by Lisa Grimaldi | January 01, 2008

A new cruise line, Jewel River Cruises, has been launched by former Silversea Cruises CEO Albert Peter. The Fort Lauderdale-based company has a fleet of six ships and will add two new all-suite vessels in 2009 and 2010; they will sail itineraries in Europe beginning this spring.

The 204-room Pragelato Village Resort & Spa, in Italy’s Piedmont region, has been reflagged as the Kempinski Pragelato Village. The property has a spa and three meeting rooms; the spa will be expanded this summer.

Regent Hotels & Resorts will open its first hotel in France this month. The Regent Bordeaux, a renovated palace, has 128 rooms and 22 suites designed by Jacques Garcia. The property also features a 3,000-square-foot spa.

The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland will unveil its new ESPA spa next month; the facility features 20 treatment rooms. The 232-room property also has launched a Gundog School, where guests can interact with and learn how to handle Gleneagles’ trained hunting dogs.