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Perfect Day Island at Cococay is Royal Caribbean’s latest major investment. The island has gone through a host of upgrades, and it’s been transformed into a water park wonderland with a beach. It’s big, it’s varied, and it looks like it has a lot to offer.

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Royal Caribbean likes to do things big, and of all the private islands in the Bahamas, this one has a lot of the “biggest” attractions. It features the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean and the tallest water slide in North America. Then there’s the Caribbean’s largest wave pool to splash in. Essentially, the island is packed with all the thrills of a water park along with classic white sand beaches cruisers want on a private, Caribbean island.

Things to Do on Perfect Day at CocoCay

Perfect Day Island at CocoCay really tries to be the perfect family destination, and there are plenty of things to do on Perfect Day at CocoCay. It has two separate collections of water slides, Daredevil’s Tower and Splash Summit. The first has seven single-rider slides, including Daredevil’s Peak, the tallest water slide in North America mentioned above. Splash Summit lets families pair up for a thrill, race beside each other, or even fit the entire crew on a single raft. It features six different slides for riders seeking different experiences.

Splash Summit, photo credit: Royal Caribbean

If visitors would rather not don a bathing suit, they can get on a hot air balloon. Up, Up and Away rises 450 ft. above the island to offer panoramic views and a unique vacation thrill. Naturally, this is supposedly the highest vantage point in the Bahamas.

The island also hosts the Oasis Lagoon, Splashaway Bay, a zipline, volleyball, basketball, and paddleboarding. Families willing to pay additional fees can enjoy private cabanas, a gigantic Infinity pool, and a deck as part of the Coco Beach Club

Cruise to Perfect Day Island at Cococay

Royal Caribbean clearly plans to make some returns on their investment as quickly as possible. That means essentially all of their Bahamas cruise itineraries feature this stop, and so do many of their Caribbean cruises. Many 3 night voyages only sail to Perfect Day Island at CocoCay, so there are plenty of opportunities to cruise to Perfect Day at CocoCay to check out the new Royal Caribbean playground in person.

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The fall of 2020 is a good time to book a cruise as it marks the return of the venerable Pacific Princess to Tahiti. This beautiful cruise ship will feature roundtrip cruises from Tahiti and French Polynesia. Therefore, this is your chance to book a one-of-a-kind tropical cruise experience.

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The Pacific Princess will feature small-ship cruises or trips that include 670 guests for added comfort and convenience. Anyone who wants to experience a quieter and more luxurious cruise experience will like embarking on these adventures. You can also book cruises that include landings in the Hawaiian Islands. Cruises will sail along the coast of South America as well, including Easter Island

You can choose from one of four Grand Adventure & Crossings schedules on the Pacific Princess. These longer voyages will give guests a lot for their cruise dollar. If you have been seeking the beauty of glistening waters and white sand beaches, you will love booking one of the cruise excursions.

Beautiful Tahiti Island, photo credit: PR Newswire/Princess Cruises

Roundtrip cruises will feature departures from the capital of Papeete in Tahiti with each voyage including overnight calls in Bora Bora as well as the capital. A late-night stay is also scheduled in Raiatea. Extra ports that travelers can visit include Moorea, Rangiroa, and Huahine.

The cruise vacations begin in October on the 5th, 15th, and 25th as well as on the 4th and 14th of November in 2020. If you have been seeking a cruise experience that is unlike any other, you will want to reserve your spot now. You can check with a cruise travel agent or inquire directly with the cruise line.

Hawaii and Tahiti Grand Adventure cruises leave Tahiti in September from Vancouver with longer tours leaving Tahiti, South American, and Panama on the above-stated November 14th and 24th dates.

Anyone with a passion for seeing another part of the world and escaping the cold of autumn will want to plan ahead and book one of these Pacific Princess cruises. Book your vacation now. You will be glad that you did.

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If you plan to cruise the Caribbean, you need to be aware of the Caribbean hurricane season. Doing so, will help you make easier travel plans and short list your choices with respect to cruises. By following the Caribbean cruise tips below, you can plan a Caribbean cruise trip with increased confidence.

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While you may run into a hurricane outside of the Caribbean hurricane season, most storms emerge from the middle part of August to the middle of September in the Atlantic, off the east coast of the US, and from the middle of August to early November in the western part of the Caribbean.

You rarely run into hurricanes that appear in the early part or last part of a hurricane season. That means, you can take a cruise trip in this part of the world and not worry too much about a windstorm during the early part of June or the late part of November.

The Best Places to Sail

The Island of Aruba

You definitely do not want to sail when hurricanes are in full force. However, some islands are not in the middle of the hurricane zone, and, therefore, are fairly safe bets during the Caribbean hurricane season. These locations represent the ABC islands, or Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao, as well as Trinidad and Tobago. You are also fairly safe if you set your sights on a trip to the Margarita Island, which is part of Venezuela.

Avoiding a Storm

If you elect to take a trip during the Caribbean hurricane season, it is best to journey to the aforementioned islands or set sail for the south Caribbean. The farther south you choose to go, the better.

With today’s advanced technologies, a cruise ship generally can outrun a hurricane storm. That is because the storms generally lag behind at about eight knots while a ship can glide over the waves at a speed of around 22 knots or more. You just need to be prepared, if this should happen, to become a little seasick. Even the most robust cruisers can feel the effects of a storm by getting a bit sick.

Changes in the Itinerary

Caribbean beach in hurricane season

Take this into consideration as well – if you choose to sail during the hurricane season, you may shorten your trip. Plus, you might have trouble debarking at your destination. Some ports may be shut down if hurricane winds hit.

Therefore, you need to consider these possibilities if you choose a cruise offered during Caribbean hurricane season. You cannot get compensated, either, if your schedule is changed because of one of these windstorms. However, you should be able to get some compensation for any missed sailing days or refunds for any ports that you had to bypass.

Buy Travel Insurance to Make Sure You Are Covered

You can also rely on your travel insurance, provided that you have specific coverage for cruise interruptions and cancellations or a delay – all which result from a hurricane.  If you notice that the more affordable Caribbean cruises depart during the hurricane period, you may still plan a trip. Just make sure you choose travel that takes you to the lower-risk areas.

Book a Caribbean Cruise Today

A Caribbean cruise holiday is a great, if not safe, way to travel, as long as you know when the winds can pick up and where they often occur. Book a Caribbean cruise now, keeping the above suggestions in mind for your next cruise holiday.

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Cruise travel is always more exciting when you can board a new and improved vessel. When choosing to cruise, book a voyage on a ship such as the Celebrity Summit to boost your cruise travel experience. This latest modernization by Celebrity Cruises is a second transformation and part of the brand’s plan to enhance its Celebrity fleet.

The next ship that will be modernized is the Celebrity Equinox, which will be redesigned beginning in May 2019. Six more vessels are slated for refurbishment with the last modernization taking place in 2023.

Rendezvous Lounge – Photo credit: Celebrity Cruises

For diners, eating aboard the Celebrity Summit refurbished ship will be a true pleasure. The transformation that took place involved revamping the looks of the Oceanview Café, which now has additional seating options and an open concept. The main dining room of the ship was also revitalized and includes updated fixtures and extra seating. The dining room ceiling also has been renovated and now features interlocked lighting and metal rings.

Other enhancements featured on the Celebrity Summit refurbished vessel include the addition of Xcelerate Wi-Fi, which will make it easier for cruise passengers to communicate, and the installation of a Persian Garden thermal suite. Guests can now take Turkish baths and savor the spa experience in the form of salt therapies or an infrared sauna.

Fortunes Casino – Photo credit: Celebrity Cruises

Staterooms and suites have also been modified so guests can luxuriate in amenities such as cashmere mattresses and use the latest in state-of-the-art fixtures. Book passage and reserve one of 30 new staterooms, seven of which feature Ocean View accommodations. Every detail has been added to ensure passenger convenience and comfort.

If you book passage as a suite class guest, you will find a nice escape in the ship’s Retreat Sundeck. This plush and luxurious outdoor lounge features a full-sized pool and pool butler services. Use the Retreat Lounge, as a suite guest, for onboard entertainment. The Luminae at the Retreat features Michelin-starred cuisine – signature meals made for suite class passengers.

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If you have been thinking about taking a cruise, you may want to schedule a trip on the Carnival Freedom, another one of Carnival’s premier cruise ships. The ship has been updated and has received a million dollar dry dock restoration to enhance its cruise ship offerings.

Bonsai Sushi Express – photo credit: Carnival Cruise Line

Therefore, cruise guests can anticipate onboard fun and impressive amenities when traveling to places, such as the Grand Cayman, Belize or Mexico. For example, you can expect to enjoy a great dining experience at the world renowned Bonsai Express, a full-service sushi restaurant. Families will also like the WaterWorks, an amusement add-on that features a 203-foot AquaTunnel slide, as well as Carnival’s 212-foot Twister slide for kids.

WaterWorks, photo credit: Carnival Cruise Line

If you like to shop, you will not be disappointed, as the Carnival Freedom refurbishment has included the expansion of upscale retail shops. Contractors have added a mall that features a variety of retail outlets, each featuring specialized products and services. Cruise travelers can shop to their heart’s content buying watches jewelry, perfume, or gear, such as waterproof backpacks and snorkel equipment.

Carnival Deli, photo credit: Carnival Cruise Line

Do you like to golf? If so, you will like the mini nine-hole course that has been relocated to Deck 11 during the Carnival Freedom refurbishment. The deck offers travelers a chance to relax, play golf, and enjoy the fresh sea air.

Needless to say, you can experience a lot of onboard fun when you sail on the Carnival Freedom. These new additions and upgrades will give you the incentive that you need to plan a Caribbean holiday. Six and seven day Caribbean cruise trips regularly depart from Galveston, Texas.

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Have you always dreamt of visiting the Caribbean? If so, now is your chance to do so. Starting November 9, 2019, cruise guests can visit the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve – MSC Cruises’ answer to enjoying an unforgettable Caribbean holiday. This natural paradise features pristine water views and imparts a beauty that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

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During the cruise journey, guests can enjoy white, sandy beaches in seven distinct locations – each with its own personality and nature. If you want to relax on a Caribbean holiday, this is the way to do it. Guests will have access to sun beds and some of the shorelines will display cabanas for rent. Passengers can also swim in the Great Lagoon, which is an ideal venue for swimming and water sports.

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve Arrival Plaza, Image credit: MSC Cruises

Indeed, the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will give you plenty of reasons to relax or partake in water-related activities. For example, the Great Bimini Beach, at the location, is the largest beach on the isle, and, therefore, is the best place to engage in snorkeling, skiing, diving, or swimming.

Explore the surrounding waters by participating in kayak tours, paddle boarding, or snorkeling. If you are traveling with your family, you can sign up for activities in the Family Explorer Club. Are you seeking a more intimate experience? If so, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve guests can rent an adjacent and smaller island close by. This rental includes the use of a private boat that will take you to your tropical destination. Sun beds, loungers, a marquee, and food and drinks are all included in the package.

What would you like to do on a Caribbean dream holiday? You can answer easily when you survey the amenities surrounding Ocean Cay. See what you are missing for yourself by booking an MSC cruise holiday.

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[Geneva, Switzerland – November 19, 2018] – Geneva cruise giant MSC Cruises announced today that current bookings are being accepted for its MSC Virtuosa. The luxury liner, whose inaugural season begins November 8, 2020, will feature cruise holidays in the Western Mediterranean.

Bookings for the cruise ship are exclusively available to MSC Voyagers Club participants, which is one of the perks of the club program. Bookings for other MSC cruise guests can be made starting December 3, 2018.

The MSC Virtuosa represents the second Meraviglia-plus cruise ship in the cruise line’s fleet with rich, elegant onboard features and additional cabin selections for guests. MSC cruise guests can enjoy a broad range of entertainment, shopping, and leisure options when sailing on the acclaimed cruise vessel.

For instance, guests can experience the latest technological advances during their stay on the ship. Zoe, a digital assistant provided by the cruise line, will be featured in each cabin. The artificially intelligent digital helper speaks seven languages and can provide guests with all the onboard information they need.

The MSC Virtuosa will stop at ports such as Genoa, Marseille, and Barcelona. If you want to sail and see the Western Mediterranean, book a cruise holiday. By planning ahead, you can learn more about the region and enjoy your trip even more when it finally begins.

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You cannot go on any Panama Canal & Central America cruises, without visiting Cartagena, which is located in Colombia and is normally listed on the itinerary. That is because this city gives travelers all the reasons needed to embark on cruise to Cartagena on a Panama trip.

You can travel to Cartagena from August to May of each year. That is when most of the cruise holidays to this part of the world are scheduled. Once you visit Cartagena, you will find even more reasons for a return cruise to Cartagena. The following information will give you some basic details about this cruise trip.

View Prices for Panama Canal & Central America Cruises 1. Experience a Colombian Holiday That Is Safe

Plaza Santa Teresa, Cartagena

When you land in Cartagena from onboard ship, you will feel safe and secure. By taking a cruise, you can avoid any problems with political confrontations, as cruises regularly travel to and from this idyllic city in Colombia.

2. Visit the Museo de Oro

On your cruise to Cartagena, you will want to stop at the Museo de Oro, or the city’s gold museum. You can see an awesome collection of gold and artifacts that were made by the Zenu. Make sure that you take a guided tour of the facility.

3. Shop at the Mercado de Bazurto

To add diversity to your trip, make sure you plan a shopping trip to the Mercado de Bazurto. While the market can be loud and busy, you will find just about anything – from fresh produce to an indigenous specialty, cooked turtle. Lunch at the market is also inexpensive.

4. Visit Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas,Cartagena

Any cruise to Cartagena is not complete without a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. This structure is a castle that overlooks the city. The grand design began in 1639 but was not entirely built until a century and a half later. This castle structure is the major landmark of

5. Have Fun on a Chiva

If you cruise with friends, you will love partying on a chiva, or party bus, in the evening. This bus is unique to Columbia, as you can enjoy live entertainment where musicians play Vallenato and lots of dancing unique to the area. An open bar provides just about any local libation of your choosing.

6. Dance the Salsa

If you have not practiced the Salsa, you need to do so if you plan to embark on a cruise to Cartagena. Find a dance bar in the city and dance the night away. The aforementioned chiva can leave you off at one of the best bars to partake in the activity.

7. Enjoy the Beach at Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca beach

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, you cannot miss seeing Playa Blanca, especially if you’re the stop for your cruise lasts two or more days. You can travel to the beautiful beach by boat in just about 45 minutes.

8. Spend Time in La Boquilla

La Boquilla is a fishing village that is located on the outer boundaries of Cartagena. This authentic beach is a place to experience life with the locals on a weekend. Kick back and sunbathe or sip beer with the residents.

If you have not done so already, you need to book a cruise holiday to the lovely port city of Cartagena – one place you will discover that makes for a one-of-a-kind cruise escape.

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While you may think of a Canadian and New England cruise journey as a fall excursion, you can see Canada & New England cruise ports any time of the year. The following stops on this type of cruise adventure should be added to your bucket list of experiences.

View Prices for Canada & New England Cruises Memorable Canada & New England Cruise Ports and Their Best Sights 1. Boston, Massachusetts

Downtown Boston skyline

You can find a number of points of interest in Boston. For example, visit the North Bridge where the shot “heard around the world” triggered the beginning of the American Revolution. Another place of note is Boston’s public garden where you can take a ride in a swan boat in the garden’s lagoon.

2. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Fishing boat harbor , Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown is the capital of Prince Edward Island, which is the smallest province in Canada. However, this does not mean that the city is not big on hospitality and sites. Sites to see include Prince Edward Island National Park and the beach and harbor of North Rustico, situated on the isle’s North Shore.

3. Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor from Cadillac Mountain

One of the things to do in Bar Harbor is eating lobster. Lobster bakes are a mainstay in this part of Maine in the U.S. The lobsters are harvested directly from the sea. Lighthouses are another unique feature of this part of the world. Bar Harbor will certainly be one of the more memorable Canada & New England cruise ports that you will see.

4. Montreal, Quebec

Giant ferris wheel in the Old Port of Montreal

Another one of the Canada & New England cruise ports of note is Montreal. While visiting this city, be sure to visit the historic old town area, which is located next to the St. Lawrence River. The city is especially known for its locally made maple syrup and bagels.

5. Portland, Maine

Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth

Among the Canada & New England cruise ports that is of historic import, Portland, Maine now features chic shopping and entertainment in what was formerly the city’s warehouse district. While visiting the port city, you will want to stop by Victoria Mansion, a city landmark. It has been deemed one of the best Italian villa-style houses in the U.S.

6. Quebec City, Quebec

Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City

Located in the province of Quebec, this city is one of the Canada & New England cruise ports that provides walking tours that are worth taking. You will be able to see many highlights up close, including Upper Town and Lower Town, Old Quebec, Quebec fortifications, the Place Royal, and other hidden but interesting sites. If you wish to go exploring, this is the city to see.

7. St. John’s, Newfoundland

Colorful houses in St. John’s, Newfoundland

The island of Newfoundland is Canada’s most easterly province and is located next to the North Atlantic. Some of the interesting must-see sites in St. John (the port city) include the Basilica of St. John the Baptist, Signal Hill, Cape Spear Lighthouse, and the Rooms Museum. You can also visit bird islands, which are refuges for hundreds of birds including Atlantic puffins, kittiwakes, and bald eagles.

8. Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax Downtown, Nova Scotia

This port excursion is filled with an array of historic properties to see. Visit the 19th-century district of the city, which leads visitors to another time where naval ships, privateers, and trading merchant ships were active in the harbor. You certainly will get your fill of history while you visit the variety of interesting Halifax shops located in the area.

Indeed, any holidays that feature Canada & New England cruises are one-of-a-kind travels. Book a reservation today and find out what you have been missing.

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There is no denying that the Arctic is one of the most hauntingly beautiful environments on earth. Stretching all the way from North Scandinavia, across Northern America to Siberia, the Arctic has enthralled explorers and adventurers for centuries. Nowadays though, it’s the wildlife that attracts visitors thanks to species such as polar bears, musk ox, wolves, walrus, beluga, and narwhal.

Arctic Cruises That Will Take Your Breath Away

Prinz Christian Sund, Greenland

Thanks to the expedition cruise industry, much of the Arctic is now accessible by ship. Forget stomping through snow and ice for days or taking a week long dog sled trip, you can now sip champagne as you take a luxurious cruise past icebergs, snow-capped peaks, and polar bears! To help you plan your perfect luxury adventure, I’ve listed the top 5 luxury Arctic cruises available today.

1. The Northwest Passage

Small settlement in Greenland

Potentially the greatest cruise on earth, the infamous Northwest Passage was, until very recently, cut off to cruise ships due to impenetrable ice. However, thanks to global warming, the Passage is now accessible to even the biggest of cruise ships. This means you can now witness incredible wildlife such as polar bears and musk ox, visit ancient Thule remains, and interact with local Inuit people  – all without risking your life (which is a definite bonus)!

Kayaking at Glacier Bay, Alaska

Despite the melting ice, the route can only be sailed in August and September when temperatures are at their warmest. Several luxury ships make the Passage during high summer including L’Austral and Le Soleal. The  route takes you from Greenland, across the Canadian Arctic, to North Alaska. All in, you’re looking at 3 weeks and $21,000 for a basic suite. For a top level suite you’ll be looking at over $65,000 per person… ouch!

2. Russia’s Far East

Koryaksky Volcano – Kamchatka Peninsula

Ever thought you would see polar bears and brown bears in one cruise? Thought not. Although relatively unknown in the expedition cruise world, the Russian Arctic is definitely one of the most epic options out there, especially for wildlife lovers. Most cruises depart from Alaska before crossing the Bering Strait and heading up the Kamchatka coastline where brown bears are spotted frequently. From there you sail to Wrangel Island – a World UNESCO heritage site. Known commonly as the ‘Polar Bear Nursery ‘, Wrangel Island is home to hundreds of polar bears and you’ll be unlucky if you don’t see a few.

Wrangel Island polar bears, Russia

3 luxury vessels offer this itinerary; the National Geographic Orion, the Silver Explorer, and the Le Boreal. Each ship is well equipped and offers you all the luxuries of home plus more. Because the cruise is so remote, the costs are quite high. Prices range from $10,000 – $30,000 depending on the suite. If you want to experience something completely new and away from the main sailing routes, this is it!

3. Norway To Svalbard

Aerial view of Tromso, Norway

The Norway to Svalbard itinerary is one of the most popular options in the arctic, and for good reason. The cruise combines the incredible fjords of Norway with breathtaking landscapes and wildlife of Svalbard. Most itineraries depart from the Arctic city of Tromso before heading north through the fjords and inlets that dot the Norwegian coastline. One of the highlights of this trip is visiting Bear Island on your way to Svalbard. The nature reserve island hosts literally thousands of seabirds that nest on the island’s steep cliffs.

Spitsbergen, Svalbard

Once in Svalbard you’ll understand why it’s one of the most visited Arctic destinations. The sea melts into the ice and creates breathtaking landscapes that seem to be endless. It’s also one of the best places to see polar bear, fox and reindeer. The Silver Cloud and the National Geographic Explorer offer luxury itineraries starting at around $10,000.

4. The North Pole

50 Years Of Victory, the Nuclear Icebreaker

There are no luxury options when it comes to the North Pole, but there is an epic ship with a price tag of $28,000 per person. The ship is called 50 Years Of Victory and she is a beast! Nuclear-powered and able to cut through the thickest of sea ice, the 50 Years Of Victory cuts an impressive sight as she plows her way to the world’s most northern point.

En-route you’ll visit the Franz Josef Land archipelago where you’ll spot whales, polar bears and millions of seabirds! Once you reach your destination you celebrate with a glass of champagne and, if you want, a hot air ballon ride – does it get any better than that!? If you have the money this is one trip you’ll never forget. Make sure you’ve packed well though, this is a cold cruise!

5. The Canadian Arctic

Beautiful landscape of the Canadian Arctic

Although not as well known as Svalbard, the Canadian Arctic is potentially a more varied option, especially for wildlife. Made up of over 35,000 islands, the Canadian Arctic archipelago attracts a wide variety of species including polar bear, musk ox, wolves, and plenty of marine mammals. It’s certainly one of the best places in the world to see beluga and narwhal. You can even snorkel with them if you want!

There are plenty of options when it comes to luxury vessels. Two of the most popular are the Silver Cloud and L’Austral. Almost all luxury Canadian Arctic itineraries include Greenland – this is a great thing as Greenland is a truly unforgettable region in it’s own right! Prices start from $11,000, but are more commonly closer to $15,000.

If you would like more information on Expedition cruise options, please check this site out. Have a great cruise!

This article, “Into Icy Realms – 5 Luxury Arctic Cruises”, was written by Burnham Arlidge, the lead editor of antarcticaguide.com

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