Category: Cruises & Boat Travel

Norwegian Cruise Line to launch mega-ships

Miami-based NCL  has reached a $2.8 billion deal with Aker Yards of France to build two new ships and possibly a third with the capacity for carrying up to 4,900 passengers each. The deal is the biggest in NCL’s history and marks a major step forward in its efforts to upgrade its fleet amid fierce […]

Gleneagles Silversea Weekend

Gleneagles Silversea Weekend

Arrive to a legendary Caledonian welcome with this year’s  Gleneagles Silversea Weekend for a memorable house party with a nautical flavour. As guests of Gleneagles and Silversea, you will receive a sought-after invitation to a presentation by Royal jewellers, Mappin & Webb and by the 400-year-old Edinburgh Crystal Glass Company, enjoy a sumptuous black tie […]

Another refurbishment in store for Crystal Symphony

Another refurbishment in store for Crystal Symphony

Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony is to get a makeover. The luxurious, 50,000-ton, 6-star vessel will have $23 million to make it even more extravagant than before. The transformation will see changes to the staterooms, the Tiffany deck, and to clubs and casinos. Completion is expected two weeks before the liner’s next departure date of 12th […]

Generous Silver Sailing savings from Silversea Cruises

Generous Silver Sailing savings from Silversea Cruises

Silversea Cruises has begun offering its Silver Sailing savings incentives  giving  the opportunity  for passengers to save up to 50% on a special selection of South Pacific and Southeast Asia voyages in 2007.  The best savings are to be found on the Vista, Veranda and Midship Veranda Suites – the line’s most popular categories. For […]

Opportunity to cruise Tahiti for less aboard Radisson's Paul Gaughin

Opportunity to cruise Tahiti for less aboard Radisson’s Paul Gaughin

SmartCruiser.com is offering a unique luxury cruise deal to Tahiti & French Polynesia, giving you the opportunity  to discover some of the most scenic wonders of the world aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises (formerly Radisson Seven Seas Cruises) six-star cruise ship, the Paul Gauguin. From only $1795 per person, you can enjoy seven balmy days […]

Seadoo Seascooter GTI

Seadoo Seascooter GTI

The Seadoo Seascooter GTI is a big performer in a tiny package. It delivers thrust for a speed of up to 2.5mph/4km/h, down to 100ft./30m depth. The GTI is light enough to carry in one hand (it weighs just 18lbs/8.4KG including battery), making beach diving with a DPV a reality and snorkeling a dream. It […]

Azimut Yachts leading the way

Azimut Yachts leading the way

It seems that the Italians are leading the way in the luxury yachting world.   And Azimut Yachts is a case in point. This company manufactures boats with generously proportioned windows enabling those on board to view almost to water level. Their boats also tend to have bold designs, often with a retractable roof on […]

Mustang Sally superyacht

Mustang Sally superyacht

With more than just a hint of the  ‘bigger is better’ mentality, the New Orleans  company Trinity Yachts have constructed the Mustang Sally, a luxury superyacht measuring almost 50 metres in length. With its aluminium hull, three decks and over 1,440 square metres of living boats, this boat is capable of accommodating 10 guests plus […]

Holidays for Couples Readers' Choice Awards 2006

Holidays for Couples Readers’ Choice Awards 2006

The Australian magazine Holidays for Couples has unveiled the winners of its Readers’ Choice Awards for 2006. Here’s a summary of the gold award winners: Best Hotel/Resort South East Asia: Conrad Bali Resort & Spa, Indonesia Best Hotel/Resort Indian Ocean: Angsana Resort & Spa Maldives Ihuru, Maldives Best Hotel/Resort Pacific Islands: Sofitel Fiji Resort & […]

Crown Princess is given OK to sail

Crown Princess is given OK to sail

The Crown Princess which experienced problems earlier this week when it suddenly listed 16 to 18 degrees, has been given clearance from the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Transportation Safety Board and British flag authorities to sail. A revised seven-day sailing that will call in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos and Bermuda, and not in […]

The $100 million Maltese Falcon

The $100 million Maltese Falcon

The 87.5 metre long Maltese Falcon, which set sail from Italy on Friday, is a $100 million yacht from venture capitalist Tom Perkins. With three masts towering  57 metres  above the deck, all of which can rotate to maximize speed and aerodynamics (a concept called the DynaRig), this amazing boat can stake a claim to […]

Dozens hurt on Crown Princess

Dozens hurt on Crown Princess

It’s not proving to be a good week for Princess Cruises. Having just completed a nine-day Western Caribbean cruise, the Crown Princess  experienced a steering problem yesterday whilst heading out of Port Canaveral, Florida, throwing both passengers and crew to the deck.   The ship went on its maiden voyage only last month. More than […]

London gets solar-powered ferry

London gets solar-powered ferry

Hailed as the most technologically advanced passenger boat in the UK, the Serpentine Solar Shuttle made its first journey on a lake in Hyde Park yesterday. The boat cost $421,000 to build, is made entirely of stainless steel and carry 42 passengers at a leisurely speed of 8 kms (5 miles) per hour. With Britain […]

Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2006

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2006

Travel + Leisure have announced their World’s Best Awards for 2006.   There’s an awful lot more detail than I can do justice to with one blog entry, so here’s a very quick summary. World’s Best Hotel 1 Singita Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa   97.56 2 Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan […]

118 WallyPower superyacht

118 WallyPower superyacht

The spacious 118 WallyPower is a high-performance superyacht from the Italian company, Wally. This distinctive-looking boat can sleep 6 guests (plus a crew of 6)  and has the ability to cruise at speeds of up to 60 knots, not only in flat seas but also in choppier conditions, thanks to a deep V at the […]

A year of island hopping: March

A year of island hopping: March

This is post three  of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For March, the following are recommended: Benguerra, Mozambique: Benguerra Lodge Bermuda: Fairmont Southampston Dominica Maldives: Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa Rangali Island and […]