Carnival Sensation Cruise Day 3: Seaday Brunch offers leisurely way to start the day

ABOARD THE CARNIVAL SENSATION – Ah, sea day! A chance to sleep in, stroll around the ship, check on fun activities and enjoy a leisurely brunch in Fantasy Dining Room. I’m not much of a buffet fan so I decided to skip the busy one on the Sensation. Not really pleasant to start the day by filling up a tray at the noisy crowded buffet and then have to look for a table to sit on the …

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Carnival Sensation Cruise 2: Comfy cabin my home for warm weather adventure

ABOARD THE CARNIVAL SENSATION – Entering the ship cabin that will be my cruise home is always exciting. When I opened the cabin door aboard Carnival Sensation, I knew I would be quite comfortable here. My cabin key card was waiting in a sealed envelope outside my cabin door on Deck 4 Riviera. That was a nice time-saving measure. No long line to wait in to get my cruise card before boarding the ship. I automatically reached …

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Carnival Sensation: Winter deep freeze a great time for Caribbean cruise

Snow. Ice. Sleet. Brutal cold. Now is a good time to leave my Indiana home and head to warmer destinations. And I’m doing it on one of the best ways possible – aboard the Carnival Sensation. My five-day cruise will go round-trip from Miami to Jamaica and Grand Cayman. We will have two shore stops and three days at sea. Suits me fine. I love days at sea. Should be good fun and good stories. Launched in …

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Holiday lull a great time for Regal Princess cruise to Caribbean

A bitter winter wind has stripped the autumn leaves from trees. The last of my roses was nipped by an overnight freeze. Halloween and Thanksgiving have come and gone. Christmas is yet to be, although stores have been promoting Christmas sales and merchandise since early October. The lull between holidays in Indiana is a good time to head to some warmer place, particularly aboard a cruise ship. So I’m packing for a week on the Regal Princess. …

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Costa Deliziosa arrives at Port Everglades to begin Caribbean sailing season

Costa Deliziosa made its maiden call at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, today, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, as it repositions to the Caribbean for the winter cruise season. This will be the first time the 92,720-ton, 2,260-passenger ship will be based at a U.S. port and it is the newest Costa Cruises vessel to homeport in South Florida. Costa Deliziosa’s winter sailing season begins today with a seven-night holiday cruise calling at Costa Maya, Mexico; Belize …

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Day 2: Here on Oceania…it is all about the food

ONBOARD THE OCEANIA RIVIERA – Yesterday was a full day at sea and everyone seemed to be spending the time settling in. There was a full array of onboard activities. In the morning we attended a lecture about the history of the Turks & Caicos islands and then a vegan cooking demonstration. Later I attended a port shopping talk and then we participated in team trivia later in the afternoon. Cooking is a theme that runs throughout …

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Day 1: Boarding Oceania cruise complicated by norovirus cleanup

ABOARD THE OCEANIA RIVIERA – We were forewarned. Two days ago we were sent an email by Oceania Cruises telling us that there had been an outbreak of norovirus on the previous cruise and that the ship would be undergoing thorough sanitization before we boarded yesterday. They said boarding would probably be delayed. Which it was. By several hours. This was not Oceania’s fault, of course. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has strict protocols for this …

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Escaping the holiday craziness by sailing to the Caribbean on Oceania Cruises

Once again the suitcase is on the bed and I am trying to figure out what to pack for our cruise that departs Wednesday. You would think I would have this figured out by now but every cruise is different. Sometimes we are traveling in cool climes and sometimes very hot ones. Some ships are more formal than others. It is important to do your homework in this regard. We will be sailing on Oceania Cruises from …

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Carnival Triumph to operate series of unique 10- and 11-Day Caribbean voyages from Galveston and San Juan in 2015-16

For the very first time, Carnival Cruise Lines is offering 10- and 11-day cruises between Galveston and San Juan featuring visits to six different Caribbean destinations on one itinerary. Two 11-day cruises sail from Galveston to San Juan Oct. 24, 2015, and Jan. 16, 2016, and two 10-day cruises from San Juan to Galveston depart Nov. 4, 2015, and Jan. 27, 2016. These longer-length tropical itineraries feature an array of beautiful Caribbean ports and are a first …

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The end of Carnival Magic Cruise

ABOARD THE CARNIVAL MAGIC – I see a definite pattern here.  In chatting with my cabin attendant Marco Balbuena of Peru, I learned that he has been with Carnival Cruise Lines for 20 years. During an evening cocktail party, Guest Services Manager Marcus Davies of Wales told me he joined Carnival 17 years ago. My dining room team headwaiter and surprise singer Catherine Villareal said she has worked for Carnival seven years. Stopping by my dining table …

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