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February 11, 2013

Castles, Princesses, Wizards, Glass Slippers, an Ocean Lullaby, Lobster Ravioli, Magical Disney Cruises and Other Enchanted Inaugural Experiences
Do you ever wonder how other cruisers rank the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder?
There are very high scores for Disney…… see what consumers have to say about Disney here:
Ship and Port Reviews.
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My Experience Aboard the Disney Magic (from Jackie). I’m perfectly capable of climbing stairs. But I do enjoy riding the glass elevator on the Disney Magic. It’s fun to zoom from the lovely atrium past the glittering Dale Chihuly glass chandelier to the top of the ship.
After watching a bunch of excited youngsters meet with Disney princesses in the atrium, I step aboard the elevator and find a family from Texas. The two little girls in matching dresses – Olivia, 3, and Rylie, 4 – are happily chattering about meeting their favorite Disney characters, while their grandparents -Trudy and Herman Falterman – are happily listening.
“Olivia said the most wonderful thing to me last night,” Trudy tells me. “She said, ‘Oh, Grandma, thank you for taking us on this boat cruise. I will never ever forget it.’”  More……………
Interested in New Ship Launches? We have the place for you…
Another Enchanted Cruise Experience, the Inaugural Cruise………….For those of us who love to cruise, inaugural cruises rate high on the to-do-experience list. These elite voyages often involve champagne christenings, celebrity godmothers and brand-new ship facilities and amenities. We receive so many questions about these voyages we thought we would add a new section so you will always know about upcoming inaugural cruises. Just click here to see them at any time:

What is really different about these voyages?  The cruise lines realistically expect there may be some problems to be worked out and will oftentimes compensate for what they expect to be minor inconveniences with lower cruise fares. Some inaugural cruises offer "introductory pricing.”
Each port is a new stop for a ship on an inaugural cruise so often its arrival becomes a local event. So expect the locals to turn out to see the new ship, including politicians and local celebrities, often with music and other festivities. Not every port will do this, but it's sure a sight to see when they do!
Who among us doesn't like the feeling of enjoying something that's absolutely brand new, and how much bigger and better is that feeling on a 150,000-ton ship? The vessel has seen no wear and tear. Every aspect of the ship is still in never-been-used, pristine condition.  More………..
See what fellow cruisers have to say about Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises rolls out extensive new menu for its grand dining room. Oceania Cruises announced the successful completion of an extensive new menu rollout featuring 85 new dishes for its Grand Dining Room on the line’s newest ship, Riviera. The remainder of the Oceania Cruises fleet will incorporate the new menus over the next three months.
“Since the founding of Oceania Cruises 10 years ago, we have held a reputation for serving cuisine that is the finest at sea and even rivals the best restaurants ashore,” said Kunal S. Kamlani, the line’s president. “Our latest innovations in the Grand Dining Room are inspired by classic European fare, with a contemporary, creative touch. They reflect our ongoing commitment to provide an exceptional dining experience that starts with a thoughtful and meticulously researched menu concept, the highest-quality ingredients and the perfect execution of traditional culinary techniques.”
Oceania Cruises devotes extraordinary resources to cuisine. While most cruise lines employ a single corporate chef, Oceania Cruises has an entire team at the helm of its culinary program, including its executive culinary director, renowned master chef Jacques Pepin. And other notes of interest …
New Cruise Forum: Have you checked out this fun feature yet? 
We would like to announce our new cruise forum, for readers and experts to share ideas, impressions and reviews of the cruise lines and their ships. This is going to be a fantastic way to have discussions and share information within our cruise community. Each month we will give away a Kindle to the person who makes the most comments in our new forum. Or just send us an idea to get this going. Thank you!
Disney Cruise Line Unveils New Itineraries and Ports for 2013; First-Ever Miami Departures and New European Destinations Provide More Options for Disney Cruise Line Guests. In 2013, Disney Cruise Line will offer new itineraries, including an expanded portfolio of European cruises with new destinations such as Venice, Italy, and the Greek Isles. In addition, Disney Cruise Line will utilize a second homeport in Florida, with Caribbean sailings departing from the Port of Miami for the first time.
With the addition of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy to the fleet of cruise ships, Disney Cruise Line is able to take more families to more destinations around the world. Disney Cruise Line has always catered to the unique vacation needs of families, and next year will be enhancing the cruise options for guests — whether it’s sun and sand in the Caribbean, outdoor adventures in Alaska or experiencing the wonders of Europe.
Highlights of the Disney Cruise Line 2013 schedule (which can be booked beginning Jan. 26, 2012) include…More…………..
And do you know about “AllThingsCruise”?  Just who are we? AllThingsCruise is a website for cruise enthusiasts, dedicated to the joy of cruise travel and planning the best cruise vacations ever. Its wealth of information includes valuable cruise travel tools – from cruise reviews and feedback, to helpful videos and information for choosing the right ship, to preparing for and enjoying a memorable cruise vacation.
A valuable unique feature of AllThingsCruise is a complimentary e-card with vital cruise line and cruise ship contact information travelers can send to family members and others prior to departure.
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