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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.
Opposite page: Cooking class aboard AmaWaterways.

Navigating New River & Small Ship Cruise Offerings

Let’s start with some mouthwatering options.

Cruising Japan

Getting to Japan is easy, and getting around Japan on a land tour couldn’t be more seamless, but Princess Cruises wants you to think about selling cruising to Japan.
Views over Prague. (Photo credit: CroisiEurope)

CroisiEurope Teams Up with TRAVELSAVERS

CroisiEurope has teamed up with TRAVELSAVERS in a new partnership that will begin at the start of 2017.
U by Uniworld will head to Amsterdam in 2018, as well as Paris and Budapest. (Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection)

U by Uniworld Targets the Next Generation

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection announced it's latest addition, U by Uniworld, which launches March 2017 and begins sailings in early 2018.
Azamara Club Cruises' Azamara Quest will sail to Cuba on March 21, 2017. 

Azamara Club Cruises Offers Destination Immersive Cuba Sailing

Azamara Club Cruises is the latest cruise line to announce that it will begin sailing to Cuba next year....
Royal Caribbean International's first Cuba sailing will take place on April 19, 2017.

Royal Caribbean International’s Empress of the Seas Sets Sail for Cuba

For the first time in the cruise line’s history, Royal Caribbean International will sail to Cuba.
American Queen Steamboat Company will debut the American Duchess in 2017.

Sailing the Rivers of the World

Don’t shy away from Millennials when selling river cruising, a new AAA survey reveals. According to the AAA survey, although “the perception is that river cruising appeals primarily to older generations, Millennials respond more strongly to several key attributes of river cruising than members of Gen X and Baby Boomers.
Bliss Ultra Lounge on the Norwegian Breakaway.

6 Reasons to Book With Norwegian Cruise Line

Here are six reasons why you'll want to book with Norwegian Cruise Line.
The Solarium onboard Celebrity Silhouette.

Cruise Tools Designed with Agents in Mind

The latest cruise tools from Celebrity Cruises, Cruise Planners and World Travel Holdings’ Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. brands are helping agents make the most out of their bookings by providing cash incentives, lead-generating opportunities and ways for agents to provide the best available fares for their clients.
Oceania Cruises offers an array of Culinary Discovery Tours around the globe.

Onboard Review: Oceania: Cuisine From Ship to Shore

Corfu was the pilot for the Culinary Discovery Tours program that launched two years ago and has expanded to over 50 across the globe, from cannoli-making in Catania, Sicily to 7-course Catalan-themed tastings in Palamos, Spain.
Costa Cruises’ new culinary experience Bravo Chef: The Show.

Bravo Chef: The Show Debuts on Costa Pacifica

"Bravo Chef: The Show," Costa Cruises’ new culinary experience starring its onboard executive chefs, made its debut on the Costa Pacifica last month and will gradually roll out to seven more Costa ships.
Royal Caribbean International’s Brilliance of the Seas.

Comic-Con Comes to the High Seas

FAN2SEA, the first-ever Comic-Con at sea, is set to take place Jan. 19-23, 2017 aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Brilliance of the Seas.
Crystal Esprit with submarine.

Crystal’s Ultra-Luxury Yacht to Return to the West Indies

Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises has announced it will redeploy its ultra-luxury yacht, Crystal Esprit, to the islands of the West Indies beginning November 2017 through 2018.
MSC Cruises’ first-ever World Cruise will sail roundtrip from/to Genoa, Italy.

MSC Cruises’ First World Cruise

Sales are now open for MSC Cruises’ first-ever World Cruise, departing Jan. 5, 2019 and returning May 3, 2019.
Princess Cruises offers live stargazing experiences on board its ships.

3 Cruise Trends Worth Tapping

With 27 new ships in 2016 and nearly a dozen more slated for 2017, cruise lines are wowing an expanding universe of travelers with everything from giant waterparks and chef-curated dining experiences to special-interest sailings.
A 300-ft.-high glacier wall on Prince William Sound. (Paloma Villaverde de Rico)

Onsite Review: Alaska, the John Hall Way

To say that Alaska left me hypnotized is to put it mildly. Yes, I admit it was my first time to the 49th state, so that’s going to happen with most destinations you or your clients visit for the first time, but there’s something about Alaska that resonates with visitors long after they’ve left it behind.
Central Park is home to many of the ship’s restaurants.

Onboard Review: Harmony of the Seas

Adventures for All Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Harmony of the Seas, is visually stunning, inside and out. It’s certain...

Celebrity Cruises Begins Construction on Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Cruises has begun construction on Celebrity Edge, the first ship in its new modern luxury Edge Class. The company expects delivery of Celebrity Edge in fall 2018.

At Cruise Planners, Tech + Marketing = Success

At its 2016 "I Am CP" convention, Cruise Planners launched the most technology updates in its history.

Joni Rein Gets On Board with Scenic Cruises

From blue waters to rivers, Joni Rein, former v.p. of worldwide sales for Carnival Cruise Line, is now the v.p. of sales and marketing USA for Scenic Cruises.

Onboard and On Shore Culinary Offerings

Cruise lines are tempting passengers onboard and on shore with new culinary offerings.

New Cruise Offerings for 2017

Our roundup of the latest itineraries and cruise offers includes Jewish heritage tours on the Rhine and Marvel Super Hero adventures in The Bahamas.

Cruising the Yangtze for up to 50 Percent Off

Victoria Cruises is offering up to 50 percent off of its popular Three Gorges Highlights cruise.

Veterans Cruise Discounts

In honor of Veterans Day, Carnival Cruise Line and MSC Cruises are offering cruise discounts for active and retired military service members.

Virgin Cruises Re-Envisioned as Virgin Voyages

Virgin Cruises has been re-envisioned with a new identity as Virgin Voyages.

RCI Launches Phase Two of Espresso

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) is launching phase two of its travel agent reservation system Espresso, featuring new capabilities for groups business on the cruise operator’s three major brands.

Scenic Offers River Cruising Travel Guarantee

Beginning in 2017, Scenic River Cruises will offer a River Cruising Travel Guarantee for every guest at no added charge.

Viking Star Heads to the Caribbean

Viking Ocean Cruises' 930-passenger Viking Star, which was introduced in 2015, has made its way to the Caribbean.

Norwegian Cruise Line Unveils Plans for New Ship Designed for Alaska Cruising

Norwegian Cruise Line has unveiled plans for its next vessel, the Norwegian Bliss, designed specifically for Alaska cruising.

Viking Cruises Announces “Viking Million Dollar Voyage” Agent Contest

In celebration of its 20th anniversary next year, Viking Cruises is offering a new promotion for travel professionals, wherein agents have the opportunity to win $1 million.

MSC Cruises Offers 2 for 1 Cruise Deal to Grand Turk Island

MSC Cruises is celebrating Plan a Cruise Month, this October, by offering 50 percent savings on brochure rates, bonus commission on MSC Yacht Club bookings, and BOGO Caribbean, Mediterranean and Northern Europe cruises, including a 10-night cruise to Colombia, Aruba, Curaçao, Grand Turk Island and and Nassau.

Tim McGraw to Perform Onboard Carnival Breeze

Three-time Grammy award winning country music star Tim McGraw is scheduled to perform aboard two Carnival ships—the Carnival Breeze on March 2 and the Carnival Valor on March 3—while the ships are docked in Nassau, The Bahamas as part of Carnival Cruise Line’s 2017 Carnival LIVE line-up of concerts.

Uniworld Joins Sabre Corporation Network

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise has joined the Sabre Corporation travel network and is now available to travel professionals via GDS.

Holland America Line Launches Onboard Cooking Shows

Holland America Line is enhancing its culinary programming with the introduction of shipboard cooking shows produced in partnership with the long-running TV show “America’s Test Kitchen.”
Seabourn offers Spa Suite accommodations.

Stay Active & Get Pampered

Cruise lines are listening: Health-conscious travelers want to stay fit, stick to their wellness routine, and, of course, book a few spa treatments while sailing the world.

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