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Inside AmaWaterways' Newest Ship, AmaCerto

If you are considering river cruising in Europe in 2013, take a look at the itineraries offered by AmaCerto, AmaWaterways' newest ship. The 164-passenger vessel offers unique ...

Hubbard Glacier
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Radiance of the Seas

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Norwegian Sky

The 2,000-passenger ship offers basketball, ping-pong, various games, dancing, and theme nights.

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Norwegian Getaway: Grammy Performances, Water Park and 27 Restaurants

The new 3,969-passenger ship is packed with unique features for families.

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SeaDream Yacht Club Expands to Asia, Offers Specials

Itineraries will include numerous exotic ports in several different countries.

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Ice-skating Rink 200 Feet Above Sea Level

There is an ice-skating rink, a rock climbing wall 200 feet above sea level, an inline skating track.

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P&O Cruises Adds New 2-Day Short Cruises

The short itineraries are available on a choice of family-friendly large and mid-sized ships from April to July.

NCL Sun at sea

Norwegian Sun

Facilities include nine different restaurants, two swimming pools and an onboard casino.

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Royal Caribbean: One of the Largest Cruise Lines in the World

Some of the newer vessels feature a rock-climbing wall, ice skating rink, in-line skating track, and a mini golf course.

Sojourn at Sea

Luxury Cruise With Seabourn

Enjoy spacious suite accommodations, innovative cuisine and an array of luxury services.

NCL Star Suite Bath

Norwegian Star

Enjoy a variety of activities and a choice of accommodations.

SeaWalk

Princess Cruises

Choose from over 100 different itineraries ranging from seven to 30 days.

NCL Epic in Miami

Norwegian Cruise Line: Fun Decor and an Array of Activities

The company is famous for its Freestyle Cruising concept which offers passengers a more relaxed experience.

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Bahamas with Departures from Miami

Activities include Close Dolphin Encounter, scuba diving, Pirates & Dungeons Tour and Glass-Bottom Boat Tour.

Cruise Destinations & Ideas

Plan a trip to one of these exciting destinations and watch the world from the unique perspective of a cruise ship. Whether you are looking for a small vessel with just a few cabins or a mega ship that offers many entertainment and dining options, there is plenty to choose from.

Panama Canal

Many cruise line companies offer Panama Canal itineraries, giving travelers options to choose from based on budget, ship size and length. Among the large companies offering sailings are Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian.

The luxury Crystal and Princess Cruises which attracts romantic travelers, also offer sailings to the area. During the voyage, vacationers get to sail through the famous canal, observe wildlife and get to experience different land-based adventures.

Smaller ships have the advantage of being able to get closer to some of the isles rich with wildlife. Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.com) features an expert naturalist guide that can point out animals and plants in the area. Seabourn offers its passengers suite accommodations and luxury service. Sailings usually last 14 days in length but you can look for shorter options as well.

The luxury Windstar offers several sailings that pass through the area. Sailings are usually offered from October to April. Most cruises can be booked through a travel agent, online or over the phone.

Alaska Cruises: Glacier Bay & More

Alaska is one of the most popular cruise estinations in the summer months. Ships offer itineraries ranging in lengths from a few days to several weeks. Many incorporate stays in land-based lodges an a variety of exciting excursions. If you go in June and July, days will be the longest and the warmest, giving you plenty of time to explore the natural beauty of remote Alaskan destinations.

Norwegian offers five to seven-day itineraries, including Pacific Coastal from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Glacier Bay, and Sawyer Glacier. Choose a round-trip itinerary from Seattle, round-trip from Vancouver, Seattle - Vancouver, or Vancouver - Seattle. Both Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Sky offer sailings May through September.

Crystal offers ten to 12-day Alaska sailings aboard its luxury 940-passenger ship Crystal Harmony. From May to September, 2003, guests can go on a round-trip Alaska & Canada itinerary from San Francisco. The ship will visit the Inside Passage, Sitka, Hubbard Glacier, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, and Victoria, BC.

Several of the company' ships sail on 7-day itineraries. Radiance sails round-trip from Vancouver, visiting Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau, Sitka and Seward. On shore activities include hiking, a helicopter adventure, high-speed catamaran, and mountain biking.

Trips to Antarctica with A & K

Abercrombie & Kent's Explorer II Ship offers Antarctica itineraries every year from November to March. The voyages last 14 to 20 days and bring travelers close to penguin colonies, icebergs and glaciers.

To view blooming wildflowers on the Falklands and South Georgia, and observe elaborate penguin courtship rituals, book a trip to Antarctica in November to early December. Mid-December to January is the best time to see penguin chicks and seal pups as well as enjoy longer days. February to March is whale and seal watching season.

Prices start at $6,355 per person based on double occupancy. Reservations can be made online at www.abercrombiekent.com or through a travel agent. Ask for specials, such as early booking offers and other deals.

Honeymoon Cruises are all About Choice

Newlyweds planning a honeymoon trip are faced with a great number of choices. Ships of all sizes sail to different lengths to destinations around the world. If you are looking for a sailing on a small ship, take a look at Seabourn and Silversea. The company operate a few intimate, romantic and luxurious ships with an emphasis on personalized service.

If you prefer a larger ship, Crystal offers voyages aboard its two 940-passenger luxury ships Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony. Guests can indulge in innovative cuisine, relaxing spa treatments, and a variety of excursions.

One of the destinations which is becoming increasingly popular is Hawaii. Norwegian Star provides seven day round-trip voyages from Honolulu. The 2,200-passenger ship offers numerous onboard activities, ten different restaurants, a Mandara spa. You may want to splurge on one of the 107 mini-suites with balconies, and take advantage of exciting excursions exploring the islands. There are no fixed dining times, so you can dine whenever you like or order room service in your cabin.

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