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Cruise News and Information
April 22, 2013

Mega Millions and Megaships, Bumper Cars and Balconies:
The Very Latest in New Ship Technology
Plus: A Thailand Cruise, Family Cruise Options,
and Wine Cruises for the Oenophiles Among Us
After 5 years, Princess Cruises is nearing completion on its $760 million vessel the Royal Princess, a new ship that falls under the megaship class of vessels. The ship will introduce a whole new variety of features and amenities, with a profile that will be different due to the SeaWalk, whose promenade that extends 28 feet over the side of the ship with a see-through glass floor to the ocean 16 decks below. More…
With the christening of each new cruise vessel, we see more high-tech and impressive ship design, features and amenities. Details are now emerging about the latest ship to provide the “wow” factor – Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, launching in Fall 2014. Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., says “Innovation has always been a part of our DNA, and we have taken advantage of all that creativity to design Quantum cruising.”  More…
If you can’t wait until the Quantum of the Seas launch date of Fall 2014 to sail with Royal, take a look at these specials they’re running now:
A thank you to some of our everyday heroes:
Radiance of the Seas
7-NT Alaska Police/Fire Promo
Sailing Vancouver, BC, to Seward, AK
May 17, 2013
Inside cabins start at $592.95 pp double occupancy
Royal Caribbean also provides special rates on selected sailings for military personnel, so be sure to enquire when booking a cruise.
For those ready to pursue a life of mystery:
Brilliance of the Seas
12NT Mystery and Intrigue in the Venice of the North
Round trip, Harwich, England
July 2, 2013
From $1,742 pp double occupancy w/credit
Royal Caribbean is known for its imagination and innovation in the cruise industry and is a favorite of many cruisers. Read what people have to say about the line here:
For the oenophiles among us: Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises is rolling out a new Wine Series collection of 11 voyages this year designed for wine enthusiasts. On each wine cruise, discerning travelers with a passion for fine wines will enjoy sampling great vintages and learning about the tradition and art of winemaking in special tastings and lectures conducted by wine professionals, vineyard owners and winemakers. More….  (For some great tips related to these wine cruises, see the “Interesting and Fun Items” section below.)
Planning a family cruise? If your children are between the ages of 3 and 17, Holland America has myriad activities, functions and amenities that will keep them happy and entertained for the duration of your cruise. More…
Another great family option: Costa Cruises is running a “Kids Free” spring and summer promotion that lets families of four sail for the price of two guests.  More…
Janet and Stuart Wilson have traveled the globe together for more than 40 years, and are sailing on Oceania's Nautica for three weeks out of Thailand. More…
Interesting and fun items we found on the Web…
Interested in a wine cruise, but intimidated by the subject matter? You can get a working knowledge of wine through this Wine For Beginners article on the Wine Enthusiast.
And you can practice for the cruise, beforehand, at home!  Epicurious has great tips on hosting a wine party.
Interested in new ship launches? Here’s more information:
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