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November 19, 2012

CruiseCompete’s 2012 Top 7 “Wow!” Ideas for Holiday Gift Giving Ideas, Royal Caribbean Policy Change Allows You to Bring Your Own Alcohol Onboard and Silversea Cruises Transoceanic Voyage Report

“Wow!” Ideas for Holiday Gift Giving on a Cruise Ship. If you’re planning a cruise over the winter holidays this year, you’ll need to put a little extra thought into the gifts for those who accompany you on the voyage. The best gifts will be easy to pack, useful for the trip and something the recipient continues to enjoy when the trip is over.  CruiseCompete has some wonderful tips for gift-giving while on board. . More…
Think it’s too late to plan a holiday cruise for this year? There’s still plenty of time to book a holiday dream cruise! Take a look at CruiseCompete’s holiday cruise offerings. More…
Change of policy: Royal Caribbean allows guests to bring aboard their own wine

One cruise policy most of us have always hated is that we are not allowed to bring any alcoholic beverages on board most cruise ships. But Royal Caribbean has finally changed its policy. Note this report is from Tom Steighorst of Travel Weekly:

Royal Caribbean International has changed a long-standing policy that prevented guests from bringing their own alcoholic beverages on a cruise. More………..
Bob Bone is sailing on HAL's ms Veendam from Chile to Argentina, around the tip of South America. Bob’s adventures have already included a missed flight and lost dental crown, with no dentist in sight… find out how he handles things while abroad. More…
Cynthia Boal Janssens is about to set sail on a Silversea repositioning cruise. “We are about to depart for our next cruise. For the past four years, each autumn we have taken a “repositioning” cruise across the Atlantic Ocean…We will be sailing for 14 days on the ultra-luxurious Silver Spirit, the newest small ship of Silversea Cruises.”  More…
Did you know we have reviews of ports around the world?  Take a peek …..See Port Reviews. What do other consumers have to say?
What do others say about Paris?  I love Paris! Whether for a day or a week, whether your first time or your hundredth, Paris is enchanting. More…

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Thinking of a domestic river cruise? Laissez les bons temps rouler (“let the good times roll”) will be heard aboard the American Queen as the American Queen Steamboat Company debuts at Mardi Gras this February to begin the 2013 Lower Mississippi River season. More…

Mardi Gras next takes place in February 2013. Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday," is the last day of the Carnival season. It always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. How about visiting New Orleans for the festival and taking a cruise either before or after the festivities? Most visitors to the city will arrive no later than Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in order to enjoy an extended weekend of festivities. There are plenty of New Orleans departures; check them out by entering February 2013 and keyword “New Orleans” on the CruiseCompete search page.
See Cruise Ship Reviews. What do other consumers have to say?
RCL Freedom of the Seas- I took my family on this ship on 7/22/2012 on a 7-day vacation. Loved the promenade concept, felt like walking in the mall. Wasn't too crowded at any point. As usual, our restaurant head waiter, waiter and assistant waiters were great, energetic and treated us like VIPs. More…

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