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July 16, 2012

The Imperial Capitals of Europe Aboard the River Duchess, Istanbul & Budapest, Hapag-Lloyd’s Adventure Routes & the Galapagos Explorer II
The River Duchess, a two-week river trip. It begins with a few days in Vienna, then 10 days cruising, then finishes with three days in Istanbul. This itinerary called “The Imperial Capitals of Europe” travels through Eastern Europe, visiting many places we’ve never been. It is offered by a premier river cruise line, Uniworld Boutique Cruises.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Presents the Adventure Routes: The Amazon, the Chilean Fjords, Antarctica, the South Seas, New Zealand and Madagascar. Ready to take an adventure cruise in the lap of luxury? Hapag-Lloyd Cruises just released their 2013-2014 expeditions brochure, which offers 12 itineraries that are operated in English and German.  More…

Cynthia Boal Janssens just sailed on Uniworld’s River Duchess from Vienna to Istanbul through Eastern Europe. History abounds. Follow her here.

Jackie Finch is sailing the Mississippi River on the American Queen riverboat.  Read about Elvis, the Duckmaster and the rumble of motorcycles. Follow her reports.

Scenic Cruises newest river vessel, Scenic Tsar, launched on June 16 with the announcement that it is the first new ship to be granted Russian registration in 25 years. The Russian Maritime Authority classifies ”new build” as one that is at least 80 percent new and any ship wishing to meet that level of qualification must go through a stringent ”new build” Russian registration process. The Scenic Tsar underwent a total reconstruction, the most extensive re-build ever undertaken in Russia, and met all criteria. More…
Have you tried CruiseCompete’s new “Quick Cruise Search” feature? Just click the green “Quick Cruise Search” icon in the upper right corner of our homepage…It’s the fastest way to get right to our search page.  More…

Its official:  The Great American Steamboat Company is now the American Queen Steamboat Company. This evolving cruise line has so much to offer, especially for you history buffs!  More…

Silversea acquires Galapagos tourism company and expedition ship. The Silversea Group has announced that it has purchased Canodros S.A., the premier Ecuadorian tourism company that operates in the Galapagos Islands, and their upmarket expedition ship, Galapagos Explorer II. More…

It’s time to start thinking ahead to that long Veteran’s Day Weekend… A cruise would be a wonderful way to say “Thank you for your dedication!” to that special serviceperson in your life. More…

Driving to your port? While cruising in itself is a wonderful vacation, just getting to the ship can be a trip in itself, particularly if the vessel is leaving from an interesting port. These port guides, available exclusively on AllThingsCruise, will give you all the information you need to enjoy a wonderful pre-trip in your embarkation port. More…

Just to Show a Few of Our Port Reviews
Boston:  A beautiful, historical and must-see city.” More…
Mykonos, Greece “Lovely town with very interesting architecture.” More…
Grand Turk (Caribbean) – “Beautiful, unspoiled beaches – GORGEOUS!” More…

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Ship & Port Reviews: Thank you for your reviews! Each month a Kindle e-reader will be awarded as a gift for the most comprehensive review. June’s winner was Anne Shannon, with her review of AmaWaterway’s AmaCello. Read the review here. 

We will be picking another winner soon, and we would love to have your personal reviews of cruises – ships and ports. You might just win a Kindle; we will award this gift for one of the reviews submitted.

Please visit CruiseCompete’s Shore Excursions by Port to plan a once-in-a-lifetime trip for your next voyage!

Looking for actual ship-to-shore telephone numbers? How do you let friends and family know all the details of your next cruise? It’s simple; just use this beautiful, easy e-card! More…..

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