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Land Chefs @ Sea

by Don McCann

More and more, we are seeing noted chefs from restaurants on land being tapped by cruise lines to bring their trademark styles to shipboard dining.  Just this week I was at a presentation on Norwegian Cruise Lines‘ newest ship, Norwegian Escape, which will boast something like 29 different dining options (a brand feature of their ‘Freestyle Cruising’ amenities).  But what caught my attention was the two short videos they showed on their partnerships with these noted chefs.  Both videos are very short, but very cool……..take a look:

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We Like That Name!

by Don McCann

At Cruise Escapes, we always take notice when a similar name comes along. A couple of years ago, Princess Cruises used a tagline of “Escape Completely”; we liked that! Now, Norwegian Cruise Line is about to launch their newest and largest ship ever, the Norwegian Escape. The ship will sail from Miami and it begins in November. There’s a nice overview, with some photos & a video if you click here

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It Was Only a Matter of Time….

by Don McCann

With all of the growing popularity of European river cruises, it’s not too surprising that one of the major ‘ocean’ cruise lines has decided to launch their own river cruise division. Recently, Crystal Cruises announced that they will begin river cruises within Europe in 2017. At the time, they released virtually no details, but earlier this week they announced some date information and even showed us a couple of renderings!

Crystal Cruises European River CruiseCrystal Cruises will begin European river cruises in March, 2017 and reservations will open in December of this year, in 2015. That far in advance, you might ask? Yes! With the demand for river cruises and the limited number of cabins onboard, they sell much further in advance than many ocean cruises.

The river vessels from Crystal will each feature standard ‘suites’ at 250 square feet,Crystal Cruises river cruise suite as well as two 500 square feet penthouse suites. Accommodations will have walk-in closets, king-size beds and the bathrooms will have double vanities. As with their ocean ships, the river ships will include their signature Palm Court, which will have a glass roof & dance floor and there will be a fitness center and spa. The ships will carry only 140 guests.

The other lines in the luxury arena of European river cruises (Uniworld, Tauck, and Scenic) will surely be interested to see how Crystal will create their own style of luxury river cruises and we’ll all be interested to see at what price point, as well. Stay tuned for more info!

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