Catch Up on Cruising: Latest News in bite size!

Ahoy Fellow Cruisers

This is your fortnightly Catch up on Cruising and the latest news in bite size pieces!


American Queen Steamboat Company acquires Victory Cruises

It has been announced that Victoria I and Victory II, identical 202 passenger ships will join the American Steamboat fleet under the Victory Cruise name. This will enable the line to offer guests with more diverse cruising options particularly in the Great Lakes CEO John Waggoner has advised.


Scenic Eclipse delayed again!

Unfortunately another 7 departures are cancelled due to issues which have delayed the construction of the highly anticipated groundbreaking Scenic Eclipse.

13 April 2019 is now the first sailing date for the vessel due to continuing financial issues at the Uljanik shipyard and strikes by specialist engine and system commissioning workers. Affected guests will receive a full refund of the cost of their cruise, those who rebook a voyage by 31 March 2019 will also receive a future cruise credit to the value of 25% of the cost of the rebooked cruise.  These new issues mean the ship is anticipated to set sail nine months later than expected.


Celebrity Glamping in Galapagos

Celebrity Cruises new luxury camping experience located on the top deck of its Galapagos Islands vessel Celebrity Flora allows passengers to dine and sleep in a luxurious Cabana fitted with double beds.  Celebrity Flora begins her inaugural season on 26 May 2019 offering alternating 10 & 11 night tours of the Galapagos.


Windstar 2019/2020 Caribbean and Latin America Programme Released

New port visits to Mexico, Honduras, Grand Cayman, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica are part of the latest programme for Windstar Cruises.  Boasting 52 departure dates ranging from 7 to 56 days and a new focus on less visited tropical ports and unusual holiday experiences. A highlight is the 2 month Grand Caribbean Adventure cruise exploring the Caribbean’s Greatest and Lesser Antilles and Latin America destinations.


Seadream Yacht Club Returns to Cuba

2019 has proven to be a good year for Seadream Yacht Club’s Cuba sales, so a second set of sailings to the Caribbean nation in 2020 have been announced.  7 new trips between February and March from US$ 5689.00 per person twin share, highlights include the city of the Cienfuegos, the town of Trinidad in Central Cuba, the resort island of Cayo Largo and Isla de Juventud which is home to historic caves that are lined with Indian Paintings.

Why is SeaDream Called a Yacht Club?
As the Chairman says “We are not a cruise line. We are a yacht company and we provide a yachting experience.” Yachting features an open and unstructured ambience that provides guests the ability to fulfill their own dreams – call them “seadreams” if you will – at their own pace and in their own style. We like to express this as “No clocks, no crowds, no lines, no stress.” The key word for the SeaDream yachting experience is “unstructured. It’s all about personal choice. Think of it as a free form holiday in which guests fall into a “seadream” and believe that they are aboard their own yacht. That’s why we say SeaDream is a yacht company; not a cruise line.



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