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August 13, 2012

A Magical Partnership at Sea, the Best Spa at Sea, Hiking Through Alaska’s Denali Permafrost,  a Family Affair,  and the Challenges of Vacationing With 20-Somethings on a Cruise

Crystal Cruises Announces a Partnership With Magic Castle! In an arrangement orchestrated by Master Magician Rich Bloch, magicians from Hollywood’s private magicians’ club, the Magic Castle, will come aboard to entertain guests of all ages. Starting this summer, these evening shows add another live entertainment option to 13 luxury European cruises in 2012 and every voyage in 2013. More…

A family affair: The challenges of cruising with adult children. For 20 years we traveled with another “couple.” We rented beach houses together, took cruises and went on golf vacations. But then they split up and moved away. And now, after several years on their own, we’re planning a reunion vacation; actually, a family reunion. The other “couple,” Amanda and Scott, are our children, and are now in their late 20s. Is there a Dr. Spock answer for this one?
 
Silverseas’s Spa Ranked #1 by Conde Nast Traveler. The spas aboard today’s cruise ships have evolved into facilities that rival even their finest counterparts on land and are evaluated with very high expectations. That makes Silversea’s latest award all the more significant: the Spa aboard Silversea’s Silver Spirit was chosen by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler as the top spa at sea in the magazine’s 2012 Spa Poll. More…

Wind Star, one of three sailing yachts in Windstar Cruises’ fleet, has recently completed a stem-to-stern renovation, bringing a modern, casual elegance to the brand’s landmark cruise experience. Find out what you can expect when sailing this newly renovated ship. More…

Have you tried CruiseCompete’s new “Quick Cruise Search” feature? Just click the green “Quick Cruise Search” icon in the upper right corner of our homepage…It’s the fastest way to get right to our search page. More…

Jackie Sheckler Finch is taking a cruise in Alaska. “When I left Indianapolis, the temperature was 103 degrees. When my plane landed in Juneau, the weather was 56. What a difference a flight makes. Follow her blogs along the way to find out what she thinks of the experience. More…

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Writer W. Edward Garrett has completed his voyage on Voyages to Antiquity’s MV Aegean Odyssey. Have you been following his posts since the beginning? Read his travel diary in its entirety! More…

Eileen Ogintz also recently visited Alaska, on a two week trip that included a hike on the Denali Permafrost. “The two Grizzly bear cubs are busy chowing down on a root called in these parts Eskimo Potato, oblivious to the bus full of shutterbugs a few feet away.” Her posts of the trip start here…  More…

There’s time for one more quick cruise before summer ends… check out our Last Minute Cruises to take a quick getaway this month! Or look a little farther ahead to a long Veterans Day weekend on a cruise ship. More…

CruiseCompete recently added France Cruises Hotel Barge Cruises to their offerings. Find out more about this lovely niche line. More…

Driving to your port? While cruising in itself is a wonderful vacation, just getting to the ship can be a trip in itself, particularly if the vessel is leaving from an interesting port. These port guides, available exclusively on AllThingsCruise, will give you all the information you need to enjoy a wonderful pre-trip in your embarkation port. More…

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Regent Seven Seas: “We have sailed on Voyager and Mariner and have only positive things to say about Regent Seven Seas Cruises.” More…

Celebrity: “This cruise ship has it all: Luxury, entertainment, excellent food and friendly staff.”  More…

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Looking for actual ship-to-shore telephone numbers? How do you let friends and family know all the details of your next cruise? It’s simple; just use this beautiful, easy e-card! More…..

Video: Dreaming of Visiting a Private Island. Summary: Learn about the experience of visiting a private island on your cruise, along with specific information on the islands visited by particular cruise lines. Video Run Time: 3:07
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