Last day at sea aboard the Royal Princess

ABOARD ROYAL PRINCESS – Our last day at sea is here. By this time tomorrow we will be docked at Port Everglades. Hard to believe seven days can go by so fast. Outside our stateroom it’s gray and rainy, but there are prospects of better weather for the afternoon. Just time for a few final thoughts and observations. BRIDGE TOUR. Today we were among a small group invited to tour the bridge. Our host is Captain Dino …

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Royal Princess Day 4

ABOARD ROYAL PRINCESS – We reach our next port of call, St.Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, to a mix of sun and rain, typical of life in the tropics. For some it’s a chance to pour into Charlotte Amalie for a shopping blitz; for others, a nice time to relax on board minus the crowds. Having been to this destination numerous times before, we choose the latter. And what better way to relax than a beautifully …

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Royal Princess Day Three

ABOARD ROYAL PRINCESS – Today is a sea day. The skies have turned sunny and the seas bright blue. The only constant is the wind, which continues to rock us along even as the captain has plotted a course to shelter us as much as possible. This morning we opted to choose room service for breakfast. It’s great to dine on your balcony. Our only suggestion would be expand the menu. Apart from the usual continental fare, …

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Royal Princess Day Two

ABOARD ROYAL PRINCESS – We are anchored off Princess Cays and the weather gods aren’t smiling on us. The view from our balcony is gray and rainy, and the forecast is more of the same. The wind isn’t helping matters, and our captain has cautioned we may have to abort this port. After some deliberation, he decides to let the tenders go ashore, but advises everyone to be extra mindful. Having seen firsthand the hazards of boarding …

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Aboard the Royal Princess-Day 1

ABOARD ROYAL PRINCESS – This cruise marks several firsts for us: Our first cruise on a Princess ship, and our first holiday voyage. We opted for a seven-day Eastern Caribbean excursion in lieu of the traditional Thanksgiving celebration. For once, we’ll relax and let someone else do the cooking and cleaning. Plus, a chance to experience the newest ship in the Princess fleet — Royal Princess made her debut in June. We boarded from Port Everglades at …

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Two sailings to feature celebrity chef

For those who watch the Food Network, you know Geoffrey Zakarian as one of the judges who frequently helps decide who gets “Chopped.” You may also know he has three restaurants on Norwegian’s newest ship, Breakaway. Norwegian Cruise Line announced that Zakarian will host a number of special activities on board Breakaway during two of the ship’s upcoming sailings: November 3 and December 1, 2013, where passengers can meet and interact with the Iron Chef in his …

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July 6 a special day for Queen Mary 2

July 6 will be a very special day for Cunard. Why? As Cunard’s Peter Shanks writes in his blog: “On the 6 July Queen Mary 2 will make her 200th crossing of the Atlantic Ocean – and since 2004 will have delighted over 520,000 passengers. Over the coming weeks we will be celebrating this milestone – not least on the 200th crossing itself.” As two of those 520,000 delighted passengers, Pam and I have our own fond …

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Norwegian offering Angus beef at sea

Steak-lovers, rejoice. Norwegian Cruise Line announced today “it is now the only cruise line to serve Certified Angus Beef brand steaks.” Currently available in Cagney’s Steakhouse and Le Bistro French restaurant on ten Norwegian ships, including the new Norwegian Breakaway, they are due to arrive on Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Spirit by August. Guests can choose from a variety of cuts, ranging from a 14-ounce dry-aged center-cut strip loin to an 18-ounce bone-in ribeye, as well as an eight-ounce center-cut filet …

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‘Royal Princess’ gets musical salute

Ceremonies are shifting into high gear for the inauguration of the new Princess ship, Royal Princess. She was welcomed into Southampton with a musical salute as part of a week-long series of special inaugural events. Princess reported that “British actor, director and writer Simon Callow orchestrated the Southampton University Brass Band to serenade the new Princess Cruises ship with a rendition of God Save The Queen as the vessel sailed into the harbor.” In answer back, Royal …

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Celebrity’s Lawn Club Coming to Big Apple

One of the features that make the Celebrity cruise experience unique on their new Solstice-class ships is The Lawn Club — thousands of square feet of real grass where you can play games, dine, even enjoy a picnic in a private alcove. This month, Celebrity is bringing that same experience — minus the ocean — to New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. On June 10 and 11, they are recreating “The Lawn Club Experience” in Vanderbilt Hall. …

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