A very interesting offer for those of you who love Seabourn

– The Yachts of Seabourn is offering complimentary round trip business and economy airfare from 27 North American gateways to 52 European voyages in the summer of 2010. The featured cruises are aboard four of its intimate, all-suite yachts – Seabourn Spirit, Seabourn Legend, Seabourn Odyssey and the new Seabourn Sojourn, slated to debut in June 2010. To qualify, bookings must be made between January 4 and February 28, 2010.  I would  suggest checking with CruiseCompete to …

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Two prescriptions from my Doctor who is a frequent traveler and cruiser.

My doctor, who is a favorite friend as well, recommends the “New” Global entry program, to expedite getting thru customs and immigration – this costs around $100, but well worth it. Rx  1. Global Entry is a pilot program managed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection which allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers expedited clearance upon arrival into the United States. Although this program is intended for “frequent travelers” who make several international trips per year, there is no …

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Rx 2 -Oceania Cruises

He is a devout cruiser, however, his devotion lies solely with Oceania…and he is just one of many I’ve spoken with who sings their praises.  It seems that many cruisers are instant converts; once they cruise on Oceania, they never want to cruise on another line. So why the unwavering loyalty to this particular cruise line?  The staff and the warm hospitality cruisers receive is absolutely outstanding on each and every cruise. Oceania’s lovely staterooms and suites …

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Oceania commissions Lalique crystal to design the grand stairway for its new ship, the Marina

Oceania Cruises has commissioned Lalique, the fabled French artists of jewelry and crystal to design a grand stairway for the reception area of its new Marina, currently under construction in Italy. The stunning Lalique Grand Staircase will feature double curved staircases and balcony with balustrades of crystal medallions and scrolled iron. Six crystal pillars rising from the landing adorn the two-story, glass elevator surround. A brass banister is complemented by a mahogany handrail. At the base – …

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Thinking of taking a cruise with a very young child or baby?

Taking your own nanny is one way to go, which my husband and I always seemed to do.  There were positives, and also some negatives.  We did not get to have just pure family time and I wanted my children all to myself since the rest of the year I was busy working and could not give my full and undivided attention to them. So……I think using the lines child care options is an alternative which may …

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12 Cruising Myths Debunked

Are you thinking about taking a cruise vacation to get away from all the snow, but you’re just not sure if it will be the right vacation for you and your family? With new ships and record occupancy rates, cruise travel is more popular than ever. Not surprisingly, cruises have become the fastest-growing segment of the travel market during the past five years. This can make it difficult for you to find the right ship at the …

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For those of us who love Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Dress Code Onboard Has Changed

Regent Seven Seas Cruises– one of my favorites- has adopted a new dress code policy.  Please read on to find out about the revisions and what to expect onboard: As a result of guest feedback convincingly in favor of a less formal policy, Regent Seven Seas Cruises has established a revised dress code. Effective with the 2009/2010 New Year’s cruises, guests are respectfully requested to adhere to the following guidelines:   Daytime Dress Code (until 6 p.m.) …

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London Diaries

A recent trip on the QM2 provided relaxation, shopping, and a view to a bygone era.  Click in to read my diaries from this trip! Day One: Wednesday- A Stroll In Olde Londontowne Day Two: Thursday- Entering a Bygone Era Day Three: Friday- Dining in a Bygone Era Day Four: Saturday- Total Relaxation Day Five: Sunday- World Class Shopping at Sea Day Six:  Monday- Back to School on the QM2 Day Seven: Tuesday- Entertainment Day Eight: Wednesday- …

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Noteworthy cruise news you may be interested in knowing about………

Disney Cruises continues to accelerate the number of stops to its ever-popular private island, Castaway Cay.  Disney began offering two stops there on its four-day cruises in 2008; beginning summer 2010 Disney cruises will also stop there twice on its five-day cruises.  In addition, Castaway Cay is receiving extensive enhancements to accommodate the doubling in size of the Disney Cruise Lines fleet. Disney’s efforts follow a trend of cruise lines increasing their investment in their private-island destinations …

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What to Wear on a Cruise

By Heidi Allison-Shane Packing light for a cruise vacation has always been a challenge. And considering most cruise lines now offer a greater mix of formal, informal and casual evenings at sea, it has become that much harder to choose the right clothes for a voyage. What exactly does “resort casual” mean? How formal is “formal” dress? Does one really have to bring an evening gown or tuxedo on a cruise? Is there anyplace on board where …

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