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Author: Lillian Africano

UnCruise Adventures Adds New Belize and Guatemala Itinerary

Further expanding into Latin America, UnCruise Adventures has unveiled its newest small ship adventure cruise itinerary: Belize & Guatemala Wonders – Rivers, Reefs & Cultures. Six departures between October and December 2020 sail roundtrip Belize City on the 66-guest Safari Voyager. A special offer saves couples up to $800 on cruise fare. “Belize and Guatemala are a natural fit for an UnCruise adventure,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, owner and chief executive officer of UnCruise Adventures. “Our free-flow style of active exploration works well here with the islands, reefs, and cultural and wildlife opportunities. The snorkeling here is over the top with...

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Disney Cruise Line Will Return to New Orleans, Also to Galveston and San Diego

In early 2021, Disney Cruise Line will return to New Orleans for a limited-time engagement with sailings to the Bahamas and Caribbean, including visits to Disney’s private island paradise, Castaway Cay. A lineup of popular itineraries will continue across the Disney fleet with cruises to tropical destinations from Texas, California and Florida. Bookings open to the public on Oct. 3, 2019. More details on the itineraries spanning from January through May 2021 can be found on the Ports and Itineraries for 2021 page of disneycruise.com. Return to New Orleans Back by popular demand, the Disney Wonder will return to the bayou...

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Make Travel Matter: Luxury Gold’s Sustainable Journey to Ecuador

Guests help build local infrastructure as part of a WE Village’s development project in Ecuador The fires in the Amazon rain forest are just the latest tragedies in the ongoing destruction of one of Earth’s most vital eco-systems. Luxury Gold, a leader in luxury guided journeys, continues its pledge to make travel matter with the launch in 2020 of a new five-day ME to WE culturally immersive journey extension dedicated to helping preserve Amazonian culture. For this unique journey, Luxury Gold has partnered with social enterprise ME to WE to connect travelers with indigenous communities and the rain forest,...

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AmaWaterways Debuts Two New Wine-Themed Itineraries

AmaWaterways will offer 67 wine cruises during the 2020 season, including two new itineraries showcasing the  vineyards and historic sights of France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Hosted by notable North American wine experts, certified sommeliers, and vineyard owners, the specialty wine-themed sailings offer guests onboard lectures and tastings to complement the extensive array of included shore excursions. “This has been a record-breaking year for AmaWaterways, and our specialty Wine Cruise program continues to evolve and flourish,” said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways’ executive vice president and co-founder. “As demand for these sailings grows, our focus is to partner with...

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Simple Luxuries for Fall

Luxuries don’t necessarily have big price tags; they simply need to make life more comfortable or more pleasurable. Flowers always make me feel good, whatever the season, and flowers from the supermarket don’t cost much and are a true luxury–so I make sure to have flowers in my apartment year. Arcopedico is one of favorite footwear brands. I love their vegan booties in winter and now I’m practically living in their Lolita shoe, which suggests a “dressed up” look without sacrificing sold comfort. For maximum comfort, it’s Arcopedico’s Sec V, which is like a combination sock and shoe. Since...

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Regent Offers New Spotlight Enrichment Experiences for 2020

Regent Seven Seas Cruises®  is offering a selection of eight new curated enrichment experiences that will be featured on its 2020 voyages. Culinary and wine enthusiasts, gardening and floral artists, Broadway fans, genealogy explorers, comedy buffs and Public Broadcasting viewers will delight in Regent’s 2020 Spotlight Collection. The Collection includes: Commemorating the World Wars. (May 4, 2020. Lisbon to London. 14 Nights. Seven Seas Explorer®.) Regent welcomes on board producers of the four major PBS series on the histories of The Great War, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War in honor of the anniversaries of these significant 20th...

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Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) Makes December Holidays With Free Offers

FREE air from Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake City, Portland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Montana’s Bozeman FREE hotel in Phoenix FREE transportation from Phoenix to the Port in Rocky Point CMV is offering Free Air, Hotel, and Transportation to Port from Key Markets for Christmas and New Year’s Sailings on its Treasures of the Sea of Cortez Christmas Cruise (Dec.18-29, 2019) and its New Year Cruise (Dec. 29, 2019-Jan. 9, 2020). The offer includes free round-trip air travel to Phoenix from Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake City, Portland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Montana’s Bozeman, plus deluxe motorcoach transportation from Phoenix...

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Costa Will Have a Third Ship in South America in Winter 2020/2021

Costa Cruises will deploy the Costa Luminosa to South America in the winter of 2020/2021. From November 2020 to April 2021 the company will have three ships operating in the region: Costa Luminosa will support Costa Fascinosa and Costa Pacifica, whose positioning in South America had already been announced. “The arrival of Costa Luminosa for the 2020/2021 season reflects Costa Cruises’ desire to strategically invest in the South American market, a market with a great potential for growth. For this reason we want to gradually increase our presence in the region,” stated Dario Rustico, General Manager for Central and South America at Costa Cruises. Costa...

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MSC Cruise News

MSC Grandiosa MSC Cruises has received approval on the final contract from the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, to design, construct, operate and maintain a large building that hosts two cruise terminals (AA and AAA) as well as two berths. Designed by the award-winning global architecture firm Arquitectonica, MSC Cruises’ exclusive new PortMiami terminals will be capable of hosting two mega cruise ships at the same time— each with a capacity of up to 7,000 guests, — allowing the Company to conduct two turnaround operations simultaneously and handle up to 28,000 passenger movements per day. Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises Executive Chairman, said: “We couldn’t...

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Costa to Increase Focus on the Mediterranean

Starting in 2020, Costa Cruises will strengthen its presence in the Mediterranean, a favorite itinerary with guests. In winter 2020/21 Costa Fortuna will offer two new 14-day itineraries, marking the return of the Italian company to Turkey and Israel.   The first, departing from Savona on December 6, 2020 and February 7, 2021, includes Marseille (France), Barcelona (Spain), Iráklion (Greece), Izmir (Turkey), an overnight call in Istanbul (Turkey), Athens (Greece), Palermo and Naples. The second itinerary, which also sails from Savona on January 10 and March 7, 2021, will be porting in Marseille (France), Barcelona (Spain), Iráklion (Grecia), an overnight call in Haifa (Israel), Kusadasi (Turkey), Palermo and Naples. During the rest of the winter season, Costa Fortuna will be offering one-week itineraries in the Western Mediterranean, also calling at Valencia. Costa’s...

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Vive Le Bordeaux!

“Over the bottle, many a friend is found.” This saying proves especially true when the bottle in questions holds a fine Bordeaux, the gold standard of French wines. Bordeaux is the largest (284,320 acres) fine wine-making region in the world. Though its legend ws built mainly on red wines—especially those from the Médoc, Saint Emilion and Pomerol—the region also produces whites (both sweet and dry) and claret, as well as a sparkling wine called Crémant de Bordeaux. Thanks to an ideal climate and diversity of soils, Bordeaux is home to a variety of grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and...

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