Travel insurance? Yes…

Many people neglect to buy travel insurance for their cruises, often to their regret. A couple of years ago my daughter and her husband were facing canceling a cruise because of health concerns…then they discovered they would lose their entire cruise payment. So they went anyway, had a great time but now are believers.

I am a strong proponent for travel insurance. Face it, you may be perfectly healthy and fully intend to go on that cruise but then your father-in-law becomes extremely ill, or a family member passes away, or one of your children has a crisis that requires that you assist them. Face it, –it happens.

So that is why I am so pleased with this new insurance being offered by Holland America Line. Read on:

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Ruby Princess is a romantic success

By Cynthia Boal Janssens

A number of cruise ships have been christened over the past few years and usually the ceremony consists of much pomp and circumstance and an abundance of speeches.

Princess Cruise Line decided to change that model when it named the Ruby Princess on Nov. 6, 2008, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Because Princess likes to promote itself as the “Most Romantic Cruise Line,” it decided to make the christening of this lovely new ship a themed event.

Ruby red roses adorned the rails and table. Guests at the black tie gala were arrayed in all shades of crimson. Lots of fellows sported red bow ties with their tuxes, while the ladies bedecked themselves with lavish amount of red lace, crepe, and satin.

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Conde Nast Traveler honors Ecoventura

ImageHandler.ashxAs many of you know, Chet and I are sailing to the Galapagos islands in a few weeks with Ecoventura. I thought you would be interested in this news:

Conde Nast Traveler Names Galapagos Small Ship Expedition Company Ecoventura Winner of 15th Annual World Savers Award

MIAMI, August 25, 2009 – Ecoventura is the winner of Conde Nast Traveler’s (CNT) 15th Annual World Savers Award in the category of Cruise Lines, announced Santiago Dunn, Ecoventura president. This award recognizes Ecoventura’s ongoing mission to be the pacesetter for responsible tourism in the Galapagos Islands.

Dunn will be on hand to accept the award on Sept. 21 at the third annual Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Congress at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. The Congress expects to draw some 200 CEOs of major travel industry companies.

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Welcome to my new cruise blog

Hello everyone! I am very excited about this cruise blog, something I have wanted to do for a long time and now I have found the proper home for it. All Things Cruise is going to be a terrific cruise site and I am proud to be a part of it. There is so much going on in the world of cruising that there will be much to talk about. As indicated in my biography, my next …

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Cynthia’s Bio

Cynthia Boal Janssens, AllThingsCruise’s Editor-At-Large, is a veteran travel and cruise writer who became well known to Midwestern audiences during her stint as travel editor of the Detroit News. She has been a freelancer for a number of years now and has been specializing in cruising for most of that time. She has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA (and in Africa, too!) She is particularly interested in small ship cruises and those have …

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