Carnival Cruise Lines’ new state of the art rehearsal complex: Carnival Studios

By GERRY BARKER May 17, 2017 Lights – camera – action! With the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood premiere, Carnival Cruise Lines unveiled its state-of-the-art rehearsal complex, Carnival Studios, today in Davie, Florida. Three years in the making, and billed by Carnival as “the only facility of its kind in the cruise industry,” Carnival Studios occupies 44,500 square feet and features 13 full-scale rehearsal rooms, eight music studios, 4 studios that replicate the stage spacing on …

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Peeking behind the former Iron Curtain – River cruise opens doors in Eastern Europe

By Katherine Rodeghier  Ten of us sat around a kitchen table in a tidy home in eastern Croatia. Over cake and coffee, our hostess answered questions about life in villages still reeling from the effects of a war that ended on paper more than two decades ago. Fields still laced with land mines. Rampant unemployment. Young people fleeing to bigger cities to find a better life. Suzi Petrijevcanin wasn’t complaining, just telling it like it is to …

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Destination Unknown: A Maine Windjammer Adventure

By Dale Leatherman Special to AllThingsCruise When’s the last time you didn’t know where you were going? Not “lost,” which can be fun but seldom happens anymore because of spoilers such as cell phones and GPS gadgets. I mean embarking on a journey with no set itinerary. That happens every day on windjammer cruises in Maine. Old-fashioned sailing vessels are at the whim of wind and tide, and ship captains engage in an affable dance with nature …

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Tour of the newly refurbished Azamara Quest

PORT OF MIAMI –Gleaming, shiny and newly refurbished, Azamara Quest is docked here at Terminal B, preparing to depart for the West Indies and ready for her close-up. A group of travel agents and invited media are here early to view what’s new and improved. Quest, along with her sister ship, Journey, both received makeovers earflier this year. Together, the two ships comprise Azamara Club Cruises, since 2007 the “up-market” brand of parent company, Royal Caribbean. As …

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Cruise Adventures Along the Coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Special to AllThingsCruise.com By John and Sandra Nowlan. Even the naturalists were astonished. Directly in front of the ship, at least 50 humpback whales were thrashing in the water and blowing salt spray as they herded, chased and consumed schools of capelin close to shore off the north-east coast of Newfoundland. Acadia University biologist Mark Mallory said it was the biggest concentration of whales he’d ever seen and agreed with the cruise leader that it was a …

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Royal Caribbean’s new Harmony of the Seas is as beautiful as she is big

By Gerry Barker Special to AllThingsCruise ABOARD HARMONY OF THE SEAS– Let’s establish one thing right up front: Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas really is the world’s largest cruise ship. That was verified by Captain Gus Andersson, who told a group of assembled media Harmony is “30 centimeters longer” than her sister ships, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, and “a little bit wider.” Besides bragging rights, it’s just that much more room …

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Cruising the Arctic- The Northwest Passage and Greenland.

Special to AllThingsCruise By John and Sandra Nowlan ABOARD OCEAN ENDEAVOUR-We spotted polar bears on Day 3. Not just one or two but about a dozen of the magnificent, snow white beasts meandering solo along the edge of the treeless tundra. We were far north of the Arctic Circle on a two week Adventure Canada expedition cruise along the fabled route of the Northwest Passage. Our 160 fellow passengers on the ice strengthened Ocean Endeavour were mostly …

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Innovation and technology shine on Royal Caribbean’s newest ship

By Kay Showker Royal Caribbean Line’s newest ship, Anthem of the Seas is the most innovative cruise ship to launch this year and the most technologically advanced one on the high seas. Built to appeal to tech-savvy passengers with never-before-seen features and to millennials with a great variety of options and the fastest Internet at sea, Anthem of the Seas is truly a cruise ship for the 21st century like no other. An almost identical twin of …

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Artsy Oslo-Art and architecture shine along the fjord in Norway’s capital

By Katherine Rodeghier It’s a cow all right. White with black spots, a calf sliced open head to tail, preserved with Formaldehyde and suspended in a clear case, its innards revealed for all to see. Animal lovers might freak, but this passes for art in an edgy museum in the toniest neighborhood of Oslo. Shocking, perhaps, but not nearly as OMG as Damien Hirst’s other installation nearby. “Adam and Eve Exposed” depicts a man and woman on …

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Prague, Europe’s free and easy capital

By Katherine Rodeghier You gotta love a city where beer is cheaper than water. Sitting at an outdoor café on one of Prague’s most popular public squares, my husband and I expected to pay top dollar for our lunch. As we waited for our room to be ready on our first day, we lolled around under the café’s bright umbrella, picture taking and people watching as a constant stream of humanity passed our table. An hour came …

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