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Live Voyage Report From Star Breeze; Adventures Ashore, Livorno, Italy; Plus, Azamara Quest & Wind Star Updates; Blue Lagoon Cruises in Fiji; & How To Cruise Yourself Slim

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Adventures Ashore, Season 1: Livorno, Italy (short version)

There’s no question that Tuscany is as beautiful as it gets. Typically, however, cruise ships dock for only one day in Livorno, limiting the options available to cruise passengers. With a half dozen or more shore excursions from which to choose, the cruise passenger visiting Livorno will need to choose a single shore excursion — often at the expense of …

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Star Breeze Live Voyage Report - Day 1

Today marks the start of my third outing with Windstar Cruises, but my first journey aboard its newly-acquired “power yacht”, Star Breeze. You might know Star Breeze better by her former name: Seabourn Spirit. Windstar …

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Updated: Our Azamara Quest Review

An Upcoming Drydock Will Make Azamara Quest Really Sparkle Azamara Quest in Sorrento, Italy. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle Overview Azamara Club Cruises' Azamara Quest originally entered service as R7 for now-defunct Renaissance Cruises. Following the bankruptcy of Renaissance, she was passed around to two other operators before finally being acquired by Azamara in 2007. Originally slated to enter service for …

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Updated: Our Wind Star Ship Profile

A Look At Windstar Cruises' Original Sailing Ship Windstar Cruises' beautiful Wind Star is a small ship with a difference: computer-controlled sails. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders The 5,350-ton, 148-guest Wind Star and her identical twin, Wind Spirit, were Windstar's original vessels (launched in 1986 and 1988, respectively), and they're still some of the most romantic small ships at sea — …

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Blue Lagoon Cruises: On Fiji Time

Fiji Princess tied up at Nanuya Island. Expedition cruising expert,  Roderick Eime, reacquaints himself with an old Fiji favorite, recently overhauled and renovated, but still blissfully untroubled by urgency. She looks fitfully at her watch, as if somehow time is either speeding up or slowing down. Next, she glances imploringly at her husband, expecting him to manifest something from thin …

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Cruise Yourself Slim: New Book, Plus Three Tips For Not Piling On The Pounds When Cruising

Guest post by Martin and Marion Shirran Late last year, we were lucky enough to get the chance to run a new, large-scale survey of cruise passengers. Surveys come and surveys go, but we’ve done the math, and we can now say for certain that the average person gains 4 pounds on a 10-day cruise, and sometimes a great deal more. …

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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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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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