Cruise Guide: Seabourn Odyssey debuts in Venice

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By Michael Coleman

cruiseguideheadersmallThe first luxury cruise ship to be unveiled in six years has been launched and is now sailing in the Mediterranean.

The 450-guest, 32,000 ton Seabourn Odyssey features 225 luxury suites (90 percent with verandas), Charlie Palmer cuisine and when a series of voyages ends this year she’ll set off on the company’s first world cruise. Continue reading “Cruise Guide: Seabourn Odyssey debuts in Venice”

Cruise Guide: Cruising offers a unique way to visit the West Coast

Cruising offers a different, more relaxed way to visit L.A. and other West Coast destinations. Photo by Matt Roseboom
Cruising offers a different, more relaxed way to visit L.A. and other West Coast destinations. Photo by Matt Roseboom

By Matt Roseboom

cruiseguideheadersmallI’ve taken a couple of trips to California, both times enjoying the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other as I drove down California’s coastline. But there’s another, more relaxing way to visit the West Coast. You guessed it, cruising the coast. Continue reading “Cruise Guide: Cruising offers a unique way to visit the West Coast”

On Board: Follow us for live updates aboard two ships this week

You can follow Cruise News Weekly live on board two ships this week. Editor Michael Coleman is in the Mediterranean aboard Silversea’s Silver Wind, and Publisher Matt Roseboom will be aboard the Carnival Glory in the Caribbean. You may follow our live updates on our Twitter page.

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Also look for upcoming Cruise Guide Ship Reviews of the Silversea Silver Wind and Carnival Glory.

On Board: Refurbished Silver Wind Sparkles

The Restaurant, Silver Wind’s main dining venue, is but one on board locale featuring new upholstery, carpet, wall and window treatments. The look may be new for guests this week on a 10-night Mediterranean itinerary but a Silversea staple — impeccable service — remains the same. Image courtesy Silversea
The Restaurant, Silver Wind’s main dining venue, is but one on board locale featuring new upholstery, carpet, wall and window treatments. The look may be new for guests this week on a 10-night Mediterranean itinerary but a Silversea staple — impeccable service — remains the same. Image courtesy Silversea

By Michael Coleman

Dubrovnik, Croatia — The pending launch of Silver Spirit, Silversea Cruises’ latest vessel, has slightly overshadowed a beautiful, multi-million dollar refurbishment to one of its ageless vessels.

Silver Wind, launched in 1995, has a fresh, updated look from bow to stern. Continue reading “On Board: Refurbished Silver Wind Sparkles”

On Board: Newly-refurbished Silver Wind sails the Mediterranean

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Cruise News Weekly Editor Michael Coleman is in the Mediterranean this week aboard the newly-refurbished Silver Wind. One of the world’s most luxurious ships, the 298-guest vessel was in Venice, Italy a few days ago. She will be calling on ports in Croatia (Zadar and Dubrovnik), Malta (Valletta and Gozo) and Spain (Palma de Mallorca and Valencia). We’ll update her progress on this space as the cruise unfolds, including coverage of a classical music event scheduled exclusively for Silver Wind guests at Magazino Hall in Valletta.

Cruise Guide: You deserve to save money on a cruise

By Matt Roseboom

cruiseguideheadersmallYour alarm clock goes off early. You’re late to work and get reprimanded by your boss, who makes you work late, which makes you get home late, which makes your spouse and kids unhappy. This chain reaction won’t happen every day, but just one of these things may make you think to yourself, “I deserve a cruise.”

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) agrees and it’s teamed up with its cruise line members for the “You Deserve a Cruise” promotion. Most of the top cruise lines are offering special limited-time deals. Here’s a sampling: Continue reading “Cruise Guide: You deserve to save money on a cruise”

On Board: Stellar dining venues, lounges abound on Solstice

By Michael Coleman

NAPLES, Italy — The food and beverage component aboard Celebrity Solstice, like the ship’s striking contemporary design, is a feast for the senses.

Port calls to ancient locales, many featuring wine and food tours like those offered here, almost pale in comparison to the gastronomic journey found onboard. Continue reading “On Board: Stellar dining venues, lounges abound on Solstice”

On Board: Futuristic Solstice seduces guests

Suites aboard the new Celebrity Solstice feature a clean, contemporary design complete with soothing color palettes.
Suites aboard the new Celebrity Solstice feature a clean, contemporary design complete with soothing color palettes.

By Michael Coleman

KUSADASI, Turkey — It should come as no surprise that a cruise ship with design elements ahead of its time also features stylish accommodations.

The 2,850-passenger Celebrity Solstice arrived in this Aegean Sea port city today at the half-way point of a 10-night Mediterranean itinerary. Continue reading “On Board: Futuristic Solstice seduces guests”