First-timers on MSC Seaside

  As veteran cruisers, it’s always exciting to experience a new ship, and a new brand, for the first time. So Pam and I were looking forward to our first voyage on MSC, taking MSC Seaside from the Port of Miami. MSC, well-established in Europe and South America, is looking to capture the American market with big, shiny new ships like Seaside, the first in its Seaside Class, which launched in late 2017. Sister ship Seaview debuted …

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Unveils One-Time, Bucket-List Cruise

  Deerfield Beach, Fla., May 1, 2019 – Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, the only provider of daily two-night cruises from the Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island, announced a one-time-only cruise at an amazing value to the Western Caribbean and Panama Canal. Departing from the Port of Palm Beach on August 17, this nine-night cruise will stop at multiple bucket-list destinations, including Key West, Grand Cayman, daylight transit of the Panama Canal and Puntarenas, Costa …

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Machu Picchu

  Just getting to there is worth the trip in itself. This is not an overstatement. We left the United States from Fort Lauderdale airport for the five hour flight to Lima. I don’t know how they knew we were coming, but a multitude of taxi drivers greeted us upon arrival. First there were the pretty women with signs at baggage claim then a ton of them once we exited the terminal. There was no line so …

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Experience the Grandeur of Northern Europe

  Cruise in comfort and luxury aboard one of PONANT’s eco-friendly, intimate ships to exceptional destinations in Northern Europe. We invite your clients to discover nature, history and culture on specially created itineraries that explore the English Channel and the Irish Sea, the world’s best museums between Belgium and Denmark, and the fairy tale cities in the Baltic Sea—highlighted with a stop in St. Petersburg that reveals the majesty of Imperial Russia.   To book a cruise …

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Bringing Your Own Wine Aboard Ship

Which are you? For some people, taking a luxury cruise is a once in a lifetime event. For others, it’s an annual or semiannual event. The cruise industry places a high value on loyalty and repeat customers. They want you to consider their ships your home away from home. This includes wine fans. In most cases, yes, you can bring your own wine. What’s the Rationale? This might surprise you. Didn’t I read something about no liquor …

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What is Your Ideal River Ship Size – XS, S, M, L or XL?

  CruiseCompete Helps Travelers Choose the Perfect River Cruise Ship Size for Up Close & Personal Voyages All those with the hearts of wanderers will appreciate the appeal of a river cruise; an experience rich in culture, made possible by ability to disembark and re-embark at leisure, an option not available on sea-faring cruises. These cruises are made even more popular because most are all-inclusive voyages, offering countless amenities. River cruise ships range from very private eight-person barges …

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Cruising in France: Day 6 on the Burgundy Canal

  On the last leg of our cruise, from Lezinnes to Tanlay, there are five more locks and some of the group wanted to make the most of the nice weather by walking most of the way. A few others took the opportunity on our last cruise day to ride bikes. Throughout the cruise, Captain Jolanda has made a point of warning everyone not to fall overboard when getting on or off the barge at the locks. …

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Cruising in France: Day 5 on the Burgundy Canal

  A sunny morning permitted the group to get out to walk on the towpath while La Belle Epoque cruised today from Ancy-le-Franc to Lezinnes, with an excursion in the afternoon to the town of Chablis. A most notable town in Burgundy is Chablis dominated by the spire of the 13th century Collégiale Saint-Martin à Chablis. The city is packed with cellars aging the namesake wine. There are 300 producers with the most prominent being Domaine Laroche. We visited …

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Cruising in France: Day 4 on the Burgundy Canal

Les Riceys is the only wine growing area of the Champagne region to have three Appellation d’Origine Contollees. It is the major supplier of grapes for Alexandre Bonnet.

  Today our cruise on the Burgundy Canal is from Ravieres to Ancy-le-Franc. Following a morning drive into Champagne to inspect the vines at a Les Riceys vineyard, we moved on to the Alexandre Bonnet winery for a demonstration of the making of Champagnes by Ervine, the future wine maker of the winery. Included was a sampling of fine Alexandre Bonnet Champagnes. A Champagne aperitif and multicourse gourmet lunch was hosted by the vivacious Baroness Segolene and …

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