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June 17, 2013

A “Smashing” Royal Christening, Sailing the Alaskan Waters With Grandchildren, and Chefs, Winegrowers, Chocolatiers, Fromagiers and Pâtissiers Gather for a Remarkable Culinary Event

On June 13, in Southampton, UK, Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge, christened the new ship Royal Princess as she smashed a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne against its hull and pronounced, “I name this ship Royal Princess. May God bless her and all who sail in her.”   More…
The Royal Princess is about to sail her inaugural cruise. For those of you who love to cruise, inaugural cruises rate high on the to-do-experience list, and for good reason… Here’s a list of Seven Interesting Things About Inaugural Cruises. More...

Family Travel: A Summer Guide to the Cruise Line Children’s Programs
CruiseCompete Details the Best Children’s Programs for Babies, Children, Tweens, Teens and Offers Tips on Traveling With 20 Somethings.
Sailing with children can be the experience of a lifetime for them… and you!  A couple of examples are here:
Princess Cruises’ Children’s Programs: Passengers ages 13-17 can enjoy all of the coolest amenities in Princess’s teen lounges. The teen lounges feature all of the latest tech, like PS2/PS3 and Wii games, movies and music. Teens can also participate in activities such as Casino Night, hip hop dance lessons, sports tournaments, teen makeovers and more. (*)
Royal Caribbean International’s Children’s Programs: The minimum age to sail is 6-months’ old, with a 12-month age requirement for some cruises. Royal Caribbean has a dedicated nursery for children aged 6-36 months that holds interactive playgroup sessions. Daytime and evening drop-off is available for $8 an hour. (*)
But the right onboard children’s program can be the key to success, so choose wisely! To see all of the children’s programs………….More…
Interested in new ship launches? There are several slated to make maiden voyages in the next few months and years. We love all of these new ships. Please look here for a list of the new ship launches.
How do the Princess ships rate based on other client reviews?
Princess also has some excellent deals to Alaska:  See their specials here…

Cindy Boal Janssens sailed to Alaska with grandchildren on HAL's Oosterdam. “For several years I have been planning to sail to Alaska when they reached this age…not yet teens, but old enough to venture around the ship on their own and to be awed by the majesty of Alaska.” More…
Love the sound of a Holland America Line cruise? See Holland America Specials here…
How do others rank HAL cruises?
Jackie Finch is sailing on the Seabourn Odyssey on a 7-day Adriatic Odyssey out of Venice. “Arriving at the terminal to embark on my weeklong cruise, I had taken an escalator to the upper floor, as directed. Then I had turned to the left instead of to the right. That’s how I ended up in the boarding line for a mega ship. Didn’t take me long to figure out this wasn’t the Seabourn Odyssey. A few steps across the hallway was where I was supposed to be. And what a difference those few steps made.”  More…
In other Alaskan cruise news… Un-Cruise Adventures announced its deployment plans for the 2014 Alaska cruise season with seven vessels carrying 22-88 guests sailing 12 different itineraries ranging from one to three weeks’ duration. More…
And if a cold weather cruise is on your to-do list, have you ever considered an Antarctic expedition? “My first thoughts are of penguins, enormous ice sculptures, and exploration opportunities that are entirely unmatched by the rest of the planet.”  More…
Crystal Serenity’s chic “extreme makeover” planned for November ‒ Crystal Cruises is preparing for a $17-million redesign of the award-winning Crystal Serenity this November. The line is planning sweeping makeovers of the ship’s Crystal Penthouses (the line’s coveted top accommodations) and Lido Deck, including the popular indoor/outdoor Trident Grill, Tastes restaurant and Crystal Serenity’s Lido café. Building upon the success of Crystal Symphony’s “living wall,” Crystal is expanding its green concept to the Lido area. Maintenance, cleaning, mechanical updates and environmental upgrades will also be implemented throughout the ship’s interior and exterior spaces during the two-week dry dock at the Navantia Shipyard in Cádiz, Spain. More………….
Europa’s Best 2013 in Antwerp… Over 30 well known chefs, winegrowers, chocolatiers, fromagiers and pâtissiers from all over Europe recently gathered together on Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa for an onboard culinary event. More…
Planning your next cruise? Holiday sailings are filling up, so if you are dreaming of a holiday sailing now is the time to book. River cruises do have availability for the Christmas markets cruises; however, many dates are sold out for this year. Now is also the time to book your river cruise for next year.

To see Christmas Markets cruises please click here:

Wondering what line or ship might be best for you? See what others have to say in our reviews section:

Here’s an example, regarding Crystal Cruises:
“If you want some of the best that cruising has to offer, it must be on Crystal Cruises. We have sailed on most of the other major cruise lines including small, medium and large ships, but none offer better service, food nor overall quality.”  More…

There many cruise lines to choose from: This is a nice list that will help you research them all:

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