Sailing Southampton, England to Lisbon, Portugal on Azamara Quest

Southampton, boarding the Azamara Quest – Tuesday, August 30, 2022 Arrival Today we joined the Azamara Quest in Southampton, England. As a reader, your primary interest is the shipboard experience. I’ll skip over the details of getting to the ship from London. It all went smoothly. The Azamara Quest was docked at the City Pier. (Southampton has more than one pier.). The taxi driver knew where it was. Although Azamara talks about their ships being smaller, it’s …

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Off again, with some new accessories in tow ~ to Windstar’s Wind Surf to cruise the Adriatic seacoast

Today I have been excited all day. Mainly because I am finishing packing for a trip to Europe leaving tomorrow for a Med cruise! While I have been on several cruises since covid, they have taken me only as far as the Caribbean, Mexico and Bermuda. This will be the first time that I’ve been back to Europe since the covid shutdown in March 2020 and my life has changed considerably since then. The biggest change is …

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Regent Seven Seas New 2024-2025 Voyage Collection~An Invitation to Pre-Book Special Voyages, For Our Treasured Guests

Regent Seven Seas Cruises® Luxury Travel on Enthralling New 2024-2025 Voyage Collection Immersive Collection Features 160 Sailings, 130 Overnight Stays, 18 Maiden Ports of Call and 4 Grand Voyages Voyages encompass every continent in the world, from Africa & Arabia, to Asia, Australia & New Zealand, closer to home with Canada & New England, Alaska, and Bermuda, and then favorites like the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mediterranean and Northern Europe. In addition, there are fascinating cruises in South …

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Windstar Cruises Adds Arabia to 2023/2024 Sailing Schedule – Red Sea and Persian Gulf Explorations

MIAMI, FL, August 23, 2022 – Windstar Cruises’ small ships are known for sailing to luxurious and off-the-beaten-path ports around the world. The full breadth of sailings is highlighted best in their new brochure, available to order or access online today, including the line’s newest offering: cruises to the Red Sea and Persian Gulf – a first for the luxury cruise line. “With impressive UNESCO sights, beautiful beaches and wildlife, top-rated golf courses, amazing snorkeling and diving, …

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Cruise Through Portugal’s Port Wine Country ~ on Riviera River Cruises ‘Douro Elegance’

… by CruiseCompete CEO Bob Levinstein … A week lazily cruising through Douro River is a relaxing experience.  Beautiful views, good food and wine, and excellent, welcoming service are the main pillars of the trip.  A greater understanding and appreciation for the country of Portugal, its people, history and several key industries was perhaps the best souvenir of the trip. Arrival. Porto airport is fairly small, though the walk from the gate to customs seemed to take …

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Swan Hellenic Unveils 2023 Season Of Cultural Expedition Cruises Across 7 Continents, With All 3 New Ships in Its Purpose-Designed Fleet Exploring Worldwide

As the iconic company’s second ship, SH Vega, sails on its inaugural arctic cruise, the cultural expedition cruise pioneer reveals it’s set to return to its roots with SH Diana, its third and largest vessel, exploring sites of antiquity across the Mediterranean from 2023 COURTESY Swan Hellenic: Nicosia, Cyprus: 2022, Swan Hellenic released full details of its 2022-2023 cultural expedition cruises, offering an extraordinary choice worldwide as its fleet grows to two and then three purpose-built, ultramodern ice-class …

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Explora Journeys Introduces Its Complete Culinary and Beverage Offerings Aboard EXPLORA I

When Gianluigi Aponte met Rafaela Diamant Pinas, an empire began. For those of us who love a great romance, you can’t do much better than this. Ship Captain Gianluigi Aponte met a passenger aboard one of his sailings. Her name was Rafaela Diamant Pinas. Just another shipboard romance?  Hardly! The Neapolitan sailor and his Swiss bride went on to create the largest privately owned cruise ship company in the world. MSC Cruises consists of 16 cruise ships …

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Riviera River Cruises Review ~MS Jane Austen~ The Seine, Paris and Normandy

Paris called to me with its iconic sights, outstanding museums, fantastic architecture, and fine French food and wine. No wonder it is one of Europe’s main draws. When I read the Riviera River Cruises itinerary that starts and ends in Paris, with stops in Normandy, I knew it was for me. I’d visit wondrous destinations in Normandy I’d longed to see:  the Rouen Cathedral, Bayeux Tapestry, and the D-Day landing sites. Plus, I’d get to revisit Monet’s …

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