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What's longer than five 747s and yet can turn on a dime in NYC's Hudson River?
The Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship and the first to be branded a "smartship," is officially out on the ocean. Godmother Kristin Chenoweth christened her at Cape Liberty, New Jersey on November 14 and, with that crash of a massive bottle of Perrier-Jouët champagne, she begins a year of sailings out of New York Harbor to the Bahamas and Caribbean.
We spent the weekend onboard the Quantum, pushing buttons and opening doors to discover her secrets and put the much boasted about technology to the test. But first, let's take a long look at the shipall 168,000 tonnes of funwith completely original photos:
Don your darkest sunglasses. Grab a front row seat between Anna Wintour and the Olsen twins. It’s time to appraise a fashion-forward new line of cruise ships.
CroisiEurope, the continent’s largest river cruise line, has announced that its 2015 season will debut three new ships with interiors outfitted by none other than MissoniHome, the fabrics and furnishings-focused offshoot of famed Italian fashion house Missoni. CroisiEurope began rolling out the Missoni wares earlier this year, introducing pillows, curtains, and contemporary furniture in the staterooms and common areas of several barge ships.
Cruise ship food: It’s not just for fanny pack-wearing Middle Americans anymore.
Okay, that was harsh; not all Middle Americans wear fanny packs. (Some of my best friends are Nebraskan.) But cruise ships have not often had a reputation for culinary greatness. Or even adequateness.
That reputation deserves revisiting, says David Owen in the new Food Issue of The New Yorker. Owen hopped aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, the second largest cruise ship in the world, and did a little kitchen reconnaissance: How does the food taste, and how do these floating Mall of Americas manage to prepare it? The answers, we surmise, are "pretty darn good” and “with great difficulty and ingenuity.”
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Just in time for the busy cruise season, Crystal Cruises is making it a whole lot easier to balance out buffet time with some huffy-puffy in a fully renovated fitness center. Working with Italian fitness equipment manufacturer, Technogym, the cruise line redesigned their onboard gyms and added an outdoor fitness garden to tempt cruisers into more exercises than lifting fork to mouth.
Within the next few weeks, the overhauled gym of Crystal Symphony will feature Technogym’s fitness equipment and customized circuit training program for all levels of fitness. If you're in for sweating on the high seas, the cardio section will sport the newest equipment line called ARTIS, a high-design (obviously Italian), super-techy (iPhone connectivity) range of treadmills and cross-trainers.
If showing off by the pool is your goal, the resistance training offering will be an expanded Kinesis line of equipment to allow for better range of movement and more versatility.
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The mere mention of Fort Lauderdale conjures up thoughts of sand between toes, endless beaches, and spending most of the day simply relaxing. While the city does offer some of the best spot to work on your tan, the ballers head a bit more inland, to the Intracoastal.
Starting from the impressive beach-side marina of Bahia Mar Yachting Center, we hitched a ride with the Gondolas West boat canal tour for some yacht-spotting. Our gondola boat was humble, but could be packed with any light nibble or libations for floating by all those yachts and waterfront mansions.
Last year, we ran a week-long special on the Northern Lights, publishing stories on what they are and how to take photos of them. We also, in spite of those photography tips, wrote a controversial piece about why we recommend keeping your camera at home when you go out hunting for the Lights.
Above all, though, we laid out a plan for what to eat and drink while you wait, because the Northern Lights are fickle at best, and have a knack for being extremely elusive. That is why, despite being one of the most amazing spectacles on the planet, many people are hesitant about committing their limited time and money to go in search of them.
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The typical image of pink sand paradise was disrupted on Friday, October 17, as Hurricane Gonzalo roared over Bermuda. Luckily the storm, which battered the island with winds of 110mph, didn't take the vacation destination by surprise; airlines ad issued travel waivers a week in advance and cruise ships had canceled their calls in advance.
Palm tree were shredded and some smaller boats sunk in harbor, but no lives were lost in the storm and Bermuda is extremely anxious to return to tourism business as usual.
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Now, for example, if you board with a special bottle you're intending to drink in celebration on your cruise, you're welcome to do so without finding a hidden fee later. The policy is thus:
"Passengers are allowed to bring two bottles of wine or Champagne (up to 750 ml each) onboard at embarkation. Previously, they could drink the contents free of charge only in their staterooms. Additional bottles brought onboard or purchased in port are confiscated and returned to the passengers on the last day of the cruise."
The old corkage fee is hardly the only ridiculous extra onboard. Here are a few other exorbitant cruise ship fees we'd like to see eliminated:
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We're sorry to say that winter's approaching, but we're not sorry to admit that we have no problem high-tailing out of colder climes in search of sunny skies, sandy beaches and skimpy swimsuits. While South Florida specializes in these things, one city in particular is reaping more attention than normal, and that city is Fort Lauderdale.
Fort Lauderdale sits about 40 minutes north of its big sister Miami, and is similar packed with nightlife, warm weather activities, and daytime culture. With an average year-round temperature of about 75 degrees and 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, it's plain to see why this city is on the upswing with tourist numbers.
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We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!
Here are six cruise contests to enter right now:
Ice-skating rinks. Rock-climbing walls. Planetariums. Mini golf courses. If it seems like cruise ships have it all, that's because they must cater to the whims of thousands of travelers with differing interests, all with the single goal of a good time.
Starting this November, that good time will be enhanced by yet another cruise line first, as Royal Caribbean debuts the 4,900-passenger Quantum of the Seas and her extendable arm viewing capsule, the "North Star." This contraption, which lifts passengers up and over the ship for a 360-degree view, would be a lovely little mid-ocean joyride, if only the key promotional rendering wasn't so misleading.
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At-sea WiFI is a beautiful thing, but this beauty doesn’t come without a price tag. Cruise ships around the world have offered connectivity from sea to shining sea for several years thanks to Inmarsat’s satellites buzzing about in space, and yet the cost of using even one hour of internet is shocking and, dare we say it, turning travelers away from oceangoing vacations.
There is hope, however; onboard a recent transatlantic voyage of Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, we hooked onto an internet signal every day, at all hours, from all over the ship, despite our location of “somewhere in the North Atlantic Ocean,” and came away with scores of ideas on how to keep those WiFi costs down while still logging on: