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August 1, 2011

Sailing to the Land of the Ice Bears, AllThingsCruise Rocks, Oceania Cruises Rated by our Readers, Dear Abby at Sea & the Lost City of Zadar 

To the land of the Ice Bears - We’re not even out of bed after our first night aboard Lindblad Expedition’s National Geographic Explorer when the PA system announces. “Whales!”
We were told the night before to be prepared for middle-of-the-night sightings here in the Arctic north of Longyearbyen, Norway.  “You can sleep any time,” exploration leader Lisa Trotter had told us the night before.  More…………
Eileen is a syndicated family travel columnist and has experienced all kinds of boats -- from small yachts her family sailed themselves to mega ships.
Wondering about what we are doing at AllThingsCruise?  We strive to give our readers the most up to date cruise information. We are constantly speaking with the lines, attending cruise conferences, experiencing the ships and checking out new destinations. Plus we are trying to find the most up to date cruise news to help you make the best vacation decision ever……… If you have any news we would love to hear from you……….just email me at
A few interesting things about AllThingsCruise. :
1.      We have the newest and freshest reviews of ships and ports on the web.
2.      Princess Cruises has named us as one of the  “Sites We Like” on their “50 Essential Experiences” list.
3.      The press has given us some great recognition with features in Cruise Industry News and other publications and we are often a resource for cruise articles.
4.      We continue to offer the unique e-card program, whereby cruisers can send their friends and family up-to-date ship contact information before they leave on their cruise. This has become such a popular tool that close to 6,000 postcards have been sent in the last 12 months.
5.      We have added a price prediction tool which helps our readers determine when is the best time to purchase their cruises.
My friends rave about Oceania, they just seem to do everything right. Cruise Line Reviews are a great tool for both choosing a cruise and for learning how to get the most out of the cruise vacation you’ve already booked. We’ve gathered reviews of cruise lines and ships for you.

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And if you have cruised with Oceania, please give us your feedback. 

Advice for the suddenly single…………Cruising might well be the ideal form of travel for the suddenly single. I do it professionally but when I think of the options a cruise offers, I realize it is a perfect way to travel.
Want to share a table with five or seven others? Play trivia games, sit in a theater full of people and enjoy a stage production, attend interesting lectures, enjoy the spa and fitness facility or just sit and gaze at the beautiful and ever-changing sea? You can do it all and see some remarkable parts of the world at the same time. More………….

Marcia has sailed on over 100 cruises all over the world and is past president of the Society of American Travel Writers.

The joke going around the Seabourn Odyssey, a 450-passenger cruise ship sailing between Athens and Venice, is that the captain found the port of Zadar, Croatia, by Googling it on his computer.

Because so many passengers said they had never heard of Zadar, Captain Geir-Arne Thue-Nilsen feigned ignorance, too, as if he had stumbled upon Zadar while wandering up the Dalmatian Coast of the Adriatic Sea. “I just Googled it this morning,” he says.

Zadar may be off the radar for some modern travelers, but ship captains have been stopping at this port for more than 700 years.  More…………..

Compliments of David Molyneaux, who has cruised on more than 50 ships and is president of the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation. More………….

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I am a 72-year-old widower traveling alone. Are there any deals? Several answers may be found here:

Video of the Week: Whale Watching & More on a Canada & New England Cruise

Summary: Learn why Canada and New England cruises from the East Coast of the U.S. have become so popular among experienced cruisers.  Video Run Time: 2:20

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