Sound Advice on Audio for Your Cruise Vacation ~ CruiseCompete Bite #1

Tune In … CruiseCompete CEO Bob Levinstein provides sound advice—how to help maximize your enjoyment of your cruise by controlling what you hear and don’t hear throughout your cruise vacation. Covered are the gadgets to bring, how the keep them running, and the entertainment you will want to pre-load onto your devices before you leave home. Click here to tune in to the podcast! CruiseCompete CEO Bob Levinstein is the host of this series to educate and …

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Your Ship Sails from NYC – What an Opportunity!

(Story by Bryce Sanders) … New York City. The Big Apple. If your voyage starts, ends (or both) from what’s arguably the greatest city in the world, you must add on a few days and enjoy everything the city has to offer. How do you do that for a reasonable amount of money? The Easy Way Folks like www.cruisecompete.com, affiliated with allthingscruise.com offer shore excursions though their website. Your cruise line likely has pre and post cruise …

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Vanuatu, South Pacific natural gem, is new home of Royal Caribbean’s newest private island destination

October 2019 – Vanuatu, one of the natural gems of the South Pacific, will be the new home of Royal Caribbean’s newest private island destination – Perfect Day at Lelepa, Vanuatu. The announcement of the new project was made by Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai, and Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley. Salwai and Bayley said the destination will be created in partnership with the community of Vanuatu to showcase the distinct natural ecological beauty …

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Once a busy trade route, the Upper Rhine now offers history without crowds … River cruising in Germany and France

(Story and photos by David G. Molyneaux) … NEUF-BRISACH, France — On a pleasant morning before the summer vacation season was in full swing, the bicycle shop in the Rhine River port city of Breisach, Germany, was closed. So my wife and I walked into France. We crossed the wide river bridge and trekked about three miles of quiet country roads to Neuf-Brisach. Neuf means “new” in French (except when neuf means nine), and Neuf-Brisach was new …

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17 Things That Are (Likely) Complimentary On Your Next Cruise Vacation

(Story by Bryce Sanders) … Cruises might be the original all-inclusive vacation. Yes, they charge for drinks and land packages. They have specialty restaurants. There is still a lot of stuff included as part of your basic cruise fare. Are you taking advantage of these opportunities? Editor’s Note: For a comprehensive list across many cruise lines, All Things Cruise has a great chart here that covers: • 24 hour cabin service • Stocked in-cabin mini bar • …

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Costa Rica in the Rainy Season

My friend Richard Joseph recently sent me this story from Costa Rica … With beautiful fall weather at home Costa Rica seemed like an odd choice for a vacation, but the price was right, maybe too right, we feared because it’s “the rainy season”. Nevertheless we packed our raincoats and umbrellas arriving in the capital San Jose to a suspiciously dry airport tarmac. The moment we got outside, however, it started to pour. Maybe this was an …

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Windstar Completes First Milestone on Its $250 Million Star Plus Initiative

Fincantieri Cuts Windstar’s Star Breeze in Half, Inserting 84-Foot (25.6 Meters) New Section in Palermo, Italy PALERMO, ITALY, October 17, 2019 – It’s only appropriate that the culture that gave birth to the Renaissance is where Windstar Cruises ushers in a new era as the leader in small ship cruising by making the final cut to the hull of Star Breeze to “stretch” the first of its three ships and begins the process of inserting a new …

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Why Cruising With Friends Is Better Than Flying Away

(Story by Bryce Sanders) One of the easiest ways to end a friendship is to travel with friends, Yet most of us, myself included, think this is a good idea, Choosing a cruise vacation will give you the greatest chance of maintaining that friendship when you return to the real world. Why Friends Travelling Together Often Ends in Disaster You know your friends in a certain context. It might be work. They might be neighbors or gym …

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A Culinary Journey Onboard Scenic Eclipse

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Boston & Vancouver, October 2019 – As Executive Chef for Scenic Eclipse, Tom Goetter has set himself the challenge to reinvent dining on the high seas, and that means ensuring his guests enjoy an ever-changing selection of flavors throughout their cruise. “We have a total of 2,500 recipes across our eight restaurants,” Goetter says. “You would need to be on board for one and a half months to eat every dish.” Dining on board Scenic Eclipse is …

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New Expedition Leaders Announced For Crystal Endeavor’s Bold Adventures, Ship to feature up to 22 expedition guides across various disciplines

MIAMI, October 14, 2019 – As the countdown to Crystal Endeavor’s August 2020 launch progresses, Crystal Expedition Cruises announced today that naturalists Boris Wise and Eva Molin Westerholm have joined the Crystal team as expedition leader and assistant expedition leader, respectively. The two are working with Crystal experts to build the team of expedition guides that comprises a comprehensive roster of subject matter experts relevant to the destinations Crystal Endeavor will explore. The expedition guides will share …

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