Tagged With "Cruise"

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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 9: Norway's Fjords

PHeymont ·
Cruise ship is dwarfed by steep mountains as it enters Norway’s Naeroyfjord, an arm of the Sognefjord in the rugged coastal mountains north of Bergen. A network of these deep waterways connects scattered areas of small towns and farms on...
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Venice to reduce cruise ship traffic

DrFumblefinger ·
Because it is believed the ships are threatening the sinking city, the Italian Government will reduce by 20% the number of cruise ships allowed into the lagoon starting in January.   Here's that link if you're interested in reading...
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Abu Dhabi Guide for Visitors: Carry ID--and no kissing!

PHeymont ·
Police in Abu Dhabi have issued a flyer in a dozen language, aimed mainly at cruise visitors, with suggestions about proper behavior, including no drugs, respectful clothing, carry ID at all times...and no kissing in public. MORE
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* Cruise Myanmar In Style *

Travel Rob ·
Beautiful Myanmar is  generating a lot of interest as a travel destination.  In 2014, a luxury  Cruise Ship will sail her mysterious waters.             ...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 15, 2014: Deck Chairs Aboard QM2

IslandMan ·
  empty deck chairs on the QM2   When we think about cruising the seas aboard a luxury liner, we conjure up images of stately cabins, five star dining, deck quoits, sitting by the pool, dancing till dawn and exotic ports of call. Well, I...
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"Cruise Night", Thunder Bay, Ontario: The 1930's

Ottoman ·
    In the first part of this series, which you can read here , I wrote about the beautiful cars I saw on "Cruise Night" in my hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario.  Today I continue my blogs dedicated to the beautiful automobiles  I...
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"Cruise Night", Thunder Bay, Ontario: The 1940's and 1950's

Ottoman ·
    In the first two parts of this series, I have discussed cars from the 1920's and the 1930's .   Today I continue my blogs dedicated to the beautiful automobiles  I admired on "Cruise Night", sorting the blogs by automobiles...
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Viking's Got Something Going: More New Ships

PHeymont ·
Viking, the company best known for its river cruises, announced a year ago it was going into the higher-end smaller-ship segment of the ocean cruise industry, and it must have found a sweet spot, because it's already sold 70% of the spots for 2015 on...
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Cruise Critic's New Tool Spots Price Drops

PHeymont ·
Cruise Critic, recently acquired by TripAdvisor, has added a new feature (developed by another company recently acquired by TripAdvisor). The tool, called PriceDrop, helps cruise shoppers find not the advertised prices, but the prices paid by others...
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Cruising down the Nile (part 1)

Mac ·
  Poor Egypt gets some bad press at the moment and in the process their tourist numbers have fallen dramatically and that is understandable, however, in cities like Luxor tourism provides employment in one way or another for some 85% of the...
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Cruising down the Nile (part 4)

Mac ·
And so we arrive in Aswan, the furthest navigable point before the High Dam. From here some courageous souls can continue to the beautiful temple at Abu Simbel which was relocated with fantastic precision prior to the construction of the High Dam. The...
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"Cruise Night", Thunder Bay, Ontario: The 1920's

Ottoman ·
    Living in the Great White North, one eagerly looks forward to the spring (especially after this last harsh winter that we had).  Ahhhh, spring, when snow melts, songbirds return, grass turns green, flowers bloom, and best of...
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Venice's ban on huge cruise ships suspended

PHeymont ·
The ban on huge cruise ships in the Venetian lagoon, ordered by the Italian government in January has been suspended by a regional court in the Veneto—Venice's region—on grounds that there aren't any reasonable alternatives. The ban was...
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Disney's dip into river cruising expands

PHeymont ·
It must feel like going back to the roots for the Disney organization, since Mickey Mouse's first starring role was as Steamboat Willie, a riverboat captain. Just a few weeks ago, Disney announced its first venture into river cruising (Gumbo news ,...
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Volendam and Edam, the Netherlands: A Historic Riverfront Adventure

Marilyn Jones ·
AmaWaterways river cruise ship AmaCerto leaves Amsterdam heading for Volendam and Edam. Gliding north along the Markermeer and Ijsselmeer rivers, the ship arrives just after lunch for a tour of the towns now united under one municipality.  ...
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Disney Cruises return to NYC, Galveston

PHeymont ·
Disney's cruise line division made a little magic onboard Disney Magic this week, with a glitzy announcement of a series of cruises starting October 2016 from New York, and from Galveston. Complete with Minnie Mouse dressed as the Statue of Liberty...
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New gonzo cruise ship even has sky-diving!

PHeymont ·
In the race to think up more features to add to cruise ships, Royal Caribbean is looking up...with a top-deck skydiving simulator on its newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, which has just started operating out of the New York area. Would you believe...
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Cruising through the holidays

Marilyn Jones ·
    Every year thousands of passengers find out warm tropical breezes and Christmas festivities mix well aboard a Princess Cruise Line ship.  “We install more than 347 Christmas trees fleet wide. Each vessel has a showcase tree in...
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More security for Europe's river cruises

PHeymont ·
In light of recent events, security is being tightened along the routes of Europe's river cruise ships.
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Cruising on the Norwegian Sun

Jonathan L ·
Taking a 3 week trip on the Norwegian Sun, Jonathan L got to really experience cruise life. Here is his review.
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The Empire Strikes Back: Carnival's new super-ship

PHeymont ·
Carnival may be the biggest operator in the cruise world (Carnival, Holland-America, Cunard, Costa and more) but it's had an image problem in the past few years, and rival Princess and Norwegian have been giving them a real run.   Now Carnival's...
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Bosphorus Cruises in February (Turkey)

PHeymont ·
I'm preparing for a mid-February week in Istanbul, and would like to include a Bosphorus cruise, specifically one of the more-or-less all-day ones that goes up to the Black Sea, has a lunch break at a small port on the Black Sea, and then returns....
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Concordia Sinking: Captain's trial raises question of company's responsibility

PHeymont ·
When the Costa Concordia sank off the coast of Tuscany three years ago last month, blame quickly fell on the ship's captain who was accused of causing the disaster by recklessness and compounding it by abandoning the ship while others waited for...
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Erika Update: Storm causes cruise changes and cancellations

PHeymont ·
Tropical Storm Erika has been downgraded, but her effect on the Caribbean cruise industry continues, bringing changes to cruise itineraries, and cancelling some port calls, although some cruises are now slated to resume their original plans.  ...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sep 1, 2015: Champagne Bar, QM2

IslandMan ·
    Cruising the open seas is always a memorable experience and one of my particular favourite journeys was on the Queen Mary 2 from Southampton to New York. The good thing about cruising is you can pass the time as you please and there are...
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Mobile, Alabama's Mayor Says Deal Close in Bringing Back Carnival Cruise Lines

Travel Rob ·
Mobile's Mayor, Sandy Stimpson, announced the city is in the final stages in bringing Carnival Cruise Lines back to Mobile. The Mayor says all particulars will be revealed by the end of the month when the contract is finalized and then it will be up...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 29, 2015: The Beauty of Alaska’s Tracy Arm Fjord

Marilyn Jones ·
    A fjord is a long, narrow inlet created by glacial erosion. Fjords can be found all over the world, but in Alaska they are especially beautiful.     Tracy Arm Fjord — named for Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Franklin...
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'Security concerns:' Celebrity Cruises drops Istanbul overnights

PHeymont ·
  Cruise ship in port at Golden Horn in Istanbul   Celebrity Cruises has dropped overnight stays at Istanbul for the rest of the cruise season, affecting eight cruises. The line had already skipped overnights twice in recent weeks, citing...
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'Fee Creep' continues in cruise industry

PHeymont ·
Norwegian Escape (above) arrives with new dining charges                   Photo: Arno Redenius / Wikimedia   Perhaps taking a cue from the airlines, a number of cruise lines have recently added...
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Cuba: More cruises, Havana homeport

PHeymont ·
Lirica-class ship of MSC split for its upgrade Cuba's presence in the cruise market is growing, with Carnival's Fathom brand starting up cultural-exchange cruises open to U.S. citizens, and MSC announcing a second ship will use Havana as its homeport...
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Cirque du Soleil sets sail on MSC cruises

PHeymont ·
Cirque du Soleil, the no-animal wonder-world circus of acrobats, contortionists and aerialists that delights audiences in multiple shows in Las Vegas and elsewhere has now signed on to create shows onboard MSC cruise ships.   Starting with a new...
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Disney's new idea: river cruising for families

PHeymont ·
The Disney empire, which seems to be almost as much a travel and resort company as it is a studio and park operator, has another new plan: change river cruising from an older-adult activity to a family plan. Adventures by Disney, which provides...
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Viking: How to have snow on your summer cruise

PHeymont ·
Every year the cruise-ship companies find new ways to amuse and refresh passengers—mini-amusement parks, sky-diving, Broadway shows and more—but now Viking has trumped the others by adding snow to its new ocean cruisers, starting with...
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New Princess ship to be based in Shanghai

PHeymont ·
Air travel is not the only place that rapidly-growing Chinese tourism is shaking up markets. Princess cruises, which began sailing cruises from Chinese ports last year, is so impressed with the market potential that it's announced its newest ship will...
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Cruise lines drop Puerta Vallarta over violence

PHeymont ·
Recent street fights between armed drug gangs and Mexican police and troops in Puerta Vallarta have cancelled several cruise's port calls, and curtailed others.   Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas, Disney's Wonder and Celebrity's Infinity have...
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Viking launches new boats despite slowdown

PHeymont ·
With six new ships launched this week and another coming, Viking River Cruises is on its way to its goal of a 100-ship fleet, despite some slowdown in demand.
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Royal Caribbean tightens cancellation policies

PHeymont ·
Royal Caribbean, which has recently had to cancel or shorten some cruises, is now imposing stricter rules on customers who want to cancel bookings.
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Disney fleet expands to 6 with 2 new ships

PHeymont ·
Disney continues to expand its cruise fleet, adding two new ships, each one a bit bigger than the current four. No names and no itineraries set yet.
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No smooth sailing yet for U.S.-to-Cuba cruises

PHeymont ·
Delays in Cuba's government licensing process are putting U.S.-to-Cuba cruise plans on hold, but operators hope to get going soon.
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More family-style river cruises coming

PHeymont ·
The river cruise industry, once thought to appeal mostly to an older crowd, is continuing to develop new itineraries and facilities for family travel.
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Carnival accepting reservations to Cuba for May

Travel Rob ·
Carnival is taking reservations to Cuba for May before getting Cuba permits.
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MSC adds a second private island

PHeymont ·
A growing trend: Cruise lines buy or lease small islands and use them as port calls for their cruises, restricted to their passengers.
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23 million cruisers—a new record!

PHeymont ·
Cruising continues to grow as a popular travel option, with record numbers last year and even more expected this year.
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Terror attack takes Istanbul off cruise map

PHeymont ·
Cruise lines, which had already reduced stops in Turkey after earlier attacks in Istanbul and Ankara, have canceled many more port calls.
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Royal Caribbean: no more last-minute bargains

PHeymont ·
Royal Caribbean is putting a 30-day cutoff on price cuts, in part to keep early-payers from being upset that others waited and paid less.
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Viking plans round-the-world cruise for new ship

PHeymont ·
Viking Ocean Cruises will launch its fourth ship next year, and send it on a 5-month round-the-world maiden voyage.
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High-speed WiFi spreading at sea, some free

PHeymont ·
Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean are both rolling out new high-speed WiFi services...but they come with a price.
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Carnival launches half a new cruise ship

PHeymont ·
Carnival's newest ship is being built in two widely-separated Italian shipyards. The front, launched yesterday, is on the way to meet its mate.
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Perfect scores for the cleanest ships afloat

PHeymont ·
When cruise ship passengers come down with a virus, it's always news, but there's not as much publicity for the good news—so here it is: In 2015, 32 ships earned perfect scores of 100 on their semi-annual inspections by the Centers for Disease Control. Leader of the pack, so to speak, is Holland America's Eurodam, which has had a perfect score on its last 9 inspections. Holland America also got 100s for Veendam, Noordam, Statendam, Ryndam and Nieuw Amsterdam. The inspections are...
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Venice again considers tourism caps, limits on ships

PHeymont ·
Venice's economy depends on travelers, but the city's life may depend on finding a way to limit their overwhelming presence.
 
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