What do the five star ratings mean?

“Selective Accommodations” Simple; open your handy Forbes Travel Guide– (formerly known as the Mobil Travel Guide), select a 5 star hotel, make a reservation and check in; piece of cake.  Hotels that receive a Forbes Travel Guide Five Star rating  must have accommodations, service and amenities that qualify as truly superior; and must not only meet your needs and expectations, but exceed them.  Such attention to detail is expensive to offer, and hotel rates will certainly reflect …

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Best Photo or Story Contest

Snap a picture of favorite ship or destination; post it to the CruiseCompete Facebook page. First prize $200, second $100, gift certificate for cruise booked through CruiseCompete. Name your entry “Cruise Compete Photo Story Contest – Jan 2011”.  Most “Likes” wins! Send friends and family to vote for you! Contest ends January 31, 2011. Rules posted on AllThingsCruise.com

Happy Holidays!

We hope your Holidays are full of Blessings, Good Friends, Good Health and Good Cheer! Happy Holidays to You & Your Families. Warmest regards, All Things Cruise

Our pre-cruise stay at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle will be followed by a short inaugural cruise of the Celebrity Eclipse

Day 1 – Arrival at Fairmont Turnberry Isle Following a pleasant and uneventful flight (the best kind) to Ft. Lauderdale, my husband and I used a local sedan service to make the brief 20-minute drive to Fairmont Turnberry Isle in the nearby city of Aventura. As we pulled up before the hotel entrance, my husband observed the beautiful marble entryway and remarked “I can already tell this is going to be a wonderful experience.”  Helpful porters quickly …

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The World’s Largest Cruise Night is Finally Here! From Airfare Included to Cabin Upgrades to Onboard Credits, Reduced Deposits. Virtually Unheard of Special Options on Most of the Cruise & River Cruise Lines

Here are the details: Azamara Club Cruises What: $500 ONBOARD CREDIT per stateroom (Suites), $400 ONBOARD CREDIT per stateroom (Veranda), $300 ONBOARD CREDIT per Stateroom (Ocean view) When: October 13 Only Limitations: Onboard credit offer is valid on Azamara Club Cruises Europe voyages departing between May, 2011 and November, 2011 excluding Azamara Journey’s May 26th, 2011 and May 30th, 2011 voyages. Offer is combinable with other savings offer or onboard credit offer (certain restrictions apply). Carnival What: …

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Floating Through the French Countryside: A Week on a Loire Valley barge

Our guest blogger who gave us this beautiful review of  French County Waterways is Emilie C. Harting. Our week on the French Country Waterways barge Adrienne was certainly a serene vacation. “Trip of a Lifetime,” my husband Rob keeps saying in a soft, nostalgic voice. Minutes after stepping off the dock in Cotillion and walking through the boat, I began to feel the tranquil rhythms of the barge on the water. Commodious and compact, the 129-foot Adrienne …

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About AMA Waterways

Thank you to AMA Waterways for contributing this lovely cruise to one of our lucky readers. In Southeast Asia, AmaWaterways’ spectacular “Vietnam, Cambodia and the Riches of the Mekong” itinerary features a 7-night Mekong River cruise on the beautiful new MS La Marguerite.  The new 124-passenger MS AmaLotus will join La Marguerite in offering Mekong River cruises in the fall of 2011.  AmaWaterways also offers a Provencal sojourn on the romantic Rhone River in France aboard the …

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New Site For Expert Answers to Travel Questions: ExpertTravelAnswers.com

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new question-and-answer web site designed to get you the information you need to plan all of your travel. Expert Travel Answers is different than other sites because all answers are written by a qualified experts. Each expert’s name–along with a summary of their qualifications–is right there on every answer they post. You know who you’re taking advice from, and why they’re qualified to give it. So just type your …

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Summer Cruises for Families with tween or teenage children

Parents taking a cruise with tween or teenage children know these kids enjoy their space as much at sea as they do at home. The cruise lines have long recognized this and now offer more special hangouts and activities exclusively for them than ever before. Combine this space with plenty of activities for the whole family and it is easy to see why cruises make for memorable family vacations, no matter what one’s age. Special pricing for …

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Charm and Natural Beauty Abounds in Canada and New England Cruise Region

Princess Cruises will launch its largest Canada & New England program ever in 2011, with a 30 percent increase in capacity over the previous season.  These summer cruises will sail between the line’s Caribbean sailings from New York, offering a selection of summer destinations from the “Big Apple.” Sailings open for booking May 6, 2010. Sailings depart on May 8, May 26, June 4, July 1, July 10, and July 28.  The ship will also feature one …

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