What’s happing in the cruise world this week? A new cruise app from Crystal Cruises lets you share postcards from your journey, and did you know you can take an Alaskan King Crab or Lobster Festival cruise on American Cruise Line?
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There was also two exciting cruise ship christenings that took place this past week from Oceania Cruises and Avalon Waterways.
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Crystal Cruises Introduces New Cruise Ap to Let Cruisers Share Virtual Postcards
In a luxury cruise industry first, Crystal Cruises has created an iPhone app to help travelers literally and figuratively share custom postcard images of their journeys via social media, email and even “snail mail.” Incorporating the personalized memoir look and feel of the line’s just-launched “Begin a New Story” brand campaign, “The Storyteller” photo-customization app is available for free download from iTunes.
The user-friendly app invites both tech-savvy and tech-timid travelers to snap a memorable moment, stunning view, or new friend with their iPhone, and then use the app to add professional-style effects and share the image on one’s own Facebook page, Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page, or via email. The “Storyteller” even provides an option to create an actual paper postcard that can be personally signed and mailed to friends and family with the tap of a touchscreen.[box]This sounds awesome…we may have to update our blog post: top 3 mobile apps for cruisers! [/box]
American Cruise Line Introduce Culinary Theme Cruises
American Cruise Lines recently announced their new Culinary Cruise Collection, a various selection of cruises that place special emphasis on the trademark cuisine of specific cruising regions, including Alaska, New England, the Chesapeake Bay, the Mississippi River and the Pacific Northwest. Theme cruises include:
- Alaskan King Crab Cruise
- Lobster Festival Cruise
- Crabfest Cruise
- Culinary & Wine Themed Cruise
- Savories of the South Cruise
Oceania Cruises Christens Riviera in Barcelona
Oceania Cruises christened Riviera, the newest entry in the upper-premium cruise ship market, during an invitation-only, gala ceremony in Barcelona this week for 1,300 guests. The ship’s godmother, Chef Cat Cora, the restaurateur, humanitarian, author, and co-host of Bravo’s new “Around the World in 80 Plates,” named the ship, joined by Deacon Ricardo Rodriguez-Martos of the Barcelona’s Apostleship of the Sea, who bestowed the traditional blessings.
Like Marina, her sister ship, Riviera also features a Bon Appétit Culinary Center, a Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, luxurious suites by Dakota Jackson, Ralph Lauren Home-furnished Owner’s Suites, and a grand Lalique staircase lit from above by a dazzling, custom-made chandelier. Her distinguishing features include a museum-worthy collection of fine art focusing on the works of some of Latin America’s most accomplished and admired contemporary artists and an Artist Loft with hands-on instruction.
Avalon Waterways Christens Two Suite River Cruise Ships
Avalon Waterways unveiled and christened two Suite Ships in Enkhuizen, Holland – the Avalon Visionary and the Avalon Vista. Guests gathered to witness two godmothers (TRAVELSAVERS’ Nicole Mazza served for the Avalon Visionary and Canadian travel insider Vanessa Lee for the the Avalon Vista) bless two Suite Ships docked parallel to one another on either side of the beautiful pier in the North Holland marina.
The Avalon Visionary and Avalon Vista mark the company’s 2nd and 3rd Suite Ships in just 12 months. Post-christening, the Avalon Visionary will introduce Panorama Suites to the Rhine River in 2012, sailing the 8-day Romantic Rhine cruise (starting at $1,849) as well as several Christmastime cruises. The Avalon Vista will sail the 11-day Legendary Danube cruise (starting at $1,839) and 13-day Blue Danube Discovery (priced from $2,249) as well as the 15-day Magnificent Europe vacation.[fblike]