Cruising with HAL: What’s new on the Zuiderdam

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ABOARD THE ZUIDERDAM A Caribbean voyage to the Panama Canal aboard the MS Zuiderdam is an opportunity to take a look at one of Holland America Line’s freshest refurbishings and renovations of one of their popular mid-size ships. While the Zuiderdam is a Vista class ship carrying up to 1,900 passengers and a crew of 900, it is similar in many respects to the 2,137 passenger Signature class MS Eurodam which I wrote about previously ( www.AllThingsCruise.com/ …

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O, The Oprah Magazine Adventure of Your Life Cruise aboard HAL: Get your fashion-trendy on with Adam Glassman

by Kathy Witt Special to AllThingsCruise I don’t know about you, but I feel my clothes closet constantly mocks me. While the available real estate is stuffed with tops, bottoms, shoes and accessories, there’s never anything to wear; more specifically, there’s never seems to be anything I can pull together to wear for specific occasions, including traveling. So when O, The Oprah Magazine creative director and style guru Adam Glassman took the stage for a “Love That!” …

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O, The Oprah Magazine Adventure of Your Life Cruise aboard HAL: ‘Let’s Eat’ and not gain weight

by Kathy Witt Special to AllThingsCruise Whenever two or more women get together over dinner, the subject of weight inevitably rears its ugly head. This was the case during dinner in the Canaletto restaurant on our first evening aboard Eurodam, traveling from Seattle to Juneau. I had just shared a frightful factoid gleaned from that day’s invitation to come to the Greenhouse Spa & Salon for a chance to win one of $500 worth of giveaways: The …

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Oprah celebrates a year of adventure on Holland America’s Eurodam

By Kathy Witt Special to AllThingsCruise I consider myself a well-meaning “fashion don’t” so I’m feeling pretty intimidated about boarding  Holland America’s Eurodam on July15 to travel with high profile fashionista Oprah Winfrey, along with O, The Oprah Magazine editor-at-large Gayle King, editor-in-chief Lucy Kaylin and style guru and creative director Adam Glassman. The cruise, roundtrip from Seattle to Juneau, Glacier Bay, Sitka, Ketchikan in Alaska and Victoria, British Columbia, is the first of five such cruises …

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Carnival Cruise Line prepares for Carnival Paradise to sail to Cuba June 29

By GERRY BARKER June 29. That’s a date that Terry Thornton, Carnival Cruise Line’s Senior VP of Fleet Deployment, has had circled on his calendar for a long time. That’s the day Carnival Paradise departs Tampa for Havana, Cuba, the first of 12 scheduled departures to the Caribbean destination that’s been off-limits to Americans for half a century. “It’s been a long process,” said Thornton, “a learning experience for both the Cuban government and Carnival. Good things …

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New craft beer debuts on Carnival Vista

ABOARD CARNIVAL VISTA IN MIAMI _ What better way to celebrate American Craft Beer Week than — what else? — brew a new craft beer. To mark the occasion, brewmaster Colin Presby, who oversees the RedFrog Pub and Brewery on Carnival Vista (the first brewery on a North American cruise ship) created  Miami Guava Wheat. Presby was inspired to create the tropically-flavored beer by Miami’s popular pink guava pastries. Media and invited guests got to sample Presby’s …

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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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