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Azamara Journey's New Look, Saint Petersburg With A Tourist Visa, Plus Updates on Windstar & Crystal, And A New Live Voyage Report

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Azamara Journey Refit: In Keeping With Azamara's 'Cool,' Adventurous Image

Azamara Journey Refit: In Keeping With Azamara's 'Cool,' Adventurous Image

Reporting on the Azamara Journey refit, write Sue Bryant files this report: Azamara Journey has emerged from its much-anticipated drydock in Freeport, Bahamas with a cool, contemporary, boutique look: "Reimagined," as the company says. The change is radical; we’re practically talking a new vessel. As Azamara’s president and CEO Larry Pimentel puts it, “There is no area on the ship that …

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How A Tourist Visa Can Enhance Your Cruise Stay In Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is one of the most popular destinations in Europe, but unlike the majority of European cities, it is not as easy to simply decide to visit, buy an airline or rail ticket and take off with passport in hand. Since the fall of the former Soviet Union, it has become easier to travel to Russia, but there are …

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Crystal Cruises: The Line With The Plan

An Updated Look At Crystal Cruises Crystal Symphony at sea. Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises Offering the best of both worlds, Crystal Cruises delivers an intimate, upscale cruising experience on a variety of ships with itineraries that span the globe. The line offers a unique blend of luxury coupled with the amenities and venues typically found on much larger vessels. …

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Updated: Our Windstar Cruises Profile

Taking A Look At The New Windstar Cruises Windstar's fleet of six includes three sailing ships and three non-sail "power yachts." Wind Star, pictured above, features sail power in addition to diesel propulsion. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders The Windstar Cruises story began in 1984, prompted by a new ship design by Finnish shipbuilding firm Wartsila. The idea was called …

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Azamara Journey Update

Azamara Club Cruises recently put its intimate Azamara Journey through an extensive refit, and we've done the same with our Azamara Journey Ship Review, adding new photographs and content from contributor Sue Bryant's recent peek at the refitted ship. Azamara Journey's recent refit touched nearly every aspect of the ship, from soft furnishings to amenities. Photo courtesy of Azamara Club Cruises. Azamara Journey …

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Live Voyage Report Preview: Sailing Windstar Cruises Star Breeze Through Panama & Costa Rica

Star Breeze: A New Lease On Life For A Classic Ship Join us aboard Windstar Cruises' Star Breeze as we sail through Costa Rica and the Panama Canal! Photo courtesy of Windstar Cruises On Saturday, February 27, we’ll begin another exciting Live Voyage Report as we sail aboard Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze through Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. It’s an …

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Cruising The West Coast Of México

One of the most popular cruise itineraries is a journey along the west coast of Mexico for either seven or 10 days, generally leaving from and returning to Los Angeles, or in some itineraries San Diego. This is often looked at as a chance to get away from the realities of work or school and simply have a chance to …

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Thank You!

Thank you to the 100+ of you who put down $5.99 to purchase my new e-book, My Six Favorite Cruises Of 2015. It was gratifying to see that enough of you saw sufficient value in the ebook to purchase it. Each of my six favorite cruises proved to me that river cruising truly does offer something for everyone. A big thank you for your support.

Happy to have your e-book. Thanks so much in helping me decide where to go. — Margaret Lyford

Six Favorite River Cruises

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Six Tips To Extract More Joy From Your Cruise

In this free special report, I’ve put together a half dozen actionable items that can make the difference between cruise vacations that are memorable and others that fail to measure up to all you had hoped they would be. I’ve cruised on hundreds of ships, as a solo traveler and with family and friends.  — Ralph Grizzle, The Avid Cruiser

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