Category: Cruises & Boat Travel

A map showing cruise ships around the world

A map showing cruise ships around the world

Here’s an interesting site I recently stumbled upon: Marine Traffic.  It shows the locations of large vessels at sea around the world, on a Google Map.  Different types of boat are colour coded for ease of recognition.  Look out for the blue icons and you can identify moving and anchored passenger ships (ferries, cruise ships, […]

Roman Abramovich’s latest toy: M/Y Eclipse

Roman Abramovich‘s latest toy is the luxury yacht M/Y Eclipse. Constructed by Blohm + Voss in Hamburg, it is 170 metres long which makes it the world’s longest yacht, 11 metres longer than Sheikh Mohammed‘s. She comes with two helipads, two swimming pools, 11 guest cabins, three launch boats and a mini-submarine, and requires a […]

Maria Callas Experience on Christina O

Maria Callas Experience on Christina O

The legendary Christina O superyacht  – the epitome of the jet set of the 60s and 70s – is to launch an exclusive ‘Maria Callas Experience’ for the 2010 season. Previously owned by Aristotle Onassis the Christina O played host to some of the most iconic personalities of the twentieth century – Marilyn Monroe, Maria […]

Dining options on Silversea's new Silver Spirit

Dining options on Silversea’s new Silver Spirit

On 23rd December, 2009 the world’s newest ultra-luxury, all-suite ship, Silver Spirit, will take to the seas on her maiden “Holiday Spirit” voyage from Barcelona to Lisbon.  The 540-guest ship is to offer a multitude of dining experiences as detailed below: The Restaurant Situated midship on Deck 4, The Restaurant features sumptuous culinary fare in […]

Oasis of the Seas – a shopper’s paradise!

Delivering the very best in overall guest experiences is the central motivator behind the design of Royal Caribbean International‘s newest ship, Oasis of the Seas.  You can learn more about the ship in this video: When she debuts in December 2009, the most cutting-edge amenities and activities ever seen at sea will be complemented with […]

Chobe safari aboard new luxury boat

The Zambezi Quee is a ‘luxury houseboat safari’ that will cruise along the Chobe river between Namibia and Botswana, just a few kilometres from where four countries meet: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Wildlife viewing is done from the Zambezi Queen itself and from her three high-speed aluminium launch boats. There are also two fibreglass […]

Unique experience on Halong Bay

Unique experience on Halong Bay

Halong Cruise‘s new Halong Violet junk will be launched next month. With just 6 immaculately decorated cabins, including 4 suites, with king sized beds, Jacuzzis, private balconies and personal butler service, the Halong Violet will provide a unique experience on Halong Bay. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994, Halong Bay’s karst islands […]

Re-discover Scotland from the water

Re-discover Scotland from the water

Louise of Granton is a superb luxury motor yacht, available for day hire, and providing the ultimate marine charter experience. The high-spec interiors are made of cherry wood and accompanied by leather fittings and all the modcons such as satellite phones, the latest audiovisual equipment and more.   The 50-foot vessel weighs 25 tons and […]

The Jayavarman from Heritage Lines

The Jayavarman from Heritage Lines

Founded in 2008, Heritage Lines will launch their luxury boutique cruise boat, the Jayavarman next month. Inspired by the golden age of cruise liners, the Jayavarman marries avant-garde French colonial design with enchanting Indochinese architecture to perfection. There are 27 expansive staterooms and junior suites spread over the 4 decks with floor to ceiling panoramic […]

Luxury yachts offer pirate hunting cruises

I know it’s a little difficult to believe, but  “Luxury yachts offer pirate hunting cruises” is  a headline  currently emanating from  the Ananova news site.  Shiver m’ timbers… is this serious?!   Here’s the full article: Luxury ocean liners in Russia are offering pirate hunting cruises aboard armed private yachts off the Somali coast. Wealthy […]

An unparalleled experience is coming to the Maldives

An unparalleled experience is coming to the Maldives

The previously untouched southern Maldives is to get its first boutique luxury resort. Alila Villas Hadahaa  will open  in the Gaafu Alifu (North Huvadhoo) Atoll in August 2009, an atoll which is rich in history yet unknown to all but the most intrepid divers. It is one of the largest natural atolls in the world […]

Sail the Galapagos with Darwin's great great grandson

Sail the Galapagos with Darwin’s great great grandson

To  mark a number of special Galapagos themed anniversaries, Reef & Rainforest Tours is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join Charles Darwin’s great, great grandson Randal Keynes on a special, exclusive fundraising cruise (in aid of the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos Conservation Trust)  around the Galapagos. The trip  sets sail on 24th October […]

Somali pirates attack cruise ship

Somali pirates attack cruise ship

MSC Cruises has confirmed that there was an attempted attack on the MSC Melody cruise ship at the weekend, in waters near the Seychelles Islands. Thankfully, none of the attackers  were able to board the ship and no injuries were sustained by any of the approximately 1,000 passengers or 500 crew members onboard. The  vessel […]

Interview with Laura Brady of Lux Wines

Interview with Laura Brady of Lux Wines

Our latest interview is with Laura Brady, President and Co-founder of Luxury Wine Tours, Inc. and Lux Wines. Luxury Wine Tours provides exquisite custom wine tours in Oregon’s bountiful Willamette Valley. Luxury Wine Tours was initially created out of  a desire to bring people a unique food and wine experience that showcases Oregon’s world class […]

Early bird upgrades with NCL

Early bird upgrades with NCL

Book before 31st May 2009 with NCL Freestyle Cruising and you will be given an ‘early bird’  upgrade to the best available stateroom, offering savings of up to £250 per person. The offer includes seven-night fly-cruises travelling across the Greek Isles and Aegean Sea from Norwegian Gem’s new base in Venice – the first time […]

Hebridean cancels all international cruises

I’ve just heard that the luxury cruise line Hebridean is cancelling all its international services with immediate effect.   The company’s largest vessel – the Hebriden Spirit which travelled worldwide – has been sold, and it appears they are suffering the effects of the recession. They are left with just one ship – the Hebridean […]