Hot on the heels of christening an astonishing 18 new vessels last month in Europe, Viking River Cruiseshas firmed up their plans for 2015 that include the launch of another 12 river cruise shipscomprised of 10 Viking Longships and two brand-new “Longship-esque” vessels on the Elbe River. The expansion will bring Viking’s total fleet to 64 vessels by the end of 2015.
Listen In: Crystal’s New President and COO talks about new concepts in cuisine on Crystal and the service culture that makes the luxury line so successful
In episode #4 of The Avid Cruiser Audio Podcasts, I interview Edie Rodriguez. Edie is the new president and COO of Crystal Cruises. I’ve known Edie for a number of years, including during her recent tenure at Azamara Club Cruises.
Celebrity Suite Class
We learn more about this new class of service in our interview with Dondra Ritzenthaler
Celebrity Cruises recently announced a brand-new class of service, and it’s aimed at cruisers who would normally sail with traditional luxury brands. Dubbed “Celebrity Suite Class,” the line’s newest class of service is designed deliver an all-new level of pampering to guests staying in the line’s highest-ranking suites.
In March of 2014, I flew to Singapore to cover the christening of Silversea Expeditions’ third expedition vessel, Silver Discoverer. While on board Silver Discoverer (only for an overnight), I was fortunate to sit down with Conrad Combrink, the friendly and knowledgeable director of expedition planning and strategic development for Silversea Expeditions. You can listen to the interview in the player below. I hope you enjoy the 10-minute conversation.
Transcript: One of the things that I like about ships of the size that Seabourn operates is that they’re large enough to have all the activities you could ever want, and yet they’re small enough to visit both marquee destinations and small ports of call that larger ships often can’t visit.
Today, for example, we’re in Saint-Tropez. A lot of the guests are off touring the town that Bridget Bardot put on the international map and others are on an excursion to Port Grimaud, which is a little like Venice here in the south of France.
I thought I had cruised Uniworld before. I had not. It is true that I had been on a vessel with the Uniworld name emblazoned on it, the River Empress. But that was in 2008. That Uniworld and the Uniworld I am experiencing this week are, well, Uniworlds apart.
As Cunard Line’s celebrated Queen Victoria sails into the Port of San Francisco on March 31, 2014, ten representatives from the Bay Area and Seattle offices of Cruise Specialists – America’s leading world cruise travel agency – will be provided a rare tour of the ship to conduct inspections of the luxury suites where their most discerning clients frequently stay. Additionally, Cruise Specialists is using the opportunity to welcome 50 clients who have been sailing on the Queen Victoria either as part of a full world cruise or who are completing an exclusive “Boomerang Voyage” that the agency arranged for passengers who boarded in Australia.
This week, my colleague Aaron Saunders and I traveled to France for the christening of 16 Viking River Cruises vessels. Aaron’s report follows.
Today was one of the most deeply moving days I have ever experienced in my lifetime, as we bore witness to the christening of Viking River Cruises striking Viking Longships, 14 of which will set sail this year and two of which were introduced into service last summer.
You’d think with all of the cold weather sweeping across North America that cruisers’ thoughts would be on any place but Alaska. Nonetheless, we’ve had a slew of emails asking us for advice about cruising The Great Land.
Tauck has just released the first photographs of the new innovative multi-level “loft” staterooms found aboard its new Inspiration-class river cruise vessels, ms Inspire and ms Savor. In addition, the line also reiterated its new beverage policy for 2014, offering up unlimited beer, wine and spirits throughout the day aboard all of Tauck’s river cruise ships. In years past, Tauck had offered unlimited wine and beer with onboard meals only.