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October 10, 2011

Is It Possible for Baby Boomers and Gen Y To Happily Coexist on the Same Cruise Ship Vacation?  Which Line is Best?  Celebrity Cruises, Royal or Crystal Cruises?  Plus……..Cindy’s A Voyage on the Emerald Princess & a Visit to Magical Iceland

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Dear Currents Readers,

Thinking of a cruise vacation with your young adults? We love vacationing with our 20-somethings and, thankfully, they will still take the time to vacation with us! It’s so much fun getting to know them from a different perspective, enjoying long conversations and dinners, new places and adventures. It is a terrific bonding experience for our family.

However, it’s a real challenge to figure out what will please the entire family……….. My husband and I are Baby Boomers and our 4 children are Gen Y. We did a great deal of research to find a way to please everyone. What are the policies for them alone in a cabin, alcohol on the ship and in port, gambling in the casino? Which lines will serve all of our needs and make this the memorable vacation I envision? 

Could Crystal Cruises work for us? We hope the information we uncovered with hours and hours of research proves useful for you and your family. Read the story here………….

Warmest regards,

Heidi – Publisher, AllThingsCruise

P.S. We are contemplating the Crystal Cruises Mediterranean Masterpiece cruise July 1, 2012, and this shore excursion is one we love: departing from Monte Carlo this tour includes a visit to the medieval town of Eze, with its magnificent views of the French Riviera; stops at a perfume factory and the famous film festival Palace, with time to explore the winding streets made famous by actors and artists and a drive along a portion of the Monte Carlo Grand Prix circuit. To see shore excursions………..

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Congratulations to Cynthia Boal Janssens, AllThingsCruise Editor, whose piece “Iceland Turns Out to be Magical in Oh, So Many Ways!” was featured on Princess’s Cruises 50 Essential Experiences,. More……….

Cindy tells us Iceland has long been on her must-see list. And then, just a few weeks ago, on Sept. 19, that experience finally happened. Chet, her husband, and she arrived in Reykjavik aboard the Emerald Princess on its repositioning cruise across the North Atlantic from Copenhagen to Ft. Lauderdale.

“Our stay in Iceland was simply magical. I was a bit concerned that we were only going to be here for less than a day, but we weren’t disappointed.”

About Cindy’s voyage on the Emerald Princess………………….

A small village in Greenland………………..More 

A Sunday tour in Halifax…………………More…………

Piano man Tom Franek packs Crooners Lounge every night with comedy and tunes -- Cut to the Crooners Lounge on the Emerald Princess. Here, this 27-year-old holds court every evening just after 9 to a lounge…….More………

How do the AllThingsCruise readers rank the Emerald Princess ? It’s one of the newest jewel in the Princess crown, the Emerald Princess cruise ship is everything you would expect from such a modern, luxurious ship. As with most of the Princess ships, the theme is choices. There are multiple dining options, including Traditional and...  See ranking of this ship………

Eileen Ogintz is traveling on the Wind Surf… read her blog entries about the trip. More……….
Le Boreal… Beluga Whales and Black Bears. Follow Lillian Africano on a cruise from Boston to Montreal. More……….

Cuisine on a French Barge -- Tres Bon!! See what Barbara Ramsay Orr has to say about the experience. More……….
Feel good about taking a cruise: volunteer on a voyage. More……….

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Expert Travel Answers Question of the Week – What to bring on a 28-day cruise to the South Pacific? Good answer that can apply to almost any cruise as well. To view the answer, please click here:

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