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Follow ExpertCruiser onboard Windstar Cruises Star Pride

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 21 - 2017

For the next eight days follow my Twitter and Instagram feed from Windstar Cruises Star Pride as she sails from Lisbon to Barcelona. Have a question? Tweet me or post a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer as quickly as possible.

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Follow ExpertCruiser on Viking Ocean’s Viking Sea

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On December - 3 - 2016

ExpertCruiser is off to check out Viking Ocean’s newest ship, Viking Sea.  Follow ExpertCruiser at @ExpertCruiser on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the next 12 days with updates from Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy.  You can also follow the hashtag #MyVikingStory.  Updates may be sporadic due to the connectivity issues, thanks!

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Follow ExpertCruiser to China on Viking River Cruises

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 26 - 2016

That’s right, ExpertCruiser is off on the cruise/tour of a lifetime to China!  Starting in the dynamic city of Shanghai follow @ExpertCruiser on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the next two weeks with updates from the Yangtze River, Xi’an and Beijing.  You can also follow the hashtag #MyVikingStory.  Updates may be sporadic due to the connectivity issues, thanks! vikingemeraldchina

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Royal Caribbean sending Ovation of the Seas to China

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On March - 25 - 2015

Furthering the cruise line’s commitment to growing the China vacation market, Royal Caribbean International today announced that Tianjin, China, will be the new home for its third Quantum-class ship, Ovation of the Seas. The news was given today by Royal Caribbean’s President and CEO, Michael Bayley, in a Beijing press conference of media, travel agents and officials. Launching in April 2016, Ovation of the Seas will be the cruise line’s fifth cruise ship based in the region.

“Cruising has become very popular for Chinese consumers and Royal Caribbean is already capturing their imaginations with our industry-leading cruise ships,” said Bayley. “We are furthering our commitment by bringing two of the world’s newest and most advanced Quantum-class cruise ships to the region. In addition, we are significantly expanding our investment in the training and employment of Chinese talent so they can join us in delivering our amazing and distinctive vacations to Chinese travelers.”

Currently under construction, Ovation of the Seas will join Quantum of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Legend of the Seas in the China seas. The five ships will comprise the largest fleet deployment for any cruise brand in China, homeporting in four metropolitan Chinese cities – Shanghai, Tianjin, Hong Kong and Xiamen – and primarily sailing three- to 12-night itineraries to destinations in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. Royal Caribbean’s summer 2016 Asia adventures will open for booking in August 2015.

In addition to committing ships to the region, Royal Caribbean is investing in people shoreside. The cruise line created a curriculum with the Tianjin Maritime College in August 2014 in order to attract, train and employ more Chinese talent. In the 13,000 sq. ft. school, students are instructed in the skills needed for a successful culinary or restaurant service career with Royal Caribbean. The cruise line has already hired more than 3,000 graduates and hopes to expand the program to accept more students and work with colleges in other Chinese cities.

Royal Caribbean also is exploring new ways to engage the Chinese economy and help create more Chinese jobs. The cruise line is investigating potential Chinese drydock facilities to revitalize Legend of the Seas as early as 2018; logistics centers in China to supply its ships deployed in the region; and an inbound-tourism business model to bring thousands of North American vacationers to experience China.

Once launched, Ovation of the Seas’ maiden sailings will include a 52-night Global Odyssey from Southampton, U.K. to Tianjin. Vacationers can be among the first to experience the new ship on the 2016 Ovation Global Odyssey, which will open for sale on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Five itineraries will take guests to some of the world’s most iconic cities:

  • A seven-night England to Barcelona cruise, departing May 3, 2016 from Southampton
  • 16-night Barcelona to Dubai cruise, via the Suez Canal, departing May 10
  • 14-night India and Southeast Asia cruise, departing May 26 from Dubai to Singapore
  • Three-night Malaysia cruise, departing June 9 on a roundtrip sailing from Singapore
  • And 12-night Exotic Asia cruise, from Singapore to Tianjin.

Royal Caribbean is the leading and the most successful cruise line in China, shown by business growth, consumer and trade preference, and industry and consumer recognitions and awards. For its inaugural season, Ovation of the Seas will homeport in Tianjin – approximately 70 miles southeast of Beijing, while Quantum of the Seas will complete a full year of sailings from Shanghai. Mariner of the Seas will join Quantum of the Seas in Shanghai, while Voyager of the Seas will sail regularly from Hong Kong’s new Kai Tak Cruise Port. In addition to Japan and Korea itineraries, Voyager of the Seas will offer four- and five-night Taiwan and Vietnam cruises. For its part, Legend of the Seas will offer a set of sailings from Tianjin and then reposition to its new homeport of Xiamen for the remainder of the season.

“While China gets the newest Quantum Class, North America is getting the newest Oasis Class, Harmony of the Seas. There will be three Oasis-class ships sailing from two Florida ports starting in 2016, in addition to Anthem of the Seas from Cape Liberty, giving vacationers plenty of options for a truly memorable Royal Caribbean cruise.” added Bayley.

Ovation of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas are among the Quantum Class, the world’s most advanced cruise ships. While Quantum of the Seas and Ovation of the Sea will sail the China seas, Anthem of the Seas will make Cape Liberty in Bayonne, N.J. its long-term home, and offer New York metropolitan vacationers a range of Bermuda, Caribbean, and Canada and New England adventures.

The Quantum Class features Royal Caribbean’s unmatched innovations in onboard attractions, including the North Star aerial observatory, a glass capsule that takes guests more than 300 feet above the ocean for incomparable panoramic views, and the RipCord by iFLY skydiving and FlowRider surfing simulators. Guests will be dazzled with the ships’ transformative venues, such as the Two70 lounge, a great room by day and an immersive, multimedia entertainment spectacular at night, and SeaPlex, where guests can challenge each other at bumper cars, disco roller skating, circus school, and basketball and other sports. Guests enjoy a choice of 18 onboard restaurants, each serving a distinctive menu of delectable fare, and rollicking live entertainment in Music Hall, the Royal Theater, and Royal Esplanade.  

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Avalon Tapestry II christened by Godmother Diana Gabaldon

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On March - 24 - 2015

On a rainy, good-luck-kind-of-day in Les Andelys, Avalon Waterways christened its ninth Suite Ship, the Avalon Tapestry II.  Acting as the ship’s godmother, Diana Gabaldon – author of the award-winning, No. 1 New York Times-bestselling OUTLANDER novelsled the christening ceremony.

“God bless this bonny ship and all who sail in her!  Rivers are the lifeblood of a country, carrying the commerce and history of its people,” said Ms. Gabaldon.  “We who are chosen to join this great adventure are blessed to be part of the flood of life.  Bless the builders and makers of this ship, the captain and crew, and all who may sail in her, today and all her tomorrows.  I christen thee Avalon Tapestry II!”

Avalon Waterways Tapestry 2 Godmother Diana Grabaldon

After reciting her blessing, Ms. Gabaldon cut a rope tethered to Moet, causing the bottle to break against the newly named ship’s bow.  Onlookers included Captains Laurent Taupe and Rudy Villard; Avalon Waterways’ Patrick Clark and Burghart Lell; the ship builder Jacque Den Breejen; the Tapestry II crew as well as 150 charming townspeople of Les Andelys and their Mayor Fredric Duchet.

Of her godmother duties, Ms. Gabaldon said, “I’ve been invited to do everything from leading parades to being installed as a Lady of the Quebec Garrison of the 78th Highlanders—but being godmother to a lovely ship has been a new and fabulous experience!   I’m looking forward to sailing this new ship while embarking on new adventures – and doubtless good food – exploring the history-lined rivers of Europe!” 

“Ms. Gabaldon has added to the storytelling tapestry of our lives while also inspiring travel with her literature.  In her OUTLANDER books – now a popular television series on STARZ – she has brought to life the historic, 18th century backdrops of Scotland as well as dozens of other destinations, including the river ports of France.  She is an inspiring storyteller and inspired choice as godmother for this Suite Ship that will soon deliver travelers to the heart of Europe, encouraging them to explore all that France has to offer while enjoying panoramic views day and night, along the way.”

After the christening ceremony, the 361-foot, 128-passenger Avalon Tapestry II will welcome travelers aboard for such popular itineraries as Paris to Normandy’s Landing Beaches and Grand France (northbound and southbound).

About Avalon’s Suite Ships:

“With two full decks of suites, nothing showcases the best of river cruising like our Suite Ships,” said Patrick Clark managing director of Avalon Waterways.    “Each suite has been thoughtfully designed to enhance the European cruise experience.  From bed and bathroom positioning to storage and sound-proof insulation, we provide cruisers a renewed feeling of freedom, space and comfort not found with other cruise lines.”

The suites on the Avalon Tapestry II feature a large seating area adjacent to a Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window.  When opened, this 10’ x 7’ floor-to-ceiling window transforms the entire suite into the category’s only Open-Air BalconySM. With a focus on bringing the beauty of Europe inside, Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies can be enjoyed any hour of the day, all year, adding comfort to the overall guest experience.  Mirroring the on board cruise experience found on all of Avalon’s ships, the Suite Ships also feature a club, main lounge and dining room with sweeping views, hair salon, Sky Deck whirlpool and Open-Air Bistro for outdoor, grilled lunches.  In addition, the fitness rooms aboard the Suite Ships of Avalon, feature additional equipment and room to renew.

 About Diana Gabaldon:

Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, No. 1 New York Times-bestselling OUTLANDER novels and is described by Salon magazine as “the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting ’Scrooge McDuck‘ comics.”

A scientist with a Ph.D. in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology and a specialty in scientific computation, Ms. Gabaldon jumped the academic rails in 1991, when the adventure began with the classic OUTLANDER, and has continued through seven more New York Times-bestselling novels, with 26 million copies in print worldwide, in 40 countries and 36 languages.

In 2014, STARZ created a popular television series (also called “OUTLANDER”) based on Ms. Gabaldon’s books.  The series is filmed in Scotland and is [presently] distributed in 87 countries.

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Live updates from Avalon Waterways new Suite Ship, Avalon Tapestry II

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On March - 22 - 2015

Avalon Waterways is launching their newest ‘Suite Ship” today in Paris, France, the Avalon Tapestry II.  Follow ExpertCruiser.com as we sail aboard Avalon’s newest Suite Ship on the Seine River from Paris to Normandy. Like Avalon’s other Suite Ships, Tapestry II offers two full decks of suites that offer the line’s signature sliding glass door that opens seven feet wide creating an open-air balcony.

Avalon Creativity in Paris, France photo by Avalon Waterways for use by ExpertCruiser.com

Additionally each Suite Ship has a hair salon, Sky Deck whirlpool and Open-Air Bistro for outdoor grilled lunches.  Fitness rooms on Suite Ships have been expanded to provide more floor space and additional equipment.  Follow on Twitter @ExpertCruiser and @AvalonWaterways hashtags #AvalonTapestry2 #AvalonWaterways #SuiteShip  Also, follow ExpertCruiser on Facebook, and Instagram.

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