Interesting Small Ships (950 Passengers or Less) Fill a Niche …

Small ships fill a niche for cruisers that are looking for more in-depth exploration of the regions they visit. They can visit ports that are inaccessible to larger ships, and exotic itineraries are the standard. Most river cruise ships and almost all of the luxury lines have ships that fall into this category. Some benefits of S ships: Most cabins are suites and have balconies Luxury and service are frequently a focal point of a small ship …

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What’s Your Ideal or Preferred Ship Size for Ocean Cruise Ships?

Ship sizes range from megaships (over 4,000 passengers) to very small vessels and luxury yachts whose passengers number in mere dozens. Knowing the differences is key to planning your best cruise vacation. See ships over 1,000 passengers here and read about some of the benefits below. Large to Extra, Extra Large Ships These megaships boast unparalleled options in entertainment and amenities. They truly give the impression of being on board a floating city and provide endless choices …

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Oceania Cruises ~ for Wine Connoisseurs

Oceania Cruises, La Reserve by Wine Spectator The most inspired achievements are born of legendary partnerships, and Oceania Cruises are proud of their brilliant union with Wine Spectator, the foremost magazine for wine connoisseurs, and an exceptional relationship with France’s premier Champagne house, Moët & Chandon. Along with these illustrious partners, they present a variety of differing but equally extraordinary pairing dinners. Developed with Moët & Chandon’s Executive Chef Marco Fadiga, the six-course Dom Pérignon Experience is …

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Should Tipping Protocols Change for Cruise Travelers Post-COVID?

Age-Old Custom of TIPS (To Insure Proper / Prompt Service) on a Cruise Ship Vacation Once travel is surging again, tipping is a great way to help those who were most affected during the pandemic. Should the amounts we tip change? Yes, we believe that generosity will be the best practice when travel resumes. So many people have been affected, from the porter at the airport who carries your luggage, to the porter who helps you take …

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Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Voyage: The Experience of a Lifetime

Traveling on an ocean liner is the epitome of the luxury cruise travel experience. I have been fortunate enough to enjoy several transatlantic voyages on lovely Cunard Line, and am looking forward to the next one. Please enjoy reading about our voyage aboard the Queen Mary 2. If you would to find out more about Transoceanic cruises, please visit: https://www.cruisecompete.com/specials/regions/transoceanic/1 Warmest regards, Heidi Pre-Sailing: A Stroll in Olde Londontowne We departed for London on British Airways (try …

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Take a Peek … Our 2021 Family-Friendly Cruise Travel Planner

Dear Readers, To see the online book version, please click here. While much has changed for the travel world, much has stayed the same. This book details quite a bit about the lovely cruises and the destinations they visit that will sail you around the world. There will be many changes and, while they keep evolving, we wanted to allow families and travelers to enjoy this book. In my opinion the cruise industry has always been very …

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Cunard’s Flagship Queen Mary 2 Takes Center Stage in new HBO Max Film, “Let Them All Talk,” streaming December 10 (For Cunard, cruise & movie lovers!)

Meryl Streep leads star-studded cast in Director Steven Soderbergh’s new feature, filmed in style and luxury aboard a Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing Courtesy Cunard: VALENCIA, Calif., Dec. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As Meryl Streep’s character, famed novelist Alice, steps out of the taxi upon arriving at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, she gazes in awe at Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 dwarfing the port, a magnificent site, even to the most veteran cruise passenger. This is one …

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First Steel Cut for Seabourn’s Second New Ultra-Luxury Purpose-Built Expedition Ship, Due For Delivery in 2022

Courtesy Seabourn: SEATTLE, Sept. 17, 2020 – Seabourn, the ultra-luxury resort at sea, is celebrating a special milestone in its future growth with the commemorative cutting of the steel for the brand’s second ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship. T. Mariotti Managing Director Marco Ghiglione presided over the ceremony in San Giorgo di Nogare, Italy with Seabourn President Josh Leibowitz joining virtually. “With two brand new ultra-luxury expedition ships now under construction, we are setting a new standard of …

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CDC call for comments about cruise travel resuming

A quick reminder about the CDC call for comments about cruise travel resuming. Just one week left … comments need to be in by Sept. 21, 2020. How To Submit Comments: https://beta.regulations.gov/document/CDC-2020-0087-0001/comment This is our chance to be heard. Anyone interested in sharing their comments can submit them to Regulations.gov via the following: Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Mail: Maritime Unit, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE, MS V18-2, Atlanta, …

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Survey Data Reveals New Post-Covid Cruise Trends

CruiseCompete Mined Its Wealth of Data of Shifting Attitudes of Cruise Trends Courtesy CruiseCompete: DETROIT (Aug.18, 2020) – A survey by CruiseCompete.com, the web’s only competitive-quote cruise marketplace, has uncovered some interesting insights about new attitudes among travelers. The fact that well-traveled consumers are so ready to start cruising speaks volumes for the health of the industry. When asked if COVID-19 has changed how they will choose their next cruise, 58.7% report that they will compare the onboard policies of cruise …

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