Key Differences Between Crystal Cruises & Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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In my last post, I looked at key differences between Silversea Cruises and Seabourn Cruises, both small ship luxury.

This week, let’s look at larger luxury cruises: Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Crystal Cruises.

MAR Ship Kotor 3443Seven Seas Mariner in Kotor, Montenegro. photo courtesy of Regent Seven Seas


What differentiates these two cruise lines from one another?

Meet World Cruisers Ran and Scott

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Think a world cruise is only for those who’ve retired?

Ran and Scott would disagree!!


The two friends met during their time at Ohio State and realized each was not only excited about travel, but determined to make it part of their lives!

The Cruise Specialist team met Ran and Scott during our send off dinner in Fort Lauderdale for the Holland America Line 2015 Grand World Voyage. We’re excited to share more of their thoughts and adventures once the trip is complete!

Lowering Single Supplement Charges

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Cruise fares are priced based on the assumption that each cabin will be occupied by two passengers.

So, for example, if the cruise fare for each person in a cabin is $10,000 then the cruise line pricing assumes they will be paid $20,000 in total fares for the cabin.

Since cabins occupied by only one passenger do not bring in as much revenue, cruise lines levy a “single supplement” charge to make up for some of the lost revenue the additional passenger would have paid.

Understanding “pre-paid gratuities”

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Gratuity is a fancy sounding term that cruise lines use for tips.

Just like in restaurants and hotels, guests on many cruises are generally expected to leave tips for certain cruise staff members serving them.

Prepaid gratuities means that we {Cruise Specialists} have negotiated a special offer for you and you are not expected nor will you be charged for tips.

Key Differences Between Seabourn & Silversea

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They both begin with the letter “S,” and they’re both big contenders in the luxury cruise segment. Of course, we’re talking about Seabourn and Silversea.


Seabourn Quest and Silver Wind anchored of Saint-Tropez. © Ralph Grizzle

To the casual observer, these two lines may appear to be a lot alike. After all, both operate all-inclusive (we’ll get back to that in a moment) vessels, each carrying fewer than 600 guests (we’ll come back to that in a moment too).

The Benefits of Travel Insurance

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Travel is more than just a simple diversion—it’s an investment that enriches your life. And like any other investment, such as a house or car, you should have your travel plans insured, particularly when embarking on a world cruise or grand voyage.

The long, extensive and we hope life-changing journeys need to be covered for a variety of reasons!

Consultant Michelle Boots books many first time world cruisers each year and here are a few of the reasons she recommends they all invest in travel insurance:

See The World Without A Single International Flight

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Imagine, for a moment, instead of passing over countries from high above, seeing it through a very personal lens.

In a matter of days, a modern-day adventurer could go from the crown jewels of the Pacific in French Polynesia, to the cultural center of the south in Sydney, and then wake up surrounded by the opulence of Dubai.

Now you’re beginning to understand the mind of a world cruiser.

Silversea Makes The Med More Inclusive: Free Shore Excursions & WiFi, Your Questions Answered

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Silversea's Silver Shadow docked in Ketchikan, Alaska. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Silversea’s Silver Shadow docked in Ketchikan, Alaska. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

I don’t about you, but I like a bargain.

I often will walk into a department store and head straight for the sale rack. I’m not looking for cheap so much as I am looking for value.

That’s where I feel like luxury lines like Silversea excel. They offer a lot of value for what you get. Now, Silversea is adding even more value to 52 of its Mediterranean voyages. The company will include complimentary shore excursions and free Wi-Fi.

Previewing Uniworld’s S.S. Maria Theresa, Coming In March

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It is an intriguing invitation: Experience the fantasy of an 18th-century floating palace.

That’s how Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is positioning its newest vessel, the S.S. Maria Theresa, which launches on March 26, 2015.


Named for the Archduchess of Austria and the Empress of the Holy Roman Empire, the new river cruiser will feature classical Baroque interiors and a three-tiered lobby dominated by a sweeping marble staircase with a wrought-iron, hand-gilded balustrade, and royal crown detailing.

Creating a Home at Sea – Tips from World Cruisers

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A recent article about a retired woman who has spent the last 9 years living aboard a cruise ship, left many asking “but don’t you miss home“?

Which is something that our Grand Voyage and World Cruisers are often asked as well.

The answer is sometimes quite simply: “no, it’s cold!

But more often it’s a nuanced answer about how the ship itself becomes home through the people they meet and the little touches they add to make it more comfy.

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