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Whether you're seeking a short getaway to a tropical locale or ready for a longer escape at sea, GAYOT's cruise coverage makes it easy with our selection of travel deals and articles on the world's best ocean liners.



Silversea's fleet is about to get a major makeover

Silversea Cruises Announces Major Renovation
Silversea has announced that its entire fleet will undergo a $170 million makeover. The remodel will be the biggest in the cruise line's history and is set to begin at the end of 2016. The renovations will include a luxurious revamping of guest rooms, dining areas and more. Technology upgrades will also be part of Silversea's overhaul. Passengers aboard Silver Whisper for the World Cruise in 2017 will be among the first to experience the transformation.

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Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas is the world's largest cruise ship

Royal Caribbean Creates World's Largest Cruise Ship
Harmony of the Seas is the newest member to join Royal Caribbean's fleet and it is record breaking! Not since the Titanic has so much buzz surrounded the launch of a new ship. Weighing 226,963 gross tons and measuring at 1,188 feet long (362 meters), it exceeds the height of the Eiffel Tower, which stands at 1,062-feet tall (324 meters), and is the world's largest cruise ship. The vessel was manufactured at the STX France shipyard, taking approximately three years and more than 10 million hours of labor to construct. Despite the massive undertaking, Harmony of the Seas was completed two weeks in advance. The ship can hold 6,800 passengers, and notable features include 40 restaurants, 23 swimming pools, an ice skating rink, theater, mini-golf course, The Ultimate Abyss (the tallest water slide at sea) and the "neighborhood" Central Park. Harmony of the Seas sails on its maiden voyage May 29, 2016 for a seven-day cruise going through Spain, Italy and France.

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French America Line will offer cruises through the rivers of the United States

River Cruises with French America Line
Explore the rivers and waterways of America with French America Line — the world's newest cruise line! Beginning August 2016, the cruise line will offer voyages through the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland and Red Rivers. Sailing will be intimate, with vessels holding no more than 150 passengers, ensuring that you'll be well attended to during the excursion. Delight in Southern and Continental food crafted by award-winning Chef de Cuisine Regina Charboneau and take part in guided shore experiences.

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Attend a ballet featuring performers from the State Academic Bolshoi Theater of Russia aboard one of Silversea's "Exclusively Yours — Enriched Voyages"

Silversea Announces "Exclusively Yours — Enriched Voyages"
Passengers sailing with Silversea Cruises this year are in for a special treat. The cruise line will introduce "Exclusively Yours — Enriched Voyages" on select excursions in the summer and fall with themes including gastronomy, the performing arts and bridge. Enjoy a night at the ballet, compete in a card game tournament or learn about fine wines during a sommelier course.

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Chef Curtis Stone and Peter Roelant, Princess Cruises' manager of culinary operations

Princess Cruises and Chef Curtis Stone Team Up
Princess Cruises is collaborating with renowned chef Curtis Stone. This year, his specialty restaurant SHARE will debut aboard select Princess Cruises' ships (including Ruby Princess, Emerald Princess, Coral Princess and Sun Princess), and guests can expect a singular dining experience.

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Aqua Expeditons offers "Exclusive Access" with Hosted Departures

Aqua Expeditions' "Exclusive Access" Cruises
Aqua Expeditions is offering a new experience for passengers traveling with the company in 2016. Two sets of cruises will give guests the singular opportunity to meet with Francesco Galli Zugaro, founder and CEO of Aqua Expeditions, or sail along with celebrated chefs David Thompson and Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Learn about what inspires these notable figures through one-on-one conversations or interactive Master Classes. The "Exclusive Access" perk will be available on Aqua Amazon and Aqua Mekong voyages on select dates throughout the year.

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Windstar Cruises and the James Beard Foundation will elevate the culinary experience on select cruises

Windstar Cruises and the James Beard Foundation Unite
Windstar Cruises is partnering up with the James Beard Foundation to transform passengers' culinary experience. Starting in 2016, the company will offer the James Beard Founder Collection on three of its themed cruises. This entails a James Beard-featured chef on each voyage who will offer cooking demos, craft a nightly featured dish and meet with guests. Menus will reflect the cuisine of the regions visited and wine experts will lead tastings of local offerings.

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Inspirato's new luxury yacht, Irresistible

LUXURY ON THE OCEAN BLUE
Inspirato's Irresistible Luxury Yacht
Inspirato, the world's largest destination club, has introduced a new luxury yacht — the Irresistible. The ship is available to those traveling within the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. Journey across the sea with every amenity you could need: your own Inspirato crew (which includes captain, mate and chef), master suite with kind-size bed, a Jacuzzi spa, Jet Ski and kayaks. The yacht has three staterooms and is great if you're traveling with the family or a group of friends. Guests can also enjoy the topside wet bar, convenient dining space and, of course, an awesome ocean view.

Learn more about Irresistible at the Inspirato official website



The MV Britannia, P&O Cruises' newest ship

SAIL AWAY INTO PARADISE
The Most Important Cruise Ship Launches of 2015
With millions of people taking cruises every year, cruise lines are stepping up their game to stand out from the competition. The latest crop of ships making their debut in 2015 are no exception. P&O Cruises' MV Britannia, carries over 4,000 passengers and was christened by Queen Elizabeth II. Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas and the ship offers Seaplex bumper cars and the "North Star" — a capsule that takes guests above the deck for 360 degree views.

See more of 2015's newest ships at the Fox News official website



The living room of the Regent Suite on Seven Seas Explorer

DEBUT AT SEA
Regent Seven Seas Explorer
In the summer of 2016, Regent Seven Seas Cruises will debut its most extravagant ship to date, the Seven Seas Explorer. The cruise line has pulled out all the stops for its newest creation, from elegant architecture to specialty dining restaurants to luxurious suites. Exclusive to the ship will be Pacific Rim, a Pan-Asian eatery serving a variety of dishes inspired by the regional cuisines of China, Korea and beyond. Another notable feature of the Seven Seas Explorer is the opulent Regent Suite — measuring in at nearly 4,000 square feet and boasting its own spa. The two-bedroom suite has created such a buzz that it is already sold out for the first year of cruising.

Learn more about the Seven Seas Explorer



World-renowned chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller

RENOWNED CHEF TAKES TO THE SEA
Thomas Keller Collaborates with Seabourn Cruise Lines

Fine dining aboard Seabourn is about to be elevated to another level with the cruise line's partnership with Thomas Keller. Beginning fall 2015, the acclaimed American chef will devise new menu items for various restaurants on Seabourn's ships, from appetizers to dessert. Even more exciting is the news that in spring 2016, Thomas Keller will also premiere a new signature restaurant on Seabourn Quest that will eventually expand to all of Seabourn's ships. With chef Keller's expertise and exceptional culinary background, dining on Seabourn will be an experience not to be missed.

Learn more about this gourmet partnership




The AmaViola will hold 170 passengers

A FAMILY GETAWAY
Disney Launches European River Cruises

Adventures by Disney and AmaWaterways have teamed up to create a unique vacation experience for families. Starting in 2016, Disney will offer European river cruises through up to five European countries, giving parents and children the opportunity to discover new cultures together. Get a taste of the region's food with the cruise line's menu of local specialties, and enjoy exclusive perks such as a falconry show at Hohenwerfen Castle in Austria. Although you won't encounter any Disney characters, this cruise is sure to be a magical experience for both kids and adults.

Get more details at the Fox News official website





Enjoy a luxurious expedition to Copenhagen on Crystal Cruises

ON BUSINESS TO COPENHAGEN
Cruise to Successful Investing with Frank Mottek
Get your investment strategies in shipshape condition this summer. Crystal Cruises welcomes Frank Mottek, anchor of "Money News" on CBS Radio, who will moderate private group sessions focusing on smart investing during a journey to scenic Copenhagen on August 16-23, 2015.

Join Crystal Cruises on an expedition to financial prosperity



Britannia restaurant aboard the Queen Mary 2

COLOSSAL CRUISE
Crossing the North Atlantic on the Queen Mary 2
The Queen Mary 2 is the largest and most expensive cruise liner ever built. Read about GAYOT's recent transatlantic trip aboard this supersized ship to discover all of the opulent amenities and dining options available to passengers.

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Royal Caribbean's Wonderland restaurant brings to life never-before-seen fare like this inventive vegetable dish, baby vegetables in the garden

GOURMET ON THE HIGH SEAS
Royal Caribbean Quantum Class Dining
Royal Caribbean has completely revamped its approach to on-board dining. Its new fleet of Quantum luxury cruise ships will feature Dynamic Dining” – a modern, ingredient-driven approach to meals served at a multitude of venues.

Read GAYOT's blog for all of the details




The Cuba Cruise ship, Louis Cristal

NEW HORIZONS
Exploring the Real Cuba Aboard the Louis Cristal

Because of the U.S. embargo, Cuba is an entirely different Caribbean experience that, until this year, has not been possible. But finally, thanks to a Canadian-based company called Cuba Cruise partnering with a Greek cruise line, travelers can enjoy the authentic Cuba.

Find out about the Louis Cristal




Bumper cars aboard one of Royal Caribbean's new Quantum ships
A NEW CLASS
Royal Caribbean's two new Quantum cruise ships
Royal Caribbean’s two new ships will be the first at sea to offer attractions such as simulated skydiving, bumper cars and an observation capsule.

Exterior view of the MS Nieuw Amsterdam at sea
ACTIVITIES ABOUND AT SEA
Trans-Atlantic Crossing on the Nieuw Amsterdam
Read the GAYOT blog to find out more about this seventeen-day repositioning cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam, a 2,106-passenger ship.

ICEBERG ALLEY
Luxury aboard the Hanseatic
Find out about a thrilling northern cruise that offers gourmet dining, expert naturalist speakers, a unique view of the Newfoundland coast and a close brush with floating icy mountains!
Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park, Hanseatic Iceberg Cruise

Murano restaurant on the Celebrity Solstice
GASTRONOMY AT SEA
Dining on the Celebrity Solstice
Sometimes cruising is less about the destination and more about the journey (or in our case, the dining!). Read GAYOT's blog to find out more about dining on Celebrity Solstice.

Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity in Norway
UNEXPECTED ADVENTURES
New Crystal Cruises Destinations
Crystal Cruises is challenging travelers to think outside the box when it comes to their 2013 travel plans with a new menu of itineraries for its "Top 10 Unexpected Destinations."

CROSS THE ATLANTIC IN STYLE
Silversea's Silver Spirit

Get the inside scoop on the largest and newest in the Silversea Cruises fleet, the Silver Spirit, featuring six restaurants, a pool, performances by six resident singers and more.
Silversea's newest and largest ship, Silver Spirit

Oceania Cruises' luxurious Riviera weighs 66,084 tons and hosts 1,250 passengers
OCEANIA CRUISES' RIVIERA
Docking in Venice
The luxury ship Riviera carries 1,250 passengers and, when it docks in Venice, boasts one of the best views of the islets from its top deck.

Read more in our cruise feature

LA DOLCE VITA
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

With the launch of a new Italian river cruise, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises invites sophisticated travelers to experience the culture, cuisine and romance of Italy.
Discover the "splendors of Italy" with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

THE PRIVATE YACHT EXPERIENCE
Variety Cruises
Variety Cruises stands out in the luxury yachting market for its unique concept of providing a private yacht/ship experience with destination-focused journeys.
M/Y Harmony G, part of the Variety Cruises fleet

The sun deck aboard the Louis Cristal cruise ship from Cuba Cruise
CUBAN CULTURE CRUISE
New Cruises to Cuba

Canadian cruise line Cuba Cruise has announced regular weeklong voyages around the island on the 1,200-passenger Louis Cristal, featuring Cuban music and dance.



Articles on Cruising


Allure of the Seas

Oceania Cruises Riviera

Cuba Cruise

Reflections in the Fjords

Mariner of the Seas

Variety Cruises

Oasis of the Seas

Yacht Isabella II

Pacific Explorer

The Yachts of Seabourn


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