TRENDS & NEWS IN LUXURY CRUISING

CRYSTAL CRUISES ANNOUNCES WORLD’S LARGEST MEGAYACHT: “CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR”

Months after the successful launch of Crystal Yacht Cruises’ 62-guest Crystal Esprit, Crystal Cruises is again upping the ante with the world’s first purpose-built polar class megayacht. Measuring 600 feet (183 meters) long, the 25,000 gross ton new build with 100 guest suites will be the largest and most spacious megayacht afloat. Crystal Endeavor will debut in August of 2018. Drawing inspiration from Captain James Cook’s research ship “HMS Endeavour,” the vessel will be designed for global expedition in Arctic, Antarctic and tropical conditions.

 

UNIWORLD BRINGS LUXURY TO LIFE WITH NEW VIRTUAL REALITY APP

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S.S.Maria Theresa

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is bringing the reality of its luxurious flagship to life with the launch of its very first virtual reality app.

The cruise company is one of the only river and ocean cruise lines to offer this type of virtual reality technology to agents and prospective guests. Viewers
can completely immerse themselves in the beauty and luxury of the S.S. Maria Theresa. This innovative technology provides agents with the tools to showcase Uniworld’s unique offerings to prospective clients while improving their own understanding of the company’s luxury onboard experiences.

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Maria Theresa lobby

 

PONANT: AFTER WHITE EXPEDITIONS, ENTER THE BLUE AND GREEN EXPEDITIONS

A leader in “White” five-star expeditions to polar regions, Ponant has just ordered four new ships, which will concentrate on “Blue Expeditions” – exploring Oceania, its lagoons and secret islands, and “Green Expeditions” – taking passengers amongst other places to the Orinoco River in Amazonia, Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea, or the Indian Ocean. The result will be a host of unusual itineraries to get as close as it is possible to local cultures, rare and exceptional flora and fauna, during excursions on a unique fleet of Zodiacs with naturalists on board. Delivery of the first new ship is expected in 2018.