Tagged With "Cruise"

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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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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 26, 2015: Sunset Cruise, Aruba

Marilyn Jones ·
  For me one of the highlights while vacationing on Aruba was a Pelican Adventure sunset cruise . Couples danced, passengers chatted and laughed, strangers made new friends. The perfect way to end a perfect day on Aruba—One Happy...
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Another cruise line sets sail for Cuba...it hopes

PHeymont ·
Oceania's Riviera is one of the line's 684-passenger R-class ships   Norwegian Cruise Lines' Oceania Cruises brand, like Carnival's Fathom, has plans to join the growing interest in travel to Cuba from the U.S., but it's taking a radically...
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More river cruises cancelled, but some hopeful signs

PHeymont ·
CroisiEurope's Leonardo da Vinci on the Neckar at Heidelberg   Continuing problems with low water in European rivers, as described in several recent TG NewsLinks, are disrupting more cruise plans by most operators...but at least some see hope in...
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Low water puts some European river cruises on hold

PHeymont ·
Low water in the Danube, 2012   If it seems like only yesterday we were reporting on European river cruises being canceled because high waters were blocking ships from sailing under bridges...well, it was. On May 7, we reported problems on the...
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AmaWaterways and Disney partner on family river cruising

Marilyn Jones ·
Adventures by Disney and AmaWaterways are combining their travel expertise to create family-focused vacations with first-ever river cruising itineraries.  Five sailings along the Danube River in the summer of 2016, as well as two holiday- themed...
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Cruise lines drop Houston as a cruise port

PHeymont ·
The two cruise lines that have been sailing from Houston's cruise port have cancelled plans to use the port after the middle of next year. The port has been open since 2013, after a $100 million renovation. Local officials had hoped that it would be...
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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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Princess Cruises matches you with a cruise by smartphone

Travel Rob ·
Princess Cruises helps you pick a cruise destination by smartphone
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Afloat with a Brewery

DrFumblefinger ·
Custom ales are commonly served aboard ships, but Carnival is creating the world's first floating brewery aboard its newest ship, the VISTA.
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Update: Cuba clears way for Fathom cruise

PHeymont ·
Cuba has given permission for Cuban-born Americans to sail on Carnival's Fathom cruises to Cuba; the first trip is back on schedule for May 1st.
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Empress of Seas cancels a month of cruises

PHeymont ·
Royal Caribbean's updates and upgrades on Empress of the Seas have taken longer than expected, forcing cancellation of April and May cruises.
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Cruise ship to feature underwater bar

PHeymont ·
Ponant's four new small-ship cruisers will feature a unique amenity: a below-the-waterline lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows on the sea life.
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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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Cruisers told: Leave your water home!

PHeymont ·
Another cruise line adds rules against passengers bringing their own drinks on board, whether water, juice or booze.
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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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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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River cruises throw out the 'Old Folks' stereotype

PHeymont ·
Over the past year we've mentioned the growing trend toward families traveling on river cruises, which has led operators to modify ships and routes, and even brought Disney into the market.   Last week, at an industry convention in Amsterdam,...
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Is 'green cruising' the future for cruise industry?

PHeymont ·
Japanese NGO develops 'Ecoship' concept for emission-free cruising.
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MSC adds a port call in not-quite-the-Bahamas

PHeymont ·
MSC Cruises is joining the parade of cruise lines with private islands that host their passengers for days on the beach, at sports and even shopping. MSC has acquired a former dredging station 20 miles south of Bimini and 65 miles east of Miami and renamed it Ocean Cay. By the end of next year, $200 million will have created 6 beaches, 2000-seat amphitheatre, sports venues, walking and nature trails, and even a "Bahamian village" with shops and restaurants. Ocean Cay will be the biggest of...
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Disney to skip Greece and Turkey for 2016: security concerns

PHeymont ·
Disney Cruise Line has cancelled both Greece and Turkey from its 2016 itinerary for Disney Magic's 12-night cruise. A spokesperson said the change was a result of monitoring conditions and activities in the region. Earlier, Costa Cruises had dropped Turkey stopovers for the last half of the 2015 season, and last month Celebrity announced it wouldn't overnight in Istanbul in 2016. The Celebrity announcement said it was due to cruise port construction in Istanbul, but it seems likely that...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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"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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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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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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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 ship completes first Northwest Passage trip

PHeymont ·
Crystal Serenity's voyage from Anchorage to New York, accompanied by an icebreaker, realized an age-old dream.
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Venice protesters block cruise ships

PHeymont ·
Protests by 2000 in small boats block cruise ships in Venice's lagoon over environmental concerns and 'over-tourism'
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Is Airport-Style Security Coming to Museums?

Travel Rob ·
The  terrorist attack that killed 20 foreign tourists in Tunis at the Bardo Museum  has already resulted in Costa Cruises and MSC Cruises cancelling Tunisa as a stop .   ABC  news has said extra police have already been assigned to...
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Queen christens Britain's new biggest cruise liner

PHeymont ·
The Britannia, 11th in the world but biggest in the British cruise industry, has been christened by Queen Elizabeth and will shortly begin her maiden voyage to the Mediterranean.   The ship can accommodate over 3600 passengers, and bears the name...
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How a super-ship manages 12-hour turnaround

PHeymont ·
Today's (Mar 22) NY Times has a fascinating article on the "backstage" operation involved in getting 6000 passengers off a ship, washing 93,000 pounds of linens, loading up all the food and water, and getting the next 6000 passengers out to...
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MSC stre-e-e-e-tches its fleet with new midsection

PHeymont ·
If the headline is a bit puzzling, the concept is a bit amazing. MSC Cruises, having decided that some of its ships were smaller than optimal, decided to stretch them out. It's now halfway through a 4-ship refit that involves slicing the liners in...
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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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