Creating Friendships and Families on board

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World cruisers often find themselves returning for many more after the first because of the wonderful relationships they develop not only with other passengers, but the crew.

In fact we couldn’t have said it any better than in this letter from Patrick and Raina to Cruise Specialists agent LynnDee during their Holland America Asia and South Pacific Cruise:

Seeing the crew families come on board in the 2 Indonesia ports was very emotional for us. Our room steward got to see his 4 month old daughter for the first time and wanted to share his family with us.

Quest For Adventure: 12 Photos That Tell The Story Of Antarctica

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Today I am posting a handful of photos from one of the most memorable voyages of my life, Antarctica on Seabourn Quest.

To be fair, a voyage to Antarctica would rank as one of your most memorable voyages, no matter which cruise line you chose to explore the White Continent. I’ve cruised Antarctica on Silver Explorer, also an awe-inspiring voyage.

Postcards from abroad 5: Grand Pacific and Far East Voyage

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In part 5 of our series of postcards from abroad, Cruise Specialist host Tom Mullen has transitioned from time in the Far East to Australia! He’s traded in ancient artifacts for traditional folk art, dancing and outback exploration.Darwin Australia Postcard

Above: “Enjoy looking at the art of the Northern territory. They have so much meaning to the art, especially sand painting designs.Darwin Australia Sand Painting_Back

The final portion of this world cruise sent our guests and host to a bevy of beautiful tropical destinations, which Tom captured beautifully with these selected post cards from Fiji, Samoa and Hawaii.

What excites repeat world cruisers?

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Cruise Specialists hosted a special party for about 200 of our clients who were about to depart from Fort Lauderdale on Holland America Line’s Grand World Voyage. This is an amazing 114-day voyage around the world, which began on January 5, 2015.

World Cruise getting to know the hosts

The Cruise Specialists group will be entitled to special perks along the way and will benefit from the assistance of three voyage hosts who look after our guests throughout the trip.

Silversea To Include Shore Excursions & WiFi On 2015 Med Sailings

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Silversea Cruises is kicking off 2015 with an enticing new program that includes shore excursions and WiFi.

This program is available for new bookings made on or after January 15, 2015 on any of the line’s 52 Mediterranean cruises this year.

Silver Spirit In Venice

Now offering free shore excursions and WiFi, Silver Spirit, pictured in Venice. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Uniworld Restarts Egypt River Cruises

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Egypt is back.

In October 2015, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will once again be operating river cruises along the famous Nile River. Uniworld is now accepting bookings for its fabulous Splendours of Egypt & the Nile itinerary, which departs roundtrip from Cairo aboard the 82-guest River Tosca.

Uniworld's 12-day Splendors of Egypt & the Nile itinerary is back as of October 2015. Illustration courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Uniworld’s 12-day Splendors of Egypt & the Nile itinerary is back as of October 2015. Illustration courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

All-Inclusive River Cruises: How Are They Defined?

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There is a fairly wide variation among river cruise companies with regard to what is included in the cruise fare. Some companies are much more inclusive than others. Although, the trend in the industry is that more and more companies are offering all-inclusive fares; or, at the very least, including more in the base price of the cruise.

On A-ROSA Stella, Dining At Paul Bucose

Michelin Three-Star dining at a restaurant operated by legendary chef Paul Bocuse, at no extra charge on A-ROSA Stella. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Smithsonian Journeys aboard Regent Seven Seas

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Regent Seven Seas cruise line is taking their on board education to a new level thanks to a partnership with the Smithsonian, creating The Smithsonian Collection.

Couple exploring Greece

Cruisers who already enjoy their great programs will create even more fabulous memories and expand their knowledge thanks to a wide-range of charismatic and knowledgeable experts on a variety of subjects, from art historians to leading authors.

Beginning July 2015, one specialist will be on board most voyages providing new and exciting opportunities to make history and education come to life!

A Grand send off for the Holland America Grand World Voyage 2015

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Instead of spending the first of the year planning for far off dates, the Cruise Specialists team packed up and flew to Fort Lauderdale to greet over 200 guests leaving on the 2015 Grand World Voyage aboard Holland America Line.

Greetings guests at the airport

Our team in Seattle

 

From the moment our guests arrive in baggage claim they are met by transportation who whisks them off to the Renaissance Plantation Hotel for their free night stay prior to cruising. All of this is part of the services provided to Cruise Specialists World clients because we want to ensure every moment of the trip is stress-free, fun and friendly.

Solo Travel: Where Can You Find the Best Rates for River Cruises?

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Where can solo travelers find the most favorable rates? We’ve compiled a list of companies that cater to solo travelers.

If you’re a solo traveler, you will likely want to know which river cruise companies offer the best rates for singles. After all, those companies count on at least two people occupying a room, and hence, double the revenue that would come from a cabin with only person occupying it.