Disney Aulani- Sitting Under the Stars Listening to Ukulele Music

DAY 5 (of 6) — You can’t help but smile. We’re sitting on woven mats under the stars listening to the best Ukulele playing I’ve ever heard. Rather than a huge luau with terrible food and hackneyed performances, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on Oahu has opted to celebrate Hawaiian culture with the Aulani Starlit Hui in which “Uncle” and an ensemble of dancers, musicians, singers and cultural practitioners entertain us under the stars. That includes …

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SATW president begins her New Zealand cruise aboard the Island Passage

November 13, 2011 After a week in Wellington, New Zealand, it’s time to hop the hour flight back to Auckland and link up with the Island Passage. I find the low-slung catamaran at her little berth along Princes Wharf, just a few blocks from the Victorian Ferry Building that is the icon of Auckland Harbour. Auckland Harbour I’m too early to board, but don’t fancy carrying all my gear around Auckland. Who should appear to save the …

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Windstar Cruises Unveils Expanded 2012 Voyage Collection Brochure

New Savings and $200 Shipboard Credit Available on Voyages Booked By December 31, 2011 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, unveils its expanded, 114-page 2012 Voyage Collection brochure which features 23 itineraries, new hotel and land packages, and details Windstar’s yachting experience. New savings and a $200 per person shipboard credit are available on voyages booked by December 31, …

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Norwegian Cruise Line and Caesars Entertainment Gives Players One Million Reasons to Cruise

Norwegian Spirit will host the first ever Millionaire Maker Slot Tournament at sea Norwegian Cruise Line and Caesars Entertainment have partnered to host the first ever Millionaire Maker Slot Tournament at sea on board Norwegian Spirit’s November 13, 2011 sailing from New Orleans. For the first time in the tournament’s 17-year history, it will take place on board a cruise ship, boasting the largest prize offered at sea for a slot tournament – $1,000,000*. The high-stakes match …

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Offers Great Value Down Under

Regent Seven Seas Cruises Offers Great Value Down Under Free Land Programs, Hotel Nights and Business Class Air Upgrade  Regent Seven Seas Cruises makes the wonders Down Under more accessible than ever for travelers with special savings on its Wonders of Australia voyages. The all-inclusive luxury line offers guests 2-for-1 fares, free air and bonus savings of up to $6,000 per suite on selected sailings when booked by Dec. 30, 2011. Along with opportunities to explore the …

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Disney’s Spa Treatments- For all Ages- At the Aulani

DAY 4 – (of 6) — Think a separate spa retreat for teens and another designed for entire families to enjoy together. Think adult treatments infused with local Hawaiian healing techniques. Think an outdoor hydrotherapy garden—the only one on the island of Oahu—here at Disney’s brand new Aulani resort. Laniwai (the name means freshwater heaven in Hawaiian) is supposed to embrace the Hawaiian connection to nature. I think it can enhance family connections too both by encouraging …

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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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