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Azamara Pursuit Officially Joins the Azamara Club Cruises Family with Naming Ceremony

Azamara Pursuit

Azamara Club Cruises celebrated the addition of Azamara Pursuit to the brand’s existing fleet with a festive naming ceremony on board the ship in Southampton, U.K. Azamara Pursuit’s two Godmothers – Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio and Lucy Huxley – christened the vessel alongside Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Richard Fain; President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises, Larry Pimentel; and…

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New Solomon Islands Discovery Cruises Announces 6 Adventure Itineraries

SIDC MV Taka Anchor Spot

Heralding a long-awaited return to dedicated Solomon Islands small ship cruise programs, newly-formed Solomon Islands Discovery Cruises (SIDC) has announced its plans to operate six adventure itineraries in 2018-2019. Operating ex-Honiara and timed to dovetail with Solomon Airlines’ Brisbane-Honiara services, SIDC has employed the 30-metre MV Taka to operate the six and seven-day cruises, each of which have been designed…

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Small Ship Cruises Still Offer Availability for 2018 Holidays

Costa Rica paddle boarding

If your perfect dream for a Holiday escape is sand between your toes – or monkeys swinging from the trees – the international specialist of small ship cruises can deliver. AdventureSmith Explorations (https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) also has tips up its sleeve for how to reach a white, white world at Christmas and how to indulge over Thanksgiving at an especially carefree pace….

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OUTSIDE & Blue World Voyages Set Sail to Launch Active Lifestyle Luxury Cruises

Blue World Voyages

OUTSIDE—America’s preeminent active lifestyle brand—has partnered with Blue World Voyages, a new cruise ship offering active lifestyle cruises that will immerse passengers in an experience filled with luxury and adventure. OUTSIDE will assist in the design of Blue World’s active shore excursions, plus two cruises each year will be designed exclusively for OUTSIDE audiences. The ship is scheduled to launch…

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Croatia Cruise Vacations Grow in Popularity

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Croatia’s small ship cruise and DMC, Katarina Line, announced that it is expanding its land tour packages for 2019 as Croatian tourism continues to surge in popularity, with travelers from the United States and Canada among the fastest-growing markets.  According to Daniel Hauptfeld, marketing director for Katarina Line, they are designing these tours to provide faster, more direct connections with…

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Costa Rica to Panama Adventure Cruise Launched by International Expeditions

Costa Rica to Panama Voyage

International Expeditions, a pioneer in upscale experiential adventure, has announced a new Costa Rica to Panama Cruise aboard the yacht Panorama featuring stops in seven wildlife hot spots along the Pacific coast. Departures for the 10-day adventure are scheduled for December 21, 2018, and February 15 and December 20, 2019. Solo travelers can take advantage of cabins with no single supplement…

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What’s Trending in Cruise Ship Travel this Summer

Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas

CruiseCompete has mined their wealth of data to provide information on the most popular cruise trends among consumers, including the top ships, lines and travel dates for premium, luxury and river cruising. Most Popular Cruise Lines (Based on the total number of quote requests for each cruise line in the given month) 1. Premium/Contemporary: Royal Caribbean International 2. Luxury: Oceania…

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Windstar Named Best Small-Ship Cruise Line

Windstar Wind Surf

Windstar Cruises received the 2018 TravelAge West WAVE Award for Best Small-Ship Cruise Line at last night’s gala held at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey. The annual black-tie event brings together representatives from across the travel industry with West Coast travel agents to celebrate the best across many categories from air, hotel, and rail, to cruise line entertainment, family travel…

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Viking Cruises Takes Delivery of Fifth Ocean Ship

Viking Orion

Viking® (www.vikingcruises.com) today announced it took delivery of Viking Orion®, the company’s fifth ocean ship. The delivery ceremony took place this morning when the ship was presented at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy. On June 14, the ship will arrive in Livorno, Italy, where she will officially be named by her ceremonial godmother, Dr. Anna Fisher, American chemist, emergency room…

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Windstar Adds More Overnights in Some of the World’s Greatest Places

Windstar sailing ship

Windstar Cruises guests are world travelers who want to actively experience destinations first-hand, not steal glimpses through windows. More than 45 percent of Windstar’s cruises now offer a late night (10 p.m. or later) or overnight in port that allows cruisers much more time to explore. This is just one way the small ship cruise line enhances the guest experience…

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