Day 5: We searched for whales, but for naught…maybe tomorrow!

ABOARD THE SAFARI ENDEAVOUR — The captain told us last night at dinner that he intended to begin cruising in the wee hours of the morning, looking for the giant fin/blue whales and deep-diving sperm whales that frequent the Sea of Cortez in early November. He also warned us that there was a weather front moving in, so the rocking of the ship might be a bit more extreme. Our cabin’s storage areas are secure and the …

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Day 4: Today’s destination in the Sea of Cortez was a surprise, and the captain did not disappoint

DAY 4: ABOARD THE SAFARI ENDEAVOUR — Our destination this day was Captain’s Choice—a surprise for us passengers. Capt. Barrett did not disappoint. At sunrise we cruised into Honeymoon Cove on the uninhabited Isla Danzante, which translates to “Dancing Island.” No one seems to know why it’s called that, but we discovered that the setting and day’s activities were cause for joy. Like most of the islands in the Sea of Cortez, Isla Danzante has cliffs plunging …

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Day 3: The highlight of today’s cruise was a horse-burro-mule ride into the desert

DAY 3: ABOARD THE SAFARI ENDEAVOUR—A glorious sunrise greeted us as we approached the fishing village of Bahia Agua Verde and dropped anchor near a handful of sailboats bobbing gently on the calm waters off a fine beach. The Endeavour dwarfed the other vessels, and I remarked that their occupants were probably saying, “There goes the neighborhood.” This proved to be untrue, at least in one case, as we kayaked along the cliffs, nosing into small coves, …

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Two New Dance Pros Added to Holland America Line’s ‘Dancing with the Stars: At Sea

Holland America Line has added professional dancers Sharna Burgess and Artem Chigvintsev to the remaining two 2014 “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” theme cruises. Burgess and Chigvintsev will sail on the ms Westerdam Nov. 29,  and on the Champions Cruise that sets sail Dec. 6. Both cruises sail roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the Caribbean. Burgess and Chigvintsev join “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea”  dance pro and Mirrorball Trophy winner Kym Johnson, and celebrities …

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Royal Caribbean at Aspen’s 32nd Annual FOOD & WINE Classic

Royal Caribbean International debuted its newest concepts for dining at sea at the ultimate epicurean event this weekend, Aspen’s 32nd Annual FOOD & WINE Classic (June 20-22, 2014). Royal Caribbean’s “Dynamic Dining” is a new culinary experience that offers passengers 18 unique restaurants, some of which have been created with partner chefs Jamie Oliver, Devin Alexander and Michael Schwartz, and others. On Friday, June 20, Royal Caribbean showcased three of its signature dining options on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas at …

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‘Dream Runners’ from Thomson Cruises

Thomson Cruises has just launched an interesting and unique short film called ‘Dream Runners’ to promote its new cruise routes that set sail from Montego Bay in Jamaica in 2014. The film creatively showcases the beautiful Jamaican scenery, using freerunners and their incredible stunts over some of the most popular landmarks in Jamaica and also includes a cameo appearance from Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake.  Check it out by clicking below!  

What’s the difference between a shore excursion and a cruisetour? And why should you consider a cruisetour in Alaska?

As you probably know, a shore excursion is generally an activity that can be done while a ship is docked at a specific port during your cruise itinerary- and each port usually provides several different options for shore excursions. Cruise tours are a little different- it’s a land tour of destinations in the interior of a region- areas that can’t be reached easily during the time frame allotted by a cruise ship’s stop in a port.  They …

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Uniworld honors D-Day with 70th anniversary cruise

“Nearly 70 years ago, a mighty armada embarked on an invasion that forever changed world history. The Nazi grip on western Europe was cracked on June 6, 1944, as brave soldiers crossed a slender ribbon of sea from England into Normandy and initiated one of the most influential battles of WWII. D-Day has been recalled by the veterans who fought it, the newsreels that depicted it, and thousands of dedicated historians – yet few have actually set …

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Crystal’s “Extreme Thrill-Seeker” Cruise

For those who seek adventure, Crystal Cruises presents  “Extreme Thrill Seekers” Experiences of Discovery, a  theme cruise where guests will hunt crocodiles, meet “great whites,” and sail in an around-the-world yacht race—figuratively—with stories from renowned experts speaking on board. The guest speakers are part of an enhanced enrichment program planned for Crystal’s World Cruise voyages.  The voyage is filled with adventure, first visiting Bangkok, Thailand and Siem Reap, Cambodia as part of a complimentary pre-cruise land program, then …

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Exploring the globe on a world cruise

Thinking about taking a world cruise?  They are the experience of a lifetime, and there are still some cabins left for those of you who have the time and inclination.  Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Oceania, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Seabourn and Silversea Cruises all offer the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the globe via a cruise ship.  Click here to find out more about these lines. Here is a sampling …

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