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August 29, 2011

Baby Islands in the Galapagos are just 300,000 years old, Which is the Best Cruise Line for You?  Yes or No to Cruise Insurance? Royal Caribbean Partners with Orlando

The Best Cruise Lines for 10 Types of Cruisers - Here are 10 considerations a vacationer might have, paired with the line that answers them best – from travel expert Jason Cochran. More…………

“My teen-agers get bored quickly” For active kids, there’s Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. The line has worked hard to set itself apart as a high-adrenaline product.

“I’m not going with kids, but I want to be busy”  Princess Cruises seems right for those who aren’t in the mood to be overwhelmed by gimmicks, but want to retain a little of the mall-inspired extravagance that prevails in today’s ships.  More………….

Boli, our naturalist on a Galapagos Islands cruise, comments that we’ll be visiting two of the “youngest” islands in the archipelago, Fernandina and Isabela. Because the Galapagos are identified geologically as one of the earth’s “hot spots,” centers of acutely hot magma rising from inside the earth and producing intense volcanic activity on the surface, and because the tectonic plates of the earth’s crust drift slowly over such spots, there’s a tendency to produce volcanoes of progressive age as they move gradually away from the center of activity.
The Nazca plate, on which the Galapagos rests, is slowly drifting toward the South American coast. The islands closest to the continent are thus the oldest, and as Fernandina and Isabela are the farthest away from the coast, they are, in Boli`s words, the two “baby islands,” each a mere 300,000 years old. More………..

How are our readers ranking the ships? This ship scores a 4.94 - One look at the RCL Enchantment of the Seas cruise ship amazing design and you'll see for yourself why it's a guest favorite. It has six whirlpools, an indoor and outdoor pool, eight lounges, a plush ShipShape Spa and plenty of space for 1,950 guests -...  More………………

Is Cruise Insurance for you? — Yes or No? More…………… THIS WEEKEND may not turn out well for many cruisers. They will be traveling to destinations they didn’t intend — or want — to visit, thanks to Hurricane Irene. Some cruisers will be able to cancel with no penalties, while perhaps the majority will have to put up with a cruise to not-where-they-wanted.

Facebook Photo Contest…………. Post a picture or story of your family on a cruise or in port to win a $100 gift card toward your next cruise with CruiseCompete. Tell family and friends to vote for you because the highest number of "LIKES" wins.

Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas augments Universal Orlando Resort package to offer more choices for the best of land and sea --  --  Guests may now enjoy savings when combining one of three Royal Caribbean ships with a Universal Orlando Resort stay
Royal Caribbean International and Universal Orlando Resort are now offering the successful Royal Caribbean and Universal Orlando package from both the east and west coasts of Florida. More………

A cruise in Norway? What a lovely idea, especially in summer - I’ve never been to Norway; have always wanted to go. The fjords, Vikings, Norse gods, gorgeous people, fresh fish. More………….

Eileen Ogintz is posting entries about her Lindblad cruise… find out about her adventures in the Arctic with polar bears, walruses and whales.  More…..

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