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Archive for June, 2010

Live in Venice, Dedication Ceremony of HAL’s Nieuw Amsterdam

On July 2, I fly overseas for my second trip to a shipyard. My first visit was for a keel-laying ceremony in France. This time I am headed to the Fincantieris Marghera shipyard in Italy to board the just completed Nieuw Amsterdam from Holland America Cruise Line.                 [...]

Part 2 – Things You Need to Pay Attention to When Cruise Planning

In Part 1 I hopefully helped you through the booking process, so presuming you’re booked, and have purchased the Travel Insurance, what’s next in your planning agenda?   Attire It used to be a much larger concern about what is “appropriate” attire for your cruise, than it is today. A decade ago the norm was [...]

Carnival Responds To “The Deceitful PVP” Blog

Who would have ever thought that within two days of my last Blog about “Deceit in a phone call from my Carnival Personal Vacation Planner” a story about much more nefarious activities; breaking into client’s homes to rob them, by a Royal Caribbean Vacation Planner, would dominate the cruise news. No doubt most everyone would [...]

Deceit In A Phone Call From “My” Carnival Personal Vacation Planner

It’s interesting that I would get a phone call from “my” Carnival PVP, when I have never booked a cruise directly through Carnival cruise line, nor have I ever called to even ask for a price quote on a Carnival cruise.   The caller introduced herself, and explained that she was “my” new Carnival PVP, as [...]

Royal Caribbean International and DreamWorks Strategic Alliance

With the announcement that Royal Caribbean International and DreamWorks Animation have formed a strategic alliance, the cruise line is taking things to a new level when it comes to seagoing animated characters. Guests will experience a variety of shows and activities, and these will include more than just photo ops and mingling with the characters. [...]

Things You Need to Pay Attention to When Cruise Planning – Part 1

Once you get onboard a ship for your cruise, you can almost turn off your mind if you want to, and enjoy things as they come. However, to get to that point, there are things you can, and probably should do as basic preparation for your cruise. 1. Be sure to see a travel agent [...]