Month: October 2009

Caribbean, Carnival, Costa, NCL, Ports, Princess, Royal Caribbean

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Cruise Guide: Caribbean voyages in vogue

By Michael Coleman The cruise industry is just a few weeks away from ushering in the 2010 Caribbean season. If picture-perfect tropical islands, sun-drenched beaches and boundless shopping opportunities float your boat, a Caribbean cruise on one of the following mass-market lines may be for you. Carnival – The largest Carnival ship...

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Over-the-edge water coaster, virtual portholes and more announced for Disney Dream

When the Disney Dream launches in early 2011, she’ll feature a number of firsts at sea: – A water coaster that sends guests racing above the upper decks of the ship. – An animated turtle that engages children in conversation about life in the ocean. – A lounge where the sun sets over the skyline …...

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Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean takes delivery of Oasis of the Seas

After nearly six years in the making, Royal Caribbean International took delivery today of its newest and most revolutionary cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas, from STX Europe in Turku, Finland. Kicking off a 12-day countdown until her U.S. debut into Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, Oasis of the Seas …...

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Cunard, Entertainment

Cruise Guide: Cunard’s QM2 to host filmmakers

By Michael Coleman Acclaimed filmmakers Griffin Dunne and Gary Winick will be featured speakers on Queen Mary 2’s Transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York, Nov. 11. The duo will participate in Cunard Insights, the line’s award-wining onboard enrichment program, and will screen one of each of their films: Dunne will...

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Europe, Ports

Port Postcard: An Italian wedding

A bride and her wedding party wind through the streets of Sorrento, Italy on Saturday Oct. 10, 2009....

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Europe, Ports, Princess

In Port: A Princess in Italy

A look at the Royal Princess at anchor off Sorrento, Italy on Saturday Oct. 10, 2009....

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Cruise Guide Column: New-look Silver Wind Sparkles

By Michael Coleman The pending launch of Silver Spirit, Silversea Cruises’ latest vessel, has slightly overshadowed a beautiful, multi-million dollar refurbishment to one of its ageless ships. Silver Wind, launched in 1995, has a fresh, updated look from bow to stern. The ship’s main dining venue — The Restaurant – features...

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Port Postcard: The pyramids of Egypt

The Sphinx stands guard at the pyramids of Egypt, the only remaining wonders of the ancient world. Taken on Friday Oct. 2, 2009. Image courtesy Peter Cartier....

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Europe, Ports

Port Postcard: Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Malta seemingly stands still on a beautiful fall day, Tuesday Oct. 6, 2009....

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Luxury, MSC


Cruise Guide: MSC Fantasia guests enjoy red carpet treatment

By Michael Coleman One of the world’s largest passenger vessels boasts an exclusive, amenity-laden onboard retreat. While the ship hosts some 3,900-passengers at full capacity, Yacht Club guests are insulated in their own private area — off limits to other passengers and strictly enforced – complete with special elevator access...

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