Extend that European vacation with a land tour before or after your Crystal cruise

Mirroring Crystal’s ultra-luxury onboard experience, guests will dine at renowned restaurants and stay at some of the world’s most sought-after hotels, like Villa d’Este and Prague’s Carlo IV Boscolo. The Extended Land Programs includes these new options: Castile Kingdom Splendor – Explores the legend of Don Quixote and visits Madrid and Spain’s World Heritage sites of Segovia and Toledo (four nights); Costa Brava Exploration – Features Spain’s “wild coast,” set against the Pyrenees Mountains, charming Catalonian villages, as well as Salvador Dali’s birthplace (four nights); Also, Crystal continues to offer these popular options: Lake Como and Villa d’Este – Ultra-luxury resort Villa d’ Este at Cernobbio on Italy’s Lake Como is the favored playground of royalty and international celebrities (three nights); an Prague and Budapest – Castles, palaces and monuments in two of the world’s most fascinating cities (five nights).

Silversea’s new ship to sail with comedian Cleese and astronaut Sullivan on maiden voayage

For guests who can sail 70 or more days, Silversea has arranged four complimentary onshore events to kindle the spirit of celebration: Naming Ceremony Gala — In Fort Lauderdale, on January 20, the evening before departing on the Grand Inaugural Voyage, guests will enjoy a welcoming gala dinner and overnight accommodations aboard Silver Spirit. … Additionally, all guests aboard the Grand Inaugural Voyage will enjoy three complimentary Silversea Experiences including an innovative children’s ballet performance at the grand Teatro José de Alencar in Fortaleza, Brazil; a visit to one of the world’s largest Magellanic penguin colonies, home to thousands of penguins, near Camarones, Argentina; and a delightful folkloric presentation of dances that portray the history of Panama, staged at one of the country’s most treasured landmarks, the National Theater of Panama, during the ship’s call in Fort Amador.

News, book and music stars to join Holland America’s world voyage

Spicing up the conversation or adding a note of jazz during the 114-day grand world voyage next January aboard the ms Amsterdam, Holland America Line is bringing some well-known guests on board for segments of the trip. … Donaldson, who has been affiliated with ABC News for more than 40 years, was White House correspondent during the Carter and Reagan administrations, and he continues to host new shows for ABC.