Majestic Princess Begins Epic Journey

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Princess Cruises and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries Partner to Present Cultural Exchange Program on Voyage from Rome to China

Rome (May 24, 2017) – Princess Cruises, the world’s largest premium cruise line, and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (Friendship Association) officially began Majestic Princess’ journey from Rome to China which will feature a cultural exchange program themed “Telling the Chinese Story along the Silk Road Sea Route.” During the 37-day voyage, performance groups including the Ansai Youth Waist Drum team and the Luochuan Youth Yangge Dance team, the China National Orchestra and the China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater will entertain and educate more than 6,500 guests from more than 40 countries.

Princess Cruises and the Friendship Association held a press briefing and luncheon aboard prior to the ship’s departure. Madam Li Xiaolin, President of the Friendship Association, David Dingle, Chairman of Carnival UK, Roger Chen, Chairman of Carnival Asia and Malcolm Morini, of Rome’s Civitavecchia cruise port, among other officials, attended the event. The Ansai Youth Waist Drum team and the Luochuan Youth Yangge Dance team presented an authentic Shannbei style performance during the sail-away ceremony to celebrate the start of Silk Road Sea Route voyage.

“The Friendship Association aims to enhance international cooperation and promote common development between China and other countries,” said Madame Li, “We continually develop innovative ways to communicate the China story by utilizing more active and engaging programs to present China’s diverse culture along the Sea Silk Road. Our efforts support the economic development of the ‘Belt and Road’ initiatives and boost the cultural communication between countries along the route.”

“Our partnership with The Friendship Association and celebrating Chinese culture reinforces our brand promise to provide authentic international experiences to our guests and reflects our commitment to the China market,” said Anthony Kaufman, executive vice president of international operations, Princess Cruises. “The Chinese market is important to us and we are honored that Majestic Princess, our newest cruise ship which has been tailored for the Chinese market will become a key part of this cross-cultural people to people program between the East and West.”

Majestic Princesswill visit some important Silk Road ports in countries including Greece, United Arab Emirates, India, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia before arriving in its first Chinese port of Xiamen. Majestic Princess will arrive in Xiamen on June 26 and begin her first home-port season in Shanghai on July 11.

In 2018, two 14-day Grand Asia voyages sailing between Shanghai and Singapore on the fleet’s newest ship, will be available to guests throughout the world on Majestic Princess. These sailings will visit Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand, including spending more time ashore on the late night call in Hong Kong. The first voyage departs Shanghai on February 25, 2018, with the second departing Singapore on March 11, 2018.

CHRISTMAS IN EUROPE-Avalon Waterways Delivers with 16 Christmas Cruises for 2018

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See Europe in a Whole New Way

Avalon Waterways Delivers with 16 Christmas Cruises for 2018

LITTLETON, Colorado – May 10, 2017– For those looking for a totally unique way to see and experience Europe, Avalon Waterways is unveiling 16 festive cruises that invite travelers to delight in the sights, smells and tastes of Central Europe’s Christmas markets while sailing Europe’s beautiful waterways.

“Travelers looking to see the world differently will enjoy every moment of our Christmas cruises,” said Terri Burke, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “To cater to the growing popularity of festive cruises, we have increased and expanded our Christmas cruise departures, including offering travelers more diverse itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers from which to choose an extraordinary Christmas getaway.”

For travelers interested in enjoying a very merry Christmas season aboard one of Avalon’s Suite Ships, 2017 offers them a plethora of itineraries – from five (5) to 15 days:

Festive Season on the Romantic Rhine – Northbound (8 days from Zurich to Amsterdam)
Festive Season on the Romantic Rhine – Southbound (8 days from Amsterdam to Basel)
Festive Time on the Blue Danube Discovery (13 days from Budapest to Prague)
Festive Time on the Legendary Danube (11 days from Prague to Budapest)
Christmastime in Alsace & Germany – Southbound (5 days from Frankfurt to Basel)
Christmastime in Alsace & Germany – Northbound (5 days from Zurich to Wiesbaden)
Christmas in the Heart of Germany – Westbound (8 days from Prague to Weisbaden)
Christmas in the Heart of Germany – Eastbound (8 days from Frankfurt to Prague)
Christmastime on the Danube – Westbound (9 days from Vienna to Prague)
Christmastime on the Danube – Eastbound (9 days from Prague to Vienna)
Christmastime Zurich to Prague (12 days from Zurich to Prague)
Christmastime from Prague to Basel (12 days from Prague to Basel)
Christmastime from Frankfurt to Vienna (12 days from Frankfurt to Vienna)
Christmastime from Vienna to Wiesbaden (12 days from Vienna to Wiesbaden)
Grand Christmastime Cruise from Zurich to Vienna (16 days from Zurich to Vienna)
Grand Christmastime Cruise from Vienna to Basel (16 days from Veinna to Basel)

SEE THE WORLD SALES EVENT: Those booking a 2018 river cruise with Avalon Waterways can take advantage of $299 Airfare* or Save Up To $1,500** per couple when booking early.

Viking River Cruises Unveils New Ship design in Egypt

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All-Suite Viking Ra Will Begin Sailing New Nile River Cruisetour in Spring 2018

Los Angeles (May 9, 2017) – Viking River Cruises (www.vikingrivercruises.com) today announced details of the newest addition to its river fleet, Viking Ra™. Recently acquired, the vessel has been stripped down to the steel to undergo a complete renovation that will reflect Viking’s award-winning Scandinavian design. Tailored to an intimate sailing experience for just 48 guests, Viking Ra will sail the Nile River on a new Egypt cruisetour, Pharaohs & Pyramids, that will launch in March 2018.

“Egypt is one of the most intriguing countries in the world, and it remains a top destination for many of our guests,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “For two decades, we have led the industry in river cruising with our innovative ship design and itineraries that bring our guests closer to the cultures of the world. We are committed to Egypt, and with the introduction of Viking Ra, we look forward to providing our award-winning service to our guests on the Nile – and to their experiencing this culturally rich region in the Viking way.”

During the 12-day, Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary, guests will experience Egypt’s cultural treasures in seven destinations. The cruisetour begins with a three-night stay at a first-class hotel in Cairo, where guests can visit iconic sites such as the Great Pyramids of Giza, the new Grand Egyptian Museum and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Guests will then fly to Luxor, where they will visit the Temples of Luxor and Karnak before boarding Viking Ra for a 8-day roundtrip cruise on the Nile River to Aswan, featuring Privileged Access to the tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens and excursions to the Temple of Khnum in Esna, the Dendera Temple complex in Qena, and a visit to a colorful Nubian village where guests can experience a traditional elementary school. Finally, the journey concludes with a flight back to Cairo for a final night in the historic city.

Viking Ra Designed for Destination Cruising

The newly rebuilt, all-suite Viking Ra will boast 24 staterooms that will exclusively accommodate 48 Viking guests for an intimate cruising experience. Named in honor of the Egyptian sun god Ra, Viking Ra’s name also pays homage to the great Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his papyrus-reed boats Ra and Ra II. Designed by experienced nautical architects and engineers, including the same interior design team responsible for the award-winning fleet of Viking Longships®,Viking Ra will be a state-of-the art ship with the clean, elegant Scandinavian design for which Viking is known blended with local influences like traditional geometric Arabic patterns and terrazzo floors. Viking Ra will help guests immerse themselves in local surroundings and will feature:

 

  • All Suite Staterooms: The ship features three suite stateroom categories, each of 291 sq. ft., including 20 Veranda Suites with a full-size veranda in the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom. All staterooms include premium amenities such as a hotel-style bed, luxury linens, sofa, private bathroom with shower, air conditioning and flat-screen TVs.
  • Pool and Two Jacuzzis: In addition to two Jacuzzis, the ship features a pool at the back of the ship, allowing guests to swim surrounded by their destination. A sanctuary from the sun is provided by sculptural “sail-shades” inspired by local dhow ships and intricate mashrabiya-influenced screens surrounding the Pool and Sun Deck.
  • Spa: Specifically designed for Viking Ra, guests can relax in The Spa offering massage services and a variety of treatments.
  • Onboard Dining, Bar and Lounge: Dine in The Restaurant, which serves three full meals and a selection of regional and international fare, then head to the clinker-built bar to share a cocktail with friends. During the day, guests can enjoy The Lounge to relax, take in the views through floor-to-ceiling glass doors or hear an informative discussion on the next destination.
  • Enriching Entertainment: Connecting guests to their destinations through authentic experiences is central to Viking’s “thinking person’s cruise.” Instead of casinos and water slides, guests are offered Viking’s Culture Curriculum®, which includes a Nubian evening event on board and a local experience riding a camel. Additionally, Viking’s expert Egyptologist leads all excursions, sharing the archaeological and historical significance of the sites.The Viking DifferenceThe Viking Difference provides guests with extraordinarily well-designed cruises that bring them closer to the cultures of the world. Itineraries are designed for maximum time in port, often with late evenings or overnights, so guests can experience local culture at night or evening performances. And only The Viking Way brings guests itineraries that feature Local Life, Working World and Privileged Access experiences.

Holland America Line Introduces new Beverage Packages

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Guests also save by booking Signature Beverage Package online before sailing

Seattle, Wash., April 24, 2017 — Holland America Line has introduced a new Elite Beverage Package for guests that features premium beverage selections. With this new package, guests may now also enjoy libations from Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff’s collection of unique, classic cocktails, such as The Ritz Cocktail, The Hemingway Daiquiri and Midnight Sun, his latest masterpiece created to celebrate Holland America Line’s 70th year of exploring Alaska.

“For many guests, there’s nothing better than relaxing with a handcrafted cocktail before dinner or after a long day of exploring in a port of call,” said Orlando Ashford, president, Holland America Line. “Our various beverage packages offer an array of choices and are a great value as well as a convenient way to enjoy this aspect of the cruise experience.”

The Elite Beverage Package features any premium spirits, cocktails, wines, beers, coffees, nonalcoholic beverages, bottled water and sodas up to a value of $15 each. On ms Koningsdam, the package also includes the Coca-Cola Freestyle program, where guests can enjoy more than 100 unique Coca-Cola flavors. The price for the Elite Beverage Package is $54.95 per person, per day.

Holland America Line has also introduced discounted pricing for its existing Signature Beverage Package, where guests save five dollars when they purchase the package online for $44.95 per person, per day, before their cruise; the same package when purchased aboard ship is priced at $49.95 per person, per day. The Signature Beverage Package includes standard selections of wine, beer, spirits, sodas, coffees and cocktails up to a value of $8 each.

In addition to the Elite and Signature beverage packages, Holland America Line also offers two nonalcoholic beverage options and a Water package.

  • Quench Beverage Package features unlimited nonalcoholic beverages that include any juices, bottled water, nonalcoholic cocktails, nonalcoholic beers and specialty coffees for a price of $17.95 per person, per day.
  • The Coca-Cola Package includes unlimited fountain sodas for $8.00 per person, per day. On ms Koningsdam this package also includes the Coca-Cola Freestyle program with more than 100 unique Coca-Cola flavors.
  • The Water Package offers 12 liter bottles for a price of $32.

Wine enthusiasts will enjoy the Cellar Master Package, consisting of a choice of five wine bottles, a standard and a premium winetasting, one Pinnacle Grill dinner, a wine accessory gift set and a Holland America Line commemorative bottle of wine. Cellar Master Package prices begin at $252 per person.

Beverage Packages Provide Convenience and Value

From that first latte in the morning until a nightcap before retiring to the stateroom, the premium line’s beverage packages and convenient beverage cards give guests the convenience to pay a one-time value-added fee to enjoy a variety of beverages during a cruise.

All beverage packages and cards can be purchased online in advance of sailing or as gifts for other sailing guests. Unless otherwise noted, beverage packages must be purchased for the duration of the cruise and for all occupants of a stateroom. A 15 percent service charge is automatically added to all beverage purchases.

The new package brings the total beverage package options to five, including the Signature Package, Quench Beverage Package, Coca-Cola Package and Cellar Master Package.

 

For more information or book a voyage contact an ILC Cruise Specialist

 

 

Celebrity Chef Massimo Capra Joins The Gauguin for a Culinary-Inspired Voyage

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BELLEVUE, WASH. – April 20, 2017 – Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, is pleased to announce that celebrity Chef Massimo Capra will join The Gauguin’s September 23, 2017, Tahiti & the Society Islands voyage, for a lecture and culinary demonstration, along with meet-and-greet photo opportunities.

Italian native Capra has been delighting food lovers through his fine dining establishments, TV appearances, and award-winning cookbooks. Capra began his culinary career in a famous trattoria near Venice before turning his talents to the hotel industry in northern Italy. In 1982, he relocated to Toronto, Canada, where he began working at a restaurant owned by a family member. From there, he became an acclaimed chef at Prego della Piazza restaurant, where he remained for nine years.

His next venture occurred in 1997, when he joined forces with Paolo Paolini to open Mistura Restaurant of Toronto, offering upscale Italian dining. Sopra Upper Lounge, an exclusive event venue located above Mistura, opened in 2006.

Chef Capra’s culinary empire continued to expand in 2010, when he licensed his name to the famous Rainbow Room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. More recently, he became chef/brand owner of Boccone Trattoria Veloce and Boccone Pronto at Pearson airport in Toronto and of Soprafino Restaurant at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. And last year, he opened Capra’s Kitchen—a casual Italian eatery with a heavy emphasis on pasta, pizza, and antipasto—in his hometown of Mississauga, Ontario.

In addition to his restaurant empire, Chef Capra is also a cookbook author. Three Chefs: The Kitchen Men, which he co-wrote with Michael Bonacini and Jason Parsons, took the gold in the cookbook category of the Canadian Culinary Book Awards (now called Taste Canada—The Food Writing Awards), and he is also the author of One Pot Italian Cooking. He also serves as the food editor for Canadian Home Trends magazine.

And he is a familiar face on Canadian television, serving as the host of his own show, Gourmet Escapes, and as a regular guest expert on the long-running CityLine talk and lifestyle show, chef host of the hit series Restaurant Makeover on the Food Network, and now a judge on the hit show Chopped Canada.

World Cruises 2019

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We invite you to step onboard a World Cruise and experience an epic journey.

World Cruises are experiencing a bit of a renaissance. And what’s not to love?  Amazing itineraries, outstanding value and exclusive benefits.  If a world cruise is on your Must Experience List,  be sure to connect with an ilovecruising.com cruise specialist. The best staterooms sell out quickly and cruise lines offer their best pricing at the time of launch, so important to be ready to book as soon as the World Cruise on the line of your choice is launched.

Here are some of our preferred partners’ World Cruises 2019 offerings.

Silversea World Cruise

San Fransisco to London January 6- May 19, 2019, on board Silver Whisper

Tell your own tale in this 132-day exceptional world cruise sailing. A captivating 52 ports, 31 exceptional countries and 17 overnights will be the setting for this, your greatest story to date.

Benefits of a full Silversea World Cruise:

• Roundtrip Business Class Air from select gateways
• Bon voyage dinner and overnight
• Private transfers
• $4,000 Onboard spending credit (double occupancy)
• Four exclusive world cruise events
• Silversea experiences
• Special commemorative gifts
• Silver shore baggage valet between home and ship in San Francisco and London
• Laundry service
• Unlimited wi-fi
• Medical services
• Visa package**

Oceania Cruises World Cruise

Miami to Miami January 11 – July 11, 2019, on board Insignia

Around the World in 180 days. Perfectly designed for the seasoned traveller that has dreamed of exploring the farthest reaches of our world, this awe-inspiring journey invites you to discover a more profound connection with cultures spanning the globe.

OLife Choice Promotional Fare includes: Bonus Savings, Airfare & Unlimited Internet plus choose one of the below
FREE – 62 Shore Excursions
FREE – Beverage Package
FREE -$6,200 Shipboard Credit
Amenities are per stateroom

Holland America World Voyage

Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale January 22, 2019, to May 16, 2019, on board ms Amsterdam

Ports of call on Grand Voyage cruises are extensive and varied, with extended stays that allow for comparisons of cultures and geography. And onboard activities are wide-ranging and designed to enlighten as well as entertain.

Holland America Grand World Voyage Amenities Include:

Complimentary laundry, dry cleaning and pressing, Categories PS-SB*
Complimentary unlimited In-suite bottled water and soft drinks, Categories PS-SB*

Crystal Cruises World Cruise

Los Angeles to Monte Carol  January 13 – April 8, 2019, on board Serenity

Take a voyage on the wild side to discover the natural wonders of Australia and Africa by way of the South Pacific and Indian Ocean. Crystal’s 2019 World Cruise follows a tropical route deep into the Southern Hemisphere to see kangaroos and wallabies in the Outback, spot lemurs in Madagascar, sight Big Five on safari and search for secrets in the world’s oldest desert.

Crystal World Cruise Amenities:

• $2,000 per person As You Wish Shipboard Credit
• Complimentary chauffeured private car transfers† between the airport to ship and ship to airport
• Excess Luggage Reimbursement of up to $500 per person*
• Guests sailing on a FULL World Cruise enjoy an exclusive Welcome Celebration in Los Angeles, January 13, 2019
• Two exclusive shoreside events
• Special onboard events
• Specially selected gifts
• Complimentary select fine wines, champagne and premium spirits
• Complimentary gratuities for all dining, bar, housekeeping and Penthouse butler staff
• Complimentary evening specialty restaurant dining at least once in Silk Road or The Sushi Bar and at least once in Prego. Additional reservations or visits available for a modest fee** (Additional specialty restaurant dining reservations are complimentary for Full World Cruise guests, on a space-available basis)

This is just a sample of World Cruises available in 2019.  Connect with one of our ILC cruise specialists if you are interested in planning a World Cruise.

SeaDream Yacht Club Announces 2018 Wine Voyages

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-Total of Nine Wine-centric Voyages offered in Caribbean and Mediterranean in 2018-

MIAMI, February 21, 2017 – Continuing its commitment to and enhancing the superbly established level of award-winning culinary experiences, SeaDream Yacht Club announces nine Wine Voyages for the 2018 season. Showcasing the most picturesque yachting ports of the Mediterranean, and Caribbean for 2018, on five-to-ten day sailings, each itinerary pairs the ultimate wine experience with the regions’ most scenic backdrops. Whether a seasoned wine connoisseur or new to learning about and liking wine, these voyages are a perfect occasion for developing a passion and knowledge of wine and cuisine.

Guests onboard these vino-centric sailings will explore the flavors and history from some of the world’s most renowned wineries, as well as several less familiar, but equally notable vineyards. Exclusive wine tastings are followed by the popular Winemaker’s hosted Dinner, where SeaDream’s Executive Chef’s degustation menu is complemented with top cuvees from the visiting Winemaker. A different selection of wines will be offered for the Winemaker’s Dinner, an evening unique to the Wine Voyages; an unforgettable culinary experience that is incomparable to other wine cruises.

“We are eager to announce the 2018 Wine Voyages, offering our guests enhanced culinary experiences they have come to expect from SeaDream,” shares SeaDream Yacht Club President Bob Lepisto. “With newly unveiled additions, we hope to welcome new travelers as well as familiar faces onboard.”

Two new wine sailings in the Caribbean, which will bookend the 2018 wine voyage season, have been added as well as a unique land adventure in the Mediterranean of truffle hunting in the Italian forests of Castello Delle Regine followed by a delicious meal with the “catch of the day” paired with exquisite wines from the vineyard. Guests onboard the Mediterranean wine voyages will also have the pleasure of meeting Clovis Taittinger, whose family is recognized worldwide for producing some of the finest champagnes available and is notably one of the last remaining family-owned and operated champagne houses. Andrea Mullineux, South African winemaker and Swartland revolutionary who was recently named “Winemaker of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast, will also be onboard for wine tastings and the Winemaker’s Dinner. In 2018, SeaDream will be honored with the presence of Angelo Gaja of Gaja Winery, an Italian wine producer from the Piemonte region whose history and legacy started over 150 years ago.

Below is a full listing of SeaDream’s 2018 Wine Voyage itineraries:
· Bridgetown, Barbados to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, departing January 13 – January 20, 2018. Seven days including boutique ports of Mayreau, Port Elizabeth, Le Marin, Deshaies, Saba, and Gustavia.

· Nice, France to Civitavecchia (Rome), departing May 12 – May 19, 2018. Seven days calling on Villefranche-sur-Mer, Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Portofino, Portoferraio (Elba) and Porto Ercole.

· Monte Carlo round trip, departing May 28 – June 2, 2018. Five days including ports of San Remo, Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Calvi and Corsica.

· Civatavecchia (Rome) to Venice, departing June 16 – June 26, 2018. Ten days including boutique ports of Capri, Amalfi overnight, Taormina (Sicily), Kotor (Montenegro), Dubrovnik, Korcula and Hvar.

· Athens (Piraeus) to Civitavecchia (Rome), departing August 4 – August 11, 2018. Seven days calling on Hydra, Monemvasia, Elafonisos Island, Taormina (Sicily) and Capri.

· Civitavecchia (Rome) to Athens (Piraeus), departing September 1 – September 8, 2018. Seven days including ports of Capri, Positano, Amalfi, Taormina (Sicily), Itea (Delphi), Corinth Canal (Transit) and Hydra.

· Civitavecchia (Rome) to Nice, France, departing October 6 – October 13, 2018. Seven days including boutique ports of Porto Ercole, Portoferraio (Elba), Livorno (for Florence), Portovenere, Portofino, and Monte Carlo.

· Barcelona to Malaga, departing October 20 – October 27, 2018. Seven days including ports of Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Cartagena, Puerto Banus and Gibraltar.

· Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas roundtrip, departing November 17 – November 24, 2018. Seven days calling on Cruz Bay (St. John), Sandy Ground (Anguilla), Gustavia, Spanish Town and North Sound (Virgin Gorda), Soper’s Hole (Tortola), Norman Island and White Bay (Jost van Dyke).

On all SeaDream voyages, bar drinks and selected wine are complimentary. Wine packages by-the-glass during Winemaker’s dinner and Wine Land Adventures are offered for an additional cost. During the Wine Voyages, a representative from the visiting winery will be present, to host the scheduled wine tastings and the Winemaker’s Dinner.
SeaDream Yacht Club 2018 voyages begin at $5,900 per person based on double occupancy. The inclusive fare includes ocean view accommodations, gourmet meals, gratuities, wine with lunch and dinner and so much more.

Intimate, Magical Unparalleled – New one of a kind experience in the Galapagos

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Newly upgraded Celebrity Xploration will offer escapes in one of the natural wonders of the world

Magnificent views, pristine environments and pre-historic iguanas and blue-footed boobies are just a few things you’ll find when sailing the Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Cruises. Bookable now for sailings beginning March 25, 2017, adventure seekers will be able to sail onboard the beautiful Celebrity Xploration, experiencing the Galapagos Islands through a modern luxury lens. Following its recent upgrade, which was completed on Oct. 16, 2016, the state-of-the-art, 16-guest intimate catamaran emerged from drydock equipped with Celebrity’s signature services and amenities and will offer two alternating, unique itineraries. This is the Celebrity Distinction.

Guests can now select accommodations in one of the beautiful, catamaran-style ship’s eight luxurious staterooms and junior suites; each offering memorable views as well as upgraded premium mattresses and pillows, plush bedding, LCD TVs and internet service. Newly upgraded public areas include a vast, refreshed bar in the Al Fresco outdoor grill area; modernized, sophisticated dining room; climate controlled wine storage for each varietal; revitalized sun deck; and renovated main lounge and boutique area featuring two 65-inch TVs.

“A distinct unparalleled, all-inclusive experience like the Galapagos journey warrants a uniquely intimate ship, and that’s Celebrity Xploration. The ship’s design and layout highlights stunning views, and while our guests are taking in those breathtaking views, they will also enjoy a best-in-class, modern luxury experience,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “This ship is also perfect for multi-generational families or those looking to charter a sailing for a life changing vacation.”

Explore the natural wonders of the Galapagos onboard this intimate ship. As part of the truly all-inclusive Galapagos experience, all Celebrity Xploration cruises will offer enthralling shore excursions led by expert naturalists and feature fresh regional seafood and fish with menus inspired by Celebrity’s Michelin-starred chef. In addition, guests will also enjoy regional coffee, spirits, chocolate and other delights, all provided by the best staff at sea. There is truly something for everybody onboard.

 

For more information on Celebrity’s incredible experiences in the Galapagos Islands or to book travel now, connect with an ILC cruise specialist who can help plan the ultimate dream vacation.

Disney Cruise Line Expands Marvel Day at Sea to Select Disney Magic Sailings from Miami in 2018

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New experiences unveiled in lineup of immersive entertainment

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2017) – In 2018, Disney Cruise Line guests will celebrate Marvel Day at Sea on the Disney Magic during eight special voyages from Miami departing January through April. The new Marvel Day at Sea voyages from Miami follow the premiere of the epic event on seven special sailings from New York City in the fall of 2017. New character interactions and an immersive show with Doctor Strange take center stage in the lineup of entertainment throughout the day-long celebration on all Marvel Day at Sea cruises.

Marvel Day at Sea combines the thrills of renowned Marvel comics, films and animated series, the excitement of a Disney Cruise to summon everyone’s inner Super Hero for the adventures that lie ahead during this unforgettable day at sea.

The event features exclusive character interactions, including the debut of Black Panther and Loki as part of a Disney vacation experience. Marvel Day at Sea also marks the first official appearance of Iron Man on a Disney Cruise Line ship.

In the Walt Disney Theatre, a spell-binding new show featuring Doctor Strange will keep families on the edge of their seats. Doctor Strange will showcase his journey from doubter to practitioner as he demonstrates the power of the mystic arts. The show concludes with an epic battle where guests must help Doctor Strange against the Dark Dimension.

Occurring on one action-packed day during each of the special Disney Magic sailings, Marvel Day at Sea transports guests to a new realm of possibilities when the Marvel Universe assembles on the ship. The event features all-day entertainment including interactions with some of the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes and the menacing foes who oppose them, an extraordinary deck party, Marvel-themed youth activities, special merchandise and unique food and beverage offerings.

Also featured are exclusive at-sea screenings of fan-favorite films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe including the newest theatrical releases, as well as viewings of the Disney XD shows: Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Marvel Day at Sea hosts an awesome mix of immersive entertainment that is sure to empower guests to unlock their hidden superhuman abilities as they assemble their own Super Hero community onboard the Disney Magic on this very special day. Highlights include:

Unleash Your Inner Super Hero during the Ultimate Day at Sea

  • Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Black Panther, Loki and other Marvel Universe Super Heroes and Villains are onboard for scheduled interactions and photos.
  • During an immersive show in the Walt Disney Theatre, Doctor Strange demonstrates the power of the mystic arts and enlists guests in an epic battle against the Dark Dimension.
  • A brand-new spectacular party fills the upper deck with music, dancing and games.
  • The deck party culminates in a stunning display of themed pyrotechnics, lighting, sound effects and the largest collection of Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains ever assembled on a cruise ship.
  • Kids and families summon their Marvel knowledge and enjoy friendly competition during trivia games, covering courageous heroes and fun facts from the Marvel Universe.
  • For young heroes-in-training, Marvel-themed games, activities and arts and crafts will be offered throughout the day in the Marvel’s Avengers Academy in the Oceaneer Club.

The new 2018 Marvel Day at Sea sailings depart from Miami on Jan. 7, 21; Feb. 4, 18; March 18; April 1, 15 and 29. The five-night cruises include a stop at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay and either Cozumel, Mexico, or Grand Cayman.

Marvel Day at Sea from New York will be on seven- and eight-night Disney Magic Bahamian cruises departing on Oct. 6, 14, 28; Nov. 4, 11 and 18, 2017. All will include a stop at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral, Fla., with a day at the Walt Disney World Resort. Marvel Day at Sea will be on one seven-night Canadian Coast cruise departing from New York on Oct. 21, 2017, with stops at Charlottetown, Sydney and Halifax.