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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More About Daily Life On Board Lindblad’s Endeavour

More thoughts and observations about daily life on the Lindblad National Geographic Endeavour to follow-up to a recent post. Kayaking According to Carlos Romero, our expedition leader, Lindblad Expeditions is the only cruise company to offer kayaking, That isn’t surprising since, according to the National Park, most other boats carry only 16 passengers. The kayaks serve two purposes: to provide a different activity and to allow passengers to seek out on their own the birds, iguanas and …

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After some rough seas, we visit an exotic mansion on Kawau Island

November 17, 2011 Reluctantly, Capt. Vince heads us out of Smokehouse Bay west for Kawau and the Victorian fantasy world of Sir George Grey. Twice governor of New Zealand, Grey took over the home of a mining executive in the 1860s, plowing in a fortune to take it to 30 lavish rooms and transform the gardens into his private Eden He brought in Chinese pheasants, New Guinea tree kangaroos and South African monkeys. Zebras pulled his carriage. …

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Carnival Magic Makes Unexpected Two-Day Shore Stop for Emergency Repairs

By Jackie Sheckler Finch The Carnival Magic cruise ship took an unexpected shore stop Wednesday and Thursday to make emergency repairs to the new ship. “We are experiencing a technical problem with one of our stern thrusters, side propellers on the aft that help the ship move sideways,” said Magic Captain Giovanni Cutugno. “Don’t worry,” he said. “This does not compromise the ship’s safely in any way as all other systems and hotel services are functioning normally.” …

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Carnival Cruise Line Creates Own Beer

By Jackie Sheckler Finch He used to live in the forest, soaking up the rain. Now he lives on the Carnival Magic, basking in the sun. That’s the Carnival story about the RedFrog. And they’re sticking to it. In fact, the little tree frog has made himself so at home on the cruise ship that he has his own private label draught beer, custom-brewed specially for Carnival – ThirstyFrog Red. The first pub ever on a Carnival …

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We learn how they make Barrier Gold balms and oils

November 16, 2011 Day two in our perfect little harbor off Great Barrier Island, but suddenly the sun and warmth are gone. We bundle up for the short jaunt over to shore and the quirky homestead of Trish and Sven Stellin. For more than 18 years, they’ve been making Barrier Gold balms and oils from the manuka and kanuka plants, better known in the States as tea trees. The plants, once reviled as weeds, now are the …

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Royal Caribbean and Starbucks coffee company Start Brewing Aboard Oasis of the Seas

In time for the holidays, Oasis of the Seas joins Allure of the Seas and welcomes second Starbucks at Sea Royal Caribbean International today announced that guests aboard the cruise line’s Oasis of the Seas will be able to enjoy their favorite hand-crafted espresso beverage at the ship’s new Starbucks® store. Royal Caribbean premiered the first Starbucks at sea aboard sister-ship Allure of the Seas, when she launched in December 2010. Through a licensing agreement between Starbucks …

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