Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The "Suite Life" on the Celebrity Edge

Suites are the most lavish, well-appointed and spacious accommodations aboard any cruise ship. They are often designed and decorated by famous interior designers. Many of these suites are larger than the average American home!


Last week Celebrity Cruises shared drawings of the suites created for their current build, the Celebrity Edge. Designed by Kelly Hoppen, one of the most celebrated and sought after interior designers in the world, these suites are sophisticated, clean spaces with luxurious textures and saturated bursts of color.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Peek at the Celebrity Edge

Earlier this week Celebrity Cruises gave us our first look at their new “Edge-class” ship and I have to say, I was totally blown away with what I saw! Celebrity’s Solstice-Class ships, in my opinion, are some of the most elegant and voguish ships I’ve ever sailed.  Now, take that same level of sophisticated style and enhance it with modern innovative upgrades and you’ve created an unexpected, exciting, and edgy design like nothing else afloat! Here’s some of the design elements they unveiled:

“Infinite” Verandas:” I watch a lot of home design shows and see a lot of those bi-folding patio doors that are now recognized as a must-have feature in the design of contemporary homes, due to their creating bright, versatile spaces that can bring the outside into the home in an instant. Take that same idea and put it on a cruise ship and you have the “infinite veranda.” Open up the doors with a flick of a switch and guests are able to expand cabins right up to the edge of the ship (think infinity pool)!

Monday, March 06, 2017

Celebrity Cruise Line and the 35th America’s Cup

For many, vacations are just as much about experiences as they are about relaxation. For some, more so. I recently read an article that said the more unique you can make your vacations, the better you’ll feel about it afterward. People like to know that they’ve experienced new and exciting things that maybe others haven’t. It gives them special memories to cherish, something interesting to talk about in conversation, and makes their experience feel special.


Celebrity Cruises recognizes that this is what many sophisticated cruisers are looking for and that’s where Celebrity Signature Events comes in.  For example, the June 18th sailing of the Celebrity Summit is a “Signature Event” sailing; one in which guests can experience special events and celebrations as part of their cruise vacation. This particular one highlights the America’s Cup yacht race.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Do Cruise Ships Have Lifeguards?

The answer to that question is “some do, but not all”.  Cruise lines compare their ships to hotels and resorts, where signs often warn that no lifeguard is on duty and guests swim at their own risk. I doubt anyone would disagree that it is the responsibility of the parent to assume the first layer of supervision, but is that realistic on ships that may carry as many as 1,000 children on a summer voyage?

Disney became the first major cruise line to hire lifeguards for its family pools in 2013. The lifeguards are always on duty, so long as the family pool is open. He /she is constantly moving around the pool and there are even multiple lifeguards when necessary. This move came after a tragic accident earlier that same year.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Oprah and Holland America Partnership

Oprah Winfry has made 2017 the year of adventure! It is her magazine’s 17th year anniversary and she was looking to do something that was fun. To celebrate Oprah’s Year of Adventure, Holland
America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine have announced a partnership, believing pairing the power of travel with the magazine’s personal growth endeavors to be a perfect fit.


Holland America will sponsor five “O, The Oprah Magazine Adventure of Your Life” sailings featuring O Magazine-inspired activities that will be scheduled aboard select North America ships. The inaugural Alaska trip on Holland America's Eurodam ship will embark from Seattle July 15.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Beauty and The Beast on Disney Dream


“Beauty and the Beast” is my favorite Disney movie…the music, the romance, the predominant theme of “beauty is only skin deep”, makes for such a great story! I am not even ashamed to admit that I am anxiously awaiting the new live-action adaptation of the animated classic that premieres in movie theaters this March, (even though I have no young child or grandchild to bring along). Now, if I could only convince my husband that our next cruise should be aboard the Disney Dream next fall, when Disney Cruise Line debuts its brand new musical production of the same name!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Enhanced Latitudes Rewards

I’m a BIG fan of Loyalty Clubs and my spending habits reflect that.  Shoe stores, restaurants, movie theaters and especially cruise lines!  So I’m excited to tell you about Norwegian Cruise Line’s enhanced Latitudes Rewards loyalty program, featuring new benefits at all tier levels.
Available for all cruises beginning Feb. 3, the new program includes the addition of two new elite tier levels for the most frequent cruisers.  The ranks look like this:


Bronze…..1-29 points
Silver……..30-54 points
Gold……….55-79 points
Platinum…80-174 points
Platinum Plus…175-699 points
Ambassador….700+ points