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Chef Curtis Stone cooking with Peter Roelant, Manager of Culinary Operations of Princess Cruises

Chef Curtis Stone cooking with Peter Roelant, Manager of Culinary Operations of Princess Cruises

 

Princess Cruises has announced its collaboration with renowned chef Curtis Stone. His specialty restaurant SHARE will debut aboard select ships this year, offering guests a singular dining experience. Continue reading “Princess Cruises to Debut Chef Curtis Stone’s Specialty Restaurant SHARE” »



Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony ship

Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony ship

 

By John and Sandra Nowlan


More than six million people. At least four million motorcycles. We were each perched on the front of a pedicab, cycling through the chaotic streets of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) trying to avoid collisions and blend with the relentless flow of humanity aboard two-wheeled Hondas and Yamahas.

Continue reading “Crystal Symphony – A Food and Wine Cruise in Southeast Asia” »



 

With her 151,400 tons,
her mighty majesty indeed rules the waves

 

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The majestic Queen Mary 2 sets sail beneath the expansive Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

by André Gayot

The Statue of Liberty fades away in the mist as we just slip underneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the lapping strengthens, the breeze broadens out and the sky darkens. Continue reading “Crossing the North Atlantic in Style on the Queen Mary 2” »



Vegetables in the garden

Wonderland brings to life never-before-seen fare like this inventive vegetable dish, baby vegetables in the garden.

 

New Fleet of Ships to Feature “Dynamic Dining”
by Patricia Mack


A few months ago, news broke about the impending arrival of Royal Caribbean’s latest fleet of luxury cruise lines, to be part of the lines’ latest Quantum class. The luxe ships are slated to offer everything from simulated skydiving, an indoor sports complex and beautiful cabins designed with full functionality in mind. Now, word has come that the Quantum class will also elevate its dining options.

Continue reading “Royal Caribbean Quantum Class Dining” »



Viking Longship Freya of the Viking River Cruises fleet

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.

Continue reading “Viking River Cruises Sets World Record, Again – Travel News” »



The Cuba Cruise ship, Louis Cristal

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.

Continue reading “Cuba Cruise – Exploring the Real Cuba Aboard the Louis Cristal” »



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.

Continue reading “Royal Caribbean’s two new Quantum cruise ships” »



Exterior shot of the MS Nieuw Amsterdam

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.

Continue reading “Trans-Atlantic Crossing on the Nieuw Amsterdam – Cruise Review” »



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

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.

Continue reading “Back to the Beach with Celebrity Cruises” »



The Hanseatic near the spectacular geology of Gros Morne National Park

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.

Continue reading “Cruise in Luxury Between Icebergs” »



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