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10 Shopping Experiences I’m Missing While Not Sailing

Sure, you can buy anything over the internet. Where’s the fun in that? Shopping is an experience, a treasure hunt. When the ship docks (or during your pre or post cruise nights) there are special stores my wife and I seek out. Munich – Champagne Bar in Kaufhof Department Store. The Germans know how to do shopping right. Some American malls have “Husband corrals” with televisions and sofas. Many German department stores build cafes into their food…

Seatrade Global — Premier Event for Cruise Industry — Virtual Event With Upbeat Discussion

“The good news is there is still a strong desire for cruise vacations. Del Rio noted their Oceania brand has had its highest holiday sales ever, while the 2023 Regent Seven Seas world cruise sold out in a week.” HOME_Normally, reporting from Seatrade Global would carry a Miami dateline. But in the upside down year of 2020, the premier event for the cruise industry is being held virtually this week. So speakers, vendors, participants and press are…

World Navigator, Atlas Ocean Voyages’ First Expedition Ship, Floats Out; Sister-Ship World Traveller Lays Keel

Atlas’ All Inclusive All the Way Delivers One of Industry’s Most Inclusive, Luxury Experiences Courtesy Atlas Ocean Voyages: FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA., Oct. 5, 2020 – With nine months until launch, Atlas Ocean Voyages’ World Navigator was floated out at West Sea Viana Shipyard in Portugal. The ‘float out’ marks the first time World Navigator enters the water and floats of her own accord. Now in wet dock, the small expedition ship is being outfitted with elegant and luxurious amenities…

Etosha Zebras ~All Things Cruise Official Photographer Dennis Cox~ An Eye for the Stunning, Beautiful and Things That Tell a Story in Pictures

Dennis Cox is an award-winning travel and location photographer for magazines, books, corporate publications and advertising. He is also a book publisher, cruise blogger, fashion & travel poster designer. He has photographed in over 130 countries and territories on all seven continents and has specialized in photographing China since 1976. His photographs have appeared in an eclectic range of publications in numerous countries worldwide. Cover photo: Namibia: Burchell Zebras at water hole in Etosha National Park ©Dennis Cox/WorldViews Etosha is…

Cruising the World — on the Vltava River in Prague

CRUISING PHOTO of the WEEK #16 – Sightseeing boats cruising on the Vltava River in Prague is the subject of this week’s outtake from my book, ‘Cruising the World, From Gondolas to Megaships.’ One-hour to 3-hour Vltava cruises, some with dinner and musical entertainment, provide panoramic views of Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Kampa Island, and other highlights of the fascinating ‘City of a Thousand Spires.’ While trans-European river cruise ships don’t dock at Prague, it’s often included…

CruiseCompete’s Cruise Podcast – Captain Dan Blanchard, UnCruise Adventures CEO, on Alaska Small Ship Cruising, COVID Restart and More

Tune in with CruiseCompete CEO Bob Levinstein to CruiseCompete’s podcast when Dan Blanchard, CEO of UnCruise Adventures, joins CruiseCompete CEO, Bob Levinstein, to talk about the future of cruise travel and what’s happening in our world! Click the link to listen in on their chat ~ a wide-ranging interview with a legend in the small-ship cruise business, Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO and Owner of UnCruise Adventures, plus a can’t-miss for active adventure lovers. (CruiseCompete Cruise Podcast #11) Before founding…

Enchanted Princess Officially Joins Princess Cruises Fleet ~ 100th Cruise Ship Built by Italian Shipbuilder Fincantieri

Courtesy Princess Cruises: Sep 30, 2020 – SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Sept. 30, 2020 — The newly completed Enchanted Princess was delivered to Princess Cruises today in an official handover ceremony presented via live streaming video from the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. With the arrival of this 145,000-ton, 3,660-guest ship, Enchanted Princess expands the Princess Cruises global fleet of MedallionClass™ vessels. The ceremony was virtually attended by executives from Carnival Corporation & plc including Micky Arison, Chairman…

Ten Foods I’m Missing While Not At Sea

My wife and I have been happy with the standard of food we have enjoyed on cruise ships. There are many things we are missing, as we wait for cruise travel to resume. Yes, Cunard is our favorite cruise line, but other lines offer great food too. As you know, it’s often not just the food, but the presentation. A glass of champagne as the ship sails away. Our vacation is starting! It’s a pleasant day. Maybe…

Cruising the World – From Gondolas to Megaships

CRUISING PHOTO of the WEEK #15 – This week’s outtake from my book, ‘Cruising the World – From Gondolas to Megaships’ is a photo of ships departing PortMiami’s ship channel taken from South Pointe Park at the tip of Miami Beach … pre-pandemic. When I spent three days photographing on and off ships at PortMiami for my book ‘Cruising the World,’ the pier at the end of the park was one of my favorite sites for watching…