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Cruise News and Information
July 1, 2013

Oceania’s “lobster and caviar, with a glass of champagne” philosophy, Azamara visits the entire Antarctic continent with two landings a day, and the Rhine’s picturesque medieval towns via AmaWaterways
For the ultra-luxury lover in you
David Molyneaux compares Oceania’s cuisine to other lines: “As long as you put lobster and caviar on the menu, with a glass of champagne, everybody is happy,” said Christophe Belin, Riviera’s senior executive chef.  More…
Lillian Africano reviews Europa 2: Almost everything I had loved on Hapag-Lloyd’s EUROPA, I found on its sister, Europa 2. And some of the things I didn’t love have gone away on this sleek and very modern new ship.   More…
Family travel tips
Making the right decision about which line is best suited to your own particular cruising needs is paramount in truly enjoying your voyage.  If you pick one that is ill-suited to your interests and inclinations, you won’t enjoy it nearly as much as you might have otherwise.  More…
Sailing with children can be the experience of a lifetime for them … and you!  But the right onboard children’s program can be the key to success, so choose wisely!  More…
We now have some of the best land deals listed for our readers.  
Plus an airline booking tool, cars, hotels and vacation packages that you might find of interest.
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New ships on order
Thinking about taking an inaugural cruise? From river ships to ultra luxury vessels, to mega ships, take a look at the list of the newest ships on order here. 
New ship reviews
Princess Cruises’ newest ship, the Royal Princess, is now sailing. What does it cost to take a voyage? Find out here:

What’s new with all inclusive
Many of the lines are including more and more with your voyage. One of the many questions we consistently receive in regard to the various cruise lines is, “What is the alcohol policy?” Many vacationers want to know what is (or is not) included in their drink packages.  Find out about alcohol policies here.
Shore excursion of the week:
Southampton Shore Excursion: Post-Cruise Tour to London via Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor
Shore Excursion Highlights:
  • One-way post-cruise excursion from the Port of Southampton to London with stops in Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor.
  • Explore ancient British sites with your knowledgeable and friendly guide
  • Visit the magnificent and medieval cities of Salisbury and Windsor
  • Discover the world-famous prehistoric landmark Stonehenge
  • Port pickup and hotel drop-off in a comfortable coach
Tour without entrance included:
Tour does not include entrance to Stonehenge Centre or Windsor Castle
From USD $106.58
Tour with entrances included:
Tour includes entrance fees to Stonehenge Centre and Windsor Castle
From USD $146.00
Latest diaries of the AllThingsCruise writers
Marcia Levin sails on Cunard: Queen Mary 2 may well be my favorite ship. After more than three decades of ship travel on oceans and rivers all over the world, this ocean liner (don’t call her a “ship” or, heaven forbid, a “boat,”) seems to really be the epitome of it all for me.  More…

Guest writer Judy Zimmerman talks about Azamara Quest Cruises to Antarctica: Many cruise passengers are more interested in the quality of their ship-board experiences than the ports of call, but my top three priorities in selecting a cruise are: 1) The ship is the most convenient transportation to the ports I want to visit, 2) It’s a small ship (500 or less passengers) and 3) It provides excellent on-board learning opportunities.  More…

This month’s highlighted cruise line
Princess Cruises:  Read more about the line here.
Princess Reviews:  Click here
Following a positive response to their last charity cruise, Princess Cruises has scheduled a 5-day Western Caribbean cruise departing February 10, 2014, from Fort Lauderdale. This cruise is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, helping to fund its work to promote healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  More….
Special deal offerings
Featured cruise line Princess Cruises has a variety of fantastic specials available:
Please click here to see all the options!
Other great deals:
MS AmaCello, AmaWaterwaysEight Days Rhine Cruise
Enjoy "Culture & Wine Legacy of the Rhine" cruises this fall. Explore picturesque medieval towns and marvel at breathtaking scenery along the mighty Rhine, while on an all inclusive seven night’s deluxe cruise. Program starts in Amsterdam and ends in Basel (or reverse). Rates include all port taxes.  Rates from: $2,200  More…
Star Pride, Windstar Cruises7 Nights Greece and Amalfi Coast
You'll discover spectacular views in every port, from the Greek Theater in Taormina to the dramatic natural beauty of Lipari. And each small harbor is especially suited for small-ship exploration, from enticing shops, cafes and coffee houses to the enchantment of ancient villages still teeming with energy. Cruise in true private yacht style to ports the big ships can't reach and enjoy the best of the region – from the ancient ruins of Sparta and Mystras to the pure indulgence of the Mediterranean lifestyle. Rates from: $3,114  More…
Windstar Cruises partners with SAVEUR to offer premier culinary and wine cruise.  More…

After 10 years Semester at Sea students will visit Cuba as part of upcoming fall voyages.  More…

River Cruise News
A Review of AmaWaterways New AmaPrima
The AmaPrima’s lobby
If you follow along in this blog, you’ve probably realized that I just love AmaWaterways. This river cruise line has the most beautiful ships, with wonderful amenities. My friend Phyllis recently wrote a review of AmaWaterway’s new AmaPrima, and I just had to share it with you… More…………..
Special offerings we found on the Web
Looking for a new passport case? has a Millennium Leather Andrew Philips International Document/Passport Case at a great price:
Interesting websites you may like to visit
My favorite times are vacationing with the family I love. When are you at your happiest? Delve into the concept with Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project.” It makes for a great vacation read.
Order it here:
Rubin also blogs about achieving happiness at:
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