Heavyweights of the Seas

  I normally arrive a day early for cruise departures, but have made an exception for a cruise out of the Port of Miami. I came three days early this time in order to photograph some representative heavyweights of cruising, megaships of MSC, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival that are currently in port. All are overwhelmingly huge and seeing most of the attractions onboard would require at least a four-day cruise on each. I only have a …

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Explore More – For Less – With Norwegian In 2012

Stingray Encounter image courtesy of NCL When you’re traveling with kids, it’s rarely about the “journey”- it’s most usually all about the destination.  Where do you think the infamous “Are we there yet?” originated? On a cruise, this plays out a little differently.  After all, your mode of transportation is often a “destination” in and of itself.  With their specialized children’s activities, clubs, menus and entertainment, today’s ships provide enough excitement to keep even the busiest of …

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You CAN Continue Your Exercise Routine While At Sea. (Yay?)

Image courtesy of Royal Caribbean Wheezing my way through another “boot camp” fitness training session with my twenty-something, frustratingly fit instructor this week, my mind, as always, began to question the logic behind my continued workout regime. Is it the approaching milestone birthday that motivates me?  The fact that I am watching friends, even at this relatively young age, having serious health issues that might be helped by diet and exercise?  Is it my competitive spirit, or …

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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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