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Celebrity Cruises’ Unveils Newest Ship, Celebrity Beyond

Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Beyond Retreat Sundeck
Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Beyond Retreat Sundeck

Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo has unveiled the company’s third ship in the company’s industry-transforming “new luxury” Edge Series® — Celebrity BeyondSM. Designed to give guests endless opportunities to disconnect from the world — while simultaneously reconnecting with the world that surrounds them — Celebrity Beyond goes further than imagined possible for a cruise ship, creating a new world of wonder and luxury.

Inspired by a vision to take the cruise industry into the next era of luxury, Lutoff-Perlo assembled a dream team of modern lifestyle icons to bring to life extraordinary experiences that allow guests to connect with each other, the sea, and their journey. Celebrity Beyond showcases the design talents of multi-award-winning British designer Kelly Hoppen CBE; celebrated American designer Nate Berkus; and lauded Paris-based design firm Jouin Manku; the innovation of British architect Tom Wright; and the culinary gifts of Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud. The ship will also feature experiences and products from goop CEO and founder Gwyneth Paltrow, the brand’s new Well-Being Advisor.

Redefining luxury again, Celebrity Beyond builds on the features and design of its award-winning predecessors Celebrity Edge (2018) and Celebrity Apex (2020) by creating innovative spaces that set the brand apart from others in the industry. Every element of Celebrity Beyond’s look and feel has been carefully curated with re-imagined spaces and more luxurious versions of the brand’s most popular signature spaces, including:

  • The Retreat®, an exclusive resort-within-a-resort area for suite guests, highlighted by a new two-story sundeck;
  • Transformed accommodations from modern two-story villas with private plunge pools to staterooms with infinite verandas, blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living;
  • An expanded Rooftop Garden and stunning Resort Deck featuring unique cantilevered float pools;
  • A multi-level, multi-terraced Sunset Bar redefining the ship’s aft;
  • A first-ever Daniel Boulud fine-dining restaurant at sea;
  • A boldly redesigned Grand Plaza spanning three decks, creating an airy and open indoor space;
  • And, the return of the Magic Carpet®, an engineering feat soaring cantilevered above the sea, offering guests uninterrupted vistas while sipping cocktails or having dinner.

“Celebrity Cruises has always been an innovator at sea, and now we have challenged the status quo with a vessel that goes beyond expectations, beyond imagination,” said Lutoff-Perlo. “Celebrity Beyond shatters any and every preconceived notion of the cruising experience. This exquisite ship offers a journey at the intersection of elegance and approachability filled with what’s important to our guests today: forward-thinking design, culinary excellence, unparalleled well-being and incomparable service.”

“With Celebrity Beyond, we saw an opportunity to take the extraordinary features of Celebrity Edge – like the focus on the connection with the ocean and the grand spaces – and really amplify them,” said Richard Fain, Chairman of Royal Caribbean Group, parent company of Celebrity Cruises. “We focused on providing more openness, height and spaciousness throughout the ship’s most popular spaces. The end result is a next generation ship that embodies the intersection of architecture and design.”

The Retreat: A Resort In and of Itself

One of the most sought-after interior designers in the world, Kelly Hoppen CBE, has reimagined aspects of the design for The Retreat, the unrivaled and exclusive resort space for suite guests, including all new suites, and brought her globally renowned style to outdoor venues such as the Rooftop Garden and the main pool area on the Resort Deck.

The new, two-story Retreat Sundeck will offer more unadulterated outdoor bliss and ways to rejuvenate in the fresh ocean air with secluded cabanas, chic new seating areas, additional water features and the exclusive Retreat Bar. The warm and inviting Retreat Lounge is a newly stylish space to unwind; while Hoppen’s new take on the adjacent private restaurant Luminae, now at the front of the ship, becomes a space where every corner provides a new experience with each visit, in keeping with the daily changing menu.

An array of contemporary suite accommodations featuring fresh color palettes and design details by Hoppen await guests of The Retreat, including the redesigned two-story Edge Villas with outdoor plunge pools, and Celebrity’s famous Iconic Suites, the largest in the fleet, offering better views than the captain’s quarters.

Connecting Two Worlds

Nowhere is more rejuvenating than the open sea, and Celebrity Beyond ensures guests are able to take full advantage of both the luxurious design of the ship while soaking in the world around them.

Perhaps best known for designing the world-famous Burj Al Arab Hotel, lead architect Tom Wright of WKK has expanded the exterior spaces on Celebrity Beyond, transforming them into serene outward-facing sanctuaries leveraging endless ocean vistas and breath-taking panoramas of the extraordinary places the ship will visit. His design both lengthens the ship by 20 meters and raises the ship to 17 decks tall, allowing for the reimagination of The Retreat, the Resort Deck, and the Rooftop Garden – outdoor spaces increasingly important to today’s traveler.

The main open deck, 40 percent larger than on previous Edge Series ships, features an enormous living Rooftop Garden designed by Hoppen and includes increased seating offering new private nooks and more spaces for movie watching, enjoying live music and outdoor dining at the expanded Rooftop Grill. A highlight of this area is Wright’s incorporation of two spectacular floating pools cantilevered six and a half feet over the side of the ship, taking guests beyond the water’s edge.

On the Resort Deck, guests will enjoy a stunning asymmetrical space with a 25-yard lap pool surrounded by a terraced pool deck and new sunken seating areas designed by Hoppen.

Wright also designed the signature Edge Series Magic Carpet, a tennis-court sized cantilevered platform that scales the side of the ship and transforms from open-air lounge or restaurant hovering above the ocean along higher decks to a tender platform for going ashore on lower decks.  Featured on Celebrity Beyond, it debuted on Celebrity Edge in 2018 and is still considered one of the most unique design innovations ever for a cruise ship.

Celebrity Cruises’ Edge Series Design Ambassador Nate Berkus stepped into the role of designer himself, to imagine one of the most anticipated venues on Celebrity Beyond – the Sunset Bar. Inside this space that is nearly twice as large as previous iterationsBerkus has created a chic, Moroccan-inspired escape that is reminiscent of a modern-day Casablanca.

Guests will enter through a pergola-covered entrance to enjoy one of the hottest spots at sea. With more conversation niches and covered enclaves to allow guests to connect in a more intimate way, the Sunset Bar’s cascading terraces will combine to provide the perfect place to soak in spectacular views and create unforgettable memories.

Luxury in Every Detail

The core of Celebrity Beyond’s vision of luxury is the Grand Plaza, a transformational place at the center of the ship designed by Jouin Manku — the team responsible for designing the Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower — and offering a different experience with every visit. Inspired by the piazzas of Italy that serve as life centers of towns where architecture and social connection become one, the Grand Plaza spans three decks at the heart of the ship, boldly declaring it is the place to see and be seen.

Larger than Grand Plazas on its sister Edge Series ships, the Celebrity Beyond Grand Plaza has an airier atmosphere with more room for intimate seating. The added space allowed designers to move the Martini Bar into the center of the venue as a full, circular bar.

Hanging proudly above the new Martini Bar, the Grand Plaza’s iconic chandelier boasts a new, organic shape with hundreds of individual LED lights that cast an inviting glow at all hours—taking center stage with talented bartenders at night during their exciting and theatrical Flash Flair Fusion performance.

Connected to the Grand Plaza is the top table of culinary excellence at sea, the new, intimate 50-seat restaurant by world-renowned chef Daniel Boulud. Aptly named Le Voyage, travel is the inspiration for the globally inspired flavors within, designed to transport guests to the very places that inspire the Michelin-rated chef. Complementing the menu, world-class sommeliers will pair the perfect wine with every dish from Celebrity Cruises’ “most awarded” wine collection at sea.

Complementing Chef Boulud’s world-class menu is the restaurant’s ambiance, which is also the result of Jouin Manku’s creative talents. Intimate seating cocoons are surrounded by luminous portals highlighting the themes of journey and travel, while graphically lit “glass flutes” provide layers of light and texture to create an enchanting experience.

Providing a sense of occasion and flow, the Le Voyage experience begins with a dedicated entrance and concludes with a customized sweet prepared in Daniel’s own farewell boutique as guests are wished ‘au revoir.’

Rethinking Wellness at Sea

Luxury didn’t stop at the architectural design and culinary experience, but extended into how Celebrity Cruises thought of wellness on Celebrity Beyond. New to the ship are AquaClass SkySuites, an immersive living experience that helps guests find their center. From floor-to-ceiling ocean views, private verandas, luxurious bedding and other wellness amenities, Celebrity Beyond has thought of everything to nourish its guests’ mind, body, and spirit on vacation.

Celebrity Beyond also sets sail with a new partnership with actress and entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow, serving as the line’s new Well-being Advisor. All Aqua Class guests across the entire Celebrity Cruises fleet (excluding Galapagos sailings) will be treated to onboard wellness offerings, including fitness kits from Paltrow’s modern lifestyle brand goop, aimed at enhancing self-care and collective well-being. Paltrow and her team at goop will also curate onboard wellness programming and participate in the line’s new Women in Wellness initiative.

Celebrity Beyond

Celebrity Beyond will depart on her maiden voyage on April 27, 2022 from Southampton, England, on a 10-night Western Europe cruise visiting Bordeaux, France; Lisbon, Portugal; and Seville, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona, Spain. She will then offer a variety of Mediterranean journeys including nine-night Italian Riviera and France itineraries and 10-night Greek Isles itineraries through early October, when she then heads to the Caribbean. Voyages are on sale as of April 28, 2021 at 3p.m. ET. For more information on all of Celebrity Beyond’s inaugural 2022-2023 sailings, visit https://www.celebritycruises.com/cruise-ships/celebrity-beyond.

Like her industry-changing sister ships, Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Apex, the former of which was named one of TIME Magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places” following her 2018 debut season, Celebrity Beyond will connect guests to the breath-taking world around them like never before. Celebrity Cruises’ onboard and onshore experiences stand it apart as a new luxury travel brand without comparison. For more information on all Celebrity Cruises’ offerings and to book the vacation of a lifetime, visit www.celebritycruises.com.

Disney’s New Ship Disney Wish Will Offer Enchanting Family Cruises In Summer 2022

Disney Wish AquaMouse
Guests will be immersed in “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” animated shorts aboard the first-ever Disney attraction at sea, AquaMouse. Complete with show scenes, lighting and special effects, and splashtacular surprises, this wild water ride is sure to delight everyone in the family as they zig, zag and zoom through 760 feet of winding tubes suspended high above the upper decks. (Disney)

When the Disney Wish sets sail in summer 2022, families will discover a mesmerizing new world created especially for them: a celebration of Disney’s rich legacy of enchanting storytelling that brings to life the fantastical worlds and beloved characters at the heart of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars adventures like never before.

Families will embark on a splashtacular adventure with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse aboard the first-ever Disney attraction at sea; revel in a royal celebration during a theatrical dining experience with “Frozen” friends; team up with the Avengers on a Marvel cinematic dining adventure; and travel to a galaxy far, far away in a first-of-its-kind Star Wars experience on board a Disney ship.

“With the Disney Wish, we’re continuing our tradition of delivering the most magical and relaxing vacations at sea, combining legendary service and entertainment with imaginative storytelling and all the care you expect from a Disney vacation,” said Josh D’Amaro, chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. “Our newest ship will celebrate everything that families love about sailing with us, from the incredible dining experiences and character interactions, to dazzling shows and the crew’s thoughtful attention to detail. We can’t wait to welcome our guests aboard the Disney Wish as we expand the reach of our world-class fleet.”

The Disney Wish will sail its maiden voyage — a five-night cruise to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay — on June 9, 2022, followed by an inaugural season of three- and four-night cruises to the same destinations from Port Canaveral, Florida. Bookings open to the general public on May 27, 2021.

Wish Upon A Star

The Disney Wish will feature a brand-new, distinctly Disney design concept inspired by timeless tales of wishes come true. The motif of enchantment — a theme found at the heart of so many beloved Disney stories — will manifest in wondrous ways throughout the ship, from the magical forest setting of the Walt Disney Theatre to storybook-inspired staterooms to the fairytale castle-inspired Grand Hall, where a dazzling wishing star descends from the shimmering chandelier above.

“Daring to dream even bigger, our Imagineers are creating a breathtaking new world of enchantment aboard the Disney Wish,” said Laura Cabo, portfolio creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. “This motif provides the perfect platform to infuse Disney storytelling into every aspect of the design, giving the Disney Wish its own unique personality and a completely new look unlike anything else at sea.”

New Water Attractions Unveiled

Disney Cruise Line will take fun in the sun to the next level on board the Disney Wish with a brand-new family water attraction and three themed districts that offer dedicated space for families, children and adults alike.

Guests will be immersed in “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” animated shorts aboard the first-ever Disney attraction at sea, AquaMouse. Complete with show scenes, lighting and special effects, and splashtacular surprises, this wild water ride is sure to delight everyone in the family as they zig, zag and zoom through 760 feet of winding tubes suspended high above the upper decks.

Families will have more pools, more deck space and more dining than ever before in an expansive district themed to Mickey and friends. In addition to AquaMouse, the area will feature six pools — spaciously staggered among tiered decks and surrounded by lounge chairs — and a fresh take on quick and casual fare with a festive character twist.

Little ones will delight in an all-new Toy Story-themed district designed especially for families with toddlers and young children. This whimsical water wonderland will include a splash zone, wading pool, family waterslide and smoothie bar.

Adults will indulge in sun-drenched serenity at Quiet Cove, a peaceful refuge dedicated to lounging, sipping and soaking. Set away from the bustle of family activities, this secluded adults-only district will feature a luxurious infinity pool, poolside bar and chic cafe.

Disney Wish Family Dining
Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure is Disney’s first “Frozen”-themed theatrical dining experience that will bring the world of Arendelle to life through immersive live entertainment — featuring favorite characters like Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf — and world-class cuisine infused with Nordic influences. (Disney)

Dinner And A Show

With the debut of three brand-new family dining concepts ranging from theatrical entertainment to cinematic adventure to sophisticated elegance, dinner on board the Disney Wish will be so much more than a meal – it will be a chance to interact with favorite Disney stories in exciting new ways that only Disney Cruise Line can cook up.

Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure is Disney’s first “Frozen”-themed theatrical dining experience that will bring the world of Arendelle to life through immersive live entertainment — featuring favorite characters like Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf — and world-class cuisine infused with Nordic influences.

Worlds of Marvel is the first-ever Marvel cinematic dining adventure, where guests will play an interactive role in an action-packed Avengers mission that unfolds around them, complete with a worldly menu inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

1923, named for the year The Walt Disney Company was founded, is an elegant celebration of the company’s legacy, paying homage to the golden age of animation and offering a tasteful tribute to its Californian heritage with dishes inspired by the state’s unique fusion of cultural flavors.

In addition to elaborately themed, upscale restaurants, the Disney Wish will offer a variety of dining options ranging from quick bites, casual dining and 24-hour room service to specialty treats, gourmet cafes and premium dining exclusively for adults.

New Family Entertainment

Disney Cruise Line is combining innovative design and technology to create immersive entertainment environments that will surround guests in storytelling in new and unexpected ways on board the Disney Wish.

The Grand Hall will evolve from a fairytale gathering space into an environmental theater through the magic of built-in special effects and the first-ever atrium stage on a Disney ship. Dedicated shows and interactive entertainment will come to life all around the hall, putting guests front and center as they play a special role in the magic.

Luna is a brand-new entertainment hub that will transition from a daytime setting for family fun into an elegant evening venue for adult-exclusive entertainment, offering a variety of live shows and interactive programming throughout the day.

Hero Zone is a futuristic sports arena where physical activity will blend with imagination during action-packed challenges and game show-style competitions for families to take on together.

The Walt Disney Theatre is an opulent show palace that will come alive with original Broadway-style stage productions developed exclusively for Disney Cruise Line.

The Wonderland and Never Land Cinemas are intimate screening rooms that will provide guests more options than ever to watch classic and first-run films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and more.

In true Disney Cruise Line fashion, the Disney Wish will offer a robust menu of world-class entertainment throughout every voyage, including spectacular stage shows, exhilarating deck parties, one-of-a-kind character experiences, fun family activities, contemporary cabarets and more.

Cool Clubs for Kids of All Ages

With dedicated clubs for every age group and imaginative programming facilitated with the care and expertise of Disney-trained counselors, children will be immersed in Disney storytelling on board the Disney Wish.

Children ages 3 to 12 will enter the captivating worlds of favorite Disney stories in the reimagined Disney’s Oceaneer Club, a real-life wonderland featuring more spaces and stories than ever before. Expertly developed programming combines deeply engaging, enriching activities with special playtime with Disney friends – and when characters stop by, they stay to play, offering uniquely interactive, memorable character experiences exclusive to Disney Cruise Line.

  • Marvel Super Hero Academy is a high-tech Avengers headquarters where young “recruits” will train to be the next generation of Super Heroes with the help of their own heroes, like Spider-Man, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp.
  • Fairytale Hall is a royal trio of activity rooms where princesses and princes will let their creativity shine at Rapunzel’s Art Studio, read and act out stories at Belle’s Library, and test newfound icy powers at Anna and Elsa’s Sommerhus.
  • Walt Disney Imagineering Lab is a first-of-its-kind opportunity for kids to discover the secrets of world-renowned Disney Imagineers — the creative masterminds behind Disney theme parks, resorts and cruise ships — with hands-on activities and inventive experiments.

For the littlest cruisers ages 6 months to 3 years, It’s a Small World Nursery will offer babysitting services in a whimsical environment inspired by the beloved Disney attraction of the same name.

Edge (ages 11 to 14) and Vibe (ages 14 to 17) are trendy hangouts where tweens and teens will chill and play in their own way, with dedicated programming designed to engage the unique interests of these age groups.

Exclusive Adults-Only Experiences

Adults aboard the Disney Wish will escape, relax, dine and play in more ways than ever with exclusive venues and entertainment tailored just for them, featuring elevated interpretations of Disney stories through sophisticated theming that ranges from subtle inspiration to full-scale immersion.

For the first time on a Disney ship, guests will embark on a space-jumping tour of the Star Wars galaxy at Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge, a high-end bar styled as a luxurious yacht-class spaceship. This richly themed, immersive experience will be reserved for adults every evening, offering interactive tasting experiences and signature beverages inspired by destinations such as Batuu, Tatooine and Mustafar.

Aboard the Disney Wish, guests will savor gourmet meals and exceptional beverages at Palo Steakhouse, Enchanté by Chef Arnaud Lallement and The Rose, an upscale suite of epicurean excellence exclusively for adults, inspired by the elegant icons of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Beauty and the Beast.”

  • Palo Steakhouse is an evolution of the Palo restaurant that Disney cruisers know and love, now combining the relaxed sophistication of authentic Italian dining with the classic refinement of a modern steakhouse in a genteel setting inspired by Cogsworth, the tale’s majordomo-turned-enchanted-clock.
  • Enchanté will offer the most luxurious dining experience on board, featuring a gourmet menu crafted by three-Michelin-starred Chef Arnaud Lallement. This romantic and intimate venue will evoke the dazzling spirit of the film’s candelabra maitre d’, Lumiere.
  • The Rose is a chic lounge at the entrance of Palo Steakhouse and Enchanté. Inspired by the fateful flower at the heart of the story, The Rose will be an idyllic setting for a pre-dinner aperitif or after-dinner cocktail.

Senses Spa is a tranquil oasis offering indulgent spa and beauty treatments, drawing on the serenity of natural elements to promote pampering and relaxation. The spa will feature private treatment rooms, lavish spa villas, and steam and aromatherapy rooms, while the reimagined Senses Fitness will offer state-of-the-art exercise and wellness facilities.

Other adult-exclusive spaces on board the Disney Wish will include the Quiet Cove pool district; a variety of gourmet cafes, relaxed bars and upscale lounges; and more.

Family Friendly Rooms With A View

Every stateroom on board the Disney Wish will be a luxurious, peaceful retreat designed with ample room for families, plenty of storage and upscale amenities. Most will feature Disney Cruise Line’s signature split-bathroom concept for utmost comfort and function.

Most of the ship’s 1,254 staterooms will offer an ocean view — including 877 (70%) with a spacious verandah — and there will be 451 connecting doors that adjoin rooms to accommodate larger families.

The Disney Wish will elevate the concierge experience with more than double the number of premium concierge staterooms and suites, including Disney’s first-ever staterooms located above the bridge, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal breathtaking ocean views overlooking the bow of the ship. An exclusive lounge with private sun deck will be the perfect place for concierge guests to relax, sip a cocktail and enjoy a premium level of dedicated service throughout the voyage.

The Disney Wish will also debut four royal suites – richly adorned, lavishly appointed suites that accommodate up to six guests and feature extravagant details and first-class amenities. These include a pair of two-story suites, the first of their kind within the Disney fleet, which will feature stunning statement pieces like an elegant spiral staircase and a spectacular two-deck-high stained-glass frieze.

An Expanding Fleet

The Disney Wish is the first of three new Disney Cruise Line ships to be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany through 2025. All three ships will be powered by liquefied natural gas and, at approximately 144,000 gross tons, will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact their travel agent.

The Ultimate Guide to Enjoy Your Cruise Trip

For your vacation, you can opt for a cruise trip. There are different ways to ensure that the cruise trip will be memorable. You’ll get to enjoy every bit of your holiday regardless of the event being celebrated; it can be a birthday or an anniversary.

On the cruise ship, you’ll get to enjoy some romantic moments as you bond in groups. Although you need some extra money to get the best cruise ship experience, there are different options available, and they won’t cost you significant amounts of money. You’ll get to enjoy the whole experience regardless of whether you’ve opted for a discounted or expensive cabin on the cruise ship. We’ll also look into the importance of choosing a Berkey water filter.

Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your cruise trip:

1. You Should Upgrade the Cabin

Depending on the people who have accompanied you for the cruise trip, it is good to ensure they have the best experience. You should not confine your loved ones to an interior cabin that is windowless. You should opt for a cabin that has a balcony such that you’ll have a great view along the journey. The cost of the cabin will vary depending on the type of ship, among other factors. You should also ensure there is a Berkey water filter in place such that you’ll be confident that you’re taking pure water during the trip.

If you opt for a suite, you can enjoy the V.I.P. treatment, including access to the lounges and reservations to some of the specialty shows. In short, you’ll travel in style and get to enjoy the entire experience.

2. Look for Memorable In-Port Activities

Have any of your loved ones expressed an interest in dining in one of the renowned restaurants worldwide? Have your kids expressed an interest in swimming with sea life, such as turtles? You can actualize each of their dreams by researching the available ports around the globe and learning more about the activities you can engage in as a travel group. The process of finding a suitable port is not as hard. Although the cruise line will offer some suitable experiences, you should procure the services of a private tour guide who will ensure you get the most out of your experience at the port. As a result, you should plan everything in advance.

3. You Should Dress to Impress on a Formal Night

Many people dream of donning a tuxedo or a gown when having dinner while on a cruise. Well, at times, you should dress to impress, considering your partner may decide to surprise you and ask you for a dance in the lounge. Your partner can also invite you for a cocktail at the bar present at the top of the ship such that you’ll get to enjoy the sight of the stars as you engage in some deep conversations.

4. For that Special Moment, You Should Hit the Deck

While on a cruise ship and you’re already in the middle of the ocean, you should not spend most of your time indoors. You should take time and watch the sunrise and set. You can even hit the deck and stare at the stars. You can also cuddle in your blankets as you get to enjoy your favorite movies.

5. Take Time to Enjoy the Pre-Cruise Splurge

There is no need to wait until you get on board the cruise ship to start enjoying the entire experience. You can partake in many activities before the actual cruise, and one of them includes taking a flight to the port or even staying at a luxury hotel for a few days before you drive to the port and the cruise trip begins.

6. You Can Plan an In-Cabin Surprise

For your honeymoon, you can opt for a cruise trip. As the trip commences, you can plan an in-cabin surprise, such as ensuring there is some champagne in place and strawberries covered in chocolate. You can also surprise your loved one with flowers after spending some time onshore. The flowers can be accompanied by a gift which should align with the taste and likes of the person being gifted.

Final Thoughts

Although you don’t want to get carried away and spend more money than you anticipated, you can partake in each of the activities listed above. At the end of the cruise trip, you’ll have some memorable moments that will last for a lifetime.

4 Alternative Ways to Cruise the Waters in Style

Aqua Amazon
Aqua Amazon

If you like the idea of being on the water for holidays, then a cruise is your ideal way of travelling. Nowadays, cruise companies have tie-ups with many marine resorts and water sports associations to offer tourists an alternative form of vacation. But these are not all about long-distance cruises over oceans, from one country to another. 

The term cruise itself means travelling by boat over water bodies for leisure. And so, with the differences in size and location of water bodies, many new forms of cruises have developed over time. Each of the variations come with their own set of features. 

But just knowing is not enough. So, for your convenience, we have shortlisted four alternative ways to cruise the waters in style with some amazing suggestions. Read on!

1. River Cruises 

River cruising is a mesmerizing, calming, and delightful form of travel where you can unwind yourself and relish the exotic scenery along the banks of waterways. Basically, a river cruise is an overnight cruise on a coastal area such as a lake, river, or Intracoastal waterway. Usually, it’s for 7-nights or more, along with stops on small ports of call, and sometimes docking on the river’s edge. 

Besides, these cruises can carry 100-250 guests, depending on the ship size. Apart from this, River cruises are popular among the major rivers worldwide, including Danube, Rhine, Volga, Amazon river, etc. Among all, the Amazon river cruise is an adventure like no other. You will experience a mysterious realm of intrinsic creatures and spiritual shamans as you move into the voyage of a lifetime. 

Ocean cruises may sound similar to river cruises, but in actuality, they are not. Ocean cruises are able to host more guests than a river cruise. Besides, a river cruise offers trekking, shallow waters, Wi-Fi, alcohol, and more which are included in the price. Ultimately, river cruises are perfect for those who like a more relaxed and cherished form of travel. 

2. Yachting 

Yachting is truly a magical experience where you can have the best time of your life with family and friends. A trip on a yacht is much more private and fancier as compared to a boat or a ship. Moreover, yachts are designed for relaxation, recreation, fun, and comfort. Besides, you can enjoy many different locations rather than being stuck on only one. 

If you find one beach busy, you can move on to another. The yacht captain will take you to several different locations in one day, and you will find an ample number of sites to take sunbathe on a deck that will make your trip a fabulous vacation. And, what’s better than moving to different islands by taking a yacht charter while discovering the wildlife? 

You must visit Galapagos island for one of the best archipelagoes experiences and get fascinated by the breathtaking volcanic landscapes and sparkling blue waters. It will let you disconnect from the outer world and distractions. And nothing beats sipping a glass of champagne alongside your favorite person while enjoying a serene sunset. If it’s the kind of peace you are looking for in a vacation, then a luxury Galapagos yacht charter is an ideal choice for you.

3. Small Ship Island Hopping

Small ship island hopping is another adventurous and unforgettable way of cruising that will totally transform your vacation experience. Unlike the larger cruises, small ships take the travelers to more intrinsic destinations. You can travel around the extrinsic Galapagos islands, Hawaii islands, or explore the beautiful and colorful coral rings of the Maldives. Small ports alongside the Mediterranean and Adriatic, are also worth exploring.

Furthermore, small ship island hopping is perfect for those who like to travel to prominent destinations but want personalized one-on-one facilities on board. And also, for those looking for a budget-friendly vacation on the ocean. Moreover, island hopping will allow you to enjoy the spectacular panoramic views while sailing from atolls to archipelago islets. 

There are ultimate unspoiled spots for chilled-out island hopping in Greece, apart from its clear seas. You can explore the Greek islands of Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, and other islands in a relaxing and comfortable way. Apart from this, you can enjoy a glimpse of beautiful white sugar-cube buildings, white sand beaches, beach bars, jaw-dropping sunset views, and tiny white churches. 

4. Narrowboating 

Cruising on the canals in narrowboats is a famous recreation in Europe and the UK. Canal boats which are also called narrowboats or even longboats, are simpler to rent and drive. Besides, it provides opportunities for a unique family holiday to cherish forever. This type of vacation is ideal for short breaks and long weekends, for families, couples, and friends.

Cruising the canals in the UK will offer you an outdoor adventure where you will encounter the famous locks, exciting tunnels, swing bridges. Besides, you can cross the aqueducts above rivers and valleys, which is quite a mesmerizing experience.

Besides, pubs are one of the exciting things about a narrowboat holiday. If you decide to buy a small narrowboat you will get everything from a modern kitchen to self-cater and beds to showers and heating aboard. Moreover, you will also get a chance to explore small waterside villages, historic cities, and fantastic countryside from your floating home. 

Alongside you can not miss the stop by points for cycling, walking, and fishing which is excellent for healthy and fun activities. All in all, these destinations and outside experience on the cruise will offer you an incredible place to relax and treasure.

Experience A Cruise To Nowhere Aboard Quantum of the Seas

Experience A Cruise To Nowhere Aboard Quantum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean is one of the largest and most luxurious cruise lines in the world with 24 massive ships. Right now, their Quantum of the Seas is their only ship that has received the coveted permit to be sailing in such turbulent times. 

Check out our video review for all the sights and sounds we found on our journey:

Due to COVID regulations, the ship is limited to 50% capacity and is only available to Singapore residents. Vaccination was not required. 

Since November 2020, the Quantum of the Seas has been based in Singapore and for locals, we bring you great news–their contract has just recently been extended till October 2021. 

Sidebar: this is not a sponsored post. We’re recommending this cruise because we had a whale of a time and thought it was worth every penny we paid. 

This was no ordinary cruise. There were no ports of call, and we were bound to strict COVID-safety protocols from the moment we booked our cruise.

We were required to undergo a PCR COVID-19 test a couple of days before boarding — the test was included in the price of the cruise. For anyone who hasn’t had one of these, it’s an eye (and nostril)-opening experience. It’s uncomfortable but not unbearable. Looking back on all the fond memories we had on our cruise, I can confirm that the swab test was a worthwhile discomfort to endure. It really isn’t so bad. The process was quick and our results were available within a few hours. 

Booking our test was the most painful part of the entire trip. Not only did I not receive any information about booking the test, the website for booking was also buggy. All these were probably not Royal Caribbean’s fault since the test was conducted by a third-party company.  In any case, with a little extra effort, all was remedied and we managed to get a test slot we could make. 

For departure day, we signed up as far in advance as possible for the earliest possible boarding time slots, which became very very important for our enjoyment of the trip, as I’ll later explain. 

Insider Tip: Book the earliest possible barding time slot.

These assigned slots were a COVID-safety measure to prevent unsafe crowding and to reduce wait times due to the extra boarding procedures. 

In addition to the usual ID checks and immigration/customs clearance that you’d expect on any cruise, because of COVID-19, we had to complete a brief wellness checkup (in the form of an interview), a health declaration questionnaire, and contact tracing check-ins. Before boarding the ship, we were each issued a tracelet (contact-tracing bracelet) that we had to wear at all times except when in water or in our (state)rooms. 

The tracelet was but 1 of 3 ways contact tracing was consistently conducted. Besides wearing a tracelet, we had to tap our key cards when entering and exiting a venue in the ship. All these were on top of keeping the Singaporean government’s Trace Together app or token connected at all times. 

After about 30 minutes, we were through and in paradise (aka the Quantum of the Seas)! We were among the first to board and rushed to Guest Services to reserve seats on the headliner shows. Lim at Guest Services very kindly helped me with my reservation and even booked bumper cars, which I didn’t know I needed to book fast as well. If you’re thinking of taking one of these cruises, we HIGHLY recommend you board early and book your entertainment first thing. 

Insider Tip: Book headliner shows and bumper cars as soon as you can get connected to the ship’s wifi. 

Thanks to Lim’s helpfulness, we were one of the few lucky ducks that got to watch all the shows that required a reservation and when we could, we would go as early as possible to “chope” (save) the best available seats at the show. Because of the need to space out for safe-distancing, great seats are few and – literally – far between. There was one show that we arrived only 5 minutes before the show time and ended up watching some of the performance from the back and also had some part of our view obscured by gigantic lamps. Given that the doors open 30 minutes before each show, when we arrived 15 minutes before our 1st show, I was surprised when we got seats in the 3rd row (albeit on the side). We were close enough to the Gold Art Duo from Ukraine’s Got Talent, we could see their entertaining facial expressions. Yes, all stage performers from singers to dancers (in small groups) had their masks off. 

The only times performers had to wear masks is if the dance ensemble consisted of a large number of dancers. When that was the case, the masks were aesthetic and alluring, arguably adding to the show. In Royal Caribbean’s original show, “Starwater”, there were certain moments where dancers/models would press up against the glass panels that separate them from the audience, getting closer than what you’ll expect in our COVID circumstance. 

All in all, I’m truly impressed by how Royal Caribbean has turned COVID restrictions into platforms for creativity, producing unique works of art that are an exclusive treat for the audience on the cruise. We had a FANTASTIC time at these shows and were pleasantly surprised by the variety of entertainment on offer; we enjoyed everything from acrobatics to comedy to musical performances! Each and every performance was amazing, with Gold Art Duo and the BeatleManiacs being our personal favorites. 

Watching all the headliner shows, one per evening, was the highlight of each of our evenings; I wish more had the opportunity to do so. Given the limited seats available at each performance venue, it was the minority of passengers who got to enjoy the headliner shows. Why is that so, given that the on-board theatres typically accommodate the majority of passengers? Even though the ship is only at 50% capacity, the activities and entertainment are also at reduced capacity for safe distancing. The main venues where the shows and concerts took place, for example, were only at about 25% capacity with plenty of space between each section of open seats so guests could not mingle with other guests from other rooms. 

The trickiest part about booking the very limited slots for entertainment is that most reservations cannot be booked prior to boarding. Except for the North Star (which we booked) and Ripcord by iFly, no other activities could be pre-booked. Only once on board and connected to the ship’s wi-fi could we make almost all reservations through Royal Caribbean’s very handy app that helps us customize our daily itineraries. 

After noticing guests playing pickleball at the Sports Deck, I learned that there were also additional activities that can only be reserved in-person at the Sports Deck–foosball, pickleball, ping pong, and Xbox. These activities weren’t listed anywhere else, not on the app or the Cruise Compass which supposedly had all the available activities. By the time I tried to book these on Day 2, there were only a handful of available slots remaining. 

Insider Tip: Book activities at the Sports Deck ASAP!

Each stateroom was limited to a maximum of 4 bookings at the Sports Deck (excluding Bumper Cars). Late arrivals lose their booking to any guests willing to wait around. 

At the Sports Deck, we unleashed our inner child. The bumper cars had us laughing uncontrollably and also allowed us to forget for a few minutes the craziness of the outside world we left on shore. When we weren’t playing bumper cars here, we were taking part in the adult archery competition (which we won a silver medal in!) and having a blast at various dance classes. 

Sports competitions, dance classes and other small-scale activities were on a first-come-first-served basis (no reservations were available) and once the maximum capacity was reached, no more could participate. Given the wide variety of concurrent activities available, I didn’t see anyone being turned away. From craft to live entertainment, sports and trivia, there was something for everyone. 

Our favorite activity was the Scavenger Hunt, in which we had to find crew members from the various nationalities on the ship and get passwords from the Cruise Director Staff. We loved that this gave us an excuse for more interaction with the friendly crew. We were so into the game, we ended up winning! We were surprised by the generous gifts we won and were eager to share our joy. After winning the full collection of Royal Caribbean merchandise, we were more than happy to play more games in the periphery where we could not win prizes but could eat and drink. 

Eating and drinking was not allowed in venues where activities were being held. Eating and drinking just outside where activities were held allowed us to have fun while giving us and our respiratory issues a much-needed break from our masks. It was nice to be able to enjoy brief moments of respite and a sense of normalcy in such abnormal times. 

At every step of the way, the crew were extremely diligent and prioritized health and safety alongside fun: groups were kept distanced, high-touch surfaces were cleaned after every use, and masks were required in all public areas except when exercising, using the hot tubs, eating, and drinking. In the dining areas, tables were spaced apart and kept to groups of 8 or fewer, with about half marked off and not to be used. Temperatures were checked at each venue and we were frequently asked to sanitize our hands using the myriad of stations before entering. 

Violations of COVID regulations would result not only in on-board penalties, but violators would be referred to the Singapore Government, which had inspectors onboard and routinely patrolling to ensure rules were adhered to. The local authorities have done a fantastic job managing the virus–Singapore had no local COVID cases during the time we took our cruise. 

To ensure a safe and enjoyable vacation for everyone, the crew was constantly cleaning and crowd-managing, and always with a smile…. Well, we couldn’t actually see their smile behind the mask, but each person wore a button so we could imagine the smiles behind their masks. 

The ship and her crew were AMAZING and we are so grateful to them for everything they did to make our vacation extra special. Most of the crew has been on the ship, away from their families for over 6 months with the pandemic still raging in many countries. We are so incredibly grateful to them for making our trip memorable and really going above and beyond. We’d like to give a shout out to Sezai, Yitzhak, Raz, Eka, and all other Crew members for the unforgettably wonderful vacation we had. 

This was the first vacation we have taken in 18 months, and our first time on a cruise ship since 2018, when we sailed with Royal Caribbean to beautiful Norway (aboard the Independence of the Seas). As you’d expect, this experience was completely different given the COVID-era protocols. Thanks to the hard work and creativity of the crew, it still very much felt like a vacation, and it was a GREAT vacation, even if a very different one. 

This was also our first time onboard a Quantum class ship, and it was absolutely massive, with multiple pools, shops and restaurants. On board a Royal Caribbean ship, it’s impossible to be hungry or bored. There’s free flow of free food and if you don’t wish to pay for internet, you can enjoy a digital detox just as we did and not suffer a moment of boredom. If you haven’t been onboard one of these Quantum-class ships, it’s basically a floating city. There’s even a running track along the outside of the top deck that’s a third of a mile long. If you get the chance to cruise on the Quantum of the Seas, don’t miss the Robot Bar that serves non-alcoholic drinks too. The whole cruise is very family friendly with great activities for children and teens who can be left in the care of the crew members while adults play like kids. 

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Horse Racing on a Cruise? The Ruby Princess Shows How

There are many different reasons for going on a cruise. Some people love the idea of soaking up some sun by the pool, while others are tempted by the great food and drinks on offer. Another reason for sailing off into the ocean is because of the terrific range of sports on offer.

Swimming, golf, and tennis are all popular sports onboard these ships, but you might not think that horse racing is the type of thing that can be carried out on a cruise. However, the creative staff on the Ruby Princess have shown us that it can be done in a memorable, fun way.

The Horse Races They Offer

They don’t pile thoroughbred horses and their jockeys onto the Ruby Princess. Instead, they have come up with an innovative game where guests can bet on dummy horses. The six numbered runners are placed on a grid and people can bet a few dollars on the winner.

The caller then uses a bingo-style set up to pull out the numbers. Every time a particular horse’s number is called, it advances one square on the grid. This video of the event shows how it turns into a pretty exciting race with those who have placed bets thoroughly enjoying it.

You aren’t going to win a fortune in this way, but it seems like a fun way to pass some time on a cruise. The winnings are paid out from the entry fees and are usually modest.

Horse Racing on Cruise Ships in the Past

This seems such a good idea that we decided to take a look at whether other cruise ships have ever done something similar. It turns out that horse racing used to be a big part of cruising for a lot of people.

This look at some cruise trips from the 20th century gives us a glimpse of some of the other ways that staff have managed to organize exciting races while sailing the seven seas. For example, we can see passengers on the RMS Oransay travelling from San Francisco.

This long trip involved going through the Suez Canal, and no doubt it was made even more interesting by the races that were run. In this case, a group of female guests reeled in each wooden horse using a fishing line.

Another example shows us how people used to buy each horse before races on cruise ships. On various travel forums, we can read warm memories of how these wooden horses would be auctioned for sizeable sums of cash.

Some passengers would even dress up their horses and take them to dinner in the run-up to the race night. The owners would try to encourage other passengers to bet on their horse. The race itself would see the horses move forwards on the roll of the dice. 

While this tradition has faded away on most routes, there are suggestions that it is still fairly common in some parts of the world, such as the Australia and Pacific region.

Other Ways to Enjoy Horse Racing on a Cruise

If you love watching big horse races, you should check whether there is a sports bar on board that shows the latest events. When major events like the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes, and Dubai World Cup take place there are sure to be a lot of passengers interested in watching it. Visit website of TwinSpires to learn more about Kentucky Derby and other horse racing events.

Choose a ship with a good Wi-Fi connection and you can get up to date information online for the next races. In this way, you can see who the favorites are and place bets on those horses that you think have a good chance of winning.

Do Luxury Cruise Ships Have Slot Machines?

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Slot Machine One Handed Bandit Game. Rolling Drums. Casinos and Gambling Industry.

Slot machines are the bread and butter of land-based and online casinos. Any gambling establishment features this type of gambling and it relies on it as a major source of income. Cruise ships offer their guests this type of entertainment and allow them to play all sorts of games in their floating casinos. Not surprisingly, slots are at the cornerstone of their offer and pages are provided with several worthy options.

In many cases restrictions apply when luxury cruise ships are in the port, because of local gambling regulations. However, once the vessels navigate the high seas, there are no limitations and players can fully enjoy slots, table games and video pokers. The house edge can be higher than in land-based casinos and almost always higher than in online establishments, but not necessarily crushing.

Basic slots for recreational punters

Luxury cruise ships strive to provide the best entertainment possible to those on board. Since gambling is such a popular pastime, these companies have invested heavily in creating the perfect setting for casual punters. The casinos offer online welcome bonuses with sites like fruityking.co.uk — and are rather small, at least compared to their land-based counterparts. The same goes for the game selection, with a limited number of slots being available. Players can choose between classic and modern varieties and even spin the reels of a few progressive jackpot games.

Many of the slots are inspired by the one-armed bandits from Las Vegas casinos and have a simple and fun gameplay. Others draw inspiration from online slots, who tackle a more diverse lineup of themes and topics. Hollywood blockbusters are quite often the source of inspiration for these games, with superhero movies being the gift that keeps on giving. On average, cruise ships have over 100 slots, which are normally enough to meet the expectations of the recreational gamblers on board.

Enjoy safe gambling on the high seas

Just because luxury ships have fewer slots to offer doesn’t mean that punters take any chances when gambling here. These are big companies that make profits from providing patrons with stellar service, while trying to turn them into recurrent customers. Even though the casinos on board are a decent source of income, they represent only a fraction of the money made during the cruise. Under no circumstances can they afford shortchanging customers and the risks of running into rigged slots are slim to none.

While there is no reason to doubt the fairness of the slots on luxury cruise ships, punters are entitled to have other concerns. Some of the games have a higher house edge, which in the long run, decreases the odds of winning. Poker is a shining example and that’s because the rake is significantly higher than what land-based and online casinos routinely charge. You can expect to pay up to 10% per pot which is a huge amount that makes it virtually impossible to win constantly.

Let, Us, Cruise

Let, Us, Cruise

We believe the cruise industry has been halted long enough. Cruise lines should be allowed to return with industry proven safety protocols and/or with vaccinated crew and guests.

Let, Us, Cruise!

 

Summer 2021 Cruises: MSC Cruises Announces Multiple Ships To Restart In Europe

MSC Virtuosa
MSC Virtuosa

MSC Cruises recently announced new and updated itineraries in the Mediterranean and across Europe for this coming summer, offering guests plenty of options for the upcoming holiday season. The ships offering these now fully confirmed itineraries will operate under the same industry-leading health and safety protocol that has been safely protecting over 60,000 MSC Cruises guests sailing on the line’s ships in the Mediterranean since August 2020.

The following is a complete list of MSC Cruises confirmed itineraries now available for booking for this summer.

Three ships in the West Mediterranean, calling Italy and Malta   

MSC Grandiosa will initially extend her current 7-night itinerary, calling at the Italian ports of Genoa, Civitavecchia for Rome, Naples, Palermo as well as Valletta, Malta. The Spanish ports of Valencia and Barcelona will be added to the ship’s current itinerary as soon as these destinations confirm their availability.

MSC Seaside will commence sailing on May 1 from Genoa calling at the newly introduced ports of Siracusa in Sicily and Taranto in Puglia, as well as Civitavecchia for Rome and Valetta in Malta. The ship’s itinerary will then be enriched with calls to the French port of Marseille as soon as its availability is confirmed.

In addition to the range of protected excursions developed for MSC Seaside’s itinerary, MSC Cruises will introduce a special private beach experience in Taranto, exclusively for the ship’s guests. Guests will be able to relax in true summer fashion on the sandy beach next to the clear waters of the Ionian Sea.

MSC Seashore
MSC Seashore

MSC Seashore will join the MSC Cruises fleet at the end of July to become its new flagship, and from August 1 until October 31, offer 7-night cruises calling the Italian ports of Genoa, Naples and Messina, as well as Valletta in Malta, Barcelona in Spain and Marseille in France. After her season in the Mediterranean, MSC Seashore will then arrive to Miami in November 2021 to begin sailing The Bahamas and Caribbean, including stops at MSC Cruises’ private Bahamian destination, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

Three ships in the East Mediterranean, calling Italy, Greece, Croatia and Montenegro

MSC Cruises will deploy three ships in this popular region for the upcoming summer season offering a range of itineraries in the East Mediterranean, calling at some of the most beautiful Greek Islands, Kotor in Montenegro as well as the vibrant ports of Dubrovnik and Split in Croatia. Ports of embarkation include Trieste, Venice and Bari in Italy as well as Piraeus for Athens in Greece.

MSC Orchestra will now depart on June 5 with embarkation in the Italian ports of Venice on Saturdays, Bari on Sundays, calling at the Greek Islands of Corfu, Mykonos as well as Dubrovnik in Croatia.

MSC Splendida will commence sailing from June 12 with embarkation in Trieste, Italy on Saturdays and in Bari on Tuesdays, calling at Dubrovnik in Croatia, Corfu in Greece and Kotor in Montenegro.

Rounding out the offering in the East Mediterranean is MSC Magnifica from June 20 offering embarkation in the Italian ports of Venice on Sundays, Bari on Mondays and Piraeus for Athens on Wednesdays and calling at the Greek Island of Mykonos and Split, Croatia.

Cruises across Northern Europe

UK Domestic Cruises

From May 20, the line’s flagship MSC Virtuosa will perform her inaugural season in the UK and offer mini cruises from Southampton calling at Portland in Dorset on the Jurassic coast. From June 12, she will operate 7-night cruises from Southampton with embarkation in Liverpool, Greenock for Glasgow and also calling at Portland and Belfast in Northern Ireland. These cruises are designed for British residents only. The sailings are open to vaccinated and non-vaccinated guests and all guests will be tested prior to embarkation.

Germany, Northern Europe

In Germany, considering the current uncertainty regarding the timing for the reopening of local ports, MSC Cruises ships must delay the start of their summer season out of the country’s ports until June 15.

At the same time, MSC Cruises today announced that MSC Seaview will homeport in Kiel, Germany starting on June 19, replacing MSC Virtuosa.

Additionally, MSC Preziosa is planned to depart on June 21 from Hamburg, Germany and MSC Musica on June 20 from Warnemunde, Germany, if the German ports are open.

The three ships are planned to serve 7-night and longer sailings with itineraries either to the Norwegian fjords or the Baltic capitals, as per their current schedule.

Other summer 2021 affected programs

MSC Cruises also confirmed the cancellation of its Caribbean sailings from ports in the USA up to and including June 30, 2021. Guests who are impacted by any of the changes will be contacted by their travel advisor or MSC Cruises.

For more information on MSC Cruises health and safety measures on board visit https://www.msccruisesusa.com/health-and-safety

AmaWaterways Adds Second 46-Night River Cruise As Demand Grows

Citing an overwhelming response to the launch of its first-ever Seven River Journey Through Europe,  AmaWaterways recently announced a second Seven River Journey – Spring. This new 45-night curated itinerary offers guests extra time to discover the springtime floral splendor of Netherlands and Belgium along with the opportunity to experience the one-of-a-kind AmaMagna sailing the upper and lower Danube during the final two weeks of the trip. Sailing on three ships, the Seven River Journey – Spring will take guests through 14 beautiful countries, with unparalleled experiences in each destination. The journey will depart April 20, 2023 from Avignon, France onboard the award-winning AmaKristina and end on June 4, 2023 in Giurgiu, Romania with rates starting at $24,999 per guest*.

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Suite Cat. SA – Room #313 – Deck 3 Starboard aboard AmaMagna – Amawaterways

“Our first Seven River Journey – Summer received such a positive response that I am overjoyed to provide our guests yet another incredible extended journey designed to fully immerse them in European culture and create memories that will last a lifetime,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. “Having one Cruise Manager take care of guests throughout this entire journey ensures a seamless transition from one ship to the other and we have many unique experiences and onboard amenities planned to further enhance the immersive nature of this 45-night journey.”

The awe-inspiring spring journey through Europe will set sail from Avignon, France cruising the Rhône River to Lyon, the gastronomy capital of France. Guests will transfer over to Basel, Switzerland where AmaCerto awaits to explore the Dutch Waterways (Scheldt and Maas rivers) before enjoying the castle studded Rhine and a scenic trip along Moselle, Main and Main Danube Canal. Arriving in Vilshofen, Germany, guests will embark on the last two legs of this epic journey on board AmaMagna, sailing through majestic capitals and small villages along the upper and lower Danube. With the growing interest in less-traveled destinations, AmaWaterways is particularly excited to showcase the lower Danube, taking guests through the enchanting lands of Bulgaria and Romania. Travelers will experience the centuries-old history of Celtic fortifications, medieval towns and grand cities while sailing through the beautiful landscapes of eastern Europe filled with diverse flavors, sights and sounds.

The pioneering AmaMagna adds another level of luxury with more suite categories, unique experiences and space for guests who book the new Seven River Journey — Spring. At twice the width of regular river cruise ships, AmaMagna is one of the most innovative ships in the industry with four unique restaurants, an onboard cinema, expansive Zen Wellness studio, Sun Deck with a sky bar, incredibly spacious staterooms and suites (pictured right), and more. Guests will round out their extended journey with an amplified experience of unparalleled luxury and comfort.

AmaWaterways first-ever Seven River Journey Through Europe was announced at the beginning of March. The June departure, for a limited 144 guests, garnered international attention, quickly filling with guests eager to participate. Based on the incredible response received from travel advisor partners and guests for the first 46-night journey, the team at AmaWaterways built a second spring itinerary to meet the rising demand for longer, more immersive travel experiences.  The pioneering luxury river cruise line also offers other appealing combination cruises for guests looking to customize an extended river voyage through Europe.

Travelers who wish to be a part of this journey full of unique experiences that only AmaWaterways can deliver are invited to contact their travel advisor or visit AmaWaterways.com/SevenRiverJourney for complete itinerary details.