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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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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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