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August 26, 2013

The Best Waterparks at Sea, River Cruise News,Silversea Cruises Names a Female Captain, Regent Seven Seas Cruises Offers Savings on Solo Sailings, and The Royal Princess Reviewed

For the ultra-luxury lover in you

This is wonderful news for those of you who love to travel solo: Regent Seven Seas Cruises is offering a series of select sailings where single guests pay a lower additional supplement fare. More…

Allergy sufferers can check their discomfort at the door – of 70 Crystal Serenity doors, that is – when ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises launches the cruise industry’s first hypoallergenic staterooms. Already renowned for the highest standards of cleanliness and comfort, Crystal is introducing a whole new category of luxury accommodations for the most refreshing night’s sleep possible on the world’s #1 cruise line: Deluxe PURE Staterooms. More…

Family travel tips

Waterparks: They’ve long been a popular form of family entertainment. And now, cruising families will be pleased to find that those at sea are now some of the best waterparks … anywhere! More…

The large cruise line companies undoubtedly have myriad activities for all ages, and they are quite popular with families because of the variety they offer. So, as a traveling family, is it worth looking at smaller ships for your next cruise vacation? More…

Fun things happening on the cruise ships

Un-Cruise Adventures christens S.S. Legacy and launches Heritage Adventures. The S.S. Legacy sails Heritage Adventures taking guests back in time to the 1890s and early 1900s to explore history of the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska and early explorers along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The all-American crew – in 1890’s attire – brings history to life through short vignettes during the course of the day and staged dramas at night. More…

Butterflies flutter before our noses. Bubbles dance through the air. Our seats jerk and tilt as we stop at the edge of an abyss. And a dinosaur blow snot in our faces. A dinosaur? Yes, in Thrill Theater all kinds of adventures await through the magic of 3-D technology. The new “multidimensional” theater is now drawing eager viewers on the Carnival Breeze. More…

We now have some of the best land deals listed for our readers.

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New ship reviews

My journey to begin a voyage on the Royal Princess was a rocky one (with nothing to do with Princess Cruise Line), fraught with complications any frequent traveler knows to avoid, but sometimes can’t.” How does her cruise vacation turn out, and what does she think of the ship? Read about Kimberly Button’s adventures on the Royal Princess. More…

Shore excursion of the week:

Escape the crowded cruise line tours on this tour of downtown Rio followed by a trip to world famous Sugar Loaf.

Your tour begins when your professional guide meets you at the ship pier where you will board an air conditioned vehicle. Departing the pier you will enjoy a panoramic tour of downtown Rio de Janeiro passing by the Sambodrome and the Metropolitan Cathedral. The Sambodrome is a purpose-built parade area built to accommodate 90,000 spectators for Rio’s world famous Carnival. The Metropolitan Cathedral is a cone shaped structure located in downtown Rio de Janeiro. The Cathedral reaches a height of 260 feet. This unique, magnificent building with a capacity of 20,000 people is not only one of the Brazilian city’s landmarks, but also a masterpiece of modern art.

You will also see traditional Cinelândia Square with its historical buildings, the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Via the Aterro do Flamengo, you will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca where one of the largest symbols of the city is located: Sugar Loaf. Sugar Loaf is a mountain located at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean. Rising 1,300 feet above the harbor, Sugar Loaf is one of the most recognizable images of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. You will have the unique opportunity to visit this landmark up close! Climb aboard a cable car for the breathtaking trip up the mountain. The first cable car takes you to Urca Hill, a vantage point 700 feet high for beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. From this stage, a second cable car takes you up to the top. At 1,300 feet you will enjoy splendid views of Copacabana Beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and several beaches of Niterói. 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.

This month’s highlighted cruise line

Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC)
Here’s a wonderful Regent Seven Seas Cruises Deal:
Seven Seas Voyager
18NT Sydney-Singapore
Sailing Feb 1, 2014
$11,399 pp Balcony Suite

And they are currently offering a series of select sailings where single guests pay a lower additional supplement fare. More…

RSSC Shore Excursions can be found by clicking here…

Read Regent Seven Seas Cruises Reviews here…

Special deal offerings

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


For the first time in its nearly 20-year history, a female captain is at the helm of a Silversea ship. Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises, which operates a fleet of six ships, has promoted Margrith Ettlin to the position of captain. A Swiss national with extensive maritime experience in remote regions, including the Arctic and Antarctica, Captain Ettlin assumed control of the 132-guest expedition ship Silver Explorer on August 7 in Reykjavik. Her first tour of duty as captain will extend into October. More…

Royal Caribbean International celebrates 50 million guests. “Every day on our ships, guests from around the world are creating and experiencing unforgettable WOW moments,” said Lisa Bauer, Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. “As we mark this incredible milestone, we are inviting guests to relive those special moments and celebrate with us by sharing their personal Royal WOWS.” More…

River Cruise News

The rumors of a new river cruise line have been floating around for a number of months, and now they are confirmed. Emerald Waterways is the first new European river cruise company to set sail in more than six years and aims to make a big splash in the fast-growing market. With the industry’s newest ships, custom-built to exceed guest’s expectations and offering such amenities as a heated swimming pool and a movie theater, Emerald Waterways is aiming at both experienced travelers and the younger demographic looking for strong value and great pricing. More…

Special offerings we found on the Web

For the traveling gentleman… a. Executive Travel Tote Bag with Grooming Kit Set
Beautiful black-on-black genuine leather executive travel bag set comes with all the amenities a gentleman would need on the road. Comes with a built in manicure set, shoe shining kit, a flask, and some room for storage. More…

Interesting websites you may like to visit

Real Simple has some great ideas for putting together activity kits for when you are traveling with children. More…

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