Crown Cruise Vacations Cruise Deals for September 2019

Crown Cruise Vacations offers their picks for the best cruise deals for September 2019 Crown Cruise Vacations- crowncruisevacations.com/ 877-283-1114 Destination: Caribbean What: 7 Night Caribbean – Western Cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas When: November 3, 2019 Prices: Starting at $569 USD What Else You’ll Have to Pay:  Port charges of $190 included. Taxes and fees of $114 are not included. Where You Go: Departing from Galveston, Texas | Cozumel, Mexico | Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands | Falmouth, Jamaica Sold By: Crown Cruise Vacations, http://www.crowncruisevacations.com/ Why …

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Two New Dance Pros Added to Holland America Line’s ‘Dancing with the Stars: At Sea

Holland America Line has added professional dancers Sharna Burgess and Artem Chigvintsev to the remaining two 2014 “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” theme cruises. Burgess and Chigvintsev will sail on the ms Westerdam Nov. 29,  and on the Champions Cruise that sets sail Dec. 6. Both cruises sail roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the Caribbean. Burgess and Chigvintsev join “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea”  dance pro and Mirrorball Trophy winner Kym Johnson, and celebrities …

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Sew… what’s this theme cruise thing all about?

Every year, being the eternal optimist, I attempt to learn a new skill.  I generally try to pick a skill that I think I have a prayer of developing; I find that “mastering” it is a usually bit of a stretch, given my rudimentary motor skills and complete lack of patience. This year, I am attempting to learn to sew.  It’s coming along.  Slowly.  I can now make a unisex pair of pajama pants without either: A) …

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Aboard the ms Veendam: Chacabuco

Aboard the ms Veendam-“Hi, how are ya? Where ya from?” I thought the accent was unmistakably Bostonian or “Back Bay.” I heard it while walking up the wild-flower covered hill and into the tiny village of Puerto Chacabuco. The welcoming stranger turned out to be one Paul Dion of Falmouth, Mass., the only English speaker resident in a town of about 2000 residents. He recently celebrated his 70th birthday. “I don’t speak much Spanish,” said Paul, going …

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A family affair: The challenges of cruising with adult children

For 20 years we traveled with another “couple.”  We rented beach houses together, took cruises and went on golf vacations.  But then they split up and moved away.  And now, after several years on their own, we’re planning a reunion vacation, actually, a family reunion.  The other “couple,” Amanda and Scott, are our children, and are now in their late 20’s. Oh course, it won’t be easy.  There are “Significant Others” (SOs) in the mix.  When we …

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New smoking rules clear the air aboard cruise ships

Travelers who loved vacationing on the Carnival Paradise, which once was a cruise ship entirely cigarette smoke free among passengers and crew, have reason to cheer. As 2011 draws toward a close, second-hand smoke at sea is dissipating. With this year’s trend toward prohibiting smoking in cabins and in most gathering spots aboard ships, cruise lines slowly are catching up to the lifestyles of their passengers at home, where work places, public areas, restaurants, and bars are …

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A History Lesson In Rome

Day One – Rome With just a few hours in Rome we wanted to pack in as much as possible.  Rudy, our tour/driver, arrived at our hotel at 7:30 am.  Starting early is the way to beat the crowds.  Top sites included the Pantheon, Coliseum, Forum, Vatican square, Jewish Quarter, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Roman baths, aqueducts and yes, 65 Gelato places.  (We enjoyed a large scoop at Bar Gelateria adjacent to the Trevi Fountain.) And …

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A 10-day Mediterranean cruise aboard Holland America’s Noordam

We just returned from a 10 day Mediterranean cruise aboard Holland America’s Noordam with our adult children Scott (28) and Amanda (26) and her significant other Matt (26). I’m happy to report it was perfect.  A cruise is the way for a family to travel. With five people, it was absolutely essential to do some excursion planning well before we set sail or end up spending more money than necessary. After checking several websites, we found Trip …

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Applause for cruise lines’ new non-smoking policies

Beginning with cruises last weekend, there is no smoking in any of the piano bars on the ships of Carnival Cruise Lines. That’s great news for all the piano bar lovers who can’t stand the heavy haze of second-hand cigarette smoke. I thank you, Carnival, and so do most of the piano players. The new non-smoking rules announced this week by Carnival — and by  Princess and Holland America — go far beyond the piano bars. My …

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Holland America Line Rolls Out Sustainable Seafood Program

The cruise lines have long made an effort to become more eco-friendly, and in honor of the recent 40th annual Earth Day, Holland America Line has announced the roll out of its new sustainable seafood program.  This new program showcases environmentally responsible purchasing practices and sustainable seafood. The line has partnered with the Marine Conservation Institute to create seafood menus that help promote the continued availability of fish species that are essential to a biologically diverse marine …

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