Monday, November 27, 2006


In their pursuit of a fine meal, this couple has flown to... SWITZERLAND, ENGLAND, CHINA
WHEN Loh Lik Peng and his girlfriend, Lynn Yeow, are in the mood to eat hairy crabs, they jet out to Shanghai

A portion of the crab per person costs between $150 to $200.

Read more at Newspaper Asia

Get your tickets -- your ship is sailing

Thinking about going on a cruise? Shop early, and shop late. Cruise lines like to start filling the choicest rooms as much as a year in advance and may offer incentives for early booking.

Keep watching prices after you book, because if the price on your ship drops, most lines will give you the lower price -- but only if you request it.

Read more at the Indy Star

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Around the world cruises

2007 is a vintage year for round-the-world cruises, but which boat is best to circumnavigate the globe?

Where in the world to cruise? As the brochures get fatter, the destinations more daring and the boats more bootylicious, it can be a tricky call. But if you can’t decide, there’s one simple, if indulgent, expedient. Do the whole planet in one go.

Read more at The Sunday Times

Far from the madding cruise crowd

As anyone who has recently been on a cruise to St. Thomas or St. Maarten knows, an ever-expanding roster of cruise ships is creating traffic jams in many popular destinations.

Cruise lines realize that people are looking for more variety and bragging rights, which is why in the next year you're going to see a lot of places off the well-sailed route showing up on itineraries, as well as the arrival of a new generation of ships designed to visit smaller, less-visited ports. Here are trends and new destinations to look for:

Read more at The Globe and Mail

Business booms for cruise weddings, but why can't British ships let couples tie the knot?

PICTURE the happy scene. It's the blushing bride's big day. She walks down the aisle to the waiting groom while in the congregation proud parents beam as the couple tie the knot.

However, these days it is sometimes a seamen's knot that binds the bride and groom together as more and more couples opt for a wedding at sea and this is big business for many Southampton based cruise ships.

So far this year almost 200 couples have been married on the city's ships and this number is set to keep on rising.

Read more at This Is Hampshire

PW to create restaurant for new P&O superliner Ventura

Cruise ship company P&O has announced the launch of its new £300m superliner, The Ventura.

The ship, which will carry 3,600 passengers and 1,200 crew, will be designed specifically for British holidaymakers with an emphasis on fine dining, modern and contemporary art and family entertainment.

Read more at Caterer Search

Gérard Pons Voyages sets sail with Dialysis while Cruising

Gérard Pons Voyages of France has launched a range of Dialysis while Cruising holidays, which offer completely safe travel for dialysis patients undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) and people with renal failure, as well as for their friends and family. The cruises cover the Mediterranean and Nordic seas.

Read the full press release at Click Press


Evangelical church leaders put pressure on PM

Prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, is to meet with evangelical leaders in the tiny Caribbean island to seek their advice about allowing gay cruises to dock there.

There are no restrictions on the gay tours but religious leaders have expressed concerns.

Read more at The Voice

New Scrapbooking@Sea Lets Princess Passengers Get Creative With Vacation Memories

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the country's fastest-growing pastimes is coming aboard the Princess fleet with a new way for scrapbooking fans to take their hobby to sea. The recently launched Princess Scrapbooking@Sea program is designed to encourage passengers to preserve their cruise memories in a fun and creative way. The first such program hosted by a cruise line, the new activity offers a social atmosphere where passengers can learn helpful hints on how to enjoy this popular activity.

Read the full press release at Yahoo Finance

Cold enough for you? How about a cruise?

It’s hard to imagine starting a private yacht vacation business out of land-locked Colorado, but somehow Cortez Private Yacht Cruising managed to pull it off.

Then again, it’s easy to step on an airplane for a business trip when heading down to the islands off the Baja Peninsula with white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, clocking in at a temperature of 81 degrees in November. Just ask owner David Fox.

Read more at The Denver Daily News

Cruises offer opportunities to people watch

Hello, everybody, and welcome to another Cecil’s World in Print. My wife and I just returned from our first cruise. The seven-day cruise took us to beautiful Bermuda. With this being my first cruise, I was not prepared for the rough water on the way over and on the way back. I know now the Gulf Stream is rough this time of year.

If you have never been on a cruise, you need to do it. It was relaxing, and the best part about it? There was food all the time. You could eat from 6 a.m. to after midnight. I was like a kid in a candy store. I was going from deck to deck, checking out all the food. My favorite was chocolate night. The entire restaurant was set up with everything chocolate. Nearly 50 different types of treats garnished four buffet lines with wall-to-wall people. I think all 1,300 people on the cruise turned out for this event.

Read more at the SC Now

Cruise fire victim's family pushes for ship safety upgrades

DOVER — Richard and Victoria Liffridge were five days into their first cruise, two retirees asleep in their cabin as the Star Princess moved through the Caribbean Sea near Bermuda.

Richard had turned 72 just 8 days before boarding the ship on March 19 at Port Everglades, Fla. He was one of 2,690 passengers and 1,123 crew members on board.

Read more at Delaware Online

Princess ship calls at Tasmania on New Zealand-Australia journey

HOBART, TASMANIA - Rudy, the Tasmanian devil, huffed and puffed and growled and screeched. But that was about it. He couldn't even stand up and spin like a top.

The dark, furry little guy just ran around having a hissy fit while a trainer in his outdoor pen teased him with a bone. With the head of a pit bull and the rear end of a opossum (he is a distant cousin in the marsupial family), Rudy didn't look at all like his cartoon counterpart.

Read more at the Daily Bulletin

Seaport flexes its economic muscle

The port cruises into high gear with world records, more ships, new amenities.

Just before Christmas, Port Everglades is expected to sail into a berth in the record books.

On Dec. 23, port officials expect an estimated 46,000 passengers to pass through its terminals.

''That will be a new world record held by Port Everglades,'' Port Director Phillip Allen said. Port Everglades holds the existing record, too. In 2003, 44,000 passengers cleared their terminals in one day.

Read more at the Miami Herald

Cruise ships: New queen coming soon

Eight new ships -- each carrying more than 2,000 passengers -- will come on line in 2007. All but one will look familiar. That's because seven of the eight are clones of existing ships.

Only one, Cunard's Queen Victoria, is not a copy of another ship, though it is adopting many features of its sister royals, the 70,000-ton Queen Elizabeth 2 and the 151,000-ton Queen Mary 2.

Interest is high in the newest Queen, which will debut in December 2007. Like the QE2 and QM2, it is built to cross oceans. The 90,000-ton QV will operate on the same class system as its sisters, which means higher-paying passengers will dine in separate dining rooms and have access to services not available to those booking regular staterooms.

Read more at Newsday

Port Authority Has Terminal Concerns

Agency Hopes Ship Will Come in With Some $50 Million in Cash

Those who regularly drive along the San Diego Harbor can’t help but notice that the sparklingly magnificent cruise liners docked at the B Street Terminal are coming more frequently.

But unless they happen by while luggage-toting passengers are standing, waiting in long lines to board amidst those disembarking into the crowded, congested parking lot and street, or have taken a cruise out of San Diego themselves, they aren’t getting the whole picture. And it certainly isn’t what’s expected of a top tourism destination, critics say

Read more at the San Diego Business Journal

Illness doesn't deter couple from again cruisin' the seas

Hickory pair traveled on Carnival Cruise Lines' Liberty, the same ship in which 700 passengers were recently sickened.

HICKORY - Jerry and Doris Payseur were expecting to go on a relaxing two-week cruise to Europe. What they got was one of the worst viral stomach illnesses.

The Hickory couple left Sunday, April 23. By Tuesday, Jerry was feeling the beginnings of the virus.

“My stomach was uneasy, then I had diarrhea, nausea and vomiting all at once,” he said. “I managed to go about 12 hours before I had to go to the ship’s infirmary, where they gave me a shot to help with it.”

Read more at the Hickory Daily Record

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Court rules Europe's 'booze cruises' may continue

LUXEMBOURG: European "booze cruises" were saved Thursday by a ruling of the European Union's highest court, but consumers in high-duty countries like Britain and Sweden had their hopes of buying less-expensive alcohol on the Internet dashed.

Read more at the International Herald-Tribune

Casino lender sues to force sale of cruise ships

RIVIERA BEACH — Creditors are suing the group that controls the sole remaining passenger ship at the Port of Palm Beach, hoping to force a speedier sale of the group's other two ships.

PDS Gaming Corp. alleges that International Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. and related companies headed by Francis W. Murray defaulted on more than $38.6 million worth of loans.

Read more at the Palm Beach Post

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Cruising from Iceland to Greenland

Minister of Transport Sturla Bödvarsson announced this morning that the government is going to increase funding for road construction projects through 2010 to improve Iceland’s road system.

The announcement was made at a meeting organized by the Federation of Trade and Services this morning. This story is reported on

Read more at Iceland Review

Editorial: Cruise ships to Cayman Brac

News that cruise tourism may become a reality on Cayman Brac is welcomed.

And not.

It is a given that many Brackers want to see cruise ship visitors come to their shores.

There is no doubt that cruises to the Brac would create jobs and help bolster the economy.

Read more at The Cayman Compass

Allin Interactive Selected by Regent Seven Seas Cruises as Interactive Television Provider

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allin Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: ALLN - News) announced that it has secured an agreement with Regent Seven Seas Cruises to deploy Allin's DigiMix(TM) digital interactive television solution on three Regent Seven Seas vessels in 2007.

Read the rest of the press release at Yahoo Finance

28th sail of the season

Baltimore's new cruise terminal is popular with seafaring public

Five years since Baltimore began offering regular cruises from its port, the business appears to be brisk enough to keep at least one vessel busy for the season.

The last of this season's 28 Royal Caribbean cruises left Sunday aboard the Grandeur of the Seas. About the same number sailed to the Caribbean and Bermuda last year and a similar count is expected next year.

Read more at the Baltimore Sun

Firm still trying to start cruises

Paradise Caribbean Cruise Lines is trying to pull its business plan together in time to start short cruises out of Port Canaveral in late-January.

The fledgling Orlando-based operation originally planned to start cruises this month, but a deal to acquire a ship called the Orient Queen fell through last summer, said Jeffrey Hentz, the cruise line's chief marketing officer.

Read more at Florida Today

Cruise Ship to Embark on Two-Year Trip around World after Condo Conversion

NOVEMBER 20, 2006 -- Destin, Fla. -- Condo Cruise Lines International, a one-year-old locally based company, has signed a contract to purchase a prematurely retired cruise ship, which the firm, along with Tillberg Design, an architecture firm based in Sweden, will convert into condominiums. Renovations, which will total $22 million, are estimated to be completed in June of 2007, when the Murano is scheduled to depart for a two-year cruise around the world.

Read more at Multi-Housing News

Celebrity Cruises Sizzles In The Caribbean

Celebrity's Millennium to host line's fourth annual "Savor the Caribbean" Series

MIAMI, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Celebrity Cruises is serving up another sizzling "Savor the Caribbean" series featuring some of the nation's hottest chefs. Celebrity's fourth annual series will take place on Millennium's seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailings from January 7 through March 4, 2007, with a host of celebrated chefs and restaurateurs.

Read the full press release at Yahoo Finance

Monday, November 20, 2006

Eight new ships will make their debuts next year

After a recent decline in the number of new ships entering service, the pace is picking up.

Eight new ships - each carrying more than 2,000 passengers - will come on line in 2007. All but one will look familiar. That's because seven of the eight are clones of existing ships.

Only one, Cunard's Queen Victoria, is not a copy of another ship, though it is adopting many features of its sister royals, the 70,000-ton Queen Elizabeth 2 and the 151,000-ton Queen Mary 2.

Read more at the San Jose Mercury-News

Fall in, march with the penguins

When we asked our friend John Harter if he had ever cruised, he replied -- without skipping a beat -- that cruising wasn't for him. "I'd find it claustrophobic. I like to be active," he said.

Well, John, we said, let us enlighten you. Welcome to the new world of cruising, where the great outdoors is as much a part of the experience as are copious meals and endless entertainment indoors.

Read more at the Orlando Sentinel

Windstar Chosen as Most Romantic Cruise Line by Porthole Magazine Readers

For the second year in a row, Windstar Cruises has been selected "Most Romantic Cruise Line" by the readers of Porthole Magazine. There is certainly something romantic about sails billowing overhead and having your loved one on the deck chair next to you, soaking up the sun or watching the stars. Windstar's three small ships have staterooms equipped with plush beds, luxury linens, and up-to-date electronic entertainment.


The Gift Of Sailing Through The Holidays

Here's a holiday gift that won't fit under the Christmas tree - a cruise.

Cruise lines have more to offer than a Christmas tree, a conga line and good cheer. Lines ramp up the entertainment and set tables for the holidays with special sailings. All a passenger needs to bring is the spirit. Here's a sampling of holiday cruises:

On Carnival Cruise Line's Christmas sailings, passengers can sit down to a traditional oven-roasted turkey dinner and pecan pie on ships adorned with Christmas trees, wreaths and mistletoe.

Read more at courant

Mother and daughter team for holiday thriller

Think your family encounters during the holidays are strange?

For the Higgins Clark family, murder, mayhem and mystery are considered the norm — at least when authors Mary and her daughter Carol, join forces. This year will be no different as the fourth in the duo's holiday suspense novel series is released.

"Santa Cruise," released Tuesday, provides wit and intrigue as two popular characters from each author's books team up to solve the problems that arise on a cruise ship. Both Mary and Carol will be featured at a cocktail reception at the Thayer Hotel at West Point Saturday, a prelude to the evening's interactive murder mystery dinner.

Read more at the Poughkeepsie Journal

Lines floating some new ideas

Cruise lines are still busy innovating.

Norwegian Cruise Line, for example, is not only the initiator of Freestyle Cruising -- the equivalent of a floating restaurant row aboard each of its ships -- but it also just dug into its deep pockets and announced it will spend about $2.8 billion building up to three new vessels. The planned ships -- behemoths, of course -- will be specifically designed to accommodate the profusion of signature restaurants and intimate eateries that characterize the line.

more at the Sun Sentinel

Jammin' across the Caribbean

Monday morning, the moment of truth. The passengers of the Yankee Clipper climb up on the deck of a former millionaire’s yacht and squint into their first sunrise.

The deck is pitched at a 20-degree angle as the schooner carves through the waves of the south Caribbean north of Grenada, its sails rattling and lines groaning against the masts.

Read more at the Journal Star

Fantasy at Sea

Carnival's luxurious cruise ship the easy way to sail from N.O.

Carnival’s Fantasy puts the fun back into sailing out of New Orleans. Slightly more than a year following Hurricane Katrina, the cruise line’s year-round cruises started again in October, and they are part of the Big Easy’s renewal. And it’s easy going all the way — with a capital “E.”

During a four-day cruise out of New Orleans last week, I re-discovered the joy of letting go, doing nothing and making new friends.

Read more at The Advocate

’Tis the seas for skipping chores

One of the neatest holiday gifts to give someone you care about won’t fit under the Christmas tree. Consider giving a cruise.

On holiday cruises — which can take in Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s — no one is obliged to stuff the turkey or bake the pumpkin pie. Or clean up after meals! Super chefs and staff on board will cater to everyone’s tastes and proclivities.

Read more at the Providence Journal

Cruise ship rocked by virus returns

Passengers on the Carnival Liberty returned to shore, most recovered from a virus that left many sick for part of the voyage.

The 16-day cruise was supposed be a transatlantic voyage with passengers sunning themselves and lounging on the lido deck.

But for nearly 700 of the Carnival Liberty's passengers and crew, it was more about vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps and faintness.

Read more at The Miami Herald

Royal Caribbean Cruises Cancels Celebrity Cruise Sailing on Dec. 10 for Repair, Sees Charge

MIAMI (AP) -- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. said Friday its Celebrity Cruise line is canceling a Dec. 10 sailing to replace a part in the ship's propulsion system.

The company said the canceled cruise would reduce earnings by about 2 cents per share, though it didn't specify in which fiscal period.

Read the full press release at Yahoo Finance

CDC studies virus aboard Carnival cruise ship

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joined the Carnival Liberty cruise ship to look into the outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness.

Investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joined the last leg of the Carnival Liberty's cruise in St. Maarten on Thursday to probe a gastrointestinal outbreak that hit more than 600 passengers and crew over the past 13 days.

The outbreak on the 110,000-ton cruise ship, which is slated to arrive in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, is among the largest in recent memory, according to the CDC.

Read more at The Miami Herald

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2007 Alaska land tours Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises, voted the world's #1 large-ship cruise line by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, announces more than 75 Alaskan land adventures for 2007. Guests sailing aboard the 700-guest all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner between Vancouver and Seward, Alaska can enjoy exciting port excursions ranging from touring an authentic Gold Rush boomtown to listening in on the underwater calls of whales and porpoises using a high-tech hydrophone.

Each Alaskan excursion is designed for a group of eight or fewer guests, ensuring the personalized experience for which Regent voyages are known. Highlights for 2007 include:

Read more at eTravel Blackboard

Cruise Ship to Be Homeported in San Diego for First Time

SAN DIEGO - Starting next June, Carnival Cruise Lines will permanently base Elation, a 2,000-passenger cruise ship, at San Diego's Embarcadero.

While the addition of another cruise ship plying San Diego Bay might be an occasional inconvenience for boaters, the economic impact of adding Elation can't be denied.

Read more at The Log

Washington State fines cruise ship $100,000 for waste discharge

OLYMPIA, Wash. The state Ecology Department has fined Celebrity Cruises 100-thousand dollars for the ship Mercury discharging half a (m) million gallons of untreated wastewater in Washington waters.

The Miami-based cruise line says the discharges were the result of a misinterpretation of the reach of Washington waters. It says it's investing more than 50 (m) million dollars for advanced treatment systems on all its ships.

Read more at KNDO

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Five new Mediterranean itineraries added to Norwegian Gem 2007 deployment

Shortly before the inauguration of this year’s newbuild Norwegian Pearl, NCL unveiled the colorful hull artwork for its fourth Jewel-class ship, Norwegian Gem, scheduled for delivery in October 2007. In addition, the cruise line published the ship’s inaugural cruises in Europe.

In autumn 2007, the ship Norwegian Gem will sail from Dover along the French and Portuguese coastline to the Western Mediterranean. A series of two-, seven- and twelve-night cruises from/to Barcelona will follow and take guests to Italy, France and Morocco as well as to the Canary Islands. These cruises are available from 169 Euro per person.

Read more at Boarding

Silversea Cruises Flagship Luxury Cruise Ship Arrives in Asia

Silversea's flagship luxury cruise ship Silver Whisper arrived in Asia this month for the first time. Silver Whisper will be based in Asia for an extended season from November 2006 to February 2007 offering voyages ranging from 9 to 15 nights based to or from Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

On its maiden voyage to Asia, the ultra-luxurious all-suite Silver Whisper arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, 15 November, in Singapore on 16 November and in Hong Kong on 27 November 2006.

Read more at Asia Travel Tips

Watch out! Largest cruise to ever hit Australian shores arrives in 2007

All eyes will be trained on the horizon when the biggest ship to ever call in to Australia makes port in Sydney amidst fireworks on the 20th of February 2007 in her only Australian stop.

Queen Mary 2 is one heavy lady, weighing in at a mighty 151,400 tons and will rendezvous with ‘smaller’ sister ship, the 1,900-passenger ship Queen Elizabeth 2. This rare sight is sure to attract a large crowd of onlookers at Sydney Harbour.

Read more at eTravel Backboard

Carnival Triumph to operate new Caribbean itinerary

San Juan.– Carnival Cruise Lines’ 2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph will operate a new four-port seven-day “Exotic Eastern Caribbean” itinerary from Miami beginning April 2007 that features a combination of diverse and captivating ports of call.

Stops on the itinerary include Half Moon Cay, a Bahamian private island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; and Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, the Caribbean’s newest port of call.

Read more at Dominican Today

Engine woes delay Norwegian Majesty

The cruise ship season is ending, but with a whimper rather than a bang, judging by the Norwegian Majesty, which sailed into St. George’s yesterday a day late due to continuing engine problems.
The cruise ship, sailing from Charleston, South Carolina on her last voyage of the year, will sail tomorrow evening – five hours early – in order to return to the East Coast in schedule.

Meyer Agencies spokesman Joe Simas said owners Norwegian Cruise Line were hoping to be able to repair the faulty crankshaft on one of the ship’s four engines while in Bermuda this week, but it now appears that the equipment will not arrive on the Island on time.

Read more in the Royal Gazette

'Best Fare, Best Room' Rate Means Big Savings for Early Bookings on MSC Cruises' Europe Sailings

Special Rates Available on Mediterranean, Northern Europe Itineraries

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- If you have your heart set on a European vacation in 2007, MSC Cruises can make your dream come true with special "Best Fare, Best Room" rates. By booking early, guests can reserve the best accommodations at the lowest price within their selected category and save as much as $1,655 per person.

Read the full press release at Yahoo Finance

Dubai's Tourism Revolution Attracts Crystal Cruises In 2007

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- As Dubai continues on its awe- inspiring climb as one of the world's hottest travel destinations, Crystal Cruises is expanding its travel opportunities to this stylish emirate with four diverse cruises and a new pre- and post-cruise hotel stay. For the first time, the award-winning luxury line will deploy both of its ships in the region in 2007. Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, voted the best ships in the world by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine, will offer a total of four cruises that begin and end in Dubai.

Considered the "pride of United Arab Emirates," Dubai's flourishing tourism is attracting the attention of today's most sophisticated travelers. Located midway between Europe and the Far East, Dubai bridges exotic destinations on four new Crystal itineraries:

Read the full press release at Yahoo Finance

MSC Cruises Expands 'Kids Sail Free' Program to Mediterranean, Northern Europe Sailings

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- MSC Cruises' "Kids Sail Free" offer has proven so popular in the Caribbean that the line is extending it to its 2007 European sailings.

Youngsters ages 17 and under sail free (except for government fees and taxes) on all of the line's Mediterranean and Northern Europe itineraries. when sharing a stateroom with two paying guests Cruise-only rates, which are dependent on stateroom category and sailing, begin at $795 per person, double occupancy.

Read the full press release at Yahoo Finance

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Princess to Hold Historic Simultaneous Namings for Emerald Princess and Royal Princess in Santorini, Greece

Line's First Ever Dual Christening Highlights Line's Choice of Ship Sizes

Selection of Idyllic Santorini Underscores Princess' Focus on Global Destinations

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- In a historic first for Princess Cruises, the 3,100-passenger Emerald Princess and 710-passenger Royal Princess will formally join the fleet in an unprecedented dual christening ceremony, set against the brilliant blue waters of the Greek island of Santorini. The simultaneous namings will take place on May 12, 2007 and will be the first double ship launch for Princess.

Read the full press release at Yahoo Finance

Celebrity Cruises Leaps Into Learning for Kids With LeapFrog SchoolHouse(TM) Programs

MIAMI, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Celebrity Cruises has taken a creative leap toward enhancing its onboard activities for kids of all ages by working with LeapFrog SchoolHouse(TM) to provide engaging, multisensory learning tools and instruction that align with Celebrity's travel itineraries around the world.

Widely recognized for their interactive, electronic education programs and products for the pre-kindergarten through grade 8 education market, LeapFrog SchoolHouse's award-winning writers and editors have worked with Celebrity to make available onboard a variety of their most popular products, and created six exclusive educational modules for children ages 3 through 9.

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India's ship scrappers under scrutiny

Lawsuit raises asbestos concerns

The SS Norway, once one of America's premier cruise ships, stands on death's edge off the coast of rural India, a battleground in the international struggle over the controversial practice of ship breaking.

Permanently laid up by a 2003 boiler-room explosion that killed eight crew members in Miami, the ship was towed halfway around the world to India and run aground at Alang, a six-mile stretch of beach that's the world's largest ship-scrapping yard.

Read more at the Monterey Herald

Adventure trips mix cruises, hikes

We love to hike but thought the serious pursuit of the hobby incompatible with our fondness for cruising.

We were wrong.

The longtime leader in footloose adventure travel, Butterfield & Robinson, has artfully combined hiking and biking with small-ship sailings along secluded coastlines and islands from Athens to Antarctica.

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Five Costa Ships Make Transatlantic Voyages From Europe to the Americas for 2006/2007 Winter Season

MIAMI, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Throughout the months of November and December, five Costa ships will set sail from Savona, Italy to bring la dolce vita of "Cruising Italian Style" to the Caribbean and South America for the 2006-2007 winter season.

The first transatlantic cruise, aboard the Costa Magica, left November 2 and will arrive in Fort Lauderdale after a 17-night itinerary with stopovers in Spain, the Canary Islands, the Antilles, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. The Costa Mediterranea departs November 17 for Ft. Lauderdale on a 15-night itinerary and will also call on ports in Spain, the Canary Islands, the Antilles, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. Both ships will be based in Ft. Lauderdale through April. The Costa Atlantica, which is marketed exclusively to European customers, will depart December 3 on a 13-night itinerary calling in Spain, the Canary Islands, the Antilles and the Dominican Republic before arriving in Guadeloupe, its home port for the season. The ship will also offer 7-day sailings throughout the Caribbean. All three ships will feature at least one new route, including stops in such exclusive destinations as St. Bart's; Roatan, Honduras; Grand Turk and Belize City.

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SunCruz may offer gambling cruise from Port of Palm Beach

The gambling ship company SunCruz Casinos, missing from the South Florida market since it pulled out of Hollywood in mid-2005, has reached a tentative agreement to start gambling cruises from the Port of Palm Beach.

SunCruz would make a minimum of 40 sailings per month from the port, which already has a day cruise vessel run by another company.

Read more at the Sun Sentinel

Just In ... Oceania Purchases Ships

Christmas has come early for Oceania Cruises: The line announced today that it has secured the finances needed to purchase their three, 684-passenger ships -- Regatta, Insignia and Nautica -- which were previously operated under long-term lease agreements.

Read more at Cruise Critic

A chance to cruise through college on The Scholar Ship

Royal Caribbean Cruises joins six universities to launch an onboard international studies program next fall that will take graduates and undergraduates around the world.

College study abroad is taking a distinct turn for the (more) exotic.

Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises is helping launch The Scholar Ship, an ocean vessel that will ferry some 600 college students on a 16-week academic voyage to ports like Lisbon, Portugal; Papeete, Tahiti; Sydney, Australia; and Shanghai, China.

Read more at The Miami Herald

Catching up: This past weekend's icrui mailing

Dear icruise member,
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The latest Carnival email

This one is for today.
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