Holland America Cruise Ship Rescues Distressed Sailors

On Saturday, May 4, at 6:50 p.m. (UTC-2), ms Nieuw Amsterdam received a call from the U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center at Norfolk, Va., regarding a mayday signal it had received from sailing yacht Embla, which was disabled and adrift. Nieuw Amsterdam immediately diverted from its course and arrived on the scene at 9 p.m. local time. The cruise […]

Celebrity Constellation Wraps Up ‘Solsticizing’ Efforts

The Solsticizing is almost all complete. Celebrity Constellation entered a scheduled dry dock period on Wednesday to add the full complement of Solstice Class-inspired features and attributes guests love. In 2010, Celebrity Constellation got a mini-Solstice makeover, followed by the full Solsticizing for the rest of the Millennium class ships. Now, Celebrity Constellation is back […]

Holland America Invites You To Circumnavigate The World

Want to travel around the world – five continents and thirty eight countries – it’s possible to do it next January. For 113-days, Holland America’s 1,380-guest ms Amsterdam will circumnavigate the globe – stopping at 38 ports along five continents. For guests who want to take part in this annual tradition but have less time […]

10 Reasons to Sail a Viking Longship

A couple years ago Viking River Cruises released a ship concept that would revolutionize river cruising – forever. The name of these new ships – Viking Longships – and they would pave the way to sleeker river cruising. When I first thought of taking a river cruise I thought it was for a much older […]

Celebrity Reflection Starts Sea Trials

Celebrity Cruises’ 3,030-guest Celebrity Reflection has officially left the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany and headed for sea trials in the North Sea. Thousands of on lookers lined the banks of Ems River to watch the vessel sail backwards for about 10 hours. Preparations for the transit – known as “the conveyance” – include removing […]

Celebrity Reflection Floated Out, Prepares for Sea Trials

She floats! Celebrity Cruises’ fifth and final Solstice-class ship Celebrity Reflection touched the water for the first time this morning at Meyer Werft shipward in Papenburg, Germany. She was floated in front of shore-side onlookers and folks logged on around the world to the shipyard’s webcam. The dry dock bay was flooded with water until […]

Holland America Rolls Out New Itineraries for 2013 European Season

Next summer Holland America will deploy seven ships to Europe that’ll feature seven unique ports of call. The seven ships sailing on more than 53 unique European itineraries — ms Eurodam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Noordam, ms Prinsendam, ms Rotterdam, ms Ryndam and ms Veendam — will cruise throughout the region on 107 departures that […]

See-through shower a big hit for Celebrity Cruises

After revealing in April that the “Reflection Suite” on Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Reflection will feature an all-glass shower extending out over the edge of the ship, the modern luxury brand has received so much interest that it has released renderings of the intriguing space. Nestled in the highly desirable corner location of the ship’s 14th […]

Holland America increases sailings and guest capacity in Alaska 2013

For the 2013 Alaska cruise season, Holland America is adding more departures and more guests than previous years. Although they line will still have seven ships in the region, as 2012, the ms Amsterdam will double departures on new seven-night roundtrip sailings out of Vancouver. This results in an increase in guest capacity of 6.5 […]

Viking River Cruises orders two more longships for 2013, 14 total

Viking River Cruises yesterday announced it has placed an order for two additional Viking Longships in 2013. This brings the number of new ships launching next year to eight – an industry first – and a total of 14 new Viking Longships over a two year period. “As the fastest-growing segment of travel, river cruising […]