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3/27/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy

The ship will be transformed into a new ice-class expedition ship later this year.

3/27/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy


In a ceremony in Paris today, Uniworld christened the latest addition to its fleet, S.S. Joie de Vivre.

The ship’s godmother, Dame Joan Collins, led the ceremony, which included an appearance by Uniworld president and CEO Ellen Bettridge.

After the ceremony, the ship left Paris on its maiden preview cruise through Northern France on the company’s Paris & Normandy itinerary.

S.S. Joie de Vivre’s length—just 125 meters—allows it to dock in Paris, where most ships cannot fit.

It also features two Royal Suites, eight Junior Suites and 54 staterooms, made-to-order Savoir of England beds and marble-lined bathrooms, French-inspired handcrafted furniture, and gilded and wrought-iron accents. There is also a movie theatre and a hydraulic pool, as well as a Salon de Beaux-Arts lounge carrying fine art and antiques. There are two restaurants onboard, Le Restaurant Pigalle and La Cave de Vins, which is designed for private dining and wine pairing. 

3/24/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy


Holland America Line ships will no longer stop in Acapulco, Mexico during scheduled Panama Canal and South American sailings because of security concerns.

The cruise line was scheduled to make eight calls to Acapulco through 2018, but will instead stop at other Mexican ports.

The U.S. State Department included Acapulco in a travel warning from December, writing that Guerrero, the state that includes Acapulco, “was the most violent state in Mexico in 2015 for the third year in a row.”

Global Affairs Canada advised its citizens against non-essential travel to Guerrero earlier this month, as well, “due to the high levels of violence and organized crime.”

3/23/2017  |  by Donna Tunney

The Yacht Club, The Haven, The Retreat focus on the upscale customer, and more news from Celebrity.

3/23/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy

With Meraviglia and Seaside set to debut in 2017, MSC is giving guests more dining choices than ever before.

3/23/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy

A portal, an advisory board, and a water-level guarantee program debut for travel agents, plus goodies for guests on the new Diamond, Sapphire and Eclipse. 

3/23/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy


At a ceremony in Genoa, Italy, Virgin Voyages took another step toward its entry in the industry when it cut steel for its first cruise ship.

Fincantieri shipyard director Paolo Capobianco and Virgin Voyages president and CEO Tom McAlpin were both on hand for the ceremony, which included an appearance from Virgin CEO Richard Branson on a prerecorded video.

McAlpin called the occasion not just a step toward a cruise ship, but one aimed at “building a whole new brand.”

The 110,000 ton ship is scheduled for delivery in 2020. It will sail seven-night Caribbean itineraries out of Miami. Two more ships are in the works from Virgin and are expected to hit the waters in 2021 and 2022.

3/22/2017  |  by Donna Tunney

For some luxury vacationers, a river cruise ship is too small; for others, it's too big. For clients in the latter group, there's another option.

3/21/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy

Changes impact all sailings starting April 1.

3/20/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy

 New sailings and fresh ports of calls are on tap for the 2017 season.