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Celebrity Chef Curtis Stone Partners with Princess

Celebrity Chef Curtis Stone Partners with Princess | Luxury cruise |

Princess Cruises recently announced a new exclusive partnership with esteemed restaurateur, New York Times bestselling author and television personality Chef Curtis Stone. This collaboration will serve up new culinary offerings designed by Chef Stone, dedicated to fresh flavorful cuisine, ultimately creating memorable experiences as guests travel the world. 

Guests will be invited to enjoy three special offerings developed by Chef Stone, available only on a Princess cruise vacation, including:

  • “Crafted by Curtis” menu items available in the main dining room across the entire fleet
  • A new specialty restaurant concept and menu designed by Chef Stone
  • A special Chef’s Table by Curtis Stone experience
Walter Christen's insight:

I have always found that the food on Princess Cruises that I have been on to be exceptional.  Thoughtful menus, and dishes presented and prepared well.

This partnership with Chef Curtis Stone will bring this up a notch.  I will look forward to sailing on a Princess Cruise with the additions planned.

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Seabourn Launches "Ventures by Seabourn" Excursions | About Luxury Cruising

Seabourn Launches "Ventures by Seabourn" Excursions | About Luxury Cruising | Luxury cruise |

Get ready for some real excitement with the Ventures by Seabourn a program of New Shore Excursions that Launch Directly from Ship’s Unique Fold-Out Marina. Seabourn unveiled the new concept “Ventures by Seabourn”, a series of Zodiac and kayak shore excursions offering exceptional opportunities to enhance and extend how guests experience destinations. The program will begin this summer on three Northern Europe voyages aboard Seabourn Quest, and will feature excursions launching directly from the ship’s innovative fold-out watersports marina.

Ventures by Seabourn is an informative and educational way for guests to enhance their cruise with optional shore excursions guided by knowledgeable and experienced expedition teams of scientists, scholars and naturalists. Already adept at engaging guests via the Seabourn Conversations onboard enrichment program, the accomplished experts will now provide in-depth insights into the history, ecology, wildlife and culture as guests explore spectacular destinations close up – and at sea level.

Walter Christen's insight:

Starting with the Seabourn Quest, Ventures by Seabourn, will be a unique new way to experience the culture and wildlife of some of the best destinations Seabourn has to offer while cruising.

Ventures by Seabourn will utilize Seabourn Quests fold out watersports marina for kayak and Zodiac excursions at water level and close up to enhance the cruising travelers enjoyment and cruise experiences with educational shore excursions.

Initially, Ventures by Seabourn will be offered on selected Northern European cruises, but will be expanding the program to also include kayak excursions on their Antarctic cruises. 

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Hans Kiendl, Pastry Chef - Crystal Cruises

Hans Kiendl, Pastry Chef - Crystal Cruises | Luxury cruise |

He’s the swami of sweets. The master of meringue. The guru of ganache. He is Hans Kiendl, pastry chef of Crystal Symphony. And his delectable creations are served at every meal, daring even the staunchest dieter to have just one bite.

The Germany-born chef, who has been with Crystal almost since the luxury cruise line launched its first ship 25 years ago, is serious about his work. And it shows in his beautifully presented desserts, using the freshest, purest ingredients. “It only tastes good when you use good ingredients,” he says, adding that he doesn’t use alternatives, like corn syrup. And everything is made from scratch.

That’s quite a feat for Kiendl and his staff, who start preparing early in the morning for the day’s meals, which start with the Early Risers Continental Buffet in the Lido Café at 6:30 a.m. Pastries and other baked goods are also served at the full buffet breakfast, as well as in the Crystal Dining Room and The Bistro. After breakfast, his staff supplies sweets for lunch, afternoon tea in the Palm Court, dinner, and late-night snacks in The Bistro. And then, there’s 24-hour room service. “The food operation is the biggest entertainer on board,” he says.

Walter Christen's insight:

Yes, food is a important part of cruising.  I was amazed at some of the creations presented here and my mouth watered.  Luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises knows how to prepare and present delectable pastries from fresh ingredients.

I especially liked the insight that "The food operation is the biggest entertainer on board"  

Hans Kiendl is the pastry chef for the Crystal Symphony cruise ship.  you can see the Cruiseable team insight into this ship at:

  • Crystal’s hotel and dining staff are schooled in the fine art of European service.
  • Cuisine by renowned chefs Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio, included at no extra charge.
  • Recently emerged from a two-week, $20 million-plus dry dock redesign
  • All-inclusive cruissing that includes specialty restaurants, all beverages and pre-paid gratuities
  • Engaging onboard enrichment programs
  • Impressive wine cellar including Crystal's exclusive "C" label
  • One of the highest space per guest ratios at sea, offering Crystal Cruises' unparalleled service in luxurious comfortable surroundings
  • The only Feng Shui-inspired spa at sea

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CRYSTAL CRUISES - Casual Luxury, Evening Elegance

CRYSTAL CRUISES - Casual Luxury, Evening Elegance | Luxury cruise |

"Today, Crystal Cruises operates the two top-rated luxury ships in the world: the 922-guest Crystal Symphony (launched in 1995) and the 1,070-guest Crystal Serenity (launched in 2003). Crystal is wholly owned by Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), one of the largest shipping company in the world. Headquartered in Tokyo, the firm operates over 800 ships. Crystal Cruises Is “Editors’ Choice” In 2014 Bon Voyage Awards also."

Kirshan Murphy's insight:

Here is a nice write up on Crystal Cruises - who they are, what they offer, and why you should check them out.

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LUXURY Cruise Ship Tour of Seabourn Quest

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LUXURY Cruise ship Tour of Seabourn Quest

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I'm friends with Ralph Grizzle, the Avid Cruiser, and admire his video reports from Silversea, Seabourn and other luxury cruise lines. (Ralph wanted to join Cruiseable as an Advisor but found it might conflict with his existing business relationships.)


This short video takes you on a video tour of Seabourn Quest, which for my money is one of the top five cruise ships in the world. The Quest offers amazing itineraries to Antarctica, South America, the Caribbean and Europe. I would absolutely love to travel aboard Seabourn Quest to Antarctica. Once. Adding this to my bucket list.


Many more photos and information about Seabourn Quest on Cruiseable at:

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Oceania plans another epic 180-day cruise

Oceania plans another epic 180-day cruise | Luxury cruise |

Got six months to spare to travel the world? Upscale line Oceania Cruises just announced another epic 180-day voyage that includes stops in South America, Asia and Europe.

The unusual around-the-world sailing on the 684-passenger Insignia will kick off Jan. 6, 2017 in Miami and include calls in 98 ports on six continents.

The 13-year-old line is rolling out the new itinerary in the wake of heavy demand for three other recently announced 180-day world cruises that began taking place this year

Walter Christen's insight:

Oceania Cruises 180 day cruise around the world makes ports of call in 6 continents.  The Insignia cruise ship will be the venue for this over the top cruise experience. The number of must see ports of call on the itinerary is amazing.


I particularly liked that there were some over night stops so that you do not feel like you are being rushed from port to port.

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Crystal expansion includes three new ocean ships, yacht and river cruising, jet tours: Travel Weekly

Crystal expansion includes three new ocean ships, yacht and river cruising, jet tours: Travel Weekly | Luxury cruise |

Crystal Cruises announced an expansion plan under new owners Genting Hong Kong that includes three 1,000-passenger vessels, its first new ships in decades.

Plus, Crystal will expand into adventure, yacht and river cruising, and luxury jet trips.

The line has signed a letter of intent with Lloyd Werft to build the ocean ships, which will have an unprecedented space ratio of 100 gross tons of space per guest, Crystal said. The minimum size of the cabins on the ships will be 400 square feet.

The first ship is due for delivery in late 2018. The ships will be built to sail in polar waters, Crystal said.

Walter Christen's insight:

Crystal Cruises is doing a major expansion and is going to be offering More than just ocean cruising.

  • Three new ships with the first being delivered in 2018.  These new ships will also offer residences for purchase on the top decks.
  • New Super Yacht, Crystal Esprit.  Only 62-passengers and some of the adventure amenities include a two-person submarine, four 10-passenger Zodiacs and a 12-passenger yacht tender.
  • Crystal Cruises will also offer branded river cruises and luxury jet tours.  The last, the jet tour, will be on a specially outfitted Boeing 787 Dreamliner holding only 60 passengers on 28 day luxury visiting 10 to 12 remote and/or sought-after locales.

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Seabourn Voted the 'World's Best Small-Ship Cruise Line'

Seabourn Voted the 'World's Best Small-Ship Cruise Line' | Luxury cruise |

The discerning readers of Travel + Leisure have voted Seabourn as the "World's Best Small-Ship Cruise Line" in the prestigious magazine's 2015 annual survey. The ultra-luxury line has dominated the top spot in the "Small-Ship Cruise Line" category over the last decade.

"Our focus is always on the guest experience. As a leader in ultra-luxury and innovation, it takes the expertise of all of Seabourn's employees - on shore as well as at sea - to bring everything together and consistently deliver travel experiences that exceed our guests' expectations," said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. "This award is recognition of the extraordinary commitment, dedication and expert delivery of highly personalized vacation experiences that we deliver every day, and I would like to thank the readers of Travel + Leisure for honoring our entire team that makes this possible."

Seabourn's all-suite ships have earned many honors over the years, including a string of five awards as the "Best Small-Ship Cruise Line" in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards, as well as "Best Culinary Cruise Line" from the editors of Saveur in its Culinary Travel Awards for two consecutive years.

Walter Christen's insight:

For more information from the Cruiseable Team please see the overview at

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LUXURY Cruise Ship Tour of the SEABOURN QUEST CRUISE SHIP Most Luxurious

Kirshan Murphy's insight:

Check out this video tour of the Seabourn Quest luxury cruise ship.

You can learn more about the ship here:

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