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CruiseCompete Currents
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June 18, 2012

Tiptoeing Though Tulip Fields, Traversing the Atlantic, the Challenges of Cruising with Adult Children and a Review of Holland Americas Maasdam (hint, Best cruise ever) Is Beaches Turks & Caicos Worth $1282 Per Night?

Beaches Turks & Caicos is truly one of my favorite spots to vacation with my family. We have many wonderful memories of this lovely resort.  I think this resort has one of the best spas ever, the best children’s program, fabulous dining, and it’s a cozy intimate resort.  Plus it’s an all-inclusive experience. If you’re interested in a land vacation, VacationCompete offers best all-inclusive, hotel and resort deals.

A review of Holland America’s Maasdam:  “Best cruise ever! Lovely ship, service and ports of call.  The Maasdam is small enough to feel cozy, large enough to feel private…I sailed on the Maasdam to Alaska in 2006 and was unimpressed to say the least. It (she) has been refurbished since then. We sailed on her again in May-June 2012 to Canada and New England and the difference is remarkable!”  More….

5 Reasons A River Cruise Should Top Your Travel To-Do List: Experience History: Budapest’s Chain Bridge, Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral and the Great Wall of China… These cruises offer a memorable blend of scenic river views with “slices of history” that reflect some of the most magnificent cultures in the world.  More….

Alice Rindler Shapin reports on the challenges of cruising with adult children: “For 20 years we traveled with another “couple.” We rented beach houses together, took cruises and went on golf vacations. But then they split up and moved away. And now, after several years on their own, we’re planning a reunion vacation, actually, a family reunion. The other “couple,” Amanda and Scott, are our children, and are now in their late 20’s.”  More….

Barbara Ramsay Orr traveled to the Netherlands for a romantic barge cruise through the tulip fields.   See what she has to say about the experience, and watch her exclusive interview with chef Sebastian Ambervilles.  More….

Cynthia Boal Janssens is crossing the Atlantic on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and then going on a river cruise. “It has been a busy, busy spring. This week is particularly jammed as we are preparing to be away for almost a month.”  More….

Guest writer and photographer Tony Leighton tells us about his voyage on the Aegean Odyssey. “After two glorious days in Rome, we met the Aegean Odyssey in Civitavecchia, the nearby port where countless cruise ships take on and off-load hundreds of thousands of passengers each year. She was unmistakable, like a gazelle in a herd of hippos.”  More….

Independence Day is right around the corner; make it a long cruise weekend. See CruiseCompete’s specials for the holiday. More…

Independence Day is made possible by who have served our country in the Armed Forces, and the cruise lines say “thank you” with military discounts, year round. More…

Ship & Port Reviews: Thank you for your reviews!  Each month a Kindle reader will be awarded a gift for the most comprehensive review.  We have selected this month’s winner, and will publish the review information here in the newsletter pending their approval.   We would love to have your personal reviews of cruises – ships and ports. You might just win a Kindle, as each month we will award this gift to 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…..

Video: How to Choose a Cabin for Your Next Cruise.  Summary: Learn the differences between types of cruise cabins and staterooms, and get some advice about how to choose the right cabin for your particular cruise. Video Run Time: 3:39

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