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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Amazon Nature Tours introduces "wilder" four-day sailings

(Media Release)

Expedition Cruise Line Celebrates End of Brazilian Visas with Revamped Tours

JAMESTOWN, RI – In celebration of the end of the visa requirement to Brazil, Amazon Nature Tours, a small ship expedition company that sails further into the Brazilian Amazon basin than any other line, has introduced new “Into the Wild” four-day sailings.

These sailings are an enhancement of their previous shorter cruises, going deeper into the Amazon basin and allowing guests a greater opportunity to explore the dense forests and small tributaries within the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, The Central Amazon Conservation Complex.

Amazon Nature Tours is the only line to offer four- and six-day sailings in the Brazilian Amazon basin, exploring the least inhabited major river in the Amazon basin, the Rio Negro.  While most lines sail the Peruvian Amazon or do day trips on the Brazil side, Amazon Nature Tours goes far into the Brazilian rain forest.

These true expedition cruises are led by trained naturalists and include kayak and launch excursions into the “flooded forests,” rainforest hikes, visits to native villages, fishing for piranhas, outings to the beach and more.  Highlights of the four-day trip include:

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  -  Deep wilderness exploration far from other travelers and human settlement
  -  The Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world’s largest system of river islands and also areas of tall dense rainforest called the igapó, the black water flooded forest where dense forests grow right out of the dark water of the Rio Negro.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Princess Cruises named amongst healthiest cruises by SHAPE magazine’s Healthy Travel Awards

 (News Release)

Cruise Line Recognized Second Consecutive Year for Lotus Spa and Fitness Offerings 

Princess Cruises was recognized by SHAPE magazine in the Healthy Travel Awards for the cruise line’s Lotus Spa (pictured above), fitness center and family friendly offerings. 

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Princess Cruises has been recognized by SHAPE magazine as a winner in its fifth annual Healthy Travel Awards for the second consecutive year, recognizing the cruise line's fleetwide and state-of-the-art Lotus Spa and Fitness Centers, and family friendly offerings like the Glacier Bay National Park Junior Ranger Program in Alaska.

The SHAPE Healthy Travel Awards, featured on shape.com, represent the best wellness hot spots and programs to relax, refuel, get inspired, and reconnect while on vacation. Award categories include the best in hotel gyms, restaurants, and cruises, as well as healthiest amenities and family getaways.

"We’re honored to be acknowledged by SHAPE magazine in its Healthy Travel Awards. In addition to the Lotus Spa and fitness center, we’re equally thrilled to see the Glacier Bay National Park Junior Ranger Program in Alaska recognized,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president.

“The Junior Ranger Program is a special partnership with the National Park Service designed to help our youth guests appreciate the vast wildlife and landscape exclusive to this region of the world. 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Holland America Line debuts new Club Orange program with exclusive benefits

 Premium Amenities that Enhance the Cruise Experience

Club Orange includes dedicated concierge, exclusive dining, priority access and more

Seattle, Wash. — Holland America Line is introducing the unique Club Orange program that provides exclusive benefits and amenities to guests looking to elevate their cruise experience.

From a private dining venue to priority services and a dedicated concierge hotline, Club Orange allows guests to opt in to extra privileges that are available to a limited number of guests on each cruise.

Club Orange is included for guests in Neptune and Pinnacle Suite categories and the program is available to purchase for a small number of non-suite staterooms on each sailing. The program has launched on Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam and is rolling out to the rest of the fleet this year.

“Club Orange allows guests to add extra premium benefits and luxury amenities to their cruise for a great value,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line.

“One of the reasons people choose Holland America Line is because of the quality of what we offer — the best food at sea, the most authentic live entertainment and our award-winning service — and Club Orange is another way for guests to enhance their cruise experience.”

The name Club Orange pays homage to Holland America Line’s rich Dutch heritage. The company was founded in the Netherlands more than 145 years ago and it’s the color of the Dutch Royal Family, which hails from the House of Orange.