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Crown Cruise Vacations | July 23, 2024

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Holland America Line announces new Royal Dutch Tea experience

June 9, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Holland America Line’s elegant afternoon tea is now even more special. The cruise line has introduced a new Royal Dutch Tea experience in the dining room on all sea days. The popular tea will continue to be free of charge.

“Whether a tea connoisseur or a novice, guests will enjoy the upgraded offering, which gives a nod to our Dutch legacy of more than 150 years of sailing,” Michael Stendebach, vice president of food, beverage and rooms division for Holland America Line, said in a news release. Read more...

Paps Explorers’ Lounge on Viking Polaris

June 3, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

In a nod to family history, Paps Explorers’ Lounge bar on the Viking Polaris is named for Torstein Hagen’s father.  Torstein is the chairman of Viking.

From his family’s little red house in Nittedal, Norway, Paps became a CPA by correspondence course. Every day, he bicycled from his home to the historic Rotnes Bruk estate where he applied his accounting skills. Read more...

Viking returns to Great Lakes for third season

June 1, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Viking is celebrating the start of its third season in the Great Lakes with both of its identical expedition ships, the Viking Octantis and the Viking Polaris, now deployed in the region.

“The Great Lakes region is a phenomenal place that is close to home for many of our guests, but one that few have yet to fully discover,” Torstein Hagen, chairman and CEO of Viking, said in a news release. Read more...

Cheers to Holland America’s new destination-inspired cocktails

May 27, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Destination-inspired cocktails by notable mixologists are now helping Holland America Line’s guests enjoy more regional tastes. Creating the tasty drinks are Sam Ross for Alaska cruises and Tess Posthumus for European cruises.

“Sam and Tess bring an exciting dimension to our beverage offerings, adding a new element in the cocktail space on sailings to two of our most popular regions,” Drew Foulk, Holland America Line’s senior manager of beverage operation and dining innovation, said in a news release. Read more...

 Second MSC ship to cruise out of Port Canaveral

May 20, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

MSC will be expanding its presence at Port Canaveral with a second ship. MSC Grandiosa will double vacation options from Central Florida beginning in December of 2025. MSC Grandiosa will be joining guest-favorite MSC Seashore.

“The winter 2025-2026 season will mark our largest presence in the U.S. to date, and our expansion at Port Canaveral is a big part of that,” Rubén A. Rodriguez, president, MSC Cruises USA, said in a news release. Read more...

New Viking Sobek will be Viking’s sixth ship on Nile River

May 16, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

The Nile River will soon have a new ship for Egyptian cruising passengers. The 82-guest Viking Sobek has been “floated out,” marking a major construction milestone and the first time the ship has touched water.

“Egypt has always captivated curious travelers with its rich culture and history, and it continues to be a destination of interest for our guests,” Torstein Hagen, chairman and CEO of Viking, said in a news release. Read more...

  Friendship Between Picasso and his Barber Honored in Special Museum

May 6, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Pablo Picasso was an artistic genius. His astounding legacy includes more than 148,500 works – paintings, sculptures, ceramics and illustrations. He even authored books and wrote two plays.

But Picasso was also a very superstitious man. A rarity among artists, Picasso became quite wealthy during his lifetime. Read more...

Mansen’s Shipboard Restaurant Honors Viking Founder’s Mother

April 29, 2024 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

When Viking cruise founder Torstein Hagen was a child, he called his beloved mother “Mamsen.” His hard-working mother Ragnhild Hagen’s kitchen was a family safe harbor in any storm.

Now Mamsen’s on the Viking Polaris is a loving tribute to the family matriarch serving food that Torstein Hagen enjoyed as a child. It’s a good spot to enjoy a light breakfast or Nordic lunch buffet or afternoon snack. Read more...