Revolutionary Magic Carpet!
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Located on the starboard side of this stunning ship, Magic Carpet is the most distinctive feature on the new Celebrity Edge. With its magnificent, open-air panoramic views, Magic Carpet is designed with a yacht-like, breezy, and fun casual vibe.

The size of a tennis court, this incredible engineering feat is the world’s first cantilevered venue at sea to move 15 decks. Watch the video below and be prepared to be wowed!

See the 145th British Open with Celebrity Cruises
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Royal TroonCelebrity Cruises offers a fantastic selection of themed cruises and their recent 2015 British Open at St Andrews Golf Cruise in Edinburgh was no exception. Already interest is high for a similar cruise in 2016.

Witness the 145th British Open as it returns to Royal Troon in Ayrshire, Scotland and have a delightful experience onboard the Celebrity Silhouette too.

Celebrity has long been known for its cruises dedicated to golf with onboard golf clinics, teeing off on some of the worlds best fairways and visits to major tournaments. A new exciting sailing for golf enthusiasts will be taking place on July 13th 2016.

A spokesman for the cruise line is promising “to take the championship experience to the next level with an exclusive interactive event featuring two golf professionals”. Amateur and novice golfers will be able to test out their skills with the professionals on this twelve night itinerary.

The Royal Troon course was founded in 1878, initially with five holes. By 1888, it took its current form. Having hosted its first Open in 1923, this will be the Troon’s 9th time playing host. The prestigious course is designed similar to the Old Course at St. Andrews.

Royal Troon Golf Course

The British Open Championship is the biggest golf event of the year, where world class players like Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott amongst others get to test their skills on the best greens. The Open has been played since 1923 and continues to amaze even the most casual of golf enthusiasts.

The Celebrity Silhouette is a 122,400-ton, 2,886-passenger ship that came into service in 2011. The ship will depart from Amsterdam and head to the British Isles. Some of the ports include Dover, Liverpool, and Cobh in Ireland, Guernsey and Le Havre before heading back to Amsterdam.

Celebrity Silhouette

At the port of Greenock in Scotland, passengers can book a Celebrity Shore Excursion taking them directly to Ayrshire for the Open. You can follow the great masters at play throughout all 18 holes, including the world famous Postage Stamp hole.

Even after the championship has finished, passengers can pick up a few expert tips from the likes of Steve Parry and other professional players. There will be special facilities that offer cruise goers a chance to improve their golf skills at clinics and putting greens.

This themed cruise is also going to feature classes for novices; those looking to improve their swing would do well to attend them!

However, there are plenty of other sporting facilities and entertainment aboard the Celebrity Silhouette other than golf. Some activities include a gym with state of the art workout equipment, a jogging track and a fitness class for both Yoga and Pilates.

The ship also has many ways to relax with their comfortable lounges and nightly entertainment. The stage productions at the theatre are just first class with the ship’s highly acclaimed singers and dancers. Afterwards join in a celebration of royal fashion and a British rock party known as Reigning Rocks. There’s also a casino with the usual slots, blackjack and roulette wheels.

The Canyon Ranch SpaClub® has a huge variety on their spa treatment menu which is sure to refresh your mind and body. Indulge in a CelebrityLife program, which may consist of cooking demos, wine-tasting seminars, art talks in the Art Studio and the Beyond the Podium enrichment series.

Need some privacy or miss that at home back garden feeling? The Alcoves are cabanas that can accommodate up to four in a designated area called The Lawn Club. Lounge on comfy seating with a fresh fruit platter and preloaded iPad filled music, movies, games and magazines.

Silhouette Lawn Club

Of course, dining is pinnacle in the main Grand Cuvee Dining Room. For dinner, you can opt for early sitting at 6PM or later at 8:30PM. However, for those who appreciate a flexible meal time, then the “Celebrity Select Dining,” allows for dining anytime from 18:00 to 21:30.

Other alternative specialty venues for a varied dining pleasure include the French Continental ‘Murano’, the northern Italian steakhouse ‘Tuscan Grille’, a lighter touch of Mediterranean cuisine at ‘Blu’ and a 21st century style dining facility of ‘Qsine’. An iPad is utilised at the latter to see and order from the menu.

Join the best players in the world as they take on the famous links of Royal Troon. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to not only watch the pros but also get the chance to play with some on your cruise holiday. Bookings are now open and judging from the British Open 2015 cruise, another sell out is inevitable.

For more details or to book this cruise click here.

Images courtesy of Celebrity Cruises and Royal Troon Golf Club.

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Get Lucky on your Cruise Holiday!
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Gambling is a popular activity for a lot of holidaymakers. However, for those that can’t make it to Las Vegas, Macao or the other big casino towns, a good alternative is to take a cruise holiday. The ship’s casino is literally the only place in town and who knows, ‘lady luck’ may shine its eyes upon you.

Some cruise line’s offer more gambling facilities than others; however, most ships should generally have the basics of blackjack, poker, roulette, and slot machines. A notable exception to this is Silversea Cruises, which does not offer poker.

Many cruise companies have increased their gambling offerings in terms of size and gameplay to reflect the “high roller” Las Vegas style atmosphere.

A current development is the idea of Player Programs, offering perks and prizes for those that gamble with large stakes.

If a casino is an important part of your cruise experience then take a look at these five cruise line clubs for a well rounded gaming experience.

CELEBRITY CRUISES BLUE CHIP CLUB

Feel like a VIP when you step into a Celebrity Cruises’ casino. The Fortune Casinos are reminiscent of Caesar’s Palace with marble statues and Roman columns. If it wasn’t for the gentle waves, you’d swear you were in Vegas.

Celebrity ships offer some of the largest casinos at sea, with some containing six blackjack tables and over 270 different slot machines. All this variety will keep you busy for a while!  Regional games such as Caribbean Stud Poker or American Roulette give a unique twist to the casino.

Celebrity Eclipse Casino

 

ROYAL CARIBBEAN CASINO ROYAL

Royal Caribbean’s megaships differ from the norm in many ways and are sure to appeal to even the most casual gambler. Before stepping foot in their casinos, the Hall of Odds and Museum of Gaming presents a timeline history of gambling and casinos.

The casinos in general are some of the largest available on a cruise ship and some of the fleet have an amazing 480 slot machines, an enormous table section, a bookie section and even a bar and grill where you can relax and enjoy a meal in between games. There are also free gaming lessons for those keen to learn.

Casino Royale

 

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE CASINOS AT SEA

NCL’s Casino At Sea has won many awards and has gained many fans around the world for their enormous array of games. Almost 3000 slot machines and 200 table games are available fleet wide and there are special arcade games too.

These games, known as Cash Crane and Penny Pushers, have carved the word ‘fun’ into their gaming. NCL was the first casino at sea to offer Texas Hold ‘Em, which continues to be popular to this day. The casino has proved to be so popular that it has its own newsletter called The Deal.

Norwegian Jewel Casino

 

HOLLAND AMERICA CLUB 21

Well known for their elegant and classy demeanour, Holland America’s casino’s reflects their style perfectly. With a wide variety of games, including penny slots, poker, blackjack or Texas Hold ‘Em and a high energy style that is sure to get you betting, this is a good place for novice gamblers too.

The company also plays the MegaCash jackpot game which can top one million dollars and the Holland America lottery offers a week long cruise as its main prize. For all of you expert gamblers, try the slots or poker tournaments.

Casino on HAL's Maasdam

 

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES OCEAN PLAYERS CLUB

Carnival Cruise Lines’ party atmosphere extends right into the décor of their casinos which are pure glitz. Don’t let the fantasyland atmosphere fool you; when it comes to the games, they’re all business and high-rollers are commonplace onboard their ships. They follow all the rules and regulations of a Vegas casino such as using a soft 17 at blackjack or playing craps with double odds. Carnival holds several different gambling tournaments throughout the year.

Casino on the Carnival Sensation

 

From avid poker players to those who place a few pence in a slot machine, today, cruise ship casinos offer something for everyone.

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Art Auctions at Sea
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One of the most exciting side attractions on any major cruise ship is the art appreciation. It is not anything new to the cruise industry but like everything else, it has gone through several changes over the years.

The idea of art at sea came in the 1990s and turned into a wildly popular pastime especially for those days at sea. Passengers are treated to an array of authenticated and signed pieces of art on display prior to the scheduled auction.

For those who are new to the idea of obtaining a piece of artwork, it can be a bit intimidating, and the auctions at sea are the perfect opportunity for the novice to learn and take the first steps to starting a collection.

AUCTIONS BEGIN WITH LECTURES AND CHAMPAGNE

These auctions begin with a traditional serving of champagne and an enrichment lecture that gives passengers interesting particulars about the works on display. At times, a specific artist is emphasised in the opening talk. The selections available to bid on included original paintings, signed lithographs and etching, sculptures or even film cells of favourite Disney films enlarged, numbered and framed.

These series of auctions have been aboard Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean International, Disney Cruise Lines and Celebrity Cruises amongst others.

Eventually, the ship’s art curator was able to secure items for high end buyers of original masterpieces. Those who have dabbled with the palette such as Warhol, Picasso and Dali and were not represented in the auction were obtainable for passengers through the ship’s art agent.

CRUISE SHIP ART AUCTIONS INCLUDE QUALITY REPRODUCTIONS

If owning an original such as that is out of the price range, then the best alternative is bidding on a high quality reproduction in the form of lithographs or etchings signed and numbered by the artist for the fraction of the cost. Not only do they add a lifelong memory of the cruise holiday, they serve as an attractive decor offering many years of visual pleasure.

Unfortunately, the age of the art auction began to decline a few years ago, although you can still attend them on some cruise lines. They tend to be held only on sailings going to the Caribbean.

Prior to even setting foot on the ship, passengers can check out the pieces selected for their sailing on-line.

Some ships have developed new art based activities to replace the fast pace auctions of the past.

One of these alternatives is the enrichment programs that feature art related trips in ports. On the trips, sights related to the arts are seen in museums and personal collections, in galleries to places of worship and local iconic monuments. Back on board, a lecture and Q & A takes place.

If one wants to see art at their own leisure, the interactive art tour program is perfect from them. Some lines such as Holland America offer downloadable MP3s for tablets for museums and other points of interests. The MP3s even include a tour of the ship’s artwork featured throughout the public areas. These walking tours average a half an hour and contain intriguing items such as interviews and pointing out lesser known art of interest.

SOME CRUISE LINES INVITE FAMOUS ARTISTS ONBOARD

Other cruise lines, such as Celebrity Cruises, go so far as to invite renowned artists on board for their meet and greet series, as well holding live interviews and lectures. Of course, this leads to the artist’s work being prominently featured, as in the case of pop artist Peter Max who celebrated his birthday in 2010 on the Celebrity Solstice.

Sometimes, artists will even create works of art on site, such as marine life artist Wyland, who came up with a portrait of dolphins in the pool of the ship.

Most ships still maintain an art curator or art gallery manager who can be instrumental in helping a passenger obtain a piece of art, whether on-board the ship or held in any world-wide gallery. Art collecting is fun, invigorating, exhilarating and mind expanding.

Buying a piece from the vast array of visual art offered on a ship need not be a daunting process. Even if a passenger prefers browsing to buying, they are most welcomed to view and ask questions.

The magnificent colours, shapes, designs and concepts can be seen in the home or office each and every day with a signed reproduction or an original piece of art purchased on-board.

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A Look at Some of the Best Cruise Spas
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The variety of spas and wellbeing centres are immense no matter where you travel to. The difference leans towards the products used and the visual surroundings. There are many benefits of signature spa treatments offered on cruise ships. Fit in an appointment or two at the onboard spa as it is the perfect opportunity in trying out the latest treatments.

Even if you haven’t visited a spa before, take advantage of the tour the cruise lines have on the first day to introduce their facilities. The staff will explain the types of services and treatments available and welcome questions.

Canyon Ranch SpaClub®

Celebrity Cruises have decided to up the ante. Their innovative new idea of having a pair of special spa restaurants that focus on healthy eating and luxurious spa cabins coincides with their partnership with the exceptional Canyon Ranch. Many therapies are offered with an all over holistic healing carte de jour for the entire body.

The traditional offerings are still featured just like those found at the top notch spas in London and Ascot.  Botox® injections, a men’s barbershop, a solarium and a sauna/steam room hybrid which feature items such as tropical rain showers are designed for relaxation and complete the spa experience.

Mandara Spa 

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Mandara Spa offers some of the most agreeable treatments including a multitude of natural remedies ranging from the aesthetics of anti aging to maintaining good health and a cellulite reduction program. Massages tend to zero in on those knots and kinks that build up during a period of time. Aromatic massages will appeal to the fine senses with the  use of luscious oils.

Massages are Norwegians source of pride and there are numerous types to indulge in such as Balinese, Swedish, hot stone and spa seaweed massage amongst others. For the undecided, the “Seven Seas massage” incorporates several types.  Being a client in the Mandara spa is like being treated as a celebrity. Facials, massage, body treatments, Botox®, Restylane®, laser hair removal, manicures and pedicures are just a few services available on their extensive menu.

Samsara Spa

Costa Cruise Lines was one of the first cruise lines to offer spa treatments for healthy living on board. Their Samsara Spa has become quite a hit with their returning guests. Two stories high, this spa contains an Oriental theme that is very pleasing to the eye. The spa offers ayurvedic therapies which are known for the wide variety of herbs, oils and salts and are applied by qualified therapists.

Samsara spa

The latest craze to hit the spa scene  is also available on a Costa cruise holiday –  the under water pressure massage. It is not a standard dip in the Jacuzzi, although the procedure takes place in a tub with powerful jets of water. Costa has a special package consisting of personal consultation, two treatments, two fitness classes and unlimited use of the thalassotherapy pool for those who book a spa cabin.

The Spa at Seabourn

Besides being a luxurious cruise line in every way, shape and form The Spa at Seabourn is no exception. This spa offers an international menu of treatments native to ten locations throughout the world. These spas are located on two entire decks and treatments are made to order with nothing artificial ever be placed upon the skin. Shangri La may be out there somewhere, but this spa is as close as you can get.

Spa Villa Massage

There are also Spa Villas, an interesting new invention that has an oversized bathtub, balcony, living area and even a day bed. The gym on board is fully equipped, so there’s never an excuse for not staying in shape. Whilst waiting for an appointment, take advantage of the heated loungers in the relaxation room.

Vitality@Sea

Although Royal Caribbean International has been known for their enormous fitness centres for years, that certainly doesn’t mean one has to miss out on their spa services. Massage treatments are freely available and are particularly good for the commonplace aches and pains. A recent development in the Vitality@Sea spa is acupuncture and other derma fillers such as Perlane® and Dysport®.

Vitality@Sea spa

Of course, there are also traditional salons offering cuts, styling, colouring and paraffin manicures, pedicures and teeth whitening for that dazzling smile. For teens that worry about the condition of their skin, RCCL’s spa has a treatment program for acne.

Drift away with relaxation whilst enjoying the peaceful moments devoted to pure pampering. The main objective behind many cruise ship spa treatments is to relieve stress, offer a total feel good attitude and show great results on the face and skin. The cruise lines even sell the products used in the treatment room, so follow ups can be performed at home.

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