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Windstar offers special cruise to Monaco, including film festival and Grand Prix

Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations, offers a special 8-day cruise from Rome, Italy to Nice, France aboard the elegant, 312-guest Wind Surf departing May 9, 2010. The sailing features the glamorous Cannes Film Festival and the thrilling Monaco Grand Prix race.

Guests will overnight in Cannes, France during the star-studded Cannes Film Festival and spend three nights in Monaco during the prestigious Formula One Grand Prix race. Other ports visited include Bastia, France and San Remo, Italy. Cruise rates begin at $2,999 per person, double occupancy.

Guests who wish to attend the Grand Prix may purchase the Monaco 68th Grand Prix Package Tour which begins on Friday, May 14 and ends on Sunday, May 16, 2010. The package includes a private transfer to the luxurious L’Hermitage for an exclusive cocktail party overlooking Monaco’s Marina and Royal Palace with open bar, original Monegasque canapés and live music.

MS Poesia arrives in Ft. Lauderdale

Welcomed by local and port officials and popular television star and entrepreneur Suzanne Somers, MSC Poesia arrived in Port Everglades last week to begin her inaugural season of Caribbean sailings.

“We are very excited to introduce MSC Poesia to North America,” says Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises (USA), Inc. “It is an elegant ship in every respect – spectacular public areas, and a wealth of choices for dining, entertainment and activities, all with a style that epitomizes MSC Cruises.”

Somers presented Sasso with a plaque commemorating the ship’s arrival.

MSC Poesia is poetry in motion and we are excited to have her sail to our shores,” said Port Everglades Director Phil Allen.

The Italian, family-owned line is bringing the elegant MSC Poesia to Fort Lauderdale for a season featuring itineraries of 3, 5, 7, 8 and 10 nights throughout the Caribbean and to Bermuda during the winter season before returning to Europe in spring 2010.

Our last shore excursion and a nice lunch at a cafe on shore

Thursday, November 12, 2009…My Equinox diary Today we visited Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. This island is quite different from Lanzarote, which we visited yesterday. There are basically two sides to this island, the southern part, which faces the Sahara Desert, is dry and arid. The northern part (separated by high mountains) faces Europe and is moist and green. Our shore excursion today took us through both of these parts of the island. First we…

The ship observes Veterans Day and we visit the island of Lazarote

Wednesday, November 11, 2009…My Equinox diary Today is Veteran’s Day (celebrated as Remembrance Day in the UK). There were a few observances on board the Celebrity Equinox. There was a memorial service in the morning which about 300 passengers attended, followed by a reception for veterans and then a moment of silence for the entire ship. It was nice to see that the special day did not go by unnoticed. I took some time off for myself…

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…

A leisurely day at sea and we get to see many of the musical acts

Tuesday, November 10, 2009…My Equinox diary Today was our first full day at sea and it was lovely not to have to go anywhere or be anywhere. Almost everyone we talked with said they really had taken it easy today, resting, reading, napping or whatever. There was a huge roster of activities offered but Chet and I did only one of them. We played Jackpot Bingo, which we find to be fun and often we win something….

What happens when a shore excursion does not go as planned

Monday, November 9, 2009…My Equinox diary (I was unable to post this yesterday because the internet connection was down so I am catching up today.) So what happens when a shore excursion goes awry? Today we were in Cartegena, Spain. I didn’t know much about this port on the Costa del Sol and only three shore excursions were offered (not enough for 2,800 passengers). So we chose the trip to Elche and the Palm Tree Park ($57…

Serendipity: We meet old friends, and have a nice day on the island of Majorca

Sunday, November 8, 2009…My Equinox diary On every cruise we have ever taken, especially when we go by ourselves, there always seems to be some serendipity…that special unexpected surprise that is ever so pleasant. And so it was on the very first night of this cruise that Chet and I were having a drink at the bar before dinner when we struck up a conversation with the couple sitting next to us. He was wearing a University…

A great day in Barcelona capped off by wine and tapas!

Saturday, November 7, 2009…My Equinox diary Today was spent in Barcelona, one of my favorite cities in Europe. The weather was mild and the sun shone all day. (One thing we heard from the 300 or so folks who were on the Equinox for the past two weeks for its last regular Med sailing was that it was a gray and dreary trip, raining almost every day. These folks are called back-to-backers and will have been on…

We board the Equinox, change cabins and I see the doctor

Friday, November 6, 2009…My Equinox diary We have been very busy since we boarded the ship yesterday. We began at the Hilton Garden Inn at the Rome Airport where we almost joined another group from Kentucky who were taking a bus from the hotel to the pier. We had made our own plans to return to the airport (10 minutes) and then catch the Celebrity bus transfer to Civitavecchia from there. We decided it make sense to…

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