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Carnival Vista’s two-deck Cloud 9 Spa: A seagoing oasis of tranquility and relaxation

Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Vista Spa Cabin

For those looking to unwind and relax, the new Carnival Vista has a lot to ahhh about. The luxurious two-level Cloud 9 Spa features an array of chill-worthy amenities, including Carnival’s first infrared sauna and Hammam Chamber, as well as special “experience showers” that provide a soothing fragrance element, a large heated whirlpool, four steam […]

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Grand Circle cruise on M/V Athena: Program director Antun talks about Croatian War of Independence in his homeland

ABOARD THE M/V ATHENA – Antun Maticevic still finds himself sometimes counting silently when lightning flashes through the sky. He’s waiting to see how long before he hears the thunder to figure out how far away the storm is raging. “But it’s not the thunder I am waiting for,” he said. “I’m waiting to see […]

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Grand Circle cruise aboard M/V Athena: Croatian home dinner a highlight of cruise

ABOARD THE M/V ATHENA – Twilight drifts slowly over the countryside. A shepherd guides his flock up a narrow lane. A man weeds a potato patch within a high stone wall. The day’s end serenade of nearby songbirds floats on the wind. And a 16-year-old named Ivo waits to greet us as we disembark from […]

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Grand Circle cruise on M/V Athena – Hotel manager finds cruise ships are the life for him

ABOARD THE M/V ATHENA – When Zoran Kikic went to sea as a young man, an experienced mariner gave Zoran and other new sailors some friendly advice: Be cautious about signing on for more voyages or the sea will become your lifelong passion. “He told us to think not twice but to think five times […]

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Grand Circle cruise on M/V Athena: Adding stones to Our Lady of the Rocks and seeing tapestry made with human hair

ABOARD THE M/V ATHENA – Two brothers returning from a voyage on July 22, 1452, were surprised to find an icon of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus on a small rock in the middle of the sea. “They believed it was a miracle and said they would build an island with an altar to […]

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Grand Circle cruise on M/V Athena: Visiting Albanian orphanage supported by Grand Circle Foundation

ABOARD THE M/V ATHENA – Showing me some of his paintings, 14-year-old Leonardo said his ambition is to become an architectural engineer. “And to go to America,” he added. For the last four years, Leonardo has lived at an Albanian orphanage. “I like it here,” he said. “They help me.” An orphanage might seem like […]

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Grand Circle Cruise on M/V Athena: Paranoid dictator builds thousands of concrete bunkers around Albania

ABOARD THE M/V ATHENA- Sprouting out of the Albanian hillside like a poisonous mushroom, the concrete bunker is one of the weirdest things I have ever seen. But, unbelievably, the story behind it is even more strange. “A crazy dictator built the bunkers,” said cruise program director Antun Mati?evi?. “He built almost 800,000 bunkers to […]

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Grand Circle cruise on M/V Athena: Visiting Butrint, a microcosm of Mediterranean history.

ABOARD THE M/V ATHENA – Exiles from the fall of Troy were happy to find a new place to call home. Giving thanks for their refuge, the exiles were sacrificing an ox on their ship before coming ashore. “But the bull jumped overboard and swam ashore,” said guide Demyr. “Taking this as a good omen, […]

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Carnival Vista offers nearly 30 dining and bar venues showcasing diverse flavors from around the world

From authentic Asian delicacies and a New England–inspired seafood eatery to light bites with a Cuban flair, the new Carnival Vista offers an exciting and flavorful array of international dining choices. Complementing the delicious fare is a wide variety of bars, lounges and watering holes including the line’s first on-board brewery. With a comprehensive selection […]

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Picking your fellow cruise passengers, making friends at sea — or keeping your distance

When my wife and I boarded Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony in Singapore last year, we asked the maître d’ to find us an interesting dining room table. He was a master arranger. During our 12-day cruise in and around the South China Sea, we thoroughly enjoyed lively dinner conversations and laughter at our table for […]

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Royal Caribbean International conducts delivery ceremony and honors crew of Harmony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International honored the crew and project team of the new Harmony of the Seas at a traditional delivery and flag changing ceremony in Saint Nazaire, France. Following 32 months of construction at the STX France shipyard involving thousands of shipyard employees, sub-contractors and suppliers, the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship is […]

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Grand Circle Cruise on M/V Athena – A ‘typical’ day on our cruise

ABOARD THE M/V ATHENA – A friend emailed to ask what a typical day is like on the M/V Athena. Well, the days aren’t typical on this cruise. Each day is different and wonderful. But I do understand her question. She is considering booking a cruise with Grand Circle Cruise Line and wants to check […]

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Crystal officially signs order with Lloyd Werft to build eight new ships

Crystal Cruises announced that it has signed an order for its eight new ships with the Lloyd Werft Group, a collection of four shipyards in Northern Germany. The signing was done by Crystal President and CEO Edie Rodriguez in the presence of the Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman of Crystal Cruises; Rüdiger Pallentin, Managing […]

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