Maine coast cruise: Pre-cruise visit to Portland

ONBOARD THE INDEPENDENCE –– Melinda and I are happily aboard American Cruise Lines’ Independence  for a 7-day cruise along the Maine coast but I must first backtrack a bit to recap our pre-cruise visit to Portland, July 3-4, which unfortunately was accompanied by Tropical Storm Arthur. We didn’t let the foul weather derail our plans to explore Maine’s largest and most dynamic city, showing up at the Old Port ticket office of Portland Discovery Tours at 9:30 a.m. …

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Olivia wows them in Carnival Concert

ABOARD CARNIVAL ECSTASY — It’s Saturday and we are docked in Nassau, Bahamas. After a day of fun, food and shopping, it’s getting closer to the event many passengers on this cruise have waited for: Olivia Newton-John in concert. Prior to that evening’s show, the group that opted for “VIP” tickets waited for Ms. Newton-John to arrive, sipping champagne in the Stripes disco. Besides admittance to a private reception, VIP ticket holders had the chance to have …

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Cruise review: Carnival Ecstasy

ABOARD CARNIVAL ECSTASY — The dictionary defines “ecstasy” as “an overwhelming feeling of great happiness or joyous excitement.” That’s a perfect description for the many fans of Olivia Newton-John, who have been eagerly anticipating this 3-day voyage to the Bahamas that departed June 27 from Miami. The highlight of this cruise is an in-person appearance by Ms. Newton-John as part of the “Live Concert” series Carnival is hosting throughout the year. It’s our first time aboard Ecstasy, one …

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Preparing to sail through Maine aboard American Cruise Line’s Independence

Like some of you, I hold fond memories of trundling along the cove-indented, granite-strewn coast of Maine where waves crash ashore beneath picture-perfect lighthouses…where one quaint and pretty little town, with its snug harbor chock full of classic schooners and lobster boats, seems to beget another. And, of course, there’s nothing quite like the taste of a tender morsel of lobster, fresh from the briny deep and dunked in drawn butter. While few pleasures can match it …

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Chef Todd English to join Queen Mary 2’s Independence Day Celebration voyage

  Cunard Line will welcome celebrity chef and partner Todd English on board Queen Mary 2 on 1 July 2014 for her Independence Day Celebration voyage from New York to Boston.  While on board, Chef English will develop a new menu with the flagship’s culinary team, debuting later this summer.  The famed restaurateur will also sign copies of his cookbook, Cooking in Everyday English: The ABCs of Great Flavor at Home, and participate in a Q&A with …

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Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic partners with world renowned ethnomusicologist Jacob Edgar to explore unique rhythms of its destinations

They say music is a window to the soul.  And at Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, that goes for the soul of an entire culture, thanks to a series of music adventures on select itineraries that offer guests rare insight into the music and musical influences of some of the world’s most fascinating places. “I think most everyone is to some degree a music lover,” said Ralph Hammelbacher, Lindblad’s Vice President of Expedition Development. “Music and musical performances give …

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In concert with Carnival

Carnival has combined two of our very favorite things — cruising and music — into one when they created their Live Concert series. Later this week, we’ll have the opportunity to experience it first hand when we embark on the Carnival Ecstasy out of Miami bound for the Bahamas. Performing on that cruise will be famed songstress and “Grease” star, Olivia Newton-John. This Live Concert will have a special meaning for me. In another lifetime, as the …

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Costa Cruises kicks off the Summer season with “La Notte Bianca” celebrations throughout July

The summer season welcomes the longest days of the year, and Costa Cruises is celebrating with “La Notte Bianca” (white party) throughout July on ships in the Mediterranean and northern Europe. This party is traditionally celebrated in many Italian cities and will bring more of the country’s culture onboard. The white theme will be reflected in activities that go all day and last late into the night. Every ship will be “dressed up” for the special occasion …

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Princess Cruises celebrates first birthday of Royal Princess

Princess Cruises is celebrating the first birthday of Royal Princess, which was launched in Southampton, England during a spectacular christening by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. Guests currently sailing aboard Royal Princess will be treated to some special festivities marking the occasion including a “Royal Ball Birthday Party” in the ship’s showpiece atrium with a birthday sing-a-long, balloon drop and celebratory cake. During the past 12 months Royal Princess has traveled 120,000 miles and carried …

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The reviews are in: Groundbreaking entertainment headlines Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship

Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, is poised to make a show-stopping debut in November 2014, with a lineup of entertainment offerings that push the envelope far beyond imagination. From stage shows that take guests on a highly visual and experiential journey of music, sound and performance, to a radically new form of multidimensional entertainment that seamlessly fuses technology with highly trained live performers, stunning visuals and special effects, Quantum of the Seas delivers …

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