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May 20, 2013

Pre-booking begins Tuesday May 28th for Quantum of the Seas!

Here’s some big news! Royal Caribbean’s ship, the Quantum of the Seas, set to launch in November 2014, has opened up pre-bookings as of May 28th to Crown and Anchor Members. If you are a repeat passenger on Royal Caribbean, and are interested in finding out more about the ship or want to be among the first to book, please drop me a note at and I will forward your request to a specialist.
To see itineraries:

Azamara’s Dance, Music, Theater and Cuisine—in Gorgeous Private Settings and Landmarks, Reviews of Oceania Cruises’ 5 Lovely Ships, Plus 18 Reviews of Everything Princess, from Ruby to Sapphire, Coral, Diamond, Emerald & More …
Shore excursions are very high on the list of reasons why people take cruise vacations. With such a fascinating array of options available worldwide, I am always looking to find new experiences for our readers. The latest to catch my eye is from Azamara, with a series of excursions called the AzAmazing Evening adventures, now included in all Azamara voyages except transatlantic. 
A few examples of these fascinating adventures are here:
For Wine Lovers: Guests on Azamara Quest’s Monte Carlo to Andalucia voyage will enjoy a complimentary AzAmazing Evenings event at the Cordoniu Cellars. The Cordoniu family has been producing Spain’s famous sparkling Cava wine since the 16th Century. On this visit guests will learn how Cava is made, sample the varieties paired with regional specialties, and be treated to a stunning flamenco performance across six stages, with a chance to meet and chat with the performers afterwards.
For History Lovers: Azamara Journey’s Vatican to the Acropolis voyage will feature a complimentary AzAmazing Evenings experience at a typical Piedigrotta, in Sorrento, Italy. The Neapolitan festival from medieval times will be transported back to ancient Naples. Guests will wander through an authentic village, set in a lovely garden along with singers, dancers and musicians dressed in 19th Century costumes as they enjoy medieval music and sample delicacies at realistic market stalls along the way. More…
To see all types of shore excursions please click here……….we have them for every ship and destination. The prices are lower than you will find on the ship……..
To see reviews of Azamara Cruises voyages and ships, please click here…
Princess’s new ship, the Royal Princess (premiering next month- June 2013), will begin offering Canada/New England cruises from New York in the fall of 2014. Four seven-day itineraries will be offered on the ship (the largest to sail the route); they will be available in September and October. More…
Want to read more of the latest news on the Royal Princess? Please click here…  And for the line’s reviews, please click here…

Cunard never disappoints. The ships are unfailingly beautiful, luxurious and complete with amenities, yet they capture glamour of days gone by. I have been lucky enough to sail on this line several times, and am posting a travel diary I wrote during one of my voyages: a six-day sailing on the QM2. More…
See reviews of Oceania Cruises, from the Insignia to the Marina to the Nautica, Regatta and the Riveria. More…
We have so many real live examples of cruises, complete diaries of their voyages from our writers, such as:
Cynthia Boal Janssens
Diary of sailing across the Atlantic aboard the Silversea Silver Spirit
Diary of Transatlantic crossing aboard the Queen Mary 2
Diary of river cruise aboard Uniworld’s River Duchess from Vienna to Istanbul
Diary of transatlantic crossing aboard the Emerald Princess
Diary of cruise to India and Malaysia aboard the Seabourn Spirit
Diary of Caribbean cruise aboard Star Clipper’s Royal Clipper
Diary of Transatlantic cruise aboard the Celebrity Equinox
Diary of Galapagos cruise with Ecoventura
If you’d like to see more travel diaries please click here…
Heidi Allison-Shane
Diary of Transatlantic cruise aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2
Diary of Baltic cruise aboard the Regent Seven Seas Navigator
If you’d like to see more travel diaries please click here…
Betsa Marsh
Diary of New Zealand cruise aboard the Island Passage
If you’d like to see more travel diaries please click here…
David Lansing
Diary of expedition cruise aboard the Orion
If you’d like to see more travel diaries please click here…
I have not sailed on Windstar and would love to experience one of their ships……..see what David Molyneaux has to report: Powered by a new owner, new leadership and $18 million of renovation, Windstar Cruise’s three ships are sailing again with vim, vigor, a contemporary interior, and a batch of new sails that total the size of seven football fields. More…
May is a great month to book with Royal Caribbean: they are celebrating the family vacation this year with 3 different offers. More…
Janet and Stuart Wilson recently finished up a 25-day cruise aboard Oceania’s Nautica… Bangkok to Dubai by way of Singapore, Colombo, Mumbai and various other ports… Read the full travel diary!  More….

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

Considering a world cruise? Costa Cruises will offer the first-ever round-trip world cruise from China in 2014. Departing Shanghai March 22, Costa Atlantica will sail an 83-day journey that spans five continents and three oceans, and calls at 23 destinations in 16 countries. More…

Planning a cruise ship wedding? Check out these very unique wedding/save the date invitations, perfect for a cruise ship wedding…
And here’s a sweet little thank you gift for those guests who have traveled to be with you on your special day…

Ready to research and plan a destination or cruise ship wedding? Here’s some valuable information to get you started!  More…

Interested in new ship launches? Please look here.
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