Disney Comes to New York

Disney is a name known worldwide, and those of you that have experienced a Disney Cruise with your children know that the magic of the parks translates nicely to a cruise. Over time, the Disney Magic has brought its special brand of cruising to ports around the world; Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, England, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Russia; in the eastern and western Caribbean, Mexico, the Bahamas, St. Maarten to name but a few. And now, …

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Cozumel: Taco, Touring and Tans

I watched from the Lido Deck, as I was having coffee, and saw hundreds of MSC Poesia disembarking for tours of the magnificent ruins of Tulum, to shop for popular sterling silver that is still a fair bargain here or heading to the beaches with hats and sunscreen in tow. Others get off the ship to sample local Mexican cuisine, some tacos, a chimchanga or perhaps a margarita or two. There’s a party atmosphere in this port, …

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Carnival Ecstasy to Launch One-of-a-Kind Four- and Five-Day Cruise Program from Port Canaveral Later Today

Carnival’s Third Year-Round Ship in Port Canaveral Further Bolsters Line’s Position as Port’s Leading Cruise Operator, Carrying 600,000 Passengers Annually Carnival Cruise Lines will launch the cruise industry’s only four- and five-day Bahamas/Caribbean program from Port Canaveral later today when the Carnival Ecstasy departs on a five-day sold-out cruise to Nassau, Freeport and the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay – the first of 78 annual voyages from the Space Coast. Carnival Ecstasy’s one-of-a-kind schedule includes …

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Life On Board Lindblad’s National Geographic Endeavour

Who’s In Charge Every Lindblad Endeavour Galapagos cruise has three supervisors: The Captain, who hopefully you won’t see except at social functions. You don’t want to see him in a public area with a megaphone in hand or hear his voice over your cabin speaker during the distress signal while someone is pounding on your door. The Expedition Leader, the most visible person of the three since this person usually oversees all departures and returns and emcees …

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Hawaiian Tradition and Culture Blend with Disney at the New Aulani

DAY TWO (of 6) – Ready to learn the Coconut Walk? “Aunty,” who actually is well known Hawaiian entertainer SonyaMendez, leads the children as they clap Coconut shell instruments together around the outdoor restaurant. In between songs, Goofy, Minnie and other Disney Pals—all decked out in Hawaiian gear—stop by for photos and hugs here at Disney’s new Aulani Resort on Oahu. “This is a place where children will leave with a sense of place,” she says. “This …

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Cristobal, Panama has a worldwide mystique.

Cristobal, Panama has a worldwide mystique. Many of my fellow passengers, heeding the call to visit the Panama Canal’s Gatun Locks climbed off MSC Poesia early this morning to get up close and personal with the Canal. I personally spoke to at least a dozen guests who purposely booked this MSC Poesia cruise in order to see the Canal. Cristobal and Colon were named for Christopher Columbus. Cristobal was created in 1914 as a port of entry …

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Silversea Partners With Choozi Entertainment to Launch Exclusive New Entertainment Program

Silversea Partners With Choozi Entertainment to Launch Exclusive New Entertainment Program Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises today announced it is launching a totally revamped entertainment program created exclusively for the company’s ships by Choozi Entertainment. In a move away from traditional production shows, the new concert-style concept will feature an outstanding cast of classically trained vocalists and musicians performing a lively celebration of music from Motown to opera to pop and rock. The star-studded cast and production team are …

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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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