The Advent Calendar: 24 Reasons to Take a Holiday Cruise

December is here. It’s a month of celebration. People gather with their families. You might wonder why some people choose to spend the holidays aboard a cruise ship. Like an Advent calendar with 24 little doors, here are 24 reasons a December cruise might be a good idea. You were married in December. It’s a great way to celebrate a milestone anniversary. Plan the trip of a lifetime. Your Christmas present to each other. You and your …

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Holland America Line Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Private Bahamian Island Half Moon Cay During 2022-23 Caribbean Season …

… Seven ships — including two Pinnacle Class vessels — island hop throughout the region and explore the Panama Canal Courtesy Holland America Line: SEATTLE April. 8, 2021 — The Caribbean evokes images of white-sand beaches, balmy breezes and sun-kissed skies, but a cruise to the Caribbean with Holland America Line delves beyond the beauty and immerses guests in the local way of life. For the 2022-23 season, seven ships will explore the traditions and tranquility of …

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9 Top Reasons to Enjoy a Cruise During the Holidays

Holiday voyages in December and January are some of the most popular voyages and cruise vacations. Rather than wait to book these vacations, the cruise specialists and travel advisors at CruiseCompete encourage travelers to plan and book their holiday cruises now. Currently Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and MSC Cruises all have voyages in December departing from Florida or California. Take a peek here: https://www.cruisecompete.com/specials/holiday/christmas_cruises/1 And New Years’ cruises, too, are plentiful with Oceania, Princess Cruises, Holland …

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Amadeus Silver II Cruise: Final blog – To me, what this ship has is what it doesn’t have

ABOARD THE AMADEUS SILVER II – Walking off the ship to take a tour on my own in Cologne, I was asked by a couple standing on shore what there is to do on the Silver II. Visiting from Munich, the couple said they had seen the ship cruising on the Rhine and were curious about what is offered onboard. Since I was carrying the ship’s daily program in my pocket, I pulled it out and let …

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Amadeus Silver II Cruise: Visiting museum for ‘Father of Modern Printing,’ seeing famous Gutenberg Bible

ABOARD AMADEUS SILVER II- His hometown calls him “the Man of the Millennium.” The technology he invented changed the world, our tour guide says. Can’t say I disagree with those glowing tributes. After all, it might be because of what he perfected that you are reading these words today. When the Amadeus Silver II docked in Mainz, Germany, I was excited to take the afternoon shore excursion. Seven of us signed up for the walking tour that …

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Amras Silver II Cruise: Discovering naughty spitting boy, gigantic thumb, much more on Koblenz walking tour

ABOARD AMRAS SILVER II – Oh, the things you can learn from a good tour guide. On a two-hour walking tour of Koblenz, Germany, with Heinz Gerd Reis, I learned about: – The naughty spitting boy – The woman in a boat who brought wine to Germany – The horse statue with its rear end turned toward France – The meaning of chalk marks on a cathedral door –  A robot vacuum cleaner in a holy spot …

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Amadeus Silver II Cruise: Visiting Cologne – the city and the scent

ABOARD AMADEUS SILVER II – Women in Napoleon’s days were prone to fainting. After smelling the heavy perfume men and women used to mask their stinky body odor back then, I can sure understand. My head started swirling, too. “They didn’t shower in those days because they were afraid that water had germs,” said Maria Munoz Orantes, guiding me through the history of Eau de Cologne at the Farina House Museum in Cologne, Germany. “Instead, they used …

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Amadeus Silver II Cruise: Sharing recipe for delicious Amras Apple Strudel

ABOARD AMADEUS SILVER II – I could get used to this afternoon tea thing. Every day at 4 or 4:30 on the Silver II, we have tea time in the Panorama Bar. Of course, it is much more than tea. Coffee is also served, plus there is a huge buffet of fresh pastries and sandwiches to enjoy while pianist Slavi plays lovely easy-listening music. Today’s tea time was made even more special when program director Lorelay announced …

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Amadeus Silver II Cruise: Learning history of chocolate, tasting treat from huge chocolate fountain at Cologne Chocolate Museum

ABOARD THE AMADEUS SILVER II – The woman behind me said she feels as though Willy Wonka might pop up any moment and that the Oompa Loompas will come traipsing out singing their strange song. I know what she means. The Chocolate Museum in Cologne or Köln, as the Germans call this city, is definitely an unusual sweet treat. Made of glass and steel, the futuristic-looking Chocolate Museum seems like a ship floating on the Rhine River, …

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Amadeus Silver II Cruise: Exploring the ship, finding exercise room and more

ABOARD THE AMADEUS SILVER II –  Since we will be cruising this morning with no shore excursions planned, I thought I’d show you around the Silver II. The biggest and most popular areas, of course, are the Restaurant and the Panorama Bar. But there are several other places on this beautiful ship to discover. I’ve walked from one end to the other, from top to bottom and here are some interesting spots. Some are quite visible. Some …

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