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Cruise Ship Photos Don't Get Any Better Than This

Where: Bali, Indonesia
March 10, 2014 at 10:37 AM | by | Comment (1)

She may not be the largest cruise ship in the world any longer, but the Queen Mary 2 is by far the most photogenic.

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Cunard liner's christening, one blustery day in January 2004 when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II smashed champagne on the bow. It's that bow which is again the focus, as the ship posed for an anniversary portrait featuring Captain Kevin Oprey standing not on the ship's bridge, but on her bulbous bow.

The image was taken as the ship anchored 1 mile off the coast of Bali, Indonesia. The weather and sea conditions were perfect for such a risky shot, and The Daily Mail has the details:

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If Funding Comes Through, Virgin Cruise Line May Be Next for Richard Branson

March 3, 2014 at 10:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Planes, trains, and space ships are already a reality for Virgin, and if Richard Branson gets his wish, a cruise line will be next.

Currently, only three companies, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian, control 80% of the global market when it comes to cruising, prompting Branson to believe that he can come in and compete by doing things differently. Though specific details are slim, Branson told The National that his line would be based in Miami and "supply the Virgin touch" while offering "more entertainment and leisure opportunities on board the ships."

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Caribbean Advice: Check the Cruise Ship Schedule to Avoid Crowds

February 20, 2014 at 7:58 PM | by | Comments (2)

So, you’ve planned your trip to the Caribbean, be it the Virgin Islands, Nassau, Jamaica… wherever. One thing we’ve learned through our jaunts is that even if you are not on a cruise, you should be well aware of the industry’s schedule when planning your daily activities. Just because the cruise ship doesn't specifically port in your area of the island doesn't necessarily mean that the cruise ship traffic can’t impact your stay.

Since we’re here, let’s use St. Maarten as an example, specifically Maho Beach, home of the Sonesta Hotel and some of the world’s best plane spotting.

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Will This Floating City Actually Become a Reality (and Full of Permavacationers)?

December 11, 2013 at 5:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Imagine a city that is bouyant enough to float on water, yet big enough to be home to thousands of residents with all the creature comforts of our favorite city and a fully functioning airport. Now, if all of this sounds like it was pulled from a futuristic sci-fi book from the middle of last century, you'd be only half right. This vision, known as Freedom Ship and designed by Florida engineer Norman Nixon, will be just that: a self-contained floating city, and it might not be as far-fetched as you think.

Originally conjured up in the late 1990s, Freedom Ship was designed as gigantic ship-like vessel sold as a city. The 4,500 foot-long city will be four times longer than the Queen Mary and have a capacity for 40,000 permanent inhabitants over 25 stories. The floating metropolis will sport shops, restaurants, hospitals, schools and even an airport on the top big enough for small regional turboprops to take-off and land.

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Throwback Thursday: Cruising Alaska Before It Was Cool

Where: AK
November 14, 2013 at 5:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

The adjectives you hear from someone who's just taken an Alaska cruise usually include words like "majestic," "sparkling," "breathtaking," and "invigorating." Standing along a ship rail face-to-face with a glacier or whale tails is indeed a unique experience, one travelers craved even before the advent of Caribbean cruising.

YouTube video by Cruising the Past pieces together footage and images from cruises to Alaska (mostly departing from Seattle), for the decades spanning the 1920s through 1950s.

We won't spoil the mini film for you, but do keep a look out for the clip of passengers dancing on the aft deck, enjoying crisp temperatures and sunshine on the Inside Passage. And shuffleboard—there's always shuffleboard!

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8 Travel-Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas

October 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM | by | Comment (1)

Well, Halloween is right around the corner and if you haven't even begun to think of your costume for this year, you better get cracking. We already showed you what some airplanes are donning for the spooky holiday, and now it's your turn.

We've hand-picked several travel-related costumes to provide some inspiration. Since there's a week yet to go for perfecting your look, note that some of these are pretty easy while others require more time.

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ShoreTrips Connects Cruisers with Caribbean Volunteer Projects

September 11, 2013 at 1:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

ShoreTrips, which offers shore excursions and day trips for crusiers, has just introduced a variety of volunteer activities through their ShoreTrips Give program.

Volunteer opportunities last 3 or 4 hours and are available for individuals or groups on six islands -Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, Tortola and Aruba - with three more Caribbean excursions to be added soon.

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'The Love Boat' Won't Be Making Another Run, Heads for the Scrapyard

August 9, 2013 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

As the song goes, "The Love Boat soon will be making another run / The Love Boat promises something for everyone."

For decades that song meant fun in the sun onboard a cruise ship, one ship in particular: the Pacific Princess. According to USA Today's Cruise Log, the ship is headed to the scrappers in Turkey after 42 years of sailing the ocean blue.

Although she began life as the Sea Venture with Flagship Cruises, it wasn't until 1975 that she achieved TV stardom as the Pacific Princess with Princess Cruises. Giving modern ships a run for their money, she sailed with Princess all the way up until 2002, at which point she was sold to yet another cruise line and renamed yet again, to Pacific.

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Throwback Thursday: Skeet Shooting on Cruise Ships

August 8, 2013 at 2:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

There's some crazy things on cruise ships these days, from ice skating rinks and rock climbing walls to molecular mixology clubs and sushi bars. It wasn't always so...over stimulating, however; in the 1970s when tropical cruise travel was just picking up speed, passengers had to be a bit more creative with occupying their time between ports.

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Five Reasons You Should Suck It Up and Go On a Greek Islands Cruise

Where: Greece
July 8, 2013 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

We know, we know. The word “cruise” doesn’t always evoke the best images in the minds of travelers. And we totally get it, because the clichéd imagery—overweight, aged travelers sitting around a pool between trips to the buffet—is not exactly unwarranted. Then there are those potentially boring days at sea, the underwhelming onboard nightlife, and the plethora of problems (read: disasters) the industry has seen lately. With that, we acknowledge your skepticism and hesitation when it comes to the idea of cruising.

All that said, allow us to present a silver lining. Turns out, cruising doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of ships out there to choose from, ships that focus more on the destinations, carry less passengers and stay late into the night at port (eliminating your reliance upon on-board entertainment).

And it just might make sense for exploring certain parts of the world. We recently sailed on the Azamara Journey on its Greek Islands and Turkey itinerary. Consider us convinced that, when approached appropriately, a cruise can satisfy the needs of young, active travelers, helping them see more places than they could on their own at a price that, while more expensive than backpacking, is not at all unreasonable for what you get.

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Bravo's Summer TV Series Will Be Like 'Upstairs Downstairs' Onboard a Private Yacht

June 28, 2013 at 3:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's nearly July and, thus, time for the TV networks to roll out their light and fluffy summer series. Over at Bravo that means a quick slew of episodes following to lives and loves of a suitably good-looking crew onboard a private luxury yacht. Premiering July 1 at 10pm ET/PT, Below Deck is Bravo's attempt at a reality TV show exploring the drama of the upstairs/downstairs world when that world is no larger than a 164' megayacht out to sea.

There's technically six episodes if you count a preview aired on June 10, but the five upcoming shows should be plenty to convince Bravo viewers that dropping six figures for a week in the exclusive yachting world is the only way to have fun. For a dose of the real deal, we recommend following "yachties" "Arielle at Sea" (a nanny onboard a yacht) on Twitter and @hud5on (a superyacht engineer) on Instagram.

Here's the full synopsis and video preview for the show:

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Why Kate Middleton Smashed a $2,000 Bottle of Champagne

June 13, 2013 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

When you're a royal princess, christening ships is just part of the job. Having the ship (sorta) named after you is also simply an additional perk, as HRH Kate Middleton now knows after smashing a bottle of champagne to christen the newest Princess Cruises ship, the Royal Princess.

Her Royal Highness headed down to Southampton to tour the 141,000-ton, 3,600-passenger ship with Captain Tony Draper, and cut the cord to send the champers sailing into the side, officially welcoming the ship to the open seas. The Royal Princess will only be under the gray sky of England until it departs to begin her inaugural season of 12-night cruises around the Caribbean.

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