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July 15, 2013

Regent Seven Seas Orders New Ship, Christmas in Antarctica, Celebrity Cruises AquaClass is Lovely, Barbados Black Pearl Party Cruise, a Fabulous Hotel Find in the Port of Charleston & More New Reviews of Cruise Ships
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This month’s highlighted cruise line is Royal Caribbean International
For the 10th consecutive year, Royal Caribbean International was voted top cruise line by Canadian travel agents in Baxter Travel Media’s 2013 Agent’s Choice Awards. More…
Royal Caribbean’s ships offer itineraries, activities and amenities designed to appeal to every taste, energy level and age group giving guests the opportunity to create their own adventure. The line also has great amenities for children (and parents!).
Here’s a great 7-night itinerary, perfect for families:
And this special holiday sailing lets you spend Christmas in the wonderful warm sun:
Royal Caribbean International Reviews: Click here to see consumer reviews for this line
Royal Caribbean International Excursions: Click here for information about shore excursions for this line
Visiting Charleston, South Carolina … and some recommendations for your pre- or post-cruise
Our writer Will Garrett recently visited Charleston, South Carolina, and has some good recommendations there, including the Tides Folly Beach Hotel. The Tides is a perfect sanctuary near Charleston to enjoy some time before your cruise or unwind afterwards.  To see the full story……….
For the ultra-luxury lover in you
Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced today that it has entered into a definitive contract with Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard to build the most luxurious cruise ship in the era of modern cruising with delivery scheduled summer 2016.
Accommodating just 738 guests, the new ship will be named Seven Seas Explorer and will be the luxury line’s third all-suite, all-balcony ship. At 54,000 gross-registered tons, Seven Seas Explorer will be the largest vessel in the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet. The contract price for the vessel is approximately US $450 million, making Seven Seas Explorer the most expensive luxury liner ever built. Financing for the project is being arranged by Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank with support from SACE, Italy’s export credit facility. More about this article………..
Sailing on Crystal for an Antarctic White Christmas
Crystal is currently advertising a sizable savings on their very unique 18-day Antarctic sailing, departing Dec. 21, 2013. Through Aug. 30, 2013, passengers who book the itinerary, which sails to Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Falkland Islands, Drake Passage, Cape Horn and the Chilean Fjords (multiple excursions to the Antarctic continent), will save $600 per person.
Due to the strict environmental regulations, these types of sailings are very limited. In fact, it’s the only one of its kind for 2013 and 2014. Guests will be able to fly, hike and zodiac over and on the continent, viewing Air Force homes, penguin breeding grounds, and the picturesque scenery of King George and Ardley islands. Onboard speakers include an Antarctic expedition book author, climate change researcher, shark conservationist and CBS News correspondent……..More………..
Big ship exclusivity, breaking away from the cruise crowd
Cruise ships, like hotels and resorts, figured out years ago how to accommodate travelers who were willing to pay extra for exclusivity. The latest trend in cruise accommodations aboard big ships is to take that concierge level another step up the luxury ladder.
Celebrity Cruises, for instance, has AquaClass, for people who want to center their vacations — activities and meals — around the spa. MSC’s Yacht Club has 24-hour concierge service and exclusive restaurant, lounge and pool; it will be available on the MSC Divina, which will make Miami its home port beginning in November. More…………..
What’s new with all inclusive
Shore excursions are very high on the list of reasons why people take cruise vacations; with such a fascinating array of options available worldwide, I am always looking to find new experiences for our readers. At the top of my list are these 8 Azamara AzAmazing Evening Adventures. More…
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.
Family travel tips

Can you have a child-free evening on a family vacation? Even adults need some time to play … so in addition to Royal Caribbean’s children’s programs and facilities, there’s one more very important thing you should know about: Babysitting Services. More…

It’s safe to say that Disney is generally high on the list of cruises people want to take with their children. But Disney Cruise Line is not ALL about the kids ‒ they also have an amazing array of options onboard for adults. More…

We now have some of the best land deals listed for our readers
NEW!  To see information on current cruise promotions, click here.
From all-inclusive resorts to award winning beachfront properties to Las Vegas plus more….see our land deals here……….More……….
Plus an airline booking tool, cars, hotels and vacation packages that you might find of interest.
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New ships on order
Viking River has an impressive number of ships being planned and built, with three new ones set to debut in the very near future: the Viking Alta (August 2013), Viking Baldur (August 2013), and Viking Magni (September 2013).
And here is a more comprehensive list of the new ships coming out. More…
Princess Cruises’ “Balcony Bonanza” is a great way to treat yourself
I wanted to pass on some fun information I have just heard. Now through July 24 Princess Cruises is offering a free upgrade to a balcony stateroom. This means that on select cruises vacations you can have balcony staterooms at the same price as oceanview staterooms. Why not treat yourself.
Departure ports include locations in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. More …
Shore excursion of the week or see all ships and all shore excursions
The Barbados Black Pearl Party Cruise
If swimming, splashing and calypso swaying are what you crave, the Barbados Black Pearl Party Cruise excursion tour is for you. You will be transferred from the pier to the Black Pearl dock to sign in for an unforgettable Party Cruise of Barbados. Leaving from the heart of Bridgetown aboard The Jolly Roger 1, you will have the opportunity to sightsee as we cruise along the west coast of Barbados. Depending on sea and weather conditions that day, you will make your way to one of our favorite stopover spots for swimming and snorkeling on your own over a wreck teeming with tropical fish. Another stop will be to swim with the fascinating sea turtles. Snorkel gear is provided. For the adventurous, there is a plank to "walk." There is ample shade for those who are not sun worshipers, and the boat has clean, air-conditioned restrooms.
A Barbadian BBQ buffet lunch will be offered during one of the swim stops, with your choice of fresh grilled fish, BBQ steak or baked chicken, along with all of our Bajan sides such as macaroni pie, vegetable rice, steamed vegetables, tossed salad, coleslaw, corn and garlic bread, as well as unlimited refreshments at our open bar with our legendary Jolly Roger Rum Punch.

Latest diaries of the AllThingsCruise writers
There are so many beautiful voyage journals’ here……….just take a peek and read about a cruise you would love to join
Cindy has some lovely ones:
Diary of Alaskan cruise aboard Holland America Line’s Oosterdam
Diary of sailing across the Atlantic aboard the Silver Spirit
Diary of Transatlantic crossing board the Queen Mary 2
Diary of river cruise aboard Uniworld’s River Duchess from Vienna to Istanbul
Diary of transatlantic crossing aboard the Emerald Princess
Diary of cruise to India and Malaysia aboard the Seabourn Spirit
Diary of Caribbean cruise aboard Star Clipper’s Royal Clipper
Diary of Transatlantic cruise aboard the Celebrity Equinox
Diary of Galapagos Cruise with Ecoventura
From November 2013 to April 2014, Un-Cruise Adventures’ 36-guest yacht Safari Explorer explores the Hawaiian Islands on a new itinerary sailing one-way between Moloka’i and Hawaii, the Big Island or reverse. Weeklong Luxury Adventure cruises in Hawaii include activities and tours while exploring four islands—Moloka’i, Lana’i, Maui and Hawaii, the Big Island. More…
European Waterways introduces a new 6-night itinerary for their hotel barge ‘Rosa‘ which features more of the renowned Bordeaux wine region, including a visit to Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and tastings of premier cru and grand cru wines – perfect for wine lovers!  More…
River Cruise News
River cruises, which have proven hugely popular in Europe, are expanding to more exotic locales, drawing vacationers primarily from North America, Europe and Australia. More…
Special offerings we found on the Web
Traveling with infants or toddlers? Bugaboo has a travel collection worth investigating. More…
Sometimes it’s the little things that make life easier… so here’s a handy little kit for those sewing emergencies we all seem to encounter when traveling. More..
Interesting websites you may like to visit
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