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Vacation Deal of the Week

By Linda Tancs

For a limited time, get 2 for 1 cruise fares and up to free air on select holiday sailings on a Viking River Cruise Longship!  Contact me at Wanderful Cruises for details.

Vacation Deal of the Week

By Linda Tancs

For a quick escape, Crystal Cruises has created special shortened itineraries that showcase some of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean.  Onboard you’ll enjoy Crystal’s all-inclusive amenities including: complimentary specialty restaurants, fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and non-alcoholic beverages; complimentary gratuities for housekeeping, bar, dining and Penthouse butler staff; and new optional air add-ons.  Contact me at Wanderful Cruises for more information.

 

Vacation Deal of the Week

By Linda Tancs

Compagnie du Ponant is now offering new “all-inclusive” fares, including accommodations and exquisite gourmet cuisine, onboard activities and entertainment, 24/7 open bar, gratuities, and port/safety taxes and fees.  Contact me at Wanderful Cruises for the latest specials.

A Medieval Wonder in Bavaria

By Linda Tancs

Located at the northernmost bend in the Danube, Regensburg, Germany is a Bavarian city with a distinctive history as a center of the Holy Roman Empire that turned to Protestantism.  Its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage City, the only historic city in Germany to remain intact during the bombings of WWII.  Since its beginnings as a military base and trading post in the 9th century, the cityscape now attests to a stunning array of ancient Roman, Romanesque and Gothic structures built over two millenia.  It’s one of many sights that river cruisers enjoy along the Danube.

A Titanic Cruise Fare

By Linda Tancs

Following the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in April next year, Horizon & Co. will mark the occasion with a series of space-limited excursions to her final resting place.  In July and August, the company will offer three opportunities to visit the wreck site and dive down in a deep sea submersible unit to explore the vessel close up on the ocean floor.  For an experience like that, expect to pay a titanic sum–that is, from $66,257 for submarine divers or $12,498 for non-submarine divers.  If those numbers give you pause, consider the effects of inflation.  In 1912, a first class suite on Titanic was around $4300; that’s $50,000 or so in today’s money.

Cunard Will Tie the Knot

By Linda Tancs

Cunard recently announced that, for the first time in its 171-year-history, it will begin performing marriages aboard its fleet when it changes its ships’ registry from England to Bermuda.  Unlike Bermuda, English law requires that weddings be performed in public venues on land.  Wedding packages for spring 2012 will be sold beginning next month.

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Art That Will Transport You

By Linda Tancs

Painters use a wide variety of media to showcase their craft: canvas, cloth, glass, metal, paper, wood, buildings–even the human body.  Now, add a ship’s hull to that list.  Popular artist Peter Max has been commissioned by Norwegian Cruise Lines to paint the hull of its newest megaship, Breakaway.  Scheduled to debut in May 2013, the ship will homeport in New York City and sail to Bermuda.  Bookings are now open to the general public.

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Kids Sail Free

By Linda Tancs

Spend any time cruising and you’ll see how popular this form of travel has become with families.  And why not?  Several cruise lines have teamed with theme parks, movie studios and toy companies to create experiences that the kid in any of us adults would envy.  In some cases, you needn’t break the bank to pay for it, either.  Kids sail free on some MSC cruises to the Bahamas and Mexico.  Check out the extraordinary family escapes at Orbitz.

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Cruising Solo

By Linda Tancs

If you’d like to cruise solo but don’t want a specialty cruise for singles and/or a roommate, then Norwegian’s Epic may be the solution.  Designed for the solo traveler, its studio accommodation offers singles a roomy and flexible environment, with many studios connecting for those seeking privacy yet also traveling with friends or family members.  Better still, the rooms come with private access to the Studio Lounge, a place for coffee, cocktails and meet-ups, offering singles the opportunity for a singular experience.  You asked, they answered.

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Viking Adds More Luxury for 2012

By Linda Tancs

Next year you can experience even more style on your European river cruise:  Viking is adding two new Longships, Embla and Aegir, and with them comes a whole new world of luxury cruising.  Like full-size staterooms combined with full-size verandas, large suites with a veranda outside the living room and French balcony in the bedroom, and two Explorer Suites with private wraparound verandas and 270° views. Aquavit, anyone?  You can sample that on the terrace by the same name, an indoor/outdoor area at the bow of the ship for viewing, relaxing and casual dining.

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