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Ship Happens, You See It Happening, You Step On The Ship Anyway And…

I am fascinated, and baffled, by what is now happening with the Regent Voyager and its passengers.  While Regent Seven Seas is encountering what can only be considered the “perfect storm” of logistical and public relations nightmares, there are some passengers who are demanding perfection…when they were given an “out” which would have avoided the

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How to Handle…And Not Handle…A Hurricane

With hurricane season well and truly upon us (Thanks to Fay, Gustav, Hanna, Ike and…) there are a few things which need to be mentioned; highlighted by the USA Today report about the Mutiny on the Carnival Miracle. First, any passenger traveling to the Caribbean between August and October must (that is “must”) understand that

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Mariner of the Seas – A Hurricane Runs Through It…Almost

We were greeted with the news of Gustav, which is projected to take the same cruise we had scheduled: Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, we made a hard left (East) and are visiting St. Thomas and St. Maarten. This gives us 2 extra sea days and 2 ports I really have no great desire

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Mariner of the Seas – My First 24 Hours

It has been a very interesting 24 hours aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas. With approximately 3,735 passengers onboard, with quite a mix of ages, ethnicities, languages and socioeconomic classes, there is much that I have observed and some that just disappoints. Overall though, it has been more tolerable than I expected, though not

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Mariner of the Seas Travelogue – Prologue

I promise I will not bore you with the minutia of taxi rides and pre-cruise meals in this travelogue, but rather will try to give some perspective from a travel agent’s and a parent’s points of view as I venture back into the world known as mass market cruising.  On Sunday I will be boarding

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Ship’s Tours, Private Tours or Doing It On Your Own

I am frequently asked if the generic question of I would recommend taking a ship’s tour. My answer invariably is, “It depends.” And it depends on a number of factors. The first thing I look at is whether there is anything unique about the tour. In October I am taking a Seabourn tour in Kusadasi

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