Blount Small Ship Adventures announces new “Two Nation Vacation” itinerary for 2015

Blount Small Ship Adventures, a leader in small ship river cruising, will debut a brand new itinerary for 2015, ‘Two Nation Vacation: Maine & New Brunswick’. This itinerary offers guests the unique opportunity of experiencing the best of Maine and New Brunswick, Canada on a 9-night, 10-day journey. The ‘Two Nation Vacation: Maine & New Brunswick’ itinerary will set sail on the Grande Caribe and run between Saint John, NB and Portland, ME. Guests can choose between …

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Culinary cruising from Blount Small Ship Adventures

Travelers can embark on a culinary adventure this summer, with Blount Small Ship Adventures’ Food & Wine Discovery, cruising through the Islands of New England. On this one-of-a-kind itinerary, guests will set sail to experience the culinary classics of New England while cruising through Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island and Newport, among other ports, and enjoying a variety of optional tours through the local vineyards and wineries of each destination. For a limited time, travelers can also …

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Photographer helps make cruise picture perfect

Taken by passenger James Ingle, the photograph shows a quintessential New Orleans scene. A wrought iron balcony, strolling French Quarter visitors and passing motorists combine for a lively photo. But with one click of a button, Joe Restuccia III makes the photograph brighter, more colorful and more concentrated on the balcony. “That’s much better,” James agrees. On our 12-day cruise aboard the Grande Caribe, an extra benefit is a resident photographer.  Joe is giving three classes on …

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Scarf folding

I’ve been on cruises where they had classes in napkin folding. I learned how to turn a simple dinner napkin into a candle, a fan, a tuxedo or some other fancy shape. I’ve also learned towel art on cruise ships. Cruise directors and cabin attendants would demonstrate how to create an elephant, swan, monkey or numerous other critters out of white bath towels. But a scarf folding class on the Blount Grande Caribe was a first for …

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Blount Small Ship Adventures: An Authentic Southern Holiday Celebration

You may have heard of the “Christmas Cruises” that are so popular in Europe, (if not, click here, they really are fantastic), but for many of us the holidays on a riverboat in Europe may be out of reach, financially, or simply due to time constraints. So I was pleased to see this information come across today about a domestic cruise option that still allows vacationers to spend the holidays on a lovely and relaxing small ship …

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Book through July 2013 for a fall cruise deal with Blount Small Ship Adventures

How many of you are ready to be done with this summer’s heat wave, and move on to the cool crispness of fall?  If you’re thinking of taking a cruise this autumn, Blount Small Ship Adventures may have some that will fit the bill perfectly. Through the end of July, Blount Small Ship Adventures, which features the best value in small ship cruising, is offering a discount on two of its popular Northeast itineraries, and guests who …

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Blount Small Ship Adventures offers exclusive enrichment cruises introduced for 2013 Islands of New England itinerary

Blount Small Ship Adventures has introduced three exclusive enrichment cruises for its  popular Islands of New England cruise.  In addition to the traditional cruise itinerary, guests may select an enriched cruise departure, offering optional excursions and activities specifically related to one of three special interests: Arts & Crafts; Food & Wine; and Native American History. “We are pleased to add an extra layer of excitement and education to this already fantastic cruise by inviting our guests to …

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Shore excursion: A visit to Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage in Tennessee

Andrew Jackson loved his home so much that he chose to be buried there with his beloved wife Rachel. Some say that the man known as “Old Hickory” still keeps watch over his Tennessee plantation. On a shore excursion from the Grande Caribe,we visited the famed Nashville attraction and hear about the victories and tragedies of Jackson. The Hermitage is preserved today almost as it was during the days of the man who became an American icon. …

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Shipmates: Writing and cruising work well together

Breakfast is over on the Grande Caribe cruise ship. Picking up her Mac laptop computer from her cabin, Lillian Herzberg heads to the ship’s lounge where her husband Ernie sets up a card table. While the Cumberland River flows peacefully outside the lobby windows, Lillian starts working on her newest book – “Escape From Girona.” “I’ve got it all written,” the 85-year-old author said. “I’m just editing it now and then I will turn it in to …

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Shore excursion: Turning back time at Waverly Plantation in Mississippi

WEST POINT, Miss. – When Melanie Snow was seven years old, her parents bought a deserted Southern mansion that might have sent other youngsters screaming in fright. But for Melanie and her family, it was love at first sight. “I think it was meant for Mom and Dad to have this house,” Snow said, standing on the porch of her beloved home. “Whoever took this house would either have to have a lot of money or a …

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