Oasis Lives

On October 31, 2009 By

Oasis of the Seas departing Turku on October 30, 2009. Photo courtesy Royal Caribbean International The biggest newsmaker this week was, without a doubt, the handover of Oasis of the Seas to Royal Caribbean.  Whether she’s your cup of tea or not, there’s no denying this is […]

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What Recession?

On October 27, 2009 By

Last week, Crystal Cruises announced something guaranteed to make the executives of any company smile: a 70% increase in bookings from September.

Crystal also stated that bookings for 2010 were up well over 100% when compared to 2009 bookings made during the same time last year. 

If you watch your local news, however, […]

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MSC Poesia. Photo courtesy MSC Cruises With fall comes the return to the archetype of cruising: the Caribbean cruise.  With its crystal-blue seas, warm temperatures, and myriad of destinations, the Caribbean is a no-brainer for North Americans and even Europeans looking to escape the winter snow and rain.  […]

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Seabourn Spirit. Photo courtesy of The Yachts of Seabourn The Yachts of Seabourn provide us with this week’s Unique Itinerary.  Not only is it a unique Caribbean voyage, but it sets sail from a unique homeport and comes with a unique price.

Departing December 2, 2009, this […]

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Reuniting Down Under

On October 21, 2009 By

Pacific Dawn. Photo courtesy of P&O Cruises When a cruise line decides the time has come to jettison their older vessels, they usually end up scattered all over the globe, pressed into service for lines looking to expand in emerging markets.  P&O Cruises Australia is the lucky […]

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18-Night Southeast Asia Cruise on Azamara Quest Illustration courtesy Azamara Cruises Asia has become a cruise destination that continues to emerge slowly.  Cruise lines like Costa and Royal Caribbean have cautiously deployed a few ships there, in order to test the local market.  At first, there […]

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Coral Princess in drydock at Freeport, Bahamas. Photo courtesy Princess Cruises Princess Cruises is once again pulling back the proverbial curtain to allow us to see what goes on during a drydock.  The lucky recipient this time?  Coral Princess.

Built in 2002, the 92,000-ton Coral Princess is […]

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Epic Appointments

On October 16, 2009 By

Norwegian Epic. Illustration courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line At From The Deck Chair, we usually try to showcase news and interesting facts from a wide variety of cruise lines.  Norwegian Cruise Line, however, is making that increasingly difficult: it seems as if in the past few months, there’s […]

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The Non-Travel Travelogue

On October 13, 2009 By

Independence and Grandeur of the Seas at Cozumel, Mexico. Photo copyright 2009 Aaron Saunders Preparing myself for a 90-minute ferry ride from Vancouver to Victoria this past weekend required some good cruise-related literature.  What better, of course, than a major national paper advertising a special eight-page long section […]

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A Little Break

On October 11, 2009 By

In recognition of Thanksgiving here in Canada (and because there’s the distinct possibility I will be too sluggish after loading up on turkey, pumpkin pie and the like), From the Deck Chair will take a little break but will be back with more news and interesting facts, and a fresh Unique Itinerary of the Week on […]

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