ABOARD CARNIVAL SUNRISE-It’s Day Two, and We are Rocking and Rolling. Literally.

  High winds are whipping up the waves around us. During the night, toiletries toppled in the bath and water spilled from glasses. No surprise they had to close the pool and access to the upper decks for safety reasons. But guests are pretty much taking it all in stride. All the pool loungers are occupied and the bars are doing a brisk business. It will take more than a little wind to slow down the Fun …

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Seven Seas Navigator Embarks on First Voyage Following Refurbishment

  MIAMI (Jun. 21, 2019) – Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, the leading luxury ocean cruise line, this week celebrates the inaugural voyage of Seven Seas Navigator® following her two-week refurbishment in Brest, France. The first guests to experience her stunning improvements are currently sailing aboard an 11-night London to Dublin voyage. Notable enhancements to the intimate, 490-guest, all-suite ship include: Restaurants Guest favorite, Prime 7, a Contemporary American steakhouse, is completely reimagined with dramatic new appeal. Dark …

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Aboard Carnival Sunrise- Day One

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  After investing nearly $200 millon in shiny new upgrades for Carnival Triumph, it’s no wonder Carnival opted to give the refurished ship a new name as well. Meet Carnival Sunrise. Newly launched this spring after two months in drydock, Pam and I are checking out all the changes on a 5-day cruise to Bermuda. Getting here was something of an adventure in itself. When we can, we shun airline travel in favor of taking the train. …

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Get Ready to Discover the Natural Beauty of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

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  Geneva, Switzerland (June 20, 2019) — With just under four months to go until Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve welcomes its first cruise guests, MSC Cruises — the Swiss-based, world’s largest privately-owned cruise line — revealed today more details of the unique experience that awaits visitors. The vision for the island is to immerse guests in the natural beauty of their surroundings in the Bahamas. Ocean Cay is founded on a deep commitment to ecological principles …

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SEA CLOUD SPIRIT – Routes Announced for the New Ship in 2020, Including a New Caribbean Destination for the Line: the U.S. Virgin Islands

  Hamburg, June 19, 2019 – Out this month, the first preview brochure for the new SEA CLOUD SPIRIT, scheduled to take to the high seas in late summer 2020. Guests can now pre-register for cruises on the new ship from August – December 2020 actual bookings will open later this year. For SEA CLOUD CRUISES, who already sails the historical SEA CLOUD and the SEA CLOUD II, it’s a new page in history for the small …

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Windstar Wins Best Small Ship Cruise Line for the Second Year in a Row in the 2019 TravelAge West WAVE Awards

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  Seattle, WA, June 18, 2019 — Windstar Cruises has been named the “Best Small Ship Line” in the 2019 TravelAge West WAVE Awards, winning this title two years in a row.  “The entire Windstar Team is dedicated to delivering the world’s best small ship cruise experience – from our culinary credentials, to our award-winning service, to our immersive and distinctive itineraries,” said Windstar President John Delaney.  “We are honored and grateful that the editors and readers …

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Enjoy a Dinner to Remember with Seabourn’s New ‘Cook Your Catch’ Experience Available in Alaska & British Columbia

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  SEATTLE, June 18, 2019 – Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury travel experience, has a new offering that is sure to reel in guests hungry for adventure and the freshest, wildest Alaska seafood imaginable. It’s Cook Your Catch, an exclusive culinary experience offering a memorable opportunity for guests to not only hook but also savor their own personal catch of the day in the midst of an ‘Ultimate Alaska’ voyage exploring the majestic wilderness of Alaska & …

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Reveals 65 Unique Excursions Exclusive to Seven Seas Splendor

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  MIAMI (Jun. 18, 2019) – Demonstrating its commitment to offer luxury travelers an unrivaled experience, Regent Seven Seas Cruises® today revealed 65 new Mediterranean and Northern Europe shore excursions curated with local tour operators debuting exclusively for guests sailing on the inaugural 2020 season of Seven Seas SplendorTM. The excursions will expand to all Regent ships sailing Europe starting in 2021. Soar in a helicopter over the gorgeous countryside outside Monaco en route to an unforgettable …

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How to Interact with Your Tablemates at Sea

  If your vacation is an ocean voyage on a cruise ship, it’s highly likely you will be assigned dinner seating in the main restaurant. You will likely be seeing more of these people than any other passengers, except for the person with whom you are sharing your cabin. How do you interact with your new tablemates? First or second seating? Before sailing, your travel agent will ask if you prefer first or second seating. We’ve always …

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ABOARD CARIBBEAN PRINCESS-“There she blows!”

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  There was much anticipation as invited media, guests and Princess personnel stood in front of the big blue whale on Deck 17 of Caribbean Princess, docked at Port Everglades. We were all there for the debut of The Reef Family Splash Zone, a major new feature added after the ship completed a recent drydock. Of course, we couldn’t attend without bringing along an expert in the field to offer her own assessment, and no one is …

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