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November 5, 2012

Discovering Authentic Countryside Villages and Castles of France on an Intimate Luxury Hotel Barge, What’s Trending in the Lovely Caribbean? Turks and Caicos is a Favorite, Is an Azamara Club Cruise the Ultimate Boutique Line Experience?

Announcing a new partnership with France Cruises! We would like to share this wonderful information about France Cruises with you. CruiseCompete is proud to introduce luxury hotel barge cruises on the canals and rivers of Europe as part of a new partnership with France Cruises. France Cruises is a world-leading luxury hotel barge company, allowing travelers more access than ever before to experience unparalleled cruise vacations around the world. France Cruises offers a portfolio of over 50 luxury hotel barges voyages through seven countries including France, Holland, Scotland, England, Belgium, Ireland and Italy. To learn more about them or to receive a quote on France Cruises…………More………….

A Special Up Close & Personal Report from Kimberly Button who recently sailed on the very lovely Esperance, belonging to France Cruises:

Could I possibly adjust to the slow paced nature of a canal barge cruise? That was the big question as we embarked on the Esperance, a hotel barge that sails through the
Midi Canal in the south of France. After several months of fast-paced travel where other people and impersonal companies were always dictating my…………. More……….

See Kimberly Button’s full story here……

What is new in the Caribbean? It’s still one of the best values and easiest destinations to visit. If you are looking for a guarantee for warmer weather, this is the cruise destination to choose. 
One of my very favorites is Turks and Caicos…This review talks about the beaches plus more…
See Cruise Ship Reviews. What do other consumers have to say?
Regent Seven Seas Cruises:  4.83 out of 5….We have sailed on Voyager and Mariner and have only positive things to say about Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The ships are lovely, the service is outstanding, the food is 6-star, the cabins are lovely, and you know from the very beginning exactly how much the cruise is going to cost. It is an outstanding experience. More……

Crystal Cruises:  4.9 out of 5…….The Serenity is a wonderful ship. The rooms are spacious and up to date. The service is incredible. The staff works hard to say yes to all of your requests. The food is great, particularly at the Silk Road restaurant.
The entertainment is fabulous, and the sea days were some of the best days on the boat.
See more reviews or submit your own!

All about Azamara Club Cruises:
The atmosphere and experience:
For those interested in immersion into other cultures, this boutique line is filled with pampering options, e.g., spa, fine cuisine, exotic wines and wellness programs. The line is all-inclusive and includes such amenities as specialty coffees and bottled waters, all within a warm country club type of atmosphere.
The destinations:
Carrying just 694 guests each, Azamara ships are able to maneuver into smaller towns and villages where the larger ships may not go. Azamara sails around the world from Asia, Northern and Western Europe, the Caribbean, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean, plus Asia and limited Transatlantic cruises. Both the Azamara Quest and the Azamara Journey are known for their longer stays in exotic ports of call and overnights in those ports for concentrated exploration of the cities and villages visited.
The clientele:
Mostly well-traveled, mature couples; not well suited for small children. Evenings are spent in cozy bars with piano music or reading in your luxurious cabins.
While the Azamara does welcome guests of all ages, no formal children’s programs or facilities are onboard its ships. Minimum age requirement to sail Azamara is 6 months; there are such exceptions as Transoceanic cruises/cruise tours, as well as other select cruises/cruise tours, where children must be at least 1 year old.
Consumer reviews about Azamara Club Cruises:
Shore excursions for your Azamara Club Cruise Voyage:
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The ships: 
Azamara Club Cruises are considered premium by the industry and offer two ships, the Azamara Quest and the Azamara Journey, both of which offer multiple gourmet dining options. The ships are small and intimate with a warm country-club type atmosphere.
Video of the week: Seven Reasons to Have Your Family Reunion on a Cruise
Summary: Why a cruise is a low-cost, low-stress choice for the family reunion of a lifetime. 
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