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My Star Wars Day at Sea
The Force was was everywhere on the Disney Fantasy
January 23, 2016 by Nico DiPerna

“Hello, what have we here? I’m Lando Calrissian. I’m the administrator of this facility.” From the moment we boarded the Disney Fantasy for our Star Wars cruise, I knew it was...

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Disney Aulani Resort - The Mouse Delivers the Spirit of Aloha
October 23, 2015 by Kate Blake

I had the pleasure of being a guest at the Disney Aulani resort in Ko'Olina Hawaii earlier this month. The resort is owned and operated by Disney but there is no theme park associated with it. The la...

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What to Remember Before, and During, your Disney Cruise!
September 04, 2015 by Nico DiPerna

The vacation of a lifetime is approaching. With every passing day, you get closer and closer to your Disney Cruise! It’s time to pack, and I bet you’re worried you might forget something! ...

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Disney Fantasy: A Day by Day!
August 26, 2015 by Nico DiPerna

Under normal circumstances, a week is a reasonably long period of time. On a Disney Cruise, time flies faster than Aladdin’s Magic Carpet! Nonetheless, the week is jam-packed with memories upon ...

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Disney's Castaway Cay
July 01, 2015 by Nico DiPerna

In the world of cruises, there are several private islands operated by lines such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Holland America. All of those are worthy of the definition of “priva...

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Disney Cruise Line for Adults
June 01, 2015 by Nico DiPerna

Let’s be honest. The first thing most people think about when pondering the option of a Disney Cruise is that “it’s for kids.” That statement is 150% true. A Disney Cruise is f...

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Why a Disney Cruise is Worth the Money
June 01, 2015 by Nico DiPerna

Okay, so you’ve seen the price on the Disney cruise of your dreams. It’s certainly not the least expensive option out there, and most of the time, it’s not even close. It is at this ...

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Disney Theme Cruises
June 01, 2015 by Nico DiPerna

What could possibly be better than being aboard a beautiful Disney ship on the vacation of a lifetime? Why, being on a beautiful Disney ship on the vacation of a lifetime during a special event at sea...

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Star Wars Weekends 2015
June 01, 2015 by Nico DiPerna

There are mere months until Disney releases the highly anticipated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” It is such an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan, but what is one to do while waiting fo...

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My First River Cruise - Sailing the Danube on the Uniworld River Beatrice
May 15, 2015 by Kate Blake

I had the pleasure this month to experience an all inclusive cruise down the Danube River with Uniworld. Our cruise left from Passau, Germany and followed the river into Austria, Slovakia and ended in...

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A Disney Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
May 01, 2015 by Nico DiPerna

There’s no better way to open a review on the Disney Dream than to start with the most magical experience. First, some background…. My cousins, Alyssa and James, came with me on this four...

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Stop What You're Doing! 5 Reasons to Book Your Cruise Now
February 28, 2014 by Alara Shannon

1. Spring Break. "Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'" - Robin Williams The term ‘spring break’ definitely means different things to different people at different times in t...

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Norwegian's Ultimate Dining Package: What is the Cost and Value
January 01, 2014 by Alara Shannon

Expanding on their original “Signature Trio Bundle,” Norwegian Cruise Line recently announced their brand-new concept, “Norwegian’s Ultimate Dining Package.” This program...

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Top 8 Cruise and Travel Destinations to Visit in 2014
January 01, 2014 by Alara Shannon

Last year, we took a look at the current travel trends and forecasts in order to suggest our Top 6 Cruise and Travel Destinations of 2013. Well, believe it or not, 2014 is already here (!!) with its o...

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What is Divine? The MSC Divina Of Course
An MSC Divina Cruise Review
December 20, 2013 by Susie Denman

Susie Denman, recently returned from a Caribbean cruise aboard the MSC Divina, and shares her review below: All aboard! Welcome to the MSC Divina. “What is the MSC Divina?” For those of ...

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9 Mistakes to Avoid When Booking a Cruise Online
December 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

Booking online is a safe, convenient way to reserve your cruise vacation. But, no one wants their supposed-to-be-fun vacation planning to be mind-numbing and stressful. So, if you decide to research, ...

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Newly Re-imagined and Re-inspired: Disney Magic Ship Review
November 01, 2013 by Nico DiPerna

The Disney Magic, Disney Cruise Line’s first ship, recently debuted after a major refurbishment. I had the chance to experience the ‘new’ Disney Magic on a recent 2-night cruise. Th...

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Broadening Your Horizons: What to Expect on a River Cruise vs. Ocean Cruise
October 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

You’re an experienced ocean cruiser, and although you love sailing the open seas, you’re ready for something different. You’re craving a new perspective. You’re intrigued. You...

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What is a Group Cruise? Discounts, Incentives & Benefits of Cruising with a Large Party
September 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

Similar to major airline carriers and hotels, most cruise lines offer a Group Travel Program for their guests. The more the merrier! A cruise vacation is perfect for large groups; the full range of a...

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iCruise Tips: 5 of the Best Kepts Secrets in the Caribbean
September 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

Cruising is one of the best vacation values available, and this year we have seen unbelievable Caribbean cruise deals and last minute cruises to the Caribbean. Cruise lines are expanding their fleets ...

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No Trouble in Paradise: Paul Gauguin Ship Review
September 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

Designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of Tahiti and French Polynesia the m/s Paul Gauguin operates year-round in the South Pacific, visiting small ports that larger ships can’t. Paul Ga...

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Fulfill Your Traveler's Bucket List with 180-Day World Cruise Onboard Oceania Insignia
August 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

Oceania Cruises, an award-winning upper premium cruise line, will embark on its first-ever cruise around the world on Jan. 10, 2015 and include stops in 89 ports in 44 countries - returning 180-d...

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How to Tip in Europe: Tipping for Services in Belgium, Denmark, Norway and Sweden
August 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

When to tip, where to tip and just how much to tip is a common concern for travelers in Europe, as no one wants to offend by either tipping too much or too little for services. Tipping in European co...

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Port of Focus: Stockholm, Sweden the Venice of the North
August 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

Stockholm Overview: Founded in the mid-13th century, Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the largest city in Scandinavia. The city’s strategic position in the southeast of Sweden on the Balt...

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Should I Book Airfare on My Own or Through the Cruise Line's Air/Sea Program?
August 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

Unless you’re fortunate enough to live within a few hours of a cruise departure port, or have the time, and patience, to drive - most of us cruisers must consider booking a flight in order ...

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10 Tips to Help You Make the Most of Your Disney Cruise Vacation
July 01, 2013 by Nico DiPerna

Only Disney can provide the necessary magic to create a vacation experience unlike any other. Indulge in extravagant entertainment, legendary service, gourmet dining, adult only escapes and energetic ...

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7 of the Most Luxurious Bathrooms at Sea
July 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

Many passengers might not pay much attention to their cruise ship bathroom, but if you’re fortunate enough to travel in one of the extravagant suites below - the palatial bathroom would be ...

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Can I Bring Alcohol Onboard My Cruise? Alcohol Policies by Cruise Line
July 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

Cruising is one of the best vacation values available, with a cruise to fit every preference and budget. Small ships to large ships, inside staterooms to penthouse suites, and 3-night getaways to 116-...

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Adding New Luxury Ship to their Luxurious Fleet
July 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

This past week luxury cruise line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, announced their definitive plans to build a brand new luxurious cruise ship to be delivered summer 2016. The Seven Seas Explorer will off...

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Variety of New Cruise Ships on Order for Delivery 2014 - 2018
July 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

Multiple announcements in recent weeks of new cruise ships on order have reflected exciting growth within the cruise industry. Continued innovation of onboard amenities and itineraries allow cruise l...

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Is There Such a Thing as a Bad Balcony on a Cruise?
July 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

We’ve discussed in the past whether or not cruising in a balcony stateroom was really worth it. The answer to that question is all chalked up to personal preference; however, if cruising in a ba...

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Cruise Ship Dining: What is the Difference Between Traditional and Open Seating?
July 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

Cruise ship dining has always been part of leisure cruising’s storied past. From an ocean liner’s elegant dining rooms complete with dazzling chandeliers to the more relaxed buffet-style r...

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16 (More) Helpful Things to Bring on Your Next Cruise
July 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

We recently posted 13 Helpful Things to Bring on Your Next Cruise, discussing items you might not have considered useful on a cruise, but can make a huge impact on your vacation. We received so many ...

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16 Cool Cruise Gadgets & Travel Tech Accessories
July 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

In the not-so-distant past, cruisers that traveled with personal technology – such as tablets and smartphones – were virtually nonexistent. It was actually one of the more appealing aspec...

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Benefits of Booking Your Next Cruise Onboard Your Current Cruise
June 20, 2013 by Alara Shannon

One of the lesser known, but most beneficial, pit stops to make during your cruise is to the ship’s Future Cruise Desk onboard. Once onboard, the Future Cruise Consultant is available to book y...

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Baby Boomers and Assistive Walking Devices - Cruise Industry Accessibility Meets Increased Demand
June 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

In an interesting study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in March 2013, it was revealed that baby boomers are twice more likely to use assistive walking devices than the ge...

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8 Ways to Prevent and Avoid Seasickness on a Cruise
June 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

Seasickness, motion sickness at sea, is a highly discussed topic among hopeful cruisers, first time cruisers and seasoned sailors alike. This is mainly due to the fact that it affects each individual ...

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Carnival Cruise Line Shakes Up 2014 Cruise Ship Deployments
June 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

Carnival Cruise Lines announced a big shake up in their ship deployments, changes that will take effect in 2014. The newly transformed Carnival Sunshine is heading to Port Canaveral, the Carnival Dre...

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Cunard Line Offers New Specialty Dining Venue on Queen Victoria
June 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

Cunard Line recently made a big change to its featured alternative dining venue on the Queen Victoria. The Verandah opened earlier in June, officially replacing the Todd English restaurant that had be...

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Family-Friendly Cruising: How To Childproof Your Cruise Ship Cabin
June 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

It used to be that if you wanted to take a cruise, you were either retired, didn’t have any kids, or had the funds for a reliable babysitter to watch your children for the week. Cruise ships wer...

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iCruise Tips: Free Wi-Fi Hotspots in George Town, Grand Cayman
June 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

In our last Free Wi-Fi Hotspots post, we discussed the benefits of disconnecting on a cruise vacation. But, we all know that we can’t fully unplug. There are times we may need to get in touch w...

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Step by Step Guide: How to Complete Royal Caribbean's Online Check-In
June 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

Now that you have booked your Royal Caribbean cruise (exciting!) it is very important that you complete your Royal Caribbean Online Check-in. The information you enter when you complete your Royal Ca...

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The Best Time of Year and Top Locations for Bear Viewing on a Cruise to Alaska
June 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

Alaska has the world’s highest concentration of Brown, Black and Polar Bears in the world. So it is no wonder Alaska bear viewing is a popular visitor attraction. When to see bears in Alaska an...

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The Brand New Quantum of the Seas is Officially Open for Booking
June 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

The Quantum of the Seas is officially open for business! Royal Caribbean’s highly anticipated new ship, the Quantum of the Seas, is scheduled to make her debut in the fall of 2014. Reservations...

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Top 5 Long Weekend Cruise Getaway Destinations
June 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

Okay, so sometimes you really need to get away. And for you, getting away on a cruise is seriously the best - we agree. But you’re stuck. Because you just really don’t have the abilit...

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6 Things You Probably Shouldn't Do When You Check-in for a Cruise
May 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

The beginning of each vacation can set the precedence for the whole journey. This is could not be truer for a cruise vacation, and there are a few things you probably shouldn’t do on embarkation...

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8 Ways to Create an "Adults Only" Cruise Experience
May 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

Oh, the allure of adults only vacations. For parents on a rare, much-needed trip away from the kids or those just looking for a romantic, relaxing getaway – cruising could be just the ticket. Wh...

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Groundbreaking Norwegian Breakaway Welcomed Home to New York City
May 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

Norwegian Cruise Line’s exciting New York-inspired ship, the Norwegian Breakaway, was christened on the Hudson River yesterday. In attendance was hull artist Peter Max, Norwegian Cruise Line CEO...

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iCruise Review: Norwegian Breakaway Sets Bar High for Family-Friendly Vacations
May 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

This year’s most buzz-worthy ship, the Norwegian Breakaway, successfully made her groundbreaking debut with an overall positive reaction. This state-of-the-art 4,028 passenger ship is the larges...

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iCruise Review Part III: Norwegian Breakaway Entertainment and Onboard Activities
May 01, 2013 by Alara Shannon

This year’s most buzz-worthy ship, the Norwegian Breakaway, successfully made her groundbreaking debut with an overall positive reaction. This state-of-the-art 4,028 passenger ship is the larges...

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