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Seabourn Cruises Provide Luxury on Small Ships

Ocean cruises are the vacation ideal for many people. The average ocean cruise is on board an enormous boat that holds thousands of vacationers. Amenities are enjoyable, but not high end. For the more discriminating cruise ship passenger, there are Seabourn Cruises, which are on smaller boats that accommodate between 200 and 600 passengers, and offer luxury that separates them from the average cruise.

Seabourn cruise ships attract well-heeled, interesting people who appreciate the finer touches. With the highest ratio of ship space to passenger in the industry, Seabourn Cruise ships offer only ocean-viewing suites, most of which have verandas. The smaller size of the boats allows them to access ports that are not available to large ocean vessels, so you can visit areas not available to the average cruise vacationer.

Any time you take a Seabourn cruise, you will enjoy the company’s unique Seabourn Square. Instead of the lobby on a typical cruise ship, Seabourn’s ships have this welcoming lounge filled with easy chairs, sofas and cocktail tables. There is also an enclave in the center with knowledgeable concierges seated at individual desks, who are ready to handle your business and provide advice and information.


Seabourn Cruise ships include several vessels. Two are the Seabourn Sojourn and the Seabourn Legend. Both vessels offer the luxury that guests have come to appreciate and that has earned the company accolades in the travel press. Pervading all of the company’s vessels and service is the Seabourn pride which ensures that guests receive the best service and accommodations. With no more than 302 suites, every boat offers the intimacy that guests expect. The Seabourn spirit ensures that guests receive intuitive service from staff and gourmet meals found only in five star restaurants.

If you want an ocean cruise that is several steps above the typical cruise in terms of service and luxury, Seabourn Cruises should be your choice.

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Ama River Cruises Are Intimate and Varied

When you hear people talking about going on a cruise, generally they are referring to an ocean cruise on enormous vessels carrying thousands of people. These types of cruises are resorts on the water in that they offer a great variety of activities on board, as well as a great deal of eating opportunities. In essence, they are less about sightseeing and more about enjoying a self-contained destination that happens to float.

Less well-known, are river cruises. These opportunities are a great fit for you if you enjoy a focus on seeing the landmarks, architecture, and culture of foreign lands. Your boat is smaller as is the number of people joining you on the river cruise.

Ama river cruises are great for seeing Europe, Africa, and southeast Asia because each one has a theme. For example, Ama river cruises to Europe include Christmas markets on the Rhine or the Danube, a wine-themed taste of Bordeaux, and a tulip-time, beer cruise. In Africa, your Ama river cruise will be on the Zambezi River. In southeast Asia, Ama river tours cruise the Mekong and the Ayeyarwady. Regardless of your location, you will be treated to excellent cuisine onboard, as well as luxurious state rooms with outside balconies, and comfortable common viewing areas. You can also find Ama river cruises in Russia.

Depending on your destination, your ship could hold as many as 170 other guests or as few as 28. Ama river tours in Europe tend to use boats that hold a larger number of people, while the Ama river cruises in Africa use the Zambezi Queen, which accommodates 28. Either way, you cannot go wrong with an Ama river cruise. You will have expert guides, locally-themed cuisine, and the opportunity to really get to know that particular part of the world.

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What costs $24,633,948,000.00 and sleeps 101,546 people?

The answer is 33 new ocean cruise ships that will be built from 2015 through 2017. The average cost per berth for the 33 ships is about $246,000.

Yes you have the usual suspects such as Norwegian NCL, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Viking Ocean Cruises, Seabourn and Princess Cruise Lines.

However there a few cruise lines that really building some very nice cabins. Ponant’s average cost per berth is $507,575. That spending is topped by Regent Cruise Lines which is spending $609,756 per berth. We admit Regent Cruise Lines is a Pavlus Travel favorite of so many of our clients. Regents new ship in one word will be, spectacular.

One thing that is not new is Pavlus Travel’s lowest price guarantee program detailed on our website.

We wonder what Motel 6 spends to build one of their rooms……

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Crystal Cruises Has New Owners. Or Is It Welcome to the Family?

Newsflash, In somewhat of a surprise Crystal Cruises has been acquired by Genting which among other things is an Asian gaming company.

Genting currently has a portfolio of other cruise lines. They own some 28 percent of NCL Holdings. NCL Holdings late in 2014 purchased Oceania Cruise Lines and Regent Seven Seas. NCL Holdings also owns Norwegian Cruise Lines.

The purchase price will be some $550 million in cash. Sounds like a great deal for Genting. Published sources say Genting is paying some $276,000 per lower berth. It’s also been reported that Genting plans to add another ship to the Crystal Cruise Line fleet of 2 ships. It’s not mentioned if the additional Crystal ship will be a new build or not. Plans are to keep the current management at Crystal.

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Managers Sale March 3 Only With Avalon Waterways

It’s your lucky day today if you’re booking an Avalon Waterway’s River Cruise with Pavlus Travel.

In addition to our discounts (which we are not allowed to publish) we’ll throw-in and prepay gratuities for your entire cruise.

Avalon European river cruises feature the Danube river, the Rhine river and Seine river cruises. As they say on those TV commercials: And there’s more. Avalon now features river cruises on the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers.

Don’t forget our lowest price guarantee applies to all Avalon River Cruises. 800.528.9300.

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