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December 31, 2012

The Two-Day Inaugural Cruise of the Celebrity Reflection & Rave Reviews, Deliquesces From the Sea & Nectar from the Gods, Brazil with Azamara, One Small, Quaint Fishing Village after Another and Drink Packages Abound on Royal Caribbean 
  
All Inclusive Drink Packages come to Royal Caribbean
 
Royal Caribbean has officially introduced two all-inclusive beverage package options to its fleet. The packages are currently available on seven-night or longer sailings on 13 ships… Legend of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Splendour of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, Vision of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas.
 
Packages must be purchased on the first day of a cruise for the entire length of the cruise. If one person in a cabin buys a package, all passengers older than 21 in that cabin must also purchase the package.
 
The two drink package options are, More………………..
 
Sharing one of the greatest pleasures of life, dining on fine foods, nectar from the Gods and Deliquesces from the sea.
 
The menu for the Captain’s Gala Dinner was especially good with duck pate brioche for appetizer, French vegetable pot Petite Marmite (slowly cooked clear beef consommé garnished with diced vegetable and fine herbs), and an entrée of Alaskan King Crab legs. Other tempting entrée choices were maple glazed tuna with apple-potato salad, oven roasted rack of lamb and quail with apricot bread stuffing.
 
Gourmet vegetarian choices for the Captain’s Gala Dinner included chilled cranberry sup, capellini with arugula and roasted tomato and truffled mushroom risotto with creamy mascarpone cheese. For diners who prefer their dishes less fancy, an “available daily menu” includes French onion soup, Caesar salad, grilled salmon, grilled chicken, broiled New York strip, rice, baked potatoes and steamed vegetables.
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Serenade of the Seas emerges from three week revitalization
 
Royal Caribbean International’s Serenade of the Seas has reemerged from its three week $29 million dry-dock at Navantia Ship Yard in Cadiz, Spain, with a host of new dining concepts, entertainment options and technology advancements originally introduced to industry-wide acclaim aboard Oasis-class ships. Serenade of the Seas, a Radiance-class ship, is the eighth ship overall …..More……………..
 
Consumer ratings of Celebrity Cruises
 
The Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship will feed your wanderlust. Luxury and spectacular design are mainstays aboard this floating masterpiece. Exceptional service, as well. Whether you're being pampered in the AquaSpa Relaxation Room. Indulging at the main..
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Ten new Viking longships on order for Viking River Cruises
 
Viking River Cruises today announced it has placed an order for 10 additional Viking LongshipsTM, bringing the total number of new ships launching next year to 10 and the number launching in 2014 to eight. The launch plan will easily surpass the industry record Viking set in 2012 with the introduction of six new ships in a single season. By the end of 2014 the company will have introduced a total of 24 new ships in a three-year period, a fleet expansion unprecedented in the cruise industry. More………..
  
The two-day inaugural of the Celebrity Reflection is over and it is getting raves
 
The two-day inaugural sailing of the Celebrity Reflection (along the South Florida coast toward the Keys) is over. My visit to the new ship is ended and the suitcase empty. It was short, it was sweet, and very, very busy.
 
Many of the guests were members of the travel media, travel agents, and those involved in local South Florida charities. They roamed the ship at will, gawking, partying and enjoying entertainment and fine dining. The entertainment, incidentally, never ends. More……………
  
ABOARD THE AZAMARA QUEST
 
So what do passengers aboard Azamara Quest do in Brazilian waters (for the fourth day) as the ship visits – and tenders passengers to the shore – one quaint fishing village/resort town after another?
 
Great places to relax, play bridge, trivia games, read that best seller you’ve been trying to get into since last Christmas and relax. Some 60 percent of Azamara’s passengers are repeaters.
Guests enjoy the long stays in port and the chance to learn more about the region’s history. Today we are on the Emerald Coast of Southern Brazil, calling at Porto Belo, where most of its inhabitants descend from immigrants from the Azores Islands who first came more than 200 years ago. More…………
 
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