Blount Small Ship Adventures announces new “Two Nation Vacation” itinerary for 2015

Blount Small Ship Adventures, a leader in small ship river cruising, will debut a brand new itinerary for 2015, ‘Two Nation Vacation: Maine & New Brunswick’. This itinerary offers guests the unique opportunity of experiencing the best of Maine and New Brunswick, Canada on a 9-night, 10-day journey. The ‘Two Nation Vacation: Maine & New Brunswick’ itinerary will set sail on the Grande Caribe and run between Saint John, NB and Portland, ME. Guests can choose between …

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Paul Gauguin Cruises debuts Its 2015 Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji & South Pacific brochure

Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, and the 88-guest m/v Tere Moana, debuts its 2015 Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji & the South Pacific brochure. The 68-page brochure showcases a variety of dream cruises in exotic destinations aboard The Gauguin. Itineraries, cruise schedules, maps, highlights, and fares are detailed. Fleet distinctions, dining venues, entertainment options, special occasions, activities, shore excursions, pre- and …

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises begins construction on Seven Seas Explorer

Construction has begun on Seven Seas Explorer at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy.  The crisp pop of a cork being freed from a Krug Grande Cuvée magnum initiated a laser, which cut the ceremonial first piece of steel for the new ship.  Incorporating a bottle of the world’s finest champagne to start the building process is symbolic of the high level of sophistication and design being developed for Seven Seas Explorer, which is scheduled to debut …

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Maine Cruise: Final day

ONBOARD INDEPENDENCE-As our whirlwind week of cruising along the Maine coast nears an end, I want to take a moment before reporting on day 6 activities to tell you some things about our little ship – American Cruise Lines’ Independence – her officers and crew and the services they’ve provided during our all too brief voyage. Built in 2010 by ACL-affiliated Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. in Salisbury, MD, the 194-foot, 104-passenger Independence (one of a 6-vessel ACL fleet) …

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Maine Cruise: Boothbay Harbor, ME

ONBOARD INDEPENDENCE-Boothbay Harbor goes by the slogan “Boating Capital of New England,” and the sprawling harbor does indeed bustle with fishing vessels and pleasure craft alike. But the town is also becoming known as home to New England’s finest botanical gardens. Some experts name it one of the nation’s best. We visited Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens on an ACL tour (a $45 option) with no idea of what to expect. After all, we’re in Maine – which …

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Maine Cruise: Days 4-5 – Camden and Rockland, ME

ONBOARD INDEPENDENCE- Known by its slogan “Where the Mountains Meet the Sea,” Camden is yet another quintessentially pretty New England village. Set against the backdrop of the Camden Hills, the town’s busy harbor is well-known as home to a fleet of tall-masted windjammers that ply Penobscot Bay for both day-trips and extended excursions. A large group of passengers chose to join a narrated bus tour (a $55 option) featuring a visit to Camden Hills State Park where …

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Seabourn to offer “Best of the Riviera Food and Wine Cruise”

Seabourn is pulling out all the stops to create a rare epicurean themed cruise aboard Seabourn Sojourn. Guests aboard the 11-day “Best of the Riviera Food & Wine Cruise” will visit some of Europe’s most appealing food and wine regions, enjoying daily special culinary events, “Shopping with the Chef” excursions in local markets, cooking demonstrations by celebrity guest chefs, tastings of local specialties and more. The culinary voyage will depart October 30, 2014 from Monte Carlo and sail …

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Windstar Cruises to debut exclusive private events on all 2015 voyages

Starting in 2015, all Windstar Cruises’ itineraries will feature a spectacular onshore Private Event, created exclusively for Windstar guests. These complimentary events are crafted to give guests an in depth and authentic local experience that compliments their voyage. Private Events include activities such as an after-hours tour and dinner under the stars in the magnificent Celsus Library of Ephesus or a private ballet performance in the famed Odessa National Opera and Ballet Theatre. “We curated these Private …

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Maine Cruise: The towns of Castine and Belfast

ONBOARD THE INDEPENDENCE –– Castine (pop. 1,400) is today a serene little village, shaded by leafy elms and lined with lovely old buildings, but it has a long and tumultuous past. Owing to its location at the tip of a cape, surrounded on three sides by water – including the entrance to the Penobscot River – it was a strategic defense point and thus the object of geopolitical squabbles among several nations, including France, Britain and Holland …

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Maine coast cruise: Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park

ONBOARD THE INDEPENDENCE — Clearing weather and the excitement of our first day ashore for tours brought out nearly all of the ship’s 90+ passengers to join a two-bus convoy in Bar Harbor for a morning spin around Acadia National Park. Our driver/guide, Roger Keene, is a jovial, highly energized fifth-generation resident of Bar Harbor – or, as he phrases it in the local dialect, “Bah Hahba” – who has been leading tours of Acadia for 40 …

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