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WHY VIKING CRUISES HAS RISEN IN THE RANKS

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In years past, Viking Cruises was considered a company that has been around for a long time but not very innovative. The company’s fleet of river ships were outdated and considered by many travelers as just a means to travel to destinations not accessible from oceans or by buses and planes.Torstein Hagen, the founder of Viking Cruises, had a vision. In 2010 while ocean cruise ships were constantly coming up with new ways to attract...
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THE LATEST CRUISE NEWS

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Cruise news is not about cruise promotions or cruise deals. But please feel free to call us for all your travel wishes. The most requested destinations for 2018 are Italy, The Mediterranean, Ireland/Scotland ,U.S. riverboats and European River Cruises. There are so many innovative and interesting changes going on in the world of cruises. Cruise lines are competing against each other to separate themselves from the pack. Are you a golfer? Why would you want...
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Beware of Misleading Cruise Promotions on the Internet

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Not a day goes by without us receiving an inquiry regarding confusing cruise promotions that clients are finding from Internet searches, other travel agency websites, emails in your inbox and brochures sent by the cruise lines. If you Google a cruise line, most likely you will see paid ads from travel agencies that appear to be “Official Sites” from the supplier. Many of these websites are attempting to fool you in order to gain your business by...
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Cruise Ships in Danger of Overcrowding Ports

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I have been to many cruise ports around the world. Many of the most popular cruise destinations I have traveled to are filled to the brim with tourists from around the world, immersing in the cultural experiences, unique local eateries and possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the wonders of our planet far from home. Now, some of these cruise destinations are in danger of limiting the number of cruise ships that visit in order to...
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It takes a Certain Kind of Traveler for Very Small Cruise Ships

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In my blog post on July 13 I discussed small cruise ships. The ships from Seabourn , Oceania, Viking, Regent, Silversea and Crystal appeal to those of you that appreciate the more intimate, luxury atmosphere of traveling without all the bells and whistles that the large cruise ships tout. How much smaller than those and why choose a very small , maximum 150 guests, cruise ship is the question. For now, let’s just call this category the “expedition adventure cruise ships”. Scroll down to learn more. If you are...
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Small Cruise Ships. Smaller Cruise Ships. Smallest Cruise Ships

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Often, I get asked by my clients to find them a cruise on a small cruise ship. Clients may have an idea in their mind what they are referring to as a “small” cruise ship. Compared to all the mega-ships on the market, cruise lines like Oceania, Azamara, Crystal, Viking, Seabourn, and Regent Seven Seas can be considered small by most standards, but even those can be in different categories. Oceania actually falls into two separate categories...
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What’s Up with Celebrity Cruises?

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Celebrity Cruises is the “premium” cruise line of Royal Caribbean. What makes Celebrity premium? Their fleet of “Solstice Class” ships, which includes the original Solstice, the Equinox, the Eclipse, the Silhouette, and the newest, Reflection, have been rated by consumers as “best in class”. Best in Class takes into consideration superior entertainment, culinary excellence, onboard activities, luxurious accommodations and a caring staff. Celebrity met with their architects to create something special with the Reflection. This...
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Book Cruises Early vs Last Minute Deals

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This subject comes up more often as travelers are overwhelmed with promotions for cruises, both by email and by brochures in their mail box. Yes, we still have physical mailboxes, until Amazon or Tesla figures out something different. What is the right time to book? I don’t mean to talk from both sides of my mouth, but the answer to the title of this article is…..depends. The argument for booking early has more to do with the...
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What’s All the Buzz about Viking Cruises

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This discussion is about how one company’s plans to dominate the river cruise, and now the ocean cruise segment, has evolved. More than likely, you have seen all the advertising that Viking has been promoting. If you are not on Viking’s mailing list, you are in the minority. Years ago as I was just learning about river cruises, Jeff and I went on a Viking River Cruise through the Danube River. The ship was pretty...
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The Advantages of Cruises from Miami

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Miami is a home port for many of the world’s most notable cruise lines, including, but not limited to, Oceania Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, , Crystal Cruises,Seabourn, Azamara and Regent Seven Seas. Time is valuable. Itineraries are even more valuable. Travelers looking for itineraries that include the Western Caribbean and Easter Caribbean cruises find more choices from the port of Miami due to shorter sailing distances. Excellent choices for those are...
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The Newest River Cruise Concept

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Will wider be the next evolution of river cruise ships? The ever growing river cruise market seems to have no end in sight. While some demand for ocean cruises has slowed a bit (more on that later), river cruise companies have been adding new ships at a pace never seen before. River cruises, in general, have always attracted a very specific type of traveler. This clientele is not interested in lavish swimming pools, entertainment theaters...
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The State of the Cruise Market

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At this time in our history, travelers are more aware than ever of events around the world. We are not going to tell you that all is well and no matter where you travel, there are no issues that may make you uncomfortable while planning your next vacation. What we would like to point out is that, while there are no guarantees, traveling to many parts of the world by cruise ships have been the surest way...
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