Month: September 2009

Europe, Royal Caribbean

In Port Today: Splendour in Turkey

Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas, docked in Kusadasi, Turkey, Sept. 29, 2009. Image courtesy of Michael Coleman...

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Alaska, Disney

Video: Donald Duck scouts Alaska for Disney Cruise Line’s first visit

For the first time ever, Disney Cruise Line will offer Alaskan cruises during a four-month season of seven-night sailings aboard the Disney Wonder in summer 2011. The Disney Wonder will depart out of Vancouver, B.C., calling on popular ports such as Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway. Before and after the 2011 summer season in Alaska, the...

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Cruise Guide: Costa touts Italian heritage

By Michael Coleman Guests aboard two Costa Cruises’ ships will not have to cross the pond to enjoy “love, laughter and la dolce vita” this winter. Italy is coming to the Caribbean. The European brand is offering “Italy in the Tropics” complete with some of the best deals in the line’s 60-year history aboard Costa …...

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Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America, NCL, Princess, Regent, Royal Caribbean

Cruise Guide: Cupid eyes high seas romance

By Michael Coleman Some of the top mass market, premium and luxury cruise lines are playing cupid. Here’s a sampling of the top cruise lines and how they’re taking romance to new heights on the high seas....

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Costa, Europe, NCL

In Port Today: Two in Turkey

Costa Serena, left and Norwegian Jade docked Sept. 18, 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey. Image courtesy Michael Coleman....

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Cruise Guide: Weddings at sea gaining in popularity

By Michael Coleman Tying the knot at sea is as old as cruise travel itself but at no time in the history of modern cruise travel has the opportunity for romance been greater at sea than today. More and more cruise lines offer shipboard wedding packages, amenities and wedding planning services, including legal marriages performed …...

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Europe, Royal Caribbean

In Port Today: Brilliance in Kusadasi

Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas docked in Kusadasi, Turkey, Sept. 14, 2009. Image courtesy Michael Coleman....

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Holland America, Ports

Cruise Guide: Zaandam sets sights on Hawaii

By Michael Coleman Holland America Line’s Zaandam will be offering a series of six fall voyages to Hawaii in 2010. The 1,432-passenger ship will sail five 14-day roundtrip San Diego, Calif., cruises (Oct. 24, Nov. 7 and 21; and Dec. 5 and 19) plus one 15-day voyage (Oct. 1) from Vancouver, British Colombia to Hawaii …...

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Entertainment, Regent

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Port Postcard: Yanofsky concert under the stars in Turkey

The ancient ground of Ephesus, Turkey, was the scene late last month of an exclusive Regent Seven Seas Cruises concert under the stars, featuring a 15-year-old musical prodigy from Montreal, Quebec: Nikki Yanofsky. Guests aboard Navigator enjoyed a tour of the important Mediterranean archeological site followed by cocktails and an...

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