So much cruise news to share with so many exciting announcements! We’ve posted some quick snapshot of updates and information from within the cruise industry. Please call any of your 3D partners for more detailed information on the below or ANY ship, anywhere, anytime.
Crystal River Cruises – Crystal River Cruises will launch with five luxury river yachts – featuring the first ultra-luxury river vessel starting in July, 2016 with the purchase and redesign of the German built MS Mozart (to be renamed Crystal Mozart) and four new builds for June and August 2017. Crystal’s array of river cruise itineraries will include all the hallmarks of the all-inclusive Crystal Experience – from six-star service to enriching adventures ashore. Similar to Crystal’s spectacular ocean vessels, the new luxury river yachts will offer spacious suites and exquisite amenities, bringing “True Luxury” into worldwide river cruising.
Crystal Yacht Cruises – Crystal Esprit is an extravagantly appointed luxury super-yacht, completely redesigned to reflect Crystal’s signature luxurious style. Crystal Esprit will mark the debut of Crystal Yacht Cruises, a collection of regional, warm-weather seven-day itineraries, with the maiden voyage setting sail on December 23, 2015. The all-suite yacht will accommodate just 62 guests and will be outfitted for adventure with features including a three-person submarine, two 10-person zodiacs, 12-person Wider 32-foot super yacht tender and a bevy of invigorating water sporting equipment.
Exclusive Class – Crystal returns its focus to the seas, with three new “Crystal Exclusive Class,” cruise ships with the first expected for delivery in late 2018. With the introduction of these new vessels, Crystal will be the first-ever cruise line to deliver expedition-capable ships with all the signature features and amenities of a luxury ship or private yacht. The all-suite, all balcony ship will accommodate 1,000 guests, similar to the capacity on Crystal Symphony (922) and Crystal Serenity (1,070).
Now outside of the building dock, construction will focus on completing Seven Seas Explorer’s interior spaces including the opulent suites, elegant lounges and gourmet restaurants that will make this ship the most luxurious ever built.
The luxury liner’s maiden voyage is scheduled for July 20, 2016.
More Cruise News:
• RCCL’s new Anthem of the Seas arrives THIS WEEK! As an example, if you want the beautiful beaches of Bermuda, but don’t have the budget, Anthem of the Seas will be sailing 5-nights from NY to Bermuda from May – October. Spend two full days in Bermuda on RCI’s newest, most incredible ship yet.
• Brand new Norwegian Escape, with God-FATHER Pitbull (the only GodFather of any ocean cruise vessel to date), arriving in Miami THIS WEEK!
• American Queen Steamboat company offers new American River cruises on the Columbia/Snake Rivers in the majestic Pacific Northwest aboard the 200 passenger American Queen. 7 night departures operate April-November each year and great net incentive group and charter rates are being offered.
Azamara: Both the Azamara Journey (682 pax) and Azamara Quest (682 pax) will be fully refurbished from the wall paper in the staterooms to all the public areas on each vessel. No area of the ship will be untouched. Both vessels will be ready for view this coming February, 2016 in Miami. Watch for more details on viewing these upscale products and their exquisite transformation
• Avalon Waterways will inaugurate another of its’ Suite Ships in 2016. The Avalon Passion will cruise the Danube River from Nuremberg, Germany to Bucharest, Romania from April-November. These new ships offer your clients the largest, and most accommodations in 200sq. ft. Panorama Suites that offer French Balconies, marble treatments and glass enclosed showers, comfort bedding and included sightseeing on every cruise.
• Alaskan Dream Cruises announces the inaugural season of the new 74 passenger Dream in Alaska in 2016. This new ship will offer guests the opportunity to experience “the real Alaska” on cruises between Sitka and Juneau along Alaska’s inside passage. All cruises begin and end in Alaska and include whalewatching and glacier tours, stops at small villages and towns and visits to salmon hatcheries and wildlife viewing areas as well as included kayaking, ATV tours and small “u-drive” boat excursions.
Australis, Cape Horn and Patagonia Cruises offers the most unique small ship cruising in South America aboard the 200 passenger Stella Australis and 138 passenger Via Australis. Cruise the Straits of Magellan and Beagle Channel while cruising Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego and visit the monument at Cape Horn on these all inclusive 3, 4 and 7 night cruises. Daily included zodiac excursions with professional Expedition Leaders take you up close to glaciers, allow you to walk with penguins and view magnificent scenery and wildlife in a region largely undisturbed by man.
Lindblad/National Geographic offering 5 nights Iceland!
AMAWaterways will have, in 2016, two brand-new ships joining the Europe fleet – the AmaStella and AmaViola. They will carry just 158 guests, and feature new innovations such as staterooms with connecting doors and bedding for a 3rd family member. Other enhancements include larger spaces for the hair salon, fitness room and massage services, as well as more accommodations with twin balconies.
Norwegian Sky will include full beverage package beginning January, 2016
CUBA-on your radar? Concerned about land infrastructure? More and more cruise lines, including ships and private yacht charters are heading to Cuba, and there are now qualified ground partners to assist once there with shore excursions and the currently required ‘people to people’ fulfillment.