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Old March 17th, 2010, 11:37 PM
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We went to the rehearsal spot for thre new Norwegian Epic Cirque Dreams show last night, and we had a preview of the experience they are planning to offer on the ship.

It is a trulu unique and amazing experince that will surely be as popular as the Blue Man group on the new ship.

The idea here is an interactive circus performance with acrobats, tumbles, etc. (no live animals) that perform in the round in a dining room built inside a circus tent themed room.

This is truly a quality production - not just a concept hashed out as some other circus style idea we have seen before. We saw the actual performers and what is shaping up to be the actual routine for the (the director was quick to note that anything could change at any time, but the basic premise is solidly in place).

There is a central character who is something of a ringmaster who taakes the audience through various experiences as if he is just experiencing them himself. The action is just a little beyond his control adding to the fun of what happens.

I have a ton of pictures and even video I will be posting soon, but here is a taste.










I have many many more pictures as well as great video which I will be posting when I have more time. It is noew the middle of the night. This is going to be a very exciting ship and I know many CruiseMates are excited about it.
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Hey Guys

Can you find out any info on AAIDA? I have seen their ships in the Caribbean but as far as I know don't have any American visits. Are they going to expand here?

Are any of the cruiselines, beside RCL, planning on cashing in on Haiti's rebuilding and adding them as a port stop in the future?

Any talk on Cuba being opened up to Americans?
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YouTube - Cirque Dreams

some reason the other video didn't load. Try this.
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Once onboard the Epic the Cirque Dream & Dinner cast will number 50 performers
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Just returned to the hotel, to get ready to check out, and head to the airport.

One thing I think of note about yesterday's NCL trip to get the sneek peek at Cirque Dream & Dinner; NCL only took a small group (journalists from 8 outlets), and CruiseMates was the only one to have two representatives invited.

This morning's session was about Social Media (ie facebook, twitter, etc) and it's affect and outlook on the cruise industry. Paul Motter rightfully pointed out that
for 10 years our message boards have been and ARE a "social media site".

The cruise line execs on the panel told the gathering they DO INDEED monitor what is said on the message boards... though they do not participate that much unless something gets out of control and they feel the need to help it get corrected.
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We reported from Seatrade that Stein Kruse put a shot across the bow of Alaska. Now Gene Sloan of USA Today reports a deal has been struck between the cruise lines and Alaska.
Report: Alaska governor strikes deal with cruise lines to bring back ships - Cruise Log - USATODAY.com
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We reported from Seatrade that Stein Kruse put a shot across the bow of Alaska. Now Gene Sloan of USA Today reports a deal has been struck between the cruise lines and Alaska.
Report: Alaska governor strikes deal with cruise lines to bring back ships - Cruise Log - USATODAY.com
They should have stayed the course and won the lawsuit. 25% isn't a deal.

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