Antarctica Cruises to Become Extremely Limited

This week, the International Maritime Organization banned the use of heavy fuel oil ships sailing in Antarctica.  This means beginning August 1, 2011, most large cruise ships will be banned from sailing in Antarctica.  Current projections say that the number of cruise passengers traveling to Antarctic waters will drop from 15,531 in this past season to 6,400 once the ban is in place. Worried that this might affect your dreams of exploring this unique and fragile landscape?  …

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Azamara’s All-Inclusive Gets More Inclusive!

Azamara Club Cruises have made some changes to their policies.  This translates to good news for the passenger, as Azamara is adding a number of things into their all inclusive fare!  Effective 4/1/10, guests will see the following changes: Drinks are included: sodas, bottled water, coffees and wine are now included in the fare. No need to tip: gratuities are now included. Suite guests will now receive complimentary dining in Azamara’s specialty restaurants, and English butler service in …

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Classified: Crystal’s Cosmonaut Training

A summer or so ago , my husband and I cruised the Baltic on Regent Seven Seas.  The most impressive thing to our college sons was the shore excursion that my husband ultimately missed –  shooting with the KGB.   I am not sure if this tops that experience or not. Classified: Crystal’s Cosmonaut Training Crystal Cruises has a new high-end excursion program for the courageous cruiser: Cosmonaut training!  In an industry first, Crystal has arranged shore excursions …

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New River Cruise Ships for 2010

I suppose you’ve noticed that my last entry, about this year’s new cruise ships, focused on the sea-faring vessels, but the large ocean liners are not the only ships new to the water this year- the river cruise lines are adding new ships, as well. I’ve noticed a real trend in interest and popularity of these wonderful cruises. So here’s the scoop on some new river boats launching in 2010: AMAWaterway’s AMAbella will be joining the AMA …

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New Cruise Ships Bring More Amenities, Glamour to the Seas

Every year, the world’s oceans play host to a variety of new cruise ships.  Seasoned cruisers and newbies alike look forward to seeing what bold new innovations, itineraries and amenities will be offered as the new cruise standard.  I myself can’t wait to see what’s new each year! I’ve done hours of exhaustive research on the subject, and am happy to provide some information on what these shiny new ships will be showcasing. And now…I’m ready for …

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Thinking of taking a cruise with a very young child or baby?

Taking your own nanny is one way to go, which my husband and I always seemed to do.  There were positives, and also some negatives.  We did not get to have just pure family time and I wanted my children all to myself since the rest of the year I was busy working and could not give my full and undivided attention to them. So……I think using the lines child care options is an alternative which may …

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12 Cruising Myths Debunked

Are you thinking about taking a cruise vacation to get away from all the snow, but you’re just not sure if it will be the right vacation for you and your family? With new ships and record occupancy rates, cruise travel is more popular than ever. Not surprisingly, cruises have become the fastest-growing segment of the travel market during the past five years. This can make it difficult for you to find the right ship at the …

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For those of us who love Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Dress Code Onboard Has Changed

Regent Seven Seas Cruises– one of my favorites- has adopted a new dress code policy.  Please read on to find out about the revisions and what to expect onboard: As a result of guest feedback convincingly in favor of a less formal policy, Regent Seven Seas Cruises has established a revised dress code. Effective with the 2009/2010 New Year’s cruises, guests are respectfully requested to adhere to the following guidelines:   Daytime Dress Code (until 6 p.m.) …

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London Diaries

A recent trip on the QM2 provided relaxation, shopping, and a view to a bygone era.  Click in to read my diaries from this trip! Day One: Wednesday- A Stroll In Olde Londontowne Day Two: Thursday- Entering a Bygone Era Day Three: Friday- Dining in a Bygone Era Day Four: Saturday- Total Relaxation Day Five: Sunday- World Class Shopping at Sea Day Six:  Monday- Back to School on the QM2 Day Seven: Tuesday- Entertainment Day Eight: Wednesday- …

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Ruby Princess is a romantic success

By Cynthia Boal Janssens

A number of cruise ships have been christened over the past few years and usually the ceremony consists of much pomp and circumstance and an abundance of speeches.

Princess Cruise Line decided to change that model when it named the Ruby Princess on Nov. 6, 2008, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Because Princess likes to promote itself as the “Most Romantic Cruise Line,” it decided to make the christening of this lovely new ship a themed event.

Ruby red roses adorned the rails and table. Guests at the black tie gala were arrayed in all shades of crimson. Lots of fellows sported red bow ties with their tuxes, while the ladies bedecked themselves with lavish amount of red lace, crepe, and satin.

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