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Thank you to AMA Waterways for contributing this lovely cruise to one of our lucky readers. In Southeast Asia, AmaWaterways’ spectacular “Vietnam, Cambodia and the Riches of the Mekong” itinerary features a 7-night Mekong River cruise on the beautiful new MS La Marguerite.  The new 124-passenger MS AmaLotus will join La Marguerite in offering Mekong River cruises in the fall of 2011.  AmaWaterways also offers a Provencal sojourn on the romantic Rhone River in France aboard the …

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CruiseWest Restructures, Sells Spirit of Oceanus

I just learned that Cruise West has suspended all bookings and voided all current bookings on their ship Spirit of Oceanus from today.  The company is restructuring its operations, and the first step is the sale of  the Spirit of Oceanus.  CruiseWest is also reporting that other company assets may be sold in the midst of this restructuring effort. Ticketed passengers for this Saturday need not worry, however.  The company confirms that all CruiseWest departures are operating …

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Summer Cruises for Families with tween or teenage children

Parents taking a cruise with tween or teenage children know these kids enjoy their space as much at sea as they do at home. The cruise lines have long recognized this and now offer more special hangouts and activities exclusively for them than ever before. Combine this space with plenty of activities for the whole family and it is easy to see why cruises make for memorable family vacations, no matter what one’s age. Special pricing for …

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Sceptre Tours offers a special France package featuring river cruising

For those wanting to experience France in a  luxurious yet affordable manner, Sceptre Tours is offering a Burgundy & Provence/Paris to Nice river cruise and land package that is an elegant and leisurely way to experience the country from about $300 per day including most meals and sightseeing. Travelers will see France at its scenic best on this charming getaway. Guided sightseeing acquaints participants with vibrant Paris and jet-set Nice, the “Queen of the Riviera.” And then …

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NCL announces Legends in Concert aboard the Epic: Madonna, Elvis and Tina Turner

Get ready for some rock and roll! Norwegian Cruise Line announced that the first three “legends” to perform as part of the Legends in Concert show on Norwegian Epic will be three of the world’s best-known entertainers – Madonna, Elvis and Tina Turner. A staple on the Las Vegas’ center strip for over 25 years, Legends in Concert is known as the pioneer of live tribute shows and has assembled the greatest collection of live tribute artists …

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French Country Waterways gives anniversary discounts every fifth celebration

Quinquennial wedding anniversaries are those that take place every fifth year — and French Country Waterways is continuing its tradition of celebrating those milestones with savings that match the anniversary. So, if this is the year of the 5th, 10th, 15th, all the way up to the big Golden (50th) Anniversary, then the celebrating couple can save the same amount (5%, 10%, 15%…50%) off the price of the seven-day luxury sailings. A festive dinner will mark the …

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Man arrested in the killing of cruise passenger Nina Nilssen

Police in Antigua have arrested a 24-year-old fisherman man as a suspect in the Jan. 19 killing of a cruise ship passenger visiting the island. The woman, Nina Elisabeth Nilssen of San Francisco, was sailing aboard the Royal Clipper as part of her sister’s wedding party. Her murder was first reported in this blog as I was on the same cruise. The Associated Press quotes police as saying Tishara Daniel, a native of Dominica who has been …

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Princess offers special deals for this summer’s sailings

Princess Cruises is ringing in the new year with two ways for passengers to save on this summer’s vacation during the annual “Wave Season” booking period through February 28. Travelers can choose to enjoy their own private balcony for the cost of an oceanview stateroom with the “Balcony Bonanza” promotion, and those planning travel to Alaska can save up to 25 percent on a land and sea cruisetour with the “Denali on Sale” event. “The beginning of …

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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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Cunard’s Queen Victoria will call in San Francisco on Jan. 27 as part of her world cruise

Cunard Line’s youngest ship, Queen Victoria, will be making her maiden call to San Francisco on  January 27, marking her only U.S. inaugural call in the next year. Queen Victoria will stop in the City by the Bay as part of the first segment of her 2010 World Voyage, before continuing across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii.

“We were elated by the welcome our flagship Queen Mary 2 received from San Franciscans in 2007, and have been eagerly anticipating Queen Victoria’s arrival to this illustrious city since the ship entered service,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “We look forward to a warm welcome during this historic port of call.”

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