THIS WEEK, we report from Cruise Shipping Fort Lauderdale; PLUS Scenic's New 'Discovery Yacht' & Adventures Ashore, Naples, Italy & The Right Size Ship For You, PLUS Star Breeze, Our Review

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We're In Fort Lauderdale

From Friday, March 11 through Thursday March 17, we'll be attending the world's largest cruise shipping event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

We'll meet with many heads of the industry, from managing directors of ports and destinations to cruise company presidents.

Our goal is to sponge up as much information as possible so that we can share valuable content with you in the coming days, weeks and months.

We'll actually be engaged in the events and not obsessively tweeting about it, but if something big breaks, you'll find it @avidcruiser. 

If you're there, please say hello. If you're not there, look for future coverage on Avid Cruiser. 

Ralph Grizzle

PS. If you're interested in river cruising, check out last week's most popular post on River Cruise Advisor: What I Learned About Viking River Cruises In Amsterdam Last Week

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scenic eclipse team

Hats off to Glen Moroney and his team for conceiving what appears to be the world’s most cleverly thought-through expedition vessel. Scheduled to begin operations in August of 2018, Scenic Eclipse hits on all cylinders thanks to a number of factors currently not seen in today’s expedition space. Read more.

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

Join me as I explore Sorrento, Capri and the beautiful Amalfi Coast as well as the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Read more.

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How To Choose The Right Size Ship For You

If you’ve never cruised before – and even if you have – choosing the right size ship can be a real challenge. After all, most of us try a cruise once, decide it’s a good fit, and leave it at that. With precious vacation time (and dollars) at risk, many of us prefer to stick with what we know, believing …

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Star Breeze Ship Review

We're fresh off of our journey through Costa Rica & Panama with Windstar Cruises aboard the intimate and luxurious Star Breeze, and we've taken the time to thoroughly update our Star Breeze Ship Review with new images, new information, and more details about what guests can expect onboard, from the ship's spacious suites to the pricing of her onboard wi-fi internet …

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Adventures Ashore, Season 1: Monte Carlo, Monaco (short version)

On shore excursions from Monaco, you can choose to visit the hilltop villages of Saint Paul de Vence or Eze, tour Vieux (Old) Nice and its famed flower market, visit Villa Rothschild and its gardens in Cap Ferrat, or spend time absorbing the sights and sounds of Monte Carlo. And that’s just for starters.

Read more.

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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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Complete this thought: My best packing tip for cruises is ... click here to answer.

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