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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Gerry Barker: Cabo San Lucas, Carnival Miracle’s Last Stop Before Cruise Ends in Long Beach

CABO SAN LUCAS – Here we are — Carnival Miracle‘s last stop before we end our cruise in Long Beach in two days. From our balcony we can view the Cabo’s iconic rock formations, including the famous arch where the blue-green surf sprays into the air. While the weather is beautiful, the morning is off to a rocky start onboard the ship. Apparently we have arrived later than planned, which has delayed the shore excursions and all …

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Gerry Barker: Carnival Miracle Visit to Guatemala (Antigua)

PUERTO QUETZAL, Guatemala – After two days at sea, including a driving overnight thunderstorm with unbelievable lightning, we arrive at this Central American country famous for its Mayan heritage, coffee, sugar cane and volcanoes. “Quetzal” refers to the famous, vibrantly-colored Central American bird of the same name, the national bird of Guatemala and also the name of its currency. This is our first time to experience Guatemala, which plays hosts to over 100 cruise ship visits yearly. …

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Steel Cutting Ceremony Begins Countdown to New Cunard Ship – The yet unnamed ship will be the second largest to fly the Cunard flag

VALENCIA, Calif., October 11, 2019 – Today, luxury cruise line Cunard celebrated the beginning of construction on the line’s 249th ship with a steel cutting ceremony at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia Shipyard in Italy. The first piece of steel cut will be used as a sculpture displayed on the new ship for guests to enjoy and marks a landmark moment in the company’s 179-year history. The yet unnamed ship will be the second largest to fly the …

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Royal Caribbean Reveals Homeport And Name Of Fifth Oasis Class Ship … World’s Largest Cruise Ship to Sail from China

SHANGHAI, Oct. 10, 2019 – Excitement was in the air today as Royal Caribbean International announced the homeport and name of its fifth Oasis Class ship. The next ship to join the leading cruise line’s innovative lineup will be named Wonder of the Seas and set sail from Shanghai, China. The details were revealed by Royal Caribbean President and CEO Michael Bayley at a global cruise industry conference event held in Shanghai. Slated for a highly anticipated …

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Offering Free Evacuations To Those On Grand Bahama Island

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Offering Free Evacuations To Those On Grand Bahama Island As reported by CNN in coverage of Hurricane Dorian and help being offered to the people of the Bahamas suffering from the damage from the hurricane: “Apart from the Bahamas we have no other home, so it was like the destruction was in our backyard,” CEO Oneil Khosa told CNN. “We felt like we had to do this for the people of the Bahamas …

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A Review of AmaWaterways New AmaPrima

If you follow along in this blog, you’ve probably realized that I just love AmaWaterways. This river cruise line has the most beautiful ships, with wonderful amenities.  My friend Phyllis recently wrote a review of AmaWaterway’s new AmaPrima, and I just had to share it with you… Heidi A Review of AmaWaterways New AmaPrima By Phyllis Steinberg The AMA Prima, launched in 2013, has a luxurious two story lobby accented by sparkling white marble floors, a glass …

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