(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI BEACH, Fla., July 31, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open House Worldwide architecture festival, a network of nearly 60 non-profit organizations hosting festivals and dialogue about architecture, design and cities across the globe, is set to debut March 1-2, 2024 in the Miami and Miami Beach area. Dedicated to honoring and sharing the iconic history of architecture and design on Miami Beach, the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) is working in partnership with The Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD), the lead of Open House Miami, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), and a host of additional community organizations. The official announcement of the first-ever installment of Open House Miami was recently made during a VIP reception at the Historic Hampton House, a perfect example of preserved architecture, design and cultural history.
(PRESS RELEASE)_SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (July 31, 2023) – Princess Cruises has unveiled its 2025 Alaska cruise and cruisetours season, featuring three captivating roundtrip itineraries and an exclusive new National Parks Cruisetour. These remarkable offerings are available for booking starting August 3.
New Adventures and Extended Journeys Await, including a Departure from LA:
New for 2025 from the cruise line that brings the most guests to Alaska every year is a 22-day roundtrip voyage sailing from San Francisco on Ruby Princess that coincides with the Summer Solstice, and a 17-day roundtrip cruise from Seattle on Grand Princess featuring three days of scenic glacier viewing. For guests seeking to sail from Southern California, a new 16-day roundtrip Inside Passage voyage from Los Angeles on Grand Princess offers a convenient and affordable option.
(PRESS RELEASE)_BOSTON – The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) in partnership with Holland America Line announced the winner of Flynn Cruiseport Boston’s 2023 Wave Season Campaign Canada New England Sweepstakes this past weekend. Brockton resident Kelli Sullivan was awarded a stateroom for two aboard Holland America’s Zaandam sailing to Canada New England during the 2023 Fall Season.
“Congratulations to Kelli on being the winner of our 2023 Wave Season Campaign Canada New England Sweepstakes,” said Port Director Joseph Morris. “This is an excellent opportunity to experience Holland America’s Zaandam ship and explore the culture, food and architecture throughout Canada and New England.”
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI (July 31, 2023) - Today, Crystal officially relaunches under the new guardianship of A&K Travel Group, as Crystal Serenity sets sail following a multi-million-dollar refurbishment. Departing on its inaugural voyage today from Marseille, the cruise line's largest vessel accommodates 740 guests and is the first of two ships returning to service this summer.
With an industry-leading space-to-guest ratio (1 to 93.1 cu. ft.) and nearly one staff member per guest, Crystal Serenity fosters endless opportunities for inspiration and enrichment, complemented by unparalleled service. Larger, redesigned suites, award-winning specialty dining restaurants and restorative public spaces further expose passengers to heightened experiences enroute to the world’s most sought-after destinations around the world.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Geneva, Switzerland – July 31, 2023 – MSC Cruises and Formula 1® reached a new milestone together over the weekend, celebrating the first Grand Prix with MSC Cruises as title sponsor.
The FORMULA 1® MSC CRUISES BELGIAN GRAND PRIX 2023, one of the most historic and prominent races on the F1 calendar, took place at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium from July 28 to July 30, 2023. As the race’s title sponsor and Global Partner of Formula 1®, MSC Cruises, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing cruise brands, brought the line’s global reach and passion for excellence to this thrilling event, enhancing the experience for fans around the world.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Today, during an executive briefing to media and travel advisors sailing onboard Crystal Serenity’s preview voyage, Cristina Levis, CEO of A&K Travel Group, announced that the brand is working with their advisors, lenders and export credit agents in order to sign a memorandum of agreement with two European shipbuilders for four new ships. This will include two classic ships and two expedition vessels.
During the presentation, Levis stated, "We have ambitious growth plans for Crystal and are proud of what we have accomplished with the relaunch of Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony in just under a year following the purchase of the brand. We are now thrilled to formally announce that we will be growing our fleet and continue to offer the most exceptional cruising experiences in the industry.”
In just a few short days on July 31, Crystal Serenity will set sail for its inaugural voyage departing from Marseille following an extensive refurbishment. Crystal Serenity’s sister ship Crystal Symphony will depart from Athens on Sept. 1, for its inaugural sailing.
(PRESS RELEASE)_SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (July 27, 2023) – It’s been a dynamic year for golf globally – from amateur to professional ranks, travel to increasing numbers of juniors and women taking up the game – and Puerto Rico is mirroring those trends as the tropical destination proves to be one of North Americans’ favorite places to visit.
Passenger arrivals are up at airports throughout the Island, as is play at virtually all 18 courses in the biodiverse tropical paradise – a bilingual American territory where no passport is required for U.S. citizens.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Bookings for solo cruise travel are booming as travelers seek the best ways to explore new destinations with others while remaining independent.
With solo cruising on the rise, luxury and ultra-luxury cruise retailer Panache Cruises is advising lone travelers how to make the most of their cruise vacation.
As the popularity of solo cruising continues to rise, cruise lines are responding to demand by fitting more single cabins to new and existing ships, making cruise vacations more accessible for solo travelers.
Whether new to solo travelling or an experienced adventurer, cruising offers safety, an abundance of amenities, flexibility, and a stress-free break to enjoy alone or with fellow cruisers.
(PRESS RELEASE)_The place where the world’s best vacation begins, Royal Promenade is designed to make the best first impression as soon as guests board. Fusing all-new features and favorites, the reimagined neighborhood introduces a new level of connectivity that reflects the vibe of a dynamic plaza, across two fully connected decks buzzing with hotspots, memorable ambiance and more ways to play all in one place.
The neighborhood will feature its first ocean views, thanks to a three-story-tall structure and experience, more than 15 restaurants, bars and lounges, entertainment, activities, dedicated spaces for kids and teens, and more – all purposefully designed to come alive from day to night.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Fort Lauderdale, FL – July 18, 2023 – Award-winning cruise line American Queen Voyages™ (AQV) is thrilled to announce its newest and most festive offering yet: Christmas Markets Experiential Voyages. AQV is partnering with the charming City of Natchez, MS, to recreate traditional European Christmas markets in America for the benefit of guests on select holiday voyages in 2023 and 2024.
“We are delighted to be partnering with the City of Natchez for our new Christmas Markets cruises,” said Cindy D'Aoust, president, American Queen Voyages. “Natchez is the quintessential Christmas town, making it the perfect place for our guests to enjoy this festive fusion of European yuletide nostalgia and authentic Southern charm."
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