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.
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.
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.
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:
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
In 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.
Cruise Specialists has been planning reunion cruise trips for the NNCA (Navy Nurse Corps Association) since 2002. The Cruise Specialists team of Lynne Cox, Laura Rebman and founder Janet Lanterman organized and escorted the NNCA group’s first cruise to Alaska in 2002 with 900 NNCA members onboard. Since then, Cruise Specialists has planned numerous large group cruises for the association. The Navy nurses most recently set sail on a Holland America Western Caribbean cruise in March 2012 and presented a beautiful plaque to the Cruise Specialists team for all their hard work over the years!