Oceania Cruises to Christen New ‘Riviera’ in Monaco, April 2012

Oceania Cruises’ new 1,250-guest Riviera will be christened in Monte Carlo on April 19, 2012. The lavish, invitation-only gala ceremony will take place pier-side at Monaco’s Port Hercules overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Design plans call for trellises of fresh local flowers, plants and columns to transform the pier into a garden taking its inspiration from the famous Princess Grace Rose Garden. Following the ceremony, guests will enjoy a gala reception and dinner onboard Riviera. “It is truly …

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Day One at Disney’s New Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawaii

DAY ONE (of 6) — I admit it. I’ve drunk the Disney Kool-Aid. I’m ensconced in a two bedroom unit at the brand new Aulani Disney Resort and Spa (the name means” a messenger of the chief” in Hawaiian) in Ko Olina, Hawaii. The resort sits on a beautiful lagoon just 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and less than an hour from Waikiki Beach but is worlds away from the traffic and crowds and in fact …

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En Route to Cartagena

EN ROUTE TO CARTAGENA Yesterday I mentioned the “taste” of Europe one gets aboard MSC ships. I referred  to the mix of travelers coming together on one ship, speaking dozens of languages and joining crew members primarily from Indonesia and officers from Italy in a wonderful  “it’s a small world” mixture. But taste also refers to food, and when I first sailed MSC I recall pasta and pizza as the main focal points of dining.  I don’t …

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All Aboard

ALL ABOARD! I joined other passengers on MSC Poesia yesterday. The cruise actually began in New York about four days ago, but I boarded in Port Everglades, near my South Florida home.  Billed by MSC as a “Snowbird” cruise moving northeasterners to Florida – with stops at Port Everglades, Cartagena, Colombia, Cristobal, Panama and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, before heading north again to Port Everglades. We will stop at Cozumel in Mexico on the way back. After …

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Aloha Hawaii: American Safari Cruises Begins Inaugural Season Sailing Adventure Cruises Among Hawaiian Islands

Aloha Hawaii: American Safari Cruises Begins Inaugural Season Sailing Adventure Cruises Among Hawaiian Islands 36-guest Safari Explorer sails weeklong and 10-night cruises beginning October 26, 2011 Adventure cruise tour operator American Safari Cruises celebrates its inaugural season in Hawaii on October 26, 2011 when the 36-guest Safari Explorer begins its first inter-island voyage. The upscale yacht will sail 24 voyages between Maui/Lana’i and the Big Island through May 2012. Seven- or 10-night active, adventure un-cruises explore Lana’i, …

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New Princess Cruises Station Debuts on Pandora Internet Radio

New Princess Cruises Station Debuts on Pandora Internet Radio “Princess Cruises Radio” Will Help Listeners Relax or Rejuvenate with Personalized Music Tracks To offer passengers a unique way to get away from their everyday routine – whether or not they’re on a cruise – Princess Cruises has launched its own radio station on Pandora Internet radio. A first in the cruise industry, the new Princess Cruises Radio (www.princess.com/radio) features three musical options – the “Relax” station playing …

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Cunard Announces Queen Mary 2 Refit Plans

Cunard Announces Queen Mary 2 Refit Plans Flagship to Receive Significant Enhancements During Planned Dry Dock                                 Cunard Line has released details of the planned refit of the company’s flagship Queen Mary 2, in preparation for her eighth birthday in January 2012.  With major refurbishments and redesigns of carpets, curtains, bedcovers and linens, and other enhancements, a luxury cruise vacation will be …

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Princess Cruises to Feature Largest Austraila and New Zealand Deployment of Any North American Cruise Line in 2012-13

Princess Cruises to Feature Largest Australia and New Zealand Deployment of Any North American Cruise Line in 2012-13 Highlights Include a Special Solar Eclipse Cruise and a New Cruisetour Featuring a Historic Train Ride Into the Outback Featuring the largest Australia deployment of any North American line in the region, Princess Cruises’ 2012-13 season of “Down Under” cruising offers intriguing new routes, a special solar eclipse cruise, a new cruisetour to the Outback, and more sailings to …

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Final Port

Our final port-of-call was Messina, Sicily.  Paul, a “Godfather” movie junkie, decided he’d do Holland America’s Godfather tour and persuaded me to join him. Meanwhile, after reading about several different touring options, the kids took a cab to the seaside town of Taormina.  Though the cab ride wasn’t cheap, I was glad the kids didn’t drive the roads of Sicily.  The cab driver stayed and waited for them.  As it turned out, renting a car was more …

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Windstar Cruises Includes Complimentary Soft Beverages Starting this December

Windstar Cruises Includes Complimentary Soft Beverages    On All Voyages Starting This December Windstar Cruises, which operates a fleet of three luxury sailing yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations, will include complimentary soft beverages on all voyages starting this December. Windstar’s complimentary soft beverages include bottled water, sparkling water, sodas, fresh juices, milk, fruit smoothies, tea, coffee, cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, and espresso.  The new benefit will be available in …

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