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Out to Sea But Not Off the Grid: How to Save on Cruise Ship WiFi

July 29, 2014 at 2:22 PM | by | Comments (3)

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:

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The Era of the Megaship is Hardly Over

July 24, 2014 at 10:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news for those looking to take a cruise on as big a ship as possible, as there will soon be two new vessels from which to choose thanks to those over at Norwegian Cruise Line.

The company has plans to add a pair of new ships to their fleet, and each should have room for around 4,200 passengers. Meyer Werft shipyard over in Germany are in charge of putting all the pieces together and, when it’s all said and done and christened, these big bad boats will cost just over $2 billion.

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20,000 Images Combine for a Google Street View Tour of the World's Largest Cruise Ship

July 15, 2014 at 12:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

Google Street View is on the move again, and this time they’re heading somewhere that lacks any roads—the water.

The camera and photo arm of the search giant just finished checking out one of the ships over at Royal Caribbean, as Allure of the Seas smiled and posed for well over 20,000 images of all its goings-on.

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Royal Caribbean Heads Towards Land with New 'TourTrek' Venture

July 10, 2014 at 9:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

Royal Caribbean is taking their business out of the water and onto the land, as they’re working on starting up some kind of tour company spinoff.

At this point details are limited, but they did confirm things on a recent blog post; however, we’re wondering if that was only because Travel Weekly kind of beat them to sharing the news.

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Eastbound or Westbound: That is the Transatlantic Question

June 25, 2014 at 12:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Paris, London, Tokyo, Sydney...a list of world capitals may make for a respectable "places visited" list, but don't consider it complete without time spent on the open ocean. To be specific, we're talking about taking a transatlantic crossing, sailing between Southampton, UK and New York, NY.

We've already done the math to discover that going by Cunard's RMS Queen Mary 2 ocean liner is half the cost of flying Business Class, but now to face the biggest decision: eastbound or westbound?

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By Sea or By Air: Comparing the Costs of Transatlantic Travel Today

May 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM | by | Comments (2)

In one day, approximately 8,100 travelers fly one-way between New York and London. The journey from one airport to the other, with the stretch of the Atlantic Ocean between, takes 7 hours, during which time the luckiest passengers will manage to squeeze in a nap between tiny meals. In one year, that's nearly 3 million winging their way, one-way, through the clouds between continents.

In one week, 2,620 travelers sail between New York and London onboard Cunard's ocean liner, the Queen Mary 2. In 2014, as she celebrates her 10th Anniversary, she'll transport 23,580 via 9 westbound transatlantic crossings full of black tie evenings, three lavish meals daily, proper afternoon teas, splashes in pools, Canyon Ranch spa treatments, lectures by notable personalities, walks around deck in the sea breeze, and stargazing nightcaps on balconies before tucking into bed.

That's 3 million in the sky versus 23,500 on the seas, and you can double those totals to approximate roundtrip travel. Crossing the Atlantic by ship is indeed a niche option these days, and it's a rarefied experience in more ways than one. Still, it is first and foremost a mode of transportation—the QM2 is a real ocean liner, not a cruise ship, after all—and the small self-selecting group to chose an ocean liner over an airplane are actually getting the deal of their lives.

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How to Follow Along with the Queen Mary 2's 10th Anniversary Voyage

May 9, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's more than one way to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Although flights between New York and London fly nearly hourly, a far more rarified experience is to travel between continents via ocean liner. It's hardly a thing of the past; Cunard's three ships regularly feature transatlantic itineraries of seven days at sea. In fact, we're aboard one at this very moment.

Today is especially important, as the voyage begins what is...
... The 10th Anniversary transatlantic crossing of the Queen Mary 2
... A rare rendezvous in Southampton for all three Cunard ships: Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth. This is a grand send-off to the QM2 on her anniversary, complete with a 10-minute fireworks departure (one minute for each year of service so far), and an early preview of the excitement for next year, which will mark the 175th for Cunard Line.
... A royal visit. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will preside at the anniversary ceremony onboard the QM2. You may know him better as Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, who herself christened the ship in 2004.
... The lead-up for another big event, next week. On May 16, when the QM2 arrives into New York Harbour, she will turn around and leave again, back across the ocean for Southampton, completing a round-trip anniversary. New Yorkers can watch her leave in the evening of May 16. Best views can be had from the Staten Island Ferry or Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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Is Wes Anderson Scouting a Cruise Ship for His Next Movie?

May 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of Cunard's Queen Mary 2, a modern cruise ship of classic style, from a company that's been in the business of ocean travel for 174 years. For such a momentous occasion, Cunard is peppering the year's sailings with special events and visits by honored guests, including Wes Anderson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola.

With the filmmakers and actors onboard, passengers will have the opportunity to participate in multiple film screenings, plus a Q&A session in the ship's Royal Court Theatre. Book ASAP; this is all happening soon, on the June 13 eastbound transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton, England. Prices for the sailing start from $1,298 per person, which covers almost everything for 7 days at sea.

To tell the truth, we're quite hopeful that Anderson is using the trip for a secret, secondary purpose of location scouting for his next film. After all, he is already a fan of Cunard's transatlantic crossings, having sailed on one of the Queen Elizabeth 2's final voyages several years ago.

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Three Travel Contests to Enter Before April Ends

April 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, as there’s alway these current contests:

United Airlines Belize Daily Instant Win

Enter between now and April 30th each and every day, as United Airlines is giving away some airfare over to Belize as part of the My Coke Rewards program. Apparently if Belize isn't your preferred destinations things can be changed, as options across the United States and Central America are also open to the winners. It's all part of Earth Day celebrations, as they want you to learn all about United and their commitment to the environment. The link above will fill you in on the rules and regulations, and you'll be one-step closer to scoring something with an a approximate retail value of $1,050.

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The Next Logical Step for Food Trucks is to Board a Cruise Ship

April 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re going to go ahead and call it at this point, as we think the food truck craze has finally jumped the shark. Please let us know if you feel differently, but the latest offering by the folks over at Royal Caribbean just takes things to the next level of wrong.

It attempts to cash in on the food truck craze Royal Caribbean is working to install a food truck—or the equivalent sea-worthy version. The plan is to get things up and running aboard Quantum of the Seas, as SeaPlex Dog House will serve up things like hot dogs, sausage, and other to-go eats as part of the ship’s entertainment hub.

Although we’re quick to criticize, we’d probably visit for a bite to eat after taking in a ride on the very first bumper car track aboard a cruise ship.

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Five Travel Contests To Enter Before the End of March

March 26, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize the travel budget is limited, but it’s free to dream. That’s where contests come into the picture, as there’s always that one in a million chance that you’ll score the grand prize. Imagine yourself elsewhere today, and take a few minutes to enter these contests ending sooner than later:

Hawaiian Airlines – Explorer Video Contest

Enter between now and April 1st for a chance to score 240,000 HawaiianMiles, as that’s about $2,000 worth of points sufficient to get two of you to plenty of international destinations—and of course Hawaii. Check the rules for the full scoop, but the bottom line is you need to upload a one-minute video revealing your love for the Aloha State.

Queen Mary 2 – 10th Anniversary Celebration Sweepstakes

Get ready to climb aboard one of the world’s most fancy pants ocean liners, as the Queen Mary is giving away free balcony stateroom accommodations. The lucky winner will get a transatlantic crossing between New York and Southampton. Name, address, email, and the other usual stuff is all that’s required, so be sure to enter before March 31.

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How Cunard Pulled Off an Epic At-Sea Photoshoot with the Queen Mary 2

March 17, 2014 at 2:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

"She is an iconic ocean liner—the only one of its kind in service."

An iconic ship needs a photoshoot worth of a diva for a decade of service and, in the case of Cunard's Queen Mary 2 10th Anniversary, that's exactly what she got.

In case you haven't yet seen the incredible photos, check them out right now because we've got a video of exactly how the at-sea photo stunt was made possible.

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