Extending your stay in Mexico?

I know we blogged recently about one of our favorite ports of call, Playa Del Carmen. Well, we loved it so much we decided to go back and explore this awesome town a little longer. On our recent trip back to explore Playa we stayed at the NOW Jade Resort, it was a beautiful, well maintained resort and had gorgeous landscaped grounds! Upon arrival you are greeted with champagne and coconut scented towelettes, we upgraded to the …

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Scenic Opal: A stop in Rudesheim while sailing along the Rhine

ABOARD THE SCENIC OPAL – For the past couple of days we have been traveling in Germany down the meandering Moselle River and have loved how scenic and serene it was. There are vineyards and small villages all along the way and we scarcely saw another river ship. Our pattern of cruising for a half day and touring for a half day has continued and we have really enjoyed this pace. If you are someone who enjoys …

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Scenic Opal: Christening of Scenic’s newest ship

ABOARD THE SCENIC OPAL – Yesterday was quite a busy day in Cochem, Germany, a lovely town on the Moselle River. In the morning we took a walking tour of this picturesque village and visited its main point of interest, the Reichsburg Castle. In the afternoon we attended the christening of this lovely river ship. Christenings are very special days and the weather was sunny and clear for this one. We have attended two previous namings, one …

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The specifics about cabins on the Scenic Opal river ship

ABOARD THE SCENIC OPAL – We are about one third of the way into this two-week river cruise and today will be our first call in Germany. For the past days we have been traveling around tributaries of the Rhine visiting small towns and cities in the Netherlands – although Chet and I did opt for a day tour to Bruges, Belgium. In those ports, we were the only river ship there…a welcome change from our previous …

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A highlight on the Scenic Opal: Dinner at a local Dutch restaurant

ABOARD THE SCENIC OPAL – The third day of this cruise was quite lovely. We cruised all morning and reached the Dutch town of Veere just about noon. This little burg of 1,800 residents has a very long history and we learned all about it during a 40-minute walking tour. It is located among dikes, dams and locks and is very near the North Sea. This was also the first day for bike touring and 28 hardy …

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Aboard Scenic Opal: Enjoying a truly all inclusive river cruise

ABOARD THE SCENIC OPAL – This is the morning of our third day aboard the brand new Scenic Opal river ship. We boarded as planned on Wednesday, taking the shuttle from the Doubletree Hotel in Amsterdam. It was good that we did because it turned out that our ship was docked 15 minutes from town in a new facility at Coenhaven. The first night was quiet as passengers filtered aboard throughout the afternoon and early evening and …

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Windstar Cruises to debut exclusive private events on all 2015 voyages

Starting in 2015, all Windstar Cruises’ itineraries will feature a spectacular onshore Private Event, created exclusively for Windstar guests. These complimentary events are crafted to give guests an in depth and authentic local experience that compliments their voyage. Private Events include activities such as an after-hours tour and dinner under the stars in the magnificent Celsus Library of Ephesus or a private ballet performance in the famed Odessa National Opera and Ballet Theatre. “We curated these Private …

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CroisiEurope introduces free WFi aboard European fleet

Known for their excellent value for money, CroisiEurope, Europe’s longest running river cruise company, is upping the ante of all-inclusive cruising with the introduction of free Wi-Fi for guests throughout their fleet of European river boats and barge hotels. The newest additions to the fleet, such as the MS Gerard Schmitter, the MS Cyrano de Bergerac, the MS Lafayette and the fleet of four hotel barges, are equipped with Wi-Fi for guests to use throughout the boats, …

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Unlimited Drink Packages- New offerings on Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean introduced its unlimited drink packages in 2012, and now, nearly a year later, they’ve made some changes and added some new offerings. You can find details below, and one other change of note: when it comes to unlimited alcohol packages, any eligible guest in a stateroom may choose whether or not to purchase a package. The previous policy required that all eligible guests in a stateroom  purchase a package. Straight from the line, here are the …

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises to expand its all-inclusive product offering with free Wi-Fi-Luxury line’s fleet to receive multi-million internet upgrade

Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced an expansion to its industry-leading all-inclusive product by offering free Wi–Fi across its fleet. Beginning with the line’sWinter 2014-2015 sailings, concierge-level and higher guests will receive up to 500 minutes of free Wi–Fi.   Regent Seven Seas Cruises will also make a multi-million dollar investment to upgrade its fleet’s onboard Internet offering. This will include: Doubling the satellite bandwidth to provide considerable improvements in both the quality and speed of the guest’s online …

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