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Oceania Cruises Announces New 2016 Culinary Land Tour Series

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Oceania Cruises is world-renowned for offering guests “the finest cuisine at sea.” In 2012 Oceania Cruise Line expanded on that theme with the introduction of their first “O Class” ship, the Marina, with onboard cooking classes and gourmet-themed shore excursions. Starting on 2016 select sailings, a new collection of culinary-focused land packages will be available. The Culinary Creations Land Tours are a collection of multi-day pre-, post- and mid-cruise land excursions, designed to allow guests...
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How Crystal Cruises Fits into the River Cruise Market

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Crystal Cruises recently announced their plans to build two new river cruise vessels for the European river cruise market. While Crystal has a formidable reputation, and well deserved, in the luxury cruise arena, their challenge may be how to enhance the experience of river cruising for luxury travelers. As we see it, the main competition will be from Tauck River Cruises, that caters to the more upscale market. Tauck has a loyal clientele that expects...
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Crystal Cruises is changing the Art of Luxury Cruises with Crystal Esprit

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Crystal Cruises announces an addition to its fleet, the Crystal Esprit, a luxury yacht cruise ship, pampering only 62 guests. Esprit’s maiden voyage will be December 15, 2015. Seven- to 14-day itineraries will include the beautiful Seychelles and the serene Adriatic including Italy, Greece and Croatia. In December 2016, the Crystal Esprit will be moving to Dubai for 9- to 21-day roundtrip cruises. Discerning travelers expect the quiet opulence and unparalleled service Crystal is known...
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The Pros and Cons of Booking Shore Excursions with Cruise Lines

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The vast majority of Key Traveler clients book their cruises based on the itinerary. What ports will I be visiting? And even more importantly… what is there to do and see in the ports? That’s where shore excursions come in. For the purposes of this article, I’m talking about shore excursions on ocean cruises. Most of the shore excursions on river cruises are included with your booking. In the case of Tauck River Cruises, all...
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7 Ways to Book 1st Class Air Cheap

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Until recently, if you wanted to travel in first or business class you needed to have a stash of frequent flier miles, pay three to five times the coach fare, or deal with opaque consolidators who buy cheap fares in bulk. But these days, the number of discounted first- and business-class fares is on the rise, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report. But how do you find them? It takes some planning ahead—and...
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Cruises to Cuba

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As restrictions to traveling to Cuba eases, and the demand for Cuba Cruises rises, travelers are seeking more options to visit this alluring country. But what are the accommodations and is it affordable? For those cruisers that are used to a “regular” cruise ship, we are offering the Cristal, a 1200 passenger ship purchased from Norwegian Cruise Line and remodeled exclusively for cruises to Cuba during the winter and early Spring season. It has everything...
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6 Reasons Why There Are So Many New River Cruise Ships in Europe

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River cruises have experienced the largest growth rate in the cruise segment over the last few years-over 800{625323b24af37c24f5a97fddb81c67dba8bd357996214eb0318c02ab7c1b66cd}! New river boats from all the top North American cruise lines have seemed to pop up over night, and with good reason. The demand has been so overwhelming that every river cruise line wants to get in on the action so not to be bested by competition. There are countless numbers of rivers running though Europe, the...
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Princess Cruises Debuts 2016-2017 Exotics Sailings

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Worldwide Cruise Vacation Destinations Will Visit 40 Countries Princess Cruises has debuted its 2016-2107 Exotics program which will take guests to fascinating cruise destinations around the globe. With 58 departures ranging from three to 111 days, these exotic cruise itineraries go on sale May 28. The diverse deployment includes four sailing on 38 unique itineraries throughout six continents, visiting 70 destinations and 40 countries. Guests will be able to book cruises to South America, Southeast...
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Tours to Cuba Dramatically Rising

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Bookings to Cuba jumped 57 percent for one New York tour operator in the weeks after Washington said it would renew ties with Havana. In February, they were up 187 percent; and so far this month, nearly 250 percent. The boom is just one sign that the rush is on to see Cuba now — before commercialism moves in. The sense that detente will unleash an invasion of American tourists and change the unique character...
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National Geographic and Lindblad Patenership

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Lindblad is extending its 11-year partnership with National Geographic through the end of 2025. Lindblad has an exclusive partnership with National Geographic for all ocean-going, ship-based voyages, which includes all Lindblad-owned vessels carrying the National Geographic name. Lindblad and National Geographic will align marketing efforts to promote the expedition product, and expeditions will continue to feature National Geographic photographers, writers, field researchers and film crews. Lindblad plans to order at least two new expedition ships,...
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Tauck to Expand River Cruise Fleet For 2016

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Tauck will name its two 2016 Inspiration-class river cruise vessels the Grace and the Joy. The names were selected from a pool of nearly 400 entries submitted by Tauck employees during a company-wide naming contest conducted last fall. Like Tauck’s other Inspiration-class ships, the Grace and Joy will be 443 feet in length and carry 130 passengers. Their launch will bring Tauck’s river fleet to a total of nine vessels. Tauck’s capacity will have expanded...
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What’s New With Balcony Cabins: How Much Fresh Air is Important

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River cruise lines are continually trying to outdo each other. Whether it was Avalon Waterways’ Panorama Suites with sliding glass doors or Viking Cruises’ Long Ships’ off-center corridors that allowed for cabins with balconies, the balcony battles were on as river cruise lines raced to figure out how to give passengers both square footage and fresh air. Around the same time, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection introduced a concept whereby the stateroom window could be...
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