Cruise Recap – 29th July 2011

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Given the multitude of cruising news and events in recent times, this has been a relatively quiet week surprisingly!

Celebrity Silhouette was named by godmother and travel agent, Michelle Morgan, in Hamburg last week and, if you missed the live streaming on Facebook, you can view a behind-the-scenes look at the ship and ceremony here.

Poolside passengers onboard Carnival Destiny were surprised for the second time in a month by the cruise line with what may be the largest flash mob at sea. 2,000 this time around…how many will it be next time?

I was interested to discover the findings of Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Best Awards’ earlier this week and, whilst the winners are esteemed lines and well worthy of the praise offered, I just wonder whether there should be an additional category entitled ‘Luxury Cruising’.

The more ‘affordable’ brands were seemingly left by the wayside and I, personally, don’t feel that defining ships by size is the most reasonable way of rating a line.

What are your thoughts?

Yours in cruising,
Natalie

Crystal, Seabourn, Tauck top World’s Best Awards

Travel + Leisure magazine has released the results of the ‘2011 World’s Best Awards’ as voted by their readers, with Crystal Cruises, Yachts of Seabourn and Tauck taking away the top spots in their three cruising categories.

   

Condé Naste awards Variety Cruises

Variety Cruises has been named ‘Best Small Ship Cruise Company’ in Greece and Cyprus by Condé Nast Traveller Greece.

   

Tapas and wine on Oceania Marina

Oceania Cruises’ newest flagship, Marina is taking a step further in their culinary offering with ‘Tapas and Wine Lovers’ gatherings daily in the ‘La Reserve’ wine tasting room.
   

P&O Cruises farewells Poum

The port of Emerald Bay (Poum) has been cancelled from P&O Cruises’ South Pacific itineraries for the remainder of 2011 with the cruise line basing their decision on “ongoing tribal disputes on the island.”

   

 

ANMM Collection. Reproduced courtesy of the Australian National Maritime Museum
   
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: Natalie Aroyan
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