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September 9, 2013

Seabourn’s Caribbean Cruises With the Iconic “Caviar in the Surf,” Robotic Entertainment on Royal Caribbean International, Plus, How Other Cruisers Rank Their Ships. New: Deck Plans Now Available for Viewing

Do you want to see the deck plans for the Royal Caribbean International ships? Just click here:

This month’s highlighted cruise line is Royal Caribbean International

Here’s an unbelievable deal from Royal Caribbean!
13NT - RCCL Adventure across the Atlantic from $459 PP (rate is $ 459.28 PP) Always wanted to do a transatlantic but wondered what would you do for days at sea? You can ice skate, climb a rock wall, relax ... Innovations on this Voyager-class cruise ships add up to more space for every guest and include enhanced staterooms, expanded dining options and exceptional recreational facilities. Incredible price - limited cabins available - book today! Rates from: $459

See more Royal Caribbean Deals here…

An Insider’s Guide to Cruise Line Children’s Programs - AllThingsCruise Presents Information About Cruise Lines Children’s Programs for All Ages, From Infants and Toddlers to Tweens and Teens. Read about their children’s program here…

Rankings from actual consumers,
The Freedom of the Seas ranks 4.4/5

Geeva says:
This is my fourth cruise and it is the best cruise experience so far.

The Oasis of the Seas ranks 4.7 /5

Smolson says:
We had 3 women in an ocean view balcony room, and it wasn't nearly as crowded as you'd otherwise expect. The person sleeping on the sofa bed said it was extremely comfortable, and the bed was converted back to a sofa during the daytime by the cabin steward. The only negative for the cabin is there wasn't enough storage space for clothes. There was a ton of hanging space, but we didn't have that many things to hang. It would have been better to get a second set of shelf cubbies and lose 18" of the closet. For 2 people it probably would be just right.

Wondering about other Royal Caribbean International Ships? Read all Royal Caribbean Reviews here…

For the ultra-luxury lover in you

For art connoisseurs, a voyage aboard Hapag Lloyds’ luxury ship MS EUROPA 2 is an experience for the senses. All works in MS EUROPA 2’s art collection were compiled by curators from International Corporate Art , and artists and gallery owners are onboard every voyage to discuss the words with guests. An art tour is also held on every cruise. More…

Advance travel planners take note: Crystal Cruises’ entire 2015 through early 2016 collection of worldwide luxury cruises is now open for booking. Also, new “Book Now” fares for the remainder of sailings in 2013 and all of 2014, as well as 2015 through May 2016, debuted this week, guaranteed only until October 31. More…

Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, and the 90-guest m/v Tere Moana, offers two 7-night Tahiti & the Society Islands voyages on The Gauguin and a 7-night Caribbean voyage on the m/v Tere Moana, offering the perfect way to celebrate December holidays in paradise. More…

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Fun things happening on the cruise ships

Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas is blending robotics and entertainers to create thrilling shows in Two70. Robot arms move visuals as seamlessly as performers glide through the space giving guests an extraordinary experience. More…

I had never seen a hair braiding station on a ship, unless it was in a spa. That was a first when I saw a braider busily at work on a Disney cruise. Several young girls were waiting their turn to be made into braided princesses. More…

Family travel tips

Considering a family cruise? I’ve said this before, but I just can’t reiterate it enough; one key to really enjoying your cruise together can be an excellent children’s program. It truly can make a huge difference in how much the cruise is appreciated by everyone. Here’s some information on what Royal Caribbean offers children and families. More…

Disney pins are a fun trading experience for unusual souvenirs, as evidenced by a 9-year old passenger. “I will never ever trade it. This is my favorite,” the 9-year-old declares, clutching a red-white-and-blue image of a Disney cruise ship. Complete with Mickey Mouse’s legendary ears, the ship looks as though it is sailing on a deep ocean with stars sparkling overhead. More…

Latest diaries of the AllThingsCruise writers

Kimberly Button brings us an up-close look at the much-anticipated Royal Princess. See her reports here.
Marcia Levin is traveling to London with her grandson Jakob, 13, and then they sail home on the Queen Mary 2. Follow them here.
Cindy Boal Janssens sails to Alaska with grandchildren on HAL's Oosterdam. Read their adventures here.
Jackie Finch is sailing on the Seabourn Odyssey on a 7-day Adriatic Odyssey out of Venice. Follow her here.

Heidi Allison-Shane sailed across the Atlantic on the Cunard Queen Mary 2. Read her diary here

Cruise Line Charity Work

I always like to make note of the cruise lines’ altruistic endeavors when I come across them, and here’s one that’s worth mentioning; Princess launched an initiative in 2012 that dedicates an entire sailing to support a charitable cause. Princess has two cruises coming up that are dedicated to funding important charities, and you can help (plus, reap some benefits)! More…

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New ship reviews

Today is finally the day for me to explore this beautiful new ship! No more jet lag, no necessary naps in the afternoon. I’m ready to walk every deck, scour the Princess Patter for activities to enjoy, and indulge in some serious food. More…

Shore excursion of the week:

Best of Tallinn Bicycle Tour
Discover the beauty of Tallinn, Estonia, in a truly unique way – with a guided bicycle tour. A bicycle tour allows you to see the city’s many highlights while enjoying fresh air and getting some exercise.
Your bike tour begins at the ship pier, where you will join your professional guide to set out on your excursion. Your first stop is the magnificent summer residence of Peter the Great - Kadriorg Palace. Kadriog Palace was built in 1718 by Tsar Peter I and named for his beloved wife, Catherine. Today the beautifully red and white adorned palace is home to Estonia’s President as well as the foreign art collection of the Estonian Art Museum.

Adjacent to the palace you will ride through the palace’s splendid park and gardens. This is one of many excellent photo opportunities during your tour. Departing the gardens, you will pedal to the Song Ground Festival, where Estonians sang themselves to independence under a huge song arch. You will also see the nearby Maarjamäe World War II memorial.

Departing the War Memorial you will cycle along the scenic seaside from the beach towards Old Town. Upon reaching Old Town you will pedal through the charming streets of this very unique district. Cobblestones, courtyards, shops and markets make up this beautiful Medieval area, where you will experience an atmosphere dating back to the 12th century. The center of the Old Town is the old marketplace, Town Hall Square, and the Town Hall itself, the best-preserved Medieval town hall in Northern Europe. You will have free time for shopping, exploring and having a snack. Departing Old Town, you will return to the ship pier.
Ride Along guests (max 70 pounds) will be accommodated in a trailer attached behind the bike.

Special deal offerings

Check out the “Deals” section on AllThingsCruise… there are some fantastic opportunities in cruising here:


Seabourn has announced a series of voyages aboard Seabourn Pride dedicated to celebrating the ship’s 25-year history with the company. The ship will be transferred to its new owners in Europe in the spring of 2014. Seabourn has created a series of Caribbean voyages incorporating signature Seabourn events such as the iconic “Caviar in the Surf” beach barbecue and the water sports Marina Day that pioneered a new style of luxury small-ship cruising when Seabourn Pride was launched. The final voyage under the Seabourn banner will be a transatlantic voyage departing Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on March 30, 2014. More…

Windstar Cruises, the leader in small ship cruising, continues to evolve its fleet with three million dollars of stateroom upgrades scheduled for Wind Star and Wind Spirit, the two smallest sister yachts of the fleet. Wind Star’s 72 guest staterooms will be renovated in a dry dock this November (one stateroom was already completed as a model showcase room). Wind Spirit is scheduled to have its 73 staterooms completed in April of 2015. More…

The Tampa Port Authority and Royal Caribbean International announced that the cruise line will be deploying a second ship at the Port of Tampa beginning in the fall of 2014. Royal Caribbean International has been operating one ship at the Port of Tampa, during winter cruise seasons, since January 2002. Brilliance of the Seas, which will sail seasonally four- and five-night Western Caribbean cruises, will now be joined by a second Royal Caribbean ship, Vision of the Seas, which will offer seven-night Western Caribbean cruises, sailing from Tampa throughout winter 2014-15. Vision of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas’ winter 2014-15 cruises from Tampa are now open for sale. More…

River Cruise News

Aimed at both experienced travelers and the younger demographic looking for strong value, great pricing, and a near all-inclusive format, Emerald Waterways is offering well-designed eight-to 15-day sailings beginning in April, 2014 at fares that start at CAD $2,255. And to celebrate the launch, the company is offering up to $500 per person savings in airfare costs when Emerald Waterways books the flight and the cruise is booked by October 31, 2013. More…

Special offerings we found on the Web

Have a favorite travel destination that’s worth hanging on the wall? Choose from framed and unframed photographic prints, wrapped canvases, and wall decals of your favorite National Geographic images. Check out their store here:

Interesting websites you may like to visit

If you’d rather listen to a book than read it, has thousands available for download for your next trip. There’s a free trial, and then a fee of $14.95 per month. Read more about the site here.

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