Lots To Do On Oahu-And at the Aulani

DAY 3 (of 6) — The hardest part about the Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa will be persuading the kids to leave to explore Oahu—to visit Pearl Harbor or Haleiwa, the famous North Shore surf town, shop for souvenirs in Waikiki or hike up the iconic Diamond Head. And that’s a shame because Oahu offers so much culture, history and just plain fun. Ever visited a turtle spa—in the ocean? But there’s so much to keep …

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The “Ocean Views” Debates on Crystal Cruises

Are politics your passion?  You won’t want to miss the “Ocean Views” program on Crystal Cruises in 2012.  “Ocean Views” brings together renowned experts from both sides of the aisle in a moderated debate of global issues and news items, followed by live Q&A.  Prominent political and world affairs pundits James Carville, Mary Matalin, former Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, and 4-star General Hugh Shelton will part of a discussion panel moderated by British foreign correspondent Ken Rees. The …

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Holland America Line’s 2013 Grand Voyages to Explore Seven Continents, 65 Countries

Holland America Line’s flagship ms Amsterdam and the intimate explorer, ms Prinsendam, each will sail two Grand Voyages in 2013. In total, the four extensive itineraries feature 322 cruising days, visiting more than 120 ports of call in 65 countries. Amsterdam will sail a 115-day Grand World Voyage in January and a 75-day Grand Pacific and Far East Voyage in the fall. Prinsendam departs on a 68-day Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage in January, immediately followed …

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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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