Month: December 2009


Ship Review: Polished Pearl pleases passengers

Above the dive-friendly, turquoise waters of the Caribbean, a playground of another kind beckons. The 2,394-passenger Norwegian Pearl is a world unto itself, epitomizing Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) “Freestyle Cruising’’ concept where passengers enjoy a myriad of onboard entertainment and dining choices yet with no set...

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Alaska, Carnival, Entertainment, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn

Our top 10 most read cruise stories of 2009

As we end our first year of Cruise News Weekly online, I thought it’d be a good time to go back and look at which of our online stories had the most views. Here are our top 10 most read cruise stories for 2009 – counting down to number one. Number 10 Guests to christen …...

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Holland America

Ship Review: Eurodam offers various amenities, dining choices

The question facing passengers during seven-night Caribbean cruises aboard Holland America’s Eurodam this winter isn’t what to do onboard but whether there’s enough time to enjoy all that’s being offered. The 2,104-passenger, 86,000-ton ship features a host of events and activities in some 31 public rooms. Click Here to read the...

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Ship Review: Escaping the daily grind aboard Carnival Liberty

The cares of the world seem to disappear aboard Carnival Liberty. While CNN and other news channels (beamed to the ship via satellite) remind us of a sagging economy, a nation at war, and the titillating trials and tribulations of Tiger Woods, passengers aboard this mega-ship can enjoy a week-long respite from it all, year-round,...

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Dining, NCL

Pearl offers stunning array of restaurant venues

By Michael Coleman The biggest culinary fan aboard Norwegian Pearl may also be the most disappointed passenger on disembarkation day. With 12 restaurants and 11 bars and lounges to choose from, it’s next to impossible to sample all of the ship’s culinary venues on a typical, seven-day Caribbean voyage. The 2,394-passenger ship...

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Onboard: Passengers embracing polished Pearl

Cruise News Weekly Editor Michael Coleman is onboard the NCL Pearl this week. Here’s his latest update: TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Dec. 16, 2009 – Above the dive-friendly, turquoise waters here a playground of another kind beckons. The 2,394-passenger Norwegian Pearl is a world unto itself, epitomizing Norwegian Cruise...

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Caribbean, NCL

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Onboard: Norwegian Pearl Eastern Caribbean voyage

Norwegian Pearl at anchor off Samana, Dominican Republic, Monday Dec. 14, 2009. The 2,394-passenger vessel is in the midst of a seven-night Eastern Caribbean voyage and will also be calling on St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; Tortola, B.V.I.; and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Cruise News Weekly Editor Michael Coleman is onboard and will be posting...

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Carnival, Dining

Onboard: Liberty features endless array of culinary options

Cruise News Weekly Editor Michael Coleman is aboard Carnival Liberty on a Western Caribbean itinerary this week. Here’s his latest dispatch: AT SEA, en route to Miami – Dec. 11, 2009 — The monumental task of serving eight meals plus snacks per day for some 3,000-passengers runs like clockwork aboard Carnival Liberty. Passengers...

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Caribbean, Carnival

In Port Today: Carnival Liberty in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Passenger’s enjoying a seven-night Western Caribbean voyage aboard Carnival Liberty had 33 shore excursion opportunities to choose from in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, yesterday (Dec. 10, 2009). Many, however, opted for fun in the sun on Ocho Rios Bay Beach. Carnival offered more than 100 shore excursions to guests during the week which...

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Cruise Guide: Regatta offers country club ambiance at sea

By Michael Coleman It may have been the stand-out Jacques Pepin-inspired cuisine or a Canyon Ranch Spa Club massage. Perhaps it was the personable service or the elegant, country club ambiance. Maybe it was the Trans-Atlantic itinerary from Barcelona to Miami or the port calls themselves in Morocco, Madeira and Bermuda. Whatever...

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