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Fun fact: The Dining Rom restaurant on the ms Koningsdam is shaped the inside of a violin.

What’s New with Holland America Line for 2017 and Beyond

At a press event during this year's Seatrade Cruise Global conference and trade show, Holland America Line’s president Orlando Ashford highlighted some of the exciting news coming from the line. 
Sundeck on the Celebrity Edge.

Celebrity Edge Reimagines the Cruising Experience

This week, Celebrity Cruises’ president and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain revealed designs for the cruise lines’ first new ship class in 10 years and first new ship in six years.
Aqua Expeditions guests have the opportunity to sail with conservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau during 7-night cruises on the Mekong and Amazon rivers. (Photo credit: Carrie Vonderhaar/Ocean Futures Society)

Jean-Michel Cousteau Hosts Aqua Expeditions Sailings

Aqua Expeditions has partnered with conservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau to launch a series of 7-night cruises on the Mekong and Amazon rivers in 2017 and 2018.
The American Queen Steamboat Company’s new 2018 brochure features a full overview of itineraries and river cruise offerings for its seventh season. 

American Queen Steamboat Company Releases 2018 Brochure

In the American Queen Steamboat Company’s (AQSC) recently released 2018 brochure, travel agents can find a full overview of itineraries and river cruise offerings for the seventh season of the U.S.-flagged cruise line and its American Queen, American Empress and new American Duchess luxury riverboats.
Oceania Cruises is bringing the flavors and heritage of traditional Cuban cooking on board all Cuba sailings. 

Eat, Drink, Sail: Food- and Wine-Themed Cruises

Sip and savor the flavors of Europe, Cuba and the Pacific Northwest on one of these tantalizing culinary- or wine-themed sailings.
Couple kayaking in Admiralty Island. (State of Alaska/Reinhard Pantke)

Visiting Alaska by Sea

As of press time, the official stats weren’t in, but visitor numbers in total to Alaska for 2016 are...
Hurtigruten’s Roald Amundsen will debut in 2018.

Environment–Top of Mind

For well-traveled and environmentally conscious families who’ve been there, done that, Hurtigruten’s new hybrid vessels should be at the top of your recommendation list.
The Marvel Day at Sea on board Disney ships will debut this fall.

Sailing the High Seas, Family-Style

A look at the 2017 crop of seagoing vessels reveals such a wave-making bounty of family-friendly features that your clients likely can’t resist the urge to round up the tribe and set sail.
Fusterlandia, an arts complex in Havana.

Globetrotting: Cuba, Celestyal-Style

Celestyal Crystal circumnavigates Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean, so passengers get to experience Santiago, the former capital and the seat of the revolution, near the eastern tip of the island, as well as Trinidad and Havana, in the west of Cuba.
UnCruise Adventures offers itineraries in Central America.

Beyond Alaska

UnCruise Adventures, with eight ships that range in size from 22 to 88 passengers, recently debuted the remodeled 62-passenger Safari Voyager.
European Waterways new 12-passenger Spirit of Scotland luxury hotel barge will cruise through the heart of the Scottish Highlands beginning June 4, 2017. 

European Waterways Announces New Luxury Hotel Barge for Scotland

European Waterways has announced the arrival of its new 12-passenger Spirit of Scotland luxury hotel barge.
Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Splendor will offer a 14-day Alaskan cruise roundtrip from Long Beach, California next year.

Carnival Splendor Charts Course for Alaska

In 2018, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Splendor will offer a 14-day Alaskan cruise roundtrip from Long Beach, California.
American Cruise Lines offers over 35 exciting cruise options across the U.S.

American Cruise Lines Sails the U.S. Waterways

With over 35 exciting cruise options across the United States, American Cruise Lines offers the travel experience of a lifetime on our nation’s greatest waterways.
Windstar Cruises is offering a special food and wine themed cruise hosted by chef, restaurateur, and author Hugh Acheson, that visits Porto, Portugal.

Windstar Cruises Named Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation

Windstar Cruises has been named the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation.
Azamara Club Cruises will start sailing to Cuba next month.

Engaging Voyages

Like a good book, the cruise itineraries we’ve rounded up below are definite page-turners, and getting to the final chapter is always bittersweet.
Windstar Cruises has announced its plans to return to Alaska in spring/summer 2018 on board the Star Legend.

Windstar Cruises Returns to Alaska

Windstar Cruises has announced its plans to return to Alaska in spring/summer 2018, following two decades of inactivity in the region.
Disney Cruise Line’s popular “Star Wars” Day at Sea will return with 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings next year.

Star Wars Day at Sea 2018

In 2018, Disney Cruise Line’s popular “Star Wars” Day at Sea will return with 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings to the Caribbean from January through April.
The tropical Okinawa islands.

Cruise Okinawa, Japan

Live it up island style in Japan’s tropical paradise.
Carnival Corporation's new wearable cruise technology Ocean Medallion will debut Nov. 13, 2017, onboard Regal Princess.

Carnival Debuts Wearable Technology on Princess

During his opening keynote at CES 2017, Carnival Corporation’s CEO Arnold Donald unveiled The Ocean Medallion, an interactive, wearable device that allows passengers to personalize their cruise experience.
CroisiEurope's new MS Elbe Princesse II will sail on a 9-day itinerary between Berlin and Prague.

New Year, New Cruise Ships, Amenities and Renovations

Here's some of what to expect from the cruise industry in the coming year.
Crystal Cruises' CEO, Edie Rodriguez, will host a President’s Cruisefrom Rome to Dubai aboard the Crystal Symphony.

Crystal Cruises to Host 2017 President’s Cruise to the Holy Land

Edie Rodriguez, CEO of Crystal Cruises, will host the line's annual President’s Cruise this year aboard the Crystal Symphony, when it sails from Rome to Dubai on Nov. 4.
Guests can sail with Aqua Expeditions' CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro on a few new itineraries. (Photo courtesy by Aqua Expeditions.)

Aqua Expeditions Announces Exclusive Amazon and Mekong Sailings

Aqua Expeditions has announced two new river cruise voyages for 2017, where guests will have the opportunity to join the company's founder and CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro, or consulting chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.
Norwegian Cruise Lines announces the new build Norwegian Bliss will homeport in Miami.

Norwegian Bliss will Homeport in Miami

This morning at a ceremony at the company's corporate offices in Miami, Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it's newly built ship, Norwegian Bliss, which begins sailing in 2018, will homeport seasonally in Miami.
Michelle Fee at the Friendship Travel Agency.

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Michelle Fee

Think you know Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, think again…
The Broadway-style adaptation of “Frozen” aboard the Disney Wonder.

Onboard Review: Disney Wonder, Reimagined

Taking a live class with Black Widow at the Marvel Super Hero Academy and feeling the snow during a Broadway-style adaptation of the animated hit “Frozen” are just two of the ground-breaking experiences I sampled on the inaugural post-dry dock sailing of the renovated Disney Wonder.

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