Carnival is now touting features of the Carnival Magic, both at its own site and through social media

For almost a year before its introduction, NCL touted the features of its new Norwegian Epic. Before that, Royal Caribbean Lines made almost as big a fuss about its new megaship, the Oasis of the Seas. So now it is Carnival’s turn. Here is what they are telling us about their new ship, the Carnival Magic. First, it launched an interactive online home for Carnival Magic (www.carnivalmagic.com) that showcases the ship’s standout features through a full-screen virtual …

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Miami Children’s Museum adds an updated exhibit on cruising, sponsored by Carnival

This past week, Chet and I visited our young grandchildren in Portland, Ore. One of the fun things that we did was to take our 2-1/2- year-old grandson Seely to the Children’s Museum for a couple of hours of quality playtime. It was wonderful to have such a great place to take him to to burn off some of that toddler energy. So I was pleased to hear about this cruising exhibit opening at the Miami Children’s …

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Film critic Leonard Maltin will sail on the Coral Princess and present his favorite films of 2010

Renowned Film Critic Leonard Maltin will be sailing aboard Coral Princess’ December 15 holiday sailing, and will be presenting his favorite films of 2010 throughout the cruise especially for Princess Cruises passengers. During this 15-day Panama Canal cruise, movie buffs will be able to view the four films Maltin has dubbed “Leonard’s Unsung Favorites of 2010,” which he will personally introduce to the audience. Maltin will also lead a discussion of some of the films, will challenge …

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Oceania offers great new itineraries for Alaska

To celebrate its inaugural Alaska season, Oceania Cruises has announced Double Bonus Savings on 10 new voyages for summer 2011. The limited-time promotion offers per stateroom savings of $1,000 off cruise fares plus a $1,000 shipboard credit on top of two-for-one prices and free airfare. In addition, third and fourth guests in a stateroom may travel for only $999 per person, cruise-only. Depending on the cruise, scenic highlights encompass Hubbard Glacier, the Gulf of Alaska, Tracy Arm …

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CruiseWest Closes Its Doors

Sad news for loyal customers of small ship cruise line Cruise West: the line officially closed its operations this past weekend, on September 18, 2010. The line, which had operated for nearly 64 years, had aggressively pursued financing options over the last year to maintain operations, but was unable to procure the necessary funds.  CruiseWest’s CEO and Managing Director Dick West is “…heartbroken that this family legacy has come to an end.” With the exception of the …

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New Seabourn Quest will be delivered a bit early, so two pre-inaugural cruises are being offered

What happens when a ship is going to be ready in advance of its delivery date? Well, Seabourn decided to add a couple of extra “pre-inaugural” cruises and amp up the benefits for those already signed up for the formal “maiden voyage.” Here are the details: Construction of The Yachts of Seabourn’s third new ultra-luxury yacht, Seabourn Quest, is progressing well, and the company expects to take delivery of the vessel several weeks earlier than anticipated in …

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Island Windjammers takes over the tradition of small ship sailing cruises

For those of us who cover the business of cruising, the landscape constantly changes. Expecially if you pay attention to the small ships market. For years, I have specialized in writing about small ship cruising but it is always a challenge to keep up. For example, earlier this year a well-regarded small ship line in America, American Canadian Caribbean Line (ACCL) abruptly changed its name to Blount Small Ship Adventures. Now, I know they were paying homage …

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Celebrity announces fourth cruise featuring soap opera stars, Jan. 27-31

Fantasy becomes reality for soap fans during the Soap Cruise Fourth Voyage. Celebrity Events Group is pleased to announce the all-star celebrity line-up and who’s who of daytime television who will be vacationing at sea with their fans aboard the luxurious Celebrity Century from Jan 27-31. Fifteen of daytime’s adored soap stars will be participating in this unforgettable event. ABC stars cruising from General Hospital are Brandon Barash “Johnny,” and Bradford Anderson “Spinelli.” All My Children stars …

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Uniworld offers savings on its holiday river cruises if you book by Aug. 31

For those seeking an old fashioned holiday atmosphere, Uniworld’s 2010 Europe Holiday Boutique River Cruises are a great option. Plus, by paying in full by August 31, 2010, with Uniworld’s “Double Early Booking Savings,” couples can enjoy a savings of $600 and solo travelers can save $300. Imagine storybook villages and majestic cities adorned with thousands of twinkling lights and stars, grand Christmas trees decorated from top to bottom, melodious carolers and choirs with sweet sounding voices, …

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MSC offers special family rates for its holiday cruises on the MSC Poesia

The entire family can enjoy the Caribbean during the holidays on 7-night cruises onboard MSC Poesia and save with MSC Cruises’ Family Plan offer for four guests on an affordable family vacation through December 31, 2010. Guests who book a balcony stateroom during the Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve Caribbean cruises can save up to 50 percent off a connecting balcony stateroom for an affordable family vacation. This special Family Plan offer applies for adjoining Category …

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