Pre or Post Excursion Idea: Kutztown Folk Festival

I know this is not cruise related, but every once in a while, something catches my eye and I just have to make a note of it. I received information about the festivities happening at the 64th Annual Kutztown Folk Festival this summer, and I was intrigued.  I think this would make a lovely stop if you are vacationing on the east coast this summer, or as a pre or post cruise excursion if you are sailing …

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12 things you might not know about NCL’s ship, the Norwegian Breakaway

NCL’s latest ship, the Norwegian Breakaway is scheduled to set sail next month, in April 2013.  We’ve heard a lot about this ship, but here are some fun facts you might not know: The ship’s signature hull artwork was designed by pop icon Peter Max, termed “America’s Most Collected Artist”. The Norwegian Breakaway’s construction meets all the latest safety standards, and all valid environmental regulations. Norwegian Breakaway features the first Aqua Park at sea.  It boats five full-size …

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Crystal makes some changes for 2013

  Crystal Cruises is one of my favorite lines; they have beautiful ships, countless amenities, and some of the best shore excursions to be had.  I think they’re absolutely wonderful. I also think, however, that the charms of this particular line have been somewhat lost on the younger generation.  Crystal, historically, has mostly tailored it’s offerings to the affluent, mature, and “cultured” cruiser.  However, it seems their way of doing things may be undergoing a bit of …

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The Fabled Lands of the North; Lindblad and National Geographic’s latest partnered itinerary

Lindblad Expeditions is a particular favorite of mine to report on, mostly due to their green philosophy and their partnership with National Geographic.  So I’m pleased to see that they’ve announced their newest partnered itinerary,The Fabled Lands of the North.  Scheduled for departure on August 24, 2013, this 15-day voyage on the National Geographic Explorer will visit Greenland, Baffin Island, Newfoundland & Labrador. The line reports: “The adventure will begin in the High Arctic with towering icebergs …

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Royal Princess to debut in June 2013-Will feature Sports Central

Princess has put a lot of thought into the “sports zone” on their newest ship, the Royal Princess, set for her maiden voyage in early summer 2013. She will feature a multi-sports area atop the ship that has been christened “Sports Central”, and will feature ping pong, croquet, volleyball, basketball, tennis, and batting cage.  This area will also feature a putting green and an adjoining indoor driving range, and will be encircled by a two-lane track (one …

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AmaWaterways: Offers for 2012 and 2013

Photo Courtesy of AmaWaterways I absolutely adore AmaWaterways… the loveliness of the ships, combined with the relaxing pace of a river cruise through some of the most beautiful and historic areas on the planet… the experience simply cannot be surpassed. As such, I always pay careful attention to what this wonderful line has to offer in the way of specials, and here are some of their current offers… 2012 Offers: $999 Thanksgiving Cruises (select departures only) Solo …

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“The Cruise Collection”- Seabourn’s New Voyage Catalogue

Thinking of a cruise on Seabourn?  They’ve just released their new catalogue, “The Cruise Collection”, which details 212 luxury voyages being offered in 2012 and the first part of 2013.  It’s a lovely, well-done catalogue, and absolutely worth taking a look at… Seabourn has a reputation for luxury, and inside “The Cruise Collection”, you’ll find information on Seabourn’s ships, gourmet dining experiences and fine wines, wonderfully diverse itineraries, gracious service, complimentary open bars, and all-suite accommodations. The …

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