Cruise Guide: Celebrity Equinox set to pamper guests

The new, 2,850-passenger Celebrity Equinox, complete with a host of onboard indulgences, debuts in England at the end of this month. Image courtesy Celebrity Cruises
The new, 2,850-passenger Celebrity Equinox, complete with a host of onboard indulgences, debuts in England at the end of this month. Image courtesy Celebrity Cruises

By Michael Coleman

cruiseguideheadersmallCelebrity Cruises’ latest vessel, the 2,850-guest Celebrity Equinox, begins service at the end of this month with an eye on pampering guests to new heights.

A sister-ship to the line’s highly-acclaimed Celebrity Solstice (we’ll review Solstice in this space in the coming weeks), Equinox will offer a host of indulgent onboard offerings including a “24-Karat Gold Facial’’ plus a group of AquaClass staterooms — 130 in all – designed to offer a soothing, spa-focused ambiance. Continue reading “Cruise Guide: Celebrity Equinox set to pamper guests”

Cruise Guide: Royal Caribbean unveils getaways

Royal Caribbean has unveiled a series of short Caribbean cruise getaways in 2010 and 2011 from four Florida ports. Radiance of the Seas, pictured here, will be deployed from Tampa. Image courtesy Michael Coleman
Royal Caribbean has unveiled a series of short Caribbean cruise getaways in 2010 and 2011 from four Florida ports. Radiance of the Seas, pictured here, will be deployed from Tampa. Image courtesy Michael Coleman

By Michael Coleman

cruiseguideheadersmallRoyal Caribbean has unveiled a host of three, four and five-day Caribbean cruise getaways for 2010 and 2011.

Look for some 331 sailings, 20 itineraries and 15 ports of call all from a Florida port near you.

The cruise line will enhance and expand its deployment in Tampa with Radiance of the Seas from autumn 2010 through spring 2011, while Majesty of the Seas and Monarch of the Seas will continue their year-round Bahamas getaway sailings from their respective homeports of Miami and Port Canaveral. Continue reading “Cruise Guide: Royal Caribbean unveils getaways”

Cruise Guide: Royal Caribbean touts the ‘Suite Life’

Royal Caribbean features some 2,000 suites across its 20-ship fleet. The line will be unveiling a host of new suite amenities beginning in March. The Royal Suite, pictured here, features a digital baby grand player piano, a bar and panoramic sea views through a glass panel wall that spans the length of the suite. Image courtesy Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean features some 2,000 suites across its 20-ship fleet. The line will be unveiling a host of new suite amenities beginning in March. The Royal Suite, pictured here, features a digital baby grand player piano, a bar and panoramic sea views through a glass panel wall that spans the length of the suite. Image courtesy Royal Caribbean

By Michael Coleman

cruiseguideheadersmallPassengers aboard Royal Caribbean vessels are about to receive a whole lot of lovin’.

Beginning in March, those who book into a variety of suite categories — the line has some 2,000 suites across its 20-ship fleet – will enjoy a myriad of special privileges and upgraded amenities. Continue reading “Cruise Guide: Royal Caribbean touts the ‘Suite Life’”

Cruise News Weekly: About Us

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Cruise News Weekly is also home to Cruise Guide, a travel column featured in a host of U.S. based newspapers, magazines and their Web sites.

Michael Coleman, Editor – [email protected]
Matt Roseboom, Publisher – [email protected]

The travel bug hit Michael Coleman at an early age.

Editor Michael Coleman
Editor Michael Coleman

He was just 11-years-old when he boarded his first cruise ship from Miami – Carnival’s vaunted Mardi Gras in 1973.

Since then, he has sailed on dozens of the world’s best cruise ships either as a cruise line PR executive (Orient Lines and Crystal Cruises) or cruise travel writer.

His Cruise Guide newspaper column is read by some 300,000 people each week in a host of Florida markets and thousands more online. He has been a contributor to cruisecritic.com, cybercruises.com, Vacation Agent Magazine and a number of other in-print and online cruise travel publications. He is the editor of Cruise News Weekly which he founded with business partner, Matt Roseboom, in 2009.

His career choices have been as interesting and as varied as any cruise ship itinerary, mass market or otherwise. He is a cruise consultant for Regent Seven Seas Cruises; served as press secretary to Canada’s Minister of Tourism; worked as an executive editor with The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group; authored a top-selling book – Marco Island Culture and History and was recreation director at one of Marriott International’s premier properties: the Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort.

His wanderlust, however, remains as strong today as it did on that Miami pier some 36 years ago.

Matt Roseboom fell in love with cruising around the same time he fell in love with his wife.

Publisher Matt Roseboom
Publisher Matt Roseboom

His wife introduced him to cruising on their honeymoon in 1995 and they’ve been on more than 30 cruises since.

He has more than 15 years of publication experience, including working for The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group in a variety of roles and five years as owner and publisher of a community newspaper in Marco Island, Florida, Marco Island Sun Times. That’s where his friendship with Michael Coleman began when Coleman’s Cruise Guide column debuted in the Sun Times. After many years of planning, Cruise News Weekly was created.

After selling the newspaper to the Gannett company, he moved to Orlando because of his other love of theme parks. Now he’s also publishing Orlando Attractions Magazine.

As a professional photographer, he’s able to bring high quality images to all of his endeavors. Now Roseboom, his wife Jackie, and son Quinn are cruising and visiting theme parks for business and pleasure. But he said it’s hard most days to really call it work – Do what you love and you’ll love what you do.