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  • MSC Lirica
    MSC Cruises looks east, bases first cruise ship in China
    MSC Cruises, known for its strong market presence in Western Europe and in South America, is looking east for more cruisers. The line began selling cruises to Chinese travelers five years ago but now is partnering with a big China tourism company,...
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    Travel agent survey: Ocean, river cruising on the rise in 2015
    Blue-water and river cruises are on the rise this year, according to a nationwide survey of travel agents affiliated with industry giant Travel Leaders Group. Nearly 50 percent of agents say that both ocean and river cruise bookings for the fall...
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    Free air fare on Bordeaux river cruises from Scenic
    If steep air fares are holding you back from plopping down a deposit for a European river cruise, read on. The river cruise and tour company Scenic is including air tickets from dozens of U.S. and Canadian gateways when consumers book an 11- or 12...
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    Carnival Cruise Line bets big on Bermuda in 2016
    Carnival Cruise Line's Fun Ship passengers asked for it and they got it -- more Bermuda cruises in 2016, 10 in all, up from just four this year. “Bermuda is a very popular destination with our guests and we increased sailings to the...
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    Demand prompts Cuba cruise firm to double fleet, extend season
    As demand for travel to Cuba heats up, the tour operator Group IST says it's adding a second cruise ship to its people-to-people program that offers eight-day sailings to the island nation starting in December. The two small ships carry about...
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    Carnival expands cruise ship deployment to Bermuda for 2016
    Carnival Cruise Lines announced additions to its Bermuda program for the spring and autumn of 2016. According to an Aug. 31 press release received by Examiner, five ships will embark from six U.S. ports for ten voyages of various lengths.Baltimore...
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    Alaskan Dream expanding its fleet for 2016 cruise season
    The Alaska cruise season is quickly drawing to a close for this year, but Alaskan Dream Cruises, owned by native Alaskans, already is planning for 2016 with a new ship, the 74-guest Chichagof Dream, joining the fleet. The ship was recently...
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    After Katrina, a big turnaround for Carnival Cruise Line in New Orleans
    When Carnival Cruise Line resumed sailing from New Orleans in October 2006, about 14 months after Hurricane Katrina, its 2,000-passenger Carnival Fantasy carried less than 16,000 during the next year. But things have turned around since then, and...
  • Three ships in Boston, Aug. 29, 2015
    Boston marks first three-ship day of 2015 season
    Cruiseport Boston welcomed a trio of cruise ships today, Aug. 29, including one ship on its inaugural visit. This marked the first of 11 three-ship days of the 2015 season, up from six last year.Holland America Line’s Veendam arrived at 5:56...
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    Silversea adds overland adventures to luxury world cruise
    A world cruise doesn't have to be limited to experiencing the oceans. A new program from luxury line Silversea Cruises offers cruisers the unique opportunity to spend some time off the ship with a series of overland adventures and then rejoin...
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    Dún Laoghaire cruise port in the cross-hairs of controversy
    All but the biggest cruise ships now afloat would be able to dock in Dún Laoghaire Harbour, a scenic port about eight miles south of Dublin, if a controversial plan to build a cruise berth and terminal goes forward. Supporters say many more cruise...
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    New river cruises in Europe focus on wine, food, art
    Theme cruises continue to grow in popularity among both ocean and river cruisers. The upmarket tour company Abercrombie & Kent this week revealed four new theme trips on Europe's rivers that highlight what the continent is best known for ...
  • Disney Magic
    Disney shifts gears on carry-on alcohol
    In my prior Disney Cruise Line ship reviews, I commented on Disney’s liberal the policies regarding carry aboard alcoholic beverages. I was not alone in thinking Disney offered the most liberal policies, and wondered at the same time if it...
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    Cunard world cruises visit remote destinations, Amazon included
    U.K.-based cruise line Cunard is trying something new in 2017. Its 1,980-passenger, 90,000-gross-ton Queen Victoria will sail the Amazon River during its world cruise. The five-night river exploration will not only be a first for the current...
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    Costa cruise ships invite kids to be 'captain for a day'
    Italian line Costa Cruises has a treat in store for junior cruisers. It's called 'Captain for a Day' and it's offered on two ships, Costa Diadema and Costa Fascinosa. Kids can see what life is like at the helm on a daylong...
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