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New Burma Coastal Voyages on the MY Andaman Explorer

Pandaw Burma Coastal Voyages

Pandaw River Expeditions has announced a new, limited edition, itinerary in Burma’s extraordinary Mergui Archipelago. The move follows the successful launch of Pandaw’s first ocean cruise onboard the MY Andaman Explorer, a classic 1960’s motor yacht acquired in 2016 and, lovingly, refurbished by Pandaw founders, Paul and Roser Strachan. The MY Andaman Explorer began sailing a seven-night ‘Mergui Archipelago’ itinerary…

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Variety Cruises Announces Two New Destinations for 2018 & 2019

Variety Cruises

Variety Cruises, named one of the top ten best boutique cruise lines by USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2017, announced two new destinations to their small ship cruising portfolio, the Eastern Mediterranean and Bali.  Gods, Kings, and Pharaohs, which takes voyagers to Israel, Egypt, and Jordan, is set to begin in November 2018, and Splendors of Egypt by Sea will begin in December…

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Silversea’s Silver Whisper Embarks on World Cruise 2018

Silversea Silver Whisper

Ultra-luxury Silversea’s all-suite Silver Whisper sailed from Los Angeles this week on a 121-day voyage around the world. Encompassing Pacific island paradises, ancient and modern wonders of Asia and the marvels of Arabia, the epic voyage will conclude in May in the eternal city of Rome. The evening prior to departure, Silver Whisper’s guests were serenaded with live orchestral music…

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Ponant Announces New Expedition Cruise Icebreaker

Ponant Icebreaker

The only French cruise ship operator and world leader in polar expeditions, PONANT has signed a construction contract for the world’s first luxury icebreaker cruise ship, a hybrid electric ship powered by Liquified Natural Gas. Designed specifically to explore the extreme regions of the northern and southern hemispheres, its technology will allow it to sail in total safety and comfort…

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Viking Sun Sets Sail on First World Cruise From Miami to London

Viking Sun in Miami

Viking® (www.vikingcruises.com) today celebrated the kickoff of its inaugural World Cruise on its fourth and newest ocean ship, Viking Sun®, welcoming guests in Miami for the sold out 141-day itinerary. Viking Sun will spend nearly the next five months on the World Cruise, which spans five continents, 35 countries and 64 ports. During this journey from Miami to London, guests will…

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Trends in Cruise Travel for 2018

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Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, has released the 2018 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook. The report offers an in-depth look at the cruise industry’s overall global economic impact as well as the trends impacting cruise travel in 2018. Current data shows cruise travel is steadily on the rise with a projected 27.2…

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Princess Cruises Introduces Sky Princess to Launch in 2019

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Princess Cruises announced its fourth Royal-class ship will be named Sky Princess. Sister ship to Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess, Sky Princess is scheduled to debut in October 2019 on a series of Mediterranean voyages. The 143,700 ton, 3,660-passenger vessel will feature an evolution of the successful design platform used for previous Royal-class ships. Sky Princess will include…

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Introducing Seabourn Ovation, Extraordinary in Every Way

Seabourn Ovation

In spring 2018, Seabourn will introduce Seabourn Ovation, the latest achievement in the company’s 30 years as the leader in ultra-luxury cruising. The intimate 300-suite vessel stands out as a small ship among the ever-larger ships more commonly built today, embodying a graceful and persuasive argument for exclusivity. Ovation’s sleek white silhouette reveals her fabulous private yacht lineage. The warm,…

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Holland America Line Celebrates a Milestone for New Ship Nieuw Statendam

Nieuw Statendam

In anticipation of the upcoming float-out of ms Nieuw Statendam, Holland America Line held the ship’s coin ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. Following Italian shipbuilding tradition, Anne Marie Bartels, a member of Holland America Line’s esteemed President’s Club, served as the ship’s Madrina and participated in the festivities. During the coin ceremony, observed to bring…

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MSC Cruises Announces MSC Meraviglia to come to New York

MSC Meraviglia

MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately owned cruise line and market leader in Europe and South America, announced today that MSC Meraviglia, the sophisticated mega smart ship launched in June 2017, will kick off its inaugural season in North America making its maiden call in New York on Oct. 7, 2019 and offering three sailings departing from New York. Bringing…

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