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Exploring family origins and a castle on a European river cruise

David Molyneaux visits Moulineaux, France, on the river Seine, where his family lived 950 years ago Robert the Devil, a Norman duke of yore, probably was not one of my direct ancestors. But our families were close, and his castle ruins are visible from the river Seine, between Paris and the Atlantic beaches of Normandy. […]

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Celestyal Cruises unveils 2015/2016 Cuba Cruise brochure

The newly designed 2015/2016 Cuba Cruise brochure is now available for digital download and in print from Celestyal Cruises. The colorful brochure combines beautiful Cuba and cruise vessel photography, with port of call highlights, new extended sailing dates and detailed deck plans. Celestyal Cruises is proud to launch its third operating season in Cuba, offering […]

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Genting Hong Kong completes acquisition of Crystal Cruises and announces new chairman and management promotions

Genting Hong Kong (GHK) has announced that it has completed the acquisition of “The World’s Most Awarded and Best Luxury Cruise Line,” Crystal Cruises (Crystal), from Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), for a total transaction of US$550 million. GHK also announced a new Chairman of Crystal and promotions for Crystal’s current senior management team, guaranteeing […]

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Viking Star christened in homeport of Bergen, Norway

Marking a significant milestone in the arrival of the travel industry’s first entirely new cruise line in a decade, Viking Ocean Cruises® christened its first ship, the 930-passenger Viking Star. The ceremony – which took place in Bergen, Norway – occurred in conjunction with a citywide celebration for Norwegian Constitution Day and featured parades, parties […]

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Interested in learning more about Oceania Cruises?

Please join CruiseCompete as we host an informational webinar featuring Oceania Cruises TODAY, Wednesday, May 6, 2015, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Sign up here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regist…/3411617821363212546 Oceania’s intimate and luxurious ships allow you to explore the world in unequalled style and comfort. Sophisticated, stylish and distinctly mid-size, you’ll find the onboard atmosphere is extremely convivial, and with […]

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Aboard Renaissance: Final thoughts on cruise

ABOARD RENAISSANCE- Rain dampened the deck, streets and roads but not our memories as we hugged the crew and piled into our trusty van with deck man, driver, guide and captain-in-training Arnald Poussin for the three hour-drive to Paris. More hugs as he dropped us of at European Waterways’ Paris meeting center, Hotel Westminster. Just […]

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Aboard Renaissance: Briare

ABOARD RENAISSANCE-The weather gods seemed to be exacting their due as we woke in Briare to gray skies that threatened rain. Carol and I checked out the market behind the church of Saint Etienne and found just about everything one could possibly need to sustain life – vegetables, fruits, meats, fish, cheese, bread, milk, plants, […]

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Why you should cruise with Apple Watch!

Call me a ‘Geek’, but I enjoy the self-promotional circus events that Apple puts on a couple times a year to announce their new products. And, this time, I decided to find benefits for the cruising public! Let the hoopla begin, and the orders placed for the new Apple Watch. Touted as the ‘most personal […]

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Aboard Renaissance: Chateau de la Bussiere

ABOARD RENAISSANCE-Quiet and leisurely start to the morning; chef Luke’s breakfast special, pain perdu, French toast. We had to have it, right? We cruise along normally until one door of the lock at Ouzier-Sur-Trezes refused to open enough to let us exit. The lockmaster, our captain and deckman try unsuccessfully to fix the problem. Three […]

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Freighter cruising on Aranui 3 in the South Pacific

Jacques Brel’s memory is alive, well and living in Atuona The voice is unmistakable, even 20 yards away from a bright green barn that sits at the edge of a beach on Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Islands of the South Pacific. Inside is a memorial to chanteur Jacques Brel, who was known throughout the world as a passionate singer, […]

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Aboard Renaissance: A visit to the famous faience factory in Gien

ABOARD RENAISSANCE-Cannot believe how fortunate we are weather-wise. Predictions had been for cool temperatures for one sunny day between rain and clouds. Instead it has been warm and sunny. All the better to sun and lunch on the foredeck. We have been alternating morning excursions one day with afternoon ones the next. Quite civilized, especially […]

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Aboard American Empress: If it’s Friday, it must be Kennewick – or Pasco, or Richland

ABOARD AMERICAN EMPRESS-This was our last day on ilch’eeahwana, the local Native American word meaning “the big river.”  (Sounds like “ill-cheat-gee-wanna.”) The American Empress is parked in Richland at the confluence of the Columbia and the Snake Rivers, and unfortunately I didn’t learn the local word for the Snake. The exact point where this union […]

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Aboard Renaissance: Visiting Chateau Sully-Sur-Loire

ABOARD RENAISSANCE-The church bells of Montbouy woke us all at 7 a.m. and after breakfast we piled into the van for the drive to the Castle – or Chateau, the French use the terms interchangeably – of Sully-Sur-Loire, built and built on from 1000 A.D. Whereas Fountainebleau had been so grand and sprawling that none […]

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