Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Edge – New Ship & New Features


The stunning Celebrity Edge will be the first of Celebrity Cruises revolutionary Edge Class ships when she debuts in fall 2018. Taking innovation to new levels, extraordinary features will be introduced on this spectacular 117,000-ton, 2,900-guest vessel.  She will be joined by three siblings, Celebrity Beyond in 2020, with a third and fourth yet unnamed to follow in 2021 and 2022.

Celebrity Cruises has outdone itself with this incredible new Celebrity Edge which will showcase innovative features never before seen on a cruise ship. Highlights:

  • “Magic Carpet” Roving Deck

The jewel in the crown on the Celebrity Edge is sure to be what is dubbed the Magic Carpet – a cantilevered tennis court-sized “movable deck” or platform purposefully designed to be repositioned at four different deck heights. Stops will include Deck 16, where it will be transformed into a venue for “Dinner on the Edge” — a 90-seat specialty restaurant that will open for guests to savor fabulous meals while also enjoying the sunset; it will serve as an extension of the main pool area on Deck 14 and on Deck 5, providing additional space for al fresco dining at one of the specialty restaurants. Finally, at its lowest position on Deck 2, the Magic Carpet will be a convenient “Destination Gateway” for embarkation and tendering.

  • New Resort Deck & Rooftop Garden

The Resort Deck will be unlike any other outdoor space on a cruise ship. Amenities will include a beautiful asymmetrical area with a resort-style ambiance. Guests will be able to soak up the sun at the outward-facing pool, take a dip in the 25-yard lap pool, relax in martini glass-shaped hot tubs, participate in games and activities throughout the day, take a run along the two-deck jogging track or simply chill-out in one of the spacious poolside cabanas. The Rooftop Garden, was designed to reflect a living urban “playscape” inspired by fun childhood playgrounds. An outdoor movie-and-meal entertainment pairing called “Taste of Film” will be featured here at night.

  • The Retreat Sundeck

A private nirvana is offered to Suite guests who will have exclusive use of the sundeck called The Retreat. Here they will be indulged with their own comfy lounge, pool and restaurants. Six duplex Edge Villas will also have direct access to the Retreat Sundeck.

  • Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda

Your Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda will be magically transformed to offer a continuous space from the room’s door, taking your cabin to the water’s edge at the mere touch of a button. Guests will be able to enjoy easy open air access to the sea whenever they desire and may also personalize everything from lighting, shades, temperature and service from another button. The sumptuous accommodations also feature exclusive Cashmere Collection bedding and mattresses.

  • Edge Villas & Iconic Suites

Luxurious two-level Edge Villas will house magnificent expansive views from two-story windows looking out over the terrace, a three-foot-deep private plunge pool, comfy lounges as well as having special access to The Retreat. Iconic Suites will have two bedrooms and two bathrooms, in addition to a huge 700-square-foot veranda.

As more exciting details are revealed in the coming months, please return to this blog for updates.

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World’s Largest Cruise Ship, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas-Preview!

Music to the ears of those who love cruising with innovative and always exciting Royal Caribbean International – the 5,500-guest Symphony of the Seas is scheduled to debut in spring 2018. At 230,000 tons, she will claim the title of the “world’s largest cruise ship,” boasting 28 more staterooms than Harmony of the Seas, her newest sister ship. As one of the line’s exceptional Oasis-class ships, she will also be slightly longer and wider than the others.

Symphony of the Seas is an adventure-filled floating resort and will showcase exciting new features and amenities, as well as such favorite signatures as the seven diverse “neighborhoods,” each offering something unique. These include Central Park, Boardwalk with its beautiful hand-carved wooden carousel, Royal Promenade, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center and the Youth Zone. Stretching the entire length of the ship, the Pool and Sports Zone features the Ultimate Abyss, a 10-story waterslide – one of the tallest at sea. The Perfect Storm features multi-level slides one with a gigantic “champagne bowl” that will “swirl” you for an adrenaline infused experience. Splashaway Bay will be a water park for kids.

Step onboard and enter an exciting world of fun and thrills, including more than 25 bars and lounges, including the Bionic Bar, where a robot creates and serves your favorite cocktails and Vintages, perfect for wine enthusiasts.

More than 20 dining options will take you on a gourmet adventure, including mouthwatering meals at Jamie’s Italian for family-style dining, Izumi for Asian-inspired dishes and Chops Grille, an elegant classic steakhouse. Other delicious options include Solarium Bistro and Sabor, where scrumptious Mexican dishes will melt in your mouth.

Shop for a variety of name-brand, duty-free items in Central Park and the Royal Promenade, the places to be with restaurants, bars, parades and more. Share your vacation with friends back home via VOOM, touted as the fastest Internet at sea. Recharge and soothe your senses at the full-service Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center.

You will find relaxation on the menu at several pools, including the Solarium, an adults-only retreat. Soak in whirlpools cantilevered over the ocean. Plenty of fun features encourage together time for families, such as classic carnival games at the Boardwalk Arcade, the FlowRider® surf simulator, rock-climbing walls and a nine deck elevated zip line.

Age-specific activities such as treasure hunts, karaoke, contests, sporting events and dance parties are some of the offerings at the complimentary Adventure Ocean® Youth Program. There will be so much for younger family members to do, you may have to make an appointment to spend time together.

This new ship will offer accommodations to suit everyone’s needs, from those traveling solo to huge beautiful suites and Accessible Staterooms. Family-friendly staterooms feature a variety of configurations to easily and comfortably accommodate everyone. Select from richly appointed Royal Suites, two-story Royal Loft Suite, as well as the other spectacular suites. AquaTheater Suites provide perfect views of the AquaTheater, so you can watch the shows from the luxury of your private balcony. The four-bedroom Royal Family Suites with a balcony are ideal for multi-generational groups.

You’ll be sitting on the edge of your seat with exciting entertainment choices, such as Tony Award-winning Broadway hits at the multi-level theater and thrilling shows at the immense waterfront AquaTheater. Amazing ice-skating shows and high energy gaming in the huge casino will add extra excitement to your cruise vacation. 

Symphony of the Seas will spend her inaugural summer season in the Mediterranean and in the fall will do a transatlantic crossing. Beginning in November 2018 she will sail to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from her homeport of Miami.

Please come back to this blog for more news as it becomes available on the extrordinary Symphony of the Seas.

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Emerald Waterways – New Star-Ships & Destinations


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • EmeraldACTIVE programs
  • New Riverview Suites
  • Many inclusive features

You will be hooked from the moment you board an award-winning Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. This deluxe river cruise line is launching three stunning ships and expanding its Europe itineraries, offering exciting journeys on Portugal’s legendary “River of Gold” – the Douro, and France’s storied Saône and Rhône rivers.

Tour quaint villages with fascinating histories, savor the region’s exquisite culinary delights, and behold gorgeous landscapes in comfort and style on the brand new Emerald Destiny, Emerald Liberté and Emerald Radiance. Experience European river cruising with this four-star line’s many included amenities, such as wine, beer and soft drinks served with onboard lunches and dinners, gratuities, bottled water in your stateroom replenished daily, complimentary WiFi and more.

You’ll experience exceptional service from an English-speaking staff, unwind in well-appointed suites and staterooms as well as dine on mouthwatering cuisine. Cruise in style along Europe’s storied rivers. Enjoy views from the delightful open-air terrace on the top deck and take a dip in the heated pool with its retractable roof. Relaxing evenings include local entertainment and movies at the cinema. The line’s Emerald PLUS and EmeraldACTIVE programs offer guests the opportunity to explore some of Europe’s most iconic landmarks by various means including bicycle tours, group hikes and other fabulous activities.

Emerald Destiny

Debuting in spring 2017, the beautiful 182-guest Emerald Destiny will sail on the Rhine and Danube Rivers. She will feature lovely accommodations, a beautiful deck area and a pool that transforms into a cinema. 

Emerald Liberté

The Emerald Liberté will also launch in spring 2017. Her arrival will mark the first time Emerald Waterways has its own ship plying the magnificent Saône and Rhône rivers between historic Arles and Lyon. Take advantage of optional extensions in Nice and Paris and explore magnificent places such as Versailles. You’ll enjoy EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE programs and a special gourmet dinner prepared by award-winning French Chef, Fabien Morreale.

Emerald Radiance

The stunning Emerald Radiance will transport you along Portugal’s legendary Douro River in a comfortable and intimate setting. Onboard you will find a new stateroom category, the spacious 330-square-feet Riverview Suites. In these you will discover panoramic vistas from the line’s innovative and unique drop-down windows, plus a separate bedroom and living area. A deluxe walk-in wardrobe, large bathroom and complimentary mini-bar will also be featured in addition to special amenities previously only found in the Owner’s Suites.

Experience deluxe river cruising at its best on these brand new Star-Ships and you will discover why Emerald Waterways is ideal for first-time cruisers as well as seasoned travelers.

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Bliss Preview



  • Two incredible Observation Lounges
  • The Haven Suite debut
  • Wide range of accommodations

Excitement is building for the summer 2018 arrival of Norwegian Cruise Line’s swanky and state-of-the-art 4,000-guest Norwegian Bliss, the third ship in its popular Breakaway-Plus Class. She will be sailing itineraries in Alaska and the Caribbean among others.  Spotlighting the importance of conservation and ocean preservation, the hull artwork of acclaimed marine life artist Wyland will feature stunning images of humpback whales and their calves.

One of the many highlights of the swanky state-of-the-art Norwegian Bliss will be a 20,000-square-foot Observation Lounge showcasing 180-degree views from floor-to-ceiling windows at the front of the ship on Deck 15. Plush seating and a stunning central bar area will make it an ideal spot to have a drink, meet with friends and enjoy magnificent panoramic views. Guests in The Haven – a luxurious ship-within-a-ship area – have Alaskan Landscapeexclusive access to their own Haven Observation Lounge, a stunning two-story area with huge windows purposefully designed to maximize the breathtaking vistas you’ll encounter.

Impressive accommodations will offer something for everyone. Options range from inside staterooms to sumptuous suites. Staterooms designed for solo travelers will feature high-tech virtual windows plus an exclusive private lounge for these guests only. Family-friendly connecting staterooms, chic suites and more will provide the perfect place to reflect on your days and have sweet dreams.

Crowning the ship will be The Haven by Norwegian, a spectacular three-story area with 80 luxurious suites, complete with 24/7 butler service, key-card access, a private restaurant with an outdoor terrace and it own lounge. A private courtyard area will have a pool, two whirlpools, a retractable roof, spa treatment rooms and a private deck for sunbathing. Every ultra-luxurious suite is adorned with rich wood tones, custom stonework, marble-topped nightstands and vanities, as well as high-end linens. Making its debut on the new ship is The Haven Suite which can connect with a Balcony stateroom, accommodating large families and groups with ease.

Additional details on the ship’s dining, entertainment and many other onboard offerings will be shared in the coming months, so come back to this blog for more updates. Soon you will be able to set sail on a blissful cruise vacation on the beautiful and amenity-filled Norwegian Bliss.

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Holland America Line Partners with “O, The Oprah Magazine”


Excitement is on the horizon for Oprah Winfrey fans and Holland America Line devotees — as a new two-year partnership between O, The Oprah Magazine and the popular cruise line have joined together to offer guests an incredible opportunity.

This exclusive coupling will reflect Oprah’s commitment to connection and personal growth along with the power of travel – a marriage made in heaven. Blending the many positive influences of travel with the magazine’s focus on individual betterment, guests will be able to enjoy unique theme cruises on more than 300 sailings in 2017 and 2018. Some of the captivating topics will include Oprah’s Book Club, as well as a variety of classes, wherein passengers can learn about fitness, meditation, tai chi and more. Enrichment courses will also be featured in addition to healthy cooking demonstrations.

Best of all, Oprah will make an onboard appearance. She will take her first trip to Alaska on Holland America Line’s Eurodam for two days during the July 15 sailing of O, The Oprah Magazine Share the Adventure Cruise from Seattle. Oprah Winfrey; magazine editor at large Gayle King; and others will join the festivities on this voyage

Four additional Adventure of Your Life cruises, will feature special guests from “the Oprah wheelhouse,” including members of the SuperSoul 100, a group of “thought leaders and visionaries” providing inspirational ideas for living your best life. These special theme cruises are sure to fill quickly and sail November 29, 2017; March 3, 2018; August 11, 2018 and October 28, 2018 during Oprah Magazine’s “Year of Adventure.”

Experience this rare cruise opportunity to Alaska on the ms Eurodam, the Eastern Caribbean on the ms Koningsdam and the Bahamas, Eastern and Western Caribbean on the ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Onboard  these beautiful Holland America Line ships you’ll find wonderful amenities, well-appointed accommodations, a variety of electrifying entertainment choices and of course, delicious culinary offerings at a variety of dining venues.

Take advantage of these rare events as you enjoy sailings that will perfectly pair the discovery and wonder of travel with the stimulating content found in every issue of O. Whichever cruise you select, you are sure to have a once in a lifetime experience, sure to enrich your life.  It will be no surprise if, after her first Alaska cruise with Holland America Line, it  becomes one of her “favorite things.”

For more information and cruise deals on Holland America Line and these special sailings, visit us at Cruise.com or contact one of our cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.