Unveiling Tahiti’s Allure With Variety Cruises, Aboard Panorama II

Guest post, credit Nicholas Kontis for story and photos  When travelers conjure images of French Polynesia, not surprisingly, the first island to come to mind is not Tahiti but the supermodel island of Bora Bora, with its luxurious hotels like the Four Seasons Bora Bora, complete with expensive, over-the-water bungalows and unblemished panoramic views of omnipresent Mount Otemanu.  I was excited to join a seven-night sailing through the Society Islands with Variety Cruises, a Greek small-ship cruise …

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Royal Caribbean Introduces Icon of the Seas

COURTESY Royal Caribbean – Introducing the new Icon of the Seas — a first-of-its-kind Royal Caribbean® adventure. Push the limits of your imagination with the all new AquaDome — with awe-inspiring screens, robotics, and a dynamic water fall. Catch Olympic-sized feats on ice during downtime at Absolute Zero, the largest ice-skating arena in our fleet. Your night is just beginning at the reimagined Royal Promenade, where every night is a bar crawl, and the music is always …

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Will My Cruise Offer Cabin Room Service? Top 7 Reasons To Know What Is Offered

Cruise Travelers Rate Cabin Room Service High on Their “Menu” of Cruise Ship Amenities Here’s a quick rundown of what to know and expect and the Top 7 reasons we know it is a desirable option on a cruise. Of course, details depend on cruise line and cruise ships, as well as sometimes the cabin category, such as suites. There is nothing that feels more indulgent than having your cabin steward awaken you with the aroma of …

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Disney Wish Arrives in Florida

Photos by Darrell Scattergood Following weeks of anticipation, Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Wish, has finally made its debut in Port Canaveral, Florida. With Florida’s Patrick Space Force Base in the background, the ship was greeted by Disney characters at a private ceremony shortly before sunrise on Monday. Approximately two dozen local residents watched from the pier of Jetty Park nearby. Several leatherback sea turtles and dolphins were seen frolicking in the cove as the …

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Ocean Cruise or Riverboat What’s Your Travel Style?

Photo courtesy of Viking Cruise Line

  Here is a story courtesy of our guest writer, Georgina Roake who traveled on Viking Cruise Line touring the Danube River.  -Heidi The stars are in line, the money’s in the bank and its finally time to go on that cruise you’ve always dreamed of. Imagine exotic lands, beautiful scenery, fantastic food and entertainment – it’s not hard to see why cruising is one of the most popular forms of travel. But before you book your …

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Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam has much to offer

By Robert N. Jenkins Art There’s no way to be certain which artworks in the brand-new cruise ship Nieuw Statendam will draw the most attention: Will it be the clear plexiglass, 5-foot-tall statue of David, a copy of Michelangelo’s masterwork, except this one is holding a cellphone in his lowered arm? Or is it the collection of everyday objects — a camera, eyeglasses, high heels, scissors — that are covered in bright cloth that is heavily embroidered? …

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Korean-Style Lamb Chops compliments of Viking River & Ocean Cruises & AllThingsCruise

  This fiery dish is a satisfying, intense entrée and tastes great paired with rustic mashed potatoes, flash-fried asparagus or long beans. If you prefer a little more heat, try Korean chili paste in place of the chili garlic sauce. Either way, this dish is a true delight. Ingredients 1/3 C (89 ml) soy sauce 1 T (15 ml) sesame oil 1 tsp (5 ml) rice vinegar 1½ T (18 g) sugar ¼ C (48 g) sugar …

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A Visit to Magical Morella, Spain

Story and Photos by Richard Joseph

I recently got this travel diary from my friend, Richard Joseph, who took a trip to a historic area- Morella, Spain. What adventures did he discover on this trip of a lifetime? Read on for his impressions of this lovely area. – Heidi. There is a beautiful hill in Spain where every six years something that seems almost magical happens. That town is called Morella, you should be able to find it on a good map somewhere …

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Thanksgiving Bahamian cruise aboard Carnival Fantasy from Charleston, SC

I am a planner. There is not a trip I have been on in my adult life, especially once I became a parent, that I have not planned far in advance with detailed lists of activities and hotels and restaurants-I love a good spreadsheet. So in October when I saw a fantastic deal on a Thanksgiving cruise leaving in about a month from a port that is an easy one day drive from my house, I had …

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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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