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April 9, 2012

A Lovely Christening for AMA Waterways, a Voyage Through American History, Navigating Odysseus’ Strait of Messina on the Nieuw Amsterdam
The Great American Steamboat Company has taken one more step toward launching their newly refurbished ship- a successful three-hour trial run of the American Queen near the French Quarter.  Her first voyage will depart from New Orleans on April 19th, and she will travel up then Mississippi River to her homeport of Memphis at Beale Street Landing.  More…
Take a journey through history… Once the Great American Steamboat Company gets underway, look for a fascinating cruise for history buffs this summer.  The American Queen is hosting a PBS American Experience Cruise for 12-nights beginning on Aug. 9, 2012.  The cruise is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and will premiere the highly-anticipated PBS documentary “This Republic of Suffering.” If you have an interest in this cruise, please contact me personally at and I will put you in touch with the company handling this unique cruise……. More….
A note about one of my favorite lines: AMAWaterways will be christening its newest ship, the AmaCerto in Vilshofen, Germany on May 16 and they have selected Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) President Christine Duffy as the ship’s godmother.  More…
Viking River Cruises launches the first two of six new river ships, and AllThingsCruise Writer David Molyneaux was there.  He reports that “The new 190-passenger vessels, longer than a U.S. football field, flaunt an innovative modern design that includes a large indoor/outdoor café at the bow, heated bathroom floors and sophisticated big screen TVs, 39 cabins with private outdoor balconies, and nine suites – real suites with separate rooms.”…Read his full report about the new ships.  More…
ATC Writer Jackie Sheckler Finch is sailing on the maiden voyage of Blount’s Grande Caribe from New Orleans to Nashville.  “Someone described it as sort of like having a friend who has a wonderful yacht and invites you on a cruise. A talented chef prepares delicious meals. An attendant cleans the cabin. A friendly person organizes fun activities. And, best of all, a skilled captain carefully maneuvers the ship into small places where big ships can’t go.” More…
Cruising the Med is a Dutch Treat on the HAL’s Nieuw Amsterdam.  ATC Writer Robert W. Bone talks about his recent Mediterranean voyage.  “The Nieuw Amsterdam is Holland-America’s newest cruise ship (launched 2010), and I think just the right size. Carrying about 2,000 passengers, it is large enough to be elegant and have all modern amenities, but not so large to as to seem crowded, unlike some competitors which now carry as many as 4,000 or so.” More…
Is “family vacation” an oxymoron? Can you truly enjoy a vacation with your children?  Our lives at home are routine, and we begin to form an opinion of who the people in our lives are. Travel changes that. You can see your children in different circumstances- see what they’re like in new settings, how they react to different types of people and how they handle new experiences.  More…
Which is the best, most convenient U.S. port for your departure?  Take a look at the reviews of U.S. ports to help make the decision for you.  More….
The long weekend for Memorial Day is up next… extend it into a cruise vacation!  See which CruiseCompete Memorial Day Specials will work for you.  More…
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