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June 3, 2013

Champagne, Christenings & the Caché of an Inaugural or Maiden Voyage,
Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas Taking Inaugural Bookings, New Windstar, Silversea & Holland America Diaries, + What is Trending Now?

Trending Now

Royal Caribbean’s ship, the Quantum of the Seas, set to launch in November 2014, has opened up for bookings. CruiseCompete now has the itineraries for this long-awaited new ship.

Alaska cruises, both Princess Cruises and Holland America Line have some fantastic deals right now. We have seen prices wavering this season. The best deal right now is on the Coral Princess July 31 (prime time), where inside cabins are around $650 and ocean views around $750. A suite is just $1900 and a balcony is around $1500. The Sapphire Princess has some very low rates too. Holland America rates are also under $1000 for an inside or oceanview cabin.
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:

A Once In a Lifetime Experience, a Voyage on an Inaugural Cruise – Seven Interesting Things about Inaugural Cruises
For those of you 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. Plus the caché of telling your friends you were on an Inaugural cruise. More………..

How do the Royal Caribbean Ships Rank? See what other cruisers have to say here:

We also have some interesting new reviews about various ports in the Bahamas. Here is one of interest:
Regarding Cococay, the private island of Royal Caribbean:
I love this island! March 5, 2011   Reviewer: Rivergirl333
Pros: Beautiful and relaxing. Cons: The day was too short!
Rivergirl333 saw things this way
Overall                          (5)
This is a beautiful, relaxing island. The surrounding waters are crystal clear. By doing a little extra walking we found our own little paradise away from the central crowd. RCI has sprinkled loungers & umbrellas throughout the island. I'd take a cruise just to spend time on this island if it were possible.
See more reviews of this island where most Royal Caribbean ships stop:

Cindy is “Heading to Seattle for our Alaska cruise with grandchildren on Holland America's Oosterdam.”

Multigenerational cruising is all the rage, haven’t you heard? So we are giving it a try. How is it sharing a cabin with a grandchild or two? Will they like the children’s programs as much as I hope they will? Will their parents get some much-needed rest and alone time? More……….

Jackie Finch is sailing on the Seabourn Odyssey on a 7-day Adriatic Odyssey out of Venice. Follow her here.

Here is the start to her story…………Seabourn Odyssey passengers were comfortably seated, sipping complimentary cool drinks and renewing old friendships or making new ones. No hassles from salespeople trying to get money for shipboard services as I had seen across the hall. No hasty photos of me in front of a make-believe seascape before being allowed a place in that lengthy waiting line as was part of the process for that other cruise ship. Oh, how thankful I was to be sailing on the Seabourn Odyssey. More……………..

David Molyneaux was on the Wind Surf cruising to Dominica and Les Saintes, where locals speak French.
Les Saintes is a favorite port among travelers for its charm, tidiness, bright colors and French style. It is so French that many islanders, including most in the tourism office near the dock, speak no English. More……….
Now Is Time To Book A Christmas Cruise for Your Family. Here is a list of some special offerings: for Christmas for New Year’s
CLIA and major lines adopt the Passenger Bill of Rights. You’ve probably heard me make mention of CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) in various blog posts here over the years. CLIA is the world’s largest cruise association, dedicated to the promotion and growth of the cruise industry and is composed of 26 of the major cruise lines serving North America. Earlier this week, they adopted a “Cruise Industry Passenger Bill of Rights,” which I think is very noteworthy, so I am publishing the corresponding press release here in its entirety.
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……..
See reviews of Oceania Cruises, from the Insignia to the Marina to the Nautica, Regatta and the Riveria. More…

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

Planning a cruise ship wedding? Check out these very unique wedding/save the date invitations, perfect for a cruise ship wedding…
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.
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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