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Cruising and Election Season

Written by: Paul Motter

Hello CruiseMates…

This is your editor, Paul. I just want to welcome you to our cruise blog and get right to posting.

Times are tough right now, economically, and many of you may not be cruising as much as you used to. I am curious how dutracted from your favorite vacation you are right now?

First of all – these recent hurricanes are not exactly putting me in the mood to book a cruise in two weeks. Heaven knows where we might end up cruising to.

Next of all – we have the economy. Gas prices are outrageous, and many of us are struggling to pay bills for energy and heating oil, or air conditioning as the case may be. A lot of us have had our home equity lines of credit reduced, so money is not as easy to find as it was a few years ago.

Lastly – it’s election season, and I for one cannot tear myself away from the television. I want to hear the latest updates on the candidates. I’m on a 24 SECOND (not hour) news cycle.  Now that is a new concept we never heard before, the “news-cycle”. I guess in the old days we had a 24-hour news cycle, meaning we had the newspaper arrive every morning, essentially givin us yerterdays news (which we considered today’s news, but it was all written the day before). And we had the 6:00 news on a major network.

Today, we have 24-hour news channels on cable, and we have the Internet. I want the latest news NOW.

Strangely, with all the other news happening right now, the cruise news cycle has really slowed down. There just is not that much happening right now. This will change however – and the timing couldn’t be better.

Right after the election, on November 17 to be exact,  Celebrity Solstice is set to debut. Now, the vitally important thing about this ship is that it is a whole new class of ships set to debut between 11-17 and through 2012.

We will be seeing new ships from not only Celebrity, but also NCL, Princess, Carnival, Oceania Cruises, Silversea, Seabourn and most impressively of all – the next BIGGEST CRUISE SHIP IN THE WORLD: Oasis of the Seas.

Oasis of the Seas, coming from Royal Caribbean, is going to be a game-changer – there is no better way to describe it. This ship is SO innovative that it will be like nothing anyone has ever seen before. For our review of the ship,  please go here:

  Oasis of the Seas

 

This ship will be 220,000 gross tons, 1/3 bigger than the world’s biggest cruise ships, which are in themselves much larger from the next largest cruise ships. The only other ships that come close from any other cruise line are barely half the size of the what Oasis will be. Oasis will debut in December 2009. By then, I am sure everyone will be interested in cruising once again. No more bad economy, election, hurricanes, etc. Whoever wins the eection – I am just waiting foor things to get back to normal. Comments are more than welcome below:

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