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May 6, 2013

A 25-Day Cruise on Oceania’s Nautica, Beaches & Resorts Dotted Along the Shore, A Review of the AmaPrima,  Cruise Line Cancellation Policies and A Cruise Around The World

Bangkok to Dubai by way of Singapore, Colombo, Mumbai and various other intermediate ports — it was too good to pass-up. So, on April 4 we’ll be joining Oceania Cruises’ Nautica in Thailand, commencing our longest and most exotic cruise yet. (See map courtesy of Oceania Cruises.) We’ll be blogging frequently during this 25-day cruise, about the ship and crew, of course, and also about the 13 ports of call. The full diary of this voyage………More

We have so many cruise lines to choose from, this is a nice list that will help you research all of the lines:

A Review of AmaWaterways Ship, the AmaPrima

If you follow along in this blog, you’ve probably realized that I just love AmaWaterways; this river cruise line has the most beautiful ships, with wonderful amenities. My friend Phyllis recently wrote a review of the new AmaPrima, and I just had to share it with you… More…………..
See reviews of AmaWaterways from real consumers like you!

If you are considering that once in a lifetime world cruise, now is the time to book it! To see ideas on Princess Cruises, Cunard, Holland and Seabourn World Cruises click here:

See reviews of Oceania Cruises  from the Insignia to the Marina to the Nautica, Regatta and the Riveria

Day 23: Nautica diary: Fujairah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) ABOARD OCEANIA’S NAUTICA – When we sailed out of Muscat last evening with the setting sun we thought we were saying farewell to Oman. It turned out otherwise.
We booked all our Oceania-offered shore excursions weeks before we left home in order to take advantage of advance purchase discounts. We selected the “Mountain Safari” excursion to take during our 8-hour port call at Fujairah, because it sounded like a mini adventure and change of pace from city bus tours. More…………….
Day 24: Nautica diary: Abu Dhabi gaining on its sister emirate Dubai with ambitious plans for the future. Janet had the special pleasure of experiencing Sheikh Zayed’s Mosque from inside an abaya. It seems the dress-code advisory issued by the ship neglected to mention that women were required to cover their ankles to be permitted entry into the mosque, though they had been explicit in that regard in Muscat. It gave us perhaps an unexpected photo-op, but it seemed to mildly annoy our tour guide Salaf ,who was obliged to walk some distance to retrieve several of the garments for female members of our group, and leave his guide’s license as security against their return. We can say unequivocally, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque will be our most memorable experience in Abu Dhabi.

Windstar Cruises announces name of first power yacht as Star Pride

Windstar Cruises, a market leader in small ship cruising, has announced the name for the first of its three new, all-suite, power yachts as Star Pride. Star Pride, launching in May of 2014, will spend its first season in Europe offering exciting new voyages which open for bookings on May 14, 2013.  More………..

How to get the best possible refund of fees when   rescheduling your cruise is unavoidable………
No one wants to cancel a cruise vacation once it’s been scheduled, but sometimes life throws you that curve that makes rescheduling an unavoidable situation.

Depending on the notice you give your cruise line, cancellation fees may vary from none, to all of your cost for the cruise. Cancellation with advance notice is always your best bet for getting the largest possible refund; that way the line has the opportunity to re-sell your cabin. However, each line has a different policy on when you’re able to get the most refund, so read on to find out the cancellation information for some of the industry’s top lines.

A comprehensive overview of all the lines cancellation policies can be found here.
(Note:  This information is straight from the individual lines themselves and subject to change, so please confirm when booking your cruise.)

Royal Caribbean’s newly revitalized Navigator of the Seas to wow Galveston with year-round sailings starting Winter 2013

Royal Caribbean International announced today that it is basing 3,114-guest Navigator of the Seas year-round from the Texas port city of Galveston. The Voyager-class ship that first introduced ice skating at sea will sail seven-night western Caribbean itineraries after emerging from an extensive dry-dock revitalization in February 2014. During her dry-dock, signature Royal Caribbean features, such as the FlowRider surf simulator and dining venues like Giovanni’s Table, Park Café and Izumi Asian Cuisine will be added. At the same time, new features such as Virtual Balconies for select interior staterooms, new panoramic oceanview staterooms – featuring full-length, floor-to-ceiling windows and unique new dining and entertainment concepts will be introduced to surprise and delight guests. More…………
Here’s a great idea for correspondence sent while on a cruise… a stamp with your information, and the ship’s, to use as a seal on the envelopes!

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