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Old March 12th, 2006, 07:25 PM
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Evelyn,

As I said in my first post, I wanted to do a longer cruise (20+) to new areas.(New Zealand,Australia,Tahiti, Asia etc)

You just might be in luck. I'm seeing rumors that Celebrity Cruises will deploy one ship to the western Pacific, apparently in the fall of 2007. The company has not announced itineraries yet, but watch for the announcement of 2007-2008 itineraries this summer.

How many times can you do St Thomas, or the Canal? Even the Med it is a case of same old ports, often with 3 or 4 ships in at the same time.

If you are looking for new ports of call, check out the following itineraries. Some of these are brand new this year.

>> "9 Night Best Of Europe Cruise Onboard Century" (http://www.celebritycruises.com/sear...Search+Results) plus "3 Night Short Break Cruise Onboard Century" (http://www.celebritycruises.com/sear...Search+Results) taken "back to back"

>> "11 Night Tyrrhenian Sea Cruise Onboard Century" (http://www.celebritycruises.com/sear...Search+Results)

>> "13 Night Best Of Europe Cruise Onboard Century" (http://www.celebritycruises.com/sear...Search+Results)

>> "14 Night Brit Isles/Norwgn Fjords Cruise Onboard Constellation" (http://www.celebritycruises.com/sear...Search+Results)

>> "14 Night Exotic Med And Black Sea Cruise Onboard Galaxy" (http://www.celebritycruises.com/sear...Search+Results)

Also, you might want to consider (1) a cruise to the Scandanavia and the Baltic Sea, if you have not already gone there, and (2) a transatlantic cruise. Many of Celebrity's transatlantic itineraries call in the Medeira Islands, the Canary Islands, or the Acores, as well as ports like Grenada, Spain, or Gibraltar, which are out of the way for normal Mediterranean itineraries.

Have a fabulous cruise, whatever you decide!

Just did 30day cruise on HAL, I know they are doing 56 day cruises in 2007, but I found HAL passengers had too much in common with those in "assisted living" homes. It seemed that everywhere you went on board there were wheelchairs,walkers, etc. The cruise listed many islands were tendered, yet passengers thought the crew should carry them down on to the tenders and find space for their wheelchairs.

Yes, that has long been the reputation of Holland America Lines (HAL). After buying the company (c. 1988), Carnival Corporation promoted HAL as a traditional cruise product for older passengers -- apparently with considerable success. I hear that the typical median age on most HAL cruises is about eighty. The line apparently is trying to attract younger passengers, but it takes time.

In the "premium" segment of the cruise market, both Holland America Lines and Princess Cruises have been in the cruise business a lot longer than Celebrity Cruises, which started c. 1990. As a result, they have larger fleets and have developed more global reach. Celebrity Cruises is expanding at a manageable pace, but it takes time to set up business relationships in parts of the world where one has never operated. The recent announcement that Princess Cruises will take over a third small ship, to become MV Royal Princess (30,270 tons, 680 passengers) in April of 2007, proves that sisters MV Tahitian Princess and MV Pacific Princess have been a success. We can hope that this may well inspire Celebrity Cruises to order a couple vessels of similar size to operate itineraries that may not draw enough passengers to fill larger vessels.

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