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The Dynamic Growth of U.S. River Cruising

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By the end of 2017, U.S. river cruising will have grown from essentially no vessels in 2012 to 10, with plans for even more expansion in the coming years. The two main players restocking the market had been the American Queen Steamboat Co. and American Cruise Lines, both of which have been adding, and continue to add capacity to their U.S. River fleets each year. Last year, American Queen purchased a former gaming vessel that...
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The Edge-iest Cruise Ship Ever

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Just when you thought that all the latest innovations for new cruise ships have been invented, along comes Celebrity Cruises newest class of ocean liners, the Edge. The Edge is currently under construction and will set sail on the maiden voyage December 16, 2018. Departing from Fort Lauderdale for 7 Day Caribbean Cruises, the Edge will be alternating with Eastern Caribbean and the Western Caribbean each week. Bookings are now open with prices starting at...
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New Cruise Ships 2016 and 2017

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Cruise lines are adding more and more new ships to their fleets. I’ve written here about the introduction of many exciting new ships across a variety of river and ocean cruise lines. But did you know that one of the important decisions about launching a new ship is where she will sail first? Many of the larger cruise lines like Holland America, Carnival and Royal Caribbean, and even one of the small luxury cruise lines...
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Destinations You May Want To Visit Before It’s Too Late

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While many popular destinations for travelers around the world welcome as many visitors as possible, certain tourist attractions are cutting back or holding the line due to overpopulating. This will affect cruise lines and tour operators from scheduling as many trips as they would like to these “in demand attractions” to comply with their government’s policies. Tourism can provide an incredible economic boost, sure, but some locales say it can also be harmful to the...
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Travel to Australia and New Zealand

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Some may think the only time to travel to Australia and New Zealand is during the U.S. winter, since the seasons are opposite of North America most of the time. But the land is so varied and intriguing and the experience is so beguiling, many travelers choose this destination as one of their top choices for “Many Options to Travel.” Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the colors of the Outback and the mysteries of Ularu, the...
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40 New Cruise Ships Coming

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In the past five years there have been a plethora of new cruise ship builds, with enticing innovations. Cruise lines have been constantly under pressure to “out innovate” their competitors to attract new guests, as well as their own past passengers, to the best vacation value in the world. Now comes the next wave of pleasures to allure you to the “no packing and unpacking” way to spend your leisure time. The first of these,...
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Why Yacht Cruises Are Popular

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Yacht cruising is a segment that’s becoming more and more popular among travelers. Some of our clients have “been there, done that” on larger ocean cruises and want a more intimate experience. Others have found that traditional river cruise market is getting too crowded. Yacht cruising offers the best of all worlds: access to remote coastal destinations, the finest personal service, adventures and amenities that no other lines offer, all combined with the fun and...
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Free WiFi on Cruise Lines

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Access to WiFi for ocean cruise lines has been a subject of conversation for many travelers. Changes are coming as Regent Seven Seas luxury line, Viking Ocean Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Crystal Luxury Cruises and Silversea small ship luxury cruises are all making offerings to stay competitive in the world of communication at sea. Luxury line Regent Seven Seas Cruises is getting even more all-inclusive with the addition of free unlimited WiFi access for every passenger. Regent has announced the new amenity would be...
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The Phenomena of the Northern Lights

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The Northern Lights (also called Aurora Borealis) are often described as otherworldly. Technically, that is true! Most people have seen pictures of these dazzling streamers of light dancing and waving across the night skies. Many lucky travelers have seen them in person. Either way, the result is usually stunned amazement, bordering on the reverent. But the origin of this eerie phenomenon is much more elementary. HOW ARE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS FORMED? Picture: www.loc.gov The aurora...
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Taking River Cruises To The Next Level

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About a month ago I announced the exciting news that Crystal Cruises is entering the river cruise market. In that blog I told you to stay tuned. Well, here is Chapter 2. Crystal President & CEO Edie Rodriguez recently revealed details about Crystal’s first two river ships. “We continue to listen to what our guests and the luxury traveler want, and river cruises are what they’ve been telling us they want for some time,” said...
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The Top 5 Most Popular Cruise Destinations in 2015

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Cruises are a great choice of vacation, especially if you enjoy visiting many different places on one trip. But there’s a lot of world out there, so where to begin? We have drawn together some of the hottest cruise destinations of 2015 to help make your decision a little bit easier. 1. India A newcomer to the river cruise scene, India is a feast for all the senses. The colors, sights and scenery have to...
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Oceania Cruises World Cruise 2017

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We are delighted to announce Oceania’s third Around the World voyage, which will depart from Miami on January 6, 2017 aboard Oceania Insignia. The first 180–day Around the World cruise sailed on January 10, 2015. Since then, “Around the World in 180 Days” has become an Oceania Cruises tradition. Insignia’s 2017 route will take guests from the southern Caribbean, through the Panama Canal to the Pacific Riviera. Insignia will cross the Pacific to the Hawaiian...
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