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As cruise ships get bigger and bigger, they often lose sight of the destination, but Viking Ocean Cruises and its new Viking Star are changing all that. After all, the destination is like a piece of art, and this intimate, 930-guest flagship is like a frame that perfectly accentuates the subject without distracting from it.
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Carnival Corp. announced that its new Fathom brand has been granted permission to cruise with US travelers to Cuba. The line plans to provide “cultural, artistic, faith-based and humanitarian exchanges between American and Cuban citizens.” Final approval from Cuba is still pending, but it’s expected in time for the 710-guest Adonia to arrive in the country starting in May 2016.

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Currently Frozen over for the summer, Disney Cruise Line has a question for you: Do you want to build a snowman or let it go? Now, on select seasonal sailings on the Disney Magic in Norway and Disney Wonder in Alaska, you can.

The pirates of the Caribbean are on holiday, and in their place, characters from the hit animated film Frozen are taking over with an all-new deck party, day of fun and more. Onboard are none other than Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, iceman Kristoff and snowman Olaf, and I was just on the Disney Wonder to experience all the fun firsthand in Alaska.
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Want to relive a bygone era of classic trans-Atlantic ocean-liner travel? With Cunard Line — which is impressively celebrating its 175th anniversary this year — and its fleet of elegant vessels, you can do that and more.

The only true liner in operation today, the magnificent Queen Mary 2, cuts through the towering swells and choppy waves of the northern Atlantic Ocean nearly like butter. Art-deco interiors romantically enchant while modern amenities pamper and entertain passengers. Live classical music permeates throughout as a parade of formalwear enters the stately dining room, and the chandelier-clad ballroom beckons well-dressed couples to the dance floor.

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To connect or not to connect? While on a cruise vacation, that is the question.

There was a time when staying connected at sea was nearly impossible, and disconnecting was preferred for the sake of relaxation. But in this day and age, it seems almost blasphemous to give up our smartphones and laptops while traveling. The issues are a lack of onboard apps and slow-as-molasses internet speeds — that is, until now.
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Are you yearning to travel to the Mediterranean but aren’t fond of long-haul flights? Here’s a solution: a Caribbean cruise. Yes, it’s unorthodox, but it’s also convenient for North American travelers, and MSC Cruises’ uniquely European MSC Divina might just be the oasis you’re looking for.

The leisure division of the industrial Mediterranean Shipping Co., MSC Cruises once catered predominantly to foreigners, but in the Caribbean, the line has tailored its sailings to embrace US citizens as well. In fact, one of the delights of MSC is the diverse mix of passengers on board and the international idioms heard throughout. Rest assured, however, that English remains the primary language spoken on the MSC Divina.
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Anthem of the Seas (Photo Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International)

Are you ready for a new year of cruise travel filled with new ships? Check out which ones are set for launch in 2015.

Anthem of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International
Already plowing the high seas as of 2014, the new, high-tech Quantum of the Seas set the stage for its sister ship, the Anthem of the Seas, to follow in April 2015. Special creature comforts include modular staterooms interconnected with varied layouts for large parties and virtual balconies to provide interior staterooms with a digital view of outside the ship.
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Chef’testants Tiffani Faison, Nina Compton, Brooke Williamson and Paul Qui (from left to right) – Photo Courtesy of Jason Leppert

Are you passionate about traveling the world and testing your cooking chops? Then Celebrity Cruises has you covered with the premium cruise line’s Top Chef at Sea program. The popular Bravo TV show – Top Chef – has now embarked internationally on Celebrity’s fleet, already known for its celebrated cuisine, with a series of exciting culinary features, and on select signature sailings, some of the celebrity chefs also come aboard.
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Book by August 31.

Whether you’re ready to embark on your first cruise, or you’re an old pro at sailing the high season, you can’t go wrong with a weeklong Caribbean cruise. It’s not too long or too short. It offers plenty of variety, both on land and aboard the ship. And, it’s just the right amount of time to get away.

The great news about this particular 7-night Caribbean cruise? It costs $299 per person and it’s on a brand new ship. You’ll sail aboard MSC Cruises’  Divina, which had its maiden voyage in 2012, and offers distinctly European style, just like her namesake, actress Sophia Loren.

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For years, cruising has been a popular vacation trend enjoyed by families, couples, and the young and old alike. And as summer comes to an end, there’s no better time to hop on board a cruise ship, visit a few ports and relax, while soaking up the last bit of summer sun — with a drink in hand, of course.

In this week’s throwback Thursday, men and women in vintage swimsuits lounge in and around the pool on board a cruise ship in the 1950s.

Find your own inspiration to sail the open seas, and take a look at Travel’s Best Cruises 2014. Whether you’re looking to cruise the Mediterranean, Caribbean or someplace else, there’s no easier way to see the world than from the deck of a cruise ship.

And don’t forget to check back every week this month for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursdays!

 

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