A rather unique itinerary: Down the U.S. East coast on the Crystal Serenity

Today I am madly packing for our upcoming cruise on the Crystal Serenity which begins Friday. We are traveling for 19 days on the ship, all the way from Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the north, to Aruba in the Caribbean and ending in Miami, Florida. This unique repositioning itinerary poses some real packing challenges: Half the time we will be in quite chilly even cold weather, and half the time we will be in hot weather. Which …

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Cruising Asian waters-In the wake of Zheng He

Pirates? As we entered the Arabian Sea we held our first piracy drill, moving out of our staterooms and away from windows to shelter in the ship’s interior. Crew members manned the high pressure hoses on the main deck. Our Captain, Igor Bencina, takes piracy seriously — and perhaps personally. He was Nautica’s first officer back in November 2008 when the vessel was attacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Piracy is a threat in …

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Crystal Cruises Annouces 2013 Repositioning Cruises

I’ve talked a bit on the site about repositioning cruises, and the value they offer as a unique experience.  They are a wonderful option for those of you who enjoy those long, calm days at sea.I recently got information on the repositioning offerings for ultra-luxury line Crystal Cruises.  They have an impressive amount of cruises throughout 2013, and will be offering new itineraries on 60% of the voyages.   Even for seasoned Crystal cruisers, there’s a whole new …

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Consider a repositioning cruise for a new experience

Looking for long wonderful days at sea to relax and rejuvenate, paired with deep discounts on cruise pricing? Consider a repositioning cruise. Repositioning cruises (one of the best kept secrets in the cruise industry,) consist of one–way itineraries scheduled when ships relocate to new destinations based on the season. Ships that winter in the Caribbean or Hawaii will often move to Alaska, Europe or Canada/New England in the spring and then reverse course back to warmer climates …

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Norwegian cruise line launches transatlantic bonus days offer

Norwegian Cruise Line is launching a “Transatlantic and Repositioning Bonus Days” offer today, August 6, 2012, providing guests the opportunity to save on all Transatlantic, Panama Canal, Pacific Coastal and Repositioning sailings. Guests who take advantage of this limited time offer will receive $100 to spend on board, upgrades on applicable 2013-2014 sailings and an e-coupon booklet with more than $300 in on-board savings when they make a new Transatlantic or Repositioning cruise reservation before August 7, …

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