava.

Mozart_Connoisseur_ClubState-of the-art Crystal Mozart boasts the highest crew-to-guest ratios on river ships gracing this region. Stunning spacious suites all provide a personal butler so you will be treated like royalty. Welcoming accommodations include 250-square-foot guest suites with American king-size beds, walk-in wardrobes and stunning bathrooms with convenient double vanities.

Delight your palate with scrumptious world-class cuisine at six dining restaurants including the main restaurant, the Waterside. Other venues include The Bistro, Blue and the Vintage Room, offering foodies a wine-pairing gourmet experience. While on land, enjoy a delectable complimentary dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant for an unforgettable evening of culinary delights.

Enjoy lots of onboard activities when not out and about, exploring your destination. During the day, soak up the sun, take a yoga class, workout at the fitness center or simply revel in spectacular views. Indulge your senses at the Crystal Spa for a glorious relaxing feeling. For a romantic evening under the stars, head to the Palm Court with its dance floor and glass-domed roof.

Enhancing your vacation is Crystal River Cruises’ “Active Exploration Adventures,” specially designed excursions. Participate in such options as Mozart_Penthouseexploring the different towns and villages along the way using an electric or manual bike and take VIP Champagne private boat tours, an ideal way to sight-see along Europe’s more narrow waterways.

“Crystal Adventures” experts offer extraordinary insight as you enjoy complimentary excursions showcasing the many wonders along the Danube. Experience everything from exclusive “Michelin Star Culinary” tours to an incredibly special evening at Vienna’s Belvedere Palace, exclusive to the ship’s guests.

If you have always dreamed of a luxury vacation, especially in this magnificent culturally-rich region of the world, treat yourself to the unparalleled splendor of Crystal Mozart. Indulge in this special experience where you are pampered from the moment you step onboard. You deserve it.

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Private Island Enhancements

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Highlights

  • New Jimmy Buffett restaurant and Taco bar
  • Beachfront luxury villas for rent
  • Mandara Spa massages
  • Family beach area
  • Silver Palm Restaurant with a two-story deck
  • Exclusive lagoon
  • Underwater sculpture garden

 

Alluring enhancements will make Norwegian Cruise Line’s 250-acre private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay, more fabulous than ever. Family-friendly amenities and new luxury features are just some of the exciting renovations that will make a visit here a fun and completely delightful experience. This project is expected to be completed by summer 2017 as part of a multi-million dollar upgrade program called “The Norwegian Edge.”

Exclusive to Norwegian Cruise Line guests, the delightful tropical paradise offers an idyllic place to relax and enjoy such natural beauty as the Bahamas famous pristine white sand beaches and aquamarine waters. New attractions will include stunning private villas, enticing dining venues and a lagoon. Sure to be a thriller, are two parallel 1,000-foot-long zip lines, so your friends can soar nearby. Dive into an exciting new adventure on an beachincredible snorkel trail through a mystical underwater sculpture garden that even boasts a waterproof map to guide divers and snorkelers as they explore this magical world.

Norwegian Cruise Line guests will also be able to stroll along a new half-mile boardwalk with over 100,000 square feet of walkway at the Great Stirrup Cay beach with shaded benches where you can just sit and enjoy the views. Adjacent to this area will be a half-acre sports complex boasting volleyball and basketball courts, Ping-Pong tables, plus a stage for live music and other entertainment. An air-conditioned reception area serves as a comfortable planning center.

Whether it is all of the activities or simply the sea breeze making you hungry, there are plenty of delicious dining venues. Head to the complimentary new Abaco Taco where you can create your own at the taco bar with many scrumptious offerings. Furthering Norwegian Cruise Line’s partnership with Jimmy Buffett’s popular restaurant Margaritaville, now LandShark Bar & Grill will also be featured on the island. Here you can enjoy great casual fare from an à la carte menu accompanied by delicious tropical drinks as well as a selection of beers.

 

Luxury Villas & Exclusive Lagoon

Debuting on Great Stirrup Cay, will be the exclusive Lagoon Retreat, for Haven guests and other suite passengers, designed for them to be immersed in a pampered and relaxing experience. The private area will feature a covered family section, an oceanview restaurant and a four-room Mandara Spa offering stress-relieving massages.

SuiteTwenty-two air-conditioned villas will be available to rent with a selection of styles. Studio villas will accommodate two to four people and the one-bedrooms, up to four to six guests and 10 people in the larger two-bedroom. All will boast an outdoor terrace, perfect to enjoy the Caribbean sunrises and sunsets, private bathroom, plus living and dining areas.

Enjoy a family beach area with shallow water as well as various sports activities. Picnic tables will also be available for the perfect Caribbean lunch outdoors. Complimentary dining will also be offered at the delightful Silver Palm restaurant, where you can enjoy, indoor, alfresco and rooftop terrace seating.

Experience the many delights of a Norwegian Cruise Line vacation with the entire family and all the new offerings at the beautiful Great Stirrup Cay. This is what a Caribbean cruise vacation is all about!

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Visit Alaska with Princess Cruises

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Witness the majesty of Alaska with Princess Cruises for a vacation that is beyond compare. Marvel at endless natural beauty, fascinating culture and magnificent animals in their natural habitat and see for yourself why America’s “Last Frontier” remains one of the world’s most popular destinations.

Alaska cruises are ideal for families with travelers of all ages. During just one cruise vacation, an amazing world will be revealed to you. Watch glaciers calving immense icebergs into the water right from your private balcony, ride vintage gold rush trains, view bears fishing for salmon and bald eagles soaring through the air. Pristine Alaska is truly a nature lover’s dream and boasts such treasures as Tongass National Forest, the country’s 14_AKL_DR_272largest national forest and breathtaking Denali (formerly named Mt. McKinley), the highest peak mountain in North America.

Captivating adventures may also include such unique opportunities as viewing a traditional native dance performance, kayaking on a fjord and dog mushing. Create magical family memories when everyone pans for gold and participates in an authentic salmon bake.

Marvel at ages-old hand-made totem poles, land by helicopter on a glacier and go flightseeing above fairytale-like snow-capped peaks. Thrilling choices are endless.

Keep on the lookout for wildlife sightings including humpback whales, black bears and grizzlies (brown bears), sea otters, mountain goats, Dall sheep, puffins, bison, Sitka black-tailed deer and Bald Eagles, just to name a few. Alaska cruises provide an unforgettable experience for animal- and nature-lovers.

Throughout your exciting Alaska cruise, delight in the many onboard offerings. Stunning accommodations will make you feel comfortable and right at home. Dine in a myriad of venues serving scrumptious cuisine including local seafood dishes, as well as the new SHARE by Curtis Stone, the celebrity chef whose restaurants are now featured on select ships. Luxuriate with the many relaxing treatments sure to melt your cares away offered at 14_AKL_DR_278the acclaimed Lotus Spa. Delight in conversation and your favorite drink at the many lounges and bars. Partake in an endless array of evening entertainment. Dazzling productions are shown at the state-of-the-art theaters and magic shows will leave you spellbound. Dance the night away or the whole family can enjoy the latest Hollywood blockbusters against the backdrop of the sea and sky at Movies Under the Stars® , a 300-square-foot poolside theater.

Cruises

Princess Cruises offers 7- and 10-day Alaska cruises, including Voyage of the Glaciers, which sails between Vancouver, B.C. and Anchorage (Whittier). Along this exciting journey, two glacier viewing opportunities are featured, including Glacier Bay National Park and the frontier ports of Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway. Inside Passage cruises sail roundtrip from Seattle, Vancouver, B.C. or San Francisco on exciting itineraries that include glacier-viewing.

Experience the best of Alaska with an adventure-filled Princess Land & Sea Vacation, which combines a Voyage of the Glaciers cruise with 3 to 8 nights on land at some of the state’s best wilderness destinations. Visit Alaska’s “jewels in the crown,” such as the incredible Glacier Bay National Park during the cruise portion and on land, go to Denali National Park, where you will be awestruck by the majestic Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley.

Every detail is thought of by Princess Cruises. Exclusive and convenient rail service called Direct-to-the-Wilderness® will take you in comfort between your ship and a Denali area lodge on the very same day.  Another Princess special is a new onboard program called North to Alaska that “brings Alaska to life” immersing you in all things Alaska. Activities range from world-famous local cuisine to “Alaska for Kids!” which is filled with lots of fun activities and more. Enhance your cruise experience with by adding a Princess Land & Sea package offering a variety of exciting options, such as Denali Explorer and On Your Own.

Let Princess Cruises take you to America’s 49th state in style and bring “Alaska to life” on your vacation of a lifetime.

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MSC Seaside Preview

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Highlights

  • First Seaside Class ship
  • Waterfront promenade with restaurants, bars & shops
  • Nine eateries, including new Pan-Asian restaurant by Roy Yamaguchi
  • Immense Aqua Park

Ultramodern and stunning, the 154,000-ton, 4,140-guest MSC Seaside will make her debut in December 2017. Exciting features are sure to make this first ship of MSC Cruises’ revolutionary Seaside Class a crowd-pleaser for all age groups.Outdoor pool

Dedicated to cruising in warm climates, such as the Caribbean, the theme of the new ship is to “bring the sea closer to guests” with the highest ratio of outdoor spaces of any other ships in the line’s fleet. Guests will also be able to enjoy more balcony staterooms, sea views and public areas for a “beach-condo” feel.

Focus will be on the outdoor spaces of accommodations, plenty of alfresco dining venues and bars, plus outdoor spa and fitness facilities showcasing state-of-the-art Kinesis Technogym equipment. Delight your senses in luxury cabanas for spa treatments.

Connecting inside and outside public areas is the waterfront promenade that wraps around the ship. Guests will enjoy strolling along and stopping in at its many chic bars, alfresco dining options and shops.

MSC Seaside’s design will boast a whopping 463,000 square feet of public space, including a spectacular double-deck atrium with glass walls for views of the ocean. The line’s “ship within a ship” concept – the MSC Yacht Club – will offer guests looking for a high-end experience, key card access, a private lounge, pool, solarium and more.

SlideThrilling water highlights will abound on the MSC Seaside, including the interactive Aqua Park, with five waterslides and an interactive Slide boarding tube which combines lights, music, video games and a thrilling 367-foot water slide. Exhilarating high-speed racing slides will add to the excitement with clear loops that extend over the side of the ship, the AquaTube – an inner tube slide, and a family-friendly flume-style slide. Colorful and fun, the AquaPlay section was designed specifically for tots and also features the AquaSpray. In addition, Adventure Trail boasts a ropes course that will have cruisers ducking the spray cannons. The opportunity to experience the thrill of a zip-line awaits you onboard as well.

World-class dining will be featured on the MSC Seaside. Reflecting the line’s passion for food as a way of life, the new ship will boast will boast nine dining venues with delectable cuisines from around the world.

Making its debut is chef extraordinaire Roy Yamaguchi’s restaurant. Scrumptious creations will include gourmet pan-Asian dishes. The new eatery includes a sushi, sashimi and raw bar. Cruisers will also be able to enjoy a variety of cooking styles such as traditional Japanese, Malaysian and Thai Korean prepared on teppanyaki grills before guests. Additional eateries will be an upscale seafood restaurant with a chef’s table and a classic steakhouse.

SuiteGuests on this stunning new ship will have a choice of 20 chic bars, including the gorgeous Atrium Bar.

A myriad of sumptuous accommodations will include 14 aft suites and terraced balcony cabins overlooking the promenade below and offering sea views. Some of these suites boast private outdoor hot tubs, as well. “Cluster staterooms” were designed for families and are multiple connecting cabins. Ample options provide the perfect cabin configurations for every guest.

Come back to Cruise.com’s blog for more updates on the incredible and innovative MSC Seaside, which will sail year-round from its homeport of Miami to the Caribbean.

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Cruise to Caribbean Museums

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Tropical breezes, romantic sunsets, aquamarine water and powdery sand beaches are just some of the delightful images you may conjure up when you think of the Caribbean. Easily overlooked with all the natural beauty here are the many museums that you may visit while in this beautiful paradise. Enrich your Caribbean cruise experience as you journey in comfort on an amenity-filled ship by visiting a variety of engaging museums.

Immerse yourself in history and art that tell the story of each island’s unique heritage for a special cultural perspective. Take a break from the beach and learn about a variety of fascinating topics, from the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton to Bob Marley’s gold records.

Here is a sampling of just some of the diverse museums the Caribbean has to offer:

Anguilla

Learn about Anguilla’s incredible past from its most prominent historian, Colville Petty, O.B.E., at the Heritage Museum, which houses items from his personal collection. See incredible artifacts such as tools from the Arawak Indians, who were living here when Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492, slave shackles and 19th-century household items.

Antigua

Highlighting the history of the world’s only continuously working Georgian Dockyard, the Dockyard Museum, built in 1855, it once housed Officers’ Quarters. Today, it offers a unique insight of the island with interesting archaeological, environmental and historical exhibits.Trinidad de Cuba in the Caribbean Island

Bahamas

 Take the whole family to the incredible Pirates of Nassau Museum, sure to delight kids and adults alike for recreations of Nassau’s “Golden Age of Piracy” from 1690 to 1720. Enter the thrilling world of plundering pirates at sea, with sleeping hammocks, cannons and genuine artifacts including flintlock pistols and cutlasses. Highlighting the visit is the chance to be a “stowaway” on a replica ship, called the Revenge. Your kids will remember this for a lifetime.

Barbados

Step into American history at the George Washington House, where the first President of the United States stayed for about two months in 1751. Restored to its former glory, there is a four poster bed surrounded by mosquito netting. Get a sense of how residents once lived on the island at this unique museum.

Cuba

Museum of the Revolution in Havana cityHistory buffs will flock to The Napoleon Museum located next to the University of Havana in a beautiful Florentine-style palace. Featured here is one of the most important collections from the 18th and 19th centuries preserved in the Western hemisphere. View objects that belonged to the legendary French emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte, during various stages of his life. On display are incredible items such as the actual guns he used at the Battle of Borodino in 1812 and his telescope, plus personal item. Close to 8,000 additional pieces of armor, paintings, sculptures and furniture related to Napoleon can also be seen here.

 

 

Jamaica

In Kingston, Reggae-lovers will want to head to the Bob Marley Museum, whose famous music is synonymous with Jamaica. Get an up-close glimpse of the legendary musician’s life and work at his former residence with a fascinating and vast collection of his items.

Martinique

Created in 1981, the Museum of Rum (Musée du Rhum), operated by the St. James Rum Distillery, pays homage to the West Indies’ favorite spirit. Sensational exhibits include historic old buildings and a collection of old distilling tools of the trade. Guided tours include an art gallery, plus a rum-tasting – a highlight for many! Family-friendly, children – and adults too – will love the train that takes them around the sugar plantation. Kids will remember this for a lifetime.

Puerto Rico

Art-lovers will find nirvana at San Juan’s Museum of Art of Puerto Rico – one of the largest museums in the Caribbean. Housed in the huge building is an exquisite collection of 17th-century artwork. More than four centuries of Puerto Rican art may be viewed and a new east wing boasts a magnificent five-story-tall stained glass window by local artist Eric Tabales.St. Eustatius Historical Foundation Museum

 Nevis (St. Kitts)

The Museum of Nevis resides in a lovely Georgian-style building and offers an insight into this tiny island including a glimpse into American history. With the popularity of the Broadway smash hit, Hamilton, interest is growing for Alexander Hamilton, one of the country’s Founding Fathers, and this two-story Georgian building was his birthplace in 1757. Additionally, artifacts and memorabilia of the life and times of British Naval Admiral, Lord Horatio Nelson, who visited the island in the late 18th century and married local Fanny Nisbet. The museum houses the largest collection of his relics in the Western Hemisphere called “Nevis in the time of Nelson.”

Enhance your Caribbean cruise by visiting these fabulous history-rich museums and the many others in this tropical paradise.

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