Getaway to feature magic experience

Two news items from Norwegian… IT’S MAGIC. Guests aboard Norwegian Getaway,debuting February, 2014, will be guaranteed a magical time, thanks to the Illusionarium. Called the first of its kind at sea, the dining/entertainment experience “will envelope guests in the fascinating world of magic, inviting them to experience the astonishing illusions of world-class magicians and supernatural special effects,” according to Norwegian. The result of a collaboration between Norwegian and Broadway director/choreographer Patricia Wilcox, Tony Award winning scenic designer David Gallo and veteran …

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Sin City Comedy will be new entertainment on Celebrity ships

Sin City is coming to Celebrity — “Sin City Comedy” that is. The acclaimed Las Vegas show, described as “edgy, funny and a little bit sexy,” debuts as a new late night entertainment option on Reflection and Silhouette, then move to Solstice in May. The Planet Hollywood show is a two-time winner of the “Best of Las Vegas” award. Because the shows contain adult content, they are restricted to guests age 18 and older.

Cunard decides to ease up the dress codes on its three Queens

The Telegraph is reporting that Cunard is relaxing their famous dress code. Quoting the article: “The British-American cruise line, known for its long-standing commitment to formal dress codes, has refined its evening wear options of ‘formal’, ‘semi-formal’, and ‘elegant casual’ to simply ‘formal’ and ‘informal’.” They say the new relaxed measures will take effect in April. I can just hear Hugh Bonneville from Downton Abbey reacting to the news: “Has the world gone mad?” Somehow I doubt …

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A recap of our ten days aboard the Azamara Quest: Excellent across the board

ABOARD AZAMARA QUEST, DAY TWELVE – And so it comes to the last full day of our “Virgins Islands and Frenchmen Voyage.” By tomorrow morning we will be back at the Port of Miami, where some of us will say goodbye and others will continue to new adventures as Quest makes sail to Europe. As “newbies” to Azamara Club Cruises (and there were a decent number of first-timers joining us), time for some overall thoughts about our …

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Our final days at sea, we travel a different path but there is lots to entertain us

ABOARD AZAMARA QUEST, DAY ELEVEN – It is our next to last day at sea, and the captain has plotted us a new course. As he explained it, storm swells have caused havoc up and down the Atlantic, and affected a number of cruise ships in the region, including Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, which was buffeted by both high winds and waves. To skirt those issues, we will be returning to Miami via the Old …

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We had a glorious day in St. Thomas, but came away empty-handed from our shopping foray

By Gerry Barker ABOARD AZAMARA QUEST, DAY TEN – While we still feel the disappointment of missing Virgin Gorda, it is a glorious (and calm) day dockside in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. High swells forced a change in our final port of call, and we had evidence of those on the way over last night with some major rocking (not coming from the disco dance floor, either). If we needed further evidence of the unruly seas, while …

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St. Barts is your destination for high end shopping; however, we pull out early to head to St.Maarten

By Gerry Barker ABOARD AZAMARA QUEST, DAY EIGHT – You don’t have to be rich and famous to come to St. Barts (or St. Barths, or Saint Barthelemy – you’ll see all variations of the name), but definitely being the former will help. This way station for the jet set features the highest of high end shopping (in the market for a Louis Vuitton hammock?) set amid its charming Swedish and French roots. We were originally scheduled …

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It’s smart to take a tour or have a game plan if you want to explore the small island of Nevis

By Gerry Barker ABOARD AZAMARA QUEST, DAY SEVEN – It’s early Friday morning and we are anchored off the small island of Nevis (pronounced KNEE-vis). Nearby is its larger counterpart, St. Kitts. The waters here are very still and quiet, and of course, deeply blue. The forecast is hot and sunny; with more hot and sunny into the foreseeable future. One note from yesterday: As we departed Dominica, one of those beautiful Caribbean sunsets was in the …

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We enjoyed the botanical garden and waterfalls on the ‘nature island of’ Dominica

By Gerry Barker ABOARD AZAMARA QUEST, DAY SIX – We awakened this morning dockside at Roseau on the island of Dominica, “the nature island of the Caribbean.” Sandwiched between Guadeloupe and Martinique, this former British colony, independent since 1978, is almost 300 square miles in size, much of it dense rainforest. We are here just for the day, so we opted for a three-hour tour to take a look at the place where just over 70,000 people …

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Finally, the sun breaks on during our visit to Iles des Saintes in Guadaloupe

By Gerry Barker ABOARD AZAMARA QUEST, DAY FIVE – Yesterday we were drenched with rain; today, drenched with sunshine! Yes, at long last the sun has made its appearance, just in time for our stop at Iles des Saintes in Guadeloupe. A grouping of eight tiny islands, with the emphasis on “tiny,” many travel guides call them the Caribbean’s hidden gem. We will anchor off the largest of them, Terre-de-Haut. Another great example of places the Azamara …

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