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Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:25

Panama Canal

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As a Panama Canal cruise is on many bucket lists, and as this iconic link between two oceans celebrated its hundred-year anniversary in 2014, a number of ports offer a variety of memorable shore excursions that highlight natural and man-made wonders.

Port stops vary, depending on the length of the cruise, which may range from 7 days to 18 days and longer. With so many itineraries, stops may include ports in Mexico and the Caribbean. Here,we have a few  popular ports.

Published in September - October
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 14:24

Mediterranean Ports

CruiseThere are Med ports I would gladly visit again and again. A pre- or post-cruise stay is recommended for several - because there is just too much to see and do in a single day.

Athens: The glory that was Greece is still here, evidenced by centuries-old monuments alongside high-rises, neoclassical buildings, tavernas, cafés and shops. A pre-cruise stay is recommended for itineraries that start here.  Major tours include the Acropolis, the museums and the great temples of Zeus. But it’s being part of Athenian life for a while, lingering in the cafes, having a great mezze with some ouzo or local beer in a taverna that makes for a satisfying feeling of having actually “been there,” instead of just passing through.

 

Published in July - August

 

americanempressThe American Queen was born in 1995, the biggest river steamboat ever built: 418 feet long and 89 feet wide, a six deck re-creation of a classic Mississippi riverboat with 222 staterooms for a capacity of 436 guests and a crew of 160.

 

Published in July - August
Friday, 02 May 2014 13:11

Canada Cruise Ports

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As Canada cruises are offered for almost six months (rather than just the fall foliage season), and as they have become increasingly popular with families and younger passengers (as well as the traditional senior crowd), many of the port cities have upgraded their piers and expanded
shore operations.

Published in May - June
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00

Star Clippers

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My appetite for sailing was whetted in the waters off Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, watching occasional four or five-masted schooners sail by, bound from Maine to New York. They looked magical and romantic, with all sails set. Enthusiasm for traveling began on trans-Atlantic voyages aboard the France and the Queen Mary in the 1950s. Though both liners were old then, a five- or six-day transatlantic crossing was never long enough when the moon shimmered on the dark sea at night and the occasional whale was spotted.

Published in March - April

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As the pace of new builds slows, there has been a steady growth in refurbishments and enhancements. Among the notable refurbs in 2013 was Disney Magic’s comprehensive makeover, which included replacing the Mickey Pool with a new water fun zone and water slide and total revamping of deck-top areas, restaurants and children’s clubs.

Published in January - February
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 18:23

Barge Cruising

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Slow, leisurely, tranquil, intimate, even stress-relieving and culturally enriching, these are a few of the adjectives that describe a barge cruise. A barge holiday could be a perfect choice for a client whose idea of luxury includes fine food cooked a la minute by a master chef, using top local ingredients; the opportunity to sample excellent regional wines, perhaps two dozen during a week’s cruise; personalized service, and the opportunity to explore in some depth a particular region.

Published in December
Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00

Small Ships are Bigger than Ever

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According to the American Express internal cruise survey released during this year’s Cruise3Sixty Conference, 38% of the Amex counselors queried said that the cruise product they’re seeing the greatest demand for are small ship cruises. River cruising, which also falls into the small ship category, was close behind at 27%. CLIA reported similar trends in this year’s industry report.

Clients like small ship cruises because they tend to be fairly inclusive, a big plus for those who resent being nickel-and-dimed, who appreciate the comfort and convenience of not signing for every beverage, and not having to add up cruise expenses on a daily basis. And there is the appeal of visiting small ports not accessible to bigger vessels.

Published in November
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 04:39

Experiential Cruises

 

Whether on land, sea or river, the buzzword is “experiential.” Not content to merely “see” or “visit,” seasoned travelers want to participate, to connect with the culture and people of a place - and to come home feeling that their lives have been enriched. 

Voyages of Discovery cruises aboard the 550-passenger mv Voyager embrace this concept by offering guests an education about the history, culture and people of the places the ship visits. During the Tales of India and Arabia itinerary, for example, guest lecturers cover the history of India, starting from the days of the Raj, trade across the Indian Ocean and two of the world’s richest cities, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This allows cruise passengers to relate to the people and places they see on a deeper and richer level than if they disembarked armed only with brochures listing well-known attractions.

 

Published in October
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