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July 29, 2013

Snorkeling Through Pristine and Highly Diverse Coral Reefs,
Pinnacles and Shipwrecks, Dancing With the Stars At Sea on Holland
America Line and Innovations From Princess Cruises
The Latest Innovations From Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises Royal Princess® (launched June 2013)
  • The line’s largest top deck pool ever that features a Vegas-style water & light show at night.
  • Princess Live! is the first television studio in cruising. It features audience seating and participation, and also serves as a venue for  game shows, art-house films, enrichment classes and murder mysteries.
  • The SeaWalkSM- with views 128 feet straight down! This 17-deck-high, glass-bottomed “SeaWalk” extends nearly 30 feet from the side of the vessel, affording unmatched views of the ocean.
 To see more interesting innovations, simply click here:
For the ultra-luxury lover in you
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…
SeaDream Yacht Club just released their November 2014 through April 2015 voyage schedule, first giving their past guests advance notice before going out to travel agents and the public at large. More…
Fun Cruise Ideas
How nice would it be to be present for racing’s most celebrated event, the Grand Prix? If you book a Windstar cruise for 2014, you’ll have that opportunity. In fact, you’ll have two. More…
Fans of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars will be thrilled to know that the glitz, glamour and thrilling dance sequences of the show are coming to the sea aboard Holland America Line in Dancing with the Stars: At Sea. Guests of the line can participate in complimentary dance classes, compete in a competition and meet the pros that make this show such a popular favorite.  More…
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New ships on order
Blue Star Line’s Titanic II (launching 2016)
  • What’s old is new again as the ship will be an almost exact replica of the original, leading to a huge amount of interest among history buffs who want to sail on her.
  • The new ship will also feature modern innovations such as top safety equipment, a hospital and helicopter landing pad.
Regent Seven Seas Seven Seas Explorer (launching summer 2016)
  • This ship is to be built at a cost of $450 million, making it the most expensive luxury liner ever constructed.
  • Luxury amenities will include Regent’s signature nine-deck atrium, a two-story Explorer Theater, three boutiques and the customary Canyon Ranch SpaClub®.
Read more about what’s happening with the new ships here….
Kudos to the cruise lines
Since December 2009, Carnival Cruise lines has partnered with St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis to raise $3 million. Now that the cruise line has successfully raised its initial $3 million, the company has extended its commitment to raise an additional $5 million over the next four years. Carnival also has signed on to become St. Jude’s Official Celebration Partner. More…
Shore excursion of the week:
St. Lucia Snorkeling
St. Lucia is rated as one of the unexploited underwater secrets in the Caribbean. With its pristine and highly diverse coral reefs, pinnacles and shipwrecks, this island offers the visitor the ideal snorkel adventure—one not to be missed!

Departing from the cruise pier area, you will be transferred to Marigot Bay for check-in at the dive shop. After receiving equipment and filling out the required waiver, you will board your boat and head out from Marigot Bay to the island's sheltered west coast. The boat may be shared by both snorkelers and divers.

Depending on the water and weather conditions that day, your captain will head for the best snorkeling and diving site. This may be anywhere from a 15 to 45 minute boat ride from the dock. Upon arrival, your captain will anchor and snorkelers will be teamed up with their guide (maximum eight guests per guide) and spend approximately the next 45-60 minutes snorkeling the crystal-clear waters of St. Lucia.

Back on board, a full lunch is served featuring an entree that might be baked chicken, fish or pork, along with vegetables, salad, rice or macaroni pie. This will provide some time to rest before the captain makes his way to your second snorkeling site.

At the second site, you will also have 45 to 60 minutes to snorkel over reefs teaming with tropical fish. After your second snorkel stop, you will make your way back to Marigot Bay and then to your cruise ship.

Average time of the tour, including transfers, is 5 hours but may vary based on the snorkel sites visited that day. Snorkeling is from the boat at anchor, so guests should have a general knowledge of swimming.
Latest diaries of the AllThingsCruise writers
Cunard never disappoints; their ships are unfailingly beautiful, luxurious and complete with amenities, yet they capture glamour of days gone by. I have been lucky enough to sail on this line several times, and am posting a travel diary I wrote during one of my voyages ‒ a six-day sailing on the QM2. I hope you enjoy my notes of a ship with the flair of a bygone era. More…
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This month’s highlighted cruise line
Holland America: If you are looking for spacious and comfortable ships at sea, award-winning service, five star dining, extensive activities and enrichment programs and compelling worldwide itineraries, this is a perfect cruise line for you. More….
Holland America has a fun way to spend Halloween this year…
Halloween Journey to the New World & Guest Chef Demo; onboard credit $893
15-NIGHT JOURNEY TO THE NEW WORLD - 15 Days - Starting in Civitavecchia with stops in Alicante, Malaga, Cadiz, Ponta Delgada, Fort Lauderdale
2013 Sails: Oct 31
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Paul Gauguin Cruises Is Awarded “Top Small-Ship Cruise Line For Families” by Travel + Leisure in the magazine’s 2013 “World’s Best Awards.” More…

Country singer Rockie Lynne has been announced as a featured performer during Princess Cruises’ first-ever fundraising cruise to support U.S. veterans. More…

Norwegian Cruise Line has confirmed an order for a second “Breakaway Plus” cruise ship with MEYER WERFT GMBH of Papenburg, Germany, for delivery in spring 2017. More…

Special offerings we found on the Web
We love the look of this tri-fold men’s toiletry kit:
And here’s a handy little makeup travel bag for the ladies…
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