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First Cruise

Pam and I took our first cruise almost 20 years ago, and one was all it took. We were hooked. Like many people, we never thought cruising was for us. While we both had a lifelong love of travel, it always involved exploring the world by train, plane and automobile. A cruise seemed too confining, too regimented. It was travel for people who like their vacations programmed. But on a lark, we decided to give it a…

Barge Cruising, Lovely Experiences

Barge cruising is a small segment of the overall cruise industry, but it has been growing steadily, with an increasing number of cruise repeaters seeking new and different experiences. John Wood-Dow, director of European Waterways, recently said: “Barging is growing fast as more agents and travelers become aware of what has been a very niche product, up to now, and recognize its benefits. It is being pulled along by some of the same general drivers impacting the…

QM2 vs. QE2 – A Look at the Stats

“I so miss the QE2!” Cunard has a loyal following. If you sail on the Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth or Queen Victoria, you will likely encounter Cunard World Club Members who have been sailing forever. They will likely share stories of “the good old days” and “I so miss the QE2!”  We often view the past through rose colored glasses. It’s useful to look at “then and now.” The Basics The Queen Elizabeth 2 entered service…

Cruise Lines Private Islands

Private Islands by Cruise Line Here’s a rundown of the private island ports of call by cruise line: Costa Cruises – Costa Cruises guests visit Catalina Island, off the coast of the Dominican Republic. It features activities such as volleyball, beach Olympics, snorkeling, and massages on the beach. Cruise passengers can also rent jet skis, go for banana-boat rides, or relax on a long beach edged with palm trees. Music and barbecues complete an idyllic day and, for…

Crystal’s Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Cookbook Offers a Taste of Celebrated Onboard Cuisine

More than 200 pages of mouthwatering, Michelin-inspired recipes showcases Crystal’s celebrated culinary experience Courtesy Crystal Cruises: MIAMI, March 5, 2020 – As Crystal marks its 30th Anniversary of cruising this year, the company has unveiled Taste, a commemorative cookbook celebrating the onboard culinary experience that has long been one of the most acclaimed elements of the award-winning brand. From cover to cover, the book takes readers and aspiring chefs on a global journey through the destinations Crystal explores and the…

Valencia, Spain: Hometown of famed architect Calatrava

With its glistening white and shiny glass, it looks like the legendary city of Atlantis floating on a sea of blue. Or it might be a gigantic eyeball in a basin of water. Or a flying saucer that has landed in the midst of a city pool. It could even be a helmet that some mammoth warrior dropped. The City of Arts and Sciences is a work of art itself and can make the imagination soar just…

Celestyal Cruises … Extends “Big Cruise Sale”

Celestyal Cruises Responds To Coronavirus With “Peace Of Mind Policy*” For New And Current Bookings & Extends “Big Cruise Sale” Courtesy Celestyal Cruises: ATHENS, GREECE (March 10,  2020) –  In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Celestyal Cruises, the award-winning, number one choice for travelers to the Greek Islands and the Mediterranean, has launched a “Peace of Mind Policy*” to include current bookings for travel between now and June 30, 2020. Customers are able to alter their…

Our 30 Best Experiences on Our Recent Cunard Voyage

Someone comes back from a cruise. You ask: “How was it?” They say “Great!” What made it special? In January we sailed from Hamburg to Fort Lauderdale on Cunard’s Queen Victoria. Here’s what made the trip great. Cabin location. The seas were force 8 on the Beaufort Scale at times. We had an outside cabin, Deck One midships, down the corridor from the Purser’s office. In rough seas, motion was minimal. Tablets really work. I still got…

Newly Amplified Freedom of the Seas Makes Southern Caribbean Debut – Royal Caribbean’s Year-round Southern Caribbean Season Begins With First Look at $116 Million Transformation 

Courtesy Royal Caribbean International: MIAMI, March 9, 2020 – A new wave of island flair has arrived in the Southern Caribbean. With a crowd-pleasing combination of new thrills, guest favorites and top-rated destinations, Royal Caribbean International’s newly amplified Freedom of the Seas has debuted its $116 million transformation in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The transformed ship unveils new adventures from bow to stern, including The Perfect Storm duo of high-speed waterslides, a vibrant Caribbean poolscape, the cruise…

AmaSiena, AmaWaterways newest river cruise ship for 2020 …

AmaWaterways river cruise ship, the AmaSiena, will launch in July 2020. The AmaSiena, a 156-guest ship, will sail seven-, 10- and 11-night itineraries in Europe along the Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube rivers. Like AmaWaterways similar vessels, the AmaLea, the AmaKristina and the upcoming AmaMora, the new ship will have connecting staterooms and a variety of dining choices, such as regionally inspired cuisine in the Main Restaurant and a wine-paired tasting menu in The Chef’s Table Restaurant….

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