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September 2015 – great cruise deals

Explorer of the Seas Fitness Room Image courtesy of Royal Caribbean Destination: Alaska What: 7 night Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas When: May 2 and 27, 2016 Prices: from $749 per person. What Else You’ll Have to Pay: Rates include port charge. Government tax and air additional. Where you Go: Sail round-trip from Seattle, through Inside […]

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Royal Princess, launching in June 2013- Image courtesy of Princess Cruises

A Once In a Lifetime Experience, a Voyage on an Inaugural Cruise – Seven Interesting Things about Inaugural Cruises

For those of us who love to cruise, inaugural cruises rate high on the to-do-experience list. These elite voyages often involve champagne christenings, celebrity godmothers and brand-new ship facilities and amenities.  (Plus the cache of telling your friends you were on an Inaugural cruise.) Here are some reasons we love these cruises: The cruise lines […]

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A weekend in the Hamptons  

I recently got this travel diary from my friend, Richard Joseph, who took a weekend trip to a very exclusive area-  the Hamptons.  Was he able to visit on a budget?  Read on for his impressions of this lovely area. – Heidi. I’ve heard the phrase “weekending in the Hamptons”, but it was a phrase […]

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The QM2 in Liverpool- Image courtesy of Cunard

Queen Mary 2 Travel Diary- Moments Of Sophistication and History

Cunard never disappoints; their ships are unfailingly beautiful, luxurious and complete with amenities, yet they capture a glamour of days gone by.  I have been lucky enough to sail on this line several times, and am posting a travel diary I wrote during one of my voyages- a six-day sailing on the QM2.  I hope […]

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The AllThingsCruise Travel Store

Over the years, I’ve had many opportunities to travel the world.  I’ve seen exotic locations, sampled some of the best cuisine to be found, and shopped in fabulous world markets. One thing I’ve always enjoyed during my various cruises is purchasing gifts for loved ones, both on the ship and onshore.  Several years ago, I […]

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MSC Divina – A Toast to Italy

From guest writer Kay Showker The arrival of the new MSC Divina in Miami last November marked a milestone for MSC Cruises as the first ship of the fast growing cruise line to sail year-round from her home port in Miami to the Caribbean. Since 2005, the line had offered only seasonal fall through winter sailings […]

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Warm gorgeous pools, friendly staff, bourbon steak, golfers paradise & a small and intimate spa all exceed expectations

“Jewel” Hotel to Consider for Pre or Post Cruise When we take a Ft. Lauderdale, or Miami-based cruise we always go a few days early to the vicinity. Our hotel of choice: Turnberry Isle, Miami. While this is a fabulous locale during the cold winter months (for those of us living in northern climes), the […]

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Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Star to debut this year

For those of you wondering about the new Viking Star Ocean Cruise new ship. Viking Star Classified by some as a “small ship,” the 930-passenger all-veranda Viking Star – as well as its two sister ships, Viking Sea and Viking Sky – is engineered at a scale that allows direct access into most ports, so […]

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Carnival Vista, unveiled last week at a media event in New York, is a significant departure in design from previous Carnival Cruises cruise ships

My friend, Kay Showker from The Smart Traveler, shares her insights of Carnival Cruise Lines new ship, the Carnival Vista. Carnival Vista, unveiled last week at a media event in New York, is a significant departure in design from previous Carnival Cruises cruise ships. Her design is meant to connect passengers with the sea by […]

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Copenhagen airport offering a new service for cruise passengers

Copenhagen Airport is offering a new service to cruise passengers who are disembarking in Copenhagen that will make the journey home from their cruise a bit smoother. Cruise passengers will be able to check in online for their flights before leaving their ship and their luggage can also be picked up from the ship and […]

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