Seabourn will now visit all seven continents!

Seabourn is well-known for their far reaching and exotic itineraries, and they’ve just announced some exciting news.  The line will be voyaging to Antarctica beginning in November 2013, with their ship the Seabourn Quest making four 21- to 24-day voyages sailing between Valparaíso, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The addition of these new itineraries will expand Seabourn’s sailings to all seven continents. The all-suite Seabourn Quest will cruise the Chilean coast, past glaciers, peaks and channels of …

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SeaDream’s Raw Foods Program

Not so long ago, even the some of the most health-conscious travelers came back out having fallen out of their exercise routines and a few pounds heavier.  That was due, in part, to the “indulgence” vibe offered by an all-inclusive cruise vacation; eat and drink a little more than usual, and work out a little less- that’s a real vacation, right? Truthfully, that definition of “vacation” suits me just fine. However, I will say, that given all …

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MSC’s Sanity-Saving, Family-Friendly Dinner Options

Since yesterday was  International Youth Day, this seems appropriate;  MSC Cruises has announced new child-centric dining options that will be welcomed by children and parents alike.  There are two options that, in my view, will be especially appealing to any parent (and let’s be honest, this is all of us) who has desperately tried to entertain a child in a restaurant for an hour, waiting for food to come. Happy Dinners The premise of this first option is …

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Been There Done That: Dubrovnik, my visit to the “Pearl of the Adriatic”

DAY 7 — DUBROVNIK ABOARD THE MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY– Widely considered to be one of Europe’s most outstanding cities, Dubrovnik is an integrated walled city with immense visual appeal. It’s historical and architectural significance has been recognized by UNESCO, which has placed it on its list of World Heritage Sites. Dubrovnik is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea coast, positioned at the terminal end of the Isthmus of Dubrovnik. It is one of the most prominent …

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Been There Done That: Charming Korcula, and a good experience with the ship’s laundry

  DAY 6 | KORCULA ABOARD THE MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY– Another morning on my deck with coffee and croissants, this time with a view of truly charming Korcula harbor. The blue water is so clear that the harbor bottom is visible and the cream houses with orange tiled roofs are under a cloudless blue sky. The croissants and other pastries have been quite good on board, but I have found the coffee poor. I have come to …

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Abracadabra!! Crystal Cruises Announces Partnership with Magic Castle

Okay, yes, I admit it.  I am a fan of magic shows.  In fact, I was delighted this summer when my children decided to attend magic camp and learn some tricks of the trade. I was disappointed, however, to learn that they were sworn to a “Magician’s Code of Secrecy” that did not permit them to pass along their newly learned secrets to a non-magician.  (Of course, their professionalism in performing was perhaps not up to the highest …

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Silversea Spa Voted #1 by Conde Nast Traveler

The spas aboard today’s cruise ships have evolved into facilities that rival even their finest counterparts on land, and are evaluated with very high expectations.  That makes Silversea’s latest award all the more significant: the Spa aboard Silversea’s Silver Spirit was chosen by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler as the top spa at sea in the magazine’s 2012 Spa Poll.Not only that, but the Silver Spirit was the only ship to score a perfect 100 for …

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The Olympics, MSC-Style

For those of you who are fans of competitive sports, there’s not much that’s more exciting than the Olympic Games.  As most of you probably know, they’re scheduled to be held this year in London from July 27th through August 12th.  If you’re not attending in person, the next best thing might be to watch the games live from a luxury cruise ship. MSC Cruises is offering this summer’s passengers the chance to experience the games from …

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Solo Fares On Crystal Cruises- Fall 2012 Sale!

Good news for those who travel solo- luxury line Crystal Cruises is offering a solo travelers’ sale on its fall Mediterranean itineraries. The cruise line is offering solo travelers the option of a private stateroom on Crystal Serenity’s eight 11-day and 12-day sailings to the Black Sea, Middle East, Canary Islands, and the Mediterranean. Sale fares are available on departures beginning on September 6, 2012, for a 10 percent solo supplement on a private, deluxe outside stateroom, Category …

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“Madam Butterfly 3D” Screens Aboard Queen Mary 2 in 2012

Cunard recently announced that it will be screening the feature film “Madam Butterfly 3D” aboard the Queen Mary 2, beginning July 6, 2012.  The film was shot during live performances at London’s Royal Opera House and has been received worldwide with critical acclaim Combining the excitement of live staging with the immediacy of a feature film, “Madam Butterfly 3D” is a production designed to appeal to novices and opera buffs alike. “There are few British institutions more …

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