It’s Delicious, Too

On September 30, 2009 By

We had Chinese this evening.  My fortune cookie said – I kid you not –  “ships and water are in your future.”

Smart cookie.

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Illustration courtesy Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Many North Americans may not be aware of Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, and that’s a shame.  Their five-star vessels have been taking hundreds of happy European passengers on exotic, interesting voyages for years now.  Their ships are the only vessels in the world to [...]

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Through the Looking Glass

On September 28, 2009 By

The EOSEAS concept cruise ship.  Photo-illustration courtesy STX Europe A few days ago, we told you about the soon-to-be largest ship in the world, Oasis of the Seas.  But STX Europe, the shipyard that built her, has some equally fascinating plans of their own.

Not simply content [...]

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Illustration courtesy MSC Cruises It’s fall, and that means the Caribbean cruise season is about to get into full swing as ships reposition from Alaska and Europe to call instead in the land of warm, sandy beaches.  Returning once again to the Caribbean from Europe is MSC [...]

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Oasis of the Seas on her sea trials. Photo courtesy Royal Caribbean In 45 days, the largest cruise ship ever built will sail into its new homeport of Ft. Lauderdale for the first time, and whether a ship that size is your cup of tea or not, Continue Reading

The Oceania Difference

On September 23, 2009 By

Photo Courtesy Oceania Cruises Once upon a time, there was Renaissance Cruises.  With a fleet of eight identical sister ships all built between 1998 and 2001 operating popular European and South Pacific itineraries, things looked rosy for Renaissance and its CEO, Frank Del Rio.

Then 9/11 happened.  Demand [...]

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Photo courtesy Cunard Line Cunard has quietly added itineraries for their 2011 World Cruises on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth to their website.  Itineraries for Queen Victoria through March 2011 have been online on Cunard’s site for some time now.  Recently released voyages include:

QM2:
Jan [...]

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Cruise Lines vs. Alaska

On September 21, 2009 By

The 2009 cruise ship season in Vancouver is almost at a close.  The Star Princess, Coral Princess, and Norwegian Pearl are all here today.  All are headed south to the sunshine, sandy beaches, and waving palm trees.

Some are not to return.

Disney announced to great fanfare two weeks ago they would be homeporting [...]

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So you’ve done the Caribbean.  And the Mexican Riviera.  You could go back to the Med, but you’ve been warned they’ll make you an official tour guide if you set foot on Santorini again.  What’s a sun-worshipper to do?  Royal Caribbean might have the answer.

Departing on various dates in January and February of [...]

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Weekend News Update

On September 19, 2009 By

Bart de Boer has updated his fantastic ShipParade website with a brand-new photo tour of the equally brand-new MSC Splendida.  Be sure to check it out to discover why MSC is quickly becoming a major player in both Europe and in North America.

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