Carnival Cruise Director Welcomes Magic

By Jackie Sheckler Finch John Heald had never been on a cruise ship when he replied to a want ad seeking a bartender aboard the Carnival Destiny ocean liner. “Much to my parent’s horror, I got the job,” Heald recalls with a laugh. “I gave up my job in London and I’ve been on cruise ships ever since.” That was back in 1986. Since then, Heald has quickly risen through the ranks. In 1989 he was promoted …

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Carnival Magic Offers Cloud 9 Spa

By Jackie Sheckler Finch It is supposed to remove stress, get rid of body aches and pains, and wash away harmful toxins. The 100-minute spa therapy is said to provide as much body and mind rejuvenation as eight hours of sleep. I say: Bring it on! So, while the Carnival Magic sails the blue Caribbean, I find myself heading to the ship’s Cloud 9 Spa. With so many wonderful choices, I’m trying the Elemis Aroma Spa Seaweed …

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Royal Caribbean International Continues to Deliver the Royal Advantage

Royal Caribbean International continues to deliver the Royal Advantage with the transformation of the elegant and popular Centrum found aboard its Vision-Class ships. Beginning with Splendour of the Seas, the Centrum with its sweeping views and central location on the ship will reemerge from an extensive revitalization as a new chic and sophisticated venue featuring enriching daytime activities, dazzling nightly entertainment and jaw-dropping aerial spectacles. The Centrum’s Champagne Bar also will be reinvented, unveiled as a new …

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Our final morning: Winds cause a missed call

November 18, 2011: Our final day It’s happy birthday to Nicole Donahoe, and Chef Mabee has carved an elaborate apple swan for the breakfast bar in her honor. One gift given, another taken away. We’re hoping to make landfall on Tiritiri Matangi, a remarkable island of conservation. The once-eroded farms are now sanctuary for some of New Zealand’s rarest birds: the flightless takahe and kokako, which was nearly extinct. But the southwesterlies intrude again, making the tender …

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Windstar Named Most Romantic Cruise Line

A cruise, especially one on a small ship or river cruise, is inherently romantic… a slower pace, time to explore some of the most beautiful places on earth, fine wine and cuisine.  I definitely recommend them for a romantic occasion such as a honeymoon or anniversary trip. One of the awards given in the cruise industry is “Most Romantic Cruise Line” which was recently awarded (for the 7th time in a row!) to Windstar Cruises by Porthole …

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See The World Through The Eyes Of Your Children- On A Family Cruise

Alaskan Brown Bears- Courtesy of Adventuresmith Thinking of planning a family cruise? I just checked in with AdventureSmith Explorations and see that they’ve put together a list of what they consider to be the best family cruises for late 2011 through 2012.  I love the way these cruises focus not on the ship experience (you won’t find mega water parks or 3-D movie theaters aboard these vessels), but on the off-ship adventures and cross-cultural experiences.  I’ve written …

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Windstar’s Mediterranean Voyages Top List of “All-Time Best Cruises” by Islands Magazine

Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations, is at the top of Islands magazine list of “All-Time Best Cruises” for its Mediterranean voyages. Islands Magazine editors ranked the best cruises based on unique island itineraries. The full list of cruises is featured in the December 2011 issue of Islands magazine and on the magazine’s website at www.islands.com. For 2012, Windstar has …

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SeaDream Yacht Club Reveals Details of a Spiritual, Educational and Historical Voyage

SeaDream II Follows the Path of Paul the Apostle SeaDream Yacht Club, operating the top ‘Boutique Ships’ in the world as rated by the 2012 Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships, reveals details of a newly created 2012 itinerary featuring unique Turkish and Greek ports. The voyage was specially designed to follow in the footsteps of Paul the Apostle, said to be one of the most famous citizens of the Roman Empire. “We’re excited to introduce …

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Oceania Cruises’ ‘Marina’ Earns 5-Star Rating From Berlitz

Oceania Cruises’ Marina has been named one of the top 10 mid-size ships in the world in the 2012 Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. With a total score of more than 1,700 points, which translates to a 5-star rating, Marina has joined an elite group of vessels that belong to the Berlitz “Five-Star Club,” representing the highest rated ships in the world. “We are honored that Marina has been recognized in the 2012 Berlitz …

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Windstar Cruises Named “Most Romantic Cruise Line” and Wind Surf “Best Tall Ship”

In Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations, has been recognized by Porthole Cruise Magazine as the “Most Romantic Cruise Line” for the seventh time in a row along with Windstar’s Wind Surf  voted “Best Tall Ship” in the 13th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Several thousand readers cast their ballots, voting in a variety …

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