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Viking Longship Freya of the Viking River Cruises fleet


For the second year in a row, Viking River Cruises became a bona fide Guinness World Record holder. In just a little over 24 hours, Viking christened sixteen of its award-winning Longships — nine were launched in Amsterdam, four in Germany and three in France.

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The Cuba Cruise ship, Louis Cristal


by John and Sandra Nowlan


Cuba is not your traditional Caribbean cruise destination. Because of the U.S. embargo, it’s an entirely different experience that, until this year, has not been possible. But finally, thanks to a Canadian-based company called Cuba Cruise partnering with a Greek cruise line, travelers can enjoy the authentic Cuba, visiting five ports and interacting with the locals as the cruise ship, Louis Cristal, circumnavigates the island each week.

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Try skydiving and bumper cars at sea!

 

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by Patricia Mack

 

Boredom will be a thing of the past on Royal Caribbean’s two new ships, the first in a new Quantum class. They will be the first at sea to offer attractions such as simulated skydiving, bumper cars, roller skating and an observation capsule inspired by the London Eye. The capsule, called The North Star, can hold 14 people and is attached to a crane-like arm with a bird’s-eye view 303 feet above sea level for spectacular vistas of the ship at sea as well as ports of call.

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Exterior shot of the MS Nieuw Amsterdam


by Patricia Mack


Cruise lines routinely “reposition” ships to take advantage of the season or the market for one popular locale over another. Liners move from Alaska to Hawaii, Mexico to Canada or make Trans-Atlantic sailings from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean (or vice versa). This particular Trans-Atlantic voyage, from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona, was seventeen days long and took place on board the MS Nieuw Amsterdam — an eleven-deck, Signature class cruise ship and the second largest ship in the Holland America Line.

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The World Series Cup Women’s Finals in Long Beach, CA

 


After a nearly ten-year absence, international beach volleyball returned to American shores for the World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach, CA, from July 22-28. Featuring both an International Federation of Volleyball (FIVB) grand slam event and a new “World Series Cup,” which pitted top international competitors against the best of the U.S. , the event drew out volleyball fans in droves to the picturesque Long Beach waterfront, which also hosted live music, street food and interactive booths throughout the week.

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The Hanseatic near the spectacular geology of Gros Morne National Park


Around Newfoundland by Cruise Ship – The German Way

 

By John and Sandra Nowlan


We were eagerly awaiting the announcement. When it finally came, it was, as usual, in two languages:


“Eisberg auf der Backbordseite!”
“Iceberg on the port side!”


We were approaching Iceberg Alley, the area of the Atlantic Ocean off northern Newfoundland where the frigid Labrador Current flows slowly south, bringing with it huge sculpted chunks of glacier ice from Greenland.

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The Celebrity Solstice at sea


Gastronomy at Sea


Sometimes cruising is less about the destination and more about the journey itself. Cruise ships have evolved into giant floating resort complexes, getting bigger and better as years go by. Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice Class is a prime example with thirteen decks of luxurious staterooms and facilities, including a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center with breathtaking views, indoor and outdoor pools, a theater, a glass-blowing workshop, a shopping galleria, the first Lawn Club at sea and a running track. But the star of the Solstice Class is the dining and beverage program.

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Crystal Serenity in Norway

Crystal Cruises is challenging travelers to think outside the box when it comes to their 2013 travel plans with a new menu of itineraries for its “Top 10 Unexpected Destinations.” The luxury cruise line is offering “historically significant, naturally extraordinary and culturally diverse” adventures, giving well-traveled guests a chance to broaden their horizons with new experiences.

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Royal Caribbean International is unveiling new restaurant menus throughout its entire 22-ship fleet

by Patricia Mack


To embark on a Royal Caribbean International cruise is to embark on a culinary voyage. This month the line unveils its new main dining room enhancements with an extensive and innovative menu on its entire 22-ship fleet.


The new dining program, the result of a multi-million dollar investment, focuses on freshness, contemporary preparation, increased dining choices and dishes inspired by regional flavors found in many of the cruise line’s ports of call. It is a veritable passport to some of the world’s best foods.

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A Silversea Cruises cooking demonstration


With its intimate fleet of five all-suite vessels, Silversea Cruises has earned a reputation for personalized, culturally enriching voyages, each offering its own unique experience. For food lovers, Silversea has created its Culinary Arts series, a collection of seven different culinary themed cruises. This late-2012 through spring 2013 series will showcase some of the world’s finest chefs and culinary experts and include cooking demonstrations, escorted shore excursions to local markets, food and wine pairings and five-course grand gourmet dinners.

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