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Queen Mary 2 Remastered – She’s Better Than Ever

I was invited to join the celebration yesterday of the Queen Mary 2’s “Remastered” upon her arrival in New York at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.  Honestly (am I any other way?) I love the ship…even more so with her $175,000,000 worth of renovations.  (They actually cost more, but with Brexit the exchange rate changed.) Carnival

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Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 Fails Sanitary Inspection

Cunard’s “luxury” oceanliner, Queen Mary 2 flunked its sanitary inspection by the United States Centers for Disease Control. More importantly, its score of 84 was not merely on account of technical issues, but because of some pretty basic and inexcusable lapses.  There hasn’t been as ship that failed an inspection in over a year…and only one

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Cunard and Princess Have a New Heavy Handed Cancellation Policy – Yikes!

I generally do not post the day to day changes in the dealings with the various cruise lines including such things as Carnival slightly shortening each penalty period.  But I had to write about this one: Effective Wednesday, December 1, 2010, ALL Princess Cruises and Cunard Line bookings will automatically cancel as soon as the

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Seabourn and Silversea Cruise Lines – Are They Really Competitors?

At first blush this may seem like worse than a naive question, but one that is just silly. I mean, how could the two largest true luxury cruise lines not be direct competitors? Yesterday I learned some very interesting statistics. Silversea claims that it actually has more former Princess passengers on it ships than Seabourn

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Update on SeaDream Yacht Club – Smooth Seas and Stability Promised

According to industry publications, such as Seatrade, Atle Brynestad, CEO…again…has stated that SeaDream’s bookings are strong and that while he expects some changes in titles and duties since Larry Pimental’s departure, there will be no corporate shake up and that he considers SeaDream to be a “family”. Mr. Brynestad, former CEO of Seabourn, former chairman

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Cruise Lines’ Fuel Supplements Suspended by Carnival Corp.

With oil prices having plummeted to $46 a barrel, Carnival Corp. has suspended (not eliminated) its fuel supplement for all of its major brands: Seabourn, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Costa and Carnival. This is how it will work:  A refund of the fuel supplement will be made in the form of a shipboard credit for all

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Queen Elizabeth 2 Has Minor Grounding Incident

Oh, for the QE2 to exit gracefully!  Today it was reported that on her approach to Southampton she had a minor grounding incident.  She was refloated, escorted to Southampton and, after an MCA inspection, given the all clear to continue on her final voyages.

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Carnival Brands Drop Fuel Surcharge For New 2010 Bookings- UPDATED

In a move that I felt was long in coming…as I felt was the drop in oil prices…Carnival Corp. has announced today that effective October 31, 2008 it will eliminate the fuel supplement charge on all new 2010 bookings on any of its lines (Seabourn, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Carnival and Costa) and will, instead, institute a

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