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March 25, 2013

Introducing ShipMatch™ , Pampering at the Spa and Exclusive Spa Products, Some Very Interesting Things You May Not Have Known About the Royal Princess, the Newest Princess ship
I love Princess Cruises and Princess is launching their newest ship the Royal Princess this summer. The 3,600-passenger Royal Princess is making its debut in June with myriad food and drink options for its guests. Here are some highlights straight from Princess Cruise Lines: 1. Tea Tower with Sommelier and 250 Blends – Featuring a tea sommelier and a choice of 250 blends, tea lovers will revel in the Royal Princess unique tea tower located  more…………
Find out more about the interesting arts and entertainment, dining and drinks, and the accommodations the Royal Princess will offer.  More…
Cunard decides to ease up the dress codes on its three Queens. I can just hear Hugh Bonneville from Downton Abbey reacting to the news: “Has the world gone mad?”  More…
(And see our related “Interesting and Fun” item below that relates…)
New guest writer Gerry Barker just returned from his voyage on the Azamara Quest. If you are looking for more relaxation, more quiet and a more personal cruise experience, Azmara Club Cruises will more than meet your expectations.” Read all about his experience through his cruise diary. More…
If you are planning a wedding, now is the time to get your details in order. It can be daunting to know where to start; however, if you want a beautiful locale, expert wedding planners and gorgeous details, we suggest you consider using one of the cruise lines for your upcoming wedding and honeymoon.  More…
What, exactly, is Royal Caribbean’s Edutainment? And will the kids get wise to learning on the sly?  I love the idea of sneaking in a little learning where I can. I doubt my kids would even notice, because the activities sound like so much fun. More…
Decisions, decisions. Will it be a Body Glow, a Scalp Massage, a Marine Mud Wrap? Lillian Africano tells us about the spa aboard the Sea Dream II. More…
Every time I take a cruise vacation, of course a visit to the spa is on my agenda. (I’m always hoping there is some magical treatment that I have not heard about yet!), and I always buy a variety of products, from skin care to makeup. One of the brands I love is Elemis; I especially adore the skin nourishing milk bath.
Now, I’m pleased to report that you, our faithful readers, can purchase the very luxurious spa products found on your last cruise vacation…at a discount!  They are all available at!   
We now have a direct link to their products with special savings for our readers.
End of Season Sale. Save 15% + Free Shipping on orders of $50 or more. Use code MYFREE15 at checkout. Offer valid 3/1-3/31 
The other brands TimeToSpa offers are:
Top brands:
  • Elemis,
  • Colorescience
  • Freeze 24-7
  • Biofreeze
  • Bliss
Exclusive brands:
  • Steiner
  • La Thérapie
  • Jou
  • Ionithermie
  • CND
  • Mandara Spa
  • California Sun Glow
 Among the many questions posed by visitors to AllThingsCruise, this is one of the foremost:  Is there a way for me to identify, and introduce myself to, other families who may be traveling on the same cruise ship as myself?  We asked our readership what they were looking for and - based upon their responses - are pleased to offer “ShipMatch™ ” to help make your future cruise experience more memorable than ever before.
Here are the reasons why cruisers want to know who else is sailing on the same ship and date:
  1. Parents with children are looking to meet and socialize with other families whose children could be playmates for their own.
  2. Cruisers are curious as to whether there is anyone else they might know on their planned vacation. The presence of family friends, or of business associates, may influence (or dissuade) the cruiser from following through in booking that particular cruise.
  3. When traveling with a partner or friend(s), cruisers sometimes find that their preferred agenda might be different – one might wish to take a shore excursion while the other would prefer to stay on board, etc.  Knowing you have a friend or associate on the cruise with like-minded interests as you/your partner will help ensure that no one is stranded alone against their wishes.
  4. If you’re traveling alone, you might wish to know the prospects for friendship or companionship on your cruise with other solo travelers.
  5. Perhaps you’re seeking others with similar interests to your own – using a service like ShipMatch™ may help you identify kindred spirits (or help them identify you in advance). You might even plan shore excursions together.
  6. Share your excitement
  7. Ask other cruisers questions and share information
Simply put, ShipMatch™ will be a valuable tool for anyone seeking to identify other travelers on their voyage whose association will help ensure that their cruise will meet their expectations and dreams. 
To see who may be traveling on your voyage, visit the new forum of AllThingsCruise, ShipMatch™.

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 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 your ideas to make this more valuable. Thank you! and Port Reviews.

If you have a ship or port experience you would like to share with our readers, please enter it here:
Interesting and fun items we found on the Web that we thought we would share with you…….
Do you love to cook?  Are you a fan of the program Downton Abbey? With 80 delicious recipes, this cookbook celebrates the phenomenal success of the series and the culinary wonders enjoyed by the aristocracy in Edwardian England.

And perfect for after dinner: Is it a drink, or a dessert? This elegant drink is a mixture of vanilla vodka, Irish cream liqueur and orange liqueur or orange juice, garnished with orange slices and chocolate shavings.
Interested in New Ship Launches? We have the place for you…
sets new standards in European river cruising and offers a number of features which no other European river cruise line can match. Read reviews of this line here.
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