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Norwegian Getaway by Norwegian Cruise Line

Cruise Ships Turn Hotels During Rio Olympics

Cruise ships are, at the most basic level, floating hotels that move under their power and the Rio Olympic Games has enlisted their help. A few cruise liners have assumed an important alternative housing role at the Games, in light of the questionable conditions reported at the Olympic Village.

Less than two weeks out before the start of the games, Team Australia issued a scathing statement about the inhabitable conditions of their assigned apartments that included blocked toilets, leaky pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells and dirty floors.

Not long after, other international teams joined in the chorus of discontent, with Argentina, Egypt and Kenya likewise complaining of basic plumbing and electricity problems.

Following repairs, Team Australia moved into the village this week and made nice with Rio’s mayor with the gift of a toy kangaroo.

Aqua Park on Norwegian Getaway

Aqua Park on Norwegian Getaway

Olympic Committee on Norwegian Getaway

But while athletes could be making do with questionable living conditions, members of the Olympic committee, federation and corporate sponsors will be staying aboard a Norwegian Cruise ship, which has been transformed into a floating hotel that will be anchored in Rio throughout the games.

The project to bring the Norwegian Getaway to the Olympics began in 2007. The vessel will provide 2,000 additional guest rooms throughout the games.

The Norwegian Getaway features the industry’s first open-air promenade, designed to connect guests with their ocean surroundings. During its regular sailings in the Caribbean, the ship can accommodate up to 4,000 guests and features 25 dining options. Amenities include a fitness center, rock climbing wall and one of the biggest casinos at sea.

Balcony State Room on the Norwegian Getaway.

Balcony State Room on the Norwegian Getaway. © Norwegian Cruise Line

Silver Lining for Team USA

Meanwhile, Team USA’s basketball team won’t have to deal with any plumbing issues, as team officials had planned ahead to sleep their star athletes in a luxury cruise liner.

Throughout the games, the players will be housed aboard the Silver Cloud liner by Silversea Cruises, described as a yacht-like vessel that can accommodate up to 296 guests.

The most basic suite spans 240 square feet (22 square meters), and features twin or queen-sized beds, a sitting area, marble bathrooms, fridge, writing desk and walk-in closet.

It is not the first time the US basketball team has rented out a cruise ship for an Olympics game. At the 2004 Athens games, the athletes boarded the Queen Mary 2. The decision to sleep their stars elsewhere also stems from the athletes’ unique build: At 7-feet (2.13 m) tall, dormitory-style beds fall short of meeting their needs.

Crystal Serenity

TOP 5 Most opulent cruise ships 2013

Cruises may have become more affordable over the past few decades with the arrival of low-end offers, known for their kitschy shows and all-you-can-eat buffets.

But on the opposite end of the spectrum, certain cruise lines focus on ever more exceptional and extravagant ships for the most demanding vacationers. Below is our selection of luxurious cruise ships offering a level of comfort and service worthy of a five-star hotel.

Crystal Serenity – Crystal Cruises

Crystal Serenity

Repeatedly recognized by the “Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards,” a reference in the luxury tourism sector, the Crystal Serenity is manned by 655 staff members serving up to 1,070 passengers.

A suite on the Crystal Serenity

The ship’s accommodations include 35 spacious and luxurious suites. Guests can even shop while on board the ship, which includes a Dior boutique.

Seabourn Quest – Seabourn

Seabourn Quest

This luxurious cruise welcomes no more than 450 guests at a time, and its staff is comprised of nearly as many individuals (330).

The atrium of the Seabourn Quest

The Seabourn Quest’s suites, including the 125.5 square meter “Signature” suite, are particularly palatial. A private marina allows guests to enjoy water-skiing, kayaking and other water sports, while a spa ensures that guests can relax in the most luxurious way possible.

The Road to Mandalay – Orient Express

The Road to Mandalay

Sailing on the Ayeyarwady, Myanmar’s main waterway, the Road to Mandalay is an exclusive and rather intimate cruise ship, with room for just 100 guests.

The Road To Mandalay restaurant

On the observation deck, tourists can admire the lush landscapes, swim in the pool or sip drinks at the bar.

Seven Seas Mariner – Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Each of the 700 guests aboard the Seven Seas Mariner has a customized experience, as each member of the staff is responsible for the well-being of just two guests.

Seven Seas Mariner

The ship’s accommodations — all suites — range in size from 24 to 110 square meters and are often equipped with marble bathrooms and private balconies.

The Connoisseur Club Seven Seas Mariner

Silver Spirit – Silversea Cruises

The 540 guests aboard the Silver Spirit will enjoy its numerous pools and restaurants and its ultra-luxurious suites.

Silver Spirit

The “Owner’s Suite” includes two bedrooms — one with a surface area of 120 square meters and the other at 150 square meters — each with its own 18 sq m balcony.

Silver Spirit pool

The most demanding guests can opt for the even larger Grande Suite, which one 142 sq m bedroom and a second measuring 175 square meters, in addition to a 65 sq m veranda.

Sea Cloud – Sea Cloud

The most intimate and exclusive ship in our selection, this sailing ship can accommodate just 64 passengers in its 32 cabins.

Sea Cloud

The suites, all impeccably decorated, range from around 10 to 30 square meters. Guests dine in the ship’s fine restaurant and enjoy drinks in the lounge.

A suite Sea Cloud

Allure of the Seas wedding

The best cruise ships on which to get married

Allure of the Seas wedding

If you’re planning a wedding on the high seas, some options are better than others, according to one cruise specialist.

Miami-based cruise company Landry & Kling released its top ten ships for group events and business meetings this week, naming vessels from a variety of lines for the suitability of hosting a special event.

The travel agency, which specializes in organizing large events at sea ranging from business meetings to theme cruises and reunions, picked ships with between 56 and 2,700 cabins, including the enormous Allure of the Seas.
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The world’s best cruise ships

If you’re looking for a perfect cruise experience, your best bet is to choose a small or “boutique” liner.

That’s the guidance from the most recent edition of the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships.

It suggests that the 11 best cruise liners in the world are considerably smaller than the massive cruise ships that we’ve seen launch over the past year or so.
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Silversea to Expand Butler Service to All Accommodations

You know you’re in one of the top suites on a ship when it comes with a personal butler. Or, at least, that was the old rule. Now some of the world’s ritziest lines are promising butlers to all.

Luxury line Silversea Cruises Wednesday announced plans to roll out personal butler service for passengers in every cabin on every ship – something Azamara Cruises has touted since it launched two years ago.

According to Christian Sauleau, Silversea’s executive vice president, each butler assisted by a suite attendant is empowered to troubleshoot problems and provide special service touches.
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