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First Stop for World Navigator, Atlas Ocean Voyages

St. MAARTEN_After almost two, long, painful years, Pam and I are on an actual cruise. Pinch me — is it real? Yes, I can see the hotels, buildings and sandy beaches of this dual-nationality nation (Dutch and French) across the blue waves from our balcony. This is the first stop for World Navigator, a brand new ship from a brand new cruise line, Atlas Ocean Voyages. For the next 10 days, we’ll sail the Caribbean, visiting multiple…

Invitation To Pre-Book Special Voyages … For Our Treasured Guests — Royal Caribbean Introduces Ultimate World Tour

With cruise itineraries constantly evolving due to changing guidelines and restrictions around the globe, not all itineraries may be available on our website for pre-booking. We are extremely pleased to share some exciting news and offers for you. ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTRODUCES ULTIMATE WORLD TOUR, THE FARTHEST-REACHING CRUISE TO ALL SEVEN CONTINENTS Serenade of the Seas to Make Cruising’s First-of-its-kind, 274-Night Adventure in 2023 Adventurers seeking to travel far and wide can now set off on a world…

10 Ways to Make Friends Fast on Your Cruise

You are traveling on a seven night cruise. You’ve seen those folks whose idea of a great time is avoiding people and reading a book. That’s not you. You would like to meet some like minded people wanting to have a good time. Where do you start? The balcony cabin next to you. You have an outside cabin with a balcony. So do hundreds of other people. The weather is perfect. So is the scenery. Maybe you…

MSC Cruises Ready to Welcome International Guests Onboard Its Three U.S. Based Ships for Winter 2021/22 Caribbean Sailings

MSC Cruises welcomes the news that U.S. international travel ban will lift on Nov. 8 MSC Seashore, MSC Divina and MSC Meraviglia offer cruises from Miami and newly introduced for MSC cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida Flight connections and MSC ‘Fly & Cruise’ packages available from key European cities and other international air hubs Courtesy MSC Cruises: Geneva, Switzerland, Oct. 19, 2021 – MSC Cruises has welcomed the U.S. government’s announcement that Nov. 8, 2021, will be…

Emerald Princess Debuts as Fifth Princess Ship to Return to Cruise Vacation Service

Emerald Princess Departs from Port of Los Angeles on 15-day Panama Canal Cruise to Ft. Lauderdale Sailing from the Port of Los Angeles on a 15-day Panama Canal Cruise, Emerald Princess returns to service and welcomes first guests back onboard. Courtesy Princess Cruises: SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2021) – Princess Cruises today marked the return to service of the cruise line’s third ship in the U.S. – Emerald Princess – departing from of the Port of…

Do’s and Don’ts of Engaging With Your Cruise Tablemates

When we sail, we always ask for a large table. The bigger the better. Why? Because if you have an assigned dining time and seating, you want to maximize your chances for a positive experience. Dining at sea is part etiquette knowledge and part reality TV show. Here are some do’s and don’ts of engaging with your cruise tablemates Do – Smile and introduce yourself to everyone at the table. It’s not an airplane where you aren’t…

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, a Mainstay for Cruise Ships

MIAMI BEACH, Fla._Pam and I had our first truly memorable travel experience during the honeymoon we spent in the Virgin Islands. We started with a week on the smallest of the islands, St. John, where we had a tent for $10 a night in the national park at Cinnamon Bay. With its pristine waters and pure white sand beaches, it was paradise. Fast forward many years, and many trips back later. I am meeting at Seatrade with…

Atlas Ocean Voyages Enhances “All Inclusive, All the Way”

MIAMI BEACH, Fla._The motto for Atlas Ocean Voyages is “All Inclusive, All the Way.” Now the cruise line that specializes in “luxe adventure” has enhanced that even more. At the 35th edition of Seatrade, Atlas President Alberto Aliberti announced their new “Atlas Assurance” program, which protects guests with medical, travel and legal coverage, in addition to emergency medical evacuation insurance. It is complimentary with the cruise fare. “We are delivering greater peace-of-mind to our guests with the…

Could We Return to the Golden Age of Travel?

“Come Fly with Me,” sung by Frank Sinatra (1958) is one of my favorite songs. Perhaps you need a reminder of the lines: Come fly with me, lets fly, lets fly away, If you can use some exotic booze There’s a bar in far Bombay, Come fly with me, lets fly, lets fly away, The song harkens back to a time when foreign travel was the domain of “the jet set” and mass tourism hadn’t taken the…

Seatrade Cruise Global – World’s Annual Cruise Industry Gathering: “It’s Great To Be Back”

The overall theme was “building business back,” and it was noted more than two million passengers have cruised since the restart in August. It’s expected that ships will be at 80 percent capacity by the end of the year, with 120 ships sailing, providing more than 1.2 million jobs. MIAMI BEACH, Fla._The banner hanging above the Seatrade entrance at the Miami Beach Convention Center said it all: “It’s Great to Be Back!” It’s been two years since…

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