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Luxury - CRYSTAL CRUISES announces expanded collection of 2017 & 2018 CRYSTAL Getaways

CRYSTAL CRUISES´s continued commitment to offer luxury travelers more choices for luxury getaways, CRYSTAL unveiled an expanded selection of CRYSTAL Getaways - abbreviated voyages derived from longer existing itineraries - for both 2017 and 2018. This enables luxury travellers to shorten their buckset lists with CRYSTAL CRUISES. by Earl of Cruise
New to the roster of Getaways are eight shortened segments of CRYSTAL SERENITY´s 2018 World Cruise voyages, exploring Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, South America, the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, and the Caribbean. The global voyages range from four to 17 days in length, providing busy travelers options for luxury vacations with reduced investment of time and funds. "CRYSTAL Getaways are perfectly suited to modern luxury travelers, whose calendars are packed but who relish opportunities to discover new cultures and adventures," says Carmen Roig, CRYSTAL´s senior vice president of marketing and sales. "Th…
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Destination - Capri, Dolce Vita and Legends - a cruise on board ANDREA

Capri filled with legends, over boarding beauty and Italian `dolce vita´ More than 190 years after the German painter August Kopisch's `discovery´ of the Grotta Azzurra in 1826, Capri (it is pronounced `KAH pree´, with an accent on the first syllable) is the most sophisticated island in the Mediterranean. The sound of its name evokes nostalgia, beauty and enthusiasm. And more so, each one of us can and will find its `own´ Capri. by Earl of Cruise
During a Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona to Venezia on board the yacht like ANDREA of ELEGANT CRUISES & TOURS one of the beautiful destinations has been Capri ...

Capri smells of sweet life, light moments, riches and pomp. It is the island of love and happiness. Capri is the place for yearning, dreams and wonderful craziness. Capri is a myths in the Mediterranean Sea, unique and tender, full of promises. Capri is a promise.
Rudi Schurike `Capri Fischer´, 1943, only a short time after the recording, the song was blocked by the Nazi…

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Luxury - CRYSTAL CRUISES announces expanded collection of 2017 & 2018 CRYSTAL Getaways

CRYSTAL CRUISES´s continued commitment to offer luxury travelers more choices for luxury getaways, CRYSTAL unveiled an expanded selection of CRYSTAL Getaways - abbreviated voyages derived from longer existing itineraries - for both 2017 and 2018. This enables luxury travellers to shorten their buckset lists with CRYSTAL CRUISES. by Earl of Cruise
New to the roster of Getaways are eight shortened segments of CRYSTAL SERENITY´s 2018 World Cruise voyages, exploring Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, South America, the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, and the Caribbean. The global voyages range from four to 17 days in length, providing busy travelers options for luxury vacations with reduced investment of time and funds. "CRYSTAL Getaways are perfectly suited to modern luxury travelers, whose calendars are packed but who relish opportunities to discover new cultures and adventures," says Carmen Roig, CRYSTAL´s senior vice president of marketing and sales. "Th…

Cruise - CELEBRITY CRUISES to offer legal same-sex marriages onboard

A gay marriage on board a ship is the dream of many, which became an offer onboard many cruise ships, depending on the law of the flag state. Malta finally follows EU same sex law Equal rights despite of sexual orientation, nationality, believes, etc. The motion follows a trans formative vote in Malta, where a majority of the CELEBRITY CRUISES fleet is registered - Malta represents a flag of convenience - which passed the country's parliament 66-1. The long-awaited referendum opens the door for CELEBRITY to legally recognize same-sex marriages performed onboard, and have the fleet's captains officiate the ceremonies. LGBTQ+ rights had been important for long at CELEBRITY "CELEBRITY CRUISES has a long history of supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and I cannot think of a more important time in our history than right now to do all we can to support inclusion. I am absolutely thrilled to announce that starting today (Oct. 9th), we welcome same-sex couples to marry on …

Destination - Capri, Dolce Vita and Legends - a cruise on board ANDREA

Capri filled with legends, over boarding beauty and Italian `dolce vita´ More than 190 years after the German painter August Kopisch's `discovery´ of the Grotta Azzurra in 1826, Capri (it is pronounced `KAH pree´, with an accent on the first syllable) is the most sophisticated island in the Mediterranean. The sound of its name evokes nostalgia, beauty and enthusiasm. And more so, each one of us can and will find its `own´ Capri. by Earl of Cruise
During a Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona to Venezia on board the yacht like ANDREA of ELEGANT CRUISES & TOURS one of the beautiful destinations has been Capri ...

Capri smells of sweet life, light moments, riches and pomp. It is the island of love and happiness. Capri is the place for yearning, dreams and wonderful craziness. Capri is a myths in the Mediterranean Sea, unique and tender, full of promises. Capri is a promise.
Rudi Schurike `Capri Fischer´, 1943, only a short time after the recording, the song was blocked by the Nazi…

Luxury Cruise Alaska - A 12 night luxury trip to the last frontier

Alaska - The Last Frontier. Twelve nigths, in July 2018, for a luxury cruise to AlaskaAlaska - The Last Frontier. Twelve nights, in July 2018, for a luxury cruise to Alaska - aleutan Alaxsxag "land in whose direction the sea flows", from Vancouver to Seward. As much Alaska as you can get staying in an a luxury class suite on a luxurious cruise ship. Experience untouched scenic wilderness while enjoying superior luxury! A luxurious adventure including the `company´ of kodiak, grizzly, moose, salmon and glaciers in the vast landscape of Alaska's wilderness, accompanied with champagne, caviar and your loved one.
by Earl of Cruise
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Ventures by SEABOURN - courtesy SEABOURN, YouTube SOJOURN´s routingOn a 12 night trip starting June 4th, 2018, SEABOURN SOJOURN takes you to breathtaking Alaskan sceneries. While you stay in a top class suite.
Luxury Alaska cruise with SEABOURN SOJOURN takes you to from Vancouver into the Alaskan wilderness and …

HISTORY - One of the earliest steam ship companies in the world ÖSTERREICHISCHER LLOYD was founded in 1833 - I 1833-55

ÖSTERREICHISCHER LLOYD, in its corporate language Italian, LLOYD AUSTRIACO, was founded in 1833 by 19 insurance and banking companies and 127 private shareholders in Trieste after they got the permission from the government of Austria-Hungary. ÖSTERREICHISCHER LLOYD develped into one of the biggest shipping companies of the world. From the start the corporate language was Italian. After WWI it became LLOYD TRIESTINO and is stillexisting as ITALIA MARITTIMA, a subsidiary of EVERGREEN MARINE. by Earl of Cruise  ARCIDUCA LUDOVICO of 1837 - Source: Civico Museo del Mare Trieste In my previously published article about AUSTRO-AMERICANAI wrote about the naval heritage of Austria-Hungary and my special personal interest in its shipping companies. Austria-Hungary is so far more than what I mentioned there and forgott mentioning its most prominent citizen, Kaiserin Elisabeth, named Sisi, empress of Austria and Apostolic Queen of Hungary. Kaiserin Elisabeth von Österreich, Apostolic Queen of Hungar…

Design - Is appearance important? Of ships?

Is appearance, the look, important? Of cruise ships? Design is question of taste, which is based on upbringing and is used to see. But there s the "golden cut/ratio", the principles of aesthetics.
First of all for us, the species of Homo Sapiens Sapiens (the modern man) - YES! It makes life easier, the way of life, the choice of a partner ... There are enough and sufficient and good investigations. And why else do we plunge into the fitness studios, why are the casting shows booming for super models (models are actually discovered in other ways), cosmetic surgery...?
But beauty is always in the eye of the beholder.
Is appearance important? Especially the look of cruise ships?
by Earl of Cruise
Luxusliner, Kurt Ulrich
Mario Testino Photobooks
Books about Palazzo Colonna
Books about the liner NORMANDIE The Greeks in antique ages, found the principles of aesthetics, and created the rule of.
Just like us, the people, the appearance is also "sales-promoting"- beauty simply inc…

Design - How to design a retro-futuristic cruise ship for families with children

To design a retro-futoristic cruise ship for families with children is and was quite a task, but we see it sailing in a fleet introduced by DISNEY CRUISE LINE. Among the `streamlined me-too´ design, typically choosen, in the mass market a soothing eye candy. Especially for those loving the `old lines´.
Actually to most critics the exterior design of the actual DISNEY fleet is named the most elegant, modern looking liner design - it seems to me a bit of  `Steam Punk´. And indeed the DISNEY vessels have the special look, that is recognized as that of the Golden Era of liners, the 1930s and ART DÉCO. by, editing by Earl of Cruise (in grey)
Early design idea presented by FROG DESIGN to DISNEY - courtesy FROG DESIGN FROG DESIGN was involved in creating the basic ship and brand designfor DISNEY cruises. Frog (styled as frog) is a global design firm founded in 1969 by industrial designerHartmut Esslinger in Mutlangen, Germany as "esslinger design". Soon after it moved…

Cruise - A new MEIN SCHIFF 1 is comming

The new MEIN SCHIFF 1 is comming 2018 to replace the existing MEIN SCHIFF 1 the former CELEBRITY CRUISES vessel GALAXY, later CELEBRITY GALAXY. After a multimillion € refit by transforming normal outside cabins into balcony cabins, and lengthening the up to 262 meter with a new sponson at the stern (beam 32,2m, draught 8,5m).
The existing and the new MEIN SCHIFF 1 are no luxury cruise vessels, but in the mass market a real premium product. The passenger numbers are near to 3,000 and the crew at 1,000, which will be stress for the crew per se.
I want to give a first glimpse at the interiors of the new MEIN SCHIFF 1. In comparison to the WOW and EFFECT hashing cruisers, a calm designed ship interior. by Earl of Cruise The new MEIN SCHIFF 1, rendering - courtesy TUI CRUISES The former GALAXY was the first new ship of the ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES Ltd. and TUI GROUP´s joint venture - TUI CRUISES. GALAXY lost its US American tastes related interiors at BLOHM+VOSS with the consulting of German…

Design - Call me FRANCE again - will the mythical ship be back at sea

Le FRANCE, the famous and mythical French ocean liner, will he be back at sea again? President Charles De Gaulle claimed, during the christening (by Yvonne de Gaulle) ceremony May 11th, 1960, that FRANCE III is a true revival of glamorous NORMANDIE ... Those having sailed on NORMANDIE and had the luck of experiencing his grandeur and then top luxuries on board, named FRANCE "vulgar" ... as my aunt and others able to compare.
Didier Spade, a French naval architect and businessman, connected to FRANCE via his father´s and grandfather´s engagement in the outfitting of the famous and last French Transatlantic liner, created a new interpretation of the famous and still loved FRANCE.
by Earl of Cruise
Didier Spade´s vision of the Nouveau FRANNCE - courtesy Mer et Marine When FRANCE was purchsed by visionairy Kloster, the once liner lost its character after the transforming into the then biggest cruise vessel. What was left was only a last glance of the 1950/60s design and character of…

Liners - A comeback for classic ocean liners not as we know them A suggestion

Can the classic ocean liners make a comeback - No, not as we know these ocean liners with several classes and a huge number of passengers on board. But if these classic styled ocean liners will meet the needs and wishes of a well heeled group of guests, then yes!
My idea is based on researches. by Earl of Cruise My own design draft for le nouveau NORMANDIE (below is the longitudinal cut of the original NORMANDIE) The idea for this design draft started as competition between me and Mike Strasbaugh some time ago These new ocean liners then have to cater voyagers, similar to those that we once have found flying in the CONCORDE. BRITISH AIRWAYS and AIR FRANCE made huge losses in the beginning with the supersonnic airliner. But after a research among their passengers, they made those prices that these passengers thought they have paid, as most of them never booked for themselves, but via their PA´s or Concierge Travel Agencies. The payment was "automatic". And then after both airl…