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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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Cruise Aboard the Celebrity Summit

My friend Richard Joseph recently took a wonderful cruise aboard the Celebrity Summit. Here is the diary of his cruise vacation. Day one San Juan As I boarded the Celebrity Summit I wondered, “What’s that big “X” on the ship’s stack? What does that mean? Certainly not ‘X-Rated’, could it be generation X?” I went […]

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It’s Cyber Monday! Here’s what the cruise lines are offering!

Now is the time to do your travel planning!  There are some great deals to be had this Cyber Monday!   Contemporary Cruise Line Deals MSC Cruises: For a limited time MSC Cruises is offering new Super Diva Deals.  Book by December 31, 2014 and receive balcony stateroom at oceanview rates on select sailings, plus […]

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Celebrity Cruises Acquires White Truffles for Their Guests

  Celebrity Cruises Executive Chef John Suley recently participated in The World White Truffle Auction, a highly exclusive culinary event. Held at the 14th-century Castle of Grinzane Cavour, this auction offered the very rare white truffles, which are known as “the diamond of the kitchen”. Suley was victorious with his bid to purchase the truffles, […]

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Two New Dance Pros Added to Holland America Line’s ‘Dancing with the Stars: At Sea

Holland America Line has added professional dancers Sharna Burgess and Artem Chigvintsev to the remaining two 2014 “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” theme cruises. Burgess and Chigvintsev will sail on the ms Westerdam Nov. 29,  and on the Champions Cruise that sets sail Dec. 6. Both cruises sail roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to […]

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National Cruise Vacation Week- see the deals!

October 6-13th, 2014 is this year’s National Cruise Vacation Week. If you are planning a cruise in the near future, be sure to take a look at what the cruise lines are offering in the way of specials this week- they truly are the best deals of the year! See the full list of deals […]

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