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The Mediterranea visits a new port, Samana in the Dominican Republic

ABOARD THE COSTA MEDITERRANEA — Samana, in the Dominican Republic, is now a full-fledged member of the welcome tourist brigade for passengers on Costa cruises. I just returned from this new port of call, where an energetic young man named Carlos was our guide. Welcoming our group of Costa Mediterranea passengers in both French and […]

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Costa offers an unusual 11-day itinerary on the Mediterranea

ABOARD THE COSTA MEDITERRANEA — When you learn Costa Mediterranea’s boat drill is at 10:15 p.m., you know it is an unusual cruise. Boat drills usually take place around 4 or 5 p.m. The itinerary and length of these cruises are also unusual. The unusual itinerary goes from Nassau in the Bahamas to Samana in […]

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Not a fortuitous start: Oceania Marina lacks a terminal in Stockholm

Never a second chance to make a first impression. Deplaning in Stockholm, we move through immigration and customs amazingly quickly. No serious concerns about terrorism here. At the luggage carousel, we meet an Oceania representative collecting luggage for passengers taking a bus tour of Stockholm before boarding the Marina. We tell him we’d just like […]

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Carnival Corporation announces two new ship orders with Fincantieri

Carnival Corporation & plc the world’s largest travel and leisure company, today announced new cruise ship orders for two of its brands with Fincantieri S.p.A., the world’s largest cruise ship building company. The new cruise ships will be constructed by Fincantieri for Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line, two of Carnival Corporation’s nine industry-leading […]

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Heading for a Christmas on the Rhine cruise aboard the AmaCerto

When I was a kid, the family friend who gave me my middle name (Marie) and braided my hair was from Germany. To keep my squirming to a minimum, Mrs. Schmidt used to regale me with German fairy tales and other stories while she did those taking-forever-to-do braids. Such a place as Germany seemed so […]

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Europa 2 visits New York

My friend Kay Showker recently visited Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ ultra-luxury ship Europa 2. Kay is a  New York- based author of The Smart Traveler and author of 15 travel guides. Here is her report. “We are proud of our extravagant space,” noted Karl Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises who was in New York last week with […]

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Married middle name cruise ID nightmare

Passing through immigration in Stockholm, I can finally relax. I’ve arrived at our departure port so no more worry about being denied boarding by an airline. My concern? The full name on my passport is different from the full name on both my flight reservations and the Oceania cruise manifest. This inconsistency is my middle […]

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Married at sea, a big splash on Regal Princess cruise

A month after my wedding aboard the Regal Princess, cruising in international waters near the Bahamas, I still am reveling in all the excitement. Fran Golden and I were married during the first North American voyage of the newest ship in the Princess Cruises fleet. The cruise attracted a large group of media as well as the ship’s godparents, […]

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Celebrity Cruises unveils 2016-2017 Asia season

Celebrity Cruises has revealed its array of exotic 2016-2017 vacations in Asia, and Celebrity’s Captain’s Club members have the first opportunity to book these sailings. The Asia season offers vacationers far-flung destination experiences in 16 countries across 28 thrilling cruise vacations. With a lineup of more than 35 different destinations, guests now can explore Asia […]

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Yesterday beach party on Jost Van Dyke was certainly a highlight for many — what fun!

ABOARD THE SEADREAM II – Yesterday was quite the day for the passengers of this ship, a day I suspect many will remember when they sign up for their next SeaDream cruise. It was the day of the beach party, the time when everyone on ship moves onshore for several hours of fun. The yacht […]

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Oceania’s Baltic cruise on the Marina an easy choice

It’s been too long since Linda and I cruised (or blogged) so last January we began looking at cruise itineraries. The Oceania Marina 12-day summer Northern Europe Viking Trails itinerary appeals immediately to us but especially to me since it includes three full days in St. Petersburg, Russia. Having visited St. Petersburg twice decades ago, […]

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Today on the SeaDream II there was a change of plan…accomplished smoothly

ABOARD THE SEADREAM II – The only major island in the British Virgin Islands that Chet and I have never been to is Anegada. It is a bit difficult to reach when you are sailing on your own charter boat, as we did several years in the past. So we were looking forward to getting […]

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Celebrity Cruises orders two new iconic ships

Celebrity Cruises has taken a bold step in ship design with the signing of a letter of intent for a new class of vessels, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and French shipbuilder STX France announced. The two 2,900-guest, 117,000-gross-registered-ton ships, developed under the project name EDGE will build upon the modern luxury experience of the brand’s […]

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