Category: Cruises & Boat Travel

Yangtze River cruises

Yangtze River cruises

In its third year in China, Viking River Cruises is swapping ships on its Yangtze River cruise tour series, adding a third ship while pulling out its earliest entry. Joining its twin sister ship, the Viking Century Sky, is the 306-passenger Viking Century Sun, which is replacing the 186-passenger Viking Century Star. According to Viking, […]

Brobdingnagian cruise ship

Brobdingnagian cruise ship

Mega Crown International Cruise Lines, LLP have surprised the cruise industry with the launch of the first of a new fleet of Extreme-Ultra-Mega cruise ships. Much to the amazement of others, their new ship, called Brobdingnagian,  has been  built in secret over the past six years at the Yatzmar Shipyards hidden deep within Kyrgyzstan. The […]

Royal Caribbean Cruise Planner

Royal Caribbean Cruise Planner

Yesterday, I mentioned Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas website, and today I’ve stumbled upon another great site of their’s. The Royal Caribbean Cruise Planner, put together by IQ Interactive, presents you with a wallet-like interface from which you can “pull out” individual items (eg. a postcard from Alaska) or “unzip” a compartment to access […]

Carnival Freedom prepares for the Mediterranean

Carnival Freedom prepares for the Mediterranean

Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest ship, Carnival Freedom, will debut the line’s first-ever itinerary to the Greek Isles and Turkey as well as spectacular Mediterranean voyages. The luxury 110,000-ton vessel will commence its first season in March 2007 with a series of seven 12-day Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruises. Carnival Freedom will also sail a total […]

Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas website

Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas website

Royal Caribbean have come up with a truly great website for their 3,600-passenger Freedom of the Seas vessel. It gives you a fascinating insight, with sections devoted to The Centrum, The Rockwall, Presidential Family Suite, The Flowrider, H2O Zone, and much, much more. The ship will be the world’s largest cruise vessel when it makes […]

New 148-foot expedition boat from Timmerman Yachts

New 148-foot expedition boat from Timmerman Yachts

Timmerman Yachts has unveiled its plans to build a new luxury 148-yacht capable of navigating the seas of the Arctic and Antarctic. This ocean-going  vessel is the flag carrier of the Timmerman collection. Its range allows it not only to cross the Atlantic Ocean but also to sail around the world with only five refueling […]

Norwegian Cruise Line leads the way in on-board dining

It used to be the case on cruise ships that strangers were thrown together randomly at dinner times in a huge dining room and were expected to make do with one another’s company. This has now changed – markedly. Not only is there flexibility in dining times, but the variety of quality of dining is […]

World's biggest cruise ship

World’s biggest cruise ship

I bet you thought the Queen Mary II – at 151,400 tons –  was a big ship. Not satisfied with the 160,000-ton Freedom of the Seas which is due in June, Royal Caribbean, the world’s second largest cruise operator,  has just ordered the world’s largest ship. This $1.24bn monster, dubbed Project Genesis,  will be 220,000 […]

Noordam leaves Venice for New York

Noordam leaves Venice for New York

Holland America Line‘s Noordam  has left  its Venice shipyard today, bound for its new home in New York where it will be christened on 22nd February 2006 by actress and godmother Marlee Matlin. The ship will then embark on its maiden voyage in the Caribbean. This is the fourth and last of Holland America’s Vista-class […]

Boost for Dubai Cruise Terminal

Boost for Dubai Cruise Terminal

Costa Crociere SpA, the leading cruise operator in Europe, will be offering cruises with departures from Dubai Cruise Terminal  starting from December 2006. The move by the  Italian group which operates the brands AIDA Cruises and Costa Crociere followed a series of official meetings in Dubai. The new cruises will be offered through the 2006/2007 […]

Queen Mary 2 protest

Queen Mary 2 protest

Some passengers on the Queen Mary 2 are threatening a sit-in when the cruise ship reaches port in Brazil to protest a last-minute change in itinerary. The world’s largest and most expensive ocean liner left New York on 15th January 2006 and was scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on 22nd February 2006. Carrying more […]

Kelly Brook and Billy Zane honeymoon

Kelly Brook and Billy Zane honeymoon

Kelly Brook and fiance Billy Zane are planning their dream honeymoon. They are due to marry in Greece later this year and expected to sail on a luxury yacht around the Western Isles of Scotland for their honeymoon. It is thought that Kelly fell in love with Scotland after attending Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s wedding […]

Super Spas 2006

Super Spas 2006

Interested in a seaweed wrap or a caviar facial? Forbes has run an article on the special spas for 2006.   Getting a much-deserved mention are: Monart Luxury Destination Spa, Enniscorthy, Ireland Red Mountain Spa, St. George, UT Chiva Som, Hua Hin, Thailand Canyon Ranch, Tucson, AZ and Lenox, MA Cornelia Day Resort, New York […]

Bora Bora Cruises

Bora Bora Cruises

For those who prefer island hopping without unpacking, Bora Bora Cruises‘ 226.4-foot yachts (Tu Moana and Ti’a Moana) offer seven-day luxury cruises to Bora Bora, Huahine, Raitea and Taha’a. Guests can also charter the yachts and determine their own itinerary. There are only 30 spacious cabins with soaring ceilings, large windows, glass-enclosed baths, plasma TVs […]

New Norwegian Cruise Line ships

New Norwegian Cruise Line ships

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has announced the names of its two newest ships: Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Gem, due to be delivered in   February 2007 and October 2007 respectively. Currently under construction at Meyer Werft in Germany, both the new ships will feature all the attributes of NCL`s unique modern Freestyle Cruising fleet with […]

SeaDream I South American itinerary

SeaDream I South American itinerary

The boutique SeaDream I – the world’s highest ranked cruise ship – will be running itineraries in South America from November 2006. The two 9-night itineraries have just been announced by SeaDream Yacht Club and will cover Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.  Be sure to plan ahead if you wish to go on the  February 2007 […]