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The 10 Most Exciting Cruise Ships

1. Celebrity Century – Celebrity Cruises This ship, refurbished in 2006, boasts rooms with private verandas and suites with personal butlers. The Martini Bar is also home to the first “ice bar” concept at sea. 

Celebrity Century

suites with personal butlers

2. Pacific Jewel — P&O Cruises Australia Launched December 2009, Pacific Jewel offers a high-wire circus and trapeze arena on the top deck and P&O’s first ever celebrity chef restaurant — Salt Grill by Luke Mangan. The spa and fitness center is as big as an Olympic-sized swimming pool and the ship has four kids’ clubs and a shopping precinct. 

An amazing high-wire circus and trapeze arena on the top deck Pacific Jewel

An amazing high-wire circus and trapeze arena on the top deck

3. MS Panorama — Avalon Waterways The MS Panorama, due to be launched in May 2011, will be the first to feature two full decks of suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows and balconies to enjoy the view cruising along some of Europe’s major rivers such as the Rhine and Danube. 


The Avalon Panorama is a unique "Suite Ship"

4. Queen Mary 2 — Cunard Arguably the most magnificent ocean liner ever built, the ship features the only planetarium at sea and 15 restaurants and numerous bars and lounges, including the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar. With book clubs and regular presentations on contemporary and historical issues, the Queen Mary 2 travels almost everywhere and is well known for a 108 day World Voyage. 

Cunard QM II

Largest, longest, widest, tallest and most expensive passenger liner in history.

5. MSC Fantasia — MSC Cruises Known for opulence,the MSC Fantasia boasts the exclusive MSC yacht club featuring a staircase of Swarovski crystals as well as a private lounge with transparent ceilings. The aqua park has 150 illuminated musical fountains and the swimming area a waterslide. 

MSC Fantasia

The aqua park has 150 illuminated musical fountains

6. Oasis of the Seas — Royal Caribbean Line The world’s largest cruise ship ever, costing over $1 billion, is divided into seven different neighborhoods. Onboard activities include a zip-line, carousel, rock-climbing walls, a 750-seat AquaTheatre amphitheatre hosting water ballet and dinner shows with the option of 25 different restaurants. 

Oasis of the Seas

Neighborhoods at sea

7. Celebrity Solstice — Celebrity Cruises On board Celebrity Solstice, real grass is used in the half-acre Lawn Club where passengers can enjoy a picnic or join a game of bocce or croquet. Watch glass blowers in action. 

Celebrity Solstice

Real grass is used in the half-acre Lawn Club

8. Ruby Princess — Princess Cruises The newest member of the Princess Cruises fleet, the Ruby Princess features poolside theatres and the cruise line’s signature outdoor cinema. The adults-only The Sanctuary features a spa-inspired setting while the kids can enjoy five swimming pools, including a swim-against-the-current lap pool. For those looking to renew their vows or lucky enough to meet their soul mate on board, the ship has the Hearts and Minds wedding chapel. 

Ruby Princess

Movies Under the Stars

9. MV Orion — Orion Expedition Cruises Designed for expedition cruising but exuding luxury, guests explore various destinations, and are transported ashore in one of the fleet of 10 Zodiacs or inflatable rubber boats. On board, enjoy a meal from award-winning Sydney chef Serge Dansereau of The Bathers’ Pavilion fame. 1 

MV Orion

Designed to access the inaccessible in 5* luxury

10. MV True North — True North Cruise through Australia’s Top End on board one of the most luxurious Australian cruise ships, True North. Six expedition vessels carry passengers up close to waterfalls and the onboard helicopter can take passengers to remote billabongs to fish or snorkel. 

MV True North

Each year, she does one circumnavigation of Australia

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Rainbow Travel Blog 15Jun10

Celebrity Solstice presents “Food Network at Sea”

Celebrity Solstice presents “Food Network at Sea”

AS of August, Celebrity Cruises introduce its first ‘Food Network at Sea’ programme.

The programme will see Celebrity Cruises pair its top-rated mega-ship, Celebrity Solstice, with invitation-only events sponsored by the Food Network and designed for culinary enthusiasts.

The Food Network established Food Network at Sea to allow consumers to not only watch the network, but to experience it firsthand, on the August 22, seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing of Celebrity Solstice.

In addition to exclusive participation in engaging culinary demonstrations led by star chefs Cat Cora of Iron Chef and Aaron Sanchez of Chefs vs. City, guests who purchase the special cruise package also will have the opportunity to savor the following:

• VIP pierside check-in
• Red carpet “welcome aboard” reception
• “Battle of the Celebrity Solstice Chefs” competition event
• “Dine-around” experience featuring samplings of favorite Food Network recipes
• Access to the Food Network VIP Lounge and screening room
• Caribbean cocktails on Celebrity Solstice’s Lawn Club
• Pre-paid gratuities and special turndown gifts

To book the inaugural Food Network at Sea cruise on Celebrity Solstice, call Food Network Travel at 866-951-9925 or visit http://www.foodnetworktravel.com. The Food Network at Sea experiences are available only to guests who book through these channels.

For more information on the Celebrity Solstice go to www.celebritycruises.com.

Tahiti strike leaves pax stranded


AIR Tahiti Nui has postponed all flights to and from Papeete, Tahiti, due to a strike by government employees at Faa’a International Airport (PPT), the main gateway to French Polynesia.

The strike, by customs officers and emergency fire crews, has prevented the operation of all wide-bodied jet aircraft to and from Papeete, and left more than 3 600 passengers stranded in Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and France.

Employees of Air Tahiti Nui are not involved in the strike.

With no indication of when industrial action might end, Air Tahiti Nui is unable to advise when flights to Papeete will resume.

Air Tahiti Nui is making every effort to contact travellers booked to fly to Tahiti as well as travel agents and wholesalers, in order to minimise disruption to passengers.

For passengers affected by the dispute, Air Tahiti Nui will waive all rebooking fees and cancellation fees. Once the strike ends, Air Tahiti Nui will rebook passengers on other flights, as soon as possible.

An update on this story is showing some flights starting to depart for PPT on June 15.

For information updates visit http://www.airtahitinui.ca.

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