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July 18, 2011

The Top-Ranked Cruise Ship in the World, Escaping to Alaska without TV, Texting or the Internet, Royal Caribbean News and the Ranking of the Princess Jewels of the Sea…….

MS Europa The luxury level was amped up considerably for passengers in the 10 Penthouse Deluxe Suites (484 square feet) and two Penthouse Grand Suites (915 square feet). The penthouses have a teakwood entrance hall; spacious living room with full-size dining table and four chairs; fully stocked refrigerator/drinks cabinet; butler service; complimentary bar set-up (replenished with whatever the passenger requests); laundry and ironing service; priority spa reservations, caviar (always available on request); hand-made chocolates, canapés, petit fours—and just about anything else that can be eaten or drunk. The two Penthouse Grand suites have private saunas, large flat screen televisions and large, private, wrap-around balconies…More……

Le Boréal’s Carita spa offers a variety of facials, body treatments, and massage therapies for men and women. The spa complex includes a fitness center with steam rooms and a Turkish bath, as well as a salon for hair and nail services.

Compliments of: Lillian Africano, author of 16 books, whose articles have appeared in many magazines and newspapers. More…..

Royal Caribbean Updating Older Ships With New Features – RCI's Radiance of the Seas – In 1988 Royal Caribbean introduced a new era of cruising with its ship Sovereign of the Seas, which is considered the industry’s very first mega-ship. Since then, they have built themselves into the second largest cruise line with the addition of numerous ships that cruise both the Caribbean and beyond.  More…………….

The Emerald Princess, The Diamond Princess, The Ruby Princess, The Sapphire Princess – How do these sea jewels rank?  Check out recent consumer reviews here……………

By our third day it doesn’t even seem the kids on board the 12 passenger Sea Wolf — six boys from 12 to 17 and one 11 year old girl — are even missing TV, texting and the Internet that much. More…….

Compliments of Eileen Ogintz,  syndicated family travel columnist who has experienced all kinds of boats from small yachts her family sailed themselves to mega ships. More...

Crystal Cruises continue to leave this writer impressed – My affinity for Crystal Cruises began in 1990, about four days before its first ship, Crystal Harmony, made her maiden call in Los Angeles.

Honolulu was the Harmony’s first stop after leaving Japan, where it was built. I hurried to Pier 9 beside the Aloha Tower and talked my way on board. After scoring a nice lunch in the dining room, I managed an exclusive interview with the ship’s cruise director, who spoke enthusiastically about the modern facilities on his brand-new ship. More…………….

Compliments of Travel writer Robert W. Bone, who has specialized in covering cruising and cruise ships for more than 25 years

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Video of the week: Seven Reasons to Have Your Family Reunion on a Cruise
Summary: Why a cruise is a low-cost, low-stress choice for the family reunion of a lifetime.
Video Run Time: 2:37

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