Costa offers an unusual 11-day itinerary on the Mediterranea

ABOARD THE COSTA MEDITERRANEA –– When you learn Costa Mediterranea’s boat drill is at 10:15 p.m., you know it is an unusual cruise. Boat drills usually take place around 4 or 5 p.m. The itinerary and length of these cruises are also unusual. The unusual itinerary goes from Nassau in the Bahamas to Samana in the Dominican Republic, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, St. John’s in the U.S.V.I., Antigua, Guadeloupe, St. Maarten (the Dutch side) and …

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Lovely wedding at sea aboard the new Regal Princess

ABOARD THE REGAL PRINCESS — Has anyone ever said a wedding was awful? No. Weddings, like babies and newborn kittens, are all pretty wonderful to watch, those marvelous magic moments we remember for years. When fellow travel writers – Fran Golden and David Molyneaux (who is a writer for this website) — were wed on the last day of an inaugural cruise aboard the lovely Regal Princess it was truly a magic moment. Imagine the ship’s elegant …

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Aboard the new Regal Princess

ABOARD THE REGAL PRINCESS –– Princess Cruises has struck gold with Regal Princess. The cruise line is getting ready to celebrate 50 years, (golden anniversary, don’t you know). The ship left Pt. Everglades full for a four-day cruise to the Bahamas yesterday afternoon. Decorative touches of the color gold bring home the point in an astonishingly beautiful way throughout the spacious ship. It is another beautiful day in Paradise, with the vessel anchored off the coast of …

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Q&A of the Love Boat stars, godparents of the great new Regal Princess

ABOARD THE REGAL PRINCESS — So here we are in Princess Live on Deck 7 aboard the lovely Regal Princess. The media onboard have gathered for a Q&A of the Love Boat stars, godparents of this great new ship: Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Fred Grandy, Ted Lange, Lauren Tewes and Jill Whelan. Whelan, who played MacLeod’s daughter, served as mistress of ceremonies at last night’s Naming Ceremony interviewing guest stars who appeared in the 1970s series. Those …

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In Florida for the naming of the new Regal Princess

Today’s the day when the 1970s take over a 21st century vessel as “Love Boat” cast members Captain Stubing, Chief Purser Gopher, Bartender Isaac, Doc, Cruise Director Julie and the Captain’s daughter Vicki name this beautiful new ship, Regal Princess, here in Port Everglades on a brilliant, sunny, typical Florida day. I sailed on the old Regal Princess back in the late 1990s, so there’s a lot of deja vu going around. The “Love Boat” crew, who …

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L’Impressioniste: Final impressions

I am back at home in South Florida, three tubs of laundry done and still enjoying memories of France. We were brought back to Paris on Saturday. More Impressions Sunday morning in Paris we trekked from our hotel room near the Opera to Musee D’Orsay on the other side of the river. The museum was formerly a train station and housed the largest number of people rescued from concentration camps after World War II. Each of the six …

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L’Impressioniste: Cruise through Burgundy coming to an end

ABOARD THE L’IMPRESSIONISTE — Today is July 4, a holiday at home celebrating our national independence — a feat accomplished with the help of the French. And tomorrow, our six- day journey through France’s lush Burgundy canals comes to an end. Sad, but true, tomorrow we will leave L’Impressioniste and return to Paris. So our barge trip is almost over. I loved it: The pace, the outstanding food and wine and the amazing countryside with fey little …

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L’Impressioniste: The Gallo-Roman town of Dijon is a delight

ABOARD THE L’IMPRESSIONISTE — Signals come, signals go. Even though we have no Internet service for long periods of time, the area remains breathtakingly beautiful as well as perfect, weather-wise. The rain is behind us and yesterday, as we toured the city of Dijon, our band of seven were hard pressed to find a more idyllic vacation day. Dijon is a city that I was planning to visit years ago when my husband and I stayed in …

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L’Impressioniste: Off to Dijon

ABOARD THE L’IMPRESSIONISTE — Today we are off to Dijon. Yesterday was our first full day. We heard the engines for the first time at 9 a.m. and headed onto the canal. Some guests rode bikes along the towpaths, others walked leisurely, one man rode a bike then stopped and sketched the surrounding (and lovely, one might even say “beautiful”) Burgundy countryside. After a delightful lunch of the regional favorite, beef bourgninon, the best ever, we piled …

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Arriving in Paris to board L’Impressioniste

On the train, Euro Star, enroute to Paris. Oops. No connection. Now it is the end of the day and I am all settled into my room aboard L’Impressioniste, a marvelous 12-passenger barge. I took Euro Star from London early this morning, taxied to the hotel meeting place and met a contingent of seven other passengers with whom we traveled to the barge. A traveling friend, Lois Gerber, met me and together we boarded the barge. The …

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