Tagged With "Cruise Critic"

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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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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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Re: Venice's ban on huge cruise ships suspended

PortMoresby ·
A big "Don't Like" for the lobbyists and court in Venice. What, I wonder, is the "practical alternative" for the city that's being irreparably damaged by the transit of these ships. I suppose the usual, take the bribe and leave it to their children to fix.
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Re: Venice's ban on huge cruise ships suspended

PHeymont ·
The only alternatives I can see are to build a new cruise port outside the lagoon. Chioggia might be too far, but perhaps just north of the main way into the lagoon, across the inlet from the Lido. That would provide land-based alternatives for other day trips from the boats, and could also be served by vaporetto-sized boats heading into Venice itself. Of course, I haven't consulted the folks who live there and run campgrounds there...
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Re: Venice's ban on huge cruise ships suspended

PortMoresby ·
A perfectly logical solution if, indeed, logic applied in a system that officially condones adding insult to the injury Venice is already suffering. I predict, not in our lifetimes.
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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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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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* 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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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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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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Cruise ships to offer free limitless wifi?

DrFumblefinger ·
  Good news for cruise lovers!  Regent Seven Seas Cruises will be adding free unlimited WiFi access for every passenger.  The company announced that its fleet would be offering this service starting late 2016.  Currently only...
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Cruising solo just got more affordable

Marilyn Jones ·
  Being single means sometimes I travel alone.  Generally speaking this means I have no one to share costs with—hotels, car rental and gas. But otherwise expenses such as airfare and restaurants are the same.   One standout where...
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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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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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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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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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Air Cancellations Cost Cruisers; Arthur Frommer's hints on how to save yours

PHeymont ·
The recent multi-day weather-based flight cancellations may have cost hundreds or thousands their cruises...If you can't get to the port, you can't get on the ship. If you bought your airfare from an airline, you get a refund--but they won't pay the...
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Couple takes 100th cruise -- on the same ship!

DrFumblefinger ·
It's every business' dream!  Customers who like your product or service so much they keep coming back again and again and again -- 100 times to be exact!   Bernard and Janice Caffary from Florida are about to leave on their 100th cruise with...
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Three Queens to Dance on the River Mersey Liverpool UK.

GarryRF ·
  The maritime city of Liverpool is gearing up for a summer of events and celebrations led by the arrival of Cunard's "Three Queens" to the Mersey.   Cunard is celebrating 175 years of sailing this year with three key anniversary cruises...
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Unusual Travel Getaways For All Seasons!

StephanieMTM ·
It’s becoming increasingly popular for Aussies to check out Thredbo, a resort that is: open year-round for skiing or snowboarding in winter, mountain biking , hiking, fishing, or just relaxing in the summer season. Still, tourists will come through for more unusual Christmas festivities, since this generally isn’t the rule. By the same token, many Aussies look to experience a white Christmas in other parts of the world, as the literature paints it. There are adventures to be had in the...
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Most Popular River Cruises in India

Sunil Kumar ·
A river cruise provides an escape from the constant commotion surrounding our everyday lives. As you sail along the river at a leisurely pace, with lovely sights greeting your eyes, you realize there is much to appreciate in this unhurried journey. India, with its impressive inland waterways, provides wonderful opportunities for river cruising. From the backwaters of Kerala to the might waters of Brahmaputra, every cruise gifts you with a memory to be cherished or a moment to be valued.
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Re: Cruising solo just got more affordable

DrFumblefinger ·
That is nice news! And its such a rare thing for a company to do.
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Re: Venice protesters block cruise ships

PortMoresby ·
Good for them. I approve wholeheartedly of the people taking charge when their government has failed to protect them. There's a cruise ship ad running, possibly Viking, advertising their bigger (non-river) cruise ships. It shows a giant ship passing by the end of a small Venice canal, dwarfing the ancient buildings as it glides past. I'm astonished every time I see it, that this is an image that they believe will convince me to buy one of their cruises, seemingly oblivious to the fact that...
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Re: Venice protesters block cruise ships

GarryRF ·
A bit of Civil Disorder is always a good reminder to the Government that it is not in control of public opinion. And no one got shot.
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Re: Cruising through the holidays

IslandMan ·
Looks beautiful, Marilyn. I think I may consider this option for next Christmas (or any time of the year for that matter!)
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Re: Cruising down the Nile (part 4)

PHeymont ·
I've really enjoyed this journey...thanks! For anyone who hasn't, I'd suggest checking out the first 3 parts as well. It's amazing to realize how varied the architecture and the wildlife and even the river itself seem at different points along the way. Some of the variation serves to remind us, as well, how many many years went into all this; all of our civilizations are young by comparison, no matter how old they seem to us!
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Re: Cruising down the Nile (part 4)

DrFumblefinger ·
What a fabulous conclusion to a delightful series, Mac. Thanks so much for sharing this journey with all of us. I've wanted to visit Egypt for some time, but have always been a little reluctant to go somewhere I might get targeted for extermination simply because I'm a visitor from the west. But your series has made me want to see this sooner, rather than later.
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Re: Cruising down the Nile (part 4)

PortMoresby ·
Although I've wanted to go to Egypt most of my life, to Egypt and Japan, for some reason I haven't made it to either place (except through the Suez canal, which hardly counts). Your pictures of the colonial-era hotels, though, may be the encouragement I need to finally get there. It's probably less crowded now than it will ever be, also an encouragement.
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Re: Cruising down the Nile (part 4)

Travel Rob ·
An incredible series on Egypt! I too want to go now sooner rather than later!
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Re: Cruising down the Nile (part 4)

Mac ·
Thank you kindly fellow Gumbo-ists. You have rightly detected that we greatly enjoyed our trip and it is so photogenic and endlessly fascinating. I always feel a total dullard when going to the tombs and temples and hear all the lists of Pharaohs, dynasties, goddesses and gods - all doing fantastic things at the same time as us Brits were living in mud huts.... I do encourage you all to go and visit now. You will never get better deals than now (but go in the cooler period). You will be well...
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Re: Cruising down the Nile (part 4)

PortMoresby ·
Mac, can you tell us which company's boat you sailed on? You may have said it but indulge me please with the name (again)?
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Re: Cruising down the Nile (part 4)

GutterPup ·
A truly wonderful journey you've taken us on, such a well written piece! Bravo!
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Re: Cruising down the Nile (part 4)

IslandMan ·
..an amazing journey, Mac, thanks for sharing it with us...and for anyone who hasn't been to Egypt, forget all the bad publicity you've heard and make this a priority on your adventure list; as someone who has been there, I can highly recommend it
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'Cruise to Nowhere' must now go 'somewhere'

PHeymont ·
New plans needed: Carnival Vista would have gone nowhere from New York in 2017.   Photo: Carnival New rules issued by the U.S. mean the end of "cruises to nowhere"—ocean voyages by cruise ships that leave U.S. territorial waters for a day...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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United adds cruise awards for DividendMiles

PHeymont ·
Take your choice...cruise or fly. United Airlines has connected with a dozen or so cruise lines to offer cruises as awards for its loyalty program. DividendMiles members who buy cruises on some of those lines through United's website can also earn...
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Fathom's Cuba cruises prove popular; more added

PHeymont ·
Demand for the only Cuba cruises from the U.S. so far is high, and Fathom is changing some cruises from Dominican Republic to Cuba instead.
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Re: Cruising down the Nile (part 1)

EC Nada Anas ·
thanks We hope that increasing numbers of tourists to Egypt soon
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Re: Cruising down the Nile (part 1)

PHeymont ·
Well, TravelGumbo will be giving them more reasons—this is only Part 1 of Mac's journey, and he has some more stunning pictures! Stay tuned...
 
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