Oceania Cruises: Celebrating A Decade Of ‘Affordable Luxury’

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Founded in 2003 by cruise industry veterans Frank Del Rio, Bob Binder and Joe Watters, the one-decade-old Oceania Cruises is remarkable success story. Today, Oceania Cruises ranks as one of the industry leaders, thanks to its three small, classic ships and two midsize, new ships; its innovative and immersive itineraries; excellent dining; and what can… [Read More]

Is Silversea Becoming An Expedition Company? Plus Windstar’s New Tack & Designed In 2008? Regent’s New Ship

Majestic Maersk Meets Norwegian Star

You may, or may not, be relieved to know that U.S. Congressional bickering and the federal government shutdown has not altered Avid Cruiser’s web publishing schedule — or the publisher’s desire to remain in Sweden, perhaps indefinitely. On Monday, I witnessed a spectacle in Helsingborg, Sweden. Anchored in the harbor in shimmering sunlight, the Norwegian Star. While… [Read More]

Only Six Months Away, Windstar To Launch The First Of Its New “Motor Yachts”

Seabourn Pride at Sea. Courtesy Seabourn Cruise Line

Windstar Cruises is getting set for a fleet expansion, and it will take the long-standing sailing cruise line on entirely new tack. In February 2013, Windstar announced it had acquired Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Legend and Seabourn Spirit from ultra-luxury operator Seabourn. The acquisition of the three Seabourn vessels doubles the size of Windstar’s three sailing yacht fleet, giving the company… [Read More]

Silver Galapagos Sets Sail

Sea Lion with Silver Galapagos in background. Courtesy Silversea Cruises

Silversea launched its second expedition ship this past Saturday. Formerly named Galapagos Explorer II, the 100-guest ship embarked September 28 on her first-ever voyage as Silver Galapagos. The all-suite Silver Galapagos completed a major stem-to-stern refurbishment. All public spaces and guest suites were refreshed with new upholstery, carpeting, curtains and wall treatments. Each suite was… [Read More]

Designed In 2008? Regent’s New Seven Seas Explorer

Regent Seven Seas Cruises will expand to four ships in 2016, making it the industry's largest luxury cruise provider in terms of berths offered.

An all-balcony, all-suite ship like Seven Seas Mariner, Regent’s new Seven Seas Explorer, built at a price tag of US$450, begins sailing in 2016, but it’s design dates back to 2008. In July 2013, Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced it had entered into an agreement with Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard to construct its first new vessel in more… [Read More]

Norwegian Ship In Helsingborg Harbor Not The Only ‘Star’ In Town Today

Majestic Maersk meets Norwegian Star. @ 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Noon. The U.S. national anthem chimes from church bells atop Helsingborg, Sweden’s iconic, red-brick City Hall. It is probably safe to assume that the gesture is in honor of the many U.S. citizens aboard Norwegian Star, anchored in the harbor on a beautiful sunny day that marks the end of the cruise season in this… [Read More]

Exclusive Interview with Gene Simmons Reveals KISS Has Its Own Cruise Navy


By WALLACE IMMEN It’s becoming an armada: the KISS Navy will be forming again for KISS Kruise III. This year Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl is set to host what’s becoming an annual Halloween celebration, from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1. Fans are promised they can Rock and Roll All Night and Party Everyday. The uniform… [Read More]

One Of Our Favorite Places To Be: On Seabourn Quest At The Observation Bar

Seabourn Quest Observation Bar

Ten decks up and at the front of the ship on Seabourn Quest is an oasis of tranquility known as the Observation Bar. Walk through the doors into a beautiful space, where during the afternoon you’ll find sweets and soft music along with an elegantly served high tea. The same space transforms in the evening to one… [Read More]