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New world record set for most expensive cruise vacation

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On February - 28 - 2012

When only the best will do along comes a travel package that leaves no luxury stone unturned. An amazing 124-day luxury cruise trip has been unveiled by Six Star Cruises, which includes helicopter pick up from the guests’ home in the UK, and a flight in a private Boeing jet to Los Angeles. Once airborne guests will nibble on Beluga Caviar at $5800 per kilogram, sip on the rare Da Hong Pao tea, which costs over $3000 per kilogram and is harvested from 1000-year-old plants, have a personal chef prepare an 10-course meal that will be washed down with copious amounts of Dom Perignon.

After the flight, guests will be whisked away in a Rolls Royce Phantom for a 4-night pre-cruise stay and gala at the Peninsula Hotel. After visiting Hollywood guests will then take their chauffeured Rolls Royce to the ultra-luxury ship, Silver Whisper. Onboard the lucky guests will stay in the ship’s best accommodations, the Royal Suite where they will travel for 115 nights and visit 28 countries. At the end of the cruise in Miami guests will hop on another Rolls Royce for a 4-night stay at a private 6-bedroom villa with pools and, of course, a butler.

This 124-day luxury jaunt will set the jet-set travelers back a whopping $1.5 million per couple – or approximately $11,740 per day. This amount sets a new world record for the Most Expensive Cruise, according to World Records Academy.

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Reported by Anita Dunham-Potter (editor@www.expertcruiser.com)

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Happy cruise news! Disney Fantasy arrives in New York City

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On February - 28 - 2012

Disney Fantasy sailed into New York harbor today two days ahead of her christening ceremony on March 1. At 1,115 feet long with room for 4,000 passengers the $900 million Fantasy offers some of the most amazing innovations at sea like her sister ship Disney Dream. However, there are some new additions and tweaks that make Fantasy different than Dream. Stay tuned to ExpertCruiser to find out what’s new as we cover the Disney Fantasy christening on March 1.

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Disney Fantasy sails into NYC

Disney Fantasy sails into NYC

Reported by Anita Dunham-Potter (editor@www.expertcruiser.com)

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Fire extinguished on Costa Allegra

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On February - 27 - 2012

A fire broke out in the generator room of the Costa Allegra leaving the vessel adrift in the Indian Ocean off the Seychelles Islands. According to company reports there were no casualties from the fire as it was extinguished quickly, but it has left the ship crippled unable to generate power for propulsion. Costa Crociere said in a statement that a general emergency alarm was “promptly sounded” as a precaution, and that all passengers and crew not involved in the emergency reached assembly points. Onboard the ship are 636 passengers and 413 crew members. The statement also added that the fire began in Costa Allegra’s electric generator room, “the special firefighting units intervened to extinguish it. The fire did not spread to any other area of the ship. There were no injuries or casualties.” The company did not release any information on what caused the fire.

costaallegraThe 615-feet long Allegra was built in 1992 and carries 800 passengers. The stranded ship is being assisted by the Seychelles coast guard and will be towed to shore in the coming hours. The incident on Costa Allegra follows the tragic accident six weeks ago on board the Costa Concordia, which capsized off Italy killing 32 people.

Reported by Anita Dunham-Potter (editor@www.expertcruiser.com)

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Cruise industry introduces new safety measures

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On February - 12 - 2012

Cruise lines are now required to conduct passenger safety drills before leaving port effective immediately. The new rule was announced by several cruise industry associations: Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the largest cruise industry organization in North America, European Cruise Council, and UK-based Passenger Shipping Association. The new policy is in response to the Costa Concordia disaster where 16 people died and 16 are still missing following the ship’s collision with rocks close to the shore of the Italian island of Giglio on January 13 .

Holding muster drills before leaving port goes beyond the existing legal requirement that passengers participate in the safety drills within 24 hours of embarking. Passengers who arrive after drills are held will receive prompt individual or group safety briefings. About 600 of more than 3,000 Corcordia passengers had not participated in the muster drill because they got on the ship within hours of the accident. “There are various means of delivering passenger safety instructions and abandon ship instructions, but we believe the existing international requirement that we provide this instruction within 24 hours can be bettered by doing it immediately upon (passenger) boarding,” said Michael Crye, executive vice president of CLIA. The organizations will consider the findings of the official Concordia investigation when they are released and make further recommendations based on those details, Crye said.

Reported by Anita Dunham-Potter (editor@www.expertcruiser.com)

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Love Boat Sale! Princess offers 2-for-1 Savings and onboard credits

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On February - 10 - 2012

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Princess Cruises will be offering special fares on cruises to Europe – with The Love Boat® Sale from February 13-20. Passengers can book during the event for up to 2-for-1 savings, plus receive an onboard credit of up to $100. Up to 30 Europe cruise itineraries are included in the sale, including cruises to the romantic cities and islands of the Mediterranean and Greek Isles, as well as “bucket list” destinations such as the Holy Land or British Isles.

In addition to the sale fares, passengers booking interior or oceanview staterooms can receive an onboard credit of $25 (cruises up to 9 days) to $50 (cruises 10 days or longer), and in balcony staterooms or above can get credits of $50 (cruises up to 9 days) or $100 (for sailings 10 days or longer). All onboard credits are offered per stateroom.
Examples of sale fares include:

• 12-day Grand Mediterranean cruises from $1,145

• 12-day Greek Isles cruises from $1,145

• 12-day Holy Land cruises from $1,595

• 12-day British Isles cruises from $1,790

All cruise prices are per person. The Love Boat® Sale runs from February 13 at 12:01 am through February 20 at 11:59 pm, and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.

Reported by Anita Dunham-Potter (editor@www.expertcruiser.com)

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