When Athens-based cruise/tour operator CruiseClub Holidays started operating “The Steps of Apostle Paul Cruises” several years ago, no one understood how this product would become a lucrative opportunity for tour operators and agents around the world. With today’s barrage of mega-cruise ships, niche cruises using smaller ships sounds like a revolutionary idea.

Celebrating the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition, Cruise West is retracing the historic route of the skilled frontiersmen along the Snake and Columbia rivers with its seven-night “River Voyage of Discovery” itinerary. The trip is detailed in a newly-released 18-page Lewis and Clark brochure.

Award-winning California winemaker Gary Eberle will join Seabourn Spirit as a special Dress Circle guest expert on a 12-day cruise of Thailand & Temples of Burma, sailing roundtrip from Singapore December 7 – 19, 2004. In 2004, Eberle Winery celebrated 25 years of making ultra premium wines in Paso Robles, California. A former Penn, Read More

In 2005-06 Princess will once again offer travelers a variety of opportunities for a front-row view of one the world’s engineering marvels, the Panama Canal.  Offering both roundtrip sailings and full transit voyages, Princess’ three Canal-bound ships — Coral Princess, Regal Princess and Sun Princess — will offer a plethora of Canal choices. 

From a leisurely paced dinner in an intimate supper club to a casual buffet lunch poolside, Carnival Cruise Lines’ new Carnival Valor will offer an array of palate-pleasing selections to suit every mood or taste. The 110,000-ton “Fun Ship” is set to launch year-round seven-day Caribbean service from Miami Dec. 19.

Caribbean cruise vacationers will continue to benefit from Princess’ commitment to this region in 2005-06, as an extensive selection of 11 itineraries will cover 25 ports in the tropical waters Western, Eastern and Southern Caribbean. Six Princess ships will sail on seven-day, 10-day and 14-day itineraries from Ft. Lauderdale, San Juan and Galveston, each, Read More

Princess Cruises has just released its new brochure to help passengers escape into the Alaskan wilderness in 2005. The 120-page book details all of Princess’ cruise and cruisetour itinerary options for next summer, including the debut of the line’s new Direct to the Wilderness rail service between Whittier and Denali, an industry first. Princess, Read More

Silversea Cruises is offering an intriguing new land program perfectly tailored to appeal to those sophisticated travelers seeking far-flung adventures. Considered the most remote inhabited island on Earth, Easter Island highlights a new four- and five-night land extension available to guests of the ultra-luxury cruise line who wish to extend their vacation with a, Read More

For the first time ever, Travel + Leisure Magazine’s subscribers rated Star Clippers among the world’s “Top 10 Small-Ship Cruise Lines” in 2004. The World’s Best Awards are based on subscriber’s evaluations, rating cruise lines on six categories: cabins, food, service, itineraries/destinations, entertainment/activities, and value.

In an effort to build on the success of the Vacation.com CruiseCentre’s Merchant program, Vacation.com, North America’s largest vacation selling network, has joined together with Holland America Line to provide members with more opportunities to sell blocked group space aboard sailings in late 2004 and early 2005, while enjoying the benefits of reduced pricing, Read More