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October 22, 2012

The Majestic Humpback Whale, Ruby Princess Scores a 4.4 of 5, Norwegian Cruise Line Orders New Cruise Ship and Holiday Sailings Are Still Available

We all love the majestic beauty of whales. Enjoy my friend Tom’s story about them:

Only about 10,000 to 15,000 humpback whales swim the world’s oceans, and I’ve seen about 20 of them. I count myself lucky.

I knew that my whale-watching trip while my cruise ship spent a day in Juneau could have been a bust.  The excursion company certainly didn’t make any guarantees.

However, optimism abounded since almost all of the whale-watching companies I found online noted, “We can’t promise whales, but we’ve seen whales every trip for the last 10 years,” or some similar phrase.

It would have been just my luck to be on the trip that broke that string of successes, which is why I don’t buy lottery tickets.

This day, however, I should have invested big in Powerball tickets.

I opted out of the trips offered through the cruise ship and found a small operator. A nice couple from Louisiana joined my extended family of eight to fill a boat operated by Alaska Galore Tours.

Somewhere on the three-hour itinerary that had places named Auke Bay, Favorite Channel, Stephens Passage, Lynn Canal and Saginaw Channel as possibilities, we struck gold – or a misty exhalations, as the case may be.

To everyone’s credit, no one bellowed, “Thar she blows,” when we finally did see a spout. More…….
Cruise Ship Reviews, what do other consumers have to say?

Uniworld River Duchess: “An excellent river cruise through Eastern Europe…this river ship has just been totally refurbished.“ More…
Ruby Princess: “As first-time cruisers we were delighted with the experience.” More…
Regent Seven Seas Voyager: “This is an excellent cruise line in all respects.” More…
Celebrity Solstice: “Excellent service, food and entertainment!” More…
HAL Eurodam: “Wow… very impressed with staff, cleanliness, and the FOOD!” More…

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Have you considered a holiday sailing this year?
Delicious holiday treats are just part of the offerings on the American Queen. Holiday cruises appeal to many different types of travelers. There are those who want to get away with family for a calmer and fun celebration, rather than the sometimes chaotic goings-on at home. There are those who don’t want all the work making meals and hosting guests but would rather be served and pampered. There are those who want to explore holiday traditions in other parts of the world. Some are singles or empty-nesters who would rather celebrate with others than be home alone. So no matter if you celebrate Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or the Chinese New Year, we know there is a cruise for you. Of course, all of the major, mainstream lines will have onboard festivities, but here are some suggestions from AllThingsCruise that you might not have considered:

Spend Christmas with Mickey: You know that the Disney Cruise Line is going to know how to celebrate on its ships. Children will forever remember the Chanukah or Christmas that they shared with their Disney friends. From Thanksgiving through the new year, Disney Cruise Line adds sparkle to each ship, with traditional “turkey day” fanfare, Christmas feasts, “snow flurries” and New Year’s Eve galas.
Queen Mary 2 Travel Diary Moments of Sophistication and History
Cunard never disappoints; their ships are unfailingly beautiful, luxurious and complete with amenities, yet they capture glamour of days gone by. I have been lucky enough to sail on this line several times, and am posting a travel diary I wrote during one of my voyages – a six-day sailing on the QM2. I hope you enjoy my notes of a ship with the flair of a bygone era.
Wednesday – A Stroll in Olde Londontowne More………….

Norwegian Cruise Line announced this week……….that it has reached an agreement with MEYER WERFT GMBH of Germany to build a new cruise vessel, for delivery in October 2015, with the option for a second ship for delivery in spring 2017.  The new ship, at 163,000 gross tons and approximately 4,200 passenger berths, will be larger than the Company’s Breakaway class ships currently under construction at MEYER WERFT and incorporate many of those vessels’ unique design elements and innovations. With the project name “Breakaway Plus,” this new vessel will be the largest in Norwegian’s fleet.
The ship’s contract price is approximately euro 700 million (approximately $912 million) and the Company has export credit financing in place which was arranged and underwritten by KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH of Germany.
Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway have garnered significant attention in the marketplace with their innovative design, rich stateroom mix and world-class amenities.  Building on that momentum, along with MEYER WERFT’s expertise and efficiency in the design and construction process, we are extending the excitement and anticipation with a new, larger edition Breakaway Plus class ship to further distinguish the Norwegian brand,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “This new order further solidifies our commitment to continued innovation in terms of the guest experience and will incorporate technical and environmental advances as well.” More………
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