Time is passing swiftly aboard the Costa Mediterranea

ABOARD THE COSTA MEDITERRANEA — It is our second sea day. We have left behind St. Maarten where we spent a great day at Maho Bay watching planes land, flying low over the beach. Waded into the turquoise blue waters, had lunch and some laughs and by 3 p.m. we were back on board. St. Maarten has always been a favorite island of mine. I love the blend of Dutch and French cultures – Grande Case on …

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The Mediterranea visits a new port, Samana in the Dominican Republic

ABOARD THE COSTA MEDITERRANEA –– Samana, in the Dominican Republic, is now a full-fledged member of the welcome tourist brigade for passengers on Costa cruises. I just returned from this new port of call, where an energetic young man named Carlos was our guide. Welcoming our group of Costa Mediterranea passengers in both French and English, he talked about the area’s history supplying mahogany wood for construction to the U.S. in exchange for arms prior to the …

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Costa offers an unusual 11-day itinerary on the Mediterranea

ABOARD THE COSTA MEDITERRANEA –– When you learn Costa Mediterranea’s boat drill is at 10:15 p.m., you know it is an unusual cruise. Boat drills usually take place around 4 or 5 p.m. The itinerary and length of these cruises are also unusual. The unusual itinerary goes from Nassau in the Bahamas to Samana in the Dominican Republic, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, St. John’s in the U.S.V.I., Antigua, Guadeloupe, St. Maarten (the Dutch side) and …

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Tropicana Entertainment and Carnival Cruise Lines form strategic casino alliance

Tropicana Entertainment, Inc., one of the most respected names in the gaming industry, and Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s most popular cruise line, announced that they have formed an alliance to offer an array of cruise benefits to Trop Advantage® players club members at seven Tropicana-owned casinos in the United States for 2015. Guests of Tropicana Entertainment’s Atlantic City, NJ; Evansville, IN; Greenville, MS; Laughlin, NJ; and Aruba properties, as well as Belle of Baton Rouge Casino …

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Carnival Cruise Lines to offer series of unique longer length voyages in 2015-16

Carnival Cruise Lines will offer a series of unforgettable 10- to 14-day voyages on six different ships between October 2015 and February 2016 that feature extended calls at magnificent destinations throughout the Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexican Riviera and The Bahamas. Reservations opened today on 11 different voyages offered on Carnival Miracle, Carnival Dream, Carnival Glory and Carnival Sunshine which depart from Long Beach, Calif., Port Canaveral, Fla., San Juan, Miami, and New Orleans and visit more than two …

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Carnival Corp unveils industry’s first hybrid wireless network for 10x faster wi-fi speeds

Carnival Corporation & plc,  the world’s largest cruise company, today unveiled the cruise industry’s first-of-its-kind hybrid wireless network – an enhanced high-speed service to eventually be rolled out to all 101 of its ships on all nine of its brands.  This technology innovation is expected to revolutionize how millions of its passengers stay in touch during their cruise and generate even greater interest in cruise vacations, especially among the tech-savvy millennial generation. Carnival Corporation’s backbone connectivity network, …

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Costa Cruises announces Costa Diadema’s godmother

An Italian travel agent will be the protagonist of the special Costa Diadema’s Christening event that will take place on the 7th of November in Genoa. After a selection among more than 700 ladies from more than 50 different countries in the world, Ms Carolina Miceli, from Palermo has been chosen as the representative of Costa Cruises’ values, according to her positive attitude and passionate work at her travel agency Tagliavia. As a travel agent she has …

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Carnival Cruise Lines announces spring 2015 ‘Carnival Live Concert Series’ artists

Cruising has never sounded so good! Today Carnival Cruise Lines unveiled its new Carnival LIVE Concert Series roster for spring 2015, bringing more of the best live music to sea from some of most popular and highly requested music acts. Coming on board in the first part of next year will be Journey, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Smokey Robinson, and Styx, back by popular demand for the second season. The exciting 2015 Carnival LIVE concert lineup …

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Cruise ship trivia: Name the MSC Divina godmother

It’s been a longstanding tradition for ships to have godmothers, a symbolic patron or sponsor through the ship’s life. The godmother symbolizes the spirit of the vessel. In the mid-19th century, it became customary for a woman of distinction to be selected for the ship godmother honor. If you’ve seen the MSC Divina, you know she is a beauty. But do you know who was chosen to be her godmother? For a bit of cruise ship trivia, …

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