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5/25/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy

Booking opens this week for ms Veendam sailings in December.

5/25/2017  |  by Marilee Crocker

Shared ownership between Travel Leaders Group and AmaWaterways raises questions about who will benefit and who might be disadvantaged, as well as about the long-term game plan of the investment firm Certares.

5/24/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy

Booking opens this week for ms Veendam sailings in December.

5/24/2017  |  by Maria Lisella

Poseidon Expeditions’ polar cruising star, the all-suite, 114-passenger M/v Sea Spirit, has repositioned to Nuuk, Greenland, to begin her 2017 Arctic season, following a $2.5 million-plus refurbishment of all 54 guest suites during a recent dry dock in Vigo, Spain.

This was the final phase of a full-ship refurbishment that began two years ago with restoration of the ship’s public areas. Sea Spirit sailed originally as the Renaissance IV, then worldwide and in Alaska as the popular Spirit of Oceanus. She underwent technical improvements for polar cruising in 2010. Since then as Sea Spirit she has been providing polar adventure cruises in both the Arctic and Antarctic environments.

Poseidon Expeditions will again offer a wide range of Arctic cruises aboard the Sea Spirit, including a first-ever Voyage to The Arctic expedition, June 17-29, that explores Iceland’s northern fjords and travels along the Arctic Circle to the Norwegian coast where a number of stops are planned before proceeding north to Bear Island and the Spitsbergen Archipelago. Remote Franz Josef Land in the Russian High Arctic will also be explored on an Aug. 14-29 voyage.

5/23/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy


Windstar Cruises will sail eight new North Europe itineraries and 12 new Mediterranean in 2018.

Windstar president John Delaney called the new sailings, which will run April through October, “the latest development in response to our growing customer demand.”

The new sailings include journeys into downtown London near the Tower of London, through the narrow Trollfjord to the Lofoten Islands and a stop at San Remo on Italy’s Riviera of Flowers. In total, the schedule includes 26 new European ports, bringing Windstar’s global number of maiden ports to 93 for 2018.

All itineraries are sailed on one of Windstar’s three all-suite power yachts, which Windstar says are “perfectly suited to sailing into smaller harbors and fjords, scenic coastal cruising, and traversing larger distances at higher speeds.”

5/22/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy

The program will help relieve worries about planning a vacation far in advance.

5/19/2017  |  by Maria Lisella


Australis, a small ship ocean cruise line known for its Charles Darwin routes in Chile and Argentina,  has announced its new ship, Ventus Australis will begin expedition cruises January 2, 2018, in remote Patagonia. It is now available for booking. 

Ventus Australis, Latin for "Southern Wind,”  will have 100 cabins, accommodating 210 passengers. The Ventus Australis will follow the path of Charles Darwin on his first voyage to the Americas, before he went to the Galapagos. All-inclusive rates of an Australis cruise start at $1,440 per person, double. 

5/19/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy

Both ships will be updated during drydocks over the next two years.

5/17/2017  |  by Richard D’Ambrosio

New incentives designed to help agents grow their group sales come to market.

5/17/2017  |  by Maria Lisella

It has been a busy season for river cruise line, Emerald Waterways that has accepted delivery of three new Star-Ships—Destiny, Liberté, and Radiance—bringing its total fleet to seven.

The 186-passenger Emerald Destiny was christened on May 9 in Vienna by Godmother Coleen Christie, a well-known Cana

dian broadcaster.

Destiny is the river cruise line’s fifth ship to sail through the heart of Europe on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.

Emerald Liberté was custom-built to sail France’s Rhône and Saône, as part of the new Sensations of Southern France itinerary, from Lyon to Avignon.

The sleek Emerald Radiance, sailing round trip from Porto, Portugal, has a serenity pool on the Sun Deck that is perfect for making the most of the Portuguese sun, as it sails on the Secrets of the Douro cruise.