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Just Announced! First Oceania World Cruise Sets Sail in 2015

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2015 Oceania World Cruise Overview
Fans of Oceania Cruises will soon have the opportunity to travel the world in 180 days! For the first time, Oceania Cruises will offer a six-month world cruise on its 684-passenger Insignia in 2015. The special voyage is about 80 days longer than a typical world cruise and will visit 90 ports in 44 countries.

Holland America Line Celebrates 140th Anniversary

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CC_HAL HQ Tulips

Exclusive Holland Americe Line Signature Tulip in Seattle, WA

Holland America Line celebrated the start of their company last week, which took place 140 years ago in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on April 18, 1873. They are showing their pride in their rich history with special events in their offices and on their ships around the world. 

The Duchess of Cambridge to Name Royal Princess

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Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will name Royal Princess
on June 13 at a ceremony in Southampton.

This just in! Princess Cruises has just announced that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will name Royal Princess, the newest addition to the line’s fleet. The ceremony at which The Duchess will name the ship will take place in Southampton on Thursday, June 13, and will be the highlight of week-long inaugural celebrations to welcome the vessel into service.

AmaWaterways and Uniworld Announce Celebrity Godmothers of New Ships

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New AmaVida

 Both AmaWaterways and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises have announced godmothers of their newest river cruise ships this week.AmaWaterways New AmaVida
AmaWaterways will be christening the newest river cruise ship in their fleet, the AmaVida at a traditional ceremony in Porto, Portugal on March 22, 2013.  They have also announce Actress, Producer and Philanthropist Sharon Stone as the godmother of the AmaVida.

Windstar Cruises Renovates Three Yachts

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Windstar Yacht Deck

In the past year, Windstar Cruises has been busy upgrading their three signature sailing yachts, Wind Star, Wind Surf, and Wind Spirit.  The cruise line recently announced they have completed a stunning renovation with new color palettes, new textures, new surfaces and styles to every inch of the three yachts.  The Windstar fleet consists of the 148-guest sister ships Wind Star and Wind Spirit, and 312-guest flagship, Wind Surf.

New Features on Windstar Cruises:

What is a Grand Voyage?

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You may be familiar with annual world cruise vacations (sometimes called grand world voyages) offered by many of the premium and luxury cruise lines, but what exactly is a grand voyage cruise?

Cruise Specialists 2012 Voyage of the Vikings cruise

Instead of a circumnavigation around the world like a world cruise, a grand voyage is typically a long voyage (anywhere from 25-70 days) that explores a specific region of the world.

Cruise Specialists Team Attends Largest Luxury Travel Show

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Virtuoso Week held at Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas

To stay on top of what’s hot in the luxury travel world, Cruise Specialists travel advisors and operations team members recently attended Virtuoso Week, the largest luxury travel show in the world.   Virtuoso Travel Week is held each summer in Las Vegas, NV and brings together the top Virtuoso consultants and luxury travel suppliers from around the world to help the travel pros learn about and shop for new travel experiences for their clients.  Virtuoso supplier partners use the event to share the latest news on their exciting new products and services.

Five Reasons to Try a River Cruise Now

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River cruising has been around for decades, or even centuries, but now it is finally getting the attention it deserves.  It used to struggle to attract ocean-going mariners who enjoyed their roomy accommodations, Broadway shows, culinary splendor and personalized service, but now river cruising of today is full of new ships, new designs, and new innovations.

“Personally, I’m a huge fan of river cruising now that I can eat great meals, sit on my balcony, walk, bike or run along the banks and into the towns,” described Cruise Specialists vice president Greg Nacco.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Offers New Land and Sea Adventures in Asia

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is offering river cruise adventures in Asia sailing in 2013.  Guests will be able to explore China, Vietnam and Cambodia on combination land/sea itineraries ranging from 10-18 days. 

Yangtze River

These all-inclusive adventures include a luxury cruise on the Yangtze River or Mekong River, and on-shore excursions to notable and exciting cities and landmarks across Asia.  Visit The Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Angkor Wat temple, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tibet, Xi’an, Three Gorges, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Phnom Penh.

Seabourn Expands Menu of Seabourn Club Amenities

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Seabourn Loyalty ClubIn addition to the ever-expanding menu of dining options and activities offered onboard a Seabourn sailing, passengers can now choose from a new menu of Seabourn Club amenities and discounts after their first sailing with the cruise line.  Seabourn has enhanced their guest loyalty program “Seabourn Club” to start rewarding their passengers sooner, and increase the amenities and discounts the more they sail.  The benefits still include the popular milestone award of a complimentary cruise after sailing 140 days.

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