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Astoria Cruise: Visiting La Paz, the city of peace

Thanks to my high school English teacher Miss Frances Cappel, I knew the significance of the pearl sculpture on the beautiful malecon in La Paz, Mexico. I also knew a bit of the history of this Baja California Sur capital whose name means “The Peace.” For my first shore excursion stop on my Astoria cruise, I was looking forward to actually stepping foot in La Paz. My high school years are some decades in the past but…

Simplify Your Onboard Dining With A Comprehensive Guide to Cruise Line Restaurants

5 Ways to Plan Your Cruise Dining Experience With the New AllThingsCruise.com Restaurant Guide and Reviews AllThingsCruise invites passengers to review on-ship restaurants with a new, exclusive website feature that allows passengers to determine which of the more than 2,500 restaurants-at-sea they’ll choose on their next cruise. The  AllThingsCruise.com restaurant feature  provides passengers with 5 easy ways to get the most out of their cruise dining experience: Become a reviewer – Share your wisdom about your own dining experiences…

Astoria Cruise: Dining delights abound on Sea of Cortez cruise

Would I prefer Atlantic salmon with dill mousseline served with Zatar wild rice pilaf and sautéed spinach? Or maybe surf and turf with filet mignon with gorgonzola butter and grilled half lobster tail accompanied by Duchess potato, braised fennel and cabernet sauvignon sauce? But wait. There are two other main course choices and a vegetarian menu as well to make my decision even more difficult. Helping to give diners a visual of the choices on the Astoria…

So Many Nights. So Many Restaurants. Dining Aboard Queen Victoria …

We sailed from Hamburg, Germany, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Cunard’s Queen Victoria in January. 13 nights translates into about 39 meals. We frequented four of the many restaurants onboard. Hail Britannia! Most of our meals took place in the Britannia dining room, the logical venue for passengers traveling in Britannia grade staterooms. The dining room is aft, occupying a large part of decks two and three. Upon arrival, you receive your table assignment card in your…

Crown Cruise Vacations offers their picks for the best cruise deals for February 2020

Crown Cruise Vacations- crowncruisevacations.com/ 877-283-1114 All deals subject to terms and conditions 7 Nights Caribbean Cruise Cruise Line Norwegian Cruise Line Cruise Ship Norwegian Epic Ports Of Call Miami, Florida | Roatan, Honduras | Harvest Caye, Belize | Costa Maya, Mexico | Cozumel, Mexico Date: April 11, 2020 From: $664pp Crown Cruise Vacations- crowncruisevacations.com/ 877-283-1114 All deals subject to terms and conditions   7 Nights Bermuda Cruise Cruise Line: Celebrity Cruises Cruise Ship: Celebrity Summit Ports Of Call: Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey | Newport, Rhode Island…

Cruise Brothers Deals for February 2020

Cruise Brothers- CruiseBrothers.com 1-800-827-7779 All deals are subject to change without notice. See full terms and conditions for each promotion.   Destination: Islands of New England What: 7-Days Blount Small Ship Adventures’ Grande Caribe When: July 7, 2020 Price: from $1807 per person What else you will have to pay: Port Charges are additional Where you go: Sail from NYC to Newport, Block Island, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Plymouth and Boston. Other details: Join Cruise Brothers aboard the Grande Caribe sailing from New York Harbor to…

Special Cruise Offers Presented by Cruises-N-More for February 2020

Special Cruise Offers Presented by Cruises-N-More for December 2019 Offers are subject to terms and conditions Cruises-N-More https://www.cruises-n-more.com/ 800-733-2048 HOLLAND AMERICA LINE WORLD CRUISE DEAL!! BONUS: CNM Bonus -10% Onboard Spending Cash! Amsterdam 128 Night World Cruise Roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale Ports of Call: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) | Scarborough, Tobago | Devils Island, French Guiana | Macapa, Brazil | Alter do Chao, Brazil | Boca da Valeria, Brazil | Manaus, Brazil | Parintins, Brazil | Santarem,…

Astoria Cruise: Boarding the ship, finding my cabin

Some passengers don’t like taking a “tender” to go from ship to shore or vice versa on a cruise. It does take longer to board and ride in that small boat than it takes to just walk off a cruise ship. But many of the ports on our Sea of Cortez cruise don’t have docking facilities. When docking is not an option, ships will anchor in deeper water offshore and use smaller boats called tenders to transport…

Cabin Upgrades and VIP Status on Ships! Do They Exist?

7 Strategies to Obtain a Cabin Upgrade on Your Next Cruise Is it really possible to receive a cabin upgrade on a cruise ship? Yes, it is. Please read about my experience on Cunard, one of my favorite lines. We boarded Queen Mary 2, a majestic ocean liner, in Southampton, England, poised to enjoy a transatlantic cruise ending in New York City. We were shown to our stateroom and it was lovely and spacious with an enclosed…

Astoria Cruise: Former Stockholm cruise ship now in ‘Farewell Season’ with Cruise & Maritime Voyages

The woman walking ahead of me on our way to the Astoria theater suddenly stopped and stared at a glass display case. “What is a bell from the old Stockholm ship doing on this boat?” she asked. The answer is quite simple. And definitely fascinating. The Astoria is the old Stockholm. And we are cruising aboard the historic ship on the Sea of Cortez. I boarded in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for a six-night cruise and will…

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