7 Must-See UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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UNESCO was created in 1945 as a means to help ensure the preservation of our natural, cultural, and intellectual heritage.

Of the nearly 1,000 awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage sites, here are a few of our favorites that will be stops on upcoming Holland America Line voyages, including the 2015 and 2016 African & Indian Ocean sailings.


Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Van Nelle Factory (Dutch: Van Nellefabriek) is a former factory building in Rotterdam, Netherlands designed by architects Johannes Brinkman and Leendert van der Vlugt.

Regent Seven Seas Explorer: 375 Suites, Which Will Be Yours?

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Next year, Regent Seven Seas is launching what it is calling, “the most luxurious cruise ship ever built.

It’s a lofty claim, and Regent is doing everything to ensure that the new Seven Seas Explorer lives up to that expectation by creating some of the most stunning interior spaces ever seen aboard a luxury cruise ship – and it all starts with your suite.

Good Bye to Single Supplements

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Recently we shared with you the behind the scenes of how and why single supplement charges are part of the booking process and what you can do to lower them.

Cunard Queen Victoria Single Stateroom

Cunard Queen Victoria Single Stateroom

We hate to see that be the reason someone misses out on a fabulous solo vacation, so we are excited to see that some lines are making changes regarding the single supplement policy.

Current sailings we know of that are dropping the charge:

The Dollar Hasn’t Been This Strong Against The Euro Since 2002: Year Of The River Cruise

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Europe’s palaces are waiting to welcome you, and with the dollar so strong against the euro, there’s not been a better time to visit Europe in more than a decade. Pictured here, Palacio de Mateus and its gardens, which you can visit on Douro river cruises. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

This week, I am attending Cruise Shipping Miami, the world’s largest cruise industry event. People from all over the world are here, and what’s buzzing before the conference begins is the strength of the dollar against European currencies. 

Breaking down the World Cruise Experience

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Winter is a great time to escape the bitter cold and travel to the exotic and warm tropical routes of a world cruise.  Even better THIS winter is the perfect time to start planning how you’ll be spending it next year!


Many of our guests tell us a world cruise is their favorite way to spend the winter months.

New to the world cruise idea? Let us break it down for you!

New Ship Announcement: Oceania Cruises Sirena

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The seas will have a new mermaid in April 2016, thanks to the launch of Sirena by Oceania Cruises.


Sirena (which means mermaid) will be the result of a $40 million renovation to the former Princess ship. 

In addition to growing their fleet in 2016 to 6 luxury mid-size ships, Oceania will:

  • Sail 90 new itineraries
  • Have 50 extended voyages
  • Add 20 new ports to their sailings
  • Offer a new 40 day sailing for re-positioning

Crystal Cruises To Offer Four World Cruises In 2018, What You Get For Going All The Way

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Crystal ships

It’s a first for Crystal Cruises: Both of its ships will offer world cruises in 2018. Crystal is calling its offerings “revolutionary.”

Are they? Let’s take a look.



Both world cruises commence in January 2018, with Crystal Symphony departing Cape Town on January 7 and Crystal Serenity departing Los Angeles on January 23. The sailing will mark Crystal Symphony’s first full World Cruise since 2003.

Two new Venues Aboard Seven Seas Explorer

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In February we were thrilled to begin booking for the first Regent Seven Seas Explorer sailings in 2016! Our excitement continues to unfold as they release new details about the ship which is taking “the most inclusive luxury experience” to a new level!


culinary kitchen of the seven seas explorer

For the first time on any of its ships, Regent has created a brand new culinary instruction center, which will be used for a over a dozen classes and can hold up to 18 future chefs at a time.

What is the Virtuoso Voyage Club?

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Virtuoso is what’s called a “travel consortia”, something very similar to a special club for top travel agencies.  Virtuoso membership is by invitation only and represents the top 5% of luxury travel agencies worldwide.

Cruise Specialists is very proud of our decades long Virtuoso membership.

What is really significant for Cruise Specialists clients are the complimentary Virtuoso Voyager Club benefits we can provide you at no charge because we belong to Virtuoso.

Announcing Seabourn Encore 2016-2017 Voyages

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Earlier this month we introduced you to the Seabourn Encore which is one of the new luxury ships that will begin sailing in 2016!

Today we are thrilled to share with you a first look at their planned itineraries!

seabourn encore maiden voyages


Following are a few of the great new sailings that the Encore will be taking!

Don’t forget our team can always provide you with more details and more sailings when you reach out via the contact form or via phone.

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