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The new ship was named on the Scottish Island of IONA, because the name is IONA.Over 30,000 people entered to name the ship, and the winner was revealed on the beach in IONA. The new ship, one of the first if not the first of the Excellence class of ships will enter service in May 2020 (it appears seven are on order)....
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The sea is being flooded with cruise ships. New ships have to face new regulations on emissions, like cars. New ships joining fleets will begin to be LNG-powered ships, and dealing with waste and other compliance is an issue because 54 million people will cruise this year. Only 28% will be over 60. Cruising has changed. Or has it...
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Rome - Angels and Demons is a great way to see Rome, having first refreshed your memory by watching the Ron Howard film of the Dan Brown book before you go. Sadly Tom Hanks will not be running around for you but the guide will bring the book and film to life. And please, do not confuse this with...
What do you collect while cruising? - We are collectors and hoarders by nature! Is it fridge magnets, thimbles, soldiers, flags, tea towels, post cards ? We want to run a collectors blog, this one, with a few films of you and your cruise collections. When we get enough for a compilation of your best collections, we will make them into...
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Crete has a good public bus service. The PORT bus stop is about 50 meters from where you dock, the fare is about 3.40 Euros return and takes ten minutes to Chania. The buses are frequent, and can be one every five minutes. Chania bus service can be researched here but there is no need, it is in the port,...
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Most of these ruins and monuments are so huge it is hard to photograph them from close up. We show you a few vantage points to get a good view without going inside as we walk round the city. Carry only what you need and watch for pickpockets. Their version of VAT or sales tax can add 25% to...
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Our first visit to Rhodes and what a pleasant surprise, it is an excellent cruise shop. You can walk to the town, walk round it hassle free, and it is not expensive. An example of how easy they make this visit, the tourists authority normally deliver maps to the ship to be taken at reception. Fridge magnet one Euro...
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The video is of the ship's new look, please hit the share button. It was the first ship in history to have a double ship naming ceremony. Originally with Carnival's Princess fleet as the Ocean Princess in 2000, her godmothers are Ali McGraw and Ryan O Neal. The Oceana was renamed in 2003 by Princess Anne and her daughter Zara Phillips, now her...
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Don't expect too much to be different in the cabin with the revamping of all suites and cabins, because the refit was not a reshape. They do look much fresher. New carpet for all cabins and suites plus new curtains, cushions and headboards for suites. There are also new lampshades and stools for other cabins. Take a look at ours...
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Valetta is the largest natural harbour in Europe it also has a large tank for filming and many movies have been made there. It is the Hollywood of the Mediterranean and many film people retire there. The old 1973 Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman movie PAPILLON has recently been remade and shot at the water tanks of Kalkara and Mtahleb...
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