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A gruntled American cruises in a sea of Chinese on Royal Caribbean’s Ovation

Ovation of the Seas moves its homeport with the seasons in a grand circle, including Tianjin (Beijing’s seaport), Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sydney, Australia. Cruises cater to Chinese passengers when the ship sails from China. HONG KONG Gone was Johnny Rockets, a fast food mainstay of Royal Caribbean cruise ships. So, a meal of burger […]

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Top 10 Reasons To Visit Harvest Caye, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Premier Resort-Style Port of Call

Norwegian Cruise Line’s new destination in Southern Belize features Belize’s only cruise ship pier, an expansive seven-acre white sand beach, a 15,000 sq.-ft. pool with swim-up bar, multiple dining options including LandShark Bar & Grill, a nature center and wildlife experiences, plus unforgettable adventure tours. Following are the Top 10 reasons to visit Harvest Caye: […]

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Royal Caribbean’s new Harmony of the Seas is as beautiful as she is big

By Gerry Barker Special to AllThingsCruise ABOARD HARMONY OF THE SEAS– Let’s establish one thing right up front: Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas really is the world’s largest cruise ship. That was verified by Captain Gus Andersson, who told a group of assembled media Harmony is “30 centimeters longer” than her sister ships, Oasis […]

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Norwegian Cruise Line debuts hull artwork for new ship

Yesterday I posted about the Royal Princess’s new hull design. Today I want to share the artwork designed for Norwegian Cruise Line’s upcoming new ship, the Norwegian Bliss. The artwork is created by marine life artist Wyland and is called “Cruising with the Whales”. The image shows a humpback whale and her calf with other […]

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Last day of cruise – at the Gilded Age mansions in Newport RI

NEWPORT, RI (Day 7) — So many rules! I’ve dialed into the family audio tour at The Breakers in Newport, RI – the Vanderbilt summer “cottage” that at 70 rooms and with a staff of 40 was the largest and most lavish in this seaside playground of the mega rich during the Gilded Age. This […]

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Few kids on this cruise, but those aboard are having a blast

ABOARD THE NORWEGIAN GEM (DAY 6) — It’s never too late to try something new. That’s why sisters Sandy and Stacy Thompson surprised their 72-year–old parents with their first cruise vacation—aboard the Norwegian Gem that is sailing from New York to Nova Scotia. “Just because they are great parents,” aid Sandy Thompson. “I’ve never seen […]

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Ashore in Bar Harbor ME, Acadia National Park and St. John, New Brunswick

BAR HARBOR, Maine (Days 4-5) — What luck! The fog was ticker than pea soup when we anchored but when we stepped off the Norwegian Gem in Bar Harbor, ME the sky was blue and the sun shining—no better time to go wish Acadia National Park Happy Birthday. Acadia, which is the eastern-most point in […]

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Halifax, Nova Scotia – History and Heroism Combine

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (Day 3) — More than 1,000 people came to the toddler’s funeral. But no one knew who he was until nearly 100 years later. He was Body #4 plucked from the icy water 700 miles northeast of Halifax by the crew of the Mackay-Bennett, sent out to recover bodies after the Titanic […]

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Families of all sizes on the Norwegian Gem – NYC to Canada

ABOARD THE NORWEGIAN GEM (DAY 2) — Linda Montana and her sister surprised their mom with this cruise on the Norwegian Gem up to Canada to celebrate her 75th birthday. They’ve left husbands and kids behind, and brought along a cousin of their mom. That they don’t have to worry about anyone but themselves on […]

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Like sailing from home — from NYC to Canada on the Norwegian Gem

NEW York (DAY 1) — No muss, no fuss. It’s almost like sailing from our backyard. We drive from Connecticut into Port NYC, park, check our bags and board the Norwegian Gem. Couldn’t be easier. We are among 8,000 passengers on three ships that are arriving and departing from the port on the West Side […]

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